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09-30 07:39 - 'Looks like he advised Jackson and was pretty neutral and gracious to all the heads of state in that time. \*Stolen from wiki: / *In his retirement, Madison occasionally became involved in public affairs, advising*...' by /u/AndrewtheJepster removed from /r/history within 2273-2283min

2020.09.30 09:39 removalbot 09-30 07:39 - 'Looks like he advised Jackson and was pretty neutral and gracious to all the heads of state in that time. \*Stolen from wiki: / *In his retirement, Madison occasionally became involved in public affairs, advising*...' by /u/AndrewtheJepster removed from /r/history within 2273-2283min

Looks like he advised Jackson and was pretty neutral and gracious to all the heads of state in that time. *Stolen from wiki:
In his retirement, Madison occasionally became involved in public affairs, advising [Andrew Jackson]1 and other presidents.[[221]]([link]9 ) He remained out of the public debate over the [Missouri Compromise]2 , though he privately complained about the North's opposition to the extension of slavery.[[222]]([link]10 ) Madison had warm relations with all four of the major candidates in the [1824 presidential election]3 , but, like Jefferson, largely stayed out of the race.[[223]]([link]11 ) During [Jackson's presidency]4 , Madison publicly disavowed the [Nullification]5 movement and argued that no state had the right to [secede]6 .[[224]]([link]12 )
It also seems that his step-son mismanaged his affairs and he was extremely impoverished in his later years as well. I think this caused him to look more inward (which one does when such trials come upon them):
In his later years, Madison became highly concerned about his historic legacy. He resorted to modifying letters and other documents in his possession, changing days and dates, adding and deleting words and sentences, and shifting characters. By the time he had reached his late seventies, this "straightening out" had become almost an obsession. As an example, he edited a letter written to Jefferson criticizing [Lafayette]7 —Madison not only inked out original passages, but even forged Jefferson's handwriting as well.[[227]]([link]13 ) Historian [Drew R. McCoy]8 writes that, "During the final six years of his life, amid a sea of personal [financial] troubles that were threatening to engulf him ... At times mental agitation issued in physical collapse. For the better part of a year in 1831 and 1832 he was bedridden, if not silenced ... Literally sick with anxiety, he began to despair of his ability to make himself understood by his fellow citizens."[[228]]([link]14 )
I cannot judge him harshly, as he and every prominent figure in history are victims of their own time and culture. I still hold Madison up as one of our best Presidents, and respect him for having such a profound influence on the Constitution.
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2020.09.23 18:36 fratstache Week 4 Match-up Preview Thread: #7 LSU Tigers vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs

#7 LSU vs. Mississippi State
When: Saturday, September, 26, 03:30 PM Eastern
Where: Tiger Stadium (LA) - Baton Rouge, LA
Watch: CBS
Odds: LSU by 16.5 pts.
Total Points: 56.5
All-Time Series : LSU vs. Mississippi State
LSU and Mississippi State have met 113 times since 11/20/1896.
These teams last met 340 days ago on 10/19/2019.
Series Wins: LSU 75-3-35 Mississippi State
Longest streak of continuous meetings: 76 (1944-2019).
LSU has won the last 2 meetings (2018-2019) in this series.
Last 6 Meetings
Winner Date Location LSU Mississippi State Notes
LSU 2019-10-19 Starkville, MS 36 13
LSU 2018-10-20 Baton Rouge, LA 19 3
Mississippi State 2017-09-16 Starkville, MS 7 37
LSU 2016-09-17 Baton Rouge, LA 23 20
LSU 2015-09-12 Starkville, MS 21 19
Mississippi State 2014-09-20 Baton Rouge, LA 29 34
Series Comparison Data via Winsipedia
Through Week 3
Week LSU 0-0(0-0) Result Mississippi State 0-0(0-0) Result
All rankings reflect the current /cfb poll
LSU Injury Report
Data Scraped: 2020-09-23 10:00:03
Player Position Status Reported Notes
Arik Gilbert TE Ques Sat – Shoulder Mon, Sep 21 Gilbert is making his way back from shoulder surgery, and it is unknown if he will suit up against Mississippi State on Saturday.
Nelson Jenkins III DL Out For Season – Personal Tue, Sep 15 Jenkins III has opted-out for the entire 2020 season due to concerns about the virus.
Eli Ricks CB Ques Sat – Shoulder Mon, Sep 21 Ricks is on the mend from surgery to fix a torn labrum in his shoulder, and it is unclear if he will play in the season opener versus Mississippi State.
Tyler Shelvin NT Out For Season – Personal Mon, Aug 31 Shelvin has opted out of the 2020 season after making a decision stemming from COVID-19 concerns.
Ja Marr Chase WR Out For Season – Personal Sun, Aug 30 Chase has informed the program that he will not take part in the 2020 season due to a personal decision.
Dare Rosenthal T Out Indefinitely – Personal Tue, Aug 25 Rosenthal has taken a personal leave of absence from the program, and there is no timetable for return.
Ray Parker LB Out Indefinitely – Suspension Wed, Sep 9 Parker has been suspended for a violations of team rules, and he is without a definitive timetable for return.
Injury data lifted from:
Mississippi State Injury Report
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2020.09.23 12:38 wecanfindthetruth What exactly is Project Sigmund? (shimmering lights in the sky). Help me find out.

Many of you may have noticed an increase of sighting videos over the last several months that show dozens of shimmering lights in the sky. Sometimes during the day, but also at night. A lot of these have been dismissed as skylink launches, lanterns, birds, etc, but I am not personally convinced any of those are an adequate explanation to what we are seeing.
In addition to these poor explanations, we have a couple instances of a more cryptic answer. In at least two of these sighting threads, a user has responded with the title "Project Sigmund," and nothing more. When probed for elaboration they are unable to provide any.
The two users I have found that posted something about Project Sigmund are the following:
5C_Attica (this person has also posted tremendous amounts of other claims, yet was unwilling to elaborate on Project Sigmund)
Below, I have compiled a list of all the recent sightings I have been able to find. The ones marked with an X are the ones I am less convinced are Project Sigmund, but still potentials.
Link Location Date Maybe UK 9/14/2020 Branson, Missouri 9/15/2020 Izmir, Turkey 9/14/2020 (upload date) Lille, Northern France 9/13/2020 Los Angeles, California 8/26/2020 Houston, Texas Houston, Texas X Chile 6/18/2020 Ohio 5/25/2020 X Mexico 1/28/2005 Los Angeles, California 7/28/2020 Los Angeles, California 7/29/2020 Poland 9/13/2020 ?? ?? X ?? 8/16/2020 X Hamlet, Indiana 9/21/2020
In conclusion, I have no idea what this is. But my hope is by that compiling this list, just maybe we can get a better picture of what this could be. Or someone with more information might see this and be willing to divulge. I would also like it if we could continue adding new sightings to this list, or any old sightings I have missed.
Thoughts, comments, concerns?
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2020.09.19 17:52 creatinsanivity Let's talk a Finnish icon: The Ismo Alanko primer

I was challenged into writing a primer on one of Finland's primary songwriters of all time by u/Zhanteimi at the LetsTalkMusic discord. So here's an album-by-album runthrough of his career!
No artist's career begins with the first album, so naturally nor did Alanko's. Long story short, he was born in a highly artistic family (mother a poet, all siblings musicians), picked cello as his instrument of choice, found rock (especially the Hurriganes debut) and picked a guitar, wrote his first song 'Suck and Fuck All Night Long' (no recordings of this exist, but apparently one of his bands named itself after the song), and formed a number of bands with varying levels of success. His most succesful pre-Hassisen Kone band was a prog band called Sight, which got on the second place in the prog section of Finnish Rock Championship competition (in 1977 or 1978). After he finished high school in the spring of 1979, he moved to Stockholm for the summer. This turned out to be the decision that became the catalyst for huge parts of his career, including...
Hassisen Kone - Täältä tullaan Venäjä
While in Stockholm, Alanko caught wind of a new wave of rock beginning in Finland. A breath of fresh air in the previously stale rock scene. He returned to Joensuu and put together a band from his bandmates from Sight (Reijo Heiskanen and Harri Kinnunen), and Harri's then 17-year-old brother Jussi. They eventually named the band Hassisen Kone, after a sewing machine store in town (the deeply religious shopkeeper was not amused).
The band recorded an album-length demo in 1979 and were signed on a label relatively quickly. They were also qualified to enter the 1980 Finnish Rock Championship competition (even though the judges nearly disqualified them, for they thought they might be professional musicians performing under fake names), which they won, gaining reputation preceding the recording of their debut album.
In August of 1980, the band released Täältä tullaan Venäjä. Propelled by arguably the biggest hit single in Alanko's career, Rappiolla [which was hilariously covered by Metallica recently (which was spontaneously responded to by Ismo Alanko himself)], the album became a smash hit. The album provides variety from straight-up new wave punk to talkingheadsian grooves, schlager punk, simplified swing jazz, ska-infused rock, to whatever you'd categorise 'Viimeinen rock ennen aivokuolemaa' as. It's an ambitious yet consistent whole but, in my opinion, the weakest of the three Hassisen Kone albums. The youthful anarchic feel it has can be refreshing every now and then, but this burst of energy from an obviously young (only two of the bandmembers even in their 20s, band only half a year old) band is redirected better on the follow-up.
Hassisen Kone - Rumat sävelet
Following the release of their debut, the band found themselves in a position that many acts today would both fear and envy: they played hundreds of gigs in the second half of 1980 and the first half of 1981. The gruesome touring around the country took a toll on the young band, but that's only barely comparable to the toll that the audience took on them. For example, as time went by, the band grew tired of the audience drunkenly demanding 'Rappiolla', so they stopped playing the song altogether. This time of maturing and growing more and more cynical reflected on their sophomore effort.
Rumat sävelet should not necessarily be described as bleak per se, but it is certainly darker, tighter, and more mature than the band's debut. The band tackles sounds ranging from quasi-prog expression to post-punk, punk, psychobilly, and they take the talkingheadsian qualities into a sharper direction. The lyrics touch upon issues like love, exploitation, and sex (it's curious to think that probably the most explicit Finnish song about sex before this album was about "curly armpit hair", while Alanko dares to sing about penetration itself). I have to admit that I have a bit of a bias when it comes to this one though, as it's undoubtedly my favourite album of all time.
Hassisen Kone - Harsoinen teräs (and High Tension Wire)
In 1981, the band participated on a riverboat tour with a couple of other punk acts. During this tour, the bassist broke (drugs), Alanko met "Safka" Pekkonen, and the band was generally put under huge stress as the diet consisting mainly of alcohol began burning them down and their every move was documented by either film makers Mika and Aki Kaurismäki or the columnist documenting the tour for a zine. Despite all this, some of the better live recordings of the band come from this tour, and both the live album and the Kaurismäki documentary are worth digging up for the music.
After the tour, the band expanded into a septet with the addition of a keyboardist (Pekkonen), a saxophonist (Antti Seppo), and a percussionist (Hannu Porkka). The final form of the band was shaped during the rehearsals by the departure of guitarist Heiskanen, who was replaced by the guitar wizard Jukka Orma.
Released in March of 1982, Harsoinen teräs is the band's most artistically ambitious work. It's an album combining the band's prog leanings seamlessly with the band's new wave leanings, a polished whole that takes cues from I don't even know where. Reggae at least on a couple of tracks, prog and new wave on most, but the general sound is unlike anything I've ever encountered. The album was re-recorded in English as High Tension Wire later on in the year, after a tour had slightly tightened the band's sound. The decision to do so apparently came after the decision to disband the band, which makes it a very baffling addition to Hassisen Kone's discography. You'd think that they'd release an album in English as an attempt to break into international markets, right?
Sielun Veljet - Sielun Veljet
After Hassisen Kone was disbanded (in August 1982), Alanko had a schlager rock project that eventually turned into Sielun Veljet by December. The band was comprised of Alanko, Orma, a drummer veteran Alf Forsman, Alanko's Stockholm contact Jouko Hohko on bass, Vinski Viholainen doing lighting, and a future cult legend Jouni Mömmö doing "weird noises".
Sielun Veljet were signed in early 1983, but they refused to record a studio album because Viholainen's lighting work wouldn't show in a studio recording. Instead, as a compromise, they agreed on recording a live album where "the lighting would affect the ambiance". They set out to do this on a tour they began on March, planning on recording the first show and the last one. However, fate interfered and Orma accidentally cut tendons from his fingers during the tour while cutting bread, which made the recordings from the last show basically unusable due to his difficulties in adjusting to the situation (a very punk move to finish the tour even with torn tendons, by the way).
The live album is punk/post-punk goodness. It's noisy, no-wavey rock that really shows how the band took all the drugs in the process of writing these harsh, repetitive songs. It also shows that Alanko wished to abandon messing around with intricate compositions in favour of a more stripped and primal expression.
Sielun Veljet - Lapset
In summer of 1983, the band brightened up a bit to record this odd EP in a style following directly from the debut. It's angular and distorted, yet the melodies are more melodic and jamming less bleak. It's also the home of the only a capella punk song I've ever heard.
Sielun Veljet - Hei soturit
In 1984, Sielun Veljet took their first coherent step toward a pop/rock idiom with their first studio album. Hei soturit is the awkward outlier between the band's grimy punk era and commercial rock era. It feels like a punk band working with a producer who doesn't understand punk, but even the clumsy production doesn't entirely hide the fact that some of these songs are absolutely iconic. From punk to garage rock, general oddness, and flirting even with metal, this selection of songs does provide good variety for anyone digging deeper in Alanko's body of work.
Sielun Veljet - L'amourha
The Sielun Veljet breakthrough album! The beginning of their rock era of albums, an only mildly angular affair with anthemic choruses and a muscular production. It was recorded after the band had toured all over Europe, honing their sound and Alanko finding a lot to say about international affairs and the human condition.
There are a plenty of anecdotes from the time of release of this album. The song 'On mulla unelma' was written by Alanko in Spain, when he was recovering from a disease (can't remember which one. Dysentery?) and bitter about nationalism, and it caused quite a scandal when the band unexpectedly debuted it on live television. They performed an impromptu Red Riding Hood play on their album release party instead of playing music. One of the members went missing in Russia for days after the band found a corpse. All of their instruments were stolen in Spain. There'd a lot to unpack from 1984-5 alone.
Sielun Veljet - Kuka teki huorin
The follow-up to L'amourha takes the band to a funkier place. It's a minor downgrade from the previous effort, a slightly directionless and overpolished effort that has diverse variety from RHCP-like funk rock to tango-infused rock, tribal chants, and what's essentially watered down imitation of their earlier work. It's an easy album to criticise, yet I don't find ever to be outright bad. A lot of it is extremely forgettable though
L'amourder - Ritual and Shit-Hot
Sielun Veljet recorded a bunch of their songs in English as L'amourder. Most of them follow the originals very closely, but there are a few surprises. The biggest change is on the translation of 'Tuulelta vastauksen saan', which has been turned into a cover of Bob Dylan's 'Blowin' in the Wind'.
Sielun Veljet - Suomi - Finland
Suomi - Finland begins the last era of the band, as this album brings more acoustic instruments to the mix and begins to flirt with psychedelia in a way that will culminate on the follow-up. It feels like a breaking point for the band, as it sprawls on multiple directions at once, the musicians seemingly having lost focus. It feels like a band slowly drifring apart, yet it remains consistently captivating as the different influences come together in this chaotic work.
"Various Artists" - Onnenpyörä
Sielun Veljet performed under a number of false identities on their Onnenpyörä-tour, four of which make an appearance on this recording. All of these are cover bands of sorts, and each one of them had a different repertoire of songs they played on these wildly differing sets. The most noteworthy of these personae are the pavillion dance band Kullervo Kivi ja Gehenna-yhtye and the rock band Leputation of the Slaves, the two having the most songs on the record.
Sielun Veljet - Softwood Music Under Slow Pillars
Who would have thought that the noisy punk band in 1983 would eventually release what could be called a psychedelic flamenco album in 1989? Many factors come together here, as the band continues on their effort to sell their music internationally by making the biggest left turn in memory. Orma's fascination with flamenco combines here with influences Alanko picked up in India and what could be called a somewhat logical progression from the budding psychedelia of Suomi - Finland. It's a weird album, that's for sure. A bit inconsistent, but easily among the strangest albums I've ever heard.
Ismo Alanko - Kun Suomi putos puusta
In 1990, Alanko found himself in a situation where Sielun Veljet had almost run its course and he could finally start building a solo career. He recorded this solo debut as a quasi-concept album about rural flight, combining the various interest he wasn't able to pursue with the band into a unique singesongwriter album of sorts. It's a classic album and, in some ways, an ideal entry point into Alanko's work as it feels like it's his personal expression in its purest form.
The music on the album sounds mainly like pop rock of sorts, but it also takes cues from melancholic singesongwriter stuff, joyous showtunes, post-punk akin to Nick Cave's work, and some field recording experiments. It finds a good balance between artistic ambition and catchiness, and it's home to some of the most iconic tracks in Ismo Alanko songbook.
Sielun Veljet - Musta laatikko
Do you know Tom Waits' Orphans? This one is kind of like that. Three discs filled with random stuff recorded over years.
The first disc, "Muistinmenetys", is one third a new studio album (very weird new direction to take, something that feels like a cross between chill hippie jamming and 80s dance pop), one third music from some production, and one third short excerpts from live performances. The second disc, "Taudinkuva", is mainly live performances of late 80s Sielun Veljet songs, Tuomari Nurmio covers, and some other oddities. And finally, the third disc, "Isältä pojalle", is a full pavillion dance set, the band LARPing as a suave and jazzy house band playing waltz, tango, schlager, and anything that's really expected of them.
This album is definitely a skippable one, but there are a few gems that an Ismo Alanko fan might get a lot out of. The flamenco pieces are cool, the Tuomari Nurmio covers are nice (more about those later), and that pavillion dance set is unexpectedly fun, especially if you're not already familiar with the tradition.
Ismo Alanko - Jäätyneitä lauluja
Alanko goes electronic! This album was originally lauded as cutting edge and a sign of significant artistic growth, but it has definitely fallen in popularity over the years. It sounds extremely like a product of its time, so if you like non-industrial synthpop-y rock from 90s, this is exactly your thing. Overall, it's still very surprising how many Alanko live staples come from this album though, and how some of his live bands have improved on all of them.
Ismo Alanko - Taiteilijaelämää
If someone doesn't think that Kun Suomi putos puusta is Alanko's magnum opus, they usually pick this one. Taiteilijaelämää feels like a combination of the first two solo albums (acoustic, electric, and electronic joining hands in harmony), but brought into the mid-90s rock idiom. The result is an interesting album that lacks real highs but remains consistently accessible, and the one Ismo Alanko work I've heard to have resonated with Beck fans for some reason.
Ismo Alanko - I-r-t-i
I made the mistake of learning that this album was written in only two weeks (because Alanko wanted to test himself), and now that's all I can think of while listening to it. This does feel halfbaked. The accessible rock sound it has is underproduced and covers up lazy songwriting more than once. That said, Alanko has later on proven that some of these songs can be absolutely amazing live, and the demo-like quality many of these tracks have can be seen as a feature instead of a bug. Pushing its flaws aside, I feel that it is underappreciated as an album, and feel like its high points deserve more attention.
Ismo Alanko Säätiö - Pulu
Säätiö was an interesting group. I'm honestly still a bit unclear whether they should be considered Alanko's backing band, a band that just happened to capitalise on his name, or a fullblown collective of musicians. Alanko's statements concerning the group together with the changing lineups on Säätiö albums both point to all three options. What I do know is that the band has two distinct eras, the first one kickstarted by Pulu.
I genuinely believe that the first iterarion of Säätiö is the most important band Alanko worked with. The amount of pure talent in that band is staggering with Jussi Kinnunen (Hassisen Kone) on bass, Teho Majamäki (HC Andersen, Tapani Rinne, Ismo Alanko Teholla) on percussion, Kimmo Pohjonen (you will want to check his solo stuff) on accordion, and Marko Timonen (Värttinä, Tuomari Nurmio) on drums giving Alanko's songwriting a fascinating folk rock spin, reeking of schlager and eastern mysticism. Pulu is an album that seeps nostalgia, is radical enough to upset traditional folk nerds, is accessible enough to have produced multiple Alanko live staples, and is significant enough a twist on Alanko's tropes to sound fresh even in his eclectic body of work. Yet, I feel like it's so self-referential that I feel like recommending it as anyone's first Ismo Alanko album could be a mistake.
Ismo Alanko Säätiö - Luonnossa
Säätiö playing acoustic renditions from the entire Ismo Alanko songbook, from Täältä tullaan Venäjä to Pulu. An exciting set, and definitely one of the best live albums I've ever heard. The band reworks this wide variety of songs into captivating folk rock, transforming the music into forms that defy expectations. There are some duds though, but not all fan favourites can sound great with just one band.
Ismo Alanko Säätiö - Sisäinen solarium
This is possibly the weirdest Ismo Alanko album to this date. It continues with nearly the same lineup as on Pulu, but takes the music in a radically new direction, exploring what modernised folk could be rather than wallowing on nostalgia. This means updating the largely acoustic instrumentation with both electric and electronic instruments, and creating an unpredictable tapestry of music with influences that are surprisingly difficult to pinpoint. Some say this kind of experimentation cheapens traditional folk (which is something I can agree with regarding some songs on this album), but I'm not sure if such a clearcut statement can be made of the full album. It's certainly aiming for a sound of its own.
Ismo Alanko Säätiö - Hallanvaara
This is where Säätiö's status as a band becomes complicated. There's absolutely no reason to call this anything but an Ismo Alanko solo album, so marketing it as an Ismo Alanko Säätiö album is baffling to say the least. I mean, the only constants on this album are Alanko himself, the producemulti-instrumentalist Riku Mattila, and various symphonic elements (I don't want to downplay the work the symphonic orchestra and the string section do on this album, but they have been used quite haphazardly). There are three members from the previous Säätiö albums involved in this project: Marko Timonen on nine tracks, Samuli Laiho on seven tracks, and Kimmo Pohjonen on one track. In addition to this, there's the bassist of the next iteration of Säätiö, Jarno Karjalainen, on six tracks. Thus, there are Säätiö band members playing on the majority of these tracks, but never as a full band.
That all being said, I believe this to be the best Säätiö album. The melancholic pieces are beautifully fragile, the pop tracks are catchy, the massive songs are massive, and the atmospheric pieces are chillingly well-arranged. And even the weaker songs here are excellent live, making this album probably the richest one to mine for a live set of any kind.
Ismo Alanko Säätiö - Elävää musiikkia
Honestly, this feels like a bit of a throwaway live album. On one hand, these rock renditions of a great setlist of songs are unique but, on the other hand, none of these performances improve on the studio recordings. 'Kansallispäivä' and 'Julkinen eläin' come really close though, both being sharper and meaner than the 80s versions.
Ismo Alanko Säätiö - Minä ja pojat
The first album with the second iteration of the band. Fuzzy rock in similar vein to Smashing Pumpkins and their kin, but played through the lense of Alanko's style of songwriting. It's never as hard-hitting or catchy as an album by a great rock band would be -- all of the songs soften up during the chorus -- but the youthful and slightly naivistic touch is welcome after a string of artistically ambitious albums. That said, I'm only attached to a single song on the whole album, which is definitely not a good sign.
Ismo Alanko Säätiö - Ruuhkainen taivas
The second (and last) studio album of the second iteration of Säätiö is a different beast than the first one, taking the rock approach to a slightly more complex direction. It's more mature and chromatic than the first album, yet I personally find it to sound slightly less inspired. However, at the same time, it does have more tracks that I would consider keepers and the general sound is harder to define. Thus, it's definitely a divisive album, conflicting.
I'm not sure how to describe the sound of this album. It's unmistakeably early 2000s rock, sounding like an average Finnish rock band from the era, yet the songwriting and the production also remind me of the band Wire out of all things. It's a digestible alternative/indie rock sound, whenever it doesn't abruptly go in a new direction.
Sielun Veljet - Otteita Tuomari Nurmion laulukirjasta
Remember those random Tuomari Nurmio covers on Musta Laatikko? Turns out, Sielun Veljet recorded a full album of those in (I assume) late 80s. They didn't end up using those recordings for anything, so they were packed away and stored somewhere. Years went by and a good portion of those recordings were destroyed due to poor storing conditions, but someone was eventually inspired to put the surviving songs to good use.
You'll be in for a treat, if you like Sielun Veljet and have never heard anything by Tuomari Nurmio. Most of these covers are originally from Nurmio's early 80s albums, his strange new wave turned into the angular rock Sielun Veljet perfected. Some of these songs only barely work, some sound like Sielun Veljet originals, but most are just serviceable covers. It's still a good album though.
Ismo Alanko Teholla - Blanco spirituals
After putting Säätiö on hold (perhaps indefinitely), Alanko joined forces with Teho Majamäki, the first iteration Säätiö percussionist. Together they stripped down a number of Ismo Alanko songbook staples to a form they could perform as a duo, essentially bringing the strengths of Alanko's live performances alone together with the strengths of him performing with a small ensemble. This endeavour proved succesful, so the two recorded two albums of original music as well.
The music of Blanco spirituals is surprisingly full. The two musicians fill space well, with Alanko singing and playing chord instruments (mainly guitar and piano), while Majamäki stretches himself as thin as possible, working a drumset, vibes, an array of percussions, an oscillating delay pedal, and singing backing vocals. It's usually at least two of those at the same time, often three. Him working in a live environment is a sight to behold.
This is honestly one of my favourite Ismo Alanko albums. The stripped down arrangements bring the most out of Alanko's songwriting. The selection of songs highlight very different sides of his style, from theatrical piano ballads to singalong acoustic guitar romps, silly pop songs, and trance-inducing rock. It's by no means a perfect album, but these simple songs all work in one way or another.
Sielun Veljet - Kansan parissa (1-4)
Archival live recordings of sets recorded around 1989-1991. The first one is a typical Sielun Veljet set, the second one filled with Tuomari Nurmio covers, the third one is material from Softwood Music Under Slow Pillars, and the fourth one is a mix of subtle experimentation, new tracks, and deep cuts. Quite a comprehensive collection of live music. However, only few tracks are really worth keeping, including the electrifying high-tempo performance of 'Lammassusi' and the prototypical version of Alanko's 'Don Quiote'.
Ismo Alanko Teholla - Onnellisuus
The simplicity of the previous album is gone, replaced by a polished and highly produced pop sound. The DIY duo sound gives way to a more layered style, where synths, samples, and doubled vocals are added to the band's sound. Acoustic instruments are largely replaced by electric guitars and synths, turning the folksy garage band sound to a sleak and radio-friendly beast. If the fact that I just phrased the same exact thing in three ways didn't clue you in yet, I'm not particularly fond of this change of direction. However, I've seen this ridiculously often called the best Ismo Alanko album since the 90s, so it does appeal to the masses.
If you like 2010s pop and are looking for a decent gateway to Alanko's music, this could be the album to start with. It's accessible.
Hassisen Kone - 20 vuotta myöhemmin
Hassisen Kone had a reunion in 2000. They played a show that was both filmed and recorded. It's an interesting document of musicians playing music they wrote 20 years earlier. However, it ultimately sounds a bit tired compared to both the tight playing on their studio recordings and the energy levels on their 80s live recordings.
Ismo Alanko - Maailmanlopun sushibaari
Remember when I said that most pick between Kun Suomi putos puusta and Taiteilijaelämää as Alanko's magnum opus? Well, this is that one for me. I'm not saying that to imply that it would be his best album, but it's the album where he finally brings his disparate influences together in a coherent but eclectic way. If Kun Suomi putos puusta is where Alanko's artistic voice is at its purest, this is where it is at its maturest and most representative of the multi-faceted artist he has become during his career.
More or less incidentally, this is also Alanko's midlife crisis album. It's not entirely thematic -- who even knows what 'Kuusilmä' is about? -- but it does touch upon themes like growing old, dying, passing the torch, losing one's touch, and liking the colour grey. It's not quite on the nose, but you don't exactly have to dissect the lyrics to find those undercurrents.
So what does the album sound like? It's lighter than you'd imagine based on the central themes. There's rock, funk, subtle latin feel, a capella, pop, traditional folk, and even an ambitious rock opera about what sounds like a zombie apocalypse. It's fairly eclectic, making it a nice first solo album to release in nearly two decades.
Ismo Alanko - 33 1/3: Kolmannesvuosisata taiteilijaelämää
This is the Ismo Alanko live album I recommend people to start with. Are these performances as exciting as their studio versions? No. But I'd argue that they don't have to be. The main strength this recording has is its uniformity. The songs are played in a generic rock band style, but it doesn't change the fact that the setlist is good and diverse. There's no compilation that would dive this deep in such a digestible manner. Essentially, this is the middle-of-the-road pick that gives an excellent cursory look into a prolific artist's entire body of work (up until 2013).
Ismo Alanko - Ismo Kullervo Alanko
Considering how introspective and self-reflective the previous album is, it's surprising that Alanko decided to name this one after himself. It works though. The songs are produced sparser and airier than on any other Ismo Alanko album, making the music feel intimate and almost confessional. It feels like you're sitting in the same room with him, as he opens up to you. Amazingly produced album.
Ismo Alanko - Pannaanko pakasteet pieneen pussiin?
To be frank, I don't think this EP is an essential release. It's noteworthy for the modern hobo blues feel it has, and for having one of the very few covers Alanko has recorded so far, but none of these songs have an iconic feel to them. The best I can say about it is that none of the songs are bad, but neither are they memorable.
Ismo Alanko - Yksin Vanhalla
I wish more band-focused artists performed live alone every now and then. An arrangement stripped down to just vocals and an instrument (in Alanko's case, usually acoustic guitar, piano, or cello) turns every song into something entirely different. However, the lyrics grow in significance as instruments are dropped, so your mileage may vary with this one. I still enjoy it though.
Pohjonen Alanko - Northern Lowland
Alanko collaborates with Kimmo Pohjonen and Tuomas Norvio to bring us an electronic neon-shamanic album. Primal chants and vocalisations blending together with beats ranging from harsh to chill and breakbeat-y. It's a fascinating EP, even if highly gimmicky and lacking a sense of direction. Besides, this stuff will always be better live than on a studio recording.
Ismo Alanko - Minä halusin olla niin kuin Beethoven
And finally, the latest Ismo Alanko album, where he takes yet another left turn. This one was mainly recorded by Alanko alone in a studio, but eventually a drummer and a keyboardist were brought in to round up the sound. And what a sound it is! Youthful indie rock with a production that's stuck somewhere between the 00s and the 80s. If it were not for 58-year-old Alanko's vocals and eccentric riffing, I could very well believe this to be a debut album by ambitious 20-somethings.
Since Alanko's full albums are not readily available on many countries (especially the US), I'll provide a summary that's somewhere between a longish TL;DR, a series of recommendations, and a quick-glance overview of his career.
Album:: Täältä tullaan Venäjä (1980) [new wave punk] Representative track: Rock ehkäisyvälineitä vastaan (a bouncy high-tempo punk track)
Album: Rumat sävelet (1981) [new wave/post-punk] Representative track: Jurot nuorisojulkkikset (a gloomy post-punk-infused rock track)
Album: Harsoinen teräs (1982) [new wave/progressive rock] Representative track: Kupla kimaltaa (a well-flowing new wave track with a progressive song structure)
Album: Sielun Veljet (1983) [punk/post-punk] Representative track: Pieni pää (a noisy punk track with groovy tribal drumming and metallic guitar playing)
Album: Lapset (1983) [punk/post-punk] Representative track: Elintaso (an angular punk track)
Album: Hei soturit (1984) [post-punk/alternative rock] Representative track: Tää on tää (a straightforward punk track with a catchy hook)
Album: L'amourha (1985) [post-punk/hard rock] Representative track: Peltirumpu (a hard-hitting rock song with dissonant guitars)
Album: Kuka teki huorin (1986) [post-punk/funk rock] Representative track: Kristallilapsia (a funk rock track with screechy guitars and an unfunky bassline)
Album: Suomi - Finland (1988) [post-punk/psychedelic rock] Representative track: Totuus vai tequila (a ferocious folk punk track)
Album: Softwood Music Under Slow Pillars (1989) [psychedelic rock/flamenco] Representative track: Life is a Cobra (a psychedelic track combining flamenco rhythms and Indian string sections)
Album: Kun Suomi putos puusta (1990) [singesongwriter] Representative track: Kun Suomi putos puusta (a gentle organ-led track with subtle folk influence and field recordings)
Album: Jäätyneitä lauluja (1993) [electronic rock] Representative track: Pornografiaa (a slightly industrial-tinged electronic rock track)
Album: Taiteilijaelämää (1995) [art rock] Representative track: Nuorena syntynyt (a 90s sounding rock track with a freeform looseness to it)
Album: I-r-t-i (1996) [alternative rock] Representative track: Kriisistä kriisiin (a rock track with a steady dance pulse on the actual rock sections)
Album: Pulu (1998) [folk rock/art rock] Representative track: Rakkaus on ruma sana (a track with pseudo-shamanistic verses and catchy choruses)
Album: Sisäinen solarium (2000) (art pop/folk rock) Representative track: Kirskainen hyvätyinen (a largely electronic and pulsing track that feels one part a strange rock experiment and one part a traditional Finnish folk song)
Album: Hallanvaara (2002) (art pop/symphonic rock) Representative track: Paratiisin puu (a smooth pop track with significant classical influence)
Album: Minä ja pojat (2004) [alternative rock] Representative track: Joensuu (a straightforward and fuzzy rock song)
Album: Ruuhkainen taivas (2006) [alternative rock) Representative track: Paskiainen (a rock track alternating between manic psychobilly and catchy radio rock)
Album: Blanco spirituals (2008) [minimalistic art pop] Representative track: Päästänkö irti (an acoustic rock track with an interesting chord sequence)
Album: Onnellisuus (2010) [art pop] Representative track: Onnellisuus (a danceable and atmospheric pop track)
Album: Maailmanlopun sushibaari (2013) [alternative rock] Representative track: Vanha nuori (an accessible pop track with a funky brass section and theatrical choruses)
Album: Ismo Kullervo Alanko (2015) [art pop/singesongwriter] Representative track: Lintuperspektiivi (a melancholic and sparsely produced track with airy ambience)
Album: Northern Lowland (2018) [glitch hop-y tribal electronic music] Representative track: Northern Lowland (a track with primal chanting and glitchy beats)
Album: Minä halusin olla niin kuin Beethoven (2019) [80s flavour indie rock] Representative track: Transsioletettu tanssi (a funky rock track with a somewhat generic 2000s rock chorus)
What is your opinion on Ismo Alanko? I personally enjoy how prolific and eclectic he has been, and I find it a shame that most of his work has never left Finland. I can especially imagine punk fans easily getting into his 80s work.
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2020.09.19 04:19 fcatthepanerabread A week in your favorite firearm dealer's not-so erotic life *or* FC's tale of two grandmas! 9/18/2020

