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2023.06.10 13:04 kylexyz001 23 [M4F] Ohio/Worldwide- Let's Be Each Other's Everything (Longest post ever?)

Brace yourselves, this is gonna be a long one.
Table of Contents
1…… The Main Goal
2…… What I’m Seeking
3…… Personality
4…… Interests
5…… Physical Characteristics (with pics)
6…… Expectations of You
7…… Living Situation
8…… Deal Breakers
9…… Closing Remarks
The Main Goal:
Well if you’re browsing this subreddit then much like me, you were alone this weekend and I’m sure you’d like to change that as much as me. I won’t lie, I am going through a rough part of my life right now. It’s difficult for me to find the energy for anything at the moment and I’m just really seeking affection in general, anything that will give me a push. I don’t want to be that person who brings everyone down but I could really use someone to talk to right now. I’d really like to find someone who’s similar to me so much to the point that we do everything together and talk about everything while not having to pretend to be interested. I want someone with whom we can mutually spew our emotions onto and have those feelings reciprocated. Not an emotional punching bag, but an emotional teddy bear to hug and cuddle until everything feels better as many times as we need. There’s people who I’m sure have told you the same, they’ll be there no matter how many times you need the support, no matter how many times the insecurities and bad thoughts come back but they don’t mean it. I will be the exception, I’m not so ignorant to think some nice words and tales of relating to you will magically forever heal whatever ails you then get mad when you seek the same support again. Mental ailments are rarely temporary and I don’t care about someone because they’re perfect, caring about someone means being there no matter how many times they need you to be. It doesn’t feel like a chore, it doesn’t get old, and it never will.
What I'm Seeking:
I will upfront let you know if I’m clicking better with someone else or if you’re the one, I’m not here to tread the sea of fish or keep my options open, I’m here for one singular person.
A relationship is difficult for me right now, it’s been nearly half a year since I got out of my last relationship and the reasons for it ending are partially responsible for how I’ve been feeling and why it’s so hard for me to seek the comfort I so desperately crave. I will tell you about it but for the sake of not treating the entirety of the internet as my therapist, it’ll be in private. I really need the comfort of intimacy and the warmth of someone who cares. I'm not going to feel better if I just sulk and don’t move on. This is my attempt to get better, I’ll admit I’m not great right now and I don’t expect you to be either. If we can help each other heal, then I’d be more than happy :) A relationship isn’t just being there for when someone’s at their best. Even if a relationship is hard at the moment, I do want a life partner and I don’t want to be alone. Things aren’t going to get easier without you so I don’t want to hesitate. I view my other as an equal, I don’t like categorizing us into specific roles. We take care of each other and treat each other how we like to be treated, whatever that is, it's as simple as that. I don't care if you're "successful" or not, living simple lives with our days filled with love is the ultimate measure of success to me.
On the Surface:
As you can tell I can be rather… stoic but that’s largely due to my current stressors, I truthfully am goofy and fun loving but I just can’t find it in me right now. I want to return to that but without someone to light up my world it’s been difficult to just have fun and enjoy stuff. I’m definitely more introverted, you won’t catch me at any parties or really outside at all. I definitely prefer being home though the occasional outing is not out of the question and one day I’d like to travel to other countries because I think that kind of perspective is important.
The Core of My Being:
I like being a spectator to it all and if we bear witness to humanity burning or its miraculous recovery, I want to watch it with you. I enjoy watching humanity advance, less so when it devolves but I want to watch it to the end nonetheless. I’m both a realist and someone who lives with my head in the clouds dreaming of scenarios or worlds that don’t exist. I’m saying that I enjoy a good narrative and can suspend my disbelief to enjoy something but you won’t catch me refusing vaccines or ignoring blatant facts for the sake of some pseudo science or witch doctor’s remedy. I’m an atheist but I do not rule out existence after death, not because I’m agnostic but because due to the nature of potentially infinite time at some point after how many googol years with a googol amount of 0s after that, something’s bound to replicate your consciousness perfectly at some point. It’s actually a really fascinating topic I like talking about. If infinite time and infinite possibilities exist, does non existence exist? Though that’s an awfully existentially dreadful thought process considering the ramifications of infinite existence and infinite possibilities during said infinite existence. I would say I’m confidently left leaning and I don’t think I could truly get along with anyone right leaning, at least America’s definition of right leaning. Left and right seems to have just become; do people deserve to suffer or do they deserve to live good lives? Being political is not something I expected to become but how can you not be when crimes against human rights are being passed on a daily basis and at the end of the day, everything’s political. Oftentimes I imagine the perfect moment as relaxing with my significant other playing games or cuddling in a cold room under blankets.
I value that special someone above all of the existential thoughts, the bad of the world, the good of the world, they practically become my world. So many worries wash away when I’m with them. I don’t know if that’s the defense mechanism my brain created to not feel bad 24/7 but if it is, I’m currently without it.
I talk of philosophy and politics here but really I spend most of my time just playing games, watching stuff, and trying to not be sleep deprived. I’m also nowhere near as well spoken, heck sometimes I feel like my speech is broken. I won’t claim to be something I’m not, I sit at home while I complain about the world doing nothing about it wishing I had someone here with me. I’m not noble nor do I really want to be, I have morals I uphold but much like most other hypocrites I acknowledge that my comfortable life is built on the suffering of others without doing anything about it. Why? My sleep problems? Am I depressed? Is that why I have no energy to do anything? Do I just think nothing I could do could help? I can’t nail it down myself, maybe it’s a mix of everything, maybe I’m just a bad person. I have always told myself that if I had wealth I would help people but if I get that kind of wealth will I just become a wealth hoarder who tries to justify my riches as something I earned rather than something given to me through incredibly lucky circumstances? If I do help people is it because I’m a good person or out of guilt? Will I die alone? I feel like I drive everyone away with my clinginess, I get paranoid often and need reassurance often. It’s something I want to work on, something I’ve been trying to work on. Hearing that someone cares about me just never gets old. I value self awareness even if it’s painful.
I’m definitely a socially anxious/awkward mess, especially around strangers. I do feel a large amount of anxiety in public, people can’t tell by looking at my face since I kind of go stone faced in an attempt to block everything out but yeah you’ll notice that if we go out in public. Growing up my pediatrician said I was probably autistic, never got a formal diagnosis so that’s just great. But yeah that explains why I can’t make eye contact with people, I kinda just stare at the ground and avoid their gaze at all costs. A lot of these social struggles go away to a great degree once I know you for a bit but yeah I apologize for how terrible I am at socializing at first. Don’t let my social struggles fool you though, I love cuddling and being close with my person.
I am a heterosexual male, though I’m not very masculine like at all. I may even be a bit feminine sometimes. Not that I believe any activity or manner of acting belongs to a gender but I don’t know how else to describe it. I’m definitely super affectionate and love it when my partner is too. I am open to dating demi people but I do have a libido so I don't think asexual would work out.
Video Games:
As stated before, I do spend a lot of my time playing video games. It’s been hard lately with me having no energy but I really do want to play more games and have a good time playing them with you! I primarily play on PC though I do have a switch. I’m primarily into platform fighters, roguelikes, open world, survival, and sandbox games. As for single player story games, I enjoy watching them through twitch or youtube but for the most part I don’t play them myself. I’d watch you play them though!
Here’s a list of games we can play:
-Minecraft (Java)
-Risk of Rain 2
-Gunfire Reborn
-7 Days to Die
-Bloons TD 6
-Platform fighters: Super Smash Bros. Melee, Slap City, Multiversus, Flash Party, Fraymakers
Whatever you want to play I’ll give it a shot! I will say that League bores me to death but I’ll play it for you :) I try to avoid MMOs, not because I don’t like them but because of how addicted I can get to them. I enjoy learning games in-depth so MMOs can be a fast track to addiction.
I recently got Kerbal Space Program 2 and ehhh not really worth it right now but hopefully later it will be? I’m super excited for Tears of the Kingdom! In the far off future I’m excited for Rivals of Aether 2 which is a platform fighter releasing in 2024, let me know of your most anticipated releases and I’ll see if I could play them with you!
Also I never got into FPS games but I could totally see myself playing like CoD with you or Escape From Tarkov. Any FPS really, I’m down.
I am a fan of Pokemon but with how things have been lately I don’t know how long that will last. Pixelmon is a common Pokemon mod I play for Minecraft if you want to play that! Also if I say I want to play something with you I mean it but there are often times when no matter how much I want to I'm just drained and can do little more than lay in bed so please don't think I'm making an excuse.
I really enjoy keeping up with the latest advances in pretty much everything, it could be biology, technology, astronomy, anything! I love seeing progression and I love talking about it! Really I could go on and on about what I’m obsessing about that day. I particularly love technology, ask me for my laptop specs I dare you. When I was little I always wanted to be a scientist of any kind but then insomnia and fear of college stuff hit me like a truck aaaand that’s the end of that dream.
You got me, I like anime but I’d like to think my tastes are benign.
Here’s some of my favorites I can list from the top of my head:
- To Your Eternity
- Vinland Saga
- Spice and Wolf
- Re:Zero
- Mob Psycho
- Dr. Stone
- Attack on Titan
- Spy x Family
- My Hero Academia
- Ranking of Kings
- Demon Slayer
Okay I can go on and on but I will say I don’t like pointless fan service and the spamming of cliche anime moments. I mostly enjoy action and anything well animated if it doesn’t have a potato story. Heck Demon Slayer could be my top 3 out of season 2’s animation alone. I don’t watch slice of life often or romance but I would with you!
I’m not going to go on and on about the tiniest little things when the main ones are covered but I’ll watch pretty much any show with you and anything really. I like random youtube videos that explain some kind of lore or mystery, sometimes mini documentaries too.
As for food I looove sushi and I’m a sucker for fast food. Okay and candy, definitely candy.
I used to play tennis but haven’t really had the opportunity nor friends to play it with and I’m way too socially anxious to seek it out. Also I will say that when we move to something like discord I type waaaay more casually. I’m not going to expect long paragraphs back and forth like we’re writing English papers for each other, I do enjoy long conversations but seriously don’t worry about having to put the utmost effort into every response, I just like making good first impressions I guess.
My Physical Characteristics:
I’m 5’8 (172cm), 128 pounds (58kg), with curly brown hair and blue eyes. I like keeping my hair long in the winter and cutting it in the summer. I’m pretty slim in general so if you’re looking for someone large, that’s not me. I don’t work out but my work is pretty physical so at least I’m not totally inactive. I don’t have the urge to work out or gain muscle but I do want to maintain my slim figure so if I start losing control of that I’ll work out. I like to keep my face shaved because I don’t think I look good with a beard/mustache so if you’re into those I apologize. I have an average amount of body hair? I’d prefer to be completely shaved but it’s easy to lose motivation with that battle, if you prefer shaved then I’d have no problem complying. Anyways here’s what I look like:
My Physical Preferences:
Having physical preferences makes me feel shallow, if I could make myself not have them I would but unfortunately that’s now how that works. I don’t care if you’re shorter or taller than me and I don’t care if you weigh more or less than me. All I ask is that you’re slim-average weight. I would never ask for someone to be something I’m not. I don’t care about tattoos or piercings.
Expectations of You:
I am not looking for someone “exciting” or someone to “keep me on my toes” I’m not looking for someone to cater to my every whim or anything like that. I don’t care if you’re “boring” or if you aren’t “successful”. I know it’s a common thing for people to not want a “boring” relationship and to seek something argumentative or something with constant challenges but I just want to be with you. During the exciting times, the boring times, and everything in-between, all of it will be great with you! Maybe we do argue sometimes or maybe there will be challenges but that will never be something I purposefully seek out and I don’t want that to be something you seek out either. I will not play tricks on you and I will not play mind games, I expect the same from you. We all have personal measures of success we may or may not have lived up to but what I care about most is our commitment to each other. If we have each other we can get through tough times, near the ends of our lives I want us to look back and feel that this life together was worth more than anything. That’s not saying I want us to be haphazard, I don’t want us to make poor decisions for the sake of yolo and I want us to always be rational, especially with each other. I want you to be someone I can trust to make decisions and weigh the options with a level head, I’ll try my best to live up to the same for you. Most of all I want empathy, understanding, someone to feel the utmost comfort and trust in.
Living Situation:
Currently my life is pretty relaxed, I work 3 times a week as a night shift stocker. I currently live in a 2 bedroom apartment with my roommate but we’re looking to move into someplace larger by the end of the year if everything works out. The internet is weirdly great for Ohio too like I have fiber and later this year we’re supposed to be getting dedicated fiber so that’s neat. I’m not attached to Ohio so the ultimate goal living location wise is probably moving to a country that won’t send you into a lifetime of dealing with the repercussions from one medical emergency.
Deal Breakers:
Might as well make this simple and make it a list.
- Anti-vaxxers
- Unironically believing astrology
- Right wingers
- Hard drugs (occasional 420 and alcohol is fine, may even join you)
- Wanting children, there was a time when I was younger when I wanted children but with the state of the word that’s a definite no and I feel like I wouldn’t be able to handle the stress. I’d love a stress free life with as much time with you as possible.
- Homophobic
- Transphobic
- Racist
- Super Religious
- Don’t be a bigot and don’t deny facts.
Closing Remarks:
Well you made it, I was thinking that finding someone I’d be willing to put a lifetime of effort into at least required this much effort. If I think of anything more I’ll update the post. Also about timezones, it really doesn’t matter where in the world you are. I don’t have a sleep schedule and I have most of the week off from work so it really doesn’t matter.
I request that in your response you do put effort into it, it doesn’t have to be anywhere near as long as this but at least enough so I know that you read this and enough about you so I know why you saw potential compatibility. I will seriously read all of it and respond the best I can. I do also request a pic included in your response (sfw please) or one soon after we start talking to prove identity, I’ll send identity proving pics too. As long as this post is up, you can send a reply!
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2023.06.10 13:02 hippolover4 can’t wait to fall in love <33

