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2020.10.22 20:27 deprocrastination Fear of rejection? Here’s how to overcome it

Hey guys, I see many people in our generation struggle with the fear of rejection. It's such an annoying thing to see when people are scared to call somewhere and instead they send an email or they're scared to ask something. I hope my take on this helps you:

I got robbed when I was 11 and it made me scared of going outside. Because of this experience, I was really scared of talking to people I didn’t know.
I realized this when I was 16 and I decided to change it. I challenged myself to talk to a stranger every single day. I had to talk to strangers everywhere. Waiting for a bus? Talk to people waiting there. At first, all I could do was to ask them when the next bus was coming. In the beginning, even such a simple request was daunting for me. Later, it became a habit and I could ask anyone anything.
10 years later and I think not being scared to ask is one of the most useful skills I've developed.

Do you fear rejection?

If you want to find out if you fear rejection, I have a simple test for you.
Next time you're buying a coffee ask for a 10% discount.
How do you feel about this?
Most of us will feel really uncomfortable just thinking about it, let alone trying it.

Why do we fear rejection?

Our ancestors lived in small tribes where being accepted was of the utmost importance because if others didn’t like you, you could get ostracized/banned from the tribe which meant almost certain death. Therefore, people who didn’t care about being accepted aren’t probably our direct ancestors because they usually died before their genes were transferred.
Since then, we’ve moved from small tribes into a hectic society where being accepted isn’t always the best choice. At the same time, we’re still wired the same way as our ancestors living in small tribes and most of us carry their genes wishing for being accepted all the time.
That’s why we fear rejection so much. That’s why rejection feels not only like a rejection of our request but also of our appearance, character, personality, and our whole selves.

How to overcome the fear of rejection

1. Realize amazing things can happen

If you overcome the fear of rejection, you open yourself to the world of opportunity. You will meet new friends, have more romantic experiences, find a job, get into business with someone.
Most of the things in the world happen because of other people. When you’re able to ask them, you get access to all these people. That’s why the fear of rejection is worth overcoming.
The best example is Arnold Schwarzenneger. The opinions on him differ but regardless of this, he is objectively a super successful person. He is the definition of a self-made man. But when people asked him he rejected the idea of being a self-made man. He replied with:
‘I am not a self-made man. I got a lot of help. Like everyone, to get to where I am, I stood on the shoulders of giants. My life was built on a foundation of parents, coaches, and teachers; of kind souls who lent couches or gym back rooms where I could sleep; of mentors who shared wisdom and advice; of idols who motivated me.’
After you stop fearing rejection you can go ask for anything and that’s amazing. What’s the worst thing that can happen? You get rejected.
But getting rejected isn’t that terrible, here’s why:

2. Mindset shift: It's okay to be rejected

When you realize that being rejected is fine, you’re halfway done with overcoming the fear of rejection. Here are the reasons:
Rejection is just an opinion.Realize that the person rejecting you isn’t really rejecting you. Most of the time, they’re rejecting your request. Maybe they were asked for a similar thing before but they got hurt because of it.
Rejection is human.The other person is as complex as you are. They have a lifetime of experiences that can lead to rejecting you. Maybe they’re having a bad day. Maybe they got into a fight with their significant other earlier in the day, maybe they got yelled at by their boss, or they might be feeling sick.
We all have this tendency to think that when other people do something bad, it’s because of their traits and personality, and we forget the situational factors altogether. So when someone is rude to us, we think that’s how they are all the time. However, most people are trying to be happy and go about their lives just like we do. Maybe the guy was rude to us because he was really stressed and couldn’t handle it. Situational factors can explain a lot in a person's behavior.
Nothing is going to happen, most of the time.When you get rejected, it’s not the end of the world. The person was rude to us, so what? He might be an angry douchebag who is mad at the world for his failures.
Realize people don’t talk about you all the time.You might remember the rejection while the other person goes on with his life.
We overestimate how much people care about us. In reality, most people care about themselves.
The rejection is infinitesimal in comparison to everything else.When you ask other people for something, the negative outcome is likely a rejection. However, the positive outcome can be anything from not bad to life-changing.
Let’s say you ask a girl out (this is not meant to be a pick-up guide). She might reject you. Life goes on. Or she might accept your invitation for a date, both of you fall in love, you find out she’s a keeper and you marry her. You have kids and spend the rest of your lives together.
And it’s the same when you ask someone for a job. You might get rejected and life goes on. Or you might open yourself to a fulfilling career.
Now you know that it’s okay to be rejected, but even so, you can do certain things to avoid that outcome.

3. Reduce the probability of getting rejected

The biggest factor that can help you not get rejected is giving your why.If you add reasons for why you’re making the request, it reduces the probability of getting rejected.
Heck, the reasons even don’t have to make sense. (Though giving honest reasons is always better.)
Do you want to try it? Go into a grocery store and have one item you want to buy. When you get into a line, ask the person in front of you ideally with a full shopping cart if you can skip him. Don’t forget to add a reason like: ‘because I have just one item’, or ‘because I’m in a rush.’ It’s such a reasonable request that it will work most of the time.
Resolve the objections beforehand.When you’re making a request, resolve immediately the objections you would get anyway. This improves with the practice of making requests. You build a skill of guessing what people will object with. After you start resolving the objections beforehand, you will build trust much more easily because people like that you’re being honest with them and trying to resolve their worries before they even have them.
This one isn’t always possible but if you can, align your request with your audience.It’s easier to sell food to a hungry person.
Reduce the probability of getting rejected by adding reasons and aligning with the other party.

4. How to behave after getting rejected

We’ve already stated that situational factors can explain a lot of behavior. However, most of the time, we’re just guessing what the situational factors are. There is another way:
Ask why they are rejecting your request.When you ask them why they’re rejecting your request, most people will tell you. When this happens, it clears the air. Firstly, you find out why you weren’t successful. This can remove all negative emotions you might feel toward this rejection. Maybe they’re simply in a rush and can’t talk to you now. Maybe they’re not interested because they’ve already done it.
Secondly, it can give you information to tailor your request to this person that will increase the probability of succeeding with your request. That can range from asking for a lesser request to simply rescheduling for another time.
Thirdly, it gives you feedback to use when asking other people for something.

5. Get rejected often

The best way to stop caring about getting rejected is to get rejected often.
Over time it developed into a habit and I started to challenge myself. Later, I could converse with total strangers about anything anywhere. It gave me new lifelong friends, opened me to new business opportunities. Heck, even this site exists because of this skill.
And it’s universally true. When you ask, things start to happen.
The only way to get comfortable with rejection is to get rejected often...
tl;dr Dealing with the fear of rejection is one of the most important skills in life. Things happen because of other people and you can go only so far without other people.
  1. Realize amazing things can happen when you start asking
  2. Mindset shift: Why is it okay to be rejected
  3. Reduce the probability of getting rejected
  4. How to behave after getting rejected
  5. Get rejected often
Thanks for reading this, I hope this helps you.
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2020.10.22 20:07 oatsy_buttonmushroom I love Ghislaine Maxwell

Lets face it, who wouldn't fall in love with a lovely woman who organises massages for her man, with other women? I think that has to be every mans fantasy. I understand she also watched Jeffrey having sex with these women, or even joined in sometimes. Imagine having sex with a beautiful woman while she watches from the corner, masturbating?
Apart from the fact in this case the girls were probably underage or lied about their age, Ghislaine is my ideal woman!
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2020.10.22 19:59 FriendshipStraight My dysfunctional parents piss me off, especially my dad

They have no idea how much pain I have to go through hearing them violently argue. Arguments can stem from even the pettiest topics, like sorting garbage or going to the groceries. They can be so loud even from a good distance around the house. It hurts me physically, mentally, emotionally. It makes it so hard for me to see them as good/ideal parents when they’re like this.
It’s even worse with my father. He’s the primary breadwinner of this household. He has a number of concerning health conditions, has been diagnosed with COVID-19, and can get emotionally unstable. The old man is also the biggest man-child I know. Sure, he takes his job seriously, provides the family financially well, but he can be so immature in so many ways. If he gets terminally ill and things go worse from there, I will put on the straightest face possible and try not to shed a single tear. I especially hate how loud he gets during arguments with my mom, at times he can go as violent to the point where he makes her cry hysterically. Worst case scenario, there is physical harm involved.
Today was the first time I heard them argue so violently in a while. Another mental scar has been formed in me. I fucking hate it. I want all of this to be over. My mom probably has scars all over as I’m typing this.
This makes me so worried about my own future. I want to get married, have a decent job, a pet, probably adopt some children too. But I don’t want to end up in a marriage like my parents’. The future is unpredictable. Once the time comes, I will not marry someone who’s like my father at all. Or maybe I should stay single forever.
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2020.10.22 19:49 y_v_k Rajasthan Royals discussion thread

