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2023.05.29 16:30 KedarBayley012 The irony that we, the viewer, were promised the exact same thing that Kendall was.
I don’t know how many of you have rewatched Season 1 lately, but it’s clear to me just how much Kendall was made to be our protagonist. Way more so than later seasons when the other siblings came into it slightly more. When Succession started, Roman did nothing but be the worst person in the room. He had absolutely zero redeeming moments. Go back and check for yourself. And Shiv, whilst being noticeably more moral, was revealed to abandon this morality by brokering a deal between Logan and Gil to suppress the cruises incident. On top of that, she cheated on her husband throughout the season and this abuse towards Tom only worsened as time went on.
Kendall, on the other hand, is shown in numerous moments to care deeply about the people around him. The woman that is forced to go on a date with him, unbeknownst to Kendall: he fires the lady that set this up. Whilst his cries against sexism, racism, homophobia and the like are revealed to be dubious in later seasons, these do appear to be his genuine views in Season 1.
He stands up for Roman and Shiv in their lowest moments, particularly at the house in Austerlitz during his own lowest moment. He truly seems to care for Rava and his kids, which slowly faded as the show progressed. Season 1 Ken is a saint compared to his peers and I believe that’s exactly what the writers intended.
The fact that Kendall’s role in the waiter’s death is not more largely read as the exact reason for this descent into immorality is a discussion for another day. I think that most people assume that Ken’s true self is slowly revealed to us throughout the show, but I think the incident in the UK altered who he was immeasurably and took away this Kendall of Season 1.
Anyways, the writers clearly set up Ken to be our protagonist, and to be CEO. They promised us it in the very first episode, and nearly every episode after that. The sheer quantity of times they referenced him being the next Logan or the one to kill Logan is just too many to count.
And I think that’s what defines the show’s ending. It provides zero catharsis because we were promised the exact same thing that Ken himself was promised when he was 7. We were promised Kendall as CEO. So when that final shot plays out, it’s almost like we’re also the ones sat in Battery Park, looking out at the water and wondering what this was all for. It’s bleak, I suppose it’s logical, but it’s a story and finale that I don’t think I’ll ever enjoy watching as much again, knowing what’s coming.
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2023.05.29 16:28 chadisdangerous An appreciation for the Godfather parallels in the finale
This has probably been pointed out already but I really wanted to take a moment to appreciate the incredible scene where Kendall strong-arms Roman into securing his vote. The finale is filled with incredibly powerful scenes but this one in particular really stood out for me.
They've been leaning into the Godfather parallels this season and this scene to me seemed like the culmination of all of that, specifically the famous scene
where Michael reveals to Fredo that he knows he betrayed him. My thoughts are scattered so this will be in point form:
- Roman is obviously Fredo, the pathetic brother that everyone knows isn't capable of the job but still feels that he should have more than the scraps he's been given. Like Fredo he doesn't even visibly
register as strong enough to be worthy of the Roy legacy: he's thin, he's sickly looking, he radiates pettiness and insecurity, he doesn't even pretend to be capable of getting married or having a normal sex life (ie he can't keep the dynasty going, which means a lot to the patriarch). He's the runt, the black sheep, doomed by his nature to never be capable of what the family business requires.
- Kendall is obviously Michael, the son who surprises everyone with his killer instinct when circumstances bring it to the fore. He's been on the outs and back in season 3 he was seemingly mentally prepared to leave the family business altogether, but like Michael he discovered something dangerous and powerful in himself when Logan died. Kendall is more emotionally fragile than Michael (his desperate tantrum later in the episode is where this parallel diverges) but in this moment at least he has Michael's cold ambition and ruthlessness, and that's what matters in this context.
- Fredo's betrayal of Michael was a betrayal, certainly, but not a calculated bloodthirsty one. He claims to not know that Michael's life was in danger, and when the two of them have their heart-to-heart all of his insecurities just pour out of him as if he's admitting he wasn't in control of how it all turned out. Roman's impromptu breakdown in Logan's office reminds me a lot of this: he wasn't making a power play, the weight/pressure of the moment just hits him and all of his deep-seated insecurities and “overlooked brother” emotions overwhelm him. And like Fredo it's not a FULL betrayal: Fredo didn't know he was giving away Michael's life and Roman only dangles
the possibility of sabotaging the vote.
- And then the violent embrace, the kiss, the reverse betrayal. A lot goes unsaid in both scenes but my god, the emotions are powerful and the implications are so clear. Kendall/Michael embraces Roman/Fredo but it's aggressive and forceful, an embrace devoid of warmth or love. Kendall/Michael kisses Roman/Fredo but it's a kiss that says “how dare you?”, a kiss that accuses, a Judas kiss where both parties know it's not what it seems. There's an element of “keeping up appearances” in play: Michael whispers instructions to Fredo as he does all of this and Kendall is clearly trying to force Roman's hand in a context where appearances are everything. And in both scenarios Michael/Kendall respond to their brother's betrayal with their OWN betrayal: Fredo knows Michael is sealing his fate with that kiss, and Roman knows that if he sabotages the vote his brother will cut him out and he'll lose that sibling relationship that is perhaps the only meaningful thing in either of their lives.
- A really sharply observed detail, maybe coming more from Pacino/Strong, is that neither Kendall or Michael blink when they deliver the kiss. It's intense for them emotionally but there's something incredibly cold and deliberate about the way they go about it. They are burying their souls as deep within themselves as they can in order for them to be able to do this at all. And honestly it'd be foolish of me to write all of this and not point how deeply incredible Al Pacino, John Cazale, Jeremy Strong and Kieran Culkin are in these roles. Iconic, legacy-defining performances.
- "I know it was you, Fredo" / "It could have been you". The scene recontextualizes Michael's famous statement: Kendall is literally saying Roman could have been the CEO in another world, but he's also saying that Roman COULD betray him like Fredo but he knows he won't. There's an implicit threat there, and implicit sentiment of "you'll fall in line, I know you will".
- The power dynamic between the two sets of brothers is tested and then secured in the coldest, saddest way possible: Roman/Fredo tries to fight for a bigger pile of scraps and Kendall/Michael shuts it down, lets him know who's really in charge, opens up his wounds and rubs salt in them. The “don” doesn't just exercise his power, he needs to FLEX it a bit for it to be meaningful, for it to have the force he desires. And in doing so he reveals just how far he's fallen.
- An interesting but very important contrast that I'd be remiss to leave out: when Kendall kisses Roman you get the impression Logan would be proud, but it's equally clear that Vito would NEVER have wanted his sons to go down this path. The big thing missing in both scenes is the presence of the patriarch but Succession uses this to twist the knife even deeper, as if even hardened criminal Vito Corleone has a kinder heart than the bastard Logan Roy who always revelled in hurting and dividing his children. This is what it looks like when the bonds of family are poisoned.
I don't want to go too far with overanalyzing these parallels because there's a point where they diverge and it's not a 1:1 in the first place, but the memory of the Corleone saga really hangs over this final season of Succession and makes that final Roy kid blowup so much more tragic and powerful. Make no mistake, this was a tragedy from the beginning and the allusions to the Godfather series really underline that.
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2023.05.29 16:26 Asleep-Chemical-9890 Are all masters casters?
Are all masters defined by their Magic ability or are they all simply big players in the game’s setting? I bring this up cause I’ve never seen Toni Ironsides do anything explicitly magical and just kind of curious.
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2023.05.29 16:00 Nicolas873 Doom 3 is pretty mediocre
It took me a bit but I have finally managed to finish Doom 3. Note that I played the vanilla version and not the BFG edition. From what I have read, the BFG edition gives you much more ammo, adds in a head/ chest-mounted flashlight and also has fewer enemy spawns. So apparently a whole lot easier and less scary than the original release.
A lot of people (or at least that's the impression I got) consider Doom 3 a black sheep for taking the franchise into an entirely different direction. From a fast-paced action game to a slower one with more emphasis on horror. Personally, I don't mind the change at all and actually think it's a really interesting idea that could work. Unfortunately, it feels like id didn't have a coherent vision for the game and just put together something that excels at neither being a good horror game nor a good FPS.
