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2009.05.09 15:02 elottery Lottery

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2012.11.04 18:29 The_Snoozberries If I Won The Lottery a.k.a, things I'd do if I were super rich.

What would you do if you won the lottery? What would you buy? Where would you go?

2014.01.17 07:02 iamtheraptor NBA Draft

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2023.06.04 01:09 arieljoc Hit or miss format, The Challenge: Blind Fury

Contestants: - 100% anonymous (will require lots of alts & super strict NDAs) - Everyone gets a big white board in their room - Everyone has a player “card” with stats like: Endurance: 8 Experience: 7 Puzzles: 3. Rookie stats are from a pre-game combine like fresh meat. - They are told finals are in teams - They don’t know EVERYONE is anonymous until day 1. They may think they are a mercenary or a twist until then. - Player “banks” are on their cards. - Cast full of elimination dominators, daily winners, some bffs and rivals, and rooks from intense shows
Elimination, first half of game: - worst player goes in - Opponent is via lottery - If an eliminated player has a cash bank, they can see all player cards and give their bank to one of the players, otherwise it’s gone.
Elimination, second half of game: - worst player goes in - Opponent is semi lottery, semi picked by daily winner - The daily winner is given 5 player cards via lottery. The winner picks from the 5 cards who goes into elimination - Eliminated player has to give half their bank to one of the players, choosing from looking at all anon player cards + known players (elim winners), keeping the rest
Final elimination: - Last person picked from mini final teams + next daily loser + worst daily record overall in a 3 person elim. 1 winner to get to a final count of 9 people *****
All elims are same gender vs same gender
Dailies: - best performers are safe from elimination lotto, unless they volunteer - Best performers also bank a 5k cash prize - Players are told if the winner of the daily won last daily as well or if it is a different person
Reveals: - cast gets to watch the eliminations - Elim winner gets to mingle with other cast mates, but is not allowed to tell other cast mates who else is on the cast - The daily winner whose sex is not up for elimination gets a reveal of any player card of their choosing (except the other daily winner) - At the final 14 everyone is revealed in person via individual booths and a curtain going up for effect. Then there is a huge party with unlimited drinks (cue drama & hookups)
Getting to the final/teams: - after the party, there is a house vote for who goes into elim (1 man 1 woman elim) - at the final 12 there is a mini final - Top three performers are the first people on 3 teams - Picking order goes 1, 2, 3, then whoever they picked picks the next person and so forth. - Mini final loser is purged (I don’t like purges but need it for numbers to work) - Final elimination of whichever gender is uneven from mini final loser purge (see above) *****
OR could just do team dailies after the mini final until it’s 3 teams of 3
Strategies to expect: - does anyone volunteer for elims to learn who cast members are? - Do people send in a strong player and risk not having them on their final team, or is it a bigger risk to potentially go against them? - Do they send in a weak player if they know their friend is bad at puzzles and could be in elimination from a puzzle daily? Is their friend even in the comp? - Betrayals at the team swap? - Alliance paranoia from who gets eliminated player banks. - Does anyone help another in the mini final?
This format would accomplish:
  1. No pre-taping alliances
  2. Great elimination reactions and surprises. Did someone accidentally save a rival and sacrifice a friend?
  3. Unlikely throwing dailies (no not wanting the hot seat or trying to get rid of certain people. Let’s see pure competition!)
  4. Mixed gender teams trio final format
  5. Potential betrayals at the team swap.
  6. Watching how strategies unfold as more info is revealed. Does anyone risk elim for info?
  7. Elim winner earns something
  8. Lowered ability to target rookies completely
  9. Fresh alliances
  10. Deep player analysis. They will have to be hyper aware of their own and other cast mates’ abilities. Makes for intriguing confessionals.
Cast: 36
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2023.06.03 23:16 WestwardNorthWindow [Ice Hockey] The Apocalypse, or: The 2023 NHL Draft Lottery

This is an ongoing drama, one that won't stop until probably next year or even longer. But before I get into the details of the drama, let's talk about the background, and the important information to know...
TW: Sexual assault discussion mentioned about halfway.
EDIT: Note: Please let me know if there are any inaccuracies. I tried to get all the facts straight, but I have memory issues and get stories mixed up. Also, I truncated some details to prevent this from being a few dozen pages long.

Hockey? NHL? What the fuck are those?

Ice hockey is a sport where 6 very large, burly men put swords on their feet and glide around on ice against 6 other very large, burly men who also have sword-shoes. They carry a stick to whack around a hard little circle of rubber and each other (most often each other) with the goal of hitting that little rubber past another large burly man into a 6'x4' net. A game takes place over 3 periods of 20 minutes each, and whoever hits the rubber circle most often in the opponent's Warhammer gaming table sized net is the winner of the game. There are 82 games during the 'regular season', and then they compete in the 'playoffs' for the Stanley Cup, which is worth at least $5.
The National Hockey League, or the Ligue Nationale de Hockey if you hate everyone else in North America, is effectively the world's highest level of ice hockey. People all over the world spend their entire youth lives training to have a shot at being drafted by an NHL team, from Belarus to England, from Canada to Australia. There are other leagues in the world, but they are more or less for people who are shunned in the NHL for whatever reason, people who have retired from the NHL but still play hockey for whatever reason (Jaromir Jagr, I'm looking at you), or people who aren't good enough to play in the NHL but still good enough to be paid to play.
There are 32 teams in the NHL at the moment, but the most important teams for this story are:
1) Chicago Blackhawks: I'm going to go over the Blackhawks later in this post. It's...a lot.
2) Anaheim Ducks: A team that was originally owned by Disney based on the movie The Mighty Ducks. No, I'm not joking. They were founded in 1993 and have had some close calls with the Stanley Cup, and won one in 2007. They finished the 22-23 season with the worst record possible, and one of the worst records in NHL history.
3) Columbus Blue Jackets: They're young, having only existed since 2000. They've never been in the Stanley Cup finals, and have never really had a good season during their existence. They finished second to last.
4) Seattle Kraken: They're the newest team, being founded in 2021. They're actually not relevant at all to this post; they're my team and therefore am obligated to mention them.

Okay, so sword-feet and stick hitting rubber circle. What is this about 'draft'?

In order to make it to the NHL, you have to be drafted by an NHL team. Being drafted is similar to how people used to pick each other for teams during recess. You know, where you kept getting picked last. Except if you get drafted, you get a contract worth potentially millions of dollars.
The draft takes place over a series of rounds, where each team picks one person each (unless they traded their draft pick, but this isn't relevant). In the first round, the teams with the worst record draft first, all the way up to the team that won the Stanley Cup. This repeats for seven rounds total.
HOWEVER, there is a twist...

The Lottery

So in order to prevent teams from 'tanking', aka losing on purpose in order to get the best draft pick, the league came up with the Draft Lottery. After the season has ended, every team that didn't make the playoffs participates in the lottery. Whoever wins the lottery will jump up 10 spots in the draft. Teams who were worse during the season get higher odds. This year, the team with the best odds are the Anaheim Ducks, at 18.5% chance of winning, since they sucked hard and it wasn't even on purpose.

Okay, enough. Why is the 2023 draft important?

This year is one of the most important drafts in recent NHL history. The current highest-rated prospect is Connor Bedard. Bedard is...good. Like, really good. Like, really, REALLY good. Top NHL players are saying that Bedard already has the best shot release in hockey right now at least...and he's only like 17 years old. I won't go into it much further, but Connor Bedard is the type of player that can lead teams to the Stanley Cup by just being on the team. People are comparing him to Wayne Gretzky; if you need context for who that is, he's considered one of the best sports-people of all time out of all sports.

Side Show -- The Chicago Blackhawks, and Why Everyone Hates Them

The Blackhawks, which I'm going to call the Hawks, are an old team. They've been around since the 40s as one of the 'original six', teams that have been around since the modern NHL was a thing (well, not really, but it's not relevant). Yes, the NHL only had 6 teams until the 1960s, which is when they finally expanded into more markets, which then snowballed into what we have now (32 teams).
The Hawks have had...a rough recent history. They effectively had a dynasty for most of the 2010s, winning the Stanley Cup 3 times, and a lot of it had to do with their talent. Before the 2010s, the Hawks sucked. That is, until they drafted amazing players like Jonathan Toews (pronounced "taves", not "toes") and Patrick Kane, who helped boost them to the Stanley Cup in the 10's. These picks were already controversial; people like to claim that the NHL favors original six teams because they're massive markets, which means more butts-in-seats, which means more money. So the Blackhawks getting so many first round, top-3 picks was...suspicious to most.
But all of this is overshadowed by the sexual assault and subsequent cover up.
During the 2010 season, one of their cup-winning seasons, a player named Kyle Beach, was sexually assaulted by a member of the coaching staff. He brought it forward to the organization who did their best to make sure that the coaching staff was safe and sound. Kyle Beach never broke into the NHL aside from the 2010 season -- take that information for what it is. In 2021, Kyle Beach sued the Blackhawks for their mishandling. An independent investigation found that the Blackhawks knew about the sexual assault, and did nothing to the perpetrator. The perpetrator went on to commit more acts of sexual assault against young players.
The punishment that the Blackhawks faced? Nothing major. They were fined $2 million. basically nothing, considering they made $222 million that year. So, like...1%.
This punishment was a slap in the face to teams like the Arizona Coyotes, who lost draft picks (which means losing players that could turn their organization around) because of a much, MUCH less severe violation (In their case, the Coyotes were performing physicals on potential draftees before they were drafted, which is a violation of the NHL constitution). Other teams have lost players because of similar circumstances -- the first one that comes to mind is the Boston Bruins, who dropped a player because it came to light he had hazed, abused, and hurled racial slurs at a black autistic classmate while he was playing in the junior leagues.
Needless to say, this further fueled conspiracies that the Blackhawks were getting special treatment because of their status as an original six team, and how big the Chicago market is.
From the /hockey subreddit:
Didn't the NHL originally fine the Devils $3 million for the Kovalchuk stuff a decade ago? What a joke. [Context: Kovalchuk was a high-level player, and the Devils tried to do some sneaky-shady stuff in order to keep him.]
Coyotes lost high picks for getting extra physical data, Devils got fined $3m and two picks for cap circumvention, and we got fined $250k for calling out George Parros for being the joke he is. And all the Blackhawks get for covering up rape is a $2m fine?? What a fucking joke [Context: This is a Rangers fan, and the Rangers called out George Parros, leader of the Department of Player Safety, for doing nothing about player safety. They were fined $250k for making mean comments.]
It doesn't really help that Chicago fans have a poor reputation. In the NHL, Chicago fans have a reputation for being drunk fair-weather fans. Before 2010 Chicago had a rough time filling up their arena to half-way. During the 2010s? Sellout arena, every game. Going into the 2020s, when their team started sucking again, they're back to struggling filling seats.
So the hockey fandom in general doesn't really like Chicago, but how does this all tie into the 2023 Draft?

