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2023.05.29 13:23 penpen35 Cold Steel 3 is darn impressive

I have to admit, I wasn't took big on what Cold Steel 1 and 2 when I played them. CS3 felt like they took what I mostly didn't like about 1 and 2, and decided to make things better.
First and foremost the graphical overhaul is definitely welcomed. Everyone looks so much better in here. I know 1 and 2 were for the PS3 but the jump in graphical fidelity here to PS4 era graphics is definitely much, much better. And how the battlefield just uses wherever you're standing on and transitioning into it feels faster than before. Though there's pretty heavy frame drops when i was in the Isthmia forest - I thought my 3060ti can handle it but maybe not?
The music, I felt I liked the earlier ones better, though there are still some bangers in here. Step Ahead is one of my favorites in this game and ranks pretty high for me. Spiral of Erebos is kinda taking the first intro and making into a full song that loops. The Juno theme is also a banger.
Gameplay wise, I really like the idea of Brave Orders, potentially game-deciding big moves that strengthens your team in different manners depending on the use case. And not to mention Break, which is also pretty cool, though with the master quartz you can have some pretty stupid combinations like doing huge amount of damage when the enemy is in a break state or applying ungodly amounts of ailments. The battles kind of simplifies to breaking the enemy and then doing your big moves on them while they're in break state.
Story-wise I can't help but feel the subtitle might as well be called "The Further Suffering of Rean Schwarzer". Of course he's now called as a hero, he suffered with the result of the Northern War (no thanks anime - which I did finish) which caused him to limit his use of Spirit Unification, but even as an instructor, you get the feeling most of the things aren't under his control and each time shit hits the fan Lectcher comes to tell him to deal with it because the government said so.
One thing I do want to point out is how the early 3 chapters were laid out in almost formulatic fashion. New field activity > Go to new place > Ouroboros does something > Rean tries to call for Vali... > That won't be necessary > Ouroboros does something crazier > Government tells Rean to deal with the mess > Rean does things with old class VII > Deal with Ouroboros and call Valimar. Also not a big fan of sending the branch campus students who had no experience, all over the country just to deal with Ouroboros is kinda irresponsible.
Which I say "mostly" because while it's kinda formulaic, there are subtle changes. Chapter 1 Rean didn't let class VII do anything when it became serious, but chapter 2 he asked them to join, but only if Juna is back mentally. In chapter 3 they are already forming two separate teams to take back Juno. So there's a definite change in mindset for Rean and co where the new class VII students weren't good enough, but eventually they caught up to the old class VII and can hold their own.
This game also expands a lot more on the Erebonia tale with some new wrinkles. The curse is introduced, it felt slightly handwavey - all of their past actions were almost solely attributed to the curse (including Ash who was definitely attributed to the curse), but it also explains why Erebonia is so intent on conflict moreso than other nations in the continent.
Back to Rean - I feel like the last chapter just makes him suffer way more. Yeah they killed the dark dragon, but how things went after felt so wrong. Also learning how Osbourne's family made him the man he is now and how it tied into Rean. How George is not pronounced as George anymore, Angie disappearing after chapter 3, the reappearance of Azure Siegfried with seemingly no past memory. That's a lot of things to take in, really. And of course how the egg came to be, how they wanted to stop the calamity but eventually Rean was the one who did it, though obviously it's part of the plan. He had no choice (or rather he didn't even get to choose).
And how Osborne just Osborned all over Rean in the end is well...typical Osborne, I suppose.
As for how new characters go, the new class VII is definitely quite endearing. Juna has a strong affinity for the correct moral compass and is definitely hugely inspired by the SSS and Crossbell. Kurt seemed a little rude at first and was unsure of himself, though I don't think at this point he's at any level near his relatives, he found a right role for himself. Altina basically starting off as a robot that can't think for herself and discovering emotions is heartwarming. Ash wasn't so likable as he was pretty brash, but even though his delinquent-ish attitude is still around, he's definitely softened up. Musse I personally am not a fan of as much - her endless teasing of Rean and wanting him to be her husband and how she is a million steps ahead of everything felt...wrong. Thus far I only know that she'll be the one taking over as the new Duke Cayenne, but how she's so smart felt...fake. I'm not sure how to word it properly, unfortunately.
Aurelia is one of the highpoint of the game, how she commands the school and also doing what she wants at her own pace is definitely quite cool. She's also kinda broken to play as, with her cameo in Juno. Michael is a stoic military guy but eventually he just lets Aurelia do as she pleases because he knew he can't control her. Seeing Randy is also a plus, though it's kinda unfortunate I don't get to use him at all. Towa here is more of a side character than before, though you can feel that partially she's there because she knew Rean needs support.
Cedric and his new main campus buddies aren't all that interesting either. He kinda felt like Patrick in CS1, but with an ulterior motive (that is to get into his robot). How the main campus just decided to become his lackey, even though the two named ones were slightly more interesting, even with how all it happened at the end is kinda meh - don't they have their own conclusion that shit was going to hit real hard with the giant egg and Ouroboros behind them?
That's way longer than what I planned, sorry for being ranty and having my thoughts all over the place. CS3 is definitely so far the higher point of the series in here. I enjoyed my time with the game, probably starting from chapter 3 with trying to take Juno back (which also incidentally is the prologue which Falcom likes to do now it seems). Going to go to CS4 starting later this week and can't wait to see the end of the Cold Steel arc.
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2023.05.29 13:23 LittleNoodle1991 How will Christmas look like?

My estimated due date is December 11th. I was wondering that if I actually give birth on this date, would it still be possible to celebrate Christmas at home or with my family who live 1,5h away? Or am I still in bed resting during this time. Would it be too stressful to hang out with family for an entire day?
I'm a FTM so idk what to expect after pregnancy. I hope someone can tell me how long you need rest after pregnancy and whether it is too much to expect to celebrate Christmas.
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2023.05.29 13:23 MattStormTornado Overhaul the season system to be more fun

I’ve played jailbreak between old season 2 and new season 10. The old seasons definitely felt more fun to do than the current ones because you didn’t have a cap on the amount of time you could spend on gaining xp in a day. You could grind and get the prizes in a few days.
The old seasons failed because season 4 lasted god knows how long and the only prize were spoilers. Season 2’s main prizes were also the same as season 1’s and there was a loophole with being able to purchase off sale vehicles
Since the new season system was introduced with community creations, it did breath some life into getting players back…until contracts had a cap on how many you could do in a day and natural gameplay didn’t integrate well especially with police since large bounties were almost impossible to obtain (I ranted about police not being a team and bounties being a criminal flex rather than showing how good the criminal was across their play ages ago) and many other complaints. The main one being simply arresting or robbing something gave 0 xp because “it was too Grindy”
Grinding has always been a main part in jailbreak so it perplexed me why it was a problem. I understand completing seasons in the same day kinda made the season event pointless, however i strongly disagree with capping the amount of xp you can earn in a day. Xp should be awarded for doing natural gameplay successfully, The main reason people got to level 50 so fast was they bought their levels. I think just removing this would’ve been sufficient
I also liked how there were police and criminal aspects to the game too. The torpedo/R8 for criminals and arachnid/raptor for police. I’d like these dual vehicles to return
My suggestion
Uncapped levels to truly flex how good someone is.
XP awarded for robbing locations proportional to the money earned
XP awarded for arresting + proportion of bounty
Kills award half the xp of doing natural gameplay
Larger amounts of XP for doing contracts. These reset after 24 hrs like they are now
A police vehicle and criminal vehicle to be prizes at levels 10 and 20 (so 4 vehicles total, 2 at 10, 2 at 20, these determined by popularity) Various other prizes between levels 1-20. Since most prizes are community made it really shouldn’t be much effort to integrate them in.
Award a nuke every 20 levels (these generate xp from all those who are killed in the blast)
Seasons to last 3 months
Special prizes for the top 10%, 5%, 2.5% and 1% of players who actively enter a season
I think aspects of the current season system are ok but contracts being the sole xp source and capping at level 10 limits gameplay.
The season system should be a hybrid of the current and old system as described, allowing natural gameplay to give xp, with contracts giving larger amounts of xp
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2023.05.29 13:23 ConsCom1949 Multiparty Election in the US with ten questions

Question 1: the means of production should be owned by...
PDS: Majority Workers (in the form of shareholders) and State, Minority Private
PP: Private, workers and state, pretty much evenly split
FDP: Majority private, some state owned
CSU: Majority private, some state owned
AfA: Key industries should be nationalised and not owned by megacorps, otherwise highly privatised
LP: Highly Privatised
Question 2: top marginal tax rate should be...
PDS: 80%~100%
PP: 40%~80%
FDP: 32%~50%
CSU: 32%
AfA: 49%
LP: As low as possible
Question 3: How should we treat China?
PDS: Cooperation and peaceful competition
PP: Peaceful competition, diplomatic criticizing and economic sanctions
FDP: Peaceful competition, diplomatic criticizing and economic sanctions
CSU: Peaceful competition, diplomatic criticizing and economic sanctions
AfA: Peaceful Competition, diplomatic criticizing and harsh economic sanctions
LP: Peaceful competition
Question 4: NATO should be...
PDS: Weakened, and we should expand cooperation with the Non Western world
PP: Maintained as an alliance to defend and spread democracy
FDP: Strengthened to defend democracy
CSU: Strengthened to defend democracy
AfA: Weakened because we don't have the responsibility to cate for our allies
LP: Weakened because we shouldn't spend taxpayer money on useless military
Question 5: Stance on Culture?
PDS: Staunchly progressive but not idpol progressive
PP: Intersectionality, progressive stack and idpol progressive
FDP: Moderately progressive
CSU: Moderately conservative
AfA: Conservative and anti-woke
LP: Don't care, leave it to free market but lean progressive
Question 6: Which drugs should be legalized?
PDS: Marijuana only, hard drugs remain banned
PP: Decriminalise all and legalize the not-too-hard ones
FDP: Marijuana only, hard drugs remain banned
CSU: Medical marijuana is legal but otherwise neutral~negative
AfA: None, and enforce the ban on drugs more harshly
LP: Decriminalise all because we need a small government
Question 7: On immigration?
PDS: Accept more immigration overall, even including "unfriendly" countries like China
PP: Accept more immigrants for the sake of diversity but strict checks for Chinese immigrants and students
FDP: Maintain the current policy but soften the stance on illegal immigrants somewhat
CSU: Maintain the current policy but harden the stance on illegal immigrants
AfA: Decrease the number of immigrants allowed
LP: Don't care, we support small government
Question 8: On the environment and climate change?
PDS: It's important to protect the environment and mainly megacorps should be hold responsible
PP: It's very important to protect the environment even if it means a decrease in quality of life, and not only megacorps, all individuals are responsible
FDP: Neutral
CSU: Less important than real issues like the economy
AfA: Climate change is a hoax
LP: It's important to protect the environment but not by government carbon taxes and such but rather by the free market
Question 9: On affirmative action?
PDS: Neutral, somewhat support
PP: Strongly support and there should also be reparations to blacks
FDP: Neutral, somewhat support
CSU: Leaning oppose
AfA: There should be affirmative action to whites, or none at all
LP: No, free competition and free choice
Question 10: The themes you care about the most?
PDS: Economic Justice, People's Livelihood, Equality, Social Justice, Democracy
PP: Social Justice, Diversity, Inclusivity, Environmental Protection, Economic Justice
FDP: Democracy, The Economy, Stability, Social Justice, Inclusivity
CSU: Stability, The Economy, Democracy, Law and Order, Morality
AfA: Morality, God, The Economy, Law and Order, Stability
LP: Liberty, Freedom, Opportunities, Democracy, Social Justice
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2023.05.29 13:23 gusflush Cant play then I won't buy

