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2023.03.30 00:15 respawn22 Maybe this will help those of you with IIH

So my wife has been dealing with IIH now for a few years, she went undiagnosed for too long and has a lot of optic nerve damage which cant be reversed. I've been fighting to figure out a reason and a cause to her increased pressure and issues.
I've done a ton of reading on the subject, without a ton of luck to be honest. Her headaches appeared to be random, and no discernable rhyme or reason.
My wife really has never had allergies but she developed an extremely bad allergy to Chickpeas (cant even be in the same room as someone eating hummus) in her 30's and has struggled with it since hummus has become so popular.
So I started thinking that maybe this has something to do with it, and if this could be playing a role with her IIH - and my research end up centering around histamine - what it does to the body and what can release it etc.
Histamine is produced for various reasons in the body, the big reason being allergic reactions to foods, pets, etc. which many people struggle with, and there are other reasons your body can produce too much histamine (mast cell disease).
When you body produces too much histamine one of the side effects can be tissue swelling - don't think you have to physically SEE the redness and swelling - you don't. It could be just enough to cause enough histamine release to cause internal tissue swelling without the outward signs of an allergic reaction.
Could it be that this subtle swelling is just enough to imped the flow of blood/spinal fluid out of the head causing these random headaches and other IIH issues?
My wife got no help from her doctors - they put her on diamox but the headaches kept coming, her optic nerves were swollen, and her eye pressure was very high. Diamox really didn't seem to be helping much at all - and it made her feel like crap.
So I looked if there were options that could help control histamine, and histamine releases - and I came up with Quercetin.
I did a ton of research on Quercetin and the one that seemed to jump out was the one from Thorne - they have a Quercetin Phytosome Complex that increases absorption. Quercetin absorbs pretty horribly via the stomach, so getting one that helps in that area is important.
My wife has been taking this for almost 3+ months now - 1 pill in the morning - 1 pill at night usually with food, she does not take Diamox at all - her headaches went from 3/4 a week to almost zero. It took a few weeks for us to objectively say that it was working. Since she's been on Quercetin she's only had 2 headaches worth even talking about. Her eye pressure is down, and things are actually looking better than they have in a long time.
As a bonus side-effect her reaction to Hummus/Chickpeas is much better now - before she couldn't even be in Sams Club if they were demoing a hummus product without her entering the beginning stages of anaphylaxis, now the worst it seems to be getting is watery eyes which clues her in that hummus might be around.
I cant say if this will work for you, but its worth TRYING - the results my wife has gotten are beyond any other drug shes been on over the years. I'm sure there are probably multiple causes to IIH - and in my wife's case this seems to have made a huge difference and I hope it does for you too. I've seen what it does to her and its been horrible, shes almost lost all of her peripheral vision at this point so we felt we had to try something because what we were doing wasnt working.
As a side note - some folks will say Benadryl helps with histamine but don't think they are the same - Benadryl never helped my wife's Chickpea allergy - but Quercetin does and it doesn't seem to have any side effects that we've noticed.
If you try this and it makes a difference please post here - I'd love to know if this works for others.
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2023.03.29 23:58 jedisalsohere Short Trips Book Review #2: More Short Trips edited by Stephen Cole

1. Totem by Tara Samms (a pseudonym for Steve Cole)
Regulars: Eighth Doctor, Seventh Doctor
Hmm. A weird one to start off with to be sure - I had to read it again to actually get what it was trying to say, but it’s a nice character study for the Doctor, as a widow slowly falls in love with him and he casts off the last vestiges of his former self. Quite nice, but I think starting the collection with this story was a bad move. 7/10
2. Scientific Adviser by Ian Atkins
Regulars: Second Doctor, the Brigadier
Against my better judgement, I do find myself liking this one. It's repetitive and monumentally stupid in terms of premise - the Doctor creates a fake movie about the Cyberman invasion and a resurrected Cyber-Planner uses this to plot another invasion - but it's charming and likeable for what it is. It's really nice seeing the Brig with Two again, and yes, the little girl that the Doctor befriends is very adorable. A probably unearnt 7/10.