Friday 9/11/2020 to Friday 9/18/2020
I won't do the play by play. It's more fun to just amalgamate the highlight reel of the week.
Subject: Sig P226
Message: Will trade for RAS-47?
FC: Sure. What do you propose?
I have a century arms RAS47 that has 30 total rounds through it. Magpul furnishing blk on blk.
FC: Right, you told me that earlier. Shipped or picked up? What value do you put on your trade?
Meet in person I’m in Lafayette. Value 900-1000.
FC: Okay, so I'm supposed to give you asking price for what reason? I have to resell that gun, so I'm supposed to buy it from you for $900 and sell it again for $800?
I was looking for a straight trade so you’d only have to sell it for what your asking for the Sig, or more if you're good at your job. AK's are definitely a hotter demand item right now. I’d prefer if you could text me (number)
(Editors note: FC does not text. Only drug dealers do business via text message.)
FC: Let me get this right. You want a straight trade so I only have to sell it for what I'm asking for the Sig. I have to do the work of selling two guns so I can make the same money?
You can sell an AK for more then the Sig in the current market. I’m just stating how easy it is for you to break even worse case scenario.
FC: There's a lot of gun guys in the breaking even business. I'm not one of them. Plus, if it's so easy to sell an AK, why don't you sell it and bring me cash?
It’s a trade so your only selling one anyways. Plus all will sell a lot faster... I’m not a dealer I don’t have people walking in looking for guns. Whatever easy sale and flip for ya but your loss bud
FC: Selling an Sig 9mm plus selling an AK is two guns. You must have gotten that common core math. I'll tell you what. You think it will sell fast? Bring it over here and leave it with me. I'll tag it and put it out at $1200 and when it sells, I'll have a 226 ready for you.
(No response)
Subject: Sig P220 on Gunbroker
Message: your ad says $1200 with CCL. arkansas ccl is reciprical with louisiana will you honor that?
FC: Picking up in person? No. Reciprocal for carry not for anything else like NICS exemption.
are you a federal firearms dealer ?
FC: No I am not.
(Editors note: I'm a manufacturer)
if i can l can legally hold own and carry any firearm concealed on my body or in my vehicle , then the rest is just cash exchange between to citizens , i can legally have own and carry the p938 , there is nothing not legal , we cN do a orivate bill of sale photograph my dl and ccl incase soneonencommits a crime , i can have a truck full of guns all legal, i just have to do the background check again to be able to pick up at an ffl , nit requred to register or anything like that
(Editors note: I delete the message)
Subject: Glock 17 Gen 5 MOS $775
Message: Is that price for real?
FC: No, that's wrong. I'll fix it right now.
(I change it to $875 on the website)
LOL o shit he raised it another $100, sorry man that petty ass shit doesn’t bother me. Honestly it just makes u look like a fucking joke. You’re the problem with dealers, it’s hard to find glocks this month so let’s jack the price up $300 and try to rob someone that doesn’t know shit about guns. Adam Kennedy FF/PM (name of his fire department and department phone number, sent from his department email)
(I google his name and email. He's got a low serial number HK Mark 23 for sale for top dollar.)
FC: I sold 10 at the gun shows for top dollar, this is my last one. Nobody's getting stock. If you want a $625-650 gun, I've got plenty of those but Glocks are selling for top dollar and then some right now. For instance, if you had a low serial number Mark 23 with everything that nobody could get - wouldn't you want top dollar for it too?
I had a mk23 preban with original woodland operators bag, and original Wilcox attachments (well all but the IR) and I put it on the forums. I let people out bid themselves not post it for an absurd amount/hundreds above MSRP just because they are hard to find. The point is I’ve been in guns since around 2012, met some really genuine people and what sets that site apart is people seem to have a mutual respect for each other. I understand that you have a business and have to make a profit but if you can’t separate the two and not price gouge the absolute fuck out of very common items just because you feel you can. Then maybe that site isn’t the best place for you, 95% of the people on that site are individuals and when a business comes along and does that it’s a slap in the face.
FC: So, you accept that you want top dollar because your merchandise is hard to find and are willing to accept the fact that the harder something is to find - the more people are willing to pay for it. You do it, and it's okay. I do it and I'm trying to rob someone? That's called moving the goalposts where I come from. Like it or don't like it, check gunbroker and all the other dealers - everyone's getting top dollar. I just did a show last week where I was $975 on Gen 5 19's, $775 on 43X's and $700+ on all gen 3 guns. The dealer across the aisle from me had Gen 5 34's at $1000. We're in business to make money, and people are willing to pay these prices because they're so hard to find.
How do I accept that?? When I sold the mk23 I posted it for a set very fair price, people offered me more because they wanted it. And top dollar would be MSRP or close to, top dollar is NOT hundreds above MSRP. Let me ask you this, does Glock charge you more (the dealer) because they are selling a shit load of them and they are “hard to find??” Does what you pay for glocks as a FFL change as drastically as the prices you are charging based off the market?
FC: You wanted, and got as much money for your rare hard to find product as you could? That's called getting top dollar! The new ford bronco is going to sell for above MSRP. For THOUSANDS more. are you going to call Ford and complain about that? Of course not.H Hundreds above MSRP is what guns are selling for right now. If you had some for sale, are you telling me you'd sell them for hundreds less than you could? I have not gotten a wholesale gun in stock in months, I have been buying guns at retail to resell. Glock does not set prices and distributors have nothing to sell me - so your question is entirely ridiculous. Do you remember the last time around 7 or 8 years ago when Colt 6920's were $2500 and SCAR 17's were $5000? That was nowhere near MSRP and I didn't hear anyone complaining. Since you don't seem to like it at all, I suggest you leave public sector employment and try to run a business and pay the bills with no product coming in wholesale.
(Editors note: FC used to be a public servant. FC used to work in the fire department. FC knows that you can get in deep shit for sending profanity laced emails on city email account with email signature. I forward the email to his department chief with a polite message tactfully reminding him that all emails sent to a city email are preserved as public records.)
Subject: Noveske lower
Message: Would you be willing to do a one for one trade? I have a NIB Anderson lower. I’m specifically looking for one of a few specific brands of lower and Noveske happens to be one.
FC: So I'm supposed to trade you even up and sell an anderson for more money? BTW. CTD got lowers back in this morning. They're andersons and they want $199 for them but I don't think I'm going to be able to get that price.
(No response)
Phone calls!
A: Guy wants a folding bracestock. I ask him if he wants a brace or a stock. He does not know the difference. I ask him if he's building an SBR. He says he's building an SBR, specifically an SBA3. I die a little inside.
B: Guy calls looking for 100 rds of 38 special for his colt python. Drives up in his tesla and hands me a ritz calrton titanium black card. $75/100 okay? No problem. He asks if I have any more at that price. I tell him as much as he wants.
C: Endless calls for 9mm and 380 ammo.
D: Guy calls me asking for a Glock 43X. He comes in and looks. I tell him $775 as he's holding an Amex. I say I'll do better for cash. $775 out the door. He says deal. Comes back the next week with $575 cash and I look at him funny. I paid $550 for the gun retail but he owns the Chickfila 20 miles up the road and gives me a stack of be our guest chicken sandwich coupons. I begrudgingly accept.
E: Lady calls me she's headed to the range in a few hours. She needs 500 rds of 40S&W and some 380.
Me: I got it. 500 rounds of 40 - $350
1: $350?
Me: $350.
1: No, no no!
Me: Yes, yes, yes.
1: It can't be $350! That's $350! That just can't be!
Me: Welcome to 2020
1: Well the 380 ammo is cheaper right?
Me: Not really. You're looking at $65 a box.
1: No, no no!
Me: Nobody's got ammo right now and we're getting top dollar. That's the price, feel free to shop around.
She never calls me back.
F: Guy calls me asking about my Federal 115gr 9mm. Cheapest on Ammoseek is $57 a box. I don't want to be that high so I price it at $55/box. He says how much for the case. I tell him 55 times 20. He's bad at math so I tell him that's $1100 for it all. He calls me an asshole. I tell him everyone's asking me to get 9mm ammo so I'm buying it retail and marking it up. He tells me not to buy it at retail and hangs up on me.
G: The gun club president calls me. the club needs a new 5.56 upper. I ask why. Someone shot 300 blackout through the old one and destroyed it. I tell them I don't have any uppers. I have complete rifles. Cheapest is $900 for an S&W sport M&P. I can hear his jaw dropping.
There's other miscellany but you get the gist of it.
NOW here's the meat and potatoes you've wanted! The tale of the gun show!
Friday 9/11/2020
I take inventory. I'm down to about 350 guns in stock and I pack as much as I can and get it ready for the show. I've got some Sigs left, a handful of Glock and a mishmash of everything else. I head to bed early knowing full well the next show will be a good one. I bought a bunch of Glock 43X's retail.
Saturday 9/12/2020
I pull chocks at 615AM. This show is about an hour down the road from my house, the last time I was there I sold nothing all weekend, broke my oakleys and vowed never to return.
This time is gonna be different, I said to myself.
At 7AM I walk in and I start loading into the show. It's a small venue in the middle of MAGA country. Everyone wearing red hats and trump train shirts.
In a few hours the doors will open and we are off to the races. I will do hour blocks instead of my previous play by play for simplicity.
9AM: Slow start, the show is spread out across TWO buildings so they route people into the other side and it takes them about 30 minutes to make their way into the big room. First sale of the day is my last Sig 365. For $700. It takes an hour and a half to get his background check back.
10AM: Guy points at an FNS 40C and wants a deal. I make him a deal at $525 cash out the door. He says he'll come back and think about it a bit.
I sell a shield for $500.
I sell a Glock 43X for $775.
I sell a Glock 43 for $700.
For some reason everyone is calling me Daniel. It takes me an hour to realize it's because I'm wearing a gray Daniel Defense polo.
11AM: FNS40 guy is back. He says it's a deal. I hand him a clipboard. he hands me an already filled out 4473 like another dealer rejected his sale. It's folded over on the long side and I tell him to fill out my form in front of me.
10 minutes later he hands me the pre filled out folded form thinking that I'm stupid.
You gotta be shitting me. I park his ass in a chair hand him a pen and tell him to start writing.
He fills it out. I enter in his background check and it does not come back right away. He gets antsy.
12PM: FNS 40 guy wants his money back. I refund it and keep $100 for me. I grab my tablet and someone has swiped right on my bumble. We begin chatting and I ask her if she wants to go to dinner. She's a little older, in her 40's and works for a bank. What the hell, why not.
Someone asks me what it takes to suppress his beretta 92. I tell him he needs a threaded barrel. They run $250. Someone overhears me and brings by his S&W 5906 and expects me to get a threaded barrel for $250.
Guy asks me to bring the threaded barrel tomorrow. I say sure.
1PM: Lady comes by and asks me if I have any 5.7's. She's on the phone reading down my inventory. I ask her if the gun is for her or her friend. She says for her. I show her the 5.7 on the table and roll my eyes a bit.
2PM: 5.7 lady comes by with her butch lesbian lover. She tells me its a deal and I hand her the clipboard. She fills everything out with lots of errors. I get her background check in and I tell her $1375
Her jaw drops. She was looking at the FNS 9mm for $575 next to it and didn't think that 5.7 pistols were $1375. She coughs reeking of weed. I void the sale.
Guy walks up asking me for 70% silencers. I just laugh.
3PM: Another guy comes over asking me if I got a 5.7. I tell him yes. He says he's got $1000 right now for a 5.7. I tell him I'll take $1000 as a down payment. He laughs and is adamant that I take this $1000 for a 5.7 tagged at $1375.
I ask him if he's got cash and all his ID and everything. He's on the phone it's actually for a friend of his. I ask him if his friend can get here before the show closes at 5. His friend has no CWL so his wife has to buy it but he's going to pay for it.
This guy is barking up the wrong tree. I go back and help someone else. He's looking at a Springfield XD I've brought and asks me if I'm making any deals. I tell him we're not doing a lot of discounting at the show. He shrugs and says he tried.
Another guy asks me for a Glock 43X. I walk him over to the stack and show him the tag at $775. He scoffs at me and walks away.
4PM: Show starts slowing down. I write up a Sig P238 Tribal and a P938 BRG for some customers at $700 each. I write up a S&W M&P15 sport for $900 as my last sale of the day. The lady was super nice and understanding when I pointed out the errors on her 4473.
5PM: Time to go home! I dump off some transfers to another dealer and hit the road. It's an hour to get back home.
6PM: I take a shower, shave and get to the restaurant for dinner.
7PM: I'm at the restaurant waiting at the table and I discover that the woman that said she was in her 40's is actually a 58 year old grandma of 2. Someone shoot me. She says she's not that hungry and proceeds to order soup, salad, a martini, an espresso and dessert. She's ordered $65 in F&B to my $35 steak. This was a complete waste of an evening.
My depression worsens and not even a bowl of mint chocolate chip can break me out of this funk. My will to live is eroding by the minute. I fall asleep at midnight and set my alarm for 747AM. I make a mental note to move up my therapist.
Sunday August 16th
747AM. Wake up, take a swig of orange juice and run down to the deli and grab a sandwich and get down to the show. I grab a threaded barrel for a Beretta 92 on my way down. Note: The guy never shows up for that barre.
10AM: Get to the show and uncover my tables and get cranking. It's a slow start to the day. My first sale is a Springfield XD. The show goes on and I write up an FNS for someone. The customer writes the check out payable to HK NO COMPROMISE.
I look at them confused.
FC: Why is this check made out to HK?
1: That's what it says on your shirt, HK NO COMPROMISE - that's the name of your company, right?
FC: sigh
11AM: Guy wants a can without a tax stamp. 5
12PM: Someone walks over. Points at my stack of silencers
1: I can't pick one of those up here!
FC: You got two arms don't you?
1: I mean I can't buy one here!
FC: If you got money you can buy one!
1: You're a real smartass you know that!
FC: Beats being a dumbass!
The peanut gallery laughs at our exchange.
1PM: Guy wants to buy a Walther P22. Fills out the front sheet of the 4473. Satisfied with his answer, he turns the page along the perforation, rips it off and proudly hands the top sheet to me.
I die a little bit inside.
2PM: 7 different husband/wife combos ask me for shield EZ pistols. I write up my last M&P 15 sport I brought to the show for $900. It's a good day! I debated bringing another but I figured selling two for the weekend would be plenty.
3PM: The lady that bought that S&W M&P15 yesterday? She wants another one. I have three left on the shelf. I take her money and tell her I'll meet her at the show next week and she says no problem and does all her paperwork. u/throwawayfire343 's coronavirus infected ass shows up and needles me on a gun.
1: How much do you want for this $150 gun?
FC: About 350
1: really
FC: Gimme $200 and fill the goddamn form right
1: deal!
I take his money and wrap up a few other folks and get ready to pack up and head home. He does the form right much to my chagrin.
4PM: Show is closed. I start packing up. I snag 500 rds of 9mm off the dealer across the show. He started with a full pallet. Most of it is gone. Price? $500/thousand. I am packed up and on the road in a little under an hour.
5PM: Homeward bound........I wish I was........HOMEWARD BOUND..............
I hit the truck stop for some diesel and a cold fountain drink.
630PM: I get back to my desk and dump off a fucking STACK of 4473's. I make a bank drop for the cash and I unload and head back home. I'm starving, I go grocery shopping and grab some comestibles. I cook myself dinner and head home.
Monday September 14th
10AM: My back is out and my depression is worse than ever. I don't know what hurts more, my back or my brain. I head in and get my 4473's worked on from the show.
11AM: Guy asks me to get some 9mm ammo for him held until after work. No problem. He says he'll be here at 445 after he gets out off at 430. He works around the corner.
12PM: Lunchtime. It's Chicken Bacon Ranch day at the market. I'm starving. I grab my keys and get ready to leave when I get a call from a lady from the gun club. She wants one of my last Sig 938's. I tell her to come by, I'll delay lunch for her.
1PM: Laura shows up and spends 45 minutes with me trying to decide on which 938 she wants. She has no intention of shooting this gun she just wants one in case antifa shows up. She leaves and says she will come back in 45 minutes. Great, I can go to lunch now.
2PM: It try to go to lunch. I am not successful. Laura calls me asking me more questions and tells me she has another friend wanting the same gun. I tell her I will put my lunch on hold and she can come on by.
She and her friend debate Sig 938's for a while and each of them buy a gun. I got a twofer! Woo! This calls for a celebration called lunch.
3PM: I get a call from a semi regular. This guy buys a gun or two a year. He's getting his concealed license and does not want the government to know he's buying guns. So he's sending his wife in to do the 4473 for his birthday present, a Wilson CQB 1911 they've purchased off gunbroker. I tell him great, send her over and I'll get her paperwork done. I get ready to go to lunch. The phone rings, Laura and her friend want more of my time. Fine. I will put my lunch on hold. Come on over.
4PM: Laura and her friend come over and Laura suggests that I give each of them a few Sig 938 7 rd pinky extension mags for free since they just bought two guns. I look at them in great pain.
Women. They make the highs higher and the lows more frequent. I'm sorta in a woman hating mood after this week but I don't want to take it out on them. I explain politely that NOBODY is getting free goods right now. if you want mags, I have three left. They spent 25 minutes arguing with me and then they decide to buy all three mags. Great. Terrific. I'm going to lunch now. Your business is appreciated now GTFO. The guy that wanted me to reserve 9mm ammo for him? Yeah he no showed.
5PM: Beef jerky lunch time. I get my keys and get ready to walk out the door. The wife of Wilson Combat buyer is running errands and can be over here. Sure, come on down. I'll be here. She does all her paperwork and we talk for 2 hours about how autistic you all say I am and how not autistic she says I am. Nice lady. She brought me gummy bears. I tell her I am clearly on the spectrum because I behave and think exactly like her autistic son. She fails to believe me.
7PM: I can finally go have lunch! I go to the Olive Garden for lunch.
815PM: I get home from the OG. This is not going well. My colon does not like the pasta and breadsticks. I spend the next hour and a half making three trips to the throne. This fucking week. And it's only sunday. God damn.
I take a tylenol PM and sleep it off.
Tuesday September 15th
10AM: I get in and start catching up on vendor calls and paperwork.
11AM: UPS rolls in with a wilson and some piece of shit suppressor from some company. I call Lisa and tell her that the package is here and she can pick it up anytime. She says she will be right over.
12PM: Lisa gets her gun and thanks me with some things she got at walgreens. Red hots, and pens. I laugh. I tell her it's fine. She's confused. Her autistic son always liked Red Hots and pens.
1PM: I swing over to the deli and it's Monday. They have hot browns today. I love a hot brown. I grab one and check in on facebook telling the world of my discovery. So many great job poopin memes and comments ensue.
2PM: I call the guy who's got the el cheapo 556 can. He's pissed. That can was supposed to be sent to another dealer across town. I tell him his options.
A: I can do his form 4 and charge him my hourly.
B: I can ship it back to the vendor and charge him my hourly.
C: I can ship it to the dealer across town and charge him my hourly.
He's PISSED and tells me to do the forms for him. I tell him email me all the info and I'll get it done. I get an email in GMAIL CONFIDENTIAL MODE.
What's CONFIDENTIAL MODE? It's a self destructing email you can't reply to, forward or cut and paste from - which makes this useless since I have to cut and paste all the info he's given me. I tell him I need the data in a different format. He yells at me about PII and stuff and I offer to do the form 4 in front of him. He relents and emails me what I need. It's missing a birthday. No biggie. I email him a draft and he says it looks lfine.
3PM: The guy comes by and he's pissed at the vendor and takes it out on me. I tell him if he does not want to do the forms from me, I can send it to the dealer across town. He's mad as hell and I've discounted my rate to $100 as a goodwill gesture.
1: You're charging me $100?
FC: Yes
1: But you're not doing anything.
FC: Here's the checklist.
1: The other place did my photos, fingerprints and everything and charged me $100.
FC: Great. I'm not spending $8000 on a fingerprint scanner to make it back $100 at a time.
1: So you're not doing anything.
FC: I did these forms correctly as you asked.
1: But you didn't even do my fingerprints! Or my passport photos! What the hell am I paying you for?
FC: Why'd they send the item here/
1: Hell if I know! You should call them and find out!
FC: You want me to call them?
1: Well you dealers have a special phone number and email. They won't answer my calls or my emails.
FC: What makes you think they're going to answer mine?
1: You're a dealer! You have a special back office phone number to reach them that I don't have, right?
FC: Are you kidding me?
1: No! You all have that special communication system that the public has no access to!
FC: Gimme your $100 and get these forms reviewed, I've got another customer to help in a bit.
1: You mean I gotta mail it out too! The other place did that for me!
FC: You want me to mail it? I'll mail it. Get the prints done, get the photos taken and get the form filled out and I'll mail it.
1: The other place answered all the questions for me!
1: I am really upset about all this you're charging me the same money and you're doing no work!
FC: You want this can?
1: Yeah
FC: Then follow my instructions.
He pulls out three credit cards with damaged magnetic stripes that won't work. I manually key the card and I'm now working for $96.50 dealing with the biggest pain in the ass I've seen since operation machinegun salvage in 2019.
4PM: I have to go to fedex to drop off today's orders. 1000 rds of 22 leave the building for $189.48. A bunch of mags to the west coast and a Sig P220 are leaving.
5PM: Make it to Fedex where I say hi to Cathy and the gang. I swing by the market on the way home and grab some shredded romaine and a thin cut top sirloin.
545PM: Now I told you this story was a tale of TWO grandmas. Here's the second. I get a call from my attorney buddy Eddie, my partner at the consulting company. He got a call from a lady needing help with some ATF Forms. He knew it wasn't his area of expertise and wanted to know if I could do it. I said send the details my way. He tells me it's an older lady and to expect an email. Moments later I get an email from him.
Subject: Forms for Karen Witherspoon
Message: Will, attached is ATF correspondence from ATF to Karen, I think you can fix this. Thanks!
I look at the attachment.
NOTICE OF TAKING DEPOSITION DUCES TECUM - State of Louisiana vs Billy Bob Ray Thibodeaux
FC: Eddie, I got your deposition notice not the ATF forms
Eddie: Whoops
FC: If that's the worst thing that happens this week it's not a bad week.
Eddie: She knows you're charging her I didn't give her a price.
FC: Lemme look at it and see what we got.
6PM: I call Karen and ask her some details. Her husband was a former licensee/SOT and left a machinegun behind when he died. She did ATF Form 5 and got some errors and needs help fixing it. Just as I'm on the phone with her Eddie emails me the packet.
It's bad and riddled with errors. Out of 20 fields that all need to be filled out correctly, 12 are wrong. And not a little wrong. A LOT wrong.
I won't get into it here but I might in a separate post.
ATF wants the forms back at their facility in 30 days. The mailing date was 2 weeks ago. Which means these forms need to be corrected RIGHT THE FUCK NOW and sent out. Oh and she's got no fingerprint cards.
I tell her that I can drop everything I'm doing this evening, go over everything with a fine tooth comb and have this done in a few hours and I can drop them off tomorrow. She says if I can make a house call that would be good since she has furniture movers coming to empty their house in the morning. I tell her no problem. $350 and I'll see her tomorrow.
I run down all the forms and fix everything. I do a public records search and pull court filings for the probate and print them off and enclose them as ATF requested.
$350 for basically an hour's worth of work isn't bad. There's a steak/bottle of wine split for Eddie in there since it was his lead.
8PM: I call Karen back and tell her I've got everything done but ATF needs a copy of the will. She says she has it. I got everything else they asked off the clerk's website. She's super impressed. I tell her there's a reason Eddie called me.
9PM: Time to cook dinner. My phone is about to die. Just as I plug it in I get a call from u/fat_italian_stallion
He NEVER calls me unless something's up.
We had a quick chat over the weekend at the gun show that went something like this
FC: So that's how I got catfished by a grandma on bumble
FIS: LOL that is epic bad. I'm in New Orleans for a week on vacation with the gf
FC: The psycho one?
FIS: You know it.
FC: If you need bail money let me know
FIS: I just might!
That was Sunday morning. It's tuesday night. My phone dies as I try talking to him. I switch to my landline and call him.
FC: What up?
FIS: I need a solid
FC: How bad is it this time?
FIS: Can I sleep at your house tonight? She went nuts again and attacked me.
FC: I told you not to get invovled with her didn't I?
FIS: She's hot!
FC: You know I'm like 3 hours away from you right?
FIS: Yeah I got a half tank of gas.
FC: Go fill it, here's the address. See you around midnight. You hungry?
FIS: Starving.
FC: I was getting ready to fix dinner. I'll see you at midnight. Get here when you get here.
9PM-1145PM: I fix up the guest suite and prepare dinner. I run to the Target near my house since they close at 10 and grab a few more things. I get back just before 10 and I prepare to fire up the grill and get a steak going, salad and a fresh ravioli dish drowned in Rao's tomato basil sauce is on the menu. Steak hits the fire at 1130 and is resting by 1145. I plate everything and have it on the table at midnight.
1145PM: I get some spare towels and hotel soaps and shampoos. I head out to the driveway and turn on all my lights and leave the garage door open. I set a lawn chair up and crack open a large bag of boom chicka pop poprcorn and await the arrival of one u/fat_italian_stallion
1204AM: u/fat_italian_stallion rolls up. I've got guns and roses "Used to love her" playing on the ipad
FC: sup?
FIS: Long day.
FC: Dinner's on the table. Lets eat.
Wednesday September 16th
We eat and go to sleep. fat_italian_stallion does not know I have slid my spare ipad into the guest suite on the nightstand.
Did you know you can set an alarm on an ipad to instead of making a noise to play a song?
757AM: The ipad alarm wakes up fat_italian_stallion. The song? A little band called Confederate Railroad blasting "I like my women a little on the trashy side." He'll have to tell you the rest of the story.
9AM: I chat with fat italian and we chat a bit skipping breakfast. He has decided to leave this godforsaken state and put some miles between him and the psycho. I don't blame him one bit.
10AM: Breakfast! I throw on a charcoal canali and hit the chickfila drive thru for some breakfast chicken biscuits. I head to my desk and get some paperwork and some calls done.
11AM: I get a call from my attorney buddy Sam. He wants to know how many laws his client who has sent in a Form 1 and not notified the CLEO has broken. I explain I was just having that debate with someone on the internet! It's not a big deal but still kinda a big deal. Our consensus is that it's not count one on the indictment but it could be count five or six.
12PM: Lunchtime. I'm not hungry so I skip lunch. I head to meet with the grandma with the MG and I go over all her new forms that she needs to get fixed with fingeprint cards and my notes. She's super appreciative and gives me $350 in cash. She can't find the will. I call her attorney that I know and he's not picking up. I tell her see if she can get an original copy of the will from the clerks office or from the attorneys office, they normally have a copy.
I ask her what plans she has for the gun. I mean, what's a grandma supposed to do with a registered Colt M16?
All her husbands friends wanted it and they all offered her the same amount so she didn't need it and decided to sell it. She's taking the $5000 she's getting and going on an Alaskan cruise with the grandkids after the world calms down. I shrug. She should have called me.
2PM: Back at my desk, I call the judge's chambers that's doing the probate. Judge Smith LOVES the 308 that I got him a few years ago and is super pleased with my services since he didn't tell the wife about his purchase and I had just gotten a damaged case of 308 PMC Bronze that I made him a hell of a deal on that UPS wrote off. I tell the JA that ATF probably isn't going to call but in case they do just be ready. She's super glad that I told her ahead of time so she can be ready.
Judge Smith is retiring in a few months and he's got some time in the schedule so she patches me through and we catch up for a little bit. I am told that they're going to try to do a COVID compliant socially distanced retirement disrobing party but it's all up in the air. I say if you all need someone to bring potato salad to let me know. As a stalwart of the legal community for many years, lots of folks know the judge so it's well deserved after 20+ years on the bench. As I am also well known in the legal communty the least I can do is show up with a bottle of red for the guy that's signed hundreds of form 4's for me over the years.
3PM: I ship out a few more pistols and sell an M1A scout squad to a guy in California. Not a bad day.
4PM: I'm done for this week. Between the gun show and getting catfished and everything I've earned some time off. I think I'm gonna take the rest of the week off. The phone rings and a guy wants some 9mm ammo. I sell him 500 rds at $375 plus shipping.
Thursday September 17th to Friday September 18th: I wrote this for you all to read.
PS - and this is how you do a "week in the life" thread, you fucking imposter.
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2020.09.18 12:29 jw_mentions /r/KDRAMA - "Flower of Evil [Episodes 14 & 15]"

