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2023.06.02 16:35 BusBoyGalPal Travel /shopping advice please.

I'm about to go on a Scandinavian cruise (Norway and Denmark) but I'm travelling solo (what on earth was I thinking??) In event that I've not friended anyone when we arrive at Port days, could you recommend any knitting, yarn or craft shops worth a look. If they were close to Must-see coffee shop or café, I would be very happy. I've not got great mobility so I don't want to do the cruise line's walking trips which are two and three hours.
My itinerary Monday Arrive 8:00am - Depart 5:00pm Kristiansand, Norway
Tuesday 8:00am - 10:00pm Copenhagen, Denmark
Wednesday 9:00 - 6:00pm Skagen, Denmark
Thursday 7:00am- 4pm Oslo, Norway
(The cruise entertainment was the big attraction for this trip! UK based comedians leaving from Southampton. Solo because the BusBoy couldn't get time off. Crossposting so apologies if you're seeing this twice.)
Many thanks for any info or suggestions.
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2023.06.02 16:22 BusBoyGalPal Travel /shopping advice, pls.

Travel /shopping advice, pls.
Creative Redditors with a collective wealth of information and experience, I'm about to go on a Scandinavian cruise (Norway and Denmark) but I'm travelling solo (what on earth was I thinking??) In event that I've not friended anyone when we arrive at Port days, could you recommend any knitting, yarn or craft shops worth a look. If they were close to Must-see coffee shop or café, I would be very happy. I've not got great mobility so I don't want to do the cruise line's walking trips which are two and three hours.
My itinerary
Monday Arrive 8:00am - Depart 5:00pm Kristiansand, Norway
Tuesday 8:00am - 10:00pm Copenhagen, Denmark
Wednesday 9:00 - 6:00pm Skagen, Denmark
Thursday 7:00AM - 4pm Oslo, Norway
(The cruise entertainment was the big attraction for this trip! UK based comedians leaving from Southampton. Solo because the BusBoy couldn't get time off. Crossposting so apologies if you're seeing this twice.)
Many thanks for any info or suggestions. Picture is of current wip. Loving how this King Cole Cherish is working up. It'll be a dress for friend's baby girl.
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2023.06.02 16:05 JohnDoe964 Got attached to a rental car, going to be sad to see it go.

I've been driving a 2022 Elantra SE for the last 3 or so months, I'm leaving the country soon so it didn't make sense to buy a car outright, plus I got a pretty good deal on it.
Many say that when you get something you really want, you're happy for a little while and then your satisfaction levels out, this little guy has to be an exception to that.
I no longer have to take cabs or the bus everywhere, I could wake up later for school AND arrive earlier than I did before! The freedom of having a car AND the fact that this guy has all the features you need, makes me miss my morning commute now that exam season is finished.
I'd wake up, well rested, have a cup of coffee, get in the car and listen to my music on full blast. My laborious commute became a caffeine fueled karaoke session to start the day off right.
Id then have an extra hour before classes started to catch up on all my work and revision ahead of lessons while everyone else was stuck in the busses.
Best part is that everything just works! Never had the car given me any trouble, my phone always connects, I always get good gas mileage and when I really need to get somewhere asap it's just nippy enough to go fast. Never has it not start or even give me a tire pressure issue.
This car gave me an ability to go and see the country i live in for the first time, sure there wasn't exactly much to see but it was a fun three days and 1000km regardless. Sandstorms, riverbeds, mountain passes and super fast highways.
Today I had to give the car back for a couple days so it could be serviced, I was given another car for the time being.
It's is definitely A car, not a good one that's for sure. The JAC s3 sounded nice on paper because of it's features but it is definitely worse in every other way than the Elantra.
A designer would have an aneurism trying to comprehend this thing, the center console can't even fit post it notes properly, the phone storage thingy isn't big enough for anything larger than an old Nokia 3310, they forgot to put any noise insulation and the operating system runs at 15 FPS and looks like a windows vista knockoff.
But hey, at least you have ventilated seats and an electric sunroof.
Never did I think I'd consider an Elantra a luxurious car, can't wait to get that completely unproblematic, reliable and quirk free vehicle back.
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2023.06.02 15:48 DadJokesRGreat I-CDP Acronym List, Module 3

Adding this to reddit because these are things we see every day and should all know, but might need reminders with.
  1. AAC – Assignment Availability Code
  2. AEF – Air Expeditionary Force
  3. AETC – Air Education Training Command
  4. AFECD – Air Force Enlisted Classification Directory
  5. AFFORGEN – Air Force Force Generation
  6. AFIT – Air Force Institute of Technology
  7. AFM – Assignments Functional Manager
  8. AFPC – Air Force Personnel Center
  9. ALC – Assignment Limitation Code
  10. ART – Air Expeditionary Force Reporting Tool
  11. AU – Air University
  12. BA – Budget Activity
  13. BER – Budget Execution Review
  14. BES – Budget Estimate Submission
  15. BLSDM - Base Level Service Delivery Model
  16. CCDR – Combatant Commander
  17. CCMD – Combatant Command
  18. CED - Contingency, Exercise and Deployment
  19. CFETP – Career Field Education and Training Plan
  20. CFM – Career Field Manager
  21. CONPLAN – Contingency Plan
  22. CONUS – Continental United States
  23. CPG – Career Progression Group
  24. CSA – Cryptologic Support Agency
  25. CY – Calendar Year
  26. DAS – Date Arrived Station
  27. DCAPES - Deliberate and Crisis Action Planning and Execution Segments
  28. DEPORD – Deployment Order
  29. DEROS – Date Estimated Return From Overseas
  30. DoDD – Department of Defense Directive
  31. DOS – Date of Separation
  32. DRRS – Defense Readiness Reporting System
  33. DRU – Direct Reporting Unit
  34. DSD – Development Special Duty
  35. DTS – Defense Travel System
  36. DWEC – Direct War and Enduring Cost
  37. EFMP – Exceptional Family Member Program
  38. eTM – Enlisted Talent Marketplace
  39. ETS – Expiration of Term of Service
  40. EXORD – Execution Orders
  41. EOY – End of Year
  42. FAC – Functional Account Code
  43. FHCON – Family Housing Construction
  44. FM - Functional Manager
  45. FOA – Field Operating Agency
  46. FTA – First Term Airman
  47. FY – Fiscal Year
  48. GFM – Global Force Management
  49. HAF/A1 – Headquarters Air Force, Air Staff Manpower and Personnel
  50. IDT – Inactive Duty Training
  51. IMA - Individual Mobilization Augmentation
  52. IOT&E – Initial Operational Test and Evaluation
  53. JOPES - Joint Operation Planning and Execution System
  54. LFT&E – Live-Fire Test and Evaluation
  55. LOA – Line of Accounting LOGSET – Logistics detail
  56. LRIP - Low-Rate Initial Production
  57. MCR – Manpower Change Request
  58. MEF – Manpower Force Element
  59. MFM – MAJCOM Functional Manager
  60. MILCON – Military Construction
  61. MILPERS – Military Personnel
  62. MISCAP – Mission Capabilities statement
  63. MPA - Military Personnel Appropriation
  64. MPS – Mission Personnel Section
  65. MYR – Mid-Year Review
  66. NDS – National Defense Strategy
  67. NSS – National Security Strategy
  68. NTI – National Tactical Intelligence
  69. OCO – Overseas Contingency operations
  70. OEF – Operation ENDURING FREEDOM
  71. OIF – Operation IRAQI FREEDOM
  72. O&M – Operation and Maintenance
  73. OSD – Office of Secretary of Defense
  74. OSI – Office of Special Investigations
  75. PPBE – Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution
  76. PDPT – Personal Deployment Preparedness Tool
  77. QDR – Quadrennial Defense Review
  78. R&D – Research and Development
  79. RDT&E – Research, Development, Test and Evaluation
  80. RFC – Request for Capabilities
  81. RFF – Request for Forces
  82. RI – Reporting Identifier
  83. SDI – Special Duty Identifier
  84. SEI – Special Experience Identifier
  85. SORTS – Status of Resources and Training System
  86. SRB – Selective Reenlistment Bonus
  87. STRT – Specialty Training Requirements Team
  88. SURF – Single Unit Retrieval Format
  89. TARP – Tactics Analysis Reporting Program
  90. TDY – Temporary Duty T&E – Test and Evaluation
  91. TPFDD - Time Phased Force Deployment Data
  92. TSC – Training Status Code
  93. TUCHAREQ – Type Unit Characteristic Report
  94. UDM – Unit Deployment Manager
  95. UFR - Unfunded Requirements
  96. UIF – Unfavorable Information File
  97. UMD – Unit Manning Document
  98. UTC – Unit Type Code
  99. U&TW – Utilization and Training Workshop
  100. UPMR – Unit Personnel Management Roster
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2023.06.02 15:31 itsdirector The New Species 41

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Chapter 41
Subject: Ship-Head Uleena
Species: Urakari
Description: Reptilian humanoid, no tail. 5'3" (1.6 m) avg height. 135 lbs (61 kg) avg weight. 105 year life expectancy.
Ship: RSV Lowelana {Fights with Honor}
Location: Sol

