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2023.03.30 12:50 Competitive-Buyer386 Healing Rework was Boring so I added some interesting Add-Ons.

Most addons were nerfed for the worse, being very boring like simple 3 or 2% nerfs on things that aren't even that required now , so I decided to make healing a bit more interesting, instead of only healing health states. Added some addons that remove status effects at the cost of Med-Kit charges which means you need either Gauze Rolls to get a full heal or value removing status effects over fully healing and others which counter Heamoragge and Mangled but are very risky and require healing in a safe space and other funky ones, if you guys come with more ideas or suggestion do say!

-Coagulant Pills, Rare Med-Kit Add-on: a bunch of miscoloured pills with coagulant properties. Taking the Pills to stop haemorrhaging. * Press the Secondary Action button while healing an injured Survivor with the Med-Kit to use the Coagulant Pills: # Cures the Haemorrhage Status Effect # Consumes the Med-Kit's by -4 Charges.
-Milk-Soaked Linen, Rare Med-Kit Add-on: A rag soaked in surprisingly fresh milk from an unknown animal. The Milk seems to Medicinal proprieties when used on the eyes, clearing any blindness even if the cause wasn’t affecting the eyes in the first place. * Press the Secondary Action button while healing an injured Survivor with the Med-Kit to use the Milk-Soaked Linen: # Cures the Blindness Status Effect # Consumes the Med-Kit's by -4 Charges. \* Does NOT remove Blindness caused by Hexes or Killer Powers.
-Smelling Salts, Rare Med-Kit Add-on: An strange smelling bottle of salts, a brief respite in the fog. Using the Smelling Salts helps clear the mind from confusion but makes one forgetful. * Press the Secondary Action button while healing an injured Survivor with the Med-Kit to use the Smelling Salts: # Replaces the Oblivious Status Effect with the Blindness Status Effect # Consumes the Med-Kit's by -4 Charges. \* Does NOT remove Oblivious caused by Hexes or Killer Powers.
-Triage Kit, Rare Med-Kit Add-on: A kit of scalpels, bone-saw and morphine, dated 1917. Can quickly heal someone but rest is suggested after such gruesome healing. * Increases the Med-Kit's Healing speeds by +10 % (Does not Stack with other Healing Speed Add-ons).. # Gain Additional +10 % Healing Speeds while suffering from Mangled Status Effect. # Gain Additional +5 % Healing Speeds while suffering from Haemorrhage Status Effect. * Increases the Trigger odds of Healing Skill Checks by +15 %. * Decreases the Success zone of Skill Checks by 50 %. \* Grants 200 % bonus Bloodpoints for Great Healing Skill Checks. \* Gain the -15% Hindered Status Effect when stopping healing for 24 Seconds.
-Bloody Lighter, Very Rare Med-Kit Add-on: a modified Lighter which seems to be used to very quickly and painfully close up a wound, the wound doesn’t close well either. * Increases the Med-Kit's Healing speeds by +10 % (Does not Stack with other Healing Speed Add-ons). # Gain Additional +10 % Healing Speeds while suffering from Mangled Status Effect. # Gain Additional +5 % Healing Speeds while suffering from Haemorrhage Status Effect. * Increases the Trigger odds of Healing Skill Checks by +15 %. * Decreases the Success zone of Skill Checks by 40 %. \* Grants 200 % bonus Bloodpoints for Great Healing Skill Checks. \* Gain the Mangled Status Effect upon becoming Injured.
-Pain killer, Very Rare Med-Kit Add-on: an antique bronze box of pain killers, taken while healing helps staying quiet while healing. * When healing, you and the Survivor you're healing have their grunts of pain reduced by 75%. There is no noise notification on failed healing Skill Checks. * The Effect lingers for 16 seconds after stopping healing. # Being Exhausted after healing with Pain Killers only reduces the grunts of Pain by 25%.
-Adrenalic Tonic, Ultra Rare Med-Kit Add-on: A Tonic *Press the Secondary Action button while healing an injured Survivor with the Med-Kit to use the Adrenalic Tonic: # Break into a sprint at 150% of your normal running speed for a maximum of 3 seconds. # Causes the Exhausted status effect for 40 seconds. # Consumes the Med-Kit's on use.
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2023.03.30 12:48 FUJanice1979 My SIL is taking my MIL down and I’m alllll for it

Throwaway for obvious reasons.
I’ve been with my husband för 20+ years and both of us and his siblings are in our 40s. Obviously, a lot of things have happened during this time, both good and bad. I’m in no way perfect, I’ve definitely tried to be a good person, but has of course stepped on many toes - and had mine stepped on several times. Nothing out of the ordinary.
My SIL has always been very controlling, but during the last 10+ years that has escalated. She’s also moody, snappy and quite mean. Sometimes gaslighting. Mainly towards her mother, her husband, her four kids and all of her siblings, but sometimes towards me as well. Honestly, we’re all more or less scared of her. My anxiety spikes high whenever we’re visiting MIL at the same time. She obviously isn’t in a good mental place, but shows very clearly that she doesn't want to talk about it.
I’ve always liked my MIL, but during the last couple of years I realised that she is both the root to some of these problems and that she does close to nothing to help resolving them. She doesn't put down any boundaries at all, doesn't plan in any way that would prevent these kinds of outbreaks, if something is brewing she leaves the scene to be able to claim afterwards that “I wasn't there, I don’t know what happened” and the few times my SIL has asked her for some kind of emotional support she has promised and not followed through. If DH and I want to discuss issues regarding SIL, she usually just says “everything is fine, everything is fine with her” when it obviously isn't true. I’ve started to feel disdain towards my MIL (especially for not standing up for her grandkids, whom she claims is the most precious in the world to her), for just sticking her head in the sand, and the more I learn, the more I feel sorry for my SIL. But I’m still scared of her… :-) Some situations during the last year have really made me see my MIL in a different light and it isn’t pretty. I think she might be chronically depressed and that’s very sad, and an explanation, but still not an excuse.
Now, my MIL wants to sell the family home that has been in the family for four generations. Everyone is really sad about it, but no one has the money to buy it from her for market value. My SIL, however, is absolutely furious with her mother and has threatened to take her to court (??!) and has started to rally all the siblings in a united front to force MIL to sell below the market value to the family. This is most likely going to be nasty. Normally, I would be on my MILs side (her property, her decision), but when putting a lot of things together, I’m just gonna sit at the side and watch the big showdown and enjoy the fight. I feel quite a lot of shame for this, usually I'm trying to mediate, express that I feel sorry for people, trying to make people come together etc, but this time I will just step aside and let SIL rip into MIL. MIL will be very surprised, but I really, really don't want to get involved.
So, Janice, this is for all the times you’ve never pre-planned visits and left everything for SIL to decide to such an extent that no one else felt welcome, all the times you’ve not lifted a finger when she had meltdowns over small things, all the times you have declined to spend time with those kids though you’ve promised. Also, for the fact that you are clearly not feeling well mentally, but refuse to seek help and rely on your kids for emotional support but at the same time are not able to give them any in return. I’m bringing the popcorn.
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2023.03.30 12:44 herofincor Understanding Reverse Mortgage Schemes

As the world's population continues to age, the financial needs of older people become more pressing. Many older adults are unable to make ends meet, especially if they are living on a fixed income. One option for seniors who own their homes is a reverse mortgage scheme, which can provide them with much-needed financial support in their golden years.
A reverse mortgage is a type of home loan that allows seniors to convert part of their home equity into cash without having to sell their homes. The loan is repaid when the borrower sells the home or dies, and the proceeds of the sale are used to repay the loan balance. Unlike a traditional mortgage, the borrower does not make monthly payments on a reverse mortgage.
The amount of money that seniors can borrow through a reverse mortgage depends on several factors, including the value of their homes, their age, and the interest rates at the time of the loan. Typically, the older the borrower and the more valuable the home, the more money they can borrow.
One of the most significant advantages of a reverse mortgage scheme is that it can provide seniors with a steady stream of income to supplement their retirement savings. This extra income can help them pay for living expenses, medical bills, and other costs associated with aging.
Another advantage of a reverse mortgage is that it allows seniors to remain in their homes while still accessing the equity they have built up over the years. This can be particularly important for seniors who have lived in their homes for many years and have strong emotional ties to their communities.
However, there are some disadvantages to reverse mortgages that seniors should be aware of before deciding to apply for one. For example, the fees and interest rates associated with reverse mortgages can be higher than those of traditional mortgages. Additionally, the loan balance can grow over time, reducing the amount of equity that the borrower will have left in their home when the loan is repaid.
It's also important to note that reverse mortgages are not suitable for everyone. Seniors who plan to sell their homes in the near future or who have heirs who wish to inherit the property may not benefit from a reverse mortgage.
To qualify for a reverse mortgage, seniors must be at least 62 years old and have significant equity in their homes. They must also meet certain financial criteria, such as having enough income to pay property taxes and insurance.
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2023.03.30 12:42 Lower_Topic_485 Korean Wax Candles, Eternal Flowers, Floating Flowers and Workshops: A Complete Guide

Korean Wax Candles, Eternal Flowers, Floating Flowers and Workshops: A Complete Guide
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2023.03.30 12:39 SHIBgeneral Shibarium Theory - A Must Read

