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2023.06.03 00:05 ohfry Just got my wisdom teeth out 6 hours ago

As stated above I got all 4 of my wisdom teeth out earlier. Instead of asking important questions I must’ve only asked if I could keep them because now I have a bag of my 4 giant wisdom teeth in pristine condition. Overall, after my surgery I was in no pain (because I was high) and promptly fell asleep 2 minutes after I got home. I woke up like 40 minutes later and iced my face for 20 minutes, took the buttload of pills they gave me (I was no longer high and felt pain lol) then fell asleep again with bags of peas stuck to my face. Now I’m awake for good and wondering what to do next. The post op sheet does not nearly go in depth enough and was hoping everyone here could give me some tips and what to expect. I also do remember asking at the consultation if they would sew the wounds shut but they said no and that they’ll just heal. But now apparently they sewed them shut and I was wondering if there’s any difference because of that. As of writing this I’m attempting to eat scrambled eggs but instead of chewing i’m really just swallowing pieces whole. Any advice on foods to eat would be greatly appreciated.
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2023.06.03 00:03 Bustnbig ABS vs PLA… give me ABS

I received a whole bunch of ABS filament as a gift. It gave me fits.
After a bunch of fine tuning and some upgrades, I can nail nearly perfect ABS parts. I hit go, good parts come out. My machine printed for nearly three months straight without a bad part.
I switched back to PLA because my wife bought some bright pink. The stuff is all over the place. A storm came in, humidity jumped up, bad parts. It got hot in my basement, clogged nozzles and bad bridges.
Was it always this way and I just thought it was normal?
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2023.06.03 00:03 intothenighttt Why the BCC vs Elite wasn't a good match (Subjective opinion)

This is my subjective opinion in as good faith as possible with the expense of being critical of the match. (I want an open discussion, no gaslighting opinions. Feel free to absolutely disagree). My criticism does not equate to me wanting the company to fail or me hating on the whole product.
I will start off by saying that the build up of this match was great. They captured the classic "we hate each other's guts" really well in the weeks leading up. The betrayals and the returns.
Now the match started off well. I thought the idea of continuing the music while fighting was entertaining. It conveyed the wrestlers wanting to get hands on each other before the entrance music was up. And it added to the chaos of them brawling in the crowds.
But here's where it falls apart. The band continues to play once the song ends. Now it's like. Why are you playing music when there's a warzone not a few feet away. You should be cowering away or atleast stopping to get out of danger. Instead the band was like let me get this extra few minutes of fame and risking getting injured. It turned it into a comedy spot in what is supposed to be a serious blood feud. It was worse because they annoyingly played the same song atleast 3 times before the lead singer got superkicked while smiling and standing like an idiot on the ramp.
You have a split screen showing two spots at the same time. Kenny being attacked by Mox by thumbtacks and Claudio piledriving Matt in the back of a truck. The commentary has no idea what to talk about or atleast sell the severity of the spots. It doesn't help that they're half laughing. The pacing is ridiculous. Slow down so the audience atleast understands what's going on.
The thumbtacks on the foot spot is just violence for the sake of violence. The screwdriver just violence for the sake of violence. Atleast add to the drama of the moves instead of moving on to the next spot and glossing over it.
After being piledriven on the back of the truck Matt wobbles out not 5 minutes later. Talk about no selling. He then proceeds to superkick Mox with fireworks. I've watched wrestling quiet a bit and honestly that was the dumbest spot I've ever seen ever. It was so campy and unnecessary. What was that trying to convey. A guy after being piledriven in a truck went to get something placed in his shoe/ replace his shoe while his brother is getting beat on. Then on top of that Mox comes back 5 minutes later after surviving an exploding kick to the face.
You have Kenny Omega, Bryan Danielson and Claudio in the same ring and you have to rely on ridiculous spots to make the match. Talk about wasted potential. Besides the finish I don't think Wheeler Yuta did anything in the match.
The match really didn't need to be a gimmick match. A simple tornado tag match with more action in the ring would have been much better than this spotfest. The pace was too much. There was too much going on to actually appreciate the violence if that's what they wanted to convey. The reveal at the end took a backseat because of all the ridiculousness that had already transpired.
I can see why people may find it entertaining for a short term thrill. But fans attention spans aren't that short where there has to be a forgettable spot going on every second. I completely forgot the ref got injured and bladed in this match. I doubt people will look back and say Oh I have to watch this match again a year from now or even 6 months.
Feel free to disagree with my criticism. But don't come out here saying I'm a shill for some other wrestling promotion just because I criticized ONE match.
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2023.06.03 00:02 Realistic_Match2577 Looking for a nice bike shop - with employees that are actually interested in helping

Hey all. This is going to be half question and half rant.
Tldr: got a new fixie and I’m really unhappy because I couldn’t find a bike shop that’s willing to help a beginner. What should I do? (Beginner as in to use cycling regularly instead public transport. I know how to cycle)
*Novel starts here: * The reason why I’m asking because so far my experience with shops are a bit … annoying.
The big shops like Evans, Halfords, Balfe has the most uninterested and dead inside employees that cannot wait for 5clock to shut the gates. *(I’m not blaming them, probably the companies are paying them in beans so obviously, attitude) *
And the smaller shops I’ve experienced so far were either people sees customers are bother or a target with a fat wallet. Either they’re randomly picking and trying to push it (even though after a test ride I tell them it’s uncomfortable / large) they’re like don’t worry you’ll get used to it. Maybe I’m in Hackney but every single shop constantly tells me that I should get a fixie/single speed for commute.
Last week I got a ss from one of those small shop. Even though I tell him that I was mainly use it for commute the guy pushed this specific bike a lot and I just felt like okay and got it.
Now I hate the bike. It’s like going to a gym and I’m trying to use it for commute. Because I end up in sweat I don’t use it to go to work. I found out I can’t attach mud guards, I cannot attach racks so means backpack with a sweaty back. On top of that I’ve noticed there’s rust all over that “new” bike. I took it back and the guy just told me those are just cosmetic rust and brushed me off saying “didn’t you had a bike before?” It’s overwhelmingly stressful for me to confront people with aggressive attitude so I just left.
Now I’m with a bike that I don’t like to ride and don’t know what to do. Where is the cycle paradise with people actually likes to do their job?
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2023.06.03 00:01 BigFarmerJoe Preparing For The Coming Battle