3. Missing, Part One: Business as Usual by Gary Russell
Regulars: Mel
Huh? Apparently this was a bit that was edited out of the novel Business Unusual, and then got stuck in this collection. Maybe it works better with context? As I saw it, it’s a total waste of paper that I can’t really rate fairly. ?/10
4. Moon Graffiti by Dave Stone
Regulars: Sixth Doctor, Peri
Dave Stone is one of the most divisive Who writers I can think of. I’ve heard both scathing criticism and venerating praise for his writing, and with this being my first encounter with his work myself, I was more curious going in than anything. Thankfully, I really enjoyed it. I would say that the prose does kind of strangle the pacing and flow at times, often resorting to being excessively flowery and overwritten, but the setting is excellent, the Wibliwee and Pararachnids are both fantastic one-off alien races and the body horror is sickeningly great. I absolutely adored the Doctor’s random diatribe about the anthropology of hat-wearing and, what’s more, it perfectly captures the true existential horror that is being Peri. 9/10
5. One Bad Apple by Simon A. Forward
Regulars: Fourth Doctor, Leela
This one invokes Biblical imagery and Cyberman lore in a surprisingly clever and interesting way, but is ultimately let down by its lack of a real plot, and the Doctor's constant berating and bullying of Leela is just as uncomfortable here as it always has been. That said, Joshua is easily the most interesting antagonist in this collection and definitely bumps the story back up a fair bit. 6/10
6. 64 Carlysle Street by Gary Russell
Regulars: First Doctor, Steven, Dodo
This story just goes to show how important format can be when crafting an engaging short story. If it were just told in standard third person, there would have been almost nothing to recommend here. However, having it instead consist of a series of police statements made by the members of the titular household adds a real sense of charm and whimsy that wouldn’t be present otherwise, as well as managing to flesh out practically all the side characters despite so little time. The regulars are excellent, the villain is memorable, it utilises continuity in a clever and non-intrusive way - I really can’t find a flaw here. Full marks. And from Gary Russell, of all people. 10/10
7. The Eternity Contract by Steve Lyons
Regulars: Fifth Doctor, Nyssa
Lyons here delivers an excellent claustrophobic horror story, which features developed and interesting side characters, a compelling villain, captivating haunted house imagery and some truly fantastic moments of development for Five - and all in the span of twenty-three pages. The only thing that holds it back is the ending, which feels like it was written in about five minutes. 9/10
8. The Sow in Rut by Robert Perry and Mike Tucker
Regulars: Sarah-Jane, K-9
Attempts to draw from the extremely shallow well that is K-9 and Company and comes out with a laughable horror story about pigs or whatever. I also have no idea what the ending was supposed to be. 2/10
9. Special Weapons by Paul Leonard
Regulars: Seventh Doctor, Mel
Paul Leonard is for the second time responsible for the longest story in the volume after The People's Temple from the first book, and again the old adage about brevity being the soul of wit holds true here. This story really needed some tightening up to be properly effective. Also: what is it with the Seventh Doctor and Nazis? Curse of Fenric, Timewyrm: Exodus, Just War, Colditz, the two Klein trilogies… at least they're fairly well fleshed out here, not feeling like the one-dimensional killers they usually do. It's nice seeing Mel get put into a different kind of story, even if the random human she gets paired up with is hugely unmemorable, and I thought that the lightwanderer was quite interesting as far as alien presences go. Not bad, but messy. 6/10
10. Honest Living by Jason Loborik
Regulars: Third Doctor, Jo, the Brigadier
Quite good, actually. This story focuses on temporal paradoxes and is one of the most tense and compelling outings I've seen in quite a while, especially where the Third Doctor is concerned. The villains are sympathetic and memorable (being refugees fleeing the events of Day of the Daleks), the regulars are excellently written and it caps off on a genuinely emotional note. 8/10
