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2023.06.03 17:32 volkoron Toxrill control historic brawl

Hey guys about a month ago I made a post sharing my Toxrill deck that I've been playing. I have made a number of changes to it as I've realized some short comings and the meta seems to have shifted. This version of the deck is weaker to control decks which I don't mind as they are a lot less common than creature decks are right now. Toxrill by its nature is better against creature decks compared to control decks although if Cavern of souls existed in historic brawl things would be a little bit better.
Some of the new cards in my deck are
Snapcaster mage
Sheoldred// The True Scriptures
Invasion of Fiora
Pull From Tomorrow
Snapcaster is just a good card and works with well with many of the spells I have in here.
Sheoldred- I've been playing a Sheoldred deck and really liking Sheoldred herself as she can just be a huge win condition on her own or she can draw out removal so that one of my other finishers can get the job done. Sheoldred also works really well with Realmbreaker
Invasion of Fiora- I had very much discounted the battles as not being very good until I started playing with them. Invasion of Fiora is very good against creatures decks and the creature side is really good against decks that are looking to put +1/+1 counters on creatures like Atraxa.
Realmbreaker- Never that much of this card until I started playing Sheoldred and saw how far ahead it go me in the SHeoldred deck- Anytime I did get it down on turn 3 and got a 2-3 activations out of it I felt like I couldn't lose. I'm excited to try this out as it gives me land ramp in a deck that otherwise wouldn't have it.
Pull From Tomorrow- This card is just great at refilling your hand and being slightly easier to cast compared to Blue Sun's Zenith.
Previous suggestions
Somebody had suggested Howling mine and I did consider it as it's a consistent draw engine but ultimately I didn't put it in because I don't get to utilize it first. If my opponents get their 2 draws and then kill it then it was a waste of my turn. Faerie mastermind is just a better version and has worked out much better comparativel.
Cards I'm considering
Gadwick, the Wizened- Gadwick has a similar problem to Blue Sun's Zenith in that it's triple blue which isn't the end of the world and doesn't make it that much more difficult to cast. Outside of the card draw I do love the board control I would get from his second ability.
Academy Loremaster- This card seems great for me as I'm hardly ever casting spells on my own turn anyway. If my opponent takes advantage of the draw it slows them down significantly and that definitely works to my favour.
Archmage's Charm- I don't like the triple blue but I do like the effects. I probably won't put this in but I am considering it
As Foretold- This just gives me a ton of flexibility that I don't always have. Also makes casting my win conditions on my own turn much easier so that I can leave mana up for my opponents turn
Nezahal- is a hard creature to deal with and is a draw engine and is also good against control decks.
Hullbreaker Horror- great against creature decks and control decks if it resolves.
I get a lot of concessions once people realize what kind of game it's going to be but unlike other control decks I can end the game very quickly with big alpha strikes from Toxrill and some slugs or from one of my other big creatures.
When I do get to play the game out my biggest hinderance can be lands and sometimes just not having enough cards. I do win a fair amount more than I lose.
Good matchups are creature decks for the most part. I play so much one for one removal and counterspells that it can be hard for them to get going if they don't have a lightning fast start. I do have a hard time against decks that stack +1/+1 counters on creatures if they can get going as it makes Toxrill's life a lot harder.
let me know what you think give me some suggestions always open to new ideas or cards I may have missed.
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2023.06.03 17:31 Sgabonna I've been exploring moral systems with ChatGPT and it led me to asking what Governments and Institutions might do if there was an economic collapse, as well as a job market collapse due to Artificial Intelligence, asking whether any of the Moral Laws we'd ascertained could be maintained.

I've been looking at whether or not we can measure good and evil in amongst other projects around the multiplicity of different wills that are at play within our daily lives (Will to Power, Will to Create, Will to Responsibility, Will to Meaning etc), and have been watching with concern all the Governments around the world getting us ready for a Central Bank Digital Currency, providing the illusion of public input, but seemingly moving towards the CBDC system as a economic system of last resort.
What happens if our economy collapses, we see 50% or more unemployment due to both economics, and automation/AI factors? Individuals are no longer able to sustain themselves, and governments have gotten themselves into so much debt that they cannot afford any social programs, nor the upkeep of law enforcement to ensure individual safety. Could any of your above examples work in the world I've proposed?
In the event of a large-scale economic collapse and subsequent high unemployment, traditional mechanisms of welfare and social stability may indeed become strained or even non-functional. In such a scenario, different or supplemental approaches might be necessary to uphold the moral laws we've outlined. Here are a few possibilities:
  1. **Universal Basic Income (UBI):** If traditional employment is no longer a viable way for a significant proportion of the population to support themselves, governments or a consortium of nations might implement a universal basic income program. This would provide everyone with a basic level of financial support, regardless of employment status. Although it might seem contradictory in a situation where government debt is high, some economists argue that UBI can stimulate economic activity, thereby increasing the government's revenue in the long run.
  2. **Skill Transition Programs:** Massive unemployment due to automation suggests that many jobs have become obsolete. In response, we could establish widespread education and training programs to help people transition into roles that are still needed. This could include jobs that require human interaction, creativity, emotional intelligence, or the oversight of automated systems.
  3. **Community-Based Solutions:** If governmental support is limited, local communities might need to band together to provide mutual aid. This could involve sharing resources, skills, and labor within the community. It's a form of applied interconnectedness and interdependency.
  4. **Barter and Local Currency Systems:** In an economic collapse, traditional money might lose some or all of its value. In response, people could revert to barter systems or create local currencies to facilitate trade.
  5. **Decentralized/Distributed Governance:** If centralized governments are unable to maintain stability, decentralized models of governance could emerge. These could leverage technology (like blockchain) to enable decision-making at a more local level.
  6. **Open Source and Sharing Economy:** With the advancement of AI and automation, the cost of many goods and services might drop drastically. This could facilitate a more expansive sharing economy or increase the feasibility of open-source solutions to various problems.
Remember, these are merely possible solutions in such a scenario. The practicality and success of these approaches would depend on a multitude of factors, and they would likely need to be tailored to the specific circumstances of different regions and communities. Furthermore, such radical changes would inevitably present challenges and issues of their own that would need to be addressed.

You have not understood the implications of what I've said. How can a government employ a UBI when they are broke? How does an economic system work when Governments around the world cannot pay back their debts and are bankrupt? At the same time the advent of AI and Automation has meant that only the highest skilled jobs remain, so the top 10-20% of intelligence are the one's who are participating. I'd like you to try and give me a creative answer to this problem as it is likely in the near future.
Indeed, I apologize for misunderstanding the depth of the economic collapse and governmental bankruptcy in your hypothetical scenario. It's an extreme situation that would pose unprecedented challenges. In such a case, the primary issue to tackle is survival and meeting the basic needs of the population. Here are some creative approaches that might be considered:
  1. **Resource-Based Economy:** In a resource-based economy, goods and services are available without the need for money, credits, barter, or any other system of debt or servitude. The planet's resources would be held as the common heritage of all Earth's inhabitants, and access to basic necessities would be a given. The Venus Project is an example of such an initiative.
  2. **Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs):** DAOs are organizations represented by rules encoded as a computer program that is transparent, controlled by the organization members, and not influenced by a central government. DAOs could be used to create a new kind of economic and social structure within a community or globally, where the rules are applied equally to everyone.
  3. **Communal Living & Resource Sharing:** Local communities might have to band together in collectives to share resources and labor. People could pool their skills to ensure that everyone's basic needs are met. For example, someone who knows how to garden could grow food, while someone with medical training could provide healthcare.
  4. **Direct Resource Exchange:** In a world where traditional money has lost its value, people might revert to direct resource exchanges. For instance, someone might trade a basket of vegetables they've grown for a pair of shoes someone else has made.
  5. **Reintroduction of the Commons:** Traditionally, 'commons' referred to resources that belonged to all members of a society and could be used by anyone. Reestablishing commons could help ensure everyone has access to basic resources. These might include community gardens, shared tools and equipment, public spaces, and even knowledge resources.
  6. **AI and Automation for All:** In this scenario, AI and automation technologies have largely replaced human labor. If these technologies could be collectively owned and controlled, they could be used to provide for everyone's basic needs. However, this would require a radical redistribution of wealth and power.
  7. **Widespread Education and Cognitive Enhancement:** To address the issue of only the highest-skilled jobs remaining, efforts could be made to raise the skill level of the population. This could involve not only traditional education but also the development and use of cognitive enhancement technologies.
Remember, these are potential approaches to a hypothetical scenario, and implementing them would involve significant challenges and complexities. The specific path forward would depend on many factors, including the existing social and economic structures, the available resources, and the will of the people involved. In a real-world scenario, it's likely that a mix of strategies would be needed.

