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2023.03.30 17:44 alessandramaldonam Spiro saved my mental health/confidence

I would not say this is a success story yet as i still have ways to go in terms of PIE/hyperpigmentation. You can refer to my last post if you want to see how my skin is looking…
but spiro was the nail in the coffin for me. Oh my god, I regret not trying that stupid pill sooner. I'm currently taking 100mg for hormonal acne a day. The first month was rough in terms of side effects. I felt dizzy, I got headaches (probably from not drinking enough water), I peed every single liquid out of my body, I got sleepy. But then after that first month everything clicked.
Now I experience almost no side effects… except for excessive peeing but that’s only when I drink more liquids than usual. However, this pill made my period so much better. I know people complain about it doing the opposite but my period has never been this light it’s damn near nonexistent. AND MY BREAKOUTS. MY BREAKOUTS ARE SOOOO MUCH BETTER NOW. Before starting this pill, around my time of the month I would get like 20 deep cystic pimples on each side of my face and everything would be inflamed including my jawline. Now it’ll only be a couple. I’m talking like five around my whole face it’s so amazing 😭. I’m about to start taking topical spiro for the last bit of hormonal breakouts. Hopefully it improves.
But if you’re scared to try this pill… don’t be. It changed my whole life. Those side effects aren’t forever!
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2023.03.30 17:43 Vettel2137 Dealing with cholinergic urticaria , sweat therapy

Hi guys!
Im 20 year old male
First of all sorry for my english ,Im not from english speaking country.
I have this disease since the end of october 2022. I would like to share my experiences with this shit. It all started wthout any reason. In the first week i had no idea what is happening. In every stressful situation or when I was trying to exercise or even drinking a hot tea , I felt pinching and burning all over my body and then hives were coming out on the skin. After some reading on the internet I diagnosed myself with the cholinergic urticaria. Then I went to see my local doctor , he prescribed me bilastine and hydroxyzinum , but it didnt worked at all. So I went to see an allergist, she prescribed me fexofenadine 180mg that I had to take 2x1 a day and some lotion but it worked only once ( I know its weird) . Blood tests , even dao or tryptase came out very well, only vitamin D was really low 19,3 . I went back to an allergist with all of this tests and results. This time she prescribed me rupatadine 2x2 a day and told me that I have to try Xolair and and that the sweat therapy in sauna might be helpful. Rupatadine is sometimes working for me when Im taking that high dose, but as I said sometimes it doesn't helps.
Right now Im in the first day after the second dose of a Xolair and tbh after the first injection it was much better for 4 days , but then it suddenly came back like it was before.
Two weeks ago I bought a small infrared sauna and I have to admit that finally after that I saw some results and was able to return to an almost normal life. I could normally go to a restaurant , eat hot soup or "felling" emotions.
Of course first 5 minutes in the sauna are the worst but then the burning, pain or itching dissapear. But I still can't exercise without any pain and itchiness and I have to do it because I lost my fitness shape. I have not tried it yet right after the sauna session and I thought maybe its a good idea. I'm also taking vit D 4000-8000 iu daily for a 2,5 month now.
So I have a few questions to you guys:
Do you think maybe choline or quercetin supplementation can help?
What are the best exercices to sweat quickly or maybe you have some other ways to do it?
Is there is any possibility that this urticaria will dissapear in the summer when it will be hot outside?
Is it better to exercise before or after the time in sauna to sweat as much as possible?

If you have any questions to me , feel free to ask. Maybe I can help
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2023.03.30 17:41 sandcrawler2 Ranking Every MWII Multiplayer Map

Awful Tier - Maps that I regularly back out of - ranked below a 4/10
Border Crossing - Overall 1/10
Theme - 4/10
Design - 0/10
Fun Factor - 1/10
6v6 - 1/10
10v10 - 2/10
This is legitimately the worst designed 6v6 cod map ive ever played. I would not care if they removed it from multiplayer and used it for other modes only like invasion where it actually plays pretty decent.
Museum - Overall 2.5/10
Theme - 8/10
Design - 2/10
Fun Factor - 2/10
6v6 - 1/10
10v10 - 6/10
Visually stunning, bright colors, good lighting, nice theme. Just way too big and a terrible layout. This map should absolutely not be in 6v6 but plays okay in 10v10.
Crown Raceway - Overall 3/10
Theme - 1/10
Design - 2/10
Fun Factor - 2/10
6v6 - 3/10
10v10 - 4/10
This one is just plain boring, ugly, and disappointing. A cool concept and theme on paper but executed poorly and is further ruined by horrible map design and atrocious lighting. Visually the worst looking map, so unfortunate what could have been a 9/10 theme is instead a huge weakness. For some reason everything is lit up to indicate that its night, yet the sky is still dark blue. Additionally the way they laid everything out is a travesty. Ridiculously long sniping lanes and cookie cutter interiors that make it feel samey everywhere you go. I wont play this one unless its 10v10, and its still mediocre even then.
Mediocre Tier - These maps are very flawed but I wont always skip them - ranked 4 to 6.5/10
Taraq - Overall 4.5/10
Theme - 7/10
Design - 4/10
Fun Factor - 5/10
6v6 - 4/10
10v10 - 5/10
Probably the most realistic map theme and design. Theres actually quite a few cool spots, map knowledge goes a long way here. This isnt shipment, you gotta play at a slower more calculated pace, mindlessly rushing everywhere will get you killed. Its not a great map but I like having a more open layout for variety.
Breenbergh Hotel - Overall 5.5/10
Theme - 5/10
Design - 5/10
Fun Factor 4/10
6v6 - 5/10
10v10 - 7/10
Im not as big on hotel as a lot of people seem to be, imo its the most overrated map in the game. I just cant get excited to play any mode on this map. Definitely some awkward sights and angles too, its not like they designed the place IRL with pvp combat in mind. Overall theme is okay but nothing special. Much better on 10v10
Al Bagra Fortress - Overall 6/10
Theme - 9/10
Design - 3/10
Fun Factor 6/10
6v6 - 6/10
10v10 - 5/10
Smaller size, cool theme, whats not to love other than the cheesy camping spots and the notorious spawn trap. The more I play this map the less I like it. I will say its not so bad for hardpoint and other modes outside of domination. Probably the hardest to rank because it plays so differently depending on the teams. I dont think 10v10 is an improvement on this map.
Zaya Observatory - Overall 6.4/10
Theme - 2/10
Design - 4/10
Fun Factor - 7/10
6v6 - 6/10
10v10 - 4/10
Ive actually never played Dome before so this was new to me. Not much of a theme here and its cluttered with junk randomly scattered throughout the map. A bit awkward to play, not a fan of the building chokepoint with the only other option being exposing yourself on the ladder route. Pretty terrible design but at least its small so there is plenty of action on 6v6. On 10v10 this map gets somehow simultaneously spammy and campy
Good Tier - Maps that can be great on certain modes but have inherent flaws that keep them out of top tier - ranked 6.5 to 8/10
El Asilo - Overall 7/10
Theme - 2/10
Design - 7/10
Fun Factor - 6/10
6v6 - 7/10
10v10 - 5/10
Pretty underrated map. There are sightlines for sniping but not enough to constantly be killed out of nowhere like Taraq or Musuem. The center building allows use of close range weapons. ARs and medium range split the difference. Hardpoint is a blast here if you play the objective. Yea I know its El Ass but honestly there are a lot of maps that play worse than this.
Zarqwa Hydroelectric - Overall 7.6/10
Theme - 7/10
Design - 6/10
Fun Factor- 8/10
6v6 - 6/10
10v10 - 9/10
One of the best looking maps with good lighting and beautiful water. The underwater passages are the x factor, allowing me to play this map differently from the rest and enjoy it for the uniqueness. Best for domination or hardpoint rather than TDM. If it was a bit smaller it would easily jump up a tier. Other than Musuem this map is improved the most by 10v10 and becomes top tier.
Great tier - I rarely have bad matches on these maps. Ranked 8 to 9/10
Shipment - Overall 8/10
Theme - 8/10
Design - 6/10
Fun Factor - 10/10
6v6 - 7/10
10v10 - na
I dont care what anyone says, this map is great for throwing on some music, having a beer or a joint, and just fucking shit up. Liking shipment doesnt mean you have adhd, you can enjoy the map and still appreciate slower paces of combat. A godsend for those of us who dont have much time to grind out camos or challenges. Design is better than previous Shipments, not much they can really do there with the size of the map. Best themed ship as well and the rain is a nice elemental touch. Just make it 24/7/365 already so I dont have to hear people constantly bitching about other people constantly bitching about not being able to play shipment. A 3v3 or 4v4 playlist would be a improvement over 6v6 imo, would be way less spawn deaths.
Embassy - Overall 8.4/10
Theme - 6/10
Design - 7/10
Fun Factor- 9/10
6v6 - 8/10
10v10 - 8/10
Very underrated map in MWII. Not too large, good verticality, lots of different sightlines that allow for gun variety. Lowkey the best map to get longshots. My favorite spot is the recessed corner right next to the tennis court. Just go prone and throw up a shield on your blind side. Theres a few cheesy window spots that prevent it from being a top tier map but still great overall.
Himmelmatt Expo - Overall 8.6/10
Theme - 9/10
Design - 8/10
Fun Factor - 9/10
6v6 - 8/10
10v10 - 8/10
The first original map added to the game, and it only took over 4 months. Some of the indoor areas of the map can be annoying, specifically the theater, but the rest of the map is top tier. I love diving in the pool while attempting trick shots and knife throws mid air. If you play to have fun instead of taking it too seriously its a great map. The theme and visuals are top tier as well and visibility of enemies is excellent.
Shoot House - Overall 8.8/10
Theme - 3/10
Design - 9/10
Fun Factor - 7/10
6v6 - 9/10
10v10 - 8/10
Is it overrated? Maybe a tiny bit. A nearly perfect map on paper, but it plays a bit too predictably, especially with all the camo grinders. Still a very good map with a good variety of sightlines. Little known fact : you can perch up on the rock climbing wall next to to broken cars if you sprint jump and even hop from peg to peg.
Top Tier - Maps that have no real flaws in their designs and work well for every weapon class - ranked above a 9/10
Farm 18 - Overall 9.2/10
Theme - 8/10
Design - 9/10
Fun Factor - 9/10
6v6 - 9/10
10v10 - 8/10
Nice overgrown post apocalyptic theme. Adequate size for 6v6. A great variety of guns from snipers to shotguns can be used effectively if you go to the right areas. Map knowledge is huge on Farm, theres a spot you can climb on inside the center building that has a direct sight on the slanted rooftop. Also a few lesser known ways to climb up certain places for unsuspecting counter plays. Top tier map, we need more like this.
