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2020.09.29 20:29 BlancheFromage Today's Conspiracy Theory!! 2030!!

So you know how the next "significant" milestone the SGI has to look forward to is May 3, 2030.
May 3 - because Toda and Ikeda
2030 - because of Ikeda's deciding when the Soka Gakkai's forerunner organization, Soka Kyoiku Gakkai, an educators' group formed by Tsunesaburo Makiguchi, was founded in order to make his "Seven Bells" numbers end on the right year (1979). The Soka Kyoiku Gakkai held its initial meeting in 1937 so shouldn't that be the founding date?
So "2030" is a meaningless, manufactured "anniversary" to get the culty sheeple ginned up toward. What are their assigned goals going to be? My guesses:
Anything else?
Oh, wait - almost forgot about the Conspiracy Theory! There's one for the year 2030 - not lying!
Where's it coming from? Another ultraconservative, fascist secret society. The infamous and notorious Club of Rome that Ikeda bought his way into.
Here's your background:
Ikeda is an honorary member of the Club of Rome, right from their website The founding of the Club of Rome by Rockefeller in Bellagio, Italy Some more unraveling of the Club of Rome - take a look at the line up The Club of Rome has indicated that genocide should be used to eliminate people who they refer to as "useless eaters." The War Against Population - NSA and Club of Rome Yes, we live in a dirty world with the dirty elites running it - more on The Club of Rome
SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a congratulatory message to the 50th Anniversary Conference of the Club of Rome held Oct. 17–18, 2018, read at the annual general assembly on October 16, 2018.
This year marks the 110th birth anniversary of Dr. [Aurelio] Peccei, the Club’s co-founder. The memory of our encounters is indelibly etched in my heart and mind. Like a warm and trusting father, he shared with me—frankly and passionately—his most deeply held beliefs and insights. The impression that he made, and my sense of gratitude, will remain with me always.
blah blah blah
blah blah blah
I would like to close this message of felicitation voicing my vow to continue to support the work of the Club of Rome by working with the world’s youth based on a sense of shared responsibility for the human future. - Message to the 50th Anniversary Conference of the Club of Rome
Before It Is Too Late (hardcover) by Aurelio Peccei and Daisaku Ikeda..........Price: $32.50 M/O#: 1104
Aurelio Peccei is the late Westernewartime resistance fighter, industrialist, and founder of the first think tanks to severely assess humanity's chances for survival. SGI President Ikeda and Mr. Peccei present their views alternately as individual statements and dialogues on the complex web of natural and human-made problems threatening the habitability of the planet Earth. Source
When I was a member I read "Before Its Too Late," written by both Ikeda and Aurelio Peccei, founder and first president of Club of Rome. I used to think the CoR was a great organization because Ikeda was in it and praised it! That's what goes on in members' minds, if the SGI or Ikeda is associated with something, it must be good, instead of investigating a person or organization based on its own merits.
What is unfortunate about SGI members is their lack critical thinking, as I lacked. Over the years being away from SGI I have made conscious efforts to apply logic to any situation, ask questions: who, what, where, when, and why. Those under mind control (as I was) do not ask these questions -- blind faith, denial, even where there is evidence that proves otherwise. When I discovered what a rotten organization the CoR is, I was horrified to think I indirectly supported it because of my involvement with the SGI.
The hypocrisy of Ikeda and the SGI is stunning -- they use the good principles of Buddhism for evil purpose. What happened to the "sanctity of life"? How does that fit in with the belief depopulation is good for the planet? We know the SGI is a cult, but I question: is the SGI a death cult? Or perhaps all cults are death cults? Just look to the cults of Jim Jones and Heavens Gate, for example; the members involved in those cults ended up dead.
You hit the target that mind-control blinds all of them. So true. Source
Now here's Club of Rome's position - the sanitized version:
Four decades ago, the Club of Rome predicted looming economic collapse in its iconic report The Limits to Growth. An update of the analysis sees much the same picture.
On the eve of one of the twentieth century’s most notable economic shocks — the 1973 oil crisis — an influential group of researchers released a now-iconic report entitled The Limits to Growth.
The work, which received wide attention and proved controversial, painted a bleak picture of humanity’s future. Left unchecked, it said, economic and population growth would deplete the planet’s resources and cause economic collapse around 2070.
More than four decades later, the report’s main conclusions are still valid, according to a group of independent researchers who have updated the work using more-sophisticated analytical tools. Like the 1972 report, the latest work was commissioned by the Club of Rome, a group of liberal scientists, economists and industrialists that was founded in 1968.
Whoever's paying gets to dictate the conclusion.
The update, released on 17 October in Rome for the club’s 50th anniversary, makes for a sobering read. Although its conclusions are not quite as drastic as those of the original report, it says that humanity finds itself in something of a catch-22.
Business-as-usual or accelerated economic growth will mean that the world will not be able to meet the United Nations’ sustainable development goals (SDGs) — a suite of social, environmental and prosperity targets for 2030 — the authors conclude. And even if governments were to substantially strengthen what the authors call “conventional” policies to meet social goals such as the eradication of poverty and hunger, and achieving quality education for all, they would be in danger of missing environmental goals.
“It is quite disturbing to see that we’re still facing the same dilemma the Club of Rome described almost 50 years ago,” says Julia Steinberger, an ecological economist at the University of Leeds, UK.
Conventional policies won’t do
"Everybody's just gotta CHANT!"
The original report was a quantitative analysis based on a computer model that calculated likely future outcomes for the world’s economy. Criticism focused mainly on the authors’ assumptions about how long natural resources would last.
Some economists called the book’s pessimistic conclusions “irresponsible nonsense
Did someone say "SGI"??
while others criticized the validity of the model — World3, a dynamic economic model developed by US economist Dennis Meadow, co-author of the book — that the authors had used to predict energy consumption, pollution and population growth.
The latest version of the report was compiled by researchers with the Stockholm Resilience Centre and the BI Norwegian Business School in Oslo. They used an Earth-system model that combines socio-economic and biophysical variables, alongside a wealth of historical and new socio-economic data, to draw up their conclusions.
This model’s elements interact with the passage of time, and it is much more robust than World3, says Steinberger.
The researchers found that the world is currently on track to meet only 10 of the 17 SDGs by 2030. Efforts to satisfy social SDGs with conventional policy tools will come at the price of unsustainable or wasteful use of natural resources such as water, land and energy. Hence, environmental goals, including stabilizing climate, reducing pollution and maintaining biodiversity, could fall by the wayside, they say.
To prevent human civilization from more environmental damage than it might be able to endure, the authors call on world leaders to consider policies that they deem unconventional.
Novel: Scientists FORCED to chant NMRK...FOR SCIENCE!!! Or "Why faith-based books should be BANNED!"
Only more extreme economic and behavioural changes will allow the world to achieve all 17 SDGs together, the authors say.
These policies might include rapid phase-out of fossil fuels , greater use of family planning to stabilize populations, and actively encouraging the reduction of wealth inequality so that the richest 10% of people take no more than 40% or so of income.
The report is a vindication of the Club of Rome’s initial world view and a welcome alternative to mainstream economics’ focus on growth and equilibrium, says Steinberger.
“Most of The Limits to Growth’s original conclusions still hold true,” said Johan Rockström, a sustainability researcher at the Stockholm Resilience Centre and a co-author of the report, at its release. “This is scientifically satisfactory, but for societies it’s not.”
Club of Rome has a skeptical take on the future
Forty years ago, the Club of Rome released "The limits of growth." Now, it has released another look into the future. But how accurate are such predictions?
This points to an old dilemma: Is a prognosis a neutral scientific statement or is it a call to action? Ossip Flechtheim, one of the fathers of modern future studies already in the 1950s described his field as a synthesis of ideology and utopia not in line with a traditional concept of science.
"A synthesis of ideology and utopia not in line with a traditional concept of science"?? How better to describe Ikeda's "grand vision"??
What do they want to do? Depopulate the world!
What's SGI's vision of its utopia? When 1/3 of the population is converted. That number will do nicely as a target population for the whole world! The rest can just be erased!
Where does THIS fit into the Club of Rome 2030 conspiracy theory? For such an important question, we of course must consult the ConspiracyWiki!
In the August, 1980 edition of Fusion magazine, Howard Odum, a marine biologist at the University of Florida, who was a member of the Club of Rome, was quoted, saying: “It’s necessary that the U.S. cut its population by 2/3 within the next 50 years.” He did not mention how this should be accomplished. Source
"Within the next 50 years" - given a start date of 1980, what's the end date? 2030!
And if the US cuts its population by 2/3, what's left? 1/3!
Throughout the world, the Club of Rome has said that genocide should be used to eliminate people who they refer to as “useless eaters.“
Oh dear!
U.S. Association of the Club of Rome
In 1976, the U.S. Association of the Club of Rome (USACOR) was created, its purpose is to shut down the U.S. economy gradually. Henry Kissinger was then, and still is, an high ranked member in the service of the Royal Institute for International Affairs, a member of the Club of Rome and the Council on Foreign Relations.
Kissinger met with Ikeda, you know O_O. In 1975 - well after the Club of Rome had been created. The US Association of the Club of Rome did not emerge fully formed from Zeus' forehead as Athena, Goddess of War, supposedly did; by 1975, everybody involved was fully informed about what was going on.
Backtracking a bit:
The Club of Rome was created in 1968 by the Morgenthau Group, its original purpose was to create a New World Order by the year 2000.
Welp, missed that target!
The Club of Rome has an hidden agenda to divide the entire world into ten regions or kingdoms.
This gets interesting - bear with me. Here's the map. Notice something peculiar? JAPAN, which is all of about 10 square miles and 100 million people out of the world's >7 billion, gets to be its OWN "kingdom"! Not even the world power USA gets to be its OWN "kingdom"! So what's up with Japan's obviously "special" status?
Here's the list of the "Ten Kingdoms":
Imagine, the all-powerful USA having to share a "kingdom" with Canada and Mexico!. Notice how the "Kingdom" of "Western Europe" pretty much fits the outlines of the EU.
Can't talk about the European Union without talking about Count Richard Nikolaus von Coudenhove-Kalergi:
Ikeda not only linked to Club of Rome, but met up with and praised the starter of the EU, Count Richard Nikolaus von Coudenhove-Kalergi
We've been talking about Kalergi a bit - notice that he's got his OWN conspiracy theory, the Kalergi Plan aka "the Coudenhove-Kalergi Conspiracy" - far right, anti-semitic, white nationalist, etc. It's the kind of ethnically-superior, nationalistic rhetoric Ikeda would definitely get behind.
Richard von Coudenhove-Kalerghad his own idea for how the world's nations should be grouped - into five "superstates" (map from the 1920s). It pretty much keeps the British Empire intact; lumps Mexico, Central America, and South America in with the USA; sticks Japan in with China (serves them right); keeps the borders of the Soviet Union; and divvies up Africa among the continental Western European colonial powers (France, Belgium, Portugal, Amsterdam, whoever else), which are all lumped together. Can't we all just get along??
Coudenhove-Kalergi cuts quite an intriguing figure. Not only is he the one who proposed Beethoven's Ode to Joy as Europe's anthem, he also served as inspiration for Victor Laszlo, the fictional resistance hero in Casablanca. Source
Et tu, "Dr. Beethoven"??
Kalergi's mother came from a wealthy Japanese family, you know.
In 1922, Coudenhove-Kalergi co-founded the Pan-European Union, together with Austrian Archduke Otto von Habsburg. A year later, he published the manifesto Pan-Europa, and in 1924 he founded an eponymous journal, which ran until 1938. In 1926, the first Congress of the Pan-European Union elected Coudenhove-Kalergi as its president, which he would remain until his death.
Notice how, as soon as he seized the presidency of the Soka Gakkai, Ikeda changed all the rules to make himself dictator for life as well. Perhaps Toda wasn't Ikeda's most influential role model...
Ikeda intended to take over Japan, elevate Japan to World Power status alongside the USA and the Soviet Union, export his own minions throughout the world and use them to take over entire countries on a grassroots basis. BOY that didn't work O_O
"Some day 20 or 30 per cent of the people in the United States will become members of Nichirens Shoshu and disciples of President Ikeda." World Tribune
I'll take the world. Japan is too small. The world is waiting for me. Firmly protect the future of Japan for me! Ikeda
"...while I daydream plot scheme make plans to rule the werld! Muahahahahahahaha!!
And the best way to take over the world would be to take ovecolonialize the world's top superpower, the United States! I've described how (and why) this was such an Ikeda kind of goal here. He'd install his firstborn son Hiromasa as viceroy President of the United States (see "remaking the rules", above), which was the consolation prize for the firstborn being passed over for Daddy's inheritance rights - those were to go to the second son who resembled Daddy more strongly (again here). Hurts to be the ugly sister... Source
Just an aside - a company in Rome (since we're on the subject) claims to be on the forefront of human cloning...
So NOW - finally - on to the rest of the "1/3 of the world's population" bit.
Under the “business as usual scenario,” world society proceeds in a traditional manner without major deviation from the policies pursued during most of the 20th century. In this scenario, society proceeds as long as possible without major policy change. Population rises to more than seven billion by 2030.
And humanity gets an "exceeded expectations" review on its 2011 performance review!
But a few decades into the 21st century, growth of the economy stops and reverses abruptly.
Hmmm...how could anyone cause that to happen?? O_o
blah blah industrial decline, which forces declines in the service and agricultural sectors. About the year 2030, population peaks and begins to decrease as the death rate is driven upward by lack of food and health services.
Today we review a study from Australia that compares the business as usual scenario to 2100 presented by the Club of Rome in its Limits to Growth book to the observed trends in population, resource depletion and pollution for the last 40 years.Results indicate a very close match and leads to a fear that the collapse that was indicated in the BAU scenario around 2030 may still take place, given the reluctance of many of the world’s largest resource consumers and polluters (China, USA, Russia, Brazil, Canada, etc) to replace carbon fuel with alternative fuels. Added to that is the very real concern that the transition to renewable energy, along with decreased population rates recommended by the Club of Rome may not be possible before the impending collapse.
I'm afraid that there are too many very rich and powerful people who have way too much invested in fossil fuels and the status quo to embrace and promote a change to renewable energy.
“As pollution mounts and industrial input into agriculture falls, food production per capita falls. Health and education services are cut back, and that combines to bring about a rise in the death rate from about 2020. Global population begins to fall from about 2030, by about half a billion people per decade. Living conditions fall to levels similar to the early 1900s.” Source
The population of the US will likely peak at about 300 million by 2030, before declining (UN 1998 Revision).
And the US population earns an "exceeded expectations" review on its 2006%20%2D%2D%20The%20United%20States,the%20U.S.%20Census%20Bureau%20estimates.) performance review!
And no shortage of related crazy!
It appears that this plan has been green-lighted by the elite, as recent MIT research validates the conclusions drawn by Limits to Growth at this crucial time when we see the world economy imploding, and a jack-booted green police ready to hit the streets. According to MIT, we are headed toward a guaranteed planet-wide economic collapse and "precipitous population decline" if we do not heed the words of The Club of Rome. Source
The sky is always falling - somewhere...
This worldview was encapsulated in a follow-up book to Limits to Growth, called The First Global Revolution, which 21 years later laments and chastises the failure of wider humanity to aggressively implement the Club's previous suggestions, while openly touting manipulation as a way toward global unity.
There are many key passages in this book that give a clear indication of the mindset leading us through the present into the future, but a particularly striking section comes when they discuss the "limits of democracy:"
Democracy is not a panacea. It cannot organize everything, and is unaware of its own limits.
In its present form democracy is not well suited for the tasks ahead.
We overlook (psychologically speaking, we deny) our ignorance and say we lack the political will. The crucial need is to revitalize democracy and give it a breadth of perspective that will enable it to cope with the evolving global situation. In other words, is this new world we find ourselves in governable? The answer is probably not with the existing structures and attitudes. Source
Notice how neatly these points line up with Ikeda's disdain for democracy?
"When democracy is put into practice by the unthinking masses, liberty will be misinterpreted as license; rights will be claimed while duties remain unfulfilled; and the loss of order will allow evil to become rampant." - Complete Works of Daisaku Ikeda, page 176
Rather than having a great number of irresponsible men gather and noisily criticize, there are times when a single leader who thinks about the people from his heart, taking responsibility and acting decisively, saves the nation from danger and brings happiness to the people. Moreover, if the leader is trusted and supported by all the people, one may call this an excellent democracy. - Ikeda, quoted in The Sokagakkai and the Mass Model, p. 238.
Don't like democracy? Just make up some other governing structure and call that "democracy"! Or maybe "Buddhist democracy"!
But within Ikeda's worldview, the 1/3 of the world population that will consist of his followers will be the ones calling all the shots, running the whole show - the only ones who count:
Dear Leaders, We received a call from Sensei's secretariat informing that Sensei and Mrs. Ikeda are very concerned about the Chennai floods. Sensei has further asked that the following message be conveyed to the members in Chennai: "Please convey my heartfelt sympathy to the members in Chennai who are affected by the recent flood. Along with my wife, I am sending daimoku." With best regards, BSG Administration
Notice how Ikeda's sole concern is for his OWN cult faithful. Everybody else can go rot.
The purpose of shakubuku is actually to DOMINATE others - FOREVER! So they'll be your servants in future lifetimes! It's PURE SELFISHNESS!!
"ALL of us in the SGI are "old friends of life", "old friends across eternity", precious beyond measure and linked by bonds from the `beginningless' past. We have treasured this world of trust, friendship and fellowship. How sad and pitiful it is to betray and leave this beautiful realm! Those who abandon their faith travel on a course to tragic defeat in life. ... IN our organisation, there is no need to listen to the criticism of people who do not do gongyo and participate in activities for kosen-rufu. It is very foolish to be swayed at all by their words, which are nothing more then abuse, and do not deserve the slightest heed." - Daisaku Ikeda
"IGNORE everyone who isn't in OUR group."
SGI does NOT want dialogue
If you aren't going to talk with anyone outside of your group, what's the use of having them around at all?? It's YOUR fellow members who are going to be running everything, making all the important decisions, after all:
"If you stick with me, if you devote your life to following this teaching and helping to spread it, you'll experience things you never believed possible. Think of your friends, the ones who are giving you such a hard time about practicing. I bet you that ten years from now they'll be married, working at gas stations or in offices, raising a couple of kids, going to the movies on weekends. Stick with me, and in ten years you'll be the leader of five thousand people, perhaps ten thousand. In ten years you'll have abilities that will change the destiny of this planet. Ten years from now the organization will be unrecognizable, compared to what you see today. Right now we're in a phase of developing leaders for the future. Once that phase is completed, those leaders will be ready to take charge of important areas of society. We'll have senators, doctors, lawyers, and yes, writers, developed through the [SGI]. Of course I cant tell you exactly how long that will take; it won't be a sudden transformation, either. But within ten years, I think it's safe to say you won't see anything remotely resembling what you see today. ...you will be growing up into one of the leaders of this country." SGI leader from 1970
"When Kosenrufu is accomplished, (Kosenrufu is a Buddhist term. According to Ikeda's interpretation, it is a situation where most people have become faithful Soka Gakkai members), some of us will have gained influential positions in Japanese politics such as in the House of Councilors or the House of Representatives. They will usually have at least 100,000 yen to 200,000 yen in their wallet. They will wear nice clothes which will not be purchased in monthly installments but will be paid for in cash. Let's meet in the Diet Building or the Prince Hotel. We must place the Soka Gakkai members in all the key positions of Japanese government and society. Otherwise Kosenrufu will not be accomplished." - Ikeda, September 6th 1957, Seikyo Shimbun (SG's daily organ newspaper)
Clearly, "kosen-rufu" depends on seizing political power FIRST. THEN they can impose whatever they want on everybody else.
And notice how SGI intends to destroy all culture and replace it with SGI's OWN Ikeda-centered "culture".
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  • solid built
  • High-End graphics card, capable of running the latest 3D games at high settings.
Laptop Processor RAM GPU Storage Size & Res Battery Life(continuous web surfing over Wi-Fi at 150 nits) weight Ratings
MSI GS66 Stealth(excellent display standout) Intel Core i9-10980HK 16 GB RAM NVIDIA GeForce RTX2080 Super Max-Q 8G GDDR6 1TB NVMe SSD 15. 6" FHD, Anti-Glare Wide View Angle 300Hz 3ms 6:30 Hours 4.6 lbs 8.2/10
Key Features:
  • slim design
  • great transfer speeds
  • Wonderful gpu performance which is top of the line.
  • spectacular 300Hz display (one of the best displays in gaming laptops).
  • new and powerful i9 10th gen processor.
  • Sturdy but portable metal build
  • above average battery life
  • great for VR gaming
  • fast SSD
  • nice chassis
  • USB type a port, USB type c port, thunderbolt 3, AC Jack, ethernet port and headset jack
  • loud and quality speakers
  • very comfy keyboard with rgb lighting
  • High-End graphics card, capable of running the latest 3D games at high settings.
  • comfortable and customization keyboard option and touchpad
  • more maintenance options than in the predecessor
Laptop Processor RAM GPU Storage Size & Res Battery Life(Normal use) Weight Ratings
Acer Predator Triton 500(Best with G Sync) Intel Core i7-10750H 32 GB RAM Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 super max q 8 GB GDDR6 1TB SSD 15.6-inch 1920 x 1080 FHD IPS Panel G-SYNC 300Hz/1ms2 5 hours 4.6 lbs 9/10
Key features:
  • Excellent screen
  • superb gaming performance with the latest 10th gen processor and top end rtx 2080 gpu
  • Sleek, high-quality metal design
  • Powerful components capable of super-high frame rates in AAA titles
  • 300Hz G-Sync display
  • Good selection of ports
  • High-End graphics card, capable of running the latest 3D games at high settings.
Laptop Processor RAM GPU Storage Size & Res Battery Life(normal test) Weight
CUK HP Omen 15t Gaming Laptop Intel Core i7-10750H 32 GB RAM NVidia GeForce RTX 2080 super max q 8GB GDDR6 1TB NVMe SSD + 2TB HDD 15.6" Diagonal Full HD 300Hz IPS Anti-Glare Micro-Edge WLED-Backlit (1920 x 1080) 5 hours 5.2 lbs
Key features:
  • Price to performance ratio
  • superb gpu(the best) and cpu performance
  • great display with 300hz
  • lots of ports
  • metal chassis
  • easily upgradable
  • High-End graphics card, capable of running the latest 3D games at high settings.
  • keep relatively cool
  • responsive and comfy trackpad
  • Nvidia g sync
Between 2000 to 2500 USD
Laptop Processor RAM GPU Storage Size & Res Battery Life(continuous web surfing over Wi-Fi at 150 nits of brightness) weight Ratings
Razer Blade Pro 17 Gaming Laptop 2020( gaming laptop power in a hyper premium chassis) Intel Core i7-10875H 16 GB RAM NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q 512GB SSD 17.3" thin bezel 300Hz FHD Display 4:41 Hours(laptopmag) 6.1 lbs 8.3/10
Key features:
  • Slim, premium chassis
  • wonderfully design
  • Solid overall and gaming performance
  • stunning display
  • Comfortable, customizable per-key keyboard
  • smooth touchad
  • 300 Hz display
  • Great for VR gaming
  • thunderbolt 3 port and others
  • loud and high quality speakers
  • sharp and colorful display from webcam
  • High-End graphics card, capable of running the latest 3D games at high settings.
  • handle the most graphically demanding games smoothly at really high frame rates.
Laptop Processor RAM GPU Storage Size & Res Battery Life(normal test) Weight
Lenovo Legion 7 Gaming Laptop Intel Core i7-10750H 16 GB RAM NVidia GeForce RTX 2080 super max Q 1TB NVMe SSD + 2TB HDD 15.6" FHD IPS, 240 Hz refresh rate 8 hours 4.6 lbs
Key features:
  • great cooling overall
  • the looks is more appealing for students
  • long battery life
  • wonderful 240hz display
  • fairly lightweight
  • latest and powerful 10th gen processor
  • great gpu performance worth the price
  • Aluminum design and good build quality
  • Large arrow keys, RGB backlight, and clicky button
  • Thunderbolt certification and two M.2 slots with RAID 0 support
  • The display doesn’t flicker at any brightness level (BOE NV156FHM-NY6)
  • High-End graphics card, capable of running the latest 3D games at high settings.
Laptop Processor RAM GPU Storage Size & Res Battery Life(normal test) Weight
CUK HP Omen 15t Gaming Laptop Intel Core i7-10750H 32 GB RAM NVidia GeForce RTX 2070 super 1TB NVMe SSD + 2TB HDD 15.6" Diagonal Full HD 300Hz IPS Anti-Glare Micro-Edge WLED-Backlit (1920 x 1080) 5 hours 5.2 lbs
Key features:
  • Price to performance ratio
  • superb gpu(the best) and cpu performance
  • great display with 300hz
  • lots of ports
  • metal chassis
  • easily upgradable
  • High-End graphics card, capable of running the latest 3D games at high settings.
  • keep relatively cool
  • responsive and comfy trackpad
  • Nvidia g sync
Laptop Processor RAM GPU Storage Size & Res Battery Life(Video Rundown Test) Weight Available
MSI GS75 Stealth Intel Core i7-10750H 32 GB NVIDIA GeForce RTX2070 Super Max-Q 8G GDDR6 512GB NVMe SSD 17.3" FHD (1920x1080) 300Hz 3ms IPS-Level 4 Hours 5 pounds Link
Key features:
  • thin screen bezel
  • Powerful GPU which can run the latest games at high settings.
  • Very Fast CPU for high graphic intensive games.
  • 300 fps gaming performance
  • Ports include USB Type-C with Thunderbolt 3
  • High-End graphics card, capable of running the latest 3D games at high settings.
Laptop Processor RAM GPU Storage Size & Res Battery Life(normal use) Weight
Eluktronics MAX-15 Slim & Ultra Light Notebook/Eluktronics MAX-15 Slim & Ultra Light Notebook Intel Core i7-10875H 32 GB Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 super 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD/2TB (Dual 1TB) PCIe NVMe SSD 15.3" 240Hz Color Calibrated Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS-Type Display/17.3" 240Hz Color Calibrated Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS-Type Display 7 hours 4.7 pounds
Key features:
  • wonderful 240 Hz IPS display
  • new and powerful 10th gen processor
  • superb performance
  • Nice build quality
  • Sweet design
  • lightweight
  • comfy keyboard and wonderful trackpad
  • keeps relatively cool when gaming
  • ram and ssd can be upgraded
  • numerous ports including hdmi, thunderbolt 3 and display ports.
  • wifi 6
  • metal chassis
Laptop Processor RAM GPU Storage Size & Res Battery Life (Normal use) Weight
Alienware M17 R3 Intel Core i7-10750H 16 GB RAM Nvidia Geforce RTX 2070 Super 1TB (2x 512GB PCIe M.2 SSD) 17.3 inch 300Hz 300nits 3ms Full HD 4 hours 5.51 lbs
Key Features:
  • Attractive, lightweight design for a desktop replacement
  • Great graphics and overall performance
  • wonderful 4K display
  • Bright, colorful, large screen
  • Comfortable, clicky per-key RGB keyboard
  • Newest and powerful cpu
  • top of the line gpu performance
  • 32 GB RAM
  • High-End graphics card, capable of running the latest 3D games at high settings.
Laptop Processor RAM GPU Storage Size & Res Battery Life(idle/NBC WiFi Websurfing/load) Weight
Gigabyte Aorus 17G(great for color accurate work) Intel Core i7-10875H 32 GB NVIDIA GeForce RTX2080 Super Max-P M. 2 NVMe PCIe 512GB SSD 17. 3" Thin Bezel 240Hz FHD 1920x1080 IGZO anti-glare IPS display LCD 9:58/7:30/2:14 Hours 5.9 pounds
Key features:
  • stable and high-quality chassis
  • X-Rite Pantone certification
  • mechanical keyboard
  • good battery life
  • Thunderbolt 3
  • 240 Hz
  • High-End graphics card, capable of running the latest 3D games at high settings.
Between 1500 to 2000 USD
Laptop Processor RAM GPU Storage Size & Res Battery Life(normal use) Weight Available
MAINGEAR element 3 Gaming Laptop Intel Core i7-10875H 32 GB GeForce RTX2070 Super 1TB NVMe SSD 17.3 inches FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS LCD Narrow Bezel Display, support 240Hz refresh rate 6 Hours 4.1 pounds
Key features:
  • fairly light
  • thin
  • great cpu performance with the new latest 10th gen processor
  • great display with 240Hz high frame rate
  • great processor performance
  • above average battery life
  • number of ports includingTHUNDERBOLT 3
  • decent battery life
  • upgrade for ssd and ram
  • good build quality
  • High-End graphics card, capable of running the latest 3D games at high settings.
Laptop Processor RAM GPU Storage Size & Res Battery Life(normal use) Weight Ratings
Asus ROG Zephyrus M15 Intel Core i7-10750H 16 GB RAM NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 512GB NVMe SSD 15.6-inch IPS-level 144 Hz 1920 x 1080 resolution display 6 hours 4.8 lbs 8.5/10
Key features:
  • number of ports
  • great 144hz display
  • good battery life
  • nice design
  • great speakers
  • easy to upgrade
Laptop Processor RAM GPU Storage Size & Res Battery Life(normal use) Weight
Eluktronics MAX-15 Slim & Ultra Light Notebook Intel Core i7-10875H 32 GB Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 super 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD 15.6" 240Hz Color Calibrated Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS-Type Display 7 hours 4.7 pounds
Key features:
  • wonderful 240 Hz IPS display
  • new and powerful 10th gen processor
  • superb performance
  • Nice build quality
  • Sweet design
  • lightweight
  • comfy keyboard and wonderful trackpad
  • keeps relatively cool when gaming
  • ram and ssd can be upgraded
  • numerous ports including hdmi, thunderbolt 3 and display ports.
Laptop Processor RAM GPU Storage Size & Res Battery Life(hybrid mode watching videos) Weight
MECH-15 G3 Intel Core i7-10875H 32 GB NVIDIA GeForce RTX2070 Super 1 TB PCIe SSD 15.6" 1080 x 1920 Pixels Full HD IPS 240Hz Refresh Rate Calibrated Display 6-7 Hours 4.68 pounds
Key features:
  • above average battery life
  • lightweight
  • great display
  • great cpu and gpu performance for the price.
  • High-End graphics card, capable of running the latest 3D games at high settings.
Laptop Processor RAM GPU Storage Size & Res Battery Life(normal use) weight
ASUS ROG Strix Scar 15/17(2020)Gaming Laptop Intel Core i7-10875H 16 GB RAM NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 super 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD 15.6” 240Hz IPS Type FHD/17.3” 300Hz IPS Type FHD 3 to 4 Hours 5.6 lbs
Key features:
  • new and powerful rtx 2070 super gpu performance.
  • new and powerful cpu performance
  • stay relatively cool
  • loud speakers
  • upgrade for the ram, ssd, wifi chip
  • quiet fans
  • High-End graphics card, capable of running the latest 3D games at high settings.
  • 240Hz display
Laptop Processor RAM GPU Storage Size & Res Battery Life(Looped Video Test) weight Available
Razer Blade 15 Gaming Laptop 2020 Intel Core i7-10750H 16 GB RAM Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q 256GB or 512GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD 144Hz FHD Matte or OLED 4K 5 Hours 2.84 lbs Link
Key features:
  • Latest and powerful 10th gen processor
  • Slim and light design
  • Pleasing aesthetics
  • Upgradeable SSD, RAM, and WLAN
  • Enthusiast-level GPU performance
  • RGB Chroma backlighting
  • Fast game performance
  • High refresh display
  • Robust build quality
  • High-End graphics card, capable of running the latest 3D games at high settings.
Laptop Processor RAM GPU Storage Size & Res Battery Life(Video Rundown Test) Weight Available
Razer Blade 15 Gaming Laptop Intel Core i7-10750H 6-Core 16 GB RTX 2060 512GB SSD 144Hz 15. 6" Full HD thin bezel display 6 Hours 4.6 pounds Link
Key features:
  • Latest and powerful 10th gen processor
  • Slim and light design
  • Pleasing aesthetics
  • Upgradeable SSD, RAM, and WLAN
  • Enthusiast-level GPU performance
  • RGB Chroma backlighting
  • Fast game performance
  • High refresh display
  • Robust build quality
  • High-End graphics card, capable of running the latest 3D games at high settings.
Laptop Processor RAM GPU Storage Size & Res Battery Life(video rundown test) Weight Ratings
Alienware M15 R3 Intel Core i7-10750H 16 GB RAM NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB GDDR6 512GB (2x256 PCIe M.2 SSD) 15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080) 144Hz 7ms 300-nits 72% NTSC color gamut 2+ hours 4.65 lbs 9/10
Key features:
  • decent cooling under load
  • 1TB of SSD storage and plenty of useful ports
  • Handy features include Wi-Fi 6 and customizable chassis and per-key lighting
  • sweet design
  • great build quality
  • comfy keyboard
  • can recharge via USB-C
  • 3x M.2 storage bays
  • per-key RGB lighting
  • MicroSD reader
  • fans run quiet inquiet mode
Laptop Processor RAM GPU Storage Size & Res Battery Life weight Available
ROG Zephyrus G15 (2020) Ultra Slim Gaming Laptop AMD Ryzen 7 4800HS 16 GB RAM NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB GDDR6 with ROG Boost 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD 15.6” 240Hz 3ms IPS-Type Full HD (1920x1080) PANTONE Validated display 4 hours (normal use) 5.3 lbs Link
Key features:
  • new and powerful ryzen 7 4800H processor
  • wonderful gpu performance for the price.
  • great amount of RAM
  • 240 Hz display
  • slim design
  • lightweight
  • nicely build
  • High-End graphics card, capable of running the latest 3D games at high settings.
Laptop Processor RAM GPU Storage Size & Res Battery Life(normal use) Weight Ratings
Acer Helios 300(most popular moderate gaming laptop) Intel Core i7-10750H 16 GB NVIDIA Geforce RTX 2070 max q 512GB NVMe SSD 15.6" FHD 240Hz 3ms IPS Display 5 Hours 5.07 pounds 9.2/10
One of the most bought gaming laptops is the Helios 300. Due to its standard over the years as packing great specifications which delivers a wonderful performance for it's price.
Key features:
  • sturdy build quality
  • compact, but still fairly heavy
  • good 240 Hz matte screen
  • High-End graphics card, capable of running the latest 3D games at high settings.
  • capable thermal implementation, but the fans need to spin fast and loudly in order to keep the components at bay
  • easy to upgrade
  • Very Fast CPU for high graphic intensive games.
Laptop Processor RAM GPU Storage Size & Res Battery Life(Video rundown test weight Ratings
MSI GP65 Intel Core i7-10750H 32 GB RAM NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 512GB NVMe SSD 15.6" Thin Bezel FHD IPS-Level 144Hz 3ms 100%sRGB 72%NTSC 4 Hours 5.14 lbs 8.6/10
Key features:
  • 144 Hz refresh rate and fast black-white response times as standard
  • nicely established display out of the box
  • M.2 2280 + 2.5-inch SATA III bays
  • comfy keyboard
  • bright display
  • SD reader
  • High-End graphics card, capable of running the latest 3D games at high settings.
Laptop Processor RAM GPU Storage Size & Res Battery Life weight Ratings
ROG Zephyrus g14 Gaming Laptop(Best 1080p display for a 14" laptop) AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS 16 GB RAM NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB GDDR6 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD 14” PANTONE Validated IPS-Type Full HD (1920x1080) display 11:30 Hours (Continuous web surfing over Wi-Fi at 150 nits.) 3.53 lbs 9/10
Special Features:
  • high performing CPU performance from Ryzen 9 4900HS which is the latest cpu.
  • G14 chassis is slim, lightweight and very compact.
  • long battery life.
  • High-End graphics card, capable of running the latest 3D games at high settings.
Laptop Processor RAM GPU Storage Size & Res Battery Life(Video rundown test) weight
HP OMEN 2020 Intel Core i7-10750H 16 GB RAM NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 512GB NVMe SSD 17.3-inch diagonal FHD, IPS, anti-glare, WLED-backlit, 300 nits, 100% sRGB (1920 x1080) display with 144Hz refresh rate 6 to 7 Hours 5.09 lbs
Key features:
  • Price to performance ratio
  • superb gpu and cpu performance
  • great display
  • lots of ports
  • metal chassis
  • easily upgradable
  • High-End graphics card, capable of running the latest 3D games at high settings.
  • keep relatively cool
Between $1000 to 1500 USD
Laptop Processor RAM GPU Storage Size & Res Battery Life (Normal use) Weight Ratings
ASUS ROG Zephyrus G15 AMD 4th Gen Ryzen 7 4800HS/intel i7 10750h 16 GB RAM NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660Ti 6GB GDDR6/NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 512GB PCIe SSD/1TB PCIe NVMe SSD 15.6 inches Full HD (1920 x 1080) LED Display (144Hz Refresh Rate/240Hz 3ms 15.6” Full HD 1920x1080 IPS-Type Display 4 hours 4.6 lbs 9/10
Key features:
well made and compact
excellent FHD 144/240 Hz IPS display
solid performance, especially in demanding loads
versatile Power Profiles
76Wh battery, with support for USB-C charging
Number of ports
High-End graphics card, capable of running the latest 3D games at high settings.
Laptop Processor RAM GPU Storage Size & Res Battery Life(Video rundown test weight Ratings
MSI GL65 Intel Core i7-10750H 16 GB RAM NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 512GB NVMe SSD 15.6" FHD IPS-Level 144Hz 72%NTSC Thin Bezel 2 to 3 Hours 5 lbs 8.6/10
Key features:
Impressive hardware mix for the price
144Hz display
Per-key backlighting
GeForce RTX 2070 GPU
High-End graphics card, capable of running the latest 3D games at high settings.
Laptop Processor RAM GPU Storage Size & Res Battery Life(Normal use) Weight
Legion 7i 15” gaming laptop Intel Core i7-10750H 16 GB RAM NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB 512 GB PCIe SSD 15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS, anti-glare, 300 nits 8 hours 4.6 lbs
Key features:
  • latest and powerful 10th gen processor
  • great gpu performance worth the price
  • Aluminum design and good build quality
  • Large arrow keys, RGB backlight, and clicky button
  • Thunderbolt certification and two M.2 slots with RAID 0 support
  • The display doesn’t flicker at any brightness level (BOE NV156FHM-NY6)
  • High-End graphics card, capable of running the latest 3D games at high settings.
Laptop Processor RAM GPU Storage Size & Res Battery Life(Video rundown test weight Ratings
MSI GP65 Intel Core i7-10750H 16 GB RAM NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti/NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 512GB NVMe SSD 15.6" FHD (1920x1080) 120Hz IPS-Level/ 15.6" Thin Bezel FHD IPS-Level 144Hz 3ms 100%sRGB 72%NTSC 4 Hours 4.8/5.14 lbs 8.4/10
Key features:
  • 144 Hz refresh rate and fast black-white response times as standard
  • nicely established display out of the box
  • M.2 2280 + 2.5-inch SATA III bays
  • comfy keyboard
  • bright display
  • SD reader
  • great price-to-performance ratio
  • light and compact casing
  • moderate temperatures
  • High-End graphics card, capable of running the latest 3D games at high settings.
Laptop Processor RAM GPU Storage Size & Res Battery Life(Video rundown test) weight
HP OMEN 2020 Intel Core i7-10750H 32 GB RAM NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 512GB NVMe SSD 15.6" FHD display 1920 x 1080 144Hz FHD anti-glare 6 to 7 Hours 5.1 lbs
Key features:
  • Price to performance ratio
  • superb gpu and cpu performance
  • great display
  • lots of ports
  • metal chassis
  • easily upgradable
  • High-End graphics card, capable of running the latest 3D games at high settings.
  • keep relatively cool
Laptop Processor RAM GPU Storage Size & Res Battery Life (Normal use) Weight Ratings
Eluktronics rp 15 AMD 4th Gen Ryzen 7 4800H 16 GB RAM NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max P 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD 15.6" Narrow Bezel Full HD IPS-Type 144Hz Anti-Glare Display (1920 x 1080) 3 to 4 hours 4.25 lbs 8.9/10
Key features:
very small and lightweight given the performance
excellent CPU performance sustainability
full-size NumPad and arrow keys
fast, high quality 144 Hz panel
quiet when on Office mode
M.2 SSD heat spreaders
2x mini-DisplayPort
2x M.2 2280 slots
IR camera
High-End graphics card, capable of running the latest 3D games at high settings.
Laptop Processor RAM GPU Storage Size & Res Battery Life(normal use) Weight Ratings
Acer Helios 300(most popular moderate gaming laptop) Intel Core i7-10750H 16 GB NVIDIA Geforce RTX 2060 6 GB 512GB NVMe SSD 15. 6" Full HD (1920 x 1080) Widescreen LED-backlit IPS Display (144Hz Refresh Rate, 3ms Overdrive Response Time, 300nit Brightness & 72% NTSC) 5 Hours 5.07 pounds 9.2/10
One of the most bought gaming laptops is the Helios 300. Due to its standard over the years as packing great specifications which delivers a wonderful performance for it's price.
Key features:
  • sturdy build quality
  • compact, but still fairly heavy
  • good 144 Hz matte screen
  • High-End graphics card, capable of running the latest 3D games at high settings.
  • capable thermal implementation, but the fans need to spin fast and loudly in order to keep the components at bay
  • easy to upgrade
  • Very Fast CPU for high graphic intensive games.
Laptop Processor RAM GPU Storage Size & Res Battery Life(NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test/load) Weight
Acer Nitro 5(2060) Intel Core i7-9750H 16 GB NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 256GB NVMe SSD 15.6" Full HD IPS 144Hz Display 6:9/1:41 Hours 6.6 pounds
Key features:
  • Long battery life
  • Decent build
  • cool palm rest even under sustained load
  • Slim bezels display
  • Full HD IPS display
  • Great performance of cpu and gpu to price ratio.
  • Has two M.2 PCIe slots, as well as a 2.5" SATA drive slot
  • Covers 92% of sRGB and our Gaming and Web design profile makes it appropriate for color-sensitive work
  • High-End graphics card, capable of running the latest 3D games at high settings.
Laptop Processor RAM GPU Storage Size & Res Battery Life(web browsing) Weight Ratings
Lenovo Legion 5(1660ti) Intel core i7-10750H 16 GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660ti 512GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD 15.6" Full HD LED-backlit (1920 x 1080) 120Hz IPS Display 6-7 Hours 5.3 pounds 9/10
Key features:
  • 512GB Intel M.2 NVME SSD
  • great 10750h cpu performance and up to date.
  • Great input devices with an optional RGB backlight
  • It has two RAM SODIMM slots and two M.2 drives
  • great display and viewing angles
  • Mid-Range graphics card, capable of running modern 3D games at medium settings.
  • satisfactory cooling under loading
  • quiet fans
  • decent battery life
Between $800 to $1000 USD
Laptop Processor RAM GPU Storage Size & Res Battery Life(web browsing) Weight Ratings
Lenovo Legion 5 AMD Ryzen 7 4800H/Intel core 10750H 8 GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 512GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD 15.6" Full HD LED-backlit (1920 x 1080) 120Hz IPS Display 6-7 Hours 5.3 pounds 9/10
Key features:
  • 512GB Intel M.2 NVME SSD
  • very fast amd processor which outclass intel counterparts at this price range
  • Great input devices with an optional RGB backlight
  • It has two RAM SODIMM slots and two M.2 drives
  • great display and viewing angles
  • Mid-Range graphics card, capable of running modern 3D games at medium settings.
  • satisfactory cooling under loading
  • quiet fans
  • decent battery life
Laptop Processor RAM GPU Storage Size & Res Battery Life(Video Rundown Test) Weight Ratings
HP Pavillion Gaming Laptop Intel Core i5-10300H/AMD Ryzen 5 4600H 8 GB RAM NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650/1660ti 256GB SSD 17.3-inch diagonal FHD, IPS, anti-glare, WLED-backlit, 300 nits, 100% sRGB (1920 x 1080) display 7 to 8 hours(Normal use) 6 lbs 8.9/10
Key features:
  • great battery life
  • Mid-Range graphics card, capable of running modern 3D games at medium settings.
  • latest 10th gen processor
  • price to performance ratio
  • wide screen especially for a budget laptop
  • up gradable storage
  • number of ports
  • able to run a number of popular games.
  • RGB backlighting
Laptop Processor RAM GPU Storage Size & Res Battery Life(Video Rundown Test) Weight Ratings
Acer Nitro 5 Gaming Laptop(wonderful budget laptop) Intel Core i5-10300H 16 GB RAM NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 with 8 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM 256GB PCIe SSD Boot + 1TB HDD 15.6" Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS LED Display 8 to 9 hours(Normal use) 5 lbs 9/10
Key features:
  • Long battery life
  • Decent build
  • cool palm rest even under sustained load as well as cool control throughout the laptop
  • Slim bezels display
  • Full HD IPS display
  • Great performance of cpu and gpu to price ratio.
  • Very fast processor suitable for the most demanding tasks.
  • great ratings for specs as a budget laptop.
  • responsive keyboard
  • USB Type a and c ports, ethernet port, hdmi port, DC in port and an audio jack
  • Mid-Range graphics card, capable of running modern 3D games at medium settings.
UNDER $800 USD
Laptop Processor RAM GPU Storage Size & Res Battery Life(Normal Use) Weight Ratings
Lenovo Legion 5 15 AMD Ryzen 5 4600H 8 GB RAM NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650ti 1TB HDD+ 256GB m.2 NVMe SSD 15.6" FHD 120Hz IPS Display 6 hours 5.07 lbs 8.9/10
Key features:
  • fast GPU
  • great display for the price
  • bright display with good contrast
  • good keyboard
  • good battery life
  • Mid-Range graphics card, capable of running modern 3D games at medium settings.
  • Wifi 6
  • Capable 1080p gaming at high image-quality settings.
  • keeps relatively cool
Laptop Processor RAM GPU Storage Size & Res Battery Life(Video Rundown Test) Weight Ratings
Acer Nitro 5 Gaming Laptop(wonderful budget laptop) Intel Core i5-9300H 8 GB RAM NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 with 8 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM 256GB SSD 15.6 inch FullHD (1920 x 1080) IPS 300-nits Display 6 hours(Normal use) 4.9 lbs 8.8/10
Key features:
  • Long battery life
  • Decent build
  • cool palm rest even under sustained load as well as cool control throughout the laptop
  • Slim bezels display
  • Full HD IPS display
  • Great performance of cpu and gpu to price ratio.
  • Very fast processor suitable for the most demanding tasks.
  • great ratings for specs as a budget laptop.
  • responsive keyboard
  • USB Type a and c ports, ethernet port, hdmi port, DC in port and an audio jack
  • Mid-Range graphics card, capable of running modern 3D games at medium settings.
Laptop Processor RAM GPU Storage Size & Res Battery Life(Wi-Fi at 150 nits of brightness) Weight Ratings
Lenovo Ideapad 3 Gaming Laptop Intel Core i5-10300H 8 GB RAM NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB GDDR6 512GB PCIe SSD 15.6 inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) 120Hz 5 hours and 40 minutes 4.8 lbs 9/10
Key features:
120 Hz display
new intel i5 10th gen processor which is fast
gtx 1650 gpu which is worth the price
number of ports including 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C, 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x RJ-45, 1 x HDMI 2.0, 1 x Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack
lightweight
design suitable for college student
good battery life
Mid-Range graphics card, capable of running modern 3D games at medium settings.
good software and warranty
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2020.09.28 21:33 j08_j08 The Lapporten Project - Mission 1

