Asia charm

The landscape and so dreamy!

2020.12.05 10:51 peiinside The landscape and so dreamy!

I binged on Season 1 last year.
And now I am watching the second season. I have so much to critic on the acting, love dynamics and how it all seemed too "perfect". But I am coming back to it because of the breathtaking landscape and how charming the town, cafes and houses are! I am from Asia and have always loved travelling and scenic places. Someday, I would love to visit a place like Virgin River!
Can anyone suggest scenic places similar to the show which I can take note for future travels?
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2020.12.04 17:12 dyke_lol The Kitakyūshū Serial Murder Incidents

Futoshi Matsunaga, (松永 太) was born on April 28th, 1961. Futoshi was well known for being a Japanese Serial killer, he would torture and steal money his victims as well. Between 1966 and 1998, Matsunga was convicted of over five enumerations of Murder. But, he wasnt alone with this. He would also Murder with a accomplice, Junko Ogata.
Despite growing up in Yanagawa, he was born in Kokurakit, which is located in Fukuoka Prefrecture. According to others, Matsunaga was a good man in school, he has good grades, a pleasing personality, and was quite social. (Reminds me a bit of Ted Bundy, how he was charming but turned out to be a monster.) He did on the other hand, had disciplinary problems. Forced to go to another school, he started dating a young High school girl. Eventually, they got married at 19 and she had his son. As Futoshi got older, he had many mistresses. One of them being Junko Ogata. Matsunaga wanted to marry Ogata, and so he proposed. Ogatas mother, Shizumi Ogata did not approve of Futoshi. She knew about his abuse on poor Junko, and dismissed him. Matsunaga raped Shizumi and left. In 1985, Matsunaga told Ogata that her mother stated 'She hated her' because of a suicide attempt. He also convinced Ogata to move in with him.
About in that same year, Matsunaga attempted to start a Futon bussiness. Where he wished to sell and make Futons, he purchased a Building- where he would eletrically shock former workers. He would also religiously scare the, yell in their face, and ended up stealing over 180 million yen (US$2.2 million) by the end of 1992. He used blackmail and fraud, Matsunaga and Junko ran from police and went on Japans most wanted list, in the same year. Matsunaga lived in Kokurakita-ku. In 1993, tried to convince a women that she was Junko's sister, he stole over 11.8 million yen from her. She died "Mysteriously" and police were unable to prove or tell that he killed her. Later on in the year, Matsunaga blackmailed Kumio Toraya and his daughter. He took them both hostage and tortured them. He shocked them, forced them to bite each other, and even eat his own feces. Kumio died in February 26th, in 1996. He yelled at Kumios daughter, and told her that she killed her own father. He made her throw his body away near the Kunisaki Peninsula.
Not even a few weeks later, another one of Junkos female acqaintences fell victim under Matsunaga. She was a graduate of Kyoto University. He promised to marry her, though instead- stealing over 5.6 million yen. Just like before, he took her hostage. Though, she escaped by jumping from his two-story apartment in march. She was put into a mental health Hospital. A month later, Junko went to work and didnt come back, assuming that she tried to run away- Matsunaga tried blackmailing Shizumi, he later faked his own suicide, intending that Junko would come back. She did, and so the abuse continued. He raped Junkos sister, Reiko Ogata. Junkos family gave Matsunaga 63 million yen and he held them all hostage. (According to police, he repeated lots of cult like methods with them.)
in December, 1997, with Matsungas coercation, Junkos 61 year old father was shocked to death by Junko herself. Shizumi begged her husband and daughter to strangle her but they wouldnt. Matsunaga forced Reiko to do it, he made Shizumis 10 year old daughter hold her down. After that, Matsunaga and Junko forced Kazuya (Reikos Husband) into a bathroom, he died shortly from starvation. Kumios daughter, strangled Reikos younger daughter also. Junko and Matsunaga disposed of their bodies. Some in flower pots, and some in the ocean. In 2000, Matsunaga tried to convince another younger women to marry him. She agreed, and a year later she gave her two twins to him and Junko. Along with 20 million yen, she said they would need it to help raise the children.
Kumios daughter, was still being held captive, she tried to escape but failed. Being punished with eletrical shocks. Luckily, On March 6th, she tried again, and was succsesful. She told the police, Junko and Matsunaga were both arrested. On september 28th, 2005 Matsunaga was convicted to death by hanging. Whilst Junko got sentenced to life inprisonment because she claimed he forced her to kill the victims.
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2020.12.04 16:31 TheRoyalGodfrey New Music Friday: December 4th, 2020


Rico Nasty - Nightmare Vision (featuring Gucci Mane, Don Toliver, Aminé, Trippie Redd + more)
Steve Lacy - The Lo-Fis
Drakeo the Ruler - We Know the Truth (featuring Lil Yachty, Lil Mosey, Tee Grizzley, Rich the KId, Da Boii, Rio Da Yung OG, Icewear Vezzo, ALLBLACK + more)
Your Old Droog - DUMP YOD: Krutoy Edition (featuring El-P, Black Thought, Mach-Hommy, Tha God Fahim, billy woods, Phonte & Tvoy)
DJ Scheme - FAMILY (featuring Joey Bada$$, Juice WRLD, Lil Yachty, Ski Mask The Slump God, Lil Mosey, Ty Dolla $ign, Cordae, Lil Gnar, ian diorr, $NOT, Danny Towers, Lil Keed, Skrillex, Zacari + more)
Jet Life (Curren$y, Fendi P, T.Y., G Style & Alia Fleury) - Welcome To Jet Life Recordings
Soulja Boy - Swag 3
Elujay & J.Robb - Gems In the Cornerstore (featuring Ciscero, Foggieraw, ROMderful + more)
Dave B - Delicate (featuring Jay Prince)
Landon Cube - Sapphire (featuring 24kGoldn, TyFontaine & Kid Bloom)
YFN Lucci - Wish Me Well 3 (featuring Boosie Badazz, Rick Ross, Jeezy, Yo Gotti, JayDaYoungan, Mozzy, Jackboy, Yungeen Ace, Mulatto + more)
Working On Dying - Waiting to Die (featuring Lancey Foux, KEY!, Robb Bank$, Zack Fox, Father, LUCKI, Zacari, Guapdad 4000 + more)
BabyTron - Back to the Future
Baby Smoove - Hardwood Classic
Craig Xen - Why
Obijuan & Dweeb - Paradice Island
Rahiem Supreme- The Treacherous Charm
Lee Fields & the Expressions - Big Crown Vaults Vol. 1
Jira >< - Shores of Ma'at
Jarv & Pajama Sam - Flow Stimulus
Rittz - Rittzmas (featuring Lil Wyte + more)
Rokamouth - Rokamouth’s Window
Mike Holmes - Smiles & Tribulations
TisaKorean - Wasteland.
ShredGang Mone - 2Neckless (featuring BangGang Lonnie Bands, Beno + more)
Squadda B - Sm4
KayFaraway - Set It Off (featuring ROMderful)


Aminé - Limbo [featuring Saba, UMO, Valee & Toosii]
Justin Rarri - YOUNGEST IN KHARGE (featuring Gunna)
Blxst - No Love Lost (featuring Dom Kennedy, Tyga, Ty Dolla $ign & Bino Ridaeux)
TOKiMONSTA - Oasis Nocturno (Instrumentals)


Manga Saint Hilare - Ultima Deluxe
Che Noir - After 12 (featuring from Ransom, 38 Spesh, Sa-Roc, The Musalini, Jynx, RJ Payne, and Amber Simeone)
yungmorpheus & Dirty Art Club - Mise En Place
Serena Isioma - The Leo Sun Sets (featuring MAVI)
Yung Baby Tate - After The Rain (featuring Flo Milli & 6LACK)
RJ Payne- Beautiful Payne 2 (featuring Che Noir & Cee Brown)
Future Utopia, Dave & Es Devlin - Children of the Internet (Remixes) [featuring Joey Bada$$, Preditah & Ezra Collective]
Shrimpnose - Small Wonders
SkitzoLuvHartD & Deem Spencer - Deformation
ALA.NI - Christmas Vol. 1
Pressa - Gardner Express
FatVonFree - Abandoned
Savon - West District (featuring Sango)
Bodega Bamz - La Chassse (featuring Eto, Flee Lord, JR Writer, Joell Ortiz + more)
T-Pain - The Lost Remixes
Spectacular Diagnosis - Electronic Compositions Part 1


Lil Baby - Errbody / On Me
Freddie Gibbs - Tell Me Freestyle*
Run the Jewels & Royal Blood - The Ground Below (Royal Jewels Mix)
Juice WRLD & benny blanco - Real Shit
50 Cent & NLE Choppa - Part Of The Game*
The Weeknd - Blinding Lights (Remix) [feat. ROSALÍA]
100 gecs - sympathy 4 the grinch
Rae Khalil - Save Me
Lancey Foux - Poison (feat. Bakar)
24kGoldn - Coco (feat DaBaby)
Ant Clemons - Better Days (feat. Justin Timberlake)
LNDN DRGS (Jay Worthy & Sean House) - Legend Of Zelda (Outro) [feat. Boldy James]
Key Glock - Never Change
Cookin Soul - Mos Frees
The Cool Kids - Dapper Dan Leather
Boldy James & Real Bad Man - On Ten
REASON - Bless The Booth Freestyle*
Vic Mensa - BREATHE (Freestyle)*
Yungeen Ace - Fighting Pain
Kash Doll - Bossa Nova (feat. Tee Grizzley)
JI Prince of NY - Excuse My Pain
OMB Peezy - Borrowed Time
TM88 - So High (feat. Wiz Khalifa & Roy Woods)
Kamaiyah - Still I Rise (feat. Jackboy)
Lil Tjay - None of Your Love
Dirty Bird - New Flame (feat. ICEDOUTOMNITRIX)
clipping. - Double Live
Louie Ray & Rio Da Yung OG - Can't Smoke
Deniro Farrar - Winter (feat. Lute & Southside Gauxst)
B.o.B - Dogg (feat. Sonny Digital)
James Blake - In the Bleak Midwinter
Sheff G - No Negotiations
Fivio Foreign - Baddie On My List
GoldLink - Shags has • fghtex (Gilligan Freestyle)* / Dunya (feat. LukeyWorld)
Rylo Rodriguez & Phipps Peso - Out the Ghetto
Victoria Monét - We Wish You A Marry Christmas
GIVËON - O Christmas Tree
Yhung T.O -- Back Against the Wall
Brian Brown - OnlyFans
Arlo Parks - Last Christmas
Bad Boy Chiller Crew - Needed You
Classified - The Bells Are Ringing
Rimzee - Daily Duppy
Hatesonny - .shollam
Toosii - Sapiosexual
Jany Green - Move
Jenny Lewis & Serengeti - Unblu
Jammer - Ain't the Same (feat. Jme)
Freddie Joachim, Fredfades & Ivan Ave - Water & Sand / All G
VIK - 10 N
Esham - Xmas Is Dead
Rich The Kid - So Heartless
YUNGMORPHEUS - Head Cornerstone
Digga D - Daily Duppy
Jackboy - Man Down (feat Sada Baby)
Smoove’L - 4 The Fashion
Morray - Low Key
Hotboii - Menace
Tyla Yaweh - Stuntin' On You (Remix) [feat. DDG & Dame D.O.L.L.A]
Robert Glasper - Better Than I Imagined (KAYTRANADA Remix) [Feat. H.E.R. & Meshell Ndegeocello]
Chance The Rapper, Jeremih & Valee - Are U Live
Trae tha Truth & Mysonne - Time for Change (Black Lives Matter)
Jon Connor & S.B.F. the Great - The Candour
Myka 9 & Profound - Walking With God
Disclosure & Kelis - Watch Your Step (VIP)
Armani White - Danny Mac
Zion I, Locksmith & Sa-Roc - Endtimes
Mayer Hawthorne - What Do the Lonely Do At Christmas
James Fauntleroy - Mistletoe (feat. Maeta)
Daveed Diggs - Puppy for Hanukkah
AZ - Different
Lowkey - Baby Steps
Shakka - One for the Road
Fat Tony - Gambling Man (Mariachi Remix)
Bilal - Drop the World, Pt. 1
Aaron Taylor - Icarus (Gold Edit)
Phresher - Set the Tone (feat. Kocky Ka & Benny the Butcher)
Dregs One & Andre Nickatina - Fog Mode
Naji & The Kount - Angel
Mr Eazi & J Balvin - Lento
Tuxedo (Mayer Hawthorne & Jake One) - Doin' My Best