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  • Drama: Flower of Evil (English Title)
    • Revised romanization: Akui Kkot
    • Hangul: 악의 꽃
  • Director: Kim Cheol Kyu
  • Writer: Yoo Jung Hee
  • Network: TVN
  • Episodes: 16
  • Air Date: Wed. & Thurs. @ 22:50
    • Airing: July 29, 2020 - Sep 24, 2020
  • Streaming Sources: Viki
  • Starring: Lee Joon Gi as Baek Hee Sung, Moon Chae Won as Cha Ji Won, Jang Hee Jin as Do Hae Soo, Seo Hyun Woo as Kim Moo Jin, Nam Gi Ae as Gong Mi Ja & Son Jong Hak as Baek Mon Woo.
  • Plot Synopsis: On the outside, Baek Hee Sung looks like the ideal husband. A hard-working craftsman, his metal-working studio has met with its fair share of success. Able to provide a good life for his wife and daughter, he’s an exemplary example of what a husband should be. But his accolades don’t stop there, as comfortable working around the house as he is working in his studio, Hee Sung can as easily fill the roles of father and husband as he can business owner and craftsman. But this perfect exterior hides some very dark secrets. Secrets he would rather his detective wife, Cha Ji Won, never learn. Unfortunately, secrets have a way of coming out and as a hard-hitting homicide detective, it’s Cha Ji Won’s job to uncover as many secrets as she can, in her never-ending quest for the truth. With an insatiable curiosity and an unwavering determination to solve even the hardest cases, Ji Won lives for her work. Thriving on the excitement of unravelling mysteries and the high that comes from bringing criminals to justice, Ji Won is always searching for the next clue. But when Ji Won takes on a particularly cruel case, she starts down a dark path that could crumble the very foundations of her happy life. Determined to bring this evil psychopath to justice she dives ever deeper into this case, only to find that the criminal she’s been chasing may have been standing next to her all along.
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I was not happy with episode 13 because I thought there was some lazy writing going on, but I had thought long and hard about it after watching both episodes 14 and 15 and it makes sense that Do Hyun Soo would lose some control. He realizes he knows how to love and he has to handle so many curveballs of bad luck all at once when he is still trying to understand a major aspect of himself that he never encountered before! Episode 15 also made up for 13 in my opinion. I was clutching my chair so hard, I thought I might break it from all the anxiety I was going through watching this episode. So much happened here!!
  • Eun Ha - As someone else mentioned, Hyun So would be so proud to know his little star is such a trooper and knew how to stay put. She must've been so scared to be stuck inside and not know what was going on the other side of her door. I wanted to bawl too when she was crying.
  • Kim Moo Jin - If he didn't have any balls before, he sure grew a pair now, standing up to the accomplices of the murderer the way he did? He did better housekeeping than Park Soon Young!
  • Baek Hee Sung - Can we take a moment to acknowledge how he looked when he inhaled the air after he entered the basement? That was A-class creepy vibes right there. Another thing, like the others, I couldn't help but laugh out loud when he was screaming crazily about getting hurt. Now you know how it feels don't you, big guy? And who the heck are you to call someone else a psychopath anyway?
  • Hyun Soo's and Ji Won's reunion - My heart went out to Hyun Soo because he believed Ji Won to be dead and now she's suddenly in front of him WITH his father nearby? Hyun Soo must have been so traumatized. I cannot get over how he was in so much pain in the basement when he saw JW's bloody ID. LJG's acting here alone deserves all the awards! I'm so glad he chose to take on this role.
My only gripe about these 2 episodes is that these loving parents semi-forgot about their daughter. There is a serial killer on the loose and rather than take one of them out, he can easily decide to hurt more through the child, especially with the lack of security seen.
With all that said, I still think this is the best drama I've watched all year and everyone's acting was great (especially actress who plays Jung Mi Sook). The director and production team brought a great distraction to how this year has been in the form of a spectacular drama and I hope it wins many awards.
With a heavy heart, I look forward to watching next week's episode and hope there will be a happy ending for everyone. Moo Jin, you got another chance to win Hae Soo so you better do good
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CJW's police id was cracked and it was dark.
Wasn't too outrageous that he didn't know he stabbed the wrong person
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2020.09.17 23:40 StrawHatJedi One Piece Won't End in Five Years; Romance Dawn Will Begin

