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Hey everybody! Welcome to the Prologue release patch notes! We're all very excited to share this release with you and can't wait to hear what you think. We've written up plenty this past week, so I'll largely be linking to those posts and not repeating myself here. Let's dive right in! The Prologue will be going live October 22 at 10AM EDT. The servers will come down shortly before then and shouldn't be down for too long.
Our first new game mode is here! Clash is a 9v9 team deathmatch mode where two teams race to exile enough of their opponents to reach a predetermined score. First one to make it, wins!
Clash is low on stress, but high on fun! It immediately thrusts people into combat and keeps them there for the duration. Great for learning new classes, blowing off steam, practicing, or just having good time!
Each side is made up of up to 3 squads of 3 players each.
Every time a player is exiled, the exiling team scores a point.
Players roam the map, gathering gear, and leveling their skills, just like in Battle Royale.
The circle will lead players to designer-placed areas that ensure good gameplay for both teams.
Upon being exiled, you keep all of your gear and levels but also drop a copy of your equipment that can be looted by other players.
After being exiled, you'll respawn near your team, high above the battlefield, with full health, armor, and 2 armor shards.
Of note: Spellbreak's game modes are not set in stone. We'll be experimenting and rotating the available modes over time. We want Spellbreak to grow and change and not be the same thing forever.
Per the above, with the introduction of Clash, we'll be disabling Duos.
This release marks the introduction of the Chapter system in Spellbreak! This is the first take and we’re going to be listening to your feedback and evolving it further as we go forward.
Earn reputation by completing missions for Avira Emberdane and unlock 25 levels of rewards, including exclusive:
Outfits, including an Epic one!
Cloudbursts and Afterglows
Badges, Titles, and Cards
Come back every week for new quests or level your reputation up by playing and earning XP as normal.
As a celebration of the Prologue, we're making it FREE for everyone!
Check out your progress in the Quests and Chapters tabs and see the story as it evolves over time.
For more about the Chapter system, take a look at this post.
It's time to get spooky with a bunch of new cosmetics arriving in the shop!
We've also added bundles so you can buy a set of items at the same time for a discounted price.
We've made a change to how lobbies are filled to allow them to better populate with players.
Now, as more players join, the match countdown timer increases up to a certain point (though it's still capped at a few minutes) so that as long as new players are coming in, they'll be placed in an existing lobby instead of closing down the lobby and spawning a second one. Basically, we're trying to fill one game completely instead of making two half full games.
Bug fixes that deserve a callout
Fixed an issue with the Lighting Strikes sorcery not striking players in the outside edge of the sorcery.
Immediately jumping upon stepping in a puddle no longer prevents damage from correctly being applied.
Fixed a bug where shadow-stepping into a Toxic Cloud caused the dash component of Vanishing Mists to not trigger.
In this release, we're adding three brand new talents. They're unlocked from day 1 for all players, so get in there and try them out, make new builds, and let us know what you think! Vigor
Vital stone’s immune effect now correctly protects against being pulled by a tornado.
Cost is now 1 (down from 2).
Its description now reads: "Chance to find Potions from Chests: +25% / Chance to find Scrolls from Chests: +50/75/100/150%"
Note: This description is slightly inaccurate. It increases the chance to find potions AND shards.
Finders Keepers\ has struggled to find a place outside of very specific cases and we've wanted to buff it for a while now. With the changes to consumables, it seemed like a good time to expand its scope!*
Cost is now 2 (down from 3).
Fortitude's been overshadowed by other Body talents and we want to make it more appealing by lowering its cost.
Cost is now 2 (up from 1).
Scav was always a great deal... Too great of a deal in fact, especially with the introduction of some of the new talents.
Cost is now 3 (up from 2).
Long the most dominant pick of any talent category, Fervor was too often a no-brainer for what it gave. This also indirectly lowers the power of some classes/skills as well.
Now reads: "Run Speed +3 / On Damage Taken: Run Speed +1/2/3/5 (5s)"
We've added a hefty chunk of base movement speed to Escapist and it's always on. Escapist is now for escaping, engaging, and just running around!
Now reads: "Consume speed 35/50/65/90% faster / Consumables replenish nearby teammates health and armor for 50% efficacy"
With the changes to consumables and more plans on the way, we needed to slow Thirsty down a bit as well as make it explicit that it only affects healing and armor. If we wanted to commit to it sharing ALL consumable effects at 50%, we'd likely have to rework it fairly significantly in the process.
After using a consumable, the player’s vitals bar shows how much they will heal over the duration of the consumable.
An oft requested feature. You'll now be able to see just how much you'll be healed as it's happening!
New Small Health Potions and Small Armor Shards.
“After drinking for 2 seconds, heals you for 15 health over 5 seconds.” / “After consuming for 2 seconds, gives you 15 armor over 5 seconds.”
These are Common rarity.
They stack up to 6 in a hot bar slot.
They drop in stacks of 2.
These are for quick top ups in combat and since they stack to 6, you can carry around a bunch of them. Since they’re common and come in pairs, you’ll also find lots of them.
These can be used very effectively in combat to give a quick jolt to your vitals.
The current “small” versions that you’re used to have been renamed, given a new rarity, and had their values tweaked up a smidge for better rounding, but are otherwise unchanged. Health Potions and Armor Shards
“After drinking for 3 seconds, heals you for 25 health over 10 seconds.” / “After consuming for 3 seconds, gives you 25 armor over 10 seconds.”
These are now Uncommon rarity.
They still stack up to 2.
We’re adding a new potion type called “Safeguard” that refills both health AND armor. These are primarily for out of combat regeneration but if you can find a longer window mid-fight, it’ll help you recover in a big way. Safeguard Potion
“After drinking for 5 seconds, gives you 25 health and armor over 10 seconds.”
These are Epic rarity.
They take up a hot bar slot but cannot be stacked.
Large Safeguard Potion
“After drinking for 8 seconds, gives you 50 health and armor over 10 seconds.”
These are Legendary rarity.
They take up a hot bar slot but cannot be stacked.
“After drinking for 1 second, gives you 2 bonus charges to your Rune and your Sorceries.”
These are Epic rarity.
They take up a hot bar slot but cannot be stacked.
For more about the new Consumables, check out this post.
When you upgrade a gauntlet or rune, your cooldown no longer resets. Huzzah!
Similarly, reading a scroll to upgrade Runic Fluency will not cause it to reset.
The main menu bar has been slightly re-ordered.
All players now start with the title "Breaker" by default.
Emotes now loop in the store and collections menus.
Artifacts now freeze if the player is frozen.
Frozen boulder has improved vfx and material.
New sounds added for when players use consumables.
Spellbreak ID should now always be visible in the "Account Management" or "Add a friend" screens
Switch now supports gyro controls.
Hopefully fixed the black screen issue for real this time.
We're really sorry about this taking so long to fix!
Players with their system date set to before August 18 are now able to log in.
Just in case you need to be a time traveling island-hopper for some reason...
Fixed a bug causing the flash freeze sorcery target indicator to display an incorrect smaller radius until the player moves the camera.
Fixed an infinite loading screen caused by signing out of PSN while on a loading screen.
Fixed a crash caused by losing internet connection during screen transitions.
Resolved an issue causing framerate hitching when picking up items.
Fixed an assortment of Xbox crashes.
Fixed a bug causing the flash freeze sorcery target indicator to display an incorrect smaller radius until the player moves the camera.
When servers are down for maintenance, the client now properly reports that instead of giving an authentication error.
When a player is exiled from a game and in a party with players still in the game, they are no longer incorrectly labeled as “in match” when they return to the lobby.
Fixed a bug causing the shop tab’s UI to become corrupted after idling on it for a long time.
If a player fails to enter correct account information, they'll now be taken back to the login screen.
The "Bored" emote now has the correct icon.
Parties will no longer be broken up due to network hiccups.
Fixed an issue causing users with controllers to be repeatedly prompted to press the confirm button through "Lost Password" flow even after confirming.
Users who exit out of the current match and ready up are now able to unready while party members are in game.
Fixed a bug causing some users to randomly disband from a party after a match concludes.
Sound FX of a canceled sorcery will no longer play twice.
Fixed a rare bug that prevented voice chat from being enabled.
Players can now see the login queue countdown when logging into Spellbreak with high server load.
Adjusted Nature's Bounty cloudburst color scheme to better match preview icon.
Fixed a bug causing unlocked Cards to appear squished when viewed from the rank up reward notification.
Exiled players no longer get interaction button hints.
As nice as it would be to drink that potion, it feels a little mean to taunt you.
Fixed a bug causing the cursor to lose focus when receiving a party invite on the party invites section of friends screen.
Sound FX for the menu and title screen, mana recharge, and mana depletion are now correctly affected by the sound effects volume slider.
Improved tracking on emote wheel when using a mouse.
Setting voice input volume to zero now correctly mutes teammates.
When one player leaves a party of two or more when all of their teammates are ready, the party no longer instantly joins a match.
Fixed a number of typos.
These were the source of deep shame!
Fixed a number of untranslated strings.
Fixed a bug causing the spectate camera to focus on the lobby map instead of another player when the spectate button is pressed immediately after being exiled.
Fixed an issue causing lag when getting exiled.
Fixed a bug causing the incorrect class icon to appear next to unlocked skill up on Mage Rank up.
And of course, fixed a whole bunch of miscellaneous crashes.
2020.10.21 18:30 BettsBellingerCaruso[OC] Breaking down Kershaw's sliders in his 4 2020 Postseason Starts, and how "Playoff Kershaw" has a lot to do with how he's releasing his slider that given night
My pet theory is that in the last couple seasons at least, "Playoff Kershaw" has a lot to do with how he's commanding & releasing the slider, his best strikeout pitch, in a given night.
Horizontal Release (ft)
Vertical Release (ft)
Horizontal Movement (ft)
Vertical Movement (ft)
So what do these numbers mean above? H-Release is the distance where the ball is released from the catcher's point of view (so positive = right side from the catcher, left from the pitcher - the distance from the center of the home plate looking toward the pitcher). V-release - height the ball is released H-Movement - the horizontal "break" of the ball compared to its release point. Negative number means it's going toward the right handed hitters' body, toward the gloveside of a left handed pitcher V-Movement - the vertical "break" compared to a theoretical trajectory of the ball thrown at that speed with only gravity affecting its drop. So a positive number means it's dropping less due to the spin of the ball. In his 2 good starts, vs. MIL and vs. TB, he released it 1.44 ft and 1.42 ft on avg from the center, and generated -0.35 ft and -0.51 ft of horizontal break on it, generating 63% and 52% of swing & misses and getting a total of 21K out of 14 innings. In his worst start vs. ATL, the difference is stark. He's released the slider closer to his body horizontally, at 1.29 ft (so the difference is about 0.15 ft or 1.8 inches) - and the result was that his horizontal break was at -0.09 a whole 0.26-0.42 ft difference, while there was MUCH less "drop" compared to the usual sliders - at 1.02 ft V-mov, it dropped 0.36 ft less than the season avg. What does this suggest? It basically means that on these bad nights, he was releasing the slider w/ a more pronounced vertical spin axis, generating very little horizontal break with these as his release point was off. This is what his "good" slider looks like - you can notice the spin axis here is more of a "gyro" spin, closer to how you'd throw a football, generating a pronounced horizontal movement there that misses the bat. But when he's releasing it off his fingertips more and with more vertical spin, it becomes much closer to his fastball as it is less of a slider at that point and becomes a flat, 88 mph cutter. And that of course becomes extremely hittable. Last night, he also was really shaky in the 1st - and you can see it from the numbers as well
In the 1st, he was way off in the release point, and you could see that he had lost command of it. But it does also seem like his spin axis was mostly fine, but that he was perhaps extending too much (the lower vertical release point maybe) and he was spiking the ball a lot. But by the 2nd and especially in the 3rd, he'd found "it" - the movement was nasty, and he generated 5 swings & misses on his 7 sliders in hte 3rd alone, looking near unhittable. I don't know what causes him to lose the feel on his slider game to game. Maybe it's the back spasm, fatigue, nerves, who knows. But we know what his bad playoff starts look like and what his good starts look like - it's at its worst when he can't generate the horizontal movement on the slider, releasing it like a cutter instead, a bit closer to his body instead of getting his fingers outside of the ball as he releases it. tl;dr: His slider, which he throws at about 40% of the time, is his best strikeout pitch - and how he's throwing it on a given night decides "Playoff Kershaw" vs "Regular Season Kershaw"
2020.10.21 17:30 SHU-ZodUntreated TBI and approx 20 years piecing my past back together
Sometime around 2000 to 2002 I had an accident. I don't remember exactly when it happened. I was working as a security guard at an HOA in So. Cal. We had a bike assigned to the property that we were required to ride, though no helmet was provided. I had spent a great many years prior to that training to race road bicycles and could fly. I used to race cars down the streets of Costa Mesa to keep my legs strong. One night I had ridden through some sprinklers. The pedals were the cheep plastic ones with little nubs. As it was an HOA that gave hefty fines for rule violations, it was unusual to see anyone wandering around after dark. Everyone was inside with the doors closed so as not to cause a disturbance. I saw a man walking in between some cars at the far end of the property, so I switched into race mode and went full speed towards the parking lot. My right foot slipped off the pedal and the pedal swung around and caught me behind the knee. I slid sideways so I was literally 90 degrees to the bike. The last think I thought was, this is going to hurt. Actually it didn't. The bike tipped over and the top of my head hit first. Everything went black and there was burst of multi colored stars. I felt myself hit the ground and slide for a ways, then nothing. When I woke up I was still straddling the bike. My radio was laying next to me and there was a hub cap laying against my chest with a butterfly nut inside of it. I pushed the bike away and the hub cap and noticed, with sheer luck, I had landed in a puddle of cool-aid that someone had spelt. I remember being a bit upset about this. I propped myself up and realized it wasn't cool-aid. Needles to say my face was something out of a horror movie. I called for my supervisor on my radio but could only tell him I needed an ambulance. I did not know where I was. A truck drove by and I waved at it so they wouldn't hit me as I was laying in the road. It drove around me and continued to a parking stall. I looked across the way and saw a little girl standing in a door looking at me. She ran off yelling to someone. I called out a couple times if someone could help me and heard a door open behind me. I rolled over to see a pair of feet walking towards me. I collapsed back on the ground. The woman talked to me for a bit, but I don't remember much about it. My supervisor called over the radio asking for me to reply and I asked the lady if she could tell him where we were. I remember her picking up the radio and saying someone needed an ambulance. I remember her coming back out with a towel which she laid over my head. I think I held it against my head. I heard noises around me and then someone talking. The towel was taken away by a paramedic and I could see I was surrounded by cars and people. The paramedic asked me my name, and god, I couldn't remember. It some time of thinking and the guy looked at his partner with a funny look. A name popped into my head that I told him. I don't remember if I gave him my name or not. I spent several hours at the hospital and was told I had a concussion, no fractures. The doc placed seven staples in my head. He noted that I had two lacerations lined up like I had hit the ground twice. I couldn't explain to him why there would be two. Looking back I wonder if it was the butterfly nut that I had hit. My boss told me that someone called and said they saw a car hit me, but I don't remember a car. I wonder if it was the girl and she thought the truck that had gone by had hit me. In the hospital I forgot I had a wife. She was upset that no one called her. I didn't know she existed until my supervisor dropped me off at home. I didn't know I had a home. I forgot I had a family, forgot my mom and sister and brother and dad. They all questioned why they didn't know about the accident after it happened. I couldn't explain it. Many people came over to visit, non of whom I knew though I was told they were all good friends I saw daily. I walked with a cane and after about a month could walk two blocks in half an hour with several breaks. My boss called at some point and threatened to fire me if I didn't get back to work. I returned to work and had many dizzy spells where the world just flipped over and I hit the ground. Still, I needed the job and was not in my right mind. My boss had me come in and sign a bunch of papers with his layers. I barely remember this happening. From then It's been a puzzle game. I've forgotten a lot of my past, my memory is shot. I'll probably forget I wrote this after I submit it. I try to take notes to remember important things, but then loose track of the notes and forget about them. I feel bad in that I feel there were some very important people in my life that I left in the shadows. I get lost from time-to-time and frustrate easily. My memories I do have are a jumble. I went though papers and news articles and talked to family to try and piece together memories with dates. But, it doesn't make sense. Like I remember a sever burn I had while camping with my family. Everything, including the family, states that burn happened when I was 17, yet I explicitly remember the burn when I was 10. I remember the event, I remember how I was upset about not being able to play guitar for a while, I remember where I was living. All corroborated by family who was there. But, there's a memory of the burn and fretting about the guitar when I was a kid in a completely different place. I didn't even play guitar then. It's the same with many other things. I have a clear memory of a part of an event, but it doesn't match up with what actually happened. Anyways, that is my story and what I've been struggling with. I still have a ridge across my skull that I remember once in a while. I've thought about therapy, but don't have that kind of money and fear what a doc my say about my freedom to go out as I like. Even though I know I get lost sometimes, I always find my way back.