Mercado Las Almas - Overall 9.5/10
Theme - 9/10
Design - 9/10
Fun Factor- 9/10
6v6 - 10/10
10v10 - 8/10
Visually the best color palette, great lighting, and more importantly the one of the best map designs. This map is made for 6v6. Small enough for plenty of action, big enough to allow various sightlines so any gun is viable. A good longshot alley that has enough cover to advance forward and have some good gun battles. Different routes available to flank with no major choke points. Some closer combat corners and small buildings for shotgun and smg users. My favorite spot is going prone on top of the RV and challenging opposing snipers down the alley. Good for pretty much all playstyles and game modes. Its not quite Highrise or Terminal but for me it ranks among some of my all time favorites.
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2023.03.30 17:40 XamEseerts Akka Stream GraphDSL Confusion - Deadlock?

Hi everyone, consider the below code:
```scala package com.example
import import import import import import import import import org.scalatest.flatspec.AnyFlatSpecLike import org.scalatest.matchers.should.Matchers
import scala.concurrent.Await import scala.concurrent.duration.Duration
class GraphDslSpec extends ScalaTestWithActorTestKit with AnyFlatSpecLike with Matchers {
val whyDoesThisNotWork = Source.fromGraph(GraphDSL.create() { implicit builder => import GraphDSL.Implicits._ val in = Source.single(1) val concat = builder.add(Concat[Int](2)) val bcast = builder.add(Broadcast[Int](2)) val plusOne = Flow[Int].map(_ + 1) val log = Flow[Int].wireTap(println(_)) in ~> concat ~> plusOne ~> log ~> bcast concat <~ bcast SourceShape(bcast.out(1)) })
"whyDoesThisNotWork" should "actually work though, I mean for real" in { val done = Scheduling.whyDoesThisNotWork.runWith(Sink.ignore) Await.ready(done, Duration.Inf) }
} ```
The above seems to deadlock after printing the number 2 once and I cannot figure out why. There are some notes on deadlocks and other pitfalls in the documentation here but I have a hard time figuring out how they apply in my case.
The way I understand it what should happen above is: - 1 gets produced via the single source - 1 travels through concat - 1 becomes 2 via the plusOne flow - 2 is logged via the log flow - 2 travels via the bcast - the bcast both feeds 2 back into the cycle as well as makes it available to me, the consumer of the whyDoesThisNotWork source
Does anyone know how to solve this by chance?
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2023.03.30 17:40 wolfyfancylads 3 years of harassment, 7 years of no contact, 14 years minimum of him not doing his damn job!

3 years of harassment, 7 years of no contact, 14 years minimum of him not doing his damn job!
So I just got this lovely little message from my sister, from my brother, today.
Now, let me give you some backstory. For the last 10, I think, years we've been renting from this agency (sadly can't put the name, even if I do want everyone to never rent from them). Up until December 2020, we hadn't heard a damn thing from the agent. Fix the leaky gutter we had from the start? Nope. The chimney that fell and nearly killed the neighbour? Nope. The kitchen ceiling collapsed? Had to do it ourselves. Old wires come loose and cut off half our electric, toilet RONKS! when you flush, taps not working right, no, no, NO. Nothing from him. BUT we did get a plumber visiting. In December of 2020, while the pandemic was still heavily around, he came over without warning with the plumber and performed an illegal inspection. He has since then constantly dropped by trying to get into the house because the electrical system here is 14 (15 in June) years old and SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN RENTED OUT! He knows this. He also knows, in 2020, a law was passed that will end with him getting a hefty fine for dangerous electrics. And during the height of the pandemic, when you were unvaccinated and most likely to catch it, he kept coming around and kept sending people, even attempting to get into the house with his keys. ALL. WITHOUT. ANNOUNCING IT.
What he's been doing is massively illegal and the other week he came at 8pm. I'm almost entirely certain he was planning to break in.
Today, we got this message. Now, granted, we have been ignoring him because we don't trust him, we know that's a bad idea, but we have no faith in him. Again, no announced arrival, no warning, tried to break it, massively illegal rent, we haven't even had heating here at all cos he never reset the gas metre from previous tenants and it has a 500+ charge left on it. And these 14 year old, never once inspected electrics can take 2 or more weeks to replace, meaning we'd have to displace an entire house just to do something that'll save HIS arse.
And those texts and messages he says he sent? 3 letters in 3 years, about 10 texts, 6 of which my mother (who also has his number) didn't get. One of the ones she did was "???". And I've spoken to him face to face (I opened the door at 8pm thinking it was someone else), he said he'd "hand deliver a letter tomorrow" but not a damn thing has been sent.
Black mould is everywhere, the floors upstairs are 50% PLYWOOD in the bedrooms, every window and door leaks are, the living room window used to flood in heavy rain (again, we patched it up, the brickwork was full of holes), the TV aerial fell off the roof, the shower is broken and pisses water everywhere, the stop cock for the water is underneath the kitchen sink IN A HOLE. Just a hole. Like you dug up the cement, that's it. He only cares now because, just like in 2020, a new law was passed this year which renters failing to keep up with repairs aren't legally allowed to rent anymore.
We're making plans to get out of dodge, but it's going to be hard. But win or lose, I'm going to make sure he never rents again. I don't care what it takes, I can't let him get away with this. We've had way too many bad landlords and agents (I have like 7 other stories), but this one is by far the worst. The electrics alone could've killed us at anymore, the wiring is stiff and brittle from how old it is.
Sorry for the long post, but I needed to get this off my chest to people who know how bad renting can be.
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2023.03.30 17:39 hunter15991 Unsolicited emotional support and advice from someone who got 2 degrees from their non-T100 state flagship.

So I guess Ivy acceptances come out today. That's pretty darn big - and I obviously assume nerves are high-strung today.
To those who end up getting an acceptance (or multiple!) to schools you've been eyeballing - congrats! I hope your next 4 years are incredible but not burnout-y, and that you make the most of the opportunities presented to you.
To those who get rejected/have to opt for safeties - your life is not defined by the decision of admissions committees you'll never physically meet. You all have the aptitude and drive to succeed in whatever institution you end up going to, and clawing it in this shitshow of a real adult world the past generations have built for us. I can't promise it'll be perfect, but it will be ok. Your efforts have not been in vain just because your admissions process didn't go the way you thought it did - they have built you into a stronger, smarter person than you were before.
And since I ended up writing a long post on this in response to a particular person I figured I might just repost it as a standalone thread because by diggity do some in these communities need to internalize it (I for sure did when I was in HS): those of you (both seniors and younger classes) who are approaching college applications/prep'ing for them throughout HS as a matter of "I need to be spending as much time as I can on studying/test prep/EC's that'll look flashy to an AO" - please leave time for true rest and relaxation.
One of the books my therapist told me to read/listen to was Brene Brown's The Power of Vulnerability, and she spends part of that book (practice #7 on this link) touching on how "play" - defined as time a) spent without purpose that b) leads to a loss of self-consciousness and which c) we don't want to end - is important in stress alleviation, sparking joy, and managing burnout.
Sure, it may seem like the time you spend doing things that you can't put down on a college application is less productive than other activities, but it's part of an important balance inside our brains. The link I gave cites Charles Whitman as a case study in a highly-regimented life that had play removed from it, and another insightful example is Todd Marinovich, who was all but bred by his parents to be an NFL superstar QB, and yet had his career implode both in college and the NFL because his minmaxx "make every minute count" childhood came into conflict with the openness and freedom of college and adult life.
Find time to rest - your sleep is valuable - and find time to play, whether solo or with friends. The app process will teach you young to view exhaustion/overexertion as a status symbol (because you'll look at it as a ticket into a higher-prestige college, itself a status symbol), and that mindset is going to be incredibly unhealthy to carry into adulthood and will probably cost you money and time with a dedicated mental health specialist to unlearn. Don't fall into that trap to begin with.
It's something I should have heard back a decade ago when I was going through the throes of college prep - with days packed to the gills between managing my AP-heavy courseload, doing EC's I didn't like but my dad pushed me into because he thought universities would look favorably on them, test prep sessions, and extra math/science questions my dad made me do to be ahead of the curve in those classes (he had me drilling on calc problems the semester before I took AB, so I knew the foundations of derivatives when I started taking that class). The only real free time I had was in the car-ride to-from school, and in the middle of the night if I tried to wake up early at 2/3AM to have a few hours to myself before the start of the school day - which is a pretty foolish thing to do long-term given the side-effects of sleep debt.
That combination of overexertion and some blind luck got me a resume I thought would be a ticket into the schools I was eying - a decent enough GPA, fantastic test scores, and a raft of "impressive" EC's. But between the "impressiveness" of the EC's being based on completely false preconceptions and my GPA lagging a couple notches behind my peers, that effort didn't get me into the schools I was eying as a 17 year-old.
And yet - to circle back to the first part of this ramble - that failure to get into USC/UNC-CH/whatnot didn't end up sinking my life. I had a great time in college, truly got to blossom socially (after being pent up at home for a lot of HS doing the aforementioned "prep"), experienced a lot of cool stuff, and through my work and hustle there landed a well-paying job in a tech field I find interesting working for a cause I care about. The knock-on benefits it provides are generous enough that I was able to attend a lot of therapy in the past few years to smooth over mental rough patches from when I was a slightly younger dude.
Sure, things probably could have gone better on paper along the way, but I don't know if for sure they'd have made me a better person than I am today. At the end of the day - a decade removed from this maelstrom - things turned out okay. And I'm comfortable betting they'll turn out okay for you as well.
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2023.03.30 17:39 -Kerosun- Room 5 counter (2-tap, no mirror required)

I've seen this floating around in comments and Discord. A number of people in my Alliance tried it out to great success. It also allows for some theorycrafting.
This 2-tap only requires that you have Minn-Erva high enough to not die from 2099's Ult (and also Noir's opening if they have him and he happens to hit Minn-Erva).
The strat is to bring Minn-Erva with 4 very low characters. They'll all die from Noi2099 and feed Minn-Erva turn meter. When all 4 die, she'll go before Spider-Weaver. You let the timer go down to just a couple of seconds and then use her Ult. It removes 15% health from all enemies and the match ends instantly after that.
The reason this helps is it 1) burns 2099's Ult and 2) makes it where Ikaris and Sersi don't get the part of their passive that only applies when they start the match with full health.
For me, my 2nd attack depends on the other rooms but I use Dorm, Apoc, Doom and a couple of others. If you have a sizeable Red Gardian, then that helps keep SW from an important target. My last go around, I used Kestrel and SG and was able to easily win.