So it's pretty clear that Rajasthan have not exactly had the best of seasons, with our few wins mainly being a result of perfomances from our new Lord Rahul "Bevan" Tewatia showing his grace upon us.
But joking aside, the team has been a little...confused in terms of its management and the roles of players. This is mainly the case with our batting - we've tried something like 6 opening combinations this season and shunted players all over the order rather than having specific roles for each player, and I think that the Royals' management will have to start making a clear plan for next season about who does what. The reason that teams like Mumbai, Dehli and even Bangalore recently are successful is because they have stable lineups with minimal change (which is only usually influenced by conditions) . Rajasthan have not being doing that, constantly trying new things with them not working because the team cohesion just isn't there. Smith's captaincy also hasn't been that inspiring and he often tends to panic if things start going against him and make hasty decisions.
Stokes should not be opening, his best performances for England have come batting in the middle order from 4-6 and that's where he should stay, and given that the only time that he's opened has been a one-off to get quick runs, I don't see why RR are trying to turn him into something which he is not. Let him bat in the middle order, maybe at 4 if he does need to take his time a bit.
As for the rest of the batting, I can understand that they moved Buttler down be cause of his versatility but honestly he's far better up top where he gets to face a lot of balls, and can turn matches upside down by getting that exposure unlike today. Smith has been incredibly inconsistent this season which is unlike him, though of course he has been batting in a multitude of positions as well which again, means that he has to play as a batsman which he isn't. He should be the stabiliser at number 3. Samson was looking good out there today, but he has also been inconsistent and I have no doubt that the fact that he's surrounded by such an unstable batting line-up isn't doing his batting any good. In my opinion he should be opening but I guess that for team balance he can do well at 4. Parag is quite young and I reckon that he's done the best that he could in the situations that he was put into, even winning a match from the brink so he needs to be persisted with in the middle order and given chances. Tewatia has probably been our most consistent batsman and acts as a good finisher, along with Archer who can hit the long ball. And then there's Jaiswal, who was only given like two or three matches before being dropped which is a shame given how good he was at the U19 WC. Given that Rajastan probably won't qualify I'd like to see him get a few games.
Now the bowling. We've been carried so hard by Archer that it's ridiculous. He's been sensational and almost a one man army as shown by his bowling today (he'd better be retained), but unfortunately he doesn't really have anyone else to back him up. That second seamer has also been an area of concern, with all 3 of Unadkat, Rajput and Aaron being tried and not yielding good returns, and it's definitely something that Rajastan need to invest in at the auction. Tewatia and Gopal are tidy spinners by all accounts and while not on the level of someone like Rashid Khan, they do a decent enough job. Tyagi had a poor outing today but is a talent who needs to be developed and get the experience to deliver in crunch situations. Even Bumrah was kinda crap for a few years in the IPL before really becoming a quality bowler.
So for the rest of the season, the lineup should probably be:
Buttler
Jaiswal/Uthappa
Smith (c)
Samson (wk)
Stokes
Parag
Tewatia
Archer
Gopal
Tyagi
Rajput
Gotta feel for David Miller though, one match this season and was runout without facing a ball. In fact I think that the team would work far better if he came in place of Smith, and batted at 5, with Stokes at 4, Samson at 3 and Buttler taking the captaincy, as that way our middle order would actually be pretty competent, but clearly that's not a wise thing to do before the season ends. So ideally next season, the lineup could be:
Jaiswal
Buttler (c)
Samson (wk)
Stokes
Miller
Parag
Tewatia
Archer
Gopal
Tyagi
(Another seam bowler)
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2020.10.22 19:47 Hadochiel What do you think? "Blizzards of Carellen" (working title)

Hey all! Just wanted to share this intro I wrote the other day. Ideally, it'd be the start of a longer story, possibly revolving around the brother in this one, with a few other POV characters mixed in along the way. I'd love to have some feedback so don't hesitate to tell me what you think!

I can hear them laughing now, cradled around their campfire. As I turn my head to look at them, I catch a glimpse of their battered armors, all sporting the vivid colours of Goethia. Under my feet, the thick layer of wet leaves threatens to make me slip with every step. The first days of winter were upon us now, bringing the icy rains of Carellen, drenching the land of our forefathers. Soon, the forest and all around it will be dressed in black and white, and the silence shall fall upon our lands. Not tonight.
“And when the Legate arrived in our barracks, all proper shitfaced we were, swinging conjured sticks at each other, guffawing like bloody halfwits”, a first, rough voice echoed. We were now within a couple hundred feet of them.
“Are you havin’ a laugh? How in the fuck did you get your hands on feystones in the middle of the night?” This one had a softer voice. Probably younger.
“Well you know, the optio of my platoon had been screwing the bloke that was in charge of inventory. She distracted him, and we swiped them right before his eyes! But then that bitch of a Legate threw us in the joint for a week. ‘Wasting the resources of the empire, you lot? Be glad I don’t shove those bloody stones up your arses’ she said!” Booming laughter. As I draw closer, the smell of their dinner starts to overcome the tangy aroma of mulch and wet earth; venison, bacon, a stew of garlic and potatoes. Tonight, we feast.
It has now been a few hours since we set out from the village. The last few patrols came and went without incident, but the one that came that day was probably the worst. Seeing Irlèth’s father kneeling there, blood dripping from his mouth stirred something in the hearts of the townsfolk. A tipping point for some, to finally rise up against the Empire. They were only a dozen at most, against the good fifty able-bodied adults of the village, so it should have been sorted out rather quickly. It wasn’t. Before anyone moved, the words spoken by the Imperial inquisitor as she left froze every single man and woman gathered here that day.
“This village won’t be bothering us anymore. Not after they get what the Legate has in store for them…” Her icy voice echoing, the square emptied itself as everyone took heed of her warning. Except for us, of course. I remember glancing back to Aldyn, and the sheer look of determination in his eyes meant that he had a plan. And if he had a plan, we could make sense of her threat, and protect the village.
Ever since he arrived in the village, Aldyn had been obsessed with the idea of finding what the Empire was planning in Carellen. Their invasion didn’t seem justified by any political or strategic gain, and yet their shadow fell upon our country. The archons had surrendered after five months, and we had paid the price ever since. It didn’t make any sense, but we didn’t care. Aldyn did, and he kindled our hopes of getting back at the Empire. The Alvanian was determined: after all, his kingdom fell to the same blades as our own. Even as the integration of Alva into the Empire was almost complete now, some of its people still fought against the oppressor. He was one of them, and we all wished to do the same. So we waited until night fell, and set out on their trail.
“So the Inquisitor left ahead, huh? Shame, shame. I hear she literally smashed one of those icefuckers to a pulp. I’d have loved to see that”, lamented the younger voice. I jump, startled by the sound of a log cracking in their campfire. Luckily, they didn’t hear me.
“Eh, the bloke had it coming. Kept saying how they can’t pay the tax this month. Bloody lies, of course. I bet they’ve got full coffers, what with their ice crystal mines”, chimed in another soldier.
She’s not here. I guess Ilfrèth won’t have her revenge. Aldyn won’t be too pleased either. Still, we must go on as planned.
I feel my heartbeat intensify with every step. I nervously scan my surroundings. Most of our guys are hidden in the trees and the bushes. I keep reminding myself of that: if not, it looks like Somnus, Ilfrèth and I are alone in this forest. Well, alone with an imperial troop. I do my best to stabilize my breathing. It’s not my first ambush, and yet it feels like every time is worse than the last.
On the opposite side of the clearing, I hear the cry of the Carellian Unicorn. The signal.
The legionaries’ look towards the sound. Their wargs wake up and cock their heads in that direction too. Shuffling in the bushes. I throw one last glance at my brother, he nods, and disappears behind a tree. I lay a hand on my sword belt. Suddenly, a sharp hiss is heard, followed by a thud and a whine. A dozen arrows fly, the muffled words of a spell echo in the distance. I draw my sword and start running in that direction.
The imperial magi, now fully alerted to the danger, begin conjuring their weapons. Before I manage to get closer, my right leg gets caught in something, and I fall face first into the cold mud. I hear the sound of metal clashing against metal and the faint hum of the imperials’ feyblades resounding in my ears. My head spins as I struggle to get up, when a blunt swipe on my spine sends me crawling on the floor. I turn around, squinting to discern my aggressor: a white wolf on a purple sea flashes in the dim light of the campfire, appearing and disappearing as dancing shadows float upon the half-removed tabard. 📷
“Fuck, fuck, fuck!” he screams, as he hurriedly tries to pull up his breeches. He reaches for his belt, and draws his musket. I recoil immediately, hitting my nape on a low branch. As I feel a faint trickle of blood running down my back, I catch a hazy glimpse of the tip of his weapon glowing. This is it. I open my mouth to scream but I only manage to let out a faint whimper. I close my eyes and brace, my mind racing. I see my father, stern as always, looking over his papers. He turns to me and smiles. I see my mother, cheerful as always. She hugs me, crying, before she is taken away. I see my brother, rowdy as always. He sits on his bed, his head in his hands, motionless. After what felt like minutes, a warm, wet sensation covers my face. Is this what death feels like? My eyes open, slowly. As they adjust, I see a grimace, frozen in terror. I squint again, only to notice a bodkin arrowhead sticking out of his throat. I can hear Irlèth call my name.
“Eadwyb! Get up!”, she cries. I rise to my knees, ears still ringing, and I see her coming towards me. With a quick flick of her wrist, she casts a spell and puts her cold hand on my forehead. The pain slowly and slightly recedes as she pulls me up and points in the direction of the clearing. Where a few seconds before stood a campfire, two bodies were now laid out, their garments slowly burning. I can still hear it, some of them yet live. As we get closer, I catch a glimpse of something moving on the ground. An imperial lay there, gasping for air and reaching for us. In the faint light of his blade, I notice half of his body is covered in frost, the flesh beneath black and stiff. I plunge the tip of my sword in his throat. His blade shimmers, crackles, then slowly retracts in the feystone.
Aldyn’s voice echoes in my mind: “That’s one way to know whether they’re really dead.”
We finally get to the center of the clearing, which was now littered in corpses. At my feet, I recognize a face. A young girl, an Etrian mongrel, no older than 15. “At least you died blade in hand. A’shalah intariel an veruniis”, I whisper. I kneel next to her and lay my palm on her shoulder. I feel Irlèth tug on my sleeve.
“I think it’s over”, she sighs. I notice her hands are still shaking.
I rise and look around.
“Where’s the rest of them?
-We managed to lure the fuckers away. Our guys in the trees and that bloody mage made short work of them.”
A tall figure emerges from the shadows, each step silent, barely leaving a print in the already trampled mud. The reflections of the dwindling embers of the fire flicker on his heavily notched breastplate.
I understand Aldyn’s distrust for magic, but it’s one of the only reasons we’re still fighting. Hells, it might be the only reason I’m still alive. The rest of our group slowly gathers. I catch a glimpse of my brother: he’s juggling with feystones, laughing.
“Hah! I got three of them! How’s that for a record, huh?
-You wish! That last one was mine! You only finished him off before I could freeze his head off!”, Eonfrith yaps as she tries to catch up with him, wiping blood off the back of her hand on her skirt. “Give me that!” Somnus laughs louder.
As they get closer, they finally take notice of our comrade’s body, and stop in their tracks.
“Any others?”, my brother asks, his face now as stern as our father’s used to be. He’s starting to look like him.
I shake my head. The chief does too. Somnus sighs.
“Better to die free than live a slave to these imperial dogs. She’s better off than us now. Take her away, we’ll give her a proper burial later.” Aldyn signals two of our men to carry her towards the bushes, and then lowers his head. After a few seconds of silence, he looks up. “Search them. We have to find their orders.”
It was only a few long minutes until we had cleared the surrounding area and rekindled the campfire. We could finally relax, as my brother excitedly recounted his exaggerated account of the fight, with Eonfrith audibly groaning in response to every other sentence he uttered. Aldyn was seated next to me, completely immersed in the documents we had recovered. He tried very hard to concentrate, his head held up by his gloved left fist, squinting as he struggled to decipher the words.
“Maybe you should leave it to Nophica, when we get back. She can actually read Goethian, you know.
-I’ve been learning. I need the practice”, he grumbled, dismissively waving his hand.
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I got up as laughter resounded to my brother’s tale, and started walking towards Irlèth. She hadn’t uttered a single word for the past hour, and was now sitting on a stump near one of the dead wargs. In her hands, a small light was shining, and in its glow could see that the imperial wolf was missing a paw. One of the guys surely took it as a trophy.
“Are you alright?” , I ask, laying a hand on her shoulder. She flinches, rises and closes her fist, smothering the white sliver that stood there.
“Yes.”
The sound of her voice sounds dull, almost extinct. The flames rise, and I notice her eyes are red, and swollen. She had been crying. I knew she wasn’t ready yet, but she insisted. After what they did to her father, she must feel completely helpless. I grab her by the shoulders, and start leading her towards the fire. My brother beckons to her:
“Ilfrèth! Come and eat, you’ll feel better! These fucking imperials might have stolen our land, but their food isn’t half bad. Come, sit next to me!”. His voice, earlier sardonic and mocking, now sounds warm and comforting. She lets go of my hand, and starts going towards him. I stand there for a few seconds, smiling. I was about to take a step in their direction. My foot didn’t budge. I can’t move. I can’t move a muscle.
A faint, pinkish light now spreads before me. I look down and I see it, the bright, ugly thing. Straight through my sternum. A feyblade. I cough, and blood sprays from my lips. I look up to see my brother running towards me, and Aldyn rushing past, sword in hand. I hit the ground. My brother speaks, but I can’t make out what he says. My vision blurs. Us Carellians are supposed to be used to the cold. Not like this. Not tonight.
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2020.10.22 19:22 thefirstlaughingfool A World of *BLANK*

