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2023.03.21 19:14 Lazy-Personality4024 Orphan Chapter 2

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Chapter 2: Now Is Found

The moment the Into the Black entered Sol, the human’s home system, various transmissions and radio signals poured in. At first, the captain and the rest of the crew thought that humanity was well and truly alive. But upon closer inspection of the deluge of signals they were receiving, they realized they were nothing more than automated warnings, echoes, and ghost signals bouncing around the countless derelict ships, stations, habitats, and arcologies that surrounded nearly every world and moon in the system. The place was a mass grave, far greater than any of the previous systems. In fact, this system was the most developed Ohmata had ever seen. The Galactic Union’s capital is the most advanced system in the GU, and it pales compared to the level of development of the human home system!
The sheer amount of death and destruction was frightening. Entire fleets worth of ships clumped together in the void of space. Their own mass creating a small gravity, pulling them together and fashioning massive hulks. While also creating hazardous clouds of metal debris, more than a few moving fast enough to rip the Black to shreds, should they not be vigilant. Constructs the size of cities floated aimlessly, stuck within the confines of the star’s influence. Mobile defense platforms, which once bristled with the finest weapons humanity could field, lay battered and broken amongst the many wrecks that called Sol home. Humanity did not go down without a fight, that much was for certain. If anyone ever called them cowards, Ohmata would simply show them the recorded footage of their home system to prove the naysayers otherwise.
There looked to be more metal strewn about from the battles and destroyed ships alone than in every GU fleet combined, and more than a few worlds, too. The difference in the ships was obvious. The human vessels were boxy, utilitarian. They did their jobs, and they did them well. Many of which appeared to be nothing more than massive guns someone built a ship around, then put more guns on that.
The Nemesis were different; they weren’t boxy and rigid angles like the humans, but not totally smooth either. They had a far more organic look with multiple bends and curves, but the surfaces seemed to be rough and bumpy, and unlike the human ships, almost none were symmetrical. But though they were asymmetrical, there existed patterns in the various derelicts. As if they were variations of preexisting models, updated and expanded upon with time. In comparison, most GU ships were a happy medium. They had the bends and curves like the Nemesis, but were neatly symmetrical like the human ships.
Looking past the destruction and death, the system was fairly average. Four rocky worlds, four gas giants, and several smaller bodies here and there. The gas giants still had the broken remains of floating cities scattered across them, while their moons contained colonies and stations galore. But what was most interesting were the third and fourth rocky worlds. The fourth one had depressingly little green on it. It was mostly red, with an occasional white streak indicating clouds. It was highly developed, ruined cities ranged across its surface freely. But it bore the marks of war none the less. It would be a prime candidate for collecting samples, as long as the surface wasn’t too hazardous. Humanity did have a fetish for nuclear annihilation towards their end, after all.
The third planet, the third planet was something else. It was a grey husk devoid of life. Its moon had a massive crater denting its facade, with many smaller ones marking its surface. They stood out prominently. Fresh wounds of war contrasted against natural meteor strikes. The debris from the lunar surface and whatever had caused the impact was already starting to form the semblance of a ring around the planet. And like everywhere else, the surrounding space was choked with battle debris, though most had collected in the planet’s “proto ring”. There was so much debris that they could barely scan the planet, and what parts they could get to was so irradiated that a signal couldn’t penetrate from such a distance. Which meant if they wanted to scan the home world of these legendary humans, they would have to get closer. Which, frankly, was currently impossible.
“Nix’Fa, can you maneuver through that debris field?” Ohmata asked, while peering down at her console.
“No ma’am. A shuttle may get through, but it won’t have any of the equipment necessary to scan the planet. At least, not at any reasonable rate,” Nix’Fa replied. She, too, was looking over her console at potential flight paths.
First Lieutenant Qhaax spoke up from her station. “We may not need to actually scan the planet to learn more about humanity, captain. Most of the planet is a flattened, irradiated death pit, but the debris field around it still contains warships from both sides, some in remarkable condition. In fact, several derelicts appear to still have power, even after thousands of years. We may be able to board them using a shuttle and extract data from any intact computer systems we find. And while not exactly human, there is a Nemesis ship relatively close to the edge of the field. It would be a good first target.”
“Then we’ll change our plan to that. Qhaax, contact Kitern and tell her to get her marines suited up, send a techy or two and some researchers with them as well. You’ll have to contact Tentzonta to get her to let some of her engineers loose for once, and Glevar for her researchers. Though you won’t have to convince her, she’ll be jumping at the opportunity. Nix’Fa, start plotting them a course, and we’ll go from there, understood?”
The two responded with a crisp, yes ma’am, and got to work on their respective tasks.
“Kitern, can you hear me?” Ohmata’s voice called out from Kitern’s suit’s comms.
“Loud and clear, cap, whatcha need?” Commander Kitern responded as she stowed away several more energy cells for her weapon. She was a digitigrade, feline like mammal known as a Lioranian, with thick paw like hands that held deadly claws within them. They were still thin and nimble enough to manipulate objects accurately, but most importantly, pull a trigger. Her kind also had a slightly elongated snout, long tail, and top forward facing ears. Their eyes were dark, but a few bore mutations which lightened the iris to a sky blue. And their pupils are vertical, but would dilate periodically to give better depth perception and low light visibility. Her species’ coats ranged from a dark tan to a bright yellow gold and had multiple coat patterns of varying intensities. She personally had a dusty tan coat with slight stripe markings originating from her spine, but quickly fading as they reached around to her abdomen and chest.
“You already have a basic rundown about what to do. But I just wanted to remind you, we marked an entrance for you through some old battle damage on a derelict Nemesis ship that is close to the edge of the debris field. Enter, make your way to the power source, secure the area, and set up a pressurized zone if possible so the techies can work in peace. If you can’t, oh well, they can work in their suits. Also, you see anything living, as unlikely as that is, don’t go shooting it. Try to capture or reason with it, but if it does anything stupid, then do what you and your girls do best.”
Kitern smiled maliciously. “Aye, aye, captain. We’ll keep the civvies alive and kick’n, get the goods and be back in no time.”
“Then I leave the rest to you. Oh, try not to mess with the shuttle’s controls while it’s on autopilot this time. It’ll be weaving through a debris field too compact to get the Black into. Any rescue efforts will take a long time, longer than what you’ll have, so don’t touch the throttle like last time!” Ohmata raised her voice jokingly, playfully reminding Kitern of the last time they were on a shuttle together in such conditions.
“Ha! Dontcha worry, I’ll be in the back. Onsa will be in the pilot’s seat for this go. She’s a better flyer anyways,” Kitern played.
“Alright then, get done and come back, preferable alive. Ohmata out.” There was a click as Ohmata closed the channel.
“Hmph, always do.” Kitern had been staring at a random wall while talking to Ohmata. With the call over, she turned to her squad. “Alright girls, get your shit together and get to the shuttle. Oh, and keep your hands to yourself, Hran is coming along, I don’t want any complaints from him, or hands where they shouldn’t be, got it?” she barked, eyeing each of the three other marines, more specifically the youngest two.
“What if he lets us?” one of said marines asked jokingly.
“It’ll be a cold day on Ca’tab before that happens, Asteli,” Kitern replied.
“You never know, we might just wear him down finally, right Gre’Namra?” the perky Venanian replied.
“How many times do I have to tell you? Just call me Namra, and I doubt it. Men like to be wined and dined. Take them out, pay for a fancy meal, maybe buy them something. You know, the usual,” her counterpart, a Drae’Ildan, responded.
Kitern sighed. “Or how about not harassing anyone and act like a decent sentient, you hornbags? Now, shut it and get to the shuttle. Dentala you’ll have your work cut out for you keeping track of these two today.”
“Not as big of a job as keeping track of you, I pity Onsa,” Dentala said as she lifted a heavy kinetic slugger with a red hand, another Venanian.
Kitern chuffed deeply, her species version of a chuckle. “Me too! But, you might wanna put on a glove before we go out. Might help with the whole vacuum thing.” Dentala looked at her hand, surprised that she had forgotten it, before slipping one on. It attached to her bracer and made an airtight seal, forming an armored gauntlet. With that, the four marines left to join their fifth member in the shuttle.
As they left the locker room, Asteli mumbled under her breath. “We wouldn’t do that. We’re not assholes,” she said, addressing Kitern’s assertion of harassment.
“Well, you sound like one,” Gre’Namra replied quietly. After that, they kept their heads down and trudged along with their commanding officer.
A short jaunt later, they were passing through the hangar bay’s airlock. They were greeted by the Black’s only two shuttles. One, small and cramped, meant for scanning dangerous locations that they couldn’t get to with the ship. Logically, that would mean it was best suited to scan Earth. But even its equipment was not powerful enough to breach the radiation. Not without descending into the planet's atmosphere and becoming so irradiated they would practically glow in the dark.
The second shuttle was much larger. It was built to transport supplies and the handful of rovers they had in storage, to make excursions to planets. The smaller shuttle had permanently extended wings and large thrusters on the rear. The larger of the two, simply dubbed Shuttle One, could fold its wings. And had a variety of thrusters located across the ship for better maneuverability in space, and atmospheric thrusters embedded in the center of each wing for flight in atmo. But it also had two large engines in the back for forward thrust, just above its rear ramp.
Walking over to shuttle one, Onsa, the other Lioranian in the squad, was already waiting for them in the pilot’s seat. In the rear seating area were two engineers and two scientists, wearing grey, lightly armored EVA suits that looked to be made of cloth, but were instead a variety of advance polymers and flexible but insulative materials. Most of the helmet was a large, one way transparent material, allowing for increased awareness while sacrificing protection. In comparison, the marine’s helmets had no exterior window, instead a suite of miniature sensors embedded in their black armored helmets allowed them to see through an internal display screen. The helmets appeared to be smooth metal from a distance, only up close could you see the microscopic sensors embedded in them.
The marine’s suits held many of the same features as the civilians, but were black and had thick armored plates over vital areas and on select parts of their extremities, with thinner, non-metal armor segments filling in the gaps. Both suit types had an array of pockets and hideaways, each holding their respective tools of the trade. Regardless of the accessories, or level of protection, each was specially crafted to accommodate for the unique physiologies of the different species.
Had the ship and its equipment not made with each of their species in mind, they would have worn generic multi species suits. Instead of the pre-built features tailored for their specific anatomy, they would be covered with a thick insulated, pliable material that fitted over the horns, tails, and crests and shrank until it was tightly pressed against every nook and cranny. Aside from personalized helmets, each species’ leg sections and gloves/gauntlets catered for whether they were plantigrade, digitigrade, or for how many digits they may possess.
Hran being a male Venanian, had small horns jutting out from his temples. But because his horns were so small, his helmet did not need any special features. Thus was fairly plain. It looked like a sphere that had been slightly squished in on the sides. Unlike the females of his species, who had much larger, curved horns, their helmets were marked with two twin armored segments sticking up like antenna. Otherwise, their helmets were just as “stubby” as his, for their flatter faces. At least, in comparison to the other species onboard.