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2023.03.30 17:39 Vader2508 A Final update to the whole CCTV in the room/me being in the news situation.

Since the original post was made nearly 2 days ago, a lot of people have dm'ed me telling me about the various different articles and asking me if anything happened. Many even reached out to on my insta for updates. So I wanted to make one final update.
First of all thanks to everyone, who gave advices on what to do and what to write in the emails and telling me about the various different articles. You guys are great.
Now, onto the update-
I thought after those six articles, it was over. But just the next day, Times Now made a article. I never imagined a small rant post I made would lead to something this big that fucking TIMES NOW made a article. Thankfully that article barely got any views or even made the main page for more than a few hours.But guess the best part, I WAS ON TV. NDTV had me in their Top 100 highlights, even if just for 10 seconds. Even though I haven't seen it but the redditor who told me about the article infomed me. Thankfully neither my father or mother watch NDTV, so it isn't a problem.The only article which actually got proper views or shares was the first one, which was made by IndiaTimes. As of now it has around 336 shares.(Pls don't go around and share it). That also has lost momentum and I have checked the main page around 5 times since last night and it's fully out of the main page.

And since its been around two days and its out of the main page, the article is as good as archived. My father has very low chances of finding it. Even if a relative finds it, they would definitely not be able to recognize my room. So I guess I'm in the clear now.

A pro to all of this

I was fucking famous. My mother has been in the newspaper many times for events and stuff but I never thought I'd be in the news too (even if not me and just my post). Honestly it's a pretty nice feeling and a great thing to tell my kids one day. I would even tell my parents one day if I'm still in contact with them in the future.

#So what am I going to do about the camera?

The best option for me to do is move to my farmhouse. It dosen't have any cameras(inside). And It's a pretty nice place. But the thing is it is surrounded by forests and the internet is too slow to stream anything. It's also like 45 minutes away from my coaching. And it is surrounded by forests, so it's a pretty scary place to actually live there. So the best thing to do is wait to have a fight with my father and then starve myself until he removes it(an idea suggested by a commenter on my post). OR just wait until I pass NEET and move to a college.

Anyways thx again to all of you and the mods for helping me out in this whole situation. A lot of my irl friends and my cousin also helped me out. All of them I'm giving a party to. This was a pretty stressful time for me since if my father found out, I could have died. The danger is still not over since the article is still up but the chances of him finding out are low. But as of now, I have pretty much nothing to worry about.
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2023.03.30 17:38 Crows_are_just_crows Was listening to a random Fair Folk podcast episode and the host (Danica) said this and it made me cry, it's exactly what I needed to hear about paganism explained so simply and perfectly

For context, she had spent a month in Lithuania learning more about Romuva and Lithuanian folk music. Near the end she visited a spot (Satrijos Ugnis) where adherents are keeping alive a sacred flame and have been doing so for several years. People in the region used to light sacred fires until the Church ordered them all extinguished during the conversion in the 1300s.
Note I was crying while driving on my way to work which was less than helpful but what can you do
(listening to it again and transcribing it here)
"Maybe it just because we couldn't confuse things with language, but there was something about the encounter with the people I met on Satrijos that brought new clarity to the riddle I'd been wrestling with since I got to the country nearly a month ago. People gather in this place, stepping aside from their usual roles as academics, tradespeoples, fathers and mothers, for the one purpose of devoting themselves to a sacred flame through every season of the year. And in the midst of that devotion, it seems to me, the complexity of identity, of nation and creed, just falls away. The holistic nature of village life prior to industrialization and modern culture's arrival; the seamless integration of life, song, work, and worship that Egle, Ignas, and Iniya all spoke of so powerfully is not gone. It's happening here, again, and still. Then it occurs to me that I was coming at my search for the ways of paganism from the wrong end. I was waiting for spiritual permission, when no person is authorized to grant or withhold that intangible power from me. Because it's the moment you devote yourself to the moment, to the place where you are right now. To this hill, this sunrise, this sincere gathering, that the ritual comes about, almost of its own accord. Then the songs spring to mind. The sun circles along with you. And suddenly, you're doing paganism. Egle is not from Sakiai, and yet here she is, doing this work, and connecting with these elders, becoming a tradition-bearer in her turn. Then the songs Romuva uses may not be perfectly suited to pagan rituals, maybe re-paganized or repurposed, yet here they are, singing them to the fire and to the Earth, and receiving rainbows in return. Then I may not be Lithuanian, but here I am, singing to the sun as it rises on Satrijos hill, with a new and heartfelt friend, and the power of Perkunas in my hand; a bit of charred wood, a bit of ancient magic. After all of my musings and worries about ethnicity and identity, I see that maybe paganism - and tradition in general - is not about belonging, really. We humans of the Earth already profoundly belong. We are built of the soil. We're made up of water, sky, and perpetual flame. We are, as Vaidotas said, 'children of the sun.' Identity, nation, and bloodline are powerful ideas, but they are not, when it comes down to it, terribly empowering. Instead of asking, 'Where do I belong?' I could ask, 'How do I belong?' Or better yet, 'How do I connect?' Connection, unlike the more passive notion of belonging, is active; it's enlivening; it asks, 'What am I reaching out to meet with? What can I better understand? What can I open my heart to, here, where I am now?' The most important detail about your place in the world is not, I believe, what patch of land, which hospital bed or cityscape you were born into, but where you show up. How you open yourself to offer some sincere devotion. Your eagerness to look, to sing, to learn, on whatever hill you find yourself on, whatever sunrise you happen to be the ecstatic witness to."
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2023.03.30 17:36 Bobbytheman666 Never punish roleplaying

Recently, I was playing and we were more or less in the initiative. I exchanged a bit of banther with another character at our turn, and after 6 seconds ingame the DM stated : ok, that's your turn.
True, we talked in character. For 6 seconds. We didn't moved, used actions, casted spells or did anything remotely useful. Our topic wasn't even strategic, it was just banther kept short. If I were to say WHY he did it, the best answer I could imagine would be to have one more turn without us in the action, as we had to move to get in range of enemies. If there's another reason, I wouldn't know.
And after that, I simply cutted out the roleplaying of my turns and stated by actions. Because i didn't want my turns skipped again.
This led me to this : never punish roleplaying. Roleplaying is the essence of the game we play, it's what makes numbers and die rolls matter because it's a character acting and not us playing a math game. That's what makes it real. Or as real as a TTRPG can get. If a player roleplays a bit during their turn, don't count it in the 6 seconds. That would make roleplaying a resource alongside of spells or sword swings and roleplaying don't kill enemies, so players will just toss it away.
I don't mean of course to let players discuss strategies for 5 minutes during a turn. Or to have the game stall for half an hour because the bard started a song.
I'm saying to be careful when players start to roleplay because it's the most essential part of the game. Threat it like a crystal card castle. Fragile and beautiful. Plus remember, as long as everyone (DM included) have fun, stretching sessions means less preps for next time. It's a win-win scenario. More fun and less work.
That's something I learned as a DM playing for once, and I wanted to share this with other DMs.
P.S. I didn't protested at this time because it's very touchy. I share some players with another table and I suck at peaceful positive confrontations. I prefered to leave in fear of offending someone as I have in the past and I had other reservations on the campaign, I didn't just left because of that one instance.
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2023.03.30 17:36 dipdotdash [SF] Hunting the Night

"the sun is dropping" "I can see that" The sharp cold made digging through the pile that much harder.
"come on.... come on..."
"If you're keeping watch, keep watch OUT the window! I'm going as fast as I can and there's nothing in here!... someone's already been through this place"
"You mean other than the bear?" "The supply drawers are empty - fuck! where's the goddamn flares!? 'ALWAYS leave ONE flare!' was the rule! FUCKERS!"
The snow outside crunched under the weight of a giant.
"we gotta run. NOW! WAIT! STOP!"
I froze. I could hear the snort and see the clouds of vapor. Terry looked like a wax figure of a guy shitting bricks. Couldn't blame him; on the other side of the wall, behind an inch of plastic and not much more, was the most ferocious predator left on earth.
It happened fast. Some say the fish died first, others said it was a virus that killed the seals, but the seal population suddenly crashed and the bears got hungry. They used to be solitary creatures but the retreating ice that made seals such an easy catch led to a population boom and the bears starting to hunt in packs. When the food ran out, the weak and young were the first to go. Bears have no remorse or compassion, but their nose and ability to find prey over distance is unmatched. They knew where to go for food and would continue to thin the pack as they got hungry, ensuring only the fastest, smartest, and most brutal made it to the edge of the first village they raided. There were no survivors. They didn't take the whole town at once, they would steal children in the dark, sneaky enough the villagers blamed each other, at least according to what we'd found in their logs.
"he.. he-" *SNORT*
a paw the size of terry's chest ran behind the wall he was leaning against
"slowly, move away from the wall... he felt your body heat. slowly!" I begged in a forced whisper.
"but wait-" I was going to say, 'wait until he moves his paw' but he'd already pulled away from the wall. Like the digging machines I used to see as a kid, an arm reached through an intact window and palmed his entire torso, pulling him through the opening, folding Terry in half.
I keep digging for flares. We both knew this was a suicide mission. We might as well have been bait, but given the other ways to go in this world, being eaten alive was far from the worst.
"TERRY! You still alive!?" "HE'S TEARING THROUGH ME!"
"It's just your clothes, brother! You're good so far. Hold onto this broomstick! Try to get it between you and the window. We're getting out of this but I need you to be the meal.
"We all do, brother! Hang in there!"
These creatures are smart. People think we're smart, but we're only smart together. Individually, we're both dumb and blind compared to this thing. They're almost always one step ahead but get distracted when they're going for a kill. Their normal prey doesn't defend each other, they flee, so in the moment where a bear is certain they're eating tonight is the only time you get where you have the jump on them. This town was a case study in polar bear hunting strategy. Every door left intact, every window frame streaked with blood and broken as babies were snatched from their cribs.... then children... then the adults. This big guy must have come back to check if they missed anyone.
I spark the flare and move through a crack in the floor to the other side, setting the building on fire in the process. Hopefully that will draw some help... and not the pack.
Ok, back on my feet, flare in hand; time to set a bear on fire.
Then I felt it. A cloud of warm breath hitting my neck. My heart sank and gave in. "I guess this is where it ends". I turn around to see a beast that had fought every battle. More scar than face, fewer teeth than most. An older male apparently taking watch, too. Throwing the flare near Terry all I could get out was "There's another one!". Then warm oil pouring from my skin. Teeth sinking into my flesh. I could hear Terry's screams fill with blood until they went silent before the bear sunk its teeth into my neck.
