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2020.09.27 03:29 yoshi_motoLexy goes on the Dating Game: Bachelor #1 - I'll fight this offensive log to defend your honor! Bachelor #2 - I'll cook you gourmet dinners on an inferior and possibly dangerous heating device! Bachelor #3 - zzzzzz... Who will she choose ?!?
2020.09.23 19:58 SunflowerDaYarnPonyI Watch Food ASMR to Torture Myself
Especially if it's gourmet or high end sea food. I like to wait until I'm actually hungry before tuning in. And I usually pick beautiful women to watch, over men. I'm an overweight female and I say things to myself like: "if you were thin, you'd be allowed to enjoy good food like that. But you're not. You don't deserve it." I can't think of why I do this other than I was always hungry as a child (abusive home) and I used to think it was my fault. Now I know this is unhealthy thinking. But I still do it, especially if I feel bad. We don't have a lot of money either so I know I could never afford to eat so extravagantly. No one would ever treat me on a date either. My weight would also hinder my enjoymemt of it anyway.😞
2020.09.23 13:04 HunnyMonstaCat With Previous Supposed Eating Disorder Not Eating Again After Being Okay For 2 Years
Hello, I have a small problem with my cat that I hope people with similar cases can help with. To start off, I have a vet appointment booked for this weekend so there's no need to offer that suggestion. Now for the issue. My cat is eating hence me not rushing to the vets asap, but not full meals for the last week now. Breakfast is the main meal she seems to be eating right now. Her usual diet is an 85g tin of wet food for breakfast, a 50g pouch after work, then a small scoop of dry food at 8pm, then another at 10pm. When I last took her to the vets for her vaccine topup about 3 months ago they said she was healthy and perfect weight for her size. In the last week she only eats half her breakfast at most before walking away then coming back about an hour later. She might eat the rest, although more often than not, she'll have a lick or two before just abandoning it completley. Same with dinner. We're lucky now if she eats even half a 50g pouch, she usually just sniffs it and walks away. 8pm biscuits she might eat about 2/3rds of the first handfull then not touch the 10pm biscuits at all. When we first adopted her (10months old) we were made aware that when she was handed into the charity because she wasn't eating, only just consuming enough to keep herself alive. The woman worked hard to get the cat to eat again and when she had an appetite back we were allowed to adopt her. It's 2 years on now, and even with the stress of having a new cat in the house over a year ago, she's only now reverting back to her old ways of barely eating. She doesn't appear stressed. She fights sometimes with the other cat, but it doesn't appear to be enough to disturb her eating habits. She eats treats well. We've tried liquid, biscuit, & chew stick treats on her over the latter part of the week, and she eats them well enough. It's just her main meals she seems to turn her nose up towards. We did a lot of food testing when we first got her. She was crazy fussy in our first year of having her and so only eats a few types of food (Gourmet Savoury Cake, Thrive Chicken & Liver tins, and sometimes other gravy flaky Gourmet food for wet food, and a few select biscuit brands for her dry food) but now seems to not want them anymore. Does anyone else have experience with a cat who had a history of an eating disorder? She comes home for her designated meal times, she's keen to eat it seems, just doesn't want to eat it when it actually comes to eating. Other info. She has access to the outdoors via a microchip cat flap. Her flea, tick & worm treatment is up to date as of last month. She is also heavily scared of strangers and won't get within even 5ft of people who aren't myself and my partner. So I'm under the assumption no one is feeding her outside of our own feeding schedule.
2020.09.21 21:06 travel-notes-oliverBiarritz in summer
The city of Biarritz is located on the Bay of Biscay, in the 64 department of France, called the Pyrénées-Atlantiques. It is located along the Basque coast at the Cape of St. Martin, closely adjacent to Anglet and Bayonne, and has been a health resort in France for more than one century – in the “beautiful era” it was a place of rest and treatment for the aristocracy, now – modern high-ranking officials. Thanks to “right” waves of the Atlantic ocean Biarritz is a renowned surfing center. https://preview.redd.it/npckma1fujo51.jpg?width=1600&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=e3b6cb15c80464b7dc0f3e3f4c080172f22efd29 The history of prosperity and popularity of this area can be associated with the names of two outstanding women – Alienor of Aquitaine and Empress Eugenia. When Alienor married Henry Plantagenet, king of England in the 12th century, the English built the Fortress Farragus next to a fishing village. When this country was appreciated by Empress Eugenia, a popular resort for the aristocracy arose here. The traces of the English fortress have not survived to this day, but there are many sights associated with Eugenia. For example, the most emblematic building on the shore – Villa of Eugenia, originally built as the empress’s rest and reception house, is now called the Hotel du Palais (now under reconstruction), and is used to accommodate the wealthy public. The Church of Saint Eugenia also beautifies the Biarritz coastline and is a local sight. https://preview.redd.it/oqadjypfujo51.jpg?width=1600&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=7468f5c93050bddd3f966a87458c222083aee653 The main local attraction, in a manner of speaking, is surfing. Particular waves arising due to the specific bottom configuration and the processes of the Atlantic Ocean that are difficult to understand, make it possible to relatively easily master mysteries of this sport. For a good wave, it’s necessary to know the time of high and low tide, and all local surfers have it timetable. In practice, in order to surf “from scratch”, it takes a week of classes at a surf school. Our group mastered cherished skills just on the date indicated. Although, personally, this type of activity does not suit me, and with great enthusiasm I visited coastal cafes. I also photographed schoolchild surfers. One of the emblematic sights is the local lighthouse, built in 1834 on Cape Saint-Martin. You can mount it to appreciate the stunning view of the Central Beach, as well as take a photo at the observation deck located at its foot. Hotel Le Regina is nearby, in the restaurant of which you can enjoy tasting dishes prepared by an eminent chef. It’s suitable for gourmets, of course. We were not lucky at all – at that moment there was no eminent chef, we had to suffer with the usual menu 🙂 https://preview.redd.it/4rv57ajgujo51.jpg?width=1280&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=c0c91c1f9cc3cd67c4f365d969d95ecbd9730088 We prepared for this our visit to Biarritz and booked a sightseeing tour with a private guide through a special resource – Excurzilla. We learned a lot of useful things (in just a couple of hours!), looked at all the most famous places in the city, and in general, had a great time. For example, we became0 familiar with the history of the emergence of the Russian Church, located (oh, miracle!) on Russian street of Biarritz. In general, I have to say that since the 19th century wealthy Russians have chosen this city and the region where the Russian Church is located, now a respectable place, studded with luxurious villas. The villa is still located here in which the great Russian composer Igor Stravinsky once lived. And now, according to stories of the guide, Russian residents occupy more than one villa in this region. The history of the settlement, in the place of which modern Biarritz grew up, is closely connected with whaling. And to this day, a whale is depicted on the city’s coat of arms. Poor animals nearly disappeared from the face of the earth – I did not even think that until recently streets of European cities were illuminated by whale oil lamps. Horror! We can say that new technologies (gas and electricity) have saved poor animals from complete extermination. Old Port of Biarritz was exactly the place from where whale hunters set off on their shaky little boats to stun an unfortunate whale with an accurate blow and pull it on shore. Now we cannot say that such horrors were happening in this reputable place. https://preview.redd.it/sq2z9g3hujo51.jpg?width=1600&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=144083f0a810071f981598796e2fbf8a6146e665 The oldest street in Biarritz – Gambetta has maintained its charm, showing restored old buildings. One of which is the old city market, where it’s possible to still buy fresh fruits, groceries and everything else, and in the evening public life flourishes around. A large number of cafes, restaurants and bars are concentrated around the old market – perhaps not something else, but the French love (and know how) to eat. There is also an unremarkable clothing store called 64 on this street. Another tourist would not attach it any significance, but for the locals it’s a symbol of national identity to a certain degree, – this is the number of the department of France, in which Biarritz is located. In general, instead of souvenirs, you can buy some clothes with the symbol of this brand. https://preview.redd.it/4kqe2pvhujo51.jpg?width=1200&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=8809ae1c574d9d0577ff3f1bd48f9ec05e201e6b Gambetta street leads to the former town hall square, where now the reorientated town hall building is not at once recognizable, a bank, shops and other organizations are located here. We can say that it’s the very center of the old city. However, one historical place still remains on it – it’s the Miremont cafe. Even now, there you can taste unusually delicious desserts, custard (a rarity in Europe) tea and a huge number of variations of coffee service. Both with stunning views, local desserts in surroundings of the historic interior of this cafe will help you get your impression of why Biarritz was so loved by hedonists of the past. https://preview.redd.it/grv2vlmiujo51.jpg?width=1200&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=90653d501bf4ed0db25006b6705c62cb9450e00e In addition to the aforementioned Hotel du Palais (one of the best hotels in Biarritz), a casino building is also on the Central Beach, which also houses a public swimming pool (not without reason the city has a history of a balneotherapeutic health resort), as well as cafes, restaurants and shops. Since it’s quite difficult to swim in these places (Atlantic Ocean, even so!) and often cold, beaches here are more convenient for promenade. In general, the guide told a quite large number of stories about ships that could not cope with peculiarities of the Bay of Biscay, the most difficult in the way of navigation, and sunk in the local waters even in recent history. https://preview.redd.it/0kektt9jujo51.jpg?width=1200&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=cdb660af6e1d5d8e330ee2bb637013271e5a5283 By the way, this is why Biarritz does not have a yacht berth and corresponding infrastructure – during the storm season, waves gain enormous sizes. For centuries, local authorities have tried to protect the city bays with the help of breakwaters, but it did not work out to build properly – the ocean breaks all attempts to establish artificial restrictions for it. For example, a representative story is associated with one of the sights of Biarritz – cliff of the Holy Virgin. In the 19th century, a natural rock at this place was yet broken by order of Napoleon III to arrange a port-refuge, however, it was not possible to install full-fledged breakwaters. All in all, a statue of the Holy Virgin was installed here, making this a tourist place, by building a bridge by the Eiffel atelier to the rock from the shore, starting from the Museum of the Sea.
2020.09.21 14:04 finnagainsChina is in fact a pragmatic authoritarian oligarchy, not a dictatorship (r/Leftwinger) 21 Sept 2020
As the US presidential debates approach, and our grotesque candidates prepare to compete for Best Actor, with their supporting casts of pollsters, advance men, media shills, gestures coaches, focus groups, and allied technicians of mendacity, Americans of broad historical illiteracy, which is most of them, hear endlessly of the evils of China. Whether the evils exist doesn’t matter. The electorate won’t know the difference. Still, it might be amusing to think about the matter. How bad (as Ivanka would put it) is the Middle Kingston? Permit me a more sanguine view than those of our leftover Cold Warriors. Let us start with what Beijing has done for its people. We might also find enlightening a comparison of today’s China with today’s America. I know what China was in 1978 when Deng took over: a literally starving behemoth, among the poorest countries on earth, with people eating grass. Forty-two years later it has lifted several hundreds of millions from poverty, and the remaining poverty would not be recognized as poverty by the slum dwellers of India. Perhaps I err, but this seems to me both astonishing and admirable. No other country, ever, has done such a thing. Overage Cold War hawks and salesmen for the arms makers like to say that China is “totalitarian,” which sounds appropriately terrible without meaning anything specific. How many people have been in a genuinely totalitarian and Communist country? I was in the Soviet Union when it still was the Soviet Union, and it closely matched John Bolton’s onanistic fantasies: grim, poor, intimidated, no stores or consumer goods, empty streets with cars only for the government, people sullen and dispirited. As we flew out on Aeroflot, people spontaneously broke into applause as we passed the Russian frontier. This is not China. Walk the streets in Chengdu or Chongqing. Traffic (unfortunately) reaches American levels. You will see stores selling anything you would find in, say, Washington, running from cheap to pricey, large grocery stores tastefully decorated (a Chinese touch) with everything from staples to gourmet food. It is First World. This is fact, boys and girls. It is documentable. Go look. I have. You will also see, at least in Chengdu, many blocks of stores selling Buddhist artefacts, functioning temples well maintained, and monks in the traditional robes. None of this is what we are told to expect. It is what is there. Restaurants flourish, from soup stalls to elegant, and night life is varied and great fun. (Here a guide to said night life.) There is, for example, an Irish pub, the Shamrock, which we much liked. Large districts exist of what might be called wide car-less alleys with dozens of restaurants with outside tables and typically Chinese gaudy neon everywhere. This is not Steve Bannon’s China. From Its website: “Shamrock has the best sports telecasts in Chengdu! With five different satellite feeds we have you covered for rugby, football (round ball) Aussie rules, cricket, NBA, golf, tennis, boxing, and UFC. Wondering how to find out more about what telecasts are on? We have our website listing, you can also ADD us on WeChat or alternatively just give us a call or email for more info on what and when telecasts are coming up.” Conservatives of formidable economic illiteracy speak of China as a communist dictatorship. The government, perhaps not wanting to admit a mistake, calls itself communist. Geriatric hawks make themselves foolish by referring to “Chicoms,” but China is in fact a pragmatic authoritarian oligarchy, not a dictatorship, and communist countries do not have hundreds of thousands of private businesses. You cannot criticize the government and the Great Firewall of China blocks the international internet. Not good, but…totalitarian? Try North Korea. US commentators speak of China’s intolerance of Christianity. The intolerance exists. But the Chinese have reasons. Remember that Christianity, however heretical, cost China fourteen years of godawful bloody warfare during the Tiaping Rebellion of the 1850's and perhaps millions of dead. It was probably enough Christianity for them. And of course, they can look at the US and see the havoc caused by diversity of religion, race, ethnicity, and so on. They probably figure they don’t need any. Americans also grouse that fentanyl, which they usually pronounce “fentanol,” comes from China, just as Mexicans complain that the weaponry of the drug cartels comes from the US. True in both cases, but it is a bit of a leap to attribute either to governmental hostility rather than freelance criminality. Regarding drugs, we might remember that China has had bitter experience of Eurowhites. Americans have compelled the Chinese to buy opium by force of arms, though the government desperately opposed this. Maybe turnabout is fair play. American troops have also occupied Chinese ports by force. American soldiers have rampaged through Beijing, raping, looting, and killing for sport. The Chinese are aware of this. Americans can usually find their way home at night. People in the US speak of China’s brazen aggressiveness. Chinese aggressiveness? Did China invade Iraq, killing hundreds of thousands? Has China spent almost twenty years butchering Afghans, militarily seized Syria’s oil, supported Saudi Arabia in a murderous war against Yemen, supervised the destruction of Libya, bombed Somalia? Does China try to starve Iran and Venezuela into giving Washington control of their oil? Does China push its (nonexistent) NATO vassals ever closer to Russian border? Yes, China is an international menace. No one can doubt it. Aggressiveness? True, America has only a piffling few military bases around the world, a mere scattering of about 800, while the aggressive China, always shameless, has one, at Djibouti. Today, the Horn of Africa. Tomorrow, San Francisco. My God, we must gird our loins, send more money to the Pentagon. Next thing we know, the squinty-eyed bastards will be dating our daughters at Harvard. (Though, come to think of it….) China spends heavily on education and R-and-D. It has not caught up with America in everything, but advances rapidly. America buys intercontinental nuclear bombers of no apparent purpose. The above is a mag-lev train now in development, to run at 373 miles an hour. Consider America as it must look to a citizen of, say Chongqing. It looks barbaric. The United States is neck deep in violent crime; China has almost none. This is not because of watchfulness by police, but because violent crime is not in the culture. You don’t need police to keep people from doing what they are not going to do anyway. In American cities, murder is so common as barely to be noticed by the newspapers: 700 a year in Chicago and several times as many shot, 300 in Baltimore, similar numbers in a couple of dozen other cities. America seethes in racial hatred; China, blessedly having only one race to amount to anything, does not. Many tens of thousands in America live in medieval squalor on the sidewalks or in the subways; not in China. China beat Covid and goes about its business (friends there tell me that things are back to normal). America…never mind. Does China mistreat its Islamic Uighurs? Yes, and might even if America were not trying to stir up a Jihadi rebellion there, as it is in Hong Kong. Not good at all. Is it worse than the US? Maybe. Note, though, that America’s Africans have lived in wretched circumstances for four centuries, currently wallowing in semi-literacy, drugs, social collapse, and hopelessness. None of these is changing in the Exceptional Country. Much can be, and is, said against China, and a lot of it is true. But Americans are in no position to do the saying. Socialist_