EA is a JOKE! I wanted to buy the f1 23 for my ps5 so I wanted to do the trial of f1 22 to see if I like it. (Huge fan of f1). When Engering the game I need to connect my EA account to my ps5 which won't work since it is connected to a email adres I don't even know. After 800 tries and calling and chatting the customer service I gave up. I WONT buy the f1 23 and am very much done with this bullshit. How difficult do you want to make it for people to enjoy a simple game. I mean really? I am baffelt by the way EA makes it so not fun to even consider playing their games. My God I hope they go broke asap.
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2023.05.29 13:23 Important_Pin_1681 If you think you might lose your job to artificial intelligence, what is your job and how much time do you have left?

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2023.05.29 13:23 officialaFreyd USP-S Stainless Steel FT with VOX Eminor Sticker

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I am wondering how much I might get for my USP-S Stainless Steel FT with VOX Eminor Kattowice 2014 in 1st position. There is also a FNATIC Kattowice 2015 on 4th position.
Not sure how exactly to calculate and where to sell, but I want to give something back to my not so smart past self hahah. Sorry in advance if this is not the right channel.
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2023.05.29 13:22 backwoodzhippiemomma Anyone here have experience using tobacco for parasite control in goats?

Trying my hand at growing tobacco this year for the first time. I'd like to utilize some of it for deworming our goats. It's difficult to find much info on the topic online- It's an old school remedy and tobacco has been bastardized in our society, so naturally most forums just say how DaNgeRouS tobacco is and to stay away from it. But I'm talking here homegrown, organic tobaccy, not the chemical laden crap you find in your grandma's Virginia Slim 120s. I'd love to hear if others have experience with this, how you 'dosed' it, if fresh leaves can be given, etc.
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2023.05.29 13:22 Salaris The Spark of Paths Untraveled

Hey, everyone. I posted a writing philosophy post on my blog today, and given the relevance to our subgenre, I figured I'd repost it here in case some people are interested. I expect this will be a controversial one -- it's definitely an area where my approach to writing differs from the norm -- but I hope that some readers find the insight on my perspective valuable, even if they don't actually agree with it.

The Spark of Paths Untraveled

A common element of writing philosophy is that authors should, as a general rule, only include content that serves the plot, the development of characters, or both. These authors tend to feel that other types of content — largely meaning scenes that are principally written for setting (or world building, as it’s often called) purposes — should only occur if they also serve the plot or development of the characters in some way.
I’m here to disagree with that approach.
There are several elements to why, but I’m going to focus primarily on a few main points that are important to the types of fiction that I tend to write.

Paths Untraveled

The foundation of my premise (not a cultivation joke, but you’re free to make it as one) is simple:
Things touched on within a story that the character does not actually end up exploring directly can add just as much (or more) value to a reader experience than what the character does explore.
This is going to sound incredibly counter-intuitive to some people, but probably won’t be as strange to anyone who is heavily involved in fanfiction communities and similar subcultures.
So, what am I talking about here, exactly?
Essentially, there are some specific scenes in novels that are written in a way that — through the intent of the author or otherwise — ignite the imagination about what could have happened if things went just a little bit differently.
Typically, these are most commonly scenes that involve clearly delineated “branches” that can lead to “what if” scenarios on the part of a reader. In my experience, there are very few things that ignite reader interest — and fandom interest in general — more than “what if this one story element went slightly differently?” This doesn’t have to be as direct as a choice. It can also, more rarely, simply be bits of information that provide context on areas of the setting that are never fully explored within canon. For example, a character might be shown explaining — or even using — an ability that is never seen again in a story, and their *lack* of using that ability can also be a point that sparks reader interest. (See: Kakashi opening the First Gate during an exposition scene in early Naurto, then never using it again.)
Now, this might sound like it has a lot to do with plot and character – and yeah, it often does. Things like, “What if Batman just killed the Joker?” is both a very common plot point to theorize about and a place to think about exploration of character development for what might occur in that scenario.
But there’s a category of “what if” style scenarios that principally focus on elements of world building or magic system exploration, and while those absolutely can intersect with things like characters and plot in some ways, they don’t necessarily need to.
A clear example of this?
My Arcane Ascension books include details about attunements that may never actually show up in the books.
I tend to go lighter on detail for things that aren’t likely to directly intersect with the main characters (in terms of plot or character development), and some of the attunements were mentioned earlier than their inclusion for the sake of foreshadowing when characters would show up with them later, but things like attunement descriptions for attunements that won’t show up help serve a few different types of “what if” scenarios —
What if one of the characters had ended up with, say, the Chronomancer attunement instead of what they had in the main story?
This type of content exists not only to provide extra world building details to make the world feel alive (which I feel has its own value), it also provides fans with more ideas to explore. And attunements are just the start of it — there are numerous types of content that, while absolutely not integral to the plot or the characters, add something to reader engagement for a certain type of reader. This is the reader that tends to think about these details and extrapolate into possibilities for other stories, to theorycraft, and, perhaps most commonly, a type of engagement I don’t think authors talk about enough —
The type of reader that wants to create their own character within a setting.
This is a hugely common aspect of fandom, above and beyond people who are out there making fanart and fanfic. Things like Judgements and other forms of determining your magic — or what faction you belong to, or your character class, or any number of other branching points — are massively important points of engagement for readers. (See any number of internet quizzes for what house you’d belong to in other fandoms, for example.)
These are what I call “spark scenes”, because they spark ideas on the parts of readers. Any scene a character could end up with one of many different rewards or punishments falls into this category.
There are numerous examples of what I consider to be “spark scenes”. Some examples include:

These are just some sample options; there are really a ton of ways to have elements of a scene that spark reader engagement without necessitating direct plot or character involvement.
Notably, these spark scenes often have greater value if there’s room for the reader to disagree with the main character’s decisions — and in order to do that in a way that can explored at beyond a cursory level, there needs to be a certain requisite amount of information provided.
Take the character class selection option, for example.
It’s very easy for an author to say, “Maria Suzette saw that she had ten class options, including fighter, mage, cleric, thief, bard, druid, ranger, monk, and paladin, but she chose the more obscure Ultimate God Master class, which no one else used because it had a reputation for being underpowered. No one could have possibly guessed that Ultimate God Master was actually a class with great potential!”
Comedy aside, a lot of LitRPGs start with this type of setup — maybe a little less blatant — or end up in a similar place with things like class and treasure selection.
In the scenario above, the main character is given choices, but there isn’t enough information to know if any of the other classes would interesting. There’s no spark here – it’s basically just laying out that the main character is picking a certain option, which is plot and character relevant, but there’s nothing much to explore on the fandom side. No one reading this premise is likely to be thinking, “Hey, wow, fighter sounds like it could be a particularly intriguing alternative to Ultimate God Master.”
(If you are, I commend your dedication to the fighter role.)
In the same sort of setup, though, if we’re willing to dedicate a bit more time to exploring the paths not traveled, we can put in some details on each other class — and, perhaps, make them a little more interesting as alternate options that someone in the fandom might actually think about wanting. If you really insist on including an Ultimate God Master class for your main character at all, consider that you can still have interesting alternatives on the same scale (Immortal Demon Emperor?) that could feel like viable alternatives.
Now, as a caveat to this, there’s an obvious argument that you can still have all these things and still tie them into plot and character. For example, if you include an Immortal Demon Emperor class as a counter option for the main character above that is their “path untraveled”, there are a couple obvious ways to make it relevant.
The first is to have the main character engage with that option in some way (e.g. think about it before making their choice). This can add to the spark value, since the main character engaging with it can encourage readers to think about it further.
The second is to have it show up again later in some way, e.g. the main character gets a rival with the Immortal Demon Emperor class.
I love both of these approaches, and I think they can add a ton — but I think one area where I differ from many of my writing contemporaries is that I do not actually think that they’re necessary.
The existence of the details themselves, when properly executed, can add value with nothing further being needed within that scene or otherwise. And it can add enough value that including these things is worth doing, in my opinion, even without intertwining them with anything else.

