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Books and Comics in order... help? (some spoilers, I know the game is 20 yrs old, just saying)

2023.06.01 06:00 Lealenya Books and Comics in order... help? (some spoilers, I know the game is 20 yrs old, just saying)

Hi! So I tried my best to put all the books and comics in order but I think I was working with a list that didn't include all the comics. I put them in the order of the narrator. Kind of. Here's the list that I came up with (* Denotes comic, the rest are novels including the short stories found on the world of warcraft website):
1 Rise of the Horde 2 Unbroken 3 The Last Guardian 4 Tides of Darkness 5 Beyond the Dark Portal 6 Day of the Dragon 7 Lord of the Clans 8 Of Blood and Honor 9 Road to Damnation 10 Arthas: Rise of the Lich King * 11 - 14 Ashbringer * 15 WoW: Death Knight * 16 Blood of the Highborne * 17 - 019 Warcraft: Sunwell Trilogy 20 Vol'jin The Judgement 21 - 023 War of the Ancients Trilogy 24 Cycle of Hatred 25 War of the Shifting Sands *26 - 27 WoW: Shadow Wing 28 Night of the Dragon 29 Illidan * 30 - 33 WoW The Comic * 34 WoW: Mage 35 Garrosh Hellscream Heart of War 36 Lor'themar * 37 Pearl of Pandaria 38 Glory * 39 WoW Special Issue Beginnings and Ends 40 Sylvanas Windrunner 41 Stormrage 42 The Shattering * 43 WoW Shaman 44 The Council of 3 hammers * 45 wow dark riders 46 gelbin Mekkatorque 47 Tyrande and Malfurion 48 Baine Bloodhoof 9 Gallywix * 50 - 54 WoW Curse of the Worgen 55 Genn Grewymane Lord of His Pack 56 Wolfheart 57 Velen Prophet's Lesson 58 Varian Wrynn Blood of our Fathers 59 Thrall Twilight of the Aspects 60 Charge of the Aspects 61 - 64 Quest for Pandaria 65 Li Li's Travel Journal 66 Trial of the Red Bloosoms 67 Jaina Proudmoore Tides of War 68 Strength of Steel 69 - 73 Dawn of the Aspects 74 Death From Above 75 Bleeding Sun 76 The Blank Scroll 77 The Jade Hunters 78 Vol'jin Shadows of the Horde 79 Over Water 80 The Untamed Valley 81 war Crimes * 82 Blood and Thunder * 83 Blackhand 84 Hellscream * 85 Gul'dan and the Stranger 86 Code of Rule 87 Apocrypha * 88 Magni Fault Lines * 89 Nightborne Twilight of Suramar 90 Dark Mirror * 91 Highmountain A Mountain Divided * 92 Anduin Son of the Wolf * 93 Reunion * 94 The Speaker * 95 Three Sisters 96 Before the Storm 97 A Good War 98 Elegy * 99 Mechagon 100 A Moment in Verse 101 Shadows Rising
I'm sure I have a lot of it wrong. I just started Tides of Darkness and the author is referring to things that have happened (Durotan's and Llane's deaths and the fall of Stormwind) and a few other things and while I mostly know what happens, I don't always know how. As a WoW player since 2004, what I know of the story mostly comes from doing quests (and I'll be honest, I skip a lot of quest text, who doesn't?) so I know I've missed a LOT. Plus, I mainly play Alliance so I lose a lot of the Horde story. I never played Warcraft, WC II or WC III. ( I tried WC III but every time I played for any amount of time, I just got on my DK instead.) So, I wanted to know more about the lore of this world that I love so much. I have all three Chronicles but I've only read the first because I wanted to get more from the books and comics than the Chronicles. If anyone could help me put these in a better order, I'd appreciate it.
Like I said, I tried to put it in order by who was speaking, not necessarily the content. Like I know Rhonin goes back in time in one of the books and I'd really rather read it from Rhonin's time line, not the time line he goes back to. If that makes sense. Please help!
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2023.06.01 05:21 OfOurMaker Ida Abelman, We Have a Claim, ca. 1939, lithograph, 14 1/2 × 18 1/2 in. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas

Ida Abelman, We Have a Claim, ca. 1939, lithograph, 14 1/2 × 18 1/2 in. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas
Ida Abelman, We Have a Claim, ca. 1939, lithograph, 14 1/2 × 18 1/2 in. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas

Every working day I post an OOM, to express some of my zeal for the strange things of our Maker.
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2023.06.01 04:00 Analypiss Strength - Striking and Lifting

Key and explanation of periods where Juggernaut was stronger or weaker than normal


Lifting, pushing, pulling, throwing, grip, etc.

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2023.06.01 03:34 enlitenme Help, I melted the bottom of my plastic tank with super glue!

My betta is in a plastic quarantine tank for another 14 days (for his protection, long story. Don't worry, he's going to a 20 gallon planted). I don't know what happened, but there's a little crack in the bottom of this tank. It's not very leaky but I thought I would fix it up quickly during a water change with super glue on both sides. Well, it's been sitting for an hour and the glue's not set and the plastic underneath it is soft and melted! Some sort of reaction with the plastic. I can't put water in this.. What can I do?
The poor fish is in a big tupperware in the sink for now lol
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2023.06.01 02:50 Chocacheek Worried (details in comments)

Hi everyone. First of all I want to say FUCK this disease and I sincerely pray for everyone in this community who’s been affected by this. I’ve been lurking for a while and this seems like a great community despite being united by horrible circumstances.
For record: I am 31/F. No known genetic risk for PC. Mom is adopted so I don’t know her side. Not diabetic. Never had pancreatitis. Have had several CT scans and lots of X-rays (so, radiation exposure) but I haven’t seen that as a risk factor.
If you look at my post history you’ll see I have bad health anxiety. I have since I was 14. (At least that’s the earliest I can remember it). I haven’t posted about this particular issue on Reddit yet, but I recently completed chemo (methotrexate) for gestational trophoblastic neoplasia, which comes from a molar pregnancy. For someone with preexisting health anxiety it was horrible.
Here’s where the PC part comes in.
Before the pregnancy, I was losing some weight. First noticed in July 2022, but I’d also quit drinking and exercising more since I was trying to get pregnant. Right before chemo (which started February 2022) I noticed white specks in my stool. Wasn’t overly concerned. Dr. did a stool study for parasites (to ease my mind). Then I started chemo. I began to notice floating poops and chunks of food in my poop. My poops also looked pale and a little greasy. I was eating normally (actually eating fairly unhealthy and lots of junk food. I had a “fuck it, life sucks so I’m gonna eat what I want” mentality during treatment) but losing weight. I brought this up to my gyn oncologist. Her response was more or less “of course things are messed up, you’re on chemo.” Which honestly makes sense. About a week after chemo ends, I suddenly lose my appetite. It wasn’t gradual. It just happened suddenly. Initially I chalked it up to chemo, but my stupid ass also got on google and looked up the chunks of food in poop, etc and you all probably know what came up.
So I go to my regular pcp now that chemo is over (about a week after it ends) and tell him all my anxiety that im now having over PC. his reply is similar that my body has been through a ton and this isn’t overly worrysome, but he agrees to a CA 19-9 test to try and reassure me, but cautions me it is not specific and me just finishing chemo is a “wildcard”.
It comes back 47. I panic. I go to gastro. I’d previously seen him because I do have a single gallstone. It has never caused problems. I’ve actually had it since I was a child, which is unusual He isn’t worried either, but orders the MRCP and am abdominal MRI because he can tell im worried. I get the MRCP and abdominal MRI the next day. I will note that I did my best with the breath holds, but for some of the images I was not able to hold my breath the entire time (mostly due to anxiety). The report comes back everything is normal. The only note it made was a “filling defect” in my gallbladder. The report doesn’t say anything about a bad image, but of course I was worried that I screwed it up.
He also did an order for a CMP, CBC and repeat CA 19-9. I will note that this was at a different lab, but I got it done yesterday and my CA 19-9 is up to 93 less than a week later.
I will note that I also had a CT with contrast (just a regular one) in December 2022 when I was pregnant due to the molar pregnancy situation. I had a CT angiogram of my chest and abdomen in January 2023 due to some pain I was having and concerns for a PE from shortness of breath. Both said my pancreas was unremarkable.
I’ve been having a full upper right pain lately (nothing terrible) since all this started. I am not sure if it’s my anxiety or not. It is somewhat intermittent.
With the CA 19-9 going up again, the gastro referred me to another gastro who does EUS if I want it, but kind of left the ball in my court if I want to schedule or see him because he isn’t worried based on the MRCP results.
I am trying to get some guidance about what I should do. Should I do the EUS? Does anyone have any other advice? Thank you in advance.
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2023.06.01 02:24 delipity [01 Jun] 2,014( ↓ 155) New Cases; Rolling 7-day avg: 1,889( ↓ 32); Hospitalisations: 247( ↑ 4)

Daily New Covid Cases by DHB reported 01 Jun 2023 (as at midnight Wednesday 31 May 2023)
Location New Cases Change Seven Day Rolling
Total 2014 -155 1889 ( ↓ 32)
Auckland 172 -30 146 ( ↓ 2)
Bay of Plenty 84 -28 93 ( ↓ 1)
Canterbury 300 -24 291 ( ↓ 11)
Capital and Coast 132 -6 118 ( ↑ 1)
Counties Manukau 192 -13 178 ( ↓ 4)
Hawke's Bay 53 +7 41 ( ↑ 2)
Hutt Valley 68 -1 58 ( ↑ 2)
Lakes 33 -3 31 ( ↑ 0)
MidCentral 70 -3 69 ( ↓ 1)
Nelson Marlborough 62 -5 73 ( ↓ 2)
Northland 72 +7 72 ( ↓ 2)
South Canterbury 24 -18 35 ( ↓ 2)
Southern 158 -16 149 ( ↓ 5)
Tairawhiti 20 +9 13 ( ↑ 1)
Taranaki 82 +4 69 ( ↑ 2)
Unknown 1 -1 1 ( ↑ 0)
Waikato 190 -22 185 ( ↓ 5)
Wairarapa 37 +10 25 ( ↑ 1)
Waitemata 216 -25 199 ( ↓ 6)
West Coast 8 -1 9 ( ↑ 0)
Whanganui 40 +4 34 ( ↑ 1)
Last 10 days of the Rolling 7-day average Reported 01 Jun 2023
Date 7-day rolling avg
Wed 31 May 1889 ( ↓ 32)
Tue 30 May 1921 ( ↓ 40)
Mon 29 May 1961 ( ↓ 22)
Sun 28 May 1983 ( ↑ 4)
Sat 27 May 1979 ( ↓ 13)
Fri 26 May 1992 ( ↓ 14)
Thu 25 May 2006 ( ↑ 7)
Wed 24 May 1999 ( ↑ 11)
Tue 23 May 1988 ( ↑ 39)
Mon 22 May 1949 ( ↑ 57)
247 ( ↑ 4) Hospitalisations as at midnight Thursday 01 Jun 2023
DHB Count Change
Total 247 +4
Auckland 31 -4
Bay of Plenty 17 -1
Canterbury 34 +4
Capital and Coast 10 -4
Counties Manukau 22 -2
Hawke's Bay 2 -2
Hutt Valley 3 -2
Lakes 4 -1
MidCentral 10 +1
Nelson Marlborough 19 +1
Northland 3 -6
South Canterbury 2 +0
Southern 19 +2
Tairawhiti 0 -1
Taranaki 4 +2
Waikato 24 -3
Wairarapa 3 -1
Waitemata 28 +16
West Coast 0 +0
Whanganui 12 +5
source: MoH GitHub data
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2023.06.01 02:00 thebyrdhouse Sierra Ski Traverse 2023