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In the recently released volume 97, Oda responds to a reader question regarding the end of the story of One Piece. In multiple interviews over the past couple years, Oda has hinted at the approaching conclusion of the series, in which he estimated the story would be complete within four to five years. Given the current rate of publication, this equates to about 180 chapters. Of course, most people have assumed Oda would not meet this deadline exactly, but the marketing push, advertising the events which will follow Wano as the series final saga coupled with Oda’s definitive statements about his intention to conclude the series have weighed heavily in conversations about the future of One Piece.
A reader asks for Oda to confirm the veracity of his interview statements and his answer has, to the surprise of no one, precipitated some pretty heated discussion. So I just want to weigh in with my opinion or interpretation of this statement. Keep in mind, I’m approaching this with no knowledge of the Japanese language, so I’m not offering my own translation of Oda’s words, only what I believe this means for the story beyond Wano.
There are essentially two pars of Oda’s answer. First he clarifies that his past statements mean the most exciting part of Luffy’s adventure, culminating in the discovery of the treasure One Piece will be complete within five years. He didn’t state this directly, but I feel like we should put an asterisk on this part of the answer to mean five years after the conclusion of Wano. Oda goes on to state that beyond Wano, he’s going to draw the biggest war to date in One Piece.
Personally, I feel relieved reading this statement because to me, it signals the fact that the series as a whole is not coming to a close within five years. I was always incredibly skeptical of Oda’s past statements on this topic. Personally, I just don’t see any way he can wrap up everything in such a short amount of time. I guess five years being short is relative, but given the sheer volume of remaining questions and characters whose storylines need to be concluded, it would be a herculean task to say the least. Significantly, I believe there are two major parts of the story remaining and I think that is both clarified and confirmed by volume 97.
Regardless of the translation, it’s clear that the mystery of ‘what is the One Piece?’ will be answered in five years. Oda refers to this as the most exciting part of Luffy’s adventure. But it’s important to remember the fact that the story must continue beyond the discovery of the treasure which was left behind by Joy Boy 800 years ago to fulfill a very particular purpose.
Roger was a dying man when he reached Laugh Tale and the pieces needed to challenge the world were not yet in place. He thus decided to disband his crew, using his final words to initiate the great pirate era and inspire a successor to inherit his will and re-discover One Piece.
Whitebeard echoed Roger’s words at the Battle of Marineford where he warned that the whole world will be turned upside down when someone who inherits the will of Roger discovers the treasure which will be the catalyst for a war of epic proportion.
It’s important to note that discovery One Piece initiates the final war, so, barring the Straw Hats proceeding directly from Wano to the final island, it’s impossible for this conflict to begin immediately following the current story arc. What Oda’s statement about the greatest war following Wano refers to is likely the battle for supremacy forewarned by Doflamingo after the collapse of his underworld empire. Morgans similarly foreshadows this conflict when he states that one of the worst generation pirates will soon succeed Roger as the next Pirate King. This group includes Luffy, Law, Kid and the other members of the Eleven Supernovas as well as Blackbeard.
At the end of Wano, the Straw Hats will have three of the four Road Poneglyphs needed to reach Laugh Tale. Meanwhile, the Revolutionary Army has declared war on the World Government and the Seven Warlords have been disbanded. All of the Worst Generation members aside from Bonney and Urouge have now been present in at least one major story arc. With the fall of Kaido and potentially Big Mom, the only major player left in the New World, and likely the one guarding the final Road Poneglyph and thus the path to One Piece will be Red Haired Shanks.
We will thus likely see a struggle between the Straw Hats and other members of their cohort culminating in the discovery of the treasure, the key to bringing about the Dawn of the New World, by the one destined to inherit Roger and Joy Boy’s will. All the while, the escalating conflict between the Revolutionary Army and the World Government makes waves around the world.
I mentioned in a previous theory video (Shanks - The Mystery of God Valley; that I believe this conflict between the Worst Generation members; notably Luffy and Blackbeard, could come to a head on the lost island of God Valley.
Considering the current saga building to the battle between the Straw Hats, Big Mom, and Kaido began with Punk Hazard in 2012 and is unlikely to conclude for another year, a war among the worst generation for supremacy in the New World, culminating in the coronation of a new Pirate King can easily take five years worth of chapters.
And so as Oda said, in five years, the story of One Piece ends….
But not the publication of the series.
Despite the huge scale of the One Piece world which features hundreds of characters, each with their own story, the central narrative arc, even in its most dramatic moments, has been focused on the Straw Hat Pirates on their epic adventure along the Grand Line in pursuit of the legendary treasure One Piece. Every action taken by Luffy and crew has been in pursuit of that goal. All of the world building has really just been a backdrop for the adventure. And so when the treasure is discovered and Luffy becomes the Pirate King, the narrative will fundamentally be shifted. Once the mystery of One Piece is answered, a new question will be asked. What then must the Pirate King, the person in the world who has maximized freedom then do with the will they have inherited? Luffy’s fun adventure in pursuit of an impossible dream will be complete. Laugh Tale is the point of apotheosis in Luffy’s hero’s journey beyond which, he will need to now shoulder the burden of history, as Whitebeard foretold, and complete that which Roger could not, bringing the light of the New Dawn. The last phase of the mythic hero’s journey is the return voyage from the special world, here rendered as the Grand Line, the world of pirates. The hero who has confronted their own shadow, represented in One Piece by Blackbeard, must then become the master of two worlds and attain the freedom to live if they have completed this voyage successfully. I’m going to tackle this topic in more depth in a future video, but it’s important to note that the hero’s journey is only complete when they take the power or knowledge acquired, the fire of the gods stolen by Prometheus, and return to the ordinary world from which they departed.
In five years, the story of One Piece concludes when Luffy’s fun globetrotting adventure is complete and the mystery of the treasure is revealed. And so begins the story of Romance Dawn, in which Pirate King Luffy, the paragon of freedom, must confront the World Government and the dark forces which presently hold power, bringing about a global restoration.
What do you think? Will One Piece actually end in five years or has Oda given the most Ben Kenobi answer possible to what should be a simple question?
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2020.09.17 06:03 assessment_bot [ Non-Fatal ] [ 08/15/2020 ] McSwain JA 30, Clover/ SC

On August 15, 2020, about 1600 eastern daylight time, a McSwain PA30 Superstol, N146BB, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at a private airstrip near Clover, South Carolina. The pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.
The pilot reported that he landed at a private, grass airstrip during the flight from York Airport (01SC), York, South Carolina to Gastonia Municipal Airport (AKH), Gastonia, North Carolina. He landed uneventfully and taxied for a takeoff to the northwest. During the initial climb, he noted that the airplane was not climbing as he expected. He maneuvered to avoid some trees; however, the airplane contacted the trees and he was unable to maintain control. The airplane crashed in a wooded area and he was met by first responders.
An inspector with the Federal Aviation Administration responded to the accident site and examined the wreckage. He reported that there was structural damage to the wings, fuselage, and empennage. There was no fire.
The wreckage was retained for further examination.
Category Data Category Data Category Data
Event Id: 20200817X01736 Investigation Type: Accident Accident Number: ERA20LA286
Event Date: 08/15/2020 Location: Clover, SC Country: United States
Latitude: 35.108333 Longitude: -81.175278 Airport Code: PVT
Airport Name: Injury Severity: Non-Fatal Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Aircraft Category: Airplane Registration Number: N146BB Make: McSwain
Model: JA 30 Amateur Built: Yes Number of Engines: 1
Engine Type: Reciprocating FAR Description: Part 91: General Aviation Schedule:
Purpose of Flight: Personal Air Carrier: Total Fatal Injuries:
Total Serious Injuries: Total Minor Injuries: 1 Total Uninjured:
Weather Condition: VMC Broad Phase of Flight: TAKEOFF Report Status: Preliminary
Publication Date: 09/15/2020
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2020.09.15 07:10 Masark Masark's Guide to Trade - Sidewinder to Type-9 Heavy - Third Edition

So, you've just started the game and want to build wealth. This guide will take you from the Sidewinder and explain the process of both the trade in rare commodities, then later how to trade in bulk commodities and also present builds for trade ships from the first Adder up to the Type 9 Heavy. It is not necessary to strictly follow this guide in its entirety at once. Taking some of your accumulated profits to buy a second ship to explore or engage in combat is recommended so you don't burn out on one activity. You'll make sufficient credits after a few hours (particularly once to reach The Real Money). Or maybe you've been playing for awhile, but have been exploring or engaged in combat and now want to make money to further your pursuits in those fields or just want to try trading for a change of pace. In that case, you'll want to skip forward to a ship that matches your available means.

Welcome To The Galaxy Commander.

If you're a brand new player, you'll want to play around within the Pilots' Federation District for a while. Missions will be your main source of money, as trading isn't too hot. I would recommend trying some of each kind of mission to get a feel for what each of them involves. All the missions in the District are deliberately simplified so you can perform them in your starter Sidewinder or one of the other early ships available in the District. Bounty hunting is another option, which will involve going to either a nav beacon or a resource extraction site (Avoid the Hazardous ones. These are maximum difficulty places where system authority ships won't go) and killing wanted NPCs. Watching for the sight of lasers firing in the distance, which will indicate that there are System Authority ships (space cops) in a fight with a criminal, then dashing over to help out and collect some easy bounties is a good money maker, though it can be a bit risky if you shoot a bit too much and end up catching the attention of someone with heavy guns.
If you insist on trading within the District, I believe the best route available would be hauling Superconductors from Otegine to Dromi, then hauling Resonating Separators back. This will yield you about 3600cr each loop for each tonne of cargo space you have.
When you advance in a rank, you will be offered a mission named "Exploring The Galaxy". Ignore that mission for now. That mission will send you out of the District whether you're ready or not and your District permit will be permanently revoked as soon as you land at a station outside of the District.
A recommended early ship progression would be first to the Adder, then to the Cobra MkIII. Both of these are good multipurpose ships suitable for doing anything. When selling a ship, it is advisable to sell off all the modules separately and downgrade all the core internals to the cheapest ones possible. This is because selling modules gets you 100% of their cost back, whereas selling a ship only gets you 90% of its value back, including for any modules it is equipped with. While this won't matter much in the District, where you're dealing with small ships and low rated modules, but that 10% loss can become quite significant later in the game, so it's a good habit to get into.
As an aside, when upgrading ships, be sure to keep the pulse lasers from your starter Sidewinder (store them before you sell it). Gimballed weapons seem to be hard to come by within the District (which seems ridiculous to me), so you're likely to reuse those lasers as you upgrade ships.
If you're sticking to cargo and courier missions and really want to get out of the Sidewinder, you could move up to the Hauler early on, then to the Adder and Cobra. Or if you like the combat stuff, the Eagle and Viper MkIII are worthy options. The Viper can also be used as an alternative to the Cobra MkIII. It can be outfitted almost identically to the Cobra below and will have only marginally less cargo capacity and jump range.
A Cobra MkIII outfitted with the District's finest parts will look something like this. I would recommend building your way up to that, then building a stockpile of credits (I would recommend a million or so, but more is always useful if you want to spend more time practicing) so you have the cash available to do further upgrades when you leave.
Now that you feel confident in your skills and are probably bored with the limited offerings of the District, take that "Exploring The Galaxy" we mentioned above. This mission will send you to a random nearby system.
Once you've arrived there and turned in the mission, I would recommend making your way to Celsius Hub in the HR 6828 system if the mission didn't send you there. This station has reliable outfitting so we can spend some of that money you saved up on making your ship better.
Now, upgrade your frame shift drive to a 4B (or 4A if you saved up enough extra), your shield generator to a 4D (3D if you're using a Viper), your class 3 cargo racks to class 4, your fuel scoop to 2B, and install a point defense turret on your second utility hardpoint. The end result should look like this. (A Viper will look like this). Whether to keep the weapons on or not is your choice. Dropping them will net you a little more jump range, but only a little (about 0.25ly), so keeping them is entirely fine if you don’t want to go unarmed.

A Commander's First Trade

Now you're ready to start trading.
For a first foray into trading, I would recommend rare trading. This is optional, as rare trading is less profitable than bulk trading, but I recommend doing a circuit or two of it as it gives you practical experience in navigation, long distance travel, fuel scooping, and how the mass of your cargo affects your ship's characteristics.
Rare trading involves Rare Commodities, which are special, unique commodities that are only sold from one specific station in limited quantities and are in demand everywhere else. Their prices are not subject to normal supply and demand forces, but rather are determined by the distance from the purchase station. The further you go, the higher the price gets, up to a point of diminishing returns at about 140ly and a hard cap at 200 or so. They are specially marked in the commodity market with a star, a different colour, and their unique names.
My recommended rare circuit is Rares Circuit 1. It is an old and proven circuit that has been around since shortly after the game's release. It's also quite simple, involving just grabbing as much rares as your ship will hold moving along the top or bottom line, then jumping to a sell location, at which point you sell everything you have. Then run along the opposite line, buying up commodities until full, then going to the opposite sell location, selling, then starting over. The Rajukru Diamond is another option for a rare trading route, though I personally find it excessively complicated, with juggling multiple commodities to sell at different locations.
Note that you want to make sure to select the "Fastest" routes when plotting rather than the "Efficient" routes. The latter will take the smallest jumps possible to save on fuel, whereas the former will take the longest jumps to get you were you're going quickly.
If you’re fortunate and a system is in a Boom state, you may be able to fill your hold right there without needing to use the other systems in that branch of the circuit.
As you get money, feel free to upgrade your ship modules, especially your FSD. As mentioned above, you get back exactly what you paid for it when you sell a module, so upgrades are never a waste. But always make sure that you have enough money on hand to cover your rebuy, as shown at the bottom-left of the home tab of your ship’s Internal panel. This can be thought of as your insurance deductible and is the amount you will have to pay to get your ship back should it get blown up. If you don’t have enough to cover that, you will be given a free Sidewinder like the one you started in, basically putting you back to square 1 (though with your remaining credits, ranks, etc. still intact).
Continue this for a run or two or until you feel like advancing.

The Exploration Alternative

Rather than going to rare trading at this point, Road to Riches offers an alternative means of money making and progression (it will also guide you to unlocking your first engineer if you have Horizons). This is an exploration-based method that involves going around within and near human inhabited space ("The Bubble") scanning known Earth-like and Terraformable planets. As among the changes in 2.4 was a very large buff to the value of these scans (to hundreds of thousands per planet), this is a highly effective means of making money, and it can be done in the Sidewinder you start with (with some upgrades). Down to Earth Astronomy has a good video on this subject. You can potentially do this in just the starter Sidewinder with a few upgrades, like this build. If you don't have enough money for the detailed surface scanner, you can omit that and just do the FSS scanning, then buy the scanner later when you've got a couple scans under your belt and turned in your first load of data. The Hauler makes for an excellent ship upgrade from the Sidewinder for this task, with much better jump range, more fuel capacity, and ability to fit a bigger fuel scoop. This is about the kind of build you would aim for in that regard and could afford after just a handful of scans. The Cobra MkIII can also be used, in a build like this, though it will end up with less jump range than the Hauler, making travelling between systems slower In addition to money making, this is highly useful for getting rep with factions (e.g. for obtaining the permits to Alioth and Sirius), as handing in exploration data will quickly raise your rep with the station's owners.

Fuel scoop usage

Your fuel scoop will automatically deploy and start collecting fuel when you come close enough to an appropriate star. Since you usually need to fly near a star to line up with your next jump destination, you can refuel on the way using "passive" or "rush" scooping. Just simply fly tightly in supercruise at full throttle around the yellow line (this indicates the area where your FSD cannot function. If you fly inside that circle and get too close to the star, you'll be yanked out of supercruise and take some damage. If this happens, you’ll have to wait 30 seconds for your FSD to cool down. Then you’ll need to point your ship directly away from the star (on an “escape vector”) in order to jump back to supercruise and continue what you were doing) until your can see your destination This will get you perhaps half a tonne of fuel per star. While this isn't enough to fully refuel from the jump, it does significantly extend your effective travel range.
While you're running the rare circuit, you will need to stop for fuel on the long legs to Witchhaul and Orrere even with the above rush scooping. Rather than finding a station (the graphic lists several inhabited systems along that line), we will just stop to do some serious scooping to refuel. To scoop for fuel, go to an O, B, A, F, G, K, or M class star (these are the first 7 class of star in the galaxy map when you select to show by star class. Mnemonics to remember these include Oh Be A Fine Girl/Guy Kiss Me (keeps them in order of temperature), and KGB FOAM (Putin in a bubble bath), among others). See this guide by the Fuel Rats for guidance with pictures. When you plot a route on the galaxy map and don't have enough fuel to make the entire journey without refuelling, it will mark the last scoopable star in the route before you run out as a "fuel star". Due to the above passive scooping, you'll likely get a jump or two past that before you run out, but you should open up the map and glance at the route every so often to check what your fuel and refuelling status is. If you don't see a yellow circle, go into your Internal panel, select the Ship tab, then the “Pilot Preferences” tab, and turn on orbit lines. A "fuel scoop active" display will appear in the middle of the cockpit display when you get close enough, showing the scooping rate (in kilograms per second), a fuel gauge, and your ship's heat level. You want to fly in and get the scooping rate to about 2/3rds of the scoop's maximum rate to prevent overheating (This is assuming a D-rated power plant. you can go higher if you have a higher rating power plant, which output less heat). For the 2B scoop you should have on your Cobra, that will be about 43kg/s Once you're near that rate, throttle down to zero. This will leave you sitting near the star scooping and creeping along at 30km/s. Now you just wait until you have finished refueling, then just throttle up to full, and pull away from the star. Wait until the "fuel scoop active" display has disappeared before activating your FSD for the hyper jump, or you will likely overheat and damage your ship.
As a last resort, if you've messed up and stranded yourself in an uninhabited and unscoopable system, contact The Fuel Rats. These guys are an awesome player group that assist stranded players by delivering fuel to them.

