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2012.06.21 18:09 BasementCat666 Don't worry, it grows back.
For those redditors who cut their own hair or are interested in learning how.
2009.04.14 05:48 TheGood Deep Thoughts
This subreddit is a place for you to share thoughts you get throughout the day or week that might be worth a discussion. Don't worry too much about whether your thought is very deep or highly philosophical, just tell us what you think and let us all have a great discussion about it. All contributions are welcome.
2017.04.27 22:16 Gamesbyned Don't worry about it
2023.05.28 19:07 uu-juuu My (21M)friend is in a relationship and I (21F) now have feelings for him which I cannot say.
My (21M)friend is in a relationship and I (21F) now have feelings for him which I cannot say.
So we have been friends since our teenage. He used to be so introvet around everyone but we are really close to each other as I am the only friend he has. There is a (21F) girl who used to like him from their first semester so now they are in relationship for more than a year.
After them being in relationship I lost my connection with him due to my feelings. He used to share everything that happened with his new girlfriend with me so it became harder for me. I didn't know I had strange feeling for him like I have been left out alone. Now a days we dont talk often and our relationship has changed drastically.
I used to think of him as a friend for life but don't know if it's gonna last for the next 2 or 3 years. I'm scared to say about my feeling to him perhaps it's gonna ruin more and be complicated. What can I do about it? How can I move on? Any advice to leave it and move on?
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2023.05.28 19:07 Feveros Want's to buy new graphics card.
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Like in the title, I was able to save some cash and I want to replace my old man after many good years of service for something better. I sadly have no knowledge on what is good or bad and I also saw latest post about newest cards being shit so I don't want to make a choice myself coz I know I will fuck it up. Price doesn't matter so any tips what is good rn are much appreciated. submitted by Feveros to pcmasterrace [link] [comments]
Also bonus question: should I replace CPU???
Motherboard: B450 Tomahawk Max II CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600X
2023.05.28 19:06 LilScratchNSnifff Desperately need some advice
I am the mother an almost 4 year old little girl. My daughter is the most amazing, beautiful, fun, and playful child who has the most contagious smile and laugh and I couldn't have built a more perfect baby for me. Just for a little context before I get into the issue is that she was diagnosed with Autism and isn't really talking, she can say a few words and she knows her ABCs but she just won't say them she will instead use her VTech computer to say her ABCs, she is an only child. The issue we have been dealing with though is that she is hitting, scratching, kicking, and if you hold her arms n legs because she is attacking you she will try to headbutt, bite, and anything else to hurt us. She does this at the drop of a hat, it'll be over almost nothing, like an example is if she wants a drink and you say "hold on" she will go into attack mode. She will attack unprovoked at times as well and example is laying on the bed and she will start kicking me and I will tell her to stop and that will set her off into ful on attack mode. I do time out but it's not making a difference. I'm not sure how I can cut out the source of her anger bc there's usually no obvious source. I was thinking it's possible that she is so frustrated bc she's unable to talk and tell me what's going on in her head and it's only way she knows how to relieve the built up stress..but thats contradicted bc she sometimes will wake up and first thing she does is scratch me but that doesn't happen that often...so idk. Also, the words "no", "stop", and "calm down" are like throwing gasoline on a fire. She also bites herself really hard when she gets upset. I'm in desperate need of help and advice on how to help her. I don't like seeing her so angry, frenzied and stressed out...also, it is extremely difficult for her father and I that our daughter who we love more than anything attacking us bc we aren't understanding her emotions. Another thing is she will scream angrily constantly. She yells at me when the moment she doesn't get what she wants, or even instead of asking for something she wants she wi just scream. She's not screaming words usually, it's just a scream, usually followed by a hit or scratch. Her doctors and therapists know about this and tbh aren't really doing anything. I've actually had one tell me to scratch her back, which I'm not comfortable with whatsoever. I'm sorry if this was a rambling mess, I'm just at the end of my rope and am desperate for my daughter to be happier and less stressed. Any help is appreciated, thank you in advance.
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2023.05.28 19:06 Coolness04 Friendship "Grey-Zone," Need Advice
For context, both the girl (we'll call her Olivia) and I are college students. When we met I had a Girlfriend, and as such, we were just friends. About 3 months things ended between me and my now-ex. In the past couple months my relationship with Olivia has been flirtier then ever (initiated on both sides). Some would classify a few of the things we have done together as "relationship activities," like solo hiking, hammocking in one hammock, going to the beach together, one-on-one food/coffees, etc. I want to clarify, the relationship we have right now as friends is amazing. I love hanging out with her and we genuinely click, it's just tough being in the relationship grey-zone. I keep going back and forth from “we’re perfect as friends” and “we could even better as more,” and the worst part is I have no clue what she thinks. Things get complicated because she is in the 'talking stage' with someone from another college. From the little I have heard they have been friends for a while and they are planning to go on an official "date" soon. She never brings it up around me and gives a reluctant demeanor when I mention it. Here's where I'm currently at. I’m flirty by nature with all of my friends (how guys are flirty with each other), but its starting to toy with my feelings a bit because there might maybe possibly have some meaning behind it. I know it’s different because she's a girl so I don't want to be A) leading her on or B) leading myself on. I want to ask her if we will ever be anything more than friends. If she says no, great. Our friendship is amazing and we can continue to be playfully flirty like I am with the boys and I have the weight of "possibly being more" lifted off my shoulders. If she says yes, I'm kinda fucked. I don't ever want to be a backup to someone else and interactions with her would probably be awkward going further, buuuut it also means she just said yes to liking me in a 'more' way which could spell something down the road. Should I even bring it up? What should I do going forward. I know there are more options that I haven't thought of. Remember, we are both relatively undramatic adults who are capable of having mature conversations. Also, we are on summer break so we won't be seeing each other for a solid 2 months, but we still text and call frequently.
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2023.05.28 19:06 AlllPHA_007 Lifelong lesbian coming out as bisexual scared of penetration
I have been a lesbian as far as I can remember but recently i met a co-worker for whom i developed a cursh and recently i took all the courage in me to ask him out to which he replied yes.
We have been out on a couple of dates and I have never felt the feeling i have from him which i think are mutual we talk alot have alot of in common etc. We also talked about talked about but haven't had any yet apart from making out and he knows that i have never been with a guy.
Now what is freaking me out is penetration because i try to use a toy ages ago more like decade ago and it was brutal and very painful infact after that incident even the thought of using a tampon scared me.
I looked it up and there's a medical term for this Dyspareunia.
My question being should i visit the doctor or perhaps the last time i used the toy i kinda remember i used little to no lube just a tad bit of coconut oil on the toy so may be i need to try it again with lots of actual lube and give it another go on my own?
I don't want something to happen during our incounter in fear he might think that it was his fault.
