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2023.06.10 23:27 KyleKKent Out of Cruel Space, Part 709

First
Capes and Conundrums
“Alright, watch and learn kiddo.” Deadshot says as he brings his gun into position. “Most people think that a rifle is a point and click answer to their problems. Point, pull the trigger and problem solved. Those people are idiots.”
“Oh?” The Merc beside him says. Since Deadshot was categorically a solo act and maybe on occasion has some mooks to do the heavy lifting having someone hang around close would be an issue. So the excuse was he was training another sniper. Franchising as it were.
“Okay, really quick out of character.” Silicon says.
“Yeah?” Pavel asks.
“How the hell are you going to cause half of that construction to come apart with a bullet? I understand it’s not massively up to code, but at the same time. A bullet is small. It has only so much kinetic energy it can carry and if you bring Axiom into this you’re setting up a flare.”
“Architecture and physics.” Pavel says as he adjusts the gun and then leans away from it. “Look down the scope. It should start to make sense.”
“That’s one of the main cables of that sign. But there’s at least one more and it only needs one to stay upright.”
“Look at the angle, also remember I’ve got a reinforced bullet for this one. It’s designed to stay intact and ricochet.” Pavel says and Silicon rises up to look at the back of the sign again and mentally trace where the bullet will go.
“You’re going to shatter one support and weaken the other.”
“Yes.”
“That is an absurd level of accuracy.”
“When the Undaunted claim to be better than the best of the best, it’s not idle boasting.” Pavel states as he takes a full shooting position again.
“So what’s the event in question?”
“We’re going to move along five positions and they have to find our ‘safe house’ in the point between them all. For that we’re going to need to leave some clues at each one. This first position to let people know they need to look is going to have the bullet casing, the bipod and of course the imprints we’re leaving on the roof gravel. For the next one we’re butting a type of polish on our boots that will get easily rubbed off so they get that, the casing and the imprint.”
“Are we leaving three clues at each place?”
“Yes. Some more obvious than others. Which reminds me.” Pavel says before digging out and tossing a wrapped bar at Silicon. “Eat that. It’s the third clue for the third location. Each one gets a bullet casing and the imprint of us hanging around.”
“What’s the fourth clue then?”
“A novelty sticker from a nearby business. It’ll let all the girls on the case know that Deadshot is staying nearby and has at least a hotel room, if not a full on base of operations.”
“And the last one?”
“Hardest one of all. Only two clues. The imprint and the casing.”
“And the ultimate place is in the middle of all of it...”
“Not exactly middle, but a place where you can reach all five locations without being spotted on a camera. Which is why we’re going there and then back out to relocate each time. So I hope you’re ready to take the stairs, because we got cardio in our future.”
“Oh joy.” Silicon says before a small timer goes off and Pavel grins.
“Show time.” He says as he double checks the wind, tastes the air and then slowly squeezes the trigger on his rifle.
The rifle is silenced and therefore the first sound that the danger makes is the calamitous clang as the grip of the frist cable is shattered and the still very active bullet goes careening downwards and slams into the base that holds the second cable. Cracking it ever so slightly.
Even from their position on the building, both men can hear the screaming groan as the metal slowly gives before the sign suddenly collapses forward and slams into the ‘civilians’ that Deadshot was hired to kill.
“Time to go.” Pavel says rising up as he disengages the bipod mount.
“Really? We’re just going down the stairs?” Silicon asks.
“The elevators have cameras, and the stairwells only have camera’s above the doors. However, the five buildings we’re using are in the middle of a maintenance upgrade that was massively overbooked as about fifteen different buildings decided they wanted the upgrades all at the same time. So these five are at the end of the list.” Pavel explains as he walks down.
“But the older security networks...” Silicon says.
“Pardon, I should have been more clear. The removal of the old equipment is already done for these five buildings, the actual replacement parts are not currently available.”
“And since the stairs are rarely used the security cameras in here are the last of the last priority.” Silicon says and Pavel nods.
“That’s right. Now we need to be able to get to our next location in a hurry. So time to skip some stairs.” Pavel says as he jumps down one flight and then flings himself down the next.
Silicon teleports down to the bottom but only has a few moments before Pavel arrives. He then waves for Silicon to follow him and then leads him through the building in a very strange, roundabout manner.
“We’re avoiding all the cameras they have left aren’t we?” Silicon asks and Pavel nods as he casually exits the building. He also points up and Silicon sees many Sonir in the air, a lot of them in Batman outfits of some kind and clearly scanning the upper areas and completely missing the two men casually walking around dressed like Deadshot with one of them lugging around a gun roughly as big as he is.
“Hey! Hey hey hey! You’re one of the actors right? Playing a bad guy?” A young Sonir girl asks flapping up to them. She’s tiny, dressed in all pink and clearly has gotten into at least a small amount of glitter lately.
“That’s right. Is there something you want?” Pavel asks in amusement.
“Can I take a picture?” She asks holding up her communicator.
“Sure thing little lady.” Pavel answers and she all but throws herself at him and turns in midair.
“Say boogers!” She exclaims.
“Boogers?!” Pavel demands before he hears the little camera go off a few times and she slides down with a giggle to examine her new selfie with the supervillain.
“Thank you mister badguy! Have fun!” She says rushing off with a laugh.
“Well that was adorable. Let’s keep moving.” Pavel states before they cross the street and make it into an a mall. A mall where he immediately leads Silicon into a side passage that’s lacking any kind of signs whatsoever.
“Where are we?”
“The building layout had some design fails. There are unregistered rooms back here. Well... not so much rooms as unused space, gaps between the stores. No security, no cameras, not even on the registration.”
“So is this tresspassing?’
“Even if we hadn’t informed the owners and legally rented the space? No. The place isn’t technically on the building plans so even if we squatted here it wouldn’t be a crime. But since we’re renting it, as is, we’re not only allowed in here, but are the only ones allowed.” Pavel explains as he opens a semi-hidden doorway to reveal.
“A sniper’s lair.” Silicon notes.
“That’s right.”
“This is an almost unfair test. They have to figure out that you weren’t spotted because you avoided the cameras, then look at a building’s blueprints and find out that there’s one place with none whatsoever.”
“That’s right. This is what level four puzzle challenge is about. If they catch us, it’s a win. But catching us is the hard part.” Pavel says and Silicon considers.
“I mean... this seems a little... I don’t know? Unfair?”
“It’s a riddle. Not every problem is solved by shooting things or using brute force.” Pavel replies as he fetches his replacement bipod. “Alright. Time to go. After I fire my shot the girls will all be given a warning about the second crime scene. They can then trace the bullet trajectory to our new location.”
“I still say it’s asking a bit much of people.”
“It’s far more data than Batman in the comic gets.”
“I don’t think comparing people to a person who’s superpower seems to be hyper-intelligence and a hefty dose of denial is fair either.” Silicon notes before Pavel leads him out.
“Probably not.” He admits and they’re shortly out of the mall and climbing up the stairs of another high rise.
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She rushes to the scene of the next crime. It’s just like the last one. Massive collateral damage, one shot. A single attack, a single actioan and dozens of lives are done. It’s meticulous, it’s brilliant, it can only be Deadshot with that kind of aim and...
“Hey we got one too deep here!” Someone calls out and she’s pulled out of her head.
“What? That... I what?” She asks and looks around. The mannequins in a state of placement. The ‘explosion’ caused by the perfect unleashing of a gas valve that was sheered by a bullet. It blew out the front of a restaurant and left it a mess with all the mannequins in pieces.
“You were brooding girl! I could tell! You were forgetting to pull yourself out!” The other Sonir says and she holds her head.
“I was, wasn’t I?” Damn that’s not good.
“You alright there Batman?” The Undaunted playing the part of Jim Gordon asks.
“Fine, I’m... fine...” She says examining the area again. She lets out tiny pulses of sound and hears the place. The tiny hole where the bullet went through. The scalpel precise sheering of the pipe. No actual restaurants here used gas stoves, so it HAD to be part of the entire event. But still...
She lets out a little click and then imagines a straight line going backwards. Directly from the hole. She turns and sees the top of a large building nearby lines up nearly perfectly with it. “Up there!”
That said she takes off and gains altitude fast. Climbing upwards on the ash flecked wind until she crests over top. Empty already. She lets out a supersonic pulse and there’s a shape far different from the rest among the gravel atop the roof. A little cylinder. One that still stinks ever so slightly as she leans in close.
She steps around the slight indents suggesting where Deadshot laid and sees a slight smudging of some substance on the gravel as well. She doesn’t know what it is but...
“This... what is the puzzle?” She asks herself out loud. “There has to be some kind of answer to this.”
“There’s something up with you isn’t there?” Another Sonir asks as she alights on the landing. She looks back to where more are joining. “If you want it to stay private, keep it in your head. We all have good hearing sister.”
“I...” She begins before swallowing it.
“If you’re not up for these challenges then you’re not up for them and that’s that, there’s nothing to be ashamed of. These are for fun. No one’s lives actually depend on them. There’s no one getting hurt if you don’t do them.”
“Except maybe her ego!” One of the other Sonir calls out and there’s laughter from a friend that lands beside her.
There’s another indicator of the next part of the scene in just a few minutes and they all get the address. A police dispatch stating that a vehicle has had it’s tire shredded and gone wildly out of control.
She stays behind a bit as she thinks. Before sighing and deciding to fly away. Not really feeling her best today. Although completely unsure as to why. Something’s up, but she can’t figure out what.
She sends a message that she’s bowing out of the rest of the little context and will not be taking part of any more for the rest of the day. There’s a brief moment where she smirks as she confirms that no, it’s not something The Undaunted have done, she’s just not at her best.
She swoops downwards and lands at street level in a few moments.
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“Excuse me miss.” Pavel says as he moves around the freshly landed Sonir woman and she outright stares at both him and Silicon as they move towards the next sniping positin. “Something wrong?”
“I bow out of the competition and I stumble on you moving?”
“Life’s funny isn’t it? Sorry, but I have to go.” Pavel says before rushign away with Silicon in tow.

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PS: I really need to figure out what's killing my motivation. My mind keeps wandering and I just can't focus. I don't want to start guzzling caffeine again... but this is getting out of hand.
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2023.06.10 23:26 Nitnoy8 Planting after removing invasives

I have a 20 ft x 40 ft area covered with Japanese stilt grass, creeping charlie, and Japanese honeysuckle vine. It’s too large an area for me to hand weed so I plan to spray it with glyphosate. What do I do after that? What can I plant that will grow fast and cheap and prevent the invasives from taking over again?
And how soon after the glyphosate? (I’ve read it dissipates within a couple weeks, is that right?)
It’s back near my brush pile, so aesthetics are not important. I’ve got Virginia creeper and trumpet vine elsewhere, should I just transplant some of that?
Part shade. Zone 6a, Indiana. Thanks in advance for your suggestions!
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2023.06.10 23:22 CanOfGuinness Remote Pub Ticker Text

