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Ukraine vs. Russia: Russian perspective.

2023.06.02 22:54 Pavel_Sergievsky Ukraine vs. Russia: Russian perspective.

Dear Professor Peterson,
I realize that your schedule probably won’t allow you to read this letter, least to reply. I am not expecting either of these and will not be offended. Why do I write it, then? Well, most probably because in the past several years you have been for me the voice of reason from abroad. Too many things are going in a crazy and disastrous direction, and listening to your lectures and videos have been very inspiring. It always amazes me how deeply you investigate the problem and how thoroughly you analyze it. In many cases listening to what you say have been like hearing what I always felt was true, but could not formulate and justify it myself. Thank you for that experience.
During the past year, which not only attracted the whole world’s attention to a conflict in Ukraine (at last, I’d say, war started there in 2014), but also demonstrated the unwillingness of countries and people to hear each other, I felt the growing urge to share Russian understanding of current situation and of the events that lead to it with someone who could probably be able to hear. Your name was the first to come to my mind. I hesitated until some time ago I came across the interview that you have recorded – “Israel, Russia, China, Iran: The World in Conflict” and it actually triggered me into writing. It occurred to me that, objective as you are, you may be unaware of some facts and interpretations, partly because modern media have mastered the art of being silent about some facts while shouting about the others, partly because you were born and raised in Anglo-Saxon civilization, with all embedded ideas and principles.
A bit about my background. Master’s degree in English language and literature, spent one year as a student in Connecticut, worked in American-owned companies for 17 years. That allows me to a certain degree to understand both sets of values.
I wanted to offer for your attention the view from the other side on what’s happening now between Russia and Western European civilization. I don't say that it is correct, I just say how Russians see it.
Very briefly, just point by point:
3 basic principles of western foreign policy
Looking at the international events of past 30-40 years, we may see 3 basic principles of international policy that the West is utilizing.
  1. Democracy is the best possible society model.
Hard to argue – there is the strongest correlation between availability of human rights in society and its prosperity. Let’s accept it as it is, although it is much more complicated and there are other factors that should be taken into account, like, for example:
a) Majority of Noble prize winners are from protestant countries. Disproportional majority if you look at country population or wealth or other factors. Why? Maybe because Protestantism urges its followers to read the Bible on their own, whereas in Catholicism you study Bible under the priest’s guidance. Encouragement for independent research must have some effect.
b) After the ancient Rome fell, and Europe lived through the Dark Ages, Arabian countries preserved much of knowledge and science. At that time Arabian East was much more cultural and civilized than Europe. What happened to them later, why they stopped developing science, how could Europe overtake them? One of the explanations is that at some point of time Muslim theologians declared that “Koran has everything”, so scientific research stopped. The legend says that under this slogan the Library of Alexandria has been burnt by Arabian conquerors.
c) There is an interesting correlation between the agricultural conditions in a certain territory and some national traits of character. That’s more than a coincidence. For example, wheat was the main crop in Europe. It doesn’t require any special irrigation, so you can well grow and harvest it alone. That means you are less dependent on other people. Hence smaller states (Germany before mid-XIX century consisted of dozens independent states), hence more independent opinions. Compare it to China. Rice requires serious irrigation works, you’ll never do it alone. In order to harvest rice, you need to organize a fairly large group of people to do a job together. And as the population grows, you need to perform those works at a larger scale, also because the easiest-to-work fields are already busy. As a result, we see that Chinese value the society more than they value an individual. A single person sacrificing his wishes for the good of the others is more acceptable for them than for Europeans.
This idea needs further thinking but it is quite possible that the liberalism and human rights developed in Western Europe to the extent we see due to a unique combination of religion, natural conditions and other factors. And it can’t be copied in other parts of the world. It can be brought to other parts of the world by immigration of people with European mentality, of course. But otherwise it can be done only by complete mentality change of local inhabitants. Not an easy task, could take generations and mean death of local culture.
  1. All people are seeking freedom and democracy, so it is our duty to help them achieve this goal. If some part of the society resists this help, it is the tyrannical part and it should be eliminated.
Yeah, really. Take up the White Man's burden… This idea is not dead yet, with all its prejudices.
In some part such understanding is based on the theory that appeared in history (history as a science!) in the UK in 18th century. This theory states that the process of human society development over time is a) linear and b) goes through the same stages in every society of the planet. One of the consequences of this theory was the statement that every society started from matriarchate – researchers came across some primitive society, ruled by women, and made their conclusion. This theory has long been proved wrong, but its influence is still alive.
Even if we accept that all countries, all societies are aiming at maximizing human rights, how justified will interference be? Good intentions are the pathway to hell. How long it took Anglo-Saxon civilization to reach modern state of human rights? Setting the Magna Carts as the starting point, it is a bit over 800 years, roughly 30 generations. Looking at the world history, we see how slowly societies change their organizational forms, evolving one into another. And you can’t forcefully speed it up. Imagine that our modern “crusaders of democracy” take time machine and show up at Hastings early in the morning on October 14th, 1066. “William, Harold, there is no need to fight. You need to run democratic elections, and everything will be ok…” Will they even understand the idea??? And what will happen the next day after they are left alone?
You have shown significant interest in Russian culture. If you care spending some more time on Russian books, I’d recommend you brothers Strugatsky ( The form of what they have written is science fiction, but the contents is all about ethics, morale, responsibility, conscience. Try «Escape Attempt», «Hard to be a God», «Overburdened with Evil».
Why I am mentioning them now is because among others they are exploring the topic of “progressors” – people from Earth of XXII century who try to speed up the history of other planets, to solve their problems, stop wars, etc. And it doesn’t end well. As one of their heroes says, “You can’t break up the natural course of history without breaking the spine of humanity.”
It’s hard to find examples of good revolutions when they are initiated from abroad. Change of regime should be supported by majority within the country – it is the guarantee that society is ready for it. What Anglo-Saxons and NATO frequently do is supporting the angry minority in its aspirations for power. And instead of peace, freedom and prosperity it brings chaos. The classic example is Libya. Over 10 years ago the country was “spared of Gaddafi’s tyrannical rule”… How do they live now? The GDP is still around 50% of what it used to be, the country is still not at peace, there are two major forces each claiming to be the legal power. How many lives it did cost already and how much time it will take free Libya to recover? Can such liberation be called anything but a disservice? In Russia we call it “bear’s help”. I don’t say that everything was good in the country when Gaddafi was alive, but aren’t they in the worse situation now?
The whole series of Arabian spring looks like a great mess, not a great success. I rely on the opinion of an expert – below is the brief translation of an article published in 2015-2016 by Mordechai Kedar, an Israeli scholar of Arab culture and a lecturer at Bar-Ilan University. I can’t find the original, unfortunately.
December 2015 was the fifth anniversary of the events known as an ‘Arabian spring’. The world applauded the heroes of the streets in Tunis, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Bahrain. Now, five years ago, those countries are still battlefields, with no light ahead. What problems have prevented them from positive development? Most of them have developed over centuries and they still prevail in mentality, remaining the dangerous rudiment.
  1. Tribalism*, that was always a survival factor in harsh natural conditions of the region. Now the conditions are different but mentality is still the same, when each person thinks of himself as a member of the clan first (family, tribe, tape, whatever…), not the citizen of the country.*
  2. Violence*. Resources are scarce, so anyone who is not the member of my clan, is a deadly threat. And the first reaction to a threat is violence.*
  3. Honour*, understood very specifically. Dishonoured person will seek revenge. It is not uncommon for a person to kill members of his own family if they dishonoured him. Honour is of primary importance in relations between countries and nations, sometimes more important than economics and healthcare.*
  4. Nepotism*, which has its roots in tribalism. Promoting your relatives to administrative positions is illegal in the West, but is part of normal practice in the East.*
  5. Corruption*. An office holder will invest in projects and regions where his tribe and supporters live, not otherwise. He feels financially responsible to his family, not to the country.*
  6. Multiple ethnic groups*, which protect their own languages and traditions. Marriages outside of a group are rare, coexistence with other groups is tense and hostile.*
  7. Islam*. Islamic extremists are sure that people who believe otherwise, are deserved to be killed.*
  8. Sunnites vs*.* shiites*. This conflict started back in 7th century as a conflict for control over Islam. Non-Islamic people see them analogous to Catholicism vs. Orthodox church, but in reality now, after centuries of religious wars, these are two separate religions, and the dialogue between them is very difficult.*
  9. Predominant culture*. Three main groups are Bedouins who live in deserts, fellahs who are the peasants, and inhabitants of the cities. Each group thinks stereotypically of other two, cross-marriages are rare.*
  10. Country borders*. British, French and Italian administration have been drawn the borders straight, just by a ruler and a pencil, paying no attention to the real borders between various groups which differ by religion and ethnicity. People who never thought about themselves as about having anything in common, are now the citizens of one country. And they don’t feel it this way.*
  11. Power change*. This is something which never happens peacefully in Arabic countries. The ethnic or religious group at power holds to it by all means.*
  12. Israel*. Arabs and Muslims don’t acknowledge Judaism as a live religion, Jewish people as a people. So for them the very existence of Israel is illegal. Plus Israel is very convenient as an external enemy, a good target for the aggression of the masses.*
  13. Oil has turned the countries of the Gulf into societies which don’t produce, but do consume without limits. The difference between wealth of the Gulf and poverty of other Arabian countries is shocking.
  14. West that interferes into the region to solve its own problems. Oil, gas, weapons – all is targeted to use natural resources of Middle East.
  15. Al Jazeera as a catalyst of social and religious unrest.
Throughout the XX-th century Europe tries to solve myriads of cultural problems of the Middle East, trying to create modern Arabic states that will fit Europe’s needs. The brightest example of Western misunderstanding of the East is the belief that Middle east can easily adopt democracy. Western democracy is based on western culture with equality of religious and social groups, minority rights, freedom of speech and opinions. Add to it religious freedom and free elections and you will get the list that is absolutely alien to Middle East.
Here’s an article by the same author on the same topic –
Here’s an interview with him –
In one of your interviews you discussed the competition between China and the US for influence in Africa. And your opinion was that China wins due to corruption of local elites. Let me offer another reason for your consideration. It is the same reason that allows Russia to gain influence in Middle East, Africa, South America. When China or Russia come to some country to cooperate, they come to cooperate, not to teach, not to judge, not to interfere into the internal affairs of the state. And people appreciate this.
  1. We have the right to decide who is democratic and who is not.
This one is undoubtedly wrong. As a psychologist, you can diagnose it, I guess. What will you call such mental blindness, when a person considers himself flawless and assumes the right to judge and punish others, like in “The House of Pride” by Jack London. And here we see a group of countries that consider themselves the best in the world, that judge other countries and feel it righteous to interfere into their life, to change it without being asked. I understand why leaders of these countries have that blindness, but I wonder how many people in these countries actually understand that it is not a radiant crusade for democracy, but a destructive raid of Normans.
De furore Normannorum libera nos, Domine.
One of the principles of democracy is separation of three powers – legislative, judicial and executive. So why then countries that consider themselves “leaders of democratic world” forget about this principle in international relations. They make the rules, they judge and they punish.
One of American diplomats said recently that USA supports international rules-based order. Sounds good, sounds undoubtedly right. But why USA and NATO forget about the rules when it is convenient? Or is it “We support international rules-based order, but our own actions should not be limited by these rules”? What immediately comes to my mind without web search:
Double standards
Speaking more about the rules… We are tired of seeing double standards. As an illustration, I will use just one aspect – the principle of integrity of the state vs the principle of the right of nations to self-determination. It looks like the West supports integrity of the state, when this state is allied or friendly to the West, and supports nation’s self-determination when the state is not. Let’s go through some examples.
- Chechnya (an autonomous republic within Soviet Union) wanted to become independent after 1991. It quickly started to use terrorism to achieve this goal. It took a lot of effort to stop the war and bring the region back to safety. Reaction of the West – support of chechens, their leader fled to London and was not deported to Russia despite all requests.
- Abkhazia (an autonomous republic within Georgian republic which was part of Soviet Union) wanted to become independent from Georgia when Georgia became independent from Russia. Resulted in a war. The conflict is still not solved. Abkhazia now is an independent state which is acknowledged by very few countries in the world. Reaction of the West – they still consider Abkhazia as a rebellious part of Georgia. Same situation about South Osetia – another region, that was an administrative part of Georgia until 1991 and that also seeks independence.
- Donetsk and Lugansk wanted to become independent from Ukraine after 2014 coup. Ukraine tried to subdue them by force and failed. Then the workplan has been signed in Minsk – what the parties of the conflict agree to do to settle. The result should have been – Donetsk and Lugansk return to Ukraine but have extended political rights, etc. Ukraine did nothing of its promises. Reaction of the West – support of Ukraine.
- Catalonia is seeking independence. And I remember that leaders of independence movement have been under political and criminal pressure.
- Scotland had a referendum about independence. And even though results were in favour of the UK, I remember how nervously London reacted.
Russia – NATO relations after 1991
This is best said by Vladimir Pozner, a journalist who spent years of his work in the USA, Russia, Europe and is one of the most known journalists of the old school (comparing to modern propagandists). Here’s the link to his speech in Yale University on September 27, 2018 –
His speech takes around forty minutes, the rest is the Q&A. To save you time, I’d summarize it here in just a couple of phrases. After Soviet Union collapsed, there was an illusion that we aren’t enemies anymore, that the world is open now, and that we will be partners or even friends. Russia dismissed the Warsaw Treaty union and agreed for Germany to unite, that looked just right – why keep a military union when we aren’t enemies anymore? Sometime later Russia made an offer to join NATO to provide world security together and was denied. Russia offered to join the EU, and was denied. Russia was promised that NATO would not expand eastward and less than 10 years later this promise was broken. Since then, we’ve been witnessing NATO getting closer and closer to our borders, inviting countries that are our neighbours and aggressively supporting those candidates to country leadership in East Europe who declared anti-Russia views. So now the illusion is over. We are enemies. And what’s worse – we don’t trust US anymore, so negotiating some new principles of coexistence will be problematic.
Briefly about history, in more details about recent times and present situation.
In 16-17th century the territory of modern Ukraine was controlled by two forces with no clear border between them. Northwest (where the city of Lvov is now) was under Polish rule, center and the region along river Dnepr – under control of “kazak military democracies” – gatherings of all people, who fled from Russia, Poland, Lithuania, Crimea and who with time formed Ukrainians as a nation. They were ruled by elected chieftains and made their living largely by either joining some military campaign for money and loot, or by robbery raids to Poland, Crimea, Turkey. They were allied to Russia due to same religion – Orthodox Christianity.
As Poland grew stronger, its pressure on the territory grew, which led to periodic rebellions. Poland is a Catholic state, and people of Orthodox Ukraine were severely oppressed. Seeking protection, Ukrainian chieftains asked Russia to include those territories into Russian state. First request came in 1591. Russia rejected this request and several others. Only in 1654 part of Ukraine, controlled by kazaks, was included into Russia. Consequences – war with Poland and tens of thousands orthodox people fleeing from Polish-controlled lands into Russian-controlled lands.
From then on Russians and Ukrainians were really ‘brother nations’. Well, it was not heaven, but it was the best available option. Same religion, very close language and mentality. And forget about oppression. Ukrainians were oppressed as much as Russians themselves.
When the WW I started, Germany and Austria-Hungary were looking for collaborators in occupied territories of Russian Empire. They promised independence to nationalists in Western Ukraine, and found people who bought the idea. Not surprisingly, the most dedicated nationalists came from the least developed region of the country. Ukraine did not become independent at that moment, but the ideas stayed and gave their fruit during WW II, when Ukrainian collaborators actively participated in Nazis’ crimes. In one of your videos you described what Unit 731 of Japanese army was doing and you warned your listeners that they will never forget it. If you will find and read witnesses’ accounts of Volhynia massacre, you will never forget it either. I read it once long ago and I never want to read it again. It was a shock to me that people are capable of such things.
In the period between 1945 and 1991 Ukraine had the same rights as any other republic. There were no impediments to preserving and developing local culture. If you lived in any republic, you learned two languages – Russian and local. National literature was actively translated into other national languages of the Soviet Union, there were no impediments to education. Soviet Union with all its flaws, really tried to unite all of its nations into one big family. (What surprises me though is why antisemitism remained. You could come from Georgia, Uzbekistan or Yakutia and pass exams to Moscow university, no problem if you are smart enough. But it could be problematic for a Jew…)
After 1991 Russia and Ukraine remained friendly states, tightly bound by economic, cultural and even family ties. Ukraine tried to get the most out of relations both with Russia and with the West and it worked fairly well for 30 years. But with time attempts to elevate significance of their own nation led Ukrainians down a dangerous path. They started to slowly eliminate all other cultures that were present in the country. This process sped up dramatically in 2014, when after a coup the nationalist forces gained influence on the government.
Official Kiev denies being nationalistic, but don’t trust what the person is saying, see what he is doing.
I live in Moscow region, so all these processes for me were just an echo of a far-away thunder. My friends who lived in Crimea, Kiev, Donetsks, Kharkov many times said how difficult it was to live in a country that is so obsessed with its own magnificence that it becomes absurd. Massive renaming of streets, destruction of monuments that signified joint Russian-Ukrainian history, rewriting of history, when traitors and criminals become heroes, heroes become butchers. Anne, daughter to Yaroslav the Wise, wife to Henry I of France is known as Anne de Russie or Anne of Kiev. But now there are attempts to call her Anne of Ukraine, even though the very term Ukraine appeared at least a hundred years after she died.
We see those nationalistic ideas demonstrating themselves in a number of ways, and we have seen them before and we know what threat they can bring if left unattended. Pay attention to a dragon when it is small, you may be unable to win when it grows up.
I don’t say that our perception is correct, I just say how we see it. And to us modern Ukraine is like a younger brother who joined a bad company and who is becoming dangerous.
Now combine these two. Ukrainian nationalism plus NATO. Two threats, one well known historically, another the most dangerous rival of the past 70 years. We see them uniting and it is really an existential threat to us. In such circumstances could we afford being blind to it, just sitting and waiting what comes next? We tried to settle it peacefully. Many times Russia said that we are worried by NATO expansion, that we are worried by Western support of nationalistic movements in our neigbour countries. No effect. The last attempt was made in autumn of 2021, when Putin offered a negotiation that should have resulted in guaranteed safety. No reply.
If there is a conflict and your rival refuses to talk, he is asking for a fight. I don’t say that war in Ukraine is the right way to solve the conflict, but who can say that we did not try to set it by negotiations?
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2023.06.02 22:18 Necessary_Dog_2317 MTD diagnosis, but curious if others have had a similar path