Dealing With Interdictions

It's likely you'll get interdicted at various times while trading. Your objective in the interdiction minigame is to keep your ship pointed towards the "escape vector", which moves around randomly. When you have your ship pointed on the vector, but your interdictor doesn't, you gain in the game and vice versa. If you fill your blue bar, you'll dump them out of supercruise while you go on your way. If you lose, you'll suffer a 30 second cooldown on your FSD, during which you'll be vulnerable to their weapons fire. So if you feel like you're losing the minigame, you should throttle to zero and surrender to the drop, which will only incur a normal 5 second cooldown before you can jump back to supercruise. Once you're in normal space, immediate hit your boost (default tab) to open up the range. Even if you can't get out of range, the damage of most weapons drops off considerably with distance. Now just wait 5 seconds until your frame shift drive has finished cooling down, then either jump back to supercruise or jump to the next system in your route. If you find yourself mass locked (this occurs when you're close to a ship larger than yours), fire your chaff to scramble their weapons, then choose whether to continue charging back to supercruise ("low wake") or to select another system to jump to ("high wake"). Intersystem hyperspace jumps are immune to mass lock from other ships, which makes it a good option if you've been interdicted by a ship much larger than yours, which will slow your supercruise charge to a crawl. Just select a random nearby system in your

On Armament

The builds I offer in this guide are all weaponless, relying on shields, chaff, and point defence to allow them to escape from pirates. Those of a more aggressive disposition may instead wish to remove any would-be threats rather than fleeing from them. While mines were briefly useful armament for traders, improvements in NPC AI have rendered them basically useless, with NPCs easily dodging them, even at low ranks. Thus, if one intends to act as a Q ship, you will want to select more conventional weapons. Lasers and multi-cannons have long been a standard loadout for the good reasons of being easy to use and providing a useful balance of thermal for shields and kinetic for hull. I personally use such a loadout on my trading Cutter.
Alternatively, the new ship-launched fighters are another option for pirate swatting if you have Horizons and are using a ship capable of equipping one. Equipping a hangar will require sacrificing at least a class 5 compartment (32t of cargo), and likely more as you'll probably want stronger shields than the basic A rated minimum shields I use on all this guide's builds. Further details on SLFs can be found in my writeup on the subject.

The Real Money

So you're tired of rare trading and are ready for real trading, yeah?
Go to and use the loop finder. Set the search to the following parameters
Now hit Find Loops. It'll sit there for a moment, then give you a list of loops, sorted by their profit. If you like the look of one of them, start running it. Otherwise tweak your search and hit it again.
If you run out of commodities on your loop, hit the finder and get a new one. This can be quite boring, so I would recommend Netflix (or another streaming site or your favorite torrent site) and a second monitor. You can often find the latter for cheap on second-hand sites like Craigslist, Kijiji, and others.

Time For A Real Trading Ship

Once you’ve collected about 5 million credits, you’ll be ready to advance to a new ship. Specifically, the Type-6 Transporter, otherwise known simply as the T6. This is a significantly bigger unit than your Cobra and will more than double your cargo capacity, and with it your profits. This is your general build.
I would recommend purchasing your ship at a system under the influence of Li Yong-Rui. The effect of this power on his subject systems is that all ships and modules are sold at a 15% discount, which lets you upgrade ships significantly sooner. This purchase price reduction also translates into a reduced rebuy cost, meaning that getting blown up won’t hit the wallet quite as hard. Conveniently, there is a station near Witchhaul that is within his sphere that has all the parts you need, specifically, Zamka Station in LHS 191. For all other builds in my guide, you can find an appropriate Li Yong-Rui station by hitting the $ icon at the top-right of the Coriolis display. That will send you to an EDDB search page. There, simply select Li Yong-Rui under the Powers dropdown and hit Find stations again. If you don’t get any results, remove modules (preferably starting with the cheapest ones) from the Station Sells Modules box and redo the search until you do get results.
Optionally, if you don’t mind staying in the Cobra for a hour or two longer or want to upgrade from the Type 6, you could opt to upgrade to an Asp Explorer (commonly known as the AspX) when you accumulate about 14 million credits. While it only offers a small increase in cargo capacity, it gives significantly better jump range, allowing you to run longer loops faster and thus improve your credits per hour.
Now back to looping!

Giving back relies on contributions of station data from users in order to keep its trade information up to date in the dynamic universe of Elite:Dangerous. The most popular tool to submit said data is the Elite:Dangerous Market Connector. This program pulls the commodity market data (as well as information on available ships and equipment) from the Elite Dangerous API server and sends it off to the EDDN (Elite : Dangerous Data Network, the system that eddb uses for its data). It can also record that data locally for use with other tools, as well as send star system information to the EDSM (Elite:Dangerous Star Map) and keep a local log of all systems visited.

Contingency Planning

In the event that you find yourself with little money, a low-capital method of rebuilding your funds is to use the galaxy map to locate a system in the Outbreak state. Stations in these systems will have very high levels of demand (and consequently, very high prices) for Basic Medicines. Use's Find Commodity tool to locate a nearby system with a decent supply of them, then start hauling them in. This will yield profits in the 2500-3000ct range. While this is less than for the above loop trading, it requires much less in the way of starting capital. A T6 full of high value will cost you several hundred thousand credits, whereas a full load of Basic Medicines will be less than 30,000, allowing easy rebuilding from poverty.

Further Progression

When you’ve acquired about 25 million, it’ll be again time for another upgrade. This time, you’ll be getting a Type-7 Transporter (aka the T7). This will nearly triple your cargo capacity. Though note that you’re moving up to a Large ship, which means outposts will no longer be trading destinations for you, so on the loop finder, you will want to set Landing Pad to L rather than Any.

An Optional Upgrade

When you’ve gotten your credit balance up to about 70 million, you may wish to trade in the Type 7 for a Python. While this will entail a minor downgrade in cargo capacity (16t), unlike the T7, the Python is a medium ship, capable of landing at outposts. This gives it the freedom to select sometimes-more-profitable loops involving those stations. Additionally, it’s a significantly more enjoyable ship to fly and I personally consider it one of the best-looking ships in the game.
You may wish to stay in the Python for awhile longer so as to make enough money that you can purchase the next ship outright without selling it. The Python is a highly versatile ship usable for many game activities, including being an excellent mining ship and great for background simulation play, so I would recommend keeping it around for your non-trading career.

The Ultimate Trading Ship

Once you have 110 million, you’re now ready for the ultimate trading ship in Elite:Dangerous, the Type-9 Heavy. This massive brick of a ship is the slowest and least maneuverable thing in the game, but it also carries a huge 752t of cargo in its depths for huge profits with every trip.

Beyond The Ultimate?

For progression past the T9, the Imperial Cutter is the only competition, with no other ship coming close to the cargo capacity of either of these ships. Purchasing a Cutter requires one to hold the rank of Duke in the Imperial Navy, which will take some effort to acquire. This post gives a highly effective method that will get you a Duchy within hours. I personally regard this ship as the best trading ship in the game. While it has slightly lower cargo capacity than the T9 (720t vs. 752t), it more than compensates for that with it’s superior jump range, better speed, stronger shields, and gorgeous looks.
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2020.09.14 02:16 Carol_the_Zombie The /r/HermitCraft Beacon 2020-09-14

Velcome to ze beacon, to ze Hermitcraft Beacon, vol 2, no 37 ja! Ja, das ist gut ja! Ze Hermitcraft Beacon!


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2020.09.11 10:16 Vlysandor "Ghosting" (Wohnungssuche)

Hallo zusammen,
ich bin (leider immer noch) auf Wohnungssuche und dabei ist mir (wieder) eine unschöne Sache passiert. Ghosting ist ja normal aus dem Dating Bereich bekannt, aber hier ist mir sowas Ähnliches passiert, trotz der Ironie, dass ich ja weiß, wo die Person wohnt. Ich möchte versuchen zu verstehen, warum Menschen so handeln, weil ich es mir absolut nicht erklären kann.
Jemand sucht einen Mitbewohner für seine 2er WG, ich kontaktiere Ihn wie gewünscht per Whatsapp, wir vereinbaren einen Termin für letzte Woche Mittwoch. Komme dahin, er zeigt mir die Wohnung und wir unterhalten uns dann in der Küche zu dritt mit dem jetzigen Mitbewohner. Ein sehr nettes Gespräch, dauert so ne halbe Stunde, dann Verabschiedung, er zählt nochmal die Vorteile auf, mich „auszuwählen“, und sagt, er gibt mir in jedem Fall Anfang dieser Woche Bescheid. Ich gehe mit einem guten Gefühl und die Tage vergehen. Inzwischen ist es Mittwoch dieser Woche, und ich frage einmal nach. Keine Antwort. Er hat seitdem die Anzeige auch immer mal wieder hochgeschoben, außer das passiert da automatisch, und auch mindestens einmal geändert gehabt. In Whatsapp ist er auch immer mal wieder online gewesen, zwischenzeitlich war diese Anzeige auch wieder weg, weswegen ich dachte, dass er mich geblockt hat, aber heute morgen konnte ich wieder sehen wann er on war. Soweit ich weiß, ist das ein Indiz dafür, dass man geblockt wurde, bin mir aber nicht sicher. Natürlich könnte ich anrufen oder sogar vorbeifahren, aber das traue ich mich ehrlich gesagt nicht. Auf jeden Fall scheint er mich zu ignorieren, was ich nach dem ersten Eindruck absolut nicht verstehen kann, ich hatte schon weit fragwürdigere Besichtigungen, wo es die Leute trotzdem geschafft haben, kurz abzusagen, das ist doch nun wirklich eine Kleinigkeit. Ich bin selber sozial ein wenig „unbeholfen“, weswegen ich es nicht verstehe, deswegen die Bitte, dass mir das hier jemand versuchen kann zu erklären. Vielleicht ist es ja auch ein normales Verhalten und ich habe da ein falsches Bild vom zwischenmenschlichen Miteinander im Kopf.
Ansonsten, wie unzuverlässig die Menschen auf Ebay Kleinanzeigen, Facebook, aber vermutlich auch auf jeder anderen „privaten“ Handelsplattform sind, davon brauche ich nicht anzufangen, das kennt wohl jeder. Was aber besonders heraussticht, ist, wenn die Leute selber Interesse bekunden und sich dann nicht mehr melden. Ich inseriere auf Facebook einen Wohnungstausch, und es ist mir schon mehrfach passiert, dass die Leute geschrieben haben „pn bitte“. Ich schaue in mein Postfach, keine Nachricht, schreibe die Person selber an, antworte auf den Post, verschicke eine FA, NIX passiert, keine Reaktion mehr. Aber vermutlich ist auch das mehr oder weniger gang und gebe.
Um den Post trotzdem mit einer positiven Nachricht zu beenden, zumindest alle vereinbarten Besichtigungen haben stattgefunden, und in fast allen Fällen haben ich dann später auch die Absage bekommen damit ich Bescheid weiß.
Danke für Euren Rat und ein schönes Wochenende Euch Ü
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2020.09.10 22:55 zee994 Salary Talk - Specifically accounting

Hoping this is the appropriate sub-forum for this: When trying to gauge an average salary from EY or KPMP, etc via, the salaries seem so ridiculously low.
Could this just be partners trying to prevent staff from gaining factual data or could salaries possible be this low?
For reference, a senior consulting gets paid $79K while a senior accountant makes 65K
The challenge I am personally facing in this is having no way to figure out if I am fairly paid within my given skillset and position.
Truthfully think we are long overdue to have an accurate salary meter by province and city.
What would it take for a not-for-profit salary meter to be implemented for ALL trades and professions? Everything currently feels so out of date on all platforms, when doing a search for this basic information.
Does anyone have thoughts on this one?
Note: I am not currently working for one of the big 4 accounting firms.,7_IC2281069_KO8,27.htm?fromAge=7&jl=3645783726&ja=142322490&guid=0000017478e3cc91b3515abbcad1f1ef&pos=102&src=GD_JOB_AD&srs=EMAIL_JOB_ALERT&s=224&ao=1032341&utm_source=jobalert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=jobAlertAlert&utm_content=ja-jobtitle&utm_term=
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2020.09.10 10:58 MokusBean Hi, my name is Petra and I really need some help right now.

This is so weird for me I have never written a reddit post before but this is my last resort. I’m 18 years old and I feel like I wanna escape everything that has been following me lately. My whole life I have been bullied and hurt by multiple people in my life to the point where it became physical aggression. But that never really put me down I knew there is so much more to live for and the good always overshadowes the bad. But lately (6 or more months I just want to end my life). It all started when I met my soulmate let’s call him B. So B was everything I have ever wanted and so much more. I kept my virginity for the person I know will feel right even tho I’m not religious or anything. So I knew right away he was the one and only for me. Right after our first date. Few months passed by and it was the happiest era of my life. I have never been that happy ever. The first ever time when I wasn’t hurt and I was truly happy. I was quite afraid of sexual activities too because in a previous relationship I was raped/assaulted. That really gave me a hard time opening up to people. But B made me overcome all of my fears. I was so so happy with him. But then I stared to learn about the previous woman he was with and at first I didn’t really bother. I just didn’t pay that much attention to it I guess. But when he gave me details about what happened it really got to me. And he told the stories with idk so many details even tho they happened 2-3 prior to our relationship (he is older than me). It just made me feel like I was useless and that I was no better. He tried to make me feel happy and I appreciate that but It truly got to me after a few months. At that time our anniversary(first) rolled around and I was so excited this was my first ever relationship to last any longer than 2-3months. We had a lil joke about him having ripped socks so I thought it would be a fun gift to buy him designer socks in like those nice fancy boxes. Like you know it’s a nice gift but still funny because of our inside joke. It turned out he didn’t really planned anything for our anniversary. He knew it was that day but he said I didn’t deserve anything. That made my self esteem go down like so much more. He started to act different. Stare at girls on the streets but like for LONG LONG times and he never done that and when I said that it made me feel uncomfortable he just said I’m sorry it was a mistake every time and that he looked at something else. He stared to be less romantic and writing me less when we weren’t together. But it didn’t bother me I thought it was because of university stress. But one time at a party he got really drunk and he asked if he could smoke cigarettes which I hate and I said that I wouldn’t make me happy. But he did on purpose and he smoked an entire box of them just to make me sad. And he put oily stuff under a rug just to see someone fall and one of his best friends fell so hard on it like what was the point. So they got sent home because of bad behaviour. And I stayed because i was friends with the people who were there. It was a great night and at around 2 am I went home to his house. Him and some friends were skinny dipping butt ass naked screaming. Again it’s 2 am and it’s a quiet neighbourhood. He didn’t really care that I got home and I went to sleep in his brothers room. (He wasn’t home that night) and then he came into the room naked and started screaming at me. Like how dare I kick them out of the party and that he knew it was me (it wasn’t) and how all woman worth nothing. And I started to cry I am a very sensitive person especially after the things that have been happening lately. He just screamed at me that I’m a piece of shit and I’m good at/for nothing and that I’m no better than his exes (who I’m heartbroken about) Bi and Ja (lets call them that) and he just said so so many hurtful things to me that evening. And he dragged me to the door and closed it into my face but like shout it really hard and pushed me to the bed and screamed “are you proud of yourself? Haha?” For like a minute and left. That was the worst night I have ever had. I cried all night while he partied with his friends. When I woke up I went home. He swears that this all didn’t happen for him and that he didn’t remember anything of it and that he didn’t mean anything seriously. But I still think he did. Something in my gut tells me. And after that things calmed down but one time I got sad out of nowhere and he got so angry at me for distracting him and I tried to stop but he stared to argue and told me that I’m fucking annoying all the time and Bi and Ja were so much better than me because they never argued with each other. And that just hurt me so so so so so much.....I just lost all hope. He wasn’t drunk or under any influence he said this sober. After that he of course denied but it felt so bad. Now he tells me I have something wrong in my head and that he talked to the people of reddit and they all said I’m mentally ill and I need a doctor that he won’t pay for. He said he doesn’t want to see me until my parents pay for doctor. I don’t have a job and I don’t have money to pay it for myself and I don’t know what’s going on. This is really just the tip of the iceberg so much more happened it’s just I’m lost. I feel like it’s over. He was the only one I have ever truly trusted and told all my secrets to. And he says I’m mentally ill and I have problems for being depressed over his exes. But he always tells me so many nice things about them. I don’t believe when he says they never mattered to him and I do. He still talkes to one of them regularly about MY problems and how I am sick. Please help I’m so lost I have never been this depressed in my life. If anyone like really anyone wants to talk or they have the same problem pls message me and I can tell you more. I’m so so lost and I just want to end my life.
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2020.09.09 10:00 sianiam Let's Rewind: Couple Or Trouble (2006) - Episodes 9 - 16

Let’s Rewind is a trial series of discussions on KDRAMA in which viewers may watch a drama at their own pace over the period of a month.

