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2016.06.01 06:29 iMuffles MARVEL Future Fight

Area meant for discussion of Netmarble Games and Marvel’s Future Fight.

2016.10.03 16:20 Equilibrist The Wayfarer's Pub

The Wayfarer's Pub is a bar resting in a pocket dimension for your tabletop roleplaying game character to come and interact with others' characters from around the globe. A bar where everyone's characters go after an adventure to unwind. A place for retired characters, active characters, or characters yet-to-be. We have players from D&D, WH40K, Shadowrun and even Star Wars RPG. Each thread is a conversation you overhear and can take part in.

2009.03.13 03:55 FunnyBoyz Boruto: Naruto Next Generations

Everything related to the Naruto and Boruto series goes here. Although you could also talk about the topping too.

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2023.03.28 13:00 lucand555 Is aspect system fundamentally flawed?

The first major problem I see with aspect system is that, you will be forced to use skills, that synergizes with random legendaries you looted, instead of skills you wanted to use in a first place.
For example I want to play minion based necro, but I got 3 legendary items, with multipliers to corpse skills, making my fully specialized passive tree for minions inferior in comparision.
Basically before completing most of dungeons, and unlocking desired aspects in codex, we will be forced to play builds that we don't want to play, and IMHO is just bad game desing.
Also correct me if I am wrong, but I wonder if ALL aspects that drop as legendary items will be also available through codex in weaker version?
If that's true, then what is the point of aspects being attached to equipment?
Wouldn't it be better if aspects were independent items, that you can socket directly into skills, which will allow you to focus more on equipment stats, rather than aspects?
In that case you would build your character with basic aspects from codex, acquired by for example simply using skills like in Skyrim, and then min/max your character with empowered aspects dropping as loot in the endgame.
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2023.03.28 13:00 Despacitowen how do you unhide a song from your playlist?

accidentally hit that - button on mobile & it hid the song. i go into the songs settings & theres no button to unhide it. i look it up & the guide on google had a button right in the damn menu to unlock it. the hell? can i fix this?
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2023.03.28 12:59 ellisinthemood Level glitch?

Level glitch?
Okay so I have dwight on level 44 and his teachables are not unlocked and it says his level is level 12?
Is this some transferring mistake that will get fixed? It says the dane with my other characters, so will I have to spend time to level them again from the start until I get their teachables again?
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2023.03.28 12:57 Remarkable-Film-2966 Mavka. The Forest Song

Mavka. The Forest Song
So basically, 'Mavka. The Forest Song' is a Ukrainian 3D animated film. And what makes it worth talking about are several things. First of all, the movie has managed to become the highest-grossing feature in the history of the independent Ukraine in just three weeks! Second of all, it's also a major international achievement for Ukrainian animation as this animated film was sold to more than 80 countries all across the globe! And last but not least, the movie is actually strongly based on Ukrainian mythology as the main character is Mavka, the soul of the forest and its guardian. Furthermore, there are other creatures from Ukrainian folklore that are featured in the movie such as mermaids and other forest creatures. It's also worth mentioning that Mavka depicts Ukrainian traditional clothing and culture overall as well. And while the plot of the movie is certainly not the best, the animation is groundbreaking for Ukraine! If you'd like to take glimpse at Ukrainian culture and mythology while also supporting our animation — then be sure to attend to the movie premiere in your country! Release dates are already known for a bunch of countries (as you can see here) and the nearest premiere as of now is set on tomorrow, March 29th, in France and Belgium. After that, the movie also premieres in Australia and New Zealand on April 6th. Other release dates are yet to be announced so be sure to check the official Instagram account of the film,, in case you're interested! Here are English and French trailers of the movie if you're interested!
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2023.03.28 12:57 QuispelXavier [PC] [2000ish] (Flash) game about plane crash on island and having to survive and have a baby eventually. Please help!

So I have these vague memories of a game where you start out in a plane, I think the character you play as goes to a vacation spot. But the plane crashes and you're the only one to survive, so it seems. Parts of island is covered in some mist you have to unlock and you have to build shelter and farms to survive. The game uses an energy bar and actions take time to complete, like in most free games nowadays.
Perspective is from up top and artstyle is very old, looks a bit like old age of empires.
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2023.03.28 12:57 Hazza1190 MigrationWiz recipient mapping.

I've used MigrationWiz for many onprem to 365 migrations and Google to 365 migrations in the past with no issues. However, I am doing my first exchange online (365) to exchange online (365) migration and in the guide it states that recipient mapping is very important but for the life of me I cannot get my head around it.
I am migrating the domain and email addresses into a new tenant, so end result would be that all email address would be exactly the same in the new tenant. However, during the migration process in the destination tenant I will use an .OnMicrosoft domain as a temporary measure until cut over day when I will migrate the domain from the old tenant to the new and make sure all users are changed to the original domain.
The information on recipient mapping suggests that I should point the source domain to the destination domain but I can't tell whether that is only if the domain is changing or not, or whether I need to add the recipient mapping to point to the .OnMicrosoft domain even though I won't be using it at all post migration. Again, the domain will be pushed across to the new tenant and all email addresses will remain the same post migration, but they will just be in the new 365 tenant.
Thanks, Harry
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2023.03.28 12:55 elgosu Mostly detailed feedback that has not been mentioned yet

Having played all classes to 25, the skill tree has a bit more depth than at first glance, based on how you mix skills and passives across elements or combining statuses. There is room for experimentation and theorycrafting even at this level range. However, most passive nodes should be more impactful so each level feels like a significant progression especially since monsters scale up. There are many nodes that provide only 3% increase or chance which is hardly noticeable, compared to 4 or 5%. In the endgame there will be more lucky hit chance to make these nodes viable, but even so it would be nice if they are effective to use during the levelling process.
I first tried a Twisting Blades build with Poison Imbuement and Poison Trap that ended up very close to the strongest melee rogue boss-killing build, deleting Nilcar in seconds despite never dropping the Twisting Blades legendary. Then Ice Blades as a cooldown reducer for Inferno and free Meteors, which was janky but also kind of worked. Then a Lightning Shred build mixing in crit nodes and lucky hit to trigger lightning strikes on vulnerable and immobilized enemies via the Bad Omen node. Then a Shadow damage Necromancer based on Sever and Blighted Corpse Explosion. Then finally a Frenzy-Upheaval Whirlwind-Death Blow Iron Maelstrom build.
Some skills and combinations were really satisfying and encouraged fun playstyles so hopefully they will be endgame viable and receive some supporting items or nodes. Death Blow with the rewarding reset sound, and when you group enemies so you can hit elites multiple times. Iron Maelstrom with its combo feel, and encouraging an active Arsenal switching to reduce the cooldown. Twisting Blades then Dashing or Shadow Stepping to try to hit as many monsters as possible, while also completing the Inner Sight minigame. Poison Trap and how it knocks down enemies. Chain Lightning with its automatic targeting and range, and also bouncing off you so you try to stay near enough to bosses. Unstable Currents especially combined with increased attack speed for Arc Lash. Chaining Corpse Explosions.
Cataclysm felt useless because it hardly hits enemies. Disappointing the fantasy of a powerful Cataclysm following my Werewolf, similar to the Armageddon Werewolf build from Diablo II. Shred also felt clunky with its attack area, relatively low damage, and Spirit cost. Reducing Spirit costs for all Druid abilities would help the early game a lot, since other classes don't need to focus as much on resources early on.
Baseline attack speed could be slightly improved for melee weapons, to help with boss fights with short windows for attacking. There could be more differentiation between the different weapons particularly in speed and attack range, so they feel more different. Slightly longer reach for melee attacks, and even longer with two-handed weapons, would make melee builds feel smoother. Perhaps ranged attacks and spells could have some downsides too, like cast delay and slower projectile speed so the risk and reward between ranged and melee builds is more even.
It would be interesting to have passive nodes or aspects that turn support skills into main skills, and vice versa. The aspect that turns Wolves into Werewolves does this, for example, but companions should probably be viable on their own without aspects.
Although legendary drop rates will be much lower compared to the beta, aspects will be more accessible in the full game, since you can go to most dungeons around all regions of the open world, so balance-wise we can assume every class and build should have access to their strongest legendary powers early on, except maybe those that are locked behind high level strongholds.
Some of the numbers on aspects provide way too much of a damage multiplier, on top of significant utility or functionality changes. There is too much disparity in a build’s power before and after, especially at a single World Tier, which also becomes a problem for balancing difficulty. This also contrasts too much with how minor most other item affixes are, providing perhaps 5-7% damage conditionally. This is also a problem downstream of having these powers on items, since we have a limited number of item slots and the developers needed to squeeze in all the functionality and damage for each envisioned build. I suppose this becomes less of an issue at endgame when you have all the aspects you want already.
World Tier 2 is not difficult enough relative to World Tier 1. The jump should feel a bit more significant for normal encounters. I had friends who never played the genre before but had no trouble playing on World Tier 2, except for a handful of boss fights.
The Act 1 boss encounters feel less interesting and memorable than a lot of dungeon and stronghold bosses. The stagger mechanic on bosses should be explained somehow, apart from just seeing the word pop up occasionally during a fight. It should also be balanced so some builds can focus on staggering bosses to provide damage opportunities.
I think a lot of the dungeon complaints about repetitiveness and backtracking come down to flow and motivation. In the predecessors and other games of the genre, endgame content is also repetitive and less varied, but because players are motivated to complete their interesting builds with exciting items and currency, they don’t mind the grind. And with smooth ways to play the content, such as zooming through rifts or maps killing monsters, or rushing to bosses and deleting them then resetting, players don’t need to pay attention to the boring parts like finding keys to unlock the next area. It also feels more self-directed since the game is not telling you to complete sub-objectives to complete your main objective. So paradoxically making dungeons simpler might make them less boring. I do think with each season there will be more variety and endgame systems added, and some of the current dungeons can also be remade in the process.
Cellars are too low in content relative to the loading time, and too similar in layout. Perhaps they would feel better with more elites, waves of enemies, events, and even adding some chests to open. Apart from fights, they could have NPCs for conversations, or lore tidbits to discover.
The open world itself is fun to explore initially, but for repeated traversal could be made more engaging. More differences in monsters between day and night, and based on your quest and stronghold states. There could be more roaming packs or armies of monsters with elites or even bosses. Additional endgame content should be added to the open world, and not merely dungeons.
Miscellaneous There needs to be some explanation of how to quickly leave dungeons after completing the first one, since it’s not clear from the map UI or that it would be an option in the emote wheel. I did not know there was a Kor Dragan event after clearing the stronghold, so this information should be conveyed to players somehow. Codex of Power and Occultist should be enabled for all characters after the first, since if you have completed all dungeons with the first character you can't unlock it until level 25 with subsequent characters. And worst of all, why does your Chain Lightning target and kill dogs that follow you out of town?
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2023.03.28 12:55 TamatiePotatie Was I (24F) incorrect to call my friend (25F) out on behavior that came across as hypocritical?

My friend and I are quite close and already established early on in our friendship that we are people who need to communicate how we feel, and always know where we stand with one another. Having said this, we’ve never had an argument before in our two years of friendship. We are now currently having our first fight.
The whole month of March she has been acting out of character and I’ve tried communicating with her even though we have been really busy and have barely seen each other as opposed to seeing each other at least three times a week at gym. She has been too busy for that however, but has said we should get together on the weekends a few times this month. However, we have been really busy on alternate days on the weekends so it’s never worked out. In the meantime, I am a very big fan of voice notes being a good way to keep up with your friends in those busy moments where you can’t get together for a lunch or dinner simply because schedules don’t always allow.
In anyway, she was invited to a girls birthday and this girl is someone she has repeatedly said that she does not like, but the tricky part is I had a bad run-in with this person when we met, and even though I have nothing against her and feel pretty neutral about the whole situation. She still says that she does not like this girl. I have said to her that she doesn’t need to say that for my benefit if she wants to hang out with her it’s totally her prerogative. It’s nothing to do with me. After all, we can all be friends with whoever we want to and there’s friends for different reasons too. Even when she told me that she got invited, she made it sound very jokey asking if I’d be her plus one (cause she knows I’m not a fan) and unbelievable, and then in the same breath, said that she doesn’t like her she’s just going because her dad is friends with the girl’s mother. I then said it’s not your responsibility to maintain any friendships that you don’t feel is healthy, but she still went which is fine. And of course posted on Instagram about it. Throughout March other incidents had happened where she seemed to have been posting on Instagram with people that she afterwards said she’s not a fan of/ she doesn’t like /they are not on good terms, etc.. A sidenote, she does run in a more wealthy circle then myself, and before I came along, she hadn’t had a deeper friendship before, and she really appreciated that we have that and same from my side. She’s a very humble person and down to earth and that’s how I’ve always seen her. Despite what she comes across as on first glance. We always agreed that we would be honest with each other so after many futile attempts at trying to communicate with her and her brushing it off, I did bring it up with her that I felt like I knew her but her actions lately have been making me question whether or not, I was wrong in my assumption of her because her words were not matching her actions lately. I urged her to tell me if something else was going on that was upsetting her that maybe she hadnt opened up about but she had said that whatever she was going through she had worked through and was feeling Great and by worked through - She means go out of town for a party weekend and come back. Needless to say, I was concerned, but also frustrated at the same time. After messaged her, she sent back a really mean and hurtful message saying that I was causing drama unnecessarily and that I just want to see everything the way I want to see it and I’m not open to other perspectives of anything else, and she focused a lot on the party of this girl which I wasn’t upset about. It was more the principle behind it. Regardless, I apologize for hurting her and triggering a hard response, which is what I assumed was that mean message.
I did also tell her that I’ve been going through a lot this month. I found out that my mom has cancer and that has been playing on my mind a lot and I wanted to tell her in person but we just never got the chance. So that could contribute to why my emotions have been quite erratic but regardless, I do want to be there for her because she seems like she does need it.
I’m just asking for advice on how to approach this further. I did tell her that I’m happy to make time to get together to talk through this so that we can both gain a lot of understanding rather than “winning” the argument. I know there’s a lot more context missing. I do want to add that I didn’t say things in anger because it has happened much to me that I always take my time to make sure I’m communicating so that it’s quite an understandable response for both parties. I also am someone who makes a point to ask for other perspectives I am not pigheaded about situations and I really put a lot of effort not to be.
Currently she hasn’t responded to me asking if we can talk it through together and I don’t want to badger her because I do want to respect her space. She’s also been posting with other friends on Instagram quite a few times this weekend (almost like she’s making a point since these are new people she doesn’t always hang with). That seems to come across as spiteful (as I was told. I didn’t initially think this)
Any insight/advice. I am struggling with figuring out if this friendship is something I should just let go because based on her message and the things she said - it’s quite clear (if they’re true) that she hasn’t really gotten to know that well.
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2023.03.28 12:52 ColossiSeven GPS Tracker for Every Cave System