Sure, it could have been heartburn, etc - but I really think working from home in a stressful job where I spoke a lot caused this.
When WFH started in 2020, I was switching jobs, and became a manager. As a manager, life is stressful. My throat tightens up like crazy before I speak in stressful situations, and add to that I'm speaking into noise cancelling headphones, a lot more than I used to speak in my role, and I was just constantly stressing about the new job, even over the weekends, before my MTD diagnosis and big event that led to a big loss of vocal integrity, I was already starting to experience tightness and some loss of tone.
After a bad heartburn event, this just got amplified. 2 years later (currently in the middle of a flareup), I feel like my throat occasionally for weeks at as time just feels sore.
Anyone else feel like the back of their tongue also hurts from this? It almost feels like I have cold sores on the back of my tongue when I get a flare up. Even get this weird pain that sorta links my throat to my chin - doctor said it could be inflammation pushing the nerves.
FUCK THIS SUCKS lol. Jesus. I just wanna know if anyone has experienced something similar and what home remedies work. I've tried meditation, ASMR, and to be fair those things do seem to help in the moment, but once I have to go back to work, or enter in a social situation where I speak loudly, it all comes rushing back downhill.
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2023.06.02 21:19 Alpinia_KR Kaiserreich Beta 0.25.1

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2023.06.02 19:35 vick2djax Anybody regret going CX50 over RAV4?

I was originally in the market for a RAV4 XSE. Upgrading from my 2007 Sienna (I got a divorce, don’t need the ton of room most of the time).
But, I was led to the new Mazda CX50 Meridian Edition. I haven’t pulled the trigger on anything yet. The price is about the same ($40k). I like the RAV4’s looks. But I will admit the drive did seem a bit boring. Wouldn’t mind a little extra bite/fun. Haven’t had the opportunity to drive a turbo CX50 yet. But I’ve heard of it’s imperfections.
Anybody else who had a similar decision, how did it pan out? Any regrets?
Then there’s the other side of me that just says get an older 4Runner with some teeth on it and live with it chugging up hills on its undersized V6 lol.
I do realize the bias on this subreddit obviously. Posting on the other one as well to see both sides.
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2023.06.02 19:34 vick2djax Anybody regret going RAV4 over Mazda CX50?

I was originally in the market for a RAV4 XSE. Upgrading from my 2007 Sienna (I got a divorce, don’t need the ton of room most of the time).
But, I was led to the new Mazda CX50 Meridian Edition. I haven’t pulled the trigger on anything yet. The price is about the same ($40k). I like the RAV4’s looks. But I will admit the drive did seem a bit boring. Wouldn’t mind a little extra bite/fun. Haven’t had the opportunity to drive a turbo CX50 yet. But I’ve heard of it’s imperfections.
Anybody else who had a similar decision, how did it pan out? Any regrets?
Then there’s the other side of me that just says get an older 4Runner with some teeth on it and live with it chugging up hills on its undersized V6 lol.
I do realize the bias on this subreddit obviously. Posting on the other one as well to see both sides.
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2023.06.02 19:32 vick2djax Anybody regret going Mazda CX50 over RAV4?

I was originally in the market for a RAV4 XSE. Upgrading from my 2007 Sienna (I got a divorce, don’t need the ton of room most of the time).
But, I was led to the new Mazda CX50 Meridian Edition. I haven’t pulled the trigger on anything yet. The price is about the same ($40k). I like the RAV4’s looks. But I will admit the drive did seem a bit boring. Wouldn’t mind a little extra bite/fun. Haven’t had the opportunity to drive a turbo CX50 yet. But I’ve heard of it’s imperfections.
Anybody else who had a similar decision, how did it pan out? Any regrets?
Then there’s the other side of me that just says get an older 4Runner with some teeth on it and live with it chugging up hills on its undersized V6 lol
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2023.06.02 19:31 vick2djax Any regrets going Mazda CX50 over RAV4?

I was originally in the market for a RAV4 XSE. Upgrading from my 2007 Sienna (I got a divorce, don’t need the ton of room most of the time).
But, I was led to the new Mazda CX50 Meridian Edition. I haven’t pulled the trigger on anything yet. The price is about the same ($40k). I like the RAV4’s looks. But I will admit the drive did seem a bit boring. Wouldn’t mind a little extra bite/fun. Haven’t had the opportunity to drive a turbo CX50 yet. But I’ve heard of it’s imperfections.
Anybody else who had a similar decision, how did it pan out? Any regrets?
Then there’s the other side of me that just says get an older 4Runner with some teeth on it and live with it chugging up hills on its undersized V6 lol
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2023.06.02 19:11 Own_Journalist3606 Pmp application rejected for the second time...

My wife applied for pmp and got rejected the first time. When she told me that and explained to me that she will surely be audited for next application, I rewrote her experience description since so that it matches PMI standards and the recommendations yhey sent her in the email. The application got rejected a second time for some other bullshit reasons...
Note that I am pmp certified and I made sure I followed the same pattern of description that I used for me (I learned it from andrew ramdayal)
What should we do? Is it possible to create a new account with an other email adress so we ant be audited? Or should we just continue applying with other descriptions..??
Here is the descriptions of the 3 projects : Project 1 : sodexo As an IT Project Manager at SODEXO Tunisia and Morocco, I successfully led the implementation of the Multi Wallets Card project, utilizing the Scrum framework. The Multi Wallets Card project, which was specifically designed for the e-banking sector, aimed to revolutionize payment services for beneficiaries. Through the MySodexo mobile application, we provided a user-friendly and secure platform that offered simplified and convenient payment options. Beneficiaries gained a comprehensive view of their various accounts, thanks to a robust wallet management system integrated into the application. Responsibilities: In my role as the Scrum Master, I assumed a variety of responsibilities, ensuring the smooth execution and delivery of the project: ● I facilitated key Scrum ceremonies to maintain an efficient and collaborative work environment. During Sprint Planning sessions, the sales, business, and development teams collaboratively determined the user stories and set priorities. Daily Stand-ups allowed team members to share progress, discuss challenges, and align efforts. Sprint Reviews provided stakeholders, including customers and affiliates, with the opportunity to provide feedback and validate deliverables. Retrospectives allowed the team to reflect on their performance and identify areas for continuous improvement. ● As the servant leader of the team, I actively supported the sales, business, and development teams in their respective roles. I fostered a culture of trust, transparency, and open communication, ensuring that everyone had a voice and felt empowered to contribute. By facilitating effective collaboration and addressing any impediments, I created an environment conducive to high-performance and innovation. ● I played a vital role in backlog management and refinement. Working closely with the product owners, I ensured that user stories were well-defined, properly prioritized, and aligned with the project's objectives. This enabled the development team to focus on delivering value in each sprint, resulting in incremental progress and customer satisfaction. ● Throughout the project, I closely monitored the progress and performance of the team. By utilizing project management tools and techniques, such as Kanban boards and agile project management software, I ensured visibility
into the project's status, milestones, and upcoming deliverables. This enabled stakeholders to stay informed and provided a basis for effective decision-making. ● I championed continuous improvement within the team. By conducting retrospectives, we identified areas of improvement and implemented iterative changes to optimize our processes, enhance collaboration, and deliver higher quality results. This commitment to ongoing learning and adaptability allowed us to respond effectively to changing requirements and market demands. Achievements: ● The Multi Wallets Card project successfully transformed the e-banking experience for beneficiaries. The implementation of simplified payment services through the MySodexo mobile application provided a seamless and secure way for users to manage their accounts, make transactions, and gain real-time insights into their financial activities. ● By digitizing Benefits & Rewards services, we significantly increased the operational efficiency of business employees. The streamlined customer and affiliate management processes, optimized points of sale operations, and facilitated transactions for various stakeholders, including small and medium-sized enterprises (VSEs), resulted in enhanced productivity and improved customer satisfaction. ● Our adherence to the Agile principles and Scrum practices enabled us to effectively manage project risks and navigate the complexities of the e-banking domain. The iterative development approach allowed us to incorporate feedback, address emerging challenges, and ensure a successful outcome. Challenges: ● The Multi Wallets Card project presented us with several challenges, particularly regarding compliance with Tunisian regulatory requirements in the e-banking sector. The Tunisian financial industry has specific regulations and standards that must be adhered to, ensuring data security, privacy, and legal compliance. ● To overcome these challenges, we closely collaborated with legal experts and regulatory authorities to ensure that our solution aligned with the applicable regulations. We conducted thorough research, implemented robust security measures, and established stringent data protection protocols to safeguard customer information and ensure compliance with Tunisian financial laws. ● Additionally, we engaged in extensive testing and validation processes to ensure that the Multi Wallets Card project met all regulatory requirements.
This involved conducting rigorous audits, performing vulnerability assessments, and implementing necessary controls to mitigate any potential risks. ● Our dedicated team of professionals worked diligently to navigate the complex regulatory landscape, ensuring that the Multi Wallets Card project not only provided innovative and efficient e-banking solutions but also complied with all Tunisian regulatory standards. Approach: ● In our approach, we prioritized regulatory compliance from the project's inception. We established strong partnerships with legal and regulatory experts, fostering open lines of communication and ensuring their involvement throughout the project. By leveraging their expertise, we gained valuable insights and guidance, enabling us to navigate the regulatory challenges effectively. ● Our development team closely followed industry best practices, incorporating robust security measures and encryption protocols into the application's architecture. We implemented secure authentication mechanisms, data encryption, and strict access controls to protect user data and ensure compliance with Tunisian financial regulations. ● Regular audits and compliance checks were conducted to verify that the Multi Wallets Card project adhered to all relevant regulatory standards. We proactively engaged with regulatory authorities, seeking their feedback and guidance to ensure ongoing compliance throughout the project's lifecycle.
Project 2 : carin one ● As an IT Project Manager, I spearheaded the CarIn One project, focusing on optimizing the implementation process of a car rental agency fleets management website. Utilizing the Scrum methodology, our primary objective was to significantly reduce the time required for website deployment while improving overall efficiency. ● Throughout the project, we embraced Scrum's collaborative and iterative approach to drive effective communication, adaptability, and rapid value delivery. By dividing the development process into shorter cycles, we maximized productivity and minimized risks. ● My responsibilities encompassed orchestrating cross-functional teams, including developers, designers, and various stakeholders such as car rental agency executives, fleet managers, operations managers, IT administrators, and customer service representatives. This diverse group of stakeholders played vital roles in the success of the project. By engaging them in regular meetings, we tracked progress, addressed challenges, and adjusted priorities to ensure seamless collaboration and alignment throughout the development process. Their input and expertise were invaluable in shaping the website's functionalities to meet the specific needs of the car rental agency and its fleet management operations. ● Through close coordination with the car rental agency, we gained a comprehensive understanding of their requirements and meticulously mapped out workflows. We iteratively developed and tested key features, leveraging frequent feedback loops to refine our work and ensure alignment with the agency's needs. ● By adopting Scrum, we not only accelerated the development process but also fostered a culture of transparency, empowerment, and continuous improvement within the project team. Regular retrospectives provided valuable insights and opportunities for refining our processes and enhancing collaboration. ● The CarIn One project was focused on the successful implementation of a high-performing car rental agency fleets management website. Leveraging the efficient adoption of the Scrum methodology, we were able to deliver a high-quality product within an optimized timeframe. This achievement had far-reaching benefits for the car rental agency, allowing them to streamline their operations, enhance customer satisfaction, and gain a competitive edge in the car rental industry. The website's advanced features and user-friendly interface empowered the agency to efficiently manage their vehicle fleets, track reservations, handle customer inquiries, and optimize resource allocation. By providing robust functionalities and seamless user experiences, the implemented website significantly improved the agency's operational efficiency and customer service capabilities. This successful implementation was a testament to our team's dedication, effective project management, and collaborative approach.
Project 3 : RIT During my tenure as the Consulting International Team Lead at RIT Dubai from June 2019 to September 2021, I had the opportunity to work on an exciting project with
Clemenceau Medical Center in Dubai. My primary responsibility was to identify opportunities and develop a business strategy for the medical center's growth and success. Responsibilities: As the Consulting International Team Lead, I took charge of leading and directing cross-functional teams to ensure the successful execution of the project. I worked closely with team members from various backgrounds, including consultants, analysts, and subject matter experts such as medical professionals, to leverage their expertise and drive collaboration. Achievements: To begin my journey with Clemenceau Medical Center, I immersed myself in extensive market analysis using renowned frameworks such as Porter's 5 Forces Models, SWOT analysis, and BCG Matrix. These analytical tools allowed me to gain a deep understanding of the competitive landscape, market dynamics, and growth potential in the Dubai healthcare market. As I dove into the project, I collaborated closely with key stakeholders within the medical center. Through interviews, workshops, and discussions, I gained valuable insights into their organizational goals, challenges, and aspirations. This collaborative approach ensured that the strategy I developed was aligned with their vision and addressed their specific needs. Based on the comprehensive market analysis and stakeholder inputs, I crafted a robust business strategy for Clemenceau Medical Center. This strategy aimed to capitalize on market opportunities, optimize operational efficiency, and drive sustainable growth. It provided a clear roadmap for the medical center to achieve its strategic objectives and stand out in the competitive landscape. One of the key highlights of the project was the proposal of a digitalization roadmap aligned with the new corporate strategy. Recognizing the transformative power of technology in healthcare, I identified key areas for digital transformation, such as patient experience, operational processes, and data management. This roadmap outlined specific initiatives and technologies to be implemented, enabling a seamless transition to a digitally-enabled healthcare ecosystem. Throughout the project, I collaborated with cross-functional teams to develop detailed implementation plans for the digitalization roadmap. Together, we defined project milestones, allocated resources, and established timelines to ensure the successful execution of the proposed initiatives. Challenges: Navigating the dynamic nature of the healthcare industry was a significant challenge during the project. With evolving regulations, technological advancements, and changing patient expectations, it was crucial to stay updated and adapt our approach accordingly. Through ongoing research and a commitment to staying at the forefront of industry trends, we successfully addressed these challenges and incorporated the necessary adjustments into our strategy. Aligning the digitalization roadmap with the new corporate strategy presented another hurdle. It required extensive coordination with various departments and stakeholders within Clemenceau Medical Center. To overcome this challenge, I facilitated regular communication, actively engaged stakeholders, and organized workshops and working sessions to gather their inputs and ensure consensus. Approach: The project followed a hybrid approach, combining elements of traditional consulting methodologies with agile principles. This approach allowed us to adapt to the unique requirements of Clemenceau Medical Center and leverage the benefits of both structured planning and iterative decision-making. By using story-telling techniques, I engaged stakeholders and shared compelling narratives about the market landscape, opportunities, and the envisioned future of Clemenceau Medical Center. These stories helped create a shared understanding and build enthusiasm among the team and leadership. Throughout the project, collaboration and effective communication were paramount. I fostered an environment where everyone's voice was heard, encouraging open dialogue and active participation. This approach ensured the involvement and buy-in of key stakeholders, ultimately leading to a successful strategy implementation. Through my role as the Consulting International Team Lead, I successfully served as a project manager, leading and directing cross-functional teams to deliver exceptional results. My experience in market analysis, strategy development, stakeholder engagement, and hybrid project management approaches showcases my ability to effectively manage projects
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2023.06.02 18:58 aercodelove Therapy through Technology: Ectoplasm Wave Entrainment Viz. Sound

