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2023.06.03 19:55 Fancy_Owl793 26F [Chat] [Friendship] looking for meaningful friendships or a relationship

Hello👋🏾 I’m T. I currently live near Atlanta, Georgia. I am looking for meaningful conversations, friendships, and maybe even love.
About me: •5’0 •black hair and brown eyes •above average body type •caring, adventurous, fierce, sensitive •passionate about traveling, books, architecture, art, and music. • comfortable with texting in the beginning but voice call after getting to know each other. •pic is on my profile that’s the only pic I’m comfortable with showing right now. Can talk about more pics in the future. •Reddit chats can mess up sometimes but ok with chatting that way.
before messaging please be genuine. If you are a liar, not trustworthy, manipulator, gaslighter, or anything like that please don’t message me
Hope to here from you soon❤️
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2023.06.03 19:53 TyeDyeAmish [Thank You] Thank yous!!

u/queen_4_tsunami - Thanks for the heartfelt card & hanks for being my IRL bestie!! You’re amazing!!
u/feistyblizzard - That sounds fun. I love things like that that bring the community together.
u/ninajyang - I’m glad you enjoyed the trip. I LOVE the postcard.
u/captivatingapple - I have to say days off futures past is my favorite X-men movie. I just like the mentorship & next generation idea a lot!
u/dianapenpal - What a quote about NYC. Steinbeck really hates New York.
u/korewrites x2- thank you for teaching me central Florida geography!
u/rennbrig - thanks for the card!
u/heymorganm - thanks for the art!
u/gizmodos - Thanks for the card. I also love the postmark on the card - your local PO is using an animal (that looks like a raccoon postmark titled protect endangered species.
u/lxaxs - I’m not a fan of guiness cause I don’t like dark beers. BUT I used to drink Irish car bombs!!
u/-random_ness- x2 - I’m reading your card. It’s presently 4AM here as I write this. I already failed the self care checklist - I feel like sleep is important for self care hahahaha but love the card with penguin & moose stickers. Two of my favorite animals!
u/missnettiemoore - Thanks for the Michigan card. I love the mitten. I’ve been to Grand Rapids. I had friends out there! We also went to holland. Cool little tourist town. Their snow removal method is even cooler.
u/scoobysquads - thanks for the book recommendation!
u/56thorns - I LOVE the card of the falls with all the colored lights. I remember that from when I was there!
u/useyourruler - See above comment :) thank you!
u/rosiealeo - This baby postcard is extremely unique!!
u/littlemermaidxx - Happy pride!
u/welshfancy - thanks for the card & new artist recommendations.
u/melhen16 x2 - thanks for the cards. Always love the quotes you pick.
u/peonynote - That sounds like a fun trip! You’re lucky that where you live you can take the metro into DC. last time I went there I drove to Maryland & took the metro into the city. It was great. I visited Arlington when I was out there too. Very moving.
u/mrsquasi - I’m not a huge fan of the ingredients in the recipe you sent. But it looks like an interesting idea. Thanks for sharing :) love the avo stickers btw
u/thecaledonianrose - happy pride to you as well! Thanks for all the stickers!!!!!
u/jackarchisms - the card you made for me is incredible. It seriously gave me chills. I’m not used to hearing such nice things about myself. Seriously thank you so much.
u/tigerlady13 x2 - thank you so much for the cards. I’m jealous that you went to Hawaii. I’d LOVE to get there some day & im sure I will. Just don’t know when. Nothing exciting here this week except all this happy mail that I’m currently opening at 4am lol
Mystery sender - thanks for the card with the dog looking at all the tennis balls. Made me laugh!
u/smileyfangs - I love the card & thanks for telling me about your area of Canada. You have one heck of an amazing summer planned. I love FOB as well!! I haven’t been to Toronto in 8 years. I hope you have a blast. You said you’re coming to PA? Near me or?! I know we get a ton of headliners at Hershey park.
u/hexagonalrainbow - first off happy pride. thank you so much for the card. That’s not something you see in this area a lot. My area is very close minded. It’s sad af.
u/rhapsodytravelr - cool flower card. I never heard of arfajs until getting this card!
u/riverfaerie918 - Yes I do love star wars. A dream of mine is to just watch all Star Wars movies in order non stop for a few days. It’ll probably never happen unless I’m sick or something. But a dream is a dream!
u/lehmongeloh - thank you for the beautiful card. Happy pride to you. Side note - I haven’t sent mail to your state yet but I’d love to. Would you be ok if I sent you a card back?
u/figs1997 - thanks for the Raleigh card. Yet another city I wanna visit some day!
u/hayhayhues - Thanks for the penguin card!!!
u/dianapenpal - thanks for giving me a new place to explore in NYC!
u/kindconcept - cool card & glad you’re back to carding! Thank you!!!
u/ridethatbridge x2 - thanks for the stickers & cards. I never give blood through the ARC. I use my local hospital system so that’s cool to see that they use snoopy. Wish my place had fancier stickers like that!!
u/jane_q - That was an AMAZING story. Loved reading it. I hope you’re still healing from your health issues. Also loved the card of course. I’m glad you’re someone who likes to curse cause alot of people in this world are still uncomfortable doing so.
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2023.06.03 19:53 ThirdEntityBeing Vault Hunter's Simply Effective Arsenal

Criticals 0nly:
Corrosive, Incendiary & Shock:
Mundane Gun Damage with really, pretty few drawbacks (if you're into that kind of thing):
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A small note, here. Now I've seen the right prefixes and grips fully boost a level 50 and just-under 5k/shot weapon's damage up to 8k/shot (nearly 50%)! It's a good reminder to me about how important the correct parts can be in defining a weapon's overall potential.
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Strategy for Leveling Gear from 50-72
From what I gather, one of the most purely optimal strategies for leveling while maintaining gear relevancy in UVHM (in ordinary levels, at least) is to just do the main story (in order to get 5 levels); then, switch to farming a specific, easily obtained, powerful and consistent loadout that can easily carry a character through the next 5 levels. Farm until you reach the next level. Rinse, and repeat. (At 50 farm, through 51-55 Story, at 56 farm, through 57-61 story, and so forth)
If that's the case, could examples of such gear be similar to this:
  1. Grenades: Chain Lightning, Corrosive and Incendiary Fastballs + Bonus Package & (Legendary) Magic Missile
  2. Doing research on which shield listed above is best for either survivability or damage, as it depends on build.
  3. Appropriate (at least legendary) class mod for your build. Again, personal research = very necessary.
  4. Slagga
  5. Corrosive, Incendiary & Shock Gwen's Heads
  6. Amigo Sincero / Lyuda
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2023.06.03 19:52 PopeJP22 Replacement lenses for nice glasses frames

I have a few pairs from Warby Parker and I'd love to get some new lenses (not for me). Unfortunately, WP is asking $95 to replace with a different kind of lens, so that's ridiculous.
Does anyone have suggestions for retailers who would be able to replace the lenses and wouldn't charge nearly so much for them? I already checked with Zenni, no luck there.
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2023.06.03 19:50 PaleontologistOwn419 Looking to Purchase Home in West End Halifax.

Looking to Purchase Home in West End Halifax.
We are looking to purchase a home in west end Halifax. We currently rent in the area but unfortunately our lease will be up in the fall.
If you were thinking of selling in the near future, and went to save on the realtor fees, please send me a message. Paying a realtor %5 is a lot of money!!
I am not looking to purchase for investment purposes. We have 2 kids and 2 dogs and would live in the home long term.
Send me a message. Or if you know anyone please pass this ad along.
Many thanks!
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2023.06.03 19:50 Magellan292 What Am I Missing?