The Shednae with their elaborate head crests and long faces, had a stubby mohawk like metal protrusion for their crests to fit in, and longer helmets to account for their heads. The Drae’Ildan’s helmets were similar to the Shednae. In fact, they could be mistaken for one another if not for the lack of a head crest. Lastly, the Lioranian helmets were quite plain, aside from the extended “snout” for their slightly longer faces and two nubs to house their ears located on the top of their heads.
Those with tails were likewise afforded a special area to put them, instead of the shrinking material normal for such species. The Shednae have a small knob like space for their short tails. While the Venanians and Lioranians had long thin tails, they could be coiled in the suit. Drae’Ildan suits had a much longer and thicker tail section that looked burdensome but was quite flexible. Their suits were also equipped with a much larger array of sensors to assist them, as the Drae’Ildan’s natural sensory organs were significantly dulled in such tight confines.
“I see the grunts have finally made their appearance. Why did you bother bringing so many guns with you? It’s a derelict that has been floating dead in space for thousands of cycles. There won’t be anything living on board.”, one of the engineers nagged, as the marines ducked into the shuttle. Though her helmet was on, it was clear she was a part of engineering by the orange stripe running along the left of her suite, and left sleeve. Mimicking their uniforms.
“And a fine hello to you Kass, you too, Hran,” Kitern said as she sat down across from the two Venanians and buckled in. Hran simply nodded silently. Kitern continued, “And as for your question, we have no idea what we’ll find. You want to be stuck out in space with no way of protecting yourself if something is there? Yeah, I’m sure it’s empty too. Doesn’t mean I’m taking any chances.” Kass snorted at her reply.
“Shavizi, Jurwa, what about you two, think we’ve over prepared?” Kitern asked the two scientists to her left. Their stripes were blue.
“One can never be too prepared! Though the heavy slugger seems a bit excessive, but as long as you don’t drop it on me, I have no complaints,” Jurwa, a Shednae, said gleefully, practically bouncing in her seat.
“I agree, organic enemies aside. The ship may have automated defenses still functioning. If so, they will have to be dealt with accordingly.” Shavizi added. Yet another Venanian.
“See Kass, they get it,” Kitern grinned smugly underneath her helmet as she leaned back and buckled herself in.
As the others sat down and buckled in, Onsa turned in her seat to see if they were all ready. Everyone confirming they were. She turned back around and started up the shuttle. Quickly putting it into autopilot, but still keeping her hands on the controls just in case. The shuttle slipped out of the bay, passing through the atmospheric retention field, and pitching down and to the left, heading for the derelict Nemesis ship.
As the debris field is so dense and dangerous, the Into the Black was several hundred kilometers away, clear of any potential danger. As such, the trip would take around five minutes before they reached the field, another six to navigate the debris, as it was so hazardous. The Nemesis ship in question was near the edge of the debris field, but still mostly intact, with some power readings emanating from within, a perfect target for research.
“We’re coming alongside it now. Once we have successfully magnetized to its hull with the docking clamps, I’ll decompress the shuttle and you can open him up,” Onsa called out, just barely turning her head back in their direction.
Kitern activated her comms so everyone could hear her clearly once the air was siphoned out. “Gotcha. Scans show two distinct points of power readings. Both look to be in the same place, or at least really damn close. We’ll take a right once we get into the ship and follow the corridor until it leads to a three-way intersection. Then we make a left, then a right, and we’ll be on track. The room in question will be along that corridor. Keep your eyes and sensors open for anything that looks Nemesis-y.”
“Oh, like the entire ship?” Kass chimed in.
Kitern rolled her eyes. “Onsa, give a countdown.”
Onsa nodded her head. “Affirmative. Decompression commencing in three… two… one… starting.” There was an audible hiss that slowly faded away as the air in the shuttle was pulled back into storage tanks for later use. “Decompression complete, safe to open the door,” she confirmed over their comms.
“Opening door. Don’t go floating off,” Kitern joked as she pressed a button near the hatch, causing it to slide open silently. Before them was a gaping hole in the side of what looked like a ship that had grown large warts. The human beacons had mentioned that the Nemesis ships weren’t smooth, but the reality was a bit more unsettling up close. The humans weren’t sure why the Nemesis ships were so… bumpy. But they knew it wasn’t actually part of the building process, as newly refurbished or repaired Nemesis vessels lacked the warty exterior. But they had seen no importance in investigating the reason, so it remains a mystery to this day.
Kitern lifted a foot, causing the magnetic lock on that boot to disengage automatically, then re-engage when she put pressure on it. Allowing her to walk forward until she was looking down into the hole. Kitern put a foot on the lip of the shuttle, and bent forward, pushing herself into the opening.
As Kitern floated into the ship, she could see the corridors were circular, with strange partitions along the edges. The partitions didn’t seem to move or close, so she guessed they were more decorative support beams than actual doorways. A second later, she put out a hand to stop herself from colliding with the far wall, and pushed downward, boots magnetizing to the floor. Upon magnetizing, she immediately lifted her weapon. It was a small energy-based firearm, similar in size and function to an SMG.
Looking down both directions of the corridor showed nothing of interest other than more of those strange support beams and closed bulkhead doors on either end. She noted the twisted metal and battle damage in the corridor caused by whatever had impacted the hull.
Before everyone had touched down, she started making her way toward their objective. She continued on until she reached the bulkhead door at the end of the corridor. It was not fully closed, only partially, allowing someone to grip between the two sections and pull them apart. She did just that. As the door slowly opened, Dentala came up behind her and lent her strength to the task. Grunting in exertion, they pulled the door apart until they could easily walk through. Kitern silently fist bumped Dentala on the shoulder in thanks before she continued on, weapon held at the ready.
As they proceeded through the derelict, signs of battle began to appear. At first, it was only a few scorch marks or kinetic impact craters on the wall. Then, what looked like dried blood from some ancient creature. It had aged into a sickly dark green color with a hint of yellow. A quick scan showed that no genetic material could be retrieved, it had long degraded into nothing. Though some sort of information could certainty be gleamed from the stain if they searched long enough, but the sample was unimportant, as it was not a focus of the mission. Pressing on, the signs of battle intensified, as well the amount of spilled blood. At one point, an entire corridor looked like it had been painted in viscera.
The team could only speculate on what had happened. Was it a mutiny? Civil war between surviving Nemesis forces trapped in the Sol system? Or perhaps the humans had something to do with it? But there was one thing on everyone’s mind as they walked through the ancient carnage. Where were the bodies? They hadn’t passed a single corpse yet, just blood stains.
“Captain Kitern, do you suppose we can slow down and so I can scan the ship a bit more? I can’t get a proper reading while moving like this,” Shavizi requested from the back. She had some sort of tool and was waving it back and forth across the surface of the corridor.
“You can scan the ship when we stop, and that will be when we get to those power signals. And once we make sure the place is secure,” Kitern responded, weapon still up at her shoulder as she swept the hallway.
“If that is your order,” Shavizi relented, but still attempted to scan everything they passed, incomplete or not.
It didn’t take long before they arrived at where the Black said the power readings were. They had weaved about the ship a bit more than desired. Several bulkhead doors were completely sealed shut, causing them to detour, but they managed it in the end. They were now standing in front of a large single door; it was nowhere near as large as the bulkhead doors that sealed off entire corridors, but it was large enough to allow passage with room to spare on all sides.
It too bore damage from whatever conflict had occurred within the ship. The door’s access panel was damaged, and the surrounding wall panels warped. Preventing them from directly interacting with the door.
“This is the place; my scanner is already picking up power readings from here. Hran, be a dear and get out the interface tools. We’ll see if this door has power first, instead of brute forcing our way through first thing,” Kass stated. Hran silently carried out his orders, unpacking a variety of tools they may need.
After pulling off several of the panels to see if they allowed access to the door’s wiring, they eventually found the right one. Sadly, a closer inspection revealed that the door, like nearly the entire ship, had no power, meaning it couldn’t be opened by the press of a button like they wanted.
“Oh well, do what you do best, Kitern,” Kass shrugged as she and Hran began packing up their tools.
“Eh, worth a shot. Privates, if you please,” Kitern motioned to the door for the two young marines to take a crack at it. They both replied with a crisp, yes ma’am, and quickly got to work trying to pry open the door.
It took a little more effort than they thought, but over time it slowly slid further and further open, until Gre’Namra wedged herself in between the door and frame, and used her entire body to push it open. Asteli joined in when it widened enough for the both of them. Together, they pushed it fully open, the door slowly recessing into the wall. Revealing an old dusty room with several long bed-like pods.
“Thank you, girls. Now clear the room while you’re at it. Though by now any baddies would have chewed you up,” Kitern ordered. The two did just that. Thankfully, the entire room could be seen from the doorway, so there really wasn’t any clearing. Just looking behind the pods for anything not so friendly.
During their little search, they noticed one bed had several lights flickering on its side. They pointed it out to the others. Immediately, Kass and Shavizi pushed them aside to get to it. Drooling over it like children being offered sweets.
“I wonder what this is?! After so many thousands of years, it still has power. I thought those beacons were incredible enough, but this is something else!” Kass said to no one in particular.
Shavizi had been scanning the bed, as well as its neighbors, while Kass looked it over. “Hmm. The pods have a sliding covering that encloses the occupants. All the others are open, yet this one is closed.” Shavizi tapped at her scanner a bit. “Wait… the other energy signature… it’s coming from inside it!” she said astonished, while moving a hand over the top of the slid that covered the pod. As she did, thousands of years’ worth of dust floated away from where she dragged her hand. Allowing a small amount of light to break free from within.
Noticing this, Shavizi leaned forward and peered inside the pod. Her eyes went wide as her mind tried to make sense of what she was seeing. “GET BACK! DON’T TOUCH IT!” she screamed, but was too late. Kass, who was now crouched down near the base of the bed, had pressed a finger to one of the flickering lights just as Shavizi yelled her warning. All Kass had time to do was turn her head up and mutter a confused, “huh?”, before the covering of the pod slid open, unleashing its occupant onto the galaxy.
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Hello once again! First things first. If you see the name Osan, please point it out to me. It is supposed to be Onsa, but the program I use to write the story changed the name to Osan for some reason. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed the cliffhanger! This chapter is meant to help further detail the various species and their features, and of course set up for many things to come!
Also, in my last story. I had a lot of flashback sequences to add in fluff and give backstory to the MC. While I don't want overuse it in this story, I do want to have flashback esque sequences that are basically just battles of the Human-Nemesis war (recorded combat footage recovered from human ships and installations), introduce new characters, or maybe give further development to preexisting characters. The flashback sequences will be called Orphan: Tales of the Past and won't begin until a certain point in the main story. Once that point is reached, the side stories will pop up every once in a while in place of the main story chapters. Or, if I fell as if its safe to push the story ahead, you'll get the main story and a side story in one week.
That's it for the week folks! See you next week!
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2023.03.21 19:13 DOOODOO0 New earth SMP server