2020.09.21 14:03 finnagainsChina is in fact a pragmatic authoritarian oligarchy, not a dictatorship (r/Leftwinger) 21 Sept 2020
Leftwinger As the presidential debates approach, and our grotesque candidates prepare to compete for Best Actor, with their supporting casts of pollsters, advance men, media shills, gestures coaches, focus groups, and allied technicians of mendacity, Americans of broad historical illiteracy, which is most of them, hear endlessly of the evils of China. Whether the evils exist doesn’t matter. The electorate won’t know the difference. Still, it might be amusing to think about the matter. How bad (as Ivanka would put it) is the Middle Kingston? Permit me a more sanguine view than those of our leftover Cold Warriors. Let us start with what Beijing has done for its people. We might also find enlightening a comparison of today’s China with today’s America. I know what China was in 1978 when Deng took over: a literally starving behemoth, among the poorest countries on earth, with people eating grass. Forty-two years later it has lifted several hundreds of millions from poverty, and the remaining poverty would not be recognized as poverty by the slum dwellers of India. Perhaps I err, but this seems to me both astonishing and admirable. No other country, ever, has done such a thing. Overage Cold War hawks and salesmen for the arms makers like to say that China is “totalitarian,” which sounds appropriately terrible without meaning anything specific. How many people have been in a genuinely totalitarian and Communist country? I was in the Soviet Union when it still was the Soviet Union, and it closely matched John Bolton’s onanistic fantasies: grim, poor, intimidated, no stores or consumer goods, empty streets with cars only for the government, people sullen and dispirited. As we flew out on Aeroflot, people spontaneously broke into applause as we passed the Russian frontier. This is not China. Walk the streets in Chengdu or Chongqing. Traffic (unfortunately) reaches American levels. You will see stores selling anything you would find in, say, Washington, running from cheap to pricey, large grocery stores tastefully decorated (a Chinese touch) with everything from staples to gourmet food. It is First World. This is fact, boys and girls. It is documentable. Go look. I have. You will also see, at least in Chengdu, many blocks of stores selling Buddhist artefacts, functioning temples well maintained, and monks in the traditional robes. None of this is what we are told to expect. It is what is there. Restaurants flourish, from soup stalls to elegant, and night life is varied and great fun. (Here a guide to said night life.) There is, for example, an Irish pub, the Shamrock, which we much liked. Large districts exist of what might be called wide car-less alleys with dozens of restaurants with outside tables and typically Chinese gaudy neon everywhere. This is not Steve Bannon’s China. From Its website: “Shamrock has the best sports telecasts in Chengdu! With five different satellite feeds we have you covered for rugby, football (round ball) Aussie rules, cricket, NBA, golf, tennis, boxing, and UFC. Wondering how to find out more about what telecasts are on? We have our website listing, you can also ADD us on WeChat or alternatively just give us a call or email for more info on what and when telecasts are coming up.” Conservatives of formidable economic illiteracy speak of China as a communist dictatorship. The government, perhaps not wanting to admit a mistake, calls itself communist. Geriatric hawks make themselves foolish by referring to “Chicoms,” but China is in fact a pragmatic authoritarian oligarchy, not a dictatorship, and communist countries do not have hundreds of thousands of private businesses. You cannot criticize the government and the Great Firewall of China blocks the international internet. Not good, but…totalitarian? Try North Korea. US commentators speak of China’s intolerance of Christianity. The intolerance exists. But the Chinese have reasons. Remember that Christianity, however heretical, cost China fourteen years of godawful bloody warfare during the Tiaping Rebellion of the 1850's and perhaps millions of dead. It was probably enough Christianity for them. And of course, they can look at the US and see the havoc caused by diversity of religion, race, ethnicity, and so on. They probably figure they don’t need any. Americans also grouse that fentanyl, which they usually pronounce “fentanol,” comes from China, just as Mexicans complain that the weaponry of the drug cartels comes from the US. True in both cases, but it is a bit of a leap to attribute either to governmental hostility rather than freelance criminality. Regarding drugs, we might remember that China has had bitter experience of Eurowhites. Americans have compelled the Chinese to buy opium by force of arms, though the government desperately opposed this. Maybe turnabout is fair play. American troops have also occupied Chinese ports by force. American soldiers have rampaged through Beijing, raping, looting, and killing for sport. The Chinese are aware of this. Americans can usually find their way home at night. People in the US speak of China’s brazen aggressiveness. Chinese aggressiveness? Did China invade Iraq, killing hundreds of thousands? Has China spent almost twenty years butchering Afghans, militarily seized Syria’s oil, supported Saudi Arabia in a murderous war against Yemen, supervised the destruction of Libya, bombed Somalia? Does China try to starve Iran and Venezuela into giving Washington control of their oil? Does China push its (nonexistent) NATO vassals ever closer to Russian border? Yes, China is an international menace. No one can doubt it. Aggressiveness? True, America has only a piffling few military bases around the world, a mere scattering of about 800, while the aggressive China, always shameless, has one, at Djibouti. Today, the Horn of Africa. Tomorrow, San Francisco. My God, we must gird our loins, send more money to the Pentagon. Next thing we know, the squinty-eyed bastards will be dating our daughters at Harvard. (Though, come to think of it….) China spends heavily on education and R-and-D. It has not caught up with America in everything, but advances rapidly. America buys intercontinental nuclear bombers of no apparent purpose. The above is a mag-lev train now in development, to run at 373 miles an hour. Consider America as it must look to a citizen of, say Chongqing. It looks barbaric. The United States is neck deep in violent crime; China has almost none. This is not because of watchfulness by police, but because violent crime is not in the culture. You don’t need police to keep people from doing what they are not going to do anyway. In American cities, murder is so common as barely to be noticed by the newspapers: 700 a year in Chicago and several times as many shot, 300 in Baltimore, similar numbers in a couple of dozen other cities. America seethes in racial hatred; China, blessedly having only one race to amount to anything, does not. Many tens of thousands in America live in medieval squalor on the sidewalks or in the subways; not in China. China beat Covid and goes about its business (friends there tell me that things are back to normal). America…never mind. Does China mistreat its Islamic Uighurs? Yes, and might even if America were not trying to stir up a Jihadi rebellion there, as it is in Hong Kong. Not good at all. Is it worse than the US? Maybe. Note, though, that America’s Africans have lived in wretched circumstances for four centuries, currently wallowing in semi-literacy, drugs, social collapse, and hopelessness. None of these is changing in the Exceptional Country. Much can be, and is, said against China, and a lot of it is true. But Americans are in no position to do the saying. Socialist_
2020.09.21 14:01 finnagainsChina is in fact a pragmatic authoritarian oligarchy, not a dictatorship - 21 Sept 2020
As the presidential debates approach, and our grotesque candidates prepare to compete for Best Actor, with their supporting casts of pollsters, advance men, media shills, gestures coaches, focus groups, and allied technicians of mendacity, Americans of broad historical illiteracy, which is most of them, hear endlessly of the evils of China. Whether the evils exist doesn’t matter. The electorate won’t know the difference. Still, it might be amusing to think about the matter. How bad (as Ivanka would put it) is the Middle Kingston? Permit me a more sanguine view than those of our leftover Cold Warriors. Let us start with what Beijing has done for its people. We might also find enlightening a comparison of today’s China with today’s America. I know what China was in 1978 when Deng took over: a literally starving behemoth, among the poorest countries on earth, with people eating grass. Forty-two years later it has lifted several hundreds of millions from poverty, and the remaining poverty would not be recognized as poverty by the slum dwellers of India. Perhaps I err, but this seems to me both astonishing and admirable. No other country, ever, has done such a thing. Overage Cold War hawks and salesmen for the arms makers like to say that China is “totalitarian,” which sounds appropriately terrible without meaning anything specific. How many people have been in a genuinely totalitarian and Communist country? I was in the Soviet Union when it still was the Soviet Union, and it closely matched John Bolton’s onanistic fantasies: grim, poor, intimidated, no stores or consumer goods, empty streets with cars only for the government, people sullen and dispirited. As we flew out on Aeroflot, people spontaneously broke into applause as we passed the Russian frontier. This is not China. Walk the streets in Chengdu or Chongqing. Traffic (unfortunately) reaches American levels. You will see stores selling anything you would find in, say, Washington, running from cheap to pricey, large grocery stores tastefully decorated (a Chinese touch) with everything from staples to gourmet food. It is First World. This is fact, boys and girls. It is documentable. Go look. I have. You will also see, at least in Chengdu, many blocks of stores selling Buddhist artefacts, functioning temples well maintained, and monks in the traditional robes. None of this is what we are told to expect. It is what is there. Restaurants flourish, from soup stalls to elegant, and night life is varied and great fun. (Here a guide to said night life.) There is, for example, an Irish pub, the Shamrock, which we much liked. Large districts exist of what might be called wide car-less alleys with dozens of restaurants with outside tables and typically Chinese gaudy neon everywhere. This is not Steve Bannon’s China. From Its website: “Shamrock has the best sports telecasts in Chengdu! With five different satellite feeds we have you covered for rugby, football (round ball) Aussie rules, cricket, NBA, golf, tennis, boxing, and UFC. Wondering how to find out more about what telecasts are on? We have our website listing, you can also ADD us on WeChat or alternatively just give us a call or email for more info on what and when telecasts are coming up.” Conservatives of formidable economic illiteracy speak of China as a communist dictatorship. The government, perhaps not wanting to admit a mistake, calls itself communist. Geriatric hawks make themselves foolish by referring to “Chicoms,” but China is in fact a pragmatic authoritarian oligarchy, not a dictatorship, and communist countries do not have hundreds of thousands of private businesses. You cannot criticize the government and the Great Firewall of China blocks the international internet. Not good, but…totalitarian? Try North Korea. US commentators speak of China’s intolerance of Christianity. The intolerance exists. But the Chinese have reasons. Remember that Christianity, however heretical, cost China fourteen years of godawful bloody warfare during the Tiaping Rebellion of the 1850's and perhaps millions of dead. It was probably enough Christianity for them. And of course, they can look at the US and see the havoc caused by diversity of religion, race, ethnicity, and so on. They probably figure they don’t need any. Americans also grouse that fentanyl, which they usually pronounce “fentanol,” comes from China, just as Mexicans complain that the weaponry of the drug cartels comes from the US. True in both cases, but it is a bit of a leap to attribute either to governmental hostility rather than freelance criminality. Regarding drugs, we might remember that China has had bitter experience of Eurowhites. Americans have compelled the Chinese to buy opium by force of arms, though the government desperately opposed this. Maybe turnabout is fair play. American troops have also occupied Chinese ports by force. American soldiers have rampaged through Beijing, raping, looting, and killing for sport. The Chinese are aware of this. Americans can usually find their way home at night. People in the US speak of China’s brazen aggressiveness. Chinese aggressiveness? Did China invade Iraq, killing hundreds of thousands? Has China spent almost twenty years butchering Afghans, militarily seized Syria’s oil, supported Saudi Arabia in a murderous war against Yemen, supervised the destruction of Libya, bombed Somalia? Does China try to starve Iran and Venezuela into giving Washington control of their oil? Does China push its (nonexistent) NATO vassals ever closer to Russian border? Yes, China is an international menace. No one can doubt it. Aggressiveness? True, America has only a piffling few military bases around the world, a mere scattering of about 800, while the aggressive China, always shameless, has one, at Djibouti. Today, the Horn of Africa. Tomorrow, San Francisco. My God, we must gird our loins, send more money to the Pentagon. Next thing we know, the squinty-eyed bastards will be dating our daughters at Harvard. (Though, come to think of it….) China spends heavily on education and R-and-D. It has not caught up with America in everything, but advances rapidly. America buys intercontinental nuclear bombers of no apparent purpose. The above is a mag-lev train now in development, to run at 373 miles an hour. Consider America as it must look to a citizen of, say Chongqing. It looks barbaric. The United States is neck deep in violent crime; China has almost none. This is not because of watchfulness by police, but because violent crime is not in the culture. You don’t need police to keep people from doing what they are not going to do anyway. In American cities, murder is so common as barely to be noticed by the newspapers: 700 a year in Chicago and several times as many shot, 300 in Baltimore, similar numbers in a couple of dozen other cities. America seethes in racial hatred; China, blessedly having only one race to amount to anything, does not. Many tens of thousands in America live in medieval squalor on the sidewalks or in the subways; not in China. China beat Covid and goes about its business (friends there tell me that things are back to normal). America…never mind. Does China mistreat its Islamic Uighurs? Yes, and might even if America were not trying to stir up a Jihadi rebellion there, as it is in Hong Kong. Not good at all. Is it worse than the US? Maybe. Note, though, that America’s Africans have lived in wretched circumstances for four centuries, currently wallowing in semi-literacy, drugs, social collapse, and hopelessness. None of these is changing in the Exceptional Country. Much can be, and is, said against China, and a lot of it is true. But Americans are in no position to do the saying. Socialist_
am trying to do a write up on a cultural gourmet market in the Melbourne CBD, it’s a new Blogger role. The annoying thing according to my training the vendors have been passing their market positions for 150 years so I don’t know if their papers are up to date. Second, due cultural sensitivity some meat cuts need to be properly displayed and culturally they may not be recognised as important by some butchers because of their nationality and third, and this was really funny for a little while. A shopping centre was going give the beautiful market a facelift until they found a cemetery underneath the market’s car park. So, it’s been over 10 years? No response from the Shire. I am never going to get paid.
2020.09.20 02:56 teaandtalkDate night ideas for when you can't/don't want to go out!
I think a lot of folks are in areas where you aren't allowed to go to a cafe or restaurant or bar yet - or if you can, you might not feel comfortable doing so! We've been under quite a restrictive lockdown for a few months, so I thought I'd share some suggestions of what we've done to keep the 'date feeling' alive - even if they were at home! Most of my suggestions involve alcohol, candles, and dressing up - all of which I think really help the magic. - When we're in 'date mode', there are things we don't talk about. No budgeting, home maintenance discussion, no 'what will we do with mother-in-law at christmas time', no talking about the kids (from a friend's own rules). Think back to when you first dated your partner - were you talking about the plumbing that needed fixing or their rent schedule? No. Hobbies, work, media you've been consuming, all of those are good topics - but keep away from the boring, humdrum life stuff that you do day in, day out. - Candles are magic, if you don't use them most of the time. We lit candles, put the nice linens out, and used the My Bar feature of this website (also an app) to give ourselves a menu of cocktails we could make at home from our existing pantry. We ended up drinking Yellow Birds (spoiler alert: new favourite) and giggling by candlelight then 'going home together'. - Pack or buy a coffee (we're from the coffee capital of my country so even in the deepest lockdown, cafes were still allowed to do takeaway coffee) and sit in the garden, or a park if you're allowed to, and chat. - Pick a gourmet recipe you've been wanting to try and go all out. For several days, I planned a gourmet grilled cheese date - following recipes from /grilledcheese and choosing a drink pairing and explaining it to my date. It was fun to try something different, but still felt special! - Takeout! A lot of fancy places (in my area at least) are doing really amazing take-out at the moment - cheaper than it would be to go there and buy drinks. If you can, splurge on something really nice and make a date of it. Dress up, light the candles, pour the wine (easier to BYO at home!) and pay attention to each other. - Make sure you dress up! You don't need to go all out, but being clean and smelling nice and wearing a dress/a little makeup/jewellery really helps elevate the mood and draw a line between 'date night' and 'regular life'. What are you ladies doing to keep the ~~date vibes~~ going at home?
2020.09.19 00:42 lisagreenhouseGary Michael Hilton, the National Forest Serial Killer, is known to have murdered four people. But his crimes and travels make it hard to believe there weren’t earlier victims. Are there more waiting to be discovered?