This has to be one of the most bizarre stocks I’ve ever encountered. And Friday’s price action further proves that something appears broken.
All valuation techniques (precedent transactions, comparables, DCF/multiples) indicate that the company is not only undervalued.. it’s astonishingly undervalued.
Add in the fact that two of the smartest financial minds in the world are now involved (Buffett, Trott), which is the closest thing you’re going to get to activism in a family-controlled company.
Fully diluted market cap = $10.3B
Debt = $16.4B Convertible Preferred = $1.0B Less: Cash = $2.1B Less: Simon & Schuster = $2.0B Less: 51% of BET = $1.5B
EV = $22.1B
We know that they rejected a $6B bid for Showtime a few years ago. We also know that streaming will stop bleeding cash next year.
The entire EV of Fox Corp (FOXA) alone is roughly $19B. It has similar financials - and similar doomsday “cord cutting” narratives - to CBS. Just look at the numbers, it’s all there.
So for roughly the same price as Fox Corp, you get CBS, Paramount, Showtime, Miramax (49%), BET (49%), MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, Paramount+, Pluto TV, a fairly sizeable amount of real estate (the studio lot is damn near iconic and a trophy asset), and a commitment by the company to stop the bleeding in streaming.
What am I missing?
At these prices, refusing to repurchase shares is actually destructive to shareholder value. And if it isn’t, the company needs to come out and make the case that it isn’t. Bakish needs to do better here.
I made a big bet on Apple in late 2018 purely by fluke, but I remember vividly walking into my office (Big 4 audit) and hearing people talk about the end of the iPhone. Yes, you read that correctly. One of the partners whipped out his iPhone and said, “You see this thing? It’s dead.” I thought to myself…. f*ck me, I’m screwed. I just sold my condo to put every penny in Apple stock and this guy - this authority figure - is inadvertently telling me I’m wrong.
Thank God I didn’t listen.
I feel the exact same way with PARA as I did back then. The market has priced this thing for dead and no one wants to go anywhere near it. It’s cheap and ugly. It’s not like Apple in the slightest, but the sentiment is damn near the same.
The market is truly inefficient and irrational.
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2023.06.03 19:48 Precellence Reviewing the Phenomenal New Mouse Pad Line by InfinityMice

Reviewing the Phenomenal New Mouse Pad Line by InfinityMice

All 3 Mousepads and their packaging
I recently received the new lineup of mousepads from InfinityMice and they are all phenomenal, true competition to Artisan. All three pads I received came with a “Soft” hardness that is identical to Artisans Soft hardness. The packaging was great and arrived in flat boxes.

Infinite Control Pad:
This one surprised me the most out of the three pads as I was expecting a near Artisan Zero or LGG Saturn Pro clone but this pad feels completely unique and different from those two. The surface feels like playing on a cloud, probably the most comfortable surface I’ve used on a pad ever when it comes to feeling. Although it’s the slowest control pad I own, it’s only very slightly slower in both static and dynamic friction than the LGG Saturn Pro, meaning it can still be used on tracking heavy games with practice.
  • Abrasiveness and Texture (Smoothest to Roughest): Infinite Control > LGG Saturn Pro > Artisan Zero Mid > FreeFall Control+
  • Speed (Faster to Slower): FreeFall Control+ > Artisan Zero Mid > LGG Saturn Pro > Infinite Control
Stitching Comparisons
S-Tier: I’d recommend this pad over both the Artisan Zero Mid and LGG Saturn Pro when it comes to looking for a top-tier control pad that can still be used on tracking heavy games, if wanting a little bit more speed, FreeFall Control+ is also my go-to for control pads.

Infinite Hybrid Pad:
The Hybrid pad shares the same top-tier stitching while having a surface w/ more texture and abrasiveness than the Artisan Hayate Otsu and LGG Venus Pro, but is still very comfortable to use. The static and dynamic speed is on the slower end of the other top-tier hybrid pads I own but is still faster than the control pads.
  • Abrasiveness and Texture (Smoothest to Roughest): SuperBeings Lab Memento > Artisan Hayate Otsu > LGG Venus Pro > FreeFall Control+ > Infinite Hybrid
  • Speed (Faster to Slower): Artisan Hayate Otsu > SuperBeings Lab > FreeFall Control+ > LGG Venus Pro > Infinite Hybrid
Stitching Comparisons
A-Tier: Slightly still prefer the Artisan Hayate Otsu, Superbeings Lab Momento, and FreeFall Control+ when it comes to hybrid pads due to being smoother and slightly faster experiences.

Infinite Speed Pad:
The speed pad is nice! The texture, speed, and stitching are almost identical to my amazing Artisan Raiden XSoft. Artisan doesn’t make a “Soft” variant of the Raiden, and the Infinite Speed’s hardness is “Soft”. After putting in lots of time between the two pads on OW 2 this week, the Infinite Speed is slightly smoother and faster by a hair but seems to be more due to the Soft hardness. There is one flaw that I have with the Infinite Speed. It may have just been my copy, but regardless of the flat packaging, the top left corner won’t fully sticky to my desk. This virtually has 0 impact on performance but my Artisan Raiden had 0 issues with this.
Infinite Speed not fully sticking to the desk
  • Abrasiveness and Texture (Smoothest to Roughest): Infinite Speed > Artisan Raiden XSoft (Almost identical)
  • Speed (Faster to Slower): Infinite Speed > Artisan Raiden XSoft (Almost identical)
Stitching Comparison
A-Tier: S-Tier without the base issues.
Overall, these pads are top-tier and are 100% worth checking out if you’re looking for cheaper alternatives to Artisan. They also have one more limited edition pad called the “Vagabond” which is supposed to be similar to the Hybrid pad but is smoother and less textured which potentially would bring that pad also up to S tier.
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2023.06.03 19:48 RemarkableMacadamia Debt Free June 3!! Pulled the Trigger on my CC Debt & Other YNAB Wins

A week ago, I posted a question asking about whether I should pay off my card or keep money in my savings account:
At the end of that post, I concluded that I would keep money in my savings and just throw extra money at the card until it was paid off.
Well, here I am a week later, looking at the budget again, and I find myself just being tired of seeing the debt, knowing I can pay it off, and continuing to not do it.
So today, I decided I want to be debt-free (except for the mortgage!) and that's exactly what I have done. If I regret it, well it's too late now as I already made the payment. 😂
I should be able to replace the money in that account before the end of the year.
My next near-term goal is to get my emergency savings built out to 6 months of expenses. That should be done by March of next year. Then I will start sending extra money to the mortgage. I want to pay it off in 10 years.
I'm very excited about my financial outlook right now. I've come so far in just 8 weeks.
Other YNAB Wins this month:
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2023.06.03 19:48 ShadowSV-U1 Self-promotion Thread

