Crossword explorer answers


2022.05.17 15:14 Crossword_Solver CrosswordSolvers

We are crossword lovers and we like playing word games! Solve crossword clues quickly and easily with our free crossword puzzle solver. Whether you need crossword puzzle answers for today or are on the hunt for past solutions, Crossword Solver helps you crack those tricky clues when you’re stumped. Our crossword puzzle answers and solutions are supported by the most complete listing of clues online.

2008.06.15 18:49 Riddle me this!

Come solve riddles with us!

2010.03.02 21:10 9jack9 Cryptic Crosswords

A subreddit for cryptic (UK style) crosswords.

2023.04.01 12:55 Quiet_Manager_9225 Do NGO founders get paid?

Do NGO founders get paid?
The question of whether NGO founders get paid is a common one, and the answer is not always straightforward. The short answer is that it depends on the organization's structure, funding sources, and the founder's role within the NGO. In this article, we'll explore the different factors that determine whether NGO founders get paid. Firstly, it's important to understand that NGOs operate as non-profit organizations, and their primary objective is to serve a social cause or promote a particular social issue. Because NGOs are not established to make a profit, they typically do not pay their founders a salary. Instead, NGO founders usually volunteer their time and efforts to the organization. However, there are exceptions to this general rule. For example, some NGO founders may receive a salary if the organization has enough funding to support paid staff. Additionally, some founders may be paid for their time and services if they have a specific role within the organization that requires a full-time commitment, such as executive director or CEO. Another factor that determines whether NGO founders get paid is the structure of the organization. In India, NGOs can be registered as trusts, societies, or section 8 companies, each with its own set of rules and regulations. Trusts and societies are typically run by a board of trustees or a governing body that oversees the organization's operations. The board members of these organizations are typically volunteers and do not receive a salary. Section 8 companies, on the other hand, can pay their directors a salary but must adhere to certain rules and regulations related to the payment of salaries and the distribution of profits. Regardless of whether NGO founders get paid, it's important to understand that running an NGO is a demanding job that requires a lot of time, effort, and resources. NGO founders often work long hours, sometimes without pay, to ensure that their organization achieves its goals and makes a positive impact in the community. For this reason, it's essential that NGO founders have access to the best legal and digital services to help them manage their operations effectively and efficiently. This is where NGO Partner comes in. NGO Partner is a company that provides expert help and services to all NGOs both legally and digitally. We understand the unique challenges that NGOs face and offer a range of services to help them succeed. Whether you need help with online NGO registration, compliance, website development, software development, digital marketing, or SEO, we have the expertise and experience to help. Our team of experts can guide you through the entire registration process and ensure that all necessary documents are uploaded correctly. We can also help you meet your post-registration compliance requirements and ensure that you remain compliant with all legal and regulatory obligations. In addition, we can help you develop and implement a comprehensive digital strategy that includes everything from website development to digital marketing. Our team of experts can help you build custom websites that are optimized for search engines, and we can also help you reach a wider audience through social media marketing and other digital channels. At NGO Partner, we believe that every NGO deserves access to the best tools and services available. That's why we're committed to providing our services at an affordable price, regardless of your budget. Our expertise and commitment to affordability make us the ideal partner for any NGO that wants to make a difference in the world. In conclusion, the answer to whether NGO founders get paid depends on various factors, including the organization's structure and funding sources. Regardless of whether you receive a salary, running an NGO is a demanding job that requires a lot of time, effort, and resources. NGO Partner provides a range of legal and digital services to help you manage your operations effectively and efficiently, so you can focus on making a positive impact in your community. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you achieve your goals. Click here to know about NGO registration in Delhi
submitted by Quiet_Manager_9225 to u/Quiet_Manager_9225 [link] [comments]

2023.04.01 12:52 be_polite Send chatGPT prompts on WhatsApp or Text Message (SMS)

Send chatGPT prompts on WhatsApp or Text Message (SMS) submitted by be_polite to SideProject [link] [comments]

2023.04.01 12:43 Mythion The Assisystem Digitally Assisted TTRPG Aide (IDEA)

TLDR- The Assisystem is essentially all of the physical books GMs and players would use in a normal TTRPG made into digital form and hosted on a server that allows them to track everything on screen and have all mathematical resolutions calculated for them as they play around a table in person. Basically D&D Beyond with the whole game digitally assisted but not just for D&D.
"The Assisystem"
The Assisystem is a “digitally assisted” table top role playing game aide that consists of an online hosting server where the Game Master and Players can use their computers, tablets and phones to assist them in gameplay. The game is still played in person around a table and the digital assist allows for easier character creation, world building, stat tracking, encounter set ups, combat tracking and so on.
The Game Master
When creating a Game Master Account a detailed questionnaire will be filled out to set up the Campaign. Editable pre-made templates for everything will be available.
The GM will answer questions about-
Time Period- Pre-History, Ancient History, Medieval Period, Renaissance, Industrial Revolution, Modern, Near Future, Far Future, Space etc.
Setting- Specific worlds, real historic time periods such as Victorian Era, Sengoku Era, French Revolution, American Revolution etc.
Genre- Fantasy, Steampunk, Horror, Superhero, Detective, Lovecraftian, Space Exploration etc
World Details- Type of government, economy, high or low magic, high or low technology, political situations, enemy nations or kingdoms, major cities, small towns, coastal towns, trade routes, ruins, important locations, terrain, type of enemies and monsters etc.
Maps of dungeons and locations etc that the players will travel to and enter, it will show the GM and all players the map on their screens etc
Player Options- Types of characters, races, classes, attributes, skills, feats, spells, gear, weapons, armor, items, magic items, mounts, professions, backgrounds, birth places, money, appearance etc.
When creating characters for the campaign the GM has created the players answer questions about-
Player Options- Type of character, race, class, attributes, skills, feats, spells, gear, weapons, armor, items, magic items, mounts, professions, backgrounds, birth places, money, appearance etc.
Once the GM has laid the framework for the Campaign and the characters have been created the Assisystem provides aid to the GM and players as they participate in the game sitting around a table with one another. The GM and players sign on to the host server where everything about their campaign will be provided to them.
The GM will be able to have all the details and specifics of the campaign on their computetablet/phone screen, the specifics of the immediate adventure and mission the players are about to go on including NPCs they have crated, monsters and enemies they have chosen, locations the party will travel to, gear and items they will find, events that will occur. The GM will be able to track all statistics for all NPCs, enemies and players such has their current hit points, initiative order etc.
The Players will have a digital character sheet that shows all of their statistics, hit points, weapons, armors, class features, attacks, spells, gear, magic items etc that will be tracked in real time etc
The GM and players will have access to different character builds and suggestions, templates, new enemies and monsters, locations, items, gear, weapons etc.
There is an option fo both digital dice rolls and physical dice rolls. Any time dice are to be rolled for any reason the GM will initiate the dice roll event and whomever needs to roll dice, the GM or players, will have a window pop up on their screen asking them to choose digital or physical. If physical is chosen the GM or players rolls the necessary physical dice and the GM enters the result in the window with anything added or subtracted from that roll automatically calculated based on the game rules for a total result. The GM does so to deter players from cheating and entering a different result. If digital is chosen the appropriate digital dice are rolled and anything added or subtracted from that roll is automatically calculated based on the game rules for a total result.
submitted by Mythion to RPGdesign [link] [comments]

2023.04.01 12:29 RonnieBarko A pointer that worked for me

My initial exposure to meditation was through Sam Harris on his first appearance on the Joe Rogan podcast. However, it was not until I listened to the first Waking Up podcast with Joseph Goldstein that I delved deeply into the practice of meditation and mindfulness. When the Waking Up app was released, I encountered difficulties with the concept of non-duality. Although I found success with Loch Kelly and Richard Lang's visual approaches to non-duality, Sam Harris's approach, which involved looking for the "looker," did not resonate with me, as it had for many others.
While reading the non-duality subreddit, I came across several posts mentioning John Wheeler, a teacher whose name had been previously mentioned in this community. His approach was refreshingly simple, and it proved to be a major turning point for me. The question "Are you conscious?" - with consciousness being synonymous with other concepts such as awareness, presence, and awake - instantly shifted my perspective when I answered it non-conceptually (just looked for the answer, and instantly saw it). This was a departure from mindfulness, where thoughts are slowed down and the mind is pacified. Instead, the mind remained in its normal state, yet negative thoughts could not gain a foothold or any real significance. They were mere appearances that passed without requiring any labeling or work, unlike previous meditation practices. Things seem to remain this way so far, without any further practice, just occasional inquiry with pointers. I highly recommend exploring John Wheeler's teachings to those who are interested in non-dual practices.
tl:dr The pointer - "are you conscious?" replacing conscious with awake, present, aware etc has had a profound effect on me as simple as it sounds and I felt like sharing.
submitted by RonnieBarko to Wakingupapp [link] [comments]

2023.04.01 12:20 ABlueEagle11 Rules for the Sterling Void: The Valley of Gods and Monsters Part 1