11. Dead Time by Andrew Miller (another pseudonym for Steve Cole)
Regulars: Eighth Doctor, Sam
Bloody Sam, I can't get away from her. She's the only real low point in what is otherwise an interesting exploration of a hitherto unseen aspect of Gallifreyan lore, inside a fascinating setting that only gets more interesting when we find out what it actually is. I don't think I would want every story to be this abstract and strange, but as a one-off it works really well. 8/10
12. Romans Cutaway by David A. McIntee
Regulars: First Doctor, Ian, Barbara, Vicki
A really unnecessary prequel to The Romans, which explains how they got the villa that they begin that story in. That said, it is a genuinely good character piece - McIntee has an excellent grasp on One and his companions and the story works fairly well because of it. I liked the scene where Ian accidentally confessed his love for Barbara at the end especially. Plus, it’s fun seeing Ian fight a tiger. 6/10
13. Return of the Spiders by Gareth Roberts
Regulars: Romana II, K-9
Planet of the Spiders already didn't do much to win me around to the Eight Legs and this story really doesn't help in that regard. Boring, badly paced and far less funny than it thinks it is. 3/10
14. Hot Ice by Christopher Bulis
Regulars: Fifth Doctor, Peri
A very straightforward story, but one executed very well. While the Ventrosians are all absolutely pathetic, I liked the parallels between the human thief, Len, and the alien one, and Five and Peri are both excellent here. That said, I think it would have been a lot better if it was all told from Len's POV. 7/10
15. uPVC by Paul Farnsworth
Regulars: Second Doctor, Seventh Doctor, Jamie, Zoe, Ace
Exceptional. Genuinely exceptional. This story transitions from actually funny absurdist comedy to a powerful, poignant study of the Doctor's character absolutely perfectly, and does exactly what a good short story should: show us the Doctor from an angle we might never before have considered. Everyone who likes Doctor Who should read this. 10/10
16. Good Companions by Peter Anghelides
Regulars: Unspecified future Doctor, Tegan
An elderly, grieving, depressed Tegan meets a future incarnation of the Doctor and his companion. I liked the villains a lot, but annoyingly they were only there for about three pages. The rest of it, though… it really does read like bad fan fiction, I’m sorry. The wilderness years had an annoying fondness for giving us glimpses into the miserable lives of past companions after they left the Doctor, and Tegan is just another uninteresting example of this trope. The future Doctor himself is a really forgettable non-character, and the same goes for his companion, Anna. But again, the Sigrarnons are great. 4/10
17. Missing, Part 2: Message in a Bottle by Robert Perry and Mike Tucker
Regulars: Mel
Successfully managed to make me feel sad. Pretty impressive for less than a page. 8/10
18. Femme Fatale by Paul Magrs
Regulars: Eighth Doctor, Sam
I think I liked it? It's told in a non-linear way and is primarily a first person piece from the POV of Iris Wildthyme, and I suppose it does manage to capture its psychedelic Sixties setting very well. The presence of Andy Warhol and the dreamlike structure and prose style definitely do make it feel like a strange Doctor Who-induced drug trip, which was probably the point. There's a plot involving clones somewhere in here as well? Honestly I don't know, but it was atmospheric and likeable enough to hold my attention. 7/10
Bonus. Bounty by Peter Anghelides and read by Paul McGann
Regulars: Eighth Doctor, Sam
This story is a lot of firsts. It is a) the first and only original performed story featuring Sam, b) the first instance of Paul McGann reprising his role as the Doctor post-TV movie, and c) Sam's first TARDIS trip chronologically. All of those facts are more interesting than the actual story. There's really nothing here beyond a thin plot about a generic alien shape-shifting bounty hunter. 3/10
Overall I would call this one better than the first. Only a couple of really bad stories, with most ranging from pretty good to really good. Oh yeah, and the introduction and About the Author section were both surprisingly entertaining.