So this is a long story but I need some advice from men who have successfully gotten sole custody, preferably in KS.
Found out around 2 mo ago that my stbxw had been cheating on me for close to a year with a coworker I had highly suspected. Found months of pictures and texts, including texts detailing how "honored" her AP felt when my son wanted to cuddle with him in my bed after his intercourse with my wife. Including discussion of giving him "the best blowjob of his life" if they can "get my son to play on his tablet" in the next room for a while.
Near the end I was putting our son to sleep most nights as she was out partying with her boyfriend. Needless to say, all trust is now gone and reconciliation is a non possibility.
The texts I uncovered show that she has been neglectful of our son (he is 2 and can't be left alone.) Also, clearly prioritizing herself over her family, over her son or her son's father. Also, emotionally abusive for confusing him and having him cuddle with a shirtless stranger in my bed.
My son tried to tell me about it, at one point, and she covered it up, later texting her boyfriend that they were going to have to start being more "careful" because my son was telling me about "mommy's English.
The incident bothered me enough to start getting suspicious. In retrospect I can tell that even at his age he felt like something was wrong and was trying to tell me in his baby talk broken english.
I was a SAHD for a year and a half while my son was crawling, it was at this time her affair began. She makes like 55k a year. After her affair started, she started complaining to me about "money issues" as if she was struggling to pay for food, which was odd, because my small business paid all the utilities and rent on our marital home, and her only expenses were food and cahealth insurance and her phone bill.
I had been out of the workforce for a while, but was able to fairly quickly secure a job at a food processing manufacturing facility doing 12 hour days euther 3 or 4 days a week so as to be able to provide childcare on the remaining 3-4 days. The rest of the time she was either "watching" him with her boyfriend at my house or her mom was watching him because she would drive 30 mins to her "mom's house" most days when she wasn't working.
I switched jobs in January after saving up almost 10k from the factory to a job I enjoy more, but pays less. I was tired from the factory and wanted better work/life balance and to spend more time with my family and to work on my marriage, which due to not knowing about the cheating, I was under the impression could still be saved. She was angry about making less $$$, and also because I had more flexibility in my schedule so that made her cheating harder.My current part time job pays 15-20k, but remember, my utilities and housing are all taken care of by my other part time job, without it being taxable income on a payroll, so that's really just insurance/gas/food money.
So my lawyers told me that sole custody to start isn't going to be possible in KS, despite the mountain of evidence of being an unfit parent described above.
We have a temp plan in place and I have my 2 1/2 yr old son 7:30am sunday-7:30pm Wednesday. I got her to agree to this by pointing out that even though I would have him during the day most days, she would still have him for an equal number of hours. She took the bait. I now have my son the majority of the time he is awake.
She has moved back in with her parents who now watch my son 2-3 days a week for her as she is at work. They also watch him when she isn't at work, so she can run errands and go on dates without our son. She claims she has rearranged her work schedule to spend time with him, but I don't believe her due to her social media that I observed prior to finally blocking her forever.
In the last week, she declined to spend memorial day with him despite not working and it having been previously arranged because she had "plans" to do "yard work and housework" with her parents. She had me drop him off at dinnertime and pick him up the next morning. In addition, she had me keep him an extra night on top of that because she needed to "work late" on Wednesday night and wouldn't be able to pick him up.
I now know what "working late" means. She had a scheduled night with her boyfriend and I was acting as her free babysitter.
So far, she really is turning out to be a deadbeat. Hasn't given me a dime despite the fact that I now buy the majority of the food her son eats, spend vastly more time with him than she does, and am struggling to afford my life and am having to greatly adjust my lifestyle to support a child on 15k a year. I'm sure the thought hasn't even crossed her mind.
What's worse, my lawyer wrote up the amount that I contributed to the family finances, which was the entirety of housing and utilities (I manage a business and in exchange recieve housing and utilities, but no cash.) And when he adds that to my income, I might end up STILL being required to pay child support to her despite spending way more time with my son.
So, she's going ti get her babysitter and I might have to write her a check for the privilege of being cheated on in my own bed and finding pictures of it, despite having been a SAHD, despite making way less money than her, despite spending way more time with my son. If that happens, the only way to not be so financially crippled that I have to either go back to the factory or go on food stamps and welfare would be to try for sole custody.
But the real reason I want sole custody is simply because it would be best for my son. It would be better for my son to see his dad doing a job that doesn't make him miserable and not financially crippled due to his mother's selfish actions.
I hope she wants to remain present in some fashion, but I'm starting to think the likelihood of that is low.
The way she seems to be fading back from his life, I don't think she's going to fight very hard. It's clear to me exactly where her priorities are, and my son isn't above herself or her boyfriend. Oh sorry, "fiance." Yes, they have been ENGAGED since at least January. I found out about the infidelity in late march. We're not fully divorced, yet.
Her time with our son while we were married was limited to an hour or so in the morning after doing her makeup for an hour and a half while I watched my son in the next room so he wouldn't mess with her makeup stuff. Then an hour or 2 in the evening, if he was lucky, before he would fall asleep. Near the end I was often getting him to bed on my own.
She does have him more nights than I do right now, and I'm worried the courts won't care that most of the time she spends with him, he is asleep or she is working and not actually spending the time with him. I think she is spending maximum 1.5 days with him during the day, likely less because she gets easily "overwhelmed" and always needed constant breaks from my son. It wasn't odd or uncommon for me to watch him on days I was working as soon as I got home for basically the whole night. I am watching my son solo for 4 full days a week.
Then there's a pesky thought in the back of my head about the odd fact that she brought up my will 3-4 times in the last year, a few of them during arguments. She was worried that my parents would deprive her of my inheritance if I died. Why would I die? There were texts between her boyfriend and her about how much she was going to get in the divorce. At one time her boyfriendcsaid "Wouldn't it be nice if we could skip all this not-fun stuff and go straight to you, me, and (insert son's name)...?"
I don't have any more direct proof than that, but I am of the impression that they were at least in the early stages of planning my murder. Maybe not seriously planning it, but discussing it, hopefully in jest. I've asked my lawyer and don't think I could get a DA to issue subpoenas of their phones without better evidence than a strong suspicion.
So, a woman capable of treating me in this way, of considering my murder, should probably have very little contact with my son. I know that she is an objectively bad person and I'm starting to feel like her involvement might harm him more than it ends up helping him.
My goal is now to have my son Sunday morning - Friday evening so that he goes to school in my town, not hers, which is 30 mins away. I want his time to be spent with the person who always puts him first, I don't want him being second fiddle to her boyfriend or to her, I don't want to see him neglected like I know she will do.
3 of the last 4 times I have picked him up, he has has new injuries. For some reason he never seems to get scraped knees or facial wounds or a bruised ass when he spends 4 days with me. I don't suspect physical abuse at thus time, I just think he's being allowed to run around and nobody is watching him.
I just need to say yes every time she decides to prioritize herself over her son, which will happen frequently, I am starting to infer. My hope is that over a long enough time period I will be able to establish a pattern of spending so much more time with him that a judge might be persuaded that I am the primary parent and award me sole custody.
I really am not doing this to "win" vs her or to "beat" her. I became a parent expecting to have some help raising my child. But she won't even spend holidays with him. She can't even pick him up, she does her best to convince me to do it. If it means more time with my son, I can spend the gas $$$.
But I am bleeding cash. My close to 10k in savings from the factory has dwindled to an emergency fund of 1500. I'm skipping meals to lose weight but also to save the food I have for my son. He hasn't ever gone hungry once and he won't, now. Maybe I should apply for food stamps, but I'm worried that could effect my likelihood of getting custody because it would make it look like I can't afford to have him for more meals. This is NOT a request for a handout, don't need one. I have plenty of family and friends who would help me if my cupboards were bare, and thankfully they are helping me afford my lawyer.
It's just really infuriating how much she has screwed me and my son over, both emotionally and financially. The thought that I might be cutting her a check when she makes more than 3X my income would be adding insult to injury. She has actually financially profited from this, so far, not counting her legal fees. I'm sure her parents are now buying most of her food and she still doesn't pay rent or utilities. Now she doesn't have to pay for my health insurance or car insurance or cell phone, so she's saving hundreds monthly and I'm going uninsured health wise and only have basic liability for my car.
I like my lawyers so far, but they said child support is all determined by a "worksheet" and haven't yet shown me what that worksheet is. Either way, I would want sole custody even if it didn't alter CS. Any advice would be appreciated.
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2023.06.03 00:01 DaOrpheus [EU] 95Vikings - SCL Masters - LFP

About us; This project has started recently. A team with individually experienced players. IGL has experience building a team that went into ESEA Intermediate and reached some finals. We're currently looking to rebuild the team as the previous one fell apart. Our plan is to build a team until we're satisfied with the line-up, we're planning on doing a lot of practice and tournaments until Source 2 comes out, this way we will be consistent, in top shape and have a wide stratbook going into Source 2 and we then just need to adapt the gameplans to the new mechanics. We then play other leagues such as ESEA, SCL, etc... We currently also have an organisation backing us that will fund mostly all entry fee's, social media coverage, casters for matches, etc...
IGL Vision; - most of the times you will be given a position in the T and CT defaults, this is due to the IGL believing certain roles should play certain positions in general - T vision; map control, spacing & trading - CT vision; rotation, re-aggression & info plays
We've achieved in the past months; - Volpid Series Semi-Finals - FlyHigh Finals - Authority Semi-Finals - Top #100 RMR qualifiers - SCL Intermediate (+ play-offs) - SCL Masters - ESEA Play-offs 2x
Players; ajax - 3400 elo, 2x ESEA Intermediate, 3x SCL Intermediate, 1x SCL Masters, Finalist in several leagues. szicko - 3200 elo, 1x ESEA Play-offs, Finalist in several leagues.
Available Roles: (we don't want PUG players, we want people able to work together in a system!) - Second Entry: T: play as support early in rounds so that you can survive to entry late round, in set-strats you will be the first entry as the IGL is the main entry but prefers to throw utility in set-strats so that he can get a better read for future rounds. in default rounds he will be the first entry. CT: preferably rotation but anchor is also fine. - Star Rifler: T: basically just help take map control / maintain map control, late round responsibility is throwing utility for the execute or going in as the third/fourth player entering a site. CT: you will be ending up playing as many Star Rifle positions as possible, there could be situations where we will swap it up if it's not working out but other wise we will try and stick towards the positions given based on the role. - Lurker: T: you will be second caller considering you are on the opposite side of the map compared to the rest of the team meaning you can have amazing reads. you will have decent amount of freedom but still will have to work with structure and protocols. CT: preferably an anchor but rotation is also fine.
Requirements; - Faceit 2500 elo - Active Duty map knowledge - Calm & likeable personality - Decent at speaking English - Availability starting from 7pm CET or earlier until at least 12am
What you can expect from us; - 5-6x practice a week - International line-up - Dedicated players - Goal orientated practice
Apply Here, we will add you on Discord if we are interested in you. Need more information? DM me in Discord ajax#3685
Pease do not add me on Steam, just DM me on Discord instead. If you have no questions then just wait for us to add you, we will add you on Discord if we are interested.
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2023.06.03 00:00 Calm_Review_3368 You are driving me totally crazy

You are driving me crazy. For nearly one year now I’m searching for these keywords you could use in every possible subreddit you used just to find you. Every single day I’m searching for you, thinking about you, missing you. Everytime I post about you people tell me I should forget you and should accept you wouldn’t come back. Im sure people will respond similar things to this post. BUT I CANT. I can’t forget you or stop trying to find you, even though it’s totally hopeless. Give my soul peace and come back. Please. I need you. I’m begging you. I still love you so much. Why couldn’t you see that we are made for eachother. Why did you have to end it because of your religion. Couldn’t you just lie to me and say it was because you hated me? Instead you told me you loved me and therefore couldn’t be in contact with me anymore. Some made up bullshit keeps you away from me. Some damn stupid book some goofy dude wrote in his mums basement a few thousand years ago to troll humanity. It’s driving me crazy.
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2023.06.03 00:00 Mjm166773 Alternate Dominion Ending

Since the Page has been slow I decided reupload my alternative Dominion ending.
I truly feel the Final battle in dominion was really unnecessary, nice visually but didn't really connect to the story for it to be this epic battle. I feel writers couldn't really figure out a way to wrap up the film so the best they could do is have the new dinosaur battle the returning dinosaur. Kinda seems like a cheap conclusion. I was expecting this grand finale and didn't get that.
I posted this ending in different post with other changes to Dominion that I would have liked incorporated.
When Alan, Maisie and Owen go to find Beta, Maisie is again recaptured by Dodgson. Dodgson holds one of the stun guns to Maisie's neck. He offers to trade Maisie for Beta. Alan tries distract Dodgson while the Pyro-raptor approaches Dodgson from behind. The Pyro raptor leaps to attack Dodgson The Raptor goes for Dodgson's leg it latches on to his pants leg, Dodgson stuns the raptor. Maisie is able to slip get away from Dodgson in that moment. As the Pyro raptor attempts to get back up and charge Dodgson again he is able to slip away and limp through another lab door using his bracelet escaping. He sneaks off and makes his way to Amber mine train.
Pyro raptor shakes it's feathers and faces his attention to Alan Maisie and Owen. Owen aims the his tranquilizer gun at the pyro raptor just as he is about to shoot Malcolm and Ramsay enter the room Owen shoots but no tranqs are left. Suddenly a loud bang is heard and glass breaks, the large windows to the facility breaks and the dinosaurs that were summoned all come charging inside the building. Laboratory furniture and equipment begins to fly across room due to the wild dinosaurs running around aimlessly. The pyro raptor slightly distracted draws it's attention back to Owen, Alan, Maisie, Malcolm and Ramsay. Out of no where a Pteranodon swoops inside and lifts the pyro raptor off the ground attempting to fly off with the pyro raptor in it's claws. The pyro fights back in the air biting and clawing at the Pteranodon. The Pteranodon releases the raptor. The Pyro raptor is dropped from a large height and dropped on a lab table with beakers and test tubes filled with colored chemicals. but the pyro raptor regains footing and turns it's focus again to the group again. Above Claire and Ellie enter from the upper level of the facility and look down and see the danger occurring just below. just as the pyro raptor positions itself to attack, Claire uses the ax( the same ax she used to crash the system) and cuts some wall cables that are holding up the large light fixture. The large Fixture crashes down with bright burst on top of the pyro raptor crushing it. Claire says to Ellie that's one more point for women.