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Drama: Couple Or Trouble / 환상의 커플
Network: MBC
Aired: October 14th 2006 - December 3rd 2006
Episodes: 16 x 65 minute
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Original On-Air discussion threads: none - aired before KDRAMA existed!
Synopsis: This series is based on the 1987 American movie Overboard. Anna Jo is a rude, feisty, and audacious American-bred heiress who can never be satisfied. She returns to Korea only to continue being a controlling wife to her already cowardly husband, Billy Park. When her yacht gets stuck for repairs, she hires local handyman Jang Chul Soo to fix her shower, but when they have a heated spat over her dissatisfaction and non payment, she pushes him overboard and dunks his tools into the ocean right along with him. Later, after a quarrel with Billy that threatens to end their marriage, she herself gets drunkenly pitched overboard and falls victim to a bad case of amnesia.
Screenwriters: Hong Jung Eun & Hong Mi Ran
Director: Kim Sang Ho
Web Resources: MDL, Wikipedia

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2020.09.04 20:59 Dungeon_Dice JoJo's Bizarre OC Tournament #5 - Round 2 Match Select

After much has happened in the last couple months, we’re happy to announce that stage select for Round 2 is now underway!
Like last time, we also have a full narrative writeup to accompany the start of the stage select process, which will also give some focus on the winner of the council chairman election that ran at the end of the last round!
Let’s begin!
Raymond Delwyn Shimizu had won himself a bit of a dumpster fire.
He had just slightly beaten out UltraNebula67, an anonymous prankster kid who had stated their intentions to see law and order dismantled, and an initial plurality for Cowboy Dan, who ran on the campaign promise of some citywide battle royale; were it not for ranked choice, a madman would have been in City Hall right now, and one clearly supported by… Whoever it was, who was impersonating Golden Week. Rushen was asked to look into the guy, but a sting like that would take time.
His first campaign promise to reform the city’s dueling laws had seen some success and some hurdles. With the the support of ODIN’s faction, Aurelio’s councilor whose constituents had witnessed Father Blue’s slaughter, former allies of March, and the Midnight Sun representative, he was very easily able to get a law forcing a clear and explicit agreement between parties for a duel to prove fatal, with harsher minimum penalties on those who harmed uninvolved bystanders.
The Chief Prosecutor, over a round of Golf at Captains All, expressed both praise and concerns.
“You’ve gotten something completely necessary passed quickly,” Pezzeti di Cavallo had said, before taking a swing, “but the wording on this law is still vague, and I can see men like James Berret even now finding ways to weasel an argument for murdering men in the streets out of it. We must strictly define what comes next, Chairman. Use this momentum you have now to make certain this has its intended effect… And if the mayor gives you trouble in supporting this, let me speak with him.”
Even this much later, Mayor Rockin’ “Red” Robin, as Ray sat in his office, was giving both men trouble.
“Hmmm, hmmmmmmmm…” He stroked his oversized, shiny moustache, the ends of which stretches out the short, goggled mayor’s red aviator cap. “I’m sorry, but I’ve got nothing. My hands are most tied keeping a fragile balance here, yes! There’s only so much I can do after offering you my help on your medical proposals. Budgets and all, yes.”
It was baffling enough that a majority of the council always seemed to flake on accepting new rule definitions or make unreasonable demands that absolutely weren’t acceptable, but Mayor Red seemed almost encouraging it.
“Budgets?” Ray asked, his even temper a boon at this time. “Mayor Robin, this is a set of words on a paper… It won’t cost a dime to implement. We just need you to come out in support and-”
“Ah, but give a mouse a cookie, yes? Soon you’ll be drumming up support for deputized anti-Stand death squads, like your predecessor.”
“You…” Cavallo’s fingers twitched. “You were the one who convinced me that wasn’t what he was doing! To turn around now-”
“ODIN isn’t quite as popular right now as then, I’m afraid,” Red answered, “I can reevaluate and read the room too! See why that could be! Caused quite a stir with that college coworker of yours when March proposed giving them two council seats… And I hear, denied them a chance to aid the community in that little raid you oversaw? So really, this is all her fault as usual!”
That was enough to get the prosecutor to slam his hands on the desk, standing as Ray tried to tug at his arm. “Prosecutor, don’t get heated, you-”
“I will not abide by you trying to throw my esteemed University colleagues under the bus! Bar the late Andrew Tiffany, you will find nobody more earnestly dedicated to this city’s future than her, even among the University board!”
The mayor sighed, reaching for a button. “I’ve told you before, Pezzetti. Inside voices! I simply can’t work with you when you’re this cranky! And you, Ray, think about who you’re making an ally of!”
Red hit the button, and the carpet beneath Ray and Cavallo’s feet shifted like a blazing-fast treadmill, both flung out the office doors and against the opposite hallway wall, soft and padded. The doors swung shut and clicked, and the pair could hear some anime opening muffled and playing within soon after.
“Is he always like that?” Ray asked, having not dealt with the man all that much yet.
“Only recently,” Cavallo answered, standing with his odd walking stick, “it’s like he hasn’t been on the ball at all since André died… That devastated all of us, but there’s still work to be done!”
“I see… I can’t shake the feeling I’ve seen him somewhere.” Ray shrugged it off. “Probably just one of those faces. Speaking of André, how is that case going?”
Cavallo laughed an empty laugh. “I’m more stressed than I’ve felt in thirty years! Half this city being leveled aside, that was when I took on the case that made my career… A corrupt mayor, aptly. Mayor Carl Douglas, you hear of him?”
“I… Think so? The guy who basically pushed for everything this one philanthropist wanted?”
“Dickinson, yes. Anyway, though, let’s talk strategy later. I need to pick up a few more dozen energy drinks for this casework.”
“Yeah… See you.” Ray waved the older man off before heading to his own new office.
The second-floor office had a balcony, through which a person could look out and see a nice little courtyard before them, with a sunflower garden in the middle tended to by an old gardener who had apparently been there a very long time, but who few had actually ever seen or run into. Ray hardly used the courtyard, not that one could blame him. After all, he was busy still with his work with SKADE, and even when he was here in the office, he preferred to sit there at the nice desk he had inherited from Wedding March.
It was a nice day, though, and he thought the fresh air might help him think, and so he drew back the curtains in front of the door, unlocked it, and stepped out, inhaling through his nose, before looking down at the yard in question. The sunflowers’ ‘faces’ looked up to Ray, or more likely, he reasoned, the sun somewhere behind him. He also saw a brightly dressed man trimming some bushes, handling his shears with only a right hand.
Is that him..? Wait, one hand? Ray thought to himself some more. I’ve seen him before, I’m pretty sure. But, when could-? He blinked, and the man seemed to be gone. Did I just imagine things? No, no…
“I see you’ve taken my advice to heart,” a voice cut through from directly next to him, and there, indeed, was that man again… That man who he’d spoken to briefly when he first came into the city. “The city needs people like you, and you’ve made efforts already to stifle yet another disaster in the making. People who otherwise would not have will live to see whatever end of this comes, and you will never know all of their names.”
“You’re… I mean, that’s good, but why are you talking to me about it?” Ray asked, even in tone despite his surprise and suspicion.
“I appear to those who might do something helpful about it, should I speak to them of what’s to come,” he answered, clearly in good spirits. “I gave one such person a glimpse of what was to come months ago, and they made good usage of it. I thought I should see what the self-styled ‘ray of hope’ might like to discuss as well.”
Raymond still wasn’t quite sure about the intentions of this one-armed man, but he wasn’t one to look a gift horse in the mouth, either, pondering over his words calmly. “You seem like you understand how things work around here. There’s so much more I want to get done for this city’s sake, even past all the stuff I have gotten passed, but it feels like there’s constantly something or another stonewalling my biggest ideas. Like there’s some sort of grand contrivance against everything going right, you know?”
“I know too well, yes. Be it conspiracy, or what many would call an ‘Act of God,’ or mere coincidence, always fate in this city finds its way to spiral down again and again… You need only look outside at our beautiful canals to see a bloody example of just that,” the man said, and for a moment, Ray could vividly see the flowing water between the streets he had commuted time and time again.
“Canals…” That, then, gave Ray the idea he needed for his topic in question. “That came thirty years ago, right? In what they called an ‘Earthquake…’ But my colleague, he said there were all sorts of scandals at that point. With the old mayor from back then, and that philosopher who was way too into Alexander the Great and then died… Did they play some part in this?” ‘Those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it.’ Ray kept those words in mind, intent on paying very close attention to whatever this man said.
“Yes and no, as a man was fond of saying once. They had set the stage for what was to come, and had their own intents,” the one-armed man said, then, before gesturing towards Ray with one hand, “but to understand what became of this city then, and where it is now, you need to look to the former rivals who had come together and defeated them. From this very balcony, in fact, I witnessed the final time that group came together before it came apart.”
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It had been slightly over thirty years ago, in that very Council Chairman office in Downtown Los Fortuna. Though still the Southern end of the city was in one piece physically, it was times nearly as divisive as our own in people’s souls, the ‘Gravity’ which drove the city more than any other place tearing people away from one another and forcing them against each other with ferocity.
City Hall had fallen, its mayor an accomplice of the conquering philanthropist Alexander Dickinson, and seen its council taken hostage to do their bidding. This, then, had fallen again at the hands of two out of the eight who had banded together to liberate the city, in spite of their feuds, in its hour of need.
City Hall had, in fact, been saved from its own mayor by none other than the Stand Users who went, publicly, by V and André Tifáni, who thought himself stronger than ever, nigh-invincible, hours before a string of losses of every sort.
A teenage girl in a 3/4ths bike helmet and face-covering scarf and a grown man in a stylish sleeveless striped shirt and beret, both wearing sunglasses, couldn’t help but high-five at their own success, each cracking open a bottle of sparkling water, the latter drinking it through a whimsical straw.
The elder produced a flip phone of the highest quality, putting it to his ear and nodding, then shutting it. “Yes, that was Mr. March… The whole council made it to the safehouse that A-D boy built in time, and it’s withstanding everything yet. Zero badly hurt or dead, in direct spite of the efforts of Mayor Carl Douglas!”
“Told you not to doubt our generation, yeah? Ernie’s only gonna get better from here, I can feel it. But yeah, it’s just a matter of getting those council guys to testify then, right..?” The teen’s voice was affected, made to sound clearly lower than its natural octaves. “That prosecutor friend of yours better be half as good as you say he is, André.”
“Hey,” André reassured, waving his onyx-colored hook around, “this is a friend of mine, you know. I don’t vouch for those lightly, Vee.”
“What’d I tell you?” ‘V’ answered, folding her arms and looking away with a huff, “it’s pronounced Five.”
And then, he laughed, nodding. “Right, right… Surely, so people don’t mix you up with my sister. But hey, I think we finished our part in this first, speaking of which! So score one for the younger sibling team, eh?”
“…sure. Score one.”
Others, then, piled in one by one. One Dr. Hinata Ono, a surgeon and agent of the city’s government given free reign to harm as she pleased, dragging with her by the hand the ailing and reclusive yet passionate street artist and social critic, Celine, were the next to arrive, the doctor regaling the others present with tales of how ‘good’ Dickinson’s mistress had died, none the wiser that she would not last long past snuffing out the artist later that day.
“I told Ms. Jackson she could surrender, enter protection and testify to what she was involved in,” Ono had said as she twirled a crimson-stained scalpel on her fingertip, “but she chose to go loudly rather than come quietly… Ah, you should have seen how dear sweet Celine saved my life there! I’m in love all over again, ah~!”
Celine’s response was more modest, shirking away. “We were forced to do something ugly, so to prevent the town on the Wormwood from going under the water… Andrew Tiffany, I envy your bloodless success. Of course you, once more, find yourself not challenged… Not that I would wish that carnage upon you, or anyone…”
Byron Oxbow was not who he was today yet, despite carrying the same bold heart, and had tolerated working alongside Adidas Fischer, the fearsome mobster in his prime, who later that very day he would break and leave to linger for three decades, when another violent man would toss him through a window as little more than bait for two others.
Flexing his bare muscles, Fischer glared and burst into the scene first, his longish hair billowing as he did so. “Ja, you should have seen Oxbow… Nearly as fierce as I, even without a hair on his scalp! Those brothers at Proclaimer Insurance didn’t stand a chance!” He, then, laughed in a haughty manner, holding out his hand for Byron. “You and me, you could make a great right hand for Cascada.”
The sound of sharpened metal tearing at the floor followed Byron Oxbow as he walked into the room, torn leather jacket covering an otherwise bare chest and a pouch of rebar clanging at his side. “There was no glory in that fight, jackass. We had already taken care of the threat, and doing what you did was nothing more than pointless cruelty. If you don't put it through your thick skull that you reap what you sow you are going to get what you fucking deserve.”
“Pointless, you say, but the third brother wasn’t much younger than Vee-”
“-than Vee here, who I’m sure did more to bring down Douglas than the oaf here,” the muscly German said, jerking his thumb to the offended André as the others in the room, then, tried to make sense of what their conversation was implying. In turn, all four reacted with various degrees of appellation. “A Stand User at that… I may well have saved your life, either that instant or when he would come for revenge.”
Byron, bald head shining a mad reflection of the room’s lights, brought his rebar to the side of Fischer’s head with a furious swing, only for his arm to block it, the pair staring one another down before anyone could move to intervene. “One more dead after all of this bloodshed, and an example to that gang of yours,” Byron spoke as he strained, “what difference will it make? You see a soul stopping me?”
As things were about to escalate on the spot, however, they were interrupted, then, by the pair who had barely slain the leader of this plot themselves, Valentina Lloyd and the one who called himself Berlin Rosso… a martial artist who would spend the short remainder of her life grappling with questions of what she had fought for, and a troubled young man whose mind was driven to its brink by the futility of all he had sought and fought.
“Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey!” A contralto voice let out in a crescendo, having kicked the door open and interrupted the looming fight. The punkish, muscular woman in her thirties stepped in with a grin wide on her face. “We are not doing this here!” She continued to yell, strutting in as, behind her, a multi-masked, black haired young man in red, from his crimson body armor to his pink scarf, exhibited a different warmth.
“Valentina!” André declared, he and V barreling past the men about to fight so abruptly their locked blows concluded. “You’re well, in one piece..! Both of you..! Is that to mean..?”
“Yep, yep, yup, mhm!” She said, fists on her waists, then jerking a thumb at her chin, then sliding it across her neck. “Alexander Dickinson is over and done with!”
“Sweeter words were never uttered…” Ono said with a sigh. “Though truthfully, I nearly wish you had failed so I could have been the one to do him in… Ah, c’est la vie. Maybe I can find that runaway crony of his…”
“Take it from a former associate. Hull is someone we need not pursue… He wouldn’t dare do much with Dickinson lost, nor would many others. That loss is for the best, yes,” André mused aloud, but added, “but Val, you… Seem eerily chipper about it. Another man dead is no cause for laughter. Do not force yourself to laugh.”
“By the time we really fought, he was no man…” She looked off, then, toward the street, “went into that damn machine of his and came out like something John Carpenter, or one of Celine’s pet projects. Was easier said than done being able to walk here on our own two feet… But hey! This is a perfect victory! Everyone I gathered is back alive, in an unexploded city hall.”
Byron, finally, lowered his weapon entirely, but still held it. “I… Yeah, I guess… This story’s done now, right? Just gotta clean up what’s left… Wipe down some loose ends.” He glanced, through his lenses, to Fischer.
“What a dreadful ending.”
Among some relaxed murmuring, V had approached Berlin, only to get within meters of him, freeze up, and back away. It was his voice, then, which had cut through.
“The tyrant who wished to transform the city and take the world will die with his deeds forgotten… It’s so perfect it makes me sick,” Berlin Rosso’s face mask bore a smile, yet his tone was bitter. “We have killed each other… I can name friends of mine and V’s, companions in the Dirty Beloved, slain personally by bastards in this room.” Ono sneered at him, batting her eyelashes and tilting her head coyly. “We’ve waged a war against that which rules us all, bled and cried, and still this city entraps us. Are you so single mindedly obsessed with strife that you would dare call a story where nothing has changed ‘over?’”
“Allow us a moment!”
“No… He’s right, André,” Celine mused. “This is not the end… That ‘machine’ may yet hold the way to truly allow this city’s people their deserved dignity. Perhaps something right can come of all this destruction, something new might spread.”
“Do you… Have something in mind?” Valentina asked. “I wanna spread my style around the world, see New York and Paris with my family, but if you’re navel-gazing, you’re just gonna sour something already bittersweet.”
“I… May have a plan.” Berlin stroked his mask. “No, yes, I certainly do… This is not the falling action. We have entered our climax.”
V stepped forward after a quiet moment, raising a hand, only to be stared down by the red-clad man. What the person there who most knew him had noticed, what she had to say, she had lost the nerve to interject with. Berlin Rosso would slay Valentina soon after, and the ensuing infighting ended half of their lives. His plan would fail; Alexander Dickinson’s machine would be completely, forever disabled, but much of the city was destroyed before it could be. The earth sank beneath the final stages of his red carnage, and thoughts of this flooded over all that had come before.
Ray was quiet throughout that, enthralled by what was said, and even a touch disappointed that the story ended where it did. “You say you… Saw all of that from this balcony here,” he finally said, getting all of his bearings then. “Did they just not see you?”
“I suppose not… Their minds were all elsewhere, on quite pressing things,” the man answered, now sitting on the balcony’s rail, leaning back an amount that made Ray almost anxious to watch. “They were so very pressing then, anyway, but the thoughts of all but a pair of those left are gone, with only their effects and imprints yet remaining. But you understand my point, don’t you?”
Ray had to think for a little while on that, looking to the ground level again, to the sunflowers. “I… Think so, yes. This little story of yours should be helpful to keep in mind.”
He turned to look at the man once again, meaning to ask his name, but as he did, the one-armed figure was gone once more.
“Figures…” He muttered, before thinking to himself. That he appeared to me now and not sooner must mean that things are about to heat up again… With a situation like this, it feels mostly like good luck that every ally of ours is still alive. We need to get ready for whatever comes next. He groaned, then, pulling at his hat. “Gimme a break… Juggling all this was hectic enough already.”
And we’re back! Following a short break, it’s time for us to return to Los Fortuna once more with the second round of the fifth JoJo’s OC tournament! We’ve had a few changes in our roster in between these two rounds, in the form of some rebalancing tweaks given to a few characters and in the form of some “revivals” which we’ve had! And so, the following previously RETIRED characters will be returning in Round 2:
In addition, the players of three characters have opted to drop out of the tournament, and as such have been replaced by other members from their teams:
Some of these were previously announced and simply being reiterated here, others are being revealed to the subreddit for the first time.
With that out of the way, our teams all have a couple days to pick which matches they want their characters to participate in, with mostly the same stipulations as before - for each character, pick three matches which you would like them to participate in, from order of most to least desirable, and we’ll do our best to assign you in one of them depending on the specifics of the matches. In addition, mention any specific dates in which you can or can not have your matches, and we will do our best to make sure to accommodate your requests!
As opposed to the previous round, characters are allowed to sign up for both 1v1s and 2v2s at once, and it is even preferable for most characters to have a pairing of some kind in mind, even if at a low priority (even if it’s just saying which also-solo team member you would like to team with - don’t just throw people together to have a pair quota met; consider your team as a whole and who has the best synergies!). In addition, as the number of active characters on each team is no longer equal, it is no longer mandatory for a team to sign up to any specific amount of 1v1s or 2v2s, though larger teams should still expect to receive more than one (especially those with seven or more people).
With that out of the way, the players have three days to decide on their match picks and to send them in to the judges, after which we will make a post announcing the matches and matchups themselves. We’re fine with slightly lengthening the period of available time should that be necessary, but the sooner we receive the match picks, the sooner we can begin with R2 proper.
Without further ado, here’s the list of matches that will occur through Los Fortuna over the course of R2!
Match Region Players Recommendations Forecast
1 Agriculture 1v1 Close/Mid Range, Of Legal Drinking Age Is this what the philosophers call 'Homer Mode?'
2 Slums 1v1 Object Manipulation "Well I just might replace you with a match stick, and gasoline."
3 Shopping 2v2 Any "Wait, restart, we forgot to turn off items."
4 Business 1v1 Close Range Take a hike to Big Bill Hell's!
5 Industrial 1v1 Any ”Fire in the disco/ Fire at the gates of Hell…”
6 Agriculture 2v? Any Well it isn't West Virginia, the bull is out to pasture, the rabbit is gone and the kid doesn't know anything... (Special)
7 Suburb 2v2 Environmental Manipulation Remember Danny - Two wrongs don't make a right, but three rights make a left.
8 College 1v1 Any “You, you can do anything you want to…” (Experimental)
9 Waterfront 2v2 Any "Is it worth it? / A new winter coat and shoes for the wife…"
10 Downtown 1v1 Any "Mickey! It's Riku. They put bugs in him!"
11 Entertainment 2v2 Power, Object Manipulation "Bet it all on black."
12 Downtown 2v? Any I got a letter this morning, what do you reckon it read? (Special)
13 Waterfront 1v1 Subtle Combat "Empty your mind of everything that doesn't have to do with fine dining, fine dining and breathing."
14 Industrial 2v2 Any "Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes!"
15 Slums 1v1 User builds After this we're getting waffles. (Experimental)
16 Business 2v2 Any "Prepare for trouble." "And make it double!"
17 Entertainment 1v1 Mid Range, Athletic User "The universe is giving me strong hints that it's time for a career change."
18 Industrial 2v? Any We are the hammer, you are the nail. (Special)
19 College 2v2 Stealthy, Speedy, or Decent-range Builds; or User-focused builds "We will take your distorted desires without fail."
20 Downtown 1v1 Any "Can I believe it?" (Experimental)
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2020.09.02 21:12 mr_tyler_durden Notes and Highlights of Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear’s Live Update September 2, 2020

Notes and Highlights of Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear’s Live Update September 2, 2020
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2020.09.02 15:43 sianiam Let's Rewind: Couple Or Trouble (2006) - Episodes 1 - 8

Let’s Rewind is a trial series of discussions on KDRAMA in which viewers may watch a drama at their own pace over the period of a month.

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Drama: Couple Or Trouble / 환상의 커플
Network: MBC
Aired: October 14th 2006 - December 3rd 2006
Episodes: 16 x 65 minute
Streaming Sources:
Original On-Air discussion threads: none - aired before KDRAMA existed!
Synopsis: This series is based on the 1987 American movie Overboard. Anna Jo is a rude, feisty, and audacious American-bred heiress who can never be satisfied. She returns to Korea only to continue being a controlling wife to her already cowardly husband, Billy Park. When her yacht gets stuck for repairs, she hires local handyman Jang Chul Soo to fix her shower, but when they have a heated spat over her dissatisfaction and non payment, she pushes him overboard and dunks his tools into the ocean right along with him. Later, after a quarrel with Billy that threatens to end their marriage, she herself gets drunkenly pitched overboard and falls victim to a bad case of amnesia.
Screenwriters: Hong Jung Eun & Hong Mi Ran
Director: Kim Sang Ho
Web Resources: MDL, Wikipedia

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2020.09.02 09:50 high_priestess23 Was ist das?

