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2023.06.03 16:46 Vindkazt What's the process like when buying a car out of state?

Hello! Il try to keep it simple, I live in NJ, and I am looking at a few vehicles residing all the way in Vermont. They are from private sellers and not a dealership.
I seek advice in what the process should be, I know the basics, get a mechnaic to inspect the car, get there, pay, get the tittle and sign a bill of sale. But I am rather confused with how the sales tax would work.
Il be towing the vehicle(s) home so I don't need to go to the DMV and get temp plates but would I still need to pay sales tax for both states upon registration in NJ's DMV? Am I missing anything else?
Thank you all for the help!
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2023.06.03 16:46 troublepickinganame Found a cool Token and spent my day doing some research about it. (0xGamble - 1UCK)

TL;DR at the bottom, but may be worth a read
I just found a token with a genuinely unique take on a gambling contract that has had all ownership revoked by its dev, minus his 10% share and now its over to everyone. This is something actually fun. I spent my whole day researching this token and wanted to share with you what I found out about it.
Some facts about 0xGamble (ticker: 1UCK)
• max supply: 123456789 • no minting, no backdoors, burn included on every TX • launched 4 days ago • code checks out 
As the name implies, 0xGamble is a gambling) token. Here’s how it works:
• 1% tax on every TX - 50% burned, 50% goes into the ‚pot‘ • every TX generates a random number internally • if the generated number is divisible by 69, the ‚house‘ (aka dev) wins the ‚pot‘ • if the number is divisible by 420, the guy making the transaction wins the ‚pot‘ (congrats!) • if the number is divisible by 1337, the ‚pot‘ is burned forever 
To put it simple:
• buy/sell/transfer - chance to win the pot • hold - tokens get burned, price go up • provide liquidity - liquidity rewards + tokens get burned, price go up 
Nobody knows if and when anyone (the ‚house‘ included) will win the pot. Or if it will get burned and we have to wait for a new pot. And that’s alright. We all win.
There is no official website, marketing, telegram, etc. No official nothing. Dev kept 10% of the supply as payment and added the rest as liquidity on PancakeSwap. No other tokens exist, or will ever exist. There’s no pre-sale, so there’s no whales to dump. Everyone can make his own 1UCK.
Investing in crypto is basically a gamble anyways. Everyone hopes his favorite coin is gonna make it. So an actual, honest gambling token boiling down crypto to what it actually is seems to really fit here!
I did some further digging:
Let’s look back at those facts:
1. if number is divisible by 420: Transaction address wins 2. if number generated is divisible by 69: The house wins 3. If number is divisible by 1337: pot is burned 
When doing the math, the odds of
1. Winning the pot are ~0.23 % 2. The pot going to the house are ~1.4 % 3. The pot getting burned are ~0.07 % 
To put that into perspective: Typical slot machines have a 1/5000 to a 1/34 million chance of winning the jackpot. So, the odds of winning with a 1UCK Transaction are 10 - 10000000x higher than winning the pot of a slot machine.
That’s not all, I dug deeper. Is it really like that? I did cross check of and found out the following: Out of 434 transactions (at that time), the total of burned tokens was at 2,247,721 (at that time)
The function „PotTransferredToHouse“ was emitted 4 times during those 434 transactions, adding up to 1,068,881 Tokens
One lucky Guy out of those 434 transactions won the rest of the pot, which was about 1,178,840 Tokens.
So the math adds up with the calculated odds: Number of transactions: 434 House wins: 4 -> odds: 0.92 % User wins: 1 -> odds: 0.23 %
*What does it mean? * In my opinion, this is one of the most honest tokens I have ever seen. No Rug, no BS, no big marketing talks about use cases and innovations. Just a simple gambling coin with solid code (seriously, check for yourselves). Its simplicity is also its beauty. Genius move: Turning the coin into the casino itself removes counterparty risk associated with third party gambling sites. This could actually become something big.
Where is this coin listed? You can get it on PancakeSwap. This is the contract address: 0x30016A1764C93EEdCCbEE5E1b3835F191c6f4050
TL;DR: No-Bullshit gambling token playing a numbers game every transaction. Better chances than regular slots. Code checks out, math checks out. This could be big. You’re still early for this one.
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2023.06.03 16:40 mkarias Mail Day - TLaw should have another great season

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2023.06.03 16:36 Sperry8 My engagement ring shopping experience