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2023.05.28 19:06 SeriousAd7867 AWA
I know that this question must've been answered several times on this sub, but can someone please share a resource for AWA where I can practice the structure and maybe get a good review of the writing too.. I'm aware about the ETS Score it now tool, but I have my GRE in a few days and I don't wanna spend on purchasing that tool
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2023.05.28 19:06 btam0408 A Review of Every Course I Took at UofT During Undergrad (ACT/STA/MAT student)
This post was inspired by u/garbageslutt
's post a few days ago. Since I have a little time on my hands, I've decided to reflect on my undergrad experience here and share a couple of opinions on the courses I took. Hopefully, future students will find this post helpful. For each course, I will share the course average, my opinion on the difficulty (on a scale of 1-5 with 5 being the most difficult) and my opinion on the overall quality of the course (also on a scale of 1-5 with 5 indicating a course I enjoyed a lot). My difficulty ranking is relative to other courses on this list, and your experience may vary depending on the instructor. YEAR 1 (Fall 2019-Winter 2020, fall term fully in person, winter term online after March) ECO101H1-F (Average: C+, Difficulty: 3, Quality: 3.5)
This is probably an unpopular opinion, but I enjoyed this course. The course material was pretty interesting and the lecturer (Michael Ho) was pretty good. Concepts were straightforward and the math required was pretty trivial. The only downside is that the tests were quite long and a little unreasonable for a first year course. HPS120H1-F (Average: B, Difficulty: 1.5, Quality: 3)
I took this course to satisfy my BR2 requirement and wasn't expecting much out of it. The course was less boring than I expected though. The course instructor (Fermin Fulda) was very knowledgeable on the subject and the evaluations were fair. I didn't really enjoy the last part of the course material, but that's just because I don't really enjoy biology at all. HPS210H1-F (Average: B-, Difficulty: 1, Quality: 2)
I also took this course to finish my breadth requirements. This course was very boring, but very easy. The lecturer (Brian Baigrie) mostly reads off his slides (which are just paragraphs copied from his book). He wrote the course textbook himself, but forces us to buy it using Tophat. This course was basically a "pay to get good marks" course. MAT137Y1-Y (Average: C+, Difficulty: 5, Quality: 5)
This was the hardest first year course I took by far. The material was very interesting though and the instructor (Asif Zaman) was amazing. The problem sets are hard, but we got a lot of time to do them, so its manageable if you start early. MAT223H1-F (Average: C+, Difficulty: 2.5, Quality: 3)
This is one of the easiest math courses I took in all four years. The material is pretty boring but very important for upper year courses. My instructor was a pretty monotone grad student. Tests were fair and straightforward as long as you did the practice tests posted. This was one of the few courses where the posted practice tests were harder than the actual tests (instead of the other way around). CSC108H1-S (Average: B+, Difficulty: 1.5, Quality: 4)
A very beginner friendly (and practical) introductory coding course. I went into the course with no programming experience and got a really good mark. The instructor (Paul Gries) was very nice and very active on Piazza. Assignments are long if you've never coded before, but we got a lot of time to work on them. Workload is manageable if you start assignments early. ECO102H1-S (Average: B-, Difficulty: 3, Quality: 2.5)
This course was very boring and made me change my mind about taking more ECO courses in the future. The instructor's (Nathaniel Vellekoop) lectures were okay, but pretty boring. Like ECO101, the tests were unreasonably long. MUS111H1-S (Average: B, Difficulty: 1.5, Quality: 3)
I took this course because I had background knowledge in classical music. The course was okay, but I found MUS207 to be more interesting (I'll talk more about that course later). Exams were fair and the essay was marked quite leniently. I'm not a good writer and I got a decent mark in this course. STA130H1-S (Average: B, Difficulty: 1.5, Quality: 3.5)
This course is an introduction to R, which is used quite frequently in upper year STA courses. It isn't that important because R is covered/reviewed in upper year courses, but its a good introduction for students with little/no coding experience. The instructor (Liza Bolton) was good at explaining concepts and I enjoyed her lectures. The only thing that sucked about this course was the mandatory two hour tutorials that were pretty useless. YEAR 2 (Fall 2020-Winter 2021, online) ACT240H1-F (Average: C+, Difficulty: 3.5, Quality: 3.5)
The whole course is on the time value of money. If you understand the first third of the course well, you should be able to get a decent mark. The test format is what makes this course tricky. The tests are long and mostly multiple choice. One wrong intermediate step and you may get 0 on a 10 point question. Regular practice to ensure computational speed and accuracy is key to success in this course. MAT224H1-F (Average: C+, Difficulty: 5, Quality: 3.5)
This course was surprisingly difficult for me (I guess I'm not much of an algebra person). It's easy to underestimate the difficulty of the course because a lot of the concepts are similar to those in 223. The course moves at a much faster pace than 223 and is pretty proof heavy. MAT237Y1-Y (Average: B, Difficulty: 5, Quality: 5)
My thoughts on this course are pretty similar to my thoughts on 137 (probably because the coordinator was the same). The jump from 137 to 237 is much less overwhelming than the jump from high school to 137. The level of rigour for the two courses is roughly the same, but the notation in 237 is a little more messy. A good course to take if you enjoyed 137. MGT201H1-F (Average: A-, Difficulty: 1, Quality: 3)
Highest course average I've seen in my four years here. The course is basically just high school accounting. Easy course with very trivial math. STA257H1-F (Average: B-, Difficulty: 4, Quality: 3)
This course is not as rigorous as the course description suggests. If you took 137, you should be fine with the proofs. The instructor (Katherine Daignault) was okay, but I did not like here quizzes. There were a lot of "which statements are true" type questions with tricky wording. You need to be study definitions and concepts very carefully to do well on the quizzes. The tests were challenging but not unfair. ACT245H1-S (Average: B-, Difficulty: 1.5, Quality: 2.5)
This is the easiest of the three second year ACT courses (and honestly quite useless). The first part of the course material (duration and convexity) never appears in upper year courses. The bulk of the course is on options, but all of the important option concepts (binomial model, black scholes) are not covered until ACT370. The only thing I remember from this course is "buy low, sell high, make profit". ACT247H1-S (Average: B-, Difficulty: 4.5, Quality: 3.5)
This is the hardest of the three second year ACT courses. A good understanding of ACT240 and STA257 is required. The tricky part of this course is that there are a lot of new notations and formulas. Most of the formulas are not super complicated to use or prove, but its easy to forget certain formulas because you learn so many each week. MUS207H1-S (Average: B+, Difficulty: 1, Quality: 3.5)
Another surprisingly interesting course. I expected the course to be about classical music, but it covered a lot more than that. The professor covered orchestral music in video games, film and television. Most of the required listening was enjoyable to listen to. STA261H1-S (Average: B-, Difficulty: 3.5, Quality: 3.5)
This course was easier than 257 in my opinion. Level of rigour was roughly the same as STA257, but the quizzes were more straightforward. The instructor (Shariar Shams) was a good lecturer and very patient with answering questions in class. YEAR 3 (Fall 2021-Winter 2022, fall mostly online with one in person final, winter mostly in person) ACT348H1-F (Average: C+, Difficulty: 4.5, Quality: 3.5)
This course is a continuation of ACT247. The challenges are pretty similar to 247 (lots of formulas and notation). Knowledge of 247 is assumed, so you have to memorize all the new formulas in addition to the basic concepts covered in 247. I recommend doing a lot of practice problems to help with memorizing formulas. ACT349H1-F (Average: B+, Difficulty: 2, Quality: 2)
I probably can't give an unbiased review about because it was my lowest undergrad grade. The course was not hard, but I wasn't interested in corporate finance at all. The prof (Jason Tome) wasn't very good either. Lectures are supposed to be three hours long, but he lets us out in under two and tells us to read the rest of the slides on our own. ACT350H1-F (Average: B-, Difficulty: 4, Quality: 4)
I don't think I can give an unbiased opinion about this course either because the instructor (Silvana Pesenti) will be my PhD supervisor starting in September. The course material is a continuation of STA257. The lectures were pretty good, but I didn't like the textbook at all (and it wasn't followed that closely either). My only major complaint about the course is that there were not enough practice problems given. The final exam questions were reasonable but the test was a little too long in my opinion. ACT390H1-F (Average: *, Difficulty: 1, Quality: 2.5)
This is a pass/fail course and you will pass as long as you do all the course work. The course was taught jointly by professor Samuel Broverman (who writes all the ACT study manuals) and Megan Whitehead (stats department career support person). There's no math in this course at all since this is a career development course. The course is very helpful for those looking for jobs since it covers things like interviews, resumes and cover letters. I personally wasn't very interested in the course since I'm leaning towards staying in academia. The course invites a lot of industry professionals to share their experiences. I didn't really pay much attention to those talks since they were online, but I recommend that you do if you're interested in staying in industry. NOTE: This course does not count towards the 20 FCE needed for graduation (I only discovered this after I finished the course). STA302H1-F (Average: B-, Difficulty: 3, Quality: 3.5)
I think this course had a pretty good mix of theory and coding. Concepts were not too difficult, but the workload was high (lots of assignments). I also took this course with Katherine Daignault, and I think her teaching has improved. Quizzes were still awful, but slightly less wordy. ACT370H1-S (Average: B-, Difficulty: 3.5, Quality: 4)