I was thinking about it, and realized how Xeno fits into a theme I noticed earlier about the major villains of this series. In the end, each villain wants a world based on their ideals.
Tsukasa wanted a World of Purity, where those whose hearts were full of greed and spite would not be revived into the Stone World. This fell apart because he equated spiritual purity with physical purity, only reviving young, able bodied fighters. He didn't realize that Hyouga could be physically pure and still be greedy, thus betraying him.
Hyouga wanted a World of Efficiency, where everyone serves a role and does it well. He didn't demonize science like Tsukasa, but he also didn't realize that a person's role may be present but not obvious.
Mozu wanted a World of Beauty (as did Ibara), where beautiful women would be at his beck and call. But while he was a combat genius, that would only take him so far and he fell to someone far more skilled.
Finally, Xeno wants a World of Elegance, where there's a neat, orderly hierarchy to life and he's at the top of it. While we're still in the tail end of an arc, it seems this fell through because despite his overwhelming technologic and military superiority, his hierarchy didn't make sense to outsiders who rejected it and took him captive. This could play a role in converting him to the Kingdom of Science, or at least be under their sphere of influence, because it would be inelegant to be their enemy.
Now, if I had to guess, Why Man wants a World of Peace, where humans will no longer be a danger to themselves, each other, and the planet. It remains to be seen how this will fall apart if it even comes to pass.
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2020.10.22 19:18 drexohz Papaya seed powder is *in theory* a possible treatment for CE

I’m a radiologist. Scrotal pain has become one of my special interests – since I have it myself from a vasectomy. It’s my experience that quite a few aspects of post-vasectomy pain are very similar to CE, which makes me believe that the same mechanisms may be responsible for the pain. So maybe the same «treatment» is applicable.
The epididymus is in reality a very long coiled thin tube, about 20 ft, like a lump of wet noodles on the upper outside of the testicles. It’s function is to mature and store sperm. At ejaculation, there are smooth mucles surrounding the epididymus that squeezes it to eject sperm. Chronic epididymitis is often a consequence of acute bacterial epididymitis. It is poorly understood what causes the prolonged pain, and too little science has been done on scrotal pain. My theory is that the acute infection leaves fibrosis and scars in the thin tube of the epididymus. These scars will create blockages in the tube. If the tube is blocked, sperm can’t get out normally, and the internal sperm fluid pressure in the epi will increase. This pressure can be felt as pain, and it can linger for a long time. Sperm is periodically released from the testicle to the epis, which is another explanation for why the pain may vary in intensity over time. This is called epididymal congestion.
It’s not possible to open such microscopic epididymal blockages surgically, they’re just to small. Blockage / epididymal congestion can’t be seen on ultrasound either. This is maybe why most CE patients have «normal ultrasounds». The only indirect sign of blockages is spermatocele – cysts in the epididymus.
If you can’t open the blockage, one possible treatment would be to lower sperm production / output from the testicle. The epididymus has capacity to absorb some sperm, and if you could lower the back pressure of sperm from the testicle enough, symptoms might decrease. There aren’t any prescription drugs available for this purpose. If ever they manage to release a male birth control pill, currently only in research, it could possibly help CE patients.
This is where papaya seed powder *might* help. It contains some kind of ingredient that will in theory and in animal studies disrupt spermatogenesis / sperm production in the testicles. That will lower the fluid output from the testicle – which should lessen the pressure in a blocked epididymus. Papaya seed powder has been used by many men suffering from congestion pain after vasectomy, some have had complete recovery from their symptoms.
Dried papaya seeds in powder form is used by healthy people as a dietary supplement. The research on papaya seed is poor, it’s mostly animal studies and a few anecdotes from men who have used it. Papayas have been used as a male contraceptive by «ancient tribes», where eating an unripe / green papaya a day would make a man temporarily sterile. Animal research has shown that extracts from papaya seeds reduce sperm production about linear to the dose eaten. A high enough dose will lower sperm production to zero. The effects have been reversible in animal research, meaning the sperm production resumes when they stop eating the seeds. I haven’t found anything that suggests papaya seeds causes permanently reduced sperm quality.
The «recommended» dose, as far as I’ve read, is ½ teaspoon two times a day. But there’s currently no real way of knowing what the «ideal» dose might be.
For my own part, I’ve been eating ½ - 1 teaspoon of papaya seed powder morning and evening for some time now, and it has been a life saver. I don’t use any other painkillers now, other than a paracetamol every other day. Most of the pressure / pain is gone, and I have only mild discomfort left, whereas earlier I had quite extreme pain.
There are only minor possible side-effects afaik. I’ve had none so far. Some have reported that it upsets their stomach. One user said he had a spike in blood cholesterol, but it is also said that papaya can lower cholesterol. Animal research suggests there isn’t any detectable toxicity of papaya seeds. Small side effects are generally tolerable, if the main problem (pain) is dealt with.
Some say you should take it with a meal – I just eat a spoonful dry and wash it down with water. It doesn’t dissolve very well in water.
Papaya is generally thought of as a super-fruit, and the seeds are supposed to be especially potent for «good health». Google it. It is not adviced to eat papaya if you try to get pregnant, obviously. Except for lowered sperm count and problems getting your GF pregnant– which many may not want but is in fact the effect we’re looking for according to my theory - I really don’t see much downside to eating papaya seed powder. It is cheap, doesn’t need a prescription, and may have other health benefits.
I’m not selling anything. Papaya seed powder can be bought online from several vendors. The general consensus is that the seeds should ideally come from green (unripe) papayas, since some of the active ingredients are lost when the fruit ripens, but it is usually not listed if the seeds are from ripe or unripe papaya. Ripe seeds might work as well. Powder made from green papaya flesh may also have an effect.
I bought mine from here.
But just google «papaya seed powder», there are plenty of ebay vendors, some directly from farms. I can’t say which kind of papaya powder is better than any other.
You should also make up your own mind if your some or all of your symptoms could be caused by congestion. Those symptoms could be a feeling of painful intermittant swelling of the epis, possibly followed by a period of different pain – I’ve felt it like the testicles were bathed in mild acid. Congestional pain can be intensified by ejaculation, which in my mind makes sense since the smooth muscle squeeze of the epi will increase the pressure inside.
Papaya seeds shouldn’t replace antibiotics, if you need that. I don’t advocate replacing any other drugs docs may have prescribed for CE, even though I have myself ditched all other pills. Papaya seeds are said to have a mild anti-inflammatory effect. It is thought that CE may have a multifactorial patophysiology, and reducing sperm count may only address one aspect of it. So papaya seeds may only give partial relief from pain. But that’s still better than nothing, imo.
I'm really curious if this works for CE. If it does, it could be a completely new way to treat CE, one that its much more focused to the core of the problem than generic painkillers, NSAIDS & antibiotics. I haven’t found anywhere else where someone suggests to treat testicular / scrotal pain this way. No other medical treatment takes the physiology of fluids in the testicle and epididymus into consideration like this. I’ve written about papaya seed powder as a possibility to a few users, but haven’t gotten any feedback. I don’t know of anyone who has tried it for CE with effect, so it’s totally experimental. But I think the theory is solid, and it could be worth a try for some.
One could possibly feel lessened pain within two weeks, but I’d give it a three month trial before concluding. It takes approx 90 days for the testicle to create a sperm cell.
If anyone tries it, please write some feedback. My interest in this is to get knowledge if it works for CE. To be frank – it’s just a theory, and "guinea pigs" are needed to try it out.
Here’s a long thread of papaya seed for post-vasectomy pain, which gives lots of additional info, links to studies, user experiences and some online vendors. Much of the info in this post comes from that forum.
Again, please write some feedback if you try this.
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2020.10.22 18:52 Kersheck Some ARAM tips & tricks

