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Overthinking a lot

2020.09.28 22:20 Benton2016 Overthinking a lot

I’ve been video dating a girl who lives an hour and half away from me since late June. I used to reach out once a week, make a definite date, then get off the phone. Recently for the past 2 weeks, she’s been doing all the initiating and asking out for video chats. I of course agree to them, and make a definite date.
However, despite her and I making the dates for the specific time, she usually contacts me a couple hours before that and say “I’ll call you when (Such and such thing) is resolved :)”. I’m 17, she’s 18 and lives with her family. I know she tells the truth and so I respond to these with “No problem, can’t wait to see you”. Then she’ll call me about an hour later than the scheduled time. I’m starting to think this is the wrong thing to say, since I practically wait around her to call me. What is the right thing to say in this case? “Let’s just do it another time if you’re not sure”?
Another thing that happened was that on Friday when we’re video chatting, she told me she would give me a call tomorrow for another video chat. I said that would be great, and the next day as expected she texted me with a simple “Video chat?”. I agreed and we had another session. I’m also wondering if that was wrong since it looks like I’m too available? I mean I didn’t have plans and it was Saturday so I agreed. Should have I just made a definite date on Friday when she first brought it up? Or maybe I’m thinking about this too much?
Finally, on the Saturday video chat, I told her before I ended the call to text me later. Now it’s Monday and haven’t heard anything. I’m waiting till around Thursday before I say anything. I’m starting to think she’s upset I haven’t been initiating contact in the past two weeks? Not sure.
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2020.09.28 21:50 StevenStevens43 From Ptah to Peter

From Ptah to Peter
Pope Linus:
In this article i wish to go back to an article i wrote about Pope Linus, which should be available to read in the lobby.
I wish to investigate farther the modern concensus amongst modern historians and scholars that there is simply no evidence of Christians and Jews being persecuted by the Romans.
I want to investigate, and see if this dismissive opinion is even consitant with "contemporary" history and education, and i want to explore the nature of the environment Romans, Christians and Jews were living in at the time.
I also wish to study this from a Historical perspective as opposed to a religious perspective.
I will now begin with the claim made by historians.
Apparently, Pope Linus being executed by the Romans, cannot be proven, and is improbable.
I may also agree that it cannot be proven.
But, is it improbable?
This is what this article is going to explore.
Pope Linus
With respect to Linus' purported decree prescribing the covering of women's heads, J.P. Kirsch commented in the Catholic Encyclopedia that "without doubt this decree is apocryphal, and copied by the author of the Liber Pontificalis from Paul's First Epistle to the Corinthians (11: 5) and arbitrarily attributed to the first successor of the Apostle in Rome. The statement made in the same source, that Linus suffered martyrdom, cannot be proved and is improbable.
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Pope Linus in the middle
Chrestus:
Now, in my previous article i already showed how Claudius expelled early Christians and Jews from Rome, and blamed a leader named "Chrestus" for the need to have to expel the rebels.
Religious reforms
It is also reported that at one time he expelled the Jews from Rome, probably because the Jews within the city caused continuous disturbances at the instigation of Chrestus.[b]
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Claudius
First Jewish war:
I also showed how early Roman historians such as Tacitus accused Nero of all kinds of atrocities against Christians and Jews.
Something that the modern day historians and scholars fail to mention, whilst dismissing the claims with six words, "there is no evidence of this".
Or perhaps even one word.
"Improbable".
Well, how improbable is it? During this very period, we had the first Jewish war, that Nero was "very much" part of.
First Jewish war
In 66, there was a Jewish revolt in Judea stemming from Greek and Jewish religious tension.[105] In 67, Nero dispatched Vespasian to restore order.[106] This revolt was eventually put down in 70, after Nero's death.[107] This revolt is famous for Romans breaching the walls of Jerusalem and destroying the Second Temple of Jerusalem.[108]
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Christian woman martyred
Jewish-Roman war:
During this war "forty thousand Jews were killed".
I will leave out the claim were a total of 1 million Jews were thought to have lost their lives in this war, as that claim is contested by modern scholars and historians.
Judaea campaign
The history of the war was covered in detail by the Roman-Jewish historian Josephus in his work The War of the Jews. Josephus served as a commander in the city of Yodfat when the Roman army invaded Galilee in 67. After an exhausting siege which lasted 47 days, the city fell, with an estimated 40,000 killed. Titus, however, was not simply set on ending the war.[19]
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Roman empire expansion
The Messiah:
There was also a belief amongst the early Jews that the real ruler of Judea would be a Messian.
Jewish roman war)
Josephus (as well as Tacitus), reporting on the conclusion of the Jewish war, reported a prophecy that around the time when Jerusalem and the Second Temple would be taken, a man from their own nation, viz. the Messiah, would become governor "of the habitable earth". Josephus interpreted the prophecy to denote Vespasian and his appointment as emperor in Judea.[13]
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Vespasian the Messenian
Vespasian:
Obviously the Roman emperor Vespasian mistook this to mean him, as he is indeed believed to have been at least partially related to Messenians.
Family
espasian (born Titus Flavius Vespasianus, pronounced [ˈtɪtʊs ˈflaːwɪ.ʊs wɛspasɪˈaːnʊs]) was born in a village north-east of Rome called Falacrinae.[7] His family) was relatively undistinguished and lacking in pedigree. His paternal grandfather, Titus Flavius Petro, became the first to distinguish himself, rising to the rank of centurion and fighting at Pharsalus for Pompey in 48 BC. Subsequently, he became a debt collector.[8]
Petro's son, Titus Flavius Sabinus), worked as a customs) official in the province of Asia) and became a moneylender on a small scale among the Helvetii. He gained a reputation as a scrupulous and honest "tax-farmer)". Sabinus married up in status, to Vespasia Polla, whose father had risen to the rank of prefect of the camp and whose brother became a Senator.[8]
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Asia minor
First Messenian war:
And of course Messenians were the indigenous Greeks before the Dorian invasion in to Greece from the North, and the troubles in this area caused by the first Messenian war would continue almost unabated right up until ancestors of the Messenians come along and begin reconquering Greece from the foreign Dorian descendants.
First Messenian war
The First Messenian War was a war between Messenia and Sparta. It began in 743 BC and ended in 724 BC, according to the dates given by Pausanias).
The war continued the rivalry between the Achaeans) and the Dorians that had been initiated by the purported Return of the Heracleidae. Both sides utilized an explosive incident to settle the rivalry by full-scale war. The war was prolonged into 20 years. The result was a Spartan victory. Messenia was depopulated by emigration of the Achaeans to other states. Those who did not emigrate were reduced socially to helots, or serfs. Their descendants were held in hereditary subjection for centuries until the Spartan state finally needed them for defense.
Dorian invasion
Dorian invasion
Crusifixion of Christus:
Whilst there is no evidence of any particular individual being crucified, there is however Roman accounts of a mass crucifixion of Jews surrounding the walls of Jerusalem.
Therefore, it would be common sense, that any rebel named Chrestus that was worthy of mention by a Roman emperor named Claudius, would likely have been crucified during this mass execution, if at-all.
Siege of Jerusalem
after attempts by Josephus to negotiate a surrender had failed, the Romans resumed hostilities and quickly breached the first and second walls of the city.[34] To intimidate the resistance, Titus ordered deserters from the Jewish side to be crucified around the city wall.[35] By then, time the Jews had been exhausted by famine, and when the weak third wall was breached, bitter street fighting ensued.[36]
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Crucifixion
Pope Evaristus:
This brings me to another alleged martyr from 99 AD, Pope Evaristus.
Apparently, though, this claim can be dismissed in six words.
"There is no evidence of this".
Pope Evaristus
Pope Evaristus was the bishop of Rome from c. 99 to his death c. 107.[1][2] He was also known as Aristus. He is venerated as a saint in the Eastern Orthodox Church,[3] the Catholic Church, and Oriental Orthodoxy. He is usually accorded the title of martyr; however, there is no confirmation of this. It is likely that he was the bishop of Rome when John the Apostle died, marking the end of the Apostolic Age.
Greek Jews:
Now, there may well be "no evidence of this", however Pope Evaristus was from a family of Greek Jews, which lived in Bethlehem.
He was not actually Roman.
He was descended from the early Jews that took the war in to Rome, and established their own base in Rome.
Biography
Little is known about Evaristus. According to the Liber Pontificalis, he came from a family of Greek Jews living in Bethlehem.[4]1602-4)
Conquest of Greece:
Now, the Romans conquering Greece, goes all the way back to the Antigonid period, which i have already covered in previous articles, and am not covering again.
But literally, the Roman empire was removing Gauls from the region, and returning the Messenians.
There was actually no problem with Greek Jews and Romans at this point in history.
Hellenstic period)
After a period of confusion following Alexander's death, the Antigonid dynasty, descended from one of Alexander's generals, established its control over Macedon and most of the Greek city-states by 276 BC.[50] From about 200 BC the Roman Republic became increasingly involved in Greek affairs and engaged in a series of wars with Macedon.[51] Macedon's defeat at the Battle of Pydna in 168 BC signalled the end of Antigonid power in Greece.[52] In 146 BC, Macedonia was annexed as a province by Rome, and the rest of Greece became a Roman protectorate.[51][53]
The process was completed in 27 BC when the Roman Emperor Augustus annexed the rest of Greece and constituted it as the senatorial province of Achaea).[53]
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Pre Roman Gaul
Jews rejected the Selucid empire:
In fact, during this period, the Jews themselves rejected the anti-roman rebels, in place of a Roman puppet king, and ally to Ptolomy, and the anti-roman rebel king was executed.
Though, some of the anti-roman freedom fighters led by the antiochuses were actually quite bad to the jews apparently, so there may be justification for rejecting the freedom fighters in place of a Roman client king.
Downfall and death
When the Roman senate heard that the Syrian kingdom kept more warships and elephants than allowed by the peace treaty of Apamea made in 188 BC, they sent a Roman embassy to travel along the cities of Syria and attempted to cripple Seleucid military power by sinking the Syrians' warships and hamstringing their elephants. Lysias dared do nothing to oppose the Romans, but his subservience so enraged his Syrian subjects that the Roman envoy Gnaeus Octavius (consul of 165 BC) was assassinated in Laodicea (162 BC).[6]
At this juncture Demetrius escaped from Rome and was received in Syria as the true king. Antiochus Eupator was soon put to death together with his protector Lysias).
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Antiochus V
Ptolemists:
In fact, during this period, the Jews would be regarded very much as Ptolemists, as the Ptolemists had a good relationship with the Romans, and were allies with the Romans.
Ptolemaid and Roman egypt
The Ptolemaic Kingdom was a powerful Hellenistic state, extending from southern Syria in the east, to Cyrene to the west, and south to the frontier with Nubia. Alexandria became the capital city and a centre of Greek culture and trade. To gain recognition by the native Egyptian populace, they named themselves as the successors to the Pharaohs. The later Ptolemies took on Egyptian traditions, had themselves portrayed on public monuments in Egyptian style and dress, and participated in Egyptian religious life.[34]
Allies:
Although the Romans and Ptomemies did have certain political differences, that they occasionally fell out over, they are both descended from Messenians and considered themselves allies.
Ptolemy v Epiphanes
Ptolemy V came of age in 196 BC and was crowned as Pharaoh in Memphis, an occasion commemorated by the creation of the Rosetta Stone. After this, he made peace with Antiochus III and married his daughter Cleopatra I in 194/3 BC. This disgusted the Romans who had entered into hostilities with Antiochus partially on Ptolemy's behalf
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Ptoloemy v Epiphanes coin
Cleopatra VII:
Now, the popular claim that Cleopatra was the last ever pharoah, is actually "false".
Ptolemaic and Roman egypt
The last ruler from the Ptolemaic line was Cleopatra VII,
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Real life portrait of Cleopatra VII
Caesarion:
In fact, the last Pharoah ever, was her 17 year old son, Caesarion, who was the illegitimate son of Julius Caesar, and rightful heir to the Roman throne, murdered by Octavian, Julius Caesars adopted son.
Caesarion
Ptolemy XV Philopator Philometor Caesar (Koinē Greek: Πτολεμαῖος, Ptolemaĩos; 23 June 47 BC – 23 August 30 BC),[1] better known by the nickname Caesarion (Καισαρίων Caesariō), was the last pharaoh of ancient Egypt, reigning with his mother Cleopatra from 2 September 44 BC until her death by 12 August 30 BC, and as sole ruler until his death was ordered by Octavian, the later Roman emperor Augustus.
Caesarion was the eldest son of Cleopatra and possibly the only biological son of Julius Caesar, after whom he was named. He was the last sovereign member of the Ptolemaic dynasty of Egypt.
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Caesarion
Anti-Ptolemists:
Now, the native egyptians went on to become anti-ptolemists, as the Ptolemies were actually not that effected by the overthrow, they simply switched sides to the that of the Romans and left the Egyptians and Jews high and dry.
Ptolemaic and Roman egypt
The Ptolemies faced rebellions of native Egyptians often caused by an unwanted regime and were involved in foreign and civil wars that led to the decline of the kingdom and its annexation by Rome. Nevertheless, Hellenistic culture continued to thrive in Egypt well after the Muslim conquest.
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Native egyptian coat of Arms
Spread of Christianity to Egypt!!
Now, Christianity apparently arrived in Egypt at some point towards the end of the first century.
They actually were not all that well received.
Ptolemaic and Roman egypt
Christianity was brought to Egypt by Saint Mark the Evangelist in the 1st century.[36] Diocletian's reign (284–305 CE) marked the transition from the Roman to the Byzantine era in Egypt, when a great number of Egyptian Christians were persecuted.
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Flag of Egypt
Now, just think for a second why this might be!
To begin with, the first Jewish uprisings against the Romans only begin after the death of Caesarion, and the Romans taking full control and ownership of the lands from their previous "client kings".
The egyptian empire dates back to at least 3,500 BC.
Their last ever pharoah has just been executed and the Romans have conquered Egypt, and dissolved the Egyptian empire.
Did the Egyptians go down without a fight?
I should imagine a lot of Egyptians were also campaigning in Rome along with the Jews when the church of St Peter was established in Rome in 30 AD.
Saint Peter
Saint Peter[a] (r. AD 30;[2] died between AD 64 and 68[3]) also known as Simon Peter, Simeon, Simon (/ˈsaɪmən/ (📷listen)), Cephas, or Peter the Apostle, was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ, and one of the first leaders of the early Church.
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Tomb of Saint Peter
High priest of Ptah:
Now, for Christians that believe in Jesus, and wish to wake Egyptians up to how badly they have been treated by the Romans, and how their messiah was murdered by illegitimate Roman emperors that are usurping the real emperors of Judaea, there is just one problem.
Egyptians believed in Horus, and they already believed that both Egyptians and Jews were ripped off by the Romans, and the last ever pharoah was indeed murdered by illegitimate Roman emperors.
However there are a few differences in the belief.
To begin with, native Egyptian Horus believers likely believed that the campaign of St Ptah, was about re-establishing the old Priests of Ptah in Rome.
High priests of Ptah
The High Priest of Ptah was sometimes referred to as "The Greatest of the Directors of Craftsmanship" (wr-ḫrp-ḥmwt). This title refers to Ptah as the patron god of the craftsmen.[1]
📷Ramesses II flanked by Ptah and Sekhmet
The office of the High Priest of Ptah was located in Memphis in Lower Egypt. The temple of Ptah in Memphis was dedicated to Ptah, his consort Sekhmet and their son Nefertem.[2]
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Temple of Ptah
Summary:
Perhaps the early native Egyptians just had different beliefs as to what Christianity meant to them.
That is maybe why they were not nice to the early missionaries.
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2020.09.28 21:34 OGRejects Video Dates

