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2020.09.15 19:04 orfane Voting is now live for RPG Superstar!

For those unaware, RPG Superstar! is a big custom creature competition that is partnered with Paizo. From their website:
"In total, 101 user-submitted monsters will be selected and published in the upcoming Roll For Combat Battlezoo Bestiary! This 160-page title will feature all of the winning entires plus support materials created by some of the leading RPG designers in the industry"
This year they received several hundred submissions and selected the top 101 as finalists, with open voting to determine the final ranks. After some Covid related delays, voting is now live!
Highly recommend checking it out to leave feedback, vote for your favorites, and get some ideas. You can also see the kind of criteria professionals use when judging creatures.
Finally, if you submitted creatures that made it to the top 101 feel free to drop a link in the comments to let us know! Self-promotion is allowed by the contest but remember that the contest has rules about discussing the creatures:
"contestants are prohibited from any public discussion that could be considered as adding to, expanding upon, or clarifying the content of their current submissions. This applies to (but is not limited to) interviews, personal blogs, and messageboard posts on paizo.com or elsewhere. Any such discussion may result in disqualification, in the sole discretion of the judges and/or Skyscraper Studios, Inc."
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2020.08.19 13:47 themainheadcase Is Impact x Netflix worth applying to? (submissions not read, diversity, established writers, AI sifting)

http://messageboard.donedealpro.com/boards/showthread.php?t=85053
https://www.reddit.com/Screenwriting/comments/dvz6t9/discussion_dont_apply_to_imagine_impact_unless_a/
Basically, it seems they have an AI sift through the submissions and the ones that the AI turns down don't even get looked at.
What they are looking for is people who are either diverse, have overcome challenges of some sort, or are already established writers.
With this in mind and with the volume of submissions they receive (supposedly 11k before partnering with Netflix, can't imagine how many since then, because this was reported far beyond screenwriting media), is this thing even worth applying to, especially given how long it takes to come up with a pitch and then fill out the extremely detailed application form?
Basically seems like if you're not diverse or established forget about it.
Does anyone have any additional info that might refute this grim picture?
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2019.11.27 15:03 GroceryJohn Comparison of Publix to Walmart

New to the service side of the tracks, I thought I'd share a few of the differences I've noticed after years of working at a Walmart Neighborhood Market. Wow, where to start. It's culture shock. The extremes forgging "Save more, live better" are pummeled by the service and work ethic required to lay claim to being my city's "premier" quality food retailer. But how? To my thinking, Mr. George's greatest stroke of genius was in making associates owners. Believe me, it's rare to see a Walmart Associate (WA) picking-up paper in the parking lot, cleaning out a shopping cart, or wiping down an empty shelf before stocking. Although not always, there seems to be a natural tendency to take better care of that which we own.
Publix Associates (PAs) are generally happier, more content and far less stressed. If any doubt, spend a few minutes reading at any WA messageboard. The number of threads portraying customers as the enemy are frightening, while threads sharing customer service tips are super rare.
While Associate CBT is comparable, WA OJT training is spotty to horrific. Too many WAs have been promoted beyond their abilities, with little to no meaningful leadership training. As you may know, the WA dress code substantially changed last year, and now almost anything goes. While normal to wish for greater choice in what we wear and how we look, like military uniforms, visual consistency is a foundation upon which performance consistency can be readily built.
The PA payscale is superior and although more subjective, allows for significant annual pay increases. WAs get a standard 2 percent pay increase per year. Imagine the frustrations of working beside a brand new associate making nearly as much as you, after devoting a decade of your life to becoming as skilled, knowledgeable and service-oriented as you could. Walmart either lost trust in management's ability to fairly identify and reward worker excellence, or chose to sacrifice skill to the alter of product price.
There are a few things I miss. Every WS you see knows their work schedule for the next 3 weeks. I miss being able to plan life beyond a week.
While Publix benefits are available to family, Walmart's definition of family is broader and includes domestic partners. Regardless of age or health conditions, there are zero questions when signing up for Walmart's basic associate or family member life insurance coverage (I think it's $20,000 max for of no-questions-asked coverage for associates and $5,000 for family members: enough to bury them). Answer yes to any of Publix basic questions and the next set of questions go deeper and deeper, wanting more and more info, including wanting health provider contact info and records.
My greatest concern is having gone from an ability to scan stock or a go-back and instantly, accurately and quickly walking to the correct product shelf home. At Publix, even grocery associates are unable to explain Pubix Pro locations. It's Chinese, especially in HBA (house and beauty aids) .
In Walmart every four-foot shelf section is numbered from 1 to 21, identifying 84 feet of shelves on each side of every aisle. Every product in each four-foot section is consecutively given a position number starting at 001 in the upper left corner of the section and thereafter reading in book fashion from left to right, top to bottom, until the last far-right position on the bottom shelf (for example, position 048). It makes teaching all new associates how to quickly get to the correct home contingent upon one factor: being able to locate a $1,000 scanner (good luck there). Still, think about the millions of man-hours lost each year searching for the proper home. And the WA in produce or dairy is able to print missing shelf labels, where the PA can't.
To my thinking, the biggest difference between Publix and Walmart is associate trust, which goes back to buying-in and ownership. For example, the primary reason so many product homes at Walmart are empty is that the home office has total control over the product replenishment point. While we can raise counts or change self capacity on a label, the PA appears to control replenishment via control over MASC (minimum acceptable shelf count). Today, the only way a WA can zero a count and trigger replenishment is after doing what they term "section work" three different times (after fully stocking outs using top stock or overstock from the backroom, after fully checking modular integrity including the correct number of product facings (which is printed on every product label), and printing and replacing all missing labels. So, if 1 or 2 of an item is missing due to shrink, a product home can, sadly, set empty for weeks.
The attention you guys give customers is awesome. And more than once, the beauty and service creativity I've seen has put lumps in my throat. Thanks for all the threads on here that assisted me in "how to do" simple tasks.
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2019.06.30 20:21 JanuaryCarl Caution: Don’t believe everything you hear from supposed insider “Mr. Rambis”

Lakers fans should pay attention and do some research on Mr. Rambis from Lakersball.com before posting every thing he says as gospel.
First of all, the mods over there have not verified his credibility, in fact one of the mods had this to say: “I'll say this; if you are a fake, you're a really good one.“
They gave him a forum to post over there since he started off pretty harmless just trying to explain current behind the scenes news coming out of the media. However, he started expanding his info into basically the Wikipedia of Lakers intel.
From what he’s told us is that he’s a business partner from the AEG side.
He’s also said a lot of things he say should be and I quote: “Taken with a grain of salt. Basketball rumors are rumors for a reason! And I have been told info that did not materialize in the past!”
But check his history on Lakersball, the first few weeks he was there he was simply explaining behind the scene happenings going on in the front office, then a month later after he got fans to listen to what he had to say, he started posting his “rumors” and all of a sudden now getting confirmation calls about deals that are happening. Yet he has NEVER broken any news. None.
Any supposed claim he has of breaking news is always minutes behind any reports from Woj/Shams, etc. He has broken zero news for a supposed insider.
If you read his posts, he simply takes and recycles what is currently out on the news right now, and simply adds some extra content and making it sound believable without actually breaking any new content.
He started off just being told what was happening on the AEG side to now claiming having direct inside information on everything on Lakers basketball operations, decisions, and even free agent camp intel.
After getting his initial 15 minutes of fame, he’s now posting Lakers trade scenarios and even to go as far as saying what Kawhi Leonard is feeling, like it’s a fanfic novel for Lakers fans.
He’s also gotten obvious information wrong like speaking and meeting with certain people who apparently don’t even work for the company anymore, and when he gets called out he would change or edit his story or feign ignorance.
A real AEG business partner wouldn’t risk his job and also have too much free time to write novels everyday on a messageboard and also know everything going on from the Laker’s basketball operations and what free agents are thinking.
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2018.07.11 09:54 ta987654987 Accutane works for warts

Update:
Took it for 12 weeks with a moderate (.5mg/kg) dose for only for the last five weeks, it seemed to be working and I was hopeful. It definitely slowed down the spreading. Unfortunately it seems that my body would adapt to the new dose so I would up the dose but the lesions kept popping up, slower than before, and not in monstrous scary clusters.
The itching was bearable. These last 2 months on accutane have been so good to me, I wasn’t consumed by this disease.
I weigh 54 kg and by the end of the accutane run I took 40 mg, and more solo bumps popped up and itching came back. So I stopped taking it.
So I guess Accutane works for some people, not me :(
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Here is my story and updates of my lowest-dose-possible accutane journey for fast spreading itchy widespread flat warts & flat warts on my butt & previously on the front
I am surprised there are no hits on reddit for accutane and flat/genital warts.
I have fast spreading clusters of tiny INVISIBLE flat warts on my face and back of hand that I treat with ACV, and a larger stubborn bunch on my bum which do not respond to the treatment, I think they are well established or something.. I got them from my partners genitals.. treated them successfully in the beginning, but over the months he kept re-infecting me. Now the hpv has become resistant to my treatments. His lesions are not visible without ACV. I have Apple Cider Vinegar resistant flat warts :(
They are invisible, but itch, or maybe I catch them early because i feel the itch, I treat with acv and they turn white n puff up bigger and bigger until the center turns dark and then over the next few days it scabs over and falls off.
I’m so tired of the torturous vinegar baths with spray bottle and the burning that I have to endure for 20-45 minutes on a daily basis. Its torture, i've had to take ambien & narcotics to "self operate" . My ass on fire is the worst. pain. i've ever had to endure. I had a stubborn larger (8mm) that just wouldnt go away until I scratched the burned white TCA surface and revealed soft new pink underneath. It took many weeks/months but I finally killed it!
The day that they spread to my neck, I broke down and called my Dr, he did his research and agreed with me and prescribed me 10mg accutane,.. That was 3 weeks ago just today I finally had the courage to start them. But I broke them apart and am starting at 2 mg a day bumping it up slowly because I am terrified of the potentially permanent side effects.
I feel the HPV in my body, as if it has a mind of its own, trying to take over and spread. When I spray ACV on itchy, affected areas, a few minutes into treatment I feel other affected areas get SO itchy all of a sudden. The HPV is responding to me attacking it and it is fighting back.. virus thinks it stands a chance... hehehe
I have been taking taking AHCC, 3000 mg/day on empty stomach since June 1st, but I don’t have 6 months to wait around for a 50% success rate. This is affecting all aspects of my life. My relationship is in shambles because my bf is depressed he did this to me.
I also take: 400 IU Vitamin e multiple times per day to promote healing and prevent scarring, 200 mcg Selenium, Chlorophyll & oregano oil multiple times as of Day 26.
Studies I have read shown a 30%+ success rate for genital warts (like really bad cases) up to 100% clearance rate for face and body flat warts.
http://sti.bmj.com/content/80/3/216
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24547881
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/234100167_Treatment_of_Plane_Warts_with_a_Low-Dose_Oral_Isotretinoin
https://www.acne.org/messageboard/topic/370071-accutane-cured-my-acne-and-warts-side-effects/
I have read peoples experience and it sounds like it will take minimum 3-5 weeks to get rid of warts on accutane. Probably longer on my low dose.
Day 1-11: 1 - 2.5 mg/day. Dry eyes and hands for first few days.
I stopped with the horrible acv treatment since starting accutane and had another big outbreak this week. They spread further than ever this time. They spread up my arm and my neck is COVERED in the entire crease area + around. My left arm/hand has them scattered all over. 3 clusters up past my tricep.. The right arm only has a fraction of the left. I suspect it’s because I’m right handed. I’m not touching myself anymore.
Day 12-18: 5-8 mg/day split into 2 doses, morn & night. Dryness actually went away except I’m pretty thirsty now.
haven’t been able to step foot in public for the last week, while my face heals up from the most recent ACV beating. I hope the scars fade fast.
Since I’ve upped the dose to 5mg/day, certain NEW bumps are itchy are VISIBLE, and I don’t need ACV to raise them to surface. Not sure if it’s good progress or virus progressing normally. I hope it’s da the tane working, and those fuckers are surfacing because they are dying.
My partner finally stopped stressing me out about this topic at this time.
Day 19-24: 10mg/day -extremely itchy thighs/back of legs/from spreading hpv from my bottom... but no visible warts
It became evident fast that my micro dosing was not working. The lowest I found in a successful study is .3mg/kg body weight which is equal to 15mg for me. Perhaps it would work at a lower dose but I cant wait much longer.
My neck and mouth are mostly healed, with the only visible scarring not being noticeable, just below my middle lip, there is slight pinkess and shiny. Not noticeable. My chin and cheeks are baby smooth from the "ACV Chemical Peel" . I still feel itching on my neck and my arms and am selectively spot treating new lone bumps that are too itchy to ignore. No new clusters, just sporadic solo white bumps I am using a toothpick to apply 30% TCA a few times in a row straight to the tiny bump. To be honest I couldn’t give a fuck about scarring at this point. I just need this to go away. But I am being careful and doubt I will scar.
I’m too traumatized to treat whole areas again.. I just pray the accutane works fast enough. The backs of my thighs have been going CRAZY itching me this last week. Something is definitely changing, because the arms are becoming easier to ignore. I think one more week to be able to definitively say that i feel the accutane working. Until then I’m just speculating...
Day 26-28: 15 mg - Neck extremely itchy for 2 days that I thought it was another outbreak, but turns out the itching is from accutane & skin peeling.
Day 29: 20 mg - I have a bad knee from a previous injury, and its causing me some pain at 15-20 mg, I have to be careful not to aggravate the knee, feels dry.
Day 30: 10 mg - itchy bottom, looks like I have ignored the itchy bottom since I last treated it a few weeks ago. ACV/TCA reveals 3 larger lesions around my butt. Started daily TCA treatments with 30% over the bumps a few times in a row, multiple times a day.
Day 31: 20 mg My bad Knee hurts
Day 32: 0 mg
Day 33-44 alternating between 10-20 mg, I’m pleased with my progress. I’m not consumed by this skin disease anymore. I haven’t done full treatments for a month now and I’m so grateful.
Day 45: 20 mg - I am experiencing individual itchy bumps (chest & arms close to previous outbreaks) which do not turn as white when I test them with ACV or TCA. In fact none turn white anymore so so i’ve stopped treatment. I think this is them dying. My thighs still itch occasionally and my butt too. Itching elsewhere is minimal and doesn’t last long.
I’m surprised my bad knee isn’t aggravated anymore when I take 20mg. Only side effects are thirst and dry eyes in morning
Day 46: 10 mg - MILD Chest outbreak still itchy, Started using Retin-A cream .1% on my itchy thighs & chest
Day 47: 0 mg - Random new spots itching all over my body, Feel like I need to bump dose
Day 48: 30 mg - LIPS FINALLY CHAPPING,
Day 49: 20 mg - Just super thirsty no other side effects, itching has stopped
Day 50: 15 mg - Thighs are peeling from daily application of Retin A .1%
Day 51 16 mg
Day 52 20 mg used heaps of sunscreen on face, still kind of burnt face, cheeks feel mildly leathery, also itchy bump on back of hand, treated multiple times with 13% TCA, bump dead
Day 53 15 mg
Day 54 14 mg -
NO NEW OUTBREAKS OF CLUSTERS SINCE BUMPING TO 5+ MG/DAY
up until 20 mg dose daily, I had random lone bumps pop up (nothing like the previous outbreaks)
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2017.08.21 10:11 KayraYouvmir Does Rand REALLY owe the Aiel anything? by Cannoli