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2023.03.29 23:55 wow_i_exist The Enemy in the Dark Forest

Unknown Date, Unknown location
The spacecraft were traveling at no faster than eighteen and three-quarters percent of the speed of light and were no bigger than several hundred meters in length. What little crew they had were all put under cryostasis and all systems were completely shut down, producing no more than a few dozen watts of waste heat for the entire fleet in total, rendering the vehicles almost invisible to anyone, if there were anyone, who was not looking hard enough.
The spacecraft continued on their journey of millennia, sent by their creators with a less-than-benevolent intent.
Standard Year 3275, Day 321, V2 Draconis, Control Center of Laser Highway Station 7G-S
*Sensors and Trajectory Officer Xyvan Karvyk*
Nu Draconis, a binary star system consisting of V1 Draconis and V2 Draconis, was probably the most boring system owned by humanity, having been colonized only recently almost a century ago. The system was barely populated even for its immense volume. It was very unlike Sol, which Xyvan Karvyk departed from, more than 500 years ago, on a ship zipping by at a leisurely twenty percent the speed of light, due to the lack of a laser deceleration system on the then untouched system, save for a few probes sent for fly-bys throughout the centuries.
If Xyvan remembered correctly, the population back on Sol was so high that there were millions of deaths every few seconds. Despite that, death itself, was not problem most folks had to deal with nowadays. Nu Draconis itself was very sparse, with a population of a few billion at most, though this was increasing extremely rapidly and steadily due to incoming immigration from some of the more developed systems humanity has already colonized, though the term “humanity” here is disputed, because this includes uploaded minds, true AI, and genetically engineered humans and animals…
Xyvan himself was a product of a bygone era. He was a baseline human, unmodified by the countless advancements that had been made in the centuries since he was born. It was a rare sight these days to see someone like him, who looked like they could have walked straight out of a history book. While gene editing had become a ubiquitous technology, allowing individuals to modify their genetic code to enhance their physical and mental capabilities, Xyvan had chosen to eschew these enhancements in favor of maintaining his original genetic makeup.
Pick any two people randomly from even the same star system and they would look as alien to each other as an actual hypothetical alien. Some have artificial enhancements, like bionic limbs and computer brains, making them essentially cyborgs. There are also those with animal DNA spliced into their own, resulting in strange new forms of life. And then there are those with completely artificial bodies, where their consciousness is uploaded into a machine. It's even possible for one person to exist in multiple copies or clones. The possibilities are endless, and the distinction between humans and non-human is now almost non-existent.
Xyvan, on the other hand, decided that he wasn’t gonna have any of them newfangled robot arms and computer brains so he decided to stick with his original layout, though with millions of nanomachines loaded inside his bloodstream, keeping him well-maintained and alive, possibly for millennia.
The 7G-S, nicknamed “The Golden Sunbeam” affectionately by its occupants, was of the standard dual-use medium-sized O’Neill cylinder and laser station variety designed to both keep areas traveled by spacecraft traveling at high fractions of the speed of light clear of dangerous debris and to either decelerate or accelerate those spacecraft to those speeds.
Most people on the station chose to remain baseline humans, though some opted for cybernetic enhancements to improve their physical abilities or to supplement their jobs. The residents all came together to Nu Draconis and were part of an interstellar colonization fleet, looking to escape Sol’s relatively cramped conditions, where they felt that they were no longer needed there. As much as they would not like to admit it, the baselines knew that they were no match for the other human variants. The uploaded minds could process information at lightning speeds, the AIs could analyze data with unparalleled precision, and the genetically-engineered humans and animals possessed physical and cognitive abilities that far surpassed their own.
So, they had set forth, on a centuries-long trip to a pristine star system untouched by anything intelligent, so that they’d be of use once again. At least that was the plan anyway. The company that had funded the colonization mission promised not to send anyone else with them for a few millennia, in exchange for developing the system. However, this promise did not stop other non-baselines from coming in much sooner, as they were able to fund their fleets and make their way to Nu Draconis by themselves. Though on the bright side, Nu Draconis is still very undeveloped as a system, especially compared to the inner-volume systems like Alpha Centauri and 40 Eridani, and may take several more millennia to catch up to them.
