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2023.03.21 21:20 lin_seed David Hinton’s China Root: Mountains, Dharma, and Mat-Su’s Big Name Reveal
, welcome to my ongoing experimental book report on David Hinton’s China Root
The “experimental” part of this book report is mostly for my personal self-observation: I have been doing it over such a long span of time that, at this point, I am significantly reduced, in a cognitice sense, compared to where I was when I began making “book reports” on David Hinton’s curious tome several years ago now. (I have early onset dementia—and the fact of the matter is that I’m already decade beyond the “early” part, for all practical purposes.)
I only introduce this subject to explain any verbal deficiences in this post. I am nicotine-less, and still trying to figure out how to get my brain to output words in a consistent or coherent manner. I’m totally incapable of filming videos right now, as I forget what I am talking about within 5 minutes. But when I woke up today I saw a post from u/sje397
in my feed, and it reminded me of how kind and cordial he was to me when I first posted here, and I thought: “Well that really did work out pretty well, didn’t it?” And so I wanted to pop up with a post that showed him that my efforts to bring my study of Ch’an to this forum have not deviated one iota since that very first video—in which I brandished an apple rather wildly, talked about sutt, and made a pretty decent broom joke, if I remember correctly.
In any case, I have the perfect content slotted up: the next two chapter’s in my revolutionary book report on David Hinton’s locally controversial book: China Root
. (Revolutionary because, while I have never been a fan of the book report standard, nor highschool nor university scholarship whatsoever, I did
find it important to try and fit in with zen
locals, by offering them one example of their favorite form of content: one book report in classical “book report” style. [Linseed: Full disclosure: most of the time when I wrote book reports in elementary school, I did so in the form of short fictions that discussed the text—so reporting on a book as if I am some desk bound nerd that puts weight into “scholarship” and “facts” does not come naturally…so just keep in mind that, even though this is
a book report, it is still offered up by a literati who is neither drunk on themself, nor on anynone else, nor on any particular pack of lies that is bundled together and sold as “authority” to the masses. Thanks.])
No…even my book reports are quite clearly the product of a literati, and not some desk-fascist who has something to “prove with words”—so I do hope you enjoy!
First, here is a run down of book reports so far, for any who are curious, want to get up to date on the book, or who are interested in what the process of reporting on a book thoroughly looks like (for the many of you who have never actually seen that before): Introduction: a work on "Original Zen." Reader's Note and First Chapter Meditation, Breath, Mind, and Words Absence Empty-Mind and Mirror
Bonus post: The Utility of China Root for Literate People
Oh, and before we actually proceed: you are caught up to me in my own progress in the book so far. It’s kind of an exciting moment for me, honestly, because while I have profited immensely from Mr. Hinton’s poetry translations over the years (and I highly recommend both his Li Po and his updated Tu Fu)—to be completely straightforward I have never found his philosophical interests engaging or pertinent, think his take on a “Tao” based framework of “Ch’an” wonky to the point where I ask “so this is only for PhD’s with $400 sweaters and / or rural aristocracy that have things like actual looms
in their homes?”, and am entirely unconvinced that an “academic” poetry translator with a giant list of millionaire foundations in his resume is going to be able to successfully introduce Ch’an at all.
And after the above introductory segments, we start to get into the real world today. Let’s see what the “artist-intellectual” aristocrat has to share with us tired and lowly masses on the subject of Ch’an, shall we?
This chapter is probably of the least interest to the zen
user. (But is particularly useful for New Ager lampoonery.) It’s worth plucking out two quotes in order to show who Hinton is and how he sees himself / his approach to Ch’an, as well as how he recognizes not only himself but also, clearly, many of his readers in Tang and Song China’s class of artist intellectuals. This certainly makes him somewhat of an outlier in the world of Zen study (and it also restricts him to a certain demogrpahic of readers, and obviously flips the bird to many others, such as non-artists and non-intellectuals, scholars, members of religious instituitions, etc snd so on). It is worth pointing at this location of his book when it comes to audience, however: because this is the audience he has been cultivating very successfully for several decades, and it is the audience where this particular book already has and will continue to find many readers: ie the class of artists and intellectuals (many of whom are academics) who choose to live in rural settings (or keep a vacation home there)—and enjoy reading poetry. This is why I know this book will actually be read by quite a few people. I live among this demogrpahic, and have already seen Hinton’s book surface in the wild amongst readers who never expressed a lick of interest in “Zen” or “Buddhism.” (It’s weird—I thought users here would be particularly interested in this tome due to the fact that it will reach completely beyond
the world of relgious instituitions and thought, and bring a new wave of secular readers to Zen…sadly the curioisity, verve, and amicability of the contemporary “internet scholar” apprenely leave much to be desired.)
Now, obviously 99% of these folks, the “artist intellectuals” Hinton writes for, would never stoop to touch Reddit—which is precisely why I feel this forum owes them, but even more so Reddit users, a thorough review of Hinton’s book. (And please, do add your comments and opinions about the book to this OP—I would love to see them myself.)
But wait—I suppose some of you may be asking, “well if this book is written for a bunch of folks with oil paint and bruschetta on their fingers, or who have those fancy tethers on their eyeglasses that allow them to be taken off and rested on the chest while while eyes are opened a little wider, looking up and out some window some mountain or some river vista, as they wistfully contemplate their analgoues in medieval China—then why should I
be interested?” ::redditor munches doritos:: Well, while that is a question only you can answer, reader, I can say that, if you ever do
end up becoming the sort of student of Zen who moves to a rural locale, and begins walking around with a stick—or even if you just visit on some pastoral vacation—the book will / can be rather useful when you’re walking on the path and you bump into someone who quotes Leibniz, or mumbles something about Chartres when they see a particulalrly grand upended tree…and you want to poke that person in the eye.
Anyway. Hinton on how he sees things, and the very specific class of folks he writes his book for—even while clearly halfway imagining that class into existence himself (call it a “writing trick” I suppose):
(On the “cenrality if landscape” in “Chinese culture and Ch’an practice”)
This explains the centrality of landscape in Chinese culture and Ch’an practice: indeed, the abiding spiritual aspiration of China’s artist-intellectuals was to dwell as integral to rivers-and-mountains landscape. The cultivation of this dwelling took many forms, all of which recognized rivers-and-mountains landscape as the open door to realization. Ancient artist-intellectuals lived whenever possible as recluses in the mountains, wandered there where that cosmological process could be experienced in the most immediate possible way. The arts were considered ways to cultivate that dwelling: poetry being most essentially rivers-and-mountains poetry, painting most essentially rivers-and-mountains painting. And that dwelling was also the central concern of Ch’an practice.
Hmm. Like I said, this guy’s wonky. Maybe if I went to one of my fancier neighbor’s houses—while they smoked high-cbd, low THC cannabis, and casually ate something I didn’t even recognize (likely while dipping it in something else that looks like my monthly food budget contained in one bowl)—and listened to them pontificate about what happened that one time they “did psylicibin right after reading Walt Whitman on a camping trip in the Himalayas”…this would resonate. [Linseed: Hey, they read a lot—but I’m not saying they’re particulalry skilled at reading what when where or how!]
Anyway, you see how Hinton writes about this stuff. “Good luck getting through WWIII ‘aritst-intelleftuals’! I truly hope your walnut wardrobes and families and looms and easels and designer dog breeds—and literally to die for
appaeritif spreads—all manage to navigate history safely together, with nary a hiccough or a stumble!”
—Linseeed (for reals)
In this next passage we see Hinton’s highly personal and very…idk, sort of “radically independent”2
take on the history and location of Ch’an. What is
interesting is what he brings up about the centrality of mountains in the Ch’an record. (I mean when the local “Zen Master” is often given the name of the local mountain, it does tell you something.) Anwyay, Hinton being weird and some other stuff:
Ch’an’s beginnings can be traced to around the fourth century C.E., when there was a resurgence and deepening of Taoist thought (Dark- Enigma Learning) together with the beginning of landscape’s centrality for China’s artist-intellectuals, most notably when China’s mature mainstream poetic tradition emerged in the form of rivers- and-mountains poetry invented by two epochal poets: T’ao Ch’ien and Hsieh Ling-yün (author of “Regarding the Source Ancestral,” a seminal text in Ch’an). The reason for this is no doubt the mirror- deep clarity of empty mirror-mind that Buddhist meditation so resolutely cultivated. And in fact, the original meanings of the Ch’an ideogram, before it was chosen to translate the Sanskrit dhyana (“meditation”), were “altar” and “sacrifice to rivers-and-mountains.” Hence, meditation as a place where one honors or celebrates rivers- and-mountains. In addition, Ch’an monasteries were typically located in remote mountains (those in cities surrounded themselves with the domesticated landscapes of gardens), and Ch’an masters leading those monasteries generally took the names of local mountains as their own because they so deeply identified with mountain landscape: Hundred-Elder Mountain, Yellow-Bitterroot Mountain, Cloud-Gate Mountain, Heaven-Dragon Mountain, Wind- Source Mountain, River-Act Mountain, Buddha-Land Mountain, Cloud-Lucent Mountain, Doubt-Shrine Mountain, Fathom Mountain, Moon-Shrine Mountain, and indeed: Mirror-Sight Mountain.
So much for the “New Ager Crack” chapter—let’s get to some interesting stuff.
Holy Smokes! Hinton is finally gonna talk about something real
! 😜 (Or at least we can hope…I have no idea—these are uncharted waters for me from here on out.)
In common usage, 法 (Dharma) means “law.” The first sense of the “law” in Ch’an is simply the teachings of the Ch’an tradition, the essential truths about reality and the essential principles that guide practice. But that initial meaning is quickly dismantled, because Ch’an’s essential teaching resides outside of words and ideas.
Oh shit! Did he just kill all scholars with one stroke?!? Those feisty artist-intellectuals! Must be a warzone in the academy these days, what between the old guard and the encroahing corporatists, who carry the banner of “truth” wherever they go backlit by flames.
After this passage he goes into some of his worst (imo) schtick: talking about how Tao “unfurled” into “Dahrma / Ch’an”, etc. The aritst intellectuals might slurp it up, idk—but that milkshake offers no real flavor to a student of Zen that I detect.