Substantive Pathology:
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2023.06.02 18:03 eatandreddit Indian Historical Events that ACTUALLY deserves their own Movies


As we all know, due to the current political climate, India (or, more accurately, bootlicking directors) have been producing some dreadful propaganda films, the most recent example being "The Kerala Story."
Capitalists have always relied on nationalism, which is not surprising, and conveniently shows only a selective history with a twisted narrative.
The following are historical events that deserve to be made into films, which right-wing cucks will obviously lose their shit over. I'll also explain why these events deserve to be made into a film.

Maratha Massacre of Bengal (1741-1751): Atrocities of Maratha Army in Bengal

The Marathas invaded Bengal six times from August 1741 to May 1751, resulting in heavy civilian casualties and widespread economic losses. The invasions came to an end with the signing of a peace treaty between the Maratha Empire and the Nawab of Bengal, which established a Maratha-supported governor in Orissa under nominal control of the Nawab of Bengal. During their occupation, the Marathas perpetrated a massacre against the local population, killing close to 400,000 people in Bengal and Bihar. The Nawab of Bengal became a tributary to the Marathas, with the former agreeing to pay Rs. 1.2 millions of tribute annually as the Chauth of Bengal and Bihar, and the Marathas agreed not to invade Bengal again.
Some of the atrocities they committed in Bengal (Gathered from various sources) -
Why is this event worthy of a film? - We've had enough of so-called righteous Hindu kings' whitewashing and glorification; the dark side needs to be shown to show that all kings were the same and did the same thing - protected their power and expanded their kingdom, and I'm pretty sure ghatis will not allow such a film to be made lol.

The First Cabinet Plan (1946): The Last Attempt to Keep India United

The mission proposed a complex system for India with three tiers: the provinces, provincial groupings and the Centre. The center's power was to be confined to foreign affairs, defense, currency and communications, while the provinces would keep all other powers and were allowed to establish three groups. The main characteristic of the plan was the grouping of provinces, with two groups consisting of the mainly-Muslim western and eastern provinces, and the third group consisting of the mostly-Hindu areas in the south and the Centre. Princely States would retain all subjects and powers other than those ceded to the Union.
The British and Congress wanted to maintain Indian unity while providing Jinnah with the substance of Pakistan. Jinnah wanted a large Pakistan, which would avert the North-Eastern Pakistan without the mostly non-Muslim districts in Bengal and Punjab being partitioned away. The Muslim League's Council accepted the mission's proposals on 6 June 1946, but the onus was now on Congress. Jinnah disagreed and saw the grouping plan as mandatory. Nehru's speech on 10 July 1946 rejected the idea that the provinces would be obliged to join a group and stated that the Congress was neither bound nor committed to the plan, squashing the mission's plan and the chance to keep India united.
Why is this event worthy of a film? - I have only summarized the details from various sources; I have read the plan thoroughly. There were many events and dramas that occurred before and after the plan's proposal, creating a nice political drama.

Operation Vijay (1961): The Annexation of Goa

'Goa Liberation Day' is celebrated on December 19 to commemorate the state's liberation from Portuguese rule in 1961. As part of Operation Vijay, the Indian armed forces used the armed forces trifecta with the help of local resistance movements to eradicate European rule from the country. Goa had been under Portuguese rule for roughly 450 years until India gained independence from the British in 1947. After being liberated from Portuguese rule, it joined India and received statehood from the government in 1987. Leaders such as Tristo de Bragança Cunha, celebrated as the father of Goan nationalism, founded the Goa National Congress at the Calcutta session of the Indian National Congress in 1928.
In 1946, Ram Manohar Lohia led a historic rally in Goa that called for civil liberties and freedom, and eventual integration with India. Post-1947, Portugal refused to negotiate with independent India on the transfer of sovereignty of their Indian enclaves. Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru was keen that Goa should be integrated by diplomatic means. After Portugal became part of the US-led Western military alliance NATO in 1949, Goa too became part of the anti-Soviet alliance. The Indian government reacted sharply to an incident of firing on satyagrahis and snapped ties with Portugal.
Scholars have pointed out that as India aggressively championed the Non-Aligned Movement, decolonisation, and anti-imperialism, the continuation of colonial rule in Portugal became increasingly unsustainable. The Indian government declared that Goa should join India “either with full peace or with full use of force”, leading to Goa’s annexation by India.
Why is this event worthy of a film? - Only Military-centric event on the list, our so-called directors have been cashing in on 'pakistan bad' movies for a long time, but they are too spineless or cowardly to make a movie showing a European power (except the Brits) in a bad light, with Mrs Chatterjee vs Norway being an exception (though even this movie showed the typical indian khulca good narrative). Operation Vijay was one such event in which India triumphed (or invaded GOA? idk) over a colonial power, Portugal.


Maratha Invasion of Bengal
1946 Cabinet Mission to India
Annexation of Goa
Will create a Part 2 of this soon
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2023.06.02 16:23 Standard_Muscle_7737 Seeley Okie: Leading with Excellence

(A Look into the Career of a Professional Educator)

Seeley Okie is a highly regarded professional educator with over 20 years of experience in schools and 10 years of leadership. Okie's journey in education has been impressive, and this article aims to explore his achievements and experiences in detail.
Seeley Okie began his journey in education after obtaining a Bachelor's degree in American Studies from Colby College in 2000. He later pursued his Master's in Education in Elementary Education from Lesley University in 2001-2002. Okie continued to obtain a second M.Ed. in School Leadership from the prestigious Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2009-2010.
Okie's passion for education and commitment to excellence has been evident from an early stage in his career. He has served as a teacher, mentor, and administrator in various schools, earning him the respect of many colleagues and students.

Teaching Experience

Seeley Okie's teaching experience spans over a decade and has been recognized for its excellence. Okie began his teaching career as an elementary school teacher, serving as a mentor to his students and providing them with quality education. His passion for teaching was evident in his approach, practice, and philosophy, which centered on creating a nurturing and inclusive learning environment that fostered students' growth and development.
During his time as a teacher, Okie's pedagogical approach incorporated principles of active learning, differentiated instruction, and technology integration, which led to better academic outcomes for his students. He constantly demonstrated his commitment to continuous improvement through ongoing professional development opportunities and self-reflection.
Over the years, Okie's teaching expertise led to his playing a pivotal role in the development and implementation of curriculum and instructional strategies. He worked collaboratively with fellow educators to ensure that the curriculum met the needs of diverse learners while promoting academic excellence. Additionally, he was involved in various committees that focused on enhancing student engagement and learning outcomes.
Seeley Okie's teaching experience is a testament to his commitment to excellence in education. His teaching philosophy centered on imparting knowledge in a nurturing environment that catered to students' unique needs, facilitated growth and promoted academic success. He demonstrated that by actively engaging in professional development opportunities, collaborating with colleagues, and playing an instrumental role in curriculum development and implementation.

Leadership Experience

Seeley Okie's leadership experience in education is equally impressive, having held various administrative positions for over a decade. He demonstrated his leadership skills in creating a culture of collaboration, innovation, and continuous growth for educators and students alike.
One of Okie's notable successes in leadership was as an assistant principal at Weston Public Schools, where he provided instructional leadership and support to the school community. He worked collaboratively with teachers to develop and implement a data-driven approach to instruction that led to improved student achievement. Furthermore, he facilitated professional development sessions that focused on improving teachers' instructional strategies and empowering them to meet the diverse needs of their students.
Okie also served as a district-wide instructional supervisor, where he worked closely with educators, students, and families to identify and address student learning needs. In this role, he facilitated the implementation of a new district-wide literacy program that increased student engagement and achievement. He also collaborated with school administrators to provide professional development opportunities for educators, including curriculum development and implementation.
Still, in leadership, Seeley Okie's experience extends to serving as an adjunct professor at Lesley University, where he taught courses in teacher leadership, curriculum design, and assessment. Through his role as an educator, Okie sought to inspire his students to set high standards for themselves and to promote excellence in their future careers in education.
Seeley Okie's leadership experience in education is extensive and varied, spanning over ten years. His examples of successful leadership demonstrate a focus on collaboration, innovation, and a commitment to improving outcomes for all students. Through his legacy, he has encouraged other educators to set high standards for themselves and to continue advocating for pedagogical techniques that foster inclusive learning environments and promote academic excellence.

Professional Development and Contributions to Education

Seeley Okie's professional development and contributions to education have been instrumental in her journey as a highly-respected professional educator. His commitment to excellence is reflected in his active engagement in ongoing professional learning opportunities and contributions to educational initiatives.
Professional Development
Throughout his career, Seeley Okie has participated in several professional development programs. He has attended various conferences and workshops where he has learned about innovative pedagogical techniques and best practices in education. Additionally, Okie has actively sought to enhance his skills and knowledge by enrolling in advanced courses and obtaining graduate degrees, including his M.Ed. in Elementary Education and his M.Ed. in School Leadership.
Okie's engagement in professional development goes beyond attending conferences and pursuing advanced degrees. He has been actively involved in educational organizations, including serving as a board member for the Massachusetts Association of School Principals (MASP). In this role, he helped to create professional development opportunities for educators that focused on fostering inclusive learning environments and promoting academic excellence.
Contributions to Education
Seeley Okie's contributions to education have been extensive and impactful. He has been instrumental in curriculum development, implementation, and evaluation, ensuring that it meets the needs of diverse learners while promoting academic excellence. One of his notable accomplishments was collaborating with fellow educators to develop a district-wide literacy program that improved student engagement and achievement.
Okie's commitment to promoting inclusive learning environments also extends to his advocacy for the use of technology in education. He actively integrates technology into his instructional practices and encourages other educators to do the same. His belief in the transformative power of technology in education is supported by research findings that suggest that technology integration can lead to improved student achievement and engagement.
Furthermore, as an adjunct professor at Lesley University, Seeley Okie has contributed to teacher preparation and professional development. He has taught courses in teacher leadership, curriculum design, and assessment, passing on his knowledge and experience to the next generation of educators.
Seeley Okie's professional development and contributions to education have been an essential aspect of his journey as a professional educator. His active participation in professional development opportunities and educational organizations demonstrates his commitment to continuous growth and improvement. His efforts in curriculum development and implementation, advocacy for technology in education, and contributions to teacher preparation and professional development have helped to promote inclusive learning environments and academic excellence. Through his legacy, Seeley Okie has been an inspiration to other educators, encouraging them to set high standards for themselves and to advocate for innovative and transformative pedagogical techniques.
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2023.06.02 15:42 Vloxalion [USA-PA] [H] 12400 based complete pc w/peripherals & accessories & spares [W] Local Cash

"Bump" of previous post last week. All have been unused/untouched since March 1st, just sitting there or in boxes, except the monitor.
$650 for everything (list 1 and list 2). Not parting out due to payment method precluding shipping.
TL;DR quick overview of all parts
one i5-12400 w/stock cooler, 1 downdraft cooler, 3 120mm tower coolers
two B660m ddr4 motherboards, one win10pro key, and one anti-bending lga 1700 bracket
two kits 3200c16 ddr4, one 2x8gb singlerank other 2x16gb dualrank
one RX460 4gb gpu
two nvme m.2 drives; 500gb sn770, 2tb 970 evo plus
two cases, one matx nr200 clone, other atx lancool 216 and 5pack of arctic p12 pwm fans
two psu, one sfx 600w platinum (w/ 1 cable extension), other atx (300)w F-tier
one 24'' 1920x1200 60hz monitor with a desk clamp arm
cheap mouse and keyboard(keyboard w/RGB!!!....sry)
one set entry level professional speakers and an old sound card
webcam, xbox360 controller, microphone

Local cash only, no paypal(don't have one), quakertown-doylestown area in bucks county.
pet/[email protected]/[email protected]/scent free household, and do not eat near computer area. The second hand items from the 12400 guy exude much less fragrance compared to when they were obtained (assuming his household laundry detergent or similar had fragrance as the source), and I doubt you'd sense it if your own living arrangements have any sort of scented items. They come with all original cables, boxes, manuals, etc I still have. If you want more information about anything, feel free to ask and it will be added. Selling because old 2010 pc with phenom ii x3, gtx460, and 8gb is sufficient for my use case, try for modern hardware again some other time.