This outpost had become a human trap. The pack was hunting humans by drawing them out. They were organized and this was their hunting ground. A place so lethal, no human had ever returned from, to report the danger, and humans cannot resist a new frontier on the now empty planet, and we were far from the last to walk right into their trap, before they moved further south to expand their hunting grounds.
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2023.03.30 17:36 psychedtherapy Where can I have Izek go?

Heya, so basically I hate Izek’s story but my party took a liking to his character when they heard rumors of his arm. I also accidentally messed up their first interaction with him and turned his battleaxe into a greatsword which one of my party REALLY wants. That being said, I changed Izek’s story so that instead of “coveting” Ireena, he feels a need to protect her. I like the implications this would have on a murder hobo, basically he’s questioning his entire being. Also, the “drunken stupor” he awakes from upon growing his arm is actually his memories erased of his journey to the Amber Temple and his gift.
They employed his help keeping Ireena safe as they made their way to the church during the Feast, and at the Strahd encounter I had him use Geas (kind of?) to make Izek continue on with no memory of the party, his command being attack them if they have Ireena when they meet, with a secret command to prevent them from reaching the Amber Temple. (His quest involves rediscovering its location)
Basically in this next session Izek is leaving Vallaki, and his end goal is finding out why he has dreams of this girl and where his arm came from. My end goal is a final fight with him at or near the entrance to the temple. My question is, where can I have him go that makes sense in between? I had a couple thoughts but nothing jumped out as obvious so I wanted to get some other opinions. I’m not gonna force any encounters, if they don’t run into him then they don’t, but I do want them to have the chance to see him before the last interaction barring any extreme distractions
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2023.03.30 17:36 IamLearnding Google Gmail session expiration time?

Hi there, hopefully someone can help me out.
What is the session length of a Gmail (that is, the free service), before user is required to re-authenticate? G Suite/Google Workspace defaults to 14 days, but I was unable find corresponding information regarding Gmail. authentication cookies seem to expire after just over 30 days (maybe 33-34), but maybe they're doing some cookie renewal procedure.
Thank you
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2023.03.30 17:34 talulabie Having a bad day

I don’t even know where to start. Cousin was 2 weeks ahead of me. Won’t stop with the instagrams. SIL pregnant. I have been having pain on my right side, near my hip and probably ovary since the procedure. They didn’t do a follow up ultrasound at my 6 week so hope I’m ok.
Seeing an RE in May. Maybe they’ll figure it out.
The only person who understands me is my genetic counselor and acupuncturist. I’m lucky to have them both. Even my husband is sick of me being depressed.
Today is just hard.
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2023.03.30 17:32 Outrageous_Ad3296 Feeling like I’m not enough/failing

New single mom of 6 week old and like the title says, I just feel like I’m not enough and failing my son. I’ve always wanted to be a mom and since I’m getting up there in egg years, I used donor sperm to have my gorgeous son. The first three weeks were amazing, doctors, lactation specialists, friends etc all said I was crushing it and making it look easy, and it was going so easy. But the past three weeks little dude won’t nurse longer than 5 minutes, sleeping most the time and not wanting to eat often so he isn’t not gaining much weight, barely enough to stay with in a few percentiles of where he should be. He had top lip tie cut, going for consult of tongue tie (per lactation), but pediatrician thinks that’s not an issue, he has incredibly strong latch on pacifier and bottles. I’m an overproducer so plenty of milk. But every time I go to feed now I immediately feel horrible that I’m not doing something right or enough and failing him, which is making the short sessions we do have so emotional and leaving me feel defeated after when he stops after 5 minutes. He still has tons of wet diapers and the times he is awake is very active and playful. I just needed somewhere to vent this all out and hear if anyone else had similar issues and it gets better. I have amazing support from family and friends, I just can’t take hearing them try to console me or give advice anymore, probably because it’s more emotional hearing it when they’re there.
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2023.03.30 17:32 balloons_of_animals Has anyone taken LAS292 for their Study Abroad?

Hi there! I am planning to do my study abroad in the Spring of 2024. I understand that I need to take LAS292 during my study abroad, and once I arrive back on campus. My main concern is, after my term has ended at my school of choice, my parents are flying out to my study abroad location to spend 10-14 days with me extra. I was wondering if this will inflict the re-entry session of LAS292.
If anyone has done LAS292 could you let me know how the re-entry session works? Thanks!
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2023.03.30 17:31 Salty_Ad_3350 Pool Leak Detection Company Can’t Find Large Leak.

So for the past couple months I’ve noticed about 1/4- 1/3 of an inch of water loss in my pool daily (eyeball estimate). I’m in Tampa Fl and it has been hot and dry, but in the 8 years I’ve lived in my home I’ve never lost this much due to evaporation. Leak detection company came by Tuesday and did their thing. He was at work an hour and a half and looked to due a really thorough job with dye and pressure testing. Guy was super nice and professional. Told me he found no leak and set up a bucket test. His theory was that it was just evaporation. He told me to leave the pool off during the bucket test. If the levels are the same there was no leak.
Right away this put me off because the bucket test with equipment off would only detect a suction side leak but he was telling me it would detect all leaks. Bucket test after 24 hours showed water dropped an undetectable amount. Yesterday was hot and dry so obviously I was not loosing water by evaporation at a rate of 1/4 inch. When I texted him the results his response was “great you don’t have a leak”. I said hold up, now I’m going to do the bucket test on service mode for 24 hours and get back to you the results.
Today after 20 hours with the equipment on the pool dropped 1 inch. Service mode does crank up the motor to a higher speed so it likely leaked more on service mode as apposed to the regular running mode. I texted him the results and his first reaction was that it was leaking from the equipment they don’t handle equipment leaks and that he would put me in touch with another service company. I told him his explanation doesn’t make sense. My pool is huge! 20k gallons plus. I don’t know the math but 1 inch is a lot of gallons. If my motor or filter was leaking this quantity of water it would be visible or at least pooling near the equipment. I looked at the equipment up and down and I can’t find a drop. Where could the equipment be leaking that is not visible? The filter pad is dry and the soil in the entire general vicinity is damp, not wet. Definitely damp near the pipes, dry near the heater. I pointed out the damp soil on Tuesday as the grass in the area is also a lush green while the rest of my yard is dead (I live on a couple acres and don’t irrigate). No other area near the pool has green lush grass.
After pushing back on his equipment theory he said he would come back tomorrow and take another look after talking to his supervisor. He said the pressure test was normal and he doubts it’s a pipe. I asked him what their policy is if the leak is evident but they just can’t find it. It was a 445$ fee. I’m just going to have to hire another more competent person. I don’t want to name the company because they are coming back and I’m hoping they will figure it out.
My theory is that it is a pipe issue near the equipment. Any other ideas? Should I still have to pay if they can’t find the leak? Help and advice appreciated.
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2023.03.30 17:31 MelasD Amelia: The Level Zero Hero Chapter 88


Ten years ago, Amelia woke up alone and lost in a broken world where she had to fight for her survival.
Now, after reaching the pinnacle of power, defeating the Void itself, and escaping the abyss, she has finally found her way back into the real world. But instead of finding herself on Earth, she is in the land of Vacuos. A fantasy world with magic, monsters, Classes, and Levels. A world that is governed by a System like it were a video game.
And when rewarded with a Class befitting her accomplishments— to become a powerful [Hero] that will forever dedicate her life to protecting this world that is not her own— she only has one response.
“Absolutely not. I’m going to live a normal life now, thank you very much.”
After all, who needs a Class when you're already the strongest anyways?
Read Chapter 1 Here
Garron sprinted out of the farm as soon as he heard the news. Wolfwater was under attack, and Noele was in danger. A kretus boar had appeared, tearing its way straight to the village. But it wasn’t just any ordinary kretus boar. Supposedly, it was a Void-touched kretus boar.
A [Druid] had warned him about this mutated monster— one that was apparently a friend of Noele’s family. He had been at Wolfwater with the blonde girl when the monster appeared. But he wasn’t strong enough to help her out, so he quickly returned to Nolan and Nicole to warn them and protect them.
But Garron was the Steel Tank. He was a B-ranked adventurer on the cusp of Level 50. While he wasn’t nearly as strong as Noele, he believed he would be able to help her out. So despite Dorien’s protests, he rushed to join her in battle. He carried his large shield, unsheathing his short sword as he whispered to himself.
“Wait for me,” he said as the ground shook from the explosions in the distance.
He saw the purple blasts. Garron had only seen the power of the Void twice before, and both times, it had been over the course of the last month. First in Whiteridge, then in Wolfwater. And now, it was in Wolfwater again.
The Steel Tank understood quite clearly that something was amiss, but he was too concerned for Noele to speculate on what could be the reason for their sudden appearances. Seeing Noele in combat against the Cloying Witch, he knew she could handle herself. But in the off chance that she couldn’t deal with the kretus boar alone—
And a powerful shockwave rippled out from Wolfwater. The nearby trees bent with the wind, half of the leaves flying off from the sheer force of the impact. Garron was knocked back, nearly stumbling off balance as a golden light flashed in the distance.
His eyes widened, and he looked up. A golden cross cut across the sky far from the village. It shone brightly, engulfing even the sun and dispersing the gathered white clouds overhead. Garron gaped for a moment at this explosion.
He recognized this magic. He saw the gold light. And he tried to work his jaw.
“That’s… Noele?”
Noele watched as the golden cross dissipated from the sky. [Dance with Death] remained active, even as the battle came to an end. A charred chunk of flesh dropped from the sky, and her eyes narrowed. [Flash Step] carried her a hundred feet forward. She appeared right before a crater, eyeing the blackened remains of the kretus boar.
She frowned. The Noble Spellsword remembered the last two times she had fought a Void-blessed being. And each time, simply killing them once wasn’t enough to win. They always came back. So she waited warily as she raised her two blades.
The charred flesh of the kretus boar shifted. Her eyes narrowed, and her twin blades were coated with a golden aura once more. She readied a Glorious Noble Slash to finish the job, when the remains of the monster jerked.
Noele backed up as black appendages shot out with a crunch. But it didn’t get anywhere close to her. She blinked, watching as tiny little nubs poked out of the burnt remains of the kretus boar.
“What is going on?” She frowned, watching as the monster tried and failed to regenerate.
Its face began to reform, before distorting and melting away. For a split second, the Noble Spellsword feared that the charred kretus boar was going to twist into a rift just like when she had defeated Odell. But it only let out a weak groan.