2020.10.21 15:41 PracticalMail[Update] Strange graphics, games crashing SOLVED! :)
Build Issue Solved!
So you may recognize the title of this post, I'm the strange graphics/crashing guy, posting about my graphics card issues around here recently. Just wanted to come back and post what finally solved these frustrating issues! Quick backstory, I built my first (and current) build back in 2017, in the height of the mining frenzy/GPU shortage days (remember that fun, anyone?). I bought my RX580 "new" on Ebay from a 3rd party seller, after buying a legit case that could fit a big card. (Note: that was my first mistake. When you buy from Ebay, or any seller not on the manufacturer's certified resellers list, the warranty period on the card starts from the date of manufacture, not from date of purchase. As such, I got screwed out of a year of my card's warranty.) However, I decided to keep the card, which benched great and has been terrific since I installed it...until about 6 weeks ago. An issue started to crop up where my games would run ok at first, but inevitably the graphics would break down into something like this: https://imgur.com/a/QPZIYBS. I'd never seen anything like this before, and with a working build, what's my assumption? The hardware hasn't changed, so it has to be a software/driver issue! Plus, a quick look at HWMonitor told me the GPU temps were fine. I tried uninstalling/reinstalling the games, I tried uninstalling/reinstalling the drivers via DDU, I tried underclocking the card, I even tried rolling back to a previous display driver, thinking the latest ones were broken. Finally, someone suggested the card was experiencing issues with the vram. Since my card was past warranty, I figured if that really was the issue, there was nothing I could do. So, in a last-ditch effort, I submitted a ticket to AMD's online service request portal. They responded (thanks AMD!) and suggested I put the GPU into another PC and see if the same issues surfaced. I don't have another PC, so I found a local PC repair shop, thinking they must have one. The technician at the shop asked me when the last time I'd done maintenance on the card was. I stared blankly at him. Uhh, I updated the driver? He explained that these cards needed periodic maintenance, including cleaning and new thermal paste. For $40, he offered to disassemble the card, clean everything, and reapply thermal paste. I figured, well, if this doesn't work, I give up. IT WORKED. I took the card home and ran a userbenchmark. The results were astonishing: UserBenchmarks: Game 54%, Desk 87%, Work 42%
My old 580 was running in the 88th percentile, and I had zero issues with games crashing or strange graphics. After 6 sad weeks, I FINALLY SOLVED IT! HUGE shoutout to ___ez_e___, who was right about the GPU hardware issues and who had many other helpful suggestions that I implemented to boost my PC performance as well. Ty, ty, ty. TL/DR: My old graphics card was having bizarre performance issues, turns out it needed to be cleaned and thermal paste reapplied. Sometimes it really is hardware, even on an old build with no previous issues. Thanks to the sub and everyone who commented on my posts!
2020.10.21 15:14 Cormac_IRLHow do PS4 game transfers work between the two consoles (PS5)? I wanted to know about the LAN option as my internet is really slow..
PS launches Nov 19th for me along with CyberPunk on the same date. I'm going for the digital edition console however my internet speeds are extremely slow and it would take maybe 24h to download any game that I'd like to play. (Why digital?) This generally isnt a problem as whenever I want a game ill just download it and play in a day or if its new and supports preload id do that and be happy out. However id like to play my games on launch day with the PS5 as would everyone. In relation to these statements made by Sony on their site I have some questions; " You can transfer digital games, game data, and game saves from a PS4 console to a PS5 console using LAN cables " " If you’ve already stored PS4 games and game data in the external USB storage device connected to your PS4, you can bring them over to PS5 with that external USB storage device " My questions;
Can I plug an ethernet into my PS4 and PS5 and transfer full games at a very high speed (How fast? Gigabit? )?
Can I buy CyberPunk on PS4 and preload it for November 19th, install it on an external drive and then plug it into my PS5 on launch day and play it?
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Read the disclaimerherebefore we agree on ANY trades Due to recent issues regarding humblebundle suspending accounts I will provide keys ONLY-no gift links.You can read more inthis announcement. My SGS Rep 85 trades My IGS Rep 39 trades I'm from EU,so KEYS SHOULD work pretty much anywhere NOT BUYING GAMES,ONLY TRADES-games for games or selling for paypal No interest in ANY RL,CSGO,TF2 or any other keys BUYER covers the FEES(if outside EU,EU F&F only) My Wishlist or offer something(game or paypal) List of games I have: 10 Second Ninja X 11-11 Memories Retold 0.5€ 60 Seconds! 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2020.10.21 15:02 dinkomaricic[H] My Friend Pedro, Blackwake, Blackout Club, Plague Inc Evolved, Crawl, Iconoclasts, SOMA, RE0HD, Dirt Rally 2.0, Gang Beasts, ETS2, Tower Unite, Forts, Generation Zero, Layers Of Fear 2, One Piece Burning Blood, GRID Ultimate & 100's more [W] Wishlist, Paypal(EU), Offers
Read the disclaimerherebefore we agree on ANY trades Due to recent issues regarding humblebundle suspending accounts I will provide keys ONLY-no gift links.You can read more inthis announcement. Your Steam account is required to be linked to your reddit account before being allowed to post here My SGS Rep 85 trades My IGS Rep 39 trades I'm from EU,so KEYS SHOULD work pretty much anywhere NOT BUYING GAMES,ONLY TRADES-games for games or selling for paypal No interest in ANY RL,CSGO,TF2 or any other keys BUYER covers the FEES(if outside EU,EU F&F only) My Wishlist or offer something(game or paypal) List of games I have: 10 Second Ninja X 11-11 Memories Retold 0.5€ 60 Seconds! 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Hello! I hope everyone is doing well! I'm posting this early because I know everyone has been waiting for this event. People who I know don't watch UFC, know of this event. Its spooky. This is a very long post. I sincerely apologise if it's too long. (c) - Champ (D) - Debut NS - No Streak FWS - Fight Win Streak FLS - Fight Lose Streak (#x) - Rank in Division Lets freakin go! Prelims Lightweight Joel Alvarez (17-2-0, 2 FWS) v Alexander Yakovlev (25-10-1, NS) - Alvarez is one of the tallest lightweights on the roster, and with that substantial length, comes a natural ability to cover distance and land kicks from a distance. Now, I am well aware that both Alvarez and Yakovlev are the same height, but from what I could see, Alvarez has better utilization of kicks and forward movement, because in most cases he can cover more distance moving forward than his opponents can retreat moving backwards. His long legs allow him to be quite defensive off this back, having 7 triangle submissions, 3 guillotine submissions and a bunch of other submissions mixed in, it’s very clear to me that Alvarez has an advantage on the ground against most of his opponents, and with a finish rate of 100%, including two knockouts, he is a threat on both the feet and on the ground. He is still relatively new in the UFC though and has yet to find an opponent that can match him on the ground. Yakovlev is coming in with a substantial amount of experience and wisdom, he has faced some incredibly elite fighters, including Maia, Usman and Zak Cummings. The only downside to his experience is the losses attached to those fights. He has lost 5 out of his 8 fights in the UFC, albeit all against tough opponents. Yakovlev has an interesting style, he isn’t the cleanest striker, but he sets up trips and takedowns from his striking. He is very strong and it looks like he always effortlessly takes down his opponents. It is clear to me though that Yakovlev is past his prime, and I feel like Alvarez will be far better than him on the ground, especially off his back. I can see Yakovlev going for a takedown and then Alvarez traps him in a triangle or armbar. Very interesting matchup between some very long and lengthy fighters. Alvarez via Sub R2 Catchweight (140) Casey Kenney (15-2-1, 2 FWS) v Nathaniel Wood (17-4-0, NS) - I love some Kenney action. Kenney has shown up and proven to us once again this year that his varied skill set and nonstop action style is going to be an issue for any opponent he faces. He’s an exceptionally fast striker who utilises excellent head movement and traps in order to successfully counter his opponent. During his fight against Alateng Heili, it was an incredibly dominant performance, but not only because of his striking acuity, but because of his movement, he’s always moving forward, always giving off pressure and always making sure that he fires something, whether it be a body kick (which is extremely effective in this bout) or a leg kick, he always gauged distance by a kick, then when his opponent chooses to strike, that’s when his boxing comes in, those slick head movement and counters are beautiful to watch. Wood has only had one major setback and that was against Dodson, which is a fair setback all things considered because Dodson is a beast. Wood is great on the ground, winning his first 3 UFC fights by submission. I feel like if Wood has any advantage in this fight, it’s on the ground, he’s going to need to avoid the kicks to the body from Kenney, either by getting too close for a shin/foot to land, or catch the body kick and go from there, either way, he cannot outstrike Kenney. I don’t really have that much to say, most of my attention is on Kenney, if he can avoid the takedowns or any grappling attempt from Wood, and keep it on the feet, then Kenney has this. Kenney via UD Women’s Flyweight Liana Jojua (8-3-0, NS) v Miranda Maverick (D) (7-2-0, 5 FWS) - This is an interesting one. Jojua is obviously great on the ground, but something tells me she’s still relatively unrefined everywhere else. Her striking isn’t incredibly great and could ultimately be improved upon. Jojua is relatively new in the UFC, having a 1-1 record in the organisation, she’s still finding her footing and as long as she can still improve on her striking and keep up with her excellent grappling, I feel like she’s got a chance to make some strides, but at the moment, due to her inexperience in the UFC it’s hard to tell how great she is. Maverick is apparently a very hot prospect, 23 years old, started fighting at a young age, won the Invicta Flyweight Tournament, everything is looking exceptional for Maverick and that’s all I feel like I can say at the moment, because as you know I predict based off their performances in the UFC, but judging from her accolades so far in her combat sports career, she’s got an insanely bright future ahead of her. She was meant to be in the UFC a few months ago, but had to pull out of her debut due to injury. I hope that injury is no longer lingering around because frankly I'm excited for this one. Maverick via UD Light Heavyweight Da Un Jung (13-2-0, 12 FWS) v Sam Alvey (33-14-0, 4 FLS) - Why is Alvey still around? Surely he’s very close to either hanging them up or getting booted. Jung is on a very, very strong streak right now and for very good reasons, he’s insanely powerful and well rounded. He only has one decision win, the rest have been devastating knockouts by way of incredible power. I believe he is only 26 years old as well (Sherdog better fix its shit) which is great because he’s got a few years of glory ahead of him if he keeps up these exceptional performances. His pressure and that right cross during his fight against Rodriguez was absolutely beautiful and one very big reason to keep an eye on him. It’s very possible that Jung can be the next star from South Korea. Alvey on the other hand seems absolutely finished. In all four of his last fights, he hasn’t shown any bit of improvement or care. I mean I know he cares but he just looks like he’s given up. His cardio is gone, he’s not as fast as he used to be and he keeps facing younger and hungrier fighters. Alvey has always been fairly well rounded and extremely experienced in the octagon but all those battles and losses are adding up, and even though he’s only 34, he’s been through twice as many fights as most people at that age. I don’t see Alvey being much of a threat in this fight, my attention will be solely on Jung, but I do sincerely hope Alvey turns up and gets to work because it’s sad to see such a great person get obliterated time after time by the younger generation. I have Jung on this. Jung via KO R1 Welterweight Alex Oliveira (22-8-1, 2 FWS) v Shavkat Rakhmonov (D) (#1 Kazakhstan) (12-0-0, 12 FWS) - A very interesting debut. Oliveira has been fighting in the UFC for quite some time now, he’s consistently been entertaining and dangerous at the same time. Despite the fact that he hasn’t won via finish in quite a while, he has changed his pace a little bit, he has become far more methodical and patient with his striking, and that’s pretty dangerous. He has the tendency to lure his opponents towards him, with his arms down, portraying that he doesn’t have any defences, then once his opponents are about to lunge an attack, he hits with a cross or a jab and backs them up fairly quickly. He loves taking risks and perhaps that’s why he was on that relatively tough three fight losing streak. His style is very hard to read and that can be tricky for his opponents to gauge what he’s going to do next, but that’s what makes him such a dangerous opponent. Rakhmonov is an undefeated prospect coming from Kazakhstan, and with a record of 12-0, you’d think that it was probably an easy journey, but no, looking over his opponents record, he has faced legitimate fighters who are pretty dangerous and he has easily handed them defeats. Rakhmonov is a dangerous, well rounded fighter who has heavy punches and a very slick ground game, which makes this match up perfect for him because Oliveira has been through the ringer when it comes to competition and if anyone can handle a young, tough, talented newcomer it’s him. Ill be keeping an eye out for Rakhmonov during his debut, he could very well be a serious issue for many welterweights coming into this, but he needs to get past Oliveira first. This is a tough one, and one that i’m not incredibly confident in predicting. I got Oliveira on this one, but boy is that a hard prediction to make. Oliveira via KO R3 Heavyweight Stefan Struve (29-12-0, NS) v Tai Tuivasa (10-3-0, 3 FLS) - This is a fun one. Not necessarily a great one but it’s probably gonna be fun. Struve isn’t the greatest fighter in the world, and I bet they’re going to show highlights that include the knockout against Stipe. Struve isn’t a striker, he can strike but he’s far better on the ground, because he’s just so long and his knowledge on the ground no doubt helps with his control on the ground. Now, I don’t know where he is at mentally because as far as I know, he retired, then came back, only to get his future kids murdered by Rothwells 500 kilo kicks. Maybe that’s a strategy that Tuivasa can use because really I can’t see Tuivasa winning this. Speaking of which, Tuivasa has had a horrible time in the UFC, despite being a larger than life character, he has always, always struggled with grapplers, so the rule of thumb whenever i predict for Tuivasa is “If he’s facing a grappler, he’s gonna lose” and i'm gonna stick to that until he shows us that his ground game has drastically improved. The one thing Tuivasa has is incredible power, akin to Mark Hunt, which doesn’t surprise me because they’re both similar in terms of frame and how they throw their powerful punches. Struve is very hittable, he’s a standing punching bag just ready to be destroyed and Tuivasa knows that. I’m pleasantly surprised that the predictors on tapology have this fight going 48/52, near even, that’s a rare thing to see and it confirms what I think about this fight, Tuivasa is either going to win by a knockout or lose by submission. I think he’s going to lose by submission, or on a more positive note, Struve will win via submission. Struve via Sub R1 Main Card Light Heavyweight Magomed Ankalaev (#11) (13-1-0, 4 FWS) v Ion Cutelaba (15-5-0, NS) - This is a long awaited rematch that we all wanted to see. There isn’t really too much technical talk behind this other than two titans in the Light Heavyweight Division doing whatever it takes to dismantle and destroy their opponent before our very eyes, this sport is pretty beautiful isn’t it? Ankalaev is one of the most dangerous strikers in the Light Heavyweight division in terms of power alone, he explodes when he fights, everything he throws has the intent to finish his opponent. It was very clear to me during his first fight with Cutelaba that Cutelaba was not ready for any sort of heat coming his way, all talk no action. It was actually odd seeing Cutelaba “stunned”, if he put it on to fake-out Ankalaev, he failed because he ate a few chunky head kicks which he no doubt got hurt from, and whilst the finish was premature, it was clear to me from the get go that Ankalaev was going to win. Cutelaba is a juggernaut of a man with crazy power in his hands. He has huge knockout wins over Khalil Rountree Jr., Gadzhimurad Antigulov and Henrique da Silva, and whilst they’re not the biggest names in the division, his power and ability to land huge, clean shots is nothing short of beautiful. Cutelaba is a dangerous man, but perhaps not as dangerous as Ankalaev. Cutelaba’s main weaponry is his punches and elbows, he has a clean boxing style and can get a little wild and wacky sometimes. Ankalaev on the other hand has a wide range of kicks and punches that he can use to pick apart Cutelaba. I got Ankalaev on this one. I’d be pleasantly surprised if Cutelaba can take this fight seriously and get a win, but I think Ankalaev is more composed and well versed to get it done. Ankalaev via KO R1 Women’s Flyweight Lauren Murphy (#8) (13-4-0, 3 FWS) v Liliya Shakirova (D) (#4 China) (8-1-0, 3 FWS) - Shakirova is coming in as a late replacement I believe, so she may not be fully prepared coming into this bout. Murphy has always been a fighter that i’ve doubted time after time, and each time i doubted her, she impressed me and no doubt a whole lot of other people, she’s a dangerous fighter in this division and for very good reason. She’s gritty with her striking and just very strong with her wrestling. She has strong striking but not necessarily a clean striking game, her punches land with power and even though she gets hit, she’s always moving forward, ready to trade once again. The great thing about Murphy is that despite being over 36 (the age where we see a natural decline in most fighters' performance) she;s still a very dominant fighter and there’s really no sign of her slowing down. Shakirova is probably ill prepared, she’s probably only going to be focusing on the weight cut, there really isn’t that much that you can prepare for in a short time span. All that aside though, Shakirova seems like a very strong striker, I haven’t heard of her before this week, I was expecting to write about Calvillo so i’m very ill prepared for this side of the prediction, so I need to make a rough prediction without knowing what Liliya is capable of, other than her striking prowess. I trust that Murphy will be ready for anything that Liliya has to offer. Murphy via UD Middleweight Phil Hawes (D) (#4 US West) (8-2-0, 4 FWS) v Jacob Malkoun (D) (4-0-0, 4 FWS) - A double debut on a main card? Interesting. Hawes is coming from the same gym that Usman trains out of, so you just know that he’s going to look insane, I mean, standing at 6 ft tall with a reach of 77.5 inches, he’s going to be dangerous at range. None of his fights have ever gone to the third round, he has 6 first round finishes and he only just started fighting 6 years ago. Very little is known about Malkoun other than his height and where he’s from. He only has 4 fights in his career so he’s coming into the UFC very green which is a bit of a worry, maybe the UFC see’s something in him that I don’t, but either way, I don’t see him being an issue for someone like Hawes. There is simply not enough information about Malkoun to go off on. This is a relatively short prediction I know, but there’s just not enough to talk about here. I got Hawes on this one. Hawes via KO R1 Heavyweight Alexander Volkov (#7) (31-8-0, NS) v Walt Harris (#10) (13-8-0, NS) - A great fight on paper. Volkov is one of the best volume based heavyweight strikes in the UFC, he has exceptional power in his hands and the amount of volume he throws simply doesn’t make sense, I mean, the dude throws volume and power at insane speeds, but doesn’t seem to get really tired. Volkov