Part Name Detailed Comments/Condiiton Currently/Personally Valued at x 1 month ago
i5-12400 2nd hand. H0 stepping, not the more power hungry C0 (C0 is a partially disabled 8core die), and is AVX-512 capable going by the production date(did not verify; see motherboard notes). small blemish/ding(?) from previous owner's cooler on ihs, but can't tell if it was permanent indent or rubbed off hard bit of dried paste. includes box and cooler. 140/140
unknown 6 heatpipe thermalright cooler - possibly the burst assassin non-argb model without fan 2nd hand from the 12400 guy. tower only. has blemish/nick on contact surface. his laundry detergent had fragrance, so i couldn't use it. he also didn't clean the paste off and shipped it in a ziplock bag. i cleaned it as well as i could and replaced the bag. 15?/10
noctua s12b redux 1200rpm 2nd hand from the 12400 guy. same scent problem. can't remember testing it. 10?/5
arctic alpine 17 co BNIB, but box looks beat up 13/8
id cooling se-224-xt-basic used to cool a 3800X for a few months before the faulty mobo went kaput and sold the other parts of it. no 1700 mounting hardware because it was produced before alder lake. the win10pro key from the msi pro mobo is written on a slip of paper tucked inside the instruction manual. 25?/15
Thermalright Assassin X 120 refined SE mounted 90 degrees clockwise for bottom-to-top airflow in sama case 20/15
msi b660m mortar wifi ddr4 mobo vrms have coil whine crackle-hum using turbo boost, most likely related to powerstate/frequency switching (disappears when fully loaded or not doing anything) or concurrent with putting load on the integrated graphics, tried a whole bunch of bios settings to stop it, C1E enabled reduces it. integrated graphics culprit unverified due to case and difficulty with it; haven't tested a discrete card to eliminate igpu cause. latest bios(v19) at the time is flashed, need earlier bios version for avx512 capability, tried to get that instruction set working but found out it involves tainting my kernel and i don't use windows but if you do, the only os-side step is to move the specific intel microcode file out of system32. replaced the ilm with the thermalright one. includes right angle usb3 header adapter. 100/100
msi b660m a pro ddr4 wifi 2nd hand from 12400 guy. has smudge on backside near cpu bracket from alcohol solubility test on the paint; backside is alcohol soluble. has same scent as others from him. he did a bad paste job on cpu area and shipped it that way, i cleaned it up (no socket pins got paste on them thankfully because he didn't remove cpu from the board) tested and it works. comes with windows 10 pro key. the m.2 wifi card was worked, but putting it back in this board... i didn't have enough finger dexterity. one of the contact n!pp!es is bent, needs to be bent back. can't get it back out to do that, stuck. includes piece of factory glue that goes between the contacts and holds the leads in place. treat as non wifi version with potential bonus for trying hard enough. anti static bag on one side MAY have trace of urushiol due to being blown away when airing out onto a patch of cracked concrete where two weeks previously had been a sprout which had been disposed of then the area alcohol-doused then two rainstorms. includes right angle usb3 header adapter. 80/70
thermalright 1700 anti-bending ilm silver comes with thermal paste(used once) and original ilm of the mortar mobo 9/8
teamgroup 2x8gb 3200 c16 2nd hand from 12400 guy, works, had somehow strongest scent of them all. 32//25
timetec 2x16gb 3200 c16 dual rank with hynix 8gigabit jjr ic's (lower binned cjr) remember to lock in the voltage to safe level for that ic instead of auto. partially manually overclocked, enabled xmp then increase to gear1 3466mt/s (what i can tell, max speed with the locked vcssa without loosening timings) and the few timings changed are: command rate to real 1N; did not test tighter than tRRD to 6, tRRD_L to 6, and tFAW to 24; tREFI should be able to be higher than 24960 but didn't test; tRFC has errors at 460, can't remember what 480's result was, and 500 is stable. stressapptest for an hour after each change made, no errors. may go tighter, less than 10 attempts worth of tweaking. 70/65
western digital sn770 500gb 2nd hand from the 12400 guy, but didn't notice scent(was under heatsink). has been secure erased. smart data said 2.4tbw. 30/25
samsung 970 evo plus 2tb 2nd hand from best buy geek squad refurbished. smart data indicated literal open box condition. has been secure erased. smart data says 3.28tbw. 98/80
xfx rx460 4gb 2nd hand from a miner in 2021. was dirty but cleaned it, had mining bios, and the standard bios or other custom bios don't seem stable, but it works with a rx560 bios i modded to rx550 clocks. thought i saw something spherically, iridescently marbled green-yellowgreen falling from it when putting it back together after cleaning but couldn't find the drop or where it may have dropped from, capacitors look ok. single fan version. has annoying blue led. requires 6-pin pcie power even though it draws less than 75w. 45/35
sama im01 hohboy, man oh man, this case.... removing the front panel carefully according to the manual causes the top clips to break(so that's why it includes two spares), and is difficult to work in even though all sides but the back come off. can't put a discrete gpu in because it can't go into the slot all the way; something about the mobo tray being depressed or pci slot design prevents it. front left usb3.0 defective (blips then doesn't work) but the right one is functional. pci slot magnetic swinging screw cover hinge is a bit bent because the top and bottom packaging foam were switched in factory(foam cutouts did not align). matx mobo prevents bottom from having second fan if not want to risk mobo header bending. 60/30
lian li lancool 216 black non-rgb model opened the box and took out the inner accessory box on top but put it right back because became busy and never got around to using it. did not take out the case. almost literally open box. do not know state of tempered glass but jiggling box does not make broken glass sound. 100/90
arctic p12 pwm pst 5 pack 2 used in the sama im01, 3 unused 30/25
corsair sf600 platinum 3 months use. powered the 12400 using integrated graphics, don't think total system power exceeded 150w from the wall. 110/110
thermaltake tr2 430np don't know if it was 2nd hand or not. used to power a windows xp office machine which was bought without one. Don't use more than 350 watts; here is a review of the unit showing why- its F-tier but would personally trust it in a system pulling less than 100 or so from the wall. one cable with 20+4-pin motherboard connectors one cable with 6-pin pcie connector one cable with 4-pin 12v connector one cable with 3 molex connectors two cables with 3 molex and 1 floppy connector one cable with 2 sata connectors one molex-to-sata converter 20/5
cablemod black modflex EPS 4+4 pin 45cm extension sf600 needs the extension to reach the mobo receptacle in the sama case 9/9
hp zr24w + ergodepot J2 monitor arm 60hz, 1920x1200, 24inch. 12 years use. ccfl backlight has been on for ~3.3 years. came with a scratch not noticeable when on most of the time. has smudges from over a decade of use, not trusting myself to clean it without scratching. includes J2 monitor arm (desk clamp), but makes it skew a little. when powered on, it knocks channel 6 out of the airwaves until it is turned off. flickers below 100% brightness. 50+40?(90?)/50+20(70)
tecknet um013 mouse awful scroll wheel. defaults to the lower of the two dpi settings every time it loses power; does not save setting. 2 months use. 6/3
redragon karura k502 rgb keyboard 2nd hand. works, but did not verify all keys. 20/8
presonus eris E3.5 studio monitors were on my desk for 10 days and powered on at low volume for under an hour, may be low amount of specks of dust, and the speaker wire had been connected, but otherwise is as if you opened up a new one. didn't like the space they took up and preferred my headphones, but B&H would not take these back because i told them i used the included speaker wire. no joke. 90/80
samson go mic 2nd hand. works, good shape. usb condenser with omni/-10/cardioid switch and 3.5mm jack. has sticker covering the led to diminish the brightness. 25/15
xbox 360 wired controller didn't use it often, but owned it for a really long time. the left thumbstick has worn down, is low tension, and can drift slightly if off center to the northwest. 10/4
asus xonar dx 2nd hand. used for a few months in 2011 but was too close to gpu intake so put it away. 30/18
logitech c600 webcam model V-U0007 12/5
Summary first number taken from recent reasonable hardwareswap/ebay sales and amazon(when first two no/little results) and second number what i'd pay for the item in question if I was someone else, based on what is known of the condition. Paid 1300+ for just the parts bought in the last year, so imo this is a super deal if you are in the area. Total: 1299/1073
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2023.06.02 15:05 _Veslo_ Turn signals working improperly - sporadically

I have an intermittent problem with turn signals on my 03 R1. When I check before ride, it works normally but after some time during the drive it behave like hazards but only on front. It doesn't matter if I push left or right, just the front signals start flashing but not rear - also they flash rapidly like when the bulb is busted.
Sometimes it stops on it's own, sometimes after a while when engine is not running. Can't test it properly for all possibilities as I don't want to ride with faulty turn signals.
Yes, my front signals are LED, rear are not. It worked normally for approximately a year after install. LED signals are not the cheap ones and have integrated resistors to be used as working right out of the box, but I know it may be the possibility they are faulty.
Have anybody had this problem or knows where could be the culprit of it or anything I could try before sending it to the shop?
Any help would be much appreciated, thanks.
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2023.06.02 14:53 07sparky87 Another contractor beat my price

Another contractor beat my price
I’ve been working on a “design build” for a local package store owner. He owns a nice small package store in my neighborhood, and in January leased a space that used to be a small grocery store, to build another much larger liquor store. I’ve been working with him since then designing it- all open concept, service mount conduit everywhere for the industrial look. Industrial led pendants, two massive coolers, office, POS system, internet/ Wi-Fi, speaker system, the works. Landlord is providing the lighting, fire alarm and 200 amp panel existing, I would be providing everything else. My price was $42,000. Told him I would definitely give a big discount because I’ve know him almost ten years and it’s down the road from my house, directly next to a cigar lounge I wired. He sends me a text yesterday, saying he awarded the job to another contractor. I said thanks for letting me know, why did you choose him? The owner said, his price was $20,635. My materials including markup were about 18k, I quoted 200 man hours. Am I missing something? His price was LESS than half of mine?
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2023.06.02 13:59 dreftzg [Daily News] Oris Introduces A Very Purple Aquis, Hamilton Gives Groovy 70s Pan Europ Automatic The Ultimate 70s Color, IWC Slips White Dial Into The Mark XX And Arken Is A Fantastic Dual Time Affordable Watch

It's Friday and it looks like there's a bunch of watches in this edition that are supper affordable and aim way above their price point.

What's new

Oris Introduces A Very, Very Purple Hölstein Edition 2023 Aquis, The First Without A Date
For the fourth year in a row, Oris has announced its 2023 Hölstein Edition. Every year on June 1, Oris releases a 250-piece limited edition to celebrate the registration of its company in its hometown of Hölstein, Switzerland, on June 1, 1904. And this year they have for the first time used their Aquis diver for the special edition. And boy, is it special. First of all, it’s the first Aquis with no date. But, more importantly, it has the purpliest purple dial you have ever seen.
Other than the purple dial and lack of a date window, it’s an Aquis. 41.5mm wide, steel case, gray ceramic bezel insert and 300 meter water resistance. Introducing the watch, the co-CEO of Oris said in an interview that the purple as a dial color and a no-date Aquis were options fans have been asking for from Oris. I get that fans were asking for a no-date option. But purple? So many people explicitly asked for a purple dial? While I find that hard to believe, I won’t complain - it looks amazing.
Inside the watch is Oris’ caliber 400 with a five day power reserve, for which Oris promises 10-year service intervals and provides a 10-year warranty. On the caseback, there's Oris Bear diving in his scuba gear.
The watch will be limited to 250 pieces, available on Oris' website from June 1 for CHF 4,000 (~$4,400), a slight premium over the standard Oris Aquis Date Caliber 400. It’s a very nice shade of purple and it’s cool to see Oris have a bit of fun with watches, introducing this after the controversial Kermit Pro Pilot.
Hamilton Gives Their Groovy 70s Inspired Pan Europ Automatic The Ultimate 70s Color - Beige
Let’s say it again, all together - the 70s were the coolest era of watches. I know you don’t agree. I still think they were. And the good people over at the Swatch Group agree with me. That’s why in 2011 they revived the 1971 Pan Europ Chronomatic, which was one of the first Swiss-made Hamilton watches, equipped with the now legendary Calibre 11. The success of that model led Hamilton to add a simplified non-chronograph version in 2014, a day-date Pan Europ Automatic. And now they are putting out two new versions of that watch, both in very 70s colorways - a light green and a beige sunray.
The cushion-shaped steel case is 42mm wide and has a a polished unidirectional rotating bezel with a burgundy aluminium insert, with numerals indicating 5-minute increments, and marked with one-minute differences for the first quarter-hour. Despite the rotating bezel, this is not a diver, as it only has a 50m water resistance.
Other than the new colors, the dial remains the same, with two cutouts at 3 o’clock for the day and date indicators. The rectangular, sloped hour indices (with middle Super-LumiNova stripes) as well bulged-in the inner bezel ring with the minute track are all very 70s. The nickeled hour and minute hands are also coated with Super-LumiNova, and the second hand is lacquered to match the bezel colour and the markings on the dial.
Inside is the H30 movement, based on the ETA C07 series (Powermatic 80) calibre, an evolution of ETA’s 2824-2 calibre. You can get the watches on a green or beige soft touch leather racing-style strap, closed with a pin buckle, with an additional brown or burgundy NATO textile strap, depending on the dial colour.
The watches are now available as non-limited editions, and the price is EUR 1,195.
IWC Slips White Dial Into The Familiar Mark XX To Celebrate 75 Years Of The Mark Series
If you want an IWC pilot’s watch you will go to their boutique, admire the craftsmanship and impressiveness of the Big Pilot, and you will then buy a Mark series watch, because you are likely not built like Arnold Schwarzenegger and can’t pull off a car wheel on your wrist. Ever since 1993, when IWC launched the Mark XII as a replica of the Mark 11 made for the British Royal Air Force, the Mark series has been seen as the entry-level model in the Pilot’s Watch series, and now IWS is releasing an update to last year’s Mark XX with two new silver-white editions.
If the Pilot’s Watch series of IWC often brings to mind the oversized, almost provocative Big Pilot model (and we mean the real one, not the smaller, simpler 43mm version), there’s another watch that, even though more discreet, might be of even greater importance… The Mark series. First introduced as a watch for the pilots of the British Royal Air Force, under codename Mark 11, it has later become one of the most classic series of the brand, with the launch of the Mark XII in 1993, as a replica now also intended to civilian amateurs. Now known as the entry-level model in the Pilot’s Watch series, this no-nonsense watch entered its Mark XX version last year, and IWC now releases two new silvery-white editions.
The Mark XX measures 40mm wide, 10.8mm thick, 49.2mm long and has a screw down crown giving it a water resistance of 100m. Most of the steel case is brushed for a rugged tool-watch look, with a couple of polished accents. As for the dial, no surprises. It’s all very much Mark series, with a clean layout, highly legible markers and tracks and a time-and-date display. The Mark XX brought some minor evolutions, such as slightly redefined numerals and indices improving time reading and contrast. The two new references get silver-plated dials, blackened hands and black tracks – except for the indices marking the quarters, which are white and luminous.
Inside, the Mark XX has the biggest improvement over the predecessor. Instead of the past ETA and Sellita movements, the XX gets the calibre 32111, a movement made by ValFleurier and also used in the recently launched Ingenieur.
When the brand says they are releasing two new references with white dials, they mean that the only difference is what kind of strap you get them on. You can have it on a black leather strap (IW328207) or a 5-link stainless steel bracelet (IW328208).
The new IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XX White Dial is available now through all priced at EUR 5,700 (incl. taxes) on leather, and EUR 6,800 (incl. taxes) on steel bracelet.
Arken Unveils Their Second Act With The Dual-Time Equipped Alterum
Arken is a U.K.-based microbrand that released its first watch last year. It was a titanium diver called the Instrumentum. It came just in time for summer and as a integrated bracelet sports watch, at the height of the integrated bracelet sports watch craze, it sold out instantly. It’s not that weird that it sold out so fast, considering it had a titanium case, a depth rating of 300 meters and a shockingly low pre-order price of just $500. Here they are, back this year with their second watch and are jumping on another trend bandwagon - the GMT - with their titanium dual-time travel watch called the Alterum.
The Alterum carries over a bunch of the Instrumentum, but this is a much more elegant watch that looks way more expensive than it’s price point. Gone is the aggressive bezel of the diver, replaced by a fixed brushed bezel without any markings. Kind of weird for a GMT… It’s measures 40mm in width, 46mm lug to lug and 13mm in case thickness, but since the bezel is 38mm wide it looks much smaller than it actually is.
Also carried over is the unique handset (although smaller and less aggressive) and distinct hour marker layout intertwined by its own solid track line. Accompanying the handset is a colored lollipop GMT hand and a pair of AM/PM indicators that correspond to each hour hand. The date is at six o’clock and is managed by the screwdown pusher located at four. The main highlight of the Alterum’s dial is its frosted texture, one of which comes in an anthracite gray with an orange GMT hand and another with a black dial and a blue GMT hand. You are completely free to call me crazy, but this watch is giving me Vacheron Overseas "Everest" Dual Time vibes with the orange hand, textured dial, pusher at 4 and even the bracelet.
Inside is a modified Miyota 9015 that the brand calls the ARK-9015DT. And it’s not a slight modification. It has an additional additional 12-hour hand and two AM/PM indicators that work in tandem with each hour hand, which helps a lot since the bezel does not have any markings. The movement also has some peculiarities you won’t see in others. Rotating the hands clockwise moves the entire handset, including the GMT hand, as well as both AM/PM indicator discs. However, moving the handset in the opposite direction will lock the GMT hand and its corresponding AM/PM indicator (left of the dial) allowing you to set the time difference between your local and home times. With the time difference adjusted, you can now adjust the hands moving forward to the correct local time. Since it’s such a weird movement, it can’t exactly be called a caller or a flyer GMT movement, but rather a combination of both.
Arken is offering the Alterum publically via a pre-order with either a grey or a black dial, and both will come on a quick-release nylon strap for $700 on release day (July 1, 2023) or $745 thereafter. Additionally, the brand will offer other versions of the Alterum via a private members-only platform that has been established for those that bought the Instrumentum last year. These include a black dial version with a black cerakoted case and a version with a white dial. While not specifically limited, each of the given colorways will be produced in runs of 200 units, and deliveries are expected to start no earlier than January 2024.
Isotope Teams Up With Watch Customizer Seconde/Seconde/ For Limited Edition Hydrium Diver, A Memento Mori Watch Without A Skull
Seconde/Seconde/ is a brand name for Romaric André, a former financial auditor who has in recent year profiled himself as one of the leading vintage watch customizers, known especially for replacing hands with those of his own design. He has worked with a whole slew of brands, including Vulcain, Nivada Grenchen, Louis Erard, Bamford and H. Moser & Cie, creating watches that take the original and update it with fun. His latest collaboration is with the UK based Isotope, a brand known for their strong visual design and accessible prices and together they created a Seconde/Seconde/ version of the Isotope Hydrium dive watch.
The Hydrium comes in a 40mm stainless steel case with a unidirectional bezel, screw down crown, sapphire crystal and 300m water resistance. The dial is a matte black with a raised lacrima in the center of the dial and a railroad-style minute track printed along the periphery in white with small bright green blocks to denote the hour markers. At the top of the dial is Isotope’s original logo, although it has been overhauled by Seconde/Seconde/ and given a number of bright green updates. The actual letters of the Isotope name have been rearranged to spell “OTOPSIE” (autopsy), with green arrows pointing to where the letters would go if the logo were to be printed normally.
While autopsy might sound a bit morbid, the brand points out that this is a memento mori watch, without a skull. Additional reminders of your mortality are the hands. While the hour and minute hand appear in Isotope’s classic i-shaped format, the bright green seconds hand has a shape that mirrors the appearance of a failing heartbeat on an ECG machine.
The new Isotope Hydrium Seconde/Seconde, a limited edition of 50 pieces, is offered on a quick-release soft black leather strap with a signed microblasted steel buckle. Inside is the Swiss Landeron 24 automatic movement, which follows the same core design as the ETA 2824 or Sellita SW200 but better decorated with perlage and Geneva stripes.
The Isotope Hydrium Seconde/Seconde/ is now available from the brand’s website and priced at GBP 900 (excl. taxes).
H. Moser & Cie Revamps The Streamliner Flyback Chronograph 2.0
Despite being made in just 100 pieces and just before the pandemic, the H. Moser & Cie. Streamliner, a luxury sports watch elements with an unusually fluid shape, was a huge hit for the brand. Since January 2020, the Streamliner has evolved into a collection with time-only, tourbillon and perpetual calendar models. It is now time for the Streamliner Flyback Chronograph to undergo a slight update, entering its 2.0 phase.
There aren’t any huge updates here, but still welcome. The originality of this collection is intact, with its rounded curves. 42.3mm in diameter and with a relative thickness of 14mm, it features a cool radially brushed finish on top. The dial, apart from a single detail, hasn’t changed. It retains its fumé funky blue colour, tachymeter scale on the periphery and hands with Globolight inserts. The one detail that has changed is the logo, which is now made using transparent lacquer… almost like a secret signature, a reminder of the pre-eminence of the product.
Inside the case is the same calibre HMC 907, a movement that is also known as the AgenGraphe and that has been developed by talented movement maker Agenhor. The architecture, an automatic column-wheel chronograph with an innovative horizontal clutch with a friction wheel (to avoid any issues when the teeth intermesh and reduce unwanted jerks), is the same as before, but the power reserve is now boosted at 72 hours. It has been refreshed with new decoration, including Moser stripes angled at 45° and anthracite grey rhodium plating on the bridges and main plate.
Now available and part of the permanent collection, the Streamliner Flyback Chronograph Automatic Funky Blue 2.0 is priced at CHF 45,000.