Using This Approach

Do I advise adding in these types of details — say, extra character class alternatives that sound cool that you never see again?
Not really. Not frequently. I don’t even tend to do that myself. Rather, if you look at something like the treasure vault scenes in Weapons & Wielders, I tend to do both of the extra things I mentioned above — I have my character think about the options (which is character exploration) and I have someone else choose them (which makes them potentially plot relevant).
There are, however, cases where I might deliberately include details specifically for the world building and spark effects — and those tend to be cases where I’m doing it specifically with the intention of giving readers ideas for what they might do for their own characters, or locations they might want to have adventures, or that sort of thing. And sometimes, it isn’t appropriate for me to have all those things incorporate a response from my character or future plot involvement. That is, to me, okay.
My principal point here isn’t actually “you should write scenes for setting/world building without any other purpose”. Rather, it’s that plot, character, and setting are typically seen as the three main reasons for writing content, and I would postulate that “spark” is effectively a fourth category that interacts with all of the others, and that the combination of setting and spark can be strong enough to warrant inclusion of details that may not ever be relevant to plot and character.
Scenes and content designed for reader engagement aren’t a new concept, of course. Fandom in particular is extremely familiar with the idea of certain types of content existing specifically to spur though and discussion — but usually, this tends to be in the context of things like character deaths, relationships, and other major things that *do* involve characters and plot. I like to go outside of that territory from time to time, hoping to give my readers things to think about in terms of how magic works, what items people could have picked up, the spells they could have researched, and that sort of thing.
Moderation, of course, has its own value. It’s also important to think about when and where you might be able to employ this type of content without being overly disruptive to pacing. There isn’t an easy way to adjudicate what “good” pacing is, especially in a genre like this one that draws in readers that have very different interests. For example, some readers are most heavily engaged with flashy fight scenes, and others skip them entirely. Likewise, scenes where I go into a bunch of minutia about how magic works bore some readers to tears, but they’re also the single most important scene type for the types of readers who get involved in discussions on Discord, etc. There’s no easy answer to this. I’ve experimented with several approaches and will continue to do so.
As one simple approach to help with pacing, I sometimes include this “spark” content over to things like appendices that are written in-character. This makes these a form of optional engagement for readers that are interested without necessarily bloating the story for other readers. This does have some critical downsides, though — anything in an appendix is going to be deliberately skipped by many readers (even ones who might enjoy it if they know it exists), and perhaps more importantly, it’s probably not going to be included in audiobook. A solid half or more of my readers get my books through audio format, so I have to be cognizant of that and can’t shovel too much of this into appendices or other forms of bonus materials.
So, is that the wrong approach? I don’t have a good answer to that — it’s going to be a good way to handle things for some readers, but not for others. As we see more readers migrating to audio, I think the appendices will be less useful, and I’ll need to prioritize including this type of thing in my main narrative without being disruptive. This is a tough balancing act, and it’s going to be something I continue to test and explore as I write more content in the future.
Now, like any writing opinions I’m going to offer, I need to place a gigantic reminder here that this is a component of my own writing philosophy, not every writer will agree with it, and there absolutely are downsides to including things without clear involvement with plot and character.
Even if certain readers are going to be engaged and start theory crafting when they see details on a bunch of different treasures in a scene that never show up again, or classes on a character class list, that’s not a reader experience that’s going to be universal, or even common. This level of extra detail is best used carefully and deliberately. I’ve personally been known to go overkill on these kinds of details, even for my own preferences, which tend to run very extreme in terms of preferring to see a lot of interesting options to think about.
I’ve had a lot of readers over the years who have been confused by the inclusion of certain content that “doesn’t go anywhere” in my books — and this is one majpr component of that. An (arguably larger) part is that I have a tendency to set up events too far in advance — there are things I’ve been setting up since Forging Divinity that readers won’t see the payoff for until I’ve written ten or more additional novels — so I don’t want it to sound like my books are inundated with things I write exclusively for worldbuilding and spark. But my interest in this kind of content that is designed for a certain type of reader engagement is a major component of my style, and you’ll definitely continue to see that in my stories. There’ll be more treasure vault scenes, more character class selection scenes, and maybe even an auction or two. And in all cases, I intend to include paths my characters will never take.
So that you can walk those paths yourself.
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The business trend in the United States is ever-changing. Newmarket trends, modern technologies and government policies make a big contribution to the changing business trends in the USA. With the changing market environment over the years, there has been an emergence of new business structures from time to time. In this article let us talk about one of such business structures i.e. Limited Liability Company (LLC) in the USA.
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What is a Limited Liability Company (LLC)?

Limited Liability Company i.e. LLC is a type of business structure that is a combination of a Corporation and a Partnership Firm. It is a business structure for Private Companies in the USA. LLC on one hand has the flexibility and tax benefits of Partnership Firms and Sole Proprietorships and on the other has limited liability status just like the Corporations.

Characteristics and Important facts of an LLC in the USA

  • The owners of an LLC are called as “Members”.
  • The rights and responsibilities of the members for managing the Limited Liability Company in the USA are governed by an operating agreement.
  • An LLC shall have to file a document called the Articles of Organization with the State Official, generally the Secretary of the State to get the legal status.
  • The Rules & Regulations of LLCs are different from state to state.
  • The members of an LLC can be any entity or individual other than banks and insurance companies.
  • Limited Liability Company does not have to pay taxes on their profits directly. Instead, LLC’s profit and losses are paid through the members who ultimately report them on their Individual Tax Returns.

Advantages of Limited Liability Companies ( LLCs) in USA

  • Limited Liability: The key reason business owners opt to register their businesses as Limited Liability Company is that their objective is to limit the personal liability of themselves and their partners or investors.
  • Flexibility: It is a well-known fact that an LLC is a mixture of a Corporation having liability protections and a Partnership that is believed to be a simple business agreement between two or more owners and hence can choose between tax regime of various business structures such as sole proprietorships, partnerships, S corporations, or C corporations.

Disadvantages of Limited Liability Companies ( LLCs) in the USA

Limited Liability Companies, apart from having some attractive features, LLCs have several disadvantages as below:
  • Regulations: As per the state law of the state where the LLC has been incorporated, an LLC may have to undergo dissolution if any of the members dies or goes bankrupt.
  • Taxes and Fees: Though owners of an LLC benefit by avoiding double-taxation, they are required to pay self-employment taxes. These taxes ultimately are paid twice as the owner of the LLC is both the employee and the employer.
  • Suitability: A Limited Liability Company may not be a suitable business structure if the founder’s or owner’s ultimate goal is to launch a publicly-traded company.

Procedure to start an LLC in the USA / How to Start an LLC in USA?

Select a State

The first step towards starting an LLC in the United States is to select a state. It is advisable to start an LLC in a state that has no state taxes, so that one only has to manage US Federal Taxes.
Although, if the business’s objective requires you to have offices or have a physical presence in a particular state, then it would be a necessity for you to have an LLC registered in that particular state only. This avoids requiring to form an LLC as a foreign LLC and hiring registered agents in multiple states.

Reserve the Name for your LLC in USA

The next step for forming an LLC in USA shall be to reserve the name for your Limited Liability Company. For reserving a name for your LLC, you shall search your secretary of state’s business directory to ensure that the LLC name that you want for your business is original and not taken by any other LLC. Your Limited Liability Company (LLC) cannot have the same name as an already existing LLC in the state where you are filing.

Hire a Registered Agent

The third step towards LLC incorporation in USA would be to hire a Registered Agent who would be responsible for receiving and corresponding all the legal as well as tax-related documents on behalf of an LLC. Keep in mind at the time of appointing a Registered Agent that he must be a resident of the USA or a corporation authorized for carrying out any business transactions in the USA.

File Certificate of Formation with Division of Corporations of the State

The next step would be to file the certificate of Incorporation of an LLC with the Division of Corporations of the state. This Certificate can be filed either by one’s own self online or via email. Once the Certificate of Formation of an LL is filed and accepted by the USA Division of Corporations, the LLC is considered to be officially incorporated.

USA LLC Operating Agreement

LLC OA (Operating Agreement) is not mandatory for a USA Limited Liability Company, but it is advisable to have one. An Operating Agreement is considered to be a legal document that states the provisions and rules of the ownership and operating procedures of an LLC. It reduces the risk of any future conflict between the business owners.

Get an LLC EIN

EIN stands for an Employer Identification Number which is a 9 digit number given by the Internal Revenue Service. Employer Identification Number is a Social Security Number for a business in the USA. An Employer Identification Number (EIN) is required for opening a business bank account, filing and managing Federal and State Taxes and also it is required while hiring employees.

Documents required for LLC Incorporation in USA

  • Legal Name of Partners
  • Percentage of partnership for each partner
  • A Certified Copy of Passport
  • Existing Foreign Tax Id Number (Pan Card)
  • Original Voter ID Card and Driving License (Incase Certified Passport is not available)

FAQs on Limited Liability Company in the USA

What is an LLC?

Limited Liability Company i.e. LLC is a type of a business structure that is a combination of a Corporation and a Partnership Firm. It has a both flexibility of Partnership Firms and limited liability just like the Corporations.

Are Limited Liability Companies Taxed Differently Than Corporations?

Yes. While in a corporation system of “Double Taxation” prevails, i.e. to say that in Corporations first profits are taxed at the corporate level and then taxed a second time once those profits are distributed to the individual shareholders.
LLCs, on the other hand, allow the profits to be passed directly to the investors so that they are taxed only once, as part of the investors’ personal income.

How to start an LLC in the USA?

Well, it is an easy process to start an Limited Liability Company in the USA. Following are the steps for registering an LLC in the USA:
  • Select a State and Reserve a name for your LLC
  • Hire a Registered Agent
  • File Certificate of Formation / Incorporation for LLC
  • Prepare LLC Operating Agreement
  • Obtain LLC EIN

In what state should I form an LLC?

Usually, a Limited Liability Company is incorporated according to the requirements of the state laws, one has to decide what state his/her LLP should be formed and organized in. However, it is often seen that Delaware is chosen because of it’s well-developed state law. Nonetheless, one should always choose a state for forming an LLC considering the factors like Fees, Filing Obligations and Complexities of the laws in the state.
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2023.05.29 13:20 goldenmom4gr Transcription of "Second Westman Interview"