Use this thread to promote yourself and/or your work!
(Descriptions of fictional crimes investigated by the story's main Character Max.)
Detective's Fate
It's august of 2008.....
Max is a detective living in Chicago He checks his pistol and puts on his police badge as he walks out his front door.
He has been searching for a serial killer known as the Caller for years and always been one step behind due to the red tape.....
More importantly the chief's lazy attitude towards getting search warrants and actions approved by the courts for raids. Twice Max had good intel on the suspect's locations and photo evidence showing him at the sites.
The department needs more vigilant, caring officers and leaders but no one steps up to do it, instead they just complain about the slow progress and officers. And hinder investigations.
Now Max has decided that it might be time to stop playing by the rules and catch this scumbag.... .... ....
Starting his car Max sets his GPS to the address that "The Caller" was last seen and pulls out of his driveway as the 50 miles of directions pop up.
The killer's nickname being for his signature of calling in as he is committing the crime.
As he drives he remembers his first case, five years ago now..... ..... .....
A woman, Joane Taylor, was found dead in an alleyway after going out for the night. She showed no signs of struggle leading the police to believe she had drank to much and expired from alcohol poisoning.... ...
The death was written off as a "party gone wrong".... That is until several more were found and the coroner decided on a whim to test for other substances.
Once it came out that the deaths were possible murders...
The calls started coming in, almost like the suspect wanted credit before revealing himself....
Then ways of the deaths began changing as the Serial Killer explored his twisted desires searching for his preferred method.
The last case being a young woman found stuffed in a dumpster after the killer apparently got scared off.... Max will never forget it.... .... ....
The GPS finishes and the car beeps its final direction, taking an exit off the highway. Ramps out here are always confusing... Which is funny since he has driven this one for five years now...
The chief says he should sit this one out but he can't... The latest victim 3 months ago.
Marie Spelner, a waitress out on her smoke break talking to her spouse on the phone.
Survived by her husband, no children or living relatives. ....
Max Spelner turns into the driveway of the house he was directed to... Stepping out of the car he walks up and knocks on the door. Looking at the house he knows the family must be doing well if they live here.... Raising his hand to knock again he hears a scream from inside....
A second later the door is answered by a middle aged butler holding a tray with wine glasses on it... "Hello Sir, I'm sorry but this house does not wish to partake in any offers at this time..."
Max calmly says. "I'm not selling anything."
The butler looks confused for a moment before his eyes dart over Max's shoulder seeing his unmarked cruiser and he nods.
Looking past the butler Max sees that a woman is cleaning up after their dog.
"Have you seen this man?" Says Max holds up a picture of the one suspected of being the killer.
The butler gives it a once over before replying. "I'm sorry sir, no I have not." His tone sounds like he is lying... ....
"Are you sure?" The detective asks.
"I would not lie about something like that, sir." He states, his eyes not meeting Max's.
The woman calls from inside "Fletcher, who are you talking too?"
"Some man asking about a killer" he calls back.
"The killer is an inside job!" The woman quickly states.
"What?!" Max says.
"The Killer, it's an inside job." She says again, louder this time. In the same Max also hears a child begin to cry in another room.
"We should start from the beginning, it will be easier to explain trust me." The woman says.
'She seems to know what is going on....
"How do I know your story holds water?" He asks out loud.
"Oh I wouldn't lie. I have been following the case myself and it seems like an inside job to me." She states, somehow sounding hurt.
"Is there anyone else in the house besides you two and the baby?" He asks noticing the baby isn't crying anymore.
"Just Fletcher and I live here, the baby is my cousins but he just stays the night sometimes." She replies.
Max draws his gun and enters the house upon reasonable suspicion of an emergency in progress or suspect on the premisses as the man seems to be deceiving.
While the woman still seems unconcerned that the child is now silent.
He pushes past the butler and rushes towards the area he heard the crying. passes the entryway, the dinning room, and a kitchen before finally finding a child in a playpen.
"There there..." He says in a sing song voice picking up the child. "I'm officer Max, do you know where your mommy is?"
The child just cries louder.
Then he sees the man from the photo walk out of the bathroom, upon seeing him he bolts for the door and Max sets the child down gently then gives chase.
He runs through the house, following the man as he can hear the woman screaming at him to stop but he doesn't."
"Stop or I'll shoot." The man doesn't even break stride.
Instead he runs out of the front door and jumps into his car.
Furious that the man might escape he fires at the car as it drives away.
The back window shatters and he hopes he got his tire, but he doesn't wait to find out as he runs to his car and initiates a pursuit....
He flips on his concealed lights in his cruiser as he reverses down the drive and into the street.
The suspects car is fast but he manages to keep up with it weaving in and out of traffic as people move over for the siren.
As they approach a red light there is heavy traffic in the intersection..... ....
The suspect slams on his brakes and Max's cruiser only just stops short of hitting it. Jumping out the Detective points his firearm at the vehicle running up beside seeing heavily tinted windows.
"Get out of the car and on the ground now!!" He shouts as he moves to the driver's side door.
After seeing no response....
Max throws open the door and the driver is gone with the passenger side open.
He quickly runs to the other side catching the man trying to sneak off tackling him to the ground and then takes his arms putting them behind his back.
Max grabs his radio and calls it in as the man cries.
As he is waiting he hears a noise that sounds like static.....
"Wrong guy moron.. Did you ever stop to think I wanted you close for this one. That I planned everything...Even framing the pothead..... I almost lost interest until you pulled in the driveway... The attic is kinda cramped tho... I think I'll go carve some meat. Maybe graduate to other things to. I'm not sure yet. Lets see if you can catch me before......" A familiar voice says over the radio then cuts off... ...
Max looks at the man on the ground. "Why did you run from me?" He asks.
"Cause I have like 19 grams of marijuana in my pocket." He replies...
"Do you know how stupid that is?! I don't care about that I'm looking for a killer."
Before he can answer Max hears the woman from the house screaming for her life and a child's cries on his radio.
Then from below Max. "He's in the house, he's in the house! My mom and the baby!" The man on the ground says crying.
Max uncuffs him and runs to his car heading back to the house as he lays down rubber on the road... ... ...
As he approaches and pulls into the driveway he notices the front door is open.
"Hold on I'm coming!" Max screams jumping out of his cruiser...
He runs into the house finding the woman's body arriving too late. Moving over to her he checks for a pulse but she is gone, a large gash in her neck.
As he stands up he slips in a fluid but gains his balance and tries not to think about what it is....
He rushes to the room the baby was in finding the play pen empty. He leaves the room searching the rest of the house and still doesn't find the child.
"Where are you!!!" He calls out....
"This is the Callers first kidnapping and the media would eat up the fact I failed to stop the man." He thinks as he blames himself.
Sirens begin to blare in the distance as backup is about to arrive... ... ...
"There's a woman dead and a baby missing! The woman is in the dinning room straight ahead of the front door, Hurry!" He yells into his radio...
Looking over at the mother seeing a piece of paper on the floor.
He walks over to it seeing writing.
"So close... Looks like I'm a kidnapper now.... Good luck finding me.... And... I so enjoyed killing that sweet wife of yours. Might do it that way again. Not to the kid tho....later Max. Ps. This game is so fun.." It says.
"He was here..." Is all he can muster as the team enters.
"He was right in this house and I missed it because her son freaked over weed and ran..." He says as another officer speaks to him gently.
"Don't beat yourself up Detective, it's not your fault. He must have hid before you got her and left after you arrived." The words do little to comfort him "First day back on the job and the killer escaped taking a child..." He says as he walks away.
The chief arrives in his new lexus with a screeching of rubber as he lurches to a halt.
He quickly exits and leaves his door hanging open as he rushes into Max's face....
"I told you to stay away from this case MAX!!!!....(takes a breath)...
"If I catch any flak from my superiors, I won't suspend you.... That'd be to easy. Desk duty and an entry level demotion. The new guy will have a higher rank than you if things go my way.... Now get outta my sight...". "(Sighs)...
"This job is gonna be the death of me..." He says walking away from Max and towards the Coroner's van..... ..... .....
On the way home the detective stops by the store close to his house which is unlike him because he usually follows the same routine.
He nears the front door and he hears a kitchen timer ding loudly from behind him as his car explodes throwing him through the storefront windows as they are blown out..... .....
Alarms around the lot and others nearby create a cacophony of noise. His head pounding as his body aches, Max pushes himself up and collapses as the store manager runs over to him telling him not to move as he dials 911.... .... ....
Waking in the hospital Max recalls the feeling of the Shockwave as he flinches in phantom pain.
"Who woulda thought its like holding a ringing metal bat that hurts your hands but all over and way more intense." He thinks.
He suddenly feels tired and falls asleep.... .... .... ....
The next time he wakes, he sees a breaking news story that Jane Saltani is reporting on....
"Young toddler Accidently Shoots Serial killekidnapper ending his life and Alerting residents in the Area." The news anchor says.
Sighing to himself Max thinks about how crazy that is and laughs.
Tho he really wanted to bring the guy in. He closes his eyes to get some much needed sleep as his door opens.
Max looks up to see a man with a silenced pistol pointed at him.
"Hm. Now they think I'm dead. Funny how they just assume they got the right guy. Just like.... You did Detect... ....." Max hears but then hears no more as his end comes at just over the speed of sound....
The Caller leaves the hair of another intelligent convicted murderer that he obtained in a spot that's believable and quickly leaves.....
He disables the surveillance system and sends a virus out to any device that has received video data from the hospital.
Erasing and corrupting the systems. Leaving a master hackers finger prints on a glass from his home....
"Sorry, no witnesses." He says to the security guard as he fires... ..... ..... .... ....
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2023.06.03 19:47 Round-Toe228 Neck pain and headache on right side