Cannoli is probably best known in the WoT fandom for his anti-Egwene post series entitled "Egwene's Evil" in which he analyzes her every action book by book. He's also, however, written at lengths about Brandon Sanderson (he REALLY dislikes his writing) and the faults within the Aiel society. This post focuses on the latter.
I've taken the liberty of cutting some bits that I considred plain inacurate or simply not really engaging. The whole post, if anyone's interested, can be found here.
Disclaimer: I may or may not agree with any of the given criticisms. I simply consider it humorous as well as providing some food for thought.
Without further ado:
Amys: We Aiel are dedicated to honor and duty, and no one may forsake his or her responsibilities, as dictated by honor! Why, when I attempted to quit being a Wise One and return to the job I wanted, the Maidens of the Spear tied me up and dragged me back to the Wise Ones to fulfil my obligation.
Janduin: Yes, that is true. Shaiel, you are pregnant. Honor demands that you temporarily set aside the spear to give birth to the child you conceived through completely volitional acts. You chose to have sex, so it is incumbent upon you to accept the consequences. Or at least run a coat hanger up there or something. Either way, you can't be a Maiden and pregnant.
Shaiel: But I want to stay with the Maidens! I don't want to pause for a couple months to give birth! I'd have to go back to the Three-Fold
Shaiel: Anyway, Jandy-baby, can't I pleeeease stay and kill some more of the people I grew up among? You know I can make valuable contributions to the cause!
Janduin: Umm...well...
Sane person: Don't ji'e'toh, basic species survival instincts and common decency kind of intersect here to mandate you DON'T let this woman expose her child to death in battle, or being born retarded or something from combat-related trauma?
Janduin: Yes, but...
Sane person: Aren't you, in addition to being her own clan's chief and the overall commander of this expeditionary force, renowned for your abilities to persuade people to do what you want them to?
Janduin: Err....
Shaiel: If you try sending me away, I'll tie myself to your leg, you wool-headed looby!
Janduin: That sounds serious. You can stay, babe!
Sane person: What about the baby?
Janduin: Making out with Shaiel Screw him.
Sane person: Yes, I can see you have, by passing on a certain genetic predisposition for vulnerability to ridiculous demands by sexual partners...
Sorilea: Why, oh why does Rand al'Thor have no care for the Aiel? We are his father's people!
Rand: Maybe because Aiel custom & law proved insufficient to induce my parents to do the absolute minimum necessary to prevent my very first experience in life from being infection from unsanitary birthing environment, hypothermia or death by starvation or exposure?
Sorilea: But why do you prefer wetlander ways after being exposed to our wonderful culture?
Rand: Because when a wetlander found a baby abandoned by an Aiel to freeze, starve and die, he took it in and cared for it, while the Aiel reaction to encountering a woman coming into their land attempting to communicate with them is to watch passively while she dies of thirst and contemplate making her walk out of a desert naked.
Sorilea: Um...tag! I have honor over you!
Rand: First thing after Tarmon Gaidon, I'm filing a restraining order against "remnant of a remnant."

Wise Ones: Aviendha, teach Rand al'Thor important things about us Aiel!
Aviendha: Rand al'Thor, this is a brief overview of a culture completely alien to you, complicated by our total lack of a common frame of reference, in order for you to grasp the significance of offering proper respect to the ruler of the first community you will encounter in your capacity as the Car'a'carn.
Rand: Cool, but it turns out my natural decency and manners (at this stage of my life, anyway) are enough to see me through that presentation. Wait, why is Rhuarc groping both those broads?
Wise Ones: Aviendha! How could you have possibly prioritized anything over explaining an irrelevant and uncommon sexual practice! What in the here HAVE you been teaching him? Handtalk? Milking a gara?
Wise Ones: Now we have to glare at Aviendha for spoiling our secret plan to make you like us, despite her total ignorance of a. that plan, b. you in particular and c. wetlanders or men in general.
Rand: Um, she's been okay. It's all my fault.
Aviendha: Asshole! Hope you're not hungry, because you're NOT going to enjoy this coming meal.
Rand: Wow. How could anyone NOT love these people?

Rand: No killing, no theft and no recreational pyromania. Racism no longer constitutes what the lawyers call "valid reason".
Rand's Best Aiel Friend: Okay, so as far as I can tell, Rand al'Thor says we can kill anyone we want, a long as we're willing to wake from the dream afterwards.
Aiel: Oh, okay.
Rand: No, I am trying to say that murder & theft are wrong!
Aiel: What is this "wrong" you speak of? Is this more wetlander humor? Are roosters going to be involved again?

Sorilea: No, really Cadsuane. He has no affection for the Aiel, and just sees us as another spear to use up. Can you believe that?
Cadsuane: That's just awful!
Cadsuane: What about your plan to seduce him into liking you by providing him with an Aiel wife?
Sorilea: Our persnickity little customs and nonsensical honor rituals required the selected candidate to leave him in order to spend months befriending a woman with a prior claim before she could in good conscience propose marriage to him.
Cadsuane: So your own rules are preventing you making Rand appreciate those rules? That's kind of funny! How did your hand-picked wife end up in such a scenario, anyway?
Sorilea: We sort of picked the one woman, in our entire nation of 3 million or so females, who might possibly feel an obligation to honor his wetlander girlfriend's claim.
Cadsuane: Well, I assume you at least picked him a good wife.
Sorilea: We picked him a gender-role-confused girl with a bad temper, zero interest in men, paranoid mistrust of the institution of marriage, prejudice against wetlanders and a grudge against him personally.
Cadsuane: Did she at least have some sort of quality or special attribute that made her such a good choice?
Sorilea: Uh, she was handy when they made the decision to marry him to an Aiel girl.

Rand: Kidnap these wetlander scumbags so I can whip this country into shape.
Aiel: Kidnap? Really? We don't do that! You are insulting our honor!
Rand: Okay, so far your positions are pro-murder as long as the cause is something petty and personal, pro-theft as long as you leave enough so you have something to steal next week, pro-casual sex and child abandonment, pro-slavery as long as it's for ego-driven reasons, and thousands of dead people are acceptable for avenging trees, but salaries are a disgrace, you can make amends to someone for sleeping with their boyfriend by killing him, and initiating a conversation about in-laws is an extremely hostile act. And now kidnapping political leadership of enemies is forbidden? I would REALLY like to know where you draw the line.
Cadsuane: Really, boy! What have I told you about bad manners! Don't know you how rude it is to so publically expose the shortcomings of severely retarded people?
Rand: Yes, that makes sense! Much more sense than another way this conversation could have gone. I begin to see your point about rudeness, Cadsuane. Perhaps it's time to rethink my hardness and start treating people decently. I need to show compassion, and I should start with these walking birth defects.
Melaine: Speaking of which, have I mentioned we're assisting with your children's pre-natal care?
Rand: F***
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2017.07.28 16:28 ataraxic89 Scamming. A Guide.