Black Knights of the Northstar - T.I.M.E. (Truth I Master Equally) [feat. RZA]
Greg Spero & J'von - Peruvian Chicken (Tiny Room Sessions) [feat. Lido]
CMDWN, FIJI & Ca Guapo - Solange Hair (feat. Lil Yachty)
K1ng B0b - This Couldn't Happen (feat. Rockie Fresh)
Mikey Polo - Baguette Spaghetti (feat. Trippie Redd)
Young Clancy - Death (feat. Clairmont The Second)
KDKK, Imabek & Fett Wap - Leck
Donwill - I Could Use a Vacation (feat. Fat Tony)
ELHAE & Rick Ross - Fun Fact
Suicide Kings - Go Outside (feat. Guilty Simpson)
Bastille - Goosebumps (feat. Kenny Beats)
Rebecca Garton & Jeremih - Comfortable (Majestic Remix)
The Polish Ambassador - Mystic Matterz (Blockhead Remix) [feat. Nitty Scott & Zion I]
Hi-Rez & Twista - John Wick
Timobé Lockhart & Bilal - Sexy Suzy On a Sunday (Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah Remix)
Natanael Cano, Snoop Dogg & Ovi - Feeling Good (feat. Snow Tha Product & CNG)
Str8Kash RJ 2.0 - That Ain't Right (feat. Payroll Giovanni)
Breez - Money Mitch (Remix) [feat. Jim Jones]
YungVeli & Project Pat - Fast Life
Ben Beal - Action Figures (feat. SwuM & Mick Jenkins)
melii - You Ain't Worth It (feat. 6LACK)
Dixie D’Amelio - One Whole Day (feat. Wiz Khalifa)
Malz Monday - Clap 4 ‘em (feat. Marlon Craft)
Jalen Alexander - Paper Chasin' (feat. Rockie Fresh)
Kooly Bros - Drunk Mess (Remix) [feat. Young Thug]
ENNY - Peng Black Girls (Remix) [feat. Jorja Smith]
Jban$2Turnt - Roll Em (feat. Asian Doll)
YS - Shot Caller (feat. Guapdad 4000)
Sofi Green - All the Smoke (Remix) [feat. Shy Glizzy]
B Turk - What Money Look Like (feat. Gucci Mane & Sean Paul)
Lxrda - Burban (feat. Calboy & The Internet)
LILDTHEBEAST - Supposed to Be (feat. Problem)
Jedi P - R2X (feat. Keith Ape)
Texako - Big Fan (feat. Tony Shhnow)
CorLogic - Guardian Tablets (feat. Planet Asia)
Lizleo - Ruthless, Pt. 2 (feat. Planet Asia)
The Whyte Gucci - Ruthless (feat. Planet Asia)
2stoned - Ruthless Situations (feat. Planet Asia)
Konfyident - Ruthless MC's (feat. Planet Asia)
Aleman - Mi Tío Snoop (feat. Snoop Dogg)
Haeil - Lil Time (feat. AUDREY NUNA)
kerri - misery (ta-ku Remix)
JFX - Big Papi (feat. Michael Christmas)
Josh3 - Three Styles (feat. Kurupt)
Solo Nitty Gritty - Membership (feat. Kurupt)
Ajani Jones, Khary & Jon Swaii - Powder
Adam Snow & Josh Alias - The Prayer (feat. The Game)
Ricky Rikkardo - Mona Lisa (feat. Jim Jones)
African Americana - Arctic Monkeys (feat. SpaceGhostPurrp)
Donut Da Legend - Double Back (feat. G Perico)
Import - We on One (feat. Future)
Corde77 - Slow Ride (feat. Curren$y)
Ridgio - What's Mine (feat. Mick Jenkins & Parnell)
Hycent - Pop (feat. Jeezy)
* means not on streaming
project features are listed mostly just if the artist is recognizable
From KHDTX13 (will be updated):

Fresh Singles

Fresh Albums & EPs

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2020.12.02 23:08 spoonpk BIOS F60c and Renoir compatibility with B450 motherboards - news to share

I previously reported that an ASUS A520 board was backwards compatible with 3200G and 3400G APUs, but that the Gigabyte B450 boards I had did not work with a Renoir Ryzen 5 Pro 4650G using the F51 BIOS. Neither combinations were supported on paper, but the former worked flawlessly.
Now I can confirm that the F60c BIOS works like a charm with my B450 Aorus M motherboards with the Renoir APU. Stable so far, handles 4K HDR video beautifully, and runs SO COOL - barely above 28 C idle according to CPU Temp.I will soon try it out with my B450 I Aorus Pro WiFi boards.
My final application will be passive cooling in HD-Plex or Streacom cases, but this so far seems to run cooler than the 3400G, which in turn was cooler than the 2400G. Pretty stoked about this development right now, as I have about 50 of these motherboards that were awaiting Renoir. Now to go buy some APUs from Asia until they get over to North American retail channels.
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2020.11.30 17:05 TheAlte111 November with Xiao Zhan

November wasn't full of events as Xiao Zhan has been very busy filming Ace Troops but there were some major breakthroughs as the new deal with Budweiser and of course the premiere of the Wolf.
1. 11 The month started with the release of the new ROSEONLY video for double eleven with Xiao Zhan wearing an elegant black jacket, black pants and a warm smile on his face. The video was followed by new pictures posted by Xiao Zhan Studio on Weibo and ROSEONLY on WeChat.
2.11 Xiao Zhan was voted the most handsome face of 2020 Asia Pacific region in the poll by TCCAsia.
4.11 Exactly a year after Xiao Zhan become a Budweiser brand spokesperson for the first time, it was announced that Budweiser renewed their contract with Xiao Zhan and he was revealed as the new spokesperson of ME3, new fruit flavoured beer from Budweiser.
Within an hour after the announcement, Budweiser ME3 was sold out, as fans purchased 49,000 boxes with the total turn over of 5 million Chinese yuan.
According to AIMAN data, Budweiser products popularity index increased up to 99.83 which was more than 84.81, the average of all new endorsements in October.
6.11 Duolo Continent obtained its broadcasting licence. It means the drama is ready to be aired. No airing date yet though.
13.11 Xiao Zhan posted a series of his selfies with the caption 'Has my selfie skills improved?' and the cucumber meme. His post gained a lot of attention with millions of likes and reposts just in a few minutes and very quickly become number one Weibo hot search and stayed at the top for a few hours.
14.11 Xiao Zhan recorded a VCR for CCTV Drama to cheer on 10 million followers of their Weibo account. In the CCTV Weibo post he was introduced in these words:
'He’s the charming Wei Wuxian in 'The Untamed', he’s the determined Yan Bingyun in 'Joy of Life', he’s the warm Cai Ding in 'Heroes in Harm’s Way', thank you to Xiao Zhan for his blessings. For our 10 million+ followers, good dramas will never stop!'.
19. 11 After three years since the show was filmed and months of unfulfilled promises in 2020, the Wolf was finally released on Tencent, iQIYI, Youku, Youtube and Rakuten Viki. The Wolf broke 100 million views in just two days on Tencent which was the biggest investor in the drama.
20.11 Xiao Zhan recorded VCR in which he recommends the movie 'Balloon' directed by Pema Tseden.
22.11 Xiao Zhan updated his Douyin account with a funny clip of him playing a game with a mini helicopter. His score was 2 and 4 and he gave us two funny expressions.
26.11 Ace Troops was officially announced as part of the 2021 Drama Line-Up of CCTV.
28.11 XZ Studio posted a new Douyin Video with the caption 'Bounty Hunter Ji Chong is online' to celebrate the release of the first episode of the Wolf starring Xiao Zhan for the non-VIP members of the Chinese platforms and fans following the drama on international platforms like Youtube and Rakuten Viki.
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2020.11.30 00:01 TheShiftyCow NATURE - The First Single Girls and Flowers - Era Recap

Welcome to the NATUREkpop Girls and Flowers soft era recap. This is not a complete list of all activities, events, and media from NATURE's debut promotion, but it has some highlights. Doing an era recap 2+ years after promotions, for a group I've only just started listening to, is pretty difficult, as you might imagine! If you feel like something should be added, please don't hesitate to message the mods.

Girls and Flowers (기분 좋아) Tracklist

Released: August 3, 2018
Stream on: Spotify Apple Music melOn YouTube
  1. Allegro Cantabile - 4:15
  2. Girls and Flowers- 3:09
  3. Allegro Cantabile (Inst.) - 4:15
  4. Girls and Flowers (Inst.) - 3:09
Album Details


Video Teasers
Picture Teasers * Aurora Debut * Chaebin Debut * Gaga Debut * Haru Debut * Lu Debut * Saebom Debut * Sunshine Debut * Uchae Debut * Yeolmea Debut * Aurora Allegro Cantabile * Chaebin Allegro Cantabile * Gaga Allegro Cantabile * Haru Allegro Cantabile * Lu Allegro Cantabile * Saebom Allegro Cantabile * Sunshine Allegro Cantabile * Uchae Allegro Cantabile

Music Video

Music Show Appearances

Date Show Episode Song
180817 Simply K-Pop 325 Allegro Cantabile (너의 곁으로)
180817 KBS Music Bank 942 Allegro Cantabile (너의 곁으로)
180823 M COUNTDOWN 583 Allegro Cantabile (너의 곁으로)
180824 Simply K-Pop 326 Allegro Cantabile (너의 곁으로)
180824 KBS Music Bank 943 Kiss (org. Prince) and Allegro Cantabile (너의 곁으로)
180826 SBS Inkigayo 971 Allegro Cantabile (너의 곁으로)
180830 M COUNTDOWN 585 Allegro Cantabile (너의 곁으로)
180831 Simply K-Pop 327 Allegro Cantabile (너의 곁으로)
180831 KBS Music Bank 944 Allegro Cantabile (너의 곁으로)
180902 SBS Inkigayo 972 Allegro Cantabile (너의 곁으로)
180906 M COUNTDOWN 586 Allegro Cantabile (너의 곁으로) and Kiss (org. Prince)
180907 KBS Music Bank 945 Allegro Cantabile (너의 곁으로)
180909 SBS Inkigayo 973 Allegro Cantabile (너의 곁으로)
180913 M COUNTDOWN 587 Allegro Cantabile (너의 곁으로)
180916 SBS Inkigayo 974 Allegro Cantabile (너의 곁으로)
180919 MBC Show Champion 285 Allegro Cantabile (너의 곁으로)
180920 M COUNTDOWN 588 Allegro Cantabile (너의 곁으로)
180921 KBS Music Bank 947 Allegro Cantabile (너의 곁으로)
181005 Simply K-Pop 331 Allegro Cantabile (너의 곁으로)

Other Performances

Pre-Debut Videos

Dance Practice and Covers

Dance Challenges

Variety/Show Appearances


Pop Cover Project

Other Content

KCON 2018 Thailand * 181001 - KCON 2018 Thailand Behind Preview * 181014 - KCON 2018 Thailand Behind 1 * 181014 - KCON 2018 Thailand Behind 2
Fansigns * 180826 - Gaga * 180827 - Aurora * 180828 - Uchae
ETC * 180910 - How the 99 Liners Hang Out During Break * 180920 - Korean Thanksgiving Day Message from NATURE * 181010 - Autumn Morning (org. IU) cover by Sunshine * 181020 - Through the Night (org. IU) cover by Lu

News Articles

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2020.11.29 10:31 thuyle120489 Its products are popular with consumers here and abroad

Van Lam village in Ninh Binh province is one of the most famous embroidery craft villages in Vietnam. Its products are popular with consumers here and abroad.
Van Lam, long famous throughout Vietnam for its embroidery, is now in the Trang An Complex, a UNESCO-recognized heritage site. The embroidery craft was first practiced here 700 years ago to supply clothing to the royal court and decorations for temples, pagodas, and communal houses.
In 1910, during the French colonial period, Van Lam villagers Dinh Ngoc Henh and Dinh Ngoc Xoan learned the lace craft from French artisans and brought it to the village, giving Van Lam a second craft and marking a turning point for the village.
Vu Thanh Lam, a local artisan, says: “Van Lam embroidery has been handed down through generations. Through historical ups and downs, the craft has been maintained. Its products are now available around the world, and are particularly popular in Europe and Northern Asia.” Using thin colorful threads, dexterous local artisans make embroidery products that are sophisticated and beautiful masterpieces of art. 📷
“Three generations of my family have been involved in this craft. My children are doing the same. We have passed on to them the ancient patterns and traditional techniques of dashing colored threads to make a picture in silk, harmonizing colors while keeping the picture surface smooth. In zigzag embroidery, we show them how to use the needle correctly,” Loan added. Van Lam’s embroidered products have carved out a niche in competitive markets like the US, Germany, Japan, and France with their high quality and diversity of designs. Their bedspreads, pillow covers, curtains, wall hangings, handkerchiefs, and kimonos are embellished with delicately embroidered designs.
Van Lam currently has 9 embroidery enterprises and workshops and some 700 households making or selling embroidery products, annually earning nearly US$4 million. Van Lam offers package tours to introduce tourists to the local scenic spots and embroidery craft. Along the road to the Tam Coc – Bich Dong tourist complex, which attracts millions of visitors each year, shops are set up to display and sell local embroidery products. Depictions of the Vietnamese countryside, charming Vietnamese girls, and flowers are the most popular embroidery patterns.
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2020.11.29 07:00 graidan Graidan's Divination Oil

Magical oils became THE THING in the last several years, especially as essential oils became more and more popular. To be honest, I like the idea myself, but don't really care about the execution, which seems to prioritize pretty smells over magical or spiritual power. I mean, I look at some recipes out there, and it seems like the same 10 ingredients in various combinations. Not super impressed.
So I created my own! I use it for anointing the third eye for insight, applying to new bones, stones, and other divination tools. I often anoint my cards (Tarot, Lenormand, and others) too - but do it by running an oiled finger along the edge of the whole deck. If you anoint the faces of the card, they'll become oily and unpleasant to use. And sticky! But on the edges, you still get the influence, but without those negatives.
There is definitely something to be said for the pretty-smelling recipes, but I'm more interested in the practical magic and energetics of it. I've given my preferred recipe, but with lots of substitutions for each. I hope you can take my ideas and run with them to determine your own go-to recipe. You definitely should adapt to your own aesthetic and locale.
Graidan's Divination Oil
How to Make It:
  1. Get a clear jar and put a pinch or two (or more, follow your instincts and intuition here!) of your chosen herbs in. You could also add a few drops of essential oils (in addition or instead).
  2. If you use a stone, a tiny chip is all you need.
  3. Add none/some/all of the items below to the jar too. It really depends on how big your jar is and how much you plan to make.
  4. Add oil to at least cover the ingredients. Filling the jar is also acceptable, depending on the strength and quantity you want.
  5. Say a prayer or enchant over the jar, if you're so inclined.
  6. Let it sit for at least a week (or a full lunar cycle, if that feels more correct to you) so that the oil will be effective on any day of the week.
  7. Charge under the midday sun, or the dark moon, if you'd like. Keep on your altar. Add a dropper of vitamin E or grapefruit seed oil to preserve.
Other possible ingredients:
(Note that my own approach to herbs and crystals and such is very... different from the usual stuff. If you disagree with my understandings, feel free to replace! It's about what works for you, and your relationships with those beings, and not what me or anyone else says, after all.)
I would love to hear about your recipes for oils / powders / potions relevant to divination - please share! I'd also love to hear how you made my recipe your own.
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2020.11.28 08:31 kimthuong2903 Van Lam, long famous throughout Vietnam for its embroidery