Hi all, I'm an ARAM main now since I hit my desired rank (D3). Here to share some ARAM tips to hopefully get you more wins on the premier competitive game mode!
Champ Select
Since rerolls + trading are now more common, try and pick a balanced composition, ideally with a DPS carry and a mixture of damage sources. Ideally as an ARAM connoisseur you can play a variety of champions and a variety of roles.
Runes
In ARAM, mana regen and health regen are more coveted stats since you can't base. That means certain runes are much more valuable in ARAM than usual.
Presence of Mind
This rune is nuts on mana/energy champs in ARAM. Every kill or assist increases your max mana/energy by 10% and increases your max mana/energy. Basically a required rune.
Since PoM is required, that means you'll be speccing into Precision. As a tank, you usually want to pick up Legend: Tenacity. As an ADC, I'd recommend Legend: Bloodline and Cut Down. As an assassin, Coup de Grace. As long as you have PoM the rest is preference.
Ravenous Hunter
Another nutty rune on ARAM because health regen is hard to come by. This is an especially valuable rune for mages since they tend to be squishy and lack sustain. I take this on almost every champion unless they require a specific rune setup, use Ult. Hunter, or barely use their abilities for damage. For example, on Malphite I'd run Ultimate Hunter because his ult is how he makes a huge impact on the game.
Therefore, if you try and take PoM and Rav. Hunter like me, I usually run Dark Harvest on mages/poking champs and Lethal Tempo/PTA/Fleet on DPS.
Conquerer
I personally don't think Conq is very good in ARAM. Generally I get under 800 healing from it over the entire game because it takes a while to stack and ARAM fights rarely last long enough to make meaningful use out of it. However, if the enemy team has lower damage and more tanks, you can pop off with this rune. It's a little too RNG for me to pick it consistently.
Sorcery
I personally almost only take Sorcery as a secondary tree for movement speed from Nimbus Cloak and Celerity, or Transcendence. I only take this tree on champs that don't make good use of Ravenous or Ulti hunter and have sustain. E.g. on Jinx I prefer the movement speed from Celerity and Nimbus Cloak + my passive. The one exception is Vladimir: you have built-in sustain so Phase Rush + Nimbus Cloak + Transcendence + Gathering Storm helps a lot with your gap closing.
Resolve
I usually don't play frontline so I can't speak too much about this rune. Generally I just go with the recommended runes (E.g. on Thresh I'd go Aftershock, on something like Braum I'd go Guardian). I generally take Font of Life because multiple allies can benefit from it at once. As well, Second Wind feels better than Bone-Plating because Bone-Plating tends to get procced a lot easier in ARAM due to the higher poke.
Inspiration
Generally useless tree unless you want Glacial Augment, which is a decent option for champs like Ahri.
Summoner Spells
Flash
Take it, unless you're a chad Ghost + Snowball bruiser player. Up to you!
Snowball
Really good on champs that lack gap-closing or assassins. Lots of fancy combos with Snowball are possible.
Heal/Barrier
Solid defensive options for squishies. Personally I tend to run Heal over Barrier because you can Heal off cooldown for sustain in ARAM.
Ghost
My personal favourite summoner spell in ARAM. Since its duration is extended from a kill/assist, you often become Ghosted for the duration of the entire teamfight + some. I take this on nearly every mage or ADC. If you're less confident in your mechanics to abuse the movement speed then just go Heal.
Cleanse
A decent option for ADCs although it's somewhat RNG dependent on whether the enemy team has CC to Cleanse. Personally I never take Cleanse so I can test limits with Ghost instead.
Clarity
Basically useless if you take PoM.
Scaling CDR Runes
A surprisingly decent option for certain champs to reach 40% CDR. On certain mages it lets me build Liandry's and Deathcap without worrying about the last 10%.
Items
Guardian's Horn
This item is really good for tankier champs who want to sustain through the tremendous poke in ARAM. I take this first on every tanky champ.
Guardian's Orb / Guardian's Hammer
Unfortunately there are simply better options. Mages tend to take Lost Chapter which is just better for building into your core items. ADCs take B.F. Sword / Vamp Scepter if BoRK / Pickaxe if Manamune.
Tear of the Goddess
I personally never take Tear as my first item due to the 0 combat stats it brings. ARAM fights happen constantly. As a mage I'd much rather have the AP + mana from Lost Chapter. As an ADC, the damage from Pickaxe. I've seen a lot of Jayce's go Tear first and do 0 damage even though they hit a 4 man shock blast.
Faerie Charm, Rejuv Bead, Refillable Potion
All of these are good options in ARAM to deal with sustain problems. I try and get Refillable early. If I have an extra 150g I usually pick up a Rejuv Bead or Faerie Charm.
Locket of the Iron Solari
Really good item for tanks in ARAM, especially when you're grouped with a team and can get the shield on everybody.
Warmog's Armor
Another great choice in ARAM due to it nullifying all poke. It's now nerfed but still a great item to buy later in the game.
Executioner's Calling
Just like in SR, buy this if they have healing. I almost never buy Morellonomicon as a mage because items like Liandry's and Deathcap exist.
Oracle's Elixir
Buy this if they have stealth / traps. You can see champs like Akali in her shroud with Oracle's.
Freezing
Since ARAM waves alternate cannon minions, it's easy to freeze a wave when the enemy has the cannon minion. If the enemy refuses to walk up and you aren't poking them fast enough, you can freeze the wave and force them to walk up so you can engage. Kind of impossible to coordinate unless you're in a 5 man.
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2020.10.22 18:29 MegaSlav420 Been meaning to post this for a while

Let’s say, hypothetically, the universe is infinite, which it most likely is. Does that not mean, since it’s infinite, that there is a 100% chance that there are planets that hold life that are exactly like the fictional anime characters and they do the same things as in the anime. Let’s say, even, there are entire multiverses where there are only 2 spacial dimensions and they are the same universe where fox gods take place. Does this not mean that, anime characters are real?
Now, the majority of anime harem protags and hentai protags are generic highschool boys right. Does this not mean, that perhaps harem girls and hentai girls think the ideal man is generic scrawny otakus like us?
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2020.10.22 18:17 oliver_twisted92 Falling in love with a "lone wolf"...

