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2020.09.16 13:17 gradschoolMDI am a 22 year old full-time graduate student making about $17,000/year from my three part-time jobs
EDIT: forgot my location in the title, I’m in upstate NY If I were to write an R29-style header for this, I would say "Today: a 22 year old graduate student who makes $17,000/year and spends some of her money this week on bagels and laundry". I submitted a Money Diary this past March so I guess this is technically a follow-up, but my life looks very different now so I'd really consider them entirely separate.
Jobs: I’m a full time master’s student, meaning I'm in class 18 hours per week and doing homework for probably another 10 hours. I work about 25-35 (somewhat variable depending on the week) hours as a teaching assistant in my department, graduate research assistant at a center on campus, and COVID-19 test center staff.
Salary: Right now I think of my salary in school yeasummer terms. I only made $1,500 this past summer through school-funded grants since I had two unpaid internships (rip). My school year salary depends on the hours I work, but I’m expecting around $17,000 for 2020-2021, which includes hours at a part-time job I pick up at home over school breaks. The breakdown is $15/hour at the COVID center job and $18/hour for my TA and RA jobs.
Net Worth: Since I have zero investments, zero debt, and don't own property, I'm assuming this would just be the balance of my checking account- so right now about $4,000.
Yearly Tuition Cost: Around $39,000 per year for tuition + fees. I don't pay this much since I have a scholarship.
Student Loans Total: None as of now, depending on how many hours I get at work for the fall and how well I'm able to restrict my spending I’m anticipating needing about $10,000 for the Spring 2021 semester.
Scholarship: $8,000 per semester, $24,000 total for my grad degree. This comes out to just over 1/3 tuition every year.
Rent: $1,300. This is my major non-tuition expense, and is unfortunately market rate for a shitty-to-mediocre 1B/1B apartment in the area surrounding my university. I signed my lease right before COVID hit and was regretting it because of the cost, but now knowing that I have my own private space away from people who might not be taking the pandemic as seriously makes me feel a bit better about spending so much.
Utilities: $0. Everything is included in my rent, thank god.
Parking: $95. Technically this is what I’m supposed to be paying, I’ve paid nothing so far and I’m not gonna be the one to start that conversation with my landlord! I never signed the separate parking lease so they have nothing to force me to pay, and they haven't kicked me out of my spot yet.
Renter’s Insurance: $9.08, through Lemonade. There has been a string of break-ins near my apartment, and I decided that this was a justifiable expense given the circumstances.
WiFi: $50, the cheapest plan available in my area (fuck you, Spectrum). I was going to share internet with others in my building, but since we’re all in Zoom class and I have several devices I figured it would be best to have my own.
Hulu/Spotify: $4.99 with the student discount. I pay this and share the Hulu account with my family.
ESPN+: $4.99, but I've had it on hold since April because I only use it to watch college hockey games which have been cancelled :(
Netflix/HBO/Disney+/Cable: $0, dad pays Netflix, mom pays HBO and cable, sister pays Disney+. I share with them. I mooch off of my mom's cable subscription by logging onto her Fios on my laptop and AirPlaying it to my TV. Not the greatest solution but it works?
Cell Phone: $0, my mom works for a telecom company that gives her a big discount and she covers the remainder of our family plan
Amazon Prime: $56.00 with the student discount. I’ve already cancelled it so I won’t get billed again when the cycle is up because I don’t use it enough for it to make economic sense, and because Jeff Bezos is a POS.
NHL TV: $3.56 with student discount. This was so ridiculously cheap I thought it was fake when I signed up, but I love hockey and I’m so glad I can watch at least some games this way since my mom's cable package doesn't include NHL Network.
Additional R29 questions/education expenses context because this is a grad school diary and I thought it would make sense to answer these!
Was there an expectation for you to attend higher education? Did you participate in any form of higher education? If yes, how did you pay for it?
Yes. Both of my parents have bachelors and/or graduate degrees, so it was always more of a question of where my sister and I would go to college, not if. My parents made it clear to us both that there was money to pay for 8 semesters of undergrad at the college of our choice (though my sister went to private high school while I went to public, so she was given less money for college). I graduated early with my BS in 7 semesters, so both of my parents ended up paying together for my first semester of grad school and my father is paying for my second (current) semester (the cost of 7 semesters of undergrad + 2 semesters of graduate school with a scholarship = cost of 8 semesters of undergrad, aka the original agreement. I realize this is a bit confusing). I had a $10,000/year scholarship at my first school before I transferred, got zero financial aid for my final 5 semesters as an undergrad, and received a scholarship that will pay $24,000 over my three semesters as a graduate student. I will likely be taking out $10,000 in federal loans to cover my final semester of grad school this coming spring.
Growing up, what kind of conversations did you have about money? Did your parent/guardian(s) educate you about finances?
Kind of going off the last question- I had very few conversations about money with my parents growing up and it really didn’t start to come up as a topic until I began applying for college, which was also in the middle of their divorce. We struggled a lot filling out the financial aid paperwork due to their mid-divorce financial circumstances, and I ended up learning a lot about their individual and joint finances over the course of my college career since I was the only one who was actually authorized to go into the financial aid office and see both parent’s forms. Imagine trying to do a really important group project where two people in the group keep their work on the project secret from each other and use you as a proxy. It was frustrating and I probably should have qualified for at least a bit of aid, but neither me nor the financial aid people could figure out where we went wrong on the forms. I also didn’t really receive specific education from either of my parents about finances, but they tried to instill some basic values of saving and not spending money that you don’t have. I would say I’m more frugal than both of them, even relative to our very different salaries. They basically taught me nothing directly about credit/stocks/loans/home-buying though so I’m trying to teach myself.
Monday, September 7
7:45 AM I have an 8 AM nonprofit finance class this morning, but it’s online so I can sleep in super late. I wake up 15 minutes before class time, pour myself a cold brew that I make in my french press, throw on a sweatshirt over my pajamas and brush my hair before heading back to bed with my laptop for class. I’m able to keep my camera off for most of the zoom call, so it’s a relaxing way to start my week. 9:30 AM Another online class! This one requires cameras-on the whole time, so I leave my bed and go chill on my couch so I look slightly more presentable. In-class group work over Zoom is really just not the same- does anyone else hate team breakout rooms? Near the end of the lecture I start getting hungry, but realize I won't have time between the end of this class and the time I have to leave for campus to make food. I order a bagel for pickup at a cafe on the way to campus while the lecture finishes up. $3.08 10:45 AM Time to get ready for my first in-person class of the week. I throw on athletic shorts and a bra under the same pajama t-shirt and sweatshirt I was wearing earlier- yes, I’m a fashion icon. Grab my mask and I’m out the door, I pick up my pre-ordered bagel on the way and eat it while I walk. The class is okay, it's a quant modeling class which is way out of my comfort zone, so I'm glad that I'm able to take it in-person (at least until we inevitably get forced online by NY regulations). 1:15 PM I’m back in my apartment and heat up leftovers from last night’s dinner for lunch (cauliflower rice with roasted chickpeas, sweet potatoes, tofu, and a tahini garlic sauce) while listening to folklore. I think I've settled on august as my favorite song. Email my landlord about fixing a few things in my apartment that I've been trying to get him to sort out for literal weeks. 2:00 PM I have a planning meeting with the professor that I TA for. He’s super busy and bad at communication, so I’ve been handling the brunt of student questions so far. I made the mistake of letting the first-years add me to their class group chat, and they’ve been texting me at all hours. We talk about this and clarify what expectations should be for my TA position- he seems to want me to work 10-15 hours/week even though I was told 5-9 by the admin assistant who hired me. I can probably do 10-15, just not every week. We'll see. 2:30 PM The meeting transitions right into the class- I mostly just chill (camera on, unfortunately) listening to the lecture and taking attendance/marking participation, and nod sporadically when the professor makes reference to me. I won’t have many out-of-class responsibilities until grading starts, since I don’t have to run open office hours. After the class ends I work on organizing the course website and figuring out what the hell the prof is trying to do with the syllabus. Class hours and all prep/grading is billable time for TAs. 4:45 PM Realize that my fridge is pretty much empty except for a few random condiments and the rest of the leftovers that I had for lunch. I head out for a Wegman's run and buy enough for at least a week and a half- I used to go once a week, but with COVID I'm trying to spend less time in crowded grocery stores. I don't feel like cooking so I end up having some of the chana dal snacks and ice cream that I just got for dinner around 6:30. So healthy. $98.67, split out into food & home categories 7:30 PM Another online class! I hate night classes and strongly dislike online classes, so this seems like a recipe for disaster- however it's actually a really interesting course on inequality in education with a professor I think I'll really like, so hopefully it'll be worth it. 9:55 PM Class is over. 2 and a half hours is absolutely brutal for a nonstop Zoom meeting, especially at night and for my fifth class of the day. I shower and change into pajamas and catch the end of the Lightning-Islanders game. My favorite team and all of the teams I ended up bandwagoning are now out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, so I'm trying to find a new one to root for- the game was high-scoring and fun to watch but I still don't like these teams. Daily total: $101.75
Tuesday, September 8
9:30 AM I get to sleep in a bit today! I was supposed to have a shift at the COVID center starting at 7:30, but the university keeps changing the hours of the sites (it's a total disaster), so now my shift starts at 10:45. First thing I do when I wake up is send a quick thank-you text to my sister who's going to visit our mom- she broke her foot last week and her boyfriend (they live in the same town in separate houses) is being shitty and not helping her, so my sister is leaving college to go stay with her for a bit. I'm a few hours closer to home, but I have in-person work and class whereas my sister's school is totally online this semester. I have some scrambled eggs with spinach and cheese for breakfast before I leave the house. 10:15 AM I'm out of homemade cold brew and have a bit of time, so I drive to Dunkin to grab a coffee. I reload my rewards card to pay for it, and earn a free drink for my next visit! I'm from Massachusetts and the fact that I actually have to go out of my way to drive to Dunkin in New York makes me a lil sad. $10.00 10:45 AM Time for work- one of the blessings of the COVID job is free parking in high-demand lots (where the yearly parking cost would be about $900) on campus near the test sites, so I drive there straight from Dunkin. Luckily it's not too crazy of a shift, but I end up seated at a station next to this really weird coworker who keeps making wack comments about his personal life that are extremely inappropriate for the workplace. I make note of his name and plan to email my supervisor later, he's making me kind of uncomfortable and he's saying awkward sexual shit around people who are at the site to get tested. 1:00 PM Done with my shift so it's time for class! It's another quant class where I'm wayyy out of my comfort zone, I haven't taken econometrics in three years and it looks like I'll have to re-learn a lot of stuff in order to keep up. The professor seems good though, which will make a big difference since my last econometrics professor was terrible. 3:00 PM I pick up my car and head home, and immediately am bombarded with texts from my TA class- the readings haven't been posted correctly to the class website. Quickly fix that and put out a few other related fires. Trying to run an entirely-online class where lots of the students are participating asynchronously from another continent is a nightmare, I shoot an email to the professor about monitoring asynchronous course participation since we need to come up with a system for that ASAP. 4:00 PM Heat up the last of the leftover veggies and cauliflower rice from a few days ago, and settle in to catch up on miscellaneous work stuff. I draft an email to my supervisor about my coworker and have my mom look it over (with names redacted) since she works in HR. I'm going to wait to send it for at least a day so if he gets written up maybe he won't realize it's me that prompted it. I wash my bedsheets and towels in my building's coin-op washedryer. $3.00 9:00 PM My meal schedule has been way off today, with a super late lunch and dinner. I make this recipe, with a plant-based sausage added for protein. I eat 95% vegetarian and I'm making a conscious effort this year to eat vegetables multiple times a day. 1:15 AM After another few hours of scrolling through TikTok and finishing fixing the disaster of a website for my TA class, I head to bed. Daily Total: $13.00
Wednesday, September 9
7:00 AM It's too early and I went to bed too late. The 8 AM online class I had on Monday is in-person on Wednesday, and I'm kind of regretting not signing up for the fully online version since it means I have to actually get ready in the morning. I drag myself out of bed and into the shower, and before I head out I order a coffee and a breakfast sandwich to pick up from Starbucks on my walk to campus. $7.34 9:30 AM Second class of the day, online. I'm realizing I don't really like this course and will probably try to find another one to replace it before the drop deadline. I find a quiet-ish courtyard on campus to go on Zoom, since all of the normal study spaces are closed. This is not gonna work once it gets really cold in upstate NY. While listening to the Zoom lecture, I see that my manager at my COVID job has scheduled me for a last-minute shift that conflicts with a class tomorrow- I email her and hope that she sees it in time. This job creates 8-hour shifts in the middle of the day with no easy option for partial hours, and then they wonder why they can't get their student employees on the schedule. 1:00 PM Head home after my third class of the day. I was distracted the whole time, trying to sort through TA and other work stuff (my shift got fixed at the COVID job, thank god) during the lecture, so I'll probably have to skim the slides again later. I chatted with a classmate in my cohort afterwards for a bit, and realize that that's the first time I've talked to someone outside of my family in a non-work capacity in over a week. Yikes. I make lunch (roasted asparagus and goat cheese pasta, are you sensing the "roasted veggie + pasta/rice + cheese" theme that makes up the majority of my meals?) and chill a bit before my TA class starts. 6:00 PM After finishing my TA class and working through some course readings, I make a kale salad with roasted chickpeas, sweet potatoes, goat cheese, and a tahini dressing for dinner. While I'm cooking dinner my dad calls, and I talk to him for about half an hour- we haven't talked for two weeks so I update him on a lot of stuff. My sister also texts and says that our mom gave her a lecture about how she needs to be nicer to the boyfriend- we both agree that we're not quite ready to go back to being pleasant to him yet, and would like to hear his reasoning and perhaps an apology for being so unhelpful that my sister had to drive four hours to do what he should have been doing all along. 10:00 PM I'm not having a great night, feeling quite depressed and socially isolated. I struggled socially as an undergrad and didn't really have any close friends, and now that the majority of my friends/acquaintances from undergrad have left and I haven't made any friends in my short time in pandemic-grad-school, I'm stuck by myself most of the time. It's really difficult to look out my window and see houses full of friends hanging out on their porch on a beautiful night and wishing I could have had that while knowing I never will. I end up going to bed early since I'm just tired and sad. Daily Total: $7.34
Thursday, September 10
9:00 AM I wake up feeling slightly better than last night, but still feel a bit worn out. My sister texts that my mom now needs to be in a cast for 6 weeks. Hopefully the boyfriend can get his shit together. I make a breakfast sandwich with eggs, cheese, and spinach. I hang around my apartment for a while since work doesn't start until 11:45. 11:30 AM On my way to work, I stop and grab a coffee at a cafe ($4.16) and then go to 7/11 to pick up a notebook for class and a pack of batteries that I need for my string lights ($14.56). 1:15 PM After spending an hour and a half at work, I take my break in order to go to class. I'm supposed to go in-person, but I can't make it across campus fast enough and end up just going to the Zoom session. I am going to need to do some serious studying for this class, stats and econometrics is like another language to me. 2:45 PM Class is over and I'm back to work. There's a nonstop stream of students and staff coming to get tested, I personally go through at least 100 people over the course of three hours. Near the end of my shift, my coworker (the same one I'm reporting, actually) checks his email and finds out that he's been given a $3/hour raise and is now benefits-eligible. I immediately race to my phone, but there's no email. Everyone tries to figure out who qualified for the raise, and we come to the conclusion that student workers didn't get it. I might reach out to my supervisor about that, seems kind of ridiculous given that we do the exact same job. I don't need benefits and probably don't qualify anyways but the raise would be awesome. 7:00 PM I get home from work and eat some of the leftover kale salad, lentil chips and a homemade za'atar goat cheese dip, and an apple with peanut butter. I'm so hungry since I haven't eaten since the egg sandwich at 9 AM. 11:00 PM I re-watch the two econometrics lectures from this week– a huge perk of Zoom class is recorded lectures– and try to take more detailed notes and go through the motions of the coding myself. I still don't really get it, and feel pretty dumb listening to the intelligent questions that my classmates (half of whom are undergrads) are asking. Math in all forms has been a weak point for me since middle school, but I'm trying to power through so I can enter the workforce with at least some quant skills. Daily Total: $18.72
Friday, September 11
9:00 AM Wake up and scroll through my social media for a bit, and have the rest of the kale salad for breakfast. Not really a traditional breakfast but I don't feel like cooking anything. I have my orientation for my research job this morning, and I think it's going to be a great experience! The two other grad researchers are both students in my program, so it'll be nice to get to know some more people. My official start date is next week, though I'm being paid for training. Once I'm done on that Zoom call, I head to work at the COVID center at 11. 3:00 PM I finally get my lunch break- there's not much open, so I'm limited to the one cafe near my work site. I pick up a bagel and a coffee, and the women who work there give me free coffee add-ons (oat milk and vanilla syrup) since they recognize me after I did their COVID tests in the morning. I love the dining workers on my campus. I have some extra dining dollars from last semester that rolled over due to COVID, so I use the last of those and pay the balance with my debit card. $1.06, remainder was pre-paid from last spring 7:00 PM Finally home- I decide to clean my apartment for a bit before showering, and I'm disgusted by how dirty it got. I'm a huge clean freak and this apartment isn't super well-kept (thank you college town slumlords!) and has a lot of cobwebs/dirty areas, so it causes basically a constant undercurrent of anxiety. I've recently been thinking a lot about my old apartment, which was newly renovated and a 2-bedroom which would have cost me $1,000/month for my share this year. My desire to live alone and be in the area where I thought I could best make a last-ditch effort at meeting people and making friends won out over my love for that apartment, and I'm pretty seriously regretting it at this point given the whole COVID situation. Depending on how the spring semester shakes out, I might try to sublet it and find a different place. 9:00 PM I'm still feeling a bit anxious and unsettled after cleaning, and don't really have the mental fortitude to cook tonight. A $5 coupon from GrubHub arrives in my email inbox like they can read my mind. I order paneer makhani to pick up from the Indian restaurant a block away from my apartment, and try to turn it into a positive thought about the apartment itself- my old place wasn't walking distance from Indian food, this one is. $10.07 11:00 PM My mom sends me a link to a video that she found of my school's 9/11 memorial dedication. We lost 21 alums that day, and a permanent memorial was dedicated a few years ago. I've gone a few times to see it in person and met some of the families through my previous jobs, so I spend some time watching the video. I was just shy of 4 years old on 9/11 so I obviously don't remember much, but going to a school with a large number of students from NYC almost guarantees that everyone knows someone with a personal connection. It always feels a bit solemn around here on the day. 4:00 AM I couldn't sleep. Finally pass out sometime between 3:30 and 4. Daily Total: $11.13
Saturday, September 12
9:00 AM Drag myself out of bed and make scrambled eggs with cheese, and some cold brew that's been sitting in the french press for several days with the coffee grinds- this is basically liquid cocaine, it's extremely caffeinated but I'll need that today. I leave my apartment around 9:40 and start walking to work. 10:00 AM Today isn't too crazy, which is unexpected given that the site I'm working at is usually one of the more crowded ones. The shift supervisor today is the sweetest woman, she comes around and takes our individual coffee orders and brings them to us at our stations. I take quick breaks whenever I can to run to the corner to slip my mask off and take a drink. I chat to some of the other student workers when we have longer periods of down time, they seem really nice. I might try to work this site more often and get to know them better. 3:00 I drew the short straw once again and got the late lunch break- nothing's open on campus since it's Saturday, so I run back to the cafe near my apartment and order a turkey sandwich. I know I need to start bringing my own lunch, but we have no microwaves and the only fridges we have at the sites are for test tubes and ice packs so that makes it a bit difficult. $9.08 6:00 PM Done at work and headed home- I make a roasted cauliflower pasta that uses the rest of the spinach as well, and save some for tomorrow's dinner. 10:00 PM Lounging around in bed and watching the Vegas-Dallas game. I think I'd rather have one of these teams win the Cup than either of the teams in the ECF. 1:30 AM Fall asleep
Sunday, September 13
9:00 AM Up for another day of work. I make some eggs and cut up an apple with peanut butter. 10:00 AM My job today is as a greeter, so I'm not doing the actual registration and test observation, and am instead in charge of getting people lined up and dealing with the logistics of the site. A lot of the people in the line tell me that they were supposed to have an appointment at another site, but they showed up and it was dark and no one was there to deal with the 75 people waiting in line. We realize there's been a huge staffing miscommunication with our local health system partner, and this happened at three sites. What a clusterfuck. I also committed the cardinal sin of autumn in New York by not appropriately layering- it's suddenly 50 and raining, and I'm freezing my ass off sitting outside in leggings and a t-shirt. 2:30 PM Lunch break- I go to the one place on campus open on Sunday afternoons to grab a salad. $8.70 3:00 PM Still a decent flow of people coming through the site since we're still taking over from the sites that unexpectedly closed. By the end of the day, we've tested over 1,100 people just at this one site. I'm developing a horrible crick in my neck from turning to look and point each person to where they need to go. 6:00 PM Home from work. I heat up the rest of the pasta from last night and try to massage my neck a bit- I can tell it's going to hurt tomorrow, feeling like I'm 82 instead of 22. I prep some cold brew for tomorrow morning. 10:30 PM I'm absolutely exhausted, so I fall asleep around 10:30 for the first time in weeks. Hopefully this means I'll be well-rested for my 8 AM tomorrow. Daily total: $8.70
Monday, September 14
7:45 AM I wake up feeling somewhat well-rested, but my neck is still really hurting. I grab some of the cold brew from the fridge and go to my online class. 9:15 AM I find a class that I'm interested in to replace the one that I'm thinking of dropping, and start getting ready to go to it to check it out. Just as I'm about to leave, I realize my neck is getting to be absolutely unbearable and I don't think I can make the walk up to campus with my backpack without a lot of pain. I shoot the professor a quick email asking for the Zoom link, and he manages to get back to me before the class starts! I join the online section and like the course, so I plan to make the official switch in my schedule. The class I don't like is taught by my advisor (who I'm hoping to TA for in the spring), so that might be a little awkward when I leave. 11:30 AM I make some pasta with a veggie sausage for lunch and go to class- this is usually an in-person class for me but I stay home and go to the online section today because I'm still in pain. 2:30 PM TA class- I'm required to have my camera on, and after comfortably laying down all day I feel like I'm dying because of the position that I'm being forced to keep my neck in. I periodically turn my camera off to lay down for a minute and scream into my pillow before coming back and pretending that nothing's wrong. 4:30 PM I drive to a laundromat to wash my clothes- I'm out of coins and need to go to the laundromat to get them from the machine, so I do my wash there instead of in my building. While I wait for my wash I call my grandma and catch up for a bit, and when I move my clothes to the dryer I go to Target to return some stuff I bought for my apartment and get painkillers. Have a mini-breakdown in the parking lot of Target because I'm so anxious about my apartment and the cost and how it's not kept-up and how I'm feeling so much regret about the lease. I send a frantic 3-paragraph text to my mom and dad about this and tell them that I want to try to find a subletter and come home. $6.00 for laundry, +$51.69 in refunds from Target (not included in breakdown), $4.07 for Ibuprofen 7:30 PM Dinner (eggs on toast) and online class. I'm really distracted, I hate Zoom class. My mom texts me throughout and I reply for a bit, and kind of unload about feeling super lonely and stressed. My dad calls around 10 after class is over, and we talk for a bit. I'm not sure he really gets where I'm coming from but he does his best to provide support, in an emotionally-stunted-middle-aged-dad kind of way (which is mostly just him talking about how I always "manage to power through" and referencing sunk costs and uncertainty). Honestly, I probably won't sublet the apartment just because I don't know if I'm ready to move all my shit again and because it's a buyer's market for sublets right now, but I really wish I had tried to get out of my lease before it started in August. I always have a lot of anxiety and regrets about large purchases, so this is nothing new. What I probably need instead of a sublet is to go back to therapy. 2:30 AM I'm still up writing a paper, so I answer a text in the group chat for my TA class about the paper- the student who asked apologizes for bothering me so late, she's abroad and didn't realize what time it was in NY. I'm fine with answering if I'm up, but I'm going to have to force myself to not answer until the morning so they don't start expecting that kind of immediate response from me. Daily Total: $10.07
WEEKLY TOTAL: $179.79
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This was a typical week for me- I work a lot, I spend a lot on food, and I don't spend on much else beyond my monthly expenses. Obviously I don't buy $100 of groceries every week, since those last about two weeks- I usually shop on Mondays, restock on fresh veggies at the Wednesday farmer's market the next week, which runs me about $15-20, and then go to Wegmans again on Monday. I'm trying to spend less on coffee since I realize it's ridiculous to buy a $4 drink every morning when I can buy an $8 bag of beans and get 12 cups out of it. As I get more into my research job, I'll be shifting some hours from the COVID job to that- it pays more and is more beneficial to my career, and I don't have the physical or mental energy to continue at this pace for the COVID job. This pay cycle (Thurs 9/10 to Wed 9/16) I worked 32.8 hours, which will probably be typical as a weekly total for this semester- just with a different breakdown by job (6-10 TA, 15 research, 10-15 COVID). This coming week I'm scheduled right up against the 40-hour limit, with 39.6. And yes, I do bill my time answering questions at 2:30 AM, I just put it on my timecard as a more normal time lol
We are going by the assumption that we can take creative license to make new moves not created by Oda. So characters without a lot of screentime can be implemented if they have an interesting fighting Style that we can use for a moveset.
Some characters may not be relevant enough to be added. However, in oreder to have the most representation possible, I'll use the ''Team character'' Concept. As an example, Mojhi and Kabaji dont have enough relevance to make a moveset out of them, but they can be part of some kind 'of minigame and also be part of Buggy's moveset. Most of these ''assist characters'' will be part of (C) attacks.
We will reuse a lot of things. Let me explain: In non-canon media there are plenty of interesting characters, some of them may become playable (Like the most recent movie villains). However, there are others that have Fruits or Fighting Styles that can be interesting but the character isn't relevant enough. For example, There is this filler villain that has the Kama Kama no Mi, a fruit that makes him able to slash trough air. What if we use this fruit and give it to someone like Kuro to make him more interesting?. I think is a cool concept that we can use in different ways.
There are lots of characters yet to appear and others have not shown all their tricks yet, so this roster will need to be updated as the story progresses.
So first lets discuss something important. The Strawhats. We all know that the strawhats must be in obviously. However, they are the central focus of the story and have the most moveset potential, and because of that they usually have a Pre-TS and a Post-TS version. This useful for characters like Luffy, wich I made an entire moveset without even considering Post-TS attacks. On the other hand we have the opposite case with Brook, because a Pre-TS Brook would be just the same as Post-TS but with less techniques. So for this case we can simply make a Post-TS moveset for Brook and have a Pre-TS skin (it wouldn't make sense that he can use his Post-TS power-ups but its easier this way). -Luffy will have the most versions out of all the characters. Pre-TS Luffy will be the first. Then a Post-TS Luffy that covers all of Luffy's new abilities until Dressrosa and G4 Bound Man (We could make G4 a different character but idk what do you think) and a WCI Luffy with Snakeman and Future Sight (There may be more versions but i want to see what new things Luffy does in Wano) -Zoro. I'm not sure if making him have Pre-TS, depends on Wano (If he uses Asura i dont think its necessary -Sanji wont have Pre-TS. -Nami. Also depends on how many new things she does in Wano (There is some clima-tact functions that were only used Pre-TS -Usopp will have Post-TS and Pre-TS (The second one in the form of Sogeking). This is the strawhat that changed more drastically his fighting style Post-Ts -Chopper. I dont think that is necessary, but his points are different and needs rumble ball so maybe we should make him one. -Brook like I already said wont have pre-TS -Robin fights a bit different Post-TS compared to Pre-TS, so I'll wait until Wano ends (She needs a 1v1 against someone, please Oda) -Franky has a very different design but similar fighting style so idk what do you think? Having said that lets start making a list of every possible fighter and then we use that to decide the final roster. Take in consideration that this is just my opinion and that I will not use character beyond Wano Act 1 to avoid spoilers. Starting with East Blue
Kuro (With the Kama Kama no mi)
Gin (If he reappears)
Alvida (with the prisoners that Buggy-Sama saved, including Axe-Hand Morgan to make this the Romance Dawn Villain Duo, also Mojhi and Kabaji)
Coby and Helmeppo
Tashigi (I made a fun concept to make her be more unique. Since she searches for all the meitos we could make her moveset have different swords that she has obtained trough the years and changing your sword will make her moveset slightly diiffernt[More Speed, More Range, etc.])