Abisko highline project ~1.95-2k (shared world record)
Main objective of the trip and project was to:
(1) Get together as a team and scout a massive and iconic line in the Abisko area.
(2) Rigg a 2k highline in the valley of Vaimovággi to the east.
(3) Let as many as possible walk it
(4) Send it.
On the 9th of September, we rigged a beautiful Highline over the east valley that in the end measured about 1.95 - 2km. The autumn colours de-rigging are mind-blowing in these parts of the world and the spot was really remote in the mountains. Wind conditions are changing quickly out here and we aimed for a fast operation of rigging and derigging when a suitable wind window would arrive. Team: Annalisa Casiraghi (Italy) Ariel Cicero (Argentina) Adrien Montcoudiol (France) Cesare Mazzocchi (Italy) Chanty Alvarez (France) David Sjöström (Sweden) Friedi Kuhne (Germany) Grzegorz Hoffmann (Poland) Jojo (Denmark) Julian Caleau (Argentina) Martin Gravdal (Norway) Mathias Rohdin (Sweden) Olle Romberg (Sweden) Ruben Langer (Germany) Quirin Herterich (Germany) Trygve Brundtland Hønsen (Norway)
Due to hard winds, sections of tape on the Y2K getting ripped off the next day and making the highline oscillate in the first 200 meter sections proximate to the anchors, and with a forecast of strong winds coming in during the night, we decided to take it down after only having it up for 25 hours. Quirin Herterich sent the line onsight in good wind conditions the first night, Julian Caleau crossed one time in increasing wind and Ruben Langer crossed one time in good winds and one time in strong wind conditions (next level machine).
We had a problem with the Sky Diamond webbing stretching more than expected so the backup (even with 5m extensions) became tight all across the line. This will be adjusted for the next project. We do believe though that this 17mm webbing has the benefit of being very light and creating less wind surface area while also being soft and a nice walk, compared to other high tech webbings which tend to be quite sharp and prone to pick up wind.
Rigging: The valley was chosen since it was possible to lay out webbing almost from anchor to anchor in sections and then lift up and tension. After the anchors were done, we rigged and tensioner the whole line in about 5-6 hours. Taping was done mostly on the loooooong and epic train ride from Stockholm.
Derigging: When the wind started picking up the team derigged 2km webbing in 90 minutes, by use of a premade detensioning system to lay down the line, disconnecting the sections and efficiently coiling them up.
Webbing: 200m Y2K extending from each anchor for ease of use while pretensioning in standard weblocks. Remaining middle 1.6km was 17mm Sky Diamond.
Send: Quirin Herterich, 1hr and 40 min Name of the line: Stockholm Syndrome
Cross: Ruben Langer 1hr 30min and 1hr and 40min Julian Caleau 1hr and 50 min
Safety: We had a total air traffic restriction area issued for the dates. No lights or flags. Mountain rescue was informed and supporting the project. Both anchors had prepared rescue plans to access the athlete on the line and lowering the line down.
Media: The media attention for the scouting operation and the valley 2k line has been great and the project was on the biggest channel's 9pm news. A dozen newspapers have also done interviews since our upcoming July 2021 project is at a very iconic and emotional Scandinavian object. The project is now known nationwide which is fun and slightly unexpected. Budget: Minimal. Besides personal transportation about 3k euros for all. Sponsors: Breathe Slackline sponsored the food, webbing costs and transport. Spider Slacklines offered us the Sky Diamond setup to use and return. The Y2K came from the Slacktivity team to be returned. STF (The Swedish Tourist Association) gave us two cabins for two weeks to stay. Tents from Bergans Tentipi from Nordcirkus Dry food from REAL Turmat Coffee from Loutsa Torréfacteur Some food came from Ica Röstånga. The local helicopter base Kallax gave us a 10% discount for transportation of gear.
Weather: We installed and used a Holfuy weather station on the top of the peak to better understand the weather on the peaks compared to the camp in the valley. This will also be used for our next project in 2021, collecting data for winds. This weather station can be used and borrowed until then by the community. Lessons learned: * Rigging and de-rigging fast is crucial when doing wind-exposed projects like this. We have a new system for this under development. * After derigging and having secured the line due to hard winds, it's good to keep the line intact and ready to tension again when a new good weather window returns. * We had old tapes in the y2k sections and decided to keep them, but it was a mistake since they broke in the strong winds. The new tapes including a middle layer of glass fiber tape held perfectly. If we had redone all tapes we might have been able to have it rigged for much longer. * 17mm high-tech webbing like Sky Diamond seems promising for long highlines due to lightweight and less wind surface area. Scouting for 2021: The scouting of the massive and iconic line for 2021 was successful and the team will be coming back in the midnight sun of July 2021 for a big ambition challenge!
To follow along the 2021 journey, use the #Lapportenproject
Video https://youtu.be/OZ5M7V2TDZ0 by Joeight Creations
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2020.09.28 01:33 dojo7 Technical TLDR on Notion's data model?

Hi folks --
I'm new to Notion, having played with any number of similar solutions out there (Evernote, AirTable, OneNote, etc, all the way back to Hypercard years ago :-) ). I'm trying to find a technically-oriented brief/summary on Notion's basic data model -- has anyone written up a TLDR on this? Here's what I've gleaned so far in a simple "top 10" format:
  1. Modern, minimalist layout with consumer-oriented editing feature set (not to be underestimated in value)
  2. A relational database where each record is a first-class wiki/notes page with arbitrary content on it as well as field values for that record.
  3. Every page is wiki-like but built from blocks that allow layout, reorganization, and simple structuring, plus the field values/page attributes.
  4. Strongly typed with a solid range of field types including display and widgets, e.g. calendar widget for date types, web pages previews for URL data types.
  5. Tables have views like matrix, Kansan, thumbnails, etc, all kept up-to-date with the underlying data.
  6. Database tables can have foreign key references allowing pages to linked in multiple ways with corresponding aggregation, filtering and roll-up functions.
  7. Encourages incremental refinement, e.g. can start with a simple list and then decide it should become a database. Don't have to design everything upfront.
  8. Simple initial implementations of 2-way/back-links and embedding/transclusion; sounds like more to come.
  9. The data model is relational, not object-oriented (no inheritance) or graph-like (e.g. relations don't have attributes themselves).
  10. Currently lacks public API and/or developer platform, but likely in progress.
Have I missed anything major, especially on the data modeling front?
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2020.09.27 19:08 biggreekgeek Flatten the Curve. Part 53. IoT Surveillance. Recorded Future can Predict our Future. Petraeus. The Pandemic Era and Environmental Collapse. Oh. Do you Remember All the Dead Elephant's? I Do. And It Gave More Evidence of the Environmental Collapse Cover-up. It's Worse Than They Tell Us.

I'm back. And it's time to get back to work. I know that a lot of you have been refreshing and looking out for my posts, and I'm sorry. Life just got way too busy and left me too tired to write. And even though you probably thought that I'd gone missing, I bet you the Surveillance State didn't. Nope. The all seeing eye knew exactly where I was. And not only me, it knows where you are. It knows where all of us are. And it probably knows us better than we know ourselves.
2010, August 28 • Google, CIA Invest in 'Future' of Web Monitoring. The investment arms of the CIA and Google are both backing a company that monitors the web in real time – and says it uses that information to predict the future. The company is called Recorded Future, and it scours tens of thousands of websites, blogs and Twitter accounts to find the relationships between people, organizations, actions and incidents – both present and still-to-come. In a white paper, the company says its temporal analytics engine "goes beyond search" by "looking at the 'invisible links' between documents that talk about the same, or related, entities and events." The idea is to figure out for each incident who was involved, where it happened and when it might go down. Recorded Future then plots that chatter, showing online "momentum" for any given event. "The cool thing is, you can actually predict the curve, in many cases," says company CEO Christopher Ahlberg, a former Swedish Army Ranger with a PhD in computer science. Source Here
That's so amazing isn’t it? You can actually predict the curve. Well now, let's think, were have we seen that curve terminology before? Population Curve? Nope, that's not right. Curve Your Enthusiasm? That doesn't sound right either. Right, it's Curb Your Enthusiasm. Duh. The Learning Curve? Ugh. I just can't remember, can you? Oh shoot, that's right, it's the Title of My Post's, Flatten the Curve. Ok. Moving on. Let's get back to Recorded Future.
Occupy Wall Street Media Monitoring • In 2011, Recorded Future reported, "... gaining online momentum for the Occupy Wall Street movement. When we look more carefully at influencers in this discussion using our Influencer Map, we find that Iran Press TV is the second largest influencer after the U.S. media!" Source Here
Recorded Future saw online momentum for the Occupy Wall Street Movement. But. But. Does that mean they knew the social discord was going to lead to today's riots? Could they be manipulating police to follow orders without fear of repercussions for the future? Nah. They couldn't have, otherwise police officers wouldn't be going to go jail after violating a citizens rights, right?
2020, June 22 • Police in America’s biggest cities are failing to meet even the most basic international human rights standards governing the use of lethal force, a new study from the University of Chicago has found. Researchers in the university’s law school put the lethal use-of-force policies of police in the 20 largest US cities under the microscope. They found not a single police department was operating under guidelines that are compliant with the minimum standards laid out under international human rights laws. Among the failings identified by the law scholars, some police forces violate the requirement that lethal force should only be wielded when facing an immediate threat and as a last resort. Some departments allow deadly responses in cases of “escaping suspects”, “fugitives”, or “prevention of crime” – all scenarios that would be deemed to fall well outside the boundaries set by international law. Top UN human rights expert urges US to listen to demands of protesters. In other cities, police guidelines failed to constrain officers to use only as much force as is proportionate to the threat confronting them. Source Here
Hmmm. Maybe the militarization of our police is starting to make a lot more sense now, doesn’t it? It makes you feel all warm and fuzzy to know that pretty soon that same police force will be able to track you anywhere.
May 15, 2012 • CIA Chief: We'll Spy on You Through Your Dishwasher. It's great that you've got so much new household hardware connected to the internet. Especially for the CIA, whose director wants to spy on you through it. More and more personal and household devices are connecting to the internet, from your television to your car navigation systems to your light switches. CIA Director David Petraeus cannot wait to spy on you through them. SOURCE HERE
What's David Petraeus talking about? The Internet of Things. That same Internet of Things that 5G is being rushed out for. That same Internet of Things that will help usher in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. That same 4th Revolution that the World Economic Forum is calling the Great Reset. Perfect Plan. Crisis. Crap your pants. Solution. If you think the Surveillance State is omnipresent now, just wait until the infrastructure is built for the next level of control. For our safety, of course. Keep Calm and Carry On. The Not Normal New Normal is going to be very dangerous. And to save us from the Not Normal New Normal they have to keep us safe from Fake News with Fact Checks. Wash Your Hands and Wear Your Mask. Keep your Contact Tracer App Up to Date. Don't gather in large groups, use the internet to keep in touch with friends and loved ones, that way we can data mine those conversations to keep you safe from conspiracy theorists antivax who propagate propoganda.
September 2, 2020 • Although the coronavirus pandemic has altered how people live for some time now, the knowledge that it will have an end is a faint light at the end of a long socially distanced tunnel. But, according to new research, that light may be further than we thought. Infectious disease expert and coronavirus task force voice of reason Anthony Fauci believes we may be entering a “pandemic era.” Because of course we are. Source Here
The Pandemic Era. Line up and get shot, errr, sorry, I meant, line up and get your shots. Don't be an antivaxer. Save Civilization, Get Your Vaccination. Remember, we won't have a second wave, it will just be one long continuous wave. Wait. Hold up. Nope. That's wrong. We are having a second wave. Surf's up so don't wipe out.
His assertion comes from a new report in the scientific journal Cell, whose author David Morens, a medical historian and colleague of Fauci’s at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, predicts that coronavirus might be only the first of a series of worldwide diseases. These types of diseases have been cropping up more and more frequently, according to research. The phenomenon is similar to the exponential growth of climate change, meaning if a “pandemic age,” becomes a reality, it joins humanity’s very real race to doomsday. Neat!
Ah. The Pandemic Era and Environmental Collapse. Amazing! It's the sequel that we've been waiting for! Mad Max and Pandemic Road. And who is causing the upcoming doom? Why us, who else. You see, the enemy isn't at the gates, that Trojan Horse was yesterday's news. The Terrorists that were threatening Western Civilization have been beaten back, only to be replaced by an enemy that can't be seen or heard. The Biological Terrorists. And how are we responsible for the Great Bioterror that needs a Great Reset?
As for the culprit to this acceleration? It’s us, of course. For how humans are causing this acceleration, Fauci and Morens point to deforestation, urban crowding, and wet markets for wild game, which have been wreaking havoc for a century and contribute to environmental degradation around the world.
Us. It's always us. We don't listen. We just Keep Calm and Carry On. But now we're going to have to listen. We won't have any choice, will we? The environment is collapsing. It's our fault. We own the companies. We package small items in big boxes because, marketing. We dump toxic chemical waste that poison people. We make cellphones that are outdated in one year. We're the one's lying about plastic being recycled. What? You actually thought you were doing your part and saving the environment?
2020, September, 21 • The industry's awareness that recycling wouldn't keep plastic out of landfills and the environment dates to the program's earliest days, [NPR] found. "There is serious doubt that [recycling plastic] can ever be made viable on an economic basis," one industry insider wrote in a 1974 speech. Yet the industry spent millions telling people to recycle, because, as one former top industry insider told NPR, selling recycling sold plastic, even if it wasn't true. Here's the basic problem: All used plastic can be turned into new things, but picking it up, sorting it out and melting it down is expensive. Plastic also degrades each time it is reused, meaning it can't be reused more than once or twice. On the other hand, new plastic is cheap. It's made from oil and gas, and it's almost always less expensive and of better quality to just start fresh. As it turns out, less than 10% of plastic has ever been recycled.

