I've seen a ton of posts/comments here and elsewhere from people struggling with anxiety, depression, and other negative emotions due to losing at chess. I had anxiety issues myself when I first started playing years ago. I mostly played bots because I was scared to play against real people.
I've been thinking about what causes this, as you don't see people reacting so negatively to losses in other board games like Monopoly. I think the false link between chess and intelligence, mostly perpetuated by pop culture, could possibly be one of the reasons for this.
Either consciously or subconsciously, a lot of players, especially beginners, may believe they're not improving as fast as they'd like because they aren't smart enough. When they lose, it's because they got "outsmarted." These kinds of falsehoods are leading to an ego bruising every time they lose. Losing a lot could possibly lead to anxiety issues, confidence problems, or even depression in some cases.
In movies, TV shows, and other media, whenever the writers want you to know a character is smart, they may have a scene where that character is playing chess, or simply staring at the board in deep thought. It's this kind of thing that perpetuates the link between chess and being smart.
In reality, chess is mostly just an experience/memorization based board game. Intelligence has little to nothing to do with it. Intelligence may play a very small part in it at the absolutely highest levels, but otherwise I don't think it comes into play much at all. There are too many other variables that decide someone's chess potential.
Let's say you take two people who are completely new to chess, one has an IQ of 100, the other 140. You give them the both the objective of getting to 1500 ELO. The person with 150 IQ may possibly be able to get to 1500 a little faster, but even that isn't for certain, because like I said, there are too many other variables at play here. Maybe the 100 IQ guy has superior work ethic and determination, and outworks the other guy in studying and improving. Maybe he has superior pattern recognition, or better focus. You see what I mean.
All in all, the link between chess and intelligence is at the very least greatly exaggerated. It's just a board game. You get better by playing and learning, and over time you start noticing certain patterns and tactical ideas better. Just accept the fact you're going to lose a lot of games no matter what(even GMs lose a lot of games), and try and... keep reading on reddit ➡
Alright retards, I've seen a big influx of new members here throwing away money on investments they know next to nothing about. This is meant to be a basic introduction to options prices. I am not a financial professional and this should not be misconstrued as investment advice.
This will probably be long so TL;DR: Stop throwing away your money and learn about what you're buying. If you don't want to read mike and his whiteboard is a good resource (I am not affiliated in any way).
General pointers for the newbies. Most of the option trading shown on WSB is OTM naked calls or puts with expiration < 3 weeks (FDs). These are like lotto tickets and are not considered responsible investments by anyone, including us. They are retarded and we know it. You should know it too before buying. Theta is usually insane and probability you make money is slim. On the flip side, selling these options is sometimes considered ok but is often referred to as picking up pennies in front of a steamroller due to the low return for high risk. If you want to preserve your hard earned money, make responsible plays. With options that usually means ~3 months minimum expiration, and strikes somewhat close to the money, if not in the money. Consider the implications of IV in your trades, and make sure you understand the mechanics of the options before opening spreads.
An option is a contract that gives you the option to buy (call) or sell (put) 100 shares of a stock at a certain price (the strike price) at or before a certain date (the expiration date). Options are priced per share, so a call with a listed price of $1 will cost you $100 total for 1 contract ($1 x 100 shares). For American style options (what most of you are trading) you can exercise at any time before the strike price, while European options (which are sold for major indices on American markets) can only be exercised on the expiration date. That doesn't matter too much for our purposes but I'll get into that later (EDIT: I never elaborated. This is really only important for [box spreads](https://www.investopedia.com/terms/b/boxspread.asp#:~:text=A%20box%20spread%20is%20an,strike%20prices%20and%20expiration%20dat... keep reading on reddit ➡
I don't understand how 5e is supposed to be a beginner's game. It's ridiculously verbose and complex, while simultaneously severely lacking in actual content. The core rules are over 1,000 pages spread across 3 different books, and the system is riddled with contradictions and exceptions to the core rule system. And every class essentially feels like it was randomly copy-pasted from multiple separate games, running on different subsystems which further jumble and contradict the core rules of 5e. It's a mammoth task to wrap one's head around for the first time, especially if you've never even played an RPG before.