Hatte mir sogar erst einen Throwaway erstellen wollen. Das erste Mal im Leben. Aber die Beiträge mit Throwaway erscheinen nicht.
Irgendwie fühle ich mich meistens so "unten" und insignifikant. Es ist auch alles so anstrengend und überfordernd.
Deshalb versuche ich meistens Sachen zu machen, die mich nach "oben" bringen.
Man kann auch sagen, dass ich mich in meine "comfort zone" bringen muss.
Im Internet/Reddit browsen: Bringt mich nach oben, wenn ich Lustiges/Cooles sehe oder Likes bekomme. Bringt mich nach unten, wenn ich sehe, dass andere vieles haben, was ich nicht habe.
Netflix gucken: Bringt mich nach oben, wenn ich Lustiges sehe
Süßigkeiten/scharfe Chips essen: Bringt mich auch nach oben. Offensichtlich nicht gesund.
Geld haben/bekommen: Bringt mich nach oben
Schöne Sachen kaufen/besitzen: Bringt mich nach oben
Aufmerksamkeit: Bringt mich nach oben
Im Mittelpunkt stehen: Bringt mich nach oben
Wenn ich Drogen habe: Bringt mich nach oben
Aber wenn einiges davon nachlässt oder nicht so klappt wie vorgestellt, dann bringt es mich wieder nach unten.
Gibt Sachen, die so ein Zwischending sind.
Soziale Kontakte bringt mich grundsätzlich nach oben, aber ist für mich wieder so "anstrengend".
Vor allem, wenn ich da viel investiere und es sich dann am Ende für mich nicht "lohnt".
So ungefähr: Man überlegt cool auszusehen und macht sich schick, überlegt nett und freundlich und interessant und lieb und schlagfertig und witzig und je nachdem "sexy" zu sein und dann fällt alles so von einem ab, wenn man allein ist und will nur im Nachtzeug im Bett irgendwie etwas snacken und online sein oder so und für sich sein und dabei ist man halt nicht immer attraktiv oder sexy oder nett oder witzig. Und am Ende hat man sich "angestrengt" und die Leute haben doch keine Zeit für einen oder mögen andere lieber, was ich halt eh schon alles gewohnt bin.
Gibt halt vieles, womit man Zeit vertreiben kann, aber dann verliert man den Spaß, weil es keine Bestätigung bringt.
Für Fotoshootings posieren...machen so viele andere Mädchen auch und bekommen teilweise mehr Likes.
Kreativ sein: Man schreibt und gibt sich manchmal auch Mühe, aber es bekommt kaum Likes.
Einen Sommer versuchte ich kreative Videos zu machen, weil ich mich allein fühlte. Habe Sachen gefilmt und "künstlerisch" in Kontext gesetzt. Hat kaum Likes und wenige, dumme Kommentare bekommen.
Ich machte schon oft Sachen allein aus eigenem Antrieb und versuchte damit etwas zu machen. Aber dann stellt sich kein Glücksgefühl ein und ich frage mich "Wozu?" und dann habe ich keine Lust mehr.
Ich möchte halt auch Sachen machen, die "schön" sind, aber ich habe oft das Gefühl, dass vieles, was mir Spaß bringt, keine oder allenfalls negative Resonanz hervorruft und dann verliere ich die Lust.
Flirten und Dates bringt Spaß, wenn man Aufmerksamkeit und Komplimente bekommt. Aber nachdem man im Bett war haben plötzlich die meisten eine feste Partnerschaft gefunden und wollen sich nicht mehr treffen. Für kurze Zeit fühlt man sich gut, weil andere einen attraktiv finden und dann wieder schlecht, weil man sich aussortiert fühlt.
Es gibt immer so kurze Momente in denen ich mich so super und motiviert fühle und dann verfliegt es.
Jemand mag mich. Super! Oh, die Person mag andere lieber. Oder: Andere Menschen bekommen mehr. Ja, sehr werde ich nicht gemocht.
Ich mache etwas oder kann etwas. Super! Ja, hm. Interessiert keinen oder andere machen Besseres. Ach, egal. Ich habe kein Interesse mehr.
Klingt komisch, aber sobald ich mich nicht mehr "besonders" fühle, fühle ich mich auch nicht mehr gut.
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2020.09.01 03:30 IrreducibleFragments Liebeskummer, Einsamkeit und Freundschaft

Oh nein, es ist wieder einer dieser deprimierenden Fäden, der sich der mentalen Gesundheit widmet
Ja, so ist es meine Lieben. Aber ich möchte versuchen es locker-flockig zu gestalten, ohne dabei zu tief in persönliche Details oder meine Lebensgeschichte zu gehen.
Abstraktes Szenario: Stellt euch vor ihr wärt mit einer Person befreundet, die ihr vor anderthalb Jahren kennengelernt hättet. Ihr hättet euch eine Zeit lang romantisch geliebt, Romane vorgelesen, die Stadt erkundet. Ihr hättet über alles und nichts geredet. Über eure Geschichte geredet. Über das was euch bewegt, das was ihr fühlt. Ihr hättet ein paar mal Sex gehabt. Aber ihr wart Freunde. Besondere Freunde sozusagen.
Allmählich überwiegte dann eine weniger romantische Art der Liebe - für euch augenscheinlich schmerzhafter als für euer Gegenüber, denn eure Libido und Kuschellust war stark - Trotzdem wart ihr füreinander da. Auch wenn es euch katastrophal schlecht ging. Nun ist die andere Person in ihrer Heimatstadt und ihr habt anfangs ein paar mal telefoniert, aber irgendwie ebbt der Kontakt ab. Ein paar belanglose Nachrichten auf Whatsapp gab es noch - das was sich Freunde so schicken - auch ein paar weniger belanglose Telefonate. Doch ihr fühlt euch nicht gut. Das letzte Telefonat ist eine Weile hergewesen. Ihr könnt euch nicht mehr an alles erinnern - ihr kifft viel zu viel - wurde etwas erzählt über ein Date? Eine wiederaufgelebte Bekanntschaft? Ein paar Nachrichten folgen. Nur schleppende, verzögerte Rückmeldung. Das Interesse aneinander wirkt unausgeglichen. Was ist wenn die Person nach deren Nähe ich mich sehne eine Beziehung führt, fragt ihr euch.
Ihr erinnert euch an viele Meta-Gespräche über euer Verhältnis. Die Ehrenworte: 'Wenn ich jemanden kennen lerne, erzähle ich dir davon", "Wir bleiben immer befreundet". Die Grenzen: "Wir brauchen Raum zur Erkundung für uns selbst" "Wir sind nicht zusammen". Jetzt sitzt ihr an eurem Fenster und raucht eine Kippe nach der andere. Ihr vedammt eure Abhängigkeiten. Die Spielsucht, das Gekiffe und das nagende und aushöhlende Gefühl der Einsamkeit. Nicht die existenzielle Einsamkeit. Die kalt-schaurige Einsamkeit eines Jemanden, der niemanden zum Lieben hat. Hier kommt euch ein zynischer Gedanke auf. Ist es nur jemand, den ihr braucht? Nicht besagte verehrte Person? Ihr wischt ihn beiseite. Ihr wisst, dass die andere Person in ihrer Einzigartigkeit und Schönheit unvergleichbar ist. Der Nüchterne in euch weiß ganz genau, dass es viele einzigarte Menschen gibt mit denen man sich lebendig fühlt und in deren Antlitz ihr das Wunder des Lebens seht. Doch diese Personen gilt es noch zu finden. Und auch die andere Person muss in eurer Erinnerung etwas an Glanz verlieren. Ihre Relevanz für euer Glück muss nivelliert werden, damit eure Sehnsucht nachlässt.
Euch fällt auf, wie es leider schon immer ein kleines, aber störendes Ungleichgewicht gab. Euch fällt auf, wie euch die Ehrenworte auch aus Hinsicht der Freundschaft berührt haben, aber eben auch weil sie Nähe bedeutet haben und damit potentiell mehr als nur Freundschaft. Euch fällt auf, wie die Grenzen eher dem Wunsch der Anderen entsprachen. Es mischen sich obsessive Eifersuchtsgedanken mit vorwurfsvoller Fassunglosigkeit, traurige Enttäuschung mit dem Drang nach nihilistischer Selbstzerstörung. Langsam wird es Herbst und kälter. Genau letztes Jahr hattet ihr euren psychotischen Höhepunkt mit Aufenhalt in der Psychatrie. Ein Relikt lässt sich nachfühlen. Eure Depression schlägt aus. Sie war immer da, nur mehr oder minder beiseite gekehrt.
In vielleicht 2 Monaten kommt die andere Person zurück in eure Stadt. Ihr fühlt euch wie ein wartender Hund. Ihr gebt auf Google ein 'Warum schreibt sie nicht zurück?' - etwas worüber der Erzähler sehr lachen muss - und fühlt euch dumm. Ein Dating-Coach nennt viele mögliche Gründe. Auf einmal kommt euer Jägerinstinkt wieder hoch. "Ich muss mich selbst lieben um attraktiv zu sein", "Niemand findet klammernde Personen attraktiv", "Ich zeig die kalte Schulter", "Die Person sollte wissen, dass ich sie nicht brauche" (offensichtlich falsch aber ein ebenso gemeiner wie effektiver Weg um attraktiv zu wirken) "Keine Nachrichten mehr von mir, hier ist der Schnitt, Zeit für eine neue Liebe".
Ihr avanciert also zwischen Verzweiflung und pragmatischen Gedanken darüber, wie ihr euch wieder begehrt und interessant macht. Dabei pocht im Hinterkopf immer wieder die Erinnerung daran, dass die Nähe ungeachtet der körperlichen Intimität unendlich viel Wert ist. Gleichzeitig wird der Tiefschwarz-Modus hochgefahren. Manchmal schwärmen fürs Melodrama. Manchmal blanke Hoffnungslosigkeit. Die Kontrolle über eure Stabilität ist schon lange abhanden gekommen.
Die Frage, die bleibt: Ist es das Aufrechterhalten der Freundschaft wert, auch wenn immer ein Loch bleibt und eure Zuneigung stärker und damit einseitig erscheint?

Bitte helft mir bei dieser Geschichte weiter. Ich als Erzähler muss entscheiden, was der Protagonist tut. Verbannt er sie in das Reich der Erinnerung um seinen Schmerz abklingen zu lassen? Wäre es ein Zeichen von Stärke, wenn er seine Wünsche hinten anstellt und ihrer Vorstellung einer seichten Freundschaft nachgeht? Müsste der Protagonist in Anbetracht ihrer Vernachlässigung des Kontakts realistischerweise wütend auf sie sein und Lebewohl sagen?
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2020.08.29 18:15 DelusionalMuffin Vis turistički vodič / Vis tourist guide

Vis turistički vodič / Vis tourist guide

Ove godine sam se s momkom zaputila na otok Vis i vidjela sam da ima jako puno pitanja ove godine, kao i prijašnjih o tome što se najviše isplati vidjeti, a da nekada nije sve u potpunosti odgovoreno. S obzirom na to da mi je bilo jako lijepo, odlučila sam natipkati svoja turistička iskustva na prekrasnom otoku Visu na oba jezika da možda u budućnosti to pomogne i nekom strancu.
This year I visited Vis island with my boyfriend. I noticed there are a lot of questions from people wanting to go there and not all were answered. Because I had such a lovely time I've decided to type out all of my experiences from one tourist to another. I did it both in Croatian and in English so foreigners can find info as well.
Na otok Vis najlakše se dođe trajektom iz Splita (ljeti vozi i trajekt iz Ancone na Vis). Trajekt na relaciji plovi 3 puta dnevno. Također, može se doći i katamaranom koji plovi jednom dnevno. Ukoliko na otok idete autom, moja preporuka je da kupite kartu online nekoliko dana ranije (pogotovo ako je srce sezone). To vam je ujedno i rezervacija i iz mog iskustva nitko vam ne može uzeti to mjesto, ne trebate stati u red satima ranije, već slobodno stanete sat vremena prije. Mi smo išli autom, tako da nisam sigurna kako je samo za putnike, ali mislim da u tom slučaju nema potrebe toliko ranije kupovati kartu. Trajekt kojim se vozite se zove Petar Hektorović i polazi s mjesta označenog na slici ispod. Vožnja traje cca 2 i pol sata i stižete direktno u mjesto Vis.
On the island of Vis you can arrive by ferry from Split (in the summer there is also a ferry line from Ancona). The ferry sails three times a day and you can also take a catamaran which sales once a day. If you are going in a car I would suggest buying a ticket online at least a few days earlier (especially if you are going in the heart of the season). The ticket is a reservation and from my experience, nobody can take your place, you don't need to arrive hours earlier and stand in the line. You can get there about an hour early. We went with a car so I'm not sure what it's like for passengers but I do believe there is no need to buy a ticket that early. The ferry is called Petar Hektorović and it departures from the spot marked in the picture below. The ferry ride takes around 2 and a half hours and you arrive directly in Vis.

Smještaj / Accomodation

Što se tiče smještaja možete birati između nekoliko lokacija na otoku Visu, s tim da su najpopularniji Vis i Komiža. Mi smo bili smješteni na Komiži koja je povezana Visom brzom cestom (cca 15ak minuta vožnje), a također vozi i mini bus na toj relaciji. Komiža je inače poznata kao ribarska lokacija na Visu. Jako mi se svidjela. :) Prepuna je starinskih kućica u kamenu koje daju cijelom mjestu nekakvu posebnu atmosferu. Gušt je prošetati se navečer rivom, otići na mol i gledati brodiće kako se pijano njišu. Ukoliko više volite tako nekakav starinski štih, svakako preporučam Komižu. Samo mjesto Vis mi se činilo modernije uređeno, iako se tamo zapravo mogu naći rimski ostatci, ali o tome malo kasnije.
Accommodation can be found in several locations. The most popular places to be in are Vis and Komiža. We rented apartments in Komiža which is connected to Vis via fast road (circa 15ish minutes). There is also a small bus which drives from Vis to Komiža and vice versa. Komiža is generally known as a fisherman location. I very much enjoyed it. :) It's full of rustic houses made out of stone which give the entire place a special atmosphere. It's a real pleasure to take a walk in the evening alongside the promenade, go to the pier and look at various ships swinging as if they were a little drunk. If you like this type of rustic architecture, I recommend Komiža. Vis by itself seems to me as if the architecture is a bit more modern, even though roman remnants can be found there. But I'll talk about that a little later.
Smještaj možete još naći u mjestima na jugu otoka - Milna i Rukavac. Uvala Milna je prepuna lijepih velikih vila i rentanje je dosta skuplje nego na drugim dijelovima otoka. Naravno, za tu cijenu dosta dobijete (odmah ste uz plažu, prekrasan pogled, skroz opremljeni apartmani), ali je za one dubljeg džepa. Generalno, u Milni se lijepo i kupati, a preko puta se nalazi nekoliko manjih otoka. Rukavac ima veliki izbor apartmana. Iako ne nudi sadržaj kao Komiža ili Vis, jedna od glavnih pluseva za smještaj u Rukavcu je blizina dosta dobrih plaža.
Accommodation can also be found in the south of the island, in Milna and Rukavac. Cove Milna is filled with beautiful villas and renting is a bit more expensive than in the other parts of the island. Of course, for that price, they offer a lot (such as closeness to the beaches, beautiful view, fully equipped apartments) but it's for those with a deeper pocket. Rukavac also has a lot of apartments to offer. Even though it doesn't offer as much as content such as Komiža or Vis, one of the biggest pluses for choosing accommodation in Rukavac is the closeness of a lot of good beaches.
Na cijelom otoku postoje dva hotela, jedan u Visu, a drugi u Komiži. Ovaj u Komiži se zove Biševo i ne bih ga preporučila s obzirom da mu hitno treba renovacija. Drugi se zove Issa i smješten je u blizni Visa te je blizu raznih plažica na kojima ima borova i hlada. Dosta je lijepo uređen, moderniji, a samim time i skuplji od Biševa kao i smještaja u apartmanima.
There are two hotels on the entire island, one in Vis, and the other one in Komiža. The one in Komiža is called Biševo and I wouldn't recommend it since it desperately needs a renovation. The other one is called Issa and it is situated near Vis. There are a lot of little beaches near it which are surrounded by pines that provide a decent amount of shadows. This hotel is nicely decorated, more modern and naturally more expensive than Biševo and accommodation you can get in apartments.

Plaže / Beaches

Plaže su jedan od najbitnijih faktora svakog ljetovanja na Jadranu, a Vis ih nudi jako, jako puno! Ima jako puno uvala i uvalica po cijelom otoku i do nekih plaža se treba zbilja namučiti da se dođe, dok su druge pristupačne samo brodom. Mi ih nažalost nismo uspjeli sve vidjeti i posjetiti, ali mogu izdvojiti one koje su nam baš zapale za oko i koje su između ostalog dosta popularne.
Beaches are one of the most important factors for those spending summer in Adriatic sea. Vis offers a lot and I do mean a lot of beaches. There are a lot of big and small coves on the entire island. To get to some beaches you really have to put in some effort while some are approachable only by boat. Unfortunately, we didn't manage to visit and see all beaches, but I will talk about the ones that are special and most popular.

Srebrena je plaža locirana kod Rukavca i mnogima je omiljena plaža na Visu. Dobila je ime zapravo po srebrnom sjaju oblutaka pod mjesečinom. Oblutci su zapravo neobično veliki, ako se usporede s onima na ostalim viškim šljunčanim plažama. Okružena je borovom šumom, ima jako puno hlada i popularni je izbor za obitelji s malom djecom. Kod plaže postoji parking od kojeg vam treba 5 minuta do same plaže.
Srebrna (cro. silver) is a beach located near Rukavac and it is one of the favourite beaches to many on Vis. It got its name because of the silver reflection of pebbles under the moonlight. Pebbles are actually quite large and if you compare them to the other Vis beaches. It is surrounded by pines that provide a lot of shadows. It's a popular choice for families with children. There is a parking near the beach and from there you need around 5 minutes of walking to the beach itself.

Stončica je smještena na istočnoj strani otoka u istomenoj uvali. Osim restorana i kafića postoji i igralište za odbojku na pijesku. Sama plaža je šljunčana. Nama se nije posebno svidjela jer je u tom trenutku u uvali bilo usidreno dosta brodova, ali plaža kao plaža je fora jer nudi sadržaj koje ostale ne.
Stončica is situated on the easter side of the island in the cove of the same name. Besides a restaurant and a bar, there is also a beach volleyball court. The beach is filled with pebbles. We didn't particularly like it because we were there when a lot of boats were anchored there. But the beach by itself is cool because it offers something the rest of them don't.

Stiniva je proglašena najljepšom plažom Europe 2016. godine, tako da ju se svakako isplati posjetiti. Uvala je smještena na južnoj strani otoka i krase ju visoke stjene po kojima je i postala poznata. Može joj se pristupiti s kopna, ali spremite se na dosta strmi poljski spust od 20 do 30 minuta. U nekim situacijama smo morali malo i zastati da vidimo kako bi se uopće najbolje i spustili. Za one koji nisu spremni za ovakve avanture postoje razni izleti brodom koji dolaze u uvalicu. Na plaži postoji kafić koji nudi razna pića, pa i nešto za prigristi. Iako nema nikakvog drveća koje bi pružilo hlad, zbog visokih stijena uvijek ima jedan dio plaže prirodni hlad. Ukoliko se nađete na Visu, ovo je jedna od plaža koju svakako preporučam. Jednostavno je prekrasna i unikatna.
Stiniva was declared as the most beautiful beach in Europe in 2016, so it is definitely worth a visit. The cove is situated on the south side of the island and it became popular because of the tall and beautiful cliffs. You can approach it by foot on land but be prepared for a really steep descent on a field road that lasts for about 20-30 minutes. In some situations, we had to take a little break to see which way is even the safest/best to climb down. For those who are not comfortable with such adventures, there are a lot of boat trips that arrive in the cove. On the beach, there is a bar that offers a variety of drinks and even some snacks. Even though there is no shadow from the trees, because of the tall cliffs there is always one part of the beach that is in the shadow. If you find your way to Vis, this is definitely one of the beaches I recommend. It's simply stunning and unique.

Komiške plaže / Komižan beaches

Najbliže plaže centru Komiže su Gusrica i Kamenice. Gusarica je relativno mala plaža smještena ispod hotela Biševo. Radi se zapravo o jednostavnoj šljunčanoj plaži, koju najviše spominjem zato što je jedna od glavnih lokacija za brčkanje u Komiži. Druga plaža u Komiži zove se Kamenice. Preko dana je tu šljunčana plaža s beach barom, a kad padne mrak se plaža pretvara u noćni klub. Nismo išli u klub ove godine jer je zbilja bilo puno ljudi, a veći gušt nam je bilo šetuckati po rivi.
Gusarica and Kamenice are two beaches close to the centre of Komiža. Gusarica is a relatively small beach situated under the hotel Biševo. It's actually a simple pebble beach which I'm mentioning mostly because it's one of the main locations for taking a swim in Komiža. The other beach nearest to the Komiža centre is Kamenice. During the day it's a pebble beach with a beach bar, but during the night it's actually a club/disco. We didn't really visit it during the night because there was a lot of people and we simply preferred to take a walk alongside the seafront.
Ima još nekoliko plaža u blizini Komiže, ali ili su dostupne strmim poljskim stazama ili im se može prići samo brodom. Neke koje smo posjetili su Templuž (FKK) i Pizdica. Pizdica je fora, osim zbog imena i zbog toga što se tamo nalaze izvori pitke vode. Preporučam da za ove plaže iznajmite kajake i odveslate ili platiti taksi brod (5 minuta vožnje) do njih jer je zbilja najbolji način za prilazak.
There are a few more beaches near Komiža but they are approachable either by steep descents or you can get there only by boat. Some we visited are Templuž (FKK) and Pizdica (cro. little pussy). Pizdica is neat because of the funny name it has and because it has springs of drinking water. I recommend to either rent a kayak and paddle there or pay for a taxi boat (5-minute ride) to get there because accessing them via seaside is just a better option.

