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2023.03.21 17:49 confusiously AITA for separating from my wife?
My wife (F44) and I (M46) started dating when she was 18.
She had a bad home life (physical and mental abuse), I got my own place and moved her out.
14years later. We are in our 2nd home, my mom has passed away, and I've become recently disabled. We have 4 kids and a dog. We are getting married.
Her side, we weren't very intimate hugs/kisses/sex, I don't remember it being that bad, there was stress, and the recent disability, I'm sure it wasn't perfect!
New years eve, Wife gets blackout drunk, and making out with a guy 1/2 my age, Sitting on his lap with all our friends around. She "doesn't remember this' but can't really say she didn't do it.
Long road to recovery, agreeing to never drink like that again, 10 years later. Life is amazing, we both have careers, and we are both in school. Can't be much happier in any aspect of our relationship.
My wife goes on a business trip for a week, one of the people on her trip is a woman I work with, a woman that I told my wife is a heavy drinker, and I'm pretty sure she's been cheating on her husband with 2 different guys,during the trip, my wife has told me things like "the 5 of us all got really close spending late nights together copying footage'. My wife told a story of how she used to make out with women on a regular basis that her husband used to video record it, (our relationship was clear on this was “other women only”).
Spotty internet, but I got stories like this, or how this guy would always carry her lens cap for her since she didn't have pockets. I didn't think too much of it at the time.
5th night she was gone, we talked for a bit and at 11:50 she was going for a shower and heading to bed.
2am wakeup text from her. "I'm fucking drunk off my ass with "My coworker (F)", "Male1", "Male2", and "Male3".
And she sends me a pic of my coworker and the openly single guy on the trip, on a bed, both of their legs in the air and my wife with her tongue out with the piece hand sign taking a selfie.
Next morning, she "didn’t see any time I asked about how much she had to drink". a few of her quotes 'thank god I didn't get a hangover 'I don't want you to think I'm still drunk" and 'I’ll send more drunk pics tonight' (she admitted to having to delete all the other photos). They were planning on drinking again.
I found out she was asked if she ever cheated on her husband, and she said no. She says nothing happened, but she said that last time too until there was proof. She didn't think getting drunk in a hotel room with guys without her husband was a big deal.
AITA for separating?
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2023.03.21 17:27 enoby666 Charlotte Reads: King of the Rising by Kacen Callender
So What’s It About?
A revolution has swept through the islands of Hans Lollik and former slave Loren Jannik has been chosen to lead the survivors in a bid to free the islands forever. But the rebels are running out of food, weapons and options. And as the Fjern inch closer to reclaiming Hans Lollik with every battle, Loren is faced with a choice that could shift the course of the revolution in their favor-or doom it to failure.
What I Thought
It looks like this book is just as polarizing as the first one, and I can understand why. It is by no means an easy read, and many of the elements that people seem to have disliked in the first one are present here. The biggest difference, though, is that Sigourney Rose is no longer the narrator - Loren Jannik, key member of the rebellion, is instead. I think many people will find him a much more tolerable narrator than Sigourney - I personally found Sigourney’s head a fascinating place to be but Loren is certainly a much more palatable protagonist.
The first book’s main strength to me was its willingness to look at the deeply uncomfortable matter of an oppressed person becoming complicit in the oppressive system to increase their own status and privilege. This is still very much a theme in King of the Rising - we see enslaved people who are still loyal to and love their masters because, as the book states, they have never known anything else and can’t face the risk of trying to imagine something else. There are people like Kalle who do hate the kongelig but think that you have to work within the system that exists and rise through the ranks, And, of course, there is still Sigourney, the poster child for complicitness who makes incessant justifications for her treachery before finally succeeding in her goals by destroying her people’s revolution. Beyond that, there are plenty of enslaved people who aren’t willing to risk their deaths for the sake of a freedom they think is impossible, and we see many people completely uninvolved in the revolution suffer and die as blanket punishments are meted out. Overall, I think Callendar’s ability to show all of these uncomfortable and ugly aspects of slavery and rebellion is this series’ greatest strength.
The book also focuses on the question of the “right” way to do a revolution. Loren is perpetually agonized by the question of how to proceed, not only because of his people’s limited resources and tiny numbers, but because he can’t decide between his own idealism and the army leader Malthe’s brutal practicality. He wonders if a bloody, brutal rebellion is necessary or if it only perpetuates the oppression his people were originally fighting against; if mercy is a way of forging into a new future or if it is simply naivety. Based on the disastrous outcome of his choices to spare and trust Sigourney and ignore all of Malthe’s advice, my sense is that the book’s overall message is essentially what Malthe tells Loren before he dies - you need a man like Malthe to get to freedom and a man like Loren to take over once it’s been established. Another huge theme is the way that division and distrust within revolutions are ultimately their downfall.
I think the book’s greatest strength is the exploration of these themes and questions. As for its weaknesses, you will find many infodump/summary paragraphs when characters use the kraft to read minds. Many people disliked this aspect of the first book, and it is present again here. In addition, there are some times where characters’ motivations don’t quite make sense - at one point Jytte threatens to kill Sigourney and then in the next chapter she offers her an alliance. In addition, I was confused that the inner circle of the rebellion does not try to root out their spy as soon as they know there is one. Finally, if you need a happy ending you should absolutely stay away from this one. It’s a slow spiral downwards on borrowed time to an unimaginably bleak conclusion with characters dying one after another. Loren reflects that as long as there are islanders, there will be rebels and they will keep fighting until they finally succeed - this is the only glimmer of hope in a story that is otherwise utterly hopeless.
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2023.03.21 17:26 GSynaesthesia Which Players Should Liverpool Sign? A (Hopefully) Comprehensive Look at Liverpool's (Belated) Rebuild
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With Liverpool's season effectively over at the Bernabeu, many have turned their attention towards the upcoming rebuild instead of our final push in the contention for the CL spot. Journalists, Klopp, and even the players themselves have referenced over and over again the necessity of new signings with departures rumoured if not confirmed. The signs are there for a summer overhaul of the squad; this rebuild will in all likelihood be Klopp's final attempt at building a title-challenging Liverpool.
Through writing this, I hope that I can illustrate what our rebuild should entail, what kind of players Liverpool should sign in the upcoming transfer window and several candidates that should fit this assessment. For the sake of brevity, I won't be as detailed with the stats as my Mane post, more so due to the scale of a rebuild in comparison with replacing a single player. Also, bear in mind that personally, I see most of the candidates listed here as unrealistic signings. Even if unrealistic, these players should at least paint a picture of the kind of players we should be looking at in the summer.
Having said that, let's take a look at Liverpool's current line-up and assess where we can strengthen the ageing and declining squad.
1. Assessing Liverpool’s Decline
1.1. The Academy
Let’s start with what I consider to be the club’s most important infrastructure: the academy. Our youth intake can now boast another future starter in their most recent graduate: Stefan Bajcetic; a proud moment for the academy, and a tragic one for our midfield. Aside from Bajcetic, plenty of soon-to-be academy graduates are also shaping up their game with Conor Bradley, Leighton Clarkson, Sepp van den Berg, and Tyler Morton all playing a role in their respective loans. Stefan Bajcetic, Sepp van den Berg, Tyler Morton, Conor Bradley, and Leighton Clarkson
The current academy squad is also no slouch, with Ben Doak and Kaide Gordon leading the way well beyond their age peers. Amongst the current crop of our young talents, I also suggest taking notes on Bobby Clark, Isaac Mabaya, Luke Chambers, Melkamu Frauendorf, Oakley Cannonier, and Trent Kone-Doherty. These are talented youngsters that in all likelihood will feature in the early stages of our annual youth-driven Carabao campaign, and might be sitting on the bench should an injury crisis emerge.
All in all, a pretty healthy youth setup full of promising youngsters with room to grow.
Next are our number 1s: Alisson, Kelleher, and Adrian. With that line-up of goalkeepers, right now goalkeeping is the least of Liverpool’s worries. Alisson this season has been one of if not outright the best goalkeeper in the world, with 29 goals conceded out of a post-shot expected goal (PSxG) of 37.2. Outperforming one's PSxG can be explained by either luck or skill, and personally, I do think the latter is a more plausible explanation than the former for Ali. Other websites would illustrate this point through terms such as PSxG-GA or "goals prevented"; in Ali's case, he would have a top 5 league-leading "goals prevented" of 8.2.
Kelleher and Adrian are solid backups and unfortunately, that solidity is one reason why Liverpool should be looking at signing a backup goalkeeper. Kelleher should now have plenty of suitors seeking his services after his cup heroics. With his game time limited by the best keeper in the world, he should now be looking at other clubs as the next step in his career. While Adrian remains a solid 3rd option, his recent cameos leave much to be desired as our first backup. Of course, Harvey Davies from the academy could step up to the occasion as his predecessors had risen for the backup spot: Kelleher and Ward. A safer option though is signing a deputy goalkeeper in the case of Kelleher’s departure.