Hello everyone,
My friends and I have made a new server and are looking for some new nice people to play with.
We made a server that has the map of the earth and we decided we all wanted to play on here and fight each other now and then and have wars.
There is not a lot of rules apart from no hacking and trying to not destroy bases too much when looting them or attacking other people.
If youre interested in joining and interested in playing with new people, message me on discord: Dodo#3886
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2023.03.21 19:13 thephantom1492 I can not receive CAN data on STM32F103

Hi there, as the title suggest, I am trying to receive data over the canbus. I can transmit fine. And the data is received but it do not trigger the callback function.
I am using STM32F103 "bluepill" with a can transceiver MCP2551, with the microchip can analyzer, using STM32CubeIDE and HAL.
Via the CAN Analyzer, I am sending from ID 0x123 2 bytes: 0x00 0x10.
Via the cube debugger: SRFs -> CAN1
This show that the data did indeed got received, so electronically the circuit is fine, which mean it's a code error.
I followed the example in the CAN_Networking example in cube, which, afaik, I have the equivalent code.
Yet, it never enter the callback...
The uart1_printf() is a interrupt based ring buffer that send data to the uart1 "debug" serial port (which work fine).
Please help?
Here is the sanitized code:
void HAL_CAN_RxFifo0MsgPendingCallback(CAN_HandleTypeDef *hcan); int main(void) { HAL_Init(); SystemClock_Config(); MX_GPIO_Init(); MX_CAN_Init(); CanFilterSetup(); HAL_CAN_Start(&hcan); if (HAL_CAN_ActivateNotification(&hcan, CAN_IT_RX_FIFO0_MSG_PENDING) != HAL_OK) { // it does not goes here while(1); } while (1) { HAL_GPIO_TogglePin(LED1_GPIO_Port, LED1_Pin); HAL_Delay(1000); } } void CanFilterSetup() { CAN_FilterTypeDef filter; filter.FilterActivation = CAN_FILTER_ENABLE; filter.FilterBank = 0; filter.FilterFIFOAssignment = CAN_RX_FIFO0; filter.FilterIdHigh = 0x0000; filter.FilterIdLow = 0x0000; filter.FilterMaskIdHigh = 0x0000; filter.FilterMaskIdLow = 0x0000; filter.FilterMode = CAN_FILTERMODE_IDMASK; filter.FilterScale = CAN_FILTERSCALE_32BIT; filter.SlaveStartFilterBank = 14; filter.FilterActivation = ENABLE; if (HAL_CAN_ConfigFilter(&hcan, &filter) == HAL_ERROR) { uart1_printf("\n\nCanFilterSetup error, halted\n\n"); while(1); } } void HAL_CAN_RxFifo0MsgPendingCallback(CAN_HandleTypeDef *hcan) { CAN_RxHeaderTypeDef header; uint8_t data[8]; uart1_printf("\n\rGot CAN\n\r"); // Read incoming message if (HAL_CAN_GetRxMessage(hcan, CAN_RX_FIFO0, &header, data) == HAL_OK) { // Check if message ID is 0x123 or 0x234 if (header.StdId == 0x123) { rpm = (data[0]<<8) data[1]; } } } 
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2023.03.21 19:07 CousinMiike8645 Poverty Threshold Calculation?

I'm brand new so bare with me.
I went on the BLS website to get some poverty data great. It gave me the dollar figure for what is considered 'below' the poverty line. Great.
Can't find for the life of me, how that dollar figure is calculated.
Wikipedia says in part it's based on the 30% of your income should be for food, from the 1940's, than then CPI chained it in 1961. Still no actual formula though.
When I pull up the BLS threshold file for 2022, it says; the source of the weighted average threshold sis the 2023 Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement.'
Great, google CPS ASEC, bring up the BLS site. Still no formula, it refers back to the BLS Threshold data. Which provides dollar figures, but not how that dollar figure was arrived at.
So, could someone help me figure out how the poverty threshold is calculated? I know the federal government gives out a dollar figure, I'm just trying to figure out how they got that dollar figure.
Apologies for rambling.
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2023.03.21 19:06 SplendidMellon Been awake for over 60 hours trying to finish an assignment

[Feel free to disreguard these square brackets] [Originally posted as a TIFU, but maybe someone here will find some amusement in my stupidity. I dont really post much on reddit so i dont know formatting etiquette, but i fear it wouldnt help this time anyway. For extra context/info sleep problems arent a new thing, on and off for the last few months ill have a 7-12ish day period of sleeping every other night or so] [ALSO DO NOT TAKE YOUR MEDS AS I DID! I AM DUMB!! NOTHING GOOD COMES OF IT]
Okay it's 1:46am Wednesday the 22nd here and I (22M) have been awake since 12pm Sunday for what I think makes almost 62 hours. I want to list a few observations
For context this obviously wasn't the desired outcome. I’m an Architecture student in Australia and have an assignment due Thursday night and I had barely started. I’ve been fueling this exercise in what now feels like self torture with, and do your best not to judge me:
-Food. Sort of. On Sunday I ate approx 300 kcal of leftover pasta. Monday was a big one. Unfortunately I did forget to eat all day so it was a single godly meal centering on the divine Large Zinger Box. This was paired with 3 wicked wings, a maxi popcorn chicken, a supercharged slider, and a pepper mayo slider. No idea the calories but well and truly a “feel like absolute shit” quantity. Tuesday I had 2 baos, a far cry from the prior binge but havent had any desire to eat
-A steady supply of (prescribed) ritalin, starting with 40mg at the beginning of a dedicated study session and an additional 20mg every 3 hours to account for the half-life.
I estimate I’ve munched down on about 300ish mg so far :(
-Caffeine. Far too many monster mango locos, monster zero ultras, and cans of red bull. A simply exquisite ritalin pairing that I could not recommend more, provided you want a couple of your primary senses, and what feels like new ones all together, to gain the ability to scream at you with each rapidly quickening heartbeat.
-Pure delusion and stupidity with a helping hand from the sunk cost fallacy
Now The Issues!!
-okay the biggest thing is paranoia. At almost all times I can see movement just in the corner of my peripheral vision. Any small noises become an immediate spike of dread. I'm sitting in my uni commons room completely alone and don’t really feel safe (i know i am)(probably). I fear they notice me seeing them and hide really quickly. Will need to investigate further.
-Lack of ability to think/plan. I just spent a good 3 minutes trying to plan how I would walk out of this building. None of the routes made more sense than another and I couldn't mentally envision myself moving at all so they seemed equally good and worth re-pondering to get to the bottom of this dire conundrum. I should also add that I had no intention of standing, let alone going anywhere, it was just to see if I could, then I got lost in it until I realised I'd been staring at the wall for far too long. I'm also realising I can't conjure any mental images up either. Really cool for the drawing part of this assignment where I can't think of what I'm going to draw.
-I just zone out mid-thought and forget what I was thinking about. To be fair I'm like that normally with ADHD too, but I feel like my head’s a colander and my, obviously revolutionary, thoughts are that sweet sweet starchy pasta water flooding out.
-Big jitters, earthquakes in the palms of my hands. Surgery patients fear me and Jazz pianists want to be me. (currently listening to Ryo Fukui’s - scenery, incredible jazz album)
-Not a single thought of value
-Positives however… not looking nearly as dishevelled as I should be. Don't get me wrong, my body's a mess. I’m pissing constantly. Each one a new hue between a radiant yellow and a tasteful sage green, every muscle and joint aching… you just read it you know it’s not good, BUT,, Hair’s sitting kinda nice, eye bags are hardly there, skins not looking too bad. Overall I'd say a visual improvement.
In conclusion, I spent an hour writing this because I couldn't slam two brain cells together to save my degree. I fear if i wrote “to save my life” some subconscious force would keep them apart just to end this. I might even support the cause at this point. My now 63 consecutive wakefull hours have gleaned me an abundance of sweet fuck all. I truly believe the pitiful collection of sub-par work I slapped together could have been done in a day or so of being rested. And NOT ONCE did that fucker in the corner of my eye offer to help. I will be surprised if it's finished in time. I’m expecting the worst :)
I’ve been awake for over 60 hours to work on a uni assignment. Have done less than I would have had I not. My once throbbing juicy brain is a mere paste pooling at the base of my skull. I fear failure is unavoidable and the consequences of my hubris lasting.
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2023.03.21 19:05 iwannabanana How can I calculate how much my payments will be (approximately) when the pause is over?

My spouse and I are preparing to file taxes and we're toying with the idea of married filing jointly vs separately. I'd like to calculate what my payment would be in either scenario so we can compare loan payment savings vs overall tax savings to see what would be better for us. We have an appt with our tax guy but he gave me the most basic answer when I asked over email so I'm not anticipating him to be super helpful in this area.

How do I actually calculate my new payments? I was on an income based plan for 5+ years before the pause, but I've read that the payments may be based on a new (lower) percentage of income when they come back. Does anyone know what the percentage is, and how I calculate it? I.e. if it's based on "discretionary" income how exactly is that defined, so I can be sure I'm calculating correctly? Thanks.
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2023.03.21 18:56 2bornot2b_a2brute [JP] "Blue Reflection Sun" - an in-depth review, one month after release

Blue Reflection Sun was released one month ago and after playing religiously every day (this includes waking up in the middle of the night to consume stamina, something I'll get to later on in my review), here are my thoughts. First of all, this review will not touch on the controversy regarding including the first male character in a series that features only female characters. Just let me say that after playing through the story to the latest chapter, many of the interactions/scenarios between the girls and the protagonist completely excludes the protagonist from being female. So that possibility is off the books for foreign releases or future patches. Now that that's over with, I will be reviewing the game as a standard gacha game developed and published by large companies (Koei Tecmo and DMM Games).
As a disclaimer, I have been playing gacha games for over 10 years but rarely have I played in any language other than Japanese. So while I am translating to English to the best of my ability, some terms may be wrong, though hopefully decipherable.