Now he quotes Huangbo (whom he coyly refers to as “Yellow Bitteroot Mountain”):
This dharma is mind: outside of mind, there is no dharma. And this mind is dharma: outside of dharma, there is no mind.
And wowzers, this is going to make some folks choke on tea:
Mountain continues (in a passage we have already seen) to equate both to Absence: “Mind is of itself Absence-mind, is indeed Absence- mind Absence.” So in Ch’an, dharma can be known through meditation where one can “see original-nature.” In fact, Bodhidharma described dharma as “the inner-pattern of original- nature’s purity.”18
Pretty spicy, n’est pas, zen
users? Now, this “Inner Pattern” concept is an interesting one that I’ll come back to in a future post. For now, he ends on the “dharma” thusly:
And so, dharma’s wordless teaching resides in empty-mind, rivers- and-mountains landscape, the sheer thusness of everyday life.
And as Patriarch Sudden- Horse Way-Entire says, dwelling as integral to that dharma is itself the liberation of awakening: The dharma of all things themselves, that is the Buddha-dharma. All those dharmas together are liberation, and that liberation is the existence-tissue itself all clarity absolute.
Is not “Sudden-Horse Way-Entire” not the absolute best “Zen Master Name” for that particular patriarch? Imo, the names are the most fun part of the book thus far.
What did you think of the last paragraph, zen
users? Is it comprehensible to you? Or does it make you sneeze birkenstocks, and screw Odyssean wax out of your ear with one finger?
My opinion so far is that Cleary is defintiely a better translator, and that this “intro” book seems so wonky, thus far, that I am not sure it will ever limp its way out of the library of some retired Don Quixote. Thankfully, time will tell—and all I have to do is write a book report.
PS: How was that, sje? It took both you and
spring herself peeking in my window this morning—but I did eek out some content. 1 The most recent installments were made under the moniker of u/golden_eyebrow, that alter-id I conjured to a lonely and savage life of historical piracy, and launched into the past and future last summer.
2 Is it still worth making literary or etymological jokes in this forum? Or am I already the last of the funny people?
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2023.03.21 21:11 chinadigital_agency Remote Business in China: Overview on Chinese Cross-Border Platforms
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Since the beginning of the 20th century international trade has been a major driver of China's GDP growth. The liberalization of trade associated with free trade zones is now supported by the development of cross border ecommerce and online retailers business. There are some famous examples of Western online retail sites such as Amazon. China, however, is now a leading country in the field of online shopping development.
Today we have prepared a detailed article for you with an overview of the TOP 9 popular and working cross-border ecommerce online marketplaces in China for remote business. In this article, you will learn why cross-border ecommerce is one of the most convenient ways for global brands from other countries to do business in the world's second largest economy using the potential of today's largest ecommerce market.
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The benefits of working with Chinese customers through cross border e-commerce are a driver for any Chinese company to increase revenue, as leading e-commerce platforms and online shopping help to improve the connection between Chinese sellers and Chinese shoppers. Chinese shoppers are mostly online shoppers, as the average Chinese spends more than 5 hours a day on mobile services. Modern Chinese consumers consider online retail as the most convenient way to easily select goods from both Chinese businesses and international sellers, who in turn are interested in online sales as a way to reduce costs and benefit from the flash sales effect.
Nowadays, the cross-border Chinese ecommerce system allows foreign companies to conduct business activities through a global supply chain and enter China's complex market without having to establish a Chinese legal entity, open an account in a Chinese bank, and create a very expensive operational infrastructure such as opening an office, a warehouse, hiring employees, etc. In order to attract as many foreign brands as possible, most of China's major marketplaces, interested in increasing the number of third party sellers, have launched cross-border trading sections on their platforms in recent years.
Founded in 2014,
Tmall Global is a leading cross border China online marketplace and one of the fastest growing ecommerce platforms with a large market share among other online marketplaces in China which are engaged in international trade. This China marketplace is a special online platform for trading imported goods of the flagship Chinese online marketplace – Tmall owned by Alibaba Group. 800 million people are active Tmall users, and one in eight of them shop on Tmall Global. About 30%
of the more than 100 million audience belong to Generation Z, the most active group of Chinese consumers on China market.
On the other hand, Tmall Global sells 35 000 international brands from over 90 countries through its online marketplace market. For 80% of them, Jack Ma's online marketplace has become the first sales channel in the Chinese market with one of the highest transaction volumes.
Such popularity of this China marketplace is explained by the fact that Tmall has never had a clear specialization in the sale of goods related to a very narrow product niche. As a result, Tmall Global generally attracts a wide variety of shoppers with a wide variety of needs. However, unlike Taobao mall which operates on the consumer-to-consumer model, Tmall is not an online marketplace for small businesses. Entry requirements are high for both domestic companies and international merchants.
Chinese online marketplaces Tmall and Tmall Global are more attractive for global brands specializing in manufacturing high quality products, the probability of buying counterfeit products on one of the largest chain store in China is minimal. We should note that manufacturers of beauty and health products and light-weight snacks with medium and high margins should pay special attention to this platform.
Home page (left), product card (center) and Tmall Global online store page (right)
Kaola is another leading Chinese marketplace and is one of the largest online marketplaces engaged in cross-border ecommerce. The
Kaola platform attracts over 30 million users with a 25%
market share of all cross-border Chinese marketplaces trade transactions in China. The name of the Chinese marketplace (consonant with the word "koala") suggests that it was originally focused exclusively on Australian brands. But a little later, the scope of the Chinese online marketplace expanded to include the sale of imported goods from all over the world.
However, unlike Tmall and some other Chinese marketplaces, Kaola is positioned as a slightly more "prestigious" China online marketplace for the Chinese middle class whose representatives often go to the platform for shopping. The loyalty of this demanding group of consumers is ensured by a strict system of product selection and quality control. The online marketplace has even developed its own system that helps shoppers track the customs history of goods using QR codes. Thanks to this, users have no doubts about the authenticity of the goods sold. As a result, the brand's presence on Kaola increases its appeal in China.
The main product categories on the Chinese marketplace are infant formula and other children's products, snacks, health foods, cosmetics, apparel, accessories and home appliances.
Home page (left), product card (center) and online store page (right)
JD Worldwide, the import section of another popular third party marketplace
JD.com, is seen as an alternative to the top online marketplaces such as Tmall Global for exporters looking to generate revenue from cross-border trade.
JD has become a famous China marketplace for having the most developed system of its own warehouses and delivery of goods. The company is also trying to maintain its brand by working with foreign merchants. JD Worldwide has partnered with global (DHL) and regional (Australia Post and Yamato) logistics leaders. In addition, the Chinese online marketplace has 32
warehouses for cross-border trade. In January 2022, JD announced a partnership with western e-commerce giant Shopify. This allowed Shopify sellers to enter the Chinese market through JD with little to no effort.
As with Tmall, almost every conceivable category of B2C products is sold on the JD platform. However, manufacturers of goods for automobiles, home appliances and electronics should pay special attention to JD Worldwide. The majority of Chinese consumers look for such goods on JD, expecting the high quality approach and effective after sales services. Today, it is difficult to consider JD as one of the pure play marketplaces because its scope is quite broad.
JD Worldwide home page (left), promotional offers section (center) and product card (right)
The Pinduoduo marketplace (PDD) became a major Chinese ecommerce sensation in the second half of the 2010s due to two reasons. First, unlike other popular Chinese online marketplaces, Pinduoduo is a group shopping system that allows users to buy together at very deep discounts. The second is its focus on consumers from China's affluent hinterland. But it has also become a source of vulnerability in the e-commerce platform's business model. Although Pinduoduo's active users are on par with the market leader Tmall, the total sales of goods on the site are significantly lower than those on Alibaba's marketplace and some other Chinese online marketplaces.
In order to somehow solve this problem, Pinduoduo launched its own cross-border section - Duoduo International in 2019. As a newcomer in this business, PDD started to attract foreign brands with favorable conditions for entering the Chinese marketplace. Unlike other marketplaces, the owners of online stores on Duoduo International do not have to pay an annual service fee, and the registration deposit and order commission are noticeably lower than those of competitors.
However, cross-border from PDD has a significant drawback – the marketplace does not have its own warehouses and logistics solutions, so sellers have to deal with these issues themselves.
Pinduoduo is actively developing the trade of foreign cosmetics and perfumes. Taking into account the main audience of the site, we can recommend Duoduo International to manufacturers of conspicuous consumption products. Pinduoduo home page (left), product card (center) and online store page (right)
Douyin Cross Border
Douyin, the Chinese twin brother of TikTok, has become a symbol of the convergence of social media and online retail in China. Douyin has many of the elements needed to succeed in e-commerce. On the one hand, it has the most engaging content formats – short videos watched by 900 million
Chinese on various platforms, and live broadcasts, which became one of the main profit-making tools in Chinese online commerce in the 2010s. On the other hand, there are more than 600 million active users and an army of influencers who have earned the trust of their subscribers.
Therefore, in 2018,
Douyin entered the e-commerce market, initially by actively collaborating with Alibaba marketplaces. Two years later, Douyin broke off its partnership with Tmall and built its own infrastructure to provide full-cycle in-app trading. And in 2021, it began to attract foreign brands for cross-border trade.
On the whole, cross-border trading on Douyin is still in the early stages of development, which allows even small-brand product sellers to carve out a significant niche on the platform. However, when choosing which products to display and how to promote them, it is very important to remember that Douyin is the territory of wealthy Gen Z consumers. Video (left), product search (center) and online store page (right) on Douyin
Kuaishou Cross Border
Kuaishou, with its 400 million viewers, is often metaphorically called "TikTok for the Chinese village". The majority of its users are young residents of provincial cities who prefer to watch short videos about people similar to themselves, rather than about the daily lives of rich KOLs.
Although Kuaishou is still playing catch-up with Douyin, the social network began to engage in e-commerce much earlier than its main competitor. As a result, about 20% of the company's revenue now comes from e-commerce (while Douyin still relies mainly on advertising revenue).
But at the same time, like Douyin, Kuaishou only announced the start of its cross-border business last year. Therefore, this part of Kuaishou's business is still in its infancy, which may be even more beneficial for exporters - the platform will offer more favorable cooperation terms and additional services at this stage. However, it is not so easy to get on Kuaishou now - the site only accepts manufacturers of cosmetics, food, watches and luxury goods, and then only by invitation from Kuaishou itself.