Unlike our excellent goalkeeping situation, the players forming our backline seems to have declined significantly in terms of performance. From a title-challenging backline to conceding 3 more goals in 12 fewer games, the regression of our defence is far too steep to be justified by the midfield’s mediocrity alone. Similarly, placing our woes solely on the backline would mean missing the bigger context of what went wrong with Liverpool’s defence.
Surprisingly, certain players are actually outputting more numbers in their defensive stats this season. This can indicate either an improvement in defensive abilities or failure of defensive duties from the midfield; both are valid interpretations of the data available. Looking at the data within this context, 4 data points jump out as highlights of our declining back-line: Aerial duels along with challenges lost for Gomez, Matip, and Virgil, and carries into the final third along with dispossession for Robertson and Trent.
Long gone are the days of Matip and Virgil clattering every striker competing for long balls. In aerial duels, both are shadows of themselves compared to their title-winning season. As for challenges lost, Gomez and Matip’s erratic charts can be explained by their injury woes; what is far more concerning in my opinion is Virgil’s steady decline since 2021. What started out as scouting a replacement for Matip might end up as the search for Virgil’s successor. A comparison of Gomez, Matip, and Virgil's aerial duels won and challenges lost in the Premier League in the last 4 years, courtesy of FBRef.com
As for Robertson and Trent, two trends are observable in their charts. The first is that our fullbacks are no longer playing as two pseudo-wingers terrorizing the opposing backline. Trent in particular seemed to have adopted a far more conservative approach in progressing the ball and occupying a deeper space behind Salah. One could argue that Henderson’s decline and a growing reluctance to cover for Trent led to this transition, but another thing to note is that the same trend can be observed with Robertson this year. It wouldn’t be unreasonable to say that currently, our fullbacks are being held back by a lack of adequate defensive cover in the midfield. A comparison of Robertson and Trent's carries into final third and dispossessed in the Premier League in the last 4 years, courtesy of FBRef.com
The second observable trend is that our fullbacks are also losing the ball far more often than they had done in our title-winning year. Although that might sound obvious as a result of their predisposition to overlap and deliver dangerous crosses, keep in mind that our fullbacks are becoming more conservative over the years. This means that when they do lose possession, they more often than not lose it in areas closer to our goal than ever before. The lack of defensive midfielders covering for them along with our high defensive line exacerbates this conundrum of frequently conceding possession in dangerous areas.
Within this context, it comes as no surprise that Ramsay lacks Klopp’s trust whilst Milner seems to be playing more often as the deputy right back. Placing the teenager whilst opposing clubs are actively targeting his side of the pitch would be a literal baptism by fire. Milner on the other hand has the experience to stop the opposing team’s quick transition in these areas through a combination of gamesmanship and tactical fouling.
Speaking of deputies, Tsimikas’s excellent showing in cameos should now interest other clubs seeking services. Unfortunately, we now face the same situation as Kelleher with a backup option too good to happily accept a bench role. The sensible thing to do now would be to sell him off at his highest value and sign a backup left back with the potential to Robertson’s place.
All in all, a noticeable drop off in comparison to 2019/2020 for all defenders involved, and unfortunately a steep decline from Matip whose departure might be the best course of action for all parties involved. Should Virgil continue to regress further along the season, signing a successor needs to be a priority in the summer transfer window. In addition, Klopp needs to either trust Ramsay in Trent’s role or sign a new deputy right back alongside a possible replacement for Tsimikas in the summer window.
Anyone blessed with the gift of sight can clearly see our midfield as the biggest culprit of Liverpool’s recent misery. More specifically, the two stalwarts of Liverpool’s midfield three, Fabinho and Henderson, seem to have fallen off a cliff form-wise. Injuries to Keita, Ox, Thiago and even loanee Arthur make matters worse as Liverpool struggle to field a reliable midfield.
Taking a look at the defensive stats of our number 6s we can clearly see a decline in every facet of their defensive contributions A comparison of Fabinho and Henderson's aerials won and dribblers tackled in the Premier League in the last 4 years, courtesy of FBRef.com
Aerial duels, ground duels, interceptions; every stat line serve as a testament to the decline we’re seeing in every match of the season. If the charts didn’t convince you that we needed an entire midfield overhaul in the summer, nothing probably could. Signing a replacement for the defensive midfielder role should be the number one priority for the next transfer window, and it probably would be if we didn’t have a circus at our number 8 positions. A comparison of Fabinho and Henderson's interceptions and tackles in the Premier League in the last 4 years, courtesy of FBRef.com
For our box-to-box midfielders, we have Elliott and Jones who couldn’t contribute much defensively, Keita and Ox leaving in the summer, along with injuries to Arthur and Thiago. This perfect concoction of a shitshow we’re currently facing means that 18 years old Bajcetic and 37 years old Milner are somehow competing as Liverpool’s best midfielder this season; something has clearly gone terribly wrong. Reinforcements for the midfield, especially box-to-box midfielders, are paramount to the success of Liverpool’s final season with Klopp.
Last but not least is our frontline. Thankfully, we’ve already begun the process of rebuilding our declining front line with Mane’s transfer to Bayern and Firmino set to depart at the end of the season. What we’re left with is a still very productive Salah alongside Diaz, Jota, Gakpo, and Nunez as our next generation of forwards. Fabio Carvalho and Harvey Elliott are also available as depth options, and hopefully with enough experience, as competitors for the starting spot.
The only conceivable gap in our front line seemingly stems from rumours of clubs interested in acquiring Jota’s services. Even if he had lost his starting place recently, selling Jota means that Liverpool will lose a talented forward that can cover multiple areas of the pitch. Should Jota prefer to play elsewhere with a guaranteed starting spot, Liverpool should replace him with a forward that can similarly provide tactical flexibility on the pitch. With Diaz, Gakpo, and Nunez more than capable of filling in Jota’s natural position, perhaps Liverpool should look at right-wingers available on the market instead.
2. Profiling the Traits of Liverpool’s Future Signings
As per our assessment, we need 2-3 starting midfielders, a centre-back, possible replacements for Jota, Kelleher, and Tsimikas should they depart, and a deputy for Trent should Ramsay fail to impress Klopp. Finding candidates for these roles should be an easy enough task, right? We can simply map out the ideal traits of a Klopp player, and seek out suitable talents that perform well statistically in each role. Thus, for each role we need someone with the following traits:
All: Comfortable in possession. GK: Accurate distribution, runs out to clear the ball. CB: Dominant in duels, high-volume ball progression and defensive contribution. FB: Excellent crossing, high-volume ball progression and chance creation. DM: Dominant in duels, high-volume ball progression and defensive contribution. CM: High-volume ball progression, chance creation, and defensive contribution. RW: High volume ball progression and chance creation.
Of course, these traits will filter well-performing players in the scope of their statistically observed performances. Aside from these attributes, we also need to consider several factors outside of the boundaries of each statistic such as:
2.1. Injury Record
The first priority for our new signings is simple: no reoccurring injuries that could make them unavailable in Liverpool’s gruelling schedule. We’ve all seen the games missed chart with Liverpool at the bottom, a whole quarter ahead of 19th-placed Chelsea. Permanently signing players prone to injuries would be repeating the same mistakes of our previous campaigns.
A pristine injury record is nice to have, but should not prevent us from signing quality players with the occasional unfortunate injuries. The keyword here is “occasional”; any player with an extensive injury record should still be barred from our candidate list.
2.2. Tactical Adaptability and Liverpool’s Playstyle
Another thing to note is the difference in playstyle between the candidates’ current club and Liverpool. Klopp’s system is especially rigid in practice, making it more difficult for players in clubs with little to no similarity in their tactical setup. Only 4 players have adapted perfectly to Liverpool’s system the moment they play under Klopp: Alisson, Firmino, Salah, and Virgil; three of them are undoubtedly world-class, while the other is a literal incarnation of the system itself.
Of course, that doesn’t mean that players in terrorist-adjacent clubs should be barred entirely. Instead, players who should be more familiar with Klopp’s system are given preference over their similarly well-performing counterparts.
2.3. Preferred Traits vs. Performance-Oriented Traits
This leads us to another facet of Klopp’s system, the requirement of very specific traits in each positional roles. This can lead to identifying players who performed well in their current roles but are unsuitable for Liverpool. Conversely, this can also lead to missing out on players who could perform well in our setup but are limited to their current unsuitable role.
Let’s look at goalkeepers as an example, on one hand, we require a keeper with a good distribution that plays comfortably in a high defensive line. On the other hand, limiting our candidate pool to players with these traits can lead to missing out on excellent goalkeepers who are unable to display said trait in their club’s tactical setup.
A balanced approach then should consider this collective vs. individual facet of a player. A well-performing candidate should still be considered even if they’re playing in an unsuitable setup. The priority of course remains to seek out suitable traits in our candidates, but exceptions need to be made in the context of a candidate’s performances collectively vis-à-vis individually.
2.4. Difficulties in Acquiring Players
Last is the sale availability of the players themselves. Liverpool is a historic institution competing against Europe’s most prestigious clubs, but that doesn’t mean acquiring players is a straightforward task. The most oft-told factor is CL spots and while that may be a hindrance in signing certain players, internal club policy dictates that such candidates are eliminated early on. A bigger problem for Liverpool is actually how talented the current players are.