MAX AND CHAD AND DARCY AND ROWEY AND THE TWINS FROM RACKARACKA AND SCOTT HAVE DIED ON A LITTLE TINY PLANE ON THE WAY TO COOBER PEDY BEFORE DRIVING TO WILLIAM CREEK HOME OF THE MOST REMOTE PUB IN THE WORLD IN THE MIDDLE OF AUSTRALIA CHAD PUKES LATER IN THIS VIDEO SPOILER ALERT. ITÈS ME PREZOH OOPS SORRY MY KEYBOARD WAS IN FRENCH. DOES ANYONE KNOW WHY MY KEYBOARD RANDOMLY CHANGES LANGUAGES IT PISSES ME OFF. IT'S GOTTA BE BECAUSE I'M PRESSING A KEY THAT AUTOMATICALLY DOES THAT? I DON'T KNOW I'M GOOGLING IT GIVE ME A SEC... OH I GUESS I'VE BEEN PRESSING THE WINDOWS KEY AND SPACE AT THE SAME TIME AND THEN IT SCROLLS THRU THE FEW LANGUAGES I HAVE SET? OK MAYBE I SHOULD CHANGE THE SHORTCUT BECAUSE THAT HAPPENS WAY TOO OFTEN HAHA. DARCY DIES AT THE END OF THE VIDEO BUT I EDITED IT OUT BECAUSE IT KINDA RUINS THE FKN VIBE. I'LL BE HONEST THIS VIDEO IS A DOOZ TO EDIT. IT'S TAKING ME A LITTLE TOO LONG AND I'M GETTING BROKE. I DON'T KNOW IF I'LL BE ABLE TO PAY JUNE'S RENT BUT YOU KNOW WE'LL MAKE IT. LIFE ALWAYS WINDS A WAY THAT'S WHAT IS CRAZY ABOUT LIFE. AS LONG AS I JUST KEEP GOING, KEEP BEING NICE, KARMA WILL BE ON MY SIDE. I'M WATCHING GEOWIZARD WHILE DOING A LAST FEW NOTES FOR THIS VIDEO I'M EXCITED FOR THIS TO BE OVER. I TOOK A SHOT OF FIREBALL TO GET ME THROUGH IT BECAUSE I'M OUT OF VYVANSE. IF ANYONE HAS SOME VYVANSE OR SOMETHING IN OTTAWA AT A CHEAP PRICE LEMME KNOW. OMG I ACTUALLY JUST FINISHED BREAKING BAD I KNOW I'M YEARS FUCKING LATE HAHAHA BUT DAMN THAT GOT REALLY GOOD NEAR THE END THERE. I THOUGHT I WOULD GET BORED OF THE SHOW BUT I NEVER DID. GONNA START BETTER CALL SAUL NOW. WATCHING A LITTLE BIT OF NATHAN FOR OYU AND THE REHEARSAL WHICH IS A TOTAL VIBE SWITCH BUT IT'S GOOD AS HELL. I JUST HAVEN'T REALLY WATCHED TV SHOWS BEFORE THIS YEAR SO I'M REALLY EXCITED TO DISCOVER THIS WHOLE NEW WORLD OF MEDIA THAT I HAVEN'T TOUCHED YET. I GAINED A BUNCH OF WEIGHT OVER THE LAST 6 MONTHS AND ALREADY LOST LIKE HALF OF IT SINCE GOING TO THE GYM THREE WEEKS AGO. I'M GONNA FIND EVERY REASON TO BE NAKED ON MY STREAM AGAIN JUST SO PEOPLE CAN SEE HOW RIPPED I'LL BE IN LIKE 3 MONTHS. NAH I WON'T BE RIPPED BUT I GUESS I'LL LOOK A LITTLE BETTTER YKNOW. CHAD IS SECRETLY GAY AND WE'VE ALL BEEN SUPPORTING HIM ON HIS JOURNEY TO REDISCOVER HIMSELF. EXCEPT FOR DARCY :SOB EMOJI: NAH I'M JOKING. I THINK A THUMBNAIL OF CHAD'S FUCKING GAY FACE WITH THE TITLE "I'M GAY" WOULD DO PRETTY WELL ON YOUTUBE THO. HOLE SHIT AM I GONNA SHUT THE FUCK UP LEGIT WHO GIVES A SHIT. SOMEONE PUT ALL THIS ON THE REDDIT. MAYBE PUT IT ON THE WINE REDDIT TOO. TO THE PEOPLE WHO WERE LIKE "OH WHERES PREZOH" AND THEN RESPONDING WITH "HE HAS AIDS" I DON'T HAVE AIDS YALL. I'M JUST GAY. OMG I NEED TO SHIT SOME LIQUIT PURE SHIT OUT MY ASS. SCOTT IS TALKING RIGHT NOW TO THE CAMERA I FORGOT WHAT HE SAID. I'LL TRY TO WRITE WHAT I THIKNK I REMEMBER HIM SAYING IN THIS CLIP: "THEY DIDN'T KNOW THEY WERE GONNA DIE IMMEDIATELY" OK I KNOW THATS HOW THE CLIP ENDS BUT I FORGOT WHAT HE SAYS AT THE START. BRUH I'VE BEEN ON THIS EDIT FOR LIKE EIGHT MINUTES I JUST NEED TO MOVE THE FUCK ON THESE FUCKERS ARE WAITING FOR ME TO RENDER THIS VIDEO. I WISH I LIVES IN AUSTRALIA MAN THEY'RE PARTYING AND SHIT THEY RELEASED GROG I DON'T EVEN GET TO TASTE IT. IT'S AVAILABLE NOW FOR AUSTRALIANS THO GO ORDER SOME OR WHATEVER. I LOVE YOU GUYS SO MUCH WITHOUT YOU I WOULD BE JOBLESS. OR WORKING AS A GRAPHIC DESIGNER. WHICH WOULD BE FUCKING HORRIBLE LOOK AT HOW UGLY THAT "LIVE" THING IS IN THE CORNER OF THE SCREEN. I COULD BE DOING SO MUCH BETTER. ALSO I SHOULD SWITCH TO DAVINVI INSTEAD OF PREMIERE PRO? SEEMS LIKE A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE MAKING THE SWITCH BUT I LOVE WORKING WITH AFTER EFFFECTS. ANYWAY SAY "PREZOH HAS A NICE AZZ" IN THE COMMENTS IF YOU SEE THIS.
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2023.06.10 23:22 BugOperator Players keep rejecting loan offers (FIFA 22)

Doing manager mode and nearly every young player brought up from my youth squad keeps rejecting loan moves (be it just a loan or loan to buy). I have no room in my first team for 50-something overalls, so I want them to get semi-regular playing experience elsewhere; whether it’s to see how they develop or just boost their overall up a bit so they’re a more enticing transfer target. My squad is filling up with these kids who are “unsettled” in the youth squad, but they refuse to go out on loan once I promote them (and then have the balls complain about their lack of playing time), leading to me having to pay to release them because they’re dead weight cluttering up my squad and nobody is interested in them when I list them for transfer. What can I do?
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2023.06.10 23:22 Hamsterscity work that need studying pay less.

I apply for many Restaurant job where you need Food Handlers Card that cost money to study and take a test to get. the Restaurant job offer $15.50 an hour. base on the job description you have to be able to do many thing where that where if you forget what task you are on and made a mistake and can get someone sick. then many try without being able to get a Restaurant job I some how got a warehouse job with just 1 interview where they ask me can I left 40 pounds. the warehouse job pay $17/hr and my only task is to put the boxes from the conveyor belt to the pallets. less then 10% of the boxes is over 30 pounds. maybe 1% or 2% is near 40 pound. after month and I happy to get easier work that pay more.
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2023.06.10 23:13 titsoutfortaters Sensory reduction ear plugs

Are there any sensory-reduction ear plugs out there that aren't Loops or Calmer Flare? Any recommendations for others to try? Preferably not over ear.
I tried the Flare and don't feel like they do much of anything and can't get a good fit from any of the sizes and I can't figure out how to wear them either because customer service is super unhelpful and not in the US. Loops are just like cheap foam earplugs/buds that cost $40 but are the same thing and they give me that under the ocean feel that's super disorienting and annoying. I've tried all the different tips - silicone and foam, muted and not, engage, experience, etc.
I want something that reduces sound sensitivity of the little annoying noises - clanging, air purifiers, HVAC systems, electricity, piercingness of high and loud sound, etc. so I can exist and have some semblance of a life. I don't want to wear earbuds or I'd just wear earbuds and listen to music. I don't want to wear cheap foam earplugs or I'd just spend 75 cents at Lowes. I can't wear over ear headphones because I have severe TMJ and I have a very small head/ears so all of them are too big and just put pressure on my jaw.
I'm so tired of being autistic in this society. I can't be in my home, my friends houses, a coffee shop, a restaurant, the grocery store, and god forbid I do anything fun like go to a concert to see an artist I've been wanting to see to for literally a decade because god forbid we allow people to bring things into the venue to help them survive the sensory nightmare they've crafted for us. I'm so god damn tired.
Can someone just at the very least invent good ear plugs for the love of god???
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2023.06.10 23:10 Saint-Andros Out of Our Elements A NoP FanFic 6