Hi. 32F, 135lbs, 5’5. I take Adderall most weekdays, 20mg. A couple years ago I had my postauricular lymph node biopsied on the right side as well as some moles around my scalp. The node was hard and fixed and didn’t go down with antibiotics. Moles were dysplastic, benign. What I understood about the node was whatever they saw under the microscope might have indicated “in situ follicular neoplasia” but my ENT did not seem to concerned about it and there was no evidence of lymphoma present.
About three days ago I had pain in my neck on the right side, thought I slept weird. And then two days ago in the late afternoon I suddenly got a really weird headache. It hurt(s) pretty bad and is different than any headache I’ve ever had. It was near the top on the right side above my ear but like in the middle. And then yesterday the pain continued, it was hard for me to move and especially hard for me to turn my head to the right. If I press on the right side of my neck in a certain spot at the base of my skull it creates kind of a shooting pain. But the pain in general is fairly constant.
Anyone know what this might be/if I need to go see a doc soon? I’m moving tomorrow and I’m really annoyed lol.
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2023.06.03 19:47 zenaku2299 Newer tuba

Hey guys ! So this isn't really a question or something but I just wanted to talk about my experience with a tuba so far. I switched to tuba around veterans day bc our other tuba can't celebrate anything due to his religion. I played euphonium before , so I caught on quickly.
I thought I was gonna quit after the Christmas concert but something about the tuba just made me wanna stay. I continued and I made 3rd chair in honor band ! There were 8 tubas , so i was really happy with the outcome.
Then came our spring concert and now I'm using a newer tuba gifted to our school by the state instead of our old , broken down rotary. I had to use the rotary during our LGPE performance but that's okay. I just couldn't play any notes that were above high C. I played in our spring concert and even got a soli (2 tubas and 1 Bari sax part. It was in Cantina Band from Star Wars).
For those of you who aren't sure about switching to tuba , I suggest doing it. Its really fun and you'll find a talent you didn't even know you had. Take it from me , someone who's only been playing for nearly 9 months or more. Have fun with it !
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2023.06.03 19:46 watak459 Carbon Tax question

Can someone explain to me the way carbon tax benefits me financially? so every business that relies on gas will inevitably need to raise prices on goods and services making it more expensive for me, the money I receive back in 3 quarterly payments comes out of my tax dollars. Nothing will change about the amount of gas I need from my car to get to work, I can't afford an electric vehicle, none of my coworkers live near me to carpool. Apparently this puts money back in my pocket instead of costing me? please break down for me in what way? lol. I'm just genuinely curious.
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2023.06.03 19:44 Zealousideal_Alps500 I think instacart finally died...

Thought I could make some extra weekend money. Shopper app shows stores near me that are busy, I post up in Costco parking lot which says 1-5 minutes to get batches. 30 minutes go by and I'm left only with the decision to leave because it's hot af outside and I can't leave my car running a whole hour. Yesterday I managed to make an ok amount but was dealing with the same crap. Hour wait for a mediocre batch! So glad I'm not relying on it full time anymore, but damn has this app gotten more and more trash the longer I have it.
Anyone having a good Saturday or is this same crap across the board right now?
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2023.06.03 19:44 scottyourban Spotted at a thrift store near me. Only knew about this scene 'cuz of wubby

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2023.06.03 19:44 WorriedReport3222 Help.

Hi, never done one of these before so sorry if its weird.
I am an underaged female and am currently going through a crisis. I suspect that my step-father, we'll call him Neil, has been doing weird things to me whilst I sleep. I know it's a big accusation but hear me out.
Last week, I was really ill and like I do when I'm ill, i slept in. I vividly remember waking up and seeing Neil in front of me jerking off with something on my head (I'm assuming it was his cum or some shit, idk.)
Since then I've realised that once my mum goes to work, he'll sit on my bed and jerk off to me whilst I'm asleep. I don't have an inside lock for my door (I fucking wish I did). It's disgusting and I'm really conflicted right now since he'll make me massage him legs and whilst I'm sat there WITH MY LITTLE BROTHER IN THE ROOM, he'll jerk off. the fucking prick.
I'm currently undergoing my GCSES rn, and I really do not need to worry about this, but it's just giving me extra stress
I don't want to tell my mom, she'll go ballistic at me for not telling her sooner and will probably try to kill Neil. I don't really want to tell anyone, it'll just stress me out. If I try and bring it up with Neil, he'll just go ballistic and probably beat the shit out of me, the abusive prick.
I just want to know how I can just try and get through this since I'm leaving in 2 years anyways.
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2023.06.03 19:44 ManWhoIsSus OP is feeling useless.

(rant, feel free to skip) So I am a cunt who nearly wasted his 11th and 12th and took 1st drop, and my ex class mate from class 7-10th , let's say him A, who is also in his first drop year, live together, now the thing is he studied in his 11th and 12th from Allen kotha and he is currently in better state than mine.
No it's not that I don't study, I try to push my limits, but today He gave me a "easy" nomenclature question and I couldn't solve it.
I feel useless cause my all work doesn't seems to have any effect on my level.


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2023.06.03 19:44 omkar73 Profile Evaluation for Masters in Chemistry

Hye everyone I am a student from India planning to apply for masters/phd chemistry programs abroad for fall '24.
Many top US colleges do not offer a direct masters in chemistry, instead offering a PHD. I know PHD is much more about my fit with my potential advisor and the lab I will work in, but I have also seen that prestige and other stuff matter too.
I wish to know if my profile is competitive enough to apply to the top universities for masters/phd in chemistry, I will be applying with a focus on theoretical chemistry and ML/AI.
Here is my profile:
BTech Chemical Science and Technology from IIT Guwahati. CGPA - 9.01/10
Department Rank 1
Branch Representative
Have taken around 15-20 Chem courses with 10/10 grades in all except 2.
Have taken electives like optimization, biotech electives, and CS courses.
Awards: Institute Merit Scholarship where the fee gets refunded to the department rank 1 of that branch.
2 months in National Chemical Laboratory - Could not get very fruitful work there much as I was still at the end of my 2nd year and had no experience.
6 months under a prof at UNSW. Got 1 ML paper (pending approval at a mid tier journal)
6 Months at Central Food Tech Institute, worked in Computational Biology/Chemistry - Will get 2 papers out in the next 2 months

Projects -
Project in DFT/Molecular Mechanics - (Yet to start, will be my final year)
A collaborative project with a huge herbal product manufacturing company near my college. We proposed insights and testing for how to dispose their waste effectively.
2 projects in Optimization - 1 in scheduling algorithms, did not publish a paper, but did enough work for one, other one was in optimization for route delivery systems.
1 project in ML for text summarisation applications
1 project in Game Development where we made a 3D model of the entire campus for players to roam around in and play.