On hand - a selection of reviews

The Grand Seiko SBGH283 you can only buy at their Studio Shizukuishi in Japan
A review of the Panerai Radiomir California PAM01349 in Brunito eSteel

Watch Worthy - A look at an offbeat, less known watch you might actually like

The new Tool Watch Co. Diver is a lot of watch for not a lot of money
The Tool Watch Co. Diver will be available as of today through the company’s Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. During this period, you’ll be able to order the watch for US$295, and after that, the Diver will cost US$500. Even at its regular retail price, I think this watch delivers a lot of value for its money. But especially at that lower introduction price, it feels like an absolute steal. A titanium dive watch with an automatic movement, 300m water resistance, a sapphire crystal, a very decent titanium bracelet…should I go on? I think that’s really impressive for less than $300!
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2023.06.02 13:55 OldmanRevived I saw one movie (Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse)

If we're well past feeling that the movies are in superhero-overload mode, "Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse" is a film that kind of agrees, laughs off that feeling, and gives us a very good superhero film anyway. Everything that worked in "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" is expanded in this dynamic, imaginative sequel, which takes the story of Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore), an unexpected version of Spider-Man who discovers a multiverse of superheroes just like him, to new heights of action, new depths of emotion, and of course, a large quantity of new dimensions to explore.
The story's gimmick is one that's pretty common within the world of comic books. There are multiple universes, across which different variations of the same hero exist. In the movies, we call such enterprises reboots. In the comics, that's just the way things are. One Peter Parker can exist on the pages of one comic, while a different Peter Parker is having adventures in the other pages of a different book. In a series of co-existing universes such as the one in this film, pretty much anything is possible. "Across the Spider-Verse" takes the idea of limitless possibilities and runs with it.
This one opens with the continuing story of Gwen Stacy (voiced by Hailee Steinfeld), one of the spider-bitten superheroes from another dimension who arrived in Miles' world after a scientific experiment went awry. In Gwen's dimension, she's Spider-Woman, playing drums in a band by day, fighting crime in costume whenever she has a chance, and trying to keep her superhero side gig a secret from her police captain father George (Shea Whigham). In this realm, Peter Parker became a mutant lizard instead, leading to his death during a battle with Spider-Woman and her father's assumption that the vigilante murdered his daughter's best friend. It's complicated.
The first thing to notice here is the extent to which the filmmakers embrace the notions of these different characters and distinct worlds. For the most part, the preceding film had a certain uniformity of design. The style was unique in how it reflected the idea of a comic book brought to life - from being able to see the fine detail of something like dot-print and lines on the characters, to crooked sound lines and on-screen onomatopoeia accompanying the noises of the soundtrack, to split screens and insert panels and text blocks offering little moments of exposition or inner monologue. The rules of visual coherence were tested and ultimately upheld, while the laws of physics were flouted with sublime bravado.
That approach is retained and, indeed, amplified in the sequel to such a degree that, this time, the filmmakers even have the confidence to include more such flourishes. Gwen's world, for example, is a water color-based realm that constantly shifts hues and shape within a scene as a kind of expressionistic heightening of what's happening in any given moment (There's an especially potent effect when, during a heart-to-heart between Gwen and her father, the backdrop begins to melt). From the prologue, we're treated to this bold sense of style, which also allows for Gwen to battle a supervillain who comes from a dimension modeled after Renaissance Italy and has the appearance of a sketch from the era.
For all of the film's breathless chase sequences and hyperactive aesthetic strategies, it also remains surprisingly grounded in very human drama. We can admire the dramatic finesse while also marveling at the unusually offbeat premise and the fount of visual inspiration. There are so many tiny and significant details here that any discussion of the film's look seems destined to become derailed by simply explaining and admiring them. There's a plot to consider, of course, but before getting to that, is it too much to note a few other of those details?
There are a plethora of alternate members of the Spider-Society. One of whom, Spider-Punk (Daniel Kaluuya), has a particularly cunning bit of character design, which incorporates a combination of hand-drawn sketches and magazine cutouts, perfectly matching his devil-may-care, anarchic attitude. Then, there are brief flashes of other worlds, too, that fully embrace various mediums - from stop-motion-animated toys, to a 1930s comic strip, to video games, to live-action flashbacks and cameos to previous iterations of Spider-Man, as well as ancillary characters from those universes.
But I digress. There is a plot to get to. Miles, trying to juggle school and crime-fighting while also keeping his heroic identity a secret from his cop father (Brian Tyree Henry) and his mother (Luna Lauren Vélez), confronts a villain called the Spot (Jason Schwartzman). He seems like a jokey "villain-of-the-week" type, until it becomes clear that the Spot has the ability to travel between dimensions. (Okay, one more comment on design: the Spot has no definition, save for those floating spots of dark matter and the lightly sketched geometric patterns of his body, and he gradually evolves into a graphite-based vision of chaos).
Gwen has been enlisted into an elite group of Spider-People, led by a Spider-Man from the year 2099 named Miguel O'Hara (Oscar Isaac), trying to correct the dimensional uproar caused by the events of the first film. Miles wants in to the group, in order to be close to Gwen and to prove that he deserves to be Spider-Man. But again, it's complicated. When Miguel calls Miles the "original anomaly," stressing that he was bitten by a spider from a different dimension, and was thus never "meant" to be Spider-Man, he rejects the constricting limitations they attempt to set on what he can accomplish.
The film retains its signature tone - moving between humor and sentimentalism with a light touch - but there's a greater effort now to connect Miles' origin story to broader lessons about superhero canons. A canon event is something that happens in every Spider-Man's life no matter what - it's a kind of fatalistic necessity a hero is required to endure in order to actually become a hero. Stopping it from happening can cause the universe to collapse in on itself. Miles feels he can't let this happen, and he's going to have to do something very dark to preserve the integrity of the Spider-Verse. Alas, the movie can't help but adhere to one of Marvel's favorite tactics: eschewing a satisfying resolution in favor of franchise table-setting.
Still, bursting with ideas and visual flair, "Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse" is an affectionate tribute to the creativity and ingenuity that have kept the comics, mainly of the superhero variety, a mainstay of pop culture for almost a century. The story is preposterously complex, but perfectly comprehensible, whether or not you have studied quantum physics. The scale feels vast, yet the spirit is joyous. It's as if everyone involved had set out to make a Spider-Man film that serves as a testimony to the main character's appeal and versatility, which is exactly what they've done. Rarely has this universe felt so fresh.
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2023.06.02 13:40 CanaryRealistic2296 The Roadmap to Intelligent Automation Transformation:

To plan for the post-pandemic world, business leaders are looking for technologies that offer gains in efficiency and save costs. Technologies like robotic process automation (RPA) and intelligent process automation (IPA) therefore continue to gain popularity. However, successful, implementation of intelligent automation requires a well-defined roadmap that outlines the steps and actions required to fulfill its objectives. It also means identifying the right areas that are best suited for automation.
Based on your needs, you may require any one or a combination of the following:
How to Make Intelligent Automation Work for Your Business
Intelligent Automation uses advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and robotic process automation (RPA) to automate complex business processes and tasks. It combines AI algorithms' power with automation's efficiency to improve operational efficiency, reduce errors, and enhance decision-making. There are numerous business applications for intelligent automation across various industries, such as manual processing of data and filling forms. By leveraging intelligent automation, organizations can achieve increased productivity, cost savings, and improved customer satisfaction.
Harnessing the Power of Intelligent Automation for Diverse Firms
Intelligent automation works on several components simultaneously, such as ML, or machine learning, and robotics. For example, ML can receive and analyze customer data like queries, complaints, and tickets, which can be classified and stored into different categories. Robotic process automation (RPA) can automatically respond to queries based on their priorities. ML can also catch any change in customer behavior based on the interaction and, ultimately, any churn risks. Several industries, like manufacturing and logistics, function on complex machinery, and ML can be used to analyze time-sensitive data and spot fault risks.
Retail-based industries thrive mainly on customer data and purchasing histories, and RPA can be applied to collect dispersed data to help AI generate personalised recommendations. Lastly, intelligent automation can help streamline routing and spot any possible bottlenecks. ML brings preventive action to the table, while RPA offers alerts to the relevant workforce.
Reimagining Intelligent Automation in 2023: What's Next?
Gartner's 2023 technology trends for intelligent IT automation include hyperautomation, AI-powered decision-making, intelligent chatbots and virtual assistants, and automation of knowledge work. Hyperautomation is used to automate complex business processes end-to-end, while AI-powered decision-making analyses data and makes data-driven recommendations. Process mining, enhanced security, governance, collaboration between humans and automation, and ethical considerations in automation are emerging trends. Intelligent automation (IA) combines capabilities that enable organisations to mimic, replicate, or augment human activities. It has evolved beyond robotic process automation (RPA) with features such as low-code and no-code development platforms, intelligent document processing (IDP), optical character recognition (OCR), natural language processing (NLP), and machine learning (ML).
More intelligent automation tools are available today than ever before to support business enablement and drive operational efficiency. 2023 will be a year of significant automation potential due to continued talent shortages, soaring labour costs, inflation pressures, and increasing customer demands. Leaders should stay up-to-date on the latest automation trends and technologies to drive innovation.
Unlocking the Potential of Intelligent Automation in Operations & Process Improvement
Intelligent automation plays a crucial role in operations and process improvement by leveraging advanced technologies such as AI, ML, robotics, and process automation. It combines these technologies to streamline and optimize business operations, resulting in increased efficiency, reduced costs, improved quality, and enhanced customer satisfaction.
Concluding the Roadmap: A Top N Overview
The road map to a successful, intelligent automation transformation in 2023 requires a strategic and systematic approach. It includes redefining the vision and objectives, assessing the current state and readiness, building a business case, creating a governance structure, and developing a technology strategy. These steps will enable organizations to leverage automation technologies effectively, optimize processes, and drive meaningful business outcomes. They will also prioritize functions with high automation potential and continuously optimize automation solutions based on feedback and performance metrics.
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2023.06.02 13:23 asianmeals2 The Fascination of Instant Noodles in Malaysia

Instant noodles have become a quintessential part of the Malaysian culinary experience. These pre-packaged, quick-to-prepare meals have gained immense popularity due to their affordability, convenience, and diverse flavours. Instant Noodles In Malaysia are not merely a snack but a cultural phenomenon, enjoyed by people of all ages and backgrounds. This article explores the enduring love affair between Malaysians and instant noodles, examining their history, cultural significance, and the reasons behind their widespread appeal.
Historical Context
The introduction of instant noodles to Malaysia can be traced back to the late 1960s when they were first imported from Japan. As a result of Malaysia's rapid industrialization and urbanisation, the demand for convenient and time-saving food options increased. Instant noodles quickly captured the market, offering a quick and tasty meal solution. Over the years, local manufacturers started producing their own brands, catering to the unique flavor preferences of Malaysians. This led to a proliferation of local instant noodle brands, each offering distinct taste profiles that appealed to different regional palates.
Cultural Significance
Instant noodles have transcended their status as a mere convenience food to become an integral part of Malaysian culture. They are readily available in grocery stores, convenience marts, and even street stalls, reflecting the ubiquity of instant noodles in the Malaysian diet. Instant noodles have also found their way into traditional Malaysian dishes, such as "Maggi goreng" (fried instant noodles) and "Mee kolok" (dry tossed instant noodles). These innovative culinary adaptations showcase Malaysians' creativity in incorporating instant noodles into their traditional cuisine.
Moreover, instant noodles have become a staple for Malaysian students and office workers due to their affordability and ease of preparation. For many, they evoke nostalgic memories of college days or late-night study sessions. The widespread availability of halal-certified instant noodles has also made them a popular choice among the Muslim community in Malaysia.
Flavor Diversity and Innovation
One of the reasons for the enduring popularity of instant noodles in Malaysia is the wide range of flavours available. From the classic chicken and beef flavors to more adventurous options like curry, tom yam, and kimchi, Malaysian instant noodles cater to diverse taste preferences. Manufacturers continuously innovate by introducing new flavors and incorporating local ingredients, such as spices and herbs, to create unique taste experiences.
Instant noodles have undoubtedly left an indelible mark on Malaysian cuisine and culture. Their convenience, affordability, and diverse flavors have made them a beloved choice for Malaysians across all walks of life. From humble beginnings as an imported food item, instant noodles have evolved to become a significant part of the Malaysian food landscape. Whether enjoyed as a quick snack or incorporated into traditional dishes, instant noodles continue to bring comfort and satisfaction to millions of Malaysians, reflecting their enduring appeal in the Malaysian culinary scene.
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2023.06.02 12:27 RohanKumar07 Importance of Pelli Poola Jada Accessories

Importance of Pelli Poola Jada Accessories
Pelli Poola Jada is a traditional South Indian bridal hairstyle that is adorned with stunning floral accessories. These accessories not only enhance the beauty of the hairstyle but also add a touch of elegance to the overall bridal look. If you are planning to adorn a Pelli Poola Jada for your wedding or any other special occasion, it's essential to choose the right accessories to complement your hairstyle. In this article, we will explore the world of Pelli Poola Jada accessoriesand provide useful tips on how to select and wear them.