You've done well within this hypothetical scenario, could you explore how a potentially corrupt group of individuals who want to maintain centralized control during this scenario through the introduction of a global central bank digital currency might strategize in preparation for a global economic collapse?
In a scenario where a potentially corrupt group of individuals seeks to maintain centralized control during a global economic collapse through the introduction of a Global Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC), their strategic preparation might look something like this:
  1. **Control over Money Supply:** First, they would need to establish an international organization or use an existing one (like the International Monetary Fund) to administer the global CBDC. This body would control the production and distribution of the digital currency, effectively giving them control over the global money supply.
  2. **Influence Legislation and Regulations:** They would need to ensure that legislation and regulations in all major economies support the use of their global CBDC. This could involve lobbying, negotiation, or potentially more covert tactics depending on the level of corruption assumed.
  3. **Infrastructure Development:** A global CBDC would require a significant technology infrastructure. This group would need to either develop this infrastructure themselves or ensure that it's developed according to their specifications. It's likely they would use blockchain technology or a similar distributed ledger system.
  4. **Public Relations and Trust Building:** Even in a crisis, people might be hesitant to adopt a new currency, particularly one controlled by a single centralized group. A broad public relations campaign would likely be necessary to build trust and acceptance. They might also need to offer incentives for adoption, particularly to businesses and other key stakeholders.
  5. **Economic Manipulation:** In the lead-up to the collapse, this group could use their control over the global CBDC to influence economic conditions. For example, they could manipulate inflation or interest rates to weaken existing economies and make the transition to their CBDC more attractive.
  6. **Surveillance and Control:** One of the potential dangers of a CBDC is that it could be used for surveillance and control. Every transaction could potentially be tracked and traced, giving this group vast amounts of information about people's behaviors, habits, and networks. This could be used for everything from enforcing tax compliance to suppressing dissent.
While it's possible to envision such a scenario, it's important to note that it would face significant challenges and resistance. For one, countries with strong economies might be hesitant to cede control over their monetary policy to an international body. Furthermore, the use of a CBDC for surveillance and control would likely raise serious privacy and human rights concerns. Public acceptance of such a system would depend heavily on the specifics of how it's implemented and the perceived alternatives.

Assuming we do come to an economic collapse scenario, and people become desperate due to lack of access to food, water, houseing, essentially Maslow's Hierarchy of needs is completely destabilized. How likely would it be for a program like this to be rolled out? And would there be any ways to disrupt the Global CBDC system once it's in place?
In a scenario where an economic collapse has destabilized basic access to necessities, desperation could certainly make people more open to solutions they might otherwise reject. A Global Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) could be presented as a means to stabilize the economy and ensure basic needs are met, which may make it more appealing despite potential issues of privacy and centralized control.
However, the likelihood of such a system being rolled out successfully in the midst of an economic collapse would depend on a variety of factors:
  1. **International Cooperation:** Implementing a Global CBDC would require unprecedented cooperation between nations. In a crisis situation, some nations might prioritize national solutions over global ones, making agreement on a global currency difficult.
  2. **Infrastructure:** Building the necessary infrastructure for a Global CBDC could be challenging in a stable economic environment, let alone during a global economic collapse.
  3. **Trust:** In a time of crisis, trust in institutions can be severely eroded. Convincing people to adopt a new, global currency controlled by a centralized group would require a significant amount of trust-building.
  4. **Efficiency:** The speed at which a Global CBDC could be implemented would be crucial. In a crisis situation, slower solutions might be overlooked in favor of quicker, albeit temporary, fixes.
As for disruption, once a Global CBDC is in place, it would be challenging but not impossible to disrupt. Potential strategies for disruption could include:
  1. **Decentralized Alternatives:** The rise of decentralized cryptocurrencies could provide an alternative to a Global CBDC. If enough people were to adopt a decentralized currency, it could undermine the dominance of the Global CBDC.
  2. **Technological Disruption:** Cyberattacks could potentially disrupt the infrastructure supporting the Global CBDC. However, this would likely cause widespread economic harm and might not be seen as a desirable strategy.
  3. **Legal Challenges:** If the implementation of the Global CBDC violates laws or human rights, legal challenges could potentially be used to disrupt its operation.
  4. **Public Opposition:** Widespread public opposition, including protests, strikes, and civil disobedience, could potentially disrupt the operation of a Global CBDC.
While these disruption strategies could potentially be employed, it's important to note that they would also come with significant challenges and potential drawbacks. The ultimate effectiveness of any strategy would depend on the specific circumstances and the degree of coordination and determination among those seeking to disrupt the system.
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2023.06.03 17:31 blablabla138 Whispers in the Shadows

I can still feel the chill running down my spine as I recount the events that unfolded in my small, suburban home. It started innocently enough, just another ordinary evening spent alone, with the faint hum of the TV providing background noise. But little did I know, something sinister was lurking in the shadows.
It began with subtle disturbances—a creaking floorboard here, a flickering light there. I dismissed them as the quirks of an old house, the echoes of settling wood. But as the nights grew darker, the disturbances became more pronounced, more unnerving.
I started to notice strange figures out of the corner of my eye—a shadow darting across the hallway, a fleeting glimpse of a pale face in the mirror. At first, I blamed it on my tired eyes, my overactive imagination. But the unease settled deep within me, refusing to be dismissed.
One sleepless night, I awoke to the sensation of being watched. I could feel an unseen presence hovering just beyond the edge of my vision. Panic gripped me as the room grew colder, the air heavy with an otherworldly presence. I reached for the bedside lamp, but as I flicked the switch, darkness swallowed the room.
The stillness was broken by a low, raspy whisper that seemed to come from all directions. "You're not alone," it hissed, sending shivers down my spine. I tried to scream, but my voice was silenced by an unseen force. Fear constricted my chest as I struggled to break free from the invisible grip.
Days turned into a blur of terror and paranoia. Every corner of my home held a hidden threat, every shadow whispered malevolence. I sought refuge in the daylight, clinging to the dwindling moments of safety before the darkness enveloped me once more.
I sought help from skeptical friends and desperate paranormal experts, but their attempts to rationalize or banish the entity were in vain. The thing that plagued me seemed to feed on my fear, growing stronger with each passing night. Sleep became a distant memory, replaced by a constant state of vigilance.
As my sanity wavered, I turned to old texts and obscure rituals, desperate for a solution. Armed with incense and sacred symbols, I confronted the presence that haunted me. The air crackled with energy as I chanted ancient words, my voice trembling with both fear and determination.
In a blinding burst of light, the room was filled with a deafening silence. The entity was banished, its hold on me finally broken. But the scars it left behind would forever haunt my soul, a reminder of the dark forces that can infiltrate our reality.
Now, even in the safety of daylight, I can't help but feel a lingering unease. The events that unfolded in that house changed me, stripped away my sense of security. I still catch glimpses of shadowy figures out of the corner of my eye, a constant reminder that the boundary between the living and the supernatural is far more fragile than we dare to believe.
So, dear reader, beware the unseen, for even the most ordinary of places can hide the most extraordinary horrors. Trust your instincts and never underestimate the power of the unknown.
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2023.06.03 17:30 Fit-Tradition-6245 am i overreacting or rightfully sad?

my best friend and i (22F) recently became roommates. i’ve been talking about wanting to go out to our favorite bar together for weeks, now that we live in walking distance, and they’ve also expressed interest in going together. i just got back from a weeklong trip, and they fully knew about the date of my return. on that day, after i’d gotten home and was watching tv in my room, i thought i heard them come home and leave right away. turns out, they did come home to drop off their stuff and a post on their story revealed that they were at our favorite bar. we didn’t get into any falling out before my trip, so i’m puzzled as to why they went without me when they knew that i was home. (my keys, shoes, and bag were all in their usual spot. they usually poke their head in to say hi when they get home.) i left a ‘nice invite’ comment on the story to which they gave an ‘I don’t care if you come’ response.
i recognize that we’re both adults and they’re allowed to do what they want. it’s important for each of us to do things on our own. however, this instance did hurt my feelings. i’d like to get another perspective as to whether those feelings are warranted. it was the combination of my enthusiasm for going to the place with them, my weeklong absence (and i was looking forward to seeing them when i returned), and their halfhearted pity invite. what are everyone else’s thoughts? should i address this or let it go?
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2023.06.03 17:28 iceagesurvivor [Friday] [8pm GMT] [Other] [Homebrew] [Online] survival in new ecosystem