She blinked. The dying monster’s began to shrivel up as it stared at her with a pair of flickering violet eyes. The light in its pupils dimmed into a weak crimson glow as it raised a weak limb, before flopping over to the side. Even still, it glared up at her as its body began to fade into ashes.
And she saw the anger in its eyes. The hatred it bore towards her. Noele bowed her head low. It had sought vengeance against her only because she had killed one of its kin. Noele thought of her sister for the briefest of moments.
But it wasn’t the same. The kretus boars were threatening passing travelers because their homes had been destroyed. And that was only because of the actions of the Miststorm Riders.
“I am sorry,” she whispered as the monster continued glaring up at her. “For what Odell has done to you, I can only apologize.”
The kretus boar beat its thin hooves against the ground one last time. And with a weak roar, the rest of its body turned to dust, fading away before her very eyes. Noele could only watch as the ash was scattered with the wind.
[You have defeated a kretus boar!]
The first notification flashed before her, but she didn’t react because she had anticipated it. However, the second one appeared, and she blinked.
[You have defeated a Void-blessed being!]
[You have leveled up! You are now Level 56!]
Noele stared at the hovering blue screens in shock. Firstly, she didn’t expect to level up from killing the kretus boar. Considering that she had leveled up very recently, and she hadn’t done much other than killing a few low-leveled monsters and defeating the Cloying Witch since then, she would have thought that her next level up would be a while from now. But she was already Level 56. And she even gained a brand new Skill.
[Skill Gained: Passive - Keen Battle Intuition!]
But the Noble Spellsword found herself more puzzled by the other blue screen. An individual notification from the World System announced she had defeated a Void-blessed being. When she had defeated a Cloying Witch, Noele hadn’t received such a message. Not only that, she had been under the impression that the kretus boar had been Void-touched.
“What is… Void-blessed?” she asked, her brows furrowed.
She didn’t get an answer. Instead, a panting voice called out to her as she raised her head.
“Noele!” a burly man yelled, dashing her way. “Are you alright? What happened? What… that’s…”
Noele watched as Garron the Steel Tank slowly came to a halt before her. He had his sword drawn and his shield raised, prepared for battle. But the battle was already over. And it seemed he could tell as much. He glanced down at the crater, before looking back at the blonde girl with a chuckle.
“A [Druid] told me that you were in trouble,” Garron said. “But it appears that my help is not needed at all.”
“Oh, that’s Dorien.” Noele blinked. She shook her head and waved a hand off dismissively. “He’s an old family friend— but how’s my parents? Are they safe?”
The Steel Tank nodded reassuringly. “They’re fine. They’re more worried about you… even if they have no reason to.”
Noele just smiled as Garron smirked at her. He sheathed his sword and folded his arms across his chest, looking back down at the ashen remains of the kretus boar. She lightly punched his side, taking a step back.
“Don’t pretend you weren’t just worrying over me a minute ago as well,” the Noble Spellsword said.
He harrumphed with a grin. “I was concerned. But now I realize I am just a fool. This is the third Void-touched creature you’ve killed, is it not?”
She didn’t give an immediate answer. Instead, she paused, remembering what the World System had called the kretus boar. It had been Void-blessed, not Void-touched. She wondered what was the difference between the two. Noele finally shrugged.
“I don’t know. I’m just glad to see that you actually do care about me.” She glanced away from the burly man, smiling, before looking back towards Wolfwater. “But we have quite a mess to clean up.”
Garron pursed his lips. He nodded grimly as he swept his gaze over his surroundings, taking in the full scene for the first time since he got here.
“Were there any casualties?” he asked.
“There were none. But the damage the boar caused is…” the blonde girl trailed off as she eyed the various craters dotting the landscape.
The nearby vegetation and flora had been uprooted, and the localized tremor caused by the kretus boar ripped open a few small crevices throughout the farmland. The damage was rather significant for the size of the village.
“And so soon after the Cloying Witch’s attack?” Noele sighed as she strode back towards Wolfwater. “This can’t keep happening.”
“It can’t,” Garron said, following after her. “We need to figure out a way to stop these attacks.”
She nodded as she eyed the crowd gathered in the distance. “Right… but for now, let’s check up on the restaurant…”
“Amelia seemed pretty excited for her restaurant’s grand opening. I hope this attack does not ruin her plans for today.”
“I hope not. She might quit cooking altogether if that happens.”
“I do not know her as well as you do, but I think you should give your mentor a little more credit than that.”
“I am saying this because I know her—”
Guardian Angel Z357 watched the two humans slowly make their way back towards the ramshackle building at the edge of the village. A crowd of other humans waited there, and there was even an otherworlder amongst them. But his gaze was fixed only on a single figure.
Noele. That was her name, according to the human man. She had been the one to defeat the Void-blessed kretus boar— which was already an extraordinary feat for this era.
But that normally wasn’t enough to pique Guardian Angel Z357’s interest. It was the method in which she employed to win the battle which drew his attention towards her. She had been able to draw from a power beyond the World System. The magic which she used… it had reminded him of one of his own Techniques.
There was a slight difference to it which he couldn’t quite discern. There was no uniformity in her abilities. That puzzled him. And the fact that she had apparently defeated three Void-influenced beings so far drew him to her even more.
He needed to know more.
Guardian Angel Z357 knew that it was against his current objective, but he acted under his own prerogative, believing that there was more he could learn here by interrogating the blonde human instead of speaking to those useless cult members he’d encountered so far.
He deactivated Without a Trace as he descended upon the two humans. His sudden appearance out of thin air instantly attracted the attention of a handful of the nearby humans. They pointed and gasped at the angel as he approached his target.
Noele blinked, noticing the susurration, before turning around. Her eyes went round when she saw the twelve eyes staring back at her. At first, she tensed, reaching for her two blades. But then her gaze drifted to the feathery wings as her breath was caught in her throat.
“Is that… an angel…?” she asked softly.
Be not afraid, he transmitted his thoughts to the crowd of humans.
And the burly man froze. The onlookers dropped to their knees as Noele just looked on in both awe and wonder. Guardian Angel Z357 continued to slowly float down, before extending an unassuming hand.
Come with me, Noble Spellsword, he said telepathically. I am in need of an audience with you.
“An audience with me?” She blinked a few times. Her companion just gaped as those who watched buzzed in shock and excitement.
“An audience with an angel?”
“Is this real life?”
“Angel’s breath… I never thought I’d ever see one until I died…”
Guardian Angel Z357 landed right before the blonde human, taking a step forward as he kept his hand proffered. His twelve eyes blinked simultaneously, and she raised her own hand in a daze.
“I—” Noele started.
But she hesitated. For whatever reason, she shifted back uncomfortably, shrinking away from the angel. He tilted his head, puzzled by her odd behavior. Most of the denizens of Planet 16B would be beyond ecstatic to communicate with him. And yet, here she was, taken by apprehension from his presence alone.
Let us speak, Noble Spellsword, Guardian Angel Z357 pressed her as he called her by her Title. It is a matter of great importance.
She just chewed her lower lip hesitantly. His twelve eyes narrowed. No matter. It didn’t matter if she didn’t want to speak. He would make her talk by force if necessary. He reached for the blonde human as she blinked.
And a hand caught his outstretched palm.
Guardian Angel Z357’s twelve eyes flickered in surprise. His gaze snapped to the side, staring at a brown-haired human. He hadn’t even seen her coming, and she was somehow tightly clutching his arm in place
Who are you? he asked, taken aback by this sudden intruder.
He hadn’t even noticed her presence. And she didn’t seem to care that he was an angel either. She just stepped in front of the blonde human, blocking Guardian Angel Z357 from reaching his target.
“I’m Amelia,” she said simply. “Now tell me— what do you want with my apprentice?”

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2023.03.30 17:30 Some_fun91 Roadrage left me scared. Has anyone else encountered this?

This morning while driving I had a car pull out in front of me nearly causing and accident. The car then slammed on his breaks after proceeding about 10 feet to make a turn, I honked my horn because yet again, I almost hit them.
About 5 minutes up the road (I"m still following the vehicle) we end up side by side at a stop light. I had my windows down. The man who was driving the vehicle screamed at me that my husband should beat me, if I were his wife he'd smack the shit out of me...etc. I pulled my windows up and started to shake uncontrollably, I didn't even want to stop on the side of the road just incase he turned around. I'm still riled up (after about 3 hours). I parked my car in a new lot because I'm terrified I'll see him again.
I have never in my life encountered this in a road rage incident, and I've been lucky to never been threatened by any man... and the man HIMSELF was the one who was in the wrong. Am I the only one whose encountered this? I just can't wrap my head around any of it.
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2023.03.30 17:30 zero_hale I ruined the best relationship of my life with alcohol and being toxic

I’m in my mid forties. I met him at school going back for a second degree in 2013. He moved in a few months after separating from his wife in 2016. We went through his significant debt, divorce, selling his home after his friends that were renting trashed it, getting him started in travel nursing, having to put down both our senior dogs, getting a new puppy, a cancer diagnosis for me during first wave Covid.
I had a lot of resentment that were were not moving along fast enough ( engagement, moving to bigger apartment) in life as I wanted and that is his focus was on travel nursing which he loved doing. We are both drinkers and I would blow up and say awful things to him that I would not recall the next day. That behavior went on for years. I hated myself for drinking and him for thinking I could do it normally with him. He proposed when I was at my sixth round of chemo. I was pissed that he waited when I should have seen it as a beautiful sign of commitment. I said no because I was upset we didn’t talk about extensively first what marriage would look like. I was resentful that his career always came first although he was extremely generous and supportive.
I kept pushing him away, breaking up with him, and last summer asked him to separate and get a rental near his job. He met someone 15 years younger than me and in the guise of finally reaching his limit left.
I am absolutely devastated. He was a truly wonderful person that I took for granted and treated terribly way too many times. I don’t think I will ever recover from this loss that I orchestrated. I’ve lost my job, my savings is running out and now it looks like my apartment building is being sold and I will be struggling for housing. I’m considering rehoming my beloved dog because I can’t give her the quality of life she deserve.
I barely make it through every day. This level of self-sabotage and self-destruction is impressive to even me. I’m afraid all the time and the future looks pretty bleak.
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2023.03.30 17:30 hallach_halil Halil's top 10 offensive tackles of the 2023 NFL Draft:

Halil's top 10 offensive tackles of the 2023 NFL Draft:

We’ve arrived at the big-boy portion of our positional draft rankings! After already breaking down the best running backs, linebackers, wide receivers and cornerbacks of this class, we will spend these next two weeks talking about the guys inside the trenches both inside and out for offense and defense – and we are starting with the offensive tackle position!