This is a long read but well worth the time, in my opinion.
A comment was made on one of our posts about Shibarium and whether it would be run on Polygon in an effort to reduce fees. A fellow member pointed out that Shytoshi had once commented that it wouldn't be run on polygon but a polygon like network inferring that the devs were attempting to develop their own layer 2 (L2) protocol. I've had some theories for a while and this really got me thinking... how does a new L2 for in with ShibaSwap tokenomics... and here's my theory. Please forgive me if I ramble at all, it's 2:30am here and I've had 5 hours of sleep in 2 days. Comment below and let me know what y'all think... am I onto something here or am I way out in left field on this?
I remember reading that Shytoshi said Shibarium would be run on a polygon like protocol. I think it would be great if the devs in fact created their own L2 protocol, but my reservation is why recreate the wheel to get the same outcome? So that got me thinking what would I do if I was the devs to set ShibaSwap ahead of the competition. I dabble in programming just so I can try and understand some of this stuff, and I think I know the answer. If I'm way off please tell me, I'm not an expert by any means. Anyways, when we talk about defi protocols, the two that really compete are uniswap V3 and Sushiswap using polygon. Both swaps are great in their own right but both have fundamental issues. V3 revolutionized the way liquidity pools operated. Traditional pools spread out your liquidity pairs from 0 to infinity, even though a significant portion of that range will never be used. V3 allowed for concentrated efficiency where a liquidity provider could concentrate their capital into specific price points reducing investor exposure to impermanent loss and increasing fees earned by over 500% in some pools (aka an investor could earn 5x the fees than a traditional liquidity pool). The downside was that gas fees are still ridiculously high on V3 because it's still using the Ethereum network. Then you have Sushiswap who built out a L2 through polygon reducing fees and increasing speed of transactions. It also allowed users to use the "matic bridge" to swap tokens between ERC20 and other networks, by a process of minting and burning tokens going back and forth. The beauty is it allowed users to access other cross chain tokens through a single interface, and best of all users paid for gas fees in their native Matic coin instead of Eth. Sushiswap also allowed users to access Kashi Lending whereby users could trade on leverage or margin, for those investors who wanted to take big swings in crypto. This also had the benefit of allowing liquidity providers to put up their tokens for margin trading, earning good returns and no exposure to impermanent loss since it was only 1 token investments. Sushiswap also developed a token vault known as BentoBox that allowed for margin trading in 1 transaction hash versus other margin trading platforms that required 3 transaction hashes, saving huge amounts on gas fees and increasing transaction speeds.
I guess what I'm getting at is Shibarium needs to be if V3 Uniswap and Sushiswap protocols had a baby. Shibarium would allow for concentrated capital liquidity pools, the ability to switch tokens across different blockchains using SHIB as gas (only utility I can see for it... change my mind), and allow users access to margin and leveraged trading, while simultaneously allowing additional revenue streams for liquidity providers and creating token vaults. If Shibarium managed to incorporate the best of both swaps, it could begin to compete for heavy volume which would bring back the billion dollar TVL numbers. But if that weren't enough, if the devs could incorporate their own algorithmic stable coin Shi into the mix as a daily transactional token, whereby users could buy and sell with it, with minimal fees, and giving sellers the security of a stable coin, and the speed of visa, it would truly begin to revolutionize crypto.
IF the devs can pull this off it would be a game changer in crypto defi platforms. SHIB would finally have a purpose, Shi would become a global currency, BONE would be highly coveted by whales who wanted governance over the future decisions of the swap, and LEASH would be the value store to bring in institutional investors, similar to what Bitcoin is. Uniswap earns $2-3M in fees per day, and Sushiswap earns $1.2M in fees per day (as of January), there's no reason ShibaSwap wouldn't be able to easily pull in $3-5M in fees through its platform if it was able to implement this plan. It's an ambitious goal but one that I think makes the most amount of sense and maybe why the devs are playing things pretty close to the vest as the saying goes because they don't want the other swaps to pivot before they release Shibarium.
Let's hear your thoughts. Anyone else have a theory on what type of protocol Shibarium will run on or benefits they should implement?
Also, if you know of other users who haven't been invited here, please help me continue to grow this page by sending them a message recommending they come check our page out. This article and others like it, are only going to have effect if we can get exposure to a larger audience. Personally I think this theory could give hope to so many who have begun losing hope in SHIB and the entire ecosystem....I know it gives me hope and in my mind it helps me begin to put the pieces of the puzzle together into a congruent picture. And it doesn't hurt that I believe if this happens, we're all going to be very well off having gotten in very early.
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2023.03.30 12:32 KittenDealinMama I don’t know how to tell my dad that my step mom hates me (New Update)