hi, this is going to be a rant post more than anything and it’s going to be filled with my disgusting emotions lol. I’ve been drinking which means I have a lot of them hahahaha
I’m just here to express more than anything how much this one person means to me. I’m 19 and he’s 18, we were never together or anything. we met through a mutual friend at the beginning of this year and I was really into him, but he had a girlfriend at the time so I backed off. however, in the middle of April, he wanted to see me because they had broken up. the following night, we ended up having a lot of fun together and it was just so nice. I haven’t been in a defined relationship before, so of course, I develop feelings for him really fast and became super attached.
more than anything, it developed into a situationship that ultimately didn’t go anywhere. it only lasted a month. he left me on delivered for hours and even up to days towards the end, and would ignore me. i was so devastated and fucking angry that he wouldn’t just be honest with me about not liking me. i felt i was so vulnerable with this person and that it didn’t mean anything to him. the reason I haven’t been in a relationship is because I’m afraid of approaching people and being so emotionally open with them, so the fact it didn’t mean anything to him made me SO upset. it’s okay though. people don’t like you back, it happens. I’ve been on both sides on this situation.
needless to say, i didn’t take it well and lost my shit with him. we ended up talking a bit and he acknowledged that he was shitty. I was shitty too though and I acknowledged that. but overall, I just can’t believe how much one person could mean to me. I have NEVER cared for someone so much in my entire life. the way he occupied my mind and how intensely I felt for him was nothing like I’ve ever felt. i harbour no hard feelings towards him now. he will always mean a lot to me, beyond just romance and sex. he would always go on rants about world war two, soccer and anything he was interested in. i loved just sitting there and listening to him talk about the things he loved or whatever random shit he got up to in his day.
the fact that i wasn’t even in love makes me so excited to be swept off my feet by someone who does love me as much as I love them. I’ve always dreamed of getting married and I cannot wait to find that person who I can share all of my love with (romantically). i just have so much of it to give.
anyway, i think I am insane, but more than anything, I just needed to get some pent up emotions off of my chest, which is the point of this subreddit lol. thanks for reading. :) have a beautiful day. <3
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2023.06.10 13:02 Choozery Humans are Meta

Author's note: This is a third and last attempt at posting this story. Previous two got insta removed for some reason. Definitely not because of carma or age, I have posted stories here already. Added: It seems I had to turn on vpn, jeez.
A dimly lit room was fully packed with agents, researchers, their assistants and administration representatives. Main holographic projector, synchronized with a few smaller ones and a couple of mind wave transmitters, all distributed a single header:
“Species study report number 17d80412. Summary”
Speaker soon took control of the projectors, activating a presentation. As their voice, enhanced by projectors, filled the room, so did the mind waves bearing the same information.
- Good afternoon, everyone! Today we take a look at species 0E420350, or as most of them call themselves, Humans.
An image of a bipedal creature appeared on projectors.
- All of us here were studying those species for the past three cycles. For the newest colleagues I’ll clarify that this summary is a knowledge-pooling between groups that studied different aspects and variations of subjects. A way to bring everyone up to speed and provide insight into what 0E420350 represents.
- Humans are a multiversal species. So far we’ve encountered their traces in 99.6% of applicable Universes. This is the second highest encounter rate of multiversal species. Right after our own species, inhabiting all 100% of applicable Universes discovered so far.
- Surprisingly, in all discovered cases, us and humans never have met. We are always too far apart on a development scale. Either Humans are too early, or too late for meaningful communication. And in rare cases when our species are in close range on the development scale, we are always too far away to interact. Some of you may suggest that we just find the most developed human civilization and establish multiversal contact, but there are reasons against it, which I’ll explain later on.
As the speaker transmitted, diagrams, statistics and research reports were displayed on projectors.
- We won’t dwell on human physical properties. Those are unremarkable at best. Even slightest tweaks of the physical conditions would kill a human in almost all cases, or cause severe damage to their mental state.
- What we would focus on is their multiversal cognitive receiving ability. Expressed in a form of abstraction called arts, humans produced countless snapshots of all multiverses.
- Those snapshots are extremely accurate, and there exists at least one for each single universe we know of. Due to the abstract nature of those, assigning them to trier corresponding moments of Universe-Space-Time have been difficult before Doctor Thyschm group submitted the Multiversal Clarification of History Algorithm with Multi Meaning Elaboration Release. With it, we determined the exact USP moment for 87% of collected snapshots.
- Of course the vast majority of their arts are focused around their own species and variations of their history. But there are still incredibly many snapshots where humans are not even mentioned. Interestingly enough, we have found a snapshot of this exact presentation. You can find it in archive 145xcm9.
- Before you rush shuffling archive files though, I want to remind you of first and second Palak principles. First, precognitive description does not negate individual agency. It is a personal decision to let events happen in an individual's universe.
- Second, mental effects of encountering precognitive description are always to be taken into account. Self-fulfilling prophecy is a product of insufficient analysis of the situation on a personal level.
- Taking that into account, you could access the archives and research for yourself. Our Data Categorization group has developed a code system for ease of navigation and focusing.
Large blocks of color-coded data appeared on projectors.
- Code 0047AB marks the topics of mind study and self-reflection. 1E8449 is for environmental interactions. A93226 is the most expansive, conflict. C39BD3 is the second biggest, benevolent personal interaction. Speaks a lot about their psychology, huh?
- FDFEFE is specifically marked as multiversal interpretations. I suggest you all take a brief look into it. What you should avoid is 17202A. This category is an infinite downward spiral that is considered borderline hazardous. It can be described with one word - Meta.
- Apparently the human brain is susceptible to this kind of thought lines, and can lead itself into infinite layering of abstractions. Research of this category is considered a wasteful activity. If you still want to take a look into it, it is strongly recommended to use memetic correction setup. But even with said setup, I urge you not to go deeper than “Commentary on commentary” level. Don’t be another Uto Pha Ttom Ato. He rode the meta train all the way to the void.
Most of the researchers present nodded with understanding. Whispers of “mad lad” could be heard around the room.
- For the last, we are moving onto the topic of interaction. Our policy for the time being is full no-contact observation. You can read the full report on your own, but two main reasons are the following.
- First. Humans easily descend into conflicting behavior. And being the species with subconscious meta knowledge, they seem to find loopholes in most of the situations. I do not say they are undefeatable, we have seen a lot of them being destroyed across the multiverse. But chances are higher for them to at least outlast the opponent if not achieve decisive victory. Conflict with them is deemed undesirable by the commonwealth resources distribution council.
- Second, human meta knowledge seems to provide better quality insight about universes differing from their own. We attribute that to the idea that their brains have easier time receiving ideas they have no solid knowledge about. Taking that into account, it has been decided that we would pay special attention to arts that relate to our own civilization. Look via the beholder's eye, so to speak.
- On that note, I’m ending that report. If you have any questions, you are free to ask now. Otherwise you can return to your work. Next summary report would occur in three cycles. Have a good day.
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2023.06.10 13:00 Crazy_Start3618 i’m being accused of r*pe