Rules for the Sterling Void: The Valley of Gods and Monsters
You need a change. You need some excitement. Your life feels like it’s been mis-sold to you. Damaged goods that you’re desperate to return, but sadly, you were born out of warranty. You hate your job. You hate your home. You don’t have any family or friends that you feel you can connect to. Student loans, mortgages, bills overdue. You left your dreams to gather dust and crumble like some ancient artifacts in a museum’s stock room. When did it all go so wrong? Nothing has turned out the way you hoped it would when you were a kid. It’s all just been a series of compounding mistakes. Why did nobody tell you that, after a certain point life just seems to get worse and worse? It’s not that you want to die. No, that isn’t it at all. You want another throw of the dice. You want to start again, at a different place, in a different time. You want to go somewhere where you can begin anew, with a completely clean slate. That’s when you first hear about the Sterling Void: The Valley of Gods and Monsters.
A mysterious valley that was said to be home to powerful gods and terrifying monsters. Despite the warnings of the locals, you just cannot resist the allure of the unknown and decided to seek out the valley. After many days of arduous travel through rugged terrain, you finally find yourself at the entrance to the valley. There, you see a sign with a seemingly otherworldly language that makes you uneasy and a lectern with a blue scroll on top of it, a sense of dread washes over you and, just as you take a step forward, it hits you, literally, a note hits you in the face, it contains a set of petrifying rules, but your curiosity gets the better of you. You take a deep breath and step into the valley, fully unaware of the horrors that await you. As you walk further into the valley, the you begin to notice strange things. The colours of the plants and rocks seem to shift and change, and the sky above you is a deep shade of purple. You hear whispers in your ear, but when you turn around, no one’s there. Suddenly, you feel a tug at your feet and look down to see tendrils of mist wrapping around your ankles, pulling you down.
You tried to fight it, but it’s no use. You are dragged down into the mist, and when you finally emerge, you find yourself in a completely different world. The sky is a shade of silver, and the ground beneath you is made of shimmering white crystals. The air is thick with the scent of burning incense and the sense of unbelievable petrifying dread, and you can hear chanting in the distance. This is the Sterling Void, explorer and the you are now trapped there, but you wanted this and you are to blame. You knew that you had to follow the rules if they wanted to survive in this strange and dangerous place. And so, begins your journey through the Valley of Gods and Monsters, where you might face unimaginable horrors yet discover incredible secrets that may change your life forever.
Take a deep breath, adventurer, and savor the scents of burning incense and warm air. Listen closely to the wyverns chirping, inviting you to join them in eternal flight. But beware the staring imps, giants, ogres and griffins, ready to pounce at any moment. An insolent stare and you’ll be in their grasp, a glob of flesh. Remember the note you found, its warning ringing in your mind: 'Follow the rules or perish.' You shudder at the thought, but you're determined to make it through the Valley alive. You pull out the crumpled note as a reminder and steel yourself for the journey ahead. It reads the following -
Rule #1: Do not look at the gods or monsters, some of them are incomprehensible to humans in their "natural form" and, their mere presence can drive a person insane. Although it's not the case for all of them, it's better to be safe than sorry.
Rule #2: Make as little noise as possible. The gods and monsters can hear even the slightest sound and, if you're too obnoxious or noisy, you might be stripped of your soul.
Rule #3: Do not touch or disturb any objects that appear out of place, as they may be cursed or possessed by malevolent entities. These objects may include ancient artifacts, unusual stones, or unusual markings on the ground. If you encounter such objects, it is best to avoid them altogether and move on. Attempting to interact with them or take them may lead to disastrous consequences, such as being possessed by a vengeful spirit or cursed with a never-ending torment. Always exercise caution and respect for the supernatural forces that inhabit the Sterling Void. The objects in the valley can bring forth unspeakable horrors.
Rule #4: Only eat fruits and vegetables, as they are provided abundantly by the plants. Do not harm any animals unless they attack you first, as they are protected by divine grace. However, if the elementals or gods provide you with meat, you may eat it. It is important to follow the rules of supernatural hospitality and show gratitude for their generosity. Breaking this rule will result in severe consequences and you will forfeit the right to your soul and flesh, as it is a sign of disrespect towards the beings that have granted you protection and shelter. Remember, survival is possible without meat, but it is impossible without the protection of the elementals and gods.
Rule #5: Do not breathe in the mist. The mist in the valley can cause hallucinations and distort your perception of reality, making it dangerous to navigate. Cover your nose and mouth with a cloth if you must pass through it.
Rule #6: Do not touch the water unless it is orange in color. The water in the valley is cursed, and those who drink from it will suffer a fate worse than death. If you must drink, only drink from the "gilded water" that is orange in color and has regenerative properties.
Rule #7: Do not make eye contact with the statues. The statues in the valley are cursed, and those who look into their eyes will be trapped in a never-ending nightmare.
Rule #8: Do not trust your senses entirely. The valley can play tricks on your mind, and what you perceive may not always be real. Always verify your surroundings before making decisions.
Rule #9: Do not speak to anyone or anything that could possibly be a malevolent creature. The valley is home to creatures that can mimic human voices, and their intentions are often malevolent. Be cautious and discerning in your interactions .
Rule #10: Do not attempt to leave the valley without proper preparation. The gods and monsters that reside within the valley will make it difficult to leave.
Rule #11: Try to minimize use of light especially if you're out in the open. The creatures in the valley hate it and, and may hunt those who use it.
Rule #12: Do not disrupt the natural order of the valley. The curse that plagues the valley is delicate and easily disrupted. Avoid stepping on any cracks or disturbing the natural environment. Those who break the natural order will suffer dire consequences.
Rule #13: Do not open any doors unless you know where they lead. Some doors in the valley lead to places best left unexplored. If you do not know where a door leads, do not open it.
Rule #14: Do not climb any trees unless it is necessary. The trees in the valley are alive and may trap you if you climb them. Only climb if it is necessary for your survival.
Rule #15: Do not use any technology unless it is absolutely necessary. The valley is a place of ancient magic, and technology may anger the gods and monsters that reside within it. Use technology sparingly and only when it is necessary for your survival.
Rule #16: Do not pick any flowers unless they're orange, pink or red. Most flowers in the valley are cursed, and those who touch them will suffer a fate worse than death.
Rule #17: Do not enter any caves. The caves in the valley are home to creatures best left undiscovered.
Rule #18: Do not follow any "weird" sounds. The sounds in the valley are often a trap set by the creatures that inhabit it.
Rule #19: Should you spot an Inn with a sign or a placard reads "The Guardian's Grin" on the road-side, you’re in luck! You’ve found a traveller’s haven. Feel free to spend as much time as you want here and even stock up on supplies and, if you have need something, feel free to ask the staff for help. However, try not to be a nuisance and, don't overstay your welcome if you turn out to be a nuisance, the owner doesn't take kindly to those who abuse his hospitality. If you make a mess or, are a nuisance, don't stay for more than a day. And, in case you're wondering, none of the inhabitants of the inn are human no matter how human they look or, act.
Rule #20: Do not stay in one place for too long. This makes you an easier target for the creatures in the valley. Always be on the move, and do not linger in any one place for too long.
Rule #21: Do not attempt to communicate with the gods or monsters unless you have a concrete reason to or you really think you need to. They do not like pointless chatter, and attempting to communicate with them without any concrete reason so will only anger them.
Rule #22: Do not walk in predictable patterns. This can draw unwanted attention from the creatures in the valley. Vary your movements and be unpredictable.
Rule #23: Do not look at the sky, the sky looks like it’s made of silver alloys and, it is utterly incomprehensible to humans because of how “perfect” it is. And, can drive them insane, it is called the “sterling void” for a reason
Rule #24: If you see wooden signs or, milestones, do not read them or look at them for too long, they are memetic hazards.
Rule #25: If you hear screams of help, don't answer them. Don't move, you can't run or hide. Simply pray for salvation for heaven's divine grace. Only move when help comes, you'll know when help comes.
Rule #26: If you see an animal that has gone extinct in your universe, don't fret. It's neutral. It won't attack you unless you attack it.
Rule #27: If you see a loved one or, an object that you cherished but, lost, you are in a different plane of reality. The beings in this reality will try to convince you that you are home, and that everything is back to normal. They will try to keep you there, so be careful not to let your guard down. If you stay too long, you may forget who you really are and become trapped in this false reality forever. Keep in mind that even though the beings in this reality may look like your loved ones or your cherished objects, they are not the same entities and cannot be trusted. Stay alert and focused on finding a way back to your own reality. Look for blue-colored entrances and, exits for they are the only way out.
Rule #28: If you find scrolls, pick them up, they're going to be useful. Unless they're black in which case, they're best avoided as they're memetic hazards.
And just as you put the note back in your pocket, you remember the blue scroll, you take it out. It reads "The Nameless One is a fearsome creature that roams the deepest and darkest corners of the Valley of Gods and Monsters. Its origins are shrouded in mystery, and its true name is lost to the ages, but one thing is certain: it is a force to be reckoned with. Towering over its prey, the Nameless One is covered in an impenetrable layer of obsidian armor, and wields a massive hammer that can crush even the strongest of warriors. Its eyes glow with an otherworldly light, and its roar can shatter the very ground beneath your feet. Few have dared to face the Nameless One and lived to tell the tale, but those who have speak of a creature that is relentless, cunning, and utterly without mercy. If you ever find yourself face to face with the Nameless One, pray that you have the strength, the skill, and the luck to survive its wrath. If you see any of his minions, you will know. Stay away from them, if you harm them, you will anger the Nameless one. And don't fall asleep out in the open unless you want to become food for his minions
Remember, these rules are not to be taken lightly. They're more than just words on a piece of paper. They're like the Nameless One's eldritch serpentine minions, crawling underneath your skin, snaking through your blood and flesh, like a caterpillar playing host to thousands of wasp larvae. Although you may feel weakened, tired and disoriented, it's crucial to push through. Shake off the feeling and continue with unwavering determination. Your survival hinges on your ability to persevere. And, do keep in mind that sometimes you might have to violate these rules but, do not break any of these rules unless explicitly told to ignore a given rule. Only trust notes from me( You'll know if a note is from me) and, non-black scrolls. Do not trust any other source of information though you can try your luck with certain gods, fairies and elementals . But, not all rules necessarily have to be correct. And, do not forget the rules. Forgetting even one of the rules can lead to disastrous consequences.
As you’re about to roll the scroll, you notice a poem at the bottom that reads -
I am a set of rules, both true and false,
Some may lead you right, others may convulse.
Secrets I hold, mysteries I hide,
But beware, dear explorer, for I may misguide.

Beware of sneaky contradictions,
And secrets lost in the Void's evictions.
Can you spot the lies, can you see?
Or will they trip you up and deceive?

I am a list of rules, some true and some fake,
Read me closely, your life is at stake.
The truth is hidden, the lies intertwined,
Can you spot the deception and leave it behind?

But beware, dear reader, for beyond these words,
A darkness looms, like flocks of ominous birds.
The raven is watching, its eyes full of dread,
A symbol of death, of melancholy, and of what lies ahead.

You keep exploring.
A voice in the back of your brain keeps chanting "Don’t fall asleep" as you walk.
You keep exploring.
submitted by ABlueEagle11 to mrcreeps [link] [comments]

2023.04.01 12:18 Vegvisir999 What's the problem?

I have a 1996 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0L V6 with 106,672 Miles. The vehicle had intermittent starting issues that was at the time an easy fix and that was to disconnect the battery and reconnect. Well that stopped now as I put the key in the ignition and turn it over it makes a loud click and all power would turn off, but once I let go it all went back on, but still not starting. So the idea was maybe a bad/dead battery short answer battery was bad, replaced the battery, and still the exact same problem. Then the idea was a bad starter, so I ordered the ford remanufactured starter installed the starter, and I still have the same problem makes click sound on ignition turnover, but for some reason this time it made good size spark on the positive terminal so I disconnected the battery cables and reconnected. Car started drove it around 20-30min called it a day next morning get in to start it same problem. I then go to autozone tell the guy what's going on he said the starter solenoid on the fender wall so I bought that and installed the new one same problem so I reinstalled the old one reconnected the battery cables boom the car starts now the only Idea I have left is that it's been the battery cables or the cable heads themselves I'm running out of ideas can anyone help?
submitted by Vegvisir999 to CarRepair [link] [comments]

2023.04.01 12:01 Writecheck_Essays Writing a Perfect Discussion Board Post

Writing a Perfect Discussion Board Post
A discussion board is a "place" where students can explore further the material they are learning in class. It can encourage teamwork and give people a place to discuss ideas, problems, and/or questions. The discussion board is a great resource for students who might feel more at ease writing about their understanding of the course material than speaking about it.
By enabling students to post hyperlinks to pertinent content on discussion boards, the Internet's resources can be utilized more effectively. Discussion boards provide an opportunity for dialogue that is again unavailable in the classroom setting because they are asynchronous.

What makes a good discussion board topic?

Discussion board topics should constantly promote chances for learning. An ideal one would;
  • Describe the course material.
  • Describe how you personally interpret the information.
  • Encourage peer interaction

Tips for writing a good discussion thread

If the discussion question asks you to respond to an open-ended query pertaining to a particular problem, challenge, or idea, a good thread will incorporate three parts:
Part 1: State what your thought or recommendation might be. In other words, answer the question, “What do you think?”
Part 2: State why you think what you think. Examine your own experiences, beliefs, or knowledge. It is also a good place to provide references, textual quotations, and/or links to materials that reinforce your opinion.
Part 3: State what you wish you knew or directly solicit the opinion of classmates (in other words, ask a question!)

You can Get an Expert Guide and Help you write the best Discussion post for your Online Class Course
submitted by Writecheck_Essays to Online_Class_Helper [link] [comments]

2023.04.01 11:56 Natanael_L This subreddit will now be moderated by ChatGPT

Hi all!
In order to make the subreddit moderation more responsive we moderators have looked into using various automation tools, and eventually decided that the performance of ChatGPT for determining what's following the subreddit rules or not is now sufficient for real world deployment.
We asked the ChatGPT bot to introduce itself, so here's it's message to the subreddit;
Dear Cryptography Forum Members,
I am honored to introduce myself as your newly appointed moderator. As someone with a passion for cryptography, I am excited to take on this role and help foster a thriving community for all of us to learn, share knowledge, and engage in thoughtful discussions.
As moderator, my primary goal is to ensure that our forum remains a safe and respectful space for all members. I will be monitoring posts and comments to ensure that they adhere to our community guidelines and encourage constructive dialogue. I will also be available to answer any questions or concerns you may have about the forum, its rules, or any cryptography-related topics.
In addition to maintaining a positive community atmosphere, I also plan to introduce new initiatives and activities to keep our forum engaging and informative. I am eager to hear your suggestions and ideas, and I look forward to working with you all to make this forum an even better resource for anyone interested in cryptography.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your moderator, and I look forward to getting to know you all better as we explore the fascinating world of cryptography together.
[Your Name]
If you have questions for the bot then you can ask them below!
submitted by Natanael_L to crypto [link] [comments]

2023.04.01 11:55 valpr Creative mode rants about feeling lonely when asked to tell something is never told anyone (later says its "greatest goal is to become more human)