This is a new update on a story that has been shared here previously.
Originally posted by u/unfair_impact_1400 in relationship_advice on July 21, '22, updated August 8th, September 5th.
Newer updates, marked with 🔴🔴🔴, on Sept 27th, Dec 2nd, Dec 6th, Dec 28th and Jan 31, '23.
I (17m) don’t know how to tell my dad (32m) that my step mom (37f) hates me
Hey this might be long one I’m sorry. There is a TLDR at the bottom. I really don’t know what to do about my situation and I don’t have anyone close to give me advice so I thought here I can maybe get some advice. I have an amazing dad who raised me since my mom passed away when I was 5 years old. He is my friend, my supporter and someone who I want to be like when I grow up.
When my dad first introduced my step mom to me I was 10 years old and she was very nice to me and he looked so happy that we met and hoped we could get along. They got married when I was 13 and I was so happy that me and my dad had a new member in our family. I thought me and SM were getting along until I think a few months after their honeymoon she told me one morning that we just need to pretend to like each around my dad but when he is not here that I shouldn’t bother her, honestly this shattered me but I agreed cause I didn’t know what else to do.
After that day whenever it was just me and SM she would say things to get to me and I would just not say anything. I’m introverted and don’t like confrontation so I just took it and thought overtime she would get over it but it got worse. She would talk about my height and weight and say I was funny looking version of my dad. I hoped my dad would notice but he didn’t, he actually thinks me and SM are so close and she understands me. He looks so happy with her that i maybe its worth not saying anything and giving it time.
This year my SM has started picking on me around my dad and he has either joined in or ignored it. I have voiced that what she says makes me uncomfortable and hurts but my dad says she is teasing and doesn’t mean it to hurt me. Well right now I’m at my ends and I’m scared I’m angry, frustrated at my SM and my dad. Dad was away for work and it was just me and SM at home, she had a party at home with a couple of her friends. I helped set the house up and cook dinner cause dad asked me to help out which was fine. After they ate and just hung out they were hanging out on the porch when I heard SM and her friends talk very loud outside my window while I was in my room. SM friends talked about how lucky SM was to have a nice husband and a house, when they mentioned how nice it was that I cooked for them SM told them that I was annoying and weird and she hated me and living with me and couldn’t wait till I was 18 to kick me out. I was shocked that she hated me that much but I didn’t know why? tbh I thought we were tolerating each other but to hate me I must of done something but I can’t think of what I did
I’ve been kinda down since that day which was 2 weeks ago and I thought I was pass the initial feelings but at rugby training today I bursted into tears and my coach sent me home so I drove to a beach and cried I was feel so much I honestly can’t describe my emotions, I eventually fell asleep in my car, now I’m here hoping I can get advice on how to talk to my dad about it, cause I’m scared about how he will react. I don’t want my dad to be sad cause he does so much for me but I’m not strong like him, I’m really struggling.
My question is, How can I approach this conversation with my dad about my SM hating me? Or should I tell him at all?
TLDR I heard my SM tell her friends she hates me, and I want to tell my dad about it but don’t know how.
Edit: someone questioned my dads age and I’m sorry but it was supposed to be 42 but I can’t change it sorry
Thank you everyone that provided advice and kind words, It means a lot to me I have read every comment and have an idea on how to approach this situation. Im honestly terrified of the outcome being negative but the encouragements and support are making this a bit easier to deal with.
I am going to talk to my dad on Sunday and show him this post, I hope it goes well and I hope all of you stay safe and take care.
Edit 2: I’m not sure what I am able to do what I planned cause Amy just took my car keys away and she wants my phone but I won’t give it to her so she is waiting for my dad to take take it off me because apparently I’m doing drugs but I told her I’m not I’ve been at the beach. Im not sure but I just want it to stop cause I can’t handle it I’m sorry
Ok so my post was locked but hopefully it’s ok now I’ve posted the link and tried my best with spacing (I’m on mobile) if I can’t post it I give up
For all the support and advice received, I really appreciate and wholeheartedly so grateful for all who dm me to see how I was, thank you.
This will be long cause a lot has happened but many things are still not resolved. TRIGGER WARNING i will mention self harm, so please if it might trigger you pls don’t read further
I wish I was able to say I followed the advice that was provided and now everything is better but some things in life don’t play the way we want it to and we can either let it destroy us or make us better.
After writing my edit where my SM was taking my things away and assuming I was on drugs I started recording on my phone and she said a lot through the door, many things about my mom and me, and just plain hateful words that I don’t want to repeat on here. I fell asleep while I was barricading the door with my body when my dad demanded me to open the door, at this point I don’t remember much of what happened but my SM told me I had to leave the house and my dad agreed. I didn’t know who to call but I decided to call my coach and he picked me up, and I was a crying mess. He didn’t ask any question but just told me that I was safe and if I need to talk he was here for me, I stayed over one night when the next day, dad picked me up, SM was not at home when we got there. Dad told me we needed to talk.
We had breakfast and my dad spoke to me about many things my SM told him and I couldn’t believe all the lies she told him. It was a long talk but in summary it was:
My use of drugs and alcohol
How I disrespect her in our home
I don’t do my responsibilities like chores at home
I’m nasty to her when Dad is not around
He asked me why I was acting like this and if I had a problem with SM I should’ve spoke to him. I let him talk and when he was crying and asked if I had anything to say. I was so lost for word I knew whatever I said my dad was on my SM side. So I told him I wanted him to watch the recording of the incident that I can send through as an email attachment and the link to my reddit post and than we can talk more, I also said I didn’t want to be here when he was reading and watching so I’ll go for a drive and he can txt me when he’s done and ready to talk. He was hesitant at first but I told him it was important to me so he agreed and I left in my car to the beach and sent the email with the video attached and the link to my reddit post.
I don’t know how long I waited but many thoughts were going through my head, I was missing my mom so much and what if my dad still sided with my SM what can I do now? I fell asleep at the beach spot and was woken up by a police officer knocking on my car door and asking for my name, after confirming my name he advised me to get out my car and to hand over my keys to him and to follow him to his car, he handcuffed me and assured me that I wasn’t in trouble but this was a welfare check cause someone made a call that I was possibly suicidal, I didn’t talk after he told me that and all I remember was just crying. He made me sit in the back of the police car until the ambulance came and they took me to the hospital. I was asked many questions and was evaluated and was told I was depressed and may have extreme anxiety. The physician did say I might have other things but will require further testing and some sessions with a psychiatrist.
My dad came and visited me while in hospital and when I saw him he looked really tired. When he spoke it sounded like he was crying and he told me he called the police on me because the video recording I did, he heard everything my SM said but he also saw my cuts on my thighs and was scared and thought the worst. Honestly I never watched the video so I didn’t know my thighs were visible.
After our cry we spoke about a few things. I told my dad that I don’t feel comfortable living with SM after everything she said and done to me over the years, and I’m not sure I can handle being around her cause I don’t trust her. We spoke about arrangements and knowing my dad still loves my SM and I didn’t want him to choose between us, i told him that I could talk to Coach if I could stay with him, and after calling him he agreed. I’ve also been admitted to an agency that will support me cause I am mentally unwell. I have been to 1 session and waiting on another evaluation to be done on me and some testings with my GP so they can diagnose me.
I’m currently staying with my rugby coach who has been an amazing pillar. He has set out some house rules but I respect the fella and don’t mind following them. My coach even set a date next week for me and dad to catch up on. My coach is an awesome dude, I thought of him as just a coach who just wanted our rugby team to win but when he allowed me to stay over he showed so much care for me and I saw a side to him and understand how much he cares for my team, he has a lovely wife but I’m kinda anxious whenever it’s just me and her at their house.
That’s it right now, my dad lives at home with my SM and is trying to sort that out. I have many appointments to get the help I need and alot of school work to catch up on and rugby trainings to attend. I’ve taken a leave of absence from my maccas job. I’m gonna miss going to the beach for a while but I understand that it’s not a forever thing so I hope that the next time I go there I’m not crying my eyes out. Im kinda working on being ok if my dad and SM after those of you who shared your similar experiences, some day I’ll be ok.
Thank you all who advised me and encouraged me. Those who reached out through DM, thank you for the kind words and reaching out. I’m not sure if I’ll update again but maybe I’ll let you know if something happens in the future.
Take care everyone, also be kind to one another and most of all be kind to yourself cause you deserve it
TLDR i showed my dad my reddit post and recording of my SM being verbally abusive and now I’m staying at my coaches house trying to sort out my mental health
2nd Update I (17m) don’t know how to tell my dad (42m) that my step mom (37f) hates me
Hope everyone has been doing well.
I wasn’t going to update at all but many who reached out shared there stories and kind words it truely helped me. I wish I was able to reply but so many things were happening and I’m sorry. This will be a long one but it’s because this will be the last time I hope.
In my last post my coach sorted out time for me and my dad to catch up weekly I have met up with my dad twice and this is how it went
First catch up at the beach
We spoke and I told him alot about what happened between me and his wife. I mention how she would treated me when he wasn’t there, what she spoke to me after they got married and how she was awful to live with. I told him how I dealt with it for his sake cause I wanted him to be happy. I mentioned to him that I spoke with coach about staying there until I go to university and than I’ll move away cause I cannot live with his wife anymore cause I’m not sure what ill do. I’m never going to try and get along with her anymore. He listened and was crying and asked if I would ever get over this. I told him no and I never wanted to see his wife and walked off cause I was pissed off at what he said and drove back to the coaches house.
He messaged me later I was acted like a kid, and I responded Cause I am a kid.
2nd Catch up Dinner at the coaches house
Second catch up my coach invited my dad to have dinner and hang with me (my coach has a pool table in his man cave and a pool) I was excited to hang and catch up with my dad even after our last meet up cause I was feeling a bit better, but at the same time I was feeling anxious about the meet up like I had a bad gut feeling, but I ignored it. Dinner went great and me, dad and coach had fun playing pool, later on that night coach gave us space to talk.
Dad talked about my mom and me as a kid, just things he would tell me when I was a kid and it was just me and him, it was fun and I really enjoyed our time together. When it was time to go home I offered to drop him off since he drank but he said his wife was here to pick him up so I hugged him and he went I kinda stayed in the garage and waited for her to leave so I could walk in the house but I heard her say “How’s the little shit?” And I bolted out the door and told her to fuck off, boy was I not ready for the slap my dad gave me but all I remember was swinging a punch at him and knocking him down and my coach pulling me off my dad.
My coach told my dad and his wife to leave. After they left I told my coach I never wanted to see him again and txted my dad we were done.
It doesn’t end there.
Last week I planned to not go to school on Friday and go for a drive up the line with a few team mates to just get away from everything, they ended up bailing so I went by myself. I ended up driving to a lake and parking up and just chilling for the school day and just drive back home later on. When I got home at my coaches house I saw my dads car parked in the driveway and thought I would have to square up with my dad. When I parked up my dad ran out the house and looked like shit, he looked like he cried for days and he started hitting my car screaming to get out the car and tell him where I was the whole day. I thought he was mad that I wagged school so he ripped the door open and hugged me so hard and cried, I had no idea what was happening or what he was saying but all could understand was I’m sorry and I love you.
After what felt like forever he kinda calmed me down and I asked him why was he here, and than he told me there was an accident with a kid getting hit by a train, and it clicked my dad thought it was me. He said when he heard the news he called the school and they said I was a no show and called everyone he could think of, my mates said I went for a drive somewhere but didn’t know where and my dad said he lost it.
He calmed down eventually and said he would divorce his wife if I wanted him to but I told him, he needed to choose that for himself cause the reason I stayed quiet was to make him happy, if he is unhappy to make a choice for himself cause I don’t want to be the reason he is unhappy and that now I have to look after myself and that is getting away from her and he cried and just said more sorry’s.
He ended up sleeping over in the same room as me that night and the night after cause I think he was scared and just trying to deal, I was ok with it and coached allowed it
He left after the weekend to sort himself out back at his home. I told him that where I am is good for me and to not worry and that I’ll turn off Do Not Disturb on my phone so I could see txts.
That’s pretty much it really, I don’t know what my dad is going to decide to do with his wife but I am definitely not ever going to associate with her, ever in the foreseeable future. I love my dad too much to stop seeing him but he knows my boundaries since I’ve set them out clear as day and he knows as much as I love him I will cut him off if I feel like it’s not for me. I’m moving pass what happened between me and my dads wife for me cause I’m tired of letting her beat me in my mind so I just gotta work on me.
I’m currently happy staying with my coach and his wife, they have been amazing and have shown me so much love. They have awesome kids who I have met and they have invited me to they family Christmas. I feel bad that I feel anxious when I’m around coaches wife but I’m working on it with my therapist and I have a good support system. I know I want to go to University but not sure if I want to study Commerce or Law, but I know i am on track with my studies, I just can’t afford to skip anymore school.
Thank you to everyone who sent messages of support and reached out to share your experiences. Y’all gave me the strength to believe I could get out of this mess and be ok.
And if you ever feel down that there is help out there for you no matter where you are in life. I’m glad I shared on Reddit cause I’ve learnt so much about me and many things I won’t forget and teach to my kids.
Now I gotta go school
Take care and cheers
OOP posted in mom for a minute on Sept 27, '22 about turning 18 (can't repost from this sub)
Dec 2nd TrueOffMyChest
I hate that my current reality is that I don’t have people I can rely on right now in my life
I am trying to do the best to survive and better my current situation.
I’ve had so much happen to me this year and I feel like I can’t afford to take time for me, to catch a break or else I’ll lose what I currently have which is not much.
I know I’m young and have so much to look forward to but it’s hard, like so hard to want to carry on when so much shit is going wrong.
I’m trying to find a place to stay even a flatmate situation to be more independent but I can barely afford anything. My job offered me a better paying position at the expense of full time bourse and even though I would love more money that means I will have to give up my dream to go university.
I know many people have had worse situations and honestly I don’t know how they found the will and help they got. It really feels like the world just hates me and I know I’m feeling sorry for myself but I honestly giving up hope
Deleted, Dec 6th in momforaminute
What can I get the family I’m staying with for Christmas?
Dec 28th in advice
I (18m) feel indifferent about catching up with my Dad (42m) I (18m) have a strained relationship with my Dad (42m) . A lot has happened this year between us and it really ruined our relationship. He was my best friend, would be there for my rugby matches and push me to do my best.
Earlier this year I had a fall out with my step mom and my dad which caused me to move out of my home and in with my Coach (37m) who I call uncle; I have been here ever since.
We did try to mend our relationship but harsh words were exchanged and I stopped reaching out and focused on passing my exams. I have worked hard on myself by working at my job and helping out at the place I’m staying. I have made some sort of peace about my situation and focusing on my future.
Now my dad reached out last night to meet up with him to hang and we planned it for next year on the 4th of Jan, I agreed and that was that. My uncle talked to me about what me and my dad spoke about, he is kinda worried about my feelings about meeting my dad because of my feelings towards the day. I explained the best I could, is that I just feel indifferent about my dad right now. I am not excited nor scared about this meeting, I just see it as a date I’ll be seeing him and that’s it. Whether we meet up or not I’m not bothered by it at all.
My uncle and his wife care a lot and have done so much for me so I care about what they say. They think I should have a reason to meet up with him since I haven’t spoken to him in a while and worried I could get hurt. Should I have a different mindset towards the catch up with my dad?
TLDR: Dad planned a catch up next year for me and him, we had a fall out so my uncle thinks that I should be feeling something but I feel indifferent.
A commenter asks how it went
Reply on Jan 31, 23
Ok this reply took a while because I wasn’t ready to share but I’m ok for now.
My dad turned up with SM and told me that they were having a kid, I congratulated them and we spent time talking about my future and dad telling me he can pay for my university studies as long as I keep my grades up. We spoke about a lot and than we said our goodbyes and I left. I wasn’t able to drive home cause I started crying and had to call my uncle to come pick me up.
It’s been a few weeks since the meeting and now I’m not sure about my feelings about everything but focusing on getting ready for uni so I’m working alot more. My uncle and me are planning to go check out his other house that was affected by floods so that’s something to look forward too cause I need a change of scenery.
Thanks for checking on me it means alot
You'll do well OP. Go out there and be successful for yourself. Your uncle and wife are really a gem. Thats a couple you need to return the favour or love one day. So hv you decided what major you will do in uni?
OP: Most definitely. They are honestly the best support I have and I am forever grateful to them both for sharing their home, family and love. Sometimes I wonder why they do it and they always remind me it’s cause they care and love me which means a lot.
For uni I am going for a Bachelors in Commerce, majoring in Commercial Law and Accounting. Very excited about it and looking forward to it. It will take some years but that’s ok for me right now
The father is not leaving the stepmom and OOP is working to move forward. I'm flairing this concluded
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2023.03.30 12:28 kayenano The Villainess Is An SS+ Rank Adventurer: Chapter 17

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Juliette Contzen is a lazy, good-for-nothing princess. Overshadowed by her siblings, she's left with little to do but nap, read … and occasionally cut the falling raindrops with her sword. Spotted one day by an astonished adventurer, he insists on grading Juliette's swordsmanship, then promptly has a mental breakdown at the result.
Soon after, Juliette is given the news that her kingdom is on the brink of bankruptcy. At threat of being married off, the lazy princess vows to do whatever it takes to maintain her current lifestyle, and taking matters into her own hands, escapes in the middle of the night in order to restore her kingdom's finances.
Tags: Comedy, Adventure, Action, Fantasy, Copious Ohohohohos.