Hatchan (With Kuroobi and Chew)
Vivi (With Karoo)
Miss Valentine (and Mr 5. The reason why the main one its not Mr 5 its because i like Miss Valentine more)
Galdino Mr 3 (With Miss Goldenweek)
Bentham Mr 2 Bon Kurei
Shura (These last 2 priests, Im not sure if they should be full characters or just ''assist characters'' for the other priests)
Foxy (with his 2 helpers that i dont remember names)
Wanze (Like it or not his moveset would be cool)
Fukuro (If he became a CP0 because if he doesn't show anything else he is the least interesting of the CP9. He could also be partner of Kumadori)
Spandam (with the marine captains of the Buster Call)
Sentomaru (With Pacifistas)
Marguerite (with Sandersonia and Marigold)
Hannyabal (Idk how to add him but I want him. Maybe he can use The Blugoris)
Sadie (With the Jailer Beasts)
Ivankov (with Inazuma)
Vista (more commanders may be added if the show something interesting. If not then they could be part of Jozu's and Vista's Team)
Thatch (The commander that Blackbeard killed. We only know that he was a cook, but we can recycle Sanji's knife skills)
Hina (with Jango and Fullbody)
Momonga (With a team of Viceadmirals)
Shiki (We're only finishing Pre-TS lol)
Hody (With some members of his crew)
Hyozou (With the other members)
Monet (and Vergo)
Caesar Clown Gangster Gastino
Z (with Ainz and Binz
Baby 5 (and Buffalo)
Trebol (and Sugar)
Gladius (and Machvise. This is the opposite of Mr 5 and Miss Valentine)
Señor Pink (and Lao G. Couldn't think a better duo)
Dellinger (and Jora)
Sai (and Chinjao)
Hajrudin (With the Mini Mini no mi)
Rebecca (This could be very interesting. She is teamed up with Soldier-San and the Tontattas)
Koala (and Hack to make her more varied)
Gild Tesoro (with the other ones from Film Gold)
Inuarashi and the musketeers
Tamago and Pekoms
Oven and Daifuku
Brulee (Using her mirrors to bring other BM children)
Oh My God. Thats a lot of characters and maybe i accidentally skipped someone. So now lets make a priority list. Instead of making a roster i will make a priority list. Priority 1 means that the character must be in the game as part of the base roster Priority 2 means the character must in the game as part of the base roster only if the priority 1 characters are already in Priority 3 means the character is a very strong candidate for being in the roster but that most likely end up being part of the DLC or the base roster if it is big enough Priority 4 are the rest of the characters So lets start with a 60 character Base Roster. The first 10 spots are already taken by the strawhats, there is no debate. The next 10 spots will be the most popular characters outside of the strawhats that must be in. These include Law, Hancock, Ace, Sabo, Mihawk, Reiju, Carrot, Shanks, Bartolomeo and Kidd. Now the 10 most prominent antagonists of the story, Crocodile, Enel, Moriah, Lucci, Doflamingo, Katakuri, Blackbeard, Big Mom, Kaido and Buggy Thats already 30 characters and there is still missing some priority 1. Some other important characters that haven't been mentioned yet: Aokiji, Kizaru, Akainu, Fujitora, Smoker, Kuma, Marco, Whitebeard, Kinemon and Vivi. And now the rest of the characters that would make the base roster (note: i tried to make a varied roster in terms of the different, however there are some missing characters that i think could work better as the selling points of hypothetical DLC packs like Garp) Arlong, Coby and Pre-TS Luffy from East Blue Mr 1, 2 and 3 from Baroque Works Wiper from Skypeia Kaku, Jabra and Sogeking from W7 Perona from Thriller Bark Ivankov from Impel Down Hody Jones from FI Cavendish and Diamante from Dressrossa Cracker, Pedro and Bege from WCI Drake and Kiku from Wano Foxy as a Joke Character As for the DLC, lets make a hypothetical situation where the game its very succesful and has an active comunity that keeps playing the game months after its original release (unlike 99% of anime fighters). Somenthing that comes in mind is to have them come in packs. This makes a lot of sense, the diferent packs could have different themes and could come alongside new stages and skins (more on that on the next post). However, an idea that i think would be interesting its adding free update characters alongside the DLC. Imagine this: Week 1: DLC Pack 1 gets announced (including Smoothie, Oven, Perospero and Brulee) Week 2: You can now purchase the DLC pac 1 Week 3: A Free Update comes out including Balance Changes and Brulee becomes a free character. This way you would purchase the 3 DLC and if you buy them when they just came out you can play as the free character 1 week before everyone can use it Finally, after 3 weeks of not having Internet Conection (SAQUENME DE LATINOAMERICA), I was able to bring this part. The next one should come out soon (exploring the different game modes) since my internet is working again(kinda). Dont forget to tell me your opinions. Also the 2nd Part may need a revision, im not completely comfort with the result so any feedback would be apreciated
2020.09.10 20:23 PutridMarionberryThe Cost of Having a Baby
During my pregnancy I kept a log of all of everything I spent related to my pregnancy and preparation for the baby. I've included a brief explanation of each expense. If I got a used item or was gifted something, I tried to give a rough estimate of the retail cost of the item new for context. I added some notes about why I bought a specific item. Feel free to ask any questions! For some added context: I live in a HCOL area, with a high sales tax (Seattle), which drives up the cost of items purchased new. This is my first child, so we didn't have any baby stuff before I got pregnant. Our combined annual household income is roughly $350k. We definitely did not go into this with the intention of trying to prepare for baby as cheaply as ptossible, but we did try to save money/avoid buying new where we could. There is a very active Facebook parenting group near me and I was able to acquire lots of used items for free or at a reduced price through that group. I also have very good health insurance and my job has very generous (paid) maternity leave so saving for leave was not a factor. All medical bills were paid out of an HSA. We also converted our large walk in closet to a nursery (which involved installing a window, ripping out the shelving, and repainting the room). The project was stopped and restarted several times due to COVID-19 and ended up being finished about 3 weeks before I went into labor. I did not include these expenses as part of the baby expenses. Because our nursery is very small, we were pretty constrained in what kind of furniture would fit which made it generally harder to find used furniture. (Note: to make the chart easier to read, I deleted my date and category columns. I've included summary totals at the bottom). EDIT: I realized I missed two medical bills (one for my follow-up blood work, TDAP vaccine--which is given late in pregnancy to provide some protection for the baby--and second Rhogam shot), and the baby's bill for the (routine) medical care she received at the hospital. I have added those in and updated the totals.
Estimated Cost to Buy New
Expecting Better and Crib Sheet by Emily Oster
You're supposed to start taking them before you're even pregnant. I started about 2 months before we started trying.
For morning sickness
My brand of prenatals were on sale, so I bought a whole bunch.
Ashkenazi Jew Genetic panel - partially covered by insurance
Partially covered by insurance--this is my portion. I am of Ashkenazi Jewish descent. Thanks to inbreeding back in Europe, we have a really high incidence of a lot of nasty genetic diseases (like Tay-Sachs). I opted for the genetic screening panel to see if I was a carrier for anything for my own sanity.
Supposed to help with stretch marks
Pregnancy body pillow
Skin care items
I normally use a tazarotene gel as my only skincare product but stopped because it is not recommended during pregnancy. I began breaking out like CRAZY during the first trimester (seriously, I felt like I was 15 again) so I invested in a bunch of pregnancy-safe skincare products.
8 week labor and newborn care class. Ended up being virtual due to COVID and not worth it.
ErgoBaby carrier and newborn insert
Gifted by my parents for the holidays (~$170 new)
Rhogam Injection - partially covered by insurance
You can have a different blood type than your baby (depending on the father's blood type) which is no big deal for Rh positive people. For Rh negative people, if the baby is Rh positive, you can create antibodies that could hurt the baby/future babies. The Rhogam shot addresses this. I am O- and had some light bleeding late in my first trimester, so I got the Rhogam shot earlier than usual in my pregnancy since you need to get it as soon as there is any chance of intermingling blood. I'll need to get a second one later in my pregnancy
I got a bag of maternity clothes for free from my local FB parenting group--a bunch of tops, a few pairs of maternity sweatpants, one pair of shorts, and a pair of pants. It's mostly casual so I can't wear it to work, but I'll need casual clothes for the weekends!
Motherhood Maternity near me was going out of business, so I bought my entire work maternity wardrobe, a pair of jeans, and some extra nursing clothes (everything was 40-80% off). I am an attorney so I need well-fitting professional clothes, especially since I have an arbitration scheduled for May (when I will be 7 months pregnant). Of course, due to COVID, I ended up working from home and mostly wearing my usband's sweatshirts so some of this barely got worn. But I did end doing my arbitration (via Zoom) so at least my maternity suit got some wear.
Used snoo + extra sleep sacks and extra sheets
We got a used Snoo and lots of accessories from someone in my local FB group. Plan is to resell it when we're done having kids.
My boobs have grown (and my band size is increasing, as my rib cage expands) so maternity/nursing bras were a must.
We got a Patagoina ultralight tote bag to use as a diaper bag on the recommendation of people in my local FB parenting group. Definitely unnecessary, but the bag was on sale at REI and I couldn't resist.
BOB jogging stroller
Hand me down from SIL
BOB stroller chicco carseat adapter
Hand me down from SIL. Only downside is that we're locked into getting a Chicco infant carseat (which is not a huge deal)
Hand me down from SIL. Literally the most comfortable chair I've ever sat in
Baby Bjorn travel crib
Hand me down from SIL
Baby bjorn bouncer
Purchased used from my local parent group ($200 retail). We live in a small house and the bouncer folds up, so this seemed like a good fit. The used ones on Craigslist and FB market are all in the $120-$150 range, so the price seems in line with what we'd want to pay.
The First Years Newborn to Toddler Tub
We decided to hire a dog trainer to work with us in preparing our dogs for the baby. I don't know if we would have bothered, except that one of our pups tends to be very anxious and has been skittish around children in the past. He's overall the sweetest dog and calms down once he gets used to a new stimulus, so we're not overly concerned, but we do want to make sure we're properly introducing a baby and desensitizing him to children. This cost covered a 2+ hour initial session, plus a bunch of training resources.
Maternity underwear 5 pack
It's turns out all of my underwear have seams that are cutting painfully into my hips as I expand.
Maternity underwear 5 pack
More maternity underwear since it turns out I need more than 5 pairs of underwear that fit
Bill for my alpha fetoprotein blood draw and test
Skip Hop Pronto Changing Station
Recommended by a friend--basically a travel-size changing mat with some pockets that we can toss in to the diaper bag.
Genetic testing (Cell-Free Fetal DNA) (not covered by insutance)
My insurance didn't cover it, but we decided to do the Cell-Free Fetal DNA Test (screens for Down's Syndrome and other chromosomal abnormalities, with a high degree of confidence). We called around to try and get the best out-of-pocket price since our insurer would have charged us $2k. Our quoted price was $500, but for some reason the bill came in at $836. Sigh. I have zero desire to deal with the provider, but my spouse spent a few hours arguing about the bill and it got flagged for review. We eventually got a new bill for $33. Unclear if/when we will be getting another bill.*
With the COVID-19 outbreak, running outside has become a real necessity for my mental health since I am no longer leaving the house (husband is doing all the shopping) except that running also feels like death. I ordered a maternity running belt to see if that helping with the pelvic pain I've been having while running
Swaddles, sleeping gowns, onesies, burpclothes
A local store is running a $5 and under sale as they're being crushed during the COVID-19 outbreak. I'm generally avoiding buying baby clothes since I know those are easy to acquire used, but I want to support a local business. This cost is for 20 separate items + tax -- swaddles, burp clothes, a few onesies, and a bunch of sleep gowns.
Anatomy ultrasound (my portion)
This is my cost for my 20-week "anatomy ultrasound" where they look in detail at the baby and baby's development. Good news is that everything looks normal so far.
I already bought two pairs of maternity leggings to wear under dresses but neither is great for athletics. My pre-maternity leggings don't fit anymore (RIP), so I buy two pairs of athletic maternity leggings (1 long pair, 1 capris) to work out in.
Chicco Fit2 Car Seat + extra base
The BOB stroller adapter we have is compatible with two basic Chicco car seats--the KeyFit and Fit2. The Fit2 is supposed to last longer, through age 2, so it costs more. Since we have two cars the kid will be in regularly, we'll need two bases plus the car seat. I got a free car seat base for the Chicco Fit2 from someone in the local parents group I joined, which doesn't expire until 2023 (retail cost of an extra base is $129). Getting the free extra base makes us decide to get the Fit2 model instead of the KeyFit. There's a sale online for the Fit2 car seat--it's normally $299 retail, but is only $197 after discounts ($217.99 with tax). I was nervous anyway about buying a used carseat.
I have a running list of baby "essentials" that we'll need early on and are less likely to find used. I am getting a little antsy (very antsy) with just feeling generally unprepared, since our nursery is still a closet and the world is falling apart. I decide to go ahead and buy the things that I think we'll need that we won't be able to get used, especially with delays in shipping times due to COVID-19. Note on diapering: we decided to use a cloth diaper service for our baby until the kiddo goes to daycare, but we still need to purchase waterproof diaper covers and snappis (modern cloth diapering involves an inner absorbent layer and an outer waterproof cover; the service we're using provides and lauders the inner layer).
Feeding and breastfeeding supplies. (In hindsight, I should have waited on this stuff. Right after I bought it, there were lots of posts of people in my FB group giving away bottles, drying racks, etc.)
Nail clipper, diaper rash cream, baby soap, travel wet bag for cloth diapers, drool bibs, and baby on board car decals
A few of the straggler miscellaneous items on my list that I didn't expect to be able to get used (turns out I didn't need to buy the drool bibs, we ended up getting lots of bibs in the baby clothes we were later gifted).
Got a used K'tan wrap from the FB group (normally $50). I've been told we may want a softer wrap than the Ergo for baby-carrying at home.
Someone in my local FB group is selling a minimally used cordless Spectra S1 breast pump, which is the model I want and isn't covered by my insurance (insurance will cover 1 pump, but I don't get to pick it and I know I'll need a second pump anyway for work....if I ever get to go back to working in an office). The pump retails for $200.
Changing pad for dresser
We decided to go with a changing pad/dresser combo rather than a changing table for space saving reasons. Someone in my local FB group is selling her changing pad topper (with extra waterproof covers and holder to screw into the dresser) for $30.
Activity mat, baby swing, large bag of 3-9 month clothes, bumbo seat, Fisher Price Sit-me-up chair
Haul from my local parenting FB group--all stuff that people were giving away free. Everything is in pretty good condition. The clothes are super gendered, which probably is not what I'd chose to buy, but as far as I'm concerned, anything goes for free stuff. I've been trying not to buy clothes generally, since I know my mother won't be able to resist getting lots of cute little baby outfits and you can usually get used baby clothes for free/cheap.
Another bag of baby clothes from the FB group. Mostly in the 3-6 month range.
Cloth diaper cover
Sigh. My mom complained that none of the diaper covers I bought (all of which have super cute patterns) would "go" with the outfits she was getting the baby. I think she is mostly joking, but I give in and buy an extra white diaper cover as well. For the days when we're being fancy, naturally.
Apparently I'm severely anemic! This is not super uncommon for pregnancy, but my numbers are BAD which can lead to some pregnancy complications. My doctor recommends that I either do IV iron infusions (ugh) or immediately start to massively increase my iron intake with diet changes and supplements. She recommends a liquid iron supplement because apparently it's easier to absorb and thus more likely to actually help. The supplement is EXPENSIVE though and also totally disgusting.
I pick up a HUGE box of 3-12 month clothes from someone in my local FB parenting group to round out baby's wardrobe for year 1 of life. (We'll probably still need some outwear, but for regular clothes we're pretty set now!).
An (unexpected) haul of baby clothes. My husband's coworker gave him two large bags of newborn baby clothes. At this point, I am pretty sure we have more clothes than we possibly need, though at least it's not all newborn stuff. Once we have a dresser in the nursery, I am going to wash everything, inventory what we have, and pass on what we don't need to a friend who is having twin girls.
Audio-only baby monitor
We have a Nest cam to repurpose as a baby monitor, but want an audio-only one for traveling and internet outages.
A friend is selling some old furniture, including her childhood dresser. It's smaller than what I had initially wanted for the nursery and needs to be repainted, but definitely a lot cheaper than buying new (the dressers I've been looking at online given our space constraints are $300 at the CHEAPEST and that's for something that's isn't solid wood that we'd have to assemble). We're going to use this as a changing table and will get some some storage shelves or something to make up for the smaller dresser. I end up painting the dresser in mid-June, while 35 weeks pregnant (after we finished converting our closet to the nursery) which was a challenge since it involved a lot of bending down and crouching. But I was able to repurpose some extra paint we have from painting the trim in nursery so we don't end up spending any extra money on paint.
Waterproof mattress cover for the snoo mattress, extra sleep sack (small), extra mattress, four extra sheets
Someone in my local FB group is getting rid of a bunch of Snoo accessories--sleep sack, sheets, extra mattress, waterproof mattress cover. I'm mostly interested in the sleep sack ($30 retail) and mattress cover ($20), but she wants to clear out everything and offers me the whole bundle for $10. We now have like 7 sheets for the snoo which seems excessive, but then again I do hear that babies are great at getting things dirty.
Bottles & Fisher Price on the go baby dome
More stuff from the FB group--this is a small portable bassinet/play space (folds up flat) with a canopy to protect baby from sun/bugs/curious doggos. It seems like it will be helpful for traveling (can be used as a sleep space), hanging out outside, and keeping baby separated from the dogs in our house. The same person also gave me some extra bottles.
Sign up fee + 4 weeks diaper service
I sign up for the baby diaper service we will be using (the service picks up, washes, and drops off cloth diapers). There's a one time start up fee ($30) and a 4 week minimum. After that, we'll be billed in 4 week increments. We can cancel at any time after the first 4 weeks. We'll get a pre-birth delivery in a few weeks, then let them know when the baby is born and they'll start weekly drop offs and pickups. They also provide a diaper pail and liner as part of the service which is great!
Hooded baby towel with bear ears
I am blaming hormones for this. I fully intended to avoid buying baby stuff just because it's "cute"...but someone sends me the link, we haven't bought baby towels, and it's SO CUTE. Definitely an unnecessary purchase
Postpartum supplies--witch hazel pads, peri bottle, numbing spray
Diapers & wipes
Even though we're cloth diapering, I want to have some newborn disposable diapers on hand since I've been told that that cloth diapers often don't fit newborns particularly well. We'll need the wipes regardless.
8-pack of burp clothes
Purchased at the recommendation of my friend who has a newborn--she recommended for protecting furniture and whatnot if we're breastfeeding/hanging out on the couch.
I get a large bag of postpartum supplies from someone in my FB group (pretty much everything I bought, plus a lot of pads, mesh underwear, etc.) I won't use all of this (most likely) and will pass the extra on to my friends who are due later than I am.
Ran out of belly oil so I buy some lotion this time.
My mom (this is her first grandchild) is way more into interior decorating than I am. She gets us a washable rug for our nursery. It is super cute and goes with our nursery theme. We ended up with very aqua walls--we had to choose a paint color online w/o getting a swatch because of the pandemic. I like the color but it is definitely a little more vibrant than I thought. We're leaning into it though and going full underwater theme.
Rhogam shot, TDAP vaccine, bloodwork
Medical bill for the gestational diabetes test, TDAP vaccine (you get it late in pregnancy, and it provides some immunity to the baby), and second Rhogam shot. I failed the GD screen and had to do a second diagnostic test (which I passed).
Another "I'm so excited for a grandchild!" gift from my mother. She buys us a small Pottery Barn armoire for our nursery (with some extra shelves) so we'll have a place to hang some of the baby's clothes.
Newborn diaper covers and Moby wrap
Regular diaper covers for cloth diapers don't always fit newborns well. I had been planning on waiting to see if our baby was on the bigger side (and thus could fit into the covers we already bought) instead of buying newborn diaper covers. But someone is selling 15 newborn diaper covers on my FB group for $20 and I snatch those up. I also get a Moby wrap (another kind of baby carrier) for $5--we don't really need another carrier, but the K'tan is probably too small for my husband (those wraps size to the adult human, not the baby) and he'll be able to use this one at home if we can figure out how to tie it.
Curb find on a walk around my neighborhood! A small white bookshelf that will fit our nursery perfectly!
Pail for dirty wipes and garbage bags
Our diaper service provides us a pail for cloth diapers, but we also need a small pail for the dirty wipes
More blood work
A friend strongly recommended the haakaa, which is a manual breast pump. I initially didn't see the point of a manual pump, but she explained that you can use the pump on whatever boob the baby isn't nursing on and prevent spillage. Makes sense to me. The cost is technically for two pumps with covers, since they are sold individually. (ETA--I don't know why I got two, you really only need one. I end up giving one away to a friend who is also pregnant)
Baby clothes hangers
Teething toy. We definitely don't need this now, but it was very cute
Someone is getting rid of some Thirsties diaper covers (same brand we already bought)--6 for $10. We already have 6 (non-newborn) covers, but I feel like having extras would be a good idea. They're $12.50 each normally (pre-tax).
Costs associated with labor and delivery
This is my portion of my L&D costs. I think the total bill was something like $25k but I am incredibly fortunate to have good insurance.
At my mother's insistence, I end up doing a baby registry. I had not intended to do a registry at all (or have a baby shower) since we are financially comfortable. But because of COVID, a lot of family members that would have offered in-person help won't be able to do that and keep asking her what we need. Although I don't feel like we "need" anything, she (accurately) points out that people will start sending unsolicited gifts and we're likely to get a lot of baby clothes, which we definitely do not need. I ended up registering for a lot of smaller toys, some feeding supplies, some "would be nice but not necessary" items, and some items we were planning on buying when the baby was older. We end up getting a high chair, baby towels, assorted toys, some bath supplies, a few sleep sacks for when she outgrows the Snoo, a crib mattress (but no crib lol), a bottle warmer, bottles, and a Boppy baby lounger from our registry as gifts. We also end up getting a few more sets of baby clothes, a BEAUTIFUL handknit sweater, wooden step stool with her name, a teething necklace, and some baby books as gifts.
Baby's medical bill for care in hospital
Routine care, no complications.
Two days parking.
Partner's hospital means
Hospital food for my spouse for the 36 hours we were in the hospital (5 meals). Due to COVID, he wasn't allowed to leave and reenter my room, so he had to stay with me the whole time in the postpartum room and couldn't get food from home or anything other than the hospital room service. My meals are part of the hospital stay coverage.
Grand Total: $8,003.15 Total Cost to Buy Everything New: $13,584.16 "Savings" (Gifts & Buying Used): $5,581.01 Totals by Category:
Totals by Time Period:
Reflections: We "saved" a lot by getting some of the big ticket items (stroller, car seat base, travel crib, glider) free from family or people in our local parenting group. We were also lucky to be able to get a lot of smaller items (like a bouncer, swing, activity mat, nursing pillow) free or used. My inclination that we should not buy baby clothes was 100% correct--we got a ton of clothes for free (used from my local group and as gifts from family), with the only downside being that most of the stuff we got is very gendered and not what we'd necessarily have chosen given a choice. (Overall, I think I bought a grand total of 3 onesies and 10 sleep gowns for baby--we got everything else as gifts/for free). We decided that while we'd try and purchase gender neutral stuff, anything goes as far as free stuff because it is clearly cheaper and better for the environment to reuse something rather than buying new stuff on principle. We were also pretty lucky we are to live in a corner of Seattle with a thriving parenting group! We got a lot of stuff from total strangers free or at greatly reduced prices. We also ended up getting a lot of stuff towards the end of my pregnancy from a registry, which was not something I had initially intended, and because it was late in my pregnancy, almost everything that we got from the registry was stuff that I considered non-essential (or things I expected to acquire after the baby was born and probably would have gotten used). We definitely splurged for some things that we probably don't really need (like the Snoo). I also ended up spending more money that I should have on work maternity clothes. I ended up wearing them very minimally due to COVID-19. I can't really blame myself for that--if I had continued to go into the office during my pregnancy, I definitely would have used them. Although having now managed 4 months or so of pregnancy in sweatpants and my husband's t-shirts, I probably could have purchased fewer outfits. I did end up doing an arbitraiton via Zoom while 7 months pregnant, so at least my maternity suit got some use! I'm planning on hanging onto everything since we are (at the moment at least) planning on having a second kid. We are planning on reselling at least the Snoo when we're done having kids. We'll see how much of this stuff we end up using or reselling.
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2020.08.27 01:18 lwilli07I'm not on Rogers Ignite Internet - is it worth the switch?
I've been going back and forth with switching to Bell. My rogers account jumped from $80 --> $140 a month for 300u internet, and the starter TV package. With Bell I am offered their student discount of 50u and ALT TV for $101/month. I work from home, but my partner is in school, so internet reliability and speed is important to me. Basic TV is important for her. Rogers winback offer was either $80/month for my existing package or $96/month for Ignite 500, and Ignite TV. What's the big improvement with Ignite? Is it truly so superior to their old option that is worth paying extra for it? Our internet speed is not an issue, but it does sometimes cut out (about once every two weeks).
2020.08.26 22:14 zyck_titanAnalysis of Nvidia GPU prices over time. Or "Why is Turing considered a poor value"
With the next generation of GPUs on the near horizon, I wanted to take a look at the last 7 years of Nvidia GPUs to see how Turing compares to historical trends of price and performance. Partially for my own curiosity, but also to answer the question of why Turing is considered a poor value by so many. And if that opinion is based on objective data, or if it's simply a repeated meme.
One thing that I want to get out of the way before anyone taking Econ 101 decides to show up; GPUs are luxury goods, and are non-essential items. They are not comparable to essential goods like food, water, medicine, etc. An Increase in price of a non-essential good is unfortunate, but is not going to cause you to starve or otherwise disrupt your standard of living.
With all that said, let's talk about that sweet sweet data. I've used TechPowerUPs GPU database for this analysis. I'm using their information for release date, MSRP, and their relative performance calculation to compare GPU to GPU. I've opted not to update the MSRP of the GPUs, many models did get price reductions over their lifetime, but it would be a pain to go back and determine exactly when certain models were cost reduced in order to recalculate. And so I've opted not to. So the high GTX 780 price stays as is, but so does the RTX 2060. I've opted to use the GTX 760 as the baseline reference for this analysis. When it was launched it was a very capable performer at 1920x1080, came highly recommended from multiple reviewers, and was a very affordable $250. Table is sorted from lowest Cost per Relative Perf (760) to highest.
MSRP at Launch
Relative Perf (760)
Cost per Relative Perf (760)
Time from 760 (Days)
Reduction in cost per year since 760
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780
These are my observations and analysis of this data; Lets start by talking about the very bottom of the list. You'll note that the higher end models of the Kepler 700 series are listed here with high costs per relative perf, and extremely high increase in cost per year. This is actually expected, higher end models have diminishing returns. The highest end models of each generation have the lowest $/! ratio, and this is reflected across all 7 years of data. These Kepler models also came out either shortly before or shortly after the 760, and so there isn't any time at all for costs to be reduced. Moving up just a bit we can see that the GTX 980 and 980ti GPUs are actually an increase in cost per year. This will not be the only time this happens. The 750ti represents the greatest reduction in cost per year out of this entire list, and is a good example of why I didn't use that metric as the sorting method for this list. In the brief 8 month window from the GTX 760 to the 750ti launch, the $149 GPU get's 71% percent of the performance. This is an excellent example showing how within a generation (even though this is technically a Maxwell arch GPU) the lower end models often demonstrate the best $/! ratio. Going up to the first Turing GPU from the bottom of the list, the 2080ti. It's not surprising that the 2080ti is where it is on this list. It's high $999 MSRP making it 4x more expensive than the GTX 760, while the performance is more than 4x as much. It is technically a reduction in cost over time, but I would not say it is a good value. But this is not surprising considering it is a flagship GPU. The GTX 970 was considered an extremely good value proposition for the Maxwell generation, even with the 3.5GB debacle. And that is easy to see here. compared to the 980 and 980ti GPUs, the 970 represents a huge $48 reduction in cost per year compared to the relative perf of the 760. that is a better reduction in cost per year than even the 950 and 960. The rest of the chart I want to talk about as a whole, because you'll notice that the top of the chart is dominated by Turing architecture GPUs, except for the 1050ti they take the top 10 spots for lowest cost per relative perf. Now these are the GTX 16 series GPUs, so they don't have all of the features like DLSS and RT support like the RTX 20 series. But they still represent a great value gain for mid-range gamers. And the RTX 2060 is still doing very well in this metric for a $349 GPU, averaging 3X the performance of the 760. The 2060 SUPER and 2070 SUPER are not far behind either.
So why then is the Turing generation so often derided as being a poor value for gamers? I think it's a combination of factors;
That RTX 2080ti MSRP did not do Nvidia any favors. That very high $999 price really set peoples attitudes against them, regardless of how many people actually buy that class of GPU. As I stated before it's normal for the flagship GPUs of a generation to be a poor $/! prospect, but the absolute price of that 2080ti was still so high that public opinion was slammed to the negative side.
AIB partner cards not at MSRP really hurt Turing early on. I'm not sure why, but it was extremely difficult to find AIB partner cards available at MSRP for the RTX 2070 and RTX 2080. This, combined with a well stocked second hand market, hurt public opinion of Turings value early on. To be clear, you could find AIB partner cards, but at prices $75 to $150 above MSRP. I'm slowly turning to the opinion that AIB partners add very little value to these GPUs. Their cooling systems were better than the blower coolers used on older Nvidia reference cards, but with the new axial and crossflow coolers, the AIB coolers are simply on par. And GPU boost almost completely eliminates any 'factory overclock' advantage they could have
That extra few months between the Pascal launch and the Turing launch played a bigger role than I previously thought. Kepler to Maxwell was only a bout a year and a half long generation. Maxwell to Pascal was 2 years. But Pascal to Turing was 2 and a half years. That may not sound like a huge amount of variation, but the effects of those 6 months are significant. Not only did it represent a period of time where crypto mining was wrecking havoc on the GPU market, it also increased peoples expectations of what the Turing generation represented in terms of performance increases as hype continued to increase.
I think memes played a bigger role than anticipated. Even to this day I hear people parrot things to the effect of 'same performance as Pascal at the same price' in reference to Turing. In reality Turing did represent an increase in performance at the same price points. In the case of the 2080 it was more minor, but the 2070 and 2060 represented a larger decrease in cost per relative performance compared to their Pascal predecessors. The SUPER refresh improved on these to a degree, but it's interesting that the 2060 SUPER actually represents an increase of cost per relative perf compared even to the original $349 RTX 2060.
Generation to Generation improvements are not what people think they are. Going back even to the Kepler-Maxwell transition, and the Maxwell-Pascal transition. People think that each generation represented a massive decrease in cost for high end GPU performance. In reality Turing is pretty much par for the course in terms of generational improvements and cost of GPUs. A 1080ti was not a good value, and neither was a 980ti or a 780ti. It was only years after the fact when those who bought high-end GPUs wanted to convince themselves of the good value of their high end GPU purchase years before that these statements get made. I remember people saying similar things about their 980tis as people today say about their 1080tis. I've held the opinion for a long time that the two best ways to get the most bang for your buck in terms of GPUs is to; A. buy into the mid-range price bracket for every generation, sell at the start of the next generation, rinse repeat. B. Buy a high-end GPU and skip one generation. In this specific case, anyone with a 1080 or 1080ti would not see a huge increase in performance with any Turing GPU, and so there would be no incentive to upgrade. But someone with a 980ti would have a definite incentive to upgrade.
Second-hand prices, and internet forum advice, have ruined price/performance discussion. Too often I see people talk about getting a 'good deal' on a 1080ti, when they are paying only slightly less than the MSRP was originally, 2 years after the fact. $588 is not a good price for a used 1080ti. And my god, why would you buy a GTX 1080 for $450?
In reality Turing as an architecture, and a generation of GPUs, represents the continuing decline in price/performance that we have come to expect from each GPU generation. BUT the 2080ti specifically has poisoned the well of public opinion. I don't expect this to change with the next generation of GPUs. The highest end models will be a poor value proposition, with the mid range GPUs offering a significantly better $/! ratio. And a continual decrease in cost per relative performance, probably to the tune of $25-$30 per year. People will make memes about these new GPUs, those memes will be taken as truth, and people will make buying decisions based on that 'truth', and they will end up with a worse GPU because of it. EDIT: Typos Many people seem to have trouble grokking the table in reddit formatting. Here is the link the spreadsheet I created for this post; https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1haMR3ZDMYNL64QKxT33YxHRh00ZBvGyT95bTy8W40YQ/edit?usp=sharing Additionally user u/Integralds has put together this visualization of the data I've collated. Turing GPUs are highlighted in red.