Video (left), online store page (center) and product card (right) on Kuaishou
VIP.com is one of the oldest Chinese marketplaces, as well as the world's largest
flash-sale marketplace (the main method of sales on it is discount offers that are valid for no more than 24 hours). The products that are sold on this Chinese marketplace are mainly related to the fashion industry – clothes, shoes, cosmetics, etc.
VIP.com is no match for the largest marketplaces in China's overall e-commerce market, its cross-border division, VIP International, is among the market leaders, accounting for approximately 10% of China's cross-border B2C commerce.
Buying popular brands at low prices is what its users come to the platform for. Therefore, unless you are a world famous brand, VIP.com is unlikely to be your first sales channel in China. VIP.com main page (left), product card (center) and online store page (right)
Little Red Book Cross-Border
If Douyin and Kuaishou are Chinese versions of TikTok, then
Little Red Book (or simply RED) can be loosely described as the local Instagram. On this platform, ordinary users and influencers talk about their lifestyles and write reviews on the products they use (mostly these are clothes, cosmetics, skin care products). Other users can purchase the products shown in the photos with just a few clicks. This can be done both in stores within the application and by clicking on links to third-party marketplaces (for example, Tmall). In this way, a business account on Little Red Book can serve two functions at once – an independent sales channel and a tool for promoting products on other platforms.
It is worth noting that RED has a very unusual demographic profile – about 90% of the platform's 100 million audience are women.
Little Red Book home page (left), shopping section (center), and product card (right)
Suning was originally known in China as a large offline retailer of various electronics. Later, it began to expand both in terms of the breadth of the range of goods in various categories, and in terms of its presence on the Chinese Internet. One step in Suning's e-commerce push was to attract cross-border brands from overseas.
However, Suning is not only waiting for brands of foreign electronic equipment to enter its marketplace. The company writes on its website that it primarily would like to see foreign manufacturers of baby food, cosmetics, shoes, bags and food products on its platform. In addition, while other major e-commerce platforms prefer to deal with brands that have not yet entered
the Chinese market, Suning explicitly states that brands that are already listed on Tmall or JD are more likely to open an online store.
To date, Suning is the least significant of the major players, with its marketplace accounting for approximately 1.5% of the total cross-border market in China.
Home page (left), product card (center) and online store page (right)
Today, more than 1400 categories of various products can be exported to China through cross-border channels (a complete list of these categories can be found at the link
– a document in Chinese). Today cross-border ecommerce gives numerous opportunities to purchase inventory directly, buy consumer products from foreign brands, etc.
You can open your own cross-border online store on a dozen Chinese platforms and become a successful online retailer. Some of them are traditional marketplaces, while others are social networks with e-commerce features. But despite the differences, their requirements for exporters are similar:
● Entity registered outside of China
● Foreign registered trademark
● Statement from a foreign bank account
● Copy of passport of company's representative
● Payment of a refundable deposit (from $1.5 thousand on Pinduoduo to $10-47 thousand dollars on Tmall, depending on the category)
● Payment of an annual service fee (from $1 thousand for JD to $4.7-9.4 thousand for Tmall)
● Platform commission on orders (from 0.6% on Pinduoduo to 2-10% on Kaola)
Trading through cross-border makes it much easier to do business in China. The absence of the need to open a legal entity and a bank account in China helps reduce the risks of entering an unfamiliar market. Thus, small brands have the opportunity to test the demand for their products in China or prove to investors that they are promising without large initial investments.
China is closer than you think.
2023.03.21 21:06 chaosdunk69 32 [M4F] #LosAngeles - Last Semester Grad Student Seeks End of Semester Stretch Birthday Hookup
Hey friends! Hows it going, post title spells it all so bottom line, I'm a busy, successful grad student pushing towards graduation in May, my birthday is at the end of March and I'm trying to get a little birthday sex/end of semester hooking up going. I had posts on and off the last few months because i'd been house sitting and had great success with pics/vids to prove it. But right now it's ideal if you can host because I have room mates so fill this inbox/DM if I seem like your type. Read below for details.
Here's my stats just so you can size me up: I'm 32, 6'0 tall, brown hair and eyes, 175lbs, fit but not jacked, think a dad bod, 7 inches and thick package, college educated, drink but don't smoke unless its 420 but mostly stick to edibles, have a car, have a job, easy to get a long with and have had successful meetups/hook ups from posting recently. Also tested and vaccinated with proof.
As far as hobbies and interests: I'm big into video games, I like to collect and learn about old and new projects and try out new games as much as I can. I also like following movies and shows. I'm also a big fan of new cooking recipes and traveling. If you're a fellow nerd we'll probably get along real well.
Work and career wise I work for small businesses as a media and digital comms consultant, usually helping them grow. Currently I'm with an electrician contractor and I help them manage projects and their digital media output (mostly advertising but how they do it on social media accounts) and I have my bachelors in communication, I'm also currently in grad school finish up so still on that education grind. I used teach music on the side but don't anymore because of how busy i am.
Now for YOU and what I'm looking for; I don't have major preferences stat wise. I'm dead open age range wise, 18-60 but would most likely get along and vibe better with more experienced partners, race/ethnicity I have zero preference but have noticed I tend to have white, latina and asian women find me most frequently attractive but I have no preference really, and as far as body type while I'm not picky, I tend to favor thickecurvieBBW women so thick thighs to the front of the line is guaranteed. Beyond that, you being able to host for the time being is a necessity because of my roommate situation (I moved back in with family when the pandemic started a few years ago and stayed for grad school, will be moving out again this summer when my masters is done but its my situation for now). Beyond that, being fellow nerds is a big plus.
Anyways, hope I didn't talk your ear off! Get at me if you think I'm your kind of guy. I'm in the So Cal. Los Angeles area in the South Bay would be down to meet or even get coffee first to see if everything clicks. I'm also COVID free and vaxxed. Your pic gets mine and we can swap other messaging apps if we seem interested. Talk soon! Looking forward to another round of LA are hook up fun
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2023.03.21 20:58 terabotjr 18 years old, Kratom in Texas
I’m just asking if it’s legal for a 20 year old to possess and consume kratom in Texas, because I looked online and it says the sale is prohibited for minors and 18 years or old are allowed to purchase kratom but I’m not completely sure because I’ve gone to smoke shops and they sell only to 21+ but I just bought kratom online with no problem.
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2023.03.21 20:55 SeeTheSeaInUDP Choose a number - get introduced to 80s - 90s Kpop!
Here I am again LOL. Some of y'all might remmeber that I had done a game almost a year ago for first gen Kpop acts, but because I have expanded some of my horizons to a time that predates first gen, and which is super unique and cool in it's own right, I've decide to come back to do a similar game, but for the late 80s - mid 90s era! That era was marked by a young democratic Korea and a society basically re-inventing and rediscovering itself. I'll be basically looking from 1985 (and maybe a little before that, so maybe maximum 1981) to music in 1995.
I will actually not just be talking about music, but also a little bit of pop culture - actors, models, events, fashion trends,... but I promise, it's going to be majority music LOL.
Game goes as simple as follows :
- 1.Take the number of members your favourite group has (if you can't decide on a fave, choose the groups whose song you listened last). Will be referred to as "your group".
- 2. Go down and choose the number in the list. Then go to the letter the number takes you to. Choose one from a few choices. Might be a song, an artist, a show, a scenario, or just simply a fun fact.
- 3. Because I'm curious, comment down below what you got!
Here we Go! Have fun time-travelling!
(3). You have 2000 won, and bought a random album at the music store with it. It's a "Gayo Compilation Album". What songs are on there? Go to (B)
(4.) Go to F
(5). Go to C
(6). You come across a little shop selling tickets to various music events. You have some money left, so you decide to buy one. Which one are you buying? Go to D
(7). Go to E
(8). You find a gift coupon for the Seoul Department Store (서울백화점) on the road! What are you going to buy with it? Go to (G)
(9). Go to H
(10). Go to A
(11). Go to J
(12). Go to B
(13). Go to I
What is your favourite season of the year?
- Monsoon/Rainy Season : Soft Rock
(D) Where would you rather go to spend some free time?
- The library : KBS Rookie Stage
- The park/greenery: Riverside Music Fest
- The downtown/shopping district : College Music Fest
- The movies : KBS "March Of Youth"
(G) You go to the store and show the reception desk your coupon. The lady at the desk asks you if you want a "twin cake". Well, what is a "twin cake"? Is it...
- A sweet condiment : Wrong! With your coupon,
- A makeup product : Correct! The twin cake is a pressed powder that acts as foundation. It got it's unique name in Korea, from the build of the case. The upper flap/lid contains the puff that helps with the application, and the lower lid contained the actual powder, with an inbuilt mirror on the top of the second lid.
- A household item for cleaning :
- A case or purse to keep things inside :
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2023.03.21 20:55 UncleGurm Test drove a Miele today...
So perhaps you saw my in-depth test drive of a Sebo E3/K3 yesterday and wondered if I'd do a Miele C3 test drive. Turns out YES, yes I would/did/am. Now when reading these comments please remember my use case - 80% hard flooring (but moving in a couple years and who knows what the flooring might be at the new house). 3000 total square feet. Three levels. And two rag doll cats that shed their undercoats of fine, fluffy fur EVERYWHERE. Here's yesterday's thread: https://www.reddit.com/VacuumCleaners/comments/11ww74l/test_drove_a_sebo_today/
So I went to the OTHER vacuum shop in town, which again sells both but primarily Miele. And as expected, they recommended the HomeCare+. First the pricing: $1200 with a bunch of extras (and of course the 5 year bumper to bumper). They also would include: multi-floor, SEB228 power brush, the oversized horsehair dusting brush (with multi-way articulation), the two-foot-long flexible crevice tool, and the parquet twister.
First Impression - build. It's also pretty light - a touch bigger than the E3 but they weigh almost the same, by my measurement. The canister itself feels roughly as well built as the Sebo from the outside. The hose is longer, and the wand is MUCH beefier. I know that in practice the Sebo's wand is probably easier to fix/maintain but the Miele's aluminium telescoping rod just feels beefier. Also no exposed wires. Don't know if that matters. The Miele felt nicer to hold - the handle grip was slightly larger which worked better for my XL hands. The onboard tools are not any better than the Sebo, TBH. Just pretty basic.
