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Leansque lore ranging from Iberian history to the country's most recent election.
2023.06.09 15:16 FakeElectionMaker Leansque lore ranging from Iberian history to the country's most recent election.
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2022 Leansquean general election submitted by FakeElectionMaker to AlternateHistory [link] [comments]
LEP had ran a right-wing populist campaign centered on fighting corruption and reasserting Leansque's independence in regards to Brussels. On economics, the party promised to raise interest rates and control gas prices to lower inflation. They mostly avoided the Ukraine issue.
The Left Front overperformed expectations, winning eleven urban seats and replacing the Greens as Leansque's main left-wing third-party. Unlike the Green Party, the FI platform transcended climate change to promise the nationalization of major industries and promotion of workers' cooperatives as an alternative to the private sector.
Leansque supported the Angolan government with weapons, training and funding until 1974. That year, the newly elected Labour Party administration of Domingos Arcand imposed an arms embargo on the Roberto regime, weakening it even further after a series of defeats. On 9 April 1975, Holden Roberto fled Angola by plane, and the People's Republic was proclaimed by Agostinho Neto the following day.
Equipment used by both sides during the First Angolan Civil War, including aircraft of the Angolan Air Force.
Clockwise from top:
Ferrera III, BA M32, MB Jeep, Panhard AML, AMX-13, M113, M114, M2 mortar.
Mirage III, F-86 Sabre, A-1 Skyraider, C-47 Skytrain, T-6 Texan.
AK-47, PK machine gun, RPG-7, 9K32 Strela-2, PPS submachine gun, SPG-9 recoilless rifle
During the war, the MPLA was provided by the Soviet Union, Cuba and other Warsaw Pact states with modern equipment, while the Holden Roberto dictatorship relied on aid from the United States, Israel and (before 1974) Angola's former colonial power Leansque.
As the brutality of Roberto became more well-known internationally, support for Angola decreased, allowing the MPLA to win the civil war.
Royal dynasties of Leansque.
Actually, the tau cross was the symbol of the Peter Dynasty, but the coat maker I used did not have it.
Between 879 and 883, there was a Leansquean Civil War among four local noble families fighting for the throne. And between 1723 and 1725, there was a brief War of Leansquean Succession pairing Spain and France against Britain, the Netherlands and the HRE. Britain won the war, and they installed Frederick of Baden-Durlach on the throne as a compromise candidate.
The Iberian peninsula (excluding Leansque) has been ruled by Spain since the late 15th century.
The north of the southwestern part of the peninsula had been controlled by the Kingdom of Galicia, until it came under the control of the Catholic Monarchs.
The Algarve, on the other hand, was only retaken from the Moors in 1490, when the Grenadan forces there were decisively defeated.
Since the times of the Kingdom of Navarre, there has been a significant Basque population in southeastern Leansque, as shown in a previous post.
By 1850, Brazil had stabilized, with European immigration beginning to take off.
The Liberal Party oligarchy had replaced the failed colonial experiment with industrialization. Instead, they returned to commodity exports, mainly coffee. By the late 1850s, Brazil was the greatest producer and exporter of coffee in the world (replacing Liberia), and the commodity filled government coffers.
During that era, the Conservative and Liberal parties were de facto coalitions of statewide political groups and clubs, with little centralization. The Conservative Party machine was increasingly incorporated into the governing Liberals as that party collapsed, and by 1865, Brazil was a virtual one-party state.
In 1857, President Francisco Torres signed the Law of the Free Womb, freeing all slaves born after 1 January 1858. At the same time, a more functional immigration policy was implemented, causing an immigratory boom; by immigration numbers Brazil was the second largest country in the Americas (behind the United States). The immigrants were overwhelmingly German and Italian, with smaller numbers of Spanish and French ones.
During that period, Brazil defeated three regional caudillos during wars – Juan Manuel de Rosas of Argentina in 1852, and Francisco Solano Lopez of Paraguay during the late 1860s (the Paraguayan War is the biggest international conflict in Latin American history).
Even with this military victory, the status quo was increasingly questioned, due to electoral fraud, illiteracy and the political dominance of large landowners. The failure of the modernizing candidacy of war hero Louis de Lima e Silva angered the Brazilian Army, which took advantage of the political climate to carry out a military coup in 1870.
Presidency of Louis de Lima e Silva (1870-1881)
After seizing power, Lima e Silva announced Brazil would enter a new era, without slavery and focusing on the national interest instead of regional ones.
The new president soon deposed all governors and replaced them with local military officers. He also revoked the 1832 Constitution, reuniting enormous power for himself.
On 18 January 1871, Lima e Silva issued a decree freeing all slaves over 65. While it was meant to appease the growing abolitionist movement, the decree had little effect (given slaves' low life expectancy) and was widely mocked.
That same year, the President became popular among the poor by controlling the prices of products such as bread, potatoes and meat. A cult of personality emerged around Lima e Silva, and popular battalions were created to defend him.
On foreign policy, the new government sought close relations with both the United Kingdom and the United States; the foreign policy of the First Republic had leaned towards the latter since the 1840s. British investment in Brazil increased as large businesses invested in railways and banking.
In spite of those reforms, Lima e Silva's centralization of power upset many in the Brazilian elite, and during early 1872, there was a rebellion which was quickly supressed.
The revolt's failure emboldened the military dictatorship, which recieved a popularity boost. The President took advantage of this to increase the construction of railways in the poor and declining Northeast, and finally abolish slavery on 4 June 1874.
Throughout the late 1870s, Brazil prospered economically, with the emergence of the first push for women's rights; trams and streetlights began to appear in major cities. But Lima e Silva's dictatorship relied more on his charismatic authority than on rational-legal authority.
At the same time, as the dictator turned 80, a struggle for succession was opened. In 1877, the Generalissimo (a rank he had adopted in 1872) chose his right-hand man, General Deodoro da Fonseca, as his successor.
Throughout 1879, Lima e Silva's health gradually weakened, and he increasingly turned over government duties to Deodoro and his advisors. On 7 May 1880, the President of Brazil died, and was succeeded by Marshal (a rank he had been promoted to right before his predecessor's death) Deodoro da Fonseca.
2023.06.09 15:11 RarestPepe216 Nitrous narcotic technique
Hello all. Just was looking to get opinions on the nitrous narcotic technique. I would say I use fentanyl up to 200mcg per case but I was giving my colleague a break and he had Sevo at 0.5%, Nitrous at 50% and had given 800mcg of fentanyl and 1mg of dilaudid prior to incision. He then worked in another 300mcg of fentanyl after incision and pts VS seemed stable except for a few low bps for which he was giving Vaso. I was taught minimal gas and narcotic up front but not that heavy so just looking to gauge your experiences. At what point do you think it's probably enough fentanyl? And if you were to do something like this what mcg/kg would you be shooting for? I think he told me he does 6-8mcg/kg of fentanyl for those.
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2023.06.09 14:45 G4ost13 My favorite thing about working for lowes, scamming the customers
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2023.06.09 14:36 McGlone_Games Episode Recap - Louis and the Nazis
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Following on from my 'In Vision' commentary notes, I had a request from freddythefuckingfish
to recap 'Louis and the Nazis'. Here it is, along with some additional notes from Louis' follow-up visit to Lamb and Lynx for his 'Call of the Weird' book.
\"I thought it was time to leave.\"
- The episode opens with tape being put on a kitchen floor by April, while she is being watched by her aspiring pop-duo daughters, Lamb and Lynx
- They all laugh when April starts to use the tape to draw a swastika, because she's a Nazi
- Note: the twins go by 'Prussian Blue', which is a reference to how the walls of gas chambers could be stained blue by the Nazi's usage of Zyklon B, which contained Prussic acid
- Louis asks if April cares about "people's feelings", which quickly descends into April going on a rant about "The Jews" and how she just thinks the swastika is "neat"
- Personal Note: there's something about April's agitated head and mouth movements that reminds me of a Muppet
- April refers to Louis as a "brainwashed lemming"
- Lamb and Lynx dance a merry jig to the sound of bagpipes, before we go to the opening credits
Meeting Tom Metzger
- Louis is driving to meet "one of America's most notorious" racists, Tom Metzger (who died in 2020)
- Tom has a garden ornament with a motion sensor that makes a noise when you approach his house, then has what looks like another motion sensor to the right of his front door, with a security camera on the left
- Tom says he's "more serious than most of the Nazis [he's] met"
- There appears to be a sign that says "No Snivelling" on one of the doors in Tom's office (I couldn't find any significance to that)
- Tom shows Louis a racist cartoon from his newsletter, claims that he is better looking than Denzel Washington, and then (in my opinion) tries to get a reaction out of Louis by using The N-Word, but Louis remains stone-faced
- Tom says that he would not use that word in public if Louis asked him to, but that he would not stop using it in private (even as a favour to Louis)
- Louis: "It makes me think slightly less of you."
- Tom: "Well, that's okay, I'm not here to adopt you."
- Louis takes a look at Tom's music collection, and Tom's wife flatly says "It's part of history" when Louis asks her if it's shocking to have the image of a black man being lynched on an album cover
- Tom, again, seems to be intentionally saying extreme things to get a reaction out of Louis, but, when Louis doesn't bite, he does then tone things down a bit
- Tom's youngest daughter arrives, and doesn't consider herself to be a racist (mentioning how people judge her solely for her last name)
- Abrupt cut to a different room, with a tired-sounding Louis now lounging in a chair with a drink in his hand, and what look like papers in his lap, telling Tom that "it bespeaks kind of a hatred"
- Personal Note: Uh... what just happened? How much time has passed since the interview with Tom's daughter? Is that a copy of Tom's newsletter in Louis' lap? Is that the "it" he's referring to?
- Tom, with a beer in his hand, sounds upset as he tries to justify his hatred for "blacks" with, "they kill my friends, they imprisoned them for life"
- Louis, almost sounding drunk, uncharacteristically replies with, "That's such bull. That is such bull."
- Tom yells at Louis about black people committing crimes in England, then starts to make a phone call to end this very awkward and out-of-place scene
- Personal Note: What was going on there?! Both men acted completely differently towards each other, while Tom's wife and daughter appeared to be nervously stood in the doorway. Just a really weird scene that felt like something directed by David Lynch.
- Over at the karaoke bar ("Lets Party Right Here!"), we see someone who looks like Danny Trejo serenading a table of middle-aged women
- Louis says it has been a "long and, in some ways, depressing day [...] I was even more confused when the karaoke bar [Tom] took me to turned out to be largely non-white"
- Louis: "I could only assume that, for Tom, karaoke sometimes took precedent over racism."
- We hear a (mercifully short) clip of Tom "singing" 'Bad to the Bone' (he sounds like the love-child of Elmer Fudd and Les Claypool)
- Note: None of what was said between Louis and the Metzger's while they were at the bar is in the episode, and we only hear Louis speak in voice-over.
Meeting John Malpezzi
- Louis is being driven by Tom to meet his new "manager", a man named John Malpezzi, who was "supposedly a show business veteran"
- When John gets in the car, Louis tries to get him to talk about the racist things Tom says and publishes, but John seems like he was expecting that line of questioning and is having none of it
- John gives the, oddly specific, example of how he has known people in the past who would "throw you out of the air plane, over the jungle" for trying to catch him out like that
- Louis had been keeping his powder dry during the car trip, as he knew that there were rumours of John having a "colourful career" and that he "had spent time in prison"
- Louis is more direct once they arrive at their destination and John, after initially trying to shut down the conversation about his past, admits that he had legally represented the Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar
- John had also been looking at "85 years" in prison for cocaine trafficking, but only served "3-and-a-half" years (here's an archived LA Times article from 1987 that covers what happened)
- Louis says that who John was, and whether what he was saying was actually true, was "vague to me, and possibly to him, too"
- Louis visits Skip and his family, some of Tom's "skinhead supporters" who were hosting a rally that Tom would be speaking at
- Skip had followed Tom since 1983 and thought he had "done a lot of good *awkward pause\* he's a good patriot"
- Skip's brother says that telling someone "you're on the fence" is considered to be an insult by skinheads
- The second Louis suggests that he might be Jewish, Skip immediately starts eyeing him up and becomes less friendly towards him
- Louis spent the afternoon with the family before Skip really started to become agitated
- Skip: "You're a Jew, that's why you got so much animosity. [...] You're a Jew. ...You're part Jewish."
- Skip points at the sound guy and says, "He's not Jewish, I'll tell ya that, right now."
- Personal Note: the camera pans over to the sound guy and he reminded me of Seth Rogen, who is Jewish
- According to 'Call of the Weird', Louis' Director was Jewish
- I think you can just barely hear a member of the crew start to interject when it's clear that Skip isn't going to let go of the issue, however I can't make out what they're saying
- Louis, after Skip and his family have all left: "I thought it was time to leave."
The Gathering of the Gods
- Tom: "Yo, yo, yo, are you ready to go, to the Hate-ananny? Huh?!"
- Tom is wearing a t-shirt that says "Some People Are Alive Simply Because It's Illegal To Kill Them"
- Louis heads to a major event ("by skinhead standards") with Tom, which is being held at "Skip's place" (or at least in a field near "Skip's place")
- According to 'Call of the Weird', Louis had "security experts" who refused to accompany him into the festival (they would have been required to give up their weapons), so Louis was told to "stay alert at all times" and that the crew should run to the exits as quickly as possible, if things went bad (the armed "security experts" remained parked outside in their van)
- Tom only attended "one or two" events per year, and Louis suspects that he felt embarrassed by Louis being part of his "entourage"
- According to 'Call of the Weird', the scene where a group of skinheads ignore Louis was not an exaggeration, as not a single skinhead at the event would let Louis interview them
- Louis: "I felt like the schoolkid nobody wanted to be friends with."
- Lamb and Lynx take to the stage, and the appreciative crowd of shirtless male skinheads salute them at the end of their song (a few look like they are wiping tears from their eyes)
- According to 'Call of the Weird', Louis did not know of Lamb and Lynx before the festival, and only spoke to April by chance, because her lack of tattoos made her look approachable
- Personal Note: I don't mean to imply that Louis is lying here, but I can't imagine that they planned for the episode to be an hour of Tom and some random skinheads, so what were the 20 minutes dedicated to April's family originally going to be about?
- Tom takes to the stage, where he yells a lot and is a racist
- The sign for the event reads "The Gathering of the Gods, An Ian Stuart Memorial, The Flame That Never Dies, American Front"
- [Ian Stuart was an English nationalist, white supremacist, and the lead singer of the punk band 'Skrewdriver'. Stuart died in 1993 and this episode is from 2003, so the "memorial" might be for the 10-year anniversary of his death.]