The Lottery (for real this time)

As mentioned before, the 2023 season was potentially a huge season for struggling teams like the Columbus Blue Jackets or the Anaheim Ducks. Getting Connor Bedard would turn around entire franchises, overnight.
Going into the draft, the heavy favorites to win the lottery were the Ducks at 18.5%, the Blue Jackets at 13.5%, and the Chicago Blackhawks at 11.5%. The other 13 teams had basically less than 10% odds.
The draft lottery was televised, and millions of people watched ESPN and TSN to see the results from all over the league. Top teams in the west were praying that the lottery winner would go to the Blue Jackets so they wouldn't have to face Bedard, and top teams in the east were praying the lottery pick would go to the west for the same reason. Everyone universally had the same sentiment though:
Anyone but Chicago.
The hosts go down the line to show the new draft lineup, starting from 16 and going down. Nothing seemed to change in the lineup; teams hoping for ajump up were sadly disappointed but knew they never really had a chance anyways.
The hosts get to the top 5. The reveal the 5th pick is...Montreal. Montreal fans speak French-Canadian sadly, or whatever it is Quebecois folk do.
The fourth pick is revealed. The San Jose Sharks. Sharks fans chomp sadly. Or drink their Starbucks sadly. Idk, I'm not rich enough to live in San Jose.
Then something curious happens. They cut to a commercial break, but the ESPN broadcasters say something very curious. "An upset for Columbus! It's down to Anaheim or Chicago!" Suspicion arises. The card for 3rd place wasn't revealed, how could they have known that Columbus was the 3rd pick? Conspiracy talk bumps up in the live Reddit thread. People were already saying that Chicago won the lottery. They just knew.
Nice of ESPN to state Columbus will pick 3rd before Daley ever even showed it and they went to commercials “It will be either Chicago or Anaheim”….
Elliotte Friedman tweeted out who got pick 1 and 2 during the commercial break. Said tweets have now been deleted.
The NHL lottery comes back on after commercials and reveal that CBJ wins the 3rd pick to no one's surprise. All that's left is two envelopes, one with a '2' the other with a '1'. They begin to open the '2' envelope. The hockey world goes silent, as whoever gets the 2 spot means that the other won the lottery...

The Worst Timeline

The worst-case-scenario happens. Chicago, universally hated in the hockey world, wins the draft lottery. Duck fans are outraged. Blue Jacket fans are outraged. Literally every fanbase is outraged.
hockey 9/11
why has god abandoned us
If you didn't think Chicago was getting Bedard here is your lesson of how fucked up the world is
Fuck this
Can't lose that media market now that Kane and Toews are gone!
Never forget that the Coyotes had to forfeit a first round pick for talking to a prospect before it was permitted, while Chicago protected a fucking rapist and got no reprecussions.
Coyotes: asks prospects what they ate and to wear shorts? Forfeit draft picks Blackhawks: cover up sexual assault and lie your asses off? Have a Bedard
Draft HoF talent 1st overall -> Go on a dynasty and win 3 cups -> Trade HoF 1st overall -> Draft another HoF talent 1st overall.
He went to the least deserving team.
Individual team subreddits were no better. Every fan from every team, aside from Chicago, were seething and chomping at the bit. There is an ongoing conspiracy about the NHL favoring Chicago now, and people are actively calling for the NHL commissioner's resignation.

Living in a Post-Apocalypse Wasteland

It's been barely a month since the bomb dropped. Food is hard to come by. Hope is lost. People fight each other for the barest scraps of undamaged cloth to keep warm at night since the sun was blacked out.
We don't know what will happen. Life is moving on, but is it really life if there's no will to live?
In seriousness, no one wanted this outcome. Even some Hawks fans hated this. It's hard to say what will happen to the NHL now. Some people are saying that Connor Bedard will get drafted and refuse to play for the Blackhawks, demanding to be traded. Some say he'll disappear to Europe and play in the Swedish league or the KHL to avoid the Blackhawks contract. Others say he'll be a fool to avoid the NHL and just take what he's got, and demand a trade later.
No one knows what Connor Bedard is thinking. He's not really said anything. But we do know that the world of hockey has been shaken to its core. If Bedard plays, Chicago will be a force to be reckoned with for years. If he avoids Chicago, it'll be a legendary act of defiance that will 100% cause the NHL to invent a rule to prevent that from happen again.
But for now, I must return to my fallout shelter. It's not healthy to stand in the radiation for too long.
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2023.06.03 22:11 Liberty2012 AI challenges meaning in a world becoming an illusion

AI challenges meaning in a world becoming an illusion
Society falls into the abyss of illusion. Whatever is applicable in the context of art is also for the rest of all works, creative or intellectual, by human beings. Whatever we decide does not stop at art, AI inevitably will consume in some form all disciplines and master them.
A significant driver of rapid adoption is social media engagement. It is undeniable the leverage AI currently presents as a tool to be leveraged for growing account visibility. It therefore makes it a bit harder to discern overall public opinion as these accounts and posts get significant boosting across all media platforms. It would seem in some aspects that AI is winning strongly over content created by humans. However, it is not clear if that is the case. Nonetheless, it all becomes a moot point as AI continues progress towards results that are no longer distinguishable from human.
"Where is the value in AI creativity? Does it actually create anything? What can be said of artistic works in which the creation was essentially a series of playing at the lottery of the machine until something fantastic emerges? Spinning the wheel of chance and instead of red, black or some number, it is a series of lexical phrases with which we hope to catch the spinning ball on the Roulette and award us a work of art. "
An AI composite of my own intended to capture the counter perspective of AI art.
At some point, if we can simply wish something into existence, then what is the point? We have removed the journey of the human experience. If we were to look backwards at astounding past works, how would we view them through todays lens? Would it look like the following?
Where does all this leave us with meaning and understanding of the world? As AI is essentially a skill/technology replication machine, this means that there are no safe plateaus on the skill ladder to reach towards.
"Climbing the skill ladder is going to look more like running on a treadmill at the gym. No matter how fast you run, you aren’t moving, AI is still right behind you learning everything that you can do."
These are some concepts from my further and deeper elaborations on AI and the impacts to culture and society -
It is my opinion that art may be at the forefront of societal awareness of AI impacts, but many have still not yet considered what it means for everything else.
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2023.06.03 21:04 Sea-Entrepreneur4664 RenPlat Nuzlocke Update

RenPlat Nuzlocke Update
Been a long time since the last RenPlat post I made, been swamped up in schoolwork and other stuff. I beat Gardenia with no losses with Crobat, Umbreon, Monferno, and Grotle and Jupiter was pretty easy. I’ve been really winning the lottery with natures, (Metang has a Brave nature which is pretty nifty if I do say so myself). Only three losses, a Surskit, Machop, and a Shiny Bidoof.
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2023.06.03 20:07 Stock-Astronomer2709 [New York Post] The 2023 NBA Draft is an uncommon Sean Marks chance — what it means for the Nets’ picks

The Nuggets and Heat are squaring off in the NBA Finals, led by players who were taken 41st and 30th in their respective draft classes.
Two-time MVP Nikola Jokic and Jimmy Butler are living, breathing, scoring reminders that there are great players to be found anywhere in the draft — if you scout and develop well enough.
It’s a lesson the Nets — who this June will have the best draft capital to work with that general manager Sean Marks has ever had – would do well to remember. And an example they will try to replicate.
“In terms of star players on both teams, of course you have two essentially late-round draft picks,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Thursday night at Game 1 in Denver. “I think that’s a great story for basketball fans everywhere.”
Jokic is the best player in these Finals and arguably the best in the league — having won two straight MVPs before being unseated last month by 76ers superstar Joel Embiid. He’s also as big a draft steal as there is in the NBA.
The NBA Finals matchup of the Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic and the Heat’s Jimmy Butler shows how stars can emerge from non-premium draft positions.
The Knicks’ Jalen Brunson (No. 33 overall), the Warriors’ Draymond Green (No. 35) and the Bucks’ Khris Middleton (39) were also second-round draft picks.
While all the attention is paid to the top overall picks such as projected 2023 No. 1 Victor Wembanyama and the rest of the lottery selections, some of the world’s biggest stars were taken outside the lottery: former MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and two-time Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard each were selected 15th overall.
“You can find players,” an Eastern Conference scout told The Post. “And this draft is pretty deep.”
This year’s draft is regarded as stronger than the 2024 pool. The Nets can only hope so.
The 2023 NBA Draft revolves around Victor Wembanyama (1), but the depth of the class includes French club teammate Bilal Coulibaly.
The Nets currently have three picks on June 22: Nos. 21, 22 and 51 overall.
It’s the start of a span, through 2029, during which the Nets have the fourth-most draft capital in the league: 11 first-round picks and nine second-rounders.
The board around No. 21 and No. 22
Marks has a strong track record in the draft since his arrival, selecting future All-Star Jarrett Allen and Caris LeVert late in the first round and rising center Nic Claxton in the second round.
Presuming the Nets keep their first-round selections at No. 21 and No. 22 later this month, they will be the second-highest and tied-for-third-highest picks Marks ever has made, behind effectively taking LeVert with the No. 20 pick in 2016 (it went in the official record as a Pacers selection).
Marks has a history of being fairly aggressive either leading up to the draft or on draft night. Where he’s sitting weeks before is rarely where he lands.
But presuming he stands pat, there will be plenty of talent in the early-20s range, including South Carolina freshman G.G. Jackson, G League Ignite’s Leonard Miller and French teen Bilal Coulibaly, the players most often connected with the Nets in mock drafts.
G.G. Jackson’s draft stock is enhanced by his age: He doesn’t turn 19 until December.
Coulibaly is Wembanyama’s 18-year-old teammate at Metropolitans 92 in Paris, a long-armed defensive disruptor with 6-foot-8 height, a 7-foot-3 wingspan and plenty of room to develop his game.
The 6-foot-9, 214-pound Jackson is the youngest player in the class, even younger than Coulibaly, with NBA size, scoring ability and questionable shot selection.
And Miller, a fast-rising 6-foot-10 Canadian forward, looks to be a promising, versatile defender.
“There is a lot of young talent that could help our organization,” Nets scouting operations director and G League Long Island general manager J.R. Holden told NetsDaily after returning from the G League and NBA Combines. “This draft has everything: shooting, athleticism, guys with high basketball IQ.”
The Nets are doggedly secretive even about which prospects they’ve brought in for workouts or interviewed.
Leonard Miller, who played this season for G League Ignite, is moving up draft boards.
Among the few prospects with first-round grades who reportedly have worked out for the Nets: Xavier junior shooting guard Colby Jones, North Carolina State sophomore shooting guard Terquavion Smith and junior shooting guard Andre Jackson from reigning national champion UConn.
The other names that have emerged — including DePaul senior small forward Javan Johnson, whom The Post reported worked out for Brooklyn on Wednesday — are pegged either as second-round selections or projected to go undrafted.
Lanky Eastern Michigan small forward Emoni Bates, a one-time top-rated prospect, is often projected to the Nets in the second round of mock drafts.
The New Zealand connection
Marks personally flew 10,000 miles to scout French guard Rayan Rupert, a 6-foot-7 standout for the New Zealand Breakers of the National Basketball League. Rupert, who turned 19 on Wednesday, is typically rated as a late-first-round pick.
Marks watched Rupert first in Brisbane, Australia, and then two days later in Auckland, New Zealand.
Rayan Rupert was scouted in person by Nets GM Sean Marks while playing this season for the NBL’s New Zealand Breakers.
Yes, Marks is from Auckland, and his former Suns teammate Shawn Marion coaches the Breakers. But the fact that Nets director of player evaluation B.J. Johnson also made the trip speaks to how they view Rupert as a prospect.
And the young Frenchman apparently is pretty impressed with Brooklyn as well.
“My dream has always been to play in the NBA,” Rupert told ESPN. “I’m ready to take the next step in my career.”
He added: “I’m watching a lot of Nets games. My favorite player is Mikal Bridges. He plays with great energy and can do everything on the court. He used to be a 3-and-D player like me, but now he is a franchise player. I love everything about him.”
Rupert has worked out in Texas with Tim Martin, who is also Claxton’s trainer. Claxton joined Bridges in finishing in the top 5 in voting for the NBA Most Improved Award this season, and is one of the Nets’ bigger draft success stories.
In other developments…
Nets assistant coach Ryan Forehan-Kelly has been instrumental in Claxton’s development, and likely will be hands-on with the players the team drafts later this month.
The Nets worked to develop Caris LeVert (pictured racing ahead of the Nuggets’ Jamal Murray) after making him the highest draft pick of the Sean Marks era in 2016.
He watched how head coach Jacque Vaughn — then the lead assistant to Kenny Atkinson — worked to mold LeVert.
“One thing that stands out to me is … how meticulous [Vaughn] was in planning for the workouts and how focused he was in building [LeVert’s] tool belt, and what tools needed to come first, and when and where to use these tools, teaching him those things,” Forehan-Kelly said on the “Voice of the Nets” podcast with Chris Carrino. “So early on, it was a blessing just seeing how he operates, how he teaches. And a lot of those things I still use now.
“Just how many resources are here, that’s what makes our organization special, is the culture and how many people are involved in investing in these kids and helping them reach their full potential.”
Nobody knows which guys the Nets will end up with, or even exactly which ones will be available to them.
But with a deep pool of 2023 prospects, they have a chance to come away with some useful players — if their due diligence gets done.
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2023.06.03 18:46 dreamingofislay Feis Ile 2023 Day Eight - Ardbeg Day Recap (6/3)