hey guys, i’m using a throwaway. all i ask is that you guys believe me and don’t spread this.
i’m currently 18F but these accusations began when I was freshly 14. i thought i had the best friends imaginable. we were so close and i constantly stayed at this one girls house.
one night her and her sister threw a little get together where we all got drunk. her and her sister were feeling me up all night and feeding me drinks until i was drinking cups of vodka like it was water.
later that night her sister and her friends left and it was just me and this girl. she kissed me then i kissed her back, she began touching me and i did the same. i lost my virginity to this girl. we were good and ended up sleeping together on a separate occasion months later.
i can admit i was a shitty 14 year old and broke girl code and got with her boyfriend ~10 months after they broke up. she got with my ex and i was really truly nothing but happy for her because she was my friend. i assume that’s part of what caused this.
she began ignoring me and so did my entire friend group. i found out she was telling our entire school that i raped her and i ended up having to transfer.
they constantly post about me 4 years later using my full name and embarrassing pictures. they’ve threatened to shank me and get their guy friends to jump me on multiple occasions. these sisters were diagnosed with bpd and ptsd, so this was regular behavior. they frequently record people and start fights and publically post people.
this has created some trauma, but i’ve finally started to heal and move on. i chose to move 5 states away to get a fresh start, but i find out the sister is going too. just my luck. she’s extremely loud mouthed and is likely to scream my name and record me in front of everybody at orientation.
my mom says i probably won’t run into her (once school starts not orientation) or she wouldn’t notice me. to those who have attended college, what do you truthfully think about that. i’ve put so much money into this and it’s my dream college. please believe me. what the hell do i do.
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2023.06.10 12:57 batmancambro I got banned for 14 days but can access everything

So i got banned for putting in a banned code and after 3 days i can access the computer and change everything when normally you are not supposed to, anyone know why? And the worst part i cant see how long my ban is left, if anyone has a fix or a reason why this is happening, please let me know.
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2023.06.10 12:55 Vyltar PC internet problems (plugged into ethernet atm)

I got my PC from someone who bought it prebuilt, and told me the wifi didn't work to well so he used dongle adapters on it. when I was first using it I had it plugged into ethernet and it was fine, i then moved my pc and couldn't use ethernet on it, so I used wifi at the time and it was doing okay but then Big lag spikes every now and then so I plugged it back into ethernet and that fixed that.
Now today randomly while I was playing I started to lag ping wise insanely. On my ping and everything is running a bit high 50-80 ping (all my other devices are working fine), but when I'm playing Fortnite my ping keeps on fluctuating drastically. its gotten better but its still fluctuating and rubber banding hard. Also weird thing google and streaming services seem fine, just when I'm playing a game on my PC.
It seems to be fine at the moment, but when my ping was higher it was not working right... i just want to know if anyone knows why or what could cause this to happen? and I'm 99.9% sure its a issue on my PCs end
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2023.06.10 12:54 throwaway3749733 Anyone help me finding a fight video

ik this is random asf and will probly get buried but i saw a fight video a few weeks ago which ive been dying to see again fsr, it was a high school fight in a bathroom where the context was the kid got jumped and then fought the guy in their sometime after and the kid thought he was gonna have friends help him but they werent home, this is probly gonna result to nothing but if u have nything saved like it lmk ty
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2023.06.10 12:52 Sileightyy Rx 6600 artifacts while flashing

Hi there. I recently upgraded from a RX580 to a RX6600. Got it used, but the seller was kind enough to let me bench it etc at his place. Seemed fine so i bought it. At home i randomly started getting quick flashes of artifacting seemingly at random and only when pretty much idling. My old card was dying on me, arrifacting ane drivers crashing. Could it be something else entirely? Could it be power issue somehow?
The artifacts usually are black and green boxes, covering random parts of the screen, blankimg out explorer windows.
Havent had any artifacting while i tried gaming, temps went up to 70 at most while gaming. Furmark and AMD stress test also run fine. Have switched HDMi cable, issue continued. Tried different pcie slot. Installed a fresh windows, still keeps happeing. DDU and older drivers were no help either. BIOS, Cmos reset, reseating.
Mobo: Gigabyte B550 Gaming X v2 Cpu: RYZEN 5 5600G Ram: kingston DDR4 3200mhz Gpu: Sapphire RX6600 8gb Psu: corsair CV550
I know the psu isnt the best one, but km able to upgrade next month. Was a replacement for my previous one.
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2023.06.10 12:44 GamingWithKids [US-MD] [H] Almost Complete LOTR Collection + 8 Modular Ultimate City Bundle [W] Local Cash

It's finally time to part with my Lord of the Rings Collection and my Modulars. These have been curated over years and displayed in my office UV free office, but it's time for a change with an upcoming move.
Not willing to split up the lots at this time. Due to the size of these and number of brittle brown, these must be an in person transaction. I'm willing to drive a sizeable distance to meet someone and see these go to a new home. My zip code is 17201, but I can easily get to Baltimore, DC, or most of WV and VA.
Ultimate Lord of the Rings Bundle:

Super Modular City Starter

Other Local Sale Items
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2023.06.10 12:41 oandroido Need help with generative... stuff

Hi all,
First... I just joined because of the note about this sub going private. IMO Reddit made a baffling decision & will likely push people over to platforms like Discord. /rant
Anyway - I recently got Ableton Live 11 Suite, and there sure are a lot of ways to approach similar challenges... very cool. A particular interest of mine is generative / ambient.
Two of the things I'd like to do is to: 1) Create a random sequence from a group of predetermined notes 2) Create a random sequence of measures from a group of pre-composed parts
From there, I guess I'd like to for example tell Ableton to create 20 measures using these rules, and apply effects / parameter changes after the measures are created.
I'm not sure where to get started. Done some searching but it's hard to weed out the incredible number of hits a search turns up.
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2023.06.10 12:35 maximusaemilius Empyrean Iris: 2-20: Cage canary (by Charlie Star)

FYI, this is a story COLLECTION. Lots of standalones technically. So, you can basically start to read at any chapter, no pre-read of the other chapters needed technically (other than maybe getting better descriptions of characters than: Adam Vir=human, Krill=antlike alien, Sunny=tall alien, Conn=telepathic alien). The numbers are (mostly) only for organization of posts and continuity.
OC Written by Charlie Stastarrfallknightrise,
Typed up and then posted here by me.
Proofreading and language check for some chapters by u/Finbar9800
Future Lore and fact check done by me.
That moment you finally get to see the supersexy alien space siren everyone was talking about and you realize it is you yourself…
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Adam leaned his head against the bars.
His stomach growled horribly and his head ached. It was almost like having a really bad hangover, except without the memories of having fun or doing stupid shit the night before. Instead, he was suspended in a cage high in the air, watching as the ugly ass Prodigum galumphed around the room preparing it for his next 'guests'.
He would have used a more normal word to describe how the creature moved, except for this thing was nasty, like Jaba the Hutt level ugly. Sort of made him feel like Han Solo, though he supposed that was supposed to make Sunny princess Leia. The only problem is they didn't have a Luke Skywalker or an R2D2 to come and rescue them.
He sighed as his stomach groaned.
He glanced over at the other cages, making a face at the bleached white skeleton which hung in one, and at the two humans sitting in the other.
They looked horrific.
His stomach growled again.
"Don't worry."
His cage neighbor said,
”You get used to it after a while."
"The hunger.”
"Do they not feed you?"
The other human shook their head,
"No, that's how it works here. They put us in these cages and then use us for entertainment while we slowly starve to death, and then, once we are dead, they feed on our decomposing corpses."
The commander made a face,
"Shit, that is really, really disgusting."
She shrugged,
"You don't seem so worried."
He held up his hands,
"I can start crying if that would make you more convinced, but otherwise I don't see much use in freaking out."
"I suppose that is a good way to do things. Who knows, the clients might actually like you, and they might bother to feed you longer."
"How do you make the clients like you?"
She waved a hand,
"Ignore what the Prodigum said, they know a good singer when they hear one."
She patted her throat,
"That's why I'm not going to last long."
"Tone def?"
"No, I'm actually a voice coach, but due to extenuating circumstances, I'm not supposed to be singing for my own health."
"Oh, I'm sorry."
He groaned and leaned back against the cage,
"I'm gone in that case."
She leaned up against the cage,
"Why, you tone def too?"
"Not hardly. I can carry a tune, but I'm not a solo act. I'm sort of just average."
"For fear of sounding too much like a voice coach. Most people are only average because they weren't trained to be good. It's all about breath control, then anyone can be pretty good."
"Well then I'll just have to-"
He was cut off in that moment as the lights over his head began to flash. He looked towards the door and watched as the doors were thrown open. The Prodigum opened his huge, ugly arms wide as his guests entered the room.
Adam stood inside his cage to get a better look, displeased when he watched more of the Prodigum, Burg and a couple of Tesraki coming in. He thought he even saw an Iotin or two somewhere in there, or was that a Gromm? They filtered into the room as the 'slaves' were dragged onto the floor.
He pressed up against the bars as he saw Sunny being dragged onto the floor.
Both sets of her hands, her feet and her neck had all been chained together. She could barely move, though she was still being forced to carry a tray of drinks.
"Welcome my friends, welcome please come in, we have something new for you today and-"
His voice was mostly drowned out by the intervening voices.
He tried leaning closer to hear, and was only able to tell what was going on when the Prodigum turned towards him and held out a hand,
"Behold, the long reaching arm of my empire."
There was a sudden muttering around the room as so many impressed clients recognized Adam.
He made a point of flipping them all the bird and spitting out the bars towards one of the Burg, who leaped away with a hiss. He laughed,
"And there's more where that came from assholes."
The Prodigum gurgled in amusement, the little breathing tubes on the side of its neck opening and closing with a wet sort of slapping noise. The commander grimaced,
"I wouldn't do that if I were you, commander.”
He motioned with one hand towards Sunny, and at that moment he watched as a group of others moved forward, grabbing her by the chains and throwing her to the floor.
She choked against the chain around her neck.
"This really is simple, commander. Behave or she dies. These are the rules. You sing, and when we want the song changed, we will throw something at you. Don't do what we want and your friend here gets it."
He grinned, his floppy bulbous cheeks dangling down towards the ground, as the little face tentacles wriggled about in the air,
"Now, get to work."
He glanced over at Sunny, his first instinct to tell the guy to screw off, but when he looked over at Sunny, and saw her pinned against the ground. Well, he knew he couldn't do anything. He licked his dry lips and took a deep breath.
Perhaps his first song shouldn't have been an adlipped ditty that began with the line.
”Suck a dick.”
Sung with great gusto and feeling, and definitely shouldn't have been followed up with the line.
”You big ugly cock sucker.”
He was stopped a moment later when some random object was launched at his head.
He fell back against the cage, suddenly alerted by Sunny's cries of pain.
He turned over to see the Prodigum pressing his hand spike into her back.
He grimaced,
"Alright, alright! Stop, just let me think of a song ok?”
Off in the other cage, the two other humans were chuckling to themselves,
"Nice On that last line. I really enjoyed the use of vibrato, you know especially on the cocksucker part. Try to get a deeper breath next time though"
"You gonna teach me to sing before we all die?”
The crossed her arms over her chest and leaned back against the bars,
"I'm going to try and keep you alive for as long as I can. For your sake and for your friend down there. I am also hoping, that since you are the commander, you have some sort of panic transponder on you, and that helping you will help me survive long enough to get out of here."
"Hurry up human! I don't have all day!”
Close to panic he began to sing the only thing he could think of in the moment.
The ABC song.
Yeah, sure it wasn't one of his greatest moments, but he was under pressure.
That didn't go over so well, and he had to duck out of the way as a can came soaring up towards his head.
The party was almost in full swing now.
At a time like this, he had to go back to his roots. When he was a kid, his mother had always been a fan of music from the late 20th and early 21st centuries. He had carried her love onto his adult life, so that's all he could think of on such short notice.
He went for a little Journey to start off with though he knew he wasn't nearly good enough to do any of the songs justice.
Unfortunately he did not have a nine octave range to work with.