Looking for players to join an existing game that is restarting after a break, and entering a new phase.
(most of the current players are around 40 years old)
Players will be sailing away from their home island and exploring a changed world, hundreds of years after the fall of civilisation. They come from a tiny community of survivors this is dying out, and are desperately hoping to find other survivors out there somewhere. The world has entered a new era of life after mass extinctions, and new species and forms of life are spreading to refill the world. Is there still a place for humanity?
The game is sandbox, with survival challenges a constant low level problem, and players can approach their days however they choose, often with downtime to work on projects. Occasionally events will happen that require responses, and npcs will exist in this world and be actively pursuing their own agendas. (One player spent a year building up an industrial construction site from basics to eventually be able to build a boat, another developed skills in mushroom and hydroponic farming, and started to learn how to use relic computer systems, another developed friendships and relationships with other islanders, gradually earning their trust and learning important secrets.)
In the first phase of the game the players started as force-grown clones, jump-started into adult life and consciousness, who discovered they had been created by dwindling survivors as a last ditch attempt to keep the colony with a viable breeding population.. The learned about life on their island, and the nature of the survivors community, and its ruler, and long story short they have been working on building a vessel capable of crossing the ocean and allowing them to escape what appears to be a doomed and dying community.
The new players will also be recently created clones, crudely educated by imprinting technology, and effectively blank slates, vulnerable and confused about the world. However they will be in peak physical condition, and have a very rapid capacity for learning. Players can shape their characters as the game progresses.
The world contains mysteries about how exactly the world ended, what remnants and relics and survivor groups may exist out there, what new life forms have taken over dead ecosystems, as well as character and location secrets on their home island. In terms of danger, there are the normal survival challenges, compounded by the existence of a few "immortals" - genetically and nanite-enhanced survivors from the last age, who just don't seem able to die. Your home Island is ruled by one such immortal, and it is largely to escape his dominion that the players are sailing out into the unknown. He permits them to leave, but warns that there may be others like him, or worse, out there in the wild.
The game would suit players with plenty of initiative who are happy to slowly work on long-term goals and relationships with other characters, and once they have a grip on the world would be comfortable crafting their own heroic story within the setting. There is very little in the way of rules, but we do track the skills your characters develop and roll for chance here and there.
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2023.06.03 17:27 Proletlariet Gex

If this weren't a video game, I'd be on my way to prison!


After the successive deaths of Gex's father and uncle, which happened to leave him a large inheritance, Gex entered a deep depression, unable to leave the house. He used his cash to buy himself a big TV and cable, and spent his days as a couch potato in front of the screen, a hopeless addict. One day, when he swallowed a special bug sent by the villainous Rez, he was pulled inside the world of TV. Now, with only his natural gecko abilities to help him, Gex goes on an adventure to defeat Rez and escape from TVland, all the while spouting off extremely dated pop-culture references.
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Gecko Abilities

Mad Dash Racing Powerups:


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Hey, cool. I wonder what's on HBO...
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2023.06.03 17:27 hnqn1611 15 Everyday Things You've Been Doing Wrong All Your Life

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Number 2 - Holding a Drink You probably hold a drink like a beer, by its body. Which makes sense, right? It’s the most comfortable and that’s how you’ve seen all your friends do it. But surprisingly, that’s not the right way to hold a drink! Your hands conduct heat, and this affects the temperature of the beer, warming it much quicker than if you were to hold the bottle by the neck, which is what you’re really supposed to do. A similar rule exists for holding a glass of wine. It’s best to hold the glass by the stem or flute. Especially, if you happen to be drinking sparkling or white wine. In addition, warming wine or beer actually changes the flavor, so don’t cup the bottom of a wine glass or squeeze the sides of a beer bottle!
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Number 5 - Packing a Suitcase Whether you’re a frequent traveler or not, you’ll find this trick extremely useful when it comes to packing your suitcase. Most people leave their packing to the very last minute and then end up doing a half assed job throwing their clothes and things in a suitcase. Yes, some people who have a little more self-control, will take the time to fold their clothes, but nonetheless, piling folded garments on top each other is not going to make the most use of space either. The correct way to pack a suitcase is to roll your garments. This will prevent them from getting wrinkled and you can fit many more items. This useful life hack works great with a variety of clothing including pants, shorts, shirts, tights, panties, boxers and even blankets and towels. And another great thing… It’s much faster than folding each piece of clothing.
Number 6 - Storing Ice Cream You probably keep your ice cream in the freezer because that’s where it belongs. Don’t worry, I’m not going to tell you that you should be storing it in the cupboard or anything like that. But I’m sure you’ve noticed that it doesn’t take long for your ice cream to get freezer burned. This can be totally avoided. The correct way to store ice cream is to put it in a large Ziploc bag before putting it in the freezer. This will help keep the ice cream soft enough to scoop and freezer burn will be a thing of the past!
Number 7 - Brushing Your Teeth Brushing your teeth seems like a no brainer, but there is in fact, a proper way of doing it that many people are unaware of. One thing you might not realize is that you’re probably using way too much toothpaste. It only takes a small dab - about the size of a pea to get your teeth clean. Secondly, and most commonly, you’re probably brushing way too hard. You may think the harder you brush, the more stuff you get off your teeth, but you’re actually wearing away your tooth enamel by doing this. Finally, despite what you may have learned growing up, brushing your teeth immediately after a meal will actually do more harm than good. Since the acids and sugars in food weaken your enamel, brushing right after eating can actually damage your teeth. It’s best to wait about 30 minutes after eating before you brush.
Number 8 - Wearing Earbuds I’m guessing you wear your earbuds the same way that most people do, straight into your ears. But that’s actually wrong! The correct way to wear earbuds is to loop them from behind, so the cord runs over your ears. This will stop the cords from being pulled out of your ears when they sway too much or get snagged on something. It might feel odd at first, but trust me, listening to your favorite Taylor Swift songs without your earbuds falling out is worth it!
Number 9 – Peeling a Mango Mangos are delicious, but if you’re like most people, you dread peeling them. You end up with a mushy mess, and not much left to actually enjoy. But don’t worry! There are two correct ways to peel a mango without wasting any of this tasty tropical fruit. The first approach is to get a sharp knife, and cut the two halves of the mango from both sides of the pit. Then cut a crisscross design on each mango half, as close to the skin as possible – without actually cutting through it. Then, you just have to use a spoon to scoop out the perfectly cubed bits! The second approach is more of a life hack for lazy people…. And it doesn’t even require the crisscross design. Simply use the rim of a glass as an alternative to a spoon to scoop out the flesh of the mango halves.
Number 10 - Clipping Your Nails Nail clippers offer a quick and easy way to cut nails, and that’s probably why a lot of people like to use them. However, they can damage your nails! With a one size fits all design, it's impossible to get your whole nail in one clip, and using clippers actually deforms the structure of your nails, and they end up peeling and breaking. The correct way to clip your nails is to leave them a bit longer than you need to, and then shape them down with a nail file.
Number 11 - Cooling a Bottled Drink On a hot day, when there’s nothing cold to drink, most people just throw some bottles of beer or soda in the freezer. And wait, and wait, and wait… But this is actually a huge waste of time. There’s a better way to get those drinks cooler, faster. Just wet some paper towels and wrap them around the bottles you want to cool, before popping them in the freezer. Doing this will usually cool your drinks in less than 15 minutes!
Number 12 - Listening to Music On Your Phone Nowadays, pretty much everyone listens to music on their cell phones. But when you play music through the speaker of your phone, it usually sounds like crap. There’s no way you’re gonna push that heavy drop in your favorite EDM track on that tiny little speaker. The correct way to listen to music through your phone’s speaker is to amplify the sound. This will give you a more in depth and satisfying listening experience! Simply put the phone in a cup or bowl, and you’ll immediately hear a difference in sound.
Number 13 - Hulling Strawberries Strawberries are tasty, and most people love them! Plus, these summer berries can be used in a wide range of recipes. The annoying part is actually hulling the strawberries! Chances are, you use a knife to cut around the stalk, and end up removing bits of the flesh along with it. The correct way to hull a strawberry is to use a straw. Push the straw through the strawberry and remove the leafy part. That’s all there’s to it!
Number 14 - Pooping You may want to sit down for this one, because it’s a big one… You’re pooping wrong! Yep. If you’re like most people, you just sit on the toilet seat to do your business. But that position is not ideal. Our bodies are actually designed to squat while doing a number two! If you think about it, it actually makes sense. Before the invention of the toilet, that’s how people went, essentially hugging their knees, the way that you would if you had to go in the forest. Don’t worry, I’m not suggestion you start going to the forest to take a dump… But, here’s a simple trick for you! Try placing your feet on a stool with your knees higher while sitting on the toilet. This will position your colon properly. And, not only will this more natural stance make the movement faster and easier, but it will help prevent colon disease and hemorrhoids. It’s a win-win! So stop straining, and let gravity do the work instead!
Number 15 - Peeing While Standing Up Let’s face it guys, our aim isn’t always accurate and we’ve been doing it wrong the whole time. The correct way to pee is to sit on the toilet. This will not only be more relaxing but it will also avoid the mess we often create when standing while peeing. Plus whoever cleans your bathroom will praise you for your great effort. When it comes to everyday things you’ve been doing wrong all your life, the list goes on and on! Wouldn’t you say so?! Which of these surprised you the most? Let us in the comments below!
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"Think of this as a chance at revenge," Sweeney said.