Sending in my vote to have a gps tracker at the end of every cave system, with a specific symbol that symbolizes “cave not entirely cleared out” or “best item found” to symbolize cave cleared entirely.
A cave map could also be developed per location, found deep within the cave, with having the map and gps tracker being the only way to get the option to mark the cave as done or not. This would help with immersion, as I could choose to not use guides in verifying that a cave was completed. You could also have the tracker be broken by mutants and in need of repair when an update is added to a cave system that requires a new exploration to find what broke the device.
I’ll end by stating that this feels consistent with lore, as maintenance/construction/search and rescue teams would surely develop hand maps to keep from being lost, and at least one should be on a dead body. Player character would also probably make notes on a map (made from human skin?) to stay aware of their location and to stay safe by traveling between cleared defensive areas.
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2023.03.28 12:43 CiyapaOfficial Which Actress Has The Best Dressing Sense In Bollywood?

Bollywood, the Indian film industry, is known for its glamor and larger-than-life portrayal of characters. From stunning sets to extravagant costumes, everything about it exudes grandeur. The Bolly actresses are no exception when setting trends and creating fashion statements. Their dressing sense and style are followed and imitated by millions of fans worldwide.
However, when it comes to identifying the actress with the best dressing sense in Bollywood, it becomes a subjective matter of personal preference. Bollywood has seen many talented actresses who have carved a niche with their unique fashion sense and style. Some actresses prefer traditional attire, while others experiment with western wear.
Some effortlessly blend the two to create a unique look. In this era of social media, Bollywood actresses are constantly in the public eye, making fashion and style an essential aspect of their persona. In this context, this topic becomes all the more relevant and interesting to explore. So let's delve deeper into Bollywood fashion and find out the list of actresses with the best dressing sense in Bollywood.

Top 8 Bollywood Actresses With The Best Dressing Sense

Deepika Padukone is undoubtedly one of the most stylish actresses in Bollywood. Deepika has been a style icon for many years now, known for her effortless style and ability to carry off any outfit with ease. Deepika's sense of style is impeccable, whether it's a simple saree or an elaborate gown.
She is known for her minimalist approach to fashion and her love for classic silhouettes and monochrome looks. Her red carpet-appearances are always eagerly anticipated, and she has never failed to impress. Deepika's dressing sense is understated yet elegant, and she is often seen in timeless pieces that are both chic and sophisticated.
Priyanka Chopra is a global icon and a true fashionista. Her style is daring, bold, and eclectic, and she has never been afraid to experiment with different looks. From glamorous gowns to edgy streetwear, Priyanka can easily pull off any look. She is known for her love of bright colors and is often seen in bold and vibrant outfits.
Priyanka's style reflects her personality, and she always stands out in a crowd. Her red-carpet appearances are always a sight to behold, and she is often hailed as one of the best-dressed celebrities in the world.
Sonam Kapoor is often referred to as the queen of fashion in Bollywood. She is known for her bold and unconventional style and ability to mix and match different pieces to create unique looks. Sonam is a true fashion chameleon who can easily pull off any look.
Her love for avant-garde fashion is evident in her outfits, and she is often seen in experimental and statement-making pieces. Sonam's sense of style is not for the faint-hearted, and she is often seen pushing the boundaries of fashion.
Kareena Kapoor Khan is one of the most stylish actresses in Bollywood. Her style is classic yet modern, and she always looks effortlessly chic. Kareena is known for her love for traditional Indian wear and often puts a modern spin on it. She is also a fan of western wear, and she can rock a pair of jeans and a t-shirt with as much ease as a saree.
Kareena's red carpet appearances are always eagerly awaited, and she has never failed to make heads turn. Her sense of style is a reflection of her personality, and she is often seen in outfits that are both elegant and edgy.
Kiara Advani is one of the rising stars in Bollywood, and she has quickly made a name for herself as a style icon. Her sense of style is chic, elegant, and sophisticated, and she is often seen in outfits that flatter her figure.
Kiara is a fan of bold and vibrant colors and often experiments with different styles and silhouettes. Her love for traditional Indian wear is also evident; she often puts a modern spin on it. Her sense of style reflects her personality, and she always manages to look effortlessly chic.
Alia Bhatt is one of the finest actresses in Bollywood and has already made a name for herself as a style icon. Her sense of style is youthful, fresh, and fun, and she is often seen in outfits that reflect her bubbly personality. Alia is a fan of bright colors, and she often experiments with different prints and patterns.
She is also a fan of casual wear, and she can rock a pair of shorts and a crop top with as much ease as a gown. Alia's red carpet-appearances are always eagerly anticipated, and she has never failed to make a fashion statement.
Tara Sutaria is another star in Bollywood, and she is known for her impeccable sense of style. Her sense of style is elegant, feminine, and romantic, and she often opts for soft and flowy outfits. Tara is a fan of pastel colors and often wears outfits with delicate details, such as lace and embroidery.
Her love for traditional Indian wear is also evident, and she often wears sarees and lehengas that flatter her figure. Her sense of style is a reflection of her personality, and she always manages to look ethereal and dreamy.
Jahnvi Kapoor is one of Bollywood's most promising young actresses, and she has already established herself as a fashion icon. She has a knack for putting together outfits that reflect her bubbly personality and brings out her vibrant energy.
Whether it's a traditional Indian outfit or a high-end designer dress, Jahnvi always makes a statement and turns heads with her impeccable sense of style. Her red carpet-appearances are always eagerly awaited, and she has never failed to impress with her unique fashion choices.

Final Review

In conclusion, picking just one actress with the best dressing sense in Bollywood is difficult, as each actress brings her unique style to the table. From the elegant and sophisticated divas to the playful and trendy queens, each actress has her fashion sense that sets them apart individually.
Overall, Bollywood actresses have been known for their unmatchable fashion sense and have always been at the forefront of setting new trends and styles. With their love for traditional Indian wear and experimentation with western outfits, they have made a mark in the fashion world and continue to inspire millions of young women across the globe.
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2023.03.28 12:35 Desperadoz Sailing core skill training concepts

Sailing has a lot of potential, and through sailing we could see a ton of great new updates to the game that have already been suggested.
What is currently lacking however, is the very basic fundamentals of the skill. How do you train the skill?
Most suggestions so far feel more like activities, rewards and fun things to do, rather than core skill training. These things are all great in their own way, but they are better suited as enjoyable side-tracks and future expansion of the skill.
I've tried to come up with a few skill training concepts that would try to provide the feeling of "this is a skill" to sailing, that it currently lacks. I'd also like you to share your ideas, and maybe we could some up with something that makes sailing truly feel like a skill.
Port Pilot: As a port pilot, your job is to safely guide ships in to, and out of ports. Merchant ships come from all over, many of whom lack intricate knowledge of the harbour and its surroundings.
Core skill training concept: you row out to board the incoming ship, you navigate it safely through the harbour and you dock at the port, xp awarded. Rinse and repeat.
Likewise if you guide a ship out of port, you board the ship, navigate safely through the harbour out to open waters, you then row back to port, xp awarded. Rinse and repeat.
This part of training the skill can be seen as comparable to agility, where you have to avoid hazards and navigate around obstacles.
As you level up, you unlock the ability to guide bigger and more complicated ships, and with enough experience earned, you unlock new and more difficult ports to operate from.
Lighthouses: At every harbour, there could be one or more lighthouse in need of construction. Constructing these would be a one-time job, awarding a large amount of xp. As you level up sailing and unlock new ports, you'd gain access to new lighthouses to construct. These lighthouses would then provide you with a new way of training sailing, lighthouse runs.
Lighthouse runs: Similar to farm runs and birdhouse runs, lighthouse runs would be a time-gated training method where you travel out to the lighthouses you have constructed and refuel them, restock them and maintain machinery etc, with xp awarded for every lighthouse visited. These runs would be quick to complete and perfect for those just looking to train a bit of sailing passively while doing other content.
Loadmaster: Not all skill training and xp has to be awarded at sea, there's more to ships than just navigating them. This skill training activity could be performed on land, at the ports. Safely loading and unloading cargo from the ships to prevent them from listing due to uneven placement and weight distribution is equally important, and this minigame-esque training method could perhaps see you utilizing machinery, comparable to giant's foundry.
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2023.03.28 12:33 ShadowDragon8685 [Ace is the Only Sane Pirate 16]The Most Minimally-Secure Maximum Security Prison ever

