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2023.06.04 23:42 AndyP79 Recording question
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Doing some recording. Is it normal to have to turn the lows down on the receiver when recording from an aux source? I'm playing a concert from my iPad, through the TV, to a DAC, then to Aux, then the deck. Seeing it on tape to listen to the recording in real time, sounds fine, as does source. When I play it back though, it's very bassy and I have to turn the bass way down. Is this a byproduct of the way I'm recording or of RTR? submitted by AndyP79 to ReelToReel [link] [comments]
2023.06.04 23:38 Nuyturah Abdominal injury when doing a bar kip, with persistent pain in first few months. Currently, inconsistent pain increases with some physical activity or food intake. No diagnosis to date.
Demographic: White, male, age 29, 5' 5", 175 +/- 5lbs.
Lifestyle: Active (workout 3-4x per week), Desk/Physical work 80/20%.
Complaint: Abdominal injury and pain (9 months since injury), presently inconsistent pains.
Medication: No consistent medications, no allergies.
Drug use: alcohol (1-3x per month), non-smoker. History of the Injury
Late August of 2022, I hurt myself doing a kip on horizontal bar
outdoors. Right after raising my feet to the bar and kicking my legs out I felt a sharp pain in my abdomen. Bar kip example
I couldn't stop slouching and crunching my abdomen. Stretching backwards and straightening my posture was very discomforting. The severe pain subsided in a day but in the following months I couldn't stretch my stomach and had to sleep on my back with pillows under my knees to keep a flexed/crunched posture. Sleeping on the side was discomforting, because the stomach would hang to the side, bringing up the pain.
In 3 months, I felt better. However, there were always some flare-ups on pain. Pain Description
: The pain felt like it always was in "horizontal lines", on 1-3 locations at a time (the sensation varies from time to time). Through my personal touch/observation, these horizontal lines of pain were always along tendinous inscriptions
of the ab structures. Sometimes I feel lower 1 or two lines in pain. Other times it’s one of the upper line(s). Tendinous inscriptions image
: https://test.usabcd.org/courses/lk-native-ld2-basic-ugra/lessons/lknative-rectus-sheath-block/topic/3-anatomy-the-rectus-abdominis-muscle/ Causes of Pain
: Pain flare-ups happened when moving heavy objects, pulling something heavy from ground, stretching the abdominal area, or a day after the occasional exercise. Twisting my torso side to side could also make pain worse, stretching one side of the abdomen, especially if twisting in my full range. Slight turns were okay.
Flare-ups also happened immediately after eating specific foods (sunflower seeds, nutty bars, and when a bit bloated from eating. I have had some pain relief often immediately after having bowel movement. Medical history of the Injury and Other Notes
- Within a week of the injury, ruled out hernia at a clinic.
- 3+ months of slow pain relief, with flare ups. Mostly sedentary life and very little physical activity.
- Late December through early February 2023: Doctors visit, abdominal ultrasound, and physical exam. No specific conclusions on either physical injury or gastric issues. No diagnosis.
- February to present day, June 2023:
Slow increase in physical activity and exercise. Some running. With a good warm up, stretching the abdominal area isn't painful (though I don't stretch too much there for now.)
Rare ab exercises can feel discomforting, and some pain returns the day after.
Jumping high or landing can have pain sensation return (inconsistently).
- Bloated stomach, or consumption of some foods (as mentioned above) can feel discomforting or even painful along 1 or more " horizontal lines". Bowel movement often relieves discomfort and even pain. Self-medication
: On a few occasions, I tried to apply heat or cold, which didn’t help with pain much. But the cold helped numb things down. Heat helped to warm the abdomen and make some movements easier for a short time.
Rare/inconsistent instances of ibuprofen use (around 400-600 mg). Can't remember how effective pain relief is.
Massage/poking: Generally, I do it when I feel pain or discomfort along the horizontal lines. Massage, poking, deep massage does NOT reduce the pain for me. Sometimes even makes me feel the pain more. But mentally feels good to do and feel out where I feel it. Present day condition (June 2023)
Some pain flare-ups with physical activities, infrequent feeling of discomfort in the mornings or after food (for both, often relieved through bowel movement). Concern
: While things have gotten better in 9 months, I am not certain what I should and should not do, given there is no diagnosis. The occasional pain increases made me curious if someone had an experience with pain like this. Thanks in advance for any feedback!!!
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2023.06.04 23:37 LiquidProustTeas Simple thoughts after 6 years of crock storage
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Will try and keep this pretty short. Also, this is my experince with my conditions and my taste buds. 1. I store multiple different ways with slightly different conditions over these years: pumidor as my most aggressive aiming for 69/70 temp and humidity, mylar to hold sometimes condition, cambro for pushing same conditions, and crock storage which is the slowest/driest. 2. Crock storage while not doing too much, if you control the amount of airflow and keep away from A/C etc. has yelled results that preserve the puer in almost the same condition even after 5 years with only slight aging. 3. Positive to crock storage is not having any influences from other puerh that would alter its aroma and flavor from what's within the environment its being kept in. 4. Crock storage is not something I drink from, but it serves as a library of puerh I've had to show people and offer a taste; a taste that I continue to be surprised how similar it is to my recollection. 5. Crock storage on this scale includes no real measurements because each is too small for a device and is in a closest that I have sealed off decently. submitted by LiquidProustTeas to puer [link] [comments]
Today is revisting the 2003 7542 from Dayi that was Hong Kong stored before. The aroma is still very present. Taste is a throw back. I find this to almost be like memory containers.