The game has 27 levels but for the sake of simplicity I'll mostly talk about "sections", so either entire levels or part of them to explain why I didn't enjoy the game. For several sections, especially early on, you are making your way through parts of the UAC facilities on Mars, slowly and room by room. The atmosphere is dense, most humans you encounter are dead with only a small handful of survivors scattered around. Most of the time you are on your own and only get to see the fallout of the hellish invasion. Apart from allowing you to pass the security clearance check for doors, the PDAs that can be found provide additional information on the game world, ranging from describing Life on Mars among the UAC personnel to research and medical examinations all of which become more disturbing as you progress through the game. Reading about how the (mental) health of the marines and research personnel that have been "to the other side" quickly started to deteriorate was genuinely terrifying and really added to the atmosphere. These moments of silence are broken up by hostile forces you encounter. These can vary from demons to possessed humans. Sections like these are just great. The game doesn't try too hard to scare you and let the atmosphere and world they built instead do the work. If the game had been like this throughout its entirety I would find it hard to not recommend it. Unfortunately, these sections are too few and far between.
Ouside of them, the game feels almost amateurish at times. It heavily relies on cheap jumpscares to give you a sense of dread. Monsters spawning in front and behind you at the same time, walls suddenly coming off the moment you walked past them revealing an imp ambush, monsters lunging at you the moment you open a door. The existence of these cheap mechanics wouldn't necessarily sour the game for me if they weren't used throughout the entire game up until the end. For me they had already gotten stale two hours in. Additionally, by 2004 a lot of great horror games had already been released. Silent Hill, Resident Evil, Dino Crisis and many more - all of which showed there are much "better" and more mature ways to do horror than to simply use jumpscares. Doom 3 really just did miss the mark by a mile.
The action-oriented sections are mostly not good either. Enemies almost exclusively spawn in so you can't strategically clear a room as it's empty until a trigger is activated by like picking up an item, entering a room or interacting with something. Your movement is very sluggish even while sprinting and the jumping feels awful. In some levels there are rooms or scaffoldings with items hidden inside or on top of them - similar to what you would find in Half-Life. But unlike Half-Life, getting to them can be a really pain. Imagine Half-Life 1 or 2 movement with a much higher gravity so that even crouch jumping does not work reliably anymore. The weapons are mostly unremarkable as well. Particularly the shotgun is terrible due to its high spread meaning it is only reliable at literally point blank range. At shorter ranges it can still sometimes one-hit kill enemies but only inconsistently which leads to frustrations. The other guns don't really stand out either. Grenades have a weird trajectory and bounce around like mad which can sometimes lead to your own demise. Among the arsenal is also the rocket launcher which doesn't really fit into the game as it mostly takes place in small rooms and tight corridors. Another often touched upon aspect is the lack of a flashlight. In the calmer sections I described earlier switching to it doesn't really bother me that much since you're primarily just exploring. But when the game amps up the pace and throws a large number of enemies at me, some small and completely shrouded in darkness, fighting them is not hard or scary but just becomes a nuisance. It's just annoying. For some reason the facility is also really dark. Way too dark, even before the invasion as you even find PDA entries in which UAC personnel complains about flickering/ failing lights. Yet they never did anything about it? A trained marine never considers the possibility of using tape to keep their hands free? Or at the very least keeping it in his left hand when using the pistol so they can use both at the same time and at least have some sort of defense and not be completely exposed and vulnerable? And what about the people who designed the combat armor? The game really makes you feel like you're not playing as a trained soldier but rather as an idiot working for a company full of idiots. This is even a problem in Hell. Before I played Doom 3, the image of hell I had in my mind was one of eternal torment in searing heat - with lava, flames and all that - anything but dark. But in Doom 3? Hell was so dark at times that I didn't even immediately see the skeletons hanging from the ceiling the game rattled hoping to scare me. I wasn't even scared of enemy encounters ther either. I was scared of falling into a pit or a hole in the ground I didn't see because it was pitch dark and I'd have to redo some sections. In Hell, the game also starts using smaller enemies like trites and cherubs in larger numbers. They often spawn behind you as well to give you that cheap Doom 3 horror experience. It gets even worse when you consider the fact that taking damage from any enemy causes your camera to shake around which makes killing smaller-sized enemies at short ranges even more of a slog than it already is. When you return to Mars this continues for a few levels. My most hated sections were around that point. I'd found myself at the other end of a bridge Dr. Betruger had previously destroyed and trites start spawning. Seemingly endlessly. It felt like a triggered hadn't properly activated as I stood there one tapping with the P90 at the trites that spawned and approached almost one by one for far too long. Reminded me more of a cheap mod someone threw together than the studio that once defined the FPS genre. The other section comes shortly after. You find a locked door and receive the objective of retrieving a missing door panel. Eventually, you find yourself in a small tight server room that's again too dark. The game spawns trites and cherubs all around you in addition to some monster closets that activate once you have walked past them. If they wanted to scare me, they failed. If they wanted to annoy the player - job done.
Another thing that hurts the game is its length. The pacing is off due to too many samey levels and drags on for far too long as a result. So much time is spent advancing through the alpha labs just to use a train to go through the delta labs. From there you go to hell for like 15 minutes before return to Mars. The UAC facilities finally start to look more disturbed by blending the original research facility design with hell. Personally, I would have cut some alpha/ delta labs levels (or inbetween) and made hell a bit longer. There is just too much time spent in similarly looking sections that mostly play the same and while the game tries to address this with hell and the levels that follow after, it was already too late for me. There are 27 levels and you don't enter hell until level 20.
I also played Resurrection of Evil, an expansion pack to Doom 3 by Nerve Software, and found it to be quite better than the base game. Most of the scariness comes from the atmosphere of the facility and not cheap jumpscares or enemies spawning behind you. When the action kicks in the game also feels much better. You no longer feel ill-equipped at shorter ranges thanks to the double-barreled shotgun which shreds demons and the enemy spawns are mostly much better placed so you don't have to constantly turn around or check for monster closets. The double-barreled shotgun is also the only weapon with which I was successfully able to kill an imp mid-air while it was lunging at me after I opened a door. In Doom 3? Even when I reacted in time the spread was so high I never got a kill even though I was dead on. Unfortunately, it still has the same darkness issues that plagued the base game, especially in hell. The Lost Mission campaign found in the BFG edition is even better and was actually good throughout.
All in all, Doom 3 isn't a good horror game and not a good FPS either. I do think it has a great atmosphere, sound design and also visuals for its time but in conjunction with the poor gameplay it feels more like a tech demo. And at the end of the day, if it isn't fun, then why bother?
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2023.05.29 15:59 snappy_snake Pros and cons of playing anything that is considered off-meta
If you are new to League, you might have heard the term "off-meta" here and there.
I wanna provide you a mini-guide, of biggest pros (positive aspects) and cons (negative aspects) of playing something that is considered off-meta.
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Let's start with defining what is off-meta
As far as I know, anything that is "not usual", is basically off-meta. So despite the general public thinking that off-meta means something that is bad (has a low win rate), that is not the case. Off-meta just means that the champion, item, summoner spell or general strategy is rarely used.
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How does Riot define meta and off-meta?
To my understanding, there is no official statement from Riot, where they would exactly define every aspect of the game that is meta. However, they do tend to do things that steer the meta, like nerf some champions off-roles. So let's say Shaco support gets out of control (have exceptionally high win rate), Riot might try to keep Shaco in his intended jungle role, by nerfing aspects of the champion that make him strong in the off-meta role. [This is a real life example.]
Another way Riot shows loosely what champion is meta in which role, is the champion selection screen. So whenever you go to any match, whether it's ranked, normal or co-op, you enter the champion selection screen, where you can ban champions and select champions. In this screen, there are 5 different role selections; Top / Jungle / Mid / ADC / Support. When you click on one of these, the screen will show you only champions that had at least 1.00% pick rate in the last patch. So in the current patch 13.10, you will see anything that had at least 1% pick rate in the patch 13.9.
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How does the League community define meta and off-meta?
This is almost impossible to say, and also varies severely by server (region) and rank (iron-challenger). For example, if I remember correctly, Rumble jungle was at one point very popular pick in Japan's server. However, if you picked Rumble jungle in lets say EU-W server, people might point out to you in chat, that you are "trolling".