Who is Gary Michael Hilton? Gary Michael Hilton, sometimes referred to as the National Forest Serial Killer, was a drifter who murdered at least four hikers in and around national forests in Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina between 2005 and 2008. Hilton was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison in January 2008 for the murder of Meredith Emerson, 24. After that conviction, investigators across the country began looking into unsolved cases that were similar to Emerson’s, and Hilton was charged with and found guilty of three more killings. In 2011, he received the death penalty in a Florida court for the slaying of Cheryl Dunlap, 46. In March 2012, he plead guilty to the murders of John Bryant, 80, and Irene Bryant, 84 and a North Carolina court sentenced him to four consecutive life sentences. Emerson, Dunlap, and the Bryants shared no specific victimology, instead it appears he chose them at random when he needed money. Investigators agree that his were crimes of opportunity, and they believe Hilton may have committed more murders across the southeast United States in the years before his four known victims were killed. Hilton was born November 26, 1946. He had an unstable home life and varied criminal record that stretched from childhood until he was arrested for Emerson’s murder at the age of 61. In 1959, when he was just 13, Hilton reportedly shot his stepfather in a jealous rage over his mother. His stepfather didn’t press charges, but Hilton did spend some time in a mental hospital after the shooting. At 17, Hilton joined the army, and he served from 1964 through 1967, including a tour in West Germany. He was honorably discharged in 1967 after he had been hospitalized for hearing voices and diagnosed with schizophrenia. Hilton was married at least three times, but none of his marriages were long—the longest was just two years. He isn’t believed to have any children. His third wife was a security officer at Stone Mountain Park, a 3,000 acre park near Atlanta that offers camping, hiking, wooded trails, lakes, and family attractions, including the massive peak at its center that is carved with the likenesses of Confederate soldiers. Hilton loved the outdoors. He hiked, camped, and frequently lived in forests and mountains around the south and southeast United States. He loved dogs, too, and had a dog named Dandy (sometimes reported as a golden retriever, other times described as red in color). He never had steady employment; after leaving the army, he worked as a chauffeur in Florida from 1970 to 1972, and he was arrested in 1995 for stealing books he was hired to sell from a door-to-door sales company. From 1997 to 2007, he worked off and on handing out advertisements and doing odd jobs for a Gwinnett County, GA, siding company, but he permanently lost that job when he threatened to kill the company owner if he didn’t pay him $10,000. Hilton also had ongoing legal troubles. He was convicted of a DUI in Florida in 1973; in 1983, he was convicted for carrying an unlicensed gun and a drug charge; he was found guilty of theft and marijuana possession in 1987; and he plead guilty to 21 counts of solicitation in 1995. Samuel Rael, an attorney and filmmaker in Atlanta, admitted that in 1995 Hilton helped him develop the plot for the movie Deadly Run. The movie is about a man who stalks, hunts, and murders women in the woods, a storyline that has similarities to Hilton’s crimes. Rael had defended him in court multiple times since the mid-1980s for crimes ranging from arson and trespassing to solicitation of false charitable donations. Rael said Hilton, whom he considered a consultant on the project, came up with the idea of the main character releasing women into the woods to be hunted like prey and that he also helped select that cast and found the cabin in the woods near Cleveland, Georgia, where much of the movie was filmed. Meredith Emerson’s remains were found approximately 30 miles from that same cabin 13 years later. Investigators have said that Hilton was not considered a suspect in any murders or disappearances during the time the movie was being filmed. Confirmed Victims Victims are listed in the order of their disappearances and murders. However, his final victim, Meredith Emerson, was the first to be linked to Hilton. His implication in her murder helped solve the others. Irene Bryant, 84, and John Bryant, 80, disappeared after driving 20 miles from their home to hike and look at fall colors in North Carolina’s Pisgah National Forest on October 21, 2007. The couple had been married for 58 years and loved traveling, hiking, and being outdoors. Their active lifestyle meant that they were sometimes hard to reach, and it took time for their neighbors and family to realize they were missing. Their son Bob reported them missing on November 2. He drove from his home in Texas to North Carolina to help search for his parents and discovered their vehicle at a trailhead parking lot. Investigators subpoenaed telephone and financial records and discovered that Irene had tried to call 911 around 4 p.m. on October 21 but the call didn’t go through. They couldn’t confirm whether the call failed due to lack of service or interference by another person. Financial records showed a bank withdrawal from their account at 7 p.m. the day after Irene attempted the 911 call. Security footage at the bank in Ducktown, Tennessee, 25 miles away from their vehicle, showed a slender man man in a hooded raincoat using the Bryant’s ATM card. Investigators couldn’t identify the person, but it was neither of the Bryants. Irene’s body was found on November 9, covered with leaves and sticks, just 100 yards from where the couple’s vehicle was parked. She had been killed by a blow to the head and her arms and legs appeared to have also been beaten. Investigators speculated that her attacker had lain in wait on the trail or in the woods just beyond the parking lot. John’s skeletal remains weren’t found until February 5, 2008 when a hunter stumbled across them. On October 26, 2007, Hilton was stopped by a sheriff’s deputy while trespassing on private hunting land. Hilton tells the deputy he’s a paratrooper on field maneuvers, and, when asked if he’s carrying any weapons, he shows the officer an expandable police baton. The officer checks for open warrants and then lets him go. However, Hilton did have an open warrant for a minor 1972 offense in Miami, and he should have been detained. In March 2012, Hilton plead guilty to murdering the Bryants, and he admitted to camping out in the parking lot, scouting for victims. Hilton admitted he had kidnapped Bryant from the parking lot, drove him to the Nantahala National Forest, walked him 30 feet down an embankment, and shot him in the head. It’s believed Hilton wasn’t certain he could control both victims at once, so he chose to kill Irene at the location and then use her death to intimidate and scare John into cooperating and giving him the couple’s ATM PIN number. In the days before the Bryants’ murders, other hikers reported seeing, talking to, and even photographing and confronting Hilton in the Pisgah National Forest in the area where the Bryants were murdered. Along with pleading guilty of ambushing and killing the Bryants, Hilton also plead to robbery and firearms offenses in their case. He again accepted a plea deal to avoid the death penalty and was remanded to serve four additional life sentences consecutively with the life sentence already handed down for Emerson’s murder. The Bryants are Hilton’s first known victims, although he was sentenced in their cases after being tried for his later crimes. Cheryl Hodges Dunlap, 46, was a mother of two grown sons and a nurse and Sunday school teacher, She was last seen alive on December 1, 2007. She had gone hiking alone in Apalachicola National Forest in the Florida panhandle just outside Tallahassee at about 9 a.m. Friends reported her missing after she failed to show up to teach her Sunday school class on December 2 or arrive at work on Monday morning, December 3. Three days after she disappeared her car was found with a flat tire, parked on the shoulder of Highway 319 just outside of the national forest. A search of the area revealed nothing of use. However, an investigation into her digital footprint discovered bank withdrawals. A little over a week after she went missing, authorities released surveillance photos of a man successfully using Dunlap’s ATM card to withdraw money on December 2, 3, and 4, the three days immediately following her disappearance. Police could not identify him because he was wearing a rubber mask, gloves, and hat. Detectives staked out the ATM machine for the next week, but the man never returned. Dunlap’s decapitated remains were discovered near Bloxham Cutoff Road in the Apalachicola National Forest on December 15 by hunters who noticed the presence of buzzards. Because her head and hands were missing, it took a DNA sample to confirm that the remains were hers. Hilton was proven to be in the area when and where Dunlap disappeared because a forestry agent had run his vehicle tag number through the police database on December 7. After Dunlap’s body was found, a hunter also reported coming into contact with Hilton in the forest—driving a white van, wielding a knife and appearing disheveled or homeless. The hunter said he’d warned Hilton that the woods was a bad place to be during hunting season. This interaction allowed the hunter to identify Hilton in a photo lineup. A forestry agent had also questioned Hilton on November 17, 2007 and run his white van’s tag number through a database to ensure it wasn’t stolen. On December 28, another forestry agent interacted with Hilton in Osceola National Forest, about 160 miles from where Dunlap was last seen. Those sightings proved Hilton had been in the area before and then left after Dunlap’s murder. The final item of proof was one of Dunlap’s boots, which Hilton was attempting to discard in the dumpster with Emerson’s belongings when he was initially arrested. Investigators believed Hilton kidnapped Dunlap from the Leon Sinks Geological Area of Apalachicola National Forest, where friends said she had mentioned going to read a book. He likely kept her alive for a few days in order to get money from her ATM card, finally killing her. Investigators say he burned her head and hands in his campfire, then left her vehicle by the road after puncturing the tire with his police baton. There was no physical evidence tying him to the crime, but investigators were able to recover audio tapes on which Hilton had recorded himself talking crudely about women and referencing killing women and hiding things. He said he was a sociopath who could disassociate from the act of murder. Hilton was indicted on Thursday, February 28, 2008 for Dunlap’s murder, kidnapping, and two counts of grand theft. He was found guilty by a unanimous jury in February 2011 and sentenced to death. He unsuccessfully appealed the conviction. Dunlap was Hilton’s third known victim; he was sentenced in her case after being tried and found guilty for murdering his last-known victim, Meredith Emerson. Meredith Emerson, 24, was last seen alive on New Year’s Day 2008, with her dog, a black Labrador retriever mix named Ella. The pair had left home in Buford, Georgia, to hike one of their favorite trails on Blood Mountain. The location is the highest peak in Georgia’s section of the Appalachian Trail and is located on the border of Lumpkin and Union counties inside the Blood Mountain Wilderness and the Chattahoochee National Forest. Concerned after she didn’t return home, Emerson’s friends and boyfriend reported her absence to local police. She was classified as an overdue hiker. The next day, friends and authorities searched the area where Emerson and Ella had been hiking but did not find either of them. A winter storm moved in that day, and authorities had to halt the search. After her disappearance made news, witnesses came forward to claim that they’d seen her hiking with an older man, approximately 60 years old with a red dog, on a spur trail that connects the Appalachian Trail to the Byron Herbert Reece Parking Lot. One caller was a former police officer. He reported that while hiking he’d discovered a police baton, water bottles, sunglasses, a barrette, and a dog leash and treats scattered over an area of disturbed and scuffed ground. He had seen an older man with a police baton walking with a younger woman minutes before finding the items, and he recognized the leash as the one the young woman had been holding. At first, he’d thought they were father and daughter, but the scattered belongings and evidence of a struggle concerned him. While there, he talked with another group of hikers who had seen the man hiding in the woods, but they were unable to locate him after a short search. They gathered the scattered items and left them at a local store, but they didn’t call police at the time. The next day after seeing a report on TV about Emerson’s disappearance, the former officer called investigators to report what he’d seen and found the day before. Also on January 2, John Tabor, a former employer of Hilton’s, called police to let them know Hilton matched the description of the man seen with Emerson on the trail. He said Hilton had called him a few hours before and had apologized for acting erratically and violently toward him, asked him for money, and told him he was near Blood Mountain. He’d asked Tabor to leave him a check at a business Tabor owned, but he never came to collect the check. Investigators noted that Tabor hadn’t called them immediately to inform them of Hilton’s similarity to the suspect or his proximity to the possible kidnapping. Police also recovered surveillance images of Hilton unsuccessfully attempting to use Emerson’s ATM card. Investigators had hope that Emerson was still alive and they were now sure she was with Hilton, so they disseminated Hilton’s DMV photo to the media. On January 4, another witness called police to report that he had encountered an older man and young woman camping near a white van. The witness was driving a lawn care truck when he got it stuck in a stream. He asked the older man for help, but he’d refused. The witness said it seemed like the man was trying to keep him away from the van. When the witness called police dispatch to ask for help getting his vehicle unstuck, the man quickly packed up and left the area in a seeming rush. That same day, Ella was found wandering in a grocery store parking lot in the town of Cumming, Georgia, about 60 miles away from Emerson’s last-known whereabouts. Investigators also discovered bloody clothing, bloody men’s boots, and Emerson’s purse and wallet in a dumpster across the street from the store where Ella was located. A boot, later confirmed to belong to Hilton’s third victim, Cheryl Dunlap, was also recovered from the dumpster. Later that evening, a witness called 911 to report that Hilton—whom he recognized as the suspect in Emerson’s disappearance from news reports—was at a local gas station cleaning out a white van. Police arrived and prevented Hilton from using a vacuum cleaner and bleach on the van’s interior; they also discovered bloody clothing and blankets he had attempted to discard in the gas station trash receptacles. Blood in the vehicle was later matched to Emerson, and Hilton was charged with her murder. During almost five hours of interrogations, Hilton admitted that Emerson fought back against him when he attacked her, yelling and using her martial arts skills to fend him off (she’d earned a blue belt in aikido and was posthumously awarded a black belt). He said that she almost got away, but that he was finally able to subdue her when she lost her footing and stumbled. He said he’d chosen to attack her because she was a woman, and that they’d hiked together for a while before she outpaced him. He then stopped and waited for her down the trail, planning to rob her of her ATM card when she was returning to her vehicle. He admitted to taking Emerson from the parking lot in his van, returning at her request a few minutes later to pick up Ella, who had initially been left behind. He drove her to multiple banks and unsuccessfully attempted to use her ATM; police believed she was intentionally giving him wrong PIN numbers to buy time. Unfortunately, no one at the banks or law enforcement noticed the failed transactions or attempted use of Emerson’s ATM cards until January 4. Eventually Hilton gave up and drove Emerson to a secluded location where, for three days, she continued to give him incorrect ATM PIN codes in an apparent attempt to give rescuers time to find her. Hilton told investigators that he tired of waiting for the correct PIN number, so he told Emerson he was taking her home; however, he admitted that he knew he couldn’t release her since she’d seen his face and vehicle and knew so much about him. Instead, while she was tied to a tree, he hit her over the head repeatedly with a car jack handle to kill her, and then he decapitated her. He covered her body with leaves, then drove to another wooded area more than an hour away, where he discarded her head. He said he was unable to kill Ella and decided to let her go. Disturbingly, in that same interview, when asked about whether it was hard for him to kill Emerson, Hilton stated, “It was hard … you gotta remember we had spent several good days together.” Hilton offered to lead investigators to Emerson’s body if they’d agree to remove the death penalty option. An autopsy confirmed Hilton’s story: her cause of death was officially listed as blunt force trauma to the head, and she’d been decapitated postmortem. He plead guilty to Emerson’s murder on January 30, 2008, and he was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 30 years. The case was in the news again in 2010 when a writer for Hustler magazine submitted a request for crime scene photos for use in an article about Emerson’s kidnapping and murder. A judge blocked the request, preventing the Georgia Bureau of Investigation from releasing "any and all photographs, visual images or depictions of Meredith Emerson which show Emerson in an unclothed or dismembered state.” The Georgia House also passed The Meredith Emerson Memorial Privacy Act, preventing “gruesome crime scene photos from being publicly released or disseminated.” The Act, House Bill 1322, stops the release of all images in which victims of crimes appear “nude, bruised, bloodied or in a broken state with open wounds, a state of dismemberment or decapitation.” Hilton’s involvement in Emerson’s kidnapping and murder drew the attention of investigators in other states. While she is believed to be his last victim, the successful investigation into her case resulted in his guilty pleas and sentencing for three other murders. A series of other unsolved crimes is also being investigated for ties to Hilton. Possible Victims Melissa Witt, 19, disappeared from the parking lot of a local bowling alley in Fort Smith, Arkansas on December 1, 1994. On January 13, 1995, her body was found by hunters in a rural area of the same county from where she disappeared. She was naked, and her remains were near a rock that’s been described as headstone-like. Her clothing was never