General Writing Advice Needed: A synonym for one's INTEREST or one's PASSION. (Trying to find some good contextual synonyms!)

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Looking for advice on how to deal with players who use "rape" as a synonym for "defeat"

This is something I've always sort of had to put up with in just about every gaming community I've been in and I'm sure many of you can relate. I've recently spent a lot of time in an MMO where I really like my guild members. They're very friendly and I enjoy spending time with them, but they throw around the term "rape" very often as a synonym for "defeat."

I'm very familiar with the idea of rape culture, and them doing this makes me very uncomfortable. I'm also uncomfortable discussing this with them because I don't want to be labeled as a killjoy or someone who can't take a joke. I don't want to become the one they feel like they're walking on eggshells around. A close friend of mine has in the past asked her guild members to stop using the word "rape" like that, and it permanently alienated her from the group. It's put me in an awkward position and was wondering if anyone had any advice on how I could approach this without outright asking them to stop doing it.

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Good punful advice (in French, soigner, "to cure" sounds like "oneself- negate" and its synonymous guérir sounds like "happy-laugh")... To cure yourself, start with being happy
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Things you wish you knew when starting out in MHW

Hello fellow A-listers!

My friends and I have picked up MHW due to boredom with our current games and Game Pass on Xbox going for a $1 for 3 months right now. We picked up MHW and it's pretty fun. Not a lot of handholding right out the gate, which I'm fine with. I like diving in and learning myself.

Any tips, tricks, words of advice, synonyms for 3 fresh A-listers just getting started in MHW?

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Using Randomized, Representative Surveying Data to Model $GME Ownership Among the U.S. Adult Population

***PLEASE DON'T LAUNCH YOUR OWN SURVEY FOR THE U.S. USING GCS ... A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE DOING THIS AND IT MAY OVER-SATURATE THE PLATFORM AND START IMPACTING RESULTS.***

***None of this is financial advice. I am not a financial advisor. My personal approach to investing in GameStop is to buy using a cash account at a reputable broker, to only invest what I am comfortable losing, and to strictly use a Buy and Hold approach. I also try to be a loyal customer of GameStop, making GS my preferred retailer for any product they might sell.***

I have a bit of a revisions to this post impacting the 400MM number.

*****I've conservatively revised the number from the survey to account for coupled housholds (married or cohabiting). Details in edit #4 below (and at end).****

Net revision, using new assumptions:

Survey results suggest minimum of 127.57MM shares for U.S. adults. I realize it's a big revision, but here's how I got there.

This revision (which accounts for couple-led households, as explained below) is very conservative as it does not count scenarios where both partners own GME, or situations where households are led by roommates. In other words, a roommate would likely not say they own shares based on their roommates ownership, whereas a husband or wife conceivably could). This also assumes every non-owner in a couple would answer affirmatively to ownership (I removed half of all individuals in coupled households from the sample size, even though some might answer no if it is their partner would owns shares, but not them. So this revision is the most conservative approach I can take to this consideration.

Edit #4: IMPORTANT UPDATE

So I just thought of something. I'm using 209MM adults, but it is possible for someone in a couple to get this question, and answer yes for the couple. So 209MM needs to come down, probably by half of the total coupled-households in the U.S. This is very conservative since I know there are probably plenty of households where both spouses own GME, and they are discounted completely.

About 150MM people live in a coupled-household in the U.S., and 59 million live alone. So instead of 209MM, a better number to use is 75MM (half coupled HH) + 59 million singe=134.24MM.

This would also affect the ownership %, which should be cut in half. So use 2.665%.

**2.665% of 134.24MM is 3,577,496 owners x avg. shares of 35.66=127.57MM shares for U.S. adults (ignoring married households where bo

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Rules to rule out denial?

I see people around me everyday, blissfully ignorant of the huge discrepancy between observed and perceived reality. I’m talking about anything from the mother who denies the abusive behavior of a son, to the anorectic looking in the mirror.

We’re all in denial, to some degree. And we are so because we have some need to be, I guess.

I’m not out to get people in denial, I just want to establish some generic and applicable procedures for ruling out the possibility of denial. Anything?

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Things Every Educated 21st-Century Person Should Know but that Most People Don't?

Cross-posted from my blog at https://jonahfranks.blogspot.com

I was recently watching a college lecture where the professor prefaced a discussion of game theory with "and the concept of a prisoner's dilemma is one of those things I am confident saying you are not an educated person in any meaningful sense if you have never taken the trouble to understand or learn it. The idea that we can map out the conditions under which cooperators will defect given individual incentives, even despite the fact that the collective incentive can be to cooperate for a higher payoff, is so fundamental to understanding the problems of the 21st century (like Climate Change) that I think it's only fair that we set our bar/expectations for the educated person high enough that they would know this enough to be able to act on it."

This got me thinking: what is your list (or solitary individual entry for what could become a larger list) of things every 21st Century person who likes to think of themselves as having achieved a serious education should know, but probably doesn't? I say "probably doesn't" because a list of what an educated person should know in general would be too long and (for the most part) too obvious for my purposes here (i.e. please don't say something like "the earth orbits the sun"). I also want people to emphasize knowing things that are considered groundbreaking in their respective fields and that may even have a practical or important connection to a larger issue, particularly the larger issues that we will be counting on the "educated (but common) person" to address in this century.

Pick any discipline you want, but try to meet my criteria. Here's mine! (A list like this is bound to sound opinionated and self-congratulatory because it's an attempt to list the things you think you already know but that many others don't, but for the same reason that the "rationalist" community has chosen a vaguely positive adjective for itself, and only aspirationally rather than narcissistically, I want you to put aside the self-conscious worry that you sound self-indulgent and just do your best to outline the greatest ideas an education can impart for someone aspiring to a true education)

These are not in any particular order from most to least important, but more "what occurred to me first," and it is bound to be horribly incomplete or include things it shouldn't--that's where you come in!

Here goes nothing:

  1. **Graham Oppy's concept of rational belief-formation
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Victim Blaming and offering practical advice on avoiding becoming a victim are not necessarily synonymous. CMV

Frequently on internet discussion, the term 'victim blaming' is thrown around a lot and has caused a great deal of confusion to myself and others.

If I say 'she's promiscuous, she was asking to be raped', that's quite clearly blaming a victim of a crime for that crime. However, if I said 'it's not sensible to go to that particular bit of town at that time of night by yourself', am I blaming the victim or am I merely trying to offer advice? Both of the above would arguably reduce the person's likelihood of being raped again in the future.

I hear it said that by offering advice of any kind, whether it be 'stop being a whore' or something more constructive, I am implicitly blaming the victim for the crime that has occurred. Is this the case?

If I left my keys in my car and the engine running in the middle of a city, with the door wide open, and then took a half-hour walk to find that the car had gone, could I accuse someone of victim blaming if they suggested I not leave my car in such a vulnerable position? I didn't steal the car. The car thief did. Yet we feel different about these two situations. Why are we not able to abdicate responsibility for the safety of our private property the way we are apparently able to do so for our bodies?

Also, I feel I have to add the obligatory:

Clearly, in a perfect world, nobody would be raped or murdered or robbed, but until then, can we try to reach some consensus here? It is an empirical fact that certain behaviours will increase your risk of certain crimes. Suggesting the avoiding of these behaviours, while neither representing the ideal or the most important focus of activity (i.e the perpetrators of crime should be made less able or likely to do so rather than focusing purely on the victim) can have a positive effect.

So there you have it. If I offer you advice about avoiding a crime, I am not necessarily (implicitly or explicitly) blaming you for being the victim of it.

EDIT: I would not offer such advice. This isn't about what I would do, this is about a hypothetical claim of victim blaming. i'm not talking about the efficacy of said advice either.