This course is a continuation of ACT245 (and much more difficult). The course mainly covers options at a medium level of mathematical difficulty. It is much more quantitative than 245, but a lot of the probability theory associated with option pricing (stochastic processes and SDEs) is not covered until ACT460. The course was very interesting in my opinion. MAT246H1-S (Average: C+, Difficulty: 3, Quality: 4)
A really interesting course in my opinion. Its not very practical if you are not interested in mathematics, but I personally enjoyed the material. This is a proof heavy course, but the proofs are not super complicated. The midterm for this course was pretty easy. The final exam was much harder, but reasonable in length. Problem sets were not as hard as 137, but not easy either. MAT334H1-S (Average: B, Difficulty: 2.5, Quality: 3)
The theory behind complex variables is very interesting, but the computations are a little tedious. The instructor was a grad student who lectured a little too quickly in my opinion. I was enrolled in a three hour 6-9pm lecture and it was hard to keep up after two hours. The textbook was okay though and it wasn't too difficult to fill in the gaps in my knowledge after class using the book. STA437H1-S (Average: C+, Difficulty: 3.5, Quality: 3.5)
A very linear algebra heavy stats course. The course had a significant theory component and there were proofs on the midterm and final. Proofs are easier than MAT224, but you may find the course challenging if you only took MAT223. The instructor (Zhou Zhou) did review linear algebra in great detail in the first couple weeks in the course, so don't worry if your linear algebra is a little rusty. The final was worth 55%, so maybe stay away from this course if you don't like exams. STA457H1-S (Average: B+, Difficulty: 3, Quality: 2)
The course material wasn't that bad, but the instructor (Tharshannah Nadarajah) wasn't that good. The course was entirely online and the pre-recorded lecture videos were just him reading off slides that he didn't make (you could tell he didn't make the slides because he struggled to pronounce some of the words on the slide). His tests were not super difficult, but they had typos sometimes (one question had a final answer with negative variance). YEAR 4 (Fall 2022-Winter 2023, in person except PHY207, which was online with an in person final) ACT451H1-F (Average: B-, Difficulty: 3, Quality: 3)
The instructor (Sheldon Lin) is pretty good, but I didn't find the material that interesting. Tests are open book, but they are pretty long. I suggest making a summary sheet of formulas that you are not planning to memorize. If you need to flip through all the lecture notes and the textbook to find formulas, you will not finish the test. ACT460H1-F (Average: B+, Difficulty: 5, Quality: 4)
I also took this course with Sheldon Lin. I found this course much more interesting though (and much harder). A good understanding of stochastic processes is required. The course covers option pricing at a pretty high mathematical level (this course is also a cross-listed grad course). There are quite a few eng-sci students in this class and they're all pretty smart, so don't expect any curving up. Only take this course if you are interested in the material and confident in your mathematical abilities. There weren't any proofs on the tests, but I found stochastic differential equations to be quite confusing. MAT244H1-F (Average: B-, Difficulty: 2.5, Quality: 2.5)
I also found this course to be pretty boring. It's an easy one though (just as easy, if not easier than MAT223). I mainly studied from the textbook and did really well in the course. The textbook is pretty detailed and an easy read. MAT337H1-F (Average: C-, Difficulty: 5, Quality: 3)
A very heavy workload course. There were four problem sets, each with about 10 graded problems and a longer list of ungraded problems (only 3 of the graded problems actually got graded though). 80% of the midterm and final questions were from the list of ungraded questions (we were told this ahead of time) so you actually need to do the ungraded questions unless you're really good at writing proofs on the spot. The instructor (Ignacio Uriarte Tuero) was not bad and the lectures were recorded. First half of the content overlaps significantly with 137/237, but the problems are much harder. The last part of the course (series of functions) was very difficult in my opinion and I didn't really fully understand it. STA314H1-F (Average: B-, Difficulty: 3.5, Quality: 3.5)
This course had a mix of theory and coding. There were four assignments, a midterm and a final exam. The assignments had some proofs (most were not too complicated) and coding. The last two assignments were much more coding heavy than the first two, but the instructor (Xin Bing) did provide starter code to help us out a bit. Lectures were pretty good in my opinion. Midterm was mostly straightforward except for the multiple choice. The multiple choice had multiple right answers and we got the mark iff we selected all the right answers and no wrong answers. Final exam was pretty challenging, but not unfair. ACT452H1-S (Average: B-, Difficulty: 3, Quality: 3)
The course is a continuation of 451 and taught by the same instructor. I don't have much more to say about this course. ACT455H1-S (Average: *, Difficulty: 4.5, Quality: 3.5)
This is the last course in the life contingencies sequence (247, 348, 455). Instructor was the same as 348 (Andrei Badescu). Lecture notes are a little messy, but he will explain what he wrote during the lecture. Tests are pretty fair and reasonable if you do the problems in the study manual. Usually, one of the problems will be taken directly from the study manual. ACT466H1-S (Average: C+, Difficulty: 3, Quality: 3)
This course is somewhat related to the loss models courses (451/452), which is why I didn't enjoy it that much. Instructor was Andrei Badescu. I already shared my opinion on his teaching so I don't have much more to say about this course. APM346H1-S (Average: C+, Difficulty: 3, Quality: 1)
My highest undergrad grade and also my worst course experience. Material is fairly straightforward and you can learn in from the textbook. There were a few simple proofs, but the course is mostly very tedious computation. The instructor (I.M. Sigal) was a horrible lecturer. I understood very little of his lectures. There were weekly in person quizzes, so we were kind of forced to go to his awful lectures. I kind of regret taking this course. PHY207H1-S (Average: B+, Difficulty: 1, Quality: 4)
A very good bird course with very trivial (high school level) math. The course is online asynchronous with an in person final. Lecture videos were very good and there were lots of demonstrations (instead of just pure talking). Most of the course grade (~60%) were from various assignments (problem sets, final project, tutorials etc.) that had very high averages. Final exam was fair. STA347H1-S (Average: C+, Difficulty: 3, Quality: 4)
The course was easier than I expected. The professor (David Brenner) was a great lecturer and made the course mostly computational. The prof did go on tangents sometimes, but he explained the main concepts very clearly. Midterm and final were mostly questions from his textbook (either copied directly or with minor modifications). The course has no assignments (40% midterm, 60% final). COURSES I TA'D MAT223H1-F (Fall 2021)
The course was basically the same as when I took it as a student in first year. MAT135/136H1 (Fall 2022, Winter 2021, Winter 2022)
The two courses are very similar so I'll talk about them together. The two courses are application heavy calculus courses. They are not high school type math courses. You need to be able to do more than just simple calculations. You need to understand the concepts well enough to be able to apply them to unfamiliar problems. There are also writing assignments. If you're looking for a "more mathy" math course, look into 137 or 157 instead.
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2023.05.28 19:06 EturnallyLost My husband makes me feel bad for my depression as if I am doing it on purpose and enjoy it.
He takes it completely personal and says that telling him how sad I feel over and over again is annoying and he's "not a mental health professional. He can't help me." It just reaffirms all of my sadness and that inner voice telling me Noone cares and Noone will miss me. I don't want to feel this way I love laughing and being happy. Whenever i feel that way i always express how i wish i could feel like that forever. But then as soon as my fucked up mind comes back to normal I'm back to feeling worthless and sad and hopeless about literally everything.
Intrusive thoughts harm me more than anything. I understand that my experiences in childhood have shaped this maladapted behavior yet I cannot seem to ever heal the trauma. I've gone to therapy time and time again I'm currently on max doses of two different antidepressants etc. I still feel lonely and lost day in and day out. I sleep all of the time and when I can't sleep I lay in bed hoping I'll be able to fall asleep again. Why am I wrong? Is there something I should be doing different? Should I keep it all to myself and just hope for the best? I'm terrified of dying yet terrified of living. I can't figure out a way to get those i love to understand that to me dying seems like the better option solely because it means the pain will be gone. They take my feelings as completely selfish. I feel the same towards their take. I should live a miserable life with no successful treatment just to spare them the grief and hardship. It really breaks my soul.
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2023.05.28 19:05 KWDL Is Auto Kingdom Mangment viable
Hey so I play Kingmaker on console and stopped playing this game a year ago when the managment stuff came out. It was overwhelming and not fun so I dropped it even though I loved the rest of the game. Would setting it to auto matter? I don't care about missing out on items I already play on low difficulty settings so it balances out. I just want to know if I'll miss any story/quest related stuff.
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2023.05.28 19:05 Jcb112 Wearing Power Armor to a Magic School (32/?)
Next Patreon Official Subreddit Series Wiki Dragon’s Heart Tower, Level 23, Residence 30. Thacea and Emma’s Bedroom. The Tent. Local Time: 0500 Hours. Emma Booker
I fucked up.
And I had no one else but myself to blame.
You know that feeling when you dive head-first into a project that you had zero doubts would somehow work itself out in the end?
The sudden surge of confidence that comes when you let the indomitable human spirit take the wheel?
Well that was me at 0300 hours when my eyes landed upon the hygiene module, and pictured the inevitable outcome of a steaming hot shower after an entire day of nonstop grinding.
I couldn’t help myself but to fall into the same trap as every other would-be DIY-er. I couldn’t stop the excitement, the sudden surge of energy, and the absolute hyperfixation that came with completing a project that promised nothing but endless positives, at the expense of some time and effort that would prove minimal in the grand scheme of things.