located. Some investigators believe that there are similarities between Witt’s disappearance and death and those of Hilton’s known victims. Judy Smith, 50, is considered a possible victim of Hilton’s because her remains were found near the location where Hilton would bludgeon Irene Bryant a decade later. Smith was last confirmed to have been seen by her husband, Jeffrey, at a Philadelphia hotel on April 10, 1997. The couple flew from their home in Newton, Massachusetts to Philadelphia the day before so that Jeffrey could attend a work conference. After arriving at the airport, Judy discovered she had left her identification at home and would not be able to board the plane. She returned home to retrieve her ID and took a later flight, meeting Jeffrey at their hotel. She planned to go sightseeing while Jeffrey was attending the conference, and Jeffrey confirmed she’d been alive and in their room that next morning. That evening, after the conference meetings had ended for the day, Jeffery could not find Judy. He searched for her and tried to report her missing around midnight, but investigators told him he needed to wait 24 hours. During the ensuing investigation, there were a number of sightings of a woman matching Judy’s description in and around Philadelphia, several of which seemed to describe a person experiencing psychological problems or acting disoriented or disturbed. Other possible sightings were of a woman matching Judy’s description riding the bus, shopping at a mall, and sitting outside a gourmet grocery store. The Smith family found some of the descriptions and sightings credible. On September 7, 1997, about five months after Smith was last confirmed to have been seen, hunters in the Pisgah National Forest about 9 miles from Asheville, North Carolina discovered scattered bones around a shallow grave. Some clothing and personal effects were also located. Cut marks and punctures found on the ribs and clothing suggested the victim had been stabbed. The remains were confirmed to be those of Judy Smith. Strangely, the clothes she was discovered wearing were not any she was known to have owned or reported by witnesses, and the family has no explanation for why or how she got to or was in Asheville. Later reports found that people in the Asheville area had seen Judy or a woman who resembled her. The sightings were deemed credible, but no one claimed to have seen Judy with anyone else. Money and jewelry was found near Judy’s body and belongings, so robbery was ruled out as a motive. Investigators came to believe Smith traveled to Asheville voluntarily, but they’re unsure of why or what happened to her while there. Hilton has been suggested as a possible suspect, but investigators have not publicly linked him to Smith’s case or named as a suspect. Levi Frady, 11, was abducted from Little Mill Road in Forsyth County, Georgia, on October 22, 1997. The next day his remains were found partially submerged in a rainwater-filled pit in Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area in Dawson County, Georgia. He had been shot three times, once in the chest and twice in the head. Investigators consider Frady’s case open and active. Some have hinted Hilton is considered a suspect, but he has not been publicly named. In April 1998, Jason Knapp, 20, disappeared. He was a student at Clemson University, and he was last known to have been seen by his roommate at around 10:30 p.m. on April 11, watching a movie at their residence. His vehicle was found on April 21 at Table Rock State Park in Pickens, South Carolina. The area is about 30 miles from the university and is very rugged. Investigators found a Wendy’s restaurant receipt inside the vehicle dated April 12 at 1:30 p.m. It is believed he drove to the park on April 12. He had also withdrawn $20 from his bank account that day; his bank cards, including an ATM card, were never found. The area around his vehicle showed no signs of struggle or foul play, and it is unknown whether he drove to the location alone. Searchers canvassed the area around his vehicle for two weeks and found nothing of interest. Patrice Endres, 38, disappeared from her hair salon in Cumming, Georgia, between 11:30 a.m. and noon on April 15, 2004. She vanished during a gap of about 12 minutes between clients. The front door of the salon was unlocked and the cash register was empty, but there was money in her purse. Her lunch was in the microwave and her vehicle was parked at the salon. Her skeletal remains were found in December 2005 behind a church about 10 miles from her salon. A woman came forward with a description of a man in a white van parked in front of the salon, but she later recanted the story. Serial killer Jeremy Brian Jones admitted to killing Endres and dumping her body in Sweetwater Creek in Douglas County, but authorities ruled him out as a suspect after her remains were found 70 miles from that location and when he couldn’t provide any additional information that wasn’t in the public record. Authorities looked at Hilton’s possible involvement, but they say he is no longer considered a suspect. There is no information as to why investigators have ruled him out. Rossana Miliani, 29, lived in Miami, Florida, and disappeared while vacationing in Cherokee, North Carolina. She was last confirmed to have been seen at about noon on December 7, 2005, in the hotel where she was staying. She called her father and told him she was going hiking on the Appalachian Trail. Some reports say she was spotted in Bryson City, NC, where she rented a storage space, shortly before disappearing. Miliani is reported to have bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, but no details are available about whether she was on medication or if she was experiencing any issues at the time of her disappearance. On the two-year anniversary of her disappearance, a clerk at a local store read an article about Miliani and called investigators to report that she’d sold a backpack or bag, possibly a sleeping bag according to some sources, to Miliani and a man who claimed to be a traveling preacher who visited campsites around the Appalachian Trail. According to the clerk, the man was about 60 years old, had hair greying at the temples and may have been wearing a hair piece because his hair looked unusual. The clerk claimed that Miliani appeared to be nervous. A private investigator working on the case released a sketch of the unidentified man in June 2009. The man resembles Hilton, and he’s considered a possible suspect. Neither Miliani nor any of her belongings, including luggage and a camera, have been found; no money has been withdrawn from her bank account since her disappearance, but a deposit was made on December 31, nearly three weeks after her disappearance. No further information is available about that deposit. Some sources say Hilton is known to have stolen and unsuccessfully tried to use Miliani’s bank card, but I was unable to find official corroboration of those reports. A fisherman found the remains of Michael Scot Louis, 27, dismembered and stuffed in plastic garbage bags, in the Tomoka River at Ormond Beach, Tomoka State Park, Florida on December 6, 2007. His torso and legs were recovered, but his head has never been found. Louis was last known to have been seen on November 21 or 22, 2007, but when his remains were found 16 days later, the autopsy estimated he had only been dead for two to seven days. It’s unclear where he was or who he may have been with during the days he was unaccounted for. Days after his disappearance, his Firebird was found parked unusually far from his apartment in the apartment complex’s parking lot in South Daytona, Florida, with the keys still in the ignition and his dirty laundry and guitars inside. Hilton was officially ruled out as a suspect after DNA testing did not implicate him, but some thought he should remain on the list as a potential suspect. In January 2018, Nelci Tetley, 67, was arrested for shooting to death and dismembering her then-boyfriend, Jeffrey Albertsman, 55. It was discovered that she had possibly also dated Louis, although she denied knowing him or having a relationship with him, and she’s been named as a suspect in his case. University of Georgia student Cayle Bywater disappeared from Athens, Georgia on December 29, 2007. She was reported missing after neighbors became concerned when her dog was seen running loose outside her home. Meredith Emerson would be kidnapped three days later from Vogel State Park, about 80 miles north of Athens. On January 11, Bywater’s body was found in an Athens lake. An autopsy listed drowning as her cause of death, but there’s disagreement about how she came to be in the lake. There were no traces of illegal drugs or alcohol in her system, but she had been prescribed medication to treat a mental disorder, reported by some agencies as bipolar disorder. The autopsy also found a previously undiagnosed heart defect, but that could not be proven to have played a part in her death. A photograph taken by an undisclosed individual the day she was last seen alive shows Bywater in Memorial Park walking her dog on leash. Witnesses claim to have seen someone matching Bywater’s appearance walking a dog in the park near the lake where her body was later found, and some said she appeared to be disoriented or chasing the dog. No signs of foul play were discovered on her body or at the scene, but her family insists she did not wander off or commit suicide. In a news article dated January 8, 2008, (https://www.savannahnow.com/article/20080108/news/301089882) her family was concerned that she may have been kidnapped by someone who saw her in a disoriented or confused state and took advantage of the situation. That same news article mentions the kidnapping of Meredith Emerson by Gary Michael Hilton but quotes an investigator as saying the local police department and Georgia Bureau of Investigation did not consider the cases related at that point. It’s unknown if Hilton is now or was ever considered a suspect in Bywater’s case. Are there more? There are dozens of unsolved cases of missing and murdered people in the areas where Hilton was known to or may have traveled or lived. Someone put together this Google Map detailing known and possible victims of Hilton: https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1v-4PyOHDjE17GhkF6ofEvFWtLes&hl=en&gl=us&ie=UTF8&oe=UTF8&msa=0&z=5&ll=34.77220536527494%2C-83.37685848300629 . It’s a very interesting rabbit hole. I’m unsure who created the map or what criteria they used to include possible victims. If anyone on this sub has information about the creation of this map, please let me know and I’ll include more details. What Don’t We Know? Discussion and Theories Knowing what we do about Hilton and the crimes for which he was convicted, it’s hard to believe that Emerson, Dunlap, and the Bryants are his only victims. Investigators have pointed out that it’s rare for a serial killer to start killing in their 60s, and Hilton’s crimes seem to be the work of a confident killer. His lack of victimology—targeting victims based on opportunity rather than sticking to a certain type of person—and his large geographic footprint, transient lifestyle, lack of family and friends, and remote hunting grounds all point to the possibility that he’s been active for a lot longer than the short spree of four known victims. There are so many missing people and unsolved homicides in the southeast corner of the United States that it’s not hard to think Hilton may be responsible for some of them. What are your thoughts or theories? A note of thanks:u/cspach2005 invited me to do this write-up on Hilton for an upcoming podcast on www.disturbedpodcast.com. They covered my previous write-up on Timothy Bindner (https://www.reddit.com/UnresolvedMysteries/comments/g2mh3i/hes_been_a_suspect_in_the_disappearances_of_at/) in this podcast, https://www.disturbedpodcast.com/bindne, so I was thrilled to contribute again. I’ll add a link to the podcast episode on Hilton once it’s done. Resources: Park Predators podcast about Hilton: https://parkpredators.com/episode-1-the-hunte YouTube video of Georgia Bureau of Investigation interview with Hilton (4.5 hours): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9Tw1iejmzc ThoughtCo blog from July 14, 2019 about Hilton’s crimes: https://www.thoughtco.com/the-gary-michael-hilton-case-971046 Murderpedia entry for Hilton, including text from news articles: https://murderpedia.org/male.H/h/hilton-gary-michael.htm Timeline of Hilton’s life and crimes: http://prairiechicken.blogspot.com/2008/02/gary-michael-hilton-timeline.html Strange Outdoors article from January 23, 2018 about Hilton and his victims: https://www.strangeoutdoors.com/mysterious-stories-blog/2018/1/22/gary-michael-hilton-the-hiker-murders CNN article from 2008 detailing how Hilton helped make a movie about a serial killer: https://www.cnn.com/2008/CRIME/03/13/hilton.movie/index.html Wikipedia article: Murder of Meredith Emerson: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Meredith_Emerson March 23, 2008 article detailing Hilton’s confession and Emerson’s fight to survive: http://www.nbcnews.com/id/23769881/ns/us_news-crime_and_courts/t/killer-says-female-hiker-fought-him-end/ March 11, 201 article about judge barring release of crime scene photos in Emerson’s case: http://www.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/03/10/meredith.emerson.photos/index.html August 2012 opinion piece by the journalist who requested Emerson crime scene photos explaining why he did so: https://www.ajc.com/news/opinion/why-requested-slain-hiker-crime-scene-photos/2PmN2O3oTCOJKq7mBuvgfL/ Wikipedia article about the Judy Smith case: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judy_Smith_homicide Rossana Miliani Charley Project profile: http://charleyproject.org/case/rossana-miliani Article from December 17, 2007 about remains found in Florida, possibly linking them to Cheryl Dunlap: https://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=4010778&page=1 Article from February 28, 2008, announcing Hilton’s indictment in the case of Dunlap: http://www.cnn.com/2008/CRIME/02/28/hilton.indictment/index.html March 27, 2012 article about Hilton pleading guilty to the Byrants’ murders: https://www.blueridgenow.com/article/NC/20120327/news/606022032/HT May 17, 2008 article detailing John Bryant’s autopsy findings: https://www.blueridgenow.com/article/NC/20080517/News/606047031/HT January 4, 2018 article about the Bryants: https://www.ajc.com/news/local/tragic-end-for-unique-couple/PzAHQbeBqHLPzNjGei0nAJ/ December 23, 2007 article about memorial service for Michael Scot Louis: https://www.news-journalonline.com/article/LK/20071223/news/180117745/DN January 24, 2018 article about Nelci Tetley’s arrest, possible implication in Louis’ death: https://heavy.com/news/2018/01/nelci-tetley-accused-dismembering-killing-boyfriends/ January 13, 2017 article commemorating the 22nd anniversary of Melissa Witt’s unsolved disappearance and murder: https://www.5newsonline.com/article/news/local/outreach/back-to-school/melissa-witts-body-found-22-years-ago-investigation-still-open/527-5556593c-22df-4077-b6c3-e7fd7f041f33 Jason Knapp’s Charley Project profile: http://charleyproject.org/case/jason-andrew-knapp April 4, 2010 article about Patrice Endres’ disappearance and murder: https://www.forsythnews.com/local/crime-courts/husband-seeks-closure-in-cold-case/ Google Map detailing known and possible victims of Hilton: https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1v-4PyOHDjE17GhkF6ofEvFWtLes&hl=en&gl=us&ie=UTF8&oe=UTF8&msa=0&z=5&ll=34.77220536527494%2C-83.37685848300629 (I did not create this map, nor do I know who did or what criteria they used when choosing which possible victims to include. I’ll gladly edit the post to include that information if someone knows more details about the map’s creator or creation.)
2020.09.16 14:15 BernardJOrtcuttResources and Open Thread for Grad School Applications, Job Hunts and Inside Baseball
Welcome to our biweekly open post about Grad School applications, job hunts, and inside baseball in the profession. This post renews every 14 days. You can find earlier threads here. We are trying to disentangle such questions from the Open Thread. In this thread, you are encouraged to ask all kinds of questions pertaining to professional development and life as a philosopher. Questions about applications, job hunt etc. are no longer allowed in the ODT and only allowed in exceptional cases as standalone questions. Overview of programs:
The Spreadsheet edited by very kind grad students contains information about deadlines, fees, fee waivers, as well as funding estimates for Masters in North America
Resources for PhD Applications Here is a list of guides and resources people found helpful in the past. Word of warning: We generally advise you not to go to grad school unless you are either independently wealthy or can literally not imagine doing anythign else with your life. That's because job prospects are terrible. Most PhDs end up as underpaid adjuncts or visiting professors. Professorships are scarce, and there is more luck involved with getting one than anyone would care to admit. Yes, this warning goes equally for Europeans. If this has not scared you away, read on. The following is necessarily North America-centric. Feel free to comment with questions about other locations, too! "Rankings":
The Philosophical Gourmet Report aims to be a ranking of English-speaking philosophy departments by reputation. The report should not be the end of your search for possible departments, but it can be a starting point when trying to find the departments strong in areas of interest to you. Please note that this ranking is focused on analytic philosophy; if your main interest is in continental philosophy, look elsewhere.
Schwitzgiebel's 8-part series is fairly all-encompassing; I've heard some criticism of it at points. Be sure to discuss the content with your advisors. Some caution is necessary because other departments have very different selection processes from UC Riverside.
If you are in the US, form bonds with philosophy professors early and listen to their advise - but do not be afraid to run what you hear by other professors to make sure it is correct.
If you are not in the US, the process will likely be rather different than described in the provided links. Please talk to your professors directly about what to expect, and don't forget to inquire what the funding opportunities are.
The Graduate Applicant Facebook Group has some excellent current grad students providing advice, and are excellent to network with other applicants, talk about your fears and anxieties, and ask fellow applicants to give feedback on your writing sample. Please note that they require a short introductory message.
Gradcafé has a philosophy forum run by nice people. It also has a page where users can report when they hear back from schools. Personally, I would advice against visiting this page since it will unnecessarily stress you out for all of spring.
Please note that your professors will have great advice, too. Network with them, get close to at least one of them and they'll mentor you as best as possible - plus you'll need letters of reference. Godspeed, and good luck!