The group begins to head outside to head to the plane to meet Kayla. When they walk outside to their surprise total chaos has ensued (think ALL OUT DINOSAUR WAR). Dinosaurs are fighting, crashing in and out the facility, Biosyn vehicles being launched in the air by dinosaurs. The group continues to make their way to the plane trying to avoid charging dinosaurs and flying debris from the chaos of all the dinosaurs in one location. The T-rex approaches, the rex is standing between the Plane and the group. The group must make their way to the plane while also avoiding the rex. Two nearby fighting stegosaurus knock over a large metal platform almost crushing the group. Kayla yells to the group it's now or never they run from under the platform. Just as they move from under the platform the rex's foot crushes down on the platform as it pursues the group running to the plane. Wu falls to the ground while running to the plane and Alan and Malcolm help him up, just as they get Wu off the ground the rex leans down and attempts to chomp at Wu barley missing him. The rex lets out a loud roar. The group manages to make it to the plane safely, now the problem is that they need a clear runway so the plane can take off. The rex is blocking the only clear path for them to take off. Kayla shoots the flare gun to get the rex out of the way. The rex retreats and our survivors escape.
Followed by Dodgson's death scene.

This ending maybe cheesy to some but like Alan said the ending battle has nothing to so with our main protagonist so kind of seems pointless and serves no purpose to have the battle at the ending seems undeserved. Plus I wanted the Giga t live so we could see him/her again. These ending battles always make Rexy look weak. This ending also features more dinosaurs which would help with some complaints about their not being enough dinosaur action and this seemed appropriate with the dominion showing them dominating the sanctuary. Let me know what you think or if you have an alternate ending in mind.
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2023.06.03 00:00 Sacesss [Spoilers EXTENDED] Harry the Heir's fate

Harrold Hardyng, the heir to Robert Arryn's throne, is one of the new characters we'll meet in The Winds of Winters.
He's been introduced by Littlefinger and the Lord Declarant in AFFC, Alayne I. We meet him in TWOW, Alayne I, as he comes to the to the Gates of the Moon, for the tourney for the Brotherhood of Winged Knights.
I think Harry's bound to die in the upcoming tournament in the Vale organised by Alayne and Littlefinger, and in this post I'll highlight some hints that foreshadow Harry's ill fate.

Harry is a Knight of Summer

Harry the Heir is often described as a poor jouster, an upjumped squire who isn't on the level to be a knight.
"Our cousin Bronze Yohn had himself a mêlée at Runestone,” Myranda Royce went on, oblivious, “a small one, just for squires. It was meant for Harry the Heir to win the honors, and so he did.”
“Harry the Heir?”
“Lady Waynwood’s ward. Harrold Hardyng. I suppose we must call him Ser Harry now. Bronze Yohn knighted him."
AFFC, Alayne II
So, Bronze Yohn organised a tourney for him and then personally knighted him, this tells us the tourney was a farce to win Harry to his side by creating a mentor-mentee relationship.

Lord Belmore laughed. "I never thought Royce would let him come. Is he blind, or merely stupid?"
"He is honorable. Sometimes it amounts to the same thing. If he denied the lad the chance to prove himself, it could create a rift between them, so why not let him tilt? The boy is nowise skilled enough to win a place amongst the Winged Knights."
"I suppose not," said Belmore, grudgingly. Lord Grafton kissed Alayne on the hand, and the two lords went off, leaving her alone with her lord father.
TWOW, Alayne I
Littlefinger himself believes Harry's got no chance in the tourney.

Near the keep, she ran headlong into Ser Lothor Brune and almost knocked him off his feet. "Harry the Heir? Harry the Arse, I say. He's just some upjumped squire."
Ser Lothor Brune agrees with the feeling as well.

Sansa's wish

Sansa, after being offended by Harry, wishes about a situation which may occur during the joust, that sees Harry falling from his horse and hitting his head.
A lady's armor is her courtesy. Alayne could feel the blood rushing to her face. No tears, she prayed. Please, please, I must not cry. "As you wish, ser. And now if you will excuse me, Littlefinger's bastard must find her lord father and let him know that you have come, so we can begin the tourney on the morrow." And may your horse stumble, Harry the Heir, so you fall on your stupid head in your first tilt. She showed the Waynwoods a stone face as they blurted out awkward apologies for their companion. When they were done she turned and fled.
TWOW, Alayne I
This wouldn’t be the first time Sansa wishing harm on someone, and later that wish coming true:
Frog-faced Lord Slynt sat at the end of the council table wearing a black velvet doublet and a shiny cloth-of-gold cape, nodding with approval every time the king pronounced a sentence. Sansa stared hard at his ugly face, remembering how he had thrown down her father for Ser Ilyn to behead, wishing she could hurt him, wishing that some hero would throw him down and cut off his head.
AGOT, Sansa VI
This comes true when Jon, her brother, beheades Janos Slynt at the Wall.

Tourney at Ashford Meadow

We've met an Hardyng knight before. It was ser Humphrey Hardying, one of the knights who partecipated in Dunk's trial of Seven at Ashford Meadow. Considering the parallels Sansa's story and the upcoming tourney in the Vale have with Ashford, Harry's tourney may be a callback to his ancestor's.

Robert's fate

Possibly a minor detail, but Robert Arryn being constantly described as weak and sick, is what leads many fans to think he'll be still alive for the endgame of ADOS, and id he's alive, Harry doesn't have much space in the story.

“And I have a tender spot in my heart for cripples and bastards and broken things.”

His name/moniker

Harry the Heir's moniker is "Young Falcon". The two other characters presented with a similar nickname, Daeron I Targaryen and Robb I Stark, never saw their 20s. The other character with a similar name, Young Griff, isn't long for the world either. So it surely brings an aura of death with it.
His House name is Hard-dying, knowing GRRM love for ironies that's enough prove for him to bite the dust in a not so hard way.

His behaviour and character

Harry's a smug, arrogant and uncaring young boy, and that's exactly the type of character that GRRM would have die a stupid death.
He insults Alayne for being a bastard, while he hastwo bastards of his own with two different women. He's also abandoned the mother of his daughter Alys, Cissy, because pregnancy made her fat.
Near the keep, she ran headlong into Ser Lothor Brune and almost knocked him off his feet. "Harry the Heir? Harry the Arse, I say. He's just some upjumped squire."
"Come," Petyr said, "walk with me." He took her by the arm and led her deeper into the vaults, past an empty dungeon. "And how was your first meeting with Harry the Heir?"
"He's horrible."
TWOW, Alayne I

Parallel to similar vale knights

Ser Hugh of the Vale (another “H” name) at the Hand’s tourney, in AGOT. He was squire to Jon Arryn and knighted prematurely by Robert Baratheon in honor of his late Hand. He is described as “arrogant as only a new-made knight can be.” He arrives at the tourney in shiny new plate and he’s sporting the Arryn colors and crescent moons on his cloak, an association he has no direct claim to as with Harry’s quartered sigil. While facing the Mountain, Ser Hugh meets his end at the tip of a lance to the throat where his gorget was loose. Sansa sees Ser Hugh’s crescent moons soak through with blood.
Sansa notes that no songs will be sung to remember young men like Ser Hugh. Throughout Asoiaf, there’s a recurring sense of wasted youth and potential caused by the pursuit of useless things, like tourneys, as noted by Cat when she meets Renly's host, describing his men as "Knights of Summer". It’s tragic and it fits well with the decadent feasting of the Vale tourney, all on the cusp of a Winter that demands austerity and following a war that, despite leaving the neautral Vale untouched, has destroyed the continent. Ser Hugh’s death almost certainly foreshadows a blood-soaked Vale, and blood will flow during the tourney.
Ser Waymar Royce, son of Bronze Yohn Royce, leads a ranging mission north of the Wall in AGOT, Prologue. He is a young and handsome knight, and he’s Sansa’s first mentioned crush in the series. He’s an arrogant, over privileged, know-it-all teenager who mocks his more experienced companions. Although he redeems his attitude in his death moment by confronting

Sansa's path

Without going too much in details, while AGOT-ACOK have been her coming up with reality books (already from Sansa II, AGOT, her perspectives change), and ASOS-AFFC her learning books (both in King's Landing and in the Vale), TWOW-ADOS will be the books where Sansa puts in practice her knowledge and ability. She'll have to get out of LF's shadow and end him.
Considering Petyr's plans have almost all gone smoothly till now, it's normal that TWOW will mark an inversion of route for him, and losing Harry in the tourney while poisoning Robert may not be ideal for the relationships with Anya Waynwood and Bronze Yohn.