I’ve written here before, and to summarize quickly, I’ve been video dating a girl who lives an hour and half away from me since late June. I used to reach out once a week, make a definite date, then get off the phone. Recently for the past 2 weeks, she’s been doing all the initiating and asking out for video chats. I of course agree to them, and make a definite date.
However, despite her and I making the dates for the specific time, she usually contacts me a couple hours before that and say “I’ll call you when (Such and such thing) is resolved :)”. I’m 17, she’s 18 and lives with her family. I know she tells the truth and so I respond to these with “No problem, can’t wait to see you”. Then she’ll call me about an hour later than the scheduled time. I’m starting to think this is the wrong thing to say, since I practically wait around her to call me. What is the right thing to say in this case? “Let’s just do it another time if you’re not sure”?
Another thing that happened was that on Friday when we’re video chatting, she told me she would give me a call tomorrow for another video chat. I said that would be great, and the next day as expected she texted me with a simple “Video chat?”. I agreed and we had another session. I’m also wondering if that was wrong since it looks like I’m too available? I mean I didn’t have plans and it was Saturday so I agreed. Should have I just made a definite date on Friday when she first brought it up? Or maybe I’m thinking about this too much?
Finally, on the Saturday video chat, I told her before I ended the call to text me later. Now it’s Monday and haven’t heard anything. I’m waiting till around Thursday before I say anything. I’m starting to think she’s upset I haven’t been initiating contact in the past two weeks? Not sure.
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2020.09.28 21:17 E70M Tracking Clayton Kershaw’s Velocity in 2020: 9/25, [email protected]

Tracking Clayton Kershaw’s Velocity in 2020: 9/25, LAA@LAD
This is the tenth installment on the topic I’m doing this year. You can find the previous post here.
As far as final outings on a comeback season go, that certainly wasn't ideal.
It was somewhat of a perfect storm of a night; Kershaw ended up resembling his 2019 self again, yet he was BABIP'd to death and was victim of a defensive gaffe or two. Fair warning now: I will go through the numbers as usual, but with my eyes, I'm telling you - that was a lot of bullshit. Let's figure why this line (4 IP, 8 H, 4 R / 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) doesn't tell the whole story.
First, here are the numbers (courtesy of Baseball Savant):
Pitch Type Count Swings Whiffs Called Strikes Fouls Balls in Play Avg (PV) Min (PV) Max (PV) Avg (EV) Min (EV) Max (EV)
4SFB 32 16 3 6 8 5 90.7 89.6 91.8 94.4 75.2 104.2
SL 32 21 4 2 9 8 87.4 85.9 88.8 85.3 67.4 107.8
CB 14 9 3 1 3 3 73.8 72.8 75 89.8 64 111.4
Total 78 46 10 9 20 16 86.3 72.8 91.8 88.6 64 111.4
The first thing to pop out is certainly the fastball velocity, which averaged merely 90.7 MPH instead of his average on the season (91.6). Along that vein, with the lower average velocity on the slider and the curveball, along with fewer called strikes from the breaking pitches, and suddenly, this looks like 2019 Kershaw's repertoire at work. You can see it in his pitch map as well:
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Kershaw ended up throwing more pitches out of the strike zone (in this case, down) than he would when his stuff is right, and that's what I think was the problem. It wasn't a command issue, but I don't think it was health - Kershaw's been healthy all season. So what happened? Why was the fastball slower, and why wasn't the curve landing for strikes in the right spots?
My theory's that Kershaw's mechanics weren't quite right in this outing. Remember, Kershaw's recaptured velocity didn't come from a simple weighted ball program; he went to Driveline to find ways to sharpen inefficiencies in his mechanics. The reason he lost velocity from his back issues is because he was forced to compensate in his mechanics to pitch pain-free, and when those habits stick in your delivery, they continue to sap your arm's efficiency. So now that Kershaw was healthy, he needed to sharpen his mechanics to get some of that velocity back, and that's what he did in the offseason. The one caveat, however, is that anytime his mechanics aren't on point, I believe he loses velocity again - this is why I think he doesn't always have consistent velocity from start to start this year, and so he can go from 92 in one start to 90 the next, then back to 92 the next.
So what could've brought this on? It's possible it was a pre-game thing; maybe Kershaw's warm-ups didn't go perfectly, and so he came without his sharpest mechanics. In most outings this year, he does take a pitch or two before he starts pumping the higher heat, so coming out throwing 91 for a second usually isn't a problem. But if something did happen during the game to cause his velocity drop, I think I know exactly what - this.
As any pitching coach would tell you, your lower body (and by extension, your feet) are far more important for velocity than you might realize. Your hip rotation generates angular momentum, which helps drive your arm forward before you even make the pitch. And the more your lower body can drive you forward, the closer your arm is to home plate, which allows you to throw the ball a shorter distance (this is why Aroldis Chapman used to be able to top out at 106 - he gets an unreal amount of extension when he comes down the hill). Therefore, the back foot drives your body forward, and your front foot lands to create an anchor for your release point. So by taking a comebacker off his back foot, even though it bounced in the grass before it hit him (which definitely helped to not break his foot), it certainly might've hit hard enough to make the foot sore and hard to push off of correctly. And what happened after that? He only threw three pitches at or above his season average (91.6 MPH) the rest of the night.
Now, on to the fielders and BABIP. This isn't the first time Kershaw's defense has failed him, and it likely won't be the last, but there was a high concentration of it here. Couple that with the placement and luck of batted balls, and you end up with some strange results that make you want to tear your hair out. Only one earned run went to Kershaw because of all this, but if you watched this game, you knew that these wacky results aren't done justice. Here's the moments I wanted to show:
Note: I excluded stuff like Trout's homer (his first ever off Kershaw, by the way), because although both Kershaw and Trout were surprised that went out, it was more because Kershaw's curve wasn't breaking correctly.
These sort of things happen - that's just baseball. But when you see so many of these kind of moments in one game, you really just have to take a step back and say "wow, that's just really unlucky." (4 of those 5 videos were ruled as hits, by the way). And ultimately, it's why it's disgusting to see that causes Kershaw to have given up 8 hits; these moments brought Kershaw's 2020 WHIP from 0.75 to 0.84. Had he been able to go another 1.2 IP, he would've qualified for rate stats, and that 0.84 WHIP still would've been good for 3rd in the major leagues. But thanks to this perfect storm, great things were ruined.
Peripherals, unfortunately, take a hit after these kind of outings as well, but this also had to do with the two homers he gave up. Seeing that 2 of the 6 flyballs he gave up were homers, his HFB went up to 17.4%, his FIP shot up to 3.30, and his xFIP swelled to 3.03. And on the percentiles, some categories were affected:
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For the dropping categories, the xBA can be attributed to those wacky hits, but the xSLG, xwOBA, and barrel % were all victimized by the homers. Some categories actually increased (like hard hit %, for some reason), but all that kind of stuff is just as much about the rest of the league. Lots of variance, small samples.
So what's the takeaway? Should any of this matter? Well, not really. This is an outing like any other, but who Kershaw was in the previous nine starts was real. He doesn't simply give up 8 hits in 4 innings, and even with 8 home runs in a 60 game season, that mostly lines up with his home run rate in 2017. The velocity drop was uncharacteristic for him in 2020, but it very well could've been because of the grounder he took off his back foot (don't be too concerned about that - it was was probably just sore and he'll have had lots of time to rest). And this was a start that didn't matter for the team at all - it was honestly more about getting in those last reps before the playoffs start, rather than emptying the tank.
But let's look at these numbers, now at the close of a magnificent "comeback" season: 58.1 IP, 2.16 ERA, 0.84 WHIP, 41 H, 62 K, 8 BB, 8 HR, 91.6 MPH fastball (+1.3 MPH from 2019). Wow. What a statement for the future Hall of Famer, no matter what happens in October. How lucky we are.
Clayton Kershaw is back.
I'm a bit hesitant to continue this series in full in the playoffs, not just because of the "elephant in the room" narrative, but because of the typical high variance and chaos that comes with pitching matchups in October. My job has me fairly busy as is, so I don't think I could keep up with that kind of uncertainty. However, if people are interested, I may be able to do a shorter version of this stuff, maybe at the end of a series or something.
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2020.09.28 21:12 Dull-Molasses-2550 I need help with how to cope with my situation. On/off with a 'married' man that I work with. Very Long post.

TL:DR I am in a messed up relationship with a man that is 'married' and I want tips on how to let it go. What to do when he treats me like we are GF/BF at work, how do I just stop loving him.
I (45f) work with a man (45m) and we have been coworkers for about 17 years or so. I worked at this place for about 4 years before he started working there. When he started working there, he immediately started flirting with me, let's just say that he was attracted to me. I was not so much attracted to him, but I was friendly enough.
My relationship status over the last 20 years has been one monogamous relationship after another, and they all ended with the person cheating on me, and us breaking up. He knew this, we were coworkers/friends and we talked.
He, however, had a woman that lives with him, that he always says is not his girlfriend/wife, but she's always there, he raised two children of hers that she got pregnant with over the years that they were 'together', and she acts like they are married. She acts like they are married, he always says they are not, no matter who asks. She's a meth addict and she lost custody of those children more than once. he was not able to get custody because, he is not the father, and they are not legally married. He is not the biological father of those kids but he raised them and he is their dad and I know he loves them more than life itself.
So over the years, I was aware that she was constantly leaving and being with other men, and then going back to him, but I honestly didn't pay any attention to it because 1. It wasn't my business, and 2. I was definitely wrapped up in my own drama.
Then there came a time where we were in departments that were much closer to the same shift, and I was taking breaks with him and I got to know him pretty well, and I thought he was really a good dude. He makes me laugh, he is sweet. He seems like he may be on the autism spectrum, but he just made me happy to be around. He invited me to his house more than once, to hang out. He had done so many times over the years but at this time I was at the end of yet another failed relationship, where my BF of 4 years had been cheating on me repeatedly with multiple women, but he finally had decided he wanted to move out and actually move in with one.
So I decided to take him up on his offer. I went to hang out. And it was a spectacular day, and it developed into such a fun relationship. It was a blast! Every day hanging out with him was so wonderful and easy.
So I wondered where the woman was, and one day, when he wasn't home, I saw some letters from a jail in the next state over that were on the counter. Well, I know it's really bad and really wrong, but I read them. They were all opened already. They were from her. They all asked the same thing "When was he going to send money? Why wasn't he visiting? Why wasn't he calling? Why wouldn't he write her? Couldn't he just send MONEY? I just need some MONEY! She had heard he had another woman living with him, was that true? WHY WOULDN'T HE ANSWER? WHY WOULDN'T HE JUST SEND MONEY?" I think you get the picture. She was 100% more worried about the money than anything else.
Now, keep in mind we live in a rural area, we are poor people. Many of you would think we are in poverty TBH, but that does not stop people from hanging on to a little bit of something for dear life.
So he obviously was not answering them, and I didn't say anything about it, why would I? We were having a great time, we were happy, everything was good, and as far as it went we weren't getting super serious, but I had fallen, and fallen hard for him. This was early 2014. Then one day in late 2014 we're in bed together, and there's a knock at the door. He goes to answer it, talks to whoever it is, then comes back to bed.
It was her, she was out of jail and needed a place to stay. At that moment, he wouldn't even let her in the door. I asked what was he gonna do and he said there wasn't anything for him to do. But later, after I went home, he let her move in.
And there was lots of fighting and arguing and him telling me that she was his baby momma and what could he do, but she took over everything and started treating me like I was his mistress, and that I should be ashamed of myself for the way I was acting doing this right in front of her. And I was there, in the room when he told her he loved me, that they didn't work, that he wanted to be with me, and she just said, "Well, I don't know what ya'll are gonna do because I'm not going anywhere!"
So, it fell apart after that, she took his phone, she took the house, I couldn't talk to him anywhere but at work, and he would say he loved me and wanted to be with me, and that we were a couple but then he was definitely acting like he was her husband and nothing to me? Do you see what I mean? It is super weird. I fought as hard as I could but he just wouldn't DO anything about the situation, and it was like he just gave up when she moved in. Like he was her property or something. When I would try to talk to him at work his eyes would just get teary and so finally I gave up.
He still would come over every so often and we would have sex because the sex was phenomenal and was single. And he'd say he was just 'checking up' on me. I know, it's dumb, but I still loved him so much and I didn't know how to say no every time.
She got pregnant again and had another baby, that wasn't his. She lost custody of it too.
A couple of years later, she found out he was coming to see me pretty regularly and she got mad and moved out, and he came to work and asked me to date him. I told him no, not if it's going to be like it was last time, and he promised it wouldn't be. We dated for about six months at that time, I think, and he took me on vacation to meet his family and I think they are wonderful people, and they seemed to like me a lot. I'm still friends on FB with his sister.
And then it came crashing back down one night when he came over and told me, she had come back. He said it wasn't the end of us but that she needed 'a place to stay'. I told him to put that bitch on the street, but he says he can't.
Ok so it was the same thing again like she was his wife and I was nothing again. And I still loved him, but I was nothing, and I didn't matter. I did a few things at that time I'm not too proud of.
But anyway, we stopped seeing each other for a bit, and then he started coming over to 'see how I was doing'. And of course, we still work together, and we live within a few blocks of each other. So he does come by and see me pretty regularly, and sometimes I let him in, and most of the time it ends up with us having sex. And he tells me he's not trying to start something because "she's still over there."
But now, I am going to Nursing School, I have a way to pay for it and I'm doing it. It's tough but I had to swap shifts at work and I have to work with him full time. And when we are at work he treats me like I'm his girlfriend basically.
What I want to do, is let go of this, and I know the first thing is to stop opening the door when he comes over. What do you do to make yourself just not care for someone? Especially when from your point of view, they are in a really fucked up situation? I would go to therapy but it's the USA and as I said, I'm very poor, in a very small town with few resources.
How can I just not love him anymore?
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2020.09.28 20:43 BlancheFromage Lying SGI leader asshole attempting to spin the excommunication: "Gone was the drumbeat by the monastics for more members and more money." So whose fault is it NOW??