GRE: Havent given yet, but am confident that I will get 320+ (plan to give once before the pattern change)
LORs: 1 from prof at UNSW with whom I had 1 paper, 1 from University (Close professor, has helped me connect with professors too), 1 from intern.
I have some strong extracurriculars but they are not related to chem at all.
My main issue is that my profile does not look very chem focused. Please help me and let me know what schools I can aim for, and whether its worth applying to the ivies/any top schools.
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2023.06.03 19:44 NamelessNanashi [The Gods of Dragons: Beginning] Ch 15 - Burn Baby Burn

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Autumn 4986, 16 Aoimoth
Shon and Nangran hobbled their horses at the base of a steep hill deep in the woods north of Hamerfoss. They'd left at fourth bell, before any of the other Squires had woken for their morning run, and it had still taken them hours of riding through narrow trails to reach this place. At least they hadn't run into any monsters. The snow that had dusted the landscape during the night lay thick here, crunching underfoot and occasionally flopping noisily to either side as it fell from the tall evergreen branches.
Shon adjusted the strap of his sword across his chest and reached his left hand back to brush shaking fingers over its hilt. He'd been glad when the Paladins insisted he take it with him. To them, it marked Shon as a representative of Hengist and the Temple. To Shon, it was a sign of his hard work and resolve. Having it was a comfort.
Nangran started up the hill, and Shon hurried to follow. The smith hadn’t spoken a word since they set out, not even to try and ease Shon’s anxiety, for which Shon was grateful. Master Daunas had tried to sound confident as Shon saddled his borrowed horse, and The Major General had offered him encouragement as they mounted. Neither realized how much that just drove home the desperation of the situation in Shon’s mind.
The smith pulled his heavy cloak tighter, and Shon looked away. He hadn’t bothered to wear his cloak. He'd never really felt chilled in the winter like others seemed to. Now that he knew why, he wished he had. Cold continued to swirl around him, enhanced by his worries. If he could just block those emotions, the power would never have been a problem to begin with.
The trees thinned the higher they climbed, disappearing almost entirely as they crested the top of the hill. The clearing looked over the treetops, offering an unimpeded view of the horizon. Forest all around, with flatland to the south and rocky mountain peaks to the north. Only a handful of small trees grew in the clearing, and in the middle stood a little ramshackle hut only slightly larger than an outhouse.
Nangran threw his arm out, stopping Shon from walking past him, "Don't touch anything. And don't be surprised if he says no right off."
Shon nodded, trying to swallow down his fear so it wouldn't be seen in his eyes. Dropping his hand, Nangran started forward again, finishing, "Be honest, but not insulting." The instructions, -or perhaps advice?- seemed like common courtesy, which made Shon wonder why quiet Nangran had bothered to say anything.
As they drew closer to the little shack, Shon could make out a sign on the door. He squinted to read it and had just made out 'No Soliciting' when the door swung open, banging against the wall and sending birds into flight. An old man, so thin he looked like a skeleton with yellow skin pulled tight across its bones, stormed out. Wearing nothing but a loincloth, he was shaking a thick stick at them that glinted with red rubies in the low autumn light.
"I already paid my dues for this decade! So you can take your request and shove it-" Shon’s hand instinctively reached for his sword, but Nangran just crossed his arms over his barrel chest. The old -virtually naked- man stopped yelling mid-rant and lifted one shriveled arm to shade his eyes as he squinted at them, "Eh? Flintchest, what’re you doing way out here with a blasted mage in tow?"
Rather than answer, Nangran started forward again, he didn't much care for talking, let alone shouting. Looking from Nangran to the loincloth man, Shon slowly lowered his arm, but still took position to the left and just behind the Smith as they approached the crazy man with the glittering club.
"No mage." Nangran said as he came right up to the strange old man, "Squire." he glanced over his shoulder at Shon and finished, "Sorcerer."
The old man spat on the ground and moved his squint to Shon. Running his eyes from the top of his black head to the tip of his polished boots and back, exaggerating the movement before he stopped at the Squire’s cold blue eyes.
He spat again, then barked "Where's your familiar?" scanning first the ground at Shon's feet then the sky above his head.
Shon blinked at him, furrowing his brow in confusion at the question. The mage snapped his fingers impatiently, "Your familiar! All Sorcerers have a familiar."
Nangran came to his rescue, "Just woke last night," he said shortly.
The mage spat again but didn't argue, "Well, come in then." Shon looked sideways at Nangran, but the Smith had already begun following the skinny old man into the shack. Shon hurried to catch up.
Inside, Shon's eyes were assaulted with a sparkling rainbow of colors. The room they'd entered was considerably larger than the outside would suggest, with plush carpet and a stuffed high-back armchair in front of a blazing fire in the opposite wall. Shelves full of exotic plants, glowing glass jars, and glittering stones filled every available space, reflecting off one another and setting streaks of light to dance on the floor and walls like sun rays through crystal.
There was too much to take in, so Shon focused on their host. The old man was slipping into a thick robe of deep purple velvet. He'd hung the club on the wall beside the door, which looked just as decrepit on this side as it had on the outside.
"Make a habit of greeting visitors half-naked and swinging an old fireball wand?" Nangran asked as he slipped out of his cloak.
"Keeps the conversations short." the old man replied tersely, tying his belt and turning to his guests. With boney knuckles on boney hips and glare firmly planted on his wrinkled face, he snapped, "Don't bother getting comfortable, Flintchest; you'll be leaving soon enough."
The Smith ignored him, hanging his cloak on the hook that had presumably held the mage's robe. "Got a favor to ask," he said, but the old man was already shaking his head,
"More like a favor to cash in. That's the only reason you're in here and not smoking in a hole outside."
Nangran ignored the threat and motioned from Shon to the old man and back. "Archmage Ivelm." The mage looked Shon up and down again as Nangran made the introductions, “Squire Shon.”
"Not much longer, I'd say." Ivelm said to Nangran as he finished his second examination, "It's to the Guild with this one. Too much magic." he turned his head and spat in a brass can by the door. It rang out with a loud ‘ting!' and Ivelm sniffed, looking down at Nangran again, "What do you want, Flintchest?"
"Need a seal. So the boy doesn't freeze Hamerfoss more than it already is." the smith crossed his arms, watching the mage and somehow still seeming completely at ease.
"Eh?!" Ivelm exclaimed, leaning far forward. Shon had to try hard not to crinkle his nose as the old man brought his face close enough that Shon could smell Ivelm's breath. Garlic, the mage ate a lot of garlic…
"So… you don't want to be a mage, do you?" he demanded, glaring down his nose at him. Shon shook his head and would have answered with a 'no ser.' except the mage continued, "Rather swing around some hunk of metal like a brute?"
Shon blinked stupidly, and Nangran cleared his throat, "Watch what you say about my swords, old man."
Ivelm ignored the smith as soundly as Nangran had ignored the Archmage, and continued to Shon, "The powers of the universe are at your fingertips. Blood blessed with the strength of the elements, and you wanna throw it all away," he threw his arms into the air, still uncomfortably close, "And for what? Some illusion of an honorable death by the sword?"
Shon didn't know what to say. He looked past the affronted mage's face, only an inch from his own, to Nangran. But the smith gave no sign he was going to help. Shon’s future depended on convincing this strange old man, this Archmage, to help…
Shon wasn't the type to try and convince anyone of anything, but the least he could do was explain himself. Shon stepped back from the mage to address him from a more comfortable distance. "I chose to dedicate my life to perfecting my art, and my art is martial combat," he said. Ivelm wrinkled his nose, his mouth twisting as if he were going to spit again, but Shon continued, "magic would be better served in the hands of someone who wants it badly enough to work for it. Like I've worked for my martial skills."
Ivelm leaned away from Shon, his eyebrows lifted into his frizzled gray hair. Shon looked to Nangran, hoping for some sign that this was a good response. The smith smiled from behind the mage.
"Soooo…" Ivelm drew the word out, "You think only those who dedicate themselves to strict study and practice should wield the power of the universe?" he leaned forward again, turning his head and fixing one eye on Shon like a bird. As if trying to catch him in a lie.
Shon nodded, confused, then asked, "Isn't that what it takes to effectively wield magic? Focused study?"
Ivelm didn't answer the question, instead turning his face to examine Shon with the other eye, scanning him up and down yet again. The old man had looked him up and down so much Shon wouldn't be surprised if the next question were about his hair or boots.
But Ivelm didn't ask another question. Instead, he stood straight and spat into the brass can with another ringing 'ting!' "I like this one," he said, turning his back on Shon and facing Nangran, "But it's too much." he shook his head, lifting his hands in helpless surrender, "Too much power, and ice at that. Stubborn element that one. And it's so finicky to block just elemental magic..."
Ivelm continued talking but Shon heard very little of it. A hole had opened in his gut, and it felt like his heart was racing his stomach to fall into it. But Nangran just rolled his eyes at the mage, interrupting, "Used to be the name in new magic items... made shackles to hold Archmages." he squinted at Ivelm, who had frozen mid-head shake, "Must've gotten rusty out…"
Ivelm snapped his fingers under the Smith's nose to stop him talking, "The mind does not rust, Flintchest!" he huffed, one bare foot tapping under his robe, "Not like your swords and shriveling muscles." Nangran just stared stubbornly, his thick, muscled arms still crossed over his broad chest.
The mage continued to tap his foot, his nose in the air. But as the silence stretched, Ivelm looked down at the smith, who continued to say nothing. The silent battle of wills ended when Ivelm threw his arms up in disgust and shook a finger under Nangran's nose, nearly hitting it, declaring, "I'll show you. I'll make a gem especially for this lad, and you'll see the mind only continues to grow sharper!"
He spun on his heel back to Shon, who had just made out the smith's returned smile from behind the mage when the old man snapped his fingers in Shon's face, making him jump. "Well, what are you waiting for? Come here so I can take some measurements!" Ivelm swung around again and marched across the room to a large workbench with plants and gems scattered across it. Shon scrambled after him, praying his thanks to Hengist and suddenly feeling light enough to float. His anxieties dropping away and melting like snow in summer.
It was already noon, and no one had come to see Her. She jumped up to grab the bars of Her window, pulling Herself up to peak out but seeing nothing but new snow and tree trunks. She was full to bursting with nervous energy, amplifying every sound and sensation. Footsteps sounded outside Her door, and She dropped from the window, sprinting across the room and resting Her ear on the wood.
“Ran, recheck the lab. Brom, with me.” Archmage Morndancer spoke with his strange alternation between draconic and common as he passed Her door without stopping. She could easily make out the swish of their robes on the stone hall leading away. Three people, Brom, Ran, and Archmage Morndancer. And yet the scurrying of too many feet to be only the two apprentices and Archmage Shaloon, sounded from the floor above. There were strangers in her tower again. Many strangers. Something was happening, something big…
She ran to Her window again, just for something to do, seeking some way to burn off some of the anxiety of not knowing what was going on around her.
A roar from down the hall, a roar of pain, sent ice washing through her veins. She slammed into the door at full speed. Pounding on the wood, She called out, “Brom?! Ran?!” Nothing. Then a yip cut short, followed by barking and yowling.
She shook the handle with both hands, rattling the door on its hinges, “BROM! RAN!” Something was happening to Her treasures, something terrible… The door handle began to glow, the metal warping and sagging as it melted. The knowledge that She would be in more trouble than She had ever been in before was nothing compared to Her terror. She wrenched the handle back with all Her might, splashing molten metal across Her bed, lighting fires that flared in her panic, and sending smoke to curl up to the ceiling.