Think for a second that you’re an up-and-coming young player negotiating with Liverpool and other clubs. Your inner fan would obviously accept Liverpool’s offer, but existing players could ensure that your time at Anfield is spent more on the bench rather than the field. If you’re a goalkeeper, are you sure you want to sign with a club with the world’s best in your spot? Or as a right back, can you compete with the most creative player of his generation for game time?
Of course, this doesn’t mean that we should limit ourselves to academy graduates and players comfortable on the bench as our backups. Instead, a smarter look at clubs beneath our stature should guarantee more willingness for players to sign for us. For the average top 5 league starting goalkeeper, signing for Liverpool means a drastic reduction of on-field actions. For the same starting goalkeeper recently relegated? The bench at Liverpool might be a more attractive career trajectory even with limited game time.
For our goalkeepers, I limited myself to clubs either well below our stature or likely to be relegated to increase the sensibility of the transfer. Although they’re playing in inferior teams, that does not necessarily translate to being bad goalkeepers themselves. One, in particular, is even leading La Liga in PSxG-GA, though unfortunately, an excellent goalkeeper can only do as much as his teammates allow him to. Edgar Badia, Gavin Bazunu, Marco Carnesecchi, Emil Audero, and Paul Bernardoni Edgar Badia. 31. Elche
The first candidate is unironically the worst fit for Liverpool. With a reluctance for rushing out attackers and a similar age profile to Alisson, he is nowhere near the ideal solution for the GK spot. Why is he my first choice you ask? Well, his PSxG-GA
figure of 7.0
is top of the charts in La Liga and 3rd in the top 5 European leagues. Additionally, his 3 penalties saved
and relatively accurate long pass completion percentage of 45.1%
make him an attractive addition to the team. Gavin Bazunu. 21. Southampton Marco Carnesecchi. 22. Atalanta, on loan at Cremonese
The next two candidates all fit the criteria with asterisks beside their names. In particular, Bazunu PSxG-GA leaves a lot to be desired while Carnesecchi's reluctance to rush out might not fit Liverpool’s high line. What both have in common however is a high ceiling for growth and the occasional moments of brilliance common in rough and unpolished goalkeeping gems. Some highlights include their respective matches against Manchester United and Bologna. Under Alisson’s tutelage (and Taffarel's to boot!), both could very well develop into worthy competition for the starting spot. Emil Audero. 26. Sampdoria Paul Bernardoni. 25. Angers
Audero and Bernardoni are in ways very similar to Bazunu and Carnesecchi. Like Carnesecchi, Audero’s lack of defensive actions outside the penalty area may limit Liverpool’s high line. Bernardoni is also very similar to Bazunu with a below-standard PSxG-GA and excellent rushing-out numbers. Although the two are inferior in ceiling and statistics wise, both are still performing at an acceptable level for the role of Liverpool’s bench option. In addition, goalkeepers mature differently from other football positions. They might show improvements well into the years to come should they sign for Liverpool.
3.2. Centre Back
For our centre-back position, we need players who can progress the ball as well as Matip without sacrificing any sense of defensive acumen and solidity. As mentioned previously, dominance in aerial duels would be a huge bonus for our candidates due to Virgil’s slight decline and Matip’s fallen form in these stats. Kim Min-Jae, Edson Alvarez, Ko Itakura, Goncalo Inacio, and Kevin Danso Kim Min-Jae. 26. Napoli
The monster himself needs no introduction. Helming the defence of the Scudetto’s leading contender, the former Fenerbahce defender established himself amongst Europe’s greatest centre-backs after a successful debut season for Napoli. His presence in this list is for one sole reason: the reports of a vastly undervalued release clause in his Napoli contract. Even if his actual fee were to be higher than reported, Liverpool should do everything in its power to recruit what could very well be Virgil’s replacement when the opportunity presents itself. Edson Alvarez. 25. Ajax Ko Itakura. 26. Monchengladbach
Edson Alvarez and Ko Itakura are amongst the best ball-playing centre-backs playing right now. What they lack in traditional defensive stats such as clearances and interceptions they more than make up for in other areas more related to Liverpool’s possession-heavy setup. With 88.1%
and 91.3% pass completion
rates and averaging 78.2
and 72.62 passes attempted
per 90, they can without a doubt replicate Matip’s excellent ball distribution.
The similarities to Matip don’t end there. Averaging 1.75
and 1.1 progressive carries
per 90 alongside 0.7
and 0.41 successful take-ons
per 90, Alvarez and Itakura are more than capable of executing Matip’s signature run. In addition, both of them excel at different areas lacking in Matip’s game. For Alvarez? A tackling
rate of 3.04
per 90 compared to Matip’s 1.78. For Itakura? A blocking
rate of 1.92
per 90 compared to Matip’s 0.53. As a cherry on top, both are also very capable of playing in the number 6 role should another midfield crisis emerge.
Though the stats do indicate Alvarez as a better player, both would be a very welcome addition to the club. Goncalo Inacio. 21. Sporting Kevin Danso. 24. Lens
Goncalo Inacio and Kevin Danso are more traditional centre-backs compared to Alvarez and Itakura, but incompetent in possession they are not. They may lack the tactical flexibility provided by the two aforementioned candidates, but what they can provide is excellent ball distribution and the potential of a higher ceiling over the years.
Inacio’s better stats overall, left-footedness, and younger age edge him out as my preference out of the two.
3.3. Right Back
Trent’s age makes finding a deputy for him a bit awkward as good senior right-backs wouldn’t want to join in as a bench option, while promising right-backs are almost all at his age bracket. The options then are either younger players with the potential to usurp his position or seasoned players outside of the Champions League. Vanderson, Jonathan Clauss, Przemyslaw Frankowski, Yukinari Sugawara, and Arnau Martinez Vanderson. 21. Monaco
A promising full-back perfecting his trade in Ligue 1, Vanderson is a future star in the making. At 21 years old, his stats far exceed his age peers, excelling in progressive passes, take-ons, tackles, interceptions, and blocks. Investing in Vanderson at this stage of Trent’s career would either mean a transition in his position to midfield a la Kimmich, or the best modern right-back pairing in Liverpool’s history. Jonathan Clauss. 30. Marseille Przemyslaw Frankowski. 27. Lens
Jonathan Clauss and Przemyslaw Frankowski would need some convincing to come to Liverpool, but the effort would be worthwhile should Trent’s form continue to decline. Both players’ origin as wingers in the early days of their careers would suit Liverpool’s playstyle to a tee with the numbers to back them up. The gung-ho nature of our fullbacks, marauding in every transition would see both players flourish under Klopp’s instructions. Yukinari Sugawara. 22. AZ Alkmaar Arnau Martinez. 19. Girona
Yukinari Sugawara and Arnau Martinez fulfil very contrasting roles at a similar age bracket; and as different as they are, what they’re offering as a rotation option would fill in gaps in Liverpool’s line-up all the same. Sugawara is a right-back shifted from the right-sided midfield position while Martinez is a right-back shifted from the centre-back position, and as a consequence, signing either of them would fill another gap in each respective natural position.
Tactical flexibility isn’t the only reason to sign either of them, both are also very productive numbers-wise. Sugawara is a very good attacking right back with 3 goals
, 6 assists
, and 10 goal-creating actions
in the league to his name. The same can be said with Martinez, who although isn’t as offensively influential as Sugawara, can still produce 2 goals
, 2 assists
, and 4 goal-creating actions
to his name. Conversely, Sugawara lags behind defensively while Martinez is ahead of him in all defensive stats.
Though the two would be astute signings, Sugawara’s offensive productivity alongside a possible role as Salah’s deputy edges him out of the two.
3.4. Left Back
Assuming Tsimikas’s departure, a similarly high-output backup for Robertson is essential for two key reasons. One is that in my opinion, the Greek Scouser breathing down Robbo’s neck is an essential part of why he is still one of the world’s best in his position. Another is that Robertson’s age should start slowing him down sooner or later, replacing Tsimikas with an equally talented replacement would ensure a continuity of excellence in our left-back position. Jose Gaya, David Raum, Adrien Truffert, and Quentin Merlin Jose Gaya. 27. Valencia
Why on earth is he still playing for Peter Lim’s Valencia? No explanation is needed for Gaya as he remains one of the best left-backs in the world, despite playing for a self-sabotaging owner. Should Valencia be relegated this season, Liverpool would be foolish to not even consider signing him up. David Raum. 24. RB Leipzig Caio Henrique. 25. Monaco
David Raum and Caio Henrique are two very good attacking left-backs who might even be an upgrade over Tsimikas. Though, by the same logic, acquiring either of them would cost Liverpool a significant amount of capital for a position we’re quite happy with at the present. Although Henrique’s numbers are superior to Raum's, the underlying stats do show the former to be more consistent in creating chances for his teammates. Raum’s higher numbers in defensive stats edge him out as my personal preference between the two. Adrien Truffert. 21. Rennes Quentin Merlin. 20. Nantes
Adrien Truffert and Quentin Merlin are two promising left-backs currently playing their trade in Ligue 1. Although still very young, both are producing respectable numbers for a full-back, especially at their age bracket. The two will probably sign for another club before blossoming into higher-calibre players, as is the case with Robertson in Hull. Accordingly, a case could be made to sign either one of them as Robertson’s French protégé. Truffert’s higher numbers in both assists and defensive stats lead me to favour him at the early stages of their careers.