I'll start off with the crux of gacha games: the gacha. There are essentially 2 types of gacha: character and fragcard gacha. Character is self-explanatory, but fragcard is the `card` system found in some gacha - each includes a skill, which can be upgraded, and stats, which can be levelled. Characters range from 1-3 stars (can be limit broken to a maximum of 5) and fragcards which go from R→SR→UR. Each gacha can drop the other type except for at the highest rank. In other words, the character gacha can drop R and SR cards but not UR, while the fragcard gacha can drop 1-2 star characters but not 3 star.
The rates in order of ascending rarity is 77%→20%→3%. The tenth pull is 97%→3%, so in other words, at the tenth pull you are guaranteed 2★/SR or higher. There is a pity system for each gacha that does not carry over, besides the standard gacha. 200 pulls for 200 tickets will let you exchange for the featured item - this number cannot be reached without major saving or else spending money. Each event period gives you an estimated 50 pulls (this is a very rough estimate since it's still service start).
Regarding the limited gacha, So far, characters and cards have been truly limited, in that there is no plan to add them to the standard pool after the run, though the fine print states that there may be reruns (par for the course). This is great as it makes things black and white: you either pull if you want it or save if you're waiting for something else. No grey area where you want the item but you might as well wait since it will be added to the pool later.
You'll also receive a plethora of gacha tickets, but unfortunately, these can only be used one at a time (probably in order to bypass the ten pull system). Combined with the slow loading screens, using 30 or so tickets took me almost an hour...
Finally, even 1 star characters can be easily limit broken to 5 stars, which makes it so that there are no useless characters. Of course, a 3→5★ will be stronger than a 1→5★, though at the very least this means that you'll still have viable characters even if you get horrible pulls.
All this to say that, the rates don't feel unfair, and even when you pull a card instead of a character, Kishida's art is so pretty that it doesn't even feel all that bad. Also, just as there are no useless characters, all cards can be sufficiently powerful once limit broken and levelled up.

Cash Shop
There is no cheap monthly pass unfortunately. Only a simple money to gem system. The most expensive item is 10,000 yen for 16,000 gems which equates to 53 pulls. This goes down to the cheapest item, 160 yen for 160 gems, which is about half a pull. One pull is 300 gems.

Standard turn-based rpg with no time-delay system found in the original series. 4 elements with none of that dark/light crap (sorry, I'm just not a fan of elements that do increased damage to one another) and in rare cases, non-elemental. Each character has her own powerful skill and 2 other skills that can be equipped and switched via fragcards. This means that a character of one element can equip skills of a completely different element.
Elements do increased damage and receive less damage to/from the element that they are good against. So much so that a party strong against an element can take down enemies of twice the power rating (in my case, my party of 60,000 could take down enemies of 120,000).
Standard attacks charge SP, which is counted separately for each skill. So you can freely use each skill as soon as it is charged, without worrying about saving the SP for another skill. This is where the auto battle fails. Auto makes the characters randomly choose attack or a skill, without prioritizing fully charged skills. So that means your character may use a standard attack even when you don't need the SP. Management has said that they are planning to improve the auto system in the near future, so this may be subject to change. On the plus side, characters will focus fire enemies from right to left in auto.
Finally, characters can be `borrowed` from friends/strangers, which lets you use her skill once per battle at any time, without losing your turn. This will not activate during auto. All in all, this is to say that if there is a powerful enemy that you cannot defeat in Auto, often Manual will often enable you do so.

At player level 1, you start off with 51 stamina (if I remember correctly), which recovers at a rate of once every 3 minutes. Doing the math, you can see that initially 2.5 hours will give you a full charge; hardly enough to let you rest during work (let alone sleep). You'll receive a ton of stamina refill items, which is in your best to use as soon as possible to level up and increase your maximum stamina. After a month of playing, I am currently at 100 stamina - the highest leveled players I've seen are 10 levels higher, i.e. 110 stamina, which equates to 5.5 hours for a full charge - still hardly enough for a full night's sleep.
All this to say, for those of us that are very stoic about consuming stamina to never let it go full, the stamina system in this game is the most stressful I have ever experienced. It seems as if not much thought was given into either lowering the recovery rate (along with the cost of stages) or else increasing the maximum increased per level.

There is a ranked battle system, but it's almost impossible to lose. Firstly, while the enemy team will attack randomly, your team will focus fire. Secondly, each enemy has a break meter, which when full will make them lose one turn (normal enemies also have this). This, combined with weaknesses can easily let you win fights with differences in power levels of 20,000 (or potentially higher, though I don't want to try my luck).
There is a maximum of 3 battle points, which are not refreshed daily as in most games, but gradually (1 every few hours, I haven't bothered to time how many hours). Basically you can fight much more than thrice a day. There is also a consecutive win bonus, which keeps increasing to the point that the consecutive bonus is higher than the standard win bonus. At high ranks and high consecutive wins, you will receive way more points than you need for the limited items in the battle shop.
One month in, and I along with most player I imagine, have never lost a match.

Story and Characters
The story is not Shakespeare, nor is it Twilight. The voice acting is excellent as usual, and the story is interesting enough to keep you immersed. Each character has her own personality, motivations, and desires, which are much more rounded than the standard flat female characters born of a male mind found in most fiction. While most works feature simple anime tropes that perpetuate sexist stereotypes, the characters of brs have a certain nuanced depth, i.e. they exist as entities independent of male characters (and not as mere supports to a well-rounded male). All this to say, while there are some cringey moments, most of the characters have a certain human charm separate from a mere sexualization of the character.
The main character is also not annoyingly smart/strong or dumb/weak, i.e. he has the same attractive qualities that the girls have as well. There is a good balance in terms of character relations, though I wish they reversed the females-dependent-on-male trope more (they almost did in the beginning, but then it swung to the standard MAN DO EVERYTHING AND WOMAN LIKE STRONG MAN caveman mindset...).
In terms of character design, Kishida's design is top notch as always, showing that not only is he talented in bishoujo design, but even his bishounen are pretty as hell. Personally, I cringe at the hairstyles/fashion/makeup/design of most anime because you can tell these were men creating women, 10 years behind the current fashion. Kishida, however, I always imagine him spending hours every day on Instagram absorbing all the latest trends. His characters' hairstyles and fashion really show this and adds a certain believability (most other works of fiction make me groan "no woman would be caught dead in such a mismatched setup" etc.).
The 3D models are also very similar to the 2D art, so thankfully there is no huge gap between the concept design and implementation. Also, most of the limited gacha outfits are so pretty, it never feels bad to pull.

User Interface
There are certain aspects of UI that show of outdated design or a lack of knowledge of gacha design. For example, you cannot see details of a character's skill in the Training menu (where all of your owned characters are listed). Instead, you have to go to Formation, change character, and then view from there - very unintuitive, not to mention unecessary. Another is that upcoming maintenances are not announced in-game in an in-your-face sort of way. You have to check the once-a-day announcement or else follow their Twitter closely. Very frustrating, which I'll go into more detail in the next section.
Besides a few grave errors, most of the UI design is non-problematic, and likely to improve as hinted in an upcoming update. Much of the UI design (along with the sound and music) from the main series is brought over to the gacha game as well, which fans will enjoy.

This is the most frustrating thing about this game. Luckily, if there is an English release, you might not have to deal with this if you end up with a better English team. To sum up why, basically the 運営 (I think this translates to management or operations in English) of KT/DMM does not feel like part of a company with decades of experience; they feel like a small indie developeself-publisher that has no experience handling sudden errors.
In the first week especially, there were lots of server crashes and emergency maintenances to fix a lot of the problems. Server crashes are unexpected, but I have never seen a company handle maintenances so poorly. Apart from the lack of in-game announcement interface mentioned in the previous section, there were times when the Twitter announcement was only a few minutes in advance. Completely unacceptable in Japanese society, especially so in customer-service relations. To add to this, stamina fills up fast, which only adds to the frustration. Such that you have to constantly log in because you're never sure when the next maintenance will come.
As a side note, post-mortem of the server crashes found that they were due to high access traffic "overseas." Obviously we all knew this meant China bots once again ruining a party that they weren't invited to. Perhaps future games would do well to always cordon off a China server for the safety of Japan, but that's another story for another day.

Final Thoughts
I am a big fan of DMM/Exnoa published games; they often publish many obscure developers, most of which are terrible, but every once in a while, there is a hidden gem. So it pains me to be so critical of their handling of this game, because I know they can do better. On the other hand, Koei Tecmo did an alright job of bringing a console/PC game to mobile, and if they are as willing to improve based on feedback as promised, then there may yet be hope for this game.
Regardless, after one month, I am still highly enjoying this game. The sounds, visuals, gameplay loop just hit all the right places for me, so I am looking forward to future updates and improvements. Those that have more free time than me may find that there is not enough to do in-game, but for relatively busy adults, this may just be the game for you.

P.S. Thank you for making it to the end of this long review. If you wish to comment, please refrain from bashing the game, developers, publishers, etc. for introducing a male character. You can gripe about that in a different thread, but this is not the place for that. Productive comments regarding gameplay or similar are welcome.
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2023.03.21 18:55 7rap_5avage I wish i could make a 76 update.

One thing that bothered me is at the end of most stuff they just let you do whatever. Even the BoS says i know you have other stuff you want to do so you are knight errant. Go be free. Even modus lets you do whatever.
I present Fallout 76: fRaction Loyalty. The enclave returns to Appalachia. After lost connection to Modus, some from raven rock comes to reestablish connection.These are the rich influential people funding the responders. They dont have the deep hatred of mutated radiated common population yet but want to control resources. Now its time for the player to pick a side. Raider, BOS, Settler, enclave.
New event, War! These will modify the server environment until server reset giving bonuses to people apart of winning factions as the losing forces have to recover. These will have large swarms of both sides like eviction notice. Most points wins. Each event has a better bonus to who supposed to own it.
Battle of Silo A/B/C: BOS vs ENCLAVE: victor can access silo without fighting and launch nuke anywhere. If BOS owns it. Settlers dont fight but can only launch nuke at boss location, raider and enclave must fight through. If settler owns it. BOS dont fight but only launch nuke at boss. If raider or enclave owns it, non faction members must fight through can launch anywhere.
Battle of watoga: BOS vs Enclave vs Settlers vs Raiders: Winner gets robots to assist in events.
Battle of (faction base) Bos attack white springs bunker. If win, gains control of enclave controlled silos (and watoga if enclave won) Enclave attack atlas. If win, gains control of bos silos (and watoga if bos won) Settlers attack crater (same results as above) Raiders attack foundation (same results as above)
If you have passive mode on, you cant damage or be damaged by other players (so pvpers cant troll and dominate events) but if you dont have it on there is free pvp in the event. More points when a player dies either by players hands or npc killed them.
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2023.03.21 18:55 demondork224 [FB4GM] Oide Yo! Welcome to Mizuryuu Kei Land U.S.A's Grand Opening Week!!