You can read a brief excerpt here - I suspect this refers to Ikeda's "changed our direction" visit from early 1990, shortly before Ikeda's excommunication by Nichiren Shoshu. That's the "guidance" that precipitated the collapse of SGI-USA, you may recall, but here's that excerpt - it starts after a page omitted from this preview:
...was to become happy; that Buddhism is about having compassion and consideration for all people; that it emphasizes living a balanced life in accordance with the Middle Way; and that practitioners are free to determine the direction of their lives, based on faith, on what is in their respective hearts, and on how they choose as individuals to respond to their mentor.
Notice that "respond to their mentor" is a GIVEN in his scenario. None of that is fair game without "how they choose as individuals to respond to their mentor". What of us who didn't WANT any "mentor" and specifically not THAT one??
We left.
Let's continue:
Within the year, Williams stepped down as general director.
No, he was FIRED. BY IKEDA, who publicly mocked him
The newly coined SGI-USA became further free to develop into the healthy organization it ultimately became following the excommunication of the millions of Soka Gakkai members by Nichiren Shoshu in 1991.
WHERE did it "become" that? It never did! It's never BEEN!
And notice that he's perpetuating the SGI lie that EVERYONE was ALL excommunicated on the same date. No. Ikeda and Soka Gakkai President Akiya were personally excommunicated, and the Soka Gakkai was removed from Nichiren Shoshu's list of legitimate lay organizations. THAT's IT. It was only 6 or 7 years later that Nichiren Shoshu went ahead and excommunicated everyone from the Soka Gakkai and SGI who hadn't transferred their membership over to a Nichiren Shoshu temple, thus indicating their desire to continue to practice with Nichiren Shoshu. Until that point in 1991, all the Soka Gakkai and SGI members were members of BOTH organizations. Now that they were separating, Nichiren Shoshu expected those SGI members who wished to continue to be Nichiren Shoshu members to make that clear by transferring their membership over - and apparently, the Soka Gakkai lost hundreds of thousands of households in that debacle. Here in the US, the effect was not as pronounced because there were only a few Nichiren Shoshu temples (3? NY, LA, and Chicago) and so few SGI-USA members had any sort of connection with the Nichiren Shoshu priests. SGI had deliberately kept us separate from the priests, as well.
The SGI really lied to us all about this, and they're continuing to lie about it. It's a fundamentally dishonest organization - because it's a CULT. They can't afford to tell the truth - about anything.
Gone was the drumbeat by the monastics for more members and more money.
ORLY? Please explain WHO is responsible for these, then:
SANTA MONICA, Calif., Sept. 16–17 [2017]— Now that the one-year countdown to the 50,000 Lions of Justice Festival has begun, the SGI-USA has distilled its focus into a single powerful determination:
Each SGI-USA member of any age introduces 1 youth to the practice and ensures that he or she attends the 50,000 Lions of Justice Festival.
BANG that drum!
Such was the united conclusion of the Central Executive Committee and Executive Council Meeting, which convened Sept. 16–17 at the SGI-USA Headquarters in Santa Monica, California, to affirm the national organization’s 2018 activity goals and focus.
Oh, well, so long as they're united I guess that makes a difference...
The aim was born during the September SGI Youth Training Course in Tokyo, where, during a Q&A session with Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada, an SGI-USA youth representative asked how they could help members of all ages joyfully engage in the campaign to gather 50,000 Lions of Justice in 2018.
Shakubuku! Shakubuku! Shakubuku! More members! More members! More members!
Members who introduce one youth to the practice will receive an “I Awakened One Lion” button that they can proudly wear in solidarity with the youth gathering next fall.
Awards! For those who get MORE MEMBERS!
In a joint letter from the SGI-USA national leaders, they shared that accomplishing the 50,000 goal would require a “laser focus” on introducing and helping tens of thousands of youth to develop their faith, practice and study between now and next fall.
Drumline
“Between now and the festival, we have to awaken 100 youth every single day who are not yet part of our movement. So here’s the question: Is this activity going to activate one of those 100 youth today?” SGI publication
Means:

MORE MEMBERS!!!!!

DRUM SOLO
So what's the problem here? IF the pressure to shakubuku was all because of Nichiren Shoshu, WHY OH WHY is it STILL such a cornerstone of the Ikeda cult experience?? It's constant.
In the early 2000s one of the biggest names in SGI-USA visited our area for a major meeting. I brought along a non-member friend, and afterwards I brought him over to the leader to introduce him. The leader was just like "oh hello" and then abruptly turns to me to say "Pleeeeease do shakubukuuuuuuu!" That was it...literally. Wtf?! Source
And what of THIS??
"Thank you, members from San Francisco, for taking care of the exchange group from the Kansai region. If I flatter like this, I know I can get a lot more donations for Kofu Fund, and I say this in a low voice. Oh, heavens! don't translate what I said." (to the interpreter) (January 27th, 1993 at the Joint General Meeting between the US SGI and Kansai region) Source
Yano recounts a New Year's Gongyo in the 80's when he and Takeiri (who btw also has left the Gakkai) visited Pres. Ikeda. As they exchanged pleasantries, a national leader came to report how much zaimu contributions were collected that morning. Pres. Ikeda was pleased but insisted to the leader that still more should be possible; the importance of zaimu must be drilled in to the members. "How could he have changed so much?" Yano recalls thinking to himself as he witnessed this exchange. Source
Back to the book:
Away went Nichiren's tooth, along with other mysterious and illogical rituals, including the fetish of the Dai-Gohonzon.
Right. So we're to believe that the Three Presidents of the Soka Gakkai, the ETERNAL MENTORS, were illogical and stupid? That everyone in SGI was lying to us all about the importance of the Dai-Gohonzon??
Remember - the Dai-Gohonzon was all-important!
Our faith does not exist apart from the Dai-Gohonzon of the High Sanctuary. - Ikeda, Seikyo shimbun, Nov. 8, 1978
"When all is said and done, if you don't go on Tozan yourself and pray to the Dai-Gohonzon, your faith will not mature." (The Collected Lectures of Josei Toda, vol I, p. 112)
Oh, there's loads more like those, too!
SGI changing major doctrine, after decades of insisting that "Nichiren Shoshu is holding the Dai-Gohonzon hostage".
That backpedal is coming just a little too late to be convincing.
Well, eager investigators, I happen to have a copy of this book, so while I'm at an appointment this afternoon, Ima gonna be getting the rest of that first part and some more juicy lies for us all to laugh about!! :D
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2020.09.28 20:16 throwRA020302 I (17m) found out my “ex” (24f) want to ge rid of our baby after its born because she’s female.

(In our state 16 is the age of consent and I am emancipated & living alone so if you want to comment on the age gap, please keep it to yourself or at the very least just stay on topic for MOST of your comment.)
My ex and I have been dating not that long. We met in the end of January (I turned 17 a week before we met) and I ended up getting her pregnant on a date in February because she “forgot” that she was no longer on birth control. She is Indian and I am Hong Kongese. She told me that in her culture, having a son is very important and that she was sure we’d be having a boy. It’s similar in my culture but it’s not as bad. Parents pretty much only care about whether or not their kid will grow up to be some world renowned surgeon.
She is now 7 months pregnant. We learned the gender of our baby a couple of weeks ago and it turns out we’re having a girl. I did want it to be a boy but I wasn’t on the floor in tears or stomping around or anything- she was when she got outside. She told me she didn’t want a girl because they’re difficult, annoying, and grow up to be wh*res because this generation has lost its morality and doesn’t care to protect girls anymore. I didn’t know what to say but I told her a baby is a blessing either way and I didn’t like that she was reacting so terribly. She told me I was right and she apologized. Fast forward to three days ago- I woke up and heard her on the phone with her father. (I only stayed over because she is afraid of storms & asked me to sleep over.) She was telling him that when the baby is born she will drop her off somewhere or since that may be too risky, she could do something like fall down stairs and hope it gives her a miscarriage. I jumped out of the bed when I heard this and I immediately confronted her. She hung up quickly and she cut me off like a minute into my rant by shoving me back. She told me she’s the one carrying the baby so therefore she can decide what happens. I told her just let me take the baby then and she said no because I’m not “well put together.” I actually started crying because that’s how freaked ojt I was. I told her she’s not thinking straight and she’s just upset that she doesn’t have a son. When she meets our daughter she’ll change her mind. She told me her mind is set and that she will maybe settle for adoption.
I’ve been back home since then and haven’t spoken to her at all. I feel crushed and sad. She’s right, she’s the one carrying the baby so ultimately I can’t stop her from doing anything. I haven’t been able to eat or sleep. Im attached to our baby already. I had set up a crib in my room all alone because she was too upset about it being a girl. I don’t know how to convince her that I am able to take care of the baby on my own. I can do it. I’m broken right now and confused on why she would take such extremes like abandoning the baby or PURPOSEFULLY having a MISCARRIAGE just because the baby is a female!!!!!
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2020.09.28 19:53 ogluv1 $1500 PC

  1. >**What will you be doing with this PC? Be as specific as possible, and include specific games or programs you will be using.**
  2. 1080P Gaming and light streaming
  3. >**What is your maximum budget before rebates/shipping/taxes?**
  4. $1500
  5. >**When do you plan on building/buying the PC? Note: beyond a week or two from today means any build you receive will be out of date when you want to buy.**
  6. as soon as I can get my hands on a 3070 I know it will be sold out on release day
  7. >**What, exactly, do you need included in the budget? (ToweOS/monitokeyboard/mouse/etc\)**
  8. just the pc alone
  9. >**Which country (and state/province) will you be purchasing the parts in? If you're in US, do you have access to a Microcenter location?**
  10. US and no microcenter
  11. >**If reusing any parts (including monitor(s)/keyboard/mouse/etc), what parts will you be reusing? Brands and models are appreciated.**
  12. MSI and AOC monitor
  13. >**Will you be overclocking? If yes, are you interested in overclocking right away, or down the line? CPU and/or GPU?**
  14. No
  15. >**Are there any specific features or items you want/need in the build? (ex: SSD, large amount of storage or a RAID setup, CUDA or OpenCL support, etc)**
  16. 500gb ssd and 2tb hdd
  17. >**Do you have any specific case preferences (Size like ITX/microATX/mid-towefull-tower, styles, colors, window or not, LED lighting, etc), or a particular color theme preference for the components?**
  18. Something white and black themed
  19. >**Do you need a copy of Windows included in the budget? If you do need one included, do you have a preference?**
  20. N/A
  21. >**Extra info or particulars:**
RGB if possible
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2020.09.28 19:26 throwawayhelpme4200 I wanna try being poly without disrespecting my boyfriend or coworker

Ahhhh shit how do I even start this shit?? Throwaway BC I know family who has reddit.
I'm 18 (NB) and I have a 20 (M) boyfriend and we've been together for about 6 months but known each other for years.
I love my boyfriend so much. Like I've only dated shitty guys before him and he's the light of my life. He's just the right amount of affectionate and he respects my boundaries and trauma and he supports me throughout everything. I legit feel so healthy and comfortable. I've never been so fucking happy in a relationship.
But now that I'm dating my BF I feel weird. Like since quarantine started I've been doing a lot of self reflection and I've been coming to terms about being non binary but I think I'm polyamorous.
I've always felt weird about being with one person only and I've always wanted to try this out but I've never had a comfortable relationship before my boyfriend.
So i decided to bring it up during a date night. When I brought it up to him and it seemed like he shut down??
Not really shut down but he got upset and told me that it'd be disrespectful to date another person and he'd be uncomfortable with it. I told him that I'd wanna try it but only when he's comfortable with it. I don't wanna force him to do anything he didn't feel right doing. I also told him that I didn't wanna make him feel like I was cheating on him since thats a terrible thing to do even though I've cheated on a ex before. No I'm not going to justify it since I was a shitty human back then and I'll freely admit it.
I don't wanna disrespect our relationship but I can't help but feel like I want another partner. I don't know why but I want another one. I don't see my BF enough to begin with and its heartbreaking lonely. I can't understand why I feel so lonely.
Which brings me to my coworkers that I'll call Cam
Cam's 17 (M) and I've worked with him for a year now. I guess I've always kinda had a crush on him??
Like Cam's cute and funny and he has like the fattest ass I've seen for a guy and I've always joked about it with other coworkers. A lot of my coworkers think that we'd be a cute couple but I never wanted to bc i had previous nasty run ins with his sister before that I thought he would hate me for.
Turns out Cam also likes me and I've been conflicted. My family and best friend thinks that my boyfriend is the best thing to happen to me but all of my coworkers think that Cam would be better. I get along with Cam really well and yeah the bond isn't as strong as my boyfriend and I but I feel like it could be strengthen but I can't bring myself to disrespect either of the boys.
I don't know what to do. Please please please help. I need advice. Feel free to ask questions. I'll answer them.
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2020.09.28 19:02 GiversBot /u/rahoots [COMPLETED] was deleted from /r/borrow on 2020-09-28 (t3_4lfkzh up 1584.20 days, LONGTAIL, ACCOUNT DELETE/SHADOWBAN)