(x-post from /Discuss_StarCitizen )
edit 2: This makes it all worth it: http://i.imgur.com/rfDONpw.png
Introduction
This is a speculative piece written to talk about how we could use insurance companies in game to get ships, or loot, or weapons, for free. For now we will speak of ships in particular, but many of these techniques may work for loot and equipment as well.
Insurance companies will replace a completely destroyed, or stolen ship. We dont know much about how insurance claims will work but we from comments over the years I think its safe to say insurance will have a monthly fee (hull insurance) call the premium and one time fee when repairing/replacing a ship called the deductible which will probably be a sizeable percent of the total replacement fee. Also, we know that replacement time will take hours, to days, maybe even weeks of IRL time to replace ships.
Insurance may or may not cover a loss depending on the circumstances of a loss, such as the danger rating for the system you were in, but we expect this not to apply if you have LTI. This helps us to exploit the system. LTI ships will be our bread and butter.
The Anatomy of a Scam
Our ending goal is to end up with more value than we started, total, after the deductible, and repair fees, and everything. This may sound obvious but I am willing to bet most of you amatuer scammers hadnt thought to consider the lost profits from the time it takes the ships to be replaced for the original owner as a loss. It is, and we must consider it in our calculations. First, here are the basic steps for a simple duplication scam, which will be our main focus in this document. More advanced scamming will be covered in later articles. If the total costs of the operation exceeds the value of the ship on the ship fence market then the operation is not worth it
  1. A friend of ours has a ship of some value, not too high, not too low, preferably with LTI as this reduces the total cost of the operation, and reduces our risk in not getting a new ship from the insurance company on grounds of unsafe operation.
  2. Physical possession of the ship is transferred to another player(s). While this can be done by simply giving the new owners the passcodes for the ship, it is best to make it look like a legitimate piracy action. Fire a few shots, nothing too much. Preferably have more firepower so that, on paper, giving up the ship was a good idea. Make sure to use in game chat systems to demand they give you the ship, and the original owner should also be angry, but eventually agree to give them the ship if they let him get away. Make it sound real. You don't want to overdo it though, as repair to both the captured ship, and our attacking ships, will reduce our profits. The original owner gives up the ship, and either takes a parasitic ship, or requests a pickup. If you want to be very convincing, you may even "kill" him and send him to a medical facility to be revived. This is very dangerous, and often the additional medical bills reduce our profits. It is only to be used when the ship stolen is extremely valuable and throwing off suspicious is very important. This should take place beyond any governmental bodies sensor range. Either shut down a local relay (another operation, also included in expenses of this one) or do it in unclaimed space. The benefit of the former is lower deductible, less suspicious on fraud, the benefit of the latter is that its less risky, but costs more in deductible and suspicion of fraud.
  3. The original owner makes an insurance claim as soon as they return to a port. Preferably also complain about the loss of their ship to other players at the port, or in whatever is the same as "local chat". Go on about this for at least several minutes. The insurance claim should be filled out as truthfully as possible, which is part of the reason for the acting out the battle mentioned above; obviously dont mention the fact you know them or anything like that. Give only the external description of their ships, nothing you shouldnt be able to know. Dont give too much information, be vague, but accurate.
  4. The deductible. Here is where the first defense the insurance company has against fraud. They will set the deductible to be a serious chunk of the value of the ship. And it will change depending on how often youve lost ships and other factors, like the safety rating where you lost the ship. It will probably fall somewhere between 10-50% of the total, new, value of the ship in this region of space. Getting a good handle on this costs before the operation is important but will take time and experience to suss out, once the systems are in place. Thankfully, the whininess of the playerbase really benefits us here because they will complain, daily, for years about how they dont want to have to pay their deductible for flying into an asteroid. If we are lucky, CIG will eventually buckle and remove (or never implement) deductibles.
  5. Once the deductible is paid the insurance company should give an estimate on replacement for the ship. Could be hours, could be days. Probably the latter for the size of ships worth stealing. At this point I will mention that the original owner does not need to be in your group. They could simply be a passerby that is short on cash, and needs money. In this case, the whole arrangement would be made on the assumption that when everything's said and done, they get a percent of the profit back. We will talk more about this later. As mentioned above, remember to include the lost profits of the missing ship in the expenses of the operation. If someone is without their Orion for 4 days, that's a significant loss of profits, depending on the days, and their playtime. Its best to "lose" a ship on week days, when the original owner may be busy with work, or when they go out of town for a vacation. It is best to time it so they wouldnt be playing anyway.
  6. At the same time as the original owner is waiting on their replacement, you should be moving the stolen ship away from claimed space. You have several options. You could keep it but thats dangerous, if its spotted, the insurance company may hire repo men to take it back, with deadly force. Even if you repel them, your repairs and rearming costs after a fight to keep the ship are also part of the expenses for the operation. You can part the ship out, if it has particularly valuable equipment that was also covered by the insurance. For example, an Aegis Eclipse has very high end equipment, stock, so its parts may be worth reselling and scrapping the rest of the ship. Lastly, and most often, you will want to fence the ship on an unofficial black market. This should be managed out of game, see more on that in the section "Avoiding Prison". The rates on the fence market will almost certainly be significantly cheaper than a legitimate market due to the nature of the ships. Being marked as stolen means they cant be taken to a normal system or port without spoofing, and they risk repo men coming to take the ship. because of this, I expect ships to sell for 50-75% of their legit price. Finding out the value of your intended ship before the operation is important to your profit margin. Another option is to spoof the ship as legit, and try to sell it to another player in game. The benefit here is you can ask the legit (used) price but obviously there are risks to spoofing.
  7. The last, and most important step, calculate all expenses and revenue and determine profit. Make sure it was all worth it. If not, you need to cut costs, or find a new job. More details on considerations of finances in the next section.
Accounting
Piracy, and fraud may seem like a romantic adventure to the novice but in reality, its a business like any other. You must account for your income, your expenses, your risks and rewards and many other things. This session is for a general treatment of this subject. If you plan to run a serious and profitable outfit I strongly suggest you find someone with IRL skills in money management and risk analysis, someone with an MBA or their own business IRL. What follows is only a scratch on the surface of this subject.
As mentioned many times above. You must consider every single expense incurred by your operations to determine if they are actually possible. I expect when the game approaches launch, many would be scammers will try and fail to make a living because they ignored thing like repair or fuel costs as part of their operation.
Here is a list in no particular order of costs to consider. Remember, If the total costs of the operation exceeds the value of the ship however you decide to sell it then the operation is not worth it.
Avoiding Prison
In this section we will talk about avoiding detection. Depending on the situation, detection could mean prison for your character, effectively permadeath, strong fees, or even account bans for certain kinds of fraud. Though that shouldnt apply here. CIG has said fraud is fair game, within reason. In any case, we want to avoid it.
I expect CIG will use out-of-game metrics to try to find fraud. What I mean is they will use things like who youve been in instances with, who youve spoken to in game, who your friends are, orgmates of orgmates, etc, to figure out of youre a scammer. This is fairly reasonable, since insurance companies would spend a lot of time trying to track this stuff.
Generally, just be careful. Assume CIG knows everything you do, say, and who you do it with and say it to. In the end, they know where the ship is. But we want to make sure that CIG dont know we arent just pirates. We cant rely on their word for this. We must assume they are actively trying to root out fraud, even if its in the name of the insurance companies, and that they will use metagame data to do it.
Thank you very much for reading.
edit: I want to add that I dont actually have any interest in fraud. The point of this post is mostly good old thought experiment fun. But also to spur CIG and the community to think about this sort of thing, defensively.
edit 3: from a comment I made below
In this post I am making the point that following the rules would make it very hard for CIG to catch fraudsters even with access to metagame data like contact lists and server instances and private text chats.
Contrary to what a lot of people think, they cant magically develop a system to know the difference between an "authentic" piracy action, and an attempt at fraud. Its not going to be easy. The best way they can do it is by making things like the deductible high to reduce the profit margins, and very harsh in game systems to make spoofing and buy and new ship registry very expensive to make black market prices drop.
Its sorta funny, CIG probably doesnt want to make it impossible to commit fraud. Just very hard. Which is a good thing, imo.
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2017.07.28 16:27 ataraxic89 Scamming. A Guide.

Introduction
This is a speculative piece written to talk about how we could use insurance companies in game to get ships, or loot, or weapons, for free. For now we will speak of ships in particular, but many of these techniques may work for loot and equipment as well.
Insurance companies will replace a completely destroyed, or stolen ship. We dont know much about how insurance claims will work but we from comments over the years I think its safe to say insurance will have a monthly fee (hull insurance) call the premium and one time fee when repairing/replacing a ship called the deductible which will probably be a sizeable percent of the total replacement fee. Also, we know that replacement time will take hours, to days, maybe even weeks of IRL time to replace ships.
Insurance may or may not cover a loss depending on the circumstances of a loss, such as the danger rating for the system you were in, but we expect this not to apply if you have LTI. This helps us to exploit the system. LTI ships will be our bread and butter.
The Anatomy of a Scam
Our ending goal is to end up with more value than we started, total, after the deductible, and repair fees, and everything. This may sound obvious but I am willing to bet most of you amatuer scammers hadnt thought to consider the lost profits from the time it takes the ships to be replaced for the original owner as a loss. It is, and we must consider it in our calculations. First, here are the basic steps for a simple duplication scam, which will be our main focus in this document. More advanced scamming will be covered in later articles. If the total costs of the operation exceeds the value of the ship on the ship fence market then the operation is not worth it
  1. A friend of ours has a ship of some value, not too high, not too low, preferably with LTI as this reduces the total cost of the operation, and reduces our risk in not getting a new ship from the insurance company on grounds of unsafe operation.
  2. Physical possession of the ship is transferred to another player(s). While this can be done by simply giving the new owners the passcodes for the ship, it is best to make it look like a legitimate piracy action. Fire a few shots, nothing too much. Preferably have more firepower so that, on paper, giving up the ship was a good idea. Make sure to use in game chat systems to demand they give you the ship, and the original owner should also be angry, but eventually agree to give them the ship if they let him get away. Make it sound real. You don't want to overdo it though, as repair to both the captured ship, and our attacking ships, will reduce our profits. The original owner gives up the ship, and either takes a parasitic ship, or requests a pickup. If you want to be very convincing, you may even "kill" him and send him to a medical facility to be revived. This is very dangerous, and often the additional medical bills reduce our profits. It is only to be used when the ship stolen is extremely valuable and throwing off suspicious is very important. This should take place beyond any governmental bodies sensor range. Either shut down a local relay (another operation, also included in expenses of this one) or do it in unclaimed space. The benefit of the former is lower deductible, less suspicious on fraud, the benefit of the latter is that its less risky, but costs more in deductible and suspicion of fraud.
  3. The original owner makes an insurance claim as soon as they return to a port. Preferably also complain about the loss of their ship to other players at the port, or in whatever is the same as "local chat". Go on about this for at least several minutes. The insurance claim should be filled out as truthfully as possible, which is part of the reason for the acting out the battle mentioned above; obviously dont mention the fact you know them or anything like that. Give only the external description of their ships, nothing you shouldnt be able to know. Dont give too much information, be vague, but accurate.
  4. The deductible. Here is where the first defense the insurance company has against fraud. They will set the deductible to be a serious chunk of the value of the ship. And it will change depending on how often youve lost ships and other factors, like the safety rating where you lost the ship. It will probably fall somewhere between 10-50% of the total, new, value of the ship in this region of space. Getting a good handle on this costs before the operation is important but will take time and experience to suss out, once the systems are in place. Thankfully, the whininess of the playerbase really benefits us here because they will complain, daily, for years about how they dont want to have to pay their deductible for flying into an asteroid. If we are lucky, CIG will eventually buckle and remove (or never implement) deductibles.
  5. Once the deductible is paid the insurance company should give an estimate on replacement for the ship. Could be hours, could be days. Probably the latter for the size of ships worth stealing. At this point I will mention that the original owner does not need to be in your group. They could simply be a passerby that is short on cash, and needs money. In this case, the whole arrangement would be made on the assumption that when everything's said and done, they get a percent of the profit back. We will talk more about this later. As mentioned above, remember to include the lost profits of the missing ship in the expenses of the operation. If someone is without their Orion for 4 days, that's a significant loss of profits, depending on the days, and their playtime. Its best to "lose" a ship on week days, when the original owner may be busy with work, or when they go out of town for a vacation. It is best to time it so they wouldnt be playing anyway.
  6. At the same time as the original owner is waiting on their replacement, you should be moving the stolen ship away from claimed space. You have several options. You could keep it but thats dangerous, if its spotted, the insurance company may hire repo men to take it back, with deadly force. Even if you repel them, your repairs and rearming costs after a fight to keep the ship are also part of the expenses for the operation. You can part the ship out, if it has particularly valuable equipment that was also covered by the insurance. For example, an Aegis Eclipse has very high end equipment, stock, so its parts may be worth reselling and scrapping the rest of the ship. Lastly, and most often, you will want to fence the ship on an unofficial black market. This should be managed out of game, see more on that in the section "Avoiding Prison". The rates on the fence market will almost certainly be significantly cheaper than a legitimate market due to the nature of the ships. Being marked as stolen means they cant be taken to a normal system or port without spoofing, and they risk repo men coming to take the ship. because of this, I expect ships to sell for 50-75% of their legit price. Finding out the value of your intended ship before the operation is important to your profit margin. Another option is to spoof the ship as legit, and try to sell it to another player in game. The benefit here is you can ask the legit (used) price but obviously there are risks to spoofing.
  7. The last, and most important step, calculate all expenses and revenue and determine profit. Make sure it was all worth it. If not, you need to cut costs, or find a new job. More details on considerations of finances in the next section.
Accounting
Piracy, and fraud may seem like a romantic adventure to the novice but in reality, its a business like any other. You must account for your income, your expenses, your risks and rewards and many other things. This session is for a general treatment of this subject. If you plan to run a serious and profitable outfit I strongly suggest you find someone with IRL skills in money management and risk analysis, someone with an MBA or their own business IRL. What follows is only a scratch on the surface of this subject.
As mentioned many times above. You must consider every single expense incurred by your operations to determine if they are actually possible. I expect when the game approaches launch, many would be scammers will try and fail to make a living because they ignored thing like repair or fuel costs as part of their operation.
Here is a list in no particular order of costs to consider. Remember, If the total costs of the operation exceeds the value of the ship however you decide to sell it then the operation is not worth it.
Avoiding Prison
In this section we will talk about avoiding detection. Depending on the situation, detection could mean prison for your character, effectively permadeath, strong fees, or even account bans for certain kinds of fraud. Though that shouldnt apply here. CIG has said fraud is fair game, within reason. In any case, we want to avoid it.
I expect CIG will use out-of-game metrics to try to find fraud. What I mean is they will use things like who youve been in instances with, who youve spoken to in game, who your friends are, orgmates of orgmates, etc, to figure out of youre a scammer. This is fairly reasonable, since insurance companies would spend a lot of time trying to track this stuff.
Generally, just be careful. Assume CIG knows everything you do, say, and who you do it with and say it to. In the end, they know where the ship is. But we want to make sure that CIG dont know we arent just pirates. We cant rely on their word for this. We must assume they are actively trying to root out fraud, even if its in the name of the insurance companies, and that they will use metagame data to do it.
Thank you very much for reading.
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2017.05.26 22:53 8great7 Madden Trolls?