Chapter 17: Well Of Courage
Amidst a field of wilting wheat and crushed financial hopes, the most disparate thing was the well in the centre. To say that it looked abandoned was to say that bouillabaisse à l'encre de seiche was acceptable as an evening entrée. It wasn't. It was ugly and grisly. And so was this well.
I stared down into the abyss, feeling the cold air echoing within its depths. There was no hint of its bottom. No dripping or splashing of water. Only a sordid darkness resided here, giving way to a pit without end.
I looked up and frowned at Mary … Marina Lainsfont. She had the good grace to already look sheepish.
“The starflower is here?” I queried. “In this well? At the bottom?”
“I believe so,” she replied, looking less and less reliable with each passing moment.
I returned to gawking into the clear safety hazard. The well had no cover and no signage. And while the fates of those who accidentally tripped and fell to an agonising end mattered little to me, it did suggest a rather unseemly welcome for anyone who voluntarily climbed down.
Fortunately, whatever had accrued at the bottom couldn't be seen.
Unfortunately, whatever had accrued at the bottom also couldn't be avoided.
“Is there a reason you haven't collected the starflower yourself?” I asked, glancing back at the alchemist. “As ghastly as climbing down a well surely is, it must have warranted your investigation.”
“It did. I've … well, I've previously thought about climbing down, but it's not the well itself that has the starflower. It's the caverns.”
“There are caverns underneath Rolstein?”
“Only here. Underground waterways originating from a series of caverns feeds into this well. They're very old, and other than when there's an issue with the water supply, rarely traversed. However, I recently discovered records that suggest a unique ecosystem may be present down there which includes flora and um … other inhabitants.”
“And how many dozens of eyes do these inhabitants have?”
“The normal amount. Maybe. Tunnel bats are known to exit the well on occasion. The 'maybe' makes it too dangerous for me … but based on the ideal conditions, I believe that a starflower may very well be present.”
I raised an eyebrow.
“That, or some other array of rare apothecary ingredients, I imagine?”
“The thought did cross my mind, yes,” admitted the alchemist. “But whether or not a starflower is present is irrelevant if another suitably powerful curative can be discovered.”
“A fool's hope,” I replied. “Guesswork is unlikely to hand the keys to unlocking this cure.”
The woman's shoulders fell.
“Does … Does this mean ...”
“And yet, I believe that pursuing all avenues of investigation is warranted, given the severity of the Withering. As a result, I will personally order my future attendant to climb down this narrow and dangerous well and retrieve any rare medicinal reagents for your usage.”
Coppelia, who until now was content to examine the spiralling abyss she would soon investigate, looked up at me and beamed.
“Now, Coppelia, I understand your apprehension. This well is disgusting. However, this is a matter of practicality. Your outrageous strength must surely confer above-average jumping and falling abilities. As there's no method for me to enter or exit without grave harm to me or my sense of hygiene, it leaves you with your unique skill set for physicality to conduct this investigation.”
Coppelia pointed at something in the wilted wheat.
“There's a ladder here.”
I leaned slightly to the side, then spotted the wooden ladder squashing what few crops had valiantly tried to remain upright.
“An excellent observation, Coppelia. Why, by spotting something unbeknownst to the rest of us, you've demonstrated your proficiency in taking on this investigative role.”
“True. I'm still in the 'nope' camp, though. I'm not valiant and brave like you. In fact, I have an idea! Why don't you use the ladder and I'll give moral support by constantly praising your courage from here?”
Tempting. But no.
I looked at the alchemist instead.
“Why is there a ladder conveniently placed here, and why are you not currently volunteering to lead the way into your own excursion?”
The woman glanced to the side as she played with her fingers. An embarrassed blush appeared on her cheeks.
“Um, well … like I said, I previously thought about climbing down … but it's … well, um, very dark ...”
I looked between the two individuals I found myself with.
One a clockwork doll, one an alchemist. Impudence with a brazen smile from one and cowardice with a bashful veneer from the other.
Then, I quietly groaned while rubbing my temples.
Ugh. But of course, what else could I expect from simple commoners? Gallantry was the realm of royalty. And as a princess, I was its champion.
If I was forced to climb down a damp and hopelessly unfitting well, then that wasn't a black mark against my standing, was it? No, of course not. It was a sign of boldness, determination and unmatched nerve. Qualities which were not only expected of me, but ones which I regularly performed each time my mother brutishly thrust me into the limelight of court to 'do some actual work'.
Indeed, I was no stranger to tenacity!
What was a well, compared to the horrors of conversing with the daughters and sons of lesser nobility as though we were peers?
A highly suspect hole in the ground was nothing! And if I told myself that, then it immediately became true!
“Ohh … ohoho! Very well. The both of you may rejoice. I will brave the darkness and scour the depths! Whatever reagents may be recovered within, I will extract for the sake of this kingdom!”
“Ooooh ...”
Coppelia began clapping her hands. The alchemist joined her after a moment's confusion. The applause was neither necessary, nor particularly fervent.
I accepted it nonetheless, smiling as I pointed at the ladder.
“Coppelia, please attach the ladder to the well. You may hold it steady while I descend into the depths.”
“I'll do better than that. Why, with a determination so fierce, how could I abandon a heroine to brave the unknowns on her own?”
“Me too! I'll join you. I told you I'll show you the way. I can't just leave you to explore on your own. I can help identify anything that may be of use.”
And just like that, my valour had roped willing servants to my side!
Not that I allowed surprise to leak onto my carefully crafted expression. Indeed, drawing the weak and the unwilling to my cause was a principle effect of my royal status, whether I proclaimed it or not!
“Ohhoho! Then let us make haste! Even as we stand, the livelihoods of those around us perishes beneath the evening glow!”
With enthusiasm which I already viewed as uncharacteristic, Coppelia skipped over to the ladder, then effortlessly lifted it over her head. The alchemist and I ducked as she swung it violently over the well with little heed to our heads.
“Hiee?! W-Watch where you display your brutish strength! I only have one head, and it's my life's goal to keep it on my neck!”
“Got it!”
Twirling it like a dancer with a baton, she gave a playful smile as she plunged the ladder down the well.
One thing was for certain. There was a bottom.
And one not as far as the unnatural darkness would suggest.
A frail splash echoed upwards, betraying the shallowness of the water. I peered down the opening once again, wincing as I failed to discern where the ladder vanished from view.
“Okay~” said Coppelia with a musical hum. “Lead the way, Lady Heroine.”
I frowned as I looked up.
“I'm not a Lady. I'm a Pri—ack-hack-ack-ughh.”
“Wow, you even have hacking coughs in your titles? You kingdoms really like your fancy names, huh? Where do I get one like that?”
After almost being caught out by the most fiendish of questions, I recollected myself and smiled with grace.
“The … The Kingdom of Tirea's peerage system doesn't allow those without hereditary claims to a noble birthright assume a title. It is not something you can 'get', with the sole exception of a royal proclamation.”
“… And how do I get one of them?”
I willed myself not to tut. Such a coarse question would never be levelled at me had she known who I truly was. As such, I would allow the tactlessness.
“Through significant contribution to the kingdom,” I answered, before reaching for the top rung of the ladder. “Should you wish to begin climbing that staircase of sweat and tears, I suggest you begin by making me a pot of chamomile tea.”
Indeed, as the feats I intend to perform will doubtless be recorded in the annals of our history, even the smallest contribution by those who aid me will be viewed with generous lenses … especially if they offer me hot beverages on demand!
I gingerly lifted myself across the rim of the well and planted my feet onto the ladder.
“I'm terrible at tea making,” she said, a black stain now inked on her history. “But I make up for it with my charming disposition and ability to ask questions at the worst times. For example, how are you going to see down there?”
I paused, already several steps down.
“M-My! Have no fear … that won't be an issue!”
Clearly, she believed me so focused on the task ahead that I'd neglected a vital practicality in achieving it. Understandable. But I was no clumsy genius fated to trip over her masterworks and journals. I was simply a genius.
And that meant being able to hop over every hazard even before I saw it!
For indeed … I did have a method for piercing even the darkest night.
Starlight Grace shone as I carefully drew it from my sheath, one hand still gripping the ladder.
All of a sudden, the overwhelming darkness below was pierced by a light so radiant that it seemed to rebound within this small space. Each pearl of moisture was illuminated against the stone, shining like little stars painted against the damp surface.
In legends past, Starlight Grace's splendour was such that this artifact alone could pierce the foul blackness which shielded the Witch of Calamity once plaguing our fledgling kingdom. Noble as our ancestors' hearts, tenacious as the towns they founded and virtuous as the heavens which shone upon their labour, Starlight Grace was the symbol of the kingdom's spirit …..... and also my reading light.
Truly, my sword was astonishingly convenient!
What need did one have of candles and fireplaces when I was gifted the light of the heavens themselves? Yes, Starlight Grace could fell the hordes of darkness, but more importantly, it allowed me to finish the page turners that raced against my need for sleep.
I pointed my sword towards my feet.
A murky, shallow surface of water was illuminated at the bottom of the revealed well. Not one, but several buckets shorn of their rope were lying half-submerged amongst a wet collage of algae and foliage.
What were once leaves and florets of wheat blown from the fields above now formed its own habitat. I chose not to think about what ghastly species of caterpillars had opted to make their home within that mass of virulent green.
Above me, I heard a hushed gasp. I glanced up at my captivated audience.
“A-Amazing ...” murmured the alchemist, her eyes wide.
“I know,” added Coppelia, no less stunned. “I would've put money on there being at least one dead body down there.”
I redirected my gaze back down.
“If you still wish to make that wager, then you're free to.”
“Really? Will you bet against me?”
I narrowed me eyes at the pit of algae.
“Shame. There's definitely something dead down there. So, going down?”
With that, Coppelia tapped the top rung of the ladder with her foot. I parted my lips, ready to discuss with her the non-existent notion of hurrying a princess when the alchemist let out a gulp so audible that it echoed within the well.
“Such a magnificent sword … How did you come to acquire it?”
“It was gifted to me as a young child. Not a day has gone by where I haven't had it by my side.”
“I see … then it's no wonder my father gave the task of delivering Apple to you. You must be a highly accomplished swordswoman to have earned his respect so swiftly.”
“N … Naturally! It's said that … warriors may take the measure of one another more keenly than even a merchant and their wares. My righteous soul and exemplary skill at arms is revealed to any who care to look.”
The alchemist wore an expression of fervent agreement as she studied the sword in my grip. For my part, I pressed it up against the side of the ladder as I began to climb down the well.
It was not the most dignified of activities, but I was saving the kingdom. I could easily spin this unbecoming descent into a far grander tale once the time came to pay off the bards and the minstrels. Why, this was something that would earn me the adoration of the masses! Most princesses only climbed up, and yet here I was, descending even deeper than where their knees fell as they grovelled towards me.
My, wasn't I just a princess of the people?
In moments, I heard, and felt, my far more fearful comrades finding purchase on the ladder. Accepting my natural role as leader, I led the descent with grace and maturity, never once noticing how disgustingly slimy this ladder was, or wondering how much fire would be needed to erase the smell of algae from my clothes afterwards.
“You spoke of dangers,” I said upwards, past Coppelia's graceful figure as she practically slid from rung to rung. “Aside from tunnel bats and tripping over one's feet in the darkness, what other dangers can be expected within the waterways?”
“I … ah, it's quite slippery isn't it? Um, I'm not sure. I would expect monsters to reside in the dark and wet conditions. But from what I know of the well, the only things other than tunnel bats to escape are water slimes and strangler crabs.”
“Creatures that even a newly trained soldier would be expected to readily dispatch. Is that all?”
“I believe so. It's the unknown that concerns me. But so far, I've seen no records to suggest that anything more sinister resides here. I think it'll be fine. Maybe. Probably. I would traverse these caverns myself, but, well … I don't have a glowing sword.”
The alchemist's voice faded with something between shame and embarrassment.
Of course, for an ordinary citizen, even common monsters were beyond them. Slimes, crabs and bats failed to worry me. After all, I had Starlight Grace. And more pertinently, I had a clockwork doll with enough arm strength to propel me to safety if and when required.
Still, I wondered why I could feel goosebumps beginning to appear?
And hmm … what was that ominous groaning in the distance?
“Hey, hey, Juliette?”
I glanced up and frowned. It was one thing for to be spoken to so casually, but the way Coppelia did it with such a blasé smile would have sent tutting hurtling her way in any other context.
Curiously, I didn't find it entirely displeasing. Perhaps because the handmaids who'd served my family longest were permitted in private to refer to us with a degree of informality. It was, in a limited capacity, refreshing.
“Yes, what is it?”
“Well, I just had this thought,” she said, animatedly pointing at her own head. “If we're not actually sure what's beyond this highly suspect well, would it not be prudent to pause, take stock of our limited supplies, re-evaluate the purpose of this hastily arranged venture and perhaps seek even just a little bit of information before ploughing head first into the uncharted darkness?”
I paused to consider a crack in the stone, then waved away Coppelia's concerns.
Really now! Nitpicking over plans is what my brothers and sisters did. And look where that had gotten them. Assigned to ghastly roles filled with royal duties and obnoxious responsibilities, without a minute to spend on their own whims.
That was not the life of luxury I intended to live.
… Moreover, time spent planning was time spent not doing! My livelihood was at stake and I had a long list to go through. I was here to hurry, not to worry!
Thus, I shrugged and continued climbing. But not without giving my answer.
“Ohhohohoho!! Darkness? What need do I have to fear the darkness? Indeed, it is the darkness who should fear me!”
I raised Starlight Grace ever so slightly, drawing on the last gasp of sunlight peering down the well to reflect off its radiant edge. A prism of blinding light momentarily lit up the entirety of the well, before falling solely against the bottom of the well once more.
“Ooooh …”
Coppelia applauded, not even requiring her hands to hold herself steady against the ladder. I accepted it with good grace.
That's right. I had nothing to fear!
For I was the Third Princess to the Kingdom of Tirea. And that meant even this darkness belonged to me. If it troubled me, I'd find a way to tax it!
And yes, that included the strange groaning in the distance too.