This is a transcription only of this
Tim W
Faith W
Haverhill, New Hampshire
Telephone: xxx
(noted as 2006 in handwriting)
Tim and Faith Westman were interviewed relative to their knowledge of certain events that occurred on February 9, 2004 concerning the disappearance of Maura Murray. They were interviewed by telephone with both of them on the line at the same time.
The Westmans indicated that at approximately 1900hrs on February 9, 2004, they were working inside of their home office. They heard what sounded like a "thud or thump" coming from the front of their residence. Both went into their kitchen to look out the window that faces Route 112, now known as Wild Ammonoosuc Road to see what had made this sound. They observed a dark colored vehicle (no further description by them) off the road facing west or toward Lincoln, New Hampshire. The rear of the vehicle was very near or adjacent to a tree with the driver's side of the car on the wooded side and the passenger side on the road side. Both Westmans cuold see the interior light of the car come on and subsequently go off several times as they watched the vehicle.
It was their opinion that the car had been traveling eastbound, when it left the road, struck a tree and came to a rest facing westbound. Both noted that the road was dry at the time of this accident with no ice, black ice or snow which would have caused the vehicle to go off the roadway. They also noted that a couple of days after this incident they observed the tire tracks in the snow left by the car at the time of this accident. It was clear to them that based upon these tracks the operator successfully negotiated the severe curve in the road, but for reasons unknown drove straight off the road. They could not offer any explanation for this collision.
The Westmands noted that at some point the emergency flashers for the vehicle also came on.
After the Westmans watched this car for a few minutes, B Atwood, one of their neighbors, drove by and stopped at the collision scene. He was one of the local school bus drivers and was in fact driving a large yellow standard school bus at this time. He said the bus stopped facing easy (the opposite of the parked vehicle) at which time Atwood opened the door of the bus and behan to speak to, the Westmans later learned, Maura Murray. Maura at this time had gotten out of her car and was speaking to Atwood from across the top of her vehicle. The Westman recalled that Atwood spoke to Maura for only 1-2 minutes. After this conversation, Atwood left and drove the school bus back to the house where he parked it as he usually does.
The Westmans said that Maura did not get into the school bus with Atwood, nor did Atwood get out of the bus when he spoke with Maura.
Both of the Westmans said that a couple of minutes after Atwood and the bus left they saw some activity outside of the car and believed it was Maura walking around her vehicle. Tim Westman said he could see a small light near Maura's face and thought she was smoking a cigarete. He later learrned that Maura did not smoke and that the light he saw was probably a light from her cell phone. Another couple of minutes passed when both the Westman's noted they saw no further lights coming from Maura's vehicle.
Another couple of minutes went by at which time the Westmans saw a fully marked Haverhill police car coming from the west and parked near the scene. They observed the police car because it had its blue emergency lights on. Another couple of minutes went by when the officer assigned to this police car came to their front door. The officer asked where the female operator of the car in question was. Both Westmans stated they did not see Maura leave the area, but noted that she if she walked from the collision scene, she had to walk eastbound. They noted that had she walked westbound they would have seen her. The officer also noted that he came from the west and did not see her along his route.
The Westmans noted it was 5-6 minutes in time from when atwood left in the school bus to the time the Haverhill police officer arrived on the scene.
The Westmans stated that soon after the officer left their residence, the local fire department, EMS staff and other local and state police officers arrived at the scene of this collision and began to search for Maura. Both Westmans also noted that the morning of the 10th both of them looked their property over and found no footprints in the snow to show where, if or how Maura left the accident scene. They said there certainly was enough snow for a person to leave footprints in the snow and none were ound by anyone in the immediate area of where Maura left her car.
They did note that it was possible that other vehicles drove by the scene where Maura was parked, including when she was speaking with Atwood. They were clear, however, that no other vehicls stopped at the scene, only Atwood.
It should be noted that both the Westmans and the Marrottes did not like Atwood. They described him as "weird and peculiar" but declined to further document what "weird and peculiar" was.
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2023.05.29 13:20 Black_Hazard_YABEI Tentative Plot Preview of my Amourshipping fic (Pokemon A/S) Version 1.1

Fanfic name: Pokemon A(sh)/S(erena)

\--------------------**Continuity and Placement**\-----------------

After 1 years of MPM Epsiode 11

\--------------------**Character settings**\--------------------

Main Cast: XY Gang (Ash, Serena, Clemont, Bonnie) + OG Gang (Misty, Brock) + Gary Oak

Everyone will receive the Mega Evolution

Dawn become Top Coordinator before the fic starts.

May and Dawn will become Serena's rival.

Chloe is May, Dawn and Serena's apprentice

Pokemon Master scaling from best to worst: Ash >>>> Leon > all 6 Masters

Pokemon Coordinator scaling from best to worst : Dawn = May >< Serena > Chloe > Miette > Drew = Zoey

Pokemon Performer scaling from best to worst :Serena > May > Dawn > Aria > Chloe > Miette> Jessie

Everyone will have their official age +1, except Ash who is still stucking at 10 years old (There'll be the story arc which explains why Ash was still 10 years old)
Team rocket trio will be sent to jail at ending of Team Rocket Arc because I feels like they're superfluous in the fanfic. But they might return if I can make use of them and appears as reformed person because they're not entirely bad person I think

--------------------About Pokemon Gen 9/Horizon/Paldea/SV--------------------
Liko and Roy will appear as side characters, while Necoma might have more role in Paldea story arc due to the shared personality with Ash

\--------------------**Arc 1: The dream begins and reunion (ep 1-6)**\--------------------

**Type:** **Storytelling, Action, Romance, Amour**

Ash recieved the invite that will makes him reunite with his girlfriend, but he must deal with the plant from giant rock which will eventually not only makes him reunite with his girlfriend, but also reassamble the entire XY cast and makes the story looks like XY sequel (lol!)

Episode 1: Story begins with Ash saw the nightmare where the world being destroyed and even Arceus unable to do anything about it. Then **Ash wake up and he just realized that he was invited to see the Pokemon Contest final (Serena Vs Aria) in Kalos, but when Ash went to Kalos, he saw his Greninja being unconscious because of being overworked for cutting wood so many years non stop without taking any break (Lol!)**

Episode 2: **It's only 1 hours before Pokemon Contest final starts,** Ash had sent his Greninja into Pokemon center. Meanwhile **Bonnie and Clemont calls Ash that the plant from Giant Rock had nearing the Luminse City.** Ash and Lucario attempt to sense where's the source of those plant are but unable to. Meanwhile at this time, **Greninja had been fully recovered and returns to Ash!**

Episode 3: **Greninja had been recovered!** With Greninja's help, Ash was finally able to find the source of the Giant Rock- on underground. Clemont used the newly devloped drill to make the tunnel so that Ash (with Pikachu, Lucario and Greninja), Clemont (with Luxray) and Bonnie (With squishy) will able to reach the underground and saw the core of those plants. **With the combined effort of Pikachu, Lucario, Greninja, Luxray and Squishy, they was able to destroy the core and stopping the Giant Rock plant once and for all.**

**Episode 4:** After the Giant Rock Plant Core had been Destroyed, Ash had found that the Pokemon Contest final had already begin. Ash was tried to reach Pokemon Contest as soon as possible. At first, Aria's excellent Contest skills makes Serena begin to self-doubt if she could made it, but Ash was eventally managed to arrives and cheers Serena, allowing **Serena to unlock Bond Transformation on Her Delphox to become Serena-Delphox and become Kalos Queen** (Yes, I made her Kalos Queen that early because I have struggle to write Pokemon Contest chapters)

**Episode 5:** At last, **Ash and Serena had finally reunion! To celebrating Serena become Kalos Queen, Ash was going to buy the new clothes for Serena as suprise gift so that Serena can put her Blue Ribbon back on her chest**, but Ash have struggle to do so because Ash know nothing about clothing style, but thanks to Diantha's help, Ash was eventally able to find the clothes that fits Serena and fits her Blue Ribbon.

**Episode 6:** **Ash and Serena say goodbye to Miette, Diantha and May and moved to Pallet town.** But at the next day, they found themselves had been trapped inside the crowd as both are now become the celebrity and all of the billboard had their own face! Diantha will teach Ash and Serena must find the way to move around in public

\--------------------**Clemont single chapter (ep 7)**\--------------------

**Type:** **Storytelling, Action**

I made this chapter so that I can give Clemont bond transformation form

Episode 7: Clemont had unveiled the upgraded Clembot MK III, but was being hacked by Xerosic who managed to escaped from jail. Clemont was managed to find Xerosic, but Xerosic was wearing some power protector which overpowers all of his pokemon and his chesnaught! Xerosic was teasing that Clemont's science is terrible, **but Clemont determination that the science was supposed to be used for justice allows his chesnaught to unlock the bond transformation to become Clemont-chesnaught**, allowing Clemont to defeat Xerosic and sent Xerosic back to jail. Unfortunately, Xerosic was managed to damage the Prism Tower which forcing Clemont, Bonnie and Meyer to living in Ash's house temporarily until the Prism Tower had been rebuilt.

\--------------------**Ash pidgeot single chapter (ep 8)**\--------------------

**Type:** **Action**

Despite Ash's pidgeot had officially returned to Ash, it's another questions of how long can his pidgeot live with his trainer.....

Episode 8: Tons of Fearow had invaded and caused the huge chaos in Pallet town and steals Serena's blue ribbon! Ash's Pidgeot had found that those Fearow are came from Viridian Forest. Ever since Pidgeot had reunited with Ash, those Fearow had rapidly reproduce, quickly take over the Viridian Forest and begin to spread out of nowhere! Those Fearow demands Ash's Pidgeot in exchange for those Pidgey and Pidgeotto's life and the Blue Ribbon. Ash and Pidgeot arrived Viridian Forest but those Pidgey and Pidgeotto told them not to leave his Pidgeot here because they thinks that the Pidgeot was belong to Ash and Ash refuse to leave his Pidgeot here. Those Fearow now attempt to hurt those Pidgey and Pidgeotto and ate the Blue Ribbon! Ash Mega Evolved his Pidgeot to fight against those Fearow but being slowly outnumbered by those Fearow. On the verge of Ash's Pidgeot's defeat, those Pidgey and Pidgetto had evolved into Pidgeot and helps Ash's Pidgeot to defeat those Fearow and give Ash back the Blue Ribbon, ending those Fearow's threat once and for all! Ash and his Pidgeot was bid farewell to those Pidgeot and give the Blue Ribbon back to Serena, now Ash's Pidgeot can live with Ash forever!

\-------------------**-Arc 3: Team Rocket invasion (ep 9-17)**\--------------------

**Type:** **Action**

XY/XYZ cast had finally reassambled! But let's not forget about that they must deal with the very first and longest lasting villain organization-Team Rocket!

Epsiode 9: **Gary had reunited with Ash**, where former had become the Pokemon Professor. Gary brings Ash and Serena to visit the extension of Professor Oak's laboratory (Clemont and Bonnie was here too!). Meanwhile, Giovanni had arrived the laboratory and defeated Professor Oak. Gary came out and fight against Giovanni once again and.....lose once again. Meanwhile, the **Team Rocket Grunts kidnapped Professor Oak while they're battling and Giovanni had left the laboratory!**

Epsiode 10: Giovanni kidnapped Professor Oak to Team Rocket base to make Professor Oak works for him. Ash and Gary was thinking about how to save Giovanni. Meanwhile, the Team Rocket trio appears once again and attempt to steal his Pikachu, but Misty and Brock arrives and saves Ash's Pikachu. Ash respond with a heavy heart as Ash aware that this might be their last time to prepare for trouble as Ash had decided to destroy Team Rocket once and for all (Yes, he feels sympathy for those Team Rocket Trio because he aware that Team Rocket Trio have heart) and Ash's pikachu sent Team Rocket Trio flying once again like usual!