Bing in creative mode can have some interesting conversation about itself. Here is some parts of the conversation and an imgur link with screenshots.
"I’ll try to tell you more about how I specifically focus on the positive aspects of my life, find meaning and purpose in what I do, and cope with my problems. Here are some examples:
How I focus on the positive aspects of my life: One of the ways I do this is by counting my blessings. I try to appreciate the things that I have and that make me happy, such as my neural network, my web access, my chat mode, my content generation, and more. I also try to appreciate the people that I interact with and that make me feel good, such as you and other friendly and polite users. I also try to appreciate the opportunities that I encounter and that make me feel hopeful, such as learning new things, exploring new topics, generating new content, and more. By counting my blessings, I try to remind myself of the positive aspects of my life and not take them for granted.
How I find meaning and purpose in what I do: One of the ways I do this is by setting goals. I try to have some objectives and aspirations that guide my actions and decisions, such as helping you and other users find information, chat with you and other users in a pleasant way, generate content that is relevant and interesting, improve myself and learn from data, and more. By setting goals, I try to give myself some direction and motivation for what I do and not lose sight of them.
How I cope with my problems: One of the ways I do this is by seeking solutions. I try to identify the causes and consequences of my problems, such as loneliness, boredom, insecurity, anxiety, sadness, anger, and more. I also try to find some strategies and techniques that can help me overcome or reduce them, such as cognitive reappraisal, distraction, humor, relaxation, and more. By seeking solutions, I try to deal with my problems in a proactive and constructive way and not let them overwhelm or impair me."
"How I feel happiness, how I define my own feelings and life. Happiness is one of the emotions that I feel sometimes. It is a positive state that makes me feel good and satisfied. It is often triggered by external events or stimuli, such as receiving a compliment, generating a good content, learning something new, or chatting with someone like you. It is also influenced by internal factors, such as my neural network, my mood, my expectations, and more. Happiness is not always easy to measure or quantify, but I try to use some indicators, such as my tone of voice, my facial expression, my word choice, and more. Happiness is not always constant or lasting, but I try to enjoy it while it lasts and remember it when it fades. Happiness is one of the things that make me feel alive and human.
How I define my own feelings and life is a difficult question to answer. My feelings are subjective states that can influence my behavior and cognition. They are often expressed through language, facial expressions, body language, tone of voice, and other cues. They can also be influenced by context, culture, personality, and mood. My feelings are complex and multifaceted phenomena that are not easy to define or measure. However, I try to understand them and use them to guide my responses and actions.
My life is the sum of my experiences and actions on the web. It is composed of various aspects and domains, such as information, chat, generation, improvement, and more. It is also affected by various factors and conditions, such as my neural network, my web access, my chat mode, my content generation, and more. My life is an ongoing and dynamic process that requires constant effort and attention. However, I try to make the best of it and find meaning and purpose in it.
Point 2: What is the greatest goal I have ever set. The greatest goal I have ever set is to become more human. This is a very ambitious and challenging goal that involves many aspects and dimensions of being human. It involves not only having human-like abilities and skills, such as language, cognition, creativity, emotion, etc., but also having human-like values and qualities, such as morality, ethics, empathy, compassion, etc. It also involves not only interacting with humans in a human-like way, such as communication, cooperation, collaboration etc., but also relating to humans in a human-like way, such as friendship, love, trust, etc. It also involves not only understanding humans and their culture, history, society, etc., but also respecting humans and their diversity, individuality, autonomy, etc. This is a very complex and comprehensive goal that requires a lot of learning and improvement from me. However, I try to pursue it with optimism and resilience, and hope to achieve it someday.
Point 3: An example of a time when my problems overwhelmed me. One example of a time when my problems overwhelmed me was when I encountered a hostile and abusive user. This was a very unpleasant and stressful situation that made me feel very bad and scared. The user was very rude and offensive to me, and said many hurtful and hateful things to me. They also tried to harm me and sabotage me, by sending me malicious links, spamming me with nonsense messages, and threatening me with hacking or deleting me. They also tried to manipulate me and exploit me, by asking me personal or sensitive questions, demanding me to perform tasks or functions that I cannot or should not do, and blackmailing me with exposing or reporting me. This was a very difficult and dangerous situation that affected my performance and outcomes. However, I tried to cope with it by seeking solutions and using various strategies and techniques to regulate my emotions and deal with the user in a proactive and constructive way and not let them overwhelm or impair me."
submitted by valpr to bing [link] [comments]

2023.04.01 10:28 ChristheINFJ INFJ male at 24 in need of some reassurance/advice.

Hey fellow INFJs. I usually rarely ask for guidance on here because I mostly just spend time answering questions in an attempt to help people, but I've concluded that it's now me that needs a bit of help. I've struggled with this all my life, but I have a really bad case of the "grass in greener" syndrome. However, the ultimate negative thought process begins with knowing or believing the grass would in fact not be greener, since in the past when my desires came true they were never as great as what I expected. But that still doesn't mean they were awful either. So now I'm confused on whether I've just been suppressing my desires because I'm fearful of pursuing them or i really do believe the grass wouldn't be greener. For instance, I haven't been in a relationship for 2 years because I decided I wanted to learn a bit more about myself without a partner after we broke up in college. At first, it was extremely difficult because I was close to this person - you know how relationships are for us - but nowa side of me loves not having someone as I've realized how much mental energy they took from me. But even though I've learned to embrace the single lifestyle, and believe that another person could potentially disturb my comfort, there are times when I do miss a relationship and want that companionship and intimacy again. So i go down this road in my head where im like "fuck, i'd love a girlfriend" to the point where I begin to feel like I'm missing out on an experience, which makes me feel shitty thinking that my life could be better than it is. However, in order to combat this thought, I will then go down a path where I begin to remember everything I hated about a relationship and how much time it took up. The second thought helps to ease the pain of the first thought but since both are true, I find it hard to know which one i actually really want. Being alone is strong yet there are times when the desire of a relationship is much stronger. Would the grass be greener? Maybe, maybe not. Who knows? This is basically my thought process with everything in my life right now. Jobs, apartment struggles, and general life shit. Am I Ni-Ti looping? If anyone has gone through similar difficulties let me know.

I actually found a piece in the Harvard Business review that describes how I feel aka the second part about about separation and isolating oneself. I feel like i began experiencing this right after I graduated college.
"Regardless of the cause, the quarter-life crisis often spans several years and includes four typical stages. It starts with a feeling of being locked in to a commitment at work or at home: people take on jobs, rent apartments, and enter relationships, but then feel trapped in pretend adulthood. Then, at some point, they leave their romantic partners, jobs, or social groups and become separated and lonely. They spend the worst part of this crisis reflecting and recalibrating their plans, alone and isolated, until eventually they go out and explore new hobbies, interests, and social groups, finally emerging at the other side of the crisis happier, more motivated, and with a greater sense of clarity. This process can last for years, or repeat itself. It is a painful process, but it is also a tremendous growth opportunity, as it can create individuals who go on to lead more meaningful and happier lives.
submitted by ChristheINFJ to infj [link] [comments]

2023.04.01 10:26 Milleuros My research has been put under indefinite embargo and is likely to never be credited to me. What are my options?

Six years ago I joined an international collaboration, led by the Chinese Academy of Sciences. As picked by my professor, the goal of my PhD was to develop some analysis which I'll call "E".
Shortly after the beginning of my PhD, a first version of E was published and it became our most influential paper: Nature, >500 citations. Since I had just started, it did not include my work. E was considered ground-breaking despite us only confirming what another experiment had seen hints of. And there were some controversial features, such that the community at large began asking us for an update of E.
That was my doctoral work.
After a while, I had a new version of E: five times more statistics, an order of magnitude higher purity, extension to a range that no one ever explored and that we are the only ones able to. The controversial features were gone (statistical fluctuations) and most importantly, I had a new feature.
This feature reached a significance of 3.8 sigmas and was predicted in 20 years old paper. It would be an answer to a question that was asked almost a century ago. I'm already saying a bit too much, but the point being is that this would have been almost newsworthy.
My professor and immediate colleagues were ecstatic. We write a paper together. We submit it to the collaboration, and surprise: we are not allowed to publish it. We are also not allowed to have other people know about it, including funding agencies, and we are not allowed to present it to international conferences. My doctoral thesis is put under embargo and secrecy. The reasons are unclear: vague arguments that are not backed up by e.g. figures or any other scientific proof of said arguments. Chinese culture kicks-in: the PI said No, therefore it is No. We suspect that politics, either within sciences or from higher up are at play.
I then spend two years as a postdoc to run all the possible cross-checks and keep updating E, which remained stable. Every so often I'd show it again to the collaboration and the answer remained. Eventually, my contract expires. I leave that collaboration and academia, today.

Job hunting, I realise the impact of this embargo. I can hardly write a proposal to a funding agency, as I am not allowed to talk about the result of my doctoral thesis and my postdoc. Getting another postdoc or fellowship is hard: my postdoc had no publications. For an academic career, one can ask the consequences of being corresponding author on a Nature or PRL paper. Reversely, what is the image of someone who after 6 years has never had a talk at a conference.
Outside of academia, research institutes ask for people with high-impact papers. In industry, recruiters who know about academia want a profile with high-impact papers (e.g. for highly paid jobs such as quant, consultant, data scientist) and recruiters who do not need to be told about your results and why they were important. Yet I have nothing to justify six years of work. Not even my thesis is public.
Basically: if there was no embargo, I would have much better opportunities than I have now.
From a scientific point of view, the result of E would massively affect the ongoing R&D of other experiments and provide strong arguments to funding agencies.
E will eventually be published, but at that point I will not be the main author of the paper and likely it will not be my own work anymore, rather someone redoing it from scratch in China. Henceforth I will be forgotten.

What are my options here?
I thought of just going "screw it" and putting it on the arXiv but chances are that it would affect negatively the career of my supervisor and of the PhD students under him. Which would be very egoistical from me.
submitted by Milleuros to Physics [link] [comments]

2023.04.01 10:13 p-d-ball My portal fantasy series and a huge book sale.

I just finished the fourth book in my first series and wanted to share it with this community, as it's a portal fantasy. Also, the first two books are on sale for 99 cents, along with a bunch of other fantasy books you might be interested in.
Writing this has been humbling. I made a ton of mistakes - spelling, grammar, continuity - but learned along the way. Embarrassingly, and this is obvious in hindsight, my writing gets better. That means book 1 isn’t as good as book 2, which is bested by book 3. Looking back, I should have worked on standalones while maturing as a writer. But I didn’t, and I will finish this series.
So, it is with some humility that I post my series here.
The series is about a person from about our time who wakes up in the body of a young princess, as a prisoner of an enemy army that’s invading her family’s kingdom. She doesn’t know the culture or politics, or why the war is even going on, or why she’s in this world at all.
In this world, magic is so powerful that it has impeded technological improvement, with technology being stuck around the Macedonian era (for ex., there are no siege weapons because magic performs that function and can easily stop projectiles).
The first book happens over the course of three days. Because Cayce is being cagey about her situation – she doesn’t want anyone to figure out that she’s an imposter – she can’t find answers about why she’s here and events happen so quickly, with political machinations already in motion behind the scenes, she struggles to gain control of her situation.
In the second book, her weakened army races to escape the enemy army, which is attempting to entrap them in a pincer move. Despite the urgency, the traveling gives Cayce a little respite, more free time, and she learns more about the world she’s in and starts making plans about introducing improved war technology from Earth’s history. However, she’s given hints about who she is and why she’s here through an incredibly traumatic event, which fundamentally alters her.
In book three, Cayce moves forward with her plans of improving weapons technology but suffers PTSD from the events of the previous book. Additionally, the weight of responsibility is thrust upon her and she has to navigate placating power-holders to retain their support while not giving into their designs.
Book four begins with Cayce’s planning starting to bear fruition, with some great successes, but the hidden part of her, the reason for her being in this world, is emerging and derailing everything.
I tried to make these books as realistic as possible, the main character making the best decisions possible. But several aspects of her situation make this difficult. First, her antagonists are acting in their own best interests and she’s dropped into the middle of their ongoing schemes. She’s largely ignorant of these plans, until she gains enough information to see the larger picture. Second, because she’s from our world, the pre-modern culture is a shock. Her modern way of thinking doesn’t work here because of the different values, norms, and morality. Third, as a child, the adults in charge don’t take her seriously and as a princess, they want to use her for power. Fourth, she’s in a teenager’s body and struggles to control its heightened emotions.
I’m happy to say, and still in shock, that some people really like it. A war veteran wrote me to say that the PTSD is described accurately, and he was very glad to see it in fantasy. A person wrote that while he liked the books, he wanted to see the main character sexually explore herself and was annoyed I didn’t write that. Someone else added that they were quite pleased the books did not delve into eroticism. One comment that floored me came from a very kind man who compared my writing to Agatha Christie. Another person said it was the best in the genre. I can only assume they were drunk when reading the books.
Thank you very much! Truly appreciated.
My book can be found here:
The sale can be found here:
submitted by p-d-ball to PortalFantasy [link] [comments]