Where: East to West Ski Traverse from Shepherd's Pass Trailhead (Independence, CA) across the Sierra to Wolverton (Western Sierra Foothills), sometimes referred to as the "Sierra High Route Ski Traverse" or the "David Beck Route" after the ski guide who pioneered the route in the 1970s. Getting to cross the Sierra on skis, particularly with a historic snowpack, was an amazing experience.
When: May 25, 2023 – May 28, 2023
Distance and Vert: 50 Miles, 15,000' ascent (CalTopo: https://caltopo.com/m/FH2VE)
Conditions: Continuous snow from mile ~6 at 9400'. Weather varied from zero visibility clouds, scorching direct sun, precipitation/graupel, and frigid mornings.
Lighterpack: for a couple (shared sleep system and ski gear for two) https://lighterpack.com/rp5unn
Cars/Transportation: This might be one of the biggest challenges of the trip. Some people choose to stage cars at both trailheads, but that would require a six-hour drive before and after the trip. The ideal situation, which we were able to work out, is to swap cars with another group crossing in the opposite direction simultaneously, trading keys on route. However, not everyone will be this lucky. Another option is to hitchhike from Wolverton to Three Rivers, then get a ride to the Fresno airport, fly to Reno, and take the 395 shuttle to Independence. But this will add days to your trip.
Road Closure: This year, an additional complexity was that the road from Hospital Rock to Wolverton was closed due to rain damage. It is a 14-mile stretch with an elevation gain of approximately 5000'. We spoke to rangers at SEKI, and suggested they might look the other way if we rode our e-bikes outside of construction hours, which they believed were from 7 AM to 7 PM. So, one group rode e-bikes with cargo trailers we purchased on Amazon from Hospital Rock at 2700' up to Wolverton at 7400'. They locked up the bikes and trailers and headed east. When we arrived at Wolverton after our traverse, we unlocked the bikes, loaded our gear, and rode the bikes back down to the car parked at Hospital Rock. Walking that stretch would be a pain after already crossing the Sierra, particularly because you'd probably have to haul boots and skis down the road with you on your back.
Purpose of [Long] Report: I've wanted to cross the Sierra on skis for many years, but poor snow conditions had stymied previous attempts. With the historic snowpack this year, I finally got a chance to ski it. Prior to this trip, I scoured the Internet for information, but most of it was either old and lacked details or came from guide companies that lead clients across in about six days. In the interest of aiding future skiers, I wanted to put together a comprehensive trip report with some of our group's learnings. However, a caveat to future readers, our trip was much later in the year than is typical and followed the deepest winter in recorded memory in the Sierra, so your experience may differ greatly.
Our kits were relatively light given it was a ski traverse, which was essential due to the long ski and boot carry on day one. This lighter pack is my wife and I's shared and personal gear combine. She was less egar to list out her clothing individually (she does not share our affliction) however she let me weigh it all at once: https://lighterpack.com/rp5unn
Sleep Kit: For anyone contemplating winter camping with someone they feel comfortable sharing a sleeping bag with, I cannot recommend the Feathered Friends Spoonbill enough. It is the single greatest piece of kit I have ever owned. It's absurdly light and warm and more comfortable than a solo bag because it's large enough for both people to stretch out. Of course, it only really works if you feel comfortable cozying up with your partner, but if you're a couple, like we were, it's the greatest. Just make sure that you have pad straps that hold the two sleeping pads together. When we first got the bag, we contemplated one of those double sleeping pads, but they're heavy and not as warm as the Therm-a-Rest Xtherm. Instead, I've sewn pad straps with grosgrain, similar to the ones you can purchase from Gossamer Gear, that hold the pads together perfectly. It's also nice that each person has their own pad to inflate to their preferred firmness. The Xtherm is also warm enough to eliminate the need for extra closed cell foam pads.
Skis: If you're contemplating this route, you might be tempted to reach for ultralight skimo skis, but I'd urge caution. The snow conditions you're going to encounter are wildly variable, and unless you're used to skiing sun cups with a super heavy pack down steep passes, you may want something more robust. I ended up opting for my Blizzard Zero G 105 because I wanted that additional flotation in the soft afternoon snow. It ended up being a pretty good choice, although it was pretty heavy to haul up Shepherd's Pass on my back.
Sharps Kit: We carried aluminum boot crampons and ski crampons. Both were essential. My partner had a BD Whippet to assist on some of the passes. I just opted for poles. If you're used to booting, I think crampons are probably enough, and you can likely leave the ice ax at home.
Stove: We debated bringing an alcohol stove (Trail Designs Ti Tri), but we ended up bringing a MSR Reactor, worried that we would have to melt snow for water. We ended up collecting 95% of our water, and we could've easily collected all of it. I've heard from other groups that when the weather gets cold, it can be more difficult to track down water, but we could have gotten away with an alcohol stove.
Footwear: I wore light road running shoes up Shepard's Pass. They got pretty shredded on the trip, but they were a welcome addition and served as great camp shoes too while I tried to dry by boots in the afternoon sun.
Eyewear: At the last minute, I ditched my goggles and wore Smith Wildcats exclusively. Although I did have a backup pair of sunglasses, just in case I lost the Wildcats, I'm glad I didn't bother with goggles. The descents themselves were pretty short.
Pack: We both used HMG Porter packs without the HMG ski carry mod, but our own MYOG tubular webbing contraption to hold skis in place without damaging the webbing straps. They were perfect for the trip. I do know HMG now makes a ski-specific pack, but I purchased the Porter many years ago. However, even if the new pack had been available, I'd still prefer the Porter for versatility in other activities like climbing, packrafting, general backpacking, etc.
Early on the morning of May 25th, we left the Courthouse Motel in Independence, CA bound for Shepard's Pass Trailhead. With skis and poles in hand, the proprietors looked perplexed when they asked us were we were headed and we told them “Fresno.” Despite significant runoff this year, the road to the Shepherds Pass Trailhead is passable with a low-clearance vehicle. While we couldn't reach the "hikers" trailhead, we easily reached the "stock" trailhead at 5600'. Starting our traverse from there, we ascended Symmes Saddle toward Shepard's Pass in lightweight running shoes, with skis and boots on our backs. Along the way, we encountered clear evidence of the historic avalanche cycle, including massive trees blocking the trail. Crossing the creek multiple times, we devised creative ways to keep our feet dry, using pack tosses and rock jumps. At the final crossing, we bypassed a sketchy log and carefully waded through the creek with our heavy packs.As the trail steepened into switchbacks, intermittent snow appeared around 8400', soon becoming continuous. Pushing on through snow with sneakers, we reached Symmes Saddle at 9100'. There the trail transitions to a south aspect and the snow disappeared completely. After a few more miles, we arrived at Mahogany Flat, there we switched from shoes to skis, encountering consistent snow for the rest of the traverse. Our first night's camp was set above the "Pothole" on granite slabs, offering a breathtaking view of the Owens River Valley below.
The following day, we ascended Shepherds Pass using boot crampons, reaching the Tyndall Plateau. Descending on firm, sun-capped snow, we made our way to the Kern River, where we were fortunate to find a snow bridge, a crucial element of our route. Crossing without a bridge would have been sketchy. From there, we faced the grueling climb up Milestone Basin under a scorching sun. Fortunately, afternoon clouds provided relief and intermittent graupel. We ascended Milestone Pass late in the afternoon, then descended into Milestone Bowl, where again we camped on granite slabs.
On the third day, we descended the remainder of Milestone Bowl before embarking on several long traverses across massive bowls. At the end of the first ski traverse, we booted up an unnamed ridge marked by glide avalanche cracks. After briefly meeting the other party traveling from West to East and exchanging information on conditions ahead, we crossed over Triple Divide Pass. The next pass, Copper Mine Pass, presented more glide cracks and cornices that showed signs of recent collapse. Instead of taking the conventional route north of the peak, exposed to hazards, we managed to skin up just below the Copper Mine Pass summer trail, which surprisingly was melted out and allowed passage to the next drainage. We finished the day with an easy skin up Horn Col and a relaxed ski down to Lonely Lake.
On the final day, we climbed over Pterodactyl Pass below Big Bird Peak before turning north and continuing to ski into the Tablelands. Once near Tablelands Pass, we removed our skins for the second-to-last time and enjoyed a fun but gentle descent toward Pear Lake Hut. The hut was completely buried in snow, having sat unused throughout the entire winter. From the hut, we skinned up the final hump before embarking on a true survival ski down to Wolverton. The snow extended all the way down to the parking lot, but it was wet and covered in pine needles, branches, and pine duff—the type of snow one can't truly fathom without venturing beyond ski resort boundaries.
Finally, we arrived at the parking lot and found our e-bikes securely locked to the barricade, which the eastbound group had prepared for us. We assembled the cargo trailers, attached them to the bikes, and began the long and winding descent from 7400' to 2700', reaching the road closure at Hospital Rock, the truck, and very welcome warm beers.
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2023.06.01 01:44 Kheiossar_Chronicler Sunset over Zool

It was a beautiful evening on Dir, and for Yirrahk, it will only improve. He and Urrirr met four years ago, on a beautiful day like this, a day of the Qhaf-Festival and instantly fell in love. The two Ca were inseparable ever since and now, on this day four years later, Yirrahk was planning to propose and ask for Urrirr’s Hand in marriage. He even planned everything in advance! They would go to a hill overlooking the city, where he already prepared a little picnic with their favourite food, only lit up by the bright stars up ahead.
He was taken away from his thoughts, as he hears Urrirr’s voice calling out towards him.
“Yirrahk! My love! Is your head in your projects again? You know, you should really take a break. The trains will run without you.”
His remark was joking and loving as usual, but it helped and put a smile on Yirrahks face. Or was it more the sight of his love, whom he couldn’t see the entire week? Might have been that as well, who’s to say? He felt the warm and loving embrace of his partners’ feathers and soon thereafter felt the tender and soft brush of their beaks touching. A relaxed chirp escaped his beak as he relaxes and enjoys the moment.
After resting like this for some time, they loosened their embrace, their eyes still tied to each other. “I missed you…” Yirrahk made the first move to break the silence. “And I missed you my love”, replied Urrirr.
Yirrahk took his mate's claw and lead him away from the station they were standing at. “I hope you aren’t tired yet dear because I have a lot planned tonight!” Yirrahk jested back as they walked through the crowd towards the edge of the city. “Seems like someone can’t wait to propose to me?” As Urrirr joked, Yirrahk felt his feathers stand up and his face starting to blush. How does he know? Does he know at all? Maybe it was just a joke, it surely must have been! Right?
Urrirr noticed Yirrahk’s pace getting a bit slower and nuzzled his beak on his neck. “I am joking my love, don’t worry about it… Although after four years of being together with me, you should know that I want nothing more than to spend the rest of my life together with you.” Now Yirrahk was really blushing and his face became a bright red. Luckily, Urrirr couldn’t see it from the back, but a warmth encompassed Yirrahk’s whole mind and heart. “Thank you… that means a lot to me… and I feel the exact same way about you… now come! There is something I want to show you.”
Reinvigorated, the two continued their short walk outside the city. While they were in the capital of the newly independent Republic of Zool, the Ca as a species care for their planet’s environment and so all of their cities are green and calm and the air is never polluted or stale. However, coming out of the city and taking in the view over the neighbouring hills and mountains behind them was always a welcome and beautiful sight. The Republic of Zool lies inside a large valley, surrounded by mountains, which gave them the edge in the war of independence and will now shield them from outside aggressors.
After taking a casual hike, the two lovebirds arrived at the hill, where Yirrahk already prepared the picnic. In front of them was a cosy blanket spread on the floor, with food inside a basket. Due to the climate and the wildlife, they didn’t have to fear the food going bad so quickly or getting eaten.
The two sat down and got cosy, snuggled up to each other and covered themselves with a blanket. Decently warm like this, they shared food and looked over the city as the sun sank under the mountains and left the valley only with the light of the stars. They could observe as countless smaller lights got turned on all across the valley, illuminating it from above and below. As the light isn’t too much and didn’t drown out the light of the stars or bother the wildlife, it put the republic in a mystic aura. The sight was magical and romantic. Yirrahk enjoyed being in his love's gentle embrace and chirped happily, but at the same time, he couldn’t help but feel anxious. What if Urrirr does not say yes? What if they are just very good friends after all? What if it is too soon and he is moving too quickly? As the thoughts raced through his head, the sky in front of them lit up brightly twice. First, at the cusp of the festivities, when fireworks illuminated the day. Explosions of all forms and colours sparked up for a brief moment before the sky became dark again, only lighted by the stars. The lights reflected in both of their eyes, full of wonder.
Yirrahk used the moment to loosen himself off the embrace and reached for something in the basket. He held a specially coloured feather towards Urrirr and with a voice sated in love, he finally asked the question. "Urrirr my beloved… do you want to be my Husband and Mate?" With tears in his eyes, Urrirr nodded and with a shaking hand took the feather and put it in his head plume, where the green feather was surrounded by yellow and blue. With both of them either close to tears or crying, they embraced each other, chirping lovingly.
Far above them in the night sky of Dir, a rare spectacle unravelled itself: the second time the sky lit up brightly. Urrirr and Yirrahk looked up and a smile spread on their faces. Far above them in the sky, a spectacle of light illuminated the night sky. They could see beams of red and blue and purple and green and orange; short bursts of yellow and red; moving stars of white and blue, too many to count.
Urrirr turns towards Yirrahk and with a voice drenched in love he said: “It seems like even the stars above approve of our bond!” “Yes, it seems that way, with a good sign hanging above our bond forever more.”
The two birds would go on to spend the night on this hill, overlooking the valley and returned to the festivities the next day. This time not as friends, but as Husbands and Lovers.
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2023.06.01 01:15 Squints1978 You know you have a lawncare obsession…

You know you have a lawncare obsession…
when you start eyeing your own food as possible fertilizer options. 😅
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2023.06.01 01:06 professorboat Edinburgh Marathon - an introduction to 'the wall'

Race Information


Goal Description Completed?
A Sub 3 No
B Beat my dad (3:10) Yes


Split Time
5k 21:12 (4:12)
10k 20:49 (4:10)
15k 20:59 (4:12)
20k 20:55 (4:11)
Halfway 1:29:04
25k 21:01 (4:12)
30k 21:14 (4:15)
35k 21:33 (4:19)
40k 24:47 (4:57)
42.2k 6:02 pace
(splits apart from the half are GPS - I think pretty accurate though)


I took up running in 2019, and have been training consistently since 2021. I run decent mileage - 4000+km in both 2021 and 2022, with frequent sustained peaks above 100km per week. I ran the Edinburgh half marathon in 1:23 last year, and a trail 50k in that summer, but this would be my first marathon.
I spent Christmas 2022 out for a couple weeks with a simultaneous sickness bug and a twisted knee, so started this year building back feeling like I'd lost a bit of fitness. In early February though I ran a half marathon in 1:22, and although I think the course was a little short I felt like I was still in decent shape.