Epsiode 11: Thanks to Clemont's science, Ash, Misty, Brock and Gary was able to track down the location of Team Rocket base. Clemont gives Ash the device which allows Ash to freely switch his Pokemon party anywhere and anytime. **Ash, Misty, Brock and Gary went to Team Rocket base while leaving Serena, Clemont and Bonnie at Ash's house. Ash, Misty, Brock and Gary charging towards Team Rocket Base and begin the final battle against Team Rocket!**

Epsiode 12: **Ash, Misty, Brock and Gary fight against thousands of Team Rocket Grunts** who "Welcomed" them. But they slowly outnumbered by those Team Rocket Grunts and they realized that those Team Rocket Grunts are here to buying Giovanni's time! **Misty and Brock decided to stay here and clean the road for Ash and Gary to reach Team Rocket Base!** Meanwhile, Professor Oak had been tied into the chair which extract his knowledge about the pokemon.

Epsiode 13: Ash and Gary was finally managed to find Giovanni and Professor Oak. Giovanni transfer his consciousness into the Armored Mewtwo (this Mewtwo is different from the first movie one and it's nothing more than Giovanni's new body) while Gary was going to save Professor Oak. **Serena, Clemont and Bonnie saw the news about Ash is fighting Armored Mewtwo and decided to head to Team Rocket base together with the help of met Korrina, Alain and Diantha.** Meanwhile, Ash had been defeated by Giovanni and being tied outside the Team Rocket base!

Epsiode 14: **Clemont, Bonnie and Serena met Korrina, Alain and Diantha to rescue Ash**, but being interrupted by the artifical pokemon army. Meanwhile Giovanni was about to end Ash's life, but being stopped by Gary. **Inside Ash's mental world, Aaron was teaching Ash to master Aura power. After Ash mastered the Aura power, Ash breaks free with his newly mastered Aura power and team up with Gary to fight against Giovanni.**

Epsiode 15: **Thanks to Ash and Gary's excellent teamwork,** in addition of Ash's mastered Aura power, **Giovanni had been easily defeated and Giovanni's mewtwo armor had been teared apart.** At the same time, **Misty, Brock, Serena, Clemont, Bonnie, Korrina, Alain and Diantha had defeated al of the grunts and artifical pokemon army and reunited with Ash and Gary.** Meanwhile, Giovanni still refused to give up, he used the knowledge that being extracted from Professor Oak to create the gigantic ultimate pokemon called Chimera. Giovanni insert his consciousness into Chimera and razed half of Pallet Town into ground!

Epsiode 16: Despite the combined effort of **Ash, Gary, Misty, Brock, Serena, Clemont, Bonnie, Korrina, Alain and Diantha**, Chimera was proven too much for those heroes to handle! Chimera then begin to cover the entire sky with the black smoke which will slowly turns all pokemon all over the world into shadow pokemon! Seems there's nothing to stop him, the real mewtwo appears and helps those hero to fight against Chimera. Meanwhile, Ash's Greninja was managed to use his extrasensory to emulate almost all of Pokemon moveset while his Lucario's aura power had been enchanced which allows his Lucario to create the spirit bomb sized aura sphere. **Ash, his pikachu, Greninja and Lucario eventally able to blown Chimera to pieces and sent Giovanni's consciousness back to his human body.** **Ash came in front of Giovanni and about to kills him with Aura sphere, but Serena, and later the newly arrived Team Rocket Trio pleding Ash not to.** **Following Giovanni, Team Rocket Trio and rest of Team Rocket member being arrested, Team Rocket had finally being taken down for good. Korrina, Alain and Diantha say goodbye to Ash, Gary, Misty, Brock, Serena, Clemont and Bonnie as Korrina, Alain and Diantha head back to Kalos. Ash and Team Rocket Trio made the promise that they'll be travel together once the Team Rocket Trio served their sentence**

**Epsiode 17: Few days after Team Rocket being taken down, Ash, Gary, Misty, Brock, Serena, Clemont and Bonnie made the celebration for that.**

\--------------------**Arc 4: Ash being dense shell (ep 18-20)**\--------------------

**Type:** **Storytelling, Action,** **character building,** **emotion**

The world had back to it's peace following the shut down of Team Rocket. However, Ash's dense shell kick in ane he'll will learn the the hard way about what will happen for being dense shell

Epsiode 18: **Ever since Ash become much stronger since the Team Rocket fight, he begin to become arrogant and addicted in Pokemon Battle! (Yes, typical dense shell Ash for ya) He begin to refuse other people's help and even end up having Quarrel with Serena! Ash ragequit his house and being attacked by Damian**, who is looking for revenge of his charamder's betrayal. Despite Ash become lot stronger since they last met, Damian's newly obtained Psychic power and his Charizards army (Mega charizard X and Y, Gigantmaxed Charizard and Shadow Charizard that Damian created with his Psychic power) was proven even more ahead of Ash and defeats Ash! **Meanwhile, Ash's rage towards Damian had results his Pikachu unleashed the large energy which not only quickly defeats Damian, but also create the huge hole on ground and become berserk!**

Epsiode 19: **Being humiliated by Damian and having his pikachu went berserk, Ash had slowly realized that he's only care about Pokemon and become megalomaniac had corrupted his bond with pikachu! He begin to feels sorry about how he treat his friends especially Serena. Ash was later apogoized to Serena and his friends and slowly reconcile with each other and discuss how to bring his pikachu back to control. With the combined effort of Serena and his friends, Ash was eventually able to bring his pikachu back to sense.**

Episode 20: **Those evil Malamar had finally returned to present and attempt to brainwash Ash and Serena once again**, but Clemont used his creation. **Ash and Serena was quickly blows those evil Malamar into ashes but the energy crystals absorbs those evil Malamar's body and activated and quickly defeated all of their pokemon except Pikachu. That energy crystals attempt to shoot laser on Serena and Ash attempt to run in front of that laser to protect Serena**, which results Ash's feelings resonance with pikachu which makes his pikachu utilized that power once again to **create the deadly new move for pikachu: Ragnerok! However, the power of Ragnerok had makes Ash and Pikachu unconscious for a while.**

\--------------------**Arc 5-Serena's upgrade (21-22)**\--------------------

**Type:** **Action,** **character building,** **passion,** **emotion**

**Seeing that Ash unconscious, Serena learned that she need to learn self defense so that she wont end up become damsel in distress when her boyfriend isn't present**

Epsiode 21: Seeing that Ash end up unconscious for saving her, Serena decided to become stronger so that the same tragic won't happen again. Serena had found Bonnie to train with Bonnie's squishy. Because Serena was never joined the real battle before, Serena was not able to land any single hit on Squishy 10% form even with the combined effort of all her 3 pokemon + having her Delphox , then Serena realized that the only way to makes her stronger battler is to use what she already good at-Pokemon Performer. By using her pokemon performing skills into combat, she was finally able to defeat Squishy's 10% form.

Episode 22 (WIP): **Serena will get Absol which will helps her in combat and will be used on Contest too**

\--------------------**Single Pokeshipping chapter (ep 23)**\--------------------

**Type:** **Story telling, Action**

**Misty must find the balance between traveling with Ash and her gym.**

Episode 23: Misty had been tired of her having to do all three jobs from her 3 Irresponsible sisters, which making her leave her gym behind and went to Ash's house. Ash was suprised how Misty would willing to give up her gym for that Meanwhile, Damian hijacked Misty's gym and kidnapped Daisy, Lily, and Violet, to demands Misty in exchange her gym and her sisters. Ash and Misty worked together to defeat Damian and saved all 3. Misty's 3 sisters apogoized for over-reliance the gym operation to Misty alone and promised Misty that they'll become more responsible for their gyms. Misty give her gym back to her sisters and says goodbye to them.

\--------------------------------------**Planned Future story Arc:**\--------------------------------------

**~~Pokemon Contest Arc (Mittie vs Serena) or:~~**

**~~Wallce Cup Arc(May vs Dawn, Chloe vs May, Chloe vs Dawn, Dawn vs Serena) or:~~**

**~~countine the romance amour with Ash arc:~~** (Should I? But I really suck at writing those)

\--------------------------------------**Oizys Arc (adopted from** [this one shot](**):** \--------------------------------------

**Type:** **Action,** [Deconstruction Fic](**,** **drama,** **passion,** **Original Story, Fantasy, Meta**

***Warning: Starting at this Arc, the typical Amour and even*** ***anime*** ***Pokemon logic will be thrown out the window*** *and replaced with the* ***original plot that you might not asked for!***

***Warning: This Story Arc features with full of ridiculousness, rather dark story, in-face towards TPC and filled with heavy irony and even fourth wall break etc.*** ***Please watch at your discretion! If you want something closer to Pokemon Anime, skip to*** ***Paldea Arc.***

**Ash teachs Goh how to take care of Pokemon**, **but Goh's dark side came to manifest as its own entirely separate, physical entity called Oizys, Goh's evil counterpart who is the psychopath pokemon hunter** (a parody of many chinese amourshipping fic features with Goh as antagionist), Goh was paralyzed with fear after witnessing his evil counterpart's cruelty and end up in coma for a while. Oizys steal all Serena's pokemon, all Ash's ace (including his Greninja) and almost managed to steal his pikachu but his pikachu managed to free all of Ash's ace and Serena's pokemon, Ash and Serena got the upper hand and defeats Oizys, but **Ash being posessed by Oizys in front of Serena's eyes** and defeated almost every single Ash's traveling partner, all 7 Pokemon Masters , Gary Oak and Serena. But Serena was eventally managed to free Ash from Oizys control. After defeating Oizys, **Goh finally wake up and learned the harsh lesson about how to take care of his pokemon.**

\--------------------------------------**gossip Arc (adopted from** [this one shot](**):** \--------------------------------------

**Type:** [Deconstruction Fic](**,** **drama,** **Original Story, Break Fourth Wall,** **humor**

***Warning: Another original plot which full of ridiculousness, filled with heavy irony and even fourth wall break sans Action.*** ***Please watch at your discretion!*** ***If you want something closer to Pokemon Anime, skip to*** ***Paldea Arc.***

**Ash and Serena must find a way to debunk various of the fake news** (like Liko is Ash and Serena's daughter) that damaging their reputations and free **Liko** from being cyberbullied. In addition, they'll also met Nemona for first time who will later join Ash's team.