Hello all,
Just completed 4 days of in-person visits in New York City (Manhattan NYC) shopping for an engagement ring and thought I'd share my experience (as many of your posts helped me). Please know I am not an expert so just sharing my personal experience.
I met with 6 companies and learned a lot. In addition I also shopped at numerous online retailers. All the companies showed me eye-clean sparkly looking mined diamonds. However, I learned the industry does not provide enough information for us to truly make an informed decision to compare and contrast the diamonds and to ensure we're getting good value for the diamond we end up purchasing. The reality is, most consumers don't seem to care. They buy based on carat size, setting type, price, and sparkle. For those that care more, internet research discusses the 4 C's (usually described in a report from a grading company like GIA or similar). But sadly, this report does not provide all the information required to identify a sparkly mined diamond.
They allow you to compare and contrast in a controlled setting (in-store with fancy lighting), against a few other diamonds (also controlled). If you have a favorite diamond from one store and want to contrast it against another (or against one online), you are unable to do so. Only seeing diamonds side by side, without the controlled lighting, would we be able to truly see the possible difference in color tint and sparkle.
However, there are add'l reports and tools that allow you to ascertain how sparkly your diamond will perform - but almost none of the stores provide these reports. Some of the online retailers do - but they only provide some, not all, of these reports.
Finally, because consumers only care about carat size, setting type, price, and sparkle the cutters (who cut the raw diamonds) are incentivized not to create perfect sparkly cuts without inclusions, but to keep as much of the raw material as possible, which results in many of these diamonds have inclusions, clouds, and angles that do not optimize the sparkle of the diamond (but do leave them a higher carat size) which is what consumers (and retailers want). Retailers want this because they know 2 things... they can charge more for larger stones, and they can sell stones that aren't perfect to consumers since they don't provide us with enough info to make an informed decision. The result is what I found when shopping. Almost every retailer trots out diamonds that appear sparkly and pretty - but have significant flaws (which are not generally noticeable to the naked eye - but do reduce the shine nonetheless and would be more apparent if shown side by side in natural light).
At a bare minimum, the reports one should look at are GIA Report, Holloway Cut Report, and the Gemex Light Performance Report. Most retailers do not provide these reports unless asked. One must ask, if the diamonds they are showing rank as good on these reports, why would they withhold this information? It seems obvious to me they withhold it because the diamonds we are shown do not rank well on the reports. And without data, one is left to choose a diamond solely based on their "eye" and budget, which will not get you the highest quality diamond at the price you can afford.
When in store, optimally, you also want to do 3 things.
1- Look at the diamond through an (Idealscope) hearts and arrows viewer to make sure the hearts and arrows are clean and present (one can be purchased for ~$15 if you want to bring your own). But, imo, any retailer who doesn't have one sitting there for you to use, is obviously showing you diamonds that will not pass this visual inspection.
2- Use an ASET Scope or other light scope viewer to identify how much "bleed" the diamond has. That is, how much light is refracted back to the eye - vs how much light passes through the diamond (and not back to the eye). This will help you ascertain the brilliance/sparkle of the diamond. You can buy/bring your own, but again, any retailer not offering this knows the diamonds they are showing you won't allow their diamond to grade high.
3- Look at the diamonds side by side, over something white, in natural light (put your hand over the bright lights the store has). See from the top if the sparkle differs and see from the side if you can see a yellow looking tint. This may prove difficult if you cannot sufficiently block their bright light and use natural light (which is how you'll be looking at the diamond through your life when it's on your finger).
If you use all the tools above you'll be more equipped to make an informed decision. Now, sadly, after doing all the above, I'm still not 100% confident I received the best diamond at the best price. I am however, more confident I received an excellent cut, sparkly diamond, in the largest size for my budget. In fact of the 24+ diamonds I saw, only 3 passed the tests above - and odds are I would've ended up with one of those rather than the one I bought. So at the very least I ended up with one of the 3 and put the odds in my favor that I wasn't as ripped off as I would've been.
Another thing to consider is your setting. Setting prices (for the exact same setting) were all over the place (from a low of $850 to a high of $3,600). Again, these were for near identical settings. This is another trick... a store may appear to be giving you a deal on a diamond - but once you include the setting price - you end up not saving at all (or vice versa).
On to the reviews. Budget was $20k all in, incl setting, taxes, and shipping/insurance. Round brilliant natural mined diamond. Setting 14k yellow gold 4 prong pave, and thus my color grade to optimize size was ~I (for a round brilliant cut excellent stone any of the near colorless options (G-J) will look white next to yellow gold so figured no need to pay more for a colorless grade). Based on my budget, stones I was shown were in the 1.8-2.2 carat range.
Lauren B Jewelry:
(i) Showed 4 eye clean diamonds within my budget. Did not provide any reports alongside the diamonds. However, upon request, did provide the GIA reports. Did not offer any add'l reports and did not provide me with a hearts/arrows ideal-scope or ASET viewer in store.
(ii) Setting price was $2,100 (14k)
My take: Excellent friendly in-store service. Diamonds shown were the lowest quality of any I saw during my visit (as it appears to stay within my budget and size request they had to drop down to SI level) GIA reports and loupe confirmed a variety of inclusions and clouds. Settings were some of the most beautiful however and were priced on the lower end of the setting prices I received.
Jangmi Jewelry:
(i) Showed me 3 eye clean diamonds with GIA reports provided without asking. Showed me stones through hearts and arrows viewer without asking. Provided Holloway Cut reports after meeting upon request. Claimed Gemex reports are redundant and not required once someone has seen the HCA Cut report.
(ii) Setting price quoted at $2,800 (14k, but quote includes adding pave to prongs which may have increased price slightly).
My take: Friendly service, although English was 2nd language. Diamonds were priced competitively however GIA and Holloway showed only average stones (with the better GIA report having a worse Holloway score and the worse GIA report having a better Holloway score). They had a hearts and arrows viewer in-store and the stones did have them (to my untrained eye). However. without a Gemex and ASET viewer it was impossible for me to truly identify the sparkle/brilliance of their stones. It is ultimately possible the stones are above average, however, I was not provided the tools to corroborate this.
Soho Gem:
(i) Showed me 5 eye clean diamonds with GIA reports alongside (without asking). Would not provide Holloway Cut or Gemex reports but did offer to have me come back to the store to view the diamonds through their ASET viewer as well as through an Ideal-Scope. This was not offered to me while I was in-store.
(ii) Setting quoted at $3,400 (18k). 18k increased setting price slightly as well as pave around basket.
My take: Friendly in-store service. The specs of the diamond I liked the most were similar to the stone I ultimately chose. It is possible had I been willing to trek back to the store to see the stones through the ASET viewer and Ideal-Scope the stone may have proved excellent in terms of light leakage and hearts and arrows. But without the add'l HCA and Gemex reports, I'd have lacked the information to truly make an informed decision. Further their diamond was $1,300 higher - so it seemed a waste to go through the effort only to see a diamond that matched the specs of the diamond I bought. Plus their setting was significantly more expensive (even when taking 18k into consideration) and they required a 50% deposit to begin.
Ring Concierge:
(i) Showed me 3 eye clean diamonds. Included GIA reports but would not offer add'l reports calling them "unnecessary as GIA certified diamonds with a cut grade of triple excellent... will have maximum brilliance". She claimed any add'l reports function as a "sales/marketing technique".
(ii) Setting quoted at $3,600 (14k). They do however offer the thinnest band at 1.5mm which no other retailer would build (thinnest anyone else would go was 1.8mm).
My take: Friendly in-store service. However, setting prices were the highest of any retailer and when a customer asks for reports on physics/facts only to be told these are sales/marketing techniques, my antenna go way up. She knows (or should know) that not all of GIA's excellent cut diamonds are optimal in terms of brilliance/fire/scintillation and light leakage. Alongside their high setting prices this store was a hard pass. But ahhh, those beautiful settings.
Frank Darling:
(i) created a 4 diamond flight for me to see in store.
My take: Prior to the meeting I called to ask if they would provide any of the reports described herein and they said they do not provide any of the reports, or ASET or hearts/diamond viewers, so I cancelled the meeting. No point in wasting everyone's time if I will not be provided with enough data to make an informed decision.
I.D. Jewelers (Yekutiel Davidov):
(i) showed me 1 stone in-store (and had another queued up for the following day). Provided GIA report alongside the stone and walked me through minimum specs of the GIA report (i.e., showed me how to weed out certain stones immediately, such as what depth % is optimal, what fluorescence is acceptable, etc). Provided Holloway Cut Report and Gemex report via request.
(ii) Setting quoted at $850-$1,100 depending on 14k or 18k gold preference.
My take: Super friendly and knowledgeable service. The diamond graded very well on all 3 reports but the diamond price was on the higher side. However, with the lowest setting price of all the retailers, the total net price was the same as the others and within budget. Only required $1k down. Ultimately was my 2nd favorite diamond. Would've been great to see the diamond through an ASET or Light Scope Viewer but decided not to as I found another slightly larger diamond that passed all the tests.
David S Diamonds:
(i) showed me 2 in-store diamonds. Provided all the reports and viewers described herein. Also provided training as to why I needed all the reports and viewers (full disclosure - this is the store that explained why I needed all the reports and viewers described herein). So obviously he'd provide everything.
(ii) Setting quoted at $950 (14k).
My take: Very friendly and patient in-store service generous with their time. Provided training on how to buy a diamond and implored me to go back out and to the retailers and shop with my new knowledge (before buying). Showed me a diamond I ultimately bought (2.03 carat, J, VVS2, GIA certified, excellent Gemex scores, excellent under light scope, clean hearts and arrows). Saved me ~$2,200-$3,500 vs the other stores with excellent confidence that the stone I bought is as good as it can get within my budget and specs.
James Allen:
Also shopped online at James Allen and even looked at the "competitor" diamonds that the Holloway Report showed once I ran that report. James Allen's True Hearts competitive diamond (with similar specs and grades) was over $5,000 more than the diamond I purchased. And this from the "low cost" online retailer without a storefront.
Other retailers: Kamni, R&R Jewelry and NYC Wholesale Diamonds could not accommodate in-person meetings the week I was in town so I couldn't asses them.
To sum up, if someone wanted me to recommend them a place to start, I'd start with David S Diamonds to get the learning he provides. Then once you have a diamond and price you like from him - go to Yekutiel at I.D. Jewelers and see if he can source something similar at a similar (or better) price. This way you'll have a few options to choose from. You can also double check either of the diamonds you found vs James Allen (or Blue Nile) once you pull the Holloway Cut Report (or have David So or Yekutiel Davidov provide you the Rapport pricing for the diamonds they are showing). This may give you some confidence that you're getting a decent value/price.
If I had to start this process over again, I would not visit any of the diamond stores that have storefronts and significant overhead - I discovered many of them are Instagram stores - selling much lower quality diamonds for the same price because they are popular among the IG crowd . Further, from my limited experience, their settings are way overpriced in comparison and their deposit policies (generally 50% down) are absurd. After all they haven't given you the diamond yet... all you should be required to pay for is the setting.
Finally, please know I am not a diamond expert, and am just a noob who is sharing their learnings over a very small period and very small sample size. I'm simply sharing what I learned and if it helps someone, great. If not - feel free to ignore.
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2023.06.03 16:24 misterpibb69 How much more (if at all) would you be willing to pay for a Model 3?

Aware of the pros and cons of each vehicle for most part. Have a loaded Bolt on order if it ever gets made. I'm in MI.

I figure numbers wise, MSRP on Bolt is $36,285. I'll get a $1,500 GM discount so $34,785. Michigan's budget waives EV sales tax credit (up to sales price $40,000) effective October 1...so if I buy October 1 or beyond, no sales tax. $7,500 tax rebate included (I'd qualify for full thing), and the effective price becomes $27,285. I'm in no hurry to get the vehicle so waiting for October is cool with me.

A new Model 3 in existing inventory is $37,830. With sales tax, $40,099.80. The full tax rebate, which just kicked in in the last 24 hours, makes it an effective $32,599.80.

So we're talking a $5,000 difference in the best case scenario. If I bought the Bolt without the EV tax break, it would be $29,372...almost the same as the Model 3.

Affordability wise, I can handle both. I do try to be frugal and save. Trip wise, the Bolt would do it's job for me. Would inconvenience a couple times a year, but that's about it. Having the supercharger network would be nice, but isn't a total must for my driving habits.