Second impression - it is also quiet. Maybe a touch louder than the Sebo, or the store could have been quieter than the other store. Definitely still REALLY quiet. But, to be fair there's no air belt AND it's fully HEPA - which the Sebo is not. The SEB228 head is in fact louder than the ET-1, but nowhere near as loud as some videos might suggest. Maybe they're having QC issues? One thread suggested that their old one was quieter than the new one, and that they tried one at the store that was also loud. Well, this one wasn't.
Third impression - suction. The low is lower than Sebo's low, but the high is much higher than Sebo's high. So that's a thing. Bigger motor, I suspect. Low is specifically for drapes though, so they might actually have purposely geared it SUPER low for a reason. I'd say it works kind of like:
Dyson v8 low < Miele low < Dyson high < Sebo low < Sebo high < Miele high.
Fourth impression - attachments. The parquet twister is just as awesome as everyone says. Edge suction is STELLAR on it. The SEB228 is far better than you'd think - even on bare floor. It also does include the auto-shutoff in the newest iteration (he sucked up a towel to demonstrate). It was, however, HEAVY. Like "glad it's self propelled" heavy. Twice as heavy as the ET-1. That's a thing. The turbo pet tool ($50 extra for the non-Miele-branded Wessel Werk) was great.
He didn't have an SEB336 head out to test, so I can't give my impressions of that. The multi-floor tool is... super unexciting and unlikely to ever be used. The fancy dusting brush is significantly nicer than Sebo's. The crevice tool is ... long and flexible.
Fifth impression - service and warranty. If I buy the Homecare+, it's pretty much the same as the Sebo. Tune-ups included, 5 year bumper to bumper. And while I was there a lady came in with a 15 year old Miele that had lost some suction. They quoted her $99 to tear it down, overhaul it, and repair the suction issue. She was worried it would be more, and he jokingly said "well if you're really worried a new one is $350, I won't overcharge for labor!" and quoted the lower rate.
Sixth impression - filtration. Well, here's the thing. This guy DID know HEPA from S-Class. And it IS better. A little noisier? Yeah, so is a HEPA air purifier compared to non-HEPA. The real question is "do you need HEPA", not "is this a good filter". Those of us that want to see PerformanceReviews magic zero emissions... may want a Miele: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8f9Q74FFRVo
(Bear in mind that the ambient is 150k, and Sebo brings it to around 7k or even lower, and that's all particles down to 0.2micron... also bear in mind that dust mites and their droppings are much larger than that, and 100% blocked by both units. So is pollen, and pet dander.)
I will, however, say that the auto-closing bag flap is nice. Not that you open the bag compartment much, but when you do Miele auto-ejects the bag slightly and closes the flap so you don't have to fumble around for it, discover it broke off and fish it out of the body cavity all while compressing the bag and pushing dust out. So that's a win for the Miele.
Seventh impression - fit and finish. I'll say that it's close. The Sebo is probably a LITTLE more snugly built, if I'm being honest. When I opened up the Miele, it was easy to take the cover hinge off its tracks and remove it entirely. But it went right back in, so maybe this is a design feature rather than a flaw. The HEPA filter is sealed really well. The bag seals really well. The pre-motor filter is more substantial than I was expecting. And the bag is a SERIOUS THING. Sebo's bags are good, but the bag on the Miele is REALLY GOOD. This unit was smooth like the Sebo, but in a more "aluminium and strong materials" way than in a "industrial plastic and lightweight" way. The hose and wand together are probably heavier than the Sebo, so if I did the ceiling fans a lot it'd likely be a consideration.
Verdict: I need to talk it over with the wife. If the filtration was equal, I'd be buying the Sebo no question - my gut reaction is that the Sebo's build quality is just higher. But since the Sebo would cost nearly $1400 to kit out, let's do the math on the Miele - $1200 plus the turbo pet tool ($50) plus the Soniclean-branded Wessel Werk RD285 for $40. So I'm at around $1300 in Miele land. So roughly the same, or even slightly cheaper, than the Sebo.
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2023.03.21 20:43 lanamattel Growing Together Missed Opportunities
I bought Growing Together yesterday morning and played it all day off/on in between real life things and I'm really feeling it. This is the closest to release I've ever bought a pack (including TS3 days) so that speaks to my level of interest and enjoyment. However I do have two major issues.
1.) The lackluster world. They honestly could've just dropped the new lots and townies onto the gallery. The world is lovely but that's aesthetic only; it's soulless set dressing. The least they could've done = make the pier interactive with a click-menu-popup style ice cream shop, plop down a few interactive items randomly throughout the world, and a couple more fishing/swimming spots. That's not asking for much. Also a seasonal craft festival with selling tables, market stalls, and a seasonal play object for kids wouldn't be that challenging. What I just listed = almost all recycled objects and animations.
2.) No jobs. No careers or part-timers or errands or anything. Again I don't expect much in this regard; not demanding a highly detailed active career. A single rabbit hole career and/or a couple lowkey part-time jobs would've sufficed. Part-timers would fit well with a family focused pack like this; there are plenty of two parent households where one adult works full time and the other works part-time because of childcare demands. A daycare rabbit hole career would've worked well too. I feel the absence.
Otherwise I'm happy so far. I'd still recommend the pack but I could never ignore those two deficits.
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2023.03.21 20:42 the-god-focker Have LOOOOTS of squishmallows I need to downsize on
Hello! I was formerly addicted to Squishmallows but I had a bit too many toxic interactions within the community so I’ve had hundreds of squish laying around for awhile.
I recently have had a loss in income, so, I need to start selling some things to make ends meet. I usually sell on Mercari, but, it’s a bit of a hassle to use the platform. So. I was wondering if I should use the reddit BST groups to list some.
What I am wondering is some input from this community: what would be the preferred way for you to shop?
- If I list pictures of them and allow people to send me offers (because I’m not very sure of pricing nowadays) or
- if I list pictures of my squishmallows with prices attached to it like a catalogue
Please let me know! And I really do have a lot of squishmallows, so if there’s anything you’re interested in, let me know and I’ll take a look around my infinite vacuum sealed piles of squish💀
Off the top of my head some of the squish I have includes: wendy, angie, gordon, harrison, babs, some axolotls etc.
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2023.03.21 20:41 blessed-9999 Should I pick Accounting/Finance, Cosmetology or self employment?
Hi, I am a 47 yrs old woman bit confused with career choices, and writing here in a hope if someone of you can put light and guide me on my right career path. I Thank you with abundance, in advance to all who are willing to help me.
So I have a bachelor's and Master degree from my native country Pakistan, which has been accredited as an Associate Degree in USA. I also have around 10 years experience in Accounts/Finance field. (But With this limited qualification I won't be able to earn enough money where as a single parent I can support my family. I also tried to study and get Masteres degree here but with being a single parent of two college going kids it's really not possible for me, specially when I have to fulfill their college fees and all other needs. They Being full time students, my boys neither help much nor can earn enough.)
In year 2009 in USA I have gotten my Cosmetology license and have about 4 years experience also. ( But this field has many requirements like being on feet all day, having moody people on your chair, losing balance and being dizzy while on floor all day, fear of getting sued by clients or get fired if any of the service goes wrong, etc etc)
I have been active part of my small family business throughout my life and have life long experience with family business. (Small businesses are often compromised for being less popular. People like to shop big franchises super stores or online so sale is tough, customers insult vendors, customers bargain with small businesses, it's hard to buy merchandise, because wholesale cenders prefers to sell to big chain stores or franchises, profit margin is very low and in order to save on cost, one have to do everything by of your own so it's one man show)
All 3 fields are different and all have their pros and cons like working hours, health related issues, hours to stand on feet etc.
Now I am trying to pick a field in which I can earn enough to support myself and my kids' living, health, and education expenses, and have some money to save for my retirement also.
But I can't make my mind that which field to go into.
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2023.03.21 20:39 Pf_Farnsworth The Bone Gnomes
Scary Music To Set The Tone Jerry is doing his standup routine in front of a crowd
Jerry: “So what’s the deal with garden gnomes? They kind of just sit out there in the yard and do nothing. They are a little creepy honestly. Having a little guy standing out in the yard. Why did this even become a thing? Who’s idea was it to put this little elf looking guy in the yard and why did it even catch on? Bassline George comes into Jerry’s Apartment
George: “I can’t stand it with these gnomes!”
Jerry: “What do you mean?”
George: “In the mail I got a bunch skeleton gnomes! Bone Gnomes I tell you. Bone Gnomes! They’re freaking me out.
Jerry: “Well can’t you just send them back?”
George: “I can’t… there is no return address on these.” Kramer barges through the door and starts eating cereal out of a box with his hand
Jerry: “Well then just throw them away.” George: “I’d need 100 trash cans to get rid of these things. I have hundreds! Hundreds of Bone Gnomes!
Kramer: “Well then just drive them to the dumpster yourself.” George: “You’re onto something Kramer.” Bassline George is at the dumpster emptying the Bone Gnomes into the dumpster and a policeman stops him.
Policeman: “Excuse me?”
George: “Yes? May I help you?”
Policeman: “You can’t dump those here.”George: “Well why not?”
Policeman: “The mayor passed a new law. These gnomes are toxic to raccoons and they can get sick if they eat them.”
George: “Do you think I care what a raccoon eats. They shouldn’t be eating trash anyway.”
Policeman: “The law does care. Each gnome you throw away is a $300 fine. So you better take what you threw away out now.” Bassline George is walking by Mr. Steinbrenner’s office at Yankee Stadium and overhears him on the phone
Mr. Steinbrenner: “What do you mean there is a mixup with the bobbleheads! Keith Hernandez hasn’t been in the league for years and never put on a Yankee uniform… Well then what do you want me to do about next week’s big giveaway… Your Fired.
George: “Um… Mr. Steinbrenner.”