Elaine Rhine Tanzer Feb. 20, 1943 - Sept. 8, 2020 Portland lost a community member of compassion, style, culinary vision, and firm political opinions this past week. Elaine is best known as the owner of Portland's original, premier delicatessen, Elephants, which introduced gourmet eating adventures to Portland long before our town became a foodie mecca. With a vision about great food, great fun, and great décor, Elaine bought a failing deli in northwest Portland in 1979, revived it, and expanded it to eight locations in the metro area. Walking into her delis, you experience Elaine's commitment to style side-by-side with quality, beautifully displayed food. For those of us who knew her before and during her Elephants career, there is also an Elaine of quirky humor, avid gardening, distinctive reading preferences, passionate animal advocacy, and unsurpassed elegant hospitality. Born in 1943, she was the daughter of Oregon native Dale Rhine and Gussie Knight, Mississippi belle. Following World War II the family, now including brother David, returned to Oregon. Elaine attended Portland public schools, graduated from Wilson High School, and earned both a bachelor's and a master's degree at Portland State University. Her early career was spent as a teacher and social worker focused on at-risk students, an experience that created her lifelong commitment to vulnerable populations. Along with her business, her politics were always front and center. Engaged in high school as head of her Republican student organization, she continued her Republican activities in college. But that changed in the late '60s with the Vietnam War and led to work with Senator Wayne Morse and later to campaigning for a young Neil Goldschmidt. She was such a fan of Bill Clinton that she catered a Portland event for him gratis on the promise she would meet him, and when she did, to her embarrassment, she was speechless. She was overjoyed to attend Barack Obama's first inauguration. She mourned the election of Donald Trump and wasn't quiet about it. Elaine married attorney and future Oregon Supreme Court Justice Jacob Tanzer in 1974. They met at a political event at the venerable Goose Hollow Inn, and after extended dating, she informed him she wouldn't continue unless they got married. He proposed on the spot. Together, they traveled often and in style. India especially spoke to them. They returned there on several occasions and sampled Portland's bountiful Indian food offerings between visits. Elaine's last visit to India was this spring to scatter Jake's ashes into the Ganges River. Her garden was legend among her friends, a place embracing all four seasons and elegant enough to be featured on a Portland Garden Club tour. It was perfect for reflection, for reading the mannered English countryside novels she loved, and only a month ago, to host the wedding of a long time college friend. Elaine leaves as a legacy, along with her remarkable business, a model of love and commitment to her family and her beloved nephew Matthew Rhine. To her Reading Group family she leaves joyful memories of vigorous debates in her beautiful living room. A memorial gathering will be held at a later date. Contributions in her name may be made to the Oregon Humane Society, the Feral Cat Coalition or a charity of your choice. Rest in peace dear friend. Join Jake. We will miss you. The Reading Group. Please sign the online guest book at www.oregonlive.com/obits source: http://obits.oregonlive.com/obituaries/oregon/obituary.aspx?n=elaine-rhine-tanzer&pid=196803296
2020.09.16 02:12 uconnnurseNot feeling ready for a relationship but may have found the perfect guy
Not sure if this is right place to post this... I (39F) was married for 18 years. My ex husband (44M) cheated on me for the last 10 yrs of the marriage. That, of course, is who/what I know of. Could be more 🤷🏻♀️. Anyway, there was some psychological/emotional manipulation of me and the kids. Needless to say, my ex is a narcissist. It was a toxic marriage and continues to be a passive aggressive existence after divorce. Shortly after I kicked out the ex, I went on an online dating app, not really expecting to meet anyone, really just needed a distraction. I did meet someone. Talked with him online and over the phone for 4 months before we decided to meet. He was such a gentleman and continues to be 1.5 years later. I never dated anyone else after the ex. This man I’ve grown to be very fond of and attached to, has developed some very strong feelings for me too. I think short of my hesitation to move in together or internally commit, he would have already been close to a proposal. He tells me he doesn’t want to be with anyone else and we get along great. We have the same sarcastic but polite humor and are considerate of each other. He cooks like a gourmet chef and can pretty much fix anything in the house. He knows me so well and knows exactly when something is wrong. We already know when to push, and when to fade back. We know what pushes each other’s buttons. We both make good money and have goals in our careers. Sometimes I feel he holds himself back though and talks about having lots of goals, but then complains about being stuck. He has a 5 yr old son who is great, but does have some anxiety. I struggle with continuing to heal after my divorce, the multiple betrayals of failed friendships around me because of him, having feelings that I need to rebuild my life but on my own while not tied down by a relationship. However, the kind of man I would like to eventually live my life with is a man like this my bf who I have grown to love and appreciate...who I allowed myself and my kids to get to know and be involved in my life... who he has allowed to be close with his son...who I am not sure I am ready to be in a relationship with. Feels like a lot to start over with a toddler. It takes a lot out of me and I’m not sure I’m the best to take this on right now. I’m ready for them to leave after a day. I get annoyed easily when he happens to stay longer. The house is messy within 10min and my anxiety goes up. I work long hours at the hospital to save for the move and for rainy days. Sometimes I feel like I want to be alone to have my day off to spend with my kids, or workout or go shopping or self care like doing my nails or haircut or going for a run.. Or just having that quiet time to reflect and continue to go through my house and purge things from 18 years that a young couple collected, or things from when my kids were little and haven’t used or played with for years. I’ve already donated over a dozen paper bags filled with clothes from my closet and my boys....and I still have more to go through or eventually part with. I was honest with my boyfriend and told him I will be moving back home across the country, but that I wanted to do it alone. I have one kid in his first year of college and the younger one in his senior year of high school right now. My original plan when I got divorced was to stay until my younger one graduated HS. My older one has Aspergers and lives with me, the younger one lives with his dad. My older son needs a lot of help with college work and continuing to work on being independent. My boys will likely move to California with me, but either way I need move away from here. The environment can be overwhelming and anxious. All my ex’s family are here where I currently reside. I am close with them, but it’s not the same... especially since the ex already married mistress #7 and their goal is to show off how happy they are with spending here and there. I was an emotional wreck in the beginning. Although I wanted to keep my family together, I held to my intentions for a divorce. I felt it was my only option after being treated so badly for so many years. He still texts me messages I’m sure his new wife would love to see. They have died down since I no longer respond, but they still come...even as they are preparing for a small wedding ceremony for the family. His family invites me to their big occasions and holidays if I’m around and of course it infuriates the new wife. Sometimes, they even invite my bf if he is around. I was married for 18 yrs, so am still close with many of the brother-in-law families. Our kids grew up together. One is my godson. One goddaughter said she felt uncomfortable being close to me now. Anyway, I am there for my kids and because I have a nice relationship with the family, not to annoy the ex or his wife. I’m cordial and considerate and don’t bother with them. My focus is to commence healing. I feel as if I need to move back home where my family is. It’s been almost 20 years since I left home in 1999 for marine boot camp. Me and the new guy can’t seem to break up, but I feel it’s probably the best thing for me right now. Am I doing the right thing?
Love 365 High School (VIP Room Event ends 9/28) First Spin Free and 10 part draw with at least 1 R item after a free draw! Enjoy a glorious school life with him ♪ First Love Diary -Spring & Summer- (My Last First Kiss - VIP Room Event) ends today First Love Diary -Fall & Winter- (My Last First Kiss - VIP Room Event) ends today
Extracurricular Intimacy: Goto & Kaga & Ishigami & Namba (Her Love in the Force - Special Story) The last bell is the signal for your strict instructor to transform into your passionate lover. In the classroom, the shooting range, the garden, or the school pool. "It's more exciting like this." Is he really going to kiss you, here?! Enjoy some after-school delight with him! Under the Stars (Finally in Love Again - Special Story) Set out for Okinawa on a couple's retreat with Aki! Enjoy some fun in the sun on a private beach, sip tropical drinks with a heart shaped straw, and delight in an intimate gourmet dinner. You'll be able to enjoy your resort vacation to the fullest with this sweet little story! And, after dark, you and Aki visit a special place, embarking on a love to last forever.
Summer: First Volume "The Beach with Everyone!" (Love's Hella Punk - Main Story) You and Tengoku now agree to meet up after school, instead of him ambushing you. Walking home together is now a regular thing and you even make plans to hang out during summer vacation! But things end up going south?! Glittering Futures: Ryogo (Destind: Mr. Almost Right - Main Story) Special 2 Story Set: "Hidden Side of Destiny: His PoV" 5 episodes. How did Ryogo really feel as he ran into you around the office? Watch as he feels lost in his own jealousy. "Glittering Futures" 3 Episodes. A glittering ring finally sits on your finger. That shine seems to lead to a happy future together... but true destiny is still a few steps away. The more you find out about him, the deeper you fall in love.
Season 4 The Neighbor's Wife: Shun (Kings of Paradise - Main Story) Life with Shun is erotic bliss until Taki makes you his pretend fiancee. With Taki's ring on your finger, Shun disappears. You follow him, and a night of mad passion ensues as Shun steals 'Taki's fiancee.' "I'm going to take you, make you mine, and... end this." *Ending Set includes Taki His PoV. Another Story: Shinji (Wanted: Romance Renegades - Main Story) The incident now resolved, you and Shinji stay together, that is, until he's suddenly hospitalized... You go to visit him, but he stubbornly tries to push you away. He's keeping something from you, and after finding out his secret, your relationship continues to rise to even greater levels..
Episode 5 of Nightmare Battles (Court of Darkness - Main Story)
In which Sen gets mixed up with two cutesy lovebirds. (Romance MD: Always On Call - Special Story) Will somebody please do something about THAT couple? You leave the EICU temporarily to study with neurology. Tetsuya seems like he's holding up well enough, but loneliness makes him lean on Sen for support. Unfortunately for Sen, the two of you aren't any less schmaltzy for having to be apart. Midnight Temptations (Kissed by the Baddest Bidder - VIP Room Event ends 10/3) [Revival] Can it get any hotter? A passion-ridden night with Eisuke! The night only promises ecstasy with this man... And once the kisses start, your only hope is to give yourself over to him completely! Affection on Hold: Midnight Love (Scandal in the Spotlight - VIP Room Event) ends today
Masato: Main Story (First Love Diaries - Main Story) You're none too confident in your abilities when the class nominates you to play the accompaniment for the school chorus contest, but fortunately the music teacher, Mr. Asakura, steps in to give you some extra lessons... "You should leave...try to find love with one of your peers." A Virile Voyage: Kaga & Shinonome (Her Love in the Force - Special Story) A sweet private trip with him! But then you're suddenly surrounded by a swarm of police?! The party boys from the bodyguard group, the misfits from the Second Unit... it looks like your relaxing trip just got a lot rowdier!
2020.09.13 21:53 tutetibiimperesNugu Roundup #56 -Blooming Boys - 200913 + Album Giveway!
Hello and welcome to the latest Nugu Roundup! What is this?: This is a weekly feature designed to highlight the unknown/underappreciated groups and soloists working hard in the Kpop world that often fall under the radar. Please share your own information, favorite performance videos, fanmeet stories, or anything else relevant below! Last week we supported #Hashtag. This week it's time for a boy group who's relatively new but who has been making some very cool music, let's get to know ENOi! Look at the first comment below for the winner of the tenth Nugu Roundup Album Giveaway, plus details on this week's album up for grabs! What is Nugu?: While in Korean it literally means 'Who' in the broader Kpop context it refers to groups that are generally unknown amongst the greater public. It doesn't have to mean they're extremely new, though it can, and there are of course varying degrees of 'unknown' which some groups having very strong niche fandoms and others being almost invisible. I take a fairly broad view and will include groups that may be known to some, but who don't have widespread name recognition. Let's get on with the show... ________________________________________________________ ENOi Who are they?: A seven member boy group under KITHEWHALE Entertainment, their name comes from "wE caN dO iT". The group members have individual colors and gemstones which are meant to represent both positive and negative elements of their personalities, with the concept being that they will grow to be better and overcome their negative aspects. Their fandom name is RAYS which stands for 'Realize All Your Stars' and also carries the meaning that the group can't grow without the rays of light form the fans. Company: KITHEWHALE Entertainment's name comes from combining the Korean words for 'Lungfish' and 'Whale'. They are a combination IT Company and Kpop Agency and are involved in some way with blockchains. Their goal is to merge their strengths in technology and artistic development. ENOi is their first and only Kpop group, though they have produced Korean hip-hop content in the past. Full Group Interview
Facts: He competed in Boys 24, the show that created the group IN2IT, but did not make the final group. He recruited the other members of ENOi and the other members look up to him as a natural leader. He has produced songs for the group including their debut Bloom and their latest comeback Cheeky. He enjoys cooking, '90s music, and playing basketball. His representative colors are Black, White, and Grey, and his representative gemstones are obsidian, diamond, white crystal, and other monochromatic stones. His positive aspects are sacrifice, protection, reason, and order and his negative aspects are vanity, resignation, and solitude.
Position: Main Rapper
Real Name: Jeong Yong Tae
Age: 23 (IA)
Facts: He was the fourth member recruited into the group by Laon and was discovered at the Seoul Fashion Festival where his quick mastery of choreography impressed Laon. Her can play the drums. He can come off as intimidating at first but the other members say he has a warm heart. He loves strawberries and meat. His representative color is green, and his representative gemstones are olivine and emerald. His positive aspects are friendship, sincerity, purity, and thoughtfulness, and his negative anxiety, fear, and revulsion.
Position: Main Vocalist
Real Name: Jo Ha Min
Age: 22 (IA)
Facts: He was the first member recruited into the group by Laon, and the two of them had been good friends previously. His strong vocal skills impressed onlookers during a busking performance when the crowd all became silent to listen when he started singing A Capella. He has an affinity for ballads and can play the piano. While he debuted without them, the glasses he wears have become a trademark of him. His official color is dark blue and his official gemstones are sapphire and lapis lazuli. His positive aspects are chastity, faith, stability, and patience. His negative aspects are apathy, mystery, and blind faith.
Real Name: Park Dong Hyuk
Age: 20 (IA)
Facts: He was the sixth member cast by Laon, and was cast after an interview without an audition. He studied Hotel Management and Tourism at Yonsung University. He enjoys gourmet food, desserts, and mountain biking. He handles the filming and video production of much of the group's content. His personality is somewhat reserved on stage but in more intimate situations like fan meets he's known to be one of the most personable members of the group. He can play the piano and speak Chinese. His official color is sky blue. His representative gemstones are chalcedony, turquoise, and aquamarine. His positive aspects are vitality, health, and imagination. His negative aspects are weakness and lack of concentration.
Real Name: Park Jin Woo
Age: 20 (IA)
Facts: He was the fifth member recruited into the group and was a schoolmate of Dojin. He has the deepest voice in the group yet is the most aegyo-prone. He enjoys grapefruit, french fries, and cheese. He can do trampoline acrobatics. He is said to resemble the mascot of a Japanese candy company called Peko-Chan. His official color is purple. His representative gemstones are amethyst and rhodolite. His positive aspects are humility, freedom, and peace. His negative are void, disappointment, and desperation.
Position: Main Dancer, Lead Vocalist
Real Name: Han Jeong Hoon
Age: 20 (IA)
Facts: He was the third member recruited into the group. He is known to always be in motion and unable to sit still. Laon felt his upbeat and energetic attitude would benefit the group. He is very quick to learn choreography and can often learn a dance after just watching it once. He has pierced his own ears. His favorite foods are rice noodles and spring rolls. His official color is yellow. His representative gemstone is citrine. His positive aspects are hope, excitement, and talkativeness, and his negative are frivolity, whimsy, and disrespecting boundaries.
Position: Rapper, Vocalist, Maknae
Real Name: Yang Hyuk
Age: 20 (IA)
Facts: He was the last member recruited into the group. His stage name came from when he suggested a pistol move choreography in the group's debut song Bloom. He can play the guitar well and improvise along with songs. He grew up very skinny but got into body building and now is proud of his muscular physique. In addition to gym training he also likes to play soccer. His favorite foods are ramen and meat. His official color is red. His representative gemstones are ruby and garnet. His positive aspects are passion, love strength, loyalty, and courage. His negative aspects are ferocity, mercilessness, and destruction.
Debut: April 21st, 2019 with Bloom (MV) Live Stage (Link) Dance Practice (Link)
Song: The group's debut digital single, the song is an autobiographical history of the group comparing them to a blooming flower. With smooth vocal lines and an unexpectedly funky-EDM chorus amidst it's Deep House production it's a fresh debut sound. The title of the song and the lyrics were inspired by Tupac Shakur's book "A Rose that Grew from Concrete".
Most Recent Comeback: August 6th, 2020 with W.A.Y (Where are You) (MV) Live Stage (Link) Dance Practice (Link)
Song: The lead single from the group's 2nd Special Album "W.A.Y (雨)" this song blends EDM and the Future Bass style with a beguiling chorus and an unexpected hard dubstep dance break.
Producers/Composers:Laon (group member), Jin Dae Ho (Punch Sound) (see above), Stendlee (이종준) (no other credits found)
First Comeback: January 12th, 2020 with Cheeky (MV) Live Stage (Link) Choreography Version (Link)
Song: The lead single from the group's first EP "Red in the Apple" this is the high point thus far in the group's discography IMO. Opening with a funky guitar riff and playful rapping along with some pseudo-swing vocal lines and simple yet effective percussion giving the track some great momentum this evokes some of Seventeen's more playful songs.