Ever.

Source Here
It's us.. We demand these things. What? Does that shock you? Of course that's why they make our goods disposable, the public demands it. It's not like marketing works and the demand is a manufactured need to increase their profits. Nope. It's us. Our existence is killing the planet. This wouldn't be happening if there weren't so many of us. Because this is obviously the first extinction level event that could be happening because of abrupt climate change.
2020, September, 25 • A New Mass Extinction Event Has Been Discovered, And It Triggered The Rise of Dinosaurs. Source Here
Oh. Six mass extinction events. But it's us isn't it? Just look around. Birds falling from the sky. Fish washing up on shore. Elephant's dying.

WAIT! HOLD UP!

Didn't I write about the Elephant's dying? Yep. Flatten the Curve. Part 30 And didn't I say that it was cyanobacteria because I saw a pond that looked like it was outgassing hydrogen sulfide gas in a video I linked to? Yes, yes I did. And guess what? The Greek was right.
More than 300 elephants in Botswana have been killed by toxin-producing cyanobacteria in waterholes, government wildlife officials said Monday. But that explanation doesn't satisfy some conservationists. The deaths, which took place over the course of three months, were first recorded in May and reported in early July. Their cause was initially a mystery; Botswana ordered laboratory tests to be carried out on carcass, soil and water samples as speculation grew over the deaths. Cyanobacteria are routinely found in water, but not all produce toxins. Scientists worry that climate change will trigger the bacteria to produce more toxins as water temperatures rise and conditions become more favorable for the bacteria to grow. Source Here
That doesn't satisfy some conservationists? Really? Worldwide reports of a rotten egg smell. Dogs dying when they jump into cyanobacteria filled waters. Rivers turning red. Nah. The New Normal is our New Normal, until AI turns it into our New New Normal.
Pax Technica • What is the internet of things? This pax will not be dominated by any one state, Howard argues, but by “a special kind of stability in global politics, revealing a pact between big technology firms and government”. The categories of democracy and dictatorship will fall. In their place, he claims, will be data-driven socio-technocracies, built on the intensive reporting of our behaviours, habits, tastes and beliefs, seamlessly transmitted by the devices we use, carry and interact with. We won’t need to express our political preferences and needs: our white goods and driverless cars will express them for us. Source Here By tracking us in intensive and intrusive ways – not only in our homes, but in our vehicles and bodies – data-driven devices can nudge, manipulate and mould our behaviours, habits and preferences, limit our autonomy, and bring quantification, segregation and discrimination to what is currently a political economy held together by social fuzziness.
They'll be able to shape and modify our behavior. And when you put Recorded Future and other companies into the mix, guess what happens? They'll shape and modify our behaviours before they become our behaviours, because they'll already know how we'll behave in the future. Kind of like the shaming of antivaxer behavior before they announce:
Annual COVID-19 Vaccine May Be Necessary. Source Here
Or priming us for AI to save the environment:
According to a recent survey by Intel and the research firm Concentrix, 74 percent of business-decision makers working in environmental sustainability agree artificial intelligence (AI) will help solve long-standing environmental challenges; 64 percent agree the Internet of Things (IoT) will help solve these challenges. As the field of AI develops, so will the potential to protect the environment. From the land and air to both drinking and ocean water, AI is shaping up to be the key that governments, organizations, and individuals can tap to work toward a cleaner planet. Source Here
Do you see where all this is going? The AI and IoT will be everywhere. It will save us from the Collapse, which really means, it will save us from ourselves. Do you see the convergence that's taking place? No? Let me remind you. Because if we are the problem, then we aren't alone.
Coronavirus which is killing and infecting people all over the world was created in a Lab in China's Wuhan, such an idea would have been labelled a conspiracy theory until a few weeks ago. But earlier this week, a Chinese virologist Dr Li-Meng Yan, in an exclusive conversation with WION claimed that the deadly coronavirus was developed in a government laboratory in Wuhan. She also said that Chinese government was aware of the COVID-19 spread. And now Professor Giuseppe Tritto, an internationally known expert in biotechnology and nanotechnology in his book 'China COVID 19: The chimera that changed the world' has said that he believes the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is behind the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19), leaving little doubt that this viral “chimera” was artificially created as a bioweapon. Source Here
Researchers claim long-term exposure to air pollution in China killed 30.8 million people between 2000 and 2016. Source Here
We're going to war against China, while they get the security apparatus up for AI in the war against our minds and individuality. For an environmental collapse they blame us for. And they will focus our shame into anger towards China.
The system will be set up. We will go to war with China. And the system will be fully executed by the time the war is done. It will have to be, for our safety, of course. And AI will keep us safe. Right? RIGHT! Wait. So then why are all the elite building Doomsday Bunkers? Almost like the 1% are covering their bases in case AI can't save us.
One of the most insidious things about gaslighting is the denial of reality. Being denied what you have seen. Being denied what you have experienced and know to be true. It can make you feel like you are crazy. But you are not crazy. Dr Robin Stern, associate director at Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and author of The Gaslight Effect says that usually “when people are abused there are signs that you can point to that are much more obvious. Someone who has been hit or threatened for instance – it’s easy to see and understand how they have been hurt. But when someone is manipulating you, you end up second-guessing yourself and turning your attention to yourself as the person to blame”. Source Here
DARVO - Deny, Attack, Reverse Victim and Offender. Or, Gaslighting. It's a popular term. It's a great way to make us feel like powerless victims. Gaslighting makes us feel like we need to be saved. When you're searching for answers but only end up finding confusion, it's setting you up to accept any New Normal answer they'll eventually give you. Need someone to blame for the state of chaos? Here's China. They're the problem. We're All In This Together, and You're Either With Us Or Against Us. And there will be people against the war, and therefore against us, so we'll need surveillance to protect us from the enemies within. Because another War will be a necessary evil. World War Three will be the War to save the planet by destroying the planet. Makes sense, doesn't it? And when our planet is worse off than before? Then we'll need the surveillance to help us decide when to have Climate and Pandemic lockdowns. The omnipresent Eye of AI will guide us and safeguard us against Fake News and Not Normal New Normal Narrative disrupting lies. We will have to kill what's left of our privacy because dangerous thoughts are born in secrecy.
We must become a transparent society, because the truth doesn't need to hide. The truth is universal. But who decides what is true? Not us. We can't be trusted. Look what we already did with our privacy, we destroyed our planet. So we have to become dependent upon the system and trust the choices that the system makes. We can't just follow system orders though, we have to become a part of the system, a unified whole working towards the common good of all mankind. But what happens when you question the choices? What happens if your thoughts and actions disrupt the Not Normal New Normal Narrative?
Let's check back with David Petraeus a year later after openly musing about how the IoT will make surveillance ubiquitous in our society.
2012, November 9 • Petraeus Resigns From CIA After Feds Uncover 'Extramarital Affair' Source Here David Petraeus, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, has resigned. Petraeus told CIA employees Friday in a letter that he was stepping down "for personal reasons... After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair. Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours."
2012, November 11 • How I Was Drawn Into the Cult of David Petraeus. The biggest irony surrounding CIA director David Petraeus’ downfall is becoming a casualty of the very publicity machine he cultivated to portray him as superhuman. I have some insight into how that machine worked. Source Here
2020, November 15 • Now the CIA Is Investigating Petraeus. Anyone who thought the scandal around CIA Director David Petraeus was winding down can think again. Now the CIA is investigating its former leader while some agency veterans whisper that they never liked him anyways. Source Here
Oops. I think David said something that he shouldn't have said about IoT and Surveillance. It's a quick fall from Superhero To Villan when you reveal the Superhero Clubhouse Secrets.
Look. Listen. Think. Question. All the time. The information is out there. So's the truth, even if it's camouflaged. Because the truth is, the big picture is a lot more complicated than thought reducing and behavioral shaping memes. Life isn't black and white. That's why they call it a Grey War. And the Grey War is happening all around us. And in the coming weeks I'll be posting some eye opening stories about the Dark Web, Blockchain, and the current narrative about inequality. About a certain pharmaceutical company and how it's DNA tests are failing the grade. We will dive into the Uighur Minority in China. And most importantly, Cicada 3301, and how it seems to be playing a larger role than most of us realize. And some updates on the current microbial imbalance that is starting to cause havoc on our planets environment. And as if that isn't enough for eye opening revelations, there is a disturbing trend that I've noticed regarding asteroids and impacts. Because why not, after all, 2020 isn't a real party until a Rockstar crashes the party.
I may have been too tired to post lately, but I wasn't too tired to read. Thanks again for all the comments and PM's checking in on me. It meant the world to me, even if I didn't have time to respond.
Heads up and eyes open. Talk soon.
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2020.09.27 08:13 FearlessStarlight My personal Collection! (In List Form)

Here’s a List of my collection, I collect all kinds of things, not just a specific item type!
I love finding things I don't have or haven't seen before!
If you have any questions I can try my hardest to answer for you and if you want to see any specific item I can post a photo for you! (except most of the folklore merch for obvious reasons lol) Just let me know!
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CD Collection:
Taylor Swift Era:
Albums
Vinyl
Misc…
Fearless Era:
Albums
Singles
Boxsets
Vinyl
CMA Consideration
Misc..
DVDsBluray
Speak Now Era:
Albums
Singles
CMA/ACM Considerations
Speak Now World Tour
Vinyl
Misc…
Red Era:
Albums
Singles
Vinyl
Misc…
1989 Era:
Albums
Singles
Vinyl
Misc…
reputation Era:
Albums
Singles
Cassette
Vinyl
DVDs
Lover Era:
Albums
Singles
Vinyl
Cassette
Folklore Era
Albums
Singles
Vinyl
Cassettes
Shirts/Hoodies/Scarves/Towels/Hats:
Taylor Swift Era:
Fearless Era:
Speak Now Era:
Red Era:
1989 Era:
Reputation Era:
Lover Era:
Folklore Era:
Keds:
Posters:
Notebooks/Journal/Folders:
Big
Small
Composition
Journal
Folders
Pens
Movies:
8x10 Photos/8x10 Magazine Photos:
Meredith, Olivia & Benjamin Collection:
Books:
Bags:
Blankets/Pillows:
Lithographs:
Autographs:
Standees/Advertisements:
Dolls:
Tour Stuff: (other stuff is in other categories)
American Greeting Cards:
Perfume:
Wonderstruck
Wonderstruck Enchanted
Taylor by Taylor Swift
Taylor by Taylor: Made of Starlight
Incredible Things
Calendars:
7x7
12x12
Locker & Planners
Slim Calendars
Bracelets/Necklaces/Rings/Headbands:
Magazines:
Collector Magazines:
Ornaments:
Other Stuff:
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2020.09.26 19:01 flyinmacaronimonster Where You Can Drop Off Your Ballot Right Now (and Other Election Information)

IF ANYBODY KNOWS MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE EXISTENCE OF DROP-BOXES (THAT ARE AVAILABLE BEFORE EARLY VOTING) IN SEMINOLE COUNTY, PLEASE EITHER COMMENT BELOW OR PM ME.
ALL BALLOTS MUST BE RETURNED BY 7:00pm local time on Election Day, though it would be recommended to drop off your ballot as early as possible.
PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THAT YOU MAY NOT DROP OFF YOUR BALLOT AT A POLLING PLACE ON ELECTION DAY.
ORANGE COUNTY
https://www.ocfelections.com/
Drop-boxes:
AVAILABLE NOW: (1) 24/7 DROP-BOX AVAILABLE at the Orange County Supervisor of Elections Office, 119 W Kaley St, Orlando FL 32806
Image of Drop-box
Source of Image: https://www.mapquest.com/us/florida/supervisor-of-elections-orange-county-262394399
Street view image of Drop-box
AVAILABLE STARTING MONDAY, OCTOBER 19 THROUGH TO SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1: (20) additional temporary drop-boxes at early voting sites during the early voting period (Monday October 19-Sunday, November 1), including both the temporary drop-box and the 24/7 permanent drop-box at the Supervisor of Elections office (21 drop-boxes in total).
Some temporary drop-boxes at early voting sites will open 1 hour earlier, at 7am instead of 8am.
ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2, AND ON ELECTION DAY: you will have to drop it off at the 24-hour drop-box at the Supervisor of Elections office, as listed above. YOU MAY NOT DROP OFF YOUR BALLOT AT A POLLING PLACE ON ELECTION DAY.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON EARLY VOTING SITES, SEE THE EARLY VOTING SECTION BELOW.
https://www.ocfelections.com/vote-by-mail
Early voting:
Early voting is available at (20) different locations across the county (including the Supervisor of Elections office), available 8am-8pm DAILY (SAT & SUN INC.) between Monday, October 19 and Sunday, November 1.
https://www.ocfelections.com/election-calendar [DATES AND HOURS FOR EARLY VOTING]
LAKE COUNTY
https://www.lakevotes.com/
Drop-boxes:
AVAILABLE NOW: (1) 24/7 DROP-BOX AVAILABLE at the Lake County Supervisor of Elections Office: 1898 E Burleigh Blvd, Tavares, FL 32778.
Image of Drop-box
Source of image: https://www.facebook.com/LakeElections/photos/a.283642542053866/1029661074118672/?type=3&theater (IMAGE FROM THE AUGUST PRIMARY; DON'T BE CONFUSED BY THE DATES)
AVAILABLE STARTING MONDAY, OCTOBER 19 THROUGH TO SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31: (11) temporary drop-boxes will be established at early voting sites during the early voting period, and will be availableMonday October 19-Saturday, October 31). Including the 24/7 drop-box at the Supervisor of Elections Office, there will be a total of (12) drop-boxes available in this time period.
BETWEEN SUNDAY NOVEMBER 1 AND ELECTION DAY: Use the 24-hour drop-box at the Supervisor of Elections office, as listed above.
https://www.lakevotes.com/Voter-Information/Vote-By-Mail
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON EARLY VOTING SITES, SEE THE EARLY VOTING SECTION BELOW.
Early voting:
Early voting is available 10am-6pm DAILY (SAT & SUN INC.), between Monday, October 19 and Saturday, October 31, at (12) different locations across the county (including the Supervisor of Elections office).
https://www.lakevotes.com/Voter-Information/Early-Voting
OSCEOLA COUNTY
https://www.voteosceola.com/en-us/
https://www.voteosceola.com/Important-Election-Dates
Drop-boxes:
AVAILABLE NOW: (1) 24/7 DROP-BOX AVAILABLE at the Osceola County Supervisor of Elections Office, 2509 E Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee, FL 34744.
Image of Drop-box
Source of image: https://www.facebook.com/OsceolaCountySOE/posts/10158274352329807
AVAILABLE STARTING MONDAY, OCTOBER 19 THROUGH TO SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31: (7) temporary drop-boxes will be established at early voting sites during the early voting period, available 8am-8pm between Monday October 19 and Sunday, November 1. There will be (8) locations in total, including the 24-hour drop-box at the Supervisor of Elections Office.
ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2 AND ON ELECTION DAY: Use the 24-hour drop-box at the Supervisor of Elections office, as listed above.
https://www.voteosceola.com/en-us/How-to-Vote/Vote-By-Mail
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON EARLY VOTING SITES, SEE THE EARLY VOTING SECTION BELOW.
Early voting:
Early voting is available at (8) locations across the county (including the Supervisor of Elections Office), available 8am-8pm DAILY (SAT & SUN INCLUSIVE) between Monday, October 19 and Sunday, November 1.
https://www.voteosceola.com/en-us/How-to-Vote/Vote-Early
SEMINOLE
https://www.voteseminole.org/#gsc.tab=0
Drop-boxes:
AVAILABLE NOW: (0) 24/7 DROP-BOXES AVAILABLE AS OF NOW. Must go inside the Seminole County Supervisor of Elections Office during normal business hours (8am-5pm MON-FRI; will be open with expanded hours during the Early Voting Period). The Supervisor of Elections office is located at 1500 E Airport Blvd, Sanford, FL 32773.
AVAILABLE AS OF MONDAY, OCTOBER 19 THROUGH TO SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1: (8) temporary drop-boxes will be established at early voting sites during the early voting period (including at the Supervisor of Elections Office), available DAILY (SAT & SUN INCLUSIVE), 7am-7pm, Monday October 19-Sunday, November 1.
ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2 AND ELECTION DAY: Drop off your ballot at the Seminole County Supervisor of Elections, as listed above.
https://www.voteseminole.org/vote-by-mail#gsc.tab=0
Early voting:
Early voting is available at (8) locations across the county (including the Supervisor of Elections Office), 8am-8pm DAILY (SAT & SUN INCLUSIVE) between Monday, October 19 and Sunday, November 1.
https://www.voteseminole.org/early-voting#gsc.tab=0
IF YOU DO NOT LIVE IN ANY OF THE COUNTIES LISTED ABOVE, CHECK OUT THE DIRECTORY OF SUPERVISORS OF ELECTIONS AS LISTED BELOW:
https://dos.myflorida.com/elections/contacts/supervisor-of-elections/ [Supervisor of Elections contact directory]
GENERAL ELECTION INFORMATION
Absentee ballots are being sent out . This is a rolling process, and it may take some time for your ballot to get to you, so be patient if you have not received your ballot yet.
If you have not registered to vote yet, you should do so right now, using the link below:
https://dos.myflorida.com/elections/for-voters/voter-registration/register-to-vote-or-update-your-information/
The voter registration deadline is Monday, October 5.
If you are planning on voting in-person, skip to the VOTING IN-PERSON section below.
VOTING-BY-MAIL
If you want to request an absentee ballot, you can do so online through your Supervisor of Elections website (SEE TOP OF THE PAGE).
If you have already received your ballot by mail, READ THE INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY BEFORE FILLING IT OUT, then, once you have read the instructions, fill out your ballot, and then MAKE SURE TO SIGN YOUR NAME IN THE CORRECT PLACE.
Once you have completed your ballot, drop-it off at a drop-box at your Supervisor of Elections Office.
You can also drop off your ballot at a temporary drop-box at any during the Early Voting Period. In some cases, the temporary drop-box will be exterior, and in some cases, the drop-box will be interior.
SEE THE TOP OF THE PAGE FOR A LINK TO DROP-BOXES AND EARLY VOTING LOCATIONS.
If you cannot return your ballot yourself, you can have somebody else return it for you. AS A GENERAL RULE, DO NOT GIVE YOUR BALLOT TO ANYBODY THAT YOU DO NOT FULLY TRUST.
All ballots need to be returned by 7:00pm on Election Day, so try to get it in as soon as possible.
In the case of a signature mismatch or a missing signature, there is a cure process for mismatched signatures.
https://dos.myflorida.com/elections/for-voters/voting/vote-by-mail/ [How to Correct a Missing or Mismatched Signature on Your Vote-by-Mail Ballot]
To be more specific, according to the Florida Division of Elections website:
https://dos.myflorida.com/elections/for-voters/voting/vote-by-mail/ [How to Correct a Missing or Mismatched Signature on Your Vote-by-Mail Ballot]
A Supervisor of Elections is required to notify a voter as soon as it is practical if a voter's signature is missing or does not match the one on record.
Once a voter learns about the missing or mismatched signature, the voter may complete and return a “Vote-by-Mail Ballot Cure” Affidavit (Form DS-DE 13). Forms can be found below:
In English
En Español
A copy of valid identification must be returned along with this form. The documentation can be returned by mail, email, fax ,or in person.
THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT THE FORM AND THE COPY OF THE ID THE AFFIDAVIT IS 5:00pm TWO DAYS AFTER THE ELECTION (5:00pm on Thursday, November 5).
As a side-note, Florida processes their ballots early, which not only means that there is a higher likelihood (not necessarily a certainty, but a higher likelihood) of results being known on Election Night, but it also means that you essentially have a comfortable amount of time to cure any issues with your ballot.
https://www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/vopp-table-16-when-absentee-mail-ballot-processing-and-counting-can-begin.aspx
VOTING IN-PERSON
If you are voting in-person, early voting is available between Monday, October 19 and Sunday, November 1 in Orange, Osceola and Seminole Counties, and between Monday, October 19 and Saturday, October 31 in Seminole County. SEE LINK AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE.
If you have already requested an absentee ballot but want to vote in-person, this is allowed.
Per the State of Florida Supervisors of Elections Website:
"If you decide to go to the polls to vote instead of voting by mail, you should bring the vote-by-mail ballot (marked or not) with you so that it can be cancelled at the polls.
If you come to the polls without the vote-by-mail ballot, you can vote a regular ballot if the Supervisor of Elections' office can confirm that it has not received the vote-by-mail ballot.
If it is confirmed that the Supervisor of Elections office has received the vote-by-mail ballot or it cannot be determined, you cannot vote a regular ballot at the polls. However, if you believe that you have not already voted, you will be allowed to vote a provisional ballot."
https://www.myfloridaelections.com/Voting-Elections/Ways-to-Vote/Vote-by-Mail-Absentee-Ballots [can vote in-person even if you have requested a ballot]
If you are voting in-person, you need a valid form of Photo ID. Check out the link below for details:
https://dos.myflorida.com/elections/contacts/frequently-asked-questions/faq-voting/ [Voter ID]
You may also vote in-person on Election Day, though I would highly recommend early voting.
LINKS TO SOURCES:
https://dos.myflorida.com/elections/for-voters/voter-registration/register-to-vote-or-update-your-information/
https://dos.elections.myflorida.com/supervisors/ [Supervisor of Elections website directory]
https://dos.myflorida.com/elections/contacts/supervisor-of-elections/ [Supervisor of Elections contact directory]
https://dos.myflorida.com/elections/for-voters/voting/vote-by-mail/
https://dos.myflorida.com/elections/for-voters/voting/early-voting/
https://dos.myflorida.com/elections/for-voters/voting/election-day-voting/
https://dos.myflorida.com/elections/for-voters/election-dates/
https://www.ocfelections.com/ [ORANGE COUNTY SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS MAIN PAGE]
https://www.ocfelections.com/vote-by-mail [ORANGE COUNTY GENERAL VOTE-BY-MAIL INFORMATION]
https://www.ocfelections.com/election-calendar [ORANGE COUNTY EARLY VOTING DATES AND TIMES]
https://www.lakevotes.com/ [LAKE COUNTY SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS MAIN PAGE]
https://www.lakevotes.com/Voter-Information/Vote-By-Mail [LAKE COUNTY GENERAL VOTE-BY-MAIL INFORMATION]
https://www.lakevotes.com/Voter-Information/Early-Voting [LAKE COUNTY EARLY VOTING INFORMATION]
https://www.voteosceola.com/en-us/ [OSCEOLA COUNTY SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS MAIN PAGE]
https://www.voteosceola.com/Important-Election-Dates [OSCEOLA COUNTY IMPORTANT ELECTION DATES]
https://www.voteosceola.com/en-us/How-to-Vote/Vote-By-Mail [OSCEOLA COUNTY VOTE-BY-MAIL AND DROP-BOX INFORMATION]
https://www.voteosceola.com/en-us/How-to-Vote/Vote-Early [OSCEOLA COUNTY EARLY VOTING LOCATIONS]
https://www.voteseminole.org/#gsc.tab=0 [SEMINOLE COUNTY SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS WEB-PAGE]
https://www.voteseminole.org/vote-by-mail#gsc.tab=0 [SEMINOLE COUNTY VOTE-BY-MAIL GENERAL INFORMATION]
https://www.voteseminole.org/early-voting#gsc.tab=0 [SEMINOLE COUNTY EARLY VOTING LOCATIONS]
https://dos.myflorida.com/elections/contacts/frequently-asked-questions/faq-voting/ [VOTER ID]
https://www.myfloridaelections.com/Voting-Elections/Ways-to-Vote/Vote-by-Mail-Absentee-Ballots [can vote in-person even if you have requested a ballot]
https://www.flaglerelections.com/early-voting [example of an “exterior” drop-box vs. an “interior” early voting drop-box]
https://www.coralgableslove.com/what-to-expect-when-voting-during-a-pandemic-august-florida-primary-election-2020/ [example of an “exterior” early voting drop box (manned) in Coral Gables]
https://www.tampabay.com/news/health/2020/03/12/more-polling-sites-moved-over-coronavirus-fears-five-days-before-florida-primary/ [another example of an “exterior” early voting drop box (manned) in St. Petersburg]
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2020-election/siloed-nbc-wsj-poll-shows-how-gop-dems-hold-widely-n1236958 [another example of an “exterior” early voting drop box (manned) in East Tampa]
https://www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/vopp-table-10-who-can-collect-and-return-an-absentee-ballot-other-than-the-voter.aspx [who can return a ballot]
https://www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/vopp-table-16-when-absentee-mail-ballot-processing-and-counting-can-begin.aspx [ballots processed in advance]
https://www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/vopp-table-15-states-that-permit-voters-to-correct-signature-discrepancies.aspx [signature mismatch cure process]
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2020.09.26 17:29 Finiouss Q&A for V7

I just wanted to get something started here for us all to communicate about the update. There seems to be a lot of changes and very little info on what and how.
Edit: found the info and pasted below.
v7.0 - 25th September 020 (Update via the Play Store)
Crafting is now available! You can access crafting via the main menu button on the android app or "Character" drop-down on the web app.
The item that you can craft depends on your crafting level. The higher your crafting level, the better the items will be.
Crafting opens the doors to future possibilities such as item upgrades, and much more!.
Only a limited amount of items can be crafted at the moment. New items will gradually be added.
The app now has a bottom toolbar with the following options; home, messages, travel, notifications, and profile.
The profile now has a pop up that displays the characters stats and status. This can be accessed by the bottom toolbar.
The character area on the left menu has been removed (Android only).
Travel, world bosses, travel arena, profile, character and community have been removed from the main menu.
The battle arena has been changed to "battle" and it will act as a hub for both NPCs and PVP.
The chat now can be swiped from the right and will span across the entire height of the device in the same way that the menu does.
A link to the games official social media has been added to the android menu.
A direct link to the discussion boards has been to the menu.
The inventory icon has been updated.
The preferences icon has been updated.
Events now has its own special area. This is for official SimpleMMO events and specially chosen community ran events.
Every event that the game holds will be within this events area and will contain a description, start date, and end date. The next event being Halloween.
You can now acquire skills! woodcutting, mining, fishing, and treasure hunting.
Each skill has its own experience points and level.
You must reach a certain level to be able to gather the materials for said skill. For example, to mine a "Red Pine Tree", you must have at least a level 50 woodcutting skill.
You also must have the correct type of equipment in order to gather the material. The equipment rarity must equal, or be higher than the material that you are going to gather. For example, the "Red Pine Tree" is epic. That means that you need atleast an Epic wood axe.
Starting items can be purchased from Toms Tools shop located in various towns.
Materials are gathered from travelling. Different locations have different drop rates for each material. Some may have more trees than others likewise with fishing ponds, and hidden treasures.
Each material that you stumble across will have a random amount of materials associated to it. You may come across a tree that will give out 4 pieces of wood before it is exhausted whereas another might give out 7.
In order to gather the material, you need to hold the button for about 3-4 seconds.
There are sound effects when you are gathering the materials.
Showcased avatars in the profile now appear on the top of the profile page (Android).
Gradients now don't show on solid profile backgrounds
There is now a chat cooldown. A player cannot post within 5 seconds of each other.
The in-game rules have been updated.
A player can delete their own discussion board if it has been posted within 5 minutes, and it has no replies.
The knight is now displayed on a players profile page.
The quick action buttons on a profile have been updated to include text.
The reputation buttons on a players profile have been moved to near the reputation area.
A player can generate battle arena enemies using bank gold for a fee.
Moderators have the ability to remove avatars with a refund.
The attack button is now visibly disabled when a player is not attackable.
The circular strength, defence, and dexterity displays have been changed to blocks on a players profile (Android only)
A players profile will display what percentile they are in regarding the stats to the above.
Special attack is now also visible on the profile.
A page that lists all player notes is accessible via the character page.
Each skill level is also displayed on the players profile.
A leaderboard for total bounties completed.
The tutorial has been changed to simple pop-ups rather than a hand-holding guide.
A filter has been added for new inappropriate usernames.
All names now get a unique 4 digit assigned to their profile.
Anyone can use any username now.
A player can purchase diamonds to get a custom unique 4 digit number.
You can throw rotten tomatoes at banned players.
You can get an award for throwing tomatoes at banned players.
You can get a reward for gifting players diamonds. This will only be counted since the start of this update.
There are more awards for the amount of bounties that have been completed.
The server time is now displayed on the character popup so it is accessible anywhere.
Design changes on lots of pages.
The log in page has been updated.
The register page has been updated.
Gren the Bitter now gives out game tips.
The diamond store rewards area has been completely redesigned.
The game will automatically hold new sales on the rewards every week.
Items listed in a players profile feed have been grouped together per day.
A new frequently asked questions area. You can access this area by going to Support -> Frequently Asked Questions
The energy refill location has been moved to avoid the possibility of a misclick.
Icons have been added to the preferences (now settings) page.
You can view your past diamond purchases. This does not yet include diamond store reward purchases.
Players can now manually deactivate their safe mode for a fee.
Avatars get automatically added into the game after 24 hours if they are not manually approved or denied.
You are unable to turn on safe mode until 10 minutes after PKing.
Numbers automatically get commas added into the field when typing into number boxes.
It's now possible to get rid of your knight.
You can enable notifications for items that have been sold on the market.
You can now wave up to 5 times per day.
Guilds now auto surrender after 14 days if there has been no response.
Push notifications can be enabled for waved.
Minor quality of life changes.
Minor design changes.
The battle page for both PvE and PvP have been updated to the newest design.
Battling PvE and PvP now has sound effects.
The sound effects can be enabled/disabled via the preferences page.
An inventory limit has been displayed on the top of the inventory page.
You can now store items. Storing items is a secondary inventory with zero limits. However, you are unable to use any items that are in the storage.
Item popups now appear in the side chat rather than behind the chat when its open.
The game leverages caching much more now which should see an increase in performance.
You can collect items! - You are now able to collect any item type. By adding an item to a collection, you can redeem a chest for diamonds, gold, and exp. The later chests even include awards!
The about page has been completely updated.
The about page now lists a Hall of Fame.
Dark mode has been added to the native android app which includes a dark navigation menu.
Dark mode has had general improvements across the board. More is to come.
You can collect diamond shards (using treasure hunting) which can be crafted into a bag of diamonds!
A bag of diamonds allows you to redeem diamonds on your account.
Diamond shards and a bag of diamonds are not tradable and are account bound.
The games advertisement function has had a complete overhaul.
The player pop-up now displays your skill and crafting levels.
You can pay diamonds to highlight a discussion board post.
The encounter chances for materials are displayed on the horse and carriage page when you press on a location.
There is now a leaderboard for: Crafting, Fishing, Treasure Hunting, Mining, and Woodcutting.
The battle arena now has a quick way for you to generate a PvP enemy.
Locked accounts now cannot sell items on the market.
The links on the entry home page now open up in a new pop-up.
Fixed scrolling bug for players in the beta.
The bottom tool bar will hide when scrolling down the page.
Items bought in the NPC shop cannot be collected.
Gren the Bitter now appears on the registration page.
You can now purchase plebeian membership via the web app.
The early version of the public API is available. It can be accessed on the footer of the web app.
Total gold gained by the knight is now viewable
Members (plebs) now get 40 diamonds per month (it was 30)
You can now gift pleb membership via the web app.
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2020.09.26 02:58 Thedesiman Sissy dominated