"Up" and "left" are "good," in that "up" means more performance for the same price and "left" means same performance for less price. I was torn on what to do with the Y-axis. In the end I went with a log scale, because you have already converted "raw" performance into "relative" performance, and a log scale shows relative differences more clearly than a level scale. (In relative terms, going from 1 to 2 is the same as going from 2 to 4, for example.)
2020.08.25 13:14 Juanantonionino2Just How Much Life Insurance Do You Required? Active capital holding
As most of us recognize, this subject is something that we could all make use of a little education on no matter that you are. Active capital holding You may be asking manually this topic: "Just how much life insurance do I need?" Some financial advisors will tell you to multiply your annual wages by seven. Others will certainly inform you to acquire only adequate life insurance policy to trade the wages you are priced estimate to make in between currently and also retired life. Some might recommend you buy only adequate life insurance policy to obscure your close to debts. While you maybe can do every one of those estimations in a little, they won't give you the best solution. Decently placed, determining your life insurance desires takes research study. It requires you to do a selection of every one of your finances, and also to believe long and hard concerning exactly how your beneficiaries would assert their way of lives lacking you. You additionally should regard inflation and also, if you have spanner, brewing academy training expense. Juan Antonio Niño We have had a great deal of enjoyable throughout the initial part of this post as well as hopefully you really feel as though you have a solid understanding on the subject. What not to do What's the awry means to assess how much life insurance policy you need? Here are some normal however illinformed manners.
Multiply your annual income by 7 or 8: While it's an easy formula, it fails to take right into a regard your specific wishes and also commitments. Life insurance policy specialists claim 3s a great venture you'll buy too little or excessive rare age, cleanly by with a formula such as this.
Calculate your "guise life survey:" This manner gives you the wages you will certainly earn from your near age pending your old age, egotistic an evaluate of notice that rehears salary increases throughout that episode. The glitch is it does not take into a regard what your beneficiary's specific needs will be. You additionally wind up with a numeral that forces you to acquire a massive determine of life insurance, possibly greater than you may require. "There are all kind of ground mine in this," says Michael Snow wear, a teacher at the train of financial forecast in Denver. "When you assess by doing this, you work with broad brush strokes."
Instance your financial debts. This entails export only sufficient life insurance to rare financial debts such as your finance, learner advance bills, or outstanding automobile comments. This way does not regard any kind of imminent financial obligations or desires, such as spawn follow or academy training investment.
A classic formula Numerous experts state the best way to isolate a clever life insurance numeral is through a wishes assay, which can be squashed down right into a very easy formula: brief-idiom desires + long-idiom wishes - subsidizes = just how much life insurance policy you need. Snow put on says this manner is "maybe the most accuevaluate loom in what is an inaccuevaluate and obscured understanding." Experts notify you do an assay at tiniest once every 3 being, or when you have had a chief life modification. For example, if you have a brand-new infant, you have to reanalyze academy training desires as well as spawn-heed investment. If you have a house, money is required your leading monetary problem. Because your finance stability lowers with each payment, it is necessary to go into those revised characters in your calculations. 5 actions to a needs assay March 1 Accumulate all of your concise-idiom wishes. These can be sited into three classifications: utmost expenses, outstanding debts and situation costs. Among supreme expenditures are medicinal, hospice, as well as funeral service expenses, attorney or designer charges, probate prompt investment (if you do not have a will), and also any outstanding tax obligations that would certainly need to be salaried if you died. Amongst outstanding debts are esteem permit securities, car advances, academy advancements, and also all various other outstanding expenses. Dilemma expenditures ought to go into money coolness for medical emergency situations and also repair work to your residence or cars and truck. Computing utmost as well as dilemma costs can be made complex, because you don't have a sparkler ball that informs you how much your medicinal or hospice costs will be, or if you even will certainly have any. March 2 Next off, accumulate your long-idiom financial debts, which enter your finance and also academy education. Calculating training subsidize is challenging because you have no suggestion where your spanner will prepare to academy. Maybe the very best manner is to make use of the close to mode academy loss in the United States and the variety of being away your spanner is from inflowing academy. The setting academy outlay for the 2002-2003 train year were $4,081 yearly for an area, four-year organization, and also $18,273 annual for a guinea, four-year institution, according to the train lodge. The U.S. Division of coaching report academy expense commonly have actually climbed at about 5 percent yearly, so you need to character out what the loss will certainly be when your generate goes to academy. (To examine what outlay will certainly remain in the unavoidable, see the last segment: A must-know: the formula for the imminent study of money. Additionally be certainly to assess what the complete training wills loss while charming into a respect the enhanced expense each year.). March 3. Next off, evaluate family members maintenance expenses. These enter such necessities as generate hearken, food, garments, value costs, home entertainment, scenic tour, and also transportation. Compute this character based on a year's merit of expenditures, then multiply that duration the variety of being you want to supply this incomes. As soon as you've done that, include your concise and long-idiom debts and your family members maintenance costs. March 4. Now that you've tallied every one of your wages desires, character out what funds you need to join them. To do this, add all untaken cost savings, stocks, bonds, mutual subsidizes, untaken life insurance policy (such as group life through your employer), and also social haven. You and also your partner can discover how much you'll survive the societal sanctuary Administration (SSA) by seeing the Sass internet site, where you can get a quote of just how much you should have in social refuge profit. Additionally include your near income, as well as assume 5 percent compounded notice each year if you force salary increases over time. It is very important to regard only liquid assets (those that can be hastily transformed to money) amongst your funds. You should not relate to stuff such as your home or lorry mobile, since promo them for money when you're eaten would certainly imply changing your household's lifestyle. March 5. Subtract your supports from your compute costs. The numeral you obtain ought to rehear the determine of life insurance policy you ought to purchase. Don't be impressed. Snow put on claims the supreme character that demonstrates how much life insurance a semblance wishes can be rather alarming. If you wind up with an astronomical numeral that requires a costs that is expensive, he recommends you undergo the assay again and want areas for which you think you can assign omitting money. " Many individuals will certainly check out the ultimate numeral and claim, 'I can't do that,'" Snow put on states. "You need to check out it, numeral out which is one of the most important, commence making changes, as well as go from there.". A must-know: the equation for the impending survey of money. Determining your life insurance wishes will certainly force two equations you might have picked up in Financing 101: the impending and also near study of cash. The impending survey of cash equation tells you how much your money will be merit in a provided number of being while making a given review of notification. This equation is needed if you are calculating just how much cash you'll require in the imminent due to inflation or what your overthrow earnings will certainly be if you wish to spend the money at a notified evaluate. The close to study of cash equation tells you what your cash is quality prior to it has been spent for an offered variety of being at a provided review of notification. This is very important if you have a calculate of cash you require in the imminent, and also you require to know how much life insurance odd age you need to acquire now.
2020.08.24 03:54 pyromancer93[HEMA] The Saga of John Clements: How one man's ego and many fights helped shape the Historical European Martial Arts community.
This is my firstHobbyDramapost, so feedback is very welcome. I had to deal with a lot of acronyms and scattered sources here, but I hope the end result is a fun little tale of one sword loving man's ego and the impact it had on the community he fought with.
A brief introduction to HEMA, John Clements, and ARMA.
Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA)is a catch all term that refers to martial arts of European origin, particularly those that have died out or evolved into radically different forms. Practitioners are generally interested in reconstructing these “lost” fighting systems, relying on interpreting treatises and other primary sources that have survived to the present day. The modern Historical European Martial Arts community got its start in the 1980s and began to formalize in the 90s. Some were members of the “living history” group Society for Creative Anachronism who became particularly interested in reconstructing medieval fighting systems. Others were scholars who focused on martial systems or Olympic fencing enthusiasts who were interested in the history of weapons. One of these people was John Clements. Clements has described himself as being interested in medieval combat since childhood, dabbling in sports fencing, Japanese martial arts, and the SCA (which he would grow to utterly despise) before becoming fully invested in reconstructing European Martial Arts. Unfortunately, beyond that I don’t have much information about what he got up to in the 80s beyond his own personal accounts. Information on him beyond a general involvement with medieval combat and martial arts dries up until he becomes involved begins publishing books on medieval and renaissance swordsmanship in the 90s and gets involved with nascent HEMA organizations. In 1992 some enthusiasts, including Clements, came together and founded an umbrella group for those interested in medieval European combat known the Historical Armed Combat Association (HACA). Clements took over as leadership of HACA in 1993 and pretty much remade it in his image. The organization refocused on developing study groups to reconstruct the martial arts of the Renaissance, particularly the German Liechtenauer tradition of longsword fighting and made some material available for download from the primordial internet. By the late 90s/early 2000s HACA was restructured into Association for Renaissance Martial Arts (ARMA) with the intention to develop it into more effective educational organization that can expand clubs both within the United States and globally. To fully understand all the drama that followed, it’s important to understand a bit more about how ARMA worked and how Clements behaved as a leader. ARMA was/is run like a franchise, which essentially means anyone can start their own ARMA group, but they must run a standard curriculum prescribed by the organization (i.e., John Clements). ARMA members are not allowed to share this curriculum with people outside of the organization and are discouraged from interacting with HEMA practitioners in general. Participation in competitive tournaments was especially discouraged, due to both the inevitable interaction with non-ARMA people and Clements’ belief that tournament rulesets “bastardized” the art of fencing. Senior members/group leaders who proved themselves could publish work and teach under the ARMA banner, but only with Clements’ permission. Speaking of Clements, the man was highly ambitious. He began franchising ARMA across the United States and internationally into parts of Europe and wrote a whole lot about his thoughts on swordsmanship and martial history. He also began using his position as the head of ARMA and a knack for networking to obtain media presence as a sword expert, featuring on the History Channel, PBS, and in documentaries like Reclaiming the Blade. By the mid-2000s, Clements had built himself a nice little perch as an expert in the developing field of HEMA and easily one of its most visible spokespeople. Unfortunately for the community, the man was also a magnet for controversy.
The Early Years of Clements Drama.
There have been a lot controversies surrounding John Clements over the years. Unfortunately, a lot of the specifics on the earlier controversies have been lost to time and I am having to rely on old forum posts, recollections of ex-members, and the admittedly juvenile dead website ARMA Truth to reconstruct the many ways in which Clements became controversial before his more well documented blow ups. So fair warning: not everything here may be 100% accurate. Now, if the link I gave earlier to his bio on the ARMA website didn’t give it away John Clements thinks very highly of his ability as a martial artist. He is also a highly opinionated individual who was allergic to being told he was wrong. This isn’t really all that uncommon among fencing instructors now or historically, but Clements stood out because of his huge ego and how willing he was to insult anyone and everything that didn’t agree with his interpretation of what fencing should be. I won’t go into the specifics on these interpretations, since this write-up is long as it is and fullying explaining controversies like “parry with the flat” could turn this into a novella. What’s important here is many disagreed with him and he always went out of his way to make those disagreements personal. Other researchers in the HEMA community who disagreed with his interpretations, including well respected figures like Stephen Hand, Gregory Mele, and Christian Tobler were insulted as “petty mediocrities” who were “jealous of ARMA’s success.” According to at least one former member, Clements would describe his own interpretations as "two generations ahead" of the rest of the community fairly regularly. This confrontational approach extended into his and articles books. For example, while his book Medieval Swordsmanship was billed as a cut-and-dry explanation of sword fighting, he spent much of his time in the book attacking everyone from sports fencers to stunt fighter for not being sufficiently martial. This tendency of his can also be seen in this old io9 article and this old ARMA article on “sword myths”. The pattern is largely the same in all cases: Clements would go on lengthy tangents about how everyone else is wrong and how he was the only one doing things right and if you wanted to learn real swordsmanship you needed to get on board with him and his curriculum . You have a problem with his behavior? Well, you’re just attacking “the ARMA method” and are jealous of it. Speaking of the ARMA method, it wasn’t really the secret art form he made it out to be. Formermembers have described it as mainly consisted of a series of beginner-level drills designed to introduce new members to the basics of the longsword and other weapons. More advanced practitioners generally did their own thing and would inevitably branch out into other works by non-ARMA people as they got more into reconstruction and research. This of course would inevitably clash with Clements supreme belief his own interpretations and ARMA members would be “encouraged” to only follow Clements approved drills, only use Clements approved work, and were never allowed to interact with non-ARMA HEMAists at tournaments or workshops unless he gave them permission. Then there was the issue of safety. Now, in the early days of HEMA safety standards were at best inconsistent and at worst nonexistent. Even with this in mind, the community was filled with stories about how Clements could be a uniquely dangerous individual to train with, largely due to his belief that “What hurts, teaches”. Former members have talked about getting beaned repeatedly in drills and exercises, with some lesson plans seemingly designed to weed out “soft” people from the organization. The website ARMA truth also documented several incidents were Clements seriously injured training partners, students, or himself, although I wouldn’t consider all these reliable. Finally, I have to talk about his general musings, because oh boy does Clements have some capital T Takes. To give you an idea, here he is writing about the movie 300 back in 2006:
“Unlike those squalid suffering regions of the globe that did not embrace reason, science, and individual rights, the West achieved its unprecedented wealth, health, comfort, freedom, and personal opportunity as a direct result of its cultural values—not the blind chances of geography or climate”
Between the lack of interaction with HEMA groups outside of ARMA, lack of freedom of study, safety issues, the culture of elitism, and the weird opinions Clements had, it shouldn’t be surprising that some people just got fed up and walked away. From the late 90s through the late 2000s, a chapter would leave the organization every couple of years after its members fell out with Clements, with one notable case being the collapse of ARMA’s New York chapter. Despite this, the relative obscurity and small size of the HEMA community allowed ARMA to weather these flare ups. This pattern held until 2009. By this point, the HEMA community outside of ARMA was beginning to really take off and social media was making it easier than ever to organize events, share information, and find other enthusiasts. Despite all of this, and despite the enthusiasm of many senior members and groups in ARMA for this growing community, Clements continued to run the organization as the insular club he had been running it as. This friction between Clements and many of the senior members would boil over into a mass exodus that helped torch what was left of Clements' reputation and have huge repercussions for the community outside of ARMA. And unlike previous incidents, we have a fairly comprehensive blow-by-blow of this one thanks to a series of blog posts by former ARMA member David Knight. It all began in February 2009, when a senior member of ARMA named Kevin Maurer posted an extensive criticism of ARMA into the email list forum used by ARMA members. Maurer resigned from ARMA and Mike Cartier (the leader of Kevin's former Study Group) immediately came under fire from Clements and his loyalists. Less than a week after Maurer's resignation, Clements demanded that Cartier completely cut Maurer off on the grounds that he would steal ARMA's curriculum if he continued training with ARMA members. Remember that ARMA’s curriculum was mostly a 101/102 guide to various weapons, something that Maurer would have had moved past years ago unless he was teaching newbies. When Cartier objected, Clements responded by threatening to kick him out as well and suspending his access to the ARMA forum and e-list, depriving him of the ability to explain his views to other ARMA members. According to Knight, Clements then emailed a "hypothetical" question to other members that tried to grease the wheels for Cartier’s expulsion. Despite objections to what Clements was up to from several other senior members, Cartier saw the writing on the wall and resigned. At this point Knight figured out who the hypothetical person was and voiced their discomfort in a private email chain with Clements. According to Knight, Clements responded with a flurry of profane and angry emails that insulted him and questioned his loyalty. While these email chains were never released to the public and cannot be verified, the exchange ended with Knight also leaving the organization in protest. This is the point where things really began to spiral. Clements and his loyalists tried to regain control of the situation by further centralizing control and creating new rules to punish descent, which in turn led to more people leaving and more heavy-handedness in response. The most infamous case of this was when senior member Caspar Bradak left and Clements responding by kicking everyone in Bradak’s home state of Utah out of ARMA. Other members would continue to resign as Clements attempted to assert intellectual property rights over their research. The most important one for the purposes of this story was Jake Norwood. Norwood had been the former Deputy Director of ARMA and was widely well-liked by people both within it and in the wider HEMA community. According to Knights account, Clements proceeded to tear into Norwood and insult his character, which given Jake’s popularity and reputation, backfired spectacularly. More people would wind up walking away and outside of ARMA, the rest of the community was mocking him as a petty tyrant whose kingdom was crumbling around him. The final tally from the exodus was about half of the senior membership, including most of ARMA’s researchers and instructors. Entire state networks were either kicked out of the organization or left voluntarily. Many of these former members would go onto found the nonprofit organization known as the HEMA Alliance (HEMAA), with Norwood serving as its first President. The Alliance would go on to become one of the major pillars of the HEMA community in the United States, while ARMA and Clements became the butt of many, many jokes. And while you'd think this entire debacle would have forced some reflection on Clements' part, he still wasn't done torching his reputation.
John Clements versus Poland.
As previously mentioned, ARMA managed to get some international reach at its peak, which included several chapters in Poland. In February 2010, just a year after the mass exodus of senior membership in America, the head of ARMA Poland Krzysztof Kruczyński resigned for reasons very similar to other ex-ARMA members: Clements ego, controlling nature, and the isolation from the wider community finally became to much to deal with. Clements responded with the following:
Since you have absurdly asserted publicly that I, who have been practicing martial arts literally since before you were born, am somehow avoiding encounters with outsiders, I invite you to come and match me in person when I visit Poland in September 2010. Bring anyone you choose. I will show you exactly why I am the expert I am at armed fighting arts --- something I might point out has been attested to both on video and in audio by the very ex students now influencing you. I look forward to crossing weapons with anyone who questions the skills I have demonstrated in 14 countries and which have earned me the reputation I have --- the same expertise which trained the very people whose spell you have now sadly fallen under. So, if the new anti-ARMA mantra by disgruntled and bitter ex members is to be that I am avoiding sparring nonmembers, bring it on. It will be fun to see who avoids whom.
In grand Clements tradition, this backfired spectacularly. More than 20 people in Poland’s HEMA community were ready to take up this challenge. Accommodations were made to organize the meeting in Warsaw where the event could take place. And just when things were falling into place for the big exposition match, Clements unexpectedly cancelled his seminar and event in Poland, citing his business travel to Denmark as an excuse. As of this writing, Clements has never followed up on the challenge he issued in the first place and to my knowledge has not demonstrated his skills in an environment that wasn’t tightly controlled by him.
Where are they now?
There were even more blow-ups in the following years, which included yet another Deputy Director of ARMA resigning, but the sheer brain drain of 2009-10, the refusal to take part in the growing competitive scene, and the rise of both the HEMA Alliance in the US and the European HEMA community turned both ARMA and Clements into borderline nonentities. Despite this, neither have exactly gone away. ARMA is still around and running its curriculum , while Clements has become more involved with places like the History Channel, with him most recently being heavily involved in the show Knight Fight. The larger HEMA community has continued to grow and expand (at least until the pandemic) and while feelings against Clements have cooled down a bit over the years, he's still considered something of a pariah. John Clements is, at the end of the day, one the most influential people in the modern HEMA community. Just not for positive reasons. In the early years, he genuinely did do a lot of work to advocate for HEMA as a legitimate martial art, popularize research, and bust myths around swords and swordplay. Early ARMA also provided a great community for enthusiasts to exchange information, build relationships, and learn the basics of swordplay. Unfortunately, his ego got the better of him and he began to see himself as the only person doing anything close to "real" martial arts in the community, leading to him burning bridges with other researchers and turning ARMA into an insular and hierarchical organization where he would always get the final say. That's not even getting into how wrapped up he could get in the "martial history of the west" and the retrograde views that spiraled out of that. Considering all that and the growing community outside of his organization, its a wonder so many of his students and researchers lasted as long as they did. Speaking of his former students, it's not a coincidence that so much of the HEMA Alliance's bylaws (including Freedom of Study clauses, a rotating leadership, strict safety standards, and a commitment to applied testing through competitions) are in direct opposition to how ARMA operated: they were deliberately designed that way by former members who had first hand experience with the alternative. And that's really the moral of this story involving one mans ego around all things sharp: never become so full of yourself that people use you as a cautionary tale.
2020.08.10 00:17 abhijoysarkarWeekly Update: ParJar Swap private beta, Fantom Opera Network Special-fee Contract, SelfKey + ThreeFold, Open Staking live on Harmony…– 15 May - 21 May'20
Hey Parachuters! Seems like ages since I last posted a weekly update, right? Unfortunately, got super busy with IRL work and couldn’t keep up. But fret not! I finally scraped some time out today to get upto speed with all the news from the Parachute universe in May and June and organised them into a series of weekly updates like the ones I used to write earlier. But instead of posting them one by one everyday, thought it might be best to release them all at one go. So here's Part I of VI - All that happened at Parachute + partners from 15 May - 21 May'20: The ParJar swap feature beta testing started this week with a call to testers far and wide. Click here for the latest update and stats on ParJar straight from Cap's mouth - "...it took almost two years of betas and growth to reach 1 million tips (March 7th) nd it’s taken 2 months to to add another 400k..". Amazing! The #par4par raffle continues with a 500k $PAR pool. Peace Love hosted a general knowledge trivia in TTR this week for 10k $PAR in prizes. Gamerboy’s random trivia and Victor’s “Big Trivia” in Tiproom were quite fun as well. Naj (who’s also this week’s Parena winner) hosted a six set quiz in TTR. Charlotte’s been hosting quizzes in a new format for quite some time now. This week too she held one in Tiproom. Jason started a #culturalweekend prompt with an invitation to Parachuters to share "about a cultural dance or ceremony" from their area. "Explain in detail about the dance and why it is important" for some cool $PAR. Among many of the cool stories shared by Parachuters included Nico’s Occitan music from Italy and Soleira’s Dancing Devils of Tinaquillo. Congratulations to Clinton’s FLI charity for partnering with Lumenthropy which is Stellar's philanthropic arm. Remember, all profits from the Parachute Shop go to FLI. Another crypto league with a 150k $PAR prize pot started this week. Gian’s Two-For-Tuesday was a free for all. To revisit all the awesome music posted for 2FT, check out the playlist made by Sebastian. Naj came back from near certain defeat in the finale to win this week’s Parena aXpire CEO Matthew Markham penned an article on remote work and billing software for legal firms. An updated e-flyer for Bilr was released as well. To track the latest $AXPR burn, click here. 2gether added customer support capabilities to their Twitter, Facebook and Discord. Plus, an incident tracker status page was added this week. The XIO dApp which is still in private beta has already seen 500k+ $XIO tokens locked into it. Awesome! To get a feel of how the dApp works, check out Dash’s latest video demo where he also shared some updates on tokenomics. Uptrennd founder Jeff Kirdeikis interviewed Dash over an hour long session to talk all things XIO. $XIO got listed on Idex. Click here to watch an update video on the latest developments. For XIO discussions this week, Citizens brainstormed over the base liquidity pair on Uniswap V2. DeFi Nation’s Clayton Roche wrote a detailed commentary on what XIO is doing right. Birdchain’s mid-May update came out this week. Voyager hosted a business update conference call this week. CEO Steve Ehrlich talked about the platform and crypto in general with Charlie Shrem on the Untold Stories podcast this week. Voyager’s Q3 2020 results were released. Still figuring out how to fund your Voyager wallet? Watch this video to find out. An upgrade to Fantom’s Opera Network was pushed which allows staking different amounts over time. For the latest project update, click here. A community AMA also happened this week where the team talked about a new staking proposal called Fluid Staking. Jeff from Uptrennd sat down to interview IOST co-founder Terry Wang this week. Uptrennd broke into the top 20k Alexa global rankings. Woohoo! GET Protocol’s GUTS Tickets app is now available in Italian as well. DoYourTip’s $DYT is now available on Uniswap V2. What a welcome sight for support engineers. Source: https://2gether.statuspage.io/history Switch’s $ESH token was listed on Stex, ProBit, Crex 24, Hotbit, Bilaxy and Bitcoin.com this week. Bitcoin.com also announced support for the $GHOST airdrop along with a deposit and trade competition. Continuing on its acquisition spree from last week, Switch acquired gaming platform Wavesbet and voting dApp ClearPoll. Whitepaper for the GHOST project by John McAfee was released. They will be airdropping their tokens 1:1 to $ESH HODLers on the 25th. The release of $GHOST has been contentious to say the least. Reflecting on some of the plagiarism allegations levelled against the project, the crew shared their side of the story. The team also sat down for an AMA with Coiner Vietnam. District0x’s latest weekly update talked about the upcoming DappDigest and new developments in Meme Factory among other news. The Q4 2019 quarterly report was released as well. Read all about Hydro’s Financial Offers framework here. If you are a graphic designer, don’t forget to check out this gig at Sentivate. US-residents only. OST’s Simona Pop will be attending a panel discussion by Outlier Ventures next week to talk about dev onboarding. P2P internet ecosystem ThreeFold announced a multi-faceted partnership with SelfKey for KYC and new user onboarding services. Following last week's community vote on the most attractive marketplaces, Passports Marketplace was found to be the most popular. This week, the community voted on their most preferred blockchain to be added to the app. Bank of Hodlers joined SelfKey's Loans Marketplace while Tokens.net joined the Exchanges Marketplace. COTI did a study on IoT payments and how it could offer a solution. The project was selected for the next listing vote on Gate.io. COTI community also got an opportunity to interact with the AtomicWallet team through an AMA this week. Hydro has been constantly updating its dev tools to offer a seamless developer experience Click here to read the latest Constellation Hypergraph mainnet stats. New features were added to the Molly wallet. Click here for steps to install the wallet. TheDailyChain expanded on how the $DAG ecosystem was growing. Pynk CEO Seth Ward wrote about the future of fintech in his EM360 article. Congratulations on crossing the 1k follower mark on Medium. In Shuffle Monster news, most of the $SHUF liquidity on Uniswap was moved to the V2 pool this week. New features were added to the Wibson app with the latest release giving more data control powers to the end user. Pre-staking started on the Harmony mainnet with the opening up of bids by validators followed by the election of the first batch of validators thereby marking the start of Open Staking. And just after, Harmony became the first ever blockchain to support sharded PoS. The news of Open Staking going live was covered by Coindesk and Cointelegraph. More details on what next was shared in a Coinspeaker article. How does a delegator fit into the overall scheme of things? Check out this video. Open staking noobs will find these 101 tutorials helpful. CTO Rongjian Lan also did a community call to explain about it. For the latest development updates otherwise known as #pow thread, click here. Harmony’s EPoS is designed to be fair to all stakers. So make sure to optimise your staking rewards. $ONE Binance wallets were taken down briefly for a temporary maintenance activity. They now support the mainnet coin. Hope you had a chance to participate in the guess-effective-median-stake contest to win some cool $ONE prizes. Click here for the latest staking stats. $ONE was added to Binance Savings which offers a fixed rate of return on locked savings. A minor bug in the staking bug was removed. The APR numbers should get calculated more accurately now. The crew appeared for an AMA with StakingHub. Congratulations to the winners of Stake Heist! Binance and BitMax announced support for staking with BItMax crew also appearing for an AMA. IntelliShare crew sat down for an AMA with CoinNess this week. And with that, we have to close for this week in the Parachuteverse! See you again with another update. Ciao!
2020.08.08 20:32 nagdilaabBoomerang employees of phcareers?
I know I shouldn't base my life decisions on people in the internet, but here I am. Here it goes:
I am 23 y/o CPA currently working in an internal audit function at a BPO company. This is already my second job; first one was a tax associate at a big 5 accounting firm.
I moved out of my first job because one of my two managers really stressed me out to the point of affecting my mental health and relationships with family, friends and boyfriend. The other manager was a great friend and mentor. I also moved out because OTs sometimes go unpaid, pay is really low compared to the stress of the job. If were gonna be honest here, I've been performing a senior role while receiving the salary of a junior.
i was really excelling in that job. I got quarterly employee achievement awards and last Christmas, I got awarded the highest of the employee achievement awards for embodying the entire company values system. Yun nga lang at the cost of my (deteriorating) mental health.
I told the firm's partner (owner) that I'm not closing my doors to them. After all, the job is my first love. I just need time to explore and discover the what if's of my profession/calling.
As I pointed in the first bullet, I performed tax work for clients. To be specific it was both tax advisory (so tax minimization, strategies, organizing seminars) and tax compliance (overall tax 101, local government compliance, SEC, PEZA, BOI, you name it). It was a very challenging work as no two clients are the same.
Got my current job (March 2020, yes, at the start of the lockdown) at 170% raise from my previous job. It's quite helped me and my family already as the pay is really good. Currently, I audit BPO projects and it's fairly the same as being in an accounting firm — yung 'clients' nga lang ngayon are the BPO projects I'm auditing. It's a fairly structured environment where we do audits, write and publish a report for upper management, remediate audit findings noted. Basically, structured na sya and I really don't get to practice being flexible in different situations because a BPO is a BPO, and mostly, structured na talaga lahat.
I accepted this job because I was told during the interview that there is skill advancement and career development here. The former, I think I've learned skills that I otherwise would not have learned in my previous job. Sa career development, I'm doubtful.
Ever since I started working, I've always had this passion to serve the country. And I've always felt that my job as tax associate helped me achieve that. Yung feeling na nakakatulong ka sa small business to pay their taxes, overhaul their tax understanding; sa part of the government naman, I help the government to have the taxes that it deserve (let's just imagine na walang corruption dito haha, but regardless, at least I'm still helping the government collect their taxes, right).
At my current job, I barely have any friends as I've only been at the office for a day to get my laptop and stuff. After that, WFH na. So my interactions with people have only been very formal and work-related, except for the weekly touchpoints I have with my supervisor. At my old job, people are generally good (except for that one manager that was so shit at treating her employees like people).
So over the weekend, I've received messages from my manager (the chill one), asking me if every I would be interested to come back. He said that the firm really needs me (or I guess someone like me) to handle my then-team. Someone has since replaced my position but from getting feedback from people, the person's pretty overwhelmed as well. So they need me back. I asked former colleagues if I was being missed by the people and to my shock, I was.
This got me fucked up because I might have made the wrong decision to leave. And truly, looking back, kahit na miserable yung buhay ko because of that one manager (although I voiced this one out already prior resignation), there was always some sense of fulfillment in what I was doing. In my current job, I don't feel the same feelings because 1. The job is too routine for me and 2. I havent gotten along with the people that much except for the occasional meetings na pang get together lang. I also realized that my current employer's business model is so weird in the sense na para kang factory worker na gumagawa lang ng isang task sa isang araw without having knowledge on the entire process as a whole. Ganito pala ang feeling ng big, multinational company.
In line with my professional/aspirational goal to serve the country, I really am thinking to go back to my previous job. I just have a few personal/financial goals to achieve before going back. I'll probably make a final decision by the end of the year, para abot na rin sa perks and bonuses ni current employer. Hehe.
My questions are:
For boomerang employees, how was the experience? Care to share?