What a moronically quaint idea.

This jumped up little shit had come into my home, interrupted my retirement and here he was talking to me about revenge, as if he knew the first thing about what I’d seen, what I’d been through, why I’d quit.

Looking into his eyes, I knew he didn’t understand. I knew he couldn’t.

I've been hunting vampires for most of my life. I've killed more of them than I can count. But Clementine Di Cesare was no ordinary vampire. Hell, none of the Di Cesares were ordinary vampires, but even among them Clementine was… unique. She was the one all the others quietly feared. The one who was even spoken of with reverence by the Di Cesares masters, those twin Immortals who could not be killed by any weapon of this world. Seeking revenge against her was like seeking revenge against death itself.

“Revenge?” I repeated, with a dismissive scoff.
“You’re really going to tell me that after what she put you through, you don’t want revenge?” Sweeney asked.
“If you knew what she did to me, you’d know why I don’t want revenge,” I replied.
“Really? Sorry Franklin, but I don’t buy that. Look, I get it if you’re reluctant to jump back into the fight. I do. You of all people know just how dangerous the Di Cesare’s are. Especially ‘La Morte’.”

I looked over at him as he said that name. It rolled off his tongue so irreverently. To him, it was just a name. An alias assigned to some vampire he’s only heard of stories. He didn’t utter it with the respect it deserved, and I almost couldn’t be bothered to correct him. Any words spent on this small minded glory hound were probably wasted.

“Yes, I do know.”
“Which is why I need you,” Sweeney said. He almost sounded as if he were pleading with me. “Think of this as an opportunity to set things right… to put that vampire bitch in the ground where she belongs, and save God only knows how many lives in the process!”
I sighed.
He just didn’t get it.

“Mark my words, Mr. Sweeney, if you chase after Clementine Di Cesare, you’ll end far more lives than you save. She didn’t get a name like ‘La Morte’ for nothing. She earned it. Purchased it with the blood of the tens of thousands she’s sent screaming into the maw of Hell. She is not something you chase, Sweeney.”
“She’s a vampire,” Sweeney said dismissively. “She’s another enemy to destroy.”
“That’s what George Bundy said,” I replied. “Then not too long after, he died.”
“I’m not George Bundy,” Sweeney said.
“No. You sure as hell ain’t,” I agreed, before looking the kid in the eye.

He thought he was an up and comer, climbing the ranks of the Brethren. He probably thought of himself as some sort of badass vampire hunter too, when in reality he could never have so much as dreamed of holding a candle to the likes of Bundy… or hell, any of the men who’d died in Brazil.
“You should watch your tone with me,” Sweeney warned.
“Or you’ll do what?” I asked, “You ain’t going to frighten me with vague threats, boy. I’ve walked through Hell, trying to kill the Devil. What have you done?”

Sweeney bit his lip but didn’t respond.
“There’s nothing you can say or do that will intimidate me,” I said, before lighting myself a cigarette. I stared at the road outside of my porch, old memories flooding back to me before looking over at Sweeney again. He sat in his chair beside me like a sulky child. This was the man who wanted to destroy the Di Cesare family? Pathetic.

“Exactly how much do you know about the Brazil Job?” I asked.
“I know it was a failure. Clementine Di Cesare killed most of the men the Brethren sent out… all except for you. You were the only one good enough to beat her.”
“Good enough…” I repeated with a huff, “Hardly… whatever picture you’ve got in your head of some glorified battle, throw it away. Trust me, the Brazil Job was anything but glorious. It was a two hour long trek through Hell. And I didn’t beat Di Cesare at the end of it. I survived her. They’re two different things entirely.”
“I’m not sure I understand,” Sweeney said.
“You wouldn’t, would you?” I sighed and took another drag on my cigarette.

This kid wasn’t going to leave until I made him understand… so I told him my story. I told him everything even though I knew he’d learn nothing from it.


I’d joined up with the Brethren Knights of St. Fontaine back in the 1980s to hunt monsters. Back then, it seemed like the best use of my skills. I’d done my tours with the army, but even after I got out, I was still looking for an enemy to fight. So naturally, once I found out that vampires were real, I set my sights on them. It seemed like the most sensible thing to do at the time.

The Brethren Knights fancied themselves the descendants of the Knights Templar, and they insisted that their God given mission was to protect mankind from the things that lurked in the shadows. I didn’t really have much love for God at the time, but if the Bretheren were the ones fighting the monsters, then I was happy to tolerate the Jesus freaks in their ranks.

It was 1988 when we first heard whispers of the Imperium. A supposed cabal of vampires, trying to get them organized. At the time, it’d seemed too crazy to be true. Vampires generally went their own way, in my experience. At most, they might have a partner but other than they they didn’t really socialize with their own kind. But supposedly someone out there had the big fucking balls to keep them in line, and whoever they were, they scared the shit out of the Brethren.

They’d started targeting high profile vampires, trying to find someone who was involved in this ‘Imperium’, hoping that maybe they might get someone to talk. And it wasn’t long until they found someone who did.

From my understanding, the vampire they captured didn’t seem to know much about who was actually running the show. But they knew who their second in command was… and that was when I first head about the Di Cesare family.

The name was familiar to some of the higher ups in the Brethren, and I’d heard some stories. Not sure which were true, but the long and short of it was that the Di Cesare’s and the Brethren shared a bloody history, and didn’t particularly like each other too much.

George Bundy explained it to me like this at one point: ‘The Di Cesare’s are an old family. Most of them used to be witches, up until their Matriarch turned them into vampires. Now they’re a whole new kind of nasty. Far as I know, the only time anyone’s actually managed to kill one was about 200 years ago. Anyone who’s tried since has ended up dead, so most folks don’t even bother anymore.’

I guess it shouldn’t have been surprising they’d be involved in the Imperium, but the mere mention of their name ruffled some feathers higher up on the chain of command, and eventually they put out a kill order on them. Most of the Di Cesare’s were generally pretty hard to track down, but the top brass had a pretty good line on their matriarch, Bianca Di Cesare. Supposedly, she’d been spotted near the family’s private estate in Brazil and rumor had it that most of her daughters were there too.

Normally, the brass wouldn’t have sanctioned any kind of attack on them. The Di Cesare’s were already considered off limits, and attacking them at their private estate was considered damn near impossible. The estate was located in a small mining town outside of Manaus called Refugio de Julia, or just Julia for short. The town was fairly remote, being only accessible from a few backroads and most folks tended to avoid it, claiming they’d had various strange encounters in the area. Their accounts described unsettling pale figures with dark hair and large green eyes working in the mines, although some of the more disturbing stories we heard involved sightings of other creatures in the jungle surrounding the town. Massive spiders with humanoid faces, tending rotting corpses filled with stinging bees, giant howling beasts who tore through the forest, hunting prey, and beautiful women who would appear in the nearby towns, betwitching men into coming away with them only to reveal themselves as monsters who fed on the blood of their victims. Some had even claimed the Di Cesares themselves were such beasts… although those claims weren’t taken quite as seriously.

A skeptic might say the stories that surrounded Julia seemed like little more than just local superstition… but the Brethren had been dealing with the supernatural for long enough to recognize when something was probably real, and when it was probably fake and they knew damn well that most of the stories about Julia were probably true. None of them had ever dared set foot in Julia to find out for sure, since doing so would probably be suicide, but the theory was that the Di Cesares had created Julia as something of a refuge for other creatures. Other vampires, werewolves, arachne, karah and all sorts of other hellspawn. They offered them a home and safety in exchange for their labor in the mines. Hell, the name of the town more or less spelled it out.

Refugio de Julia

Julia’s Haven.

Julia had been the name of the only member of the Di Cesare family that the Brethren had ever killed, so I guess it was only fitting they named the town after her.

I honestly think using other creatures like them as a workforce was a bit inspired… since it made Julia damn near impenetrable. Reaching their estate at the far side of the town would have been impossible without being noticed by every creature of hell living in that town, and odds are they’d tear anyone apart long before they even reached the gates of the Di Cesare estate. And if one had the bright idea to approach the estate from another angle, they’d be trudging through miles and miles of rainforest to do so, only end up face to face with a massive stone wall that kept the rainforest out.

In effect - the Di Cesare estate was a fortress. Getting in would be no easy feat, to say nothing of confronting the vampires within. But with the fear of the Imperium gnawing at the back of their minds, the Brethren had finally set their minds to trying.

George Bundy had been the one in charge of planning the operation out.

I’d known Bundy before I’d joined up with the Brethren. Hell, Bundy was the whole reason I’d joined the Brethren. He’d been my CO a number of years back, and he’d earned his reputation as a hardass just about ten or twenty times over. Bundy was a gruff looking man with a bushy moustache and intense eyes. During the years I knew him, I don’t believe I ever once saw him so much as crack a smile. He only ever seemed to speak when he felt there was something he needed to say. Otherwise, he was usually dead silent.