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Lots of thanks to u/Killsode-slugcat for helping me work through this chapter with editing.
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Memory transcription subject: Tevri, Venlil Romanticist
Date [standardized human time]: August 11, 2137
With eyes still closed, I stretched my legs and arms, paws pushing up against the inside of my sleeping bag. A sigh of contentment escaped my mouth.
I let the world in—light falling down in shafts that struck my still-waking eyes. No trees were around to provide cover from the rising sun that hung low in the east. The sounds of life surrounded me, occasionally being broken up by particularly strong gusts as well as a hint of something else.
My head turned to that hint, who still slept somewhat soundly off to my side. Last night Jack had set up his own sleeping bag less than an arm’s length from my own, citing our lack of a fire as the reason to gather closer to each other.
He tossed and turned, occasionally, muttering incoherently. At least he’s found some rest. After carrying me for over half of yesterday, he had certainly earned it.
It was actually quite surprising how well he had managed it all. His slim build compared to other humans that I had seen was betrayed by a hidden strength and incredible endurance. I suppose millions of years of evolution tends to allow such a thing.
Some part of me still felt bitter about what he had done the night prior to our last, but it was clear to me that his apology was sincere. I gave a quiet snort. He probably wouldn’t have carried you on your shoulders if he wasn’t at least somewhat sorry.
The covers of my too-big bag were thrown off and I sat up, holding my knocked knees with my paws.
Rocky rolling hills with low-grown shoots of grass lightly waved towards me. The nearby mountain range looked down upon us with its well-kept snow despite the summer season. Even three days of standing beneath them didn’t eliminate their wondrously looming presence.
I reached over to my nearby pack and grabbed my pen and journal. I clung to every thought that passed its way through my mind, marking them down the old fashioned way. There was something special about writing my feelings down on something physical rather than some pad or computer. It felt real in comparison to the alternative.
It was incredible to me how one of, if not the most dangerous planet to be found within known space was simultaneously one of the most fantastically beautiful worlds I ever had the pleasure of setting foot on. What a travesty it would have been had the federation actually managed to glass the biosphere. Ironically it had been the Arxur that prevented such a disastrous outcome. Those same savages had…
“Gah!”
Jack shot upright from where he had lain. He heaved harsh breaths, chest rising and falling as though he had just sprinted up the incline of a hill. I looked on with alarm, but didn’t think to disrupt the startled man. His eyes stared down at the dirt in front of him as he hung his hands between his legs.
“You okay?” I asked. He whipped to look at me like he had forgotten I was there. Slowly, he turned back to face the dirt. “Yeah. Yeah, I’m fine.” He took a curt sniff and ran his hands across his face as he took a deep sigh.
He was lying.
The restless sleep, the violent rise into consciousness, the obvious distress within those wild eyes—all signs of nightmares. It had been years now since I last worried about such things, but I knew all too well how difficult they were to deal with.
A thought, as intrusive as it was unwelcome, pushed its way through the crowded thoughts of my mind, forcing my heart to skip a beat. What would be enough to scare a predator—human—to scare a human within their dreams? Instantly, I shoved it back from wherever it had come. He needs you right now, just like how you needed her.
I gently crawled over to the distraught man and set a paw on an arm while he leaned forward. At my touch, he turned his head towards me, staring with those forward-facing eyes. “Are you sure you’re okay?” I asked.
A slight snarl of a smile crossed his face, but no answer came. Jack stood up and stretched his arms outward, leaning back and forth.
“C’mon, let's pack up and head out. S’always good to start out early.” He extended a hand down to me where I sat still. How could he just brush something so terrifying off so easily? My tail flicked absently I guess they always have been a rather resilient species. Why should they be any different mentally? I relented to his proposal, grabbing his hand and allowing him to pull me upright.
Breakfast—much like last night’s meal—consisted of dry pre-prepped rations. Without surrounding trees from which drywood could be scavenged, we were left fireless. The ‘breakfast bars’ as Jack called them were a sufficient substitute for warm food. Every meal with the human increased my interest in the cuisine of his species. I hadn’t imagined it would all be so wonderfully varied and delicious.
The bar itself was chewy, made of oats, filled with dried fruits and sweetened by sugar. Each bite gave a satisfying crunch as my taste buds reveled in the impeccably delightful taste.
After hydrating and filling ourselves with calories, we set off once more on the trail.
This time, I was actually able to walk properly, though less than an hour after we departed, I was left wishing that Jack could scare me sleepless again—that way I could guilt him into carrying me.
While we continued, I walked without thinking much about the placement of my paws. I worried for my human friend. His mind was clearly plagued by something terrible, but the answer of what continued to evade me. The only lead I had were my own experiences, and in chasing that lead, my mind wandered back to the past.
As I was dragged from our home without protest, Devra lambasted our parents. Velnik cowered to the side as he watched the ordeal, helpless with widened eyes. Dad practically had to peel my sister away from mom as I was shoved into our vehicle. The echo of her shouts faded away.
It was the first time my parents admitted me for predator disease screenings.
An iron grip held my hand and led me forward through the stark featureless halls of the facility. A glance over my shoulder revealed my parents walking along. They dared not to risk a look in my direction. Tears welled at the edge of my eyes as the echoes of distant screams shocked my ears and flooded my brain with fear-chemicals.
My tail wrapped around my body and my ears bent towards the ground. Why did they want to throw me in here with the monsters? All I did was explore.
The facility worker threw me in a chair within a purely white room other than the single large black wall. From the ceiling hung a projector that faced one of the three white surfaces. After the worker left, my eyes floated through the room, narrowing at a sight that practically screamed of its existence. Dark lines were scrawled into the furthest corner of the sterile chamber.
I didn’t have the time to think about its implications when the screen clicked on and the lights dimmed, enhancing the image before me.
The metal chair fell backward with me in it, creating a resounding clang that bounded back and forth across the walls.
My hands slipped and slid across the slick floor, carrying my body backwards. This scramble led the wall to smash against my back. Without a thought, my claws joined the countless other marks of those who had come before me.
A towering, onyx-shaded visage of the malevolent beast prowled beyond the edge of my vision, obscured by tears of terror that practically blinded me. The blood-orange eyes glowed greedily and its mouth was stuck in a perpetual snarl. Viscera of a horrifically familiar color dribbled down its chin from where the meat was in the Arxur’s razor-sharp teeth.
With a click, the sanguine show moved forward to yet another horrific display. Another click. Another. One more. Click. Click. Click. Silence.
My eyes were as raw as my bloodied paws. Their scraping and scrabbling joined me with the other souls who had faced this same experience. When the lights flicked on and the worker came back to collect me, I curled up trying and failing to back away. She stood me up, patting me down before pulling me from the room. Everything was a collective white blur, compressed into a single moment of unfocused voices until I heard the vehicle’s door slam.
The ride home was silent as I leaned my head against the padded surface of my seat. Shallow breaths rose and fell from my chest while Mom and Dad stared ahead. They hadn’t looked at me once since we left the facility—or even talked to me—since we left the facility.
Among the many questions I had, one clung to the surface of my mind before being swallowed by its sea of screams. Why?
When at last we arrived at home, I barely even noticed. Only when the door to the passenger cabin flung open did I somewhat rise from my stupor. A sudden surprise wrapped around me and pulled me from the car, dragging away from my supposed guardians.
In an instant, I was rushed to my room and placed upon the familiar comfort of my bed before being coated by two layers of warmth; one was the plush cloth of a blanket and the other the fluffy warmth of my sister’s fur. “It’s ok, Tev. You’re home. You’re safe.” My empty eyes had no tears left to give, so Devra lent me hers.
You’re home. You’re safe.
“Tev? Tevri?”
My repeated name yanked me from the memory. Ugh, I’ve got to stop wandering off like that.
“You in there sheep?”
With a grumble, I responded. “I told you to stop calling me that.”
Jack uttered a mischievous chuckle. “C’mon, let's get over this next hill then break for lunch. Sure seems you could use a rest.” Despite it going unnoticed moments prior, I now felt my heart pumping hard and each breath heaved just as harshly. A short break will probably do me some good.
Together, we crested the hilltop and sat down both our packs and ourselves. I greedily lapped up water from my bottle while the man beside me calmly took several swigs from his own canteen. The food he grabbed was a pair of packaged items that he called ‘pasta salad.’
The small noodles were coated in a layer of creamy sauce and mixed with a variety of colorful vegetables that I didn’t recognize, but just like everything else cooked up by these humans, it was delicious. The sweet, creamy sauce contrasted nicely with the savory taste of the noodles and the soft texture of the pasta paired with the lovely crunch of the vegetables made for a wonderful meal.
As I munched on my food, the wind lazily played with my tail. My heart drummed onward, steadying into an agreeable rhythm before finally, my breathing leveled out.
A field of purple flowers greeted us, climbing and falling with the rolling land. Down below us was the river we had loosely followed, bordered by nondescript bunches of shrubbery. Rapid white waters splashed up and against rocks, breaking the flow and sending up spray.
When together we finished our food, we sat there, enjoying the world around us. “So, Tevri,” as Jack spoke, I met his forward eyes, “we’ve been out here for two days now and I still know next to nothing about you. Why don’t you tell me a bit more ‘bout yourself.”
The sudden question caught me by surprise, but I tried my best to answer anyway. “There isn’t much to tell. I write stories and poetry about the nature of worlds I’ve visited.”
“Well, you must be one hell of a writer to throw around money like you do.”
At the compliment, I felt a rush of warmth to my face. “I—”
Jack’s calm demeanor became one of surprise in an instant. “Is your face ‘sposed to do that?” A pair of my paws clapped to my face, trying and failing to hide the spreading orange.
“Y-yes!” I squeaked. “It’s p-perfectly fine.”
“Huh, right.” He didn’t sound convinced in the slightest. “Well, uh, what about your family? You’ve met mine already, why don’t you tell me about yours?”
Just as the orange began to fade away, a shroud of mist met my eyes and my voice sunk with my ears. “I’d rather not.” The whiplash of jumping from a sense of contentment, to embarrassment, to sad longing was jarring to say the least.
“Ah.” He held his silence for a moment, allowing the blowing breeze and the distant rush of water to fill the space between.
“I’m sorry.”
“S-sorry? Sorry for what?”
Jack gave a huff. “You know it's funny really. You Venlil, us Humans. I never really saw it before, but even just a few days around you, it’s shown me just how similar our people really are.”
Again, wind and water.
“If it means anything, I’ve felt your loss.”
What?! How does he know? How could he possibly know?
He must have picked up my confusion before he responded. “After the battle of Earth I got used to hearing that answer of yours.”
Oh.
Jack rose, swinging his pack around his shoulders. “C’mon sheep, sun’s not getting any higher. Let's get going.”
“YOU—!” The dour mood was immediately washed away by my guide’s hearty laughter. Again with the emotional whiplash.
It was amazing how easily he managed to do that. Try as I might, I couldn’t stay mad at him. As I shook my head, I followed my guide’s motions and grabbed my bag to join him.
For a while we walked quietly, but once again, Jack tried to strike up a conversation. “So, you mentioned you’ve visited other worlds. What were they like?”
I gave the human equivalent of a shrug with my tail. “Some were better than others, but for the most part, they were quite beautiful.”
“You have any favorites?”
My ears perked up. “Oh yes! The sky cities of Nishtal were incredible. Dwelling among the clouds, it was a rather uplifting experience.” Jack groaned with a smile still on his face.
“That might be one of the worst puns I’ve ever heard.” In response, I simply chuckled.
“Nishtal, huh?” The smile on his face faded. “That’s the world of feathered sacks-of-shit, right?”
“What? The Krakotl? Don’t be dense now, they aren’t all that bad.”
Jack scoffed. “That’s easy for you to say. They didn’t try to wipe the Venlil from existence.”
“If they succeeded during the battle of earth, they very well could have. Not that it matters anymore. Nishtal’s skies are clouded by the ash of their once-lush swamps and their cities have been plucked from the skies. Their world died.”
Jack gave a gruff grunt. “What goes around comes around I guess.”
I was genuinely shocked at what I heard. The anger that began to bubble within me was not the same lighthearted stuff from earlier. “How can you say something like that?”
“They brought it upon themselves,” he barked.
“That bastard Kalsim was the one who brought destruction to his people and you know it. Billions of Krakotl were killed or captured by betterment. Can you honestly tell me, or even yourself, that any species deserves such a fate?”
Silence.
“No. No I guess I can’t” Mentally, I gave a sigh of relief.
With my tail, I gave him a gentle flick. “The Krakotl are functionally endangered now, you know? They may have killed a billion humans, but for each life taken, tens of their own were paid.”
My voice began to choke. “I had—have—friends among the Krakotl. If you think that the mourning you humans experienced was harsh, I just want you to think; how would you feel if less than a percent of your people survived death or capture”
These words of mine were followed by an air of silence. I wasn’t sure what it was exactly, but something I had said clearly struck a chord with the man. Unlike me, Jack seemed to ground himself in reality, but for the first time since I met him, his distant unfocused eyes made it clear enough that his mind was elsewhere.
The remainder of the day flew by beneath this same blanket of silence.
We passed from the wide grassy knolls into a sparse forest that was more brush than tree. The trail led beneath their branches and through the tall shrubbery, rarely veering one way or the other.
When we eventually stopped to make camp for the evening, the sun was still slightly above the horizon. The campsite was similar to the one we had stopped at on our first day. An old steel fire-pit was set in the middle and a steel food container lay to the side.
Even as we set up, the cold quiet remained.
Progress was slow. Jack usually did the majority of the work, but tonight, his movements were taken with less purpose than I was used to. More than once, his hands fumbled, dropping something only for him to robotically reach down and pick it up again.
Once he did finally unpack his belongings, he left to find wood for the fire. At least this time, I found myself less frightened than when he had last done so. The deafening silence of my thoughts was more disconcerting than the idea of any hunters prowling nearby.
Whatever I had said, it didn’t just strike a chord. No, this had shaken him. Not even those nightmares of his had affected him this deeply.
In much the same way that I hadn’t wanted to talk about my own family, it was clear that whatever this was, he had no desire to elaborate further. I did find it odd however that only after mentioning the near-annihilation of the Krakotl did he seem to change. Perhaps it had to do with whoever he had lost? If this was the case, then I couldn’t fully blame him for his hatred towards the Krakotl. Grief is a powerful accelerant for the fires of rage.
On the other paw, my poor heart broke for the poor avians. So many lost. So few left. When the news had arrived back on Venlil prime, I devoted every moment possible to comforting my grieving friends; to Dualo, Oqui, Icatl and Haiula.
For some though, the grief of their new reality was too strong. Several of my dear friends had been unable to overcome that grief. My ears fell and my head bowed. If nobody else would remember them, I would ensure I never forgot them. They deserved that much.
Despite the clouds looming over my mind, my ears perked up at the sound of footfalls and I turned to see a bundle beneath Jack’s arms. Minutes later, a brilliant blaze burned before us.
It felt good to have a fire again. The protective warmth felt like a familiar embrace. From my pack, I grabbed the same blanket my guide had lent me the day before and wrapped it across my body.
While I found myself shrouded in comfort, Jack prepared our food above the pit. It was yet another warm meal of packaged food. The smell of spice wafted up to the tips of my taste buds as he stirred it about with a metal ladle.
The clink of utensils against our metal bowls rose above the crackling flames. Their sun still peeked out from behind the trees, though soon enough, it fell and with it, came the night’s chill.
Countless stars that you simply didn’t get to see on Venlil Prime appeared in the night sky. A glance told me that I wasn’t the only one impressed by their appearance. My wide field of vision managed to capture nearly the entire sky. I wonder, which of those stars is home?
A gust of wind blew by sending shivers down my spine. The effect of the Wendigo’s story hadn’t been completely lost on me, but the terror it inspired had at least died down to a manageable amount. Staying near to Jack certainly helped.
Speaking of him, I’d had enough of this silence.
“Hey Jack, how would you like to hear a campfire story?” I asked, tossing aside the quiet that had covered.
“Hmph. A promise is a promise. Didn’t really have a fire last night to tell a story ‘round did we. Guess it’s only fair to give you a chance.”
My tail gave a flick of excitement at his agreeance. “I must warn you, this is a bit less of a story and more of a poem. It’s one of the last few that I wrote before my travels across the Federation ended. It isn’t quite as long of a tale as that Wendigo story you told me, but it means a lot to me.
Jack gave a thoughtful nod. “Very well, I call this poem ‘The Wandrer’s Curse.’”
“Across the stars we wandrers go, not caring much for threat or foes, The skies we see are not our own, But from them wonder’s always shown.
From Nishtal’s clear and crystal skies, To Fahl where golden deserts lie, And ‘cross the cradle’s fruitful lands, Our own horizons do expand.
It is amidst these very sights, That we the wandrers oft delight, For friends we seek and friends we find, Across the worlds of species kind.
Thru mountains, oceans and the woods, Where those long past once walked and stood, The wandrers seek to find the past; A simpler time, no clouds o’er cast.
Despite the friends which we have made, The clouds above us cast their shade, Upon the surface of our minds, And seek our hearts with chains to bind.
It is our lot to flee from pain, Brought on by smashing, lashing rains. Til weary broken and undone, We fall with legs which fail to run.
But such is life—that beautiful thing, That brings one joy and suff’ring. So with this final cloudless verse, Remember thee, the wandrer’s curse.”
At the end of my poem, the crackling fire picked up where my words left off. My eyes raised to the heavens once more and I realized just how wonderful this life was. There was something truly sublime about existing right here during this exact moment; under the stars, surrounded by trees the whistling, beside a warm fire that staved off the cold.
Sharing it with Jack made it that much better.
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2023.06.10 23:02 tobobonobo Air[Trauma]: Inaccurate listing and customer support from hell