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What is good off-meta and what is bad-offmeta (AKA "trolling")?
Technically, almost anything can be good off-meta, if the player knows exactly what they are doing, and have proven to themselves that the strategy works. Bad off-meta just means that the player is unable to execute the strategy properly, meaning that they have very poor win rate using that off-meta option.
If someone is playing Yuumi top, there is 99.9% probability that they are trolling. However, despite this, who am I to say that it's impossible to execute Yuumi top, with some strange itemization, or roaming, or something I can't even think about. So if you ever encounter a player who insta-locks in Yuumi top in ranked match, you might ask yourself two questions:
- Am I willing to risk my ranked match, for the sake of this player, who wants to play Yuumi top? Or should I just dodge this?
- Should I stay open-minded and let the player explain himself/herself in the chat what exactly is their goal.
Now if someone is playing Singed mid, there is 99.9% probability that they know what they are doing. And in this situation, you shouldn't worry too much. [But at the end of the day, it comes up to you what decision you make. If you feel uncomfortable, who am I to tell you, that you shouldn't dodge a ranked match when your teammate insta-locks Singed top. Personally, I wouldn't even ask that player what they are doing, I would just assume that it's a low pick rate champion in mid lane, and that's it.]
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What are the biggest pros of playing off-meta?
The absolute #1 thing about playing off-meta in ranked, is that the enemy player most likely will not know how to react to your strategy, and it is a HUGE advantage. Especially if you are playing a lane role. (Lane roles are; Top, Mid and ADC/Sup.)
Another slight advantage, when talking about off-roles, is that it can be hard for enemy player to counter pick your champion. So let's say you are the 1st pick in ranked match, and you lock in Heimerdinger. Now some enemy players will think, "Oh, it's probably Heimerdinger support, but I'm not 100% sure, I wonder what should I pick now." Even though, you picked Heimerdinger for top lane.
So they are in tricky situation. They might try to counter-pick you, thinking you are support, but they also might make a mistake, picking some champion that they think is good against Heimerdinger support, but then, end up plaing against Taric support, ruining their entire "counter-picking mindset".
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What are the biggest cons of playing off-meta?
Personally speaking, I think the only negative aspect of playing off-meta, is teammate attitude.
Most people simply don't feel comfortable with players who play something that is unusual. Now I'm not a psychologist, so I don't know what exactly is going on in players heads when they see someone insta-lock Yuumi top, but my strong assumption is that they simply feel like there is too much risk involved, and thus may accuse you of "trolling". And many players will dodge the match entirely.
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Is off-meta a spectrum?
Yes, definitely yes.
- If you pick Veigar for bot role (also known as APC role), that is just slightly off-metaish.
- If you play Tryndamere with Teleport & Ghost, that is mediocre off-meta.
- If you build Mobility Boots as top-laner, that is quite severe off-meta.
- If you play the River Shen strategy, that is considered probably by most players, to be the most extreme case of off-meta. [Despite actually being insanely good strategy if executed correctly.]
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I hope you enjoyed my off-meta mini-guide, and hopefully this was insightful.
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2023.05.29 15:54 webdev20 What is a REST API?
In the fast-paced world of web development
, Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) serve as the foundation for connectivity, enabling diverse applications to interact seamlessly. One of the most popular types of APIs is the REST API, revered for its simplicity and efficiency. This blog post aims to unravel the intricacies of REST APIs, shedding light on how they foster smooth communication in the digital realm.
What is an API?
Before diving into the world of REST APIs, let's briefly touch upon what an API is. An API, or Application Programming Interface, is a set of rules and protocols that enables software applications to communicate with each other. It serves as a bridge, allowing different software systems to interact and share information without exposing their inner workings.
What is REST APIs?
REST, an acronym for Representational State Transfer, is a set of architectural principles that define how resources are addressed and accessed over the Internet. A RESTful API, or simply a REST API, uses these principles to provide a simple, standardized method for web applications to communicate with each other.
REST APIs are stateless, meaning each request from a client to a server must contain all the necessary information for the server to fulfill that request. The server, in turn, cannot store information provided by the client between requests. This statelessness makes REST APIs highly scalable, perfect for use in web applications that serve a large number of clients.
Fundamental Components of REST APIs
A REST API consists of several key components, each of which contributes to its simplicity and efficiency: 1. Resources:
In a REST API, a resource refers to any object that can be accessed via an API, like users, photos, or posts in a social media app. Each resource is identified by a specific URL, known as the resource URL. 2. HTTP Methods:
REST APIs use standard HTTP methods to perform actions on resources. The most commonly used methods are GET (retrieve a resource), POST (create a new resource), PUT (update an existing resource), and DELETE (remove a resource). 3. Representation:
When a client requests a resource, the server sends a "representation" of that resource, usually in the form of JSON or XML
. This representation includes the data and metadata about the resource. 4. Status Codes:
REST APIs use standard HTTP status codes to indicate the success or failure of a request. For example, 200 means 'OK' (request successful), while 404 means 'Not Found' (requested resource doesn’t exist).
Benefits of REST APIs
REST APIs offer several advantages, including: 1. Scalability and Statelessness:
The stateless nature of REST APIs makes them highly scalable, capable of serving a large number of clients with ease. 2. Language Independence:
REST APIs can be used with any programming language that supports HTTP, making them a versatile choice for web developers. 3. Simplicity:
With REST APIs, developers work with URLs and standard HTTP
methods, which are straightforward and easy to understand. 4. Performance:
REST APIs often leverage caching, improving performance by storing a copy of a resource's representation for faster access in future requests.
REST APIs are an integral part of today's digital infrastructure, enabling software systems to communicate efficiently. As we continue to build interconnected web services, understanding and effectively using REST APIs is a must for any web developer.
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2023.05.29 15:46 KorruptKarma Seeking Support: Emotional Impact of a Relationship with Someone with BPD
Hey fellow Redditors,
I hope you're all doing well. I wanted to reach out to this wonderful community today because I've been struggling with some emotional challenges lately. Specifically, I've been in a relationship with someone who has borderline personality disorder (BPD), and I'm trying to understand if anyone else has experienced similar emotional damage as a result.
I want to emphasize that I'm not here to stigmatize or demonize individuals with BPD. I believe that mental health conditions shouldn't define a person, and everyone deserves empathy and understanding. However, it's important to acknowledge the potential impact that certain behaviors associated with BPD can have on others.
Throughout my relationship with her, which lasted only 5 weeks, I've been the subject of her intoxicating and addictive affection. She would text me constantly, praise me, comfort me, showering me with attention. And then, she was just gone. For reasons that still escapes me. She stopped replying to me, then accused me of ignoring her and not replying to her, and then she even went as far as blocking me everywhere, making me question my own self-worth.
I've learned afterwards from one of her acquaintance that I met a few times and that I reached out to in order to understand what was happening that she suffers from BPD and what she did to me, she did several times to her friends, who now deem her too impulsive and unreliable to keep as a close friend.
While I understand that these behaviors are part of the BPD spectrum, it doesn't make the emotional toll any less real.
I'm hoping to connect with others who have been in similar situations or have had experiences being discarded by someone diagnosed with BPD. It would be incredibly helpful to hear your stories, insights, and any coping strategies you may have developed to navigate the emotional challenges that arise in these relationships.
Some questions that come to mind are:
• How have you been emotionally affected by being in a relationship with someone who has BPD?
• Have you experienced confusion or feelings of self-doubt as a result of their impulsive behaviors?
• Did the person ever try to reconnect with you at some point? If so, how did they try to reach out to you?
• What coping mechanisms have you found effective in maintaining your emotional well-being during challenging moments?
• Are there any resources (books, articles, support groups, therapy techniques) that have helped you better understand and deal with these dynamics?
Please remember to be respectful and sensitive when sharing your experiences, as it can be a delicate topic for many of us.
I hope we can foster a supportive and understanding environment where we can learn from each other.
Thank you in advance for your insights and support.
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2023.05.29 15:36 mahouwaifu So what do people here think, am I considered a bigot for this or something?