He was somewhere in his late fifties back in 88. By all rights, he ought to have retired years ago. But he refused.
“I’m a soldier,” He said, when I asked him about it once. “That’s all I am. I don’t know what else to be.”

Bundy’s initial plan had been to hit the Di Cesare estate from the air. Come in fast and loud with a couple of helicopters and see how those vampires stood up to some good old American flak. The idea got shot down pretty quickly, so to speak. Apperantly, most if not all of the Di Cesares had cursed their own bodies, causing whatever wound one inflicted on them to appear on whoever it was who had wounded them. Going in guns blazing would have ended in a bloodbath… and not for them. There were also some concerns about drawing attention from Julia. With no conclusive data on just what they had living in that town, there was no guarantee we’d be safe in the air. A few eyewitnesses had described seeing giant nests in some of the trees in the jungle, supposedly consistent with the nests made by harpies.

Flying in guns blazing was out. So Bundy went back to the drawing board and what he came back with… well, it was ballsy, but it almost seemed like it just might work. During his reconnisance of the Di Cesare’s estate, he’d noticed a large but shallow tributary flowing into the amazon river that led right through the Di Cesare’s estate. Along the tributary was an abandoned water mill, that connected to the Di Cesare estate.

He’d suggested using the water mill to gain entry to the grounds, and from there, move on the Di Cesare’s. That plan had been approved, and Bundy had been allowed to handpick his team for the operation. He’d chosen fifteen men, all of them ex military, most of them having served under him before.

He’d told us we would be dividing into three teams of five men each. We would leave Manaus by boat, and land at three different areas near the tributary before making our way to the mill on foot, where we would regroup, before moving on the Di Cesares. The reason for the division was to ensure that if any of our teams ran into trouble upon making ground, the entire operation wouldn’t be compromised.

Team 1, led by Bundy himself would depart first and land to the west of the tributary. Team 2, led by a man named Ferdinand Hernandez would make land about fifteen minutes later near the mouth of the tributary and Team 3, to be led by me would land fifteen minutes later to the east.

On the day of the operation, I sat in my boat, watching as the other two left. It was twilight when we set out, and I remember that as my team and I carried out our final checks on our equipment, the only thing I felt was a familiar anticipation.

I’d hesitate to call it fear. Fear is what came later. Anticipation is the better word. I knew we could be walking into a tough situation… but I trusted Bundy. I trusted he’d run a smooth op. God knew, he’d done it a thousand times before.

The team assigned to me wasn’t anything particularly special. They were competent enough, but none of them would’ve been my first choices. Jack McMullen, for instance, who was about the same age as I was at the time. We’d both served under Bundy before, although while I respected Bundy, Jack was wholly devoted to him. I swear, if the man had told him to stuff a live grenade up his ass, Jack would’ve done it without a moments hesitation. I dunno if Jack simply saw him as the father he’d never had or what, but he damn near worshipped Bundy.

I can’t quite say the same for the other guys we had with us, though. One of them, some greenhorn by the name of Pearce Wilson struck me as an airheaded pretty boy who’d never actually had his boots on the ground before, while the other one, Scott Barber had left a bad taste in my mouth last time we’d worked together. Barber was capable… but he was violent. This was a kid with a hell of a chip on his shoulder, and it looked a hell of a lot like that Confederate flag patch he wore on his jacket. He wanted an excuse to shoot something, and I don’t think he cared what. Under most circumstances I’m not sure I would’ve fully trusted him with a gun.

The last one though, Joseph Feng… him I trusted. Feng was the one I knew the least about, and he didn’t seem much for conversation. But he handled himself competently enough and seemed to know when to sit down and shut up.

When Team 2’s boat was far enough away, we got the radio signal to follow. Barber was the one steering the boat, so I gave him the order to cast off and we ventured out into the twilight, unaware of just what was waiting for us out there.


We landed in our designated area fifteen minutes after Team 2 confirmed they’d touched down at theirs. Our landing was fairly uneventful. Feng, Barber, and I secured the boat before we radio’d Bundy to let him know we were in position. After that, it was just a matter of making it to the tributary.

As we ventured into the jungle, the world around us was quiet. There was wind, the whisper of the river behind us, and the sounds of animals. But little else. The river fell away behind us as we moved in single file toward the tributary, maintaining radio silence as we did.

It was about a half hour before we heard the gunshot.

Just one, echoing through the twilight. But it was enough to give us pause.

“The fuck was that?” I heard Barber ask. Immediately, the kid was on high alert, with his gun raised as if he were expecting every monster in Julia to come charging at us from all angles.
I just listened, waiting to hear if there was anything else. I half expected my radio to come to life, but it didn’t.
“Team 1, status?” I asked.
The radio crackled with static, but there was no response.

I tried it again, but still with no success. The radio was working, that much I was sure of. Something had to be blocking the signal.
“What’s going on?” Feng asked.
“Dunno,” I replied. “Comms are down.”
“Down?” Wilson asked, “So we’re flying blind out here, then?”
“More or less,” I replied.
“What do we do? Do we go back… if the comms are down…”
“Just because something’s jamming our signal doesn’t mean we’re made,” I said. “Relax. We keep moving for now. You keep your eyes wide open, and your head on a swivel. We’ll make it to the tributary and see if we can’t meet up with the other teams.”
I could tell Wilson wasn’t a fan of my answer, but I didn’t much care. We had a job to do, and I aimed to do it.

I pressed on without a further word and the others followed. Up ahead, I could hear the sound of running water and picked up the pace. I figured the tributary had to be close… and I was right.

I emerged from the brush into the stream, only to pause when I saw what was waiting for us in the water.

In the dying sunlight, it was impossible to mistake the bodies sprawled out on the rocks as anything else… and all I needed to do was look at their uniforms to know they were our people.
“Jesus…” I heard Wilson say under his breath. He froze up, lingering by the bank as I cautiously approached one of the bodies.

It belonged to a somewhat heavyset man with a thin mustache who I recognized as Hernandez. His eyes were still open, although lifeless and staring in different directions, and there was a clean hole in his forehead where a bullet had ended his life. The gunshot we’d heard earlier had likely been the sound of his death.

Looking at the bodies around him, I knew they had to be the rest of Team 2… although it was a little harder pinning down their cause of death. Some sort of bladed weapon, perhaps, judging by the state of them. I realized the odds were that they walked into some sort of ambush.
“What about Bundy and Team 1?” Jack asked, “Any sign of them?”
“No,” I said. “These bodies are all from Team 2… Bundy could still be ahead of us.”
“Then we need to keep going!”

Jack turned, heading up the stream and Barber was right behind him. Feng paused for a moment, thinking this over before following. Only Wilson remained.
“How do we know we’re not walking into a trap?” He asked.
“We’ll deal with that when we get to it,” I said before moving to follow the others.
“With all due respect, Sarge… that doesn’t sound like the best course of action!” Wilson argued, finally following me. “It sounds just like a good way to get killed!”
“Yeah?” I asked, “I’m gonna tell you an ugly truth, kid. That’s the job. Make your peace with it, and it’ll go a lot easier.”

Wilson didn’t like that answer either and trailed off behind me, watching as I continued upstream. For a moment, I half expected him to go back to the boat… but no. I dunno if he found his balls or just didn’t want to get left behind, but he started to follow us again.

I kept trying to raise Team 1 on the radio while we walked, although I still had no luck. The light above us slowly faded into darkness as we trudged through the water in silence, guns sitting comfortably in our hands and mosquitos biting at our necks.

It wasn’t until we lost Feng that I heard anybody so much as make a sound, and when we lost Feng… it happened almost instantaneously. One minute, he was at the head of the group, walking just ahead of Jack and I. The next, he was gone, only barely having the time to let out a scream as he fell into the river ahead of us.

The rest of us paused. Jack seemed to freeze and I pushed past him, calling out for Feng as I did. As punishment for my compassion, I almost went down after him. I only barely stopped myself from stepping on the slippery rocks that had helped send him to his demise.

I could see Feng’s body in the water, and I could see the blood pouring out of him. He twitched a few times, but I knew he was dead. The sharpened wooden spikes jutting out of him confirmed as much.
“What the hell…” Jack said under his breath, staring at Feng’s corpse in disbelief. “That’s a fucking spike trap!”


It was indeed a fucking spike trap.

I could see other spikes jutting out of the water ahead of us, just past a small dam of rocks that were just slippery enough to make it difficult to stop yourself from falling. Some of those spikes had other bodies on them… likely members of Team 1. I only counted two, although that still didn’t exactly bode well.

“They put a fucking spike trap in the goddamn stream…” Jack said, “Who the hell does that?”
“Somebody who’s expecting us to use the stream,” I replied.
“So they know we’re coming?” Barber asked.
“Clearly…” I replied. “And they’ve got a good idea on what our route is too.”