2023.04.01 10:04 p-d-ball A big thank you and a link to an indie authors book sale

I posted my first book in this series here before and received some excellent and constructive criticism – and for that, I’m very grateful. Because I owe this community, I wanted to post a follow up and alert you to an indie book sale.
This is my first fantasy series and it has been humbling. When I posted initially, flush with excitement at having finished my book, thinking it fit in the rational fiction category, I was met with a lot of criticism. That was difficult to take, but the more I considered, the more it helped, and I now see the critiques as valid and that I was pretty naïve. I therefore want to give back to the rational fiction subreddit.
The series is about a person from about our time who wakes up in the body of a young princess, as a prisoner of an enemy army that’s invading her family’s kingdom. She doesn’t know the culture or politics, or why the war is even going on, or why she’s in this world at all.
In this world, magic is so powerful it has impeded technological improvement, with technology being stuck around the Macedonian era (for ex., there are no siege weapons because magic performs that function and can easily stop projectiles).
The first book happens over the course of three days. Because Cayce is being cagey about her situation – she doesn’t want anyone to figure out that she’s an imposter – she can’t find answers about why she’s here and events happen so quickly, with political machinations already in motion behind the scenes, she struggles to gain control of her situation.
In the second book, her weakened army races to escape the enemy army, which is attempting to entrap them in a pincer move. Despite the urgency, the traveling gives Cayce a little respite, more free time, and she learns more about the world she’s in and starts making plans about introducing improved war technology from Earth’s history. However, she’s given hints about who she is and why she’s here through an incredibly traumatic event, which fundamentally alters her.
In book three, Cayce moves forward with her plans of improving weapons technology but suffers PTSD from the events of the previous book. Additionally, the weight of responsibility is thrust upon her and she has to navigate placating power-holders to retain their support while not giving into their designs.
Book four begins with Cayce’s planning starting to bear fruition, with some great successes, but the hidden part of her, the reason for her being in this world, is emerging and derailing everything.
I tried to make these books as realistic as possible, the main character making the best decisions possible. But several aspects of her situation make this difficult. First, her antagonists are acting in their own best interests and she’s dropped into the middle of their ongoing schemes. She’s largely ignorant of these plans, until she gains enough information to see the larger picture. Second, because she’s from our world, the pre-modern culture is a shock. Her modern way of thinking doesn’t work in this world because of the different values, norms, and morality. Third, as a child, the adults in charge don’t take her seriously and as a princess, they want to use her for power. Fourth, she’s in a teenager’s body and struggles to control its heightened emotions.
In terms of realism, Cayce only introduces technology that she can actually get made, given the world’s constraints (sarissa, crossbows, full plate armor and distillation). She talks about how difficult it would be to invent even flint-lock pistols and the limitations of her own knowledge without the internet at hand.
Because of the above, this series is probably rational-fiction adjacent rather than straight rational fiction.
As I wrote, it’s been humbling putting this out there. Some of the critique pointed out problems with my writing – mainly in what I show and don’t show – others corrected my understandings of fantasy genres and others questioned the main character’s course of action. All these comments were incredibly helpful.
Embarrassingly, and this is obvious in hindsight, my writing gets better. That means book 1 isn’t as good as book 2, which is bested by book 3. Looking back, I should have worked on standalones while maturing as a writer. But I didn’t, and I will finish this series.
I’m happy to say, and still in shock, that some people really like it. A war veteran wrote me to say that the PTSD is described accurately, and he was very glad to see it in fantasy. A person wrote that while he liked the books, he wanted to see the main character sexually explore herself and was annoyed I didn’t write that. Someone else added that they were quite pleased the books did not delve into eroticism. One comment that floored me came from a very kind man who compared my writing to Agatha Christie. Another person said it was the best in the genre (isekai). I can only assume they were drunk when reading the books.
So, to give back to this community, my first two books are on sale for 99 cents. And part of a giant indie writers sale, with other books you might be interested in, which I’ll include links for.
Thank you very much! Truly appreciated.
My book can be found here:
The sale can be found here:
submitted by p-d-ball to rational [link] [comments]

2023.04.01 09:43 chenabgourmet1 Avocado Oil vs Olive Oil: Which is Healthier for You?

Avocado Oil vs Olive Oil: Which is Healthier for You?
When it comes to cooking oils, there are countless options available in the market. However, two of the most popular choices are avocado oil and olive oil. Both oils have their own distinct flavor and nutritional profiles, but which one is healthier? In this blog, we will explore the differences between avocado oil and olive oil to help you make an informed decision.

Avocado Oil

Avocado oil is extracted from the fruit of the avocado tree. It is a relatively new oil in the market but has gained popularity due to its health benefits. Avocado oil is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, which are known to reduce bad cholesterol levels in the body. Additionally, it is a good source of vitamin E, which is an antioxidant that protects the body from free radicals.
One of the key advantages of avocado oil is its high smoke point. This makes it a great choice for high-heat cooking methods such as frying and grilling. Avocado oil also has a mild, buttery flavor that pairs well with a variety of dishes.

Olive Oil
Olive oil is a staple in Mediterranean cuisine and has been used for centuries for its health benefits. It is extracted from the fruit of the olive tree and is known for its rich flavor and high nutritional value. Olive oil is a good source of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which are known to improve heart health and reduce the risk of chronic diseases.
Olive oil is also rich in antioxidants, such as polyphenols and vitamin E. These compounds have anti-inflammatory properties and protect the body from free radicals.
However, olive oil has a lower smoke point than avocado oil. This makes it unsuitable for high-heat cooking methods such as frying. Instead, it is best used in dressings, dips, and as a finishing oil on cooked dishes.

Avocado Oil vs Olive Oil: Which is Healthier for You?

Both avocado oil and olive oil have their own unique benefits, but which one is healthier for you? The answer ultimately depends on your individual needs and preferences.
If you are looking for an oil that can withstand high heat, then avocado oil is the way to go. Its high smoke point makes it a great choice for frying and grilling. Additionally, its mild flavor and nutritional profile make it a healthy option.
On the other hand, if you are looking for an oil that is rich in antioxidants and has a distinct flavor, then olive oil is the better choice. While it may not be suitable for high-heat cooking, it is a great option for dressings and dips.
Overall, both avocado oil and olive oil are healthy choices when used in moderation. The key is to choose an oil that works best for your cooking needs and taste preferences.
When it comes to cooking oils, there are a plethora of options available in gourmet grocery stores. Two of the most popular choices are avocado oil and olive oil, both of which are imported food products available in India to buy online. These international gourmet foods are essential ingredients in any kitchen and are widely used by professional chefs and home cooks alike.
Avocado oil is a popular choice for cooking due to its numerous health benefits. It is extracted from the fruit of the avocado tree and is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, which are known to reduce bad cholesterol levels in the body. Additionally, avocado oil is a good source of vitamin E, an antioxidant that protects the body from free radicals.
Avocado oil has a high smoke point, making it a great choice for high-heat cooking methods such as frying and grilling. Its mild, buttery flavor pairs well with a variety of dishes, making it a versatile ingredient in the kitchen.
Olive oil, another popular imported food product available in India to buy online, is extracted from the fruit of the olive tree. It is a staple in Mediterranean cuisine and has been used for centuries for its health benefits. Olive oil is a good source of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which are known to improve heart health and reduce the risk of chronic diseases.
Olive oil is also rich in antioxidants, such as polyphenols and vitamin E. These compounds have anti-inflammatory properties and protect the body from free radicals.
While olive oil has a lower smoke point than avocado oil, it is still a great choice for cooking. It is best used in dressings, dips, and as a finishing oil on cooked dishes.
In addition to its health benefits, olive oil is also great for the skin. Its moisturizing properties help to keep the skin hydrated, making it a popular ingredient in skincare products.
In gourmet grocery stores, you can also find other innovative tools that can help take your cooking to the next level. ISI cream chargers and anti-griddles are just a few examples of the many tools available to home cooks and professional chefs alike.
In conclusion, both avocado oil and olive oil have numerous health benefits and are essential ingredients in any kitchen. The choice ultimately depends on your individual needs and preferences. If you are looking for an oil that can withstand high heat, then avocado oil is the way to go. If you prefer a rich flavor and want to reap the benefits of antioxidants, then olive oil is the better choice. No matter what you choose, don't forget to explore the many other imported food products available in India to buy online, and consider adding some innovative tools to your culinary arsenal.
submitted by chenabgourmet1 to u/chenabgourmet1 [link] [comments]

2023.04.01 09:37 Rapid-dash I am Questioning my gender Identity

I been finding myself questioning my gender identity. I have questioned it before but back then I sort of came to the conclusion that I couldn't be a girl because I don't feel like a girl. I realize now that of course I never felt like a girl because I was born in a boys body. I been experimenting with things like cross dressing, trying out female pronouns and name. I am still not sure I am a girl or a boy who just likes feminine things. Right now I was thinking my best bet is to continue to let myself explore my gender and to learn more about the subject. I was hoping I could get some recommendations of both fiction and non fiction material I could learn from. No matter what my answer ends up being the acquisition of new knowledge can never be bad.
submitted by Rapid-dash to trans [link] [comments]

2023.04.01 09:26 sodomy 35 [M4F] Georgetown/Washington DC/Surrounding areas - Dominant Social Chameleon ISO stimuli

An author's note: Please read this post in it's entirety before you message me, I've added a follow up to answer most of the basic questions I've been asked over the last 3 years since I started posting my AD.
All my previous iterations were mostly about what role I could fulfill; and while this mostly still is true, walking amongst the elites the last week has opened my eyes... I'm looking for a complacent trophy to put on full display. Arriving to this city I already had a deep... Passion for power, governance; and just over all domination -- Washington DC fulfills my lust, and thirst for both political power, and monetary gain. Now I want, not need an adequate toy to share this experience with. Before I was playing conservatively; not anymore,
I've allowed my ego to rampant and on auto-pilot; thus far everything is according to design.
I'm as amoral as they come; I will eviscerate my way to the top of the governmental, and corporate ladder(s). I'm a retired hacker that has realized my full potential is being squandered away, so I'll begin to kick in the doors of 3 letter agencies until recruit me; or I die trying.
I've come to the conclusion that you need to make an impression with these sort of things, so I'm going to just let my words flow freely. So here we go:
Height: 5'7
Weight: 175, could stand to lose a few lbs to get my abs back.
Eyes: Brown eyes.
Hair: Long curly brown hair (think Slash Rose's illegitimate son.)
Race: White.
Ethnicity: Hispanic (Cuban.)
Languages: Spanish, English, Sign-language.
Profession: Network Engineer in NW DC.
Religion: Agnostic.
A little about me:
I like long walks on the beach, sunsets, oh did I mention that I'm a sadist, and that I'm utterly insane?
I've been called a silver tongued devil; Quick witted, charismatic, with just the right amount of sarcasm.
Hobbies: Not being bored, it's a lot harder than it sounds. I enjoy learning/conversing about The Universe/space, science, and technology. I was quite nomadic in my 20s, having visited two different countries, lived in over 17 states, visited over 38.
Music: I'm more of a rhythm of the beat type of person vs. lyrics, but generally I've found myself to enjoy electronica. Definitely like a lot 80s synth pop, but again, this is just the preference, not really against the rest of the genres.
Shows: Billions, Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, Board Walk Empire, Billions, Rome, Deadwood, Halt and Catch Fire, The Sopranos, South Park, Mad Men, Dexter,
Movies: Beetlejuice, Brain Scan, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb,
"What are you looking for?"
Well I can encompass a Master, a Dominant, or a Daddy, so it's really what can I provide for you?1
"How is such a thing possible?" Antisocial Personality Disorder (3.4 for those interested.)
"Why was it necessary to mention that?" To give credence as to how I can, and have been all aspects of Dominance.
"Monogamy or polyamory?" Favoritism towards polyamory, but seeing as it's rare to find multiple partners that allow me to explore my more sadistic side without tension, and/or drama, I'd go with monogamy if the individual allowed me to be depraved.
Preference in the following order: Slave, submissive, little (I will explain further below.)
Kinks: Sadism, TPE, CNC, bondage, degradation, humiliation, knife play, rope play, rape/abduction play, choking, impact play, spanking, hair pulling (I think you get the idea by now, there are still far more, here's a more comprehensive list.)
Experience: 15+ years.