Xyvan sank into the plush, leather-like cushions of his chair, savoring the way they molded to his body. As he reclined further and further back, the chair let out a soft, high-pitched chirp of protest. He could feel the barely imperceptible vibration of the 1G spin-gravity that kept him comfortably grounded. The faint smell of recycled air and sterilized surfaces filled his nostrils, and the soft glow of the control panels cast a warm light on his face. His actual residence was on the 0.2G spin-gravity level of The Golden Sunbeam, which he complained that he felt too weightless at lower gravities, having grown up on Earth, where he was used to the constant pull of its gravity. Since leaving, he had been stationed on different planets and space stations with varying levels of gravity. While he could adjust to lower gravities after a while, it never felt quite right to him, and he always longed to return to the familiar 1G of Earth. He’d rather spend his time at his workplace, rather than at his residential room because it is at the 1G level, in addition to the Coriolis effect being significantly lesser this far out from the center of spin.
“Heads up, dirtballer,” his colleague Astrogation Officer Fejka Azmah said, jolting Xyvan out of his daydreaming.
“Dirtballer? Didn’t ya come from Mars yerself eh, dustballer,” Xyvan retorted.
“Umm…akshually, I grew up in a rotating drum AROUND Mars, not on it”, Fejka replied half-jokingly, pushing up her glasses for effect, the servos in her arms whirring softly.
“Why’d’ya even have those, yer basically a robot now,” Xyvan remarked.
“Well apparently, glasses are the ‘in thing’ in Sol right now, or at least a century ago, considering light lag. Also, I believe the correct term nowadays is ‘Cybernetically Enhanced Biological Lifeforms’,” Fejka said, smirking a bit.
“Huh? What is ya even talkin’ about? Anyhoo, why the hell is starin’ at screens for ‘ours on end even a job? What’d I even see ‘ere? Hell, these ships and trash floatin’ in space follow a ballistic trajectory, and ‘eir paths should be predictable out for light years, so why can’t the computer just do it itself?” Xyvan grumbled, looking begrudgingly at the screens showing the trajectories of various incoming and outgoing ships and numerous debris.
“Beats me. I guess that these jobs give people like us an excuse to be employed,” Fejka said. “I mean, it's not like anything exciting happens around here. Those VR-addicted slackers might have the right idea, but I’d rather be doing something productive. That being said, I totally agree. We just babysit these silly interstellar ships that come in, which is fine, but it's not exactly thrilling work,”
“True reality,” Xyvan said, nodding. “We're basically glorified security guards for ‘em ships. What’s worse is that we ain’t seeing any of ‘em interstellars passin’ by for years. Even the company stopped sendin’ us extra fusion fuel shipments for the laser, so even the laser’s useless for vaporizin’ debris. Kinda ironic, don’t ya think? ‘Cause we call this spinnin’ bucket the ‘The Golden Sunbeam’, yet the sunbeam’s never gettin’ any use,”
“Yeah, it's pretty disappointing,” Fejka agreed. “But hey, speaking of upgrades, when are you going to get around to it? We might as well make the most of our time here,”
“Upgrade? Um, yuck, no thanks! I’d like to keep me arms and guts until the Iron Star era, thank you. Kinda a waste of perfectly good limbs eh? There’s a reason why I’m in this bucket and not back in Sol!” Xyvan replied in disgust, sticking his tongue out for comical effect.
Xyvan continued, “Heck, ain’t those robo-eyes of yers only good for watching movies and shows all day. Ya sure ye ain’t a VR-addicted slacker yerself?”
Fejka laughed. “Well, you got me there. Though, I still look at the console every so often, so at least it’s considered as ‘working’. Anyway, have you heard that some guy on Epsilon Eridani apparently discovered a ‘cut and paste’ version of mind uploading, instead of simply creating a digital clone?”
“Yer considerin’ to do that?”