So for people that own the Bolt and/or Model 3, or have experiences with one of them or both of them...how much more would you be willing to pay for a Model 3? With the Tesla price cuts on existing inventory + full $7,500 rebate, is the M3 the obvious buy? I'm not that interested in a no frills Bolt...I know the Bolt can be had for cheaper without options but I want one car with the bells and whistles as it will be something I keep for 10+ years.
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2023.06.03 15:58 komalmeena Samsung T7 Shield SSD Read and Write speed 570Mbps

So, I got T7 Shield in recent sale on amazon for $120 ($130 including local taxes). I am on MacBook Air M1 Ventura 13.4 and have Windows 11 on Virtual Machine. Tested read and write and getting 570 to 590 Mbps sometimes touching 600Mbps on MacOS and Windows both.
Blackmagic Disk Speed test shows 625 max read and write.
is it ok? Asking because people get close to advertised 1Gbps speed.
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2023.06.03 15:51 Any_File_3856 21 male looking for friends to hangout with in cobb county males or females dont matter , dm me if your down

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2023.06.03 15:38 beccajo22 One Sunday GA for sale

Hello! I have one GA Sunday only for sale. I’m Lexington local so can meet anytime today or tomorrow before opener. $150 OBO cash or Venmo. I had a death in the family and can’t attend.
PM!
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2023.06.03 15:38 obeliskposture Short story about bad times & bad jobs