“Yeah, no shit!” Barber snapped. “Christ… let’s get the fuck out of here. There’s probably more fucking traps upstream!”
“Bundy’s orders were clear!” Jack argued.
“Bundy’s probably dead by now!” Barber replied, before looking at me. “Sarge, come on. You have to know this is suicide!”
“Suicide was part of the job description, was it not?” I asked.
“The job is to kill those fucking vampires, not to die in the goddamn process! We need to get out of the stream and into the woods!”

“Judging by the fate Team 2 met, I’m not sure the forest is someplace we want to be right now,” I replied.
“Excuse me?” Barber asked, “What the hell are you talking about, Sarge?”
“Five men dead, but only one gunshot. How did the rest die?”

Barber didn’t seem to be able to answer that.
“By now… yes. It’s clear we’ve walked into a trap. And yes, I understand that it makes sense to try and leave that trap… but I don’t know if we’ll be safer in the jungle. Something jumped Team 2. Cut them apart, and then shot Hernandez as a warning. They didn’t have to shoot him. They did it so we’d hear.”
“Your point being?” Barber asked.
“I don’t think this is just a trap, Barber. It’s a game. Stop playing, and you might just end up like our friends downstream.”
“A game?” Wilson asked, “Sarge, you can’t be serious!”

“From where I’m standing, we have a better chance of surviving in the stream,” I said. “Look, we’re at least halfway to the rendezvous point, and there have to be at least two members of Team 1 left. The safest thing to do right now is to follow them.”
“You’re off your fucking rocker, Sarge,” Barber spat, locking his eyes with mine. For a moment, I thought the boy was going to try and fight me. But no. He was wise enough to stand down.
“If you wanna get yourself killed, go right the fuck ahead. Just leave me out of it! Wilson, come on,” Barber said before trudging over to the edge of the stream. Wilson didn’t even hesitate, just looking back at Jack and I quietly before he disappeared into the forest with Barber.

“You’re not gonna stop them?” Jack asked.
“No,” I replied. “God willing, there’s a chance that pigheaded asshole is right… dunno how much of a chance, but a chance.”
“Then how come we’re not following him?” Jack asked.
“There’s also a chance he’s wrong.”
I turned, before making my way around the spike trap.
“Keep a slower pace,” I said. “Watch for traps.”

Jack hesitated for a moment, but he followed me without any further questions and we walked in silence for a little longer.

We heard nothing from the trees. Nothing that told us about the fate of Barber and Wilson. I wasn’t sure if that was good news or not.

In fact, I don’t think we heard a thing until about a half hour later, when we heard the explosion.

It came out of almost nowhere, but ahead of us I could see a flash of light and hear the screams of men. On instinct, I found myself picking up the pace and could hear Jack behind me. In the low light, I saw a shape float past me in the stream. It took me a moment to realize that it was a severed human arm.

In the water ahead of us, I could see a figure clinging to one of the rocks and trying to pick himself up. I recognized him as George Bundy.

Jack was at his side almost immediately, trying to help the old man to his feet.
“Sir! Are you alright?”
Bundy just wheezed, before his legs gave out from under him. I helped Jack drag him to the shore so he could sit and rest for a moment.
“What the hell was that?” I asked, looking back at the stream.
“Grenade trap… I think…” Bundy panted, “Fucking tripwire… Popkov tripped it, I think…”

Popkov… odds are he was one of the two mangled corpses lying in the river a few feet away from us. It seemed they’d taken the brunt of the explosion, although Bundy still had some shrapnel in his arm that Jack was tending to.
“Christ… whole fucking ops gone to shit…” Bundy spat. “Team 2 got taken out just about as soon as they landed. Someone killed them and dumped them in the goddamn river. Lost half my boys to the fucking spike trap and half to this…”

He looked up at us, before spitting onto the ground.
“Guess you two haven’t done much better.”
“Hard to say,” I replied. “Two of ours took off into the woods, trying to avoid the traps.”
“Then they’re dead,” Bundy replied. “I’ve seen her watching us… always just up ahead, always from a distance… she’s seeing how far we’ll go. How much we’ll take…”
“She?” I asked.
La Morte. Should’ve figured she’d be the one to greet us.”
“La Morte?” I asked.

“It’s Italian. Supposedly, she earned that name around the time the Di Cesares fled Venice. It’s funny, the Brethren like to act like the Di Cesares leaving Venice was some big victory of theirs, since before they did, they finally killed one of them… hard to call it a victory though, considering how many corpses they made before they fled. And most of them came from La Morte…”
Bundy winced in pain as Jack bandaged his arm before he continued talking.

“See… when the Di Cesare’s left Venice, one of them stayed behind. Clementine, the Scorpio sister. Guess she was unwilling to leave the fight unfinished… and according to the stories, the death toll she personally amassed in the years after the Di Cesare’s left Venice make the bodies they claimed during the Venetian Massacre a hundred and fifty years prior look like a pittance. The Brethren still occupying the city started to call her La Morte. Death. Cuz wherever she went, death followed in her wake… and it seems we’ve walked right into her open arms, haven’t we, boys?”

“You’re sure it’s her?” I asked.
“She’s a Di Cesare… and the shit we’ve seen out here… I don’t see any other Di Cesare setting those traps. It’s her. I’m sure of it. She’s watching us. Seeing how far we’ll go. Seeing if we’ll turn tail…”
“Should we?” Jack asked, and Bundy finally seemed to acknowledge him.
“Excuse me?” He asked.
“Should we? Look, sir… I’d follow you into the mouth of Hell, but right now, we’re down from fifteen men to three. Can’t say I’m optimistic about our chances right now. If this woman is half as bad as you’re saying she is, maybe it’s time we took a step back!”

Jack looked at me, hoping I might back him up, but I remained silent.
“What the hell are you talking about?” Bundy asked.
“What I’m hearing here, is that as of right now, the vampire out there could kill us at any time. She hasn’t. Far as I’m concerned, that’s mercy. Maybe we should be taking it while it’s offered.”
Bundy stared at him, before chuckling. I think it was the first time I’d ever seen him laugh.

“Just walk away, then?” He asked.
“Walk away, and come back better prepared!” Jack corrected.
“Walk away,” Bundy said again. “We walk away now, and there won’t be a chance to come back better prepared. We get one shot at this. One. Failure is not an option. We go in there and we kill them or we die. End of discussion.”
“And how exactly are we even supposed to kill them?” Jack asked, “That curse they have… bullets aren’t gonna do shit, sir!”
“Yours won’t, mine will…”
Bundy pulled his pistol from his holster. I noticed some sort of pattern crudely engraved on it.

“I’ve been doing some research… studied the curse they put on themselves… and I think I’ve found a way to break it. Not sure if it’ll work yet… but we get one chance to test it.”
Jack stared at the gun, then back at Bundy.
“Sir… do you hear yourself?” He asked quietly, “You can’t be serious… right now, even with that gun we don’t stand a chance in he-”

The gunshot echoed through the forest and made me jump. Jack’s voice died in his throat as he hit the ground.

Bundy stared at him for a moment, before huffing and holstering his pistol again. He draped his coat over his shoulders, before looking over at me.
“No room for failure, Frank,” He said calmly.
I didn’t know what to say to that. I stared down at Jack’s body, my mouth hanging open slightly. When I looked back at Bundy, he was already back in the stream.

There was a tense silence between Bundy and I as I followed him along the final stretch of the tributary. He trudged on ahead, covered in sweat and straining with every step, but I could sense the quiet determination he had to see this through. Looking at him, you could’ve told me that George Bundy could wipe out the Di Cesare’s all by himself and I would have believed it in a second.

The night around us was full of sound, and each one drew my attention. I watched the forest, expecting to see some sign of La Morte watching us. But I saw nothing, except for what she wanted me to see.
“Mill’s just up ahead,” I heard Bundy say as we pressed on, although I noticed his steps faltering as he seemed to notice something in the trees above us. I stopped behind him, looking up before seeing what he saw, and when I saw it I felt my stomach turn.

I’d seen death before.
But what Di Cesare had left out for us… that was something else.
Pearce Wilson and Scott Barber weren’t dead.
But if they could have spoke, I’ve got no doubt they would have begged us to kill them. Wilsons pretty face was covered in blood and his pouty lips were parted as more trickled out of him. His curly blond hair was matted and I could see crimson there. Tree branches portruded from his ribs, while the loops of his entrails dangled out of his opened stomach. And Barber was in just about the same state, only he seemed to at least have the ability to turn his head to look at us.

I think he might have tried to speak, but the only sound he seemed to be able to make was a pained whimper.
“Jesus Christ…” I said softly.
“He had nothing to do with this,” Bundy replied. He took one last look at the two dying men hanging from the trees, before moving on.
“We should put them out of their misery, sir,” I said.