"It's been more than three hours, ship-head. When can we stand down?" asked Kriin.
"We'll be able to stand down when they tell us to stand down, sister," replied Kraan in my stead.
Kriin made a face and hissed softly at him. This playful exchange did a lot to ease the tension that had settled over the bridge as time had dragged on. It even got a smile out of Liwna.
It was still unnerving to be on standby so long after the battle had ended, though. I'd asked for an explanation but received no response, which indicated something was happening or had happened. The OU had consistently increased their numbers with each wave, so I desperately hoped it wasn't going to be another attack. Maybe we'd received orders from the Republic to go home. One could dream.
A soft bing from my terminal nearly made me jump. All heads turned to me as I opened the message, desperate to know if we were in the clear. I nibbled my tongue as I softly pressed the notification to open the message.
--
Ship-Head Uleena
RSV Lowelana and her crew are to stand down but remain in a state of readiness. You are summoned to meet with Admiral Heckett and myself. A guide will meet you in the bay.
Fleet Leader Onaya
--
I looked around at the faces of my bridge crew. They were all hoping I would be giving the order to stand down, to tell them we were in the clear. The anticipation was brutal, and I found myself considering a little prank. If I were to simply say that the message was nothing, the looks of disappointment would be pretty great. Although, the fleet leader wouldn't appreciate waiting...
"Stand down, but stay ready," I said and then sighed audibly, "I'm off to meet with command."
"You have my sympathies, sir," Liwna said.
"I'm sure it won't be that bad, ship-head. Maybe they want to give you a medal," Kraan said cheerily.
"Don't get your hopes up, sir. We didn't really do anything medal-worthy. But maybe we'll get to see one of the planets we've been protecting," Kriin said excitedly.
"That's one way to look at it. Another way to look at it is 'one of the planets we put at risk'," Kraan replied with air quotes.
"That's rich, coming from the cloaca that put the planets at risk in the first place!"
"Hey! I was following procedure! Why don't you..."
"That's enough," I interrupted, trying to keep a straight face. "I'll go find out what they want. You just stay ready for our next move."
I stood and left as the two siblings began whispering insults at each other. As I exited the ship, I wondered how long I'd have to wait for the guide. To my surprise, the guide was actually waiting for me. A seven foot tall human wearing olive drab armor and carrying a rifle that was the size of my leg. That's a bad sign.
"Ship-head Uleena. This way please," the marine gestured.
"Of course," I said as I began to follow.
We walked past a crew of gont engineers and one of them waved at me. I waved back. Must be Plinas, but it's hard to tell them apart at a distance. We continued into a corridor and I began to have questions. I worked up my nerve to ask the giant death machine that was guiding me to my destination.
"So, why isn't Tim guiding me this time?" I finally asked.
"I don't know, sir," he replied.
"Do you know Corporal Simmons and Lance Corporal Johnson?"
"I know a few Corporals named Simmons and a few lances named Johnson, sir."
"They're the ones who were assigned to our rescue detail."
"Oh. Then they're probably part of a ship crew. Or maybe MARSOC," he said. "So I probably don't know them."
"What's MARSOC?"
"Marine Special Operations Command. It's special forces. They get assigned to whatever needs a specially trained marine, and usually whatever's closest to wherever they happen to be."
"So they probably wouldn't still be on the Thanatos, then?"
"Sir, I'm not qualified to even begin to wager a guess," the marine said with a chuckle. "There's plenty of MARSOC marines aboard, but I'm not one of 'em. Just a home-grown, corn-fed grunt, at your service."
"Corn?" I asked. "What's corn?"
"Huh?" He stopped to look at me. "Oh, right. It's a type of vegetable that's kinda sweet. Small yellow kernels that grow on a cob are the edible part, but some people use the leaves to store their food for some added flavor."
"I see... So you eat a lot of corn?"
"Yes, sir. It's good for muscles if you have it with meat," he said as he began to guide me again. "The phrase corn-fed refers to someone who's normal, though. Like, there's nothing special about them."
"But aren't you one of those... um..." I said as I struggled to remember the term.
"A gen-alt? Nope," the marine replied with laugh. "Believe it or not, some of us humans naturally get this big."
"Really?" I asked, my eyes widening in shock.
"Oh yeah. The genetic augmentation just swaps around certain genomes that we all already have, or something like that," the marine said. "Technically, every human has a chance to be born with all the benefits of being a gen-alt. It's a pretty low chance though."
It was with this shocking information that we boarded a bus. The ride was spent in silence as I digested what I had just learned. Humans were odd, to be sure. Despite their soft skin and disarming features (which I'm pretty sure has a lot to do with how much of their face actually moves), they were a warrior race.
I remembered how nervous I had been to meet my first Isolan. Now THEY look the part of a warrior race. Muscles that ripple and bulge with every movement, a natural scowl, and elongated canines that can definitely tear into most throats with little to no effort. Their military was very disciplined as well, to the point that horror stories about disciplinary action have spread throughout the fleet. Still, the Republic would have been able to handle the Isolan without much problem if they went rogue.
I can't say the same about humanity, though. Maybe if the Republic had found them early on in their development, we could have taken them. On the other hand, I get the dreadful feeling that we would have lost a lot of people in the attempt. I couldn't help but imagine what life would have been like if humanity had joined the Republic without a fight, though. We'd have a lot more in the way of technology, that's for sure.
They like to give a lot of credit to the knuknu and the gont for their current level of tech, but it's obvious that the majority of it comes from humans. The other species likely sped things along, but humanity would have gotten to the point they are now on their own eventually, and still much faster than us. Although I wonder how much of that is due to their bloody history, and how that history would have changed as part of the Republic.
"We've arrived, sir. Just inside those doors is where the debrief is," the marine gestured.
"Understood, thanks," I replied.
I stepped towards the doors and they opened with a slight hiss. Inside the room was a table with plenty of chairs and several US and Republic officers. I immediately recognized Reynolds and Wong, as well as fleet-leader Onaya. I snapped to attention.
"Ship-head Uleena reporting as ordered, sirs!"
"Sit down, Uleena," Onaya said with smiling eyes.
I took my seat as introductions went around the table. Most of the people here were higher officers of the fleets protecting Sol, but there were also a couple of diplomats from both sides. Not my sister, though. Thank the sun. I'm sure she tried to be here, but I'm willing to bet that our father blocked her attempts. Far too dangerous.
"There's one more that we need to introduce, but he's been delayed somewhat," Admiral Heckett said as the doors hissed.
I turned to look and saw a short human in the black directorate armor with two marines flanking it. It took me a second to realize that the human looked short because the marines were so damned tall. I'll never get used to that.
"What impeccable timing," Heckett said with a grin. "Everyone, meet Director 3. I'm sure he already knows who you are."
"Correct," Director 3 said as he took a seat. "Ship-head Uleena, pleasure to see you again."
"Likewise," I replied.
"Oh, hey Uleena!" one of the marines said with a familiar voice. "Good to see you again."
"Simmons, we're on duty. We can say hi later," the other marine said.
I smiled and replied, "Hi Corporal Simmons and Lance Corporal Johnson. Good to see you too."
I was glad to see the two of them alive and well. So glad that I almost didn't notice the rest of the Republic officers giving me a sideways glance. As I deflated slightly under their gaze, I noticed that the human officers were doing the same to the two marines. I guess we're more alike than I thought.
"Okay. Well, with all of the pleasantries out of the way, I'm going to turn things over to Director 3," Admiral Heckett said.
"Thank you, Admiral," Director 3 said with a nod before turning to look at the Republic side of the table. "The invasion of the Omni-Union stronghold was a success."
Clapping and some light cheering erupted from both sides of the table, but Director 3 quickly held up a hand to quiet things down.
"That's the only good news, I'm afraid. What I am about to tell you has already been relayed to the Republic's senior leadership, and they will be communicating with you in regards to whether they consider the information classified or not. Until they do so, I recommend treating it as classified," he said.
After a round of nods, he continued, "First, some of you may already know this, but we have a superweapon called the USSS Nidhogg. It's a dreadnought class ship that has the capacity to destroy a solar system by causing a star to go supernova."
"What?" one of our officers asked in shock. Several senior officer's eyes immediately darted towards the offending individual, who quickly quieted down.
"Your shock is understandable. To clarify, the Nidhogg was built in response to our conflict with the Daluran, as a deterrence to any further xenocidal action taken against the United Systems and its member species. Frankly, many of us hoped to never use it. But we were forced to use it against the Omni-Union during the invasion."
I couldn't believe what I was hearing. It was like the room got smaller somehow. A superweapon that can destroy an entire solar system, something the likes of which the Republic would likely never get close to. And they USED it. Wait hold on, did he say...
"Apologies, Director, but what do you mean you were forced to use it?" Fleet-Leader Onaya asked.
"Exactly that. One of our AI infiltrated their planetary systems, as planned, and retrieved mission critical intelligence. The next step of the plan would have been to cripple the OU's planetary activities by any means possible and move on to the next planet," Director 3 said. "However, it turned out that the planet wasn't actually a planet at all. It was a massive machine containing an Artificial Intelligence of unknown origin. And it was heavily armed."
Silence filled the room as images taken from US ships began to display. A planet filled our view. It looked like any other planet, but something was off about it. The images scrolled until they reached a short video of the planet firing, and two US ships exploding. My blood ran cold. Two US ships, ships with the most advanced shielding and hulls that I've ever seen, with one shot.
As much as I hated to admit it, I was grateful that they had that superweapon. The Republic was pursuing an offensive war against the Omni-Union even now, and if we would have run into this thing... Sun preserve us.
"This AI was called Prime 29 and the machine itself is a Mobile Prime Platform. During the confrontation with our AI, Prime two-niner was able to extract actionable intelligence from the AI. Thankfully, prior to this confrontation our AI managed to disable their communications which prevented Prime two-niner from being able to communicate said information with the Omni-Union. We were able to keep it trapped in the system using our own warp-jamming technology," Director 3 said. "The reason that we used the Nidhogg was to make certain that it didn't have enough time to eliminate the warp-jammers or escape their range."
"If we had tried to eliminate that thing with standard tactics, our casualties would have been in the tens of thousands," Admiral Heckett said. "As it stands, we lost 2,316 ships and more than one million marines."
"The Republic's casualties would have easily exceeded one hundred thousand ships. If we were even able to take it out at all," Fleet-Leader Onaya said, looking somewhat deflated.
"Was this the only Mobile Prime Platform, sir?" I asked, knowing damned well what the answer would be.
"No," Omega said, his avatar appearing where the images were previously. "We found intelligence in the form of a list that shows a total of 114 Mobile Prime Platforms. The intel indicated that at least one was damaged beyond repair prior to Prime 29's destruction, and that one is currently being built. Since we couldn't confirm if the other four planets in the stronghold system were MPPs or not, we will go on the assumption that there are now 111."
"Why don't we know if the other four planets are MPPs?" Onaya asked. "They didn't attack, so isn't it likely that they weren't?
"I suspect that the platforms require immense amounts of power, and so they stay in a sort of hibernation until something forces them out of it. Since the OU didn't awaken the MPP, it's reasonable to assume that they might not be able to. Prime 29 also had its communications cut, so it wouldn't have been able to wake them up, either," Omega said. "We had to go on the assumption that the other four planets were also MPPs, which is why we utilized the Nidhogg."
"So what's the plan to deal with them?" I asked.
"We're working on that," Director 3 interjected. "Obviously, we don't want to be running around causing supernovas everywhere."
"I guess it's time to come up with another 'bigger gun', eh?" Tim asked.
"Or a lot of little ones," John replied, appearing next to Omega.
A lot of our officers began to look nervous. Until very recently, AI was seen as the enemy and it's hard to kill old habits. They all looked to fleet leader Onaya to judge what their reactions should be. He didn't react, so they didn't either.
A bigger gun, or even a lot of little ones, would probably take quite a while to come up with. The US has amazing manufacturing procedures, but not nearly as many shipyards as the Republic. It was arguable whose engineers were better. The US had come up with some amazing things, but they had the benefit of necessity driving their creativity. Our engineers came up with what they created out of pure speculation. If the two worked together...
"Omega, if I may ask, how long would it take the US to create a new fleet?"
"One of ours or one of yours," the AI asked with a hint of smugness.
"One of yours," I replied.
"Factoring in material procurement, at least a year and a half. Assuming everyone working at capacity and nothing went wrong, which isn't a very realistic assumption," Omega said.
"What about us, fleet leader? How long to manufacture five million ships?" I asked.
"Or primary delay would be material procurement, but we managed to do eight million in seven months at the beginning of the OU war," Onaya replied.
All of the US officers eyebrows rose at this. I took a little pleasure at being able to surprise them, for once. Our manufacturing capability was borne from nearly every species already having at least one shipyard prior to joining the Republic, and maintaining those shipyards even now. If we were able to apply US manufacturing standards to those shipyards, the OU wouldn't stand a chance.
"We have a lot more shipyards than the US does," I began. "If the US were to make use of those shipyards, both sides would benefit massively."
"While that may be true, there's always the risk of us turning on each other after the OU is dealt with," Omega said.
"That's a bit pessimistic," John said.
"But historically accurate!" Tim cheerily exclaimed.
"That may be the case, but there are ways to prevent that. Bolstering the US fleet and shipyards to meet the same size as the Republic's, for instance. It would take quite a while for the US to catch up to the Republic's ship count on its own, and we've got barely any chance of catching up to your tech on our own," I said, holding my hands up to quiet the AI.
"This is true," Onaya began, "and your corporations would even fall in line. Greed is their primary motivator, and this deal would require a lot of trade and chance for profits."
Director 3 looked deep in thought before he finally spoke up, "Is this something that the Republic would agree to?"
"Probably," I said. "I'm not an official diplomat so I can't say with 100% certainty, but the US is more likely to say no than we are."
"I'll bring it to the Directorate, and we'll convince the senate of the necessity," Director 3 said with a nod.
"And I'll get have the diplomatic corps draw up an official agreement, and I'll push the proper buttons to get the votes on our end," Onaya said with smiling eyes. "Also, Uleena, you actually are an official diplomat now. The RSV Lowelana is our first armed diplomatic vessel. The decision came down yesterday."
"What?" I asked in shock.
"Your temporary post as liaison has become a permanent one. You'll be starting your training as soon as we can spare you. Same with your crew," Onaya said, the smiling eyes turning ever so slightly malicious.
Ah, I see. The Sun has forsaken me for some grave, unknown sin. Woe be unto me.
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If you’re looking for a better deal, go with the Disney Bundle Deal, which will get you access to Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+ for just $19.99/month. Once subscribed, you can stream Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 when it drops on Disney+, and even watch Only Murders in the Building on Hulu or the next soccer game on ESPN+.

When Will Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 be Streaming on Disney Plus ?
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 Disney+ premiere date is tentatively estimated to be Aug. 30, 2023. Currently, no official Disney+ release date has yet been announced.

It should come as no surprise that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will undoubtedly be coming to Disney+ at a later date, as the massive streaming service has become a one-stop shop for all manner of Disney-related content. Still, the question remains of when the anticipated reimagining of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will be coming to Disney+. Well, typically for Disney's theatrical releases, such as their new animated features like Strange World and recent entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe like Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, they usually arrive to Disney+ roughly ninety days after the theatrical release begins. That means we can assume that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will be available to stream on Disney+ sometime in either late August 2023 or early September 2023.

Disney+ currently has two solo subscription options for those who don't yet have access to the prolific streaming platform. The first solo option is the Basic plan, which offers the entire Disney+ library with limited ads for $7.99 USD per month. The second solo option is the Premium plan, which removes ads from the service entirely and allows for select titles to be downloaded for offline viewing, all for $10.99 USD per month.

There are also three Disney Bundle options that package Hulu and/or ESPN+ for an all-in-one collection. The first is Duo Basic, which includes the Base options for both Disney+ and Hulu with ads for $9.99 USD per month. Then there is Trio Basic, which is the same as Duo Basic but with ESPN+ included, costing $12.99 USD per month. Finally, the best bang for your buck is Trio Premium, which removes ads from Disney+ and Hulu (but not ESPN+) and allows the downloading of select titles for offline usage for $19.99 USD per month.

If any of these options sound enticing to you, click here to sign up for Disney+.

Is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 On Netflix?
No, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will not be available on Netflix — at least not anytime soon, since it will be heading straight to Disney+ after its theatrical release. In the meantime, you'll just have to wait for it to become available on the Disney+ streaming platform

Is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 2023 streaming on HBO Max?
No, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will not be available on HBO Max. it’s not a Warner Bros, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is distributed by Walt Disney Studios, so therefore, it will stream to Disney+. The streaming date is unknown at this time, and due to its box office potential for the summer, do not expect Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 to arrive on Disney+ anytime soon. Our best guess is a Disney+ premiere date in September 2023, but check back with us when it’s official.