I recently had to use AirCover for a monthly rental that was inaccurately described in the following ways:
In addition to the those inaccuracies:
Around 2pm after the first night, and after calling AirBnB about these issues after being unable to accept the hosts' inadequate redress, we heard two 8ish round gun clips being emptied within 100 yards of the house in chilling succession. We don’t know for sure if it was the host but that didn't stop us from becoming deathly afraid and fleeing in a panicked rush - the news is full of awful shootings these days and we didn't want to risk dying.
I spent about 4 hours on the phone with support that evening waiting for AirCover to help us. Suddenly, and after previously confirming we were covered under AirCover, support started stonewalling us and we ate dinner that night in a parking lot. They wouldn't advise us on how we should proceed; whether we should get a hotel for the night or if AirCover cover us somehow. Instead, they just repeated "we'll call you back very soon" and then never did. We waited for hours for them to call back. Finally, after receiving no word from support before nightfall, despite us calling multiple times, we booked ourselves into a hotel at around 9pm.
About a week later, and after days of persistent attempts to get "rebooking assistance" and living out of a hotel, they sent a list of options - none of which had the features we needed and originally booked. We found a place without their help (more expensive of course - booking on such short notice), and still haven't received a discount for our new stay.
They gave us a partial refund for the original stay, but then charged us for 2 extra nights (3 total) and didn't explain why.
Now the email I'm getting is:
Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. Upholding the policies and standards that protect our community is very important to us. We’ve given your case and its details careful consideration, and we determined that you have not received yet the 20% Coupon for your rebooking assistance in your last reservation [xxxxxx] with your Host, Robert. As per checking on you last case, you have been promised to received 20% coupon not a discount to your next reservation. We understand that this might not be what you’d hoped for, but we came to this outcome because this is the policy and guidlines[sic] that we need to follow. Our review is complete now, and we won’t be able to offer additional support on this case at this time. If you’d like to provide feedback on Airbnb’s policies or your experience, you can do so any time at: airbnb.com/feedback Best regards, Edriel
They gave me a 20% discount on the three nights they charged me (where I only stayed one).
Do I have any options here - legal or otherwise?
This feels so wrong.
Update: They just decided to refund me for the nights that I didn't stay there, but said that they can't do anything more to help.
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2023.06.10 23:01 handofjupiter Salt Shed Info (e-mail from venue)

What time are doors?
Doors open at 5pm
What time does the music start?
The show will start at 6:40pm
*Subject to change
What are the set times?
6:40pm - Kamikaze Palm Tree 7:50pm - King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard
*Subject to change
I purchased a ticket to the show. What access does my ticket grant me? GA: A GA ticket for a show at the Fairgrounds grants you access to the viewing area directly in front of the stage, as well as the newly installed bleachers! Seating is limited and will be first come, first served. Premium: If you purchased a premium ticket, everything you need is in the premium area! Enter the Fairgrounds via an expedited entry lane on Elston Ave. Enjoy the premium viewing balcony and rooftop featuring the best skyline views in the city. You also have access to premium bars and a lounge area.
What's the bathroom situation?
So glad you asked. There will be porta-potties available outside, but our indoor space will be open as well so you can access the real bathrooms.
Will there be water?
Certainly! There is a water station outdoors as well as water stations inside near the restrooms. Empty plastic water bottles under 32 oz. and CamelBak/hydration packs will be permitted.
Will there be parking?
There is free street parking available close to the venue. This availability is first come, first served, and we recommend paying close attention to posted street signs.
Additionally, there are a number of paid private parking lots in the area.
Is there valet?
Yes! We offer safe and secure valet parking located in the lot across from the Salt Shed at 1401 N Magnolia Ave between Elston and Le Moyne. You can either pay upon arrival or reserve a spot online beforehand HERE.
If I'm not driving, what's the best way to get here?
Bike, rideshare, and public transportation are the preferred methods of transportation to our venue.
Bike: There will be bike parking available on Blackhawk Street near the main entrance of the venue.
Public Transportation: Division/Milwaukee blue line stop is .7 miles away North/Clybourn red line stop is .9 miles away Damen blue line stop is 1.4 miles away Several buses make stops near The Salt Shed, including the 70 (Division), 72 (North), and 9 (Ashland). There may be other options depending on your location.
Rideshare: We will have a designated area for rideshare pick-ups and drop-offs near the main entrance of the building.
Will there be a bag check?
We will have a bag check. Space will be limited, so if you have to check your bag we recommend arriving at the venue early.
What are the prohibited items at the venue?
Please note our bag size limit of 12" x 12" x 6" - Bags larger than this will not be permitted. You can see the full list of prohibited items here.
Will this show be cashless?
Yes, all of our shows will be cashless.
Will the Salt Store be open?
Yes! Our Salt Store will be open with merch and tickets (at reduced fees) aplenty from the Salt Shed and other favorites like Empty Bottle, Thalia Hall, and SPACE.
Will there be food and beverage available at the show?
We will have a variety of food and beverage options available for the shows: Pizza Friendly Pizza (see details below) Food trucks! Including: Cafe Tola DönerMen Happy Lobster Yum Dum Food Truck Plus, pop ups from: Beach Ave BBQ Tola Tacos And last but not least, a comprehensive beverage program of Chicago-based draft favorites, house made craft cocktails, and a variety of non-alcoholic drinks.
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2023.06.10 22:58 MonkFancy481 what is wrong with my sister?

I am wondering about my sister so I can gain a better understanding. I am currently upset and am aware of this. Here's a bit of background about our family. My dad gave no positive attention to my sister, or me growing up, he is a control freak, he did nothing with us as children other than go shopping, or to the park as a family a few times, and family vacations to the same boring location over and over again (he is scared of change). My mum spent her life with my dad, unhappy, trapped, and controlled, and has to deal with him getting drunk every night. My mum is nice, simple minded though, and is so placid and easy going (both of her parents left her when she was very young and then she met my dad) but she did nothing about it and put up with it, even though she lives in misery in front of negative UK tv drama shows in the evening, while my dad drinks his vodka and repeats himself, whilst pausing the tv to comment to the room every so often!. They have no friends, at 73 my dad is still drinking a bottle of vodka a day, and it shows. His temper is terrible. If I give a list of things that I've noticed about my sister, how might she be diagnosed? I am on vacation with her at the moment and it's not going well. I am very sensitive, which doesn't help in dealing with her, here are some things that have happened, and some traits of hers that have hurt me in the past, I am wondering what might be going on. - she is very judgemental, and doesn't think about the big picture, and where her judgements might be coming from. - she is controlling (kind of like my dad who is a control freak. Over the years, even though she knows my dad is explosive, she hasn't given up, she'll push, and say things she know will really offend him, where as I would think, OK I know how this is going to go, avoid at all costs, she'll still go there and end up in a fight with him. - when my friend died in a motorcycle accident, I told her he wasn't happy in life for various reasons, and she responded with 'well maybe it's good that he passed away'. - today my foot was hurting and I needed a band aid. we were heading to get on a boat in spain, I asked her to wait for me while I got a band aid. So when I get back 3 mins later, she's gone, and has taken my mum with her t find the boat boarding area. I panicked and looked around, went in the wrong direction, got really stressed, she basically went to board the boat without me and tried giving me directions there. I was clear about where I was going and that i'd be back in a minute, but she had to leave to get the boat, which I found selfish and inconsiderate, we had enough time. Having no ticket, no idea what the name of the boat she had bought tickets for, anxiety, and feeling abandonment, I gave her a peace of my mind when I found her and told her you don't leave your family - your brother, when he's asked you to wait a minute. We are in a new country in a busy part with boats EVERYWHERE in all directions.Not that its relevant, but my mum chimes in with 'you shouldn't have wondered off!!!'. argh! - my sister is clumsy, quite ego based, and seems to think highly of herself but in an ego way. - she can't drive a car, she failed her test over 20 times before giving up, which deep inside I felt, that if she did drive she would crash. - I once taught my sister how to double click on a mouse, and she couldn't do it. - she is heavy footed, and has a bad knee as a result (stomps about a bit) - she can be nice in offering water, food, and making nice gestures, but after she does something more serious, like leave me ditched, I find it hard to accept these gestures immediately afterwood, although she is trying, I just have a knee jerk reaction where I want to be left alone. - she doesn't seem to consider me properly. she does in a surface level type way. but even this trip, i'd asked her to include me. she books it, then tells me after, I reluctantly buy my tickets too, even though the hotels only offer 2 beds, and no 3 beds, so it's quite expensive for me. - she isn't smart mentally at playing board games, or sports. - she is unhappy with her weight (been dieting forever since young) always talks about my mums weight, what my mum is eating, and judges. -Once I took my top off a few years back, I was in shape (not overweight anyway) and she grinned and looked me up and down, not in a pervy way, but in a judgemental way, and I find it hard relaxing, knowing the judgements might be there. - she is VERY animated. She is usually either frowning or has a weird look on her face, she wears her inside on the outside. I will say, that I have a bit of this also. but nowhere near as bad. - she has had cognative behavioural therapy a long time ago and found it beneficial, but I think that she needs more, she didnd't follow up with any of this type stuff after it seems like a wasted effort (although maybe not) - Once I huffed because she asked me to get something after a long day and I had just sat down, I was tired, and she exploded in rage. Creaming somewhat like a demon. Or george castanza's father, if you know who this character is! - This was taught by my dad (blasting if the conversation doesn't go his way) and she resorts to this sometimes and it's akward and when she does I just cave and leave it it's too much. I grew out of this in my early 20's after being away from my father for the last 20 years, and I'm happy I did because I know it's abusive behavior and unacceptable. - She does try to make amends, but again it just feels like... after the treatment I've had enough... and I'm stuck on vacation with her sitting in my hotel room because i've had enough of it for a day (feeling like a loser over here with some guilt because I am not handling her very well). - She isn't good with riding bikes, her motor skills seem ok at first glance, but she is pretty clumsy. One the way here, she almost sent my mums luggage to france, instead of spain. - she has never saved for a home. she spends her money on vacations, multuple vacations every year. - With this vacation, she doesn't appreciate I've spent 5000 on the trip. And planned everything, asking me if iher plans are OK, but really, she knows what she wants to do and will get v upset if I interfear. I did suggest a town I wanted to visit, which she quickly shot down. She does however say we can pick a day to do all the things she wants, and asks me what I want to do sometimes, but I feel reluctant to want to work with her because it feels like we are not playing on an even playing field to begin with, so I just give up and do what she wants because it feels crappy. - My 19 y/o daughter doesn't appreciate her meatheadedness and didn't want to come on the trip because of her, which I understood and didn't give her a hard time over. She has hung out with her before and finds her mental behavior annoying. - She calls herself a crazy cat lady!! proudly and strangley! - after some drinks recently at a family gathering, after a few drinks, she shouted / proclaimed in a proud angry righteous way 'I"M A CRAZY CAT LADY AND I DONT F'INGGGG CARE'. I just looked at her stone cold sober like... j christ... (she has two cats and likes to pet random cats like most cat lovers do. - She is very surface level. Somewhat obvlivious, I am more of a deep thinker, much more empathetic and thoughtful when it comes to others, which makes being around her difficult. I am really into self awareness, because i've had a lot to work through. Although I know this isn't about me (this is where the part of being being upset is probably not keeping me on topic). - She is narrow minded at the best of times. I realise some of the above might seem laughable. Doing my best to paint a picture, and probably venting as well. I am familiar with narcism, but I am hoping for a more accurate idea of what might be going on, obviously I won't take it firmly as a diagnosis, but I am just wondering what could be going on with her mentally, is she on the spectrum or something else?
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2023.06.10 22:57 IOTSONLINE LG Energy Soultion Kindergarten school