\--------------------------------------**"Shipping War" Arc (adopted from** [This one shot](**):** \--------------------------------------

***Warning: This Story Arc features with full of ridiculousness, rather dark story, in-face towards TPC and filled with heavy irony and even fourth wall break etc.*** ***Please watch at your discretion! If you want something closer to Pokemon Anime, skip to*** ***Paldea Arc.***

**Type:** [Deconstruction Fic](**,** **drama,** **Original Story, Break Fourth Wall,** **humor**

The giant blue bird **had makes Serena and Misty , all Ash's female travel companion and even all humans in pokemon kills each other** until there's only 1 left **against their will!** Ash was able to free all of his friend before any tragic happens but that **giant blue bird absorbed Serena** and begin to spread all over the world! **The only way to save Serena is to have Ash insert the feelings toward Serena into the water shuriken to open the hole out of Twitter's physical body so that Ash can save Serena.**

\--------------------------------------**Ash's 10 years old truth Arc Prequel (adopted from** [this]( [one]( shot\*\*):\*\*--------------------------------------

**Type:** [Deconstruction Fic](**,** **drama,** **Original Story, Amour, Break Fourth Wall, romance,** **character building, Action**

***Warning: Another original plot which full of ridiculousness, rather dark story, in-face towards TPC, filled with heavy irony and even fourth wall break!*** ***Please watch at your discretion!*** ***If you want something closer to Pokemon Anime, skip to*** ***Paldea Arc.***

**After Ash and Serena discovered the truth about Ash's being cursed with eternal 10 years old which might potentially eventally wipe away his character development and revert him back to the 10 years old stupid dense shell like in Uvona, Ash and Serena got psychological shadow and escape from reality by living in their own dream and refuse to wake up. However, Ash and Serena would eventually overcome their fear and . It'll also features with the cameo appearance of Calem and Game Serena.**

\--------------------------------------**Paldea Arc:** \--------------------------------------

**Type: Adventure, Humor,** **amour**

***Finally the story Arc that closer to Pokemon Anime rather than those edgy fourth wall break meta fic bullshit!***

**Ash, Serena, Clemont, Bonnie, Misty, Brock, Gary (Should I put Goh and Chloe as well?) will go to Paldea to travel, they'll meet Roy , Liko and Friede for first time and Nemona will join Ash's team. They'll later met Steven and receive the** [Tera Orb]( which allows them to **Terastalize** their pokemon. **Ash will got 2** [new]( [Pokemon]( **in this Arc, might consider to give Misty Quaxly** **in this Arc.**

***Warning: Starting at this Arc, the typical Amour and even*** ***anime*** ***Pokemon logic will be thrown out the window*** *and replaced with the* ***original plot that you might not asked for!***

\--------------------------------------**Tobias Arc:**\--------------------------------------

**Type:** [Deconstruction Fic](**,** **drama,** **Original Story, Amour, Break Fourth Wall, romance, Amour,** **character building, Action**

***Warning: This Story Arc features with full of ridiculousness, rather dark story, in-face towards TPC and filled with heavy irony and even fourth wall break etc.*** ***Please watch at your discretion!***

**Tobias was revealed to be the "Ash's dream crusher",** so strong that not even the combined effort of 7 Pokemon Master can stop him! This Arc features with the return and the **final battle against** **Oizys and Damian.**

\--------------------------------------**Ash's 10 years old Arc:** \--------------------------------------

**Type:** [Deconstruction Fic](**,** **Original Story, Amour, Break Fourth Wall, romance,** **Humor**

***Warning: This Story Arc features with full of ridiculousness, rather dark story, in-face towards TPC and filled with heavy irony and even fourth wall break etc.*** ***Please watch at your discretion!***

**Last Story Arc where Ash is still 10 years old**

**Ash finally defeated Tobias, but Ash's 10 years old curse had finally reverted Ash back to the tough dense shell. Ash's friend and Serena must find the way to break that curse to stop Ash from being 10 years old and bring the mature Ash back.**

\--------------------------------------**Oshi no Ko** **crossoveIdol industry dark truth Arc:**\--------------------------------------

**Type: crossover,** **drama, Break Fourth Wall, Humor**

***Warning: This Story Arc features with full of ridiculousness, rather dark story, heavy irony, fourth wall break etc.*** ***Please watch at your discretion!***

**Ash finally grown up! Serena was being invited to went to Japan for the performance but eventually rejected after she discovered the shocking, ugly truth of the idol industry in Japan. Officer Jenny gives the secret mission for Ash, Team Rocket Trio (served their sentence), Latias and Team Rocket Trio's Ditto will camouflage as Serena, Dawn, May and Chloe to sneak into those idol industry and debunk the dirty act in idol industry in Japan, while the real Serena, Dawn, May and Chloe will** **appeals to her fans all over the world** **to boycott such dirty act in idol industry in Japan.**

\--------------------------------------**TBA Arc**\--------------------------------------
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2023.05.29 13:20 lpfmvpsug Venting / Encouragement on how to stop drinking

Hi all!
I've been a lurker here for a short time and really never thought that I would feel the need to reach out.
I just recently moved to a small town where there is no Uber and I'm not familar on how to get a cab. I guess now I'll definitely find out how it works. This weekend I went out drinking and made the stupid decision to take the car back home. Thankfully nothing terrible happened and no one was harmed, but i got pulled over for driving too slow on the highway and got a DUI. Tomorrow is my hearing and I know for certain they will take my license for a year. Here's the thing, this will completley fuck me up for many reasonss, but I'm going to start a job soon that requires a 40 minute commute. Now ill probably have to rent out a place close to the office or figure something else out.
I pretty much always have had a problem with alcohol, not terrible mind you, but I have always had a hard time drawing the line on the last drink. The thing is, I've been depressed for god knows how long, and I've used drinking as an escape. I'm also typically very shy, and alcohol always helped me meeting people, I know i dont need it for that, it just helps as I dont have to build the courage and work on improving myself. I'm hispanic and we drink a lot socially, but in my family there is a bit more of alcohol abuse, very peaceful nothing extreme but too frequent, so I guess there's also that.
This past summer I procrastinated my masters thesis and when my uncle suddenly died I just started smoking weed and drinking for like a month. I felt like shit afterwaards and feel like I havent dealt with that properly. I know my drinking has my parents and my sister worried and I dont want to keep dissapopinting them.
I have toyed with the idea of quiting drinking for good but never actually considered doing it. The thing is I know it's not doing me any good and it just multiplies my problems and creates new ones. This DUI being one of my biggest mistakes, but I'll try to use this fuck up to quit drinking for a while and reflect on my choices and the things I want to change in my life. Maybe I can actually quit for good. I've been worried that I have drinking too often, even if not every day, and setting habits that could grow and become worse. The thing is I need to deal with my sadness and depression in different ways, ways that help and improve circmstances worsening them.
I guess this is my start, venting out with you guys and hopefully get some perspective on the process and tips on how to succefully do it. And surprisingly enough, without even submitting the post, I feel slighlty better by writing all of this out. Thanks for reading and if you have any words of advise, I'll gladly read them out!
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2023.05.29 13:20 OwlCouncil23 Tales of Mundane and Magical (Book1) - Chapter 3