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I've posted twice before for loans. No luck. I have a job and all the paperwork to prove everything I say. I'm in an Extended Stay and rent in due by 12 noon. Just wanted to borrow money for rent and food until next payday. Now just want rent paid. Was fine with someone calling in the payment. Id never see the money. Yes I posted on assistance too. Almost got it last night but got too late. And won't get a chance until after I'm tossed out of here. I understand how the loaners feel. Yes I padded my Karma to apply for a loan, so what? Requirement was have a certain number of Karma. But I did it too fast. Must be a risk. No, it's a person in need who's desperate. If a bank says up your credit score and you can have a loan, you do it. I thought reaching a requirement was a good tbing, didn't know time frame was judged. You clean up your car or house when you want to sell them. Continue education when you want a better job. Big date coming up, clean up, haircut. I'll probably get banned. Rules are rules. Just seems unfair. I'm told get enough Karma. Then get all documents of proof showing I'm telling the truth. Then it's you qualified too fast. Sorry no loan.
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2020.09.28 18:57 HelvecioChess do you have your own little immortal game?

yesterday i played what i consider to be my own immortal game and i'd like to share it to you all because i believe that it has an instructive value on how to handle the initiative, it was also a 25 moves miniature btw
PGN:

[Event "Rated Rapid game"]
[Site "https://lichess.org/osPJQPLC"]
[Date "2020.09.27"]
[White "HelvecioChess"]
[Black "komando51"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "1941"]
[BlackElo "1997"]
[TimeControl "600+5"]
[Termination "Time forfeit"]
[Annotator "lichess.org"]
[UTCDate "2020.09.28"]
[UTCTime "16:14:47"]
[Variant "Standard"]
[ECO "C03"]
[Opening "French Defense: Tarrasch Variation"]
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 {C03 French Defense: Tarrasch Variation, i used to play
the Monte Carlo variation, a sideline that pretty much wastes any kind of first
move advantage that white has, so i switched to the Tarrasch} dxe4 4.Nxe4 {this
transposes into the Rubinstein French} Nf6 ? {here white can capture and black
will either accept an inferior pawn structure or allow white to win tempos on
black's queen} (4... Nd7 {the main move}) 5.Nxf6+ Qxf6 6.Nf3 {preparing Bg5
which would start a sequence of moves that would allow white to develop with
tempo} h6 {trying to avoid the sequence, but it is almost a waste of time
anyway} (6... Be7 {a random move just to illustrate the point} 7.Bg5 Qf5 8.Bd3
Qa5+ 9.Bd2 Qb6 10.O-O {white has a comfortable edge}) 7.Bd3 Bd6 8.O-O O-O 9.Qe2
c5 {this is a thematic move in the Rubinstein French, but notice that white has
a lead in development, how can white exploit this move to get the initiative?
(positional exercise, pause here before seeing the next move)} 10.Qe4 {and white
has no good way of defending mate} Qf5 ? {apparently the only move that doesn't
give white a clear edge, exchanging the queen's and getting a better pawn
structure is an tempting offer, but i saw in an online seminar that i watched
that "the side with the initiative should NOT allow exchanges"} (10... g6
11.Bxh6) (10... Qg6 11.Qxg6 fxg6 12.Bxg6) 11.Qh4 {not allowing exchanges, notice
that the queen is keeping an eye on the h-file} Qd5 (11... Qf6 {the engine seems
to prefer this move, but from a human's perspective Qd5 seems better, this move
allows the queen to be trapped} 12.Bg5 hxg5 ?? 13.Qh7) 12.Bxh6 !! {gives up a
bishop for two pawns, but the amount of initiative that white gets + black's
damaged king safety makes up for that} f5 (12... gxh6 13.Qxh6 {it's not clear
how can black stop all of the mating attack on h7}) 13.Qg5 {pining the g-pawn
and giving black nightmares} Bxh2+ ?! {trying to get some form of counterplay
and allowing the black queen to help with the defenses on the 7th rank, but as
you will see this move actually helps white by opening the h file and turning
the bishop sacrifice into an exchange} 14.Kxh2 Qd7 15.Ne5 {Morphy style,
bringing more pieces into the attack, another important thing is that the knight
watches the f7 square} Qc7 16.Rh1 {preparing to use black's 'compensation" for
the bishop against him} Rf6 17.Kg1 c4 {weird move, gives up a pawn and makes
white's bishop more active if any one understood why this move was played please
tell me} 18.Bxc4 Nc6 19.Qh5 {trying to penetrate the 8th rank or the h-file} Bd7
20.Bxg7 ! {here white is forcing black to accept the bishop sacrifice and thus
making the attack unstopable} Kxg7 21.Qg5+ {sadly i was in time trouble for the
rest of the game so i missed the forced mate} Kf8 22.Rh8+ (22.Qxf6+ Kg8 (22...
Ke8 23.Qf7+) 23.Qf7) Ke7 23.Rxa8 Nxd4 24.Qg7+ Kd6 25.Nxd7 {White wins on time.} 1-0
do you all have your own "immortal games"?
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2020.09.28 18:42 cybillia The time my JNMIL tried to convince me to die

The time my JNMIL try to convince me to commit suicide.
Trigger warning: Depression, suicidal thoughts and verbal abuse.
I (48F) married my husband (49M) when we were 16 and 17. Our wedding date was less then a month before my 17th bday. DH was working the night shift, 12 hour shifts, 6 days a week. We were living with his mother still and she was taking all of his checks to pay what “we owed her” for before he was working. DH didn’t work the first 6 months of my pregnancy, and MIL and GMIL constantly told me what a burden it was, so I finally told him he got a job or I left. MIL was furious I would say that to her son lol. He found a job.
Anyway, about a year after we got married, I had just turned 18, DH drug problem was evident, and he was incredibly emotionally abusive. He decided to quit his job and moved into a travel trailer on his gm farm. I was left with MIL- my mom refused to help me in any way. I wanted to get a job, but MIL refused to babysit while I worked, and DH was out of the question. It was a lot easier to control me if I lacked funds to escape, and without any support system, I was trapped.
I have had depression issues my whole life, and had a big episode after DH and I separated. He had begun to date his drug dealer, I was constantly bullied by his mom, my mom knew how bad things were and didn’t care. I was crying one day when MIL came home early from work. She asked why and I told her. She immediately started telling me what a burden I was, that no one loved me- “not even my own mother”, that I was a failure at being a wife and if I raised my daughter she would grow up to be “an axe murderer”. She then started trying to convince me to shoot myself in the head, even offered to get a gun for me. She told me to write up something saying that she got custody of baby. Well, as horrific as that was, and I believed no one loved me EXCEPT my baby, I informed her that snakes make better moms then she was, and I would never leave my baby for her to raise. I literally fought through depression because I was afraid of what would happen to my baby.
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2020.09.28 18:35 GuyOnTheMike American Association Alums in the MLB Playoffs

During the 2020 season, a dozen former American Association players suited up for an MLB team, and several of those are on teams that are off to the postseason.
Let's take a look at what these men did in the AA and what they've done at the sport's highest level this season:
John Brebbia, 2014 Sioux Falls Canaries, 2015 Laredo Lemurs
In the MLB: This one sort-of counts, because he missed the 2020 season due to injury, but he was expected to be a key part of the St. Louis Cardinals bullpen this year, so he'll get a pass. In three years with the Cardinals, he's posted a very fine 3.14 ERA, while striking out 198 batters over 175.0 innings in 161 games.
In the AA: He joined the Sioux Falls Canaries in 2014 after three years in the New York Yankees system. With the Birds, he went 3-2 with a 3.31 ERA in 34 games (5 starts), with 76 strikeouts in 65.1 innings. In 2015, he moved on to the Laredo Lemurs, where he posted one of the best reliever seasons in league history (sorry, Peyton Gray). Brebbia went 7-2 with a 0.97 ERA in 51 games, earning 19 saves and striking out 79 over 64.1 innings.
In the 2015 postseason, he threw 13.1 shutout innings over six games, earning five saves. In the semifinals against the Wichita Wingnuts, Brebbia threw 4.0 shutout innings in the clincher, retiring all 12 men he faced to earn the save. In the AA Finals, Brebbia helped the Lemurs upset the 75-25 Sioux City Explorers, throwing 2.2 shutout innings to close out the X's and earn the Lemurs their lone title.
Oddly enough, before the AA Finals, he was signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks (the transaction date given was September 15, the date of his last AA game, September 20), and he was subsequently claimed in the Rule 5 Draft by St. Louis that December, where he's remained ever since.
James Hoyt, 2012 Wichita Wingnuts
In the MLB: Hoyt was sold by the Cleveland Indians to the Miami Marlins on August 2 after the Marlins had to turn over half their roster following their COVID-19 outbreak in the first weekend of the season. That paid off handsomely as Hoyt went 2-0 with a 1.23 ERA over 24 games out of the bullpen, striking out 20 batters in 14.2 innings.
Hoyt had previously pitched for the Houston Astros from 2016-18 and the Cleveland Indians in 2019. For his career he is 4-1 with a 3.71 ERA in 98 relief appearances.
In the AA: After going undrafted out of Palomar College, Hoyt pitched in the now-defunct North American League before joining the Wichita Wingnuts early in the 2012 season. After just two appearances, he was sold to the Olmecas de Tabasco of the Mexican League, where he pitched for a little over a month, going 0-2 with a 2.03 ERA in 11 games, but nonetheless returned to Wichita by season's end.
With the Wingnuts, he went 2-0 with a 2.61 ERA with one save in 11 games, striking out 15 over 10.1 innings pitched, plus three scoreless appearances in the playoffs, which saw Wichita fall in the finals to the Winnipeg Goldeyes. On November 15, 2012, his contract was purchased by the Atlanta Braves. He was eventually traded to the Astros in a 2015 deal that sent Evan Gattis to Houston and Mike Foltynewicz to Atlanta, before debuting in 2016.
Brandon Kintzler, 2009 St. Paul Saints
In the MLB: Kintzler signed with the Miami Marlins in February and once again was excellent out of the bullpen, serving as the Marlins' closer and going 2-3 with a 2.22 ERA, earning 12 saves in 24 appearances. Over 11 seasons in the majors, Kintzler has appeared in 454 career games with five different teams, going 22-23 with a 3.31 ERA and 61 saves.
In the AA: After two seasons in the San Diego Padres system (after being a 40th round pick), Kintzler was released after the 2005 campaign. After missing the 2006 season, he resurfaced with the Winnipeg Goldeyes of the Northern League (RIP) in 2007, spending two seasons as a so-so starter for them, going a combined 13-8 with a 4.41 ERA with the Fish.
With his career hanging by a thread, he moved to the St. Paul Saints (in the AA) for the 2009 campaign, where things clicked. He went 8-3 with a 2.79 ERA before his contract was purchased by the Milwaukee Brewers on July 22 of that year. After finishing the year in Double-A, Kintzler moved permanently to the bullpen in 2010, and made his MLB debut later that season.
Chris Martin, 2010 Grand Prairie AirHogs
In the MLB: Martin suffered a groin injury in Sunday's season finale, putting a damper on his best MLB season, one that saw him go 1-1 with a 1.00 ERA in 19 appearances out of the bullpen for the Atlanta Braves. He struck out 20 and walked just three batters over 18.0 innings. For his career, which dates back to 2014 and has spanned four teams, he is 3-11 with a 4.09 ERA over 163 games, fanning 154 batters over 151.2 innings.
In the AA: Martin was kind of an odd case, being drafted out of JuCo in the 21st round in 2005 by the Colorado Rockies (and not signing), but there's no evidence he played professionally anywhere until 2010, when at 24 years old, he surfaced with the Grand Prairie AirHogs. Despite not pitching until July 17 that year, he went 4-0 with a 1.96 ERA in 13 appearances (four starts), striking out 36 batters over 36.2 innings.
On March 31, 2011, he signed with the Boston Red Sox, spending three years in their system before being traded in the winter of 2013 to the Colorado Rockies, where he eventually made his big league debut less than a month before his 28th birthday in 2014.
Tyler Matzek, 2018-19 Texas AirHogs
In the MLB: Matzek has had one of the most interesting journeys. This year, he went 4-3 with a 2.79 ERA out of the Atlanta Braves bullpen, striking out 43 in just 29.0 innings. However, that was his first MLB action in five years. In 2014-15, he had a promising start to his career, going a combined 8-12 with the Colorado Rockies with a very respectable (for them) 4.06 ERA. In his career, he is 12-15 with a 3.84 ERA over 46 appearances (24 starts), striking out 149 in 168.2 innings.
In the AA: His route to the AA involved being drafted 11th overall by the Rockies in 2009 out of high school--14 spots ahead of Mike Trout. He was twice a top-40 prospect by Baseball America, but struggled at times with his control. Despite this, he showed promise after reaching the majors in 2014, but washed out due to injuries and full-blown Steve Blass Disease, being released following the 2016 season.
After being released in spring training by the Chicago White Sox (in 2017) and Seattle Mariners (in 2018), he wound up with the Texas AirHogs in 2018, having a horrid season for a horrid team, going 3-8 with a 5.88 ERA and walking 66 batters in 88.2 innings for a 25-75 AirHogs squad. Nonetheless, he signed a minor league deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks that winter, but by early 2019, he was back with the AirHogs.
However, in his second year in Texas, he moved to the bullpen, going 5-4 with a 2.64 ERA in 22 games, striking out 53 batters in just 30.2 innings, throwing 12 straight scoreless outings before being signed by the Braves on August 15. After a handful of minor league outings to finish the 2019 season, Matzek then made the 2020 Opening Day roster, completing a successful comeback to the big leagues.
James Paxton, 2010 Grand Prairie AirHogs
In the MLB: Paxton had a dud of a 2020 season for the New York Yankees, going 1-1 with a 6.64 ERA before a flexor strain ended his season. However, despite injuries never allowing him to throw more than 160 innings, he's had a successful MLB career between the Yankees and Seattle Mariners, going 57-33 with a 3.58 ERA over eight years, including a no-hitter on May 8 2018.
In the AA: "Big Maple" was drafted 39th overall by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2009 MLB Draft, but despite being Canadian, he did not sign, and was ruled ineligible to return to college, due to the fact that he had signed with an agent (Scott Boras). That led him to the Grand Prairie AirHogs in 2010, where he made four starts, going 1-2 with a 4.07 ERA, striking out 18 in 17.2 innings.
Understandably, his draft stock slipped, as Seattle drafted him in the fourth round in 2010. However, Paxton signed this time and he made his big league debut late in the 2013 season.
Chaz Roe, 2012 Laredo Lemurs
In the MLB: Roe's 2020 season was cut short by an elbow injury, but he posted a 2-0 record with a 2.89 ERA over 10 appearances before going on the shelf. In his career, Roe has bounced around five teams, but has been a consistent piece in the Tampa Bay bullpen for the past three seasons, appearing in 71 games in 2019. For his career, he is 11-8 with a 3.82 ERA over 244 games, striking out 243 over 216.2 innings.
In the AA: Roe was drafted 32nd overall in the loaded 2005 MLB Draft by the Seattle Mariners. He reached the majors in September, 2010, but did not appear in a big league game that year. After a rocky 2011 season in Triple-A, he was released and wound up in Laredo, where he was lights out for the 2012 Lemurs, going 3-2 with a 1.47 ERA in 49 games, striking out 69 batters in 55.0 innings, not allowing an earned run in his final 17 appearances.
Eight days after his final appearance in Laredo, he was signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks on September 15, 2012 and made his big league debut the following season.
Caleb Thielbar, 2011, 2016-17 St. Paul Saints
In the MLB: Thielbar made it back to the majors for the first time in 2015 with the team he debuted with, the Minnesota Twins. The Minnesota native dazzled for his hometown team, going 2-1 with a 2.25 ERA in 17 games out of the bullpen, striking out 22 batters in 20.0 innings. Over his four years with the Twins, he's gone 7-4 with a 2.65 ERA, striking out 101 in 118.2 innings over 126 appearances.
In the AA: A truly unique case, Thielbar may be the only player to go from Indy ball to the majors twice. After being drafted in the 18th round by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2009, he was released less than two years later. He wound up in St. Paul in 2011, going 3-3 with a 2.53 ERA in 43 games, striking out 62 in 49.2 innings. On August 19, he was purchased by the Minnesota Twins.
By 2013, Thielbar was in the majors and a valuable weapon in the Minnesota bullpen, but in 2015, he was demoted to Triple-A and despite excellent numbers there, he was waived, claimed by the San Diego Padres, posted most excellent numbers in the minors, but was released. Finally, the Miami Marlins signed, then released him late in Spring Training in 2016.
So, in 2016, Thielbar was back in St. Paul, going 5-2 with a 2.39 ERA in 42 games, striking out 56 in 64.0 innings. He returned to the Saints in 2017, going 2-1 with a 2.01 ERA in 17 games, fanning 23 in 22.1 innings. Finally, he signed with the Detroit Tigers in the winter of 2017.
Despite two strong seasons in Triple-A for the Tigers, he never earned the call to the bigs, and after a brief stint in the minors with the Atlanta Braves late in the 2019 season, Thielbar was signed by the Twins in the winter of 2019 and finally made it back in 2020.
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2020.09.28 16:39 RexiconJesse The Unexpected Banes and Boons that Alter the Villain's Plan An All Dice Table