Importance of Pelli Poola Jada Accessories
Pelli Poola Jada accessories play a crucial role in completing the bridal look. They add a pop of color, texture, and style to the hairstyle, making it look more glamorous and eye-catching. These accessories are carefully crafted with intricate details and often incorporate traditional elements like pearls, Kundan, and colorful beads. By wearing the right accessories, you can transform a simple hairstyle into a mesmerizing one.

Different Types of Pelli Poola Jada Accessories

Hair Clips and Pins

Hair clips and pins are popular Pelli Poola Jada accessories that help in securing the floral decorations in place. There are various types of hair clips and pins available in the market, each offering a unique design and style.

Decorative Hair Clips

Decorative hair clips come in a wide range of designs, including floral patterns, peacock motifs, and intricate filigree work. They are usually embellished with sparkling stones, pearls, and beads, adding a touch of elegance to the hairstyle.

Floral Hair Pins

Floral hair pins are delicate accessories that feature miniature flowers made from fabric or silk. These pins can be inserted into the hairstyle to add a natural and fresh element. They are available in different colors, allowing you to choose the ones that complement your attire.

Hair Combs

Hair combs are another popular choice for Pelli Poola Jada accessories. They are designed to hold the hairstyle firmly in place while adding a decorative element to it.

Decorative Hair Combs

Decorative hair combs are embellished with intricate designs, crystals, and gemstones. They can be used to secure the floral arrangements or add a hint of sparkle to the hairstyle.

Kundan Hair Combs

Kundan hair combs are a traditional choice for Pelli Poola Jada. They are crafted with Kundan stones and showcase exquisite craftsmanship. These combs are perfect for brides who want a regal and traditional look.


Headpieces are statement accessories that instantly elevate the Pelli Poola Jada hairstyle. They are usually worn at the center or on the side of the head, adding a royal touch to the overall look.

Maang Tikka

Maang Tikka is a popular headpiece that sits in the center of the forehead. It consists of a pendant and a chain that extends into the hair, giving a graceful and ethereal appearance. Maang Tikkas are available in various designs, from delicate to bold, allowing you to choose the one that suits your personal style.

Matha Patti

Matha Patti is a headpiece that covers the entire hairline. It is usually worn with a center-parted hairstyle and adds a regal and majestic touch. Matha Pattis come in different styles, including single-tier, multi-tier, and side-tikka designs.

Hair Accessories for Braids

If you are planning to incorporate braids into your Pelli Poola Jada hairstyle, there are specific accessories that can enhance the beauty of the braided look.

Hair Chains

Hair chains are delicate chains that are attached to the hair and draped across the braids. They add a subtle and enchanting element to the hairstyle, making it look more intricate and captivating.

Hair Charms

Hair charms are small decorative pieces that can be attached to the braids. They come in various shapes, such as flowers, stars, and traditional motifs. Hair charms provide a playful and whimsical touch to the hairstyle.

Hair Accessories for Updos

If you prefer an updo for your Pelli Poola Jada hairstyle, there are accessories that can accentuate the elegance of the updo.

Hair Vines

Hair vines are flexible accessories that can be intertwined into the updo. They are usually adorned with crystals, pearls, and flowers, creating a delicate and enchanting look.

Hair Accessories with Chains

Hair accessories with chains are designed to be wrapped around the updo, adding a unique and contemporary touch. These accessories can feature beads, stones, or metallic elements, providing a modern twist to the traditional hairstyle.

How to Choose the Right Pelli Poola Jada Accessories

When selecting Pelli Poola Jada accessories, it's important to consider various factors to ensure a cohesive and harmonious look. Here are some tips to help you choose the right accessories:

Consider Your Hairstyle

Before purchasing the accessories, consider the hairstyle you are planning to have for your Pelli Poola Jada. Different accessories complement different hairstyles, so make sure the accessories you choose blend seamlessly with your chosen hairstyle.

Match the Accessories to Your Outfit

The accessories should match the color scheme and style of your outfit. Consider the embroidery, embellishments, and overall design of your attire to select accessories that complement and enhance the bridal look.

Pay Attention to the Size and Weight

Ensure that the accessories you choose are of appropriate size and weight. Heavy accessories can cause discomfort and may pull down the hairstyle, while oversized accessories may overshadow the overall look. Opt for accessories that are lightweight and comfortable to wear.

Tips for Wearing Pelli Poola Jada Accessories

Once you have selected the perfect Pelli Poola Jada accessories, it's essential to wear them correctly to achieve the desired look. Here are some tips to help you:

Secure the Accessories Properly

Make sure to secure the accessories properly using hairpins, bobby pins, or U-pins. This will ensure that the accessories stay in place throughout the event and prevent any mishaps.

Avoid Overwhelming the Hairstyle

While it's tempting to adorn the hairstyle with multiple accessories, it's important to strike a balance. Avoid overwhelming the hairstyle with too many accessories, as it can take away from the overall elegance and beauty of the Pelli Poola Jada.

Coordinate the Accessories with Your Jewelry

To create a cohesive and harmonious look, coordinate your Pelli Poola Jada accessories with your jewelry. Choose accessories that complement the style and design of your necklace, earrings, and other jewelry pieces.

Where to Buy Pelli Poola Jada Accessories

Pelli Poola Jada accessories can be found in various stores specializing in bridal accessories and traditional jewelry. You can also explore online platforms and marketplaces that offer a wide range of options. It's advisable to purchase from reputable sellers who offer quality products and have positive customer reviews.


Pelli Poola Jada accessories are an integral part of the traditional South Indian bridal look. They add charm, elegance, and a touch of tradition to the Pelli Poola Jada hairstyle. By carefully selecting the right accessories and wearing them correctly, you can create a stunning and captivating bridal look. Remember to consider your hairstyle, outfit, and personal style when deciding Pelli Poola Jada accessories to ensure a cohesive and enchanting appearance on your special day.


Q1: Can I wear Pelli Poola Jada accessories for occasions other than weddings?
A1: Yes, Pelli Poola Jada accessories can be worn for various festive occasions, cultural events, and traditional celebrations.
Q2: Are Pelli Poola Jada accessories suitable for all hair types and lengths?
A2: Yes, Pelli Poola Jada accessories can be adapted to different hair types and lengths. There are accessories designed specifically for short hair, long hair, and everything in between.
Q3: How do I take care of Pelli Poola Jada accessories after the event?
A3: To ensure the longevity of your Pelli Poola Jada accessories, store them in a safe and dry place, away from direct sunlight. Avoid exposing them to moisture or harsh chemicals.
Q4: Can I customize Pelli Poola Jada accessories according to my preferences?
A4: Yes, many sellers offer customization options for Pelli Poola Jada accessories. You can discuss your requirements and preferences with the seller to create a personalized and unique look.
Q5: Are Pelli Poola Jada accessories only for the bride, or can they be worn by other members of the wedding party?
A5: Pelli Poola Jada accessories are primarily associated with the bride, but they can also be worn by other members of the wedding party, such as bridesmaids and close family members, to create a cohesive and coordinated look.
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2023.06.02 12:10 jordan999fire I watched Welcome To Raccoon City and OH BOY! (In-Depth Review)

This is an extremely long and in-depth review of this movie. The TL;DR would be that this movie has some amazing set designs and that's about all it has going for it. The costumes, acting, and story decisions are all either lacking or absolutely insane, and not in a good way. If you haven't seen the film, and you're a die hard fan of the franchise that just has to see it, check it out but beware it's not good. If you're not that die hard of a fan and you're curious if it's any good, no. It's not. Even if you've never picked up a Resident Evil game before in your life, you will still not enjoy this movie as just a zombie film.
With all that being said, here is my in-depth review of: "Resident Evil: Welcome To Raccoon City"
I went into the movie with an open mind. I like Tom Hopper, Robbie Amell, Neal McDonough, and Donal Logue. Donal Logue is even in my favorite TV show for that matter (Gotham). And I thought the trailer looked really cool.
Now, I’m not a long time RE fan. I’d played some of 5, watched people play 7, and that was about it till last October. I saw a stream of someone playing through RE2R and it peaked my interest. I’ve now played some of Zero, got all achievements in REmake, RE2R, RE3R, and I’m only missing one in CVX. (I’ve also got all the achievements in RE:Verse)
So while I’m not a long time fan, I’ve quickly fallen in love with this series, having played REmake (my personal favorite so far) 15 times. And that was all in like a month.
My friend is a long time RE fan and he wanted me to watch the film with him. I’d heard it was terrible, but again, went in with an open mind.
First off, I found it weird that they made Chris and Claire have a connection to Umbrella. I didn’t mind the orphan thing since Claire does tell Sherry that all she has is her brother, but them growing up in the Umbrella Orphanage I wasn’t a fan of.
I also found it very strange that Lisa Trevor had a hole to the orphanage but we will return to that.
I immediately loved how accurate and amazing the sets looked. The set designer clearly was passionate about this project.
On the flip side, I thought the costumes, while looking accurate also, looked cheap. You can tell Leon has no padding in his vest and it looks like just a cheap button up they slapped some patches on.
So we are introduced to Leon, who I actually do not hate in this film, which does not seem to be the general opinion. I see a lot of people talk about Leon seeming stupid in this film, but I disagree. He seems inexperienced and out of his area of expertise, which makes sense with this being his first day on the job. I don't think he does anything particularly stupid in the film that can't be explained by him not knowing any better.
Then we get to the diner section.
I thought it was weird that RPD officers were mocking Leon. Like I can kind of see STARS doing it, with them being the elite of the department, but the two random officers? We don't get that from the games, actually the opposite with the "Welcome Leon" sign.
We are introduced to Jill, Wesker, and Richard... well we are never really introduced to Richard but he's there. I like Jill's actor, I think she was some of the best parts of the film, but as an interruption of Jill wasn't loving it. I always saw Jill in REmake as more of a timid young woman, not a confident and somewhat cocky marksman.
I actually LOVED Wesker in this diner section. When was seeing him get along and joke around with his buddies, I was like, "This is going to make his betrayal later hurt more." I liked the idea of introducing Wesker not as this stoic, brooding, leader but instead of a friendly guy who gets along with everyone. Makes them feel more like a family. I loved it... until later...
Now we get to the Chris and Claire scene and I also was not a huge fan of this. The part I think most of us like about the Chris and Claire relationship is how protective and caring they are of each other. Constantly worrying and trying to save each other, so why in the hell are we introduced to them in this movie as hating each other?!?
I did like seeing the mom and child that were turning and their hair was falling out, although that didn't make total sense since not every zombie had that but I digress. That and the "itchy tasty" scene were really creepy and unsettling. I was getting hyped, and just as a note, despite the negative things I've said, at this point in the film I was still enjoying it. Not loving it, but definitely didn't understand the hate... yet.
Once we are in the PD and introduced to Irons, I was kind of... confused. I assumed Wesker and Irons would've known they were both working for Umbrella and I figured Wesker would be treated as a Captain like he should, not mocked by the Chief, but I assumed it was their cover. Then the pager scene happened, and I was more confused. I came to the conclusion that OBVIOUSLY Wesker is still the bad guy in this film but he just didn't know Umbrella was about to nuke the town... right???
Then we get to the Mansion, again, amazing set design, and I'll say this might be the best version of Brad. Not that he does anything particular but you know what he didn't do? He didn't leave. I was confused about why they didn't have Barry. I also told my friend that it was weird that Richard was there when he's Bravo team but, again, I digress. Around this time I thought I figured the movie out. They were clearly mixing Wesker and Barry. Right now we'd only seen the Barry side of things,but obviously we'd eventually see the Wesker side come out and he'd betray us... right?
Brad dies in a blaze of glory, Richard dies. I made a joke with my friend that the movie was terrible because we didn't get to see Richard's shotgun blast a zombies head off, but, around this time is ACTUALLY when I started to dislike this film. Up until this point I could kind of ignore some of the bad acting, despite loving a few of these actors and knowing they can do better. I could ignore the not great costumes and some decisions, as long as I was still having fun. But around this point, I was not still having fun.
So we finally got the reveal on Wesker... except it wasn't the big reveal yet... right? He was just telling Jill he was hired to get the vials, he's leaving out the whole Tyrant stuff... right?
Anyway, so he reveals he is there to get the vials. Jill says they can't leave and they have to go save the others. Wesker refuses, Jill runs off, Wesker tries to stop her but decides to keep going. Jill finds Chris, finds out Richard is dead, and she says Wesker betrayed them, but... DID HE??? Sure, his mission is shady, but her reasoning is that he was going to leave them all behind to die. But, he has no reason to believe Richard or Chris was still alive and he didn't seem to want to leave Jill. Plus, earlier in the film when Jill says, "You were going to leave us?" It didn't seem like she was referring to him leaving them for dead, but him collecting the money and leaving STARS. When she's telling Chris all this, I felt like I'd missed something in the dialogue. Sure, Wesker was being sketchy, but he wasn't being particularly evil.
Around this time, Leon and Claire have met up. Chief Irons goes off, almost dies, comes back, he's almost killed by a zombie dog, and is saved by Claire, and let me just say, I was not a fan of that AT ALL. Even while watching the film I made it clear to my friend that I thought doing that was disgusting. He asked me why, I told him I know that Claire and Irons don't have the same story as they did in RE2R, but knowing that story, her saving him in this film just feels gross. Like if Leon did it, I could forgive him as saving his Chief. Claire doing it, I understand why, but it just doesn't feel right.
We get to the jail cell scene with Ben, I was disappointed in no Mr. X, but with them combing RE1-3, I figured we might get either Nemesis or RE1 Tyrant so I was okay with it.
Also, this might be a good point to say I liked the nod to CVX with the Ashford twins dragonfly video. I can't remember exactly when that was shown so I'll just add it here.
So, at this point, not only am I waiting on the big reveal of Wesker being evil, I'm also waiting on the reveal of Chief Irons being evil. At some point, we get to the orphanage, we are introduced to a Licker in it's awesome glory, but... Chief Irons dies...
Now like I said at the top, I love Donal Logue, and part of me is kind of glad we didn't see the creepy, murderous, body stuffer version of Irons with him, but at the same time that's integral to the character. Oh, but wait, there's more.
Lisa Trevor saves Claire and Leon. And at first I was okay with it. My theory as to why Lisa never killed Jill in the cabin is because of her being a female that maybe resembled Lisa's mother (doesn't quite work for the Chris playthrough but I always imagined Lisa being more in Jill's story than in Chris'). So I thought maybe it's not just that she recognizes Claire but also the motherly thing... Well then they reveal that Lisa still sees Claire as a friend... and I think this is also where the movie tells us that Lisa was a child at the orphanage that got experimented on. I'm sorry, but in this one scene alone you've completely destroyed one of the best and most interesting characters in Resident Evil and possibly one of the most tragic and terrifying villains in the series. Getting rid of George and Jessica Trevor takes the tragedy that is Lisa Trevor down by a lot of notches. Not that a child getting experimented on in an orphanage isn't still tragic, but the torture alongside her mother, turning her into a total monster, put only in that position because her father was hired to build this Mansion by a crazed and evil madman is far more tragic. And then they continue the mistake by making Lisa Trevor a hero. A GODDAMN HERO!! I'm not saying Lisa Trevor should be depicted as evil, but she should be depicted as a threat. She's a victim, don't get me wrong, but she's still someone trying to kill our main protagonist. But not in this. No, in this she's just a hero. Like I said, I could forgive her killing a licker. One, it's cool, two the whole female mommy thing. But when you remove the second part and just make her show them the way and let them by, you've lost me.
Back at the Mansion, Birkin is getting his vials. Oh, by the way, William Birkin is in this film. I haven't mentioned him because so far THERE HAS BEEN NO FUCKING REASON TO!! Oh, on top of that, Sherry and Annette are in this as well. Annette will be mentioned two more times in this review, and Sherry will be mentioned three. That's right, these two characters who played major roles in the second game really didn't even need to be in this one.
So anyway, as I was saying, Birkin is getting his vials, which he created without the help of his wife apparently, when suddenly Wesker comes in. They have a shootout, Wesker guns down Birkin. Birkin gets a vial, Wesker gets the rest and starts to leave, Annette tries to kill Wesker but he blows her brains out. He starts to leave again and now Sherry tries to kill Wesker, Wesker points the gun at her, then he gets shot. You're led to believe she did it but actually it was Chris, or Jill I don't recall. Wesker lays there, bleeding out, and says that he wouldn't have pulled the trigger, then he dies. No, I'm not joking. The main villain of the first game, side villain in CVX, and main villain in RE5, as well as one of the goddamn faces of the fucking series was killed. I was like, "Oh, must be a fake out." My friend snickered, which I knew meant I was wrong. They actually killed him off. Which begs the biggest fucking question of the goddamn movie... WHY IN THE FUCK DID YOU MAKE HIM WESKER WHEN HE'S PRETTY MUCH BARRY THE ENTIRE FILM!!! Like SERIOUSLY!! I know the rebuttal to that could be that the film NEEDED to have Wesker, and while I would usually agree, I wouldn't necessarily say that's the case for this one, I'll get to that later, but even if the film did need a Wesker, fucking cut out the stupid Lisa Trevor bullshit and take the time you would've put into that into making Wesker. Hell, remove Irons too while you're at it. Don't fucking give me Barry Burton and slap Wesker over his name tag and expect me not to notice. Also, on top of this, Jill forgives Wesker before he dies. I already said earlier that I don't feel like Wesker did anything to seriously betray them and with his final words being that he wouldn't kill a child, I felt like they didn't even attempt to make Wesker a villain in this film.
So anyway, Chris, Jill, and Sherry leave. Birkin comes back. Chris and Birkin fight. The design looks weird, but whatever, by this point of the film I stopped really caring. Also, Leon and Claire are doing something at this point in the film but I'm not joking when I say I literally don't remember AT ALL what they did the rest of this film till the very end.
Birkin dies, oh but wait he doesn't. They escape. They get on the train from the end of RE2R, Leon and Claire are on there as well, Leon ask who the kid is, the same thing the audience has been thinking the entire time, and you think it's over. But in classic RE style, there's a final boss fight. Birkin's design here actually looks okay. The fight is lame, as were a lot of action scenes in this movie actually. Leon pops up and shoots him with an RPG which was so fucking stupid. I get it, it's a nod to the games, but the movie points out how stupid it is by Chris asking where Leon where he got it and him saying he found it. WHY IS IT ON THE TRAIN?!? They could've easily added a line into the movie about the train being mainly used to transport artillery or something, or even just crates with explosive warnings on them. But instead it's like he pulled it out of thin air.
The city is nuked, we hear a broadcast that there were no survivors, just as our heroes walk out of the train tunnel, and the title screen pops up. And by this point, you're so fucking happy the film is over.
So, in my opinion, a better solution to the Wesker problem in this film is make Hopper Barry Burton, change it to he's not getting the vials for money but for his family because they're being threatened. Let us not see the messages on the pager till after Barry dies. When he dies, zoom in and show us that the messages are being sent by Wesker. Setting him up for a villain in the second film.
Another big disappointment with this film, when it comes to story, is the lack of tyrants. Don't get me wrong, Birkin is cool and all, but I'd say tyrants are a staple of the first three games. To not have them in your movie covering the first three games is a big miss imo.
Which leads me into my next topic. I can understand combining RE2 and RE3 into one movie. But all three of the games?!? RE1 doesn't fit naturally into the story of 2 and 3 and therefore either needs to be a prelude or its own movie. And while I say they combined RE3 as well, they really didn't. They had the town getting nuked and that was it. But it's not like the sequel could cover RE3 with the city already being destroyed. Which really begs the question on if they were to make a sequel, where the hell would they go with it? Code Veronica is the only way I could see it making sense. That way we see Chris and Claire get a better bond, maybe have Leon in the film as well now as a government agent, and then lead us into RE4. But that's honestly your best bet. Not that I think this movie deserves, or will get, a sequel.
After watching this film, it really begs the question on why movie and tv shows can't just follow the story already laid out in front of them. I'm fine with some changes, it's understandable. But they botched 3 big villains in this movie, made big characters into nothing more than background characters, and completely ignored 1/3 of the story they were trying to tell. Not to mention, they absolutely left out any giant zombie creatures. We got to see a zombie dog, that was cool, but what about Yawn, Neptune, Black Tiger, any of the giant animal monsters from the games.
As far as a movie goes, not even considering the games, it's still not good. It's not good enough in any genre it tries to be in to actually be considered good. When it comes to horror, it has some moments, but really becomes less scary as the movie goes on. It has its action scenes but minus one in particular, they're all kind of boring and unoriginal. Even as a drama it doesn't work because the story being told isn't that interesting.
And what makes it worse is the acting. I know some of these actors can be great. I've seen them be great in other things. But in this they are not doing it. I don't know Leon or Jill's actors but they honestly bring the best to the movie, but even with that being said there's a good amount of scenes with both of them that just aren't acted well. And after so long you have to come to the conclusion it isn't the actors, it's either the script or the director. Is it just poorly written dialogue or are the actors not getting any direction in how to act during the scene? I don't know, but it's not great.
This movie feels like a B movie made by a fan of the games, but hasn't played the games in a very long time and also thinks they can tell a better story, despite having no idea how to write a good story.
Resident Evil shouldn't be a hard story to tell. Make it a show. Follow the games. Make files in the games into flashbacks in the show. Take the time to develop your characters. Master the horror elements and have SOME action. Make it atmospheric and have the sets, props, and costumes tell the story more than the characters. Make Spencer Mansion, RPD, and Raccoon City feel like a character, not just a set. I'm not saying I could write a Resident Evil show, I have no experience in the field, but I think any Resident Evil fan could've looked at the script for this movie and said, "Yea, this isn't good."
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2023.06.02 11:50 Erwinblackthorn Drawn Together: A Postmodernist Martyr Pt1