TL;DR: Hints that foreshadow why Harry the Heir will meet his end during the joust of the upcoming tourney in the Vale

Thanks for reading, let me know if you think there are other clues towards or against this theory.
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2023.06.03 00:00 autotldr Supreme Court Just Lowered Protection for Wetlands Leaving Many Valuable Ecosystems at Risk

This is the best tl;dr I could make, original reduced by 85%. (I'm a bot)
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in Sackett v. EPA that federal protection of wetlands encompasses only those wetlands that directly adjoin rivers, lakes and other bodies of water.
The Supreme Court has previously recognized that the "Waters of the United States" include not only navigable rivers and lakes, but also wetlands and waterways that are connected to navigable bodies of water.
LISTEN: Supreme Court hears arguments on whether certain wetlands are protected by the EPA. Acknowledging that wetlands present a tricky line-drawing problem, Scalia proposed that the Clean Water Act should reach "Only those wetlands with a continuous surface connection to bodies that are waters of the United States in their own right."
WATCH: Supreme Court decision weakens EPA authority, scales back scope of Clean Water Act.
The court's requirement of a continuous surface connection means that federal protection may no longer apply to many areas that critically affect the water quality of U.S. rivers, lakes and oceans - including seasonal streams and wetlands that are near or intermittently connected to larger water bodies.
Congress could amend the Clean Water Act to expressly provide that "Waters of the United States" includes wetlands that the court has now stripped of federal protection.
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2023.06.02 23:59 CazOnReddit Alright, Let's Talk About the 3rd Pick & a Potential Siakam Trade With Portland