Who's been trolling Mark Madden? A blog? a messageboard? Has to be coordinated somewhere because the callers all use the same theme for that day. Throughout these entire playoffs he has been getting 3-4 calls a show, every show, trolling him about Maata, Kunitz, Murray, Fleury, whatever.
Kind of odd that the Penguins radio partner is being trolled by loyal Penguins fans in the middle of an SCF run.
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2017.04.12 23:44 gabrusa First OneinFive cohort - find support

Hello all,
A few months ago, I floated the idea on this subreddit (and on /CrohnsDisease) of a platform which would connect people with disabilities/chronic illnesses together, so they can share their experiences and support each other. I'm really excited to finally be launching the first version of this idea.
For now, OneinFive is exclusive to the IBD community - this should help ensure better quality matches (and I understand this community as a sufferer myself). If you're interested in joining, here's a roadmap of the process:
  1. You click here to signup. Signup is powered by a Google form.
  2. Your information is processed by a tailormade matching algorithm. This step could take a couple of weeks.
  3. You are introduced to your partner, and added to a community messageboard. You are encouraged to share your experiences, and give and recieve support from the community.
If you are interested in joining, click the link above. Once you've submitted the application, more information will follow. I'll also be here to answer any questions you might have about OneinFive, or the application process.
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2017.04.12 20:52 gabrusa OneinFive IBD Matching

Hello all,
A few months ago, I floated the idea on this subreddit (and on /IBD) of a platform which would connect people with disabilities/chronic illnesses together, so they can share their experiences and support each other. I'm really excited to finally be launching the first version of this idea.
For now, OneinFive is exclusive to the IBD community - this should help ensure better quality matches (and I understand this community as a sufferer myself). If you're interested in joining, here's a roadmap of the process:
  1. You click here to signup. Signup is powered by a Google form.
  2. Your information is processed by a tailormade matching algorithm. This step could take a couple of weeks.
  3. You are introduced to your partner, and added to a community messageboard. You are encouraged to share your experiences, and give and recieve support from the community.
If you are interested in joining, click the link above. Once you've submitted the application, more information will follow. I'll also be here to answer any questions you might have about OneinFive, or the application process.
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2016.08.07 15:31 ErIDrankWhat Started obsessing about possibly being asexual, it's a vicious cycle

(Just a heads up any asexuals, I have absolutely no intention of bashing your orientation, I only wish I could be so direct and sure of who I am)
This may be a long one, sorry if it's TMI. Recently my obsession with possibly having Asperger's has worn itself out from overthinking and taking about 800 online tests for it 800 times (and getting out more, being around people and reminding myself through socialising that OF COURSE I dont have a neurodevelopmental disorder that can affect social ability or anything like that) but now it's moved back to one I had a while ago where I started worrying I was asexual. Unusually this one feels like it's tied in with where I am in my life now, and linked to outside influence. I'll just get down some details on my thoughts, I'd appreciate if someone could let me know what they think of this...
It started about 2 years ago when a friend casually asked me "any luck meeting anyone?" I replied with "I've dated a couple times but it never goes anywhere really." Now in reality I know this is because this tiny tiny handful of lads that showed an interest in me simply just weren't for me and I felt no spark because I didn't really like them, but went on a date just to give it a go. My friend then said "do you think you might be asexual or something like that?" He was just chucking it out there and probably doesn't even remember saying it, I shrugged it off at the time and my knee jerk reaction in my head was jesus that's a bit dramatic, no of course not. and said "nah that's not it." I spent the rest of the day feeling funny and worrying that this means everyone thinks I "seem asexual" and the red mist descended from there.
-things that tell me I'm not asexual-
I think about sex a LOT. Not in an intrusive thought OCD way, just in a nice way when I'm bored, getting off to sleep or... getting myself off. Sometimes it's faceless figures and I'm watching, sometimes it's with an imaginary character I made up who is a strange hybrid of all the male celebrities I find sexy, sometimes it's with a particular celebrity. I don't fantasise about anyone I know because I'm not attracted to anyone I know, but I have briefly in the past. I felt awkward about it and tried to stop myself, and this was when I was 14. I'm 20 now. My celebrity crushes have always been "he's sexy/I like his personality/sense of humour." Reading what some asexuals say, apparently sense of humour, an attractive face or voice don't count in sexual attraction but then i think SURE they do. If the personality or the sense of humour or the voice makes you want to have sex with that person then its still sexual attraction, surely? When I was younger I didn't really think of it as in "I'd hit that" and didn't fantasise about the crush in that way as such. Now I do. When I was younger I was scared of sex a bit and thought to myself "will I enjoy it ever? Or will I be just doing it because the other person wants to?" I want to now but it makes me uncomfortable that I ever felt like that and aggravates the asexuality worry because having sex just to please your partner without getting anything out of it yourself can be a sign of asexuality.
Most of the music and films I like are about sexual desire. I know asexuals are not necessarily eugh, this has sex in it not watching that and some are fine with the idea of sex on its own, but when I watch a movie sex scene with an actor I find attractive I think to myself "ooh I wish I was on that!" Instead of just "this is interesting" which seems to be what asexuals think when they watch a sex scene or porn or whatever. Point is I see a sexual thing happening and as well as getting turned on by it I think sigh I wish that was happening to me...
-things that make me worry that I am asexual-
My basically nonexistent track record with guys. I haven't even felt close to wanting to have sex or make out with any of the...3... lads that have taken a bit of an interest in me, but that's too few to make a proper judgement. I sloppily made out with someone 2 years ago while drunk, threw up on him and fled the party, and I hadn't even been keen on him. He made the first move and I thought why not? I did feel a dim drunk enjoyment of it though and I wish I hadn't gone and thrown up WKD on him, it might've got more heated if I hadn't. When I go out I must be giving off asexual vibes I wonder, because I get very little attention from anyone I'd like attention from
Recently I've not been able to focus on my usual fantasies or enjoy watching sexual content because I don't seem to get proper enjoyment from it anymore. My mind drifts off to something else and there isn't that longing to be doing something sexual with someone. But it's probably the OCD and stress/depression from it, combined with being stranded in the summer holidays and having anxiety that when I start back at uni and there's a new batch of people to get to know, YET AGAIN there won't be a lad I like. Deep down I know that this is probably because I'm a strong personality who does know what they want. I don't write people off before knowing them but I do know when I'm not interested. I have a loose idea of the kind of someone I'd like to have a sexual relationship with, and that would be someone who is at least a bit like me. Even for a one time thing
Sorry that was so long. I keep ruminating over it, watching sex scenes and imagining myself having sex with a particular person and then assessing whether or not I feel sexual about it, then panicking when I don't, then getting annoyed with people in messageboards who all have their own minutely detailed or worryingly generic and relatable definitions for asexuality... it's such a strange grey area, like the inner debate in my head about the autism spectrum. I can't handle this much doubt... my brief lesbian worries were nicely put to rest by me going "Bicurious! There you go. And look at these statistics. Most women have bicurious feelings and it gets more intense as they get older. Simple as that." Asexuality by comparison is very ambiguous for such a final state and that's what gets to me, and when I read about asexuality for the first time I did NOT have an epiphany that this was relatable to me like I did with Pure O, so I hate this fixation that I have on it. I know it doesn't really make any sense that I would be asexual, but sex feels like an intangible thing to me right now
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2016.05.09 23:43 hartijay I'm looking for info about a poem called "The Old Bachelor's Respite"