Feis Ile 2023 Day Eight - Ardbeg Day Recap (6/3)
That's a wrap, folks! Feis Ile 2023 has been an incredible experience, and it ended with a bang on Ardbeg's open day today.
The chosen crew for Operation Smokescreen, a free single-cask tasting panel
  • Ardbeg Committee members could enter a lottery for a free experience called "Operation Smokescreen" in the runup to the Feis. I signed us both up, and my wife won a place! Here's what she could disclose to me. During the Operation, the fortunate 50 or so fans entered an elaborately decorated mad scientist's lab, where they tried samples from five Ardbeg single casks and Ardbeg 10 at cask strength. The mad scientist in question was Gillian Macdonald, the company's master blender. Working in teams, the lucky ducks offered tasting notes on the five casks using Ardbeg 10 as a reference point. My wife guessed that the Ardbeg crew will blend these cask types to make a new expression, perhaps an upcoming Committee release.
  • This year's open day single cask release (495 pounds) was an 11.5-year-old whisky aged in a first-fill amontillado sherry cask. Even at that steep price, the line was massive, and it kept up all day, never letting up as new arrivals joined in. I saw stray bottle flippers grabbing as many as they could and then immediately leaving festival day, which is a real shame.
  • I missed Bruichladdich and Bunnahabhain days doing activities at other distilleries, but I cannot imagine anyone does it better than Ardbeg. Their day is a fitting capstone to the week because they go all out. Elaborate decorations (this year, giant green octopus tentacles hanging from the windows, and comic panels all over the walls); staff in sci-fi and superhero costumes, along with savvy guests; and by far the most activities and games of Feis week. The entry ticket was 10 pounds but was a bargain: two drams, a "smokie" (a smoked fish), a mini-glencairn glass, and a scavenger hunt-style game that could earn another dram. And the crowds were the biggest we saw all week, by far.
  • Aside from offering the whole core range and the Heavy Vapours festival bottle as those two included drams, Ardbeg also had a cash bar with very reasonable prices for rare or pricey whiskies, including Ardbeg 25 for 20 pounds and Supernova 2014 and other old Committee releases or Feis bottles for 10 pounds. The bartenders also had very heavy hands. A single pour was enough for my wife and me to split, with me filling up a 20 ml sample bottle and still having leftovers to nose and sip. There was also a fun game of chance where, for five pounds a play, we drew a surprise dram from a set of small mailbox-like lockers. The pours ranged from the standard Ardbeg 10 up to Twenty-something, Renaissance, Alligator Committee Release, 25, etc. In our three plays, we got the Heavy Vapours, 8-year-old For Discussion, and Traigh Bhan 19-year-old Batch 4. Not too bad!
  • There were tons of games and activities. One of our favorites was a comic workshop where people could draw this year's "Heavy Vapours" villains or heroes (from the Planet Ardbeg comic book series) on merchandise they purchased at the gift shop. In my wife's case, she got a free lab coat from Operation Smokescreen and later added her own hand-drawn touch to it.
The angry smokecloud residing in every bottle of Heavy Vapours
  • In contrast to other distilleries, Ardbeg festival day tastings are booked day-of. We jumped on the 1:30 tasting, led by distillery manager Colin Gordon and two employees, including Emma, our tour guide from yesterday. The tasting covered (1) new make; (2) Heavy Vapours; (3) Blaaack; (4) Supernova 2014; and (5) this year's Amontillado single cask. The price was 50 pounds, up from 40 pounds last year, and was held outside thanks to the spectacular weather. While it was nice, it was also mobbed - there must have been over 70-80 people in our tasting group. The pours were well worth the cost, although I preferred other experiences earlier in the week with smaller groups or more organization.
  • We saw the swan couple again alongside the Ardbeg pier. Throughout the week, they proved themselves more dedicated festival attendees than we were.
  • Note from last night: Lucci's Bar at the Bowmore Hotel is another iconic Islay watering hole, and Peter is an absolute encyclopedia of whisky knowledge. The bar had live music on Friday night; we left around midnight to a heartwarming rendition of Auld Lang Syne.
  • Looking back at my notes, I tried 85 whiskies in 8 days on the island, so I'm ready for a vacation from this vacation. We're heading to Skye next and will visit three more distilleries in the next week or so, but nothing like this pace (thankfully).
Farewell to another spectacular week with the best whisky-makers in the world
Ardbeg Heavy Vapours Festival Bottling - This is the 46%, slightly diluted version of the Committee Release we tried yesterday, but it's very similar. It has a dry presentation missing some of Ardbeg's brighter fruit notes, so it almost seemed to have a hole in the middle of the palate. I'm not a big fan, so I wasn't tempted by its 120-pound price tag.
Ardbeg 8 y.o. For Discussion - I'm wondering why Ardbeg would release an 8-year-old whisky, but it's hard to complain about a new, age-stated, higher ABV (50.8%) Ardbeg at a fair price of 60 pounds. This pretty much tastes like a champion's breakfast of a lemon muffin and two cigarettes. If released in America, we'd call this "Ardbeg Bottled in Bond." Good stuff.
Ardbeg Blaaack Committee Release - Alright, hello, this is different. This has lots of ripe orchard fruit, berries, and other rich flavors. On the finish, moreso than on the nose, I get a healthy dose of vanilla. Subsequent sips got more acidic and less pleasurable.
Ardbeg Supernova Committee Release 2014 - This whisky epitomizes what it means to be peaty, not smoky. This whisky is a blend of very peated barrels (or barrels that expressed that character more than normal), but the type of peat is a vegetal, floral, and earthy melange, not the ashy smoke typical of Ardbegs. It's surprisingly mellow on the palate, and on one particularly good sip, there were hints of Boston cream donut on the finish.
Ardbeg 11 y.o. Amontillado Single Cask Feis Ile 2023 - In watches, one way to distinguish between quartz watches and mechanicals (which are more of a luxury item) is by the movement of the seconds hand. Quartz watches tick, while mechanicals have a sweeping, smooth motion. But some super-high-end mechanical watchmakers include a feature called a "dead-beat" seconds hand, which ticks like a quartz watch. So for an extra $10,000 or $20,000, that feature makes a very expensive luxury watch look, in one way, like a regular quartz. That wasn't just random wristwatch trivia, folks; it was a very long metaphor for the fact that this single cask tastes a lot like my favorite bourbon, Elijah Craig Barrel Proof. It has a very oaky but sweet nose, and then a mix of fruit, brown sugar, and more charred wood on the palate before wrapping up with a dried-fruit-and-oak finish. On the one hand, I love every part on it. On the other hand, why would I pay $620 for a scotch that tastes like my favorite $80-100 bourbon? This is the dead-beats seconds hand of the scotch market.
Ardbeg Traigh Bhan Batch 4 - I started getting palate exhaustion by this point. This dram seemed very subtle and balanced, especially in this day and age when almost all Ardbegs are well under 10 years old. The dried glass surprised me with a distinct deli ham note when we got home from festival day. This is a savory Ardbeg, and pretty different than the original Traigh Bhan from 2019.
Ardbeg 10 Cask Strength - OK, one quick pour at home, just to confirm this is as good as I would expect. It is. The "soot and fruit" core character of Ardbeg shines through. Yesterday, I almost asked our tour guide yesterday whether Ardbeg would ever consider doing a 10 at cask strength, since Laphroaig 10 Cask Strength is my favorite series of whiskies. After tasting this, I am holding out hope. Delicious.
And some stray notes from the Bowmore Hotel last night ...
Bowmore Vault Edition No. 2 Peat Smoke - It's so funny, this dram was supposed to highlight the peaty/smoky side of Bowmore's moderately peated spirit. Instead, it hit me with the clearest, most powerful prune note I've ever gotten in a whisky. Not the most complex, but a delightful surprise.
Kilchoman STR Cask 2019 - STR is an experimental cask finish involving shaving, toasting, and recharring (hence, S-T-R) old wine casks to mature whisky. Based on this one, I'm not the biggest fan. Like a dried-out bourbon that had its sweet notes sucked out of its nose before mummification.
Arrrrrrrdbeg! - This pour was pretty pricey, but damned if it isn't worth it. The nose is minty and features starfruit, anise, and mukhwas, with more of those fresh fruit and spice characteristics on the palate, along with a balanced dose of cigar smoke peatiness. A mellow and self-assured Ardbeg, and a fitting tribute to longtime distillery manager Mickey Heads.
Bunnahabhain 12 Cask Strength 2022 ed. - Aberlour A'bunadh is like the Two Face of whiskies for me; half is amazing, but half is harsh and hot (even though we mostly drink cask-strength whisky). This dram is the good half of A'bunadh: spiced cider, sultanas and trail mix dried fruits, cocoa powder, all in a rich and syrupy whisky.
The complete week's recaps are here:
Day One, Lagavulin
Day Two, Bruichladdich, but we skipped and did Bunnahabhain
Day Three, Caol Ila
Day Four, Laphroaig
Day Five, Bowmore and Ardnahoe
Bonus notes from Days One through Five
Day Six, Kilchoman
Day Seven, Bunnahabhain Day, but we did Lagavulin and Ardbeg warehouse tastings
Bonus post with my personal festival awards
Slainte all, and thanks for reading! I'll do a writeup in the next few weeks with some booking and logistics advice, if people are interested.
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2023.06.03 15:47 erchamionberen The 'I can't make it to the Maggard meet up' PIF

Live too far away to go to the Maggard meet up? Can't make it because life got in the way? Disappointed you won't get to check on u/VisceralWatch's thrill status in person? Or even sneak a peak at Will's sexy feet?
This PIF will fill that Maggard meet up shaped hole in your life.
We international (unlike the Maggard meet up) (as long as Canada Post can reach you).
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P.S. Please don’t enter if you’ve been posting SOTDs with PAA; you’ll be DQ’d if you win.
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2023.06.03 15:37 chissuu Calling for respondents for a survey. Win GCash raffle prizes

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2023.06.03 15:35 chissuu Calling respondents for survey

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We are 4th Year students taking up Bachelor of Science in Management Accounting at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, and currently conducting a quantitative research as one of the requirements in Accounting Research Methods entitled, “The Financial Literacy on the Use of Electronic Banking of Tonik Digital Bank Users in Mega Manila.”
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Submitting your response in this Google Form indicates your consent to take part in this study. Should there be any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to send us an email: [email protected]
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2023.06.03 15:29 Sweet3DIrish OSU tickets gone