- The day after The Gathering, Tom tells Louis how he likes skinheads because they're "not hypocritical" and are "strong racists"
- Note: Tom is slightly out-of-focus during this short interview, with the camera more focused on the greenery behind his head
Meeting April, Lamb, and Lynx
- According to 'Call of the Weird', the only hint that April's house contained Nazis was a "battered" car bumper sticker that read "My Boss is an Austrian Painter"
- Louis arrives at April's house, where a bored-looking Lamb and Lynx sing about "Marxist black dictators" in Africa
- According to 'Call of the Weird', April had been making the twins sing "white power" songs for other Nazis since they were at least 8
- Louis: "They don't seem old enough to really know what that's about."
- April: "Well, I've explained it."
- The girls demonstrate that they are not, in fact, old enough to know what that's about
- According to 'Call of the Weird', there exist white nationalist children's books that (and this is meant to be taken seriously) contain "E is for Eugenics" and have illustrations made by prisoners who were found guilty of hate crimes
- April is looking ahead to when Lamb and Lynx are 16-year-old girls, because any "young... man" or "red-blooded American boy" would find them "very appealing" (well, that isn't creepy at all...)
- April's fiancee refused to appear on camera, as he felt it could lose him his job (he was a public school teacher, though she cautiously only says "an educator")
- April wouldn't let her 11-year-old children play "Nintendo" games, but a violent, first-person shooter named "Ethnic Cleansing" was perfectly fine
- Personal Note: I did play 'Ethnic Cleansing', just for a laugh, many years ago, and it's not even "funny bad", it's just rubbish
- April drives them all to a horse ranch, and Louis looks lost for words when the family start rocking out to skinhead music (one of the twins seems to find it funny how visibly uncomfortable he is)
- April asks the crew to only tell people that they are making a documentary on the girls' music, as she doesn't want anyone "hurting my horses because of my politics"
- April essentially says that she is so racist that she struggles to hide it
- Louis: "I've noticed."
- According to 'Call of the Weird', April would bring up race, or "The Jews", in almost every conversation Louis had with her, no matter what the original topic was
- April talks about how she "wouldn't want to have anything to do with" her daughters if they went against her beliefs
- [What ended up happening when Lamb and Lynx grew up and renounced their racist beliefs (albeit with just a little bit of holocaust denial left in there) is that April... wait for it... waaait for it... blamed "The Jews".]
A Trip to Bill's Ranch
- They drive to meet April's father, Bill, who owns a cattle ranch where his cows are branded with a swastika
- Bill, who lives on a ranch in the middle of nowhere, says that Louis can't "see what's going on" with the white race
- There's a rare production snafu when the camera man is forced to rush over to everyone else when Bill starts talking
- Personal Note: based on how this is the last scene shown at the ranch and they are all gathered by their cars, my best guess is that this was originally meant to be a long shot of everyone getting in their cars to leave, but Bill had other ideas
- Bill, like Tom, is the kind of racist who pauses for effect and looks for a reaction after saying The N-Word
- Louis takes so long to answer the straightforward, "Do you usually date white women?" that I suspect he's trying to get April and Bill more worked-up (not that they need encouraging)
- After Louis asks if a Jewish woman would be considered "white", Bill imitates a "Jewish Princess" by squawking "Louis! Louis! I want a new ring, Louis!", like he's one of the Monty Python cast in drag
- As April drives them home, she says that she considers her racist indoctrination by a Nazi to be a "gift"
- Note: Bill's wife is not shown here, but she was featured in another documentary, Nazi Pop Twins (2007), and did not share his extreme views
Tom's "Ambassadorial" Trip
- Louis is back with Tom and John, who were considering an "ambassadorial trip" to Mexico
- John refers to Tom as an "international politician"
- Louis refers to Tom as a "racist politician"
- John acts like Tom being a "racist politician" is a good thing, because then he'll be popular "in a racist country" like Mexico
- Tom and John act like they're making a sequel to 'Grumpy Old Men' as Louis drives them into Mexico
- John meets a lady friend (or "whore", as Tom calls her) at a bar, before they put on sombreros, and start to get sloshed on booze
- Louis: "The ambassadorial visit was degenerating into a pub crawl."
- After making two American tourists uncomfortable with his shameless racism, a drunken Tom loudly asks the staff in a souvenir shop if they have any rings with swastikas on them (I think someone says "You're lucky there's no black people about, man" in the background)
- Tom disappears, returns even more drunk, and accuses John of "neglecting his security duties"
- Tom and John drunkenly argue about, of all things, how racist John actually is
- Louis notes that this was Tom at his most "unguarded", and Louis was struck by Tom's "fantasies of his own importance"
- During the drive home, Tom Metzger, "one of the most dangerous racists in America", drunkenly mumbles about Mexico being a "vurry inturressting playst too vizzit"
- Two elderly, boozed-up racists babble on about nothing
Goodbye to Tom and John
- Tom's day job was a 'TV Repairman', and a Peruvian client Tom is very friendly with says that they get on great, just don't talk about "politics"
- Louis tries to get Tom to address the inconsistency of Tom being friends with someone who appears to be non-white
- Tom never really answers the question, instead nit-picking the definition of a "friend" and just saying that Louis doesn't understand
- After arguing with Tom in the car, Louis says that he found it "hard to take Tom totally seriously" and sums him up with "there was a touch of karaoke about this supposed international politician"
- Louis visits John to try and challenge him on the racism that Tom publishes
- John (again, probably expecting to have to deal with this) refuses to play along, and only gives vague, non-committal answers to everything Louis throws at him
- The scene ends with a prolonged silence, after John lights up a cigarette and tries to look cool
Goodbye to April, Lamb, and Lynx
- Louis plays guitar with Lamb and Lynx in a recording studio, where they are working on their debut album
- According to 'Call of the Weird', April was careful to ensure that the album could be sold in Germany, so the song titles did not explicitly reference Nazism (apparently, "Aryan" was okay), and any images of the girls saluting would be removed for the European release
- Louis asks the 11-year-old girls if they want to date skinheads *awkward pause\* when they get older
- April would approve of the girls dating any skinhead that was a "hard worker" who didn't "booze it up" and "cause trouble"
- When alone with the girls in the car, they tell Louis that they are being home-schooled because of "money problems", and "also that" April disagreed with what was being taught
- Lamb and Lynx's friends did not know about the family's racism
- One of the twins endearingly calls Louis "Shaggy" when she says goodbye to him
- Louis has a final conversation with April, where he tries to confront her about the disadvantages Lamb and Lynx will face in life, because of how they have been indoctrinated by her
- April basically blames everyone else for the problems her children will face, then goes on a disturbingly childish rant where she says things like "I find other races annoying. They bother me. [...] They're just not pretty."
- Louis: "I feel like I'm pretty well-connected to reality."
- One of the only times April does not have a comeback is when Louis says she is "out-voted" when it comes to "civilised thought"
- Louis: "My journey through the world of Nazis had reached a frustrating conclusion, with an argument, in a kitchen, with a mother of two."
- A scene with Louis and John (seemingly recorded after John lit up his cigarette) plays by the credits, where Louis asks John about Tom saying that he was better looking than Denzel Washington
- John confidently asserts that Tom is better looking (?)
- John says that they want to trademark Tom's "beautiful" head to make mugs shaped like it (??)
- Cut to Louis holding a large head-shot photo of Tom, wondering where you would drink from if Tom's head was a mug (???)
- Some random old woman (John's mother?), who I don't think we ever see in the episode, turns up to say that "people like mugs, and his head would make a good mug" (????)
- Louis looks like he legitimately has no idea if he should take anything that they're saying seriously (and neither do I)
\"People like mugs, and his head would make a good mug.\"
'Call of the Weird' Follow-up Visit
- Note: There is more than this in the book, but it's mainly just "I asked April about ____, and she responded by being an obstinate bigot, then said something racist". Louis also spoke to people working at a white supremacist record label, which wasn't anything worth mentioning.
- April was not happy with the documentary after she saw all the negative comments about her online, so rebuffed Louis' attempts to stay in contact
- Louis eventually got her to agree to meet up again around a year later, by offering to take the girls to a theme park
- Louis would also be meeting a new member of the family, baby Dresden (named after a German city that had been fire-bombed during World War 2)
- Coincidentally (cough-cough), Louis had been allowed to meet the twins again just in time for them to be promoting their new CD
- Certain images made to promote the CD were quite "provocative", prompting a member of a white nationalist message board to comment "Do you think Hitler would have allowed his little girl out, dressed like that?!"
- They all went to a Halloween-themed amusement park and Louis tried to talk to the twins about whether their views on race had changed
- The twins would still parrot the usual stuff from April, but they seemed disinterested, and preferred to focus on music
- Lamb and Lynx had already started to write more "commercial" music, and were considering the possibility of having a separate group where they wouldn't perform any "white power" songs
- The twins would finally be attending a regular school, because April claimed to be satisfied with one she had found that was "70% white"
And that's the end of the recap. Louis did have a Skype call with the twins for his 'Life on the Edge' series during the lockdowns of 2020, where it seemed like they had managed to grow up without any trace of April's hatred and prejudices, so I guess you could say this does have a happy ending (unless you're a Nazi).
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2023.06.09 14:24 myfirst-50 ABS experiences always good?
So far I have been lucky to have had some good experiences. My last experience was almost a coaching session. I was in my regular booth at my local ABS, Whiskey Flats, which I leave unlocked..sitting there. Naked stroking my hard cock. The door opens and an older well groomed gentleman pokes his head in and asks if he can join. of course you can! He comes in and we chat a little. He's married and had prostate cancer...the chemo and surgeries killed his ability to feel any pleasure. He could not get hard. He wanted to try his hand at giving others pleasure and wanted to start with a blow job. He had never sucked a cock before...we all start somewhere don't we?
He goes down on me, taking it in slowly....head...shaft...teeth! nooo wider...no teeth...push your tongue up...there you go! Take it deep...all the way. Goood...slowly. Now..gently suck as you come back...yes!..grip and stroke as you pull back.
This coaching session went on for about 10 minutes. Initially he was standing leaning over me sitting...about 2 minutes in I noticed he was getting tired. So I have him sit down while I stood at eye level. After 10 minutes I could tell he was having trouble catching his breath, so I stopped. He wanted to see me cum...I obliged. I stroked my cock in front of him till I shot my load. Cum running down my cock and hand. He grabbed my cock and licked me clean.
He was soo happy...he left closing the door behind him.
Are there any stories out there of not so good or even funny experiences they would like to share?
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2023.06.09 14:22 Hypocriticuss NoP Fanfic: Secret Predators - 14
————————————————————————————— Memory Transcription Subject: Supervisor Tern, Constellation Capital Ship
* Date [Standardized Human Time]: 20 October, 2136
Aliens can't see below the surface.
That fact is as true now as it was when the aliens first invaded us. That fact has also been the saving grace for Ranghals for 150 years. Act like a herbivore, act like you're in a "herd", act "cured", and hide underground when you think you can't act as convincingly, and the aliens will be unable to see your true self. Because aliens can't see anything beyond what's on the surface.
Captain Korman's briefing is a testament to that.
He, along with the captains of all the other ships, have decided to leave the expedition before establishing a settlement, citing dangerously ineffective ship maintenance and predator diseased behaviour from settlers and crew. And not just the captains, most of the staff on their bridges and even some of the doctors and mechanics no longer want to be in this fleet anymore. All in all, 65 aliens, roughly one-third of the crew, will be departing shortly after this briefing, in the two ships this capital ship has been housing. Just like how you'd expect a prey species to react, running at the slightest hint of danger.
Our plan to secure the fleet from the Nevok worked perfectly, more than perfectly, in fact, since there was always the possibility of the command being shifted to the exterminators instead of us. The sabotage that was meant to take away the exterminators' primary weapon also seemed to break any trust the soon-to-be former command had on them. So the captains didn't want to transfer power to any of them, especially after the tantrum some of the exterminators threw when their flamethrowers were taken for inspection, instead they relied on the supervisors, most of whom were Ranghals, fortunately.
And here was where one of the more infuriating prejudices of the aliens reared its ugly head. It's no secret they consider Ranghals primitive by their standards, the constant berating by the captains and the alien crew members remind us of that every single day. But it seems they saw us like some moss-licking cave dwellers who have never even seen a spaceship much less be inside one. Talking to us like we were academy freshmans who never touched a simulation in their lives, trying to teach us basics like engine control, sensor data readings, proper landing procedures, and how to avoid collision with other ships. It was like they hear the word "primitive" and all that pops up in their minds are barely sapient animals who just discovered tools for the first time in their history.
The look of surprise on their faces when we showed them that the ones to replace them were already experienced in piloting ships and managing crews from our days in commanding orbital defense and patrol ships was as amusing as it was frustrating. I guess Captain Korman and the others conveniently glanced over that part when they read our files when they sent me and a few others in this room for a "predator disease" screening. Hearing that, the inexperienced alien mechanics and officers the captains did select to be their replacements backed out, clearing the way for us Ranghals to take their place. The captains seemed uneasy about that development, but didn't refute it. I had to commend them at least for that, for trusting us "primitives" over the exterminators. Otherwise, taking over the bridges, and subsequently, the fleet, would've been a more difficult and bloodier endeavor.
The second infuriating aspect of the aliens showed when Captain Korman discussed how to start our settlement should this planet be deemed suitable for it. His last act as captain was to send atmospheric and surface probes to survey the planet, to get more detailed readings of the planet's atmosphere and geology to see if it was really inhabitable, and also to look out for signs of sapient life. And this was where the discussion got interesting, as before we were just nodding along to the captain's words, since commanding ships was a familiar topic.
Apparently, if this planet did contain sapient life, we were supposed to not make first contact. Instead, we were to inform one of the founding species of this planet's location and leave in search of another planet. When I asked why we weren't allowed to make first contact, the captain said it was standard for Kolshians or Farsuls to take on first contact projects.
"It is most likely that whatever new species we find will be a herbivore species", Korman elaborated, "Usually they're peaceful, as we all are, but they could be especially prone to violence if they're too primitive, like the Yotul".
He said "Yotul", but he eyed all the Ranghals in this room as he said it, clearly trying to implicate us too, but without being too blatant about it.
"In that case, if something goes wrong with first contact, it could sour the potential relationship between that species and the Federation"
"And what if the new species is a predator?", Supervisor Heda asked the obvious question that was in all our minds.
The aliens in the room gasped and clutched their fur in shock. Their eyes went wide and their mouths hung agape, acting like we committed some grave blasphemy. While we Ranghals just looked at them with confusion. It was a simple question, but judging the aliens' reactions, it seems even bringing up the topic of sapient predators sends them into a mild panic.