This story is copied from internet many years ago. Although it's a work of fiction but it's a good one. So I am sharing this will all of you.
I am a sissy faggot I live in st Louis mo im in the closet no one knows i dress in femine clothes I was married when I was 20 and straight after a year I caught her cheating on me , we only had sexy 3 times I couldn't get hard with her , I was allways thinking of men, masters, tops, at home I stole her panties bras high heels lip stick, and would dress around the house, after the divorse I got the house and I started to wear panties to work everyday and shave my legs smooth , somedays i wear stockings under my work clothes and butt plugs ,my toe nails are bright pink allways ,, i hope no one catches me then on weekends I would dress up all weekend long , I then shaved my armpits and cock and balls ,, I was now smooth from the eyeballs down ,,
im very scared at being blackmailed and exposed and ruined but i have many fantasys like this one.
i wish i was caught and exposed as a sissy faggot cumdump by a dom black or white master or mistress online but i get embarrassed about thinking about being forced to be with a gay master . I meet him online in a sissy chat room we chat for a week or so and one night he says he has a new softwere program that is faster in chat and he asked me to install it . he uses the softwear program teamviewer to get into my computer and findout all my secrets , once i installed it he got on line with me and he made me watch as he added him self as the adminstraighter and he told me the computer was going to go to black screen for about 20 mins and for me to take a shower and shave really close and get dressed femine , in the mean time he added programs like keylogger , spy softwear, parental control softwear, mint. com , and webcam softwear, all to find out my info and blackmail and ruin me
he found out my passwords and email contacts and where i worked the first night , the next day he found out my home address and credit card numbers my home phone number and cell phone number , he slowly started to expose me and ruin me . hes goin to make me into his white sissy slave , i cant do anything he controls me now , he embarrasses me and humilates me my online master then told me that he was a dominate gay master and he was a cop in city that he lived in and that he can do anything he wants to me , because whos going to believe a sissy over a cop ,, he says he owns me now and that fun going to begin,, my black master found out i had being lieing about being single and that i had a girlfriend of two years and he made me get dressed like a slutty school girl and hold up my drivers licence to my face and say my real name and then say my sissy name and then say im a lieing sissy faggot and that I going to break up with my girlfriend so can serve my online black master forever and then I had to call her and break up with her over the phone on speaker phone so he would be able to hear everything she said while he watched me on webcam . I had no idea I was being recorded doing this , after that he made me dress femine everyday after work , made me wear girls shorts and tops in public, then made me buy a tiny thong bikini online that he picked out and then go to a tanning bed everyday in it and show him the thong tan lines he made me buy a months worth of tans, he watched me get dressed in girls work out short shorts and girls tops that say diva or princess on them , with bright bras underneath and pink lipstick and no wig , then go run errands like to the post office or bank exposing myself as a sissy making sure to take pics outside of them to prove i was exposing myself. making me call up on 3 way calling so he could listen as i called nail salons and made appointments using my sissy name to get my nails done making sure i prepay using my male name so i cant call and cancel. making me call to get my eyebrows waxed and shaped in a femine arch at a different salon everytime...then after i was off the phone he would call them back and tell them what he wanted them to do to me ,,, i didnt know he called them back ,, he would send me to the mall to get my ears pierced . then sent me to a tattoo parlor wearing a fem boy look with pink lipstick on and get my tongue pierced and buy a few tongue rings and barbells, and a large pink cock shaped one, a few weeks later I had to go there again and get my nipples pierced and gold rings installed, every time I went the girl at the desk laughed at me and told me most real men would never get there nipples pierced or wear lipstick , then a couple weeks after that I had to go back again and get my belly button pierced and buy a ring and a charm that says SISSY from the same girl so embarrassed , then my black master made me buy a cb6000s chastity device online one he picked out for me and watched me buy form his computer and he sent me his lock in the mail with no key , he made me get on web cam and open the ups box and beg to lock my clit up with his lock. he showed me the key in his hand, and now he owns my clit no more hardons no more cumming with permission ever . he started making me take a chemical castration pills that he sent me UPS he made me open it up on webcam and beg over and over again to take the pills so my clit would shrink and not get hard again. if i didnt he was going to make me get castrated by a doctor he knows . my black master my owner then sent me out again to the tattoo parlor and he sent a tattoo design too , he told me to prove im a black owned white sissy boy and get a Ace of Spades tattoo to be tattooed on my left ass cheek , and to get 2 small black panther paw prints on my chest ,buy then everyone in the tattoo shop knew I was a sissy fag and they asked me if I really wanted the tattoos , I told them yes I want everyone to know I love black men, my black master set up a paypal account with my creditcard and made me start buying stuff for him on his wish lists , i watched on my computer as he drained my bank accounts and he made me take out more credit cards in my name and have them sent to him. from different card companys , each day for a week he made me go online and apply for a different card , he then made me send him my tax forms from the last five years so he knew where all my money was , and made me change my direct deposit paycheck from my full time job to his bank account, and at my work he made me cash in my 401 k early all 80,000 dollars sent straight to his bank totally ruining me he made me get a second job on the weekend days at target so that i could earn more money for him and have every penny of my new job go right into his account by direct deposit , that way i never see a dime of my pay check, he made me watch on my computer as he made ads on Gay dating web sites and upload my pics and fill in all the info about me , my location , so I can hook up with gay guys in my town, I couldn't believe he was doing this , and meet them asap , for quick blowjobs ,he told me he knew I wasn't gay but he didn't care he was going to turn me totally gay and I will never get pussy ever again, I started to cry on web cam, he was laughing at me , he would make me watch as he logs in on these gay web sites and chat with guys in my town and tell the I was a sissy and I need to swallow a load right now , then he would send them my cell phone number and make me answer every call on speaker phone so he could hear me set up a date and time for me to suck them off. thats when he started making me pay a fag tax every week of 5 dollars for every cock i sucked and 10 for every time i got fucked, every week he would tell me how many strangers i had to suck off at xrated book stores or from craigslist ads he placed , there were lots of penaltes if i didnt suck off the right amount of guys , high interest rates, every week the amount of cocks i sucked off would increase,so i had to pay more and more .. my black master then started making more craigs list ads, back page ads, and adam for adam ads,for me ,making me meet strangers for blowjobs, then he found a few more adult book stores near me and made me go to the glory holes booths and suck off strangers and send him pics immediately almost every night sometimes right from one store to the next, then he finnally made me get fucked bareback only by multyple strangers no condoms that way my hole was full and my panties were full of cum , then he found a few gaybars by me and truck stops to go suck off real truckers , he made me buy a cell phone with GPS tracking on it so he could track everywhere i went .. all over town ,, so he knew if i was in the book store sucking off strangers for hours or at the tanning salon or at the truck stop or rest areas looking to be used as a cumdump sence he was a cop he found out were the real hookers in st louis would walk the streets and get picked up and arrested , he would make me get dressed up like a street hooker on web cam and make me take the bus down town to the block were the real hookers would pick up tricks and I would have to take pics outside a pawn shop and wear my Bluetooth ear piece and walk the streets while he talked to me telling me what to say to strangers when they pull over ,, he would make me charge 20 for a handjob and 30 for a blowjob, he would listen as I got in car after car sucking off strangers , he would make me stay out there for hours until I earned 200 dollars ,I was so scared I would get arrested and put in jail. he tracked me on GPS all night long so I couldn't get away. he next day made me go to best buy and get 8 survailince cameras and install them in every room in my house and install the softwear on my computer so that he can watch me on his computer at all times ,, even in the bathroom , about that time he made me call a doctors office on 3 way calling and make appointment to see a doctor he knew , I had to tell the nurse on the phone that I was a male looking for female hormones to start growing breasts and that I would like the earliest appointment I can get ,, I had to give her my male name and address and phone number so embarrassing, my master had already told the doctor I wanted the strongest expermintal female hormones they have and I wanted huge tits and big implants and my nipples to stick straight out 24/7 , I didn't know any of that when I went to see the doctor my master made me dress like a male fem faggot boy with a little lip stick and a pink bra under a womens sheer blouse and NO WIG , so everyone was looking at me , I had answer a few questions from the nurse and the doctor came in to see me he was a big black doctor and he pinched my nipples and told me I will make fine looking girl and me pulled out a niddle and injected something right into both of my breasts , and then he made me sign a lot of papers with out me reading them , and then he gave me a prescription for a 3 month supply and for me to take them 2 pills 3 times a day , and make another appointment for 3 months . my master made me start taking them right away and he made me start taking them on webcam and making me take more then the doctor ordered , and after 2 weeks my nipples were getting hard all the time and my breasts were sore and getting swollen he keep making me tell him how big I wanted my tits to be 36c and he would tell me that he wants them at least 38 dd or bigger and for them to look totally fake after I get my implants ?? after I earn enough money sucking off strangers walking the streets for implants he told me.. all this took about 8 months or so then my black daddy made me take out a second morgage on my house, each time i went to the bank i was dressed more and more girly ,my black master would make me dress on web cam the way he wanted me to dress a little femine then he would make me use skype on my way to the bank so that he can watch me then at the bank he made me were a blue tooth ear piece so he can tell me what to say to the female bank employee .so embarrassing, he contolled all my money now he made me shut off cable tv i was never home any more i was out sucking off strangers he made me walk into my kitchen and he made me throw out all my food , suger, flour , cookies, all canned goods , made me clean out my frig , nothing at all was in there , all my cabents were totally empty of every thing , no food in the house at all, he wanted me on a strick diet so I can lose 30 lbs, he sent me to the store to buy ramon nuddles only a months worth, thats all I was allowed to eat, ,i was on strick diet of ramon nuddles and cum form strangers . made me get on ebay as he watched then he made me upload pics of my car and sell it fast for cash and then send him the money fedx .then I had to cancel my car insurance,and then I had to cancel my heath insurance, i had to walk or take the bus to work now and and then I had to give all my male clothes away at goodwill ,except a few male work clothes, he gave me a small allowance each week my owner then made me buy a you tube of superglue , and then get dressed up in a bright pink bra and pink stockings and frostie pink lipstick , and then get on a live gay chat room and open my web cam and start following orders from strangers after 30 mins my master started sending me orders seat on a 9 black dildo and bounce up and down, after that he made me get the tube of superglue and show the camera it was brand new , then he send me a order for me to beg him over and over to squeeze the superglue into the padlock key hole on my chastity device , telling me to say how I am a loser white faggot and I don't need my tiny clit anyway and how I cant get hard anymore and how I wish I born a real girl , please master allow me to superglue your lock shut forever , I beg you over and over again,, after 10 mins , you finally give the order to do it ,, I put the webcam down next to my clit and squeeze the superglue right into the keyhole filling it up , after that my master started laughing at me and told me that now that ive proven myself to him that I quess he doesn't need to hold onto the key anymore and then he told me he was going to throw it into a lake today when he goes out .
two days later he made me get dressed like street hooker and beg him to allow me to cut up all my own credit cards up on web cam as he watched he made me tell him my real name and that I didn't need my credit cards any more because I don't know how to deal with money because I was a white sissy faggot and he laughed and showed me that he has the ones the bank sent him in his hands now . the bills kept coming to my house for every card he had , he would max out one and then make me call the card company on three way calling and i had to get the credit line incressed for that card , after i hung up he would laugh at me and tell me what a loser i was and how this was never going to end he was going to blackmail me forever and totally ruin me ,, the next day was friday and my black master made me call in work sick and get dressed like a bimbo cumslut. in bright pink micro mini skirt, white thigh high stocking bright pink 5 in open toe heels that are locked on , a pink and white crop top that has the words SISSY BOY on the front in glitter , i large black inflatable butt plug is in my ass pussy ,a red g string pulled up high and red 36 d cup bra that i have large filled water ballons , a leather collar on that says CUMSLUT.my make up is pink frosted lipstick, and red lip liner ,heavy black eyeliner and i have big pink plasic ear rings on, my hair is blonde and big , i have on 2in long pink finger nails and im holding my pink barbie purse. then he told me go outside and get in the car because today your going to the DRIVER LICENCE OFFICE and when i pulled up outside the office he made me put on my blue tooth ear piece and ordered me to go inside and get the form to legally change my name . now get out of the car and go get your sissy named changed FOREVER . he waited till i got the form and then he said to start filling out the form and wear it says new legal name he made me put SISSY PATTIE SWALLOWS . and then take a picure of the form and send it to him before i turned it in ...then after i turned it in i had to go get your new driver licence picture done . or he said he will email everyone on my contacts list your boss, your parents, and your x wife , all the pics of you sucking all those cucks and swallowing all that cum, do you under stand sissy faggot
then after 14 months my master made me sell my house real quick to a guy he called and sent all my info too about my house he made me meet him dressed like a sissy hooker in my own house while he watched on web cam i had to sign every paper where it said my name i had to sign both names then i had to suck him off and let him fuck me bareback and sign the last paper as he shot his cum deep in my hole and then go to the bank and send all 300,000 dollars to his bank account every penny then in 2 weeks i had to move into a lowrent apt he picked out on the web in the black part of town,and i was to openly be a gay white sissy there and never lock my front door ever, no drapes all windows unlocked, he made me sell or give away all my furnature bedroom set , kitchen table , tv, everything in my old house was gone , everything I didn't sell I had to rent a big dumpster and he hired a couple of guys to totally clean out the rest of my house while I was at work and all my pictures family photos everything was now gone . my entire old life was now gone forever.. he wanted everything in my run down apt to be totally girlie and femine, and only furnature I can have is a couple of lawn chairs and a pink girlie bedroom set , with pink sheets and bed spread , he then made me start putting in applacations in at girlie jobs and the gaybars putting my new name sissy pattie swallows on every form until i got hired as a waiter at the gay bar down the street from my new apt i had to walk to work every night and then walk home after every night. after I got the job at the gay bar I had to work there for a 2 weeks doing both jobs not getting home tell 2am then going to work at 7am, finally my master made me get all my male work clothes , pile them up on the table and get a pair of sizzers and he told me to start cutting them all up into small pieces , every thing male I had left was now gone,, I was crying , he told me I didn't need anything male ever again,
thats when my BLACK MASTER finally did it and made me watch on my computer as he typed up my letter quiting my job , and attaching 10 different pics of me dressed femine and slutty sucking strangers cocks with cum on my face and in my mouth , and then making ME beg over and over on web cam to push send on my computer, i cried and finally did it that night i had to get dressed as a sissy boy and go to the same tattoo parlor that he sent a design too and prepaid and get a tramp stamp in 4in high letters(SISSY CUMDUMP) , now i have to work at a gaybar wearing girls shorts shorts g string underwear cb 6000 and cute crop top a pushup bra and bright pink lipstick and NO WIG
submitted by Thedesiman to Sissy [link] [comments]


2020.09.25 20:17 ujean0628 EtreCheck Report 259.60% Process CPU?

EtreCheck version: 5.6 (5212)
Report generated: 2020-09-25 13:55:47
Download EtreCheck from https://etrecheck.com
Runtime: 3:13
Performance: Excellent
Sandbox: Enabled
Full drive access: Enabled
Problem: No problem - just checking
Major Issues:
Anything that appears on this list needs immediate attention.
Runaway process - A process is using a large percentage of your CPU.
Unsigned files - There are unsigned software files installed that could be adware and should be reviewed.
Minor Issues:
These issues do not need immediate attention but they may indicate future problems or opportunities for improvement.
Unsigned files - There are unsigned software files installed. Apple has said that unsigned software will not run by default in a future version of the operating system.
Kernel extensions present - This machine has kernel extensions that may not work in the future.
Hardware Information:
MacBook Pro (16-inch, 2019)
MacBook Pro Model: MacBookPro16,1
2.30 GHz 8-Core Intel Core i9 (i9-9880H) CPU: 8-core
16 GB RAM - Not upgradeable
BANK 0/ChannelA-DIMM0 - 8 GB DDR4 2667
BANK 2/ChannelB-DIMM0 - 8 GB DDR4 2667
Battery: Health = Normal - Cycle count = 34
Video Information:
Intel UHD Graphics 630 - VRAM: 1536 MB
Color LCD (built-in) 3584 x 2240
AMD Radeon Pro 5500M - VRAM: 4 GB
Drives:
disk0 - APPLE SSD AP1024N 1.00 TB (Solid State - TRIM: Yes)
Internal PCI-Express 8.0 GT/s x4 NVM Express
disk0s1 - EFI [EFI] 315 MB
disk0s2 [APFS Container] 851.00 GB
disk1 [APFS Virtual drive] 851.00 GB (Shared by 7 volumes)
disk1s1 - Macintosh HD (APFS) [Fusion Drive] (Shared)
disk1s1s1 - Macintosh HD (APFS) (Shared - 15.47 GB used)
disk1s1s1 - Macintosh HD (APFS) (Shared - 15.47 GB used)
disk1s2 - Macintosh HD - Data (APFS) [APFS Virtual drive] (Shared - 95.34 GB used)
disk1s3 - Preboot (APFS) [APFS Preboot] (Shared - 355 MB used)
disk1s4 - Recovery (APFS) [Recovery] (Shared)
disk1s5 - VM (APFS) [APFS VM] (Shared - 4.29 GB used)
disk1s6 - U****e (APFS) (Shared - 988 MB used)
disk0s3 - B******P 149.24 GB (37.93 GB used)
Mounted Volumes:
disk0s3 - B******P
149.24 GB (37.93 GB used, 111.31 GB free)
Mount point: /Volumes/B******P
disk1s1s1 - Macintosh HD
851.00 GB (Shared - 15.47 GB used, 735.15 GB available, 733.60 GB free)
APFS
Mount point: /
Read-only: Yes
disk1s2 - Macintosh HD - Data [APFS Virtual drive]
851.00 GB (Shared - 95.34 GB used, 735.15 GB available, 733.60 GB free)
APFS
Mount point: /System/Volumes/Data
Encrypted
disk1s3 - Preboot [APFS Preboot]
851.00 GB (Shared - 355 MB used, 733.60 GB free)
APFS
Mount point: /System/Volumes/Preboot
disk1s5 - VM [APFS VM]
851.00 GB (Shared - 4.29 GB used, 733.60 GB free)
APFS
Mount point: /System/Volumes/VM
disk1s6 - U****e
851.00 GB (Shared - 988 MB used, 733.60 GB free)
APFS
Mount point: /System/Volumes/U****e
Network:
Interface en0: Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Interface en6: Bluetooth PAN
Interface bridge0: Thunderbolt Bridge
System Software:
macOS Big Sur 11.0 (20A5374i)
Time since boot: About a day
Notifications:
Discord.app
37 notifications
EtreCheck.app
one notification
Security:
Gatekeeper: Enabled
System Integrity Protection: Enabled
Antivirus software: Apple and Avast
Unsigned Files:
Launchd: ~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.bjango.istatmenus.agent.plist
Executable:
Launchd: /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.avast.init.plist
Executable: /Applications/Avast.app/Contents/Backend/hub/init.sh
Details: Exact match found in the legitimate list - probably OK
Launchd: /Library/LaunchAgents/com.oracle.java.Java-Updater.plist
Executable: /Library/Internet Plug-Ins/JavaAppletPlugin.plugin/Contents/Resources/Java Updater.app/Contents/MacOS/Java Updater -bgcheck
Details: Exact match found in the legitimate list - probably OK
Launchd: /Library/LaunchAgents/com.avast.userinit.plist
Executable: /Applications/Avast.app/Contents/Backend/hub/userinit.sh
Details: Exact match found in the legitimate list - probably OK
Launchd: /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.installandsetup.templatemigration.plist
Executable: /System/Installation/CDIS/templateMigrator
Launchd: /System/Library/LaunchAgents/com.apple.cvmsCompAgent_arm64.plist
Executable: /System/Library/Frameworks/OpenGLES.framework/CVMCompiler
Launchd: /System/Library/LaunchAgents/com.apple.cvmsCompAgent_arm64_1.plist
Executable: /System/Library/Frameworks/OpenGLES.framework/CVMCompiler
Launchd: /System/Library/LaunchAgents/com.apple.menuextra.battery.helper.plist
Executable: /System/Library/CoreServices/Menu Extras/Battery.menu/Contents/Resources/bmehelper
Launchd: ~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.bjango.istatmenus.status.plist
Executable:
Launchd: /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.avast.update.plist
Executable: /Applications/Avast.app/Contents/Backend/scripts/update/update.sh
Details: Exact match found in the legitimate list - probably OK
Launchd: /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.avast.uninstall.plist
Executable: /Library/Application Support/Avast/autouninstall/autouninstall.sh
Details: Exact match found in the legitimate list - probably OK
Launchd: /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.oracle.java.Helper-Tool.plist
Executable: /Library/Internet Plug-Ins/JavaAppletPlugin.plugin/Contents/Resources/Helper-Tool
Details: Exact match found in the legitimate list - probably OK
Launchd: /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.bjango.istatmenus.installerhelper.plist
Executable: /Library/PrivilegedHelperTools/com.bjango.istatmenus.installerhelper
Details: Exact match found in the legitimate list - probably OK
Launchd: /Library/Internet Plug-Ins/JavaAppletPlugin.plugin/Contents/Resources/com.oracle.java.Java-Updater.plist
Executable: /Library/Internet Plug-Ins/JavaAppletPlugin.plugin/Contents/Resources/Java Updater.app/Contents/MacOS/Java Updater -bgcheck
Details: Exact match found in the legitimate list - probably OK
Launchd: /Library/Internet Plug-Ins/JavaAppletPlugin.plugin/Contents/Resources/com.oracle.java.Helper-Tool.plist
Executable: /Library/Internet Plug-Ins/JavaAppletPlugin.plugin/Contents/Resources/Helper-Tool
Details: Exact match found in the legitimate list - probably OK
Running app: /Library/Application Support/iStat Menus 6/iStatMenusAgent.app/Contents/MacOS/iStatMenusAgent
Running app: /Library/Application Support/iStat Menus 6/iStat Menus Status.app/Contents/MacOS/iStat Menus Status
Plugin: /Library/Internet Plug-Ins/JavaAppletPlugin.plugin
Preference Pane: /Library/Internet Plug-Ins/JavaAppletPlugin.plugin/Contents/Home/lib/deploy/JavaControlPanel.prefPane
Apps: 2
Kernel Extensions:
/Applications/Avast.app
AvastFileShield.kext (AVAST Software a.s., 4.0.0 - SDK 10.12)
AvastPacketForwarder.kext (AVAST Software a.s., 2.1 - SDK 10.12)
System Launch Agents:
[Not Loaded] 17 Apple tasks
[Loaded] 171 Apple tasks
[Running] 144 Apple tasks
System Launch Daemons:
[Not Loaded] 38 Apple tasks
[Loaded] 188 Apple tasks
[Running] 134 Apple tasks
[Other] One Apple task
Launch Agents:
[Loaded] com.avast.userinit.plist (? 4b9d47d7 - installed 2020-09-13)
[Loaded] com.microsoft.OneDriveStandaloneUpdater.plist (Microsoft Corporation - installed 2020-09-09)
[Loaded] com.microsoft.update.agent.plist (Microsoft Corporation - installed 2020-09-17)
[Not Loaded] com.oracle.java.Java-Updater.plist (? 469313ab - installed 2020-07-18)
Launch Daemons:
[Loaded] com.avast.init.plist (? fe750b9b - installed 2020-09-13)
[Loaded] com.avast.uninstall.plist (? 1d68eef4 - installed 2020-09-13)
[Loaded] com.avast.update.plist (? f4a2548f - installed 2020-09-13)
[Loaded] com.bjango.istatmenus.installerhelper.plist (? 0 - installed )
[Running] com.crystalidea.macsfancontrol.smcwrite.plist (Ilya Parniuk - installed 2020-08-19)
[Loaded] com.microsoft.OneDriveStandaloneUpdaterDaemon.plist (Microsoft Corporation - installed 2020-09-09)
[Loaded] com.microsoft.OneDriveUpdaterDaemon.plist (Microsoft Corporation - installed 2020-09-09)
[Loaded] com.microsoft.autoupdate.helper.plist (Microsoft Corporation - installed 2020-09-17)
[Loaded] com.microsoft.office.licensingV2.helper.plist (Microsoft Corporation - installed 2020-08-10)
[Loaded] com.microsoft.teams.TeamsUpdaterDaemon.plist (Microsoft Corporation - installed 2020-09-09)
[Not Loaded] com.oracle.java.Helper-Tool.plist (? e3fefdd2 - installed 2020-07-18)
User Launch Agents:
[Not Loaded] com.bjango.istatmenus.agent.plist (? 0 - installed )
[Not Loaded] com.bjango.istatmenus.status.plist (? 0 - installed )
[Loaded] com.google.keystone.agent.plist (Google, Inc. - installed 2020-08-21)
[Loaded] com.google.keystone.xpcservice.plist (Google, Inc. - installed 2020-08-21)
User Login Items:
[Loaded] AdGuard Login Helper (App Store - installed 2020-09-09)
Modern Login Item
/Applications/AdGuard for Safari.app/Contents/Library/LoginItems/AdGuard Login Helper.app
[Running] Macs Fan Control (Ilya Parniuk - installed 2020-05-28)
Application
/Applications/Macs Fan Control.app
[Not Loaded] Launcher Disabler (Microsoft Corporation - installed 2020-09-09)
Modern Login Item
/Applications/OneDrive.app/Contents/Library/LoginItems/Launcher Disabler.app
[Not Loaded] OneDrive Launcher (Microsoft Corporation - installed 2020-09-09)
Modern Login Item
/Applications/OneDrive.app/Contents/Library/LoginItems/OneDrive Launcher.app
[Loaded] StartUpHelper (Spotify - installed 2020-08-31)
Modern Login Item
/Applications/Spotify.app/Contents/Library/LoginItems/StartUpHelper.app
Internet Plug-ins:
JavaAppletPlugin: Java 8 Update 261 build 12 (? - installed 2020-09-12)
Safari Extensions:
AdGuard (App Store - installed 2020-09-09)
AdGuard Custom (App Store - installed 2020-09-09)
AdGuard Other (App Store - installed 2020-09-09)
AdGuard Privacy (App Store - installed 2020-09-09)
AdGuard Safari Icon (App Store - installed 2020-09-09)
AdGuard Security (App Store - installed 2020-09-09)
AdGuard Social (App Store - installed 2020-09-09)
AdvancedBlocking (App Store - installed 2020-09-09)
Zotero Connector (Corporation for Digital Scholarship - installed 2020-09-10)
3rd Party Preference Panes:
Java (? - installed 2020-09-12)
Backup:
Time Machine Not Configured!
One other local snapshot
Performance:
System Load: 3.51 (1 min ago) 2.77 (5 min ago) 2.54 (15 min ago)
Nominal I/O speed: 0.79 MB/s
File system: 24.53 seconds
Write speed: 2910 MB/s
Read speed: 3056 MB/s
CPU Usage Snapshot:
Type Overall
System: 9 %
User: 9 %
Idle: 82 %
Top Processes Snapshot by CPU:
Process (count) CPU (Source - Location)
Other processes 259.60 % (?)
EtreCheck 12.41 % (App Store)
Safari 11.31 % (Apple)
AdGuard for Safari 1.02 % (App Store)
NotificationCenter 0.79 % (Apple)
Top Processes Snapshot by Memory:
Process (count) RAM usage (Source - Location)
EtreCheck 656 MB (App Store)
corespotlightd 203 MB (Apple)
Safari 175 MB (Apple)
Spotlight 105 MB (Apple)
Mail 77 MB (Apple)
Top Processes Snapshot by Network Use:
Process Input / Output (Source - Location)
Other processes 4 MB / 3 MB (?)
com.apple.WebKit.Networking.xpc 8 MB / 109 KB (Apple)
Notes 19 KB / 12 KB (Apple)
parsecd 13 KB / 6 KB (Apple)
PowerChime 2 KB / 15 KB (Apple)
Virtual Memory Information:
Physical RAM: 16 GB
Free RAM: 2.55 GB
Used RAM: 8.15 GB
Cached files: 5.30 GB
Available RAM: 7.85 GB
Swap Used: 2.23 GB
Software Installs (past 30 days):
Install Date Name (Version)
2020-09-02 CleanMyMac X (4.6.12)
2020-09-07 Command Line Tools beta 5 for Xcode (12.0)
2020-09-08 Voice Update - Arthur (1.3.1)
2020-09-09 Microsoft Office (16.41.20091302)
2020-09-09 AdGuard for Safari (1.8.2)
2020-09-12 Java 8 Update 261 (1.0)
2020-09-13 Avast Security (14.5)
2020-09-15 Microsoft Excel (16.41.20091302)
2020-09-15 Microsoft OneNote (16.41.20091302)
2020-09-15 Microsoft Outlook (16.41.20091302)
2020-09-15 Microsoft Word (16.41.20091302)
2020-09-15 Microsoft PowerPoint (16.41.20091302)
2020-09-17 Microsoft AutoUpdate (4.27.20091302)
2020-09-17 Xcode (12.0)
2020-09-17 XProtectPlistConfigData (2131)
2020-09-22 Numbers (10.0)
2020-09-22 Pages (10.0)
2020-09-22 Keynote (10.0)
2020-09-24 iMovie (10.1.16)
2020-09-25 EtreCheck (5.6)
Diagnostics Information (past 7-30 days):
End of report
submitted by ujean0628 to applehelp [link] [comments]


2020.09.25 03:12 flasozzi Finding it impossible to set an iCloud image as background ("transparent" background widget with both light and dark modes)

Hey, I thought that u/ben5292001's "Autumn vibes" widget was amazing and I decided to use it with a "transparent" background, that is, the image I chose was actually the cropped version of my actual wallpaper. However, when my phone switched to night mode it looked hideous. So, I decided to merge ben5292001's code with one that I found in the Automators forum which had both light and dark modes, with different colour gradients as backgrounds accordingly.
There's no way I can manage to get my iCloud pictures to display as backgrounds. NO WAY. I've managed to get external pictures to work by providing their URL, and it's working perfectly well, but when you do that the quality is reduced drastically and then the widget isn't "transparent" anymore because of all the blur and changes in colour.
Can anybody help me get the images from the iCloud Scriptables folder instead? It's been four days of intense research and trial (and, well, error) and I don't think I'll manage it without help.