Van Lam, long famous throughout Vietnam for its embroidery
Van Lam village in Ninh Binh province is one of the most famous embroidery craft villages in Vietnam. Its products are popular with consumers here and abroad.
Van Lam, long famous throughout Vietnam for its embroidery, is now in the Trang An Complex, a UNESCO-recognized heritage site. The embroidery craft was first practiced here 700 years ago to supply clothing to the royal court and decorations for temples, pagodas, and communal houses.
In 1910, during the French colonial period, Van Lam villagers Dinh Ngoc Henh and Dinh Ngoc Xoan learned the lace craft from French artisans and brought it to the village, giving Van Lam a second craft and marking a turning point for the village.
Vu Thanh Lam, a local artisan, says: “Van Lam embroidery has been handed down through generations. Through historical ups and downs, the craft has been maintained. Its products are now available around the world, and are particularly popular in Europe and Northern Asia.”
Using thin colorful threads, dexterous local artisans make embroidery products that are sophisticated and beautiful masterpieces of art.
“Three generations of my family have been involved in this craft. My children are doing the same. We have passed on to them the ancient patterns and traditional techniques of dashing colored threads to make a picture in silk, harmonizing colors while keeping the picture surface smooth. In zigzag embroidery, we show them how to use the needle correctly,” Loan added.
Van Lam’s embroidered products have carved out a niche in competitive markets like the US, Germany, Japan, and France with their high quality and diversity of designs. Their bedspreads, pillow covers, curtains, wall hangings, handkerchiefs, and kimonos are embellished with delicately embroidered designs.
Van Lam currently has 9 embroidery enterprises and workshops and some 700 households making or selling embroidery products, annually earning nearly US$4 million.
Van Lam offers package tours to introduce tourists to the local scenic spots and embroidery craft. Along the road to the Tam Coc – Bich Dong tourist complex, which attracts millions of visitors each year, shops are set up to display and sell local embroidery products. Depictions of the Vietnamese countryside, charming Vietnamese girls, and flowers are the most popular embroidery patterns.
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2020.11.27 14:16 kimthuong2903 Van Lam – embroidery and lace village in Ninh Binh, Vietnam

Van Lam – embroidery and lace village in Ninh Binh, Vietnam
Van Lam village in Ninh Binh province is one of the most famous embroidery craft villages in Vietnam. Its products are popular with consumers here and abroad.
Van Lam, long famous throughout Vietnam for its embroidery, is now in the Trang An Complex, a UNESCO-recognized heritage site. The embroidery craft was first practiced here 700 years ago to supply clothing to the royal court and decorations for temples, pagodas, and communal houses.
In 1910, during the French colonial period, Van Lam villagers Dinh Ngoc Henh and Dinh Ngoc Xoan learned the lace craft from French artisans and brought it to the village, giving Van Lam a second craft and marking a turning point for the village.
Vu Thanh Lam, a local artisan, says: “Van Lam embroidery has been handed down through generations. Through historical ups and downs, the craft has been maintained. Its products are now available around the world, and are particularly popular in Europe and Northern Asia.”
Using thin colorful threads, dexterous local artisans make embroidery products that are sophisticated and beautiful masterpieces of art.
“Three generations of my family have been involved in this craft. My children are doing the same. We have passed on to them the ancient patterns and traditional techniques of dashing colored threads to make a picture in silk, harmonizing colors while keeping the picture surface smooth. In zigzag embroidery, we show them how to use the needle correctly,” Loan added.
Van Lam’s embroidered products have carved out a niche in competitive markets like the US, Germany, Japan, and France with their high quality and diversity of designs. Their bedspreads, pillow covers, curtains, wall hangings, handkerchiefs, and kimonos are embellished with delicately embroidered designs.
Van Lam currently has 9 embroidery enterprises and workshops and some 700 households making or selling embroidery products, annually earning nearly US$4 million.
Van Lam offers package tours to introduce tourists to the local scenic spots and embroidery craft. Along the road to the Tam Coc – Bich Dong tourist complex, which attracts millions of visitors each year, shops are set up to display and sell local embroidery products. Depictions of the Vietnamese countryside, charming Vietnamese girls, and flowers are the most popular embroidery patterns. v
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2020.11.27 07:32 timecubefanfiction Conversations with Level 3 Intelligent Characters

If you’re anything like me, when you read something with particularly vivid characters, their voices stick around with you for days or weeks after you finish the book. After finishing HPMOR, for example, I had a cynical professor following me around everywhere going, Ah, perhaps you only pretend to care about brushing your teeth. Tell me, have you actually investigated whether Colgate Whitening Plus with Fruity Mint Flavor is truly the ideal toothpaste, or do you only use it because it is expected of you?
Similarly, I live with a grumpy yet remarkably insightful policeman every time I finish a Vimes book. Revisiting Huckleberry Finn gives me the company of a boy lacking book smarts but with a remarkable ability to see the moral truth right in front of his nose (and very good tips about fishing and good living). 19th century romance novels tend to give me matronly women evaluating potential romantic partners for me on the basis of their economic and social suitability. (This last one is surprisingly useful.)
I just finished reading Strong Female Protagonist, the superhero webcomic our society needs but definitely doesn’t deserve, and as a consequence there’s a blonde invincible chick in my head who wants to know whether writing stupid things for the Internet is really the best way for me to spend my time.
It’s great. Go read the first three chapters because I’m about to spoil them, and it’s great so you should just read it first.
Seriously, go read it. Reddit will still be here when you get back. I promise—NAY, I PRECOMMIT—to upvote your comment if you take a month to reply because you were reading the first three chapters.
Strong Female Protagonist, or SFP from here on, becomes full-blown rationalist fiction in chapter three, and I’m going to spend half of this essay just gushing about it.
Chapter three sees our main character and Super(wo)man stand-in, Alison Green, on a road trip with her mind-reading Lex Luthor of a boyfriend, Patrick, to visit an old friend of hers. On the way, Alison and Patrick bond over conversation about movies, burgers, and the dark recesses of the human soul. Their trip takes them into the heart of the South, and they are unpleasantly greeted at the hospital they arrive at by a Christian receptionist with a decidedly Satanic attitude. Patrick informs Alison that his telepathy, which he cannot control, direct, or turn off, has uncovered an important secret of the person they’re visiting. Alison thanks him and goes in alone to see her old friend, Feral.
Feral is a regenerator, basically Wolverine on steroids. You can stick a sword in her face and she’ll just find it annoying. She stops dudes from getting away by chopping off her own feet to stuff in the tailpipes of their cars. Alison and Feral once teamed up to fight crime, where Alison’s straight-laced comic-book seriousness made for an odd-couple clash with Feral’s drinking, smoking, cursing, fuck-the-plan-and-let-me-at-’em ways, but as they eat bullets and throw shoes at psychics together, they realize they have a lot in common and develop a friendship.
So Feral kisses Alison, Alison punches Feral through a window, and with all of the psychics defeated, they part ways. While Alison is busy being the poster child for what government-controlled child superheroes should be, Feral’s life falls apart. Her local support group collapses, and Feral isn’t good at anything except not dying. She makes a lot of bad decisions and hurts a lot of people while she tries to figure out her life—or rather, tries to figure out how to die.
Then she turns on the TV and sees Alison do what Alison does in chapter 2: quit.
Basically, the inciting event of SFP is the one where Alison Green aka Mega Girl aka Girl Superman declares on live national television that being a superhero is stupid. Having defeated all of the giant robots and clown-themed bank robbers before the start of the story, she announces that her expertise on punching things really hard does not translate into expertise on solving all of the remaining problems of poverty, social justice, hatred, politics, and emotional issues—all of the problems that actually exist, instead of being invented by an author for the sake of exciting comic book battles.
Alison takes off the mask and goes to college to learn how to solve all of the world’s problems, which is the expected skill set of a recent college graduate. And Feral, having experienced her own life problems totally failing to be solved by her superhero lifestyle, decides to do the other thing you can do instead of going to college, which is take a year off to explore the world.
Feral travels. Having never really been out of the Deep South before, has her mind blown by the kinds of things she sees and the people she meets in Europe and Asia. And because she’s a regenerator, when her mind is blown, it comes back together, bigger and better than before.
There are two really significant experiences Feral has while overseas, as she explains to Alison in her hospital room. One is simply seeing all the different ways that people with powers (“anomalies,” as they’re called in the comic) are treated depending on the culture. In America, everyone is expected to be a superhero and fight crime. In Western Europe, you’re expected to be a normal person who might be able to fly or turn invisible or something. In India, you’re a deity involved in some complex cultural conflict.
And second, Feral sees a lot of poor people. She meets a tremendous number of people suffering in all kinds of ways, and she has no idea how to help them.
Because there’s no one to beat up, and yet that's the only problem-solving skill she has.
So in the span of just a few pages we watch Feral’s worldview alter radically. Her sense of the size of the world, and the amount of suffering in it, expands from her hometown in Mississippi to something global in scale. And between Alison’s public declaration and the different ways people with superpowers behave around the world, Feral starts to realize that she doesn’t have to conceive of her anomaly as something that’s only useful for fighting.
She starts to connect these ideas: What can I do about all this suffering? and What can I do with my power?
The conversation ends. Alison meets back up with Patrick, whose telepathy has uncovered the full details of Feral’s plan. Patrick explains that Feral plans to spent the rest of her life in perpetual surgery, her organs constantly being harvested to donate to needy people to save as many lives as possible. This plan will require her to be in constant agony and leave her no time whatsoever for anything remotely resembling a personal life. She is to become an organ farm for the human race.
Alison is understandably horrified. But after getting over her initial shock, her subsequent conversation with Patrick reveals that her problem with Feral’s decision isn’t the size of Feral’s sacrifice but rather how little it will accomplish. Donating organs will save lives but do nothing to address the poverty and institutional problems that makes saving those lives necessary in the first place.
Tired of having the most depressing conversations in the universe, Alison flirts over Loony Tunes, steals all the chocolate in the world, and goes to bed.
Alison and Patrick return to the hospital the next day, where they are greeted by the sight of a group of protesters. These protesters are a bunch of white, angry Deep South Christians protesting the donation of superpowered organs. They are portrayed in a deliberately stereotypical fashion: the spitting image of the sort of “real American” Christian whose ignorance of science is only exceeded by their ignorance of the Bible—the protesters helpfully carry signs that say things like “Share the Body of Christ, Not the Body of Satan” and “Not what the Founding Fathers wanted.” Alison, a liberal, college-going New Yorker, is about as interested in their ideas as you’d expect.
Anyway, Alison goes in to the hospital to try to talk Feral out of her plan. There’s also another powered individual there that Feral knows from London, a teleporter named Johnny trying to talk her out of it as well, albeit from a very different perspective than Alison. Alison and Johnny argue, Feral declares her intention to follow through with her idea despite their objections, and says her goodbyes. Many tears are shed. But not by me. Because I am very tough and do not cry.
While Alison and Johnny continue their debate out in the lobby, Feral is strapped down to begin the never-ending operation. The receptionist from earlier lets a masked man in through the back who barges into Feral’s operating room with a flamethrower, incinerating the doctors and Feral (though the latter recovers.)
Alison bursts in and one-punches the man through a wall, killing him. She then goes out to the protesters, identifying their attitude as the driving force behind the attack on Feral and the doctors, and threatens to murder them all if they don’t give up the people behind the attack. A police officer tries to arrest her. She eats his gun.
Patrick attempts to calm her down by pointing out that he can blackmail these people much more efficiently than she can intimidate them. Finally, Feral’s still-regenerating body crawls out to put herself between Alison and the scared fuckhead protesters. Alison takes a chill pill and the chapter ends with her visiting a supervillain to talk about her fantasies of mass murder and finally her megalomaniacal desire to make the world as good a place as it can possibly be. Yay!
With the events summarized, there’s a lot of amazing things about this chapter from a rationalist fiction perspective and I’m just going to talk about some of them in no particular order.
Ideological Conflict
One of the most obviously impressive things about SFP is the realistic and engaging ideological disputes in which conflicting viewpoints are all represented in ways that feel very honest and real. There are various examples throughout the chapter, but the clearest one is the debate between Alison, Feral, and Johnny in the hospital room about the moral correctness of Feral’s decision.
