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2023.03.20 21:08 driftwood-and-waves Is it a rash? Is it an allergic reaction? Is it stress? Who knows!

Moms I'm so frustrated and upset for my daughter. She's 12, we moved at the end of last year so she started a new school with like 6 weeks to go. This is the first big move she can remember and the first time she's gone to a school where she knows nobody.
Mid last year she started licking her lips and they got all red around them, you know kind of like a clown lip. Got some PawPaw, and she stopped licking her lips and it started getting better It was almost gone and she got a cold and it came back again. And it hasn't left. We've tried PawPaw, Vitiman A, Anti-fungal cream, Doxicyclone (or however you spell it), anti- histimenes and QV lip balm (lip balm with a PawPaw like texture but a different base).
She's very good at just taking/doing all the things and just keeping on going, but she's 12, nearly 13. There's all the emotions and social anxiety that go with being that age and not really having close friends at the moment. And she just came to me sobbing this morning because she just wants it to go away. Everyone has met her with 'weird lips' and she is just done.
And tbh I don't blame her. We were referred to a Dermatologist but they were private and $300 for the initial appointment. Yeah no and insurance won't cover that and all the ongoing costs. We have another doctor's appointment on Friday (thank goodness she's still a child and is free) and I'm going to push for a referral through the public system for a specialist visit and that they take some sort of swab or scraping of around her lips cause I just don't know what else it could be.
It's dry and stiff and not red when she wakes up and then just gets red as she goes about her day. It's also itchy. We do have a cat with long hair that only lets our daughter pet her and she does hug her and smooth her face right up to her which I have mentioned before but the doctor has dismissed it as it didn't start as an allergic reaction, and has continued even as we have moved regions.
I know it's not life threatening or major I just feel upset for her, and was hoping the collective Mom wisdom may have some more ideas I can try/suggest to the doctor as we wait to be seen by a specialist.
(Not in America).
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2023.03.20 21:08 Schoonsy From zero to decent sales in six months: a reflection (and could use some advice for moving forward)

Hi all. I launched my niche YA fantasy series last year, and have made some good progress. I thought it would be useful for me to reflect on the process and also get some feedback about where I might go from here.
Sep 2022 - March 2023 Overview: Three YA fantasy novels in a series + a prequel published on KDP Units Ordered: 760 (ebook, paperback, and hardcover - mostly ebooks) KDP Royalties: Approx. $1400 Direct Ad Spend: Approx $1100
I spent the ~$1100 on advertising between Facebook and Amazon ads. I was losing money at first but I think I'm finally getting close to a profit zone this year. There are other expenses I've racked up like MailChimp and Squarespace and ISBNs.
The ROI is really difficult for me to calculate. For example Amazon ads says I spent $600+ lifetime on ads, but only made $80 of sales. But I know many people seem to have went on to buy book two and three or the prequel in the series. It makes it nearly impossible for me to figure out if those sales are coming from Amazon or Facebook ads, so I'm left wondering how to prioritize my ad spend.
Basically what I did was set up a series website (not much more than a landing page, used Squarespace and it was very simple) with a pop-up that says you can sign up with your e-mail address to get the first book for free. Then I used Facebook ads to direct people to the website, which was driving 100-200 e-mail signups per week when I was at peak spending. I figured it was a cost of about $.40-.50 per e-mail signup, which I think is pretty decent. Then I use a MailChimp automation to walk readers through the series.
I'm using really specific targeting to try to market to folks who have read similar authors/series that the books are inspired by. I also tried some e-mail blasts like Fussy Librarian which seemed to urge a spike in sales.
I guess I'm just not sure where to go from here. The margins seem razor thin, and I sort of feel like a crazy gambler sometimes, like "Oh, I'll just throw a little more money at advertising and maybe I'll make some more sales and see the results I want!"
Any advice for moving past this area of treading water, making decent sales but not really making a profit, to push things in the right direction?
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2023.03.20 21:08 Key-Advertising5320 Really low on weed

So I’m nearly out of weed but I save my stems don’t ask me why idk either but is there anything I can do with them to get high or at I SOL til payday ?
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2023.03.20 21:07 shakozzz Wednesday: Free Stand-up Open Mic Show

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2023.03.20 21:07 SalernoXbox Tarpon / Snook Fishing at night VS during the day?

My cousins and I are coming to Florida to experience the fisherman's dream. Where we're from all we have are our lakes for tournament fishing for bass, pike, and walleye. We have no idea what to expect but we just want to have an unforgettable experience.
We were looking at inshore vs offshore fishing and I was told from a few charter captains that inshore is more fun as you get more action with casting and retrieving. Considering we only booked a 4 hr trip, we decided on the Tarpon/Snook charter over the offshore charter - If anyone feels the offshore will be a better time please do share it with me, as we are newbies when it comes to ocean fishing.
My most important question is; should we do our charter first thing in the morning? Or at night? The captain told me that night fishing produces more action, while another captain told me bright and early in the mroning is the way to go. My uncle who has been deep sea fishing told me he would reccomend during the day to get the full experience, what do you guys think?
We're kind of going into this one blind, everywhere I research it all seems to look amazing, Florida fishing just looks so surreal. We will also be fishing the canals near the house, but we are so excited for this charter, and we want to have the very best experience possible. Unfortunately I don't think we can afford to do both inshore and offshore during this trip, so we want to pick whatever is best and come back in the near future to try the other

Thank you very much in advance for any advice or help :)
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2023.03.20 21:07 ProPatria92 [220306] Santander Performing Arts Center concert in Reading, PA. Thoughts/review on concert, Meet & Greet, venue switch, etc.