1.a. How have you negotiated your current role at your boomeranged employer? Did you ask for a more senior role or stuck at the same role you left the company with? 1.b. How have you negotiated your salary? Would it be good if I negotiated at least at par with what I'm currently earning? 1.c. How are your relationships with your colleagues sa employer na binalikan mo? Is it the same? Or pinagchichismisan ka ba kung bakit ka bumalik?
Any more tips for planning boomerang employers like me?
Sorry kung mejo mahaba, I really just don't have anyone to talk to about this right now. Thank you!
TLDR: Penguins hurt, play good, team defense buy-in. Bad decisions lose games ; play-ins make sadness. Jarry future, JJ need go away, play Riikola, John Marino is fire. The penguins once again found themselves cursed by the injury gnome of—perhaps due to PPG Paint’s construction on an Indian burial ground, over an old hospital, or the lack of Beau Bennet’s injury-magnetic skeleton in the organization—Pittsburgh. Nick Bjugstad played a whopping 13 games this season, and the penguins collectively had approximately 300 man-games lost, including notable injuries to Sidney Crosby and Brian Dumolin.[https://twitter.com/ManGamesLostNHL/status/1238240445056122880/photo/1] Yet the penguins seemed to buy-in to Mike Sullivan’s system of team defense, quick transitions, and heavy forechecking from mid-November to January. Between November 16, 2019 (a game versus the struggling Maple Leafs) and February 20,2020 (again a game against the Babcockless Leafs—really I just wanted to say Babcockless) they dominated and ascended to the top of the division posting a record of 26-9-4 (W-L-OTL).[2https://www.hockey-reference.com/teams/PIT/2020_gamelog.html] February into March saw a sharp decline in play as Jack Johnson played first line minutes with Kris Letang in Dumolin’s absence. That combined with Tristian Jarry’s regression to the mean (average goaltending) meant the penguins found themselves on the doorstep of the playoffs looking in, necessitating a play-in series rather than qualifying outright. From there, the penguins as an organization exhibited all of the same ailments from February and March that led them to the play-ins. Poor defensive zone coverage, a shot-averse (or at least unreliable) power play, and struggling defensive zone exits.[3https://jfresh.substack.com/p/breaking-down-the-postseason-teams apologies for the lack of direct citation, but I can’t justify subscription directly to all of the various statisticians I’d like to, but linking to this JFresh article since it provides a good overview/insight to the postseason in particular; I recommend the JFresh newsletter as they break down play well and provide great sources.]
After a disappointing (relative to previous performances—but let’s be honest, he was still a PPG player in 18/19) season, Malkin reminded everyone why he’s at least the 101st best NHL player all time, posting 1.34 points per game, good for 74 in 55 games played. He was fire in Sidney Crosby’s absence, and that’s after 14 years in the NHL at 33 years of age. I don’t think this is mentioned enough, but Malkin’s impact regardless of age is impressive in and of itself, considering his age, it’s amazing.[4https://www.hockey-reference.com/players/m/malkiev01.html]
Similar to Malkin, Sidney Crosby still did Sidney Crosby things even with a dysfunctional core muscle putting up 47 points in 41 games.[5https://www.hockey-reference.com/players/c/crosbsi01.html] Crosby shows even fewer signs of slowing down than Malkin, whereas Malkin still tries to skate through entire teams (and sometimes succeeds, likely if he’s taken a stick infraction and has an assist already), Crosby continues to adapt his game relying more and more on his strength, positioning, and vision than outright breakaway speed. He maintains his normal office hours behind opponents’ nets, seems to be part backboard in his deflection abilities, and uses his backhand better than most peoples’ forehands. Oh Captain, my captain!
Jake Guentzel cemented the fact that he’s not Kris Kunitz, he’s better. Guentzel continued his goal-scoring playing on Malkin’s wing in Crosby’s absence; well on his way to a repeat 40 goal season, his 20th saw him crash into the end boards ending his season with a broken shoulder.[6https://www.hockey-reference.com/players/g/guentja01.html]
JOHN MARINO IS THE BEST MARINO. The kid the pens got for a 6th round pick would be in contention for best rookie defenseman if not for the likes of bonafide superstar talents Quinn Hughes and Cale Makar. Seriously, this guy is incredible. He reminds me of a taller more defensively sound Dunan Keith; Marino posted 1 fewer point (26pts in 56gp) than Keith as a rookie on his ELC, an incredible value for a cap-tight pens team.[7https://www.hockey-reference.com/players/m/marinjo01.html & https://www.hockey-reference.com/players/k/keithdu01.html] He’s a nice warm blankie, a hug for my lonely forlorn hockey-loving soul, a shining star in the dark abyss that is— I should save these things for therapy. Other than being given more ice time (something I’ll address later on), I don’t see how he could improve his performance. He’s dominant AS A ROOKIE! Bonafide top 2 defenseman.
The BluLine (Tanev-Blueger-ZAR) is a great depth line, they maintain puck possession in the offensive zone, cycle the puck, and altogether wear out opposing teams while preventing scoring chances against. With the (theoretical) firepower on the first two lines and the power play that’s all you can ask from a depth line. I hesitate to say they’re a third line, because depending on the game their TOI varies. Regardless, they’re a solid line that I think will only get better.
Justin Schultz proved undeniably that he’s lost a step, and I shudder at the thought of being his agent or accountant as his value declines with each game he plays. Yeah, he’s returning from a significant injury, but he’s currently paid like a top four defenseman, and in terms of play he’s maybe a 7th D-man. Why is this good? It makes letting him walk into free agency to be overpaid by someone like the Jets (a team that sorely needs a defense, seriously, without Hellybuck’s insane performance they’re not even close to the play-ins). GMJR will never read this, but please, please, do not re-sign Justin Schultz. If we need someone to fling headhunters at anything but the net I’m sure Pettersson will suffice.
Tristian Jarry showed potential and a level of confidence and poise that Murray seemed to lack throughout the season. I don’t think Murray is a bad goalie; he’s average at best while consistently letting in medium danger chances that he should prevent.[9 there are some great articles about this on the athletic and elsewhere that I’m struggling to find, but if you want to dig into this let me know and I’ll find it. Otherwise, just take my word for it as some random guy on the internet that promises he’s being truthful to the best of his ability. I mean, really, when was the last time someone lied on the internet?] Jarry on the other hand played like an elite goaltender during that aforementioned stretch of winter games and consistently shows an ability to make clutch saves. Jarry is also one of the best puck handling goaltenders in the league, a major boon to the penguins in relieving pressure on a defense that’s been questionable at times in zone transitions against aggressive forechecks or neutral zone traps. He did come back down to Earth through February and March thus he’s a meh for me and not a good. Obviously with both goalies being RFAs choices need to be made. Given the money Murray will likely demand (since he’s already taken one bridge deal and he’s a two-time Stanley Cup winner), Murray seems unlikely to stay unless he takes an unexpected discount.
Marcus Pettersson hasn’t gotten hurt since his arrival in Pittsburgh; he’s played every game, and he’s a tall, positionally sound defenseman with average skating ability. He’s not an elite-type two way guy like Marino or Letang, and he’s not the shutdown style of Dumolin. He has plenty of potential (the pens front office thinks so too based on his contract extension), but there are too many times where he doesn’t quite box out, he tries to reach-in instead of being more physical, and he overall doesn’t use his size to his advantage. For examples on this, watch how Dumolin uses his body in addition to his stick. Dumo will poke the puck away then tie a guy before either moving the puck to his partner or waiting for help. Pettersson seems hesitant to engage physically at times, and while it’s not bad it’s definitely something he can improve on. That said he’s still a solid second pairing guy on a reasonable contract if he continues to improve. He is, after all, only 24. That puts him and Marino on track to be a solid top pairing for years to come given their respective zeniths.
The coaching staff. Why not individual coaches? Because as an outside observer it’s hard to say who’s responsible for what, and ultimately Sullivan is the head coach. He tries to deflect blame for his assistants (as a good leader should) for things like the poor power play (rumored to be Recchi’s oversight). But Sullivan and the coaching staff led the penguins through that injury-ridden winter stretch, and made it to the top before plummeting back down due to either ignorance or incompetence. Ignorance if they refused to acknowledge the black hole of scoring chances that is Jack Johnson. Ignorance if they refused to see the obvious statistics pointing to the benefits of Juuso Riikola—an aside on Riikola, did he take a shit on Sullivan’s rug or something, what the fuck did he do that Sullivan despises a guy so much that seems to have potential—over Johnson, regardless of Johnson’s “importance as a penalty killer.” Ignorance if they ignored the first power play’s willingness to score via passing over actually shooting. Ignorance for putting Schultz on the power play rather than feeding John Marino as many opportunities as possible. Does anyone have stats on Schultz on net shooting percentage versus Marino? I know there are stats for ability to get pucks through, but I’d bet money (without knowledge of these stats) that Marino is better. If they saw none of these things (and a few more unlisted), then it’s incompetence. Either way, it’s disappointing to see a coaching staff that showed such resilience and ability for a huge stretch of games only to die on hills not worth defending.
The power play ranked 16th in the shortened regular season at 19.9%.[11https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-fantasy-hockey-best-power-plays-units-pools-2020/c-299840284] For teams that don’t have two of the top 101 best players of all time, two offensively skilled d-man quarterbacks (Letang and Marino), and a bevy of other useful power play players (Guentzel, Rust, Hornqvist) that might be good enough. However, the penguins have all of those things. Maybe I’m being too demanding or I’ve just been completely spoiled, but anything less than being a top 10 power play with one of Crosby or Malkin as well as some collection of other pieces mentioned is unacceptable. I wish I could condense just how frustratingly bad the power play looked at times. No cohesion, uninspired zone entries and puck retrieval, no player movement. Hell, just watch the play-in games against the Canadiens in games 1 and 2. They showed all of their worst traits in going 1 for 12 before making some changes in game 3.
re-signed Jarry at est. $2.5mil/3yrs (but there’s cap space to 4-5mil if necessary)
moved Desmith up to NHL (increases cap it to $1.25mil)
Bought out Jack Johnson (buyout approx $1.2mil/yr until 2023 then $917k
until 2026–still, frees up about $2mil/yr)
re-signed McCann at $2mil/2yrs
re-signed Lafferty at $1.25mil/3yrs
re-signed Riikola at $1mil/2yrs
re-signed Angello at $1mil/3yrs (this would likely be a 2 way contract and have a reduced cap hit when he’s at WBS, but let’s not complicate things unnecessarily)
Trade Targets: Murray to Vancouver for rights to Troy Stecher or Murray to Calgary for offensive options like Andrew Mangiapane (RFA, need to re-sign, but he’s a speedy, tenacious guy that seems likely to fit into the pens system)
Potential UFA signing: Dylan Demel-solid bottom paistop-gap second pair D0man capable of playing 20mins per night. Also shouldn’t cost more than $3mil. This also puts the pens in an optimal position in having Ruh be a 7th D-man rather than playing every night. Estimate signing Demelo at $3mil/yr given that he’s one of the few available right-handed D under 30.
Poulin gets a shot on the big team, but he’s really just a placeholder for some young and cheap. I haven’t seen him enough to say whether he’s ready or not for the NHL, but this is where someone like Mangiapane or some other trade acquisition might slot in. Also a potential spot for Lafferty. Maybe give Bjorkqvist a shot? This is where my inability to watch AHL and euro-league games gets in the way; it’s hard to say who within our existing prospect pool is a good fit/ready unless I’ve seen them during rookie tournaments/tryouts.
2020.08.06 21:31 urcool91[Doctor Who] Doctor in Distress: The Filk Protest Record From Hell
Oh, Doctor Who. For those of you who don't know, Doctor Who is the British sci-fi show about an alien who time travels poorly, saves planets, and occasionally turns into different actors. Doctor Who has been going on in one capacity or another since 1963, though not always on the telly. The first semi-cancellation is where this particular story begins. Background In 1985, Doctor Who was on its last legs. The Sixth Doctor, Colin Baker, had done two seasons that ranged from just okay to absolutely dire, due in no small part to the constant fighting between John Nathan-Turner, the producer, and Eric Saward, the script editor. John Nathan-Turner wanted to bring the show back to its kiddy edutainment roots, which resulted in production decisions like this monstrosity that Colin Baker was forced to wear. Eric Saward, on the other hand, wanted Doctor Who to be darker, edgier, and more violent, which brought some of the best moments of Six's run but also gave us the infamous scene where he tries to strangle his companion. Saward also hated Colin Baker, who he didn't think was right for the role of the Doctor. Complicating matters further was Michael Grade, who had become the Controller of BBC1 in 1984. He had been brought on specifically to make the BBC competitive with the new commercial broadcasters, and he meant to do this by axing old institutions and using that money to make new, more commercially attractive shows. Doctor Who, in his opinion, had to go, since it was relatively expensive for a BBC show even with the constant budget cuts and had been getting lower and lower ratings since Tom Baker had left the role in 1981. Add to that the fact that he hated the violence of Saward, the cheesiness of Nathan-Turner, science fiction in general, and Colin Baker personally... well, it was only a matter of time before he decided to cancel the show. And so, on February 25th, 1985, it was announced that Doctor Who would not be returning. Doctor in Distress! (Note: I was very much not alive in 1985. The majority of this comes fromDoctor Who Magazine 101 [June 1985]andDoctor Who Magazine Special Edition 03 . Links go to the scans of those magazines onarchive.org.) Sci-fi nerds are a different breed of fan entirely. One of the most famous examples of this is the letter writing campaign that brought back the original series of Star Trek for its universally hated third season - and that was in the pre-internet days, when campaigns had to be organized by writing to fan zines, BNFs, and individual fans. "Doctor in Distress" was similarly impressive, though less successful, effort to leverage fan outrage in order to force the powers that be to bring their favorite show back. It started when Paul Mark Tam, the former illustrator of Doctor Who Annual, heard the news. He was, in his words, appalled. Tam had been deeply involved in Fan Aid, a group that sold buttons, zines, and other fan-made merch through the larger Doctor Who magazines and donated the proceeds to various charities, and he thought he had an idea that would take that group's efforts to the next level and save the show in the process. The first person he contacted was record producer and Doctor Who superfan Ian Levine. Levine had helped put together some of the earliest sci-fi conventions in the U.K., acted as unofficial continuity master for the show's writers, and even written and produced the theme tune for the spinoff K-9 and Company with his co-writer and fellow Whovian Fiachra Trench. The K-9 and Company theme is fine, especially for a kid's TV show about a robot dog, but even listening to it you can begin to hear what would make "Doctor in Distress" infamously bizarre and awful. At first, Tam wanted to use the proceeds from the single to fund the next season of Doctor Who, but Ian Levine convinced him to donate the money to cancer research instead. Both of them agreed to split the cost of making the record, Levine tapped Fiachra Trench to help him write and produce it, and they were off. Let's All Answer His S.O.S. When "Doctor in Distress" was first announced in Doctor Who Magazine in March 1985, it looked like a very different sort of project. Levine claimed that he was putting together a supergroup of A-list Doctor Who fans, including the Village People, Holly Johnson, and Elton John. The hype, as they say, was real, especially since, as a record producer, Levine was seen as someone who could actually make something like that happen. What actually happened was... less that. Ian Levine arranged with his record label, Record Shack Records, that they would release the single and allow them to use their studios. Paul Tam came up with the supergroup name Who Cares, which ended up being what the supposed group members said when contacted about the record. It didn't help that the single was written over the course of an evening and the recording session was scheduled for March 7th, less than a week after Tam and Levine had come up with the idea. In the end, Levine was forced to rely on various C-list Record Shack talents, including members of The Moody Blues and Ritchie Pitts from the cast of the Andrew Lloyd Webber flop Starlight Express. He had a bit more luck with the additional cast for the music video, however, with Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant (companion Peri Brown), Nicholas Courtney (recurring character Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart), and Anthony Ainley (the Master) agreeing to take part in the shoot. He also had another notable talent on the team, though nobody knew it yet: the very '80s synthesizer is played by a young Record Shack studio musician, Hans Zimmer. Yes, that Hans Zimmer. The Single (and the Music Video) Just watching to the music video is bad. It is another different level of bad, transcending the likes of the weird Leonard Nimoy in-character poetry readings and the Doctor Who and Eastenders crossover Dimensions in Time to become infamous in the same way as The Star Wars Holiday Special, an exercise in misguided enthusiasm, ego, and maybe, just maybe, a little genuine brilliance. The music by itself is just generic, but combined with the painfully subpar vocals from everyone (but especially Nicholas Courtney and Anthony Ainley) it's just awful. What really makes it trascend into the echalons of bad taste, however, is the lyrics. In addition to being a terrible 1980s pop song, it's just embarassing seeing Doctor Who fans reacting to the cancellation as if it's a great social injustice. Normally protest songs like this are only put together to raise awareness about wars, poverty, AIDS, and genocide in various 3rd world countries. "Doctor in Distress," on the other hand, is about a TV show being cancelled. By far the funniest verse is the one which goes "Bring him back now we won't take less / If we stop his travels he'll be in a mess / The galaxy will fall to evil once more / With nightmarish monsters fighting a war." Yeah. It's that bad. Aftermath Despite the efforts of Doctor Who Magazine to prop up the single, it was a certifiable failure. It was universally panned, and BBC point blank refused to broadcast the song on its radio stations on the grounds of its poor quality. No proceeds were donated to cancer research, mostly because no proceeds existed, and both Tam and Levine later admitted that they had lost hundreds of dollars each on the project. The music video was released as a special feature on one of the Doctor Who DVD box sets, prompting Levine to tell the Guardian "It was an absolute balls-up fiasco. It was pathetic and bad and stupid. It tried to tell the Doctor Who history in an awful high-energy song. It almost ruined me." He also tried to blame the idea on John Nathan-Turner's partner Gary Downie, but considering that Downie was an alleged sexual predator who gets blamed for a lot of random things around this point of the show I'd take that with a grain of salt. In the end, Doctor Who came back after an 18-month hiatus with the terrible Trial of a Time Lord season. It had three more seasons of variable quality before being cancelled for good in 1989 - at least until the 1996 TV movie and the 2005 revived series that continues to this day.
2020.08.02 13:16 crypticedgeState Of The Sub: 8-2-2020
Happy Sunday all, We had a busy week this week with the Maxwell documents being dumped, and have more expected next week, barring last minute legal maneuvers. In all it caused traffic to spike significantly on Thursday night into Friday. u/THEPRESIDENTIALPENIS did a great job collecting and writing up details around this, and if you haven't seen his post, you should check it out. There were some notable items to call out this week from the posts
Due to the deliberately late timing of the release of the data on Thursday night, the significant majority of the traffic bump came on Friday instead of the expected Thursday, with most of the Thursday increase being anticipatory or after 9:30 PM EST when the document release post was made. We should expect another jump following the remaining docs to be released this coming week.
We've noticed an increase the last 2 days in victim blaming and trying to justify things like reducing or eliminating age of consent laws. We're not here to harbor abusers or people who promote activities like Epstein's. We ask that if you see this kind of activity, you report it. There's also a few callouts that have carried over from the previous weeks. We would like to remind you they remain in effect
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This sub is about calm, rational discussion about the rule of law as it should apply to pedophiles. Regardless of of how politically or socially positioned the individual pedophile may be. There has been in general an uptick in misdirection, complaints about spelling, verb context and other irrelevant minutia without providing any substantive commentary or context. Please do not engage in these behaviors, and instead report if someone is clearly acting in bad faith. If you see any other rule breaking content, please report it. We start there when we log on, so we rely on those to know where we need to focus. It's when the reports are handled that we start to look at everything else.
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2020.07.18 17:22 Army_BotSummary For: Weekly Question Thread (9/2 to 9/8)
A Site-Wide problem resulted in the WQT not being posted properly. This WQT is valid through 9/15. Link to Comment Chain Where is the new hot weather being sold these days? I'm doing my damnedest to find a set but somehow none of my friends seem to be stationed anywhere that's selling them. It's hot, they're cool, I want to buy a pair and no one on ebay seems to be a small short. Link to Comment Chain LT question inbound. How does the REFRAD process work? I'm a 1LT(P) currently working on my MBA (part-time). My job prospecting to corporate is looking more and more likely, as long as I know that I will be able to get out of my Army. Couple points. I received an ATRRS slot for CCC slated for summer of 2020. I also spoke to branch a couple months ago (before when I thought I still wanted to stay in the Army, and before I got accepted into my program), that I wanted to stay in and extend my time at my current duty station IOT graduate with my MBA. Second, I'm leaning towards joining a Reserve Unit in Southern California. Opinions on whether or not this is a smart/dumb move is debatable. I do want to continue my service, but not on AD (personal reasons). So now, my questions are 1) would pushing my CCC date to the right, along with telling Branch I want to stay in, pretty much fucked me over in submitting a REFRAD? 2) Would telling branch I want to switch over to the Reserves help approve of a REFRAD (probably not, just wanted to ask). My branch manager has been 100% awesome, even pulled some strings to approve my YMAV date, and incredibly supportive, for what it's worth. I have exactly 11 months until I report to CCC, tentatively. I would ask my peers, but I don't know of anyone who's followed through with this specific timeline (in-person MBA with the branch manager questions involved). May have some follow up questions, but thank you to anyone with the assistance. Link to Comment Chain What is RASP 2 like? Other than it being 20 something days I can't find any detailed info Link to Comment Chain My son is supposed to be graduating bootcamp next week. He called to tell me he is restricted on family day. I can tap him out but he has to stay with the battalion. What does that mean. Link to Comment Chain Does anyone on this thread have any experience with doing hpsp and/or usuhs? Really interested and need advice. Link to Comment Chain Going to air assault. Anything I need to learn beforehand? Like swiss seat or anything? Link to Comment Chain Im a female going to basic, except i have relatively short hair. About 3inches on top and a regs fade on the side. I have been told many things, that i have to buzz it at basic, or my hair is fine because it meets the real army hair regs. Can Anyone provide any actual info? thanks! Link to Comment Chain hello, i am planning to join the us army on a four year contract and my eventual goal is to join the ranger regiment. would it be possible to join as an option 4 then apply for rasp after i am confident ill make it? Link to Comment Chain Does anyone have any experience with dropping a cyber packet for OCS? I have been selected for OCS already and have my dates. From what I've read on Reddit you can drop a packet once you get to OCS. I found this link that appears to imply that you can apply before getting to OCS. My recruiter said that I can't do it until I get there but they also told me at first Cyber is only available for warrant officers so I'm not sure I trust the info. I have one of the suggested degrees on the link and 5 years of corporate IT experience so I feel I'd have a shot at it. Link to Comment Chain My question has a little subjectivity to it, so please understand. I’ve been preparing for boot camp in advance. I think I’m doing a good job physically. My long distance runs are very comfortable at a fast enough pace. My pushups, pull-ups, and sit-ups could be better, but they are in a good place. So physically, I feel like I am set. But many cite their bct experience as 90% mental and 10% physical. My mental aptitude needs severe improvement. In civilian life, small inconveniences may irritate me and maybe I dwell on small things too long or unnecessarily so. Overreacting, laziness, etc. Is the better approach here to actively try to suppress that level of overthinking and emotion forcefully without thought... from the start, or is it best to accept that I have those faults, make the mistakes, but catch and fix them going forth? Are you of the opinion that the mentally weak has no place in the military and bct, or that the whole point of bct is to train mental weakness in the first place? My ship date is approximately set for mid-October. Link to Comment Chain SHOULD I JOIN? Neurologist looking to serve. Hi everyone. I am finishing up my neurology residency and starting fellowship this July. I have been thinking of joining either as a full time or reserve position. Does anyone have any experience with this? If I do join the reserves, any thoughts on location and frequency of deployment? Thank you in advance! Link to Comment Chain Anyone from Bragg done the Healthcare sciences program through Campbell’s on post location? Link to Comment Chain Im currently looking into a career in Law Enforcement at a local or federal level once I ETS from the Army. Ive already done my research on everything. The biggest thing I cant find out of how far out from my ETS date should I apply for these positions? Between the extensive process to getting state certified, etc., I know it can be a long time. Im trying to minimize the time between getting my DD-214 to working at a department. For what it’s worth, Ill be looking to do LE in Virginia or Washington DC. 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The recruiter keeps telling me “next week,” etc. I’m getting financially screwed, and jobs are filling up because I’ve been waiting TWO MONTHS and I still haven’t been to MEPS. Apparently the doctor went to a conference, and the other doctor was “slow” (recruiters words). But I know for a fact my completed paperwork has been sitting on someone’s desk in MEPS for close to five weeks now (meaning five weeks since the main doctor has been back). What can I do? This can’t be right. Link to Comment Chain I'm going to Goodfellow AFB for 35N AIT in January and wanted to know if I can bring my car with me. I also want to know how the phase restrictions play out there. I couldn't find much info on the matter Link to Comment Chain Block leave dates for AIT students? My son is currently at DLI in Monterey and we are wanting to purchase tickets before they get crazy expensive. There has been talk among the students about being able to have block leave during Christmas. Unfortunately no one is exactly sure when those dates will be. Is there “official” dates or does he have to put in for certain days? I know he would have to pay for travel there and back but does he need to set that up, or do they set that up so the students can leave and return on the same days? Trying to get an idea and a plan in place, so any information would be helpful. Link to Comment Chain Question for anyone out there who has done what I’m considering. Just closed the book on 10.5 years, enlisted and officer, back this past December. I decided to get out for various reasons but am feeling the urge to go back and finish out my time. I was 11-series the whole time I was in but am now heavily considering going National Guard and going for SF. For anyone that went active to guard or maybe even went active to guard SF. What were your experiences? Any advice? And I’m planning on enlisting (re-enlisting? Semantics?) this time. Officer life was fun but I wasn’t nearly as happy or personally fulfilled as I was when I was enlisted. Link to Comment Chain Are there a lot of women in the Infantry? Link to Comment Chain Quick question about OCS: I’m doing a package now. Prior service Marine so I’ve been told I’d be exempt from boot camp & AIT. Apft is about 297 right now. I’m physically and mentally ready to go. Just one problem; I’ve been told that if I get hurt or dropped from OCS (which I don’t plan on doing but things happen) then I would be obligated to be enlisted for 4 years in the Army. Do the instructors at OCS look for reasons to drop candidates or is it a play the game and get through it kind of thing? I don’t want to risk getting injured and spend 4 years at “needs of the Army”. No offense to anyone here, just not the route I want to go. Any advice or information is helpful. Thanks! 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When I first began trying to enlist my recruiter said i would have to go through MEPS to put my moral waiver in. Now that i finally completed the whole paperwork process to get my waiver together he put in for my waiver and said I would have to wait for it to be pre approved to get to MEPS then we would have to submit it from there. So I'm just confused as to where I am in this process. What does he mean by pre approved?? Is this a separate process than getting my actual waiver looked at? Thank you. I had trouble finding this info online. Link to Comment Chain Anyone got some tips to study for the dlab? My recruiter tells me I got to take it soon and I need to pass because there won’t be another intell job available in 6 months Link to Comment Chain If you didn’t score a GT of 105 or above and secure only a 11x contract, can you still volunteer for RASP at benning or no? Link to Comment Chain I'm a prior service AF dude looking at doing WOFT, and I've got a paid of random questions. One important, one not.
Would my wife be moving down to Rucker during or after WOCS, and would I be able to be there with her during the move?