has beautiful boxing, he throws combos, then moves to throw more. He just swarms his opponent with punches, overwhelming their senses and making them completely unable to respond in between strikes. The only freak loss that Volkov has been at the butt end of was when Lewis threw that hail mary that completely shut down Volkov, and that could very well happen when he fights Harris this weekend. The other issue with Volkov is his takedown defence. Blaydes toyed with him, tossing him around like a ragdoll for 5 rounds straight… Unless Volkov has drastically improved on his wrestling, then that gives Harris another thing to target, even though Harris isn’t known for his takedown and wrestling capabilities. Harris is coming off a tough loss against Overeem from earlier this year, it broke my heart to see him lose, but he has the mental toughness that comes from being a fighter, and he’s back for more action. Harris is well known for his one shot knockout power. He is incredibly powerful and has bricks for hands, and if they land cleanly, that’s it for the fight, it’s over. Unfortunately, that’s all Harris has to offer, his punches, anything else is mildly mediocre (unless he has worked on things). I can only see this fight going two ways. Either Volkov gets hit by a punch originating from the ninth circle of hell, or Volkov utilises movement to disrupt the pattern of Harris’s strikes, and just overwhelm him with volume over 3 rounds or even knock him out in the later rounds. I’m leaning on Volkov on this one, but it’s very possible for Harris to land the sledgehammer and sleep Volkov. Volkov via KO R3 Co-Main event Middleweight Robert Whittaker (#2) (21-5-0, NS) v Jared Cannonier (#4) (13-4-0, 3 FWS) - This is the toughest fight for me to predict by far. Whittaker has faced the gauntlet when it comes to top tier middleweight fights in the current era. His rise to fame started back in 2016 when he defeated Brunson in spectacular fashion in front of tens of thousands of fellow Aussies, he then faced Jacare Souza and outstruck him 55-9, shortly afterwards came the legendary fight against Yoel Romero, the boogeyman of the division. Over 10 rounds, Whittaker tactically and brutally fought and defeated Romero via points, that’s 50 minutes of hell. His only slip up since then has been against Adesanya, but we all know that Adesanya is an anomaly at the moment, a protagonist in his own anime. Whittakers return earlier this year against Till was nerve wracking moment but we saw a return to his roots, his methodical blitzes and kicks, his small feints before leading in with a strong 3 punch combo, it was a great thing to see as a Whittaker fan (as you know that I very much am). Whittaker has always been masterful at gauging range and distance. He plans where to step in to lead a blitz, and even though we haven’t seen too much wrestling from him, he’s still an elite level wrestler who I feel will need to utilise his wrestling coming into this fight because Cannonier is no doubt one of the hardest hitting middleweights in the division. Whittaker is most likely going to be incredibly patient coming into this, he might even rely on his counters to stop the forward momentum that Cannonier has in limitless supply. Cannonier is the dark horse of the division. I know that’s been said by absolutely everyone and their mute dog, but for someone to come down from Heavyweight, and succeed like he has in the Middleweight division? That shits insane. Cannonier has excellent power, his hand speed and striking accuracy (51% in the UFC) is incredible. Now, i’m not too sure how accurate that striking accuracy number is, I got it from ufcstats and normally that shits auto-calced but either way, we saw how great his striking is against Hermansson, Silva and Branch, but Whittaker is far above those three names and it’s going to be interesting to see how Cannonier can handle the evasiveness of Whittaker. Cannonier is coming in at a 4 inch reach advantage so it’s very possible for Cannonier to catch Whittaker blitzing in, but it’s just so hard to tell what Whittaker has planned. This is an insanely interesting fight, and I am not super confident in making this pick because of the volatility surrounding this fight and both fighters. I’m going with Whittaker on this one. Whittaker via UD Main Event Lightweight Championship bout Khabib Nurmagomedov (c) (28-0-0, 28 FWS) v Justin Gaethje (#2) (22-2-0, 4 FWS) - I’m not gonna make any new friends making this prediction… I’ve thought about this for a very long time, for about a year now actually, even before Gaethje defeated Ferguson (which i also predicted correctly), well… here we go. Nurmagomedov is one of the most dominant fighters the MMA world has ever seen. We all know how Nurmagomedov works, he’s a profoundly great wrestler who is a master of control. For all of his life, he has dominated his opponents, but let's take a quick little look over his opponents, you’ll see what i'm trying to say very soon. For shortness sake, i’m starting from Barboza, who isn’t a grappler, he then defeated Iaquinta, who also isn’t a grappler, He destroyed McGregor (despite being hit a few times, keep that in mind), then lastly Poirier, who isn’t a grappler (but does have a few solid fights where he dominated with his takedowns). What i’m trying to convey isn’t that the UFC have set Khabib up for success, because those are some high level names, the best of the best, but they’re not Gaethje. Gaethje is what Israel Adesanya is in Lightweight, he’s a fighter who has completely blown every expectation out of the water with a nuke, and it’s not purely Gaethje that makes that success happen, its Trevor Wittman, the coach is a whetstone sharpening their fighter, and boy are Wittman and Gaethje a match made in MMA heaven. There are a few things that fighters who have faced Khabib feel, one of those things is fear, that first round, that very first takedown attempt sets the pace for the rest of the fight, no matter how long the fight goes, Khabibs strength frightens opponents, but Gaethje thrives on that fear, he loves it. People argue that we haven’t seen Gaethje wrestle, I simply say this. We don’t need to see Gaethje wrestle, to know if he’s going to win or not. MMA is more than wrestling, just because Khabib is a great wrestler, doesn’t mean he’s going to defeat Gaethje. If anyone is going to defeat Khabib, it’s Gaethje. Gaethje might not win, this is MMA after all and we are talking about Khabib fuckin Nurmagomedov, but if anyone has a solid plan in defeating Khabib, it’s Wittman. This is probably the most controversial prediction i’ll ever make this year. I might get this wrong, Khabib could very well win, and it would be well deserved, so let me say this one last thing before I end this post. The first round is the most important. Every opponent Khabib fought, breaks in the first round. The first round will decide what happens in the next rounds. Gaethje via KO R3 And that's it! Don't be surprised if i get some picks wrong this weekend, it's a very tough card to predict, and that's why i love doing these, being wrong can sometimes be the best moments when watching a fight. If you wish to support me please message me and i can provide details on how you can do so. If you would like to follow me on twitter, you can find me @Slayer_Tip or if you want, add me on discord and we can have a super friendly chat about all things MMA: Slayertip#7013 Lets have a fun discussion down below, let me know if you agree/disagree with my picks :) Much love to all, i'm still trying to figure out a date where I can take a week off because im a tiny bit tired, so i'll need to see which card I can skip because this one card a week stuff is brutal. Until this weekend ;) o/
PcPartPicker build post Case: Silverstone SG-13 v2 (Pink) CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 3900x Cooler: Noctua NH-L12S Mobo: Gigabyte x570 Aorus Pro wifi Ram: 32gb Corsair Vengeance LPX 3200 Video Card: Nvidia RTX 2080 Super Founders Edition Storage: 1tb 970evo NVME 2x 1tb 860 Evo SSDs PSU: Corsair SF600 SFX psu This build was made on a time crunch, I needed to complete the build in time for my flight to Japan where I usually spend 6-8 months of the year with my work. I realize that the next gen Zen3's are coming soon, as well as the 3000 series RTX cards are out (if you can get one). I build my computers with proven parts that have had their issues figured out and didn't have the time to wait around and see if I could get a newer item that I probably didn't need. My previous desktop was a xeon e3-1231-v3/r9 390 build that lasted me for a few years until I started traveling more. Then it was an MSI laptop that was supposed to be able to run VR, but couldn't. I wanted to bring a VR headset for gaming since I'm traveling away from my spouse for a long trip this time (due to COVID, can't bring family or visitors). So, I built the pink shoebox and covered the top with sakura stickers. Overall, the case was easier to build in than I expected. I'd previously built in the Core V1, which was huge but frustrating. Cable management wasn't the best, but cables are able to be out of the way for a nice airflow channel down the middle. I had to 3d print the rear PSU bracket after Amazon pretended to have it in stock, then changed the delivery date to 2 months late. The top screws on the psu contact the frame when everything is shut, so it's all grounded. In the pictures on pcpp, there's a fan stuck on the top, it doesn't make any difference in temps since it runs at 5v on a modified usb cable. It's for moving air around if the pc is put in a tv stand here in Japan, it's just stored there when it's packed in a bag. I chose not to use an AIO due to not wanting the hassle of getting it through TSA, plus I don't really like water cooling in my builds. Temps are on the toasty side compared to a full size build, but stay below 80c even at full tilt. I found I get better temps with the CPU cooler fans on downdraft, despite the potential for turbulent flow in the case. Once the front fan kicks up to speed, there's no question about airflow. cool air in the front, hot air out the top vents. This tiny thing runs VR without breaking a sweat. Plays things like elite dangerous at 4k ultra no problem. at 1080p, it's quiet and cool running. Total cost came in cheaper than you'd think, but some parts were a little higher due to shortages and need. Spent about $2200 overall.
2020.10.21 13:45 IBMadManI Now Know Why They Are Called Weeping Willows
The last few months have gone much less than expected or planned. For reasons beyond merely the pandemic that has impacted everyone. There are a series of more personal events that have taken turn after turn this year. They all came to a head a few weeks ago. Let me go back a little bit first. I first met my ex-girlfriend at the start of our sophomore year in high school. She had just moved to the area and, presumably, done a private and last minute audition. It was the first day of band camp, over thirty-eight degrees Celsius with heat index, and not a single cloud in the sky to offer even a moment of peace from the blazing sun. We were just doing movement rehearsals outside when the drum major stopped us and our director told us to take a quick ten in the shade on the nearby trail. That was the first time the drumline was near the flute section and the first time I met Helen. Even with sweat plastering her bangs to her forehead, leaving thick trails across her summer camp shirt with the sleeves cut off, and rolling across her bare skin I was enamored. The gleam of her gray eyes rattled something deep inside of me. From the first moment I saw her, she held my complete and undivided attention. That continued through our first date, one year anniversary, and every other milestone we shared. Since that first day of band camp at the end of summer our sophomore year we were inseparable. I mean, truly inseparable. Like, make our friends gag type of inseparable. Names carved in a heart into the thick bark of a tree in my backyard and gave our virginities to each other the night before junior prom type of inseparable. Now, the cliché is to have sex for the first time on prom night, and that was the plan. However, the night before we were teasing one another so much about it that one thing lead to another and it happened. Anyway, as hard as we tried, we eventually accepted that we were not going to the same college. My college didn’t have a chemical engineering program. My grades weren’t getting a spot in her university. So, for the first time in over three years Helen and I would be separated for more than a week. But, like most headstrong, lovesick, high school sweethearts we were convinced we could make long distance work. It wasn’t real long distance after all. Just a little over an hour away from one another. Easy. Wrong. I should have taken the hints. During the last couple of weeks before going to school, Helen started making comments about how hard long distance was and all the tragic stories she had heard. I just continued to remind her that all of those other couples were not us. It almost seemed like a stroke of fate when I got notice that my college had decided to go virtual for this semester due to the pandemic. I thought this is it, this is how we stay together a little while longer and figure it all out. That glimmer of hope splintered quickly as she told me her university was doing a hybrid of in-class and online programs, so she still had to go to campus. Now we were going to be just under three hours apart. On Thursday night I went over to Helen’s house to have a “going away” dinner with her and her family. We played games and talked. Eventually, after everyone else had gone to bed, Helen and I went out to the backyard where we just laid together, awake, until sunrise. That Friday morning, I helped her pack the last few things in her car, reminded her that we were going to make it work and how much I loved her, laid a deep kiss on her lips, and watched her drive away. It was one of only a handful of times Helen had ever seen me cry. That was the last time I saw her in person. We talked every morning, texted throughout the day, and video called every night before bed. It wasn’t the same, and it sure as Hell was not enough, but it was all we had at the time. I attended my classes online and hung around with my friends from high school who were also denied access to their campuses of higher education they worked so hard to get into over the last few years. Helen told me about her lectures, labs, new people she was meeting, and old acquaintances she was reconnecting with. A girl from our high school was assigned as her roommate, so that should have given her a little touch of home. Slowly, over the first few weeks of the semester it began fading away. Our morning calls got shorter. Texts were fewer and farther between. Video calls were cut short or sometimes missed all together. I was concerned about her mental health and wellbeing. Was the stress of her schedule too much for Helen? Was she missing home that badly? Had something happened that she didn’t tell me about? I came to learn the truth by way of a random text. The other girl we had gone to high school with that Helen was rooming with reached out to me. I will never forget that night. My parents had taken my little sister on a trip for the weekend and left the house to me. Sitting on my porch with a few friends, we watched a summer lightning storm. It was the kind with heavy sheets of rain, but only a little thunder. The kind that lights the entire sky up in stark flashes and streaks. That’s when I got a paragraph-long text. At first, I plainly did not believe her and just shrugging it off like some sick joke. Then I grew angry that she could even think of something like that. Finally, I gave in and listened to her story. As it turns out, Helen began cheating on me and did not know how to tell me. She had hit it off with some older guy acting as a host at a “Social Distancing Welcome Party.” Not knowing what to do or how to process it all, I quickly sent everyone away. Standing in the yard alone, I watched the lightning and fought the urge to either scream or cry. I tried calling Helen to no answer. I texted to no response. I paced the yard like an animal, the lightning in the sky paralleling the cracking inside of me. Then, a bolt of lightning crashed too close for comfort. The flash was enough to make me stumble back and as I regained my composure, my attention was drawn to flickering reds and yellows. They were small at first, but quickly growing. The old green and gray weeping willow tree Helen and I had carved our names and a little heart into years ago was going up in flames before my very eyes. My first instinct was to salvage it. I wouldn’t want this landmark of our endless love to be gone when Helen and I worked through this, after all. I grabbed the first semi-practical thing within reach and ran to the tree. With a damp sheet left out on the porch, pulsing in the pouring rain, I whipped at the flame trying my damnedest to smother it. At first I was calm, but gradually grew more and more frantic. Before I knew it, I wasn’t trying to extinguish the fire as much as I was attacking the tree itself. I froze. A sudden and unexpected calm fell over me. I stared at the flames reaching higher and deeper into the willow’s trunk. For a brief moment, I was able to see a feminine face. It was Helen. It had to be Helen. She was taunting me. She was mocking me for not heeding her warnings or catching her signs. She knew this was going to happen. She may have even planned on it happening. I was just the fool that stood by and watched it. My body regained control and went into autopilot. Stomping through the mud and water gathering in the yard, I went to the shed and snatched an old wooden-handled axe. Returning to the tree, I began ferociously chopping at its aged and weathered trunk. With each strike of the blade more of the wood splintered away. With each flicker of the flame I saw the carving and the face laughing at me together. I swung that axe until the rough handle tore into my hands, leaving them little more than bloodied and blistered appendages growing numb from the rain and work. Then, I swung some more. I kept going until the handle gave in to the constant and repetitive burst, fracturing in my hands. All I could do then was fall to the ground and watch the tree burn in the storm. Eventually, all that stood was the charred husk of a once mighty monument. Only then was I able to pull myself away and go inside for the night. That night, I slept like a corpse. I don’t remember dreaming, changing my clothes, or even getting into bed. Regardless, I woke up feeling beaten and worn. Of course, I was still heartbroken, but this was something deeper than that. Maybe chopping at that tree and watching it burn wasn’t as cathartic as my slightly intoxicated brain thought. Maybe I was in some walking state of conscious denial and just wasn’t ready to process everything yet and it was wearing me down from the inside. Rolling over in bed, I checked my phone. I had a handful of texts from the friends I sent away the night before and a couple of consoling messages from the bearer of bad news. There was one single missed call from Helen from just after three in the morning. As I placed my feet on the hardwood floor I felt a quick and cold sensation. I stepped into a small puddle with a splat. Please tell me I didn’t throw up everywhere I thought to myself. I can deal with most things pretty well, but vomit always got me. All I could do was sit there for a moment, praying internally that I wasn’t standing in some form of late night, blackout regurgitation. Imagine my surprise and joy when I found that it was only water that I had stepped in. Just water. I took a deep, steadying breath before finally standing up. After a long and much needed morning stretch to awaken all of my joints and muscles, I started to make my way out of the room. Only, I felt more cold and heard another splash. More water. Clearly I tracked water through the house when I came in from the rain. A little rain water is nothing to worry about and could easily be wiped up after a cup of coffee. I walked through more water, disregarding it as just a problem for later. It wasn’t until I got to the steps that the idea occurred to me: maybe I should make sure not to splash it around and make more of a mess for myself. At the steps I watched my footing carefully as to not disturb the water. Three or four steps down I noticed a few things. The little puddles were much smaller than my feet. But, some of the water probably already dried up, so that wasn’t too much of a surprise. They were in little patterns: an oval of the foot with smaller circles where the toes would be. Simple enough, but I could have sworn I saw the boots I was wearing by my bedroom door. Based on the patterns, the prints would have had a sixth toe on the outside of the