Najia made a snap decision. She'd already been made by Mellerd, there was no need to pretend she was a low-key criminal looking for a little action.
She leaned forward, resting her hands on Kriss Mellerd's desk, meeting her gaze. "You know who I am. What I don't know, is who you know. I'm getting fucking stonewalled by Ministry-Company interplay," she said. "I can't develop real contacts. I can't develop real contracts. My ships are moving three quarters of the goods in Grand Exchange and half through Eighteen B. I'm tired of being treated like some random schmuck who just floated in with a Frog to haul credit-ante freight. You have connections. I want you to make those connections for me."
Kris sat back, blinking, then laughing, smirking at her. "You're looking for long-term income, mmmh, rather than a quick buck? Well, I'm not in a position to offer you any... Negotiated contracts myself, however, however... Let me talk to a... Third party who might be interested in you. I'll try to arrange something; but don't get your hopes up."
Najia would actually be in even more trouble if Kriss did arrange something, she knew, but she was putting Kriss on the spot. Mellerd stood up, and turned around, plucking a datapad from her pocket and holding it up to her ear. Perfectly, she was looking down and away, and Najia took one soft step to her side, plugging a tiny hack-box into the console at the side of the station manager's office.
"Yes, hi, I need to call in a favor," Kriss said, distractedly. I have a shady character with deep pockets and large resources looking for... You know, alternative contracts. Eager to get into the deep end of the pool, maybe, but not much of a profile yet. New money... Mmhmm, sure, I'll wait." Najia smirked, glad to see that Kriss was getting the runaround. The woman, despite being attractive and stylish and well-spoken, somehow annoyed her. She couldn't put her finger on why, exactly. Kriss' time on hold seemed to drag on, and Najia started to worry it might drag on too long. Then, she spoke up. "All done? Wonderful. Mmmhmm. I'll call you later about that other case." The station manager sat back down, turning around with the comm still to her ear. "Brilliant. Bye."
She put the comm down, but Najia saw the screen of it. It was on its basic lock screen, and Najia barely avoided baring her teeth; Mellerd had pretended to make a call. If the approach had been sincere, she'd have been furious, but even though this fit Najia's plans perfectly, it still pissed her off that Kriss had quite literally simply pretended to place a call rather than to just be straight and say she had nothing for her. "I'm sorry, there's no interest in the market," Mellerd told her, and Najia kept a straight face, as she continued, "the groups work on a trust basis, and prefer to work with people they have a history with, or select for themselves. The fact that you're actively looking to develop contacts raises some red flags. Let's get you a proper reward for a job well done, and have you on your way," she added, smiling sweetly. "I expect you'll find your way out."
Najia snorted, not having to hide the disgust in her expression. Uninterested in whatever petty payment Mellerd planned to remit for abducting her passenger, she turned on her heel and strode out, having no difficulty projecting the air of someone fuming. After all, she was fuming, just not for that reason. She strode quickly to the lift, taking it back to the landing pad, joining Marta and company, and looking around. There were supposed to be fireworks, weren't there? This was when the Arcadian Endeavour and Ace were supposed to show up and start raising a row so she could get into the hangar with the Raven, right?
Silence. A total lack of blaring alarms (which Marta's hacking would have accounted for), and a total lack of incoming weapons fire. Awkwardly, Najia hissed, shaking her head; she nodded to the ship, and the sextuple strode quickly into the loading bay, taking the lift up. Marta ran a scan for bugs as they did, and once inside the bridge, she laughed. "Man, their security was a fucking joke. But, uh... What's going on? Where's the pirates?" "I don't know." Najia strode rapidly to an aux console, and checked the 'Wildcard' incoming data. Then she swore. "Either I misunderstood the plan, Maestro poorly communicated the plan, or the plan has changed; either way, I'm wanted back on the Endeavour."
She looked to Marta, who looked at her, spooked. "Najia, I just hacked the shit out of this place. Right?" She looked to the woman on the gunnery console (who also had the sensors), who looked back to her, nodding. "I'm getting a zero read on their turrets," the weapons officer confirmed. "This place is vulnerable as it's ever gonna be." Najia let out a guttural growl. "We're humped. They're not gonna be vulnerable to a hack like this again. Get us the fuck out of here," she said to the pilot, adding "please and with all swiftness." "Yes ma'am," the pilot answered, lifting the ship.
Najia huffed, and slapped both of her hands over her face. "And it gets better. She fucking made me the moment I walked in." "Made you made you? As in, made you as an Empyrean Cur?" "No, she greeted me by name. I had to think real fast to come up with why Najia Takio was slumming it doing credit-ante abductions for her corrupt ass. I made it out that I wasn't satisfied just taking barrels of Teladi money and was looking to develop real contracts through her contacts. But it gets better still. She insinuated she still has ears in the pirate crew she used to fly with, which as we know is -" "The Empyrean Curs. Well, fuckadoodle-doo," Marta said. "What the hell are we gonna do?"
"I don't know," Najia said, huffing and sighing. The Falx groaned as the pilot adjusted the course, and blasted into Travel speed with almost no noticeable lag. "If the Maestro wasn't so fixated, wasn't so bull-headed about 'live free or die,' I'd just buy the whole fucking lot out and pay them to go very, very far away, and get the hell out of here."
Marta snorts. "Maybe you still can. I mean, what's he gonna do if you out yourself on his bridge?" "Take me hostage?" "That'll go over well with Ace," Marta said, sarcastically. "And then I'll be calling in a fleet to bracket his tiny little pissant scrap-Destroyer with enough firepower to vaporize it in one salvo. Explain to him that the only way the Curs leave alive is when you and Ace are standing safe and sound on my command deck."
Najia blinked, and snorted. "Me and Ace?" She smirked at Marta. "She's growing on you." "Maybe. Fungally. But you'd be despondent, too. So yeah. Hell, he wants a payday out of it, we can do that. But yeah, maybe you should just out yourself to him - the other side knows you now - and offer him a huge sack of cash to just get the hell out of Dodge."
The Paramerion was already sitting on the landing pad on the Arcadian Endeavour when she arrived. Najia was moments from teleporting to it as a convenient reciever and simply walking off, when she realized that that tidbit probably would be noticed, so she had it shuffle with the Shiv. She hustled to the command deck, where Maestro was pacing.
The Maestro looked at her, eagerly. "You finished flipping switch?" "Yes, that's done," Najia answered, sucking in a breath to start asking questions of her own, starting with where the hell were you? "Good job," Maestro preempted her. "What petty crime Mellerd make you do?"
Najia huffed, and sighed. "I wouldn't say an abduction is petty crime." "Who you abduct," Maestro asked, curiously. "Some poor Split fellow in Avarice," Najia said, racking her brain for his name. He had told her, once. "Lu... Lu t'Cca," she said, wincing; "though I have probably mangled that. She took in a breath to ask her own questions, but Maestro suddenly showed more emotion than she had ever seen from him before; fury.
"You handed over my brother?!" Najia's eyes went wide, she took a half step back. The weight of the machine pistol she was still wearing on her hip was suddenly very familiar to her, and she swallowed down the urge to go for it. "B-Brother?! That was your brother?" She gawped. "Mellerd has my brother?!" Maestro raged; behind him, Ace slipped into the bridge, apparently having decided to don trousers. Najia wondered why that was what she had noticed. Ace apparently heard the outburst, and looked to her, startled, pushing her goggles up, then slipping around the central pillar.
"Curs! Report," Maestro thundered, though thankfully he didn't seem about to attack her. Axiom popped up in hologram on the bridge. "What happened?" "Mellerd! Vile traitor!" Maestro answered him. "One casualty not enough! He was out of game! Off limits!"
Ace scratched at her cap-covered crest. "Lu t'Cca?" "Imprisoned," Maestro vehemently responded. "We engage! Attack station!"
"No, wait - wait!" Ace hissed, holding her hand up. "We have a plan to get in. We will get him out." "Yeah," Axiom said firmly, in holo. "We'll get him out." His hologram was running, presumably he was coming to the bridge himself. "Let us finish up preparations, before we engage," Ace said. "I've got a better combat ship," she said. "I'm working on an improvement to the hacking attack," Axiom said.
"We're fucked," Najia said, holding her hands up. Ace, Maestro, and - walking onto the bridge - Axiom - looked to her. "Either we misunderstood the plan, or the plan changed on us. We already hacked the station," she said. "I sent one of my crew in to fiddle with a security junction while I walked into Mellerd's office. I thought the Arcadian Endeavour was going to be hitting the place the moment I walked out of her office; that I'd take the lift straight to the security hangar and lift struts then."
Ace let out a hiss and face-palmed. Maestro gawked at her for a moment. "Split did not communicate plan clearly enough for Terran," he finally said, anxiously. "This puts quite the wrench in our plans," Axiom said. "Even if I can complete a hack to end all hacks, it would still need to be uploaded. They will definitely have physical security in all applicable upload points this time." "And they will undoubtedly call in additional craft, at least for the next few days," Ace said, hissing. "As nice as the fighter Wildcard gave me is, it is still only a fighter." She nervously hopped from foot to foot, tail lashing.
Maestro was silent for a moment, and Najia swallowed. This was something far worse than she had thought it was - and it had been bad enough previously - now there was blood involved. This couldn't be rectified with a payday, even if she outed herself. She could try to overtly buy Lu t'Cca back, but there was no guarantee that would even work; or that Kriss Mellerd could even be trusted. She was, after all, a duplicitous traitor. "Need bigger combat ship," Maestro concluded. "Starfighter insufficient. A 'Ministry' Minotaur has been harassing ships in Windfall. It belongs to the Scale Plate Pact." He pointed at Najia. "Wildcard, you will capture it for the Ace. Axiom, with me; planning to do. Ace let out a trill, her tail lashing. "Do not worry; we will get him out!"
"Yes, we shall. Wildcard! Get that ship for Ace." Maestro turned and strode from the bridge, with Axiom in tow. Najia let out a sigh, running her hands through her hair. "His fucking brother! I wish you'd been with me," she said, huffing, picking Ace up and squeezing her tightly. She didn't care who saw her, and apparently neither did Ace, as she wrapped her arms, legs, and tail around Najia.
"It would have been easy to prevent this mistake, yes," Ace admitted, nuzzling the side of her head. "On the plus side, Sensors and I proved to be a good team, and the Paramerion you provided is a very nice craft." "Sensors? Oh." Najia grinned, smiling weakly; Ace had given Namiko a nickname, presumably on the spot, to refer to her in pirate company. "That's good, at least, and... Yeah. This is a mess." She set Ace down, huffing and leaning back on the railing behind her. "Maestro's fucking brother? Fuck... What do you know about him?"
"Maestro's brother?" Ace shook her head, pushing her goggles up all the way and rubbing the back of her neck. "He was with the crew even before I joined. But... They had a falling-out, and he left to seek new opportunities." "A falling-out?" Najia tilted her head, curiously. "Yessss," Ace said, awkwardly, unable to contain the susurrus hiss that slipped into her voice. She didn't want to keep details - that might be relevant, even - from Najia, but it would get back to Maestro if she spoke of it. She awkwardly rubbed the back of her neck. "I... Would rather not discuss their private matters."
Najia blinked, and nodded. "Okay," she said. "Okay. Private affairs, got it - not our business." Ace nodded at her, as she continued, "So... Now what?" "Now, we're going to attack an M-class ship in order to steal it," Ace said, turning and walking brusquely for the lift; Najia turned and followed her, trusting immediately that Ace knew what she was about. "I know well that you have combat-worthy craft and are up to this task," Ace commented, as they headed for the Shiv on the landing pad. "Yeah, we're up for it," Najia said. Fatimah looked back at them, and lifted struts at a gesture from Ace; the door sealed up, and Najia said, "but I could just... You know, give you a Falx."
Ace trilled, but it had an awkwardly vibrating character to it; Najia took it for a nervous chuckle's equavilent. "I would prefer that, but Maestro has given us a specific target. I have never seen him quite this angry, not even when Mellerd... Parted ways with us. Best, I think, to follow through. And I do not imagine you have any qualms about attacking the Scale Plate Pact."
"That's for sure," Najia said, huffing and rubbing her face. Fatimah quickly had them on the landing pad of Jackdaw and she slipped out of the fighter, Ace following her. They bypassed the lift down from the pad and went straight in through the auxiliary airlock. "What a clusterfuck," she said. "Mmmmhmmm," Marta said. "I took a page out of Boso Ta's book and was listening in. We are in deep shit now, sister," she said, then she looked at Ace; walked over to her, and patted her shoulder, firmly. "Deep shit." "The excrement in which we find ourselves is substantially closer to my nose than yours," Ace said, with a slight trill. "I hate to even consider pointing it out lest the idea has not occured to you yet, but... You could extricate yourselves from this mess."
"Yeah, not a chance in hell we're doin' that, scale-sister," Marta responded, before Najia could do more than nod. "We got Maestro's brother into this mess, it ain't our style to leave him to swing like that. We're gonna have to get him out. Somehow." Najia grinned. "Somehow. The ace in our hole - pun intended - is that I did complete the hack in Mellerd's office, and I don't think she knows. She was too busy giving me a smug runaround. The grit in our gears is that we jumped the gun by hacking the station preemptively. What happened, anyway? Did I misunderstand the plan?" "I am not sure," Ace admitted. "Namiko and I were heading to rendezvous in Eighteen Billion when we got a recall order from the Arcadian Endeavour, but it was routine, rather than an emergency. I think we both misunderstood the plan."
A long few moments of silence passed between them in companionable discontent, and then Marta snorted. "Hey, Ace, I've been meaning to ask you. How'd you like that 'game' on Najia's datapad?" Ace blinked, and looked up at her. "Odd time to bring it up. It was creatively challenging, the actual puzzle was good, but the gamification seems to be entirely left out. Is it a beta?"
Najia facepalmed as Marta chuckled. "That wasn't a game at all. You ordered the construction of a monumental facillity in Gaian Prophecy," she said, laughing wryly. Between her split fingers, she peered out and watched with gratification as Ace rocked back, alarmed, and wrapping her tail tightly around herself. "I... Er..."
"Relax," Marta said. "It was her dumb fault for just giving you her unlocked datapad." "Yeah. Also, it's... Actually, you designed a beauty of a station," Najia added. "An absolute gorgeous industrial monstrosity with a fantastic towering habitation center on top." She straightened up, smiling; beaming at Ace, who seemed to recieve the smile gladly. "So," Najia said. "We have a ship to get you. We can totally just have the Eighteen B shipyard put together a Falx, or I could have one called up from reserves..." Ace shook her head. "Maestro will not be happy a direct command was disobeyed. He might be mollified by the ship produced being manifestly superior, but it would jog his attention. He'd start to ask why we disobeyed; where we got the Falx."
"I could just give you Jackdaw," Najia noted, and Ace trilled lightly. "I appreciate it, and that might work, but he's probably going to want you in Jackdaw. We'll have to take the Minotaur."
"Right," Najia said, cracking her knuckles. "No offense, skipper, but I think we'll take the flight deck for this one." The woman with the piratical haircut and the severely 'business' outfit looked back, grinning at her. "Hell, it's about time for me to go off shift anyway."
"I should probably say something cautionary about how big this vessel is, but we are comparable in size and mass. I should warn you about how dangerous its guns are, but we are better-armed, and likely both better-shielded and more maneuverable," Ace noted from the gunnery console. "Yep. He's a big bad boy, or so he thinks," Marta noted, as Najia piloted Jackdaw towards the Minotaur up ahead. "But he's a lot bigger than the Raker Manticore he's heading for with what looks like unpleasant intentions." "Also, you brought friends," Namiko said from the cockpit of the Parmerion that Najia had given to Ace. "Damn right they did," Fatimah called from the cockpit of the Kallis-class starfighter named Shiv. "When the going gets tough, the tough call for close air support," chimed in Raeleen Baner, following Jackdaw from the flight deck of Snapping Tortoise.
"And we'll just, uh, stand by to pick up pods in case this goes completely to shit," added the pilot of the Ninja Taco, Katlin Noore. "I mean, we could make an attack run, but it seems pretty redundant at this point."
A chorus of chuckles from within and without the cockpit surrounded Najia, and she smirked, as she brought the nose of Jackdaw toward the offending disguised Scale Plate Minotaur, who was already firing upon the Raker; who was calling for help. "Break and run," she called to the Riptide scavenger. "We've got this hump."
"Mind your own ledgers," the Scale Plate pirate called back, then she heard a hiss of alarm as the pirate must have seen just how many ships were painting her with targeting sensors. Presumably in a burst of wisdom, she turned to run, but it was far too late. "Bail out or die," Najia ordered the pirate as Fatimah and Namiko roared past the Jackdaw wing by wing, rolling in and unloading with their near-identical starfighters' cannons, letting off a burst to stall the pirate from escaping into Travel Drive. A moment later, she triggered Jackdaw's mammoth rotary cannons, while the single-barreled accelerators that were Snapping Tortoise's forward armament put in their own word.
"Show me your nose and I chew it off," Najia snarled as the Minotaur raider, evidently realizing that escape was not in the cards, turned and tried to close. "She's got Shard cannons," Ace alerted. "Dangerous at close range, but not dangerous enough!"
Najia was more than willing to joust with the oncoming pirate; she had twice the weight of forward cannons, her side cannons and those of Snapping Tortoise kept up the fire as they spiraled towards one another. The Minotaur's shields collapsed totally and she took several salvoes of body blows; the two starfighters executed a wing-over roll and each strafed the Minotaur again as she tried to soar past Najia. Ace was quietly giving the gunners orders to cease fire-with-intent and only give the Minotaur an occasional bite to remind them the clock was ticking, as Najia hit the comms again. "Surrender the fucking ship or die for it. Your call." Her aft turret gave the Minotaur's aft a stitching of pulse fire, then her turrets started firing - intentionally widely, but they were making one hell of a light show.
"Fine, fine," the Scale Plate pirate called, as she saw escape pods appearing on her tactical screen. "You win, Cur! Take it and leave us in peace." Ace huffed at that. Marta chuckled. "Should we pop them sumbitches? Take 'em prisoner at least?" "Let 'em go," Najia said. "Maybe they'll turn over a new leaf, but we got what we came for." She thumbed the comms. "Everyone form up, let's inspect Ace's new prize... Woah!"
An explosion issued from the stricken ship; the starfighters peeled off get clear, just in case, and Najia and Snapping Tortoise backed off to give it room. "The fuck," Marta asked. "They may have sabotaged the ship on the way out," Ace said. "Let us wait, they may have successfully rigged it to blow entirely..."
They stood off and waited. Two more large detonations on the ship occured, but nothing further happened. After awhile, Ace and Najia suited up, approached the ship over the strenuous objections of Marta and the other captains - Najia and Ace were the only ones with real EV repair training. Carefully they checked the ship for outward signs of further destruction, and, with nothing found, proceeded in. The bailing pirate crew had sabotaged the weapons, and tried to sabotage everything, but, ironically, the damage that they had done had prevented the pirates from successfully rigging the whole ship to blow.
"This thing is a wreck. She can move... Barely," Ace noted. "But I don't much like it." "No problem," Najia said, grinning. "I have a plan," she said; they had reached the M-raider's flight deck, a narrow cockpit with no secondary seats, and were examining things. Engineers from both Jackdaw and Snapping Tortoise had teleported over to restore main power and were working on structural integrity, and Namiko had swapped with another pilot from the Tortoise, joining them on the pirate ship. "And what is that," Ace asked as Najia sat in the pilot's seat.
Najia found the Riptide Raker nearby; they had taken damage and were now restoring their own power. "Raker salvage ship, Raker salvage vessel, how are you? We have taken possession of the ship that attacked you, over." "This is the salvage tug Breem. We've had better days, but no permanent damage. You should have blown those pirates to the Tide though," the salvage tug pilot complained. "Yeah, well, they bailed out, so I wasn't gonna renege on my word. How would you like to get repairs and upgrades to your ship on my credit?"
"... I'm listening," the salvager answered. "What do I owe you for it?" "Take this vessel under tow and get us to the Takio Enterprises shipyard in Eighteen Billion. For my own reasons, I need this thing intact. Do that, and you get the works; Terran Mark Three engines and shields, top-of-the-line thrusters of your choice if you don't already have them, full hold of laser towers and countermeasures, and top-of-the-line software if needed. And of course, any hull repair. Just no questions."
After a long, tense moment, the Raker pilot commed them back. "Done deal." Najia smirked, looking back at Ace, who trilled at her.
"There we go," Najia said. She and Ace were standing under the prow of the repaired Minotaur, which Najia had caused to be painted in a shinny green-scale-and-brass scheme, and named La Tora. The vessel was now sporting a single forward pulse cannon, a launcher, and its turrets were bolts. The original thrusters had, surprisingly, been both Mark 3 Combats already, and were wholly intact, while the totally-shot crap engines had been replaced, as had the shields. "Think that will do?"
Ace trilled at her. "This is such a vessel," she said. "A jolly pirate indeed would captain this vessel." "Yeah, well... If you say so. I'm still worried it's a little... Undergunned... Undershielded... Flimsy. I'd rather put you in one of my Falx frigates, but, this will hopefully do." She huffed, and hugged Ace again. "You ready?"
"As likely I will be. Namiko is waiting for me in La Tora's bridge. I already told Maestro that the ship was badly damaged and you were paying for repair and retrofit, and had already bargained for it before I could ask the Curs for assistance. He accepted that," Ace said, pressing her head into Najia's chest. "Thank you. For not abandoning us." Najia grinned, and simply kissed the top of Ace's crest. She then let go, patting Ace's bicep. "Let's get to our ships and see what Maestro wants." She gestured to the Jackdaw; it, and all of 'Wildcard's' ships, had been repainted in a beautiful, eye-searing neon-yellow-and-stark-white set of colors, and had been given nondescript generic transponders. That would likely not fool anyone who was looking too closely, but... "Indeed. I may have to rename the ship, though... 'La Tora' means something very rude in Teladi." She trilled. "Let us be off," Ace said. She pulled out her datapad, and Najia stepped back as Ace activated the 'teleport-me-aboard' function. Moments later, Ace became visible in the high flight-deck window, leaning over Namiko and waving at her. Najia waved, and recalled herself to the Shiv.
Najia stopped by the bridge of the Arcadian Endeavour when first she landed, but though it was fully-staffed, Maestro wasn't there. One of the crewwomen informed her that the senior planners were meeting in the crew quarters. She headed for the lift; Marta had come along, wearing her 'piratical' outfit and projecting an aura of 'this woman is my sister, mess with her and you mess with me'.
They found the core members of the Empryean Curs in a lounge aboard the Arcadian Endeavour. Najia noted, with a slight twist of the lips, that it looked as if the room had undergone a recent makeover - with fixtures and sundries procured at her stations. She wondered if that was a subtle message.
The lights were low, and for a moment Najia was worried it might be an ambush. Clearly the same idea occurred to Marta, but Ace was relaxed, at ease, so Najia patted Marta's hand as they entered the room. There was no ambush. "Everyone attending now," Maestro declared. "Good. Split allowed all time Split could spare for Wildcard to prep." Ace let out a soft trill, looking over at Najia. "Yes, and my shiny new combat ship could come in very handy, once it is time to disengage!"
Najia grinned at Ace, nodding. She sucked in a breath to ask a question, but Maestro beat her to the punch. "Now, time for decisive action! No longer just plan of petty revenge, or even business! Mellerd looking to strike low blow, involving someone who no longer in game!" He huffed. "Curs can play game too, but better! Breaking out Split's brother now priority."
Najia nodded, and cracked her knuckles. "Got it. After all, we got him into this mess." Ace nodded, and looked from her to Maestro. "Are we still going after the Science Division prototype?" "Yes!" Maestro responded. "After prison break-out, Wildcard make way through internal ducts, connected to hangar. Then, proceed to make escape in prototype ship."
Axiom made a satisfied-sounding rumbling. "It's a sound plan. They'll not expect you to use their precious ship for the getaway." "Right. Because you'd expect a prison break to have an exit strategy arranged outside, so they'll probably pull security from the hangar to respond to the cells."
Maestro nodded. "As to how you gain access to station in first place, Axiom will tag along. Hack into their system. Serve as on-ground supervisor. No time to waste. Get to it!" He gestured to the door, vehemently, clearly unwilling to brook dissent or entertain questions. Najia started at that. "But..."
Ace grasped her hand. "We've got this. Trust Axiom to hold up his end of the plan," she said, preempting Najia's objection, as Maestro strode out. Najia sighed, huffed, and nodded. "Alright! So, back to the Shiv?" "No; we procured one of the Ministry's petty patrol vessels just for transport. Less recognizable vessels involved, the better. Besides, the ship that lands is probably not leaving again. Best it be one of theirs."
Najia let out a sigh. The plan sounded slapdash at best, but she nodded. "Right."
"The ground infiltration is not a three person task," Ace said, as she, Najia, Axiom and Marta arrived on the pad. "Wildcard, you will have to go alone with Axiom." Marta snorted, and sighed. "I don't like it. Be safe, sister," she said, punching Najia's bicep, enough to ache slightly. Najia smirked back at her, as Axiom hurried to climb into the Callisto procured for the infiltration. "Don't worry, I'll keep Axiom safe," Najia said, smirking back at Marta. "Ace, keep her safe." "I'll deliver her to Jackdaw once we've transferred to Carefree Whirlwind."
Najia grinned, and hastened to climb aboard the Callisto after Axiom. She looked around the cockpit of the small craft, and winced; it was small indeed. "Buckle up, Wildcard," Axiom said from the pilot's seat. Najia laughed incredulously. "Where," she demanded, and got a hearty, deep laugh for her troubles, as Axiom piloted the craft up and off the landing pad. Moments later, they were zooming ahead from where the Arcadian Endeavour was lurking, outside of Wormwood Scrubs' customary sensor perimeter.
"I have to admit, I am nervous!" Axiom declared. Najia stood behind him, clutching an upright chicken-stick and peering around his side. She winced at his declaration, as he continued, "Sure, I have been involved in large-scale operations before, but never quite like this." Wormwood Scrubs loomed in the distance, and Najia wondered why what was ostensibly a prison complex had large fabrications facillities built in. She didn't imagine it was ever a good idea to put prisoners to work building things they could sabotage that would be vital. "I just hope the Maestro can keep his cool throughout it all," Axiom added.
"Mmmhmm," Najia agreed nonverbally. "The fact that his brother is now involved is weighing heavily on him. Mellerd sure knew how to provoke a reaction!" Najia snorted. "Yeah, well... The smug bitch is gonna regret that, that's for damn sure. How much her ability to make us regret making her regret this day, well, that's an open question. There'll be recriminations to go around one way or another, I think."
Axiom made his own nonverbal sound of agreement, as he swept the ship in to a landing, over what looked like the prison module, and landing at the conventional small craft dock. "Okay, this is it. Initiating docking," he said, pointlessly, Najia thought. "You know what to do, right," Axiom asked, as he turned his chair aruond. Najia noted that the incredibly-tall Paranid piloted whilst standing; the standard-issue pilot's chair had actually extended into something like an amusement-park-ride standing back-rest for him. "I will spoof your credentials, so that you can gain entry into the prison complex again. Then locate Lucca. I'll talk you through the rest." As he said that, he departed, and Najia pressed into the tiny airlock to let him pass, then followed him down and out the aft ladder. "Good luck," Axiom said, as he headed for his left. Najia pulled the pistol from her hip, checked its magazine, chambered a round, and returned it to its holster.
"Hope I don't need this," she muttered to herself, heading for another lift. She slipped in, and pulled the bug-checker app that Marta had loaded onto her commlink up, checking it with her free hand. Unless the Ministry had access to way better spy gear than she did - and knowing what penny-pinchers they were, and Boso Ta's opinion of their cleverness, she doubted that very much - she was in the clear. She had a comms tap to the Curs - and her own crew - and it was unobstructed, unobserved. Neither were any security devices capturing her images; either Marta's previous hack was still in effect, Axiom's work was being done, or both.
Najia's heart raced as she exited the lift into the first level of the prison complex. This was, she thought, insanity; she wasn't a covert operative. Her martial arts skill was amatuer at best. If she ran into any prison guards, her only hope would be to shoot them. She had confidence that her Predator pistol's armor-penetrating, 10mm magnum rounds would do the job; but she'd never shot in anger at anyone else face-to-face before, and she really didn't want to start doing so on a Ministry prison station where her real identity was known. And she was going into a prison. If she could think of any one place where the Teladi would not pinch pennies on personnel, it would be a prison. Yet, instead of finding a security checkpoint outside the lift, she walked into an empty corridor.
Najia blinked, as Axiom placed a call to her. "According to our intel, Lucca should be somewhere on this floor." Najia huffed, and followed the line projected in her HUD. Every step down the corridor seemed to Najia as if it echoed like a cannon discharge, and she nervously checked each way at every intersection, pistol in her hands, selector switch set to two-round burst. Every heartbeat felt like an eternity, at every corner she expected to be jumped by a guard, yelled at, or simply shot. She made it to a cell block - three rooms off a guard room with a desk, seperated from the main room by bars. She swept side to side, thinking surely there must be a guard actually watching prisoners but after an anticlimactic moment, realized there was not. She was alone, save for that one cell was occupied, by Lu t'Cca - or Lucca? She was fuzzy on that.
"Hmm," Axiom's voice came over her earpiece. "That console's connection to the cell doors has been severed. Standard procedure." Najia wondered how in the hell that made sense - but then, the consoles were actually within arm's reach of a prisoner inside the cells. And if the cell blocks were going to go unsupervised...
The phrase 'criminally negligent' crossed Najia's mind, as Axiom continued, "This will slightly raise our profile, but I should be able to... Adjust it remotely." Najia nodded, took a deep breath, walking to the darkened cell door. Lu t'Cca was within. He did not look pleased to see her, as he pushed himself up from the too-narrow, Teladi-sized cot. "You! Creature! Worst taxi driver Split ever met! Creature blind or just stupid?!" His vehemence was understandable, and it still made Najia step back on her heel, as he thundered at her, rising to his feet, "Split kill you after escape! Beat first, then kill! Or pretend Split is Taxi driver, deliver creature to blood-traitor, then beat, then kill!"
Najia felt a tremble run down her back, stiffening her shoulders. She was mightily tired of being disrespected, belittled, or downplayed; by, it seemed, just about everyone in the sector, from Boso Ta calling her 'Assistant' to Maestro giving her names on a whim to Brantlee Northriver's dismissive and smug attitude as if he was the biggest big-shot humanity had ever produced to Kriss Mellerd's faking a call as if she were taking her seriously to, well, Lucca (a) calling her a taxi-driver and (b) threatening her a violent and graphic death. The urge to bellow 'shut up' and hold him at gunpoint welled up deeply inside her. Her hand twitched with her firearm in it... Then she huffed, and with a decisive motion, holstered it. "Calm the fuck down," she snapped at him. Not very diplomatic, but considering that her first notion had been to literally hold him at gunpoint, it was fairly moderate.
"Split not calm down!" he retorted, seething - though his eyes were drawn by the motion of her holstering her weapon. "Creature calm down first, or... Or...!" He inarticulated a sound of exasperation. "Split realize creature still here. Why come? What else creature want but gloat?" He did, in fact, sound calmer now; perhaps the fact that she could have shot him, or threatened to do so, and that many of his past life's associates would have done just that after the violent death he had promised them, and yet she had not, got through to him. Or perhaps he simply mastered his temper because she was armed.
"Look, The Curs -" "Split want nothing to do with filthy, dishonorable Curs!" Lu t'Cca ranted. "Except if making amends," he added, almost parenthetically, seemingly swinging wildly between reconciliatory and fury. "Split tried to make peace, leave past behind. Brothers, sisters, friend-foes, conflict, tangle, chaos! No honor! Only choice, was no choice!" He ranted, on a roll, and Najia decided to let him wind himself down. "Enough talk! Creature take responsibility, now! Help Split escape, then Split not kill. Maybe!"
Najia rolled her eyes; she wanted to point out that she could still just shoot him. Instead, she said, "Let's get the hell out of here." "What creature waiting for," Lucca thundered at her. "Open cell, or eat fist!" Najia restrained her ire to a low growl in the back of her throat. She was really tired of receiving physical threats from an imprisoned man, even if he had every reason to be pissed at her. She was about to point out again that she armed, when Axiom thankfully interrupted. "If the Triangularity wills it... There we go! The door controls should be enabled now. Try them."
Najia stepped over to the console next to the prison door, and started to look it up and down. Numbers scrolled on the screen rapidly, she flicked through menues, but though she started to search more and more frantically, it was just a bio of the prisoner with everything redacted, and a log of routine entries - prison mealtimes and stuff. She started to hiss, low in her throat, as she frantically flipped back to the root menu, but there was nothing useful there. Paranoidally, she glanced over her shoulder, but there was noone at the door. She took her hand off the hilt of her pistol, scrambling to the desk. There was no active console on it, but one beside it, on the wall; she hurried to it, but it was simply mirrors of the console on the wall, reflecting all three cells. Frantically, she dropped to a squat, looking under the desk, above it, feeling under it, but she couldn't find any hidden consoles.
Near to panic, she looked up, and saw there was a tiny, easily-overlooked button next to the cell door, trivially within reach of the prisoner. No, she thought. That couldn't possibly be it. It was too exposed. Any careless slip in forgetting to disconnect it, and a prisoner could be out anytime.
The words criminally negligent ran through her head as she reached out and tapped the button. Of course it opened.
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2023.03.28 12:27 Iphazili Level scaling feels bad