I've shared fiction here before and it didn't go altogether too poorly, so I'm going to press my luck and do it again. This was written about a year ago, and I'm tired of trying to peddle it to lit magazines. Might as well share it here, know that it met a few eyeballs, and have done with it.
It's relevant to the sub insofar as it's about urban alienation and the working conditions at a small business run by IN THIS HOUSE WE BELIEVE people. (I tried to pitch it as a story of the great resignation with a momentary flicker of cosmic horror.) It's based on a similar job I took on after getting laid off during the lockdown, and the circumstances of the main character's breakup are faintly similar to one I went through several years back (her job sucked the life out of her).
Without further ado:
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It was getting close to midnight, and the temperature outside was still above 80 degrees. We’d locked up the shop at 10:15 and walked over to Twenty, the dive bar on Poplar Street, where a single wall-mounted air conditioner and four wobbly ceiling fans weren’t putting up much resistance against the July heat baking the place from the outside and the dense mass of bodies giving it a stifling fever from within.
Just now I came close to saying it was a Wednesday night, because that was usually when the cyclists descended upon Avenue Brew, the gritty-but-bougie craft beer and sandwich shop I was working at back then. Every Wednesday between March and November, about fifteen to twenty-five Gen Xers dressed in skintight polyester, all packages and camel toes and fanny packs, locked up their thousand-dollar bikes on the sidewalk and lined up for IPAs and paninis. They reliably arrived around 8:00, an hour before we closed, making it impossible to get started on the closing checklist and leave on time at 10:00. The worst of them were demanding and rude, and even the best got raucous and stubborn after a couple drinks. There were nights when bringing in the sidewalk tables couldn’t be done without arguing with them. Most were sub-par tippers, to boot.
After Wednesday came and went that week without so much as a single 40-something in Ray Bans and padded shorts stopping in to double-fist two cans of Jai Alai, we dared to hope the cyclists had chosen another spot to be their finish line from there on out. But no—they’d only postponed their weekly ride, and swarmed us on Friday night instead.
I was the last person to find out; I was clocked in as purchaser that evening. The position was something like a promotion I'd received a year earlier: for twenty hours a week, I got to retreat from the public and sit in the back room with the store laptop, reviewing sales and inventory, answering emails from brewery reps, and ordering beer, beverages, and assorted paper goods. When I put in hours as purchaser, my wage went up from $11 to $15 an hour, but I was removed from the tip pool. On most days, tips amounted to an extra two or three dollars an hour, so I usually came out ahead.
This was back in 2021. I don't know what Avenue Brew pays these days.
Anyway, at about 8:15, I stepped out to say goodbye to everyone and found the shop in chaos. Friday nights were generally pretty active, the cyclists' arrival had turned the place into a mob scene. The line extended to the front door. The phone was ringing. The Grubhub tablet dinged like an alarm clock without a snooze button. Danny was on the sandwich line and on the verge of losing his temper. Oliver was working up a sweat running food, bussing tables, and replenishing ingredients from the walk-in. The unflappable Marina was on register, and even she seemed like she was about to snap at somebody.
What else could I do? I stayed until closing to answer the phone, process Grubhub orders, hop on and off the second register, and help Danny with sandwich prep. After the tills were counted out, I stayed another hour to take care of the dishes, since nobody had a chance to do a first load. Oliver was grateful, even though he grumbled about having to make some calls and rearrange Sunday's schedule so I could come in a couple hours late. Irene and Jeremy, Avenue Brew's owners, would kick his ass if he let me go into overtime.
Danny suggested that we deserved a few drinks ourselves after managing to get through the shift without killing anyone. Not even Marina could find a reason to disagree with him.
The neighborhood had undergone enough gentrification to support an upscale brunch spot, an ice cream parlor, a gourmet burger restaurant, a coffee and bahn mi shop, and Avenue Brew (to name a few examples), but not yet quite enough that the people who staffed them couldn’t afford to live within a ten-minute walk from the main avenue where all these hep eateries stood between 24-hour corner stores with slot machines in back, late-night Chinese and Mexico-Italian takeout joints with bulletproof glass at the counters, and long-shuttered delis and shoe stores. Twenty on Poplar was the watering hole set aside for people like us. It was dim, a bit dilapidated, and inexpensive, and usually avoided by denizens of the condos popping up on the vacant lots and replacing clusters of abandoned row houses.
When we arrived, Kyle waved us over. He didn’t work at Avenue Brew anymore, but still kept up with a few of us. He was at Twenty at least four nights out of the week.
So there we all were. I sat with a brooding stranger freestyling to himself in a low mumble on the stool to my left and Oliver on my right, who tapped at his phone and nursed a bottle of Twisted Tea. To Oliver’s right sat Marina, staring at nothing in particular and trying to ignore Danny, who stood behind her, closer than she would have liked, listening to Kyle explain the crucial differences between the Invincible comic book and the Invincible web series.
I recall being startled back to something like wakefulness when it seemed to me that the ceiling had sprouted a new fan. I blinked my eyes, and it wasn’t there anymore. It reminded me of an incident from when I was still living with my folks in South Jersey and still had a car, and was driving home from a friend’s house party up in Bergen County. It was 6:30 AM, I hadn’t slept all night, and needed to get home so I could get at least little shuteye before heading to Whole Foods for my 11:00 AM shift. I imagined I passed beneath the shadows of overpasses I knew weren’t there, and realized I was dreaming at the wheel.
I was pretty thoroughly zombified at that point. Heather and I had broken up for good the night before, and I hadn't gotten even a minute of sleep. Calling out at Avenue Brew was tough. Unless you found someone willing to cover your shift on like six hours' notice, you were liable to get a writeup, a demotion, or your hours cut if you couldn't produce a doctor's note. So I loaded up on caffeine pills and Five-Hour Energy bottles at the corner store, and powered through as best I could.
I finished the last thimbleful of Blue Moon in my glass. Oliver wiped the sweat from the back of his neck with a napkin and covered his mouth to stifle a laugh at the KiwiFarms thread he was scrolling through. Pool balls clacked; somebody swore and somebody laughed. The TouchTunes box was playing Bob Dylan’s “Rain Day Woman #12 & 35,” and enough bleary 40-something men around the bar were bobbing their heads and mouthing the words to make it impossible to determine which one of them paid two bucks to hear it. A guy by the cigarette machine who looked like a caricature of Art Carney in flannel and an old Pixies T-shirt was accosting a woman who must have been a toddler when he hit drinking age, and she momentarily made eye contact with me as she scanned the area for a way out. Danny was shouting over the bartender’s head, carrying on a conversation with the Hot Guy from Pizza Stan’s, who was sitting on the horseshoe’s opposite arm.
I never got his name, but when Oliver first referred to him as the Hot Guy from Pizza Stan’s, I knew exactly who he meant. Philly scene kid par excellence. Mid-20s, washed-out black denim, dyed black hair, thick bangs, and dark, gentle eyes. He was only truly alluring when he was on the job, because he seldom smiled then—and when he smiled, he broke the spell by exposing his teeth, stained a gnarly shade of mahogany from too much smoking and not enough brushing.
“How’s Best? Marcus still a joker?” Danny asked him.
“Yeah, you know Marcus. You know how he is.”
So the Hot Guy had been working at Best Burger (directly across the street from Avenue Brew) ever since Pizza Stan’s owners mismanaged the place unto insolvency. (Afterwards it was renovated and reopened as a vegan bakery—which incidentally closed down about a month ago.) Danny used to work at Best Burger, but that ended after he got into a shouting match with the owner. I happened to overhear it while I was dragging in the tables and collecting the chairs from the sidewalk the night it happened. It wasn’t any of my business, and I tried not to pay attention, but they were really tearing into each other. A month later, Oliver welcomed Danny aboard at Avenue Brew. I hadn’t known he’d been interviewed, and by then it was too late to mention the incident. But I’d have been a hypocrite to call it a red flag after the way I resigned from my position as Café Chakra's assistant manager two years earlier—not that we need to go dredging that up right now. Let's say there was some bad blood and leave it at that.
Anyway, I was thinking about giving in and buying a pack of cigarettes from the machine—and then remembered that Twenty didn’t have a cigarette machine. I looked again. The Art Carney-lookalike was still there, fingering his phone with a frown, but the girl was gone—and so was the cigarette machine.
I had only a moment to puzzle over this before Danny clapped me on the shoulder and thrust a shot glass in front of me.
“Starfish!” he said. (Danny called me Starfish. Everybody else called me Pat.) “You look like you need some juice.”
He distributed shots to everyone else. Marina declined hers, but changed her mind when Kyle offered to take it instead.
She and Kyle had stopped sleeping together after Kyle left Avenue Brew to work at the Victory taproom on the Parkway, but Marina was still concerned about his bad habits, which Danny delighted in encouraging.
We all leaned in to clink our glasses. Before I could find an appropriate moment to ask Marina if I could bum a cigarette, she got up to visit the bathroom. Danny took her seat and bowed his head for a conspiratorial word with Kyle.
I watched from the corner of my eye and tried to listen in. Like Marina, I was a little worried about Kyle. He got hired at Avenue Brew around the same time I did, just before the pandemic temporarily turned us into a takeout joint. He was a senior at Drexel then, an English major, and sometimes talked about wanting to either find work in publishing or carve out a career as a freelance writer after graduating. But first he intended to spend a year getting some life in before submitting himself to the forever grind.
He read a lot of Charles Bukowski and Hunter Thompson. He relished the gritty and sordid, and had already been good at sniffing it out around the neighborhood and in West Philly before Danny introduced him to cocaine, casinos, strip clubs, and a rogue’s gallery of shady but fascinating people. (None were really Danny’s friends; just fellow passengers who intersected with the part of his life where he sometimes went to Parx, sometimes came out ahead, sometimes spent his winnings on coke, and sometimes did bumps at titty bars.) Kyle recounted these adventures with a boyish enthusiasm for the naked reality of sleaze, like a middle schooler telling his locker room buddies about catching his older brother in flagrante and seeing so-and-so body parts doing such-and-such things.
Marina hated it. She never said as much to me, but she was afraid that the template Kyle set for his life during his “year off” was in danger of becoming locked in. The anniversary of his graduation had already passed, and now here he was trying to convince Danny to contribute a couple hundred dollars toward a sheet of acid his guy had for sale. He wasn't doing much writing lately.
I was the oldest employee at Avenue Brew (as I write this I’m 37, but fortunately I don’t look it), and when Kyle still worked with us I felt like it was my prerogative to give him some advice. The longer he waited to make inroads, I once told him, the more likely he’d be seen as damaged goods by the publishing world. He needed to jam his foot in the door while he was still young.
I could tell the conversation bored him, and didn’t bring up the subject again.
The bartender took my glass and curtly asked if I’d like another drink.
“No thanks, not yet,” I answered.
She slid me my bill.
I missed the old bartender, the one she’d replaced. I forget her name, but she was ingenuous and energetic and sweet. Pretty much everyone had some sort of crush on her. Sometimes she came into Avenue Brew for lunch, and tipped us as well as we tipped her. Maybe three months before that night—Danny witnessed it—she suddenly started crying and rushed out the door. Everyone at the bar mutely looked to each other for an explanation. (Fortunately for Twenty, the kitchen manager hadn’t left yet, and picked up the rest of her shift.)
She never came back. None of us had seen her since. But drafts still had to be poured and bottlecaps pulled off, and now here was another white woman in her mid-twenties wearing a black tank top, a pushup bra, and a scrunchie, same as before. Twenty’s regulars grew accustomed to not expecting to see the person she’d replaced, and life went on.
“How’re you doing?” I asked Oliver, just to say something to somebody, and to keep my thoughts from wandering back to Heather.
“Just kind of existing right now,” he answered. His phone lay face-up on the counter. He was swiping through Instagram, and I recognized the avatar of the user whose album he hate-browsed.
“And how’s Austin been?” I asked.
“Oh, you know. Not even three weeks after getting over the jetlag from his trip back from the Cascades, he’s off touring Ireland.” He shook his head. “Living his best life.”
He’d hired Austin on a part-time basis in September. We needed a new associate when Emma was promoted to replace a supervisor who'd quit without even giving his two weeks. There was a whole thing. I'm having a hard time recalling the guy's name, but I liked him well enough. He was a good worker and he seemed like a bright kid, but he was—well, he was young. Naïve. One day he found Jeremy sitting in the back room with his laptop, and took advantage of the open-door policy to ask why the store manager and supervisors didn’t get health benefits or paid time off. Jeremy told him it "was being worked on," and that he couldn’t discuss it any further at that time. I understand the kid got argumentative, though I never knew precisely what was said.
Irene started visiting the shop a lot more often after that, almost always arriving when the kid was working. No matter what he was doing, she’d find a reason to intervene, to micromanage and harangue him, and effectively make his job impossible. A coincidence, surely.
It’s something I still think about. By any metric, Jeremy and Irene have done very well for themselves. They’re both a little over 40 years old. I remember hearing they met at law school. In addition to Avenue Brew, they own a bistro in Francisville and an ice cream parlor in Point Breeze. They have a house on the Blue Line, send their son to a Montessori school, and pull up to their businesses in a white Volkswagen ID.4. But whenever the subject of benefits, wages, or even free shift meals came up, they pled poverty. It simply couldn’t be done. But they liked to remind us about all they did to make Avenue Brew a fun place to work, like let the staff pick the music and allow Oliver and me to conduct a beer tasting once a day. They stuck Black Lives Matter, Believe Women, and Progress flag decals on the front door and windows, and I remember Irene wearing a Black Trans Lives Matter shirt once or twice when covering a supervisor's shift. None of the college students or recent graduates who composed most of Avenue Brew's staff could say the bosses weren't on the right team. And yet...