I believe there are four small-dunk first-round players among this group, who can all be week-one starters, with varying degrees of technical advancement compared to physical upside. After that, there are five names, who I’d have no problem with all going inside the top-75, including a couple of athletic specimen, who aren’t close to the potential of players they can become one day. At number ten, there’s one more highly talented prospect, who may actually go earlier than a few names I have listed above him, based on the ceiling he presents. After that, you’re looking at more so serviceable players, who will largely be backups, along with a couple of underdeveloped kids you may want to take a flyer on day three, if you have the edges of your O-line secured for now.
Just to clarify – North Dakota State’s Cody Mauch will see his name listed among the interior offensive line.
Here’s how I have this group stacked up:

1. Paris Johnson, Ohio State

6’6”, 315-pounds; RS SO

The top-rated offensive tackle in the 2020 class, Johnson saw the field for just 22 snaps as a true freshman, before taking over as the full-time starter at right guard in ’21 and earning second-team All-Big Ten honors (13 games). Last year he improved to consensus first-team and second-team All-American this past year, when he moved out to left tackle. His steady presence on C.J. Stroud’s blindside enabled the Buckeyes to finish first (45.7) and second (44.2) respectively in points per game in FBS these past two seasons.

+ The grip strength, demeanor and leg-drive are all there in the run game and he really works up through contact to create that momentum
+ Out at tackle, he can really widen that edge and cover up guys responsible for contain, routinely allowing backs to stretch out and get out to the corner or cut underneath, At guard, you saw him come in from the side on nose-tackles to push them over into the opposite A-gap, so that guy can’t two-gap
+ Shows the hip mobility to reach-block three-techniques, as well as come off combos late and get a piece of the linebacker, while having some extra room for error if his angles up to the second level aren’t perfect
+ With the way he covers ground on zone concepts, Johnson can execute fold-blocks and make the job easier for the guard inside of him, to just seal the down-lineman
+ Swiftly establishes the inside foot and gets his base turned, in order to force edge defenders to have to go through him on the backside of gap schemes
+ Gets after second-level defenders with tremendous urgency and you actually see him seal off true MIKEs straight over the center at times
+ His dexterity to twist defenders and get his lower body turned simultaneously to open up lanes is highly impressive, You saw that when LBs try to blitz the play-side gap and he pins them away from it, to present a wide hole (B-gap at guard)
+ Displays good awareness for defenses walking down a linebacker late outside him and how that changes responsibilities on run schemes
+ Clearly has that mobility to play in space, with impressive success getting his hands on corners and safeties in the screen game

+ Johnson features a well-coordinated, patient kick-slide and uses his wingspan well to not present a free B-gap
+ Arms for days at just over 36 inches and edge rushers have to take wider angles consistently, while being able to stab with the inside arm at the near-shoulder to actively elongate those
+ With those long branches and strong upper body to control rushers even if his elbows are outside his frame
+ Smooth lateral mover, to stay in front of inside counters and help out on the interior in a hurry, if his man drops out
+ It also enables him to slide in front of interior linemen in the play-action game and full-line slides before they can even get that first step down regularly
+ When defenders sell out for the bull-rush and create movement, Johnson can increase his step frequency and knee bend to re-anchor effectively
+ No problem at all flipping and riding aggressive upfield rushers towards his own end-zone
+ Shows the ability to recover and still ride loopers off track, as he has to transition on delayed T-E twists
+ Playing at guard, you saw Johnson actively looking for work if he doesn’t have a direct assignment, delivering some significant chips from the side, And that transitioned along with moving out to tackle, where week one against Notre Dame, the next-closest rusher ended up being in the A-gap and he still made sure that guy hit the ground
+ Did allow two sacks last year, but only one other QB hit across 910 pass-blocking snaps since the start of 2021 (26 non-sack pressures)

– His base can get a little narrow as he churns his legs in the run game and it may lead to him landing on the turf more regularly against pros
– Tends to stop his feet when he throws his hands and heavily relies on the two-handed punch – he will need to adapt more independent hand usage
– His hands overall are pretty high and wide, particularly picking up loopers and blitzers
– There’s room to still get stronger, when it comes to swallowing initial power and snatch guys late, not allowing them to escape as plays are being extended
– Can overstride at times selling play-action and allow his D-end to slip inside of him

Based on his height and general skill-set, Johnson was a miscast at right guard as a redshirt freshman in 2021, but did show he can excel in the run game right away. Once he moved to his designated position at left tackle this past season, the pass-blocking skills were able to shine as well. He’s one of the smoothest athletes you will find for the position, yet has the strength in his hands to take control in both facets of the game. Where I do believe he needs to improve is not using two-handed punches regularly and his base to anchor against power leaves things to be desired at this point. Considering what an easy mover he is and the length he possesses to counter-act that, those should be fixable areas though. I do believe he’s best suited for a zone-based rushing attack, where his mobility and leg-drive can really shine, rather than just blowing defenders off the ball vertically, but there’s upside to utilize him even more as a puller across the formation or out towards the perimeter. I don’t see Johnson making it out of the top-15.

2. Broderick Jones, Georgia

6’5″, 315 pounds; JR

Right outside the top-10 overall recruits in 2020, Jones only started four games over his first two seasons (all at left tackle in 2021). He ook over on the blindside this past season and was absolutely dominant, paving the way for a Georgia offense that averaged 500 yards and 41.1 points per game (fifth nationally), which made it all the way to an undefeated championship season (their second straight title). Jones himself was named first-team All-SEC.

+ Jones has good girth in all the right areas, without any excess weight in the mid-section
+ Imposing road-grader in the run game, Gets after people whether the score is 0-0 or his team is up by 50
+ This guy regularly tosses the edge defender on the front-side of zone runs out of the way and forces linebackers to fill the B-gap in a hurry
+ Can absolutely blow D-tackles off their landmarks when coming in on an angle on double-teams, particularly in short-yardage and goal-line situations
+ If he gets underneath the arm-pit of linemen, he can wash them down and create significant cutback opportunities, And he has the grip strength to twist defenders out of running lanes, even if he can’t block down on an angle
+ Understands when he has to add a gather-step against wider alignments, to not presents easy opportunities for edge defenders to jump inside of his blocks
+ On combo-blocks his eyes are usually up and he doesn’t struggle to work up to the backer with space, with the force in his hands to shove them to the ground
+ Regularly was utilized as a puller on GT power, where he’s light on his feet as he skips out of his stance but heavy at contact, and has the reactionary agility to adjust on the fly
+ This dude is scary to be in front of on screens and pulling out to the corner, where most defenders try to go low on him, to avoid getting thrown around

+ Even if his technique isn’t perfect yet, Jones presents the athletic lower half and strong upper body to ride edge rushers off track
+ If defenders go into the chest of him, they quickly realize there’s not much they can do anymore
+ You rarely see guys turn the corner when engaged with Jones, where they try to dip-and-rip, but he still guides them enough off track to not affect the QB
+ He packs a lot of strength in those hands, to widen their arc significantly or push them into the pile, if they try to quickly crash inside
+ Linebackers trying to get around Jones on delayed blitzes seem to have no clue how to actually approach this and are content with just standing there with his arms extended
+ When Jones’ guy slants away from him and he’s unoccupied, he delivers some devastating rib-shots on somebody tangled up with one of his teammates
+ Watching the 2022 season-opener 49-3 destruction of Oregon, the pass-pro reps for Jones was so clean throughout the day and he completely shut guys out trying to work against him
+ Wasn’t responsible for a single sack and just nine other pressures across 470 pass-blocking snaps this past season
+ Ran the best 40 time among all O-linemen in Indy this year at 4.97 and his movement during the on-field drills was well-coordinated

– His feet can get a little heavy late and defenders are able to work off his blocks, where you’d want more flexion in the lower rather than upper half, and that’s in part due to imperfect hand-placement
– Too often in 2022, you’d see Jones drop his eyes when initiating contact in both facets of the game, and defenders being able to pull him off
– Makes himself vulnerable to inside counters on a regularly basis, when he should keep his shoulders and hips squared, but instead opens up to the edge rusher, who doesn’t even have the angle to beat him around the corner
– When he did face a legit speed-rusher in LSU’s B.J. Ojulari, you saw him punch with the outside hand and had that left foot in the air as well, creating a soft shoulder to get past
– Has to do a better job of coming to balance at times when working up the field in the screen game, as guys have the ability to side-step him

This is still clearly an ascending tackle prospect, who won’t turn 22 years old until after the draft and only logged 19 career starts at the Bulldogs. However, his natural talent stood out right away and he was already one of the premiere players at his position in his first season as a full-time starters, despite facing a loaded slate of SEC edge defenders. Now, some of those guys were actually the ones who gave him trouble, because they could threaten the edges of his frame off the snap and were more technically advanced, but there’s no reason to believe he won’t be able to get to that level sooner rather than later, with the natural power he possesses and the awareness he showed as a young player already. I want to see him eliminate this nasty little habit of not keeping his chin up, but in terms of brute force in the run game and ability to snatch up pass-rushers, he has a chance to turn into the most complete guy of the bunch.

3. Peter Skoronski, Northwestern

6’4”, 300 pounds; JR

Slightly outside the top-100 overall recruits in 2020, Skoronski stepped in at left tackle as a true freshman and was named to the All-Freshman team, when Rashawn Slater decided to sit out the season due to COVID concerns. Then he improved to a first-team All-Big Ten performer in 2021, which he repeated this past season, along with being a unanimous first-team All-American. His grandfather Bob Skoronski was a starter and team captain for all five of Vince Lombardi’s championship teams.