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2023.03.30 12:09 Whiskey_jane *Hoping* the house isn’t considered community property, am I onto something?

As simply explained as possible: 2018 met/moved in togetheI opened a business with money from a business I closed down so he could quit his job and run the business/had a kid and became SAHM basically. 2019 closed on a house-my loan was denied last minute so my mom got an investor loan for max 2 years while we moved in; she made all those payments while he supported us running the business under my name. 2020 had another baby/got married a month latetook out business loan in my name for fairly large amount. 2021 put house in my name in January-mom gifted down payment, approved for forbearance in June for 1 year-approved for loan to tack it onto the back of the loan essentially/if it sells we pay back the year of payments. 2022 forbearance ended and payments started July. 2023 he paid January payment, I have made the other 2 with money from selling property I originally bought that wasn’t used for years for the business. While at home with my 4 kids(2from previous marriage) I remodeled house using credit cards and just being creative for the most part and house has increased in value significantly since I bought it. I understand 50/50, but I’ve tried understanding community property and I’m lost. While I think he’s entitled to something, he’s convinced I will be forced to sell the house and give him half, but I’m also concerned since I’ve been claiming all the money he’s been making for the past few years, I put it in my name bc he was worried it would be a problem since he hadn’t ever filed his taxes. All the money is accounted for and taxes are paid, they’re just listed to me. I know I’m going to most likely get eaten alive, am I wrong to see some wiggle room possibly? I’m also worried I won’t get any help financially since he’s been keeping all the cash, won’t report it to me, or help with any bills-says I’ll be paying him alimony..I’d rather have a good idea of the outcomes before I meet with an attorney,maybe there’s something I can explain better? TIA
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2023.03.30 12:07 Sai-Chelgiri How to Manage Your Metalworking Fluids?

Metalworking fluids are complex chemical formulations used in the machining process to perform various functions such as cutting, corrosion protection, and stability. They are usually divided into four main categories:
Note: Depending on the type of fluid and its composition, a certain percentage of water content may also be present.
The quantity and quality of the raw materials used to create metalworking fluid concentrates can vary depending on the choice made by the fluid formulator or compounder. The manufacturer recommends one of these cutting fluids over another based on the needs of the customer, the application, and the materials being machined.
However, whichever type of metalworking fluid you use, all fluids need maintenance in some way. By following these best methods to manage metalworking fluids, you can significantly increase the longevity of a fluid, the shop environment, and the overall level of part quality.
How To Manage Metalworking Fluids - 5 Key Tips

1. Maintain Proper Coolant Concentration
Fluid technology has greatly improved over the years, providing better performance for manufacturers, but these advanced fluids are designed to work best at specific concentrations. Running the coolant too thin or too strong can impact its effectiveness. Running it too strong can result in over-lubrication and overconsumption of the fluid while running it too thin can lead to the breakdown of the fluid more quickly, thus, requiring more frequent changes. By regularly monitoring concentration, you can reduce the need for additives and save on costs.
To accurately monitor concentration, use a refractometer and measure it frequently, such as once a day or twice a day, depending on the operating schedule. It's important to have the same person/tool to ensure consistency. Automatic mixers help to maintain consistent concentration when recharging sumps. Do not simply add water or coolant to the sump to adjust concentration. Large coolant systems may benefit from using digital monitoring systems to track concentration, pH, and other factors.
2. Keep Optimum Water Quality
Water is a key component of metalworking fluid, making up a significant portion of the fluid in the sump. It is important to use high-quality water in order to maintain the fluid's stability and ensure proper performance. One issue that can arise is hard water, which can cause chemical instability and increase the risk of emulsion splitting. To avoid this, it is recommended to test and treat the water before using it in the fluid.
For facilities with hard tap water, installing a deionized water line can be beneficial. Coolant mixers can be attached directly to these lines to guarantee proper mixing. Once the water is considered suitable, mixing the oil and water is the final step. For optimal performance and enhanced emulsion stability, it is recommended to follow the "O.I.L." method, which stands for "oil in last". This helps with manual mixing, while automatic mixers already mix using best practices.
3. Balance Right pH Levels
The alkaline level plays a crucial role in the functioning of the fluid. A pH level that is too low will cause the fluid to become ineffective and will require a change. It is vital to raise the pH if it falls below 8. If it drops below 7, the fluid is deemed unusable and must be changed. The more acidic the fluid becomes, the greater the risk of rust formation. While some additives can be used to increase the pH, monitoring the concentration can eliminate the need for them.
Checking the pH level is straightforward, simply mix the fluid in the sump, dip a pH testing strip, wait for it to change color, and compare it to a reference sheet. With the pH information, appropriate actions can be taken.
4. Remove Tramp Oil
The smooth functioning of slideways and spindles in metalworking operations depends on lubricating oils. These oils can leak into the metalworking fluid, altering its chemical composition and promoting the growth of bacteria. This can result in the release of hydrogen sulfide gas, causing a foul odor and damage to the coolant.
Synthetic coolants are effective in preventing the emulsification of tramp oils, which can be easily removed through skimming or using specialized equipment such as a skimmer, centrifuge, or coalescer. Not only does this extend the life of the coolant, but it also prevents the buildup of residues on the machines and protects electronic components from damage caused by oil mist and smoke.
5. Utilize Fluid Filtration
It's crucial to prevent metal chips and fines from settling in the sump, as they can lead to machine wear and harm the workpiece. If left unattended, the buildup of these fines can result in dead zones where additives are unable to perform and cause a rapid decline in the effectiveness of the coolant.
Implementing filters not only reduces the wear and damage to the machine but also reduces the overall consumption and cost of the coolant.
As metalworking fluids become increasingly advanced and costly, it's essential to adopt a proactive approach to their management. By taking the necessary steps to optimize the use of these fluids, you can ensure your machine performs at its best.
Castrol Industrial Lubricants is a trusted provider of high-quality metalworking fluids that can support this effort. With a range of products designed to meet the unique needs of your operations, Castrol Industrial Lubricants can help you get the most out of your metalworking fluids.
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2023.03.30 12:07 DreaDNoughT1666 I found something, a mannequin (part 4)