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need some love and support - gf's family googled me and found kink content

hi to the community.

sh** truly hit the fan. my girlfriend's homophobic parents not only found out about us, but also googled me and found a podcast i interviewed for about kink.

yes, i know. i never should have had it posted. lesson learned the very hard way. but i say absolutely nothing about myself or my own sexual preferences. instead, i talk generally about consent, communication, sex positivity, trust, and aim to debunk misconceptions about kink being synonymous with abuse. i thought it would be an opportunity to use a platform for good. my mistake. i've since had the site deleted completely.

things have been very hard for me and my partner both. she's fielding a lot of uncomfortable questions from her parents and sibling. not only do they think i'm brainwashing her into lesbianism and holding her hostage, but now they also think i'm some kind of sex cult leader who forces her to have orgies and unprotected sex, and keep telling her that we need to get std tested. they're bringing up things i never even remotely mentioned in the interview. they are also overall very controlling and conservative, and making our lives miserable. they also made her life miserable when she was dating a man who was religious and great on paper, so prospects don't feel great.

for more context on her family dynamic, they follow her on a tracking app, saw that she was at my parent's address where we were visiting for a few days, googled the address, found my parent's names, found me, and then this podcast, and then blew up her phone telling her to go home and making her feel guilty that they're paying for her apartment when she's not staying there, and threatened to show up if she didn't leave.

i'm generally very grounded and have a lot of self-care practices, but this one is really throwing me asunder. it's hard to be the direct subject of accusations, guilt, and shame, and not to stress about building a life with someone whose family is so intense.

i'm not sure there's much advice anyone can give, though of course i'd love to hear it if you do, but any support or words of affirmation would help a lot right now.

thank you for reading.


edit: since posting, my gf has said her parents googled my address, that they got from the tracking app, after she missed several phone calls one day and were worried about who she was with. i'm not convinced that changes anything drastically but there it is.

edit for information: i'm 31 (Domm

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[REVIEW] In case you missed it, Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice is an astonishing experience.

HELLBLADE: Senua's Sacrifice - A Metric-Based Review

Introduction

Self-described “independent AAA game” Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is a brutal, at-times beautiful foray into territory not often frequented by the medium. Near equal parts hack and slash, puzzle-solving, and psychological horror, Hellblade has a lot to offer. But is it for you? Let’s take a closer look.

My scoring system reduces games to four metrics: STORY, GAMEPLAY, CONTENT, and STYLE. I further break down these metrics into “micrometrics,” to which I assign a score of one (terrible) to five (incredible) before aggregating them all into a MEGA score at the review’s end.

Here's a scoring system overview (with what I look for in parentheses), in case you’d like to jump to the micrometrics that matter most to you:

STORY

  • Plot (engaging, comprehensible, original)
  • Characters (compelling, memorable, unique)
  • Dialogue (writing, voice acting)

GAMEPLAY

  • Mechanics+
    • Combat (responsive, exciting, satisfying)
    • Non-Combat (varied, polished, inventive)
  • User Interface (immersive, helpful, innovative)
  • “Playability” (controls, performance, A.I.)

CONTENT

  • “World” (immersive, intricate, unique)
  • Objectives+
    • Objectives (varied, important, engaging)
    • “Bosses” (challenging, thrilling, meaningful)
    • Puzzles (inventive, stimulating, satisfying)
  • Value (“is it time and money well spent?”)

STYLE

  • Art (captivating, imaginative, thematic)
  • Music (immersive, emotive, memorable)
  • Sound (responsive, immersive, innovative)

SPOILERS AHEAD (if you’d rather experience this review as a video or in a spoiler-free format, please visit my profile)

STORY: Hellblade boasts impressive, unflinching storytelling that tackles delicate subjects, such as trauma and psychosis, with a captivating blend of fearlessness and nuance. I break the STORY metric into three micrometrics: Plot, Characters, and Dialogue.

  • Plot (4 - impressive) – Hellblade’s plot, a fancy word for “storyline,” is largely linear and well-paced. It’s an abbreviated “Hero’s Journey,” that begins with you, Senua, already at the threshold of the unknown—in this instance, Hel. Senua’s journey, or “sacrifice,” is to brave the perils of Hel to save the soul of her dead lover, “DILLION!” (which will be shouted no fewer than 72 times before the game’s end). It’s
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colege essay advice from qualfeid high shcool rising seniuor

TIP 1. Use semi-colons; semi colons make you look classy and smart; no-one really knows when to use semi-colons so you can just use them to replace commas and normal colons; or just throw them; in wherever you want to look extra prestigious.

Tip b. WORD COUNTS ARE JUST SUGGESTIONS. Personal statement on common app has max of 650 words? WRONG! What do you think the additional information section is for? Once you run out of space in the personal statement, just continue writing your essay in the additional info section. Remember, the longer the essay the better. This is proven facts by scientists.

Tip 4. Colleges don’t actually care about yuor personality. THEY JUST WANT THE FACTS. “Show don’t tell” is BAD ADVICE. Its an ESSAY not a MOVIE.

Number 4. LIE LIE LIE. Admisions officers want the BEST QUALIFEID students!!!! If you are boring :( then LIE and make up fun facts :D They will not know if you LIE, and it would be even better is you impersonat a classmate and mention awardS they’ve won in YOUr essays; that way it will be more believable!!!!

example, You have no awardz and 950 SAT. And Yuor friend Tom has WON 3 awardZ and 1600 SAT - —— TRADE with him! YOou writes in your essays about those awards and how you worked VERY HARD for the 1600; and in return yuor friend Tom gets the satisfaction to know thaT you will get into TOP SCHOOLS!!!

FINAL TIP; THESAURUSSSSES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! After you write yuor first draft, find a local thesaurus (most libraireis have them); and replace EVERY WORD with the biggest synonym in the THESAURUS!!!!! Here example:

Original sentence: I am a smart and amazing human being and I am superior to all others.

New sentence: I am a resourceful as a consequence fascinating living person/soul as a consequence I am heavyweight to whole shooting match other fish in the sea.

NOTICE HOW SENTENC 2 IS EXTREMELY PRESITGIOUS!!!!!!!!

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Done with GRE! 328( 170Q 158V)

As the title suggests, I am done with my GRE and got a pretty decent score. I will give an outline of how I prepared and what were some of the niche observations I had while preparing.

Firstly a big fat THANKS to u/gregmat for the the best content for cracking the game of GRE and all his words which I personally took as "words of Zeus", if you want to score good, I would recommend you to do it too.

I took my first month of Gregmat+ in the month of April after going through a lot of his content freely available on YouTube. Loved the way how he explains everything very rationally and provides evidence for the same. I went through the one month plan and only did the verbal part of it, so I was able to finish it in just less than 3 weeks. I am a working professional and hence I was not able to keep up with the timeline. I would suggest to keep a cushion of atleast a week if you are taking one month plan.

In my first Coffee with Greg session, I got a chance to share with Greg about how I am doing my prep and what should I change in order to get better. The one thing he told me was to practice one skill at a time, write down what are you going to practice before starting, and strictly practice that one skill. Don't just flip open the book, get some questions and randomly solve them and get the answer. We don't need answers, what we really need is to work on our skill. While practicing its not about getting the correct answer, rather developing the skill, understanding what you are doing wrong and how it should be done.At the start of practicing these skills, I would quite often just solve the question subconsciously and without actually applying the specific skill while thinking I did. Later after getting the advice of strictly practicing the skill, I started providing evidence to myself while solving any of the question, writing them down. Slowly after getting quite good with them, I started doing that in my head but still would write down for a few tougher questions.

Consider GRE as a game, that's what Greg keeps on saying, and I too took it that way and started preparing it considering it a game. For the non-native English speaker, Verbal section is quite tough at first, I myself am a non-native speaker, so speaking by experience. Once you get the feel that even Verbal section can be completely converted into logic and can be solved mathematically, you will surely overcome the language barrier, although it will

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The Heroine We Don't Deserve

Posted by user:Sunnyhoovescleansmile on Beholdit's Tales from Customer Service Hell subforum.

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Hello Beholdit readers from all over the Known Galaxy! I hope you enjoy this story of what happened to me last week. I read the FAQ and think I've got this right, but if there's a problem with this post, please let me know.

Let me start by saying that I actually like my job, my employer, and about 99.8% of the customers. (I know, I know. An Iraitrian likes stuff! How novel... not!) So, this isn't a reflection on the company or our clientele. Just on one particular customer. Or rather, two customers, but... I'll get to that.

So, to set the scene, I'm an Iraitrian, a young stallion not long out of college, but I've been living in the United Jixavan Republic for a while. The city I live in is fairly cosmopolitan, but the majority of people here are, as you'd expect in the UJR, either Jixies or Humans, with other bipedal species accounting for most of the rest. Not that there's anything wrong with bipedalism! Some of the coolest people I know have two legs! It's just, there's not very many Iraitrians here other than me and my folks. But there are a few other quadrupeds around, mostly Felra and a tight-knit community of Vanga. I mention that because it's kind of important to the story, since the retail store I work at is one of the very few that specifically stocks items for quadrupedal shoppers. I won't say the name of the chain, but it has a comical spotted sand-lizard for a mascot and the storefronts have a burrow-and-dune motif. If you live in the UJR, you know the one I mean.

So, I'd been working this job for about three months when I found myself manning the store completely alone one day. It was one of the big Jixavan holy days, the festival of Kzaalji, the goddess of kindness and good deeds, and all the Jixies and most of the Human staff had taken the day off to celebrate. Now, religious festival days are normally really slow for our business, so being short-staffed wasn't that big of a deal. Where there were normally six employees on-site, we would get by with two instead. 'Bots and the inventory control AI do most of the real work, anyway. There was supposed to be an Assistant Manager there with me, a Human female named Karelia, so the two of us should have everything covered as long as there were no catastrophes.