You know how they say, don’t stop believing!
He honestly couldn't help throwing in a few songs with lines like:
“I hate everything about you”, assuming that the context would be enough that he wouldn't get something chucked at his head, but apparently he wasn't fooling anyone.
Across from him, the Vocal coach was leaning against her bars, prompting him with comments when she could be heard over the conversation from below.
Wake Me Up
It's Not My Time
"Shoulders back, try breathing from your belly and not your chest, make it deeper, open your mouth a little more. Try using an O and not an A on that line next time."
They were somewhere in between Sweet Dreams and Boulevard of Broken Dreams when his voice began to falter. The coach insisted that he needed to breathe better to last longer.
But he was so tired.
His voice was beginning to crack and he was growing light headed.
Below him on the floor he caught eyes with Sunny who was being dragged behind the Prodigum.
You and Me
Drops of Jupiter
He was dying. Did he even remember what songs were? He was pretty sure he didn't even listen to some of these, but songs he heard when he was a kid were mostly sustaining him. Most of the songs he knew he wouldn't be able to pull off.
One Last breath
My Immortal
He was ninety percent sure if any of these long dead artists could hear him singing from rock n' roll heaven whey were getting to rock and roll him straight into hell for his egregious sins.
The sound of Silence.
He broke into a coughing fit.
Something hit him through the bars and he tried to control his breathing, as he choked back into life.
What now?
Disney songs?
Um hold on? Which ones?
He was going to die here, singing Let It Go in the voice impression of a dying toad, and that would be his legacy.
Heaven or hell, whichever, it was going to be awkward.
He barely noticed when the doors were opened again and people began to trickle out. He only noticed when the vocal coach yelled his name, and he looked up from his state of misery finally allowed to break into a horrendous coughing fit.
"That was pretty good for someone who doesn't sing, but I think we can work on your breathing and your technique, otherwise you are going to destroy yourself. Plus, if you keep singing rock songs we are going to have to teach you how to use distortion properly."
He groaned, falling onto his side one hand clutched onto one of the bars as the cage gently swayed back and forth.
Beneath him, Sunny looked up with an expression of worry, though she was dragged away and out of the room before he could do or say anything.
He held his hand out, but she vanished out the door.
This was a really shit day.
Krill had been right when he had complained that the commander needed a panic button.
Honestly, he hadn't thought he would be kidnapped again, but it turns out he was pretty wrong about that.
He wondered where the rest of the crew was, and what they were thinking.
Where did they assume he and Sunny had gone.
Did they even know something was off?
He was so thirsty.
He was definitely expecting to die here.
Because he had no good plans this time.
"You know why they like humans singing so much right?"
He groggily turned his head to the side where the vocal coach was sitting, her hands clasped in her lap before her.
He shook his head.
"It can affect the emotion of the Prodigum. I know it sounds weird, but I have been watching. The better the singing is, the better it works. Happy songs make them happy, angry songs piss them off etc. etc. Even more so than humans."
She shrugged,
"I don't know, just an interesting thought…"
He rested his head back on the cage floor.
Sure, being a siren was kind of cool, but being a siren in a cage very much was not cool.
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Thanks for reading! As you saw in the title, this is a cross posted story written by starrfallknightrise and I'll just upload some of it here for you guys, if you are interested and want to read ahead, the original story-collection can be found on tumblr or wattpad to read for free. (link above this text under "OC:..." ) It is the Empyrean Iris story collection by starfallknightrise. Also, if you want to know more about the story collection i made an intro post about it, so feel free to check that out to see what other great characters to look forward to! (Link also above this text). I have no affiliations to the author; just thought I’d share some of the great stories you might enjoy a lot!
Obviously, I have Charlie’s permission to post this and for the people already knowing the stories, or starting to read them: If you follow the link and check out the story you will see some differences. I made some small (non-artistic) changes, mainly correcting writing mistakes, pronoun correction and some small additional info here and there of things which were not thought of/forgotten or even were added/changed in later stories (like the “USS->UNSC” prefix of Stabby, Chalar=/->Sunny etc). As well as some "biggemajor" changes in descriptions and info’s for the same stringency/continuity reason. That can be explained by the story collection being, well a story collection at the start with many standalone-stories just starring the same people, but later on it gets more to a stringent storyline with backstories and throwbacks. (For example Adam Vir has some HEAVY scars over his body, following his bones, which were not really talked about up till half the collection, where it says it covers his whole body and you find out via backflash that he had them the whole time and how he got them, they just weren't mentioned before. However, I would think a doctor would at least see these scars before that, especially since he gets analyzed, treated and goes shirtless/in T-shirts in some stories). So TLDR: Writing and some descriptions are slightly changed, with full OK from the author, since he himself did not bother to correct these things before.
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2023.06.10 12:33 ThrowRAari16 My (27F) bf (32M) and I had our first major argument