This never-ending conversation about gender, sex, dysphoria, something being a social construct and all other arm wrestling when it comes to terms and labels seems to spin around semantics, pretty much. Someone defines something as something, while somebody else defines it as something else and many times it seems to be hell on earth from that point onwards..
..my point being, it has become so tiring that I personally have started to resent / reject all these terms and have been trying to come up with something which is more exact, efficient and more tightly entwined with the perceivable reality. Partly because for what little energy I have, I have much better use than trying to desperately keep up with the recent developments on current paradigms / consensus what everything means..
..so I have started to describe individuals as keeping in mind that for the most part nobody actually knows what karyotype they are, but e.x. physiologically normal puberty tells pretty much. And I do this solely in situtations where it is needed at all, so basically people are boys and girls (or , if they're awesome enough individuals that I can conjure up the strength to go along with it), but when / if the conversation deems, these are the terms I deafult to now.
Now, because I'm not an asshole to anybody by default -- even if I am misanthropic and assume every single individual is an asshole :D I give the benefit of doubt and the chance of redemption for everybody -- I will not, of course, use such a style of speech with anyone who takes a critical hit from them.. :) but even then I cannot just ignore that I myself am not anatomically or biologically female and will not be until body modification tech advances beyond a certain point.. I wouldn't feel any differently even after current best-results-SRS, since it remodels my junk, it doesn't magically make it work like the biological equivalent of what I hope it were. U_U Males don't have female type breasts so I'm guessing it is most exact to say: biologically / anatomically I am neither.. maybe closer to a female?.. at least after the hopeflully-soon-to-be orchiectomy..? The same with karyotype; having gone through male puberty (unfortunately!) it's safe to make a pretty strong assumption that I am XY-karyotype. Which sucks, but what I am gonna do..? :D ..yet. >:D Socially, psychologically, .. pretty much in every other possible way I am female, perceived by others as one, passing as one 99.9% of the time, treated as one and act, sound like, etc. like one. Actually, when it comes to "acting like a girl" it has become very clear that genetic females don't stress about acting always so girlish; I have come across many girls who occasionally are very boyish, without being actual tomboys / butchbians, so if they don't stress about not being so goddamn girlish all the time, why should trans girls? Siderailed..
So basically I am a girl. But then again, I am not. Depends on where one draws the line for a girl / female. Because I have started to resent just about everything which has to do with these flags, terms and all, I label myself as "synthetic girl" now, or "changeling (girl)" if in a playful / good mood. :P Because biologically, anatomically and maybe in other ways too, I cannot get rid of that which is till male in me, which of course shatters my mind, but shoving my head in the sand will not change it. However, it would seem untrue to describe myself as biological male either, since HRT has thankfully changed a lot.. and I'm not sure all effects of that is even know yet.. because my aim was to make conversing more simple and not more comples :D I have opted to round these things just like in math, so if I'm 99% girl, one mismatching part ain't gonna change that. Hell, if that was the only part of me which defined me, I would be a total dick! ;) So exact terms might be: genetic male, psychological / mental / social female, anatomical / biological.. freak? :D ..and so on...
For those who don't die because of that, I will apply all the aforementioned terms and style of speech, but not if it makes them uncomfortable, suicidal or something. Even if I don't, out of respect / love, I cannot change that this is how I perceive things in my head nowadays, just because there is much less room for nitpicking about what any single terms / word means..
Now I am deeply curious as to what people here think of all this; is this considered bigoted, cold-hearted, autistic, sick, awsome, cute, futuristic, exciting, fresh .. ?? :) 'cause I seriously think that something needs to be done to this constant in-fighting about genders, sexes, dysphorias, terms and qualifications for a certain one and everything else. Meanwhile, those who oppose and even despise everything not statistically normative are trying to recapture the entire world, take away all possiblities for any kind of treatment and force all who aren't ready to conform to those values / views to live underground, again. Is the worsening of all rights / general situation really what is needed for people to come together again against a common enemy? Is it really so depressing that that is always, in every situation, what is needed for it to happen?
And just for clarity: This is not meant to attack, harrass, question or offend anyone in anyway. :)
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2023.05.29 15:19 AdventurousAerie7151 [PI] Hive 29, Chapter 8
I return to my HQ while Zek’lor gets to eat and drink what it wants, the big beetle seems still scared shirtless by my drones so I think I will give it time to adapt in the old factory with the guards there.
I don’t have trouble finding Lemela, as she is awaiting me right at the stairs, so she’s that eager to give me an earful huh? -Ethan, finally. I saw. I must admit that I am very concerned about our present situation. You've shared your memories with me, I saw them as if they were my own. You can see mine the same way I assume. It's a vulnerability I'm not used to, and it bothers me very much.-
She pauses looking at me and I sigh. -If it’s worth anything I shared it so you know too. I wanted you to understand my past, where I come from, and the challenges I faced when I woke up here. It was meant to create trust between us.-
She makes a complicated cat-like expression that Virgil hints at being conflicted. -I don’t know how to tell you this Ethan.-
She pauses fidgeting - It's just that your existence is a troubling mystery.- -Well I’m here, I can’t be that bad of a deal-
I try to joke but she doesn’t find it funny. -Look the discovery of FTL technology by humans occurred approximately eight hundred standard years ago. Your memory does not correspond to how humanity was at the time.-
I scratch the metal slate that covers my head out of habit. -That’s how much in human years?- “79 5 human years. Error! Data mismatch. Data from creators suggest an earlier occurrence in earth’s year 2063, approximately forty years after the last human timestamp you recorded.”
I make a mental note reminding Vigil that we agreed on the data from its creators was a possible steaming pile of crap.
I also make a gesture to stop Lemela from telling me, I don’t need to know I’m out of my time. -Look I know that I am way out of my time here, but what’s the big deal?-
Lemela sighs clearly frustrated by my inability to comprehend. -First: Cryogenics alone could not keep a body alive for such an extended period of time. The nanites responsible for healing your tissues defy logic. Second: You are merged with an IA, The only one I know extinguished all life in the next galaxy over! Third and most important: You just don’t give such things to Pre-FTL species! It’s like giving a kid a weapon of mass destruction to play with!-
She gives me the stink eye again and I speak. -You know I don’t have the answers on nanites if you want I can have Virgil get you up to speed on them with all the data it has. Virgil is the IA, and while it’s a bit of a devil on the shoulder, I doubt it will conquer the galaxy on my watch. I’m human remember, Earth is somewhere out there. So your people made themselves a prime directive of sorts?-
Lemela gives me a bit of a stink eye before answering, she didn’t like the chuckle one bit I believe. -No, I wouldn’t understand technology on that level. I can only hope you can contain that monstrosity. And we aren’t in Star Trek here!-
She frowns clearly asking herself how she knows the show I referenced, but I chuckle. -Welcome to Earth’s science fiction corner, or how we imagined our venture into space back when we didn’t know any better. If we do know better now. Anyway, that’s the hand I was dealt, Lemela, I can only hope to be able to use it-
The Versel still finds this all too complex to elaborate, and on such short notice.With new memories, and new experiences flowing, daily life on a death world like Earth is strangely more normal than it sounded when experienced firsthand.
She sighs looking at the abomination in front of her, Ethan, before speaking. -How… do you manage to cope with all of this?-
Ethan caressed the metal plate he had hiding what was left of his face with his still fleshy hand before answering. -Training, focusing on things I can solve rather than on things I can’t deal with or solve. You know my training now. That’s the life of a U.S. Navy seal. The easy part was yesterday. You know how I dealt with what I had to do and to see. With what happened to me. If you allow me I will show you how to apply it to your case. It won’t be easy. It won’t go away. It won’t be the same. Never. But it will be your path. You will stumble. You will fall. And if you allow it I will be here.-
She sighed, it wasn’t that easy, but the human didn’t even pretend it would be, so what she was supposed to do? -I just don’t know Ethan.-
The human offered his hand to her. -We will figure it out Lemela. You need to help me figure out this modern stuff, those alien races. I freed a slave down there, so I will need to figure out with you how to deal with him or her.-
Lemela could only nod, to Ethan each species of alien was a first-contact situation after all. -So that’s what this was about. I will help you to stay on the right path of technology. So what specie is the slave?- - A Nolthoran.-
The human replied. -Name is Zek’lor. For now, Zeklor is under watch and probation, the first sign of trouble I want to know.-
Lemela sighed, that was something she feared. -I assume you don’t trust this Zek’lor.-
The human confirmed her suspicion with a clear gesture. -I see. I will go talk to Zek’lor. What will you do?-
Ethan then assumed a more serious attitude, straightening his posture, and said. -I will interrogate our last guest, depending on how this goes we may begin a war.-
Her fur would’ve stood on end if it was still natural, a human belonging to the warrior caste was actually saying he was gonna wage war. Humans as a specie were universally deemed crazy loons, there was too much variance between individuals to establish a baseline for the specie as a whole.