I'm a journalism major and for my term project I decided to cover a topic on a poem that has recently been circling around paranormal communities that supposedly has some strange properties to it.
The poem is called The Old Bachelor's Respite. The original author of the piece is completely unknown, and many variations of it exist so it's not exactly easy tracing its origins. While all these versions are different, the overall themes in the poems are the same. The story of why the original author wrote the poem is also the same.
It's said that the Respite poem was written in the late 90's about an elderly, hedonistic millionaire who enjoyed having different sexual partners every night of the week – he is the titular “Old Bachelor”. The Old Bachelor didn't just enjoy the sex, however; the entire process of putting together a romantic night was something he received great pleasure from. But having a different woman every night for years and years grew tiring for him. So for a while he switched to men just to experiment. Then he got into more kinky things: bondage, BDSM, things like that. But all the fun of this would wear off very quickly. So the Old Bachelor began delving into the perverse.
According to the story, the Old Bachelor began cannibalizing his dates, men and women alike, just for the thrill. Some say he would still wine and dine them, but ended the dates with murder. He'd then have their bodies for dinner on the date the night after, a continue on with that throughout the week. Disgusting as it is, it's rumored his favorite thing to eat was a person's throat.
The Old Bachelor was eventually found out and arrested. The story claims that he was killed by one of his victim's brothers who was in the same prison. Not long after, the Respite seemed to arise as if from nowhere.
The poem, in its most frequent form, is as follows (DO NOT read it out loud if you're superstitious):
Light of a candle and swallowing sin,
I've opened my door so that you can come in.
I offer you food over here by the fire
In hopes that you cater my deepest desire.
Hang up your hat, and please stay the night,
I promise I will not deny you a bite.
If at all I've offended and that's all she wrote,
Please do me the honor of biting my throat.
Those who have researched the poem have come to believe that there is something inherently wrong with it and that speaking it out loud can lead to some form of consequences. I interviewed a moderator of a paranormal community messageboard about reciting the poem, and he had this to say:
“Do not do it. Absolutely do not say it out loud. A lot of the stories about the O.B. leave out the fact that reciting his poem can have some serious repercussions.”
When I inquired, he went on:
“Something bites you. I don't know what it is, a ghost, a demon, whatever, but when you say the poem out loud, eventually you will get bitten. It can take hours or days for it to happen, and it hurts like a bitch. I've said it out loud three times and each time I've been bitten. I still have the scars. Third time was so bad I had to visit the ER, fucker got me right on my upper arm. That was enough to make me stop.”
There are others who claim to have said the poem out loud and receiving a bite out of nowhere as a result. Some claim to have spoken only a few lines of it and stopped due to an uneasy feeling they had gotten. These folks did not get bitten apparently, but instead would see a figure out of the corners of their eyes – a figure of an old man, most agree.
Many of those who have allegedly been bitten also reported having very similar dreams of walking into a large, expensive-looking home and being greeted at the door by an elderly man grinning with impossibly-large teeth.
The most fascinating thing I've come across in regards to The Old Bachelor's Respite is a group of people who call themselves “Wingmen”. The Wingmen are men and women of all ages who claim to not just say the poem, but complete an entire ritual that summons the Old Bachelor along with their recital. While most of them are very secretive, contacting one another through a very private and protected forum, I was able to convince one – who asked to remain nameless – what the ritual is and what the Wingmen are all about. Here is what he wrote to me:
“Hi there. I've been interacting with the Bachelor for about fifteen years and I'm more than happy to help you better understand who we are and what we do. Obviously if you're contacting us, you are probably already aware of the TRUE NATURE of the poem. While many people have said it out loud and have gotten marked by our lovely Bachelor, they are unaware that there is much more that can be done should they prove themselves a person of interest to Him.
We call our little ritual 'Date Night', and any person can do it. Here's what has to be done AT MINIMUM in order to bring the beautiful Bachelor into your life:
  1. You must be home.
  2. You may only start when the sun has set.
  3. A table for two must be set up somewhere in the house. You must be sitting at this table upon your recital.
  4. You must have two dishes of any type of food on the table.
  5. You must open the front door of your home and keep it open for the remainder of the night.
  6. Every light in the house must be off. You will sit at the table in complete darkness.
  7. Recite the poem whenever you are ready for your Date.
You'll notice how the poem in itself seems like an invitation. That's because it is. When people invite Him but haven't opened the door or set Him a table, He takes a bite for his trouble. But, should you put Him together a dinner with class, and dress to impress, He'll reward you.
If you waste His time with something that you put no thought into, try and recall the last line of the poem you've recited. Because you've invited Him to more than just dinner 'if at all you've offended.'
So let's go through Date Night. You set up a nice dinner, turn out all the lights, open the front door, and sit down at the table. You must recite the poem loudly and clearly, close to a yell. Within a half hour, you will hear the front door shut. This means He has arrived. Begin eating from your dish as soon as you hear that door shut. You don't have to force anything down, just nibble here and there. Say nothing. You will feel Him sit down at the table with you. Say nothing. Just eat.
If you haven't offended, within an hour, the door will open and shut once more. The very second it shuts, Date Night is over. Turn on your lights and you'll notice the food from the plate opposite from yours on the table will be empty.
Wingmen like myself don't know how exactly it happens, but the next morning you will feel absolutely incredible and will stay in that state of mind for around thirty days. Pure ecstasy for an entire month in which you're confident, healthy, active, and seem to attract nothing but success in everything that you do. I'll tell you now, it is a little addictive (why else would we have a community dedicated to risking everything to feel it?). This is the Bachelor's gift to you.
I am warning you now, though, to not offend even a little during your Date Night should you choose to do one. I've known many Wingmen who had gotten lazy and offended Him by putting together a lackluster dinner, or turning on their cell phones during the Date (I know, right?!). Obviously, they're not around for another chance.
Also, if that front door doesn't shut within thirty minutes (you should always be counting in your head), you've already fucked it up. Run out of the house, go anywhere else, and He might let you go. He needs to feed one way or another, so pray He chooses whatever crap you left Him on the table.
But just so you know, if you offend Him, you offend us. We tend to get a bit protective that way. You don't want to offend us.
I wish you the best of luck. Have a nice Date!”
I myself am too frightened to do anything described above, and the terse warning the Wingman had given me about offending his group kind of unnerves me.
So I am here, now, looking for someone who has performed this Date Night ritual. While I should really try it myself first-hand, I'm not going to risk anything if I can get info from someone else.
Has anyone recited The Old Bachelor's Respite? Will anyone?
THIS INFORMATION HAS BEEN RECORDED BY THE STAFF AT TECHNOHORROR
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2016.02.10 23:18 NorthernArcticStorm USB Keyboard is not being recognized.

Hello,
I just bought a Filco Ninja keyboard. I plug it into my Lenovo X1 carbon and it does not seem to work. Cross-posting this to thinkpad/mechanical keyboards/debian in the hope that someone has some experience with a similar setup.
I am currently convinced that it's something to do with my hardware/BIOS but not sure what exactly, perhaps even something to do with my usb ports being USB 3 (afaik).
I'm getting the following output to dmesg:
Feb 10 11:56:28 Carbon kernel: [ 13.173665] usb 1-1: new full-speed USB device number 9 using xhci_hcd Feb 10 11:56:28 Carbon kernel: [ 13.285618] usb 1-1: device descriptor read/64, error -71 Feb 10 11:56:28 Carbon kernel: [ 13.501507] usb 1-1: device descriptor read/64, error -71 Feb 10 11:56:29 Carbon kernel: [ 13.717370] usb 1-1: new full-speed USB device number 10 using xhci_hcd Feb 10 11:56:29 Carbon kernel: [ 13.829321] usb 1-1: device descriptor read/64, error -71 Feb 10 11:56:29 Carbon kernel: [ 14.045234] usb 1-1: device descriptor read/64, error -71 Feb 10 11:56:29 Carbon kernel: [ 14.261086] usb 1-1: new full-speed USB device number 11 using xhci_hcd Feb 10 11:56:29 Carbon kernel: [ 14.261253] usb 1-1: Device not responding to setup address. Feb 10 11:56:29 Carbon kernel: [ 14.465130] usb 1-1: Device not responding to setup address. Feb 10 11:56:30 Carbon kernel: [ 14.668858] usb 1-1: device not accepting address 11, error -71 Feb 10 11:56:30 Carbon kernel: [ 14.780817] usb 1-1: new full-speed USB device number 12 using xhci_hcd Feb 10 11:56:30 Carbon kernel: [ 14.781001] usb 1-1: Device not responding to setup address. Feb 10 11:56:30 Carbon kernel: [ 14.984686] usb 1-1: Device not responding to setup address. Feb 10 11:56:30 Carbon kernel: [ 15.188495] usb 1-1: device not accepting address 12, error -71 Feb 10 11:56:30 Carbon kernel: [ 15.188539] usb usb1-port1: unable to enumerate USB device Feb 10 11:56:41 Carbon kernel: [ 26.090477] usb 1-1: new full-speed USB device number 13 using xhci_hcd Feb 10 11:56:41 Carbon kernel: [ 26.202440] usb 1-1: device descriptor read/64, error -71 Feb 10 11:56:41 Carbon kernel: [ 26.418333] usb 1-1: device descriptor read/64, error -71 Feb 10 11:56:41 Carbon kernel: [ 26.634144] usb 1-1: new full-speed USB device number 14 using xhci_hcd Feb 10 11:56:42 Carbon kernel: [ 26.746141] usb 1-1: device descriptor read/64, error -71 Feb 10 11:56:42 Carbon kernel: [ 26.961963] usb 1-1: device descriptor read/64, error -71 Feb 10 11:56:42 Carbon kernel: [ 27.177887] usb 1-1: new full-speed USB device number 15 using xhci_hcd Feb 10 11:56:42 Carbon kernel: [ 27.178100] usb 1-1: Device not responding to setup address. Feb 10 11:56:42 Carbon kernel: [ 27.381859] usb 1-1: Device not responding to setup address. Feb 10 11:56:42 Carbon kernel: [ 27.585653] usb 1-1: device not accepting address 15, error -71 Feb 10 11:56:43 Carbon kernel: [ 27.697596] usb 1-1: new full-speed USB device number 16 using xhci_hcd Feb 10 11:56:43 Carbon kernel: [ 27.697734] usb 1-1: Device not responding to setup address. Feb 10 11:56:43 Carbon kernel: [ 27.901683] usb 1-1: Device not responding to setup address. Feb 10 11:56:43 Carbon kernel: [ 28.105303] usb 1-1: device not accepting address 16, error -71 Feb 10 11:56:43 Carbon kernel: [ 28.105328] usb usb1-port1: unable to enumerate USB device 
I've trolled through various messageboards looking for answers but nothing seems to work.
If anyone could help, I would be very appreciative.
I can post more logs later if necessary. Thanks.
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2015.04.27 03:27 sirgog An open letter: The failings of MTGO's trading system, and how to solve them