After playing the last two beta's. I can genuinely say that I've loved the D4 experience and will be in-game on day 1.
However, I have one major issue with the game and that is the level scaling. Especially the way it is implemented.
Everywhere is accessible from the start. *Except it's not. There are areas in the game that are locked to a minimum level. Why bother having any restrictions if the goal is to make all areas accessible? If there is supposed to be some illusion that this area is more dangerous than others, that fails to come across when you reach the required level and all the enemies outside that area are just as tough.
Everywhere is constantly challenging. *Except it's not. The challenge is balanced on an algorithm that doesn’t take everything into account, so there’s weird fluctuations in difficulty.
I’ll explain this more in the cons.
I can play with friends at any level. This is the only genuinely good advantage in my opinion.
Although I find it strange that people would want to run alongside their level 50 friend when they are level 5 demolishing enemies that the level 50 is struggling with.
You can go back to the beginning areas instead of ignoring them when you’re too strong.
I feel like without scaling, you will be more inclined to go back to an area, to see how much stronger you’ve become. Or because the mobs were annoying and you skipped them until you can plow through them later.
With scaling, there would be no reason to go back unless there is a quest in that area, or you know you’ve missed something. If you enjoy the constant challenge, you would probably want to progress to new areas instead.
World tiers already solve this issue. The normal diablo loop is restarting on a higher difficulty. If you want to be challenged in the beginning areas, up the world tier and go back there.
Levelling makes you feel weaker. Self explanatory. I see people argue that monsters scale to your level and not your gear and skills, so you will be getting stronger. Three issues with that though.
  1. Why bother? If you want enemies to be constantly challenging everywhere, then why lock the scaling to a character’s level? Take into account their item power levels too. But that would ruin the feeling that your character is getting stronger. The irony.
  2. Getting good gear is random. A bad run of luck for someone could mean that they are constantly dying because they’ve never found decent items.
  3. Some builds are going to be stronger and have better skills. The scaling of enemies will not make them feel stronger. However, going to a higher level area will make them feel stronger. Slower builds can at least grind in areas that they can handle until the build comes online. I hate the thought of having to constantly swap skills to be the most optimized for my character.
There’s no sense of progression through areas. If everywhere is the same challenge, there’s no feeling of overcoming any obstacles. I would miss the feeling of having outgrown an area and mobs.
It’s immersion breaking. Seeing a level 5 sorcerer explode a mob that you’re struggling with is weird.
There’s no safety net. This is especially a problem for hardcore players. When playing it safe with a hardcore character, and an area is becoming too dangerous you would backtrack to a safer area and grind there until you level up or find better gear.
The way level scaling is currently implemented is that monsters scale to your level.
An idea for how level scaling could be implemented:
Put it as a world tier option. That is all.
Sorry for the long ramble, but the topic of scaling is the only real feedback I can give as it was my only major issue with the game. Even with it, I am super excited to jump back into the world of Diablo in June.
TLDR: I don’t like level scaling.
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2023.03.28 12:27 TerriMKozlowski Trauma Triggers Take Time To Overcome, But You Have The Power To Do So