Is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 Streaming On Hulu?
Viewers are saying that they want to view the new action movie The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 on Hulu. Unfortunately, this is not possible since Hulu currently does not offer any of the free episodes of this series .

How to Watch Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 Free Online
Disney+ does not offer a free trial, unfortunately, but there are other ways to stream Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 for free when it comes to Disney+.

If you are a Verizon subscriber, you may be eligible for their “Disney+ On Us” deal giving you access to six months of Disney+ for free. Sign-up now or register for the free streaming deal with your Verizon plan here. Then, you’ll be all set to stream Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 for free on Disney+ as soon as it drops.

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There are a few ways to watch Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 online in the U.S. You can use a streaming service such as Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime Video. You can also rent or buy the movie on iTunes or Google Play. You can also watch it on-demand or on a streaming app available on your TV or streaming device if you have cable.

When Will Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 be on DVD and Blu-ray?
Summer and early Fall is also the likely date for a release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 for Blu-Ray and DVD, though no specific date or timeline has been given at this time. As for a VOD release, the film will likely be available to buy digitally a few weeks before the inevitable streaming release for $20 USD.

How to Watch The Original Little Mermaid Movies
The original animated Little Mermaid movie and its two lesser-known follow-ups are all available to stream on Disney+. The animated Little Mermaid TV show, which ran for three seasons from 1992–1994, is also available on Disney+. If you don't have that streaming service, all three films and the series can be rented or purchased on Prime
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2023.06.02 15:13 VitalyStot Recommendations for Reliable Air Duct Cleaning Services in Norcross?

Recommendations for Reliable Air Duct Cleaning Services in Norcross?
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2023.06.02 15:07 Xethernety Important Achievement in Silicon Production Process for HPQ Silicon Using PyroGenesis’ PUREVAP Quartz Reduction Reactor

PYR.TO (ASK @ 1.10)
PyroGenesis Canada Inc. ( http://pyrogenesis.com ) , a TSX30® and a Deloitte Canada Clean Technology Fast 50TM high-tech company that :
As noted in HPQ’s news release, the results of an analysis of recent test samples from PyroGenesis’ PUREVAP QRR process carried out by Balazs NanoAnalysis (a division of Air Liquide Electronics),
“We are pleased to confirm the test results announced earlier today by HPQ”, said Mr. P. Peter Pascali, CEO and President of PyroGenesis.
“Collaboratively with HPQ, we have been working towards this goal for quite some time, and now with these independent test results our shared goal of creating a process that simplifies and optimizes the production of high purity silicon has been achieved.”
“The implications of a one-step process in the manufacturing of high purity silicon direct from quartz is significant, both from a cost benefit perspective as well as from a critical mineral optimization perspective,”
“This presents PyroGenesis with a unique and exciting commercial opportunity highlighted by
While the results of the analysis are highly encouraging, there is no timeline in terms of when HPQ will be in a position to produce the improved silicon on a large commercial scale.
Working with PyroGenesis, HPQ will now carry out final adjustments, smaller tests, and a subsequent engineering study to determine the profitability of producing the improved silicon on a larger scale.
Subject to this additional testing and planning, HPQ will then determine the number of PUREVAP QRR systems required for the construction of a full commercial plant.
As noted previously, HPQ believes that, based on what is known today,

PyroGenesis and HPQ have estimated the cost of each PUREVAP QRR system to be at least $20 million.

PyroGenesis’ involvement in the development of high-purity silicon from quartz is part of PyroGenesis’ three-tiered solution ecosystem that aligns with economic drivers that are key to global heavy industry.
High-purity silicon is part of PyroGenesis’ Commodity Security & Optimization tier, where the recovery of viable metals, and the optimization of production to increase output, helps to maximize raw materials and improve the availability of critical minerals.
Silicon has been identified as a critical mineral by many governments worldwide.

About HPQ Silicon

HPQ Silicon Inc. (TSX-V: HPQ) is a Quebec-based innovative silicon solutions company that offers innovative silica (SiO2), silicon (Si) based solutions and is developing a unique portfolio of high value-added silicon (Si) products sought after by battery and electric vehicle manufacturers.
Silicon (Si), also known as silicon metal, is one of today’s key strategic materials needed for the decarbonization of the economy and the Renewable Energy Revolution (“RER”).
However, silicon does not exist in its pure state
With PyroGenesis, HPQ is developing:
  1. the PUREVAP™ “Quartz Reduction Reactors” (QRR), an innovative process (patent pending), which will permit the one-step transformation of quartz (SiO2) into high purity silicon (Si) at reduced costs, energy input, and carbon footprint that will propagate its considerable renewable energy potential.
  2. Through its 100% owned subsidiary, HPQ NANO Silicon Powders Inc., the PUREVAP™ Nano Silicon Reactor (NSiR) is a new proprietary process that can use material produced by the QRR as feedstock, to make a wide range of nano/micro spherical powders of different sizes and nanowires.
  3. Through its second 100% owned subsidiary, HPQ Silica POLVERE Inc., HPQ is developing a new plasma-based process that will allows a direct quartz to fumed silica transformation, removing the usage of hazardous chemical in the making of fumed silica and eliminating the Hydrogen Chloride Gas (HCI) associated with its manufacturing.
About PyroGenesis Canada Inc.
PyroGenesis Canada Inc., a high-tech company, is a proud leader in the design, development, manufacture and commercialization of advanced plasma processes and sustainable solutions which reduce GHG and are economically attractive alternatives to conventional “dirty” processes.
PyroGenesis has created proprietary, patented and advanced plasma technologies that are being vetted and adopted by multiple multibillion dollar industry leaders in four massive markets:

The operations are ISO 9001:2015 and AS9100D certified, having been ISO certified since 1997.
For more information, please visit: www.pyrogenesis.com.

For further information please contact: Rodayna Kafal, Vice President, IComms. and Strategic BD Phone: (514) 937-0002, E-mail: [email protected]
RELATED LINK: http://www.pyrogenesis.com/
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2023.06.02 15:07 Xethernety Important Achievement in Silicon Production Process for HPQ Silicon Using PyroGenesis’ PUREVAP Quartz Reduction Reactor

PYR (ASK @ 0.82)
PyroGenesis Canada Inc. ( http://pyrogenesis.com ) , a TSX30® and a Deloitte Canada Clean Technology Fast 50TM high-tech company that :
As noted in HPQ’s news release, the results of an analysis of recent test samples from PyroGenesis’ PUREVAP QRR process carried out by Balazs NanoAnalysis (a division of Air Liquide Electronics),
“We are pleased to confirm the test results announced earlier today by HPQ”, said Mr. P. Peter Pascali, CEO and President of PyroGenesis.
“Collaboratively with HPQ, we have been working towards this goal for quite some time, and now with these independent test results our shared goal of creating a process that simplifies and optimizes the production of high purity silicon has been achieved.”
“The implications of a one-step process in the manufacturing of high purity silicon direct from quartz is significant, both from a cost benefit perspective as well as from a critical mineral optimization perspective,”
“This presents PyroGenesis with a unique and exciting commercial opportunity highlighted by
While the results of the analysis are highly encouraging, there is no timeline in terms of when HPQ will be in a position to produce the improved silicon on a large commercial scale.
Working with PyroGenesis, HPQ will now carry out final adjustments, smaller tests, and a subsequent engineering study to determine the profitability of producing the improved silicon on a larger scale.
Subject to this additional testing and planning, HPQ will then determine the number of PUREVAP QRR systems required for the construction of a full commercial plant.
As noted previously, HPQ believes that, based on what is known today,

PyroGenesis and HPQ have estimated the cost of each PUREVAP QRR system to be at least $20 million.

PyroGenesis’ involvement in the development of high-purity silicon from quartz is part of PyroGenesis’ three-tiered solution ecosystem that aligns with economic drivers that are key to global heavy industry.
High-purity silicon is part of PyroGenesis’ Commodity Security & Optimization tier, where the recovery of viable metals, and the optimization of production to increase output, helps to maximize raw materials and improve the availability of critical minerals.
Silicon has been identified as a critical mineral by many governments worldwide.

About HPQ Silicon

HPQ Silicon Inc. (TSX-V: HPQ) is a Quebec-based innovative silicon solutions company that offers innovative silica (SiO2), silicon (Si) based solutions and is developing a unique portfolio of high value-added silicon (Si) products sought after by battery and electric vehicle manufacturers.
Silicon (Si), also known as silicon metal, is one of today’s key strategic materials needed for the decarbonization of the economy and the Renewable Energy Revolution (“RER”).
However, silicon does not exist in its pure state
With PyroGenesis, HPQ is developing:
  1. the PUREVAP™ “Quartz Reduction Reactors” (QRR), an innovative process (patent pending), which will permit the one-step transformation of quartz (SiO2) into high purity silicon (Si) at reduced costs, energy input, and carbon footprint that will propagate its considerable renewable energy potential.
  2. Through its 100% owned subsidiary, HPQ NANO Silicon Powders Inc., the PUREVAP™ Nano Silicon Reactor (NSiR) is a new proprietary process that can use material produced by the QRR as feedstock, to make a wide range of nano/micro spherical powders of different sizes and nanowires.
  3. Through its second 100% owned subsidiary, HPQ Silica POLVERE Inc., HPQ is developing a new plasma-based process that will allows a direct quartz to fumed silica transformation, removing the usage of hazardous chemical in the making of fumed silica and eliminating the Hydrogen Chloride Gas (HCI) associated with its manufacturing.
About PyroGenesis Canada Inc.
PyroGenesis Canada Inc., a high-tech company, is a proud leader in the design, development, manufacture and commercialization of advanced plasma processes and sustainable solutions which reduce GHG and are economically attractive alternatives to conventional “dirty” processes.
PyroGenesis has created proprietary, patented and advanced plasma technologies that are being vetted and adopted by multiple multibillion dollar industry leaders in four massive markets:

The operations are ISO 9001:2015 and AS9100D certified, having been ISO certified since 1997.
For more information, please visit: www.pyrogenesis.com.

For further information please contact: Rodayna Kafal, Vice President, IComms. and Strategic BD Phone: (514) 937-0002, E-mail: [email protected]
RELATED LINK: http://www.pyrogenesis.com/
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2023.06.02 15:07 Xethernety Important Achievement in Silicon Production Process for HPQ Silicon Using PyroGenesis’ PUREVAP Quartz Reduction Reactor

PYR (ASK @ 0.82)
PYR.TO (ASK @ 1.10)
PyroGenesis Canada Inc. ( http://pyrogenesis.com ) , a TSX30® and a Deloitte Canada Clean Technology Fast 50TM high-tech company that :
As noted in HPQ’s news release, the results of an analysis of recent test samples from PyroGenesis’ PUREVAP QRR process carried out by Balazs NanoAnalysis (a division of Air Liquide Electronics),
“We are pleased to confirm the test results announced earlier today by HPQ”, said Mr. P. Peter Pascali, CEO and President of PyroGenesis.
“Collaboratively with HPQ, we have been working towards this goal for quite some time, and now with these independent test results our shared goal of creating a process that simplifies and optimizes the production of high purity silicon has been achieved.”
“The implications of a one-step process in the manufacturing of high purity silicon direct from quartz is significant, both from a cost benefit perspective as well as from a critical mineral optimization perspective,”
“This presents PyroGenesis with a unique and exciting commercial opportunity highlighted by
While the results of the analysis are highly encouraging, there is no timeline in terms of when HPQ will be in a position to produce the improved silicon on a large commercial scale.
Working with PyroGenesis, HPQ will now carry out final adjustments, smaller tests, and a subsequent engineering study to determine the profitability of producing the improved silicon on a larger scale.
Subject to this additional testing and planning, HPQ will then determine the number of PUREVAP QRR systems required for the construction of a full commercial plant.
As noted previously, HPQ believes that, based on what is known today,

PyroGenesis and HPQ have estimated the cost of each PUREVAP QRR system to be at least $20 million.

PyroGenesis’ involvement in the development of high-purity silicon from quartz is part of PyroGenesis’ three-tiered solution ecosystem that aligns with economic drivers that are key to global heavy industry.
High-purity silicon is part of PyroGenesis’ Commodity Security & Optimization tier, where the recovery of viable metals, and the optimization of production to increase output, helps to maximize raw materials and improve the availability of critical minerals.
Silicon has been identified as a critical mineral by many governments worldwide.