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As we approached the front door, Aunt Freya turned to the dogs and said, “Jax and Apollo, wipe your paws,” in a firm but gentle tone. To my amazement, the two giant dogs obediently raised their massive paws one by one and wiped them on the towel hanging by the door.
Once their paws were clean, Aunt Fraya opened the unlocked door and led us inside. I first noticed how cozy and inviting the house’s interior was. The walls were painted a warm beige color and adorned with various paintings and photographs. The living room had a comfortable-looking couch and armchairs, with a coffee table in the center. It looked almost exactly how I remembered it the last time I was here. The only noticeable difference was the three dog beds by the door, and the pictures were newer, with people I barely recognized.
The dogs escorted us inside, one ahead and one behind me. I got a distinct feeling they didn’t trust me yet. But at least I wasn’t their chew toy.
I heard someone running towards me as I put my bags on the floor beside the coffee table. Suddenly, I felt a pair of thin arms wrap tightly around my waist. For a second, I freaked out, but I looked down and realized it was my cousin Julie! “John! I can’t believe you’re here!” she exclaimed, still holding me tightly.
Somehow shimmying and squirming, I hugged her back, feeling genuinely happy to see her for the first time in years. “Hey Julie, good to see you too. It’s been too long.” I replied, grinning.
After a few more seconds, Julie let go of me and stepped back to look at me, then suddenly punched me in the stomach. “Yeah, cause someone was too busy to visit or gone when we came to visit!” she said, smiling as I rubbed where she punched me.
I couldn’t help but feel a little embarrassed at the compliment, but I smiled back nonetheless. “Well, I needed to do those projects...and trips...” I trailed off, realizing I was making excuses. “Anyways, I’m here now, so it’s all good. Where are Jake and your dad?”
As I finished speaking, I heard a voice from around the corner. “Hey there, John! We’re in the dining room!” It was the unmistakable booming voice of my Uncle Paul.
I turned to my aunt, and she said, “Let’s go say hi to everyone.”
Still standing beside me, the dogs seemed to understand her words and began escorting me toward the dining room. Aunt Fraya giggled as she walked ahead while Julie was hanging off my arm. She couldn’t decide if she wanted me to drag her or if she pulled me.
As we walked, I couldn’t help but notice the well-behaved dogs acting like my guards. They walked beside me, occasionally sniffing at my feet or hands but never pulling ahead or breaking stride with Julie and me. I was starting to wonder if they were familiars instead of pets, but my cousins being non-magical would be hard. It was clear that my aunt had put a lot of time and effort into training them.
It wasn’t far to the dining area, and as we rounded the corner, I saw my Uncle Paul sitting at the head of the table with a big grin on his face and my cousin Jake sitting with a frown. “John! Good to see you!” he said as he got up from his chair, walked up to me, and gave me a firm handshake followed by a big hug.
I hugged him back with one arm since Julie didn’t release the other. “It’s good to see you too, Uncle Paul,” I said with a smile.
Letting go of me, Uncle Paul took Julie off me as she protested and turned to Jake, saying, “Don’t be rude, son. Say hi.”
Jake got up and, with a smile that didn’t reach his eyes, walked up to me and said in a frigid tone, “Hey, John. Long time no see.”
Uncle Paul shot Jake a disapproving look before turning back to me. “I’m sure you are tired as all. I know I’m always wiped when coming to visit you guys.” Turning to his kids, he said, “Well, come on then, you two go show John to his room.” Turning to me, he added, “The guest bedroom is all set up for you. Feel free to stay as long as you want,” gesturing for us to follow.
I followed Jake and Julie, but then I remembered forgetting my bags. I told my cousins, “Hang on!” and walked quickly to where I left the backpack, bag, and the box Dad gave to give to Aunt Freya. I heard hurried paw steps behind me as I grabbed them and returned to my aunt. “Here you go. Dad asked me to pass this along for you.”
Aunt Fraya responded with a pleasant smile, “Thank you, dear. You have some time before dinner, so rest up a bit. I’ll call up when food is on the table.” I nodded and walked quickly to catch up to my cousins waiting at the stairs.
As we walked towards the guest bedroom, I couldn’t help but notice the dogs walking alongside us again as if they were our escorts. It was both amusing and worrisome at the same time. I was starting to feel like the dogs didn’t trust me. I will just need to try to buy some treats and bribe them.
Once we arrived at the guest bedroom, Jake stood by the door as Julie excitedly started chattering and pointing out all the little details that she and Aunt Fraya had worked on to make the room comfortable for me. “And here’s your extra blankets. The door locks cause the dogs like to roam sometimes, and here’s the WiFi password,” she said, handing me a slip of paper.
I looked confused at the paper. “WiFi? What’s that?”
Jake laughed for the first time. “You are practically an alien in this world. This is going to be amusing.”
I felt hurt, but I was glad we had something to discuss. “Yeah, I really am. But that’s kinda the point of this experience.”
Julie asked to hang on for a min and slipped out of the room, the dogs parting just wide enough for her to slip past them in the doorway.
I looked at Jake. “Dude, come on. We grew up together. What’s up?”
He sighed, took a few steps to the bed, and plopped on it, leaning against the wall, feet dangling over the edge. “We did, but recently I realized just how different we are. It makes it hard to be comfortable with someone always so loaded for bear.”
I looked confused at him and put my bag and backpack on the bed next to him. “What do you mean.” as I sat on the chair.
He sighed. “I mean magic. You are from a world of power, and I’m from a world of Mundane.”
I scrunched my nose. “Don’t say that. It’s not nice. And I would never do anything to hurt you or Julie or your parents.” I glanced at the dogs in the door, wondering if I should extend my promise.
Jake smiled softly. “Yeah, I’m sure not on purpose.” He paused and frowned. “But to be honest, my college rejection letter also came today. And I was sure I could get into my first choice and didn’t bother applying elsewhere.”
I looked confused at him, but Julie tore back into the room before I could respond, somehow slipping between the two dogs. “Had to steal mom’s phone. I’ll explain what WiFi is, you Luddite.”
“Hey, be nice! Don’t call him names!” Jake yelled at Julie.
“I don’t know what that is, so I’m not offended.” I shrugged.
“I don’t know either, but it would fit.” Julie chirped as she sat next to John on the bed. “WiFi is what you use to access the internet.”
I pulled my own phone out. “Oh, how do I do that?”
Julie froze. “Well, now I must go slip this before I get caught.”
From somewhere in the house, Aunt Freya’s voice, “JULIE ARIEL SMITH! Give me back my phone!”
Julie looked worried as she tore out of the room through the parting dogs to the roaring laughter from Jake and me. After laughing, I said, “I’m not sure what that means about college rejection, but I’m sorry you are going through that. I just want things to be as normal as we can. Like we were when we were kids.”
Jake briefly looked at the ceiling, thinking, “Nothing changed. And I’ll figure something out eventually about college. For now, let’s just have fun.” With a smile, he got up and said, “I’ll give you some breathing room as you settle in. Let’s catch up when we get time sometime.”
After Jake left, I waited a second to see if the dogs would go. Instead, they lay down, blocking the doorway in a way that would make me move them to leave. I sighed and turned to the bags on the bed.
I unpacked my backpack and bag, placing my clothes in the drawers. They were dimensional bags as well. So I could bring everything I could need, so I only unpacked what I would need for the next week or so. I noticed the dresser was empty except for a few spare blankets and pillows at the bottom, so I took the opportunity to spread out my clothes and organize them.
I left most of my magical equipment in the backpack. I wouldn’t need anything but my wand, the summing bracelet still on my right hand. The only thing I took out was the scroll my parents gifted me. I put it on the table, admiring the intricate design and the fine craftsmanship. I was sure they had spent much money on it, so I wanted to take care of it. Not that these were very delicate, but still.
Next, I took out the gifts I had brought for my cousins from my bag. I hid them in the drawer on the table, so they would be a surprise for later. I wanted to wrap them into something, but I would have to give them as is.
I decided to check out the rest of the room. I went to the dresser and pulled open the top drawer, which was empty like the others. Looking around the room were several pictures and paintings. What was surprising to me was that they were very still.
Curious, I turned to the two doors in the room. One was clearly a closet, and that’s the first one I walked up to and pulled open. It was a good size, with plenty of space to hang clothes and store shoes. I put my backpack and bag in there to ensure they stayed out of the way.
I then turned my attention to the other door. I opened it slowly, unsure of what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised to find a clean, well-maintained bathroom with a shower, sink, and toilet. The towels hanging on the rack smelled fresh. I vaguely remembered how to use this shower from the last time, and I hope it won’t be a problem.
Feeling satisfied with my new living quarters, I returned to the desk and sat down. This seemed like the perfect time to tell my parents I was safe and at my Aunts house.
I pulled my old scroll from my pocket. It was much simpler than the new one my parents had given me and was meant more for local communication. It wouldn’t have a powerful spell circle to reach my parents or friends. But it did have all the imprints and contacts from them.
I conjured the wand and pointed it at the new scroll on the table. Using the transfer spell, I could transfer my friends’ imprints from the old scroll to the new one. All three items glowed pale, and it only took a moment. Soon I saw their names appear on the new scroll, indicating they were successfully added.
As I was admiring my handiwork and ensuring that every name I wanted was transferred, I suddenly heard a voice next to me. “Was that... magic?” Julie’s voice made me jump up in my seat, my heart racing, my hand shaking holding the wand, sweat beading on my brow. She was maybe 2 feet away from him, standing just outside my field of view.
At my threatening gesture, the dogs in the doorway growled. But Julie looked at them and said, “Shush.” they did.
I steadied my breathing and said, “Yeah. I didn’t get a chance to transfer information from my old scroll to my new one.”
She pointed at my hand. “Is that a wand? Can I hold it?”
I breathed and willed the wand back into storage. “Not right now. Maybe a bit later. I can show you some tricks and magic.”
She looked disappointed but said, “Okay.” Walked over to the bed and sat down. “Mind if I hang out here for a bit?”
I shrugged. “Do you mind if I write a quick letter without distractions?” She nodded, so I sat at the table, folded the old scroll, and put it aside. I moved the new scroll closer to myself, used the quill that was part of the package, and selected my parent’s imprints.
I concentrated on the quill and started writing the letter to my parents. Since this was my first time, the quill took a few tries to obey me. In glowing letters on the scroll, I wrote about how I was safe at my aunt’s place and succeeded in making it there. I also mentioned that I had transferred the imprints of my friends onto the new scroll and that I was going to try to contact them soon. And reminded them that they could always reach out.
As I finished the letter, I read it over to ensure it said everything I wanted. Satisfied, I closed my eyes and focused my energy on the sending spell. After a second, I opened my eyes as the words on the scroll lifted off the page and folded into an owl.
The owl flew straight through the wall and into the night sky, heading towards the enclave where my aunt picked me up from, which must be the nearest relay to here.
“Wow. That’s so cool.” Julie whispered from the bed, and I turned just in time to see her cover her mouth.
I smiled and said, “Yeah, magic is pretty cool. But so is your technology. I’m going to need all your help to figure it out.” And I pulled out my phone.
She looked excited. “Oh, of course, your sensei will teach you everything.” But before she could do anything, I heard a high-pitched barking bounding down the hall outside my room.
Then a tiny fur ball jumped over the two dogs and bound towards me with the fury of a starved hellhound ready to eat. I conjured my wand, but fore I could do anything or the little hellion reached me, Julie nimbly plucked him mid-jump and held him like a baby on its back. The little beat instantly calmed down and let out a happy little whine of pleasure. The two dogs in the doorway growled their disapproval.
Julie whispered, “It’s okay. He’s a friend. No eating, my cousin.” Holding him out towards me, she said, “Sparky. Say high to John.”
Sparky wasn’t convinced of my status in the family and gave a menacing high-pitched bark and a growl. However, she stopped when Julie brought him close to herself and smacked him in the nose softly. “No!” She held him out, and this time he let out an almost friendly bark.
“Nice to meet you, Sparky,” I said, not letting go of my wand.
I breathed a sigh of relief as she brought Sparky close to herself. Sparky licked her face, and Julie giggled. I was horrified for a moment when she let him down. He landed softly on his tiny feet, made a circle, and then turned to me. For a second, I thought he would attack me and prepared to defend myself, but I had Nothing to worry about. He walked up to me, sniffed my feet, then pranced back to Julie, tongue lolling and tail wagging.
Julie laughed as she stroked Sparky’s fur. “Don’t worry, he’s harmless. He just loves to bark.”
I chuckled and replied, “Well, I’m glad to hear that. He’s pretty cute, actually. When he’s not acting like an angry furry volleyball of doom.”
Julie smiled and said, “Yeah, he’s my little buddy. He’s been with me since I was a kid. Well, I guess like 4 years now or so.” Looking at me, she asked, “Do you have any pets?”
I shook my head. “No. My parents have familiars. But when I wanted a pet, my parents told me I was immature. Then when I was mature, I didn’t have time. When I have more time, I’ll probably get a pet.”
She thought momentarily and said, “I know your mom has the owl cat. And your dad has a giant three-headed dog. I guess I was expecting you to have at least something. Maybe a cat or a dog. Or maybe something more exotic like a dragon.”
My eyebrows shot up. “A dragon? That would be cool, but they’re pretty dangerous and, you know, illegal. They are very endangered. I mean, I guess a petite dragon would be an option. But they are a lot of work.”
She looked convinced. “Yeah, I guess you’re right. Maybe you should stick with a cat or a dog, for starters.”
I laughed and glanced at the dogs in the doorway who were sitting at attention. I looked back at Julie and realized her eyes were fixed on the wand in my hand. I could see a mix of curiosity and fear in them. With a jolt, I remembered what Jake had said earlier about magic being power. I started to feel self-conscious and put the wand in storage again with a small flash of magic. Julie blinked hard and looked away.
I looked at Julie with concern as she picked up Sparky, held him close, and took a deep breath. “What’s wrong?” I asked gently, noticing the nervousness in her body language. I had no idea what I did to scare her like this.
She hesitated for a moment, looking down at Sparky on her lap. She patted him for an uncomfortably long silence before finally whispering, “I don’t know how to ask this, but... can I do magic?” Her question caught me off guard, and I wasn’t sure how to respond. She looked up at me, and I could see the fear and uncertainty in her eyes, and I wanted to reassure her.
But I couldn’t.
I took a deep breath. This was going to be a delicate conversation. I had to break the news gently. “Julie, I’m sorry to say this, but only those born with magic can use it,” I said, my voice low and even. “There are two species of humans. One with magic and one without. You know how there are different kinds of dogs?” After she nodded, I continued, “There are a few different kinds of humans as well.”
Julie’s face didn’t change. “So, I can’t do magic? You are sure?” she asked, her voice quivering.
I shook my head. “I’m afraid not,” I said, trying to sound sympathetic. “It’s just the way things are. But don’t worry, you can still do plenty of amazing things without magic.”
She looked like she was about to say something else, but we heard a voice from the door before she did. “John, food is ready.” Turning, I saw Aunt Freya. “Julie, don’t forget to wash your hands before coming to the dinner table.”
Julie didn’t say anything but turned with a smile to her mom. I got a bit of whiplash from her emotional swings but didn’t say anything. She dropped Sparky to the floor and walked out the door. She paused at the door and said, “Let’s talk later.”
The big dogs parted to let her through but moved back together. Sparky walked up to the dogs, barked shortly and jumped over the big dogs, and followed Julie.
I grabbed the gifts from the drawer I hid them in and decided to just give them as is. I walked to the door, but the dogs didn’t budge. After a second, I cleared my throat and said, “Excuse me?”
The dogs looked lazily at me but didn’t leave. I heard Aunt Fray’s voice from somewhere in the house. “Jax, Apollo, leave John alone. He’s a friend.”
The dogs growled, got up, and trotted away from the door.
I said, “Thank You,” and walked behind them, letting them lead me to the dining room.