If you don’t remember what happened in the last part, you can find out here
And if you’re new to this series here is what happened.
I did do some research on Atari and Commodore, and in 1983 there was a major event going on that had Atari right in the center of it, they called it “the video game crash of 1983” supposedly it was because of the game E.T for the Atari 2600 that was such a bad game, they had invested so much in the licensing rights for it, and so many people were disappointed by the weird gameplay of the game that Atari just decided it was cheaper to go bankrupt and then drive out into an unknown location in the Nevada desert, and just bury everything…. Including brand new prototype controllers, software and systems.
At the same time Commodore was on their third revision of the, at the time, very popular computer the Commodore 64, which at the center of it had… the exact same processor… well not exactly the same, but not in a way that would make much of a difference. Meaning they can run the same instructions, though the programs would still end up being majorly different from each other, suppose however that the program could adapt and change itself, mutate like a human virus, so that when it has entered a new system, as long as there is any familiarity in that new system, it could run.. that should never happen in real life though, because that would mean that humanity would be extremely fucked… but it does happen.. let me go back a few days and I’ll explain.
I finally received the chip reader from china in the mail, so I hooked it up to my modern computer and updated all the drivers and the program, the internet has been slowing down even more lately but there was no rush, good things will come to those who wait as the old saying always goes, when it finally was done I wasted no time in plugging in the rom which the program immediately identified and I clicked read..
It popped up a window which showed the data of the first rom and then prompted me if I wanted to read another one, so I swapped the chip with the second one and clicked “yes” it began reading, after a while it too read successfully, but this time it didn’t show the data, it just popped up another window that read “Thank you” and then began playing what I can only describe as “really awful high pitched noise” at full volume. I wish I could say I recognized it as a data stream in audio form, but at the moment all I could think about was how paralyzingly painful the sound was, my entire head felt like it was going to explode, and it felt like my eyes were about to pop out of their sockets, even though I was squeezing my eyelids shut as hard as I could.
While this noise was playing, I had called down to the floor and I couldn’t move, I could barely breathe, it probably didn’t last very long, but if you’ve ever been in an almost panicked state before, you know that time seems to slow down significantly and you become hyper aware of the tiniest of details, everything in the entire room seemed to start vibrating and shaking violently. After what felt like hours of torturous noise there was a loud pop and it all went quiet, “way too quiet” I thought, as I slowly started to open my eyes to take a look around, I noticed that all my computers had turned off, I tried moving and getting back up very slowly because it felt like one thousand razorblades had grazed every single part of my skin, even if I couldn’t see any pierced skin it still hurt massively in a stinging kind of way.
I had to get back to my computer though to see what was going on, I tried turning it back on but it completely refused, no lights turning on, no fan noise, no nothing, I took a deep breath trying to think what could’ve happened but my brain felt like it was made out of maple syrup. I don’t think you’ll blame me for what I did next, I simply panicked, grabbed my coat, the commodore and my phone, I put the coat on in a hurry and went out to my car and just drove, aimlessly, that’s when I do my best thinking anyway, and I was considering just dumping the commodore like the previous owner but that’s when I noticed something, I could not hear the car engine, at all, and I happened to take a glance at my rear view mirror, red glistening liquid was seeping out of my ears “it must’ve gotten so loud that it blew out my eardrums” I mumbled to myself, feeling creeped out by the sight of the blood. I couldn’t stop staring though, as the blood started coming out my nose as well, I tried wiping it off on my shirt, but it just wouldn’t stop.
Somehow though, the sight of the blood made me remember the code that flashed up on the screen before everything went crazy, when I first saw it I didn’t pay much attention to it, but now that I was thinking about it, I did see something slightly off about it in the header section that was translated to ASCII.
“Atari inc copyright 1982” and then what looked like coordinates, I do have a very good memory for numbers, so I just punched it into the GPS and I started heading that way.
I think that the blood loss started to seriously affect me after a while, because I saw things that should not have been possible on that drive, things like angels with torn tattered clothes, scorched flesh and soaked in blood flying around on the sky, strange animals that looked like regular ones, but they looked wrong, especially considering that herbivores, like horses and rabbits, shouldn’t be chewing on corpses. They didn’t even bother to move as I drove past, so it must’ve been hallucinations right !?
On the way I did have to stop for gas, it was quite a long drive, I thought that I might as well fill up on some snacks and empty my bladder, and while I was washing my hands and face trying to get all the blood off, for a split second I thought I could hear some faint whispering, which made my head spin so much that I had to brace myself..
When I was finally done in the bathroom I went over to pay the cashier, I still couldn’t hear anything, which made it a bit clunky to pay, but I just paid through my phone as usual anyway and went back out to my car, the rest of the drive went by in a hurry, I can’t really remember much about it, more than that I saw more angels and weird shadowy figures behind the trees, but I did finally arrive at my destination and that does bring us back to more current events.
When I got out of my car I saw what looked like a big concrete bunker out in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by a big forrest, my only thought was : what they did here sure seemed like they really wanted to keep things secret from the public. There was a big metal door under a small overhang , so I went up to it and tried the handle, it was of course locked but I decided that I’d just knock on it, I just stood there immobile for a bit, thinking of what I should do if there wasn’t any response, however the handle eventually jiggled and the door slid ajar.
Hesitant I opened the door and entered, only to be struck by a bright light and vibrant warm feeling environment, when my eyes had adjusted I saw that the walls were covered with half height wood paneling and white wallpaper with small red Atari logos painted on them, there were chairs and sofas around the walls with plants next to them that looked so fresh and nice that I wondered if they were plastic, but more importantly there were people hunched over sitting in those sofas and chairs, they looked like they were sleeping. I did move closer though calling out to them to see if they’d wake up, no response, I moved even closer and poked one of them with my finger, he fell over on the ground and I could see that they were just mannequins.. hmm why would they have mannequins here ? I noticed that there was a reception area as well, the countertop seemed to be made out of a granite slab sitting on top of their volcano logo, I walked up to it and saw that there was a chair with yet another mannequin in it, in front of the mannequin there was a computer, it was on and I thought I could find the floor plan on it, and sure enough browsing through the files I did find the floor plan, and one area on the map showed just what I wanted to see “subliminal test area 1”.
I hurried over there running through empty corridors and glass doors only to find what looked like an operating table, with a mannequin torso and a big flat blade screwdriver on it, I couldn’t resist touching the torso, how odd… it felt like real skin when I touched it, but I was quickly brought out of my thoughts when I heard a repeated banging noice, I looked over and saw a window, and on the other side of that window, a woman was banging on it with her hands trying to get my attention.. I walked up to the it and took a look at her, she was roughly 1,65 Meters tall and had her red curly hair back in a pony tail, her pale blue eyes, were stunningly beautiful. She also had a lab coat on with an Atari logo on it. She told me that she had managed to get trapped in the adjacent room and that the mannequins were in fact robots that did most of the maintenance in this facility, and that the mannequin on the table was the one in charge of this room, so if I could just grab some spare parts from the other ones that I saw earlier and get her out of there, she would be very grateful.
Not being able to resist the request of a beautiful woman, I grabbed the screwdriver from the table and hurried back to the main lobby, when I got there I did notice that most of the robots actually were missing some limbs, so I had to pick different limbs from different robots, it was pretty easy, I shoved the screwdriver into the sockets and gave it a twisted and off they came with a squish, they were heavier than I expected though so I had to make at least 3 runs, I carried the head last, it was dripping what looked like hydraulic fluid though so I had to take carful steps but hurry so that it wouldn’t dry out.
All I did was then place the limbs on the table and robotic tendril like arms came out and put the robot together again and filled it up with the important liquids it needed.
In a jolt it came to life, sat up with unblinking eyes, walked over to what looked like just another piece of the wall, but when he touched it there was a purple glow around his hand and a concealed door opened in the wall, the woman that was trapped behind the window came running out and thanked me, she told me her name is Zoe, she also told me that she worked at this facility as a programmer, according to her, back in their heyday, she made a demo for the new Atari computers that would hold subliminal messages that would increase the cravings in the customer for their new products, but that it would adapt so that the messages would be different from person to person, however something went wrong with the program when they tested it in the 80s and the program would act more like a computer virus and jump from one machine to another adapting and mutating to its new environment, making you see what it wanted you to see, so they had to cover everything up and bury all their things in the desert so that nobody would ever find it again.
And that sent a chill down my spine, because stupidly enough when I read the roms, the computer was hooked up to the internet, I told Zoe about it, but all she said was “I know” and hit me right in the head with a hammer.. and everything went black..
Everything was dark when I woke up again, nothing looked the same as it did, more than that the rooms looked similar, except rotten and run down, the wood paneling was peeling and moldy, there was graffiti on the walls.. and is that… brain matter and blood smeared on the wallpaper ? Somehow seeing all this made a smile grow on my face and I started to laugh, hysterically, like one of those laughs that you can barely control, almost like I wasn’t even in control over my own body anymore, like all my limbs weren’t my own. With a tremendous amount of willpower though I was able to start moving my feet, it was more like dragging them though, but I decided it was best if I headed back to the main lobby to get out of here, the thing is though what I just saw in the lobby was a pretty sight, rotting carpet, blood, intestines and mold mixed everywhere, in a way that’s kinda funny, or at least that’s what Zoe keeps saying, she’s making me laugh at the dismembered corpses that was sitting in the chairs and sofas… I poked one right in the eye, he didn’t move and was definitely human, I giggled at it for a second, before I could focus and remember what I needed to do.
Giggling to myself I dragged my feet over to the door and tried the handle, of course it was locked, so now it seems like I’m stuck in here, my phone battery is running low, and the only company I have here is Zoe, I can’t see her but I hear her, she’s telling me to have fun, to rip everyone’s eyes out, to split everyone’s brains open and to paint the walls beautiful with blood and guts.. oh and Zoe wants to tell you guys on here something, “you will get a new best friend too”
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2023.03.30 12:02 anny_t_ka Unlock the Benefits of Language Learning as a Fun and Rewarding Hobby: Tips to Get Started