// Variables used by Scriptable. // These must be at the very top of the file. Do not edit. // icon-color: orange; icon-glyph: magic; const BACKGROUND_DARK_MODE = "yes" // options: "yes", "no", "system" let widgetHello = new ListWidget(); var today = new Date(); var spacing = parseInt(40); var days = ['Sunday','Monday','Tuesday','Wednesday','Thursday','Friday','Saturday']; var months = ['January','February','March','April','May','June','July','August','September','October','November','December']; var greetingsMorning = [ 'Good morning, Flávia.' ]; var greetingsAfternoon = [ 'Good afternoon, Flávia.' ]; var greetingsEvening = [ 'Good evening, Flávia.' ]; var greetingsNight = [ 'Good night, Flávia.' ]; var greetingsLateNight = [ 'You should be asleep!' ]; var weekday = days[ today.getDay() ]; var month = months[ today.getMonth() ]; var date = today.getDate(); var hour = today.getHours(); var datefull = weekday + ", " + date + " " + month; function randomGreeting(greetingArray) { return Math.floor(Math.random() * greetingArray.length); } var greeting = new String("Howdy.") // var greeting = "Howdy."; if (hour < 5 && hour >= 1) { greeting = greetingsLateNight[randomGreeting(greetingsLateNight)]; } else if (hour >= 23 hour < 1) { greeting = greetingsNight[randomGreeting(greetingsNight)]; } else if (hour < 12) { greeting = greetingsMorning[randomGreeting(greetingsMorning)]; } else if (hour >= 12 && hour <= 17) { greeting = greetingsAfternoon[randomGreeting(greetingsAfternoon)]; } else if (hour > 17 && hour < 23) { greeting = greetingsEvening[randomGreeting(greetingsEvening)]; } if (month == "October" && date == 31) { greeting = "Happy Halloween!"; } if (month == "December" && date == 25) { greeting = "Merry Christmas!"; } if (month == "November" && date == 7) { greeting = "Happy birthday!"; } let isDarkMode = BACKGROUND_DARK_MODE=="system" ? await isUsingDarkAppearance() : BACKGROUND_DARK_MODE=="yes" if (isDarkMode) { let req = new Request("https://scx2.b-cdn.net/gfx/news/hires/2019/water.jpg"); let image = await req.loadImage() widgetHello.backgroundImage = image } else { let req = new Request("https://leancrew.com/all-this/images2020/20200530-Bookmark%20naming.png"); let image = await req.loadImage() widgetHello.backgroundImage = image } let themeColor = new Color("#ffffff"); widgetHello.addSpacer(parseInt(spacing)); let hello = widgetHello.addText(greeting); hello.font = Font.boldSystemFont(32) hello.textColor = themeColor; let datetext = widgetHello.addText(datefull); datetext.textSize = 16; datetext.textColor = themeColor; widgetHello.addSpacer(); widgetHello.setPadding(15, 7, 10, 0) Script.setWidget(widgetHello); async function isUsingDarkAppearance() { // yes there's a Device.isUsingDarkAppearance() method // but I find it unreliable const wv = new WebView() let js ="(window.matchMedia && window.matchMedia('(prefers-color-scheme: dark)').matches)" let r = await wv.evaluateJavaScript(js) return r } 
submitted by flasozzi to Scriptable [link] [comments]


2020.09.25 02:08 AutoModerator General Questions Thread, September 25, 2020

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Shops
Retailers:
AmiAmi HobbySearch Mandarake (sells rare figures) Good Smile Company Online Shop (often has exclusives) Good Smile Company US shop Crunchyroll Shop Hobby Link Japan (aka HLJ) Solaris Japan (MFC partner) Big in Japan (also has proxy service) Tokyo Otaku Mode FigureHaven Archonia (EU retailer) Jungle
List of retailers on MFC
/AnimeFigures' List of Retailers
Community Guide to Shopping in Japan
Blogs/News:
Nekomagic (News/Previews) NyaaFigurines (Reviews/Releases) Kahotan's Blog (News/Reviews) Figma Blog (JP)

Buying & Shipping

1. What’s the best place to buy my anime figures from?
That’s going to depend a lot on what works for you, but most people around here buy them from Amiami, Big in Japan, Hobby Search, HobbyLink Japan, or Tokyo Otaku Mode. If none of those work for you for whatever reason, there’s a list of reputable retailers in the sidebar that you can check out at any time. Be extra careful when ordering figures from websites like Amazon or ebay, as there are a lot of bootlegs on those sites. Don’t be afraid to ask in our Bootleg Megathread if you’re unsure.
2. What differences are there between the shipping options I get from most Japanese shops?
Below is a rundown of the main shipping choices you’ll get at most retailers. Keep in mind that if an order is large enough you will be forced to use one of the more expensive options, as SAL shipments have lower size and weight restrictions.
  • Unregistered SAL: Sometimes referred to as uSAL, is usually the cheapest method. It does not come with any tracking or insurance. Usually takes up 2-4 weeks for delivery.
  • Registered SAL: Sometimes referred to as rSAL, is insured for the declared value up to 6,000 yen. It comes with a tracking number and usually takes 2-4 weeks for delivery.
  • EMS: This method of shipping is much faster than either SAL options, usually arriving within a week of shipment. EMS shipments are insured for the declared value up to 2,000,000 yen.
  • Airmail
  • E-packet
  • Surface: Shops don't offer this very often. It's an actual cargo ship and slow as a result.
  • DHL: Becoming more available as an alternative to EMS on AmiAmi and other sites. Can be less expensive than EMS and of comparable speed, but may be more reliant on the specific geographical area being shipped to. Offers their own tracking.
3. I placed two+ orders for figures at different times. Will my items be shipped together, or will I have to pay shipping twice?
Most shops will ask you to pay shipping on a per-order basis, but here are some that will allow combined shipping:
  • Amiami: You can combine orders here, as long as the orders ship in the same month. It doesn’t matter if the item is new or preowned. Any preorders that are set for that month can also be combined with other orders for that month. However, be aware that if the preorder gets delayed, Amiami will remove that item from that month’s shipment and place it on a new order. To combine orders on Amiami, use the “Combine Orders” feature under “My Account”.
  • Hobby Search: Hobby Search will let you combine orders that release in the same month, but you cannot combine in stock items with preorders. If you want to combine multiple preorders, or multiple in stock items, you can do so using the “Order Recombination” feature on your account page.
  • HobbyLink Japan: At HLJ, you have the option to send paid orders to their “Private Warehouse”, where you can store them for up to 2 months. When you’re ready to ship the items, you simply select which items to ship and HLJ will combine them into one shipment for you. To use this, just select the “Private Warehouse” option as shipping when you order.
  • GSC Web Shop: Here you’ll pay a flat 2,000 yen fee per order. It doesn’t matter how many items you put in your order, or how many different months the items release in. They will charge you 2,000 yen and ship all items as they release. The exception to this rule is their Wonder Festival exclusive items. Those can only be placed in the same order as other Wonder Festival items.
If you’re unsure about whether or not a shop we haven’t listed will combine your orders, please refer to their individual FAQ’s.
4. When will I get charged for my preorder?
Most Japanese shops charge you once the item is in stock and ready for shipment. When that happens, they will send you an email asking for payment. Some shops (mostly overseas ones), will allow you to pay for the item up front though, if you’d like. A few with that option are:
  • Big in Japan (Japanese store)
  • Tokyo Otaku Mode
  • Anime Island
  • Crunchyroll
Keep in mind that overseas stores will likely get the figure a few months after Japanese ones, so pay attention to the release date stated on the website you are buying from so as to avoid that confusion.
5. Should I expect to pay customs fees when importing figures?
That depends on where you live. Here’s a quick rundown:
  • Australia: 10% GST is now assessed up front.
  • Canada: Minimum declared value for charges is around CAD$20 for regular shipments, and CAD$60 for gifts (gifting something only seems to lower the declared value by about CAD$40, not deplete it completely). When using Amiami, try their Small Air Packet option. It comes with tracking, gets there in about the same time as EMS, and is better at avoiding customs.
  • Europe: Using EMS raises your chance of getting charged for customs. SAL can still avoid customs in some countries, but generally gets checked in the UK now if the items are above the threshold. Amiami offers a shipping service called “Small Air Packet” that is really good for avoiding customs when you are only shipping one or two figures. Small Air Packet usually takes about the same amount of time as EMS, and still comes with tracking.The minimum declared value for customs charges in the Europe is pretty low- around £15 (£36 for gifts) / €20.
  • Mexico: Minimum declared value for customs fees is USD$300 for shipments by post, and USD$50 for shipments by courier.
  • United States: A shipment has to have a declared value of USD$2,000 before customs starts hitting you with fees, so you most likely won’t have to worry about them at all.
6. The figure I want is an exclusive, how do I go about ordering one outside of Japan?
You have three options for this:
A. Big in Japan is known to stock exclusive figures and ship to other countries. Usually the price is higher because they build in their proxy fees, but it’s easier than worrying about using a forwarder or proxy service. If you live in the US, Crunchyroll, Right Stuf, and Tokyo Otaku Mode also get exclusives sometimes, but out of the states the shipping can get expensive.
B. Forwarding Services: A forwarder is someone who you ship an exclusive item to so that they can forward the package on to you, usually for a flat fee + shipping. When using a forwarder you still make the purchase yourself, and enter their address into the shipping field. When the box arrives at the forwarder they will then stick your address onto the package and send it on its way.
Some popular forwarders are:
Be sure to read each sites instructions on forwarding carefully!
C. Proxy Services: With a proxy, you tell them what the item you’re looking for is and they will purchase it in your stead. This is handy for when a company doesn’t accept foreign credit cards, or you’re having trouble navigating a Japanese website.
Some popular proxies are:
Again, be sure you thoroughly read through each sites proxy instructions.
7. I see a bunch of really cheap figures that ship from China on ebay. Are those okay to buy?
Generally, no. They’re most likely bootlegs. If you want a second opinion on that, feel free to ask in the Bootleg Megathread that’s always stickied at the top of the sub.
8. What’s a bootleg, and how can I avoid buying them?
A bootleg is a counterfeit figure often made using rejected molds of the official product. They are usually priced significantly lower than the genuine article, and in order to make their profit, bootleggers use lower quality materials and have less attention to detail- resulting in a substandard figure.
The Bootleg Megathread that I mentioned in question 7 is a great tool to avoid buying any bootlegs. It has a few tips and tricks to avoiding them to begin with, and a few more on how to spot them if you’re worried you might already own one.
9. Does anyone know when figure X is going to be released? How do I know if it was delayed?
My Figure Collection (sometimes referred to as MFC) does an excellent job of staying on top of information like release dates and delays. If you’re curious about an upcoming figures release date, check there first. This information can be found directly under the “Releases” section on a figure’s entry. If you only see a month and a year in that section, it means the release date has not yet been announced by the manufacturer, and there is still a chance the figure could be delayed.
If you make an account on MFC you can also subscribe to comments, changes, and pictures via a checkbox on the right hand side of a figure’s listing. Subscribing to any of these things will allow MFC to send you an email anytime the subscription in question updates. Subscribing to “changes” is a great way to keep up with release dates and delays, among other things.
10. The figure I want is long sold out at normal retailers! What’s the best place to pick it up in the aftermarket?
A list of reputable retailers can be found under the “Shops” section of the /AnimeFigures sidebar. They all sell legitimate products, and many of them also sell figures second hand. However, the most frequently suggested second hand sites are Mandarake and Amiami- who has a preowned section that they update every night save Sundays and Japanese holidays around 1PM JST and again around 6PM JST.
AmiAmi grades their pre-owned items on a letter scale. The general consensus from buyers is that their ratings are conservative, so unless the item and/or packaging is specifically indicated as having significant flaws, pre-owned items from them are usually in at least as good a condition as their rating suggests.
Note: When you search Mandarake, you’ll get the best results by using the Japanese characters for whatever you are searching. If you don’t know them, you can find them on MFC by clicking on any of the “details” in that figure’s listing.
11. Amiami has a figure I’m interested in labeled as “For sale in Japan only”. Does this mean I can’t order it without a proxy or forwarder?
No, you can still order it. Amiami’s English site has that warning on many items, and it’s mostly meant to inform you that this product was made for a Japanese market, and as such, will have Japanese speaking/writing in it- so don’t expect any instructions to be in English. If Amiami doesn’t want foreigners buying a certain product, they won’t even list it on their English site.

Displaying Your Figures

12. What display cases do you recommend?
If you live near an Ikea try out one of these:
*If you decided on a Detolf, you might find that there is a lot of wasted space. Here are a few tutorials on raising the shelves or and adding extra ones in.
If you don’t live near an Ikea, Amazon has a few display options, though they are more expensive. Also keep an eye on your local Craigslist (or your country’s equivalent) and stores near you that are closing up.
13. What lighting do you guys recommend?
Ikea’s Dioder LED strips are often suggested. They come in white or muti-colored.
Most hardware stores carry something similar though, if you don’t live by an Ikea. Just make sure that the lights don’t get too hot!
14. What are those clear plastic boxes that I see under everyone’s figures in their collection posts, and where can I get them?
Those are called risers. Most of us use standard acrylic risers like these. Some other, easy to find things that have been suggested are:
Check your local hobby store for the first 2 options, or your local hardware store if you want to make your own.
Another common suggestion is to visit The Container Store if you have one near you. They have a lot of things to choose from that can suit a variety of needs. Be sure to check out their standard acrylic risers, their Amac boxes, and the various display cases they sell (baseball cases, mini car cases. hockey puck cases, etc).
15. Should I keep my figures sealed?
That is, of course, up to you really, but here are a few things to keep in mind when debating this question:
  • Keeping it sealed can actually damage your figure. PVC figures usually have something called plasticizer in them, and that plasticizer needs to be able to breath. If a PVC figure isn’t exposed to oxygen, after a period of time the plasticizer starts to break down and form a sticky substance on the surface of the figure. Simply opening your figures and taking them out of the box prevents this from happening. If you happen to find plasticizer goo on one of your figures, Kahotan has a handy guide for dealing with it.
  • Unlike some other figure markets, keeping an anime figure sealed won’t raise its value by a whole lot. In fact, because of the plasticizer problem mentioned above, your figure could actually be in better condition if you open it versus keeping it sealed.

Finding the Right Figure(s) for You

16. There are so many figure companies! Who makes good figures?!
Obviously this is a very subjective question, but as a general starting point, here are a few well renowned figure companies:
  • Alter
  • Max Factory
  • Good Smile Company
  • Kotobukiya (usually hit or miss for people. Use your best judgement based off of the prototype)
  • Aquamarine
  • Flare
  • Stronger
17. I really love “series X / character X”- how can I check if any figures were ever made for it?
My Figure Collection can be your best friend here. Simply do a search on the name of the series or character using the search bar located at the top right of the screen, and all associated figures pop up!
Alternatively, if you’re looking at a figure’s MFC entry, most of the text under the “Details” section can be clicked on and used to run a search.
18. How can I commission a custom figure?
None of the major figure companies (Alter, Kotobukiya, Good Smile Company, etc.) will take a commission for a single figure. This thread has a few websites in it that you can check out, or you can look into garage kits. Some kit painters would be willing to resculpt, frankenstein together, or otherwise modify kits for the right price.
If you're looking for help completing a garage kit, /brushforhire may be useful.

Keeping Up with New Announcements

19. How can I keep up with figure news (announcements, updates, etc.)?
Most people use a MFC combined with any or all of the following news sites:
To use MFC for this I’ll quote question #9.
If you make an account on MFC you can also subscribe to comments, changes, and pictures via a checkbox on the right hand side of a figure’s listing. Subscribing to any of these things will allow MFC to send you an email anytime the subscription in question updates. Subscribing to “changes” is a great way to keep up with release dates and delays, among other things.
Most companies have one or more Twitter accounts. Some examples: Good Smile Company sales, Good Smile's USA branch, Max Factory, AmiAmi Hobby News.
20. Everyone’s excited about something called Wonfes….. what the heck is that?!
WonFes (short for Wonder Festival) is a biannual figure expo where many figure producers (both large and small) show off new sculpts and updates to figures already under way. Most companies save their most exciting announcements for WonFes, so we all look forward to the expo whenever it rolls around! Winter Wonder Festival is usually held in February, while Summer Wonder Festival is usually in July. The event has also spread to Shanghai, in the late spring.
21. One or two (or 15) figures were announced at WonFes that I’m really excited about! How can I keep track of their progress once the event is over?
MFC is always really quick about getting new WonFes announcements (or any others throughout the year, for that matter) listed in their database, so we suggest using that. To find a figure from the event you can search any number of things, including the name of the character or the name of the show. You can also use the tag search to search “WonderFestival 20xx_[season]” to see all items announced at that event.
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2020.09.24 20:46 fineprintdata DeJoy's Stocks vs. the 2020 Election

I’ve been trying to understand the web of financial interests surrounding Postmaster DeJoy. Here’s what I’ve got so far. A full graphic of his history with XPO is here, along with the following writeup.

TL:DR Postmaster DeJoy has a massive (187 to 1) conflict-of-interest between his stock in his ex-company, XPO Logistics, and his role as head of the Post Office. The conflict is so massive that his best financial interest is to stay in power as long as possible so in order to weaken the Post Office where it competes with XPO and/or increase Post Office outsourcing for services that XPO provides.
  1. The $-leverage-gap between DeJoy’s stock in his former company, XPO (estimated at $57 million on 9/18) and his annual salary as Postmaster General ($303,460) is 187 to 1.
  2. In the first 10 weeks of DeJoy appointment, USPS payments to XPO have increased by 412% over the same time period last year (although this contract does pre-date DeJoy's appointment, it came after he was floated as a replacement to Postmaster Brennan and after DeJoy's chief advocate, John Barger, was named to head the search process. ).
  3. Since DeJoy’s appointment, 7% of all First-Class mail has been delayed and 13% of the country's mail-sorting machines have been scheduled for decommission before the election.
  4. DeJoy’s changes have slowed mail, weakened confidence in the USPS, and decreased access to voting-by-mail. With a clear Democratic dependence on voting-by-mail, these policies increase the likelihood that Trump wins, so that DeJoy can weaken the USPS as a competitor to XPO and increase USPS outsourcing to XPO.
I looked at three primary sources to compile information about Postmaster General DeJoy’s financial interests. These are SEC insider trading filings as relates to his position as an executive at XPO, nonprofit 501c(3) disclosure filings for the DeJoy Wos Family Foundation, and the EIGA Annual Financial Disclosures and Periodic Transaction Reports for DeJoy and his immediate family.
### Background
Louis DeJoy is a former logistics executive and Trump campaign megadonor. He was confirmed as the 75th Postmaster General earlier this year, assuming the position on June 16, 2020. His wife, Aldona Wos, had served as Ambassador to Estonia under George W. Bush and had been considered for the position of Ambassador to Canada. Since DeJoy’s confirmation, concerns about conflicts of interest between his personal investments and USPS policy have grown, leading to inquiries by both the House Oversight Committee and Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee. Earlier this month, the House opened a separate investigation of DeJoy’s alleged campaign finance violations involving his former company, New Breed Logistics.
### XPO Logistics
Louis DeJoy and his wife, Aldona Wos, have an estimated $56 million stake in XPO Logistics, the multinational company that DeJoy helped run and a direct beneficiary of the new policies DeJoy enacted at the Postal Service. For context, as of late 2019, the couple have a combined net worth between $93 and $314 million, with income between $6 to $31 million. In other words, they have tied between 18 and 60 percent of their wealth to the financial success of a company that DeJoy regulates.
DeJoy ran his family company, New Breed Logistics, with his brothers from 1983 to 2014. He then sold New Breed to XPO Logistics for $615 million in the summer of 2014. As part of the deal, DeJoy was appointed President of XPO’s North America & Asia-Pacific supply chain business, due to his expertise in supply chain operations. He also agreed to purchase $30 million worth of restricted XPO shares, evenly divided between the pre-merger ($26.03) and post-merger ($32.45) share price. In December of 2015, DeJoy suddenly retired as President and joined the Board of XPO. In his ownership filings as a member of the board, we can only find evidence of him owning ~$15 million in XPO stock. It’s unclear whether the other $15 million stock purchase was ever executed, and if not, why.
Cross-referencing DeJoy’s SEC ownership filings and his exercised XPO options, we estimate that he currently owns 650,000 shares of XPO, valued at $56.8 million on September 18th. In contrast, DeJoy makes $303,460 annually as Postmaster General. As such, a change in XPO’s stock price of just 47 cents is the equivalent of his annual salary. On September 1st of this year, for example, DeJoy made more than four times his annual salary in total capital gains on his XPO stock, adding around $1,287,000 to his net worth in a single day.
As part of their delivery network, the Post Office contracts long-haul shipping jobs to a large number of private contractors, including XPO. While this does not represent the largest revenue stream for XPO, it does receive millions of dollars in federal contracts every year. Since DeJoy’s appointment, XPO has seen a 412% year over year increase in payments from these contracts, from $3.4 million over the same time period last year to $14 million.
### Power Through USPS Policy Changes
DeJoy’s policies have delayed 7 percent of all first-class mail. He has ordered the removal of 13% of all sorting machines used to help process mail-in ballots, and worries persist regarding the Postal Service’s ability to handle the expected volume of vote by mail ballots. Impeding the ability of the Postal Service to process mail-in ballots when evidence suggests that Democrats are vastly more likely to cast them would undoubtedly help Trump win reelection.
DeJoy’s policies have already degraded confidence in the Postal Service. Indeed, at least 21 states plan to sue the Postal Service over DeJoy’s changes. Even a small decrease in voter turnout or ballot delivery could affect electoral outcomes, often decided by a few swing states. A difference of around 100,000 votes in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin would have changed the outcome of the 2016 election. With around one third of Americans planning to vote by mail, any interruption to the postal service could cause vote counting delays or prevent votes from being counted. In other words, in 2020, whoever controls the mail, controls the elections.
(edited to reflect comment by rusticgorilla below)
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2020.09.24 03:53 kittyaphrodite Guide to Dressing Romantics