+ The best compliment I can give Skoronski is that his tape can be almost boring at times, because every rep is clean and there’s not much to note
+ His aiming points and angles are excellent for such a young player
+ Operates from a wide base and with good leg-drive, while lifting up through contact with his elbows in tight
+ Does well to establish positioning with the inside foot sealing edge defenders on the backside of run concepts
+ Gets underneath the arm pit of D-tackles on angular blocks and rides them down the line
+ Brings plus grip strength and ability to twist bodies to expand running lanes, along with the dexterity to keep his hands latched as defenders try to slip or turn away from contact
+ Consistently works with square shoulders and stays tight to his teammate on vertical combos, to maximize force and not allow defenders to split those
+ Patient and under control working up to the second level, being able to get under the chest with great consistency
+ Also getting out to the corner on fly sweeps or those completely horizontal handoffs, he rarely overruns targets, just blindly hustling out there
+ Somehow people are inferring that Skoronski isn’t a great athlete, when he tested in the 70th percentile or better among all combine events other than the three-cone and his jumps were 96th and 97th percentile respectively

+ Already a very sound and comfortable pass-protector, who consistently is first off the ball, gets to his landmarks and doesn’t throw his technique out of the window
+ Shows an understanding for the depth of the pocket and how to manipulate rush angles, along with the easy lateral movement to mirror guys across multiple moves
+ Adjusts the length of his initial dependent on where combat will occur and is able beat wide-nine alignments to the spot
+ His hands are so consistent with landing inside the frame of rushers and controlling reps, because they typically stay attached throughout
+ Varies his approach and excels at using his arms in independent fashion, whether he’s trying to widen guys with the inside hand or wants to take charge off them on power rushes
+ Rarely does his weight shift too far to the outside foot and he’s ready to negate angles as guys are trying to slice through the inside shoulder
+ Extends his inside arm when deciphering through the pressure and is ready to redirect towards guys slanting to the B-gap if there’s no threat off the edge
+ His feel for shuffling along and how to pick up loopers with the two-handed strike, to guide their path is impressive for a young player
+ Allowed just two sacks on nearly 700 snaps as a true freshman and did the same in ’21 on over 800, along with 18 additional pressures, However he quietly just had his best season in that regard (one sack, two QB hits and three hurries)

– The big hold-up with Skoronski of course is only having 32 and ¼-inch arms, while I also believe he played below 310-pound mark
– You see edge rushers really create problems for him with long-arm maneuvers, where he can’t place his hands or has the kind of super-strong base to just swallow those
– It can also show up in the run ground where guys can just out-reach him and therefore pull him off when leaning into contact
– Doesn’t create a whole lot of knock-back at first contact with his strike generally and you rarely see him take linebackers for a ride, the way you’d like to
– While I love with how much control he plays, at times I’d appreciate a little more urgency to just negate space in the first instance rather than trying to establish position

At the risk of sounding like a cop-out, it’s pretty easy to find a comparison in terms of player profile for Skoronski, if we just go to the guy he replaced at Northwestern, in Rashawn Slater. I do believe the now-Pro Bowler was a greater athlete, particularly with some of the insane stuff he did in the weightroom, to balance out length concern. However, Skoronski is clearly the most technically advanced tackle in the 2023 class. The way he fits his hands and is able to transfer force from the ground up in the run game, along with reading rushers and using different combat-maneuvers to counter them, are tremendous. There’s not much to criticize on tape, but you just wonder how high his ceiling may be, due to always having a disadvantage in that one area. Ultimately, I believe a team will start him out at tackle and he will play it at a pretty high level, but he transitions inside a couple of years into his pro career. Having him down at number three almost feels wrong, but it only speaks to the strength of the top of this class, as Skoronski will be a top-15 overall prospect for me.

4. Darnell Wright, Tennessee

6’6”, 335 pounds; SR

The number two offensive tackle recruit in 2019 behind only Alabama standout and now-Giant Evan Neal, Wright started seven of eleven games as a true freshman (five at right tackle, two at right guard) and then nine of ten available for in year two (all at RT). In 2021 he started all 13 games at left tackle and helped the Tennessee offense score a team-record 511 points, before moving back to the right side this past season, when the Vols immediately broke that record (599) and Dwight was recognized individually as a first-team All-SEC performer.

+ When you look at this guy, everything you see screams “power” at you
+ Shows a natural ability to sink his hips and work up through contact, to create movement on angular blocks
+ You’re just not going to rock this guy’s pads backwards or squeeze him down on backside seal-blocks
+ Has the explosiveness out of his stance to work cross-/fold-blocks and skip pulls in the run game
+ For a man his size, the agility in short areas and flexibility in his lower half to reach-block edge defenders on fly sweeps is pretty impressive
+ Just engulfs smaller bodies stepping down or replacing edge defenders, when he comes across the line on kick-outs
+ Really strong with that inside arm, to extend and create that little bit of extra movement, while riding bodies on the interior into the trash when given the opportunity
+ Can create some significant momentum on B-gap defenders as the angular element to combo blocks by accelerating his feet through the target
+ Showcases the dexterity to keep his hands in place with the hips of the man he’s responsible for, as they’re trying to slice past, and he rides them off their landmarks
+ Doesn’t look uncomfortable getting out in space and has the natural power to put defenders on the ground by just getting a hand on them

+ His feet are quick enough to match legit speed off the edge and then sit down to not allow himself to be ridden into the quarterback’s space at the top of the arc
+ Shows good awareness for that platform of the guy padding the ball back there and when to flip with the rusher, to ride him past that point
+ His base is so strong, that even when rushers seem to set up speed-to-power well, Wright can stymie their charge and force them to look for different strategies
+ Can work in some independent hand usage to keep rushers in line with his frame, along with really snatching cloth and dropping his hips, in order to take control of reps
+ Displays impressive body-control, to quickly puts his outside foot back down and mirror inside moves, even by twitchy guys at nearly 100 pounds less
+ Once rushers get off balance, he can quickly put them on the ground and exploits of the opportunity to jump on top of them
+ Extremely battle-tested against a collection of impressive SEC edge rushers and more than held his own – Allowed just one hurry all day against Alabama in 2022, largely going up against a lock for the top-five in Will Anderson, who simply couldn’t work his typical speed-to-power against him
+ Didn’t give up a single sack and just eight total pressures across 507 pass-blocking snaps this past season

– Carries a little excess weight in the mid-section I’d say and he’s not quite up to par with the top-three guys in terms of foot quickness
– Doesn’t consistently play up to his size and brings the aggression to create displacement in the run game, while other times he gets his weight shifted too far out in front as he really goes for it (partially due to the type of offense the Volunteers ran)
– Gets too far over his skis at times and ends up stumbling forward when he can’t connect with his hands as D-linemen reduce their surface area
– While you like the mobility to get to the second level, he doesn’t break down and secure blocks consistently enough to take care of his assignments
– Regularly late off the snap and has a certain up-kick to his pass-sets, which didn’t become as much of a problems with less than a quarter of his work being labelled as “true pass-sets” by PFF (tons of RPOs, screens, etc.)

I’ve been a fan of Wright for a while now and he’s been ascending his draft stock throughout this process. He came in at a massive 342 pounds for Senior Bowl week, yet he showcased impressive movement skills, effortlessly mirroring a couple of spin moves, along with taking the fight to more power-based string, showcasing his strong upper half. Then he moved around extremely well during the on-field drills at the combine and you heard those bags pop when he landed his punches in pass-pro. This guy has 2746 career snaps with full years starting at both left and right tackle, put together an incredible track record against a murderous row of SEC edge defenders. So I have no doubt that he should and will go in the first round. I’d like to see him enforce his power on a more consistent basis and there’s a little bit of a tweak that he has to work on his kick-slide, but I don’t think there’s much of a gap between him and what is generally accepted as the “big three” at offensive tackle.

5. Dawand Jones, Ohio State

6’6”, 350 pounds; SR

Just outside the top-1000 overall recruits in 2019, Jones appeared in nine games as a true freshman and then in six of eight contests in the COVID-shortened following campaign, including his first start, In 2021, he started all 13 games and was a second-team All-Big Ten selection for the Buckeyes, which he repeated this past season, Then last year he was a second-team All-American, as a mainstay on that right edge

+ Massive upper half and can knock defenders off balance when he just lands those hands in the run game, And with the long arms he can deliver that last push to get the man further off track to create room late
+ I thought overall Jones’ urgency off the snap and willingness to impose himself physically was a lot better in 2022
+ You see him dish out some literal two-handed shoves to blow the front-side wide open
+ When he grabs the shoulder-plate and extends though, you see put guys flat on their backs at times, especially linebackers mugged up in the gap
+ If D-ends try to crash across him face on the backside of zone runs, he will wash them way down the line and optically show the ball-carrier to cut back behind him
+ Because of how massive he is, when he tries to reach-block guys on the edge, they often try to peak around and get off balance, to where he can ride them along and allow the back to stay behind his block
+ Yet, if he’s tasked with simply sealing the back-side, extending that outside arm in the chest of edge guys and bringing the opposite hip-around is very effective
+ When he arrives at the party, with no direct assignment, he can help move the significantly and allow the ball-carrier to hide behind that wall or push through it
+ Some of his tape is just hilarious to watch, when he puts guys on the ground seemingly without breaking a sweat

+ Offers a quick jump out of his stance to cut off the angle for edge rushers, has his hands ready at his mid-section and is patient with his punch
+ The way he snatches and traps guys when they do get closer to his body makes him basically negate guys completely
+ His insane 7’6” wingspan allows him to constantly put a hand on defenders before those guys could even get to his frame, and it gives him a ton of room for error in his technique
+ If guys try to loop wide around him and don’t actively try to find an angle, he’s fine sitting back and waiting there, but if he does go for it, those long arms can really stymie rushers in their approach
+ Even if the outside hand is swatted away, he can push guys further off track by still reaching them with the other arm
+ When he does overset and rushers create that lane to the quarterback seemingly going underneath, Jones is typically able to ride those guys across the QB’s face, to leave him unaffected
+ Buries guys underneath himself with regularity, if they shift their momentum too far out in front
+ After surrendering three sacks and eight other pressures in 2021, Jones didn’t even allow his quarterback to be hit once due to him last year and only hurried five times
+ PFF awarded him with their highest pass-blocking efficiency of any draft-eligible tackle at 99.4 last season

– You see Jones just throw his hands and not move his lower body at times, when he can’t get his body positioned accordingly throughout run plays
– Appears disoriented when his initial assignment is changed post-snap and he has to come up solutions on the fly in that regard
– The way he puts his hands on the face-mask of defenders and some of the pull-downs will be flagged more regularly at the pro level
– Short-setting guys and forcing them to go way around him, because of his size and length, was an effective strategy at the college level, but that won’t fly in the NFL
– At this point, Jones does get by with his massive frame and length along with natural strength, which won’t be as prevalent going against pro players, who will force him to get on their level technically

Jones only took part in the first practice at the Senior Bowl, but he just stood out from the moment he stepped on the field with his giganteous size and unheard of wingspan. Edge defenders quickly realized that they weren’t going to get through his chest, but the one rep that really stood out to me came during individual run-blocking, where he was supposed to reach-block his man but didn’t gain enough ground laterally with that first step, yet he was able to create so much torque on the far-shoulder of his man, that he ended up turning and pinning that guy inside anyway. That’s what you’re dealing with here – an absolute mountain of a man, whose strength and length give him a lot of room for error and when he puts it altogether, he can dominate people. Now, while he has definitely shown technical development, he does heavily rely on his natural gifts and will have to overhaul his pass-sets in order to actually cut off angles for more talented and crafty NFL rushers than he’s faced so far. However, he has things you can’t teach and the potential(!) to become a more athletic version of Orlando Brown down the road.