Bundy paused, before looking back at me.
“Don’t waste the ammo, Frank,” He replied. “They’re already dead.”
“Not yet they’re not!”
“Give them time. They chose to go into the woods. They can live with the consequences… for however long that lasts.”

With that, he left them. If I were a more compassionate man, I would have put them out of their misery. But no. Bundy moved on and so did I.

He approached the water mill, before examining it. It was an old building, made of stone that had long since been overgrown by moss, and sat right on the wall that separated the Di Cesares estate from the amazon. It hardly looked secure, even if the only entrance hadn’t just been an old wooden door secured with a padlock, finding a way in wouldn’t have been difficult. And it didn’t take much for Bundy to break through that door. All he needed was a couple of well placed kicks and it swung right open.

Drawing his gun, Bundy strode inside and I followed him.
“The Di Cesare’s will be in the main house,” He said. “We should find a way in through the back, try and catch them off guard. Main target should be the matriarch, Bianca. Her we should prioritize keeping alive… the rest are expendable.”

“Much as you are, I’m sure.” A voice called from deeper in the mill, and both Bundy and I froze.
I noticed movement on the floor above us, and through the shadows, I saw a tall woman watching us. She was dressed all in black, with blond hair tied back in a ponytail and the intense eyes of a soldier.

This had to be Clementine Di Cesare.

Bundy aimed his pistol at her, although she only barely seemed to notice.
“Only two of you left… I’m not sure the odds are in your favor,” The woman said. Her voice was low, calm and quiet.
“Only one way to find out,” Bundy growled.
“And only one way to walk out of this place alive,” Di Cesare countered. “You can put the gun down, turn and walk away. I won’t stop you. There’s no shame in living.”

“All the bodies you’ve left in your wake… that’s rich,” Bundy said.
“I don’t relish what I’ve done. I simply don’t know how to do anything else,” She replied. “Think about this, Bundy. Over my lifetime, there have been countless thousands who have come to kill me. All of them are dead, but I am not. Even if you could kill me… you could not kill my sisters. Not all of them. Not before they came for you.”
“Just you, would be enough…” Bundy said, before pulling the trigger.

I knew he’d hit her. I knew the bullet pierced her shoulder. But that woman… she didn’t even flinch. She simply dove out of the way before he could shoot again, taking cover and avoiding his next shot.
“Frank, upstairs!” Bundy snapped, “Flush her out!”
I went, trudging up the old wooden steps with my rifle drawn. Only to see Di Cesare vaulting over the railing and back down to the ground floor as soon as I made it up there.

Bundy shot at her again, only to miss for a second time. I saw Di Cesare’s arm move, and heard him cry out in pain. In the low light, I could see a dagger protruding from his shoulder. He stumbled back a step, leaving himself open for only a split second.

That second was all it took for Di Cesare to raise her own gun and fire just one shot.

George Bundy hit the ground without so much as a final scream. There was just a simple hole in his skull where she had shot him.

I felt my heart start to race faster. My eyes settled on Bundy’s gun, and I ran for the railing, vaulting it and dropping to the ground below with a thud. Di Cesare shot at me, and I felt the bullet tear through my leg. I reached out for the fallen gun and grabbed it before turning it on Di Cesare, only to find myself staring down the barrel of her own pistol. My finger rested on the trigger, but I didn’t have the guts to pull it.

"Kill me, and you will not see the sun tomorrow." She said, her voice still cold and calm.
“Killing you is part of the job…” I replied, but my finger still couldn’t squeeze the trigger.
“And is it worth your life?” Di Cesare asked. “You fail your mission either way.”
“And die with some goddamn honor…”
“There’s no such thing as honor. There is alive and there is dead. Choose.”

I knew what I was supposed to choose.

But my hands were shaking, as I stared into the face of death. My finger couldn’t squeeze the trigger.

The gun collapsed to the floor and Di Cesare kicked it away from me, before huffing and lowering her gun.
“Do not return,” She said softly. “Or next time, I will unleash a hell upon you that will make you beg for simple traps.”

She picked Bundy’s gun up off the ground, and then she was gone. After I finally picked myself up off the ground, I was gone too.

As I walked back along the stream… I passed the corpses of the men we’d left behind. Barber and Wilson, Jack, Feng, Hernandez, and his team. The flies were already feasting on them. Animals had already torn at them. And as I looked down at their cold corpses, I knew I had made the right choice.

I filed my report with the Brethren. Told them that Di Cesare had wiped us out, and a few months later I quietly retired. I never looked back.


“You walked away from her?” Sweeney asked in disbelief, “You had her dead to rights and you walked away from her?”
“I chose to live,” I replied. “Can’t say I regret the decision either. Because of the choice I made, I met my wife and had my kids. I’ve lived the life I had because I chose not to throw it away on some vampire.”

Sweeney just shook his head.
“You could have gotten the first confirmed kill on a Di Cesare in two centuries, and you threw it away you fucking coward! I could execute you for that!” I noticed his hand hovering over the gun on his hip.
“You could.” I replied, before quietly unholstering the pistol I kept at my side. I aimed it at Sweeney’s head.

He stared at me like a slack jawed idiot.
“Would you like to give it a try?”
“Would you like to give it a try, Mr. Sweeney? Or would you like to see the sun tomorrow?”
He stared down the barrel of my gun, and I already knew what his choice would be.

Sweeney took a step back. I saw his hand move away from his holster, and I lowered the gun with a huff.
“Thought so,” I said.
Mr. Sweeney left me without another word.
I knew he would not return.
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2023.06.03 17:24 piknikkopi_ Any Casio watches outside of B640, G-Shock & Baby-G with timer and flash alert feature?

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I have 5.9 inch to 6 inch / 15cm wrist and I can't imagine wearing large watches like G-Shocks, tried a friend's DW5600 and it looked really disproportionate on my wrist.
I also understand that there are the LW-204, W-202 (the W-202's dial looks good but I can't find em locally and import fees are too much if I were to buy them overseas like through Amazon, living in Indonesia), but I'm wondering if there are any other models so that I can maybe cycle through for different occasions other than the variations between the B640, LW-240, and W-202
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2023.06.03 17:19 Various_Today_4902 2 year appointment

Yesterday we had my son's 2nd year appointment and I thought everything was well but she said he has a slight speech delay. He knows 50 words but she said at this point it should be countless words. He also said multiple 2 word phrases but she was talking about sentences. I already spend all day with him and we talk as much as is possible but it just feels like nothing we do is good enough. Right now I have a 2 year old crying because he won't say "watch TV" or words on demand. She said we will reevaluate at 30 months but I'm just exhausted. I don't know what else I can do. He is growing language at 21 months he only had 15 words but it just feels like pulling teeth with him. He only wants to say words when he wants to. Daycare isn't an option cause it's way to expensive and we already have him in extracurricular activities to try to foster language and communication with others. I just feel like a failure.
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Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse , the latest installment in the Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse franchise, is coming to Disney+ on July 8th! This new movie promises to be just as exciting as the previous ones, with plenty of action and adventure to keep viewers entertained. If you’re looking forward to watching it, you may be wondering when it will be available for your Disney+ subscription. Here’s an answer to that question!

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What is Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse About?

It features an ensemble cast that includes Florence Pugh, Harry Styles, Wilde, Gemma Chan, KiKi Layne, Nick Kroll, and Chris Pine. In the film, a young wife living in a 1950s company town begins to believe there is a sinister secret being kept from her by the man who runs it.

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In the 1950s, Alice and Jack live in the idealized community of Victory, an experimental company town that houses the men who work on a top-secret project. While the husbands toil away, the wives get to enjoy the beauty, luxury and debauchery of their seemingly perfect paradise. However, when cracks in her idyllic life begin to appear, exposing flashes of something sinister lurking below the surface, Alice can't help but question exactly what she's doing in Victory.

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse Movies Details

Miles Morales, Brooklyn's full-time, neighborly Spider-Man, is launched across the Multiverse after reuniting with Gwen Stacy. There, he meets a group of Spider-People tasked with guarding the Multiverse's very existence. Miles must rethink what it means to be a hero in order to save the people he cares about most when the heroes disagree over how to confront a new threat and set him against the other Spiders.