I did a detailed writeup on my very first concert experience last year which was seeing Dreamcatcher's Apocalypse: Save Us concert in Reading and I got a positive response so I wanted to do it again for this concert. Hopefully this will help future Insomnia going to their first Dreamcatcher concert that are anxious about what to expect. Writing all this down is also a nice way for me to look back on the experience in the future. This is gonna' be another long read, don't think I can just TL;DR it so feel free to skip around to specific sections if you like. If you want to check out my previous concert writeup you can find it here:
I don't think there is too much to say here, Ticketmaster is already garbage about scalping bots and they continue to show their incompetence with this fuck up. It caused myself a good amount of anxiety like everyone else. I decided to wait till the day of the concert to see if they'd send the extra email with my printable ticket. Well that never happened, so I was debating calling Ticketmaster or just risk trying to pick them up at Will Call. That's when I saw people suggesting to make a separate new Ticketmaster account to transfer my tickets to. Lo and behold, it worked! Seriously, shout out to those suggesting that and whoever figured it out, real life saver! The only silver lining was that my seating got bumped all the way up front (third row specifically) smack dab in the center. So I can't complain too much but it sucks to everyone that got bumped out to much worse seating.
Concert Prep
Since attending the last Dreamcatcher concert in July, which was my very first ever concert experience, I've since seen Kard in Atlanta and Pixy, AleXa, and Rolling Quartz at Otakon in D.C. Not a veteran by any means but I've got a bit more experience going now. I work night shifts during the week so my sleep schedule is usually trash trying to readjust to days over the weekend. I woke up on the day of the concert at 3am and began doing some prep work. Charging my lightstick and battery brick (for charging phones), getting my ticket sorted, checking where I want to park once I get there, etc. I bought some equipment to attach my phone to mongmonie so I can record parts of the concert while keeping another hand free if needed. My original plan was to use all my lightstick extensions and use it as a sort of monopod setup for recording the whole concert. A few things made me change my mind, the first was that I couldn't find a clear answer on if extensions would be allowed at the concert, then there was the fact that my seat got changed and I felt like I'd be blocking people's view with it (plus I'd have to break it down every time we had to sit). It would've been a more ideal setup in a PIT area in the corner where I wouldn't be blocking people. I had planned on using a completely separate phone to record the whole concert so I cleared up a bunch of memory on it, but in the process managed to brick my phone 😒. So I had to resort to using my primary phone. Anyway, I felt like I somehow spent 10hrs. doing concert prep, not sure how lol. It was time to finally head out. It's only an hour and a half drive for me, think I left the house around 2:30ish in the afternoon.
Arrival in Reading
I arrived in Reading around 4pm. Reading Parking Authority recently switched to gateless parking which I've never used before. I downloaded the ParkMobile app before I left. When I got there it only let me pay for a 30min. increment on the app, so I used that time to get a bite to eat since I hadn't eaten anything all morning. Once I got back to the parking garage I noticed the little kiosk where you can pay for the full day, so that's what I did. After that I walked down the street to the venue so I could grab my VVIP bracelet which only took less than 5 minutes since there wasn't a huge line for it at the time. I wanted to chill in the short line forming outside the venue and chat up some Insomnia but decided I should probably go back to my car and get some rest since I had been up since 3am (shoutout to the Insomnia with the same Seven Spirits hoodie that I had who said hi to me on the way back though). After getting a bit of rest I went to go line up at the venue, the weather was a really nice mild day (55℉/13℃) with thankfully no rain like last time! There were so many nice Insomnia handing out banners and freebies in line. One was handing photocards/polaroids and asked me my bias, said I couldn't choose so just give me a random one, when I opened it up it was a choccy milk Gahyeon polaroid! Even if it wasn't official I got so hyped seeing that, haha. Someone else was handing out some cute DC anime stickers, this time I specifically chose Dami since there were only two of those left (person behind me snatched the last one). I signed the Dreamcatcher Reason flag while in line, it's super unfortunate they couldn't end up giving it to the girls! The line started moving around 6pm and moved pretty quickly, I was in the doors past security by 6:15pm.
Santander Performing Arts Center Venue review
I grabbed a Blue Moon and waited in the merch line. This venue was pretty small so they only had one spot to setup the merch table. The line was super long and wrapped around the entire venue starting on the first floor and leading up to the merch table on the second floor. The line moved at a decent pace considering how much it zig-zag'd around the place, shout out to the staff that were straight up sprinting around the line making sure to keep it orderly and moving it around so people didn't have problems accessing the rest of the venue. I got my merch by 7pmish so I waited in line for maybe 40min. There isn't too much to say about the venue itself, you can pretty much see the whole lobby in that pic I posted while waiting in line. There were easy to find bathrooms on a level lower than the ground floor, there were big signs to point you in the direction of each seating section and staff were great about helping people find there correct seats. For some reason the staff here felt even more proactive with helping everyone than the Santander Arena (though everyone there was also very friendly and helpful). I got seated at 7:05pm and the first thing I noticed was how cramped the seating was. Sitting down my shoulders were touching the shoulders of the people sitting to both sides of me, I feel like plane seating didn't feel as cramped. Once I got seated, the Insomnia next to me noticed my camera setup to record the concert and we had a nice conversation about photography and the gear we each use. Also talked about the messed up ticket situation with the venue change. One of my goals was to talk to more Insomnia this time around so thank you to the dude that chatted me up as I'm terrible at starting conversations myself but once I'm in it I could talk forever, haha.
The Concert
Once again, I noticed everyone's fits being on point at the concert. So many people with cool outfits, custom clothes, some people were wearing outfits that matched certain Dreamcatcher stage outfits, etc. Shout out to the bunny costume guy hyping everyone up before the concert! One thing I might've messed up on was footwear, whenever standing and jumping I could feel my feet killing me. I'm used to standing all day at work in these shoes, so I think it was the jumping up and down that really did it for me, not as comfortable as the UltraBoosts I wore last concert. Anyway, it was easy enough to ignore since the concert was so awesome! I was practically front row, which I never thought I'd get a chance to do. I'm really short for a guy, so I always worried about not getting a good enough spot in the PIT to see over people. Most people in front of me were taller than me but it wasn't a huge issue for the most part. The members entered and the hype begun, seriously never thought I'd get to be this close to them! One of my slight complaints from the last concert was that I am a bit nearsighted and it was hard to make out the members faces from where I was seated (although I know them well enough to pick them out on their gait alone). Now it was like seeing them in glorious 8k, and they all looked gorgeous! The setlist was so good, finally #justiceforWHAT! Plus getting to see the 'YOU AND I' choreo complete with props and Dami's awesome staff spinning! Everyone sounded so good and I was surprised that the acoustics sounded really good in such a small place not really designed for the type of music being played. Even during the songs with choreo you could here each member through the backing track at least a few times here and there. Like last time, the members I noticed really punching through the backing track the most were Siyeon and Dami. You can tell Dami goes all in on her raps at these concerts, to the point of bending over like 70° in order to really belt them out with as much power as possible. Also, OH MY GOD 'Reason' went as hard as I hoped it would live. They are pushing their vocals so hard during that song and the "woah" chanting parts get everyone so hyped. It was a fantastic idea to have the encore be all three fan songs. Celebrating Dami's birthday was so fun! Sua announcing herself as Dami's B-day present and her just ignoring it was hilarious, also Sua giving Dami the rights to being the Queen™ of Dreamcatcher while celebrating her birthday had me dying. I don't remember what song it happened during but at one point I'm pretty sure Yoohyeon's timing was off in one of the choreos and she completely bumped into another member (think it might have been Gahyeon but I don't recall) it was really cute as she quickly brushed it off with a smile. I thought I had recorded this part but can't find it so now I'm gonna' have to check other fancams to make sure I'm not going crazy, lol. During the last goodbye talks, Gahyeon cried saying she wasn't feeling well and hoped that it didn't show in her performing (it didn't, she did great!) and other members were tearing up too. It honestly feels so heartwarming as a fan getting to see Dreamcatcher's sincerity in their faces and words up close and personal, I'm surprised I didn't cry myself. Jiu especially goes the extra mile with her genuine facial expressions that show gratitude on the deepest levels. Another thing I loved about Jiu was her crowd control abilities, especially when it came to getting everybody to wave their lightsticks in synchronicity. Speaking of the crowd, I was pretty disappointed by the shrieking banshees that yelled over the members when they were talking. It's honestly super rude and makes the fandom look bad, it sucks that there isn't much you can do about it but to try and tell people near you to be quiet. You could see Dami was visibly annoyed by it and continued to make a shushing gesture at the crowd while pointing at the member currently talking. It doesn't help that the members also enabled the behavior by responding to a few people yelling things to them so that lead to others trying to grab their attention, it seriously got out of hand. Other than that slightly souring the experience, I still had a wonderful time. I will end this section by mentioning the only member I have yet to talk about here and I will will simply leave it with this; Handong's orange hair omfg?! 👨🏼‍🍳💋
Meet & Greet, Hi-Touch + Group Photo
After the concert ended, everyone started to line up for the VIP and VVIP M&G event. They lined up the VIP first since they were just doing the hi-touch. The VVIP participants were all seated and wherever you sat was basically the order they were going to have you go in with each row of seats being a section for the group photos, this way anyone in groups that wanted to stick together for it could figure out their order beforehand. Staff was great at giving everyone instructions and getting everything in order as fast as possible. I was so exhausted after the concert with running on little sleep that I just about snoozed off while sitting and waiting my turn. A weird thing I noticed was that I was seated towards the back of the venue and the seating seemed to be spaced out a bit better than where I sat for the concert. Anyway, it was my sections turn for the hi-touch. I kind of knew it was going to go by too fast to even get out anything meaningful so I tried to to be anxious about what I was going to say. The line moved so fast that when I got to the members I barely got to say "hi [member's name]!" in fact I remember getting to Sua and I think Siyeon was right before her and I called her Shua by accident cuz' I was trying to nail saying She-yeon previously, I felt so stupid but it is what it is, I'm laughing at it now looking back on it 😂. I also remember Jiu was first in line and I realized I gave her a pretty hard high five and ended up toning it down with each member till I got to Dami last and barely touched her hand. It was over as fast as it started, it went exactly how I thought it would but still left me a little disappointed. That was made up for with the group photo. As I waited back in line for the group photo, and was slowly approaching the line seemed to stop for a bit longer than it was before. It seemed that there was a group way ahead that didn't want to be separated for the group photo so they were looking for a single person to fill in the last spot. I stepped up and volunteered so we could get the line moving again. The staff were appreciative since they were on a time crunch, the people in line were happy to not get separated, and I got to skip like 30 people so win-win for everyone. That wasn't the best part though. Since the members were also waiting for a minute or two they all had their direction focused on the last person waiting to come up the stairs and that was me! Jiu gave me a very warm and cheery "hi!" as she was closest and was who I was going to sit in front of, needless to say my heart melted and I gave her an equally ecstatic "hello!" right back. I was going to ask her to do like a heart or something with me but since they were waiting I didn't want to hold them up any longer and decided to just quickly get seated so they could take the photos. Photo only took a sec and they we got up to let the next group in. I was the last person in line so I kinda' got selfish and took my time saying a few things to the members as we left. I got to look each one in the eyes and tell them what a great performance they put on, how cool they are, etc. Also told Gahyeon to feel better, and Dami was last so I got to personally wish her a happy birthday as well! Honestly made the VVIP package super worth it. I grabbed my VVIP merch on the way out and left the venue feeling great. The temperature had dropped quite a bit but it honestly felt really nice having the cool air hit my face after being packed like sardines for over 2hrs. I don't remember what time everything ended exactly but I headed back to my car by around 10:30pm. The drive back was a bit stressful as I was exhausted and we had a freak blizzard come out of nowhere. I didn't see anything about snow on the weather forecast for the day so I was surprised, but it was manageable for me since I live in the area and drive an AWD Forester with winter tires.
Final Thoughts
I got so busy with work, then my router shit the bed, then the great Reddit outage happened, then was busy at work again. I've been meaning to post this much sooner, it's crazy that it's already been two weeks since the concert. I surprisingly didn't get the usual post-concert depression this time, I think it was because this concert felt waaaay shorter to me for some reason. I kind of equate it to the feeling you get after watching a movie for the second time, you know what to expect and what scenes are coming next so the movie feels much shorter on the second watch-through. Everything straight up just felt like a 5min. dream to me it went by so fast. So it's a little sad in that sense but I still felt a feeling of fulfillment overall. Also, I thankfully didn't catch COVID this time so pretty happy about that .I should mention that masks were encouraged but not required, even for hi-touch/group photos. I wore mine all concert and for the hi-touch, but took it off for the group photo so I could see my face in the pic. I talked about my seating position off to the side giving me this weird feeling of disconnect from the performances last time, and this time felt much better as I was front and center and got to make lots of eye contact with the members the whole concert. I have no real regrets this time around, but my goals for my next concert are to talk to even more people and I kind of want to do something to give back to the community like the kind Insomnia that hand out cool freebies at the concerts. Not sure what I'm going to come up with yet but can't wait to get the creative juices flowing. Also, since I talked about photography with the Insomnia sitting next to me, it got me thinking about getting a press pass to shoot a Dreamcatcher concert in the future. I don't know how difficult that would be as an amateur with no real professional portfolio to speak of but it would be amazing if possible! I have to head off to work now, I'll probably fix some formatting to make this more readable and add other tidbits I forgot to add once I get off work.
Thank you to Dreamcatcher, DCC staff, Santander Staff, and all the wonderful Insomnia for another great and memorable experience!!
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2023.03.20 21:05 Susan11II HMRC keep on sending letters saying that my friend still owes them tax but she settled everything with them a long time ago.