Composers/Producers:Laon (group member)
Starlight (audio) Showcase Performance (Link) Dance Practice (Link)
Song: The first release from the group's first special album "For RAYS, Realize All Your Star" this is a song written for the group's fans. It's a rich and sonorous pseudo-ballad with a driving mid-tempo feel. Laon and Hamin wrote the lyrics.
Trivia: Member Hamin had been considering giving up on his dream of becoming a singer before Laon convinced him to join the group. Dojin and Jinwoo were students at the same training academy and when Laon approached Dojin he convinced Jinwoo to sign on as well. Avin and Gun were both discovered by Laon through social media and he e-mailed them a presentation about ENOi to convince them to join. Laon was living in a one room studio apartment when he had the idea to form the group, and admits that it was a reckless desire but he's very proud of how they've all come together. The group is known for being perfectionist when it comes to their practice schedule - going through the dance routine for Bloom over 1,500 times before debut, and over 1,000 times for Cheeky to the point where they were sustaining knee injuries but didn't want to water down the choreography or give up. ________________________________________________________ Soloist of the Week Grace/Grazy Grace Who is she?: Grace is currently an independent soloist/singer-songwriter. She was previously promoted by YYAC but is currently involved in a contract dispute with them. She is Korean American, born in Long Island, but traveled Korea as a trainee though never debuted with a group, later gaining attention competing in Unpretty Rapstar 3. She is known for sharing stories from behind the scenes of the Kpop system on her YouTube channel. Solo Debut: February 4th, 2016 with I'm Fine (MV) Live Performance (Link) Dance Practice (Link)
Song: A fun pop-hip-hop track with a cheeky attitude. The song is inspired by the Miami hip-hop scene of the '90s.
Most Recent Comeback: June 29th, 2020 with Planet (MV)
Song: An English song with an EDM/Dance focus and a strong vocal line. This is her first release not promoted with YYAC. It was a collaboration with Folded Dragons, a Chinese-American producer who sadly recently passed away.
Trivia: The English bios I've found all state that she was born in Long Island, NY, however her Korean bio on the namu.wiki indicates that she was born in Seoul and emigrated to the USA at age 7, I'm not sure which is correct. She was eliminated from Unpretty Rapstar in the 8th episode. She created the hook for the Unpretty Rapstar Season 3 theme song "She's Coming". While she has never publicly stated it, it's widely assumed that her trainee experience was in Nega Network/NH Media as part of the group that eventually became Laboum. She is friends with former Rania member Alex and H.U.B member Hyosun. She's a fan of sushi and mexican food. She holds a lifeguard certificate. She has been quite candid about her experiences in the Kpop industry on her YouTube channel, including stories about some of the less-glamorous behind the scenes issues such as encouragement of plastic surgery, sexual propositions, and body shaming issues. ________________________________________________________ IN MEMORIAM PPL Who were they?: A six member girl group under Parksal Entertainment. The group was made up of Racing Models, and stood for "Perfect Performance Ladies". Company: Parksal Entertainment had a highly-anticipated pre-debut girl group known as Rendezvous which has disbanded prior to debut, though their main vocalist Seulgi will be debuting as a soloist. They also represent former PPL member Ah Hee who now promotes as DJ Fatal, ballad duo Premu, and a number of models. They also appear to be involved in various other business activities such as watersports equipment rental, video production, and vaping products. MVs and Releases
Rush (MV) Live Performance (Link) Dance Practice (Link)
Song: An EDM Dance Song that feels like it would be at home in a club or a stage performance
Watch Me (MV) Live Performance (Link) Vertical Choreography Video (Link) Remix Ver (1st MV) (2nd MV)
Song: Another dance song, but with a stronger hip-hop element and a bit of flirty-sexy summer appeal. There was also a Chinese version of this single released.
Composers/Producers:Taejo Yang Geon (태조양건) (see above), Byrent (no other credits found)
Shoot U (MV) Live Performance (Link) Dance Practice (Link) Summer Version (MV)
Song: The group's final release, and their highest budget MV with a fun western theme. The song is also their best work with a catchy hook, a real chorus, and and sassy vocal delivery and includes some musical references to the western theme with some great twangy guitar work.
Active Between: October 30th 2015 - Sometime in 2018 Reasons for Disbanding: In early 2018 the company announced that they would be replacing four members of the group, however the replacements never debuted and one of the remaining two, Ah Hee, began working under the company as a DJ. All other activity ceased and the group's YouTube channel was replaced with one hawking vaping devices. Trivia: Member Ah Hee is now active as a model and as DJ Fatal. Member Da Hee married the CEO of Parksal Entertainment in December 2018 and afterwards it was revealed they had been dating for six years (which would have included the entire run of the group). Member Gakyung was named the 10th most beautiful woman in the world by fashion magaine MODE and appeared in Top Gear Korea. She continues as a model. Member Yujin was previously a law student but didn't feel it suited her, she is currently working as a model following the breakup of the group. Member Azi was Miss Korea 2008. Member Sol A dreamt of becoming a kindergarten teacher and getting married quickly but did not follow through with those plans. A Chinese fan once flew from China to give her gold on her birthday. She is currently working as a model. ________________________________________________________ That's it for today, let's get the discussion on! As always, if you have any suggestions for groups, content, or things you'd like to see, please let me know in the comments below. Also as always, a big shout-out to u/not-named-in-credits for founding nugutown and u/sharnaranwan for continuing the work over there.
2020.09.12 19:49 soldofpol13Creedthoughts #7 Sep 12 2020 Sat
Creedthoughts #7 Sep 12 2020 Sat Last time, one of you punks thought it'd be funny to ask about my time selling drugs. Who told you that? Was it Leonard? Roadkill? Spicy Frank? Whoever it was that said it, they're a liar. It's completely untrue, and I never did any such thing. On an unrelated note, my parole officer is standing behind me while I'm writing this. His name's Pete, and he's the worst. Feel free to trash talk him in the comments section. So I'm in the market for a riding lawnmower right now. If somebody were to get one for me, I would be greatly indebted to you. I don't feel comfortable "buying" things with Petey around, but if someone were to "buy" one for me and leave it on my doorstep, I'd very much appreciate it. Those garden gnomes have been looking at me funny for weeks now, and I'd like to decapitate them all before the owner realizes what's happening. Now to me, you really can't go wrong with soup. You just toss whatever you want in a pot of hot water, give it a half hour, and you come back to a lip smacking mess of grub. I put all kinds of things in soup. I'd say my favorite was when I merged my three favorite foods into one: mung bean tuna fish potato rat soup. The best rats come from new york, if you're interested. If anybody can think of a snappier name for it, I'd be interested in stealing it from you. Best I've got right now is Papa Creed's One Bean Surprise. Anyhow Creedheads, the lesson here is there's really no way to screw up soup, so go nuts. Anybody who says there's rules to cooking is a scammer who's trying to get you to buy their cookbook. I've got tons of great culinary tips just like this in my bestselling book: Creed Bratton's guide to gourmet grub on a shoestring budget and squirrel relations, financial and dating advice also, $600. The Scranton Times literature review called it "Appalling". And I didn't even have to bribe them to say that. Same guys who did both my obits. Terrific stuff. Anyways, Petey's glaring at me, so I guess I'm gonna have to wrap up my crap for the day. He's a real stick in the mud. I didn't fake my death twice, if that's what you're thinking I did Pete, and I'm offended that you would even jump to that conclusion. Now stop staring at my screen. Kay, folks, you know the drill. If you wanna take a slurp from my mind soup, ask me about a subject and I'll ladle you out a portion. Peas. Reminder: write strongly worded letter to Colonel University.
2020.09.12 18:51 Eggplant_168[OC] World's End White and the Homecooked Meal
"A gift? For me?!" Nero Bride exclaimed, her face positively brimming with joy. "Of course! It is Valentine's Day after all," I said, taking a small box off of the mostly empty cart I was pulling and handing it to the jubilant emperor. "What kind of a master would I be if I didn't show my love for my servants?" "Umu! How thoughtful of you! This sort of compassion is expected from my Praetor." Bride said as she received the gift. "As much as I would have liked receiving this on White Day, the act of exchanging gifts immediately is beautiful on it's own!" Opening the white box, she found inside a cupcake. The cupcake was pretty small, only about the width of your palm. Made out of both vanilla and chocolate cake mix, the vanilla frosting was spread in a way to make it flat on top. Spread across the sides were sprinkles made in the likeness of Saint Quartz. And on the top was the Chaldea logo, written with additional pink frosting. "So, is it to your liking Your Majesty?" "Like it?! I adore it~!" Bride beamed. "To think a cake as cute as this could fit in the palm of your hand! Baking has come quite far since my time. Umu, I shall take another for the fox!" "Um, I’m sorry Your Majesty, but I already passed them out to everyone else. That's the last one." "Eeh?!" the emperor exclaimed as she dramatically jumped back before quickly scanning the cart he was pulling. Sure enough, no other box of cupcakes was to be found in or on the cart. The grey, Chaldea-standard utility cart had two levels Ryan used to store the cupcakes, the bottom layer concealed by a small curtain. All that was left was a folding table rested on the bottom of the cart, a folding chair rested on top of it, and an item concealed under a metallic dome-shaped cover on the top of the cart. "I see. How disappointing," she said with a sigh. "Well then, would you at least care to tell me what's under the metal cover? It seems quite suspicious how you would save that for last." "Sorry, that's gonna have to stay a secret for now. Happy Valentines!" With that, Ryan took his cart and left the saber in white to her speculations. If he stalled any longer the surprise might not be as good as he planned it. Let's hope the dragon girl won't find him in time. ___ Valentine's Day, the world's most famous celebration of love. Named after the famed Saint Valentine, its a worldwide celebration of love for family, friends, and lovers alike. Gifts ranging from confections to flowers are given out to others as an expression of appreciation. And those who have no lover to speak of celebrate it under the name "Singles Awareness Day (SAD)". But here at Chaldea, we had two days to prepare for a day of love and gratitude for each other during this Grand Order. This year's Valentine's Day was quite...hectic to say the least. Teach and some of the other servants made a big fuss about how the holiday is "a corporate sham that should die off with the rest of those normies lololololol". Fergus tried getting it on with some of the female servants, with no success. At least Medb was there to give him a good night in the sheets...or two. After accidentally walking into the kitchen I found out that everyone was making a chocolate for me. As flattered as I felt about that, I had to explain to them it would probably be best if they focused on making chocolate for each other first. No living human could ingest such a large amount of chocolate and survive. And don't get me started on the Choco Servant incident! But that was then, this is now. My heart is beating, pumping, racing at the thought of what I will do next. I can't help shake the feeling I'm being watched. Maybe it's the nerves? Maybe the Stalker Trio had someone doing some careful espionage. Adjusting my grip on the cart I drove, I look behind, side-to-side, and all around me. Kiyohime is the last person I want knowing what's about to be done. Her jealousy knows no bounds, and if I'm not careful when I articulate the truth, she'll get mad. And no one should have to be near her should that happen. The last person to receive their present sat right behind this door. And slowly, carefully, I open it. "Master Ryan, what a nice surprise," spoke Altria Lancer Alter, her voice as ominous and serene as ever. "What brings you to my room?" I'm speechless. The scenery changed so vastly my mind went blank. In front of me was a clear lake colored with blue, a crisp shade of blue I had never seen in my life. Laying near the water's edge was Altria herself, her armor gone in favor of her reverse-leotard. Her legs were curled up beside her, her arms propping her up as she looked at me. The grass beneath us both was a light beige, not that of dead grass but of late spring. I looked past the door behind him and saw a sea of trees so deep and clustered it obscured any image of what might be on the other side. That might be thanks to the room's simulator function but it still filled me with awe nonetheless. I looked above at the ceiling and saw the sky, golden and bright as the sun rose- "Admiring the view, aren’t you?" she calls out, snapping me out of my trance. “I’ll allow it. I’ve found that this scenery is best suited in helping me think.” "S-Sorry, but...this place is so-" As I walked towards her I step on an old can of soda, littered on the floor some few days ago. "-beautiful," I continue as the can's shape fizzled and tried to blend back in with the atmosphere. I could see Altria blush in embarrassment at this oversight. This was Altria Pendragon, the King of Storms; my first summoned servant, leader of the Wild Hunt, and the current record holder for biggest slob in existence. I couldn't really hold that last part against her though. In fact, I found that it added a little bit of realism to her otherwise dreamlike existence. "W-What did you come here for anyway? And why are you lugging that cart around?" "The same reason I've lugged it around all of Chaldea," I say with a smile as I push it over towards her. "I'm sure you know what day it is." "Valentine's Day...no wonder Chaldea has been livelier than usual." Altria stood up from where she sat and sauntered over towards me. "I've seen children back in Camelot make sweets for each other in remembrance of that saint. I would never have guessed that that tradition would get so popular." "Oh, so you've actually lived through it?" I say as I set down the table and chair. "Yes, I have," Altria said as she leaned over and rested her arms on the cart, her bangs freely flowing in the illusionary wind. She let out a small sigh. "How trifling..." I did a double take at her words. "Valentine's Day? How's that trifling? Do you have some beef with the holiday?" "No, I do not care for it all that much," she said matter of factly. "Consuming proper amounts of sugar...well, I suppose it's good for the brain. But handing out chocolates one-sidedly...that activity is meaningless for a servant who's purpose is to bring forth conflict and destruction." I pursed my lips. No. These servants, my servants, are much more than that. They may be created to be tools, but to me they are living breathing people who have a second chance at life. I thought she understood that. "Altria," I began softly. "You know-" "-that I'm more than just a tool," she finished for me. "Of course I know that. I have you to thank for pounding that into my head ever since you summoned me." She lets out one of her rare smiles. "So, what's under this metal cover? Some sort of desert for me? You should know by now-" "-that if it’s not gourmet British cuisine or American junk food you wouldn’t so much as put it in your mouth,” I interrupted as I placed the tray with the cover on the newly set table. “Of course I know that. I have you to thank for pounding that into my head after EMIYA accidentally got your order wrong.” “Hmph. Hilarious.” I gestured her to take a seat, which she obliged. "So, if its not Valentine's chocolate then what is it?" I stood in front of her, both pride and fear clearly noticeable on my face. This gift took just the slightest bit more effort than the other cupcakes I made for everyone, and yet it's the one I dread the most. What will she think of it? Will she like what I have prepared? Will this dish bring out any bad memories? Will there be a touching moment that happens afterward in which our bond grows stronger, only for the main love rival to come in and ruin the atmosphere? All those thoughts, especially the last one, danced and twirled around in my head. Clearing his throat and putting on a proud smile, I spoke. "Esteemed king and servant, Altria Pendragon," I said as I put my hand on the handle of the metal cover. "To Her Majesty who doesn't give a damn about days of love and gift giving. Consider this not a formality for this day of romance, but a gift to the one who chose to serve me, to guide me, and to accompany me on this Grand Order..." "With that being said... Dig in!" and I open the lid. Sitting on the tray was not just British cuisine, but a modern-day rendition of medieval food she could have eaten in the past. On the center plate was a large beef steak, perfectly seasoned with spices and cooked to an excellent medium-rare. Sitting beside it was a small bowl of steaming pottage, a thick stew which currently included turnips, cabbage, oats, barely, and some mushrooms. And to top it all off were two handfuls of barely bread, lacking in heat but still freshly baked. The utensils were set and a tall glass of cold, fresh water was served. "Well?" I said after pouring her water and standing aside. Altria simply stared at her food, her eyes dull as if she were in a trance. Shit, did I not account for something? Maybe the steak really was a little undercooked. No, there's no way she could tell that without cutting into the meat. Besides, I only ever grilled my meat well-done. Something slightly undercooked in my eyes could very well be perfect for someone else. Of course in Altria's case she could gorge on just about any kind of meat, provided it was either during a rayshift or she just felt like stuffing her face. But...why was she not eating now? As soon as the thought crossed my mind, Altria takes the fork and knife in her hands. She slowly cuts a bite out of the steak, barely visible steam emerging from the juicy, cooked flesh. She carefully looks over it as if judging every little wrinkle, every seam where pink met grey. After what felt like an hour, she took the bite in her mouth. She chewed it thoughtfully, throwing the taste back and forth in her mouth and finally swallowing it. Compared to all the times she would ravenously gorge through her usual meal of steak and mashed potatoes, this was...somehow more terrifying. I hesitate, but quickly find the courage to speak. "Sooo... H-How does it taste...?" "It tastes..." Her voice was as somber as the sight of a lone king sitting on a mountain of corpses. "...like