How exactly is 5e any better or easier for newcomers then, say, Old School Essentials, or Shadow of the Demon Lord? Both of which are far more streamlined and easier to grasp.
As far as I can tell, the only reason people laud 5e as a "great gateway" to the hobby is because of its popularity. Which, essentially, is a self fulfilling paradox. It's popular because everyone keeps saying it is. It's got nothing to do with the mechanics at all.
This thread has been done before and was very successful, so I figured that I would try it again.
Pick your specialty or favorite subject and try to recommend three books for each level of understanding. Feel free to request topics as well. We’ll end up with some nice breadth and depth for each topic!
I’m 22F and I started playing for the first time about a month ago. I picked it up to spend more time with my boyfriend and friends during covid. I’ve played Nintendo games my whole life and am really into Minecraft but nothing like League.
It’s a hard game. There’s a huge learning curve, but at first I thought it was really fun. I started yuumi, then poppy, now galio. I’m bad, obviously, since I just started, but I feel like I’m making progress.
The problem is, my friends are ranked pretty high so when I play with them I just feed a lot of the time. They don’t mind, but for me it’s really not fun. So then I decided to start playing on my own. And that’s when I started to feel like I should quit.
For example, a game I played today by myself: I was playing Galio top against a mordekaiser who I looked up on op.gg and has been platinum for several seasons. I’m level 25. So I fed and lost my lane. I was really frustrated, but I told myself it was just one game and it wasn’t a big deal. Until my team’s yone starts flaming me, telling me I’m terrible, calling me dogshit, blaming me for his deaths etc. Then moved onto all chat saying “I’d be fed too if I was playing a bot” and “Galio built armor btw :)” and stuff. And I just felt so bad about myself.
It’s situations like that where I just feel like league doesn’t allow beginners. Like if you haven’t been playing for years by now don’t even try. My boyfriend tells me to mute the chat, but I actually use it, (like asking where to go or whether we should set up for dragon etc) since I’m trying to learn. If I play by myself I get bullied for being bad, if I play with friends I feed bc the lobby is too high level.
Should I just quit?
I know this has been said before plenty, and I don't want to be that one annoying guy, but I feel like this needs to be said.
I've played League of legends for a couple years now, and decided to check out Dota 2 for a bit of variety. On the startup screen, reading through some hero descriptions and abilities, and it looked fun, with lots of interesting and odd abilities LoL wouldn't have, and neat items as well.
And then I actually got into a game, and it was horrible.
I go on reddit to look for some advice, and people say you should play a few HUNDRED bot matches before even going into unranked.
Now, I don't think the game itself is awful- like I said, it looks interesting from an outsider, I'm sure there's reasons why so many players are so dedicated, and I also am the sort of person who is willing to sink unreasonable amounts of time if I end up getting hooked on it. I want to like this game.
But having to suffer through the first few hundred hours of something just to become decent at it is a point at which it's barely even a game anymore. No game has anywhere near that sort learning curve. Games like Dwarf Fortress or Super Meat Boy, famed for their complexity or difficulty respectively, can still have their basics picked up in a matter of hours. Even with League, I originally picked up the rough picture of how to play in a couple dozen matches, and a bit of help from friends. Dota's learning curve is nothing short of torture, and there's very little to stick around for that long when there's a limitless well of other, equally satisfying games out there. The combination of an extremely complicated game with an insane amount of mechanics and information to learn, very poor in-game tutorials, and the matchmaking throwing you right in with experienced players means that a prospective newbie's experience isn't just unfun, it's actively painful and frustrating.
I legitimately do think the game might be more interesting and entertaning than LoL if I were to stick through with it, but as it stands, it simply isn't worth the frankly unreasonable time investment required to even have casual matches, let alone attempt Ranked.