Something has triggered you and your heart is pounding, your hands are sweating, and your mind is racing with anxiety. Trauma triggers can have a negative impact on your life, but you can lessen it by preparing for them and having a variety of tactics at the ready to manage them.

You have felt the power of an unexpected memory, such as a familiar scent to take you back to a family vacation when you were a child or the ability of a location to trigger flashbacks of your first kiss. However, for people who have trauma in their life, the unexpected recall of memories can drag a person back into a traumatic situation, potentially evoking a similar physical or emotional reaction as in the past. Understanding how to deal with trauma triggers is a critical component of recovering from trauma.

After trauma, you experience a powerful emotional and behavioral reaction when you come across a trigger. It feels like you’re going through the ordeal all over again. Triggers, however, can be terrifying, overwhelming, and seem to appear out of nowhere to people who have suffered trauma.

Trauma is hell on earth. Trauma resolved is a gift from the gods. ~ Peter A. Levine

What Are Trauma Triggers

Trauma triggers can be anything that brings back memories of a traumatic event, such as a particular scent, song or sound, or article of clothing. A person's triggers are extremely personal to the survivor. It’s well-recognized that trauma affects your mind in a persistent and repeating manner. For those who experience the aftereffects of trauma, there is hope. You can lead a happy and fulfilling life.

At some point in their lives, 70% of adults have gone through a traumatic event. Traumatic experiences can include everything from seeing or experiencing war or violence to child abuse or neglect. Doctors will diagnose 20% of those who suffer trauma with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). These triggers cause uneasy emotions or unpleasant memories of the traumatic incident.

Unfortunately, you can’t avoid trauma triggers. Fortunately, there are actions you can take to figure out what triggers your trauma. To keep living a life that you love after trauma, you can also learn how to manage trauma triggers.

Because you cannot stop the intrusive thoughts, your emotions change, and you start to react. You might experience helplessness, panic, unease, and emotional overload because of a trigger. As though you were experiencing the tragedy, you might experience the same emotions that you did at the time.
After a traumatic experience, the human system of self-preservation seems to go onto permanent alert, as if the danger might return at any moment. ~ Judith Lewis Herman

The Trick Of the Ego

Your ego views trauma triggers as threats, which results in an emotional reaction like dread, panic, or agitation. Consider the response to stimuli as a protective mechanism. Your defenses go up against the perceived threat because of being immediately transported back to the traumatic incident. Despite being infrequent, triggers can cause flashbacks. Depending on the person, the severity of how you react when provoked can vary.

Your nervous system may need some time to heal and get back to normal after coming into contact with a trigger. This is because trauma shrinks your emotional window of tolerance, the range in which you feel emotionally stable, in control, and at ease. Stressors are more likely to evoke stronger emotional distress when there is a smaller window of tolerance.

Unlike simple stress, trauma changes your view of your life and yourself. It shatters your most basic assumptions about yourself and your world — “Life is good,” “I’m safe,” “People are kind,” “I can trust others,” “The future is likely to be good” — and replaces them with feelings like “The world is dangerous,” “I can’t win,” “I can’t trust other people,” or “There’s no hope.” ~ Mark Goulston MD.

What To Do When A Trauma Trigger Occurs

Trauma recovery can be difficult and requires time. It could seem like the best approach to deal with it is to ignore it or act as though it's not happening. Instead of avoiding your trauma triggers, it’s preferable to identify them and figure out how to deal with them consciously.

There are actions you can take even if you're unsure of what set you off. To calm and control your nervous system after being emotionally overloaded by a trigger, attempt the following steps:

• Keep your attention on the present moment.
• Remind yourself that you can overcome this reaction, which is normal following a traumatic occurrence.
• Practice deep breathing techniques to relax your mind and trigger your autotomic nervous system. Inhale to a count of five, hold for a count of five, and exhale to a count of five.

Instead of saying ‘I’m damaged, I’m broken, I have trust issues.” I say “I’m healing, I’m rediscovering myself, I’m starting over.” ~ Horacio Jones

Managing Trauma Triggers: A Tool Box

You can control how you react to triggers over time and with practice, making them less disruptive. Here are six strategies to lessen the effects of a trauma trigger.

  1. Be conscious of what is occurring; when a trigger response begins, name it. Is it produced internally or externally? What is going on within your body? What are you thinking about? How does it make you feel? Writing in a journal enables you to concentrate on the present rather than the past. Many times, after journaling, the brain is better able to control emotions and balance feelings. You benefit from making room for your emotions and feelings. It can damage your ability to trust others after a traumatic event. A flood of words on paper results from taking the time to write about how you’re feeling right now about the past event. When you release your thoughts and emotions onto the page, you open yourself up for lessening your reaction in the future, because those feelings aren’t all stuffed inside you. Writing in a journal offers a secure setting for growth and reflection on the past. You need to feel secure to move along your healing journey.
  2. Be mindful. This emphasizes being able to bring your thoughts into the present. Emotional triggers instantly transport you back in time, so being able to reorient yourself and stay in the present is essential for keeping you from experiencing that painful event. This can help you relax both your mind and body by helping you internalize the idea that a trigger is just that—a trigger—and not a brand-new cause of distress.
  3. One of the best methods for reducing stress is to concentrate on taking calm, deep breaths through your mouth and nose. Spending a few seconds concentrating on your breathing might help you release tension and stored energy. However, don’t hold your breath during stressful situations, which can make the situation worse. You can create a general sense of awareness throughout your entire body by remaining present and focusing on your breathing.
  4. Remember that you’re recovering from a significant psychological injury and that the process will take time and patience. Be kind to yourself. As you go through this, you must love yourself and pay attention to your needs and stress-relieving activities. Set aside as much time as you can for this type of care, especially when you expect to be in a setting that could cause a reaction.
  5. Use grounding strategies, such as putting on a soothing song, holding onto a trusted person, inhaling a perfume that reorients and calms you, or touching a specific object, to anchor yourself in the reality and safety of the current moment (something warm, cold, or textured can also help). Consider these techniques to guide your thoughts out of the unexpectedly dark area where it has wandered.
  6. Seek support. It’s essential to recover from trauma, like recovering from any significant injury, under the supervision of healthcare specialists and with the help of close family and friends. Talk about your experiences as much as you can with people you trust, and get help from a coach like myself when you need it. Finding your supporters is perhaps one of the most crucial ideas in dealing with trauma triggers. These are the individuals in your life who show you compassion and empathy. Supportive people serve as a reminder that you have a say and a choice. Your tribe encourages you and serves as a constant reminder of your bravery as you face your difficulties head-on. These are the folks that will love you without conditions.