I've got a CAB and a combat patch from some time in Afghanistan with the Army in '08. Would I be expected or even allowed to wear 'em during BCT? Link to Comment Chain
How easy will it be to join the 75th regiment while being in an airborne unit? What will be chances of them allowing me to do rasp Link to Comment Chain Apologize ahead of time for the wall of text but: A little over ten years ago (21yo) I joined the Active under the 18X program with no waivers. Upon getting to about week 10 of Infantry OSUT I became immensely ill. The diagnosis turned out being viral mono with severe pharyngitis. I was sent home for a month convalescent leave (to basically sleep). At the time I was married to an individual that had severe depression and a history of drug usage. My return to BT wound up sparking their mental illness and they became immensely suicidal (cutting, threatening etc) and they refused to seek help. I consulted with my drill SGT and any request to return home or contact them regularly to aid my wife to seek help was denied. I was then coached on how to leave the service (in order to assist my wife to seek help) and exited with an uncharacterized chapter 11 refusal to train RE-3 JGA. I am no longer with that an individual and am currently engaged to the mother of my 5yo child. Currently 32 and busting my butt to get back into shape. I met with a recruiter and got taped etc (only 4% body fat over surprisingly). I have no police record or any other craziness in my life, no surgeries etc. Currently wondering the likelihood of receiving a waiver for my RE3, because for the past decade I have been kicking my own ass for giving up my dream career for a woman who obviously didn't give a damn about me (found out later had cheated *multiple* times while I was away and even in BT) TLDR: Wondering likelihood for the waiver for RE3 JGA for refusal to train over familial issues 10 years ago while in basic to reenlist Link to Comment Chain I know that when I get to my first unit, they are gonna do stuff like make me check for soft spots on armor or collect exhaust samples from a truck. Should I go with it bc it builds bonds between me and everyone, or should I be like "I've heard about this and I'm not an idiot." And if I shouldn't allow it, what are some common ones I should look out for? For reference, I will be a 91B (wheeled vehicle mechanic) Thanks in advance and sorry if there's bad formatting, I'm on mobile. Link to Comment Chain I got a possession of marijuana citation in Illinois(weed's decriminalized and soon to be legal), if I ever want to join the army, how much of an issue will this cause and do I need a waiver? Link to Comment Chain I’m leaving for basic at Ft. Sill tomorrow. Any last minute advice? Link to Comment Chain Is there the same type of smoking at Reception as there is once Basic actually starts? Or is it 'laid back' compared to Basic Link to Comment Chain Unsure if this is the right place to ask but I thought I'd try. I can't perform a non-mandatory duty due to not having a driver's license. I've got documentation showing I've been working on it but due to extensive pay issues that my NCO is tracking, I can't enroll into class yet. The counseling is pulling statements from unrelated regulations and is trying to pass it off as ours in the counseling in written form. Assuming that the 'mandatory regulation' is 100% false, is there any sort of action I can take to push back against this sort of behavior? Link to Comment Chain Graduated OCS a little over a month ago. Reservist, prior service E4. I graduated, was sworn in and pinned 2LT. This past weekend was my first drill since graduation. All systems still say that I'm E4. Is this normal? Shouldn't mypers/hrc/etc. show that I'm a 2LT by now? What can I do about this? Link to Comment Chain Dumb question about how officer promotions work for folks who go enlisted to officer. I've heard it said that the pressure to make LtCol is much lower in the pursuit for making it to the 20 if you are enlisted first. That you can easily get away with retiring as a major and this much more doable. Is this true? Link to Comment Chain So I qualify for 17c my dream Army job. The AIT is a year-long. Can I advance rank in AIT or will I be coming out of AIT as a private for a year? Link to Comment Chain If I'm going active from national guard and have a current PHA and APFT, what will I need to do at MEPS? Link to Comment Chain I'm going to CAAS next week and am apprehensive about the packing list. There are winter items on there that the SORB recruiter says we don't need unless we're going from OCT-APR. But they're in red as mandatory on the list. Should I take them or not worth it? I'm talking fleece, winter sleeping bag, fleece cap, trousers and parka, winter gloves, winter APFU, silkies, waffles, etc. Anyone been to Camp Mackall before winter? Let me know if you have suggestions, thanks! Link to Comment Chain Hello, currently looking at dropping a 12P packet. Anyone have any experience with 12P? Daily job? What’s it like actually doing the job? And one more thing, I’m looking around for a BMST study guild and can’t find one any where(already talked to the education center) and was wondering if you guys knew of any. Thank you! Link to Comment Chain Can I drop a flight warrant packet being a walker on a pt test? I have a perm run at own pace. The regs say you must pass the 3 event APFT and that medical waivers are available. My google-fu has been lacking with this question. Link to Comment Chain I am going to be taking my ASVAB test here in a few weeks. I want to become a combat medic and understand that requires a GT score of 107 and a ST score of 101. If those are the only two sections that matter regarding whether or not I get accepted into combat medic or not, do I need to study the other topics other than the ones that go under those two main categories? For example electronics information is not needed for either of those scores so do I still need to study it and just focus on the subjects that fall under those categories? Or do I need to study every topic on the asvab? Link to Comment Chain Does the Army still offer a 2 year active duty enlistment? Link to Comment Chain I'm in the national guard. I have drill this weekend. I was told to bring hygiene items. What should I bring? I dont want to overload my bag because I will be carrying it most of the day. Link to Comment Chain Signed as a 35P. Currently 5 months in on a 6 year contract. Still barely know anything. Recently came to the conclusion that I’d like to go officer one day. What steps should I be taking to further my chances of getting accepted? Link to Comment Chain I’m starting my first weekend of RSP next week. I used to smoke quite a bit and stopped once I wanted to join the army. I turned to vaping and eventually nicotine pouches and gum. I’m down to three 4mg pieces a day at the moment. My question is, are you allowed to bring pouches or gum or even patches to RSP? I know I’m going to have to quit before basic (in January) and I’m on track to quit completely by October 15th. I’ve been slowly lowering the amounts but I don’t want to quit cold turkey. Although, if I can’t bring it to RSP, I’d like to stop now to make it less miserable. Thanks for reading this! Link to Comment Chain Hey I just got out of the Air Force and I'm looking to join the army. I've looked around for awhile but couldn't find too much information on if I'm even eligible to reenlist. I ELS with a re2c sepcode jfv, I asked over in the ask a recruiter thread but didn't get any info. Im not able to call the recruiter near me at the time but other than that I am painstakingly looking up everything and anything I can about my situation any info will be a huge help Link to Comment Chain Has anybody here been through infantry OSUT followed by RASP? If so could you tell me a little about your experience? I go to basic next month and I have 24 weeks of OSUT followed by 8 weeks (I think) of RASP Link to Comment Chain Really considering joining the army and looked into 35P and was wondering what’s the chance of getting the language of your choice? How often do they go overseas if they even go at all? Is the selection process for language and where you’re stationed after job school dependent on first come first served or highest GPA gets the best pick of the litter? Thanks for your time ❤️ Link to Comment Chain How do y'all ruck with a weapon? I'd consider myself a somewhat strong rucker, but the one and only time I've had to do a ruck with an M4, I struggled. I usually swing my arms alot, but that makes it hard to do with a weapon. Tried using the sling, just holding it one handed, two handed, etc., but I couldn't get into a groove. I have another one coming up for a competition so I'm looking for some tips on what the best or most efficient way to ruck with a weapon is. Link to Comment Chain Does anyone here either gotten out of the Army or personally know of someone, that went to Law school and then came back either on Active Duty or the Guard/Reserves to be a JAG lawyer? I'm an officer with an interest into going law, ETSing and using my GI Bill to pay for Law school. FWIW, I am very familiar with the FLEP program, but I am ineligible. Very much was about to ask for LORs, fill out my packet, etc. until I found you must have no more than 6 years of Active Duty service. Because of this, I won't be able to take advantage of this program. Any insight will be helpful. Thank you! Link to Comment Chain Prior Service here (PT failure separation, <2yrs TIS, RE3). Wanting to come back in and explore all options. I heard that flight warrants are being accepted with vision waivers. Is this true? I needed a waiver for regular enlistment the last time I was in. Thanks in advance. Link to Comment Chain Prior service - Active duty army, military police, separated in 2007 (honorable). Current VA diagnosis of PTSD. What is the likelihood of enlisting in national guard? Link to Comment Chain I have a friend who was kicked out of the national guard for popping hot for marijuana. His unit told him he’s on a 1 year probation or something and then he can try joining again. He and I both want to go active duty Army and try to do the buddy enlistment program, do you think he can rejoin the army again, and if so repeat BCT and AIT if we did the buddy program? Link to Comment Chain Hello, army, sorry in advance if I’ve made some mistakes in this post. I’m looking for some insight on a specific MOS that I have recently (last Friday) qualified for after taking my tests down at MEPS. (12D, 35P and 88L specifically stood out to me from the list.). I was wondering, if allowed, would anyone know the specific/estimated area of debt to be denied for the clearance? I’ve made a quite a few bad choices when it came to credit cards, loans, etc. and wasn’t responsible leaving me around 10k or so. I’m pretty positive that’s got me on a negative string for the MOS but I would just like to confirm it. 35P just seems the most intriguing to me because of the opportunity to learn a new language, alongside the other details. 12D is my second pick before I enlist this coming week (Friday 9/6) since I know for a fact 88L most likely won’t be available by the time Tuesday comes around. Thank you in advance to anyone willing to lend some helping words! I’ll try to respond as fast as possible, if anything comes up! Link to Comment Chain Hey all, I'm a few weeks out from MEPS and had a dumb question. So I have a GED and I'm shooting for 25S. I did really well on the ASVAB so that's cool. My question is about the signing bonus. 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Link to Comment Chain Figured this would be a good place to ask So when I started working out preparing for the army I was 172 and 5'6 28 percent bmi now I'm 188 28 percent bmi i run for 1 hr every other day and just today started taking hydroxycut just wondering if anyone had some experience with this and had any advice should I start just focusing on just core exercises maybe build my neck a bit I can already pass the physical fitness test I dont think as far as bmi goes that I'm really still at 28 Link to Comment Chain Does anyone actually know what 70D and 70H do on a day-to-day basis? I was looking at 71B for the reserve component, but it looks like slots for this are pretty much non-existent, and the 70 MFA looks to be the only other series that matches up nicely with my background in the sciences. Also unclear to me how direct commissioning works for these 70 MFAs, as my understanding was that you had to proceed through training as a 70B, regardless of active or reserve component. Link to Comment Chain I just finished all my tests to join the army as 09l I believe I will be joining as E4 specialist. My recruiter never explained to me any of that. I have 2 questions I’m signing my contract Thursday I heard there is a bonus for early shipping what is the chances I get early shipping ? Second question is I already done my physical can I still ask my recruiter to add airborne school to my contract ? Link to Comment Chain Some DS questions... I'm wrapping up my reclass 25B MOS-T within the next week and will be headed to Korea in Nov. I'm currently a SGT and my TIG by the time I get to Korea will be 46 mo TIS, 13 mo TIG. For secondary zone, I'd need to wait another month to be eligible to attend the promotion board for SSG. My questions are:
How do I actually "volunteer" other than saying it's a preferred duty on my ERB per ASK? Do I just walk into my future Korea BN retention NCO and tell them I want to drop a packet?
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2020.06.15 20:17 LucasReadsPostsA bunch of manga I would recommend to someone new to the scene
MANGA RECOMMENDATION GIGA-HYPER-ULTRA-SUPER-MEGA-POST
So this was originally posted by me in a discord server I own... It was really hard to reformat everything. This is just a bunch of manga and like and think you and/or people you know should read, there is no particular order just read through my recommendations and check out what interests you. (MOST OF THIS LIST WAS CUT BECAUSE OF THE WORD LIMIT!!! If you want all the 101 manga that I recommended then pm me.) Komi can't communicate - Oda Tomahito The journey to 100 friends begins with a single conversation. Socially anxious high school student Shoko Komi’s greatest dream is to make some friends, but everyone at school mistakes her crippling social anxiety for cool reserve! With the whole student body keeping their distance and Komi unable to utter a single word, friendship might be forever beyond her reach. Timid Tadano is a total wallflower, and that’s just the way he likes it. But all that changes when he finds himself alone in a classroom on the first day of high school with the legendary Komi. He quickly realizes she isn’t aloof—she’s just super awkward. Now he’s made it his mission to help her on her quest to make 100 friends! Kanojo, Okarishimasu - Miyajima Reiji Kazuya Kinoshita has broken up with his girlfriend Mami Nanami after dating for about a month. He uses an online app to rent a girlfriend named Chizuru Mizuhara, a beautiful and attractive girl. However, because she appears to be too perfect, he writes her a low rating, but then Chizuru berates him for that and reveals she is meaner than he expected. However, when Kazuya's grandmother collapses in the hospital, he brings her along and the grandmother is smitten with how great she is. Kazuya continues renting Chizuru in order to keep up appearances with his family and friends, but things get complicated when they discover they are next-door apartment neighbors and attend the same college. Later, other girls from the girlfriend business also join in dating and showing interest in Kazuya. Please put these on, Takamine-san - Hiragi Yuuichi The student council president, Takamine-san, is at the topmost of the school hierarchy, a god! One day, Shirota accidentally saw Takamine-san's naked breasts. From then on, his school life changed. "Put my panties on for me." Shirota has ended up in predicament of Takamine's pink-colored favors. Chainsaw Man - Fujimo Tatsuki The story is set in a world where Devils cause harm to humans, which makes them a target for extermination. Denji is a young, depressed man who has sold several of his organs and works as a tree cutter and devil hunter to pay back his deceased father's debt to loan sharks. Denji owns a dog (that is also a devil) called Pochita, that has the characteristic features of a chainsaw and is used by Denji as such for his work. Humans can make deals (contracts) with devils. After returning home from killing a tomato devil, Denji gets called by the Yakuza to go into a building to kill another devil, However, as it turns out, the Yakuza called Denji to allow a zombie devil to kill Denji, and in return, the zombie devil would give the yakuza more power, which would let them make more money. After Denji is killed and Pochita is severely injured by said devil, Pochita merges with Denji, (because of a deal Denji made with Pochita when they first met) and as a result, Denji's wounds heal and gets revived as a half-human, half-devil, acquiring Pochita's chainsaw ability. Denji then uses said ability to kill the zombie devil that initially killed him. After killing said devil, a team of governmental devil hunters arrives on the scene, and after discovering that the devil was already killed by Denji, one of its members persuade Denji to become part of the governmental devil hunting organization the team belongs to. Berserk - Kentaro Miura His name is Guts, the Black Swordsman, a feared warrior spoken of only in whispers. Bearer of a gigantic sword, an iron hand, and the scars of countless battles and tortures, his flesh is also indelibly marked with The Brand, an unholy symbol that draws the forces of darkness to him and dooms him as their sacrifice. But Guts won't take his fate lying down; he'll cut a crimson swath of carnage through the ranks of the damned - and anyone else foolish enough to oppose him! Accompanied by Puck the Elf, more an annoyance than a companion, Guts relentlessly follows a dark, bloodstained path that leads only to death...or vengeance. Blue period. - Yamaguchi Tsubasa Second-year high school student Yataro Yaguchi is bored with his normal life. He studies well and plays around with his friends, but in truth, he does not enjoy either of those activities. Bound by norms, he secretly envies those who do things differently. That is until he discovers the joy of drawing. When he sees a painting made by a member of the Art Club, Yataro becomes fascinated with the colors used in it. Later, in an art exercise, he tries to convey his language without words but instead through painting. After that experience, Yataro finds himself so invested in the art that he decides that it is what he wants to do for a living. But there stand multiple obstacles in his way: his parents who are hesitant over his unique choices, his more experienced peers, and the study of a subject much deeper than he initially expected. Bokutachi ga Yarimashta - Kaneshiro Muneyuki Although satisfied with his average lifestyle, Tobio Masubuchi wishes for a long and fun existence, hoping that nothing will get in his way. Alongside his good friends Sho Isami, Yuki "Maru" Maruyama, and Hidero "Paisen" Kosaka, the group passes each day worry-free, doing as they please. But when delinquents from a neighboring school overhear Maru saying that they should die, their troubles begin. After being kidnapped and brutally assaulted, Maru is found by his friends, who are shocked to see what has been done to him. Angry, Tobio proposes that they take immediate revenge, and after deciding how they should do so, the four put their plan into action. But when what should have been just a prank turns deadly, Tobio's aspirations for an undisturbed life are shattered forever. Memesis - Yagyuu Takuya In a fantasy world where monsters roam the land, the heroes party of Leon, Kijira, and Ash traveled and slew monsters together. But when Leon broke up with his partners so he could hang out with cute girls, Kijira and Ash start carving their own legacy and it's one built on the back of jealousy as they look to overcome Leon in both monster slaying and women wooing. Blame! - Nihei Tsutomu In an enormous steel labyrinth riddled with horrifying creatures, humanity is forced to isolate itself in small enclaves while living in constant fear of its annihilation. In this dystopia, only a strange young man known as Killy is brave enough to traverse its unforgiving territories. Possessing superhuman strength and a rare Graviton Beam Emitter, Killy fights off bloodthirsty beasts and other fiendish forces in his desperate search for a human with the Net Terminal Gene—genetic information that holds the potential to restore the corrupt world. The dark world of Blame! follows Killy as he meets new people, sheds more blood, and draws closer to finding the Net Terminal Gene. Through these exploits, the true nature of the world is slowly pieced together. Tonari no Seki-kun - Morishige Takuma The boy who sits next to Yokoi in class, Seki-kun, is always up to something at his desk. He manages to somehow play very elaborate games without attracting the teacher's attention. From dominos to shogi, to go, to mecha models, to playing with cats and more, he always has something new to do. Yokoi often finds herself getting reluctantly interested in his games, even though they always seem to end up getting HER in trouble with the teacher! Ajin - Sakurai Gamon Seventeen years ago, mysterious immortal soldiers known as "divine warriors" appeared on the battlefields of Africa. These life forms later became known as "Ajin," or demi-humans, and were considered to be one of the greatest discoveries of mankind. The government declared their existence to be compatible with humans; however, it is rumored that they instead offer bounties for captured Ajin to secretly perform inhumane experiments on these rare beings. Kei Nagai, an apathetic high school student, is studying to become a doctor and only wishes to live a normal life. However, this simple dream is shattered after he suddenly gets into a deadly traffic accident. Reviving at the scene, he is immediately labeled as an Ajin by bounty-hungry witnesses. Unable to understand his immortality or prove his innocence, he starts to live his life on the run and fights for survival. He barely escapes the government's reach when a group of anarchistic Ajin contacts Kei, asking him to join their forces to retaliate against the government. But who is Kei's real enemy, and which side will he take when it comes down to humans versus Ajin? Boruto: Naruto Next Generations - Ikemoto Mikio Naruto Uzumaki has finally achieved his dream of becoming Hokage, the leader of the Hidden Leaf Village that he spent his teenage years fighting to protect. Naruto and his peers now live in a world of peace, working hard to uphold an international truce built on goodwill and diplomacy. However, this stasis comes at a personal cost for the aging hero. Naruto and the shinobi he grew up alongside find that working to upkeep the neutral world takes them away from their families, and even the legendary warriors of Naruto's generation must contend with being mediocre parents to their bitter children, including his own son Boruto. Boruto Uzumaki faces a world completely unlike that of his father, finding unique trouble in the distance between the two. Contending with a society that heaps an unbearable load of pressure on his shoulders over his status as the Hokage's son, Boruto carves his own path through the world, fighting to make a name for himself as evil forces threaten to shatter the peace his father helped create. Fist of the North star - Buronson The year is 199X. The Earth has been devastated by nuclear war. The seas have dried up and the land is cracked and desolate. Most living things on the planet have become extinct apart from the human race. In this new age violence rules as civilization is lost and the strong rule the weak in a world where food and water are the only things of value. At this time a mysterious man named Kenshiro appears with his deadly martial art, the 2000 years old Hokuto Shinken. With his deadly style eliminating evil is he the savior of the new era? Jujutsu Kaisen - Gege Akutami Hidden in plain sight, an age-old conflict rages on. Supernatural monsters known as "Curses" terrorize humanity from the shadows, and powerful humans known as "Jujutsu" sorcerers use mystical arts to exterminate them. When high school student Yuuji Itadori finds a dried-up finger of the legendary Curse Sukuna Ryoumen, he suddenly finds himself joining this bloody conflict. Attacked by a Curse attracted to the finger's power, Yuuji makes a reckless decision to protect himself, gaining the power to combat Curses in the process but also unwittingly unleashing the malicious Sukuna into the world once more. Though Yuuji can control and confine Sukuna to his own body, the Jujutsu world classifies Yuuji as a dangerous, high-level Curse who must be exterminated. Detained and sentenced to death, Yuuji meets Satoru Gojou—a teacher at Jujutsu High School—who explains that despite his imminent execution, there is an alternative for him. Being a rare vessel to Sukuna, if Yuuji were to die, then Sukuna would perish too. Therefore, if Yuuji were to consume the many other remnants of Sukuna, then Yuuji's subsequent execution would truly eradicate the malicious demon. Taking up this chance to make the world safer and live his life for a little longer, Yuuji enrolls in Jujutsu High, jumping headfirst into a harsh and unforgiving battlefield. Mata, Kotaomou - Roku Tachibana "A one-way route." A weird strange feeling. A love story about the girl who was always confessed to by her childhood friend, how will she reply, from a long time confession?! Poputepipikku - Ookawa Bukubu Two high school girls, the short and exceptionally quick to anger Popuko, and the tall and much more calm Pipimi, do insane things and swear like sailors in this absurdist comedy filled with references and meta-humor. Saint Onii-san - Nakamura Hikaru Saint☆Oniisan is slice-of-life or divine-life, the tale of Jesus and Buddha as they try to experience the modern world, in this case, Japan. The manga places a funny twist on religion, attitudes, culture, and customs in Japan through the eyes of Jesus and Buddha. You see Jesus and Buddha experiencing Asakusa, public baths, theme parks, and the internet. Throughout the manga, we get a little history of their divine greatness only to see their apparent insignificance in modern Japanese society. Suffice to say, before people can recognize that they're actually Jesus and Buddha, people think of them as someone who looks like Johnny Depp or a guy with a button on his forehead. For real. Ane Naru Mono - Iida Pochi A heart-warming story of how a neglected orphan, Yuu, has been blessed with the offering of a free wish by a demon, and he simply asks her to become his older sister... To you, the Immortal - Ooima Yoshitoki It, a mysterious immortal being, is sent to the Earth with no emotions nor identity. However, It is able to take the shape of those around that have a strong impetus. At first, It is a sphere. Then, It imitates the form of a rock. As the temperature drops and snowfalls atop the moss, It inherits the moss. When an injured, a lone wolf comes limping by and lays down to die, It takes on the form of the animal. Finally, It gains consciousness and begins to traverse the empty tundra until It meets a boy. The boy lives alone in a ghost town, which the adults abandoned long ago in search of the paradise said to exist far beyond the endless sea of white tundra. However, their efforts were for naught, and now the boy is in a critical state. Acquiring the form of the boy, It sets off on a never-ending journey, in search of new experiences, places, and people. Ore Monogatari!! - Kawahara Kazune Gouda Takeo is a freshman in high school. (Both estimates) Weight: 120kg, Height: 2 meters. He spends his days peacefully with his super-popular-with-girls, yet insensitive childhood friend, Sunakawa. One morning, on the train to school, Takeo saves a girl, Yamato, from being molested by a pervert. Could this be the beginning of spring for Takeo? Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san - Yamamoto Souchirou With a smirk, the mischievous middle school boy Nishikata glances over at Takagi, the girl seated next to him in class. He has just devised a master plan to finally get back at her for all the merciless teasing inflicted upon him. As he is about to set his plan into motion, Takagi intervenes with a single comment that halts Nishikata right in his tracks. She had turned the tables on him yet again. "If you blush, you lose." That has been the unwritten rule set between the two ever since they encountered one another in middle school. Day after day, loss after loss, Nishikata strives to see Takagi red with embarrassment, but his futile attempts are only met by further ridicule. Beyond this vicious cycle of trying to outwit one another, will their relationship ever evolve? Ishuzoku Reviewers - Amahara In our world, the human race constantly debates about several important issues, such as: which girl is the best girl? How good is something as fapping material? Which fetish is the sexiest? Accompany these great warriors as they present us with different girls, different opinions, different boners, and show us that the fantasy world may not be all that different from ours. Gaikotsu Shotenin Honda-san - Honda Honda is a skeleton, but more importantly, he is a bookseller. And he'll tell you from firsthand experience that the job of a bookstore employee is more challenging than it may seem to the average customer. Alongside his equally eccentric coworkers, Honda constantly deals with the stressful requirements of the bookselling industry. From the drama of receiving new titles without their bonus material to the struggle of providing quality service to customers who speak a different language, the work of a skeleton bookseller never ends. Nevertheless, despite the hardships he faces, Honda thoroughly enjoys his job and strives to bring the best book selections and service to his customers. Act-Age - Matsuki Tatsuya Ever since she was a child, Kei Yonagi has been attracted to the idea of acting, as she has always attentively watched how actions and emotions differ depending on the type of character portrayed. Now a teenager, she is broke and is the only one able to financially support her young siblings. She starts auditioning for any role possible, without much success. Her luck begins to change when Sumiji Kuroyama, a renowned director, sees Yonagi's performance and is amazed by her ability to immerse herself in the role—the so-called method acting. Although she is a diamond in the rough, if she keeps using the same technique over and over, it could lead to her being severely damaged. So, he makes the decision to help polish her, giving Yonagi the opportunity she needs. However, the road ahead of her is far from easy, and she will need to adapt to overcome the various challenges that come her way. The world of moral reversal - Amahara In our current society, most porn consumers are males, we are the ones who think with our d*ck's many times, we worship the female body, and our society, products, advertisements and many other things are centered around that. But, what if it wasn't that way? What if, instead of men being the ones controlled by their sexual urges, women were the ones who bought porn magazines and had the most interest in sex? What if the moral standards between men and women were reversed? Please don't bully me, Nagatoro - 774 High schooler Hayase Nagatoro loves to spend her free time doing one thing, and that is to bully her Senpai! After Nagatoro and her friends stumble upon the aspiring artist's drawings, they find enjoyment in mercilessly bullying the timid Senpai. Nagatoro resolves to continue her cruel game and visits him daily so that she can force Senpai into doing whatever interests her at the time, especially if it makes him uncomfortable. Slightly aroused by and somewhat fearful of Nagatoro, Senpai is constantly roped into her antics as his interests, hobbies, appearance, and even personality are used against him as she entertains herself at his expense. As time goes on, Senpai realizes that he doesn't dislike Nagatoro's presence, and the two of them develop an uneasy friendship as one patiently puts up with the antics of the other. Gal Gohan - Taiyou Marii Home Economics Teacher, Shinji Yabe, is asked by the biggest gal in school, Miku Okazaki, to help her "bake cookies to give to the teachers." The principal told her to do this after she flunked every subject and makeup-class they put her in. He gets her to successfully finish a batch of cookies after several mishaps and is touched by his students' glee over her success. He decides to start a cooking club after this experience to get more time and connection with his students. Upon hearing this, Miku decides to join, since he was the first teacher that didn't shove her into makeup-lessons after her failings and pushed her to try harder instead. Great Teacher Onizuka - Fujisawa Tohru 22-year-old Eikichi Onizuka: pervert, former gang member... and teacher? Great Teacher Onizuka follows the incredible, though often ridiculous, antics of the titular teacher as he attempts to outwit and win over the cunning Class 3-4 that is determined to have him removed from the school. However, other obstacles present themselves throughout—including the frustrated, balding vice-principal, Hiroshi Uchiyamada; old enemies from his biker days; and his own idiotic teaching methods. But Eikichi fights it all whilst trying to help his students, romance fellow teacher Azusa Fuyutsuki, and earn his self-proclaimed title. Fire Punch - Fujimoto Tatsuki In the not-too-distant past, the Ice Witch blanketed the world in snow, starvation, and madness, leading the inhabitants to seek their salvation in fire. With that, an unusual destiny unfolds for two young orphans, Agni and Luna, blessed with the ability to regenerate. But will this ability prove to be more of a curse than a blessing? Suki na ko ga Megane wo Wasureta - Fujichika Koume Komura is a middle school boy who is head-over-heels in love with his next-seat neighbor Mie, a girl with terrible eyesight who just can't get used to carrying, often leaving them at home or accidentally breaking them. He opts to help her as much as he possibly can, and through those efforts, she begins getting acquainted with his kindness. Will she reciprocate? My wife is Wagatsuma-san - Karaishi Yuu Aoshima Hitoshi is a second-year student in high school, who wishes he had a girlfriend. One day he wakes up for an unknown reason 10 years in the future, and he is married to the prettiest girl in school, Wagatsuma Ai! How has their relationship grown from mere acquaintances to husband and wife!? Kaguya-sama wa kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no renai zunousen - Akasaka Aka Considered a genius due to having the highest grades in the country, Miyuki Shirogane leads the prestigious Shuchiin Academy's student council as its president, working alongside the beautiful and wealthy vice president Kaguya Shinomiya. The two are often regarded as the perfect couple by students despite them not being in any sort of romantic relationship. However, the truth is that after spending so much time together, the two have developed feelings for one another; unfortunately, neither is willing to confess, as doing so would be a sign of weakness. With their pride as elite students on the line, Miyuki and Kaguya embark on a quest to do whatever is necessary to get a confession out of the other. Through their daily antics, the battle of love begins! Hagure Idol Jigokuhen - Takatou Rui A fun and sexy manga by Rui Takato of Mikarun X fame, this is the story of Misora Haebaru, an 18-year-old karate expert from Okinawa who went to Tokyo to enter the entertainment industry in hopes of supporting her family. She gets tricked into being a gravure idol who wears lewd clothing and is forced eventually to enter the AV world, but she won't go down without a fight! Another great ecchi manga by Rui Takato with over 150 pages of fanservice, ero scenes, and cool fighting. Kumo desu ga, nani ka? - Baba Okina When a mysterious explosion killed an entire class full of high school students, the souls of everyone in the class was transported into a fantasy world and reincarnated. While some students were reincarnated as princes or prodigies, others were not as blessed. Our heroine, who was the lowest in the class, discovered that she was reincarnated as a spider!? Now at the bottom of the food chain, she needs to adapt to the current situation with willpower in order to live! Stuck in a dangerous labyrinth filled with monsters, it's eat or be eaten! This is the story of a spider doing whatever she can in order to survive! Koe no katachi - Ooima Yoshitoki Shouya Ishida, a boy always looking for ways to beat boredom, ends up looking for it in the wrong place. Weirded out by his new classmate, a deaf transfer student named Shouko Nishimiya, he deems her as the target of his ostracizing and bullying. Day after day, Shouya picks on Shouko, unaware of the effects of his thoughtless actions. He finally understands the pain he has inflicted on her when one day, his bullying culminates in her leaving the school, and his classmates begin to shun and harass him every chance they get instead. Determined to right his wrongs, five years later, Shouya, now a third-year high school loner, meets Shouko again. Thus begins the story of a young man's path to redemption. Mob Psycho 100 - ONE Kageyama Shigeo (a.k.a. "Mob") is an 8th grader with psychic abilities. He could bend spoons and lift objects with his mind from a young age, but he slowly began to withhold from using his abilities in public due to the negative attention he kept receiving. Now, the only thing he wants is to become friends with a girl in his class, Tsubomi. With his psychic "mentor" (who has no psychic powers), he continues his daily life, attempting to realize his purpose in life. Bakuman. - Ohba Tsugumi Despite being a talented artist, middle school student Moritaka Mashiro is unsure about his future, accepting that he will simply lead a normal life. After seeing one of Mashiro's drawings in class, Akito Takagi—an aspiring writer—insists that they write a manga together. But Mashiro is hesitant—his uncle, a mangaka, had died from overworking just a few years prior. However, when Mashiro hears that his crush, Miho Azuki, aims to be a voice actress, he becomes determined to create a manga that can be adapted into an anime for her to star in. Reciprocating Mashiro's feelings, she agrees to get married once they have both achieved their dreams. Bakuman. chronicles Mashiro and Takagi's successes and struggles in their attempts to be serialized in Weekly Shounen Jump and become famous mangakas. Will their gamble pay off, or will they join the countless number of failures? Ping Pong - Matsumoto Taiyou Makoto Tsukimoto (nicknamed Smile) is a quiet high schooler who's been friends with the loud and energetic Yutaka Hoshino (nicknamed Peco) since childhood. They're both in the local table tennis club and both have a natural talent for it, although Smile's personality always prevents him from winning against Peco. The club teacher, however, notices Smile's talent and tries to make him gain some sportive tenacity. Sayonara Zetsubo Sensei - Kumeta Kouji Nozomu Itoshiki is depressed. Very depressed. He’s certifiably suicidal, but he’s also the beloved schoolteacher of a class of unique students, each charming in her own way: The stalker. The shut-in. The obsessive-compulsive. The girl who comes to class every day with strange bruises. And Kafuka, the most optimistic girl in the world, who knows that every cloud has a silver lining. For all of them, it’s a special time, when the right teacher can have a lasting positive effect on their lives. But is that teacher Itoshiki, a.k.a. Zetsubou-sensei, who just wants to find the perfect place to die? 69) Gantz - Oku Hiroyu Lonely high school student Kei Kurono isolates himself out of a growing cynicism toward his fellow man and the cruelty they are capable of enacting. One day, while waiting to take the subway to school, Kei's classmate Masaru Katou leaps onto the tracks in an effort