And just like every would-be DIY-er, I was this
close to completing the task at hand, before finally reaching a roadblock that inevitably brought everything
to a screeching halt. FINAL STEP: REFER TO [UNDESIGNATED WATER SOURCE] FOR ATTACHMENT OF INTAKE PIPE [EIP23] TO EXTERNAL PUMPING MODULE [EPM-1].
That one, final instruction, decimated
Especially as I got to that final step at just shy of 0500 hours, when I finally had the entire damn module set up, only to realize that I had missed out on a vital pre-procedure checklist that I’d purposefully skipped because I’d assumed it would be a non-issue. ENVIRONMENTAL PREREQUISITE: LOCATE, EVALUATE, AND SECURE A RELIABLE WATER SOURCE.
And that’s why I only had myself to blame for this fiasco.
Because I’d assumed that the availability of a water-source in the dorms would’ve been an open and shut case. It only made sense for me to make that assumption though, as I saw that Thacea had clearly
used the dorm’s en-suite to shower just the night before.
It was because of this that I didn’t even bother checking the bathroom to begin with. I thought that whatever was in there could’ve easily fit the hyper-modular fittings of the source-intake pipe.
Things couldn’t have been further from the truth however, as what I saw within that bathroom made me question the very fabric of my own reality.
As within those four marble walls, was nothing.
Nothing, but a series of dull flat marble surfaces, and some strange wall-fittings that looked like something out of a 21st century ‘modern’ art exhibit.
There was nothing here that resembled a tap, or even hinted at the fact that there were even any pipes
carrying running water
behind those four bare walls.
The only other thing of note here was an unseen light source keeping the bathroom lit.
Aside from that, there was literally nothing
This meant I had only one option available to me.
The most logical and straightforward option, of simply nudging the avinor princess awake just so I could ask where I could find a fucking tap
Whilst it was the most straightforward thing to do, I just couldn’t get myself to do it.
I’d thought about going up those stairs to nudge the avian awake, to then apologize profusely for disturbing her sleep… but given everything Thacea had done for me thus far, and considering the fact that I
was responsible for almost all of the headaches we were currently experiencing, it just felt wrong for me to disturb here at that hour.
So I was left with the inconvenient truth of my circumstances, and decided to just embrace the suck, toughing out the folly of my hubris…
At least, until morning came around.
At that point, I could rest easy in actually asking the princess for pointers on the enigmatic machinations of the bathroom.
Until then, I would sleep.
And hopefully, my shortsighted adventure would bear some fruit when morning rears its ugly head around. Dragon’s Heart Tower, Level 23, Residence 30. Thacea and Emma’s Bedroom. Local Time: 1000 Hours. Emma Booker
Good news: Half of my hard work actually paid off.
Bad news: Only half
of my hard work actually paid off.
Upon waking up three hours later, forcing my carcass up and back into the suit, I’d managed to flag down Thacea just as she was getting out of bed.
The princess’ reactions to my questions were nothing short of the politeness I’d expected from her.
Which managed to put me at ease as I was getting worried I was starting to get on her nerves with my constant flurry of questions.
The bathroom turned out to be yet another demonstration of the Nexus’ completely unhinged philosophies. As it relied entirely
on a mana user’s manipulation of the room to operate. Apparently, whoever designed this place took the whole concept of a modular, personalized room, and just ran
with it. Making it so that every aspect of the room relied solely on the mana user to work, as they had to shape, form, and structure the otherwise blank slate before use. This was supposedly done so that the room could be made to fit the precise
criterion of a person’s liking. To me however, it just felt like another bizarre concept pulled straight out of the Nexus’ seemingly endless idea-pool of zany, overkill, and mana-addled solutions to problems that sort of
Thankfully, the bathroom didn’t require constant
intervention from a mana-user to operate, as certain elements could be permanently turned on.
This included the water mains, which I immediately hooked up the pipes to, as the mana-contaminated water was quickly siphoned into a series of filtration units, all with the express purpose of extracting and removing every ounce of mana present within the water.
This process took about two hours to do.
But by the end of it, I was rewarded for all my troubles by one of the best showers I’ve ever had.
All of the stress, even the constant ticking of the bomb which constantly gnawed at the back of my mind, seemed to fade away for a few short minutes as the warm water washed everything away.
But that about wrapped up the good news.
The bad news however, came in the form of the little MREDD experiment from the previous night.
As I opened the triple-airlocked compartment on my side of the tent, I was met with what could only be described as ‘food’ in name and aesthetics alone.
The soft, white, fluffy loaf of bread had literally become a baton. Whilst the pancakes were now more reminiscent of a mini-frisbee that cracked and crumbled the moment I laid my fingers on them.
My immeasurable disappointment grew the longer I stood there next to the MREDD, and the longer I stared at the small stack of dust that was once a perfectly cooked stack of pancakes.
Beyond this however, I could feel a bit of anxiety seeping in, as the results of the experiment did
make me a bit anxious as to the long-term food security of this mission.
Then again, I should’ve expected this result.
the first calibration test after all.
“I should’ve expected this, shouldn’t I?” I spoke to no one in particular, but quickly garnered the attention of the EVI who remained within the power armor that currently stood imposingly just a few feet away from me. “That is correct, Cadet Booker. As you are already aware, the MREDD is designed with multiple calibration protocols in-effect, each which correspond to the type and densities of the foodstuffs to be desaturated. In addition to this, the systems are designed to test the maximal extraction threshold against the subjective palatability gradient with the food safety variable as an integral aspect of these tests. Thus, the first-round extraction procedures dictate that the MREDD will attempt maximal extraction settings, in order to both stress-test the components and systems, as well as to garner data on the mana-extraction process at the maximal setting.”
I blinked rapidly upon hearing the EVI’s explanation being blasted from my suit’s speakers. It felt somewhat jarring turning around to face my armor talking
to me. But then again, I should’ve expected it, as I’d yet to set up any other speaker systems within the tent for it to speak through.
, EVI. They already ran everything by me during the briefings. Though I would be lying if I didn’t say I sort of hoped
that putting the food under full blast for 7 hours would’ve somehow miraculously resulted in something edible
.” I managed out with a sigh. “Cadet Booker, it is logical to assume that since the extraction of mana from both food and water is indeed viable, that the only point of contention is now the palatability of the foodstuffs rendered through the MREDD.”
“Yeah, well…” I trailed off as I began tapping on the loaf of bread that sounded
like styrofoam when I hit it against the armor. “I think you and I have different definitions of palatable.” “I am confident that the mana-extraction process can be optimized, Cadet Booker. It is at this point that I must ask that you assess the palatability of the designated foodstuff marked CONSUMABLE GROUP A, ITEM 1, for the purposes of data-gathering and analysis.”
The AI spoke in a no-nonsense fashion, as I turned around, giving it a look of utter incredulity.
“You want me to try to eat this
?” I shot back, tapping on the styrofoam bread for added effect. “I require data on the palatability of foodstuff A-1 [BREAD] as it is a subjective dataset relying entirely on the input of the human subject.”
The AI continued.
I couldn’t help but to shudder at that last line, especially with how it was delivered.
Popular media back home was currently going through another AI-apocalypse phase, with a lot of movies, both immersive and traditional, diving deep into the uncomfortable topics of human-AI relations post
Being stuck in a bare, white tent, with a monotone, somewhat disgruntled-sounding VI talking to me through a suit of armor several heads taller than me all the while suddenly referring to me as subject
really wasn’t doing my movie-binging gremlin brain any favors.
I hesitated for a few seconds, tentatively staring at the bread, then the armor, then back to the bread again, before finally just going for it... CRUNCH
It did not end well. “Cadet Booker, I did not require that you actively consume a foodstuff you consider inedible or are uncomfortable eating. I merely needed a dataset for the purposes of this experiment, even if that data-set is a refusal to consume the foodstuff in question.
I stared back at the VI with unamused eyes and a mouthful of hard-tack currently turning my mouth into the Greater Sahara.
“Damnghit Aeevi.” I managed out with a mouth full of bland, stale bread, before reaching for the water dispenser which thankfully still had some mana-free water inside of it. “Shall I log A-1 down as unpalatable then, Cadet?”
The AI spoke with a hint of disappointment in its voice.
Though I was probably just imagining the actual tone
of its voice.
Projection was a heck of a thing after all.
“Yes. And make sure you clarify
your intent next time.” I snapped back, as I finished up what limited bits of housekeeping I needed to for now. Which included punting the balled-up undersuit into the washer, getting the wash and dry cycle started, before grabbing a fresh undersuit from the cargo airlock and quickly putting it on.