Trauma creates change you don’t choose. Healing is about creating the change you do choose. ~ Michelle Rosenthal

Moving Forward On Your Healing Journey

No one asks to relive a horrific experience that changed your life. Nor did you ask to have these trauma triggers be in control of your life. Not dealing with your past pain harms both your mental and physical health. You can significantly reduce the frequency of the effects of trauma triggers by utilizing these techniques.

Bad things happen in life, but how you consciously choose to respond to them defines your character and the life you live. You can choose to stay in the darkness and do nothing, or you can rise from the pain and bravely take the next step on your healing journey. Only when you do this, do you give yourself the gift of truly living again.

When you are triggered and can travel through the pain, alter the pattern of behavior, and reframe the story your ego has been telling, you can arrive at a different conclusion. This is when healing occurs. And instead of feeling ashamed, you can feel proud of what you have overcome. The ego doesn’t understand that surviving is beautiful.

There is no timestamp on trauma. There isn’t a formula that you can insert yourself into to get from horror to healed. Be patient. Take up space. Let your journey be the balm. ~ Dawn Serra
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2023.03.28 12:17 superaruigiobros What's the best character and kart combination for 150CC Mirror Mode in Mario Kart DS?

I've been stuck on the Leaf Cup for so long in the above mode, so does anyone know what's a good character and kart combination to get 3 stars on it? I've not unlocked ROB, btw.
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2023.03.28 12:16 RamboBambiBambo I wonder what armor cosmetics 343 would give the Mark VI Gen-3 armor core?... ...if they ever let us get that armor in the game.

I wonder what armor cosmetics 343 would give the Mark VI Gen-3 armor core?... ...if they ever let us get that armor in the game.

MJOLNIR Powered Assault Armor - Mark VI Gen-3
343 Industries has a habit of not letting players wear the armor of the Master Chief. They let us wear the armor of all the other star characters in Halo 5, but player didn't get to unlock his Mark VI MOD armor for use in multiplayer.
But since management has changed around a lot at 343i, I can't help but wonder if payers are going to be able to eventually unlock the Mark VI Gen-3 armor core either as a season unlock somewhere down the line, or as a purchase bonus for getting the next part of the Campaign DLC?
But... what armor would be available for it if it were to finally be able to be worn by players in the multiplayer?
I would have to assume that since this is the Mark VI we are talking about, the classic Halo 3 Armory cosmetics would be given a touch-up and applied to this armor core for use in player customization (with the unfortunate exception of Hayabusa gear, since that was a cross-over promo with Ninja Gaiden... unless of course 343 changes the forehead crest and renames the armor to something like "Ninja" or "Hanzo").

Basically recreate the designs of Mark V Delta, EOD, EVA, CQB, Recon, Scout, Rogue, Security, and ODST for use in multiplayer; though with some upgrades such as ODST and Rogue getting some shoulder and a chest option.
It might also be nice to see some of the items from the Art of Halo 3 make a comeback, seeing as some of the new armor set items in Halo Infinite have been based on scrapped concept pieces here and there.

Such as these variant options? Some of these assets are recognizable as the final product, while other assets are less-so. Like for example, the second-to-last on the right can be \"Raider\" armor as a reference to Raider Gen-2 and the fact that Raider canonically has Gen-1 development origins.

Or the proto-Air-Assault in the background with some of the attachment options seen here?
There is also the likelihood that Selective Cross-core may become a thing. I could easily see the Mark VII and Mark VI Gen-3 being cross core when it comes to helmets, shoulders, gloves, wrists, utilities, and knee-guards; seeing as both are Gen-3 models of MJOLNIR armor.
There is also the few items that we know for certain are available on the Mark VI Gen-3 model, such as the armor worn by Fred, Kelly, and Linda as of the Shadows of Reach novel; being the Cohort, Hermes, and Argus helmets respectively - plus some alternative shoulder armor options in the case of Fred and Linda.

Fred wearing the Cohort helmet with modified shoulder armor.

Kelly wearing her Hermes Gen-3 helmet.

Linda with the Argus Gen-3 model and an un-named left-shoulder option.
The fact that these art pieces exist seems to suggest that at one point 343 wanted Blue Team to all be present visually at some point in the game of Halo Infinite, or in the very least, some sort of appearance in cinema. And while Kelly and Fred borrow their designs from Halo Legends - The Package, Linda's Argus design is an entirely new piece of armor design.

There is also some room for options that have been requested for use even in MCC. When 343 started adding more armor to Halo 3, some people figured that they might try to include the Halo 3 Hornet Marine Pilot gear onto Spartans in the multiplayer. It would be a pretty simple asset assignment setup to implement. But unfortunately that has not occurred in Halo 3. But perhaps in Infinite we might be able to see that all set up should 343 allow the use of the Mark VI Gen-3 as an armor core?

Like as was done in this mock-up

This post is mostly some hopeful speculation on what would likely be seen on the Mark VI Gen-3 armor core if 343 ever decides to allow players to dress up even remotely close to Master Chief's armor set. Like back in the day Bungie let you wear the same armor but never match his color, but 343 is STAUNCHLY against players wearing his exact armor style. Halo 4's legendary unlock was a Gen-2 mock-up of the Mark VI design. And Halo 5 didn't even give you a legendary unlock to begin with!
Here's hoping that Infinite will break this strange mindset. Do I want to cosplay as Master Chief in the game? No. Do I want to dress up in his armor though as an option? Yes.
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2023.03.28 12:14 mdanonomy21 Follow-up diary: I am in my mid-30s, work in nonprofits, and make $125k a year ($180k joint). This week we found out we need to cash flow $11,000 worth of dental procedures in 2023, and I still spent $396 on spring things. 🌱✨