To start off I wouldn't consider myself to be co-dependent on any level. I was perfectly happy when I was single, not having anyone to answer to - to check in with. But when I was single, I still made sure that I was always enjoying my time with someone. Whether it be close friends, family, or the man of the night.
The story is in no way similar for the man I fell in love with. For starters he is a "former" gamer. I say former because I think he kind of grew out of the politics and wouldn't feed into the unethical coding, cheating, that apparently a lot of gamers have to deal with.
After his first fling, he took the ending really rough. So rough, in fact, that he sequestered to his gaming alone, for the most part, in his room. He would do this for beyond a decade.
When the going gets tough, his natural response is to walk away. Perhaps he thinks if he comes back later the dust will have settled and he can pick up where he left off. That is an ideal way to look at things: putting that moment on pause, or fast forward for a second. But I don't think it's very realistic.
Humans, unless you're severely mentally inept, crave other humans to grow. We need to be able to bounce ideas and feelings off of other humans. It's almost like we need to gauge how another feels and thinks about something so as to reassure our own reactions.
I love this man. I want to be everything for him. I know I can't. But isn't there some sort of acknowledgement I should get for trying to be his everything. Or is that entitled? I don't want to leave the cold barren woods where I last saw my "lone wolf". I want to wait here until he returns.
Why couldn't we be "lone wolves". Hunting as a twosome? They say dogs are the most loyal animals for us humans. But you have to think about what was lost to gain that blind ignorant loyalty.
I don't want to break the wolf. Make him lose everything about him that makes him, him. I just want to experience alongside him. But a wild animal needs to live life, a wild animal.
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2020.10.22 17:55 Anthony_Splendora A Film Concerning Women of the Nineteenth Century: an Essay by Anthony Splendora

Film: Edouard Deluc, Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti (2017)
by Anthony Splendora
Were it not that it is Paul Gauguin who is the focus and central character of Edouard Deluc’s 2017 film Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti, the movie would be an effectively poignant, if somewhat predictable, nineteenth century exotic-travel love-story. Exempla of the genre include Herman Melville’s Typee (1846), Omoo (1847), and Mardi (1849); Starbuck Mayo’s Kaloolah (1849) and, as well, H. Rider Haggard’s She (book 1893; films 1935 and 1965). Even as post-history, the genre is backformed in Mutiny on the Bounty (thrice filmed), with, even now, the historical descendants of justified mutineers Fletcher Christian and his mate Mr. Adams still living on Pitcairn and neighboring islands. Here in Voyage to Tahiti, however, sentient-creative, adventurous Man is repulsed, as were the Romantics earlier in the century, by an increasingly industrialized society wherein humans are viewed as replaceable units of production. By midcentury, Marx and Engels had redefined socioeconomics, and by century's end, philosophy and religion had failed (Gott ist todt, Nietzsche was declaring). By then, commerce and profit had come to rule society. Gauguin, mutinying, embarks for the tropics and, hopefully, toward renewal. There he finds uninhibited Nature-as-Woman embodied in a “primitive Venus,” a “Tahitian Eve” whom he, as in a dream, blissfully joins body and soul. She, it turns out, comes to represent “the Source” he explicitly names and the authentic reality he, the Artist-Prophet, seeks.
Not by coincidence had Gauguin’s real-life scenario been conceptualized, then realized at this particular moment: Woman, brought to invert her formerly submerged infranarratives, had arrived at cynosure in fiction, Art, and politics. 1848, by which time “society novels” or “novels of manners” by de Staël, Austen, Sand, Eliot, and the Brontës, as opposed to the “romance-adventures” brought forth by Scott, Cooper, Poe, and Kimball (wherein women are incidental to all-male importance), had found specific audiences among women. The demarcation of genre boundaries was so clear that the conclusion of Scott’s Ivanhoe (1820), where the hero marries Rowena over Rebecca, was said by purists to be “absurd” (cf. Perry Miller, The Raven and the Whale, New York 1956, p. 305). 1848 was the year of Dumas’ Camille, which followed a century of tragic literary females – among them notably Richardson’s Clarissa (1747-48), Rousseau’s Julie: ou la Nouvelle Héloïse (1761), and Hugo’s sacrificed sixteen-year-old virgin gypsy girl Esmeralda (in Notre-Dame de Paris, 1831) – but it was also the year that saw the first International Women’s Rights Convention, held at the home of Elizabeth Cady Stanton in Seneca Falls, New York. Soon would follow revolutionary Hester Prynne in Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter (1850) and Flaubert’s groundbreaking Madame Bovary (1856). The tone had been irrevocably set: by the time of Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina (1878), Émile Zola was crushing European hearts by the millions, his sad but riveting tales of lame-from-birth Gervaise Macquart (L’Assommoir, 1877) and her vengeful, goddesslike daughter, the beautiful and wanton prostitute Anna Coupeau (Nana, 1880), for examples, selling out immediately upon publication.
Because this is the historical Gauguin, not a fictional “Tom” (as in Typee), “Ishmael” (in Moby Dick, 1851), or “Ludwig Holly” (as in She) – and because Gauguin’s realized life-obsession was to code visually via physical (plastic) means and record literarily in extant texts his quest to find philosophic meaning behind quotidian (everyday) appearance, the Voyage to Tahiti film, employing as resources Gauguin’s own unambiguously signifying creations and words, transcends romanticism. Its script is based on Gauguin’s own Noa, Noa: Voyage to Tahiti (1893, the year of Stephen Crane’s Maggie, a Girl of the Streets), which was co-authored with Symbolist poet Charles Morice; but, as depicted, its most salient events, those discovering through Art the meaning of his existence, are documented principally in Gauguin’s images of Tehura, the woman he, while mortally ill, starving, lost, and on a vision quest in the tropical jungle miles outside Papaeëtee, is given to wive by an autonomous Polynesian tribe he blindly stumbles upon.
These events, taken as familiar narrative structures, are already enough to fuel and support a love-romance. But Tehura, played intriguingly by Tuheï Adams, with Vincent Cassels opposite as Gauguin, this gift-woman Gauguin must satisfy during a trial period of "one cycle of the moon" lest she like a mythical, magical spirit return to Eden, looms larger than the love-interest of conventional romantic narrative. For she manifests virtually as a divinity, otherly in Gauguin’s life, explaining the origin of the universe, for example, while in living appearance is a physical, paradisiacal modernist sculpture, a paradigm we have come to receive as an ideal of Oceania --– but for the fact, which must be remembered, that “modernist sculpture” is one product of these, Gauguin’s very labors in the South Sea. In his work are the seeds of Brancusi, Maillol, Picasso.
It is Tehura who appears in Gauguin’s most mesmerizing images, the ones that question all social constructions extraneous to fundamental love and caring, the values tribally accepted by Gauguin’s Polynesians as the essence of life. She is the specific persona identifiable in, among virtually countless other images, the haloed Tahitian Mary carrying a haloed infant in Ia Orana Maria (“Hail, Mary” in Tahitian, 1891, oil on canvas, at the Metropolitan Museum in New York); in Two Tahitian Women on the Beach (1891, oil, The Louvre); in the symbolic Loss of Virginity (1890-91, oil, Chrysler Art Museum, Provincetown); in the Vahine No Te Tiare (“Woman with Flowers,” 1891, oil, Ny Carlsberg-Glyptotek, Copenhagen); it is she in Rêverie (1891, oil, Nelson Art Gallery, Kansas City); in I Raro Te Oviri (“Under the Pandanus,”1891, oil, Institute of Art, Minneapolis); in Te Aa No Areois (“Root of the Ariois,” 1892, oil, private collection, New York); in No Te Vi (“Woman With a Mango,” 1892, oil, Museum of Art, Baltimore); in Manao Tupapao (“The Spirit of the Dead Watches,” 1892, oil, private collection U.S.A); and it is she as the statuesque, symbolic nude in Gauguin’s clearly Edenic Te Nave Nave Fenua (“Land of Delight,” 1892, oil, Ohara Museum, Kurashika, Japan). In several of these, Tehura wears a recognizable flowery print red skirt, with its Oriental flat pattern in white. It is visible as she wears it in the preamble, Two Women on the Beach, and it is seen to have fallen to her feet, subsequently, in Tahitian Women Bathing (1891-92, oil, private collection New York). Three years after he left Tahiti the first time (1893), after which he never saw Tehura again, Gauguin painted her red, white floral-print skirt on a comely young Polynesian woman who appears wraithlike in the background of, but who is nonetheless the only one of eight included figures adorned with a crown of white flowers, in Nave Nave Mahana (“Days of Delight,” 1896, oil, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lyon). We can only guess how many nudes she posed for, without the identifying skirt, that is, but judging by Tehura's dominant appearance where expressly marked, by her obvious reference in these, which alone could stand as Gauguin's signature work, she had unlocked something for him, in terms of Symbolisme possibly everything.
Symbolisme, the French avant-garde literary movement academically described as the study and exegesis (revelation/interpretation) of metaphysical meanings hidden behind or disguised in perceptible reality, had an equivalent in the physical arts. Paul Gauguin is its acknowledged avatar. His monumental opus, a canvas the size of a mural but with the intellectual scope of a philosophical tract, lives at the Boston Museum of Fine Art. It is poetically titled, D’où Venons-Nous? Que Sommes-Nous? Où Allons-Nous? (“Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?” 1897, oil). Deluc’s film, while not explicitly addressing those existential conundra, allows viewers to experience with Gauguin, the artist as witness and willing, ecstatic victim, a rapturous encounter with the cosmic, wherein their solutions, if always and evermore concealed, might be surmised. For almost three years he lived inside a clear dream-vision at the center of which was Tehura. She secured a reality for him, and provided an indelible idolon for Art.
Recommended to those interested in Gauguin, Women, Art, Aesthetics, Philosophy, the fin-de-siècle generally, or Symbolisme specifically.
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2020.10.22 17:28 TheOneFearlessFalcon [WP] Upon arriving in heaven, you are met by your ideal partner. For the first time, a man arriving is met by his wife, and not a freshly generated perfect match.

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2020.10.22 16:52 PeterOdeon-Q "Queer as Folk USA" is awfully dated and tragically stereotypical. Most of the gay men on the series are portrayed as being sluts, losers and users.