Part 2

Recently, I have been hit by a writing bug for a story I’m working on, where the entire thing will be a combination of Warehouse 13 and Kingdom Hearts. I want the story to be a critique of both how postmodernism functions and how it destroys contemporary culture by trying to subvert that which works and that which people enjoy. In order for me to write this story, I am required to study both postmodernism and satire of postmodernism, which has strangely led me to a little cartoon from the middle of the 2000s known as Drawn Together.
It ran for 3 seasons, had a direct-to-DVD movie, and vanished from the face of the Earth after that. Nobody dares to mention it and yet there are tons of youtube clips of it that are filled with praise in the comments. People love the show, yet nobody can mention its name without social backlash from the woke left. Why is that? Well, let’s get into what the show even is to begin with.
Like every chick who dresses as Harley Quinn for Halloween, it has some severe issues that are treated as normal.
Postmodernism was already popular by the time we hit the 2000s, and by this time we have had postmodernist media for about 40 years. An entire generation worth of rejecting modernism. With this, we gained a lot of different media styles and new genres. The internet was growing into something capable of creating flash cartoons, movies like Fredy Got Fingered popularized shock comedy and neo dada, we started to have shock jocks take over the airwaves with uncensored satellite radio, and soap operas for the ladies were being replaced with reality TV.
Postmodernism allows for a blending of media and real life to create a hyper reality where we can’t see where media begins and reality ends. Media is part of our lives, all day every day, in this highly connected and social media focused postmodernist era. Even now, we wake up to our pop music alarm clock that holds notifications to our social media and the only way to escape media is to leave society and never read anything. That’s impossible for most of us, so we’re stuck in this hyper reality where we’re always watching others and we ourselves are always being watched. We’re at a point in history where people can become popular by just filming themselves making a goofy sound, vomiting, or taking off their clothes.
Usually it’s all three.
This should concern everyone, yet we tend to embrace the absurd reality that is postmodernism and reality tv. Despite common belief, reality TV began with Candid Camera, a show from 1948 where people would be filmed while being at the butt end of a prank. This kind of filming was a look into how real people provide real reactions to things when they aren’t expecting certain situations, which is actually in relation to the neorealism film movement that was inspired by the poetic realism french film movement. We enjoy seeing pranks being done because we get to see a real person provide real emotion and it’s no different than seeing a fight break out in real life, or seeing a car crash. It’s that train wreck mentality that keeps us glued to the scene as shit gets real.
Or was it the shit that glues us to the train as our real mentality gets wrecked?
It’s the same reason we love to see game shows and court shows and Jerry Springer. Add in some sexual exploitation like busty Ukranians and you have Naked Funny, which is a show people search for without caring about any words being said, since it’s a show with zero dialogue but plenty of mouth watering mammaries. Have the exploitation be where people are horrifically injured or do something sensational, and you have Jackass. Have a bunch of people pretend to be outraged and engage in scripted events while living in a single house, and you have The Real World.
That’s right: it’s a show with fake situations and it’s called The Real World.
This type of “reality” TV caused a massive issue in media because it allowed incredibly fake situations to pass as real, and there was no way to counter it because people were convinced it’s real. Just like professional wrestling, just like any show featuring a magician and a paid audience, just like any porno, there is a mix of real things and fake things that create this ambiguous state of hyper reality. Yes, a person can actually be hit by a chair or a sledgehammer, but there’s no way someone is going to be trying to win a match by holding their hand over the head of the sledgehammer and lightly tapping the other guy with it. Obviously, they don’t want to hit their co-worker, unless they’re in a porn shoot with a white woman. That’s when it’s fair game.
Postmodernism is a term that postmodernists try to avoid defining, because of the main doctrine of postmodernism: there is no such thing as a truth that can be verified by human experience. This means that anything being stated must be an opinion and thus everything being stated is completely disconnected from one another. A postmodernist is unable to make a clear and definitive statement that is true, because it goes against their doctrine. Everything must be vague and open-ended. Everyone has an equally valid interpretation. With that kind of mentality, art can be anything we want to call art. Rules are there to be broken, especially if they are rules of a broadcasting network. The R rating, the X rating, the unrated, these are products of postmodernism, due to the intention to break rules.
Subjectivity, blurring of genres, juxtaposition, playfulness, skepticism of a grand narrative, intertextuality, irony, pastiche, appropriation; all of these things are what makes postmodernism appealing to the masses. There is no desire to make something good, so the goal is to do something else, like be blindly entertaining or blindly propagandist. There is so much art before postmodernism and so much established through modernism, like science, that the goal of the postmodernist is to deconstruct all of that and make it feel like none of it matters.
Despite all of the deconstructionism and subversion that comes with postmodernism, media still has to appeal to an audience, and an audience reacts well to archetypes. We don’t know who to cheer for if we don’t know who is the heel and who is the good guy. There can’t be drama if there isn’t some red haired succubus or pampered shrew to throw a wrench in the circle of hotties. And at the same time, we can’t have all of them being that type of person, or else there’s nobody to root for. In the most ironic way possible, postmodernism is required to appeal to archetypes even more than modernism, due to the demand for audience retention and interaction.
Every reality show had to have at least one of every archetype, but remember: it’s totally real, everyone. It just so happened that there’s only one sneaky bitch and there’s only one cool guy and there’s only one innocent girl and there’s only one slacker. It was by random, totally not on purpose, and you’re crazy if you think producers are controlling the environment of these shows in any way. Same goes for dating shows like Next. It’s obvious that these people with their one liners and bad acting are being honest with all of us.
If you didn’t get it by now: I’m being sarcastic, these shows are faker than lady boy tits and the apologies from Bud Light for advertising with such fake tits. And yet, people can’t stop watching these pointless shows. Even I enjoy it, because of how dumb it is. A big part of my life after school was relaxing late at night with MTV and watching stupid reality tv shows. Even respectable ones like Cops were dumb because the entire show was about police officers finding people breaking the law. The entertainment comes from people ruining their day or their entire life with one dumb act after another.
You’re probably wondering: What does any of this have to do with Drawn Together?
Well, imagine all of these reality shows mixed into a cartoon and then each cartoon archetype is from a different type of cartoon. That’s Drawn Together, and the show gets more insane from that point on. The eras of cartoons are represented by the cast members who are to live in one house, as a satire of things like The Real World and as parody of cartoon archetypes. You have Princess Clara(a parody of the Disney Princess), Foxxy(a parody of 70s mystery solving cartoons like Scooby-doo), Xandir(a parody of 80s Nintendo and action cartoons), Wooldoor(a parody of 90s style Nickelodeon shows like Spongebob), Ling-Ling (a parody of anime like Pokemon), Spanky(a parody of internet cartoons from the early 2000s), Toot(a parody of 1930s black and white cartoons like Betty Boop and Popeye), and Captain Hero (a parody of 90s superhero cartoons like Batman Animated Series and Animated Superman).
These character types are all based on their known stereotypes when it comes to appearance, with their appearances never really mixing since these are all different types of cartoons from different styles. You never see a Pikachu with a Batman, or a human unmasker talk to a video game character, or a human princess from a fairy tale talk to a farting pig from the internet. These things never happen in their environment because these things don’t mix. Then the show puts all of these unrelatable characters into a single house to provide random challenges in the same way reality tv does in order to juxtapose the genres.
The art styles also are juxtaposed. Captain hero is drawn with a square jaw, while Toot is drawn incredibly circular and with a giant head. Woldor has giant white eyes while Foxxy only has pupils. Xandir and Claira are drawn rather similar, but even they have their differences with colors and the thickness of the outline. To the untrained eye, these are easy to miss, but to the artist, these are great homages to the very style something is drawn in. An important part to note is that these are all based on other things and are meant to represent them as symbols. There’s no reason for any of this, yet the show does it anyway.
This is what postmodernism is all about: doing things for the sake of doing it. Juxtaposition is a big part of postmodernism. Blending genres and mixing them around is a big part of postmodernism. Subverting tropes to claim originality is a big part of postmodernism. Non-sequitur is a big part of postmodernism. This entire show is one of the most postmodernist things you can find out there and I love everything about it.
You might be thinking “Is Erwin sick? He talks day and night about how postmodernism sucks and then says he loves Drawn Together. Is this an imposter?!”No, it’s me. I’m simply able to understand the purpose of the show, and I love the meta attempt in all of it: the show is a postmodernist attack on… postmodernism. Everything in the show is designed to be a massive middle finger to how postmodernism functions, by being the dysfunctional postmodernist mess it is. From how meaningless the challenges are, to how characters can never die all the way, to how 4th wall jokes stop the show, to how there is a mundane message tacked on at the very end. Everything in this show is a jab at postmodernism, but at the cost of the show’s own integrity.
In the story I’m working on, I would be required to present postmodernism in it so that I can critique it. But, if my entire story revolves around only that, then I would be presenting postmodernism the entire time, which means I can’t separate the thing that I’m attacking from my work, just how a story about the evils of racism would have to feature a racist. Postmodernists attacking postmodernists is the same as a racist saying “racism is fine, but only in the way I do it.”
But is all postmodernism really the same? The show is hated now, after all, right?
Yes, it’s hated now, because it(ironically) went against the grand narrative that postmodernists currently hold, but it was part of the narrative that was held during the early 2000s. Barely 20 years ago, less than half of a generation, millennials were being raised by exploitation. I know that the postmodernists hate it when I use this word to describe nearly all of postmodernism, but by definition, it’s exploitation. You can blame the 80s for this, because once home media became popular, we had movies that went straight to VHS and then later DVDs that were able to push the envelope.
That’s what postmodernism started as: a way to push the envelope.
South Park and Simpsons didn’t do things that were part of the status quo. They went against it to then become the status quo right after. In fact, there’s an amazing joke from the show Bevis and Butthead(another example of postmodernism) that captures this phenomena perfectly, where the two go to a radio show because they were the only caller, and then they influence the radio show by saying stuff sucks and stuff is stupid.
Their own stupidity and negativity was seen as a sort of punk culture by the viewers and so they demanded the radio host, who was angry at them, to do the same. And so, the next day, the radio host does exactly what he threw Bevis and Butthead out for doing. This complete hypocrisy that somehow there are rules, but they can be broken if the money is there, is something Drawn Together also tackled.
The entire first season was all about having pointless challenges with a character called Jew Producer, who was a parody of both Richie Rich and Donald Trump. How did they connect these 3? Easy: Donald Trump had a show called The Apprentice, Richie Rich was a cartoon, and a Jewish producer is a Hollywood cliche that's entirely true. A lot of Jewish people produce Hollywood stuff and TV shows. I don’t know why this is a controversial statement or why the left always gets insulted by that fact, but they constantly freak out the second someone mentions that someone like Harvey Winstein exists.
While I’m talking about controversies, Adam Carolla, the voice of Spanky, was blacklisted by Hollywood because he decided to do the cardinal sin of… demanding free speech in a country with free speech as a constitutional right. I know, how dare he! It shouldn’t surprise us that the former hippies who ran Hollywood on the backbone of free speech and demanded freedom of expression are now against… freedom of speech and freedom of expression. Meanwhile, Tara Strong, a proud jewish woman, voices a character like Princess Clara, with Princess Clara being a racist, homophobic, anti-semite who is also in a sexual relationship with her father.
So, let’s recap: a jewish woman is able to do the voice for such a terrible thing, yet an Italian male comedian is not able to ask for the acceptance to joke about such topics.
Why is this even a thing?Well, at first it really puzzled me, but like when we saw the left defending drag queen acts in front of children, it finally clicked. The problem in Hollywood isn’t that something terrible is said or written or put in a show. A white princess saying terrible things is normal to them, because that’s how they view white people. Their fear is that something might make a non-white person look bad. Something might make the LGBT look bad. There might be an “uncomfortable truth” revealed in a chain of unregulated jokes.
One of the most profitable postmodernist comedians around, Dave Chappelle, was canceled over making trans jokes, despite being a good friend of a trans person who killed themselves after… trans advocates hated the trans person due to being friends with Dave Chappelle. The woke are disgusting people, to put it bluntly. Zero people were harmed by Dave’s comedy, yet the woke harassing people has a death toll that’d make Pol Pot take notes on their efficiency.
So the difference between Tara and Adam is that Adam wants to make jokes about anything, while Tara is just doing her job and reading the script. The free thinker is the threat, while the obedient follower is not. That’s why Tara still gets jobs and Adam is off doing a podcast and somehow still making millions. I’m sure he’s wiping his tears with gold bullion over the thought of no longer being able to do voices for farting animated pigs.