In my opinion crock storage is not going to further any puerh from my years of experince, but will almost lock them in time. *all of this is based on living in Ohio where heat is used in winter and A/C is on during spring/summer
2023.06.04 23:35 Sporkorino Cpu Cooler won’t come off
I have a prebuilt ibuypower desktop (BB970), and I recently picked up a new cooler for it. Problem is I can’t get the old cooler off (I believe it’s a deep cool theta 20) I took the back plate off so the only thing holding it on should be thermal paste. I’ve tried running the pc to heat up the paste but it still won’t budge, tried a blowdryer which also didn’t work. Would appreciate some help as I’m not sure what to do anymore.
some specs in case they’re important: i7 9700F B365M IB-R Deep Cool Theta 20 cooler
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2023.06.04 23:35 Pummrah My favorite Mass Market Sauce
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I've gone through half a dozen bottles of this and I'm out again. I have a cabinet full of hot sauces but keep going back to this one. Just the right kind of heat and flavor balance I can use all the time. Anyone else a fan? submitted by Pummrah to hotsauce [link] [comments]
2023.06.04 23:33 whereAreMyKeysAt Small Hive Beetles Next Steps
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
I'm fairly new to beekeeping and looking for guidance. I have a SHB infestation. It's time to call my hive a loss. I do not have any supers on and I've tried to manage them through traditional methods (oil trays, beetle jails, swiffer pads, and good old squishing, and compressing the hive so the bees don't have to patrol so much space). I want to know what my next steps are.
According to this article
, it suggests I should treat with Checkmite+ but I can't seem to find it in stock anywhere. Does anyone know what's going on with that. I have other hives in the area that I'm worried about was also planning to complete the soil treatment they recommended (GardStar® 40% EC).
I have the hives in a semi-sunny location over mulch but I think I should change that material (long-term) or put down a barrier to prevent SHB going into the ground and coming back up.
What should I do if I can't get my hands on Checkmite soon. I was thinking getting a fresh box and frames and shaking the remaining bees into that clean box. I'll do my best to ensure no SHB come with them and put in all the usual safety measures I mentioned above in place. I'd then scrape all my frames, wash and freeze for minimum of 3 days, right?
Thanks in advance for your help!
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2023.06.04 23:30 khoafraelich789 Driven: 2023 Chevrolet Colorado Proves Mid-Size Trucks Don’t Have To Suck
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The redesigned Colorado combines a good ride with a nicer interior as well as an all-new turbo engine
Trucks are as American as apple pie, but most of the attention has been focused on the full-size segment. It’s been that way for decades, but smaller trucks have finally stepped into the spotlight.
The Ford Maverick and Hyundai Santa Cruz revived the long dormant compact segment, while 2023 is shaping up to be the year of the mid-size truck thanks to new entries from Chevrolet, GMC, Ford, and Toyota. That’s a ton of new blood and we haven’t even mentioned the Jeep Gladiator and Nissan Frontier, which are still relatively fresh.
We’re kicking the year off with the 2023 Chevrolet Colorado, which features a fantastic new design, an upgraded interior, and an all-new turbocharged 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine. However, the biggest news might be value as the truck starts at $29,200 and you can get one with four-wheel drive, adaptive cruise control, a bed liner, and a ton of safety features for under $37,000.
A Sporty And Stylish Design
While there’s a lot going on, there’s no better place to start than styling because designers knocked it out of the park. The model has “big truck energy” and sports an all-new design that echoes the Silverado. However, this is no scaled down copy as the Colorado has a more youthful and athletic appearance, which combines sharp lines with subtle curves.
The resulting design is great and the Colorado is arguably better looking than its larger counterpart. That’s high praise and each trim has a slightly different aesthetic. The entry-level WT is the most basic of the bunch as it sports black components and 17-inch steel wheels. This look is shared with the all-new Colorado Trail Boss, which builds on the WT but adopts a 2-inch (51 mm) lift, a wider front track, and 18-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in 32-inch all-terrain tires.
The Colorado LT is more traditional as it wears body-color components and 17-inch aluminum wheels, while the Z71 combines creature comforts with moderate amounts of off-road capability.
The news isn’t all good as the Colorado is offered exclusively in a crew cab configuration with a 5’ 2” bed. This is a bit of a disappointment as the outgoing model offered extended and crew cab configurations as well as a larger 6’2” bed.
That being said, the redesigned Colorado has a few tricks up its sleeve and one of the most interesting ideas is a lockable, watertight compartment that is integrated into the tailgate. With the tailgate down, you push two levers aside to gain access to a compartment that measures 45 inches (1,143 mm) wide and 4 inches (102 mm) deep. It can be a bit tricky to open, but there’s a decent amount of space and owners could easily stash tow straps and other off-road equipment there.
While the compartment is a little gimmicky, it’s hard to argue with eight standard tie-downs, integrated motorcycle tire grooves, and an available 110-volt power outlet in the bed. The tailgate can also be positioned midway down to aid in transporting longer items, while a dampened EZ-lift and lower tailgate is also available.
An Interior That Doesn’t Scream Cheap
Mid-size trucks are far more affordable than their larger counterparts and this cut-rate pricing is often reflected in the interior. However, the Colorado bucks this trend as drivers will find a significantly improved cabin with better equipment.
The changes are immediately apparent as driver sit behind a chunky steering wheel and find themselves looking at an all-new 8-inch digital instrument cluster. It comes standard and features an assortment of informative displays including an off-road focused setup, which shows pitch and roll as well as the steering angle and current transfer case setting.
Speaking of screens, there’s an 11.3-inch infotainment system with Google integration as well as wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It’s a massive improvement over the old 7- and 8-inch displays, and the system is fast, responsive, and largely intuitive. That being said, we did experience a few hiccups including an instance where music was blasting at startup and the system initially refused to respond to attempts to lower the volume or mute.
Putting the screens aside, the cabin sports a modern design with classy switchgear, gloss black trim, and metallic accents. The amenities vary by trim and things are pretty basic in the WT and Trail Boss. It’s not bad by any stretch of the imagination, but the models eschew a lot of the bright work, padding, and details that make higher-end variants look and feel special. It’s also worth mentioning that, regardless of which trim you get, black plastic is abound and it’s of the hard variety.