(I’m 18+ and all characters and participants must be 18+)
"Oide Yo! My name is Lotus~! And it is my great pleasure to welcome you all to Mizuryuu Kei Land U.S.A's Grand opening~!!" A pink haired femboy appeared on the screen at the front of the transportation bus. The only thing he was wearing was red heart shaped pasties over his nipples, black panties with a heart shaped hole at his ass, a red armband that read "cast", and matching pale blue elbow length gloves and thigh high stockings.
"As Mizuryuu Kei Land U.S.A's first ever guests, we have many great surprises in store for you all~! Unfortunately I can't talk about them, you all will just have to see them for yourself~. But what I can talk about is all of the amazing "worlds" that Mizuryuu Kei Land has!
Starting with the Beginner area this part of the park is the first thing you see once you leave the gear area. This is the area where our shy guests spend their time. Mizuryuu Kei Land is all about sexual freedom, and sometimes that can be very scary. For guests that aren't as open with their sexuality as others. But that's OK! For most guest all it takes is one ride on the "Meet N Fuck FerrisWheel" to break them out of their shell. Apart from the Ferris wheel, Beginner Area also has other attractions for both men and women. The Dildo Carousel, and Glory Mystery Wall are both very popular attractions.
The Urban Jungle is a place where our guests can live out their exhibitionist fantasies. Built to look like New York City. Guests here can live out their wildest public sex fantasies. Sure fucking in public is what the park is all about. But there is something special about fucking in a city environment. And in the Urban Jungle there is a place for every fantasy. From bars and clubs, to all types of store recreations, and of course all types of dirty alleys and public restrooms. It is a guarantee that you will never have the same experience when you visit the Urban Jungle.
From Urban Jungle to actual Jungle. Where the Wild Whores Are, is the ultimate pet play experience. Men and women alike can live out their most depraved fantasies of living as fuck pets. The area is divided into several "habitats". A tropical jungle, a pet walking park, and "the zoo". So if you want to let out your wild side, or want to know what it feels like to own your own fuckpet come on down to to Where the Wild Whores Are.
There are many more areas inside of Mizuryuu Kei Land. So many that I am unable to inform you about all of them in such short amount of time. Unfortunately due to legal reasons I am also unable to discuss what goes on inside of areas like our Raceplay World, and Land of Beast In Heat. You will just have to experience those places for yourself hehe~.
Now I'll leave you all by letting you know that as our lucky week long guests. You all have the ability to switch hotels at any point during your stay for free. There are many themed hotels inside of the parks areas. And we want you all to be able to experience as many of our facilities as you can~!
Other than please enjoy all the amazing attractions, restaurants, facilities, events, and both staff and guest contest. Your ride is now at its end. Welcome to Mizuryuu Kei Land U.S.A!
Hello dear pervs :3. And thank you for reading my Mizuryuu Kei Land roleplay idea. Based off of the original doujinshi, I want to create a story that severely expands on the world that wonderfully depraved doujinshi created.
So I did not emphasize a "main character" during the prompt. That is because there are many different characters that we can choose from for this rp.
There is Lotus, the current peppy femboy mascot of Mizuryuu Kei Land U.S.A. Who gets to live in the park and do all sorts of fun events for the guest. Unfortunately he did not read his contract too well. And now he has to fight for the right to keep his job as the parks mascot. Or be replaced by another slut.
There is also Alex, a college student who's friend was somehow able to score 3 tickets fo the theme parks grand opening week. As a closet pervert Alex was basically dragged along by his friends. In an attempt to get him to loosen up. Oh if only they knew the bitch in heat they unleashed in the park.
And finally there is Cody, a recently graduated journalism major and self proclaimed artist. Who infiltrated the park by getting a job as a staff member. As he is trying to launch his career as a real journalist. By exposing Mizuryuu Kei Land as a corrupt cesspool of depravity. Will Cody be able to find enough evidence to prove this? Or will the parks influence and its "secret board of directors" turn him into the thing he hates the most, a whore?
The park is basically a sandbox, where we can create anything we want. The only limit for what story we can create is literally our imaginations! So as my GM you will have a lot of creative freedom for what ever lewd attraction, event, store,etc. You want to add to the park.
Kinks: cum, cum eating, cum food, cum play, cream pie,bdsm, bondage, forced, body writing, spanking, cuddling, degradation, rough partners, sizeplay, dominant partners, toys, multiple partners, spit roasting, mating press, full Nelson,frenching,rimming,body oil,bestiality,water sports,squirting,wax play,sex machines,being filmed,cosplay,NTR,petplay,exhibitionism and biting and pretty much anything that isn’t my limits
Limits: Scat,gore,vore,hyper sizes,necro and vomit
If that's of interest to you, please get in touch at Demondork on Kik and come with any questions you have, clarifications you need and ideas you'd like to share. Just please do more than just tell me you're interested. Don't worry about responding slowly/late, I still want to hear from you. Finally, please no chat requests, I will simply ignore them.
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2023.03.21 18:51 Affectionate-Neat308 Preferential Rent Addendum In Rent Stabilized Lease

So I was reading through my lease today of my rent-stabilized 1 br apartment and noticed that there was a preferential rent addendum that stated a legal rent and a preferential rate.

Now I looked through the subreddit but couldn't find anything that specifically applies to my situation because there is actually a clause in the addendum that states:
"It is acknowledged and agreed upon by the parties that the legal regulated rent for any subsequent lease renewal will be based upon the legal regulated rent."
"The parties further agree that this preferential rent rider is not intended to govern throughout the tenant's tenancy and that a preferential rent may NOT be offered in any subsequent renewal lease. It is also agreed by the parties that the owner's willingness to accept a preferential rent on any subsequent renewal lease shall rest solely with the Owner."

isn't this against the law now? aren't they only allow to charge me the preferential rate as my base rate from this point forward?
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My boyfriend and I moved in together in January. I am studying at uni and moved out of the dorm I used to live in to an apartment that we're renting together. He only came here to live with me for a while because he's taking a distance course and can study from anywhere. He's only staying until late August or so then he's going to go back home to pursue a Master's degree (He might stay longer but we're not counting on it). I'm staying here for at least another 5 years.
The apartment we decided to rent lacked basic everyday household items including kitchenware, utensils, a tv, a microwave, storage boxes, hangers or anything other than normal furniture like a bed, closet, kitchen cabinets and such. Obviously we need stuff to be able to live comfortably. The issue is, he's absolutely refusing to buy anything for the apartment. I bought the hangers, pots, pans, utensils, sheets, pillows, duvet, a lot of kitchenware and other stuff as well. He wants to get a TV and garden furniture and expects me to pay for them fully. It's been a HUGE issue ever since we moved in and I just think he's being stingy and it's bothering me a lot. We've discussed this issue a lot and it doesn't seem like anything is going to change. He would happily spend his money on traveling and a shit ton of alcohol and snacks but refuses to spend a cent on household items.
It's not like he's broke or anything, he even gets more money than I do every month and compared to other people his age, he's doing okay. He's also earning money from renting the apartment he OWNS back home on top of the money he gets for studying, but, the money he gets for studying is basically an interest free loan for students, he will eventually have to pay it back so it's not really free income. When he lived back home he would go broke a lot of the time because of going out and drinking, but he decided to be stingy when he moved in.
I don't know how to deal with this and i need advice and other people's opinions. My friends and parents don't agree with what he's doing either and I just need more perspective. I understand that he's moving out eventually and won't be able to use the stuff he bought unless he's visiting, but i don't expect him to pay for all of the stuff, I would gladly pay for the better half of it but I just need a bit of contribution from him Thank you in advance for any advice.
TL;DR: Boyfriend doesn't buy household items and expects me to pay for everything because he's only staying for 8 months. He's not broke and has more money than me but mostly only uses it for stuff that mainly, if not only, benefits him. I need opinions please.
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2023.03.21 18:47 Gallacticwater What should I do?

Hello, I (20F) am starting college at Keiser University in May. For my major I’m going going to be doing medical assisting. I’m not exactly passionate about medical assisting but it’s a job that’ll pay the bills. My parents are retired veterans who are disabled so I basically get college for free so long as it’s a public school. I know it’s an amazing opportunity that others work their asses off for and it’s wasted on me. I’m not really the college type. I’m not much of an academic. I usually got decent grades in middle and high school but nothing the vast majority of colleges want. However, I’m not going to let my opportunity go to waste. I previously went to a community college online but I hated it and it was terrible for my mental health. I got a D in one of my classes so if a public school were to have taken me based on my high school gpa, they definitely won’t now so Keiser is really my only option. I try to tell my parents that but they don’t understand. I couldn’t do it in person because I can’t drive and my parents already take me to work. The thing about Keiser is that it’s a private school. Thankfully my mom had some other way for my school to be covered but it’s only for ten months. She said something about there being 30,000 dollars I can use (not her money) but each semester is 11,000 so that would only cover two maybe three months if I get a scholarship. That would only be a year of school when medical assisting is an associates degree which is two years. When I initially applied for Keiser they told me there was student apartments that had a bus route to Keiser but when I asked about it they basically told me to look for apartments. So I just have to hope that there’s a bus route to the school from where I end up living and none of the apartments I’ve been looking at are walkable. Usually when applying for apartments you have to have a job and prove a source of income. I do have a job but it’s not in the city I’m going to school in. My mom has offered to pay rent for my apartment (she makes plenty of money to do this) which is great but I don’t know how I’ll prove that to the person taking my application. Yes, she could just own the apartment but as much as I love my mom I’m not sure about her having that much control over me. I’ve looked for a person who has an apartment already and has a room for me to rent but no luck. I’m thinking about switching my major over to general studies that way I can get a year in at Keiser and work towards good grades that way I could potentially transfer to a public university. Also, a very important factor is that my insurance is cut off at 21 if I’m not in college. I posted on Snapchat asking if anyone knows someone who needs a roommate in Tallahassee, FL and my friend swiped up and said she needs one where she lives in Akron, OH and honestly I’d love to live with her. When she texted me I asked myself what I really want to do and I said live with my friend and get a full time job. Although, I don’t know how that would work because I can’t drive myself to work. Plus, it doesn’t really matter what I what because the free college and insurance make it so I don’t have a choice. Let me know what I should do. I hope I don’t sound like a spoiled brat complaining about things that not everyone gets a chance to have.
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2023.03.21 18:46 seobitcoin WS Capital Tom Signorelli Explains How to Underwrite a Company: A Comprehensive Guide

WS Capital Tom Signorelli Explains How to Underwrite a Company: A Comprehensive Guide
WS Capital Tom Signorelli explains as a potential investor, it's crucial to understand the fundamentals of underwriting a company. Underwriting is a vital process in determining the financial health and viability of a company. By analyzing the company's financial statements and other relevant information, underwriters can make an informed decision on whether to invest in the company or not. In this article, we will explore the ins and outs of underwriting a company.
WS Capital Tom Signorelli: How to Underwrite a Company

Introduction to Underwriting

Underwriting is the process of evaluating the risks involved in providing financial services to individuals or companies. In the case of a company, underwriting involves a thorough analysis of the company's financial statements, management team, industry, and competition. Underwriters are responsible for determining the appropriate level of risk and return for potential investors.