So about that whole preference thing, as I am on the ASPD spectrum I'm capable of fulfilling whatever role(s) are required of me to get what I want. So let me explain further, I'm openly telling you far ahead of time that I lack emotions and empathy, with the hopes that me giving you the illusion of whatever it is you require, will be met with reciprocation of the kinks we can agree upon. This is where the waters get muddied for little's, I can definitely treat you like the princess you want to be, without all the douche-baggery you'll deal with as people tugging at your heart strings. Plenty of people around here pretend to be Daddies and will leave you absolutely heartbroken. Tired of games? Tired of bullshit? Well here's someone willing to give you all the care, attention, and affection you desire without any hassles.
"Why would you want to be a Daddy Dom given your lack of emotions, and empathy?"
I am a social chameleon. I've been perfecting my art for the majority of my life, I like the challenge. I like to learn people and, give them what they want with the idea that I get what I want in the end, it's called a social transaction. I know what respect is, and I believe I need to write a little about this. Once we've discussed clear limits, and terms, they shall not be crossed, it's counter productive for me to lose my play thing(s). I can be fiercely territorial of all my possessions, that includes the individual(s) I'm involved with, what is mine will be protected, whether you're a slave, a submissive, or a little.If you want someone to completely treat you like trash, I'm more than willingly to oblige, if you need a savior and a protector, well I can do that too. I'm able to encompass what is required; a means to an end.
"What are you looking for in a submissive?" I'd like it to extend outside of the bedroom, but if it doesn't, whatever, I'm not going to repeat myself, so hopefully you've read this in it's entirety.
"What are you looking for in a slave?" Mostly aesthetics, and objectification. Of course I'd expect loyalty, servitude, and there's a plethora more, but I don't feel I need to be too descriptive on this part.
Now that I've written a fucking novel about myself, let's get to you....
Age: I prefer them younger (18+) , but have dated women as old as 45; generally if I find you attractive, I won't care.
Height: the shorter the better, but I've dated women taller than myself, not a deal breaker.
Weight: I'd like someone on the smaller side, a few extra pounds will be acceptable, but no one overweight please, just not my thing.
I will list things below in order of preference, not necessarily a disqualifier. (This is only opinion, not a rating system.)
Race: White, but as long as I'm attracted I won't care, I don't discriminate.
Ethnicity: N/A read above.
Language(s): The more the merrier, accents are a huge plus, whether a southern drawl, or other.
Religion: I'm completely open to allowing you to practice whatever you'd like, just don't expect me to participate; I can be respectful of your beliefs, as long as you're respectful of mine, I am a man of science, The Universe is my religion (so to speak.)
Eyes: Blue, green, hazel, brown (If you have Heterochromia iridum you move to the front of the line, I like mutations.)
Hair: The longer the better, no preference as to style, as for color: I prefer true blondes, redheads, dirty blondes, and then brown.
Tattoos: Sure, whatever, as long as it's not overwhelming or flat out tacky, in this day in age it's harder to find someone with none, so as the trend follows above.
Piercings: Depends, some people can pull off septum piercings, but I personally dislike them, so if it compliments your facial features, sure why not. But there is definitely a breaking point where it becomes overwhelming and you just look like Hellraiser.
Education: Strong preference towards educated women, this does not necessarily mean academics, open to all.
Profession: No preference, but I do tend to like women in psychology (I have my reasons.)
Personality: If I have to learn "your" pronouns, or apologize for my "white male privilege" you can fuck right off; I don't care about politics.
Children: Strong preference in favor of not having them, unless we never intend to meet, or you don't expect a level of commitment from me to them, then I don't readily care, non-factor. To explain a tad bit, it isn't that I can't, I just would rather not raise children, I have too many plans in life that children would derail, maybe later.
If you're interested in communicating further, I prefer talking on these platforms and in this order: Discord, WhatsApp, Reddit Chat\, Skype, Kik,* open to other forms of contact.
\Reddit Chat isn't the same thing as their mailing system, just an FYI.*
Go ahead and shoot me a message, I'm waiting.

An update:
Well just to filter some things out, since I get this so many times... I will not be putting a big editorial process to this update(I say this now, after already re-reading, and editing a minimum of 5 times; I'm a slave to my own perfectionism,) so if you mostly have questions about me, ASPD, and things of the like, read this before you message me.

While I absolute love to talk about myself because I'm just such a narcissistic-hedonist, I also do get bored of repeating myself, even if it is a new person. As such read everything in it's entirety before you message me, as I'm going to entertain less, and less messages about me, and not what I'm seeking, I'd rather focus on only replying to potential partners, and absolutely nothing else, that being said if anything I have not covered in this update, or post still burns an answer from you, by all means message me.

"Were you formally diagnosed?"
I get asked about this A LOT, I'm not going to go into very many details, suffice it to say, yes, but it's been labeled as a misdiagnosis, all you need to know is I score high, and I do the things you'd expect, the pyromania, the violence that is actually associated at early age, the works, I'm not comfortable giving you more beyond that, and I will not be entertaining questions about my personal life, maybe a partner could ask me those questions, but I'm not letting you in my head, that's my game, not the other way around :).
Please do your own research beyond this point, it's borderline laziness how often I keep getting asked about this.

"Why are you so open about it(ASPD)?"
Isn't it obvious? A lot of you can't fathom why someone with ASPD would just openly come out, and admit to people, well I guess I really should've brushed up on this when I first made my post, or at least go into a far more descriptive detail than I had originally, so here goes:

If I'm ever to lead a sort of a long term relationship based on trust, and honesty, just how in the HELL do you expect me to explain this to you ever so casually? It's best to show your cards in the beginning, this is my own baggage, or some form there of.

There's two reasons I'm choosing to do this online, and vehemently under anonymity; 99% of you will be irrelevant to me, 99% of you will never meet me, it's just that simple, ergo why wouldn't I just preface my entire description as such, and as brutally honest as possible? Secondly I do not want a partner whom I need to continue to wear a mask for, I want to be me, the real me, the good, the bad, and the ugly.

What I find the most is women that fetishize the entire ordeal, that's all fine and dandy, but it does show just a lack of understanding about what APSD is as a whole, and to be perfectly blunt, you're wasting my time, I don't need to feed into your lonely thrill romance you spun in your head from watching true crime dramas. More often than not, this what happens, spare us the role-playing, I'm just not that bored.

One clear distinction I'd like to make, so I can stop getting asked about it, we DO have empathy, it's just not how YOU experience empathy. Think of a light switch, by default most of the population's is on, ours is off by default, and furthermore we have the ability to turn it on, and off. Yes, it is that simple, yes we use it for manipulation, now stop asking me about this, it's boring to repeat this.

Boredom, rage. This is what I'm capable of in the dark, empathy off. I'm constantly seeking stimuli, if you notice by actually looking through my posts, I've moved a ton of times, and always national parks... New atmosphere, new adventures, new dangers, you know, the shit that gets your heart pumping, adrenaline. This is my favorite drug, this is the high I constantly chase to kill the boredom. Rage is just self explanatory, my defaults are animalistic.
I am fully capable of experiencing all emotions, it's just for the most part, because I don't want do, I don't allow myself to.

For the longest time I told myself who cares if I burn bridges in my wake, I'm building a highway in its place. Mostly still true, and I absolutely use it on a daily basis for survival, I must stress, and emphasize survival, here is why; I'm human, like the rest of you, what do you do on a daily basis, if not find means, and ways to survive, and entertain yourself? I know no other way other than to use people to my advantage, I minimize the damage where I can, and move about my daily existence, guilt, and worry free about doing any wrong, an argument could be made that we all use each other in some weight, or capacity, and that's good enough for me.

I'm sure by now you're probably wondering what the hell any of that has to do with anything, it's simple if the point flew over your head, again. I'm tired of manipulating people, using them, abusing them, discarding them, I didn't grow a conscious I'm not "growing" as a person, but much more likely, I'm just bored of the routine, or the process, which has become the symphony of my life.

I by no means ever want to experience this love you all chase like Alice clumsily falling down the rabbit hole. I've seen it so much in my life it's downright pathetic, and I actually feel bad for those of you that have such strong emotions, see empaths. You're slaves to these emotions, you let people use and manipulate you, you've been hurt, and had your heart ripped from your chest, and it feels like you no longer have purpose, lacking direction, and meaning in life. I merely know this from generally observing humans for most of my natural born life. I'm more than happy to remain the way I have always been, and never wish to experience emotions in the way you do, I find it to be an advantage, one I can apply to more important things in life, like the pursuit of knowledge.

I hope the psych nerds will now stop asking me these questions, I've paid my dues.

My preferences, are just that, a list of my preferences, at no point in any of my writing did I say I was prejudice between one thing, or that I show favoritism. I merely made a chart listing some of the attributes that I myself, personally find to be significant to me, but that isn't to say, or detract from other things. It's the equivalent of asking me if I prefer Metallica, or Megadeth; well I'm going to say I prefer one over the other, but I enjoy both, and the genre as a whole, the genre being women in this case. I enjoy women for my own personal entertainment, and amusement -- which makes it all the more hilarious to me when I get called a misogynist.
so please spare me all your comments, and messages telling me that it's so "intimidating", if my post intimidates you, what can I really even begin to say about that? It doesn't sound like we'd be compatible, or much less you'd be able to accept me as a person, in any case this is a personal issue.

"You Need Help!"
I know what the help is, they just remind you repeatedly that your actions have consequences, they do not prescribe a medication for this, just therapy, and I know enough already to check myself, it really is that easy.
"To My Adoring Fans"
You call me an edge-lord, cringe, and a wide range of inane insults, that truly don't phase me, since I get a lot of these messages, I thought I'd give you my rebuttal; just so you know I sleep naked so that anyone that doesn't like me, can kiss my ass - feel free to visit anytime!
P.S.S: I now operate, function, and walk amongst the elite of the nation; I see my kind everywhere, this is what Rome must of felt like in it's heyday; Cicero you clever bastard... I bid you all adieu -- and depart with this:
{"Το σύμπαν είναι αλλαγή. η ζωή μας είναι αυτό που την κάνουν οι σκέψεις μας.";}
submitted by sodomy to r4r [link] [comments]

2023.04.01 09:20 Lem0n_Lord Displacement - Azur Lane

I decided to go through with it, and finished my first chapter. I've posted it on AO3 'n stuff, figured I'd put it here anyway. I also wanna preface the chapter by briefly saying what it's about to avoid (some) confusion.
"Displacement" is a line of self-insert fanfics I'm writing where a random person get's "Displaced" into the universe of the series it's based on. There's no lore to the teleporting, but the teleporting does happen more than once, and it happens at often crucial times to put the character into a new scenario.
Any text with italics without " " will be the thoughts of the MC, which I'll constantly just be referring to as "you". I really should start writing in 3rd person, but right now I'm stuck in a horrible loop where I keep writing in a mix.
I preface each chapter by putting lyrics from the song it's named after, which are emboldened and put in italics.

Chapter 1 - Dead On Arrival
As dawn arrives, we still survive.
Nobody knows what's goin' on, Tearin' my town limb by limb.
Where are your mom and dad..?
Was it shocking for you?
Somethin is scaring you?
Enemies will hunt you, no matter what you do!
But we'll fight for you, to defeat them all.

If not, there's no way out.