I'm sorry—I was talking about Austin. He was maybe 30 and already had another job, a “real” job, some sort of remote gig lucrative enough for him to make rent on a studio in the picturesque Episcopal church down the street that had been converted into upscale apartments some years back. Austin wasn’t looking for extra cash. He wanted to socialize. To have something to do and people to talk to in the outside world. He wanted to make friends, and all of us could appreciate that—but it’s hard to be fond of a coworker who irredeemably sucks at his job. Austin never acted with any urgency, was inattentive to detail, and even after repeated interventions from Oliver and the supervisors, he continued to perform basic tasks in bafflingly inefficient ways. Having Austin on your shift meant carrying his slack, and everyone was fed up after a few months. Oliver sat him down, told him he was on thin ice, and gave him a list of the areas in which he needed to improve if he didn’t want to be let go.
When Austin gave Oliver the indignant “I don’t need this job” speech, it was different from those times Danny or I told a boss to go to hell and walked out. Austin truly didn’t need it. He basically said the job was beneath him, and so was Oliver.
It got deep under Oliver’s skin. He did need the job and had to take it seriously, even when it meant being the dipshit manager chewing out a man four or five years his senior. He earned $18 an hour (plus tips when he wasn’t doing admin work), had debts to pay off, and couldn't expect to get any help from his family.
The important thing, though, the part I distinctly remember, was that Oliver was looking at a video of a wading bird Austin had recorded. An egret, maybe. White feathers, long black legs, pointy black beak. Austin must have been standing on a ledge above a creek, because he had an overhead view of the bird as it stood in the water, slowly and deliberately stretching and retracting its neck, eyeing the wriggling little shadows below. As far as the fish could know, they were swimming around a pair of reeds growing out of the silt. The predator from which they extended was of a world beyond their understanding and out of their reach.
The video ended. Oliver moved on to the next item: a photograph of the bird from the same perspective, with a fish clamped in its beak. Water droplets flung from the victim's thrashing tail caught the sunlight. And I remember now, I clearly remember, the shapes of like twelve other fish stupidly milling about the bird's feet, unperturbed and unpanicked.
Danny peered at Oliver’s phone and observed a resemblance between the bird—its shape and bearing, and the composition of the photograph—and a POV porn video shot from behind and above, and he told us so. Elaborately. He made squawking noises.
“And mom says I’m a degenerate,” Oliver sighed. “Can you practice your interspecies pickup artist shit somewhere else?” Oliver flicked his wrist, shooing Danny off, and held his phone in front of his face to signal that he was done talking.
Danny sagged a little on his stool and turned away. I sometimes felt bad for him. For all his faults, he had the heart of a puppy dog. He really did think of us as his tribe. There was nobody else who’d only ever answer “yes” when you asked him to pick up a shift, and he did it completely out of loyalty.
He was turning 29 in a week. I wondered how many people would actually turn out to celebrate with him at the Black Taxi. Kyle probably would—but even he regarded Danny more as a source of vulgar entertainment than a friend.
Then it happened again. When I turned to speak to Oliver, there’d been a pair of pool cues leaning side-by-side against the wall a few stools down. Now they were gone.
This time it might have been my imagination. Somebody passing by could have casually snatched them up and kept walking.
But a moment later I seemed to notice a second TouchTunes box protruding from the wall directly behind me. I let it be.
Marina returned from the bathroom. Danny rose and offered her back her seat with an exaggerated bow. Before she got settled, I asked if she’d like to step outside with me. She withdrew her pack of Marlboro Menthols from her canvas bag, which she left sitting on the stool to deter Danny from sitting back down.
Marina never minded letting me bum cigarettes from time to time. I couldn’t buy them for myself anymore; it’s a habit I could never keep under control, and was only getting more expensive. Like everything else in the world. About once a month I reimbursed her by buying her a pack.
The air out on the sidewalk was as hot as the air inside Twenty, but easier to breathe. After lighting up, Marina leaned against the bricks and sighed.
“I wish Oliver would fire Danny already and get it over with.”
I nodded. Marina rarely talked about anything but work.
“He sneaks drinks and doesn't think anyone notices he's buzzed,” she went on. “He steals so much shit and isn’t even a little subtle about it. He’s going to get Oliver in trouble. And he’s a creep.”
“Yeah,” I said. These were her usual complaints about Danny, and they were all true. “At least he’s better than Austin.”
“That’s a low bar.”
Three dirt bikes and an ATV roared down the lonely street, charging through stop sign after stop sign, putting our talk on hold.
“Remind me. You’ve got one semester left, right?” I asked after the noise ebbed.
“Yep.”
Marina was a marketing major at Temple. She’d had an internship during the spring semester, and her boss told her to give her a call the very minute she graduated. Her parents in central Pennsylvania couldn’t pay her rent or tuition for her, so she was a full-time student and a full-time employee at Avenue Brew. Her emotional spectrum ranged from "tired" to "over it." She’d been waiting tables and working at coffee shops since she was seventeen, had no intention of continuing for even a day longer than she had to, and feared the escape hatch would slam shut if she dallied too long after prying it open.
She’d considered majoring in English, like Kyle. She went for marketing instead. I couldn’t blame her.
“Are you okay?” she asked. “You’ve been kind of off all day.”
“I’m terrible.”
“Why?”
I gave dodgy answers, but she asked precisely the right follow-up questions to get me going about what happened with Heather the night before.
It was the new job. Before the pandemic, Heather worked as a server at a Center City bar and grill. (That's where I met her; we were coworkers for about a year, and then I left to work Café Chakra because it was quieter and closer to where I lived.) When the place closed its doors and laid everyone off during the lockdown, she got a stopgap job at the Acme on Passyunk, and hated it. Then in March, she found a bar-and-lounge gig in a ritzy hotel on Broad Street. Very corporate. Excellent pay, great benefits. Definitely a step up. But her new employers made Irene and Jeremy look like Bob and Linda Belcher by comparison. It was the kind of place where someone had recently gotten herself fired for leaving work to rush to the hospital after getting the news that her grandmother was about to be taken off life support, and not finding someone to come in and cover the last two hours of her shift.
Heather seldom worked fewer than fifty-five hours a week, and her schedule was even more erratic than mine. At least once a week she left the hotel at 1:00 or 2:00 AM and returned at 9:00 the next morning. Neither of us could remember the last time she’d had two consecutive days off, and it had been over a month since one of mine overlapped with one of hers. She’d spent it drinking alone at home. All she wanted was some privacy.
I’d biked to South Philly to meet her when she got home at 1:30. The argument that killed our relationship for good began around 2:30, when I complained that we never had sex anymore. Heather accused me of only caring about that, when she was so exhausted and stressed that her hair was falling out in the shower. Quit the job? She couldn’t quit. The money was too good. She had student loans, medical bills, and credit card debt, and for the first time in her life she could imagine paying it all off before hitting menopause.
So, yeah, I was cranky about our sex life being dead in the water. Say whatever you like. But at that point, what were we to each other? We did nothing together anymore but complain about work before one or both of us fell asleep. That isn’t a relationship.
She said my hair always smelled like sandwiches, even after bathing, and she was done pretending it didn’t turn her off. I told her she was one to talk—she always reeked of liquor. As things escalated, we stopped caring if her roommates heard us. “You want to be a father?” she shouted around 4:00 AM. “Making what you make? That poor fucking kid.”
We fought until sunrise, and I left her apartment with the understanding that I wouldn’t be coming back, wouldn’t be calling her ever again. I biked home and sat on the steps facing the cement panel that was my house’s backyard. After my phone died and I couldn’t anaesthetize myself with dumb YouTube videos or make myself feel crazy staring at the download button for the Tinder app, I watched the sparrows hopping on and off the utility lines for a while.
At 11:40 I went inside. One of my roommates was already in the shower, so the best I could do was put on a clean Avenue Brew T-shirt before walking to the shop and clocking in at noon to help deal with the lunch rush.
“That’s a lot,” Marina finally said. “Sorry.”
I don’t know what I was expecting her to say. She was sixteen years my junior, after all, and just a coworker. She didn’t need to hear any of this, and I definitely didn't need to be telling her. But who else was there to tell?
She’d already finished her cigarette. I still had a few puffs left. She went inside.
I decided to call it a night.
The second TouchTunes box was gone—naturally. Danny had taken my stool, and regarded my approach with a puckish you snooze you lose grin. I wasn’t going to say anything. I’d just pay my bill, give everyone a nod goodnight, and walk the five blocks back home.
And then Danny disappeared.
One second, he was there. The next—gone.
Danny didn’t just instantaneously vanish. Even when something happens in the blink of an eye, you can still put together something of a sequence. I saw him—I seemed to see him—falling into himself, collapsing to a point, and then to nothing.
You know how sometimes a sound is altogether inaudible unless you’re looking at the source—like when you don’t realize somebody’s whispering at you, and can then hear and understand them after they get your attention? I think that was the case here. I wouldn't have known to listen if I hadn't seen it happen. What I heard lingered for two, maybe three seconds, and wasn't any louder than a fly buzzing inside a lampshade. A tiny and impossibly distant scream, pitchshifted like a receding ambulance siren into a basso drone...
I don’t know. I don’t know for sure. I’m certain I remember a flash of red, and I have the idea of Danny’s trunk expanding, opening up as it imploded. A crimson flower, flecked white, with spooling pink stalks—and Danny’s wide-eyed face above it, drawn twisting and shrinking into its petals.
For an instant, Twenty’s interior shimmered. Not shimmered, exactly—glitched would be a better word. If you’re old enough to remember the fragmented graphics that sometimes flashed onscreen when you turned on the Nintendo without blowing on the cartridge, you’ll have an idea of what I mean. It happened much too fast, and there was too much of it to absorb. The one clear impression I could parse was the mirage of a cash register flickering upside-down above the pool table.
Not a cash register. The shape was familiar, but the texture was wrong. I think it was ribbed, sort of like a maggot. I think it glistened. Like—camo doesn’t work anymore when the wearer stops crouching behind a bush and breaks into a run. Do you get what I’m saying?
Nobody else seemed to notice. The pool balls clacked. A New Order track was playing on the TouchTunes box. A nearby argument about about Nick Sirianni continued unabated.
Finally, there was a downward rush of air—and this at least elicited a reaction from the bartender, who slapped my bill to keep it from sailing off the counter.
“Danny,” I said.
“Danny?” Kyle asked me quietly. His face had gone pale.
“Danny?” Oliver repeated in a faraway voice.
After a pause, Kyle blinked a few times. “You heard from him?”
“God forbid,” said Marina. “When he quit I was like, great, I can keep working here after all.”
“Oh, come on—”
“Kyle. Did I ever show you those texts he sent me once at three in the morning?” The color had returned to Oliver’s face.
“No, what did he say?”
Oliver tapped at his phone and turned the screen toward Kyle.
“Oh. Oh, jeez.”
“Right? Like—if you want to ask me something, ask me. You know? Don’t be weirdly accusatory about it…”
I pulled a wad of fives and ones from my pocket, threw it all onto the counter, and beelined for the exit without consideration for the people I squeezed through and shoved past on the way.
I heard Marina saying “let him go.”
I went a second consecutive night without sleep. Fortunately I wasn’t scheduled to come in the next day.
The schedule. It’s funny. Oliver was generally great at his job, and even when he wasn’t, I cut him a lot of slack because I knew Irene and Jeremy never gave him a moment’s peace. But I could never forgive him those times he waited until the weekend to make up and distribute the schedule. This was one of those weeks he didn’t get around to it until Saturday afternoon. When I found it in my inbox, Danny’s name wasn’t anywhere on it.
As far as I know, nobody who hadn’t been at Twenty that night asked what happened to him. We were a bit overstaffed as it was, and everyone probably assumed Danny was slated for the chopping block. The part-timers were, for the most part, happy to get a few additional hours.
Oliver abruptly quit around Labor Day after a final acrimonious clash with the owners. I never found out the details, and I never saw him again. Jeremy and Irene took turns minding the store while a replacement manager was sought. None of the supervisors would be pressured into taking the job; they knew from Oliver what they could expect.
About three weeks after Oliver left, I came in for my purchasing shift and found Jeremy waiting for me in the back room. I knew it was serious when he didn’t greet me with the awkward fist-bump he ordinarily required of his male employees.
“You’ve seen the numbers,” he said. Business for the summer had fallen short of expectations, it was true, and he and Irene had decided to rein in payroll expenses. My purchaser position was being eliminated. Its responsibilities would be redistributed among the supervisors and the new manager, when one was found. In the meantime, I'd be going back to the regular $11 an hour (plus tips of course) associate position full-time.
Jeremy assured me I'd be first in the running for supervisor the next time there was an opening.
I told him it was fine, I was done, and if he’d expected the courtesy of two weeks’ notice, he shouldn’t have blindsided me like that.
“Well, that’s your choice,” he answered, trying not to look pleased. His payroll problem was solving itself.
I racked up credit card debt for a few months. Applied for entry-level museum jobs that might appreciate my art history degree. Aimed for some purchasing and administrative assistant gigs, and just for the hell of it, turned in a resume for a facilitator position at an after-school art program. Got a few interviews. All of them eventually told me they’d decided to go in a different direction. I finally got hired to bartend at Hops from Underground, a microbrewery on Fairmount.
I’m still there. The money’s okay, but it fluctuates. Hours are reasonable. I’m on their high-deductible health plan. There’s a coworker I’ve been dating. Sort of dating. You know how it goes. In this line of work you get so used to people coming and going that you learn not to get too attached. I walk past Avenue Brew a few times a week, but stopped peering in through the window when I didn't recognize the people behind the counter anymore.
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2023.06.03 15:23 vandalimism Guide to Synthetic Fude (Cruelty-Free, Vegan Makeup Brushes)