home." It tastes...like home. I play those words back in my head as I stare at the girl in front of me. Altria's face softened from her usual stern expression, as if she finally learned how to relax. Or maybe she's holding back tears. Her eyes were slightly wet like the dew on fresh grass, locked in nostalgia as she savored every bite of her meal. She was lost in her own mind, lost in the dreams of a different time. She swallows. "...Who made this?" she looks up and asks. "Did you...do all of this?" "Well, I..." I clear my throat and continue. "I can't exactly take all the credit. I made all of the food myself, but I had EMIYA and Artoria Saber's help in forming the actual recipe. I wanted to use bird at first but we couldn't spare much at the time, so I used beef as a substitute. It's a good thing I can grill better than EMIYA." "I see... That's good..." she says, still absorbed in her steak. Snapping back to reality, she quickly looks up to faces me. "I-I apologize for behaving strangely. I was simply caught up in the meal you made. You've outdone yourself, my master." "Aww, it's alright. As long as you enjoyed it, I don't care what you do. I'm just happy to serve." I turned and took my cart by its handle. "Well, I guess I should leave you to it. I'm not gonna say 'Happy Valentines', but I will say 'thanks for everything'." With that being said, I left Altria- "Wait!" Altria called out. Surprised, I turned back towards her. "If you must leave I won't stop you, but..." she blushes a bit as she averted her gaze. "I-It would be rather rude to leave you empty handed after giving me something so...thoughtful..." She pauses, fidgeting around trying to find the right words as if she were a little girl again. Her frustration having reached its boiling point, she groaned loudly as she stood up and slammed her hands on her table. “Agh, to hell with it. Just take it!” As her armor dematerialized, she pulled something out from between her...breasts and shoved it into my hands. I look down and see a rectangular shape wrapped in black paper and fitted with a red bow. I look back up to see a blushing Altria motioning me to open it while also trying to hide her embarrassment. Not wanting to be rude and ask questions, I unwrap the paper. I’m immediately greeted by the radiance of the chocolate before me, the confection filled with so much love and care I could taste it on the tip of my tongue. White chocolate spiraled upwards in the shape of her lance whilst wrapped in a fiery frame made of the same sweet material. The shaft was fitted with sprinkles from the base to the tip, ending with a small crescent on the top tied with a small blue ribbon. “Wow, I...” I’m left speechless by what she made. “Just...wow...!” “A chocolate that has taken the form of my cursed lance. I-It was lodged in my breasts before you came. I was considering throwing it away, but I believed...y-you would enjoy it...” “To think...” My now teary eyes are still fixed on the chocolate lance. “...you made this for me...” “No, no, no. That’s not it!” she said as she tried to gain some of her former composure. “This must be one of the functions of the spear... So...” “My heart has not once fluttered in the slightest regarding these vulgar customs of the world, and most certainly not for you.” Her excuses go from one ear and out through the other. “She made this for me.” “She took the time to make something good for me.” Those were my only thoughts as she kept getting more and more- “Are you even listening?! Don’t be consumed with such trivial holidays, Ryan!” She grabs me by my shoulders and shakes me hard, bringing me back down to Earth. “Just graciously accept the gift I have given unto you and leave me to finish yours! Do you understand?!” "W-W-Wait, don’t you want to know how I think it tastes-" "Do! You! Un! Der! Stand!" she shouts every syllable. "Yes, Your Majesty!" I instinctively yelled out, my body automatically at attention like a soldier in an army. Damn Charisma E! "Good. Now leave!" With her command, I took the cart, her gift, and hauled my ass out of her room, shutting the door behind me as I left. I let out a huge sigh of relief. I suppose that went well. She seemed to enjoy my food well enough. At the very least she didn't spit it out. I carefully hide my chocolate to eat it later and check the cart’s condition. "Welp, guess that means Valentine's Day is over. Well, almost," I tell myself as I make my way to return my cart to the cafeteria. "I still have a couple hours of free time. I ought to take care of Kiyohime before-" "Aah~! So you have not forgotten, Anchin-sama~!" HOLY FUCKING SHIT DID SHE ACTUALLY... Calm down, Ryan. Breathe for a moment. I take a couple of deep breathes, but my heart isn't quite steady yet. Ignoring the faint pounding, I take a closer look at my cart. It has two levels; a top shelf and a bottom shelf. There's also a curtain covering the contents inside. I suppose any further monologuing would be a waste. Steeling myself, I gently open the curtain. "Kiyohime, what the hell are you doing in there?" I say to the dragon girl currently nestled in the bottom shelf, her entire body screaming "Master has finally noticed me~!" or something along those lines. "You've finally found me, my beloved husband!" she cheers as she jumps out and hugs my waist. Tightly. "I've been waiting sooo long! I loved the cupcake you gave me, but I was so sad that you ran away. So sad. That's why I've been following you around as you gave gifts to everyone else!" "First of all, we're still not married," I said as I propped Kiyohime up onto her feet. "Second of all, as happy as I am to see you, how did you get under the cart?" "Consider it my womanly intuition. That being said..." Kiyohime suddenly grew closer to me, her breath so hot it felt like the sun beating down on me. "...there's a little 'error' on your part I'd like for you to explain." "I-I assume it's about the quality of the gifts I gave each of you?" She nodded so naturally it felt sickening. Alright, better choose my next words carefully. "Well as Altria was my first servant, I felt I needed to reward her for answering my summons first. That’s why her gift was more...extravagant than anyone else’s. However, my gift to you isn't exactly over." This caught her off guard. Thankfully she wasn't showing any further risks of hostility. Just as planned. Unlike what most people believe, Kiyohime is probably one of the easiest Berserkers to deal with. As long as you tell the truth to her, she will have no problem with you. But if you play your cards right, you could even de-escalate potential conflict before it even happens. I told her the truth plain and simple, but I left in a little tidbit at the end to change the subject and keep her from asking too many questions. Is it emotional manipulation? Probably yes. But how can you be honest with someone if you can't even be honest with yourself? At the very least I'm not exploiting it too much. This will be something I have to work on. For now, let's focus on the Kiyohime in front of me, currently red as a tomato. “I-I-It’s not over?” she stuttered. "Nope. I made some preparations with EMIYA so just for today, and today only, we can have dinner together. Just you and me." She froze in place as she tried to process my request. The heart that she wore on her sleeve was now so apparent that that I could practically see her thought process. "Master asked me out on a date? Did he just ask me out on a date? The same master that constantly denied our marriage ever since I was summoned? Is he lying? He's not?! He's not~!" Or something along those lines. "Yes..." Kiyohime whispered. She then cupped my cheeks in her hands and pulled our faces together, a wide smile shone clear as day. Her face was blessed with such a rosy hue I felt I could die, her eyes sparkling with passion and gratitude. "Yes, yes, yes! I accept! I would love to further deepen our love, my beloved Anchin-sama~! This date will finally be what I need to make you mine~!" "Wait a second! This is just a dinner for two friends, not a da-" But his protests came too late, as Kiyohime was already dragging him and the cart he was holding at high speed. Whether she saw that was a lie or no mattered little to her n the moment. Right now, she finally had him. And she would never let go. [EPILOGUE] I watch as Master Ryan fled the room, his cart pushed out with him and disappearing behind the door. That boy always knew how to push my buttons. So caring and thoughtful, yet so forceful you would think he was doing it for his sake more than your own. I always liked that about him, that little nuisance of mine. Letting out a sigh, I turn towards my food. His gift will turn cold if I do not hurry. I sit back down and stare at the meal before me. And I eat. I could tell that my other self contributed to this dish. Even though this was a little bigger than what I remember and had just a bit more spices spread upon it, this tastes just like the steaks Kay used to make. Of all the knights in his order he always was the best at handling meat. He never did like being known for it though, always saying that he "hated being known as the meat boy." It always used to make me laugh hearing that and he would get mad at that too. When he finally brought home some for me to try, I fell in love. I used to wine like a child, practically begging him to make some for me. Whether or not I would like it did not concern me. My curiosity kept eating away at me and would not rest. I had done everything I could, even challenging him to duel for it. Yet he would always win, or rather make me feel like I lost. "The sun was in my eyes and you used that to your advantage!" he would say. "I'm still alive so don't think you've won!" he would declare. However...whenever the holidays came and he and I and Mum and Pa and even Merlin gathered together, he'd grab bunch of ingredients from the market and cook us all beef steak. Or peacock. Or any meat, and we all would love it anyway. We'd gather around the table, sharing tales of mundane oddities, dull patrols and which woman the incubus managed to anger this week. I can hear the sounds of joy, of laughter even now as I eat the still warm pottage. Those happy times were so short before my road to kingship, yet I enjoyed them all the same. And then I took up that cursed lance. Even as a human, my kingdom fell.Even as a human, I slew my only son.Even as a human, my brother died. And here I sit, wrapped in this ice cold nostalgia in the forest that served as my deathbed. I am Altria Pendragon, the King of Storms. I am Altria Pendragon, the one-in-a-million King Arthur. I am Altria Pendragon, the hero hated by all. Tears flowed endlessly down my stone-cold expression. I let them flow. Jeez this was a long one. After more than a week I finally finished it. So, tell me what you think about this if you don’t mind. Was it good, bad, or does it need a little more work? Thanks!
2020.09.11 22:50 MoobsAreStillBoobsThe Most Effective Strategies I Have Learned
First off, I would consider myself a veteran of trying to lose weight and get fit. I have tried many different diets, workout plans, lifestyle hacks, psychological tricks, and everything in between to achieve the goal of weight loss and improved fitness/physique. I figured I'd finally make a post outlining some of the strategies and psychology behind my latest incursion back into caring for myself and changing my lifestyle for the better. So here is a list of the most important factors that have led to my most recent success, and why I feel that it is the most sustainable path I've found to date. 1: Be honest with yourself. This advice applies to many different aspects of lifestyle alteration and is, I think, the most important piece of advice. -Be honest about what you like. You can't cut everything you like out of your life. It's entirely unsustainable to remove every source of joy from your life and adopt spartan discipline and habits because that fitness youtuber you watch only eats one slice of carrot cake per year and you want to look like him. Those changes will never stick, and they are too harsh a punishment for your body which has grown accustomed to a certain level of comfort and satisfaction from food. -Be honest with yourself about your habits. This goes for diet, exercise, and cravings. Under-count your exercise and over-count your calories, if only by a little, to ensure you are not sneaking in that extra 100 calories of cooking oil that "don't count" or adding that 100 calories of expenditure by overestimating your pace or resistance level. That 200 calories per day will absolutely be the difference between slowly losing and slowly gaining weight, even if it's just a pound per month. -Be honest about your cravings. Do not starve yourself because someone said intermittent fasting was the best way to lose weight. If you're hungry, eat a low-calorie, high-volume snack (like a big-ass salad or a bowl of fruit). If you don't feel like eating that apple but you are craving slice after slice of American cheese straight out of the bag (Land-o'-Lakes white, sliced off the block at the deli, not pre-sliced is a huge trigger food for me, for example) then you are not really hungry, your mouth is just lonely and you should find something else to fill your time. -Be honest with yourself about what you are capable of. Saying that you're going to run/walk for an hour every single day to begin training for the marathon and you're going to eat perfectly clean and lift weights 6 days per week to achieve that 5% body fat pristine physique and you're going to start cooking healthy, gourmet meals 3 times per day for an hour is not going to be possible for the vast majority of people just beginning to make changes to their lifestyle. -Be honest about your goals and the reasons you want to achieve them. People tend to shame some incentives and praise others, calling some shallow or trite and others more "noble" or more important. There is nothing wrong whatsoever with purely aesthetic goals. There's nothing wrong with just wanting to be more attractive to potential partners. It doesn't have to be that you want to feel healthier, you want to improve your health metrics, or live a longer, healthier life. Any reason you have is a great reason to start changing your life for the better. 2: Track. Everything. Yes, everything. -Write everything you eat and do down. I use two Google sheets documents because they are online and can be accessed from anything that can haz interwebz. I use one to track each week's exercise, and one to track each week's daily body weight, calorie and macro-nutrient intake, TDEE based on that day's exercise, net calories (calorie intake - TDEE) as well as a master reference for my most commonly eaten foods so I don't spend all day googling "English muffin nutrition information" for the hundredth time. I even track whether or not I smoked marijuana each day, because this drastically affects my ability to make good nutrition decisions. I make a new sheet once I've finished logging the last week; this way, I can tab through all the previous weeks' data. I will probably graph my progress so I can correlate different factors once I have a few months' worth of logging behind me. I am currently at the beginning of month 3 for workout tracking, and the beginning of month two for in-depth diet information. -Every tiny little thing counts. Track the little pad of butter you cooked the eggs in. Track the tomato and onion in the sandwich, even though it's only 20 calories. Track every beer or shot, every mile you walk, every rep, even things like hours of sleep and whether or not you needed a nap that day or whether you did recreational drugs. This is all useful information, because you might just find that on days where you didn't get enough sleep the night before, your impulse control is worse. Who knows? You do. That's who. -You'll find that just the act of tracking the information increases your mindfulness about your diet. If you have to write down the 60 grams of carbs in that bagel with cream cheese every time you casually toast one up and slather that white gold on there, you might just choose something else next time. A whole bag of low fat popcorn is 100 fewer calories than a single bagel and cream cheese, and for me, I know I'll still want the popcorn whether or not I had the bagel first, but not as often the other way around. 3: Small, gradual changes are the only sustainable way to make lasting changes. -You will not reach your goals in a day. Not in a week. Not in a month. Not even in a year. Your goal is reaching those perfect habits, the inevitable consequence of which is the body and mind you want. And even then, those habits cannot change all at once, overnight. In a year of implementing small changes, you will not even recognize your old lifestyle. -Make one small change at a time. Instead of whole milk in your breakfast cereal, change it to 2% and pour a slightly smaller serving. That's 100 calories right there, and it won't feel different as far as your current habits go. Change the bagel in your breakfast sandwich to a wrap and throw in some veggies. That's 150 calories right there. Change the 85%/15% ground beef to 93%/7% in your burger or chili. That's 150 calories for each 8-ounce portion (2 servings) you have. Just add one such small daily change per week, and within a couple of months you will have a 1000-calorie swing from eating a 500-calorie surplus to a 500-calorie deficit, and you are now losing a pound per week instead of gaining a pound per week, and your habits do not feel different at all. -You can eventually achieve a lifestyle completely unrecognizable to your old self. I eat salads now, apparently? Because a french bread tuna melt with bacon, lettuce, tomato, and onion became a tuna melt wrap became a tuna salad with feta cheese and crumbled bacon over lettuce and tons of veggies, a change of about 300 calories, and I feel even more full after eating the salad than I do the tuna melt because of the amount of fiber and no-calorie filler vegetables in those bad boys. (I put them in a huge mixing bowl because regular flatware is for quitters.) -Completely new habits are very hard to implement. If you want to start walking or jogging or lifting, start very, very small. Just three dumbbell exercises for three sets each, two days per week is enough to get you started on muscle building. That can be done in 20 minutes per session. Just 1 mile walking, 2 days per week is enough to get you into the habit of moving your ass around a bit. That's 20 minutes of walking at a very slow pace per walk. Add a little bit every week and before long, 8 hours of lifting and 8 hours of walking/running per week feels completely normal. But those numbers sound pretty extreme to you right now, don't they? Get there slowly. Extreme doesn't work. -Extreme changes will not stick. No way, no how. Crash diets and fad diets that completely change your daily routine, complete workout regimens, even ones like P90X that hold your hand all the way through, are very hard to maintain for long. They're even advertised as a 90-day solution for cryin' out loud. Nothing is "solved" in 90 days. Period. So that's all I got. It's been working gangbusters for me thus far, with weight loss from 245 lbs to 235 lbs at 6'2" and significant body re-composition and strength gains in the last 2 months doing nothing but tracking calories and dumbbell exercises at home and running (let's be real, mostly walking) on some trails in the nearby state parks. Feel free to shoot me a message if you want an invite to look at the spreadsheets I made. I'm actually really proud of them, which is quite a departure from the usual self-loathing.