"W-well th-there's nothing to worry about", Korman reassured himself and the others, "Predators don't possess the ability to cooperate as well as we do, unless it is for killing and hunting. So it is near impossible that we'll find an entire civilization of predators, if they even reached sapience, that is. Maybe just a few tiny primitive colonies here and there", the aliens all flicked their ears in acknowledgement.
Korman continued, "Of course, there are fringe cases, like the Arxur and Human, but they're just that, fringe. Whatever new species we do find, it'll most certainly be a herbivore species, like the rest of the galaxy"
Lies. The alien was lying. More than 300 species in this galaxy, and including us, they're only 3 species of sapient predators? It didn't feel right. If what the aliens tried to do to us Ranghals is any indication, what happened to other omnivores like us is abundantly clear. And so is the reason for not initiating first contact. Either "cured" or wiped out, the founders of the Federation have been modifying entire species to be herbivores for thousands of years, and changing their history to be hateful towards all meat-eaters. We are the only ones that apparently managed to prevent this, at great costs. The Southern Strip Massacre, the loss of our cattle, the vilification of our deity, and now the collapse of so many of our forests. The aliens are a scourge on the existence of life and nature. It's abundantly clear just hiding from the aliens isn't enough anymore. It's time we took Rangha back from the invaders, however risky it may be. This is the first step towards it.
The meeting concluded, the captains transferred leadership to their replacements, and headed to the return ships as they were being prepared for the 9 day journey back to our home planet. As for me and my crew, we headed to the bridge to assume our new positions, as did the rest of the replacement crew in their own respective ships. The fleet was now ours, however, there was still a dangerous element in it that still remained. The alien exterminators will need to be dealt with for us to be in complete control.
As we entered the bridge, we were greeted by the only alien officer who decided to stay behind instead of leaving like the rest of his crew. Rimik, a Nevok, sensors officer, and apparently the only one of the previous crew with a big enough mental constitution.
Even then, by his mannerisms and fidgeting, it was clear he was a bit intimidated by us. The crew suddenly changing from of his own people to one of a different, unknown species must be a little unsettling. But then again, it could be his instincts telling him something is wrong. He is a prey species, after all, and we are
predators, we are
about to ambush them. Rimik may not have succumbed to his instincts like the rest of the aliens, but they still affected him.
One of the more troubling and confusing aspect of the alien's psychology was the fact that they never seemed to have evolved past their base instincts. Uncontrollable stampedes, running or fainting at the slightest hint of fear, a voracious appetite for expansion, often to the detriment of their own ecosystems, and the mindless tendency to kill anything even remotely threatening to them. All these are your typical herding prey species behaviour. But these are what you'd expect from mindless animals, not from a sapient, intelligent, spacefaring species. Their instincts don't explain the callous disregard for the natural order they have, nor their refusal to learn anything about predators that doesn't reinforce their prejudices. Sometimes I wonder whether the aliens were really like this, or some elaborate act to take our planet for themselves. I made a note to myself to make learning about the aliens' nature a secondary goal of this mission.
"So, Rimik, how's the planetary survey coming along?", I asked the alien, who was sitting in his chair already pouring over the data the probes were sending back.
"It'll be another hour until the survey is complete, er… captain Tern", the sensors officer answered, "But from the data we have by now, this is looking promising", his voice got slightly more cheery as he continued, "Breathable air, farmable, non-toxic land and water, stable geology, this could be it, the planet we're looking for"
"That's good to hear", I said while silently signaling the others to start the operation. 3 officers got up and left the bridge to inform the others.
"It's a shame Captain Korman and the others decided to leave now. We're so close, I wish they stayed until the end of the expedition", Rimik spoke somberly.
"It's a shame indeed", I pretended to agree with the alien. My screen showed cam footage of the two ships where the aliens who would be leaving were. They were lounging around near the hangar and inside the ships, waiting for the final food crates to be loaded for departure, completely unaware of what was about to unfold.
"What made you stay then, Rimik? Why not go with the others?", I asked him.
"Oh… um… I just wanted to find new planets, I guess", Rimik staggered as he was not expecting this question, "Also… er… gaining favor with the Imperium, better financial opportunities, maybe even a title..."
Rimik rambled on about the Imperium and the potential good that can come out of being in their good graces. But I didn't pay attention to any of that because my mind was focused on what was happening on my screen. Several bright flashes of light curtained the footage of the hangars and ships for a split second as several LS bombs went off in the aliens' vicinity. The disoriented aliens there didn't have time to react to the white smoke that quickly filled the room, and the aliens collapsed where they stood one by one.
Alarms started blaring on all sections of the ship. The white sleeping gas seeped out from the vents and spread throughout the ship. Toxic gas alert! Toxic gas alert! All personnel, equip your gas masks and stay clear of affected areas
The automated voice kept repeating itself. Not that it'd do much to help, since most areas of the ship were affected and I doubt a lot of the aliens will get to their gas masks before the sleeping gas gets them. Security cams showed aliens and Ranghals alike scrambling to get to their living quarters or the nearest utility room to get their gas masks. A lot of them did not manage to do so before they fell unconscious. The hangars and social rooms were the most affected, while the crew in the generator and engine rooms were mostly intact since they already had gas masks NV nearby.
"Wh-what the…? What's h-happening? Why now?", Rimik got up from his chair to get his gas mask, only to freeze in place as he saw his crewmates, including me, pointing their firearms at him.
"Wh- wh- wha… er… C-captain? Wh-what i-is…", all blood drained from Rimik's face and fur stood up on end in fear, he ducked his tail between his legs, which were now shaking uncontrollably.
I ordered two of the officers on the bridge to tie up the alien. They lowered their guns, donned their gas masks and left the bridge to find something to tie up Rimik with.
"Th-this is a j-joke, r-right?", the alien was sobbing, "W-why are you d-doing this?"
"You're getting your wish, Rimik. No-one
is leaving this expedition", I said with a threatening glare, "Don't move. We don't want to hurt you unless we have to"
I guess we should stop calling this an expedition now. It was an insurrection, our first real fight against the aliens since the Southern Strip Massacre. The last thing we want is the larger Federation knowing about this, especially when we still can't take them on in a head-on-head fight.
I addressed the communications officers, "Open channels to all ships. Tell them we're moving to Stage 2"
The two officers came back with wires and began tying up Rimik, who looked like he was ready to scream his lungs out, but the officers shut his muzzle so all that came out of Rimik was loud muffles.
With the only alien in the room subdued, we relaxed a little.
"I'll lock the bridge now. Don't open the doors for anybody
until Fria and her team arrives", I closed my eyes as I sat on my chair.
This was it. Our first step away from living under the aliens' claws.
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2023.06.09 14:06 ColdEdges Top loader washer that isn’t speed queen
We can’t afford speed queen and also don’t need something that will last a lifetime. We will likely be moving in 5-7 years and don’t want to have to move a washing machine. We just need something second/third best. Top loader, preferably without smart controls.
Our front loader Samsung broke 5 years in. We got it before we knew Samsung reputation. I hated this thing. I felt like I was breaking my back every time I was moving a load. Or I had to stand on my knees. Freakin ridiculous. Also it grew mild despite us keeping it open. I’m glad it broke.
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2023.06.09 14:04 ColBlackhawk WWI Story (PART 1) Journey to the Frontline
My great-grandfather, Alexander Houck Mosier, served in WWI with the 79th Division during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, which took place from September 26, 1918, to November 11th, 1918. This is his story.
I have in my possession the transcription of a diary he wrote while deployed. A major help in writing this story is the book History of the Seventy-Ninth Division A.E.F. during the World War: 1917-1919, published in 1922. The book was extremely helpful, as Alexander had trouble spelling the French names. Reading along helped me to narrow down the towns he traveled through. I also have created a google map (https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1Q49-SJTkOTM5jPSWg-qH7cAeFjOtm68&usp=drive_link
) , which plots where I think he was. Especially in later parts where his division is in combat, the pins mark the general area. The map covers his whole diary, so minor spoilers for where he traveled.
In this story, I have picked specific entries from his diary, marked in bold,
to tell the story, with my comments/ summary along with quotes from the book, in italics
. There are entries for each day, but some are removed to shorten the length of the story.
Alexander Houck Mosier was born on May 25, 1894, in Maryland. When he was drafted, he was a laborer in a flour mill with an 8th grade education. He was drafted at the age of 23 and was sent to Camp Meade in 1917 as part of the 79th Division, 313th Infantry, Company D.
Major General Joseph A. Kuhn oversaw the division, with Colonel Claude B. Sweezey commanding the 313th infantry. The men of the 79th division were drawn from Pennsylvania, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. A good example of the demographic makeup of the division is given in the form of the 310th Field Artillery: “In this one regiment there were fifteen nationalities, American, Russian, Italian, Polish, Austrian, Jewish, Swiss, English, Lithuanian, Greek, Bohemian, French, Irish, Romanian, and even German. There were four different religious beliefs, Protestant, Catholic, Hebrew and Greek Catholic, while twenty-five men of the regiment asserted they had no religious adherence. As to educational attainments, but fifty men in the regiment had ever attended college, while 114 had no education of any sort. Others had been to elementary, grammar and high schools.”
By September 30th, all the men had arrived at Camp Meade and were ready for training. The training lasted from October 1st, 1917, to July 5th, 1918. On July 5th, the division departed for Hoboken. Saturday, 6 July: Reached Jersey City about 4 AM. Taken ferry across to Hoboken, on ferry boat. Loan aboard U.S.S. Leviathan. Went on Guard at 6 PM.
U.S.S. Leviathan was formerly the German Liner Vaterland, seized along with the entire U.S. branch of the Hamburg American Line when war was declared. The ship was originally designed to carry 4,500 passengers but by the time Alexander boarded, it had been upgraded to 14,000. Monday, 15 July – Arrived at Brest about 2:30 PM. Stayed aboard ship all night. Up all night, band playing. Tuesday, 16 July- Left boat and landed at Brest, walking 6 miles. Arrived at rest camp about 12 AM. Weather was cloudy and rainy. Went in a field of weed. Work hard to get tent up in rain. Thursday, 18 July- Left camp about 2 AM. Walked 6 miles. Boarded cars 42 men to a car. Passed through Lerody, Landerneaux. Bremmes a very nice town. Munitions Camp located.
An excerpt on what the box cars were like: “Box cars are usually provided for the accommodation of the troops. They hold from 3'-2 to 40 men. Sometimes seats are provided. Straw will be provided whenever practicable to make the men as comfortable as possible when traveling in cold weather. Space at each end of the car should be left clear for rifles, rations and accoutrements; the rifles being secured by an improvised rack made with screw rings and a strap or sling.” Friday, 19 July – Still traveling. Passed Angers, Tours, Vierson (Vierzon) large R.R. Centre. People of better classed. Nice homes. Saturday, 20 July – Still on board train without much comfort eating or sleeping. Passed Dijon. Mostly wheat and potatoes grown. Seen droves of cattle 1500. Several camps, some been overseas 8 months. Sunday, 21 July- Arrived about 6 AM. After being on train about 80 hours, walked 4 miles and secured quarters. 3rd floor 18 men in 1 room very good after being on train. Town named Blissey sa Pierre. Rained all day. Thursday, 25 July- Hiked 2 hours with heavy packs and then drilled till noon. Packed up and left. Passed through Chatillon SuSeine. Reached Longeaux (Longeau) about 1 o’clock and stayed till morning. Friday, 26 July- Left Longeaux (Longeau) about 11 AM. Traveled in trucks about 2 PM. Billeted again not very good. Town prices very high. Champlittle (Champlitte) name of town.
Champlitte was the site of the Tenth Training Area, where the division was to spend all of August in intensive combat training. This area had not been touched by the war. A description of the area: “It was picturesque from one end of the training area to the other, with the peasants always ready to extend a hearty greeting. Men of the Ammunition Train tell of a large sign displayed on the town hall, or hotel de ville of one of the places they entered, bearing the inscription, “Welcome to our American Friends,” and of the formal address of welcome delivered by the town’s patriarch, while the children and girls threw flowers to the men standing in the ranks. There was, however, little to do in the area by way of recreation. At the end of a hard day’s work the sole amusements would be a stroll through quaint village streets, a halting conversation with a native, or a glass of light wine sipped in a sidewalk cafe. Regulations forbidding the sale of strong liquors were enforced by the military authorities and were well observed on the part of the French population.”
From July 26 to September 8th, Alexander’s entries are sometimes short. The following is a selection of that time. Saturday – 3 August – Short drill and lecture of care of feet. Taking automatic rifle apart with eyes tied shut with a handkerchief. Taking all apart with eyes tight shut, putting together the same way. Inspected by Lt. Townsend. Only 1 pin missed but would not stop from shooting. Thursday – 8 August- Shooting on rifle range with automatic rifle. Made a good score. 23 five shots. Thursday – 15 August – Drilled in morning and went to gas house and tested our gas mask. Took part of positions in front line trenches in honor of some Catholic festival. Nearly all people turned out. Friday- 23 August- Went on 6 hour hike about 16 miles. In evening foot inspection. Tired and hungry and received pay. Also emergency rations. Still warm and cloudy and very cold at night. Saturday – 31 August – Drilled and went through the manual of arms. Drilled with gas mask on for 1 hour. Pretty hard to get on in six seconds. Monday – 2 September – General inspection of equipment. All taking a bath. One man drowned name Raspa. I ran for a pole up to town about 500 yards.
DROWNED? Taking a bath? What an awful way to go. Sunday – 8 September – Left Campsite. Walked 6 Miles to Oyrios. (Oyreires) No rest men drop out about 11 AM. Boarded train with 2 days of rations at 5:45 PM. 40 men to a car, passed backed to Champlatde Maatz Chaumorunt (no idea). Monday, 9 September – Passed Revigny Barekduc (Bar-le-duc?), reached Longville and unloaded. 9:30 AM went to town and stayed up in a hay loft. Tuesday, 10 September – Rainy, no drill. More troops passing, auto trucks passing through, No retreat. Thursday, 12 September – Cloudy and rainy. Inspection of everything, gun and clothes. Detail unloading cars, hay, and goats.
This story will continue in 3 days with PART 2: Preparing to Attack
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2023.06.09 14:01 Liberty-Prime76 Letter of Marque - A NoP Fanfic 12
As always, thank you to u/SpacePaladin15
for the wonderful universe that is NoP
Thank you to u/cruisingNW
for proof reading and helping me out of some hang ups, you're the man! Honestly LoM wouldn't have gone very far without him! If you haven't you should absolutely go read Foundations of Humanity
! It's very
good. First Prev.
--- Memory Transcription Subject: Christopher A. Dewey, Human Merchant Sailor, Venlil-Human Exchange Participant
Date [Standardized Human Time]: August 29th, 2136, Very Early Morning.