Get this and our two other villain-based All Die Tables as a fancy PDF at rexiconjesse.itch.io/one-thing-led-to-another. You can download it for free.
Like the villain, their plan should be a living, breathing thing that changes based on influences completely outside of their control. Banes complicate things, forcing them to abandon or change something important. Boons grant them unexpected benefits they can use to better their plan. How many boons and banes will they receive? Just like in a real plan, they have no idea. Every odd-numbered roll of the die in these tables are a bane, and every even-numbered roll of the die is a boon. So a roll on this All Dice Table could give them six boons, six bans, or any combination. How exactly this changes their plan is up to you as a DM, but the groundwork set up by these tables will help you create a more dynamic plan for the villain.
Myself (u/RexiconJesse) and u/DougtheDragonborn made this, and we hope you enjoy it.

How to use an all dice table

Example:
They had to alter the plan when they discovered the means to awaken an ancient beast at a time of their choosing. Further alterations occurred after someone working for them spies on the party and returns with pertinent information. After these developments, the villain's focus shifted to strengthening their grasp on local governments. They searched for an answer, but their plan still has a vital flaw. The plan has a devastating deadman switch should it fail. Now taking care of the party is the main priority.

Roll 1d20 They had to alter the plan when
1 a druid grove ruined their headquarters after encroaching on the druid’s land.
2 they discovered the means to awaken an ancient beast at a time of their choosing.
3 a massive flood completely submerged a strategic point they were going to utilize.
4 an affluent person gained knowledge of their plan and doubled their funding to see it through, granting them far more resources.
5 a series of vivid nightmares tanks their belief in their plan, forcing them to confront their ideals and seek further guidance.
6 a delve into ancient history showed that someone else had already tried something similar and failed, so they can learn from their failure.
7 a future version of themself has traveled back in time and is trying to stop them.
8 a nearly forgotten deity sees potential in their plan and offers insight into how to manipulate other deities and their followers to aid their scheme.
9 their partner continues to doubt their plan, making them self-conscious and causing them to second-guess every idea they have.
10 they found a way to make a copy of themself.
11 they were cursed.
12 propaganda allowed for the recruitment of more workers.
13 beasts used for manual labor began to become crazed under a full moon.
14 they found the love of their life, who encourages their deeds.
15 a plague of insatiable rot expanded throughout their base.
16 they partnered up with a local temple, as both benefit from their plan
17 a nearby monarch caught wind of their work.
18 land with a great natural resource was given to them in a family member’s wake.
19 a seer predicted their downfall.
20 the villain had a change of heart and wants to stop the plans they set in motion. The rest of the rolls show what has been put in motion and is out of their control.

Roll 1d12 Further alterations occurred after someone working for them
1 gained some power and broke away, forming their own group that's striving for the same goal. Now they have direct competition.
2 convinced a beloved NPC to betray the party and side with the villain.
3 defects from the villain, offering the party vital information to disrupt the villain’s plan but the information is time sensitive, and they’ll only give it if they offer the NPC something in return.
4 makes contact with an entire religion and deity that supports their plan.
5 sold them out to the state.
6 discovers a large group of people willing to work for anyone who can pay well.
7 becomes cursed with lycanthropy.
8 spies on the party, and returns with pertinent information.
9 stumbled into the faerie realm.
10 discovers they can command beasts.
11 the ghost of a family member tries to disrupt the plot.
12 rises in the ranks, with the goal to overthrow the villain, but the villain knows of this plan.

Roll 1d10 After these developments, the villain's focus shifted to
1 finding a brand new type of henchperson.
2 accruing and storing gold and gemstones for future use.
3 strengthening their grasp on local governments.
4 creating a simulacrum.
5 finding joy before their untimely demise.
6 gaining a fanbase.
7 a dying friend.
8 warding their base against attack.
9 gaining the trust of the public.
10 buying as much land as possible for further expansion.

Roll 1d8 They searched
1 far and wide, but never found a key element to their plan they desperately wanted.
2 for a partner who wanted to see their goals made manifest. And they found them.
3 for anyone who would help them, but only found a devil, willing to help fill their ranks... for a price.
4 the depths of the ocean for a safe place to execute part (or all) of their plan and found it in a well-protected cave.
5 for an answer, but their plan still has a vital flaw.
6 for a new challenge, as this became far too easy.
7 their conscious to reflect if what they are doing is right.
8 for assassins to remove key people who would oppose them before they become a problem.

Roll 1d6 The plan
1 took a turn for the worst after their entire workforce abandoned them.
2 changed course, going far better than they first envisioned.
3 is held together by a thread.
4 has a devastating deadman switch should it fail.
5 now only involves the villain themself.
6 can only come to fruition if the party intervenes.

Roll 1d4 Now
1 there’s still one piece that’s missing before it can be complete.
2 taking care of the party is the main priority.
3 they request an audience.
4 the date is set for the final steps.
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2020.09.28 16:32 RexiconJesse The Unexpected Banes and Boons that Alter the Villain's Plan An All Dice Table

Get this and our two other villain-based All Die Tables as a fancy PDF at rexiconjesse.itch.io/one-thing-led-to-another. You can download it for free.
Like the villain, their plan should be a living, breathing thing that changes based on influences completely outside of their control. Banes complicate things, forcing them to abandon or change something important. Boons grant them unexpected benefits they can use to better their plan. How many boons and banes will they receive? Just like in a real plan, they have no idea. Every odd-numbered roll of the die in these tables are a bane, and every even-numbered roll of the die is a boon. So a roll on this All Dice Table could give them six boons, six bans, or any combination.
Myself (u/RexiconJesse) and u/DougtheDragonborn made this, and we hope you enjoy it.

How to use an all dice table

Example:
They had to alter the plan when they discovered the means to awaken an ancient beast at a time of their choosing. Further alterations occurred after someone working for them spies on the party and returns with pertinent information. After these developments, the villain's focus shifted to strengthening their grasp on local governments. They searched for an answer, but their plan still has a vital flaw. The plan has a devastating deadman switch should it fail. Now taking care of the party is the main priority.

Roll 1d20 They had to alter the plan when
1 a druid grove ruined their headquarters after encroaching on the druid’s land.
2 they discovered the means to awaken an ancient beast at a time of their choosing.
3 a massive flood completely submerged a strategic point they were going to utilize.
4 an affluent person gained knowledge of their plan and doubled their funding to see it through, granting them far more resources.
5 a series of vivid nightmares tanks their belief in their plan, forcing them to confront their ideals and seek further guidance.
6 a delve into ancient history showed that someone else had already tried something similar and failed, so they can learn from their failure.
7 a future version of themself has traveled back in time and is trying to stop them.
8 a nearly forgotten deity sees potential in their plan and offers insight into how to manipulate other deities and their followers to aid their scheme.
9 their partner continues to doubt their plan, making them self-conscious and causing them to second-guess every idea they have.
10 they found a way to make a copy of themself.
11 they were cursed.
12 propaganda allowed for the recruitment of more workers.
13 beasts used for manual labor began to become crazed under a full moon.
14 they found the love of their life, who encourages their deeds.
15 a plague of insatiable rot expanded throughout their base.
16 they partnered up with a local temple, as both benefit from their plan
17 a nearby monarch caught wind of their work.
18 land with a great natural resource was given to them in a family member’s wake.
19 a seer predicted their downfall.
20 the villain had a change of heart and wants to stop the plans they set in motion. The rest of the rolls show what has been put in motion and is out of their control.

Roll 1d12 Further alterations occurred after someone working for them
1 gained some power and broke away, forming their own group that's striving for the same goal. Now they have direct competition.
2 convinced a beloved NPC to betray the party and side with the villain.
3 defects from the villain, offering the party vital information to disrupt the villain’s plan but the information is time sensitive, and they’ll only give it if they offer the NPC something in return.
4 makes contact with an entire religion and deity that supports their plan.
5 sold them out to the state.
6 discovers a large group of people willing to work for anyone who can pay well.
7 becomes cursed with lycanthropy.
8 spies on the party, and returns with pertinent information.
9 stumbled into the faerie realm.
10 discovers they can command beasts.
11 the ghost of a family member tries to disrupt the plot.
12 rises in the ranks, with the goal to overthrow the villain, but the villain knows of this plan.

Roll 1d10 After these developments, the villain's focus shifted to
1 finding a brand new type of henchperson.
2 accruing and storing gold and gemstones for future use.
3 strengthening their grasp on local governments.
4 creating a simulacrum.
5 finding joy before their untimely demise.
6 gaining a fanbase.
7 a dying friend.
8 warding their base against attack.
9 gaining the trust of the public.
10 buying as much land as possible for further expansion.

Roll 1d8 They searched
1 far and wide, but never found a key element to their plan they desperately wanted.
2 for a partner who wanted to see their goals made manifest. And they found them.
3 for anyone who would help them, but only found a devil, willing to help fill their ranks... for a price.
4 the depths of the ocean for a safe place to execute part (or all) of their plan and found it in a well-protected cave.
5 for an answer, but their plan still has a vital flaw.
6 for a new challenge, as this became far too easy.
7 their conscious to reflect if what they are doing is right.
8 for assassins to remove key people who would oppose them before they become a problem.

Roll 1d6 The plan
1 took a turn for the worst after their entire workforce abandoned them.
2 changed course, going far better than they first envisioned.
3 is held together by a thread.
4 has a devastating deadman switch should it fail.
5 now only involves the villain themself.
6 can only come to fruition if the party intervenes.

Roll 1d4 Now
1 there’s still one piece that’s missing before it can be complete.
2 taking care of the party is the main priority.
3 they request an audience.
4 the date is set for the final steps.
You can check out our other All Dice Table collection of NPC tables here: https://www.reddit.com/DnDBehindTheScreen/comments/ifovsq/since_youve_been_gone_some_unfortunate_things/
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2020.09.28 16:13 tssukii Abit conflicted...