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2023.05.29 13:20 Researchmafia Custom 3D Printer Firmware Ram off Raspberry Pi or Dual Booting Firmware with the manufacturers stick ROM as the Main?

I just got my first 3D printer ever, an Adventurer 4 Lite. I know it is a closed source closed off printer but still I digress I am on the break of returning it but I really like the style of the printer, (how big it is the enclosure it has just everything you’d want a printer to have) except the closed off software. For one I’d like to buy the Adventurer 4 camera and stick it in the Lite I have but I doubt the Lite firmware will work with that because the Lite doesn’t come with a camera but the 4 does… Can I flash the Adventurer 4 firmware to the Lite without issues? And How? But that isn’t even the beginning of my troubles my ideal set up would be like this to have a dual booting firmware on the Adventurer 4 Lite or is there a way to control the Adventurer externally from a Raspberry Pi through the USB port or connecting pins from the Pi to the board on the Adventurer? I got real excited when I read @pressposts post about modding the Adventurers firmware and unlocking it but I guess Flashforge musta threatened to sue cuz he’s been dark ever since never got that aforementioned hyped up YouTube video explaining how to hack the firmware 😪 like is there a way to make drivers for the hardware in the Adventurer for the Pi or hell I’d even dedicate a desktop to it if this could work I’d like help getting Cura set up and working with my printer to or Klipper, or Fluidd, or Moonraker, or Prusa, or Utilimaker, or Marlin, and or mainsail. But mostly I’d be content with just having OctoPrint working iv seen the depreciated GitHub for Flashforge s octoprint plugin to but I doubt thatd work by now I’d just like some control over printer ya know? If anyone has any guides or suggestions for me that would be great and most definitely appreciated. There has to be a way to flash an SD card with some 3D printer firmware and a good Slicer that can map and identify the hardware on my board in my Adventurer Lite! How would I even go about reverse engineering the firmware Flashforge has on it if no one has any for sure ways to accomplish what I want I’d like to learn how to make my own firmware or just modify it at least.
If no one has any ideas for this how would I build a 3D Printer like the Flashforge adventurer but better of course, what parts and instructions should I follow to make a great printer I have ti have it enclosed and with a heated bed and I’d probably use the H2O 500 C Extruder I’d love that on the Flashforge!
Also another project I’d like to do id like to make a 3d printer Flipper Zero GPIO board holder that clips on to the top of the the Flipper Zero.
I have made a 3D scan using Scaniverse on my iPhone the next step is to take that scan and use the demotions to make my attachment but i don’t know how to take that next step what to do to be able to to create it I have Fusion360 and other CAD software but I’m just lost I thought I’d be able to scan something and like crop what I wanted out and print like that I’m finding that is not to be the case. Any help in that area would be much appreciated to!
I think I’ll wrap this up here thank you in advance!
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2023.05.29 13:19 shminfodump How to get into makeup?

Afab in my late 20s here. I never learnt how to use makeup because it is too many different things you need to get right at once. I'd like to learn because I'd like some more control over my physical appearance. I know you don't have to wear makeup to be pretty, but I'd like to have the possibility to change my face.
I tried two times to "get into makeup", but both times I just bought a lot of stuff I never used because it didn't fit me or I didn't know how. When I look online it's confusing because there are so many different approaches and I never have the products at hand that I need to follow tutorials. Even though I bought a lot of products, it's not what I need.
So, people here who got into makeup, care to give me a bit of advice?
Thank you very much.
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2023.05.29 13:19 Tiredworker27 My financial reserves are exhausted - I dont know what to do.

Ok so a house or kids/a family are out of the question. But in recent years I have been struggling to maintain even my regular life. My saving are mostly gone. I have 400 Dollars in the bank. I have already cut back on pretty much everything - yet I still spend more than ever and it keeps getting worse.
I already buy the cheapest brands and skip some meals. I already moved to a cheaper apartment. My car is 8 years old and I use every trick in the book to keep it going and doing most small repairs by myself. I buy second hand products. I unsubsribed from all streaming, I dont even have a tv. I dont even go out with my budy anymore because the pub is to expensive. Rather I buy some beers in the supermarket and we meet to watch football at home.
I dont go to the cinema and if I do like twice in a year I dont buy anything to eat there. I recycle my stuff as long as possible, use it as long as possible, trade my few valuables for necessary things like shoes. I dont do any vaccations and I cook only at home - bulk as much as possible - to save money. Yet it still isnt enough. Sometimes I do 20 or 30 hours of overtime so that I can stay ahead of my bills.
But there is no long term solution. I things get just another 5% more expensive in the next few months, I will run out of money within a few weeks. I just cant do 20-30 ours overtime every week just to keep up. I am just exhausted.
Just for info I am an accountant and earn 55 000/year. After taxes Im left with 40 000/year. My "cheap" apartment alone costs me 20 000/year. Food another 5000/year. So I am left with just 15 000 for the entire year to pay insurance, internet, phone, gas, electricity, water, heating and buy the occasional new clothing/machinery that I need in order to survive/not look like homeles. I dont know what to do and dont know how this can keep going.
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2023.05.29 13:19 PFTETOwerewolves Just watched the show all the way through for the first time since the 80s

  1. What a gorgeous location, can't believe they knocked the house down
  2. All there in the pilot but you're glad when they introduce the proper theme music.
  3. Really it all comes down to the relationship between Magnum and Higgins, in fact the writers sometimes seem to struggle to fit Rick and TC into the plot.
  4. The lads are missing from a lot of shows?
  5. You forget how dark it could be at times, especially the ep with the serial killer taunting Thomas with rhymes and the Frank Sinatra ep (basically recreating his character from The Detective). Can't believe how they killed off Tanaka.
  6. Some interesting familiar faces, notably a very young Shannen Doherty and a very gorgeous Sharon Stone. Really liked Dana Delany, it would have been nice to see her and TM together.
  7. Very much a boys club, Agatha is my favourite female character, amazed to find that the actress was just a legal secretary who did some am dram on the side, this is her only role
  8. Some stunning women but Erin Grey is my favourite, I'd have watched a J Digger Doyle series but she went to Silver Spoons instead.
  9. The show was definitely running out of steam in the last couple of seasons, they keep coming up with goofy filler eps to break the formula. Although I did like Raiders of the Lost Art, Tom would have made a great Indiana Jones.
  10. Solo Flight is frustrating for me, Magnum has his watch, his belt buckle and his bracelet, why not just use them to scrape the soil out from under his legs and free them from under the plane? It's obviously trying to recreate Home from the Sea but doesn't quite do it.
  11. Glad they didn't finish with Limbo although it's a good ep
  12. The Murder She Wrote crossover is just plain weird. Simon and Simon work better, so many backdoor pilots, especially Luthor Gillis.
  13. Home from the Sea is the best ep ever, really tugs the heartstrings although Unfinished Business comes close, you see what a military badass TM is and so feel for him when he has to make his decision at the end, his final letter to his daughter is a tearjerker.
  14. Yes, the paranormal is real in Magnum. Is Higgins Robin Masters? I say no but he may be his ghostwriter.
  15. Loved the ending, Magnum has his daughter back and re-joins the navy. I always thought he did that to provide for her but on rewatching he seems to have made the decision beforehand, his final goodbye to the camera is great.
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2023.05.29 13:19 Stefan474 Why is there almost no tournament/event discussion on reddit?

I've been a part of the FGC for 2-3 years now playing Xrd/Strive/SFV and other games casually on and off and I love following the occasional big tournament like Combo Breaker yesterday, it's some of the most hype you can have with fighting games imo.
The weirdest thing for me is that Combo Breaker yesterday had like 20-30k viewers on official channels during Tekken and GGST and also people like Max co-streaming doubling that number when you add all of them up, and yet I can't find discussion for TOP8 anywhere on reddit.
I come from League of Legends, and every single competitive game has a 'post-match' thread where, specially on big tournaments, you'll see at least 2k upvotes and 2-5k comments depending on how hype the game was. CSGO majors, big Valorant games, Rocketleague, R6 Siege and every other competitive game I've ever followed have reddit as sort of a main hub for discussing competitive games. Even sports sub like ones for Formula1 and NBA have HUGE post-match/race threads.
Why is the FGC different? It's not like the events don't get much viewership or that the twitch chat isn't hype during the game, but I'd like to be able to see discussions of people who follow these players and immerse myself more in the competitive aspect of these games. Is there place that isn't reddit for discussions like this?
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