Putting this post up to let everyone waiting for general sale of single game tickets, OSU is already gone. Just did my alumni tickets today (one day after my scheduled time) and OSU isn’t even listed for game tickets anymore (there is still some parking and hospitality available for OSU). Also there may be a few premium packages available for OSU, but the alumni lottery is already sold out for basic stadium seats.
For those interested, USC still has some tickets left, especially right next to the scoreboard but lower level sideline are sold out.
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2023.06.03 10:29 Cactuspikey PickMyPostCode - Free daily Postcode lottery - and a free £10 for 100,000 Golden Postcodes

PickMyPostCode is a free lottery site. They are offering £20 to 100,000 lucky "golden" postcodes! So far, only 106 out of a possible 100,000 have been found, meaning there are still 99,894 postcodes still to be found! They payout directly Paypal, sent to your email.
Be sure to sign up to it before someone in your same postcode signs up before you and claims your bonus.
Even if you don't win, they run free draws daily, the free daily one being drawn around midday. There are also other draws for watching videos, filling in surveys and random stack draws.
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2023.06.03 09:14 timeprincesseevee GUIDE TO TIME CELEBRATION

(EDIT 6/4: added meow fruits fizzes, added perfect score reqs, linked guide)
wow, I guess we’re doing this again!
Time Fizz:
Pink glass. Used to make Toasts.
How to obtain:
-1 fizz for 20 diamonds (long press when you run out of fizz)
-story: 200 (if perfect on all stages)
-Meow fruits: 10 fizz (if reach level 30)
Naan Token:
Cookie. Used to buy exclusive clothing at the exchange shop.
How to Obtain:
-randomly obtained through making toasts with fizz
Fortune Scratch:
Gold ticket looking thing in the circle. After the event ends, you use it to get prizes from the diamond pool.
How to obtain:
-get 1 every 20 toasts
Obtain Fizz from the methods described above. Use them to make Toasts, which will give you a random amount of diamonds and tokens back. Every 20 toasts, you get 1 Fortune Scratch.
Every player is added to a random server. Making toasts will add to a servers diamond prize pool. When the server collectively reaches a threshold of points, more diamonds will be added to the prize pool. (Ex: 100k points will add 50k). Once the event period is over, you use your Fortune Scratches to get diamonds from the prize pool. From what I understand, it’s kinda like a lottery ticket.
Meow fruits doesn’t appear to be connected to this event at all except you can obtain extra meow stamina through tokens.
The limited story is kind of like the valentines story we got a few months ago. It also takes place in a Sacred Beast setting but features different companions. But the format is more like the Spirited Gifts story, in which it’s told exclusively through non-dress up stages with the dress up stages compelling you to obtain the event clothing.
All 6 dress up stages have the same tag requirements: Sweet/Perky
Clothing with these tags:
  1. Whimsical Wish (current event clothing)
  2. Breezy Knight (candy balloons)
  3. Ambrosial Blossoms (VIP EXP)
  4. Fluffy Dream (FF Glitzy Mall)
Perfect Score requirements:
1-4: above 6,404
1-7: above 18,988
1-10: above 25,044
1-13 above 33,910
1-16: above 44,341
1-19: above 55,025
(Credut to u/tiragooen)
Any 5 star Perky relic can be used. (See relic list by Sera for all perky relics).
They give you only 50 fizz for passing the stages. So if you want most of the free fizzes, you have to get the event clothing and perfect the stage.
Of course, you could try to obtain the Fluffy Dream set from the Glitzy Mall. But with the event being only 11 days, you’ll have to spend a lot of diamonds to get to Fantasy Master and rank high to able to purchase the clothing. (Though, being so early in the season, it’s probably pretty easy to rank above 750).
The full set costs 30870 tokens if you use the 20% discount. It’s hard to determine how many toasts you’ll need to get that many tokens because it’s all randomly determined. But since there is a 50% chance of getting 10 tokens from 1 Toast, I’ll assume you need about 3087 Fizzes.
-free fizzes: 210
-buy 2877 fizzes
Total cost: 57540 diamonds
Total Scratches: about 154
This is just a rough estimate. Keep in mind there is a 5% chance of getting only 5 tokens per fizz, in which case you’ll need to spend more. Definitely don’t just buy this amount upfront, buy in batches and adjust your amount as you make toasts!
There’s also a background, which costs an additional 1650 tokens. So you might need 150 more fizz (3300 diamonds).
For more accurate probability calculations on fizz cost and explanation on how many diamonds you can get from luxury scratches, please see u/tiragooen's post!

Honestly, this event is the most gambling-adjacent TP has done so far and I’m really disappointed in them. It's really scummy that they are enticing people to spend more diamonds on a set than they usually would by dangling the possibility of diamond rebates from the scratches. As of now, the possibility of winning big from the current prize pool is very low, so please don't be fooled! At first, I was thinking of getting the dress and wings, but the cost is so absurdly high that I'm just gonna get the background and call it a day.
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2023.06.03 08:02 Better-Item-723 [Announcement of Winners] Hamburger Shop and Sandwich Shop

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2023.06.03 05:49 Mediocre-River5537 47 [M4F] #Northbrook - 12 things I have learned so far about affairs.

  1. A well-written post will increase your chances by a minuscule percentage but only luck determines how many responses you will get.
  2. If the conversation gets too hot too fast, either you won a jackpot or you are being catfished it's usually the latter.
  3. When you get an immediate response to a F4M post, it's your lucky day and you should buy a lottery ticket.
  4. Just because the conversation is going well for 2 days don't get too hopeful, it can crash and burn anytime.
  5. Just because the conversation is going well for 5 days don't get too hopeful, it can crash and burn anytime.
  6. Just because the conversation is going well for 10 days don't get too hopeful, it can crash and burn anytime.
  7. Just because the conversation is going well for a month, by now you get the idea.
  8. If you find your AP is getting too busy all the time, it's time to say goodbye and start looking again, which is what I am doing now.
  9. If you keep hearing a lot of "what about you" it's time to invest your time and energy in another person.
  10. It helps to clearly mention
  1. If you did find a good AP thank your stars, most people don't get so lucky.
  2. Lastly remember, there is a person on the other side with real feelings and a heart that can break just likes yours, we are all a little broken to be here so pls be kind.
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2023.06.03 00:32 UnspentTx I read someone else's DNF and I've learned my lesson(s). [Some minor spoilers for "Defending Jacob" inside]

Last week I posted on suggestmeabook looking to finish someone else's DNF (not sure if it's ok to link it, just see my post history if you want to see it) and promised to post my thoughts here when I was done, so here goes (the gist and a few other things first, then more specific opinions and minor spoilers later, below the gray line...)
The DNF I chose was Defending Jacob by William Landay. It sucked. One star. Maybe two. 😐
I do feel like I gained at least one interesting insight from the experience, however, which is this: I read it in 5 days, which is somewhat faster than my usual pace, and it made me realize something I hadn't before: The more immersed I am in a story, the longer it takes me to read it.
You see, I normally find it very easy to 'suspend my disbelief' and really get into a story, to see it play out in my imagination, acting each character's part, visualizing the environment, etc... And this slows down my 'words per minute' rate, sure -- and I've known that for a long time, and I'm fine with it -- but I now know there's much more to it than just that: I'm also a lot more hesitant to start or continue reading when I know it's going to require a certain amount of my attention and investment, and that slows me down as much if not more than just my WPM rate...
For example, when I'm reading something like The Expanse (which I'm currently in the middle of), each book is (more or less) like a season of television, and each chapter is (again, more or less) like a full episode, where the chapter not only has its own story to tell but it also often has to advance the larger plot by at least an increment or two as well... And with all that going on, it's just that much harder to simply start the next chapter right after the last one, or pick the book up at the end of the day, when I'm maybe just a little to tired/drained to really get back into the whole thing just then...
With Defending Jacob, however, I ended-up getting booted out of the narrative and back into reality a few different times early on (and throughout, see more below), and what I found was that after that point, moving from chapter to chapter or returning to the book after a break was easier than it normally is...
So, basically it's this: I've seen people here talk about "book hangovers", and I've certainly had those, but I now realize that I can also get smaller "chapter hangovers", and while I'm not really willing to sacrifice my vivid imagination for some improvement in my WPM reading speed, I would very much like to find a way to minimize or eliminate these "chapter hangovers" if possible... Because reading slowly but enjoying it is one thing; but preventing myself from reading at all, at least some of the time when I could be reading, is a whole other thing entirely...
Ok, with that said, stop now if you don't want to be further influenced by my opinions of this book, and/or encounter any spoilers...
So, first I'll talk about the writing itself, because I've already alluded to it above... And maybe I'm just being nit-picky, but there were several times when the whole narrative just fell apart for me, causing me to abruptly 'un-suspend my disbelief' as it were, kicking me right out of the story entirely...
My first example, one of several of the most minor and nit-picky offenses:
Wendy said, "Did any of you know Ben?" She meant Ben Rifkin, the murder victim.
Oh? Oh!! Right, yes, thank you narrator! Because by Chapter 3 I had already forgotten absolutely every detail about the murder, the only event that had really taken place up to that point... 🙄 I mean, ok, to be fair, he does follow that up immediately with the following, but still, that line... I just couldn't hardly take anything seriously after that...
They had not known him. Calling him by his first name was just a way of adopting him.
Ok, so, next up is a slightly more defensible example IMO... This is the day of Jacob's arraignment in Chapter 9...
When the clerk called Jacob's case...[he] was ushered in by two court officers from the lockup and made to stand in the middle of the courtroom, in front of the jury box....Jonathan passed through the swinging gate in the bar, laid his briefcase on the defense table, and took a position beside make a point...I am not simply a hired gun doing my professional duty for a distasteful client. I believe in this kid.
Now, as I said above, I tend to imagine scenes very fully and vividly in my head, so in my mind these two, the defendant and his lawyer, are standing shoulder-to-shoulder in a shared, steadfast solidarity, and there is zero indication otherwise until this, only a page or two later:
The suggestion of a sneaky trick pulled Jonathan to his feet.
To his feet? When did he sit down?? When did he decide to abandon this grand united front he had so thoroughly established with his client and go take a load off?? This is only 16 paragraphs later mind you, 6 of which are single lines of dialog, with no scene breaks, and the author even states that the prosecution "recited the facts of the case, already familiar to everyone...with a minimum of embellishment" (emphasis mine)... So you're saying he didn't draw it out? Didn't grandstand? And since everyone was already familiar with the case he simply listed only bullet points without tons of supporting detail, etc? So we're talking minutes here, right, not hours?? Because that's what you led me to believe.
I mean, I know I'm being a bit harsh here, I know! But I can't help that this genuinely threw me for a loop, to the point where I had to re-read back a page or two just to make sure I hadn't zoned-out and missed a bunch of important stuff or whatever...
Alright, anyway, now for my final example we'll jump way ahead to the first day of the trial in Chapter 25... This is easily the most egregious offense, again at least IMO...
In Middlesex County, judges were ostensibly assigned to trials at random. No one actually believed such a lottery existed. The same few judges were assigned high-profile cases over and over...So it came as no surprise that the judge assigned to Jacob's trial was Burton French.
Yeah, no shit it wasn't a surprise: The arraignment judge already said that she had chosen him back in Chapter 9!!
"I'm sending this case out to Judge French for trial," [Judge] Rivera said with finality.
So firstly, saying that it's "no surprise" now when, yeah, it's literally no surprise which judge it was going to be -- regardless of the reason why it's that judge -- is just... it's... guuuuh 🙄
But secondly, where was all this talk about randomness and rotation queues or whatever back in Chapter 9, when the assignment was being made to begin with?! I've never so quickly started flipping back to find wherever I knew something had been said before... I thought I'd had a stroke or there was a glitch in the Matrix or something...
Ok, so that's the end of me harping on the author. Now I want to finish by discussing the story itself a bit, though I don't have much room left (before I hit Reddit's post character limit...)
I find that I only now know what the story was, after the fact. It was actually two stories: The murder thriller is one, and the other is a story about a seemingly empty man who is incapable of any kind of real human connection whatsoever, and the ways that his emptiness destroys himself and his family. I was so not expecting the second one at all, and for most of the book it was so non-obvious that it made the writing seem just godawful, but let me explain...
First, the murder thriller: It was fine, but I knew what the end would look like, in broad strokes, from early on. This isn't a brag; I don't believe I'm getting any smarty-pants points for saying this; it's just true. The clues that the grand jury trial which opens the book probably wasn't about the actual murder but something else, likely after, were just a little too obvious to anyone paying even half attention (and as you can see from all of the above, I'm paying pretty close attention). And it wasn't hard, then, to guess what form(s) the aftermath of the murder trial itself might take...
Secondly, and I'll have to summarize here, because I'm quickly running out of room: For a good long while the characters all seemed pretty devoid of, you know, character, and it was making the book fall rather flat... But I now understand (at least I think I do) retrospectively that that's because the MC Andy Barber (the father) just doesn't give a crap at all about other people, and it's from his POV that you're seeing them all. And if this was intentional, then I do have to give credit where credit is due: While I absolutely think that narrative could have been made more apparent earlier on, to really surface that complete lack of empathy and give better context to his narrator's voice, it was still a good and fairly complex character study, even if I can only see it in hindsight...
FWIW, I'm now three episodes into the TV miniseries, and so far they're sticking real close to the source material... But there was a scene in this last episode where Andy goes to ask his detective buddy for a favor, and this is the exchange:
"I'm asking you as a friend. All I need is his file."
"A Friend?"
"Come on man, we work together, it's not like we ever hung out. The first time I set foot in your house was with a warrant."
"Wow. That's... I always thought we were friends; I'm sorry you didn't feel the same way."
"Look, don't get me wrong, you're a good guy, but if this is what you think an actual friendship is, it's you I feel sorry for."
I don't remember this from the book -- and can't find it now -- but it does a great job of cluing you in to Andy's total lack of empathy in a way that I can't remember ever getting from the book... And I wish I'd had it then, so I'd've known it was intentional and not just bad characterization...
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2023.06.03 00:29 KevonOlajuwon Offseason Plan UPDATED