to save a drunk man. Driven by an uncharacteristic desire to rescue someone else, Kei follows Katou down into danger. While successful in saving him, the two boys are killed by the train. Kei wakes up beside Katou in an apartment full of strangers and furnished by a giant black orb with a glass-like outer surface. After finding out that everyone in the room has recently died, words appear on the black ball tasking them with killing a strange creature. The ball equips Kei and the others with power suits and mysterious guns before sending them off to collect this bizarre bounty. Although Kei discovers the mission to be far more deadly than originally suspected, he manages to survive. He is teleported back to the apartment where he and the other survivors are rewarded point values according to their actions in battle by the black sphere, which a fellow survivor says is called "Gantz." Despite his death earlier that day, Kei is granted the ability to return to his daily life with one condition: he can be uprooted from his day at any time and summoned back to the apartment, where Gantz will task him and other recently deceased with the assassination of another target. While Katou dreads the inevitable return to Gantz, Kei finds himself living for the sole purpose of carrying out these missions. Thriving in the heat of battle and learning to care about himself and his comrades, Kei faces escalating monstrous threats that begin to bleed out into his normal life outside of Gantz. Uzumaki - Junji Ito In the town of Kurouzu-Cho, Kirie Goshima lives a fairly normal life with her family. As she walks to the train station one day to meet her boyfriend, Shuuichi Saito, she sees his father staring at a snail shell in an alley. Thinking nothing of it, she mentions the incident to Shuuichi, who says that his father has been acting weird lately. Shuuichi reveals his rising desire to leave the town with Kirie, saying that the town is infected with spirals. But his father's obsession with the shape soon proves deadly, beginning a chain of horrific and unexplainable events that causes the residents of Kurouzu-Cho to spiral into madness. Kanata no Astra - Shinohara Kenta In the year 2061, mankind's domain stretches across the vast expanse of the universe. Eight students from Caird High School, along with a young child, embark for an exciting interstellar camp on the planet MCPA, which is located nine light-years from their home. Among them are the brave and athletic Kanata Hoshijima and the cute and bubbly Aries Spring. However, once the students arrive at MCPA, a strange ball of light starts chasing them. This mysterious sphere engulfs the students and sends them to a harrowing fate: a remote area of space located 5,012 light-years from safety. Hopelessly lost and quickly running out of resources, the students' only chance of returning home proves to be aboard a nearby abandoned spaceship, where their desperate fight for survival begins and the dark truths surrounding their deadly excursion are slowly revealed. I am a Hero - Hanazawa Kengo Insecure 35-year-old Hideo Suzuki is forced to work as a mangaka's assistant when his own series fails due to low sales. As he struggles through a mundane life plagued by hallucinations, he comes to realize that his relationship with his girlfriend isn't that great, suspecting that she may be cheating on him with her ex-boyfriend. After confronting her about the possible affair, however, Hideo feels bad about his inquisition and decides to visit her house to apologize. But the world as he knows is about to be overturned. At first, not much seems to have changed, but he soon realizes that society has become a living nightmare, as the horrifying reality of what is taking place around him finally begins to sink in. Elfen Lied - Okamoto Lynn Lucy is a special breed of humans referred to as "Diclonius," born with a short pair of horns and invisible telekinetic hands that lands her as a victim of inhumane scientific experimentation by the government. However, once circumstances present her an opportunity to escape, Lucy, corrupted by the confinement and torture, unleashes a torrent of bloodshed as she escapes her captors. During her breakout, she receives a crippling head injury that leaves her with a split personality: someone with the mentality of a harmless child possessing limited speech capacity. In this state of instability, she stumbles upon two college students, Kouta and his cousin Yuka, who unknowingly take an injured fugitive into their care, unaware of her murderous tendencies. This act of kindness will change their lives, as they soon find themselves dragged into the shadowy world of government secrecy and conspiracy. Tomo-chan is a girl! - Yanagama Fumita Tomo Aizawa and Junichirou "Jun" Kubota are the tightest bros you'd ever see. They roughhouse and spar, but through thick and thin, they've got each other's back. Yet, there's just one small problem: Tomo is in love with Jun! Since she was young, tomboyish Tomo has been just another one of the guys; due to his extreme muscle-brained nature, Jun doesn't notice any of her advances—not even when she explicitly confesses. To add insult to injury, for the longest time, he didn't even realize that she was a girl. Tomo-chan wa Onnanoko! follows the comedic hijinks of Tomo and her friends as she tries to catch Jun's eye and escape the infamous bro zone. High score girl - Oshikiri Rensuke Haruo "Beastly Fingers" Yaguchi rules the arcade gaming scene, but beneath his famous identity as a pro gamer is a plain sixth-grader with an uneventful life. Neither popular, smart, nor athletic, he excels in only one thing: video games. Haruo would rather spend hours at the local arcade honing his gaming skills than take his life and academics seriously. One day, Haruo meets his match in fellow classmate Akira Oono. Akira is not the type of person to frequent an arcade: she has perfect grades, is well-loved, and comes from a wealthy background. Even so, not only is she able to score a 29-game win streak, but she also manages to beat Haruo seven times in a row. Eager to end her domination, Haruo duels Akira in Street Fighter 2 and resorts to underhanded tactics—which earns him a slap in the face from the shy girl. This encounter starts a strange and rocky relationship between the two rival gamers. Inuyashiki - Oku Hiroya Inuyashiki has a family, a wife, and two kids, none of which care about him. When he learns that he has only three months to live, he realizes that the only one who will miss him is his dog. Shortly after this realization, he is killed in a crash landing by aliens. He is rebuilt by them as a machine with a human exterior. How will his life change now that he isn't human? Gambling Apocalypse Kaiji - Nobuyuki Fukumoto Itou Kaiji is a bum who steals car emblems and slashes tires on what seems to be a regular basis. This routine changes one day when he is paid a visit by a man in a trench-coat. Once the two get talking, it seems that the visitor (Calling himself Endou) is a debt collector. The reason for his visit is an unpaid loan that Kaiji had previously co-signed for a work-mate (Furuhata Takeshi). The original loan was 30000 yen and once Takeshi had disappeared, the loan then fell on Kaiji. Kaiji is then told of a way to clear the interest compounded debt (which stood at 3,850,000 yen), which involved getting on a boat with others in his position. Once on the boat, the debtors would then have to gamble with loaned money, which would end with a few winning, and others getting into deeper debt and having to work to pay off their debts. After some coercing Kaiji accepts a position on the boat, in order to clear himself and make a bit of money as well... Hataraku Maou-sama - Wagahara Satoshi Devil King Sadao is only one step away from conquering the world when he is beaten by Hero Emilia and forced to drift to the other world: modern-day Tokyo. As "conquering the world" are the only skills the Devil King possesses—and are obviously unnecessary in his new situation—he must work as a fast-food employee to pay for his living expenses! Bartender - Joh Araki A genius bartender known as Ryuu Sasakura helps customers by mixing the perfect cocktail for them. Chuunibyou demo koi ga shitai - Torako Yuuta Togashi is a high school freshman who chose a new school far away from his middle school, due to his mortifying past there. Yuuta was what people would classify as a chuunibyou—a "disease" that causes people to fantasize about themselves and their surroundings—with him using the alias of "Dark Flame Master." He enters high school looking to start anew or, at least, that is what he hoped for. Everything had been going smoothly, and Yuuta was relishing the feeling of normal high school life until he met Rikka Takanashi—who despite being a high schooler, is still a chuunibyou—subsequently crumbling Yuuta's short-lived regular high school experience. It would seem that his chuunibyou past is not leaving him just yet. Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! follows Yuuta and Rikka's relationship as they experience an eccentric high school journey, with chuunibyou constantly haunting Yuuta. Kanojo wa Otousan - Kawada Daichi Two miracles are happening to the high schooler Naoyuki Ono's life. The first is him going out with the beauty of his school, Shiori Sakura. The second is that she turns into her thick-headed father if Ono touches her. The cute girlfriend and her terrifying father are stuck in one body. Even if he wants to touch her, he can't. And so, the curtain rises on this father-daughter fusion love comedy! Happiness - Oshimi Shuuzo Makoto Okazaki is an unpopular high school student who is frequently bullied by some of his classmates, being forced to act as their errand boy. But his life drastically changes one night when he is attacked by a mysterious girl, who plunges her teeth into his neck and begins drinking his blood. Upon satisfying her craving, she offers Makoto a simple choice: become like her or die. No longer heroine - Koda Momoko This could be any girl. Imagine being a heroine of a love story. Hatori also believed that one day she would get married to her childhood friend, Rita. But that's not how the world works! This is a hilarious comedy that honestly paints a painful unrequited love story of this young girl! Blood on the Tracks - Shuzo Oshimi Seiichi Osabe is an only child living a mundane life. Just like any middle schooler, he has friends, a crush on a girl, and loving parents. However, Seiichi's mother is extremely overprotective, which causes others to view him as a mama's boy. Although he doesn't consider her behavior to be unusual, a certain incident starts to open his eyes to just how dangerous her affection is. As Seiichi tries to break free from her grasp, he learns that his life isn't as normal as he thought. Kakushigoto: My dad's secret ambition - Kouji Kumeta "We will open the curtain back in time, to the story of one lone manga creator." This story is about Gotou Kakushi, an artist who draws a somewhat vulgar manga and tries to hide it for the sake of his daughter, Hime. A father-daughter tale of love and laughter. Highschool of the Dead - Satou Daisuke On a normal day, mindless, flesh-eating zombies suddenly appear and send society into anarchy. In Fujimi Academy, second-year high school student Takashi Komuro witnesses these beasts' murderous nature firsthand. He flees to the roof with friends Rei Miyamoto and Hisashi Igou, only to discover the harrowing reality of their zombie-overrun world. In High School of the Dead, Takashi and Rei must now rely on a band of eccentric individuals composed of Saeko Busujima, the kendo club president; Saya Takagi, a wealthy genius; Shizuka Marikawa, their voluptuous school nurse; and Kouta Hirano, a firearm-obsessed otaku. Together they must defy all odds and survive against the horrifying undead. It's finally done, this post took me 3 days. credit me if you're gonna use it I guess. Created by u/lucasreadsposts.
https://taibbi.substack.com/p/democrats-have-abandoned-civil-liberties Emmet G. Sullivan, the judge in the case of former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, is refusing to let William Barr’s Justice Department drop the charge. He’s even thinking of adding more, appointing a retired judge to ask “whether the Court should issue an Order to Show Cause why Mr. Flynn should not be held in criminal contempt for perjury.” Pundits are cheering. A trio of former law enforcement and judicial officials saluted Sullivan in the Washington Post, chirping, “The Flynn case isn’t over until a judge says it’s over.” Yuppie icon Jeffrey Toobin of CNN and the New Yorker, one of the #Resistance crowd’s favored legal authorities, described Sullivan’s appointment of Judge John Gleeson as “brilliant.” MSNBC legal analyst Glenn Kirschner said Americans owe Sullivan a “debt of gratitude.” One had to search far and wide to find a non-conservative legal analyst willing to say the obvious, i.e. that Sullivan’s decision was the kind of thing one would expect from a judge in Belarus. George Washington University professor Jonathan Turley was one of the few willing to say Sullivan’s move could “could create a threat of a judicial charge even when prosecutors agree with defendants.” Sullivan’s reaction was amplified by a group letter calling for Barr’s resignation signed by 2000 former Justice Department officials (the melodramatic group email somberly reported as momentous news is one of many tired media tropes in the Trump era) and the preposterous “leak” of news that the dropped case made Barack Obama sad. The former president “privately” told “members of his administration” (who instantly told Yahoo!News) that there was no precedent for the dropping of perjury charges, and that the “rule of law” itself was at stake. Whatever one’s opinion of Flynn, his relations with Turkey, his “Lock her up!” chants, his haircut, or anything, this case was never about much. There’s no longer pretense that prosecution would lead to the unspooling of a massive Trump-Russia conspiracy, as pundits once breathlessly expected. In fact, news that Flynn was cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller inspired many of the “Is this the beginning of the end for Trump?” stories that will someday fill whole chapters of Journalism Fucks Up 101 textbooks. The acts at issue are calls Flynn made to Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak on December 29th, 2016 in which he told the Russians not to overreact to sanctions. That’s it. The investigation was about to be dropped, but someone got the idea of using electronic surveillance of the calls to leverage a case into existence. In a secrets-laundering maneuver straight out of the Dick Cheney playbook, some bright person first illegally leaked classified details to David Ignatius at the Washington Post, then agents rushed to interview Flynn about the “news.” “The record of his conversation with Ambassador Kislyak had become widely known in the press,” is how Deputy FBI chief Andrew McCabe put it, euphemistically. “We wanted to sit down with General Flynn and understand, kind of, what his thoughts on that conversation were.” A Laurel-and-Hardy team of agents conducted the interview, then took three weeks to write and re-write multiple versions of the interview notes used as evidence (because why record it?). They were supervised by a counterintelligence chief who then memorialized on paper his uncertainty over whether the FBI was trying to “get him to lie” or “get him fired,” worrying that they’d be accused of “playing games.” After another leak to the Washington Post in early February, 2017, Flynn actually was fired, and later pleaded guilty to lying about sanctions in the Kislyak call, the transcript of which was of course never released to either the defense or the public. Warrantless surveillance, multiple illegal leaks of classified information, a false statements charge constructed on the razor’s edge of Miranda, and the use of never-produced, secret counterintelligence evidence in a domestic criminal proceeding – this is the “rule of law” we’re being asked to cheer. Russiagate cases were often two-level offenses: factually bogus or exaggerated, but also indicative of authoritarian practices. Democrats and Democrat-friendly pundits in the last four years have been consistently unable to register objections on either front. Flynn’s case fit the pattern. We were told his plea was just the “tip of the iceberg” that would “take the trail of Russian collusion” to the “center of the plot,” i.e. Trump. It turned out he had no deeper story to tell. In fact, none of the people prosecutors tossed in jail to get at the Russian “plot” – some little more than bystanders – had anything to share. Remember George Papadopoulos, whose alleged conversation about “dirt” on Hillary Clinton with an Australian diplomat created the pretext for the FBI’s entire Trump-Russia investigation? We just found out in newly-released testimony by McCabe that the FBI felt as early as the summer of 2016 that the evidence “didn’t particularly indicate” that Papadopoulos was “interacting with the Russians.” If you’re in the media and keeping score, that’s about six months before our industry lost its mind and scrambled to make Watergate comparisons over Jim Comey’s March, 2017 “bombshell” revelation of the existence of an FBI Trump-Russia investigation. Nobody bothered to wonder if they actually had any evidence. Similarly Chelsea Manning insisted she’d already answered all pertinent questions about Julian Assange, but prosecutors didn’t find that answer satisfactory, and threw her in jail for year anyway, only releasing her when she tried to kill herself. She owed $256,000 in fines upon release, not that her many supporters from the Bush days seemed to care much. The Flynn case was built on surveillance gathered under the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, a program that seems to have been abused on a massive scale by both Democratic and Republican administrations. After Edward Snowden’s 2013 revelations about mass data collection, a series of internal investigations began showing officials were breaking rules against spying on specific Americans via this NSA program. Searches were conducted too often and without proper justification, and the results were shared with too many people, including private contractors. By October, 2016, the FISA court was declaring that systematic overuse of so-called “702” searches were a “very serious fourth Amendment issue.” In later court documents it came out that the FBI conducted 3.1 million such searches in 2017 alone. As the Brennan Center put it, “almost certainly… the total number of U.S. person queries run by the FBI each year is well into the millions.” Anyone who bothers to look back will find hints at how this program might have been misused. In late 2015, Obama officials bragged to the Wall Street Journal they’d made use of FISA surveillance involving “Jewish-American groups” as well as “U.S. lawmakers” in congress, all because they wanted to more effectively “counter” Israeli opposition to Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran. This is a long way from using surveillance to defuse terror plots or break up human trafficking rings. I can understand not caring about the plight of Michael Flynn, but cases like this have turned erstwhile liberals – people who just a decade ago were marching in the streets over the civil liberties implications of Cheney’s War on Terror apparatus – into defenders of the spy state. Politicians and pundits across the last four years have rolled their eyes at attorney-client privilege, the presumption of innocence, the right to face one’s accuser, the right to counsel and a host of other issues, regularly denouncing civil rights worries as red-herring excuses for Trumpism. I’ve written a lot about the Democrats’ record on civil liberties issues in the past. Working on I Can’t Breathe, a book about the Eric Garner case, I was stunned to learn the central role Mario Cuomo played in the mass incarceration problem, while Democrats also often embraced hyper-intrusive “stop and frisk” or “broken windows” enforcement strategies, usually by touting terms like “community policing” that sounded nice to white voters. Democrats strongly supported the PATRIOT Act in 2001, and Barack Obama continued or expanded Bush-Cheney programs like drone assassination, rendition, and warrantless surveillance, while also using the Espionage Act to bully reporters and whistleblowers. Republicans throughout this time were usually as bad or worse on these issues, but Democrats have lately positioned themselves as more aggressive promoters of strong-arm policies, from control of Internet speech to the embrace of domestic spying. In the last four years the blue-friendly press has done a complete 180 on these issues, going from cheering Edward Snowden to lionizing the CIA, NSA, and FBI and making on-air partners out of drone-and-surveillance all-stars like John Brennan, James Clapper, and Michael Hayden. There are now too many ex-spooks on CNN and MSNBC to count, while there isn’t a single regular contributor on any of the networks one could describe as antiwar. Democrats clearly believe constituents will forgive them for abandoning constitutional principles, so long as the targets of official inquiry are figures like Flynn or Paul Manafort or Trump himself. In the process, they’ve raised a generation of followers whose contempt for civil liberties is now genuine-to-permanent. Blue-staters have gone from dismissing constitutional concerns as Trumpian ruse to sneering at them, in the manner of French aristocrats, as evidence of proletarian mental defect. Nowhere has this been more evident than in the response to the Covid-19 crisis, where the almost mandatory take of pundits is that any protest of lockdown measures is troglodyte death wish. The aftereffects of years of Russiagate/Trump coverage are seen everywhere: press outlets reflexively associate complaints of government overreach with Trump, treason, and racism, and conversely radiate a creepily gleeful tone when describing aggressive emergency measures and the problems some “dumb” Americans have had accepting them.On the campaign trail in 2016, I watched Democrats hand Trump the economic populism argument by dismissing all complaints about the failures of neoliberal economics. This mistake was later compounded by years of propaganda arguing that “economic insecurity” was just a Trojan Horse term for racism. These takes, along with the absurd kneecapping of the Bernie Sanders movement, have allowed Trump to position himself as a working-class hero, the sole voice of a squeezed underclass. The same mistake is now being made with civil liberties. Millions have lost their jobs and businesses by government fiat, there’s a clamor for censorship and contact tracing programs that could have serious long-term consequences, yet voters only hear Trump making occasional remarks about freedom; Democrats treat it like it’s a word that should be banned by Facebook (a recent Washington Post headline put the term in quotation marks, as if one should be gloved to touch it). Has the Trump era really damaged our thinking to this degree? My family is in quarantine, I worry about a premature return to work, and sure, I laughed at that Shaun of the Dead photo of Ohio protesters protesting state lockdown laws. But I also recognize the crisis is also raising serious civil liberties issues, from prisoners trapped in deadly conditions to profound questions about speech and assembly, the limits to surveillance and snitching, etc. If this disease is going to be in our lives for the foreseeable future, that makes it more urgent that we talk about what these rules will be, not less — yet the party I grew up supporting seems to have lost the ability to do so, and I don’t understand why.
2020.06.10 07:19 Reddit_ItSuckedYou seem busy, I have a few questions to ask you.
1) Whats your (full) name? 2) How old are you? 3) Whats your Birthday? 4) What starsign does that make it? 5) Whats your favourite colour? 6) Whats your lucky number? 7) Do you have any pets? 8) Where are you from? 9) How tall are you? 10) What shoe size are you? 11) How many pairs of shoes do you own? 12) If you were prime miniseruler of the world what laws would you make? 13) If you were a super hero what powers would you have? 14) and what would your hero name be? 15) and what outfit would you wear? 16) What was your last dream about? 17) What would you do if you won the lottery? 18) Would you like to build/design your own house? 19) Which form of public transport do you prefer? 20) What talents do you have? 21) Can you juggle? 22) Can you solve a rubix cube? 23) Do you have a cherished childhood teddybear? 24) Are you psychic in any way? 25) Are you a good dancer? 26) Are you a good singer? 27) Are you a good cook? 28) Are you a good artist? 29) Are you a good listener? 30) Are you a good public speaker? 31) Are you a good babysitter? 32) Are you a good mechanic? 33) Are you a good diplomat? 34) Are you a good employee? 35) Are you a good dresser? 36) Are you a good swimmer? 37) Are you a good skier? 38) Are you a good lover? 39) Are you a good musician? 40) Are you a good comedian? 41) Are you a good cleaner? 42) Are you a good actor? 43) Are you a good writer? 44) Have you ever been bungee jumping? 45) Have you ever been canoeing/kayaking? 46) What types of holidays do you prefer? 47) Whats the furthest you've ever been on holiday? 48) What was your favourite holiday? 49) Where would your dream holiday be? 50) Can you tap dance? 51) Whats your favourite zoo animal? 52) Whats your favourite sport? 53) Whats your favourite food? 54) Whats your favourite pizza topping? 55) Whats your favourite film? 56) Whats your favourite song? 57) Whats your favourite alcoholic drink? 58) Whats your favourite non-alcoholic drink? 59) Whats your favourite TV program? 60) Whats your favourite boyband? 61) Whats your favourite girl group? 62) What would be your ideal partner? 63) Do you want children? 64) Do you want a church wedding? 65) Are you religious? 66) Do you like reality TV programs? 67) Do you like TV talent shows? 68) If you were gay who would your life partner be? 69) If you could go back in time to change one thing what would it be? 70) How many hats do you own? 71) Are you any good at pool? 72) Whats the highest you've ever jumped into the water from? 73) Have you ever been admitted to hospital? 74) Have you ever had any brushes with the law? 75) Have you ever been on TV? 76) Have you ever met any celebrities? 77) Have you ever been to Legoland? 78) Have you ever done something heroic? 79) Have you ever played a practical joke on anyone? 80) Have you ever been the recipiant of a practical joke? 81) What would be your best achievement to date? 82) Do you prefer baths or showers? 83) Do you prefer towel drying, blow drying or natural dryin your hair? 84) Have you ever built a snowman? 85) Have you ever been sledging? 86) Have you ever flown a kite? 87) What colour socks are you wearing? 88) If you could live anywhere, where would that be? 89) Have you ever been famous? 90) Would you like to be a big celebrity? 91) Would you ever go on Big Brother? 92) How big is your TV? 93) What is your most essential appliance? 94) What type of music do you like? 95) Have you ever been skinnydipping? 96) How many Pillows do you sleep with? 97) What position do you often sleep in? 98) What do you wear to bed? 99) How big is your house? 100) Do you prefer sunrises or sunsets? 101) What do you typically have for breakfast? 102) Do you like scary movies? 103) Whats your favourite Milkshake flavour? 104) Have you ever been in a newspaper? 105) How long can you balance on one foot? 106) Have you ever fired a gun? 107) Have you ever tried archery? 108) Whats your favourite condement? 109) Whats your favourite clean word? 110) Whats your favourite swear word? 111) Whats your least favourite word? 112) What was the last film you saw? 113) What football team do you support? 114) Whats the longest you've gone without sleep? 115) Whats the tallest building you've ever been up? 116) Do you have any scars? 117) Do you like marmite? 118) Did you ever win any sportsday events? 119) What did you want to be when you grew up? 120) If you could change anything about yourself what would it be? 121) Whats the longest you've ever grown your hair? 123) Are you scared of flying? 124) Would you rather trade some intelligence for looks or looks for intelligence? 125) Have you ever tie-dyed your own clothes? 126) How often do you buy new clothes? 127) Are you reliable? 128) Are you proud of yourself? 129) Have you ever had a secret admirer 130) If you could ask your future self one question what would it be? 131) Do you hold grudges? 132) If you could breed two animals together to defy the laws of nature what new animal would you create? 133) Do you decorate the outside of your house for christmas? 134) Can you solve sudoko puzzles? 135) Have you ever played conkers? 136) Whats the most unusual conversation you've ever had? 137) Are you much of a gambler? 138) Are you much of a daredevil? 139) Are you a good liar? 140) Are you a good judge of character? 141) Are you any good at charades? 142) How long could you go without talking? 143) What has been your worst haircut/style? 144) Can you iceskate? 145) Can you summersault? 146) Whats your favourite joke? 147) Whats been your best present? 148) Whats been your worst present? 149) Have you ever sleepwalked? 150) Can you build a house of cards? 151) Whats your favourite TV advert? 152) Can you play poker? 153) If your parents hated your partner you currently loved would you ditch him or carry on with him despite the protests? 154) Have you ever been professionally photographed? 155) Have you ever baked your own cake? 156) Whats your favourite fruit pastel colour? 157) What traditionally adorns the top of your christmas tree? 158) What would be your dream sandwich? 159) Can you inpersonate anyone famous? 160) Can you do any accents other than your own? 161) Do you have a strong local accent? 162) Whats your favourite accent? 163) In O's and X's which do you normally pick? 164) Do you prefer blue or black inked pens? 165) What was the last thing you recorded off TV? 166) What was the last thing you dressed up as for fancy dress? 167) Do you prefer green or red grapes? 168) What do you like on your toast? 169) Do you prefer liquid soap or bars of soap? 170) How do you have your eggs? 171) Whats your favourite saying? 172) Have you ever been in a tug of war? 173) and did you win? 174) Can you stand on your hands unassisted? 175) What do you have on your fridge door? 176) Do you love or hate myspace? 177) Who was the last person to knock/ring at your door? 178) How old were you when you last went trick or treating? 179) Have you ever been bobbing for apples? 180) Whats your most expensive piece of clothing? 181) Whats the last thing you took a picture of? 182) Whats the last thing you drew a picture of? 183) Have you ever bought anything from ebay? 184) Whats your favourite smell/scent? 185) Can you blow bubbles with bubblegum? 186) What was your favourite birthday? 187) Can you curl your tounge? 188) Is your bellybutton an innie or outie? 189) What would be your dream car? 190) Are you left or right handed? 191) What was the last book you read? 192) What was the last song you danced to? 193) Have you ever owned a yo-yo? 194) Have you ever been on a pogo stick? 195) Have you ever been on a space hopper? 196) Who was the last person to send you a text message? 197) Have you ever accidentally injured anyone? 198) Are you scared of spiders? 199) Can you down a pint (of anything) in one? 200) Have you ever been banned from a public place? 201) How much spam email do you tend to get a week? 202) If you could learn any language fluently what would it be? 203) What historical Figure would you love to see in 21st centuary life? 204) As a kid were you ever frighted of a monster under the bed or in the cupboard? 205) Do you like clowns? 206) Do you prefer BBC or ITV? 207) Have you ever been surfing? 208) Have you ever been snowboarding? 209) Who was better, the Beatles or Elvis Presley? 210) Whats your favourite type of foreign food? 211) Which Foreign country do you dislike the most? 212) Do you like your music loud or easy listening? 213) Whats your favourite animated or cartoon program? 214) Do you sing in the shower? 215) Are you a clean or messy person? 216) Whats your prefered playing piece in monopoly? 217) Can or Do you still play twister? 218) Can you play chess? 219) Do you know the dance steps to an annoying cheesey pop song? 220) Do you prefer straight or bendy straws? 221) Have you ever entered a talent contest? 222) and did you win? 223) Do you like poetry? 224) Are you a bad loser? 225) Which would you choose? Jelly or Ice Cream? 226) Whats your favourite type of Pie? 227) Whats your most used phrase? 228) Whats your most used word? 229) Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life? 230) What would your dream job be? 231) Which song do you hate the most? 232) How long does it take you to get ready? 233) What do you think the greatest invention has been? 234) Whats your favourite feature on the opposite sex? 235) Whats your least favourite feature on the opposite sex? 236) Who's your favourite Comedian? 237) What's your favourite board game? 238) Do you have any lucky items, objects or traditions? 239) Do you have any superstitions? 240) Whats your favourite Movie quote? 241) Who would win in a fight? Chuck Norris or Jack Bauer? 242) Do you have much of an ego? 243) Do you wear sunglasses indoors to look cool or stylish? 244) Are you a hat person? 245) Whats your favourite supermarket chain? 246) Whats your favourite fastfood chain? 247) Whats your first thought upon waking up? 248) What animal would you most like to have as a pet? 249) Whats your favourite type of tree? 250) If you could bankrupt one person or company who would it be? 251) If you could steal one thing without consequence what would it be? 252) Who's your favourite celeb with the same first name or surname as you? 253) If evil-doers invaded your country would you rush to the battlelines to defend the motherland or hide in a box? 254) Whats your favourite flower? 255) Do you believe in ghosts? 256) Do you believe in the loch ness monster? 257) Do you believe in Aliens? 258) Do you believe the Governments hide technology and information from the public? 259) Which is your favourite pokemon? 260) What horror fiction character scares you the most? 261) Can you do 10 revolutions of a hula hoop? 262) Do you think Great Britain should have a National Day? 263) Do you think Great Britain should be part of a United Europe? 264) Would you want the Euro or keep the British Pound? 265) Were you part of the Brownies/Cubs/Scouts/Guides etc 266) Have you ever invented a fairly unique meal or drink? 267) Do you have any secret family recipes? 268) Do you have any family secrets? :o 269) Are you good at keeping secrets? 270) Have you ever been up in a hot air balloon? 271) Whats your favourite Sci-fi film/program etc? 272) When playing checkers or chess do you prefer to be black or white? 273) Which is better, a Pastie or Sausage Roll? 274) Do you prefer shopping on the high street or online? 275) Would you ever want to learn to fly? 276) Do you often read your horoscope? 277) Have you ever had a proper Tarot reading? 278) Whats your favourite brand of newspaper? 279) Have you ever milked a cow? 280) Have you ever used the phrase "back in my time" to someone younger than you? 281) Do you love or hate rollercoasters? 282) Which was the greatest Empire? 283) Whats the cleverest word you know? 284) Whats your favourite sportsware brand? 285) Do you buy any weekly/monthly magazines? 286) Who's your favourite Superhero? 287) Who's your favourite Villain/Baddie? 288) What was the last Album you purchased? 289) What was the last DVD you purchased? 290) What was the last piece of clothing you purchased? 291) When pulling crackers does everyone get one each regardless or whoever gets the big ends keeps all the prizes 292) Do you ever make your own greetings cards 293) Do you have a swiss army knife? 294) At what age did you twig onto the fact Santa wasnt real? 295) Whats your favourite fruit? 296) Have you ever done something really unbelivable, only to have no one around to see it? 297) Do you buy from charity shops? 298) Have you ever sold your services? 299) Have you ever raised money for charity? 300) Have you ever won a giant sized cuddly toy from a fair? 301) Is the glass half full or half empty? 302) Is the grass greener on the other side? 303) If a tree falls in the forest and there's no one around to hear it does it make a noise? 304) Why does it always rain on me? 305) Have you ever sailed a boat? 306) Do you love or loathe Harry Potter? 307) Do you do your utmost for the environment? 308) Do you love or loather Eurovison? 309) Have you ever weilded a sword? 310) If you were famous would you want a statue or a building names after you? 311) Whats your favourite type of fish? 312) Which do you prefer pony tails or pig tails? 313) Whats the ultimate cake topping? 314) Do you like marzipan? 315) Whats better? Center Parks or Butlins? 316) If you were in a band, what instrument/role would you play? 317) Can you erect a tent? 318) Do you suck or bite lollipops? 319) Have you ever used the yellow pages? 320) If you have an mp3 player what size is it? 321) Do you still have any music on vinyl or casettes? 322) Do you still have a camera that uses conventional film? 323) Approximately how many DVD's do you have? 323) Approximately how many Albums do you have? 324) Do you talk to yourself? 325) Do you sing to yourself? 326) Do you know any identical twins? 327) Have you ever given blood? 328) Could you ever be a medical guineapig? 329) Whats your favourite radio station? 330) Whats your favourite letter of the Alphabet? 331) Which is better? rollerblade or rollerskates? 332) Have you ever written a love letter? 333) How many valentines cards did you recieve this/last year? 334) What are cooler? Dinosaurs or Dragons? 335) Have you ever made your own ice lollies? 336) Have you ever made your own Ice cream? 337) Which forgeign language did you have to learn at school? 338) and do you still remember enough to hold a conversation in that language? 339) Do you know CPR? 340) Do you have any swimming badges? 341) Do you prefer digital or rotary/analogue clocks? 342) How tall is the tallest person you know? 343) Have you ever got lost in a maze? 344) Have you ever been attacked by a wild animal? 345) Have you ever ridden a camel? 346) Whats your opinion on rats? 347) Have you ever been to a gym? 348) Have you ever been in a helicopter? 349) Have you ever cheated at a test? 350) Have you ever ridden a tractor? 351) Are you a gossip? 352) Have you ever cried at a film? 353) When you're ill do you struggle on regardless or just curl up in bed as much as possible? 354) Do you need to write down things to remember them? 355) Do you keep a diary/journal? 356) Are you scared of thunderstorms? 357) Do you have any unusual fears or phobias? 358) Whats your favourite disney movie? 359) Have you ever slept in a caravan? 360) Have you ever painted a house? 361) Have you got green fingers? 362) Whats the tallest tree you've ever climbed? 363) Have you ever dialed the talking clock? 364) Do you always wear identical socks? 365) Do you live by any motto or philosophy? 366) Do you lick the yoghurt or desert lid? 367) Do you lick the spoon clean after making something sweet? 368) Do you like the sound of music? (the musical/film) 369) Have you ever made your own orangejuice? 370) Have you ever sucked on a lemon? 371) Have you ever licked a battery? 372) Are you a good aim with a rubber band? 373) Have you ever played golf? 374) Whats the most unusual name you've ever come across? 375) Do you prefer to wash in the mornings or evenings? 376) Have you ever danced in the rain? 377) Do you like long or short hair? 378) Have you ever sworn at an authority figure? 379) Have you ever walked into a wall? 380) Whats your favourite precious metal? 381) Whats your favourite precious stone? 382) Could you ever hunt your own meal? 383) Have you ever read any comics? 384) Where do you like to go to on a first date? 385) Do you prefer vertical or horizontal stripes? 386) Have you ever baked your own bread? 