We're looking for teachers who have F2,F4,F5,F6 Visa and E2 Visa transfer and already reside in Korea
Our company,LG Energy Soultion, one of the biggest companies in korea is presently seeking 2teachers who can work as kindergrten teachers in Cheung-Ju city. Teachers with experience in the field and a relevant education background will be given priority in the hiring process.
Job Information
  1. Open positions: Kindergarten teaches
  2. Loclation: CHEONGJU CITY in Chungcheongbuk-do
  3. Name of the school: LG Energy Soultion Kindergarten school
  4. Starting date: in the middle of May
  5. Working Hours : 11AM~5PM
  6. Salary: 4million won (Housing allowance included)
  7. Vacation: 10 paid days, five in the summer and five in the winter
  8. Housing: – single or shared housing provided (near school)
  9. Insurance: 50% Medical insurance paid by employer
  10. Pension: 50% National Pension paid by employer
  11. Severance: Upon completion of one year contract(Equivalent to one-month salary)
REQUIREMENTS –
some requirements are only relevant for those currently living outside South Korea.
  1. Hold a valid passport from one of the following native English-speaking countries; USA, Canada, UK, New Zealand, Ireland, Australia and South Africa.
  2. Hold a four year degree in any field.
  3. Photocopy of diploma – this must be apostille certified.
  4. National level criminal background check – this must be issued within 6 months and apostille certified.
  5. A medical check
  6. Must be a native speaker of English.
For more information, contact us at [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected])
To apply, you must send the following to the above email address,Contact me at 010-2653-6042 (Jack)
  1. Resume
  2. A cover letter outlining your teaching philosophy and why you want to apply for this job.
  3. Reference information from past teaching jobs.
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2023.06.10 22:53 MaleficentPen4147 Conflict Rocd

Hello, am writing because I feel very anxious, my relationship was going well, things were under control, but there were 2 discussions, the second was about our values, don't know if it is a value, but it is about how we will keep accounts when we live together, I can't give 50% because I literally earn less, but he got caught up in the future that he would like me to give 50%, later he disagreed with me but there was a big discussion, now he understands me but I think he did does not lose me, I feel anxious again after a long time, I don't know what to do, help:(
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2023.06.10 22:52 justapeiceofgrass [LFA] Here to refresh this character request, if I could pay I would, but no money of my own

So, first of all, hello, to any possible artists. This is the second request I'm putting up here, just for the record. His name is Zeppy, he's a Changeling Jester, the original class was way of the drunken master monk, for the flavor of his fighting. Now, I'm bringing him back with a homebrew subclass that allows illusionary duplicates of himself, which he can attack through, which only do psychic damage, but it takes your action to do so. I'm not gonna explain everything it can do, but the duplicate ability is probably important. Now, going to the description: Despite the vivid colors of his typical court jester outfit, which he removed the jingle balls from, he is quite stealthy. As he never really removes his mask, he always looks like a changeling, until he decides to take the form of a more demonic version of himself(no powerup to do that, it's mainly flavor for intimidation). Due to this, the face under that classic comedy mask is always the near pure white of a changelings skin, with the eyes not having pupils, as with other changelings. The hair is usually the messy but neat bedhead type, he's around 30, as the DM allowed him to come from that original campaign, through a shared world thing. As for height, he's 5'9", he wields a couple of daggers that he hides in the outfit, and a rapier, which is clear to see, but he doesn't have it on him during Performing. If it matters, he has 10 strength, 20 dexterity, 14 constitution, 14 intelligence, 14 wisdom, and 18 charisma.
Even if you don't decide to draw it, thank you for reading this. If you'd like to contact me for more communication, or just to get some more details, send a friend request to Alex 2.0#5830 on discord. If I'm not supposed to put that there I'm sorry, but I didn't see anything for accounts.
Have a good day/night, know that you're loved, and don't push yourself. If you're sleepy, please take a nap.
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2023.06.10 22:52 i_donotKILL I played the Elevator Game and ended up in a world I cannot return back from. Please do not play this game unless you want a similar fate.

I am writing this in hopes for some help and to guide others to not have the same fate as me. I think I have made the biggest mistake of my life. It has been 5 months since it happened and I haven't been able to fix it. This phone is the only connection to the realm of my birth. My original world. I probably cannot undo my mistake but I can guide future players.
My phone it's Android. It has an IR blaster, the only reason I bought it, and for some reason, this phone can hold its network through dimensional change. As if it's a loophole, a glitch in the broken matrix that i was facing. Not that i could actually make any use of it because I am still here.
The people here look like us. They all do. They are very sapient. They look just like us. But my bones know that they don't have the same origin as I do. They are good though. Have the same societal issues, the same intolerable governing body, protestors, and unrealistic agendas, the left wing and right wing at each other's throats. People who should touch some grass have podcasts. People who should have podcasts enjoy their lives. They are humans, just like us, but they are not us.
The rules stated by the urban legend still strike the same to this day if time and space follow the same routine, follow the floor number pattern, pay no heed to the lady that enters the elevator on the 5th floor, leave the building immediately if you return to floor 1, etc. I followed them all correctly, but the rules are no guarantee as to whether you will be safe or alive after your elevator journey is done, the rules only make sure the procedure is correct.
Hey you know what I will write down the rules in short, for your reference to my guidelines but the rules should always be memorized to your bones and spine, this is your SOS and your key. You will find the set of rules on any website. I suggest visiting multiple of them before you start your endeavor. Because each of them gives you different kinds of warnings, something the successful players learned from their own experience. And take this advice of reading through all of those points from this unsuccessful player.
One thing the rules on blog sites don't mention is the choice of which world you want to enter. Because most players enter an identical world with no electronics and no living thing around them. Only a red crossed window that's far stretched away from where ever you look and keeps on moving further away from you. My case was vaguely different.
  1. So firstly all you do is enter a building with more than 10 stories.
  2. Enter the lift via the first floor and only by pressing the "up" button
  3. Follow a pattern of floors, press 4 then 2 then 6 then 10 then 5.
  4. On 5 a lady shall or shall not enter your floor. Then press 1
  5. When you press 1, you will either reach 1. or you will reach 10.
  6. If you reach 1, get the f out of the building and don't come near it, not in 6-7 months i suggest.
  7. If you do reach 10 congratulations. your first part of the journey is a success
now Something, about the lady. Do not interact with her at any cost because of course she is not a lady, no matter how pretty she looks, oh you looked at her? alas, that's also a grave mistake. don't look at her, don't talk to her. Just ignore her total existence. If you know of the elevator game you are already aware of how you should not interact with the lady and all. But one thing is often left blurry is that what you should do if she does not enter. This was my case.
So my advice here: If the lady on the 5th floor does not enter. Then just hope that you do return to the 1st floor after you press it. if you do no then, and start ascending. continuously press any and every floor button for it to stop, or maybe the emergency or call button so that the staff can stop the elevator. Because if you end up reaching the 10th floor, good chances are you get to meet me and we make a cute therapy consult group for people who can't return back. :)
I remember everything from that night so vividly. I did your usual pattern follow. I entered the lift when no one was using it. I entered 4. went up there, meh nothing happened. Then again I pressed 2. I felt a vague chill around me. As if the mechanism of the ritual was understanding my intention. I pressed 6, then after it reached 6, I pressed 2, then 10 then 5. Oh, 5. The elevator door opened. And there she was, standing with all her glory. I did not look at her. but of course, i could see her from waist to bottom. She was dressed in Russian traditional clothing. not something i was expecting from an urban legend that became popular in Korea and japan. I think her wardrobe is a good collection from all cultures. or maybe there's more like her? Who knows?
I could feel it in my spine she was looking at me. She stopped the elevator with her foot so that the doors don't close and asked, "Baby which floor are you going?"
I followed the rules, did not look at her, did not reply to her, and completely ignored her.
She said, "Not much of a speaker eh? no worries have your ride. I hope you have a better life."
I have no idea why she said that. Looking back I think she knew what was going to happen to me. She knew that I was not going to end up in the world most player venture into. "Better life," she said.
She did not enter the lift and I pressed 1. The ritual, now tainted because she did not enter, worked. I reached the 10th floor. And when the doors opened, it was like nothing changed. The building I entered was a hotel. The housekeeping staff was running around. I heard children crying. Some Karen was screaming at a worker because her coffee, which she made from their amenities tasted bland. It was very confusing for me. I think I assumed the ritual did not work. And the lady was just another lady who could have been high. I walked out of the elevator and I felt great.
"those silly online urban legends, such lies" I probably had muttered to myself.
I took the lift again, reached the ground floor, and walked out of the building. Everything was going well until my head started hurting and spinning. and i was slowly passing out. and that's the exact moment i remembered from one of the posts of an earlier player "Do not at any chance lose your consciousness. and if you do, no matter where you wake up, return to the building, re-follow the exit ritual pattern and return to your own world."
My head felt dizzy as I woke up. In my very room. I thought to myself, was it all a dream? Did I search so much about some damn urban legend that I had such a deeply engraving dream? For heaven's sake. I jerked myself up and got down from my bed. Even my clothing is same as the last evening. I didn't know what was more weird, that i was wearing the clothes from my dream or that i remember the dream so vividly that i can even recall the outfit i was wearing. Also my phone was in my pocket. This is something i just never do. No matter how sleepy i am. i keep my phone on the other end of my table, in case it might just blast if the lithium goes through a thermal runaway.
AND! That is when i noticed. My table. It was completely on the opposite side. No no, it is right beside my bed, just like every day but the bed, and the entire room, its opposite. As if it were mirroring the room i know. Also, It wasn't just a complete mirror. my room was smaller, just a bit in breadth. One wouldn't notice it even if they visit my room on a weekly basis. But it's my damn room of course i would know even if a fly moved differently. Lo and behold, that extra loss on my room, was added to my washroom. Again, one wouldn't just notice it right away.
In a nightmare-like urgency, I rushed down the stairs to call complain my mother, and that is when the realization hit me that I did, in fact, play the elevator game. My dad was there. In the kitchen. Alive and happily married. Figuratively much different from how I remember him. I stood there in shock with my mouth wide open. How could this be? I remember my father. The last time I lived with him was until I was 9. When my parents parted ways. The last time I saw him was when I was 11, when he died. Not that I cried, he was far from what a father is supposed to be. I am 25 now.
"Good morning Sweetie!" His voice sounded oddly different. I was utterly petrified by this moment. There was a quirky yet calming nature to his sound which creeped me out even more. I dashed out of the house while grabbing my backpack from the sofa. I could hear him call out my name in my concern. This is it. This is definitely it. I crossed the borders of the unknown realm. But why are people here? Isn't it supposed to be dark with no one in it? No electricity and all ? But there is everything. This is a whole other world, what went wrong?
I had to return to my world. I ran through the roads and traffic to the hotel. Hotel Sunset. As I crossed the roads I could see it all. Cars stopping at the orange light. People walking in blue. I mean they are still following basic physics by using orange, longer wavelength for stopping cars. but does Red not exist in this world? not it does, OH MY GOD, the road lines are red.
I hurried through the crowd to reach the hotel. I pulled out my phone, which was surprisingly working perfectly. Internet, gps everything. It said i reached my location. "Hotel sunset"
I looked up, it said "Hotel Moon shine". I am surprised it wasn't named "moon rise", it'd would have been the cherry on top then.
I walked in, the Interior looked the same. I waited and waited and waited for the evening to hit and the horde to lessen. I stood up and walked to the lift. I repeated the entire process.
The lift stopped at 5. Instead of the lady, someone else entered. I of course didn't look up, but they entered hurriedly, screaming my name and i had to look up, i was already freaked out at this point. It was me. I was looking at me. she, well me, or wait she? she held the lift by her foot. What's up with women in the elevator game to hold the elevator by the foot?
"what did you do!? " I - I mean she said, one that looked like me.
"what did i do?" i replied back. . Whoever this doppelganger was. sure i was petrified. but here i was.
"DID THE LADY ENTER YOUR LIFT ?" she screamed at me.
"wha?" i was trembling at her screeching was. the white portion of her eyes started to redden.
"OH MY GOD DID SHE OR NOT ENTER WHEN YOU DID THE RITUAL?" she again proclaimed.
"she didn't." i replied and slowly lost my leg strength and somewhat collapsed while sitting down.
"why? why did you complete the ritual then? did you not read before you did? you are supposed to be me, you are supposed to be smart. heck, aren't you supposed to be smarter? oh my god. is that my backpack or yours?"
I just shook my head and handed her the backpack, it was hers definitely. I never put on any anime pins on mine. Speaking of anime pins, naruto here has pink hair. Isn't that cool?
she took out her phone and said "If you want to go back home go to this tumblr account and download the app. The account is called buihotline.tumblr.com "
And she left.
Was that the me of this universe? do we have counterparts in every universe? How many universes are there? are these even universes the way our science teaches us universes?
The lift started to quake. the light started flickering and I could hear some noise. soft noises that slowly grew louder and louder until they became uncontrollable screams. my ear drums were hurting beyond control. until it all stopped and the lift door opened. I stepped outside. Yet I was still there at "Moon shine hotel".
I tried the ritual again. I ended up back here. To floor 1 and I went back "home" to my "dad" and "mom". For the next 7 days, I kept on going back to the elevator, trying the ritual continuously and failing. On my way, I noticed new and new things about their world. These people like to greet each other in a very weird way. They grab each other's throats and smile. Almost sadistic. Language is very similar, but there are a few words and phrases here and there that have changed with customs and traditions. Honey here tastes like metal. Cows don't Moo, and birds chirp, but the sounds are unfamiliar, dogs don't exist. cats are the only domestic animals here. I read similar things in some blogs, but never did I think I would get to experience them for real.
Either way. On every failed ritual, I reached floor 1 and went back home. and repeated the cycle Until the 7th day, I got so fed up, that I kept on trying multiple times. but all I did was end up on floor 1. But I saw the weirdest thing.
Well, I can fill in on what happens if you immediately don't leave the building after playing the elevator game and ending up on floor 1. You see, well better than seeing failing grades or not being able to return to your own world, ghosts. Yep pretty much. Deranged souls that roam around the building. That is exactly what you see. And once they notice your existence, god save you. If there is any.
Mine was rather sarcastic. They did infact noticed me. They all came running towards me, looked right at me, smelled me and then slowly moved away and kept on about roaming. My heart intensified so much, it felt like I just lost a marathon I almost won.
I saw a man, maybe a bit older than me, in his 20s, walk down the entrance come and sit beside me. "They won't attack someone who's like them. You are of no use to them. They used to belong here, but don't anymore. and you never did."
I looked at him with a frightening shock. I took my bag and ran back home. Only when i came back home i realized he could have had answers. But i was so terrified at the moment, the only thing I could think of was getting away from him. I needed answers. I need to enter the website the other me mentioned. I got a new phone from this world. they didn't have Google, but I tell you their search engine is much better, it has AI integrated within. The account never opened from the new phone. Tumblr did. but that account never did. Then I tried my own phone and voila! The page had nothing. A heading, a two-liner bio, and a link. Link to download the app. Tumblr happens to be one of the only few apps that do work in other dimensions. Apparently, it has something to do with the first person who jumped dimensions, not only did they jump, but they also jumped through time and made sure every world had Tumblr. It's kinda funny they could have chosen Reddit, it's much more effective.
I loaded the app. Its a 2010's forum-based app. There are discussion topics under which you make threads. You got a chat box to interact with other users. the main discussion had a guide. I searched through it and finally came to the part "how to enter and leave a mirror world" aaand its blank. well not totally. A couple of reasons saying why you should not enter it. A bullet point that said download this pdf to know how to return back to your own world. I hurriedly clicked on it and boom the file did not open. I have never been so disappointed in my life.
There are so many dimensions else than the one with red cross and mirror dimensions. it is almost like aliens exist because some "humans" look so different. some people probably might even have ended up on my world as well. I wonder how they are taking it.
Apparently, only devices of one world present in another world, or at least have been in a few can open the website and run the apk file. Only androids work across dimensions. There's a conspiracy theory that the creators of android have got something to do with the entire interdimensional rituals and breaking the laws of space and time.
Either way, hoping to get some results I posted on the site wishing for some advice on opening the file or someone just copy-pasting the rules I guess.
I received a DM saying, "Since you have successfully crossed a mirror dimension You are capable of much more than you can imagine. But you should know how to use them, you have to be responsible for every move you make"
Good lord, I am not Spider-Man. The user further said, " I do not know where you are from, but I am from dimension 17391, go to the universal map translator and put the location, "Kairo office main building, st. red 22209". It will automatically give you a few building locations of your world." But the interface is very slow. Because it's not a singular place that has a counterpart in every dimension, there is one in every 4 hours of journey. It's an arbitrary location. It will take some time. maybe days. But you will reach."
I asked the user a dozen questions, how do I find the translator map, how many universes are there, and what do I do when I reach there? Why does everyone speak English? But they never replied. But now I have something, hope. A twinge of hope.
I searched around the app and found the map feature, build within the forum. It was on the top layer, but a confused me couldn't find it right away.
Ever since I found the map It has been nothing but a dilemma. 5 months. 5 months of intense searching and nothing. The first time I entered the location and searched, it landed me at the coordinates of a graveyard. The Irony. The second time, a fish market, the third, 3-storey guest house with the most normal Karen.
I can't even venture out every day. I have a "life" here that I have to maintain. This me had a similar job. Marketing manager at a pretty good company. The pay is almost the same. A bit lower here, but hey cost of living is also lower here. Putting those two together I probably have the exact same pay. But they have more facilities. Better vacation leaves. That is exactly what i took right after i downloaded the app, to understand the world better, and the changes here and there.
Morning, I go to work. where I sort out the place I will visit. and after work, i leave. Some places were nearby, some were far. One was in the neighboring country, luckily, the passport here is strong. But none of them work. I think I have broken the "not your universe? not the place? click again" button. Sundays and Saturdays are for long-distance locations. Also every day i cannot afford to go, even though the pay is good. In my world I used to live alone with Mum visiting me now and then. She and I had a family business along with my job, so all was good. Here I don't have a place of my own. And I gotta pay the bills around the house and sometimes take care of the business as well. Things are so similar yet different. I feel likeIi live in a deja vu.
By now i have crossed out almost 75 locations within 5 months, all of them being complete failures. I have crossed out 60 universes that aren't this one. I have made multiple posts on that app, describing my condition, where i am, and which universe it might be. If i even know this universe number and input it, the map translator will work much much better. I describe my original universe in the posts expecting someone to understand me and maybe send me a picture of my mother and friends, but all i have received are words of sympathy and hopefulness.
A few more people have send me their "kairo" addresses but they all can send only one to two messages before the chatbox stops. One of them managed to message me that i have to enter my universe number in the settings for the interface to work better. I also haven't been able to find the man from the hotel on the app or at the hotel either.
what do I do? Any piece of advice?
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2023.06.10 22:52 Human-Standard-3867 Is asking for help when I'm feeling okay - okay- if I'm at risk only at other times when I wouldn't ask?