“I guess the next test with the MREDD includes extracting mana at a slow, sustained rate?” I spoke as I began recalibrating the different electronic components within the undersuit. “Correct, Cadet Booker. Provided of course, that the foodstuffs are of a similar type, and contain similar properties to GROUP A.”
“Acknowledged.” I responded promptly, shuddering a bit as the haptic feedback finished its calibration cycles. “Alright then, we got a lot of work ahead of us, so let’s get going. System status, SRR?” I asked as per protocol, steadying my hand on the suit’s ‘backpack’. “Diagnostics running… pending… All systems nominal, Cadet Booker. Status: Ready for standard operations.”
“Operator acknowledges system status after pre-mission diagnostics.” I replied dryly, and with a few final breaths I pulled myself back into the armor. “Current objectives? Preferably the ones I listed before dozing off last night?” I continued, as my eyes quickly readjusted to the constant assault on the senses that was the HUD. “Priority Objective: Locate and Secure Container 10. Current time remaining until activation of the Denial of Sensitive Assets to Unauthorized Parties Protocols… 36 hours, 34 minutes, and 47 seconds.”
“Alright then, let’s pay a visit to our dear old friend… hopefully she’s alive and lucid enough to get us to the bottom of this little predicament.” Dragon’s Heart Tower, Level 23, Residence 30. Thacea and Emma’s Bedroom. Local Time: 1020 Hours. Emma Booker
Transitioning from the tent to the marble and cobblestone world of the Academy was always jarring. Opening those external protective flaps to reveal something that wasn’t
more bare white paneling and drab gray composalite would probably be something I’d need to get used to.
I got into the swing of things quick enough, as I was met with the likes of Thacea who was busy reading on one of the many ornate seats that formed the mini-living
room within our loft.
“Was the water to your liking, Emma?” Thacea asked with a clack of her beak.
“I managed to squeeze in a couple minutes worth of a shower, so that’s a win in my book!” I beamed out. “But with a constant stream of filtered water filling up my reservoirs now, I should be able to get something more substantial later tonight.”
The princess nodded slowly at that. “The lengths to which you need to go, just to attain what we take for granted on a daily basis, is quite remarkable Emma.”
“It is what it is, Thacea.” I shrugged in response. “The very air I breathe needs to be filtered. This whole world, or heck, even your
worlds are actively hostile to human life. These measures are something that are cumbersome, and seriously draining to deal with, but it’s necessary. Besides, it’s not as if these measures are something new
where I come from. My people have had a history of intrepid explorers, brave pioneers, and foolish thrillseekers who all surge forward into inhospitable domains just so they can crest the next wave, or see what’s over the next hill.” I paused for a moment, as I was tempted to strike a pose, but quickly decided against it. “I’m just furthering a legacy that’s already been established. Or at least, I hope I’m doing that. Heck if I know if I’m actually doing things right. Nine times out of ten, I feel like I’m just making the best of my situation.”
“I can’t say I can understand the appeal of this legacy of actively seeking hostile-domains.” Thacea responded with an equal mix of curiosity and genuine concern. “And I do not know what manner of civilization would result from such a culture, though I do harbor a morbid curiosity to inquire further… However, I can most certainly resonate with your latter statements, Emma. Half of the court politics I contend with simply amounts to making do with the hand you’ve been dealt, of making best of one’s situation, and doing whatever it is in your limited scope and power to maintain life, security, and perhaps some waning semblance of your own personal liberty. It’s a great game
, where doubt comes naturally as a result of being a player and not the host
There was a small pause that followed Thacea’s response as one point in particular caught my attention more than any other.
It was unfortunate that it was so topical as well, given how if things had turned out any differently, this conversation would’ve moved right on into an hours-long exchange of life and culture.
Thacea mentioning the concept of a great game
, immediately brought me back to the conversation with Ilunor the previous night.
“Thacea… would you mind if I consulted you on something?” I began, as the gears in my head began turning now at the first major issue of the day.
The princess seemed to catch on as she leaned forward in her seat intently, and nodded. “By all means.”
“Something happened last night at the workshop, and it wasn’t anything to do with the armorer… though, we can talk about that
later.” I took a deep breath as I shelved that
topic for another time. “Did you happen to pay any attention to Ilunor’s whereabouts after I left for the workshop?”
“Not particularly, no. Lord Rul-, erm, Ilunor
had seemingly remained in his room until Thalmin and I retired to our respective rooms. After that, I simply have no recollection of anything beyond my own domicile.”
“Well, Ilunor followed me to the workshop.” I stated plainly, pausing for a moment to gauge Thacea’s reaction. Of which there really was none as she managed to keep that signature poker-face that was probably second nature to her by now.
“And I’m assuming since you managed to uncover this, that his meddling had failed in some way shape or form?” Thacea shot back coolly.
“Correct. However, here’s where things get complicated. I’ll save the bulk of the events for later, but long story short, that discount kobold decided to use some sort of a projection
spell to spook me just as I was in the middle of the weapons inspection with the armorer, and the projection used wasn’t just something a random monster or anything… he purposefully chose to bring out a carbon-copy version of the null.”
Thacea’s face shifted at this, which given how difficult it was to phase her, probably meant her mind was going through the full implications of this revelation.
I pressed on as Thacea urged me to continue with a single nod. “Well, I shot it. And, no, nobody was hurt. Fast forward a chase sequence later, and the armorer eventually managed to corner and capture Ilunor. However, when we pressed him for answers about why
he was there to begin with? Well… I think it’ll be better for you to see for yourself.”
It was with this that I brought out my data-pad, and began replaying the relevant scenes for Thacea to see.
Starting from the brief spats between Ilunor and the armorer, all the way to my confrontation with the diminutive lizard, Thacea’s gaze remained completely transfixed. She did
flinch a bit when the footage finally went over my dealings with the lizard, and Ilunor’s sudden shift in persona as I pulled out the library card and began talking his language.
Yet despite being inundated with this sudden flood of information, with a completely unexpected tangent, she soon responded cooly and without much in the way of a delay. “This complicates matters.” She began slowly. “This entire situation calls for a complete reevaluation of the dynamics of this peer group, and how we need to approach Lord Rul-, Ilunor
.” Thacea promptly corrected herself before continuing. “There’s a great number of layers to this unexpected development
, each of which hints at a greater game being played here, and points at the fact that there are a great number of interested parties beyond just
Ilunor.” The princess took a moment to let out an exasperated coo, her eyes finally moving away from the tablet and back to me. “You must understand as well as I, that Ilunor’s actions do not constitute a scheme of his own making, correct?”
“That I do.” I nodded simply. “The fact that he’s even bothering
to do this in the first place is outside of his whole I’m above you
persona. I’m not sure if the same rings true here, but where I come from, becoming a spook
is not something that most people in high and mighty positions would ever stoop down to. Besides, I think we have a lead. I don’t think a student would actively defer a bit of punishment from a lower level administrator, in order to fast-track it to the highest authorities if they weren’t in cahoots with them.”
“This coincides with my observations of these developments as well, Emma.” Thacea responded with a resonant chirp. “To add to this, his knowledge of the null is most certainly not
circumstantial, and considering he was absent from our adventures the previous day, his knowledge of this creature would hint to either the feeding of information via a higher benefactor, or a direct observation of our activities from afar. Either way, this does not bode well.”
“This leads me to what I wanted to consult you on, Thacea. If Ilunor’s out there waiting for us right now, would it be best if we confronted him outright in front of Thalmin or-”
“No.” Thacea interjected sharply, and with a certainty that was almost uncharacteristic of her. “Confronting Ilunor out in the open, in front of others not privy to you and the Vunerian’s current game
, would be outright suicide to the dialogue you’ve managed to broker with him the previous night. You’ve managed to prove yourself as not just another pawn, but a player
in the game, at least in Ilunor’s eyes. It would be wise to maintain that momentum, Emma. By continuing this line of dialogue with him in private, there is a higher likelihood the Vunerian will divulge more information as he speaks to you frankly, beyond what his current facade will allow. This is now a matter between you and the Vunerian, as Thalmin and I are not privy to these political transactions.”
I couldn’t help but to mimic the princess by gripping my forehead as well, letting out a sigh as the dread of complex court politics had begun seeping in faster than I expected. “That shouldn’t be too hard to do. I’ll just let that situation slide for now, making sure not to mention my dealings with Ilunor when he’s around, and focus instead on our other
problems. It’s not like we have a shortage of other
things to worry about after all.” I sighed sharply.