Mr. Steinbrenner: “George! Come in come in! Take a seat, take a seat. You smell like you’ve been swimming in a dumpster. Now have you heard about this new thing called Karaoke. These people go up on stage and sing songs without any instruments…”
George: “Alright… alright. I heard there was mix-up with the bobblehead giveaway. And well, I’m looking to get rid of these little gnomes. I have about 500 of them.” George pulls a Bone Gnome out of his pocket
Mr. Steinbrenner: “George! George! I love it! You are a genius! We’ll start producing these things right away!”
George!: “No-no… we don’t need to make anymore. I’ve got plenty.”
Mr. Steinbrenner: “Everyone’s gonna want one of these. 500? You think only one section will enjoy these. How about this first 25,000 fans at next Wednesday’s game get a free Bone Gnome!” George: “Great… just get these things off my hands.” Bassline Elaine has been called to J. Peterman’s office
Elaine: “Mr Peterman?”
J. Peterman: “Oh Elaine! It is so good to see you.”
Elaine: “What was it you wanted to talk to me about?”
J. Peterman: “Last Spring I took a holiday in the Swiss Alps and I found the most priceless skeleton gnome. Only 500 left in the world. Well I just bought the entire collection for $850,000 from an anonymous seller out of Tuscany. I could sell them for a lot more if I were to find the right buyer.”
Elaine: “Uh huh…”
J. Peterman: “Well the shipment was supposed to arrive last week and I feel I’ve been swindled. I want you to go to the post office and figure out where these bone gnomes could have gone.” Bassline George meets Elaine and Jerry at the Coffee Shop
Elaine: “Why the long face?”
George: “I don’t wanna talk about it”
Jerry: “Did you get your gnome problem figured out?” George starts to cry
George: “The game was rained out! Cancelled! I tried to give these bone gnomes away at the game, but now I can’t because the rest of the season is booked with give-aways!”
Jerry: “Well looks like you’re just back where you started.”
George: “Worse… Worse! I now have 25,000 gnomes because Mr. Steinbrenner made more of them. There was no place to store them in the stadium, so he had a truck drop them off at my apartment building! Every surface of my home is filled with these bone gnomes!” George picks up a bone gnome and squeezes it
Elaine: “Hey! I can solve your problem.”
George: “Really? And how is that.”
Elaine: “My boss has been looking for those gnomes all week. He ordered a ton of them, and it looks like they were sent to you by mistake. I was just on my way to the post office to figure things out.”
Jerry: Well looks like your problem is solved.
George: Perfect! He can have them all! Bassline Elaine is delivering boxes of Bone Gnomes to J. Peterman’s office
Elaine: Phew… I think that’s the last box…
J. Peterman: Thank you Elaine… I couldn’t have done it without you. Where did you find these?
Elaine: My friend George had thousands of these from the cancelled Yankee game.
J. Peterman: Wait a second. How many did you say he had?
Elaine: I think 25,000 J. Peterman put his hand over his face and sighs in disappointment as he knows the current value of his Bone Gnomes is far lower than the original price of what he paid. Bassline Newman is standing in his apartment wearing his mailman uniform.
Newman: Hahahahahaha! HAHAHAHAAHAHAAHAHAAHA! Outro Bassline
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2023.03.21 20:36 TheGlenrothes I've created a set of "realism" Nuzlocke rules for an "immersive run", how would you adjust it?
I've played both games several times, done multiple "grounded" runs, wanted to play again but do something to make it fresher. Some aspects of "grounded" kind of irked me, doesn't seem very grounded for enemies to not be carrying ammo, being able to magically increase your health, carrying a whole armory of weapons at once, NPC partners being useless, and melee weapons breaking. etc. So I set about to create a set of Nuzlocke rules, rules that I impose on myself as well as make adjustments in the gameplay settings, in order to make a more immersive "realism" run. Overall this makes it easier than "grounded" but still challenging and also makes you think more about what you're doing
Rules may vary person to person, so after reading these rules, what would you change, add or remove?
- All difficulty settings to "grounded" - "listen mode" isn't a thing (headphones are your friend), no HUD, enemies should be alert, punishing and you should die in just a couple hits
- Reduce difficulty sliders for "Allies" and "resources" to Normal - Allies should be competent as they would be in reality, and the resources setting is mostly so that you can more reasonably be expected to find rifle ammo on enemies you kill that were just shooting shot after shot at you. Some of the convenience of this will be offset with further rules.
- Game play modifier "infinite melee durability" - you should expect that a pipe or machete will not break on a 3-day trip through Seattle (you need to have beat the game once to be able to turn this on)
Worried about how the rules so far will makes things too easy? read on!
- You can only "carry" one large weapon at a time - Sure you have a shotgun and a rifle in your inventory, but pretend you only have one of those, and that you can only switch to the other one when you kill an enemy that has the weapon you want to switch to. because who could actually strap a rife AND a bow to their backback and be mobile? Because of this I would suggest not picking up the Hunting Pistol or the Flamethrower at all to help mitigate the issue this creates where the game stops giving you ammo because you have weapons with ammo you are swearing not to use at the moment.
- You can get a second gun holster, but not a second large gun holster - for reasons stated above, you shouldn't get a large gun holster
- You can only heal between encounters - you wouldn't have time to dress a gunshot wound in the heat of battle in real life, so save it for only between fights when you have ample time to dress wounds
- Only pick up ammo where it makes sense to find it - The games (especially Part 2) do a good job of putting ammo where you should expect to actually find it, but not always: you find ammo on human enemies, runners with tactical gear, and in caches and active storage areas. You will skip over ammo found on long-dead infected like most clickers, coffee shop drawers, and just laying on the ground in the open. This applies to Drugs too, not that you'll be using much of the drugs as you'll see.
- Only one molotov cocktail at a time - It strains believability to have even one MC in your backback, no way would you have more than one. Fortunately you can make a new one whenever you want, unlike...
- Trap mines can only be made once per "day" - Molotov cocktails are easy to make, trap mines are not. If you find one, great! If you want to make one, you have to assume you could only do it during a time jump, like between days.
- You can't modify melee weapons - sorry but taping half a pair of scissors to your machete won't make it more deadly, and you turned off durability anyway.
- Weapon upgrades are severely limited, sort of - Just imagine what could actually be upgraded in the field? sniper scope? sure, pretend you found one. Bigger rifle cartridge, etc. And I also upgrade some things that should already be better: Shotgun and rifle damage should be severe, and fire rate should be as fast as I can go, so I upgrade those when I can afford it. But I'm not magically getting a steadier shot, less recoil, things like that. Also...
- You can only upgrade weapons you are "carrying" - Since you can only "carry" one large weapon at a time, if you decided you are currently carrying a shotgun, then if you find a workbench, you can't upgrade the rifle. This means you will have to be strategic about how often you "switch" large weapons.
- Personal upgrades are severely limited - You won't magically be able to withstand more damage, crafting is already too fast, prone speed is already fast enough on default, you can't craft incendiary shells or explosive arrows, stealth kills should be messy and slow. Exceptions would be upgrading to be able to make smoke bombs and craft shivs. Use your best judgement.
- No silencers can be made or used - as we know, real silencers aren't actually silent, they're still pretty loud! Also you can't just make one out of wadding and a plastic bottle. So it's not an option here.
That's the gist of my rules, overall it makes it a bit easier than "grounded" but still challenging and more immersive. Plus I have to think about things more. What would you change for your own ruleset?
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2023.03.21 20:35 Life_Analyst_6535 LJT signature?
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Just found this gem at my local smoke shop, being sold as D8 of course. After smoking one just like it, im pretty sure it's either real cannabis being sold as D8, or it's the most psychoactive hemp known to man. This thing is as strong as some of the highest % dispensary carts I've gotten in michigan(I live in tenn, I've been to Michigan on vacation) submitted by Life_Analyst_6535 to vapecarts [link] [comments]
Either way, not cool selling mislabeled products. But as a real weed smoker, I bought all the ones she had with this vape cart in the packaging lmao
2023.03.21 20:33 DenaBee3333 There are free Etsy events on meetup
I'm a meetup organizer so I visit the site frequently. Today I got a message about an event in my hometown (which after I read it, is actually an on-line event). It caught my eye because it was a seminar to create an Etsy POD store. Apparently it is really easy to make money this way!! And you don't have to pack or ship anything. You can sit on the sofa with a spliff all day long and get rich. I love America! lol
Interesting that this is a free event. There must be something for sale at some point, or Nigel isn't making a living, but not sure I want to attend just to find that out.
(NOTE: the meetup group I organize has nothing to do with selling anything. It is a social group).
Here is some of the text from this event:
"CREATE A LUCRATIVE BUSINESS ONLINE
Are you wanting to start your own online business but don't have the money to buy stock or the space to store it? Or maybe you want a business you can run from your laptop while traveling? Looking for a business where you don't have to make anything, pack anything or ship anything, a business that can replace your 9-5 income. Well, the answer is print-on-demand.
So, what is print-on-demand? How does it work?
Join business mentor, coach and print-on-demand specialist Nigel Wymer on this informative presentation and learn the essential steps to setting up a successful print-on-demand business.
Print-on-demand is the massively growing market that anyone can do, you don't need to be artistic or be able to draw, you just need to take action and follow the process Nigel explains.
As a challenge Nigel opened a brand new print-on-demand shop on Etsy selling just mugs. Within 18 weeks he had made over 600 sales and his shop was ranked in the top 8% of performing shops. In this session he will spill the beans on how you can do it too.
Print-on-demand is predicted to grow by 33% over the next 3 years with demand for personalized products predicted to grow at an even higher rate.
It is probably the best online business model out there today - a genuine opportunity to start your own online business with no need for a website or social media or to drive traffic.
Nigel will explain how to set up your business for practically zero cost - you never see your items, do not have to buy stock until it is sold and you don't even have to pack or post anything."
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2023.03.21 20:21 MildlyConcernedIndiv 2020 Pathfinder, is the CVT going to be a problem if I'm towing a 3,700lb travel trailer?
I took my 2020 Pathfinder SV 4WD in for standard maintenance. As I was chatting with some of the mechanics they noticed the hitch and towing package and wondered if I was planning to tow anything with it. I said I do tow a small (3,700lb) travel trailer. The Pathfinder has 24,000 miles on it and about 70% of those miles are towing. The towing is on paved highways in mountainous terrain (e.g. no steep off-roading).