I have been doing suicide ideation for months and getting worse, generally not one to commit to any self harm except head hitting, I display that commonly other than at college. Recently, it gets to the point I idealise it when the smallest thing happens, such as, a misunderstanding, or I get rejected. Last night I started to plan suicide, stupid really, but I can't get it out my head and how for the first time, I think I wasn't overall scared of the prospect of being gone, in reality. All it was was writing a will, writing a final letter, coming to terms with what would have been my final interactions, and feeling stuck at not knowing how I could do it without..you know...doing it.
I keep battling ideas of faking or exaggerating, but I need to get help. I no longer live in the present, I can smile and have a happy moment but it isn't complete with me wondering if I need to balance that happiness out with some fixing of my problems. Plus much more.
I wrote a note for help, to my teachers. I'm scared of faking, of exaggerating, of reality being confirmed and my feelings and thoughts and ideas becoming serious and important and there for teachers and family and friends to see, and for me to recognise and admit that everything in my head is real. I am terrified of vulnerability, and this is more than that. I can't even accept a teacher being kind and accommodating without feeling badly violated, this happens too if my family are talking opinions or having a happy, vulnerable moment.. Because I'm a fake to myself, I don't believe my problems can't be fixed if I just stopped feeling bad and faking my need for help.
Essentially, I feel better than earlier now, so considering the actual day I plan on giving the letter, I don't know if I should. I don't need help in that moment, so a note for help seems exaggerated, it feels like I am okay in that moment so asking for help is bad or manipulative, and that I should only act like the situation is dire if I truly feel suicidal in that moment.

It feels like doing so is letting my parents down and treating them as a people I can't rely on when that is nowhere near the case, but my parents don't have resources available to help, and have more fixated opinions of me and my problems than a teacher would. I feel a teacher would take me seriously and immediately act, and that is something I feel I need, but, it feels disingenuous, because maybe last night I'd need help, but not today when I feel pretty relaxed. So, it feels like it would be an overaction of the reality of the situation and manipulative to my teachers.
Also, what could happen? It's terrifying. Do they tell me to sit alone for a few minutes and then go back to class with a new bad taste in their mouth and extra eyes on me? Do they call the police or hospitalize me? Do they talk to me for a few minutes, get nowhere, and send me home and tell my parents? I don't want my parents to be burdened with this, I love them so much, and even them thinking of knowing of this reality of me feels worse than them seeing me acting out mentally and emotionally because of what I'm hiding.

I think this is a rant, but I would really appreciate any opinions or experience on the matter.. I'm not an immediate threat at all, except, I at least admit I am 100% driving myself insane with my self perception and desire for control, which affects my life in entirety... Is that not something to speak rashly about? It feels like society and other people try to act as if this is normal and I should just live like this and it gets better, rather than taking my problems seriously and wishing for another person to help me get it under control.
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2023.06.10 22:49 Usual-Shirt-7718 I feel like my roommate wants to kill me how do I run away. This is serious

I'm a male in my early 20's. I've known him since we were teens, hes always been chill but a year and a half ago he started making jokes about killing me. It started as small "haha I will kill you" stuff. Jokey friend stuff. Then it just straight up became him saying "I'm going to kill you" to me. I confronted him about it and he stopped for a bit. He's made various different off color jokes towards me about my race and sexuality, everything under the sun. As I'm writing this I'm at work but just last night as we were talking I catch him looking at guns online and when I leant in to check he scrolls away. When we were teens a mutual friend got touchy with him and I think he resents me for it since I introduced them but I had no idea that guy would do that and I've brought up to him various times that I don't condone that shit and if I could find the guy I'd beat his ass. He says he let it go but I don't believe him. He hasn't changed since we were teens he still watches all the same stuff, plays the same games, and wears some of the same clothes even. He doesn't have any social media and hasn't made any new friends since hs. He's just a total shut in. Most days it's just me coming home from work, and then popping in his room to talk. If he starts making me feel uncomfortable I'll either bring it up or leave.
I do not feel safe, I've pleaded to him, I've asked him to shake my hand and tell me for sure that I can trust him (I have audio of this and screenshots of me pleading and asking if we're good. Not gonna post for now)
I don't want to just go sleep at a friend's house because he knows where I work and could still find me. I don't want to stay with family because I don't want them involved. I want to believe that I'm just paranoid and maybe he's just fucking with me to fuck with me but this feeling in my gut makes me want to breakdown and cry in mid daylight. This post is absolutely a cry for help. I need to know exactly how much I need to save up and where are some cheap but safe places I can go to start a new life. I'm ready to just throw it all away and only take the clothes on my back. I'm at a point where I've been sleeping on the floor and taking cold showers to get used to being uncomfortable. Again this post is quite literally a cry for help if you've been in a situation where you up and left please talk to me and help me unravel this
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2023.06.10 22:48 stonk_in_my_sock Itinerary Check - 22 Days in July/August 2023