This human, in particular; Lemela knew him now, and a declaration of war from him meant business.
The worst part was there wasn’t much she could say to him he didn’t already know. -How many of those zombies drone do you plan to have when this is over?-
Ethan sighed understanding her question perfectly. -Lemela, I appreciate your concern. I don't think I can answer that question. I know some may want to join us in the collective voluntarily. I … still haven’t decided. What I know is that I'll use asymmetrical tactics, focusing on strategic objectives while minimizing unnecessary killing. Hopefully, I will manage to stir an uprising. How many will die as that happens I don't know. I can control my actions and that's all I can promise. All I know it's that there's a steep price for freedom. In the end, it all depends on our last guest. The Krynnak was well protected by all others and attempted to flee. This tells me he should not be military, not the kind of our resident Li’thirwisz - -The li’tjwisz belongs to a warrior caste?-
She asks interrupting Ethan. -I understand your people have a caste system in place, you belong to the navigator caste, right? -
She frowns, there’s no such caste and he should know it, still, she corrects him. -I am from the scientist caste, you should know that Ethan.- -I know-
He replied -I know also that navigation is not really something a scientist does, even if I understand it involves a lot of science. What I mean to say is you should try to pinpoint what an individual actually does rather than pinning a hat and be done with it.-
She could only nod and Ethan started walking past her. -I need your full discretion, your ability to tell black from white, and all the colors that fall within. With Zek’lor, with all the future encounters with people down here and with my plans. Especially with me and my plans. If I do too outlandish things let me know.-
Lemela frowned -Ethan, your people do outlandish things by definition. I mean they even threw an asteroid at an enemy warship destroying it!-
Ethan chuckled -well let me know regardless, at least I will have a good laugh.-
As I proceed through the lab and the sewer the marvelous chime of Virgils pings me again. “Query: Please define the devil on the shoulder analogy.” -That’s because you always offer me the easy option.-
I reply -It’s not inherently wrong mind you Virgil, but it can lead to bigger issues along the way.- “Query: please elaborate. Functional explanation.”
I chuckle a little at the machine mimicking me. -Well you’re taking some pages from my book now, aren’t you? Fine, fine. It’s simple really, take the instance of Zek’lor and Xalrak ok? You suggested integration for both. We would know all the information Xalrak and Zek’lor know right?-
Virgil acknowledges my reasoning -I don’t know about Zek’lor yet, but Xalrak? Xalrak would have definitely found a way to damage the collective.- “You are stating a factual impossibility”
-Am I? Do you think that scratching a wall will damage this collective?-
Virgil negates this notion. -Still, it could. Xalrak is military. There are countless signs I could use to alert my fellow marines of my presence. One of those in the wrong place, and the group Xalrak is part of would be on our ass. And there are hundreds of tricks like that.- “Acknowledged. Should we terminate Xalrak?” -See? Easy option again, killing would solve the issues but would deny the possibility to flip Xalrak which would be more beneficial in the long run.- “Still you expect betrayal in this alternative you propose. Why would you do that?” -Hope for the best, prepare for the worst Virgil. Now shush, I need to concentrate on this one.-
I pass the vigil and climb the stairs to enter the room and look at the Krynnak, it shudders at my presence. Good. -Alright, let's get started. What is your name?-
The Krynnak, with what I could call a cautious expression, responds. -Names don't mean much in my line of work, but you can call me Vexx.-
Not really good, but not bad as a beginning. -Well, at least I know how to call you outside the name of your specie, Vexx. So, do you know where you are?- -I know exactly where I am. This is the belly of Taboo, under City 29 a treacherous place ruled by Dexton’s dogs.-
I smile under the plate of metal that hides my face. Let's see how Vexx reacts to a little theatre. -Well I don't see any of those famed Dexton's dogs you speak of, do I?-
Vexx glances around nervously and looks at the various blinking lights before lowering the tone of its voice. -They may not be present right now, yet their presence can be felt everywhere. Trust me, they're always on the lookout for anyone who steps out of line.-
Well if they can make some random lizard this paranoid they either mean business or have a better grasp on the populace than I anticipated. -And I'll be prepared to meet them. So, what were you doing in such an area? You appear to fear those Dexton’s Dogs a lot.-
Vexx shifts uncomfortably and appears to choose the words spoken carefully -... I was just doing my job, you know? Taking care of the... the operations. Moving things, ensuring the processes run smoothly. It's not an easy task, but someone's gotta do it.- -The operation, yeah-
I hate people when they are vague -the famous operation.-
I continue -That operation where you were turning dead bodies into food.-
I cut the chase on a lower note -I get it, this planet ain’t natural but are you so desperate for food you have to rely on that method?-
Vexx recoils a bit, in front of my serious tone then its eyes dart around nervously before responding. -Look, we don't have a lot of options here. The processed bodies... it's a method of survival-
I get the feeling this one ain’t telling me the whole story, it feels slimy; I mean first down here there are also beasts, why not hunt them?
But I want to go another route to see where it leads first, besides Vexx doesn’t show the telltale signs of Lemela or Zek’lor so at least I guess Vexx isn’t in the same position. -You could always trade with other planets, I mean, ain't commerce a thing in the galaxy anymore?-
Vexx's reptilian eyes narrow, is that sincere frustration I see? -It's not that simple. Taboo got this name from humans because it is now a forbidden planet, isolated from most interstellar trade routes they hold. The risks involved in transporting goods in and out of this place are tremendous. Dexton's dogs are one of them. Sure they offer protection, the kind of protection you have to pay for. Basically, you either trade with them, involve them somehow, or well… things happen. Bad things, you will see. Look, it’s a matter of survival, even if it means resorting to unconventional methods. You must have slept long here, machine of the old empire-
I let the comment of the machine slide, I am not a machine but it doesn’t hurt that Vexx believes my cognitive functions are restricted by programming.
No offense intended, Virgil.
The thing that irks me is the indirect threat Vexx just used. -I get it, Vexx. So just for reference, other than these pirates and me, what other threats are down here?-
Vexx's scaled face contorts with a mix of fear and apprehension when I qualify myself as a threat. -There are creatures, monstrous and vicious, that inhabit the depths of Taboo. They are unlike anything you've ever seen. Ferocious beasts that prey on anything they come across. We've lost many of our own to their relentless attacks. It's a constant battle for survival down here. That’s why if and when you go down you usually have to bargain for Dexton’s services. There are times when the opposite happens. When things do stop working for those above usually.-
Interesting side comment here, those above where? I don’t want to follow Vexx’s lead in this conversation for now but I make a mental note that there must be above-surface levels to this mechanical planet.
I have a more interesting pattern to test Vexx reactions upon. -Creatures like the Brahumthraks? They are still beasts in narrow passageways, with the weaponry you have shown, you wouldn't have issues hunting those for food right?-
Vexx's eyes widen at the mention of the Brahumthraks, the alien lizard gulps audibly before speaking. -The Brahumthraks... the tunnel stalkers... There are worse things down here. True enough, their meat might provide sustenance, but hunting them is an incredibly risky endeavor. Their agility and strength make them formidable opponents. Dexton doesn’t lend his mercenaries to hunt them down. The risks just outweigh the rewards.-
Now let’s see if I can use Vexx for my plans. -What if someone hunted those for you? Do you think you could establish a market for proper meat?-
Vexx's eyes widen and I believe for a moment that those sleek pupils became dollar signs. -If someone were to hunt the Brahumthraks and other things down here and provide a steady supply of their meat, it could indeed open up new possibilities. The market for proper meat, untainted by the reprocessing methods, would be highly sought after. Especially by those that live in the upper layers of the city.-
Vexx’s enthusiasm suddenly drops as does the posture it kept until now. -Dexton would surely try and have a cut of the profits anyway. You can never be safe here. Alluring as this is the challenges are too much.-
I decide to give Vexx a little nudge rather than resorting to playing punching ball with his or her snout for trying to be a smartass.