foot roughly the same size as the big toe. Last time I checked I still only had five toes per foot. Finally, there were two sets of prints: one going up the stairs and another coming down. Those last two realizations made my blood pump just a little bit faster. Who the Hell could have been in here? A small part of me, just the tiniest sliver in the back of my head, imagined for a fleeting moment that they were Helen’s. Maybe she heard about me finding out and she drove through the night to see me. She was just in the bathroom or something. I hoped that was the case until I remembered the sixth toe. About that time I started to smell coffee wafting from downstairs. Someone had to be home. If it wasn’t Helen, perhaps my family was back early or a friend stopped by to check on me. The sixth toe part of things was more than likely just an effect of some water splashing or me misreading things in my waking state. I followed the smell of coffee to the kitchen. Reaching the counter bar, just across from the coffee pot, I closed my eyes and took a long, deep inhale. Immediately, I started to gag. A foul, putrid smell filled me out of nowhere. Rushing to the sink in case I did finally throw up, I tripped over something. With a heavy thud, I crashed to the floor, bending my wrist a little too far back and catching my chin on the top of a step stool my mom and sister use to reach the top shelf of the cabinets. Rolling on to my back, I rubbed my face. I used my right hand at first, but the rush of pain was almost too much. Now, my focus was on massaging my injured wrist with my other hand. As my nervous system began to calm down, I propped myself up on my elbows. That’s when I saw it. In the middle of the kitchen lay an already rotting and decay corpse of a young woman. Her skin was already gray and patchy while her hair was as lively red as a freshly formed flame. There were no eyes in their sockets and her jaw was pulled well passed as far as it should have been able to extend. A bulge protruding from just above her right shoulder looked as if her neck had been snapped. The most high pitched and feminine scream I had ever conjured tore from my throat. Jumping to my feet I watched the body as if it was going to start moving, shambling without warning like some kind of cheesy jump scare. As I slowly crept around, still flooded with the irrational fear of the dead reanimating, a loud, screeching wail filled the room. The alarm started going off as I noticed the source of the coffee smell. The pot itself was not brewing, but instead an old, cast iron pan I had never seen before was bellowing smoke as a pile of coffee grounds burnt on its hot, black surface. I turned off the burner, removed the pan from the still hot burner, and covered it in baking powder before sprinting out the front door. Standing on the porch, already soaking wet from a mixture of sweat and morning humidity, I called the police. The operator started asking me questions like how the body looked and stuff like that. I told them about the wet prints, but wasn’t able to answer a few of the specifics on the body. Cautiously, I moved back into the house to try and get the information they needed. “Sir, please stay on the line,” the woman on the other side of the line instructed me. “Of course.” “Dispatch is on their way. Now, can you tell me, approximately, how tall the woman is?” I fell silent. “Sir, are you still there?” I couldn’t answer. “Please respond and stay on the line until dispatch arrives.” Without a word, I hung up the phone and stood there just staring at the kitchen. The smoke alarm had stopped. The pan and the corpse were gone. No trace of anything that had just happened remained. When the police finally arrived I explained the situation to them. They took pictures of the house, including the wet prints that apparently lead from the back door, up the stairs, into my bedroom, and then back out the way they came. “You know it is a major offense to file a false police report, right, son?” “Yes, sir. It was here. I promise you that.” “I’m sure it was. How about you take this.” He slipped a business card into my hand. “And, ah, make sure there is actually a crime before calling us out here next time.” “At the very least someone broke into my house last night!” “I hardly consider some drunk fool forgettin’ he stumbled about the rain a crime. Now, you have a nice day. Ya hear?” Before I could say anything else, the officers left my house. Walking to their car, they signaled for the other first responders that it was a false alarm with a wave of their hands. I looked at the card he had given me. It was for a drug and toxicology testing facility the next town over. I finally got my cup of coffee and took a few minutes to recollect myself on the back porch. After a lengthy internal debate I decided to not tell my family about what happened for two reasons. First, I didn’t want to worry them in case I really had just blacked out and was slightly losing my mind. Second, I didn’t want to ruin my little sister’s weekend. For most of the day I just lounged around the house and avoided the mountain of work that was already piling up from online classes. I played some video games and watched some purely stupid videos online. As badly as I wanted to, I avoided calling Helen again. Late into the evening I heard a heavy wind start howling outside. The branches and needles of evergreen pines danced through the pale light of a crescent moon. It was still warm enough to warrant a tank top, but cool enough to call for jeans. The perfect seasonal cusp of weather. Sitting outside and enjoying a smoke, I looked out to the willow tree for the first time that day. At least that was still battered and scorched. As far as I could tell, that hadn’t been some strange hallucination. I worked up the courage to go examine the remains of the tree up close. As I reached out to touch the charred bark, I realized I was instinctively reaching to where Helen and I had carved our names all those years ago. I felt a single tear roll down my cheek. Then, as my fingertips grazed the burnt bark, a flash of scenes flipped in the front of my mind like a distorted montage. The footprints, the burning tree, the corpse in the kitchen, the face in the flame, and the coffee on the stove. All of it. I came to, laying on the ground once again. At this time the need to try and calm myself from the events of the last twenty-four hours faded as the need to figure out what was going on rushed in. Getting to my feet, I ran back to the house. About halfway there, a strange noise echoed from the woods behind the house. The only way I can describe it is as if a wolf’s howl was broken and segmented like an older woman’s cackle. I still can’t explain why, but I kicked it into double speed to get back in the house as soon as possible. Once inside, I stood at the window just watching the woods beyond the yard. Waiting for something to emerge from the tree line, I never thought to ask myself what I would do if something did, in fact, come out. After a few minutes, only hearing the sound a couple more times, I gave up and retreated to my computer in the living room. Hours must have passed while I sat there searching every combination of words that I could think of in failed attempt after failed attempt to find the right search engine optimized set. It wasn’t until I cut my searches down did I finally find something. I learned that burning coffee is an old trick for masking the smell of dead bodies used by homicide investigators and murders for a little over a century. It wasn’t much, but a start is a start. “Faces in flames” just gave me a lot of angsty image results. “Seeing corpses” lead to a lot of fiction stories and helplines for potential psychological breakdowns. “Water prints” mostly offered different types of shoes to order for aquatic athletics and water color paintings. I heard a gentle creaking noise from the kitchen. Looking over, I could see nothing but deep shadows cast across the walls from the thin moonlight. Most of the kitchen was encased in this darkness from the cabinets, refrigerator, and all sorts of other odds and ends hanging in the way. One patch of dim light had traces of the branches’ shadow dancing through it from just outside the window. Albeit a little unsettling given the things that happened earlier, nothing seemed out of the ordinary. Rooms get darker without a light on and shadows abound. All of this is normal. But, since I was still feeling a little off, I needed to check it out further. Retrieving my phone from my pocket, I slowly brought it up and extended it in front of me. I can’t say for certain if I was going slowly to avoid making noise that would either startle whatever may be there or risk drawing more attention to myself or if I was just too scared to move at full speed. Regardless, before I could turn the flashlight on, I heard another creak. Or, more specifically, a series of creaks. Gentle and rhythmic as if something were rocking in place. Back and forth. Back and forth. A slow, almost methodical tempo. Why I didn’t choose to approach the kitchen and just turn the damn light on is still beyond me. The most likely reason goes back to me being too afraid to move, but that is still a hard thing for me to admit, even to myself. My thumbs slid around the screen and eventually got to where I could flip the flashlight on. Just then, the creaking stopped. I hung in that moment of thick silence before taking a deep breath. My thumb pressed against the little icon. I took another breath. My thumb released from the icon. A flurry of noise assaulted me as the howling cackle flooded the room. Dead center in the soft light from the phone, I caught a glimpse of a figure. Feminine and lean with a protruding belly. Her skin was painfully white and marked all over with dark smudges. Wiry hair extended from her eyeless head in matted angles littered with leaves and twigs. Her flowing, brown poncho clung to her form as she rushed towards me, cackling and howling all the way. She made her way from the kitchen, across the dining room area, and to where I stood at the invisible, but understood edge between the latter and the living room. My body tightened and coiled inward. I couldn’t see a weapon in her possession and it didn’t appear that she was going to reach out and claw me or anything. She kept straight and true, more like she was going to run into me. Maybe a tackle at most. Bracing for impact, I felt a waft of heat. Starting as a warm breeze you may feel coming off the ocean late at night, it quickly grew into the harsh, dry burst of heat you may feel when opening the door in the afternoon of a heat advisory. Then, nothing. I stood there for a few moments and, as my breathing evened out, I opened my eyes to find nothing in the house. At least, as far as I could see. Maybe I am just going crazy. An internal debate waged on as I began to question my own sanity. I was conscious of myself enough to know that Helen’s actions had shaken me to a deep and foundational level, but had it been enough to actually make me lose my mind? All of these concerns were washed away when I noticed the wet foot prints leading from the back door, through the kitchen, and then at me, disappearing just a step or two ahead of where I stood. The idea hit me out of nowhere, much like how I expected the woman to. Rushing back to my computer, I searched two words. Cackle Howl. It took a few seconds for the page to load any results, most of which were stock audio recordings, information about some video game add-on, or links to this honestly terrible garage punk band out of Europe. It wasn’t until halfway down page four of the results that I finally find something useful. Cackle howl, also referred to as the Late Laugh or Carolina Hyena Call, is a sound often used in Gullah folklore. The Cackle Howl is said to be the noise made by the spirit of a tormented woman, most commonly manifested as a Willow Witch, Weeping Witch, or any combination of those three words. It is believed by many groups in the southeastern United States that some women turned evil who die before their natural time have their spirits trapped inside a weeping willow tree. This is used to explain why weeping willows tend to have shorter life expectancies (an average of 50 years) than other species as the evil spirit poisons them. If, however, a weeping willow is desecrated before the spirit has experienced their full cycle, the spirit has been released. The spirit cannot harm you or interact in any way unless summoned. The details of summoning a Willow Witch vary by geographic region, but the call tends to be more or less similar. The oldest recorded document of the Willow Witches’ Prayer dates back to 1812 from a Carolina Plantation library. The spirit, I do call, from the moss that fetters The willow, she weeps so still The witch that I seek, betrayer false matters The weeping, more than tears, it spills Please guide off to what I seek and teach me of your strength For the Willow Witch knows, with noose in toe, the always proper length The spirit, I do call, from the moss that binds The willow, she weeps to none The witch that I seek, she blurs the lines The weeping has yet to begun History of Willow Witches explains that often times individuals, most commonly women, call or summon a Willow Witch for guidance in matters of evil and acts of violence. A Willow witch must be freed from a desecrated Weeping Willow tree before summoned. Later, the call was repurposed as a nursery rhyme, of sorts, to deter children from pursuing evil deeds by citing the last line to mean that it is them who are left weeping, not what they focus their deeds towards. The prayer not only calls a witch to you, but grants them access to interacting with you as well as the target of your bad intentions. Parents rectify saying this to children as there are no bad intentions or targets for evil in them reciting it. I sat on the couch, leaning over to get my face as close as possible to the computer screen without smudging it with the tip of my nose. For the first time in nearly twenty-four hours, I felt like laughing. And not just a little chuckle, but bursting out into a fit of knee slapping laughter. The only thing that really stopped me was fear that someone nearby may hear it and support the idea I was going insane. But, seriously, witches is the best the entirety of the internet had for me? In all honesty, that was probably the best thing for me to have read. It was so ridiculous that I felt at ease and was able to just close my computer and go about my night. A few hours later, as I finally made my way to bed, I lay there just thinking about the story of the Willow Witches. The legend bounced around in my head, made me laugh once more, and I started to drift off to sleep. Then I heard the floor boards creak. Slow and rhythmic, just like it had been in the kitchen. Back and forth. Back and forth. Surely, this was all part of a dream. It’s my fault for filling my head with this nonsense just before bed. Creak and creak. Back and forth. Years ago I had read little tricks for waking yourself up when you realized you were in a dream. It was part of a lengthy game of what if Helen and I were playing at the time. What would you do if you figured out you were trapped in a nightmare and had to escape? A quick flash of light or making a loud noise within the dreamscape often did, supposedly. There was also the option of pinching yourself. Just, whatever you did, avoid peeing in the dream world because… well… I’m sure you get the idea. With the bravery of existing within my subconscious, I rolled over and flipped the lamp on my nightstand on in one, fluid motion. The room burst into the dull hue of an energy efficient light bulb shielded by a thin shade. Nonetheless, it was enough. In the far corner of the room crouched the woman. This time, she stood in the light as if she were studying me for a moment. She grinned widely showing her jagged teeth filled with dirt and mud, and licked her lips. We stared at one another for a moment before she burst into action. She nearly leapt across the room and landed next to me on the bed. I tried to get up, to run away, to grab something to fight the woman off. It was no use. She grabbed about my wrists and held me still with an unexpected strength. Tossing and turning, I tried my best to get her off of me, but it was no use. Slowly, the adrenaline coursing through me began to fade and my body gradually went limp and gave in to her hold. Leaning in closely, so close that I could smell the rot and decay of low tide wafting on her breath, she looked deep into my eyes. At least, if felt like she did as she still bore empty sockets in her face. Her face grew serious. After a few more seconds, she nodded, kissed my forehead, and scurried out of the room. The first thing that ran through my mind was that this was all an elaborate dream. That was, until I realized that my arms were sore and my wrist hurt from where she held me. I couldn’t feel pain if this was a dream, could I? The next thing I needed to check is if there was any evidence. Sure enough, wet prints lead through the house, across my room, and a thin puddle sat where she had been crouched in the corner. Running to the bathroom, I checked the mirror and sure enough, black and brown smudged lip prints marked my forehead. I searched the house and could not find the strange woman anywhere. Her prints appeared to lead out the back door and dents in the still soft and damp grass told me she went to the burnt willow tree. From there, it was a mystery. As hard as I tried, I could not fall back to sleep. I told myself again and again that it was all some strange dream. I wasn’t losing my mind, I was just a little stressed with everything going on. It would be fine. I would be fine. Everything was fine. I wish I could say I believed any of that. Since I could not sleep, I figured the only logical thing to do was torment myself even more. I thought about how the woman touched me and it hurt. The words from the article on Gullah folklore ran through my mind over and over again. However, the spirit cannot harm you or interact in any way unless summoned. I hadn’t summoned it in any way. I hadn’t read the prayer allowed or had any ill-will in my heart even if I had. A little more digging online brought me some more answers a lot quicker this time. Apparently some circles of spiritualists and occultists believe in a thing called cerebral manifestation of will. The short explanation of this is that not all prayers, summons, spells, or incantations have to be read aloud. In fact, some groups argue that it is often better to do it internally so you can focus more on the words and their meanings than projecting them. Was just reading the Willow Witch Prayer enough to summon her to me? What ill-will did I possess to reach out to her? And then my phone rang. It was a little before three in the morning when our old high school acquaintance called me. What else could she possibly have to tell me? If Helen want’s to apologize she was going to have to wait until I was ready to hear her voice again, then we could work on it. But, don’t have your friends start calling me. I declined the call. Almost immediately, she called again. “Hello,” I answered in a growl. “It’s Helen.” “No it isn’t. What are you talking about?” “I’m not saying it’s Helen on the phone. Helen is the problem.” “That became clear when she cheated…” “Listen, Helen is missing.” “What are you talking about?” “We had a couple people hanging out in our dorm. I ran to the bathroom and they went to grab something from their room. When we all got back, Helen was nowhere to be found.” “I’m assuming she went for a walk. Or maybe over to her new guy’s place.” “We already tried there! There is no trace of her.” “Well, what the Hell are you calling me for?” “Maybe you know something.” “Are you accusing me of something here?” “That isn’t what I said!” “Then make it a little clearer.” “Just, was she a good swimmer?” “Come again?” “Was Helen a good swimmer?” “Pretty good.” What an odd question. “Why do you ask?” “There is just water all over the place and we were wondering if she maybe went out to jump in the pond, came back to change, then went back out… I don’t know. I’m a little frantic right now!” There is just so much water. Those words rang in my head as I slowly put the phone down and hung up. There is just so much water. The cackling howl echoed from outside again. I rushed to the back door in time to see the faint outline of something fade into the burnt willow tree dragging something along with it. I opened the door and felt a light crunch and squish as I stepped out. A small box-like shape woven of Spanish Moss lay on the ground. As I picked it up, I felt something warm drip from between the strings. Peeling the top layer back I found what looked like two white blobs with oddly familiar stunningly gray spots on them. Without warning, I suddenly felt at ease.