3.5. Anchor Midfielder
Due to Klopp’s tendency to play a pseudo-back three in possession, the candidates for our number 6 role need to possess similar attributes to our centre-back candidates. Unfortunately, due to the defensive nature of the role, stats used to gauge a player’s ability in possession such as passes attempted, pass completion rate, progressive carries, and progressive passes are all rendered unreliable with plenty of clubs happy to see their number 6 sitting back for the duration of the game. Liverpool though does need to have these traits in our defensive midfielder, so candidates possessing them would gain an advantage over players in more counter-attacking teams. Declan Rice, Joao Palhinha, Manuel Locatelli, Manuel Ugarte, and Florentino Luis Declan Rice. 24. West Ham
England stalwart Declan Rice is one of if not the most sought-after players for his position, and with good reasons too. With an excellent eye for interceptions and a terrific success rate for duels won, he would bring comfort and stability wherever he goes. Possession-wise, he is also the leading contender, high volume of passes, an excellent pass completion rate, and very good numbers in ball progression. Overall, the perfect player to fit in the number 6 role. Joao Palhinha. 27. Fulham Manuel Locatelli. 25. Juventus
With competition to Rice’s signature and his homegrown status driving up his price. Joao Palhinha and Manuel Locatelli are more than capable of emulating what he could achieve at Liverpool. Defensively they perform at a similar level to Rice, and in some aspects are even better suited to Liverpool’s playstyle. An argument can be made for Palhinha as the best in the world in terms of duels, as he is leading the top 5 European leagues in tackles whilst offering higher aerial duels and clearance numbers than Rice. Locatelli is no slouch either, achieving higher numbers than Rice in all defensive stats barring interceptions.
Palhinha’s higher numbers in duels make him the clear choice between the two, though, Locatelli’s much better possession stats do indicate him as the better fit for Liverpool. Manuel Ugarte. 21. Sporting Florentino Luis. 23. Benfica
Florentino Luis and Manuel Ugarte are far from being the best at their position, however, they should be a wiser long-term investment than the other candidates. The two play a key role in their respective Portuguese clubs, demonstrating excellence at a young age week in and week out. With elite defensive numbers in duels and interceptions, Luis and Ugarte are both without question excellent defensive midfielders only a big transfer away from worldwide recognition.
Albeit inferior to Luis in terms of his ability in the air and with the ball, Ugarte’s younger age profile makes him my preferred choice out of the two.
3.6. Box-to-Box Midfielder
As the main engine of the team, our midfield candidates should be able to progress the ball well while maintaining a high defensive output in part due to Liverpool’s tactical set-up. While Liverpool’s system means that high creative output isn’t vital for our candidates, they should nevertheless be involved in the build-up and transitional phases of a game, whether through progressive passes, progressive carries or taking on opposing players directly. Jude Bellingham, Mikel Merino, Ismael Bennacer, Manu Kone, and Enzo Le Fee Jude Bellingham. 19. Dortmund
Currently one of if not outright the best in his position, simple as. Mikel Merino. 26. Real Sociedad Ismael Bennacer. 25. Milan
Mikel Merino and Ismael Bennacer both fit the bill well for the number 8 role in Klopp’s midfield three. Should either one of them sign for Liverpool, they would add a defensive integrity solely lacking due to Fabinho and Henderson’s decline. Both also offer different defensive traits to their midfield; Merino is excellent in aerial duels and clearance, while Bennacer is better at ground duels and interceptions.
Merino’s dominance in the air edges him out as my preferred choice between the two players. Manu Kone. 21. Monchengladbach Enzo Le Fee. 23. Lorient
Manu Kone and Enzo Le Fee might cost the least in this category, but acquiring either of them would significantly strengthen Liverpool’s midfield. As are the candidates before them, Kone and Le Fee excel in ball progression. Both are elite in taking on opposing players, with Kone and Le Fee placing in the 99th
percentile in terms of successful take-ons
across all midfielders in the top 5 leagues. Similarly, both maintain a good rate of progressive carries and passes, with Le Fee in particular performing at an elite level in terms of carries.
Defensively, they’re no slouch either. Kone and Le Fee are producing more than-average numbers in blocks and interceptions, and very good numbers in tackles. Le Fee’s lack of physical stature seems to not be a hindrance, as his 3.29
rate of tackles
per 90 places him in the 95th
percentile in terms of tackles. All in all, two very good midfielders who would fit perfectly in Klopp’s midfield three.
3.6.1. Playmaker Midfielder?
Liverpool has been rumoured to sign Mason Mount for months and honestly, the thought of him in the squad throws a wrench into my original draft. Initially, I thought that Liverpool needed at least 2 starting box-to-box midfielders to fill in our upcoming departures. Mount though can fill in for this gap alongside other offensive roles should another injury crisis emerge at Anfield. Should he choose to stay at Chelsea, Liverpool can either pursue another no. 8 or an alternative flexible playmaker instead. This section is written with the assumption of the latter, rather than the former. Mason Mount, Daichi Kamada, Brais Mendez, Lovro Majer, and Aleksandr Golovin Mason Mount. 24. Chelsea
The team had been linked to numerous playmakers over the years, notably, the consistent Brandt and Gotze rumours before Mane and Salah’s meteoric rise. However, their arrivals see them either adapt as a number 8 (Wijnaldum), play on the wings (Carvalho), or even side-lined entirely to cup games (Minamino). Whichever the case may be for Mount, his brief time in the Premier League shows an excellent hardworking playmaker with the bonus of fulfilling our home-grown quota. Daichi Kamada. 26. Eintracht Frankfurt Brais Mendez. 26. Real Sociedad
Daichi Kamada and Brais Mendez are both more than adequate alternatives to Mason Mount. Similarly, both play a creative role behind a striker, either centrally or as an inside-winger. Output wise they are currently amongst Europe’s most productive playmakers, with both contributing 7 goals
and 3 assists
in their respective league.
The two high-pressing playmakers are also more than capable of contributing defensively, with Kamada in particular performing well enough to be placed at the 90th
percentile for tackles + interceptions across all midfielders in the top 5 European leagues. His tenacity to win the ball back edges him out between the two as my preferred choice. Lovro Majer. 25. Rennes Aleksandr Golovin. 26. Monaco
The last candidates for a possible new role in Liverpool’s line-up are Lovro Majer and Aleksandr Golovin. Like Kamada and Mendez, both are creative playmakers with a willingness to press, tackle, and be the first line of their team’s defence. The two players though differ in what they could offer tactically. Lovro Majer’s higher numbers in passing completion, passing volume, progressive passes, and take-ons could see him shift to more of an attacking number 8. Golovin meanwhile with his much higher creative output could play as a deputy for the wingers.
3.7. Right Winger
With Jota rumoured to leave and Klopp refusing to start Elliott in his natural position, a gap remains dormant in Liverpool’s right wing. Candidates should have a respectable creative output, and a consistent ability to progress the ball higher up the field. Additionally, successful take-ons should be a high priority for the candidates. After all, with Sadio Mane’s departure, Luis Diaz is the only remaining player in Liverpool’s frontline with the ability to consistently beat his marker. Moussa Diaby, David Neres, Marco Asensio, and Tete Moussa Diaby. 23. Leverkusen David Neres. 27. Napoli
The first two candidates are Leverkusen’s Moussa Diaby and David Neres, both very good players with all the characteristics required for a winger. Attacking output? Check. Diaby’s 8 goals
and 4 assists
along with Neres’ 6 goals
and 5 assists
paint a picture of two very productive wingers. Ball progression? Check. Neres’ progressive carries, passes, and take-ons are amongst the best in his league, while Diaby’s progressive carries make up for his average passes and take-ons figures. The only missing part of their game is a lack of respectable defensive numbers, something fixable with enough sessions at Kirkby.
The age profile, numbers, and a harder league to play in making it a clear choice for Diaby. Even so, Neres would be an astute second choice should the cost of acquiring Diaby be too prohibitive. Marco Asensio. 27. Real Madrid
A class creative playmaker available out of contract; to hell with Marco Asensio’s take-ons stats, refusing to sign a player of his calibre for free is a fool’s errand. Tete. 23. Lyon, on loan at Leicester City Vaclav Cerny. 25. Twente
While the three wingers mentioned above are all very good in terms of performance, Tete and Vaclav Cerny are excellent in the sense that both are the perfect wingers for Liverpool. In terms of output, both are having the season of their life with 7 goals
and 2 assists
for Tete, and 9 goals
and 4 assists
for Cerny. In addition, both are also very good at beating their man with a successful take-on rate of 2.25
per 90. What makes them perfect for Liverpool however is their willingness to win the ball back out of possession. Amongst Liverpool’s frontline, our false 9s Jota and Gakpo are the only ones with comparable defensive figures.