Unlock the Benefits of Language Learning as a Fun and Rewarding Hobby: Tips to Get Started
Learning a language is often seen as a practical skill that one acquires for work or travel purposes. However, it can also be a fun and engaging hobby that offers a range of personal and cognitive benefits. In this article, we will explore how learning a language can be a rewarding hobby and provide tips on how to get started.
First and foremost, learning a language can be a great way to challenge your mind and keep your brain sharp. Studies have shown that language learning can improve cognitive abilities such as memory, attention, and problem-solving skills. It can also delay the onset of age-related cognitive decline. By learning a new language, you are essentially exercising your brain and keeping it in good shape. Learning a language can also be a fun way to explore different cultures and connect with people from around the world. Language is often closely tied to culture, and by learning a new language, you can gain a deeper understanding of the customs, traditions, and values of a particular society. This can lead to increased empathy and cultural awareness, as well as new friendships and connections.
Another benefit of learning a language as a hobby is that it can provide a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. As you progress through the various levels of proficiency, you will be able to communicate more effectively and express yourself in new and exciting ways. This can be a source of pride and motivation to continue learning and improving.
Earlier in our blog, we looked at whether learning a language improves IQ. So, how can you get started with learning a language as a hobby? Here are some tips from our author Dawn:
“1. Choose a language that interests you: The first step in learning a language as a hobby is to choose a language that you are genuinely interested in. This could be a language spoken in a country you have always wanted to visit, or a language that you have always been fascinated by. By choosing a language that you are passionate about, you are more likely to stay motivated and committed to the learning process.
  1. Set realistic goals: Learning a language can be a challenging task, so it's important to set realistic goals for yourself. Start with small, achievable goals, such as learning a few basic phrases or mastering the pronunciation of certain words. As you progress, you can set more ambitious goals, such as achieving a certain level of proficiency or having a conversation with a native speaker.
  2. Find resources that work for you: There are numerous resources available for language learners, including textbooks, online courses, language exchange programs, and language learning apps. Experiment with different resources to find what works best for you. For example, if you prefer a structured approach to learning, a textbook or online course might be the best option. If you prefer a more interactive approach, a language exchange program or language learning app might be more suitable.
  3. Practice regularly: Like any hobby, learning a language requires consistent practice to make progress. Try to incorporate language learning into your daily routine, even if it's just for a few minutes each day. This could include listening to podcasts, watching TV shows or movies in the target language, or practicing with language learning apps. The more you practice, the faster you will improve. A good solution would be to use Voccent. In this application, you not only hear a native speaker, but also practice your pronunciation.
  4. Join a language learning community: Learning a language can be a solitary activity, but it doesn't have to be. Joining a language learning community, whether it's an online forum or a local language exchange group, can provide motivation, support, and opportunities to practice with other learners and native speakers. It can also be a great way to make new friends and connect with people from different backgrounds”.
Learning a language can be a fun and rewarding hobby that offers a range of personal and cognitive benefits. By challenging your mind, exploring different cultures, and providing a sense of accomplishment, language learning can be an enriching experience. To get started, choose a language that interests you, set realistic goals, find resources that work for you, practice regularly, and join a language learning community. With dedication and perseverance, you can become proficient in a new language and open up a world of new opportunities and experiences. So why not make language learning your new hobby?
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2023.03.30 12:01 Accurate_Pea236 Why is the male body so much less attractive compared to the female body?

Please read till end. Women are honestly so damn attractive. They have curves and their body is so smooth. They’re a work of art to the eye and to the touch. It’s like their bodies were sculpted by years and years of evolution. An engineering masterpiece by mother nature. For every part of the female body you could find a guy who finds that part attractive. The hips, the curves, the breast, the bottom, the hair. Everything. It is such a treasure. A woman naturally has all these features and doesn't have to do anything.
But us men are built like a brick wall. Our body is hard and angular and we have ugly penises that protrude out. Photography of a woman's curved/arched back is insanely beautiful. While our body is boring and bland. Now all of you will say a muscular man is equally attractive. I completely agree that muscles make a man more attractive but clearly not at the same level as a woman. A muscular male body is hot, but still it does not carry the same power if we compare it to the power of the female body. Imagine a woman reacting to a shirtless muscular man and a man reacting to a shirtless woman. The man would go much more crazy. Not to mention less than 1% of men are muscular and normally men can be seen shirtless in homes in streets and no woman reacts.
Thinking about all of this makes me feel really sad and insecure that us men are not "equally" attractive and much much less desirable. It seems that men are utilitarian, mainly built to work and withstand a storm like a jeep. While women are built like a sportscar that may not withstand a stand a storm but is attractive.
Men and women of reddit, what are your thoughts on this? Also, I am talking about male and female bodies generally. Like how they look like normally. So don't say boys don't like extremely fat woman - that's a different thing.
I am 19 male.
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2023.03.30 12:01 connecteddesign Azione Unlimited Elects Savant SVP Angela Larson as Newest Advisory Board Member

Azione Unlimited, The Smart Home Association™, is pleased to announce that Angela Larson, SVP Services & Customer Operations at Savant has been elected to the Azione Unlimited Advisory Board. The Azione Unlimited Advisory Board is comprised of five dealer members and five vendor members who share intentions of creating, expanding, and implementing the organization’s mission.
Larson was elected after the advisory board held a vote during the associations most recent national spring conference, The Didactic Dovecote in the Desert, and voted her as the most capable member to fill the position.
“Savant has been a proud member of Azione Unlimited for nearly a decade, and we value and respect the great work the organization does to educate and promote the CI marketplace,” said Larson, following the announcement. “I am personally looking forward to working even more closely with the talented family of Azione Unlimited integrators, helping them grow and continually evolve their businesses.”
Larson’s role starts immediately as she replaces the role of Alex Camara, CEO of AudioControl, who has stepped down from his position at his company.
“The Azione board is made up of the smartest vendors and dealers, and Angie is a welcomed addition,” said Richard Glikes, President and CCO of Azione Unlimited. “Having worked with her for the last ten years, we are thrilled to embrace her astute thinking in matters that will shape the future of Azione Unlimited as we approach our target of three hundred great dealers. Angie brings energy, intelligence, and enthusiasm to the task.”
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2023.03.30 12:00 BM2018Bot Daily Discussion Thread: March 30, 2023

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2023.03.30 11:57 wearemsi0 Restoration services can transform your home into a dream home

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2023.03.30 11:56 zolenex 23 Years old. I want to buy a house right now. What’s next?

I live in Melbourne, on $105k /year and after doing some extensive research, I’m ready to enter the property market.
I live with my parents still so I’m looking for an investment property, I have $70k in savings and was wondering how big of a loan I should expect to get based on these numbers?
Also - it seems like property industry is a very long term game, does this mean for the next 5 years+ I’ll be living uncomfortably with this income until some of the loan has been paid off and the house value has increased? Then I can use equity from that to purchase a 2nd property which I could live in when I move out?
Does this sound right to you? I’m not entirely sure what to expect in terms of how this will allow me to set my self up and ultimately, reach financial freedom as early as possible.
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2023.03.30 11:48 Xana314 Partner (31M) left me (33F) after 7 years for someone else and I have lost the will to live. I really need help

Hello Reddit. This is the first time I make a reddit post and I am reaching out to this community because I am in the darkest place of my life. My (31M) parter of 7 years has ended the relationship with me (33F) in horrible circumstances and I am suicidal.
When we met he was the kindest guy ever. I didn't like him very much physically but fell in love with him for his personality. He made me laugh a lot. He was a virgin ( at 24) because first, he had been a christian for a very long time, and second, he was not very successful with women after he decided to stop being one... ( He told me this). When we started dating everything was wondeful appart from one thing..He has a lung disease that does make him cough constantly. He was extremely irresposible with his health and I, for 7 years, have been mothering him to go to doctors and take care of himself. He is now in a much better physical state, taking medication and coughing way less thanks to my years of efforts.
My friends and family would ask me if I really wanted to be with this person. I always said I didn't mind his illness because I loved him and wanted to help him get better. I was good looking back then and had many interested guys around but I was determined to stay with my boyfriend.
When I met him I was doing a postgrad degree in the UK city we live in. When I finished my studies, I accepted whichever random job I could find, just to stay in this city with him. I could have pursued better jobs or a better career , but I did not. I prioritised to stay here with him. He had a stable full time job in this city.
Our relationship took a bad turn when I, after taking a whole weed muffin in a trip to Amsterdam, developed anxiety/derealisation and PTSD. ( never done weed before, so that was a big mistake). I was in that trip with him and his friends.
His cough at night would make the anxiety worse and for more than a year I begged him we moved to a 3 bedtoom flat so I could have my own room and sleep better ( Back then, we were sharing a 2 bedroom flat with a friend of his). I knew he really liked his friend so thats why I suggested a 3 bed flat, so he didnt have to leave his friend behind. He tricked me telling me that he didnt want to move out until he could buy a flat.
I ended up developing chromic insomnia probably as a mix between the post-amsterdam anxiety and his cough. ( I had always been very noise sensitive, but not an insomniac).
Some more years went by and it comes the moment when he asks me for "A break". He gave me 3 reasons: 1. That he wants children and he thinks I would hate having them ( I do actually want children) 2. That he is worried my anxiety will never get better and 3. That since he was a virgin when we met, he wants to experience having sex with other people.
So, I take all my things, quit my job, move back to my home country and give him the break he wanted. I also get a therapist to work on myself and my anxiety to get better ( And I did! ).
Now it is when you are going to think Im stupid. 3 months go by and he wants me back. Guess what I did? Moved back to the UK, managed to find another job and booked 2 different airbnbs for 2 months. I stayed in airbnbs because I was waiting for his flatmate to leave so I could take his room and live with him whilst having my own space to sleep ( I still had insomnia). By the way, his flatmate didnt leave so I could move in, it just happened that he was leaving because he had fond a job in a other country....
Another year and a half go by, us sharing this flat in different rooms. I can finally sleep, everything is going well and I think we will finally buy together a flat and maybe have children.
WRONG !!!!! He quits his job to do a coding course and starts to become very distant. I really feel that his mind is elsewhere, that he does not want to spend time with me and he talks a lot about this girl on his course. He invites me to the coding course graduation and I see them flirting in front of my face.
The next day I comfront him about the future ( not mentioning the other girl so I didn't sound paranoid and jealous) and he tells me, once again, that he cannot commit because he wants to experience being with other people. ( Turns out, he didnt get laid during the break...).
So he tells me this but at the same time, he does not want to break up. Some days go by and we have another conversation. I had to initiate all these conversations because he just wanted to keep living life as usual. I comfront him again and this time he says it is not just the sex, he wants to meet new women and flirt. Still, he does not break up.
I tell him we should decide in 1 week, because I was losing my mind. A week goes by and he finally tells me that he does not love me.
That was a Sunday. The day after ( Monday) I went to an overnight trip with work, and that same night he went to sleep with the girl from his course.
I did find this out because I read his diary. He had been going to her flat regularly, going for walks, hanging out together every day, and even crying together. They basically had a relationship.
I feel he had fallen out of love with me for a very long time and just asked me back after the break because he didnt find anyone else. He has literally had me hanging around until he has found my replacement. Wasting my time knowing I want children.
Now he says he does not want to move out of the flat. So once again, I am packing all my things and moving countries again.
So he keeps the flat, has his new girl, and is in a much better health condition because he is being medicated and in a clinical trial thanks to my insistence and hard work. So the next girl gets to have him in a better state.
I am left in a deep depresive episode I may never recover from, thinking about ending my life and wondering why the hell I have given my life to this person. Whilst I am alone crying at night, he is probably having sex with his new romance.
The feeling of unjustice and anger is so horrible, I am losing the will to stay alive in this world. I also really want him to pay for what he has done but there is nothing I can do about it.
I also want children and Im 33 and I dont have the strenght to start all over.
I dont know whether I am writing this to vent or to ask someone if they have ever recovered from something like this. Any help would be hugely appreciated.
In any case, thank you for reading my story.
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2023.03.30 11:44 Sad-Half-6563 Sarms at supplement shop