This was originally posted on the Wizards of the Coast boards at http://community.wizards.com/forum/magic-online-general/threads/4145706 , but those boards are totally defunct now.
Warning: Long post ahead. No, I’m not posting a ‘TL:DR’ version, either you can be bothered reading 4000 words or you can’t; if you can’t, I really don’t care. I'm also not mentioning trading-related obvious bugs like the rarity sorting issue, as I have faith WotC recognise it is a problem and will (eventually) get to that.
Disclaimer: This thread was posted in late September 2014. It references some card values that may no longer be even close to accurate if you are reading this at a later date. Such is the nature of #MTGOFinance.
An open letter: The failings of MTGO’s trading system, and how to fix them. Rather than explaining why I think the trading system in MTGO is the most serious ‘big problem’ with the client right now, I want to open by encouraging MTGO players to carry out a small experiment. Over the next week, play as you normally would, and record how long you spend logged into the MTGO client. Don’t count extended AFK time, just the time you are mostly paying attention to the client. Record how long you spend actually playing games of Magic or other related activities like building draft decks, and how much total downtime you have (time between tournament rounds, or time spent acquiring the Mox Emerald your Vintage deck needs, or the time spent trying to sell the Garruk, Apex Predator and the foil Stoke the Flames you just drafted). I believe that if you play either Limited or competitive Constructed much at all, you will find that collection management related downtime – selling unwanted cards, and seeking out desired ones – dramatically cuts into your Magic playing time. Collection management is a big part of paper MTG, but like cards becoming accidentally damaged, or incorrect judge calls, it is something that the digital version of the game can do differently and can do better than paper. This letter is about my proposals to decrease the time wasted on collection management by players, so that we can spend more time on the parts of MTGO that we actually enjoy – competitive-minded decision making in a world of incomplete information and nearly unlimited possibilities.
A bit on trade history: This is background info and can be skipped, but may interest some. MTGO player-to-player trading was originally designed, like many other parts of the game, to mirror paper trading fairly closely. Players can either stick their currently unneeded cards into trade binders (making them visible to prospective trade partners) or they can keep certain cards in reserve. (For example, I might own four City of Traitors that I don't put in my trade binder, but if you have a Tarmogoyf I want I might be willing to make them visible then). All transactions are direct player-to-player trades. Early on, before I started playing on MTGO, the Event Ticket became THE established currency of trading. It could have been packs instead, but for various reasons related to prize support, liquidity of certain boosters, and tickets being a cheaper object than packs, tickets made more sense as a currency. Tix being a trade currency has been given 'official' approval by WotC in many an article since then, for example in DailyMTG.com articles that focus on budget decks. Early in MTGO, card liquidity* was low, until around the era of Betrayers of Kamigawa, when human dealers were phased out in favor of bots. Early bots didn't handle the whole trade, they just spammed a trade message in various channels over and over alerting you to the offers the human behind the bot was offering, but soon the fully automated bots appeared and then became common. Owning a trade bot was initially extremely lucrative and their coding was a guarded secret, but in time they became widespread and margins became lower. Now, it is effectively impossible to be a dealer on MTGO without running multiple bots 24/7, the human element of trading from MTGO's early days is completely gone, and there is third party bot software available to ‘buy’ a license for in exchange for a fee. This isn't an attempt at nostalgia for the old days. I think the automation of trading has been a good thing in general – drafters can offload undesired cards with less effort than before, Constructed players (competitive or casual) can assemble decks more easily and at a lower price, and price speculators can quickly acquire 200 copies of the card they expect to be the Next Big Thing. In short, liquidity in the market has increased, and this is a good thing. However, there are problems as it stands.
( * - For those without economics knowledge, ‘liquidity’ means how easily something can be traded. Increased liquidity generally reduces the gap between buy and sell prices. You can see this in paper Magic, where many dealers will offer a higher percentage of their sell price for highly-in-demand Standard cards they can move quickly than they offer for hard-to-sell cards like a Japanese foil Goblin Welder (even though the latter will command a high price if you find the right buyer).
Problems with the current system: Firstly, event tickets are indivisible, meaning that players cannot trade for low value cards without trusting a bot that has a partial ticket accounting system or finding a mutually acceptable low value trade item. This is not a good system at all as more than 95% of the cards opened in booster packs have a value well south of one ticket. This rewards unscrupulous bot owners (closing one bot and reopening a new account can result in you stealing up to 99 cents from each of a LARGE number of players, this really adds up). It also has nonmonetary effects – it feels much worse to trade for obscure cards. Consider a card like Clone – making a trade of one event ticket for four copies of Clone feels really bad, even when there is the promise of future credit. (At the time of writing, M14 Clone's price was 0.03 tickets on the first bot I checked). This negative feeling extends even to people who value their time - I don't mind spending USD 0.88 for the convenience of quickly finding four copies of a desired card, but I do feel bad about hitting 'confirm' on a trade where I'm getting only 12% of the value of what I am trading away. Secondly, if you want a card, there is no easy way to find someone that has the card you want. You can go to the message boards and find someone that claims to have the card you want, but due to the messageboard reflecting only what people claim to have and a limited amount of characters that can be typed into a message, it will not necessarily be accurate. For example, take two cards at opposite ends of the desirability spectrum, Clone and Cryptic Command. (At the time of writing, the first bot I checked is buying a Modern Masters Cryptic Command at 21.01 tickets and selling at 23.49, there may be better deals out there but I will use those prices to make a point). A search in the client for the text string ‘Cryptic' will find a selection of bots that claim to have Cryptic Command in stock at a certain price. This can be misleading. Often what they mean is 'The last time I updated this message I was selling Cryptic Command at 23.49 tickets, but since then I sold my last copy', or 'The last time I updated this message I was selling Cryptic Command at 23.49 tickets, but since then I decided to up the price to 24.99 tickets and I hope you don't notice or don’t mind'. Your search will also find bots that are offering to buy Cryptic Command at various prices, as well as people that are trading Cryptic Commands but will not disclose their prices. A search for ‘Command' or 'Cryptic Command' will work but will show less results, as people familiar with Magic lingo often abbreviate this card as just 'Cryptic' and those search terms will not connect with this abbreviation. A player unfamiliar with the nuances of MTGO trading and card nicknames may be disheartened to see only a small number of people claiming to deal with this card. It’s worse again if you want a specific edition of the card. Try to find someone – anyone – that will sell you the fourth foil Alara Reborn Maelstrom Pulse you want in order to complete a playset where every card is identical, or an ME4 Tundra. A search for 'Clone' on the other hand will show very few results, as while a large number of players have the card and are happy to trade it, they do not consider this fact worth advertising. Thirdly (and this has already been shown above), there is no requirement that players honour their publically advertised prices. This is a major timewaster for people that are trying to source a card. Many of the larger bot chains have algorithms written into them that actually dynamically increase card prices as you try to buy more copies of it. So buying one Cryptic Command might cost you 23.49 tickets, but buying two might cost you 23.79 tickets each, and four might cost 24.49 each. Fourth, the trade system generally requires people using it to have at least a basic grasp of English (or more specifically, for two trade partners to share a language, but in practice that means English as all bots I've ever seen are in English). My suggestions would overcome that barrier, allowing me (a person who speaks only English) to trade to a player that speaks only Japanese. It would also improve the experience of trading with a person who speaks French as a first language alongside just a few words of English. Fifth, and most importantly, trades require both partners to be online. This dramatically favours bots over human dealers, to the point that human dealers basically no longer exist, and many dealers that sell items bots do not handle well (such as complete sets) often post a classified ad and have a bot auto-reply saying "Hey, thanks for the interest, I'm AFK, try again at 6.30pm Pacific Standard Time". Finally, the trade system as it stands does not support large trades. About a year ago, I traded a very large number of tickets (500 at the time, that was a fair price then although it would not be now) for four sets of Return to Ravnica, and had to talk the set seller through a way to do the trade that didn't expose either of us to potential fraud. Otherwise, I could have let them take 400 tickets in one trade and taken all the mythics and rares, and then blocked them, effectively stealing nearly 100 tickets. This could be much worse with 4x foil sets or other huge transactions, such as trades for a foil Black Lotus. Whilst I believe WotC would take a hard line against using deception in trades, it would be better if the system simply did not allow it.
My suggestions: Firstly, eliminate event tickets and replace them with an account balance that is used to enter tournaments, purchase digital MTGO products from the store and can be used as a currency to conduct trades (but never withdrawn for cash). If there are legal reasons (gambling laws) and/or credit card fraud reasons that prevent this being done, instead introduce a new digital object, the 'chip', which represents one-thousandth of an event ticket. Allow event tickets to be 'opened' like boosters (becoming 1000 chips), and phase out Event Tickets, using chips as the new way to pay tournament entry fees. So you could enter a 2 ticket Constructed 1v1 queue by paying 2 Event Tickets, or alternately by paying 2000 chips. Either of these would solve problem 1 outright. Low value cards would immediately become readily tradeable, as the vast majority of cards still hold a value of at least one-tenth of a cent. Secondly, keep the person-to-person trading interface that exists now, but create and heavily promote a new trading system that mirrors the broker-based market in the MMO EVE Online (and consider paying CCP, the makers of EVE, to help you implement it into MTGO). Copy that system exactly, except do not include any equivalent of EVE's Margin Trading (require a 100% escrow under all circumstances) and do not respect distance/location in the way EVE does. Here's how it would work:
Suggestion #1 - Sell Orders: This is basically a buyout-only ‘auction house’. A 'sell order' is a pledge to sell a card for a certain price, if a buyer can be found in a given timeframe. The card in question is removed from your collection and placed in escrow for the duration of the sell order. If a buyer is found, the card is delivered from escrow to that buyer immediately, and the tickets/chips/account balance is transferred to the seller. If the sell order does not fill, the card is returned from escrow to the seller at the end of the time period. I see no reason to augment the sell order option with an ‘auction house’ or ‘best offer’ options when you have…
Suggestion #2 - Buy Orders: A 'buy order is the reverse - a pledge to buy a card for a given price, if a seller can be found in the relevant timeframe. The entire price of the cards in question is deducted from your account balance and put in escrow (alternately, tix and chips are put in escrow). If a seller is found you get the cards and they get the escrow; if no seller is found, you get the currency back when the order expires. Buy and sell orders can be cancelled at any time if you change your mind, and in the event of the announcement of a card being banned or unbanned in any format, all outstanding buy/sell orders up for that card are immediately suspended until the player next logs on, at which point they will receive a message "The card Show and Tell has been banned in the Legacy format, do you still want to offer 105.003 tickets for each of four copies of Urza’s Saga foil Show and Tell?" Buy and sell orders would be anonymous, and would treat different versions of a card as totally different objects. (Example: a Mercadian Masques Counterspell would be treated as a different item to a Tempest Counterspell, even though many players would consider them interchangeable, however a text search for Counterspell would show both, as well as their foil versions, and the various other printings of the card from 7E, Master's Edition sets, preconstructed decks, promos and other products). Players could look at their objects in escrow, buy orders and sell orders at any time, cancel orders at any time, and modify an individual buy or sell order once per hour. (Once per hour prevents 0.001 ticket price wars being won by bots that are programmed to check if they have been undercut or outbid every minute).
(Continued in a future reply)
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2015.01.03 19:02 fwowitaway Help me [31F] let him [41M] down gently. (Old friends, slept together, LDR, passion, intrigue!)

Hi, /relationships! Throwaway here, but I'm a long-time daily lurker and occasional commenter. I think you all are generally pretty wise.
So I've known "Mike" for 6+ years, mainly from an online messageboard. We'd hung out in person several times (in groups, not alone) beginning in 2012. Before that point, I'd always had a little crush on him for his awesome sense of humor, but he was married with kids and also Just Some Guy On The Internet, you know?
Anyway, Mike and his wife divorced in 2013, and over the next few group gatherings, I found myself wondering if there was a mutual attraction. Back in August, right before he flew off to work on the other side of the planet for four months, I suggested we hang out "just us" and basically invited myself to spend the night. After hours of awkward shyness, we finally established that – yes! – we were indeed both into each other, and we slept together. (The sex wasn't good, but I chalked that up to the hours-of-awkward-shyness, first-time-together thing.)
While Mike was away, we chatted just about every day, and we wound up growing very close. I found myself fantasizing about moving to where he lives and thinking about what kind of stepmom I'd make for his kids. It wasn't hard to get a little carried away! (Complicating things was that I've been in nonmonogamous relationships with two partners for the past few years and felt that I wasn't getting my emotional needs met. I don't want to get too deeply into that topic now, but there was definitely a contrast between my then-somewhat-anarchic love life and Mike's steady, devoted nature.)
I picked him up from the airport in December when he flew home, and just spent a week with him where he lives. Aaaand... it's just not working for me on a couple of levels. We're really not sexually compatible, which is a huge deal to me. He's also pretty relentlessly negative, which I picked up on during the time we were apart; he's gone through a lot of shit (divorce and ensuing issues, workplace, physical health problems) in the past couple years, and had been in therapy before he went away, which I'm strongly encouraging him to return to. But I'm a depressive type myself, and I can't allow myself to get sucked into anyone else's bitterness/rage vortex. It would take all of my (naturally-low) energy to be someone else's Pollyanna, and I'm not going to do it. I can't do it.
Mike seems very happy and comfortable with me, and I know that if we were to be together, he'd probably be pretty content, and I'd be... less so. I love him dearly, and I'm going through my own grief about the realization that it ain't gonna work out. I know that he will be quite devastated. I keep telling myself that it's not All About Me and he's not made of glass, and that letting him know how I feel as quickly and kindly as possible is the best thing. If we can't be friends again, well, there's not much I can do about that. I feel like such a jerk for pursuing him when we were both feeling vulnerable, and possibly ruining our friendship, but what's done is done.
I need to break this to him somehow. Part of me feels like it would be most "honorable" to say it in person, but I also want to give him space to feel his feelings without me there. I'm thinking an email would be best. (Please tell me if I am wrong!) Here's what I have typed so far:
"I had a really nice week with you - so glad to have had the time to [do some stuff we did together].
I know we have both become pretty emotionally invested in each other over the past few months, so it's hard to know how to say what I have to say: that I now know in my gut that we won't work as a couple. It fucking sucks, and no one's to blame; it just is. I know this will be very disappointing for you to read, and I'm really sorry for that, but I think it's best to confront it now. I care very, very deeply for you - hell, I love you - and I want you to be happy, with a partner who's just as happy.
I very much hope we can still be close friends, but I realize that may not be possible, given everything."
I want to keep whatever I say short and sweet, but constructive criticism or suggestions would be very much welcome. Thanks for reading and for your advice, you lovely people.
tl;dr: I seduced an old online friend, he went abroad for 4 months, spent time together upon his return and... it's not gonna work. I feel like a jerk.
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2013.09.23 12:46 SharkinaShark Who was the Original Night Stalker?

The Original Night Stalker is the name given to an unidentified serial killer and rapist who murdered at least ten people in Southern California from 1979 through 1986.
The crimes initially centered on east Sacramento where at least fifty women were sexually assaulted between June 18, 1976 and July 5, 1979.
The perpetrator was dubbed The East Area Rapist. In 2001 the Northern California rapes were linked by DNA to murders in Southern California.
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Criminal Profile:
Further Reading:
Wikipedia Article.
Dedicated Website to the Crimes.
A documentary on youtube, while it is still up.
Another documentary.
A website with more information.
LA Magazine articles and info.
ONS Messageboard
A recent development - x/post from /serialkillers
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2013.06.20 20:45 tabledresser [Table] IAmA: We are the editors of Decibel, America's Only Monthly Metal Magazine. Ask Us Anything!