My friend was self-employed for a year and then she lost her job with a company she was providing services to. She told the HMRC that she is no longer employed and is on unemployment benefits and that she won't be able to do any self-assessment forms anymore as she didn't have any income. She also settled all her taxes at the time with HMRC and they even said it was all paid and that there is nothing anymore she will have to do. But HMRC keeps on sending her penalty letters of £60K nearly every year even though she told them hundred times that her account has been settled a long time ago and that she doesn't know where they are getting ridiculous amount calculations from as she never had that sort of income in her life. This is now becoming harassment. Can someone give me any advice on this?
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2023.03.20 21:04 _rawstrawb Small Town Haircuts: salon? vs barber??

calling all fellow small town dudes and fellow nosy opiniated individuals! i could use some input
like every first haircut post long-term breakup? it has probably too many expectations riding on it. but wanna give it my best shot
so, im non-binary transmasc and been on t for over 5 years now. instead of being read as the person of indeterminate gender very quickly nearing 30 that i am? i find im most often read as either a particularly gay and fashion concious teenage boy? or, slightly less often, a teenage transgirl. especially since the recent move from large progressive city to small town.
both reads are fine by me, "youth" has its advantages, and people generally pick up on my age after the 2nd or 3rd interaction lol. mostly added for the context.
now, my hair has grown out past my shoulders? for the first time in over a decade! and since i finally figured out how to care for my waves/curls?? ive realized i actually really like the look of the longer hair. ended up settling on a wolf cut. for the unaware, a wolf cut is just the new variation on a mullet. more layers. its easy upkeep, just trendy/classic enough, and unisex. perfect.
SO, my question is? would you recommend getting this type of cut done at a salon? or barber??
i know salons are usually better with longer cuts and layering? but i haven't been to one since 2011, after being burned by one too many "john & kate plus 8" type pixie cuts in a row, lol
the barber in town is like.. a shockingly hip place for somewhere so small? sandalwood beard cream, straight razors and craft beer kind of place. while my options for salon are a bit more strip mall looking? with not quuuite enough reviews or knowing anyone ~queer~ in area yet to ask, to want to take the risk without some consideration. i could maaaybe be persauded to go to a salon in the nearest mid-sized town? but would, in general, prefer to have my new regular place be local.
whadda think? what would you do in my shoes?
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2023.03.20 21:04 myria666 Ok but WHY does wellskating work how it does?