Well, about two hours before I was supposed to go on-shift, I g

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Kpop Numbers Thread - Hanteo Sales - May 2021

For those of you who ask every month, no, I'm not going to stop including the other albums that released this year. There are many people who like to see how albums are doing through the year. The chart will be reset in January after this year's numbers have been fully recorded and concluded.

Standard Items: Please note the Last Update column tells you what date the numbers go through. Not all numbers are pulled on the same date. If you want to do more advanced sorting than what reddit allows, please copy the table into Excel and sort to your heart's content.

As you probably know, Google Translate doesn't always play nicely with Korean to English and I'm not necessarily up on the correct name for every release. (For instance, for WJSN it gives me Space Girls or for one of Ryewook's album, it gives me Drunk to You instead of Drunk on Love). So if there's something wonky below, please let me know so I can update it.

There is a soft cut off for albums selling under 5K, for sanity's sake. I'm still pulling out albums that I know you guys might be interested in (like debuting girl groups!), but I don't know every group out there. If there is new release from the month listed in the title that I missed and you want to know if it's there, please request in the comments.

Source 1

Artist Album Version 2021 Sales 2021+Prior Date Released Last Update
AB6IX Salute: A New Hope -- 62,512 210118 210228
AB6IX Mo' Complete: Have a Dream -- 73,394 210426 210531
Astro All Yours Me vers. 336,278 210406 210531
ATEEZ Zero: Fever, Pt.2 -- 389,293 210302 210531
BAE173 Intersection: Trace -- 21,179 210408 210531
Baek Yerin tellusaboutyourself -- 8,490 210108 210131
Baekhyun Bambi -- 1,023,642 210330 210531
BDC The Intersection: Discovery -- 8,291 210308 210331
B.I Deep Night Consolation: Love Streaming -- 6,214 210319 210331
Bibi Life is Bad X -- 1,824 210502 210531
Blackpink The Album -- 20,453 778,987 201006 210531
Blitzers Check-In -- 9,982 210511 210531
BoA Better -- 1,706 11,490 201202 210131
Bobby Lucky Man -- 6,722+ 210128 210228
BTS BE Deluxe ed. 83,397+ 2,427,106+ 201120 210531
BTS BE Essential ed. 688,045 210219 210331
Cherry Bullet Cherry Rush -- 14,462 210120 210228
Chungha Querencia -- 13,978 210215 210228
Ciipher I Like You -- 9,064 210316 210430
CIX Hello Strange Dream -- 61,042 210202 210331
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Offered $8000 for a "Pilot" episode. Any Wise Advice, Tips, Warnings or Red Flags from the Experienced Pros Here?

So, for years now, my longtime friend and I amuse ourselves, usually while we're at our respective workplaces, coming up with silly TV shows and movies via texts. I usually come up with ridiculous concepts, he tacks on 'what ifs' and then I top that by slapping together a rough 1st draft, email it to him and sometimes he does proper fact-checking, formatting and rewriting. At that point we laugh and laugh.

A while back we agreed that one of our mock non-existent TV episodes was surprisingly good. Good enough to give it a proper rewrite and be a little serious for once. He sends this to someone who sends it to someone and now we have this convoluted offer.

I will spare you the email because this isn't asking for proper 'legal advice' or anything like this. As far as we can determine its deliberately vague. Its some LA Based group who apparently do everything and nothing. A whole lot of the offer isn't really anything but talk like "...and of course we'd be looking to you in terms of heading up related writing projects" and "we're all very excited about where we can see this going".

What is certain... errr.. well as far as we can say for certain.. At some point we'd be given $8000 for this. They may or may not make a 'Pilot' or whatever they want. They could smoke it, trash it or create a 700 million dollar Blockbuster from it. As far as we can see, we are not allowed to ever create anything, sell this idea again, we cannot use the characters, like an episode of Seinfeld, we would not be allowed to tell you the story at a pub one night.

Also, for some reason one of them kept using the buzzword 'Option' we want to option this or it can be optioned. He seems to use this word as a synonym for 'buy the rights to it'??

So for those who've been through this, what's your best advice? What is something we should NOT do? Are we expected to counter-offer and negotiate? We definitely want 8000 USD but is there some catch, something we should know where maybe we do NOT want that money? Later we'll find out we are charged $9000 in lawyers fees?

A number of friends keep insisting we should get 'Royalties' but as far as we can tell that's not actually part of any offer or a 'thing'. Then again, does anyone know if we ought to make royalties a thing? One friend keeps saying "Get some backend' which makes us laugh. We're sure he does not actually know what that term means anyway. He heard about 'a piece of the backend' on a podcast and keeps going on like he

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Post Step Feels

Wow just wow. Can't believe I'm done with the exam that I knew was coming ever since I got into med school. Feeling is surreal.

That being said, I don't feel too great about my performance. Block 1 felt mediocre and then I felt completely destroyed by Block 2 and felt like I was scrambling mad crazy. I decided to take a break after that one and then proceeded to take a little break after each subsequent block and stretch my legs and get some fresh air. I don't think there was a single block I felt like I crushed it and literally every block I finished on the dot and ended up guessing on some questions. I think I marked like ~20s per block? I've always been a liberal question marker and the stress of the real deal did not help one bit. I already know I missed like 20 questions, so I'm lowkey freaking out. Another part of me is scared cause maybe my curve is going to be hella strict and then I'm gonna get screwed over these dumb mistakes.

Overall, most of the exam had an even mix between UWorld, NBME and Free 120 exams. Didn't seem like it was heavy on one topic over another, cause I think I saw just about a little of everything. I couldn't tell which one was an experimental or real, cause they just do such a good job of making every question seem as any other question. It's honestly so crazy how you think you know the disease and it's inner workings and then they throw some esoteric synonym that throws you in for a loop. Don't know what to expect but I know it's gonna be a rough ride for the next few weeks.

Quick facts are UWSA2 243, Free 120 84% and my highest NBME was 232. Only completed 70% of Uworld with 67% correct. Any input and advice much appreciated! Thank you for all the support and help during this study period!

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What Heroes should I buy? Recommendations for players below Epic.

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This is one of the most common things asked in this community and I will not give a direct answer. A lot of people wanna climb. They wanna get to Epic, Legend, or Mythic.

Yes, the fastest way to climb to Epic solo queue is the be a "carry" or "core." The misconception is that carry is synonymous with Jungler. No - carry is a hero that can win team fights, take objectives, and most importantly, set the pace of the game, independent of a supporting hero - thus they're given priority in buffs, gold and experience. That's why assassins, marksmen, fighters, and mages can all be "carries" in one team - they have the raw damage, tools, and overall capability to win fights and set the pace of the game.

Now, this advice to play Carry is met with several problems:

  • Solo Queue Mentality. The game is designed to be cooperative but most people play solo queue and do not trust their teammates.
  • Bad Team Composition. The game is designed to be played with multiple roles working together to cover each others' weaknesses, but beginners only have a small hero pool and unable to adjust even if they want to.
  • Contested Roles & Picks. A lot of beginners are given advice to pick Jungler and Marksman to climb fast and "hard carry", so they end up duplicating the same role and bringing each other down
  • One-tricking. People are more concerned about climbing fast than improving their skills and understanding of the game, end up picking their comfort hero over and over. It's not uncommon to meet someone who will lock their pick no matter what.

What common advice don't take into account:

  • A lot of players simply do not have the proper skill to fully utilize some heroes, particularly difficult ones, and end up performing poorly.
  • No consideration that players actually have different kinds of strengths and would shine in other roles or heroes. Some players are better with macro than micro.
  • Most Mobile Legend players are playing their first MOBA and have zero clues on the mechanics and terminology.
  • There's a lot of smurfs low ranks, and they usually pick assassin jungler cores.

The Heroes (Season 21 META)

Common, Cheap and Contested Picks

Free Heroes Layla, Zilong, Saber, Nana, Odette (jigsaw puzzle or lucky gems)
Cheap Heroes (15K BP and below) - GOOD to buy all of them Miya, Eudora, Bane, Balmond, Alucard, Bruno, Clint, Cyclops
Free/Cheap heroes that are risky for low-rank solo queue (or better in Duo) Aka
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One year anniversary for my channel and what I learned

EDIT: Thanks so much for the awards!