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2020.10.21 11:33 GermasiansensationUnder 1000$ Ryzen 1080p gaming/video editing build. Pcpartpicker list included. Please check if everything is ok for my use case.
What will you be doing with this PC? Be as specific as possible, and include specific games or programs you will be using.
1080p gaming, video editing
What is your maximum budget before rebates/shipping/taxes?
1000$ (hard cap 1200$)
When do you plan on building/buying the PC? Note: beyond a week or two from today means any build you receive will be out of date when you want to buy.
Not anytime soon.
What, exactly, do you need included in the budget? (ToweOS/monitokeyboard/mouse/etc)
See pcpartpicker list below.
Which country (and state/province) will you be purchasing the parts in? If you're in US, do you have access to a Microcenter location?
If reusing any parts (including monitor(s)/keyboard/mouse/etc), what parts will you be reusing? Brands and models are appreciated.
Re-using mouse and keyboard, will get a used monitor on ebay probably.
Will you be overclocking? If yes, are you interested in overclocking right away, or down the line? CPU and/or GPU?
down the line, I plan on just using the included cpu fan for now.
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none of the above.
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WiFi is needed, my download speeds are capped at 100mbits
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it has to be mini itx, no led.
Do you need a copy of Windows included in the budget? If you do need one included, do you have a preference?
Please check out my build here and tell me if it is a good enough build for my use case below, I would appreciate if you could tell me if all the parts make sense or if I should exchange something. I am also hoping to replace the CPU at some point in the future with Ryzen 5:
"When I put in the request for some hitters I didn't expect to get a team of scalp collectors." The grey-haired and stubble-faced OGA spook we were suddenly assigned to joked as he entered our hooch without knocking. Just another typical day in the SAD... Lee (Our Team Lead) responded to the sour joke regarding war crime allegations against our team, by holding out a gloved hand towards the man. The man shook Lee's hand with a firm grip, causing the long sleeves of his combat shirt to shift, revealing a sleeve tattoo of a serpent on his massive left forearm. "You all can call me Martin and before we step off I just want to say that it's damn good to be working alongside Team guys again," He glanced around the room at all of us, "There's no one else I'd want to cover my six in a fight.". "Likewise..." I responded, shaking his hand next as we left the warmth of the hooch and into the night. Our eight-man team exited the "Compound" that we shared with the other SOF teams in the area without a word as they went about their business. "Allen you seem off... You good bro?" Lucky (Another assaulter) asked while scratching his bushy ginger beard that was reminiscent of a Game Of Thrones character as we passed one of the HESCO bunkers "Shit... I... I lost it." I patted around my combat pants and fleece pockets franticly. "Lost what? Your tampons?" He chuckled before his face went serious, "Oh god, don't tell me it was your wedding band." He glanced around on the barren trash covered fields surrounding us, "Dude, Lauren is going to castrate you with dental floss if she finds out you lost it.". Wrecker (One of our breachers) decided to shave his mountain man beard in favor of a mustache, shrugged in amusement. I quickly pulled my hand out of my fleece pocket from under my kit, giving Lucky the finger causing them to chuckle as I spoke up once more, "I plan on seeing you two at my little girl's birthday party when we're stateside yeah? It's only fair since I've been to all of your kids' parties after all.". "I'll bring my boys and beers." Wrecker answered first, running a hand over his thick mustache. "What about you Lucky?" I asked with a grin, blowing air into my hands in an attempt to warm them from the freezing night-time temperatures that tended to linger as the sun began to crest over the horizon, turning the deathly pale lit sky into a bloody orange color. "I'll bring the steaks but I don't think Jess will go, she's at that "fight the power" stage and is wanting to go see her mother six states over." He answered through clenched teeth as we climbed into the second dust-covered truck in the column that awaited us. "Raider-Two this is One, how are things looking back there?" Lee's static-filled voice asked over the squad channel after thirty minutes of driving in awkward silence. I keyed the PTT button bound to my kit and opened my mouth to speak when we hit a giant hole in the road, causing me to slam into the door frame with an audible Thud as the guys in the backseat let out curses. "Raider-One, -Two... we're solid," I responded, rubbing my sore shoulder while cursing under my breath. "Check, everyone stay frosty, we're in indian territory." Came Lee's response as a group of refugees drifted past us like ghosts. Shadowy contorted figures lined both sides of the road in front of us and as the ambient light grew brighter, revealing that the "Figures" were women, children, and men all frozen in states of rigor mortis and in various states of decay. The sight sent a chill down my spine as I pulled my eyes away and scanned the surrounding area for threats, hugging my modified HK416 a little closer to my chest. This fucked up conflict has hurt more than just stock values and some oil Barron's pockets. I was snapped out of my internal rant by two Russian SU-25s that boomed overhead in a low flyby towards the city to the north of us before a streak of red tracer fire lagged lazily behind them. The jets looped in a wide arc, avoiding the firey red tracers before starting their approach from the east, dropping their payloads, and pulling off at full speed. A few seconds later dull thuds shook the ground beneath us followed by distant deep bassed Booms as we pulled onto a dirt trail. "Lots of players at the table," Wrecker spoke up from the backseat as we passed the charred remains of a minivan stuck in a ditch at a crossroads we turned onto. The reason this image is still seared into my memory was what remained in the backseat. It was only a fraction of a second but I managed to capture it clearly like a photo. In the back seat was a small foot with a melted pink shoe stuck to it that rested over the end of a melted car seat. "It's only a matter of time now before someone folds." Lucky's voice pulled me back to reality as we finally arrived at an abandoned glass factory on the outskirts of the city. A skinny figure came out from one of the supervisor offices to our left before walking into the headlights. "Allen, Lee! It's good to see you, my friends!" Ed, our terp and long-time friend from previous deployments, greeted us with a bear hug as we exited the trucks. "I see that you have a new watch for the collection." I pointed to his wrist before looking down at my Sunnto watch, the digital numbers read 0730. "Oh! yeah, I got his one from a group of Rangers after helping them down in (REDACTED) a few weeks ago." He responded with a sheepish grin, showing off the oversized G-Shock watch on his wrist before Martin joined us at the hood of the truck. "Listen up! We're going in with a local militia team headed by a fighter called Hasheem, who agreed to fight alongside us. Lee, I want you and your team to assist with the door-to-door search for this shithead, he's our HVT." Martin placed a small tablet over the map he put on the hood of the truck before tapping the screen. The picture that popped up made us look at one another with confused glances. "Is this a joke?" Lucky asked looking over at Martin with a frown, "Allen put a bullet through his skull a few weeks ago. Hell, you were probably there, we took his prints, photos, and everything." Lucky tapped the hood, shifting his stance uncomfortably as I ran a hand through my shaggy hair. "According to HUMINT and our drone feeds he's alive and well in the area that I have highlighted." Martin tapped on the southern section of the map marked in red, "I figured since you've dealt with the guy previously you might be able to pick him out if our Russian and Daesh friends haven't got to him yet.". "Are Hasheem and his men ready?" I asked taking in every detail of the picture. The laid back atmosphere was now gone and replaced by a sense of eagerness and determination. "On standby and waiting for my word," Martin answered, pulling the shemagh hanging over his shoulders up over his head. The HVT looked the same as the night I put a bullet in him. Short with a strong build of a weight lifter, his black long hair was cut short and beard well-groomed. The only thing that was off was the center of his face seemed slightly deformed. How are you still alive? We arrived in the search area fifteen minutes later accompanied by Hasheem and eight of his fighters, bringing us up to twenty-six men total including the OGA guys. Destroyed and ransacked buildings surrounded us like giant skeletal fingers as we began our search down the cluttered streets of our target area. I peeled away from the main group and entered a tea shop as Ed, Wrecker, and Lucky followed close behind. "Hasheem shouldn't be trusted bro," Ed whispered as I flipped over a large patch of carpet in the center of the darkened room, revealing a large brown stain and putrid remains of a body. "Why is that Ed?" I asked scanning a doorway leading further into the structure. "He's..." Ed was cut off by a sudden burst of static and yelling from his handheld radio we used to monitor ICOM chatter. "It's... A survivor, calling for help." Ed spoke fast as he held the radio to his ear. "He's in the (REDACTED) hotel, three blocks down.". I relayed the information to Lee, exiting the shop to see the other half of the mixed up team moving up the street with weapons raised. "Check, we're on it," Lee responded as I joined a group of Hasheem's guys in a destroyed restaurant a few blocks down from us. A sudden clatter of metal on metal followed by a heated commotion broke out from further inside the darkened structure as my boots stepped on the glass littering the marble floors with a loud Crunch with each step taken. Ed pushed past me and took point into a back room, "I don't trust these guys." He mumbled. I followed closely as he stepped through a set of double doors that lead into a massive kitchen. We were greeted by the sight of three militiamen, who were standing over the dead naked body of a man surrounded by empty brass casings and dead fighters that were still clutching onto their weapons. "What the hell happened in here?" I asked curiously as Ed started to repeat the question in Arabic to our cohorts, "Ed you don't have to ask them." I stopped him midsentence as it finally hit him. "Oh... Right." Ed shook his head in agreement as he crouched down next to the dead man. The naked man was shot to shreds. What remained of his head lay in a puddle of gore and gray matter inside the doorframe of a walk-in freezer that had been off for some time that was still filled with rotten food that stunk up the room as flies buzzed around. "Damn, he's gone." Wrecker coughed as he spat a stream of tobacco juice onto the floor followed by the sudden clicking of claws on the floor that caused me to look back once more. Cujo, our working dog, came scrambling into the cramped back room with Duncan, her handler in tow. Duncan's AOR1 patterned combat pants were stained with dirt, soot, and what looked like blood as Cujo clawed her way into the freezer. "Found more fighters in the hotel along with some of our Russian friends.". He wiped a line of sweat off his face with the back of his dirty hand as he followed her, stepping over the dead bodies and into the freezer as the gunshots echoed through the streets. Who the hell is shooting? "Disregard the shooting, it's the fuckin' Militia guys shooting parked cars." Someone called out on the radio, answering my question as Cujo scratched at the wall before yapping loudly before sitting. "Good girl!" Duncan cooed, pulling on a metal panel revealing a pully device. "Want me to send her in?" Duncan asked looking between us. "I need to clear the entrance first." Wrecker spoke as traced for any traps, "Allen call it in. I'll get this door open.". "Check," I peeled back into the kitchen and glanced around, "Ed can you get these fucking guys to pull security or do something useful?" I asked, pointing at the bored-looking militia members who just walked around the room as dull thuds echoed from upstairs. "Actually, get them to go check out that noise upstairs." I gave him a quick thumbs-up with a fake smile before pointing to the ceiling. "Uh, sure thing." He replied before yelling at the men who just frowned at him and walked out. "Raider-One this is Two, we have a hidden compartment at the restaurant you passed. We're going to investigate." I released the PTT button and looked back, "Ed! Make sure nobody shoots us in the ass.". On a cement support slab above me, was faded Russian writing under the Hammer and Sickle insignia from the former Soviet Union. "Smells like a public pool in here." Wrecker spoke with a sneer, activating the light mounted to his rifle revealing a corridor at the bottom of the stairwell as Cujo looked up at me with her pink tongue poking out from the side of her mouth with a look that said, Playtime?. "Search," Duncan ordered. Cujo snapped her head towards the hall and began her sweep down the reinforced cement corridor. Observation windows and reinforced doors lined the walls in a staggered column down the hallway. I glanced inside one as we passed it, seeing a metal table with a decomposed body strapped to it along with dated medical equipment beside it. "Looks like one of the chemical caches we hit a few days back," I whispered as we passed another door that was ripped off its hinges, dried blood was speckled on the floor and walls as I stepped inside the entryway only to have Wrecker call my name. I rushed to his voice to see him in a storage room, holding a gas mask covered in cobwebs and dust in both hands before crouching down over a wooden crate with big red letters in Russian seemed to say, Don't fuck with. "Should I open pandora's box?" He asked looking up at me while tracing the top of the crate. "Hell no! Document it, and let's get out of here," I responded, walking into the previous room I had passed. A large metal table sat in front of the observation window with blood-soaked documents scattered on it along with a cassette deck that I pocketed. On the right side of the room was a line of cages along the wall stacked up to the ceiling that sat open and empty. It was unnerving and made the hair on my neck stand up. "Grab everything." A voice called out from beside me, causing me to pivot towards it with my rifle at the ready only to see Martin standing there as Cujo and Duncan went up the stairs. "Everything?" I asked looking at the documents in front of me. He gave me a nod and stepped out. "I swear... If I get fuckin' killed because of this stupid fuckin'..." Wrecker muttered as he hefted the "Nope" box up the flight of stairs with carefully placed steps as I tried not to drop the two huge boxes of reports tucked under both of my arms. We were halfway to the trucks when I spotted two militia guys in my peripheral vision, who tried to push a parked car out from the middle of the road across from us as another group closer to them watched in amusement while laughing. These guys are fucking amateurs where'd Martin find them? I faced them while walking, screaming every phrase short of "fuck off" in Arabic as the two men slammed into the back of the car once more. It rocked forward and they disappeared in a bright flash. Things went dark and I suddenly felt weightless. I finally managed to pry my eyes open to see nothing but dust and stray papers falling from the sky as distant screaming and a high-pitched ringing filled my ears. Shit, this hurts! I craned my neck over to see Wrecker scanning our flanks with his P226 in his off-hand as a piece of jagged shrapnel protruded from the forearm of his shooting hand. He coughed hard, sending out a wad of blood that lapped over his chin as a small white object skittered across the pavement as he coughed again. I tried to sit up straight sending a sharp pain through my body as I clutched my rifle. "Move! Move!" Someone yelled over the radio as one of the men got pulled back into the restaurant by their legs. "Allen! Allen! You good bro?" Lucky's distant voice and bearded face suddenly appeared in front of me as he helped me up to my feet. "Lee! Allen and Wrecker are hit!" His face contorted into a look of anger. "Can you walk? I need you to walk buddy, you're fucking heavy.". "I... I can... Walk..." I stammered, reading my rifle as I took a wobbly step towards the trucks. Hasheem, the militia leader who I didn't see until now, came strutting towards us from one of the shops wearing a red beret and aviators with an ancient-looking M9 clutched in his right hand. "What are we running for?" He asked in heavily accented English while pointing towards the restaurant. "Who's in there?". "Get your fucking guys situated on this street and pull security!" Lucky yelled at him, spittle flying from his mouth as a raging gunfight suddenly broke out. Hasheem's brow furrowed as the dead naked man, who now had a portion of his head back, slowly walked into the street accompanied by small contorted blood-soaked creatures that had bone-like spines sticking out from their pale skin. They moved on all fours like fucked up humanoid dogs in our direction while snapping their jaws lined with razor-sharp teeth. What the fuck... One of Hasheem's men quickly set up a PKM on an overturned table next to us and fired down the street. I watched in horror as Chunks of flesh and bone spewed from the creatures who seemed to shrug off the rounds, sending a wave of fear through my scrambled mind. "Yalla! Yalla!" Hasheem screamed while firing into the group as the naked man reached into a rubble pile by his feet, ripping out a piece of rebar before throwing