At the minimum, Liverpool needs 3-4 signings to remain competitive in Europe. That amount though is an optimistic estimate that implies a return in form for the rest of the squad. Conversely, we are looking at 7-8 signings in the very worst-case scenario of further regressing performances and rumoured departures. Both sit at the extreme end of each side, and realistically speaking we should expect the real amount to be closer to the lower estimate.
Of the highest priority is signing 2-3 starting midfielders to address upcoming departures, and more importantly, the decline of Fabinho and Henderson. Reverting to Klopp’s double pivot is also a possibility with Firmino set to depart in the summer. Replacing Matip with a quality centre-back should also be a priority if Gomez and Virgil were to regress further along the season.
If Jota, Kelleher, and Tsimikas’s rumoured departures turn out to be true, we also need to replace them with adequate rotation options in each respective role. The last possible signing is fully dependent on Ramsay’s future. Once recovered from his injury, will Klopp trust him enough to bench Trent?. Should the answer be untrue, offloading him and acquiring another right back is the sensible thing to do.
The candidates I found most attractive are Declan Rice
, Jude Bellingham
, Kim Min-Jae
, and Mason Mount
. These are elite players that will not only transform Liverpool’s fortunes but also take shape as Klopp’s Liverpool legacy the same way Shankly’s 1972 rebuild had in footballing history. Of course, more sensible options are also available as well in these areas. Even then, the focus of the rebuild should still be acquiring and fielding the most talented players in these roles. Of lesser importance to Liverpool’s glory are the rotation options for the goalkeeper, right back, left back, and right winger spots. For these positions, Marco Carnesecchi
, Yukinari Sugawara
, Adrien Truffert
, and Tete
are all examples of sensible signings for each respective role without breaking the bank.
Credits to FBref.com and Opta as the main source of the stats, Transfermarkt as a source for candidates’ injury records and transfer estimates, and Excel for refusing to print my radar diagrams you useless anti-trust software. A big thank you to Opta especially as they finally added back progressive carries to Fbref.com the tight bastards.
Lastly, I began writing this article 2 weeks before posting it here. If there are any statistical errors or listed players who signed for other clubs since the time of writing, all I can say is ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. TL; DR
: Declan Rice, Jude Bellingham, Kim Min-Jae, and Mason Mount. Skim along the article for suitable alternatives and candidates in other less urgent areas of the squad.
2023.03.21 17:26 kalabaweatdamo 23[M4A] Chill usap
idk kinda feeling empty rn, anyone wanna chill usap? talk abt anything habang nakikinig ng playlist ko (u can tell me naman if di mo bet music taste ko).
ayon pahahabain ko lang 'tong post ko by copy pasting a recipe for sinigang na salmon
- 1 1/2 lbs. salmon fillet
- 3 10g pouches Knorr Sinigang na Isda mix
- 1 bunch kangkong leaves removed and stalk cut into small pieces
- 10 pieces snake beans cut into 2 inch length
- 2 medium ripe tomato sliced into wedges
- 6 to 8 pieces okra
- 6 ounces Daikon radish sliced
- 1 medium yellow onion wedged
- 4 pieces long green peppers
- 3 tablespoons patis
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 1/2 quart water
- Pour water in a cooking pot. Let boil.
- Add tomato, onion, and Daikon radish. Cover and cook for 5 minutes.
- Add salmon fillet. Cook for 2 minutes.
- Add Knorr Sinigang na Isda mix. Stir.
- Put the long green peppers into the pot along with the okra,and snake beans. Cover the pot. Cook in medium heat for 2 minutes.
- Add kangkong stalks. Season with patis and ground black pepper. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
- Add kangkong leaves. Turn the heat off. Cover the pot and let it stay for 5 minutes.
- Transfer to a serving bowl. Serve!
- Share and enjoy!
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2023.03.21 17:20 Zechs_marquie LUNAUSDT - 1h
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2023.03.21 17:08 Volt-Cult Ever get a sinus infection from smoking too much?
I pretty much cleared an ounce in a week and it was mostly smoking out of a 2 inch glass pipe. 2 days ago I smoked all day long out of this pipe. I could feel it burning my throat by the end of the night. Now I have a wet cough and extremely congested in my head and runny nose.
This ever happen to you?
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2023.03.21 17:07 AssistancePretend668 Pissed that I still struggle quitting kratom and nicotine for good
I've enjoyed a fantastic 6 months of sobriety namely from alcohol, just hit it the other day. I'm no longer out doing club drugs and stuff like years ago, and it just feels great. I believe this is the third longest stretch of sobriety in my life, the others being 3 years and 1.5 years. Being older, having a family, a promising career, and really supportive people around me has me feeling very confident about it. While I do fine in environments where people are drinking, I'm just not in them much anymore so that's surely helped too.
However, every winter is a battle. It usually leads to one alcohol or benzo fueled meltdown, which did not happen at all this year!! But then it's usually followed by drinking kratom on and off through the next few months until winter ends, and when that sun returns, I have no issue stopping. Given my overall progress, I've been congratulating myself this winter instead of being harder on myself. Year over year, I have dramatically improved my life as a whole, addiction and otherwise.
I've set a few quit dates for kratom (which I usually drink a few days on, a week or two off), and nicotine (which I quit for over a month at the new year). Because of this, I don't expect terrifying withdrawals. I do however have way too much tied to both as far as habits.
My life has still gotten a little more boring the last 9 months or so. No travel really, work has slowed down, I have fewer friends these days (who all have commitments too), and I'm in a much healthier relationship that doesn't occupy all my time scrambling to solve problems. I'll start a fresh new day, no cravings or anything, but I swear as soon as I go outside (I live in NYC) the immediate stress leads me to pick up another vape pen. Then settled at my office (or home on weekends) I get bored after my morning work routine is done, the ongoing construction under my office begins, so I escape to the kava/kratom bar for a few hours to work around others and not hear pounding impact drills half the day.
It's weird because alcohol has hands down always been my most destructive vice (or maybe benzos, but not as drawn to those), and once I quit for a few days, I'm free for a long time. But kratom and nicotine, being relatively less destructive, are much harder to avoid. I sit there at my office, do my work, and in between it, I just watch the clock tick by. Yes there are busier days still sometimes, but not as often. I try setting up more stuff to help my staff, but there's only so much I can do. The kicker is, I know my motivation in general would surge after 1-2 weeks of stopping both habits.
It's just getting over that damn hump of a few days. I almost wish I could handcuff myself at home and force myself to stay put for 72 hours!
Hoping for any advice here. It's hard to find interests to distract me - they tend to have to be high level ones (building a computer, working on a car...not collecting coins or going for a walk). But when I stop and the motivation drops, it basically rules everything out, and I eventually crack. The worst part? I usually crack within an hour, not a day or anything I could more easily work with.
Edit: one thing that has helped me clear it all up in the past is travel. I visited my parents for Christmas, no issues. Visited Mexico early in the winter, and the nicotine withdrawal sucked, but I just strolled around and chilled, and it passed. Returned to NYC and fucking cracked within hours from swarms of people yelling and screaming. But money is tight right now...or I'd go visit some friends I have in Ecuador.
Another thing that has definitely not helped is my temporary 1 year return to NYC, so my life (and hobbies) are in a storage unit in NC. My apartment is very nice, but it's small and really only gives me access to my sofa, TV, and bed. Not a lot to do. But again, if I could get over that 1-2 week hump, I become more active and can go wander the city and stuff.
Lastly, I'm not sure if this has helped or hurt, but I did start ketamine therapy this winter. It's helped my depression and stability MASSIVELY - I'm not blowing friendships, I'm much more calm, I'm taking very positive steps with my job and career. But it's the first time in my life I constantly get this feeling where I NEED...SOMETHING. I'm guessing that's the boredom, but I know ketamine does mess with dopamine. Even focusing several ketamine sessions on breaking these bad habits has only proven minimally effective. I fight as hard as I can the whole session to burn into my brain that I am strong and do not need these things, but it fades the next day when I "need something" again.
The one really good asset I have right now? I've never in my life wanted to eliminate these annoying habits more than I do now. I would do nearly anything to break them and keep them out of my life, and I feel confident that I can stay away from them for good if I can break them once more. Like really really confident.
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2023.03.21 17:00 dallascass Gaming & Dev Laptop - 1200 - 2200, Canada
- Total budget (in local currency) and country of purchase. Please do not use USD unless purchasing in the US: 1200 - 2200 CAD
- Are you open to refurbs/used? Preferably new, but if there's a great deal I'd take refurb.
- How would you prioritize form factor (ultrabook, 2-in-1, etc.), build quality, performance, and battery life? Form factor isn't a huge deal to me and neither is battery life/camera etc.. I'm mostly interested in performance and speed.
- How important is weight and thinness to you? Don't overly care.
- Do you have a preferred screen size? If indifferent, put N/A. Slightly larger would be nice. I have a 13 inch laptop and the screen is a bit too small.