This month is the one year anniversary for my channel. I thought I would share some of the things I've learned. In 2020 it seems like everyone and their sister started a YouTube channel. With people staying home from work or getting laid off the content creator population seemed to explode. So I can count myself among those people that took a crack at becoming a content creator. It's been a fun experience full of highs and lows.

For reference here are some of my statistics.

My niche: Education about mental Health and tabletop RPGs

Release schedule: 2-3 videos a month

Format: Talking head lecture

Videos released in the last year: 38

Subscribers per month: 28-35

The most important thing I've learned is this: There is no shortcut to success.

According to most of the research I've read and YouTube's own metrics it takes, on average, 22 months of consistent uploads for a channel to become part of the YouTube partner program. I can completely believe this because my own metrics reflect that information. I currently average about 30 new subscribers a month. If I rely on that amount as my expected growth curve I will obviously miss the 22 month window. However, I started from zero subscribers and each month my average ticks a little bit higher. Yes my growth is slower than some channels but the growth curve is still rising. With future success I can see my channel hitting the 22 month mark right on schedule.

The second most important thing I've learned: Build your own community

With the glut of current content being produced for YouTube you cannot rely on the "Algorithm" to promote your product for you. You need to create a community of followers that will actively search out your content. For me, that's been a combination of Twitter, Instagram and Reddit. However, I am not showing up to these platforms only to dump a link to my video and leave. I'm actively engaging in those communities to help build a reputation as a trusted voice. Some people call this becoming an "influencer". These two terms are synonymous. If you are seen as somebody with credibility in your niche then you are more likely to attract viewers because you have added to the community instead of using it only for self promotion and "Link Dumping".

You can build credibility in your community by talking with other creators, offering advice of what you have learned in your particular niche and by consistently engaging with

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On DD Posts: A Response to HeyItsPixel and Correction of Some Incorrect Information

Someone said more paragraphs, so okay: https://www.reddit.com/r/GME/comments/m3nt89/on_thinking_critically_what_is_known_what_is/?utm_medium=android_app&utm_source=share

Last EDIT3 cause I'm tired and job:

This is the conclusion from Pixel's post today:

https://preview.redd.it/kp5qc2e50hm61.png?width=875&format=png&auto=webp&s=93fd8e7bd331955ad50780f0aaa522776ee775b3

This conclusion posits 3 possible, immediate futures:

  1. Gamma Squeeze today. Likelyhood: "Likely, but not certain" Reality: Might've been likely, certainly wasn't certain. This did not happen today, so
  2. If not #1, then once we hit the SSR list again then Gamma Squeeze tomorrow by EOD. Likelihood: Unknown. Reality: Gonna have to see tomorrow! If you're certainty on this is 100% then there are a lot of really cheap FDs you can buy right now that'll print if you're right.
  3. If we don't hit the SSR limit for tomorrow, then Gamma Squeeze will start EOD at "last" (I assume this is "latest"). Likelihood: Unknown. Reality: This piece is unclear to me because it doesn't necessarily follow the previous logic. E.g. we could not hit the SSR list but still Gamma Squeeze tomorrow, right? Or is this strictly tomorrow only if we don't SSR, meaning this also didn't happen? Would need clarity to know. We didn't gamma today, so presumably that means tomorrow.

That makes it sound less certain than it is though! One of those 3 realities has already collapsed, and the second two require a gamma squeeze to happen tomorrow. Not 3/19. Not 4/16. Tomorrow. No other possibilities are given weight or time, and there is no assessment of the nature of the gamma squeeze and what holders might expect if it does happen (300? 400? Moon in the reaview?). Again, I have misgivings about this approach I won't go back into here. Posting this so you can laugh at me tomorrow when I'm wrong!

EDIT2: Not as dispassionate as I'd hoped, sorry gang. If you read this thinking I hit the white and wanted to take out a big figure in the sub, you'd be wrong, but I understand your perspective. I like and appreciate u/heyitspixel analysis. I agree with much of his general sentiment, as I say below multiple times. I've tried to clean up some of the factual disputes to make them more readable with point-by-point tl;drs. They're still longish, sorry; shit is complex.

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I found this great Dan Harmon quote on writer's block that I thought this sub might appreciate.

Some Sunday wisdom for you all!

>My best advice about writer’s block is: the reason you’re having a hard time writing is because of a conflict between the GOAL of writing well and the FEAR of writing badly. By default, our instinct is to conquer the fear, but our feelings are much, much, less within our control than the goals we set, and since it’s the conflict BETWEEN the two forces blocking you, if you simply change your goal from “writing well” to “writing badly,” you will be a veritable fucking fountain of material, because guess what, man, we don’t like to admit it, because we’re raised to think lack of confidence is synonymous with paralysis, but, let’s just be honest with ourselves and each other: we can only hope to be good writers.
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>We can only ever hope and wish that will ever happen, that’s a bird in the bush. The one in the hand is: we suck. We are terrified we suck, and that terror is oppressive and pervasive because we can VERY WELL see the possibility that we suck. We are well acquainted with it. We know how we suck like the backs of our shitty, untalented hands. We could write a fucking book on how bad a book would be if we just wrote one instead of sitting at a desk scratching our dumb heads trying to figure out how, by some miracle, the next thing we type is going to be brilliant. It isn’t going to be brilliant. You stink. Prove it. It will go faster.
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>And then, after you write something incredibly shitty in about six hours, it’s no problem making it better in passes, because in addition to being absolutely untalented, you are also a mean, petty CRITIC. You know how you suck and you know how everything sucks and when you see something that sucks, you know exactly how to fix it, because you’re an asshole. So that is my advice about getting unblocked. Switch from team “I will one day write something good” to team “I have no choice but to write a piece of shit” and then take off your “bad writer” hat and replace it with a “petty critic” hat and go to town on that poor hack’s draft and that’s your second draft.
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>*Fifteen drafts later, or whenever someone paying you starts yelling at you, who knows, maybe the piece of shit will be good enough or maybe everyone in the world will turn out to be so hopelessly stupid that they think bad things are good and in any case, you get to spend so much less time at a keyboard and so much more at a bar where you really belong because medicine because childhood t

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Run a Consistency Check on Your Work

I am probably the last person you want to take editing advice from. Only now, ten years after self-publishing a flurry of novels, am I giving them the edits they deserve. I also can’t teach you how to write. Most people can’t write. Some write badly. Many who have more or less mastered the mechanics still write bland, boring books.

Nevertheless, your novel can always be improved. Ideally, long before publication. While going over one of mine about eight times now, I’ve made a few observations that can shore up any story. Even if your book is bad, the writing should be consistent. That will make it significantly…less bad.

Doing a global search for these pitfalls can reveal numerous issues. But don’t use a global replace, or you’re likely to make changes you didn’t intend.

Okay/Ok

Pick one usage and stick with it. Personally, I feel ‘okay’ is the way to go, here. But, whatever. Don’t include a mix of usages. Ok?

Contractions

Traditionally, we were taught not to use contractions in our narrative. I find that not using them in that case feels stilted, and seriously affects your tone. You don’t want your contemporary novel to sound like it was written in the 1800s, do you? Again, it’s choice of styles, but whatever you choose, make sure you follow that pattern throughout the entire book. This doesn’t apply to dialogue, of course.

Foreign words/accents

If you’re including a second language, no matter what amount, don’t make assumptions about spelling and phrasing. Take the time to do your research here, and make sure you get it right. If a word gets accented in its native form, then accent your usage as well.

Open and closed quotes

I’ve noticed that Microsoft Word’s “Smart Quotes” could be smarter. Sometimes after a spate of typing or editing, it will enclose a quotation with two closed or open quotes, instead of a matched pair. It can be easy to overlook.

Brand names

Visquine, right? No, it’s actually Visqueen. Weird. Plexiglass is generic, Plexiglas is a particular brand. It only takes a few seconds to check, but it’s an important detail that's easy to get wrong.

Ellipses

One could write an entire column on these three little dots, and many have. Aside from taking a look at how often you use this device, make sure the application is consistent. There are multiple ways to go, all are correct in one school of thought or another. Just make sure you don’t mix and match them.

Names vs. Pronouns

This is a big one. I write longhand,

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Enough is enough! Carrots, unite! For all of you who are fed up with how Instacart treats us, I urge you to learn your legal rights as independent contractors and take a stand with me.

Wow, I have really managed to anger a lot of the Instacart shills in this sub! Good! Now that I have your attention, I am now going to expand on my previous statement that Instacart deserves to be stomped out of existence by a more moral and ethical company. I am also going to attempt to demonstrate how they are breaking the law by misclassifying Shoppers as independent contractors.