I recently learned to wellskate, both ledge and no ledge version, and im very intrigued as to actually Why you’re sent flying. Where actually is the velocity coming from and why does it send us forward? Eager edge doesn’t seem to provide nearly close to that much velocity, but does send us forward. Well plunges us downward, and fairly quickly, and so im presuming the velocity of well’s plunge downward is converted into forward velocity. If that’s the case, why does that happen? If anyone knows anything about this or can direct me towards resources on the underlying mechanics of d2 movement (not how-to guides, but explanations of Why stuff works the way it does) i would very much appreciate it. ty
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2023.03.20 21:04 _12_Punisher_12_ UK computer science

Hi I'm looking to study abroad in the UK from the US I'm wanting to study computer science and get a four-year degree and then get a graduation Visa and then get UK citizenship to stay I'm unsure on what colleges or universities would accept me because my GPA is a 2.6 and I have no prior knowledge on computer science any idea on where to find a university or college or what to do would be greatly appreciated. I was hoping to go to one near Blackpool or Lancaster as I have friends there I'm also wanting to take this computer science degree and either go into software engineering or cyber security if any other information is needed please let me know. Thanks
From, United States
Where to, United Kingdom
Course Study, Computer Science
How long, 4 years
Prior Knowledge, No
When, September 2023
GPA 2.6
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2023.03.20 21:04 JohannesMeanAd2 PeteZahHutt MCC Performances: Where does MCC 29 fit in?

Hello everyone! I hope you all loved watching this MCC as much as I did!
You may remember that in early January, I made A post which ranked all 26 of the MCCs that PeteZahHutt had participated in based on his performance, ranging from the least good, to the most good.
My opinions in that post remain pretty much the same two months down the road, nothing has really changed how I view any of them. What has changed though, is that MCC has come back, and Pete was in it, making that list obsolete! So I thought it would be fun to come back and see where his MCC29 performance fits in with respect to the others that he's done over the years.
DISCLAIMER [again]: I love PeteZahHutt, he's my favorite MCC player, and as with the last post, I am ranking these purely out of respect for who he is as a content creator and Minecraft player. I am not detracting from how insanely cracked he is (or anyone else for that matter).
If you haven't read that previous post, I recommend giving it a read for a more in depth analysis and my reasoning for these, but this was how I ranked the MCCs that Pete's been in last time (top = best, bottom = least good):
  1. MCC 7
  2. MCC 14
  3. MCC 17
  4. MCC 3
  5. MCC 5
  6. MCC 26
  7. MCC 12
  8. MCC 6
  9. MCC 8
  10. MCC 10
  11. MCC 13
  12. MCC 25
  13. MCC 2
  14. MCC 22
  15. MCC 21
  16. MCC 1
  17. MCC 4
  18. MCC 28
  19. MCC 9
  20. MCC 23
  21. MCC 19
  22. MCC 20
  23. MCC 16
  24. MCC 18
  25. MCC All Stars
  26. MCC 15
So, now for the all-important question: where does MCC 29 fit in?
As you all know, in this MCC Pete was on lime with team-mates KaraCorvus, Seapeekay, and SolidarityGaming.
In my opinion this tournament is among his top 10 best MCCs so far, and a big reason for why that is the case actually stems from his common "weaknesses" that he struggled with in 2022. Team comms and PVP were both a big step up this time around, especially with an impressive 9-kill-run in Sky Battle on Pete's part, and effective communication which led to his team placing 2nd in Battle Box and not completely falling apart in Grid Runners. Pete also maintained a more than impressive resolve with movement games, especially with an incredible near-victory on Journey in Rocket Spleef Rush, and somehow soaring to new heights on Terra Swoop Force in TGTTOS (not to mention 5/6 top 10s once more there). As with MCC 13, Ace Race was an unfortunate mishap, but there isn't as much tilt this time around, simply a lack of practice with tridents and route-studying (also...confusing the red boost with a green boost, but we'll gloss over that). Were it not for Grid Runners Pete could have taken 1st individual, which would be a great way to start 2023!
As for where it specifically ranks for me, I'd place it in 10th, between MCC 10 and MCC 8. Unlike MCC 10, MCC 29 has far less handholding, with a much stronger player roster and less favorable game order which for me makes it more impressive, but unlike MCC 8, it doesn't necessarily carry that "wow" factor in his absolute best moments, it's just more consistently great than anything rather than a huge victory that other players keep making note of.
So that's Pete's MCC 29 for you! Let me know what you think, and of course I want to say that this is just my opinion and you're free to disagree if you're so inclined :) Have a great day!
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2023.03.20 21:03 john55155 Struggling in the early stages of my sports tech business idea

Hi everyone,
I am 9 months into my incubation/accelerator programme and I am struggling. I was accepted into this program off of an idea that would see me solving the problems that new rules and regulations are creating in the world of rugby. World Rugby, the governing body of rugby, is stipulating more and more rules that limit the amount of training that players can do a week. I have been working on a solution for the past few months but I am struggling with a few key areas.
My solution is based upon the use of Virtual Reality to simulate a pitch whereby the coach/manager can coach and train the player, either remotely or in person, in a simulated environment during a specific play e.g. during a scrum, lineout, kick off etc.
My first problem is estimating the market size for rugby is difficult. It’s near impossible to find good hard data about how rugby teams are spending their money around the world. The second problem I am facing is validating and verifying this problem at scale. I have interviewed a number of coaches and they have given me some good feedback, but I haven’t been able to widely verify that this problem is painful, and most importantly, worth paying for. Finally, another problem I am running into is that I believe my solution can improve game knowledge and awareness, skills execution and I believe it can reduce training injury risk, how can I convince managers and coaches that this performance boost is worth paying for?
Does anybody have any experience in the sports technology sector? How have you guys found it? I am struggling here in Europe in terms of market reach and discovery.
Any help/suggestions and comments would be welcomed! I am also interested in hearing what would ye do if you were in my situation?
Here are some companies working in this space already: INCISIV - REZZIL -
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2023.03.20 21:03 MoTw18 2023 DAT Breakdown (22AA/22TS/17PAT)