387) Can you believe I can't believe its not butter is in fact not actually butter? 388) Can you name all 50 American states? 389) Have you ever owned a goldfish? 390) What was your favourite school subject? 391) What was your least favourite school subject? 392) Have you ever passed wind in an embarassing situation? 393) Have you ever played the bongos? 394) Have you ever handled a snake? 395) Have you ever assembled furniture by yourself? 396) When did you last go to the beach? 397) When if ever did you last go to london? 398) What do you do to cool down when its hot? 399) Whats the most unusual thing you've ever eaten? 400) Do you have a favourite mug? 401) Do you know any self defence or martial arts? 402) Who's your favourite movie action hero? 403) Have you ever ridden a motorcycle? 404) Do you collect anything? 405) Is there anything you wished would come back into fashion? 406) Do you stick to conventional fashions or like to try and be original? 407) Have you ever given someone a handmade present? 408) Are you introvert or extrovert? 409) If you could have any feature from an animal what would you want? 410) Whats your prefered swimming stroke? 411) Have you ever been scuba diving? 412) Have you ever had a disasterous interview? 413) What makes you nervous? 414) Which of the 5 senses would you say is your strongest? 415) What colour are your eyes? 416) Have you ever been to an Art gallery? 417) Do you shout out the answers at the TV whilst watching quiz shows? 418) Are you a valuable asset on a Pub Quiz team? 419) Have you ever won any kind of quiz yourself? 420) Do you get over-involved with TV or movie plots at times? 421) Do you own any inflatable furniture? 422) Whats the highest hill or mountain you've ever climbed? 423) Do you have a piggy bank? 424) Whats the fastest you've ever travelled in a car? 425) Could you ever hand milk a cow? 426) Do you have popcorn with a movie? 427) Whats the futhest you've ever got a paper airplane to fly? 428) Have you ever built an igloo? 429) Can you play the harmonica? 430) Have you ever made a ball of twine or rubberbands? 431) If given the option of having a flake in your ice cream do you always take it? 432) Could you ever be a living organ donor? 433) Which was your favourite science? Biology, Physics or Chemistry? 434) Could you ever go out with someone just cause they're rich? 435) Have you ever contemplated sueing someone? 436) Are you pretty devious? 437) Have you ever had a surprise party? (that was an actual surprise) 438) Are you any good at giving massages? 439) Whats been your worst date ever? 440) Have you ever slapped somoene in public? 441) Have you ever drawn on a sleeping or inebriated person? 442) Have you ever warn clothing with the labels/tags still attached? 443) Have you ever slipped on a banana skin? 444) Are you scared of the dark? 445) Do you have a lawyer? 446) Have you ever been wolf whistled in public? 447) Whats the worst chatup line you've heard? 448) Have you ever been water skiing? 449) Have you ever hopelessly failed a test? 450) If you had a year off, what would you want to do? 451) How many sms/txt messages do you recieve on average a day? 452) How long did you last phone call last? 453) Do you go to car boot sales? 454) If you saw someone drop a £10 note, would you claim it for your own or try to return it to them? 455) Have you ever helped someone across the road? 456) Have you ever been horseriding? 457) Have you ever walked a tightrope? 458) Have you ever demolished a wall or building? 459) If you and a friend both wanted the same thing would you let the friend get it first? 460) Have you ever argued over who should pay for something? 461) Do you have any family heirlooms? 462) Are you related or distantly related to anyone famous? 463) Whats your favourite ocean? 464) Do you correct peoples mistakes? 465) Have you ever helped out an injured animal? 466) Do you throw bread for the ducks? 467) Do you think babies are little bundles of joy or smelly noisey things? 468) Do you give money to buskers? 469) Have you ever tossed your own pancake? 470) Are you any good at egg and spoon races? 471) Are you allergic to anything? 472) Are you ticklish? 473) Do you prefer tea,coffee or cocoa? 474) Do you like Turkish Delight? 475) Do you buy people presents to bring back when you go on holiday? 476) Are you tired of answering questions yet? 477) Have you ever been wheelbarrow racing? 478) Do you ever forward or reply to chain mails? 479) Do you often have a tune in your head you can't name? 480) Has anyone ever approached you thinking you were someone else? 481) Have you ever been approached by someone who knew you but you couldn't remember them for the life of you? 482) What do you do to keep fit? 483) Are you the sort to step in and try to break up a fight? 484) Have you ever been in a fight? 485) Have you ever started a rumour? 486) Have you ever heard any outstanding rumours about yourself? 487) Have you ever been in or had a food fight? 488) When its your birthday do you always wear an age badge? 489) Have you ever starred in an amateur or professional video? 490) If you were comfortbly rich would you work hard for more or rest on your laurels? 491) Have you ever been in a position of authority? 492) Have you ever been caught in a comprimising position? even despite a valid explanation? 493) Have you ever tried to make your own alcohol? 494) If you were ruler of your own country what would you call it? 495) And what title would you give yourself? 496) If you invented a monster what would you call it? 497) And what features would it have? 498) Have you ever had a dream you chased only to be let down when you achived it? 499) Is there anything about the opposite sex you just don't understand or comprehend? 500) Who was your favourite teacher at school and why? 501) Whats your favourite party game? 502) Is it acceptable or unacceptable to smack a child as form of disapline? 503) Can a hetrosexual male ever wear pink? 504) Is it criminal to wear socks with sandals? 505) If you were captain of a ship, what would you call it? 506) If you were to join an emergency service which would it be? 507) If you were to join one of the armed forced which would it be? 508) Whats the worst thing about being your gender? 509) Whats the best thing about being your gender? 510) If you swapped genders for a day how would you spend it? 511) If you were exiled what country would you choose as your new home? 512) Have you ever made someone cry? 513) Have you ever starred in a school play? 514) Were you a member of any celebrity fanclub? 515) Have you ever been a member of any other club? 516) If you could have a full scholarship to any university what would you choose to study? 517) Whats been your greatest ever day? 518) What historical period would you like to live in if you could go back in time? 519) What would you bring along to an idillic picnic? 520) Whats your favourite childrens story? 521) What movie ending really frustrated you? And how would you change it? 522) What three things do you think of most each day? 523) What do you call your evening meal? Dinner Tea or Supper? 524) What do you call your after meal sweet? Pudding or Dessert? 525) If you had a warning label, what would yours say? 526) Have you ever got sweet revenge on anyone? 527) Have you ever been to a live concert? 528) Have you ever been to see stand up comedy? 529) Have you ever needed stitches? 530) If you could invent brand new baby names what would they be? 531) Do your dreams ever tell you to do anything? 532) Who's your favourite radio 1 DJ? 533) Whats the best way to your heart? 534) Do you know your own mobile phone number off by heart? 535) If you were a fashion designer, what style of clothing or accessories would you design? 536) Do you ever laugh at things you shouldn't? 537) Have you ever been in a submarine? 538) Have you ever walked out of a cinema before the film was done? 539) What song would you say best sums you up? 540) Do you have any old friends wou wish you could meet up with again? 541) Whats your favourite Nursury Rhyme? 542) Do you prefer metric or imperial measurements? 543) Who's your favourite monarch of all time? 544) What was the last thing you ate? 545) Whats your favourite farmyard animal? 546) If you could choose one celebrity to be the fathemother of your child who would it be? 547) What would you do if someone proposed to you tomorrow? 548) What are your 3 favourite internet sites? 549) How high can you jump? 550) Which fictional character do you wish was real? 551) Who was your first crush? 552) Whats the greatest thing about being your nationality? 553) Whats the least greatest thing about being your nationality? 554) Do you believe in destiny, fate or free will? 555) If you could talk to one species of animal which would it be? 556) If you had friends round what DVD's would you have to watch? 557) Do you like vanilla or chocolate? 558) Are you a giver or a receiver? 559) Do you have any enemies? 560) Are you scared of needles? 561) How many piercings do you have? if any 562) Have you ever got majorly lost trying to get somewhere? 563) How fast can you say the alphabet? 564) Do you say "Zee" or "Zed" to describe the letter Z? 565) What was the last thing to make you feel happy? 566) What was the last thing to make you feel angry? 567) You are walking to work. There is a dog drowning in the canal on the side of the street. Your boss told you if you are late one more time you're fired. Do you save the dog? 568) Are you the kind of friend you'd want to have as a friend yourself? 569) Do you have any questions or queries about things you're just to scared or embarassed to ask anyone about? 570) If you were a wrestler what would your stage name be? 571) and what would your special move be called? 572) Whats the most interesting thing you can see out of your nearest window? 573) Do you think Barbie is a negative role model for young girls? 574) Have you ever needed an eye test? 575) Do you find yourself attractive? 576) Can you roll your R's? 577) What social class do you consider yourself or your family background to be in? 578) Do you know any magic tricks? 579) Whats the largest amount of money you've ever won? 580) Whats the largest amount of money you've spent in one spree? 581) Whats the largest amount of money you've had to borrow off of a friend or family member 582) Have you ever been on a cable car? 583) Do you prefer Honey or Jam? 584) Do you prefer the French or Germans? 585) How fast can you get changed? 586) How fast do you type? 587) How fast can you run? 588) Which is better, Mario or Sonic? 589) Whats your favourite biscuit to dunk? 590) Which would you rather have if you had to, a broken leg or a broken arm? 591) Do you read a daily newspaper? 592) Do you watch the news on TV? 593) Have you ever had anything published? 594) Do you believe in love at first sight? 595) How many remote controls do you have in your house? 596) Have you ever been in a hot tub or sauna? 597) Have you ever had chicken pox? 598) Do you own a lava lamp? 599) Are you glad these are almost over? 600) On a scale of 1-10 how random would you say these are? 601) What is your one major weekness? 602) Whats been the best descision you've made in your life so far? 603) Whats been the worst descision you've made in your life so far? 604) What words do you always struggle to spell correctly? 605) On a scale of 1-10 how happy would you say you are? 606) On a scale of 1-10 how smart would you say you are? 607) On a scale of 1-10 how funny would you say you are? 608) On a scale of 1-10 how devious would you say you are? 609) On a scale of 1-10 how awesome would you say you are? 610) On a scale of 1-10 how devilsh would you say you are? 611) On a scale of 1-10 how nice/caring would you say you are? 612) On a scale of 1-10 how bitchy would you say you are? 613) On a scale of 1-10 how polite would you say you are? 614) On a scale of 1-10 how attractive would you say you are? 615) If you could be any famous person who would you be and why? 616) Whats your favourite animal beginning with the letter A? 617) Whats your favourite item of clothing beginning with the letter B? 618) Whats your favourite expleitive beginning with the letter C? 619) Whats your favourite boys name beginning with the letter D? 620) Whats your favourite girls name beginning with the letter E? 621) Whats your favourite book beginning with the letter F? 622) Whats your favourite bodypart beginning with the letter G? 623) Whats your favourite musical instrument beginning with the letter H? 624) Whats your favourite song beginning with the letter I? 625) Whats your favourite actress beginning with the letter J? 626) Whats your favourite actor beginning with the letter K? 627) Whats your favourite film beginning with the letter L? 628) Whats your favourite tv show beginning with the letter M? 629) Whats your favourite game beginning with the letter N? 630) Whats your favourite non alcoholic drink beginning with the letter O? 631) Whats your favourite food beginning with the letter P? 632) Whats your favourite band beginning with the letter Q? 633) Whats your favourite author beginning with the letter R? 634) Whats your favourite sport beginning with the letter S? 635) Whats your favourite job beginning with the letter T? 636) Whats your favourite mythical creature beginning with the letter U? 637) Whats your favourite alcoholic drink beginning with the letter V? 638) Whats your favourite cartoon character beginning with the letter W? 639) Whats your favourite word beginning with the letter X? 640) Whats your favourite city beginning with the letter Y? 641) Whats your favourite country beginning with the letter Z? 642) Do you get seasick? 643) If you discovered a new species of dinosaur what would you call it? 644) Do you own a paddling pool? 645) What do you consider is the most important piece of furniture in a house? 646) What do you consider is the most important appliance in a house? 647) If you could have any celebritys hair whos would it be? 648) Which Celebrity do you find the most annoying? 649) What potential talents do you think you might have if you worked at them? 650) Who was better, Flipper, Lassie or Skippy? 651) If you could be trained up in any profession of your choice by top professionals what profession would you choose? 652) If someone elses child was being an annoying little runt would you go tell them off or do something about it? 653) Do you believe in kharma? 654) Do you believe in revenge? 655) Do you believe in fairies? 656) Do you believe in a god? 657) Do you believe there used to be dragons? 658) Who would you want to be with on a desert island? 659) What's the worst show on television? 660) Who's your favourite god from ancient history? 661) What one device would you want to see added to a mobile phone? 662) Where do you see yourself in 1 months time? 663) Where do you see yourself in 1 years time? 664) Where do you see yourself in 10 years time? 665) What was the best thing about your old school? 666) What was the worst thing about your old school? 667) If you could change your name to anything what would your new name be? 668) Do you watch too much tv? 669) Have you ever planted a tree? 670) Whats the heaviest thing you can lift? 671) What was the last present you recieved? 672) Are your ears lobed or attached? 673) How often do you wash your ears? 674) Could you go out with someone who had a child from a previous relationship? 675) What was your first alcoholic drink? 676) What was your first job? 677) What was your first car? (or what would you like it to be?) 678) What was your first mobile phone? 679) What is your first proper memory? 680) Who was your first teacher? 681) Where did you go on your first ride on an airplane? 682) Who was your first best friend? 683) What was your first detention for? 684) Whats your strongest voluntary muscle? 685) Who was your first kiss? 686) What was the first film you remember seeing at the cinema? 687) What thing that you've made are you most proud of? 688) Could you ever be someones bodygaurd? 689) Michelangelo's David... Masterpiece or filth? 690) Do you like other people buying you clothes? 691) Have you ever brought a present for someone that they hated/disliked? 692) What nicknames do you have/have had? 693) Did you have any pretend or imaginary friends? 694) Have you ever seen a therapist/shrink? 695) Have you ever carved a pumpkin? 696) Would you say you are a good or bad influence to others? 697) Do you prefer giving or recieving gifts/help etc 698) If you were a member of the spice girls, what would your spice handle be? 699) If you were to become a famous singer, what would your debut album be called? 700) If you could join any music group which would you want to join? 701) What do your parents do? 702) If you were a giant mega monster what city would you rampage? 703) Did you ever have a treehouse as a kid? 704) Is your dad an embarassing dancer? 705) Do you plan to vote in the next election? 706) If you could replace one bodypart with a super bionic replacement what bodypart and what features would the new bionic replacement have? 707) What if any unusual objects have you swallowed? 708) When you buy something new do you get a desire to use/play with it even when they dont have any physical application yet? 709) Did you understand the Matrix Trilogy? 710) Would you rather be the fella in a movie who gets the girl or the baddie with all the good lines? 711) If you were stinking rich, would you only go to places other rich people went? 712) Would you rather have a mans top half and a womens bottom half or visa versa? 713) Rebound relationships, good or bad? 714) Have you ever owned a slinky? 715) Teenage parents, good bad or indifferent? 716) Whats the most expensive thing you've ever broken? 717) Pirate downloads, good or bad? 718) Democracy, good or bad? 719) Communism, good or bad? 720) Have you ever been electrocuted? 721) Have you ever been attacked with a creamy bakery product? 722) Have you ever shawn a sheep? 723) Have you ever accidentally set fire to yourself? 724) Have you ever eaten a whole tube of pringles by yourself? 725) Have you ever been hit on by someone of the same gender? 726) The war in Iraq, good or bad? 727) The war in Afganistan, good or bad? 728) Have you ever appeared on youtube? 729) Have you ever performed in front of a large audience? 730) Have you ever eaten anything prepared by a celebrity chef? 731) Have you ever been on radio? 732) Did your school make a teatowel that everyone submitted to? 733) What coloustyle was your school tie? 734) Do you have to wear glasses? 735) Do you bite your nails? 736) Do you prefer male or female singers voices? 737) Would you rather be the worlds greatest football player or lover? 738) Do you get hayfever? 739) Do you have a list of things to do before your 'x' years old? 740) Do you like your age? 741) Whats your favourite physical thing you like about yourself? 742) Whats your least favourite physical thing you like about yourself? 743) Are you proud, comfortable or ashamed of your body? 744) Whats your favourite personality trait you like about yourself? 745) Whats your least favourite personality trait you like about yourself? 746) Do you know html? 747) Have you ever flown first class? 748) How many languages do you speak? 749) What are better, violins or pianos? 750) Whats the fastest you've ever driven? (as driver or passenger) 751) What compulsions do you have? 752) What makes you angry? 753) If you could see any band, which would you like to see? 754) Who would you say are more attractive, English or Europeans? 755) What would you say is your favourite album of all time? 756) Do you dislike hairy people? 757) Are you much of an adventurer? 758) Do you like your own name? 759) Would you ever sign a Prenuptial agreement? 760) How long has your longest ever phone call been? 761) Have you ever stolen anything? 762) Could you ever have an affair with a married person? 763) Could you ever split up a couple for one reason or another? 764) What is your family christmases like? 765) Do you prefer sporty or academic members of the opposite sex? 766) How much would it cost to buy your love? 767) Who was your least favourite teacher at school and why? 768) If you met a Genie who offered you three wishes, what would you wish for? (more wishes does not count) 769) Whats your current Mobile phone model and do you like it?
https://preview.redd.it/kkhj7agzz5251.png?width=875&format=png&auto=webp&s=f47007e7923d8f40d98e3ba7d08a31c3729a0bd3 Hello everyone, thank you for your continued interest and support. In the past two weeks, various tasks of TokenClub have been progressing steadily. The product development and community operation progress this week are as follows: 1. TokenClub Events 1)TokenClub & 499Block reached strategic cooperation in live broadcasting On May 28th, TokenClub and 499Block reached a strategic cooperation to jointly build a live broadcast ecosystem in the vertical field of blockchain. 2)520e events When 520 comes, TokenClub launches live interactive interaction. During the event, participate in interactive questions in the live broadcast room or forward the live poster to Twitter and the telegram group, and upload a screenshot to have the opportunity to extract 520, 1314 red envelope rewards https://preview.redd.it/apyee28406251.png?width=1080&format=png&auto=webp&s=9c9798db931ad6611d6c258907120610ae11ff11 3)Text version of live content is abailable on Medium In order to better understand the live broadcast of TokenClub by overseas communities, we translated the live broadcast content into English and uploaded it to TokenClub’s Medium official account, so that the community’s small partners can view it. https://preview.redd.it/hhmu3pl506251.png?width=1080&format=png&auto=webp&s=fae9d42dcdee9d079219d1ffe612fc573bad01e8 4)Preview: TokenClub’s self-media grandma is invited to participate in the golden financial theme live event From May 29th to June 4th, Golden Finance will hold a five-day live broadcast of the theme of “Finding Double Coins”. Grandpa Coin will express his views on June 3, welcome to pay attention. 2.TokenClub Live 1) Summary Recently, Binance Co-founder He Yi, TRON founder Sun Yuchen, Hobbit HBTC founder Ju Jianhua, OSL chairman Dave, BlockVC founding partner Xu Yingkai, Outlier Ventures founder amie Burke, Bitribe founder SKY, CryptoBriefing CEO Han Kao , Huarai Group / Vice President, Global Market and Business Leader Ciara, Guosheng Securities Blockchain Research Institute Sun Shuang, Tongtongtong Research Institute CEO Song Shuangjie, Jin Tiancheng Law Firm Senior Partner Yu Bingguang, Binance China Jiang Jinze, principal researcher of Blockchain Research Institute, Meng Yan, vice president of Digital Asset Research Institute, co-founder of Primitive Ventures & director of Coindesk advisory board-Dovey Wan, founding partner of Genesis Capital & co-founder of Kushen Wallet Ocean Liao Yangyang, Binance C2C-Kathy, Binance OTC-Coco, Binance Contract & Options-Justin, Binance VIP-Jennifer, Binance Broker-Jess, Binance Mining Pool-Denny, Harbin Institute of Technology Blockchain Research Executive Deputy Director Xu Zhifeng, dForce founder Yang Mindao, Mars Finance co-founder Shang Silin, Cobo & Yuchi co-founder Shenyu, well-known investor Xu Zhe, CasperLabs CEO Mrinal Manohar, CasperLabs co-founder Scott Walker, Chairman of Rock Tree Omer Ozden, Nova Club incubation team leader & Waterdrop Capital partner Zheng Yushan, Rolling Stone miner founder Alex Lam, BitUniverse coin founder Chen Yong, Odaily Planet Daily founder and CEO Mandy Wang Mengdie, Binance stablecoin BUSD project responsible Helen Tu and senior expert of TokenClub blockchain and cryptocurrency investment strategy-Zao Shen talks with you about blockchain things ~ On May 18, Block 101 Binance Key Account Manager Luna talked to Primitive Ventures co-founder, non-profit bitcoin development fund Hardcore Fund executive director, and Coindesk advisory board director-Dovey Wan, to understand “C and C How is the Goddess of Crypto Assets made? “Dovey Wan shared with us on asset allocation, investment judgment, entrepreneurship, DCEP, etc. https://preview.redd.it/0dsry36906251.png?width=1080&format=png&auto=webp&s=a7f6f4b852547d2e43114f81a981f7aa6ea10f61 On May 19, Block 101 Yingge talked with Sun Zeyu, the founding partner of Genesis Capital and co-founder of Kushen Wallet, to share the theme of “Blockchain Investment Experience”. This investor, who is rated as “reliable” by insiders, recommends that novices try not to touch contracts, do not stay overnight even when making contracts, be alert to risks, refuse gambling, and rationally analyze investments. On May 20th, 499Block ’s two-year birthday carnival “Global Hot Chain, Keeping Together for Every Year” celebration was held in the TokenClub Live Room. The cross-border AMA Solitaire + popular day group anchor live video sharing, including Binance Co-founder He Yi, TRON founder Sun Yuchen, Hobbit HBTC founder Ju Jianhua, OSL chairman Dave, BlockVC founding partner Xu Yingkai, Outlier Ventures founder amie Burke, Bitribe founder SKY, CryptoBriefing CEO Han Kao, Huobi Group / Vice President Global Markets and Dozens of blockchain leaders from home and abroad, such as Ciara, the business leader, all appeared on the scene, and 499Block became a popular beauty angel group to help the interactive host. https://preview.redd.it/ga6ey51b06251.png?width=1280&format=png&auto=webp&s=d94cc1a03640538ec1e99443c8cbb7a5e77596de On May 20, Sun Shuang, senior researcher of Guosheng Securities Blockchain Research Institute, Song Shuangjie, Jin Tong, CEO of Tongzhengtong Research Institute were jointly invited by Lingang Xinyefang, Lingang Innovation Management School, and Binance China Blockchain Research Institute. Tian Bingguang Senior Partner Yu Bingguang, Binance China Blockchain Research Institute Chief Researcher Jiang Jinze, Vice President of Digital Assets Research Institute Meng Yan, and many experts talked about the “Critical Digital RMB DCEP” in the live broadcast, one A feast of intertwined thoughts is worth watching again! On May 21st, Ocean Liao Yangyang, the founder of Block 101 Seven Seven Dialogue Force Field, focused on the “big enlightenment era of digital assets”, Ocean shared with us his entrepreneurial experience, the first pot of gold, public chain, currency circle and Analysis of the current market. Regarding the future of Bitcoin, Ocean feels that he can work hard towards the direction of digital gold and become a substitute or supplement for gold. He is determined to see more, because the ceiling of the entire industry is very high, and he still cannot see its end point. The index level is rising, far from being over. On May 22, “In the name of the Pizza Festival, we came to a different live broadcast” Bringing Goods “”, which was organized by the girls in the 101-day group of the block: June 6, July 7, Sisi, Yingge, Qianjiangyue , Dialogue: Binance First Sister, Binance C2C-Kathy, Binance OTC-Coco, Binance Contract & Options-Justin, Binance VIP-Jennifer, Binance Broker-Jess, Binance Mining Pool-Denny. We have explained to us one by one about C2C, OTC, contract options, etc. If you are interested, please move to the live room. https://preview.redd.it/a9am0j5e06251.png?width=1080&format=png&auto=webp&s=7f8d0e80492027a000d4e719ec727b56cc27d94f On May 22, Block 101 Sisi Dialogue Xu Zhifeng, executive deputy director of the Blockchain Research Center of Harbin Institute of Technology, shared the theme: “Strategy of Great Powers: Seizing New Highlands of Blockchain Technology”. He expressed his views on his own currency circle experience, entrepreneurship, blockchain technology, DECP, etc. Xu Zhifeng is very optimistic about the future development of blockchain. He said: “Ten years later, blockchain will become a very common industry. We are the Internet industry and have never changed.” On May 23, the old Chinese doctor Zao Shen from the coin circle went online ~ The theme of this issue: If you want to be short, you must be able to sing first, and if you want to be long, you must be patient. If the meal is not fragrant, the game is not good, and the happiness of the past has drifted into the distance, just because the daily reading is still a loss, and the head is hurt. Don’t panic, the old Chinese doctor Zao Shen of the currency circle will adopt the Trinity Interventional Therapy and precise care to regenerate life. Don’t move quickly to the live room to see what “therapy” is. On May 25, Block 101, July 7th conversation with dForce founder Yang Mindao, talked about “DeFi opportunities and challenges.” Yang Mindao believes that the four biggest benefits of DeFi are: programmability; non-custodial nature; non-licensing; composability. He believes that the current public chain market is seriously homogenized, and the most promising public chain is Ethereum. Ethereum is the best and largest in terms of developer group, ecology, and technological evolution, and can absorb the advantages of each public chain. At the same time, he is also extremely optimistic about DeFi, “DeFi application value is gradually verified, and the value of this type of token will gradually become more prominent.” On May 26th, Mars Finance co-founder Shang Silin Hardcore Dialogue Cobo & Yuchi co-founder Shenyu and well-known investor Xu Zhe. The trend of “financialization” in the digital asset industry is becoming more and more obvious, and the friends of miners need to master more and more skills. Unveiling the mystery of hedging for everyone. On May 26th, Nova Superstar Dialogue Phase 13 focused on the Silicon Valley star project CasperLabs, specially invited CasperLabs CEO Mrinal Manohar, CasperLabs co-founder Scott Walker, Rock Tree chairman Omer Ozden, and Nova Club incubation team leader Water Capital Partners Zheng Yushan, discuss CasperLbs together. On May 26, Block 101 Sisi talked with the founder of the Rolling Stone Miner, Alex Lam, and took us into the “post-worker life” of a PhD in finance. Alex shared the reasons for entering the coin circle, the first pot of gold, mining, pitted pits, investment experience and opportunities in the digital currency industry. Alex said: Bitcoin exceeds US $ 100,000, and it will be in the second half of next year or the year after. On May 27th, Block 101 Yingge talked with BitUniverse founder Chen Yong and shared the theme: “Who” needs grid trading. Chen Yong mainly introduced the currency trading tool of Bitcoin. In his view, grid trading has changed an investor’s concept-from stud into a batch of positions and positions. Regarding the price of Bitcoin, Chen Yong believes that the price of Bitcoin may reach one hundred thousand dollars around 2030. On May 28, Block 101 Binance Mining Pool Wu Di talked to Mandai Wang Mengdie, founder of Planet Daily Odaily, to learn more about the process of “media entrepreneurs marching into the blockchain from venture capital circles”. Mandy believes that the core competence in the media industry is high-quality original content, which is the most basic but difficult to stick to. The initial focus of entering the mixed media industry of the dragon and dragon is to focus and amplify value. On May 29th, Block 101 Qianjiangyue Dialogue Hellen Tu, the project leader of Binance Stablecoin BUSD project, talked with everyone about the stablecoin “Life and Death”, Hellen shared the stablecoin in detail, and published his own the opinion of. For details, please move to the live room. On May 30th, Zaoshen came to share the theme: Dongfeng blowing, bullets flying, unlimited chase? In this issue, Zao Shen shared with you the recent international financial situation and various major events in the United States in the past week, which extended to the impact on the currency circle and answered various questions about investment strategies. Friends who want to know more details can move to the live room of Zao Shen. 3.TokenClub operation data -Live data: 13 live broadcasts in the past two weeks, with over 800,000 views. TokenClub hosted a total of 870 live broadcasts with a total of 45.06 million views. -Binary trade data: In the past two weeks, guess the rise and fall to participate in a total of 1268 times, the amount of participation exceeded 2 million TCT. At present, it is guessed that the rise and fall function has participated in a total of 1.11 million times, with a cumulative participation amount of 498 million TCT. -Chat data: In the past two weeks, a total of 19271 messages have been generated. A total of 4.85 milliom messages have been launched since the function was launched. -Mini-game data: The mini-game has participated in a total of 4212 times in the past two weeks. A total of 1,66 million self-functions have been online. -Cut leeks game data together: Since the game was launched, the total number of user participation in the game was 962612 TCT total consumption was 6,27 million gift certificate total consumption was 15,95million and TCT mining output was 161496. -TokenClub KOL data: Over the past two weeks, the total reading volume of the BTCGrandpa article has been viewed by more than 300,000 people. -Social media data: At present, the number of Weibo official accounts is 18033 and the number of Twitter followers is 1332 and we have opened the official Medium account this week, welcome to follow. -Telegram official group data: In the past 2 weeks, there were 238 chats in the group, and the total number of Telegram official groups is currently 2906. -Medium data: Medium official account u/TokenClub has published 5 excellent articles, official announcements and updates are published in English, welcome to follow. 4.Communities 1)Overseas Community TokenClub held an event for forwarding Twitter and telegram group chats for overseas users. Bitcoin halved in less than two weeks, overseas users are more active in the telegram group, and some friends are more concerned about Binance Block 101 live broadcast, aggregation exchange, TCT usage and other issues, the administrator responded in time.On May 12th, when Bitcoin was halved, TokenClub organized a forwarding Twitter, telegram group chat prize event and participating in a live question asking interactive prize event for overseas users. There are many live broadcast events in the near future. The live broadcast poster information will be released to overseas users as soon as possible. The follow-up TokenClub will translate and broadcast high-quality live broadcast content to Twitter and Medium. Bitcoin halved, overseas users are more active in the telegram group, and some partners are more concerned about block 101 live broadcast, bitcoin future price trend, TCT usage and other issues, the administrator responded in time in the group. https://preview.redd.it/2nrknnyo06251.png?width=1080&format=png&auto=webp&s=fb98b385c0caf7e65c7b3b2bb1edd782ec126905 2)Domestic community Sweet Orange Club Weekly News Last Friday, a holiday, the community opened the red envelope rain event, and brought a sincere gift to everyone while relaxing in the holiday. At the same time, it also sent the most sincere blessings to all mothers in the community on Mother’s Day. Thank you for your long-term support and help to the Orange Club community. Hundred-day scheduled investment event (Phase II) The fourth week of the second 100-day fixed investment plan held this week has been awarded, and everyone is still very active in this event. This week, the Bitcoin halving market was also opened in advance. The small partners participating in the fixed investment should now have a certain floating win, so we adopt the correct cycle investment strategy to believe that it can bring unexpected benefits to everyone. Sign in the lottery. On the evening of May 3rd and May 10th, TCT Fortune Free Academy carried out the 51st and 52nd week sign-in sweepstakes, and rewarded the small TCT partners who had always insisted on signing in. In these two sign-in sweepstakes, the lucky friends received 20–180TCT as a reward. In addition, during the lucky draw, the college friends also actively expressed their opinions on the topic of this year’s bull market. The Leek Paradise Community Conference will continue as usual every Sunday at 20:00. During the conference, members will discuss recent hot topics, including gifts and blessings for Mother ’s Day, and the halving of Bitcoin everyone is paying attention to. At the end, the friends in the group also showed a rare enthusiasm at the first sight. It seems that the market still affects the mood. The members routinely started a red envelope rain to cheer for the participating partners and encourage everyone to maintain patience and confidence. Of course, at the same time, we are encouraging ourselves to see the community meeting next week. Come on! TokenClub volunteer community, sign in red envelopes every day, as long as you sign in every day, you can get good benefits, friends join us quickly! In the past two weeks, the community has conducted active partners. Volunteer community: Change to the currency circle consultation and pass the analysis of Grandma Coin and Panda analysts, support TokenClub in action, and continue to vote for TCT. In the last month, we have worked hard to learn the rain god’s strategy. We have doubled the coins in our hands. The community WeChat group has recently injected fresh students. We look forward to more people joining! Volunteer community, will continue to work hard for TokenClub TCT has been listed on Binance、Okex、Gate.io、ZB-M、MXC、Biki、Coinex、BigOne、Coinbene、Cybex、SWFT、Loopring、Rootrex etc. TokenClub website: www.tokenclub.com Telegram：https://t.me/token\_club
2020.05.28 00:48 SpurtingJismingWhy Suitman is likely to break up with Sofia, and why his job is over
I'm not a Suitman, I hope, but I work in consulting in New York and know Suitman's business milieu well, and I've been replying to messages about Suitman and Suitman's likely perspective, so I thought I'd consolidate the major ideas in one post: while I don't know him or work with him, I know a lot about business mores, and his career is essentially done. HBO likely won't do anything with him immediately, but he's never being promoted again and at some point in the next few years he will quietly exit, or be made to exit. It's going to take years for this thing to stop following him. He's famous for all the wrong reasons, and he's not going to get any kind of status or limelight job. I don't know what the hell is going to happen to him, honestly. He might end up selling car insurance in Racita. My primary partner introduced me to CHD, and I wouldn't do to her, or really to any woman, what Suitman did to Sofia. My primary partner and I do talk about her career trajectory and career problems, but I tell her whatever I think and emphasize that the fundamental decisions are hers, and that I can't live her life for her. Suitman's job Lots of businessmen lead fun, unconventional sex lives, but right now Suitman manages to look like an asshole and a fool at once, which is quite the combination (most often you're one or the other). HBO is also likely more risqué than AT&T as a whole, given HBO's penchant for orgy scenes and so forth. That said, the easiest thing for HBO to do right now is... nothing. Don't fire him, don't reprimand him, but don't promote him, either. Most likely, his calls and emails aren't being returned, or they're being returned with very curt and formal replies. He's probably radioactive and, a year or two from now, when the noise has died down, he'll resign, or he'll be encouraged to resign, and that will be that. He might change his name. "Paul Nielsen." I would if I were him, and I know two people who have changed their names to avoid Internet shaming. The limelight has an expiration date if one isn't continually seeking it, and he's almost certainly not seeking it right now. Suitman is also not a smart negotiator, or, more likely, he didn't want a Barstool deal to get done. If he's a bad negotiator, he didn't get past negotiation 101. In advanced negotiations, you want to define what winning might look like before you go in. If you can get more than your "win," great. If you can't, however, stop. If you get a great deal, take it. Rejecting great deals will sometimes make the other side walk away. I have walked away from negotiations that began badly, and I have seen companies offer us half of what we ask, at which point we end the discussion and stop talking to them, because everyone's time is being wasted. Contracts Before the most recent events, the real leverage the CHD hosts had existed but was not enormous.