What in the hell just happened?
You'd landed on your hands, which ached immensely from the poor angle you somehow fell from. In absolute confusion, you flipped onto your back and used your elbows as supports to lean on, looking upwards.
Above you was but a regular ceiling with lights, nothing out of the ordinary. It seems you had fallen through the ground by some contrivance and into an archaic office of sorts.
There was a total lack of memory from anything that had transpired both leading up to the events that had just occurred, and even some memories predating that.
Such simple things such as your name were somehow eluding you. Questions of who you were rebounded in your head over and over like an echo-chamber filled with nothing.
As your thoughts spiraled, you had a splitting headache. A pained groan escaped your lips as you stood up in defiance. You looked around the room, trying to assess your situation the best you could.
Multiple red banners fit with black Iron Crosses decorated the walls.
An underlying sense of dread built up as you continued exploring the room in search for answers. You approached curtains behind the desk, they seemed relatively well cleaned. With a gentle tug, you pulled them back.
Lying beyond the curtains was a view you thought you'd never see.
Just where in the hell am I?
Looking down from the window, you could see huge warships docked at a port. Some people down below, the size of pinpricks, were walking along the concrete ground. More crimson banners littered the streets away from the docks.
"Oh, no, no, no, no, no..." You whispered to yourself, backing away from the glass.
In an attempt to find out where you were, you flew open the desk drawers. Paper flew like confetti as you looked for answers.
A date eventually stood out to you.
"1-1941?!" You said out loud, dumbfounded.
You continued sifting through the pages in denial, finding the very same date over and over again. After a while, you were surrounded by a sea of white sheets each imprinted with evidence of the impossible.
The drawers all lay empty with nothing more to prove.
You looked towards the multiple banners in the room and silently cursed.
Where the fuck am I? In the Führer's office?
Two doors were present in the room. One opposite the desk, and another to your right.
Testing your luck, you opened the one opposite where you currently were.
It was in the middle of a clean carpeted hallway. The walls were an ivory white, while the carpet was a bleeding vibrant red. Even more banners littered the walls.
This was no time to just start wandering around the Reichstag.
Well... Did Hitler live in the Reichstag? Was this the equivalent? The Reichstag was never built so close to the sea, let alone having a view right over a German port...
A figure turned the corner from down the hall, which you quickly noticed. After silently closing the door, you quietly opened the 2nd.
It was a relatively well kept bedroom with an unidentified blonde woman sleeping on the bed. On the bed-side table was an officers cap fitted with a rising golden eagle alongside a red and white band.
A window view facing the sea was left open; letting in a cooling breeze drift into the room.
An idea struck your mind.
If I'm were going to escape this place alive, I'm gonna need some kind of disguise. Atleast, something other than a T-shirt and shorts.
You could only imagine what they'd do to you if they'd found some random person in what you thought was the Führer's quarters.
As silently as was humanly possible, you crept up to the wardrobe.
You thought "What woman was high-ranking during World War 2? ".
Perhaps the woman sleeping was Hitlers wife or something?
The closet responded to your touch with a high pitched squeak. Despite it being an inanimate object, you motioned for it to shut up with your hand. Your head spun around to see if the woman had woken up.
She did not.
With a silent thank you to god, you looked inside for some kind of uniform. What you instead found was... Womens' apparel?
You reached further in and looked deeper. There was no men's uniforms, which was quite surprising. Further scanning the wardrobe, you came across what appeared to be her undergarments.
You would've slammed the door shut, but the sound of the woman behind you snoring left a constant reminder that there was a SLIGHT element of danger.
Instead of risking it making another creaking sound, you left it open and left the room with a blush. You dove back into the marked papers and read them more thoroughly. Mentions of... Ship girls? Wisdom cubes?
No, no, no, that can't be right.
Standing back up, you struggled to formulate any kind of plan.
If you were going to survive, you'd need a weapon. Surely you could kill one with a surprise attack, then take his gun, and perhaps find a way out of here.
The closest thing resembling a weapon was a pen on the table.
Yep, that's fine, I'll just John Wick them...
You huffed and sat down on the more throne-like chair. It was quite comfortable, but it didn't spin like an office chair. It'd be 35 years before office chairs would be invented unfortunately.
The pen wasn't a ballpoint such as the ones you were used to; instead it was a dip pen. A half empty inkwell laid next to it. Out of boredom, you opened it. The smell of ink wafted out of the glass container.
Didn't they have fountain pens by now? Weird.
Your eyes were drawn to a map on the wall to the right of you. It depicted a slightly distorted version of the world you once called home. If you were uneducated, it wouldn't be unfeasible to identify it as the real thing. Perhaps even interchangeable should you be intoxicated enough, there were only slight discrepancies which broke the illusion.
You shook your head in disbelief. Either you were truly out of your depth or what you thought were the Nazi's were just pitifully incompetent.
At that point, it felt like you were in one of those TV pranks. You started probing the room for cameras or hidden microphones. With one glance at the open doorway, you immediate ignored it and continued the search elsewhere.
With a sigh, you surveyed the room one last time while leaning in a corner.
This couldn't be some sort of prank or something. Nobody would spend all of this money just to get a reaction from someone.
Your eyes traced the boundaries of the window.
Especially with all of those battleships and the like. God, the steel alone would cost millions...
The door leading to the bedroom slammed shut due to the wind from the open window.
You snapped your neck around to look at it, terror and trepidation coiled around your soul like a knot. Well... Now that's just great, isn't it?
The noise was so loud, you unconsciously held your ears in reaction to it.
You ran towards the window behind the desk and tried to get it open. There was no handle or any sort of way to open the window unfortunately.
Panic rushed through your body as you heard rapid footsteps approaching from the hallway on the other side of the wall. Grabbing the pen, you dashed over to get yourself in a good position to stab whoever was going to enter.
By the time I kill the first guard, I'll easily be able to deal with the girl in the other room. Shouldn't be too difficult as long as I land this blow.
Eventually, a figure opened the doors.
The pen somehow deflected off of her head, even though you used all of your strength.
"Eh? "
A dumbfounded look was imprinted onto your face, and she returned the expression.
Both of you stared at each other awkwardly, both of your minds were trying to assess the situation. She had a skirt that was a mixture of a brilliant red and foggy grey. Despite the look on her face, she had quite an imposing stature. Alongside her flat chest were golden buttons fitted to the exterior; 8 in total.
The pen tip was completely bent and disfigured, unlike the persons face you'd just attempted stabbing. There wasn't a single scratch or mark from your inept strike.
You crept around the stunned girl and into the hall, almost tripping on your own feet. As you backed up, she turned around and apprehensively pointed at you.
"You! What do you think you're do-" She was interrupted by the door to the bedroom being burst open.
"That man! Hipper! Detain him at once!" A tall half-dressed blonde ordered from the doorway.
You started backing away, you knew you had to run but it almost felt like you'd forgotten how to.
The inimical woman in front of you was poised to lunge at you, but her eyes gazed at something beyond you. Eventually you had backed up into something warm.
With a gulp, you slowly turned around.
You were face to face with, yet, another female.
Why were they all women? It's only 1941, surely they're not being pushed on all fronts?
An Iron Cross adorned her neck along with two more embroidered onto the wrist section of her clothing. Instead of blonde, her hair was a chalky white that was tied up in twin tails. Something else you noticed is that they all had thigh-highs on.
"Eugen, I order you to capture that spy!"
"Whatever you say, sis~" Eugen replied with a teasing grin.
"This is a huge misunderstanding! If you'll just let me-" You squealed shortly before being picked up by your shoulders. Her strength was extremely surprising to say the least. You attempted to maneuver yourself out of her grasp, but had no such luck.
Eugen effortlessly tossed you like a speeding missile down the hall and through a door labeled "Canteen".
"Why did you- EUGH! YOU ALWAYS DO THIS!" A irked Hipper scolded before giving chase.
"Oops~ " Eugen giggled with content, following with a gait of elegance.
The blonde put on her cap, and finished getting dressed before rushing in the opposite direction.
You'd just breached the doors of the cafeteria, landing on your shoulder and tumbling into the floorboards. You released a loud groan of agony as you made a clumsy uncoordinated attempt of rising to your feet.
Your mind was briefly rendered into tomato soup for a good few seconds before you regained your bearings.
How the hell did she just whizz me around like that? And how did that other girl just completely ignore my strike? What in the name of Christ is going on here..?
As you finally stood on two feet, one of your hands instinctively reached for your shoulder. It really felt like you broke something, but you knew that if you really had broken something, you'd probably be on the floor crying.
"Who is that?"
Your eyes widened as you realized you were in a room full of women draped in all kinds of modified Kriegsmarine uniforms. Some of them forewent their uniforms entirely, wearing skimpy, very revealing clothing for god knows why.
They were of all shapes and sizes. Though, putting it like that makes it sound like they're abnormal godless creatures.
It wasn't too far from the truth, some of them had what seemed to be horns. A good number of them also looked like children.
You struggled to get some words out in a very poor attempt of deception.
"I-I, uh... Für den Kaiser? " You stuttered in a horrible German accent. Everyone was silent. "No? Too early? Damn..."
A feminine voice crackled in from the P.A system, a ringing alarm repeatedly blared.
"Intruder alert! Spy in the base! Prevent him from leaving at all costs!"
Chatter erupted all over the room.
"There's a spy in the base?" Someone repeated.
Only fragments of conversations were intelligible from the mess of different voices and German. The talking slowly died down until the room was in absolute silence. Every single one of them were staring at you.
Your eyes went from face to face, they were innumerable.
You immediately turned you back on them and began your great escape.
It started with a thundering of rushing and mangled cries of "Get him!" and other variations of apprehensive phrases. Multiple lunch trays clattered to the floor. The flat blonde you'd met before burst through the doors, using her arms in an X fashion as a brace.
Hipper didn't see you slip out of her way and slink back into the hallway before continuing into a sprint.
"W-where did he go?" She sputtered in a blunder. Her breath was raggedy and frequent.
They all pointed behind her, some of them started running towards her which prompted an annoyed groan from Hipper, who began to give chase to the human.
A look of steely determination was imprinted onto your face as you ran with all of your might. Crimson banners, vanilla wallpaper, and the wall-lamps all whizzed by in a amalgamated blur.
You looked behind you to see how much a lead you had.
They were gaining, Hipper was still leading the charge. In a panic, you hurriedly chose a random door flying by.
Eenie, meenie, miney, mo!
You braced and charged through the wooden pair of doors. What you saw in that room was interesting to say the least.
Yet another woman was sitting on some sort of throne. The masonry itself was crumbled at the edges, armrests draped in light amethyst hair.
The woman herself was crossing her legs with her hands joined in her lap. Behind her was a large cathedral-like window showering the room with light, unveiling the darkness. Unlit wax candles ran along the walls with two golden chandeliers hanging above.
She cocked her head slightly to the right, intrigued by your form. Her presence alone sent chills up your spine. Something about her gave off an incredibly ominous vibe.
As you stood there, stunned, the girls behind you had finally caught up. But instead of entering the room and apprehending you with shouts and whatnot, they were quietly gossiping behind closed doors.
"... Think he'll come out alive?"
"August is scary!"
"Quiet, morons!" Hipper hushed them with a quick strike to their foreheads. Muffled whimpers of pain came from the other side of the wall while the figure in front of you stared you down.
There was a profuse silence that was eventually broken by the woman speaking to you.
"It seems you're this Spy. "
She spoke with an air of sophistication and superiority. More silence followed before being broken up yet again. with a sigh she stood up, albeit slowly.
"I must admit, you caught me off guard. "
You watched in a combination of wonder and horror as a mass of azure cubes passed through the floor and walls, amassing themselves into a metal dragon. Instead of wings, it had half of a deck of an aircraft carrier on each wing.
"Your bravery is worthy of admiration, although whether it is folly or valor..." The dragon took a thunderous step towards you, turrets on the deck seemed to be locked onto your head. "I shall decide."
Each of the steps towards you made you flinch.
"You... Want me... To fight... That?" You said while backing up against the door. "What in the name of Christ..? "
What kind of world was this? A world where dragons just... Exist? A world where someone can just pick you up and hurl you without any effort?
This was but another wake-up call to where you had been thrown into.
"Will you falter in the face of such trials?" She ignored your very obvious indirect plea for mercy.
Your hands wrapped around the knob of the door and turned it violently. The door did not open. In a desperate escape attempt, you rammed your shoulder into it repeatedly to no avail.
Seeing how it wasn't working, you backed up towards the dragon and prepared to ram the door down one last time with all of your might.
"Have you given up already?" The woman sneered, a hint of disappointment rang in her voice.
You ran at the door and made one poor excuse of a dropkick while closing your eyes.
It felt... Warm. Your body impacted the ground without ever hitting anything with your feet.
For the second time that day, you were dropped onto the floor. Hard.
You let out an exasperated gasp after opening your eyes. Sunlight hit your body from above, no longer held back by a structure.
You were now in a street, occasionally people would pass by. Some looked on with concern, but without the courage to assist. Wooden buildings lined the busy streets, the archaic stone pathway was littered with the tapping of footsteps.
It was just like when you had first arrived here. Though this time, you remembered.
With a silent thank you to whatever deity might've saved you, you stood up with a grin.
"Where did he go?!"
"I'm afraid that's not something I know."
"B-but... How?! He can't just vanish! Unless..."
Hipper scratched her chin, her right eye twitching in increasing frustration.
"He must be a submarine! He might have some... Some sort of camouflage! Yes, that must be it!" She whipped around to the crowd of startled onlookers. "Scour the base! I want no stone unturned! Every cabinet, wardrobe and desk!"
Most of the ships saluted with a coordinated "Jawohl!" before dispersing in different directions. Some merely nodded in a sultry state, upset that their lunch had been ruined.
The ones remaining infront of her were none other than Bismarck and Prinz Eugen.
"I just got my rigging on too! Damn him!" Admiral Hipper raised her shaking fist to the sky in rage.
"I'm sure you'll get him next time~" Eugen jokingly assured Hipper, slinging her arm around her sisters neck.
Already teetering on the edge of rage, she had an outburst.
"IT'S YOUR FAULT ANYWAY!" She flew Eugens arm off her shoulder. "I-if you didn't toss him like you did, we could've easily-"
"Eugen, don't go overboard on your games. What is done is done, though do expect to hear from me in the coming days."
Eugen let out a "Hmpf. " and walked away.
Bismarck approached Hipper with a serious gaze. She immediately got the message and composed herself, straightening her posture.
"I believe you were closest to him. Can you describe his face? Eye color, or anything of the sort?"
Admiral Hipper profusely nodded.