Despite being a rough and tumble pickup, the Colorado can dust off its cowboy boots for a night on the town. In particular, the model can be equipped with two-tone heated and ventilated leather front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. While it’s not as fancy as the upcoming GMC Canyon Denali, it’s pretty darn nice for a mid-size truck.
Speaking of the seats, the front chairs are perfectly comfortable and spacious while also offering a good amount of support. Furthermore, the entry-level WT doesn’t cheapen out too much, although a front center console is an optional extra.
The rear seats are less impressive as they’re not terribly spacious. While there’s a good amount of headroom, legroom is limited as occupants will find a mere 34.7 inches (881 mm) of space and that’s 1.1 inches (28 mm) less than last year’s crew cab pickup. The experience reminded me of the compact Maverick and Santa Cruz, which actually have more rear seat legroom on paper. That being said, the seats seem to be competitive for the segment, although not as generous as those found in the Gladiator.
A Turbo Four With V8 Levels Of Torque
The streamlining continues under the hood as the Colorado’s engine lineup shrinks from three to one. As a result, every single model is equipped with a turbocharged 2.7-liter four-cylinder.
The engine has been powering the Silverado for years and it’s available in three different outputs. The entry-level variant produces 237 hp (177 kW / 240 PS) and 259 lb-ft (351 Nm) of torque, which is a sizable improvement over the old 2.5-liter four-cylinder that developed 200 hp (149 kW / 203 PS) and 191 lb-ft (258 Nm).
The entry-level engine comes standard in the WT and LT, and offers respectable performance. There’s plenty of power for cruising around town, although we wished for a little extra oomph when it came to merging onto the highway.
The mid-level engine comes standard in the Trail Boss and Z71, where it produces 310 hp (231 kW / 314 PS) and 390 lb-ft (528 Nm) of torque. Customers can also opt for a high-output version that develops 310 hp (231 kW / 314 PS) and 430 lb-ft (582 Nm) of torque. The latter figure is insane as the engine has more torque than the 5.0-liter V8 in the Ford F-150. It also bests the Silverado’s 5.3-liter V8 by 47 lb-ft (64 Nm), despite having half the number of cylinders.
The high-output engine comes standard in the range-topping Colorado ZR2, but Trail Boss and Z71 customers can order a high-output calibration for an additional $395. That seems pretty reasonable as it delivers an extra 40 lb-ft (54 Nm) of torque, which will be appreciated if you tow on a regular basis.
While the base engine is fine, the upgraded versions transform the truck from good to great. As you’d expect, responsiveness improves significantly and there’s plenty of power throughout the band. Chevrolet hasn’t released detailed performance specifications, but officials we spoke to said all three versions of the engine enable the truck to accelerate from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in less than seven seconds.
Speaking of the engine, it seems relatively refined and engineers told us it was “designed like a diesel.” As a result, it sports a rigid cylinder block casting, a fully forged bottom end, and a stiff crankshaft – among other things. While that’s just scratching the surface, the engine has been subjected to countless torture tests and was designed to withstand years of heavy use.
The engine is connected to a capable eight-speed automatic transmission, which worked well on- and off-road as shifts were perfectly timed and well executed. Rear-wheel drive comes standard on the WT and LT, but the rest of the lineup has four-wheel drive.
EPA ratings haven’t been released, but the Colorado has an engine start/stop system and active fuel management technology. As a result, we can expect the truck to surpass the Silverado’s rating of 19 mpg city, 22 mpg highway, and 20 mpg combined. It’s also worth mentioning that all of the engines run on regular gasoline, even the high-output variant.
A Capable Truck That Doesn’t Ride Rough
One of the most surprising things about the 2023 Colorado is how well it drives. Body-on-frame trucks aren’t typically known for their refinement, but Chevy’s entry exceeded our expectations.
While the ride can get a little bumpy on rough roads, it’s not uncomfortable and can best be described as truck-like. However, those incidents were few and far between as things settle down significantly on smooth roads and the Colorado proved to be a comfortable highway cruiser, despite having a solid rear axle and leaf springs.
The good news doesn’t end there as handling is good for a body-on-frame pickup. Cornering was secure and predictable without any hints of drama until the truck was pushed hard. The experience can also be somewhat entertaining on the right road, although you’ll want to keep your expectations in check.
Given this is a truck, it’s not surprising to learn the steering is a little heavy and slow. We didn’t have any problems with the heft, but we wish the truck offered a sport mode with a more direct response as traversing twisty mountain roads required an almost comical amount of turning.
Speaking of driving modes, the Colorado offers Normal, Tow/Haul, Off-Road, Terrain, and Baja settings. Terrain mode might be the most notable as it was designed for low-speed rock crawling and it enables you to travel at a leisurely pace with subtle throttle responses.
The truck also offers a cool off-road performance display as well as up to 10 different camera views including underneath the truck. Speaking of off-road goodies, the Z71 and Trail Boss come standard with a limited-slip differential and hill descent control. The Trail Boss is also notable for featuring the aforementioned lift and wider stance.
Back on pavement, wind noise can be pronounced at highway speed, but otherwise the truck is fairly quiet. The model also sports an impressive amount of standard safety equipment including Automatic Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Alert, Front Pedestrian Braking, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, and IntelliBeam automatic high-beams.
Customers looking for more safety tech will find an assortment of affordable packages that offer Adaptive Cruise Control, Rear Park Assist, and Rear-Cross Traffic Braking. They’re joined by Blind Zone Steering Assist, Rear Pedestrian Alert, and an HD Surround Vision system.