Released: 2023-06-02

Runtime: 136 minutes

Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Science Fiction

Stars: Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Jake Johnson, Issa Rae, Daniel Kaluuya

Director: Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, Avi Arad, Mary Hidalgo, Christina Steinberg

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2023.06.03 17:18 CivilStrawberry Grandparents Constantly Complaining About Custody Schedule

Sorry I’m advance, on mobile. I just need to vent for a minute. I’ve been separated for a little over a year and divorced for about six months. For the first year of my separation, my ex lived in another city and only saw our son 3 times that year due to distance and other circumstances (we met in the middle once for a week long trip so they could see each other, and twice he visited our city for holidays). It’s not perfect, but I can at least say that we do our best to coparent well and be respectful of each others’ needs and desire to be around our kid.
Technically, I have 100% physical custody, but as long as my ex is doing well (he has a serious mental health condition that requires inpatient care at times) he sees our son most weekends for a bit and has him 2 days a week in the summer, and during the school year he’s just responsible for getting him on and off the bus on those days.
Early in the separation I lived with my mother for about 6 months, and she also has my grandmother living with her. I bought my own house at the end of last year and live 30 minutes from them now. I’ll be the first to admit it was a lot on everyone, and that it couldn’t have been easy having us show up on their doorstep, and I’m grateful, but they act like THEY are my son’s parents now, instead of my ex and I, and it’s starting to create serious problems.
Essentially, they seem to think they should also be factored into our custody schedule. They still see my son at least 1-2 times a week for family events or to meet for dinner. Yesterday, my mom called me and said “Well, I wish you’d at least let me have him one day a week, we used to see him every day, and now we don’t see him at all. Grandma (her mother, kids great grandmother) hasn’t seen him in forever!”
Guys, they saw him Monday for a Memorial Day picnic and Tuesday we met for dinner. This conversation happened on Friday and they live a half an hour away. They hadn’t seen him in two and a half days. That’s it.
My mother also got upset because my five year old “didn’t pay attention” to my mother and grandmother have a very problematic relationship and it’s a whole thing, but this is a constant theme. My grandmother has NO boundaries. She has tried to commission work on MY house without my consent to more suit her desires for how it should look. She bought me a bunch of clothes that she thinks will “look better on me” (she and my mother recently told me some short shorts I was wearing would make me a “laughingstock” because they didn’t like how I looked in them. They are of the opinion women who are mothers should only wear big sweatpant style shorts and sweatsuits for “modesty”). Did I mention, half of the clothes she bought me came from the men’s section at Walmart? I’m grateful for any gift, but this gift was specifically given with the intent to control me at best and insult/ hurt me at worst. She has done the clothes thing to me every year since I hit puberty. It’s a whole other thing, probably more suited to another sub than here, but just to paint a picture of who she is I thought I’d include that story here.
All this to say, this behavior bleeds over into her relationship with my child. She frequently will grab him as soon as he enters the home (like literally waiting at the front door and blocking off entry into the house, grabs his wrists and tries to kiss him and hug him even when he is screaming and literally sobbing and saying please stop). She also tries to pay him to kiss her. She will give him five dollars and then say “I gave you five dollars, now you have to kiss me.”
I find this behavior VERY PROBLEMATIC and have explained to them the lessons it could teach that would be negative. I put a stop to it each and every time but after six years, I still have not gotten any relief from their constant boundary breaking. They seem to think they have some kind of ownership of my son m, especially since the divorce, and a right to him. They don’t understand that my ex and I have a custody arrangement and that my ex will always come first. Not to mention of course that he could absolutely take me back to court to reassess a more formal arrangement if he felt I were abusing what we have now, which he would be well within his rights to do (and I would never abuse it).
On top of this, holidays are a nightmare for us now. Every time I don’t have my son for one or split it with my ex it’s a constant barrage of “how sad, WE never see him.” Or “next holiday Ex Husband doesn’t get him, we do!” Other extended family “Aunts, family friends, etc) have echoed this sentiment. Divorce is pretty rare in my family, so I guess it hasn’t been encountered much? Idk. I’m not the only one though.
Because I technically have full physical custody, I think they think that I can just fuck around and not include my ex in things as desired. First and foremost, my ex will always be my sons father. he is not perfect, and you can see evidences by previous posts that we have things that we don’t agree on.But he does have rights, my son loves him, and he is a good parent. Our custody agreement is written the way it is to protect our son in the event that my ex’s mental health does not allow him to make sound decisions as a parent for a period of time. I do not believe it’s right to take advantage of this to suit mine and my family’s will for holidays and other dates that he would be able to watch our son. It’s not fair to my ex, and it’s not fair to my son.
I explain to my mom that she’s always first on the list if my ex cannot take our son one day. She has retired so her schedule is pretty open, so typically she is able to take him even on short notice. I appreciate her immensely and I know he loves my mom very much as she is a wonderful grandmother, but his great grandmother also living there makes it difficult as she is unpleasant be around and has no respect for his wishes or mine as his parent. There’s also a whole other argument to be made about whether or not they’re physically capable of watching him due to their physical limitations, but that’s a whole other thing.
I’m exhausted to the point of tears. I hate it. I have no boundaries, no life of my own. Even my divorce has somehow become about them, and this is reflective of how my entire life has gone.
Anyone else have extended family who is just so disrespectful if custody arrangements? I feel like most peoples problem is with their ex not respecting it, but here I am having to fight my own family.
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2023.06.03 17:17 Proletlariet Spyro

Hold your horns, here comes Spyro!
Spyro the Dragon is, as the name suggests, a young dragon. Over the course of the series, he goes on many adventures. That's basically everything.
This RT only covers the classic timeline, and not The Legend of Spyro or Skylanders.

Dragon Breath

General Strength
Fire Breath
One of Spyro's most notable abilities is breathing fire. Metal enemies are resistant to fire, but can be defeated by charging, while enemies that are too big to be charged can be knocked down with a fire attack (as seen here)
Ice Breath
Originally, Spyro could only breathe frost with a superfreeze powerup, or altering the magic that lets him breathe fire, but in later games he gained the ability to breathe it naturally.
Electric Breath
Originally, Spyro could only use electric breath (also known as "lightning breath") with a powerup, but later gained the ability to breathe it naturally. It's effective on metal enemies and objects
Wind Breath
Spyro has the ability to breathe out powerful gusts of wind.
Water Breath
Spyro has the ability to breath out a spray of water. Unlike his other breath attacks, he cannot injure enemies with this, only push them back

Magic and Equipment

With a fairy's kiss, or another special powerup, Spyro temporarily gains the Superflame ability. This allows him to breathe fire which is more powerful than his regular flame breath. It can either be breathed like normal, or be shot like a projectile, depending on the game.
Spyro can supercharge on special supercharge ramps (or with the help of special gates), allowing for a much faster and more powerful charge. Spyro runs so fast in this form he burns with red, then purple fire, and can smash a type of chest which he is incapable of charging through normally
Wing Shield
Spyro has the power to shield himself with his wings and reflect attacks. It can reflect blunt objects but not piercing attacks
Shadow Amulet
The Shadow Amulet is a powerful artifact which can refine and focus Spyro's magic


Sparx is the dragonfly that follows Spyro, helping and protecting him, usually by collecting gems for him. His color changes depending on his health. He can also point in the direction of nearby gems.






Blunt Force
Swallowing and Spitting


Hockey Skill
Combat Skill
Misc Skill
"I thought that dragons had all been dead for a thousand years, or something."
"Well, the rumors about our extinction were slightly exaggerated."
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2023.06.03 17:15 zelat How do I (23M) support my (22F) on her online art career?

When I met my gf she was working in retail and was making decent money since she lived with her parents. A few months later she left retail due to mental health reasons, and wanted to work on her Etsy shop full time, and not having to deal with the stress of a 9-5 job. At the time, I was supportive of this since I could immediately see the change in her behavior when we went on dates after she quit work. However, currently, she doesn’t make much money from it. She gets caught up in not being a good enough artist and compares herself to others and it makes her discouraged. This leads to her just laying in bed all day on TikTok or on social media, and having decision paralysis to continue working on progressing her art skills. She mentioned recently that she doesn’t feel like I’m supportive of her art because she gets the vibe that I don’t think she will become successful enough. This is somewhat true because I don’t see how she could be making enough money to live on her own (given the current market), which is one of her goals. Her bank account is depleting and I’m not sure what will happen when it dries up. I want to support her through this part of her life but the more suggestions I give like “watch tutorials” “make a schedule”, the more “I’ve already done that and it doesn’t work” I get. It also doesn’t help that she tends to pick up new things and drop them soon after. For instance, she started doing YouTube shorts and was getting decent viewership, but then she just immediately stopped saying it took too much work editing and it wasn’t worth it anymore. She saw somewhere that for shorts to be more engaging, she would need to do voiceovers to retain viewers, but this is somewhat out of her comfort zone. I commented that only you think your voice is cringy, and you have to step out of your comfort zone if you want to progress. She agreed, but she gets terrible anxiety which leads to her not doing anything at all. Given this, I’m still not sure why she would drop YouTube so soon since she got a lot more recognition this way by getting few thousand views and more traffic to her Etsy shop. I just want to know how I can show my support without being discouraging. It’s kinda weird asking strangers for advice but I’m kinda lost and need a little outside perspective.
For context: We both live with our parents, and I work in engineering making decent money as a recent graduate. She doesn’t have an art degree and tried to do graphic design in college but she completely hated it, and cried on her way to college frequently. Her parents are terrible with money so she can’t rely on them for anything financially related.
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