Alright, Let's Talk About the 3rd Pick & a Potential Siakam Trade With Portland
So have you heard that the Blazers are looking to shop around the 3rd pick and Anfernee Simons for a star forward? Yeah, let's finally get into this.
The Blazers lucked themselves into a rather unique position, both with the pick they got - having jumped from 5th to 3rd in the draft - and with the team who managed to get the 2nd pick being the Charlotte Hornets who are likely to draft forward Brandon Miller over G League Ignite guard Scoot Henderson, with Scoot seemingly falling to 3.
This would make Scoot the 2nd young guard the Blazers recently drafted and their 3rd under 25 guard to play next to Dame...if they weren't trying to shop the pick around.
They have a perfect opportunity to finally do a rebuild...and yet, here we are with yet another rumor about the Blazers trying to build around Dame and get him the help they've left him without for...what, 8 seasons and counting? Like the Rockets who are alleged to be interested in moving the 4th pick, I don't think the Blazers really should be trying to do a two timelines, pseudo rebuild while contending around Lillard.
I also don't think the package they can put together is as great as it's often hyped up to be. As we'll get into, a package around Anfernee and the 3rd pick plus a player or pick or two is quite decent in a vacuum but it certainly isn't good enough to get to get you that Top 10-15 player in the league who can singlehandedly win you a series - if not, a championship. It certainly isn't enough to outbid the likes of the Jazz or, more significantly, the Thunder who may opt for a splash in the offseason as their core develops into a young, hungry playoff team with some greater veteran presence around them.
I'm just going to say it: If Portland really is saying "time's up" and putting together one last effort to compete against Dame, they need to do more than get Siakam, O.G., Karl-Anthony Towns or whichever star's name pops up in rumors leading up to the draft. Not to say those players won't improve the team, but none of them - and yes i'm including Siakam - are good enough to elevate a former lottery team like the Blazers over the past 2 seasons to a Top 3 seed, let alone guarantee a championship.
A duo of Siakam and Dame, Dame and KAT, etc. can be part of one's core championship team but they need the right supporting pieces around them in order to win. To put it mildly, the not have that. Jusuf Nurkic has seen significant regression as a defender and the bench is one of the few to make the Raptors bench look like a bastion of basketball greatness. It shows on the floor and statistically, and it's a large reason why the Blazers have been one of the worst defensive teams in the league over the past, one of the worst when it comes to rebounding and in general being near the bottom of the Western Conference before they pulled the plug on their most recent season in an attempt to tank for a Top 4 pick.
If the Blazers are actually going to commit to Dame, they need to engage in a paradigm shift this offseason. Rework the starting 5, the bench and go all-in getting Loyalty McLoyal the team he should have had around him for years instead of endlessly running it back with minor tweaks to who his #2 is.
That means either getting your pick back from the Bulls and shopping the 4 firsts/3 swaps you can or removing the protections and dealing out the 3/3 you would have to improve the roster. Don't just get Siakam, KAT or whoever and set them up to fail with Damian because it's not fair to either player to put them in that situation.
Go after Buddy Hield, see if Myles Turner or Clint Capela are going to be available, or if the Wolves are desperate enough to sign and trade Naz Reid to recoup some assets after the costly Gobert trade - if not, try signing him with the full MLE. And you don't stop there! However they plan to shake up the roster in this hypothetical scenario, they need to significantly improve the center position/rotation and their bench to give Dame an actual chance of winning a ring with what few years left they have in his prime.
Also fire Chauncey Billups, he's a bottom 3 coach and the only reason I can't say he is not the worst is because I can't say the Raptors coach will be objectively worse/better without knowing who will head either team. He isn't 3rd, that's for sure.
But anyway that's the Blazers prerogative. What exactly could the Raptors see in a potential pick that, presumably, revolves around Pascal Siakam?
Since I can be a bit of a wordy writer, i'm going to add some TL;DR sections for each playepick discussed in this little piece for those that want a quick breakdown.
Note: This is not a trade proposal; this is a compilation of the assets and players who could be included in a trade for Pascal Siakam. Additionally, this is not an endorsement of trading Pascal Siakam, etc. in a deal with the Portland Trailblazers.
Anfernee Simons
The main player who's been the subject of a contentious discussion between Blazers fans and Raptors fans. Whether you think he's overrated, underrated or somewhere inbetween, it is undeniable that Anfernee Simons would have to be included in the trade at minimum.
I can't speak for the Blazers and I won't pretend to speak for all Raptors fans so let me just say this: I like Anfernee Simons. He's one of the more exciting players in the league under 25 even if he doesn't have the same ceiling as a guy like Zion or fellow player nicknamed "Ant" Anthony Edwards.
A borderline All-Star guard with a combination of shooting prowess and explosiveness, he had a breakout season in 2021/22 when Dame went down due to an injury and thus became the Blazers lead point guard in his absence. He's a genuine 3-level scorer who can splash from outside, pressure the rim for a high-flying dunk and he's effective in the midrange too. If nothing else, it cannot be overstated how nice it would be for this team to have another player who's a reliable, 38.7% from 3 volume shooter on a roster so thoroughly lacking in outside shooting
And before you say it, yes, Anfernee Simons is a point guard. This isn't a case like CJ where his skillset is that of a 2 who can do some playmaking but shouldn't run your offense, Simons does have some issues with dribbling the air out of the ball before making a pass, but he is a point guard. He isn't a typical point, operating more as a shoot-first point like Lillard, but he's still capable of cracking out a notable number of assists while getting buckets; he dished out 6 dimes a game with nearly 28 points in the games he's played without Dame as the lead point.
All 11 of them last year.
Yeah, you might have seen some posts or stats online of what Simons has done without Damian Lillard; in his breakout season of 2021/22, the Anferno was putting up a similar number of assists and cracked 20 points per game, albeit over a more significant sample size of 30 games. And in 2022/23, Anfernee Simons put up 27.9/2.9/5.7 (2.4 turnovers so an AST/TO of 2.38:1 which is solid) while shooting a staggering 41% from 3 on 11 3s.
Those numbers are impressive in a vacuum; his true shooting of 62% is especially notable. However, they require some context and should be taken with an enormous grain of salt.
For one, it's a very small sample size over a lengthy period of the season where teams haven't had to plan for Simons to be the main guard to focus their defense on. He's still the 2nd option so it's not like there's no film watching or the like, but if Anfernee Simons permanently becomes the lead point guard of a team, opposing teams will gameplan around him and his weaknesses more significantly than the very few times where he's asked to be the lead ballhandler in Dame's absence.
His 2021/22 stats, while still a limited overall sample size, do suggest he'll be able to dish out a similar number of dimes as the lead guard (Dame had been ruled out due to injury during the season so teams did have to gameplan around the Ant for a large portion of the season instead of a handful of games scattered throughout the season) and he still has room to grow as a playmaker but once again, it was only a sample size of 30 games so it is hard to draw much out from the games he played.
Speaking of drawing conclusions from said sample size: Yes the Blazers went 4-7 within that 11 game sample size - and bear in mind this sample included games where the Blazers were still trying to contend while facing a variety of teams i.e. not every team was a playoff or contender. That isn't great, however, Ant was generally not the main reason they lost since the 2022/23 Blazers as a whole were pretty terrible all year, even before they blatantly tanked. The same is also true of his breakout year when the Blazers lost Lillard due to injury, they just weren't a good team.
If there is a point of contention around Simons that one can draw from his past 2 seasons, it's his defense's bad.
It's really bad.
He's improved this season on that end to the point where i'd say he's a better defender than Dame - even if his overall defensive rating doesn't support this, the eye test does - but that's like saying Spencer Dinwiddie is a better defender than Trae Young. While Chauncey Billups hasn't been doing either one of Portland's guard any favors, it doesn't change the fact that being better than one of the worst defenders in the league is not an accomplishment to be proud of. All coaching issues aside, Simons is still a notable negative on that end of the floor. He has a propensity for losing his man via ball watching, he's not great at closing out on the perimeter and he's not a lane disruptor by any means. It's not impossible for him to improve as a defender - he's 6'3 with a 6'9 wingspan and much of his defensive weaknesses come from a lack of discipline - but as of right now when his shots aren't falling he's a major liability on the court and his flaws on defense were not well hidden when paired next to another notably poor defender in Dame.
There are a couple of other habits that Simons needs to address - he could stand to be less trigger happy as a scorer and work more on his playmaking given all the promise he's shown in that area - but that's the main issue with Simons. He's a very skilled guard with a similar approach to the game as Dame on both ends of the floor. And we all know Dame isn't locking down the opposing team's point.
Does Anfernee Simons seem like he'll become a guard on the level of Dame? No but that's a ridiculously high bar to hold him to, especially with the limited opportunities he had and will continue to have when he's behind Dame in the guard pecking order. Anfernee is a good player who often shows glimmers of true greatness on offense but whose defense (or lack thereof) is going to require very careful teambuilding to limit exploiting said defense in the playoffs. Perhaps he'll need to be the full-time point to fully achieve his potential as a playmaker but while he doesn't scream All-NBA caliber, he's someone you can easily see eking out a couple of All-Star nods at his peak and is, at worst, a staring-caliber guard. As for whether he can be the lead of a championship contender...we'll get to that when we talk about the pick he'd come with.
TL;DR - Anfernee Simons is an intriguing young player with upside as an explosive, shoot-first PG but one whose poor defense does mean the team's starting lineup/bench has to be built around carefully to account for his current (and likely ongoing throughout his career) weaknesses.
3rd Pick
It's whomever is left from Scoot Henderson or Brandon Miller. Maybe you trade down to 4 for some more assets if you're a believer in Amen Thompson, maybe you take Amen if you think he's the best player available and the Rockets won't negotiate for Scoot/Miller but yeah, it's one of those three via the 3rd overall pick.
Before we get into the players, I do want to briefly mention that I actually did a post a while ago on a different sub going over trades involving the 3rd pick and to put it bluntly: The 3rd pick has good value but it doesn't have as much value on its own and trades involving the 3rd pick for an All-Star or even All-NBA caliber player are very rare.
The closest trade to what the Blazers would want in return was in 2000 where the Atlanta Hawks traded the 3rd overall pick to the Vancouver Grizzlies along with Brevin Knight and Lorenzen Wright for Shareef Abdur-Rahim and the 27th overall pick. That 3rd pick turned out to be future HoFer Pau Gasol but no one knew he'd become that at the time. As for what the Grizzlies gave up for the pick, Shareef Abdur-Rahim was not a perennial All-Star nor was he an All-NBA level player. He was a solid player that became an All-Star in his debut season for the Hawks...and that was his only All-Star appearance.
With that in mind, it is a bit wild that it's so commonly suggested that Simons and the 3rd pick alone should be enough to acquire an All-NBA talent like Siakam, especially with how much inflation we've seen in trades for players of that caliber of late or even players who are a step below. Concerns about his contract expiring lowering his value are baffling, as if a team's front office wouldn't talk to him about an extension before making such a trade. Moreover, it's not like the Raptors need to deal him out when they can simply re-sign him in 2024.
Now this year, when Scoot Henderson or Brandon Miller could be up for grabs, the 3rd pick has a lot more value given how highly praised those players are, so let's put aside the debate on what is fair for Siakam for a moment and talk about the presumed 3rd overall pick, Scoot Henderson.
The 2nd best player in a draft class containing the best prospect since LeBron James. He's projected to go 3rd because Charlotte is allegedly interested in taking Brandon Miller at 2nd but we'll touch on that later. For now, let's talk Scoot:
  • Henderson is a freakish athlete and a terrific floor general; he racked up an average of 6 assists a night on an AST:TO ratio of 1.94:1 and is a strong option on offense due to his abilities as a slasher
  • His usage as the G-League Ignite's offense, be it ball screens or handoffs, displayed his ability to break down a team's defense
    • To delve deeper into his production as an offensive guard, his percentage rate of ball screens (43.7%) is only matched or surpassed by 7 players across the entire NBA. 7!
  • Despite the athleticism, Scoot is generally good at controlling the ball and not turning it over due to careless mistakes driving to the basket
  • For a guard, he's a pretty solid rebounder and, if nothing else, he puts in the effort on defense even if he's not necessarily someone who screams "Future DPoY"
  • Intangibles are hard to really quantify but Scoot is the definition of someone who "has that dog in him" and he's someone you trust down the stretch to make the right move
  • He puts in effort on defense but he's only 6'2 with a 6'9 wingspan and, well he's no Kyle Lowry when it comes to taking charges or the like
  • His shooting is...a work-in-progress; he tends to default to long 2s which he isn't great at making (38% overall), his free throw percentage is only 75% and his 3-point shooting is a measly 31% off the dribble
Needless to say, there's a lot to like about Scoot; if Victor wasn't in this draft, he'd easily go #1 overall. He's often compared to Derrick Rose or even Russell Westbrook as this uber explosive guard who can seriously pressure the rim while generating solid passes for his teammates which is a good comparison though one obviously hope his outside shooting pans out more like Curry or Trae than Russ or Rose.
Losing Siakam would obviously hurt the team in the short term but as far as what Scoot brings, there is a lot of upside to him that would raise the ceiling of the team in the long run. His ability to get to the rim, combined with his athleticism would make him the perfect guard for a team that thrives in transition like the Raptors. He would also have chemistry with another player the Raptors have been rumored to be interested in/may take at 13 in Leonard Miller as they played on the same team but we'll talk about the 13th pick's potential prospects another time.
For now, let's go over one of the problems with trading for Scoot Henderson if he is still on the board, besides the obvious hypothetical of "he might never become a player as good as the one you're giving up" or "what do you do with Fred when you brought in Scoot and Simons" because what you're really asking is this: Is a backcourt of Scoot/Simons the team's guard duo of the future?
This brings me to my big problem with a “trade for Simons + 3” trade if the 3rd pick does end up being Scoot: A backcourt of two undersized guards, one of whom is unproven against NBA competition on defense and the other of whom has been one of the worst guard defenders in the league is not a duo of guards you can build a contender around in the long-term unless both of them become significantly improved defenders. Or at the very least, it's a duo that has historically not led to notable championship contention.
Blazers fans would know this well given their team has only had one year where they weren’t the in the NBA’s basement as far as defensive ratings go, be it with CJ or Anfernee as Lillard’s sidekick; the furthest they ever got with either was the Western Conference Finals and the best their defense has even been was 10th. Every other season, the Trailblazers defense has been amongst the worst in the NBA. Part of those Blazers teams' failures can be attributed to bad coaching, but a more significant portion of the blame be laid at the feet of Dame being a bad defender and undersized who has been paired with bad, undersized guards throughout much of his career.
You can get away with one bad defender or a starter who’s undersized for their position on a championship-caliber team which, if you’re rebuilding by trading away Siakam, that is what you’re hoping to take a step back for. As an example, Dirk Nowitzki wasn’t known for being a lockdown defender and yet the Mavericks won their first and only championship to date with Dirk as the weak link on defense. He was also a phenomenal offensive talent whose weaknesses on defense were mitigated by how much momentum he was able to generate for his team but I digress.
You can get away with running several smaller players for a limited time to force mismatches on offense with the right lineup. The Warriors dynasty comes to mind, where Golden State would close games using their “Death Lineup”. However, that lineup revolved around 4 Hall of Famers (Klay, Dray, Steph, Igoudala) where Steph is the lineup’s weakest link on defense, and this is before we acknowledge that they were able to include yet another HoFer in Kevin Durant to replace Harrison Barnes in a different incarnation of the Death Lineup from 2017 onward.
For that matter, it's not wholly impossible to win a championship with a duo of small guards - the Pistons repeated in the 89/90-90/91 with 6'3 Joe Dumars and 6'1 Isiah Thomas and the Bad Boy Pistons were contenders throughout the 90s - but it is damn near impossible if your lead guards are bad defenders. Whatever can be said about Thomas' various off-court controversies, notably with him being found liable for sexual misconduct during his stint heading a woman's basketball team a la the New York Liberty, he was a phenomenal defender, as was Dumars.
Hell, the Raptors won in 2019 while having Fred VanVleet and Kyle Lowry share the floor a fair amount of time in the Finals though it is once again worth noting that both were terrific defenders at the time. Even if one wouldn't call their efforts All-Defense caliber, they were both positives on that end of the floor.
Historically speaking, you cannot be a championship-caliber team with two of your starters being undersized negatives on the defensive end barring them being surrounded by generational defenders or said starters being generational offensive players who can make up for how many points you’re giving up on the other end of the floor.
Simons is a gifted scorer with good playmaking but is a truly sorry defender. Scoot Henderson is a talented passer but is undersized for the position and how he fares defensively with teams hunting him as the smallest player on the court will remain to be seen. But with neither of them likely to be a Dumars/Thomas-level defender and the offensive capabilities for one of them being the main question mark as to how good a player they could become, having both of them as the foundation to your team's backcourt seems to cement the duo's future as a non-contending entity.
Let's put this into perspective with some statistics: Of the past 40 years, the only championship to ever be won by a team with what could be considered a bad regular season defensive rating was the 2000/01 Lakers. That team had two generational talents in Shaq and Kobe, and that season is itself an outlier when compared to the rest of the Shaq/Kobe Lakers era that it shouldn't even count. All other championship teams were at least 12th or higher for their season with most championship teams being in the Top 5 in defensive rating.
By the by, in case you're wondering: That team who had 12th in defensive rating was the 1995 Rockets led by the generational talent in Hakeem Olajuwon and said rating had a lot to do with untimely injuries to the 95 Rockets core. That team they still managed to have the 7th best offensive rating in the league despite Drexler's absence for much of the season is a testament to Future Raptors Retiree Hakeem's skills as the best big man of the late 80s, early-to-mid 90s. Are we noticing a pattern here?
Even if we ignore the question about what to do with Fred, the question of what the Raptors backcourt looks like is far more pertinent if it is going to involve some combination of Scoot Henderson and Anfernee Simons with, presumably, Gary Trent Jr. and another guard coming off the bench for relief. Is a backcourt of Anfernee Simons and Scoot going to turn this team into a Top 3-6 offense for the season without plummeting this team's defense off of a cliff? And if you don't think so, when do you move one of them to open up the 1 or the 2 for another player?
This is a question the team will likely have to answer once they've seen how Simons and Scoot fit togethefit with the rest of the roster; I don't see a 3-team draft day deal where Simons or the 3rd pick are moved elsewhere barring that aforementioned moving down to 4th and I don't see this team without Siakam/with Scoot and Simons being a serious contender for several years even if they do pan out. But it is a question that has me concerned in regards to how this team will function when it's developing a dynamic duo of players who will be picked apart in the playoffs barring one of them turning into a terrific defender.
Whatever else one can say about Point Scottie or even Scottie Barnes when he was crammed into the starting Shooting Guard position for much of the year, it is hard to argue that having either Scottie or Trent & Simons/Scoot as your backcourt makes way more sense defensively even if having both Scottie and Scoot complicates matters on the offensive end since neither are great shooters and Trent's defense is a touch overrated at time due to is propensity to gamble for steals.
All this being said, it's not out of the realm of possibility that Henderson becomes an All-Defense-caliber player or for Simons to a climb out from the deep hole he's dug for himself as one of the worst defenders in the league, and Scoot is still a phenomenal talent. These concerns should be noted, but they shouldn't serve to deter from selecting him 3rd if such a trade were to go down. As a prospect, there's very few players in this draft class who could serve to singlehandedly raise the floor and the ceiling of this team in the long run.
Speaking of other players, however, it should be acknowledged that Scoot isn't the only potentially available player at 3; while all accounts suggest the Hornets prefer Brandon Miller at 3, Scoot is the best player available at 2 and there's no guarantee the Hornets draft for fit. So here's a quick rundown of Miller and a player the Blazers have recently worked out, Amen Thompson:
  • Brandon Miller is a 6'9 forward (boo, we have enough of those!) who can shoot (yay, we need more of that!) and has some notable playmaking upside even if his decision-making can be questionable at times. He's a player you could see as either a #1 or a high level #2 option on a championship team though he's not the most switchable guy on defense and you have the usual rookie concerns i.e. "he needs to get the NBA body to thrive". He's gotten a lot of comparisons to Paul George but i'd say his playmaking is further ahead from what PG13 was as a prospect.
  • Amen Thompson is someone I talked about in the trade for the 4th pick & he's a very interesting player. A high ceiling, low floor player with unreal athleticism, a 6'7 lead guard who's arguably the best passer in the draft class but has serious questions about the competition he's faced in OverTime Elite/his shooting being as bad as it was. Think Ja Morant but with defense and, again, at 6'7 with a much longer wingspan.
I feel like the trade makes more sense if the Raptors were to go for Amen or Miller but we won't know who the Hornets will chose on draft night until the day of & ideally you'd trade down for 4th to get Thompson plus assets if you're sold on Amen. Plus like I said, it is possible that Scoot does become a good or even great defender so one might not have to worry about choosing between him and Ant down the line.
TL;DR - Scoot is an amazing prospect but his pairing with Simons could be a major problem in the future if both don't improve defensively. Ironically, the 3rd pick becomes simultaneously more valuable for other teams/less valuable for the Raptors if it's Scoot and vice-versa if it's Miller due to those concerns. Thompson is a wildcard at 3 depending on who has the pick/how willing the Rockets are to trade up to 3rd.
Nassir Little
Portland is reluctant to deal out Sharpe. We can debate on whether or not it's fair value for an All-NBA caliber player like Siakam, how much his contract being expiring should affect a deal (we'll ignore the fact that he can be extended by Portland and that any front office making a trade like this should be doing their due diligence by speaking to Pascal Siakam beforehand) or how good Sharpe actually was as a rookie overall instead of solely focusing on that stretch where the Blazers let him do whatever because they were tanking but regardless, the Blazers seem intent on keeping him. Fair enough, Masai is likely aiming for more than Anfernee and 3 - especially for the reasons listed above if it is Scoot Henderson - but Sharpe is likely a hard sell for the front office even if they are going all-in i.e. they want to keep at least one young guy on the roster for the long-term.
That being said, there's still the matter of salary matching, and that's where one of Nassir Little or Sharpe has to come in (They're not going to move Nurkic in the deal for Siakam unless they have something lined up for their center situation i.e. tampering for Naz Reid); the only way for the Blazers to neatly absorb Siakam into their cap with just Simons is by renouncing their rights to Jerami Grant and they need to re-sign him/move him to the 3 (Grant is a really bad rebounder for a PF; the man is a career 4 RPG) if they are serious about competing with Dame.
So...yeah, Nassir Little. Little is what people think O.G. is: A good defender who is often injured, Little is a solid 3 & D wing who, unlike Anunoby, has never played more than 55 games for a given season. Granted, 2019/20 and 2020/21 were shorted to 72 seasons but regardless, injuries have hampered the 23 year-old in the same way that Otto Porter Jr.'s potential was sapped due to a career-long battle with injuries. Still, when considering his age and production, his newest contract ($28M/4 years) is amazing value when he's healthy.
But much like Otto (who I think technically could be sent in such a deal due to the rules around incoming/outgoing salaries), the question of when he's available is a common one. Little is a good young player but one whom you shouldn't get your hopes up about changing the team's direction.
TL;DR - A little salary (sorry) is needed for the deal to happen on draft night & Nassir would be a decent choice for forward depth off the bench. One will have to carefully factor in injury concerns when evaluating the team's depth.
Keon Johnson
So like I said, Sharpe is likely to be ruled out. I debated if I should cover him at all but i'm honestly not sold on Shaedon as a prospect and we've already met the quota for rants with the "Simons/Scoot frontcourt will be exploited" talks. That said, I don't think the Raptors would settle for just Simons and the 3rd pick or the 3rd pick plus assets from a 3rd team were Anfernee moved due to the aforementioned backcourt issues with Simons and Scoot. For now we have Keon Johnson.
Fun fact: When the Raptors were expected to draft 7th in the 2021 draft, Johnson was a common player mocked for the 7th pick.
He wound up going in the 20 to the Clippers (via the Knicks in a trade) who eventually fleeced the Blazers in a deal including him for Norman Powell.
Keon Johnson...hasn't really done a whole lot thus far. He was noted for having an impressive vertical of 48" at the 2021 combine which broke a previous record, he's a terrific athlete and he's about the same age as Scottie so he lines up with a rebuild or retool around Barnes...
...and that's where the positives end. Like I said, Keon hasn't demonstrated all that much on either team he's been on. For a guard, he's not a great ball handler, he isn't a good shooter, he's got decent size and the speed to be a good defender from 1-3 but his potential on that end does not All-Defense caliber. He'd be a throw-in that you'd hope can develop over time, likely spending a lot of time in the G-League because as of right now, he isn't going to be a significant contributor on either end.
TL;DR - Keon is on a rookie deal so you'd be taking a flier on him/betting on your development bringing out the best in him if he were included.
Other pick(s): As far as immediate draft capital goes, the Blazers have the 23rd pick in this draft, which is around the range where players the Raptors have been rumored to be interested in/interviewed (Bilal Couliby, GG Jackson) would likely be available. There's been some speculation that the Blazers could send this pick to the Bulls so they can get their owed pick back from Chicago but nothing concrete has come out regarding whether the Bulls would settle for that vs. hoping the Blazers make the 1st round and lose so they can get a pick in the 16-20 range.
That said, the future pick owed to the Bulls is where things get tricky if the Raptors did want a future 1st: The Blazers pick is protected until 2028. It is technically possible for them to offer a swap in 2029 but without the protections being removed on the Bulls-bound 2024 1st (The 2029 pick cannot be moved due to the Stepien Rule), any future draft capital would need to come in the form of the 2023 trade deadline's currency of choice: Second round picks.
Some of the notable 2nds include:
  • A 2024 2nd that could come from the Hornets or Wolves
  • A 2028 Warriors 2nd
  • This year's second via the Hawks which is 45th
  • The Blazers own 2nd in 2028
Not that these are a good substitute for a first-rounder but with the Blazers draft capital being restricted and the CBA's changes to 2nd round contracts, it's better than no future firsts if the 2023 Knicks pick is considered a bridge too far.
TL;DR - There is some interesting draft capital here beyond their own 1sts, especially if the 23rd pick is available in a deep draft like this, but ideally one would want a future 1st from the Blazers rather than a handful of 2nds given Dame's limited window.
I was originally going to talk about the 4th overall pick but this got a bit lengthy so I made that into a separate post. As far as the 3rd pick package, in some ways it's better than one surrounding the 4th pick because Simons is a flatout better player than any one the Rockets would send back but it's also worse when you factor in Simons or Scoot's respective ceilings vs some of the potential prospects that could come in a 4th pick package?
You're getting significant depth at the guard position if it is Scoot/Simons but there's a huge question mark as to how good the defense will hold up with two undersized guards, one of whom is a bad defender, will hold up in the playoffs.
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2023.06.02 23:59 Seamatre How to tell my boss (company owner) that it’s ok to let small bs work go and that chasing it is costing him more than it’s making him