Colorado owners like to tow and most versions of the truck have a maximum towing capacity of 7,700 lbs (3,493 kg). This bests the Frontier, Ranger, and Tacoma while also matching the mightiest Gladiator.
Sticking with towing, customers can get a package that adds a receiver as well as an automatic locking rear differential, an integrated trailer brake controller, and a trailering app on the infotainment system. We’d also be remiss to mention the truck has a maximum payload capacity of up to 1,684 lbs (764 kg).
Mid-Size No Longer Means Half As Good
Mid-size trucks have often felt like half-hearted efforts, but that’s clearly not the case with the 2023 Chevrolet Colorado. Designers and engineers poured blood, sweat, and tears into the model and the end result is truly impressive as it looks great, drives well, and features an impressive new engine.
On top of that, the Colorado boasts a significantly improved interior, more upscale equipment, and a new Trail Boss trim that should appeal to off-roaders on a budget. Speaking of which, Chevy managed to keep pricing affordable and this means you can get a nice truck for around $42,000.
While there are a few tradeoffs, the Colorado is a solid pickup and the one to beat. Of course, there’s no shortage of challengers on the horizon and we’ll learn more about them in the coming months.
2023.06.04 23:29 Requiescene Putting my foot down.
Been a while since I stopped by here, but I absolutely need to vent this out.
I wanted to visit this girl I've known for a long time. We've been friends for a while, and our last meet-up didn't end too well because she had a mental illness. We're not here for that. Recently, we've patched things up and we want a redo of our trip.
My APs think she is a bad person for leaving me out to dry back then, my AD especially. He tells me he's worried it will happen again, he doesn't trust this girl, I should never trust "the white man" for anything because "We are Asian-American, Vietnamese, they will exploit us in any way they can", and tells me if she wants to meet me, she meets me in my home state instead of me going there. I'm "allowed" to go, they won't stop me, but it will "hurt" them if I do. They'll pay for all of her expenses, they tell me, - and I know this is just a joke and empty promises.
My APs always complain I never go anywhere. Never leave the house. They turn around and spit this back to me, insisting she comes over here and act like this is the correct thing, disregarding everybody else's plans that would make it easier.
We're due to see my uncle in California for his 70th birthday - and I've sort of been roped into it because my work has now been insistent I go over there, too, just to prospect clientele. I know they will spend about 3x what I'm about to tell you, because it's always happened over there.
I did the simple math. If she were to come down here she would have to find some pet caretakers for her cats, she'd be bringing her shiba inu dog with her, and would need to somehow request time off from a fresh new part-time job she's taken to refocus on herself. This would total out to $1,857 Day 0 for her to see me, and this doesn't even count for the food, entertainment, or anything else she desires. $162 + $600 plane ticket and pet onboarding, $918 + $75 for a week at a good and safe hotel with a pet policy deposit, $102 for Denver International parking for 6 days. She cannot stay with us because my parents think every white person is a burglar.
Then comparatively, I would just need $162 for a plane ticket. She would pick me up from the airport and staying in her house is free. At best, I'd likely spend $500 - $600, maximum $700, over the course of a week.
But sure, we're not gonna let the white man exploit us. You get the bad end of a deal because you won't let me go, but we're clearly not gonna let us Viets get taken advantage of.
I throw that to them but logic doesn't apply in their little world. "You need to stay at home for papa after that week because I have work, I cannot take time off work again" my AM says to me. Her work also includes an FMLA clause - meaning that no matter what, she can take time off for any undisclosed reasoning whatsoever in order to take care of herself. She's even taken off time just because she didn't want to deal with a boss that keeps constantly yelling at her, and that was no issue.
AD has been blind since 2022 due to failed surgeries, yet in recent times he's been becoming independent, getting used to his new life as a blind man. He can manage his own eyedrops, very slowly microwave food, read the clock, take a shower, go to the bathroom, etc etc. He does not need me to be around.
Bunch of hypocrites and their excuses.
I am not bending my knee to this. I am going to keep hounding them over this until they agree to let me go. No matter what.
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2023.06.04 23:29 Sturty7 Shower house at Northern Michigan cabin
After this summer of projects on our newly bought cabin , we only have one major project left to do. It's a shower house. Currently we have a make shift shower in the cabin that we are trying to remove. My thought was to build a building that is big enough to hold a shower stall and then a six person sauna. Run a light off of solar and a well pump off of solar as well. The shower and a kitchen sink would be all that would be using the well. We have propane there, my thoughts were to use an on demand water heater in a insulated and "sealed" pit to heat the water. Similar to a very large well pump box. Does anyone think this would work or is this a terrible idea? The shower house would probably be made out of 6 in d log with a cement pad
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2023.06.04 23:25 Thick_Mick_Chick Song of Soliloquy
If there was one thing Soliloquy hated? She really hated being proven wrong. She knew she couldn't be right about everything but she HATED being 100% sure she was wrong. It made her look stupid and stupid was something Soliloquy most certainly was not.
She wasn't like the other kids. Mama said that was okay. We weren't meant to be like everyone else. What makes us different also makes us special. Soliloquy believed it because there's no way Mama would lie to her.
Mama was so smart. She'd picked up on all of the little things Soliloquy did as a baby and, then, a toddler. Mama knew Soliloquy was such a "special" girl. Only she truly believed in Soliloquy. She'd never known her Daddy. Mama didn't care for talking about him too much. From what little Mama did say about him? It's probably better off that way.
She'd been so little when the first incident happened. Mama knew for certain then. There'd been no doubt left in Mama's mind. Mama had been busy and didn't get Soliloquy's bottle warmed up for her in a timely fashion. She was just a baby and had no way of controlling her anger. It wasn't poor Mama's fault, either. She had her hands full being a single mother. It just exploded. Mama said that it scared her so! She was grateful she hadn't been close to the microwave because the glass went everywhere. Mama knew from that day that she could never be late with Soliloquy's bottle ever again.