Alison, Feral, and Johnny are extremely different people. Alison is a trained, experienced soldier with great parents and a great education. She’s intelligent, caring, and just a teensy bit fed up with the way the world is. Feral, meanwhile, is poorly educated and grew up in the poverty of the Deep South. She’s as broken up by her lack of faith in her own ability to make the world a better place as she is by all of the suffering in said world that needs to be made better.
Finally, Johnny is a London fashion designer. He’s wealthy, cool, and all about enjoying the life that’s given to you. He’s also a teleporter, but as he makes clear, this is of secondary importance when describing him.
Alison and Johnny are both here to talk Feral out of her plan, but from completely different points of view. Hilariously, they end up arguing with each other more than with Feral.
Basically, Alison thinks Feral’s plan doesn’t go far enough. Feral’s plan doesn’t solve poverty or death or institutional problems that preserve poverty and shitty health care systems. And it sets an impossible bar for self-sacrifice that other people won't be able to meet. Meanwhile, Johnny totally rejects Feral’s selflessness—as he says, “Your life is nobody else’s to lead. You don’t owe those fucking people anything.”
Alison politely invites Johnny to go fuck himself. Feral jumps in to defend Johnny’s right to share his viewpoint—from Alison’s perspective and ours, Johnny is an intruder, but from Feral’s perspective, Johnny is a close friend she invited to be here to say goodbye to. Alison tries to further articulate what’s wrong with Feral’s plan: “Give a man a heart, and then what? Watch him get obliterated in the next ethnic cleansing or natural disaster.”
That's when Johnny decides that Alison has jumped the shark. Of course Feral is doing the right thing. That’s the problem! He blames Alison for infecting Feral with do-gooder morality: “My God, stop! Can’t you see you’ve already got her ass-over-tea-kettle with your nonsense?”
Feral rejects both of their viewpoints. She can’t be self-centered like Johnny. And as she tells Alison, “I know you wanna fix it so the day stays saved forever. But it might not shake out that way, and until it does, the rest of us got helpin’ to do.”
That’s the end of the conversation. To me, what’s most impressive and most subtle about it is how intensely emotional it is. Each character clearly has an ideological viewpoint—Alison’s “figure out the best possible thing and do it,” Johnny’s “Obsessing over morality fucks everything up, live for yourself,” and Feral’s “I’m going to do what I can to help people right now.” Yet while these perspectives are presented unambiguously, no one ever lectures or sounds like a typed-up explanation of a particular point of view. Instead, they all struggle to articulate themselves, cut each other off, and express their perspectives in ways unique to their own personalities and the details of the situation at hand. In particular, Alison and Johnny end up arguing with each other more than with Feral even though they share the goal of talking Feral out of her plan because they find each other so morally incomprehensible.
But the writer must have comprehended both of them in order to write them.
They’re all quite persuasive, too.
Reproducible cognitive development
When we are introduced to Feral, we learn two things about her very quickly: one is that she’s violent and backwards and barely aware of, let alone concerned about the bigger picture, and two is that she’s quite intelligent.
(We also learn that she’s all kinds of gay, but that’s not relevant to this essay. It is relevant to my forthcoming essay: “Rationalist Fiction: Gay As All Hell?”)
So despite the fact that Alison went to a good school and has modern liberal parents who invested every economic and emotional resource they could into her whereas Feral grew up in the Third World of the United States, they develop a chemistry and a rapport. Alison is a nerd, as Feral repeatedly observes, whereas Feral spends her time in bars and has lots of sex, and yet Alison is ultimately quite comfortable in Feral’s company, and a big part of that is because Feral is smart enough for Alison to enjoy talking to her.
But Alison is taking on threats around the globe whereas Feral is taking on threats around her neighborhood. So they don’t see each other for a while. Feral, like most people, ends up conforming to the standards of her peer group, which unfortunately is quite low. Her local gang of powered buddies are drug users or violent criminals or just plain losers. Until finally, seeing that Alison has gone to college—basically a foreign country in and of itself to Feral’s catlike eyes—she decides to get out of the United States and see the world.
Feral’s journey consists of about five pages depending on when you want to start counting. Yet the experience it conveys rings incredibly true to me as someone who also traveled the world and found it mind-opening. Instead of deciding to sacrifice my own welfare to provide the world’s entire organ supply, I chose to write dumb reddit posts, but otherwise it was basically the same thing.
So much about Feral’s gradually evolving mindset is conveyed in such a tight space that it allows the reader to go along with her while being thoroughly entertained. One way you could state the basic concept of a Level 1 -> 2 -> 3 intelligent character is that they represent increasing levels to which you can follow along with the character’s thoughts without something going wrong.
A level 1 character is someone whose thoughts you can follow without breaks—someone whose thoughts are continuous (but not necessarily differentiable). They don’t just stop thinking or suddenly swerve in some unexplainable way to make the story work.
A level 2 character is someone whose thoughts you can follow along with and be genuinely impressed by their intelligence because their thoughts did something with the details of the story that your own thoughts didn’t but in retrospect probably should have.
A level 3 character is someone whose thoughts are so imbued with a helpful cognitive pattern, or whose thoughts evolve from something common but not helpful to something uncommon and remarkably more useful, that the simple act of reading their thoughts can reproduce said pattern or prompt said evolution in the mind of the reader.
Note that in this definition a level 3 intelligent character can be stupider than a level 2 character. Feral is not a genius; she’s smart enough to keep up with someone going to a decent private school and that’s all.
(Then there are level 4 intelligent characters. These are characters written so vividly, whose intelligence is represented so faithfully on the page that they actually are intelligent and can, with time and resources, escape the boundaries of their book bindings. There is only one rule for level 4 intelligent characters: NEVER WRITE LEVEL 4 INTELLIGENT CHARACTERS!)
I’ve never tested this—and am totally not a hypocrite—but I’d imagine that Feral’s story could genuinely help a lot of people experience the same kind of development that she did. It’s easy for me to imagine a young person reading this story and using Feral’s journey to take themselves out of their local concerns and into the realm of thinking about global issues and serious moral questions.
Within the comic itself, the test of Feral’s level 3ness (do NOT start going around evaluating characters by whether they are level 1, 2, or 3 intelligent, it is NOT THE POINT!) is that Alison can follow her thoughts and receive Feral’s cognitive patterns to such an extent that Alison can use them to learn about her own reasons for disagreeing with Feral.
(Feral can be wrong because her evolved cognitive pattern is a useful improvement over her previous one which saw her in a downward spiral, but hardly represents the best or only way to think. Saying that a character has level 3 intelligence is an empirical assertion, not a compliment.)
Alison talks it over with her telepathic buddy Patrick, whose mind-reading skills help him to articulate thoughts that she’s too emotionally overwhelmed by to discuss. To wit, Feral’s cognitive evolution constitutes going from animal-like selfishness with no greater understanding and no moral concerns beyond securing her local environment to global moral concern—or, as Patrick puts it, “trying to save the world.” And in perceiving that this is how Feral thinks, Alison, through Patrick, is able to recognize that her thinking has gone beyond saving the world to changing it.
In other words, Alison learns by exploring her model of Feral’s mind, which she’s able to do because there is a model of Feral’s mind which is strong enough to reproduce Feral’s mental patterns when tested against ideas that do not come from Feral’s mind.
Writing the alien
You have to comprehend Draco as a truly alien intelligence, sapient and capable of complex language use, yet so extremely different from life as you know it that he doesn’t even know what a gene is. You have to leave the comfortable confines of your own mind and enter a mind with different concepts and heuristics, a mind that is still a powerful intelligence even though it doesn’t agree with you about certain things.
(Read the comic up through chapter three before you let me spoil this one for you. It’s genuinely a great moment in comics, web-based or other.)
When Alison and Patrick get started on their road trip, Alison wants to put on some music because she is a human being. Patrick, a telepath who cannot turn off his telepathy, requests something without lyrics. He finds it disconcerting to hear a human voice without being able to hear the thoughts behind it. Similarly, he hates watching movies and TV because he can see people moving and talking but he cannot hear their thoughts.
After their emotionally draining conversation about Feral’s plan and some other horrific stuff, Alison decides they are going to watch some TV. Patrick protests that he hates watching people on a screen, so Alison has a bright idea and puts on Loony Tunes. Patrick, who had a bit of a rough childhood, has never seen a cartoon before. He studies the screen intently as the classic gag plays out in front of him: Bugs Bunny versus Daffy Duck as they debate who is to be blasted in the face by the hunter, Elmer Fudd. Daffy Duck insists it is rabbit season, Bugs Bunny declares it to be duck season instead. They go back and forth with the intensity of Federer and Nadal: Rabbit season! Duck season! Rabbit season! Duck season! Suddenly a switch: Bugs Bunny says rabbit season. Daffy Duck is so caught up in the pattern of contradicting Bugs that he declares it to be duck season. Moreover, he announces that he's done with the argument, and so promptly gets shot in the face.
And Patrick bursts out laughing. He cracks up like a crazy person. It’s literally the funniest thing he’s ever seen. Because Patrick is a telepath, jokes cannot surprise him. He always sees the punchline coming. And watching live action movies or TV just feels wrong. But a cartoon? He’s not expecting to be able to read Bugs Bunny’s mind. And so the joke hits him with enough shock to reduce him to tears.
(Also, pay attention, fellas: It’s at the moment of him loving Loony Tunes with an undiminished boyish passion that Alison starts making eyes at Patrick. More webcomic-based dating tips to follow!)
I don’t really have a strong conclusion. This essay was originally going to be about all of the ideological conflict in SFP but just working on its presence in chapter 3 turned into this. And there’s something about writing 4000 words about this webcomic that constitutes a self-refuting act: how can Feral be a level 3 intelligent character when I read her story and then wrote this instead of, like, donating my kidney?
But the writer and artist probably didn’t donate their kidneys either. What a pair of jerks!
Alison lives in my head right now, and I’m going to make her pay rent, damn it: If I don’t get a hundred upvotes, I’m kicking her out on her broke ass.
So while the main point of this essay is that you should go read SFP, the other point is something I don’t really understand about the point of literature, which is to collect voices in your head. Because there are level 3 characters who will make you stronger, but there are also level negative 3 characters whose thought processes will reproduce themselves in your mind evilly, like a wasp laying its eggs inside you. These are thought processes which will make you angry and stupid and selfish and a victim of your own mind.
The purpose of reading—the whole dang point of it, I’m going to unjustifiably assert here—is to collect voices in your head for the sake of using them to augment your powers, pretty much exactly like equipping the right Charms in Hollow Knight for the next boss. Some Charms will give you the ability to fly and shoot laser beams and become invulnerable—metaphorically speaking—and others will drain your health and sap your will to fight.
I also realize that some people probably don’t have voices in their heads just like some people don’t have images in their heads, and the empirical implication of my above assertion is that these people don’t read, and that probably isn’t true, so I guess I’m wrong.
but, um
At the end of the chapter, Alison visits her old nemesis, Cleaver, a mass murderer, a bladed, mutated monstrosity and one of a very small number of people who’s even remotely a match for her physically, inside his specially designed prison. I’m gonna let Mega Girl close this one out.
And here’s the thing, Cleaver! I’m not really that different from you. I look like how I look and you look like how you look. The people that were supposed to take care of you didn’t. The people that were supposed to take care of me did. It wouldn’t surprise me if there were only a handful of moments, a handful of decisions that make up the difference between you and me.
Why are you telling me this?
Because I know what it’s like to feel alone. I know what it’s like to live in a paper world, to be good at hurting people, to think everybody should just shut up and do what you say. And then I remember that deep down, people are good, everybody’s trying and nobody deserves respect just for being powerful. So if I’ve got the voice in my head that tells me to crush people, then I think you probably have the voice that says the other thing too. If people keep calling us heroes and villains, they’ll never know how close we came to listening to the other voice all those times.
Mega Girl! If people were as good as you say they are, they’d know it’s your choice to help them. If your parents hadn’t raised you to be a good little girl, they’d be fucked. The only reason their world makes sense is because you keep it that way. Do you really think they deserve all of this?
No. They deserve better.
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2020.11.26 17:23 Tinfoil_Haberdashery [RT] [FF] Elasmosaur: A post-apocalyptic Outlander/Brigadoon crossover fanfiction