We got a message an hour ago from Videk, ordering us to report to Hangar-08 to start On-Stick training; and to bring our bags! I guess the guy had wanted to get as much out of the day as he could. That or he wanted to get this over with as soon as possible.
Videk met us at the doors to the hangar, a small travel bag sitting on the floor by his side, tail swaying slowly as he watched us approach. “Good Waking, Taisa. Good Waking… Christopher.” An improvement, I’ll have to ask Taisa about that talk they had.
“This,” He continued, motioning to the shuttle parked in the hangar behind him with his tail. “Is your training shuttle: registration C1-0V3R-HR-EX.Your first On-Stick training assignment will be to follow appropriate lift off and departure procedures, plot and follow a course to The Capitol on Venlil Prime, seek permission to land from the proper authorities, and land safely and legally following those permissions. All of this, while following proper procedure and regulations. All of this will be graded.
As he speaks the door behind him slides open, revealing a broad hangar bay, heavy clamshell doors dominate the far wall. At the center of the bay sits a stout craft painted white and black, a pair of stubby wings jutting from its sides flowing into a pair of engines flanking a singular tail. Venlil script is painted at the root of the tail and on the top of the rear ramp.
“Upon arrival in the Capitol you will have some paperwork to do at the U.N. offices with regards to your habitation. I will need to pick up some equipment from the training facility at the landing fields. After our respective errands, let’s say half a claw, we will meet up back at the shuttle and from there you will be plotting an in-atmosphere route to Shadetree, Sunward of the Capitol, to drop me off and wait for me to install and calibrate the remote instructing equipment. Once that is completed, you will plot another in-atmosphere course to Heartwood River, concluding this paws evaluations. Do you have any questions?”
I shook my head, and Taisa flicked her ears, in what I believed was a negative. “Very good, load your stuff and we’ll begin immediately.”
After a few minutes of finding places to tie off our belongings and get everything situated, I sat in the pilot’s seat and ran through the pre-flight check with Taisa. We caught a pair of faults in the starboard fuel delivery units. Videk seemed pleased we had caught them, and that he hadn’t had to tell us they were there. I could feel a slight smile tug at the corner of my mouth. Devious little bastard makes for a damn good instructor.
Once the preflight was complete I closed the rear ramp and hailed the flight control tower. “Tower this is shuttle C1-0V3R-HR-EX requesting clearance for departure, place us enroute to Venlil Prime with planned landing zone of Capitol Shuttle Field 13-Bravo.” A Human voice came back over the line, a bit of mirth in their voice. “Shuttle, Tower, you are clear for departure, opening bay doors now. Good luck and Godspeed.”
The doors to the station hangar yawned open, filling the viewport with the void and all its stars beyond as I slowly brought the shuttle off the hangar floor, easing it out through the opening. I reached over to the nearest display and opened the Nav-computer interface, plotting our course to VP, and then on to the Capitol landing fields. Once I was confident I had the proper navigation commands and sequences set I called over Videk to have him review my work.
He gave me a quick flick of his tail before saying “Looks good, Christopher. Feel free to spool and jump when you’re ready.”
Videk’s approval given, I reached over and pushed forward on the throttles, engaging the drive and hurtling the shuttle into subspace.
It. Was. Beautiful. Everything seemed to stretch, stars in the distance turning from pinpricks of light into brilliant colorful streaks, lengthening as we bounded through the void. Lines of light far off in my periphery zip past like tracers as the ones before me feel as if they’re pulling me in with their kaleidoscope of color. The hum of the shuttle fell into the background while I became entranced by the light show in front me, picturing myself on the set of one of those old sci-fi shows I would watch with Pa on the weekends. The Future my ancestors had imagined was Here, right before my eyes and at the tips of my fingers! This view was… Hypnotic.
The simulator couldn’t hope to do it justice.
Two hours. That was it.
Two hours to travel what, until very
recently, would have been considered an insurmountable distance for Humanity. Dropping from Sub-space into the proximity of Venlil Prime was another astoundingly brilliant view. Scorched white deserts flowing into massive swathes of golden sands cut by the occasional streak of blue before blending into a beautiful verdant mix of turquoise and green fields, with vast lakes and rivers dotting the forests, flowing into wide marshy wetlands. Before finally, the curve of the planet fell away from its star, allowing the fading sunlight to showcase glittering city lights dotting the countryside.
The thrusters burn to life, crackling and thrumming with power as they drive us forward through the void to the beautiful marble before us. I flip two switches on the overhead, tapping the leftmost display to call up the local channel list and place a hail to the Capitol’s landing fields to request clearance and pad assignment. A quick ping, signifying my hail had been acknowledged, chimed over the console speaker.
“Capitol Shuttle Field 13-Bravo this is Shuttle C1-0V3R-HR-EX requesting clearance for landing at an available pad of convenience.” “C1-0V3R-HR-EX, you are cleared for landing, 13-Bravo, direct to pad Charlie-5.”
The Flight through the Void may have had some feeling of familiarity and nostalgia to the old Sci-fi shows at home; but in-atmo had the far
better view! Rolling turquoise fields and towering thick trees, with their canopies tilted greedily towards that unmoving sun, falling away to a gargantuan metropolitan area, its architecture entirely alien yet still somehow familiar. Massive skyscrapers soar to touch the sky, reflecting light in brilliant angles and colors, the space below them populated by squat sturdy buildings and deep black roads. The Venlil going about their lives below look like ants as I ease off the throttle, taking the speed down to prepare for the final approach. The display on the viewport flags my landing area with a small pip guiding me in, slow and easy.
The cabin jostles slightly as the ship settles onto its landing gear. Videk seemed impressed; his ears up as he tapped away at his data pad! Taisa’s tail sways happily back and forth as she runs through the diagnostics of the landing, checking system status reports.
“Looks like we’re all clear. Videk do you have a time we should try and be back by?” Taisa beeps, showing the flight instructor the console in front of her.
“I just need to pick up the equipment and get it linked up, that should only take about a half a claw. Walking to and from the landing field and the U.N. Offices should put you at about the right time.” Videk turned away and made for the ramp; Taisa’s talk helped, and he was clearly trying, but he was still a bundle of nerves around me. His fur was so puffed out it looked like he was holding more static than a thunderhead.
As we stepped out of the artificial gravity of the shuttle I felt like I was carrying the weight of the world on my shoulders. My first step faltered making me stumble down the ramp and bounce off the… soft pavement? “Oh, forgot about that.” Videk winced sympathetically, “Our gravity is about twenty percent more than earth’s, so be careful. Falls are likely to hurt a little bit more here.”
“Would’ve been nice to know first
, Videk.” I groaned, rolling myself over and sitting up, luckily the visor hadn’t fallen off; I would need to add one of those new back braces and some knee compressors to that order of stuff from home. “Do you know where the U.N. Offices are? Or should we just ask around to find our way there?”
“I do not, but you should be able to get directions on your pad. I trust the two of you can figure it out, so I’m going to go get the equipment I need. I will wait for the two of you with the shuttle once I am ready.” With a parting flap of his ears, Videk turned and walked away; flicking the tip of his tail back and forth as he did.
“Alright then,” I grumbled, forcing myself up off the pavement, swaying as I found my new equilibrium. “let’s get going. Can you pull up those directions?” She nodded slightly, flicking her ears forward. “Got them up already! You alright there?”
“I’m fine.” I grunted, rolling out my shoulder a little. “Feels like I weigh a quarter ton, but I’ll get over it with time. Lead the way.”
After a few minutes of walking we were off the landing fields and into the streets of the city. My boots sinking into the pavement a little with each step, just like on the landing field. “Taisa, what is this stuff? I figured it was just to make landings a little softer on shuttles but it’s everywhere! Looks like pavement but it gives like rubber; why are your roads like this?” “Anti-stampede concrete.” She stated, matter of factly, like that meant literally anything to me. My silence must have tipped her off that I wasn’t getting it as she focused one eye on my visor. “Oh… I guess Humans wouldn’t need that. It’s to help reduce stampede fatalities, it’s the same reason the roads and buildings have gentle curves, no sharp angles.” Looking around at the way the groups of Venlil flowed through the streets I realized she was right, what I had thought was a futuristic aesthetic design was just to keep people from killing each other against walls or trampling them into the ground when they got scared. How strange… and slightly worrying.
“Weird, that sounds like some crazy wonder material. Bet we’d have a bunch of uses for it back on earth.” My eyes watched the tips of skyscrapers towering above us, “How far out does it say we are?”
“Only a little further, about one and a half kilometers.” She responded, a slight pant in her voice. I wasn’t in the best shape, cardio wise, but I couldn’t imagine getting winded after 10 minutes of walking; guess all that talk about the Venlil having less stamina than us was right.
The U.N. Office complex was a series of giant flowing buildings built on a large park area. It wasn’t any design I had ever seen so I figured it had to have been an existing complex that just got turned over to the U.N. for their uses.
Passing through the heavy glass front doors we found a wide receptionist's desk, with several Humans sitting behind it, answering questions and directing people where they needed to go. One of the receptionists, a short dark haired woman with a visor obscuring her face, beckons us over. “Hello! How can I help you today?” “H-Hi!” Taisa beeps excitedly, her tail swaying behind her confidently as she takes a deep breath and straightens her back. “We’re part of the ‘integration’ experiments, we were told we need to fill out some forms for habitation. Where do we go to do that?” “Oh! Congratulations! That would be Suite 216-B” The receptionist answered, excitement in her voice as she pointed to a room on the map infront of her.
“Thank you!” Taisa responded, turning to head up the stairs behind the receptionist's desk. Halfway up the stairs she swiveled her ears over to me before saying. “Sorry, I figure if I’m probably going to have to work with Humans other than you for this I should try and at least work on being able to talk to them.” “It’s alright,” I chuckle, patting her shoulder. “That’s a great idea and you’re doing alright!” Walking down the hallways we saw prints of landscapes from Earth, Machu Picchu, the Uyuni Salt Flats, The Grand Canyon, YellowStone, Hạ Long Bay, The Zhangye Mountains and Plitvice Lakes. I pointed out the places I had been to as we walked past them, finally stopping at suite 216-B.
The door was open so we knocked, getting a quick ‘enter’, before stepping in. A man sits behind a desk, the top covered in organized files and folders, a placard on his desk declares his name as ‘Obediah Kamara’ with a small Liberian flag stamped beside it.
His visor obscures his face as he looks between the two of us before beginning. “I presume you are…” He sorts through a couple of the files and folders before stopping on one and opening it, pulling out a document packet. “Christopher Dewey and Taisa. Correct?”
We both respond in the affirmative as he gestures for us to take the seats across from him, sliding the documents across the table as Taisa’s pad pings on her belt. “These are agreements to ensure that you,” He starts, looking at me. “Understand the rules in regards to your habitation here on Venlil Prime. I understand that part of your integration will be taking you off world to and from Earth, these rules primarily apply to your time here. We ask that you remain considerate of the provided rules and guidelines on the ship if you are carrying Venlil passengers. Taisa, those are the terms, conditions, compensations and requirements for your family to house a human when the two of you are present. Virtual signature of that document is required within the next 3 of your ‘paws’.” Taisa stiffened a little bit, likely thinking about her Mother’s response to my arrival; that was something we were probably going to have to have a talk about later. I had an idea for the short term, at least. I ran through the paperwork real quick and it was all pretty simple: don’t be without the visor or some kind of face covering in settings where you couldn’t guarantee that an unprepared Venlil wouldn’t see you, avoid aggression, speak quietly, no eating meat, animal products or byproducts, no hunting local wildlife; bit odd considering I didn’t even have a bow or a gun but rules are rules, I suppose.
“Sounds good to me,” I said, signing the indicated portions of the document. “When are my items supposed to get here?”
“We don’t expect your requested items to arrive for another week or so, for now you’ll have to make do with what you brought with you.” Obediah responded, shuffling the packet of papers back into the folder they had come from. “With that complete you are free to go. I understand you have training to complete, so I wish you good luck with your endeavor. If you have any questions or needs with regards to your habitation you can contact Sam, their details will be forwarded to your communication devices.”
I caught Taisa’s tail twitching as her ears swiveled nervously out of the corner of my eye; even with her attempts to push through it I think the amount of Humans around was starting to get to her. Still, she was doing better than I think a lot of Venlil would be able to manage. I reached over, gently tapping my hand against her paw, trying to ground her a little before motioning to go, she nodded slightly as she flicked her ears.
“Thank you, Obediah, we’ll be sure to get into touch with them once we get their contact. Have a good day!”
Taisa and I stood, exiting the room and making our way out of the building, stopping to look at another picture or two along the way. Something needed to be done about possibly not having a place to stay to put my, and more so Taisa’s,
mind at ease. I figured I could sleep in the shuttle, if I had to. It wouldn’t be particularly comfortable but I could certainly do it; I’d need a mat, maybe a sleeping bag or some blankets and a pillow.
I had no clue where I was going to get my hands on those, or at least a set of them big enough for me to actually use.
Then I saw the temporary units in the field near the offices. Men and Women in U.N. fatigues were milling about the area. Barracks? That could solve the problem, if they’re willing to help out a man in need, of course.
“Hey, Taisa, I need to make a stop real quick.” I state, walking briskly towards the largest of the buildings. “What’s up?” She asks, ears focused on me as she tilts her head a little.
“Well, I was thinking, I don’t think your parents, your Mom especially, won’t, uh… won’t want me around
. At least not for a little while until she gets to know me better.”
“I think you can get past it, she’s not that
bad… It’ll just be tough.”
“Oh I’m sure I can get past it, but I’d rather not just sleep in the grass in the meantime.” “I don’t think she’d make you sleep in the grass…” “I like being prepared, if she doesn’t want me in her house I’m not going to push the issue.”
“I just… I hope it doesn’t come to that, I’m not going to let her toss you outside like an animal.” She sighs quietly as we push through the front door of the barrack building.
A desk manned by a napping U.N. Marine with Private ranks stuck to his shoulders filled the space beyond the doors. He stirs as the doors clank shut behind us before scrambling to throw on his Visor as he notices Taisa.
“Hello, Uh… Can I help you? This area is for active U.N. personnel only.” He starts, his voice finding its authority only about halfway through the statement.
I stand straight, trying to muster the stern demeanor I’d found in my father and his friends so often when they tried to get something on base after their retirements. “Easy, Private. It has come to my attention that my accommodations lack proper bedding.” “O-Oh, uh, I apologize…” He stammers out, searching for something to say, likely looking to find a way out of trouble for sleeping on duty.
“Sir.” I state. “What’s your name, Private?”
“Alvarez. I’ll remember that, Alvarez, how about we make this quick, you get me a wrap of blankets, 3 pillows and a bedroll and I don’t find your commander to report your… lack of enthusiasm
The private snaps to attention before firmly stating. “Yes Sir! I’ll be right back, Sir!”