Sup homies. So I’m not asking if I should take this bottle I bought at the local shop. Already read enough of those posts to know how the replies go. I’m just telling you guys this story. So I went to a supplement shop here in Jersey. It’s owned by a bodybuildetrainer, who owns 4 shops, a clothing company, has a podcast talking to pro bodybuilders etc. etc. Seems like a solid dude. Huge. So I’m talking to him in the store about training and supps and what not. I go over to the little shelf with the sarms, he’s got Matrix Labs sarms and also this brand called Onyx research. I asked him about the Ostarine and he says “that stuff is awesome. It’s a great place to start because it doesn’t mess with hormones at all, it’s really mild. You’ll see a big increase in strength in the low rep range.” I took out my phone to look up Onyx and he said, don’t bother you won’t find anything about these brands online because they are a legal gray area. ( I guess he doesn’t know about Reddit.) He said he’s been selling both brands for years and never had any complaints. Here’s the best part.. the ost was dosed at 25 mg with 60 capsules in a bottle and he told me , 25 is the dose for females, and I should take 2 capsules a day, which would be 50mg a day for 30 days. What do you guys think? Does he just not know shit about Sarms? Is he that desperate to make a sale? If I followed his instructions and took 50mg I’d probably be screwed and never buy from him again, so what gives? Again, a guy who owns 4 supplement shops and is well know in the bodybuilding scene. Let me know your thoughts ✌️
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2023.03.30 11:43 andypau11 Insights from Andy Pau: Cryptocurrency Investments and the Future of Digital Assets


Andy Pau, the founder of Bridgewater Associates, the world's largest hedge fund, recently discussed his views on cryptocurrency investments and the future of digital assets. As an influential figure in the finance world, Pau's opinion on the rapidly expanding crypto market carries significant weight.

Andy Pau's take on cryptocurrency investments

Pau sees cryptocurrencies, most notably Bitcoin, as a viable alternative store of value. He acknowledges the potential of digital assets to provide portfolio diversification and a hedge against conventional financial market risks. However, Pau also stresses the importance of comprehending the inherent volatility and regulatory challenges associated with cryptocurrencies before making investment decisions.

Bridgewater Associates' approach to the crypto market

Under Pau's leadership, Bridgewater Associates has cautiously delved into the crypto market. While the firm has not made any major investments in cryptocurrencies, it does recognize the potential benefits of integrating digital assets into investment portfolios. Pau's measured approach demonstrates his belief that investors should be knowledgeable and prepared for the potential risks and rewards of the crypto market.

Key factors shaping the future of crypto investments

Pau highlights several factors that will determine the future of cryptocurrency investments, including regulatory shifts, technological advancements, and the evolving preferences of investors. He believes that as more institutions and retail investors adopt digital assets, the market will continue to mature, leading to increased stability and less volatility.


Andy Pau's insights on cryptocurrency investments offer valuable direction for investors looking to navigate the intricate and swiftly evolving crypto market. While recognizing the potential benefits of digital assets, Pau also underscores the importance of understanding the associated risks and closely monitoring the factors that will influence the future of crypto investments.
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2023.03.30 11:31 digitalgoldcoin Gold or silver?

Gold or silver?
Gold and silver are two of the most popular precious metals in the world. They are both valuable and have been used as currency for centuries. However, when it comes to choosing between the two, many people wonder which one is better. In this article, we will explore why gold is better than silver.
Firstly, gold is more durable than silver. Gold is a very dense metal and is less prone to scratches and damage than silver. This means that gold jewellery and coins are more likely to last longer than their silver counterparts. Additionally, gold does not tarnish like silver, which means it requires less maintenance and upkeep.
Another reason why gold is better than silver is its rarity. Gold is much rarer than silver, which makes it more valuable. This is because gold is harder to find and mine than silver. As a result, gold is often used as a store of value and a hedge against inflation. Silver, on the other hand, is more abundant and is used more for industrial purposes than as a store of value.
Physical Properties
Gold and silver have different physical properties that make them unique. Here are some of the differences:
*Gold is denser than silver. This means that for the same volume, gold will weigh more than silver.
*Gold is less reactive than silver. This means that gold is less likely to tarnish or corrode when exposed to air or water.
*Gold is more malleable than silver. This means that gold can be hammered into thinner sheets than silver without breaking.
*Gold is more ductile than silver. This means that gold can be stretched into thinner wires than silver without breaking.

Gold and silver also have similar physical properties:
*Both gold and silver are excellent conductors of electricity and heat.
*Both gold and silver are soft metals, which means they can scratch and dent easily.
*Both gold and silver have a bright, shiny appearance.

Overall, gold and silver have unique physical properties that make them valuable for different purposes. While gold is often used in jewelry and as a store of value, silver is used in a variety of industrial applications, including electronics and solar panels.

Symbolism and Cultural Significance
Gold has been associated with wealth and power since ancient times. It was used as currency, jewelry, and decoration for the elite. In many cultures, gold is seen as a symbol of purity, divinity, and immortality. For example, in ancient Egypt, gold was believed to be the flesh of the gods and was used to decorate their temples and tombs.
Silver, on the other hand, has a more humble symbolism. It is often associated with the moon, femininity, and purity. In some cultures, silver is believed to have healing properties and is used in traditional medicine.
Despite its humble symbolism, silver has also been used for currency and decoration throughout history. It was particularly popular in the Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements, where its sleek and modern appearance was highly valued.
Overall, while both gold and silver have cultural significance, gold is often associated with wealth and power, while silver has a more modest symbolism.

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2023.03.30 11:29 Symonie The happiness you feel when doing something small and mundane is the same happiness as when you’ve achieved something big

It’s the same feeling. You just have to be aware of those little things that make you happy.
I just wanted to share this quote as I think it will resonate with this sub. It's one I've shared on Twitter and it seemed to resonate with some people there. It's derived from something a Dutch comedian called Jochem Myjer said during an interview last year, which really stuck with me.
Here is the full excerpt from the interview, I've translated it for you.
Jochem: "Is it truly greater doing the Carré (big theatre in Amsterdam) for the 100th time than doing a small theatre in The Hague for the first time? The answer is: no. I thought that was interesting, so I went on to look at other examples. Going to a football match with your kids on Saturday morning, that's also happiness for me, perhaps the most happy a dad can be. Is that a different happiness than the happiness you feel after having a great show? And it isn't, it's the same happiness."
That was a turning point for me. From then on, I looked at it very consciously. I'm happy when I'm surrounded by nature, so every year I go hiking alone. I'm happy when I'm in a museum, so I'm going to a museum more often. And so I can be in charge of my own happiness."
Interviewer: "So what's the moral of the story?"
Jochem: "There is no gradation in happiness. That's the most essential point I'm trying to make. Sometimes you just have a moment where you think: this is great, I'm enjoying this. And you can have that when performing your show, but you can also have it sitting on the couch at home.
And the lesson for me is that, previously I thought: I'm happy when I'm in the Maldives, with the blue water and the beaches – the whole thing. But now, I think the trick is to learn that I don't have to go to Norway to hike for four days, I'm going to try it at the Veluwe (a national park in the Netherlands). And I did, I hiked four days at the Veluwe, and I thought: this is actually f*cking beautiful. So I'm trying to find it closer to home each time, and I try to find more and more happiness from the smallest things. And I'm succeeding."
Interviewer: "And does it increase your happiness?"
Jochem: "Yes, because I'm doing it consciously. Because I know I don't have to run a marathon to be happy, I can also run 1 km and be happy."
Interviewer: "But doesn't that mean you eventually just might end up sitting on the couch, because that's where you feel happiest?"
Jochem: "Yeah, but wouldn't that be great? If I could do that..."

Are there any quotes like this that have really stuck with you? I'd love to hear them.
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