Me and my boyfriend and have been dating for over 3 years and he’s a lovely person and we get on very well but I’m starting to realise the romance has perhaps faded...it feels like hanging out with a friend and when he does try to be affectionate I feel as though I’m forcing it. I feel annoyed by his texts a lot too but most of the time when we hang out I do have fun with him. But another issue is that even before the pandemic we never went out to do anything together and so we just don’t have many memories together.
I feel awful because we do get on so well and I think he’s a good guy but I’m not sure if I feel romantic about him anymore...but I don’t know what happened either because it’s been 3 years why am I out of love with him? He talks about us getting a house together but I’m not sure if it’s what I want...he wants children and marriage and I don’t want that at all no matter who I’m with. We got together when we were 17 and I think the thought of being with someone for the rest of my life really terrifies me, I feel like I have never really gotten to explore my sexuality either, I often feel like I’ve almost missed out.
If I do break up with him, I don’t know how I will do it. He said to me a while ago if we broke up he wouldn’t be able to date anyone else again, that puts me off doing it as he deserves to find someone and if I broke up with him would I be leaving him all alone? He has awful mental health and I don’t want to make him even worse...
Sorry that this has been such a mess of a post I’ve kinda just been spilling whatever I’ve been thinking.
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2020.09.28 15:54 MomentaryLapseofPink I Had Sex With My Mum's Partner's Adopted Daughter

This is without a doubt, the biggest secret I have ever kept in my life. I haven't told not even my closest friend about it in the six years since this happened. And some who read this may say that I'm a coward for using anonymity to confess to this act. But I know that I would never be able to live with myself if my family knew, the only way to escape the judgement whether it was there or not would be death.
To tell this story, I will need to start at the very beginning. My mum had been widowed, and she ended up dating this guy. He had two adopted daughters, one my age (who was in my year at school, we were both about 16 coming on 17), the other slightly older about 19. The one my age (we'll call her Deb) would stay with her dad every other weekend as part of a custody agreement.
I remember one night, she added me on Skype, I had never really spoken to her before this. For the most part she was a massive loser in our school, and what few interactions we'd had were for the most part unpleasant on my part. I don't know what her problem was with me but whatever that's besides the point. Anyway, she asks me if I go on RedTube, and if I know what it is. I knew it was a porn site but that was about it. From that subject, we then got on a video call, and soon enough things got rather sexual.
I felt like what I was doing was wrong, after all, was she technically my step-sister? My mum and her dad never married, even now they're not married. But still, it felt very taboo looking back I don't think I enjoyed it. I was a lonely guy, I'd been single for a long time. And then suddenly a girl with big breasts is camming with me. It didn't matter to my sexually blooming mind who's breasts they were.
After that, we didn't talk on the regular. She would come over to our house when her dad moved in. And we wouldn't really interact at all, aside from some awkward hellos. There was however a random conversation again over Skype, and it ended with her sending me a nude. I can't remember how exactly things lead to that, because it felt like such a random, insignificant event.
Once she started staying overnight here, and coming more regularly, that's when things began to really take a turn. I remember she and her sister had come over for a dinner. And we were hanging out in my room, and soon enough things turned flirtatious. I never felt all that attracted to her, I was for the most part just a horny, lonely late teen. She had kept running her hand over my crotch, practically groping me. And that encounter ended with my dick out, and her being called downstairs for something. She didn't come back up which I was thankful for.
Time went on, and soon there was another encounter, she would stay in our living room, and she sent me a message asking me to come downstairs. Again things took a flirtatious tone, in hindsight I feel it was her instigating the majority of the time. She was trying to get me to lay in bed with her, we caressed each other a little. And eventually we felt it was time to go to sleep, before I left she ran over to me while I was stood at the door and we made out there for a few seconds. I feel for the most part I was disgusted with myself for not pushing her away. But again, lonely horny late teen being approached by a girl in a tight t-shirt and underwear.
Some more time passed, and just like before there was another encounter. We'd had a barbecue, and again she was here. Once we'd eaten, I went back to my room as normal, and after a little while she came up. I stuck a movie on to keep her entertained while I sat on my PC. And within a few minutes she asked me to come and lay with her on my bed. There was no real flirtatious behavior, she cuddled up to me. And I just let her be, but then things started to get sexual. Next thing I new, she was giving me head right then and there. And I hated myself for enjoying it, and even more so for cumming. Much like all the other things we had done, it felt horribly taboo. But why should it?
Not long after this, I got a girlfriend, and I was completely smitten. She was an exchange student from Sweden whom I'd met in my last few days at sixth form before I was kicked out for not turning up to any of my classes. I stuck with her even when she went back home to Sweden that summer. But then Deb was over, and inviting me downstairs. I knew what was going to happen, but I let it anyway. We were laying there on that mattress, Family Guy was on the TV, and I could feel her hand moving towards my crotch. I didn't stop it, soon we were in the throngs of foreplay, and then we were having sex. I took her virginity that night, and I never felt an ounce of guilt that I was cheating on my girlfriend, I don't think the gravity of what I was doing was really settling on me. But what's worse, is it happened again, she had even brought a condom with her that time.
We didn't have sex again ever after that second time, I do remember one night she had come over and we were all eating dinner, she was rubbing my leg with hers the whole way through. And I didn't really feel anything, I wasn't excited by it, I wasn't disgusted by it. It just happened.
Not long after, me and my girlfriend split for non-related reasons, even now I've never told her about what me and Deb did. I have a feeling that more people know than I let myself believe, because Deb told a very close friend of hers, who in turn told Deb's mum. And god know's who else, even that not fully knowing gives me so much paranoia.
The thing is, I hate my mum's partner, he's not a particularly bad guy, just personalities that truly clash. And I get a sick satisfaction from looking at him, knowing I took his adopted daughter's virginity, like it gives me some power over him.
I tried to talk to Deb about it recently, because we never really did. I felt I wanted some kind of closure, to understand how exactly she felt about it all. But all I got was "I don't like to think about it" and I couldn't help but want to beg her to talk to me about it, to just put my mind to rest after so many years. But in the end, I do understand. But in a way I couldn't help but be confused by that, she had been a primary instigator. Either way, I respected her decision to not talk about it. I was 17 then, 23 now, and all of the things that happened I have regretted, and probably will for the rest of my life.
I betrayed the trust of so many people, I did something with someone I never should have, I didn't love her or care for her I did it because I was horny.
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2020.09.28 15:12 AzorMX THE SEARCH FOR THE GREATEST SWITCH SHMUP: EPISODE 28 – Raiden V: Director’s Cut

Before I begin, I just want to remind everyone that all of my reviews can be found at my site: www.azormx.com. I tried to keep it as minimalist as possible, and it doesn't have any add or any other intrusive elements, so the content is king. Do check it out, as reviews are usually live there before I publish them elsewhere. Any way, on to the review!

The shmup genre hasn’t been a mainstream genre in a long time. To be honest, I don’t think it ever was, even during the arcade days. While we certainly don’t have a shortage of shmups, let alone new release, they usually come from smaller teams. Indies have taken it upon themselves to become a guiding light for all of us. Their creations have been nothing short of amazing! However, we don’t really have anything we could call a “AAA” shmup. We do seem to have the next closest thing: Raiden.
Developer: Moss Co.
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Release date: Jul 25, 2019
Price: $29.99
Tate: Unfortunately… no. This really needed to have TATE
Raiden V: Director’s Cut is a vertical shmup set in a fictional but real world. It claims to be the original bullet-hell, and after playing it extensively I gotta say that I agree. Raiden V features some intense air combat, coupled with giant bosses and some jaw-dropping transitions between areas.

THE GREAT INTRO CHECKLIST

Right out of the gate, what caught my attention was the intro. The best way I can put this is that it has everything great about shmups in a short video. It has a great track, it has giant enemies, it has ships and it even has pieces of lore I do not understand! Simply amazing!
Most importantly, it is a very accurate portrayal as to what you should expect from the game. Unlike other shmups, Raiden goes all out in the presentation department, with the story taking a mayor role. Another way I can put this, is that it certainly feels like a considerable effort was placed in every element of the game. Raiden V features a level of polish that very few shmups can claim to have.

WELCOME TO THE CUSTOMIZATION STATION

One of Raiden’s strength is the amount of customization you have available for your ship. At the beginning of the game, you can choose between one of 3 different ships: Azuma, Spirit of Dragon and Moulin Rouge. Each of these ships has different stats in terms of attack, defense and speed. They also have their own sub-shot which is always firing along with your main cannon.
On top of selecting a ship, you can arm yourself with 3 out of 9 different weapons. Those 9 weapons are grouped into 3 categories: Vulcan, Laser and Plasma. You can pick, or rather you must pick 1 for each category. The result is a combat style that is unique to you.
During your play throughs, you will encounter several power-up orbs. These orbs will power up each of your weapons up to 10 times! Each of these orbs can be either red, blue or purple depending on the weapon it powers up. The orbs cycle the colors, with an outer dot indicating a timer until it changes colors. This allows you to control which weapon you want to power up, giving you the flexibility to pick your own style or choose a weapon for the occasion.
The best part is that absolutely no power-ups are lost upon death! This means that you are free to retry to your heart's content and play at your own pace. Raiden won't punish you or set you up for failure with an unrecoverable situation.
I didn’t put too much attention into weapon selection at first. I figured it wouldn’t be too relevant, as I would probably just play the entire game with a single weapon, but the advanced scoring mechanics and the rank system were quick to make me second guess my decision.

ACE PILOT

At the core of Raiden V, there are 2 main systems to be aware of: your rank and your flash level. Both of them measure your combat capabilities, although in different ways. Your flash point gauge is a score multiplier that tracks how fast you defeat your enemies. By defeating enemies as soon as possible after spawning, you can earn higher multipliers to increase your flash gauge. By having quick kills, you can raise it to higher levels to increase your score. Your rank, on the other hand, only concerns itself with how many enemies you’ve defeated.
Your rank doubles as the deciding factor of which path you will be taking. Raiden features branching paths with an A, B, C or S version of each stage. Depending on your total destruction rate, you will either move up or down in rank after a stage. While I do not know the exact numbers, I believe having more than 98% destruction rate will increase your rank, 90 – 98% will keep it as is and <90% should decrease your rank. S rank stages are presumably harder than A/B/C stages, with C being the lowest.
Apart from having a higher score and challenging yourself with the difficulty, the importance of S rank is getting the true ending. In order to truly watch the ending of the game, you need to reach the final stage on S rank using a single credit. You also need to power up your 3 weapons to level 10. Once you meet those conditions, you will be able to challenge the final boss. Alternatively, you could just fulfill the level 10 weapons condition to fight the true final boss.

THE BEST CHEERLEADER

A new addition to Raiden V is the cheer system. By accomplishing certain in-game milestones like a certain number of enemies destroyed, you will get an achievement. These achievements are broadcasted to any players connected to the leaderboards. They can then “cheer” on your achievement to increase your cheer gauge. This goes both ways, as you can also cheer the achievements of your fellow Raiden players.
Once the cheer gauge is full, you can unleash it to clear the screen and gain a drastically stronger sub-shot. Think of it as a devastating bomb, only more devastating and easier to fill. It clears screens and decimates even the bosses.
Perhaps many people won’t think too much of it, but I found it really interesting to know that there’s someone on the other side celebrating my achievements. Likewise, there were times where I left my game on pause to do other stuff, but held on to my controller to provide support for my comrades.

SWIFT DESTRUCTION

Everything I’ve mentioned before plays out in the general strategy of the game. Assuming you want to get the best results, you need to know where to hit and how to hit hard. For the untrained eye, most shmups just look like games where you fire away with complete disregard and hope the enemy dies. This is definitely not the case in Raiden.
In order to succeed, you must be able to find your rhythm and read the stage. Learn the enemy formations and strategize the quickest kills. Be there before the enemy arrives and take them down before they realize what hit them. If you want to face the true final boss, then you must also learn to juggle your weapons and find the moments to upgrade them. Maxing a weapon and then switching is a recipe for disaster, as you don’t want to be on the later stages with a level one weapon and risk your flash level or destruction rate. With so many weapons and ship types, your strategy to succeed will be unique to you!

LORE GALORE

One of the main selling points, at least per the game itself, is the story. Raiden V features an extensive story that is fully voiced and occurs as you play the game. This story elements come as the prologue and epilogue scenes, as well as all the events happening mid stage.
As you fly your way to the levels, characters will be advancing the story by having conversations and narrating the current events. The dialogue is available on one of the gadgets located on the right side of the screen. You can read anything you might have missed and even pause to read the on-screen log of events (up to a certain number of events, as the log scrolls to open way for new text).
As for my opinion of the story, I have absolutely no idea of what happened during the game. I played my fair share of runs, but I found it next to impossible to focus on the dialogue while trying my hardest to survive. The voice acting would have been my saving grace, but I found the sound mixing to be the opposite of ideal for listening to dialogue. I even tried lowering the sound effects and BGM to see if I could focus on dialogue to no avail.
The text is also incredibly small when playing on docked mode. It gets even worse when playing handheld.

THE WORST CHEERLEADER

Out of all the voices, Eshiria’s was the one who got on my nerves the most at the beginning. Other than having her role as navigator on the plot, she also critiques your gameplay. In-between stage scenes, she will provide commentary describing your gameplay. She will be quick to point out if you did well, but also if you did poorly. On my early runs, when I was still learning, it would tilt me to listen to her complaining to me about stats I did not understand.
And perhaps, a huge part of my problems was a lack of understanding of the game mechanics. I listened to her complain about my destruction rate without knowing it was about my rank. She also complained about destruction speed without me knowing it was about the flash point.
The problem is that the game never bothered explaining any of its mechanics to me. I really looked around for some sort of tutorial to no avail. I had to resort to 3rd party resources. While that isn’t uncommon, I really don’t like games with obscure mechanics that can’t be discerned in-game.
Once I got better and consistently reach the S levels, I finally started to value her advice. Of course, I wouldn’t count on everyone reaching the same enlightenment as I did. In my opinion, her comments would more often than not add insult to injury. Once again, it’s not really the commentary, it’s the fact that none of what she said made practical sense until I started digging on the wiki.

GADGETS AND THE SCREEN REAL ESTATE

Perhaps the worst omission from Raiden V is the lack of a TATE mode. Vertical shooters don’t really have an excuse to do this, with the existence of add-ons like the flip grip or rotating monitors. Instead, Raiden decided to make the most out of the free space and add several gadgets.
In standard fashion, these gadgets will keep your stats like score, flash level, the dialogue and even hi-score statistics. Your left gadget can even be cycled between the score chart and cheer notification, in-game tips and global statistics. Out of those, the tips are definitely the winners. They do give some important advice, such as staying on top of the guns of the first boss to avoid damage.