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Date: 2013-06-20
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Questions Answers
Hey guys, Vince from Metal Blade here. Not so much as a question as it is a concern. Albert, can you stop replying to all of my e-mails with nude photos of Ernest Borgnine? Thanks! ALBERT: Dude, I don’t know what you’re talking about -- that’s clearly Andrew’s cock.
Are the writers at Decibel paid staff members or just volunteers (possibly the bums you were talking about)? ALBERT: Everyone who writes for Decibel is paid. But lest that encourage anyone here to ask to write for Decibel, let me assure you, it’s a fucking pittance.
ANDREW: the only full-time staff people are the two of us and dipshit bruno sitting next to me, who draws all the pictures of j. bennett tongue-bathing rick allen and whatnot. everyone else gets the equivalent of the bus fare they've so richly earned for their invaluable contributions to the greatest metal magazine on earth!
Would you rather fight 100 Danzig-sized Peter Steeles, or one Peter Steele-sized Danzig? ANDREW: i feel bad that i don't have an erection right now.
Who came up with the Flexi-Disc idea? It's great to see you guys innovating in an era where print has, at the very least, lost its footing as the only source of international news in the metal community. ANDREW: that was albert. fuck him, though, cassingles are cooler.
ALBERT: It actually dates back to 2007 when we did our first Pig Destroyer cover. Scott Hull said that he’d love to do a PxDx flexi to include in the issue. I looked into it and no one was producing them at the time. Three years later, Kevin Sharp of Brutal Truth brought it up to me and suggested we do one every month. I thought he was fucking nuts. But when I looked into it again and saw that they were being produced, I started to put together how it could all work. I will say that it is FUCKING EXPENSIVE to produce these every month, but our readership loves them and I think they’re rad as shit. I actually have masters for the next FOUR flexi tracks, so the series shows no signs of slowing down.
So can you explain what exactly went on between Decibel and Southern Lord? ALBERT: Greg Anderson and I agree to disagree. He thinks SUNNO))) is good music and I think it’s dogshit. I think Decibel is cool. He doesn’t. But he thinks SUNNO))) is good music, so there you go…
ANDREW: print equivalent of bob benson and pete campbell
Who's the worst smelling, non Watain affiliated musician you've come across? ALBERT: Not the worst-smelling, but the most interesting is Oderus Urungus of GWAR, who still smells like latex even when he’s just being Dave Brockie.
ANDREW: non-metal/non-jesus-hating: jeremy enigk of sunny day is notorious for his pit stains.
Hey Al and Andrew - firstly, I think your magazine is fantastic. You've opened my eyes to so many new bands, and for that, I thank you. 1 - What was the gateway drug (person/experience/etc.) that got you involved in the wild world of metal to begin with? 2 - What, in your opinion, are the most criminally underrated bands making music right now? ALBERT: Thanks for the kind words – they were unexpected! 1). An elementary school friend named Bernie turned me onto heavy metal in the 5th grade. That was my first exposure to Maiden, Metallica and—amazingly—S.O.D. and King Diamond. He was a total social outcast, but really smart and funny, so we became friends, and then he made me mix tapes. He died while we were in high school, but I feel like he would really appreciate what Decibel represents. 2). Napalm Death. I know what you’re thinking… , but, seriously, based on what they started, how they never stopped and how they’re making some of their best music RIGHT FUCKING NOW, they should sell as many records and concert tickets as, say, Anthrax or Megadeth ANDREW: wow, i feel like i should go with the sincere response here: 1) i was looking for the polar opposite of what i was exposed to every sunday at catholic church in high school, 2) this doesn't really apply to their new album, but north's "what you were": i can't understand why they didn't get tongue-bathed for "falling in perpetuum": it's the best possible example of post-isis metalgaze.
How much of what you cover is pitched by Ppublicity firms? ALBERT: I’d say about 50% maybe is pitched? I think the real question is how much of what is pitched do you totally ignore? That would be 95%.
ANDREW: not nearly enough. i'd like to make some actual $ someday.
Albert, have you considered doing anything in the vein of Choosing Death again? Love that book. ALBERT: Thanks! Honestly, I really want to do a revised and expanded edition of Choosing Death for the 10-year anniversary (fuck, I’m old) of the book next year. It’s just finding the time to do it. I also have another book project I’m co-authoring with a high-profile metal author, but that’s in its infancy. I have no idea how I’m going to do that either.
Do you guys have some kind of rule set up where EVERY album released by Profound Lore gets a glowing review? Just curious. ALBERT: Technically, no. We used to have a rule that we’d gush over every piece of shit Hydra Head released, but now that they’ve fucked off we gotta indiscriminately blow someone, RIGHT?
ANDREW: bruni needs it, his baseball team sucks this year.
Who would win in a fight Peter Steele or Glenn Danzig ? ALBERT: Henry Rollins. The answer is always Henry Rollins.
ANDREW: j. bennett
Is there any way for subscribers to download your flexi single tracks? The flexis sound like ass if they get bent in the mail. Thanks. ALBERT: No fucking downloads, but they are all streaming here. If your flexi gets banged up in the mail to the point where it’s unplayable, just email [email protected] and we'll send you a replacement copy... which may or may not get banged up in the mail.
What's it like running a magazine in the age where very few people actually pick up print copies of things? ALBERT: I don’t really know how to answer this since we’re selling more magazines on the newsstand and more physical subscriptions through the mail and the web right now that at any point in our nine-year history. I mean, I know the landscape is bleak for most print pubs at the moment, but I think we’ve succeeded since we’re a niche publication so we don’t need to sell 200,000 copies every month. And because we’re actually pretty fucking good at what we do.
Huge fan of the magazine and I love the flexis too. ANDREW: bittersweet. i wish we could've coexisted with juggs.
Why no voivod HOF while piggy was still alive? not trendy enough? ALBERT: Who are Voivod? If it’s not on Southern Lord, Hydra Head or Profound Lore, then I have no idea what you’re talking about.
Why do so many bands insist on moody photos wearing plain black ts? Metal bands used to look so crummy and drunk and awesome! ANDREW: pussies stopped smoking and doing blow, probably. health is dumb.
Over at /doommetal every now and then people will start posting "Heaviest riff ever" submissions. What would your pick be? ALBERT: I guess it’s all about how you define “heavy”. For me, the breakdown in Helmet’s “Blacktop” still crushes to this day, although I think you could find a half dozen riffs on the “Morbid Tales” EP that could rival it.
ANDREW: we did a feature on this in the 50th issue. our top choice was "raining blood." going through this right now, haha, holy shit we let torche in?
Has becoming a husband or father changed your relationship with metal? Mellowed you out? Made you want to murder other parents' children while standing in line at IKEA? ALBERT: Being a husband hasn’t changed anything. And honestly, being a Dad really hasn’t changed my relationship with metal either. I have a little girl, so all of the horribly misogynist elements of shit like pornogrind still make me laugh, but maybe wince a little more than they used to. I think everyone wants to murder the parents of other children whether they listen to metal or not. My secret is to get drunk at MDF every year, so you’re well on your way to happiness.
If it hasn't changed anything, what's your secret? ANDREW: he's still a dick
Last year's tour was focused on Black Metal, and this year's was Death Metal. Does this mean 2014 will have the greatest thrash line-up ever assembled? ALBERT: I don’t really agree that last year’s tour was “black metal” since Watain were the only BM band on it. Let’s just call it “Devil-friendly.” Ideally, I’d like as much variation from band to band (let alone year to year) for each tour, so I don’t wanna make each year a subgenre tour. I will say, however, that we have our headliner for 2014 and NO ONE into extreme metal is gonna be bummed about it.
ANDREW: we're partnering with family values for a 15th anniversary tour. except this time orgy headlines.
When is the Geoff Tate "Internet Smear Campaign" issue coming out? it's the controversy of the age... Link to www.youtube.com. ALBERT: As soon as Metalsucks have a print issue available.
What the fuck is with keyboards and falsetto signing in "metal" these days? If I can't do donuts in a Trans Am or torture a small animal while playing it, it ain't fucking metal. ALBERT: THESE DAYS? Shit, this has been happening for, like, 30 fucking years. Is this Adrien Begrand or Jeff Treppel trolling?
ANDREW: save this one for elijah wood at 2:30
What was the hardest Hall of Fame piece that you guys pulled off? ANDREW: i wish chris or panko were here to answer this one. blanking, even though albert tells me all these stories when we get drinks and i forget the next day. i seem to recall rorschach being incredibly difficult, but could be wrong.
ALBERT: Metallica “…And Justice For All” was a fucking nightmare. James didn’t wanna talk so a lot of his quotes from that article are taken from an interview that David Fricke of Rolling Stone did with him in 88 when “Justice” came out. David actually faxed over interview transcripts and saved our asses, as I had foolishly committed to making that piece the cover story of our 50th issue BEFORE all of the interviews were in the can.
Do you guys have any need of interns? I live not far from you guys and would love to see what it's like there! ALBERT: I dunno if we need one right now, though I’m sure Andrew could use help with alphabetizing all of the Gobots on his desk.
ANDREW: what it's like: me farting + wishing the writers death + swearing around the other 16 year olds who work here (for other magazines), all soundtracked by extended bob dylan blocks on pandora. it's a little slice of heaven.
Andrew--who do you like more: Linkin Park or Creed? ANDREW: great question: both go really well with beating the living shit out of your significant other, but "in the end," i'll say LP>
Andrew--which is worse: being a Mets fan in Philly or being a Linkin Park fan forced to listed to extreme metal for a living? ANDREW: great question. both haunt me every day of my fucking life.
Is it true that your TM from the first Decibel tour stole from the tour, hence the change? ANDREW: haha, i hope so. a running theme of my answers will be "albert never tells me anything," so i have no clue, honestly.
ALBERT: No, she was and still is an honorable tour manager. The change was made strictly do to spatial constraints. Napalm Death overbooked the bunks on the bus where she was supposed to live for a month. So, we went with a great TM who was already TM-ing for one of the bands on the tour.
How can I ever thank you enough? I'm the vocalist for Nebulous and when I saw our CD reviewed in the August issue, my life completeness meter went to 100%. You guys made my decade. ALBERT: Where was your life completeness meter at BEFORE the review? (Please say 99.9%).
ANDREW: sorry we gave it to frank. cash, check or money order: all sufficient
Which HoF do readers gush over the most? Which ones do people give you the most shit for? Some of my favorites have been the left field entries (Quicksand, Floor, Refused)... ALBERT: Man, there have been over 100 of them now so it’s hard to remember exactly. Most recently, people were really pumped on the “South of Heaven” HOF. In hindsight, this might have actually been the last interview Jeff Hanneman ever did. I know which one everyone hates the most: Sepultura “Roots,” which was written by yours truly. YOU’RE WELCOME.
ANDREW: my favorites are the left field entries too, but i'm pretty false to begin with. the only facepalm i've ever executed was for queensryche, but i guess i'm in the minority.
What sort of stuff do you guys sing at the office karaoke party? Actual answers after the jokes, please. ALBERT Your premise is flawed. The rest of Red Flag Media office DOES NOT wanna party with Decibel. So, Andrew and I have to take our show on the road to bars, where we have semi-successfully executed “Let’s Get Rocked” in duet form. All of that is 100% true.
ANDREW: i think albert and i did "falling to pieces" once. suffice it to say, did not get laid that evening.
I subscribe through my iPad, the magazine looks gorgeous on there by the way. I just wish I could get the flexi-discs as well! Will there be more older issues that become available for download? I really want to read the Oceanic HOF. Thanks in advance. ALBERT: Eventually, there will be more up there, but Apple socks us with a fee every time we upload an old issue, so we need to make sure there’s enough interest first. Maybe we’ll start with the Trivium cover and see how that goes.
ANDREW: oceanic, huh? having trouble sleeping?
Now on to questions, what's your least favorite thing about running a magazine? ANDREW: least favorite thing about running a magazine: losing AMA virginity our role in the greater metal community: that depends on the messageboard
"Back in the day" magazines were a primary way people were exposed to new music. Nowadays it seems magazines are more sought-after by people who want to read the articles about bands they already know about. Where do you see your role in the metal community and the greater music industry at large? ALBERT: 1) Selling ads. It’s a good thing I’m already dead insane or would have quit doing and the mag would have went under years ago. 2) Since anyone can hear any band from anywhere on earth whenever they want these days, it’s not like we really need to report on exactly what a band sounds like—in spite of our 12-page review section, of course. I think where we come in is with longer form articles on bands people are already fans of—whether that’s in the form of a lengthy cover story or a Hall of Fame article. Basically, shit no one’s gonna take the time to write and post for free on the internet. That said, I think the Upfront profiles on smaller bands are really important, because there is just SO MUCH UN-VETTED NEW MUSIC OUT THERE that if we call out of a few of the newer bands that we think deserve a little more attention, maybe they’ll actually get it.
Hey guys, what's with the peavey and lace ads/coverage the past few months? have no other manufacturers approached you for ads/features/reviews? ALBERT: We have a few other gear advertisers, like Seymour Duncan as our supportive friends from the Fender family, but most marketing people at other manufacturers are coked up dinosaurs who don’t have a clue as to what the mag is all about or the impact it truly has. If you wanna make some inroads at Ibanez, Marshall and ESP, there’s a commission waiting for you.
What are both of your favourite/most anticipated releases for the year? ALBERT: I’ll answer this version of the same question above only because of the exotic extra “u” in favorite. The new Carcass record is ruling hard for me. I knew it would be solid, but I had no idea it would be THIS good. The latest Immolation has got a lot of spins. And regarding people playing metal who are NOT in their 40s, the Tribulation “The Formulas of Death” record is incredible.
ANDREW: predictable for me, but cult of luna, especially the third song. which i almost guarantee will not make the top 40 because ANCIIENTS HERP DERP
Who are the nicest guys in metal? biggest assholes in metal? -loaded question-: best and worst labels to deal with? bonus question: spurs or heat? ALBERT: Ross Dolan of Immolation is pretty high at the top of the “nicest dudes ever list.” But I’d rather talk about hair, if that’s cool. All of the biggest assholes I’ve encountered work at record labels or manage bands. I have direct relationships with most every metal label out there, so no one is that hard to deal with for me. It’s when a band winds up on a major or gets a big shot indie publicist like Nasty Little Man or some shit that things go south. Bonus answer: Wake me when training camp starts.
ANDREW: nicest guys: anyone who's bought me drinks/given me drugs //biggest assholes: anyone who hasn't. //best labels: see "nicest guys" //spurs, although i'm glad jesus shuttlesworth had his biggest moment since the three-way with chasey lain and whoever the other slag was.
Okay Albert You told me to wait to ask you, so here it is, is there any chance that Anathema gets in the Decibel Hall of Fame? If so what album do you think? Also, tell us more about this podcast idea that you stole from us (lol)? Are we ever going to do a crossover episode perhaps? ALBERT: 1) There’s a chance, but I don’t see it happening for a while. I just don’t have that one record that defines. Honestly, Tiamat have a better chance with “Wildhoney.” Shit, I hope Chris Dick isn’t reading this. 2) Obviously, I have tons of respect for the Requiem Metal Podcast since everyone knows they fucking INVENTED METAL PODCASTING, plus, I’ve been a guest a few times, so they obviously know what’s up. Let’s get more than one episode under our belts before Andrew and I are forced to hang toe-to-toe with you and Mark.
What young bands are you guys most excited about? I fully expect Battlecross to do big things in the near future. ALBERT: Wait a second, is this Vince from Metal Blade again? In Solitude are that band for me. They just finished their new album, and though I haven’t heard it yet, I’ve been warned that it’s A LOT different from their first two LPs. Regardless of the context, as long as the songwriting is there, I’d be psyched.
ANDREW: young is a tough one for me. i guess looking forward to new ones from subrosa, stoneburner and geisha (if they still exist). i would also like DEP to never make music again and greg to start spylacopa again, but whatever.
What was the most exciting moment of your careers? ALBERT: The night of the 100th issue show is up there. DVD release of the show coming November 1. PLUGGIN’ LIKE A MOTHERFUCKA.
ANDREW: jesus, this is my "career," isn't it? we're only three floors up; i'd have to go out headfirst to get the job done.
What kind of advice would you give to up and coming bands who might be trying to get a shot at a review? any weird stories regarding promos that you've been sent? ALBERT: Email Andrew. Pretend Albert doesn’t exist.
ANDREW: as long as you don't include your own pubes, there's a good chance i'll send your stuff to panko for a throw me a frickin' bone capsule.
Albert, I love your book Choosing Death. It is one of my favorite books. Would you ever consider writing another book in the same style? (Answer from earlier)
ALBERT: Thanks! Honestly, I really want to do a revised and expanded edition of Choosing Death for the 10-year anniversary (fuck, I’m old) of the book next year. It’s just finding the time to do it. I also have another book project I’m co-authoring with a high-profile metal author, but that’s in its infancy. I have no idea how I’m going to do that either.
When will we get a Ugly Kid Joe 'Hall of Fame' issue? ANDREW: they're so kult they keep insisting on "menace to sobriety"
ALBERT: When Whitfield Crane hands over his unreleased Life of Agony demos.
Best venues in Philly, small and large? ANDREW: small: you can't go wrong with first unitarian church, unless you want to drink or not have heatstroke or contract an airborne virus from some crusty kid's braided nutsack. large: i guess i have to say union transfer since we had the 100th issue show and 2013 db tour shows there. they appear to have some slapdick hoity-toity ice cream stand in there with offensively twee flavors, though, so points off.
ALBERT: Small: Union Transfer. Large: Union Transfer.
Albert, did you consider firing Andrew upon seeing his shaved head? ANDREW: he hasn't seen it yet. or wait, which shaved head are you talking about?
ALBERT: I think he had lice, so he would have been fired had he not shaved it.
Mudvayne Flexi-Disc? ALBERT: Only if it’s a split with HELLYEAH.
ANDREW: if i'm not mistaken, the singer guy is kind of a fan of the magazine and has good taste that does not apply to any of his projects. didn't we do a call and response with him a billion years ago? whatever, as bruno can attest, sometimes when i'm listening to itunes i make all the faces the lame bassist does from 0:20 - 0:27 of the "dig" video
What are some famous bands you've met? ANDREW: i met chad kroeger backstage at key arena in seattle. he looked, talked and smelled like andrew carver in showgirls.
ALBERT: Persekutor.
The guys in the band say we need a manager. are they (managers) overrated? ALBERT: It really depends on the band. If you have members who are smart, detail-oriented and motivated, you probably don’t need someone who is gonna take 15% for doing all of the shit you could do on your own. But if you’re a bunch of lazy motherfuckers, by all means, get someone to wipe your ass for you.
ANDREW: depends on how good you are at getting your own drugs and pussy/dong.
Which Corey Taylor persona do you prefer - Slipknot or Stone Sour? ANDREW: i can't believe i haven't smoked in two hours.
As a dyed-in-the-wool sexagenarian (heh!) headbanger who came through my teens watching Zeppelin, Uriah Heep and Black Sabbath (and I live 2 miles from Donington Park) I always loved the harder-edged Slipknot, but I thought that Stone Sour were utterly awesome at Download last Sunday. ALBERT: Wait a minute… They’re the same person?!?!?! That’s some serious Jedi-mind shit, right there!
ALBERT: Dude, I don’t know what you’re talking about -- that’s clearly Andrew’s cock. ANDREW: i'd initiate a sexual harassment suit now if there were any money to be made
Hopefully they won't do a Nu-metal tour... ALBERT: I’ll let Andrew take this one…
Not really a question, but good job with the magazine and the recent tour with cannibal corpse, it was great! ANDREW: i have nothing pertinent to do with either, but until albert answers: thanks!
ALBERT: Thanks, man. And I do mean, MAN. I assume this is a 100% sausage party going on here.
You guys seriously need to do a hall of fame on "Martha Splatterhead's Maddest Stories Ever Told" by the Accused. By far the best punk/thrash crossover album ever recorded! ANDREW: adem tepedelen sprouts beer boner somewhere in rural southwestern canada.
ALBERT: This fellow was supposed to take care of this Hall of Fame YEARS ago: [email protected]. Have at him.
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2012.06.01 16:04 rusemean I'm headed to Nottingham for postgrad and could use some advice.