I work for a very small company (>10 employees) and 99% of the time my boss is great to me. Genuinely cannot complain. But lately he’s been kinda riding me about bending over backwards to chase down bs scraps of work, even when it’s not only not profitable but even at a loss.
I’m very aware of the concept of taking small losses to maintain business relationships and have had no problem doing that in the past but today he kinda got on me for not going WAY out of my way to do a favor for a client who regularly treats me like shit despite the fact I’ve done numerous favors for him in the past, on top of demanding some amount of free labor every time I deal with him. Doing this favor for him would do absolutely nothing to improve our relationship and simply be treated as if it was expected that I do this for him. So I told him no and that I would take care of it when I see him Tuesday.
Boss man is acting like he’s worried that we may lose the account (which would be absolutely insane considering the amount of work we do for them and the constant freebies we throw them). Even if we did, we’re always turning down new potential clients because we’re simply too busy, so replacing them would simply be a matter of answering the phone.
I’ve been with the company for a few years now and I tend to operate on more of an 80/20 rule (here being 80% of my profits being straightforward work and 20% being pain in the ass bs) while he’s more of a “every dollar not chased down is a dollar lost” rule. Up until recently our dynamic has been fine but lately I’m feeling more pressure to work by his model. If he wants to spend the majority of his day chasing scraps that’s fine but I will 100% burn out and have very very little to show for it if I do that. How do I get my boss to understand I’m not trying to spend a majority of my day earning the minority of my money without coming across as just lazy?
Edit: probably should mention that I’m paid a straight percentage commission not hourly, so when I do this unprofitable work it’s not like I’m being compensated hourly for it or anything
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2023.06.02 23:59 ZookeepergameOld3215 nerf this asap

nerf the fcking toxic pea in pvzgw1 , i’m tired of being on a streak and i die from across the map to a toxic pea who’s splash damage is so fcking OP he doesn’t have to hit me at all or near me for that matter cuz somehow his peas still manage to damage me.
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2023.06.02 23:58 Iotaqc Comment amener les recruteurs sur mon profile LinkedIn?