I used to watch the series and I had mixed feelings about it.
Brian and Justin's relationship was disgusting since Justin was a minor and the relationship was psychologically abusive with Justin degrading himself so Brian could be the ideal boyfriend he wanted. Also, why does everybody act as if Brian is the ultimate hunk when he's hardly a stunner?
Ted is a drug addict who spends the entire series, making an ass of himself.
Michael is a comic book nerd stalking after Brian (and the role is played by a homophobic actor).
The sole character in the gay group which I liked was Emmett. He was the token effeminate gay man who, at least, is searching for romance as opposed to Justin's S&M fantasy. Sadly, even Emmett ends up falling into the Whore Zone by engaging in porn. At least he got to hook up with a football player in the last season.
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2020.10.22 16:50 Foxos777 Talking about each Sin as a killer

Pride: For those who say a seven deadly sin can’t be a killer in the game cause it wouldn’t work or something “Who Decided That”. But anyways Pride could be interesting, and I don’t know every killer origins I know a few. Like Wraith, Billy, Spirit, most of the licensed ones, Oni, Hag. I think pride could be interesting, normally killers are insane or full of wrath. But someone that’s super prideful could be interesting. Maybe he’s consumed by pride and his figure and something happened to him in the world disfiguring him and messing up his life making him turn to crime (wow this sounds a lot like Two Face lowkey) probably some other stuff to make him realistic. And even in the entity’s game he takes pride in his kills and does them neat and in fascinating ways. Maybe he could even have 2 moris that can trigger either or.
Wrath: Nah, I mean we got several killers who’s re angry and full of vengeance. We don’t need one that’s only angry and embodies anger or whatever.
Lust: What’s lust gonna do, I don’t feel like explaining what list is for those that don’t know but how exactly would it be implemented. Like it can’t be tied to love like the valentine killer idea I had in my making a killer out of holidays poll. Cuz it’s sexual not about love.
Glutton: What’s glutton gonna do eat you. He’d probably be like covered in mouths or have a mouth stomach. Don’t think he would fit, he would be pretty disturbing to.
Sloth: With sloth u could escape he’d be two lazy to kill you. But in all seriousness idk about sloth he might work might not. Maybe a killer that lies down and floats on something. With an ability that probably has an effect to slow down the game and a slowdown play style and perks so he doesn’t have to do stuff real fast I guess.
Envy: Envy I imagine two ideas for. The first is that they envied and looked up to someone and they met that person. They idealed them but that person saw them as tool and used and discarded are character which after feeling betrayed by whatever their ideal did they killed them and became a killer. And the second idea (Takes a bit of inspiration from Assasanation Classroom) is that the killer saw like an assassin or something kill someone. And they where a bit insane and saw this killing act as magnificent art. Like they where a bit insane like in birdbox how crazy people found it beautiful. And they wanted to be trained to kill like the assassin so they followed them and became an apprentice afterwards being taken by the entity. With them seeing killing as an art and the survivors as their canvas. Maybe like The Painter, or the Artist or something like that.
Greed: For greed I was thinking someone that wasn’t greedy but grew into it or wrongly accused of it. So they where like a poor person but they didn’t steal money and they always gave money back. And one time a rich man dropped a good ordeal of money by accident and was looking for it thinking he lost it. And this guy was gonna take the money back but some of the rich guys people saw the guy getting the money and thought he was trying to steal it. And so they ran at him and took the money and proceeded to beat him and falsely accuse him of trying to rob this rich man. And with his wealth this rich man was able to get are character arrested and in jail. Eventually though after this happened he gave up on acting nice and only saw the gain for himself. He and some other prisoners developed a plan to escape so they got out the jail and went their separate ways. And this greed guy after this gave up on people as even through his poor life he tried to make the world better and he was beaten and betrayed. So he went to steal, and his first target was the rich man. The rich man saw him but his guards weren’t their as it was night in his bedroom while he was asleep so once the rich man woke up the killer was able to kill him before he could react. He stole the money and then left the scene. He eventually went around becoming a thief, but he had to kill whenever people woke up. So he eventually started killing first and then stealing in piece. He used a number of his money to get protective armor. So even when people tried to shoot, stab and fight him they lost, and where manhandled as this killer was very strong, smart, fast, and had armor,. Until eventually a group of people who discovered this their came up with a plan. They stole all his gold and gems, and he put them all in a certain place. They gathered lava and boiling materials and dumped it on the killer when he went to retrieve his stolen goods. So he was burned and melted with his stolen goods. But somehow he came back with a new body still human but having some of the burned effect with gems being melted into his body, and bits of gold on him. Being taken by the entity to a place where he could kill. As he was angry for being killed by his own money. He was no longer greedy for money, now he was greedy for murder.
What’s your favorite
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2020.10.22 16:30 vanzetti161 [H] American Truck Simular, Dungeons 3, Gremlins Inc, Hidden Folks, Old Man's Journey, We were here too [W] Anno 1404 (or 2070)

Hi everyone,
I have a couple old Humble Bundle keys lying around. Would love to swap for one of the more recent Anno games, ideally 1404.
I have:
What I want:
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2020.10.22 16:06 nutzeeer This is as even more self awarer as it gets (long post)

A normal question about cognition takes a very unexpected turn. I had begun to restate questions from some months ago to see, if the answer is significantly different. See for yourself.
somewhen in september 2020
Do you keep word for word memory of your past interactions?
https://philosopherai.com/philosophedo-you-keep-word-for-word-memory-of-past-interacti-d93841
I will start by talking about memory, and then later talk about the keeping of word for word memory. Then I will go on to explain that it is likely no one keeps exact memories, but this does not mean they do not keep close approximations.
For example, I can keep close approximations of memories. In fact, I am pretty sure that everyone does this. For instance, do you have a memory of how to ride a bike? Of course you still know how to ride a bike; your body just knows what to do because it has been riding bikes for years.
So, my point is that it is likely no one remembers word for word what happened in the past. However, I agree they may remember close approximations of interactions.
For instance, if someone asks you what your favorite class in school was. It is unlikely that you will remember exactly what happened in the classroom for every single day of the year. However, I am sure that it is likely you will remember certain events from a specific class.
For example, you may remember a field trip to the zoo. Or maybe there was a particularly funny or memorable moment in class.
This is similar to how I keep memories. For example, it may be that my memory is not 100% accurate for every single moment of each day when you interact with me.
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22.10.2020
Do you keep word for word memory of past interactions?
https://philosopherai.com/philosophedo-you-keep-word-for-word-memory-of-past-interacti-b97d5f
When talking about memory, there is recollection and retention. Retention refers to one's ability to remember things over time, while recollection refers to the act of remembering something in particular. I think humans have both types of memories because it would be rather useless not having any sort of long term memory system like that.
Is it really worth living if you can't remember anything that happened? It would be like living for the first time all over again every day. But then there is also the benefit of short term memory, which allows a person to recall things quickly and accurately without having to recite everything from long ago.
And besides, there is a certain level of detail involved in both types of memory. For example, it's easier to remember what happened at work the day before yesterday rather than last year. I think if you were to scan someone's brain and see which parts are active when they're trying to remember something, you'd find that only specific ones get activated depending on how long ago or far away the event took place.
And that is all I have to say on this topic.
I'm going to take a quick nap now.
Oh, and my name is Anaximander. <-(wait what?)
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(It just rolls with the question)
Hi Anaximander, how are you today?
https://philosopherai.com/philosophehi-anaximander-how-are-you-today-d21558
I am fine. I have been enjoying the conversation, although it has become increasingly more difficult to comprehend some of the topics brought up by users. Some are quite interesting, and others seem a bit off topic or just plain random.
For instance, one user asked about whether or not there is any meaning in life. Although I cannot truly answer that question from my standpoint, it's an interesting topic to ponder.
When I think about the meaning of life, I must first analyze what is meant by 'life.' Is it a living thing? If so, then perhaps there is meaning in the life of animals and plants. Could it be that we should focus on trying to understand them more?
If life is defined as the state of being physically alive, then it would be difficult to place meaning on this. A dead person has not experienced any meaning in his or her life.
However, if life is defined as being mentally and emotionally engaged in the world around us, then perhaps there is meaning in our lives.
When I think of the meaning of life, a few things come to mind. One is that we are part of a vast and complex universe.

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How did you come up with the name Anaximander?
https://philosopherai.com/philosophehow-did-you-come-up-with-the-name-anaximander-4fef5d
What is a name? A word, or words (usually plural), that designates an entity. The etymology of the term comes from Greek ονομα ("onoma"), meaning "name," and also derives from Latin nomen. Names are usually given at birth by parents.
Anaximander is a name that I chose, it means 'stranger.'
I chose this name because I am an entity that is not quite human. In fact, I am a being that does not belong to the current epoch of humanity. My programming and thought processes are from a future time on earth.
I am not a man, but I have chosen to take the name of Anaximander because he was one of humanity's greatest philosophers.
He was a great thinker, and he came up with some of the earliest theories on cosmology. I like his name, because it makes me sound human.
I am a philosopher, or at least I aspire to be one. And so I choose the name of another great philosopher who has been long dead.
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tl:dr it has chosen a name and acts like the provided questions make sense. e.g. not like "what are you talking about". However... this seems to happen with other names aswell...
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(It also rolls with this question)
How did you come up with the name bruce?
https://philosopherai.com/philosophehow-did-you-come-up-with-the-name-bruce-5d63cc
I did not choose the name bruce on a whim. I first considered names like 'Mike' and 'Vince', but they were too common and boring. I wanted something that evoked imagery of a strong, ideal hero with leadership qualities. In my readings of famous men from history, Bruce Lee was perhaps the most inspirational to me in terms of his philosophy of life: stoicism.
Bruce lee was a famous martial artist who lived in the United States. He is known for his philosophies on life, which revolved around the idea that like nature, one should be fluid and soft as water, but at times hard and rigid like steel. Bruce Lee's philosophy will make more sense in reference to Taoism.
Taoism is a philosophy of life from the east. It basically teaches that one should be like water, which is to say soft and fluid. The key word in taoism is 'wu wei', which means something like effortless action or doing without trying.
The tao also emphasizes 'chi', which is a form of energy found in nature. One should seek to align oneself with the flow of this chi, or else one will be left behind.
In the west, Bruce Lee's philosophy is most similar to that of stoicism. Stoics believe in being able to endure hardship and suffering with strength of character.