“We’ll reach the coordinates you gave me by nightfall,” Moira said in her thick Glaswegian brogue. Her ever-moving eyes roved over the granite, heather and larch of the highlands, “You said you’d tell me what we were going tae find when we got close.”
Professor Brian Wicklow hesitated. “You’ll think I’m quite insane. That’s fine.”
Moira nodded in agreement. “Madmen use the same money as sane men. Makes nae difference tae me.”
“Very well. What do you know about Pox?”
His native guide's eyes stopped their ceaseless mvoement for just a moment, to level a disdainful look at him. “I've heard of it, once or twice”
“Fair enough, but do you know where it came from?”
“Central Asia. Loony religious zealots stole it from the Chinese government after it collapsed and decided tae settle a border dispute with some light genocide that got a bit out of hand.”
“And where did the Chinese get it?”
“They didna' get if from anywhere, they made it in a lab.”
“From a disease that already existed—smallpox.”
“Only, smallpox didn’t exist for quite some time—not in a location the Chinese could access, anyway. Like our modern Pox, it was not zoonotic, and had been eradicated from the human population. There was some held under lock and key in the United States, that part now called The Confederacy, and there was some in Russia, but none in China, and certainly none in Scotland.”
There was a heavy pause. “What does Scotland have tae do wi’ anything?”
“The 2047 smallpox outbreak. A historical footnote far overshadowed by its aftermath, these days, but quite odd in its time. A disease long-dead that emerged as if from thin air—not from some isolated community in darkest Siberia or island in the Indian Ocean, but in rural Scotland nearly a century after it was eradicated off the face of the earth.”
Moira turned on him. “Rural Scotland. Are you telling me we’re heading toward some super-disease?”
Brian shook his head. “It may have been ‘super’ enough in its time, but it’s a kitten by today’s standards. Some people survived smallpox, and weren’t even shambling disease vectors thereafter—unlike the Pox we have these days.”
Moira scratched absently at her shaved head, shifting her gas-gun from one shoulder to the other. “Can’t say I get it. A disease that’s slightly less apocalyptic in scope seems like a piss-poor prize tae be chasin’ after.”
Brian considered this. “What is the biggest threat any city faces in the modern world?” he asked
“Shamblers,” Moira said.
“Essentially, yes. More specifically, the Pox they carry. Each aftershock of epidemic brings humanity closer to extinction or barbarism. What if there were a place utterly secure against shamblers?”
Moira rolled her eyes. “Let me guess, a cult bunker? Most of the shamblers that have cropped up in the past decade are the remnants o’ ‘pox-proof’ sepratist utopias.”
“This place is different, I assure you. It has the best possible defense against any threat, including the pox.”
“An’ what’s that?”
“It doesn’t exist.”
Moira pondered this for a while. “It’s a bonny riddle, professor,” Moira said, “But ah’ve no interest in goin’ tae Thebes or boinkin’ me dear ol’ mum, so make like a sphinx an’ eat me.”
Brian opened, then closed his mouth. A Sophocles reference? From this savage? He woudn’t bet money that she was literate, clad in a great kilt and cream-colored linen tunic, a dirk at her narrow hip and a woad triskelion tattooed on the back of her shaved skull. “Very well. I will come to the point. I have, for some years, been most interested in the journals of a twentieth century businessman who, along with a friend, went on two trips to the Scottish Highlands. His friend did not return from the second. The body was never recovered, and a suspicion of murder hung over him for the rest of his life. In his journals, though, he wrote of a town which seems detached from the flow of time. It appears for one day every hundred years, then vanishes once more.”
Moira snorted. “Oh aye, an entirely plausible account from an unimpeachable source.”
“I initially had a similar thought. As, indeed, has everyone else to whom I’ve relayed this story.”
“But you believe it?” Moira’s voice was flat.
“I believe it’s worth a look.”
“And why the fuck is that?”
Brian chewed his lip contemplatively for a moment. “1947—A man reports encountering a Georgian-era Scottish town that appears only once every hundred years. 2047—an extinct disease appears as if by magic in Scotland.”
Moira snorted. “An’ now it’s 2147.”
“Now it’s 2147,” Brian confirmed with a smile.
The somewhat jeering good-humor Moira had barely been able to conceal the night before was notably diminished when Brian woke her before dawn the next morning.
"Moira! Wake up!"
She was instantly on alert, a hand on her dirk. "What?"
"It's the fog, Moira!"
Several seconds of silence followed, before, "I'm sorry, what?"
"Fog! It came on practically in an instant! I think this is it!"
Several more seconds, then Mora said, in a voice labored with patience, "You're tellin’ me that you woke me up during your watch tae report that fog appeared suddenly before dawn in the highlands. Ach, wheel, I'll just fight it off, shall I?"
"No, it's not a problem, it's what we've been waiting for! The fog is a harbinger of Brigadoon’s materializing!"
"The fog is a harbinger that the relative humidity has reached the saturation point of the air due tae declining nighttime temperatures, yeh mad Yankee bastard. Wake me when Marty of Clan MacFly rides up on a donkey cart wi' a flux capacitor." With that, she rolled over and went back to sleep.
Not an hour later, she got tired of Brian's louder-than-strictly-necessary breakfast preparations and got up, annoyed. "Will ye quit that racket? The sky's barely gray, man. You're like my daughter on Yule morning."
Brian hesitated. "You have a daughter?"
Moira began packing her bedroll. "Aye. An’ a son, but he's too small tae get excited yet."
Brian stared at her.
"What?" she asked.
"Sorry, you're just...very young and, um. Don't seem like the family type."
"Wheel, aren't we judgy? A woman cannae ha'e her own career while her husband an’ his boyfriend look after the bairns?" She checked the pressure gauge on her gas gun before lifting the lid on the steaming pot of field rations Brian had been cooking.
"Just surprised, not critical," he said, "Wait, are you serious about—? Sorry, nevermind."
She grinned up at him. "You Americans sure have gotten prudish since the fall. No, my husband doesna have a boyfriend. But we do have two bairns."
She was the least maternal person he may ever have met, and besides, a girl her age back home on Long Island would scarcely be done with her second year of University, and would be the target of no little gossip for being too familiar with men at all, much less starting a family. It was another of her paradoxes—a woman so aggressively buried in the past, yet so non-traditional.
They ate their fortified porridge and packed up the little Stirling stove, then made their way into the valley.'
The roads were the first indication that something was different, here. The few plasphalt roads that had been built through this region prior to the Pox had been ravaged by frostheave and errosion—it wasn't uncommon to see young trees rooted in the cracks. When they'd turned off those, the even more ancient tarmac roads had been reduced to little more than gravel beds. Now they were on a dirt road—a rutted track which, rustic as it was, looked more heavily and recently trafficked than anything they'd seen since departing Glasgow's sphere of influence. Moira said nothing, but Brian could tell the oddity wasn't lost on her. Brian only really let himself start grinning in earnest when they met the man on the road, however.
He was short—shorter even than Moira, dressed like an actor in a period piece, and hailed them with a completely incomprehensible string of syllables before catching himself and switching to English. "Ach, wheer are my manners," he said, with an accent that made Moira's exaggerated and somewhat transient one seem pale and paltry, "Welcome tae Briga Na Dun!" Brian and Moira might have had wildly differing backgrounds, but the history professor and the neo-primitivist were both, in their own ways, fanatical about the same things. Moira dressed like a Mel Gibson fan who couldn’t choose between William Wallace or Mad Max, but she knew the history of Scotland like the back of her hand. This man’s outfit was as authentic as could be; it was an honest-to-god Georgian-era highlander’s outfit.
Moira stuttered out a few words Brian couldn’t understand, and the man’s face lit up. “Tha mayest dress queerly, lad, but I’m glad the English still havenae managed to stamp out the Gaelic and those who speak it—however poorly.”
Moira’s face fell, but the man pressed on. “If tha’ shouldst follow along this road, tha’ may’st reach the town. Folks there will answer any questions ye may have—I must be getting on.”
They thanked him, and he continued up the road the way he’d been coming.
“Alright,” Moira admitted, “This...disappearin’ city seems distressingly plausible at this point. So why are we here?”
“We? You’re here because I needed a guide. I’m here because I want to be an elasmosaur.”
They walked in silence for a few moments, before he caught Moira’s air of skepticism. “Metaphorically, I mean.” he waved a hand impatiently. “Like the elasmosaurs of Loch Ness…countless studies for decade upon decade with no trace. Everyone was convinced they were a hoax, until boom—2034, a whole pod of the damn things turn up. Marine biologists captured four alive and that fisherman killed one, but the others were never seen again. Now, the idea that the only remaining population of dinosaurs—or their aquatic cousins, or whatever—survived in a lake dwarfed by many North American reservoirs for 65 million years…that’s a bit farfetched. But if they only turned up for a single day every century? That’s less than 3000 years since the comet wiped out the rest of their kind. An extinction event is far less worrisome if you can just fast-forward through it.”
Moira was silent again, but this time in contemplation rather than derision. Finally, she quietly said, “You’re lookin’ tae fast-forward through humanity dyin’ oot.”
“That is my sincerest desire, yes.”
“An’ what if we make it through? If humanity doesna’ go extinct?”
“Even better,” Brian said, “But it could take a very long time for this plague to pass. While your type take up dirk and targe, seeking refuge from the present in the distant past…I look the future.”
They passed several other travelers on the road, only some of whom spoke English. Everyone stared, but most seemed far too preoccupied with their own business to stop or talk for any length of time. Brian did decide to stop beating around the bush with one anglophone and asked directly, “Am I correct in thinking this is the same Brigadoon that appears only once every hundred years?”
The man seemed entirely taken aback. “Briga Na Dun it is…but I’m nae the one tae tell tha aboot such things. Ask frae Mister Lundy in town. He’s the one tae ask.”
Brian broke into a broad smile at this—“Ah, yes. Mr. Lundy. I’ll do that, thank you.”
They did eventually reach the town, a walled village with only a few roofs that were slate rather than thatch and a low stone wall surrounding it.
“What…what makes it work?” Moira asked as they passed a vegetable vendor setting up shop.
“Have a look at these carrots!” Brian said excitedly. “No cultural diffusion from the orange Dutch breeds…”
“Sure. Bonny shade o’ purple, Professor, but how the hell does a town travel through time? Or a Loch, if you’re right about the Nessies.”
The stall’s owner was unloading various root crops from a cart, watching Brian and Moira with the mild fascination people everywhere directed toward boisterous foreigners.
“What? Oh, damned if I know, I’m not a physicist. Read that old Hawking tome once—found it more impenetrable than Newton’s, and that was in the original Latin.”
“And it started in the 1700s—in 1747,” Moira mused, “This town wasna built in a day. It was a normal town until…what? 4 days ago, it just vanished? 4 days, 400 years…”
“Imagine what the world would be like in a few weeks,” Brian said excitedly. “Hyper-advanced societies, perhaps, but just as likely, a world that may as well never have felt the ravages of humanity. Carbon levels back in equilibrium, ecosystems stabilized…a fresh start for mankind.”
“Uh-huh.” Moira stared around at the villagers. “An’ repopulating this brave new world will be…you an’ a bunch of pre-Enlightenment-era sheep herders?”
Brian wagged a finger at her. “Now who’s being judgy about other people’s lifestyles?”
Moira’s eyes snapped to the side, and as Brian followed her gaze he saw a man wearing a powdered wig and a severe black coat hurrying toward them.
“Welcome, welcome,” he said in English, “My name is Callum Lundy. May I ask your names, sirs?”
“Brian Wicklow,” Brian said, extending a hand to shake.
“Thou art an American, I think?” Lundy said, accepting it gladly.
Brian hesitated. “The United States of America no longer exists as a sovereign entity,” he said. “But I am from a city-state located within the former borders of that nation, yes. Long Island, formerly of the state of New York.”
“Ah! We had some visitors from that part of the world only two centuries ago!”
Brian nodded—as if this were a perfectly normal thing to say. “Mr. Douglas and Mr. Albright, yes? I found this place after reading Mr. Douglas’ journals. Is Mr. Albright here?”
Lundy’s bushy eyebrows drew together in consternation. “Nae—he left wi’ Mr. Douglas before sunset the day before yesterday.”
Brian’s face fell a little. “Mr. Douglas’ journal said that Thomas Albright was able to re-enter Brigadoon—Briga Na Dun, if I am to understand that that is its proper name—some weeks later. That he woke you from your bed and that the town rematerialized so that he was able to re-enter it, they having returned with that goal.”
Lundy’s face was grave. “Such a thing isna possible, I fear. Mr. Douglas…may no’ ha’ been telling the truth.”
Brian shrugged. “I always knew it was a possibility.”
“An’ thou, young man, wha’ may I call thee?”
Moira arched an eyebrow, but said, in a voice that seemed a few notes lower than her natural speaking tone, “Logan Fraser.”
Lundy seemed a bit nonplused by the terseness of ‘his’ answer, but didn’t pursue it further, turning instead back to Brian. “Thou sayest thy country is nae more? Right sorrowful am I tae hear it. A nation that hath thrown off the yoke of English oppression is a sad loss tae the world. If I may ask…what happened?
Brian shook his head. “I fear the world has suffered a great many losses since you went to bed last night.”
As Brian told Mr. Lundy all that had transpired since the outbreak of the Pox, Moira’s constantly roving eyes noticed a woman near her own age lingering nearby, watching the newcomers with a distressed look on her face. She observed with apprehension as Moira approached, but she stood her ground.
“Can I help you?” Moira asked in Gaelic, despite a twinge of self-consciousness at the reaction her previous attempt with a native speaker had produced.
The girl gulped, but stuttered out, “You speak our language?”
“I speak my language,” Moira said, “My sires have walked these lands since before Hadrian built his wall.”
“Your pardon…sir,” she said, and her inquisitive look as she said it made Moira think she was a little less quick to assume the clothes made the ‘man’ than the men they’d so far encountered.
“You seem mighty fearful of us,” Moira said.
“Oh, no! Not at all sir,” the young woman said, “It’s just…I don’t suppose you know a man named Tommy Albright?”
Moira hesitated a moment then said, “Albright…my companion spoke of him. He came here two days ago.”
“Yes.” The woman looked like she was about to cry.
“I’m afraid I haven’t met him myself,” Moira said carefully. “He…he tried to come back here, but I’m afraid he was unsuccessful.”
The woman broke down crying. “I knew it,” she said, “I knew he didn’t want to leave. I don’t care what Mr. Lundy says, Harry Beaton was right! This town isn’t blessed, it’s cursed!”
Moira was about to ask what she meant when an enraged scream from Mr. Lundy himself cut her off. “WITCHES!”
Moira wheeled around to find the man red-faced and breathing hard, pacing back and forth in front of a rather nonplused Brian Wicklow. “Mohommetan witches from the Orient, unleashing a plague upon the world. War, Pestilence, Famine, and Death! Death on a pale horse! I knew it was coming! The tribulation has begun! A thousand years shall we dwell here on the fallen earth ere the kingdom of God returns!”
“Um—” Brian seemed inclined to interject, but Lundy would not be dissuaded, a mad light in his eyes.
“I knew it. When the witch came here, God saw that even the righteous would not long be safe from the corruption of interlopers! He set us free from the fallen world! And the thousand years of darkness shall be as ten days to us! Praise be to God!”
He turned back to Brian suddenly. “This news thou bringest is grave, but in a way, welcome. I ha’ much tae do, friend, alerting the village patriarchs to the threat these abominations you spoke of pose to us. Wilt thou excuse me?”
“Um. Of course,” Brian stammered out, still seeming off-balance.
Without another word, Lundy turned on his heel and stalked off, the other villagers giving him a wide berth.
Brian walked over toward Moira, his face troubled. “Well,” he said, “Rather an excitable gentleman. Oh, hello—my apologies, young lady, I don’t believe we’ve met. Miss…?”
“Campbell,” the young woman said, though her voice was still tight with distress.
“D’ye still mean tae stay here, professor?” Moira asked.
“Oh absolutely,” Brian said, “Charming place, if a bit…rustic in their outlook.”
“Well then I do believe our contract is fulfilled. I’m off.”
“So soon? I’d think someone with your interests would want to explore a bit. Quite a fascinating timecapsule we find ourselves in—less than a year after Culloden, and it wouldn’t surprise me if there are men here who fought in the battle. Rather a Jacobite stronghold, if Mr. Lundy is anything to go by. Honestly, I’d consider staying, if I were you. This may be the only safe place in the world.”
“I wouldna abandon my hus—” she caught herself and looked sharply at Miss Campbell, “My spouse and our bairns tae a world I wouldna face mysel’.” She said coldly. “An’ on top o’ that, I dinna really feel dressed for the company. I’m guessing their outlook is no less ‘rustic’ when it comes tae…tae people with two X chromosomes actin’ like I do.”
Brian sighed. “Very well. You’ve fulfilled your contract admirably, and I wish you and your family all the best.” He extended a hand.
“Good luck wi’ your wee holiday here,” Moira said, and shook it.
“May I accompany you to the edge of town?” he asked, and Moira nodded.
“May I as well?” Miss Campbell asked suddenly.
Moira raised an eyebrow but nodded assent, and they started heading back the way she’d come in.
“I want to leave,” Miss Campbell said quietly in Gaelic, and Moira glanced sharply at her.
“Today might not be a good day,” she responded in the same language, after some consideration, “The world is in a bad way, Miss Campbell.”
“Call me Fiona,” Fiona said, “And I don’t care. It can’t be worse than here. Mr. Lundy is going to do something awful, I just know it. He’s accused half the women in the town of witchcraft at one point or another, and since the old priest died and we broke loose from time, there’s been no one to keep him in check. I think he’s going to hurt someone soon…maybe today, with the state he was in when he left your friend.”
Moira sighed. “Do you think people will be upset if you leave?”
“I fear so. But after Tommy left it’s been all that I could think of. I packed a bag…please. If we just stop by my house, I’ll tell my father I have herbs to take to a family friend outside of town. They’ll never know I’ve left until it’s too late. I think you understand how powerless a woman can feel in these situations.”
Moira gritted her teeth at the implication of those words, but nodded. “We’re takin’ a wee detour for Fiona here tae pick up some things for an errand she’s running,” she said in English, and Brian nodded in happy unconcern, his eyes following a man carrying a rather ratty sheep up the lane.
Fiona led them to her home, disappearing inside for her things. As soon as she had, Moira turned to Brian. “Yon lass is leavin’ wi’ me,” she said, “She doesna want tae stay here and I dinna blame her. It’s none o’ your business, except it may make things a wee bit uncomfortable if people think you were involved, so I figured I’d tell you.”
Brian’s face contorted with dismay. “Well I wouldn’t have been involved if you hadn’t said anything! God, I’m a terrible liar, Moira, I wish you’d kept it to yourself.”
Moira shrugged, genuinely apologetic. “Sorry. I didna think of that…” she trailed off, head cocked to one side. “D’ye…d’ye hear that?”
Brian went quiet and listened, as well. “Singing?”
“The Skye Boat Song,” Moira said.
From a nearby house they could hear the faint words,
“Billow and breeze, islands and seas,
Mountains of rain and sun,
All that was good, all that was fair,
All that was me is gone.”
“Well, as I said, this place does lean that way politically,” Brian said.
Moira shook her head. “It’s no’ a contemporary song—you said yourself, we’re less than a year oot from Culloden’s Field. The Skye Boat Song was written well after that.”
Brian hesitated. “How long after?”
Moira shrugged. “I’ve no’ a clue. But those particular lyrics aren’t even original. They were written by Robert Luis Stevenson.”
Brian bit his lip. “Gah, when the hell was he alive? He wrote Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hide, so 1800s at the earliest.”
Moira nodded. “We’re no’ the only outlanders here. There’s a stowaway. Probably the woman who’s singing.”
Fiona emerged from her own house, dressed in a more rugged travelling dress and with a wicker basket on her back. “I’m ready.”
Moira strained her ears to pinpoint the song’s origin, but the singer had trailed off. “Fiona,” she asked, “Did anyone come here the day before Mr. Albright?”
She nodded. “An Englishman and his wife. That’s how we knew for sure we’d broken away from time.”
“Did they stay here? Either of them? The woman?”
Fiona hesitated, but shook her head. “No. They are no longer…with us.”
“And did anyone else come the day before yesterday? The same day as Mr. Albright and his friend?”
Fiona shook her head again. “Not that I know of.”
Moira thought about this for a few seconds, then shrugged. “Whatever. Let’s go.”
The three of them headed once more toward the edge of town, but when they reached the low stone wall, a group of men were loitering by the gate, and they didn’t look too happy to see Fiona or her companions.
“Another sassenach, eh, Fiona?” one of them said. He stepped forward and his friends edged sideways, blocking the gate.
The man who’d spoken gazed levelly at Brian, then Moira. “Our little Fiona has a hard time staying on her feet when there’s someone from out of town passing through,” he said to his friends in Gaelic.
“Move,” Moira growled in the same tongue.
The man feigned surprise. “Well, this one even understands civilized language, lads,” he said,
“Fingal, please,” Fiona said, “This gentleman just offered to escort me to—”
“Shut up, slut,” Fingal hissed angrily.
Moira punched him straight in the nose. He staggered back, clutching his face, then drew a knife, glaring at her.
With a practiced motion, Moria unslung her gas gun from her shoulder with her left hand, aiming from the hip, and drew her dirk with her right. “We’re leaving. Move.”
Brian’s eyes went wide and he and Fiona both backed up several paces.
In contrast with the sharp, hissing snap of the gas gun that Brian had expected and feared, a deep boom sounded, and Moira lurched sideways, blood erupting from her leg. Another local man emerged from a small outbuilding off to one side, dropping a blackpowder pistol and drawing a long knife as he approached. Moira hauled herself to a sitting position, her face a mask of pain and rage, and leveled the gas gun at Fingal, but he had already closed the distance and kicked it out of her hands. Moira was swinging her dirk as he did so, though, and opened a nasty gash on his arm. As he staggered back, she climbed shakily to her feet and dodged a knife thrust from the man who’d shot her, slamming the pommel of her own blade into the left side of his face with a sickening crunch before giving him his own gushing leg wound in turn.
The remaining two men rushed her simultaneously, one of whom had a blade longer than Moira’s. She deflected his swing easily and despite her wounded leg caught him a savage kick under his kilt that put him off balance while she landed a blow on his head that dropped him to the ground, perhaps permanently. The second man managed to put a shallow gash across her arm with his small knife, but stumbled back as Moira turned from the possibly-corpse of his friend and leveled her gaze on him, looking like a goddess of war.
“Fiona?” A man’s voice came from up the road, ringing with concern.
The final combatant turned and ran, and Moira collapsed to one knee, then fell flat on her face as a man and a woman who was clearly kin to Fiona ran up, the man holding a basket-hilt claymore in one hand.
The three of them exchanged several words in Gaelic, Moira unable to focus on the words, drifting in and out of consciousness. The last thing she heard before a terrible dark coldness took her was “We have to take her to the witch.”
Continued in part 2 due to character limit
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2020.11.23 05:59 TheHigherCalling2 His father worried about his son’s grades. He confided to his diary that, “Father says Bongbong has been lazy but well adjusted. He makes believe he knows but he does not. In history he has been observed to be ‘flippant’ and his ideas are are not well thought-out.”