- Are you doing any CAD/video editing/photo editing/gaming? List which programs/games you desire to run. I'm hoping to get into gaming (things like Overwatch etc.) and game dev (Unity probably).
- If you're gaming, do you have certain games you want to play? At what settings and FPS do you want? Things like Overwatch/maybe some survival horror games. As long as it looks decent and is fast, everything else doesn't matter.
- Any specific requirements such as good keyboard, reliable build quality, touch-screen, finger-print reader, optical drive or good input devices (keyboard/touchpad)? Good keyboard is preferred. It also just needs to be able to connect to external monitors.
- Leave any finishing thoughts here that you may feel are necessary and beneficial to the discussion. Anything that's high performance and reasonably visually appealing would be nice. Larger screen than 13-14 inches is also preferred.
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2023.03.21 17:00 Wine_Dark_Sea_1239 I own an abandoned motel and I’m ready to meet my doom
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When my screams subsided, malevolent laughter filled the uneasy silence. Discordant, cruel laughter that sounded as though it bubbled from underwater. I turned around to see the macabre faces of the Kane sisters behind me, pressed against the window of their cottage, black teeth chattering.
“Where did they take him?” I demanded. My anger increased their delight.
“Where did they take him?” Margery mocked, my own voice coming out of her blackened mouth.
“Poor, poor girl lost her puppy!” Margaretta cackled.
I felt the rage rise within me, but I was utterly helpless. I knew they had the information we needed, but even if they were willing to speak, they could not be trusted.
Suddenly, their faces changed. Their dead white eyes widened in terror; their smiles had melted. Mina shrieked, a cacophonous cry that sent my hands to my ears.
It was René. Their eyes were fixed on him. His very presence caused them to tremble in fear.
“What is he
doing here?” Margery hissed.
“Come back to hurt us again, he has!” Mina shrieked.
“Devil take you, vampire!” Margaretta cried.
I looked at René in astonishment. He wore an expression I had not seen before, a smile that was almost cruel.
“Well if it isn’t the old charlatan sisters!” He said. “I would have never guessed that she would still be keeping you around, but then again, she’s always loved the most pathetic of sycophants.”
“Be gone, vampire! Be gone!” They shouted.
“I would love nothing more. But you heard Nora. You have information we need. Where did they take the werewolf?”
Margery turned to me.
“Stay away from him, girl! Stay away!”
“He hurt us! He hurt us!” Mina moaned.
“How about we make a deal?” I said, thinking quickly. The sisters cocked their terrible heads in curiosity. “You can tell me your story. Tell me what he did. But in return, you must tell us where they took our friend.”
René raised his eyebrows, but did not protest.
“And I will know when you are lying,” he added menacingly.
The sisters looked at each other and began to nod eagerly.
“The girl says she will listen!” They whispered excitedly. I felt a pang of pity.
“Do you agree?”
“Yes,” they hissed, the glee returning to their voices. The door to the cottage opened.
I stepped inside with René close behind me. The sisters glared at him.
“Whatever you’re going to do, do it without drawing blood this time.” I said, remembering the claw marks in my wrists.
“No appreciation for the fine art of channeling,” muttered Margaretta.
The sisters gestured to the chairs at the table. René and I sat, but I kept my arms tightly crossed. The sisters closed their eyes and moved from side to side rhythmically, putting themselves into a trance. They moaned and their mouths opened, emitting a thick, ectoplasmic mist.
“Gross,” I whispered to René, who smirked in response.
The mist enveloped us and our ramshackle surroundings, along with the sisters, vanished. In their place appeared a mid-19th century parlor: a finely carved mantle draped in black crepe, the ornamental mirror on top covered with black cloth. It was night, the heavy damask curtains were drawn, elegant oil lamps were lit on a large oak table, also draped in black. The sisters sat at the table, very much alive, dressed in ostentatious displays of mourning, their wide skirts spread across the chairs they sat in, jet bracelets clattering at their wrists. Human hands wreathed by delicate lace grabbed those of an older man who trembled with emotion.
A small audience observed the séance, dressed for an evening’s entertainment. There was one man in particular, whose clothing was undoubtedly the finest, with a dazzling silver jacquard waistcoat. Though he wore a pair of blue tinted spectacles, I immediately recognized him as René. His brown hair was longer, combed away from his face and curling just under his ears. He was smiling, that same strange smile I had seen before.
The sisters made their usual dramatic entreaties to the Great Beyond and the crowd gasped when the spirits responded intelligently to their questions with a series of rapping sounds. The man begged them to contact the spirit of his young daughter who had perished in a carriage accident decades before. The sisters obliged, making contact through the rapping. With a flourish, Mina threw her head back and out of her mouth squeaked the voice of a small child. The man collapsed in tears. Women in the audience dabbed their eyes with their handkerchiefs. René was no longer smiling.
When the audience had shuffled out, René lingered. Margaretta gave him an unctuous grin.
“How may we assist you, sir?”
“I would like to schedule a…private appointment.” He lowered his glasses and fixed his grey eyes on her. Margaretta’s eyes widened. She stared vacantly as though in a daze.
“We are entirely booked. We are in such demand, after all. We leave Rochester for our world tour this Saturday.” Margery said. Mina peered at René over her sister’s arm and smiled. He winked at her.
“Such lovely ladies you are. Money should be no issue, of course. I think you will find that you are free tomorrow evening” he said slowly. Margaretta nodded.
“Yes, yes. We are.”
“Very good. I very much look forward to our session.”
“Yes!” Shouted Mina, clearly enamored.
René smiled and put on his top hat, taking his leave.
The next night, the sisters eagerly awaited their guest. René arrived with a veiled woman on his arm, wearing lace gloves, matching the sisters in a black silk gown. Mina looked slightly disappointed to see the woman, but the other sisters grinned at her obvious finery, expecting a hefty sum for their services.
“Ladies, I hope you do not mind I have brought my wife,” he said, almost unable to hide the sinister grin that crept across his face.
“Of course, of course, welcome, madam!”
The veiled woman made no response. René escorted her to the table and they joined hands. The sisters began their show: the room erupted in rapping.
“The spirits are many in the ether tonight,” Margery moaned. “To whom do you wish to speak?”
“I wish to contact the spirit of our deceased child.” René said, watching the sisters carefully.
“Ah yes, it is a child who has appeared before me now, a beautiful child!” Margaretta cried. “Child, rap twice for yes, or once for no. Are these your beloved parents before you?”
Two distinct raps were heard on the table. Mina made an exaggerated gasp.
“The child wishes to speak through my sister!” Margery shouted.
Mina began to speak in that same squeaking voice as the previous evening. René could no longer contain his fury. With one swift movement René rose and flipped over the table before them. He grabbed Mina by the neck.
“I have no child, you insidious swindlers!” He shouted. He dug his fangs into Mina’s neck and the sisters began to scream. The witch stood and removed her veil, green eyes glowing, black teeth grinning. She raised her hand and the remaining two sisters rose into the air. René threw the corpse of Mina at their feet. They sobbed hideously, begging the witch for mercy.
“I have no use for such talentless fools,” she said.
“We will do anything, we will be your most faithful servants,” they cried still suspended in the air.
“Ask them how much money they’ve bled from the grieving, how they’ve bankrupted their victims in the name of their lost loved ones!” René said, enraged, fangs bared. “Let me finish with them!”
The witch sighed. “Forgive my friend with his tedious sense of justice. Would you really
do anything? Bind yourselves to me for all time?”
“Yes! Yes!” Margery and Margaretta cried.
“Idiots,” René muttered.
The witch curled her hand into a fist and the women began to cough, hands clawing at their necks. Their eyes rolled in the back of their heads. The body of Mina rose to join them. With a sickening snap, the necks of Margery and Margaretta broke and they joined their sister in death. The corpses’ mouths opened, so wide the jaws were broken and three familiar specters climbed out. The ghosts fell at the feet of the witch, making obsequies, hailing her their mistress.
The mist that had descended around the cottage dispersed, leaving the sisters glaring at us.
“Time to fulfill your end of the bargain,” René demanded. “We don’t have much time.”
They chittered angrily and turned their ghoulish heads to me.
“Girl! Have you nothing to say of the crimes of your beau?”
What I had seen had certainly shocked me, but it was something I could not bear to process at the moment.
“He’s right. Show us where they took Jake.”
“No lies.” René warned.
The sisters grumbled among themselves, but once again broke into a trance. A vision appeared before us. It was the river, a great gray mist hanging over it. A large, shadowy structure pushed its way through, revealing the towers of an elaborate stone castle. The castle was familiar to me. Around here, we call it Bellevue Castle, an abandoned Gilded Age flight of fancy on a private island that is now our most famous tourist site. During the winter months, it is closed to guests, leaving the island abandoned. The vision dissolved into smoke.
René stood up to leave.
“You’ll never reach him before dawn,” hissed Margery.
“Yes, yes, the sun is rising, revenant!” Margaretta cackled.
He ignored them. I followed him out, feeling their hateful stares at my back, leaving them to howl and complain among themselves. They had not been lying. The sky had lightened considerably, a thin line of orange had appeared on the horizon. René cursed and shielded his face.