2023 DAT Breakdown (22AA/22TS/17PAT)
Biology - 21
General Chemistry - 28
Organic Chemistry - 21
RC - 21
QR - 21
PAT - 17
Nontraditional student, graduated may 2022. Psychology major 3.85 GPA. Previously premed and scored 503 on MCAT (August 2021).
Materials Used:
  1. DATBooster! I truly think it has everything you need and they're always improving and adding new things. It was highly representative and prepares you very well. Biology is VERY representative with some questions similar or same as practice exam. Feralis notes and sheets are great. I personally followed the booster schedule and read feralis notes to get a good base, then focused on cheat sheets and booster quizlet. General chemistry was excellent on Booster. I HIGHLY recommend you read the study notes for each chapter. Orgo is great too, make sure to know reactions, acidity, stability, lab tests and techniques. Booster is ultimately the best resource due to its low price and EXCELLENT study material.
  2. Quizlet - I personally don't like Anki so i used quizlet from booster to memorize information. I think it's important to go be comfortable with your study techniques, so if you don’t like anki don’t be afraid to do something else. I did not rely heavily on quizlet, I used it to initially memorize the information then did practice questions and revisited the topics four to five times. I only used quizlet for biology, everything else I relied on booster practice and notes. If you’re using quizlet, make sure to constantly review material in phase 2 and 3.
  3. Bootcamp Bio Notes - I only used these for a quick refresher on certain topics such as developmental biology and ecology. I only used this in the final 2 weeks. Feralis is great but close to the exam I had to prioritize time so I used those bio notes. They are not too long and tell you what you need.
Study Timeline / How I Studied:
I followed the recommended booster 10 week schedule with minor tweaks of my own. I started light studying in December, then studied 10 weeks. I made my own personal adjustments especially at the end. I targeted my personal weaknesses and drilled information in the last 2 weeks. Do not be afraid to make your own schedule, I just personally like structure and the Booster schedule is easy to follow. During phase 1 of Booster, I began studying at around 10 AM and took breaks and finally stopped studying at around 8 PM. During phase 2, I stopped usually at 5 PM and I never reviewed practice exams the same day I took them. I really recommend doing this as you can take a break, clear your head, and be focused for review and further studying the following day. I made my own quizlet from going over exams, where I’d go over every single question and add terms / concepts I don’t know. I’d make a personal note of topics I need to work on. I printed the organic chemistry reaction packet from Booster and drilled the reactions. Luckily I took organic chemistry II in Fall 2022 so I already knew most reactions. I did the question and reaction banks on orgo and watched videos on reactions I don’t remember like EAS and Radicals. For general chemistry, I relied on the study notes on Booster. I attribute my 28 to the practice exams and notes. I transferred the notes to notability and highlighted and thoroughly went over each topic. For RC, I didn’t study but the method that worked best for me was reading 5-6 paragraphs and answering questions. For QR the practice / formula sheet was enough for me, it’s harder than the real exam but you’ll be prepared.
Day of Exam:
Bio (21): Booster was really representative here with 4-5 questions I’ve seen before. There were a couple questions that threw me off guard and only 1 taxonomy question. I felt the exam mainly focused on genetics, systems, and developmental biology, but every unit was covered. Some questions stumped me but I made an educated guess. The questions are SURFACE LEVEL. There were a few in depth but that’s all. I recommend Feralis, Bootcamp bio notes, and quizlet/anki. I’d make sure to know how to work with dihybrid crosses!
GC (28): I loved this section, it was straightforward with a few harder questions. No math was necessary as it was already set up for me. This question heavily tested concepts such as ideal gas / kinetic molecular theory, the idea that group elements share characteristics, what oxidizing agent really means, etc. They’re testing your knowledge of gen chem with a little math sprinkled in. I did see a question that wanted a classification of a certain element. Tricky because actinides and lanthanides are joined with the rest and my element was in the d block transition metal but also appeared like it was a lanthanide. Be careful! Also, with stoichiometry, if you’re confused you can check with the units cross out / match up.
OC (21): Not a ton of reactions and I can remember them (carboxylic acid + SOCl2, hydroboration of alkene, aldol, what reagent for this reaction). 1 H NMR was tested (1 question), 1 question on IUPAC, 1 question on lab test, specifically bromine test (booster has a sheet, MEMORIZE IT!) Rest were about acidity, stability, hybridization, aromaticity, etc. Booster really helps here pay attention to all hybridization and aromaticity questions on booster. NOTE: my exam had all structures in the format like CH3CH2… make sure you’re comfortable with those.
PAT (17): Don’t ask me anything here I despised PAT. Make sure you’re good on hole punch and cube counting at least. 1 floating cube showed up so know how to do those.
RC (21): I skipped my break after PAT and did this section. I had the adrenaline and mind focus to keep going. Most don’t do this, but I did this for most of my practice.I was really disappointed in this section. I had one really dense passage that was really hard to understand. Recall questions were harder and more critical thinking was needed. I guessed on 10 questions so I’m glad it worked out. All passages were 12-13 paragraphs. My method was reading 5-6 paragraphs and then answering questions. The questions were not chronological for me.
QR (21): Super easy, all questions were straightforward. I was shocked at how simple it was. No geometry, lots of algebra and applied math. Couple really easy probability questions, with 1 coin question really similar to a question I remember on booster. Booster prepares you very well here. I wasn’t sure on 2-3 questions max. Know statistics well and know how to calculate standard deviation / tell set has a greater SD.
Looking at my booster exams, I scored around the same as my highest score. For nearly all sections, I scored about my average. I did not have an increase in every section like many others. I’m extremely happy with my score and I’m glad Booster prepped me very well.
Ending Advice:
I despite standarized testing, feels like torture. Take your time here, have rest days and don’t push too hard. Your hard work will pay off here. You made it this far so you’re extremely capable in acing the DAT. Also if you’re aren't ready, don’t be afraid to push the exam. Better to waste a fee than paying for a retake. You’ll all do great!
DATBooster Exams
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2023.03.20 21:03 sunshineylt Been told it’s a 56 week wait to see a gynaecologist today

Hello everyone I wanted to start this off saying I’m not bashing NHS Scotland. I am an NHS staff nurse and have worked in my speciality for 10 years so well aware of all the pressures on the system etc. I’m 32 (F) and since I was about 18/19 suffered really bad period pains, heavy bleeding, painful sex and it took me a good few years to get pregnant! I was always fobbed off by GPs with strong painkillers and tbf probably never pushed as hard as I should’ve to be seen by a gynae specialist. I had my wee boy 18 months ago and was hoping the old wife’s tale I was always told (it’ll get better when you have babies) would be true. Well it’s actually been the complete opposite. Every month (although my periods are never regular) the pain and symptoms have gotten worse than the previous month. I start getting horrendous pains in my abdomen and now also my back and down my legs about 2 weeks before I bleed (Think this is when I start to ovulate) and the pain does not subside until about 3 days after I bleed. Also very bloated and can’t wear any nice clothes. Sex is agony deep inside, I feel faint I am low in mood and I feel like the worst mum and partner. I just want to lie on the floor or my bed but you can’t do that with a toddler. I also hate taking any strong painkillers when I’m alone with my wee boy. So for about half of the month I’m in agony. I finally went to my GP (a new one) and had a ultrasound which came back as normal so she referred me to gynae as she suspects it is endo. That was about 8 weeks ago. Over this weekend the pains/cramps have been unbearable I’ve had to get my mum to take my wee boy for me (more guilt) as my partner was away. I nearly passed out in the bus when some really bad cramps came on and I actually look grey. Went back to GP today and she said they’ll take some bloods off me on Thursday, offered me stronger analgesia and said the current waiting list to see the specialist was 56 weeks cause of Covid backlog!! I cannot go on like this for another year. It’s making me such a miserable impatient shattered mum and partner I feel they’d both be better off without me :(
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2023.03.20 21:01 _12_Punisher_12_ UK, Computer Science

Hi I'm looking to study abroad in the UK from the US I'm wanting to study computer science and get a four-year degree and then get a graduation Visa and then get UK citizenship to stay I'm unsure on what colleges or universities would accept me because my GPA is a 2.6 and I have no prior knowledge on computer science any idea on where to find a university or college or what to do would be greatly appreciated. I was hoping to go to one near Blackpool or Lancaster as I have friends there I'm also wanting to take this computer science degree and either go into software engineering or cyber security if any other information is needed please let me know. Thanks
From, United States
Where to, United Kingdom
Course Study, Computer Science
How long, 4 years
Prior Knowledge, No
When, September 2023
GPA 2.6
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2023.03.20 21:01 FewFly2 Something we can do at Dana Point & Or Orange Institute