Earlier this week I made a trade idea post, and let's just say it was not well-received. I probably deserved it as well, it was not very good. u/Nessmuk58 suggested a contest between myself and u/The-Truer-Facts, so here's my plan.
The Draft:
With the 19th pick, the Warriors select Kris Murray. He's a decent shooter and versatile defender, he could be a great NBA-ready pickup for us if we decide to slot him into the rotation, and would play well next to bigs like Looney and Draymond.
Contracts and Extensions:
First priority needs to be Draymond. In my opinion, without him there is no competing no matter what blockbuster trades are made. Max contract is like $35 million. Most likely scenario, they can talk him down to 25-30 million. Worst-case scenario, resign him at any cost.
Unfortunately, Donte Divincenzo is probably gone. We can't afford to pay him more than $5.4 million, which won't be enough to resign him.
I say don't resign JaMychal Green, even on the vet's minimum. He was just disappointing. He is not OPJ and he never will be. Let Anthony Lamb walk as well.
Obviously accept the team options for Moody and Kuminga.
I believe the only things the Warriors need are frontcourt depth and a playmaker off the bench. I love Poole, and he can be that guy, but one of him and Draymond NEEDS to go, and his contract + defense + inconsistency means his head is on the chopping block.
Warriors Receive: Monte Morris, Daniel Gafford, Jordan Schakel (money), and a 2026 Top 5 Protected FRP
Wizards Receive: Jordan Poole, Patrick Baldwin, Jr.
Now, before the pitchforks come out, I am not done.
Be honest: when is Steve Kerr going to play PBJ, who's only skill he's shown in the 230 minutes he's played this year is some solid shooting, when he won't even play his lottery pick who plays elite perimeter defense? He will never crack the rotation. He's needed here for the money to work.
Monte Morris can replace some of Poole's production. He definitely won't provide the same scoring punch that Poole is capable of giving, but his borderline elite playmaking will really help lineups with Curry or Draymond stay afloat, especially with all the cutters and movement we have on our roster. Daniel Gafford provides backup bigman minutes and another young player with potential to grow. He's a good rebounder, shotblocker, and PnR partner. He can't quite space the floor, but....
Warriors Receive: Torrey Craig
Suns Receive: WAS 2026 Top 5 Protected FRP
This trade is possible because, as u/Nessmuk58 pointed out in my other post, the WAS trade leaves us with about a 6.4 million dollar trade exception. Torrey Craig made just over 5 million last year, and I don't believe the Suns will be able to offer him much more than that (nor do I think he IS worth much more than that). While Craig is valuable to any contender, he averaged only 7.5 MPG against the Nuggets. The Suns need draft capital, and we can provide that.
This is potentially a very valuable first that we're giving up here, but in my opinion it is worth it to maximize Steph's window. Craig provides good catch-and-shoot spacing, can guard 2-4, and good rebounding. He is the PERFECT player to slot next to Draymond or Looney in the frontcourt, and would really elevate our options at the wing/forward spots.
Starting Lineup: Curry-Thompson-Wiggins-Green-Olajuwon
Bench: Morris, Moody, Payton, Murray, Craig, Kuminga, Gafford,
There's a few options off the bench. Need size? Gafford. Offense? Morris. Perimeter defense? Kuminga. Bit of everything? Moody. 3&D? Craig. Kris Murray? Kris Murray. And any of those players (I didn't have to mention GP2).
Our starting lineup IS championship-worthy. These trades give Kerr the versatility and depth off the bench to play with lineups and keep us afloat when Steph is resting.
What do you think?
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2023.06.03 00:19 TorgoEntertainment May 2023 Sweet 16 Playlist

This event's audience comprised 20 girls, four of which bolted to the DJ booth immediately upon entry and asked me where they could plug in their respective phones.
Four phones sat with me for the rest of the night.
Needless to say, I never filmed this event for privacy reasons, but I have listed below the playlist from this event. Maybe it'll help you at some other event.
Dua Lipa "Physical"
Post Malone "Chemical"
The Weeknd "Heartless"
Burna Boy "Last Last"
Doja Cat "Get Into It (Yuh)"
Saweetie "Tap In"
Latto featuring LU KALA "Lottery"
Fifty Fifty "Cupid" [Twin Version]
Beyoncé "Cuff It"
Miley Cyrus "Flowers"
Coi Leray "Players" [DJ Saige Mash-up]
Lizzo featuring Missy Elliott "Tempo"
Lil Uzi Vert "Just Wanna Rock"
Ice Spice "In Ha Mood"
Nicki Minaj "Super Freaky Girl"
Flo Rida featuring T-Pain "Low"
Cardi B featuring Megan Thee Stallion "WAP"
Trey Songz featuring Nicki Minaj "Bottoms Up"
Waka Flocka Flame featuring Roscoe Dash & Wale "No Hands"
Megan Thee Stallion "Thot Shit"
Travis Porter featuring Tyga "Ayy Ladies"
Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz featuring Ying Yang Twins "Get Low"
City Girls "Act Up"
Cardi B "Money"
Baby Keem & Kendrick Lamar "family ties"
Nicki Minaj "Good Form"
50 Cent "Disco Inferno"
City Girls "Twerkulator"
Nicki Minaj featuring Lil Wayne, Drake & Chris Brown "Only"
NLE Choppa "Slut Me Out"
HitKidd & Glorilla "F.N.F. (Let's Go)"
Fetty Wap "Trap Queen"
Cardi B "Up"
Lola Brooke featuring Billy B "Don't Play with It"
Kay Flock featuring Cardi B, Dougie B & Bory300 "Shake It"
Lil Wayne featuring Static Major "Lollipop"
Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx "Gold Digger"
Afroman "Crazy Rap (Colt 45 and 2 Zig Zags)"
Nicki Minaj "Starships"
Drake "God's Plan"
Rihanna "Birthday Cake"
Kanye West featuring Dwele "Flashing Lights"
Megan Thee Stallion "Body"
Big Sean featuring E-40 "I Don't Fuck with You"
Tyga "Rack City"
Kayla Nicole featuring Taylor Girlz "Bundles"
Meek Mill featuring Cardi B "On Me"
Drake featuring 21 Savage "Jimmy Cooks"
Jeremih "Birthday Sex"
Daddy Yankee "Gasolina"
Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne & French Montana "Loyal" [East Coast Version]
Usher featuring Lil Jon & Ludacris "Yeah"
Cupid "Cupid Shuffle"
Sean Kingston "Beautiful Girls"
Cardi B "Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)"
V.I.C. featuring Frank Ski "Wobble"
Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé "Savage" [Remix]
Fetty Wap featuring Monty "679"
Nicki Minaj featuring Ester Dean "Super Bass"
Saweetie "My Type"
Ice Spice & Nicki Minaj "Princess Diana"
Kendrick Lamar "HUMBLE."
Pop Smoke "Dior"
Yo Gotti featuring Nicki Minaj "Rake It Up"
Waka Flocka Flame featuring Kebo Gotti "Grove St. Party"
Soulja Boy Tell'em "Crank That (Soulja Boy)"
Drake featuring Future & Young Thug "Way 2 Sexy"
Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin "I Like It"
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2023.06.03 00:18 Outside-Frame-9038 Introducing BillionAir: The Groundbreaking Blockchain Raffle Project

Introducing BillionAir: The Groundbreaking Blockchain Raffle Project

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Hey fellow Redditors,
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2023.06.02 23:59 CazOnReddit Alright, Let's Talk About the 3rd Pick & a Potential Siakam Trade With Portland