Now? This turdy boy thinks a tomato is a fruit?! Why would he think that?! EVERYONE knows tomatoes are vegetables!
"Dummy! I'm trying to tell you! If you weren't so freaking poor? Maybe you could afford a cell phone and Google it, Stupid!" Grover Dill was not a nice, cute, clean nor smart boy. All he was to Soliloquy was trouble and headaches. He'd bullied her every since kindergarten and he hadn't let up one day from then until now. He hasn't even slowed down in the 6th grade. Mama always tried to talk Soliloquy down when he tormented her so. She really hoped she made it home this time so Mama could do it, again. Soliloquy knew if she had another "spell"? Mama would be so disappointed. Please, please, please, let her make it back home, again.
"At least I'm not named after a Sesame Street muppet!" Soliloquy could feel tears sting her eyes.
"And your name means you talk to yourself!" Grover just had to say something. He couldn't just let it go.
She was walking away. She was trying so hard. It was happening, though. She wasn't getting flushed. She was getting HOT!
"GROVER CLAUDE DILL! DON'T SAY NOTHIN' ELSE TO ME!" Soliloquy was burning up.
"NOTHIN', WHITE TRASH!" Grover was cackling and Soliloquy was coming unglued.
She kept trying to distract herself. It wasn't helping. Where would it go this time? What would it mean? She should "put it" somewhere. But put it where?
"Back off! Calm down!" Soliloquy shut her eyes and kept repeating the 2 phrases, over and over, more to herself than anyone. Something was cracking, splitting, something was breaking!
Soliloquy opened her eyes to see Grover Dill standing underneath a tree with a very heavy branch that was cracking and breaking. Of course? Being the hillbilly, redneck, The Hills Have Eyes inbred that he is? He was too busy cackling like an old mountain witch to notice.
"I should tell him. I should. Mama would be disappointed, but I just can't take anymore of him!" Soliloquy debated with her conscience. She knew it was wrong. You ain't suppose to be doin' wrong. Sweet little baby Jesus, she just couldn't take him, anymore. So? Soliloquy settled on, "What Mama don't know won't hurt her."
She looked up at the branch. It honestly could've went either way, at that point. She knew which way it would go this time.
The tree branch groaned in protest as it continued to break away from it's perch. Then? CRAAAAAAACK! In the words of John Mellencamp (one of Mama's favorites since she's from Indiana, too)? It came "Crumblin' Down."
It all seemed to happen in slow motion. The branch completely broke free and plummeted towards Grover's useless head. Soliloquy thought, "It's going to be more useless in about 3 more seconds." And? Soliloquy stifled a giggle.
Boom! Soliloquy couldn't believe what she'd seen. The branch fell on Grover just as he threw his head back to laugh harder. BAM! Smack in his face! Grover let out a guttural scream as the branch slammed his face and the rest of his body folded like an accordion as he fell to the sidewalk. He was breathing really funny and it sounded wet. Oh, no. She thought it would just knock him out! This was more than she could deal with. Mama would know how to handle this. She was so sure of it!
"Better look around and see if anyone was watching." Soliloquy began scanning the school, playground and sidewalk she was on. School had been over for awhile. No one was around. Don't ask? Don't tell. She ran all the way home.
Contrary to the skid mark named Grover Dill's opinion? She most certainly was not white trash. It was true that all that Mama could afford was a trailer. The trailer was clean and Soliloquy had her own room and she was happy. She didn't have a problem so why did that poster child for abortion have to say such mean and hurtful things? Did that make him deserving of a death sentence? As Soliloquy peaked the little hill right before her house? She saw Mama out in the front yard. Thank the Lord! She'll know what to do.
"Soliloquy, Baby? That you?" Mama looked up as she rounded the corner. Soliloquy ran to her until she almost passed out.
"Mama! I didn't mean to, Mama!" Soliloquy began to plead her case just as soon as she saw her.
"Baby! What's happened?" Mama's furrowed brow let Soliloquy know she was very concerned.
"Mama! I swear, Mama!" Soliloquy finally reached Mama and hugged her like she'd never let go.
"Come inside, Baby, and tell me what happened." Mama took Soliloquy inside and they both sat on the couch. Soliloquy was so happy to be home if not happy about her circumstance.
"Mama! It was Grover, again!" Soliloquy was tearing up
"What did he do this time, Soliloquy?" Mama asked as if she were irritated that his name even got brought up.
"I didn't know, Mama. I really thought tomatoes were vegetables. Grover told me they are actually fruit." Soliloquy timidly approached the subject.
"And that was the fight?" Mama knew there had to be more to this.
"No, there was more. That's just what started it." Soliloquy replied and Mama nodded her head in acknowledgement.
"He just wouldn't stop, Mama. He just..." Soliloquy burst into tears.
"Soliloquy? Did you have another spell?" Mama always got right to the point.
Welp. There it was. The time to cough it up. "I tried not to, Mama. Please, believe me!"
"Soliloquy? Tell me what happened and tell me what happened right now. I'm not angry, but I do need to know." Mama was getting more upset.
"Deep breath in through your nose and out through your mouth." Soliloquy said to herself.
"Okay. We kept arguing and he was saying really nasty things and I was getting so mad, Mama!" She couldn't hold back.
"He was really hurtful and hateful and I... I....." Soliloquy tapered off.
"You had a spell?" Mama already knew.
"Yes, Mama. I did." Soliloquy replied and stayed silent.
"How bad was it, Baby?" Mama resigned herself to the fate of knowing it has most certainly happened, again.
"Bad, bad, Mama." Soliloquy placed her head in her hands and openly sobbed.
"Baby? Is he dead?" Mama needed to know.
"I don't know, Mama. I just don't know." Soliloquy was racked with sobs.