So I have been thinking about famous locations. Which brought me back to how Spongebob was influenced. I remembered the history of how he created the comic book. Stephen wrote The Intertidal Zone, an informative picture book about tide-pool animals. In 1984 instructing marine biology at the Orange County Marine Institute. That is where he wrote it. Technically making the birthplace of Spongebob currently called ‘Ocean Institute’ and in Dana Point, CA. Now ive seen over the years, they’ve slightly acknowledged it with having displays of real sea animals from the show way back in 2010. Than in 2015 they acknowledge it on Social Media. Than in 2022 I guess they partnered with some clothing company. However I feel like their should be something permanent like a small dedicated thing to him at the Institute. Im surprised they don’t really take advantage of having one of the most popular cartoons ever be created their. I mean im not saying have a full blown store like Ashdown Forest like Winnie The Pooh (all though that place is cute and nice and I definitely wanna go someday) I think it would be cool to have something at the ocean institute for SpongeBob and Stephens memory. I was thinking maybe they could have the SpongeBob puppets (the ones Nickelodeon uses recently and maybe send some animation cells and memorabilia) and honestly Dana point looks like a really cool city on its own. There’s lots of boats there’s lots of seafood restaurants. Dana point is more of like a vacation town where you mostly go walking a majority the time and you look at the views like there’s lots of beaches. You guys can go to near the ocean and see some of them are really cool and you guys can actually find tidepools and you guys can see starfish and all that stuff and you can think yourself. This is what Stephen saw that inspired him when he was making SpongeBob and I think that’s really cool and kind of underrated how no one has really been here to kind of take advantage of that. Really the only thing mentioned in this Reddit about the ocean Institute in Dana Point was some meme about a guy dressing like the villain for the 2004 movie in front of the building. But I think it’s been long enough now 20+ years too long and I think the city and or Institute should really do something like partner up with nickelodeon and Paramount and really do something nice because I think the team would really love to do something I think we as fans would love to see something cool like a memorabilia or something like that to where the birthplace of SpongeBob was that because stuff on Dana Pint doesn’t really acknowledge it on any website or anything like that. it’s literally just mentioned in all these fun facts things that Stephen would be involved with like a spongebob book published by nickelodeon at the bookstore maybe or just online on these fun fact websites and they just mention the institute and not where it’s at or anything like that. So what do yall think? Could we get something going?
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2023.03.20 21:01 Nolan-kun 𝐒𝐮𝐛𝐦𝐞𝐫𝐠𝐞𝐝: A Story #𝟓

𝐑𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐩: Previously on 𝐒𝐮𝐛𝐦𝐞𝐫𝐠𝐞𝐝; Wave and Basko were ambushed by a group of Orca mercenaries who were unknowingly working as Emperor Kraken's pawns. Then Wave's magic pendant gave him immense power to fight off the brutish pod but all the power put intense strain on Wave's body causing him to pass out, luckily his father Basko was there to catch him before he could sink to the murky depths of the ocean. Now Basko and the recuperating Merboy Wave head towards their plausible final destination.

𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝟓: "Ngh, ugh my head. Wh-where are we?" Wave's eyes slowly opened as he regains his movement. "Right above Deadman's Trench. They say fish who go in there die." informed Basko. Wave took deep breaths as he gazed down into the dark abyss. "I don't see a bottom, there's no way we can navigate the trench as dark as it is." Then out of nowhere an unfamiliar voice shouted at them. "Howdy fellers!" Both Wave and Basko jumped as they looked down on a small little Anglerfish. "Who are you?" Basko asked. "Just a little ole' Anglerfish passing through." Wave then saw the bulb sticking out of his head and got an idea. "Hey old-timer mind lighting up our way down this here trench?" said Wave failing to mimic the Anglerfish's accent. "No can do young fish boy, that there is Deadman's trench and even I know of its perilous predicaments." Wave swam in front of him to block him from leaving. "Wait what if I told you there was gold down there?" The Anglerfish's eyes lit up. GOLD!? You didn't tell me there was gold to be found down there in those parts. What're you waiting for? Come on! "Wave how did you know that would work?" asked Basko confusingly. "I don't know I just had a feeling." The two of them dive down after the Anglerfish who is now lighting up the way for our subaquatic heroes. "Whoowee! My fins are tired." The Anglerfish looks around at the lack of gold. "Hey there ain't no gold down here! This was a wild goose chase!" Wave comes down to calm him. "True but I had to lie, you see me & my dad are on a quest to save the ocean." The Anglerfish bursts out laughing. "HaHAHeHEHaHAHeHEHeHOo! Good one young feller! A shark and an ugly half-fish creature is going to save the world, yeah right." *click* *click* *click* *click* *click\* "Uh guys what's that sound?" The three of them turn around to see giant glowing eyes and a humongous beak. Basko yells "Swim!" They all swim as fast as they can away from the huge creature. "Watch out for the thermal vents! If you get hit you're fried!" warned Basko. Dodging the blasts from the vents the huge creature continues his pursuit of the trio. "I know we fella's should split up to draw attention from the big behemoth!" quickly advised the Anglerfish. "Good idea, split up!" shouted Basko. The three all took separate tunnels but the creature followed Wave seemingly targeting him and him alone. *Huh, huh, huh, huh...* Wave gasps fearing the creature in pursuit of him. "Ah an opening!" Wave swam through the small hole in the tunnel ceiling attempted to get back near the surface. "Where's Wave?" Basko asked worriedly." The Anglerfish replied. "Last I checked he took the left tunnel." Wave zooms towards the others but gets caught by a giant tentacle. "Father help!!" Basko and the Angler fish look down. "Son! I'm coming!" The tentacle pulls Wave back down into the depths of Deadman's Trench. "Daaaad!" They watch as Wave disappears into the darkness as his voice slowly goes silent. "I have to go back and save him." Basko told the Anglerfish. "Even if I can't see I'll sniff him out." The Anglerfish looked at Basko comfortingly and smiled. "You won't need to when you got a light."

Wave is no more.... or is he? What humongous beast attacked our heroes and why did it only target Wave? I guess we'll have to find out next ti- *breathing heavily* "Where am I? What is this place? Who are you?" The huge tentacled beast turns around. "Enough of the questions, Wave. Yes I know your name as well as lot of other things but before I tell you further you need to make a choice." Wave looks at him angrily. "Either die here and let the entire Ocean suffer or join me and help make the ocean better. Your choice."
This epic story comes to a close tomorrow in the 𝐒𝐮𝐛𝐦𝐞𝐫𝐠𝐞𝐝: 𝐅𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐥𝐞.
It's all or nothing for the young teenage merboy, he'll have to make an impossible decision and and the ultimate sacrifice. DON'T miss it or your ship might sink.
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2023.03.20 21:00 dreadfulol Can we just step back for a minute and actually assess what this partnership means for the entire web3 gaming ecosystem. A budding new form of gaming is coming and GameStop is positioning themselves to be a big name in it.

Can we just step back for a minute and actually assess what this partnership means for the entire web3 gaming ecosystem. A budding new form of gaming is coming and GameStop is positioning themselves to be a big name in it.
Let's all take a breath and try to understand why this was called a "legendary" announcement by Robbie.

What Does it All Mean?

Immutable is building a new protocol for gaming NFT's called Immutable zkEVM. Powered by Polygon.
This "zkEVM technology massively increases transaction speeds and reduces prohibitive fees while remaining compatible with Ethereum and retaining its robust security model."
" By combining the #1 web3 gaming platform – currently serving hundreds of game studios and millions of players – with Polygon’s best-in-class zkEVM technology, we are building an Ethereum-centric gaming ecosystem that is poised to take Web3 mainstream and bring digital ownership to millions of people around the world, "

Why This Matters

This is THE next step up in mass adoption of web3 gaming by players around the world. This enables developers to:
  • Easily implement custom smart contracts
  • Create gameplay mechanics based on smart contracts(you will see some creativity here)
  • Build advanced tokenomics in their games (giving players stake, and giving reason for developers to continue to support and improve their game)
  • All with keeping the L1 Ethereum security
Think of this similar to what Epic Games did with Unreal Engine and democratizing game development. You no longer need to rebuild crypto/nft integrations into your game from the ground up. You can just utilize the tools provided by Immutable and Polygon to focus on building your game.
We also already saw the Immutable/Unity integration. Next step is Immutable/Polygon/Unreal Engine integration. It's only a matter of time.