“That is an acceptable plan. ” Thacea responded promptly as she stood up and began straightening out her uniform. “Right then, shall we proceed?” Dragon’s Heart Tower, Level 23, Residence 30. Living Room. Local Time: 1025 Hours. Emma Booker
As we exited the bedroom, we were once more met with a similar sight reminiscent of the previous day’s. As there, on the couch, were the bickering pair that had seemed to have carried over their arguments from the previous night.
Except this time, the context seemed to have thankfully shifted to something new.
“Every minute I waste in this room for the sake of that Earthrealmer is another minute that I grow increasingly more famished. It is unbecoming of a noble
to sit in waiting for a commoner
. In fact, it should be the other way around. Or perhaps this is yet another one of your Havenbrockian reforms that test the Nexus’ patience, Prince
Thalmin?” I could hear Ilunor snapping at Thalmin just as we made our way into the living room proper.
Thalmin, amazingly, resisted responding in kind as he got up as soon as we made our way towards the pair.
“We were waiting for the both of you, but it should be fine. Should we miss the breakfast, there is always an a la carte menu we can-”
“I have met the criterion for your unlawful detainment, mercenary
. Thus, I shall take my leave.” Ilunor promptly jumped off from the couch and began trotting
his way over to the door, his little legs were clearly attempting to generate some sort of a forceful series of thumps
as he did so, but only resulted in a light series of taps
given his diminutive size.
“Hold on a minute there! That wasn’t our agreement! You agreed to-”
“I agreed to wait for the Earthrealmer and the tainted one. I have no other reason to be here. Now, I must resume my extracurriculars. You lot can do whatever it is you get up to. I will be having none of it.” Ilunor turned to face the Lupinor one final time, before slamming the front door shut, and skittering off.
This made things so
much simpler as it meant we were in the clear for now.
“I’m sorry princess.” Thalmin turned to face Thacea. “I thought we might be able to squeeze something out of him yet, but the Vunerian continues to be as squirmy as a prairie rodent.”
“It’s quite alright, Thalmin.” Thacea began, as she turned towards me as if to confirm whether or not I wanted her to proceed on my behalf. To which I did. “There are a few matters we must address regarding Ilunor, which I suggest we do over a short breakfast, as we have even more pressing matters following this.”
After a reluctant pause, the lupinor prince nodded in agreement, leading to both of us sitting down- ALERT: LOCALIZED SURGE OF MANA-RADIATION DETECTED, 275% ABOVE BACKGROUND RADIATION LEVELS
-and a privacy screen being brought down soon after.
“So, shall we talk about this over a brunch platter?” The Transgracian Academy for the Magical Arts, En Route to the Healing Wing. Local Time: 1050 Hours.
Thalmin’s reactions were nothing short of what I’d expected.
There was absolute outrage, followed by an unrepentant series of growls, capped off with barks of seething anger at the same clips I’d played for Thacea earlier.
The mercenary prince was perhaps even more
uncomfortable than I was at my entry into this game
, as it was clear Thalmin despite his noble heritage, wasn’t really one to dabble in it at all.
“I’m telling you Emma, this is a dangerous path forward. Are you certain you are making the wisest choice?” He spoke once again, continuing the conversation from earlier, underneath yet another privacy screen Thacea was maintaining as we approached the medical wing.
“I don’t like it either, Thalmin. There’s nothing more I hate than playing politics
, but it’s unfortunately a pill I have to swallow if we’re going to get to the bottom of the issues surrounding Ilunor. I mean, I overheard you guys arguing late into the night. I really don’t think confronting him normally
is going to get us anywhere.”
The lupinor let out a sigh of defeat at that, as he lowered his head in my general direction. “I can’t fault that logic, Emma. Perhaps… speaking his language
, as you put it, would bring us some resolution to this frankly irritating problem. However…” The Lupinor’s voice lowered, just as we were about to reach the doors to the healing wing proper. “I know how these games work, Emma. It’s dangerous, so make sure you tread lightly, and just know that I, as part of your peer group, am here to support you should the need arise.” The prince reassured me with a smirk, as we pushed past the double doors and into the medical wing proper.
Or at least, that’s what I thought, as we entered what looked to be a massive circular room with multiple branching hallways connected to it like spokes on a wheel. In typical Academy-fashion however, the room really wasn’t at all modest with its size. As it went up a solid twenty or so stories, with high pillars piercing straight up into a marble-lined rotunda with moving
murals painted on it like some grand cathedral. Between these pillars were little outcroppings where several gargoyles were perched.
Gargoyles which I could swear were looking straight at
us. ALERT: LOCALIZED SURGE OF MANA-RADIATION DETECTED, 425% ABOVE BACKGROUND RADIATION LEVELS
My gut was proven right again, as it only took a few seconds after our entry for these stony beasts to come to life, with multiple bursts of mana-radiation accompanying what could only be described as the sounds of cracking concrete.
Soon enough, several large gargoyles made harsh, heavy landings right in front of us. The two closest to us held out their arms, before zapping two stony spears into existence, crossing them in a clear display to stop us from going any further.
“Halt!” A voice commanded from above
, as a shadowy figure landed right in front of the two gargoyles blocking our path. The figure’s face was hidden underneath an unnatural shadow casted by his hood, revealing just two trapezoidal lights where his eyes should be. “The healing wing is currently off-limits to visitors. So state your ailment, or leave where you came from.” The voice boomed
, echoing throughout the large open space, as all eyes within the room now landed squarely on us. First Previous
(Author’s Note: Hey guys! We see more glimpses of Emma's quality of life getting set up here, and we're now making our way over to the apprentice! I hope you guys enjoy! :D The next Chapter is already up on Patreon if you guys are interested in getting early access to future chapters!
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2023.05.28 19:05 Realistic_Play_2357 I'm Enby, I don't hate my chest, but I want top surgery
Fair warning : this is a rant about all the back and forth in my mind around top surgery while being a non-binary fairy who plays between masc and femme gender expression regularly.
I am tiny humxn with a small chest and most days I wear sports bras. The first time I put on a binder I never wanted to take it off. I LOVE the flat feeling when running my hands over my chest. Unfortunately, I can't bind that often for medical reasons, so most days I wear tight sports bras. I love trans tape but the adhesive is really tough on my sensitive skin and makes me break out every fucking time... so back to the sports bras.
I don't hate my chest. I'm really glad I have small boobs because tbh the idea of having a large chest is extremely dysphoric/terrifying to me. It took a long time for me to accept that my chest is beautiful and my naturally large nipples are gorgeous. Yet... they still feel like these little sacks just hanging off my body, getting in the way most days and things I spend more energy trying to bind rather than show off. I also never want to have biological children or breast feed. But tbh my whole life I have never understood the point of breasts. Like why are we one of the few mammals that has breasts even when we aren't breast feeding? So weird. Anyways, I've never loved having tits, I just learned to accept them as part of my body and my body is innately beautiful.
My biggest hesitation with a top chop is losing nipple sensation. I gain pleasure from them being touched and I'd be sad to lose that. Also, I like that my chest gets tender before menstruation. (I actually like my monthly bleed because I had a lot of medical issues in the past that kept me from menstruating, so the bleed reminds me that I am healthy and the breast tenderness is a form of communication from my body, one I deeply respect... yet I know there are other ways my body will continue to communicate with me outside of my chest if I do get the surgery. * I also currently have no desire to go on T*)
All that to say, when I see other tiny enby folx with their top chops, playing with the spectrum of gender expression, I makes me tear up. I want that. I imagine myself continuing to play with the femme and masc expressions but without titties and it feels right.. without limitations, and a sense of relief. I imagine getting out of the shower and no breasts being there and how freeing that would feel. To be shirtless cutting the grass or playing at the beach. To wear a low cut button up shirt and not worry about binding... dreams.
I hope I am not romanticizing or glamorizing this big procedure. I expect and understand that there may be a deep sense of grief that comes from removing this part of my body but I really hope the euphoria and liberation makes it all worth it,,, like I'll finally be free in my body.
As you can see, I am a bit all over the place but the deeper I dive the more right a top chop feels for me. I am curious if there are other genderfluid folx out there who also don't hate their chest but got surgery because it felt right. Curious to hear your thoughts and stories.. thanks for reading all thisss <3
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2023.05.28 19:05 digi-nomad Feedback for a developer designed iOS app
I've been a developer all my career and recently started working on my own ideas. Now, I don't have a designer handing over screens to implement. So I designed and released my app (this one
) and I'm looking for feedback on the two important screens of the app at this moment.
I've only had positive feedback with these screens from contacts and users but I'm not fully satisfied. Any criticism and suggestions to improve are welcome.