Before I begin, here are some key definitions and an important disclaimer:

car·rot /ˈkerət/ noun. An Instacart shopper. Also a delicious ingredient in stew.

eth·i·cal /ˈeTHək(ə)l/ adjective. Involving moral approval or disapproval.

mor·al /ˈmôrəl/ adjective. Of, or relating to principles of right and wrong in behavior.

I am not a legal professional. This text is my opinion and it is not legal advice. I am a carrot with no brain.

The Pay-to-Play Corporate Cookbook

Let us begin with a brief review of Instacart's organizational structure. According to Craft (https://craft.co/craft), IC currently has approximately 10,877 employees (https://craft.co/instacart). These individuals are your corporate drones who collect hourly wages or annual salaries from Instacart (e.g., marketing/advertising experts, salespersons, accountants, corporate attorneys, human resources personnel, information technology professionals, C-level executives, etc.). Instacart compensates its corporate laborers with regular money and benefits, and it gets to enjoy the liberties of being able to tell these employees how to behave when they are on the clock. Instacart--and IC alone--reserves the right to reward or punish employee behavior in any legally available fashion they choose. This liberty comes at an added expense, however. This expense is known as the Federal Payroll Tax. Think of it as a legal pay-to-play scheme. The billion dollar question is: Who is paying to play? In the case of an employer-employee relationship, the employer pays to play the game by their own rules (e.g., the "employee handbook").

Beyond the invisible corporate walls of Instacart (and the borders of the State of California), exists another class of Instacart laborers who provide a key service in the company's business model. Without them, this model would collapse. These are the human beings who physically fulfill and deliver the orders placed by the company's customers. Guess what!? This is you! This is me! These humans are the 57,00

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What course/degree to take in college/uni?(synonymous terms where I came from) (x-post r/advice)

I'm from the Philippines, and 11th grade is ending in April and I still have no idea what course/degree to take after high school. Note that in 111th-12th grade, people in my country have this specialization tracks like STEM, Humanities and Socsci, Accountancy and Business, etc. My dad recommended me to go into STEM because that's his line of work. I obliged due to the fact that I did win a couple of international maths contests in my Junior HS(7th to 10th grade) years. All fun and games until I had a really low grade of 77 in my Trigonometry class. (81 in Analytic Geometry, and 89 in General Math), and this term (we have 3 terms per school year with changing subjects, a school year is June to March/April) I am taking Basic Calculus(up to Integrals afair) and Statistics and Probability, both of which I find very hard. And even stuff like Empowerment Technology from term 2 (python coding) was hard as well, also General Chemistry 1(We are now on about molecular structure thingy with polar thingy that I find hard to understand) So lately I realized I might have chosen the wrong strand(STEM), because I still can't find what course/degree in that strand I can take without obviously failing a subject. To give a general overview of myself to aid in the suggestions, my skills are: creative writing, creating stuff, browsing the internet, Word, PowerPoint, sleeping, eating mainly Italian or American cuisine, and currently studying Spanish in my spare time. i also won on math contests in 7th, 9th, and 10th grade. By the way, I am genderqueer and panromantic bisexual, if that happens to matter in my choice, and I'm a negative number in the looks department. My hobbies include: obsessing over the American Founding Fathers because of Hamilton and 1776, light fan of Steven Universe and Star Wars, Sometimes reads YA novels, mostly reads historical texts or books about Thomas Jefferson(He''s my fave founder tbh), sometimes reading/watching higher math stuff(I watch 3blue1brown and Vi Hart), Reading about the latest national and international social issues(and sometimes engaging in debates), talking about politics(local only), shopping for random stuff(if I have the money), writing novels/fanfics, and I guess watching a bit of Netflix here and there.

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Looking for a writing buddy! (High/Low Fantasy)

hey MATEs, I'm a writer who's currently trying to get back into writing on a daily basis again. Motivation can be hard, but I've been working my way over here for years to just write a novel. I thought if I was just going to wait for the right time, ill definitely be waiting forever.

BUTTT of course as soon as I say fuck it, my head runs empty, the angst of it dwindling my hopes.SO Naturally my plan was to find a writing buddy, encourage each other, critique, hassle, share hOPES, and DReAms. To simply have someone that'll tell you the truth no matter what, but also be there if you need ideas for your book or short story!HELL even if you needed a synonym for a word you can't quite get to fit anywhere, I fucking got you.I will 100% be that person to remind you to write, tell you what I wanna see from your characters, and

share my views on the world you built up in your head :)Perhaps we can learn from each other, from tips and advice to sharing what part of this massive pile of words is stressing us out.

If you're interested drop in my DM's! Let's get to know each other like a bad tinder date <3

P.SI'm the type of person to send random 3am thought bubbles/unedited ideas without any context, and if that doesn't fly with you, maybe we're not meant to be :( </3I'm the all-in kind of friend If you couldn't tell already.

I also have discord, play loads of PC games and I have a fucking beautiful 1936 Smith Corona Sterling Typewriter, who is my heart and soul. pspsppspspspsps, I'm 20 btw

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The victimization of Alex at the expense of traumatized women (very, very, very long post)

I haven’t watched beyond season 12 so I haven’t felt comfortable making a post criticizing Alex. Maybe his growth is immaculate between seasons 13 and 17, I wouldn’t know. However, there is one thing that really, bothers me and I’d really like to discuss it. It’s not just how Alex treats women when they’re going through a crisis, but how the writers and the viewers victimize him - usually at the expense of the women.

I tried not to make this an essay, but I have trouble keeping things brief so it became very long. I’ve split things up into three parts. Part 1 discusses his relationship with Ava, comparing them to Denny and Izzie. Part 2 will discuss the way he treated Izzie when she had cancer. Part 3 will discuss how he treated Lexie and April. I don’t feel like I can discuss his relationship with Jo as I don’t have the full picture. I also don’t have the same qualms with it. If most people think it would be better to post each part as individual posts, let me know.

Part 1: Ava

Ava receives a relentless amount of hate. I’m not even that fond of her because I find her so dull. The forbidden doctor/patient had already been done with Denny and Izzie. I know that Denny/Izzie is controversial in its own right, but there is a notable difference between the two relationships: Denny was unmarried, mentally stable and l able to offer consent. On the other hand, Ava was married, suffering from severe memory loss trauma and schizophrenia and not truly able to consent throughout her entire character arc.

Both Izzie and Alex neglected their partners adequate medical care in their desperate attempts to hold on to love, ignoring any logical advice from their peers until the stakes got super high. Alex is victimized by viewers as he was rehashing childhood trauma. Poor Alex, pursuing a relationship with his former schizophrenic memory loss patient. What an annoying bitch, right? Her symptoms were so irritating, but he was such a hero.

On the other hand, Izzie is labelled deluded for her behaviour with Denny - mostly by fans but also in the show. Fuck the fact that Izzie had experienced her own prominent hardships with loyalty and respect since childhood, mostly with men.

Her dad isn’t in the picture and it’s heavily implied that her mom brought home a bunch of men - not the worst thing in the world, but an unbalanced environment for a child. Her own mother was mentally unstable, paying for psychic phone calls with the college money Izzie had to work for by w

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I think it's time to move on

[LONG RANT AHEAD; wondering if I should move on from my main fandom and made a serious mistake getting into it in the first place.]

I rarely participate in this subreddit other than to read and make the occasional comment but I've recently had an... epiphany of sorts and am stuck with my thoughts and feelings on the matter.

I've written fanfiction for more than a decade but it was almost a year ago that I actually started publishing my works. Made an Ao3 account and went ham with my chosen fandom. My first fic was pretty popular and gained a lot of traction considering that the fandom is massive and my account was new. I went on a bit of a spree after that and churned out 500k over the past year with 95% of that being for the main fandom. I had lots of ideas and while I used most of them in oneshots, I started a few multi-chapter WIPs. Over time, writing became harder and I took a break for a month or so before telling myself that I'm ready to get back at it.

I wasn't. Writing has become a chore. It's not something I sit down to do because I enjoy it but because I feel like I have to. It's not even that my readers are pushy or demanding. I've been spared all those horror stories about entitled and whiny readers who have no respect for the person behind the fanfic. It's just that I'm tired. And I think I have figured out why.

My main fandom is Naruto. Some smaller fandoms I occasionally dabble in are Warcraft, Harry Potter, and then like, a single fic for a few fandoms each like Dishonored, Mass Effect, Dragon Age, etc. although those are uploads of fics I wrote many years ago.