My boyfriend and I have been together almost a year now. We moved in together very early on in our relationship and I’m positive he’s the love of my life. We have an incredibly healthy relationship which we both admire and acknowledge often. We push each other to be the best versions of ourselves both in our careers and personal lives and it’s built on a foundation of strong communication skills. In just the year of being together, we both helped each other in many ways. I exercise more because he inspires and pushes me to do that and read books he has shown me that have developed my personal growth. As a financial planner, I have helped him in an area that he wasn’t really good at before meeting me that he was able to save six figures in a matter of months from having me push him to being disciplined in spending habits and learning to invest. These are just a few examples and there are plenty of others in how we have flourished as individuals as a result of being together. We really have never had any major arguments as a result since we talk everything through logically and always look out for each others feelings. I have been through a lot in my life (battled cancer when I was young, broke off an engagement 2 years ago, etc) that when I met him, I knew what we had was special so I avoid ever nagging at him or picking fights because at the end of the day I love him a lot and enjoy having a blissful relationship very much. He tells me on a daily basis that he can’t wait to propose to me and have kids with me in the near future (1-2 years). We talk about life goals and aspirations and how we will get there together. We also have incredible sexual chemistry. We have sex regularly and we get nasty in bed to fully please one another.
Lately, my boyfriend has been too tired to have as much sex as we once did. It has made me craving it more and we bickered a handful of times but last night, we had our very first major argument… Basically, I went away for a work conference for the entire week. While at the conference, I ordered online a door sex swing to spice things up in the bedroom. It’s also worth noting that he had a toxic relationship in his early 20s and he told me early on in dating that the only reason why he stayed with that girlfriend who was incredibly toxic was because the sex was incredible. He had mentioned they had a sex swing that he got for her and I told him that I would love to try that and he said he would enjoy that with me as well. I paid an extra $15 to overnight it so it can get in by the time I got back from the conference. I got back Thursday late afternoon and sure enough the package was there. I told him I got a surprise and he loved it when he opened it up and set it up excitedly right away. He started teasing me on it and saying once he’s done with work, he’s gonna please me tonight from how much he missed having me all week. We ended up going out to dinner and he ordered dessert to go so we can enjoy the dessert in our sexual activities planned for the night. I was getting tingly down there from the excitement. By the time we got home and settled, he said he was too tired and to save the swing and sex in general for tomorrow night. Even though I was upset, I accepted it and said that I’m looking forward to tomorrow. Friday morning we woke up, worked out, and worked from home together with having an easy work day. We got massages after work and went over my parents for dinner. I noticed when he overeats, his sexual desires diminishes so on the way to my parents we joked about not eating a lot of food for the festivities we had planned for the evening when we get back home. Even while eating dinner we joked about it under the radar. I noticed he was eating way too much so I told him to slow down and my parents said why, it’s a Friday let him enjoy this food and he said,”well your daughter wants to go for a run after this which is why we are trying to eat light.” (going running is code for sex). We then watched the basketball game on the couch and I saw him get more and more comfortable to the point he said,”let’s save it for tomorrow, I’m tired again.” My heart shattered. I was so excited to have sex that night that I was literally throbbing down there all day and night. I got upset but didn’t say anything. Just kept watching the game saddened that I striked out again. By the time we drove off, the argument started. He went on to say that he doesn’t like being pressured into having sex and we should have it when we both feel like it. I expressed to him how I don’t feel as desired in the bedroom as I once did and my emotions carried me to say that he seemed to enjoy the sex so much with his toxic ex girlfriend and asked why he can’t just make the extra effort tonight to have sex with me, the non toxic loving girlfriend. He said he doesn’t appreciate me bringing up his past especially because it was nearly a decade ago and he’s 32 and a grown man now. I continued to express how it was upsetting that I haven’t seen him all week and was really looking forward to making love and respected it last night when he said he was tired since it was a weeknight but the fact that it’s Friday and only 10pm and he can’t give it to me makes me feel insecure. He said he is simply tired and went on to say,”I don’t want to be with someone who nags at me for sex and I don’t like the fact that you carry your emotions on your face like the way you just did at your parents while watching the game when I told you it’s not happening tonight.” I got quiet and said,”do you not want to be with me?” he said,”I want to be with you. I just need you to know that I’m willing to walk away from someone who acts the way you’re acting right now.” I apologized and told him I would be more self aware of my facial expressions moving forward and won’t nag at him for sex ever again and will keep it to myself. The rest of the car ride was silence. I teared up a bit because the fact he threatened a breakup like that was heart shattering. When we got home, I got out the car and gave him a kiss and hugged him. When we got in bed, I expressed that I don’t appreciate threatening a breakup especially when we both know we have such a healthy relationship. He said he loves me to death but is “keeping tabs” when I anger him to that degree because we are not married and again, he’s willing to walk away if he sees a quality in me he’s not willing to live with for the rest of his life. I’m writing this in the middle of the night because I can’t fall asleep. I’m pretty hurt. I understand I was in the wrong in that situation but again, him wanting to contemplating jumping ship the minute there’s adversity from a relationship that is peaceful and blissful 99% of the time is very hurtful. How should I go about this tomorrow morning when he awakes? Move on and learn from this?
TL;DR: In an otherwise healthy, supportive relationship, my boyfriend and I hit a roadblock over differing sexual expectations. I bought a sex swing to spice things up after he expressed his exhaustion, referencing a similar experience with an ex. But he’s been too tired for any activity, causing our first major argument. Despite his alarming threat of break-up, I'm left confused and seeking advice on how to move forward.
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2023.06.10 12:32 FlippinFlerkenFlare The Whole David Grusch Story

The information and timelines of David Grusch’s story have been spread across different publications and there has been a lot of confusion and arguing about who he is and what has been reported. He wasn't just a random employee who overheard something, he was tasked to investigate UAPs and had clearance to do it. This is my attempt to summarize the facts as they were reported, I ask for your help to complete the data. I will edit the post according to the new data I receive.

The whistleblower, David Charles Grusch, 36, served with the National Reconnaissance Office as Senior Intelligence Officer from 2016 to 2021. Among other things, he was involved with preparing and delivering daily intelligence briefings to the president of the United States.
He served as the reconnaissance office’s representative to the UAP Task Force from 2019 to 2021. From late 2021 to July 2022, he was the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s co-lead for UAP analysis and its representative to the task force within the department of the Navy under the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security.

Grusch prepared many briefs on unidentified aerial phenomena for Congress and helped draft the FY2023 National Defense Authorization Act, for the protection of witnesses who bring forward information about secret UFO/UAP programs, signed into law by President Biden in December 2022.

As an investigator for the UAP task force, he had Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) security clearance and access to more than 2000 special access programs.

Grusch’s investigation was centered on extensive interviews with high-level intelligence officials, some of whom were directly involved with UAP programs and has discovered concerning information about the existence of illegal special access programs shielded from congressional oversight. The programs were related to the retrieval of crashed non-human craft, illegal contracting against the Federal Acquisition Regulations, suppression of information across a qualified industrial base / academia and deliberate efforts to mislead the U.S. Congress and the American public.

Represented by Charles McCullough III who, under the Director of National Intelligence, oversaw intelligence officers responsible for audits, inspections, and investigations, Grouch has submitted a formal whistleblower complaint to the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community, disclosing the finding of his investigation and signed it under the penalty of perjury.

Several active members of the craft retrieval programs spoke to the Inspector General’s office and corroborated the information Grusch had provided for the classified complaint.
Associates who vouched for Grusch said his information was highly sensitive, providing evidence that materials from objects of non-human origin are in the possession of highly secret black programs. Although locations, program names, and other specific data remain classified, the Inspector General and intelligence committee staff were provided with these details.

The Intelligence Community Inspector General found his complaint “credible and urgent” in July 2022. According to Grusch, a summary was immediately submitted to the Director of National Intelligence, Avril Haines; the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence; and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

A whistleblower reprisal investigation was launched, and Grusch has provided testimony to the house intelligence committee as well as the senate intelligence committee behind closed doors as some of the details of the testimony were above the clearance level of regular congress members and staffers.
The hearing was conducted over more than 11 hours and has produced hundreds of pages of transcript.

According to Grusch, he has relayed all the relevant information to proper committees. He has given them locations, names of people involved, project code names, aerospace companies involved and a “road map” where to investigate further.

As a result of his investigation, Grusch suffered months of retaliation and reprisals related to these disclosures beginning in 2021. An investigation into these retaliation attempts has been opened and is still ongoing.

Grusch left the government on April 7, 2023, in order, he said, to advance government accountability through public awareness. He remains well-supported within intelligence circles, and numerous sources have vouched for his credibility.

As a high-ranking officer of intelligence, he is obligated to have all government related information authorized by the Defense Office Pre-Publications Security Review (DOPSR) prior to publication. The DOPSR authorization means that the material is free of any classified information and does not breach national security. It does not speak to the authenticity or accuracy of the material.
Only the material that has not been flagged as classified or a threat to national security has been shared with the public.

The information David Grusch has shared publicly so far:
- Existence of illegal special access programs outside of congressional oversight

- Existence of different types non-human crafts in the US government possession

- Efforts to reverse-engineer retrieved craft by different aerospace companies

- Existence of non-human bodies in the US government possession

- Deliberate efforts to avoid oversight and misinform the congress

- Suppression of information across a qualified industrial base and academia

People who have publicly vouched for David Grusch (Some have vouched for his credibility and some also vouched for the accuracy of his claims):

- Jim Shell, the former Chief Scientist for Air Force Space Command (now known as the U.S. Space Force)

- Karl E. Nell, a recently retired Army Colonel and current aerospace executive who was the Army’s liaison for the UAP Task Force from 2021 to 2022 and worked with Grusch there

- Christopher Mellon, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intelligence

- Jonathan Grey an officer of the United States Intelligence Community with a Top-Secret Clearance who currently works for the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC), where the analysis of UAP has been his focus.

- Luis Elizondo The former director of the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence.

- Congressman Tim Burchett
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2023.06.10 12:28 TinyFlan4013 "Sustainable clothing brand Patagonia manufactures in the same factories as fast-fashion; textile workers are being exploited"