I'm a noob to Linux. Okay not a complete noob like I know how to install stuff how to use terminal, root, SSH that kinda stuff but I feel like I can do so much more with Linux.
What kinda stuff should I start learning?
EDIT: OVERWHELMED BY THE RESPONSE**
Being a beginner is spending more time learning how to learn a language than actually learning the language...I've just been looking up urdu resources and trying my best to integrate and do stuff.
And than wondering why I've moved like an inch forward in terms of learning urdu. It's like oh man I'm doing this and this... And I'm still figuring out greetings. Kinda feels like running with my eyes closed 😅.
EDIT: Wow, I didn't expect this volume of messages! I may be a little slow in responding.
I've been trying to find a group for an online-based D&D game but have had no luck due to one common factor: a lack of DM's. I'm kind of eager to play (though I'd prefer to be a player rather than a DM) but I realize the reality and difficulty of finding a group. I've tried DMing for a couple of sessions far in the past to disastrous results (with the caveat that I was heavily inebriated then, I am now sober). For very reasons- lack of social skills, no acting proficiency, ADHD, I initially put off trying to DM but it seems I'm never going to get to play at all if I don't.
Should I try it and just accept I'm going to get player attrition until I figure out what I'm doing or should I just wait it out and try for a group where I can learn as a player?
As I sit here quietly fuming at myself for having overcrowded the pan again, I get to wondering: why in the hell do I keep doing this? I know better. I really, definitely, absolutely know better. This is a rookie mistake and I'm not exactly a rookie anymore. And yet... sheesh.
Anyone else have something like this? Some dumb thing that you know you shouldn't do but keep on doing anyway? Please commiserate with me, fellow idiots, so that we might ease our collective pain.
EDIT: Fellow cooking fools, thank you for sharing your pain! This really got a lot of great answers. I hope as you read them you're reassured that you are not alone in having That One Thing You Keep Doing Even Though You Know Better. And maybe we'll all figure out a way to push through that mental block!
Welcome to Stardew Valley! Here are some common answers to get you started. Feel free to ask questions here.
See also a table of which version and features each platform has.
Are future releases planned?
Yep! Stardew Valley 1.5 was released on PC in late December 2020, and it's being ported to other platforms now. The console update is in certification and is expected in the next couple of months; Android/iOS will get it too but don't have a release date yet. See also this older blog post about the future.
Does every platform get the same content/updates?
Mostly yes. Updates are developed for Linux/Mac/Windows first, then ported to other platforms. There are customizations for each platform (like tap to move on mobile), but otherwise content is identical across all platforms.
The exceptions are PS Vita (which won't get any further content updates due to platform limitations), and Android/iOS (which will continue getting all updates, but don't support multiplayer or Chinese translations).
i’ve only recently gotten into anime, i’ve seen anime such as attack on titan, one punch man, blue exorcist and one of my favourites being jujutsu mainly for the fights. is there anything that you guys can recommend that is semi short 30/40 episodes with fights like jujutsu. anything would be greatly appreciated (crunchyroll if that’s a possibility) thank you
I have been involved in many discussions on here where i tell people the best way to learn is by doing but I never mention what to do. Below are the projects i think would be best for Python beginners.
Write your answers to 1 & 2 in the comments. If you struggle with any of these projects we can provide guidance and solutions in the comments.
I work in an industry that is mainly manual work (think carpentry or similar). No-one going through the trade school learns anything on computers beyond making graphs in excel.
I however always have had some interest in programming, so i took some free course a while back and try to find areas of my life where i can automate the boring stuff. I have very limited knowledge of any of the advanced functions, but i understand some of the basic logic.
For my job, i also have a computer because i oversee a large number of projects, every project gets a folder, an excel spreadsheet (a gantt chart for each project).
I managed to make a script that asks for project number, checks of the folder is there, copies and modifies the cells of the excel sheet to the correct project number etc. I had to google almost everything, how do i folder scan? how do i manipulate excel? etc etc.