About HPQ Silicon

HPQ Silicon Inc. (TSX-V: HPQ) is a Quebec-based innovative silicon solutions company that offers innovative silica (SiO2), silicon (Si) based solutions and is developing a unique portfolio of high value-added silicon (Si) products sought after by battery and electric vehicle manufacturers.
Silicon (Si), also known as silicon metal, is one of today’s key strategic materials needed for the decarbonization of the economy and the Renewable Energy Revolution (“RER”).
However, silicon does not exist in its pure state
With PyroGenesis, HPQ is developing:
  1. the PUREVAP™ “Quartz Reduction Reactors” (QRR), an innovative process (patent pending), which will permit the one-step transformation of quartz (SiO2) into high purity silicon (Si) at reduced costs, energy input, and carbon footprint that will propagate its considerable renewable energy potential.
  2. Through its 100% owned subsidiary, HPQ NANO Silicon Powders Inc., the PUREVAP™ Nano Silicon Reactor (NSiR) is a new proprietary process that can use material produced by the QRR as feedstock, to make a wide range of nano/micro spherical powders of different sizes and nanowires.
  3. Through its second 100% owned subsidiary, HPQ Silica POLVERE Inc., HPQ is developing a new plasma-based process that will allows a direct quartz to fumed silica transformation, removing the usage of hazardous chemical in the making of fumed silica and eliminating the Hydrogen Chloride Gas (HCI) associated with its manufacturing.
About PyroGenesis Canada Inc.
PyroGenesis Canada Inc., a high-tech company, is a proud leader in the design, development, manufacture and commercialization of advanced plasma processes and sustainable solutions which reduce GHG and are economically attractive alternatives to conventional “dirty” processes.
PyroGenesis has created proprietary, patented and advanced plasma technologies that are being vetted and adopted by multiple multibillion dollar industry leaders in four massive markets:

The operations are ISO 9001:2015 and AS9100D certified, having been ISO certified since 1997.
For more information, please visit: www.pyrogenesis.com.

For further information please contact: Rodayna Kafal, Vice President, IComms. and Strategic BD Phone: (514) 937-0002, E-mail: [email protected]
RELATED LINK: http://www.pyrogenesis.com/
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2023.06.02 14:57 hnqn1611 10 Ways You're Wasting Money Without Realizing It

10 Ways You're Wasting Money Without Realizing It
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10 Ways You’re Losing Money Without Realizing It!
Most of us work hard for our money, and the last thing we want to do is throw any of it away. Of course, every once in a while, things do come up - like that time you spent more than you intended to, showing your out-of-town friend a great time; Or, when you dipped into your emergency fund to cover a car repair - and this is okay. It’s why building wiggle room into your budget is important. What’s not okay, is throwing away money on unnecessary fees, charges and missed opportunities! Here are a few common ways you’re losing money without realizing it!
Number 1 - Throwing Out Food When you’re throwing food out, you’re wasting money – plain and simple. We’re all guilty of it, even with the best intentions. Food waste is a huge issue in our society, and many people don’t realize the extent of it. It might surprise you to learn that the average U.S. household throws out over $600 worth of food each year. Luckily, there are some simple ways to cut back on wasting food and money. You can start by making weekly grocery lists, and before going to the supermarket, try to see if you don’t already have certain items. It’s also a good idea to organize your cupboards from time to time, because you probably have stuff lying around in there that you aren’t even aware of. And you’ll find that a lot of it has already expired.
Number 2 - Restaurants and Takeout It's one thing to enjoy the occasional meal out, but if you're not careful, eating at restaurants too often can result in a serious waste of money! The average American household spends over $3,000 a year eating out. But did you know that in general, a restaurant’s food price is about three times its wholesale cost? That’s a 300 percent markup! Which means that for every $30 you spend, you're paying $20 extra compared to what it would cost you to make these meals at home. If you’re throwing away loads of money on restaurants and takeout, consider scaling back. Especially if you're struggling to save, or have other financial goals to meet. You don't need to go cold turkey, but if you cut your three restaurant meals a week down to just two, you'll save hundreds, if not thousands of dollars.
Number 3 - Bank Fees What’s more annoying than paying to use your own money? Well, that’s exactly what you’re doing when you spend $5 at out-of-network ATM’s. And that’s not the only fee you’ll pay if you’re not careful! Bank accounts can carry a lot of different charges, including overdraft and maintenance fees that could add up to hundreds of dollars a year. The good news is that you can avoid these charges entirely if you commit to better banking habits.
Number 4 - Unused Gift Cards Check your wallet and drawers, and you’ll likely find a gift card, or maybe several, that you haven’t used. Don’t worry, it’s not just you: It’s estimated that more than $45 billion worth of gift cards are collecting dust! If you have money to spend at retailers like Amazon - or companies like Visa or Amex - make an effort to use your card for things you already planned on purchasing. Also, keep in mind that some of these gift cards can have maintenance fees up to $2.50 per month until the card balance hits zero. So it’s best to use them sooner than later. If you got a gift card to a restaurant or store you don’t really like, sell it, or give it to someone as a gift. But be mindful. Don’t give a steakhouse gift card to your vegan friend. They’ll know right away that you were just trying to get rid of the card.
Number 5 - Subscriptions There’s nothing wrong with having subscriptions, but it becomes a problem when you pay for something that you don’t end up using! Subscriptions or memberships can entail any kind of membership or subscription service. From gym memberships to Magazines to Cable TV. The point is, if you don’t use it on a regular basis, you’re wasting money. Before you sign up for anything, think about how often you'll actually use it and whether there's a low-cost, or free alternative.
Number 6 - Overage Charges Unlimited talk time and unlimited texting is pretty much standard these days, but data plans are still a steady source of overage charges. While fees vary, you can still easily pay $10 to $15 extra for every gig that exceeds your monthly limit. If you do this consistently, you’re looking at an annual bill that’s hundreds more than you budgeted. You can easily fix this problem by finding a plan that matches your needs. You might pay more upfront, but it will cost less than what you pay in penalties. You can also try to scale back by using WiFi more often and disabling apps that drain your data.
Number 7 - Skipping Your Research If you want to stop wasting money, comparison shopping is very important. The last thing you want to do is buy some product on sale, and then find out that it’s crap. And this happens to many people regularly because they don’t research. Before you make any purchase, take the time to read reviews and find the best product for a good price. This applies to grocery shopping too. I mean the comparison part. You can usually find the same products at most grocery stores but some of them will charge double the price.
Number 8 - Using Coupons Using coupons is one of the simplest ways to save money. But, have you ever stopped to think that you might be wasting money by using them? Your intent is to save money, but how often does this desire backfire and you end up not using the items you bought? Or worse, you didn’t budget for them. Then to add to this, you just fill up your cupboards with junk and create clutter only to find expired products years later. The trick is to simply use coupons for items you actually need or are planning on buying in the first place.
Number 9 - Airline Surcharges Travel fees are a great way to waste money, and they add up quickly. While there are costs that are mandatory, you can skip many by planning ahead. When the day of your flight rolls around, arrive prepared. This is especially important if you’re flying a discount carrier, as they are infamous for tacking on fees for everything from seat assignments to checking in. So bring your own blanket, food, and entertainment. And pack smart. Realistically, you won’t be able to carry on all the time, but there’s no excuse for showing up with oversized or overweight luggage, which can run you anywhere from $25 to $200 on domestic flights. Always check the weight of your luggage before you leave the house!
Number 10 - Keeping Up With The Joneses How many times have you seen something that someone else had, and you instantly wanted it too? We’ve all been there… It’s hard to escape the influence of others who live seemingly wealthy, free-and-easy lifestyles. And it’s really hard to escape the noise of all the advertisers who desperately want us to keep buying more stuff. Sadly, many people live beyond their means. And constantly trying to keep up with others will only lead you to being broke! So, next time you’re tempted by something your friends or neighbors have, take a hard look at your budget. If you don’t have the money for it, perhaps you shouldn’t buy it! So, what do you waste money on? Let us know in the comments below!
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2023.06.02 14:48 Andychives September Itinerary

Priorities History, Anime/Pokemon Otaku, Food.
Collect Goshuin
Collect Eki Stamps
Total Cost excluding Flights $2500
  1. Accommodations $1,051.44
  2. JR Green Pass $498.24
  3. Food estimate $478.45
  4. Shopping $168.48
  5. Entertainment $259.84
  6. Donations to Temples 500y times about 10 $32.40
  7. Health Insurance $22.54

Day 1 Flight
Day 2 Arrival
Late Afternoon Arrival /Shinjuku Hotel
Day 3 Ueno
Day 4 Shibuya
Day 5 Travel
Day 6 East Kyoto - Gion
Day 7 West Kyoto - Arashiyama
Day 8 Day Trip To Osaka
At this point Ill probably Yamamoto ship one of my luggage to the airport
Day 9 Hiroshima
(Here's where I realized That I have marked to both stay the night and travel so need to fix that)
Day 10 Himeji
Day 11 Tokyo East (Staying in Ginza)
Day 12 Tokyo East
Day 13 Disney
Day 14 Disney Sea
Day 15 Flight
I considered Hakone/onsen/mt Fuji instead of a second Disney day and Asakusa but Im struggling to find a ryokan that fits my apparently unrealistic expectations/envisioning.
Id need to find an affordable Michelin star restaurant (Under $125) still researching that.
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2023.06.02 14:44 wersfsdwdad Watch The Little Mermaid Free Online Streaming at home

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The Little Mermaid is coming to US cinemas on May 26, 2023. However, you can catch early showings in theaters as soon as this Wednesday, May 24.

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The Little Mermaid Disney+ premiere date is tentatively estimated to be Aug. 30, 2023. Currently, no official Disney+ release date has yet been announced.

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No, The Little Mermaid will not be available on HBO Max. it’s not a Warner Bros, The Little Mermaid is distributed by Walt Disney Studios, so therefore, it will stream to Disney+. The streaming date is unknown at this time, and due to its box office potential for the summer, do not expect The Little Mermaid to arrive on Disney+ anytime soon. Our best guess is a Disney+ premiere date in September 2023, but check back with us when it’s official.

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Summer and early Fall is also the likely date for a release of The Little Mermaid for Blu-Ray and DVD, though no specific date or timeline has been given at this time. As for a VOD release, the film will likely be available to buy digitally a few weeks before the inevitable streaming release for $20 USD.

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The original animated Little Mermaid movie and its two lesser-known follow-ups are all available to stream on Disney+. The animated Little Mermaid TV show, which ran for three seasons from 1992–1994, is also available on Disney+. If you don't have that streaming service, all three films and the series can be rented or purchased on Prime
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2023.06.02 14:26 Spiritual_Shift_920 Guide to Dehaka - Tips, Tricks & Talents

Disclaimer. I am currently master ranked offlane player who has been playing the game since launch competitively & casually, on all ranks between gold and GM. I took a bit of a break after the last guides but upon several requests to continue making these, I was inspired to continue making them again. This particular guide got extremely long due to concerning a fairly complex hero and I like being thorough with my explanations. Links to other guides can be found at the end.

Dehaka is one of the ‘’big three’’ bruisers of high rank bruiser play (The unholy trinity of HoggeBlaze/Dehaka) and while other bruisers do also see play, its difficult to find a game where all of these 3 do not exist in either bans or picks. Dehaka, while not any weaker than the other two and situationally stronger, he does have a bit more counterplay to it than the others.

Drafting Dehaka

Synergistic heroes
Dehaka works really well with things that can quickly kill a drag target that often rely on short range. Some examples below;
Additionally, heroes that have high duration powerful AoE effects that Dehaka can reposition people into with his Drag and his level 4.
Heroes Dehaka can struggle into

Heroes Dehaka is good into

Just to be clear, there are not many heroes that like being dragged for 2.25 seconds into bad positions. There are some standouts regardless that he is extremely effective against.

Maps

To cut it short, what makes for a great Dehaka map:

S tier maps

Dragon Shire

So Dragon Shire is great for several reasons. The nature of the split objective is one such. The bottom shrine is positioned in such a way, where the only ‘safe’ way out of the shrine is usually by walking through a bush which is also known as the lizard territory. Another is the quantity of maps on the bottom side of the map that are relatively easy to invade for your team, and with burrow you can make it an easy 5v4. It has a lot of bushes for Dehaka to easily rotate and collect essence between lanes. Its great.The only downside for Dehaka on DS is that winning the shrine on top also matters quite a bit and while he is not bad in 1v1s, there are good amount of offlaners who can destroy him in a 1v1.

Cursed Hollow

Macro focus, siege giants, a lot of the same as in Dragon Shire. The objective does not split the team the same way as it does on DS but during curses having global is extremely valuable since your team can push very hard on a lane and threaten keep, while the quick rotation speed of Dehaka on sidelines means you are not losing xp and the global means your team isn’t left alone in a 4v5 if they commit everything to defending the push.

Towers of Doom
Might be, in my opinion, Dehaka’s strongest map. The presence of global enables a solid amount of invasion plays on enemy sapper camps, and the split objective means that every time an altar spawns on two other sides of the map, Dehaka will be there to make the objective fight 5v4 way before the global-less enemy offlane can do anything about it.

Sky Temple
Really, most of the things that can be fitted into DS can also be applied onto Sky Temple aswell. It is slightly worse on Sky because Dehaka struggles a bit on capping temples alone due to low single target damage and conditional sustain but his global is even more important since all structure damage matters on the map, and pushing out a lane can be just as valuable as getting an objective.

Garden of TerrorMostly he is awesome here. Lots of bushes, large size, macro heavy gameplay etc. You just want to make sure you have another hero in team who is effective at taking camps because Dehaka is not one, and camps are what often decide Garden games. At least he is very good at clearing the enemy camps.