it like a fucking javelin with his good hand. The piece of rebar cut through the air and impacted with the PKM gunner's head with a sickening wet crunch, stopping the gunfire as the poor bastard fell onto the street with a confused look on his mangled face. "Send in the QRF! Now!" Martin yelled as he picked up the "Nope" crate that landed on the sidewalk a few meters away while maneuvering towards the lead truck in the column behind us. In my TBI-induced state, I tripped over a severed leg or rock? Just as a chunk of cement the size of a basketball flashed past my head by an inch, impacting the windshield of the lead truck as I landed on my back. Lee suddenly appeared out of nowhere, taking a knee beside me as he steadied the aim of the stubby M79 40mm grenade launcher in his hands. The M79 burped with a Fwoomp as the HE round landed short, sending dust, blood, and chunks of pavement into the air as he helped me back up, sending waves of nausea and pain through my body. Lucky jumped into the bed of the lead truck and reappeared with a 240, letting loose a stream of fire as the other OGA guys joined the fight Adrenaline burned through my veins like liquid fire as more creatures poured out from the restaurant and into the street like a flood. Trying to control my fear, I steadied my aim fired a short controlled burst at the cluster of creatures who were tearing through the militia and OGA guys attempting to run. Time seemed to speed up as one of my rounds split a creature's head in two as it clawed at an OGA guy who fell over his buddy. He clutched a small cylindrical object in his hand as the large group swarmed over him before they went up in a bloody dust cloud as the shockwave rattled my skull as I hunkered down behind the engine block of the truck. "Are they..." Ed asked aloud, peeking from behind the tailgate of the lead vehicle as the gunfire stopped, leaving us in silence as debris and body parts pelted my helmet as I swapped out my empty magazine. Four mags down six to go... I did a quick self-check, wiping blood from my nose before glancing behind me to see Wrecker being worked on by Lucky when a single shot rang out. I snapped my rifle towards the creatures only to see Hasheem. He started to cheer and clap with his men around the dead and dying creatures that were still clawing at them. I tried to yell when a sudden wave of nausea hit, causing me to almost double over as Ed shouted. I watched through blurred vision as Hasheem's victory was cut short when the not so dead naked man suddenly sat back up and pulled him down into his lap. In one fluid motion, he snapped Hasheem's neck at an unnatural angle before throwing him to the side as his men screamed out in terror. "Shit! Shit! Shit!" Ed was losing his cool as another cluster of creatures emerged from an alleyway to our left. I picked my targets, placing kill shots that only seemed slow their advance as the creatures with working extremities from the grenade blast began to crawl towards us. I swapped out another magazine and glanced back to see a group of humvees screeching to a stop a few yards behind us as Martin yelled at the lead vehicle's crew, the guy mounting the Ma' Deuce opened fire. Then a man wearing a uniform I didn't recognize exited from the back seat with an AT-4 anti-tank weapon in hand. "Clear backblast!" He yelled out behind me as I continued firing. "Backblast clear!" Someone else yelled back over the deafening gunfire from the Ma' Deuce "Rocket!" The projectile flashed down the street and landed at the feet of the naked man, turning him and those around him into bloody chunks of meat and pink mist. "Move!" The man that was holding the AT-4 ordered as he pushed past me with a small group at his side. A few seconds later he came back with the severed head of... (REDACTED)... Our target. (REDACTED)'s good eye looked around with firey anger until it met with mine. A sudden look of recognition flashed in it as he tried to speak with what remained of his jaw that hung limply to one side as his left eye swung from its ruined orbital socket. Hours passed after making a short pitstop back at the "Compound" and we were finally back in FOB (REDACTED), now clad in civilian clothing with our kits stowed and ready for the long flight home. It's time to leave this blood-soaked battlefield for a while, I thought, pulling the pair of Gatorz down over my eyes While limping towards the open cargo ramp of the waiting C-130 on the flight line. I felt like I was being watched and decided to glance around, spotting Martin off to my right who instantly waved me over with a bandaged hand. Shit... "I'll be back." I winced, blowing air through my teeth as I broke off from the team. Martin met with me halfway accompanied by a lean man around my height with a goatee along with a blonde-haired woman with blazing blue eyes. "This world hides terrible secrets Allen," Martin's gaze was distant as he lit a cigarette that hung loosely from his lips, "What you witnessed today was just one of them.". He nodded towards the man and woman as he blew a plume of smoke up into the air, "These two are apart of my team. You can expect to see them in the future.". He took another long drag and stubbed out the cigarette, placing the butt into the cargo pocket of his combat pants before holding out his good hand. I shook it without saying a word before rejoining the rest of my team as they walked up the massive cargo ramp.
hi guys! very complicated situation. gonna try to keep it short, but idk how. i DO NOT consent to this being posted anywhere else. and please, if you recognize my family by this situation, please don’t show this to my parents. please. i just need advice. i’m actually, literally begging anyone for advice; there are multiple things to know abt my family: -i (19f) live with my parents (50ish), my grandma (70’s), my siblings (15f, 15f, and 12m) and my partner (20f). my partner and i do not pay rent, but have always done household chores. we’re both full time students and work jobs. -we live in a fairly large house in a wealthy neighborhood bc my grandma foolishly bought it and asked my parents to move in to help her pay. they couldn’t afford it, but did anyways, so after 2-3 years here, we’re being evicted. house is already sold. need to be out by Dec. other than this, my parents do not support my grandma -my girlfriend’s relationship with her parents was very rocky after hs, as they were not ok with her being gay. this has since changed and things are slowly healing. this was why she moved in with us, which i am very grateful for. -i have pretty bad mental issues that have been left undealt with throughout my youth. i had seen professionals who said my parents should get me help, and they’d always just say “they’re working on it.” this was from 7thgrade-12th grade. never got much help. -despite me asking constantly throughout my teen years, my parents never: taught me how to drive, how to use a laundry machine, how to make a doctors appointment, etc adult stuff. i figured most of it out, but i can’t drive to this day. i’m not saying my parents were awesome, but they were pretty good parents aside from some of that stuff. everything changed when the big sick thing hit. i don’t know what happened, but i quite literally think that they, or at least my mom, has gone somewhat crazy (almost delusional) being home all day. she went through some work drama in late december that made her depressed, but then ig staying at home has made that spiral. they’ve been using me as an emotional punching bag (finding literally any reason to be upset with me, even if it doesn’t make sense) throughout these hard months and it’s been really hard to put up with, and i cried myself to sleep most nights, but i knew they were going through an immense amount of stress (selling the house, adopted brother getting arrested, work drama), so i never said anything. this changed a few weeks ago, when they were at my mom’s classroom using the high speed wifi there to do online classes. my girlfriend and i stopped by after work (she drives) to say hi. when we were ready to go, my sister asked if she could come home with us. we said yeah, and even went and offered to my other siblings to bring them home. the other sister accepted, but my little brother declined. we was having fun using the wifi to play online games (since my parents discontinued the wifi in our house and just got a small portable xfinity wifi box that they get to use and anyone else can only use it in the late hours of the night). we said okay, and got ready to leave. then, my dad said, “no (brother), you have to go with them. you’re leaving.” i said he doesn’t have to come if he doesn’t want. then, out of nowhere, my dad blew up and started screaming at me (and a little at my brother). like. so loud that my gf could hear him from the car, which wasn’t close. i didn’t want to be yelled at more, so i just agreed and took all 3 siblings to the car. no one understood why i was blown up at. when we got home, my mom sent me a text basically saying that if they say something, to just do it. she had a stressful day and needed some alone time. i was very understanding and said that i totally get it, but would prefer if they’d communicate that with me instead of blowing up and expecting me to mind read (i have trouble reading social cues. mental issues). for some reason, that set her the heck off. she went on and on about how she’s going through so much and that no one understands and that she’s under so much stress and that i need to blindly follow orders because she knows better than me. i repeated that i understand, but would really just like to value communication going forward, as it’s hard for me to read stuff like that. she responded by saying “Fuck off. You’re insensitive, self centered and lack any and all empathy and I’m fucking sick of it. All you do is take and throw a fit when you don’t get what you wNt. I’m done with it. I fucking hate everything in this shitty, thankless life. Leave me alone and don’t ask me for anything. I QUIT!!!!” i have no clue where that came from, as i was really doing my best to remain, calm, mature, and just asked for communication. after that, i remained calm, but said i was done with the conversation. i didn’t want to take any more insults. so she decided to text an essay’s worth of venting into the chat (did i mention my gf and 15y/o sister were also in the chat, even tho they had nothing to do with it?). she went ON and ON about how she has the most pitiful life and she is just the most sorry, pathetic person and that she tries so hard to be good, but everyone is always shit to her. this went on for like 30 minutes. walls and walls of texts. i wasn’t even responding. she was just saying all of it unprompted. when she was done, i told her that i’d like to be done with the conversation and that there wasn’t more to say. i said i understand that she doesn’t like me and is disappointed in me and was sorry we didn’t see eye to eye. she then gave a very half assed “i was upset today and what i said was totally out of character (it wasn’t...). sorry i blew up. i’m desperate for a little understanding” i thanked her for the apology, but repeated that i needed to be done with this for the night, as it wasn’t going anywhere good, and she agreed. the past few weeks, we’ve been very distant. haven’t talked much, except for maybe a hello here for there. whenever she’d greet me, i’d reciprocate, but not engage further. it felt obvious that she didn’t really like me as a person (from what she said) and while i wasn’t gonna start a fight, i didn’t see any point in trying to force her to like me anymore. this changed when two nights ago, my dad stormed into my (and my gfs) room at 1am. he came in yelling about how he wouldn’t put up with the “silent treatment” that i was giving my mother and that she didn’t do anything to deserve that. i asked him if he had read the texts. he said yes (which i later found out was a lie. he hadn’t), and that whatever she said didn’t matter. i am being an atrocious, horrible excuse for a daughter and that i don’t know what my mom is going through. he said i needed to be empathetic because they go through so much. i said i’m also going through a lot right now (13 units college, 2 jobs, brother recently arrested, etc) and it’s not fair to put “making up” entirely on me. he said that my mom has constantly been trying to make up with me (not at all true???) and that i contribute nothing to their family. i did them favors constantly, did household chores, took all of my siblings out on little “one on one dates” after our brother was arrested bc it was a hard time for us and my parents were totally neglecting their feelings, as they were dealing with a lot of legal stuff. i cited all those things i do to help out (much less confrontationally), and he said that i should extend the same empathy to my mom. i said that she’s an adult who insulted me and they’re helpless children. he didn’t care. he said that i could either completely forgive and make up with my mom, or that we could get the f out of their house in 1.5 months (when they need to be out of this home. basically, that we wouldn’t be welcome moving with them). i said ok, i’ll try to look for a place, and he screamed at me more. he said my mom is going through so much and i should be empathetic. i, admittedly wrongfully, said “you’re right, she’s the only one going through anything. you’re right.” very sarcastically. he then yelled that we need to be out of their house by dec 1st, and slammed the door. my mom then did the same thing as she did a few weeks ago, sent me long texts about how miserable of a person she is. this woman needs serious therapy, not to vent about it to her daughter. it was again, walls of text. i couldn’t deal and went to sleep. my gf and i spent the next day stressing, as we can’t afford to live in this state (one of the most expensive in the country). we had been planning to move to another cheaper state this coming summer (2021), but that would also be incredibly hard to push forward and do in just 1.5 months. we have about 7k in savings and that’s all of our money. anyways, didn’t talk with parents all day that day until night. gf and i went grocery shopping, and when we got home, someone had been snooping through our room. weird, but we let it go. our dog must have gotten out of our room when someone was in here, so my dad brought him in at about 11pm. he was upbeat, nice, and friendly, being kinda jokey. it was super weird, as our last interaction had been him kicking me out. that was all. fast forward to tonight, when my mom made a mistake and thought i f-ed up, when i actually didn’t. she was mad for a sec, then realized she was wrong and dropped it. this was all over text. then, my gf and i went out again (just needed to be out of the house), and when we got home, my parents were sitting in the common room right outside our and their bedroom. only once they heard us get home, did they start talking LOUDLY. i missed the first part bc i was doing something, but started actively listening right around when they were saying how much of a f-ing relief it would be to have “them” out of the house and that they were going to be so much happier with “them” gone. i think it’s obvious who they were talking about (me and gf). they were also talking extra loud, like they wanted to be heard. it was like a bad play. this catches u up to speed. that was like an hour ago. on one hand, if i give an “apology,” it would save my gf and i a lot of stress (bc i literally have no clue how we’d afford a move, emotionally, or financially). there’s also the risk that they wouldn’t accept the apology and kick us out anyways. i don’t want to be responsible for me and my gf being kicked out, if there was something i could have done to stop it. though the thought of apologizing to them, let alone even looking at them, makes my stomach hurt and my skin crawl in ways i’ve never felt before. on the other hand, if i stand my ground and don’t apologize, i’ll finally be free from this horrible toxic game my parents are playing. i would feel so much better in one way, but the stress of moving would replace it. i don’t know what to do. anyone have any advice? or a good way to approach them? (or does anyone want to give me $10000 to help me move? lol jk). but seriously. any advice is super appreciated (idk how to mark as serious, but i'd appreciate no jokes pls)
2020.10.21 07:09 MysticPaneShould I buy an XBox or PS5 next gen?
This post is not supposed to invoke a console war of any sorts, I respect both companies and consoles but I can only buy one so any suggestion would be appreciated. I'm in a very unique situation, I only started gaming last year and now I'm extremely upto date on gaming news. I bought an XBox one x and kind of regretted it since I really wanted to play the sony exclusives. But later game pass was so good that and after the Bethesda deal ( the only reason I like the deal is because I can get their games on gamepass and I have barely played any of their games, making a game exclusive to the console I chose doesn't give any benefits if the console already had those games, and I know that) I felt like a made a decision that was atleast worth it cause I'm broke and gamepass really helps in that regard lol. But now I can get a PS5 or Xbox series X and I'm not interested in the Microsoft exclusives( if you like it that's great, just I don't like it) and the PlayStation collection is so great it is pushing me towards the PS5. I know Bethesda games are great but how many will they launch in the coming generation? Two, three , five? Is that really worth it compared to the 20 or so games that I really wanna play on the sony side. And are all previous Bethesda games gonna be on ps5 aswell? Gamepass is great but is it worth the dip in quality exclusives and half the speed of the SSD. And lastly I don't care about the power of the consoles, I bought the xbox one x for the power and I regretted it before, so please don't make power a factor for either of the console you recommend to me. Finally i wanted to mention that my Xbox one x stopped working because the fans are damaged and it's out of warranty so instead of repairing it 250$ I'll just leave it in the cabinet.