This partnership is putting a brick on the gas pedal for web3 gaming. Guess who is positioning themselves to be at the forefront of providing for that ecosystem. You guessed it, that one company we all love, GameStop.
As the NFT Marketplace continues to develop, we will see seamless integration with Immutable/Polygon and access to everything trading there. It will provide an influx of volume and GameStop will be getting a cut of any item traded from any game on their marketplace.
They also are able to develop new ways to bring people to their marketplace over others, as well as utilize their NFT marketplace to bring people in stores. Think being able to claim and NFT from a physical item you purchased at GameStop. Or purchase an NFT and claim it at a store for a phsyical object. Or provide benefits and rewards for Powerup Pro members. etc.
Polygon literally partnered with Starbucks who are rolling out a new form of rewards based on NFTs:
There is no reason GameStop will not be doing this. Creating a customized PowerUp Pro rewards user experience catered to each individual based on the things they buy, games they place, communitys/events they take part in, etc.
GameStop will be able to leverage creative ways to drive sales through their marketplace, as well as to their physical locations. The sky is endless in what kinds of innovation can happen here.
So YES, a partnership that is going to drive the web3 gaming scene forward in a big leap is most certainly related to GameStop in a positive way.
This whole thing is thinking big picture, and I'm happy GameStop is working on positioning themselves in this space as it continues to rapidly grow.

Calm Down and Enjoy the Ride

When things like this are announced, try not to just parrot everything you see being said, and take the time to do a little bit of research to try to understand what this all means.
Yes, I understand when the CEO of a company hypes something up, it can turn out to be simple "marketing hype". But the fact that Robbie called this technical partnership "legendary" carries some real weight. He is the person at the forefront of this tech with a very deep understanding of how it all works, and what this means for the future of web3 gaming. If he is this excited about a new technical partnership then there is a reason.
Feel free to discuss, share your thoughts, and please correct me if I got anything wrong. I'm not a web3 and don't have an extremely deep understand of how exactly all of the tech functions, but I believe I have a good idea of what the future holds and how this tech will be used in gaming in the near future.
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2023.03.20 21:00 FeyAnubis_10 Baner (for the young and the broke)

Walk it off, the misery. Here's a list to cross out:
1) Visit Pancard Club (akele mat jao bss)
2) Visit Tukai devi mandir (the one you see on top of the tekdi, great view)
3) Buy [email protected] near Ivy Lawns (try masala soda and kala khatta mix)
4) Public ground in front of Cummins, BHS (if you go around 7pm, there's a good chance you'll find me struggling while playing football; and we don't judge you)
5) Solar parks near Jupiter hospital (great spots to hang out)
6) Baner Tekdi (the trail from Farmers and Grocers lane)
7) A number of food trucks and stalls along the Cummins ground (UFO, Photruck)
Aur kuch hai toh bol do, I'll put it on the list. Don't be sad if you don't have money now, shaam ko BHS ke parking me jaake exotic khaane ka aroma inhale karo. And man tf up!
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2023.03.20 20:59 SavingsSyllabub7788 NOP fanfic: Death of a monster - Part 9

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[Sad Estala eating Mangos] by AsciiSquid on the discord (Reddit profile SlimyRage )