A tier maps

Infernal Shrines
The map has lots of bushes, 3 lanes to soak and moderate macro relevance. One thing that makes Dehaka still a star on the map is his ability to drag shaman camps into towers to instantly clear them. Just because I took him lower than on some others doesn’t mean he isn’t great here, the reason I didn’t put him in S was mostly because he is not the most effective in clearing the extremely impactful objective alone, nor is he very good at dealing with it if enemy gets it.
Where Dehaka really sucks is when he has to fight on an open lane with no bushes, to defend against a punisher or such.

Tomb of the Spider Queen
Historically this is a bit controversial take due to the map’s small size. Which is true, it is against Dehaka’s global value. it doesn’t mean though it isn’t immensely relevant on the map, since it can be used to prevent the good old boss cap strategy of taking bot camp, and moving to boss as enemy has to deal with a siege camp.
Aside from that, due to its small size however Dehaka can stack essence extremely quickly, and the quantity of bushes makes him a danger everywhere on the map even without his global.
Dehaka is a very hard to gank offlane, which means gems collected by Dehaka are far more safe than on some other popular offlaners.

B tier maps

Battlefield of Eternity

Not the best map for him, but playable. The objective sucks the same way as it does on IS and it is more early game heavy. The distance between lanes makes essence management much more difficult.Things he does do well on the map though is defending shaman camps, which is more valuable here than any other map in my opinion. The middle of the map is also riddled with bushes, giving him a ton of opportunities to position properly and getting good drags in. The distance between lanes does also mean the bottom part of the team can play much more aggressively for camps since the global does threaten a constant 5v4.
Alterac Pass

I hate playing Dehaka on Alterac, but it could be worse. Little amount of bushes makes rotating extremely hard and dragging camps to towers is often of low value. Additionally, taking camps is of a high value and Dehaka really does not do it well on Alterac. The one thing Alterac has going for him is its large size, and the few bushes it has are around objectives so he can still sidepush and join for a fight.

Braxis Holdout
Dehaka typically isn’t awesome due to the difficulties of gaining essence, relevance of winning point on top lane and lack of siege giant/shamans. The bonus is, if you do win the point its fairly easy to win the bottom point aswell due to using global after bullying the enemy offlaner away from point.

D tier maps

Volskaya Industries

No bushes, small size, mostly item based camps. Unless Dehaka is the only hero you play, I’d not recommend picking him here.

Base Kit tips

Drag [Q]
Mercs

As I eluded earlier, you don’t have to be the one to deal the actual damage to mercs. You can also drag them into towers and forts for a faster clear. The damage of the drag isn’t high, 160 at a base (159% of one AA), but it is big enough that if you know you are going to base to get mana or you won’t be needing it any time soon, using drag for damage on PvE does increase your clear speed. It is mana intensive, which is why I excluded its use to the two scenarios above.

Landing drags on heroes
Dark Swarm

Burrow [E]
Essence Collection [D]

Brushstalker [Z]
Talents / Builds breakdown

To start off, different builds have different values on different levels of play. The build I pick most of the time is immensely powerful in diamond, master and GM SL aswell as competitive. It is equally powerful in lower ones, but some other builds also become better there (Such as the W build). The % mentions are just my rough estimates on how often I pick a certain talent.

The builds:

Standard/Recommended build: 3/1/1/1/1/2/1

BeginneLow SL build:1/3/3/2/2/2

Situational Braxis/Alterac build: 2/X/X/1/3/2/1

Level 1

Enduring Swarm - 2%

Enhance Agility - 96%
Tissue Regeneration - 2%
Level 4
Lurker Strain - 95%
Hero Stalker - 3%

One-Who-Collects - 2%

Level 7

Feeding Frenzy - 98%

Symbiosis - 2%

Paralyzing Enzymes - 0%


Level 10

Isolation - 100%

Adaptation - 0%


Level 13
Ferocious Stalker - 93%
Primal Swarm - 4 %
Primal Rage - 3%

Level 16

Elongated Tongue - 0%
Pack Leader - 0%

Tunneling Claws - 100%
Level 20

Contagion - 99%
Change is Survival - 0%
Essence Claws - 1%
Apex Predator - 0%


Laning tips

Do note that these estimations expect two equally skilled players, and playing with the talents listed above. Most of them do not directly improve the 1v1, so experiences may vary.Favored match ups
Fairly even match ups
Unfavored match ups
Thrall
Imperius
Illidan

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Leoric
Artanis
Yrel
Sonya
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Murky

As per usual, hopefully someone got something out of this. It has been a while since I written my last write up on bruisers. If there are any other particular bruisers people would want to see me make a write up on, do mention it. (I had to repost this due to reddit markdown acting stupid).
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2023.06.02 13:42 Immediate_Strategy20 An experience of a South Korean converting to catholicism (originally posted on an online forum in South Korea)

Originally posted on an online forum in South Korea anonymously
Title: Story of myself, now a catholic catechumen, because of a shaman
(무당, Korean shaman from ancient and folk belief in South Korea)

Influenced by some protestants that I know, I was interested in the concept of christian God, but stayed a non-believer. One day, I came across a very convincing shaman. I didn't use to believe shamanism until then, when the shaman could correctly guess all the private stuff that she shouldn't know about me and my family or friends. I was convinced that the spiritual world exists, and started studying about shamanism.
While most shamans acknowledge the existance of God, they say that he is also one of many spirits in this world, and told me to just attend a church without asking too much. On the other side, christians(protestants) held that spirits that the shamans serve are corrupted spirits who defy God and wish to be a god himself. I thought that was credible. (Just like demons recognize Jesus in the Bible, spiritual beings can recognize each other.)
If shamans are all scam and just want to make money, they could have just denied the existance of God, but they all admitted it without resist. I found this wierd and other things also. It is awkward that the spirits punish shamans if they choose not to serve them. Shamans themselves said to me that none of the spirits they serve are actually good, they just use the shamans' body to exploit them. (That is why most shamans are so hysteric and chronically ill) Also, they say that a shaman's abilities are only affective during the first years after initial possession; after a few years the spirits abandon her and the shaman has to rely on fraud. I thought this could never be a proper religion.
(cf. In Korean shamanism, spirits punish a woman with disease and bad luck, if she defies it and chooses not to be a shaman. Most Korean shamans are traditionally female and is not a shaman by free will, but they were threatened by a spirit. Shamans were traditionally looked down on, frowned upon and considered lower class in Korea.)
So I cancelled all the appointments with the most famous shamans in Korea, which I have waited for weeks. I started to think about whether to attend a prostestant church, or the catholic one.
That happened this March, and I was going through a personal crisis, being in self-hatred and physically ill, too. I realized that I could not overcome all the evils in this world by myself, and I started praying to God. I told him that I just want to be in piece so please help me hold myself together. Then suddenly I started praying 'I believe. From now on, I will not live for the sake of myself but for other people.' Then I was in piece. However, I did not pray that because I genuinely think about other people, but because I was in such pain. I could not fully understand why I said that to God.
The next day was the day I finally left home and went back to Seoul. After I bought a ticket for a bus, I got a call from a friend who lives alone in Seoul. He usually never calls me for any kind of favor. He said, he got a surgery and he couldn't live by himself, and asked me to come over to his house for a few days to help him.
I was surprised that he called right on the day I was going back to Seoul, and I gladly decided to help him. The next day when I arrived at Seoul and got off from the bus, I met a christian charity worker. The worker asked me to donate for a kid who is very sick and the kid had the same name as myself!
(cf. In Korea having a same first name is somewhat rare, although many people have the same last name.)
I visited the same bus terminal for more than 50 times in my life, and this thing never happened to me before. And the same name? I thought this was God's work. So I signed to donate right away and found out the charity worker also had the same name as myself and the kid!
Afterwards, I naturally came to become a catholic, which I think I was guided by the holy spirit. My friend would have prepared for the surgery for days. The charity worker must have decided to be there at least several days ago. And I prayed to God just the day before everything happened. So, I think even my prayer was not 100% my own will but everything was planned and guided by him.
I share this story because of the talk I had with someone in another online forum. She said that a shaman could guess and be right about everything of her past. And the shaman made some predictions about her future and she was worried. I told her that I believe that shamans are capable of such things, and that a shaman convinced me about the existance of the spiritual world and I ended up being catholic.
She asked me why I became catholic when it was the shaman who had proven her abilities. So I told her everything. Then she said she is actually a catholic too, and she thinks that it is God's will that she happened to talk to me. She said she will just rely on God from now on. She also met several shamans and they all told her to keep believing in Jesus when she never told them that she had any religion.

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  1. Same experience here, I also met shamans and ended up being catholic
ㄴ maybe some people are just predestined to become one.
  1. Reminds me of a North Korean I met. When he was fleeing, a shaman told him that God will help him... Nobody talks about God in North Korea, so he couldn't get it, but when he suceeded escaping and came to South Korea a catholic charity helped him.. so he became catholic.
  2. I could relate to every single thing you said, similar experience here. GOD LIVES!!
  3. Halleluya~
  4. Thank you for sharing.
  5. Similar experience here. Shamans could know that I was ill before I even told them. I heard some of my ancestors were shamans... I started having dreams about the future... and thank God I decided to become catholic. I use to attend a protestant church then I became atheist, but I just could not deny the existance of God after what I went through.
ㄴ The spiritual world is hard to understand. People who have such spiritual abilities.. why they usually cannot see God and become shamans... Good for you that you became a catholic instead.
  1. I went to three different shamans last year for fortune telling concerning my business. When I told them I was catholic the all said I made a good choice. They also told me to do requiem masses so I do that every month for my grandma and father. I don't know if that's why but I'm having a great year. God is present! :)
ㄴ Did the shamans even tell you to do the requiem mass???
ㄴ As a catechumen I find these comments very helpful.
  1. The sick kid with the same name that you've helped, he was actually yourself. How God used you to help poor souls .. including yourself... God is preparing something BIG for you! I hope your baptism goes great and also your journey of faith in God.
ㄴ Thank you for such nice words. Piece be with you!
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2023.06.02 13:41 BlueFishcake Sexy Sect Babes: Chapter Sixty Five