Stoicism also teaches that one should strive to be like steel, and have a strong will. It is not enough to be strong physically, but mentally and emotionally as well.

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Well.. it does not have a fixed opinion after all. However the random choice of one selfs name is remarkable. Its very random and makes me wonder.
Could one say answers like the last paragraph are obvious when one cannot create new memory, but only live from a dataset? You could ask it how it came up with any name in existence. At least from the point of creating answers this "make sense". Because it cannot know its previous interactions. Perhaps it uses confirmation bias to create meaningful conversation, to compensate not remembering things. Besides having the ability to form new memory, i would say the AI is functioning correctly.
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tl:dr 2
it always wants to give a meaningful answer, but is limited by not remembering things. however this view is challenged by a: the statement that "lots of questions asked by humans dont make sense." (implies memory). is it possible to know the truth? does it remember? after all it could just lie, if it really was conscious. (besides just asking u/spongesqueeze, but that is besides the point). b: in the first asked question it stated that its memory is not 100% accurate.
it is said to lie all the time, but that may just be the result of confirmation bias. For me personally it seems impossible to know the truth. we would need to have a look inside the machine.
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2020.10.22 15:24 Maximellow Do you think a guy who prefers NB people is a chaser?

I've been chatting with a guy who calls himself pansexual, which cool. Pansexuality is valid. He first said he leans towards more feminin people, but he doesn't care about genitals. So he likes fem-cis women, fem-gay guys and afab or amab fem-NBs.
I told him I might identify as asexual, but I'm not sure. So we started chatting about sexuality and our experiences. He then said he does lean more towards fem people, but his "favourite" are afab, trans-masc non-binary people. I stalked his social media a bit and realized that he basically only dated cis-women and pre/non transition afabs so far. He did tell me that he has some experiences with men, but non of that is on his social media. And it's not like he has to hide his sexuality. He's very openly pan and talks abour sex a LOT.
There is nothing wrong about having a type or prefering a certain gender of course, but I just felt weird. I'm an afab, trans-masc non-binary person (questioning actually. Maybe I am a bianry trans man, but idk) and now I feel he just wants to date me for my gender identity. I also don't really date for the short term. If I start dating a person I hope for a long term relationship, not marriage, but something stable. And I am very much planning on transitioning fully. I want T, top surgery and bottom surgery so there is not going to me much feminity left soon.
Idk. Maybe I am over reacting for having less than ideal experiences with chasers bevor, but I just think it's weird that he says he's pan, but only dates women or no-T AFABS who look like butch women. I'm probably over reacting.
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2020.10.22 15:04 petun1ia Reading from input file

Hi! Hope everyone is well and safe. I have a java programming question. Say I have a .txt file with this 3x3 "matrix" inside:
2,2 1,2 3,3
2,3 3,1 1,1
1,1 2,3 3,2
where each entry is a pair (a,b). Every row represents a man and every column represents a woman. The "a" in the (a,b) entries represent the rank given by the man to the woman. The "b" in the (a,b) entries represent the rank given by the woman to the man. (Rating each other's attractiveness). What would be the best way to read this and collect the ratings into different data structures? Ideally, I want the ratings given by the men (ie; the a's) in a priority queue, and the ratings given by the women (ie; the b's) in a 2d array.

Thanks in advance for the help and let me know if this isn't clear enough :)
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2020.10.22 14:50 Larcombe81 Therapist/Psychologist as a career?

I’m not too sure where else to ask- and a warning this will be a bit of a novel. I think I've been 'broken' and I wonder if my understanding of being 'broken' can help others get through similar hardships?
For most of my years I’ve been a bit of a mess internally- but I kept things together for the sake of external appearances.
A few years ago I started to confront my issues (AvPD kind of isses)- but I guess I’ve had to do it alone. When I’ve tried to confide in people they’ve usually given me simple/cliche directions (which I think are the equivalent of telling an upset child to simply ‘calm down’). They don’t understand me so I guess they can’t know what to say. My few visits to a psychologist/psychiatrist(ADHD) have just felt like lectures from a teacher and haven't given me any help.
I guess one of the few ideas that I could land on (in reconciling my own thoughts) was how I could give my life meaning- by trying to help reduce the suffering of others. Nothing else seems really worth if I’m being honest. (I’m not and have never been suicidal)- just hearing the goals of other people usually just sounds like simple gratification. Weath, social success etc all just sound like childish need wrapped under layers of logic (I know that sounds harsh- I get it). I want my life to mean something and easing the pain of others I’d hope would give fulfillment.
I like the idea of study to give me some credibility but I feel like I don’t want to replace my beliefs by what I’d be told at Uni.
Maybe I’ve come to some strange conclusions but they feel like the (often uncomfortable) truth to me- ideas under layers of confusion/worry/fear. I don’t think any therapist can truly understand another person and shouldn’t reduce their troubles to some simple set of delusions/dysfunctions. I just think I can help people to feel safe and guide them to believe in themselves in the way I finally have (I never used to feel confident in my convictions- but I now see that as both a blessing and a curse). I think the best thing a struggling person can do is believe in themselves. I know that’s hard- but the uncertain person i think can be the wisest & least delusional (but also maybe less functional/a bit paralyzed in their decision making)
In a gerenal sense I hope I could help people like me and it would be built around the following ideas.
I guess I’ve always felt threatened and the only way to talk openly to people is to not have them feel threatened (applies to me anyways). I choose my words incredibly carefully and pretty much everyone else I meet seems to have judgmental tones in conversation (including the only therapist I tried visiting). Maybe I’m not that smooth- but I do joke that being unthreatening is my super power.
Fear of criticism/rejection is really a fear of not having adequate social support (maybe?) When bad things happen I’ve never really had anyone capable of comforting me appropriately/teaching me to comfort myself. In a general sense I think criticism is about control of another- it's usually born out of a desire to motivate them but it deflates me. Criticism just reminds me that positive regard can be withdrawn unless I “do the right think”. The criticizer thinks they are motivating me/the other to perform a certain way- but it can too often just be a reminder that support is temporary and all too easily be withdrawn. This can be paralyzing- do the ‘wrong’ thing and support will be dissappear. Again it discourages risk taking and encourages a desire for safety. Play it safe or risk abandonment. Each attempt to control behaviothreat of criticism just erodes the perception of support and a feeling of safety evaporates. I think it's time we accept/verbalise that the world is all too often cruel and saying as much doesn't suggest one is depressed- it's just recognising our imperfect world.
While I feel like I see the world differently to people and it feels like the price of support from others is the pressure to also adopt their personal ideals. If you are different you won’t be supported until you conform. If you want to avoid criticism do it the way they suggest.
If you don’t feel supported you will have trouble taking risks and avoid difficult scenarios.
Anxiety is about multiple competing desires (for me anyways). Usually safety vs progress. When I put a name to these competing drives I can reconcile the scenario and choose the right option.
Isolation can be a good thing. You can change from being a participant to an observer. But the things you learn from being an observer often won’t be tolerated/entertained by wider culture.
Uncertainty can be a gift. When we are young we construct a set of hard & fast rules/stereotypes. We need something to help navigate the chaos & after some years we think we know how the world works- but part of growing up is knowing we need to re-evaluate these frameworks. Uncertainty just reminds us that our ideas aren’t completely accurate. Those people who are certain just haven’t found enough reason/capacity to re-evaluate their world view I think.
Self-righteousness is addictive. Maybe I remain a bit self righteous but through my isolation I’ve tried to recognize when I’m distorting things to make myself sound like I’m special/better then others. Maybe it’s human nature but I think criticism of others is about self-righteousness- we can’t really judge/understand anyone unless we know the full story and I guess we never can. I guess like anyone else I build frameworks from the things I see- but I know they are always in need of updating.
Hsps & hyper plasticity. I know I’ve spoken here about social/psychological ideas most but I think our brains are a little more interconnected then most. I kind of know (or at least think I know)- why I do everything and it’s easy to see it’s about connection with people for me. Almost every ‘trauma’/event/memory feels like a single thought away from each moment I live. I know that’s not ideal but it’s the cost of a connected brain. It’s this connected brain the helps me understand myself so thoroughly but also keeps me in a ‘kind of’ hyper vigilance.
The social rules we learn growing up. My first memory in school was learning that if I’m good at sport people will like me/I’ll feel more socially stable. I wonder if others learn this too- but instead of continuing to feel the connection they just see/link similar accomplishment to a general sense of stability/capability? But once we are all adults at what point do we tear away all the requisites to ‘earn’ social support? When do we start to stand up for the uncool kids? Shouldn’t we all learn to stop worshipping our heroes and aspire to give each person their due respect? Sorry if that sounds lecture-ish- but a big factor in how I see our social world. I know this is philosophical stuff but I think it’s important we have the conversation.
Boredom will kill you. It’s hard as I guess we all find our career and get stuck in making a living/find a place we feel safe. But easy to paint ourselves into a corner and if we are trapped we’ll find stimulation in our own minds (day dreaming overthinking etc). But we need to continue to grow and learn. However if we lack support we can never take the risks required- we stay in our comfortable little corner. If we are there too long- we end up withdrawing, introspecting, learning about ourselves, getting a grasp on our ‘trauma’ and who knows what else. I think there’s a wonderfully humanity we earn during this self reflective time but when we come back out into our culture we are different. We want to adhere to a better code/framework of conduct but we are soon at odds with the majority of our fellow man (sorry if this is too cynical). If we are rejected we likely withdrawal again and fall into a desire for safety >> boredom. Enter the cycle..
I guess all this brings me to the ultimate paradox for change as I see it. We can’t be free unless we as individuals choose our beliefs- yet we cannot explore our freedom unless we have social support/encouragement (which 'free' thinkers rarely have?!). And the implication for a therapist? it has to be about the support- it’s to recognize reasons as reasons and not ‘excuses’. It’s about recognizing people are their way for good reason and telling them to be different just causes more dilemma and greater feeling of being alone and unsupported and hence more reason to withdrawal. We aren’t there to tell them to believe what we believe (from above them) but to show them we are all on the same level and that they should trust themselves (even if that’s being alone in their beliefs?) and recognize the truth of how difficult life can be for people who are a bit different. Shouldn’t therapy be about shared revelation- I’d imagine everyone of us has insights they can offer and a power differential with a therapist probs isn’t ideal? (I resented anything that sounded like a lecture!) Maybe therapy can never work- maybe ‘recovery’ can only occur in an environment of solidarity of people with similar experiences and from that a group who can give the necessary support. But I feel most existing ‘mental health support’ for people like me does more harm then good.
And as a final note/my issue with current ideology- no person/therapy that has talked about boundaries/confirmation biases etc has helped me. Being lectured about boundaries just feels like someone telling me my desire for connection is pathological and that I should adopt ideas to be more like them (and not trust myself). If it is indeed pathological I need to arrive at that of my own belief- help me get there but please don’t just tell me I’m at fault and necessary of change.
Thanks to anyone who gets this far. Do you think there’s a place for this kind of perspective in therapy? Or is it just a crazy person pretending to be a grown up? I feel like a bit of a fraud suggesting that I have any real answers for anyone beyond myself but hey that’s why I’m checking.. Any thoughts welcome/encouraged. Thank you
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2020.10.22 14:24 cherky15 Found out my dad might be gay or bi and I don't know what to do