Bili Bok (FKK)
Kako i stoji u podnaslovu, Bili bok je nudistička plaža. Ukoliko vas ta vrsta aktivnosti odbija, ovo definitivno nije plaža za vas. Međutim, iako dečko i ja inače nismo nudisti, ovo nam je definitivno bila najdraža plaža na Visu, ne zato što je nudistička, ali i to ima prednosti - jedna od kojih je zasigurno što nema puno ljudi, nikada. Zbilja je za odmoriti se od svega. Plaža je smještena u blizini Rukavca, lako se dođe autom i parkira u blizini. Od parkinga do plaže treba par minuta hoda. Bili bok je karakterističan po tome što je to plaža samo u stijenama, nema tipičan šljunčani ulaz, već je more odmah duboko i zapravo možete skočiti u dubinu. Ovakvu boju mora, nisam nikad vidjela, plivate okruženi ribicama koje vas se ne boje jer ih tamo malo tko lovi. U moru možete običi uvalicu i vidjeti fora stijene na koje se možete čak popeti i skakati s veće uzvisine. Jednostavno prekrasno. Plaža doduše ima jedan nedostatak - do kasnijih popodnevnih sati nema baš hlada.
As stated in the subtitle, Bili bok is a nudist beach. If you're not into that kind of things, this surely isn't a beach for you. Even though my boyfriend and I are not nudists, this was definitely our favourite beach on Vis. It has nothing to do with it being nudist, but that has its own advantages - there are almost no people there, ever. You can really rest and get away from the crowds. The beach is situated near Rukavac. You can easily access it by car and park in the nearby with only a couple of minutes of walk to get to the beach itself. The beach is characteristics because it's basically in rocks, there is no typical pebble-like entrance and the sea is immediately deep (no shallow entrance at all) and you can just jump inside. This shades of the sea I've never seen. You swim surrounded by little fishes which aren't afraid of you because almost nobody fishes there. While inside the sea you can swim around the cove see some cool rocks on which you can even climb and jump from higher ground. The beach is just beautiful. The only disadvantage is that there are almost no shadows until later afternoon.

Ostale plaže / Other beaches

Ima još pregršt plaža na Visu i po okolnim otocima, samo nismo imali kad posjetiti sve. Neke koje bih još predložila i spomenula su Tepluš, u Rukavcu. Lijepa plaža s kafićem, lijepim šljunčanim ulazom i stijenama za skakanje. Nalazi se u blizini Bilog boka. Pritišćina je još jedna lijepa plaža koja se sastoji od lijepe, netipične uvalice. Već sam spomenula Milnu kao mjesto i uvalu. Plaža u Milni je karakteristična po tome što se jako dugo proteže plićak pa je zgodna za piciginaše.
There are a bunch of other beaches on Vis and on the close-by islands, we just didn't have time to visit them all. Some others I would recommend visiting are Tepluš in Rukavac. It's a really nice beach with a beach bar, nice pebble entrance and rocks from which you can jump. It's located near Bili bok. Pritišćina is another pretty beach which has an unusual nice cove. I already mentioned Milna and Milna cove. The beach is characteristic because it has the shallow sea for a while so it's pretty convenient for those who like to play picigin.

Izleti / Trips
Na Visu valja posjetiti neke stvari. Ima jako puno turističkih agencija koje nude razne programe i izlete. Najpopularniji je, s punim pravom, izlet u Modru špilju. Postoje dvije varijacije ovog izleta. Prvi je da se s brodom doveze na Biševo, pogledate Modru špilju i onda idete nazad na Vis. Druga opcija je da odete na Biševo, pogledate Modru špilju i onda odete na plažu na Biševu koja se zove Porat. Porat je lijepa pješčana plaža gdje možete uživati u kristalno čistom moru i nekoliko restorana. Zbog svakodnevnih izleta i velike količine turista zna se zagužvati na plaži.
There are some trips you should make while on Vis. A lot of tourist agencies offer various programs and trips. One of the most popular ones is a trip to the Blue cave. There are two variations of this trip. First one is going to the island of Biševo, visiting the Blue cave and then going back to Vis. Or you can go to Biševo, visit the Blue cave and then go to the beach on Biševo which is called Porat. Porat is a pretty sandy beach where you can enjoy crystal clear sea and few restaurants. Because of the every-day trips and a big amount of tourists it can be a bit crowdy on the beach.
Drugi najpopularniji izlet u ponudi je izlet brodom oko otoka. Ovisno o agenciji staje se u razne uvale u kojim se onda ima neko vrijeme za kupanje. Najčešće se ide u uvalu Stiniva i na otok Budikovac gdje se nalazi plaža zvana Plava laguna i jednostavno je prekrasna. Ti izleti imaju varijacije i sigurno možete naći nešto što vam baš odgovara. Također su popularni i izleti na Palagružu i Jabuku, a postoji i tzv. "military tour" jer je Vis zapravo od 1944. do 1992. bio vojna baza. Sad je to turistička atrakcija. Osobno me to nije zanimalo, pa nisam ni išla, ali za one koja takva tematika zanima bi izlet mogao biti zanimljiv. Na otoku se još mogu vidjeti razne stare utvrde i utvrdice, u samom Visu rimske terme i teatar. To ne čudi s obzirom na to da Vis ima bogatu povijest koja seže još u starogrčka naseljavanja.
The second most popular trip you can find on Vis is a trip with a boat around the island. Depending on the agency, you make a stop in various coves around the island where you can take a swim. Most common ones are Stiniva cove and island called Budikovac. On Budikovac you can find a beach called Blue lagoon and it is stunning. These trips have a lot of variety and I'm sure everyone can find something that suits them. Trips to Palagruža island and Jabuka island (the smallest island in Croatia) are also popular. One other tour Vis has to offer is a military tour. Vis was a military base from 1944 to 1992 and now these military locations are turned into a tourist attraction. Personally I'm not into that kind of stuff so I didn't go to this trip but for those who are interested in military stuff, this would be great. On the island, you can find a lot of old forts and fortresses and in Vis you can also see roman therms and theatre. This isn't a surprise since Vis has a rich history that dates all the way to Greek colonization.

Modra špilja / Blue cave
Modra špilja je zapravo jedan od razloga zbog kojeg smo išli na Vis. Meni je to izgledalo apsolutno fantastično i morala sam ići vidjeti. :) Naš izlet je izgledao tako da smo se ukrcali na brod, odvezli do Biševa, iskrcali i stali u red za posjet špilji. Kad dođete na red, ukrcavate se u manji brod, dođete do destinacije i uživate. :) Naučite malo o otkriću špilje, ulazima, reflekciji sunčevih zraka koje čine špilju modrom i slično. Voljela bih da smo se zadržali unutra dulje, ali voljela bih i da smo se mogli okupati jer zbilja izgleda prekrasno. Također, zbog te reflekcije kad stavite ruku u more ona izgleda srebrnkasto, pa tako i generalno sve uronjeno. Ovakvih prirodnih ljepota zbilja nema svuda, a špilja opravdava svoju popularnost. Htjela sam i opet ići.
Blue cave is one of the reasons we actually went to Vis. To me, this natural occurrence looks absolutely fantastic and I just had to see it. :) Our trip started in Komiža by boarding on a boat, going to Biševo island. We departed the ship, waited in line to go to another smaller ship which took us to the destination. You learn a bit about the finding of the cave, entrances, reflection of the sunbeams that make the cave blue and similar. I would wish we were able to stay inside longer but then again I also wish we could have taken a swim inside because it really looks beautiful. Also, because of the reflection in the cave, if you put your hand inside the sea (or any object really) it will look silverish. This kind of natural beauties cannot be found just anywhere and it's clear why the cave is so popular. I wanted to go again.

Restorani / Restaurants
Gastronomija je nezaobilazni dio godišnjeg odmora, ali s obzirom na paprene cijene u većini restorana i činjenici da smo baš zbog toga uzeli apartman s kuhinjom, nismo zalazili u njih previše. Prvu večer smo zbog viška umora i manjka volje otišli u Pizzeriu Charlie gdje je dečko pojeo solidnu mješanu pizzu iz krušne peći, a ja ne baš tako bogatu paštu. Cijene su veće nego što smo navikli u Zagrebu. Još smo se odlučili počastiti jednu večer u ribljem restoranu a najpopularniji su bili restorani Bako, Barba i Jastožera, locirani uz obalu, svi jedni pored drugog. :D Za malo jeftiniju večeru možete se zaputiti u Konobu Robinzon koja zbilja ima pristupačnije cijene, a preporučila nam ga je lokalna tetica. Inače su izgleda na Visu jako popularni jastozi, velika je pomama za njima, a navodno ih ima jako malo.
Gastronomy is an unavoidable part of any holiday, but because of the spicy prices in most of the restaurants, we mostly stuck to our little kitchen in the apartment. The first evening we were very tired to we visited Pizzeria Charlie, where my bf had a solid pizza and I had a not so impressive pasta. Prices were a bit higher than what we are used to in Zagreb. We wanted to treat ourselves to a fish dinner in a restaurant one evening and most popular restaurants were Bako, Barba and Jastožera which are located on the coast, all next to each other. For a little cheaper dinner you can go to Konoba Robinzon where prices are more affordable. It was recommended to us by a local auntie. Also, lobsters are apparently very popular on Vis, there is a big demand for them and not a lot of them around.
Cijene u malim dućanima su u mjestima tipa Komiža skuplje (npr. 24 kn kila limuna), ali postoji Tommy Maximarket na brzoj cesti između Visa i Komiže i tamo se mogu nabaviti namirnice po normalnim cijenama. Ako želite nešto nabrzaka pojesti, postoji nekoliko pekara Kolderaj na otoku i svi imaju bogatu ponudu peciva, što lisnatih, što dizanih tijesta. Tamo možete probati i Komišku pogaču koja je specifična dakako za Komižu.
Prices in small stores in places like Komiža are a bit higher (e.g. 1 kg of lemon is 24HRK=3.20EUR), but there is Tommy Maximarket on the fast road between Vis and Komiža where you can buy stuff for normal prices. If you want a quick bite to eat, there are few bakeries called Kolderaj on the island and they have a rich offer of pastries and bread. You can also try Komižian pie there, which is, of course, specific for Komiža.

Ostalo / Miscellaneous
Ne znam ni sama što bih još napisala. Imala sam jako pozitivna iskustva na Visu. Ljudi su dragi, uvijek voljni odgovoriti turistima na pitanja, pokazati pravi smjer i dati generalni savjet. Sigurna sam da će svaka osoba na Visu naći nešto što će ju oduševiti. Bilo to skrivene i teško pristupljive plaže koje nude mir i tišinu, prirodne ljepote, povijest i rustikalnost otoka ili raznolikost izleta i atrakcija. Čak će i ljubitelji vina moći uživati jer unutrašnost otoka ima bogate vinograde. Ako vam je odlazak autom preskup, iznajmite skutere kako bi mogli vidjeti baš sve. Pazite se skupih restorana i morskih ježeva koji ima zaista jako puno. Posjetite Vis, nećete požaliti. 💙
I don't even know what else should I mention. I had very positive experiences in Vis. People are kind, always ready to answer tourist questions, show the right way or give a piece of general advice. I'm sure every person will find something in Vis that will simply amaze them. If it's the hidden and harder to approach beaches that offer peace and silence, natural beauties, history and rustic ambience the island offers or diversity of trips and attractions. Even wine lovers will be able to enjoy themselves because the island is filled with vineyards. If a trip by car is a bit too pricey, rent a scooter so you could visit and see everything. Tread lightly around expensive restaurants and sea urchins since there are a lot of them. Visit Vis - you won't regret it. 💙
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2020.08.25 01:32 nwatkins364 Dillon Brooks deep dive: evaluating his performance for Memphis this season and how he stacks up to comparable players in the league (OC)

Dillon Brooks deep dive: evaluating his performance for Memphis this season and how he stacks up to comparable players in the league (OC)
Ahhh, good ole Dillon the Villain. The Grizzlies player that fans love to hate. He can rip your heart out one game, and demand your total allegiance the next, one jump shot at a time.
The second-round draft pick from the summer of 2017 has seen a lot of playing time during these last few years of rebuilding in Memphis. During his rookie campaign, he played in all 82 games and started in 74 of them. Also in that season, he posted stat lines of 11 points and 3 rebounds per game while playing a shade under 29 minutes a night. He attempted 3.2 threes per game and hit 1.1, which is a clip of 35%.
As a rookie, Brooks stepped up and helped shoulder some of the scoring load that Mike Conley left behind after he was forced to undergo ankle surgery that ended his season.
Last year, Dillon was sidelined with an injury sustained at home against Philadelphia. He was in the midst of breaking out of his sophomore slump but then was forced to miss the rest of the season, so that year remains a vast unknown.
Oh yeah, we did have the classic Brooks-Brooks trade debacle. Those were good times.
Fast forward to 2019, the year where Brooks earned many nicknames. Dillon the Villain, Good Dillon, Bad Dillon - these are just a few of his many personalities that we saw take the floor.
The Grizzlies’ starting shooting guard is the most polarizing player on their roster. He can have a remarkably positive impact one night (“good Dillon”) and then hoist up a ton of contested bricks the following night (“bad Dillon”). As Brooks goes, so go the Grizzlies.
He contributed three or more triples on twenty-six occasions over the course of the 2019-20 season. On the flip side, he also converted from deep at a 33% or worse rate in 41 of his 73 appearances. As any educated Dillon Brooks apologists knows, in the 26 games where DB scored twenty or more points, the Grizzlies emerged as winners in twenty of the contests.
That is the short version of Brooks’ season and his relationship to the Grizzlies. Let’s take a little deeper dive and decipher what he really means to this team and how he ranks against his peers across the league.
How does he impact his teammates?
Out of the six guys that Dillon played the most minutes with, only Kyle Anderson scored more points per 100 with Dillon than without him. The other five (Ja Morant, Jaren Jackson Jr., Jonas Valanciunas, and Jae Crowder) all scored less with Brooks on the court.
So many times this season, Brooks served as a ball-stopper in the offense, choosing to take contested drives into triple coverage before jacking up an ill-advised jumper.
However, point guard Ja Morant averaged 2.1 more assists per 100 possessions with Brooks on the court than he did with Brooks on the bench. Outside of Dillon, the only player on the Grizzlies who Morant earned more assists from was center Jonas Valanciunas.
As an overall team, the story is discouraging. With Dillon on the court, the Grizzlies had a net rating of minus -1.36 and with him off the court it was plus -.20.
It’s not a great sign when a team plays better without one of their highest usage players on the court.
Where does Dillon rank among his peers in the league?
I wanted to analyze Dillon by viewing him through the lense of comparable guys from an impact standpoint. I narrowed my search parameters to shooting guards who have played 40 or more games and average 15 or more minutes per game. Let’s call this category, the “High Impact Shooting Guards” category. There are 76 players who meet this criteria.
  • Among qualifying players, Brooks ranks 52nd in PER with 11.3. For reference, the league average for PER is set at 16. In this stat he ranks behind guys like Troy Brown, Tyler Herro, Coby While, and Kevin Huerter.
  • In addition, Dillon was 14th in usage rate with these qualifying parameters at 25.2% - right below CJ McCollum and right above Jrue Holiday, Coby White, and Kendrick Nunn.
  • He ranked 52nd with an assist rate of 10.5%.
  • Brooks was 25th in points per game with 16.2, one bucket shy of Lou Williams, Evan Fournier, and Caris LeVert.
  • Dillon tied for 24th in 3PM and tied for 26th in 3PA. He makes two threes per game, which is on par with seven other shooting guards who have 40+ appearances and average 15+ minutes.
The tale of the tape shows that on the offensive side of the ball, Dillon ranks below average in many ways compared to other players in the league with similar workload.
However, for his usage rate, he put up counting numbers similar to those in his category and usage range. While he averaged 16.2 points per game, the 5 players who averaged a usage rate directly above or below his, scored 17.08 points per game. This group, consisting of CJ MCCollum, Jordan Clarkson, Jrue Holiday, Kendrick Nunn, and Coby White, averaged 2 or more three point makes per game, on 35.9% three point shooting. Brooks’ numbers are eerily similar with two makes on 35.8% three point shooting. But if we look closer at his shooting numbers, we can see that the area Dillon really struggles from is from inside the arc, where he shot 43.8% compared to the rest of his usage comrades’ 49.8%. The largest cause of this dip is the ridiculous variety of two point shots that he takes in triple coverage. This lack of discipline is the source of his biggest criticism.
Brooks’ shot chart from this season shows that he takes shots from all over the floor. This is in direct opposition of Taylor Jenkins strategy for the team, which is to take shots either at the rim or uncontested from three. His 53% shooting percentage at the rim is insufficient.
His poor shot selection helped him notch 102.6 points per 100 shot attempts, which is in the 24th percentile among all wings, according to Cleaning The Glass.
Dillon could help himself out tremendously by learning to pass a little more, and hopefully earning himself better driving lanes instead of putting his head down like a bull on each move to the goal. This season he only ranked in the 15th percentile in assist to usage rate among all wings. Since he is not a threat to dish off the drive, all an opposing defense needs to do is collapse multiple men on him and force him to heave up a contested jumper - essentially forcing a turnover.
Is Dillon a good shooter?
We’ve touched on Brooks’ shot selection a bit, and how that is the main factor in whether he has a successful night or a stinker of a game.
Dillon is best utilized as a catch and shoot guy. This season, he attempted the majority of his shots before putting the ball on the floor. A third of his shots on the season were after zero dribbles, and on those shots he had an eFG% of 55%. His next highest shot volume came after 3-6 dribbles (23% of total shots) and on these, his eFG% dropped all the way to 40%.
From beyond the three point line, he shot 38% on catch and shoot attempts, which is middling for guards in the NBA. When he decides to go off the dribble, he opens himself up to a multitude of challenging scenarios that expose his limitations. For example, when he pulls up off the dribble, his three point percentage drops drastically to 31% -- as opposed to the 38% he shoots on catch and shoot threes.
Another way to gauge his shooting success is through the lens of time. The longer that Brooks holds onto the ball, the less chance that he will make the shot. On shots that come less than two seconds after first touch, he earned an eFG% of 56%. This is in stark contrast to his numbers in the 2-6 seconds and 6+ seconds after the first touch categories -- which tally up to 43 and 36 percent respectively.
In the bubble, these tendencies were visible on an exponential scale. Overall, he shot a grim 28% from beyond the arc. Of the 53 three point attempts that Brooks attempted in Orlando, 40 were catch and shoot. Out of these 40, he hit 15, or 37.5%, right at his season average. One thing to note is that he did not hit a single pull up three. He also did not hit any threes where he shot after holding onto the ball for two or more seconds.
If Dillon isn’t scoring, is he at least playing good defense?
No one can say that Dillon doesn’t come to play each night. He may come to play with an over-inflated opinion of himself, but he shows up and always makes it his personal mission to give hell to whoever he is guarding.
On this side of the ball, Brooks ranks 15th among the guys in his “High Impact Shooting Guard” category with a defensive rating of 113. He also was 17th in blocks per game and 27th in steals per game. To be fair, Dillon was given the hardest defensive assignment on many occasions. For example: in the NBA bubble, he was selected to move over to guard Damian Lillard in favor of hiding Ja Morant on the slightly less explosive -- but still a Grizz killer -- CJ McCollum.
On many nights, Brooks rose to the occasion during the season and played tough defense on some of the league’s most potent scorers, including James Harden, who he held to under 30% shooting on the season.
For the year, Dillon ranked 7th in the NBA in Defensive Real Plus-Minus among all shooting guards according to ESPN. Among all guards, he was 29th in total Defensive Wins, per He isn’t the type of guy to stuff the stat sheet on defense and only earned average marks in steal and block rates. Rebounding is not his strong suit either as he ranked near the bottom of the Grizzlies roster in DREB% with 7.6%
Though he can stifle opposing iso-players well and force them to take tough shots, he is very prone to fouling. Often he gets sucked in by pump fakes, which is why he led the Grizzlies in both fouls committed and shooting fouls committed. His aggressiveness is visible on both ends of the floor, and when not harnessed properly, it can be a huge liability.
Wrapping it up
So, what’s the verdict?
Dillon Brooks has a very distinct set of valuable skills. He is most effective in catch and shoot scenarios and plays tough defense. Sounds like the 3-and-D wing that any team would want on their roster, right? Not quite. When Brooks decides to try and take defenders off the dribble, he becomes a ball stopper on offense and loses most of his effectiveness. His usage rate is far too high for someone of his capabilities.
If the Memphis front office can find a way to bring in a bonafide third star to play alongside Ja and Jaren, that should definitely be the move. No questions asked. They should not hesitate to include Dillon Brooks in a trade to upgrade the roster. However, if the new head coach Taylor Jenkins can step up to the challenge of harnessing Dillon’s energy and aggressiveness, Brooks could become a viable 4th or 5th option for a playoff team.
As things stand today, there are plenty of guys that play in the NBA who would be an upgrade over Dillon Brooks. They just happen to mostly be on other teams’ rosters. Memphis should certainly try and add one of those guys to their fold ASAP. However, moves like that are easier said than done.
Until that day happens, Dillon will have to do.
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