Memory transcription subject: Estala, Ex-Krakotl to Venlil Extermination training leader.
Date [standardised human time]: January 3rd, 2137
“So what is Earth like?”
Joseph and I lay on our backs, staring up at the clear blue sky above and enjoying such a beautiful day. As I lay nestled in his arm I felt safe, I felt like all the issues in the world didn’t matter right now. Back at home there would be self loathing, hatred, nightmares. But here, right now, they are gone.
“In what way?”
Joseph took a few moments to push a particularly pushy blue flowerbird out of the way as he responded, the avian had been chirping angrily at the audacity of the human who was not currently dispensing food. Based on what Joseph had told me, flowerbirds had actually started to become a problem around the refuge camp. The birds had quickly learned that if you annoyed the “predators” enough, they generally dispensed tasty seeds.
“In any way? It is hot, cold. Marshy, dry? What’s life on Earth like?” I asked.
The nightmares had been getting worse. The self hatred of being a potential predator was nothing compared with the loathing caused by knowing the effect of the choices I had made. Sometimes it was the families of victims I had failed screaming at me, asking why I didn’t save their loved ones. Others I was in Kalsim’s fleet, destroying Earth while Joseph begged for me to stop. All of them left me shaking as I awoke each paw.
“The answer to that is Yes. Based on what I’ve seen, Earth has one of the most varied environments as the Federation tends to homogenise everything. Snow covered vistas, sprawling forests, vast desserts, massive oceans. It’s actually what I was studying, a degree in Ecology [???].”
My translator failed to give meaning to the last word, giving up halfway through an explanation of colonising a new planet to live on. I decided not to ask, as from my experience such questions caused more painful revelations: I had enough of those to deal with as it is.
“This also means the wildlife varies wildly. Each biome has its own specialised species and adaptations to fit into the environment in exciting ways. Species will literally travel thousands miles in order to follow warm weather around the world. Entire forms of life only found and adapted to one single island or section of the world.”
I didn’t get why Joseph seemed to care about my wellbeing. I most definitely didn’t deserve it. I had met him under false pretences, and even now the camera was still recording. I just couldn’t… stop it. Three times I’d attempted to remove the device, being physically unable to do so each time. It was the last desperate connection I had to a world where I wasn’t a monster. A small part of me that wanted so badly to be right, to make everything I did be ok.
Not that it ever would be.
“Human culture and lifestyle are similar. There are over two hundred countries, all of them have their own cultures and way of life. Vast cities that spread up to the sky, small hamlets in the middle of nature. The answer to ‘What is Earth like’ is basically ‘Yes’.”
I had at least found the strength to disable the dead man’s switch. I remembered rushing back as fast I could after falling asleep in the humans calming embrace, only barely triggering the reset in time. I didn’t have to worry about accidentally releasing a video to the world. Now I only had to worry about Joseph finding out about my original intentions.
“What about where you lived, what was that like?” I asked, purposefully pushing my thoughts away, to just enjoy the calm for now. Joseph had suggested meeting here twice as often, every three paws instead of the seven we previously had an unspoken agreement for, an idea I very greatly appreciated. The human had also suggested meeting outside of this clearing, something I wasn’t ready for.
“Well I come from a country called England. It’s an Island, lots of rolling hilly countryside, fields, forests, farmland. Very green. Rather mild as weather on Earth goes, although it does rain a lot. I was studying in London, which is… was. Was a city of old and new, of modern skyscrapers reaching to the sky next to small buildings of wood made half a century ago. Family lives far further north than that though, in the countryside. I’ve got pictures if you want to see.”
Joseph took a moment to fish out his holopad, navigating through the menus before showing me pictures of his life before Venlil prime. Of buildings shining with bright lights, of picturesque countryside that looked like they could come from the Gojid cradle. I felt a bitter sadness that a lot of the places I was being shown didn’t exist anymore because of the federation.
Because of people like you.
Eventually the pictures stopped on an image of a large rolling countryside providing the backdrop to four humans. One of them was clearly a younger Joseph. Not that long ago seeing such an image would have initiated a fear response, of worry from seeing so many forward facing eyes. But now… now I just felt numb to the entire thing.
“Is that your family?” I asked, guessing the answer already.
“Yea. That’s Me, Mom, Dad and my older sister Vanessa. Vanessa would love you, always been into birds, parrots especially. There’s a parrot sanctuary nearby that we’d visit every open day, so meeting someone like you would blow her mind.”
I focused on the last figure, who seemed to be covered in strange braces and holding into what looks like some form of crutch. Clearly an injury of some kind from living on the more dangerous Earth.
“Was this Vanessa injured by a wild predator before this picture? A bear perhaps?”
This caused Joseph to giggle slightly before responding.
“No. England is rather safe, it’s not like bear attacks are a regular risk. No Vanny has a long term condition. Myotonic dystrophy. Basically her muscles aren’t strong enough so need some extra help.” Joseph’s tone seemed to darken as he spoke, sadness replacing the excitement of before “It’s why they stayed on Earth. Stronger gravity here, probably not a good mix. I only came because mom convinced me not to give up the opportunity on their behalf.”
I could see the emotions etched into his face: worry, guilt, fear. These sparked my own similar feelings, knowing that in my own small way I had contributed to why the human who was careful with me was in such a state. I didn’t want to ask the next question, but I knew I had to anyway.
“Have you had any news?”
“I should get some soon. With London and Glasgow getting hit, federation forces running around and just the general clusterfuck that is earth, checking on a shelter that’s out in the countryside hasn’t been a high priority. The things are designed to hold people for years, so anyone who got to a shelter has just been bunkering down while everyone else gets control of the chaos.”
Joseph gave a sigh, before perking back up again in almost a forced motion.
“Anyway, enough about that. What’s Nishtal like?”
Bad memories. Pain. Loneliness. Filled with genocidal assholes who would hurt this human for nothing more than just existing. Still I gathered it wasn’t the answer that Joseph was looking for.
“Warmer than here, a lot warmer. Lower gravity as well which makes flying wonderful, soaring for miles on updrafts. Mostly marsh land apart from near the equator, which is this network of hilly rocky canyons”
Nishtal had become a hot topic on the human FederationColdCases site, after Joseph had uploaded the details of my fathers now presumed murder. It being the only exterminator case from Nishtal had caused a lot of interest in solving the case, although most humans had hit a dead end simply due to the lack of access to information on Nishtal: Communications with Venlil prime had been cut months ago.
“While a few groups live in the marshes and hillsides, most of us live in the giant sky cities that line the sky. Massive chunks of rock suspended through antigravity, atop which giant cities of glass and vines lie.”
I did miss it, at least a little bit. I liked Venlil prime, I liked the Venlil, but there was something about the way the sun hit the horizon just right each morning that created a sight just like no other.
“Sounds awesome!” Joseph's enthusiasm dripped from every word. “I know right now it’s not a possibility, but I’d love to visit, I’d love to just see everything the universe has to offer.”
Did Nishtal even still exist? In between the self-destruction of the federation and the Arxur attacks, was there even a Nishtal to go back to? I decided to ignore that question and just think of a potentially happier future.
“Only if I get to visit earth at some point!”
Joseph gave me a scratch on the neck, still grinning from ear to ear in a weirdly adorable way. It was strange considering a predator slightly adorable, but it was hard not to get sucked into his general enthusiasm for life.
“It’s a deal! Once all this stupidity has died down, you show me Nishtal and I’ll show you Earth!”
Against all odds I didn’t have to lie about my next statement, I said it with all the truth and honesty I could muster.
“I’d like that a lot.”
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2023.03.20 20:57 SecretCranberry4478 Can a police officer "note down" your personal details like mobile no, where I'm from and name during a Naakabandi ?

I was riding to my home on my motorcycle around 12 in the night and near a Toll there were a few police officers who were stopping and checking Trucks & two officers who were checking a Rickshaw driver, one of them stopped me and asked for my license which I gave him, the other police officer now started to ask my personal details like my name, where I'm going, mobile number and started noting it down in a long book with a pen. I ask him about the reason of noting it down and he replies me with " Ye Naakabandi hai islye" . Although there were no baricades Or anything. It appeared to me as a random check. Since everything they asked me, I replied correctly and I had all the papers with me they let me go without any fuss. Is there anything to worry about the details part? Also, can a officer legally do this?
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2023.03.20 20:57 ThrowRA8393253 I'm an adderall addicted. Will I be accepted and/or taken seriously at a 12 step meeting?

Or will other members with more "serious" addictions roll their eyes, or think I'm being dramatic or a "wannabe" or something, because my addiction is seen as not serious/not "real"/white person problem?
I personally see myself as having an addiction and no different from other addicts in that way (but I also don't want to minimize the experience of addicts with more devasting addictions) as it's causing a lot of pain and stress in my life and caused me to lie all the time and even steal medication from people I love and it's never enough I'm always short. I honestly have trouble seeing a life for myself without adderall. I was diagnosed at 12, and have been on meds ever since, but started abusing them in college and I'm 26 now and it's a struggle to get through one day on just my normal dose. I feel very dependent on it and I am afraid my brain is permanently damaged from it. I'm somehow still fat, depressed, unproductive and exhausted even while abusing it. I have to take 3-4x my prescribed dose to feel even a little more "speedy." I'm also on antidepressants and was seeing a therapist for a year but I'm not sure it was really working so I'm looking for a new one. I've done bad things because I wanted adderall so badly and I justify it to myself by saying I "need" it but I know it's bullshit. I think I'm a shit person and everyone hates adderall addicts, especially, since they (we..) give people who actually use it as prescribed a bad name. And I don't blame them I just feel really ashamed and alone but then I feel like such a dramatic whiney person because a) it's relatively easy to get off adderall compared to nearly every other drug and b) it isn't as lethal or life ruining or addictive as a lot of other substances so the other members of the group are going to be so annoyed with me and c) adderall is seen as a super privileged white person's drug I think and everyone will just assume I'm a lazy privileged degenerate even if they don't say it and even though I've also had my share of trauma or whatever and I'm pretty poor it's true that I am white and (believe or not despite how badly written this is) educated and don't experience the same discrimination and social issue problems as a lot of people do.
The other reason I'm scared of going, and worry I'll be seen as using resources I don't need or deserve or whatever, is that part of what sounds appealing at this point about a 12 step meeting is the fact that I'm incredibly lonely. I have like no friends, other than my boyfriend, and I feel like I can't open up to him either, and I don't know what's wrong with me because it's my own fault for not making more of an effort but I am just feeling incredibly alone, finding it so hard to initiate anything social, and have friendships or even have fun, and my family is not supportive or absent, and my mom is actually pretty abusive, and I'm scared that my motivation for going to a 12 step meeting is largely to just be around people, meet people, have a support group that I feel like cares about me (or will come to) and that just feels wrong of me? Maybe it's not I don't know but what if I'm just playing up the addiction (subconsciously) to be part of a group? And won't that just be super obvious to everyone?
So, honestly, what do you think about me (adderall addict) coming to a 12 step group?
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