Hi, I'm headed to Nottingham Uni this autumn and I was hoping I could get some advice, particularly regarding housing.
I was wondering what areas near the campus have reasonable rates for a flat and are less... crimeful. Also, what are good ways to go about finding a flat? Where my partner and I used to live was in a small town and we would always just find a private landlord on a local messageboard. Somehow I expect larger cities probably have more unsavory characters, so what's the best way to find a flat without getting burned?
Also, how hard is it to find a place / what kind of timescale are they let on? Is it something we can put off, or should we be aggressively looking already? I'm currently outwith the UK, but my partner could make some trips down to flat-hunt if we need to be proactive.
As for crime, I've never lived in a city or a place with a high crime rate, so I'm understandably a little apprehensive. Just how bad is it? Should I basically go into it expecting to be mugged, burgled, and shot, or is the outsider perception of the situation skewed?
Thanks for any help you can offer!
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2012.01.15 00:21 mannfan9292 Unsure of how to proceed after a hook-up with someone I genuinely want to date.

I wasn't sure if this post belonged here, but other all-female messageboards failed to give me advice that wasn't a) ripe with overanalyzation b) given by 15-year-old newlyweds c) based around physical enticement I have no business using at my current weight. I would like to ask my friend out on a date, NOT a second hookup, and develop a relationship without the passive-aggressive mind games women are 'supposed' to use. Situation is as follows:
Dude and I are friends through a theatre club. He had always been friendly to me since we met last year. I enjoy his company, though I haven't 'like'd him until the start of this school year. I suppressed any romantic thoughts I had because my girlfriends unanimously appointed him the company creeper. We hooked up at our friends' NYE party (no sex, just me performing oral), both of us very drunk. It's been two weeks since then. We've seen each other at rehearsals, and the tension is slowly dissipating. I've only told one of my friends what happened (everyone else thinks we had crazy secks, hence the tension) and she said I should've talked to him about our hookup the day after it happened. I haven't actually talked to him in person. I've only talked to him online once, and it was exchanging rehearsal notes.
If I weren't actually into him, or if I knew he wasn't into me, I would pretend this never happened. But who knows, he might give me a shot! And I do like him--not in a typical butterflies, brain-falling-out-when-I-talk-to-him way. I just like him romantically without getting nervous around him because I view him as my equal instead of an all-powerful overlord of whom my looks are not worthy. But does that mean I don't actually 'like' him, or I'm just thinking levelheadedly about a person I like for the first time in my life? I realize that whatever tropes Hollywood has used to form my understanding of Love are FAKE, so I have no idea what real attraction is supposed to feel like. Or, for that matter, what I'm supposed to do next! Was I actually supposed to talk to him? if so, how should I go about doing that? Should I mention our NYE hookup? if so, how?
Also, Guy is Jewish, but I'm not sure if he's Reform, Conservative or Orthodox and I feel like a total Derp asking people which one he might be if 'he wears a yamica all the time' (quoting myself to distance myself from my own shiksa derpiness). I'm not sure if he's even allowed to go out with me, so that also adds to my apprehension about what to do next.
Edit: Thank you all for your advice! Will update results in another edit after I see him on Tuesday. EDIT:: Hey guys, sorry to report that this didn't go anywhere. I had no opportunities to talk to him until last night. He was hanging out across the street, came over and talked to me about it. He said he had a thing against dating coworkers/scene partners, and he wasn't allowed to date people outside of his religion. I was quite drunk (girls' party going on inside the house I was at), so I couldn't take away much other than the fact that he wasn't asking me out. I put on a brave face and said it was ok, and everything would be ok, even though I was devastated. And now I have to see him every Tuesday and Thursday until he graduates! UGH. I am STUPID for hoping this could go anywhere, I should've known better. I am so grateful for my real-life friends who comforted me afterwards, if they weren't there I probably would have taken my own life because I am SO SICK of being rejected. I don't want to try anymore. Thanks for all of you advice and support, unfortunately it fueled a ship to nowhere. At least on here I won't be known as the girl whom even Gross Guy wouldn't date! Oh and sorry for being unclear about anything, I don't feel like picking apart the conversation because overanalyzing it will kill me inside.
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