One of the guys at the shop said the CVT on the Pathfinder will not last when towing and I should make plans now to get rid of it before the CVT goes out.
There have been no problems with my Pathfinder at all. It has performed very well.
There is a 60,000 mile power train warranty on this vehicle that would cover the CVT failure. Before I bought the Pathfinder I researched and found that the CVT on 2013 to 2015 vehicles were problematic and many were replaced by Nissan under warranty. But it seemed like 2016 and later models didn't have reported issues.
So, what do y'all think? Panic and sell now, or hang in there, at least until the power train warranty expires? The owner's manual says that the CVT fluid should be changed at 60,000 miles, even under 'severe' conditions. Towing is considered 'severe.' Would changing the CVT fluid at shorter intervals help the CVT last longer?
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2023.03.21 20:04 PoliticoBailey B1524 - Plain Packaging Amendment (Cannabis and Other Nicotine Products) Bill - 2nd Reading
Plain Packaging Amendment (Cannabis and Other Nicotine Products) Bill A BILL TO
amend the Plain Packaging Act 2016 to extend requirements of plain packaging to cannabis and other nicotine products, and for connected purposes. BE IT ENACTED by the King’s Most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:— 1 Amendments to the Plain Packaging Act 2016
(1) The Plain Packaging Act 2016 is amended as follows.
(2) For the preamble, substitute “tobacco products” with “tobacco, cannabis and nicotine products”.
(3) For section 1 (definitions)—
(a) for subsection (a) substitute—
”(a) a “point of sale” is a business establishment where— (b) for subsection (b) substitute—
(i) tobacco products; are sold.”
(ii) nicotine products; or
(iii) cannabis products;
”(b) “advertisements” is any document or form of media at the point of sale, containing the name of or the company selling— (c) after subsection (d) insert—
(i) tobacco products;
(ii) nicotine products; or
(iii) cannabis products.
”(e) “nicotine product” is any type of product which contains nicotine.
(f) “cannabis product” is any type of product which contains cannabis.
(4) For section 2, substitute—
”2 Storage and display of tobacco, nicotine or cannabis products at the point of sale
”(1) Tobacco products, nicotine products and cannabis products must be concealed at the point of sale from the view of the public until a customer requests to purchase it.
(2) No advertisements for tobacco products, nicotine products and cannabis products may be displayed within the premises of the point of sale.”
(5) In section 3, for the title, substitute “tobacco products
” with “tobacco, nicotine and cannabis products
(6) For subsection 3, substitute—
“3 General packaging and branding regulations for tobacco products
a) Only the following colours may be permitted as part of the packaging for other purposes than those outside sections 4 and 5, unless otherwise specified within this legislation;
(i) Pantone 448c, hex code #4A412A, shall be the only permitted colour for the outside of the packaging; b) A unit packet may not have any identifying features or marks other than those outlined in Section 4.
(ii) ‘Honeydew’, hex code #F0FFF0 shall be the only permitted colour for the inside of the packaging;
c) Any product subject to this legislation may not have any images, text or shapes, which could be used in the promotion of a brand other than the following;
.i) The Department of Health
ii) The National Health Service
iii) An independent or government quitline alongside a contact phone number or website address, as designated by the Department of Health, or Secretary of State for Health under regulation
(7) After section 4 (packaging branding regulations for rolls of tobacco), insert—
”4A Packaging branding regulations for nicotine addiction quitting products
(1) Nicotine addiction quitting products are exempt from package branding restrictions in section 3.
(2) “nicotine addiction quitting products” are any nicotine product that assists in quitting addictions to nicotine, as determined by the Secretary of State by statutory instrument.
(8) In section 5, for the title, substitute “tobacco products
” with “tobacco, nicotine and cannabis products
(9) In section 6 (failure to comply)—
(a) for subsection (a), substitute “tobacco product” with “tobacco product, nicotine product or cannabis product”; 2 Extent, commencement, and short title
(b) for subsection (b), substitute “shall be a fine not greater than £100 per unit packet” with “shall be punishable on summary conviction by a fine not exceeding level 1 on the standard scale per unit packet”;
(c) for subsection (c), substitute “tobacco products” with “tobacco products, nicotine products or cannabis products”;
(d) for subsection (e), substitute “tobacco products” with “tobacco products, nicotine products or cannabis products”.
(1) This Act extends to the whole of the United Kingdom.
(2) The provisions of this Act shall come into force 6 months after the day this Act is passed.
(3) This Act may be cited as the Plain Packaging Amendment (Cannabis and Other Nicotine Products) Act. This Bill was submitted by the Marchioness of Motherwell Youma, written by Sir NGSpy KB KG KCMG MBE and the Marchioness of Motherwell Youma and is submitted of behalf of Unity
2nd Reading Speech Deputy Speaker,
It is a great privilege to be submitted the Plain Packaging Amendment (Cannabis and Other Nicotine Products) Bill 2023 to the Commons, and I feel that all parties across the political spectrum can get behind the general principles of this common sense legislation.
This Bill seeks to apply plain packaging laws that were created for tobacco products to other nicotine products, including vapes, as well as cannabis products due to their legal and frequent purchase in the United Kingdom. Plain packaging laws have proven to be effective in Australia and the United Kingdom by reducing smoking by nudging consumers away from smoking, with striking imagery, a lack of branding, and a less visible presence of the product overall. With this in mind, and the side effects of cannabis and vaping products considered, it is sensible for the government to implement plain packaging legislation on cannabis and other nicotine products as well, as to promote a healthier society by deterring addiction by nudging consumers as much as possible.
This Bill makes other amendments to the Plain Packaging Act 2016 to specify further the colours that are to be used outside the packaging (a dark brown) and inside the packaging (honeydew), and only allowing the advertisement of NHS and addiction recovery services on the packaging in a minimal way, to perhaps encourage smokers and addicted users of tobacco, nicotine and cannabis to seek treatment. This Bill also has a mechanism for the Secretary of State for Health to specify nicotine products that are used solely for the purpose of assisting nicotine addicted people quit smoking, such as nicotine patches and nicotine gum, that do not need any plain packaging restrictions due to its nicotine addiction treatment purposes.
I commend this bill to the House and invite members to bring forth amendments to make this legislation a sensible regulation of common sense agreement.
This reading will end on Friday 24th March at 10pm GMT.
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2023.03.21 19:53 EveFluff Disc tear and bulge. 10+ years of sciatic pain on both of my glutes and lower back. Pain is a 3/10 but goes to a 9/10 after sitting down for more than 3 hours [33F][5'7] MRI results included
Below are the results of my MRI. My doc says she is against surgery but I wanted to get feedback from others. I'm in the midst of trying to family plan but there is no way in heck I think I could get pregnant and raise a newborn and not have even more pain.
I do not drink more than 3 drinks per month or smoke tobacco but I do consume cannabis (edibles mostly) to help with pain (about 5mg daily). No other meds (not even otc advil). I'm unable to take long flights, sit down for more than 3 hours or participate in golf (big family thing). I can't even garden for more than 15 minutes. I AM able to run on a treadmill for 2 miles every other day. I lift weights and try to keep my back in mind for every exercise. I do some sort of PT exercise for my back every day. No other medical issues. I weigh 130lbs.
Is the following enough to consult surgery? Disc replacement? The pain is more of a major annoyance than a life-hindering thing but it's been 10 years of this.
Thank you very much in advance. I have above average health coverage in the US if that makes a difference.
Mild degenerative disc disease L5-S1 without significant spinal stenosis.
CLINICAL HISTORY: Reason: Pt with R lumbar radiculopathy, and reported H/O L4-5 HNP . Please o HNP/ stenosis. Needed for Pain Block Clinic ESI vs surgery ( pt interested in microdiscectomy option ) Thank you
COMPARISON: No previous study available.
TECHNIQUE: Study performed per protocol.
FINDINGS: Alignment is normal. Bone marrow is normal in signal without evidence of fracture or marrow replacing lesion. The conus is normal in appearance. Disc desiccation noted L5-S1. Paravertebral soft tissues appear unremarkable.
T12-L1: Unremarkable. L1-2: Unremarkable. L2-3: Unremarkable. L3-4: Unremarkable. L4-5: Unremarkable. L5-S1: Suggestion of a posterior annular tear and minimal disc bulge without significant central canal or foraminal stenosis.
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2023.03.21 19:50 redneckhater weed and bipolar: adding someone to dispensaries’ “do not sell” list?
TL;DR my boyfriend is bipolar and his mental health is fragile. can i call dispensaries and ask them not to sell him weed on the basis of medical complications?
hi everyone. my partner was diagnosed with bipolar about a month ago and has been really great about taking his meds and trying to get to a healthier place in his life.
he had been smoking weed several times daily since his father passed away in 2018 and has fully admitted in the past (very early on in our relationship) that he has cannabis use disorder.
cannabis use in people with bipolar disorder can trigger psychosis, mania, and rapid cycling. it was causing him to rapid cycle and he turned into a completely different person. it was terrifying and i have zero experience with this sort of thing. i have a link to a study done at university of washington that explains this well, but i don’t think links are allowed in this group.
he has been able to stop smoking at my request, but never for more than three months at a time. he is so clear headed and wonderful when he’s not smoking. he had been doing so well up until last week when he smoked with his friends on an annual vacation where i wasn’t present.
he then smoked again two days ago when his housemate offered him weed. he acted surprised when i was stunned and upset that he came to my apartment high. we had a long talk and re-established boundaries and expectations around weed. he agreed not to smoke anymore.
yesterday, he was acting strangely when he got off work and had turned his phone on airplane mode for about 30 minutes on his way home. i had a sinking gut suspicion that he was going to buy weed and so i asked him about it. he lashed out at me and accused me of not trusting him, all without outright denying that he bought weed. i went to confront him and he continued to lie to my face until i broke down and he finally came clean. to my knowledge, he has never lied to me like that in our relationship.
it hit me like a ton of bricks that we are nowhere near out of the woods in regards to his mental health and stability. i thought that, and it seemed that, his medication provided stability so he didn’t crave weed anymore. that may have been true, but his mental health is still so fragile and just being offered it by friends was enough to knock him off the wagon.
so, if you’ve read this far, thank you. my actual question is: can i call the local dispensaries, speak with a manager, and ask them to not sell him anything if he comes in? i don’t plan on betraying his confidence, but i would probably tell them that he has mental health issues that have a negative interaction with weed. is this even a thing? we’re in southern california if that matters. thanks in advance.