Types of Underwriters

There are two main types of underwriters: investment bankers and insurance underwriters. Investment bankers are responsible for underwriting new security offerings, such as stocks and bonds, while insurance underwriters evaluate and price insurance policies.

The Role of Underwriters

Underwriters play a critical role in the financial markets. They help companies raise capital by providing a level of certainty to investors. Underwriters also provide risk management services by assessing the risks involved in various financial transactions.

The Underwriting Process

The underwriting process involves a series of steps, including:

1. Gathering Information

The first step in the underwriting process is to gather all relevant information about the company. This includes financial statements, business plans, and industry reports.

2. Analyzing the Information

Once all the information has been gathered, underwriters will analyze the data to determine the financial health of the company. This involves evaluating the company's profitability, liquidity, and solvency.

3. Determining the Level of Risk

Underwriters will then determine the level of risk associated with investing in the company. This involves evaluating the company's debt-to-equity ratio, cash flow, and other financial metrics.

4. Pricing the Securities

Based on their analysis, underwriters will determine the appropriate price for the securities being offered. This involves considering factors such as market conditions, investor demand, and the company's financial health.

5. Marketing the Securities

Once the securities have been priced, underwriters will market them to potential investors. This involves creating a prospectus and conducting roadshows to promote the securities.

6. Allocating the Securities

Finally, underwriters will allocate the securities to investors. This involves determining the appropriate allocation of securities to different investors based on their level of interest and investment capacity.

Factors Considered in Underwriting

Underwriters consider a variety of factors when evaluating a company for underwriting, including:

Financial Statements

Underwriters will analyze the company's financial statements, including the income statement, balance sheet, and cash flow statement.

Business Plan

Underwriters will evaluate the company's business plan to determine its potential for growth and profitability.

Management Team

Underwriters will evaluate the management team's experience and track record to determine their ability to execute the company's business plan.


Underwriters will evaluate the industry in which the company operates to determine its potential for growth and profitability.


Underwriters will evaluate the competitive landscape to determine the company's ability to compete effectively in the market.
Underwriting a company is a complex process that involves a thorough analysis of the company's financial statements, management team, industry, and competition. By understanding the fundamentals of underwriting, investors can make informed decisions about investing in companies. As with any investment, it's essential to do your due diligence and consult with a financial advisor before making any investment decisions.


What is underwriting in the context of the stock market?
In the stock market, underwriting involves evaluating a company's financial statements, management team, industry, and competition to determine the appropriate price for new security offerings, such as stocks and bonds.
Who performs the underwriting process?
Underwriting is typically performed by investment banks, which are responsible for underwriting new security offerings.
What are the risks associated with underwriting?
The main risks associated with underwriting include market risk, credit risk, and legal risk. Market risk refers to the risk of losses due to changes in market conditions, while credit risk refers to the risk of losses due to defaults by borrowers. Legal risk refers to the risk of losses due to litigation or regulatory actions.
How long does the underwriting process typically take?
The underwriting process can vary in length depending on the complexity of the offering and market conditions. It can take anywhere from several weeks to several months.
Is underwriting necessary for all types of investments?
No, underwriting is typically only necessary for new security offerings, such as stocks and bonds. Existing securities can be bought and sold on the secondary market without the need for underwriting.
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2023.03.21 18:42 alwayssadbuttruthful THE GAMESTOPSWAP DD

hello world this is anon.
For years, we have watched the financial system cause havoc on the lives of everyone. No one has been able to figure out how the flaws in the system were used to infinitely short the markets, until now.
I have discovered something very interesting and it has led me into the adventure of equity swaps, total return swaps, and credit default swaps. this is complicated, and that is for a reason. I will do my best to explain my thoughts simply and concisely to you. To begin, let's look at a realistic example of the thesis, that mutual funds play options on the equity swaps that allow for us securites to be exploited in foreign exchanges, where FTDS and shorts are not tracked.
this is long, but understand these mechanisms makes this game stop. through understanding this, we can cause awareness to the scheme, depand accountability, and change the game.
After the silicon valley bank writeup, my focus was turned to mutual funds, and specifically mutual funds holding GME with -values on the books. I'll use a few resources, but mainly fintel and investopedia for you
src > (finra brokercheck - UBS)
above is outlined that UBS was the intermediary for a us affiliate and a foreign affiliate, and they dodge reg sho reporting, while also misreporting short positions of the foreign affiliates as longs.
Interesting right? let me explain how they did this. (think archegos equity swap arrangements as example as well...) First ill give you a few swap definitions from investopedia. Swaps are customized contracts traded in the over-the-counter (OTC) market privately, versus options and futures traded on a public exchange.
Total return swap - A total return swap is a swap agreement in which one party makes payments based on a set rate, either fixed or variable, while the other party makes payments based on the return of an underlying asset, which includes both the income it generates and any capital gains. In total return swaps, the underlying asset, referred to as the reference asset, is usually an equity index, a basket of loans, or bonds. The asset is owned by the party receiving the set rate payment.
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Credit default swap- A credit default swap (CDS) is a financial derivative that allows an investor to swap or offset their credit risk with that of another investor. To swap the risk of default, the lender buys a CDS from another investor who agrees to reimburse them if the borrower defaults.
Equity Swap - An equity swap is an exchange of future cash flows between two parties that allows each party to diversify its income for a specified period of time while still holding its original assets. An equity swap is similar to an interest rate swap, but rather than one leg being the "fixed" side, it is based on the return of an equity index. The two sets of nominally equal cash flows are exchanged as per the terms of the swap, which may involve an equity-based cash flow (such as from a stock asset called the reference equity) that is traded for fixed-income cash flow (such as a benchmark interest rate).
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Now that might seem like some "what the hell is this stuff", but when using all three swaps in the same arrangement, it can allow for synthetic ownership of position, without transferring ownership, and it can involve (us afilliate > intermediary > foreign affiliate) where as the stock ends up on foreign exchanges.
long time trying to understand these, but the only one that matters last is Contract For Financial Difference.."CFD's" In finance, a contract for difference (CFD) is a legally binding agreement that creates, defines, and governs mutual rights and obligations between two parties, typically described as "buyer" and "seller", stipulating that the buyer will pay to the seller the difference between the current value of an asset and its value at contract time. If the closing trade price is higher than the opening price, then the seller will pay the buyer the difference, and that will be the buyer’s profit. The opposite is also true. That is, if the current asset price is lower at the exit price than the value at the contract’s opening, then the seller, rather than the buyer, will benefit from the difference.
K, so wtf does this have to do with GME? well, when going into fintel, top mutual funds holding gme, sorting by "reported value", placing -values on top, we see something.
what i saw was a mutual fund without shares, that had -value. So I opened the transaction list and saw something neat..
This mutual fund had contracts for financial difference on equity swaps involving GOLDMANUS33 and b0llft5, whereas these swaps are represented by GME CUSIP. what is b0llft5? well its Gamestop Corp Com NEW.
SEDOL stands for Stock Exchange Daily Official List and is an alphanumeric seven-character identification code assigned to securities that trade on the London Stock Exchange and various smaller exchanges in the United Kingdom.1 It serves as the National Securities Identifying Number (ISIN) for all securities issued in the United Kingdom. GOLDMAN USA branch 33 is GOLDMANUS33, its swift registration shows this information clearly.
whats neat here is that sedol doesn't match the sedol issued by the london stock exchange though. in fact it has no history of this sedol, instead places GME sedol as BN7CP59, as shown on
I also found it in mutual fund 13fs to verify b0llft5 was actively traded until 2015 where i cant find any more on this in mutual fund holdings. the 13d from alliancebernstein shows "com new", which shows up in mutual fund 13fs,
heres the link between AB goldman sachs, and the counterparty AXA (the worlds largest insurance company), which i believe has the credit defaul swap, which is usually paried with an equity swap, Financial Futures Contracts
under the section named " 6. FINANCIAL DERIVATIVE INSTRUMENTS" it shows exactly how the pimco funds operate, pretty straightforward.
a) Forward Foreign Currency Contracts
(b) Futures Contracts
(c) Options Contracts
(d) Credit Default Swaptions
(e) Foreign Currency Options
Inflation-Capped Options
Interest Rate-Capped Options
Interest Rate Swaptions
Options on Exchange-Traded Futures Contracts

lastly it openly states : The Fund may enter into asset, credit default, cross-currency, interest rate, total return, variance and other forms of swap agreements to manage its exposure to credit, currency, interest rate, commodity, equity and inflation risk. In connection with these agreements, securities or cash may be identified as collateral or margin in accordance with the terms of the respective swap agreements to provide assets of value and recourse in the event of default or bankruptcy/insolvency.
as to put in pure writing form, that these mfers been playign things just like a pure hedgie.
this fund even has these equity swaps on our underwriter, citigroup.(per
now why does all this matter huh? in this mutual funds filing, N-CSR, it gives a simple statement of the hedging it does. fairly complete too. search for "Synthetic Convertible Instruments" and work your way down a few paragraphs to get to its explanation of hedging using the list mentioned above. well when digging farther, i had discoverred this fund has these CFD_EQS on citigroup and JPM, and they revealed the facts of what I'm thinking.
and here is the information on that C position on the vienna exchange.
the #'s for $C is 172967424 and US1729674242 us172 leads to vienna ofc, info on $C: 1)but 172xx was owned by bayor, as shown. 2)Bayor shows BBG001S72ZG4 as the cusip. 3)FIBO shows BBGxx as a Financial Instrument Global Identifier (FIGI) for $C

alliancebernstein , which owned the gme shares, owned these citigroup shares which only exist in vienna.