Guide to Synthetic Fude (Cruelty-Free, Vegan Makeup Brushes)

Guide to Synthetic Fude by vandalimism

All links are non-affiliated and are included for citing references.
I created this guide because I couldn’t find a comprehensive overview of synthetic fude (which refers to, in this context, artisanal makeup brushes)—a proper niche within a niche. Thus, I have compiled a list of makeup brush lines that are from OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers make products for other brands) and are 100% synthetic. The consensus is that synthetics are for liquids/creams, while animal hairs are for powders. Brush lines with natural and synthetic fibers typically reserve a pure or blended mix of synthetic fibers for lip, eyeliner, eyebrow, and liquid/cream face brushes. Consequently, drugstore synthetic brushes may be satisfactory for these use cases. However, the smoothness and stiffness of synthetic fibers result in poor performance with powder cosmetics and scratchiness on a sensitive face respectively. By exploring a selection of fude that use the latest synthetic fiber technology, I intend to guide readers seeking a better experience from their current synthetic brushes. In addition, I hope to see more fude enthusiasts create posts or videos dedicated to reviewing their synthetic fude collection since there’s a lack of such content on the internet.
Information from My Blush Betty, Jackson's Art, Kingyin, etc. is used as preliminary research on synthetic makeup brushes' history and current landscape. The lack of cuticles in synthetic fibers means that they don't retain as much powder but also bacteria as animal hair; the resiliency of synthetic fibers also means that they can withstand frequent washings, leading to a more hygienic makeup routine. The primary goals in development are better powder absorption by texturizing and crimping synthetic fiber and to be more eco-friendly by relying less on fossil fuels. The unstable supply of fur and customer ethical concerns has dramatically increased the demand for synthetic alternatives to natural hair.

Types of Synthetic Makeup Bristles

Japanese Synthetic Fude

Name Number of Brushes Bristle Material Ferrule Material Handle Material Availability Reviews*
Chikuhodo AF (2016) 9 PTT 🌽🦠 ? ? Beautylish, CDJapan, Fude Beauty 👥 qaganoficeandfire, enflame, donothingdilettante, un3xpectedfate, ---boop---, makeupmatters1, pressedorchids
Hakuhodo I (2020) 46 Nylon, PBT Brass Wood Hakuhodo USA, Fude Japan 👤 jaybirdwalking, jaybirdwalking
Hakuhodo i (2020) 19 ? Aluminum Plastic Hakuhodo USA 👤 jaybirdwalking, twindly, un3xpectedfate
Koyudo Makiko (2020) 5 ? ? Wood CDJapan, Fude Beauty 👥 kinkysweat, krutikapuntambekar, xleucax, pressedorchids
Nakamura Seisakusho Moe (2020) 7 PBT 📏🦠 ? ? Fude Beauty 👤 kinkysweat
Nakamura Seisakusho Ai (2020) 8 PBT 📏 ? ? Fude Beauty 👤 kinkysweat, pressedorchids
Koyudo La Fuga del Gatto (2021) 6 PBT & PTT 🌽📏 Brass ? Beautylish, CDJapan, Fude Beauty 👥 kinkysweat
Uyeda Bisyodo Futur (2021) 13 PBT ? Wood Fude Beauty, Fude Japan 👤 kinkysweat, tortorre, irulancorrino, NYanae555
Uyeda Bisyodo Shiori (2021) 14 ? 🦠 Brass Wood CDJapan, Fude Beauty, Fude Japan 👥 tpmmpt11, 0410maria1995
Chikuhodo Framboise (2021) 5 PBT ? ? Beautylish, CDJapan, Fude Beauty, Fude Japan 🫂 ?

Chinese Synthetic Fude

Name Number of Brushes Availability Reviews*
Shou Shou Lang Velvet 🌽 11 AliExpress 🫂 ?
Shou Shou Lang Pink 🌽 11 AliExpress 🫂 ?
Shou Shou Lang Yellow 🌽 11 AliExpress 🫂 ?
Shou Shou Lang White 13 AliExpress 🫂 ?
Shou Shou Lang Blue 9 AliExpress 🫂 ?
Qin Zhi Navy / White Short Handle 3 / 4 AliExpress 👥 / AliExpress 👤 ?
Qin Zhi Blue / Purple 6 / 7 AliExpress 🫂 / AliExpress 🫂 ?
Qin Zhi Black 5 AliExpress 🫂 ?
Qin Zhi Red 8 AliExpress 🫂 xleucax
Qin Zhi Brown 9 AliExpress 🫂 ?
*Additional reviews can be found on product pages from online retailers.
Key
🌽 = advertises using more eco-friendly fibers
📏 = advertises using thin (0.05-0.07mm) fibers which result in a softer brush
🦠 = advertises adding an anti-microbial agent e.g. silver in fibers
👤 = is available only as individual brushes
👥 = is available as individual brushes and as a set/s
🫂 = is available only as a set/s
There are many unknown variables in the table due to trade secrets, language barriers, the relative niche of synthetic fude, and my lack of physical samples. In addition, the availability sections were written from an American perspective, which might have excluded some international options.