Then, completely by accident about two weeks ago, I discovered something new. I admit it's not exactly dignified, but I have a thing for older women, and when I stumbled across tall hot vampire Lady Dimitrescu the deal was pretty much sold. I got my first Resident Evil game, played it, and loved it. I'm a wimp. I can't watch horror movies. But I loved every second of it. The game is fantastic and the characters all to my liking (except Ethan. Ethan is a cardboard cutout).
Obviously, I went looking for fanfiction with my favourite character. And, well. I was not prepared that almost all of it is femslash. If I write ships they're almost exclusively F/F and my fics typically centre around female characters. Of course I was happy and excited, especially considering Naruto is a shonen anime and comes with all the problems and baggage that entails.

Reading all those F/F fics

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Statement of Purpose for PhDs: A Universal Formula

Hi guys, I'm Jordan, author of the "Structure is Magic" essay guide which so many Redditors have used beautifully in their applications.

Lately, I've received a lot questions from PhD applicants about whether, and how, they should tailor their SOPs for their research focus. These are great questions because, yes, PhDs do have very unique concerns in their writing. Hopefully, this new guide will explain those concerns and give you actionable steps you can take to write a high-impact statement of purpose that doesn't get bogged down in minutiae and actually enhances your chance of admission.


Formulas are beautiful, aren’t they? Whether the elegance of a binary logarithm or the universe contained within the laws of thermodynamics, it’s wondrous to see how much we can explain through gracefully arranged information. Prose writing is no different. Even with the statement of purpose for PhD admissions, when we filter our thoughts through an elegant formula, the reactive power can be amazing.

Of course, the opposite is true as well.

If our writing doesn’t conform to the timeless formulas of narrative structure, our words fall flat. We don’t overcome the activation energy requirement. Our code doesn’t compile. We submit an essay hoping it convinces some erudite professor that we’re a worthy student, but it only makes them scratch their chin and flip to the next essay in the pile.

This isn’t good, friend. Especially considering that for PhDs, writing well is part of the job.

Luckily, we don’t need to be literary scholars to utilize the eternally elegant formulas of writing. (I’ve already done that hard work for you.)

Instead, we only need the formula itself, and specific instructions about which information to plug in. Then we can fully ignite the minds and hearts of PhD advisors.

Sound good to you? If so, keep reading.

It’s time to cause a life-changing reaction.

THE STATEMENT OF PURPOSE FOR PHD FORMULA

You may have already read “Structure is Magic,” which illustrates how successful SOPs adhere to the classic “hero’s journey.” You may also have read my SOP Starter Kit, which describes the 4 questions that every successful statement of purpose must answer to be effective. Both present the same structural formula for your SOP:

*Section 1 – Introductory Frame Narrative & Academic Goal (1

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Possible simplified explanation of the MOASS(?). A good place to start if you're lost or want to share this with others.

THE GME SAGA

Reader's Digest Version: All the Main Points in Apespeak

Edit: credit to u/wallace367 for the title.

I would like to preface this with a big, fat DISCLAIMER: I have barely any understanding of the market and what is going on in the background. I have read quite a bit of DD, and a lot of the details go over my head. I would NEVER be so cocky as to believe I have an understanding or the ability to offer advice. Please take this with a salt rock the size of your fist or larger.

I heavily encourage EVERYONE to do their own Due Diligence and get information from outside (but reliable) sources. Check the information that is cited in other posts so that you can be certain of what is going on. Or, if you're not really worried about losing this money, just buy and HODL.

GME Shorting for Newbies and Dummies

Because there has been so much DD (Due Diligence) going into excessive detail, I was (and am) a bit worried that simple newcomers, or people who were largely relying on someone they trust to tell them what to do (like I was until recently) and decided they wanted to get at least a rudimentary understanding of this entire situation would be very lost.

So, without further ado, this is basically what a short squeeze is:

Buying a short is pretty simple. If you think a stock is going to go down, what you do is you find someone who owns shares of that stock and ask to borrow it. You then turn around and sell those borrowed shares on the market, buying them back after the price goes down and returning it to the vendor. Naturally, you get to keep the difference (minus the interest that accumulates, because it is just loaned to you).

When you do this, however, you dilute the market in shares. Put simply, when you sell the borrowed (shorted) share and release it into the market, the price will go down until those shares are bought. If you short, say, 1 million shares, then the price would go down until enough people decided to buy up those shares.

Now, let's say you were wrong. If you are in fact wrong and people buy up your shorted shares plus some, raising the price, then you are forced to buy those shares back before the price gets too high or you take on too much Short Interest (SI). This is to avoid bankrupting yourself, so the earlier you do it, the better. This is referred to as covering shorts.

**(If this sounds patronizing, I'm sorry. I'm trying to organize it so that you can just flip through and

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It actually happened! Provisionally passed at 100 questions in about 80 minutes.

Here’s my “pay it forward” thoughts on this exam and my experience. Yep , its in depth but what about the CISSP isn’t?

Just finished my journey today after provisionally passing in around 80 minutes and 100 questions. I thought I’d be jumping for joy but instead my nerves are still high and I just feel relieved. I’m sure the shock of it all will wear off in a bit and ill celebrate. I wanted to go through rate some of the resources I used and their rankings, like other have done here.

Background – 11 years in the industry. 3 in Service Desk. 7 in Infrastructure. Recently transitioned into an Analyst position and was tasked with taking one of 3 exams, obviously CISSP was the one I chose

/r/cissp – 10/10. This will be the only resource I rate this high. This community was BY FAR the best resource I was able to take advantage of over the past 5 months. Don’t get me wrong you will not pass the CISSP just from browsing this subreddit. But nearly all of my resources were sourced here and the countless amount of success stories, failure stories, and motivational advice were invaluable in this journey for. Look here daily while you are studying. One thing that was initially frustrating at first is that it seemed that all success stories had a slightly varied path. This made a bit overwhelming as I was never sure which route to take. I was looking for a tried and true method that would 100% lead to success. Looking back though this was a good thing. The variety of methods in tackling this exam should be focused on tailoring it for your own strengths and weaknesses. Not having a single path to success actually proves how manageable of an exam this is.

Content

Mike Chapelle’s Linked in Learning Course 8/10 – Quality over quantity here. This was my first resource back in January. I spent a couple hours a week and took my time here. This was a solid foundation and Mike has a great way of making the dry content a bit more tolerable. A few years ago I used his LL course to pass the SEC+ and I’m glad I jumped on board again.

Sybex 8th Edition 7/10 – I have no regrets about reading this 1000 page book but in reality the ROI in terms of time was lowest than any other resource used. My attention span was the biggest struggle here in retaining such dry content. I quickly set a goal of “only” 30 pages per day and this helped me slog through it. All that being said the breadth of content here is real. Use your own judgement on how you learn from read

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tested positive for fat malabsorption

Hi people ,

So, as I suspected I tested positive for fat malabsorption. Which explains the weight loss & steatorrhea. Up until now I've been lead to believe I have a functional bowel disorder, like IBS. The symptoms I have are not synonymous with IBS , am I correct ?

Anyone got fat malabsorption, and been able to treat it effectively ? Any advice would much appreciated.

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If i move out it will be beneficial to me but not to my family

I’m a money asset and if i take the money I’m giving my parents to live somewhere else it would directly benefit my life but negatively impact theirs

Since I’ve been helping with the finances they’ve worked less and had more free time but they made a move that increased the bills to the point that living with them is synonymous to living on my own (the pay)

On one side I’m paying into a mortgage that I didn’t really ask for and if i leave I’ll leave them to that by themselves and I know I’m not tied and I can make the move it’s just do I love myself more than my parents ephemeral well being.

If i move out I’ll be closer to work and idk I guess I just want a place to myself and that’s the selfish part. I don’t need it but i also don’t need to help this mortgage I didn’t ask to for.

They got a house that’s so overpriced when we could’ve made a smart move together but they didn’t wanna include me in the plans but included my financial input without my say.

So now I’m the one with the trigger and I didn’t want it to be this way. I wanted to be a team that makes money and spends money together smartly but they don’t want any advice and keep making moves that affect me.

But forget the ideal of team, will I pick my freedom over their ephemeral well being.

I guess the smartest move is first making sure I’m independent. The best thing that could happen is I get more money and maybe I can do both, live on my own and help

Gotta work for these dreams

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Leon Black in Winter

The financier learned that money makes its own morality at the infamous bank Drexel Burnham Lambert. The Epstein scandal was a reminder that it can’t fix everything. Has accountability finally caught up with the original masters of the universe?

Bob Ivry | Link to article

Diana Whitney was a Dartmouth College freshman in 1992 when a classmate raped her. Now, with daughters of her own, she’s the co-founder of a group determined to stop campus sexual violence.

One of its targets: Dartmouth’s Black Family Visual Arts Center, named for Leon Black, the billionaire alumnus and former Drexel Burnham Lambert banker, who for the past 30 years has been synonymous with Apollo Global Management, the sharpest elbows on Wall Street.