As the private turns and walks away crisply I hear Taisa whistle with laughter a little beside me. “I’m surprised that worked.”
“You’d be surprised what a hard voice, straight back and the right slacking Private can get you if you just don’t go pushin' it too far in your story.” I whispered with a wink.
After a few minutes of waiting Private Alvarez returned with a duffle bag, stuffed full with blankets and pillows, as well as an inflatable bedroll under the other arm. “Here you go, Sir. Will this be ok?” He asked, passing the items over to me.
“Perfect, thank you Private.” I took the bundle of bedding and turned to the door, before turning my head back over my shoulder, “Oh, and Private? Do try and get proper rest before duty.”
A shaking “Y-Yes, Sir.” followed Taisa and I out of the door.
The first half of the walk back to the landing field was quiet, I was scanning the skyline again, I just couldn’t get over the fact that I was on another planet
. Taisa however had her ears pinned back, her paws lightly holding her tail tuft as we walked.
“What’s got ya down?” I asked, watching the herd of Venlil glide around us as we came, trying their best not to get too close to me.
“I’m… concerned.” She sighed, the tip of her tail twitching between her paws.
“My mother, what she’ll say… What she’ll do.
“I can’t exactly say I know what her reaction’ll be… But, whatever it is we’ll just have to deal with it. It’ll probably take time, but we’ll get by.” I soothed. She let go of her tail, placing the tip of it on my back, but her ears didn’t let up at all.
The rest of the walk to the shuttle was quiet as she fidgeted with her paws, trying to take her mind off of the subject. Videk was there waiting for us, a few crates secured to the cargo area of the shuttle that weren’t present before.
“You two ready?” He asked, flicking his tail at us.
“I think so.” I responded, stowing the bedding in an empty compartment as Taisa flicked her ears.
We ran through our preflight checklist again, finding another pre-placed failure from Videk waiting for us, this time in the starboard control surfaces. Once the check was done we radioed the tower for clearance to take off and set an in-atmo course for Shadetree to drop off Videk. It was a short hop, about a half hour of flying or so before I had to call ahead for clearance to land again.
Most of the flight from the Capitol to Shadetree had been rolling turquoise and green hills or open fields of produce growing in the everpresent light. A sudden dense forest rose from the fields, thick dark brown trees with fluttering golden leaves stretched as far as the eye could see in every direction. A sudden break in the forest revealed a clearing for the Landing field, much smaller than the one at the Capitol. The city was built under the canopy of the trees, giving it a constant filtered light casting down through the shifting leaves. It was certainly a beautiful town, I’d have to come back to visit some day. Maybe once Videk had warmed up to me a little bit more.
As the ramp fell ,a small cargo truck arrived alongside the shuttle to collect Videk and his equipment. I offered to help but the Venlil driver just about ran when I started talking so I figured it was probably best to just keep out of it. Once the cargo truck departed, Taisa came back up to the cockpit, plopping down in her seat, and looked through the viewscreen at the trees beyond. The soft hiss of the ramp closing marked the finality of Videk’s departure.
“So, how are you feeling about Venlil Prime so far?” She asked, one eye on my face as I finally slipped the visor off.
“I like it! Between the beautiful scenery, interesting architecture and hanging out with you and Shamrock, here I’m having a great time!” I responded, rubbing my hand on what amounted to the shuttle's dashboard.
” She asked, her tail swaying in what I figured for amusement.
“Yea! Remember how I told you Humans like looking for patterns? Well it works on words and numbers as well. The tail number for the shuttle could be taken to spell ‘Clover-HR-EX’, or just clover for short. Clovers are a type of plant on earth that a few cultures believed to be lucky, one way or another. One of the nicknames for them was a Shamrock!”
She laughed at me.
“You are such
a dork.” She said, wiping a tear from her eye as her tail whipped back and forth. “It’s a good name, usually shuttles don’t get one. I think it fits.”
I chuckled, a thought crossing my mind. “Think we could get any shuttle-grade paint? Preferably green, yellow and black?” She raised an eyebrow at me as her ears cocked at different elevations. “Oh? Someone feeling a little artistic?”
“Well, I could always paint a Shamro-” I was interrupted as the ping signifying we were being hailed sounded off. “We’ll finish this later.” I said, pointing at her as I accepted the hail.
Videk’s voice bled through the speakers. “Ok, looks like the connection is secure. Let’s go ahead and run through getting you familiar with the software, it should be quick and easy.”
It was not.
It took two hours. After a lot of trial and error, stop and go flights to test the connection and a few near misses with an especially tall tree we had gotten the system setup such that Videk was confident it would work in an emergency if he needed to step in. With that all squared away Taisa and I settled in to get on our way to Heartwood River. Sleeping on the blow up mattress or on a real bed hardly mattered at this point, I just wanted to sleep
The overall flight time was set to be about an hour and a half, not too bad and man
was the view beautiful: rolling fields, roaring rivers, pristine skies and alien forests abounded across the countryside. We had just passed over Hidden Plains when Taisa and I were just settling back into talking about her parents and our best route to try and handle them, when the hail system chimed and immediately spat out a harsh tone without acknowledgement, the same one the simulator used for distress calls.
“Mayday Mayday Mayday. Report of shots fired at residence housing humans. Need immediate medical evac at The Berrypatch Farm in The Grove, 11 minutes Night-ward from Hidden Plains. Hailing all airborn craft, we need a medical evac immediately!”
I immediately returned the hail. “This is cargo shuttle C1-0V3R-HR-EX. Responding to Mayday from the Grove. We are en-route to render aid. Hold tight, we’ll be there.”
Out of the corner of my eye I saw Taisa tighten her flight harness as I reached for the throttle.
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2023.06.09 13:58 Boss_of_babylonia Tonight, Lemuen joins the hunt.
Source: Arknights Story Log
After sorting out her thought, Lemuen finally decides to take her first action. Lemuen felt someone presence outside her room, and it turned out to be a person with inhuman form, Lemuen recognized what is the identity of that figure based on data provide by Iberia.(Who would've expect that someday the wheelchaired Lemuen will have contact with seaborn???)
The inhuman figure didn't see Lemuen as target and just ran away, Lemuen chase it to prevent it attacking the monastery residents and causing panic. When she catch up, Lemuen learns that the figure still retains the sheer of its human will and speak function.
Lemuen wants to contact Iberia Inquisition for help, untill she got a sudden attack from another uninvited guest and causing the figure to ran away again, when Lemuen wants to shoot, the tip of her gun was stopped by unknown force. The clouds that obscured the moonlight dispersed, and Lemuen finally saw the person in front of her.
Lemuen: "Initially, I thought this business trip would be a rather relaxed and pleasant journey. Picking up countrymen from a monastery back to Laterano doesn't sound too difficult, right?"Lemuen: "Hmm, at most, having Oren as a teammate might add a bit of trouble."Lemuen: Oh well, I'm confident I can handle a little trouble. After all, Oren is not unreasonable~"
Aulus: "With your proficiency in using gun, indeed you should be able to handle most troubles."
Lemuen: "But to deal with you, it seems this level is not quite enough."
Aulus: "You overestimate me."
Lemuen: "I wasn't praising you, ...Mr. Priest."Lemuen: "You came here specifically to protect that peculiar-looking guest, right? If I'm not mistaken, Mr. Priest, you must be from Iberia?"
Aulus: "Indeed, that's correct."
Lemuen: "Even though you're wearing the priest's robe, I don't feel at all that you're a follower of Laterano's religion. Your demeanor is completely different."
Aulus: "You're quite perceptive."
Lemuen: "...Well, you're very calm, Mr. Priest."Lemuen: "In that case, I'll speak frankly. I'm not accustomed to being so harsh..."Lemuen: "Leave immediately, and take no further steps forward, Priest."(Lemuen aiming her gun at Aulus)
Lemuen: "This peaceful land is not a place for you to tread upon."
Aulus: "It's a pity, but not yet."Aulus: "There are still people here who need me to stay a little longer, Laterano's Lady."
(Lemuen loudly shot at Aulus several times, Aulus swiftly parrying it with sword)
Lemuen: (Tsk, he's quite formidable.)
Lemuen: (His sword is unique. This swordsmanship, I remember it's Iberia...)
Aulus: "Your attacks speak louder than your words."Aulus: "While I still hold hope for mutual understanding, from your perspective, this response seems appropriate."Aulus: "However... I'm curious, Lady, how do you define a peaceful land?"
Lemuen: "A place where everyone can live peacefully and happily. It's not a particularly special definition."Lemuen: "Of course, it would be even better if we had fewer troublesome guests."
(Lemuen shot a few times again, Aulus dodge it all)
Aulus: "So, in your opinion, can this place be truly called a peaceful land?"
Lemuen: "It seems that Mr. Priest has some leisure for small talk. Looks like I've been underestimated."Lemuen: "On the other hand, a group of people who have lived in seclusion from the world for sixty years, creating a secluded resting place. If this is not a peaceful land, then what is?"
Aulus: "Even if their lives are filled with hardships and deprivation?"
Lemuen: "Although there may be material lack... it's certainly not without an end."
Aulus: "Ah, yes. Laterano has extended a helping hand, and such difficult times will soon come to an end."Aulus: "At the cost of... abandoning some people."
Lemuen: "...It's not anyone's fault."
Aulus: "Please don't misunderstand, I have no intention of blaming anyone."Aulus: "It's just that I often ponder, what truly sets us apart as individuals? Is it the differences in our physical beings, or is it something else?"Aulus: "From the moment of our birth, everything that shapes us drives our thoughts in different directions, leading to different conclusions..."Aulus: "So, within all of this, does true mutual understanding really exist?"
Lemuen: "Are you really asking a Sankta like me that question?"Lemuen: "If you have chance to be a Sankta in your next life, you can try it out yourself~"
(Lemuen reload her gun and shot, only to be parried again)
Lemuen: ...Cough!Lemuen: (No, I can't delay any longer, it would be disastrous if that person who escaped attacks the residents.)
Lemuen: (I need to resolve this quickly...)
Aulus: "No need to be so tense, Lady. In reality, I have no intentions of doing anything."Aulus: "I am only here because my fellow countrymen need help."
Lemuen: "That's very sincere. However, I can't simply trust you like that, cough cough..."
)Aulus: "You, like one of my former students, are difficult to persuade. It's a commendable quality, but sometimes it poses challenges."
Lemuen: "I'm quite curious about the student who could give a hard time to someone like you, Mr. Priest."
Aulus: "He was one of the most exceptional students I have ever taught. Unfortunately, we haven't seen each other since he left Iberia."
Lemuen: .....Lemuen: "I didn't want it to come to this... sigh, I'm going to be scolded again."
(Lemuen stood up from her wheelchair)
Lemuen: "Negotiation... has failed."Lemuen: "Honestly, I'm not feeling very regretful about it."
Lemuen's voice was soft, barely audible. His movements were also light.He pushed aside the means of transportation beneath him, causing the lantern hanging from the armrest to sway in the night breeze and emit a creaking sound before falling to the ground.The shattered light source scattered irregular rays of light, splashing onto the slowly rising figure ahead.The heavy darkness was illuminated in that moment.
Aulus: "So you can stand after all?"
Lemuen: "Well... actually, I can't yet."Lemuen: "But it's just that the rehabilitation time will be extended, and I'll be nagged a bit more, no problem..."Lemuen: "...Ugh."
Aulus: "I hope you won't push yourself too hard, Lady."Aulus: "Your physical condition is not optimistic, and this kind of fight is not your forte--"(Lemuen shot at him)Aulus: "Ugh!"
Lemuen: "Thank you for the compliment. Unfortunately, the aim of that shot was your mouth~"Lemuen: "Priest who love to lecture aren't very likable."Lemuen: "Things aren't going so well, and I'm feeling quite frustrated."Lemuen: "I've been provoked, so if I went a bit overboard, it shouldn't matter, right?"
(Lemuen reload her gun again)
The pink-haired Auxiliary Cardinal bent her eyes, revealing a hidden sharpness that pierced through the gentle facade she had worn for years while bedridden, accompanied by the sound of the gun loading.
Lemuen let out a laughter devoid of warmth
Lemuen: "This is quite exhausting. I really wish we could settle this quickly."Lemuen: "So, let me say it again--"Lemuen: "Step aside from there, Priest."Lemuen: "You are not allowed to set foot here."
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2023.06.09 13:55 WrongKielbasa Unsolicited ebike advice
I showed my landlord my ebike and he fell in love. I wrote him an email, which is essentially the post below, hoping to get him up to speed qucikly. Thought maybe my advice would help someone else:
- Trek Dual Sport 4
- Bafang BBS02 mid-drive 750w
- 48v 13ah Unit Power pack
- 500c controller head unit
- Tuned head unit (like usb cable)
- 45mm tubeless tires
- 63mm fork adjustable air ride
- Raceface pedals
- 50mm seat suspension post
- Trek metal fender (only rear)
- ORTLIEB Gravel-Pack duo
- Cygolights front and rear
- I should note that I used this bike because I got it for free
In essence, it's like a modern reinterpretation of a classic 1990s mountain bike with a more rider-friendly geometry. You can take it on some single-track bike trails, but don't expect it to hold up when things get super bumpy. It's not built for that downhill rush.
1000’s of options to choose from. You could go for an inexpensive front-wheel conversion, just switch out the front tire, or you could opt for a rear-wheel conversion. Then there's what you've already tried: a mid-drive. Each comes with its own pros and cons, but mid-drive is your best bet. It harnesses the bike's front chain ring, turning your 2x10 mountain bike into a 1x10.
There are loads of impressive ready-made ebikes. For around $2000, you can get your hands on a slick, well-integrated solution that can hit speeds between 20-28mph and may include a throttle. However, it might only have a 500w limit and if the manufacturer stops producing parts, well, you're in a bit of a pickle.
Making your own ebike is similar to the old school hotrod culture. You grab a powerful motor, fit it into a suitable body, and watch it zip faster than it was ever meant to. I've invested a lot of time fine-tuning my bike to suit my preferences. Though I sometimes wish I'd started with a more aggressive mountain bike rather than trying to upgrade to that standard.
My bike's journey to what it is now cost around $1200 for the bike, plus $800 for the motor and battery, and an additional $300 for labor. I'm pretty certain you could do this yourself, and of course, I'll lend you my special torque tools whenever you need. There's a huge online community backing this hobby.
You could get the guy to build you one too. Mailing bike costs like $50 (take it apart) each way. But I’d be shocked if Colorado didn’t have someone who could build one too. I’m not super handy and I was able to figure it out.