First screen is the paywall (which is shown during onboarding as well), The top section (Skryb Pro) and the payment buttons are static and the content in the middle about the features will scroll. onboarding paywall
If the user closes this screen by tapping the x mark on the top left, I show this alert. I am not 100% satisfied with this alert, but I conveys the intention and I don't have ideas to improve it. limits alert
Second screen is the USP of my app, where I show the summary of a YouTube video. summary top
A lot of things are tappable in this screen but I can't find a way to show them subtly. - User can tap the video's title to open it in YouTube. That's why I added a play icon at the end. - User can tap the channel name to find more videos from the Channel. I hope users figure out because that is similar to how YouTube does it. - User can tap the percentage to see the time saved stats about this video.
At the end of the summary, I show the share and read buttons. I want to show them at the top but I feel the top is already crowded and I don't know how disturbing a floating bar with these buttons would be.
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2023.05.28 19:05 SweetB4 Miss Black woman figure
[I tried to post on other community more proper but it seems my posts don't show there] [Firstly, sorry for my broke English] Well I just wanna vent a bit about my lack of Black woman figure... I grew up with an abscence of Black woman figure... My mom is mixed and although she is dark-skinned she is more white-looking (hair with a different texture, tiny nose, tiny lips...) so I really didn't use her as mirror so much... I look way more from my dad's side, who is Black, but unfortunately we don't talk and always lived away from us... I may look like my grandma and aunts from that side, which I never met 😢 My father lived apart from my mom, has other family, all that bs... The worst thing for him would be me involved in his family... I have many other Black aunts from mom side but they're all a tall skinny type, who I really couldn't identify too, while I'm curvy... Well... Hard to identify myfelf when I see Black woman on media... I feel somehow a lack of a "belonging" feeling... 😢
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2023.05.28 19:05 ComprehensivePeak974 Saying out loud
Does it ever happen to someone that while speaking with family members or someone they come with some rubbish word for them in their mind and feels bad but they say it out loud so other know what i am thinking about them? Or does something similar to this happen? Because i don't know gow to describe more.
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2023.05.28 19:05 ku5anag1 28 [M4F] Europe - Hey, let's you and me live in sweet anonymity
Hi, You know the feeling of being alone but with someone? driving through the sunset into the night and watch the moon reflect on the sea? Well i am a loner, and like to be alone but nothing beats being alone with that other someone. I guess i am looking for that someone..
Sporty, a geek/nerdy kind of old school person. Overall very reserved and just focus on my own things, like restoring my car, competing, playing games and watching stuff. I am a data engineer by trade but i'd rather not talk about that because that's not what gives me passion and my life colour. I am not ambitious but the one thing i want is to grow old and experience all the small moments in life with someone because that's what its about for me, creating the most happy moments we can.
Recently i also moved to Switzerland, hence i say Europe because i don't want to deal with timezone and would prefer to have someone i can quickly visit. So please don't reply if you're from Asia or the US. Sorry :(
Anyway if you can relate to any of this or would like to have a chat or something, just say hello :)
Thanks for reading!
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2023.05.28 19:05 eurus1224 Getting anxious about my recently ordered hair system...
I recently ordered a hair system at Lordhair. It is Neo-S 7x9 with the custom haircut option. This is my first time ordering from them. Now I'm getting anxious since I was reading some reviews and some of them are not that good. Should I worry about my order as well? What I ordered is a stock system with haircut, does it have less problems? I just hope I don't waste money from this.
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2023.05.28 19:05 finnisqueer I (23M) was r*ped almost 10 years ago and I still struggle with intimacy.
So, without going into too much detail, when I was 13/14 I was groomed, SA'd and r*ped by someone I thought I could trust, and I never got help for it.
I tried to tell my parents, but they laughed it off, so I kinda just shut down.
I didn't have a relationship till I was 18 because of this (and I haven't had a relationship since), and I suspect I still very much carry sexual trauma with me to this day.
Now, I really don't want to see a therapist about this. The idea of discussing everything feels so shameful and hard.. It's not something I want to open up to a stranger about, so I confide in my friends when I need to.. But I can't seem to properly enjoy sex.
Whenever something comes close to feeling intimate, my brain kinda.. Shuts down? It blanks, like a short circuit, no thoughts, just.. Empty. I become tense, I start to feel paranoid, and as a result, I can't enjoy sex fully.
This has even affected my day to day life and friendships.. Physical touch makes me jump and tense up (Except with one person, they seem to be an exception and I'm not sure why? Trust, perhaps, as we both are survivors of SA?) and I accidentally disassociate sometimes if someone gets too physically close to me.
A friend of mine tried to harmlessly pat the back of my hand in a supportive gesture the other day, and I nearly jumped out of my skin. The look on his face destroyed me, he felt bad, like he'd done something wrong, but he didn't..
I thought after almost 10 years, I'd have made some kinda progress.. I want.. To be able to try, but I just can't.. I know if I put myself into that kinda situation again, my brain is gonna short circuit, and I'm just gonna end up going with it when I'm totally out of it cause at least one of us should be able to enjoy themselves but I want to enjoy myself too, I just.. Can't.
What can I do to make it easier without forcing myself to go to therapy? I don't know how to heal from this.
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2023.05.28 19:05 MC5HighTime Looking to downsize my computer case from ATX to mATX
Looking to downsize my computer case from ATX to mATX because I want to fit the tower under my desktop drawers, where there is a total height of 16.5".
I've been using a Cooler Master HAF 922 with noctua NH-D15 for the last 15 years and NEVER had to use any case fans because of the good airflow, which is my objective because I want to minimize noise.
My computer is my television, my music, etc. therefore my goal to minimize noise with decent heat management. CRITERIAS :
- Want good air flow AND don't want to use case fans to minimize the noise.
- Total heigth "available" : 16.5" (between floor and desktop drawers), so case must be smaller than 16.5" for air circulation purposes evidently.
- Absolutely don't care about RGB, tempered glass or anything.
- If it can fit my Noctua NH-D15, that's a "hell yes !!" ;)
I was maybe considering the Cooler Master NR400, but would like your recommendations (Fractal ? NZXT ? ...)
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2023.05.28 19:05 Please_help_Fisher Vet wants to perform exploratory surgery without ultrasound on my dog. Need help making this decision!
My dog, Fisher, is a ten year old male Rhodesian Ridgeback mix. He is 65 pounds, when he was a puppy he had laser hair removal, then a few years ago we had a cyst removed from his arm, so he has been put under twice. He has been throwing up and having diarrhea so I took him to the vet hospital. They decided to keep him overnight to put him on fluids, then called this morning saying that they want to do exploratory surgery because they think he has a blockage. They cannot do a ultrasound until Tuesday, but have done X-rays, and says that his intestines look inflamed. I am so nervous about making this decision because I am worried he won’t make it through the surgery being he is up there in age. I am positive he has not eaten anything to give him this blockage because he stays by my side 24/7, and he has never been known to eat things, I have to fancy up his food before he will eat that. His blood work shows slightly elevated white blood cell count, but she said last night that could be due to him being dehydrated. I don’t know what to do, but I’m freaking out and need some help making this decision. If there is additional info you need please don’t hesitate to ask.
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2023.05.28 19:05 rustaaaaaagh Stuck in a loop choosing homelab upgrade
I'm stuck in a loop making a decision on what hardware to pick for my homelab upgrade.
Currently, it consists of a rpi 4 with 8GB, and an odroid hc4. I run k3s, with the rpi as the master. The odroid is used for storage (NFS) and backups, not just for the PVs, but also for media and other stuff.
I run the following on this cluster:
- home assistent (with quite some stuff on it), with the eufy side containers
- victoria metrics cluster (with the data on the odroid directly, that's also the only pod there)
- grafana, with a renderer side container
- unifi controller
- some static, very low traffic websites
- node exporter (daemonset)
- sealed secrets provider
Now the rpi4 isn't maxed out on cpu, although it's load is usually around 6 (iowait, usb attached sata disk). But the apps feel sluggish. And if I do anything with argo, update an app for example, the whole rpi grinds to a halt. I use around 4GB on the rpi.
Now I was looking for a better alternative for the rpi. Something that isn't an SBC, and amd64 compatible. I first looked into HP BL460c g9 blades, as I found a place to get them cheap, until I found out that it was so cheap because they only sell to companies. Other sites were quite more expensive. Also, I found that it runs 50W on idle, which would cost me around 100 euros per year. So I backed out of that idea (even though someone offered me to help me buy it as a company), mostly because of the energy costs, and it being way more power than I need (10 cores, 20 threads).