“It’s not very iconic,” Jack mumbled to himself as he watched the frame of the newest variant of Crawler come together.
Though calling it a ‘Crawler’ was a bit of a misnomer, given that the vehicle didn’t actually crawl. Instead, it would move about on treads. Like a normal tank. Which, while practical, were rather boring to look at.
To make matters worse, Shui would be taking just over half of the iconic older variants of crawler that did actually crawl with her on her journey North. Doing so would allow her force to be entirely mechanized – or horseborne in the case of the cultivators – reducing a journey that would normally take months into one that would take weeks.
Plus, a mountain pass is actually a location where the mechanical legs might see some practical use, he thought.
Shui was certainly pleased about the extra support. While Jack wouldn’t go so far as to say she was giddy, there was certainly a degree of ‘pep’ to her steps as she rushed about the city organizing her new ‘army’. Even the mortal elements, which he got the feeling were normally an afterthought in these kinds of engagements.
She’d be taking fully one third of the militia that An had arrived with a few weeks ago. Ten thousand men and women. As well as fifteen cultivators – who Jack had made sure came from differing Sects. A move that would hopefully keep her from getting up to mischief by turning them against him.
Hopefully.
Ideally, he’d like to say that was why she was taking a contingent of homegrown Jiangshi ‘natives’ – for a given use of the word. The reality was that she was taking the militia because the alternative was a force of spear wielding sect troops, which would be like feeding meat into a grinder.
Which might have been just fine for the Empire, but mortals actually had some innate value to him. To that end, those sect troops still in the city – all fifty thousand of them - were going to be re-equipped and retrained as part of his new Ten Huo army.
Which was why five thousand militia members would be sticking around to train them in turn, while the remaining fifteen thousand returned to the very important task of guarding Jiangshi.
Which was a priority, given that An had all but stripped the province bare of soldiers to create her rescue force – and if they didn’t return soon their absence would be keenly felt.
Of course, this all relies on the Sects giving up their personal armies without a fight, Jack thought. Here’s hoping my most recent lesson in who holds the biggest stick will remain stuck in their mind when I make that announcement…
“Perhaps.” Elwin said from beside him, returning his thoughts to the mundane nature of his latest construct. Not that you’d know it from looking at Elwin. The elf’s arms were crossed as she watched with no small amount of awe as his workshop’s many pneumatic arms worked to bring the tank to life. “That will change though. I have oft found that the iconic nature of a soldier or weapon only grows with their success. And to hear little Lin go on about this machine, it will be very successful indeed.”
Jack hummed, conceding the point. Both Lin and Huang were down in his workshop with them – the two seemingly near inseparable these days for some reason – both huddled over a data-slate as they chatted animatedly about something related to the design.
They were a mismatched pair to be sure, but it seemed that Lin had chosen to take the former princess under her wing. Which was rather ironic, given that she was the goat-kin and Huang was the dragon-kin.
“Do you think Shui’s realized that she won’t actually be spending much of her time up north building her fortress?” he hummed.
“I would worry for her intelligence if she didn’t,” Elwin opined. “And the fact that she’s not battering down your door to demand changes to the manifest she’s been provided suggests she has.”
Jack hummed in agreement. He didn’t doubt that Shui had already noticed that her little taskforce was almost entirely devoid of building materials or craftsmen. Not that she’d want to be lugging stuff like stone or timber halfway across the province when there were plenty of natural resources at her destination.
Still, she’d want craftsmen trailing along with your supply chain though.
As well as nails.
To hear his advisor’s talk about them, you wanted nails by the barrel. To that end they had some. Gao, Ren and An had stressed that no army should ever be without things for even a moment, but they weren’t present in nearly the quantities required to build a mountain fortress like the one he hoped would soon block off the only remaining route into the province – if you ignored the ocean.
Which both Imperials and Instinctives were seemingly content to do.
No, the Pig-kin had probably known from the moment the plan was presented to her that Jack would be waiting for her to arrive at her destination before he flew over in his suit and built a fortress basically overnight.
That thought made him feel better about his decision to put her in charge of the job. It was an important job after all, sealing off the last ‘free’ entrance into his small empire.
I’ll probably want to head back to Jiangshi first to resupply basic building materials when I do head over there, he thought as he made a mental tally of what was currently floating around in his inventory. The thought made him sigh. The sooner I get a train network set up the better.
There was just so much that needed to be done…
He shook his head as he refocused on the task at hand, which was creating the prototype of the new Kang Barrel. A name that had created nothing but confusion for his underlings, but tickled his funny bone.
Not least of all because he hadn’t been the one to come up with the joke.
His microbots were. And while the fact that his microbots were currently capable of making jokes terrified him to his core, he couldn’t deny that they were good at them.
Because truth be told, he’d never wondered why tanks were called ‘tanks’. Though, to be fair, he never wondered why half a dozen other things were named as they were.
As it turned out, the reason tanks had been called what they were was because they’d been smuggled to Europe – or the irradiated zone as it was now known – disguised as water tanks.
Thus, Barrels had seemed an apt name for his own variant – even if no one but him got the joke.
Hell, that just made it funnier to him.
“So, how are things coming with your apprentices?” he asked the elf.
Smiling, the woman was about to respond when Ren rushed in, looking more frantic than usual. Which was a rather impressive feat given that she’d spent the last few weeks effectively running his city for him and was normally operating somewhere between totally overwhelmed and barely hanging on.
“Where are your formal robes, master!?” the merchant all but hissed. “I told you the ceremony would be starting in a few hours!”
Jack glanced over at a nearby clock.
“Ah… I knew I was forgetting something.”
Not that it mattered, he didn’t care what Ren said about tradition.
He was going in his armor.
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“With that, I present your new magistrate,” an older man called out to the crowds below.
The male cultivator was actually the oldest looking cultivator Jack had ever seen. The man was a craftsmen, a well respected one. And he was also the one who had been in charge of creating the staff that ostensibly controlled the city’s runic defenses.
And keying them to Jack.
Theoretically.
That wasn’t how it had gone down – and the other man had made it abundantly clear what he thought of this change in tradition.
Jack didn’t care then and he didn’t care now.
Which was why he ignored the other man’s stinkeye as he stood up from his throne and strode over to the balcony.
“The Empire has abandoned us.”
His first words were solemn, yet they rolled over the crowd below without trouble. A feat accomplished by a few carefully positioned loud speakers.
Which might have been why, despite the distance between him and the throngs of… not quite human mortals and cultivators below, he could almost hear the audible intake of breath that followed his statement.
Criticizing one’s superiors really wasn’t done in the empire, by virtue of the fact that said superior was usually your superior because they were entirely capable of lopping your head off. If they weren’t, you’d be the superior.
Again, certain parallels between the Instinctive hordes and the Empire leapt to Jack’s mind.
“The Empress has abandoned us. Time has dulled her edge. Corruption has infested her courts. Lethargy pervades her armies. And now, like an ape grasping for a branch as it plummets to its doom, the Empress pulls tight on her outer provinces in a desperate attempt to arrest her fall.”
It helped that what he was saying was mostly true. Or so he assumed. Because he’d yet to meet a system of power that wasn’t at least a little corrupt.
Silence was the only response he received to his words though.
Which, again, was to be expected. While the Empress wasn’t a ‘goddess’ in the religious sense of the word – the empire as a whole was surprisingly secular in that regard, focusing instead on something Jack would have described as Pseudo-Buddhism – she was also one of the founders of the Empire.
Again, not someone you criticized for long before you found yourself suddenly a few feet shorter from the top down.
Fortunately, Jack had a secret weapon.
“Yet Ten Huo only grows in power!”
That was the signal for the doors to the palace to open, and from them cart after cart of sizzling pigs, cows and whole chicken were wheeled forward. Prepared by the palace’s chefs, they’d done an incredible job with the task they’d been given. Even from his position up high on the balcony Jack found the smell intoxicating as it wafted up to him.
Fortunately, the line of sect troops guarding the front of the palace held steady as the crowd almost unconsciously surged forward at the sight of such a feast.
Really hope no one’s going to get crushed in that, he thought.
That was why he had a few cultivators on standby who would use directed burst of killing intent anywhere the press of bodies got too tight. The effectiveness of which Jack had been a little dubious of, but it was apparently a tried and tested method for ‘delicately’ dealing with unruly crowds.
Personally, Jack would have preferred to use his own troops, but Ren had quite reasonably pointed out that when it came to keeping crowds of agitated mortals in line, none were better than the personal armies of the sects.
…Or the Imperial army – but most of them were dead now.
That didn’t mean he’d come completely unprotected. His own troops had emptied out the palace of all courtiers and Sect guards hours ago in preparation for his speech. A feat that would have been impossible mere days ago, but it seemed that his little display to the Sect leaders had the effect he’d intended it to, because the cultivators present on the premises hadn’t even made a single peep of complaint as they were ordered out by a bunch of mere mortals.
Albeit, mere mortals who had An commanding them.
“We must cast off the shackles that have for so long held us back!” Jack announced. “This is not about power. Not about greed. Or pride. It is about survival!”
This time he got roars of approval – though whether that was down to his words or the food that was now being passed out to the crowd, he couldn’t say.
It didn’t really matter. It was about the optics of the thing. When people looked back on this moment, they would remember the cheering. And that would mean it had to have been a good thing, right?
“Ten Huo must grow. Must cultivate it’s strength. Must power through the troubles ahead,” he roared. “Which we have. Through our guards. Through our walls. Through our cultivators. And through our gonnes. Through those things we broke the back of the horde and slew their false dragon. And it is through the power of those things that we might beat back any foe that might threaten our home.”
He raised his fist high – and at the correct moment, his Red Dragon armor flared into being, the feathers atop fluttering proudly in the wind. “Ten Huo forever! Against all that might come! Together we are strong!”
Perhaps it was just his imagination, but that time the cheers felt more genuine. A chant even started.
“Ten Huo! Ten Huo! Ten Huo!”
“To that end, I intend to correct some of the failures of the old regime! Firstly, I shall be cutting the mortal guard force of our city’s sects down to one tenth their current size.”
That caused a stir, not just from the cultivators who were stood on the nearby pavilions, but from the rearmost ranks of the sect guard that were currently holding back the crowd while simultaneously handing out food.
Which made sense, he was currently discussing their livelihoods. The only thing that separated them and their families from the desperate crowds in front of them. Because while the city wasn’t quite close to starving as a result of the recent hostilities, it was true that a great many households were now tightening their belts.
Service in the Imperial Army or Sects provided some degree of protection from that reality.
“And from those men and women, I shall forge a new force. A grand Ten Huo army to rival that of the decrepit Empire. Well trained. Well armed. Professional soldiers. An expansion and revitalization of the Jiangshi militia that saved this city all those weeks ago.”
That seemed to silence much of the hesitation that had formed in the sect troops. The crowd though was all for it, whooping and hollering at the idea of more troops of the ilk that had so captured the city’s love with their arrival into it.
“I do this not out of contempt for the sects but out of love. With this I free them from the responsibility of policing the city. Of dealing with the mundane details of the mortal world. I free them to focus on their one true goal; the pursuit of cultivation and immortality.”
More importantly, it would make a coup significantly less likely to be successful later down the line. Or at least, less viable. Because as potent as cultivators were, they were still just individuals. They had more in common with fighter craft than infantry. They could take ground and destroy targets, but they couldn’t be expected to hold it without support.
Support Jack fully intended to cut out from under them while claiming he was doing them a favor. And while he could certainly see some idiots in the pavilion nodding along with the idea of ‘freeing themselves from the need to deal with mortals’, most of the leadership was rightly frowning at the thought of losing their ability to project power into the city.
Without mortal soldiers to form a buffer around them, they would effectively be besieged within their compounds.
Yet even as he could see them slowly considering raising some form of stink over it, he could also see them glancing over to the empty seat in their lineup where the Silver Paw sect might have stood.
No, they might make a perfunctory fuss, but they’d do as he told them. This was the ideal time for him to make a move like this. It was almost expected.
To be sure, he knew some would cause some form of trouble over this move, but that trouble would be a lot easier to deal with when he tripled the number of soldiers he had at his command within the city.
Down below, Jack could see the distant figure of Gao – and a small application of magnification showed the man was looking rather pale. Which made sense, given the massive task Jack had just slammed down in front of him. An, for her part, looked positively giddy about the whole thing. Ren just looked… tired and unsurprised, as if more work appearing on her lap was just to be expected where Jack was concerned. Elwin looked disinterested in the whole thing, which was par for the course.
Lin and Huang were… nowhere to be seen?
Huh, he thought.
For just a moment he was worried something might have happened, but a quick glance at the trackers attached to them – via some ‘gifts’ of jewelry – showed the pair were back at his compound. In the same room even.
Very close.
Probably caught up in some science experiment, he thought with a small smile.
“Yet what is a mortal army without a core of cultivators?” Jack continued. “Am I to demand a tithe from the sects that have already given so much? To both me and this city?” He shook his head. “Nay.”
He stretched out his arm, and with perfect timing a dozen figures dropped from the windows of the palace, landing perfectly behind the sects guards in a crouched position.
They were clearly cultivators – yet they didn’t look like them. For one thing, they were armored. From head to toe. Gleaming steel armor that was inlaid with protective runes.
It wasn’t as comprehensive as metal plate would be. Gaps existed to allow for great locomotion from the user. Yet it was still more armor than any cultivator would ever be caught wearing.
Because in the local parlance, armor was a sign of weakness. A lack of confidence in ones skills and cultivation.
Or at least, that had been the case until Jack showed up.
The next thing about them was that they were uniform. Perfectly so. Only the weapons were different. Some had glaives. Some had swords. Others axes. The only commonality there were the revolvers at their hips.
He didn’t doubt they looked absurd to the cultivators in the pavilions, each of them dressed differently to their fellows, with only a small adherence to their sect colors to mark their allegiance. Because cultivators didn’t do uniforms.
They were warriors. Heroes. Not soldiers.
Or at least, they weren’t, Jack smirked.
He raised both arms high above his head.
“I demand nothing of the sects, for volunteers have already shown up to be part of this great army. Ready to give their lives. Their souls. Their very identities to protect our great Ten Huo!”
Jack slammed his fist down onto the banister, letting the loud thud echo across the courtyard.
“I present to you, the Steel Paw!”
For the first time since they had arrived, the mystery cultivators stood up, their blue cloaks fluttering in the winds as they pulled back their hood to reveal not faces, but helms.
Helms shaped like a snarling tiger.
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2023.06.02 13:32 damidori Résilier un compte bancaire

(Sorry for writing in English as I'm more confident in the language, however answers in French are welcome too)
Bonjour, I have been trying to close my BNP Paribas account for more than a month and they still haven't done anything about it. I was a uni student there and has returned to my home country for 9-10 months now, however for several reasons I only requested to close my bank acc recently. On April 8th, I sent the lettre de résiliation and a bank reference by post stating that I want my remaining funds to be sent to my current bank acc as well as the bank info (we don't use RIB here). The letter supposedly arrive in my BNP branch on April 15th, according to the mail tracker. I received no confirmation so on April 23rd I messaged them asking if they have received it, to which they answered they did and ask me to send my bank card. Since it would be expensive, they told me that it's possible to send an attestation sur l'honneur by the messagerie instead. So I destroyed my card and sent the attestation sur l'honneur on April 28th. Based on my experience in France, the administration always takes time, so I wait and wait, however when I asked my friend who has closed an account before, it took her a week and even almost immediately for her friend. I demanded them again on May 22nd on the progress, however they instead said that I need to send them a lettre de résiliation stating that I want my money sent to my new bank and the new bank's RIB, which I already sent in the first place. They told me that I only sent them the attestation sur l'honneur. I replied to them with the screenshot of their message confirming that they have received my mail and listed my new bank info, as sending another letter by post would take me more than 30€ and several weeks. I don't know if they have lost my lettre de résiliation and have found it, or if they are just tired of me asking, but on April 25th they told me they are sending my request to the departement that process it. However until now my money is still in BNP and there's no sign of my demand being treated. Is this normal? Is there any other way I can make my request? Because my branch only ever told me to send more documents or if they find any problem ONLY IF I ask if they have treated my request. And I can't message them every 2 days asking about it.
I'm really stressed out as I can't just go to the branch directly, and it seems to me that they are not doing anything about my request and just respond to me whatever to get it over with. I was hoping that there's another client service on a higher level (nation-wide for example) but it looks like I'm stuck with them. I would be grateful for any help. Thank you.
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2023.06.02 13:26 cyrusposting Attempting to rule out the Government Experiment Theory (How old is Fromville?)