“Nah, it’s not worth the risk,” Fejka said with a shrug. “For all we know, it actually kills the user’s original consciousness in the process and replaces it with a digital imposter, with all the memories of the original, thinking that it is the original,”
Xyvan nodded in agreement “Yeah. To an outsider, it ain’t really makin’ a difference, but to the original…Well, it’s safe to say that the original is no longer with us,”
As they continued their conversation, the alarm on Xyvan's station suddenly blared, and red lights filled the room. Both of them jumped up from their seats and rushed over to the screen.
“Ughh…what is it now? Better not be some delivery freighter accidentally shining their thrusters directly at us again” Fejka murmured in annoyance.
“Huh? That's weird. There ain't supposed to be anyone passin’ round these parts—but looksy, a few dozen drive plumes just happened to appear out of nowhere,” Xyvan said, pointing to the infrared view of several blobs on the screen.
“They're decelerating hard too, 7Gs,” Fejka pointed out.
“Ain't that supposed to be rather soft for ya, Fejka? Anyhoo, why are they usin’ their thrusters to decelerate from that velocity, when the system already has lasers to do that for 'em?”
“I only got my limbs and eyes replaced!—Really wouldn't wanna be inside those ships for long. Back to the point, well, they DID seem to want to hide in the first place. Also, their current trajectory puts them on a relatively close fly-by,”
*Captain of 7G-S, Vong Zan’ir*
“Oh come on, why now‽ Why the fuck can’t it happen later!” Vong Zan’ir grumbled irritably, disturbed from his sleep by blaring sirens to a crimson-lit room.
“Hell, I should replace these shitty alarms with some Zen meditation chants,” Zan’ir snarled under his breath as he was putting on his clothing while cursing up a storm, the remaining remnants of sleep washing away as he injected himself with an anti-fatigue stimulant. Since he was a baseline human like the rest of the crew on The Golden Sunbeam, he was still entitled to some damn sleep.
Being the captain of The Golden Sunbeam, his living quarters were right next to the control center, should he be needed on short notice. Zan’ir dragged himself to the control center next door and entered.
“Captain Vong on deck!”, an officer announced.
Everyone in the room stood up and bowed.
“Damnit! What in the hell is happening‽” Zan’ir asked, to no one in particular.
“Cap’n, I think somebody just solved stealth in space,” Officer Xyvan Karvyk answered.
“Holy shit, really? That’s just what we needed today,” Zan’ir replied, rolling his eyes. He strode towards the sensors and navigation stations, and looked at the displays.
“Wha—what the absolute fuck is this?”
Displayed on the screen were the current positions of the ships and their calculated future trajectories. Each ship staggered from each other at varying distances, with some having a separation as far as a few light-seconds.
Zan'ir opened a telescopic view of the nearest spacecraft, located a few light-hours away. A new window on the screen appeared, depicting a view of the nearest spacecraft, displaying an infrared image of it. The drive plume appeared as an extremely bright steep cone, shaded in various hues of yellowish-white, indicating its intense heat. The actual spacecraft was a barely visible dot on top of the long exhaust stretching thousands of kilometers. Zan'ir couldn't help but notice that it resembled a pencil tip, reminiscent of the days when people used to write manually on paper.
Zan’ir further increased the magnification to reveal more details. The ship itself looked like a long needle, except for what seemed to be numerous glowing patches and a pair of huge glowing wings sticking out of its smooth surface. “Radiators”, Zan’ir said out loud. “Looks like they can’t wish away the laws of thermodynamics after all, even though they could somehow manage to sneak past the sensors from whatever place they come from, hmm?” Officer Fejka Azmah commented.
“What in the flaming hell is this crap? Are these jokers lost on their way to a fucking picnic‽ Nobody’s due to drop by for years!”, Zan'ir asked, spit flying everywhere, bewildered at the sight.
“Dunno, cap’n, all we were just here doin’ our thing then suddenly all of these ships appeared in the infrared. What’s funnier is that the LIDAR can’t even detect them on all of the frequencies, even though their RCS should’ve been visible to us at that range and beyond. Though if we used the main laser, we’d see them better,” Xyvan replied.