Does Vexx things I am an idiot? If this big crocodile can afford an armed escort it means that some kind of sanctioned activity on the surface carries Vexx’s name, and given what this one was doing, I believe to know what it is. - That is ...unfortunate. If only somebody here knew anybody who sold meat on the surface...-
Vexx raises a scaly eyebrow, maybe I put too much sass in that and I blew my cover as a machine; in the end, Vexx appears intrigued by my statement. - Let’s say I know a business on the surface? What then?-
Vexx leans in closer, his reptilian features revealing a mix of curiosity and suspicion. -If you truly can offer me a steady supply of meat, then we might have something to discuss.-
Vexx cautiously looks around the room, ensuring no one else is listening, eyes fixed on the blinking lights when continuing. -Let's be clear, my survival is absolutely necessary here. If you can guarantee I will remain alive we can go and discuss a potential partnership for you. Until then, forgive me if I remain skeptical. And what of my slaves?-
No Virgil, don’t even ask, there’s no way I will ever make this one a part of the collective. Not even if Vexx begs for it, or is dying. “Query: incompatibility of thoughts process involved?”
Long story short: yes. Look I will gladly explain another time, but I mean look Vexx is just too greedy and self-centered.
I need to drive another thing into this dirty lizard skull. -I ordered the death of all those who were with you. So tell me, why should I trust you and keep you in the first place Vexx?-
I notice a flicker in Vexx's eyes as my words resound in the room.
Vexx takes a step back, his demeanor shifting to a mixture of defensiveness and desperation. -You... you intend to kill me?-
Vexx stammers, his voice betraying the fear it must be feeling. -Listen… please… I… I can do what you want. Look I can sell the meat you provide! I won’t make a question! Please… just please don’t kill me! I have a wife! I have eggs to attend to!-
That's better, even though I think he's exaggerating to appeal to my pity, does he think I have emotions as a machine?
I cross my arms and motion to Vexx to continue.
Anyway, it appears I won't have to flip a coin on this one; I'll presume Vexx is male because it's more likely than the alternative.
I mean he would lie about the partnership, but the lie has to be fluent and believable, and if humanity's standards hold for aliens too I only have about a 30% chance of being wrong.
I focus on Vexx as he takes a long breath, attempting to calm himself. -I can prove to you that you can trust me and my capabilities. Just protect me from Dexton's dogs. And don’t kill me. Please.-
Vexx's eyes still dart around, looking at the blinking light on the old instruments in the lab.
I don’t really like people who can’t lock eyes with others, and I don't trust them, but Vexx seems genuinely scared of the technology down here.
Virgil, did you encounter signs of wiretapping when you inhabited the network of your creators? "The creators had an external connection to order bodies, Ethan"
Not really what I wanted to know, but well I need to concentrate on another thing right now. -The things that slaughtered your people are at my beck and call. You will be protected of course, by the beings I command. Needless to say, any signs of betrayal and you will die.-
Vexx's reptilian eyes widen in a mixture of astonishment and fear as he comprehends the weight of my words.
He swallows hard, his throat visibly constricting.
It’s not like he didn’t know, he saw me after all, his gaze flickers between me and the passage I came from.
Don’t run. It’s a bad idea pal. I could capture you amid a battle, now you’re just target practice.
Vexx chose to be smart and stay, - It seems I have no choice but to join you.-
Vexx says, his voice laced with resignation. -Not really, you can be my guest in this room until you die.-
I reply earning a stink glare from Vexx, surprisingly he extends one of his four, scaled hands; cautiously offering a handshake. Weird.
Virgil, is a handshake a universal gesture? “According to the data in my network and Lemela’s memories, it is a gesture limited to humans and those who traded with them directly. Warning! Data mismatch. Trade in this region should be limited according to Vexx’s information”
I don’t know Virgil, people lie by telling the truth sometimes. I wouldn’t rule out there are human criminals on the planet.
I shake the pawed hand with my mechanical hand since he offered me one of his right appendages. -We have a deal. You will remain here in this cell for now. You will be provided with food and water. When I have enough meat to trade I will send you on an escorted trip to the surface and I will expect you to keep your end of the bargain.-
But you won’t get anywhere near my base, and I will blindfold you for good measure. I will need to find an alternative route to the surface.
Vexx nods, his reptilian features displaying a mix of relief and apprehension. He understands the situation he is in and at least. -I will await your signal-
He replies, I think there is a blend of gratitude and cautious optimism in his voice. - I will not disappoint you. I am prepared to fulfill my end of the bargain.-
With that, I simply leave Vexx in his cell, I will test this new alliance soon.
The path to change will be treacherous, but if Vexx values life and profit like I believe he does, perhaps there is a path for a new beginning.
I will not count my chickens before they hatch, I need multiple venues for this to work, a planet is a big place after all.
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2023.05.29 15:16 itesonline Make Informed Business Decisions With Customized Data Processing Solutions
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2023.05.29 15:15 Big-Research-2875 Cleavage and mechanism of cleavage
Cleavage may be a fast series of mitotic , within which the massive volume of protoplasm is split into various smaller, cell organ cells. This cleavage stage cell square measure referred to as Blastomeres.
Reason for cleavage
There square measure 2 necessary reasons why cleavage is therefore important; Cleavage and mechanism of cleavage
1. Generation Of an oversized variety of cells
These cells (embryo) endure differentiation and biological process to create organs.Cleavage happens terribly apace and cellular division and biological process in every spherical of cellular division square measure complete at intervals a hour. Typically, vegetative cell divide way more slowly (several hours to days ) and even the quickest cancer cells divide abundant slower than happens during a cell throughout cleavage.
A frog egg will divide into 37000 cells in barely forty three hours. cellular division in cleavage-stage embryo of Drosophila melanogaster occur each ten minutes for over a pair of hours and in barely twelve hours forms 50000 cells. This dramatic increase in cell variety is appreciated by examination cleavage with alternative stage of development (Somatic cell).
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2023.05.29 15:05 Transism_is_logical Why are you against transmedicalism compare to LGBT's concept of what transgender is?
I see it's a totally better concept that transmedicalism stands for, though still not perfect. I also believe that has a more future as development in medicine grows. So why transmedicalism is hated? Because it's going to cure this disease? And why not disease? If any patient has a body that doesn't match the patient's sex, it needs to be solved by making the body as more accurate as possible. And actually, it is cured this way by taking hormones and undergoing surgeries. Also this way transgender patients become more healthy as they become more cisgender and there is no sense to define trans- and cisgender as something that is assigned at birth or after birth or whenever you want and some doctor assigned it.
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2023.05.29 15:00 Then_Marionberry_259 MAY 29, 2023 NCX.V NORTHISLE ANNOUNCES EQUITY COMPENSATION GRANT
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Northisle Copper and Gold Inc. (TSX-V: NCX) (“Northisle” or the “Company”) today announced that Northisle’s Board of Directors has approved of the issuance of 403,500 stock options (the “Options”) pursuant to the Company’s incentive stock option plan. The Options provide for the purchase of an aggregate of 403,500 Common Shares at an exercise price of $0.18 per share, which is the closing price for the Company’s shares on the TSX-V as of May 26, 2023. The options have a 5 year term and vest one third per year commencing on May 26, 2023.
In addition, the Board of Directors has approved the issuance of 381,500 restricted share units (the “RSUs”), pursuant to the Company’s Share Unit Plan as approved at the Company’s 2021 Annual General Meeting. The RSUs will vest one third per year commencing on May 26, 2024.
The Company uses equity compensation in order to attract and retain skilled and experienced executives and directors while reducing the impact on cash resources. Combined with the Company’s LTIP issuance in November 2022, the company has issued a total of 3,176,800 Options, 828,800 RSUs and 571,200 deferred share units (“DSUs”) to directors, officers, employees and consultants for its 2022 performance compensation program.