But what exactly makes Drawn Together hated?
To be honest, I didn’t even know someone could hate the show until I was around 20 or so. Some online people I chatted with told me how offended they were by the show and I never understood what offended even meant until that era. I watched the show throughout my teen years without a care in the world. To me, it was another adult animated show that tried to do anything offensive and it was funny all around. Some of the subject matter, contains but is not limited to:
All of these things are put in the show to offend us, because the show intends on making people go “ew”. If the constant vomit, blood, shit, piss, burps, farts, cum, sweat, and queefs aren’t a dead give away of them trying to gross the audience out, I don’t know what is. The point of the show is to do exactly what the 90s and early 2000s is all about: doing stuff that is gross so you laugh at how gross it is. Nickelodeon was notorious for this intention of grossing people out, to the point where they would throw green slime around just for fun. As fun as it looks to be drenched in green slime like a Leprechaun bukkake, the goal is to make the audience say “ew… cool!” because that is a male oriented reaction.
And this is where we find the split in postmodernism. When postmodernism began as a means of subverting modernism and regulations, it quickly became a cesspool of creative INABILITY thanks to the woke taking over. We went from freedom of expression to being required to advocate, which is a detriment to comedy. Recently, we had a controversy over a show called Big Mouth, which was hated by the right for being considered pedophilic and indoctrination, because the characters were teenagers dealing with puberty monsters and were depicted as being sexualized.
This is one of the many areas the right is losing the battle on, because so many of them are trying to be Platoist or Mohism, meaning they want some kind of hyper utilitarian and aesthetic free environment due to a hatred of art. Plato believed that art was an “imitation”, that it was a “copy of a copy of a form”. It was a corruption and perversion of reality, thus he saw art as evil. Mo-Zi, a Chinese philosopher who shared a lot of his views, also saw art as a pointless distraction because it’s not the responsibility of the government. These kinds of “right wingers” are accidentally falling for philosophies that pave the way for socialism, so it’s hard to take their positions on art seriously when they can’t see how brainwashed their approach is.
I’m going to go with the Jews on this one and say that art is very important, and so is freedom to make art.
Big mouth is not a show that I will say is one of my favorites, but it’s nothing as how the right wanted to depict it as. Obviously these are just people who wanted the next Cuties outrage and they had a swing n’ a miss. The left, on the other hand, is able to say something like Drawn Together is offensive to them and so it must be canceled. And lo, we have the tumblr people unable to reblog about it, we have reddit radio silent about it, we have twitter people afraid to meme with it, but then it’s still prospering in places like youtube.
People want to watch it, but nobody is brave enough to talk about it in fear of being canceled.
The show is a Martyr in two ways:
  1. It is a postmodernist work attacking postmodernism
  2. It is a dead form of comedy due to both the left and the right trying to cancel things like it
I already went over the second point by talking about Big Mouth, but I will quickly reiterate: the right and the left want to cancel things that are offensive, but for different reasons. Something like Drawn Together would be hated by something like Daily Wire, and yet I am a conservative who loves the show. I understand that the show is making fun of stuff, I understand it’s gross out humor and pointless nonsense. I love that it’s aware of what it is, to the point where they had an episode where Spanky goes to see their #1 critic and it’s a Jewish, conservative, pro-life, born-again, overweight, Asian, homophobic, lesbian broad who cuts herself.
He then straight up tells her that she’s not their audience, so her opinion doesn’t matter on whether or not the show is good. And he’s right, if you aren’t the audience for something, why should anyone listen to your opinion on the thing you instantly don’t like? It’s like if I had an opinion about which sports team is better. I am 100% uninformed about anything sports related, and the only sport I ever willingly watched was professional wrestling. That’s a sport, right?
Either way, the show is aware that it’s offensive. It’s proud to be offensive. Each character has their own way of offending, both when it comes to a group and when it comes to art itself. This is when postmodernism kicks in and subversion is used to create a surreal environment suited for satire and parody.
As a quick reminder: Satire is when a subject is critiqued and parody is when a subject is used for a joke. An example of this would be where satire is when Scream uses movie tropes to figure out a murder and parody is when the alien from Signs pees with his finger in Scary Movie.
Princess Clara is the Disney princess. Usually a Disney princess seeks a prince to live happily ever after, and she is pure of heart. They subvert this by attaching a bit of reality to the word “princess” and have her in a sexual relationship with her father because princesses would sometimes do that to keep royalty in the family. She’s also a racist and Christian, because royalty in Europe was Christian and it’s “old fashion” for a rich white girl to be racist. Although they keep her desire to sing, the lyrics are still going to hold her views about people, so the humor comes in how she delivers terrible things with a cheery tone. Her character is meant to make fun of traditionalist people, all while using the Disney princess as a face.
With the way wokeness is going, I don’t see a difference between Clara and the current Disney princess now.
Foxxy Love is the Hanna-Barbera style mystery character who is meant to solve crimes, most likely inspired by Valerie Brown from Josie and the Pussycats. She suberts the role by causing crimes and being a degenerate all over. She is a slut, she acts ghetto, she constantly has abortions, you know the deal. This juxtaposition comes from the fact that Valerie is meant to be a hippie musician, and black women on reality TV are depicted as ghetto thanks to shows like Flavor of Love. And for those who don’t know, hippie musicians are usually promiscuous and incredibly loose, with zero regard for decency or sticking to one sex partner because they are all about second wave feminism.
Again, ironically the woke have caused this subversion to be their intentional norm for a lot of black female characters, only they see it as virtuous instead of comical.
Wooldoor Sockbat is the Nickelodeon style hyperactive loony toon who is meant to be both stupid and gullible. There’s not much subversion here with personality, but it’s all with how far he’s willing to go with his zany humor, such as randomly threatening to suck someone’s dick and having giant tits out of nowhere, which he will then squish into the camera while crying. He’s meant to be loud and random, just like Spongebob or Stimpy. However, with the way Spongebob has become after their first movie, the only thing separating Wooldoor from something like Spongebob is direct word usage.
Plus, Ren and Stimpy had their adult party cartoon reboot made by the creator, so doing something gay and entirely disturbing is nothing new for that kind of character. I still can’t believe that it came out in 2003. In fact, I can’t believe Ren and Stimpy was on Nickelodeon with the stuff they put in there. But, that’s the appeal of Wooldoor, because he does the stuff people have been doing with characters like him for years. I would even say he’s not much of a satire since he’s so close to the content he’s meant to make fun of.
Xandir Wifflebottom is the 80s action cartoon parody, as well as early video game cartoons. During the 80s and 90s, we had a lot of Nintendo shows like Legend of Zelda, which took after plot scripts like Transformers, GI Joe, He-Man, and other product placement shows during that time. Only a few episodes of Drawn Together make fun of these simple action plots, but this connection between the merchandise advertising shows and video game cartoons is important, since they are the same thing, and it’s a product of postmodernism. Shows during the 80s and 90s that were simply there to sell something with the show, whether it was a game or a toy, were part of this media and real life blur. His gayness comes from how people viewed both He-Man and Link, since Link was a feminine looking elf and He-Man was a muscular dude who didn’t wear a shirt when he’s fighting.
This one is kind of interesting since it touches on the subject of queer coding. The left is so desperate to feel like the LGBT is represented, they will declare something is gay because it “feels gay”. This feeling is based on whoever is attracted to a fictional character, so if gay men are attracted to He-Man, or if they like his outfit, then that means he’s totally gay. Link is a character who has sadly been considered a “gay icon” by websites like Polygon, all because the designers made him rather gender neutral in later games in order for him to appeal to a female fanbase that was growing. And when they say gender neutral, they mean “he’s not muscular and he has a pretty face”, similar to practically any 00s alt rock band memeber.
Apparently, having that and then having gay people make gay fanfics about the character instantly means the character is gay. The show made fun of this queer coding nonsense by making Xandir a raging homosexual that is constantly killed like a Mortal Kombat character.
Captain Hero, my favorite character, is the comic book show hero that we all know and love. He’s meant to save the day from evil villains, but they subvert his role by having him be entirely useless and usually the cause of mass destruction. He has superpowers, but he’s so stupid and useless that he doesn’t use them most of the time, like when he is immune to bullets but he still grabs a random woman to use her as a “hero shield” when getting shot at. His character makes fun of how postmodernist super heroes try to depict the classic hero as a terrible monster or some kind of morally warped anti-hero. This is due to how Batman went from whacky detective to psychotic nut job during the transition from the 60s to the 80s, thanks to influences like Alan Moore’s Watchman and Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns. His character is more like a Superman, which the Bizzaro Superman comics have covered that kind of thing to make way for a super powered idiot who has sex with corpses.
Why does he have sex with dead bodies? Well, because he’s “alien” to us, the point of the joke is that he’s so super powered that he can do whatever he wants, and uses his powers to have sex with something that can’t fight back. Kind of a “he can have any woman he wants, but he would rather have sex with a rotten corpse” kind of thing. Or maybe it’s making fun of how Superman cares about Lois Lane even though she might as well be a rotten corpse to him, because she’s a human and he’s an alien. Either way, it covers a big problem we started to get in the 90s where superheroes were quickly becoming hyper violent assholes who do anything disgusting for the sake of shock value.
Ling-Ling is basically a Pikachu, but here he will battle with anything and cause gory deaths upon his opponent. The joke is that kid shows featuring these little monsters, like Pokemon and Digimon, will have zero blood, and yet the attacks they do are strong enough to cause giant explosions. Thankfully, these go past the typical Dorkly joke and Ling-Ling will also have jokes centered around being Asian and have a made up language that sounds Japanese because he says “kitowa” a lot.
Just like Xandir, Ling-Ling is treated like a punching bag by the others in nearly every episode, and I think it has to do with the video game relation, since Pokemon began as a video game and the show was there as a way of advertising the product. Plus, during the 00s, there was little respect for something like anime, no matter how much someone knew about the golden age of 80s anime.
Spanky Ham is something I’m not really sure what influenced him, but it’s said it might be an early flash cartoon called Evil Piggies. However, there is a flash cartoon from 1997 made by John K, the creator of Ren and Stimpy, called The Goddamn George Liquor Program, that seems more in line with Spanky’s scat fetish. Early internet cartoons usually had people’s faces done in a South Park style, where the mouth moved by cutting the bottom half off and moving that up and down. When I went on Newgrounds during that time, all I would see were stick figures, parodies of existing cartoons, and something like Ctrl+Alt+Del where the characters were drawn as humans in that typical web comic style. He might have also been inspired by Happy Tree Friends, which first came out in 1999, so the idea of cute animals dying randomly, and the crude humor of The Goddamn George Liquor Program might have caused a farting pig to come into fruition.
The joke is that he’s a pig who likes to drink and have sex, as well as be disgusting, but then somehow he’s also like Ren where he has schemes to make money. I forget if there is a word for this kind of character, but he’s the Squidward type who always gets harmed by his own greed. There is also a lot of Fritz the Cat in his character, which was an animated movie based on an underground comic about a cat who would go on sexual escapades. This “cartoon animal doing adult stuff” has been a joke since the 60s, and even Howard the Duck had issues with what Nostalgia Critic calls “duck boobies”. Speaking of adult ducks, there is even a show called Duckman that was made by the same company that made Rugrats.
People treat Bojak Horseman as this hip new thing when it’s simply part of a long line of animated foul mouth farm animals wearing suits.
Finally, Toot Braunstein is the representative of silent cartoons. Betty Boop was seen as sexy for being curvy, and the joke is that Toot is just plain fat and old, with her body hair and repulsiveness, as well as her tits always sagging to her cankles. She is always harming herself because of a self-esteem issue, caused by her weight and age, which is joined by an alcoholic problem due to her being from the roaring 20s. The joke is that she’s that girl in every reality TV show that is completely disgusting to look at, but she’ll see herself as a hot chick despite hitting the wall so hard that illegals can pour through the cracks. Plus, people believe Betty Boop was based on Clara Bow, who was a flapper “it girl” who suffered from hard drug use, schizophrenia, and was constantly rejected for being too fat.
Toot is the only one in the list who’s not directly a product of postmodernism, but there was a particular charm to rubber hose animation(gained its name for how limbs acted like rubber hoses) that continued onward to create things like Ren and Stimpy, Loony Toons, Tom and Jerry, and even some movies that tried to revive properties of the 30s. The Popeye movie is a great example as to how studios in the postmodernist era tried to desperately mix live action with cartoons, and same goes with Who Framed Roger Rabbit with how it was a movie that mixed live action with rubber hose animation.
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