"Baby, this isn't your fault. I was hoping it wouldn't get this bad. I was hoping it'd would never go this far. This is something you just can't control. There's no way you can when you get older. It happened to me, too." Mama said without realizing she'd just turned Soliloquy's world upside down.
What did she mean it happened to her, too? Wait, what?
"Mama? What do you mean it happened to you?" Soliloquy was certain she'd feel better once she talked to Mama but she most definitely was not feeling better.
"Soliloquy, you've had these spells every since you were born. Well? Before you were born? I had them."
Mama had the spells when she was younger, too?
"I was born like you. I had spells from time to time and it was usually out of my control until I got older. I learned how to self soothe so nothing really bad happened. I thought it was all okay. I really did. Well, when I met your Daddy? I thought I'd never have another spell, again. I really did. I loved him so much. In the beginning? He was good to me, too. Then? Bethany. She just had to come along and screw it up. She was so much prettier and thinner than me and your Daddy just fell head over heels. I was crushed. I was devastated. How can I compete with skinny ass Methany? What could I do to make sure your Daddy stayed with me? Well, I thought of what women have thought of since time immemorial. I got pregnant. Your Daddy was happy at first. He really wanted you. As time went on? I got bigger and more unattractive as I got further along. Pregnancy isn't normally when a woman looks her best. Well, that just made your horn dog Daddy run to Bethany even more. I was losing him and couldn't do a thing about it. One day? A few weeks before I was due to have you? Your Daddy came to me and informed me that he's moving in with Bethany. He said he wanted nothing further to do with me and would see me in court over visitation and support. He very much wanted to be in your life, but not mine. Well, who in the hell does he think he is? I'll be damned if he's coming to see you but doesn't want me! So? As he stood at the bottom step of our front porch? Flames started licking his workboots and he screamed. I just laughed with delight the whole time he was burning up! When I had you? The "spells" moved onto you and left me." Mama just smiled at Soliloquy like she just told her what the weather was like outside.
Soliloquy's head was spinning. Mama killed Daddy because he only wanted me and not her? No. NO! THAT'S NOT IT!
"Mama, you just got mad and it got away from you, right?" Soliloquy hoped she said yes.
"Oh, no, Baby. The second he told me he wanted you but not me? I crisped him like bacon!" Mama laughed. She actually laughed.
Soliloquy didn't know how to get out of this. Mama actually KILLED her Daddy. She never got to meet him. She never got to love him. She'd never known anything more than the crappy little podunk town she'd been born and raised in. She could've known more. She could've known nicer. She could've known better.
"What's the matter, Baby? You look unhappy." Was Mama actually serious? What's the matter? WHAT'S THE MATTER? SHE HAS GOT TO BE KIDDING!
It started happening. The flames licked onto the outside of the trailer and climbed up its walls and doors.
"Soliloquy! What are you doing? Why are you burning up the trailer? Stop it this instant!" Now Mama was the one angry.
"No, Mama, I can't do that. You wanted me all to yourself. Well? Here I am. Both of us can head down to hell together." Soliloquy looked at her with a sinister smile. It was then she just had to laugh. Sesame Street was on the T.V. behind Mama sobbing. Guess Grover got the last laugh after all.
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2023.06.04 23:20 Entrixpy Left Side Abdominal Pain Daily Around the Same Time. Is Anxiety the Cause?
So, in short, I have been having chronic left side abdominal pain under my ribcage. I am a 27-year-old female. This issue has been going on for roughly 2 years. I have had 2 colonoscopies, several MRI's, CT scans, and blood work. Everything comes back normal besides being thrown under the ibs umbrella. I have tried changing my diet, exercise, etc. Nothing seems to alleviate the issue besides laying down on my back or left side, with a heating pad. Even then I am basically down and out for the rest of the day when it starts. It usually starts in the evenings around 4p.m. The issue is partially running my life. It feels like my life is on pause...
At a young age I was diagnosed with social anxiety disorder and ADHD. I have never been able to handle stress well... I live in a constant state of anxiety/stress, and I am unsure If I even know what it's like to not be anxious or stressed. My main point is, I am wondering if anyone has experienced symptoms or issues like mine, and if anyone has had a fix or has some sort of ideas on what I should do. I have basically exhausted most avenues and I am tired of seeing doctors... (was basically seeing doctors several times a month with no real fix but medications that didn't work... I also do not do well taking medication due to my anxiety. I have a bad habit of gaging and feeling the need to make myself throw pills up...)
These symptoms started during a stressful period in my life and have not alleviated since. I had gotten a really bad fever, then my husband lost his job...then from there it was this daily pain. The pain feels like muscle spasms, mixed with dull ache, or sharp pain. Am i trapped in an eternal fight or flight mode? Emphasis on fight lol...
Any sort of feedback or ideas on what I should do to try and alleviate the issue would be lovely and highly appreciated. This cycle going on 2 years needs breaking... Sorry for the poor formatting. I don't usually type up stuff like this often.
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2023.06.04 23:16 h-w-p-o We beat the bucks (best record in the nba) and the celtics (2nd best). Now we play the nuggets (4th best)...
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...am i the only one that thinks the heat are being overlooked and underestimated? We had 1 bad shooting game (it happens) where we got no calls (2 fts only??) and now the media portrays denver as if they've already won the series. We beat bucks+celtics without last yrs 6moty herro, and he's now coming back (prolly gm3 at home). We still have the nba's best coach & culture, and i believe in himmy (ankle injury or not, he still got that dawg in him) and bam ain't laying down for no one. Defense wins championships. Lfg heat!!🔥🔥 submitted by h-w-p-o to heat [link] [comments]
P.S. just read caleb is still listed as questionable with an illness. Flu game? 🤞🤞
2023.06.04 23:14 Themuaythai99 Spongy brakes after accidentally popping out brake caliper pistons?