I designed my plan based on Pfitz, averaging 114km over the 13 weeks pre-taper, peaking at 131km per week (in fact, 152km was my highest 7 day total!). Although I'd hit close to this mileage before on one-off occassions, never for such a sustained period. I got married and went on my honeymoon during this period, but still sustained the mileage - only really missing a couple days when I was sick about 3 weeks out. But the timing of the honeymoon, being away for someone else's wedding and then getting sick meant that my peak mileage was 7 weeks out.
My general structure was running 7 days, normally with a couple of doubles (run commuting 3 times a week). One workout - starting with tempos and then moving to shorter stuff closer to the race a la Pfitz - and one long run. I wasn't as good getting the medium-long run in mid-week as I'd have like, but I did 6 runs longer than 30km, with two 37km runs.
The latter of these, 4 weeks out, contained 23km at marathon pace - I started this at 4:15 and worked down to 4:05. The 23km averaged 4:11 and felt good - not easy but definitely not an all out effort. I only did one other MP LR - 31km w/ 16km @ MP. I did that early in the block in non-race shoes, started too fast and blew up completely - so the later run was a good confidence builder.
Other workouts weren't anything special - I'm not really one for hard sessions. I did race a few times though - two 10 Mile races, a half marathon (on my honeymoon in New York!), and a 10k two weeks out. These were all largely untapered, but ran 1:01:XX in both 10 Miles, 1:22:35 for 3rd place in the HM, and 37:12 in the 10k.
So while the training wasn't perfect, I was pretty happy and in the best shape of my life. All this gave me confidence that targeting sub-3 was a good idea - and if anything, a bit conservative - at Edinburgh.


Forecast was for a bit of a heatwave, but thankfully race day was supposed to only be 14C - although in the end this felt hot enough with no clouds or shade. My wife came down with a nasty sickness about a week before the race, and although I think I missed it I was a bit paranoid I might have something lingering under the surface.
Nutrition-wise, I had two slices of toast and a banana for breakfast, a gel just before the start and then 6 on the course - after roughly 5k/10k/18k/26k/35k/40km.
I started conservatively, 4:22 for the first two km, then after the downhill settled into 4:10-12. I came through halfway at 1:29:04 feeling decent - working but feeling good about the pace. This continued until about 31km, where there's a wee gravel section I was slipping a bit on. After that I slipped a few seconds off the pace - not much, but around 34km I started see 4:20 on my watch and my confidence was fading. I thought sub-3 might be tight but doable if I could hold on to that. Sadly it was not to be.
Around 38k I hit the wall big time - dropping below 5:00/km, and then quickly below 6:00. I knew sub-3 was long gone by now, but kept myself running - I didn't stop or walk at all, but I was going at what is normally the slowest end of recovery. Interestingly, my heart-rate dropped here too - I just couldn't get my legs or body to work for me.
I even started to panic that my very safe (I thought!) B goal was in doubt. My dad was a very good 3000m SC and 5000m runner when he was young (15:20 5000m PB I think), but he'd run one marathon without specific training, blown-up horribly and come in at 3:10. So a 'family PB' was the back-up goal.
In the end I kept moving forward, and made that time fairly comfortably. I mustered my best 'sprint finish' at about 5:10/km and came in at 3:07.

Post-race & Reflections

I was disappointed, but not as much as I'd thought I might be. Cringe as it sounds I'm pleased I managed to keep myself running when the goal was evaporating.
I don't think I went out too fast, and the pace felt fine (until it didn't), but possibly that first half stretch from at 4:10ish was a little bit quicker than ideal. All the predictors had me on a fair bit quicker than sub-3, and I ran good mileage. While there's tweaks to be made to training, I can't think of anything super significant.
So thinking of what went wrong, I'm focussed on nutrition - the gels were the High-5 ones with 23g carbs, so in total I had ~160g, a bit below 60g/hour recommended. I thought this would be OK - but evidently not.
I'm interested in people's thoughts though?

What's Next

After some recovery weeks, I'm focusing on a HM and a 10 Mile in SeptembeOctober - would be nice to get closer to sub-1:20 and sub-60. But I think I still have a marathon itch to scratch - so will probably sign up for another next spring and give sub-3 another go.
Made with a new race report generator created by herumph.
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2023.06.01 00:02 howbizsolutions Understanding User Intent in Digital Marketing

Understanding User Intent in Digital Marketing
When looking at website data, it’s sometimes easy to forget that users are in fact real people just like you and me. Rather than being data points to be crunched and manipulated, they’re living beings who are visiting us in order to scratch an itch: they want information on something.
In digital marketing, and content marketing in particular, it’s especially important that we understand what motivates users to perform certain searches.
One common framework for understanding search intent used by content marketing agencies is the transactional, informational, or navigational model.
Or as Google puts it,
  • Do (transactional)
Transactional searches are the most hotly contested in both organic and paid search, as they’re the nearest to the end of the funnel.
  • Know (informational)
For organic search, the informational category is generally the most competitive. There are many ways to skin this cat; you can go for the high-volume unbranded terms or you can target the long tail for smaller but comparatively easier wins. The problem is that the broader the term, the less clear the searcher’s intent is.
  • Go (navigational)
For brands, navigational keywords are generally the easiest to rank for, and this means they spend less time and effort monitoring and maintaining these rankings. However, this can leave them vulnerable to proactive competitors or negative PR.

Freeing ourselves of keyword tunnel vision

When we look at search terms, we see combinations of words. But it’s the intent behind the search that we need to be addressing.
I can pull a bunch of short- and long-tail search terms, group them into topics and then create content to match those terms, but this misses out the biggest piece of the puzzle (the informational search) even if I try to weed out the intent-marking terms like “buy online” or “near me”.
This is where we ask ourselves why the user is performing their search, and in doing so outmaneuver the competition by creating answers to not only their questions, but their actual needs.

Serving user intent = user experience

Going for intent frees us from keyword tunnel vision. We aim to serve human searchers, not just what they type into that little white box in their browser. We think about what someone might want to know — the keywords are a secondary factor.
If you can’t give people the information they seek, you’re not going to do very well as a website, let alone a search engine.
Google’s ability to understand what we’re looking for and provide access to information has made it one of the most important developments in human culture and history, ever. As marketers, it therefore makes sense that we do everything we can to help our users — and Google — achieve their goals.
As search becomes more “human”, optimizing for user experience (i.e. intuitively giving people what they want) will become increasingly important. The simplest way to do this is to optimize for user intent; delivering on user intent creates better user experience, by definition.

The opportunity: Information seekers

For content marketers, the informational category offers the most significant opportunity for addressing user intent.
The traditional funnel (awareness, consideration, purchase) isn’t an accurate representation of how people seek information when they’re looking to buy something. In reality, it’s more like this:

Let’s put this into a real-word example.
Say you want to buy a digital camera. Photography gear isn’t cheap, so you want to do your research and make the best decision.
Your research process might go as follows:
  1. Google search for “Canon DSLR”
  2. See a product and look up reviews
  3. Shortlist items, look up reviews across YouTube, forums, blogs, overseas sellers, etc
  4. Decide on something that might be the right combination of price and features
  5. Search again for product name
  6. Shocked at the price, look up Gumtree used ads
  7. Find some items you hadn’t seen, Google for more info
  8. Refine your shortlist
  9. Go back to look for brand new cameras
  10. Notice Google Shopping or eBay ads and discover much cheaper prices for the same items
  11. Why are some people so much cheaper? Google the store names
  12. Whirlpool forum, find out that there’s a grey import market
  13. Look up grey import company reviews. Mainly forums come up
  14. Research into pros and cons of grey imports
  15. Start watching YouTube videos on totally different camera-related topics (e.g. photoshop, photography techniques) and consume this media
  16. Forget you were even shopping for a camera and start looking at lenses for days on end
  17. Days or weeks later, repeat this process until you feel confident you know enough to have made a good decision
  18. Purchase
  19. Continue researching for product support, tutorials, and new gear to go with your recent purchase
  20. Repeat ad nauseam.
(Source: this is more or less what I experienced myself when searching for a camera)
As you can see, there are multiple touchpoint where information is the key decision driver. You’re comparing products, learning the pros and cons, looking at related products, finding out about new purchasing channels, and so on.
The more places a brand can be during this process, the better.

People search repeatedly. Aim for their search refinements.

The moral of the story is that the information-gathering (or “consideration”) phase is the biggest slice of the funnel. By far.
Many brands get caught up in the final purchase stage and treat all searches as if they were transactional, but they shouldn’t. For most businesses, to limit yourself only to a website with prices on it is a huge missed opportunity.
This is the difference between YouTube or Facebook and Google Search. It’s very possible to come across something on social media or have Google suggest something to you at the bottom of the SERP, and for that to take you on a journey of learning and entertainment — and the further into your buying process you are, the more likely users are to engage.
We must understand how those people in the middle of the funnel are actually using the internet, and how they bounce around. The funnel model is a bit of a misnomer — very few people are really that linear in their decision making.
Brands must embrace the chaos that is the decision-making process and work out where they want to slot into the content landscape and engage with their prospective market. The time for websites to simply be online shopfronts is well and truly over.

But what about the cost of creating all this content?

You might ask yourself, “Why should retailers spend all that time and money creating content for someone who’s just going to buy used, or go somewhere else?”
Or is the real question: why aren’t they all doing it? Why isn’t everyone trying to one-up each other in positioning themselves as the place you should go to? A good salesperson who knows what they’re talking about and is genuinely interested in helping is the person I won’t for a second regret buying from.
They could create all this content and generate a Facebook page, Instagram account, YouTube subscriber count, newsletter or educational resource that users truly want to interact with. The bigger their following gets, the more they’ll be able to harness (i.e. monetize) that audience.
Their suppliers might start giving them special access to deals or new products, or they could begin holding paid events or meet-ups, with early access going exclusively to members of their list. Non-competing but related brands might start approaching them wanting to gain access to this audience, which would of course come at a fee.
These are just some of the ways that content marketing should be considered; it’s so much more than just blog posts optimized for high-volume keywords. All you need is some time and an internet connection, and something interesting, educational, informative or entertaining to say (which your audience actually wants to hear), and you will be able to build an audience.
People will forever look up YouTube reviews and forum comments. They’ll ask their Facebook friends, they’ll scroll through Instagram and Pinterest, all for different reasons and different stages of their indecision. In future they’ll search using their voice search assistant, and Google will show them results from whatever channel it deems fit. Being there is half the battle won.
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2023.05.31 23:29 Fia-Fooz BJs Fundraiser❗️❗️❗️

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2023.05.31 22:00 Rokett Per Scholas Review

I successfully finished Per Scholas software engineering and there aren't many reviews of this program.
I work as Jr Developer before, but it was mostly CSS and WordPress. I knew React and deployed a few (React) sites before attending but had no experience with Express and Mongo. All of my experience was in Frontend, UI, and UX. Near zero backend but I used strapi, firebase, and such.