Hi friends! I submitted a diary in February 2021 that you can find here! Since then we’ve sold one house, started higher-paying jobs, moved states to be closer to family, rented a kind of busted house, bought another charming fixer-upper of a house, and given in fully to lifestyle creep, especially when it comes to plants and gardens.
❤️ Section 1: Assets and Debt
Total Net Worth: $108,763 if you believe the equity calculator I reference below. Negative tens of thousands if you think the housing market is about to crash or even just reset!
Retirement Balance: $10,000 for me, split just about evenly between a Roth and a 401k; $25,500 for my husband, L. This will make more sense when you get to the “income progression” section, and after you accompany me as I spend money like I have money to spend, every day.
Savings Account Balance: $17,000 split between an “upcoming house repairs & dental fund.” The first $7k is spoken for already between a big chimney repair ($3k) and an expensive upcoming dental appointment for L ($4k), both in April. The remaining $10k we don’t touch – it’s for an emergency fund.
Checking Account Balance: About $1200. I try to keep this pretty low to discourage my own spending, which works only sometimes.
Credit Card Debt: $12,100 left from our home renovations and move last October. We got two 0% APR cards to finance this, and will pay both off before the APR jumps at the end of this year.
Student Loan Debt: $80,000 for L’s undergrad and MAT. $18,000 for my undergrad and (unfinished, womp womp) MAT. We aren’t paying on this til we have to, and are hoping it will be forgiven – mine via Biden, since I was a Pell Grant recipient, and L’s via PSLF.
Equity: $145,000. This number is from an online equity calculator, and is for our century-old house in a very walkable neighborhood in a popular Southern city, but who knows whether it’s real or not. Numbers that are real: We paid $575,000 for the home last fall, including a 20% down payment that my dad split evenly with us – his portion from his recent inheritance, our portion from the sale of our previous home.
When we started looking in 2021, our “stretch budget” was $450k, but the housing market exploded and it seemed like overnight the base budget for kind of place we were looking for was more like $650k (I’m committed to city living, and we wanted to make sure there was enough space for my sister, J, and her boyfriend to continue living with us, given the skyrocketing rent prices). We bit the bullet on this place after my dad offered to pay for half the down payment. That gift helped us avoid PMI, so that the rent we were paying for a worse place was comparable to the monthly payment on this one. We spent the remaining $15,000 from our previous home sale buying down the rate and on moving costs, repairs, furnishing, gardens, appliances, etc, and then still took out about $12,000 more in credit card debt to renovate the bathrooms and make a few other upgrades.
❤️ Section 2: Income
Monthly Take Home: My base pay is $125,000, and L’s is $55,000. We bring in about $11,400 a month after taxes. The whole family’s health insurance is paid in full by my work, and our pre-tax retirement contribution details are below.
Income Progression: I’ve been working since I was 15 years old, moved out at 18, and paid my own bills starting that year, but income below starts the year I graduated college.
Year 1: $15,000 (part time ABA therapist, full time baby anarchist)
Years 2-8: $28,000 (This is a rough average of my income across these years. I accepted a spot in Teach for America right out of college in order to have a salary, despite my maximalist politics at the time, and kept working with young people for years after my TFA service ended. I paid for L’s expenses in college and supported a few other family members off and on while I taught. When I took a big pay cut to do youth organizing work for a couple years, L’s teacher salary helped support us).
Year 9: $45,000 (got a full-time nonprofit fundraising job, quit teaching)
Year 10: $55,000 (got a raise)
Year 11: $65,000 (got a raise and promotion)
Year 12: $75,000 (was promoted again, realized I was still underpaid)
Year 13: $98,000 (was hired by my current employer)
Year 14: $125,000 (was promoted!)
❤️ Section 3: Expenses
Mortgage, Taxes, & Insurance: About $3,000. My sister and her boyfriend currently live with us and contribute $600 of this total payment each month, but we budget as if we pay the full mortgage ourselves.
Investment Contribution: L’s retirement is pulled out of his check before he receives it: it’s $289 a month. I put $170 into my 401k, directly out of my check. I also contribute $100 to a Roth IRA through Acorns each month. Through Acorns we also have a UTMA/UGMA account for B which gets $100 a month, and we put $40 a month into a taxable brokerage account.
Savings Contribution: We tally an extra $1.5k-$3k a month beyond expenses, and are expecting $6k back from our tax return this year. But we aren’t prioritizing savings right now, and instead are: 1. cashflowing L’s timely dental work (found out in the course of this diary that we’re looking at about $11k this year); 2. paying down the debt on our credit cards ($12k, see above); and 3. cashflowing a few must-do house projects (estimating about $8k for those).
Debt Payments: See above! As I mentioned, we have student loan debt to the tune of $100k but aren’t paying right now. I actually paid my loans down by $10k during COVID with money from our first house sale. But I panicked when Biden said he was going to forgive loans and got my full payment during the pandemic – all $10k – reversed. That money is now our emergency savings account.
Electric/Gas: $150ish, varies significantly. We installed a high-efficiency wood stove when we moved in, which cuts down on the cost of our old furnace a bit.
Internet: $80
Water: $75
Cellphone: $100, for L & I both
Subscriptions: $10 Spotify; $10 Youtube music; $2.99 Apple data; $22 NYT, for newspaper and cooking app; $5 for Acorns. I also pay yearly: $40 for the Freedom app, $20 for Hobnob, and $60 for Insight Timer.
Car Payment and Insurance: $200 for insurance. This covers both of our used cars and my dad’s used handicap van. We paid off our 2012 Honda Fit when we sold our last house, and recently paid cash for a Honda CRV with 180k miles which we use for family trips.
Medical/Therapy: $0. My therapist is $181 a session, and I see her twice a month – but this is covered by my job’s MERP card. I also get an inhaler at least twice a month - that’s reimbursed too, but would cost $60 otherwise.
Pet Expenses: Our precious pittie suffered some injuries before we adopted her. She’s on Gabapentin daily for pain management which is about $60 a month.
CSA: $40/week minimum – this is a special CSA service that has all kinds of tempting goodies, so I usually spend more.
Coworking space: $150. I expense $100 of this to work.
Gym memberships: $75 for a family Y membership, and $120 for my spin studio; I also buy 10-packs to the yoga studio down the street every few months, which are $120 a pop**.**
Donations: Varies. We give $10 monthly to our local Democratic Socialists of America and $10 monthly to the Working Families Party. We give one-off donations when asked or when we come across a need, usually $50-$100 at a time. Once we have less immediate debt, I plan to up our recurring gifts.
Childcare: $600. B goes to the best public preschool in the land – he was on the waiting list for 18 months. We previously paid double this for a subpar Montessori school run out of a church basement. Often babysitting is an extra $100 or so a month.
Kids’ Activities: $120 every three months or so – think swim lessons, toddler soccer, etc.
Outdoorsy memberships: $110 yearly for memberships to nonprofit parks, botanical gardens, etc etc. These are not too expensive and a fun way to spend a day with little ones.
House cleaner: $320. They come twice a month and charge $160 each time. This is some of the best money I spend each month.
Nuuly: $94. This has been a gamechanger for work travel.
❤️ Section 4: Money Diary
5:00 am: I wake up wheezing with two pudgy legs draped right across my chest. My three-year-old, B, gave me a cold that I’ve just recovered from, but my asthma is still a bit aggrieved. I disentangle myself from B and head downstairs to make a french press and get some work in before everyone’s up.
6:30 am: B comes running downstairs, naked and boisterous as ever. I spare a thought for my little sister, J, and her boyfriend, who share a wall with him. J and her boyfriend have been living with us since the deep pandemic when we all moved together, which has been a blessing for us. But the early mornings and constant circulating upper respiratory infections are doing them in, and they’re moving to a nearby apartment in May. This very basic one-bedroom will double their monthly rent D: And, since J is finishing up school right now and doesn’t have a steady income, L and I had to cosign their lease in order for them to even qualify for the place. Big sigh on housing across America right now.
7:15 am: B and L head out, and I get dressed and do a little more work. At 8:30, I head to my first-ever dermatologist appointment. My mom recently treated me to a mothedaughter facial where I learned that the creeping redness on my nose is likely hereditary rosacea! The facialist suggested I make an appointment with a dermatologist after I informed her that my skincare routine has to date involved only a wet rag and a heavy moisturizer.
The dermatologist suggests a gentle papaya cleanser; a phyto vitamin c serum; a rosacea triple cream; and a moisturizing sunscreen. The cost for the appointment itself ($150) is covered by my MERP card from work**,** but I pay for the cleanser, serum, and sunscreen from his office ($141) and the rosacea triple cream from an online pharmacy ($49) out of pocket. Thus begins my first-ever skincare routine. Sadly, the dermatologist’s proprietary packaging is ugly, so if you use something similar but cute, please share a link.
10:00 am: I’ve walked the dog, made another cup of coffee, turned on Freedom, and am settling into my laptop for a day of toggling between Google Docs and Zoom rooms.
12:30 pm: M barks rancorously as I’m wrapping up a Zoom call. The Tubies I ordered last week for me (and B) were delivered. It’s SPRING and we are about to eat SMOOTHIE POPS, everybody. It’s also time for lunch, so I heat up this very yummy soup (we subbed veggie sausage and it worked well) and toast a piece of focaccia. I read “I Went On A Package Trip for Lonely Millennials” while I eat. It is every bit as unsettling as it sounds.
1:40 pm: L calls — B has had diarrhea at school and needs to come home. B’s preschool is in the public school where L teaches, which means L handles all pick up and drop off, but my work schedule is much more flexible than L’s so I often do early pickups like this one. I shift my afternoon meetings, notify my direct reports that I’m signing out early, and stop for gas on the way to pick up poor little B. ($40)
4:30 pm: B and I spent the afternoon doing quiet things together – he took a bath, played with toys, and watched some PBS Kids, and I took a few minutes to tie up some loose ends at work. When L gets home at 4:30, we set up the sprinkler on our tiny front “lawn” (currently actually a patch of very-tilled dirt), where we recently seeded low-growing wildflowers.
6:00 pm: I want to drink wine with L while we make veggie fried rice for dinner, but think better of it given that I just got over a cold. L offers to make me a hot toddy (yesssss) but then realizes we’re out of lemons. He and B head to the grocery store around the corner while I finish up dinner. They get lemons, a lime, and a giant bag of lollipops for L’s students. ($11) The hot toddy is delicious.
9:00 pm: B’s bedtime routine is a wrap and my new skincare routine is complete – turns out my face does feel cleaner after a cleanser! I take a nebulizer treatment and read my favorite book that has completely transformed my life, Overcoming Unwanted Intrusive Thoughts: A CBT-Based Guide to Getting Over Frightening, Obsessive, or Disturbing Thoughts, until we turn out the lights. Goodnight!
5:00 am: I wake up wheezing deeply again. I head downstairs to eat a cold banana and take a prednisone left over from the last time my asthma was aggravated by a cold. I decide to sit for a little Sarah Blondin meditation by the woodstove before I start my early-morning work block. Lesson 8 in this course is my go-to, and is alone worth every bit of the yearly Insight Timer fee.
7:00 am: B and L are awake, but B is staying home from school today so things are a bit slower. I make a mango smoothie for B and then add kale and protein powder for L and I. At 7:45 I don my favorite lilac workout onesie (I have it in black too) and head to my spin class.
9:00 am: I am but one month into spin classes and totally enamored. The dark room and loud music extremely do it for me. After class I stop at the coffee shop next door and buy a big drip coffee to split with L, a sticky bun for L and B to share, and a bag of coffee beans cause we are almost out at home. ($28)
9:30 am: Take a quick post-spin shower while I listen to Iris Dement’s new album, which serves the sound I grew up on and a very earnest progressivism that reminds me of my parents and their sweet Boomer friends who care deeply about abortion access and post anti-racist memes on Facebook. I cover my body in Warm Feelings, spritz on Winter (the best), wriggle into some cheetah-print overalls, and head down to work until L leaves in about an hour and a half.
12:00 pm: My meeting with my boss ran over so L had to leave for work while I was mid-call. I extricate B from Disney+ (we use J’s login) and receive only a moderate tantrum in response. After some breaths, B lays on his blue rug and pretends he’s eating his lunch (a mango pop, grilled cheese, & berries) in the shallow end of a swimming pool. Pre-nap, we read Gabito, a recent fave, and B’s eyes flutter closed during the last few pages. Back to work!
3:30 pm: B comes running into my office but I need to wrap up an important task, so we listen to superhero stories together while I tappity tap. It’s raining out, and L isn’t due home til 6p, so I make a gametime decision to spend the afternoon doing one fun inside thing for me (pick out berry bushes for our garden!) and one fun thing inside thing for B (ride rides inside the mall near the garden center!). B and I gather $2.50 in quarters for his rides, and he dons his Ironman costume and rainboots for the occasion.
At the garden center, we pick out two triple crown blackberry bushes, two chandler blueberry bushes, one heritage everbearing raspberry bush, and, after a quick phone consultation with L, one black tartarian cherry tree. L loves cherries and is very excited to use them in his cocktail-making. We also pick up a galvanized steel watering can since my old thrifted one keeps leaking all over the floor when I water my inside plants. The total is $253. Because I am very excited about this purchase and it’s for our house, it counts as free in my heart.
4:30 pm: B and I are the only nerds in the mall wearing KN95s and clutching quarters in our fists. So far B has purchased a ride on a train ($1) and some tiny banana candies ($.50). He settles on a very exciting race car for his final four quarters – but the greedy car eats his money!!! ($1) We are both very sad, and start searching for a ride that might take a debit card. Then, suddenly, to our left, appears a LEGO STORE. B dashes in and we find that you can build your own tiny Lego person. He happily obliges and I spend $5 on a three-inch-tall Lego man with a spider face and a big helmet.
6:30 pm: Back at home, L and I discuss our most exciting news of the week – L’s youngest sister and her partner arrive at their new apartment in our city TONIGHT! They’ve been living several states away for years. L’s whole family lives in the area and we are all thrilled these two are coming back home. L, B, and I plan to help them unpack tomorrow, and I think we should take them a gift. L heads out to the bottle store down the street to buy two bottles of Morphos (one for us!) ($52), and then goes to the grocery store to buy White Claws and some pull-ups for B. ($25) We could save more money but life is for living.
Dinner is leftover fried rice, and B doesn’t fall asleep til 9. L and I take our favorite CBD gummies before bed and I read the “soft fruits” section of Down to Earth to prepare for our big planting this weekend.
🌿 DAILY TOTAL: $365.50
6:00 am: I wake up late today – I had trouble sleeping because I couldn’t breathe all night. I make my favorite smoothie for breakfast (which is something like this but incorporates protein powder and frozen kale and cayenne), L eats oatmeal, and B eats two mango smoothie pops plus a cereal bar. They leave around 7:15 am and I get myself together to walk the dog before heading to my coworking space for the day.
8:30 am: I pack up my stuff and ride my bike to my pretty coworking space. The sun is out! It’s spring! The trees are blooming! Everyone is glad.
1:45 pm: I heat up fried rice and drink some of the on-tap kombucha. While I eat, I read Today in Tabs and consider adding it to my monthly expenses so that I can read it more. Our cleaner texts that they’re done at the house, and I Venmo her $160 (included in monthly expenses).
3:10 pm: I decide to bike home before the final Zoom call of the day. I cannot stress enough how glorious it is outside. It’s also glorious inside, thanks to our fabulous cleaner.
Post-call, I make some smol avocado toasts and L calls to say his sibling is not in fact up for a visit tonight – they are whelmed by boxes. We pivot: bike ride to the playground! While at the playground, B is the first kid to hear the ICE CREAM TRUCK approach. Chaos ensues and we spend $5 on one scoop of cookie dough ice cream.
7:00 pm: For dinner we make mini pizzas on TJ’s cauliflower crust. I also make asparagus with a delicious flaked salt left by my bestie the last time they stayed over, and the result is pretty enough to text to them. L makes us gin fizzes with strawberries and with mint from the garden. 🌱
8:00 pm: Teeth brushing is always a slog with B, but on this night I am visited by a stroke of genius. Tonight, I explain to him that the tooth fairy has been hired for a residency at our place and is listening in while he brushes his teeth and uses the potty. If he does a good job, she’ll leave him a coin somewhere in his bedroom. L overhears and makes tooth fairy sounds (think tinkling giggles) from the hallway – B is delighted and brushes his teeth with aplomb. This is a big win! While he uses the potty, I steal away and hide a quarter under the toe of his stuffed Spiderman. He requests tooth fairy bedtime stories and falls asleep listening. ($.25)
🌿 DAILY TOTAL: $5.25
6:00 am: Another late wakeup for me. I have a spin class at 8 and a packed workday, so I make my favorite smoothie again and walk M while it’s still dark out. Afterwards, I help B with his teeth brushing/potty routine, and it continues to be so much smoother than ever before thanks to our friend the tooth fairy. This time, L stashes a dime under B’s stuffed bear. B proudly puts the dime and last night’s quarter in his coat pocket and, as I buckle him into his car seat, announces he is NOT sharing his money with his teacher today. I suppose the discussion about whether money should be treated as a public good or a personal asset can come later. On the way to school, L stops for gas. ($25 for gas, $.10 for the tooth fairy)
8:00 am: I arrive at the spin studio and learn that the teacher I expected overslept. His sub unfortunately leaves half the lights on and plays lots of Eminem. I survive the weird vibes and head home for a quick shower before work – no coffee shop stop this time! I am a disciplined and frugal Recessionist millennial.
10:15 am: Our CSA is delivered! It includes spinach, heirloom tomatoes (!! new this week!), apples, lacinato kale, meyer lemons, limes, oyster mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms, red onions, shishito peppers, and mixed cherry tomatoes, plus a delivery charge, for $63, $23 more than the monthly minimum I included in set expenses. I fetch it from the sunny porch and am reminded that urgently want a pair of white platform Birkenstocks for spring. I find a pair in my size in EUC on Poshmark and buy them now: $60 with shipping, a steal compared to $110 new!
1:00 pm: My delightful neighbor and I take lunch together! We walk to a nearby eatery where I get a tempeh reuben and diet soda (my vice), $18 including tip. Over lunch we discuss parenting, gardening, her upcoming major home renovation, and how squirrels can sometimes relocate crocus bulbs. Meanwhile, B and L have early release at school so they head to a kid’s play place as a special treat to B. ($23 with snacks)
3:30 pm: B is home early but, curses, I still have much work to do! He and L chill while I tappity tap for a while longer. I eventually wrap up, but will have to do more work over the weekend.
L wants to work in his shop for a while, so B and I take the bike to the playground. He is a very good friend at the playground, running around happily with a couple of 7-year-olds he’s never met and then, when they leave, chatting amicably with an 18-month-old and his parents. He periodically begs me to let him take his pants off so he can better pretend he’s in the pool. The answer is no, but he is shirtless, shoeless, and covered in “tattoos” (washable marker), and I think that’s a pretty good compromise.
7:00 pm: Back home, L is making dinner (avocado tacos!), and I announce to him that we need a few more spring items: new (unscratched) oversize sunglasses and a beaded eyeglass chain for me, and little kid Tevas for B. I use my dad’s Amaz*n to buy the glasses and chain for me ($20) and three pairs of Tevas for B to try on. They’ll only charge us for the ones we keep, which will be $21.
L and I spend the evening drinking the Morphos he bought earlier this week and hanging out with J and her boyfriend. We turn on the AC for the first time which reminds us that we need to get an HVAC repairperson out here to check out some weird details of the old AC system our inspector caught. I mentally add it to my to-dos for the week.
We get B in bed late again – around 9 – and we watch Schitt’s Creek til almost 11. We will never tire of re-watching this show.
🌿 DAILY TOTAL: $185.10
6:45 am: I wake up breathing easy today! Blessings, prednisone; blessings, springtime.
8:00 am: L and I make eggie toasts with heirloom tomatoes, and L reveals that he had a long-awaited budget chat with the medical hospital where he’s been getting dental work done. They’re estimating we’ll need to spend an additional $11k this year to get L’s teeth in order. This kicks off a Big Conversation, during which we realize we absolutely need to be spending less than $8k monthly in order to cash flow his teeth, cash flow our must-do house projects, and pay down our cards by end of year. This should be doable, in theory, but will be a big adjustment as for months we’ve been splashing out on everything from gifts to travel to furniture to tools to fabric to support my baby-clothes-making hobby. As the conversation drags on, tension rises, and we’re both mad at each other but not sure why.
After a few breaths, I realize: we are just launching big numbers back and forth across the room, completely unmoored! I offer to make us a big fancy draft annual budget with monthly projections and schedule a date night to review. HOW FUN! L obliges after I convince him that I actually, truly, want to do this, and I find a very nice budget template on Etsy. ($20)
10 am: I run down a hill and across a parking lot to yoga, and slip in some vom along the way. Meanwhile, L and B head to the gym together.
12 pm: I take our e-bike (the one we’ve been riding around all week) to the shop and tell the bike guy that the lights and the breaks are in rough shape. He tells me they’ll fix it up, but that we should consider replacing it with a Yuba Spicy Curry which is $5200. I think not, but in my heart, I do really want to sell this one and buy a RadWagon or a Blix Packa Genie. Ebike moms and dolls, send thoughts.
When I get home, L heads to Aldi and spends $125 on berries, lots of bananas, eggs, rice, oat milk, oatmeal, snacks for B, frozen berries, fresh broccoli, yogurt, and a bunch of other stuff including Aldi swag that he is very stoked about: a matching pullover, socks, and tumbler. He then goes to Ace Hardware and buys s’mores sticks for use with our fire pit and some light bulbs ($37). B takes a nap and I plant the berry bushes and cherry tree while he snoozes!
6 pm: We head out to dinner to celebrate the big move with L’s sister and her boyfriend. It’s a long walk to our favorite taco place, but a beautiful day. B rides his pink scooter and is very cute, but reader, he is a spirited child and today he is having A Day. We field multiple meltdowns and lots of not-listening on the way to the restaurant. Dinner itself is delicious, though, and we watch the sun set over the water as we eat. It’s $58 with tip for the three of us, including a coconut margarita for L and a watermelon sangria for me.
5 am: Up and thinking about parenting. L and I had a long conversation after B fell asleep about what we could do differently to help him manage his emotions. He’s a big child in size and in personality – at 3 he’s wearing size 6 clothes and talking as much as any child that age too. He has big joy, big wonder, big imagination, and also big anger and big sadnesses. We’ve tried to follow Janet Lansbury’s teaching since B was born, but at times gentle parenting, which Janet teaches, has seemed too lax for B. I decide to return to her work anyway. I read the transcript to her newest podcast episode, and wonder if maybe we’re overengaging with B’s big feelings. Then I read this one about another child struggling with aggression, and am glad that B is at least not spitting, I guess?
10 am: B’s morning is going great after all, and we decide to pack a lunch and head out for a hike. B makes himself a ham, cheese, and hummus sandwich, and I make L and I veggie sandwiches with pesto. We happen upon a plant sale on the way home and L approves a “Fuzzy Mystery” peperomia for our bathroom. ($8) Afterwards we drop off my Nuuly at UPS (prepaid!) and head home to watch a movie while it rains. I do work things and start our new annual budget spreadsheet during the movie.
5 pm: J takes a walk with us and M the dog to a playground nearby, and while we’re out, our neighbor texts to suggest once-a-week family dinners on Tuesday (yes please!). For dinner tonight, I make Smitten Kitchen’s tomato sauce with onion and butter using the heirloom tomatoes from our CSA and it’s very good as always. L and I drink some Pinot with dinner, and B eats his spaghetti with his hands.
9 pm: My anxiety (her name is Esther) visits while I’m putting B to sleep, so after he’s down, I decide to get to the bottom of a few things via Google. As usual, this is a bad idea! I walk to bed crying and lay on L’s chest. I cry a lot more, including about the trailer for You Hurt My Feelings which I saw three days ago, and about how scary it would be if L were to die, and about how L’s parents’ best friends’ lives have never been visited by tragedy and is that possible for us too?
Therapy is on Tuesday, everyone! We will make it.
6:30 am: I wake up later than I wanted to after a fitful night. B was coughing a lot (post-nasal drip, ick), and I was thinking a lot. I have back-to-back calls today with lots of prep beforehand so I get dressed quick and grab a pre-made smoothie from the freezer for breakfast. B and L leave at 7:15; I light my Gardener candle and tuck in to work.
1:00 pm: Lunch is fried rice with a chonk of a Trader Joe’s milk chocolate hazelnut bar, yum. I eat on a call but politely turn off my camera.
4:00 pm: B and L are home and I’m still wrapping up. On the way home, they picked up some natural honey cough syrup stuff for B ($12).
6:00 pm: L and I drop B off at the Y childcare, and find out they are hosting a spring break camp for 3-5 year olds. L wants to build B’s long-awaited tree house over the break, so we sign B up for four days of camp. Very cute! And also less than half the price of other camps in the area. ($100)
6:15 pm: I check the NYT as I start up the elliptical and am sent reeling by news of the school shooting in Nashville. I try to distract myself with The Crown. Unfortunately, Princess Di is really going through it, so the distraction is a bust. I turn on Sarah Blondin’s Learning to Surrender meditation instead, and listen to it twice. I’m trying desperately to trust the universe but the hellscapeness of it all makes that difficult sometimes.
Life marches on anyhow: After our workout, we head to Trader Joe’s to buy the items Aldi didn’t offer over the weekend (fancy bag salad, plantain chips, challah, frozen greens, a Galia melon, a few other things), plus a lot more broccoli because we need it for the tofu and veggies we’re making with the neighbors tomorrow. I love this peanut butter tofu recipe, in case you’re looking for one. ($31)
8 pm: We three look at videos of baby B over dinner, and L says maybe he is ready for a second. I think I am too.
adrienne maree brown posted today,
put your attention on suffering – which is constant and everywhere – and it is all you will see. joy will come, and laughter, but you will find it brief, possibly a distraction.
put your attention on joy, being connected and feeling whole, and you will find it everywhere. your heart will still break. you will know grief. but you will find it a reasonable cost for the random abundance of miracles, and the soft wild rhythms of love.
return to love as many times as you can.
❤️ Section 5: TOTALS
Total Expenses: $1228.85
Food & Drink: $376
Fun & Entertainment: $130.85
Home & Health: $557
Clothes & Beauty: $101
Transport: $64
❤️ Section 6: REFLECTION
This week was spendy for us between the plants and the skincare routine – but I’d say we usually have at least one week a month where we spend like this. I know that needs to shift if we’re going to pay for all the things we need to pay for this year without drawing from our life savings. I’m also aware that N’s student loan payments will likely resume, and that having a second baby isn’t cheap – so I’m excited to finish our budget spreadsheet and treat it like a goal rather than a suggestion (I currently track our spending obsessively in Mint but treat the budget limits like unsolicited advice).
I do like everything we spent money on this week, though, and feel very lucky to be able to cover so many wants and needs in a given week. Thanks for reading!
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2023.03.28 12:14 cqung25 Bug - after transfering account to the new version my already leveled up characters lost all unlocked teachable perks