Nearly any bike can be converted. For instance, fat tire bikes can handle sand, mud, and snow! They're a bit heavy and need extra power, but they're great for off-roading. Or you could get an old 1970s road bike and push it to 50mph, hypothetically speaking. If you're in the market for a bike right now, I'd recommend a 5-10-year-old hardtail mountain bike that could cost you around $500. Look for disc brakes, a decent gear set, and ideally about 100mm or more of suspension. Also, ensure the bottom bracket (the part where the crank is) fits the motor. Most bikes should be okay, but I'd steer clear of 40-year-old Italian models.
If budget isn't a constraint, a full suspension bike could be the way to go. The crucial factor is the amount of space within the frame – you don't want the frame to crush the battery. Earlier 2000s full suspension bikes, with their expansive triangular frames and smaller travel, are a good choice.
Keep in mind that the 90lbs of torque from the motor can strain your bike pretty quickly. It's wise to start with quality parts, ensure easy part availability, and aim for a relatively new model for smoother rides. I would advise against low-end models from Mongoose, Schwinn, or Walmart as the motor can quickly wear out cheap components, and finding suitable replacement parts for these frames might prove tricky. Now, think about your ride:
- Where do you see yourself riding?
- Will you be tearing downhill, dodging rocks and tree stumps?
- Do you see yourself conquering mountain passes?
- Or would you prefer leisurely park rides?
- Do you plan to use the bike for errands?
- Picking up a $300-500 bike may mean having to invest more once you realize certain parts are worn out, resulting in a less polished final product.
- If you go for an $800 entry-level mountain bike from brands like Cannondale or Trek, are you comfortable tearing apart a new bike?
- Adding up all costs, you'll probably be around $2000 deep, which is pretty close to the price of a decent ready-made ebike.
- Keep in mind that there's a slim chance of everything failing to work once assembled. If it's DIY, you're on your own.
That said, building your own ebike results in a more powerful, tailored product. I couldn't be happier with my build, and I wouldn't have it any other way. It's all about making those tiny adjustments to perfect it. If you're into that, here's what I recommend: get the Bafang BBS02 like mine or perhaps the slightly more robust BBHD. It's roughly 30% more powerful and 50% pricier, but you'll need a more substantial battery to keep up. Be aware, the powerful version is slightly bigger, heavier, and could have fitment issues on certain bikes. There are other motors available, but in terms of value, Bafang takes the cake.
Investing in a good battery is crucial. A quality battery avoids voltage sag, ensuring steady power draw – mine is slightly undersized, and under heavy loads, the battery dips 10-20% then rebounds. This isn't ideal. I cannot overstate the joy of a suspension seat post. It's no full suspension substitute, but it negates about 80% of bumps.
If I had to pick a car that's similar to this ebike, I'd say it's maybe a Porsche Cayenne non-turbo. The bike started as maybe a Subaru Forester, but by changing out the fork, swapping for the suspension seat post, tubeless tires, and the Bafang USB cable tune, the whole ride greatly improved and felt much more refined. It's fairly quick and can hold a decent amount of accessories since it's more of a commuter touring bike with slightly more aggressive tires now. It's also mediocre off road, and being a Trek, it doesn't completely suck as a bike to start off with.
Would I choose the same bike if I did it all over again?
I keep asking myself that all the time. On one hand my bike is perfect for where I ride (gravel roads or state parks) while on the other I'd always want to ride a little more aggressive trails, but I know I shouldn't. I suppose I'd prefer a proper mountain bike with over 100mm of travel with bigger beefier tires - but again where would I really use this. My bike is objectively perfect for my needs. On some occasions I've noticed my shock bottoms out.... but that's because I was going too fast anyway and needed to slow down anyway. I'm fully aware that I don't need to go any faster or on any rougher terrain.
I've rambled on long enough. There are so many exciting options out there. The lowest you might find pre built is around $1000, but for a faster more fun model, you'd be looking in the $2000-$3000 range I'd guess. $4000+ is where you start being able to climb mountains and 6000+ is where you can basically jump off cliffs and the bike won't disintegrate from under you lol.
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2023.06.09 13:47 Anzacpaul Weber FT400
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Managed to pick this up today, been looking for a flat top for a while. submitted by Anzacpaul to webergrills [link] [comments]
Included a pic of serial number and model, but googling either didn't yield any results.
In great condition, owner has had it since new and replaced with a Weber Q (although she lamented on the build quality of the Q compared with this beast).
I'd love to find a second hotplate for it as I'll be using it for smash burgers, the hotplate appears to be approx 440mm x300mm, any idea if this marries up with another model Weber?
Either way, really happy with the purchase.
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2023.06.09 13:25 catfight_animations Split-Split Fruit
Split-Split Fruit Ability
The Split-Split fruit allows its user to split any substance (other than living animals) into two by touching it.
The user must touch the object and
The user must consciously choose to use their power; they will never split anything by accident just by touching it. The user "draws" a line with their body; as soon as they will it, or automatically if their body ceases contact with the object, the object touched is split along the line. If the split was activated by the user's body leaving the surface or if the user wills it, and if the line was straight, the split applies as if the line was as long as it could have been; for example, just by brushing their finger in a straight line across a boulder, the entire boulder would split in two along the direction of the line drawn, even though the whole boulder wasn't touched. This cannot happen if the line drawn was curved. There is a limit to how long a line can be, but it is not easy to reach that limit, unless you use the power on something like a geological feature. The split is always the same width no matter what. This ability does not destroy matter, only seperates it; because of this, the split is too thin to be seen with the naked eye. However, in most circumstances, the split parts will immediately begin to move apart from each other as soon as they're split.
In terms of depth, the split will almost go as far as it needs to to completely split the object in two; however there is some limit to the length (you cannot simply cut the planet in half with this, for example.) Imagine the split as a sword slash that travels through the object being split, but stops if it meets a substance that it cannot effect, or a substance that is a different state of matter. So for instance, if used on a shirt being worn by someone, it would only split along the front but not the back, since the splitting is interrupted by the presence of living flesh which cannot be affected. The same thing happens if the power is used on a hollow solid that is filled with liquid or gas; only the side touched is split. However, an object with multiple layers will be completely split, as long as all layers are solid and are able to be split by this power.
When awoken, the Split-Split Fruit's limitation of only applying to one state of matter at a time no longer applies. This means it can be used on objects from a distance by chanelling it through air. When using the power through air, it will only split the first solid object it meets: however, the restrictions that apply to hollow objects are removed. For example, if used on a ship, both sides of the ship will be split, even if there is air between them, because they are connected, and thus one object. However, another ship behind that ship, even if identical or even if touching, will not be split, since unless its wood is physically joined to the first ship, it is a second object. Any objects inside the split ship, unless directly part of the ship, are ignored by the splitting "line."
When "drawing" a split through air, there is a greater limit to how long the line can be made.
In battle, this Devil Power can be used to easily break the defenses of an enemy, by splitting shields and armour. It can also be used defensively to break weapons. Any blunt melee weapon can be made to split apart upon hitting the user just by them willing it, although this does not necessarily negate the force of the blow. With technique, however, a user can easily disarm foes by splitting their weapons while avoiding their attacks.
The power can also be used on the terrain to trap or disrupt enemies.
Since the fruit does not make the user inherently stronger in any way, its effectiveness in combat depends on the user's abilities. It is reccomended that this fruit be accompanied by normal combat techniques, as well as other abilities such as Haki.
Any object infused with haki is resistant to the power's effects; to break a weapon that is being wielded by a haki-user, the user of the split-split fruit must infuse the part of their body they are using to split the weapon with haki that is greater or equal to the strength of the haki infused into the weapon.
If awoken, the fruit's combat applications are even more potent; as described previously, an awoken user of this devil fruit is able to split a large vessel in half from a distance.
As one might expect, the main utility of this fruit is the ability to cut almost anything.
This makes the user effectively impossible to imprison, since without negating their powers, any form of cell can simply be split open.
Materials such as meat or bone can be split, as long as they're not still part of a living animal. Plants, either alive or dead, can be split be this power.
The power can be used with any part of the user's body. For instance, if they are leaning on a wall, they can choose to "draw" a line with their back and instantly split it. The power ignores their clothes; if they touch something, even if that part of their body is clothed, the power is still able to apply.
At least some amount of movement is required to "draw" the line that causes a split; because of this, if the user is totally immobilized in some way, they cannot use their power. For example, if frozen in ice, they cannot escape by splitting it.
The exceptions to "any substance" are water and sea prism stone. Like all devil fruit, touching either prevents the power from being used, but even in a situation where the user is able to use their power on these substances, such as if sea prism stone is imbedded in another substance which the user splits, sea prism stone will never be affected by this devil power.
Although the power can be used on all states of matter, the nature of liquids and gasses means that the two halves would recombine into one instantly, making the power almost useless on anything other than solids.
The bodies of logia users or other devil fruits that allow the user to transform their bodies into inorganic substances are not affected by this power, despite the fact that they are technically inorganic substances when transformed; since they are still alive, the power will not affect them. However, any substance emitted by logia users, such as Aokiji's ice, can be affected by the Split-Split fruit.
uh. that's it I think
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2023.06.09 13:16 Strange_Onion_2853 Biopure Keto Gummies Reviews [Is It Legit] Shocking Exposed 2023!
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2023.06.09 13:15 Danielmlib Vehicle thefts have soared in Alberta — and the hottest targets might surprise you
With different areas of the country have different vehicles that make the top five most stolen vehicle for a particular reason as the provinces of Ontario and Quebec has thieves target mainly luxury vehicles when thieves leave the vehicle in a car park for a few days to allow the tracking device to locate the vehicle not before its driven into a shipping container and loaded on a container vessel bound for an overseas country. As one particular case that made headlines of family members of the Canadian prime minister reported their vehicle stolen right from the driveway when if reporting the theft to police and their insurance provider could have reports owners may not see the vehicle ever again. When the Canadian prime minister was on an overseas trip when the anguish of spotting the vehicle in the overseas country or being chauffeured around in the stolen vehicle still wearing the Ontario license plate. To prevent owners of vehicles with push button start from becoming a victim of vehicle theft known to enforce a multi-layered approach as the top reason for owners to go through the procedures to file a stolen vehicle report to be told the chance they may not see the vehicle ever again is vehicles can be easily stolen by relay theft as its described as thieves going near the front door wearing a backpack which may contain a transmitter which captures and amplifies the signal sent from the key fob usually hung from a key rack next to the front door when if thieves known to get their own blank key fob when they clone the key fob. With owners known they had more than one vehicle with push button start allegedly swiped from the driveway when at home they keep the key fobs in a faraday box in a centralized location in the kitchen as if they have to go somewhere they put the key fob in a faraday pouch as if they get in and open the pouch just enough to get the vehicle to recognize the key fob.
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2023.06.09 13:03 RoseJamCaptive Being neat and being profound. Is this common?
I recently started journaling during my lunch breaks at work and this concept keeps coming up to bite me on the arse; this stark need to write something profound and impressive in case someone reads my journal. I'm finding it quite stressful and don't know why I feel the need to do this. Part of the whole reason I started to journal was to have a place to escape from feeling like I need to be funny and interesting and impressive in front of everyone I meet.
To give you a snippet of my last entry, I wrote:
" 'I am become death, the destroyer of worlds" - Oppenheimer, Singularity - 'the state, fact, quality or condition of being singular'
It has made me wonder if everyone has their own personal 'Oppenheimer Moment"; destruction of their inner world to cause eternal chaos or usher in the furnishings for a new world. A singularity, in my vastly narrow opinion, would be good reason for that world's destruction. For when you can summarise your soul and experience to a single word or phrase (pathetic, mundane -not always negative. Bubbly or musical), you are as dead-eyed as sheep in dreary fields."
Reading it back, I don't know what I was trying to achieve at the time! It reads like a total load of bollocks! Has anyone else had this issue? It's like having Imposter Syndrome in a place where you are the only resident.
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2023.06.09 13:02 Happy_Cranberry_5923 Yugioh Arc v Rin X yugo sex fanfiction
Yugo was going to have to find some way to entertain himself but he still has some of his candy."This sucks" Yugo thought obviously bored out of his mind about thirty minutes into the movie he was falling asleep already despite eating all of his candy. Luckily Rin was too engrossed in the movie to pay attention to him otherwise she would hit and nag him for fallen asleep. "Their got to be something I can do" Yugo thought he then turned to look at Rin and noticed that she was wearing a skirt and her hot legs immediately making him feel extremely horny, that's when he got a idea he then smirked so hard Yuri would have been proud of him if he was here with them today. I need Rin body to cum today no matter what！Yugo said to himself.
Yugo then put his left hand on Rin's leg and started to rub it earning a gasp from the green haired synchro duelist. Rin turned to face Yugo and glared at him "Yugo what are you doing!?" Rin hissed at the banana haired duelist "just keeping myself entertain Rin I hope you don't mind" Yugo said with a grin as he continued to rub Rin's leg. Rin just glared at him not wanting to make a scene as she turned back at watched the movie. Only a couple minutes later Rin tried her best to watch the movie but she lost all of her concentration when she felt Yugo lifted her skirt up a little bit and started to rub her pussy through her panties. Rin tried her best to keep watching the movie and keep herself from moaning and luckily she did.
Rin could feel herself getting wetter and her mind was started to be clouded with lust she will get Yugo later for this but now all she wants to do now is cum. So the green haired synchro duelist spread her legs a so that Yugo could have easier access to finger her pussy. Yugo smirk when he saw Rin spreading her legs knowing that Rin gave herself up to him. He continued to rub her pussy through her panties and he could feel Rin getting wetter and wetter by the minute about ten minutes later Yugo decided to not tease Rin any longer. He pushed aside the front of her green panties and without wasting any time he put two fingers inside of Rin's pussy and started to rapidly thrus his fingers in and out of Rin's dripping womanhood.
"Oh fuck so good！！！！I gonna cum I gonna cum！！！！Ahhhhhh" Rin thought as she bit her lips so she wouldn't make any noise Yugo was hitting in her in all of the right spots with his fingers as always. It wouldn't be long now until she explodes and cum all over his fingers to add to the pleasure Yugo leaned forward and kissed her neck causing the green haired synchro duelist to shiver in pleasure she was losing all self control at the moment but none the less she still kept quite. Yugo continued doing this for about twenty minutes until Rin quietly said " Ahhhhhh........Ahhhhhhh！Fuck Fuck！！！Yugo I'm cumming！！！ ". Yugo just kept doing what he was doing and kept fingering Rin faster and was lightly biting her neck and hug her before orgasm. About a minute or two later Yugo felt Rin's pussy clinching around his fingers and without any warning she came all over Yugo's fingers.