Next I found the HP prodesk / elitedesk desktops. Quite nice little things, and not too expensive! After filling up a google sheet with all the local options I could find, I find myself stuck. I narrowed it down to:
- prodesk 600 G2 SFF, 240GB SSD, 8GB mem, i5-6500, 4c/4t, for 145,-
- elitedesk 800 g2 mini, 128 GB SSD m.2, 8GB mem, i5-6500T(!), 4c/4t, for 155,-
- elitedesk 705 G5 SFF, 256 GB SSD, 16 GB mem, Ryzen 5 (pro) 3400G, 4c/8t, for 217,-
- elitedesk 705 G3 mini, 120 GB SSD m.2(?), 4GB mem, AMD A10-8770E, 2c/4t, for 88,-
Now I think it could make sense to have more than 1 node in the cluster (specially for that last one, as it's very cheap - I don't think I would run just one to fit my needs). But then again, if the nodes are beefy enough, the extra's are just going to sit there burning money. Like that ryzen looks like an excellent bang for buck, but I don't want to by more than one for that price. I'm not even sure why I'd want multiple nodes in the cluster. It could be nice to run longhorn on it for storage, and have it distributed. And maybe distribute the etcd (as opposed to built-in sqlite). But that's all the reasons I can come up with. Right now, you could say that I actually have a single node cluster, as the odroid is only doing storage and one pod related to that.
What's also a thing is that the SFF's run at around 15W idle, whilst the mini's do about half that. And related to that, my space is limited. It's going to have to fit in a small cabinet (where our energy meter and fuse box is), where it's also pretty warm (we have city warming that terminates there into the heat exchanger).
As it's a homelab, I do want to use it for experiments as well. I like to explore new tech, to see how it works and if it could fit my professional life as well (I work as a tech lead / architect for an semi-ecommerce store). Playing with tools like proxmox, maas.io
, is fun - just because you can. But then running proxmox on some of these machines..?
Who can help me tip over the scale, or come up with things I didn't even think of or take into consideration?
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2023.05.28 19:04 sandiserumoto On boundaries and communication.
For the unaware, "b-but, we didn't agree to [insert obvious act of infidelity] being considered cheating!!!1!!! how could I have known!!" is just one of those dumb excuses made by cheaters to continuously push the line. if you're super vocal about boundaries like "no porn, no cheating" and your relationship feels like whack-a-mole a la "oh it's a drawing how could I have known you considered that to be porn" or "oh, I didn't know kissing a stranger counted to you", they just, don't respect you, full stop.
Drawing out boundaries at the start of a relationship shouldn't feel like making a long overengineered wish with an evil genie and knowing that there's probably one little thing that isn't technically a component of the agreement despite being glaringly obvious.
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2023.05.28 19:04 PartyQuietboy I think about killing my parents, a lot
I had a rough childhood in almost every aspect, growing up was hard.. right from the start I was having trouble excelling in school. I flunked my first year of kindergarten, and then I had to repeat the 8th grade. It was a miracle every time that I somehow made it through. I paid attention and studied hard, but there was just something that wasn't right and I didn't understand. My parents boiled it down to me not paying attention and I would just cry because I knew that wasn't the case.. trying to talk back and have an actual conversation with my parents was impossible though.. I'd get a smack to the face from my mother, and don't let it be my father I was talking back to! He'd beat me until another tear wasn't able to fall.. my father was an alcoholic and always kept the cupboards packed with booze, when I was 14 I snuck some for myself to just see what was so good about it, and I thought it'd be a fun experience.. I was already dealing with tons of anxiety and self loathing at this age, I felt like a fucking failure and after that first night of trying alcohol- I found my cope. I started getting drunk alone in my room when my parents would go to bed at least 4-5 nights out of the week.. I was scared of being caught , but I thought that my father was getting too drunk every night to realize whether or not he drank the alcohol that was missing, I was right.
prioritizing drinking over my school work caused my grades to flunk further, by the time I made it into the 10th grade I was 18, still struggling and holding on by a thread. Literally all I could think about was getting home and drinking my problems away. I dropped out of school because it was getting increasingly harder, making friends was easy for me as a kid, but when I entered my teenage years, it's like my personality left and I felt/still feel like a walking mental illness.. I didn't know how to be happy or have fun anymore, my only idea of fun was drinking, which I did alone. After dropping out, I stayed at home most days, jacking off during the day to pass time, I was always ready for it to be night time.. I knew I was addicted, but I didn't care. Dropping out of school was the biggest mistake ever, for the next year and half that's literally all I did, drink and masturbate. My dad was still very emotionally abusive, but he didn't physically abuse me anymore.. I think because I reached his height and level of strength at that point. They harassed me about getting a job everyday and told me I needed therapy, and that they'd pay for it. I refused and all of this just led to more resentment, how are you going to offer help for what caused? I struggled with symptoms of OCD growing up, it was basically just the kind that my mind would get set on a situation and I'd end up overthinking it.. these thoughts came from a place of concern, but then I started to suffer from very very frightening intrusive thoughts- everyday my mind was plagued with the thought of killing my parents, especially my dad. The fact that my father had guns locked up in the house made these thoughts even scarier for me. I thought at one point I was going to actually end up doing it- it felt like my real self was watered down and that some kind of evil lived in me and I felt like I was barely in control of my own body. I used to stare at the guns/knives in the kitchen and just try to actually think about what it would be like.. by doing this, I thought it would scare me out of having these thoughts, but they only grew stronger.. because of this, I started to abuse alcohol even more, sleeping more hrs of the day and would go for walks randomly to put myself at a distance to protect my parents from my own self.. my family has never been been the religious kind, but I would just pray at night and ask God to take these thoughts away or at least let me die in my sleep. Suicidal thoughts never stayed with me long, I wanted to die, but I was too weak to do it myself. Every cope that I had worked somewhat, but I needed something more, I started to cut myself on my arms/thighs/and chest and it made living a bit easier. The thoughts still continued to grow and I had no options, I was either going to end up commiting a crime so evil, or accept help from my parents.. so I did.
I started to attend one therapy session a week until my therapist suggested I started seeing him twice a week.. I told him about my sick obsessive thoughts, how I've been drinking since I was 14, the self harming, and how I struggled in school.. that topic kinda stayed on the back burner for like 3 months because I was dealing with much scarier stuff at the time. I ended up getting an official diagnosis for depression, OCD and ADHD.. which probably explains a lot for why I struggled in school so much. I was prescribed Zoloft but due to his knowing of my struggles with alcohol, I wasn't able to get a narcotic for my ADHD. my OCD started to simmer down some l, but the thought still stayed in the back of my head always and was overwhelming. I was able to get a job in a factory, working in an environment like this was terrible.. I tried to avoid talking to others because I never wanted there to be a potential conflict, I was scared that if that happened I would end up being plagued with the thoughts of hurting others, it happened from time to time.. but those thoughts wore off, my thought of hurting my parents is still with me to this day. I continued to work up until I could get my own place, it was a crappy apartment, but at least being there kept me in distance from my parents, the only time I went over to visit was when I wanted to steal some alcohol.. which was often.
I had gotten a hold on the self harming, well besides drinking.. I was almost 20 at this point and then me and my therapist started to speak more about how about how I struggled in school.. how it was the spark for me falling into addiction. I then was diagnosed with dyscalculia and dysgraphia.. everything started to make sense now, I finally knew why I struggled so badly in school and now it was too late.. I never received any help, you'd think that someone in the school system would have suggested help- but no.. it was just brushed off as laziness. And the only response I got from bad grades, is a beating. After that diagnosis I started to self harm again, I was cutting almost everyday. This made my resentment grow for my parents, to the point of hatred for the both of them, especially my father.. my mother was abusive too, and I was definitely neglected as a child, but I blame my father even more.. this led me back to having the same thoughts and they were stronger than ever. I stopped going over there and eventually was able to buy alcohol from a gas station that didn't bother to ID.. I had so much built up anger and I had to take it out on someone or something.. every time I would get drunk, I'd end up punching more and more holes in my wall.. I'm afraid to move because I know I'd be sued out the ass. It's now been another year, im 21 and haven't spoken to my parents in like 7 months for the sake of their own safety.. I can't make friends, have a girlfriend, or even have a pet because I'm insanely afraid of what I could do in moments of rage.. besides the meds, I stopped going to therapy because I wasn't really getting anywhere. I feel like a lost cause and I really don't know what to do. What's there to work with? I have no intelligence, I'm severally mentally ill, realistically, I'll probably stay working a dead end job until I die alone of liver failure or something. I know this post was long, so if you read all of this, thank you.
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