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2023.03.21 19:39 Gaming_N_Whiskey Bardstown Trip Recap
We regularly see posts in bourbon
asking for Bourbon Trail trip recommendations. My wife and I just returned from a trip to Bardstown, and I wanted to offer you guys some feedback on our experiences. Hopefully you will find them useful for planning your own trip to Bardstown.
First, a very special "thank you" to u/Old_Riff_502
. Old Riff always posts very useful information in the forums. I also privately messaged him and I was amazed with the amount advice that he provided on the area. I don't think we would have had nearly as a excellent of a trip had it not been for him. Thank you again! Hotel:
We stayed at the La Quinta Inn & Suites from Wednesday evening until Sunday morning. The hotel was new, clean, and offered free breakfast every day (although we never actually ate it). The hotel is easy to get in and out of. It seemed like we were only a five minute drive away from anywhere we were trying to go. However, it's not very centrally located. You're not walking anywhere important from the hotel. The other knock on the hotel (and this seems more just industry standard these days), is that we never had anyone come in to do a room refresh at all during our trip. Nobody took out the trash, refreshed room coffee, or soaps/shampoos. That being said, I would not mind staying here again at all! Distilleries (listed in order or preference):
Restaurants/Food (listed in order or preference):
- Kentucky Cooperage - I know it's cheating....this isn't technically a distillery. But hear me out. Kentucky Cooperage is located in Lebanon, KY which is maybe a 30-minute drive from Bardstown. It may have been my favorite experience of the whole trip! The visitor's center is very unassuming; it looks like a small store in a strip mall. But the magic happens when you are shuttled across the street to walk the factory. Watching these craftsmen create bourbon barrels was impressive! The skill and meticulous attention required for each barrel was very cool to witness. I think this was one of the cheaper tours as well at ~$15.
- Jim Beam - Beam Made Bourbon - The James B. Beam distillery is located in Clermont, KY, which was a 25-minute drive from Bardstown. Although it does feel sterile and corporate feeling at times, I had an excellent time! The tour runs like a well oiled machine! Our tour guide Terry was knowledgeable of the distillery and the area. The sheer scope of the Jim Beam operation is mind boggling! Many generic distillery tours start to get repetitive. But I thought the Jim Beam tour was one of the best. The site and setting are really cool. There is also a spot where you can select a bottle of Knob Creek 9-year single barrel and watch it get filled through the bottling process. You can then take home your bottle for $60. The tasting was probably my favorite of the trip. We were given Jim Beam White Label, Basil Hayden 10-year, Knob Creek 9-year, and then a bourbon of your choice - Bakers 7, Legent, or Knob Creek 18-year. The store had some interesting bottles. There was a distillery exclusive experimental batch of something which looked to be about 250 mL and was $70. When they opened that had a bottle of Little Book and a bottle of Booker's for sale. I missed them both. There were plenty of bottles of Knob Creek 18-year which were selling for $180, and there was a Jim Beam Lineage which looked fancy but was selling for ~$280. I spoke to our tour guide after the tour for a bit. After the tour you walk back down through the gift shop and I noticed them putting another bottle of Booker's on the shelf. I was able to purchase this for $100. So it seems like they do restock some items throughout the day. There is also an excellent restaurant on site called the Kitchen Table (more on this later).
- Bardstown Bourbon - Rickhouse Tasting - This was a very unique experience. Bardstown Bourbon is a very modern facility, and the experience feels different from many from the long established brands. This tour was done in a very cold rickhouse (apparently they are always cold). Our tour guide gave us an overview of Bardstown Bourbon as a brand and some of the things they are working on. We then proceeded to get samples poured directly from the barrel via a whiskey thief. We tried a wheated bourbon which he said is part of their Origin series, a regular bourbon (which was not released yet), and a 95/5 rye. We then proceeded to go to a speakeasy type tasting room to for our last sample of Fusion #8. This was followed up by a walk back to the gift shop where we were told we would get to keep our sample glasses. The restaurant's food looked wonderful but we didn't eat. There were also a TON of pours available at their bar. I was interested in purchasing the Origin bourbon, but he said that they were sold out. I later found one a Total Wine. They did have quite a few bottles for sale though - many of Bardstown collaborative releases, Bardstown only releases, as well as bottles that use Bardstown to make their bourbon.
- Maker's Mark - We did the standard Maker's Mark tour. The grounds were great! Very hilly and picturesque. Unfortunately, we were visiting in the winter, so it was not very colorful. But I could see this being amazing in the spring or fall! The history explored was very interesting. The tasting was wonderful, as I always enjoy Maker's Mark. We tasted regular Maker's, Maker's Cask Strength, Maker's 46, Maker's 46 Cask Strength, and a French Toast stave select. We purchased a bottle in the gift shop and we were able to hand dip it which was pretty cool. I was hoping to have lunch here, but their restaurant was being redone. They had a tasting bar opened which offered a limited selection of Maker's pours and cocktails. I really enjoyed the Makers 46 cask strength, and was hoping to buy a bottle. But that was unavailable. They had standard Maker's bottles for sale, Maker's 46, standard Maker's cask strength, and a Blueberry stave select bottle for purchase. We chose a standard Maker's with a limited edition label where some of the proceeds support women's education.
- Wilderness Trail - This is a bit of a hike from Bardstown - probably about 45-minutes. But I thought it was well worth the trip! Wilderness Trail is a very modern facility. They really put an emphasis on the science behind the bourbon. I thought it was very cool to learn about the variety of yeasts utilized by Wilderness Trial. This was a pretty generic distillery tour. The tasting is done in the gift shop, which got a little loud at the end due to another tour coming in. We tried a wheated, a higher rye, a cask strength, and their rye. To me, much of Wilderness Trail's rye comes off as minty, and that is a turnoff for me. But their high-rye standard bourbon was a favorite of mine! We spoke to the tour guide after the tour, and he said "I've got something for you to try". We tried a three barrel blend of master distillery selected bottles - one wheated and one high-rye. I liked the high-rye and purchased a bottle for about $65. They also had a limited release for a program they are doing with the Frasier museum which was available for purchase. It was a 6-year rye (it might have been 7-years, I forget at this point) for $135. Not being a fan of the rye, I passed on this.
- Heaven Hill - You Do Bourbon - This was a pretty cool experience! Heaven Hill's distillery was CROWDED with people. It seems to be a very popular stop on the Bourbon Trail. The You Do Bourbon experience was pretty pricey at $40 per person. But it was also really cool! We would each have the opportunity to purchase a bottle of our choice at the end of he tasting. 20 of us were taken back to a classroom setting, and we got right to tasting. We each had four samples in front of us - Bernheim 7-year Barrel Proof, Larceny Barrel Proof, Elijah Craig Barrel Proof, and then Heaven Hill Select Stock 14-year. I don't know much about the Select Stock. They did say it was 14-years aged in a high floor of the rickhouse and it was wheated. The tour guide gave us the hard FOMO sale on the Select Stock - it's only 25 barrels, it's exclusive to the distillery, once it's gone....it's gone. It also had a price tag of $200! I was disappointed that we had so much wheated whiskey or low rye options on the tasting. But the Elijah Craig was wonderful! I purchased a bottle of it for about $80. I bottled it up using an idiot proof machine, corked it, and my wife drew up the labels. It was a very cool experience! There was a bachelor party full of what my wife and I affectionately refer to as "Bourbon Bros" who bought into the FOMO. They purchased probably 12-15 bottles of the Select Stock on their own! Kentucky must love these tour groups!
- Four Roses Bottling Facility - This is kind of near the Jim Beam distillery, and I think it's worth popping your head in and checking out. We did this, and their gift shop had a Master Distiller selected private barrel of OESQ for $105. I've yet to try it, but I am very excited to!
- Limestone Branch - We stopped in here for a quick flight. The flight they gave was very generous: Minor Case Sherry Finished Rye, Yellowstone 4-year, Yellowstone Toasted, Yellowstone Single-Malt, Yellowstone Hand-picked, and their gin. This is one of the things I like best about Kentucky, you can try before you buy! Had I not been given this option, I would have purchased the Toasted and Single-Malt. I would have been disappointed with both of these purchases. Ultimately, none of these selections were for me. But it was a cool experience nonetheless.
- The Kitchen Table - This was my favorite restaurant this trip! The Kitchen Table is located at the Jim Beam Distillery. Prices are very reasonable, and the food is fantastic! We tried appetizers: Pulled Pork Empinadas with white BBQ sauce (which was the best thing I ate all trip!) and Pimento Cheese and some Peppery Jelly spread (also great!). We tried the Burgoo which was good. And their burger was excellent! There are also some great Jim Beam themed pours and cocktails available. I had some of the "Kentucky Tea" Booker's which was just too good! I would have eaten here all trip if it was closer!
- Mammy's - This is in downtown Bardstown, and we really enjoyed it! It's just great southern cooking. We ate their for breakfast one day. We had biscuits and gravy, and eggs and bacon. We also went back for dinner one night and had a BLFT with Pimento Cheese, Hot Browns, and fried cornbread. I'm drooling as I type just remembering how great this was! The bar also has a ton of solid bourbons and decent prices. They even have live music certain evenings.
- Quick Stop - Old Riff swore by this place, and he nailed it! The Quick Stop is just a gas station on the way out of Bardstown. But they service awesome Jake's Country Sausage biscuits to go. This country sausage is just too good! We ate their on our way out to the Kentucky Cooperage and again on the way to the airport.
- Hadorn's Bakery - This place is a hole in the wall serving donuts. They had one of the best jelly donuts I've ever had. Very solid.
- Cozy Cottage - This is located by Maker's Mark. It's a total dive, but the food was decent and prices were fine. I got a burger, the wife had the pot roast special. I could take it or leave it.
- Herradura - This is a Mexican restaurant in Bardstown. It was actually pretty good! The food was decent and came out very fast. Like most places in Bardstown, they had a hell of a bourbon selection at reasonable prices.