So if goldman is using the schemes shown by ubs, then they would be the intermediary in the swap arrangement that has an equity swap on a UK issued sedol, and the mutual fund is playing options on the swap. But the goldman fund is american, so it would ahve to have a 3rd party foreign affiliate recieving the shares in foreign exchange, as the citigroup swap does which leads to foreign exhange in vienna MTF> ** The Vienna MTF is a Multilateral Trading System (MTF). The requirements of the Stock Exchange Act regarding the formal admission of financial instruments to trading on a regulated market and the obligations of issuers on a regulated market do not apply to financial instruments traded on the Vienna MTF. **
They are using equity swaps to give synthetic ownership of gme, to foreign affiliates, where things can be shorted and rehypothecated infinitely while also possessing a total return swap between foreign affiliate and us affiliate to give profits back to the holder, thus explaining the returns in the ENDGAME DD video from my youtube. Sounds risky right? well the shit part is, if the shorting entity had a credit default swap with an entity that possesed many assets on their books, like berkshire (for example) , then they would counter this risk with assets and it would be clear and go time for infinite shorting and infinte options on futures. Good thing the N-CSR filing for guidestone shows this strategy clear as day ,
as well as the filing from CREDIT SUISSE mutual fund CSAAX (because they're not the only fund doing this, i'm bringing this up as well)
which allows them to get these amounts of percentage ownership on not just treasury not futures, but sovereign issues, bonds, tbills, stocks, options and everything else.
considering On March 23 2020, the Fed announced that it would make unlimited purchases of Treasury and mortgage securities and, for the first time, it would purchase corporate bonds on the open market.. I would say these are some VERY clever financial engineers. All of these exploits can be used directly to affect the futures that these mutual funds hold on treasury futures and the options on the futures, infinitum, to explain full the casino scene in the big short.
Welcome to the endgame. This is HOW THEY ARE SHORTING EVERYTHING PER THE EVERYTHING SHORT WHILE DODGING REG SHO AND MISREPORTING SHORTS AS LONGS . When fraud is the business, fines are just government premiums.
Using this information the game stops, and in the end we literally change the game. we can stop this madness before they nuke the inflation to unrecoverable rates. Please help eachother understand what I'm showing, as I am very busy digging. #GameOnAnon
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2023.03.21 18:41 Billcryptic At the Base of the Hanging Tree

(The Giving Tree is written by Shel Silverstein, The Hanging Tree is by Suzanne Collins)
He chuckled, and called again.
Hey where was she, he was a smol, wide eyed childgen snuggled up in bed with his red and white patchwork quilt with his Raggedy Ann doll who contrary to popular belief, was NOT HAUNTED and instead infused with good dreams and good vibes.
Good vibes which included Amon’s grandma READING HIM A FUCKING BEDTI-
Her head peeked through the door, glasses wobbling on her pointed nose. She huffed and puffed, and Amon had a twinge of consciousness, a ‘oh wait I’m in better health than her maybe I should be nice,’ sort of feeling.
He then realized that as a child, he was entitled to entitlement, and threw that notion out the window and into the dumpster, where it rested with other bad ideas like, ‘hey let's make a Bible version of dungeons and dragons, or literally anything else that we find morally reprehensible yeah that’ll hinder sales if we tell people to not do this cool thing that is totally bad for you and will result in your eyes being gouged out by Satan’s asshole.’
He, of course, didn’t voice any of this. Because, above fear of God, he had a fear of grandma.
“Did someone say they wanted a bedtime story! Well, by golly, do I have a story for you!”
He paused, “Is it Narnia?”
She narrowed her eyes at him, setting the book that she held behind her down, “Of course not dear! I would never put my preferences over yours, my oh so picky critic who whittles down what stories I read to you with the sharpest razor I’ve ever seen. I am only here to cater to your preferences because your time is the most valuable in all the world!”
He squirmed under the blanket, “....Look, I hate to admit that you’re right but can you not be right.”
“It’s a talent of mine.”
Why can’t I have come out of the womb as a fully mature adult so I can debate grandma to death into an early grave?
Then another thought came.
Wait, I don't want her to die. She loves me or some shit and I think that’s good.
He gulped, attempting to sound less…full of himself, “Could you um…if possible…by any chance.”
“Spit it out sonny if my hearing gets any worse I’ll have to get some robotic implants and do you really want grandma being the catalyst for the AI uprising?”
Please for the love of God nobody let this women near any missile turrets.
“.....I could throw you a dislocated hip.”
Amon squinted, “You’re going to need those in ten years when your bones start fossilizing.”
She patted his back, “Ten years! You’re very generous, in fact those bones of yours with the freshest marrow look….quite appetizing for a geezer like me!”
“All the better to eat me with?”
The night went on, a star or two who hadn’t twinkled out to dream land like he had standing in the heavens, wisps of gray clouds swirling round the moon. He could hear the caw of a crow or two, probably picking off the dead racoons left on the road because of grandma’s driving.
Damned dumpster drivers had it coming.
Grandma leaned back in her rocking chair, its faded brown surface creaking as she swished back n’ forth in it. She folded her arms, closed her eyes, and let out a yawn as she flipped a lightswitch, the thin, pale beams of the moon shining through the shudders.
And the heater chugged along like a train, blanketing them both into a slow, dreary slumber,
Grandma began her story.
“Once upon a time, there was a brave knight. So brave in fact, that he didn’t squirm when doctors, who may or may not have been vampires, took his blood, and always opened up his mouth wide for the dentist when they wanted to see his pearly whites! And the king sent him off on many a quest, to save all the damsels in distress because the king had a bad habit of keeping a harem. After all, in those days, monogamy was a myth.”
Amon wondered if the king was based on grandma’s love life.
“The knight loved his king, so why wouldn’t he serve him? Even as the wounds piled up like a pile of rusty coins, infection creeping up on his flesh as the doctors prescribed him leeches and his blood turned to ice. Even as each step became an insurmountable mountain, he had a duty to serve his king, and the king loved him too, right? There was something beyond that icy stare? Some glimpse of hope, a spark of love? Yet they say be careful of he who slays beasts, lest he become a beast himself.”
She paused, and Amon shivered, like the mist creeping outside was the last dying wisps of smoke from the maw of a decaying dragon.
If the time came, would he be able to slay his demons?
“The knight’s greatest beast he would never slay was the one sitting upon the gilded throne. One day, he outlived his usefulness.”
The silence hung in the air. Amon wondered how long it took for the man’s flesh to be wrent from his shoulders.
He shivered, tears barely restrained, as grandma pulled him in.
“Never let anyone tell you how to be. Never do anything someone else wouldn’t do for you back. This world will want to beat you down and spit you out but I know you’re stronger than that.”
She got up, patting his head as the moon glinted in her spectacles and she grinned back with a fiery stare of her own.
One day, Amon would share it, for she had long since kinded the flame in his heart.
Burn, my grandson. Burn and show this world what you made of. Show them what I see in you, what you don’t see in yourself.
One day, you will.
One day, you will know how to look in the mirror and say, ‘I love you.”
“.....Could the knight have saved himself?”
“Every story has an end. Just….make sure yours is a good one.”
Nearing the end of her days, wondering the length of the shadow she’d cast, and if it brought others shade.
She hobbled off. The door shut behind her.
………God we are both overdramatic as fuck aren’t we.
Amon reminded himself to tell grandma to lay off the old testament for a while. She didn’t need that kind of toxic masculinity in her life.
“You know, I’m going to tell you a story this time!”
Amon was waving a pencil, not because he was going to write God forbid anybody see his handwriting no siree, but rather when his hands were flailing and the unsharpened point was ready to fly from his fingers at any second and impale someone’s eye the creative juices were flowin and his imaginative boat was rowing and sure it may sink once or twice along the way but that was just apart of the creative process!
That, and procrastinate on writing said story for two goddamn weeks and when you went over your plot notes you wondered who this madman was who’d seized your journal and favorite fountain pen.
“It’s about time! You think I have time to keep running my lips Mr. I’m young and needy and I want to drive grandma into dehydration because I want to turn one bedtime story into fifteen?”
Amon averted his gaze, “Can I just say that you’re the greatest woman I’ve ever known and I hope I can have one ounce of your creativity so I can inspire the masses with the love and forgiveness you demonstrate so all the little children, not including me because five foot one and a half is not little by any means thank you very much…”
Napoleon complex much, sonny?
“And through all these wonderful…”, he coughed, “Parables I can conjure up surely everyone can and will find Jesus?”
He gave her the baby blue puppy dog eyes. She melted.
But she really didn’t want to.
“Has anyone told you that flattery will get you everywhere?”
“Yes, actually, you did.”
“Damn right,” she mentally gave her past self a pat on the back.
And Amon struck a match, lighting the fireplace with its grizzled logs, silvery bark peeled back as flames licked their sides all over. He cuddled up with grandma on the oversized recliner, leaning back. Eyes closed.
Like he could see, like he could taste and touch and smell and hear the story unfolding in his mind’s eye.
“Once, there was a tree, and she loved a little boy.”
It was growing now, its roots feeding into the forest. Birds came here to lay their young and worms burrowed in her rich soil beneath. Squirrels always found the best holes in her trunk to bury their nuts in, snuggled up all cozy as the wind battered her outsides but the tree saw that wind and told it where it could shove it cause no breeze would take away her warmth! She was happy and she liked it that way!
“And every day the boy would come, and he would gather her leaves, making them into crowns to play king of the forest.”
The squirrels were scampering away and here he came charging through the grass and falling into the bushes headfirst! He could take and take and take and twist those twigs and thorns into a wooden circlet befitting the child prince. And if he craned his ears he could even hear the fae sparkling and laughing and merrymaking as they poured wine from goblets neverending and gossiped about that adorable little child over there let’s go visit him no wait we can’t interact with humans can we kidnap him NO KIDNAPPING IS BAD.
Remember what happened with a midsummers night's dream, there’s a precedent for this shit!
“He would climb up her trunk, and swing from her branches.”
Don’t look down, whatever you do don’t look down like a tumbling sack of apples about to go splaaaaat. Climbing up to see the forest was definitely a good idea and you’re not going to throw up whatsoever.
“And eat apples, and they would play hide and seek.”
“Ready or not, here I cooome!”
“.....Oh, you’re right behind me.”
“I don’t think hide and seek is the best game if one party doesn’t have legs.”
“And when he was tired, he would sleep in her shade.”
“I don’t want to go home, I want to stay with you but it’s getting dark and there’s monsters prowling about!”
“Whenever you are with me, I promise, I will keep you safe.”
And the boy stared up in wide eyed wonder.
“You….you…really mean that?”
She bowed her great head, leaves falling on his face, embracing him in a branch, pulling him close.
“I love you. And I don’t let harm come to those I love.”
“And the boy loved the tree very, very much.”
He pressed himself against grandma’s warm, woolen, side. She smelled like peppermint.
“The tree was happy."
He sighed, and Amon looked down, shivering. The clock went tick, tick, tick, and he wondered if he blinked, if he’d miss the seconds passing by.
“But time went by.”
He grew up and the world wasn’t small anymore. It wasn’t good to just imagine, you could no longer play pretend, you had to have a purpose for your life and fill that aching void that’d grown in your heart, didn’t you feel it beating? Take, take, take, my boy, you’re number one and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
Forget about the tree, that withered shrub has nothing for you except to be food for the worms.
“And the boy grew older.”
He peered into grandma’s gaze. How many people had she lost over the years, and what hole did they leave in their absence?
“And he wanted. But that want wasn’t just a I want this colorful toy off the shelf, gimme, gimme, gimme. No, this was a need.”
“I am too busy to climb trees.”
“I want a house to keep me warm.”
But that little boy was left unheard, to just go back to the simpler times when he could just be a boy she could just be his tree. He was worthless and if he just had what everyone else had maybe it’d feel better, if he could raze and tear and break down the tears would stop flowing and the sirens would stop blaring and everything would just fucking shut down, for just one second please, for the love of God, be still.
“I want you. I want you in my life and you’re so far away but I think that’s just me.”
So he ripped the tree down and shed her emerald coat of leaves and wrent her into a stump so for himself he had a home. Her apples laid moldering and discarded, and maybe if he had cast their seeds out into the brush they both wouldn’t have been so lonely anymore.
“And he met the end of his days and they both had nothing left. She asked, ‘What more do you want of me?’ He didn’t know anymore.”
“Would you like to rest?”
He sat down on her stump.
And the tree was happy.
Amon sniffled, then there was snot. He shivered and wrapped his teensie head in his legs and grandma yanked him on over to her side and held him close and he ugly cried and she wailed right with him.
She hoped he knew it was okay to cry, so long as there was a crazy bitch like her to cry with him.
And finally he wiped his nose, eyes puffy, before he looked down, murmuring, “....I don’t deserve you.” Her heart sunk right along with his and she wondered where he learned that self loathing.
Was it by design?
The wind picked up and her’s fell, the wooden, mossy floorboards outside, the red paved bricks littered with cracked nuts and wilted flower petals, creaking right along with her.
“Are you, are you, coming to the tree?”
I could see, grandma and I, sitting there together on that worn stump. And maybe if you turned back the years you’d see the tree at the height of its youth with the freshest apples and sap running for miles. I’d be running too.
I knew who’d be watching and egging me on along the way.
“Where they strung up a man, said he murdered three.”
“Strange things have happened here, no stranger would they be
If we met at midnight, in the hanging tree”
Her dad taught her that song so long ago, with whiskey under his breath and a revolver at his belt. He might have been one who knew how to drink and drink till he dropped but he sure damn as well knew when to pour out, lest he become bloated for others’ sake.
“I never want you to become like that man, I never want you to love someone so much it comes at the expense of yourself.”
Amon’s voice was an echo.
“Are you, are you, coming to the tree?
Where I told you to run, so we’d both be tree?
Strange things did happen here, no stranger would it be
If we met at midnight in the hanging tree.”
Was the tree’s greatest sin, the inability to say no?
What befalls us when we answer yes?
But if I take and take and take from grandma what shall I have left?
Amon sniffled.
“Are you, are you, coming to the tree?
Where the dead man called out for his love to flee?
Strange things did happen here, no stranger would it be
If we met at midnight in the hanging tree.”
Her singing became a flurry of notes, tapering out to the breeze.
It was quiet.
“I’m here grandma.”
They stood up and he took her hand.
“Let’s go to that tree together.”
And the grandma was happy.
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2023.03.21 18:40 EpisodeDad Which Mid Size SUV? Pathfinder VS Atlas VS Traverse