NOT A FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD

Every stage is divided into smaller scenes. These scenes serve as a way to catch your breath and tally your score. There’s even a nifty “restart scene” option that allows you to replay a scene. Choosing to restart will deny you the option to upload your score to the leaderboard, but serves as a great way to practice or even “fix” a run to so can get to the true ending.
Every once in a while, the action will pan out and open the way to a bigger stage, with you looking smaller in comparison. I admire the grandioseness of the resulting scenes, but they were also quite impractical. Think about your weapons, the destruction rate and the flash gauge. An extended stage means longer travel distances from side to side. Having a bigger stage means you move slower, which reduces the pacing of the game to a crawl. Reaching enemies quickly becomes a struggle. Worst yet, I’ve counted times where it took me whopping 5 seconds to go from side to side of the stage.

THE OG BULLET HELL

Despite all the fun of blasting enemies quickly to gain flash levels, I gotta say that I found the combat, specifically the bullets, to be lacking in grace. For a game that’s the original bullet hell, most enemy volleys feel like bullet showers. There’s no finesse in them, just a bunch of bullets moving towards you. Dodging them isn’t fun, it’s survival. The problem only gets worse in higher difficulties where the bullets just go faster.
Not all patterns are as bad though. While the vast majority will be just a bunch on increasingly faster bullets thrown at you, some exceptional patterns will show from time to time. As a result, fights tend to be very hit or miss, with both hits and misses being on their respective extremes.
What certainly doesn’t help is that the bullets are very hard to see. As pretty as the backgrounds might be, they are very busy and the quick motion makes them into a blur. Bullets don’t have their characteristic outlines or color palettes to become distinguishable. Some even blend with your own vulcan. The result is a lot of cheap kills caused by intentional obfuscation. It this was their intention, then perhaps I’m being too harsh, but you know visibility is usually one of my pet peeves in shmups.

REPLAYABILITY AND LONGEVITY

As far as game length goes, I consider Raiden V to be one of the longer ones. I was surprised after my first run of the game, as it took me 50+ minutes to complete the campaign. Usually, my baseline for shmups is around half an hour, which made this one almost twice as long. While I’m not fond of longer campaigns, I know a lot of people would certainly be glad to know there is plenty of content.
Of course, playing through the campaign isn’t enough to view the entire game. If you recall, most stages have 4 versions of themselves. Those versions are separated by the ranks: S/A/B/C. This means you would need at least 4 runs to see everything the game has to offer. There’s also 6 different endings to uncover.
Also new to the Director’s Cut edition are 2 bonus levels. These level are slightly different from your typical levels. The bonus missions will challenge you to fight a new boss ir oder to obtain medals. Dealing damage will detach the medals from the boss, allowing you to catch them. Gather enough medals and you will advance to the next phase. Higher medals mean higher ranking. Taking damage will take medals away from you, so surviving continues to be a priority.
Lastly, there is a new boss mission mode that allow you to play “boss rush” missions. These missions have certain conditions, like using a specific weapon or fighting at a specific HP level. The targets are usually 1-3 bosses. Boss mission is a very fun arcadey mode for those who enjoyed the boss fights and want more of them.

SOUND EXCELLENCE

If there’s a factor that merits my highest praise is the sound department. Simply put, the OST is fantastic. The track length syncs perfectly with the stages, and it always fits the mood. I just couldn’t get enough of the OST, and listening to it while writing this review was the recipe for a perfect Sunday! I also got some good coffee that would make the captain proud.
For all the praise the music gets from me, it still is dragged down by the terrible sound mixing. Similarly to the voice acting, I tried to mess with the sound settings to increase the volume and reduce the sound effects, but it still wasn’t enough. The tracks were great but I struggled to listen to them amidst all the explosions. The calm moments were great, as they let me listen to the songs in peace.

LAST WORDS

Raiden is a master class in shmup design for the wrong reasons. Its high points perfectly illustrate how shmups should look and feel. The low points also show what you should NOT do when creating a shmup game. Despite all of this, it all comes down to how fun a game is.
Raiden V is a very fun game. It isn’t different, but it’s certainly very polished. I delivers some levels of quality that are notably absent in the majority of the games. As a concept, I feel like it serves as an example of how current gen shmups should be. The execution fell flat in some regards, but as a whole I was satisfied with the time I spent with the game. It does come with a hefty price tag, so my advice is to check this game out when you find a decent sale. I got mine at -70%.

THE RANKING SO FAR:

  1. Ikaruga
  2. Psyvariar Delta
  3. Darius Cozmic Collection Arcade
  4. Devil Engine
  5. Rolling Gunner
  6. Blazing Star
  7. Jamestown+
  8. Raiden V: Director’s Cut
  9. Darius Cozmic Collection Console
  10. Tengai
  11. Steredenn: Binary Stars
  12. Stardust Galaxy Warriors: Stellar Climax
  13. Sky Force: Reloaded
  14. Strikers 1945
  15. Black Paradox
  16. R-Type Dimensions EX
  17. Sine Mora EX
  18. Shikhondo – Soul Eater
  19. Ghost Blade HD
  20. AngerForce: Reloaded
  21. Aero Fighters 2 (ACA Neogeo)
  22. Q-YO Blaster
  23. Lightening Force: Quest for the darkstar (Sega Ages)
  24. Pawarumi
  25. Red Death
  26. Task Force Kampas
  27. Switch ‘N’ Shoot
  28. Last Resort (ACA Neogeo)
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2020.09.28 12:50 jaffa56 Please critique my parts list for budget gaming / music PC - £600 - UK

What will you be doing with this PC? Be as specific as possible, and include specific games or programs you will be using.
Light gaming: Elite Dangerous but with the option to play some more modern titles. Some light music production
What is your maximum budget before rebates/shipping/taxes?
Would ideally like to keep it close to £600
When do you plan on building/buying the PC? Note: beyond a week or two from today means any build you receive will be out of date when you want to buy.
Within the next month
What, exactly, do you need included in the budget? (ToweOS/monitokeyboard/mouse/etc)
Just the tower. I will also add a wireless keyboard and mouse to the build and a wifi adaptor.
Which country (and state/province) will you be purchasing the parts in? If you're in US, do you have access to a Microcenter location?
UK
If reusing any parts (including monitor(s)/keyboard/mouse/etc), what parts will you be reusing? Brands and models are appreciated.
N/A
Will you be overclocking? If yes, are you interested in overclocking right away, or down the line? CPU and/or GPU?
No
Are there any specific features or items you want/need in the build? (ex: SSD, large amount of storage or a RAID setup, CUDA or OpenCL support, etc)
No
What type of network connectivity do you need? (Wired and/or WiFi) If WiFi is needed and you would like to find the fastest match for your wireless router, please list any specifics.
Ideally wifi, but i can always put a wifi adaptor in it, unless there's a reasonably priced Mobo available.
Do you have any specific case preferences (Size like ITX/microATX/mid-towefull-tower, styles, colors, window or not, LED lighting, etc), or a particular color theme preference for the components?
No RGB. My build below uses a micro ATX case which i've not built in before, but could be fun. If a larger case is required then thats fine.
Do you need a copy of Windows included in the budget? If you do need one included, do you have a preference?
No
Extra info or particulars:
This is what i've come up with. Could you please tell me if this is any good for what I require, or if there are areas to save money or increase performance whilst within budget. (Remember I need to add a wifi card, keyboard and mouse).
Thanks
PCPartPicker Part List
Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 3 3100 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor £99.46 @ Scan.co.uk
Motherboard ASRock B450M PRO4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard £72.97 @ Amazon UK
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory £54.99 @ Amazon UK
Storage Western Digital Blue 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive £51.48 @ Amazon UK
Storage Seagate BarraCuda 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive £39.90 @ Amazon UK
Video Card Asus GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER 4 GB Phoenix OC Video Card £149.99 @ Amazon UK
Case Thermaltake Versa H15 MicroATX Mid Tower Case £40.47 @ Scan.co.uk
Power Supply be quiet! System Power 9 500 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply £57.00 @ Amazon UK
Optical Drive Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer £17.32 @ Amazon UK
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total £583.58
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2020.09.28 12:33 Tadisticc What does Phoenix see Maya as? (An in-depth analysis)


Phoenix refers to Maya as \"something like a niece or a nephew\"
Alright, so I've done a bit of vibing on Twitter recently, and found that one of the most recent posts about Narumayo has to do with an anti talking about this scene and how they can't believe people still ship Narumayo after this stuff like this. Of course, antis are eating it up over there, because Twitter is a warzone, and searching for "Narumayo" there will only grant you a long list of pretty biased anti posts.
But, I digress. I'll say before I start here that this will be a long post, so buckle up. Normally I would just leave this be, but it's tough to deal with constant, random hate being thrown your way. I hate to see anyone get discouraged because of it, especially now that TGS 2020 has come and gone and we've yet to see the announcement of AA7.
This whole post in itself is a bit out of the blue, I know, but I've got time and I've done my research, so I'm gonna do some in-depth analysis of the dynamic duo's relationship, just so we can get some refreshment on why we love this ship. With all the nonsensical hate that Narumayo gets, it can be easy to sometimes feel like you're supporting a lost cause or question your own beliefs. This isn't the case. If you're like most Narumayo shippers, you see the incredible bond these two have developed since the start and you believe the relationship has the potential to be romantic. That's the long and short of it, and there's nothing wrong with that. Anyone who criticizes you for supporting this is either ignorant of a lot of evidence and/or has some very - and I mean some incredibly strong biases or beliefs that this ship happens to go against.
Disclaimer: I will be covering some major moments here that contain spoilers, so if you're unfamiliar with the games, especially the original trilogy and PL vs PW thus far, you should consider stopping here.
With that out of the way, let's try to answer the question that has started many a debate:
How does Phoenix see Maya?
Well, the answer is honestly more confusing than I would like it to be, and I'll admit, it bounces around a bit.
Let's get started. Most people assume that Phoenix is talking about Maya here in this scene. However, it could be someone else, such as Pearl, and I will go over that.
The scene above is one that's highly controversial and favorable among antis as decisive proof against Narumayo. I've seen Narumayo shippers use this as evidence that Phoenix and Maya are still close as ever. I've seen Narumayo shippers ignore this conversation entirely. I've seen Narumitsu shippers use this as evidence that Edgeworth is sending Phoenix stuff because he cares about him so much. And I've seen antis use this to show just how in the family zone Maya is to Phoenix. It's truly a mess.
If it is Maya, though, then that creates some concern. At a glance, if you're a Narumayo shipper, your reaction might be along the lines of, "oh no."
Hold it, though. First things first, there's already a missing line from this photo, and it's Apollo's line right here:
"They're all children's action hero shows..."
Then Phoenix follows up with "This 'kid' I know keeps sending them to me."
Apollo's line is important because it gives Phoenix a reason to use the word "kid." Notice, too, that he uses the word "kid" in quotation marks, which would imply that he's putting an emphasis on that word. Phoenix knows Maya is not a kid, and he's saying that this "kid" (AKA fully-grown adult) he knows is sending him all these DVD'S of kids' shows.
But the real obstacle here is the "like or niece or a nephew" part. Is that how a person would refer to someone he would ever be with?
But we have to remember two things here. One is that Apollo is the one who asks like a niece or a nephew, so Phoenix isn't the one who brought up the assumption himself. That's still a weak argument though, as he still says "something like that."
But the second thing is that Phoenix is also being incredibly vague. He takes a moment to think about it after Apollo's question, and he's still not very clear on his answer.
"...Something like that."
Something like that? What does that mean?
Unfortunately, this is one of those instances where the answer could bounce around a little. Phoenix definitely considers Maya as one of his closest friends, and we already know that he, Maya, and Pearl formed a kind of makeshift family during their time together.
There's one other thing, though, and that's that this line makes much more sense if he was talking about Pearl. Here's why. Pearl essentially is like a daughter to him, and if not that, then at least like a niece. Pearl also began to become familiar with the Steel/Nickel Samurai shows back in 2-4, and seeing as how this is 7 years later, she could be a hardcore fan by now. And while this answer doesn't quite make the emphasis on "kid" make sense, Pearl would be 16 by this point. She's almost an adult, and is definitely outside the age range of someone you would assume would watch those shows.
There's something else that doesn't make much sense, either. This conversation takes place around 10 AM. 10 AM, the morning after the accident, which happened shortly after 9 PM. That's only 13 hours since Phoenix was hit.
Maya is canonically in Khura'in by this time, so even if she had heard the news, which is also unlikely as she is seemingly super busy with her training, there's absolutely no way she could have shipped piles upon piles of DVD's over to the hospital by now. It makes way more sense if Pearl is the one sending him things, as Kurain Village is only 2 hours away. Plus, in the DLC case of DD it's implied by Phoenix that Pearl and Trucy have become close as sisters, and if Trucy's father was to be hospitalized, who would be one of the first people Trucy would probably phone about it? I think you can take a guess.
But there's something that makes this whole argument fall apart, and that's whether or not Shu Takumi had the idea in his head that Maya was not around at this time. After all, while Takumi was the writer for Apollo Justice, he was not the writer for DD or SoJ, which means it's totally possible that at the time in which this was written, Maya very well could have just been vibing in Kurain. I will argue that neither Maya nor Edgeworth are in this game, though, and there has to be a reason for that. We know Edgeworth was traveling abroad, so it's possible that Takumi was having Maya do the same.
So, it's most likely that it could be either Maya or Pearls. So what if it is Maya? Is she really even further in the family zone than we thought? Well, here's the thing. Even if many people think that Phoenix sees Maya as like a sister to him, can we really assume that by this line that he really thinks of her as something like a niece?
No, that doesn't sound very accurate when you think about it. I've already established that the trio formed a makeshift family, and Maya definitely didn't fall into the category of like a niece in that relationship.
In fact, we've seen on multiple occasions Phoenix express, not just with words, but with action, just what Maya is to him. Here are some examples:

Referring to Maya

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Iris catches Phoenix off guard by assuming Maya is his girlfriend, to which he doesn't deny it


https://preview.redd.it/2afjeyu7ztp51.png?width=491&format=png&auto=webp&s=5cfca9990e057edebd6ce693a6bdeb463b6127b9

Phoenix mourns Maya's \"death\" and says that he wants her by his side

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Phoenix thinks of how Maya will be affected when he is threatened by the death penalty

Phoenix was hell-bent on getting to Maya even though the bridge was on fire

And there are more. But those are some of the major moments that come to mind when it comes to what Phoenix thinks about Maya. I always want to make this argument to anyone who claims that they are just like a brother and sister to each other, because I don't know about you, but a lot of this screams more than just like a brother and sister to me.
Now, I'm not saying that any of this is proves that Phoenix loves Maya romantically, but it should be fairly obvious how much she means to him.
Actually, there is one thing I want to point out, and it seems like a lot of people overlook this. That last example I used there - doesn't it seem awfully similar to this?

https://preview.redd.it/20u534yt2up51.png?width=601&format=png&auto=webp&s=2c90d0ea0f345256c6c4e039c29368a5bc530501

https://preview.redd.it/29orfjgu2up51.png?width=602&format=png&auto=webp&s=f004881bbeee00aeace16afca528ce1e98977d42

Phoenix asserts that Mr. Sprocket had the courage to pull a death-defying stunt to reach the woman he loves
...Interesting.
I suppose, actually, that a lot of Narumitsu shippers like to use the whole POWER OF LOVE thing as their own out-of-context ship fuel, and this little connection here often goes unnoticed by people.
But not us.
Not us.
Anyway, I'm getting off-topic (albeit, for a notable reason.) So, although Phoenix may treat Maya in a very light-hearted way during their normal interactions, these examples show that whenever he gets real, we can see who Maya truly is to him.
Maya is the person closest to me...
Maya belongs by my side...
Thinking about Maya when it comes to life or death situations...
And so on.
This is what I wish more people realized. Whether Phoenix realizes it or not, Maya is canonically the most important person in his life right next to Trucy. He is literally willing to risk his life for her whenever the opportunity arises without hesitation. He even stayed by her side in Khura'in after they had gotten the guilty verdict, at which point he was a dead man walking. But he still fully believed in her, and even though he was scheduled to be brought to the guillotines, he would rather die along with her than abandon her.
Whether our blue-suited, dense lawyer realizes it or not, Maya really is his special someone, even if at this point it isn't romantic. That doesn't mean it never could be, though, and I really think the only thing that's holding it back is the constant ship wars within the fandom itself. We've seen time and time again the lengths Phoenix is willing to go to for her, and I don't doubt that other characters such as Edgeworth, Franziska, Iris/Dahlia, Gumshoe, and perhaps Athena, who can read hearts, have taken notice of it. I shouldn't even have to mention this moment here in the official Spirit of Justice prologue when Athena asks Phoenix about Maya in a seemingly suggestive tone.

\"Hey, come to think of it, aren't we coming up on the end of... um, uh... Miss Fey's aesthetic training?\"
She's picking up on something there, Nick. You can't hide it from Athena.
Antis like to argue that since this moment is from the prologue, which is a bit off from the actual canon, it isn't valid and therefore should be ignored. But that's a bunch of bull, as even if the time or reason Phoenix flew to Khura'in was different in the prologue than in the actual game, it doesn't change this moment right here.
Plus, if shippers are allowed to use moments from the Ace Attorney anime for their ships, then this here is just as permissible. After all, many things that don't exist as canon in the games are in the anime, such as the entire ordeal of Phoenix and Edgeworth's signal samurai charms that they hold dear. If that's allowed to be used as evidence, then this is too. Period.
I said at the beginning that the answer to "What does Phoenix think of Maya?" tended to bounce around a bit, and that's still true. In their day to day life, he and Maya tend to have a sibling-like dynamic rather than a romantic one. But, that doesn't mean that they couldn't be hiding feelings for each other, and in some cases, we even get some out of the blue hints at something lying underneath - usually from Maya's end, which I'll go over in a moment.
It should be pretty clear what Maya means to Phoenix now. If nothing else, she is one of the most important people in his life, and when he's serious when talking about her, he says all kinds of things that I wouldn't describe as "she's like a sisteniece to me" like.
So let's switch over to the other party. What does Maya think of Phoenix? Or Nick, as she likes to call him, and so will I from now on because it's easier to type.
Well... that's an even harder question to answer because from day one she was already treating Nick like her best friend. I will say though, that her initial impression of him had to be somewhat of a hero-like figure. After all, following Mia's death, he didn't abandon her unlike other lawyers had, mainly because she was Mia's little sister, and of course he had a duty to the chief to defend Maya.
But because of that, Maya instantly looked up to him, and Mia brought the two together the night after the trial to finally meet under not so dire circumstances. It's a little out there, but not implausible that Maya could have developed a small crush on Nick over time. It probably wasn't on her mind during the majority of the first game, as they had just recently met and she was still 17.
But if that is the case, then I think that near the end of PW:AA is when she started to realize that, and that's what drove her to leave and come back much more useful to him than before. There isn't much to show that Maya was developing a crush on Nick, but Pearl did have to get the idea of him being her special someone from somewhere, even if Maya didn't really go in-depth about it. It's probably safe to assume that Maya told Pearl how determined she was to help her new friend, and Pearl saw how hard she worked in the months that followed, causing her to become intrigued about their relationship.
That might be reading into things a bit too much, though, so let's chalk it up to Maya talked about Nick a lot and Pearl got the idea from that, and move on, for that's not the focus of this post.
So what does Maya think of Phoenix? We don't get any inner monologues from her aside from that one time we got to play as her in 2-4, and that was more of an outward monologue.
But 2-4 is also known by Narumayo shippers as Narumayo, The Case. And for most of it, we see an awful lot of it from Nick's side of things. But we do get a few glimpses at Maya's situation, and at the end of the case, when the dust has settled, we get one of the greatest inside looks into how Maya feels about Nick.

Maya's drawing of Nick on the calling card

This drawing is up to a lot of interpretation.
Many people see it as nothing more than a cool drawing Maya did, and many people read way too much into this. I can admit I have been guilty of the latter. To sum it up, it's somewhere in between. Why this card doesn't prove that Maya has u n d y i n g love for Nick, it does show us that when the going gets tough, he is the one on her mind - her light in the darkness. We see it too in the note that she leaves for him in the cellar that she has ultimate faith that he will do the right thing, even if it means that she has to die. That's powerful, and it's part of what makes the bad ending of JFA so devastating. Phoenix saves her, sure, but he still loses everything in the end.
...Don't ask me where she got the sharpie to draw the picture with, though. That's an enigma.
And if that isn't enough of an example of Maya, who is always the goofy, fun-loving character, seriously showing how much she cares about Nick, then we also have case 6-3 to look at.
In this situation, both of their lives are on the line, and Maya dreads the thought of Nick risking his life to defend her. When he first visits her in the detention center, she tries to convince him to stay out of her mess, but Phoenix doesn't have any of it. He immediately reassures Maya that they'll be alright because he absolutely believes in her innocence. That's just par for the course, with him.
"Um, Nick...? There's something I've been meaning to say. I... don't need a lawyer this time."
"Wh-What are you talking about?!"
"It's just, you know they have that DCA here in Khura'in, right? Well, if I'm found guilty... you'll be charged with abetting a criminal."
"(Maya... Thanks for thinking of me, but...) Don't worry, Maya. We'll pull through this together somehow. We always have, haven't we?"
"Yeah... But we're not in Kansas anymore, you know?"
"True, but I've been through one trial here already. So I know what I'm getting myself into. We're going to win this one, no matter what. Because I believe in your innocence."
"!... Yeah, I know... We've always won because of your faith in me."
"That's right. So, it's "All Aboard the Phoenix Freedom Express!"
"...Thank you, Nick."
It's a really sweet moment. And later on, after they receive a guilty verdict, Maya tries to convince him to just up and leave her to die so that he might live. Of course, Phoenix quickly declines her offer and knows just how to cheer Maya up with his own offer he knows she can't turn down.
(Nick) "Well, I should get going now."
"...Sorry I wasn't any help."
"Don't worry. I've got this. We'll beat the charges tomorrow and be on the first plane back home before you know it. Then we'll go grab dinner at Eldoon's, or your favorite burger joint! You pick!"
"Sounds good!"
Gah, this is why I love these two. Even during their most drastic struggles, they just complete each other.
It's really during this case that we start to see how Maya has matured over the years. She is much wiser than she lets on, and she even attempts to "keep it real" as Nick questions her. Wow, that's progress!
Jokes aside, we can see here from their interactions that both still care about each other very much, and Maya is more open about it now than she ever has been. Nick even takes notice of it, too, and admires her thoughtfulness. Even though she's as lovable as ever, she is obviously not the bouncing off the walls child-woman she was in the original trilogy. The deep love and care she has for him is there, and it's really starting to show.
"But none of that is inherently romantic," I like to think is what you're thinking.
True, which is why I can't say that any of this proves that Maya has feelings for Nick, even if she doesn't realize it.
However, there are moments where Maya tends to let her tongue slip or drops a weird, out of character line, and each time either she or Nick get slightly confused about it. Here are some examples:

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Maya seemingly gets jealous when she is introduced to Adrian Andrews

Certainly a hmmm moment

Also a hmmm moment
And let's not forget all of Pearl's teasing, at which, although dulled over time, both were at first pretty embarrassed by. I would include more, but I'm reaching the picture limit.
So, while Maya hasn't fully come out and told Phoenix what he means to her, she tends to drop some weird dialogue every once in a while that could be considered as hints. It still isn't enough to prove that she has any feelings for him, but you have to remember that Maya isn't good with that type of stuff. If she did have feelings for anyone, being couped up in a small village with very few males for half of her life certainly hasn't prepared her to do any confessing.
Now, this is all just an argument based on the examples I've shown here. Pretty much all of this could come crashing down if one of them just straight up says in the next game that they think of the other as like a sibling or just that they would never be romantically involved.
I don't think that will happen, though, as although team Narumitsu is going strong, team Narumayo is certainly keeping up the fight. I honestly think that it's the fans who haven't given up on this ship that are the reason for it still being second place.
When it really boils down to it, in-game ships aren't decided by the characters themselves, as they are only sprites on a screen. It's the writers' job to decide how the characters' stories will end, and a major driving force behind that is what the fans want. Heck, Sherlock Holmes died and came back because the fans were pissed that he ever died in the first place. That's how much power a fanbase can have over a franchise.
So if Narumayo is ever going to become canon, it's going to be a result of some major increase in support. Right now, Narumitsu has enough supporters to become canon, but the writers probably don't have the heart to crush the rest of the fanbase in the process.
I also, in my humble opinion, don't think that Phoenix nor Edgeworth are gay/bi characters. They could be, but they've never been confirmed to be as far as I know, and unless the writers want to surprise us with them coming out as such, I'd say that a lot of the Narumitsu interactions that people gush over can be chalked up to just very good friends with a deep connection. Edgeworth has said it himself that Phoenix "is a dear and indispensable friend." That's love alright, but it doesn't automatically make them gay. Just because one man cares deeply about a close male friend doesn't mean it has to be romantic, and it's honestly pretty annoying that some people are legitimately convinced that they are just madly in love with each other. I understand that those people are a poor representation of the Narumitsu fanbase, though, so I'll let it slide.
But I want to make my point clear. While it's possible that Phoenix and Edgeworth could be hiding feelings for each other, that's not a fact, and the exact same goes for Narumayo. Both ships have two people who care deeply about each other and are willing to take many risks for each other. Both ships are completely valid, but neither of them stands out right now as prominently romantic. If we truly want either ship to become canon, we just have to accept that both options are entirely possible, and respect the other ship, that is if you don't ship them both. But, of course, this is the internet, so the miracle never happen.
And so, that about wraps it up. If you read all of that, thanks, seriously. I know this post was long and pretty out of the blue, but because we've been disappointed by the lack of Ace Attorney news at TGS, I felt now was the time to do a nice, in depth, freaking essay on why Narumayo is such a great ship, and why it deserves to be a serious candidate for becoming canon. If anything, I guess this meme I made can essentially sum up what my thought process was behind writing this.

Is this a dead meme by this point? Is it? It shouldn't be if it is.

Before I end, I want to discuss one thing for us Narumayo shippers, and that is that Shu Takumi seems to support the ship himself. That's a bit of a far-out claim, but if you look at his work, you'll see where I'm coming from. Shu Takumi, the man who started it all, definitely knows how much we love our Narumayo. He was behind the original trilogy, he worked on the PL vs PW crossover, which has some of the strongest Narumayo moments to date, and most recently, although postponed due to the current world situation, he wrote a non-canon but still official stage play in which a parallel world's Maya slowly falls in love with our world's Phoenix. If the original series creator's own Narumayo support doesn't give you any hope that perhaps the influence of us Narumayo shippers is greater than it appears to be, then I don't know what will. After all, even the artists behind the official Ace Attorney artwork seem to recognize the duo's relationship and have blessed us with one of the greatest pieces of artwork I know of.

Official Ace Attorney Artwork
This post was actually made by Pearl
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2020.09.28 10:45 TedwardBear Bear News: Bug Fix Update 🐞

Version 1.7.17 is now available.
Nothing major here, just another bug fix update. The main fix is for the cursor issue on Big Sur!
Full ChangeLog below 🐻
*Some small adjustments to make Bear better for you on iOS14, iPadOS 14 and WatchOS 7.
*Updated to the latest FlickType framework, an alternative keyboard for Apple Watch (Learn more at FlickType.com).
*HTML exporter bug fix: Titled links in numbered lists no longer break the list element.
*Improved the Marked 2 integration support for underlined text.
*Improved the Japanese dates localisations.
*Bug fix for the /create x-callback-url: The timestamp no longer appears before the title.
*The custom iPad icons for the new Olive Dunk and D.Boring themes now properly appear on the iPad. 🐻
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