Alright, Let's Talk About the 3rd Pick & a Potential Siakam Trade With Portland
So have you heard that the Blazers are looking to shop around the 3rd pick and Anfernee Simons for a star forward? Yeah, let's finally get into this.
The Blazers lucked themselves into a rather unique position, both with the pick they got - having jumped from 5th to 3rd in the draft - and with the team who managed to get the 2nd pick being the Charlotte Hornets who are likely to draft forward Brandon Miller over G League Ignite guard Scoot Henderson, with Scoot seemingly falling to 3.
This would make Scoot the 2nd young guard the Blazers recently drafted and their 3rd under 25 guard to play next to Dame...if they weren't trying to shop the pick around.
They have a perfect opportunity to finally do a rebuild...and yet, here we are with yet another rumor about the Blazers trying to build around Dame and get him the help they've left him without for...what, 8 seasons and counting? Like the Rockets who are alleged to be interested in moving the 4th pick, I don't think the Blazers really should be trying to do a two timelines, pseudo rebuild while contending around Lillard.
I also don't think the package they can put together is as great as it's often hyped up to be. As we'll get into, a package around Anfernee and the 3rd pick plus a player or pick or two is quite decent in a vacuum but it certainly isn't good enough to get to get you that Top 10-15 player in the league who can singlehandedly win you a series - if not, a championship. It certainly isn't enough to outbid the likes of the Jazz or, more significantly, the Thunder who may opt for a splash in the offseason as their core develops into a young, hungry playoff team with some greater veteran presence around them.
I'm just going to say it: If Portland really is saying "time's up" and putting together one last effort to compete against Dame, they need to do more than get Siakam, O.G., Karl-Anthony Towns or whichever star's name pops up in rumors leading up to the draft. Not to say those players won't improve the team, but none of them - and yes i'm including Siakam - are good enough to elevate a former lottery team like the Blazers over the past 2 seasons to a Top 3 seed, let alone guarantee a championship.
A duo of Siakam and Dame, Dame and KAT, etc. can be part of one's core championship team but they need the right supporting pieces around them in order to win. To put it mildly, the not have that. Jusuf Nurkic has seen significant regression as a defender and the bench is one of the few to make the Raptors bench look like a bastion of basketball greatness. It shows on the floor and statistically, and it's a large reason why the Blazers have been one of the worst defensive teams in the league over the past, one of the worst when it comes to rebounding and in general being near the bottom of the Western Conference before they pulled the plug on their most recent season in an attempt to tank for a Top 4 pick.
If the Blazers are actually going to commit to Dame, they need to engage in a paradigm shift this offseason. Rework the starting 5, the bench and go all-in getting Loyalty McLoyal the team he should have had around him for years instead of endlessly running it back with minor tweaks to who his #2 is.
That means either getting your pick back from the Bulls and shopping the 4 firsts/3 swaps you can or removing the protections and dealing out the 3/3 you would have to improve the roster. Don't just get Siakam, KAT or whoever and set them up to fail with Damian because it's not fair to either player to put them in that situation.
Go after Buddy Hield, see if Myles Turner or Clint Capela are going to be available, or if the Wolves are desperate enough to sign and trade Naz Reid to recoup some assets after the costly Gobert trade - if not, try signing him with the full MLE. And you don't stop there! However they plan to shake up the roster in this hypothetical scenario, they need to significantly improve the center position/rotation and their bench to give Dame an actual chance of winning a ring with what few years left they have in his prime.
Also fire Chauncey Billups, he's a bottom 3 coach and the only reason I can't say he is not the worst is because I can't say the Raptors coach will be objectively worse/better without knowing who will head either team. He isn't 3rd, that's for sure.
But anyway that's the Blazers prerogative. What exactly could the Raptors see in a potential pick that, presumably, revolves around Pascal Siakam?
Since I can be a bit of a wordy writer, i'm going to add some TL;DR sections for each playepick discussed in this little piece for those that want a quick breakdown.
Note: This is not a trade proposal; this is a compilation of the assets and players who could be included in a trade for Pascal Siakam. Additionally, this is not an endorsement of trading Pascal Siakam, etc. in a deal with the Portland Trailblazers.
Anfernee Simons
The main player who's been the subject of a contentious discussion between Blazers fans and Raptors fans. Whether you think he's overrated, underrated or somewhere inbetween, it is undeniable that Anfernee Simons would have to be included in the trade at minimum.
I can't speak for the Blazers and I won't pretend to speak for all Raptors fans so let me just say this: I like Anfernee Simons. He's one of the more exciting players in the league under 25 even if he doesn't have the same ceiling as a guy like Zion or fellow player nicknamed "Ant" Anthony Edwards.
A borderline All-Star guard with a combination of shooting prowess and explosiveness, he had a breakout season in 2021/22 when Dame went down due to an injury and thus became the Blazers lead point guard in his absence. He's a genuine 3-level scorer who can splash from outside, pressure the rim for a high-flying dunk and he's effective in the midrange too. If nothing else, it cannot be overstated how nice it would be for this team to have another player who's a reliable, 38.7% from 3 volume shooter on a roster so thoroughly lacking in outside shooting
And before you say it, yes, Anfernee Simons is a point guard. This isn't a case like CJ where his skillset is that of a 2 who can do some playmaking but shouldn't run your offense, Simons does have some issues with dribbling the air out of the ball before making a pass, but he is a point guard. He isn't a typical point, operating more as a shoot-first point like Lillard, but he's still capable of cracking out a notable number of assists while getting buckets; he dished out 6 dimes a game with nearly 28 points in the games he's played without Dame as the lead point.
All 11 of them last year.
Yeah, you might have seen some posts or stats online of what Simons has done without Damian Lillard; in his breakout season of 2021/22, the Anferno was putting up a similar number of assists and cracked 20 points per game, albeit over a more significant sample size of 30 games. And in 2022/23, Anfernee Simons put up 27.9/2.9/5.7 (2.4 turnovers so an AST/TO of 2.38:1 which is solid) while shooting a staggering 41% from 3 on 11 3s.
Those numbers are impressive in a vacuum; his true shooting of 62% is especially notable. However, they require some context and should be taken with an enormous grain of salt.
For one, it's a very small sample size over a lengthy period of the season where teams haven't had to plan for Simons to be the main guard to focus their defense on. He's still the 2nd option so it's not like there's no film watching or the like, but if Anfernee Simons permanently becomes the lead point guard of a team, opposing teams will gameplan around him and his weaknesses more significantly than the very few times where he's asked to be the lead ballhandler in Dame's absence.
His 2021/22 stats, while still a limited overall sample size, do suggest he'll be able to dish out a similar number of dimes as the lead guard (Dame had been ruled out due to injury during the season so teams did have to gameplan around the Ant for a large portion of the season instead of a handful of games scattered throughout the season) and he still has room to grow as a playmaker but once again, it was only a sample size of 30 games so it is hard to draw much out from the games he played.
Speaking of drawing conclusions from said sample size: Yes the Blazers went 4-7 within that 11 game sample size - and bear in mind this sample included games where the Blazers were still trying to contend while facing a variety of teams i.e. not every team was a playoff or contender. That isn't great, however, Ant was generally not the main reason they lost since the 2022/23 Blazers as a whole were pretty terrible all year, even before they blatantly tanked. The same is also true of his breakout year when the Blazers lost Lillard due to injury, they just weren't a good team.
If there is a point of contention around Simons that one can draw from his past 2 seasons, it's his defense's bad.
It's really bad.
He's improved this season on that end to the point where i'd say he's a better defender than Dame - even if his overall defensive rating doesn't support this, the eye test does - but that's like saying Spencer Dinwiddie is a better defender than Trae Young. While Chauncey Billups hasn't been doing either one of Portland's guard any favors, it doesn't change the fact that being better than one of the worst defenders in the league is not an accomplishment to be proud of. All coaching issues aside, Simons is still a notable negative on that end of the floor. He has a propensity for losing his man via ball watching, he's not great at closing out on the perimeter and he's not a lane disruptor by any means. It's not impossible for him to improve as a defender - he's 6'3 with a 6'9 wingspan and much of his defensive weaknesses come from a lack of discipline - but as of right now when his shots aren't falling he's a major liability on the court and his flaws on defense were not well hidden when paired next to another notably poor defender in Dame.
There are a couple of other habits that Simons needs to address - he could stand to be less trigger happy as a scorer and work more on his playmaking given all the promise he's shown in that area - but that's the main issue with Simons. He's a very skilled guard with a similar approach to the game as Dame on both ends of the floor. And we all know Dame isn't locking down the opposing team's point.
Does Anfernee Simons seem like he'll become a guard on the level of Dame? No but that's a ridiculously high bar to hold him to, especially with the limited opportunities he had and will continue to have when he's behind Dame in the guard pecking order. Anfernee is a good player who often shows glimmers of true greatness on offense but whose defense (or lack thereof) is going to require very careful teambuilding to limit exploiting said defense in the playoffs. Perhaps he'll need to be the full-time point to fully achieve his potential as a playmaker but while he doesn't scream All-NBA caliber, he's someone you can easily see eking out a couple of All-Star nods at his peak and is, at worst, a staring-caliber guard. As for whether he can be the lead of a championship contender...we'll get to that when we talk about the pick he'd come with.
TL;DR - Anfernee Simons is an intriguing young player with upside as an explosive, shoot-first PG but one whose poor defense does mean the team's starting lineup/bench has to be built around carefully to account for his current (and likely ongoing throughout his career) weaknesses.
3rd Pick
It's whomever is left from Scoot Henderson or Brandon Miller. Maybe you trade down to 4 for some more assets if you're a believer in Amen Thompson, maybe you take Amen if you think he's the best player available and the Rockets won't negotiate for Scoot/Miller but yeah, it's one of those three via the 3rd overall pick.
Before we get into the players, I do want to briefly mention that I actually did a post a while ago on a different sub going over trades involving the 3rd pick and to put it bluntly: The 3rd pick has good value but it doesn't have as much value on its own and trades involving the 3rd pick for an All-Star or even All-NBA caliber player are very rare.
The closest trade to what the Blazers would want in return was in 2000 where the Atlanta Hawks traded the 3rd overall pick to the Vancouver Grizzlies along with Brevin Knight and Lorenzen Wright for Shareef Abdur-Rahim and the 27th overall pick. That 3rd pick turned out to be future HoFer Pau Gasol but no one knew he'd become that at the time. As for what the Grizzlies gave up for the pick, Shareef Abdur-Rahim was not a perennial All-Star nor was he an All-NBA level player. He was a solid player that became an All-Star in his debut season for the Hawks...and that was his only All-Star appearance.
With that in mind, it is a bit wild that it's so commonly suggested that Simons and the 3rd pick alone should be enough to acquire an All-NBA talent like Siakam, especially with how much inflation we've seen in trades for players of that caliber of late or even players who are a step below. Concerns about his contract expiring lowering his value are baffling, as if a team's front office wouldn't talk to him about an extension before making such a trade. Moreover, it's not like the Raptors need to deal him out when they can simply re-sign him in 2024.
Now this year, when Scoot Henderson or Brandon Miller could be up for grabs, the 3rd pick has a lot more value given how highly praised those players are, so let's put aside the debate on what is fair for Siakam for a moment and talk about the presumed 3rd overall pick, Scoot Henderson.
The 2nd best player in a draft class containing the best prospect since LeBron James. He's projected to go 3rd because Charlotte is allegedly interested in taking Brandon Miller at 2nd but we'll touch on that later. For now, let's talk Scoot:
  • Henderson is a freakish athlete and a terrific floor general; he racked up an average of 6 assists a night on an AST:TO ratio of 1.94:1 and is a strong option on offense due to his abilities as a slasher
  • His usage as the G-League Ignite's offense, be it ball screens or handoffs, displayed his ability to break down a team's defense
    • To delve deeper into his production as an offensive guard, his percentage rate of ball screens (43.7%) is only matched or surpassed by 7 players across the entire NBA. 7!
  • Despite the athleticism, Scoot is generally good at controlling the ball and not turning it over due to careless mistakes driving to the basket
  • For a guard, he's a pretty solid rebounder and, if nothing else, he puts in the effort on defense even if he's not necessarily someone who screams "Future DPoY"
  • Intangibles are hard to really quantify but Scoot is the definition of someone who "has that dog in him" and he's someone you trust down the stretch to make the right move
  • He puts in effort on defense but he's only 6'2 with a 6'9 wingspan and, well he's no Kyle Lowry when it comes to taking charges or the like
  • His shooting is...a work-in-progress; he tends to default to long 2s which he isn't great at making (38% overall), his free throw percentage is only 75% and his 3-point shooting is a measly 31% off the dribble
Needless to say, there's a lot to like about Scoot; if Victor wasn't in this draft, he'd easily go #1 overall. He's often compared to Derrick Rose or even Russell Westbrook as this uber explosive guard who can seriously pressure the rim while generating solid passes for his teammates which is a good comparison though one obviously hope his outside shooting pans out more like Curry or Trae than Russ or Rose.
Losing Siakam would obviously hurt the team in the short term but as far as what Scoot brings, there is a lot of upside to him that would raise the ceiling of the team in the long run. His ability to get to the rim, combined with his athleticism would make him the perfect guard for a team that thrives in transition like the Raptors. He would also have chemistry with another player the Raptors have been rumored to be interested in/may take at 13 in Leonard Miller as they played on the same team but we'll talk about the 13th pick's potential prospects another time.
For now, let's go over one of the problems with trading for Scoot Henderson if he is still on the board, besides the obvious hypothetical of "he might never become a player as good as the one you're giving up" or "what do you do with Fred when you brought in Scoot and Simons" because what you're really asking is this: Is a backcourt of Scoot/Simons the team's guard duo of the future?
This brings me to my big problem with a “trade for Simons + 3” trade if the 3rd pick does end up being Scoot: A backcourt of two undersized guards, one of whom is unproven against NBA competition on defense and the other of whom has been one of the worst guard defenders in the league is not a duo of guards you can build a contender around in the long-term unless both of them become significantly improved defenders. Or at the very least, it's a duo that has historically not led to notable championship contention.
Blazers fans would know this well given their team has only had one year where they weren’t the in the NBA’s basement as far as defensive ratings go, be it with CJ or Anfernee as Lillard’s sidekick; the furthest they ever got with either was the Western Conference Finals and the best their defense has even been was 10th. Every other season, the Trailblazers defense has been amongst the worst in the NBA. Part of those Blazers teams' failures can be attributed to bad coaching, but a more significant portion of the blame be laid at the feet of Dame being a bad defender and undersized who has been paired with bad, undersized guards throughout much of his career.
You can get away with one bad defender or a starter who’s undersized for their position on a championship-caliber team which, if you’re rebuilding by trading away Siakam, that is what you’re hoping to take a step back for. As an example, Dirk Nowitzki wasn’t known for being a lockdown defender and yet the Mavericks won their first and only championship to date with Dirk as the weak link on defense. He was also a phenomenal offensive talent whose weaknesses on defense were mitigated by how much momentum he was able to generate for his team but I digress.
You can get away with running several smaller players for a limited time to force mismatches on offense with the right lineup. The Warriors dynasty comes to mind, where Golden State would close games using their “Death Lineup”. However, that lineup revolved around 4 Hall of Famers (Klay, Dray, Steph, Igoudala) where Steph is the lineup’s weakest link on defense, and this is before we acknowledge that they were able to include yet another HoFer in Kevin Durant to replace Harrison Barnes in a different incarnation of the Death Lineup from 2017 onward.
For that matter, it's not wholly impossible to win a championship with a duo of small guards - the Pistons repeated in the 89/90-90/91 with 6'3 Joe Dumars and 6'1 Isiah Thomas and the Bad Boy Pistons were contenders throughout the 90s - but it is damn near impossible if your lead guards are bad defenders. Whatever can be said about Thomas' various off-court controversies, notably with him being found liable for sexual misconduct during his stint heading a woman's basketball team a la the New York Liberty, he was a phenomenal defender, as was Dumars.
Hell, the Raptors won in 2019 while having Fred VanVleet and Kyle Lowry share the floor a fair amount of time in the Finals though it is once again worth noting that both were terrific defenders at the time. Even if one wouldn't call their efforts All-Defense caliber, they were both positives on that end of the floor.
Historically speaking, you cannot be a championship-caliber team with two of your starters being undersized negatives on the defensive end barring them being surrounded by generational defenders or said starters being generational offensive players who can make up for how many points you’re giving up on the other end of the floor.
Simons is a gifted scorer with good playmaking but is a truly sorry defender. Scoot Henderson is a talented passer but is undersized for the position and how he fares defensively with teams hunting him as the smallest player on the court will remain to be seen. But with neither of them likely to be a Dumars/Thomas-level defender and the offensive capabilities for one of them being the main question mark as to how good a player they could become, having both of them as the foundation to your team's backcourt seems to cement the duo's future as a non-contending entity.
Let's put this into perspective with some statistics: Of the past 40 years, the only championship to ever be won by a team with what could be considered a bad regular season defensive rating was the 2000/01 Lakers. That team had two generational talents in Shaq and Kobe, and that season is itself an outlier when compared to the rest of the Shaq/Kobe Lakers era that it shouldn't even count. All other championship teams were at least 12th or higher for their season with most championship teams being in the Top 5 in defensive rating.
By the by, in case you're wondering: That team who had 12th in defensive rating was the 1995 Rockets led by the generational talent in Hakeem Olajuwon and said rating had a lot to do with untimely injuries to the 95 Rockets core. That team they still managed to have the 7th best offensive rating in the league despite Drexler's absence for much of the season is a testament to Future Raptors Retiree Hakeem's skills as the best big man of the late 80s, early-to-mid 90s. Are we noticing a pattern here?
Even if we ignore the question about what to do with Fred, the question of what the Raptors backcourt looks like is far more pertinent if it is going to involve some combination of Scoot Henderson and Anfernee Simons with, presumably, Gary Trent Jr. and another guard coming off the bench for relief. Is a backcourt of Anfernee Simons and Scoot going to turn this team into a Top 3-6 offense for the season without plummeting this team's defense off of a cliff? And if you don't think so, when do you move one of them to open up the 1 or the 2 for another player?
This is a question the team will likely have to answer once they've seen how Simons and Scoot fit togethefit with the rest of the roster; I don't see a 3-team draft day deal where Simons or the 3rd pick are moved elsewhere barring that aforementioned moving down to 4th and I don't see this team without Siakam/with Scoot and Simons being a serious contender for several years even if they do pan out. But it is a question that has me concerned in regards to how this team will function when it's developing a dynamic duo of players who will be picked apart in the playoffs barring one of them turning into a terrific defender.
Whatever else one can say about Point Scottie or even Scottie Barnes when he was crammed into the starting Shooting Guard position for much of the year, it is hard to argue that having either Scottie or Trent & Simons/Scoot as your backcourt makes way more sense defensively even if having both Scottie and Scoot complicates matters on the offensive end since neither are great shooters and Trent's defense is a touch overrated at time due to is propensity to gamble for steals.
All this being said, it's not out of the realm of possibility that Henderson becomes an All-Defense-caliber player or for Simons to a climb out from the deep hole he's dug for himself as one of the worst defenders in the league, and Scoot is still a phenomenal talent. These concerns should be noted, but they shouldn't serve to deter from selecting him 3rd if such a trade were to go down. As a prospect, there's very few players in this draft class who could serve to singlehandedly raise the floor and the ceiling of this team in the long run.
Speaking of other players, however, it should be acknowledged that Scoot isn't the only potentially available player at 3; while all accounts suggest the Hornets prefer Brandon Miller at 3, Scoot is the best player available at 2 and there's no guarantee the Hornets draft for fit. So here's a quick rundown of Miller and a player the Blazers have recently worked out, Amen Thompson:
  • Brandon Miller is a 6'9 forward (boo, we have enough of those!) who can shoot (yay, we need more of that!) and has some notable playmaking upside even if his decision-making can be questionable at times. He's a player you could see as either a #1 or a high level #2 option on a championship team though he's not the most switchable guy on defense and you have the usual rookie concerns i.e. "he needs to get the NBA body to thrive". He's gotten a lot of comparisons to Paul George but i'd say his playmaking is further ahead from what PG13 was as a prospect.
  • Amen Thompson is someone I talked about in the trade for the 4th pick & he's a very interesting player. A high ceiling, low floor player with unreal athleticism, a 6'7 lead guard who's arguably the best passer in the draft class but has serious questions about the competition he's faced in OverTime Elite/his shooting being as bad as it was. Think Ja Morant but with defense and, again, at 6'7 with a much longer wingspan.
I feel like the trade makes more sense if the Raptors were to go for Amen or Miller but we won't know who the Hornets will chose on draft night until the day of & ideally you'd trade down for 4th to get Thompson plus assets if you're sold on Amen. Plus like I said, it is possible that Scoot does become a good or even great defender so one might not have to worry about choosing between him and Ant down the line.
TL;DR - Scoot is an amazing prospect but his pairing with Simons could be a major problem in the future if both don't improve defensively. Ironically, the 3rd pick becomes simultaneously more valuable for other teams/less valuable for the Raptors if it's Scoot and vice-versa if it's Miller due to those concerns. Thompson is a wildcard at 3 depending on who has the pick/how willing the Rockets are to trade up to 3rd.
Nassir Little
Portland is reluctant to deal out Sharpe. We can debate on whether or not it's fair value for an All-NBA caliber player like Siakam, how much his contract being expiring should affect a deal (we'll ignore the fact that he can be extended by Portland and that any front office making a trade like this should be doing their due diligence by speaking to Pascal Siakam beforehand) or how good Sharpe actually was as a rookie overall instead of solely focusing on that stretch where the Blazers let him do whatever because they were tanking but regardless, the Blazers seem intent on keeping him. Fair enough, Masai is likely aiming for more than Anfernee and 3 - especially for the reasons listed above if it is Scoot Henderson - but Sharpe is likely a hard sell for the front office even if they are going all-in i.e. they want to keep at least one young guy on the roster for the long-term.
That being said, there's still the matter of salary matching, and that's where one of Nassir Little or Sharpe has to come in (They're not going to move Nurkic in the deal for Siakam unless they have something lined up for their center situation i.e. tampering for Naz Reid); the only way for the Blazers to neatly absorb Siakam into their cap with just Simons is by renouncing their rights to Jerami Grant and they need to re-sign him/move him to the 3 (Grant is a really bad rebounder for a PF; the man is a career 4 RPG) if they are serious about competing with Dame.
So...yeah, Nassir Little. Little is what people think O.G. is: A good defender who is often injured, Little is a solid 3 & D wing who, unlike Anunoby, has never played more than 55 games for a given season. Granted, 2019/20 and 2020/21 were shorted to 72 seasons but regardless, injuries have hampered the 23 year-old in the same way that Otto Porter Jr.'s potential was sapped due to a career-long battle with injuries. Still, when considering his age and production, his newest contract ($28M/4 years) is amazing value when he's healthy.
But much like Otto (who I think technically could be sent in such a deal due to the rules around incoming/outgoing salaries), the question of when he's available is a common one. Little is a good young player but one whom you shouldn't get your hopes up about changing the team's direction.
TL;DR - A little salary (sorry) is needed for the deal to happen on draft night & Nassir would be a decent choice for forward depth off the bench. One will have to carefully factor in injury concerns when evaluating the team's depth.
Keon Johnson
So like I said, Sharpe is likely to be ruled out. I debated if I should cover him at all but i'm honestly not sold on Shaedon as a prospect and we've already met the quota for rants with the "Simons/Scoot frontcourt will be exploited" talks. That said, I don't think the Raptors would settle for just Simons and the 3rd pick or the 3rd pick plus assets from a 3rd team were Anfernee moved due to the aforementioned backcourt issues with Simons and Scoot. For now we have Keon Johnson.
Fun fact: When the Raptors were expected to draft 7th in the 2021 draft, Johnson was a common player mocked for the 7th pick.
He wound up going in the 20 to the Clippers (via the Knicks in a trade) who eventually fleeced the Blazers in a deal including him for Norman Powell.
Keon Johnson...hasn't really done a whole lot thus far. He was noted for having an impressive vertical of 48" at the 2021 combine which broke a previous record, he's a terrific athlete and he's about the same age as Scottie so he lines up with a rebuild or retool around Barnes...
...and that's where the positives end. Like I said, Keon hasn't demonstrated all that much on either team he's been on. For a guard, he's not a great ball handler, he isn't a good shooter, he's got decent size and the speed to be a good defender from 1-3 but his potential on that end does not All-Defense caliber. He'd be a throw-in that you'd hope can develop over time, likely spending a lot of time in the G-League because as of right now, he isn't going to be a significant contributor on either end.
TL;DR - Keon is on a rookie deal so you'd be taking a flier on him/betting on your development bringing out the best in him if he were included.
Other pick(s): As far as immediate draft capital goes, the Blazers have the 23rd pick in this draft, which is around the range where players the Raptors have been rumored to be interested in/interviewed (Bilal Couliby, GG Jackson) would likely be available. There's been some speculation that the Blazers could send this pick to the Bulls so they can get their owed pick back from Chicago but nothing concrete has come out regarding whether the Bulls would settle for that vs. hoping the Blazers make the 1st round and lose so they can get a pick in the 16-20 range.
That said, the future pick owed to the Bulls is where things get tricky if the Raptors did want a future 1st: The Blazers pick is protected until 2028. It is technically possible for them to offer a swap in 2029 but without the protections being removed on the Bulls-bound 2024 1st (The 2029 pick cannot be moved due to the Stepien Rule), any future draft capital would need to come in the form of the 2023 trade deadline's currency of choice: Second round picks.
Some of the notable 2nds include:
  • A 2024 2nd that could come from the Hornets or Wolves
  • A 2028 Warriors 2nd
  • This year's second via the Hawks which is 45th
  • The Blazers own 2nd in 2028
Not that these are a good substitute for a first-rounder but with the Blazers draft capital being restricted and the CBA's changes to 2nd round contracts, it's better than no future firsts if the 2023 Knicks pick is considered a bridge too far.
TL;DR - There is some interesting draft capital here beyond their own 1sts, especially if the 23rd pick is available in a deep draft like this, but ideally one would want a future 1st from the Blazers rather than a handful of 2nds given Dame's limited window.
I was originally going to talk about the 4th overall pick too but this got a bit lengthy so I made that into a separate post. As far as the 3rd pick package, in some ways it's better than one surrounding the 4th pick because Simons is a flatout better player than any one the Rockets would send back but it's also worse when you factor in Simons or Scoot's respective ceilings vs some of the potential prospects that could come in a 4th pick package?
You're getting significant depth at the guard position if it is Scoot/Simons but there's a huge question mark as to how good the defense will hold up with two undersized guards, one of whom is a bad defender, will hold up in the playoffs.
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2023.06.02 22:32 NowMoreEpic Are NYC Housing Connect Lotteries a Scam? Can the Numbers Really Work?