“Well, since they’ve revealed themselves, they can’t do the same trick they used to hide again,” Fejka mused.
Xyvan nodded in agreement. “Yup, it's the old ‘There ain’t no stealth in space’ problem. Even if they shut off their heat-producin' activities, we already know their velocity, so it's easy enough to extrapolate their current location. Changing direction would require another burn, and that's gonna produce heat, so they're screwed,”
“Well, the fact that they showed up suddenly without a trajectory plan being sent means this is already solid ground for us to blow them up—”
“Captain! We’ve got a message from DC-23-G!”, shouted Communications Officer Kallax Eket.
“DC? Oh, right, Dense Cloud Inc.—the uploaded minds,” Zan’ir sneered, rolling his eyes. “Oh joy. Our robotic overlords have graced us with their presence. What do they want?”
“Seems like they just sent the bogeys a message—it’s gonna take a while to arrive and any replies would similarly take a while to come back due to light lag, anyway, they asked the ‘stealth’ ships what they are doing, and what their purpose is—so, we don’t really need to do anything, for now. Also, they told us to extrapolate the direction they came from?”
Zan’ir groaned. “What a bunch of smug pricks. They don't trust us baselines to make the right decisions, so they send us a message to tell us to find out what the hell these jackasses are doing,” Zan'ir scoffed, shaking his head in disbelief.
“Yeah…the recipients’ list shows that the message is addressed to nearby baseline-human controlled ships and stations,” Kallax said.
"Typical. Bet they're just tickled pink that they get to sit back and watch us scramble to solve this mess," Zan’ir sighed. “Anyway, let’s backtrack their origins,”
“Already did it. Captain, but you probably need to wait a while, the computer’s crunching trying to account for thousands of years of stellar drift, because as of now, it basically traces to the void,” Fejka replied.
“Ah, the joys of interstellar travel. It's like waiting for a snail to crawl across the desert, only slower,” Zan'ir grumbled.
After several dozen seconds of loading, it was ready. Zan’ir took a look at the display and traced the stealth fleet’s velocity line from their current location to their origin. “Wait, that can’t be right…” Zan’ir took a look at the display again. It didn’t change. The label on top of the star system showed “V Puppis”.
“V Puppis? That’s hundreds of light-years away! A round trip to and from there at their velocity would literally take a longer time than we had spaceflight—” Zan’ir eyes widened as he began to put the pieces together.
“Aww…they noticed this first though we’re the nearest and the first to see this?” Xyvan said, finally breaking the silence. “Y’know, due to light lag, those DC guys are what, a light minute further away from the stealth bogeys?”
“Well, that’s the silicon shitheads for you. Fuckers could just hog like a few hundred times more of the electricity and suddenly time slows down a shit ton for them,” Zan’ir said.
“I guess it turns out aliens actually exist, eh?” Fejka commented.
“Yeah, aliens exist, and they're about as subtle as a ferret down your pants. Looks like it's gonna be a fun ride from here on out, folks. Space is too fucking big,"
“What’s a ferret?” Fejka asked, confused.
“Have you been to a zoo bef—actually never mind, you are from Mars,” Sensing that Fejka was about to tell him about her past visits to O’neill cylinder habitat preserves around Mars, Zan’ir quickly changed the topic.
“Egghead!” Zan’ir called out to The Golden Sunbeam’s resident Science Officer, Saikor Qorvan, who somehow managed to sleep through the commotion earlier on. Though Slumber Officer is probably a more accurate description. Nowadays, with nothing to do, and no exploration and research being done, he simply sleeps in the office. Zan’ir, seeing that Saikor has not awoken from his deep sleep, sauntered over to Saikor’s station opposite Xyvan’s and Fejka’s, smirking as he took in the sight of the science officer snoring away.
“Wakey wakey, Egghead,” he drawled, shaking Saikor’s shoulder until the man groggily opened his eyes.
“Wha—what happened,” Saikor asked groggily, barely awake, the last remnants of sleep still holding his eyes shut.