They actually believe I performed black magic.
Thank you Python for letting me look like an invaluable resource today ;)
[EDIT] thanks for all the awards! Happy my post inspired the discussion and the feeelz. Much love 💕
Hey r/bodyweightfitness fam, here is a Basic Bodyweight Only Beginners workout built from regressions of all the BIG CALISTHENICS SKILLS to help those of you who feel that parts of the recommended training guide can be a bit too difficult. This workout is especially useful if you can't do a PUSH UP or PULL UP yet.
Here is what these exercises are helping you to ultimately achieve:
Here's the YOUTUBE link to an easy follow along demonstration of all the exercises https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7fklMfpPR8
I would also strongly recommend warming up your wrists before starting this workout or any Calisthneics workout! Strong mobile wrists are so important to almost all bodyweight exercises and can become a frustrating bottleneck for your gains if you don't strengthen and mobilize them proactively.
Here's a follow along wrist warm up I would recommend https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OR6GF9yFSx0
This program is built for beginners to exercising and Calisthenics, but anyone can do it! Scale the workout to your level of strength or fitness. This is a full body workout and requires no equipment so you can do this at home, the park, a gym, or anywhere you have space. All you need is you and your bodyweight.
This bodyweight workout will hit all your major Calisthenics muscles and expresses important postures you will need to level up your Calisthenics game.
*** Perform each exercise to MAX reps in 30 seconds or until failure; whichever comes first. Rest for 10 seconds between exercises.
Do the best you can with the quality of your Reps. Always remember quality over quantity! If you feel your form starting to slip it is perfectly okay to stop for a second, gather yourself and then... keep reading on reddit ➡
Edit u/apollosmith wrote an excellent Beginer Guide
Figure there will be a lot of new people jumping in after RH, this could help cut down frequent/repeat questions
How to add funds to your Fidelity account defined on fidelity's website
Cash terms defined on fidelity's website
How long for cash to settle? explained in Reddit
Spaxx account explained in reddit
Any other beginer knowledge/FAQ type answers we should add to this for new people? This was all I could think of. I can update this thread to include more detail/links, or a mod could grab all this info and make a pinned post.
EDIT to add
Good Faith Violation explained in reddit
(GME'S) Fractional Shares explained on reddit
How to wire money to your Fidelity from Fidelity's website. Note not all banks will wire transfers over the phone
Identify Verification page On fidelity's site
Create a Fidelity Account on fidelity's website
Core position video from Fidelity's website
Submit Feedback on fidelity's website and/or app
I want to start it because I have heard good things about it.
I am completely new to fantasy and want to have a good beginning. Please tell me if it is an immersive experience or not?
#[Bonsai Beginner’s weekly thread –2021 week 05]
Welcome to the weekly beginner’s thread. This thread is used to capture all beginner questions (and answers) in one place. We start a new thread every week on Friday late or Saturday morning (CET), depending on when we get around to it. We have a 6 year archive of prior posts here…
Here are the guidelines for the kinds of questions that belong in the beginner's thread vs. individual posts to the main sub.
Beginners threads started as new topics outside of this thread are typically locked or deleted, at the discretion of the Mods.
This guide is for anyone new here who wants to begin investing.
The stock market is a great tool for people to build their wealth and over the last decade it has become easier and easier to get started with investing.
Unfortunately, a lot of people don't actually know where to start, which is why I produced this guide.
In it I talk about:
- How to set up a stocks and shares ISA with Vanguard
- What index funds are
- What ETFs are
- The difference between income and accumulation funds
- How to begin investing with Vanguard
- How to keep track of your investments on the Vanguard platform
People on this sub love Vanguard, myself included. I have also used other platforms such as Trading212 and Hargreaves Lansdown. I'm not affiliated to Vanguard, but if Vanguard are watching, please get in touch!