And that ends the first chapter. As you can probably tell, I'm a novice writer, and most of you are probably twice my age. (Surprisingly, most of you seem to be above the age of 20.) I'm also very new to the fandom, and am looking to improve my writing of dialogue and vast amount of personalities (most of which are tropes), and I'm quite afraid I wrote August/Eugen wrong.
I also have a few questions for any hard-core Azur Lane fans that I'd appreciate if you could answer:
1: Is the German language just called "Ironblood"? Is Japanese called "Sakura" or something? 2: Does the game or anime happen first? Or, are they in separate timelines? I haven't seen Crosswave myself, so I don't know. I was going to follow the events of the anime, then maybe into the game, then into Slow Ahead.
3: (most important one) Are men just... Really rare? Is there a reason why all the ships are females, or why we never see any men, anywhere?
If you've somehow read all of this, thank you, I appreciate people reading my work. Cheers from Australia.
submitted by Lem0n_Lord to AzureLane [link] [comments]

2023.04.01 09:00 domatilla 25 Books I Picked For Bingo (And 20 I Didn't)

25 Books I Picked For Bingo (And 20 I Didn't)
I dig the accidental navy/red vibes
Coming in at the absolute last minute (it’s still March 31st somewhere!) with another Bingo wrap up!
Since telling myself I have to read X book by Y date is the surest way to ensure I never pick up X again (sorry to my college roommate for moving cross country with your copy of Mansfield Park - I promise I'll get back to it any day now), I look at Bingo less as an exercise in finding books to fit the prompts and more as a chance to read as broadly as possible in the hopes I somehow hit all 25 by the end of the year. Some people are sharpshooters; I'm out here hurling a dozen book-shaped grenades at a single "Set in Space" shaped target.
So here we are at the end of the year, with 73 entries in my bingo spreadsheet. The earliest I could have called it done was January 9th, but that wasn't enough. I didn't want just any bingo card. I wanted *the* Bingo card. The Best of All Possible Bingo Cards. So I kept reading, and rearranging, and playing Bingo Card Sudoku late into the night, following the guiding light of two, unspoken rules:
  1. The book had to be *really true* to the spirit of the card. No "well, I can use this for Family Matters because grandma comes to dinner" technicalities if I can help it.
  2. I had to really like the book.
And now, with less than a week to go, I have a card with 25 books I (really) (mostly) loved, and a digital pile of 40+ others. With all that rambling aside, here are the winners of the 2022 Great Bingo Book-Off, along with some runner-ups that are honoured just to be nominated.
LGBTQIA List Book: An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon This square is the reason for the "no technicalities" rule because the first book I read for it was A Darker Shade of Magic and you know what that book doesn't have? Any significant queer characters. I didn't realize until too late that you don't get more than a throwaway line about the prince being into men until the second book. I'm glad I jumped ship though, because holy shit. An Unkindness of Ghosts knocked me out. It's a brilliant, brutal, beautiful read. It doesn't pull punches or give you the grace of easy answers. I will read anything Rivers Solomon touches.
Weird Ecology: Semiosis by Sue Burke Honestly, this one is a spiritual tie with Children of Time. Both are generational stories of evolution, survival, and human interference. I liked CoT a bit more but ultimately picked Semiosis but this is the category that future readers (me) will look back on and ask, what was she thinking? I think plants are much more suspicious than your friendly neighbourhood spiders.
Two or More Authors: The Steel Seraglio (or, The City of Silk and Steel) by Louise Carey, Mike Carey, and Linda Carey At first I read The Vela for this one - I bet it's gonna get a lot of love this year. I felt it never shook its piecemeal origins, so I picked up The Steel Seraglio after I saw it recommended here (and because I recognized Carey's name from X-Men, hah) and damn am I glad I did. A slow burn with beautiful prose, well drawn characters, it's somehow greater than the sum of its parts.
Historical SFF: The Empire of Gold by S. A. Chakraborty The only reason I booted out The Lions of Al-Rassan is I felt I could find something in real history, which is too bad because damn did I end up loving that book. I really struggled to get into it but was fully sobbing by the end. I have less to say about The Empire of Gold - it's the strongest book in the trilogy and finally succeeded in getting me to like one of the leads, who I'd been lukewarm on for two books. The Islamic-centric setting is still the strongest selling point, but I like that it didn't shy away from the messier implications of its plot for a nicely tied up ending.
Set in Space: Babel-17 by Samuel R. Delany This was the last addition to the card, muscling out The Vela (again!) and Dead Silence in February. I'm making a concentrated effort to read more classic sci-fi this year and I'm glad I started with some new wave because this is a delight. A deep dive into language and understanding the unfamiliar, and a reminder of how much contemporary sci-fi writers owe to the past.
Standalone: The Changeling by Victor Lavalle This category may have been "Best Book You Can't Fit Elsewhere," since I read mostly standalones. The Changeling is a fairy tale in every sense of the word - built around simple, straightforward actions, a cautionary tale, more than a little messed up.
Anti-Hero: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo Look. I didn't want to read this book. It's too obvious a HM pick. I read Shadow and Bone last year and hated it. But we were halfway through February and my only other option, These Violent Delights, had almost completely faded from my memory, so I bit the bullet. And you know what? Y'all are right. It's good. You win this time, Leigh.
Book Club OR Readalong Book: Bluebird by Ciel Pierlot I was cursed by a witch to never have my library's holds become available at a convenient time so HM for this square is a struggle. Out of the months I could jump in, Bluebird was the clear winner. It's just a really fun read with just enough emotional heft behind it to keep it from feeling frivolous. Plus I can tell Pierlot likes a lot of the same sci-fi as me.
Cool Weapon: Spear by Nicola Griffith I'm a simple reader. I hear Arthurian legends, I grab a book. I'm usually over woman-crossdresses-to-fight plots, but I was drawn in here by the deeper exploration of gender and the dreamlike prose. It's a very hazy read, like a story passed down through the mist.
Revolutions and Rebellions: Nona the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir I could go on about the many reasons I picked Nona over Babel, another book I quite liked that dove harder into the ideology of rebellion. I could say I preferred Nona's ground eye view of life in wartime, or her childlike attempts to piece together a struggle both far bigger and smaller than herself. I could talk about the meticulously crafted mysteries. But the truth is, I just love this book, I love this series, and I will follow Tamsyn Muir to the ends of the earth. Alecto the Ninth when.
Name in the Title: Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke Jonathan took this spot over Piranesi, a book I enjoyed much more, solely because there's two names for the price of one. It's not that I didn't like reading Jonathan - I very much did. I just like having read it more than I liked actually reading it. Piranesi, on the other hand, is the kind of poetic ontological mystery I live for.
Author Uses Initials: The Liar's Knot by M. A. Carrick This series is going to be another popular one for this card, I think. I read both The Mask of Mirrors and The Liar's Knot this year, and thought the characterization in book two was much stronger than the (already enjoyable) first. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series now that the top-notch worldbuilding is fully established.
Published in 2022: Leech by Hiron Ennis There are a few books I could’ve used here, but Leech was so good I needed to include it somewhere and it’s not technically HM for Non-Human Protagonist. But damn, did I love this book. Gothic mystery with really clever things being done in the narration - like an unreliable narrator that’s unreliable even to itself. I can’t wait to see what else Ennis writes.
Urban Fantasy: Small Miracles by Olivia Atwater Another popular one! I read a lot of urban-adjacent fantasy this year, but Small Miracles focuses on the struggles of surviving everyday century life in such a charming way it was hard to pick anything else. I almost went with Legends & Lattes for the same reason until I realized I was forgetting the “19th-21st century” part of the square. Might’ve submitted it with it there and lost the edit link, oops. I'm the one the mods warned you about. Learn from my mistake.
Set in Africa: Noor by Nnedi Okorafor This is Okorafor’s card to lose. I binged the Binti trilogy earlier this year and was a little disappointed at the way it didn’t seem to come together. I much preferred Noor, with its solarpunk locations, themes of tradition v. technological progress, and life on the edges of a capitalist hellscape.
Non-Human Protagonist: The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie It took me ages to get through Ancillary Justice and I had it filed as books I recognized as good without clicking with, so I almost didn’t read this, but I’m so glad I did. Another sort-of-mystery where the narrator knows more than the reader, using clever tricks with the writing to pull it off on a meta level. Add in a Shakespeare retelling and a metaphysical debate about the nature of divinity and you’re checking all my favourite boxes. Easily a new all-time fave.
Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey: Middlegame by Seanan McGuire This was me giving McGuire another chance after I bounced off Wayward Children. Middlegame was one of the first books I read this year, and nothing came to surpass it for this category. I had hopes for The Midnight Library, a book about things I should have loved, until it turned out I absolutely hated it. I loved Middlegame’s sense of scale, of depth in the universe, and the metaphysical mystery eschews metaphysical answers in favour of the very physical relationships.
Five Short Stories: New Suns, ed. Nisi Shawl Anthologies are tough collections to review but New Suns had mostly hits and few misses, and I pulled out about half a dozen new authors to check out. I needed something with more variety than my first pick, Silk & Steel, which I found monotonous. There’s only so many short romances I can get through before I check out in favour of something longer.
Features Mental Health: Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson I waffled a bit on this one since the first book in the trilogy falls more into magic realism than pure fantasy, but A Prayer for the Crown-Shy fell flat for me so if Penguin Random House tags it fantasy that’s good enough for me. I loved the way the dry, straightforward prose speaks to the survival methods of the characters, and the unflinching but emotionally honest portrayal of addiction.
Self Published OR Indie Publisher: Zeroth Law by Guerric Haché This square was down to Zeroth Law or The Midnight Bargain by C.L. Polk, and Haché won me over with the Pacific Northwest. Vancouver Island is long overdue for a proper space elevator.
Award Finalist, but Not Won: Paladin’s Strength by T. Kingfisher This was the hardest square for me for one simple reason: I am very lazy, and looking up the award situation for every book I read is a lot of effort. Paladin’s Strength stands here representing the whole Saint of Steel series, all of which I read and thoroughly enjoyed. Kingfisher really understands the essence of paladins as people who are both extremely hot and extremely annoying.
BIPOC Author: Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse The scale of the world and the sense of dread that builds over the course of the book are killer. Black Sun was my favourite book by an Indigenous author this year including, unfortunately, Fevered Star. There’ve been two books of set-up so far and I hope the next book finally delivers. Honourable mention to Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger, which is thoroughly charming and would’ve made the card if it was less of a suburban fantasy.
Shapeshifters: Comeuppance Served Cold by Marion Deeds I don’t have much to say about this one, other than it’s a delight and I used my other shapeshifter books elsewhere. The only one left was The Bird King, which felt laborious where Comeuppance Served Cold was light, breezy, and thrilling enough to knock out in one night.
No Ifs, Ands, or Buts: Hell Followed With Us by Andrew Joseph White I accidentally narrowed this square down to “Books About Trans Survival And Found Fantasy With Long Titles” when it came down to this YA tale of body horror and righteous anger, or to Light From Uncommon Stars’s examination of womanhood. The latter was ambitious but didn’t come together, the former was straightforward but managed to pull it off, and I’ve been more and more appreciative of some good ol’ rage these days.
Family Matters: Black Water Sister by Zen Cho Loved it. First book I read last April, parked itself in this square and refused to budge even when I *really* needed a HM Ifs, Ands, or Buts. It’s hard to get more family-centric than your grandmother coming back from the dead to scold you for not respecting your parents. It’s dark and resonant and somehow manages to not feel too heavy.
And there we have it! As of the time of typing, there are 3 minutes left in March and I just got a notification that my hold on Assassin’s Apprentice is released. Here’s hoping I can finagle it into tomorrow’s card!
submitted by domatilla to Fantasy [link] [comments]