If you're wondering why I've narrowed it down to those 3 choices it's because of ease of access to the 3rd row because the 2nd row seats tilt forward with a car seat installed. We have baby #3 incoming so we will have 1 baby bucket and 2 high back car seats until the 4 year old moves to a booster seat.
-Nissan Pathfinder (New)
-Chevy Traverse (New)
-VW Atlas (Used because they don't make the first two trims(shortage they say))
Now we have tried to access the 3rd row with a car seat on each end and it's just a pain in the ass going into the vehicle and reaching through the captains chairs so that wasn't ideal. With a booster seat or infant car seat base installed can the backrest tilt forward or is it the same deal as with a highback installed? We don't wish to do 3 across either. So the idea is 1 kid in the back and two in the second row and yes I know minivans are awesome but no.
Other suggestions are very welcome for anyone who has juggled the 3-4 kids into a midsize SUV. If the seats can be folder forward even half way with a booster or infant base then I might have to reconsider the list......
Kids ages: 4 / 2.5 / June
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2023.03.21 18:40 virtualpostmail Open a U.S. Business Bank Account for Your LLC As A Non-Resident

Option #1: Open a Business Bank Account with Mercury

Once upon a time non-residents were required to hop on a plane and fly back home to open a U.S. business bank account for their LLC.
Now, Mercury makes it possible to open a bank account 100% online from the comfort of your couch. It takes just minutes to sign up on their easy-to-use platform, and you can do so from almost anywhere in the world.
Though you’ll need to have a U.S. incorporated LLC to get started, you don’t need a U.S. address, making it an ideal option if you’ve already relocated.

Benefits of Opening a Bank Account With Mercury

When you open a business bank account with Mercury, you’ll get access to a virtual debit card that can be used to make purchases immediately.
As a business owner, you likely order some of your office supplies online. Your virtual debit card can come in handy if you want to buy items from a U.S.-based e-commerce platform, like Amazon or eBay.
Other advantages include:
Learn more about the benefits of a Mercury business bank account.

How to Open a Business Bank Account with Mercury

In order to be eligible for a bank account through Mercury, you’ll need a U.S. incorporated company with a federal employer identification number. Mercury does not allow their services to be used by sole proprietorships, trusts, or businesses involved with the following industries: money services, adult entertainment, marijuana or internet gambling.
To open your business bank account through Mercury, here’s what you’ll need to do:
Tip: Not sure if Mercury is right for your business? They offer an online demo that allows you to get a feel for the platform and how its features work.

Option #2: Open a Business Bank Account with Brex

If you don’t have a U.S. residence or social security number, a Brex Business Account may be a good fit for your business. With your cash management account, you’ll be able to send checks, deposit payments, and manage all of your transactions via a user-friendly portal.
The application process can be completed online, however, you must have a U.S. incorporated company in order to sign up.

Benefits of Opening a Bank Account with Brex

Although Brex isn’t a bank, a Brex cash account offers most of the perks of a traditional business bank account. In addition to a fully online application, you’ll be able to deposit funds and schedule payments to or from any account (you can create up to 8 accounts!) at lightning speed.
Other advantages include:

How to Open a Business Bank Account with Brex

Don’t have a U.S. address? No worries – you won’t need one with a Brex business account. However, there are a couple of key documents you will need to get started.
To open a bank account through Brex, here’s what you’ll need to do:

Option #3: Open a Business Bank Account with Relay

A Relay Business Bank Account is another viable option for your business if you don’t have a U.S. residence or social security number. Relay is an online banking platform that allows you to manage your money, collect U.S.-based payments from customers, and send and receive checks, wires, and transfers.
Like Mercury and Brex, Relay also requires you have a U.S. incorporated business to apply.

Benefits of Opening a Bank Account With Relay

A Relay business bank account allows you to open up 20 individual business checking accounts, making it a great choice if you plan to hire additional employees.
Other advantages include:

How to Open a Business Bank Account with Relay

The registration process is slightly different for each U.S. business entity. Since you have a single-member LLC, here’s what you can do to get started:

How to Open a U.S. Business Bank Account In-Person

Many traditional banks will allow you to open a business bank account as a non-resident. As long as you have a U.S. incorporated business, you’re good to go. However, there is a catch: You’ll need to physically visit one of their branches in order to open your account.
If you have the ability to visit a bank in-person, you may find that one of the following options is a good fit.

Option #1: Open a Business Bank Account with Bank of America

Established in 1930, Bank of America is one of the more popular financial institutions in modern-day times. It’s an excellent choice for small-to-midsize business owners, offering a ton of benefits and little risk. However, as noted above, you will need to complete the process in-person.

Benefits of Opening a Business Bank Account with Bank of America

With a Bank of America business checking account, you can expect a long list of perks, including:
Learn more about the benefits of a U.S. business bank account at Bank of America.

How to Open a Business Bank Account with Bank of America

To open a business bank account with Bank of America, you’ll have to visit one of their in-person branches. You will need to provide both your foreign (if you have one) and your U.S. address.
Here’s what you’ll want to bring with you:
You should also be prepared to provide the following (this applies to all traditional banks listed in this section, not just Chase):

Option #2: Open a Business Bank Account with Chase

Chase is another well-known financial institution that caters to businesses of all shapes and sizes. If you’re able to visit an in-person branch, this could be a great option for your business.

Benefits of Opening a Business Bank Account with Chase

One of the best things about a Chase business bank account is the ability to choose from many different business credit cards with all sorts of rewards. If you’re a frequent traveler, this could save you a ton of money in the long haul!
Other benefits include:

How to Open a Business Bank Account with Chase

To open a business bank account with Chase, you’ll have to visit one of their in-person branches.
Be sure to bring the following with you to your appointment:
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2023.03.21 18:30 AutoModerator [Get] notJust Dev – The Full Stack Mobile Developer

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2023.03.21 18:30 bestfr3nd123 Remote work and FEIE

I just got offered a remote job that pays under 120k based in philadelphia. I am going to live in other countries for the whole year as a digital nomad (not gonna come back to the us for the forseeable future), but my u.s. mailing address is my parent's house in california. Should I claim exempt on my witholding for fed and CA state so that I don't give uncle sam a free loan for FEIE?
To my understanding. I should get my whole salary gross = net correct? Literally pay 0 taxes, assuming I don't have other income over 120k.
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2023.03.21 18:27 Alnournour_ Google begins opening access to its ChatGPT competitor Bard

Alphabet Incs Google on Tuesday began the public release of its chatbot Bard, seeking users and feedback to gain ground on Microsoft Corp in a fast-moving race on artificial intelligence technology.
Starting in the U.S. and the U.K., consumers can join a waitlist for English-language access to Bard, a program previously open to approved testers only. Google describes Bard as an experiment allowing collaboration with generative AI, technology that relies on past data to create rather than identify content.
The release last year of ChatGPT, a chatbot from the Microsoft-backed startup OpenAI, has caused a sprint in the technology sector to put AI into more users hands. The hope is to reshape how people work and win business in the process. Just last week, Google and Microsoft made a flurry of announcements on AI, two days apart. The companies are putting draft-writing technology into their word processors and other collaboration software, as well as marketing related tools for web developers to build their own AI-based applications.
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