- Sedona Taphouse - This was actually over in Lexington. They had a large amount of draft beers which I enjoyed. I also took advantage of the pours of Booker's for $15 and Stagg Jr for $10. Food was good as well.
We had a wonderful trip. We really enjoyed our time at Bardstown. Old Riff and the advice he provides on this forum is invaluable! Listen to this dude. There was a couple that hired a driver one day and we saw them at four of their five stops (the only thing they did that we didn't was they did a chocolate pairing at Lux Row). They paid $900 for their chauffeured experience! Ours basically cost us the price of admission plus a few hours poking around on Reddit's boards and distillery websites.
A few tips for those considering a visit to Bardstown:
- Personally, I don't think you need a driver. The distilleries don't give you more than 2 oz on a tour. We weren't looking to drink a lot at the distilleries. But with some of the bar selections available at the distilleries it would have been easy to get carried away. That said, know your limits. If you are going to be drinking more than the 2 oz given at tastings, consider hiring a driver.
- Reserve ahead of time, especially on weekends! Our Thursday tours were pretty empty. Sometimes there was only an additional couple or two on our tours. But the Friday and especially Saturday tours were much more crowded.
- Don't get caught up in FOMO. There are plenty of bottles for sale at area liquor stores well above retail. There are also quite a few limited or distillery only releases. These don't necessarily equate to bourbon you will enjoy. Don't buy something just because it might be the only time you'll be able to get it.
- Try before you buy! It's pretty easy in most cases to get a pour of something before committing to a whole bottle. You'll find a bottle which sounds like it might be your thing is actually something you don't enjoy.
- Take the time to talk to people. There were definitely people that were there to "hunt" bottles. You could just feel the eye rolls by employees. These people walk in, ask for a bottle, and walk out. You're in Kentucky! Sit back and experience whiskey for yourself! Try a pour of something you've never heard of based on the recommendation of a stranger at the bar. Trade stories of restaurants/distilleries/attractions you enjoyed during your day. You might even get the inside scoop on something that you may have missed otherwise.
- Bardstown outside of peak season lacks off hours attractions. We also could have missed them. But we found that most attractions and even locally owned shops opened at 10am and closed at 4pm. There wasn't much to do in the evenings other than pony up to the bar. It's fine, but a little variety would have been welcome. I'm told it's a little more lively in season. But we definitely enjoyed the smaller crowds.
Anyway, that's all I've got! If you're planning on visiting Bardstown anytime soon, I'm genuinely envious. It's a wonderful place. Thanks for reading!
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2023.03.21 19:35 Endolithic Local bongs
Weird question, but I'm looking for a bong and don't really feel like buying a cheap one online. Does anyone know of any shops that sell.. erm.. locally constructed smoking apparatus?
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2023.03.21 19:35 Alexander_Helios What are your favorite moments where a hero decides to off someone and everything was better for it?
Now when I say someone I don’t mean a hero killing the big bad evil man, cause that normally makes things better.
Im talking about the times when heroes just killed some asshole whose death just made everything better.
To give an example, I’ve been rereading the Percy Jackson series as an adult and I saw a really good one right off the bat.
For those who don’t know, Percy Jackson, a demigod Son of Poseidon and the protagonist of many of Rick Riordan’s books, used to have an abusive stepfather called Gabe Ugliano.
And this guy is a just a complete piece of shit all around. Just to give a few examples:
- Every time Gabe saw Percy he’d force him to give up money that he’d turn around and just gamble away.
- He would consistently force Percy to stand before his buddies while he humiliated him cause the kid with ADHD and Dyslexia kept failing classes.
- He constantly yelled at Percy’s mom, Sally, to make him food cause “he’s the one who pays for the apartment” (with the clear implication that he can just take it away from them).
- He used Percy’s room as his personal storage closet, making the room reek of smoke and alcohol as well as leaving old food and clothes lying around (so Percy never had a place of his own to retreat too.)
After Percy’s first quest finished, he got home to find his mom had been returned by Hades from her imprisonment in the Underworld. And during this emotional reunion (He had originally thought she had died protecting him), Gabe just can’t help himself.
He asks (demands) that Sally, who had only just returned after being missing for weeks, make him some damn food. He starts complaining about LETTING
Percy live here after he destroyed his car that he had LET
them them take for their weekend trip (The Minotaur destroyed the car and was the one who “killed”/took Percy’s mom)
And when Sally starts to talk back, Gabe raises his hand, Sally flinches, and Percy barely has time to process what that means before his mom drags him out of the room to stop him from running his “stepfather” through then and there.
And they retreat directly into his room where a package hiding Medusas head (whom he had killed less than a week ago) lays on his bed. And together, the Mother and Son make a plan.
Percy goes back to camp, and one week later Sally Jackson is selling an incredibly detailed stone statue titled “The Poker Player” to an Art Gallery in Soho.
She gets enough money to buy the two of them a brand new apartment. Percy gets a room all his own and gets to live alone with his mom for the first time since he was 4. Sally goes to night school and finally gets her GED after having dropped out of high school years prior. She starts writing her book that she’s wanted to do for years. They both finally get a chance to be happy.
A year and a half after they sell the statue, Percy calls his mom while on a quest and sees her in the middle of a date with some guy he’s never met. He sees his mom laughing and smiling without abandon. When she notices him, the only question he asks her is if this guy makes her happy. She says yes.
Enter Paul Blofis, his moms new boyfriend who just so happens to be an English teacher in Manhattan. Paul gets Percy admission into the school he works at because he sees Percy not as a trouble maker, but as a kid that has never had his needs met by any school he’s ever been too.
Percy gets to add another person onto his desperately needed support system and, not long after, he officially gets a new stepfather who adores both his mom and himself.
Given enough years, Percy has a new baby sister to spoil, an adoring family that never stops loving or supporting him, a girlfriend that has defended him to Hell and back (literally), and more friends than he’s ever had in his life.
All because he and his mom just straight up killed their abuser.
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2023.03.21 19:19 ChangeNormal Should i start collecting money to get the stew pot or wait?
So like 2 months ago I (level 113) came back after a year of a hayday break. And I had 4 machines over 1 million coins to get. I just unlocked the Yoghurt machine today which is the 3rd of the machines I needed to get.
I have been striving for so long selling everything I was producing in the roadside shop etc. I also used the 2x coins farm visitor event to get a significant amount of coins. But now after buying a machine I’m down to only 17 000 coins and need to get the last machine, stew pot, at 1 150 000 coins. But I’m getting really tired of all the constant only producing and selling. I wanna get back on the competitive derby playing (320x10 master league neighbourhood)
My question is: should I continue the process and get the stew pot or will I do “fine” in derbys etc without it in the meantime?
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2023.03.21 19:13 Apart-Entrance3452 Beginner Hexannacht Stash Review
Hi everyone! I’m new at this but I wanted to review my Hex stash because I haven’t been able to find reviews for some of them, and some of them have just been different with my skin chemistry. Let me know if there's anything I could do better next time.
Pumpkin Peachcrème - This was my first indie scent. I was (and still am) looking for a nice complex peach scent and I thought this one would be perfect for fall based on the scent description (pumpkin pie, peach pie, cream soda). To me, it smelled more like a pumpkin spice latte or a fall candle. Not bad, but not what I was looking for. It didn't have a lot of sillage, but it lasted for a long time on my skin. 2/5
Harvest Cider - Described as "pumpkin pie, nutmeg, allspice, apple cider, ginger beer, honey, black pepper," I actually found it significantly less PSL/Fall candle-like than Pumpkin Peachcreme. On me, the apple cider not definitely stood out, and I really enjoyed it. It reminded me of drinking hot apple cider on Hanukkah. If you've ever smelled the Bath and Body Works Leaves candle, it is kind of like that but less candle. Great fall scent. 4/5
Mossypeach - As many others have said, it is a very realistic and beautiful peach note. The scent description (peach, sun-warmed meadow, cedar, sandalwood, vetiver, tree moss, oakmoss accord) includes the other woody/grassy notes, but on me, it read as just straight freshly mowed grass. I find that the peach fades very quickly on me, leaving just the grass. It's still a pretty scent, just not exactly what I was hoping for. 3/5
Brightening the Daybreak - This scent is supposed to be grass, clover, hay, sun-warmed cornfields, muguet, honeysuckle, acacia, ozone, meadow air, tree moss, oakmoss, fir balsam. For me, it makes me smell like I just rolled around in a field, which isn't necessarily bad, but wasn't what I was looking for. I was hoping for more of a summer, frolicking in a meadow type scent, and I didn't get that. It ends up being the same grassy note as Mossypeach. I think I'll probably wear it more in the spring. The fact that I had this issue with both Mossypeach and Brightening the Daybreak makes me feel like maybe my skin just really amps the grass note. 2/5
Cathedrále - Described as "a layering accord of offertory resinoids - myrrh, frankincense, benzoin, and faintly smoke-tinged brass thuribles".I never would have ordered this for myself, but she sent it to me as a sample and I loved it. On my skin, it reads closer to tree-sap than to incense, but it is still very warm without being spicy. Kind of reminds me of when my dad would come into the house after spending the afternoon chopping wood. 4/5
Velvet cocoon - I ordered this one after liking Cathedrále and getting some recommendations on here. The scent description is "labdanum, benzoin, frankincense, burnt caramel, guaiacwood." It smells like it has the same resin note as Cathedrale, and like Cathedrále, it reads more tree-sap-like on me. I like the burnt caramel note, it is not overpowering, it just adds a slight sweetness and bitterness. 5/5
Moon in the Twelfth House - I got this one (prickly pear, white sage, black sage, red musk, cedarwood, sandalwood, amber, ozone, hot sand, pink pepper, jammy fir balsam) as a sample with Velvet Cocoon. After my initial sniff, I thought it smelled like the scent description but with the balsam reading as rosemary, but I definitely thought it smelled like something specific and I couldn't put my finger on it. I asked multiple of my housemates what they thought it smelled like and they all said it smelled like the fancy French violet soap their grandmothers used to buy. It's not a bad scent, but it definitely does smell like that. To me, it kind of reminds me of walking into the kind of store in Portland, SF, or Santa Cruz that's run by an older woman with a lot of time on her hands that sells crystals, incense, sage, and various cultural objects like dream catchers and buddhas. Not necessarily a bad scent. 3/5
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