Bonjour 👋🏻 J’essaye de me trouver un emploi en programmation web, ou programmation Windows (C++/C#) mais indeed c’est vraiment pas top après 1 mois d’utilisation j’ai pas eu aucun retour. Mon CV est simple, esthétique et efficace mais je ne trouve pas de postes étant remote avec mes qualifications.
J’ai environs 3-4 ans d’expérience dans le domaine donc je ne sais plus vraiment ou me situer.
J’ai entendu des gens qui recevais plein d’offres des recruteurs sur LinkedIn mais moi de mon côté nada.
Quels sont vos conseils?
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2023.06.02 23:58 Drakolf TftM- Murder Planets:

Murder Planets were a logistical nightmare, and were heavily regulated. It didn't matter if you were some entrepreneur wanting to adapt an ancient bloodsport for the modern era or a psychopath willing to risk life and limb to kill another person, you had to go through customs before you were allowed to be set free on the planet without repercussion.
Many members of the more carnivorous species attempted to play dumb when it came to visitation, trying to ignore that stadium seating was legally considered a 'safe zone', or that specific embassy locations were meant to be a safe place for prey to escape to.
There was no thrill of the hunt if victory was assured, after all.
Humanity was the most vocal against the concept, citing it as just 'Purging', though most species didn't get the reference, and those who did countered that, yes, that was basically what it was, so why are they complaining?
Even the herbivores agreed with the rest of the galaxy, some were adrenaline junkies looking for the ultimate high, pain and the chance of death only made things better, those who survived often befriended the person who just moments before tried to kill and eat them. Some Humans even joined in on the fun, usually as the predator, one that was horrifically efficient even to the eyes of the rest of the galaxy.
Rarely was it when a Human was prey.
Grahim was not allowed on the hunt, David had expressly forbidden him from attending, stating he didn't want him getting hurt, not when he couldn't guarantee his survival, not like on Caniti Grau.
They had met a trio of Canicians on the planet, in a hunting lodge, Grahim wanted to go to boast about his kills and wrestle with the other hunters without worrying too much about accidentally killing his companion.
David wasn't concerned with being the only Human in the hunting lodge, being a doctor, he had more than his fair share of belligerent Canician patients who didn't realize he was their final straw, that he was the only one willing to work with them, and if they managed to piss him off, their next serious injury would likely be their last.
The jokes cast at his expense were quickly cut off by Grahim's warning growl, the big old fluffy murderball was highly protective, he didn't care about his reputation, as long as his companion remained unmolested. It was that trio that pressed on in spite of his warnings.
"Look, the little hunter wants to protect his pet!" The first one chided.
"Stop playing with your food, pup! This lodge is for proud Caniti, not pretenders!" The second one barked.
The third was the one that approached David, licking his chops and very intent on eating David. "I'll eat it if you won't."
"Harm one hair on my companion, and I'll tear your intestines our of your anus!" Grahim had threatened.
Three against one isn't favorable odds, the trio rounded on Grahim and attacked, it took the rest of the lodge to pull them off, Grahim was still standing, if severely wounded. David patched him up, the trio mocked him for having a medic.
"If you touch my companion again, I will ensure you learn why you should fear medics." David stated. The trio never backed down from a challenge, which is why Grahim paced nervously as his companion was flown down to the deathworld, alone.
Only proud Caniti were worthy of Caniti things, that was the raison d'etre the trio of Caniti supremacists. They had mocked Grahim as he demanded to be at his companion's side, only to be gently rebuffed and forbidden to follow.
"You would be angry with me if I interfered with your own hunt, Grrhaf, just trust me on this."
The rules were simple: The Human would choose a spot on the planet to land, the Caniti would land a short distance away, and they would start tracking the Human. The Human would not be required to kill, to abide by his Hippocratic oath- which the trio disparaged as a coward's oath- and the hunt would end when one side was either incapacitated, or dead.
Naturally, the event was televised. The trio wanted to use it as a launching point for their racist and hateful rhetoric, David simply used what little air time was dedicated to him to simply smile and say he looked forward to winning.
Grahim paced nonetheless, eyes glued on the holoscreen that depicted what was surely his companion's last moments in the galaxy.
The showrunners only gave David a single camera, mostly to give the viewers the vicarious sense of chasing down prey. When David stayed at his landing site, picking up sticks and cutting them, the view was automatically shrunk to give more space for the trio, who were just beginning their descent.
"You look worried." Grahim looked at the Human who had approached him. "Never thought I'd see a Canician worried for the prey."
"The prey is my companion." Grahim replied. "He refused to allow me to accompany him."
The Human nodded. "He probably didn't want you getting caught on the traps." Grahim looked at the Human, who looked... ecstatic. He knew no Human would enjoy watching their own being brutally mauled to death unless if was clearly a horror movie.
The Trio landed, they headed for David's landing spot. The room was silent, most wondering how the hunters would react to their prey sitting in the open, few had paid attention to what he was doing.
"Look!" One of the trio barked. "The prey wants to be devoured!" The trio rushed forward, and then there was the sound of a snap as all three were caught in a grass net. David didn't move, he simply observed as the Caniti cut themselves out of the net. They collided with the ground, which them broke away underneath them, leading into a pit.
The room was silent, shocked. The trio were scrambling at the sides, the loosened dirt giving no purchase as they struggled to climb out of the pit. David faced the camera. "They're still in a fighting mood, I'll wait to see if they can actually get out." The words were cold, chilling even to Grahim.
The Human beside him simply laughed. "When you know how your prey is going to act, you don't need to do anything special. A net, pulling you over a pit, on top of some other basic hunting traps." The Human's grin sent a chill down Grahim's spine. "Even if those poor pups get out, the hunt's only just begun."
Eventually, the trio put their heads together and made a Canician ladder, allowing one of them to get out and pull another out. They didn't have enough to get their third out, not that it mattered, they still had a clear line of sight on their prey.
The snap of bone as one of the hunter's legs slipped into a hole, their forward momentum putting too much stress on it, pierced the silence of the room.
"Your Human oath is to not harm!" The remaining hunter barked.
"Just like the Geneva Convention only really applies to those who sign it, the Hippocratic Oath only applies when the medic isn't going to be killed." David stated. "I won't kill you, but I'll sure as hell make you wish I did."
The Canician slowly approached David, ignoring the pained whimpers of his incapacitated ally and the demands to know what was going on by the other. It became clear there were no more traps, the Canician charged at David and tackled him. David stepped out of the overgrowth behind the dummy, naked as the day he was born, a syringe in his hand, one that he expertly poked into the Canician's body.
"I've just injected you with a Class B paralytic, in one hour, every muscle in your body will grow still. you already feel your limbs stiffening, don't you?" The Canician struggled to push himself up. "I will see you three in the medical bay, we're done here..."
There was, of course, an uproar, mostly Humans cheering, some were Canicians who declared it an unfair fight- which Grahim was quick to point out that three against one was inherently unfair, and not even the mark of a good hunter when there was only one prey.
The next time Grahim saw his companion, it was in the medical bay, having treated the trio for the injuries they sustained, and putting the third on life support until the paralytic ran its course. The other doctors gave him a small berth, they didn't approve of his actions, or his words, but they understood the circumstances required a certain degree of ruthlessness.
Grahim picked up his companion, hugged him with an appropriate level of strength, and poked his cheek with the tip of his snout in a 'kiss'.
"Let's go home, Grahim, we still have two days of vacation time, and I just want a nap."
"Of course." Grahim replied. He was so proud of his Human.
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2023.06.02 23:58 bakariwolf Saga of the Professional DM! Part 4 The end.