Yugo then released his fingers from Rin's pussy and saw his childhood friend pant as she just had a hard orgasm. He then licked his middle and index fingers of Rin's juices and turned to ask Rin "so Rin how do you feel?" Yugo asked Rin with a bit of a smirk on his face. Rin just turned to face Yugo "you idiot Moan heavily what were you thinking we could have gotten caught" Rin said as she scolded her childhood friend. "But we didn't come on Rin don't tell me you didn't enjoy me fingering you in public like that. Also your hot legs really making me feel super horny. I can't help it" Yugo replied. Rin sighed she did enjoy it but that was still very dangerous what Yugo did they could get in a lot of trouble if they get caught. But then again they didn't get caught and to be honest Rin always wanted to try public sex ethier with Yugo or with the other boys since Ruri and Yuzu had done it with the other boys including Yuto and Yuya. She haven't experience real sex for 3 years.
Rin sighed knowing that Yugo was right and arguing with him would be pointless also she saw his boyfriend dick became really hard. She started to lose it"Yugo unzip your pants and hurry up Moan" Rin ordered her childhood friend. Yugo nodded knowing what Rin was planning and unzipped his pants and getting his cock out of his pants and it was nearly hard. Rin looked around to see if any people were nearby and once she knew that she was in the clear we went down on the floor and went and kneeled down until she was face to face with Yugo's dick. Rin then grabbed her hand started to rub Yugo's dick up and down so she can get it fully hard. After about a minute or two Yugo dick was fully hard and Rin decided to not waste anymore time.
She started to open her mouth and take the tip of Yugo's dick and took a few more inches. Although she would have like to take more in she didn't due to wanted to not make too much noise or else she and Yugo would be in serious trouble so she would have to make due to what she has for now. Without wasting anytime Rin started to rapidly bob her head up and down Yugo's dick while at the same time she moved her panties to the side and started to rapidly rub her wet hot pussy. "Shit that feels so good" Yugo thought as he kept himself from grunting and was enjoying the blowjob he was getting from Rin. There was nothing so hot and taboo then screwing around with each other in public in his eyes he could now understand why Yuzu and Ruri loves it and this was just as good then he had sex with Serena when they went to the hot springs together.
Rin just continued giving Yugo a blowjob without making any noise and was a bit surprise she wasn't caught yet but luckily its dark in the theater so she and Yugo had used that to her advantage. But none the less all Rin was interested in getting a nice dish of Yugo's cum in her belly "I wonder what cum filled popcorn taste like?" she wondered. Rin continued to rapidly suck Yugo off like this for about twenty minutes until Yugo said "Rin I'm about to cum". Rin just bobble her head up and down hoping that Yugo would cum soon. Without any warning Rin felt Yugo shot a huge load straight into her mouth and throat. Rin then pulled herself away from Yugo dick and took her fingers away from her pussy and swallowed Yugo's cum and tasted her juices from her fingers. She then stood and looked at Yugo who quickly zipped up his pants and looked back at Rin.
"Ok I'll admit that was pretty fun but there is one place we haven't done it at" Rin said blushing a little bit. Yugo grinned "you thinking what I'm thinking Rin?" Yugo asked his childhood friend. Rin just nodded knowing exactly what Yugo was thinking and getting her hint as well "alright time to go Moan I can't hold back anymore. My pussy need a real dick inside" Yugo said as he got up from his seat and headed straight towards the location he and Rin decided to go to. Rin then took one last look at the movie and sighed "looks like I will have to see this movie another time！Now my body need to relax" Rin said to herself as she then quickly followed Yugo out of the movie theater. Yugo and Rin snuck around and both went inside the men's bathroom and luckily no one was in there so they will have time to do what they wanted to do.
Rin and Yugo then got inside one of the bathroom stalls and once they did that Rin lifted up her skirt and took off her panties while moaning heavily and gave it to Yugo who put it in his pocket and Yugo sat down on the toilet seat and unzipped his pants he then got out his cock from his boxers and started to rub it a little bit so he can be fully hard. Once it was fully hard Rin wasted no time and got on top on Yugo and quickly lower herself on his dick taking it inch by inch. Rin had to bite her tongue to keep herself from moaning loudly once she did that she started to rapidly bounce up and down on Yugo's dick. Yugo grunted a little bit but at the same time he lifted up Rin's tank top and bra and started to play with her breasts using his hand and mouth"Ahhhhhh....Ahhhhhh.....It's feeling so fucking good......I gonna go crazy.....Ahhhhhhh" Rin thought as she felt Yugo was playing with her breast while at the same time was bouncing up and down his dick. She been waiting for this moment since she saw Ruri and yuto have sex next to her bedroom. Rin knew damn that she shouldn't moan that loud. But she already lost all the control due to sex pleasure. The only thing matters to this synchro girl now is how many orgasm she can get at this moment.
The two continued doing this for about almost twenty minutes until Yugo said "Rin I'm about to cum" "me too" Rin replied Ahhhhhh.....Yes Yes Yes......shoot all inside my pussy.....Ahhhhh....Ahhhhhhh.....I'M CUMMING！！！！！. The duo continued to do what they were doing for five more minutes until Yugo felt Rin's pussy tighten and without any warning she came all over his dick. Which in turn caused Yugo to shoot 3 big load deep inside Rin's pussy. After about 3 minute or two Rin got off of Yugo and adjusted herself. Yugo then gave her panties to her and she quicky put it on "well not the movie date that I had in mind but still I enjoyed it. I haven't cum like this for ages " Rin said with a bit of a giggle. Yugo smiled at Rin "yeah I enjoyed it too Rin that was pretty fun sorry I made you miss your movie" Yugo said. Although he just orgasm, when he saw his girlfriend wet pussy right in front his eyes. His dick went fully hard again. I.....I need more sex tonight！Yugo said to himself.
"Don't worry about it spending time with you was more rewarding then seeing the movie besides I can always go back and see it next time！BTW we haven't have sex once inside my bathroom and bedroom. I need this tonight. I want to cum while both of us are naked" Rin said. Yugo said he then nodded and smile "yeah your right！I haven't use my mouth to message your pussy once. I need to do it tonight". "Come on we better get out of here before someone see us" Rin said "Yeah I'll lead the way" Yugo said after that Yugo and Rin then quietly snuck out of the boys bathroom and then started to make their way to Yugo's D-Wheel so that they could head home for the night. In that night Yugo hard dick made Rin orgasm 4 times more. Selena recorded the whole thing from her bedroom while masturb. She also orgasm 4 times.
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2023.06.09 12:54 isolatedsyystem They are always the person who has suffered the most in the history of suffering
My pwBPD would always complain about how she's sooo busy with work, it's so bad, I couldn't possibly understand because I wasn't working at the time, even though her schedule changes every week and is often light/flexible. A few months ago I was going through an outpatient therapy program from 9-4 for 5 days a week, so I made the mistake of half-jokingly saying "looks like I'm busier than you these days!" Cue her saying her work is so much harder and intense (even though she had 3 days off per week and usually worked short shifts and/or with little workload), how she only ever gets short breaks (wrong), always works 8 hour shifts (wrong)... And the kicker is, last year she went through the exact same therapy program and would complain "It's so exhausting! When I get home in the afternoon I just want to lie down and do nothing for the rest of the day!" So when she goes through it it's the wooorst, when I do it I have it sooo easy and she still has it worse.
Another story, her brother broke his foot last year and we accompanied him to the hospital. On the ride home we stopped at a gas station to get snacks and drinks and when she came out, she slipped and fell and cut her arm on the ground. She was bleeding a bit and complained so much the entire ride home, while her brother was stoic and silent. And when she got home she continued to complain and be miserable in front of her mom, she had to get all the attention with her light injury while her brother literally sat there with his effing foot broken and barely able to walk.
No one is ever allowed to have it worse than them, and damn you if you imply otherwise!! eye roll
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2023.06.09 12:51 House_of_Suns /r/QOTSA Official Band of the Week 23: KING BUFFALO
So when you think of cities with high culture
and vibrant music scenes on the east coast, what springs to mind? Obviously New York. Thanks to Drake, we all know about the growing music scene in Toronto. You prahbahbly musta tawt a Bawstan tew.
Maybe Montreal or Philadelphia or even Baltimore crossed your mind.
Time to check your cultural bias, pal. You passed over a quiet little city on the south shore of Lake Ontario, nestled in the Genesee River valley. It has a history as a hotbed of Abolitionism and Women’s Rights. It is the home of Eastman Kodak, Xerox, Bausch & Lomb, Western Union, Ragu and other innovative companies. It has a lively music scene, great nightclubs, world-renowned universities, thriving museums, arts & culture festivals, and live theatre. It is a true cultural gem that many folks overlook.
Yep. You bet your ass
I am talking about Rochester, New York.
Since we know that Stoner Rock can come from anywhere, it should be no surprise that Rochester has produced one of the leading bands in this genre. This week we are going to check out a band you are going to want to listen to. If you know them, you love them. If you haven’t heard of them, you are going to thank me.
This week’s band is KING BUFFALO. About Them
Hold on a sec. King Buffalo? Not King Rochester?
To be fair, King Rochester
sounds like the villain in a Disney movie. Kinda hard to imagine that on a T-Shirt. King New York sounds like a particularly obnoxious Yankees fan
(and yeah, finding a Yankees fan that isn’t obnoxious is a tough go). King Albany sounds like a car made by Kia.
But King Buffalo?
That just works.
Our heroes didn’t start out together. King Buffalo were made up of members of two other Rochester area bands.
Randall Coon and Scott Donaldson were playing together in Velvet Elvis. That five piece band played heavy rock with space-based themes in the early 2010’s. Sean McVay and Dan Reynolds were in another band called Abandoned Buildings Club (side note: kinda neat that their initials were ABC), who had a pure psychedelic rock vibe. When both VE and ABC appeared to be having limited success, the four musicians decided to merge their talents into one band. Coon had handled vocals and guitar in Velvet Elvis
and Donaldson had been rock solid on drums.
McVay had done vocals and guitar in Abandoned Buildings Club
and Reynolds had anchored the sound with his bass. All the pieces were there for a classic Beatles-esque lineup.
So out of the wreckage of ABC and VE, KB arose. The four members gelled so well that they were able to record their first demo - aptly titled Demo
- in just two days. Their sound was immediately compared to tourmates and close friends All Them Witches. But where ATW were bluesy and sludgy, King Buffalo had produced songs full of space.
Oh, there were heavy riffs for sure - but there were passages of music that were contrastingly lighter and further apart. The best example of these contrasts can be found in the more than 11 minutes of Providence Eye.
The first six and a half minutes come at you at a lulling pace, enveloping you in the moment. You get swept up in the rolling riffs. But then the drop happens and you suddenly realize the song has been building to this peak. The tempo picks up and you ride a relentless rollercoaster
until you hit the Black Sabbath-inspired outro, which takes you home. It is an emotional experience. The two other tracks - In Dim Light
and Pocket Full of Knife
are smaller essays on the same theme.
It was clear right from Demo
that King Buffalo had some serious talent. But if you have listened to the band you will notice that one thing is starkly different on Demo
than from any of their other releases: the vocals. Randall Coon was the lead vocalist on these recordings. If you play them up against anything since by the band they stand out. Our very own QotSA may have successfully had multiple vocalists on multiple tunes, but King Buffalo was destined to have Sean McVay take over the mic. Shortly after 2013’s Demo,
Coon left the band to do a solo project called Skunk Hawk.
King Buffalo stood at a crossroads: did they look to replace Coon, or should they carry on as a Power Trio? The choice for them was obvious. McVay, Reynolds and Donaldson knew that they had fantastic potential together. They decided they didn't need anyone else.
Side note: Regular readers of these write ups know that All Them Witches just went through this exact crisis in 2019. What I didn’t share then is that ATW are close friends with KB. I would not be surprised to learn that ATW had some serious conversations about their lineup with the boys from KB before they, too, decided last year to pare down to just three members.
To re-christen their new lineup, in 2015 King Buffalo went in on a split EP
with Swedish band Lé Betre (I mean, hooking up with a Swedish partner
is a dream of mine, so I see the appeal.) They re-recorded their standout tune Providence Eye
with McVay on vocals, as well as two new tracks - Like a Cadillac
and New Time. New Time
opens their side of the EP with an infectious, descending riff that hooks you immediately. It is clear from the lyrics - No wasting around, it’s a new time
- that they had moved on from Coon. Like a Cadillac
follows up and is a three and a half minute jam that leaves you wanting more. The re-recorded version of Providence Eye
closes out their side of the split EP and leaves no doubt that they are in charge. It is a tighter, heavier
version, and the amazing outro is so low down that it will make you want to rob your own house.
With their lineup now set, it was time to put together enough music to tour on. In 2016, King Buffalo released Orion.
Here you can witness the melding of their influences into something majestic and fantastic, and it is here that they really develop their signature style.
To explain this style, you need to understand basic song structure.
Most pop songs tend to go verse - chorus - verse - chorus - bridge - chorus - chorus.
Sure, you could add in a solo for the bridge, or a detailed intro or outro, or another verse - but this is a tried and true formula. Some variation of this dominates the pop charts to this day.
Not with King Buffalo songs. These guys are the masters of the drop, and you hear it in most of their tunes. QotSA fans are no strangers to that long build and release; it is an integral part of tunes like The Evil Has Landed, God is in the Radio, Song For The Dead,
and I Appear Missing.
One of the sickest drops ever recorded happens in the middle of the Them Crooked Vultures tune No One Loves Me & Neither Do I.
It is where the music turns around, and a new riff takes over, often along with a pace change. It is then that you realize that the song has built to this climactic moment, and you are engulfed by the music.
King Buffalo does this better than anyone else, and you hear it clearly articulated, again and again, on the album Orion.
Take the song Kerosene
A rolling bass riff from Reynolds establishes the song right out of the gate. Donaldson produces punchy drum beats with cymbal crashes at the end of each phrase. McVay’s slide guitar rounds out the intro. McVay’s vocals - very Ozzy like, if Ozzy had any semblance of self-control
- frame the first verse, which ends in a fuzzy, heavy riff with crashing cymbals. This same pattern is repeated a second time and the drop is teased at just past three minutes in, but does not happen quite yet. The listener’s anticipation builds as the airy, soaring solo from McVay calls out in contrast to the rolling bass. After the guitar solo bridge, the band goes right back into the chorus. But then it happens: THE DROP.
Just past 5 minutes in, the song takes a complete and abrupt turn for a totally different riff that is at the same time heavier and brand new, and yet has been there all the while.
What King Buffalo does brilliantly is subvert your musical expectations.
The standard structure is V-C-V-C-B-C-C. Kerosene
is V-C-V-C-B-C-DROP-OUTRO. Just when you subliminally expect something the same, you get something different.