Through his charity, the Debra and Leon Black Family Foundation, Black chipped in $48 million toward the arts center, which opened in 2012. The only director the foundation had for years, besides the Blacks, was Jeffrey Epstein. The charity says he quit in 2007, but his name was listed on its tax forms as late as 2012.

Black was Epstein’s friend for more than two decades, and also his employer. From 2012 to 2017 he paid Epstein $158 million for advice on avoiding taxes, assistance Black acknowledges saved him as much as $2 billion. Before his death, prosecutors accused Epstein of operating a sex trafficking ring, including during the time of his friendship with Black, through which he raped or otherwise exploited girls as young as 14, “often on a daily basis.” Black says he was completely unaware of this “abhorrent misconduct,” that his relationship with Epstein was a grievous error, and that he deeply regrets it.

“Black gave Epstein $158 million, which bankrolled his empire of sexually abusing girls,” Whitney says. “For Dartmouth, associating with the Black name shows a willful disregard for Epstein’s victims.”

Condemnation of his philanthropy must come as a shock to the 69-year-old Black, who through a spokesperson declined to speak to T&C. He watched his friend and former Drexel colleague Michael Milken rehabilitate his own reputation by giving away gobs of his fortune. Now, after years of devising jackpots for himself without facing anywhere near the same level of scrutiny, Black is discovering that Milken’s model of contrition may be enough for the crime of insider trading but that association with a sex offender is much tough

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regretting using GREGMAT for vocab :(

ugh. There are two vocab flash card sets:

  1. no example sentences, no synonyms, just definition
  2. the definition is on the same “side” as the definition.... so how can I even test myself.

I thought it would be fine and I would just write out and edit the flash cards but man, I’m realizing it is just too time consuming. Time wasted that could be used to study. I reaaallly love gregmat program, however, I advise against the vocabulary flash cards unless you have the time available to write it all out yourself or format it the way your brain prefers. I love his program so I have been tackling the vocab but I am just... unsatisfied and worried I’ll score lower than I would if I had used a more established vocab set. i’m sad and seriously regretting my choice to stick with this vocab set. I like the words he chose etc i just don’t ... enjoy the current format. BUT LISTEN: I don’t want to slander gregmat (highly recommend it) and this is ONLY how i feel about the vocabulary quizlet I love the entire program and even his vocab videos are awesome and really help, he has word lists for synonyms and amazing resources that I feel have helped me a lot- it’s literally JUST the flash cards that are not “complete” enough for me. I guess I don’t like the flash card format? Maybe I don’t like quizlet lol

I still FULLY recommend the GregMat program because it’s amazing in terms of EVERYTHING except literally JUST the flash cards specifically. The Vocab still has other resources that I find amazing such as word lists for synonyms, common words, double meaning, etc and vocab videos. I jsut wish it was all already included in the flash cards.

I’m about 12 days away and I feel really behind on my vocab. I am unsure if I should switch to Magoosh to save me a headache on the remainder of the words. any advice or help?

edit: I’m sticking with it but at least, I’m glad I learned that the current quizlet format isn’t for me. I may be overthinking this. Maybe it’s the stress getting to me. IDK.

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20F Breakup after 3 years

Hello! Sorry to be bothering everyone but I am having some issues regarding my breakup and I feel as if it might be good to ask for some advice.

I was with my now ex-boyfriend for almost three years. We had always been a constant couple, never the on and off again type of relationship. It surprised everyone in my life, my family, our friends, teachers, and everyone who has watched us grow up dating from high school until the second year of undergrad that we had broken up. Spoiler alert: I was the one who got dumped. It was a difficult but loving conversation. He has been struggling a lot since coming to college with his mental health, and he had mentioned several times about looking into a transfer to a different school. I have always supported him in this idea, because I almost went to a different college as well (context: we both grew up in our state's college town, and ended up going to said state college after graduating high school).

When he said he wanted to talk, it was after a spring break trip we had just taken together, and after we spent Easter Sunday with both of our families. Late Easter night, he said he felt as if we needed to talk. I felt caught off guard here, because we had had such a good last week. But, I am not naive. I knew things between us had been different the past few months. It was almost as if we were de-transitioning from lovers to best friends, as our romance and sex life dwindled and long intimate conversations shortened dramatically. We spent time hanging out in the forms of going out to eat and shopping, much like one would hang with a "normal" friend. Now, I knew we had both been stressed that semester at school. I was in 15 credit hours, working 30 hours a week, and trying to balance a friend group and long term boyfriend. He was struggling in school, he did not have a job, and he had not managed to find a good social fit at our school. Because of this, I tried to include him always in my friend's hangouts, but he was not as interested in them, (which I understand, my group consists of like eight other girls). But, I thought we made it work. I had a schedule of the nights I would spend with him versus in the dorm depending on my work and class/homework schedule. I saw him almost everyday, and while there were some days we couldn't see each other because I was so busy, I always made sure I made time for him. Despite this, I could tell things were slightly "different" but I attributed this to a stressful semester and i

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Female Redditors, what is a piece of advice pertaining to women you think synonymous to "Don't stick your dick in crazy"?
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My guide to TOEFL IBT home edition 110/120 :)

Hello everyone! I got my results today and i scored 110/120. I'm overall happy but i could do better in certain aspects, i don't think i'll take it again anytime soon but i want to thank everyone here on reddit for being so helpful and kind.

My scores: R 28, L 26, S29, W 27.

Reading 28

Actually i've always been good at reading although i did find TOEFL readings challenging to say the least. I read about 30 books a year and half of them are most likely in English and the other half in my native language. The way i approached reading is with Cracking the TOEFL iBT 2019 edition. Thinking back i really wouldn't buy it again if you'll buy a book or get it online i highly recommend Official Guide to the Toefl Test. I did all the reading sections in this book and that helped me a lot, since they are previous past tests.

Some things to keep in mind:

-never answer questions from memory or bc you think they make sense, everything is stated in the reading so pay careful attention.

- avoid answers that are too extreme (contain never, always..)

- expand your vocab bc the right answers just contain synonyms of the words in the text

- pay attention to your timing!!

I actually got 4 texts and i had about 1 h and 7 min, i spent almost 47 min with my first 2 texts and i had only 20 min to answer 20 questions in the remining 2 texts. It was awful and very stressful please be careful. Another rlly helpful and free material is this :the only youtube reading video you'll need!, this guy goes over every kind of question in a text and explains with detail everything so check it out.

This is what worked for me i hope it does for you too :)!

Listening 26

This is the part im most disappointed with unfortunately and i don't feel like i can give much advice in this section since my score wasn't anything special. I really didn't do anything apart from the general ets practise test which is fundamentally essential for everyone. I actually recommend you do it after you have a general idea of every section in the TOEFL and after you have familiarised yourself with every question.

I watch a lot of tv shows and movies and therefore i thought i'd just go with the flow, after taking some practise test i

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Creating a schema synonym.

Hi all, I have a question,

I read about the parameter _enable_schema_synonyms which allows a user to create schema synonyms. However, to enable the parameter it would require a DB reboot.

My question is, are there any negatives to enabling this parameter? Is it worth the reboot?

Another question I have... I'm only a Junior DBA, and the Senior DBA of our team passed away, so I'm operating alone for my organization until we get a new hire. My question is, can I get advice on what to do before shutting down the database and after starting up? Areas to check before and after the reboot?

Thanks in advance.

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CARS Tips ~ from 124->130

I'm cleaning and found some CARS tips I wrote down, thought I'd share it before I recycle it. I went from 124 -> 130.

Table of ContentsMain thought processEliminate wrong answersRandom tipsQuestion type-specific tipsReading the passageEmotional supportMaterials and timeline

Main thought process: Do not "find" the right answer!!! Eliminate the 3 wrong answers

How to eliminate wrong answers:

  • If ANY part/word of an answer is wrong, eliminate
  • Eliminate synonymous answers (both can't be true)
  • Eliminate irrelevant answers (option doesn't answer question).
  • Eliminate too specific or extreme answers (too inappropriate for question).
  • (Questionable) If three answers have same idea and one is drastically different from the rest, that "unique" one is probably wrong.

Stuck between two answers:

  • This is a frustrating good position to be in, only one more to go!
  • Compare and contrast remaining answers. Example: Both A and B are positive leaning for concept x; however, A is pro-x (too extreme) and B said: "some tend to do favour x" (less extreme). If the author's point is less extreme, B aligns with rest of passage and is probably right.
  • If still stuck, reread highlighted parts of the passage. Re-eliminate all the options (in case you missed something). Maybe reread the question >:D

Random tips:

  • Don't forget to give all the options a fair evaluation, do not fall for AAMC bias trap stuff!
  • Some passages are trippy and repeat the points in different ways. Identify reiterations, any differences/new info, and move tf on!
  • Sometimes when I was feeling extra big brain, I wrote down what tidbits I thought the ideal answer should include before even reading the options.
  • When you're starting CARS practice, it might be helpful to write 1 sentence summary of each paragraph. Forces you to understand what the author is trying to say.