Software engineering:
My program wasn't organized, and our instructors had a hard time following the curriculum. Some lessons were out of date for at least a year or 2, some didn't make any sense to begin with.
On the first day, they told us that Per S. uses the same program that Hack Reactor uses, but I don' think it is true. They might be teaching in the same order, but I don't think Hack Reactor would use this.
Overall quality is 1/5 compared to CodeSmith, Rithm, and LaunchSchool. I joined a few of their free classes, so I kind of know what quality is like.

This could be improved easily by just organizing the material and making it clear. Or, I mean at least send a spy to one of those bootcamps and copy the way they do it. Per S. isn't poor by any means, they have many offices around the US and employ hundreds of people. They have the funds, but their software engineering material is worst than a $30 Udemy course.

HTML and CSS lessons were 3/5
Javascript was 4/5
React 2/5
Express 4/5
Mongo 3/5
Final project: Nightmare.
For the final project, they show you how to write a full crud, MERN app and I haven't seen anything worst than this. The way the project is organized makes no sense. The code was so confusing, nobody had an idea of what is going on. Total waste of time.

They did not teach us how to deploy a full-stack app. To this date, I still don't know how to deploy a mern app. We skipped that part but the goal of the software engineering program is to be able to create and deploy a full-stack app. Go figure.

Good things:
My Instructors were awesome people, and that's the only reason why I woke up early every day and completed my cohort. If they had quality material to follow and use, I'm sure the overall experience would be so much better.
This isn't the people working there suck, it's the way the program and the material offered are low quality and unorganized.
Financial coach,
Career Coach,
Personal Development Coach, and other services:
Per scholas will assign you 3 coaches within the first 2 weeks. These services are great, and it's the only reason why I'm happy to attend Per Scholas.
My financial coach is awesome, he is a super happy guy and he is very helpful. Happy to know him.
My career coach organized an awesome event that opened many doors for me and gave me some great leads. He is awesome as well, he emails me every 2 weeks with new leads or just asks whats up.
My personal development coach re-created my resume from a dumpster fire to something beyond my imagination. That resume he created got a total of 14 interviews, and almost all of these companies were worth +$1 Billion, I got an interview with Yahoo and 3 other companies worth +$6 billion. I think that's all I need to say.
I stopped applying after getting a job, but I still get Zoom calls and emails from recruiters.
Yes, I got hired thanks to my career coach and my personal development coach. I started to apply for jobs in February/March, graduated in the first week of May, and got hired 10-15 days later.

I think they offer a few other services like civil services, applying for financial aid, and probably psychology-related things, which I haven't used but remember getting emails about them.

Overall coaching and non-software engineering-related things for me: 4/5
They do not offer technical interview prep for some reason, if you need that: 3/5.
I failed 3 interviews because of this but started to study on my own right after.

The big question, is it for you?
If you are like me, and know how to code but need to get into the discipline to wake up every day and need coaching here and there, I would say, yes it is.

If you don't know how to code, have no experience in this field, you don't even know what CSS is, I would say NO. because you will be wasting your time. However, this applies to other paid programs as well. 4 months isn't long enough to land a software job. The job market is a mess. If you live in New York, CA, and other populated cities, you might land something.
I think you should self-study for 6-12 months before applying to a paid BootCamp, or per scholas. Otherwise, you will be burnt out, confused, and out of $20K.

However, If you already have a profession in IT, could be anything, the coaching you get might be beneficial but would it be worth attending to 16-week BootCamp just for coaching? that's something you need to answer.
another problem with this course is that, since it is free, people aren't really committed to it. More than half of the class does not care about or know what's going on. By the time you reach the React module, there are people who ask questions about HTML.

Bonus: Should you attend a paid BootCamp?DEPENDS.
If they teach Mern stack, I would say NO.
If they teach Java or NET, and a frontend like React or Angular, I would say yes.
Odin project offers Full Stack Java if you need some free resources.
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2023.05.31 21:53 thatskymirian There is a new patch update for Sky: 🌈 Days of Color 🎵 Days of Music ✨ Other improvements [May 31, 2023 - 0.21.5]

(See the Known Issues post for 0.21.5 here.)
Shared by TGC on all major communication. Check out their tweet here:
Good news, Sky kids! 📣
We have a new patch update for Sky:
🌈 Days of Color
🎵 Days of Music
✨ Other improvements
See the patch notes for more 📬 bit.ly/SkyPatch0215
Patch notes transcript:
Greetings, Adventurers! In our latest update, prepare to head into the remaining Season of Passage quests, plus two colorful and musical events. We also introduce a feature to make it easier to get new in-game currency items during events, a new way to create music, plus another round of bug fixes.

The Final Lessons of Season of Passage Lie Ahead

The second half of Season of Passage is here! The final Seasonal Quests approach, with new lessons awaiting. As you progress through the quests, don’t forget to check in with the Passage Guide in Isle of Dawn. Not only will you be able to receive hearts and unlock masks, you may even find a prop you can use to share a game of footbag with other players.
The lesson of each Seasonal Quest is best experienced when completed with groups of other players, but all of these passages can be completed independently if desired. Except for the first quest, all quests are held at set intervals every 15 minutes.
Be sure to unlock expressions and exchange Seasonal Candles for any cosmetics you want from the Seasonal Spirits before the Season ends at 23:59 on June 25th (all times PDT, UTC -7). Content can be enjoyed by all players who have progressed to at least Hidden Forest.
Players with a Season Pass will also have the opportunity to unlock all items from the Seasonal Spirits and the Ultimate Gifts available through the Season of Passage Guide.

Introducing Event Currency

As you may have read in our recent blog post, in this update we’re introducing event currencies, a new category of currency to make it easier to get new in-game currency (IGC) event cosmetics. The aim is to make it easier to unlock new IGC event items simply by playing most of an event, without feeling pressure to save up Candles or Hearts in advance.
Event currencies can be exchanged for new IGC cosmetics or event-related spells. They can be found in the main area where the event is played, or in some cases, alongside the event’s themed daily quests, so you won’t need to go out of your way to add this currency to your inventory. In the levels, event currencies vary in appearance to fit the theme of their event. In your inventory, they'll appear as a ticket icon with a symbol on it that will be related to its specific event.
The basics:
  • The currency for a specific event is available only while that event is being held.
  • Currencies won’t carry over from one event to another, but enough are available during an event to unlock this year’s new IGC cosmetics.
  • You won’t need to get all the event currency available every single day to unlock new event items.
  • Currencies are placed in set locations each day, and their location in an event will rotate.
Event currencies have some similarities to Seasonal Candles. However, they have some key differences, like:
  • At the end of an event, unused event currencies do not convert to Candles or anything else.
  • From one event to another, there may be a different total number of event currency available each day.
Please note that there’s a limited amount of event currency available for each event, so if there’s a new IGC cosmetic you want, take note of how much event currency you’ll need to unlock it before deciding whether to spend a lot of that currency on event spells.
Be sure to check out our blog post and FAQ page for more info!

Rainbows Return in Days of Color

The most colorful time of Sky’s year is about to begin. From 00:00 June 1st until 23:59 June 14th, join in a celebration of the diversity that makes our shared world so vibrant. This year’s update further builds on the core themes that have been the focus of the event since its debut in 2020 as Days of Rainbow, celebrating diversity, hope, and above all making the world inside and outside of Sky more inclusive for everyone.
Two event guide Spirits greet a double rainbow in Home that offers Light to collect. Talk to them for the option of teleporting to where the main festivities will be held: an area high above Daylight Prairie, expanded specially for the occasion.
During the first eight days of the event, colorful platforms will gradually become available one-by-one. Charge them with the aid of other players, and once enough people have gathered to charge each platform, receive a reward of Light—or, once all eight platforms are charged, something even more lofty and brilliant. A nearby closet and magical spell-lending geyser can help if you need to make a quick cape change.
As you explore the event area and complete themed Daily Quests, keep an eye out for small iridescent, bubble-like spheres. These are the special event-themed currency you can use to unlock this year’s new IGC Days of Color cosmetic. Players can collect 8 every day during the event—and on days with themed Daily Quests, up to 12 each day! Explore a bit more on the weekends and you might find an extra bubble or two…
Note: The total number of event currency intended to be available during the event is affected by a bug. To offset that bug, we’ll add 8 event currency to the inventory of all players who log in during Days of Color. The only thing you need to do to receive this is to log into the game.
This year we’re proud to share that we’ll once again be supporting The Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention and mental health organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people. The Trevor Project’s programs include crisis services, education, peer support for people around the world, and other efforts to ensure young people can have the chance to thrive no matter who they are. You can read about our 2022 campaign with the Trevor Project here.
2023 Days of Color Campaign Items
  • Dark Rainbow Pack $9.99 (all prices USD)
    • As a token of gratitude in return, 40 regular Candles are included with the purchase of this campaign pack
    • $5.00: Days of Color 2023 campaign
    • $3.00: platform fees
    • $1.99: development
  • Rainbow Pack flower hair accessory: $19.99 (returning item)
    • As a token of gratitude in return, 75 regular Candles are included with the purchase of this campaign pack
    • $10.00: Days of Color 2023 campaign
    • $6.00: platform fees
    • $3.99: development
  • Double Rainbow Pack flower hair accessory: $9.99 (returning item)
    • As a token of gratitude in return, 40 regular Candles are included with the purchase of this campaign pack
    • $5.00: Days of Color 2023 campaign
    • $3.00: platform fees
    • $1.99: development
Other Days of Color Items
The cosmetics below will be offered for sale or in exchange for in-game currency. They can be found from the event guide Spirits, or from the in-game shop. (Please note that these are not campaign items.)
  • New This Year—Dark Rainbow Cape: 104 Days of Color currency
    • This is earned through our brand new event currency
  • Rainbow Cape: 175 Candles
  • Rainbow Trousers: 95 Candles
  • Rainbow Braid Accessory: 20 Hearts
  • New This Year—Dark Rainbow Tunic: $14.99
  • Rainbow Earring: $2.99
  • Rainbow Headphones: $9.99
  • Rainbow Hat: $9.99
Free trial spells for all items are available from the Sleepy Traveling Merchant’s Boat in Home. For more details about this year’s Days of Color, check out our recent blog post!

Melodies and Harmonies in Days of Music

New songs are about to ring out to introduce a cozy event! From 00:00 June 26th until 23:59 July 9, Harmony Hall in the Valley of Triumph is hosting Days of Music, a laid back gathering for players of any (or even no) music experience.
A Jam Station in Harmony Hall allows you to easily create music of your own. This new feature lets you dabble out tunes for solos, duets, or even four-part ensembles with an interface that makes it simple to loop them together and adjust as you go along.
A group of four Spirits from the Seasons of Gratitude and Rhythm will also arrive for the occasion, each one offering an instrument to unlock. New music sheets have been added to the music sheet challenges, which will also give each Sky kid an extra boost of Light if they sit down to try their hand at one, no minimum skill level needed!
Two new instruments will be added to Harmony Hall's lineup: a saxophone for event currency, and a violin as an IAP added during the second half of Days of Music.
With the brand new event currency feature, we’re still working to make sure the final balance for everything will be in order—we’ll share those details on our News page closer to the start of the event, so stay tuned!
These event items can be found at the counter (or Spirit standing nearby it) in Harmony Hall:
  • Music sheet: 5 Candles
  • Harmony Hairpin: 50 Candles (returning item)
  • Event currency items: stay tuned for details when the event approaches!
    • Marching Band Hat
    • Saxophone
  • Planned to be available from July 7—Triumph Violin: $19.99
Apart from the music sheet, free trial spells for these items (and the violin, once available) can be found at the counter. Days of Music content is available to all players who have progressed to at least Valley of Triumph.

More Updates

  • A lot of features that have been added to Sky are directly based on player feedback—expanding the Friendship Constellation, in-game translation, even being able to interact with Spirits with hugs and high fives (as just a few examples). The latest addition based on player requests: Huggable plushie props. Go forth and show love to your stuffed crab anywhere you go!
Developer Note: Many players love taking their plushie friends around Sky, so we added new ways to play with them! Plushies can now be picked up, hugged, and more. This is our first crack at the plushies and we plan on tinkering with them some more as we see players interact with them. Keep an eye out for more plushie updates in the future!
  • A monument has been added to the Starlight Desert area of Vault of Knowledge in honor of a late beloved coworker, and others to whom we’ve had to say goodbye. “In one of the stars I shall be living. In one of them I shall be laughing. And so, it will be as if all the stars will be laughing when you look at the sky at night.”

Improvements and Bug Fixes in this update include:


  • Various improvements to reduce players being separate from their friends when meditating to go to the seasonal area of Isle of Dawn or to join the Seasonal Quests.
  • Changes to make it easier for friends to teleport to a player in Festival Tech mode.
  • In Festival Tech mode, a player's own avatar will not be obscured from view by avatars from the crowd.
  • When standing near a player using the Do Not Disturb spell, the spell's icon appears above their head.
  • Updated music sheet rotations in Harmony Hall.