Hey guys- I just wrote this post on vindicta but I thought it would also be helpful to post here- with the caveat that it is just my thoughts and experiences!
hey guys! This took a while of thinking to get done but I hope it helps!
The first step to being able to effectively style yourself is to find out your kibbe type. Here is a link to the test I took- https://theconceptwardrobe.com/kibbe-body-types/the-kibbe-body-type-test. I think its all the better the less preconceived notions you have about kibbe as your opinion could become clouded and you could suffer type resistance- as in, you want to be one body type but you really are another. I think the kibbe system is great because its not based in making you feel like shit about yourself. Every single type has universally-considered gorgeous and beautiful women. It is also about being honest to yourself. I am about 5’0- I will NEVER be a tall supermodel. It’s just not happening. And that’s fine! Look at the women you are in the category with and see how beautiful they are. That being said, I am considered a romantic and that’s what this guide will be tailored toward. Here is the full outline of kibbes romantic section in his book Metamorphosis- https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/seasonalcolokibbe-s-romantic-t1990.html. By the way, for whatever result you get on the kibbe test, if you google “tapatalk (your kibbe type)” you should find your own chapter results.
I feel I finally have a style and idea of how things work for my body which is petite and curvy. I think it does feel like a niche as curvy doesn’t necessarily mean a larger size, I am a size 6. I prefer to include real recommendations into my posts cause I feel it takes a lot of legwork out and is more helpful that way. I wouldn’t feel comfortable giving recs to people with different body types and have you buy something garbage!
also, as apart of this pre-styling guide- learn your color season. I don’t have any great links but here on the subreddit are many great posts that can point you in the right direction. Of course, is it law to not wear purple as a warm spring? No, of course not. However, it can help point you in the right direction in clothes you might be interested in buying and trying to pick the best colors for you. Finally, kibbe, color systems, and my suggestions aren’t law or things you have to do or else. Everyones different! Still, this stuff takes forever to learn and a lot of time and money to figure out and I think it helped me a ton and i hope it does for other people.
Guiding principles of Kibbe for Romantics (ripped from his book, you dont need to follow everything but i think it gives you a general idea of what to look for)
SHAPE: Shape is the key to your look! Whatever mood you want to express, in whatever situation your find yourself--work, play, or glamour--keep your shapes rounded with soft edges! Circles, ornate swirls, and intricate flowing shapes are the direct expression of your extreme Yin. Soft bouffants are also acceptable. Always maintain the hourglass figure!
Avoid: All straight lines. All sharp edges. All geometrics.
LINE AND SILHOUETTE Second only to shape in importance, your outline should always be soft and flowing silhouettes that showcase the lush curves of your body. Waste definition is essential, always, as is lots of gentle draping everywhere.
Avoid: All severe silhouettes. All tailored silhouettes. All straight lines with angular edges. All vertical lines that hid the waist. All unconstructed, boxy, or horizontal lines.
FABRIC: Lightweight fabrics that drape easily. Softly woven fabrics (challis, crepe, tropical-weight woolens, jersey). Ultrashiny fabrics (charmeuse, shantung, crepe de chine, metallics). Ultra soft of plush textures (suedes, velvets, boucle knits, angora). Sheer fabrics (chiffon, voile, batiste, handkerchief linen).
AVOID: Stiff fabrics. Heavyweight fabrics. Rough textures. Extreme matte-finished fabrics.
DETAIL Detail should be soft, intricate, ornate and feminine, with emphasis on framing your face. Oversized bows, flouncy ruffles, and delicate lace are always good choices as long as they are luscious and womanly, instead of "little-girlish." Necklines should be soft and draped with curved edges (ornate necklines are especially sophisticated). Shoulders should be curved, with round pads; shoulder tucks or gathers, leg o' mutton, and draped dolman styles are all appropriate. Sleeves should be tapered at the wrist with intricate buttons, or very soft and flowing. Any kind of sparkle is excellent (pearls, sequins, beading, etc.) The waistline should always be emphasized, with soft gathers, folds, draped sashes, and lightweight and supple belts to give a cinched effect. Belt buckles should always be intricate and feminine.
Avoid: All tailored, angular, or severe detail. All chunky, rough, or oversized detail. All geometric necklines. All sharp edges--pleats, square shoulder pads. All crisp detail--perky bows, tiny ruffles. All minimal or "no detail" looks.
Skirts: Should be kept full and flowing with soft gathers at the waist and uneven hemlines. Your version of the basic "straight skirt" is actually tulip shaped: full and gathered at the waist and tapered at the hemline, which is short. All flared styles are excellent, from trumpets and swings to any bias-cut or gored style. Lengths should be kept gracefully long on uneven hemlines (mid calf), and short on the tapered styles with an even hemline (mid kneecap).
Avoid: All straight and tailored skirts, A-lines, and pleats.
Pants: Should always be soft, draped, and showcase your luscious curves! Gathers at the waist and a tapered or pegged bottom are the best shape for you.
Avoid: Straight or tailored pants. sharp details (pleats, cuffs, pockets). Baggy, unconstructed styles.
Blouses: Soft, draped styles. Sophisticated flounces and fills. Any antique styles.
Avoid: All tailored styles.
Sweaters: Soft, fluffy knits. Clingy, draped knits. Plush knits. Short lengths with waist detail. Cowl necks.
Avoid: Skinny, ribbed knits. Thick, nubby knits. Oversized sweaters. Turtlenecks and long pullovers. Cardigans. Crew-necked shetlands.
DRESSES: Should always be feminine and flowing. Waist emphasis, ornate detail, and swirling or flouncey skirts.
Avoid: Stiff, structured, or tailored styles (coatdress, chemise, etc.). Straight styles with no waist. Shapeless, wide, or baggy dresses.
Basics Before Dressing
As youll be able to see- I do not follow every single rule he makes, and sometimes like things he says to avoid. These rules arent law but they should make you look twice at what you wear and if it works for you and how to make it work for you and your style. I break these rules plenty- just as long as I am maintaining the structure by waist emphasis and clothes choice (high waisted bottoms).
While you don’t have to follow the materials list directly, just try to pay attention to what the clothes are made of and prioritize non-polyester clothes. Don’t buy clothes that don’t suit you or don’t fit you in the hope that it one day magically will or that you will lose the weight. If you are losing weight rapidly, then wait a little before buying expensive new clothes and wait until you get to a more stable weight for you. The key factor is always, always, always waist emphasis! In every outfit strive to have waist definition be the key component.
Shapewear- a must
Shapewear is so crucial to a the more structured hourglass look. While you should be working out, there will always be lumps and bumps that you would like to be slimmed or rounded. Shapewear will do that for you. That snatched look you see on red carpets and celebrities is a large part due to shapewear- as many admit in interviews. Shapewear has the ability to make your outfits overall look more expensive and just better on you. Now, I bought skims full price and the quality sucks- my mid thigh shorts literally ripped on a date so that was great. Honestly, I would go for spanx. I thought they were so expensive for some reason. Because Spanx is kinda the OG of shapewear brands that we think of, they have such a large library that their sale section is pretty robust so you can pretty much get a lot of pieces like high waisted panties for 10 dollars or full body-thigh suits for $40 dollars. And ive never experienced ripping like I did with Skims. Sign up for the Spanx newsletter and youll get updates on deals every couple of weeks, including free shipping.
A really easy way to get into shapewear is buying the Spanx high waisted underwear. I would highly recommend in investing in shapewear panties/boyshorts. Its not much different than other types of underwear, smooths/diminishes on lower belly fat which most women have, and I got 3 for ten dollars each. I like the “everyday shaping” ones the best since they don’t look like shapewear necessarily and are pretty comfortable to wear around. I get black in all of these since it goes with my lingerie since im garbage at matching colors so I just get it all in black. Panties and boyshorts in shapewear can be worn with pretty much every outfit (so long as youre covered on your lower stomach. For tight dresses and skirts- you probably would want to get shapewear that would smooth your thighs and butt- as Ive noticed in a newer pencil skirt I bought, just the boyshorts aint cutting it. It just looks a little lumpy without. I would highly recommend just buying sale spanx at their website- and in general try to look for styles that are still sold for full price on other parts of the site or are part of a collection, one off items aren’t as good. (ie, “retro panties” are not as good as the “everyday shaping line, boyshorts”). Find the areas where you need it too- a full body suit is expensive and you probably don’t need it- if your thighs aren’t perfectly shaped, or you have some belly fat, buy shapewear to help those areas. Shoot for a level 2/3 for max effectiveness.
General Principles
Now for the main event. You need to learn your measurements. Buy a simple measuring tape and do a full set of measurements for your body. Weight hangs so differently on us as we aren’t bone thin, so just generically buying a “small, medium, or large” just wont cut it unless you want to waste money. I have a pretty unpopular opinion- I think you have to pay more for clothes with this body type than others. Fast fashion is pretty much wasted money for us unless youre buying cheap camis and tops, even then, exercise caution. Its just not made for us. It costs a lot more money to cut clothes for curves than a pretty uniform straight shape. For this reason, I would recommend looking into vintage-reproduction clothes. Romantic body types haven’t been “in” since about the 1950s as the predominant style. While the hourglass type has always been in style, clothes that suit the romantic have not necessarily been. Tall, thin, angular are more trendy- and traditionally romantic clothes are made for non-romantic body types (polly). Therefore, I find that vintage reproduction clothes just look better on my body- wiggle dresses, cigarette pants, those are the things that look the best on me. I don’t want to look kitchy or like im wearing a costume- these cuts just look the best. The brands I pretty much only shop from now are Vixen by Micheline Pitt, La Femme en Noir (her goth brand), and I peruse other sites like Pinup girl and Stop Staring!. I use mostly micheline pitt because I feel her clothes are more “safe” for me to buy and fit my general style.
HIT UP POSHMARK for these clothes! Legit! I love buying secondhand clothes since I feel its more environmentally conscious and I love a sale. I usually look up “pin up couture,” “stop staring,” “micheline pitt,” and “la femme en noir” maybe twice a week to see if theres any good sales going on for pieces on my wishlist. Always make an offer! You might as well anyway and ive gotten bomb deals by going maybe 20% lower than the asking price on a piece.
Style
Style is kind of the most important piece here because you want to bring the principles of Kibbe into your style and pieces you love. If you love tanks with shorts, transition into more high waisted shorts (with belt?) and add a crop top or tuck a form fitting tank into the shorts. I used to be scene so I have a soft spot for that alt goth look still. I like to use Micheline Pitt for more basics (black crop with black capris with belt is life) whereas La Femme is used more for more gothy alt vibes without bordering on cartoony or cheap looking. La femme is pretty intensely boob-centric- just keep in mind (im about a 36d) if that’s something that makes you uncomfortable. Also, some of the styles in LFEN have a long vertical line with not a lot of waist emphasis is probably not for us (art deco collection for instance). I think it plays to romantic ideals great though- lace and little feminine detail is recommended for us. Just as a side recommendation, wait for sale! Legit, Micheline has sales like every other month so I just wait for that since some of the pieces get pricy. Keep in mind though the quality is always consistent and the sizing is consistent throughout the line which is great- as long as you have your measurements on hand you will have a good fit.
Jeans/ Pants/ Skirts/ Shorts
Jeans are tricky for curvieslim thick/romantics. You are pretty much in a struggle between shape and longevity (cotton) vs stretch. When you get 100% cotton jeans like a Levis 501, youre getting shape and a very long shelf life- but it isn’t really for curvy girls. Im a size 6 pretty much across the board in Levis EXCEPT for the 501s. In them, I literally go up to a size 12. TWELVE! Needless to say, I didn’t buy them. On the other hand, stretch is good to have BUT it makes the fabric last a lot less and I have destroyed so many American Eagle jeans with my thighs before I got into Levis wherein of maybe 25-30 pairs, only two have ripped in the thigh for me (I think 720s if you care, of course highest amount of stretch to cotton ratio). The golden ratio for me is about 90% cotton, 10% stretch. It gives enough construction and shape and longevity to a pair of jeans while still being comfortable and having that give. That’s a ratio that fits my fave pair of jeans, the Levis Wedgie Skinny fit which, if you can find in a non-plus size, you should at least try on. The wedgie fit is meant to look similar to a more vintage fit but it also shapes your butt and tapers off at a short length. The more common pair online is the plain Wedgie fit, which is like 98% stretch which isn’t my ideal but I do have a few. They just need to be broken in a little and follow the size chart. Wherever you buy jeans you should probably go in person if possible just to see how the stores standard jeans fit and how you like them. The golden ratio for us when it comes to jeans is, for me, high waisted + room in butt and thigh + tapered/skinny ankle. A bonus would be a lower stretch amount 15% and under I would recommend.
When it comes to regular work pants, I use Micheline Pitts cigarette pants and her capris. The fit is really good and theyre pretty flattering with the high waist emphasis and cut. And her capris! I thought all capris would make me look like a middle aged mom- hers are incredible. They give a super flattering cut and make your waist look tiny and ass look all round. I would avoid palazzo and wide cut pants- they just make me look fat. Same thing with shorts- I have Michelines and the Levis Wedgie fit shorts which have a high waist and cut off mid thigh and I think theyre pretty great, especially paired with a tight belt around the waist. Kibbe doesn’t recommend pencil skirts but I think theyre pretty hot with a long sleeve top and belt (with shapewear!). I wouldn’t necessarily recommend mini-skirts (which I love) because I personally haven’t found any that aren’t waaaaaaaay too short for me with my smaller waist and larger butt and thighs.
Tops
Crop tops are ideal for your body if you can pull them off with a high waisted short or pant. Tucking longer shirts into your pants and adding a belt to cinch the waist is a simple but effective romantic outfit. I prefer a longer sleeve, ¾ lengths looks great on romantics as well as a slightly longer short sleeve than you would see typically in fast fashion. It is recommended in kibbe to avoid oversized tops, despite how cute and comfy they are. It does make you look bigger. Lace detailing is great, corseted details, just some very femme tops look great as well
Dresses
I love a wiggle dress on a curvy girl. I think theyre so sexy and make you just look so classy but have that wow factor. I think they are hands down the best dresses for romantics. They have that built in shape that compliments our curves so nicely, and mixed with a belt and shapewear just create this beautiful look. An A-line fit and flare dress also looks nice but is a bit more “cute” than sexy.
Notes I'm sure I missed out on a lot of good points but I feel this is a great starting point for helping romantics. Ill post my fave pieces below- thanks!
https://stopstaring.com/collections/hottest-sellers/products/million-dollar-baby-black (i found on poshmark for like 70)
https://www.michelinepitt.com/collections/all/products/pre-order-decadence-wiggle-dress-in-black-vixen-by-micheline-pitt
https://www.michelinepitt.com/collections/all/products/vintage-cigarette-pants-black-vixen-by-micheline-pitt
https://www.michelinepitt.com/collections/all/products/pre-order-miss-kitty-maneater-wiggle-dress-in-black-vixen-by-micheline-pitt
https://www.michelinepitt.com/collections/all/products/vixen-swing-dress-in-raven-black-vixen-by-micheline-pitt-1
https://lafemmeennoir.net/collections/shop-la-femme-en-noiproducts/copy-of-la-dentelle-dress
https://lafemmeennoir.net/products/pre-order-wicked-web-dress?variant=16415989301282
EDIT: Disclaimer
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2020.09.24 03:46 kittyaphrodite Guide to Dressing Romantic Body Types: slim thick, curvy, petite

hey guys! This took a while of thinking to get done but I hope it helps!
The first step to being able to effectively style yourself is to find out your kibbe type. Here is a link to the test I took- https://theconceptwardrobe.com/kibbe-body-types/the-kibbe-body-type-test. I think its all the better the less preconceived notions you have about kibbe as your opinion could become clouded and you could suffer type resistance- as in, you want to be one body type but you really are another. I think the kibbe system is great because its not based in making you feel like shit about yourself. Every single type has universally-considered gorgeous and beautiful women. It is also about being honest to yourself. I am about 5’0- I will NEVER be a tall supermodel. It’s just not happening. And that’s fine! Look at the women you are in the category with and see how beautiful they are. That being said, I am considered a romantic and that’s what this guide will be tailored toward. Here is the full outline of kibbes romantic section in his book Metamorphosis- https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/seasonalcolokibbe-s-romantic-t1990.html. By the way, for whatever result you get on the kibbe test, if you google “tapatalk (your kibbe type)” you should find your own chapter results.
I feel I finally have a style and idea of how things work for my body which is petite and curvy. I think it does feel like a niche as curvy doesn’t necessarily mean a larger size, I am a size 6. I prefer to include real recommendations into my posts cause I feel it takes a lot of legwork out and is more helpful that way. I wouldn’t feel comfortable giving recs to people with different body types and have you buy something garbage!
also, as apart of this pre-styling guide- learn your color season. I don’t have any great links but here on the subreddit are many great posts that can point you in the right direction. Of course, is it law to not wear purple as a warm spring? No, of course not. However, it can help point you in the right direction in clothes you might be interested in buying and trying to pick the best colors for you. Finally, kibbe, color systems, and my suggestions aren’t law or things you have to do or else. Everyones different! Still, this stuff takes forever to learn and a lot of time and money to figure out and I think it helped me a ton and i hope it does for other people.
Guiding principles of Kibbe for Romantics (ripped from his book, you dont need to follow everything but i think it gives you a general idea of what to look for)
SHAPE: Shape is the key to your look! Whatever mood you want to express, in whatever situation your find yourself--work, play, or glamour--keep your shapes rounded with soft edges! Circles, ornate swirls, and intricate flowing shapes are the direct expression of your extreme Yin. Soft bouffants are also acceptable. Always maintain the hourglass figure!
Avoid: All straight lines. All sharp edges. All geometrics.
LINE AND SILHOUETTE Second only to shape in importance, your outline should always be soft and flowing silhouettes that showcase the lush curves of your body. Waste definition is essential, always, as is lots of gentle draping everywhere.
Avoid: All severe silhouettes. All tailored silhouettes. All straight lines with angular edges. All vertical lines that hid the waist. All unconstructed, boxy, or horizontal lines.
FABRIC: Lightweight fabrics that drape easily. Softly woven fabrics (challis, crepe, tropical-weight woolens, jersey). Ultrashiny fabrics (charmeuse, shantung, crepe de chine, metallics). Ultra soft of plush textures (suedes, velvets, boucle knits, angora). Sheer fabrics (chiffon, voile, batiste, handkerchief linen).
AVOID: Stiff fabrics. Heavyweight fabrics. Rough textures. Extreme matte-finished fabrics.
DETAIL Detail should be soft, intricate, ornate and feminine, with emphasis on framing your face. Oversized bows, flouncy ruffles, and delicate lace are always good choices as long as they are luscious and womanly, instead of "little-girlish." Necklines should be soft and draped with curved edges (ornate necklines are especially sophisticated). Shoulders should be curved, with round pads; shoulder tucks or gathers, leg o' mutton, and draped dolman styles are all appropriate. Sleeves should be tapered at the wrist with intricate buttons, or very soft and flowing. Any kind of sparkle is excellent (pearls, sequins, beading, etc.) The waistline should always be emphasized, with soft gathers, folds, draped sashes, and lightweight and supple belts to give a cinched effect. Belt buckles should always be intricate and feminine.
Avoid: All tailored, angular, or severe detail. All chunky, rough, or oversized detail. All geometric necklines. All sharp edges--pleats, square shoulder pads. All crisp detail--perky bows, tiny ruffles. All minimal or "no detail" looks.
Skirts: Should be kept full and flowing with soft gathers at the waist and uneven hemlines. Your version of the basic "straight skirt" is actually tulip shaped: full and gathered at the waist and tapered at the hemline, which is short. All flared styles are excellent, from trumpets and swings to any bias-cut or gored style. Lengths should be kept gracefully long on uneven hemlines (mid calf), and short on the tapered styles with an even hemline (mid kneecap).
Avoid: All straight and tailored skirts, A-lines, and pleats.
Pants: Should always be soft, draped, and showcase your luscious curves! Gathers at the waist and a tapered or pegged bottom are the best shape for you.
Avoid: Straight or tailored pants. sharp details (pleats, cuffs, pockets). Baggy, unconstructed styles.
Blouses: Soft, draped styles. Sophisticated flounces and fills. Any antique styles.
Avoid: All tailored styles.
Sweaters: Soft, fluffy knits. Clingy, draped knits. Plush knits. Short lengths with waist detail. Cowl necks.
Avoid: Skinny, ribbed knits. Thick, nubby knits. Oversized sweaters. Turtlenecks and long pullovers. Cardigans. Crew-necked shetlands.
DRESSES: Should always be feminine and flowing. Waist emphasis, ornate detail, and swirling or flouncey skirts.
Avoid: Stiff, structured, or tailored styles (coatdress, chemise, etc.). Straight styles with no waist. Shapeless, wide, or baggy dresses.
Basics Before Dressing
As youll be able to see- I do not follow every single rule he makes, and sometimes like things he says to avoid. These rules arent law but they should make you look twice at what you wear and if it works for you and how to make it work for you and your style. I break these rules plenty- just as long as I am maintaining the structure by waist emphasis and clothes choice (high waisted bottoms).
While you don’t have to follow the materials list directly, just try to pay attention to what the clothes are made of and prioritize non-polyester clothes. Don’t buy clothes that don’t suit you or don’t fit you in the hope that it one day magically will or that you will lose the weight. If you are losing weight rapidly, then wait a little before buying expensive new clothes and wait until you get to a more stable weight for you. The key factor is always, always, always waist emphasis! In every outfit strive to have waist definition be the key component.
Shapewear- a must
Shapewear is so crucial to a the more structured hourglass look. While you should be working out, there will always be lumps and bumps that you would like to be slimmed or rounded. Shapewear will do that for you. That snatched look you see on red carpets and celebrities is a large part due to shapewear- as many admit in interviews. Shapewear has the ability to make your outfits overall look more expensive and just better on you. Now, I bought skims full price and the quality sucks- my mid thigh shorts literally ripped on a date so that was great. Honestly, I would go for spanx. I thought they were so expensive for some reason. Because Spanx is kinda the OG of shapewear brands that we think of, they have such a large library that their sale section is pretty robust so you can pretty much get a lot of pieces like high waisted panties for 10 dollars or full body-thigh suits for $40 dollars. And ive never experienced ripping like I did with Skims. Sign up for the Spanx newsletter and youll get updates on deals every couple of weeks, including free shipping.
A really easy way to get into shapewear is buying the Spanx high waisted underwear. I would highly recommend in investing in shapewear panties/boyshorts. Its not much different than other types of underwear, smooths/diminishes on lower belly fat which most women have, and I got 3 for ten dollars each. I like the “everyday shaping” ones the best since they don’t look like shapewear necessarily and are pretty comfortable to wear around. I get black in all of these since it goes with my lingerie since im garbage at matching colors so I just get it all in black. Panties and boyshorts in shapewear can be worn with pretty much every outfit (so long as youre covered on your lower stomach. For tight dresses and skirts- you probably would want to get shapewear that would smooth your thighs and butt- as Ive noticed in a newer pencil skirt I bought, just the boyshorts aint cutting it. It just looks a little lumpy without. I would highly recommend just buying sale spanx at their website- and in general try to look for styles that are still sold for full price on other parts of the site or are part of a collection, one off items aren’t as good. (ie, “retro panties” are not as good as the “everyday shaping line, boyshorts”). Find the areas where you need it too- a full body suit is expensive and you probably don’t need it- if your thighs aren’t perfectly shaped, or you have some belly fat, buy shapewear to help those areas. Shoot for a level 2/3 for max effectiveness.
General Principles
Now for the main event. You need to learn your measurements. Buy a simple measuring tape and do a full set of measurements for your body. Weight hangs so differently on us as we aren’t bone thin, so just generically buying a “small, medium, or large” just wont cut it unless you want to waste money. I have a pretty unpopular opinion- I think you have to pay more for clothes with this body type than others. Fast fashion is pretty much wasted money for us unless youre buying cheap camis and tops, even then, exercise caution. Its just not made for us. It costs a lot more money to cut clothes for curves than a pretty uniform straight shape. For this reason, I would recommend looking into vintage-reproduction clothes. Romantic body types haven’t been “in” since about the 1950s as the predominant style. While the hourglass type has always been in style, clothes that suit the romantic have not necessarily been. Tall, thin, angular are more trendy- and traditionally romantic clothes are made for non-romantic body types (polly). Therefore, I find that vintage reproduction clothes just look better on my body- wiggle dresses, cigarette pants, those are the things that look the best on me. I don’t want to look kitchy or like im wearing a costume- these cuts just look the best. The brands I pretty much only shop from now are Vixen by Micheline Pitt, La Femme en Noir (her goth brand), and I peruse other sites like Pinup girl and Stop Staring!. I use mostly micheline pitt because I feel her clothes are more “safe” for me to buy and fit my general style.
HIT UP POSHMARK for these clothes! Legit! I love buying secondhand clothes since I feel its more environmentally conscious and I love a sale. I usually look up “pin up couture,” “stop staring,” “micheline pitt,” and “la femme en noir” maybe twice a week to see if theres any good sales going on for pieces on my wishlist. Always make an offer! You might as well anyway and ive gotten bomb deals by going maybe 20% lower than the asking price on a piece.
Style
Style is kind of the most important piece here because you want to bring the principles of Kibbe into your style and pieces you love. If you love tanks with shorts, transition into more high waisted shorts (with belt?) and add a crop top or tuck a form fitting tank into the shorts. I used to be scene so I have a soft spot for that alt goth look still. I like to use Micheline Pitt for more basics (black crop with black capris with belt is life) whereas La Femme is used more for more gothy alt vibes without bordering on cartoony or cheap looking. La femme is pretty intensely boob-centric- just keep in mind (im about a 36d) if that’s something that makes you uncomfortable. Also, some of the styles in LFEN have a long vertical line with not a lot of waist emphasis is probably not for us (art deco collection for instance). I think it plays to romantic ideals great though- lace and little feminine detail is recommended for us. Just as a side recommendation, wait for sale! Legit, Micheline has sales like every other month so I just wait for that since some of the pieces get pricy. Keep in mind though the quality is always consistent and the sizing is consistent throughout the line which is great- as long as you have your measurements on hand you will have a good fit.
Jeans/ Pants/ Skirts/ Shorts
Jeans are tricky for curvieslim thick/romantics. You are pretty much in a struggle between shape and longevity (cotton) vs stretch. When you get 100% cotton jeans like a Levis 501, youre getting shape and a very long shelf life- but it isn’t really for curvy girls. Im a size 6 pretty much across the board in Levis EXCEPT for the 501s. In them, I literally go up to a size 12. TWELVE! Needless to say, I didn’t buy them. On the other hand, stretch is good to have BUT it makes the fabric last a lot less and I have destroyed so many American Eagle jeans with my thighs before I got into Levis wherein of maybe 25-30 pairs, only two have ripped in the thigh for me (I think 720s if you care, of course highest amount of stretch to cotton ratio). The golden ratio for me is about 90% cotton, 10% stretch. It gives enough construction and shape and longevity to a pair of jeans while still being comfortable and having that give. That’s a ratio that fits my fave pair of jeans, the Levis Wedgie Skinny fit which, if you can find in a non-plus size, you should at least try on. The wedgie fit is meant to look similar to a more vintage fit but it also shapes your butt and tapers off at a short length. The more common pair online is the plain Wedgie fit, which is like 98% stretch which isn’t my ideal but I do have a few. They just need to be broken in a little and follow the size chart. Wherever you buy jeans you should probably go in person if possible just to see how the stores standard jeans fit and how you like them. The golden ratio for us when it comes to jeans is, for me, high waisted + room in butt and thigh + tapered/skinny ankle. A bonus would be a lower stretch amount 15% and under I would recommend.
When it comes to regular work pants, I use Micheline Pitts cigarette pants and her capris. The fit is really good and theyre pretty flattering with the high waist emphasis and cut. And her capris! I thought all capris would make me look like a middle aged mom- hers are incredible. They give a super flattering cut and make your waist look tiny and ass look all round. I would avoid palazzo and wide cut pants- they just make me look fat. Same thing with shorts- I have Michelines and the Levis Wedgie fit shorts which have a high waist and cut off mid thigh and I think theyre pretty great, especially paired with a tight belt around the waist. Kibbe doesn’t recommend pencil skirts but I think theyre pretty hot with a long sleeve top and belt (with shapewear!). I wouldn’t necessarily recommend mini-skirts (which I love) because I personally haven’t found any that aren’t waaaaaaaay too short for me with my smaller waist and larger butt and thighs.
Tops
Crop tops are ideal for your body if you can pull them off with a high waisted short or pant. Tucking longer shirts into your pants and adding a belt to cinch the waist is a simple but effective romantic outfit. I prefer a longer sleeve, ¾ lengths looks great on romantics as well as a slightly longer short sleeve than you would see typically in fast fashion. It is recommended in kibbe to avoid oversized tops, despite how cute and comfy they are. It does make you look bigger. Lace detailing is great, corseted details, just some very femme tops look great as well
Dresses
I love a wiggle dress on a curvy girl. I think theyre so sexy and make you just look so classy but have that wow factor. I think they are hands down the best dresses for romantics. They have that built in shape that compliments our curves so nicely, and mixed with a belt and shapewear just create this beautiful look. An A-line fit and flare dress also looks nice but is a bit more “cute” than sexy.
Notes I'm sure I missed out on a lot of good points but I feel this is a great starting point for helping romantics. Ill post my fave pieces below- thanks!
https://stopstaring.com/collections/hottest-sellers/products/million-dollar-baby-black (i found on poshmark for like 70)
https://www.michelinepitt.com/collections/all/products/pre-order-decadence-wiggle-dress-in-black-vixen-by-micheline-pitt
https://www.michelinepitt.com/collections/all/products/vintage-cigarette-pants-black-vixen-by-micheline-pitt
https://www.michelinepitt.com/collections/all/products/pre-order-miss-kitty-maneater-wiggle-dress-in-black-vixen-by-micheline-pitt
https://www.michelinepitt.com/collections/all/products/vixen-swing-dress-in-raven-black-vixen-by-micheline-pitt-1
https://lafemmeennoir.net/collections/shop-la-femme-en-noiproducts/copy-of-la-dentelle-dress
https://lafemmeennoir.net/products/pre-order-wicked-web-dress?variant=16415989301282
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  • Hobby Search: Hobby Search will let you combine orders that release in the same month, but you cannot combine in stock items with preorders. If you want to combine multiple preorders, or multiple in stock items, you can do so using the “Order Recombination” feature on your account page.
  • HobbyLink Japan: At HLJ, you have the option to send paid orders to their “Private Warehouse”, where you can store them for up to 2 months. When you’re ready to ship the items, you simply select which items to ship and HLJ will combine them into one shipment for you. To use this, just select the “Private Warehouse” option as shipping when you order.
  • GSC Web Shop: Here you’ll pay a flat 2,000 yen fee per order. It doesn’t matter how many items you put in your order, or how many different months the items release in. They will charge you 2,000 yen and ship all items as they release. The exception to this rule is their Wonder Festival exclusive items. Those can only be placed in the same order as other Wonder Festival items.
If you’re unsure about whether or not a shop we haven’t listed will combine your orders, please refer to their individual FAQ’s.
4. When will I get charged for my preorder?
Most Japanese shops charge you once the item is in stock and ready for shipment. When that happens, they will send you an email asking for payment. Some shops (mostly overseas ones), will allow you to pay for the item up front though, if you’d like. A few with that option are:
  • Big in Japan (Japanese store)
  • Tokyo Otaku Mode
  • Anime Island
  • Crunchyroll
Keep in mind that overseas stores will likely get the figure a few months after Japanese ones, so pay attention to the release date stated on the website you are buying from so as to avoid that confusion.
5. Should I expect to pay customs fees when importing figures?
That depends on where you live. Here’s a quick rundown:
  • Australia: 10% GST is now assessed up front.
  • Canada: Minimum declared value for charges is around CAD$20 for regular shipments, and CAD$60 for gifts (gifting something only seems to lower the declared value by about CAD$40, not deplete it completely). When using Amiami, try their Small Air Packet option. It comes with tracking, gets there in about the same time as EMS, and is better at avoiding customs.
  • Europe: Using EMS raises your chance of getting charged for customs. SAL can still avoid customs in some countries, but generally gets checked in the UK now if the items are above the threshold. Amiami offers a shipping service called “Small Air Packet” that is really good for avoiding customs when you are only shipping one or two figures. Small Air Packet usually takes about the same amount of time as EMS, and still comes with tracking.The minimum declared value for customs charges in the Europe is pretty low- around £15 (£36 for gifts) / €20.
  • Mexico: Minimum declared value for customs fees is USD$300 for shipments by post, and USD$50 for shipments by courier.
  • United States: A shipment has to have a declared value of USD$2,000 before customs starts hitting you with fees, so you most likely won’t have to worry about them at all.
6. The figure I want is an exclusive, how do I go about ordering one outside of Japan?
You have three options for this:
A. Big in Japan is known to stock exclusive figures and ship to other countries. Usually the price is higher because they build in their proxy fees, but it’s easier than worrying about using a forwarder or proxy service. If you live in the US, Crunchyroll, Right Stuf, and Tokyo Otaku Mode also get exclusives sometimes, but out of the states the shipping can get expensive.
B. Forwarding Services: A forwarder is someone who you ship an exclusive item to so that they can forward the package on to you, usually for a flat fee + shipping. When using a forwarder you still make the purchase yourself, and enter their address into the shipping field. When the box arrives at the forwarder they will then stick your address onto the package and send it on its way.
Some popular forwarders are:
Be sure to read each sites instructions on forwarding carefully!
C. Proxy Services: With a proxy, you tell them what the item you’re looking for is and they will purchase it in your stead. This is handy for when a company doesn’t accept foreign credit cards, or you’re having trouble navigating a Japanese website.
Some popular proxies are:
Again, be sure you thoroughly read through each sites proxy instructions.
7. I see a bunch of really cheap figures that ship from China on ebay. Are those okay to buy?
Generally, no. They’re most likely bootlegs. If you want a second opinion on that, feel free to ask in the Bootleg Megathread that’s always stickied at the top of the sub.
8. What’s a bootleg, and how can I avoid buying them?
A bootleg is a counterfeit figure often made using rejected molds of the official product. They are usually priced significantly lower than the genuine article, and in order to make their profit, bootleggers use lower quality materials and have less attention to detail- resulting in a substandard figure.
The Bootleg Megathread that I mentioned in question 7 is a great tool to avoid buying any bootlegs. It has a few tips and tricks to avoiding them to begin with, and a few more on how to spot them if you’re worried you might already own one.
9. Does anyone know when figure X is going to be released? How do I know if it was delayed?
My Figure Collection (sometimes referred to as MFC) does an excellent job of staying on top of information like release dates and delays. If you’re curious about an upcoming figures release date, check there first. This information can be found directly under the “Releases” section on a figure’s entry. If you only see a month and a year in that section, it means the release date has not yet been announced by the manufacturer, and there is still a chance the figure could be delayed.
If you make an account on MFC you can also subscribe to comments, changes, and pictures via a checkbox on the right hand side of a figure’s listing. Subscribing to any of these things will allow MFC to send you an email anytime the subscription in question updates. Subscribing to “changes” is a great way to keep up with release dates and delays, among other things.
10. The figure I want is long sold out at normal retailers! What’s the best place to pick it up in the aftermarket?
A list of reputable retailers can be found under the “Shops” section of the /AnimeFigures sidebar. They all sell legitimate products, and many of them also sell figures second hand. However, the most frequently suggested second hand sites are Mandarake and Amiami- who has a preowned section that they update every night save Sundays and Japanese holidays around 1PM JST and again around 6PM JST.
AmiAmi grades their pre-owned items on a letter scale. The general consensus from buyers is that their ratings are conservative, so unless the item and/or packaging is specifically indicated as having significant flaws, pre-owned items from them are usually in at least as good a condition as their rating suggests.
Note: When you search Mandarake, you’ll get the best results by using the Japanese characters for whatever you are searching. If you don’t know them, you can find them on MFC by clicking on any of the “details” in that figure’s listing.
11. Amiami has a figure I’m interested in labeled as “For sale in Japan only”. Does this mean I can’t order it without a proxy or forwarder?
No, you can still order it. Amiami’s English site has that warning on many items, and it’s mostly meant to inform you that this product was made for a Japanese market, and as such, will have Japanese speaking/writing in it- so don’t expect any instructions to be in English. If Amiami doesn’t want foreigners buying a certain product, they won’t even list it on their English site.