Question type-specific tips:

  • Inference type - we are looking for something "beyond the passage", so it most likely won't be explicitly shown in the answer. Be wary of explicit answers.
  • If you see a word you don't know, infer what it means by the surrounding words and tone (time to vibe check)
  • "What is the purpose of X?" - You can look at the first sentence X shows up in the passage and it might tell you!~
  • Comprehension type - might be a situation where you are able to "find the right answer right away". Still follow through and eliminate all wrong answers.
  • I watched this video abo
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/r/QOTSA Official Band of the Week 55: OASIS

Sibling rivalry is a helluva thing.

The simple fact is that no one knows you as well as your family, particularly during your formative years. They can love you and support you and have a closer bond with you than almost anyone. However, as everyone with a brother or a sister knows, they also know EXACTLY where to hit you so that it hurts the most.

There have been plenty of family acts in music that have been incredibly successful. AC/DC had Malcolm and Angus Young. 30 Seconds To Mars has Jared and Shannon Leto. Joe and Mario Duplantier are both in Gojira. Stone Temple Pilots have Dean and Robert DeLeo. The Kinks have Ray and Dave Davies. The entire Kiszka family seems to be in Greta Van Fleet. Hell, Van Halen was named after brothers Eddie and Alex, and added Eddie’s son Wolfgang as bassist.

And then we have the Brothers Gallagher.

Yup. This week’s band puts the fun in dysfunction. Today we take a look at OASIS.

About them

Noel Thomas David Gallagher was born in Manchester, England in 1967, the second son of his Irish Catholic Parents, Thomas and Peggy Gallagher. His older brother was named Paul. His younger brother, William John Paul Gallagher, was born in 1972. Older brother Paul had his own room. Noel and Liam shared a room growing up. It’s safe to say they know almost everything there is to know about each other.

They did not have a good childhood. Thomas was an alcoholic who beat his children. Paul and Noel stuttered due to the abuse. Their parents separated in 1976 and were divorced a number of years later. Predictably, the kids grew up disaffected from the rest of society. They regularly skipped school. Noel was expelled at age 15. Liam was suspended for three months for

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My vocabulary is equivalent to that of a 13 y.o middle schooler in US.

So I took this test and got this result. I'm demotivated as it is because I just recently learnt about the word "incongruous" from an erotica and... why haven't I heard of this one before?

This has been on my mind a lot lately, when I'm writing, I lack the vocabulary to find the right words (I'm not a native English speaker but still) that I use websites like wordhippo to find some synonyms or antonyms but some words just.. do not fit together? I don't know how to explain, it's just when I'm reading my story, I instantly notice that I tried so hard to add an interesting word here instead of using a generic one.

And there are some words that just mean exactly what you feel, but I don't know them? how disappointing is that? I add new words to my own made up dictionary (a word file) with examples and it's around 90 pages but I actually never use these words, they don't come to my mind when I'm writing...

This is just a vent but I'd appreciate if you have any advice on improving my vocabulary.

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[Tips & Tricks] For my one year channel anniversary I wanted to share some thoughts.

This month is the one year anniversary for my channel. I thought I would share some of the things I've learned. In 2020 it seems like everyone and their sister started a YouTube channel. With people staying home from work or getting laid off the content creator population seemed to explode. So I can count myself among those people that took a crack at becoming a content creator. It's been a fun experience full of highs and lows.

For reference here are some of my statistics.

My niche: Education about mental Health and tabletop RPGs

Release schedule: 2-3 videos a month

Format: Talking head lecture

Videos released in the last year: 38

Subscribers per month: 28-35

The most important thing I've learned is this: There is no shortcut to success.

According to most of the research I've read and YouTube's own metrics it takes, on average, 22 months of consistent uploads for a channel to become part of the YouTube partner program. I can completely believe this because my own metrics reflect that information. I currently average about 30 new subscribers a month. If I rely on that amount as my expected growth curve I will obviously miss the 22 month window. However, I started from zero subscribers and each month my average ticks a little bit higher. Yes my growth is slower than some channels but the growth curve is still rising. With future success I can see my channel hitting the 22 month mark right on schedule.

The second most important thing I've learned: Build your own community

With the glut of current content being produced for YouTube you cannot rely on the "Algorithm" to promote your product for you. You need to create a community of followers that will actively search out your content. For me, that's been a combination of Twitter, Instagram and Reddit. However, I am not showing up to these platforms only to dump a link to my video and leave. I'm actively engaging in those communities to help build a reputation as a trusted voice. Some people call this becoming an "influencer". These two terms are synonymous. If you are seen as somebody with credibility in your niche then you are more likely to attract viewers because you have added to the community instead of using it only for self promotion and "Link Dumping".

You can build credibility in your community by talking with other creators, offering advice of what you have learned in your particular niche and by consistently engaging with your audience. While you engage with t

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Make Your Piece Consistent

I am probably the last person you want to take editing advice from. Only now, ten years after self-publishing a flurry of novels, am I giving them the edits they deserve. I also can’t teach you how to write. Most people can’t write. Some write badly. Many who have more or less mastered the mechanics still write bland, boring books.

Nevertheless, your novel can always be improved. Ideally, long before publication. While going over one of mine about eight times now, I’ve made a few observations that can shore up any story. Even if your book is bad, the writing should be consistent. That will make it significantly…less bad.

Doing a global search for these pitfalls can reveal numerous issues. But don’t use a global replace, or you’re likely to make changes you didn’t intend.

Okay/Ok

Pick one usage and stick with it. Personally, I feel ‘okay’ is the way to go, here. But, whatever. Don’t include a mix of usages. Ok?

Contractions

Traditionally, we were taught not to use contractions in our narrative. I find that not using them in that case feels stilted, and seriously affects your tone. You don’t want your contemporary novel to sound like it was written in the 1800s, do you? Again, it’s a choice of styles, but whatever you choose, make sure you follow that pattern throughout the entire book. This doesn’t apply to dialogue, of course.

Foreign words/accents

If you’re including a second language, no matter what amount, don’t make assumptions about spelling and phrasing. Take the time to do your research here, and make sure you get it right. If a word gets accented in its native form, then accent your usage as well.

Open and closed quotes

I’ve noticed that Microsoft Word’s “Smart Quotes” could be smarter. Sometimes after a spate of typing or editing, it will enclose a quotation with two closed or open quotes, instead of a matched pair. It can be easy to overlook.

Brand names

Visquine, right? No, it’s actually Visqueen. Weird. Plexiglass is generic, Plexiglas is a particular brand. It only takes a few seconds to check, but it’s an important detail that's easy to get wrong.

Ellipses

One could write an entire column on these three little dots, and many have. Aside from taking a look at how often you use this device, make sure the application is consistent. There are multiple ways to go, all are correct in one school of thought or another. Just make sure you don’t mix and match them.

Names vs. Pronouns

This is a big one. I write longhan

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Looking for a writing buddy, (High/Low Fantasy)

hey MATEs, I'm a writer who's currently trying to get back into writing on a daily basis again. Motivation can be hard, but I've been working my way over here for years to just write a novel. I thought if I was just going to wait for the right time, ill definitely be waiting forever.

BUTTT of course as soon as I say fuck it, my head runs empty, the angst of it dwindling my hopes.
SO Naturally my plan was to find a writing buddy, encourage each other, critique, hassle, share hOPES, and DReAms. To simply have someone that'll tell you the truth no matter what, but also be there if you need ideas for your book or short story!
HELL even if you needed a synonym for a word you can't quite get to fit anywhere, I fucking got you.
I will 100% be that person to remind you to write, tell you what I wanna see from your characters, and

share my views on the world you built up in your head :)
Perhaps we can learn from each other, from tips and advice to sharing what part of this massive pile of words is stressing us out.

If you're interested drop in my DM's! Let's get to know each other like a bad tinder date <3

P.S
I'm the type of person to send random 3am thought bubbles/unedited ideas without any context, and if that doesn't fly with you, maybe we're not meant to be :( </3
I'm the all-in kind of friend If you couldn't tell already.

I also have discord, play loads of PC games and I have a fucking beautiful 1936 Smith Corona Sterling Typewriter, who is my heart and soul. pspsppspspspsps, I'm 20 btw

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