She didn’t care. She shouldered the door open and ran.
“Red?!” She passed the first open door but couldn’t stop as Ran called out to Her. Reaching Her treasures' room, She tried to stop but slipped, slamming into the ground with a sticky splash. A final whining bark started a buzzing in Her ears as She stared, transfixed, at Her hands. They were painted red. Warm and sticky. The overpowering stench of iron nearly made Her gag as She looked up to see Morndancer toss aside a glittering golden wolf pup, the body flopping limply over the corpse of its mother and siblings.
Her world went red.
The last sample was taken care of, but something roared with enough ferocity to shatter glass.
Morndancer's head snapped around in time for him to fall back, shielding his face with his hands as the Firewyrm exploded. White-hot fire engulfed Her and spread out to the stone floor and walls. His robes began to smoke, the new fire protection spells woven into them being overpowered by the sheer ferocity of the blaze.
Brom had no such spells, and he had only managed a single step towards the girl before he fell to the ground, writhing for only a moment before lying still. The Archmage heard Ran scream from the hall before the journeyman stumbled past the door, flailing wildly. Barely discernible as human inside the flames.
The Firewyrm moved towards him, stepping through Brom’s head, turned to ash, and blown up to dance in the air on the same heatwaves causing the girl's hair to wave wildly about Her. She didn't seem to notice, Her face was expressionless and her eyes glowed as red as the scales across Her cheek. Morndancer tried to snap his fingers, but the golden collar around Her neck melted, Her clothes burning off and leaving Her naked and terrible in the flames.
His robe was burning now, and only the pain of that could pull his eyes from the Firewyrm as he pointlessly tried to beat the fires off. He fell back, hitting the wall, which drooped, sagging and dripping molten stone onto his head and face. Then he fell further back, into a gate that opened behind him.
Shaloon pulled him through the portal and into the library three stories up. The Firewyrm roared again and the tower walls shook with the force of it. The gate closed, but Morndancer continued to burn. He could hear screaming. Was it him? Was he screaming? Fire burst up the spiral stairs in the middle of the room, and apprentices, both their own and many sent from the central and western Talon, scrambled about in a panic, some even leaping from the windows.
Shaloon cursed, holding out her hand and summoning her sword again. She had to draw the circle five times before a second gate finally formed, and she dove through it, pulling Morndancer along with her as it quickly closed. An apprentice reached through, and his arm fell at Morndancer’s feet, miles away in the sitting room of his manor back in Smildna.
He laughed. Shaloon slapped him, and he laughed. Ronni, his daughter, burst through the door, her own daughter, only a year old, perched on her hip, and still, he laughed. “What’s wrong?! What happened to him?!” he barely registered his daughter's words and continued to laugh, rolling around on the ground in mirthful madness.
“The Firewyrm She…” Shaloon started, but Morndancer yelled over her in draconic,
She is true! She is pure! She is rage! The children will come and raise the grandchildren! We have only to await the coming of those Chosen!” the room faded around him, becoming washed out and gray then finally black as he continued to laugh and shout, “They take those who slew them and use them to raise themselves anew…
He couldn’t feel his burns or the hands trying to settle him. He saw only darkness and stars. And the eyes of his Master boring into his soul from the outer planes.
Shon couldn't remember ever feeling so drained in his life. He'd been tired before, exhausted even, but it had never felt quite like this. The eccentric Archmage Ivelm had ordered him to 'empty his energy' into stone after stone. Measuring the weight, color, and temperature of each. Making notes in chalk directly on his table and talking to himself. Shon was shocked the first time he saw the smooth rock handed to him change from a translucent white to an onyx as black as his hair, but by the time they'd gone through the twentieth stone, Shon had decided to stop counting.
Ivelm, however, seemed to get more and more excited with each one. Giving Shon reason to suspect the mage may be taking the energy for himself. After what felt like hours, Ivelm finally stoppered the potion he'd mixed with the most recent jewel, glowing a soft pale blue, and stepped back from the workbench, bony hands on bony hips.
"It can be done." Ivelm swiveled to face Nangran, "He's strong, I don’t know how he managed not to manifest until now, but it's all focused in one elemental direction." he rubbed his chin and looked at the ceiling, completely ignoring Shon's arched eyebrow. "It has a bit of divine flavor as well. But I suppose that shouldn't be surprising for a training Paladin." The mage stopped musing and glared down his nose at Nangran, who had made himself comfortable in the oversized wingback chair by the fire, "It will have to be a lot bigger than a piece of jewelry would allow."
The smith just hummed and sipped at his mug. When had he gotten a mug? Shon looked from one old man to the other. It was apparent Ivelm wanted Nangran to ask him for details, but the ever stoic smith said nothing.
Shon was tired. His limbs felt heavy, and the weight of his simple uniform felt more like platemail. He was just about to ask what the Archmage meant, to hurry them along, when Ivelm threw his hands in the air and said, "You'll need to find somewhere to put it. I would recommend that." he pointed at the hilt of Shon's sword over his shoulder, continuing, "If the lad is insisting on swinging a metal stick around instead of harnessing the ultimate powers of the universe then that same stick might as well sap the power literally as well as figuratively." Shon arched an incredulous eyebrow but Ivelm wasn't paying attention, finishing, "I can get it down to about an inch and a half orb. At the smallest. If you want something different, say so now."
Nangran set his mug on the ground and stood with a grunt and a groan. Shon just wanted to go home and sleep for a week, so when the smith reached for the hilt of his sword for a closer look Shon hardly noticed, until the squat smith jerked it down to eye level. Shon swung his arms like a drowning man and stepped wide to prevent himself from falling over.
"Quit wigglin'," Nangran grumbled, studying the sword's pommel with a professional eye. "One and a half'll do, preferably in a tear…"
The mage snorted and continued to ignore the struggling half crouched Shon, his voice dripping sarcasm as he addressed the smith, "Shall I wrap it in silk for you as well?"
"Na." Nangran let go of the sword, and Shon stood straight, lifting his leg to shake out the knee. "Drop it off when you’re done." the Mage snorted again but didn't counter.
None of them were interested in extending the visit, so Nangran grabbed his heavy cloak and shrugged it on while Shon waited by the door. "It will be at least a fortnight," Ivelm called from his position by the workbench, not about to walk them out.
Nangran grunted his confirmation and opened the battered and decrepit door, letting the wind and early autumn snow blow in on their way out. Shon followed numbly, his eyes unfocused as he walked, and ran right into the much shorter man. Nangran hardly moved as Shon bounced off of him. He was squinting into the distance, one large hand shading his eyes. Shon stared at Nangran for a moment before following the direction of his gaze over the tree line.
Smoke. A LOT of smoke. The black clouds billowed violently into the sky, occasionally lit from below by sparks shot high into the air.
"Elm!" Nangran shouted. Shon had never heard the man call so loudly. The Archmage must have also been shocked because the door to his hut swung open and he stuck his head out to look to either side, eyes wide.
"Flintchest, what?" but he soon saw what, "But, that's the old chemist's tower… What?" he stood in shocked confusion for a heartbeat before turning back into the hut. Shon looked from the shack to Nangran, but before he could say anything, the mage was back, struggling with two long rods, one blue with what looked like waves painted all around, the other black and studded with diamonds.
"Don't just stand there!" Ivelm snapped at the two as he finally managed to slip the blue rod into a sheath at his side. He then pointed the diamond rod at the space between two close-growing trees. Shon heard him say something unintelligible, and one of the diamonds shot out of the tip of the rod to hover between the trees before expanding into a portal.
Beyond the magical gate, Shon could hear the fire roar. It sounded how he imagined the burning hells might sound, but as he followed the two men through, he realized his imagination was tame by comparison.
The smell of burning flesh and hair choked him as they stepped clear of the gate's magic. The heat smashed into them like a wall, and all three brought their arms up to shield their faces. Around them were the charred remains of what looked like humans, their faces buried in the mud as if they'd been trying to run from the blaze. Shon had to swallow the bile that rose in his throat and focused instead on the fire Ivelm had said was a tower.
It was completely engulfed in bright flames of all colors. Squinting through the light, he could see the stone walls melting like wax. The arch of the doorway sagged in the middle, and Shon's eyes went wide. Someone was in there.
He would've had to shout over the roar of the flames, but it didn’t matter; Ivelm was already raising the blue wand, jerking his fingers in strange ways and mouthing words impossible to hear. Water shot out the tip of the wand with the force of a ballista and hissed against the glowing stones.
It wasn't possible. It must be a trick of the flickering flames. But the figure turned its face to them, long hair whipping about as it took steps in their direction.
"Don't just stand there, boy!" Ivelm screamed. "They must have a fire-resist spell; those things don't last forever!"
Nangran grabbed Shon’s upper arm, pulling him a step closer to the fire and down so he could shout in his ear, "Freeze a path."
Shon swallowed. He was so tired, literally drained. He didn't know what to do or how to do it. But the figure in the fire reached out to them only to pull away from a drop of molten rock. Shon fell to his knees, placing his hands on the ground and pleading silently to Hengist. He didn’t know what to do, didn’t know how to control the power. He tried picturing a path of snow between himself and the tower base, concentrating on it until the mental image overlaid the real world, as he did when imagining phantom fighters during practice.
Ice snaked its way from Shon's fingers towards the burning tower along his mental path, powered by the fear that he wouldn't be fast enough to save the person inside. The water from Ivelm's wand helped carve the way, and Shon grunted physically as he struggled to push mentally. His breathing came heavy and ragged. He could feel the fire melting the edges of the ice as if it were a part of him. Still, he fought back and forced it to continue to form into solid sheets moving closer and closer to the figure still trapped in the tower.
Wherever the ice formed solid, it stayed. The fire drawing back from it until, finally, it reached the doorway. He urged the ice to climb up the doorframe, to hold it in place and keep it from falling, from moving at all.
Shon was seeing double. He struggled to focus on the figure and flinched as they stepped onto the frozen path. The ice hissed and melted under their bare unsteady feet, he could feel it... feel them, their heat, on his ice.
It was a young woman. Or an older girl. She was naked; her clothes burned away by the fire. Her long hair was being blown forward by the heat of the burning tower, obscuring her face. As she moved closer, Shon could make out strange red stripes snaking around her body, standing in stark relief against her pale skin.
Ivelm stepped in front of him then, throwing Nangran's cloak around her shoulders as she crumpled to the ground. Nangran himself knelt beside Shon, resting one massive hand on the Squire's back. "You can stop, lad…" his voice trailed off, and Shon felt an emptiness open in his chest. No one could have survived that, not if they hadn't already made it to the entrance like the girl. As if to punctuate the thought, Shon managed to focus his eyes only to see the tower's entrance wall fold and collapse in on itself, the stones flowing like soft wax.
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Sorry for the double post today. I wanted to keep Ch 14 & 15 together.
Thanks for making it this far, you are the real MVP
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2023.06.03 19:43 Ic3yWasTaken How can I shave off the extra milliseconds?