2020 saw a lot of people start investing and 2021 looks set to continue. Given you don't learn any of this stuff in school and a lot of parents don't know about it (my parents certainly don't), I thought I would try help where I can.
You can find the guide here and I hope you find it helpful
Edit: it's 00:46 where I am and I'm going to bed, thank you all for the support and feedback. It means a lot! If you have any questions as always let me know!
Edit: I'm back online at 08:54 and I am blown away by the support. It would mean a lot if you could subscribe to the channel and share it with your friends. I was like a kid waking up on Christmas Day today!
Edit: I have created another guide that you might find useful here: https://www.reddit.com/r/UKPersonalFinance/comments/l98yl7/beginners_guide_to_index_funds_and_how_to_buy_them/
I've been wanting to do this post for months (MONTHS!), but it never seemed like the right time. With the start of a new year, the time just seems 'right'.
Like the title says, pick three books you think every beginner should read, three for "veterans", and three for "experts"! Or if you want it another way, 100 level, 200/300 level, and 400 level classes - but books.
I've seen this be very successful in other subs. I think it would be here, too! Example
If you want to make is genre specific (historical, fantasy, contemporary, etc), all the better! 😊 If you want to give reasons for your choices, be my guest.
Welcome! We are a subreddit devoted to caring for curly, kinky, coily, and wavy hair.
The "I just want to get started" package:
The "I want to read everything before I start" package:
The CG method is a haircare method that is specifically geared towards curls and waves.
Curly hair tends to be super dry, thanks to sulfates, the harsh detergents in shampoo. So we remove sulfates from the routine.
The problem is that only sulfates can wash away certain ingredients, like silicones, so we remove those too, leaving only ingredients that can be washed away with JUST water.
The CG method mostly f... keep reading on reddit ➡
Sns mains rejoice
Longsword mains... you're just noobs. Ichinose said so
To become better at anything requires work and will only happen with perseverance. So, is writing a habit or a skill? I would say a mixture of both.
Write every day is a good mantra and a difficult one, write as much as you can, is much better. This is a habit. It requires a trigger, such as setting the alarm for 4, get up and write for an hour. Once established, anywhere from 30 to 60 days, this can be as natural as breathing. I write therefore I am.
However, where you don’t necessarily know how to write well, then this is a skill. We can write, but a story, a novel, that is something else. And you need to learn how to do it first. But a skill is made up of habits, write, read, practice story structure, develop vocab, subject familiarity. Secondly, and importantly, obtain feedback on how well you’re performing, beta readers, critique partners, even a friend who could be coerced into reading a chapter/ a page, try reading it out loud to them and see if they walk away. Focus on their reactions, not their advice, if they themselves aren’t skilled (yes, this is a bit grey).
Use ways to measure your increased skill level and record them. Focus on your weak points, but also your strong points. There have been a few good arguments either way on this one, and it will be up to you to decide.
Okay, hope this helps someone or makes them think.
Good luck and keep going.
This is one for anyone new here.
As requested, this is a follow on from my last post where I talked about index funds, what they are, and how you should be using them to invest. Please check it out if you haven't seen it, as it's the base for what's to follow (And thank you again for all the awards!).
At the end of the video, I introduced Vanguard's Lifestrategy funds, a special set of funds known as One Decision Funds.
You'll hear a lot about these types of funds on this sub, and that's mainly because, for the vast majority of you, one of these funds is probably all you'll ever need to invest in. Hence the name, one decision funds; you just need one.
They're great for beginners, novices, experts, for everyone.
This is not a typical review, where I just talk you through a fact sheet. This guide goes much further, and it in you will learn:
You'll also learn a lot about the fundamental principles and science that goes into building these funds/portfolios because I believe that if you understand these things, you'll be much more likely to stick with it through the rough times!
Check out the guide here; I hope it helps!
(It was epic to hear that the last video helped so many of you. Thank you again for all the support; you've inspired me to keep creating! And please let me know what other areas or topics you'd like me to cover?)