Want to know more about some other fixes in this patch? Find further details below!

  • The Overactive Overachiever's hair no longer has a gap when worn with the chibi mask.
  • Adjusted the alignment of the Tumbling Troublemaker's earrings.
  • Fixed Isle of Dawn Temple music playing instead of seasonal music in that level's seasonal area.
  • Update for timer text visibility in second Seasonal Quest.
  • Adjustments to ultimate mask to reduce clipping with various hairstyles.
General Fixes and Improvements:
  • [PlayStation] Savior achievement reliably granted.
  • [iOS, Android, Huawei] Added the option for players on mobile devices to link their Sky account to a Steam account.
  • Honking is very important, but not so important that it should interrupt Sky kids’ movement. So now, Sky kids no longer stop rolling, skipping, and doing any other traversal emote to stand up straight when they honk.
  • Friends and others should correctly see the stance a player is using, and that stance should no longer reset to default when going between areas or restarting the game.
  • Trial of Water opening cutscene is skippable.
  • Friendship should raise you up, not pull you down, so we fixed the bug causing a player to sink underground if they accepted a friendship request or unlocked a friendship interaction while being carried by piggyback.
  • Similarly, a player leading a friend by handhold won’t sink below the terrain when the person they're holding hands with dives deep underwater.
  • When two Spirits are standing close to each other and a player opens one of their Friendship Trees and then selects the other Spirit, the display correctly switches to the Friendship Tree of the selected Spirit.
  • Player will not leave edit mode if they tap outside of the keyboard when naming a Shared Space.
  • When recording Shared Memories, chatting will pause the recording while the avatar is standing still. Chat is disabled during a recording when swimming, flying, or otherwise moving.
  • Music sheets stop playing when you equip a new prop.
  • Spirits in Harmony Hall now use their instruments properly during a jam session.
  • Removed the mysterious invisible lead boots bug that made players walk underwater in one of the waterfall ponds in Sanctuary.
  • Friendship menu now closes automatically when two friends swim away from each other.
  • Duration of Kizuna AI STAR Pin effect updated from three seconds to 1 minute.
  • Fixed a bug causing avatars that were sitting or lying down to stand up when using an emote.
  • When a group of players is handholding or using piggyback, the players following in the chain will automatically attempt to join the Shared Space the group's leader is in.
  • Even though red notification dots that never ever ever ever go away are surely the most beloved thing that could appear in a menu, we have ultimately decided that the red dot for new inbox messages should not wear out its welcome. Thus, that red dot now disappears after reading the message.
Audio & Appearance
  • Fix to reduce flickering lighting on capes in bright environments.
  • Reduced the sound effects radius of instruments being played by other players.
  • Fixed a bug causing pillars and other objects in front of the first gate in Forest to be unusually dark or oddly lit.
  • Fixed clipping issues with Nature sunglasses and Sanctuary sunglasses masks.
  • Instrument no longer misplaced during the Hairtousle Teen's Spirit memory sequence, better suited to entertain us.
  • When two friends follow each other in the AURORA concert, doing so no longer leads to visual corruptions in cutscenes or transitions.
  • Fixed some missing and discolored polygons here and there, like behind the stage in the Village of Dreams Theater area and the Daylight Prairie Village area.
  • Fixed some gaps and pits that could trap players in Eden, plus some other clipping issues with the terrain.
  • Small fixes for visual effects affecting capes, with small changes such as gold diamonds on the Thoughtful Director's cape appearing metallic, and improvements to the visual recharge effect on the Season of Shattering Ultimate Light Cape.
Please refer to this page for known issues ongoing or introduced with this patch: Known Issues Patch 0.21.5
As always, we look forward to hearing your feedback, and encourage you to join the community discussion on our official Discord server at discord.gg/thatskygame!
Reminder I’m not TGC staff, just reposting their announcements :D
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2023.05.31 21:24 ChimpdenEarwicker The Mason & Dixon Movie Teaser/Beginning

I was reading through this section of Mason & Dixon and I realized that it would make an absolutely bonkers beginning to a movie. I decided to write it up for fun. I moved things around and retouched certain things as you might with a movie script. I realize this post is thorough proof of my insanity.
page 132 near bottom beginning "after all, what's being confin'd upon the Summit of a living Volcano" continuing to 134 "an instance of extra-terrestrial Plantation"
Scene 1 St. Helena circa 1730s: The camera races across a dark ocean at some point past sunset as this section of the text is narrated, ahead a dark shape looms (the island). There is no sound from the wind since the camera is utterly given over to it. Maskelyne and Mason are standing on a ridge outside the astronomy hut, though we cannot see them yet, we can hear their conversation as the camera approaches on the wind from afar. The moment the mysterious void envelopes them "till at length rolling overhead" the camera reaches overhead of Mason and Maskelyne. With Maskelyne looking past the camera in rapture, a terrific rainstorm begins. The scene continues on as they race around the hut shuttering open windows until they both sit down to drink. They discuss St. Helena as essentially an alien planet itself, and St. Helena is portrayed as like so many colonized planets in scifi, a property to be exploited and possessed in a desperate escape from the center..

page 134 beginning "One cloudless afternoon.." continuing to 135 "How soon is this that we are talking about?"
Scene 2 Mason and Maskelyne at the dying Orange Grove On St. Helena: Maskelyne ruminates about the end of the world. Visually the shot conveys this imagery "Houses with red Tile roofs preside over small Valleys, the Pasture lying soft as Sheep, -- all, with the volcanic Meadow where the two stand, circl'd by the hellish Cusps of Peaks unnatural, -- frozen in mid-thrust, jagged at every scale". This serves to further clarify that the location is St. Helena. Maskelyne portrays St. Helena as alive and cursed.

--- Some segway of Mason wondering how Dixon is doing brings us to Cape Town ---

page 154 beginning "I am done with that. I am a Farmer now." continuing to 154 "then enlarg'd the Hole myself"
Scene 3 Cape Town Dixon in the brothel with a former cop: An unhinged former police officer of the dutch slave colony talks about "escaping" what he perceives as colonialism to Dixon as they get drunk. This scene is connected to Scene 4 by slightly compressing things so that Dixon sees Vroom stumble out just as the cop finishes his narrative with "then enlarg'd the hole myself". Dixon drags Vroom out into the early morning.

page 155 beginning "Dixon returns to the Vroom residence" continuing to 155 "as likely as the next to hold a chance of ruin"
Scene 4 Cape Town returning to the Vroom residence: Dixon stumbles back into the Vroom house early morning, both disheveled, Vroom clearly very drunk and barely able to stand. Some of the daughters are awake in the house and give them side eye without addressing anything directly, the weight of the atrocity and sin at capetown permeates everything. The camera raises up to the window of one of the girls who is still asleep (maybe Greet?) and enters her dream.

page 155 beginning "In their Dreams they ever return to Prisons of Stone" continuing on to 155 "the traditional name, here, for an elder Brother"
Scene 5 The Dream and The Clock: "In their Dreams they ever return to Prisons of Stone, to Gates with Seals 'tis Death to break, the odor of soap and Slops, the Stillness of certain Corridors, the unchallengeable Love of a Tyrant, Yellow Light from unseen Watch-Fires flickering upon the Wall, and unexpectedly, rounding a particular Croner, to the tall Clock from Home, ringing the Quarter-Hour." There is a sequence of shots that roughly conveys the above imagery and ends with the girl rounding a corner to see the Vroom Clock (like a grandfather clock). The girl approaches the clock in rapture as the camera zooms slowly in, the clock "stands deep in the House, in a passageway between the Front and the Back,--- the two Worlds". The ticking becomes louder. The shot ends with her reflection in the glass panel of the clock, the next scene begins with a similar profile shot of her face.

page 155 "When Mason and Dixon arriv'd with the Elliot Clock" continuing on to 156 "Go carefully"
Scene 6 Greet Warns Dixon About Clocks: Scene involves Greet and Mason alone in a side room in the Vroom house, this scene could be connected to Scene 5 by suggesting it is a further extension of the dream. Greet warns Mason for his own safety to keep the state secret of his accurate clock from the Dutch and its use to find a method of determining latitude a secret. She may be trying to seduce him but she might also just be using the cover of trying to seduce to genuinely warn him of a danger to his life.

page 156 "Down in the Castle" continuing on to end of chapter
Scene 7 Zoom Out On The Ticking Time Bomb Of Cape Town: Narration here is accompanied by scenes that might involve showing interrogations, perhaps a montage showing multiple brutalities all with the camera focused on a clock in the corner, steadily dividing reality into a European colonialism... Scene 6 and Scene 7 could involve visual motifs on clock faces. A file by Dutch police on Mason is maybe shown.

--- Some segway of Dixon wondering how Mason is doing brings us back to St. Helena ---

page 160 beginning "I was out upon the Cliffs today" continuing to 162 "with all finer Motions lost in that Simplicity"
Scene 8 Back To St. Helena, The Ghost Of Dieter: The ghost story of Dieter is described here, the scene cuts between Maskelyne trying to talk Dieter back from jumping off the sheer cliff and Maskelyne describing it later to Mason. The wind is blowing extremely hard but there is no sound of wind in the shot with Maskelyne and Dieter. The shot begins with Maskelyne seeing Dieter alone facing the sea about to jump, as the scene ends with Maskelyne telling Mason "'We may sail with the Wind... at the same speed, working all its nuances, -- or we may stand still, and feel its full true Course and Speed upon us, with all finer Motions lost in that Simplicity." a shot of Dieter stepping off the cliff before Maskelyne even begins talking to him is shown.

page 164 beginning "Once, long before dawn..." continuing to 165 "She nods, her smile not, so far, terrible"
Scene 9 Mason Wakes Up: Scene 8 is framed as a dream/memory Mason just woke up from. Pitchblack, howling wind, absolutely incessant loud banshee wailing that begins to drift almost back from a dissonant tone into "entire orchestral Performances, of musick dstinctly not British,---Viennese, perhaps, Hungarian, even Moorish" (perhaps some Steve Reich style music?). Mason comes awake to this mix of howling and orchestra, the hut practically rattling to pieces from it, his colleague passed out drunk on the other side of the hut underneath a pile of books and telescopes or something. At this point it might be explained by introduced dialogue that Maskelyne will be the future head Royal Astronomer. Propelled by some unknown force Mason wanders out of the hut into the wind. This is on the windward side of an extremely remote rocky, volcanic island with dramatic lava flow cliffs.
Scene 10 Mason walks out into the night: Mason "enters the Wind, picks his way 'cross Boot-slashing Rock up over the ridgeline and down unto the floor of a ruin'd ebony forest, where among fog-wisps and ancient black logging debris polish'd by the Wind, [his dead wife Rebecca] accosts him shiv'ring in his Cloak. The Ocean beats past the tiny accidental island" Mason sees his dead wife, this is made evident in the trailer through context. This scene might also include a flashback as Mason makes eye contact with his dead wife's ghost to the first time Mason sees her, allegedly, during the Octuple Cheese incident... Perhaps the sequence is 1. Mason looks up to see a gap in the clouds where for one moment the full moon passes through, this is a zoomed in telephoto with the moon occupying almost the entire shot 2. we flashback to the Octuple Cheese rolling by in an echo visual of the moon (not really understood by the audience now as anything but an abstract visual shot). 3. THEN mason sees her ghost as he looks down from the sky.
page 172 beginning "He tries teasing her with his earth-bound Despair" to end of chapter
Scene 10 Rebecca's ghost continued: Mason tries to figure out if it is really her by asking her annoying question about the stars that she would hate. She laughs at him for needing a reason for life and though a ghost laughing doesn't translate that well... this is the emotional beat Mason goes from being terrified this is some devilish creature imitating his wife to "knowing" it is really her somehow. Mason and Rebecca reminisce about how she believed the stars were aliens visitors in the sky when Rebecca was alive... Rebecca tells Mason to live life and move on. Rebecca's ghost disappears into the wind.
Scene 11 Next Day: Mason can't sleep the rest of the night, Maskelyne is passed out til basically noon the next day. Time is shown to pass. When Maskelyne wakes he asks if Mason came in at a very early hour in the morning. Mason, not really trusting the slightly insane Maskelyne and shaken from seeing the ghost of his dead wife denies it. Maskelyne says it must have been his soldier friend Dieter in an unhinged way. Perhaps Maskelyne is sitting with the two dueling pistols looking at Mason with a murderous intent, perhaps Maskelyne actually aims a pistol at Mason here. It is clear there is NOBODY else around and that Maskelyne could straight up murder Mason with no real repercussions.
*dissonant orchestral music and wind swell back*

page 173 beginning "He runs without delay down to the shingle and begins assembling a Signal-Fire"
Scene 12 Drone Shot Of Mason Careening Down Slope To Shore: orchestral music plays here simultaneously dissonant with a voice singing one of Mason & Dixon's songs, perhaps the song on page 130 "Well Sailor ahoy". Perhaps Mason careening down the slope is mirrored by cuts to the Octuple Cheese careening down a slope, with the moment Mason reaches the shore and lights the signal fire cutting back on the strike of a match to the Octuple Cheese looming about to flatten Mason who is then shoved by an arm (Rebecca's) intruding from outside the frame at the last moment. When the dhow sees the fire and comes into shore the music and wind reaches a crescendo of silence for the moment that the disembodied voice whispers "Break-neck". Maskelyne is seen from the ridge as a sort of alien. The scene ends with the dhow leaving the shore.