As a first-time home buyer, I've been closely following several NYC Housing Connect lotteries in the hopes of getting lucky. However, I find myself questioning whether the numbers involved in these lotteries can actually work out. To illustrate my concerns, let's take a look at one example that caught my interest: the housing lottery for 107 West 105th Street, which details can be found here.
For a family of two, the maximum allowable income was around $110,000, and the collective asset limit, regardless of household size, was $249,169.
The price of a two-bedroom apartment in this lottery is listed as $314,383, with a monthly carrying cost of $3,075 and a minimum down payment of 5%.
Let's be generous and assume someone puts down 20%, excluding the need for private mortgage insurance (PMI), and secures a rate of 3.9% (which is actually lower than what Chase offered me, by the way). Based on these assumptions, the monthly mortgage payment would be $1,473. Additionally, we have the "carrying cost," which, according to a quick Google search, includes building maintenance and operations, and perhaps even taxes. Again, let's be generous and assume it includes taxes, bringing the total monthly payment to $4,548.
Now, here's my dilemma: How can a family with combined assets of less than $250,000 and an income below $110,000 be expected to qualify for such a situation? I'm left wondering if I'm missing something here or if there's some kind of scam at play. Could it be that companies are obligated to post these lotteries for tax benefits or to comply with equitable housing rules, but the "carrying cost" is intentionally inflated to ensure that no one can actually afford to make the purchase, thereby allowing the property to be put on the open market for 1.1 million?
I'm genuinely puzzled, as it seems highly improbable for individuals in the given income and asset brackets to qualify.
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2023.06.02 19:33 dreamingofislay Feis Ile 2023 Day Seven Recap (6/2)