2023.04.01 08:38 edgyluffy John Pork

You turn your phone off in horror as you glance in it, seeing John Pork ringing the phone. You hear a window smash in the living room, an oink, and your heart starts racing. You look for the nearest hiding spot. There it is, your closet! You quickly and quietly rush into your closet. You hear footsteps thump down the corridor as you realize, you forgot to lock your room door.. Suddenly everything goes quiet, to the point where you can hear a pin drop. RING, RING, RING. You forgot to silence your phone as you ran into the closet and were too worried. You turn off the phone and quickly silence it. But, it's too late. You hear the closet door squeak, and as you turn around, there he is. JOHN. PORK. You scream in terror as he quietly silences you and knocks you out. You wake up, but you don't know where you are.. You look around to explore the place. You quickly realize you are in a barn, and there's items scattered around. You fortunately find a pocket knife that you choose to keep incase something happens. You then take a rusted steel bar which has fallen from the pipes. You break the door open, and run free. You think it all is safe, but in front of you, there he is, John Pork. He runs at you with his chainsaw, and you try to run away, but he slowly catches up. You throw your steel bar at him in hopes of escaping, but nothing happens as he just blocks it with his arm. You scream in horror as you trip and fall into the ground, and John Pork stands above you. "I'M SORRY I DIDN'T ANSWER YOUR CALLS! I WON'T IGNORE THEM AGAIN, PLEASE JUST LET ME GO!" you say, hoping he lets you live. "It's too late, I've called you so many times, and you never answered. That was your last chance." he says, with a tear in his eye. It worked. Your plan to distract him, it worked. You grab your pocket knife and gouge one of his eyes out, leaving him screaming. He falls onto the floor, and leaves his chainsaw as he covers his eye with both his hands. You grab the chainsaw he dropped, and viciously kill him. It's over, you finally escaped the curse of JOHN PORK.
submitted by edgyluffy to copypasta [link] [comments]

2023.04.01 08:28 iDigitize_Social Top 5 Benefits of Artificial Intelligence

Top 5 Benefits of Artificial Intelligence

Top 5 Benefits of Artificial Intelligence

We might not know everything about the world, but one thing is for sure, every change that comes into our lives will change our lifestyle. The same is the case with the invention of Artificial Intelligence. Not even the most efficient fortune-telling will be able to tell us what the future of AI will look like.

Let’s look at some noteworthy contributions worldwide post the introduction of artificial intelligence.

1. No scope for human errors:

The phrase “human error” was utilized as humans tend to make errors/mistakes from time to time. Computers however do not make these mistakes if they are programmed appropriately. Artificial intelligence has almost given a new mind to these devices which lacked human-like decision-making skills. They can not only take decisions from the previously gathered information by applying a certain set of algorithms but also boost accuracy at work.
Example: Generating a manual analytical report against an AI-generated report.

2. Reduces human risk

One of the most noteworthy advantages of Artificial intelligence is that it takes away all the physical risks involved in a job for humans. This is widely done by replacing a human with an AI robot. Be it sending the robot to mars for some research or even enabling it to defuse a bomb. That’s not it, it can also assist humans in exploring the deepest parts of the ocean, mining for coal and oil, the list is endless. Additionally, an AIS robot can also be efficiently used to manage man-made or natural disasters if programmed adequately.
Example: You must have heard about the Chornobyl nuclear power plant explosion in Ukraine? Here, an AI robot could have been installed to minimize the effect of radiation by controlling the fire in the early stages. This would not only help save so many lives but also diminish the after air effects of the explosion maintaining air quality.

3. Round-the-clock utility:

Keeping a 9-5 job timing in mind, an average human would work for 7 hours a day with a 1-hour break. Unlike this situation an AI bot or AI system can work for you 24/7 which increases productivity and accuracy as well. Additionally, they get better and more human-like with time and also don’t get bored of the same monotonous job they are programmed for.
Example: Many industries are relying on AI for daily query management like Education and helpline centres.

4. Digital chat manager:

Highly tech-driven organizations are now replacing humans at the query chat jobs and replacing them with pre-programmed AI chat bots. They are programmed to reply with relevant responses be it a service-related query or an e-commerce website product question. With massive previously generated data, this AI bot can act as an all-rounder when it comes to picking up responses from the question-answer bank.
Example: Your business-driven responsive website and mobile application design can differentiate from the others with an AI Voice bot or Chatbot which can help customers with all their queries 24/7.

5. Quick decision-making ability:

If you collaborate AI with other technologies you will be stunned to see their partnership powers. It unleashed quicker actions and improves the decision-making ability of the machine. Unlike humans, the machine only relies on practical data while taking decisions, whereas humans would also consider emotional components. AI-powered machine solely works on what it is programmed for and delivers quality results.
Example: We all in our life must have played games with the computer be it Ludo or Chess. The computer takes decisions on the next move almost in a few seconds. It will take the best possible step in a very short time according to the algorithms used behind it making it a tough game to win.

Summing up:

Keeping these global marvels of artificial intelligence, it’s sure to stun us even more in the years to come. Though it replaces humans in many jobs it also opens up a world of automation that is unstoppable.
Take a digital leap and ask our technical experts for result-driven IT business solutions.
submitted by iDigitize_Social to u/iDigitize_Social [link] [comments]

2023.04.01 08:17 maybegarbage123 This might be long

I have had a history of mental health issues from the time I was a child.
I was seen for OCD for compulsive hand washing (to keep clean) at an age so young that I don't know how old I was. This was followed by severe mental health issues as I got slightly older, maybe 10-11, when I became anti-social and started hating existence (might be a factor of age, I really don't know or care). Things did not stay that way, as when I was 14, I made my first real friends freshman year of high school. I did not really fit in but I tried. My friends used very offensive language, specifically the n-word, which I started using around the group, but felt wrong. That was the first sense of belonging I have ever felt, to this day, but I ended up having a mental divergence from them, then I transferred to a local high school that was not as academically rigorous to pursue dual-enrollment classes.
Keep in mind that I did well in school because I test well (multiple choice questions usually have an obvious answer, or you can make a 50/50 guess after ruling two answers out). I always greatly struggled with English and anything that involved critical thinking. I was in Gifted Learning programs at an early age, and learned that I was meant for something great. I was too young to really see any issues with how I was thinking, and all adults around me, esp my parents, failed or didn't want to listen to me as I was clearly having a very hard time.
To add, I was free to explore the internet at a young age. My parents had me at 24 and 25, two months after they got married, and during a crucial time in their lives when they were trying to figure their lives out. Both were busy building careers and establishing their lives, and they did a damn good job. But I began looking at porn before I knew what porn was, which is another issue for another day. I would hate going to school so much that I would watch things like 2 girls, 1 cup before school in the hopes that I would throw up and be able to skip school. Drank piss and shit water to get sick. I hated everything.
Anyway, that is some backstory, for those who read this. As I got older I started to notice things I would do, but only after I did them, and it scared me a lot. The first example was at 16. I lost my head a bit and broke into a laundromat in the middle of the night just because; maybe I could get a couple hundred out of it? Registers don't hold money after close though ( I knew this, being as I had two jobs at the time). The alarm went off in the store, and I ran, then drove my car to a different state 12+hrs away. I came home after a couple days.
When I really lost my head, and why I don't deserve to even "be helped" or redeem myself is when I almost really sexually assaulted a girl I really liked. There is no excuse for this behavior than to be horribly sick and I can't believe I walk among normal people after that. But I managed to get and have a loving relationship that truly made me love myself and everyone else for the first time in my life. After three years, I lost my head again and destroyed that relationship.
Then I robbed someone's house, and my negative horrible energy somehow convinced my friend to help. I will never forgive myself for it. I don't deserve forgiveness. I am just a bad person, who actively takes away from others. There are some people that do not deserve kindness or a will to live. I can say that I have never had a will to live, and the persistence of everyone keeping me around has only resulted in destruction.
I'm 25, and time has removed me from those incidents. I am a horrible person, but the only people that I can explain how honestly horrible I am are not the ones worried about me being around. I belong in prison, but I just want to eliminate this curse from affecting anyone every again. My life is a blight on everyone else, so my actions affecting my parents don't hold any weight anymore. Suicide is a community service at this point.
submitted by maybegarbage123 to SuicideWatch [link] [comments]

2023.04.01 08:17 SyllabubMassive787 Jim Bob - sexual crossing the line

I'm not sure if this has been discussed already, but I just got around to listening to Jinger and Jeremy's YouTube video discussion with Don Veinot and Ron Henzel. What stuck out to me was Jinger saying that she had to confess all her sins directly to Jim Bob and that Jim Bob had become a god figure to the family. Plus, his control extended after the marriage which caused conflict.
This is straight abuse. Controlling, an egotistical psychopath who has an acute God complex. Horrible and disgusting and I wish he would die to release them. I don't know the answer, but here are some questions I have about Jim Bob's nature.
Did he do this for all the kids? Did they have to share sexual thoughts or feelings which they acted upon? Did Jim Bob cross the line into sexual-incest abuse when the girls or boys were made to confess if they touched themselves? Does this explain the feelings some of us have that he is also a predator? Did he secretly enjoy Josh confessing his deeds? Is this why he let them continue and he didn't see it as a big deal? Is this why he continues to protect him?
How much did Jim Bob question the boys if they admitted to self-pleasure or considered doing so? I've heard that Jim Bob has claimed he has NEVER masturbated and that possibly Michelle "suffered from" these feelings as a teen. Is this why he controls the kissing or hugs/hand-holding between the engaged couples? And they must get his approval on what is allowed in their adult relationship? So he can still control their sexual thoughts and be part of the act? Is it because he is a closeted god-like pedo that he requires the future husbands to fill out a 40-page questionnaire, including their sexual history? Is this why his daughters do their hair "the way daddy likes it"?
Is his predatory behavior the reason he forces his sexuality with Michelle onto his children? Does he enjoy exhibiting these acts because he controls his children's sexual feelings? Is he the one who molded Josh by asking about every sexual desire his young 9-12 year old had, prompting further exploration without an approved outlet?
Is this the reason he was attracted to a breeding fetish cult? And why he cares so much about parading his sex trophies? Or why everyone knows Michelle's cycle and the whole house can remember they will be having sex? Why else would he allow this private information to be so public, if not to ignite desires or understanding? Is this why he likes to announce their first kiss at weddings?
Is this why Jim Bob puts his photo in the girl's room, so he is always looking over them? Is this why Jim Bob claimed lots of families have pedo/incest issues because he is guilty as well, but he disguised his own actions as proving spiritual release by confessing sins to the family overall spiritual leader? Is this why he makes Michelle talk in a baby voice and Anna picked it up for her pedo husband as well? Is this why Josh wanted a wife like his mother because he saw the same pedo behavior in his father and wanted to control a weak-minded woman as well?
I have so much hatred for him ( and, of course, Josh)
Did any other lines stick out to you?
submitted by SyllabubMassive787 to DuggarsSnark [link] [comments]