How can I shave off the extra milliseconds?
Soon I am going to he doing a Karting grand prix with around 40 people from my work, I consider myself a pretty good racer as the last time I went karting ( about a month ago ) I was just ~.5 milliseconds behind my dad who is quite a good racer and has came first in every karting race I can remember. I know the racing line of the track and have done it before, And I am quite light so I have a much better acceleration and top speed advantage everyone, Downside is cornering is my downfault.
I know from my experience I struggle at two things. 1. Being over taking, I can never get the right positioning to overtake even with my speed advantage. 2. There is one Hairpin corner that I mess up on nearly everytime. I will attach a picture, Everytime it gets me, I slowly brake from a good marker, and turn into the Apex, but always am close to crashing or end up drifting. I was told instead I should try pumping the brakes which I think i’ll try on a practise lap.
The Karts are all rented so they are all the same, but I would appreciate all the advice I can get.
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2023.06.03 19:43 Neurotiman17 Is my soundcard dead? (Soundblaster AE-7)

Just a few hours I ago, I was getting no issues with sound or anything. Then I went to the store, came back and got this weird sounding staticy, modulated, garbled mess from any videos I tried to play. Could get some words but could barely hear anything people were saying and whatnot.
- Tried another set of headphones, same deal.
***Note, that both headphones use different types of jacks on the same volume knob module thesoundcard comes from.
- Tried restarting my PC and it caused me to lose audio altogether from the soundcard.
- I unplugged the volume knob from the sound card inputs and directly plugged into the soundcard, still no sound.
- Looked to see if the PC was still reading my card, it is. I can find it in Sound options and Device Manager.
- Looked over my connections, nothing is disconnected. All has been untouched in the nearly 2 years since i've owned the card.
Thanks for any help0
EDIT: My soundcard driver had a stroke. Reset everything and caused it to funnel audio out speaker ports with nothing plugged into them.
Sounds good now... Thank god lol.
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2023.06.03 19:43 trippininthewild A Psychedelic Journey in the Enchanting Lake District (with photos and a poem)