The week went by and everyone kind of just forgot the last session until we all met outside the game shop and saw Barbarian and Druid waiting for us. Seems the weight of the last session had just come crashing back down on them and they were debating on going in at all. Bard and Paladin were already there chatting it up with DM and seeming to have fun. A little talking and we all decided to see where this lead.
Of course as we traveled DM insisted that we roleplay our actions to the extreme as if she wanted a reward for what she did last time. None of us really were in the mood and each explained in their own diplomatic way that we would like to skip to the next town. However Paladin was all up for roleplay. After all we had gotten to explain our backstory so he should get a turn. We agreed thinking it wouldn't take long for him to get on the same page as the rest of us.
Two hours later I have pulled out my laptop to work on some writing, and everyone else is looking at their phones or books while Paladin is still talking. He apparently loves the intense roleplay of describing in great detail all his actions with a hammy over the top way of speaking. His backstory is a line of adventures stolen from his favorite video games. Defeating evil Barron Von Bowser to save Princess Peaches, taking the head of the arch wizard Gannon to lift the curse on a sleeping princess, slaying the evil dragon of the north known as Seath the scalesess to save a blind holy woman, and riding off into the sunset on an axe beak with a young maiden after beating an evil lord named Sephiroth. Just to name a few. This kept on to the point I wanted to remind him he was level two but DM was loving it and on the edge of her seat.
Our saving grace was Bard who spoke up and said that we would break for camp. The next town was two nights away so might as well get one night behind us. Again we got a random encounter roll and again "Oh my this never happens you are all just so lucky, no encounter isn't that great?" The rest of us are angry but we remain diplomatic. Asking, pleading that we have an encounter so we can level up. Everyone wanted to fight the dragons and we needed levels but nope. She had played for FIFTEEN YEARS and THIS WAS THE RULES.
Another hour of stolen game cut scenes from Paladin and we made camp once more. Once again lucky us, no encounter. We begged offering to even roleplay with the enemies having banter and what not. No dice, it was the rules after all and you can't bend the rules... A bit more and we make it to town. At this point we hush Paladin, everyone is ravenous. We are rolling social skills, stopping people, asking questions, anything to get us our next job in hopes that we can level up, anything to further the story. Forget being nice, we were the rudest people you had ever met grabbing any NPC the DM said existed and ganging up on them venomously shouting. "What problems do you have in town?! Anything we don't care even if it's minor. Tell us, we'll even kill rats, got a goblin problem? Kobolds? Seen an undead? Do you just not like someone? GIVE US ANYTHING!"
Barbarian was so desperate he even asked the DM if starting a fight would be survivable and get us XP. She explained that everyone in the entire fishing city was either our level or lower and harming them wouldn't give us any XP what so ever. She went on to say that we didn't find any job hirings, the only thing people were talking about was how the fishing had dried up.
The moment we heard that Wizard, Cleric, and I in unison turned and said "DRUID! You're up. lets get you to the docks." We rushed everyone to the docks, and wanted to hire a ship. The only ship available was a war ship that was docked for resupply. We talked to the captain and paid him nearly every bit of gold we had to rent his ship. So we were out on the ocean and the druid was doing his thing in a small boat while we waited. Calling forth some fish and using a ritual speak with animals to get the information. All of us were very proud of Druid, he came back and we had the answer. Seems some creature had entered into the bay, druid pointed to a sunken single man sailing ship that we could see the mast sticking ten feet out of the water. So fairly shallow water, this is important.
Whatever had scared the fish was there. We sailed over to it and DM goes into her description. Talking about from the ship comes a massive shadow that dwarfs the ship we are on, so large it makes it look like a bath toy. The shadow swims under the ship and it takes half a minute before it is past. As it moves large tentacles are seen breaking the surface of the water.
Druid rolled nature and all of us aided him. He got a fairly high roll and DM informed us that we had just seen a Kraken. I was dumbfounded, how the heck was a Kraken living in a small sail boat when it dwarfed a war ship, and how the heck was it in this shallow of water!? So I asked "We know what it is can I look up the information?" She said ok and I asked what one she was using 3.5 or 5e it was the 5e one so I turned to it and pointed asking "You mean this?" She confirmed the CR 23 monster as the one we had just seen.
Barbarian who only looked at the picture. "Awesome!" Druid "Bet we can take that." Wizard "no we can't. It's CR 23." Barbarian "Cap!" Druid "Does this mean we have to run away again?" DM All smiles "Yep now you have an important second goal! You're so lucky."
Now I will say here I know I am in the wrong for what I did. It is always important to have good communication and talk things out, however we had tried that, I was frustrated, and I wasn't thinking straight. So I became that guy.
DM " When when you run away you have a couple of options you can go to..." Me "Nope we aren't running away. We're gunna fight it." DM "What? You can't." Me "Sure we can, it's here, we're here, we're going to fight it I know everything about them you said so lets see what we can do. Captain how many guns on this ship? Do you have harpoons big ones? How about gun powder you have cannons so how much you got?" Barbarian "So we're fighting it?" Me "Yep we're fighting it! Bring it on you big squid we're having calamari tonight!" Druid "So we can beat it?" Me "Heck no! It's impossible. That thing gets three attacks a turn can hit us on a 2, and will kill us in one hit. Barbarian might survive three hits if he's really lucky and raging. We have no chance." Druid "So why are we fighting it?" Wizard who had just looked up the stats. "Because we're fighting it!" Cleric "Bring it slimy!"
It was amazing, a moment of depression turned to a slight moment of confusion and then everyone was on board even Paladin who didn't get what was going on. Everyone was suddenly excited. Barbarian looked for the harpoons, took three of them and said he was rolling strength to bend them, didn't even wait for the DM to say if he could just rolled and explained how he was making a giant fish hook as his weapon of choice. Taking out rations and spearing them on as bait. Druid Rushed down asking how many barrels of gun powder he could find. Cleric was talking to the crew asking for anything that burned, wood, lamp oil, explosives of any kind. I went about telling everyone this was our ship and we were headed back to town why settle for what the ship had, we were going to raid the town for supplies. Druid pointed out we spent all our gold and I told him. "We are doing this for the good of the kingdom, we'll steal what we need and pay them back later. Lets get this thing!"
DM tried to gain control of her game back as we were going at a pace she couldn't handle, she said the captain was demanding we leave his ship alone and since it was the only ship he was sailing away and leaving us in the city, we couldn't have his ship.
The party was invested now though. Everyone was excited and having more fun then we had since the start. We reminded her that she stated no one was over our level so we would fight the captain and take his ship if we had to. Threatening him that if he didn't get off and leave the ship he would be dead. She relented and had the captain and crew leave. Cleric and I agreed we'd stay to guard the ship and get things ready on it while the party went to gather more things to kill the Kraken. People were looking at skills, abilities, and items. Looking through the book for anything that could help us and asking the DM if the city had it. Shop after shop the blood thirsty adventurers went demanding goods to fight off the threat. Never really telling the people why we needed it or what it was for but insisting there was a danger that would destroy the city, maybe the kingdom if they didn't cooperate. The DM wasn't given a break to process, when one question was answered another was asked. If we couldn't get something we got the next best thing. If we couldn't find a finished product we took the stuff to make it. She was having to improve on the fly and I could see it was taking a tole on her, where since the start she had a look of absolute authority and command, now she was a frazzled mess.
I would have felt bad, I should have felt bad, however from the rest of the players I heard something that I hadn't heard since day one, laugher and excitement. They didn't care I had told them it was impossible. They didn't care I had pointed out we would die and be on character generation. They now had a chance. Even if it was an impossible chance it was a chance to do something and try.
DM "Look if you do this you're all going to end up dead. You can't bet it at your level." She was trying to get us back to just running away and for a moment things stopped. Me "I hope my character doesn't die. I have a cousin in this down, he's a warlock too and he'd be so upset I think he'd go after the thing as well." Wizard laughed and joined in. "Oh yeah my sister has a shop here, if I died without saying hi to her she'd make that thing burn."
Druid and Barbarian got the message, we had all played video games. If we couldn't beat it with these characters we had a city with a population of 6000 possible back up characters to zerg rush it. So plans kept on going, players kept searching for a way to give us the best possible chance of doing this or surviving a couple of rounds because that would be an accomplishment in itself. We were making bombs, alchemical items, improvised weapons. Getting ready every spell and ability we had to try this. When gaming was called the DM and Bard left while the rest of us stayed around for probably a half hour more talking about the plan, joking, and just having fun. All of us left with a smile on our faces.
When I got home I had a message on my answering machine from DM informing me that I wasn't the DM and how dare I highjack her game. That I was a horrible player and I better fall in line because I had her crying. She made some threats about hurting herself if I didn't stop which I hope were lies meant to make me feel bad, and ended the message telling me if I called her back she would call the cops on me. A threat I wasn't going to test. I saved the message for proof later if I needed it and the week passed. When we all met at the shop the next week Bard said DM would be late. We were all still joking and having fun talking about our big plan for the TPK and making joke bets like "If we last three rounds your new character owes mine five gold." It was great.
Time passed though and no DM so we asked Bard what was up. He informed us then that she had texted. Said I ruined her game and she wasn't going to play with people who didn't understand the rules of dungeons and dragons. We broke out magic the gathering cards and played a few hands before heading home all a little disappointed that we couldn't see how far we would have gotten. A little while later I think a couple of months I was telling the story at the shop and Wizard kept making hand motions at me. I asked what was up and he face palmed saying "That's her older brother." Well I had already put my foot in my mouth voicing my displeasure so I figured one more question wouldn't hurt. "Sorry, but it was a bit of a mess of a game. This is my opinion as a player. I know she's family and all so hate me if you like but I am honest. I will ask though, how long has she actually been DMing."
The brother didn't mind and informed me that she had DMed 2 games for him, his younger brother, and their father when she was a child. That was it and they were both one shot things with their father doing most of the work. She never came back to the game shop and I think she moved states, I've never seen her since.
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2023.06.02 23:58 sco_ May 31st JSA Trip Report

I just got back from a JSA tour on May 31st and thought I would relay the most current information. I used VVIP tour and we were scheduled for a 6am pickup near Myeongdong. The day before we received an email saying the pickup time had changed to 6:30am which we gladly accepted the extra sleep. One of the first things the tour guide spoke about was that the chaos that happened a few months back seemed to be resolved and tours would no longer be subject to the 4am scrambles to get to the DMZ in time to reserve their JSA spots. That said, JSA tours can be cancelled at any time for any reason by the military. The tour guide was first class, she's been doing this for many years and seemed to have personal connections with people that live inside the DMZ.
The dates that are available for the JSA are a bit random and appear on their website as they become available. I emailed them back in March asking about tour dates for June and they told me to check back in a few weeks. I checked their website the next day and June dates were posted. My advice to anyone that wants to go is to check their site daily as they randomly post them and fill up within a few days. The tour guide said best case scenario they get 4 random dates a month but often it’s only 2 or 3.
Traffic going back into Seoul was heavy and they dropped us off at another station that was a few stops away from our pickup address. I would recommend keeping a Tmoney card loaded in case they drop you off at a different spot on the way home.
Your passport will be checked multiple times while on the tour so don't forget to bring it.
Everywhere we stopped to get food or souvenirs accepted credit cards or cash.
There was an opportunity to buy postage stamps from North Korea as well as North Korean paper money. Who knows if they are actually real, but I thought it was a unique souvenir you could purchase.
I've appreciated all the posts you guys have made, hopefully this info useful for someone.
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2023.06.02 23:58 lolineroli Seeking Financial Advice: Funding My Upcoming Surgery

Hello fellow Redditors,
I'm reaching out today because I could really use some financial advice for a significant upcoming personal expense.
Let me give you a bit of context. As a child, I sustained a nose injury which resulted in severe deviation. This has led to chronic breathing difficulties, seriously impacting my quality of life. The aesthetic issue has also been a constant source of self-esteem problems, something that has shadowed me throughout my life.
I moved to Canada with my parents in 2018 and worked various small jobs to support myself through school. I graduated in 2022 and currently carry around $6K in provincial student loans. I've been living independently since graduating, leaving me with minimal savings due to the cost of living.
Now, my rhinoplasty is scheduled for July and I don't have sufficient funds to cover the procedure myself. I find myself approximately $8K short and I'm contemplating different ways to make up for this deficit. Here are the options I'm considering:
  1. I have a personal line of credit with an interest rate of 12.44%.
  2. I own two credit cards, with limits of $15.5K and $10.5K respectively. Although the interest rates are considerably high, I'm considering financing some of the cost using these cards and paying it off in installments (e.g. my CIBC card offers 24 months with 9.99% interest on some “pricier” purchases).
As a sidenote, I have a modest emergency fund, my credit score is currently above 800, my car has been fully paid off, and I'm not planning to buy a home in the near future.
I understand that the ideal situation would've been to save up for this procedure well in advance, but given the circumstances, I'm now trying to make the best of the situation. I would be extremely grateful for any advice or insight you could offer on what the most financially prudent course of action might be. Thanks!
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