Hi All -
We are a couple from Midwest USA who are visiting Japan from July 10th to August 1st. It will be my 2nd time to Japan, and my partner's first. I am including a bit from my first time in Japan, but a lot of new things as well - my first time was over 10 years ago and I was only able to spend a week, so merely scratched the surface compared to this go-around. Our itinerary has been scheduled so that we can hopefully be a part of some celebrations for different festivals going on: Mitama Matsuri in Tokyo, Gion Matsuri in Kyoto, and Tenjin Matsuri in Osaka. I have plotted most of this out on Google maps to form this itinerary that I think should work out, however, I am open to any help/suggestions I can get! One of my main concerns would be having something scheduled on a day it is closed, or having something scheduled on a bad day of the week, too late in the day, etc. and not knowing until we get there. I appreciate any assistance I can get, especially getting as close to our departure date as we are. Here is what I have planned so far (questions at the end):


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2023.06.10 22:45 TonyMcTony [Pyanodon] Py Sci Pack 2 automated at 190 hours

[Pyanodon] Py Sci Pack 2 automated at 190 hours
Since I sunk so many hours into this mod, thought I'd provide a sort of journal entry for my progress. This will be a long-ish post, so if you are not interested in my horrible life decisions, just scroll through and enjoy the pictures. I hope with this post, i can give some insight to the people behind me progressing in the modpack. And i hope to keep myself sane enough to keep going and write about my adventures to the next sci pack milestone, and eventually Pyrrhic Victory!
Background:
I started Factorio about a year ago, didn't really like it at first when i was playing through the tutorial, and actually stopped. I remember thinking "wow I just pipe water to the boiler, add some coal and my stuff are all powered?" that was sort of a turn off for me. But then after giving it another try, i decided to stick with it and try to launch a rocket.
I played the default setting at first, and didn't like the pacing. I found myself advancing too fast through the tech tree. I got halfway through Blue science and didn't even really have a solid production of the components yet and felt like i was drowning. I restarted with marathon mode and it really clicked for me. Letting me learn about the basics before giving access to too many toys. In that mode i learned about dual loading belts, blueprints, trains (signals and station limits), and making 'somewhat' tileable/expandable productions. I didn't get into bots and i don't think i will. I only used Logistic bots to refill my inventory from malls and construction bots to remotely adjust my mining outposts.
Launched the rocket in my marathon mode, and decided to seek more! Before i thought to jump into the big mod packs, i tried to do a marathon mode Space Extension game to learn about scaling. Wow that was not for me. I got incredibly bored of making the same thing in larger scales so i quit.
So i looked for the next best thing in the list. Saw this Pyanodon pack and said, why not. Jumped straight in.
The run:
I started my foray into PY a few months before PyAE came out, and was sort of glad that i did around this time, so i didn't have to re-learn everything. I didn't really get too deep into PYAL yet. I had a few restarts due to realizing a lot of my errors, and decided to stop restarting about the same time the Caravan patch came in. The Caravans were so much fun, i stopped having any thoughts of quitting the mod.
I started the game with the Py default settings (no biters and no pollution... my computer is old), and tried to keep it as pure as possible. The only mods i used other than the full PyAE pack were:
  • Even distribution (to save my mouse and index finger during the burner phase... clicking all the coal was a pain in the ash)
  • Vehicle Snap (There is a lot of driving in this game, i think that's what Py intended... for you to explore. I got tired of veering off and hitting my electric poles so i made 1 tile wide brick "highways" to aid my driving, and use the mod to snap in the cardinal directions)
  • To-Do list (I actually didn't use this mod much... i felt like i needed a to-do list to write the to-do list, so i gave up trying to make use of this)
  • Playtime+ (Time flies fast when you're having fun. And this lets you see that :))
Since the devs of this mod pack revel in pain and suffering, i thought by keeping it as lean as possible, it would fulfill that goal. I've never used any of the other recipe searching or planning or calculator mods, i'll explain it later on if i remember....
*Sidenote about RSO* The base game resource generation is a bit janky when it comes to PY. I had to roll the map a few times because i'd say 5/10 the starting resource patches would overlap and you'd have an impossibly hard start if there's not enough iron or copper. While RSO solves this, it messes up spawning of the farther resources (So you can get unlucky and have no Zinc spawn closeby, but also on the flip side, lucky and trivialize the early game power puzzle if you get a Geothermal water spot that spawn 3-5 patches in a spot, you can run a centrifuge without any powerplans if you get 3-4 spots of 3-5 patches of geothermal! [Py default will only spawn 1 as they are very powerful in early science])

Here's the full map that i've explored. To find far resources (Salt/sulfuGeothermal etc.) i set up a fishturbine+radar in the 4 cardinal directions, let them scan fully, then move them clockwise to the intercards, let them scan, and etc. it was quite effective.

Here's a closer look at the main area, with tags to identify general purpose of the spot
Base showcase: K enough babbling, onto the important stuff.

Start with the achievement - Py Sci 2 automated. I was going to get it under 190 but i forgot to ship my mechanical parts lol.

A better view of the area. Primers, Retrovirus&DNA Polymerase, Good alien Sample and Py Sci 2. Eventually i might export science packs through that pre-planned train station (i.e. move PY sci 2 to Chem sci). Borders with the Arqad area since i needed vrauk cocoons and Arqad Venom

Self sustained Arqad area. Makes its own ingredients for Vrauks and its food. I ship in Ralesia/Flora and Tin with Caravans, and have a train station bringing in red-hot coke and the Arqad combs

Further down south from Arqad, i have my Korlex milk (& Casein/Tuuphra), Zipir, Paragen, Flavanoid makers. I had a tiny amount of fish makers here and quickly realized that it was quickly overwhelmed... had to expand another fish factory. The line of biomass will eventually reach my intended biomass processing area. For now it is not backing up anything (got one of those 800 slot warehouses holding animal parts [see my log sci area later]. I will make that biomass processing area soon....

Further away, at another tin patch, i started a fish factory. Here is also where i tried to play with the Aerial Discharge base. They are quirky but sorta not that worth it. I use 3 to go between this tin outpost (steam to mine) and my glassworks outpost to make steam to process tar (next screen)

I realized that glass is getting used more and more and i needed to ship it (Mech parts, Biosamples, etc.) So eventually i had to create this little outpost where it receives overflow fuels (Petroleum and Gasoline) and also on site tar processing and burn all the fuel byproducts (Anthracene, aromatics, carbolic etc.) I ship out the pitch and creosote to help make red science bricks and sand casting and rails. The Aerial base here is the other end of the path from the Tin patch for fish. Steam is used to break down tar. I ship in syngas to power the oil burner for steam with an underflow.

Biosample and redhot coke to the Arqad/Py Sci 2 area from before. I never automated Biosample before this (can easily hand craft for the initial ones for synthesis of Alien Life). Caravans bring in Titanium/Steel and Lead. Train ships in glass. At this point i started REALLY voiding stuff since it was getting too complicated to hook them all up to be used. Yes i can bring this muddy sludge to my moss area but it was not worth it. I never void anything with fuel values though (Except trace hydrogen in remote spots) since you can easily hook it up to overflow to a oil burner -> Steam engine.

On to the best part (in my opinion). My Mechanical Parts 1 subfactory. I use 6 caravans here. My rationale is that these ingredients are used in small amounts, so 200 brains (200 round trips) of 1500+++ ingredients each trip should last me a life time. I ship in: Quartz Ore, Green circuits, Zinc plate, Rubber, Solder, and Tin plates. The Small parts and copper caravan outposts are exporter stations. I ship in glass from rails, make plastic from the wastewater from the Fish factory you saw earlier. AND....

I have a 'Janktown Express' train that brings in 4 obscure ingredients to the Mech parts factory. It brings in Titanium (just because its in the area) with the three ingredients requiring Antimony Oxide - Vitreloy (Brakes), Iron-Nex-Antimony (Shaft) and Lead-Antimony (Batteries).

This is the original 'Janktown Express'. My very first train that i used to take 4 components to the Logistic Science area from the Antimony area. To this day this train is still on its own rail line and not connected to the main rail grid. Sorta like those 100 year old historic trolley trains that run through a main City.
Side areas:
Onto the other parts of my base, if you're still interested.

Here's the Logistic sci factory area that the Janktown express drops off the 4 components to. The Auog/vrauk slaughter houses are just south and ships all the chopped up parts into a giant warehouse where it supplies the animal sample maker. Circuitry sends overflow parts to the composter for biomass. Cottonguts and Moondrops are just north (not pictured)
Here's my Niobium area that i rushed since i was DYING for the niobium underground pipes. (Not sure if you noticed how much F-in pipes i have in my base yet). It's coupled with the oil sands processing area where i turn oil sands into Syngas. I like this avenue because it let's me use up all the waste products in my base. (Most) stone, and all gravel and sand are shipped here to make Filtration media/Activated Carbon. Stone is crushed into Gravel and excess gravel crushed into sand. Activated carbon turns the flue gas that Oil Sand processing produces into Syngas, and Filtration media turns the Bitumen from Oil sands into Syngas as well. It does mean i cannot burn syngas for nothing (like just using it as fuel for glass/smelters) as it WILL eat up all the stone/gravel/sand. Also have to ship in Zinc and Carbon Dust (from my Coal power plant area) via caravans

Py Sci 1 maker with some landfill spaghetti before i was able to reliably mass produce landfill. I vent chlorine here since there's no good use for it (yet), and you will get A TON of it from NaOH.

Here's the bulk of my power generation. I have only 3 geothermal deposits so far but even they are not able to power one centrifuge. (3 geo = ~150MW, 1 centrifuge = 207MW). This power plant provides 118x6 MW, produces ash in big quantities (and ships them out). Coal processing lets me mass produce coke through Red Hot Coke, and tons of coal dust for the Filtration Media area from before. I ended up making trees here, i think it was because of Coke -> CO2. I originally wanted to make bricks here as well (ash -> rich clay) for when i really need to jack up red science but i never followed through... i think it was not as efficient use of ash as i thought. I ship out coke here for train fuel, since you will make a LOT of them. Also i ship out hot air here as well to the smelter area.

I really appreciate the tar deposits since there's a very simple tech that lets you make simple power setups. Tar + Vacuum = Coke + Heavy oil will let you run both Oil and Coal power plants to make power in a compact setup. the Tar deposits don't look like they will run out anytime soon either. I might make more of these tar deposits around the map later on. (I haven't touched crude oil yet, but will probably do so next). Nat gas (the last of the 3 bitumen seep resources) is required for Arqads.