Further terms of the Options, DSUs and RSUs can be found in the Company’s Stock Option Plan and Share Unit Plan as filed on SEDAR. About Northisle
Northisle Copper and Gold Inc. is a Vancouver-based company whose mission is to become Canada’s leading sustainable mineral resource company for the future. Northisle owns the North Island Project, which is one of the most promising copper and gold porphyry deposits in Canada. The North Island Project is located near Port Hardy, British Columbia on a more than 34,000-hectare block of mineral titles 100% owned by Northisle stretching 50 kilometres northwest from the now closed Island Copper Mine operated by BHP Billiton. Northisle completed an updated preliminary economic assessment for the North Island Project in 2021 and is now focused on advancement of the project through a prefeasibility study while continuing exploration within this highly prospective land package.
For more information on Northisle please visit the Company’s website at www.northisle.ca Cautionary Statements regarding Forward-Looking Information
Certain information in this news release constitutes forward-looking statements under applicable securities law. Any statements that are contained in this news release that are not statements of historical fact may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are often identified by terms such as “may”, “should”, “anticipate”, “expect”, “intend” and similar expressions. Forward-looking statements in this news release include, but are not limited to, statements relating to the results of the company’s executive appointments as well as any other future plans, objectives or expectations of Northisle. Forward-looking statements necessarily involve known and unknown risks, including, without limitation, Northisle’s ability to implement its business strategies; risks associated with mineral exploration and production; risks associated with general economic conditions; adverse industry events; stakeholder engagement; marketing and transportation costs; loss of markets; volatility of commodity prices; inability to access sufficient capital from internal and external sources, and/or inability to access sufficient capital on favourable terms; industry and government regulation; changes in legislation, income tax and regulatory matters; competition; currency and interest rate fluctuations; and other risks. Readers are cautioned that the foregoing list is not exhaustive.
Readers are further cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements as there can be no assurance that the plans, intentions, or expectations upon which they are placed will occur. Such information, although considered reasonable by management at the time of preparation, may prove to be incorrect and actual results may differ materially from those anticipated. Forward-looking statements contained in this news release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.
The forward-looking statements contained in this news release represent the expectations of management of Northisle as of the date of this news release, and, accordingly, are subject to change after such date. Northisle does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as expressly required by applicable securities law.
Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this news release.
View source version on businesswire.com: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20230528005025/en/
On behalf of Northisle Copper and Gold Inc. Nicholas Van Dyk, CFA
Chief Financial Officer
Tel: (604) 638-2515
Email: [[email protected]
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2023.05.29 14:57 Cicada1205 Meanwhile in Poland
Poland's president has just signed a law on the State Commission to Investigate Russian Influence. Both the Ombudsman, the Parliament's Legislative Bureau, lawyers and the opposition stress the law's unconstitutionality. "This is a form of defense of the interests of the Republic," said Duda, the Polish president.
The commission referred to in the law is to combine the functions of the court, the prosecutor's office and the secret services. Members of the commission, appointed by the Parliament, will:
- have the right to order interrogations, searches and surveillance without a court ruling;
- have the right to exempt from professional secrecy (medical, journalistic, attorney), as well as exemption from secrecy defined as "secret" or "top secret." With one exception - they cannot exempt a priest from the secrecy of confession;
- require mandatory appearance before the commission, threatening to forcibly bring the designated person before the commission;
- have the right to disqualify a person from holding public office for 10 years - in practice, this means not being able to hold any government office or run for election;
In addition, members of the commission will not be held liable in any way for their activities, as long as they fall within the scope of their function on the commission - so if the commission wrongfully accuses someone and makes false hypotheses, they will not be able to be held criminally liable or liable for damages. There will be no right of appeal against penalties imposed by the commission. The commission's work is to be secret, which will limit the participation of journalists in the hearings and control of the commission's work.
That will certainly show those Russians.
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2023.05.29 14:42 ucantpredictthat Enfusion vs UE5
So, yeah, I want to address the elephant in the room but in order for me to be understood correctly, let's clarify:
- I know that Enfusion ensures greater elasticity for BI (some mechanics don't have its low level framework? No problem, we'll just develop it)
- I'm almost certain that BI were exercising the idea of using UE. Vigor is on UE4 so they definately have a comparison. Therefore going with Enfusion was likely a well informed decision.
- All of the profit goes directly to BI. This makes sense from a business perspective as BI games tend to have a really long life. In this context in-house engine, although costly at the beginning, will tremendously pay off if BI reaches their goal (well at least it seems that's their goal by the look of previous projects)
I'll gladly hear from someone inside BI though where is the greatest advantage of using Enfusion over other engines. Mostly UE5 and Unity since these two come with all these obvious benefits. It's not only cheaper to use these but it's also way easier to find well trained developers for them. And overall they seem to be fully capable of creating big maps and sim-like mechanics.
It's not to criticize BI. If that wasn't obvious, I don't have necessary knowledge to be a critic here. I'm just curious since it's the question that pops up from time to time among journalists and youtubers.
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2023.05.29 14:41 Sks-Hospital List of Medical Colleges in UP with Affordable Fees
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Expensive fees, poor accommodation, and lack of extracurricular activities. These three problems are staple complaints of aspiring medical students in India. Many institutes fail to address these issues because they get distracted by the ‘quality’ part of education. It can’t be defined that medical education is a costly affair. But there are several institutes in UP that make education affordable. With them, you cannot just make your education more affordable but also learn in a state-of-the-art environment. All these institutes equip students with the skills and knowledge required to become successful healthcare professionals. Now, let’s not talk further & look at the list of medical colleges in UP
for further reference. list of medical colleges in UP
2023.05.29 14:39 MargaretsHill Software Defined Data Center Market to reach US $101 billion by 2025 - Global Insights on Key Stakeholders, COVID-19 Impact Analysis, Recent Initiatives, Growth Drivers and Future Opportunities: Adroit Market Research
2023.05.29 14:36 Busymind3000 To "Mike" from "Bri"
I want to apologize for how I pushed you during our chat. You have to understand it is hard to know what is real or exaggerated and what's not on the internet, especially when everything is so anonymous. You shared some very sensitive topics, and I am so very sorry I did not properly acknowledge your pain and suffering. I am in the middle of my own situation and just wanted answers to my own questions as well.
I thank you for choosing me to talk to and for trusting me with that information. Because of the serious nature of what you shared, I am not going to bring that up here. I hope one day we can have a real conversation about it. I also hope you have the courage to seek out the life you want for yourself without external pressure or feelings of obligation! Don't beat yourself up and don't be so afraid - I know you can do it!
I will say that I was totally confused by how you defined your situation with me. I was scratching my head trying to understand what you meant by me flipping out and saying I don't have feelings for you.
I later was reviewing everything so I can try to put this all to rest and figured out what happened. You saw the comments to my deleted post regarding me telling you about my feelings. Again, never try to get answers directly from reddit. You misread it. I felt we had a very strong connection but wasn't sure if I was the only one feeling it. Was it all in my head? I was trying to defend myself for doing what I did (which is telling you I have feelings for you). I said repeatedly I wasn't trying to start anything because you and I are both with someone else. I was always trying to respect that fact, even when I wanted nothing more than to act on it and let you in.
I understand what you said in our chat about your existing commitments. Just know, I want to be your biggest supporter and know I can be, and that is what is killing me here. I truly believe we could be unstoppable, but I can't force that on you and never would. You deserve the very best (despite what you think), and it sounds like you haven't gotten it (which makes me angry and want to say a whole lot of things I shouldn't). Truth be told, neither have I. Our stories sound way too similar.
I am unbelieving in people's love for me just like you. Despite it being pretty clear that our connection is deeper than normal/cosmic, I still wonder if you actually feel that way. I have been through a world of hurt in my life too, but I now know there is no pain like unrequited love. None. Knowing you have met your match and there is nothing you can do about it.
Of course, I still love my "Kati" too. However, our relationship is all but over and my feelings have changed. You always want the person you have shared so much of your life with to fight for you/the relationship. That hasn't happened. It hurts. I have not gotten the support I need at all. Like you, it has been downright painful stuff. I cannot go on much longer like this, but I am very scared of being officially alone. It's not in my DNA to be alone. All I have ever wanted in life is a truly deep and lasting connection with someone.