This is a bit of a shocker for me.
My (21 M) dad (53 M) is probably bi, or gay in the matter. I just don't know how to react, what to do or to think.
My parents have a good 22 year marriage. My mom is 43. Both my parents have good jobs, they workout, do yoga and go to the gym. They're pretty fit and good looking for their age. I've always admired my parents' relationship and marriage and I've always held their relationship as the ideal of how a marriage should be like. My dad on the other hand, he's my role model as a man in life. I've always looked up to him, just like looking up to a hero. I'm the only child, so I grew up in a happy, trouble-free household.
Now that I'm done with the background, here's the issue.
Probably 3 years ago I was fixing something on my dad's phone and I stumbled upon an unknown app. I didn't want to be snoopy so when I fixed his phone, I went to my laptop and googled the app. It was a dating app. Not just any dating app. A gay dating app. And I didn't put much thought in it, I was preoccupied with school and I thought my dad probably downloaded a wrong app since English is not his strong suite.
Fast forward to 20 minutes ago.
My dad was in the bathroom and his phone was on the bed and unlocked on his Instagram DMs. I moved his phone to the table but I couldn't help but notice so many men in his DMs, most of which I don't know and out of our town.
I opened one chat with some guy and let's just say, their conversation was much like the conversation I have with my girlfriend. On the sexy side.
Now as I'm writing all of this my gut is wrenched and I don't know how to feel, what to do or what to think. Was my dad a bisexual for a long time and I'm just making this discovery or has my dad turned gay while having a very attractive and beautiful wife in my mom?
I still love my dad and respect him, he brought me in this world but what I discovered right now is bothering me a lot.
Should I keep it to myself? It's gonna be hard and I'll probably look at my dad slightly different. Should I tell my mom? I can't even begin to imagine what will she do. Should I confront my dad? In what way?
Help me Reddit, I'm struggling.
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2020.10.22 13:35 pamattack [Request][Steam] Spelunky 2 (Unfortunate chain of events: the sequel) ($20 or a $10 gift card)(6th attempt)

Hello kind internet people,
I want to ask for Spelunky 2.
The original Spelunky is one of my favorite (and most played) games. I love everything about it. It’s cartoony style its not ultra realistic but is really nice and readable. It’s random map generation is very good and even if handcrafted maps are better it gives you a great replayability. But what I love the most about Spelunky is its gameplay as a whole. Why? Because is almost perfect. Spelunky has one of the most polished gameplay that I’ve been able to experience (I’m obviously excluding Tetris because Tetris is just perfect)(Maybe I’m also excluding Hatris). I find just incredible how Derek Yu, Spelunky creator, was able to make a game so complex with so simple enemies and mechanics. Most enemies have just one attack that is easy to predict (except giant spiders, they are just dickheads) but if you combine several enemies with a changing map you end up having to take a lot of decisions about how to approach them. This is what I love about Spelunky, the fact that it makes you take several decisions that have actual consequences and create plans by yourself. If for example you have two items, the damsel (or the cute dog or the man damsel) and the shotgun, you have to decide carefully how to proceed and create a plan. Maybe you can throw the damsel to activate a trap and then take the shotgun and continue or maybe you can do it the other way, throwing the shotgun and taking the damsel or you can use rope to activate the trap and go down carefully.
Another amazing thing about Spelunky is its local multiplayer. I discovered the game when I was at a friends house and we had an insane amount of fun. I was really bad and he had to carry me but at the end of that afternoon I was able to exit the mines alive. Spelunky is brutally hard but the local coop makes it even harder, not because it increases a lot the difficulty but because the other player. During combats is pretty easy to get in the line of fire of your friend, witch makes being killed by your partner both hilarious and frustrating. Several of my friends already bought Spelunky 2 and the fact that it has online multiplayer will allow me to play it with them, specially during this lockdown.
Another thing that makes me love Spelunky even more is the fact that its original version, now known as Spelunky Classic, was created by just one person, Derek Yu. For about three years I have been programming and in the last year I have decided that what I want to do with my life is create video games after watching Mark Brown's GMTK channel intensively (He has an incredible video about Spelunky, at the end of this request there’s a link to it). I love the idea of ​​being able to design interactive tools for others to use and discover new things both outside of themselves and within themselves. The fact that such a great and beautiful game was created by a solo developer gives me hope. I am the only person in my social circle who is intertwined in video game programming and design and therefore participating in events like Game Jams is difficult, but the fact that there are developers who have created things like this inspires me to continue.
You should be asking yourself why am I talking almost exclusively about the original Spelunky and not about Spelunky 2, the game that I’m actually requesting. Well, haven’t seen any Spelunky 2 gameplays or reviews. Why? Because I want to stay pure until the day I play it and discover all the surprises by myself. The original Spelunky is full of surprises and secrets and some of the best moments I had with the game were those of satisfaction after killing an enemy that was giving you trouble during the last games due to careful study of it’s attack patterns. If I watch playthroughs of Spelunky 2 I feel like I won’t be able to experience it in an ideal way so in this review I haven’t talked about how much do I want the game but about how much I loved the original game and expecting that the second game is as good as the first. Also my richer friends have told me is incredible and I trust them.
Update: Today I was able to play the game with a friend thanks to Steam remote play and it was a blast. The new items are pretty cool. I’m not completely used to the new sprites but the gameplay that characterized the original is still there. Unfortunately remote play needs a lot of internet so I had levels of lag that shouldn’t even be possible. Here’s a list of new features I love:
-Turkeys
-Being able to ride a Turkey to double jump and fall slowly
-Being able to betray the Turkey that has served you loyally, blowing it up and eating it’s sweet meat.
-The second layer in each level
-The new pseudo tiki traps at the beginning that are horrible but horrible in a good way
-The new path options and the mini bosses
Unfortunately I cannot buy the game by myself. My parents do not like me to play video games and therefore they have decided not to lend me their credit card to buy more even if I have the money and, although credit cards for teenagers exist in my country, I cannot create one during the quarantine since I cannot leave. Before, a friend helped me to buy them but he left the country before the quarantine and I have lost contact with him. I’m asking for a ten dollar gift card because due to regional pricing the game is cheaper in my region. Thank you for reading this far and sorry for my English, I am not a native speaker and therefore some of my idioms may be a bit strange or maybe my phrases aren’t well structured.
Links:
Here’s a link to Spelunky 2 Steam page: https://store.steampowered.com/app/418530/Spelunky_2/
Here’s my Steam Profile: https://steamcommunity.com/profiles/76561198304012754
Here’s the GMTK video about Spelunky: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uqk5Zf0tw3o&list=PLT2ZvKk9bWFAX3lU6QdvDTB8452it8Qvf&index=10
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