page 175 beginning of chapter
Scene 13 Zoomed Telephoto Shot Of Castle Rock: This is a short shot, it is mainly there to serve as the gateway between two worlds. The dhow crosses the zoomed telephoto shot, centered right at the moment it passes from the windward side to the leeward side with the volcanic cliffs filling the frame on one side and the sky and sea the other, the music ends here abruptly as the ship crosses back to the land of the living. Mason is shown in a closeup shot on the ship to be oblivious to the approach of this transition and is only made aware of it when a bit of cloth or rope whipping in the wind he was fixating on in a sort of distracted trance suddenly loses its animation and becomes motionless. Mason looks up, the boats crew presently sets lines out to fish and Mason briefly seems to come back to reality.

page 175 beginning of chapter
Scene 14 Mason is left at Break-neck: Mason wades from the dow onto the beach, oddly at ease and continues in a "Road-Trance". A series of short shots convey a walk of some distance. Finally Mason finds himself walking along the wall to a building, nobody is around, the sunlight is harsh and austere. He sees the ear museum. Perhaps a shot along the wall of the building that closely suggests a side profile of a head.

beginning page 176 "Mason is chargin'd to find set in a low Wall" and page 177 beginning "Naive Mason. First he must endure the [show]", the text of page 175 and 177 explaining the origin of the ear is conveyed in Nick Mournival's "show" (Nick Mournival cast as Danny Devito)
Scene 15 The Entrance To The Ear: A silent physical comedy scene is portrayed here where Mason sees the sign, has some expression on his face of "seriously, shit isn't weird enough today right?" (think Doc in the Inherent Vice movie). The camera shows a shot of the wall centered on the gnomelike entrance to the museum. You see Mason's legs walk into the frame, stop, shift, then Mason stoops down into the shot to look at the door. Mason then gets up and tries to hop up and peek over the wall. An overgrown garden is shown. While this is happening Nick Mournival begins his "show" as a voice over to the scene. This conveys the origin of the ear on (page 175 and page 177) to the audience as an audio over the (technically preceding in the text) physical comedy scene with Mason. Mason is strangely compelled to climb through the gnomedoor down the rabbit hole into the cave. The last shot of Mason from outside perhaps portrays the building as a head protruding from the island, the tunnel then the ear canal (or...?).
Nick Mournival ends his explanation of Jenkin's Ear with the description of Jenkin's governship of St. Helena. Mason through the darkness of the tunnel sees the portrait of Jenkin's revealed by a lit candle (on the bottom of page 177) . A slight re-arrangement of dialogue is done here so this sequence ends with Nick Mournival saying "Think of it as the closest thing you're apt to see to Helen's Face, and for one Pistole 'tis a Bargain" (page 176). Mason replies "Bit steep, isn't it? Where, ehm, are you, by the way... the Echo in here, --"
*Nick Mournival is revealed in a quasi-jumpscare*

page 177 beginning "in the straight and increasingly malodorous space where they crouch" continuing to 180 "may you fare better in the life you resume, than ever did I in the one I abandon'd"
Scene 16 The Ear: the scene continues pretty much as it is written from here with the slight change that Nick Mournival directly prompts/threatens Mason to use the Chronoscope. Nick Mournival is established from being dressed extremely finely as some kind of rich CEO (that basically owns this island thousands of miles from any exterior help) that for some terrifying reason is now banished? to live under the earth caretaking for a supernatural ear... This scene is trippy and terrifying with the ear portrayed like a campy horror movie radioactive specimen. Nick Mournival is shown, like Maskelyne to be unhinged and ready to kill Mason.

page 180 beginning "Having squirm'd past the last obstacle" continuing to "then Rain, salt from the Leagues of Vacant Ocean"
Scene 17 Mason Stumbles Into The Overgrown Courtyard: Mason stumbles out, Nick Mournival's song shut to silence as the door closes behind him. The camera hangs overhead looking down at the courtyard, Mason stumbles into the center of it, voices from all over the island can be heard as the camera rotates parallel with Mason as he begins "like a Dog, to explore the Walls, proceeding about the stone Perimeter. Bright green Vines with red trumpet-shap'd Flowers brighter indeed than the Day really allows". If the camera did not rotate with Mason, Mason would be proceeding like the hand of a clock from the camera's perspective above. The camera begins to rise over Mason, still looking straight down, the walls of the courtyard impossibly elongating like the tube of a telescope in a Dolly Zoom effect as another rainstorm breaks out echoing the one in the beginning of this movie.

page 181 beginning "Are you suggesting there's some other reason for his long Sojurn there" continuing to end of chapter
Scene 18 On The Ship Home To England: It is established that time has passed and that Mason & Dixon are together on a ship back to England. During their conversation Mason stares down into his beer, the camera adopts his point of view looking down into a square beer glass (in a compositional echo of the courtyard shot in Scene 17). The shot shifts to Maskelyne to doing the same thing in his astronomy hut while the dialogue continues on between Mason & Dixon. Maskelyne is again drunk and looks up at the stars seeing double (from being drunk). Here is interjected Mason or Dixon quoting James Bradley's paper to the Royal Society that announced the Abberation Of Light Bradley discovered years earlier on St. Helena (that Maskelyne is in the shadow of) in a fashion like a famous quote not recited to inform but to repeat a well-worn mantra. The scene the continues on to the end of the chapter as written with the promise that Mason & Dixon will go on to survey the U.S. (the rest of the movie :P).

Description Of James Bradley's discovery of the aberration of light
> While sailing the Thames, he noticed how a vane atop the mast changed direction as the boat turned, despite the fact that the wind remained blowing in the same direction. Bradley suggested that analogously, the apparent shift in the position observed in the stars was a result of of a combination of the transmission of light at a finite speed from the star and the annual movement of the Earth around the Sun. This is what is known as the aberration of light. The letter from Bradley to Halley referencing this phenomenon was read to the Royal Society in January 1729.
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2023.05.31 20:37 pitaenigma Happy Pride Month r/Israel!

Happy pride month Israel!
The subreddit, like many corporations that do nothing throughout the year, is celebrating pride month with a rainbow snoo and a pinned thread! We’re at the forefront of activism!
Like we did last year, here are a list of pride events hosted by cities, universities, and honestly whatever else I’m blatantly stealing from Haaguda Lemaan Halahatab, organized by date. If there is a link missing, it’s because I couldn’t find it (because their website is a nightmare) or because I gave up partway through. Some of these events I’m pretty sure are not Pride events (Lightyear screening? Really?) but I included them because the Aguda people did. Feel free to add links and other events to this post and I will add them whenever I notice.
1.6: M.E. Eshkol (evening pride event), Jerusalem (Pride parade), Yad Hanna (Pride event)
2.6: Kiryat Bialik (Pride weekend), Tel Aviv (Dyke March)
3.6: Shoham (Pride event)
4.6: Hebrew University Ein Kerem (Pride event), Shoham (Queer Author Event)
5.6: College of Management Academic Studies (Pride event), Hebrew University Mount Scopus (Pride event), Ben Gurion University (Pride event), Ein Kerem campus (Pride event)
6.6: Northern District (Academic conference about LGBT resources), Hod Hasharon (Pride march+show, though the website says something else, I have no idea), Yehud Monosson (Queer family event), Shoham (Teen LGBT event), Jordan Valley (LGBT race), Bar Ilan University (Pride event), Sapir college (Pride event)
7.6: Haifa University (Pride event), David Yellin College (3 day long LGBT stands no I do not have any idea what this means)
8.6: Ramat Gan (Tel Hashomer Medical LGBT convention), Kfar Vradim (Pride march), Tel Aviv (Pride march lasting 2 days, one is a party),
10.6: Drom Hasharon (Pride weekend), Jordan Valley (Pride weekend)
11.6: Givatayim (Pride event lasting many days, not listing them all), Ramat Gan (pool party), Oranim College (Pride month themed lecture)
12.6: Golan (Pride event), Yehud Monosson (Board gayme night), Ramat Gan (“Lightyear” screening, I wish I was kidding), Tel Aviv University (Pride event), Nesher (Pride event)
13.6: Raanana (Pride march), Ramat Gan (Safari tour, somehow, idfk)
14.6: Agriculture Faculty (Pride event), West Galilee College (Pride event), Beit Berel (Pride event), Ramat Gan (sick of their shit, done writing about them), Kibbutzim College (Pride event)
15.6: Ramat Hanegev (Pride event), Kiryat Ono (Pride event), Ramat Gan (central pride march), Herzliyah (Pride event), Haifa (Pride march), Rishon Letziyon (Pride March)
16.6: Kiryat Bialik (Pride event), Tel Hai (Pride event)
17.6: Yehud Monosson (Mizrachi pride event)
18.6: Yehud Monosson (family lecture)
20.6: M.E. Gezzer (Sapir Berman lecture), Rosh Haayin (Pride event), Yehud Monosson (lgbt movie screening)
21.6: Tel Hai (Pride party), Ashkelon (Pride event)
22.6: Beersheba (Pride march), Netanya (Pride march), Modiin Makabim Reut (Pride march), Afula (Pride march), Ramat Gan (Women’s party), Harish (Pride event), Ramat Hasharon (Pride event), M.E. Hevel Eilot (Pride event), Hof Hakarmel (Pride event)
23.6: Kfar Saba (Pride event), Ramat Gan (queer kabalat shabat), M.E. Hevel Eilot (Pride event)
25.6: Reichman (Pride event)
26.6: Ashdod (Pride march)
27.6: Givat Shmuel (Pride evening)
29.6: Ramat Yishai (Pride event), Bat Yam (Queer family picnic), Rehovot (Pride march), Bnei Shimon (Pride event), Weizman Institute (Pride event), Tiberias (Probable pride event), M.E. Hevel Eilot (Pride event)
30.6: Mitzpe Ramon (Pride march), Hadera (Pride event), Yoav (Pride event), Givat Shmuel (Pride event)
5.7: Tivon (Pride event)
7.7: Emek Yizrael College (Pride event)
20.7: Yokneam Illit (Pride event)
24.7: Petach Tikva (Drag show)
If you are a member of the LGBTQ+ community in need of help, there are multiple organizations that are there and willing to help. A few I know of are Haaguda Lemaan Halahatab (general LGBT aid), The Trans Center (transgender people), The Lionesses (parents of trans kids), Igy (queer youth), Havruta (gay religious men), Bat Kol (religious lesbians). Check your local area for LGBT groups that can help, and if you DM me (about this specifically and nothing else - see rule 9) I will try to help.
Here are a few questions and answers that might pop up (I stole them from my post last year)
Why isn't there a Pride Parade in (insert Arab town)
Pride parades are organized by local volunteers, and are heavily supervised by police. While האגודה למען הלהט"ב and other organizations do help, they work with local activists. This is also why there isn't one in Bnei Brak, or many other cities. This is a troll question meant to distract from other issues.
Why do we need a Pride month?
Pride started as a protest, and is likely to become more of one soon. LGBTQ rights are under attack worldwide, with the movement against it gaining power and influence. This government includes parties that are explicitly homophobic, including one whose sole purpose is the eradication of non-straight people. Anti-LGBTQ talking points are circulating more and more often, many homegrown but some imported from American grifters, with many of those grifters coming here personally to spread them. It is increasingly important to show ourselves and say we will not be erased.
I'm straight, should I come to my local pride events?
Yes. It’s not a day explicitly meant for you, but it’s one where we show we matter, and having people join in is a strong move. Besides, it’s usually just fun.
I don't want to see half-naked dudes making out in public
It's June and beach season, so you're probably seeing that anyway. Still, most Pride events (all of them other than the Tel Aviv one, really, and I don't go to the Tel Aviv one because I'm a reddit mod and allergic to people) are fairly low-key events. People walk with flags and shout slogans, then there's music and merch at the end. Some people do face paint. There's a guy with an anti-circumcision poster who seems to be at every single event, I've never spoken to him but he gets into a lot of fights. Bigger events (Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa) might have a politician or two, but most prefer to just say nice words and not bother making an appearance.
Should I get involved?
YES. There is a huge shortage of volunteers country-wide and these marches cannot happen without them. If you have time, the day of a march, contact your local organizer. If you don't know who they are, look at local FB groups or maybe ask me and I can ask around.
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2023.05.31 20:04 Dismal-Jellyfish Fed Governor Jefferson: "While my base case forecast for the U.S. economy is not a recession, higher interest rates and lower earnings could test the ability of businesses to service debt"

Fed Governor Jefferson:

Financial Stability and the U.S. Economy Governor Philip N. Jefferson At the 22nd Annual International Conference on Policy Challenges for the Financial Sector, Washington, D.C.