The Dutch independent investigative journalism platform 'Follow the Money' wrote a article about Patagonia.
"Sustainable clothing brand Patagonia manufactures in the same factories as fast-fashion; textile workers are being exploited"
Clothing brand Patagonia seems to be doing everything right: for its employees, for the people who make the clothes and for the environment. The company’s image – they say they’re in business to save our home planet – is very different from fast-fashion brands like asos, Primark and Nike. But Patagonia’s clothes are manufactured in exactly the same factories and under the same deplorable conditions.
When Yvon Chouinard started creating climbing equipment in his parents’ backyard in Burbank, California, he used steel. Soon he earned a reputation for making the ‘best’ climbing equipment in America. But every time a climber slammed one of those steel pegs into a rock, the gap got a little bigger and eventually unusable. Chouinard realised he was making money by destroying the rocks and therefore also the sport. And so he switched to aluminium blocks, which did not damagethe rocks.
The change was expensive and risky for the young company, but the moral dilemma was reason enough for Chouinard to implement the change. And to be very outspoken about it. It was a success: within a year, 40 per cent of the US climbing community stopped using steel.
Chouinard applied this experience when he started the outdoor brand Patagonia in 1973. He wanted to make only high-quality clothing that would last. And limit the impact on the environment as much as possible. In 1996, the brand switched to 100 per cent organic cotton, only to increasingly replace it with recycled materials. But the responsibility that Chouinard attributed to the company extended further.
In 2002 he decided to give one per cent of sales to environmental organisations every year. In 2011, Patagonia placed a full-page ad in the New York Times calling on consumers to ‘not buy this jacket’ in order to draw attention to the problematic nature of overconsumption in the clothing industry.
In addition, the clothing had to be manufactured fairly: in 2012, the top of the company made paying living wages to everyone who makes Patagonia products a ‘priority’. In 2020, Patagonia launched a campaign encouraging consumers to demand more from clothing brands: ‘Demand recycled. Demand organic. Demand Fair Trade,’ Patagonia urged its viewers.
In 2022, the then 84-year-old Chouinard caused worldwide astonishment, when he gave away 98 per cent of his shares to a newly formed NGO, the Holdfast Collective, which is ‘committed in its fight against the environmental crisis and protecting nature.’ Henceforth, the company’s profits would no longer flow to himself or his children but to the climate. ‘Earth is now our only shareholder,’ Chouinard said. Billionaire gives company away to climate, newspapers like The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Guardian reported*.*
This construction saved the NGO an estimated 700 million dollars that Chouinard would have had to pay in tax if he had sold the company and donated the proceeds to the same NGO. But according to Chouinard, this option allowed him to do something else: protect Patagonia’s values. Because he did not give the voting shares to Holdfast Collective but to a family trust. This allows his family to continue determining the company’s direction.
The company’s turnover – its European headquarters are in Amsterdam − grew by more than 50 per cent that year to about 1.5 billion dollars.
The actions earned Patagonia an image as being the ultimate sustainable frontrunner. In April, Time Magazine named Chouinard one of the world’s 100 most influential people. ‘Patagonia is a company people look up to in awe,’ the magazine wrote.
The complete opposite of Patagonia is a company like Primark. The Irish retail chain is known for selling on-trend low-quality clothes at low prices. Its revenue model is based on mass: high volumes with low margins.
Primark continuously creates new garment collections designed to be worn only a few times, after which they fall apart. The company uses advertising, clearance sales and influencers to urge consumers to keep buying as much as possible.
Media regularly report on the subsequent consequences. One, in particular, is that the people who make the clothes suffer from high production pressure at low cost. ‘Primark supplier accused of locking up factory workers in Myanmar protests,’ The Guardian headline read in 2021. That same year, The Clean Clothes Campaign NGO wrote: ‘Primark uses pandemic to put further pressure on factory workers in manufacturing countries.’
Patagonia and Primark seem like two extremes on the slow versus fast-fashion spectrum. Yet the brands have something in common. Some of their clothing is manufactured in the exact same factory.
PATAGONIA IN AMSTERDAM In 2014, Patagonia moved its European headquarters from Annecy town in the French Alps to Amsterdam. Reflecting on this, current CEO Ryan Gellert told the city marketing website I Amsterdam: ‘We established headquarters here in 2014 because we wanted a place where we could attract and retain pan-European and global talent, [...] and where there was an active community working on sustainability issues. As we searched potential locations across Europe, Amsterdam remained high on our list.’
According to Tax Law Professor Jan van de Streek, tax benefits may also have played a role in the choice of the Netherlands. This is because Patagonia did not register in the Netherlands as a BV but as a cooperative with two US members: Patagonia International Inc and Patagonia Global LLC. ‘Why choose something as strange as a cooperative structure?’ Van de Streek remarks to Follow the Money. ‘Because it is exempt from dividend tax. I think it’s naive to think there’s any other reason for that.’
Responding to questions about this, Patagonia said: ‘Since its inception, Patagonia Europe Coöperatief has paid regular corporate income taxes in all European countries where we do business, including the Netherlands, and has never used the tax efficiencies of a cooperative.’
‘At the suggestion of our advisors', Patagonia chose a cooperative structure ‘because it's the most flexible type of entity that suited our business purpose. However, Patagonia has chosen not to pursue any of the tax advantages available under the cooperative entity type. Patagonia Europe has not paid dividends to its parent company.'

‘No difference’

That factory is called Regal Image and is located in Sri Lanka. To be precise, in the Free Trade Zone of Katunayake, less than two kilometres from the international airport. The industrial estate is guarded 24/7 by Sri Lankan police. Access is only possible with a special pass.
In the factory hall, there are long tables with pieces of white fabric on them. An employee walks past with sea-green paint and a stencil forming the letters ‘asics’. Further along, a machine prints a grey logo on a purple tank top for Decathlon.
‘So far, we don’t really notice any difference between working with Patagonia and working with Primark or Decathlon,’ says Kevin Fernando. Fernando is the manager at the factory, which dyes, prints or embroiders logos and prints on fabrics. Regal Image was recently approved as a supplier to Patagonia, a process that took nine months. Fernando shows the designs for the 2024 summer collection. Light blue fabric features ‘Patagonia’ in pink letters, and a rainbow is printed on orange fabric.
‘Like most clothing companies, we do not make our products, nor do we own any of the factories that do,’ Patagonia writes on its website about the decision to outsource the manufacturing process. ‘We design, test, market and sell Patagonia gear. These are our areas of strength. We pay other companies [...] to produce fabrics and do the actual cutting and sewing.’

‘No control over working conditions’

Patagonia promises to only partner with factories that are ‘like-minded’ and who share their ‘philosophy.’ Patagonia has found sixty-one suitable factories: two in the US, one in Portugal and the remainder in 12 different low-wage countries. The bulk of the products are made in Vietnam and Sri Lanka.
At least two-thirds of the factories that manufacture Patagonia clothing also work for clothing brands that, according to the consumer website Good on You, have little or no sustainability policies in place (Patagonia itself is touted by Good on You as sustainable). This is evident from an analysis by Follow the Money based on data from Open Supply Hub, which aims to make supply chains in the clothing industry more transparent.
One day people make clothing for Patagonia, and the next day, they make items for brands such as GAP, Levi Strauss, Calvin Klein, Hugo Boss, Tommy Hilfiger, Nike, Amer Sports, Asics, US department store chain Target, e-commerce platform Amazon, supermarket Aldi and fast-fashion icons ASOS, Boohoo, H&M and Zara.
‘How is this possible?’ visual culture professor Anneke Smelik responds. Smelik researches sustainable fashion at Radboud University. ‘I know Patagonia as the most sustainable brand out there. I expected them to manufacture in small factories close to home. This means they have absolutely no control over working conditions.’
PATAGONIA IN SRI LANKA Patagonia works with 14 factories in Sri Lanka that are part of (or partner with) two companies: MAS Holdings and the Hirdaramani Group.
MAS Holdings was founded in 1987 by three brothers: Mahesh, Ajay and Sharad Amalean. The company began manufacturing lingerie and later expanded to sportswear, swimwear and T-shirts. With factories in 17 countries and roughly 2.4 billion dollars in turnover by 2022, MAS is Sri Lanka’s largest clothing manufacturer. The Amalean brothers are among the wealthiest men in the country.
The company emphatically presents itself as a sustainable clothing manufacturer. For instance, the company promises to emit 25 per cent less CO2 by 2025 than in 2019, and CEO Suren Fernando expects the group to earn half its revenue from sustainable products by then.
In May 2023, MAS received a Presidential Environment Award from President Ranil Wickremesinghe for the company’s commitment to the environment. The company describes the welfare of its employees as ‘its top priority’. On the subject of paying a living wage, the company makes no promises.
In the early 1900s, Parmanand Hirdaramani, then 16 years old, started a clothing shop in Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo. Today, his great-grandson Aroon Hirdaramani runs the Hirdaramani Group, which has grown into an international clothing conglomerate with factories in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Vietnam and a turnover of around 900 million US dollars.
Hirdaramani also presents itself as a sustainable producer. The company’s website states: ‘At Hirdaramani, we do the right thing. We have always done that. It’s about making good decisions today that benefit everyone in the long run.’
Since 2019, all Hirdaramani factories in Sri Lanka have been producing climate neutrally. For 2025, the company has set several targets on material use, water use, waste and leadership. Paying a living or higher wage is not a target.
In 2016, Aroon Hirdaramani and his wife Mona surfaced in the Pandora Papers. It emerged that Hirdaramani owned two investment companies in the British Virgin Islands. The reason for this is unclear. The fact is that companies based there do not have to pay tax on income, profits, dividends and interest, among other things.

Sixteen-hour workdays

Eligibility to manufacture Patagonia products requires a supplier to meet a list of sustainability criteria. Those criteria are set out in a code of conduct for suppliers. For example, child labour, forced labour, or physical, sexual or verbal harassment are not allowed. All national laws must be respected. Suppliers must respect workers’ right to freedom of association, may not force workers to work overtime and must ensure healthy working conditions. Working weeks of more than 60 hours or more than six days in a row is not acceptable to Patagonia.
Patagonia checks whether a factory complies with these standards through independent auditor visits at least once a year, says the brand after being questioned by Follow the Money. Checks are also carried out by the Fair Labor Association (FLA) and FairTrade: two NGOs that provide Patagonia’s manufacturing process and clothing with a sustainability label.
A part of those audits is public. Since 2016, the FLA has publishedassessments of seven Patagonia factories, including three in Vietnam, three in Sri Lanka and one in China. During those inspections, auditors found dozens of violations, varying greatly in severity.
For instance, almost 2000 employees at a factory in Vietnam were paid less for their overtime than what they should have received and employees’ ages were not recorded (thus child labour cannot be ruled out). Another check found out that applicants had to provide their menstrual date. Employees told the interviewers they were not allowed to become pregnant in the first six months of their employment. Less serious violations dealt with issues such as working without protective equipment, blocked emergency exits, or a lack of policies on harassment or discrimination.
One problem crops up in every report. Textile workers in factories manufacturing clothes for Patagonia work far longer hours than legally permitted: up to 17 hours a day and more than 80 hours a week, well beyond what is permissible according to Patagonia’s code of conduct.
‘Long working hours with insufficient breaks often lead to health problems,’ the Clean Clothes Campaign recently wrote about this issue. ‘Managers pressure employees to work 10- to 12-hour and sometimes even 16- to 18-hour days. The number of hours increases as the deadline approaches. Those who protest are simply fired. Moreover, workers depend on overtime to supplement their low wages.’
At the Regal Image factory in Sri Lanka, manager Fernando assures that his employees work a maximum of five days a week and 10 hours a day. But during the tour, a line manager starts talking about the duration of his shift: from eight in the morning to a quarter to 10 in the evening – almost 14 hours. ‘It’s busy,’ says Fernando, casually.
‘This is what the fast-fashion model does,’ says Smelik. ‘Brands want their products to be in store within a few weeks. So when a factory receives an order from such a brand, the production targets and overtime skyrocket.’