Bongbong Marcos, son of a Philippine tyrant: Born lucky?

Ferdinand Marcos Jr led a charmed life growing up as the son of the late Philippine dictator whose name he shares. Now he is plotting his own path to power

Raissa Robles
Published: 12:01pm, 11 Dec, 2016
“I’m so lucky that I was born a Marcos,” Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jnr said last year as he threw his hat into the political ring.
In May, Bongbong came heartbreakingly close to winning the vice-presidency. Now he spends his time convincing the Supreme Court he was cheated of victory. Despite the 59-year-old’s loss by only 200,000 votes, President Rodrigo Duterte took the former senator along on his state visit to Beijing in October, telling a Filipino crowd that if Bongbong won his protest, “maybe we will have a new vice-president”.
Last week, Duterte, 71, conveyed to Vice-President Leni Robredo via a text message sent by an aide that she should “desist” from attending cabinet. Robredo resigned her housing brief, warning supporters that plans were afoot for Marcos to steal the vice-presidency.
Duterte has been quite open in showing his fondness for Marcos and insinuating he was cheated. He sees Marcos as his successor. During the campaign he said that if he failed to eradicate corruption, drugs and criminality in three months, “then I will hand over the presidency to Bongbong”.

Duterte said his father “was a close [political] ally of President Marcos until his death” and he considered Marcos Snr “the best and the brightest” president. He recently revealed that the Marcoses bankrolled his presidential campaign. During a television show last year, Duterte and Bongbong – despite their 12-year age difference – displayed an easy camaraderie and joked about which one of them would run for president. Duterte has made good on his election promise to bury Marcos’ body in the Heroes’ Cemetery. Reports abound that he will appoint Bongbong to his cabinet next year.

In short, Bongbong’s luck has not run out. Perhaps because Marcos’ middle child and only son really was born lucky. His father was elected president when he was only eight and for the next two decades he called Malacanang Palace home. The diaries his father unwittingly left behind in Malacanang in 1986 when they fled from an enraged throng now give a glimpse of the “lucky” life that Marcos Jnr had once led, and the he apparently continues to enjoy.

At 13, on September 4, 1970, Bongbong was sent away to Worth School in Britain because of a leftist threat to kidnap him. His father’s parting memento was his portrait with the words, “On your departure for an unknown land, come back not only as my son, come back as a man.”

His father, who had excelled academically, worried about his son’s grades. He confided to his diary that, “Father Bernard says in the last fortnight Bongbong has been lazy but well adjusted. He makes believe he knows but he does not. In history he has been observed to be ‘flippant’ and his ideas are not well thought-out.”
Later though, Bongbong told his father he would need to give up judo to have more time for coursework and – music to his father’s ears – he intended to study law at the same university as his father had.
He never did, though. He went to Oxford University, where he obtained a “special diploma in Social Studies”.

His father’s ambition for his only son to excel academically is revealed in one of the Swiss bank documents the family also left behind in the palace.
📷Protestors hold mock hammers with the words 'No Hero' in front of a portrait of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos outside the presidential palace in metro Manila. Photo: Reuters
Dated August 28, 1970, the document pertaining to the Marcos couple’s secret Swiss accounts held by the dummy Trinidad Foundation laid out the following reward for their son: “The foundation’s council, may, however, dispose of part of the total assets, maximum one third, in favour of the son Ferdinand before his 21st birthday to assure his support at the standard of living he is used to and his education to the doctorate level at the foundation council’s discretion.”
In England, Bongbong not only learned to clean the bathroom but also to live the life of the rich and famous. When his sisters Imee and Irene were sent to boarding schools the following year, their parents got them two cars and two houses, “one in London and another smaller one in Mayfield where they [the three children] can meet on weekends and holidays,” Marcos wrote in his diary on April 24, 1971.
Although required to by law, President Marcos never publicly declared his Swiss assets nor the two houses and cars in England in his statement of assets and liabilities.
Charges of ill-gotten wealth dogged the Marcos family early on and did not spare the children. On April 19, 1971, Marcos wrote in his diary that he and his wife Imelda would file libel suits. He wrote: “The straw that broke the camel’s back was a nasty letter to Bongbong calling him a future thief and asking what kind of crook is your daddy”. Later, though, he thought the better of the lawsuits and simply arrested journalists en masse when he imposed military rule in 1972.
To this day, Bongbong Marcos has insisted that he knows nothing about his parents’ Swiss bank accounts, although he did concede to This Week in Asia that he once signed a letter of authority to have someone try to withdraw from the same accounts.
He has devoted the past three decades to raising his three sons and trying to get back the wealth which authorities have estimated to be worth at least
US$10 billion. In 1995, he nearly succeeded in pushing a settlement which would have allowed the family to keep a quarter of the contested money “net of taxes” and have all pending suits against them dropped. But the Supreme Court struck it down.
📷Imee Marcos, daughter of former Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos and his ‘intellectual twin’. File photo
Bongbong did not inherit the keen mind of his father, who once said that while Imee was the dictator’s “intellectual twin”, Bongbong had “um, good muscle coordination”. But he has his father’s voice and charm. His father fondly observed the girls screaming at the sight of his teenage son and trying to kiss him. It is the same charm that propelled Bongbong to a Senate seat and nearly got him elected vice-president.
During the family’s exile in Hawaii, Bongbong tried to spend as much time as possible with his father but not his mother. He often clashed with his mother, according to Marcos’ former military aide Arturo Aruiza in his book, Ferdinand E. Marcos: From Malacanang to Makiki.
Only Bongbong was present at his father’s deathbed. Aruiza wrote: “Marcos opened his eyes and moved his lips, as though trying to tell his son something.” Then Marcos’ heartbeat spiked to 200 beats per minute before dropping. The man Bongbong idolised and claimed was “touched by God” died on September 28, 1989. Since then, Bongbong and his sisters have tried to revise the history of their father’s tyranny, cover up the rights violations and plunder, and project it as a “golden age”.
📷Philippine Vice-President Leni Robredo has resigned and warned supporters that plans are afoot for Bongbong to steal her post. Photo: Xinhua
When Marcos’ body was interred in the Heroes’ Cemetery, thanks to a Supreme Court decision that there was no law to prevent this happening, Bongbong tweeted: “Twenty-seven years in the making! Finally, my father gets the rest he rightfully and legally deserves.”
But the battle is far from over for Bongbong. He is hoping the same Supreme Court justices who ruled in favour of his father’s burial will rule in favour of his electoral protest, thus unseating Robredo and placing him a heartbeat from the position his father once held.
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2020.11.23 04:49 Genprey Princess Connect ReDive: A Primer for the Upcoming Collab Event

The Dragalia team is really hitting it with these collabs for me.
Princess Connect Re:Dive is one of Cygames's most successful series, alongside Granblue Fantasy and Shadowverse, as well as the successor of the original project: "Princess Connect!". Princess Connect is a rather unique mobile RPG where players don't fully control the characters. Rather, players form a team of 5 characters that fill in specific roles: Attacker (Magic and Physical), Special Attacker, Tank, Support, and Healer. Each character has her own moveset and attack pattern, and while the game plays itself for the most part, players need to be conscientious about each cast member's positioning in a group, as that offers both defensive and offensive advantages, as well as synergies with other characters.
Princess Connect is most known for it's female-only (aside from one specific character) set of playable characters, along with a self-insert style, male protagonist ("Yuuki" as the default name), although there are male NPCs of both the generic and special variety as supporting characters. Staying true to Cygames's style, it's also a very colorful series that is almost fully voiced by a recognizable line-up of voice actors/actresses.
While the game is not available in the English language, fans/potential fans can enjoy the anime adaptation, which may easily come off as familiar to fans of Konosuba. The series adds to the "Isekai" sub-genre, but doesn't take itself too seriously. Similar to Konosuba, a lot of the charm comes from exaggerated expressions/reactions, absurd situations, and over-the-top quirks exhibited by the characters. In that sense, it is an easy-to-enjoy anime, however, despite being predominantly laid-back, actually can get rather serious as the main story develops.
As mentioned earlier, one of the main draws of Princess Connect is its cast of characters. Taking place in a simulated space (see: Log Horizon), each character mainly appears as a sort of "avatar" and shows off their human (or Llama) after progressing their personal story section. In addition to this, each of the girls (and guy) are grouped in different guilds/factions, each having a different goal in mind. Some of these include:

Gourmet Edifice

A guild that is dedicated to travelling in order to find a variety of ingredients used to concoct new dishes. This is guild houses our main characters, including the one confirmed to be featured in Dragalia, Pecorine.
Pecorine (Guild leader)
Voiced by MAO: Narmaya (Granblue), Europa (Fate/Grand Order), Melascula (7DS), HMS Howe (Azur Lane)
"The Stomach that is Always Starving", as indicated over her taking a big bite out of our delicious friend, Pecorine is a glutton who lives to cook and eat unique dishes. Pecorine is extremely friendly, if not airheaded, who tends not to be aware of negativity. Deep down, however, lies a burden behind a front of optimism.
Yuuki ("You")
Voiced by Atsushi Abe: Male Hakuno (Fate/Last Encore), Tobin (Fire Emblem: Shadows of Valentia), Toma (Magical Index series), Andrew/Bill/NUS 64 (Starfox 64 remake)
The protagonist of the series. Somewhat unremarkable by design, Yuuki is a teenage boy who suffers from amnesia. Despite this, he is a diligent individual who holds the ability to enhance the strength of the female characters. Best described as a "walking liability" in the anime.
Voiced by Miku Ito, who is relatively new to the scene: Mitsuba (Dragalia Lost), Miku Nakano (Quintessential Quintuplets)
One of the primary characters, Kokoro is the first girl Yuuki meets after having come up with Amnesia. Being the servant assigned to care for Yuuki, Kokoro is extremely loyal and can be viewed as a motherly figure, despite her young age. Recently became known for her "0x0" face in the anime adaptation.
Voiced by Rika Tachibana: Yuisis (Granblue), Plume/Gravel (Arknights), Ria Ami (Magia Record)
The third primary character, Kyaru originally joined Gourmet Edifice with ulterior motives. Tsundere character, Kyaru is the type to complain about her friends, but goes along with their plans regardless. Can be stand-offish as a means to hide her loneliness and desire for positive feedback from others. The third member of the Aqua/Ishtar expression trio.