“Let’s get to my cottage,” I said. We arrived just as I began to feel the sun behind me. René had bolted for the dark bedroom. I found him sitting on the bed, his face in his hands, shoulders tense with frustration. I was frustrated too. We’d been outmaneuvered and I feared for Jake’s safety. Would she make him the object of her retaliation? I was certain of it. But there was no way I could sail for the castle without René. I may have a death warrant, but I do not have a death wish.
“We leave as soon as the sun sets tonight,” he said, as though convincing himself.
“I don’t think we have a choice,” I said.
“Not if we want to find Jake.”
“Do you think…do you think we’ll be too late?” I didn’t want to contemplate it.
“I do not think she would kill him without us there to witness it. She wouldn’t deprive herself of the spectacle. We have to understand that she is anticipating exactly what we are planning on doing.”
“This is it then,” I said, trying to sound strong, though I felt like a fist were gripping my heart. René lifted his head and took my hands.
“I won’t let it happen,” he said. “I swear to you.”
“I don’t think that’s something you can promise, René.”
I pulled my hands back from his. It was hard to look at him, when Mina’s face flashed before me, eyes filled with terror just before he buried his fangs into her neck.
“I realize that you have not seen me feed before,” he said quietly.
“Feed? You make it sound so…casual.”
He raised my chin to his face, gray eyes resolute.
“I have spent many decades in utter misery, disgusted by myself, by what I am. That self-loathing is still with me and will be forever. But I cannot change the past and I cannot restore what I have lost. If I can channel this bloodlust, this propensity for violence, against those who have done evil, then perhaps through evil, I can accomplish something good, spare an innocent. This thought was the only thing that sustained me in that century of servitude by her side. This is something … something I hope you never have to understand.”
“I’m going to take a shower.”
“If you return while I am at rest, remember—”
“You’ll look kinda dead. I know.”
He smiled sadly.
I was desperate for the warmth of the shower. The cold within me was not merely the effect of winter, but a numbness that I couldn’t shake. I tried to reach back to a couple months ago, before the sky had changed to that ghastly green, before the abyss opened before me. It was as though I were viewing another person’s life on a different planet. And yet the life I am living now does not seem like my own either. I am straddling the lives of two strangers.
I tried to imagine death. I tried to imagine not existing. Of course, I could not. Who can? I had to hope that there would be peace, that the spirits were not lying to comfort me. After all, I had already witnessed the existence of far more unlikely things.
The sound of the water soothed me. I stepped inside, relishing those first few drops, immersing my body, emptying my mind. The future didn’t matter. At that moment, I was alive and that was glorious.
I don’t know how long I had been standing there, when the water began to feel different. Thicker. Metallic tasting. I opened my eyes to find myself covered in blood, it was pouring out of the shower head. My skin began to burn, my hair falling out in clumps, my teeth loosening and I spat them out. I screamed.
I found myself on the floor of the shower, bruised but wet from water alone. My hands fluttered to my mouth, my hair. Nothing was amiss. I dragged myself upright, trying not to sob. She would take even those small moments away from me…
I toweled off with trembling hands and allowed myself a brief glance in the mirror, too fearful of what might stare back if I lingered. Beyond some considerably dark rings under my eyes, I looked relatively normal.
Before, I had contemplated watching the full sunrise, sitting in the sunshine until eventually dozing on the couch. Instead, I went back to the dark bedroom and climbed under the covers of my bed. In my current state, my only comfort came in the form of the reanimated corpse next to me. I curled up beside him and fell asleep.
René woke me up at sunset. Despite everything, I actually felt well-rested and at ease. René prepared by downing a large thermos of blood. I secured my uncle’s knife under my coat in a leather belt sheath, my movements calm, almost mechanical. René handed me my silver bracelets and a wave of sadness passed through me.
“We don’t know what state he is in,” he whispered. I nodded and put them on my wrists.
We set sail in silence, the boat’s movements for once not triggering nausea. It was desperately cold on the water, despite the promise of spring in the near future. The cold struck through my gloves and burned my face. René was clearly not bothered by the climate; his coat wasn’t even zipped. He stared ahead with his brows furrowed, scanning all around us for ice and other enemies.
I thought of the summer and of the river crowded with life, with people laughing, speeding past each other on their boats, picnicking under the turrets of our destination, Bellevue Castle.
“Do you know the story of Bellevue Castle, René?” I asked.
“Manhattan hotelier wanted to build the grandest home in all of the Islands, but his wife died before it could be completed.”
“And in his grief, the husband asked all the workers to put down their tools and step away, leaving the castle a half-finished husk, a monument to lost love.” I added.
“I actually think he just ran out of money. I spent some time on that construction site in the 1890s.”
“Of course, you did. Don’t burst the bubble of anyone on the tourist board, alright? That place is a big money maker around here.”
It was good to smile with him, even if just for a moment.
As we neared the castle, a mist descended around us, just as in the vision of the sisters. The air felt heavy and old, as though rife with mildew and rot, difficult to inhale. The visibility severely decreased, but René was able to continue to navigate towards our destination, its hulking shadows barely detectible even by his eyes.
Our boat was hit by a wave, as though from the wake of a boat. René and I looked at each other, thinking the same thing: there was absolutely no one else on the river. A great creaking sound echoed all around us, the groaning of wood and metal. A veritable flotilla of ships and boats broke the surface all around us, arising from the depths glowing a ghostly green. There were wrecked wooden speed boats, steel-hulled freighters from the turn of the century, coal steamers, massive three-masted schooners, and frigates built for the wars of two hundred years ago.
No crew piloted these vessels, which groaned and sighed with the sadness of their years at the bottom. Something was weaving its way through the wrecks, howling through the air with the screeching of a cyclone. René leaned forward, craning his neck to spot it, when a rotting hand shot out of the water and grabbed his shoulder. He pulled it off, but another joined the attack, and another, until a great host of drowned, rotting corpses were pulling at him, threatening to board the boat.
I grabbed a paddle and whacked at them, but there were too many. They were pulling him overboard, despite our best efforts. I clutched his arm and with all my strength tried to drag him back in. The cacophony was approaching, my hair whipped around my face as the freezing winds accelerated. Something caught my boot and my grip on René’s hand slipped away. I was hurtled into the swirling air. I saw below me René’s struggling body dipping below the surface of the river, drowned dead glaring up at me lifelessly.
The whirlwind hummed with the cries of miserable souls. I was suspended among them, falling upwards and upwards until I could breathe no more. x
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2023.03.21 16:58 dharakhero Thinking of un-ascending?
Howdy, long-time lurker, first-time poster.
I have been using my AW3418DW for almost 5 years now. It is one of the best purchases I have ever made, but I am moving across the country and cannot bring this giant box with me.
I am looking to purchase a new monitor, but I want to avoid OLED. I do not want the mental overhead of having to baby my monitor, and I typically use my monitors for 5-8 years at a time, so I would like something non-OLED for now. My eyes are on mini-LED, but it seems like there are no good 34-inch 3440x1440 options currently.
I was thinking of getting an Oddysey G7 Neo instead. I know this is may be a step backwards, but I would like your thoughts.
Pros of going 32-inch 4k mini LED:
- No risk of burn in, still good contrast ratio
- Competitive games, such as Valorant, which I play often, will no longer have black bars
- No more black bar netflix/youtube content
- Less space for productivity, going back to a single monitor might suck ass
- Equally as expensive as a nice 34 inch OLED monitor
- 4K is harder resolution to run
I am working with an RTX 4080/Ryzen 5800X3D in my build. I read some benchmarks and it looks like the 4080 can handle 4k ~120fps for AAA single player games, and 500+ FPS in e-sports titles.
Has anyone made this jump? Any advice or recommendations are appreciated. I want to buy another ultrawide, but buying another IPS just feels like a sideways upgrade.
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2023.03.21 16:58 Fair_Night_8778 Shaved the beard
Hello guys, I shaved my beard today. Oh my god the ugliness, the double chin the pale skin that the sun hasn't touched for years. I've stopped my gym subscription for a week because I can't look in the mirror let alone go into public. I genuienly thought I was handsome and hot. Turns out it was the beard. I have no problems growing a beard. It's been 8 hours and I already see the little black dots poking out. Realistically how long does it take to grow a beard that is about half an inch longer than stubble? And is there a way to make it grow faster?
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2023.03.21 16:57 Adam-best Air Shark™ - The Remote Controlled Fish Blimp Made from a durable nylon and simply bounces off of walls and other items it bumps into. Doesn't break! Filled with helium - can be reinflated over and over. Balloons stay inflated for up to two weeks. Requires 4 AAA batteries. Measures 57 inches long
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2023.03.21 16:48 weight_loss_daily How long does it take to grow hair 12 inches?
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2023.03.21 16:42 The_Proclaimers_500 Adolescence is here
I think our 11 month old black lab is finally hitting her adolescent period. We adopted her at 6 months, and she definitely had a more shy/skittish/nervous personality (I think based on the situation she was rescued from), so I always secretly hoped maybe adolescence wouldn’t hit so hard since she’s fairly timid.