hello, i just did my transfering account and start the playing. I have prestige my Kate Danson 3 times previously, but after transfer account to this newer version, I lost all my teachable perks (become unteachable). this happens to all characters that i unlocked in the older version. Many of them I have presitged or level up to level 50 but now have their perks remain unteachable. as i tried to level them up they are shown as “FengMin level up to level 17” even tho my FengMin is already level 45. the cost of leveling up is as much as level 45 requires, which is higher than level 17 that it claimed. this is frustrating and i hope someone could help me restore my teachable perks that i unlocked with all characters from previous version! It is a bug, please someone could help me with this or show me how to report, because it is DAMN frustrating for the ammount of time and money I already put in this game. Pictures of proof in the link in the comment!
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2023.03.28 12:08 BigExpression5610 9 Reasons Becoming a Successful Web Developer in 2023

9 Reasons Becoming a Successful Web Developer in 2023
The Full-Stack Web Development program is a popular option if you want to go up. It provides students with the best of both worlds. A self-paced online learning environment that enables you to master the principles of web programming, as well as a committed support group of career counselors, mentors, and tutors to assist you in building a successful career in today's employment market. You can register in the full stack developer course, offered by Learnbay exclusively for working professionals.
We'll provide some reasons for why you should move to this fascinating field, along with others. Some of the advantages might shock you.
There are excellent reasons to work as a developer:
  1. It's demanding intellectually
A fast-paced and demanding career, web development is focused on inventive problem-solving and ongoing innovation.
In fact, web development makes up two of the top three positions on Indeed's ranking of the Best Jobs of 2023. First place goes to full-stack developers, followed closely by cloud engineers and backend developers.
One explanation for this is that the discipline of web development frequently requires you to think critically and creatively. You'll work on challenging projects and issues that require constant learning and innovation.
  1. Web developers earn much more than the typical salary.
Because of the great demand, programmers must earn high salaries. According to our salary guide, the typical developer in the US makes $82,460 annually, which is more than 50% more than the $53,490 national average.
While these figures will inevitably differ depending on seniority, industry, and location, you can anticipate being well-paid as a web developer.
Remember that as you expand your expertise and skill set, your earning potential will increase as well, possibly comfortably reaching six figures.
  1. Developers have a diverse range of backgrounds.
We've discovered that anyone can become a programmer if they put in the effort, despite many web developers having more analytical or technical backgrounds.
For instance, the Full Stack Web Developer Course has produced a number of successful alumni who previously held positions in HR, customer service, insurance, teaching, Uber driving, and various other fields.
Amazon, Google, Meta, and Microsoft are among the biggest employers of bootcamp alumni, according to recent research by Career Karma. Also, learning how to code is a phenomenally adaptable talent that opens up a wide range of job opportunities across numerous industries.
  1. You can operate remotely or somewhere else.
Developers also have a much higher likelihood of working from home. According to the 2022 Jamstack Survey, 83% of engineers work remotely, which is a crucial reason why they choose to remain in their current positions or leave their previous ones.
Engineering teams are frequently the ones who are exempt from an RTW (Return To Work) policy at a time when many employers are attempting to force their workers back into the workplace as the pandemic fades.
As a remote web developer, you might even be able to work from anywhere globally.
Web developers and software engineers have a higher chance of being able to demand a healthy work-life balance from their employers, regardless of where they are employed.
  1. It's original
While coding may seem like a lot of pushing ones and zeros around to the uninitiated, it's actually a really creative release.
Coders are urged to devise their own fixes and workarounds, create their own tools and methods, and even work towards becoming software architects.
There is a tonne of cool web design out there, but frontend development, in particular, can show off some eye-catching ingenuity, from visuals to elegant Dark Modes or icons. You can get a sense of web development's creative possibilities by simply looking through a few web developers' portfolios.
  1. Web developers are always evolving.
Web developers constantly acquire new skills and advance in their careers because the technology sector is one that moves quickly.
As a web developer, there is no limit to how much you can develop your abilities and advance in your job. In recent years, technologies like cloud computing and big data have become more and more prevalent, and Web3 provides a wide range of programming opportunities.
  1. Web engineers can work for a variety of businesses.
You can work as a web developer for small businesses, big corporations, agencies, or freelancers.
You can choose based on various factors, including which business culture best suits your needs and your preferred working style, whether you prefer working in a large team or a smaller cross-functional one, and whether you prefer working on many small projects or fewer big ones.
  1. It's one of the industries with the fastest employment growth.
We frequently hear that the software engineering and development field is expanding and that the early 2023 tech cutbacks will have little impact on it.
This is due to the fact that most programmers don't work for MAANG businesses. They are employed in various fields, including gardening, retail, and real estate. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that the US Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts a staggering 23% employment growth for web developers between 2021 and 2031 as well as 25% for software developers and testers.
There is no denying that one of the future professions is web development.
  1. Developers are shaping the future.
Technology and the world are transforming thanks to developments like Chat-GPT, self-driving cars, and the "Internet of Things." If you want to get started as a successful developer, then sign up for a comprehensive Full Stack Software Developer Course in Canada, developed in accreditation with IBM.
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2023.03.28 12:06 IllustriousAd7993 Podium of Tenacity, now if u want to show to others your creatures in house and guild houses, u can use this podium in creatures that u have done in bestiary, and show to others your skills and power

Podium of Tenacity, now if u want to show to others your creatures in house and guild houses, u can use this podium in creatures that u have done in bestiary, and show to others your skills and power submitted by IllustriousAd7993 to TibiaMMO [link] [comments]