Review of Uyeda Bisyodo Shiori Eye Brushes (CDJapan)

It took 11 business days for me to receive my brushes (purchased with my own money) from CDJapan. The website was easy to navigate, but there was no option to filter for all makeup brushes in a synthetic material. I used an approximately $3 off coupon, and the threshold for free shipping was around $90. Fude Beauty and Fude Japan also carried the Uyeda Bisyodo Shiori series; however, their minimums for free shipping were too high i.e. at least $300 for my budget. Beautylish did not have the brand in its inventory. I also attempted to make an account for CDJapan but never received an email verification in my inbox or spam folder. So, I had to use the guest checkout and forwent points that I could have used in a future purchase for a discount. I still received shipping and invoice emails, so I knew I didn't mistype my email address. If I felt strongly about the points, I would've contacted their customer service but honestly didn't mind. The brushes also came with CDJapan's 1-year warranty on makeup brushes, which signaled confidence in quality.
Description of UB Shiori Brushes
Name Shape General Use
S-504 Large Angled Contour eye and nose
S-505 Pencil Precisely apply eyeshadow on the inner corner, uppelower lashlines, etc.
S-507 (the bigger version of S-508) Large Shader Quickly apply a wash of eyeshadow all over the eyelid
S-508 (the smaller version of S-507) Small Shader Apply eyeshadow below the eyelid crease, deepen the outer thirds, etc.
S-509 Smudge Apply eyeshadow as diffused eyeliner from the inner corner to the wing

Visual Comparison of UB Shiori Brushes to Similar Brushes
Comparison of UB Shiori Brushes to RT Brushes
UB's Characteristic Result Comments
More precisely bundled More precise application of eyeshadow, which is helpful near the lashlines The quality control from being hand-made by skilled artisans sets synthetic fude apart from drugstore options and is the primary reason for the cost. There are fewer stray hairs to accidentally poke the eye.
Denser Absorb more powder, which means fewer re-applications of pigment to get desired opacities People with difficulty getting colors to show on their skin tone may find that denser brushes can apply eyeshadow in a much more reasonable time.
More flexible fibers Less "pokey" experience i.e. less pushback when using more pressure, which means less irritation for sensitive skin The use of flexible fibers is apparent in shorter bristles. For example, I find the longer-haired RT 402 to be soft but any of the RT eye brushes to be pokey. I need to be mindful of holding RT eye brushes at certain angles and pressure to use them on my eyelids. To offset the stiffness of synthetic fibers, drugstore brushes are sometimes bundled in a tapered shape e.g. RT 402 so that as many of the finer-tipped ends can contact the face; but this can also limit the brush shapes that give a soft experience.
Brass ferrule Brass is less prone to rust than aluminum, which may result in longer brush life My decade-old aluminum-ferruled RT brushes haven't developed rust anyway. Brass feels more hefty and luxurious than aluminum.
After testing on my eyelids and fingertips, these are the softest brushes that I've ever used. Even with pressure, UB brushes don't feel as rough and exfoliating as RT brushes i.e. there is less audible "bristle" noise during use. Despite being denser than the RT brushes, UB brushes still feel softer due to having more flexible bristles. In comparison to my natural-haired BB Eyeshadow brush, UB brushes feel slightly slicker (but still much less slick than RT brushes). BB's and UB's fiber densities and flex feel similar.
My assessment of these brushes may be hindered by my relatively small collection of brushes. As a result, I can only compare expensive synthetic fude to mostly drugstore synthetic brushes. In addition, my RT and BB brushes are more than a decade old, and I have used my UB brushes for only two months (at the time of writing). I don't intend to purchase natural hair brushes, so I won't be able to compare natural hair to synthetic fude in the future.
I will also update the guide as I collect more synthetic fude and if readers suggest any corrections or give additional information. Feel free to discuss your experiences, good or bad, with synthetic fude in the replies!
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2023.06.03 15:23 Background_Radio672 Dodgy dealer- repairing car after a few days

Bought a used car that looked good but wasn’t able to test drive it as I wasn’t insured but dealer said I have warranty so if anything’s wrong you give it back. The dealer offered 12month extended warranty through warranty first which I bought.
Car was delivered, I taxed & insured the vehicle & as soon as I drove it, driving in lower gears didn’t sound right, it was loud & sounded like metal was scrapping across the floor. The sound disappeared in higher gears & when I put the clutch down.
Took car back to dealer & he said it’s not covered in warranty due to wear & tear, & an after sales issue. He said i must of forced the car into the gears & oil has gotten into the gearbox so you need to replace it. I didn’t force anything into gear, maybe this is why I couldn’t test drive it.
He said the car was AA inspected but we can’t give you the report. However when my dad called he forwarded a BCA report. Dodgy.
There’s more, I’m yet to receive my receipt of purchase & any information about the warranty. If I have a problem with the car I have to call the dealer & he’ll sort it. With warranty shouldn’t I be able to choose what garage to take it to?
I know I’m being ripped off & I do feel like I’m being taken advantage of because I’m a woman too. However my dad said to just fix it so I’ve already paid for the repairs, which he said will take days to fix.
I don’t trust the dealer or the mechanic doing the work but too late now. Once fixed I will take it to trusted garage & get them to check it properly.
What would you do in this situation?
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2023.06.03 15:20 space_______kat "Adding public transit will diminish the quality of life". We know exactly what they mean when they say that (US)

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2023.06.03 14:59 Dangerous-Bag-7327 [HIRING] 16 Jobs in Chicago Hiring Now!

Company Name Title City
Konica Minolta Business Solutions Field Service Technician Chicago
Usic Utility Locator - Full Time Chicago
DispatchHealth Management NP Chicago
Wellbe Senior Medical Executive Assistant Chicago
ABF Freight Road Driver, Full-time Chicago
ABF Freight Road Driver, Full-time Chicago Heights
ABF Freight Road Driver, Full-time Chicago Ridge
Alstom Power Inc Executive Account Director Chicago
Boston Consulting Group Client Development Senior Manager Chicago
CME Group Director- CD&S, Buyside Chicago
Invenergy Director, Talent and Organizational Effectiveness Chicago
Xometry Sales Manager, Marketplace Chicago
AMCS Group Enterprise Account Executive Chicago
Elevance Health Business Strategy Planning Director Chicago
Baker Tilly State and Local Tax Director Chicago
Juniper Networks, Inc. Sales Engineer Chicago
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2023.06.03 14:53 CartConnoisseur2 Anyone try these? Have never even heard of these LPs before

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2023.06.03 14:45 SchlesingerMindy323 [HIRING] 25 Jobs in CT Hiring Now!

Company Name Title City
UnitedHealth Group Surgery Coding Auditor - National Remote Hartford
Connecticut Institute for Communities, Inc. School Based Health Center Patient Registrar New Milford
Five Guys Shift Manager Newtown
Bunzl Class A Driver Orange
Bunzl CDL A Driver Orange
UnitedHealth Group Medical Receptionist Plainville
STV Inc Assistant Project Manager Poquonock
UniFirst Route Service Manager - UniFirst Stratford
UniFirst Maintenance Custodian - UniFirst Stratford
Connecticut Institute for Communities, Inc. School Based Health Center Patient Registrar Waterbury
Five Guys Crew Member - starting at 16.50 Brookfield
Minerals Technologies Operations Manager Canaan
Open Systems Technologies AVP - UX Designer Greenwich
UnitedHealth Group Coding Auditor Hartford
Five Guys Crew Member - starting at 16.50 New Milford
Five Guys Crew Member - starting at 15.00 Oxford
Harman International Industries Director - Tax Controversy Stamford
Conair Corporation Director, Creative Stamford
Rhone Apparel VP, Sales Stamford
Conair Corporation Director, Brand Design - Cuisinart Stamford
Legrand North America Territory Sales Manager Unity Plaza
Five Guys Crew Member - starting at 16.00 Westport
Town of Cromwell Immediate Openings Executive Assistant Cromwell Cromwell
State of CT Judicial Branch Network Engineer East Hartford
State of CT Judicial Branch Immediate Openings Senior Network Engineer East Hartford East Hartford
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2023.06.03 14:28 Dangerous-Bag-7327 [HIRING] 10 Jobs in San Diego Hiring Now!