‘They talk to us like we are animals’

The office of Stand Up Lanka, a union led by Ashila Niroshine Dandeniya, is located just outside the Free-Trade Zone. She started working in a MAS factory, part of MAS Holdings that is a supplier to Patagonia, in 2003. Her colleagues elected her to represent them as a member of the factory’s employees council. But when she addressed the matter of wages, she was fired. She challenged her dismissal, got compensation, and discovered that there were laws in place to protect people like her.
Now, almost 20 years later, she knows Sri Lankan labour law like the back of her hand. Her office is a hexagon with five windows, all open. Textile workers from nearby factories approach her via these windows to greet her or ask for help.
When a transman walks past, she says, ‘He applied to MAS Shadowline [one of Patagonia’s suppliers, ed] a month ago. They said they didn’t want him because he is transgender. He can’t get work anywhere. And he cannot go back to his village because he is Muslim. His family will shoot him.’
When about six women wearing yellow MAS polos come and ask for a food parcel, Dandeniya shakes her head. ‘We don’t have enough. Since the country’s economic crisis, some families barely eat two meals a day. How am I supposed to choose who can eat and who can’t?’
That evening, she introduces Priya (31). Priya has been working for MAS Shadowline for almost two years, sewing the side seams on leggings or T-shirts. She makes many clothes for yoga brand Lululemon and for Lacoste (famous through the crocodile logo), but sometimes also for Patagonia.
‘The worst part is the scolding,’ she says in her home a few streets away: a room of about 12 square metres. It contains a double bed, a small kitchenette and a wardrobe. Despite the fan on the wall, it is sweltering hot inside. She shares a toilet and a shower with others.
‘My supervisor’s manager is a terrible man. He touches everyone in a bad way, and if you say you don’t want that, you have a problem. He yells at me if I have to go to the bank or the doctor. “Then who will do the work? Who will meet the target?” And he’s not the only one. They talk to us like we are animals.’
When asked about her production targets, she breathes a deep sigh. ‘The other day, Lululemon placed a huge order, and now everyone is stressed. On the first day, we had to make seventy items per hour, but on the second day, it was suddenly a hundred. Otherwise, we won’t make the delivery date.’ During the working day, she does not drink water so that she does not waste time going to the toilet. Despite this, she seldom meets the target. And that means: no bonus.
Without that bonus, Priya earns 32,000 rupees a month (97 euros). Her room costs 7,000 rupees (21 euros), and a meal 300 rupees (1 euro). She has no money left for other things.
‘Since the crisis, we are increasingly hearing stories from our members of textile workers using drugs,’ says Dandeniya. ‘Also in MAS factories that Patagonia works with. They use it to work faster. Sometimes also against the hunger.’
Chamila Thushari, union leader of Dabindu Collective, confirms the story. ‘They use Ice (Crystal Meth) or Babul.’ She points to her collar and to the sole of her shoe. ‘This is how they smuggle it in. The management knows this happens but allows it. All they care about is production targets are being met.’
An employee of a third union, GTZ-GSEU, confirms that drug use among textile workers in the Free Trade Zone is a problem.
Patagonia says these claims are ‘new’ to them and ‘serious’, but says, without evidence, it cannot comment.

A living wage

That Patagonia, known for being sustainable, has its clothes manufactured in the same factories as other much less sustainable brands is seen as an advantage by the company. ‘Patagonia has a powerful brand voice, but we are a quite small player in the apparel sector. Therefore, we are always looking for ways to scale our impact and to elevate the industry standards across the board, bringing other apparel retailers along on the journey with us. So, continuing to engage in shared production facilities is crucial to this work.’
Patagonia wants all people who make clothes to earn a decent wage. In 2015, the company promised that within 10 years, all employees in its supply chain would be earning a living wage that would be enough to live on. That is, enough for food, water, housing, education, healthcare, transport and other essential needs.
With 18 months to go, only 40 per cent of its factories pay a living wage, according to Patagonia. They would not reveal the factories concerned. Suppliers reportedly ‘have the right to maintain their factories’ wage data confidential’.
Patagonia wants all people who make clothes to earn a decent wage. In 2015, the company promised that within 10 years, all employees in its supply chain would be earning a living wage that would be enough to live on. That is, enough for food, water, housing, education, healthcare, transport and other essential needs.
With 18 months to go, only 40 per cent of its factories pay a living wage, according to Patagonia. They would not reveal the factories concerned. Suppliers reportedly ‘have the right to maintain their factories’ wage data confidential’.
To determine a living wage, Patagonia uses the Anker Research Institute’s calculation method. According to that method, you can live decently in urban Sri Lanka if you earn a minimum of 83,231 Sri Lankan rupees (263 euro) a month. Priya’s salary does not even cover half that. And at the recently approved Regal Image print factory, the basic wage is even lower: 21,000 rupees (66 euro), says Fernando.
Thulsi Narayanasamy is frustrated by Patagonia’s approach to sustainability. She is director of advocacy at the Worker Rights Consortium, an independent non-profit organization that monitors and investigates labor conditions in the global apparel and textile industry. ‘Patagonia spends millions on green initiatives. Why can’t they pay the people who make their clothes properly?’
Patagonia says it ‘has no authority over how much textile workers get paid, as they are in no way, shape or form the employer of these workers.’ Narayanasamy, however, is convinced Patagonia can pay a living wage, if the brand would want to. ‘They could bring production in-house or pay more to suppliers that’s ringfenced for wages high enough to achieve a living income. It’s so well established that brand’s pricing practices directly impact wage levels, it’s a fallacy to deny this.’
‘I think we should ask ourselves: why don't clothing brands have their own factories?’ She asks the question, then answers it. 'Brands don't want to be responsible for the people who produce their clothes. All brands benefit from that, including Patagonia.
RESPONSE FROM PATAGONIA When asked why it does not pay its suppliers more for decent wages for workers, Patagonia replied: ‘Relying on one brand to simply cover the gap is a band-aid solution and does not serve the factory in the long run. If the one brand that pays the gap were to leave the factory, then those wages for workers would go away, leaving the factory with a shortfall they would not be able to cover. Additionally, if the brand just writes a check to the factory, then there is no guarantee that the money would go towards workers’ wages. The brand has no authority over how much workers get paid as they are in no way, shape or form the employer of those workers.’
About the long working hours, Patagonia says: ‘Excessive overtime is pervasive globally, which is why it is audited regularly. If we find a problem that can be resolved, we work with our factory partners to implement sustainable solutions. This can take many years, but we find this is the best outcome for the workers and the factory.’
In response to the allegations about drug use among textile workers, Patagonia says: ‘These are serious and new allegations, however without evidence, we are not able to comment on them. We are continuing to conduct our ongoing monitoring program and we remain committed to addressing systemic issues to ensure workers’ wellbeing across our supply chain.’
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2023.06.10 12:26 Virtualpope Hear me out??

So I don’t usually post on Reddit but I’m curious to hear what others think about this. I want to know if I’m in the wrong or if I’m valid in being upset. Basically am I the asshole lol
I’m 19 (F) and my friend who’s 22 and I decided to hang out. He just dropped a song on SoundCloud so we wanted to take him out and celebrate. We’re all pretty broke so we got a small bottle and rode the train into the city. I’ve done this many times before and we’re always smart about being in safe areas and making it back in time.
We were all pretty faded and we were having a good time right. Everything was super chill and I’m a server so I had a lot of extra change on me and dollar bills. Usually when I go out into the city I’ll hand out dollar bills and cigarettes to addicts or homeless people. I understand that I should save my money for myself but I genuinely just love talking to people in the city homeless or not and meeting new people. And if it’s cash that’s just been laying around I don’t see the problem with giving it to someone who might need it and I don’t care if they spend it on drug or food or whatever. Being an addict isn’t easy and I know that, if they’re not going to get the money from me they’ll get it from someone else or in other ways.
But besides that I ran into a guy that was tweaking and he asked for cash. I decided to chop it up with him for a little and try to get to know him before giving him money, i was pretty faded but I was functional and I was aware of my surroundings and choices. I gave him 2 dollars and my friend started freaking out at me. He tried taking the money and right in front of the dude he started saying how being homeless is a choice and that he’s been through it and this guy was just trying to scam me. So I asked him what his problem was and said that I can spend my money how I want. I’m not mr beast handing out 100k to some random person on the street i just gave him two dollars.
We started arguing and he was yelling at me and it started getting heated. Eventually he cussed me out and straight up just left me in the middle of the street by myself. I was completely stranded with my phone at 2 percent and I had no idea where anyone went. At this point I was pretty drunk and I was basically lost. I had to ask someone for directions and I ended up booking it to the last train and I barely made it back. I had to run 5 miles to the station and when I finally got back I sobered up and went back to try and find them to make sure they were okay but they were gone. I picked up one of my friends and we left.
The thing is that I’ve helped him so much and I’ve done so much for him. I don’t do those things expecting anything in return but the least I’d except is human decency and empathy for me. I know I was drunk so I might’ve been acting out and stuff but to leave a 19 girl in the city 40 mins before the last train Is so messed up to me. It wasn’t even a friendship altering disagreement, we just don’t share the same beliefs and that’s okay but he was straight up degrading me and calling me out for no reason.I tried talking to him again the day after but he started going off saying that I was screaming at him which my friend that was with me can vouch that that’s not true at all. He ended up blocking me on everything and I never even hit him with a low blow or anything. But after they left apparently they were stranded in the city all night too and he tried putting the blame on me for it. Even though they knew when the train was leaving and they’re the one who left us stranded
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2023.06.10 12:25 albeXL How to Use a Collaborative Approach to Problem-Solving (with Python examples)

Hello there!
This is an article I posted on the original Algorithmically Speaking blog, that also got published on freeCodeCamp.
Here, I share my vision on some aspects of technical interviews for programming jobs based on my own experiences when interviewing for a position at Volvo Cars and later as an interviewer myself.
Hope you enjoy it!
Disclaimer: all the code examples are written in Python but I don't think you will need a deep understanding of the language to get the most out of this article.
Read it here: How to Use a Collaborative Approach to Problem-Solving
Let me know your thoughts in the comments.
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2023.06.10 12:23 Virtualpope Hear me out??