The entire album is like that. Orion
hardly sounds like a debut. It is a mature and deliberate soundscape built by talented musicians who are making significant choices about their art. Songs like Drinking From The River Rising
open with an expansive and elastic topography, but drill down to the molten lava
of heavy riffs and distorted fuzz. Sleeps On A Vine
begins with one of the most zen riffs you’ve ever heard and ends in a tumultuous and heavy sonic assault that is pure controlled chaos.
Every song on the album is a study in contrasts that leaves you with auditory whiplash and a burning desire for more.
They are that good.
King Buffalo were able to tour on their new material, and did so extensively. They played clubs and larger venues, often with friends and fellow Stoner Rockers All Them Witches and other bands like The Sword and Elder. In 2017, the released the EP Repeater
as a follow up. It is just three songs (The vinyl ad reads, All songs on one side! No need to flip!
) but it is a heck of a musical journey. The title track off the EP is 13+ minutes long and is one huge build. When the fuzz finally drops after almost 8 minutes, it is a true cathartic moment. It sneaks up on you, and is so welcome when it hits - especially after McVay’s repetition that “Every Day is the Same* - that you intrinsically understand how great it is when things finally change for the better. Too Little Too Late
is an instrumental tune that is both enveloping and expansive. It is a terrific bridge to the final track, Centurion,
which is an unbelievable groove. Centurion
has three minutes of set up leading to an unreal fuzzy drop that is so dirty it will get you evicted from your apartment.
The influence of their touring with All Them Witches can also be seen on their next full length release, 2018’s Longing To Be The Mountain.
Ben McLeod from ATW produced the album. ATW, The Sword and Elder are all thanked in the liner notes. The album picks up right where Repeater
leaves off, with KB experimenting with long form songs like Morning Song
and the title track, and shorter jams like Sun Shivers, Cosmonaut,
Reynolds and McVay pepper the songs with synthesizer sounds that add colour and texture to the overall compositions. Donaldson drums with impeccable precision to provide each song with a safe mooring to return to, driving the guitars forward at the same time as he holds the rhythm in check. This is most clearly evident in Eye Of The Storm.
The result is a rich tapestry of expansive and flowing music full of heavy jams
that will leave the listener wanting more. Their signature build-to-sonic-explosion style does not let fans down.
The success of Longing To Be The Mountain
allowed for extensive touring across North America and Europe. It also led to appearances at bigger gigs, like at Rockpalast and the Stoned & Dusted desert rock event in 2019. Anyone that has seen any of their live work knows that King Buffalo are simply hypnotizing
on stage. Reynolds’ bass work is reminiscent of Geddy Lee with his complex and flowing style. Donaldson brings controlled power to the drum kit, and is ready to cut loose when the drop comes. And McVay has become a true front man, comfortable with the lead voice on guitar and the microphone.
Their next release, Dead Star,
dropped in 2020 and generated all kinds of buzz in the Stoner Rock scene. Of course, the tour planned to support it got axed when the entire world went into lockdown.
But the (short album? EP?) is simply fantastic. Red Star Pt. 1 & 2
continues their long form examination and has everything you’d expect from them. Echo of A Waning Star
is a lament of just over 3 minutes that is near-perfect. Ecliptic
sounds like the soundtrack to a John Carpenter movie and is a complete jam with serious cool 1980’s vibes. Dead Star,
the title track, is almost Radiohead-esque in its evocative and regretful take on death and decay.
But the standout track has to be Eta Carinae,
which has one of the greatest musical drops and turn-arounds you will ever hear. The entire song pivots
just past four minutes in and becomes a 70’s anthem worthy of Led Zeppelin or Black Sabbath. If you listen to no other tune here today, you have to check it out. It will absolutely get stuck in your head.
The band dropped their first live record, Live At Freak Valley,
in 2020. This is a really nice retrospective/greatest hits album kinda deal. What stands out is just how fucking tight
the band is live. With some bands, live versions veer wildly
from the recorded ones - and not at all in a good way. This record is the opposite. You can clearly hear on Orion
that KB are just that good live.
In the wake of the global pandemic, King Buffalo decided to musically capture the moment in time. They decided to release a trifecta of albums. 2021 saw them drop The Burden of Restlessness
and then Acheron.
The third record in this trio is 2022’s Regenerator.
It is really important to consider all three records in this Triptych at the same time, for they are a sonic cycle. TBOR
is a descent into despondency. Acheron
is about hitting rock bottom,
and being in Hell. Regenerator
is about finding a way to claw yourself back into the light.
Each album stands on its own, but together they form a sweeping epic journey that we can all relate to. TBOR
is an album where the protagonist gradually loses the will to exist.
There is a cry of deep frustration in Burning,
a not-so-subtle reference to a plague in Locusts,
a study in being confined indoors in Silverfish,
and an outright statement that our hero is sinking in Loam.
In fact, the lyrics tell us: “Still I press my face into the ground/I’m waiting for the hammer to fall.” It is not a happy album.
Just when you think things have to get better, we get the 4-track jam of Acheron.
In this record, our hero has fallen to his lowest point. He has descended to Hell.
The title track - the first one on the album - makes this clear, when it says: “Waking up under the ground/Silver asleep on my tongue.”
Just in case you didn’t get the classic reference, Acheron is the river one must cross in Greek mythology to get to the underworld. Souls going to Hell had coins placed in their mouth to pay Charon, the ferryman,
to take them across the river to Hades. So our hero did sink into the Loam in the last album, and finds himself in Hell. This theme is reinforced in Zephyr,
who was the Greek God of the West Wind, and Shadows,
which references what the Greeks used to call dead spirits - Shades. And just in case you had any doubt, the final track on the album is Cerberus,
named after the three-headed dog that guards the gates of Hades.
What is even cooler about Acheron
is how it was recorded. Instead of a studio, they recorded the album underground in a cave.
Now that is commitment.
The final album in this cycle is 2022’s Regenerator.
While the first two records were about descent, despondency, and hitting rock bottom,
this record is about regaining hope and optimism, and finding a way to come back.
We hear this clearly in the lyrics of the record’s final track, Firmament,
which says: “Out of the loam I rise, embraced by the etheThe river below relieves my hands of silver” - clearly calling back to the tracks Loam
And in case you didn’t know, in Greek mythology the Firmament means the Sky or the Heavens.
Our hero has left Hell behind, and ascended into Heaven.
References to positive mythology are all over this album, from the album art to the tracks Mercury
It is a total jam.
But the best song on the album might just be Mammoth.
If you don’t like the guitar on this song, you and I can’t be friends.
I got a chance to see KB perform last year when they toured with Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats. They are fucking tight.
They were the opening act, but were the absolute highlight of the show. I want everyone to hear this band because they really are something special.
Go check them out. Links to QOTSA
We know that QotSA front man Josh Homme and Kyuss invented Stoner Rock in the 1990’s. They were the genre-defining band. King Buffalo (and other bands like All Them Witches) have picked up this proverbial torch and are now bringing the sound to the next generation of fans. King Buffalo drummer Scott Donaldson is known to be a huge QotSA fan. Perhaps he saw them live when they played in Rochester
in 2014 in support of ...Like Clockwork.
It is also sometimes easy to forget that Josh was not the only architect of the low desert sound. Original Kyuss Drummer and co-founder Brant Bjork wrote many Kyuss tunes and continues to be a leader in the music scene today. King Buffalo have played with Bjork at festivals three times: Freak Valley Festival, Black Deer Festival and the aforementioned Stoned & Dusted. There is also a planned collaborative project between Bjork and King Buffalo that may be coming our way soon.
The future is bright,
my friends. Their Music Providence Eye In Dim Light Pocket Full of Knife King Buffalo songs from the Split EP with Lé Betre Kerosene
-- live in 2016 Drinking From The River Rising Orion - entire album on Genesee Live RepeateCenturion
-- Recorded Live in the Quarantine Sessions put out by the band Live at Rockpalast in 2019
- includes songs from LTBTM Longing To Be The Mountain - Quarantine Sessions Quickening
-- everything is cool until the snake head pops out. Red Star Pt. 2
-- the official video Ecliptic Eta Carinae Dead Star - Full Album Silverfish The Knocks Loam Hours Acheron Shadows Mammoth Firmament Show Them Some Love /KingBuffalo
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2023.06.09 12:49 risiniaskyon Clubhouse — A Focal point Risinia Builders
Homebuyers, in particular the millennials, trust withinside the stay-work-play idea and feature a quest to stay in a cushy existence this is packed with luxury. They need a residence that may fulfill all daily requirements and offer all necessities under one roof. Homebuyers appear out for the services of the one that functions and add-directly to their property. To fulfill the needs of today’s homebuyers, maximum developers are imparting modern-day clubhouses in the gated network. This Clubhouse is taken into consideration to be the focus of the residential gated network. Risinia Builders
also are particular approximately the feelings and wishes of the homebuyers and they have delivered this focal factor to every in their steeply-priced ventures. One can savor an array of services at the Clubhouse. The place is a top thing of your asset.
- What is a Clubhouse
A Clubhouse is the focus of a residential project because it gives many conveniences and is precise in that, it receives the whole thing below one roof. It is normally referred to as a massive construction this is used for membership activities. It guarantees on-web web page snug dwelling and at once affects the lifestyle of its citizens except improving the cost of the abode. It affords an array of services and comforts and serves as the right area to foster network dwelling inside a gated network. It is an area wherein humans of all ages and businesses can mingle and experience entertainment. A Clubhouse gives some of the blessings alongside its bouquet of services and facilities. It isn’t always only an image of luxury; it’s miles a great deal greater than that. A Clubhouse will increase the benefit quotient of the homebuyers and at the equal time facilitates a builder to get an improved cost of the property.
- Ventures of Risinia with a Clubhouse
Risinia Builders have 3 ongoing steeply-priced ventures which might be on the verge of final touch and everyone holds a Clubhouse as a focus.
2.1. Clubhouse of Skyon Risinia Skyon
, unfolded over 5.6 acres is placed at Bachupally. This mega project has left 70% of the Open area which means the citizens of Skyon can stay withinside the lap of nature and breathe a healthful existence. With a bouquet of six towers, Skyon is a cozy gated network that may offer a healthful and a pleasing existence to you and your own circle of relatives. The Clubhouse of Skyon has a quite massive Banquet Hall which serves as an excellent location
to have fun festivities and different functions. A swimming pool and a completely loaded fitness center are to be had for the health-aware citizens. A Super Market will assist to get each day groceries. One wants now no longer step out to get cash from ATM. Skyon has an ATM too on the premises. A Pharmacy and a Crèche are likewise made to be had for the benefit of the citizens. A saloon, a Sauna, and a Spa is likewise made to be had in the gates of Skyon. One also can contend with intellectual fitness with the aid of using enjoyable and rejuvenating on the Yoga and the Aerobics Deck. Not to say, an Outdoor Cafe, Mini Theatre, Outdoor Terrace Lounge with Barbecue Counter, Indoor Badminton Courts, a Squash Court and some of Indoor video games show to be the right spots of entertainment.
2.2. Clubhouse of Trendilla
Trendilla of Risinia, unfold on a place of three.three acres holds a tremendous degree Clubhouse that occupies 14500 sft. This focal factor of Trendilla has swimming swimming pools at the floor ground, one for the adults and the second is ofcourse for the youngsters. A Banquet Hall is a normal function on the ventures of Risinia. As one reaches the primary ground of this focal factor, he can experience the indoor video games in addition to Badminton. A ready front room and a collection room is likewise observed here. The 2nd ground is devoted to a completely loaded Gymnasium and a Kids’ Activity Centre for the youngsters of Risinia Trendilla
2.3. Clubhouse of Oyster Risinia Oyster
, placed at Nizapmet is unfold in four Blocks, on a place of two acres. With one hundred fifty flats, Oyster additionally holds a Clubhouse as a focus. It has a Multipurpose Hall which solves the reason of celebrating special functions. A Gym for the Fitness freaks and a library for the orators also are made to be had on the Clubhouse. A wide variety of Indoor video games preserve the citizens occupied of their entertainment.
- Benefits of Clubhouse at Risinia
The ventures of Risinia Builders provide a complete fledged Clubhouse, that offer some of blessings further to being the focus of socialisation and forming new friends. A few are cited here.
3.1. Health Benefits
Fitness is turning into the vanity of today’s era and the ventures of Risinia provide some of indoor and outside alternatives to gasoline your health spirit. A absolutely loaded fitness center promotes a more fit life-style. A swimming pool tones the muscular tissues of the adults in addition to the youngsters. The indoor video games and sports activities just like the badminton and Squash create an excellent manner of healthful environment. The tremendous open areas with fine air create a classy and serene environment which soothes your nerves and strengthens your intellectual fitness. The world-elegance fitness center, yoga and cardio deck, strolling and biking tracks, time spent withinside the parks all through the evenings — all offer a excellent fitness pack.
3.2. Amusement at its Best
Residents of Risinia Ventures experience the consolation of socializing on the Clubhouse. It serves as a leisure region wherein citizens of every age can loosen up all through their entertainment and additionally experience one another’s company. Kids additionally get a excellent character improvement on the Clubhouse wherein they get to have interaction with youngsters in their age. They study diverse talents of existence. They turn out to be impartial and discover ways to percentage and care. There are some of factors wherein you may savour all through the entertainment like indoor video games, Mini Theatre, Outdoor Café, Spa, Sauna and Saloon. Amusement might be at its pleasant on the Clubhouse that is the Focal factor of the ventures.
3.3. Convenience of Festivities
The Multipurpose Hall withinside the Clubhouse serves as an area to have fun small events, events or gatherings. It saves the citizens from going via the trouble of reserving a feast outdoor the gated network to have fun an event. The citizens can host and experience the social feature with out even stepping out of the gate.
3.4. Develops Reading Habits and Nurtures the Hobbie
In the presence of a library, the youngsters and adults of the society can inculcate the dependancy of analyzing this is lengthy forgotten on this virtual era. With an collection of books and magazines, youngsters get an possibility to discover books of diverse types and add-directly to their knowledge. Orators can savour the books and spend a few fine time withinside the library placed on the Clubhouse. The indoor video games assist to nurture the pursuits of the youngsters and additionally turn out to be a method of entertainment for adults.
- Clubhouse — A Focal Point
Of all of the steeply-priced services to be had on the ventures of Risinia, the Clubhouse baggage the placement of being a focus of all of the ventures. A Clubhouse gives a healthful in addition to a satisfied life-style wherein the complete own circle of relatives can shed out the more calories, cherish entertainment and also can nurture pursuits, now no longer to say reap an awesome intellectual fitness too. A Clubhouse is taken into consideration to be a mandatory, tremendous constructing this is created for the consolation of the citizens. Being a luxury, a Clubhouse is the summing up of a satisfied life-style and for this reason the focus.
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