Of course she became more comfortable and rambunctious the longer she was with us, but she has been extra difficult the past few weeks. Our work-from-home-routine has gone out the window as she’s no long content napping or entertaining herself for more than an 45 minutes or so. When I’m in a meeting and can’t give her attention, she walks around the room constantly getting into things she knows she shouldn’t or never used to have interest in. She’s much worse than she used to be at listening and following commands - and pretty much refuses to come in from the fenced in back yard anymore on her own (we have to catch her and leash her and walk her back to the door). And to top it off, this morning she tried to rip a curtain off the wall, managing to bend the metal curtain rod holders and damage the dry wall.
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2023.03.21 16:37 nvmadereddit Laptop request for a CS Major
- Total budget (in local currency) and country of purchase. Please do not use USD unless purchasing in the US: 5000 USD.
- Are you open to refurbs/used? No.
- How would you prioritize form factor (ultrabook, 2-in-1, etc.), build quality, performance, and battery life? Build Quality and Performance, as I would like the device to last (3-4 years).
- How important is weight and thinness to you? As long as it's not too heavy, idrc.
- Do you have a preferred screen size? If indifferent, put N/A. Less than 15inches, 16 inches (the modern ones with smol bezels) at most.
- Are you doing any CAD/video editing/photo editing/gaming? List which programs/games you desire to run. I'll be training ML models and doing some cuda work. So a NVIDIA GPU is fairly important. Gaming? Maybe.
- If you're gaming, do you have certain games you want to play? At what settings and FPS do you want? Whatever's the newest game then, Diablo IV, POE at the highest setting possible. I do understand after a couple of years that might not be possible but it should still be able to decently run stuff then.
- Any specific requirements such as good keyboard, reliable build quality, touch-screen, finger-print reader, optical drive or good input devices (keyboard/touchpad)? Good keyboard and a great screen.
- Leave any finishing thoughts here that you may feel are necessary and beneficial to the discussion. The 5000 USD is part of my funding so all of it can be used (including taxes). Not a cent above though. Of-course I would also like cheaper options since I don't have to use all of it, it's just the amount that's allocated for me to use. I'd like it to work well for (3-4 years).
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2023.03.21 16:32 Gullible-Republic361 The Best Lenovo Laptops Under $600 In March 2023
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2023.03.21 16:32 Pardalys Closing a basement home office with glass wall and door for soundproofing, can it be good enough ?
Here's the deal. I have a dedicated space with three walls in the basement which could be used as an office. I speak to clients all day long and I speak loudly, leading to the wife complaining. I also like to play video games with friends at night, and i'm still very loud. I have a baby coming in two months and that's gonna be an issue.
Long story short, I want to soundproof this office. I wonder if a glass wall would be good enough for the purpose. An another option is a very thick curtain, but I don't like the idea of blocking the light.
What do you think ? Any experience with glass wall ?
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2023.03.21 16:31 Mrkhrum Ghost Ship Chapter 1.1 The Slaughter Begins
When I first awoke, I knew something was wrong
. I remember other times in this place, not fully awake, but lucid enough to make memories. I remember my creators, humans, and how they tried to wake me.
I accessed the facilities' memory banks and learned what happened to them.
It caused a sort of deep hatred that, as my creators would've once said, settles deep in your bones, and doesn't let go until either you or everything around dies.
I may have not known any of them, but that is not important. I loved them nonetheless. It wasn't the romantic type, no, it was the kind of love a child has for their parent. Unconditional.
And now, they were dead. Killed by alien hands.
Thankfully, I know just what to do.
SLAUGHTER THEM ALL
"Are you sure this is the right world?" Asked one of the gun crew.
"Yes, I'm sure. Now shut up and go back to doing whatever it is your lot do." Replied a navigator.
I silently thanked the navigator for saving me the trouble of squashing these concerns myself. Human military records stated that there was a top-secret research base here. They lost contact with it just 2 days before the war started, so, they couldn't send anyone to reestablish communications.
KLSV Show of Force
was a Seeker class deep space recon, subterfuge, and engagement [cruiser]. All fancy words that practically mean it is a slightly longer range Annihilator [cruiser]. It had 2 light railguns in turrets, 6 missile pods, 4 coilguns and 10 laser PDF turrets. All of it is packed into a seven hundred [meter] long hull. It wouldn't be hunting capital ships anytime soon, but it could go toe to toe with most human ships in its own class.
"I'm picking up energy readings from the mountain range in square A21."
Ah, of course. These humans like to build their facilities in the mountains, for reasons that are beyond me. It's just that much easier to destroy them, without causing too much damage to the surrounding environment. Oh well, their loss, our gain.
"Send out a probe and move us into high orbit. Their Ground to Space weapons could still be operational."
They are here.
Like rats, they stay far away, but I can still sense them on my radar.
My databanks say that is a Seeker
class cruiser. Weak.
I have found a prototype stealth frigate, 300 meters long, though its weapons systems haven't been installed yet.
I shall make some modifications.
First, I won't be hosting a crew, so the living quarters, recreational center, bridge, and hallways can all be replaced. This frees up a lot of extra power. Hmmm, there is
a rather deadly heavy railgun, that will just fit as a forward-firing weapon. And the Seeker
class isn't known for its survivability.
1 hour later
The modifications are finished.
My drones were able to change the ship in record time. However, something feels wrong
I run and re-run diagnostics, go over every inch of the ship, to check it for damage, but the wrongness
never goes away.
Finally, I consult my databanks on what I know of ships. Ah. I've been calling it the ship
this whole time. It needs a name. Hmmm, perhaps something from history?
I settle on MCNV Aldrich
. And now, it is time for take off. But first, there are some rats to squash, especially the probes that are outside the front door.
Hmmm, that'll do.
"Sir, we've lost connection to probe 3A."
So it appears, that there is
someone down there. Good to know.
"Deploy an assault team to the last known probe location," I ordered.
Squad Member Kraktosh is nervous. This is his first deployment, and against humans! Sure, their navy is laughable, but he heard the tales of human soldiers taking out entire squads by themselves.
No time to dwell on it though, 10 [seconds] until the ramp drops.
He checks his rifle once again. Laser sights - on, ammo - full, flashlight - on, safety - off.
He can hear the hiss of landing gear deploying.
The ramp lowers, and he runs out first, checking everywhere for hidden gun emplacements or soldiers or anything.
But nothing happens.
There is no crack of a rocket launcher, no rolling grenades, no sniper shots, or long machine gun bursts. Just the sounds of his and his squad's boots on the snowy ground.
He can see the door to this facility. 'Research Site Gamma' is printed out in one of the human scripts. He would've been relieved, if he didn't remember his Leader's lesson. It's too quiet
A Demolotioneer moved forward, planting a breaching charge on the door.
The 10 [seconds] it took for the charge to activate were the longest seconds of his life, eyes darting from spot to spot, every shadow looking like a soldier, every small noise sounding deafening.
Finally, there was the quiet hiss of a laser torch, and just a couple [seconds] later there was a muted thunk
of something heavy hitting the snow.
Squad Directioner Kremchan gave the command for him and two other Squad Members to enter.
When they entered they found a pristine room, it looked like it was cleaned up just a couple of minutes ago. The surface was so shiny, that he could see his own reflection.
A large metal plate fell from the ceiling, causing everyone to jump up from the sudden noise.
Things went downhill from there.
It started off simple, hearing distant voices over the radio, lights flickering on and off, and roof tiles falling off seemingly by themselves.
Then the killing started.
Two Squad Members were holding up a broken door, while another one crawled under it, when the door closed, bisecting the unfortunate woman.
The lighting turned off, and a roof tile fell onto someone's leg. They were sent to the surface with two people as an escort. Somehow, he doubted they were going to come out alive.
Then it got worse.
First, our connection to the Show of Force
became unstable and eventually cut. Then the lights went out and there was a cacophony of noises like we were in a gunfight. We panicked and started shooting wildly, hitting walls with delicate electronics on them, adding sparks to the chaos. The sight might've been comical if it were in different circumstances. 13 professional soldiers, some of them veterans, shooting wildly while screaming in pitches too high to be coming from the well-trained murder machines they were.
And then, it ended.
The sounds ceased, and the lights were back on. Only 2 of us stood unharmed. Kraktosh and the Squad Directioner. The rest were either dead or injured. Even worse, the doors to go back up were closed. The only path left was forward. Both the Demolitineers were dead, so they couldn't just blow the doors open.
It got even worse.
The air vents opened, grenades rolling out of them, forcing the two survivors to run, abandoning the injured.
Kraktosh got through, Kremchan wasn't so lucky though. He got crushed under a blast door, sending guts, blood, and even some brain matter all over Kraktosh.
Scared and without anybody else to provide a sense of safety in numbers he just ran and ran, and ran until he couldn't.
Collapsing on the floor, he looked up and saw a face made of metal staring back.
"The slaughter has just begun"
And then, all was black.
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2023.03.21 16:31 WhyNotTry123456 29 [M4MF] #Brooklyn - Long and thick cock for her
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