  • While my base case forecast for the U.S. economy is not a recession, higher interest rates and lower earnings could test the ability of businesses to service debt.
  • In addition, and perhaps more in focus given the recent events affecting certain areas of the banking sector, higher interest rates could further exacerbate stress at banking organizations, especially those that are highly exposed to longer-duration assets and have a relatively high ratio of uninsured deposits to total deposits.
  • A decision to hold our policy rate constant at a coming meeting should not be interpreted to mean that we have reached the peak rate for this cycle.
    • Indeed, skipping a rate hike at a coming meeting would allow the Committee to see more data before making decisions about the extent of additional policy firming.
  • "Moreover, household and business balance sheets are generally strong, and the credit quality of loans is generally much better than on the eve of the Global Financial Crisis."
    • "Leverage across key parts of the financial sector, including especially the largest banks and broker-dealers, is much lower than in the mid-2000s."
  • Even so, we remain vigilant to the potential for vulnerabilities to emerge.
    • "First, recent stresses highlighted the importance of effective liquidity and interest rate risk management, including both reliance on uninsured deposits and exposure to duration risk in asset holdings."
      • "While the resilience of the financial sector will limit the spillovers from recent events, I expect those strains to lead to a further tightening in credit supply from banks that will weigh on economic activity."
    • "Second, it is also important to assess how changes in the financial sector, including expanded use of online banking and shifts in behavior that may be driven by access to social media, may alter the potential speed of deposit flows.'
    • "Third, the weakness in some sectors of commercial real estate will affect the credit quality of those types of commercial real estate loans and thereby place strains on lenders with high concentrations of those loans."
      • "Changes in work preferences and the increase in remote work is leading to a reassessment of the outlook for office and associated retail properties, and it will take time for the extent of that weakness to become clearer."
  • "As Vice Chair for Supervision Michael Barr has noted, finalizing the Basel III reforms is a high priority for the Federal Reserve."
    • "The revised framework should improve the resilience of the banking system by producing more robust and internationally consistent capital requirements for large firms, building on improvements made to the capital framework following the Global Financial Crisis." "
    • "Importantly, the revised framework is expected to reduce unwarranted variability in capital requirements."
    • "By increasing standardization, these reforms aim to increase transparency and public confidence in risk-weighted assets while also reducing complexity."


  • While it's not all doom and gloom, the big "R" (Recession) isn't in Jefferson's crystal ball--must be on the fritz (he needs new batteries, he should pick those up from GameStop!...)
    • Jefferson admits rising interest rates and dwindling earnings could turn debt servicing into a a complete anchor for businesses.
      • Banks in particular might feel the squeeze from higher rates, especially those playing fast and loose with longer-term assets and those chunky pile of uninsured deposits.
  • Jefferson is playing coy with the policy rate talk doesn't mean we've hit peak as discussed this morning.
  • Jefferson claims households and businesses are mostly in the black, and loan quality is looking a lot healthier than during the Global Financial Crisis.
  • But hey, complacency is for the birds he claims the Fed is on the lookout for sneaky vulnerabilities...:
    • From a shift towards online banking and social media whims impacting deposit flows, to commercial real estate wobbles due to our newfound love for WFH destroying commercial real estate values, Jefferson is keeping his eyes peeled!
    • Completion of the Basel III reforms are on the docket--finally!

Full Speech:

Good afternoon, everyone. It is a pleasure to be here and share my perspective on some key challenges policymakers currently face. Before I begin, let me remind you that the views I will express today are my own and are not necessarily those of my colleagues in the Federal Reserve System.
This conference is timely and relevant. Among the topics covered are current financial stability risks and vulnerabilities, potential developments in banking supervision and regulation, and operational risk and resilience under evolving technologies. During the next three days, you will have an opportunity to engage in stimulating discussions with expert panelists on these and other critical issues.
Today, I would like to share with you, at a high level, some of the Federal Reserve's recent and ongoing initiatives on a few of these issues. I also want to share with you an overview of the Federal Reserve's approach toward financial stability and my thoughts on interactions between the economic outlook and financial stability. My remarks will be U.S. focused, fully understanding that other countries monitor financial stability similarly and that the health of the U.S. economy and financial system has an impact on other countries, and vice versa.
The Federal Reserve's Approach Toward Financial StabilityA stable financial system is resilient even in the face of sharp downturns or stress events. It provides households and businesses with the financing they need to participate and thrive in a well-functioning economy. It is difficult to anticipate or prevent shocks, but sound policies can mitigate their impact. At the Federal Reserve, we work hard to make sure that an initial shock in one area of the financial system does not spill over to other markets or institutions and cause severe or widespread strains. Such spillovers could disrupt the flow of credit and cause outsized declines in employment and economic activity. It is not our role, nor should it be our objective, to influence the allocation of credit within or across sectors of the U.S. economy.
Financial and nonfinancial institutions and households are linked through a web of relationships. The economic activities of households and businesses depend on the strength of financial institutions' balance sheets, as households and businesses obtain funding through the financial sector. Similarly, the health of the financial sector hinges on the strength of the balance sheets of households, businesses, and financial institutions, as financial institutions' assets are the liabilities of these sectors.
The Federal Reserve monitors and assesses potential vulnerabilities that may develop because of interactions among key participants. We do that by focusing on the safety and soundness of individual supervised institutions and by looking across the entire financial and nonfinancial system for potential risks and vulnerabilities. These risks and vulnerabilities can include elevated valuation pressures, excessive borrowing by households and businesses, excessive leverage in the financial system, and elevated funding risks. In other words, at the Federal Reserve, we use both microprudential and macroprudential approaches to monitor the health of financial institutions and the financial sector.
The recent banking stress events remind us that risks and vulnerabilities in financial markets are continuously changing. That is why the staff at the Federal Reserve is constantly monitoring domestic and foreign financial markets and institutions, as well as the financial condition of households and businesses, with the goal of identifying current and future vulnerabilities. Such forward-looking financial stability monitoring helps inform policymakers about ongoing vulnerabilities in the financial system that may amplify a range of potential adverse events or shocks.
The U.S. Financial System and Economic OutlookU.S. financial markets and institutions remain resilient even though financial stability risks and vulnerabilities in the U.S. financial system have increased since the recent stress events. Conditions in the banking sector have stabilized thanks, in part, to decisive emergency actions taken in March by the Federal Reserve, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Treasury. The Federal Reserve, using existing regulatory and supervisory tools, is working to ensure that banks improve and update their liquidity, commercial real estate, and interest rate risk-management practices.
I expect spending and economic growth to remain quite slow over the rest of 2023, due to tight financial conditions, low consumer sentiment, heightened uncertainty, and a decline in household savings that had built up after the onset of the pandemic. Inflation has come down substantially since last summer, but it is still too high, and by some measures progress has been decelerating recently, particularly in the core services sector. While it is reasonable to expect that the recent banking stress events will lead banks to tighten credit standards further, the amount of tightening and the magnitude of the effect such tightening might have on the U.S. economy is not yet clear, and this uncertainty complicates economic forecasts.
Short-term interest rates are 5 percentage points higher than they were a little over a year ago. History shows that monetary policy works with long and variable lags, and that a year is not a long enough period for demand to feel the full effect of higher interest rates. While my base case forecast for the U.S. economy is not a recession, higher interest rates and lower earnings could test the ability of businesses to service debt. In addition, and perhaps more in focus given the recent events affecting certain areas of the banking sector, higher interest rates could further exacerbate stress at banking organizations, especially those that are highly exposed to longer-duration assets and have a relatively high ratio of uninsured deposits to total deposits. Since late last year, the Federal Open Market Committee has slowed the pace of rate hikes as we have approached a stance of monetary policy that will be sufficiently restrictive to return inflation to 2 percent over time. A decision to hold our policy rate constant at a coming meeting should not be interpreted to mean that we have reached the peak rate for this cycle. Indeed, skipping a rate hike at a coming meeting would allow the Committee to see more data before making decisions about the extent of additional policy firming. With that said, let me turn to the topics covered in our two sessions this afternoon.
Current Financial Stability Risks and VulnerabilitiesDuring the first session this afternoon, you will be discussing current financial stability risks and vulnerabilities as well as historical parallels. As we have seen in the past couple of months, the failure of a large banking organization, even if not deemed individually systemically important under our regulations, can cause markets to reassess the condition of other firms with roughly similar size and risk profiles, and the resulting spillovers can generate significant negative consequences for the broader economy. As I mentioned earlier, conditions in the banking sector have stabilized. Moreover, broader U.S. financial markets and the overwhelming majority of financial institutions have been resilient to the recent stress events.
The resilience of the financial system to current salient risks can be appreciated by contrasting it to the 2008 Global Financial Crisis. Leading up to the Global Financial Crisis, housing markets were substantially overvalued, mortgage underwriting standards were weak, and home mortgages were at substantial risk of falling underwater if house prices fell. Yet banks had limited loss-absorbing capacity and were heavily reliant on wholesale short-term funding, and interconnections across the financial system were opaque. When housing markets weakened, opacity contributed to investors' fears, short-term funding pulled away, and excessive leverage led to fire sales as financial institutions experienced losses and major firms failed or were rescued by the government. The economy experienced a deep recession, and unemployment ultimately reached 10 percent.
The current resilience of the financial sector points to substantially more limited spillovers from recent events. The failures of Silicon Valley Bank, Signature Bank, and First Republic Bank showed excessive reliance at those institutions on uninsured deposits and excessive exposure to interest rate risk. Even so, the overwhelming majority of banks have strong balance sheets with limited leverage, high levels of loss-absorbing capacity, and healthy liquidity. Moreover, household and business balance sheets are generally strong, and the credit quality of loans is generally much better than on the eve of the Global Financial Crisis. Leverage across key parts of the financial sector, including especially the largest banks and broker-dealers, is much lower than in the mid-2000s.
Even so, we remain vigilant to the potential for vulnerabilities to emerge. Three areas of potential concern have been the focus of our supervisory and regulatory work. First, recent stresses highlighted the importance of effective liquidity and interest rate risk management, including both reliance on uninsured deposits and exposure to duration risk in asset holdings. While the resilience of the financial sector will limit the spillovers from recent events, I expect those strains to lead to a further tightening in credit supply from banks that will weigh on economic activity. Second, it is also important to assess how changes in the financial sector, including expanded use of online banking and shifts in behavior that may be driven by access to social media, may alter the potential speed of deposit flows. Third, the weakness in some sectors of commercial real estate will affect the credit quality of those types of commercial real estate loans and thereby place strains on lenders with high concentrations of those loans. Changes in work preferences and the increase in remote work is leading to a reassessment of the outlook for office and associated retail properties, and it will take time for the extent of that weakness to become clearer.
Ongoing Regulatory Capital InitiativesLater in the afternoon, during the second session of the conference, you will be discussing a few key ongoing regulatory capital initiatives, focusing on the completion of the Basel III reforms. As Vice Chair for Supervision Michael Barr has noted, finalizing the Basel III reforms is a high priority for the Federal Reserve. The revised framework should improve the resilience of the banking system by producing more robust and internationally consistent capital requirements for large firms, building on improvements made to the capital framework following the Global Financial Crisis. Importantly, the revised framework is expected to reduce unwarranted variability in capital requirements. By increasing standardization, these reforms aim to increase transparency and public confidence in risk-weighted assets while also reducing complexity.
As we speak, the staffs of the U.S. federal banking agencies are diligently working on a Basel III endgame proposal that should be issued for public comment soon. At the same time, the Federal Reserve staff is considering ways to enhance the ability of stress tests to capture a wider range of risks and identify vulnerabilities at the largest banking organizations.
ConclusionBased on this brief overview of the issues, this afternoon promises to be invigorating and informative. I look forward to hearing how the panel discussions go. I hope that you enjoy the conference.
Thank you.
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2023.05.31 18:39 TotalHoneydew3316 Guys help