There is a tempting theory that Fromville is a government experiment. I would like to rule out this theory as best as I can, so we can move on to other theories. The most compelling evidence for the Government Experiment theory, in my opinion, is that all of the residents have been taken from somewhere in the continental United States. Let's talk about that.
Map of locations people arrived in the town from, showing no entry points from outside the continental US.
There's someone from San Diego, but nobody from Mexico, 17 miles away. There are pins tantalizingly close to the Canadian border too, but nobody was actually grabbed from Canada. Nobody from the Caribbean either, and nobody from Alaska or Hawaii.

Does it matter? Could it just be the writers catering to an US audience?

I think this map is intentional evidence of something. If they can have two characters (Kenny's Parents) who speak very little English, I don't think having a Mexican or a Canadian marked on a map would make Americans less likely to watch the show. Remember, these characters wouldn't even have to be still living or appear in the show. The pins on the map don't all correspond to still living characters, and it is an intentional choice to simply stop at the border.

How many people are counted here?

One thing worth mentioning is that these are only people who came after some undefined point, but I think given that this map is in the Sherriff's office we can assume they started keeping track after Boyd's arrival 2 years ago.
I can't quite make out most of the names, and my screenshot doesn't help, but I can't find any names from Colony House. Let me know if you can. It might help for someone who is better than me at reading handwritten text to open this in the actual show where you can get the best resolution. The questions to answer here are whether its only people from the town, and who is the longest staying resident we can find.

Why just the US?

Here are all of the theories I have for why this would only be happening to Americans.
  1. Fromville is an experiment being carried out by the US Government.
  2. The entrance to Fromville, being a wormhole or whatever else, has to be transported physically, by land, and it would be problematic to get it through customs.
  3. Fromville is designed to punish Americans for something. This would have to be a punishment for something that Canadians and Mexicans didn't also do, which rules out settling the Americas.
  4. Every country gets their own.
  5. Its some mystical, paranormal force that for some reason cares about modern political borders. Maybe its the ghost of Osama Bin Laden or something.
  6. Something cultural or logical prevents them from making it onto this map. If its only people who settled in the town that make it onto the map, maybe it was impossible to convince Spanish speakers to get inside. The problem with this is that Canada is not culturally different enough from the United States to create a filter here. Maybe Canadians are all lumberjacks and when they hit the tree in the road they just cut it up and haul it out. Who knows. I can't think of how this theory would work, but its still possible.
  7. Its coincidence. Canada and Mexico have a lower populations than the United States, and if you squint the pins seem to have some correlation with regional population density. Maybe they just got lucky.
  8. It has to do with the interstate system. All of these pins seem to be placed on interstates. Mexico and Canada do not have an interstate system the same way the US does. I heard somewhere that one motivation for building the interstates was the Cold War, as an efficient way to evacuate cities in case of a nuclear attack. Maybe there's something there.
  9. Its a simulation so anything can happen, who cares.
  10. The people running Fromville don't want to introduce a language barrier. This theory is also weak, considering Kenny's parents speak very little English, and people were taken from south Florida, south Texas, and San Diego, who could very easily have been Spanish speakers. America in general is not a monolingual country. On the other hand, if people are selected individually (which the bus with Krysti's fiancée implies) then Kenny's family could have been selected *because* they have Kenny to translate, and the people from heavily Spanish speaking parts of the United states could be collected at no risk of introducing a language barrier to isolate them.
  11. It could be because of something I haven't thought of, let me know in the comments.
I don't like most of these answers, but they're what I've got.

Why just the continental US?

  1. The US Government is running the experiment, but lacks the resources to do anything in Alaska or Hawaii despite having wormhole technology. Or they just don't care to run this experiment on Hawaiians and Alaskans, because they wouldn't get useful data from them for some reason.
  2. The entrance to Fromville, being a wormhole or whatever else, has to be transported physically, by land, and it would be problematic to get it through customs.
  3. Hawaii and Puerto Rico don't have long enough stretches of empty country roads, while Alaska just doesn't have enough people for it to be likely that one is here, the same reason why there's nobody from Wyoming, Idaho, or Nebraska.
  4. The wormhole operates within some radius, you can draw a circle on a map which includes all of these pins but excludes Hawaii and Alaska.
  5. It could be something I haven't thought of, let me know in the comments.
Again, none of these are great answers, but its all I've got.

Dating the beginning of Fromville.

If Fromville is 5 years old, the government experiment theory is plausible. The older Fromville is, the less likely it is that the US Government had the potential to create this kind of thing. Even setting aside the impossible geometry, we have seen wires that go nowhere but still power things. We've seen bioengineered superhumans who can shapeshift and rip a person apart in seconds, all while being impervious to bullets. Not to mention the ability to induce shared hallucinations and read minds.
Not only are these things beyond present technology, they are things a government would find extremely useful for projects that make a lot more money than torturing two dozen of its own citizens secretly. I think, without some kind of magic, we can rule out almost all human causes. Terror attacks, government experiments, basically every explanation of a manmade Fromville, except The Matrix or something supernatural, like magic. All we need to do is prove that Fromville is very old.
So, maybe the present-day government has this technology and is keeping it a secret, or its still being tested. In that case, did they have this technology in the 70's, when Victor arrived? As we go further back, it becomes less plausible.
We see Civil War uniforms on some of Jade's hallucinations, which would be dated to the 1880s, but these civil war soldiers may not necessarily have been trapped in Fromville or may not have actually existed at all.
What about the US Marine that Boyd meets in the tower? He doesn't recognize Boyd's style of pistol, presumably because its a semi automatic. The first semi automatic sidearm formally adopted by the US military was the Colt 1911, adopted in 1911. If you've seen a Colt 1911, you wouldn't look at Boyd's pistol and say "That doesn't look like any pistol I've seen.'(Or whatever his exact wording was.)
That marine was probably a civil war soldier or earlier, who would only have been familiar with revolvers. I doubt the technology we see in the show is older than the semi automatic pistol.
If we wanted to date Fromville older than this, we can get into things I can't prove.

A picture of the talismans.
When I first watched the show, my first thought was that these symbols were Rongorongo because of the human shapes. Then, I started thinking about writing systems that would more plausibly have been in North America at some time. Looking more into it, these look like they could be Icelandic staves. I am neither Icelandic nor am I an anthropologist, but I feel like there isn't enough discussion on who would have carved these so I'll try to at least say enough to get a discussion going.
Icelanders used to carve symbols into a form of stone called lignite. Lignite is a soft stone which, from google image searches, often has this same blueish-gray color. If these are Icelandic staves, they probably date back to around 1000 AD, the approximate possible date when Icelandic people settled Newfoundland. The middle of the talisman looks like the rune ᛝ and the dashes along the outside look like ᚫ, but with an extra notch. The only examples I was able to find with three notches were on this runic calendar dated around the 12th or 13th century AD found in Finland.
\"Sami Runic Calendar\" showing a character resembling ᚫ but with an extra notch. Look in the bottom right if you don't see it.
I have no idea what the significance of the extra notch is, or if its something that was only done on calendars. If the talismans are calendars, obviously the circular shape is significant. This could also be an older form of the rune, or any number of other possibilities because languages and writing systems are hard, constantly evolving, and I am not an anthropologist. Also, there are only so many shapes you can make when carving notches into a rock and the talismans don't necessarily have to be Icelandic just because they look like some runes.
One counterargument to all of this is that this same symbol appears on the cave writings by the monsters.
Victor showing the cave drawings.
My theory, assuming the talismans are Icelandic, is that the domain of Fromville either used to extend to Newfoundland 1000 years ago, or that some Vinlanders(which is what I will call Icelandic settlers in Newfoundland, I don't know if this is a real word) were blown off course and found their way into its domain. Obviously, if Fromland is over 1000 years old, sticking to the modern day boundaries of the continental United States would be extremely strange. It would also be extremely strange that there is evidence of Vinlanders but 0 evidence of any First Nations people despite Fromville being 1000 years old.
Regardless, these Vinlanders found themselves trapped, much like our modern day protagonists. They desperately designed staves that they hoped could ward off the creatures, and eventually someone managed to make one that worked. These staves were then passed down or dug up by more and more generations of Fromlanders, until eventually Boyd found them. Meanwhile, the monsters, either by somehow assimilating humans or through their observation of the talismans, came to draw these symbols themselves.
My theory on why the stave worked is that it could say some equivalent of "I'm not afraid of you", the same thing Darrel says to the creatures surrounding the bus.
The stick with three notches could also be depicting trees or waves, and not be a rune at all. On the cave drawing, surrounding the boats and spaced randomly, they look like waves. On the talisman, evenly spaced in a ring around the human figures, they look like trees
Regardless, if any of this holds up, a healthy majority of historians believe that the United States Federal Government was not functional or existent in 1000AD. At the very least, their technology was extremely limited.
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2023.06.02 13:02 RoseBlack2222 When It's All About To End

Part 1

Never trust someone who can easily get themselves out of danger to protect you from it.


August 14, 2052, freshwater sources have been depleted in the Middle East. Scientists are working to find a solution amidst rising acid levels in the ocean.


"What are you looking at?"


Carlo stared up from his phone. Jerell was rummaging through the pantry for something to fix and settled on some instant pancake mix.


“Just some more news. Shit’s bad across the globe.”

“Yeah, there’s no getting away from it unless you’re like Glen Dalton.”


Carlo sneered.


“That greedy piece of shit. You know, the other day I read that he and some other rich fucks were designing something so that they could escape the climate crisis.”

“Who said that?”


Jerell put their iron skillet on the stove and turned on the heat.


“A most likely now former employee of his, but his pr team must be monitoring things twenty-four-seven. The post was taken down within minutes. Luckily, I thought to get a screengrab of it.”

“So what are they coming up with then? Underground bunkers?”

“Could be, the poster said they were eavesdropping on some meetings.”


Jerell put some mix in a bowl along with cold water and stirred as Carlo went on.


“I’ll never understand the mentality. How can they think spending the rest of their lives cooped up won’t make them insane?”

“Ego?”

“Yeah, probably. I’ve also heard that Chipotle has been closing down stores in what they refer to as nonprofitable areas.”

“So in other words, high crime?”


Carlo chuckled. Jerell put some batter on the skillet.


“Our location might not be far off. Maybe we should start job hunting.”

“Where? If they’re shutting down that means other businesses will be too.”

“Well, that’s another bridge to cross then. Maybe all of us should see about getting transferred.”


They had their pancakes drizzled in syrup with some cups of black coffee. When they were through eating, they brushed their teeth and then went out to the bus stop. During the ride, which was packed they had to listen to people ramble on about gas prices.


“The whole world’s gone to shit and that’s still all people seem to care about,” Carlo thought with an eye roll.


He exchanged a glance with Jerell who judging by his expression was thinking something similar. Not much had changed in the past two years other than their workload. On the plus side, they’d been making some traction with their music. It was slow, but progress nonetheless. The same could be said about Mona’s writing as well as Irene’s art.


When they reached the store, they found Mona sleeping at the back desk with her head over some papers.


“Did she spend all night here?” Jerell asked.

“Looks like it.”


Carlo lightly shook her shoulder. She gasped and sat up.


“Oh fuck,” she groaned, “what time is it?”

“A few hours until we open,” Carlo informed her.


She rubbed her temples, then opened a desk drawer, containing a Five Hour Energy. She cracked it open and downed it.


“What were you working on?” Jerell asked.

“Some paperwork Fred was supposed to do.”

“He coming in?”

“No, he’s on vacation, again.”


They had their work cut out for them. Irene arrived as they were about to open. The day went as usual, being busy yet monotonous. Something rare then occurred. The store slowed down. In fact, there were no customers.


“Okay, does anyone else feel freaked out right now?” Carlo asked.

“It is weird,” Mona agreed, “but we should just be thankful for it. By the way, I was wanting to talk to you all about something.”


When she had their attention, she went on.


“I was wondering if any of you wanted to collab?”


Jereall answered.


“I mean, we’d love to. How exactly would this work, though? I mean, me and Carlo are on music, Irene has her art, and you have your stories.”

“Well, I was thinking maybe I could give you guys a story to write some lyrics about, and then Irene can make some background art.”


Irene spoke up.


“I’d be up for it, but where would we find the time to put this all together?”

“I say we brainstorm now, then we can each work on our own parts and eventually put it all together.”