Company Name Title City
HELIX Environmental Planning, Inc Fish Biologist San Diego
Kaiser Surgery Aide San Diego
HELIX Environmental Planning, Inc Fish and Game Biologist San Diego
Genomatica Vice President of Product Marketing San Diego
Thomson Reuters Sales Executive, Digital Marketing (West Coast) San Diego
Kinnate Biopharma Inc. Vice President Medical Affairs San Diego
Crinetics Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Vice President, Marketing San Diego
Travere Therapeutics Manager, Patient Experience & Support Services San Diego
Commonwealth Financial Network Compliance Analyst, Compliance Solutions San Diego
San Diego Imperial Counties Developmental Services, Inc. Service Coordinator San Diego
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2023.06.03 14:14 grizwa Can i live in a log cabin in my parents garden?

[TLDR at the end] i have no idea how it all works but im looking for a new place to live as my current landlord is selling the house, i cant really get a mortgage yet (at least a year maybe 2 before im ready) but while looking at rentals i saw a mobile home for sale, it was £30k and looked nicer than a lot of the houses ive been looking at renting at £600 a month plus, ideally i want to stay in the area so i can still walk to work but not many places come up round here for rent in general and when they do theyre often pricey and much larger than i need.
so i started looking at others out of curiosity and then noticed the log cabins many of which are like very nice little houses and can be had for about £15k obviously you have to build it and kit it out etc but even adding the extra for that which can be done over time its cheap i also know professional plumbers, electricians and a few other tradesmen to help. while i cant get a mortgage i could likely do that much across a few credit cards and just do extra on my side hustle to get it paid off instead of renting, theres plenty of space, a bathroom, a kitchen, pretty much all i need really. the only problem, where to put it?
now my mum has finished paying her mortgage on what was a council house with quite a large back garden which could easily accommodate such a cabin and lives in the area (id ask to buy some of the garden or pay her rent but i know she wont accept it) so are there any legal issues with me living in one of these things? is planning permission needed? (L8.5m x W3.5m x H2.9m) would it alter the council tax band or anything? (my sister also lives there so she doesnt get single person discount etc)
the house did used to be 3 bedroom but was converted to 2 bed, also about 10 years ago planning was granted for an extension that never got done (so i assume if its needed it could be gotten but i think it was a grand or two back then) it seems like a pretty easy way for me to sort of cheat the system and build my credit rating and deposit savings for a few years while the bad things drop off my credit record, im thinking there must be some sort of catch here? what am i missing?
[TLDR] can i legally build and live in an L8.5m x W3.5m x H2.9m log cabin in my parents garden?
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2023.06.03 14:14 SchlesingerMindy323 [HIRING] 10 Jobs in San Diego Hiring Now!

Company Name Title City
HELIX Environmental Planning, Inc Fish Biologist San Diego
Kaiser Surgery Aide San Diego
HELIX Environmental Planning, Inc Fish and Game Biologist San Diego
Genomatica Vice President of Product Marketing San Diego
Thomson Reuters Sales Executive, Digital Marketing (West Coast) San Diego
Kinnate Biopharma Inc. Vice President Medical Affairs San Diego
Crinetics Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Vice President, Marketing San Diego
Travere Therapeutics Manager, Patient Experience & Support Services San Diego
Commonwealth Financial Network Compliance Analyst, Compliance Solutions San Diego
San Diego Imperial Counties Developmental Services, Inc. Service Coordinator San Diego
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2023.06.03 14:13 Top-Total692 [HIRING] 10 Jobs in San Diego Hiring Now!

Company Name Title City
HELIX Environmental Planning, Inc Fish Biologist San Diego
Kaiser Surgery Aide San Diego
HELIX Environmental Planning, Inc Fish and Game Biologist San Diego
Genomatica Vice President of Product Marketing San Diego
Thomson Reuters Sales Executive, Digital Marketing (West Coast) San Diego
Kinnate Biopharma Inc. Vice President Medical Affairs San Diego
Crinetics Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Vice President, Marketing San Diego
Travere Therapeutics Manager, Patient Experience & Support Services San Diego
Commonwealth Financial Network Compliance Analyst, Compliance Solutions San Diego
San Diego Imperial Counties Developmental Services, Inc. Service Coordinator San Diego
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2023.06.03 14:09 Crafty-Amoeba3378 Thinking of trading a 2023 kia seltos ex I bought 2 months ago for 2024 crosstrek premium

I love the seltos but main reason I want to switch is because even though they can't steal a 2023 kia it won't stop people from breaking in thinking they can steal it. And I would love to have a peace of mind when parking my car in public. Do you think it's worth it or just stick with the kia. I just want to cut my loses now before the car depreciates even more.
Also for some reason my insurance is higher on the crosstrek than kia according to geico quote by $200 for six months.
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2023.06.03 13:39 Then_Marionberry_259 SEP 06, 2022 DEC.V DECADE ANNOUNCES NON-BROKERED PRIVATE PLACEMENT

SEP 06, 2022 DEC.V DECADE ANNOUNCES NON-BROKERED PRIVATE PLACEMENT
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Stewart, British Columbia--(Newsfile Corp. - September 6, 2022) - Decade Resources Ltd (TSXV: DEC) ("Decade" or the Company) announces that it has cancelled the August 2, 2022 private placement and is using its best efforts to complete a non-brokered private placement of flow-through and non-flow-through shares to raise aggregate gross proceeds of up to $780,000.
The flow-through offering will comprise up to 4,000,000 flow-through units, at a price of twelve cents per flow-through unit, for gross proceeds of up to $480,000. Each unit will comprise one common share and one transferable common share purchase warrant, each warrant being exercisable for the purchase of one additional common share, at a price of sixteen cents per share, for a 42 month period.The federal proposal for the Mineral Exploration Tax Credit (METC) provides an additional income tax benefit for individuals who invest in mining flow-through shares, which augments the tax benefits associated with the deductions that are flowed through. The METC is equal to 15 per cent of specified mineral exploration expenses incurred in Canada and renounced to flow-through share investors. The proposed 2022 Budget proposes to introduce a new 30-per-cent Critical Mineral Exploration Tax Credit (CMETC) for specified minerals. The specified minerals that would be eligible for the CMETC are: copper, nickel, lithium, cobalt, graphite, rare earth elements, scandium, titanium, gallium, vanadium, tellurium, magnesium, zinc, platinum group metals and uranium. These minerals are used in the production of batteries and permanent magnets, both of which are used in zero-emission vehicles, or are necessary in the production and processing of advanced materials, clean technology, or semi-conductors.
The offering of non-flow-through units will comprise up to 3,000,000 shares, at a price of ten cents per share, for gross proceeds of up to $300,000. Each unit will comprise one common share and one transferable common share purchase warrant, each warrant being exercisable for the purchase of one additional common share, at a price of sixteen cents per share, for a 24 month period.
The proceeds from the sale of the flow-through shares will be expended on the company's copper properties located in British Columbia and the proceeds from the sale of non-flow-through shares will be used for working capital purposes.
Certain directors and officers of the company may participate in the private placement. Any such participation would be considered to be a related party transaction as defined under Multilateral Instrument 61-101. The transaction will be exempt from the formal valuation and minority shareholder approval requirements of MI 61-101 as neither the fair market value of any shares issued to or the consideration paid by such persons will not exceed 25 per cent of the company's market capitalization. Finders' fees may be payable in connection with the private placement.
Ed Kruchkowski, P. Geo., a qualified person under National Instrument 43-101 is responsible for the contents of this release. E. Kruchkowski is not independent of Decade as he is the president of the Company.
Decade Resources Ltd. is a Canadian based mineral exploration company actively seeking opportunities in the resource sector. Decade holds numerous properties at various stages of development and exploration from basic grass roots to advanced ones. Its properties and projects are all located in the "Golden Triangle" area of northern British Columbia. For a complete listing of the Company assets and developments, visit the Company website at www.decaderesources.ca which is presently being updated.
For investor information please call 250-636-2264 or Gary Assaly at 604-377-7969.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DECADE RESOURCES LTD.
"Ed Kruchkowski" Ed Kruchkowski, President
"Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release."
"This news release may contain forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements address future events and conditions and therefore involve inherent risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those currently anticipated in such statements."
To view the source version of this press release, please visit https://www.newsfilecorp.com/release/136006

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