Guys help
I ordered my package 16/05 still not here
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THUNDER BAY, ON , May 31, 2023 /CNW/ - Clean Air Metals Inc. (" Clean Air Metals " or the " Company ") (TSXV: AIR) (FRA: CKU) (OTCQB: CLRMF) announces that it has filed its audited consolidated financial statements and management's discussion and analysis for the year ended January 31 , 2023, available for viewing on
Financial Highlights
  • Total assets as at January 31, 2023 of $42,290,356
  • Total cash as at January 31, 2023 of $6,871,401
  • Working capital as at January 31, 2023 of $11,684,677
  • Shareholder's equity as at January 31, 2023 of $38,864,372
During the fiscal year ended January 31, 2023 as previously reported, the Company:
  • Closed the first tranche in the amount of $10 million of a $15 million non-dilutive mineral royalty financing agreement effective Dec. 16, 2022 , with Triple Flag Precious Metals Corp. The Triple Flag royalty agreement features a 2.5-per-cent net smelter returns (NSR) mining royalty for all mineral product produced on the Thunder Bay North critical minerals (platinum, palladium, copper and nickel) project in Northern Ontario, Canada , temporarily excepting the Escape claims. Subsequent to January 31, 2023 , the Company received the second tranche of $5 million and added the Triple Flag royalty to the Escape claims.
  • Completed 2022 diamond drilling, including 17625 m on the Escape and 7068 m on the Current Critical Metal Deposits in November, 2022.
  • Signed an Exploration Agreement with its First Nation Partners, the Fort William First Nation, the Red Rock Indian Band and the Biinjitiwaabik Zaaging Anishinaabek for the Thunder Bay North Project in April, 2022.
  • Announced the closing of a $12.5 million equity and flow through private placement on strong institutional support, including Michael Gentile , CFA, in February, 2022.
Financial Summary
For the year ended
January 31,2023 January 31,2022
Operating Expenses $ 5,565,889 $ 3,405,191
Net Loss and Comprehensive Loss (4,816,873) (2,170,832)
Loss per share –
Basic and Diluted $ (0.02) $ (0.02)
Total Assets $ 42,290,356 $ 35,059,465
Total Liabilities 3,425,984 4,027,436
Total Shareholders' Equity $ 38,864,372 $ 31,032,029
Full details of the financial reports and operating results for the year ended January 31, 2023 are described in the Company's audited consolidated financial statements with accompanying notes and related Management's Discussion and Analysis, available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com
CEO Statement
Abraham Drost , CEO stated, "We are pleased that due to the participation of Triple Flag Precious Metals in a royalty financing completed in December 2022 , the Company was able to minimize share dilution and remains in a sound financial position. We expect that cash on hand is sufficient to fund the Company's activities well into 2024."
Grant of Incentive Stock Options
The Company also announces that it has granted an aggregate of 2,032,728 incentive stock options (the "Stock Options"), subject to TSX Venture Exchange approval. The Stock Options are being granted as long-term incentive awards with an exercise price of $0.08 for a period of 5 years and subject to vesting terms.
Qualified Person
Dr. Geoff Heggie, Ph.D., P.Geo., a Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101 and Vice President - Exploration for the Company, has reviewed and approved all technical information in this press release.
Social Engagement
Clean Air Metals Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiary Panoramic PGMs ( Canada ) Ltd. acknowledge that the Thunder Bay North Critical Minerals Project is on the traditional territories of the Fort William First Nation, Red Rock Indian Band and Biinjitiwabik Zaaging Anishinabek. The parties together are the Cooperating Participants in a Memorandum of Agreement dated January 9, 2021 (press release January 11, 2021 ) and Exploration Agreement signed April 13, 2022 (press release April 14, 2022 ).
The Company appreciates the opportunity to work in these territories and remains committed to the recognition and respect of those who have lived, traveled, and gathered on the lands since time immemorial. Clean Air Metals is committed to stewarding Indigenous heritage and remains committed to building, fostering and encouraging a respectful relationship with First Nations and Métis peoples based upon principles of mutual trust, respect, reciprocity and collaboration in the spirit of reconciliation.
About Clean Air Metals Inc.
Clean Air Metals' flagship asset is the 100% owned, high grade Thunder Bay North Critical Minerals Project, a platinum, palladium, copper, nickel project located near the City of Thunder Bay, Ontario and the Lac des Iles Mine owned by Impala Platinum. The Thunder Bay North Critical Minerals Project hosts the twin magma conduit bodies which host the Current and Escape deposits forming the basis for the new mineral resource estimate subsequently reported on May 4, 2023
Executive Chair Jim Gallagher, P.Eng. and COO Mike Garbutt, P.Eng., lead an experienced technical team studying the economics of a sustainable mining operation at Thunder Bay North. As the former CEO of North American Palladium Ltd. which owned the Lac des Iles Mine prior to the sale to Impala Platinum in December 2019, Jim Gallagher and team are credited with the mine turnaround and creation of significant value for shareholders.
" Abraham Drost "
Abraham Drost , Chief Executive Officer of Clean Air Metals Inc.
Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.
Cautionary Note
The information contained herein contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of applicable securities legislation. Forward-looking statements relate to information that is based on assumptions of management, forecasts of future results, and estimates of amounts not yet determinable. Any statements that express predictions, expectations, beliefs, plans, projections, objectives, assumptions or future events or performance are not statements of historical fact and may be "forward-looking statements." Forward-looking statements are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties which could cause actual events or results to differ from those reflected in the forward-looking statements, including, without limitation: political and regulatory risks associated with mining and exploration; risks related to the maintenance of stock exchange listings; risks related to environmental regulation and liability; the potential for delays in exploration or development activities or the completion of feasibility studies; the uncertainty of profitability; risks and uncertainties relating to the interpretation of drill results, the geology, grade and continuity of mineral deposits; risks related to the inherent uncertainty of production and cost estimates and the potential for unexpected costs and expenses; results of prefeasibility and feasibility studies, and the possibility that future exploration, development or mining results will not be consistent with the Company's expectations; risks related to commodity price fluctuations; and other risks and uncertainties related to the Company's prospects, properties and business detailed elsewhere in the Company's disclosure record. Should one or more of these risks and uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described in forward-looking statements. Investors are cautioned against attributing undue certainty to forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date hereof and the Company does not assume any obligation to update or revise them to reflect new events or circumstances, except in accordance with applicable securities laws. Actual events or results could differ materially from the Company's expectations or projections.
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SOURCE Clean Air Metals Inc.

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2023.05.31 17:24 haligolightly If you're planning non-essential travel to Nova Scotia ... please reconsider

‼️ Short version: If you can cancel without financial penalty and reschedule your visit for later in the year, that would be the best option for everyone, especially first responders and residents of NS.
🔸 The situation is going to be volatile for some time and that's going to be measured in weeks, not days.
🔸 Our fire fighting resources are completely exhausted, even with help coming in from other provinces. I have no idea what "worse" could possibly look like at this point but it could easily happen given the dry conditions and unseasonably warm temperatures forecast for the next three days.
🔸 A lot of AirBnBs, cottages, motels, hotels, and campgrounds are being used to host people who have been evacuated. If you don't already have reservations, you may find it difficult to find a place to stay.
🔸 Halifax Regional Municipality is asking people to avoid unnecessary travel.
🔸 All wooded provincial parks and trails are closed and there's a ban on forest activity on both Crown and private lands.
🔸 Hiking trails are closed as well as beaches and other park areas that have a wooded access route.
🔸 Park and forest closures are province-wide so activities are going to be limited no matter what part of the province you visit.
🔸 There's an air quality advisory for most of the province.
🔸 Stay up to date by monitoring the Twitter accounts listed below and by checking the wildfire pages maintained by the province, Barrington and Shelburne EMOs and HRM:
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2023.05.31 17:23 haligolightly If you have a trip planned to Nova Scotia ... Please don't.

‼️ Short version: If you can cancel without financial penalty and reschedule your visit for later in the year, that would be the best option for everyone, especially first responders and residents of NS.
🔸 The situation is going to be volatile for some time and that's going to be measured in weeks, not days.
🔸 Our fire fighting resources are completely exhausted, even with help coming in from other provinces. I have no idea what "worse" could possibly look like at this point but it could easily happen given the dry conditions and unseasonably warm temperatures forecast for the next three days.
🔸 A lot of AirBnBs, cottages, motels, hotels, and campgrounds are being used to host people who have been evacuated. If you don't already have reservations, you may find it difficult to find a place to stay.
🔸 Halifax Regional Municipality is asking people to avoid unnecessary travel.
🔸 All wooded provincial parks and trails are closed and there's a ban on forest activity on both Crown and private lands.
🔸 Hiking trails are closed as well as beaches and other park areas that have a wooded access route.
🔸 Park and forest closures are province-wide so activities are going to be limited no matter what part of the province you visit.
🔸 There's an air quality advisory for most of the province.
🔸 Stay up to date by monitoring the Twitter accounts listed below and by checking the wildfire pages maintained by the province, Barrington and Shelburne EMOs and HRM:
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2023.05.31 15:50 Sparks281848 Filming first short soon -- are my bases covered?

Hey all,
As I gear up to film my first short, I really appreciate this community and the valuable information I find within. As such, I want to come to you to ensure I have my bases covered and I'm not making any mistakes.
Here's what I've got going on:
For story:
I believe that a good film starts on the page. I've been working on this script for some time, getting feedback on CoverFlyX, other services, and trustworthy friends. You can read it here if you have the time. Any feedback would be much appreciated. It's 14 pages and called Night Movers.
Here's the logline: In the 1950s, two private eyes uncover the dark secret of a company that helps people disappear forever.
I am currently building a set in my garage in which I will film the main scenes of the above script. I also have a 1.5-page script I plan to shoot mostly in that space as well to essentially practice for the above script. You can read that one here. (TW: thoughts of suicide).
For audio:
For audio, I have two lav mics (these ones). One will be with each actor. Then I have a shotgun mic (this one) that will be connected to the camera. I'll be sure to get room tone, etc, so I'm hoping this is an adequate sound setup. It's parroted in this community to ensure quality audio, and I'm concerned this won't be enough. Outside of a boom and actually hiring a sound person, is there anything else I should do?
For lighting:
Lighting is the part I am dreading most, as it's the area I feel I have the most to learn, while being the area that will really help capture the mood of the story, if done properly. As I mentioned, I will be filming most of this in a set built in my garage. There will be no natural light. The mood will be a bit darker, so this should be okay. I haven't purchased them yet, but I'm looking at this Amaran 100D light. I have two in my cart, along with stands for them and some diffusion sheets. Because I am building the set in my garage, I can take my sweet ass time setting up lighting in the months before shooting, helping me to get the shot I'd like. However, since it's so new to me, I'm still worried. Do you think these lights are appropriate for my purposes?
Also, I've been reading about using a fog machine to add depth. Characters are smoking in my short, so it makes sense to as well. Thoughts on this? Will just a plain old fog machine work?
Finally, is there some sort of course I can take or a book I can read that will really give me a proper overview of lighting? I have watched many YouTube videos, and I'm really starting to think it's just something you can only fully learn by doing.
For camera:
They say the best camera is the one you have. I have an iPhone 11 Pro and have this stabilizer for it. I could upgrade to the 14, but I don't know how much of a difference that will make at the end of the day. But the thought of spending that money just makes me think I should get an actual camera. I was looking at the Blackmagic previously, but with lenses etc, the price would be a bit steeper than I'd prefer at this time. Plus, I've become comfortable with the idea of filming on my phone. But am I doing myself a big disservice by doing so? I understand my first few shorts likely won't be anything to write home about, but I really do want to challenge myself to make these films the best that they can be. Plus, I plan to continue making films after this.
They say you can't spend too long in pre-production, but I need to just pull the trigger and start filming soon. My set is almost built, and I'll be well out of excuses then. I just want to make sure I'm not forgetting anything major before getting started.
Two things that may come up, I only need two actors and I will be playing one of them. So I will be auditioning the second character. As an actor myself who auditions quite a bit, I'm comfortable with this process. Also, for my iPhone, I plan to use FilmicPro, unless you recommend a better software.
A huge thanks in advance to anyone who can offer up any advice. Getting prepared for this has been a lot, but I'm really stoked!
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