and Finally, a wide shot of the (starter) centre of my base, based around the crashed ship. This shows the seaweed/moss/ralesia areas better as well as the Auog/Vrauk areas, and Cottongut/Moondrop areas up top. The middle right side area was a LOT more congested with early smelting but i eventually moved them out to another area. Yes there's a lot of slaked lime pooled up that i am waiting for the next research (salt products) to use them. (Hope you like the creative use of landfill to cross lakes).
Final Word:
Some regrets that i had, and thought i'd share:
  • I really liked Caravans since they had near instant transfer (Faster than any stacked inserters... 1500 items per swing!). But i think i had a misguided vision when i used them for delivering raw ores to my smelting lines. They will require more maintenance from me (putting brains/food in them) as usage goes up. I am not looking forward to squeezing trains in to replace those caravans. But caravans for low quantity items are still amazing for their simplicity.
  • I probably automated Py sci 2 too early? I still have a lot of Log sci techs to go lol. Still have Phosphorous, MIBC, Molybdenum, guar and lubricant techs to research (and the TURD upgrades, if im interested in any). I remember i was completely done with Py1 sciences before i got my first Log sci pack at around 50 hours.
  • I hopped into Quartz 2 WAY TOO EARLY. i totally underestimated the amount of fine sand you need. My god you need a lot. It really crippled my petri dish making capabilities (and then crippled my Py Sci 1). I made a ton of sand makers and then ended up with a billion muddy sludge, and i finally gave in to voiding it indiscriminately (Overflow valve -> sinkhole). This might be the reason why i still have so many log sci techs to research. I will likely hook up the glass outpost to dump molten glass to my py sci 1 area before long.
  • Not taking the time to learn and figure out how to deal with creatures that use 10++ barrels of liquids and barreling machines. I had my arqad/korlex facilities back up so many times because the barreling machine was full and they could not take out any more empty barrels causing a jam. I think eventually i realized that those facilities do not start taking any ingredients in until it shits out all the empty barrels. Once i started paying attention to this fact, i was able to solve this headache.
Some words for the dev team:
  • This modpack is amazing. I think not using any QOL mods really makes this modpack shine. I believe using calculators or recipe searchers, just basically turn this masterpiece into building Ikea furniture. I.e. you look up Py Sci 2, it spells out exactly what you need to make it and which buildings, and then you just follow it to the tee, place them one after the other, hook them up and voila, you (after a long time) have Py Sci 2.
  • The buff to reinforced concrete, while INCREDIBLE (i can zip from one side of my base to the other, and don't have to rely on a car and avoid crashing into my own shit), made all the other cool tiles obsolete. Reinforced concrete is comparably much easier to make, and give the max speed (350%), while the other tiles (asphalt/iron oxide tile/etc.) give only 250% or matches the 350%. The higher tier cooler tiles should go up to even 500%. Also, i am not sure if the better tiles give faster driving speeds too? that would be nice too (if you don't rely on trains to get around).
  • Caravans. Whoever made Caravans able to path through trees and pipes, made these guys so much fun to use. I remember before this minipatch, i had to design my buildings in ways that the caravan ogres don't get stuck. Now they almost always are able to find a way through unless you put overflow/underflow valves in tight pipe setups or they get stuck on another caravan lol.
  • Solar and Tidal power seems a bit weak (at least at mk1). They are a pain to make and only give 5?MW (AND variable). Maybe if you bite the bullet and make a TON of them right when it makes sense to, it will pay off eventually, but so far the coal and oil powerplants overshadow the renewables. I assume when i get the processed biomass up and running it will be one more strike against Solar and Tidal.
Finally, i hope to continue this amazing modpack and maybe one day make that "PY COMPLETED" post like some of you have done so already. I really cannot believe how fast those guys who posted the PY COMPLETED posts have beaten this pack! PYAE only came out in december 2022? I cannot remember how many times i open the game, look at one of the recipes and immediately went to bed. I think it there were a good 3 or 4 times where i opened up the recipe for Good Alien Samples at night after coming home from work, take a look, and just shut the game down.
If you made it this far down the post, thanks for reading and hope you enjoyed this post as much as i enjoyed playing Py.




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2023.06.10 22:43 groverkimble outjerking homelessness all day everyday

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2023.06.10 22:36 Los-Da-Boss [WTS][WTT] BDK Gris Charnel, Nishane Ani (Bottle)

Have a full bottle of Ani and want to upgrade to a big one?
Well, this might sound crazy, but I’m interested in trading Nishane Ani 100ml for a 50ml Ani (yes same frag) and $50 cash to cover the difference.
My other Nishane bottles - Wulong Cha, Fan Your Flames and Hacivat are 50ml. I’d like all the bottle sizes to match if possible. Figured I'd take a chance on this forum.
Bottle Must be in excellent condition and full or near full. Prefer full presentation but not a deal breaker - NOT SELLING.
SELLING BDK Gris Charnel 100ml for $160 (retails for $205) or will trade for any of the following:
Amouage Reflection 45, Xerjoff Pikovaya Dama, The Harmonist Hypnotic Fire, Unique’e Luxury Crush On Me, Unique’e Luxury Mashumaro, Roja Oceania, Roja Isola Blu, Roja Elysium Eau Intense, Roja A Midsummer Dream, Narcotica Doza, Electimuss Mercurial Cashmere, Nishane Shem, Narcotica Dulce Diablo, LV Ombre Nomade** The Harmonist Sun Force, The Harmonist Moon Glory, The Harmonist Yin Transformation, Electimuss Auster, SHL God of Fire, Argos Triumph of Bacchus, Unique’e Luxury Beverly Hills Exclusive, Marc Antoine Barrois B683 Extrait, Marc Antoine Barrois Encelade, Electimuss Silvanus, Byron Parfums Mula Mula, SHL Venom incarnate, Byron Parfums Mula Mula Rouge Extreme, Xerjoff Richwood, LV Afternoon Swim, Kilian Blue Moon Ginger Dash, Indult Tihoti, Javoy Paris Fire At Will, Unique’e Luxury Kutay, Xerjoff Symphonium, Thameen Carved Oud, Argos Adonis Awakens, Argos Danea, Electimuss Imperium, Xerjoff Italica, Electimuss Black Caviar, Electimuss Octavian, Electimuss Rodanthe, L’Artisan Parfumeur Tea for Two, Nishane Wulong Cha, Xerjoff 1861 Decas, Nishane Zenne, PDM Sedley, Initio Blessed Baraka, Xerjoff Ivory Route, Marc Antoine Barrois Ganymede Extrait, Nishane Hundred Silent Ways, JusBox Cheeky Smile, Electimuss Trajan, Vilhelm Mango Skin, Marc Antoine Barrois B683, Vilhelm Dear Polly, Electimuss Pomana Vitalis, Amouage Ashore, Amouage Crimson Rocks, Casamorati Mefisto Gentileoumo, Electimuss Vixere, Ormande Jayne Ormande Man, Byron Parfums The Chronic, Byron Parfums Black Dragon, Le Labo Santal 33, Initio Musk Therapy, Javoy Paris Psychedelique, Frederick Malle Portrait of a Lady, Amouage Search, Byron Parfums Green Butterfly.
*Can add cash to make up the difference if your trade is more expensive.
Photos: https://i.imgur.com/7cVH7gr.jpg
If you want to Buy/Trade please comment before sending chat/pm. Let me know if you have any questions.
Will accept PP G&S as long as you pay the 4% fee - https://thefeecalculator.com/ Would prefer PP F&F, Cashapp, Zelle, Venmo, or ApplePay. Ships next day with plenty of protection.
Thanks for looking!
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2023.06.10 22:34 furtive Trip summary: 4 nights in Vegas at MGM Grand

We did 4 nights in Vegas this week, Mon through Friday, staying at the MGM grand.
MGM Grand Hotel: nice hotel, well located not too far down the strip. We had a grand king room and it was clean and well appointed and while not brand new, didn’t look worn down or dated. it was a perfect fit for the budget, and the confidence of having a smoke free room was great. We didn’t eat on site except for a lazy buffet day/pool day. Crowd was all conference and low key from Mon-Wed, not too busy at all, then on Thursday the unwashed masses began to appear, and the nightlife also became much more vibrant.
MGM Buffet: I got a two for one voucher through the myVEGAS Slots app and about 9 days of play. The buffet vouchers always seemed to be sold out but about 48hrs before my departure I managed to get one. Buffet was fine, the food and selection was good, the look was a bit dated. New menu items started showing up around 11am. Probably not worth the price for two full adults, but with the 2 for 1 it was worth it, the wife was very happy and I saved $30+ because of the app.
MGM pool: Lovely, we spent two full days here. All pools and river were open except the Splash pool, which looked okay but was closed the whole time, probably because things weren’t crowded. No problem finding good free seating, much harder to find free seating with shade but we got lucky on the Tuesday and there was decent cloud coverage on the Thursday. All seating on lazy river island was reservation only. Way quieter on a Tue than on a Thu. Didn’t get a floatie, they were $25-30+tax depending on the size, but never felt we needed one. Bag check was low key.
Cheap eats: we did Shake Shack and In n Out burgers and both were great, with Shake Shake winning by the tiniest of margins. Oh, and Evel Pie for a quick slice away from the bustle of Freemont.
Expensive eats: we did Momofuku and enjoyed the menu, best item (hard to believe) was the brussel sprouts and cauliflower.
Cheap activities: We enjoyed the volcano at the Mirage more than the fountain at the Bellagio, maybe because we came in with zero expectation. Too bad it won’t be there for long, glad we saw it. Pinball Hall of Fame was also a great value, we split $20 between the two of us and were there for well over an hour. Conservatory at Bellagio was way too tacky for our tastes.
Other activities: Blue Man Group was great, make sure you buy tickets from the MGM site and not from the BMG/Ticketmaster site, saved about $40/seat that way. Cirque de Soleil O had the most impressive stage set I’ve ever seen, magical really. Omega Mart was fun, we had 11:20am booking but would recommenf you book for 10am and make sure you’re on some drugs first. Vegas Neon Sign museum was good but short and felt a bit like a graveyard, lots of potential but $20/head was a bit high. Freemont was Freemont, but driving from Freemont down the strip at night was great and felt like out of a movie.
Side note: We rented a car on the Wednesday and did Red Rock National Park, Area 15, In-N-Out Burger, Pinball Hall of Fame, Neon Sign Museum and Freemont all in a day, it was totally worth it and added to the Vegas/Desert experience. Our only regret was that we could have spent 4-8 hours hiking at Red Rock but had tight 11:20am reservations for Omega Mart so that part felt rushed (we’re from Canada, seeing cactus and sand in the wild is wild!)
Other tips: don’t buy booze in the hotels/casinos, way cheaper at CVS/Wallgreens, same for food/snacks whenever possible. Uber from airport was $6 cheaper than taxi.
Canadian Tip: ATMs are a scam here. Casinos/hotels charge $9.99 just in ATM fee, it was 1/3 of that at Walgreen/CVS. And that’s not the half of it. Get your cash once and be done with it, and watch out, they will offer to “exchange” your currency during the purchase path, decline because there is a huge markup, let your bank do it instead. For example, I took out $400 USD, ATM offered to do the exchange with total coming out to $607.88 CAD but by declining that and having it use the exchange from my bank I paid $561.24, saving me $47 in scam markup.
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2023.06.10 22:34 ThrowRA-blue1 Partner (37m) wants to move to be nearer family with short notice, I'm (27f) not ready yet

Throwaway because my partner follows my other account and I'd rather keep this private.
My (27f) partner (37m) and I have been together for just under five years. We have been in a very serious, committed relationship the entire time and have lived together for most of it.
My partner comes from somewhere about 7 hours away from where we met and have been living. His family still lives there, and he visits 3 or 4 times a year including a longer visit around Xmas time. I join him often and when I'm able to (he has a lovely family!). My family and friends are pretty much all in the city we have lived in our entire relationship, and I do not know anyone in his hometown other than his family.
We were looking to move out of our current home, and had spent several weeks doing viewings for places in the city we currently live in. He then told me, very suddenly, that he wanted to move back to be with his family - I asked him if I wasn't ready to do that yet, would he be willing to hold off for another year or two? He said no, he wanted and needed to go now - and he'd like me to come but would be moving regardless.
For some additional context, I am an only child and my mother who lives near the city I'm in is single and disabled so I feel a lot of responsibility towards her (she's also just my best friend, love u mum). It's not a simple "grab my stuff and go".
After a lot of back and forth, I decided that I wasn't happy moving so suddenly - I needed way more time to prepare and feel comfortable with it, and with only a month to the move left I made the tough decision that I wouldn't be going with him and that this was likely the end of the relationship (there were some other factors I won't include here). I've been feeling upset, and angry to be honest. I tried to explain to him that 2 months isn't enough time for me to get on board with it and it felt unfair - and I was angry that after nearly five years together the relationship didn't mean enough to him for him to wait a bit longer. I appreciate he wants to be near his family, I want him to be too, but surely this is the kind of decision that a couple makes together as a team? I was always on board with us moving there together at some point, but when the timing was right for both of us and coming to the decision together.
He told me I'm being unfair and guilting him when he's done nothing wrong. I just feel so heartbroken, after years of him having other higher priorities I felt like our relationship was about to have some much needed TLC but instead he drops this huge bomb on me and makes it clear that, again, the relationship isn't his number one priority - it feels like there's always something else more important to him. He then told me he was going to tell his mum, who would confirm I was the one being unreasonable lol.
So, lovely people of Reddit, help me out here. Am I wrong for feeling this way? Is this normal for people to do to each other after such a long and strong relationship (which is what he's telling me)? Maybe I'm just being a romantic, but I always thought this was the kind of decision a couple makes together (at least after nearly half a decade together). I thought he was my future. Sorry for the ramble. It's been a tough few weeks. Thanks in advance :)
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