So I don’t usually post on Reddit but I’m curious to hear what others think about this. I want to know if I’m in the wrong or if I’m valid in being upset. Basically am I the asshole lol
I’m 19 (F) and my friend who’s 22 and I decided to hang out. He just dropped a song on SoundCloud so we wanted to take him out and celebrate. We’re all pretty broke so we got a small bottle and rode the train into the city. I’ve done this many times before and we’re always smart about being in safe areas and making it back in time.
We were all pretty faded and we were having a good time right. Everything was super chill and I’m a server so I had a lot of extra change on me and dollar bills. Usually when I go out into the city I’ll hand out dollar bills and cigarettes to addicts or homeless people. I understand that I should save my money for myself but I genuinely just love talking to people in the city homeless or not and meeting new people. And if it’s cash that’s just been laying around I don’t see the problem with giving it to someone who might need it and I don’t care if they spend it on drug or food or whatever. Being an addict isn’t easy and I know that, if they’re not going to get the money from me they’ll get it from someone else or in other ways.
But besides that I ran into a guy that was tweaking and he asked for cash. I decided to chop it up with him for a little and try to get to know him before giving him money, i was pretty faded but I was functional and I was aware of my surroundings and choices. I gave him 2 dollars and my friend started freaking out at me. He tried taking the money and right in front of the dude he started saying how being homeless is a choice and that he’s been through it and this guy was just trying to scam me. So I asked him what his problem was and said that I can spend my money how I want. I’m not mr beast handing out 100k to some random person on the street i just gave him two dollars.
We started arguing and he was yelling at me and it started getting heated. Eventually he cussed me out and straight up just left me in the middle of the street by myself. I was completely stranded with my phone at 2 percent and I had no idea where anyone went. At this point I was pretty drunk and I was basically lost. I had to ask someone for directions and I ended up booking it to the last train and I barely made it back. I had to run 5 miles to the station and when I finally got back I sobered up and went back to try and find them to make sure they were okay but they were gone. I picked up one of my friends and we left.
The thing is that I’ve helped him so much and I’ve done so much for him. I don’t do those things expecting anything in return but the least I’d except is human decency and empathy for me. I know I was drunk so I might’ve been acting out and stuff but to leave a 19 girl in the city 40 mins before the last train Is so messed up to me. It wasn’t even a friendship altering disagreement, we just don’t share the same beliefs and that’s okay but he was straight up degrading me and calling me out for no reason.I tried talking to him again the day after but he started going off saying that I was screaming at him which my friend that was with me can vouch that that’s not true at all. He ended up blocking me on everything and I never even hit him with a low blow or anything. But after they left apparently they were stranded in the city all night too and he tried putting the blame on me for it. Even though they knew when the train was leaving and they’re the one who left us stranded
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2023.06.10 12:23 SpiriLadron I'm so frustrated with low elo ranked

Literally every other game I get a smurf, either in my team, or opponent team. I'm getting at least 1 friend request a day of boost accounts promoting, the games always have one (or a duo) of level 30 accounts with random names, I just can't anymore. 90%wr Rengar on a normal lobby, 100% wr mid laner with only 7 ranked games and the rest being intro bot games. I know I'm bad, but at least let me have fun while trying to climb. I've been treying for years to get to plat, I got 3 times into promos and even if I play out of my mind or play like shit, it won't matter, cuz the smurf will win, I just have to get lucky that they end up on my team. How are we supposed to enjoy a game where the outcome only depends on if you have a smurf on your team or in the enemy's team? I just want to improve without feeling exhausted or tilted cuz the "first time" vayne top is 7/1 and is comming for a 1 v 5 penta
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2023.06.10 12:22 Cap_Winterbottom CASE STUDY: Botting is Undermining the Highscores

I have posted a series of satirical posts over the past few weeks, looking at Bots which have achieved up to 200M xp in a single skill, without any intervention from Jagex.
And then it got me thinking...How bad is this problem? Is it a select few bots making it to the 200M milestone, or is it a bigger problem than we realise?
I picked Magic for the study as this was less likely to be excused by 'Gold Farmers' or 'Alts'. due to the regular clicking and low hourly profit.
Most Bots will gain a few token levels in random skills to try and blend in, however this is incredibly easy to spot, as the below data reveals:
Users which have achieved 200M Magic XP: 276
Users where Magic accounts for -
10% or less of their Overall XP: 134
11%-50% of their Overall XP: 79
51-80% of their Overall XP: 32
81%-90% of their Overall XP: 6
91-95% of their Overall XP: 4
96-99% of their Overall XP: 16 (Of these, 12 are sequentially ranked with similar names)
100% of their Overall XP: 5 (Ironically, one of these also has 'AHK' in their username)
Using the above, we can conservatively estimate that 50 of these are bots, and have achieved this by creating teleport tablets at approximately 26k xp per hour. Meaning that each account has botted for around 7692 Hours.
Some of these achieved 200M a considerable length of time ago (2nd page of Highscores), so it's challenging to determine how much they have botted since this period.
Interesting results - It will be good to understand what Jagex intends to do to fix it.

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2023.06.10 12:19 will_arctic Trying to reduce my phone screen time has reaped havoc on trying to maintain a somewhat minimalist lifestyle

Side note: I'm a long time lurker, and am only minimalist when it comes to my hobbies and technology. As much as I would love to simply live out of one suitcase, I can't see that day coming around soon — baby steps.
I thought this might be relevant to this subreddit, because my dilemma ultimately boils down to owning less technology and still being able to do the same amount of stuff when I need to.
In the past five years, I've gone from owning a phone; laptop; desktop computer; games console; TV streaming box; tablet; smartwatch — and today I own just the first two. Great, right?
Well, what this has done has made my bad screen habits more prominent, because my phone and laptop talk to each other and calculate my daily screen time. 5 hours per day. This is 80 days over the course of a year... so I need to sort this.
I'm not even on social media accounts — I just get sucked into information rabbit holes on random thoughts and practically read all the time. I suppose it's better than TikTok, but it can't be good for my eyes, can it?
Last year, when it was time to replace my phone, I simply popped the SIM into a dumbphone and wanted to see if that had an effect.
This was great, but I quickly realised that I really needed WhatsApp. Yes, the dumbphone got me away from Reddit and YouTube — but it made arrangements more cumbersome as a result.
My next approach was to upgrade to a really cheap Android phone. I had been using Apple iOS for around 12 years at this point, so my logic was that an unfamiliar OS with cheap components might make using the phone for entertainment a little more off-putting.
This kind of worked for video content, but it only got my screen time to around 2-3 hours per day. A lot better than before, but that's still around 5 weeks per year of my life mindlessly scrolling. I eventually ended up going back to my iPhone, regardless.
Feeling the need for an intervention, YouTube then recommends this video where the vlogger treats his mobile phone as a landline, and uses an Apple Watch has his sole means of communication when out and about. This 30 day experiment proved to be so beneficial, that the guy suggests that he's continuing to do this beyond the time of the video recording.
This really spoke to me.
I have owned an Apple Watch before, but it was not cellular, so I still didn't feel 100% confident in being cut off while out and about. It was also a piece of technology I stopped using, because I just didn't want to own a lot of stuff to have to constantly charge and whatnot. But the cumbersome screen size did mean that scrolling social media for hours was a no-go — this has to be the solution, hasn't it? A cellular capable wristwatch.
So with an Apple Watch on its way to me today, why do I feel so meh about this. I got caught up in this idea so quickly and placed an order, yet it's just more technology to own, charge, and look after. The battery will probably flatline in two years time too.
I also already own a cheap running watch, so it feels like I'm needlessly replacing an item that doesn't need replacing — even if the running watch is a lot less capable than an Apple Watch.
Has anybody had a similar issue with screentime, and taken steps towards sorting it?
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2023.06.10 12:17 dismantlemars Looking for a statically deployed site-builder / CMS that stores content in GitHub

I've helped set up some very basic static sites with editing capabilities for friends and family. Imagine a site with 4-5 pages, with a few paragraphs of text on each and some pictures. In the past, my go-to solution for this has been
The benefit of Forestry was that I can set up a site template as a git repository at the beginning, defining some basic styles and using built in templates for page layouts, then pushing this to the users GitHub account. The user could then go to the Forestry admin panel, login with GitHub, and they could visually edit the pages in Forestry's UI. When they published their changes, Forestry would commit the change to the git repo, and the static site would be generated and published using Github Actions + Github Pages.
This was an almost perfect solution - I only needed to be involved at the very beginning, the users retained ownership of all the code needed to run the site, so if I got hit by a bus, or I was busy when they wanted to make a design change, they could go to any web designer who knew their way around Github. From the user's perspective they had a very simple site editor that offered them the basic ability to edit page contents, create new pages etc, without needing to mess with confusing implementation details or global site elements.
The problem is that Forestry shut down earlier this year, and they want users to migrate to their new product, TinaCMS. In theory TinaCMS supports the same functionality, and it's actually self-hostable too. The problem is that the self-hosted version requires hosting a backend and a MongoDB database, which is too complicated a solution for what I'm doing. I'd really like to avoid hosting anything with a backend like this if possible.
Ideally, I'm looking for a solution which: * Is deployed as a SPA alongside the site, the user can go to e.g. /admin * Prompts the user to login with GitHub * Allows the user to make basic changes to pages (ideally with some abstraction so the user sees a markdown editor or similar) * Lets the user add a new page to the site menu * Pushes a commit to Github on save * Uses an existing SSG framework like Jekyll/Gatsby/Hugo etc that I can use to generate the HTML in a git hook
I've looked at various options for this, but I haven't found one that ticks all of these boxes. There's plenty of things that get close, but there's usually a caveat like being a SaaS platform, or requiring a backend for the editor. Does anyone know if a product like this exists?
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