A Psychedelic Journey in the Enchanting Lake District (with photos and a poem)
Every year, like a cherished tradition, my family and I embark on a pilgrimage to the captivating Lake District for a week, a sanctuary that has witnessed our growth and weathered our losses. However, this year held a secret plan within my heart, a deviation from the norm, at 10:15, I indulged in the fruits of my own labour, ingesting little over half a gram of Golden Teachers, nurtured by my own hands. My intention was to keep it a clandestine affair, allowing the walk to unfold naturally, untouched by inquiries into my well-being. Looking back, perhaps it would have been wise to confide in my partner, but fate would have its way, and all would unfold seamlessly.
At 11:00, we embarked on our journey, and the mild effects began to reveal themselves. The pebbles of Lakeland slate beneath my feet seemed to ripple, like whispers from a hidden realm. Yet, my mind remained clear, relishing the scenic splendour as we ascended a rugged, stony track, with distant hills adorning the horizon.
Around 11:30, a faint wave of nausea brushed against my senses. Unsure if it was the shrooms' doing, as I had never experienced such discomfort before from them, I confided in my mother. I didn’t tell her why I might be feeling like that but she offered me a Rennie, an English indigestion remedy. It soothed my troubled stomach, and we pressed on. During this time, I remained mostly silent, occasionally pausing to admire the majestic hills. At one point, a large military plane swept low across the valley, infusing our surroundings with a thrilling surge of excitement that set our hearts racing.
Finally, we reached the top of our short ascent, greeted by a breath-taking sight—Wetherlam, an ethereal mountain, where the divine and earthly realms embrace in a captivating fusion. It was all starting to feel otherworldly, and as we descended, we stumbled upon Dale End farm. A modest stall displayed enticing cakes for sale, and several members of our group couldn't resist their allure. One of the farmers replenished the offerings while we were there. Engaging in conversation, my mother's curiosity got us an invitation to witness the lambs under their care. Embracing the opportunity, I watched as my niece cradled a precious lamb named Pickle, its gentle presence evoking a profound sense of connection.
After bidding farewell, our journey continued, leading us to Little Langdale Tarn—a serene mountain lake nestled at the foot of Wetherlam. At 12:30 I was peaking; the psychedelic tide surged within me, as I relinquished the company of the group and allowed the world to envelop my senses. Basking in the sun's warm caress, I closed my eyes, and the boundaries of reality dissolved. Visions of awe-inspiring landscapes inspired by my location danced across my mind, entwined with fragments of the essences of cherished childhood memories, imbuing me with a profound sense of peace and joy.
A few moments later, difficult to know how long, I realised I should make haste and rejoin the family so as not to cause alarm due to my sudden disappearance. I found them gathered near Slater's Bridge for a well-deserved lunch. This enchanting spot held an otherworldly allure, where a mosaic of slate slabs forms the bridge over the gentle currents of the River Brathay. Dragonflies flit about, and silver-scaled fish gracefully swim beneath the crystal-clear water.
Observing my family seated on a nearby flat boulder, I was overwhelmed by their unwavering care and concern, demonstrated through their attentiveness when I had mentioned feeling unwell earlier. With heartfelt sincerity, I expressed my profound appreciation for our family, perhaps in a manner tinged with sentimentality, but it felt in earnest and like it was the right thing to say. Savouring the simple pleasure of my peanut butter sandwiches, my humble vegetables and the shared indulgence of pistachios with my partner, I found myself inspired to pen a concise poem that encapsulated the essence of my journey, shaped by the flavours that danced upon my tongue.
The open skiesThe gentle brookThe falling birdsWith their hooks
The lying ladySlumbers lonelyThe bitter tasteOf clashing rocks
The sweet nutty tasteOf a close-knit familyThat ask after youOr offer you a Rennie
The “lying lady” was a figure I saw on the ridge-line of a nearby hill, the way the rocks and the ridge interacted made me think of a woman lying on her back . I closed my eyes a few more times during lunch and had some visuals of a huge human-like form standing in the landscapes we had traversed. This is a recurring vision I have, I don’t know who they are but they emanate both gentle serenity and awe-inspiring grandeur. As my family conversed around me, their voices seemed to traverse space and time, whispering from my ear, then from afar, then right before me. Among the kaleidoscope of visuals, one stood out—the convergence of damp, moss-covered stone walls, forming a sharp angle, on each wall, one brick was replaced by a stone resembling the head of a frog. Its whimsical allure enchanted me without rhyme or reason.
After lunch, the children embraced the surrounding playground of nature, and I, transported by the nostalgic embrace of my own inner child, immersed myself fully in the experience. I watched with delight as my niece attempted to capture elusive fish, I leapt from rock to rock, and played the role of a mischievous troll, teasingly pretending to chase after my nephew. In one animated escapade, my enthusiasm startled unsuspecting passers-by on the bridge. Succumbing to the tranquil allure of the waters, I spent the ensuing half-hour perched by the bank, my feet immersed in the cool embrace. As tiny fish delicately nibbled away my dead skin, I revelled in the symbiotic dance between human and aquatic life.
We passed two hours in this wondrous haven before we ventured towards Cathedral Quarry. Though the psychedelic tide gradually receded, my heart brimmed with gratitude for the extraordinary journey I had embarked upon. Nonetheless I was still awed by this place, within the depths of the cavernous space, a majestic rock pillar stood and through a large window carved in the stone, a vibrant vista of lush greenery unfolded, evoking a profound sense of spirituality.
As we retraced our steps homeward, the world sobered around me, leaving little to report. Yet, the magnificence of the journey remained etched upon my soul—a reminder that small doses possess the power to unlock extraordinary experiences, granting desirable effects while allowing for a grounded sense of control. At all points I felt that my trip was undetected but my family revealed to me later that I had come across as a little distant and introspective. In due course, I revealed my secret to them, met with curiosity rather than judgment.
Dear friends, I implore you to embark on your own pilgrimage to the Lake District, to immerse yourselves in its splendour and perhaps partake in a psychedelic journey of your own. I particularly recommend a walk through Little Langdale, which holds an enchantment unlike any other that even without the aid of psychedelics, is a place of profound magic.
EDIT: Formatting
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2023.06.03 19:43 BitchInaBucketHat AITAH for not feeling comfortable spending time with my friend anymore

So in September of 2021 I ended up breaking up with my boyfriend of around 8 months. Here is the backstory of why I broke up with him. He and I went into a public space (we lived in the city so it was a very busy space in the summer with lots of people) for me to meet one of his friends and to get to know her. Her and I started joking around and teasing him about something to do with that women need to take longer showers than men because of all the things we have to do in the shower? Something to that nature that was not harsh at all. Eventually, he just sat at the table silent on his phone not interacting with either of us. I even tried to put my hand on his and he snatched it away. It was super awkward anyways but also just super awkward because this was my first time meeting his friend and he just had us all sitting there in silence. After ab 15 minutes of sitting in silence and us playing on our phones, I motioned to him with my face like “what is wrong”. He immediately got up and starting yelling at us in public and making a scene. After he stopped yelling, he ran off around the corner and I couldn’t see him anymore. I began crying and profusely apologizing to his friend, taking the blame for the situation. He eventually came back around the corner and I just left because I didn’t want to deal with him in that moment. My best friend was on campus in a building near by so I immediately went to her in tears bawling and explaining the situation to her. Clearly, she knew how this affected me and exactly what happened.
This friend is a photographer. Towards the end of the school year, I noticed on her photography instagram that she did a photo shoot with him. I was kind of turned off by it, especially the fact that she told me she did it free of charge for him. Ever since then, I’ve just been avoiding doing phone calls with her or hanging out because I’m just so uncomfortable spending to with her. I feel like she betrayed me because she knew how much he humiliated me. I was so afraid he’d flip on me and hit me or something when I broke up with him that I did it in a public space with a friend nearby on lookout. I know I am definitely in the wrong for not communicating with her and letting her know how I felt. Initially I just thought I’d eventually “get over it” but as time has gone on I’ve felt the same way ab it. Now I feel like it’s been so long it’d be insane to bring it up lol. I also want to mention that this is not about me “not being over him”. After he yelled at me like that I was totally turned off, I’m in an over year long relationship now and extremely happy. I guess I’m asking, AITAH for not feeling comfortable with her anymore?
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