6. Anton Harrison, Oklahoma

6’4″, 310 pounds; JR

A four-star recruit in 2020, Harrison already logged over 1000 snaps at left tackle through his first two seasons with the Sooners. As a junior, he started all but on one of 12 regular season game on the blindside yet again (one at right tackle and opted out of the Cheez-It Bowl) and received more recognition on a national scale, when he was named a first-team All-Big 12 performer.

+ Presents an athletic frame with minimal excess weight and long arms (34 and ¼)
+ Can create some knock-back as he lands his hands inside the frame of defenders, shoving linebackers off track regularly
+ Last season I thought he was more assertive near the point of attack, to drive-block edge defenders or block down on three-techniques and get guys off their landmarks
+ You see him lift stand up D-tackles in order for fellow linemen wrap around behind him regularly
+ On the backside of wide zone runs, if linebackers try to shoot the B-gaps Harrison hits and rides them way down the line, to open up massive cutback lanes behind him
+ When guys try to dip underneath him or get around blocks, Harrison typically rides them towards his own end-zone to blow the front-side open
+ Has the quick burst to help secure the down-linemen on combo blocks and then deliver some force to open up a lane inside of them as somebody from the second level behind it steps down
+ Bends off the inside foot and uncoils force through defenders in the hole wrapping around on powecounter schemes
+ Frequently is able to face-plant defenders as he catches them off balance, with one foot off the ground, with the triceps strength to extend and push them down
+ Makes the job of his teammates a lot easier, when he’s passing off down-linemen on front-side combos by extending with the inside arm and allowing the guy next to him to bring his base and secure the block
+ Rarely overruns his targets in space and forces guys to work around him consistently, being able to put his hands on third-level defenders in the screen game
+ His 4.98 in the 40 was tied for the second-best mark among all offensive linemen at the combine

+ There’s good rhythm and a certain calmness in his kick-slide, with the light feet to guide edge defenders around the loop
+ Times up his strike as rushers try to throw their hands, frequently hitting them as they’re off balance and taking them to the ground every once in a while
+ His initial hand-placement may not be great always and he gets caught with his elbow out wide, but he does work to re-fit them and finds way to gain control
+ And he finds ways to maximize his length to out-reach his man
+ Can really snatch rushers as he grabs cloth of guys trying to work through him, without giving them a lane to escape
+ Plays under good control generally and doesn’t overreact to defensive movement, picking up games and mirroring guys with space to work
+ Smoothly transitions from the slanting linemen to the looper on E-T twists
+ Has some impressive recovery moments on tape, where rushers have him on skates and he’s somehow able to drop his anchor due to his high-level balance
+ Allowed just one sack and eight hurries (no QB hits) across 447 pass-blocking snaps in '22

– Can’t reduce his height very well and you can see them roll his weight over his shoulders at times trying to establish contact with smaller linebackers
– Doesn’t set the tone in the run game like you’d want to see for that size, having to become more effective with his hand-placement and re-work the way he transitions force from the ground up
– You see some of that as well in the pass game, when his chest folds forward instead of working with sink in his hips and then he kind of tries to chase after guys up the arc, where if timed correctly can leave the inside lane to the QB completely free
– Carries his hands fairly low and comes in wide with the punch, to where guys who sell out on attacking his chest can take him for a ride a few times, as he doesn’t seem ready to land his hands – You see that at times when he’s not ready for somebody coming his way on twists
– There’s a few reps, where he tries to ride edge rushers up the field, but he doesn’t maintain contact and that guy is able to slip underneath him

It’s never easy projecting tackles in particular going from offensive systems that relied heavily on a few run concepts, off which they build their RPO game and offer limited reps for pass-protectors to prove themselves. The areas of weakness in Harrison’s game right now are pretty clear – he struggles to bend at the knees and maximizing his power in the run game, while his hands and feet aren’t married regularly enough in pass-pro. On the Brightside, he does bring plenty of shock in his hands and well-coordinated movement to work to the second level, while being light on his feet to deal with speed off the edge and being able to clamp down on guys once he takes control of reps. There is a fairly steep learning curve in front of him, but he has all the physical tools and the mindset to become a plus starter on the blindside, which is why he regularly finds his name late in first-round mock drafts.

7. Matthew Bergeron, Syracuse

6’5”, 320 pounds; RS JR

Just inside the top-1000 overall recruits in 2019, Bergeron played in 12 and started five game as a true freshman. Other than missing two games this past season, he started all of the other 34 games, with all but three of those at left tackle. He earned honorable mention and then second-team All-ACC accolades most recently, whilst being a team captain in 2022.

+ Nice girth throughout his frame and effectively rolls his hips through contact to create movement in the run game
+ Even with sub-optimal hand-placement, he can widen the edge pretty consistently on the front-side of zone concepts
+ Shows a strong grip with the inside hand, which doesn’t allow edge defenders to back-door or slip his blocks typically
+ When having to block down on three-techniques who aggressively try to get through his gap, Bergerson does well to get his hand on the defenders’ hip and use that momentum against that guy
+ Does well to on hinge-blocks and just get the job done when tasked with sealing guys on the backside of concepts
+ In formations with a tight-end next to him, where the C-gap was uncovered, Bergeron effectively was able to able to pick up and ride smaller bodies at the edge of the box out of the picture
+ You really like what he presents blocking on the move, sweeping around the edge and taking linebackers for a ride or blowing DBs trying to set the edge out of the picture
+ Was utilized on some skip-pulls, where he would wrap around on GT power plays and looked pretty light on his feet to get to his landmarks

+ Shows a real plan in his approach as a pass-protector, changing up between quick sets, jumping out of his stance aggressively versus speed-based rushers, etc.
+ Covers a ton of ground in his kick-sets in order to counter true speed-balls off the edge
+ Carries his hands at his hips and is ready to punch and counter the movement of rushers
+ Will land some surprise stabs quickly at the chest of rushers, to throw off the timing of the moves they want to set up
+ Displays the body-control to re-anchor even when it looks like power rushers are under control of reps
+ Transitions well on twists by the D-line, whether it’s the strong base to absorb force by the initial slanter or the lateral agility to slide in front of the secondary looper
+ Quickly redirects from the initial kick to a lateral shuffle in order to help out or take over stunting interior defenders, if his man on the edge peels off
+ Generally can use the momentum of defender to guide them away from the quarterback
+ Takes advantages of chances to pull off-balance rushers to the ground and pins them down there
+ While he was officially charged for five sacks by PFF last season, in terms of total pressures he was at 12 compared to 11 the year prior, with 770 combined pass-blocking snaps

– His hands regularly start off high and wide already and he minimizes the force he can apply in the run game, as well as make him vulnerable to get flagged, because the refs can see everything
– Pro Football Focus only credited his with 33 positively graded run plays last season, which I wouldn’t judge as such (in terms of a net plus), but in terms of having his hands latched onto the aiming points, that number is probably about right
– Tends to pick up his inside foot too much, as he’s trying to gain ground vertically in his pass-sets and becomes vulnerable against guys with a great long-arm – Clemson’s Myles Murphy was in control of that matchup for most of the day, even if Myles didn’t get to finish many plays
– Edge rushers frequently are the ones to get their arms inside and Bergeron ends up with his elbows out wide, which limits his ability to slow down power

Bergeron has nearly put together the exact same resume during his pre-draft process as Tennessee’s Darnell Wright. Throughout Senior Bowl week, I thought his movement skills in pass-protection were highly impressive, not allowing guys to gain an angle on the quarterback, as well as being able to mirror and shut down some challenging counter moves. And while he didn’t test at the combine, he had a tremendous on-field workout. He looked so light-footed, changed directions and reacted to the coaches’ indications without any issues. His hand-placement in both facets of the game drove me wild at times on tape, but that area already looked improved down in Mobile and I also understand that he will receive the type of coaching to see major benefits. How well he carries 320 pounds, being able to cover ground vertically and horizontal in protection, is rare – and he doesn’t even yet take great advantage of his play-strength all the time. I would not be shocked if he ends up being one of the last few picks of the first round and he’s probably a top-50 lock.

8. Jaelyn Duncan, Maryland

6’6”, 320 pounds, RS SR

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9. Tyler Steen, Alabama

6’5”, 315 pounds; RS SR

10. Blake Freeland, BYU

6’8″, 305 pounds; RS JR

The next names up:

Jordan McFadden (Clemson) Wanya Morris (Oklahoma), Ryan Hayes (Michigan), Richard Gouraige (Florida), Warren McClendon Jr. (Georgia), Asim Richards (North Carolina) & Carter Warren (Pittsburgh)

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2023.03.30 17:30 Extension_Syrup_1097 I regret breaking things off with a girl a few years ago

I'm currently a senior in college. I used to hang out with this girl a lot my freshman year, we met in the dorms the first week. I really liked her at first and she really liked me too, but then after only a semester of hooking up she started to act very relationshipy, and it was honestly weird to me so I ended things. She was always drunk calling me for a while after, which annoyed me a lot, but after a while it stopped and she got over it, I assume. She's a pretty girl so I also assume she has had no problem finding what she is looking for.
If I passed her on the street, she usually ignored me. But this year I've been seeing her out and about often lately and she's always super friendly. Nothing more, usually just a nice conversation or two and then she slips out of wherever we are with her friends unnoticed later in the night. She's always smiling and she really seems happy. She's done some really cool and impressive things the past few years, and has definitely gotten her life together a lot since freshman year. And she constantly has boys coming up to her, but she doesn't entertain them much more than a quick conversation and then back to her friends, and I know for a fact it's not because she has a boyfriend because mutual friends we have have told me she doesn't and they insist she would still be interested, but I'm not sure if they just are saying what they think I want to hear. To put it lightly, now that she's emotionally matured, she's my dream girl.
Maybe it's because we're both about to graduate but I can't help but wonder if I made a huge mistake when I was 18 and dumb and just looking to hook up with a bunch of girls, and her and I could've been happy together by now? How do I stop living in regret? It's eating me alive, and if energies really do attract then maybe that's the reason I am seeing her all of a sudden. I wonder if I should reach out and see what she's doing after college, we both are in the business school so it's possible we have similar jobs lined up, especially since our school is near a city many students end up in. I don't want to leave school thinking I could've done more or better, but I also don't want to mess with her peace, since she seemed to really despise me for so long. Any advice?
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