What will you be doing with this PC? Be as specific as possible, and include specific games or programs you will be using. Main game I'm gonna play is Minecraft, with optifine and light shaders. I will also be playing warzone, which is probably the most demanding game I'll play. All games, expecting 1080p 60+FPS on minecraft at medium, and warzone can do at low settings, 60 FPS, 1080p What is your maximum budget before rebates/shipping/taxes? This is strange, but I kinda don't have one. I'm trying to get the cheapest build that is well worth it, and can do all things mentioned in this post. Use PCPartPicker's Canada When do you plan on building/buying the PC? Note: beyond a week or two from today means any build you receive will be out of date when you want to buy. When someone comments a good list What, exactly, do you need included in the budget? (ToweOS/monitokeyboard/mouse/etc) The PC itself, and a monitor with it. I saw a 4ms IPS budget monitor for 119,99, would like that included. From Acer Which country (and state/province) will you be purchasing the parts in? If you're in US, do you have access to a Microcenter location? Canada, am fine with any online retailer, as long as it ain't sus If reusing any parts (including monitor(s)/keyboard/mouse/etc), what parts will you be reusing? Brands and models are appreciated. Reusing a seagate barracuda 7200RPM, 320GB hard drive. Will you be overclocking? If yes, are you interested in overclocking right away, or down the line? CPU and/or GPU? GPU, yes, CPU, I don't really mind any option Are there any specific features or items you want/need in the build? (ex: SSD, large amount of storage or a RAID setup, CUDA or OpenCL support, etc) A 240GB ssd for windows, drivers, and minecraft, and another few games. Like i said before, have a hard drive dedicated for warzone What type of network connectivity do you need? (Wired and/or WiFi) If WiFi is needed and you would like to find the fastest match for your wireless router, please list any specifics. Ethernet is fine Do you have any specific case preferences (Size like ITX/microATX/mid-towefull-tower, styles, colors, window or not, LED lighting, etc), or a particular color theme preference for the components? I care about 2 things, is cable management easy in the case with a non modular PSU, and does the case have decent airflow Do you need a copy of Windows included in the budget? If you do need one included, do you have a preference? Nope, don't need one, will use unactivated. Extra info/particulars: Would like 16GB of ram, I don't really care about speed, or CAS. Just want it to be DDR4 and if possible, 16GB.
2020.10.21 03:03 panamacitypartyA debunk of the Artosis - Blizzard conspiracy theory
Abstract As a data scientist, I am often perplexed by some of the low quality conspiracy theories circulating on the internet that are so simply debunked. One such conspiracy theory was developed by a Starcraft Brood War streamer who goes by the alias 'Artosis'. Artosis is the e-sports personality who, while playing StarCraft, acts similar to Charlie Zelenoff in the boxing community. He is an amateur player who overestimates his skills, acts immaturely when losing games, and doesn't take accountability for his losses. Nothing seems to be Artosis' fault, rather the blame is placed on game mechanics being against him, opponents cheating, or even employees of the company that created and maintains the game (Blizzard) conspiring against him to put him in situations where he loses at no fault of his own. One alleged action Blizzard partakes is placing Artosis' opponent in the last position he scouts based on his ordinary scouting patterns. This research presents evidence Blizzard is not partaking in start location manipulation to favor one player over another. Purpose To test if there's evidence Blizzard is manipulating the starting locations so Artosis scouts his opponent last. Methods I scraped data from the last week of Artosis' streaming VODS . Data from two player maps (Benzene, Eclipse) was discarded since the opponent's base is known when the game starts. I disregarded vetoed maps (Plasma & Fighting Spirit), meaning there were only three possible maps remaining (Ringing Bloom, Circuit Breakers, and Polypoid). All three of these maps are four player maps, so for each game I noted whether the opponent was scouted first, second, or third. Expectations If the conspiracy theory is not true, the expectation would be the opponent would be scouted first approximately 33% of the time, second approximately 33% of the time, and third approximately 33% of the time. Results First scout: 17 / 49 games (34.69%) Second scout: 16 / 49 games (32.65%) Third scout: 16 / 49 games (32.65%) We expected Artosis to have the third scout 33% of the time and the actual based on the testing methodology described above was 32.65%. Therefore, based on games played in the past week there is no indication Blizzard has been influencing the spawn locations of opponents to make Artosis scout them last. Raw Data GameID,Date,Stream Title,Start Time,End Time,Artosis Race,Opponent Race,Map,Map Size,Scout ,Result 1,10/12/2020,"ASL Tonight, the continued climbs from the depths of MMR Hell Today - !noobzerg",0:52:35,1:15:25,Terran,Zerg,Polypoid,4,First,Win 2,10/12/2020,"ASL Tonight, the continued climbs from the depths of MMR Hell Today - !noobzerg",1:21:45,1:47:10,Terran,Terran,Circuit Breakers,4,Third,Loss 3,10/12/2020,"ASL Tonight, the continued climbs from the depths of MMR Hell Today - !noobzerg",1:56:42,2:02:10,Terran,Terran,Polypoid,4,First,Win 4,10/12/2020,"ASL Tonight, the continued climbs from the depths of MMR Hell Today - !noobzerg",2:13:52,2:18:00,Terran,Zerg,Polypoid,4,First,Loss 5,10/12/2020,"ASL Tonight, the continued climbs from the depths of MMR Hell Today - !noobzerg",2:19:53,2:41:42,Terran,Terran,Polypoid,4,First,Loss 6,10/12/2020,"ASL Tonight, the continued climbs from the depths of MMR Hell Today - !noobzerg",2:45:00,3:05:44,Terran,Zerg,Polypoid,4,First,Loss 7,10/12/2020,"ASL Tonight, the continued climbs from the depths of MMR Hell Today - !noobzerg",3:07:22,3:19:52,Terran,Terran,Circuit Breakers,4,Third,Loss 8,10/12/2020,"ASL Tonight, the continued climbs from the depths of MMR Hell Today - !noobzerg",3:42:08,4:12:08,Terran,Protoss,Polypoid,4,Third,Win 9,10/12/2020,"ASL Tonight, the continued climbs from the depths of MMR Hell Today - !noobzerg",4:27:19,4:37:15,Terran,Zerg,Polypoid,4,Second,Win 10,10/12/2020,"ASL Tonight, the continued climbs from the depths of MMR Hell Today - !noobzerg",4:38:57,4:52:30,Terran,Zerg,Circuit Breakers,4,First,Win 11,10/13/2020,"GSL Tonight, 2100 MMR or BUST - !rush",0:20:20,0:37:30,Terran,Terran,Circuit Breakers,4,Third,Win 12,10/13/2020,"GSL Tonight, 2100 MMR or BUST - !rush",0:40:40,1:12:10,Terran,Protoss,Ringing Bloom,4,Third,Loss 13,10/13/2020,"GSL Tonight, 2100 MMR or BUST - !rush",1:18:26,1:35:52,Terran,Protoss,Ringing Bloom,4,Second,Win 14,10/13/2020,"GSL Tonight, 2100 MMR or BUST - !rush",1:39:25,1:53:40,Terran,Zerg,Circuit Breakers,4,Second,Win 15,10/13/2020,"GSL Tonight, 2100 MMR or BUST - !rush",1:59:30,2:06:53,Terran,Protoss,Ringing Bloom,4,First,Loss 16,10/13/2020,"GSL Tonight, 2100 MMR or BUST - !rush",2:09:16,2:49:33,Terran,Protoss,Polypoid,4,Second,Win 17,10/13/2020,"GSL Tonight, 2100 MMR or BUST - !rush",3:04:01,3:21:50,Terran,Zerg,Ringing Bloom,4,Second,Win 18,10/13/2020,"GSL Tonight, 2100 MMR or BUST - !rush",3:23:21,4:00:40,Terran,Protoss,Polypoid,4,Third,Win 19,10/13/2020,"GSL Tonight, 2100 MMR or BUST - !rush",4:06:57,4:16:58,Terran,Zerg,Polypoid,4,Second,Win 20,10/15/2020,the crazy announcement today - !new,0:30:17,0:41:32,Terran,Zerg,Polypoid,4,Second,Loss 21,10/15/2020,the crazy announcement today - !new,0:43:32,1:29:50,Terran,Zerg,Polypoid,4,Third,Win 22,10/15/2020,the crazy announcement today - !new,1:39:45,1:54:04,Terran,Protoss,Polypoid,4,First,Win 23,10/15/2020,the crazy announcement today - !new,1:58:37,2:01:58,Terran,Terran,Ringing Bloom,4,First,Win 24,10/15/2020,the crazy announcement today - !new,2:05:06,2:11:43,Terran,Zerg,Polypoid,4,Third,Win 25,10/15/2020,the crazy announcement today - !new,2:15:16,2:37:34,Terran,Protoss,Circuit Breakers,4,First,Win 26,10/15/2020,the crazy announcement today - !new,3:16:22,1:29:57,Terran,Protoss,Polypoid,4,First,Loss 27,10/15/2020,the crazy announcement today - !new,3:33:42,3:58:08,Terran,Protoss,Circuit Breakers,4,Second,Win 28,10/15/2020,the crazy announcement today - !new,4:01:21,4:17:38,Terran,Zerg,Polypoid,4,Third,Loss 29,10/15/2020,the crazy announcement today - !new,4:20:13,4:26:15,Terran,Protoss,Ringing Bloom,4,Third,Loss 30,10/15/2020,the crazy announcement today - !new,4:28:38,4:41:09,Terran,Protoss,Polypoid,4,Third,Win 31,10/15/2020,Artosis in Narak Star League - !CM,0:06:00,0:15:05,Terran,Zerg,Polypoid,4,First,Win 32,10/15/2020,Artosis in Narak Star League - !CM,0:44:00,0:49:40,Terran,Protoss,Ringing Bloom,4,Second,Win 33,10/15/2020,Artosis in Narak Star League - !CM,1:42:24,2:01:16,Terran,Protoss,Polypoid,4,Third,Loss 34,10/18/2020,HE CLIMBS THE LADDER LIKE ITS AN ELEVATOR - !SPEED ~ !battle,0:28:54,0:44:27,Terran,Terran,Circuit Breakers,4,Third,Win 35,10/18/2020,HE CLIMBS THE LADDER LIKE ITS AN ELEVATOR - !SPEED ~ !battle,1:16:14,1:19:54,Terran,Zerg,Ringing Bloom,4,Second,Loss 36,10/18/2020,HE CLIMBS THE LADDER LIKE ITS AN ELEVATOR - !SPEED ~ !battle,1:37:17,1:55:48,Terran,Protoss,Circuit Breakers,4,Third,Win 37,10/18/2020,HE CLIMBS THE LADDER LIKE ITS AN ELEVATOR - !SPEED ~ !battle,1:59:54,2:25:20,Terran,Protoss,Circuit Breakers,4,First,Win 38,10/18/2020,HE CLIMBS THE LADDER LIKE ITS AN ELEVATOR - !SPEED ~ !battle,2:55:35,3:36:58,Terran,Terran,Circuit Breakers,4,First,Loss 39,10/18/2020,HE CLIMBS THE LADDER LIKE ITS AN ELEVATOR - !SPEED ~ !battle,3:39:19,3:59:58,Terran,Protoss,Polypoid,4,Second,Loss 40,10/18/2020,HE CLIMBS THE LADDER LIKE ITS AN ELEVATOR - !SPEED ~ !battle,4:02:39,4:23:20,Terran,Protoss,Polypoid,4,First,Loss 41,10/18/2020,HE CLIMBS THE LADDER LIKE ITS AN ELEVATOR - !SPEED ~ !battle,4:27:30,4:52:38,Terran,Protoss,Polypoid,4,Third,Win 42,10/19/2020,SPOOKY HALLOWEEN STREAM~ artoShrug ~ !battle ~ !king,0:14:18,0:27:26,Terran,Zerg,Circuit Breakers,4,Second,Loss 43,10/19/2020,SPOOKY HALLOWEEN STREAM~ artoShrug ~ !battle ~ !king,0:35:46,0:39:55,Terran,Zerg,Polypoid,4,Second,Loss 44,10/19/2020,SPOOKY HALLOWEEN STREAM~ artoShrug ~ !battle ~ !king,0:45:06,1:05:30,Terran,Protoss,Circuit Breakers,4,First,Loss 45,10/19/2020,SPOOKY HALLOWEEN STREAM~ artoShrug ~ !battle ~ !king,1:33:11,2:09:17,Terran,Zerg,Polypoid,4,Second,Loss 46,10/19/2020,SPOOKY HALLOWEEN STREAM~ artoShrug ~ !battle ~ !king,2:24:27,2:43:08,Terran,Protoss,Circuit Breakers,4,First,Loss 47,10/19/2020,SPOOKY HALLOWEEN STREAM~ artoShrug ~ !battle ~ !king,3:18:26,3:26:27,Terran,Terran,Circuit Breakers,4,Third,Loss 48,10/19/2020,SPOOKY HALLOWEEN STREAM~ artoShrug ~ !battle ~ !king,4:07:37,4:18:39,Terran,Zerg,Circuit Breakers,4,Second,Loss 49,10/19/2020,SPOOKY HALLOWEEN STREAM~ artoShrug ~ !battle ~ !king,4:20:15,4:35:42,Terran,Zerg,Circuit Breakers,4,Second,Win
2020.10.21 02:09 Lutennant-MacaroniWould it be possible to make a mod where the corruption/crimson spreads even when you’re offline?
Since terraria can tell the date and time on your computer, could you make a mod where when you load a world it sees how much time passed since you last played and spread the corruption/crimson based on how long you were gone? It would probably be much less than the normal spread rate, maybe like 1/4x or 1/8x the normal speed so that it doesn’t make it impossible to clear it out. This is definitely a bad idea and only something people would add as a a challenge, but I thought it could change the game a bit. Would it be possible though? Or is something like that impossible to code with the game’s current way it sees the date and time?
2020.10.21 02:01 AnotherThrowAwayBK28 [M4F] #NYC/Brooklyn – Looking to take things slow (Dom4Sub, LTR)
What I am looking for I am looking for a D/s relationship where I am the Dom, and you are the Sub. I am also looking to take things slowly. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing but admiration for people that enjoy casual flings or people who can jump headfirst into a long-term relationship, but that’s just not my speed. I want to meet someone that I get along with enough we can hang out platonically first. Then, at our own pace, we can incorporate cuddles, kissing, non-sexual BDSM. Then, over time this could lead to other things. What can I say, I am looking to be with someone I am comfortable with, and that takes time. Also, I want to enjoy the anticipation. As for romance, I am looking for someone to grow old with, but understand that type of relationship can’t be willed into existence. Therefore, I would like to start as friends first and see where things lead. I am looking for someone who has a similar attitude towards dating and compatible end goals. Otherwise, it just won’t work out. Also, my need for cuddles, and other forms of foreplay, is both a romantic and sexual need. None of this means I want a relationship defined by sexual repression. I believe we need to be able to talk about sex openly for this to work out. Slow for one person is rarely the same for the other. Also, intimacy can be rather awkward at times. If we are not comfortable enough to communicate our needs outside of the bedroom, how can we expect things to go well inside the bedroom. Nor does wanting to take things slow mean I am looking to chat endlessly online. While I think talking via text first is important, I find it difficult to tell if I have chemistry with a person via text alone, so I would like to meet virtually sooner than later. Besides, I think I am more charming when people can see my face, so why not put my best foot forward. And if we have chemistry, then we can meet up in person. As for what I am looking for in a partner. I have yet to find a consistent pattern with what looks I find physically attractive, and it’s not what I am the most concerned about. I am more attracted to women who are confident and kind (playful brattiness can be hot though). Also am not interested in cheaters. Not against it in principle, but I don't think I have the energy for polyamoury. . . not against sharing you if that's your thing though. Other than that, someone that takes safe sex and the pandemic seriously. About me I am a 28-year-old scientist that is doing a Ph.D. in neuroscience, that is studying how the brain develops during puberty. Long-term, I would like to teach and run my own lab, but I think this job market is going to force me to be a bit flexible in the immediate future. I am left-wing, and a bit more politically active than the average bear. However, I try to avoid talking politics outside of political organizing. The state of the world is exhausting, and shouldn’t be talked about 24/7. My biggest hobbies include reading, cooking, and Table Top RPGs. I tend to read history the most, but I am trying to get more into fiction am currently reading the Silmarillion. Also been toying with the idea of either making or joining a science fiction book club. As for cooking, I love trying new recipes and am currently teaching myself how to make pizza and falafel. I also really enjoy the social aspect of food and really enjoying cooking for or with other people. However, the one I am most passionate about is Table Top RPGs. I have played and been a game master for Monster of the Week, Dungeons and Dragons, and Fiasco, and looking to get into Call of Cthulhu (Which means I will start to read Lovecraft soon. When we are allowed to go into the real world I would love to try LARPing. Other than that I am in the process of trying to find a cat and recently started running again. I also used to be into hiking, but haven’t done it since I moved into the city. Plan on changing that in the near future. Physically, I am white with, blue eyes, short brown hair, and a trimmed bread. My weight fluctuates between have a small but noticeable beer belly to having a barely noticeable beer belly, and am on the short guy. Neither of those things remotely bother me, but I know they are deal breakers for some people, and I don't want to waste anyone's time. The kinks and limits I am not going to pretend I am super experienced with kinks or sex, but I do know what I want. Out of the kinks below, my favorites are spanking, rope play, and orgasm control. I am pretty flexible about other kinks, but I would like someone who at least into those kinks as well. That being said, I would like to ease into rope-play at a relatively slower speed than the other kinks, since it requires a good deal of practice, and I'm a novice. Eventually would like to take some rope classes when the world is safe again. Not against this turning into this dynamic bleeding out of the bedroom or being 24/7, but believe that is something that needs to be eased into. Anyway, these are my kinks and limits. Kinks: Impact play (especially Spanking), orgasm control (especially tease and denial), intimacy (especially kissing/cuddling), rope-play, rough sex, cloth control, and collaring, Limits: Blood, Pee, Scat, and Diapers
2020.10.21 01:02 Watchdogs66Our "Drive to 245": The Twenty-Sixth Step
The Drive To 245: Deprive the GOP In 25
In 2014 and with 234 House seats, the NRCC launched the “Drive to 245” campaign for the 2014 midterms, which focused on securing 245 seats for the 114th Congress. At the close of the midterms, they ended up picking up 13 seats, putting their new majority to 247 seats, 2 seats above the goal. For the majority of this election cycle, we had at least 234 House seats to start with, until a turncoat in disguise switched to the GOP in December 2019 (get fucked Jeff Van Drew) and we lost one of our districts in a May 2020 special election (get your act together Christy Smith). Despite these setbacks, getting to 245 seats in the next election is possible for us to achieve, if we are smart about it.