Feis Ile 2023 Day Seven Recap (6/2)
A bit of a fail today, Bunnahabhain's open day. Before getting to the island, I booked tasting experiences at Lagavulin and Ardbeg, fully intending to swing by Bunnahabhain before the day was over. Unfortunately, the 2 pm at Ardbeg ran long, so we didn't make it.
One of the spirit stills in Ardbeg's new (2021) stillhouse
  • Iain McArthur is a Lagavulin legend, working at the distillery for more than 50 years. His warehouse tastings have long been a bucket-list experience for Islay whisky fans. He's semi-retired now, fully retiring later in 2023, and doesn't work every week. But for Feis week, he's been back in the warehouse and cracking guests up, along with a younger host named Ellen who was great. When we last came in 2018, I wore a pair of old, ripped-up jeans, and Iain slapped duct tape over the holes in them, to uproarious laughter. This time around, I made sure to come in holeless jeans :)
  • We asked Iain about the rumor we heard yesterday, which is that Port Ellen cut off the other Islay distilleries, and that Beam Suntory retaliated by cutting off their peat supply. He debunked that, explaining that Diageo has its own peat fields. But he did say that he wished Port Ellen had kept supplying at least some malt to the other distilleries. By his account, all those distilleries helped keep Port Ellen alive after the distillery part shut down, so out of respect for that history, they should have kept supplying some malt to everyone.
  • Among many laugh lines, Iain claimed that Port Ellen made terrible whisky in the 1980s, which is why it shuttered. And now the newly reopened Port Ellen is trying to replicate that style, so we'll see whether it's any good in about 12 years.
  • Iain was very frank about his misgivings with the direction the parent company's taken the last few years. Everyone applauded when he said that he wished they just bottled a good whisky at a fair price for the Feis. It was really sad for us to hear that. The reason we love these distilleries is because of people like Iain, who've represented these amazing whiskies for their whole lives and really care about them.
  • The next stop for us was Ardbeg's Warehouse 3 tasting, led by Emma (such a charming host). As Ardbeg fans may know, the distillery's mascot is an adorable little dog named Shorty. It turns out that Shorty was her husband's dog. He passed away in 2014, but he's still all over the distillery - literally, he's painted all over the walls.
  • Fascinating fact about the modern whiskymaking process: at every step, there is an on-paper "sale" of the product. So the maltmen make the malt, and then "sell" it to the stillmen, who distill it. Even between the two distillations, the first set of stillmen "sell" it to the second (even though they're the same people). The point of all of this is to track things for accurate taxation.
  • Islay sounds like paradise. 0.06% unemployment, and four police officers for the whole island.
  • Gaelic note of the day: because it's hard to do accents on most websites, I've always spelled it "Feis." But technically, it should be "Fèis." The accent signals that the vowel should be stretched out (Feeeiiisss). And the two words have a different meaning. "Fèis" is festival. "Feis," without the accent, means sex.
Okay, time to talk whisky:
Lagavulin Feis Ile 2023 14 y.o. Armagnac finish - It's overpriced, but it is damn good. Reminded me of Twizzlers candy, with a sweet and warming finish. Maybe the best Festival bottling from this year, along with Bunnahabhain's 17 y.o. Moine triple cask and Kilchoman's three-cask vatting.
Lagavulin 10 y.o. refill cask - This 57% cask-strength dram was delicious, with notes of sticky rice dessert, coconut, and a strong, industrial peat in the second half. This would be a fun whisky to drink with a green curry.
Lagavulin 12 y.o. red wine cask - I haven't loved a red-wine-matured whisky the entire trip, but there's always an exception that proves the rule. This dram was my favorite whisky of the day. The nose is leathery, but the fruit builds and builds over time, transforming to blueberries on the finish.
Lagavulin 16 y.o. refill European oak cask - Not a sherry cask, they were quick to emphasize this point. I described this one as "briny sweet tea." It has a relatively light, floral body, with an effervescent finish. Lovely whisky.
Lagavulin 18 y.o. refill sherry butt - Although this one was a sherry cask, it tasted very similar to me to the previous dram, and was light in color. Since I liked the 16 y.o., I liked this one a lot too, although I wished for a meatier presentation.
Lagavulin 26 y.o. The Lion's Jewel - Iain pulled this one out as a surprise dram at the end of the tasting, a special treat for Feis Ile. It smells like a high-end leather shop, and, on the palate, combines waxy fruit sweets with olive brine and tannins. The finish is spectacular, fragrant incense and burnt herbs.
Ardbeg 10 - We walked the mile from Lagavulin to Ardbeg and, since we had about an hour to kill, enjoyed two quick drams. Ardbeg 10 is an icon for a reason, a fruity lemon-lime and smoke malt.
Ardbeg BizarreBQ - As soon as we had this, my wife insisted we buy a bottle. It's a rich, dark, oily, and woody dram with distinct notes of dried barley. As she put it: "No fruit, I don't need any of that nonsense."
Ardbeg 2019 4 y.o. refill virgin oak - The first of four single casks in the Warehouse 3 tasting. This barrel was virgin oak (not ex-bourbon), aging a whisky for 10 years, and then refilled with the current spirit and aged for only four years. But you'd never know from tasting it; creamy scents pave the way to a medicinal and lactic palate. We paired this with two cheeses, and it transformed a mellow smoked cheese into a sharp, muscular cheddar.
Ardbeg 2012 10 y.o. first-fill bourbon - After a huge vanilla hit on the nose, this whisky proves to be an intense, sweet dram, but with a spicy smoke finish. One surprise note from Emma: these four cask types are the constituents of An Oa, and I definitely get the sweetness of An Oa in this dram.
Ardbeg 2010 12 y.o. PX cask - I haven't been in a big PX mood on this trip, but this one is lovely: dark fruit syrup and spice again on the finish. The main flaw is that the nose is disjointed and full of that typical PX funk, almost smelling like a permanent marker.
Ardbeg 2013 9 y.o. refill bourbon - If they labeled this Ardbeg 10 Cask Strength, I'd have believed it - and demanded to know how I could buy a bottle. The quintessential lemon-lime note reemerges here.
Ardbeg Heavy Vapours Committee Release - The conceit of Heavy Vapours is that Ardbeg blocked up its usual purifiers, letting a very different, heavier spirit develop. It is hugely smoky, but the effect is somewhat counterintuitive to me. The sweeter flavors of Ardbeg are gone, and I get floral, herbaceous flavors of a gin or tequila on the palate, before a heavy, ashy smoke settles in. I wasn't a big fan of this dram.
One day left, and Ardbeg day is sure to be a barnburner. My wife won a lottery to join a small Committee group for "Operation Smokescreen" tomorrow morning, tasting never-released Ardbegs in the warehouse, so I'll lean on her for some fun notes tomorrow.
UPDATE: Complete festival series linked below.
Day One, Lagavulin
Day Two, Bruichladdich, but we skipped and did Bunnahabhain
Day Three, Caol Ila
Day Four, Laphroaig
Day Five, Bowmore and Ardnahoe
Bonus notes from Days One through Five
Day Six, Kilchoman
Day Eight, Ardbeg
Bonus post with my personal festival awards
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2023.06.02 17:22 Albus2313 Specialty bourbon lottery list winners not posted

Back in Nov/Dec of last year the Greensboro ABC board drew the bourbon lottery and on the website it said that the winners list would be posted. It never was. I've always felt the ABC stores were a little shifty in how they dispersed harder to find bourbons and felt like the lack of transparency with the bourbon lottery was shady as well. With many states being reported on about shady ABC board practices, would it be worth while for Greensboro ABC board to be investigated?
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