Hello, I was changing out my 2016 Subaru forester wheel bearing stud and brake pads and rotor, wasn’t thinking and pumped brake without the caliper on the rotor (rookie mistake) came back down to the piston out brake fluid all over the floor. Anyways, I was able to put the piston back in, and everything on the car. But now brakes are spongy even after topping off the fluid. Is it possible I just need to bleed the brakes on the side where it popped the piston off and fluid leaked Or what would I need to to do to get the brakes solid again? Thanks for help!
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2023.06.04 23:14 jason_sos Remove AppleTV from my account
I had an old Apple TV (I believe it was a 3rd generation from 2012), and I recently donated it without wiping it or signing out. I do not have access to get it back. Is this a problem? I know this isn’t the same as an iPhone, iPad, etc.
Is there a way to remove it from my account? I don’t see it in Find My or seem to be able to figure out where I would find it in account settings. I do still have an Apple TV 4th generation that I still do use.
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2023.06.04 23:13 CaterpillarAfraid138 Anyone down to play co op
2023.06.04 23:10 MountMancy Anyone here with PCOS?
Those who are diagnosed with PCOS, which Caroline’s program do you recommend best? It is said that slow, weight workouts as compared to HIIT help with PCOS. Also how long it took you to finally see considerable changes?
Also those who get extremely painful periods and lethargy, how do manage workout? Last when I started her Epic Heat, I went on a period break and then considered restarting from day 1 since I lost the momentum. I ended up doing no workout altogether and now after 6 months, I’m back to day 1 of Heat.
I want to avoid HIIT due to PCOS but also keep my workouts for 30 minutes as it fits in my schedule.
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2023.06.04 23:10 Intelligent-Sign-882 Doors comic 1-3 by me!
2023.06.04 23:06 Winter-Bright Any OE hope for a fashion graduate?
Hi, I need some advice and suggestions on whether OE is feasible when my degree is in fashion with a minor in creative writing (I'm in Canada).
Are there any jobs that I might be able to get online that are OE friendly for someone with my background? Or are there at least some steps I could take to get me closer quickly? It definitely doesn't have to be in the fashion field.
Long story short, I’ve been taking a mental health sabbatical since I graduated from fashion school (the hands-on making side, not business), and while I’m taking my time refreshing my sewing and drafting skills, I was hoping there might be some way to get into OE to start to catch up financially in life (I’m almost 30 and don’t have any savings to speak of due to not being able to work while I was in school). I only learned about OE after I had graduated and now regret not going into the tech/data/project managements fields since I suspect I’d be great at data annotations, data entry, prompt engineering, or other online work. The problem is that at this point in time, I would really rather not go back to school for a new degree due to the level of burnout that I’m finally just now recovering from.
I have access to a powerful computer with dual monitors, a Blue Yeti microphone, PAD System fashion software, and I’m proficient in Photoshop, Illustrator, Word, and fast typing. I’m also willing to learn Excel, ChatGPT and other software if the job calls for it.
Thank you in advance for any advice or suggestions!
(Sorry to the mods if this post goes against the rules in some way. No worries if you need to remove it.)
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2023.06.04 23:02 redditor017481 19 [M4F] Dayton Ohio or Anywhere - Shy Guy Seeking Flirty and Adventurous Friends!
Hey there, lovely ladies, I'm a shy and nice guy, but there's a fire burning inside me that's craving some flirty and passionate connections! I'm on the lookout for some special friends who can ignite that spark within me. Are you ready to join me on this thrilling journey? Picture this: we'll go kayaking together, gliding through the water as our bodies brush against each other, creating an electrifying energy. And when we're not conquering the waves, we can cuddle up on the couch, exploring each other's deepest desires while watching our favorite TV shows and movies. Let's make every moment count, both outdoors and indoors. Now, I must admit, I'm a bit of a bookworm, but I promise I can be your personal page-turner too. Let's get lost in each other's stories, getting closer with every chapter. We can explore new trails, but the only exploration I'm truly interested in is the one where we discover the intimate depths of our desires. If any of this tantalizing adventure sounds like your cup of tea, don't hold back! Send me a message, and together, we'll embark on a journey filled with unforgettable memories. The world is our playground, and I can't wait to explore it with you. Let's turn up the heat and create a connection that will leave us both craving for more!
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2023.06.04 23:01 demauroy Outer Space Shack - Open Lowcode - a 1960s-inspired space base building game on the Moon. Now with a rover, advanced life support, and local radiation shielding.
Outer Space Shack is a gripping space base building game where players strive to master the cosmos and establish sustainable habitats. In this update, we delve into thrilling enhancements in the game like our advanced life support system, the return of the lunar rover, and the initial stages of In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU). Plus, we've integrated numerous quality of life improvements to boost your gaming experience. Stay tuned for the latest game insights on our subreddit ( outerspaceshack
). You may enjoy the latest video screenshots
or the trailer on the Steam page
. High Performance life support
Over the past few months, I've introduced basic thermal and air management systems into Outer Space Shack. Early in the game, players can access this system, but it comes with certain drawbacks. It requires a piece of machinery per space base module, taking up considerable space inside. Additionally, CO2 scrubbing requires consumable supplies. Plus, cooling, a primary challenge on the Moon, demands substantial thermal radiators.
I'm excited to share that the high-performance life support system is a significant upgrade. A large heat pump now assures heating and cooling. The renewable life support mechanism I've designed includes a high-performance air conditioning vent and a renewable CO2 scrubber. This scrubber removes CO2 from the air and releases it later. I've also added a new vent for disposing of CO2 outside, and in the future, I plan to introduce a specialized tank for storing CO2.