Twinkle Wish

An old guild that works toward one crucial goal: to reach the top of "Sol Tower" in order to find the wish-granting entity that rests at the top.
Normie Girl Yui Kasano
Voiced by Risa Taneda: Sazanka (Dragalia Lost), Ai (Zombieland Saga), Kiyohime/Marie Antoinette/Mata Hari/(Originally) Mash (Fate/Grand Order), Palla (Fire Emblem), Xenovia (Highschool DXD)...according to a friend, of course.
"Girl next door" type, Yui is Yuuki's childhood friend who (not so) very clearly has feelings for him. In order to better herself as an adventurer, Yui desired to journey to the wish-granting AI, "Minerva", eventually meeting and grouping up with Rei and Hiyori.
Best Girl, Rei Shijo
Voiced by the extremely pleasant Hayami Saori: Elisanne (Dragalia Lost), Meltryllis (Fate/Extra CCC, Fate/Grand Order), Atalante (Fate/Apocrypha, Fate/Grand Order) Ushiwakamaru/Saint Martha (Fate/Grand Order), Fubuki (One Punch Man), Shinobu Kochu (Demon Slayer), honestly, if it's best girl in a respective series, she's likely voiced by Hayamin, and I say that without any sort of bias at all.
Knightly Character, Rei started off as a loner until she found and protected Yui from a band of scam artists. Hesitant at first, Rei eventually warmed up to her 2 guildmates, who seek the legend atop Sol Tower. Extra emphasis on Best Girl.
Hiyori Harusaki
Voiced by Nao Toyama: Lyria (Granblue), High Elf (Goblin Slayer), Ibaraki Douji/Calamity Jane/Suzuka Gozen (Fate/Grand Order), Celica (Fire Emblem: Shadows of Valentia), Trish Una (Jojo's/Golden Wind)
Tomboyish/high-energy type, Hiyori is the kind of person to act before thinking. Despite this, she is extremely loyal and reliable to her friends and acts as encouragement throughout their struggles.


A guild composed of fiend-raced members (demon-like race), Diabolos seeks to restore their leader, Ilya Ornstein, to her full power before the battle against the Gods.
Ilya Ornstein (Guild Leader)
Voiced by Sakura Tange: Mitsuhide (Dragalia Lost), Nero Claudius (Fate/Extra, Fate/Last Encore, Fate/Grand Order), Jack the Ripper (Fate/Apocrypha, Fate/Grand Order), Uncle Cagliostro (Granblue), Cardcaptor Sakura
A fiend-race woman who, after having been defeated in a major war, was forced to retreat and rest in her coffin. Upon waking up, Ilya would be unable to maintain her true form, becoming child-like and weak to the point of being bullied by her own minion army. Headpats from Yuuki allow her to temporary change into her extremely powerful "adult form", however. Basically Shinobu Oshino.
Yori and Akari Kazemiya
Voiced by Sayuri Hara (Yori): Philia/Yachiyo (Dragalia Lost), Luna (Konosuba), Reimi (Jojo's/Diamond is Unbreakable)
Azumi Asakura (Akari): Misaki (A Certain Scientific Railgun), Asia (Highschool DXD), Cardigan/Specter (Arknights), Fraux (Granblue)
Twin sisters, Yori is the extremely shy type who often finds herself stammering over her own words, especially when interacting with men. Despite being as socially competent as a Reddit user, Yori is relatively tough and, unknowingly, has a habit of calling those who have bad behavior out.
Akari is the complete opposite of her sister, as a girl who is extremely outgoing. "Little sister" type who tends to become unseemly when excited. Fantastic at playing Jazz music.
Shinobu Kamiki
Voiced by Yuka Otsubo, who I only recognize as Corbeau (Magia Record) and Leaf (Pokemon Masters)
A calm, cool, and collected girl with a rather different, gothic aesthetic about her. Shinobu makes a living off fortune-telling, having the ability to contact the departed. The skull she travels with is her father, who has the habit of flirting with girls, something that's best not to think too hard about. A sweetheart, despite her father's antics.
Miyako Izumo
Voiced by Sora Amamiya: Louise (Dragalia Lost), Aqua (Konosuba), Yachiyo (Magia Record), Nessa (Pokemon Sword/Shield), Kasumi (Persona 5), Elizabeth (7DS), Thrud (Fate/Grand Order)
A ghost of a girl whose obsession with pudding is more or less equivalent to Louise's obsession with her brother. Very childish and troublesome spirit, however, it's best not to irritate her, or you'll be cursed (transformed into pudding).

Twilight Caravan

An extremely volatile and terrifying guild whose motives tend to be unwieldly and self-serving. Putting that aside, they're pretty dandy individuals.
Ruka Tachiarai (Guild Leader)
Voiced by Rina Sato: Johanna/Sinoa (Dragalia Lost), Makoto (Persona 5), Yugiri (Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood), HAYATO (Jojo's/Diamond is Unbreakable), Lakshmibai (Fate/Grand Order), Mikoto (Magical Index series)
Surprisingly normal woman. Has the appearance and mannerisms of a "wandering samurai" type and acts with maturity and rationality that come into contrast with her fellow guidlmates. Likes relaxing evenings fishing.
Mitsuki Yoigahama
Voiced by Kotono Mitsuishi: Boa Hancock (One Piece), THE LEGENDARY Tae Yamada (Zombieland Saga), Pipimi (Pop Team Epic), Misato Katsuragi (Evangelion), Aoko Aozaki (Melty Blood), Sailor Moon (Original series)
Rejoice, Tae Takemi fans. Mitsuki is one of the older characters in the series and serves as a woman of science...using humans for her experiments. Terrifying by nature, Mitsuki has earned infamy among residents of the land for her scientific/medical practices. A viable alternative to the United States Healthcare system, all things considered.
Eriko Kuraishi
Voiced by Chinami Hashimoto: Priscella/Rebecca (Fire Emblem Heroes), Chiyo (Prison School), Prince of Whales (Azur Lane)
Yandere type character. At the end of her sword, Shinobu's father told Eriko that she would meet her "destined one" in the near future. While on the verge of losing consciousness after inhaling some of her own concoctions, Yuuki would approach the fallen maiden with a helping hand, solidifying himself as Eriko's soulmate. Fantastic with kids and is extremely talented at cooking, sewing, and gift-making.
Nanaka Tanno
Voiced by Haruka Yoshimura: Hazuki (Magia Record), Yang Guifei (Fate/Grand Order)
An otaku girl who is into anime and video games, especially that of the magical girl subgenre. High in energy, Nanaka seeks to find rare magic books and is known to enthusiastically (read: recklessly) try out any new spells she comes across. Despite having the appearance and equipment suited for a caster, Nanaka desires to fight in close quarters, much like the characters from her favorite anime. Owns a dakimakura with her likeness.
Anna Hiiragi
Voiced by Asami Takano, who, unfortunately, I don't recognize from any other roles.
Chuuni-type character. Anna fits this archetype to the core, referring to herself and others in grandiose nicknames, performing unnecessarily dramatic poses, owning an extremely powerful eye, etc. Despite being a complete weirdo, Anna is well-respected for how well she entertains the neighborhood kids.
There are a lot more characters/guilds, but because this post is already long/straying from being on-topic as it is, I'll stop the character introductions right there.
Overall, Princess Connect is truly a cousin series to Dragalia and is managed very similarly. The remainder of this post will be directed at those who are interested in trying the game out (before or after playing the collab), where I'll go over some likely questions a Dragalia player is likely to have.

How similar is Princess Connect to Dragalia Lost?
In terms of gameplay, Princess Connect is about as opposite as things get from Dragalia. While you play a very active role in Dragalia (as an action game), your role in Princess Connect is passive, where you're responsible for building a team that is high in synergy and activating each characters super attack. Things become more similar when looking at mechanics, however. There are raid bosses that have different mechanics and behaviors that you'll need to build around. Rather than an elemental system, Princess Connect simplifies things into magic/physical damage/weaknesses.
Comparing story is rather moot, unless you're able to read Japanese, although there is a small, dedicated team of translators who work on delivering event/character stories in English. Putting that aside, every character has her own sidestory, each being multiple chapters long. Additionally, there are guild-exclusive stories that focus around, as you can guess, each respective guild.
The most off-putting part of the story is the fact that the playable cast is pretty much female only, while the main character is a typical harem protagonist. For comparison's sake, Princess Connect tends to focus more on the characters falling for the protagonist moreso than Euden and Guda(o) in FGO, although Euden is an independent character (albeit with our name), rather than a straight self-insert.

How fair is the gacha?
Priconne's gacha follows the same format as your typical Cygames title, where it sports high base rates, but lower rateup. There is sparking, where, after 300 rolls, you are able to redeem a featured character.
After every roll, you get an item that is somewhat similar to Eldwater in Dragalia. These items can be collected and used to purchase character pieces of characters you own in order to upgrade their rarity/stats. This gives a pretty hefty boost to a character, but isn't very necessary to progress in PvE.
A good chunk of 3 star (5 star equivalent) characters are technically free, as you are able to collect a large sum of pieces and summon them. You can earn these pieces by clearing hard mode maps (limited to a few times a day) that they are featured in, as a reward for events the character appears in, and by logging in during their birthday.
You get a pretty steady income of summoning currency, especially as a new player who has a ton of story maps (all difficulties), character stories, permanent events, etc. to go through. Likewise, Cygames likes to host daily ten-rolls during special occasions and pretty much will hand out rolls just because the director saw a beautiful flower on his way to work that morning. With that being said, there is a bit of incentive to use this currency as a means to refresh your stamina in order to make quick progression, but this is by no means a necessity.
Like Granblue and Dragalia, there are special banner events called "Princess Fest" that feature limited characters and higher base rates for the gacha. To my knowledge, new players will have one available for a few days after starting.

How balanced is Princess Connect?
For PvE, it's very easy-going, and while there are characters who are clearly stronger than others in their respective roles, you can get away with using just about anyone, so long as the team composition is well-made and the particular map is appropriate for them. Many low-rarity characters are among the strongest in the game after having received their "uncap" that puts them at 6 star rarity with improved abilities. Likewise, characters regularly receive "unique gear" that further boosts their skills. Characters featured during Princess Fest tend to be more powerful/unique, but f2P-friendly characters are still, at the very least, useful for filling a key niche.
PvP becomes a bit more strict, and thankfully, you're up against AI who don't always make full use of super timings. Nonetheless, some characters end up being oppressive if you are not prepared to deal with them.

How is the grind compared to Dragalia?
Princess Connect is pretty laid-back and well-suited as a side-game, if you choose to treat it as such. In that regard, I would compare it to Arknights, in that it's quick to burn through your stamina, but still make meaningful progression. There are skip tickets that you can use on most stages after clearing it with a 3 star rating and you can use these in bulk. You pretty much have an endless supply of them, too.
Outside of events/story, your main goal is to farm for equipment, which, after having collected a full set, can be consumed by a character in order to increase their rank (not to be confused with star rarity). This is your main source of poweprogression.
Events follow a similar structure to your typical Cygames title, you progress the story and farm the event boss for lotto currency. Said currency can be used to roll boxes with goodies, including summoning currency, the currency used to upgrade characters, equipment, EXP potions, and character pieces of featured characters.

Are there any plans for an English release?
Last I checked, Cygames seems to be interested, but cannot find a publisher to handle the project.
That's about all I have. As you might have guessed, I enjoy Priconne and seeing it finally visiting Dragalia is pretty exciting to me, although I'm a bit sad that I probably won't be able to make a dream team with Elly and Rei.
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2020.11.23 00:19 clockkeep [USA-MA] [H] PayPal [W] Black Ops Cold War Bonus Content Codes!

Looking to collect all the available bonus content, offered through codes from various products and purchases. Here is my current list of what I'm after:
Post what codes you have and a price. I believe this is a complete list outside of special preordebeta content, but if you see something I don't have listed and would like to sell, feel free to offer!
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2020.11.23 00:17 clockkeep [USA-MA] [H] PayPal [W] Black Ops Cold War Bonus Content Codes!

Looking to collect all the available bonus content, offered through codes from various products and purchases. Here is my current list of what I'm after:
Post what codes you have and a price. I believe this is a complete list outside of special preordebeta content, but if you see something I don't have listed and would like to sell, feel free to offer!
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2020.11.21 15:36 AmIExtra I am 27 years old make $42k + bonuses, live in Shanghai, China and work in Tech.