We both obviously have a lot to figure out and work through. Too much. Again, I am always here. I will not turn you away not matter what. That's just who I am. Let's work not just to make our relationships better but to love and respect ourselves better.
I hope with this there is a bit more clarity and we can move forward in loving support of ourselves and each other.
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2023.05.29 14:26 crucialLearning 7 Habits for Success in an Organization: Building Accountability and Achieving Remarkable Results
Organizations strive for success and growth in today's dynamic and competitive business landscape. However, achieving remarkable results requires more than technical expertise; it demands cultivating essential habits leading to excellence. By adopting these habits, employees can contribute significantly to their organization's success while enhancing personal and professional development. This article will explore seven habits for success that every employee should embrace, drawing insights from Charles Duhigg's influential book, "The Power of Habits
- Setting Clear Goals: Success begins with a clear vision and well-defined goals. Employees who set specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART) objectives have a roadmap to guide their actions. Individuals can enhance their focus, motivation, and overall performance by aligning personal goals with the organization's objectives. Regularly reviewing and adjusting goals ensures that employees stay on track and adapt to changing circumstances.
- Cultivating a Growth Mindset: A growth mindset is crucial for personal and organizational success. Employees who embrace a growth mindset view challenges as opportunities for learning and development. They seek feedback, actively develop their skills, and remain open to new ideas and perspectives. Fostering a culture that values growth and continuous improvement empowers employees to reach their full potential and drives innovation within the organization.
- Practicing Effective Time Management: Time is valuable, and successful employees understand the importance of managing it effectively. Individuals can enhance their productivity and achieve desired outcomes by prioritizing tasks, avoiding distractions, and breaking down complex projects into manageable steps. Techniques such as the Pomodoro Technique, time blocking, and task prioritization can optimize time utilization and enable employees to meet deadlines consistently.
- Embracing Accountability: Accountability is a fundamental habit for success. Taking ownership of one's actions, responsibilities, and outcomes builds trust and fosters a culture of transparency within the organization. Accountable employees consistently deliver on their commitments, admit mistakes, and learn from failures. They hold themselves and others responsible for achieving collective goals, thereby contributing to the overall success of the team and the organization.
- Fostering Effective Communication: Effective communication is the cornerstone of collaboration and success in any organization. Employees who actively listen, articulate their ideas clearly, and provide respectful feedback create an environment conducive to teamwork, problem-solving, and innovation. By fostering open and transparent communication channels, organizations can enhance productivity, reduce conflicts, and promote a culture of shared success.
- Building Strong Relationships: Building strong relationships within the organization is crucial for success. Cultivating a network of supportive colleagues, mentors, and allies provides opportunities for growth, collaboration, and knowledge sharing. Strong relationships enable individuals to navigate workplace challenges more effectively, foster a positive work environment, and create a culture of mutual support and success.
- Committing to Continuous Learning and Development: In a rapidly evolving business landscape, continuous learning is vital for success. Successful employees make a habit of seeking out learning opportunities, both formal and informal. Whether through training programs, online courses, industry conferences, or self-directed reading, continuous learning ensures that employees stay ahead of the curve and contribute to their organization's innovation and growth.
Success in an organization requires more than mere technical competence. It demands the cultivation of essential habits that foster accountability, productivity, and personal growth. By adopting the seven habits for success outlined in this article, employees can contribute significantly to their organization's success and excel in their professional journey.
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2023.05.29 14:19 Devinclark851 Optimizing Your Revenue Cycle: Strategies For Proactive Medical Billing
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Several elements of healthcare reform have evolved over time, including value-based compensation models, recurring changes to the rule engine for medical billing services, and other federal laws. In light of these continual changes, physicians must stay up to date on the latest developments. As a result, they must receive ongoing training in medical billing and coding
rules. Staying outdated is a problem for medical practitioners because they cannot compromise the quality of their professional services due to income loss. To minimize this trouble, medical practitioners should implement the proper tactics to stay in compliance with medical billing trends while also improving the quality of care services. This blog will provide you with tried-and-true strategies for optimizing proactive medical billing services in order to maximize revenue.
Claim Management Process
According to a recent survey, about 80% of all medical bills involve errors. Because of strict insurers policies, these inaccurate medical claims are denied and rejected. Although medical billers can reapply these claims in order to challenge an unpaid bill. The cycle of claim submission, rejection, and resubmission, on the other hand, takes a long period.
Medical billers should build a proper claim management process in order to save providers valuable time. They should deploy competent personnel and equipment to monitor all paid and unpaid claims. To file accurate claims on the first try, use smart medical billing software solutions. They should also make certain that accurate information flows throughout the claim submission procedure.
Before filing claims, they should double-check the claims to identify any potential information errors. This will ensure that payers and patients obtain clean claims that can later be successfully reimbursed. Minimize Medical Coding Errors
Medical codes serve as the foundation for medical billing services. A medical bill’s objective is to standardize medical care and diagnostic procedures into standard medical coding protocols. For various medical operations, these medical codes are categorized as CPT, ICD-10-CM, and HCPCS Level II categorization systems.
Although it is a common way of describing medical operations, errors can also arise in this aspect. It contains the most common errors, such as erroneous, mismatched, or missing codes, among others. These inaccuracies are easily detected by clearinghouses and payers. However, some medical coding errors are highly intricate and result in unfavorable outcomes.
For example, if medical coders utilize less detailed ICD-9 codes rather than extremely specific ICD-10 codes, the claim will be denied or rejected. If medical coders employed inappropriate modifiers, upcoding or undercoding, such errors can cause your claims to be rejected or denied further down the road. Payer Contract Enforcement
Payer underpayment is another major issue for any practice attempting to optimize collections. According to MGMA industry estimates, payers generally underpay medical practices by 7-11%. Then there’s the issue of various payers paying varying amounts for the same quality of service. Clearly, if payer contracts are not monitored and enforced successfully, the practice will suffer a significant income loss. However, tracing each underpayment down is a significant challenge, and here is where robust technology comes in handy. You can also opt for the following approach to avoid these issues:
Outsourcing – The Optimal Strategy!
- Each of these contracts must be correctly interpreted and configured in the practice management software.
- Define clearly if you have any thresholds for under or overpayments.
- While posting paper EOBs, the software should provide you with the right permitted for each CPT on the claim: any claim with an exception outside of the threshold should be marked with a specific claim adjustment reason code (CARC) and forwarded to the dispute queue/ bucket.
- Apply no threshold to a significant payer trend: $2 per claim for 500 claims in three months is a lot of money. It is totally worth it to pick up the phone and call a provider representative to get this resolved.
Due to the ever-changing healthcare industry, coders and billers must constantly upgrade their skills and concepts to keep on top of the changes and avoid losing money. With the advent of EMR and advanced practice management software, the prevalent idea is that billing and collection standards will be higher than ever before, with every claim being paid out precisely and collected on time.
According to industry sources, independent medical practices are still losing up to 30% of potential revenue due to inefficiencies in the billing and collection process.
This occurs because the rejection and denial rate remains excessively high, with nearly half of denials never being handled, resulting in a 5-7% loss of potential revenue. When you have a high number of denials, your revenue can quickly become stuck in Accounts Receivable, causing a significant impact on your cash flow. As a result, you can follow these proactive strategies to make these simple modifications to your current medical billing process and increase your revenue by 25-30%.
Else you can also outsource your medical billing services to the professionals who are experts in following these proactive strategies. 24/7 Medical Billing Services is a major medical billing service provider
that has optimized the billing and collection procedures for several practice’s, allowing them to maximize revenue and eliminate cash flow problems. About 24/7 Medical Billing Services:
24/7 Medical Billing Services is the nation’s leading medical billing service provider
catering services to more than 43 specialties across the entire 50 states. You can rely on us for end-to-end revenue cycle management. We guarantee up to 10-20% increase in the revenue with cost reduction of your practice for up to 50%.
Call us today at 888-502-0537 to know more on how we can help boost profitability for your practice. Media Contact –
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