In late November 2018, I began by compiling an initial list of 25 potential districts that could give us the necessary gains for us to make the necessary net gain of 10 seats to fulfill our “Drive to 245” campaign goal. I then outlined the state representatives and state senators that we have on our side that live within (or at least represent a good portion of) the identified districts in the second step, which was split into parts one and two. These local officials are often our first line of offense when it comes to selecting appropriate candidates to flip GOP congressional districts, as these people often start out with significant amounts of name recognition (at least compared to most political novices), developed campaign infrastructures, and established donor networks to draw on. In the third step, I explored four different ways that these state representatives and state senators can help promising candidates build a solid platform to flip these 25 districts, even if we are not able to recruit any of these seasoned individuals themselves. I then proceeded to identify every individual local county Democratic organization within in each of these 25 districts to determine how much of a viable network exists towards flipping any of these districts, and whether any of them appear to be fledgling and underfunded, which was split into parts one, two, and three. I then proceeded to draw up rough battle plans to recruit the best candidates that are suitable towards making the necessary gains for the proposed 245 House seats, which I covered in parts one, two, and three. Since then, I updated my list of 25 districts to better reflect the developments that have occurred since November 2018, as well as the candidates from our end that have filed in those districts. After that, I covered updated game plans for the updated 25 districts, which was again split into parts one, two, and three. Another comprehensive update to the list was conducted in early July to account for the GOP retirements, lack of Democratic candidate recruitment for several districts, and other remarkable events that have occurred, all of which have been documented in said update. From there, more detailed plans were made that illustrated the overall status of the Democratic campaigns for each of these districts, which can be found in parts one, two, three, and four. These plans also highlighted which candidates appeared to have the most organized campaigns for each district, and which ones out of these strongest candidates needed the most assistance in terms of fundraising. Donation plans were also made that could sufficiently help out these struggling candidates, if every active user of this subreddit took part. After that, I provided a detailed plan for defending our 5 most endangered Democratic incumbents for this cycle. I next discussed the different methods that volunteers can help out a campaign, and what good campaigns should provide in such activities to optimize their voter outreach effectiveness, both of which can be found in parts one and two. In October 2019, I then provided another comprehensive review of the 25 districts that are the most likely to flip blue and the ideal strategies to accomplish that goal, which can be found in parts one, two, three, and four. After that, I provided an update on the overall status of our top 5 most endangered incumbents, and posted a rescue plan to help out the least financially stable campaigns, both of which can be found in this post. My next step provided day-by-day calendars highlighting volunteer events within the targeted 25 districts that helped participants develop vital Democratic infrastructure in those areas. These calendars, which ran from October 31 to January 15, can be found in parts one, two, three, and four. In late January, I gave a third update on the top 5 incumbents to defend this cycle. At the start of February 2020, I gave a fresh analysis of the 25 districts with the best chances of going blue, which are provided in parts one, two, three, and four. I then jumped to a day-by-day calendar of volunteer events of congressional campaigns operating throughout the 25 districts, which was originally planned to be released in four parts. However, the quickly deteriorating COVID-19 situation has forced this series to be suspended halfway through this step. The two calendars provided in this step, which ran from February 7 to March 19, can be found here and here. In April 2020, I provided an updated study of the 25 districts with the highest chances of flipping as well as the optimal strategies for each of these districts, which was delivered in parts one, two, three, and four. Later in May 2020, I provided another update on the top 5 incumbents to defend this cycle and their performances. I subsequently proceeded in June 2020 to provide a list of the competitive state house and state senate districts that overlapped one of the 30 congressional districts that this series targeted or defended, which was delivered in parts one, two, three, and four. Starting in late July 2020, I provided an updated perspective of the 25 districts with the highest chances of flipping as well as the optimal strategies for each of these districts, all of which were provided in parts one, two, three, and four. Shortly thereafter in August 2020, I provided a fresh update on the campaign status of the top 5 incumbents to defend this cycle. From there, I supplied a fresh view on the status of our campaigns in competitive state house and state senate districts that overlapped one of the 30 congressional districts that was targeted or defended by this series, which was given in parts one, two, three, and four. Next, I provided a calendar highlighting the important dates for the congressional campaigns operating within the 30 districts targeted and defended by this series. In October 2020, I provided a final comprehensive review of the 25 districts with the highest chances of flipping as well as the optimal strategies to pursue for each of these districts, which was delivered in parts one, two, three, and four.
This step will provide a final update on the top 5 battleground Democratic-held districts as well as our general standing in each of these districts. It will begin with a key change to take into account several developments which have occurred since the last time that this series has discussed congressional defense plans. Xochitl Torres Small from NM-02 will replace Lucy McBath from GA-06 on the list. The reasons for making this change are listed below:
The race for GA-06 has moved toward us, with Sabato’s Crystal Ball recently changing their rating for this district from Lean D to Likely D. With a rating like that, and with other pundits making similar favorable changes for this district, I honestly do not see a compelling reason to keep the district on the list, while there are several districts that we hold that have moved away from us over the course of this year. NM-02 is one of these districts, with Inside Elections recently moved this district from Tilt D to a Tossup. A change like that is definitely a warning sign for us to consider and a prompt to step up our efforts there.
GA-06 has trended towards us on the presidential level over the years, with the district voting for Romney by 23.3 points to narrowly voting for Trump by just 1.5 points. The district also voted for Stacey Abrams in the gubernatorial election by 3.5 points, which further indicates that it has turned against the GOP in a big way. NM-02 has exhibited the opposite trends presidentially, with the district voting for Romney by 6.8 points to voting for Trump by 10.2 points. Also, the district voted for Steve Pearce by 6.4 points in the gubernatorial election, demonstrating that it is still allied with the GOP for the time being.
The reasons why GA-06 was on the top 5 endangered list in the first place was admittedly weak and a reaction to our 2017 special election loss there. Fortunately, the messaging and organization problems in that special election do not seem to be present. Also, we are already effectively using a template for defeating the GOP opponent, Karen Handel, in the same way that we did in 2018, and have plenty of new attack material to go along with it. Because of this, Karen Handel isn’t gaining any notable ground in her campaign. Conversely, the template for defeating the GOP opponent, Yvette Herrell, does not seem to be as effective, as former Democratic Representative Harry Teague endorsed Yvette Herrell’s candidacy. Developments such as this has caused Yvette Herrell’s campaign to gain some momentum during the past several months, especially over oil and natural gas issues.
Now that I have explained my reasoning for the change, the overall status of the top 5 vulnerable incumbents where our help will be the most valued will now be covered. The 5 endangered districts in question, all of which we flipped in 2018, are: NM-02, NY-22, SC-01, OK-05, and UT-04. In particular, the incumbents from SC-01, OK-05, and UT-04 are first term representatives that reside in a state that has a GOP-held U.S. Senate seat up in 2022. This means that if any of these three incumbents get re-elected, they will most certainly be considered as viable candidates to run for these seats, which could significantly improve our performance in the 2022 cycle, a cycle where most of our best Senate pickups reside. So there is a rather high reward to successfully defending these incumbents for the purposes of building benches that are generally small on our end for those states. For this step, the attributes provided for each of the 5 battleground districts include the incumbent’s campaign website, the incumbent’s cumulative fundraising numbers according to the Q3 reports, the cumulative Q3 2020 fundraising figures of each GOP nominee, the Cook PVI, and the bluest rating that the political pundits have issued. An updated analysis is also included below this data to provide the incumbent’s overall status, as well as an overall strategy to optimize Democratic organization efforts in the district in question. For the case of Xochitl Torres Small, a list of counties that her district at least partially covers will be provided to get it up to speed with the other four districts. As with previous county lists that this series have covered, a minus sign next to the county denotes the fact that the Democratic party for that county does not have an official website, meaning that the Democratic county party is most likely underfunded (or at least lacking in web design). For those counties, the Facebook website has been provided for that county, if available. If an official Democratic County website is available for any of the "minused" counties, providing this would be highly appreciated. NM-02 (Xochitl Torres Small, R+6, Lean D): Bernalillo County: https://bernalillodems.org/ Catron County (-): https://www.facebook.com/Democratic-Party-of-Catron-County-299589013830152/ Chaves County: https://democraticpartyofchavescounty.org/ Cibola County (-): https://www.facebook.com/CibolaCountyDems/ De Baca County (-): No Website Found Doña Ana County: http://donaanademocrats.com/ Eddy County (-): No Website Found Grant County: https://www.gcdp-nm.org/ Guadalupe County (-): No Website Found Hidalgo County (-): No Website Found Lea County: https://www.leacountydems.com/ Lincoln County: https://www.dplcnm.org/ Luna County: https://www.lunacountydemocrats.com/ McKinley County: https://mckinleycountydemocrats.org/ Otero County: http://www.dpoc.org/ Roosevelt County (-): https://www.facebook.com/rooseveltcountydemocrats/ Sierra County: https://sierracountynewmexicodemocrats.org/ Socorro County (-): https://www.facebook.com/groups/SocorroDems/ Valencia County: https://www.valenciademocrats.org/ Q3 Fundraising Numbers: $6,980,281 GOP Q3 Fundraising Numbers: Yvette Herrell: $2,339,800 Campaign Website: https://www.xochforcongress.com/ As of now, the race is leaning towards Xochitl Torres Small’s way, but Yvette Herrell should not be underestimated at all due to the GOP-favored nationalization that is taking place in this district. Xochitl Torres Small’s fundraising numbers are very good at this point in the election cycle, meaning that she is well prepared to get out the vote in a greater magnitude than she did in 2018. The latest polls for this district show Xochitl Torres Small with a slight edge over Yvette Herrell, which prompts a need to proceed at full organizing strength to hold this district. These efforts should be focused on Catron, Cibola, De Baca, Eddy, Guadalupe, Hidalgo, Roosevelt, and Socorro Counties, as the Democratic county parties there are rather underfunded. Bolstering our efforts in these areas would help improve our margins for this district. NY-22 (Anthony Brindisi, R+6, Tossup): Q3 Fundraising Numbers: $5,083,017 GOP Q3 Fundraising Numbers: Claudia Tenney: $1,850,562 Campaign Website: https://www.brindisiforcongress.com/ Right now, the race remains no worse than a pure Tossup since the GOP nominee, Claudia Tenney, has a very clear history of underperforming the Republican baseline and has committed a few mishaps throughout her campaign. These mishaps include a botched rollout, her stances against federal aid for state and local governments, and her well-known anti-Italian comments. Anthony Brindisi’s fundraising pace is decent at this point in the election cycle, and the latest polling for this district shows him with a sizable lead. Finally, recent reports say that the local Democratic infrastructure in Cortland County has improved since January 2020. However, additional support should go to Chenango and Herkimer Counties, as the Democratic county parties there are rather underfunded. A little targeted support in these counties can noticeably improve our margins there. SC-01 (Joe Cunningham, R+10, Lean D): Q3 Fundraising Numbers: $5,970,912 GOP Q3 Fundraising Numbers: Nancy Mace: $4,385,905 Campaign Website: https://www.joecunninghamforcongress.com/ This particular race has quickly begun to lean our way, with the latest polls showing Joe Cunningham with at least a slight edge. However, Nancy Mace, the GOP nominee, is a relative moderate with regards to abortion. She recently fought to include exceptions for rape and incest, and she will almost certainly will use this to further her appeal to the general election voters. Also, Nancy Mace does not seem prone to making any obvious gaffes or alienating any moderate GOP voters, unlike Katie Arrington who made some considerable mistakes in both of these categories after her successful primary challenge against Mark Sanford in 2018. Finally, Nancy Mace has a rather strong military background from her background of being the Citadel’s first female graduate, which is political gold in a pro-military state like South Carolina. Fortunately, Joe Cunningham’s fundraising pace is still excellent, his advertising is top-notch, and local sources say that he is generally well-liked and responsive to constituent concerns. Also, recent reports state that the local Democratic infrastructure in Berkeley County has improved since August 2019. However, additional grassroots efforts should be made in Colleton County, as the Democratic county party there is rather underfunded. The district is a crucial area for South Carolina Democrats to build a future offensive towards turning the state blue in 10 years from now, and losing it would set them a long way back from doing so. OK-05 (Kendra Horn, R+10, Tossup): Q3 Fundraising Numbers: $5,120,012 GOP Q3 Fundraising Numbers: Stephanie Bice: $2,761,427 Campaign Website: https://www.kendrahornforcongress.com/ We definitely need to be at the top of our game for this district, as Kendra Horn is currently slightly trailing Stephanie Bice, the GOP nominee, according to the district’s latest polls. First of all, Kendra Horn’s vote to impeach Trump has definitely hurt her standing with the district’s voters, particularly among the independent electorate. Also, Kendra Horn rode on Drew Edmondson’s coattails in her 2018 run, and her margin of victory was smaller than Drew Edmondson’s gubernatorial campaign was (50.7%-49.3% compared to 53.9%-43.7%). And most recently, Kendra Horn is taking some fire for her votes to limit drilling on some federal lands, which does not go well in Oklahoma due to the state’s energy-dependent economy. Fortunately, Kendra Horn’s fundraising continues to be excellent so we still have a decent chance to hold this district. Organization in Pottawatomie and Seminole Counties needs to be improved, as the Democratic county parties there are underfunded and need resources to keep the GOP margins there down. Given that we have continued to lose ground at the state legislative level in the 2018 midterms, keeping this seat is crucial to keeping a modicum of a bench for the next decade. UT-04 (Ben McAdams, R+13, Lean D): Q3 Fundraising Numbers: $4,823,199 GOP Q3 Fundraising Numbers: Burgess Owens: $3,564,939 Campaign Website: https://www.benmcadams.com/ Burgess Owens, the GOP nominee, has taken some heat for his QAnon ties, which should help us in this race. Another recent event in our favor is United Utah Party candidate Jonia Broderick’s withdrawal from the general election and endorsement of Ben McAdams’ re-election campaign, which will add more moderate votes to Ben McAdams’ column. However, the most recent polls suggest that Burgess Owens and Ben McAdams are running roughly even with each other and would depend on whether Democrats or Republicans turn out in better numbers in November. So Ben McAdams still has an uphill battle to climb in the last weeks of this election cycle. Fortunately, Ben McAdams is still posting excellent fundraising numbers, and this is one of the few districts where there are still a considerable number of ticket-splitting voters. Organization should take place in Juab and Sanpete Counties, as the Democratic parties there are underfunded and could additional grassroots help. Given that Utah politics does not exactly follow the same red shade as those from the other red states, keeping this district would be key to winning over the 2016 McMullin voters for future election cycles.
And thus we come the end of this step. The next step will provide a final update on the competitive state house and state senate districts that lie within or near the 30 congressional districts that this series is targeting and defending. So please stay tuned for that! Any corrections or comments are welcome.
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