I’m excited to see what you guys think of my income and spending. I feel like I am making less but spending more than the average here. Also intended to be a comfort to people who may not have a high income or net worth and have made some mistakes in the past.
I have only actually started getting serious about my life and actively saving and investing in Nov 2019 because I had a very loose attitude towards money before (detailed below in my income progression) and several medical procedures (dental is expensive and not covered by insurance).
All numbers converted to USD at current rates

Section One: Assets and Debt
Retirement Balance: $65k
⁃ $25k in a government retirement fund in my home country (contributed 2 years during my first job). This will continue to grow at 3-5% managed by the government.
⁃ $40k in a retirement fund (partially inherited). This will be a lump sum payment at the end of the vesting period (around age 55). The principal is 2k/year, and the interest is the annualised market growth rate.
Liquid assets which I do not count as retirement savings: $20k
⁃ $12k in investment funds that are managed for growth and I do not want to sell in market cycles. I contribute to this account every quarter or so. I consider this part of my long term investments for an eventual home purchase. This is more bond and fixed income heavy.
⁃ $3k in bank account. I don’t keep too much in here because I have stable income, good insurance, and what I consider to be low living costs. This is “just in case” money.
⁃ $5k in liquid holdings that I am waiting to sell in market cycles, what I call “betting money”. The profits can go to either the other investment funds, be put back into the market, or into bank account as cash. This is pure stocks and ETFs. I’ve made about 12% on this money this year so far. If push comes to shove, I will liquidate all this.
Was there an expectation for you to attend higher education? Did you participate in any form of higher education? If yes, how did you pay for it?
Yes, both of my parents have PhDs and are very Asian conservative in that good education is the only way to success. I studied a double degree in 2 business disciplines, but I wish I had studied a STEM degree. I am considering to do a STEM Masters in Western Europe because it is the cheapest option for me, the schools are good, and I loved living in Europe.
Growing up, what kind of conversations did you have about money? Did your parents educate you about finances?
My parents did not have conversations with me about money except for guilt because “they worked so hard for it”, but at the same time, spending on ridiculous things for me and my brother because they didn’t want us to lose out in school/extra circulars. All North Asians know what I am talking about. This became a lack of appreciation for the value of a dollar and also lack of understand of what “hard work” actually means because they say they work so hard, but then why do they spend so freely?
What was your first job and why did you get it?
My first job was an assistant in a fashion magazine when I was in university because I liked fashion and creative publications! Unpaid but covered food and transport + copious amounts of generous PR packages from luxury beauty and fashion brands. I even got to do the fashion week circuit in London and Paris once!
Did you worry about money growing up?
I never worried about money growing up, but I was very conscious about money guilt from constant reminders from parents/grandparents that they save and scrimp on themselves to offer the best food for the kids, regardless of whether it is factual. I remember never asking for things from parents because I will be made to feel bad later on if I made an unrelated mistake or did something they didn’t like, and I did not think I “deserved” it. If I asked for a piece of clothing and got it, they would emphasise how much it costs and I better not do badly in my exams later on. If I didn’t do so well, the message would be “shouldn’t have bought you that thing, you don’t deserve it because you didn’t do well”.
Do you worry about money now?
Now, I am the opposite in that I spoil myself a lot more than the average person because I feel like I need to “compensate” but then immediately feel guilty about doing that because “I don’t deserve it”. I also feel anxious that I am not keeping up with my peers in terms of income and asset accumulation. An element of keeping up the appearance of doing well comes into play, especially in a city like Shanghai where the pace is so fast and everybody talks about money all the time. I feel anxious to accumulate money and ask for more compensation, but also I don’t dare to because I feel like I don’t deserve it.
At what age did you become financially responsible for yourself and do you have a financial safety net?
I became responsible for myself when I graduated university. I have some safety net in that I can always move home and they would at least cover rent + food. They have sizeable assets and would very likely pass on property to both my brother and I. My partner’s family also has a sizeable amount of property and land, which will be partially passed to him.
Do you or have you ever received passive or inherited income? If yes, please explain.
Part of the life insurance fund (~$30k) was paid for by my parents, I took over paying it when I graduated university. I also receive dividends (~6% annual rate), which I reinvest, from my investment funds.

Section Two: Income
Income Progression: I have been working for 4.5 years since graduating Bachelors. I graduated a bit later because I took time off in the middle to do internships.
I started with an expat contract, I would be sent to different countries at the company’s will. After 2 years I left. It was a very cushy corporate job in a very bloated organisation that does not really allow much learning because I was viewed as temporary by each team I worked with, hence no investment in training and development. I was also spending 70% of my time on politics to try to get good placements/dealing with stakeholders. There was no real leadership or management from any person towards me and I felt like I was socialising and moving a lot but not learning so much. I was also getting emotionally drained, drinking too much, and shopping too much from boredom of my days and loneliness of having to move to new timezones often. I took this job because I wanted to get out of my home country in a non financially stressful way. I saved nothing these 2 years even though my actual out of pocket living expenses were extremely low.
Took a massive pay cut but switched to a different industry and this allowed me to stay in China. I have done internships in this industry when I was in university. It is a high growth industry and the role allows me to work with diverse clients across diverse projects. I see this role, and also Shanghai as a city, as starting points for building my network, as I have a lot of client and partner interactions, and exploring what I want to do “when I grow up”. I got about a 30% raise 1.5 years into the job; the salary stated is my current salary.
Main Job Monthly Take Home: $3,250 / month after taxes. The only deduction from my pay check is tax. Health insurance is a private one provided by my company that is separate from salary. I do not have any option to contribution to company/state retirement plans.
Side Gig Monthly Take Home: Very variable, but averaged out ~$600 / month. I am in the midst of interviewing/deciding on a freelance consulting gig that would pay half of my main job salary (also related to my main job), but I am not sure if I can handle the workload.

Section Three: Expenses (all numbers are monthly)
I live with my partner, we split all household expenses and eating out bills 50/50. He takes care of most of the rent through his work contract and in exchange, I do the mental work of managing our household like ordering air filters and groceries, organising cleaning services and managing our landlord. His portion of the rent is more than our monthly household expenses so I think it’s fair division.
Excluding his housing allowance and other non-cash benefits from his main job, we make about the same take-home pay from our main jobs. However, he has a significant side gig. I also know that he invests in some funds and is paying off some student loans (~$15k, all without interest). We have fully separate accounts and do a tally at the end of every month to decide who needs to pay whom for that month’s shared expenses.
Day 1: Friday
07:45: Wake up for work. My partner already made a breakfast sandwich for me to bring to work. I quickly get ready and bike to the metro. ($0.42 on pre-loaded metro card)
09:00: Arrive at work! Buy 2 eggs from a convenience store to eat together with the breakfast sandwich. ($0.60) I continue working on a proposal for a prospective client and deal with some developer issues.
12:15: Break for lunch. I am going out for lunch today because my hand and elbow are injured which makes it hard to cook quickly, also because I was lazy. I meet my partner for lunch at a canteen as he is nearby for a meeting and we will go to the doctor later together to check my injuries. I get a rice with some veggies and chicken ($6.40) and I buy coffee for both of us since he is coming with me to the doctor for the 3rd time this week ($5.70).
13:45: Doctor goes well, my wound is healing well and my elbow is not getting worse. ($270 covered by insurance) Back to work for both of us.
16:00: Afternoon hunger crash. I eat an apple I brought with me from home, and get a Coke Zero from the work fridge.
18:45: Leaving office a bit earlier than usual today because it is Friday and I worked until 8pm yesterday on this proposal. I am supposed to meet my freelance client for dinner but I am pooped, we make plans to meet next week on-site instead. I take the metro to my bike and bike home. ($0.42 on pre-loaded metro card)
19:15: Arrive at home and my friend drops off some small batch sauces I ordered from her home kitchen ($7.20). I will use them to grill a fish tonight. Cooking is my self care. I use my one non-injured hand to prep the ingredients and cook. I eat it with some rice and veggies, and Iliza Shlesinger on Netflix.
22:40: Finally go to bed after successfully resisting the Friday night fomo and playing around on the Internet.
Day 2: Saturday
10:00: Wake up and make coffee at home with our Nespresso machine. I have some oats with fruit for a light breakfast because I am going to a dimsum later at a fancy hotel and I am gonna EAT ALL THE THINGS.
10:45: Go to the hair salon for a wash and blow dry. (Included in the monthly subscription)
11:45: Arrive at dimsum. It took us 4 weeks to get this table because they are having a promotion so I am adamant that we have to order everything. We are a table of 6 and we pay $24 per person. ($24)
15:30: Bike to a coffee shop to meet a woman I met at another event. She is starting a new business in the same field as my side gig and we discuss some ideas. I get an Oatly latte. ($3.70)
17:30: Arrive at nail salon to get a quick pedicure. ($23.70)
18:45: Arrive at home and eat a quick dinner of stir fry chicken and vegetables with some leftover rice from yesterday. I am going to a reception from the British Consulate later and there will be lots of alcohol. I do not want to get drunk.
20:00: Arrive at the event at a fancy pants hotel. Get increasingly happy with British “champagne”. I make some contacts for my side gig. My partner is also here with some of his business partners (we had planned to be here together but I was late).
22:00: Leave the event before I get too tipsy with bubbly. We met a bunch of people we see at these events and decide to have a night cap at a great Sichuan cocktail bar nearby. I get a gin tonic with a spicy kick ($12.50). We walk home from the bar.
Day 3: Sunday
11:00: Sunday is my mental rest day, a day that I keep free from any plans so that I can breathe before the next week starts. I decide to go to the gym to powerwalk on the treadmill and do some lower body and core work since I can’t do much upper body work.
13:00: I get home and my partner has made a curry for lunch. We eat and then I take a quick body shower.
15:00: Cycle to a temple for some quiet time, I buy a little charm bracelet for luck, also as a donation to the temple. ($14)
18:00: I have my monthly facial at home. ($50)
20:00: Facial done! I call my parents for our weekly Sunday call while eating some soba and miso soup. This is something we have started doing lately given we have had a difficult relationship all through my childhood and early adult years.
Day 4: Monday
07:45: Wake up for work. Today is a quiet office that I can use to plan and structure some projects. Since I have nothing urgent today, I take this opportunity to make some food for lunch and dinner. I roast some duck breasts and root vegetables in the oven. I also bring an apple and some grapes for snacks.
09:00: Bike to work and get some breakfast from the convenience store ($1.50)
12:30: Eat lunch in the work kitchen while reading what’s left of The Economist from yesterday. I go downstairs to check that my bike is still there and not stolen or fallen over from other people not knowing how to park.
13:00: Go to the doctor yet again to check my injuries, for the 4th time. It seems to be ok after this and I can just do all the wound dressing and physiotherapy work at home on my own for the next weeks. ($270 covered by insurance)
16:00: The regular mid-afternoon snack time. Apple and grapes from home. No coke for me today.
19:30: Leave office. Feeling faint from the lack of food so I get some biscuits from the convenience store downstairs ($0.70) I have a problem with food that I always try to be super clean and super healthy but I end up starving my body and oscillate between starvation (eating 1.5 meals a day) and binge eating (eating 4-5 meals a day). I am trying to get over this mental hurdle of “not eating bad things”. I also have low blood pressure and blood sugar so it’s really unhealthy.
20:30: Arrive at home and eat the second half of the duck and veggies from the morning, plus left over things from yesterday.
21:30: Go to the hair salon to wash my hair. (Included in the monthly subscription)
22:30: Prepare some lunch for tomorrow and pass out in bed.
Day 5: Tuesday
07:30: Wake up slightly earlier because I have some client meetings today and would need to be more polished today.
08:50: Arrive at work , beating the morning rush! I took the metro here. ($0.42 on pre-loaded metro card)
13:00: Eat my packed lunch. Have a coffee with my colleague at the Starbucks across from our office. ($4.50) I am trying to suss out whether she is going to leave the company and if so, what my move could be.
15:10: Client meetings back to back all afternoon. I take a break in the middle and get a banana from the store downstairs ($0.30)
18:00: Start some research for my potential freelance consulting gig. They wanted to hire me outright as a full-time employee but I am not 100% sure of how commercially viable their product yet, plus it is extremely early stage. I make a plan to meet the guy on Friday at their office.
20:00: Another team orders dinner for their evening meeting. I get an extra uneaten bento box from them for dinner.
20:45: Leave office with a taxi. Fuck it, I am too tired. ($3.20 after coupons)
Day 6: Wednesday
08:15: Wake up slightly later today.
09:40: Arrive at work via taxi since rush hour was over anyway ($4.50). I get breakfast from the store again ($1.50) and eat it with some oats that I keep in the office.
12:30: Order lunch because I didn’t bring lunch. I thought there was going to be a team lunch today but I had the date wrong. ($6.42)
13:30: I forget that I had to go to a conference in the afternoon. Get a taxi there ($12.70 reimbursed).
17:00: Absolutely starving so I hit up the food corner. Conference buffets are always super good or super bad. This one is super bad, but beggars can’t be choosers.
18:00: Leave the conference and metro home ($0.70) It’s so far out of the city center it takes forever.
19:30: I was supposed to have a dinner with some potential new partners as they are in town for the conference but I am so tired so I bail and eat something simple at home.
I decide to eat more healthfully to help me feel better so I order some meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, yoghurt, and dumplings to cook over the weekend. I also order water to be delivered tomorrow morning. ($48, will be split in half at the end of the month).
I also order some long overdue nice tableware so that I am more motivated to cook, now we have only a few plates and bowls that are dirty 80% of the time. ($35.70, will be split in half at the end of the month)
21:30: Groceries arrive, put them away, shower, bed.
Day 7: Thursday
07:30: I wake up earlier aiming to get back to the rhythm. Water arrives.
08:45: Arrive at work by bike. I get some fruits from the little grocery store downstairs to put in the office. ($7.50) I eat oatmeal with some of this haul for breakfast. Debrief on the conference yesterday and work on some market sizing.
12:30: So today is the day with the team lunch. I get banh mi. Love free lunches. ($8.60 paid by company)
14:00: My friend invites me to her birthday dinner with a prix fixe menu of tapas and free flow drinks at one of my favourite but impossible to book restaurants. I prepay her so that she can give a deposit to the restaurant. ($42.80)
16:00: The weekend mood is setting in! I am taking tomorrow off as it is my birthday.
18:30: Leave work so early!!!! I bike to pilates.
20:30: Finished at pilates and showered! Meet my partner near our home for a quick dinner at our favourite Taiwanese place because we are too lazy to cook. Pay separately. ($7.25 for my meal)
21:30: Get my hair washed at the salon. (Included in the monthly subscription)
23:00: Sleep, looking forward to the long weekend!
Total = $299.98 (excluding reimbursements)
Food + Drink = $166.92
Fun / Entertainment = $0
Home + Health = $35.70
Clothes + Beauty = $73.70 + 3 times hair wash on the salon subscription
Transport = $9.66
Other = $14
This is a rather typical work week and social weekend for me. It is maybe a bit on the higher side because of restaurants and alcohol. Other usual monthly expenses that are not included this week is the purchase of some skincare that I never change ($25) or some “essential” clothes like socks, underwear, tights since it’s getting colder now and I have no idea why they disappear after the winter season each year. It also does not include my monthly lash extensions ($60).
I feel like I am quite frugal for day to day expenses, except for the hair skin nails. But when I spend, it’s at least $800 in a go on frivolous things usually at the end of a busy season, between clients when I have the time to feel anxious about my life and then try to “fix it” with purchases because “I have earned it”. I do want to cut down on my beauty expenses, especially the blow dry thing because it’s a hassle to go the salon all the time and I am average enough to wash my own damn hair.
Looking at the days, I feel like I am super tired all the time and am on the edge of burning out because weekdays are a constant mad rush without much me-time. I feel the FOMO and need to be constantly productive on weekends too. I also need to fix my food issue and have more balance in my life.
I am happy that I have, in the past 12 months, managed to get my spending 70% under control vs my freewheeling 3 years prior spending all that I made. I also want to be more consistent in investing what I have instead of “betting”.
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