Displaying Your Figures

12. What display cases do you recommend?
If you live near an Ikea try out one of these:
*If you decided on a Detolf, you might find that there is a lot of wasted space. Here are a few tutorials on raising the shelves or and adding extra ones in.
If you don’t live near an Ikea, Amazon has a few display options, though they are more expensive. Also keep an eye on your local Craigslist (or your country’s equivalent) and stores near you that are closing up.
13. What lighting do you guys recommend?
Ikea’s Dioder LED strips are often suggested. They come in white or muti-colored.
Most hardware stores carry something similar though, if you don’t live by an Ikea. Just make sure that the lights don’t get too hot!
14. What are those clear plastic boxes that I see under everyone’s figures in their collection posts, and where can I get them?
Those are called risers. Most of us use standard acrylic risers like these. Some other, easy to find things that have been suggested are:
Check your local hobby store for the first 2 options, or your local hardware store if you want to make your own.
Another common suggestion is to visit The Container Store if you have one near you. They have a lot of things to choose from that can suit a variety of needs. Be sure to check out their standard acrylic risers, their Amac boxes, and the various display cases they sell (baseball cases, mini car cases. hockey puck cases, etc).
15. Should I keep my figures sealed?
That is, of course, up to you really, but here are a few things to keep in mind when debating this question:
  • Keeping it sealed can actually damage your figure. PVC figures usually have something called plasticizer in them, and that plasticizer needs to be able to breath. If a PVC figure isn’t exposed to oxygen, after a period of time the plasticizer starts to break down and form a sticky substance on the surface of the figure. Simply opening your figures and taking them out of the box prevents this from happening. If you happen to find plasticizer goo on one of your figures, Kahotan has a handy guide for dealing with it.
  • Unlike some other figure markets, keeping an anime figure sealed won’t raise its value by a whole lot. In fact, because of the plasticizer problem mentioned above, your figure could actually be in better condition if you open it versus keeping it sealed.

Finding the Right Figure(s) for You

16. There are so many figure companies! Who makes good figures?!
Obviously this is a very subjective question, but as a general starting point, here are a few well renowned figure companies:
  • Alter
  • Max Factory
  • Good Smile Company
  • Kotobukiya (usually hit or miss for people. Use your best judgement based off of the prototype)
  • Aquamarine
  • Flare
  • Stronger
17. I really love “series X / character X”- how can I check if any figures were ever made for it?
My Figure Collection can be your best friend here. Simply do a search on the name of the series or character using the search bar located at the top right of the screen, and all associated figures pop up!
Alternatively, if you’re looking at a figure’s MFC entry, most of the text under the “Details” section can be clicked on and used to run a search.
18. How can I commission a custom figure?
None of the major figure companies (Alter, Kotobukiya, Good Smile Company, etc.) will take a commission for a single figure. This thread has a few websites in it that you can check out, or you can look into garage kits. Some kit painters would be willing to resculpt, frankenstein together, or otherwise modify kits for the right price.
If you're looking for help completing a garage kit, /brushforhire may be useful.

Keeping Up with New Announcements

19. How can I keep up with figure news (announcements, updates, etc.)?
Most people use a MFC combined with any or all of the following news sites:
To use MFC for this I’ll quote question #9.
If you make an account on MFC you can also subscribe to comments, changes, and pictures via a checkbox on the right hand side of a figure’s listing. Subscribing to any of these things will allow MFC to send you an email anytime the subscription in question updates. Subscribing to “changes” is a great way to keep up with release dates and delays, among other things.
Most companies have one or more Twitter accounts. Some examples: Good Smile Company sales, Good Smile's USA branch, Max Factory, AmiAmi Hobby News.
20. Everyone’s excited about something called Wonfes….. what the heck is that?!
WonFes (short for Wonder Festival) is a biannual figure expo where many figure producers (both large and small) show off new sculpts and updates to figures already under way. Most companies save their most exciting announcements for WonFes, so we all look forward to the expo whenever it rolls around! Winter Wonder Festival is usually held in February, while Summer Wonder Festival is usually in July. The event has also spread to Shanghai, in the late spring.
21. One or two (or 15) figures were announced at WonFes that I’m really excited about! How can I keep track of their progress once the event is over?
MFC is always really quick about getting new WonFes announcements (or any others throughout the year, for that matter) listed in their database, so we suggest using that. To find a figure from the event you can search any number of things, including the name of the character or the name of the show. You can also use the tag search to search “WonderFestival 20xx_[season]” to see all items announced at that event.
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2020.09.23 15:37 velociraptor75 The all-up Manjaro Gnome guide: From installation to system optimization to desktop tweaks

The all-up Manjaro Gnome guide: From installation to system optimization to desktop tweaks
I've been using Manjaro for a couple of years now, and I love how responsive, stable and reliable it is. Over numerous installations across several machines (and collating best practices from many great online resources -- including Manjaro's excellent forums) this is my go-to checklist: from system installation to tweaked desktop. NOTE: Many of the choices of apps and tweaks here are my own personal choices -- you're likely to go with something completely different. But that's one of the beautiful things about Linux: choice!
So, here goes...
Create the boot disk/CD
  1. Download the relevant Manjaro Gnome ISO from here
  2. Verify file integrity:
    1. Linux: [sha1sum or sha256sum] [ISO Image]Eg. sha1sum ISO_NAMEORsha256sum ISO_NAME
    2. Windows: Download and use the MD5& SHA Checksum Utility
  3. Copy this to a thumb drive using the Rufus bootable thumb drive creator (in Windows) or Popsicle/balenaEtcher (Linux). Preferably select GPT/UEFI when creating the bootable thumb drive. Note: With Rufus, selecting the DD mode is more reliable than the file mode when creating the image.
  4. Selecting UEFI will boot into EFI mode, otherwise it will launch in MBBIOS mode. NOTE: To set up Manjaro in EFI mode (recommended, for almost every system built in the last decade,) make sure ‘Launch CSM’ and ‘Secure Boot’ is disabled in BIOS, otherwise it will launch in a Legacy mode that emulates BIOS. The mode the system is booted in will be the mode Manjaro Linux will be eventually installed in: UEFI or legacy BIOS.

Installing Manjaro

  1. Boot using the thumb drive created above. From the Live environment boot menu:
    1. Select free or non-free drivers. (Choose free for Intel, non-free for Radeon/Nvidia)
    2. Select system language/numbers and dates format (I use US English -- en_US.UTF-8 in the list of choices)
  2. After booting into the Live environment:
    1. When choosing automatic partitioning, remember to select the correct target drive! I generally choose Erase disk, Swap (with Hibernate).
    2. For manual partitioning, see this guide. Use Gparted, and delete all existing partitions on the target drive. Then choose New Partition Table, Select GUID (GPT), and click OK. To install Manjaro, you need i) A FAT 32 boot partition, ii) Swap space, iii) The Root file system, iv) Home partition (if not defined, it will be created as part of the Home partition). Set up the drive’s partitions as suggested below. TIP: If resizing partitions, do this first in Gparted and then launch the installation. Resizing drive partitions in Manjaro takes far longer.
Suggested drive partitioning for Manjaro installation
HINT: If you happen to have two drives in your system, configure the Swap partition on a different drive from the one your boot/root/home directory is on.
  1. Proceed as guided by the remainder of the Manjaro Installer.

Things to do after first install

System/Performance tweaks
  1. Start Pamac (Add/Remove software) and select the best server repository In Preferences, enable checking for updates and set this to every 24 hours. Enable AUR. Then update the system.
  2. Install Preload from Pamac, then run it using admin privileges (for faster application startup)
  3. Date and Time Set to Automatic
  4. Disable GRUB delay (Quicker system startup):
    1. sudo nano /etc/default/grub
    2. Change GRUB_TIMEOUT value to ‘0’
    3. Set GRUB_TIMEOUT_STYLE to ‘hidden’ (and not ‘menu’) for a silent, faster bootup
  5. Power management:
    1. TLP: Make sure TLP is installed and running with tlp-stat -s (check for ‘active’ status.) If not installed, do so from Pamac, installing tlp and tlp-rdw[Optional] Install the GUI for the app (tlpui from Pamac)
    2. Install Thermald
  6. Reduce Swappiness (sets the system to depend less on Swap):
    1. Swappiness value should ideally be 10. Check Swappiness value with: cat /proc/sys/vm/swappiness
    2. Create the config file sudo nano /etc/sysctl.d/100-manjaro.conf
    3. In the above file enter: vm.swappiness=10
    4. Save the file (CTRL+O), enter, and exit (CTRL+X)
    5. The feature takes effect on restart
  7. Check TRIM for SSD drives (for extending life): systemctl status fstrim.timerThe command should return a response indicating it is enabled by default. If not, enable by typing the command sudo systemctl enable fstrim.timer
  8. Run Gufw (Firewall) and enable
  9. [Optional] Disable Bluetooth service from loading at startup:
    1. To list enabled services: systemctl list-unit-files --type=service grep enabled
    2. To disable services from loading at boot:sudo systemctl disable bluetooth.service
    3. If you really want it dead, where other services can’t restart it:sudo systemctl mask bluetooth.service
    4. To stop the service: sudo systemctl stop bluetooth.service
    5. To verify that service is disabled: systemctl status bluetooth.service
  10. [Optional] Disable the Ethernet interface if it isn’t being used and is utilizing too much power. This is done by disabling kernel modules
  11. Run mkinitcpio -M to show all automatically detected modules
  12. Should look like ‘r8169’ for the Ethernet card
  13. Create a .conf file inside /etc/modprobe.d/ and append a line for each module you want to blacklist, using the blacklist keyword. Eg.
# Do not load the 'pcspkr' module on boot.
blacklist pcspkr
install module_name /bin/true
  1. Regenerate initramfs with sudo mkinitcpio -P, and reboot.
  2. To regain Ethernet access, repeat this process, commenting ‘#’ the lines added to the .conf file.
NOTE: The following section is entirely optional. At this point, you can straightaway jump into using your newly-installed Manjaro!

Desktop environment / app tweaks

The steps below reflect my personal desktop preferences (Manjaro Gnome). You may of course want to configure your desktop differently, based on your own preference:
  1. Launch Layouts and choose ‘Traditional’. Also make sure ‘Automatic Dark Theme’ is diabled.
  2. Settings:
    1. Keyboard shortcuts:
      1. Search for ‘Switch windows’ and add the shortcut ALT+TAB (replace existing)
      2. Scroll to the bottom and add
    2. Power:
      1. Bluetooth: ‘Off’
      2. Automatic Suspend: ‘On’
      3. Power button Action: ‘Power Off’
    3. Files history & Trash:
      1. Disable File history if needed
      2. Toggle on to automatically delete temp files and trash
    4. Keyboard and mouse:
      1. Search for Universal Access
      2. Search for Touchpad, disable Natural Scrolling
  3. Install Chrome:
    1. Start Pamac and search for Chrome in the AUR packages
    2. After installing, font size (of browser content) can be increased in Chrome Settings (Eg for a 1080p display. Set Page zoom to 110%, Font size: Medium). Set this in conjunction with ‘Scaling Factor’ in Gnome Tweaks Fonts.
    3. If not already picked up after logging into Google, change Chrome theme to Morpheon Dark.
    4. Disable tab hover cards by typing chrome://flags/#tab-hover-cards then selecting ‘Disable’.
    5. See this site on enabling hardware rendering in Chrome:
      1. Go to chrome://settings and expand Advanced at the bottom
      2. Scroll to the bottom, locate and make sure the Use hardware acceleration when available option is enabled.
      3. Type chrome://gpu. Most entries should have the words ‘Hardware accelerated’.
      4. To force hardware acceleration for even more features, open chrome://flags
      5. Locate the section on that page called Override software rendering list and change ‘Disabled’ to ‘Enabled’.
      6. When you now check chrome://gpu, more settings should be Hardware Acceleration enabled.
  4. I love my desktop clean! Right-click desktop Settings uncheck toggles for desktop icons
  5. Right-click Panel (Dash to Panel settings):
    1. Position Stack ‘Date menu’ lower down, until it shows up to the extreme right
    2. Style Panel size: 32, App icon margin and padding (choose what looks best)
    3. Style Scroll to bottom, Override panel theme background opacity, set Panel background opacity to 85% (or whatever looks best with the selected wallpaper)
    4. Fine-tune
      1. Tray font size: 0 (theme default)
      2. Status icon padding: -1 (theme default)
    5. Extensions Disable Arc Menu
  6. Gnome Tweaks
    1. General Over-Amplification (as needed)
    2. Fonts
      1. Scaling factor: 1.2 (works well for my 1080p laptop display. Play around and see what works best for you. This changes fonts system-wide: UI as well as web page text) OR change the font sizes of Interface, Document, Monospace etc.
      2. Antialiasing Subpixel (for LCD screens)
    3. Top bar
      1. Enable Battery percentage
      2. Clock: Enable Weekday, Date, Seconds
    4. Windows Titlebars Enable Maximize and Minimize
    5. Appearance Applications: Adwaita-maia-dark, Cursor: Xcursor-breeze, Icons: Papirus-Dark-Maia, Shell: Adwaita-maia-darkNote: Installing other themes sometimes mess with the appearance of other apps (eg. Kdenlive not rendering the dark theme correctly.)
  7. install Gnome extensions from https://extensions.gnome.org (requires a browser plugin for control). I like keeping it simple -- my preferred extensions are:
    1. Sound Input & Output Device Chooser
    2. Clock Override: Configure the Add-on, and enter the following text for preferred date and time:%A, %d %b '%y ~ %l:%M:%S %p
    3. Dim On Battery Power: Set screen brightness for battery (~50) and plugged in (~100)
    4. Remove Accessibility (Removes the accessibility button from the panel, if present)

Install key software

Remember to enable the Arch User Repository (AUR) in Pamac Preferences.
  1. Mark each the following in Pamac before installing in one go.
    1. gThumb Image Viewer, a quick image file viewer
    2. Timeshift (for system snapshots, not user data backups). Settings RSYNC, Schedule 2 snapshots weekly, exclude user home directory, select date format. See this tutorial.
    3. Popsicle (for formatting and writing images to USB thumb drives)
    4. MS fonts: Install ttf-ms-fonts in Pamac
    5. KeePassXC (password manager), from main repository
    6. uGet (Download manager)
    7. VeraCrypt (Encryption tool)
    8. qBitTorrent (Torrent client)
    9. Gimp (image editing)
    10. Kdenlive: Video editor. Settings Color Theme to ‘KvBlender’. (See Getting started)
  2. Tor Browser: (Detailed instructions)
    1. Download the Linux package from the Tor website
    2. Extract the files
    3. To install Tor so you can launch it from system:
      1. Move the Tor directory ‘tor-browser_en-US’ to /opt:sudo mv tor-browser_en-US /opt
      2. cd /opt/tor-browser_en-US
      3. Run ./start-tor-browser.desktop --register-app
      4. The Tor icon will now show up when you search for it, and can be launched as with any app
    4. To run from the directory itself:
      1. In the terminal, go to the Tor browser directory it was unzipped to
      2. To launch Tor, run: ./tor-browser_en-US/Browsestart-tor-browser &
    5. Install the Adblock Plus extension
  3. Games
    1. Install Steam (then go to Steam Settings Steam Play, and check ‘Enable Steam Play for all other titles’. Note: I found Proton 5.0-9 had stability issues; choose a lower version if needed. Install your favourite games Mine are:
      1. TrackMania Nations Forever
      2. The Secret of Monkey Island
      3. Monkey Island 2: Special Edition
      4. Kentucky Route Zero
      5. Flight Sims: X-Plane (from Steam) or FlightGear (Open Source)
    2. [Optional] Install Lutris (to manage games across sources)
      1. Search for and install games from Lutris.net
      2. Import all installed games
  4. [Optional] lmms: Sound sequencer and synth
  5. Add favourite programs to Taskbar, then lock taskbar.
… and you’re done!
Hope this helps, folks. Shout out in case of recommendations/feedback.
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2020.09.23 14:52 jd_temple Not Getting Help with Warranty on New Grill

I bought a new Big Joe III from bbqguys.com and there are some warranty issues with it, most importantly a cracking base. Both bbqguys.com and kamadojoe.com are dragging their feet getting it taken care of. I was wondering, for those of you who filed warranty claims recently, what was the turnaround time?
Here are some pics & a video of the problems:
https://photos.app.goo.gl/dGrMSYqYTVxkV6o96
  1. The casters for the cart came out of their box during shipping and banged around inside, damaging the finish on the cart.
  2. One of the firebox pieces was missing a corner. The corner piece was nowhere to be found inside the packaging.
  3. There's a blemish in the finish on the base.
  4. There's a chip in the base below the vent.
  5. The top vent does not remain secure on the grill when it is slid open to the side, because there isn't enough gasket material to hold it in place.
  6. The base is cracking/crumbling inside, behind the latch and under the gasket.

Here's the timeline of events so far:
  1. 7/18/2020: paid for grill
  2. 8/21/2020: grill delivered, damages noted after unpacking
  3. 8/22/2020-8/23/2020: registered grill with kamadojoe.com, contacted bbqguys.com listing the problems
  4. 8/25/2020: contacted both kamadojoe.com and bbqguys.com a second time, providing the full list above and the google photos link
  5. 8/28/2020: had an online chat with bbqguys.com about a problem with another order; during that conversation they verified that they got my messages about the grill problems and they would respond as soon as they could
  6. 9/10/2020: contacted both kamadoejoe.com and bbqguys.com asking for a status update on my problems
  7. 9/12/2020: received confirmation from kamadojoe.com about the warranty claim I filed on their website at some point (I don't recall the exact date I filled out the web form)
  8. 9/14/2020: received email from bbqguys.com offering me a new firebox and a discount on the cosmetic damages, which are both the least of my concerns right now and doesn't solve the cracking base problem
  9. 9/14/2020: replied back to bbqguys.com again restating all of the problems and what I think would need to be done to fix them, as well as my concerns about having to disassemble/reassemble my entire brand new grill to replace all the damaged parts
  10. 9/15/2020: received another email from bbqguys.com offering me a new firebox and a discount for the shipping damages
  11. 9/15/2020: replied back to bbqguys.com with what I feel are the two most important photos, edited to annotate the serious problems of the damaged base, explaining that it's chipped and cracked, not just "blemished"
  12. 9/19/2020: emailed bbqguys.com again asking for an update
  13. 9/22/2020: emailed bbqguys.com again explaining to them what my options are if they aren't going to help, which ultimately is disputing the charge on my credit card
  14. 9/23/2020: replied back to my kamadojoe.com warranty claim asking for an update and also giving them the details about what my credit card dispute options are
  15. 9/23/2020: I received email from bbqguys.com asking me to schedule a pickup date to return my grill, and they're expecting a "strapped, palletized package" for a freight company to pick up. I replied, asking them how they expect me to accomplish that, considering I no longer have the packing materials, or a pallet strapper.
  16. 9/23/2020: Online chat with bbqguys.com just told me "We do not need you to return the damaged kamado and I am getting a replacement order set up for you." So, assuming that all works out, I suppose that's a big win.

Here's the deal with disputing the charge.
I have 90 days from date of charge (7/18/2020) to dispute the charges.
In order to dispute the charges, I have to ship the grill back to bbqguys.com at my own expense.
As of today, I have 23 days to decide if that's something I want to do.
I have no idea how I'd go about packing that thing back up and setting up an LTL shipment.
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2020.09.22 23:26 reddituser5639 the entire story (from POV of fan) of the love and redemption "drama/tea"

hahaha okay i (remember me? i'm the one who keeps on posting these long celeb analyses) didn't think that the love and redemption drama would be would be shared to this sub (this post: link to that reddit post) but after reading a bunch of comments on the post, i decided to insert my own two cents as someone who watched it unfold as an fan caught in the midst of the drama
prelude (before 09.20)
i started watching love and redemption (go watch it!!! it's super good!!!!!) around a month ago. love and redemption ( which i will refer to as l&r) broadcasted its final episode around 2 weeks ago. i got into the fandom (which is consisted of the (formerly) 80,000 real life ship fans' weibo community, 220,000 (current) drama fans, and (my estimate) 50,000 drama ship fans, and 6,000-7,000 douban real life ship fans.
the drama, while airing, went on weibo trending basically everyday. its streaming numbers are comparable to the untamed, which is tremendous in web drama world. l&r was huge, which was unpredicted for huan rui, the company that owns the drama.
(note: up to right around mid august, the first episode rankings weren't event that high, so all the bts, promo, was all very normally being distributed. )
so, youku (the party that was distributing and given streaming rights) hosted a livestream on 08/16 for the main cast members. there were two, one that was broadcasted on douyin (tiktok in china), and the second on youku. in the first, yuan bingyan (yby) and cheng yi (cy) seemed sort of strangers to each other. they didn't have a lot of interaction with each other (i disagree, i think they were super cute) from many fans' view.
(which such a contrast from how they were in the bts. in the bts, they were constantly holding hands, even when unnecessary (when they were joking around yby let go of cheng yi's hand and he grabbed it back) , teasing her ("when we're done filming, i'm going to go catch a fish for you to eat"), suddenly kissing her cheek when they were walking a scene (seriously search the bts of love and redemption it's the cutest thing)
so the second livestream, youku supervisors (probably) talked to them and the general environment of the second livestream was a lot more at ease, friendlier. they had cy & yby re-enact some scenes from the drama, which they did (where she kissed him on the cheek, which went on weibo trending). after the livestream, the fans (...we) went crazy. the entire livestream was stripped barer than if the FBI was trying find something. seriously.
from slowly analyzing minor facial expressions, to watching body language, we had determined that cheng yi has a total crush on yuan bingyan. (he couldn't keep his eyes off of her during the entire livestream, his leg went soft (is that the correct term haha) after she kissed him, his shy, tight lipped smile that he tried to hide when they talked about them as a couple, etc etc.) from the douyin livestream, we found an instance where yby repeated a quote from the drama "all i can think about is sifeng" and her good friend (and fellow co-star) bai shu said, "it's cheng yi!" beside her, and cheng yi did his little shy smile again.
(other cute moments include qixi (chinese valentine's day) where they both cued their character in the drama, wishing fans a happy qixi (yby with a rose, cy with a sunset (that we determined was from the set of l&r) and the other cast members going crazy when they kissed (think high school guys whistling at their fellow guy friend when their friend gets the girl haha) )
after around 08/17ish they stopped releasing most of the bts that involved cheng yi & yby in the same frame. they got some hate for that. we ended up getting 2-3 more bts scenes.
before 09/20, everything was all (mostly)good, there were a bunch of different groups of real ship fans too, like those who thought they dated while filming then broke up, those who thought they dated and kept on dating, those who think they had feelings during filming and acted on them when they met up again on 08/16, etc, etc. it was generally peaceful before 09.20.
09.20
on 09.20, everything changed. and oh my god, did it change. i live in a different time zone, so i did not watch the livestream live. i woke up to the chaos (which is worse). (it's like going to sleep at peace and waking up to the sounds of bombs being dropped on your house).
on the weibo fan community, there were masses of heartbroken fans, announcing their leaving of the community, other posts criticizing cheng yi, feeling sad for yuan bingyan, etc.
so what happened?
honestly, the biggest problem here, and the main reason why cheng yi lost 60,000 followers on weibo overnight, is a 30 second scene. the main cast members were asked something regarding the drama, and yuan bingyan, who we had already known truly loved xuanji (her character), started tearing up while talking about the drama. she was standing right next to cheng yi while crying. cheng yi stood facing the audience, stone faced. did absolutely nothing. (nodded a little) meanwhile, the audience was cheering for yuan bingyan to "stay strong!", and bai shu had told her "it's okay, xuanji, don't cry".
(there was also an instance where yby fell a little and cheng yi didn't do anything)
for the entire livestream, cheng yi looked like someone had killed his entire family, esp. when yuan bingyan was onstage. he wouldn't turn his head, he wouldn't look at her, there was 0 interaction between cheng yi & yuan bingyan. when asked about the xuanji & sifeng's future, he thanked people for liking sifeng. when asked about him and yuan bingyan, he said "it's all in the drama".
(he also lip synced to his performance of his song during the livestream, but the backlash of the whole crying fiasco was so bad no one really cared about that...)
aftermath (after 09.20)
immediately after the livestream, people (mostly fans of yby, fans of the real life ship, and fans of the drama ship) started criticizing him for disrespecting women. ( i mean dude, there's a girl crying next to you, even if you guys were absolute strangers, even strangers would offer a tissue or pat your back or something) he also garnered a lot of hate for thanking his fans for liking sifeng when the question was clearly about him and xuanji.
a link to that moment)
he lost 60,000 fans overnight. ( the next day "cheng yi loses fans" was number 1 on trending on weibo. which is impressive. like super impressive. during the entire broadcasting of l&r, it did not get a single hashtag trending at #1. (to quote miss queen taylor swift: "do you know how many people have to be tweeting that they hate you for that to happen?" (when referring to kanye west drama) )
the real life ship community lost around 20,000 fans overnight. i was not keeping track of the drama ship community.
truth (or as close to it) :
as have been said in the comments of the original post, cheng yi has a drama currently broadcasting. which, is a terrible business decision on huan rui's part. they did not predict that the cp fans and trendiness of the cheng yi x yuan bingyan ship would be this long lasting, so they had to solve that. huan rui's big boss, jiang lei, was at the livestream, on the top floor, keeping a very close eye on cheng yi. he was also at the shooting of the "11th life" short released earlier that day. (basically, he had been watching cheng yi all day.) also worth mentioning: while all the other cast members were rehearsing for the livestream, cheng yi was in the hotel room. wonder what's more important than the upcoming rehearsing, cheng yi? (his boss)
it is not necessary for jiang lei to be a one specific livestream for one specific drama, unless there was something very important. we (the magnifying glass girls) have concluded that jiang lei was there for one specific reason. "tell cheng yi to stay away from yuan bingyan"
this obviously made cheng yi feel very uncomfortable/un at ease. he keeps on looking up/ to the right upper corner during the livestream (remember this, this is important)
the hypothesises (gathered from multiple analysises from douban and translated by yours truly):
jiang lei (and other huan rui higher ups) told cheng yi to stay away from yuan bingyan. they did not tell him to be a real life donghua dijun (for the ppl who haven't watched pb- a literal ice block). his weird behavior is out of protection for yuan bingyan.
you see, yuan bingyan was being criticized before the livestream, while cheng yi was gaining a bunch of fans. yby was a little bit sick/unwell during the later filming, and her crying scenes weren't the best. her character, xuanji, was a bit of a dummy and didn't realise everything sifeng did for her until very late. sifeng is basically a perfect character (obviously he has flaws, but generally, he was a perfect boyfriend to xuanji). sifeng's personality, added to cheng yi's very odd "lao gan bu (old government official)"/"absolute jokester" personality, + his A+ acting, made his fan count grow exponentially.
he knew that he did what he was asked perfectly on stage, then the criticism for yby would only be worse (she would then be criticized for kissing up to him for more exposure and other random stuff like that).
however, if he was a terrible person on stage, then she would gain the bulk of the original real life ship fans, drama ship fans, and the general public's pity.
there are many flaws in his acted "coldness" towards yby that we found. when she was crying, his head was turned straight, but he looked to the upper right multiple times. through further investigation, there were giant display screens of the stage on the upper right walls, where he could be watching/worrying about yuan bingyan. he also looks up multiple times (where the already established jiang lei would be watching). when asked about him and yuan bingyan, he looked a little lost on how to answer until the director leaned near him and whispered something in his ear, only did he reply. when yby was crying, he smiled a smile sadder than if he was crying (a link to a gif of that smile - (analysis in chinese, but anyone can watch a gif)
there were pictures released by backstage workers of them sitting very close to each other backstage, waiting for the thing to begin. he is looking at her. there was also a person who claimed to be a backstage worker who said that they were super normal backstage, laughing and talking with each other.
how could cheng yi, a 30 year old man, who had spent 10 years in the entertainment industry, not know what stupid things he was doing while on stage? how could he possibly not think of the consequences of what he what he did?
so the conclusion ultimately is: him, out of protection of he & yuan bingyan's relationship, decided to be a nobel hero and be hated by everybody. he disobeyed his company (or in a sense, obeyed them too much) and took the hit.
take this as a starter 101 for celebrity fan culture in china.
if you clicked on this, i'm assuming you watched love & redemption. if you didn't but still read this, good for you! don't let this drama affect whether or not you're gonna watch l&r. it is an amazing drama (read the reviews on https://mydramalist.com/39661-love-and-redemption/reviews
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2020.09.22 18:01 flyinmacaronimonster Absentee Ballots and Mail-In Ballots are not the Same: A Deep Dive into the Bizarre Rabbit Hole that is Voting in Missouri (Columbia-specific)