Creedthoughts #6 Sep 11 2020 Fri Before we start this Creedthoughts, I gotta ask: has anyone seen my towel? I haven't showered since prison and the junkyard dog I usually hang out with has started avoiding me because of the smell, so I figure it's about time I sucked it up and got wet. Anyways, the towel is white and has my name written on it in sharpie along with a sequence of numbers. Don't ask me what they mean. Last seen in a broom closet at Poor Richards about 6 years ago. Please ignore the stains. Animals have always liked me for some reason. It's probably because I try to live my life like an animal. You know the drill: eat whatever you can find, mark your territory, blatant disregard for the laws of man. That sort of thing. It's a freeing way to live life, lemme tell ya. I've had a lot of animal friends over the years. If I had to choose, I'd say squirrels are my favorite. They're little scrappers, and just like their pal Creed, they hoard food for the winter and bite like nobody's business. I used to live in a forest in the 70s, and I learned how to communicate with the squirrel folk. It's also where I learned my foraging skills, and how to fight. That's my main concern with all this climate stuff. Sure, I'd love it if the whole world turned into florida, a hot, humid, lawless mess (It's my favorite state, heck, it's where I was born), but lemme tell ya, squirrels hate humidity. Makes their whole bodies look like their tails. If Pennsylvania, or Delaware, or Muncie, or wherever it is I'm living these days got like that, I'd lose about half my friends. I suppose I could make friends with some of the gators that are bound to move up here, but gators aren't nearly as sociable as squirrels. Plus, I'm a busy guy, I don't have the time to learn gator. If you wanna learn how to speak to what I like to call tree rats, you're going to wanna buy my book: Creed Bratton's guide to gourmet grub on a shoestring budget and squirrel relations, financial and dating advice also, $500. I'll be doing a book signing at Denny's next weekend. It's about that time again, folks. The Creedman's gotta get some shut-eye before the big day tomorrow. It's Sour Cream Saturday at the soup kitchen and I'll be damned if I let Timmy get his mitts on the last of those chives. If I don't post tomorrow, assume that the soup kitchen did not go well. And start the investigation with Timmy. Feel free to ask me what I think of something, and if I'm still alive, I'll get to it. Godspeed. -Creed Reminder: become a lawyer.
2020.09.11 13:14 House_of_Suns/r/QOTSA Official Band of the Week 19: THE STROKES
Sometimes you are in the mood for a fantastic gourmet meal. Appetizers. Soup. Salad. Multiple courses. Sauces. Wine pairings. Dessert. A complex, long affair where incredible thought is put into each and every small detail, to create a singular experience. Sometimes you just want a cheeseburger. I have to believe that the more complex you make something, and the more overproduced and over-thought it is, the less and less it appeals to the masses. Radiohead, for example, had a bunch of great early guitar rock albums. They then followed up those straightforward albums by completely changing their sound. I am pretty sure that their latest album was made by setting guitar pedals on fire and mixing those noises in a computer with feedback and whale song and firecrackers and 6 year olds learning the violin and you can guess the result. They still had a number one album. Shit. They are a terrible example. I should never write these things when I am hungry. Look, my point is, there is something to be said for a truly amazing cheeseburger. Our band this week keeps it ultra-simple. They have perfected post-punk garage rock. If you are looking for soaring glissandos and orchestral numbers that have multiple guest singers, this is not the band for you. They are quick, they are dirty, and they are low-down. They are the spiritual heirs to The Ramones, The Dead Kennedys, and The New York Dolls. You guessed it, today’s artist is none other than THE STROKES About Them If you have ever been to Italy, you know that pizza there is gourmet. You can have it multiple ways, with multiple doughs, and the fresh toppings are amazing. It is the OG of the pizza world, and no one does it like them. If you have been to Chicago and had real Chicago Deep Dish, you know it is a religious experience. Almost lasagna like, the multiple seasonings and essences create a smorgasbord of savory and gooey goodness that will harden your arteries after the first bite. It is the most complex pizza to make and when it is done well, it is fantastic. And then there is New York pizza. It is cheese and sauce and pepperoni on baked dough. It is by far the easiest one to make. It is simple. It is quick. It is greasy. And yet, New York Pizza is probably the hardest one to get right, because of its simplicity. There is nowhere for anything bad to hide. Anyone can do a mediocre simple pizza (looking at you, Little Caesar’s ) but it takes amazing talent to take something so simple and make it so good. The Strokes are great at making New York pizza. Well, metaphorically that is. I mean, they may suck at cooking any kind of food. But these five guys from New York are amazing at making simple, driving garage rock. This band has been together since 1998. They feature lifelong Mets fan Julian Casablancas on vocals, Nick Valensi on guitar, keys and backing vocals, Albert Hammond Jr. on guitar, keys and backing vocals, Nikolai Fraiture on bass, and Fabrizio Moretti on drums. Much like our epochal monarchs, the vocalist is the driving force in songwriting. Casablancas met all members back in his youth, and the five proved to be quite the talented live act. With a tight 14 song set, they made rounds on the small bar loop across Manhattan, and even got to a popular club called the Mercury Lounge. Their playing was impressive enough for the Lounge’s Booking agent to quit his job completely and become the band’s manager. They found the time to record some demos, which culminated in the release of The Modern Age EP back in 2001. This thing was lightning in a bottle, and the labels knew it. And so, it sparked one of the most competitive bidding wars for a rock band in recent years. In the end, they signed with RCA and got to work on their debut album. And God, is it amazing. Is This It was a renaissance of sorts. In a time where the radio was (and still is) largely oversaturated by post production monsters of shitty pop, the Strokes are a breath of fresh air. They take their influences and wear them proudly on their sleeves, and shine new light on what made rock so much fun in the first place. This album was recorded on no more than 11 audio tracks: there are no gimmicks, no tricks, and no horses beaten to death. The drums are energetic, punchy, and groovin’. The bass is driving, and harkens back to the urging simplicity of Punk Rock. The guitars dance from ear to ear with these wonderfully catchy, clean repeating lines that’ll be stuck in your head for days. And of course, Casablancas’ confident vocal delivery, recorded with compression & distortion, is as distinct and powerful today as it was back then. Interestingly, the album’s racy cover art garnered some complaints from their label, which led to delays and an alternate cover in the U.S. All the same, critics absolutely adored the record. The band set out on their first world tour, and hit the studio as soon as they got back. As it turns out, Is This It was just the first slice (or the first 11 of them… learn some self restraint already, jeez). In 2003, The Strokes released their sophomore album, Room On Fire. If you liked their debut, you’re in for a treat. Most of the tracks on this record would be right at home on the first album - not that that’s inherently bad, since these ones are just as jammin’. Tracks like 12:51 and Reptilia scratch that itch for pure, catchy guitar rock so, SO well. Also, fun fact: the original producer for the record was going to be Nigel Goderich, but he was fired by the band when they found the efforts - and I quote - “Soulless”. This was notable since Goderich is famed for producing almost every Radiohead album. In the end, The Strokes just went with the same guy they had before. But, when it came time for their third album, change was in the air. They once again tried for their first producer, but guitarist Hammond Jr. decided to introduce the band to a new producer half way through. As a result, there are some ever so subtle production changes, among other developments to their sound. First Impressions of Earth (2006) is a step away from their first two albums - They tried some weird stuff, they tried some new stuff, and they even threw in some old stuff for good measure. Overall, the album definitely has some stand out tracks, but was slightly less well received by critics. Following ANOTHER world wide tour, plus some more tours of the US, the boys were tired. A hiatus ensued. And 5 years later, it was time to get Angular.Angles released in 2011, and if First Impressions was them testing the water, Angles was more like fully dunking in their head. They continued to experiment with the production, and even tried including more keyboard parts. They added backing vocals for the first time, and played around with overdubbing in general. Look, most of these changes sound like nothing today, but this is The Strokes here - this is like convincing your Italian grandfather to try chicken on pizza. All in all, some critics liked their experimentation, while others found the album a bit fractured and inconsistent. Luckily, the wait for the next album was not quite so arduous. People didn’t even know this one was coming - the band pulled a complete media black out, and did not advertise at ALL. If we continue the water analogy, Comedown Machine (2013) is like saying “fuck it” and diving straight in to the pool. This thing sounds more like a new wave, 80’s revival record. The synth is more present than ever, and the vocals are a fair bit cleaner. Critics kind of just shrugged - some applauded the changes, while others questioned if this was even meant to be a Strokes album in the first place. They then waited 7 years to release another record. Look, at least it wasn’t 13 years (COUGHToolCOUGH). Okay, it wasn't really THAT bad, since the band released a 3 song EP back in 2016. Future Present Past was consistent with the style of their recent albums, and it even had some of that classic compressed-to-shit vocal sound. The songs left many hungry for more. They took 4 years, set out some time to work on an album, and found a new creative partner in the form of Rick Rubin. This dude, if you don’t know him already, is a total master of the music world, and I think the only thing longer than his discography is his beard.The New Abnormal, which was released in April of this hell year, is his most recent production credit. This album is their most different yet. As far as that water analogy, you’re now fully submerged, sitting on the bottom of the pool, making out with a fish. The band uses more 80’s sounds than ever before, heavily featuring the synth in places and leaning further into the New-Wave style in general. This time, critics were down for it, and hailed it as the best, most successful development of their sound to date. And that completes their discography. It's an interesting one, and even if you’re not one for synthy-electronica pop, their first few albums are absolutely worth your time and attention. These guys are an inspiration. Much like Josh and the Boys, they pioneered their own sound and are one of the true greats of modern rock. They’ve influenced countless young musicians, including one notable arctic simian - Alex Turner (who really just wanted to be one of the Strokes). Look, if you don't go listen to them right now, I will be angry, and I will revoke your pizza license. Don't try me. Links to QOTSA The Strokes, influential garage rock bois that they are, have musical connections in almost every direction. And as we know, when we mention musical connections, all roads lead to Homme. Julian Casablancas has worked directly on a QotSA album, lending his voice to everyone’s favourite audible grime bath, Sick, Sick, Sick. His distorted delivery was never more at home, since we all know just how slick, energetic, and infectious this song is. Josh and Casablancas have also worked together on a cover of Marvin Gaye’s Mercy Mercy Me, which released as a B-Side to The Strokes single You Only Live Once. Casablancas shares vocals with Eddie Vedder on this recording, and Josh provides the backbeat with his drumming talents. Oh, and before I forget, Josh and Julian have also crossed paths on a charity album by the name of “Live from Nowhere Near You, Volume Two”. Finally, there’s one last connection worth mentioning. Homme, wonderchild that he is, has a production credit on a side project related to the Strokes. Josh lent his hand to Nick Valensi’s band, a group by the name of CRX. Their debut, New Skin, was released in 2016. This record is definitely worth listening to if you’re a fan of the Strokes, and dont mind those 80’s influences. It even has some album art by Boneface, whom we all know and love, so it’s gotta be worth your time. Their Music Hard to Explain -- A throwback video launches a throwback band Last Nite -- A video homage to appearing on the late show. Pretty sure they stole the set to the dating game. NOTE: Julian Y E E T S his mic stand at 1:03. THIS BECOMES IMPORTANT LATER. Someday -- Guest starring Slash. We also get to play Family Feud. I watched this video twice and developed a hacking cough from all the smoking. 12:51 -- If you never saw the original Tron movie, just watch this 2:32 epic for a taste. Reptilia -- EXTREME CLOSE UP The End Has No End -- Late Night TV and Mila Kunis? Sign me up! Juicebox -- A killer bass line anchors this tune ‘Juicy-Juice’ by ‘Stroke’. Heart in a Cage -- a tribute to the indifference of NYC You Only Live Once -- We have a concept video. We all wear white and the room fills with oil. WTF, you wore grey? Get your ass back behind the drum kit. Fuck. Maybe no one will notice. Under Cover of Darkness -- A direct sequel to You Only Live Once, where everyone miraculously survived being imprisoned in a tank of oil only to have to go to an opera house. NOTE: Julian Y E E T S his mic stand AGAIN, this time at 2:07, when he sings the line “Everyone’s been singing the same song for ten years.” THIS VIDEO CAME OUT TEN YEARS AFTER LAST NITE. Coincidence?!?!?! Taken for a Fool -- This is what a video looks like when you are on drugs, if it was shot by someone who is also on drugs. If you get the spins, steer clear. One Way Trigger -- I can’t explain this video to you. You must experience it. You will not look at Captain America the same way again. All the Time -- This video was made up of left over bits from other videos. At the Door -- Heavy Metal meets Watership Down in this 80s-inspired video Bad Decisions -- Man, do the boys ever love starting their videos with someone watching an old CRT TV. Oh, and the clones are a commentary on modern music. Sounds important. Brooklyn Bridge to Chorus -- There is no official video. This is a fan made one set in Miami Vice and the 1980s. This song will make you want to break in someone’s house, toast all their bread, and put it back in the bag. Ode to the Mets -- An endless pull back, through fandom and memory. Show Them Some Love /TheStrokes Previous Posts Tool Alice in Chains King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard Rage Against the Machine Soundgarden Run the Jewels Royal Blood Arctic Monkeys Ty Segall Eagles of Death Metal Them Crooked Vultures Led Zeppelin Greta Van Fleet Ten Commandos Screaming Trees Sound City Players Iggy Pop Mastodon
Creedthoughts #5 Sep 10 2020 Thurs Well fellas, I think it's about time the Creedinator took a bellyflop into the dating pool again, and boy am I gonna make a splash. I figured you guys might be able to help me out. I mean, why have fans if you're not having them do stuff for you? That's why I founded the cults that I did. Not that this is a cult. Anyways, here's my criteria for this lucky lady: She should be a woman, although I'll accept an attractive enough man if you got one. An ass is an ass, that's my motto, and it has never steered me wrong. Now I realize it's unrealistic to hope for a woman with all her body parts, but I'm going to have to insist on a woman with no fake limbs. I have been tricked before, and I don't want it happening again. Teeth should be anywhere from 10-24. Anything outside that range is gonna be a hard pass. Trust me, I will count them. Volume. Both kinds. No J names. There's too many of them and I get confused. No rich people. They're pretentious. Feel free to give me their addresses though. She should be able to climb a tree. I've had the same first date with every woman over the past 60 years and I don't intend to switch it up now. 70 or above. Creed hates grave robbers. Arthritis is a plus. There's a paper company on Slough Ave in Scranton. Never been inside, strikes me as a pretty boring place, but out back, it's got a real romantic spot that really sets the mood. Tell your gals to meet me back there, in the same place. That way, when they all show up there at the same time, I get to watch a brawl and get a date with the most dangerous lady afterwards. Win win for Creed. Now, as I'm sure you can tell, I know a thing or two about getting laid. If you wanna boost your game to Creed levels, I'd recommend buying my book, Creed Bratton's guide to gourmet grub on a shoestring budget, financial and dating advice also, $400. Here's a little tidbit to wet your appetite: "Women love a guy who can shock all five of their senses at once." Now if you'll excuse me they're having tacos somewhere nearby and I wanna get in on that before they're all gone, so that's Creed, signing off. If you wanna hear my thoughts on anything, drop it down below. Reminder: Find a lawyer.
2020.09.09 17:28 Shabbah8“This guy’s my best friend. I’d like to find that in a partner too.”
Does eHarmony force their actors to swallow a fistful of quaaludes before filming their ridiculous commercials? You have the totally disingenuous “I’m into sports...not games” guy. Then there the dude mauling the dog who is so phony, he’s practically whispering his lines in a laughable attempt to appear sensitive. Finally, there’s your knock-off Obama guy, presidential ears flaring, dutifully cooking a gourmet meal for his apparently nonexistent date. Ugh.
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