I've also made provision for storing O2 bottles outside the base in a specially constructed shack, shielding them from solar radiation. This solution helps save valuable space within the pressurized modules of the base, further optimizing interior space usage and enhancing the overall functionality of your lunar base. The escargot is back
I'm excited to announce that the space rover 'Escargot' has made its return to Outer Space Shack. You might remember it from the 2021 trailer. Subsequent development focused more on astronauts, causing the rover to fall into the sidelines. But now, after some thorough overhauling, it's back in action. The rover is an outdoor operator, as it can't enter the space base, but it's designed to automatically undertake landscaping and transport tasks.
Integrating the rover has the significant advantage of reducing your astronauts' EVAs. EVAs pose radiation risks to the astronauts and consume valuable water resources, as the space suits are cooled using a water evaporator.
Notably, the rover is indispensable for building regolith walls due to its ability to transport large regolith bags and blocks weighing a metric ton. Despite the Moon's lower gravity making this equivalent to just 150kg on Earth, it's still far too heavy for even the strongest astronaut.
I'm also mulling over making the rover a necessary component for transporting materials to build space base modules. Some parts realistically weigh more than the 100kg that astronauts can safely transport on the Moon. I would love to hear your thoughts on this, and invite you to join the ongoing discussion here. Exploring ISRU: The First Step
ISRU (In-Situ Resource Utilization) involves the collection, processing, storage, and use of materials found or produced on celestial bodies like the Moon or Mars. These materials serve as a substitute for those that would traditionally be shipped from Earth. While the ultimate goal of ISRU is to construct space base modules, cultivate food, and fabricate necessary technology, the reality proves to be complex. Consider all the raw materials, factories, and diverse machinery required even to produce a simple object like a fork.
The initial implementation of ISRU in Outer Space Shack is modest but vital: a solar kiln constructs large blocks which can be stacked to create thick walls and roofs around space base buildings. The process of the solar kiln is slow, constructing one to two blocks per month. I'm currently exploring the possibility of integrating a combined solaelectric kiln for quicker block sintering.
These blocks play a critical role in shielding the interior of the space base from harmful radiation. Radiation poses significant threats to the central nervous system, causing cognitive and motor function changes, and behavioral shifts. Acute effects can include radiation sickness symptoms like nausea, vomiting, anorexia, and fatigue.
Chronic exposure to radiation heightens the risk of developing diseases such as leukemia, lung, breast, thyroid, esophageal, stomach, and colon cancers, as well as affecting the central nervous system. Radiation can also cause eye damage, potentially leading to cataracts, and can compromise the immune system, making astronauts more prone to illnesses or infections.
Thus, while the large regolith bricks may seem mundane, they serve a crucial purpose. Two meters of this material is needed to shield effectively from radiation, making them an essential part of your lunar base's safety measures. Exciting Quality of Life Enhancements
As we inch closer to release, with less than two months to go, a significant portion of my time has been spent fine-tuning the game, implementing several small yet essential improvements, many of which are long overdue. To summarize:
- Expedited Transitions: The shift between the space center on Earth and the space base on your chosen celestial body is now faster and more fluid.
- Multiple Save Files: I've added the capability to save several game files for those times when you want to try different strategies or start anew without losing progress.
- Enhanced Function Screen: This feature has received a visual overhaul, providing a clearer, more appealing graphical interface. It's now accessible for all networks, encompassing electricity, heat, cold, clean water, dirty water, oxygen, and CO2. The screen now showcases top consumers and allows direct control to switch off systems as needed.
- Prioritized Assembly: When assembling diverse structures on your chosen planet, power generating buildings are now assembled first. This priority is given because power is typically necessary to operate other buildings effectively.
- Camera Improvements: The camera now provides smoother movements, enhancing overall visual experience. I've also included a feature where the camera can follow a land vehicle or astronaut for a more immersive experience.
I'm thrilled to confirm the official release date of Outer Space Shack - July 20th. This will mark a significant milestone in the game's journey and, as the old saying goes, 'you only get one chance to make a good first impression.'
If you've enjoyed what you've seen of the game so far and haven't already done so, please consider adding the game to your Steam wishlist
. Your support can make all the difference. Thank you!
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2023.06.04 23:00 bradlangs Gigabyte Aero 15 YD RP75 - Heatsink screws are stripped
Hi, I did a liquid metal mod on my laptop a while back, it's working fine but the heatsink screws are stripped, I can't figure out a place to buy new ones that are the right size, can anyone help me find them?
I wouldn't worry about it that much if it weren't for my fan making a lot of noise now. I have a replacement fan ready to go but I need to take out the heatsink assembly to replace it. my current solution for not being able to get the right pressure with the screws is I added a stack of thermal pads between then the case and heat sink. it works fine just this fan noise is painful. Pls help
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2023.06.04 23:00 spacer04pk Weird Curing Issue with 3D Printer
So I had a strange issue while printing recently. I have a 1-year-old ANYCUBIC Photon Mono X 6K that has been performing great for me. A couple of days ago, I put a new batch of basic grey resin in the vat and started a print. I came back when the print should have been finished ~7 hours later and none of the resin had cured at all. I tried doing an exposure test and confirmed that the screen was turning on, but for some reason, the resin still did not cure at all, even when doing a full-screen exposure for 30 seconds.
Weirder still, the next day I took some resin from the same bottle and hit it with UV light, and it cured immediately. So I tried an exposure test on the printer, and it worked as expected. I then started a print, and it printed great.
When it failed the night before, I had a heating pad under the printer, and a small space heater in the room. The room was at maybe 75F, and the inside of the print chamber was ~80F. These are the only things that were different in the room from any other time I have printed. I set them up because the room is typically under 70F, and I've had some failures that I think were caused by the resin being too high-viscosity due to temp.
Has anyone had this happen before? It seemed odd that I could clearly see the screen turn on, but the resin still didn't cure. It also seemed odd that this issue would be resolved just after letting the printer sit, and maybe from being power cycled.
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