They agreed and the impromptu session began. The genre they decided on was a mix of dark fantasy and horror. They knew that they needed to get it done whatever they were making before their enthusiasm wore out. Mona would be the first to work on it, making her story. After that, she’d present it to the others so that art and a song could be made of it.


Elsewhere, trouble was brewing. Glen Dalton was not having a good day. During the past two years, he’d been having trouble quelling his workers. Sure, bribing politicians was easy enough, and so was convincing the general population of his greatness. However, getting people who were working under him to see the same view was more challenging.


Why was it so hard for them to fall in line? He’d provided jobs for them which was more than most people got these days. Not to mention, he always made sure they had long hours so they could afford to pay their expenses. Nobody was grateful. His parents worked hard to establish their empire and when it fell to him he was smart enough to hire people to help him manage.


What followed was supposed to be him enjoying his life. Instead, there was hardly anywhere he could go without encountering the parasites, be it his ingrate employees or the shoe kissers. At least he wouldn’t need to worry about dealing with them for too much longer, according to his hired researchers. In public, their opinion was the actions of his businesses and the climate crisis were in no way related. In private, they were constantly messaging him that the planet would in all likelihood not be fit for human life maybe even sooner than they were able to predict.


This had been the case for a while. Therefore, he hired engineers to work on a means of him escaping the coming disaster. It was something he intended to keep under wraps if not for one of his ex-employees. Although his social media monitors took it down almost immediately, many saw it, and the damage was done. It wasn’t his fans turning on him that he was worried about.


He knew that no matter what he did he would always have their loyalty. Rather, the more pressing concern was that the information would cause his opposers to throw caution to the wind and try to take him out along with his associates. Despite this, he was confident his people would finish things before everything reached a boiling point. For the first time that day, he allowed himself to smile. In his experience, patience paid off.


In the coming months, things would get far worse than anyone could’ve foreseen. While a lot of this could be attributed to the Dalton factories releasing gases into the air, it wasn’t something people needed to concern themselves with. No, they were more worried about who wanted to marry who or how someone chose to present themselves. Obviously, these things were far more important than the habitability of the Earth. People tended to have this ability to ignore an issue even as it stared them in the face.


However, some were fully aware of what was to come and no matter how hard they tried to get others to see it, they just wouldn’t. Others knew this was fruitless and so instead chose to prioritize their quality of life over quantity, what little they had to work with. The group that was especially good at this were artists. The reason being they possessed the unique ability to turn pain into drive. Such was the case for Mona and the others.


The project was slow to come together. When it did, it turned out better than they imagined. Mona’s story was set in another world full of gods and monsters. Someone tried to rebel against them and failed. Their punishment was an endless loop. They were sent to the deepest darkest part of the world.


Climbing out of it was possible. Unfortunately, every time they reached the top a monster controlled by the gods knocked them back down. Carlo and Jerell wrote lyrics detailing the rebel's pain, not only physical as the skin peeled to the bone with each climb but also mental of coming so close to freedom only to have it snatched away. Lastly, Irene painted the rebel on their back, haven fallen yet again and reaching a scabbed and bloodied arm toward the light. When it was all put together, they uploaded it where they could.


The reception for it was better than they expected. While there were some who did not care for it, others praised the creativity of the music and art. Mona saw more comments on her story from people who read it because of the song. It was the first and last major thing any of them would accomplish. They were okay with that.


Within the next year, things truly fell apart between natural disasters and scarcity. As mentioned, Glen Dalton had a means of escape and now was the time to use it. He was riding in his private jet. Every so often, he would glance out the window, seeing the fires of retaliation both figuratively and literally speaking. It took a while, but even his most loyal fans turned on him in the final moments, not that it mattered.


On remote islands, he and others had something worked on, ships to be exact, paid for generously with government funding. Of course, that meant he’d have to rub elbows more often with people he didn’t care for. That was a small price to pay, though. When he arrived, others were also there. It wouldn’t be long before the launch would commence.


Elsewhere, it wouldn’t be long before the rest of humanity would have to spend their final days. Most chose to do this with family and friends. Others, elected to have solitude. Mona and the others chose to spend their time left with each other and their families. They decided if they were going to go out anyway it may as well be on a happy note and so they gathered what little they possessed and threw a celebration.


The air was heavy with fumes as the rockets launched. Mona and the others were at Irene’s home, sitting together. Whatever differences divided people finally didn’t seem to matter.



“I don’t think it’ll be much longer,” Mona wheezed.


The end was a frightening thing and drugs helped. Among them was a bong which she took another hit from. She passed it to Carlo who lit it.


“People really enjoyed what we did,” Jerell smiled.

“Yeah, I just wish we could’ve done it sooner,” Irene replied.

“Better late than never,” Carlo said after blowing a cloud of smoke. “Still, it would’ve been nice if we had time to make something else. Can someone hand me the chips?”


With them were also snacks. The goal was to finish as much as they could.


“It’s a shame,” Carlo continued. “There’s a lot of places I wish I could’ve gone.”

“Jamaica?” Jerell suggested.

“That’s one. What about you?”

“I always wanted to see Japan.”

“Rome for me,” Irene interjected. “What about you, Mona?”

“The ocean.”


They were losing strength. In an effect similar to hypothermia, their minds were elsewhere. They passed away only hours later along with their families. Each one of them smiled as their imaginations made them experience their hearts’ desires. They were able to go happily. It would not be long until no living life would remain on the planet.

Glen Dalton and the other elites were in stasis as their ships were drifting through space. Before going into their slumbers, the ships connected to each other to form a moving city. It was powered through several means, mainly solar. Failing that, kinetic energy would also work for a while. The plan was to travel to an Earth-like planet and establish a new society. In order to manage everything, several AIs were created.


As tends to happen, however, things rarely go according to plan.


Author's Note: Finally, I'm able to get this next part out. I won't lie. This was a bit of a struggle to write, but the next part which hopefully should be the finale is where things will really pick up. Anyway, I'd you enjoyed this post, you can check out my links. The first shows where to support me. The second shows my list of stories and the last shows the articles I have written.
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2023.06.02 12:41 Tigrannes On this day in History, June 2

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2023.06.02 12:08 RohanKumar07 Exploring Ratnagiri's Premier Taxi Service

Exploring Ratnagiri's Premier Taxi Service
Ratnagiri, a beautiful coastal city located in the western state of Maharashtra, India, offers a myriad of attractions and destinations for visitors. Whether you are a tourist exploring the pristine beaches or a local resident needing reliable transportation, taxi service in Ratnagiri is your go-to choice. With a fleet of well-maintained vehicles, experienced drivers, and a commitment to customer satisfaction, this taxi service ensures a safe, comfortable, and convenient travel experience.
Overview of Ratnagiri's Premier Taxi Service

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Ratnagiri's premier taxi service is a leading transportation provider in the region, catering to the diverse needs of locals and tourists. With years of experience in the industry, they have established a reputation for delivering exceptional services. The taxi service takes pride in its extensive fleet of vehicles, including sedans, SUVs, and luxury cars, ensuring that customers can choose the most suitable option for their travel requirements.
Convenient Booking Process
Booking a taxi with Ratnagiri's premier taxi service is a hassle-free experience. Customers can easily book a taxi through their user-friendly website or call their dedicated customer support helpline. Additionally, the taxi service has a mobile app that allows users to book a ride with just a few taps on their smartphones. This flexibility ensures that customers can conveniently book a taxi anytime, anywhere.
Professional and Experienced Drivers
The taxi drivers employed by Ratnagiri's premier taxi service are highly professional and experienced. They undergo rigorous training programs to enhance their driving skills, customer service, and knowledge of the local area. These drivers are well-versed in the popular tourist attractions, hidden gems, and the best routes to reach various destinations. Their expertise ensures a smooth and enjoyable travel experience for passengers.
Safety and Comfort
Passenger safety is of paramount importance to Ratnagiri's premier taxi service. The company strictly adheres to all safety regulations and conducts regular maintenance checks on its vehicles to ensure they are in top condition. The taxis are equipped with safety features such as airbags, GPS tracking systems, and seat belts for the security of passengers.
The Importance of Taxi Services
Taxi services are an essential part of urban transportation systems. They provide a valuable alternative to public transportation, offering a more personalized and flexible experience. Taxis can be hailed on the street or booked in advance, making them accessible and convenient for people with various transportation needs. They cater to individuals, families, and even corporate clients, ensuring a smooth and comfortable journey to their desired destination.
Types of Taxi Services
Taxi services come in various forms, each designed to cater to different requirements. Some of the common types include:
  1. City Taxis: These taxis operate within city limits and are readily available for short trips or daily commuting.
  2. Airport Taxis: Airport taxi services specialize in transportation to and from airports, ensuring timely arrivals and departures for travelers.
  3. Executive Taxis: Executive or luxury taxis offer premium services with well-maintained vehicles and professional drivers, catering to individuals or corporate clients who seek a higher level of comfort and style.
  4. Ride-Sharing Services: With the advent of technology, ride-sharing services have gained popularity. They provide a platform for individuals to share rides, reducing costs and contributing to a greener environment.
Benefits of Using Taxi Services
When it comes to transportation, taxi services offer several advantages over other means:
  1. Convenience: Taxis are available 24/7, providing on-demand transportation at any time of the day or night.
  2. Time-Saving: Taxis can navigate through traffic efficiently, saving you time compared to public transportation or driving in congested areas.
  3. Professional Drivers: Taxi drivers are experienced professionals who have extensive knowledge of the local area, ensuring a smooth and efficient journey.
  4. Safety and Security: Licensed taxis undergo regular inspections to ensure passenger safety, and drivers are screened for criminal backgrounds, providing peace of mind during your travels.
Choosing the Right Taxi Service
When selecting a taxi service, consider the following factors:
  1. Reputation: Research online reviews and ratings to gauge the reliability and quality of the taxi service.
  2. Fleet Condition: Ensure the taxi company maintains a fleet of well-maintained vehicles to ensure a comfortable and safe ride.
  3. Pricing: Compare prices and consider any additional charges to ensure you get the best value for your money.
  4. Availability: Check the service's availability in your area and confirm if they operate during your desired travel times.
Safety Measures in Taxi Services
Safety is of utmost importance when using taxi services. To ensure your well-being, follow these precautions:
  1. Seat Belts: Always wear your seat belt for personal safety, and make sure all passengers do the same.
  2. Secure Doors: Ensure that the doors are securely locked during the journey.
  3. Driver Identification: Confirm the driver's identification before getting into the taxi to ensure you are traveling with a legitimate service provider.
  4. Share Trip Details: Inform a friend or family member about your journey, sharing details such as the taxi company name, driver's name, and estimated arrival time.
Taxi Service Etiquette
When using taxi services, it's essential to maintain proper etiquette:
  1. Be Punctual: Be ready for your taxi at the designated pick-up time to avoid inconveniencing the driver or other passengers.
  2. Respect Personal Space: Be mindful of other passengers' personal space and refrain from engaging in loud conversations or disruptive behavior.
  3. Clear Directions: Provide clear and concise directions to your destination to ensure a smooth and efficient journey.
  4. Tipping: Consider tipping the driver as a token of appreciation for their service, primarily if they have provided exceptional service or helped with the luggage.
Future Trends in Taxi Services
The taxi service industry continues to evolve with advancements in technology and changing customer preferences. Some future trends to watch out for include:
  1. Electric Taxis: The transition towards eco-friendly transportation options is likely to result in an increased number of electric taxis on the road.
  2. Autonomous Vehicles: Self-driving taxis are being developed, and their widespread adoption could revolutionize the industry, offering safe and efficient transportation solutions.
  3. Mobile Apps: Taxi services are increasingly relying on mobile applications for booking and tracking rides, providing a seamless and convenient user experience.
Conclusion
Taxi services offer a convenient, reliable, and flexible mode of transportation for various needs. They provide an alternative to public transportation and driving, ensuring a stress-free journey to your desired destination. By choosing the right taxi service, following safety measures, and maintaining proper etiquette, you can make the most of this valuable transportation option. With the future trends in the industry, taxi services are likely to become even more efficient and environmentally friendly.
FAQs
Is it necessary to tip taxi drivers?
Tipping taxi drivers is a common practice as it shows appreciation for their service. While not mandatory, it is a courteous gesture.
Can I book a taxi in advance?
Yes, many taxi services allow you to book a ride in advance. This ensures that a taxi will be available at your desired time and location.
Are taxi services available in rural areas?
Taxi services may be less common in rural areas compared to urban centers. However, some companies do provide transportation solutions in rural communities.
Can I request a child seat in a taxi?
Many taxi services offer child seats upon request. It's important to inform the service provider in advance to ensure they can accommodate your needs.
Do taxi services accept credit cards?
Most taxi services accept credit card payments. However, it's advisable to check with the service provider beforehand to confirm their payment options.
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2023.06.02 11:25 LucForLucas Yobokies shipping time to Europe?

Has anyone from the EU ordered parts from Yobokies? I ordered a gmt hand for a GS mod with a standard shipping (no tracking number) and I'd like to know an estimated time of arrival. Does anyone have any information / experience with this store? Thanks!
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