If you think about it, they're keeping the lights on for all of barstool during this pandemic and they had the leverage to get as much as they wanted
They had a three-year deal. If they'd tried to leave, Barstool would have sued them and won. They had very little leverage, and that is why the Dave rooftop offer was actually impressive at the time. One problem that Suitman/Sofia had is that they seemed not to have had an end goal in mind. The "Meet in the middle" strategy has limits, and life doesn't work like an episode of Entourage. I'm not a lawyer but I have worked with a lot of lawyers on a variety of topics and read lots of business contracts. The major way companies like Barstool get into trouble is through exploding offers that have short turnarounds (like 24 or 48 hours) or by not making sure the other side has access to lawyers. When Alex and Sofia started out, it's very likely that Barstool gave them a contract, and then paid an independent lawyer to represent them. More likely than not, the independent lawyer said to Barstool that he represents Alex and Sofia and, even if Barstool is paying, he (or she!) must be independent. At the time Barstool had a lot of leverage and Alex and Sofia had none, and courts will chuck contracts between highly unbalanced parties if one of them doesn't have independent representation. If they hadn't had a lawyer back then, and a lawyer with a reputation and who understands contract law in their field, their current lawyers would be suing Barstool, and winning. I don't get Suitman's weird legal advice. I guess he thought Barstool would fold, for some unknown reason, but Barstool seems to have had the law and the facts on their side. Suitman will likely break up with Sofia I hate to say it, but Suitman isn't stupid and Sofia is not the kind of woman a professional guy with aspirations marries. She's going to end up w/o the show, the guy, or the money. Oops. Other professional guys's wives and girlfriends will hate her (not saying it's fair: saying it's true). Suitman is also likely a mid-level employee, not a big exec, and he's now famous for all the wrong reasons. His career is not going to go as well. Isn't HBO sports basically dead? I don't know a lot about HBO, but some companies hand out "vice president" titles like college health clinics hand out condoms. Vice president might mean a lot, it might mean a little. Titles are cheap. You know what's expensive? Salary + options. It's also likely that Suitman's acquittances will hit on Sofia. Again, not saying this is fair, but they will likely try. In some ways relationships get harder as they go on, and in some ways their relationship is just a year old and therefore likely in something resembling the honeymoon stage (or it was). Guys like Suitman date and fuck parties girls, but they usually marry professional women like themselves. From Suitman's perspective, Sofia is now famous in the wrong ways too. Despite him having likely caused many of the problems she faces, he will likely treat her like HBO will treat him. Conclusion I like and admire the CHD host, and, before that, the CHD hosts. My read is that Sofia didn't really want to be famous and, once she was, didn't want to keep chasing, and she would have been better off saying that she wants to get off the ride. But they were also having discussions almost no one else in the media was/is having. I'm a poly non-mono slut and CHD still made me laugh, along with my primary partner and our girlfriend.
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How about we burrow only somewhat more profound into this segment so you get somewhat of a vibe for what you're going to discover inside: clickbank college 2.0 course presentation Week 1: How it Works and Setup for Success Presentation [3:35] Outlook for Success [6:30] Item Perfect Plan [6:13] Making Goal Fuel [7:05] Week 2 – Finding Your Perfect Product Presentation [3:05] Finding Your Passion [24:02] Breaking down Your Market [25:16] Gaining From Your Competition [7:07] Week 3 – Creating Your Avatar Presentation [2:38] Finding Your Avatar's Desires and Fears [6:19] Making Your Elevator Pitch and USP [6:12] Picking a Name and Domain [12:30] Week 4 – Course Content Creation and Outsourcing Presentation [2:47] The Ultimate Outline [12:09] Item Formats [7:46] The Content Structure Blueprint [10:38] Week 5 – Your Perfect Upsell to Maximize Sales Presentation [1:49] Understanding the Numbers [5:29] Upsell Types and Faster, Easier or Better Formula [7:46] Upsell Sales Copy and Pricing [11:40] Week 6 – High Converting Sales Copy Fundamentals of Copy [15:4] The Big Idea [10:27] A Copy Template [29:11] Week 7 – The "Simple" VSL Presentation [4:43] PowerPoint Process [27:35] Camtasia Tech Training [10:05] Redistributing Slide Creation, Voiceover, Video [12:19] Week 8 – Finalizing Your Product Via Clickbank Builder Presentation [3:00] Client Experience Flow [7:45] Deals Page Creation [29:09] Item Page Creation [8:49] Week 9 – Getting up on Clickbank Presentation [1:12] Setting Up Your Website and Items [9:30] Making a Test Purchase [19:03] Making Your Marketplace Listing [9:15] Week 10 – JV Managing Presentation [3:12] Subsidiary Mentality and Approach [11:57] Making Affiliate Tools [3:54] Getting Into the Affiliate Circle [14:26] Week 11 – Split Testing Presentation [3:31] The Testing Blueprint [8:12] Step by step instructions to Test Using Tools [25:54] The ClickBank University Case Study [17:44] Week 12 – How to Scale Presentation [2:06] Channel Creation with Affiliate Offers [7:13] Making a Product Line [5:23] Training, Consulting, Speaking [10:52] On the off chance that you looked at the module and individual video titles above, you'll see that in this sellers segment you will figure out how to: Research and build up your item just as recognize your objective market; Construct an online course, from content creation, to course structure and re-appropriating; Compose deals duplicate and how to structure and cost up-sells for boosting deals; Split test deals pages and how proportional up your business. Sellers Section – What I Think This is a really far reaching segment with a great deal of excellent substance. In case you're genuinely considering building up your own items and making them accessible on Clickbank, you will get a ton of significant worth from this segment of the course. Clickbank University Still Works. This product is worth every penny. Click here to Download Clickbank University now. Enjoy Segment 2: Affiliates The Affiliate partition is two months, and separated this way: Wk 1: Affiliate Marketing on ClickBank Wk 2: Affiliate Marketing Wk 3: Finding Your Passion Wk 4: Ultimate Affiliate Funnel Wk 5: Always Over Deliver Wk 6: Writing the Perfect Swipe Wk 7: The Email Blueprint Wk 8: Scaling and Expanding This segment is instructed by Adam Horwitz. It begins by taking you through the nuts and bolts of subsidiary advertising, and gives a diagram of exploring the Clickbank Marketplace. As we accomplished for the merchant area over, we should dig somewhat more profound into precisely what the partner segment covers: Clickbank University offshoots segment Week 1: Affiliate Marking on Clickbank Offshoot Profit Plan [4:25} Setting yourself up for progress [5:25] Defining Goals – how objectives and attitude can assist you with accomplishing results [8:10] Week 2: Understanding Affiliate Marketing Presentation [1:30] Member Basics [6:07] Exploring Through the CB Marketplace [13:07] Mysteries of the Top CB Products [5:20] Week 3: Finding Your Passion Presentation [1:31] Finding Your Passion [3:03] Examining Products in Your Niche [4:59] Picking the Perfect Product [5:36] Week 4: The Ultimate Affiliate Funnel Presentation [1:03] The Truth About Traffic [4:22] Member Funnel 101 [5:44] Building Squeeze Pages [14:38] Week 5: Free, Free, Free – Always Over Deliver Presentation [1:20] Building a Relationship with Your List [4:02] Various Ways to Deliver Free Content [6:28] Re-appropriating Your Content [5:44] Week 6: Writing the Perfect Swipe Presentation [1:28] Getting Them to Open the Email [6:04] Ensuring They Click [6:17] Offering Bonuses [5:26] Week 7: The Email Blueprint Presentation [1:17] Utilizing Broadcasts [12:30] Robotizing Your Emails [8:11] Making Quality Content [5:44] Week 8: Scaling and Expanding Presentation [1:53] Toolbox Traffic Area [2:30] Opening the Flood Gates [5:30] Making a Product [6:34] On the off chance that you've perused the module and individual video titles above, you'll see that in the subsidiary area you will find out about: Choosing a practical specialty and how to locate the best items to advance inside that specialty; Traffic and how constructing an email list is an incredible method to fabricate your business for what's to come; Building press pages and offering content that is of incentive to individuals who sign up to your email list; It is no longer a secret that ClickBank has helped a huge number of advertisers and merchants create easy revenue on the web. Composing email duplicate, and setting up your email autoresponders. Subsidiaries Section – What I Think Turning into a subsidiary advertiser has the potential for simpler profit than going down the merchant course… … on the off chance that you figure out how to do it truly well. Will this area of the preparation show you how to turn into an extraordinary subsidiary advertiser? I don't know it will. The substance is simply unreasonably flimsy for my loving, and they just spread paid traffic sources… which is an extraordinary method to get yourself into genuine trouble as an all out novice partner advertiser. Segment 3: Traffic Clickbank University 2.0 traffic segment presentation video screen capture This is the way the traffic segment is assembled: Pt 1: Facebook Advertising Pt 2: Facebook Advertising Pt 3: Facebook Advertising Pt 4: Instagram Shoutouts Pt 5: Instagram Shoutouts Pt 6: Instagram Shoutouts A couple of various traffic sources are canvassed in this area of the course. Rather than the week after week video exercises embraced up until this point, this area is secured through an online classes. Each traffic source is introduced by a specialist in that specific territory and each online course is regularly around 1 – 1.5 hours long. You'll see that the entirety of the traffic sources educated are paid traffic sources. I stress over this for anybody absolutely new to associate promoting. At the point when I initially began learning associate showcasing the preparation I had was about paid traffic sources. What happened?..I got totally washed, all over. Segment 4: Toolkit This segment is about the instruments you should use in getting yourself ready for action: 1: Setting Up with GoDaddy 2: Creating with PowerPoint 3: Editing with Camtasia 4: Recording with Camtasia 5: Apowersoft Screen Recording 6: Design Banners with Canva 7: Funnels with CB Builder 8: Visual Website Optimizer 9: Conversions with Optimonk 10: Social Media and Hootsuite 11: Outsourcing with UpWork 12: Automating with Aweber Every single online advertiser utilize a scope of devices for website composition, streamlining, internet based life, re-appropriating, and so forth, and the above is basically a not many that are supported by the Clickbank folks. At the point when you get to the phase of choosing the instruments you're going to utilize, have a decent lock around to attempt to discover what will suit you best in every territory. Additional Bonus Training Notwithstanding the entirety of the preparation illustrated above, you likewise gain admittance to the CBU Forum, and CBU Live Q&A Sessions. Clickbank University Private Forum Like most discussions, the Clickbank University Forum is where all individuals can get together and share data about what's functioning admirably and what isn't. Clickbank University Live Q&A The live Q&A Sessions are really better than average and well worth you getting on the web for. In the event that you can't jump on at the hour of unique communicate, accounts are made accessible to individuals very quickly. My Experience With Clickbank University 2.0 I previously had a decent measure of involvement in offshoot advertising when I attempted the course. I was unable to recollect precisely, however I trust I was at that point making five-figures every month by then. I experienced the course on the grounds that a dear companion of dig was requesting my supposition. At first, I guided him toward different courses however those courses are evaluated in the four figures imprint and he doesn't have the spending plan. He is meandering if Clickbank Uni is adequate since it's just $47 every month which is far more reasonable than those top notch courses. At first, I just rapidly experience the course to check whether it's genuine yet a couple of segments grabbed my eye. Instagram Shoutout Method (I made over $1k just in about fourteen days) In the event that you have been tailing me, you will realize that I principally produce traffic through SEO (website improvement). Without a doubt, I have encounters with purchasing promotions however essentially through Facebook. To be straightforward, at that point, I hadn't attempt Instragram Shoutout previously. I experienced the video and found this is an exceptionally fascinating and possibly viable methodology to rapidly drive traffic and deals at a moderate cost. I executed the methodology on one of my sites and the ROI I am getting is mind boggling. Just shy of about fourteen days, I made over $1k subsequent to covering holler costs. Besides, you get the chance to manufacture your email list as an afterthought which is an immense reward. I am not going into the points of interest however by and large, it implies paying influencers on Insta to share your subtleties with respect to the item you are attempting to sell. The course experiences each part of this technique in extraordinary detail to amplify the profits you can get. On the off chance that your pipe is appropriately set up, you can really construct a colossal email list utilizing this technique and can continually offer to those individuals in your rundown. Additionally, you will be instructed on the best way to choose the correct influencers and decide the amount to pay. Obviously, this technique expects you to go through a touch of cash forthright. But at the same time, it's one of the fastest way that you can bring in cash on the web. The profits can be enormous once you found out about what's working in the business you are taking a shot at. You are most likely going to flop on some hollers, yet on the off chance that you do everything right and gain as a matter of fact, it won't be long until you will have the option to make each and every whoops beneficial. In addition, this system is FAST. Dislike SEO where you need to hang tight for a couple of months before observing any outcomes. Generally speaking, I am happy I gotten this procedure in the Clickbank University course. Is Clickbank University Scam? In spite of the fact that this program has an overwhelming value, we would not think of it as a scam. In spite of the fact that you are really compelled to go through a huge total of cash, in the event that you are a learner in the field of advanced showcasing and Clickbank promoting, it will without a doubt merit your time and cash. Clickbank University Still Works. This product is worth every penny. Click here to Download Clickbank University now. EnjoyCost Of ClickBank University 2.0 Aside from the customary cost of the item that is $47/month, be prepared to spend another $297 every year for their upsell inside for Website Builder stage called "ClickBank Builder 2.0". Indeed, you heard it right, $297/year extra! ClickBank University 2.0 Review - ClickBank Builder 2.0 The ClickBank Builder is their own foundation for building the information items that you can sell on ClickBank. Besides, with ClickBank Builder 2.0, you are required to have your site at Clickbank, so you're left with them forever! Once more, that has a few confinements, the first being it's intended for making the items for ClickBank as it were. On the off chance that I am paying this much sum I ought to have the opportunity to make and advance anything I desire. That is to say, for what reason should I follow through on the powerful cost for this when there are a huge amount of other industry-standard deals page manufacturers accessible at a less expensive cost. My undisputed top choice is Thrive Architect which is a famous greeting page developer that costs simply $67 (onetime). It offers a WordPress module, which means you can have your site anyplace, You're not compelled to have Your site on ClickBank. You have the opportunity to make the pages for an online business you need. Conclusion As expressed above, Clickbank University 2.0 is not a scam. Truth be told, it's a pretty genuine course made by probably the greatest names in the business. Obviously it's not appropriate for everybody and I have attempted my best to clarify the upsides and downsides related with this program to ideally assist you with checking whether this course is for you. As a rule, this course is outfitted towards person that focuses on quickened accomplishment with their internet advertising venture. In the event that you need to gain ground inside a month or two, at that point the framework educated in this course could assist you with accomplishing that. By quickened achievement, I don't mean getting rich short-term. This is certainly not some underhanded MMO openings which guarantee that you should simply press a catch and make $5000 per day. I unequivocally accept that Clickbank University 2.0 will give all of you the information you should make your first $1000 (or significantly higher) on the web. All things considered, it's dependent upon you to learn, comprehend and execute the procedures and strategies educated all through the course. It's a framework that you need to assemble. The most straightforward approach to know whether this course is for you is to presumably attempt it. Once more, you are ensured by their 30-day money back guarantee. On the off chance that at long last it doesn't turn out to work for you, you can request for full refund of your money. Clickbank University Still Works. This product is worth every penny. Click here to Download Clickbank University now. Enjoy
2020.05.22 01:26 mama-miaaaaA First Year Science Guide
I just finished my first year in sciences. Before I started university I had a lot of questions and I was super nervous as to what to expect, so I want to share my experiences and what I learned to any incoming first years that are unsure of what university will be like. For some context, I was a bio major and chemistry minor that lived in Edmonton (not in res). Generally speaking, most first year science students take the same courses regardless of general/specialization/honors programs. WHAT TO EXPECT University was a really daunting place. Everyone around you seems so smart and they look like they have everything under control. I cannot stress this enough: no one knows what they are doing. Everyone in first year is in the same boat, I can guarantee you that everyone in your classes is figuring it out as they go. Those that look like they have it together are faking it till they make it. It gets easier as the semester progresses and you start to get used to the classes. There was a point in first semester where I was seriously considering dropping out. You will doubt yourself, you will do bad on assignments, you will want to quit! But keep pushing though it. University is nothing like high school, it will take time to get used to it. No one is there to hold your hand, it is up to you on how successful you want to be. The atmosphere of university will seem odd in the first few weeks. It takes a while to get used to the sheer amount of people on campus and in your classes (lol not anymore thanks to covid). Eventually, it will just feel like you are going to school like you used to. MY MISTAKES Make some friends, anyone will do. Labs partners are a great place to start. As someone with really bad social anxiety, trust me when I tell you that the crippling loneliness that you face will be 10x worse then any nervousness/ embarrassment of trying to talk to new people. This will probably be harder now due to online classes, so I offer you this advice: Don't let your old friendships die just because you don't go to the same school anymore. A lot of your friends will drift apart after high school, this is natural. However, if you truly enjoyed someone's company but are going on to different paths in life, STAY IN TOUCH. I have let good friends go due to lack of communication on my part, do not make the same mistake. One thing you are going to have to accept, no matter how smart you think you are, is be prepared to work very hard. This is just an observation of other first year students I saw, but I have strong opinions some people don't want to hear. NO, you are not premed. NO, you aren't becoming a neurosurgeon/heart surgeon/dentist/pharmacist/head of the WHO any time soon! Hey, if you truly want to get into medicine, that's great, but do not think that your career plans make you better then anyone else, you just sound pretentious. (This goes for any arts students that say they want to be lawyers too!) Secondly, it doesn't matter how well you did in high school, what program you are in, whether you did IB/AP or how many scholarships you got: University will humble you so quickly you won't have time to pick up the pieces of your shattered ego. This isn't meant to scare you away, it happens to everyone. Think of it as an opportunity to challenge yourself and grow into a better student. Lastly, take care of your mind and body. This is something I am still working on so I don't have any tips or anything, but trust me, your mental health is everything. Get help, don't wait. WHAT ARE THE COURSES LIKE? Here are the courses I took in my first year. Starting out with 5 is a bit much (don't forget to think about courses with labs), if you are worried about burning out take 4 and then take a few in spring/summer. Chem 101/102: these courses are intro chemistry. Some review of high school chemistry but more in depth. There will be around 300-400 kids in your class (always sit in the middle or wings, the front is for keeners and the back is where everyone talks). 101 is more conceptual, whereas 102 is heavily math based. Do any and all practice that your prof gives your, ask for help if you are struggling. For the labs, get ready to put in the time every week. There is a pre lab and post lab that don't look like much, but they will take you hours. Use the help room, make sure your results are accurate. Be super careful with your glassware (you will have to pay for anything you break). I would advise against using Chegg or anything on the internet for the lab answers, there recently has been a lot of scandal, you don't want an F8. For the lab finals, get ready to be obliterated that's all I can say. Biol 107/108: pretty easy courses, but very prof dependent. It is a lot of memorization and application based. Take good notes, and study in advance that's all I can really tell you. The 107 lab is the most boring labs you will take ever. Assignments are dry, but make sure to get as high as a mark as possible because that lab final is gonna kill you (good luck!). 108 is wayyy better, Christianne is a gem. One thing you will find with labs is that the quality of your TA will make or break you, all you can do is hope that you get a good one. English 102/103: this class is very very prof dependent, you have been warned. Rate my prof will be your best friend here. I was very lucky and got incredible profs. In all honestly, high school English is nothing like uni English. You actually get to learn how to write real essays, do research, analyze text and make solid arguments. Do not get behind, you cannot write a good essay in one night. Participate in class! It will help you learn and especially do it if there is a participation mark. Also be aware that English classes are not scaled, so your mark is your mark. For other science classes where the grades are scaled, I can tell you that you can't always rely on the curve! Psych 104/105: super easy, and a lot of fun. Do your research participation early. Take good notes and show up to class. Don't be fooled, the content may be "easy" but you still have to study. Stat 151: its meh honestly. The math isn't hard, but the concept of stats kinda is new so its harder to grasp. Very hit or miss, depends on you as a person. Again, don't get behind. Be wary of the final and midterm. Good luck on the group lab assignments, only thing I can say is do not, under any circumstances, put up with lazy/uncooperative group mates. There are deadlines, and if they are not met, don't hesitate to kick them out. Also don't work with other groups (common sense but apparently not), the TAs will catch you. General schedule notes: do not take 8am classes. It will drain the life out of you. I basically became a zombie for a whole semester. Also, labs either go from 8-10:50 or 2-4:50, so you're either getting to school early or staying late. Don't put all your classes on one day, you are asking for burn out. Give yourself breaks in the day, but don't spread you classes out too far a part either. EXTRA TIPS AND TRICKS Do not eat on campus. Freshman 15 is real! Buy all of your textbooks used, they are not worth 200+ dollars. If you need to take money from an RESP (if you are lucky to have one), do it long before the deadline to pay, it will take a while to get it into your account. When classes come back in person, definitely take stroll around campus. Get to know the outsides and insides of the buildings. Use some form of planner, there are too many things to remember in your head. Develop study habits early on, it is very hard to change things half way through a semester. SHOWER and USE DEODORANT, don't be that guy. If you have to take the LRT/bus, definitely be aware of sketchy people (especially if you are a woman, trust me I hate feeling unsafe). If you get a bad vibe, get out of there. If you are coming from campus late, try and travel with other students. Campus is generally safe, but I never feel safe on north side LRT stations. Another note on buses/LRTs, always be early for classes, and even earlier on days of midterms and finals. Always check the weather before you leave your house, frost bite hurts. Libraries are a great study space, but respect the etiquette of the area. If it is a silent zone, it's silent. Don't bring your panda express on Cameron third thinking you can eat it quietly (you can't). SO... WHAT ABOUT ONLINE CLASSES? So I realize that a lot of the things I learned mainly deal with classes being in person. But, I did half a semester and spring term online so here are some things that may be relevant for you this coming term. Online classes are hard. Make a study space somewhere in your house, this is your new "classroom" for the semester. During class time, do not go on the internet or your phone, the less you pay attention the more stressed you will be for finals. Definitely form study groups with your friends to keep each other accountable. If you don't understand something in class, ASK! No one can see your face, or just ask in chat. Always make sure your mic and camera are off, especially if the class is recorded. If you get a prof that records lectures and puts them online after, still make sure you go to class at the regular time. If you keep relying on watching the recordings, you WILL get behind. Other then being in your house instead of on campus, school is still school. I think what people find hard is now 100% of everything relies on your self-discipline. There really isn't a strategy, just try your best, these are crazy times. CONCLUSION I learned a lot this year, not just academically. Mainly the best advice that I can give is you can only try your best. Don't stress yourself about GPA or marks, if you do everything to the best of your ability you will be fine. Give an honest effort, it's not impossible but it's not easy. In the end, you might realize that you don't like sciences or want to try something else. That's fine! I did well (surprisingly), and I learned I wanted to do something completely different. It's never too late to switch faculties or career plans. Time will feel like it will fly by and drag on at the same time. Enjoy first year, it's only the beginning.
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