EDIT: There will be a collection box for mail-in ballots in the courtyard of the Roger B. Wilson Boone County Government Center, 801 E Walnut St, Columbia, MO 65201 near the west entrance. THIS WILL BE FOR "MAIL-IN" BALLOTS NOT ABSENTEE BALLOTS. As well it will be NOTARIZED FOR FREE. Not sure about hours, but it will probably be available during business hours. SO YES, IT'S COOL TO REQUEST A MAIL-IN BALLOT IN BOONE COUNTY.
https://www.columbiamissourian.com/news/elections/absentee-voters-can-cast-ballots-during-october-weekend-events/article_733c51b6-01dc-11eb-a15c-bbbcbc94e3ad.html
BOONE COUNTY
In-person absentee voting will be available at the Roger B. Wilson Boone County Government Center, 801 E Walnut St, Room 236, Columbia, MO 65201
Hours: 8am-5pm MON-FRI.
https://www.showmeboone.com/clerk/votebymailoptions.asp
In addition to the County Clerk's office, you can also vote absentee in-person at the "Ballot Bus", which can be found 10am-3pm at the following dates and locations (credit given to u/MsBuffy): October 3: Hickman High School parking lot October 10: Southern Boone Primary School parking lot October 17: Rock Bridge High School parking lot October 24: Centralia High School parking lot
IF YOU DO NOT LIVE IN BOONE COUNTY, CHECK OUT THE DIRECTORY OF COUNTY ELECTION OFFICIALS IN THE LIST OF LINKS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE.
Hey Missourians!
Today is the day that both absentee and mail-in ballots will be sent out to all registered voters who have requested one in Missouri.
Before I dive deep into the rabbit hole as mentioned in the title above, let's first get one thing out of the way: if you are not registered to vote, do so RIGHT NOW. You can register online, using the link below:
https://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri/register.aspx
The deadline for voter registration is the fourth Wednesday before Election Day, which in this case is Wednesday, October 7, so don't delay.
IF YOU ARE NOT PLANNING TO VOTE WITH A MAIL-IN BALLOT OR ABSENTEE (EITHER BY-MAIL OR IN-PERSON BEFORE ELECTION DAY), AND JUST WANT TO VOTE IN-PERSON ON ELECTION DAY, SKIP TO THE VOTING IN-PERSON ON ELECTION DAY SECTON BELOW.
In Missouri there is no technically early voting per se, but there are 3 options for voting before Election Day:
(1) request a "mail-in" ballot to be mailed to you
(2) request an "absentee" ballot to be mailed to you
(3) go in-person (starting TODAY) and vote "in-person absentee"
BOTH MAIL-IN AND ABSENTEE BALLOTS NEED TO BE RETURNED BY 7:00pm ON ELECTION DAY.
IN BOONE COUNTY SPECIFICALLY there will be a collection box, see top SO REQUESTING YOUR BALLOT IS COOL IN BOONE COUNTY.
OPTION #2 (requesting an absentee ballot-by-mail):
This option is only available if you have a valid excuse:
Here is the full list of excuses:
  1. Absence on Election Day from the jurisdiction of the election authority in which such voter is registered to vote;
  2. Incapacity or confinement due to illness or physical disability, including a person who is primarily responsible for the physical care of a person who is incapacitated or confined due to illness or disability;
  3. Religious belief or practice;
  4. Employment as an election authority, as a member of an election authority, or by an election authority at a location other than such voter's polling place;
  5. Incarceration, provided all qualifications for voting are retained.
  6. Certified participation in the address confidentiality program established under sections 589.660 to 589.681 because of safety concerns.
  7. For an election that occurs during the year 2020, the voter has contracted or is in an at-risk category for contracting or transmitting severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (COVID-19).
Voters who are considered at-risk for contracting or transmitting COVID-19 are those who:
IF YOU ARE NOT AT HIGHER-THAN NORMAL RISK, OR ARE NOT TAKING CARE OF SOMEBODY WHO IS AT HIGHER THAN NORMAL RISK, YOU CANNOT APPLY FOR AN "ABSENTEE" BALLOT UNLESS YOU HAVE ANOTHER** VALID EXCUSE.
Like I have said before, with absentee ballots, none of the restrictions for "mail-in" ballots apply to those voting with an "absentee" ballot.
If you are voting with an absentee ballot-by-mail, you have the following options to send it back:
(1) Hand-deliver your ballot in-person to your County Election Official's office during office hours (SEE TOP OF THE PAGE)
(2) Have somebody who is "a relative of the voter who is within the second degree of consanguinity or affinity" return the ballot for them during office hours. NOTE: ONLY GIVE YOUR BALLOT TO SOMEBODY THAT YOU FULLY TRUST, EVEN IF YOU ARE RELATED TO THAT PERSON. IF IN DOUBT, DO NOT USE THIS OPTION.
(3) Use a private courier service (like UPS or FedEx) that has delivery documentation (SEE THE "ASHCROFT ARTICLE" IN THE LIST OF LINKS BELOW) to expressly deliver it to the County Election official's office. Keep in mind, your ballot needs to be received by 7:00pm on Election Day.
(4) Mail it back via U.S. Mail. Again, keep in mind that your ballot needs to be received by 7:00pm on Election Day.
YOU ALSO DON'T NEED TO HAVE IT NOTARIZED IF YOU ARE AT RISK-FOR COVID-19 [see the ASHCROFT ARTICLE AND SB-631]. As it is said in plain text: "Any person casting an absentee ballot for this reason [you are at higher-than-normal risk of contracting COVID-19] does not need to obtain notarization of his or her absentee ballot."
If you do get an absentee or mail-in ballot, READ THE INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY, fill out your ballot, and then MAKE SURE TO SIGN YOUR NAME IN THE CORRECT PLACE. Once you have done that, deliver it using one of the 4 options listed above (ranked in order).
OPTION #3 (voting "in-person absentee): If you narrowly qualify for any of the reasons listed above, you can also vote in-person absentee STARTING TODAY at your County Election Official's office [SEE TOP OF THE PAGE].
In certain counties and county equivalents, satellite absentee voting is available, starting around mid-October. I'm unsure if Boone, or any of the surrounding counties have this option.
As a reminder, you will need to be able to show a valid form of voter ID when voting in person. ID can be either a photo ID (like your driver's license) or a non-photo ID (like a bank statement or a utility bill):
https://www.sos.mo.gov/showit2vote
https://www.sos.mo.gov/CMSImages/ElectionGoVoteMissouri/AcceptableIDstoVote--01.17.2020.pdf
NOTE: From my understanding, the excuse requirement stands, HOWEVER, IF SOMEBODY COULD SPECIFICALLY AND CLEARLY COMMENT ON WHETHER OR NOT IN-PERSON "ABSENTEE" VOTING (NOT mail-in voting, NOT absentee voting-by-mail, but rather, specifically IN-PERSON "ABSENTEE" voting) WILL BE AVAILABLE TO ALL VOTERS, AND NOT JUST THOSE WITH AN EXCUSE, THAT WOULD BE EXTREMELY HELPFUL.
VOTING IN-PERSON ON ELECTION DAY
If you have not requested a mail-in or absentee ballot, and want to just vote in-person on Election Day, simply show up to the polls, present a valid form of ID (as listed in the links below), and vote.
As a reminder, a valid form of voter ID can be either a photo ID (like your driver's license) or a non-photo ID (like a bank statement or a utility bill):
https://www.sos.mo.gov/showit2vote
https://www.sos.mo.gov/CMSImages/ElectionGoVoteMissouri/AcceptableIDstoVote--01.17.2020.pdf
LINKS TO SOURCES:
https://www.columbiamissourian.com/news/elections/absentee-voters-can-cast-ballots-during-october-weekend-events/article_733c51b6-01dc-11eb-a15c-bbbcbc94e3ad.html [COLLECTION BOX]
https://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri/register.aspx
https://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri/localelectionauthority [DIRECTORY OF COUNTY-LEVEL ELECTION AUTHORITIES]
https://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri/howtovote [MAIN PAGE FOR INFORMATION ON VOTING IN MISSOURI]
https://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/MailinNotary [FREE NOTARIES FOR MAIL-IN BALLOTS]
https://www.sos.mo.gov/showit2vote [VOTER ID]
https://www.sos.mo.gov/CMSImages/ElectionGoVoteMissouri/AcceptableIDstoVote--01.17.2020.pdf [EXAMPLES OF ACCEPTABLE VOTER ID]
https://www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/vopp-table-10-who-can-collect-and-return-an-absentee-ballot-other-than-the-voter.aspx [WHO CAN RETURN AN ABSENTEE BALLOT IN-PERSON]
https://www.sos.mo.gov/CMSImages/ElectionGoVoteMissouri/Absentee-MailinBallotSummaries.pdf
https://www.ksdk.com/article/news/local/mailin-absentee-ballots-missouri-illinois/63-07fd9d29-0de6-45e8-8e2e-5804a59be0b3 [voting in-person after requesting mail-in ballot]
https://dailyjournalonline.com/community/farmington-press/news/secretary-of-state-ashcroft-covers-state-voting-issues/article_fbd0841f-dba6-5e9c-a8f4-bb15a77213e1.html [ASHCROFT ARTICLE; interview where the SoS covers the absentee and mail-in voting process]
https://www.senate.mo.gov/20info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&BillID=26837998 [SB 631, as mentioned in the ASHCROFT ARTICLE; signed into law as of June 4, 2020]
https://www.showmeboone.com/clerk/votebymailoptions.asp
https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/absentee-voting-begins-tuesday-across-missouri/article_2856af9d-9b8d-5c8e-98c6-5a6e58e83b08.html [example of satellite absentee voting in the City of St. Louis]
https://www.kshb.com/news/election-2020/missouri-voters-with-covid-19-risk-factors-should-vote-absentee-not-mail-in [example of Satellite absentee voting in the City of Kansas City]
https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/your-guide-to-voting-by-mail-in-missouri-mail-in-vs-absentee/collection_ee837a35-8848-50c4-ae4d-d0ba0660b292.html
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-09-15/usps-crisis-survey-more-than-half-letters-delayed
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2020.09.22 05:56 morshedulpython Watch NFR Live Stream 2020 Texas Rodeo Onlin

Watch NFR Live Stream 2020 Texas Rodeo Onlin

Watch NFR Live Stream 2020 Texas Rodeo Online


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When talking about 2020 Rodeo is basically it basically refers to an annual [National Finals Rodeo](https://nfrliverodeo.com/) event that is meant to happen on Thursday, December 3rd to the Saturday 12th at the Globe Life Field which is located in Arlington, Texas, United States. Additionally, the scheduled event is supposed to cover about Bareback Riding, Barrel Racing, Bull Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping and Time-down Roping. Importantly, NFR live stream 2020. The NFR is shaping up to be one of the most competitive and entertaining rodeos that the world has ever seen. The top cowboys in the world will be putting their boots on and taking each other on to try and claim a world championship in their respective events. Mark your calendars and make sure you do not miss out on a single second of action this December.
Long before the Dallas Cowboys were winning Super Bowls in American football, real-life cowboys were competing in the “Super Bowl of Rodeo” in Dallas, Texas as early as 1959. The seven-competition tradition began there, but also saw stops in Los Angeles, California from 1962 to 1964, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma from 1965 to 1984, and Las Vegas host since 1985 but in 2020 The National Finals Rodeo will move from its usual home in Las Vegas to Globe Life Field in Arlington in what would be the park’s first major non-baseball event since its opening this past spring.
Rodeo fans are eagerly waiting to see theNFR live stream. The National Finals Rodeo is not the only showcase of the best cowboys but also showcase of patience, bravery and spurs.

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Venue
Globe Life Field, Arlington, Texas, United States
Start Date
Thursday, 3rd December 2020
End Date
Saturday, 12th December 2020
Broadcast
The Cowboy Channel
Live Stream
Watch Here
So, don’t miss a single moment of the WNFR live action. Don’t worry, If you can’t attend in Texas NFR, we’ll discuss here how to watch National Finals Rodeo online real-time TV coverage.
Contents [hide]
  • 1 When is the National Finals Rodeo?
  • 2 Where will the NFR Texas 2020 be held?
  • 3 What TV Channel will the NFR be on?
  • 4 How to watch NFR Live Stream 2020 Online
  • 4.1 The Cowboys Channel
  • 4.2 PRCA on The Cowboy Channel+ App
  • 4.3 RFD-TV Now
  • 4.3.1 Supported platforms
  • 4.4 Sling TV
  • 4.4.1 Supported platforms
  • 4.5 2020 NFR Live Stream Using a VPN
  • 4.5.1 ExpressVPN
  • 4.5.2 IPVanish
  • 4.5.3 NordVPN
  • 5 Can I listen to NFR 2020 live stream on radio?
  • 6 NFR Live Online on Social Media
  • 6.1 YouTube
  • 6.2 Facebook
  • 6.3 Twitter
  • 6.4 Reddit
  • 7 How much are tickets to the NFR?
  • 8 Everything You Need to Know About NFR
  • 9 Main Performance
  • 9.1 Bareback Riding
  • 9.2 Steer Wrestling
  • 9.3 Team Roping
  • 9.3.1 Headers
  • 9.3.2 Heelers
  • 9.4 Saddle Bron Riding
  • 9.5 Tie-Down Roping
  • 9.6 Barrel Racing
  • 9.7 Bull Riding
  • 9.8 All-Around Champion
  • 10 Contestants
  • 11 Super Bowl of Rodeo
  • 12 Miss Rodeo America
  • 13 Wrangler NFR Preshow
  • 14 Cowboy Christmas
  • 15 Standings
  • 16 NFR Prize Money
  • 17 Wrangler NFR World Champions
  • 18 Final Words

When is the National Finals Rodeo?

For individuals who plan on attending the NFR festivities in Texas, there are a variety of sponsored activities to get involved with during the 10-day period between 9:00AM to 5:00PM (PT). Each night’s NFR performances will officially take place between 6:45PM to 9:00PM (PT). See complete NFR schedule page.

Where will the NFR Texas 2020 be held?

All of the NFR’s main performances will take place at the Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. Normally home of the home of the Texas Rangers baseball team, this venue can seat up to 40,300 people and tickets will go on sale to the public on Sept. 25, 2020.

What TV Channel will the NFR be on?

The Cowboy Channel is the official media partner for the PRCA and Wrangler NFR 2020. Because this is an exclusive deal between the network and the PRCA, the NFR will not be shown on any other TV network during the 10-day period.

How to watch NFR Live Stream 2020 Online

The Wrangler NFR is a 10-day event that includes the fan-favorite Cowboy Christmas as well as the PRCA National Convention. The schedule also includes nightly Buckle Presentations, Benny Binion’s World Famous Wrangler NFR Bucking Horse Sale, the PRCA Awards Banquet and Gala also the Pro Rodeo League of Women Style Show and Luncheon. All performances will be covered by The Cowboy Channel live and simulcast on RFD-TV. Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) move to The Cowboy Channel (TCC) and RFD-TV beginning in 2020. The performances will also be streamed on the PRCA on Cowboy Channel Plus app. The PRCA on Cowboy Channel Plus app users will be able to stream events both live and recorded.

The Cowboys Channel

The ultimate annual rodeo event will now be seen by millions of people live simultaneously on two national TV networks. Also included in the deal is a wide variety of other PRCA programming, including expanded live coverage of the PRORODEO TOUR and the PRCA’s Xtreme Bulls Tour events which will result in a huge increase in the amount, availability and quality of PRCA PRORODEO coverage on The Cowboy Channel here. The Cowboy Channel now available on Dish Network-232, Direct TV-603, Cox-260 anytime, and anywhere. You can enjoy Rural Media on these platforms:
  • AT&T (Channel 568 & 1568)
  • Charter Spectrum
  • Comcast
  • Cox
  • DIRECTV (Channel 345)
  • DIRECTV NOW
  • DISH (Channel 231)
  • Mediacom
  • Sling TV’s Heartland Package
  • Suddenlink
To find out if RFD-TV and The Cowboy Channel are available in your area, please click here and enter your zip code also choose your Pay TV provider.

PRCA on The Cowboy Channel+ App

The PRCA on The Cowboy Channel+ App will keep fans up-to-date with their favorite PRCA rodeos and athletes, as well as provide behind-the-scenes access to livestreamed and on demand PRCA rodeo events from around the country. The content can be accessed via the mobile app (available on Android and iOS), as well as any browser, smart TV or device. Viewers will be able to enjoy free access to up-to-the-minute news, bios, rodeos and highlights. Those with a subscription will unlock premium content such as up to six simultaneous live rodeo feeds, classic PRCA archived rodeos, The Cowboy Channel video-on-demand programming, and the only place viewers can stream the National Finals Rodeo (NFR). The Cowboy Channel+ is available for only $9.99 a month or save up to 25% and purchase the whole year for $89.99. To sign up for the PRCA on The Cowboy Channel+ App, visit www.cowboychannelplus.com.

RFD-TV Now

RFD-TV Now delivers both real-time NFR 2020 LIVE programming as well as an expansive on-demand library with access to more than 90 shows such as Hee Haw, Opry Encore, The Best of the Marty Stuart Show, Ag PHD, and FarmHer, as well as daily broadcasts of Market Day Report and Rural Evening News. RFD-TV Now is available on a huge lineup of streaming players and devices including Roku players, Roku TVs, and Amazon’s Fire TV. RFD-TV Now costs $9.99 a month or $89.99 a year.
Supported platforms
Can I watch RFD-TV on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, or Chromecast? Yes! you can here is the complete list:
  • Android 4.4+
  • Android TV 5.0+
  • Apple TV 9.0+
  • Amazon Fire TV
  • IOS 9.0+
  • Roku
  • Web: Chrome, Firefox, IE11, Edge

Sling TV

Sling TV includes RFD TV as part of their Sling Blue Heartland Extra package for $35 a month. Sling TV has 30 channels as part of their plan, including A&E, AMC, BET, Bravo, Cartoon Network, CNN, Comedy Central, Discovery, Disney Channel, E!, ESPN, Food Network, Fox News, Freeform, FX, HGTV, History, Investigation Discovery, Lifetime, MSNBC, Paramount Network, Syfy, TBS, TLC, TNT, Travel Channel, truTV, and USA Network.
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Every Sling TV subscriber can record to their 10 hours Cloud DVR, while 3 users can stream at the same time.
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2020 NFR Live Stream Using a VPN

Sling TV is only available to residents of the United States. Even viewers located in our neighbor to the north, Canada, cannot access the Sling TV service. In these situations, a reliable and encrypted VPN (Virtual Private Network) can prove to be helpful. A VPN will allow an individual to remotely connect to a server located in a different country that allows the desired website viewing to take place. The following VPNs can prove to be very useful:
  • ExpressVPN
  • This source offers a selection of servers that spans over 90 countries. Currently, they offer monthly ($12.95/month), semi-annual ($59.95/6-months), and annual ($99.95) plans. Included with each plan is the offer of a 30-day money back guarantee in the event that a user is dissatisfied.
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  • The offering from this source includes servers that span over 60 countries. The current subscription plans consist of monthly ($10/month), quarterly ($26.99/3-months), and annual ($77.99/year) options. Included with each plan is the offer of a 7-day money back guarantee in the event that a user is dissatisfied.
  • NordVPN
  • While maintaining a selection of servers that spans over 60 countries, this VPN source currently has subscription plans that consist of monthly ($11.95/month), semi-annual ($54/6-months), annual ($83.88/year), and bi-annual ($95.75/2-years) options.
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Can I listen to NFR 2020 live stream on radio?

This season, you can hear daily from the ten days of the Wrangler NFR, scheduled for Dec. 3-12 (find an affiliate near you), as well as on SiriusXM serving rural America and Canada and is available to more than 34 million vehicles and homes. RURAL RADIO also offers a broad slate of Western sports programming year-round featuring Western Sports Roundup and coverage of WPCA and PRCA events.
Launched in March 2019 under the theme of “All Dirt, All Rodeo, All Year,” NFR Extra follows current and former rodeo contestants, country music performers, stock contractors, rodeo industry insiders and more. New episodes are released weekly with the plan to broadcast daily from the ten days of the Wrangler NFR, scheduled for Dec. 3-12. If not listening on RURAL RADIO Channel 147 on SiriusXM, NFR Extra can be accessed at NFRexperience.com or on Spotify, Apple Podcast, iHeart or anywhere fans like to listen.

NFR Live Online on Social Media

One increasingly popular method of viewing NFR live stream comes in the form of social media viewing. The way this typically works is through an individual using their mobile device to live stream the event to a social media platform of their choosing. The most popular platforms for this method are as follows:
  • YouTube
  • The most popular video-sharing site on the planet has historically built its name upon uploaded videos. However, the site now allows live-streaming capabilities, making it perfect for free viewing of live events such as NFR, as long as a streaming user can be found.
  • Facebook
  • Various individual accounts or pages are bound to be streaming the National Finals Rodeo events. Interested individuals will have to search for these opportunities throughout the platform as it gets closer to the festivities.
  • Twitter
  • This platform has increasingly become the go-to place for action as it happens in real-time. That makes it a prime destination when searching for all things related to NFR. A quick search bar or hashtag follow will almost assuredly lead to the discovery someone streaming the NFR.
  • Reddit
  • Mainly known as a news aggregation site, this platform has increasingly become a well-known discussion forum hub. Within those forums, there is undoubtedly discussion concerning how to watch the NFR live stream on Reddit.

How much are tickets to the NFR?

National Finals Rodeo Tickets have been placed on this website by our trusted brokers, who offer those tickets in a range of values. Have a look at all the ticket prices and select the tickets which best suit your budget. 2020 Wrangler NFR new ticket prices are as follow:
  • Balcony: Individual – $76, Season – $760, 4pk – $304, 6pk – $456
  • Plaza: Individual – $105, Season – $1,050
  • Gold Buckle: Individual – $300, Season – $3,000

Everything You Need to Know About NFR

Beyond the payouts for the Cowboys, the PRCA estimates that the event brings in about $90 million annually to the Las Vegas economy. Furthermore, recent attendance stats have shown that 177,565 rodeo enthusiasts decked out in Wrangler jeans, Justin boots and cowboy hats attended events at the Thomas & Mack with an additional 40,000 fans who watched at the 40 hotels who hosted watch parties. It is during this rare time of the year that many marquees on the Strip have the face of bull riders replace DJs’ faces.

Main Performance

Seven main events have historically taken place at the NFR. Each event has its own monetary prizes that are paid out, and those payouts are determined by each top-placing competitor’s rank in relation to the event’s overall prize pool. Individuals placed in the top-six of a particular event are paid out accordingly, while individuals placed in the top-eight of the overall NFR are also paid out. The NFR’s main events are as follows:
  • Bareback Riding
  • This consists of a horseback cowboy using a bareback rigging as the primary means of staying on top of the horse. This grip has often been compared to the equivalent of hanging on to a suitcase handle and makes for the only support that a cowboy has on top of the wildly bucking horse. An 8-second ride constitutes a qualified ride and the cowboys is judged on riding technique.
  • Steer Wrestling
  • This act involves a horseback steer wrestler, alternatively known as a “bulldogger”, bringing a fast-moving steer to a halt on its back as fast as possible. The bulldogger utilizes a combination of strength, technique, speed, and precision to jump off of their horse from a designated starting point and onto a steer sprinting off from the same starting point.
  • Team Roping
  • Headers
  • One of two horseback team members whose job is to successfully rope the head of the steer in one of three tries as fast as possible; around both horns, around one horn and the head, or around the neck.
  • Heelers
  • One of two horseback team members whose job is to successfully rope the hind legs of the steer as soon as the header has successfully done their part. To avoid a 5-second penalty for roping only one hind leg, the heeler must rope both hind legs.
  • Saddle Bron Riding
  • Similar to Bareback Riding, the goal of the horseback cowboy is to maintain their balance as much as possible for 8 seconds while the horse is bucking. In this event, however, the cowboy sits on a saddle while using one hand to hold on to a thick rein that’s attached to the horse’s halter.
  • Tie-Down Roping
  • This event centers around a cowboy on horseback attempting to restrain a calf by throwing a well-timed rope loop that’s attached to the cowboy’s horse. The cowboy and the calf both leave from a designated starting point, with the calf getting a slight head-start. The cowboy depends on the horse to mitigate any slack in the rope after dismounting, then proceeds to tie-up the calf as fast as possible.
  • Barrel Racing
  • This is a women’s event where horseback cowgirls race against the clock to complete a strategically set course where barrels are set up as landmarks. The intent is for the cowgirls to complete a cloverleaf-shaped run around 3 barrels placed in a triangular formation as fast as possible. Barrels that are accidentally knocked over result in 5-second penalties.
  • Bull Riding
  • The cowboy on top of the bull has the main objective of staying on top and maintaining their balance for 8 seconds. They are judged based on technique and can earn extra points by spurring while the bull is bucking. The cowboy stays on top of the bull by grasping a flat braided rope, which also wraps around the bull’s chest.
  • All-Around Champion
  • Being crowned the All-Around Champion speaks volumes about the versatility and high level of talent exhibited by the winning cowboy. In order to receive this honor, the cowboy must have won the most prize money in a given year and competed in at least 2 NFR events while earning at least $3,000 in each of those events. This is widely known as the highest honor bestowed by the PRCA.

Contestants

There are 120 cowboys from all over the United States that will step foot as competitors within the NFR. A full list of the contestants can be found on the event’s Contestant Roster page. The top 10 ranked competitors are as follows:
  1. Tuf Cooper – Tie-Down Roping
  2. Trevor Brazile – Tie-Down Roping
  3. Sage Kimzey – Bull Riding
  4. Tim O’Connell – Bareback Riding
  5. Jacobs Crawley – Saddle Bronc Riding
  6. Caleb Bennett – Bareback Riding
  7. Ryder Wright – Saddle Bronc Riding
  8. Rhen Richard – Team Roping (Header)
  9. Shane Hanchey – Tie-Down Roping
  10. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi – Barrel Racing

Super Bowl of Rodeo

The NFR has consistently been referred to with this phrase because of the sheer massiveness of its popularity and money-generating power within the context of rodeo. The event is considered to be so big and consistently sold-out that the UNLV basketball team that normally uses the NFR’s venue during the season has to annually build its schedule in a way that keeps the team on the road for the duration of the NFR festivities.

Miss Rodeo America

This event is a pageant that takes place in conjunction with the NFR as part of the NFR’s overall festivities. State rodeo queen winners from across the United States compete for the Miss Rodeo America crown and put themselves in line to potentially win $20,000, among other smaller prizes. In addition to the prizes, the winner is expected to travel to various rodeos throughout the United States and to promote the rodeo during the subsequent year.

Wrangler NFR Preshow

The former Miss Rodeo America titleholder is no stranger to the excitement of the “Super Bowl” of Western competition, with six years of WNFR reporting under her belt. She is most excited about bringing the pre-show to the fans. Be prepared for this Wrangler NFR Preshow, don’t miss a single moment of the Pro Rodeo live action.

Cowboy Christmas

For those that need a break from the constant adrenaline that comes with the NFR’s main events, the Cowboy Christmas experience allows for a welcomed change of pace. This portion of NFR centers around cowboy shopping and serves as a marketplace for hundreds of exhibitors from the United States and Canada to sell to thousands of eager buyers. Typically taking place at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Cowboy Christmas will also move to Arlington, TX in 2020. All exhibitors will have the opportunity to Opt-In/Opt-Out for 2020.

Standings

The 2019 PRCA season has been extremely competitive as a lot of the top cowboys are gunning for glory. Tuf Cooper sits atop of the all-around standings and many experts believe that he is going to win his second all-around title in a row. There will be a lot of close competitions and many of the world championships could come down to the last day. You can check the current standings here.

NFR Prize Money

The total payout for the entire event is $10 million and will remain at that amount until 2020. After that, the amount will be adjusted and remain in place for the subsequent five years. All 120 qualifying contestants receive $10,000 as part of participating. This year’s detailed payout structure can be found on the PRCA’s 2019 Wrangler NFR Payoff page.

Wrangler NFR World Champions

2019 All Around World Champion
Stetson Wright
The 2019 NFR World Champions
Bareback Riding
Clayton Biglow
Steer Wrestling
Ty Erickson
Team Roping (Header)
Clay Smith
Team Roping (Heeler)
Wesley Thorp
Saddle Bronc Riding
Zeke Thurston
Tie-Down Roping
Haven Meged
Barrel Racing
Hailey Kinsel
Bull Riding
Sage Kimzey
For a full recap, please click here.

Final Words

All in all, the National Finals Rodeo is a landmark event and a de facto defining period of time within any given rodeo year. For anyone who is a fan of rodeo, the main events and the surrounding festivities are must-see events and must-participate experiences if the financial means allow for it. Don’t miss a minute of the exhilarating NFR live stream action this year from December 3rd until December 12th.
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