“Wow, you sure are working hard. Someday you might actually get a promotion!” Zan’ir said sarcastically, clapping his hand on Saikor’s shoulder.
“Yeah, someday, millions of years later,” Zan'ir replied, with a wry smile on his face.
Zan’ir didn’t have time for pity parties. He had more pressing concerns. “Anyway, any guesses on what the cloudbrains mean by ‘sending the bogies a message’? I assume they mean first contact protocols or some other shit. How are they gonna expect little green men from outer space to even understand our message protocols and reply back?”
“Uhh…” Saikor paused, thinking for a while to fully infer the situation. “Oh, first contact protocols! I studied that at university! Hmm, I think first you start with integers like 1, 2, 3, and so on, then universal constants, like Pi or prime numbers, or whatever. Something they can easily distinguish from natural nois—”
“Ah, yes, because that's exactly what aliens are looking for when they encounter an unknown civilization. A lesson in mathematics. Brilliant,” Zan'ir interrupted, shaking his head.
Saikor frowned. “You just told me to explain—”
“Yeah, I told you to explain, not to put me back to sleep! Try concision, Mr. Qorvan!”
“Umm…Start with a radio message by defining natural numbers and then universal constants. And throw in some radio trickery to display an image, if they analyzed the message correctly, so on and so forth until you can finally set up a basic language both parties can understand,”
Saikor, still confused about the whole ordeal, scratched his bald head. “So uh…what’s all this about with aliens and first contact?”
Zan’ir turned to Xyvan, who had been listening in on their conversation. “Tell him, Xyvan. Our poor Saikor here seemed to be sleeping in class and can’t seem to remember the lecture now,”
After a few minutes of Xyvan retelling the events in his slow drawl typical of those who grew up in the then-developing West Asian arcology on Earth back in the 22nd century, Saikor finally got the gist of it. “V Puppis? That system contains a binary pair orbiting a black hole, if I so remember correctly. Well, my guess is they’re dumping their waste heat into the black hole, so that explains the lack of infrared waste heat coming from there. Though that doesn’t really explain the lack of radio waves and other…”
As Saikor continued droning on, Xyvan, who was not listening and instead was going through the infrared images of the stealth ships, noticed something strange. “Hey cap’n, this seems weird,” Xyvan squinted at the display and replayed the stored footage of the stealthcraft for each of them.
Saikor stopped his droning and went over to Xyvan’s station, and so did Zan’ir, thankful that Saikor finally stopped talking.
“Huh. Right before the ships started their deceleration burn, there seemed to be a short heat spike happenin’...”
Saikor suggested, “Maybe they’re restarting the reactors?”
Xyvan shook his head. “Nay, the heat blobs appeared kilometers out from the ships, so it ain’t the ships themselves,”
“Captain!” Kallax called out suddenly. “This just in from DC-23-G again! This time it’s a general alert to watch for relativistic kinetic kill vehicles,”
Zan’ir snorted. “What? RKKVs? Wow, the first thing alien bastards do when they meet us is to shoot. How diplomatic of them,”
Kallax pressed a few buttons and then on the screen in front of Zan’ir a few hundred new velocity lines appeared. “I’ve just sent over the attached trajectories they’ve given out,” Kallax explained.
Suddenly, an alarm rang out. On the screen, hundreds of the kill vehicles changed their directions, as well as new velocity lines appeared.
“They’re course correcting! From the looks of it, sixteen of them will probably hit us!” Saikor exclaimed, a hint of panic evident in his voice.
“No shit, Einstein,” Zan’ir said. “Anything useful for the kill vehicles though?”
“They’re all stealth-coated cap’n. Can’t check the hull materials, though we can assume stuff based on their drive plumes…uhh—” Xyvan said, his characteristic slow drawl being replaced by a more urgent tone.
“From their exhaust velocity and acceleration, the computer thinks they all mass ‘round 350 kilos each…so if any of those hit somebody, at 18.75% c, half-em-vee squared, no relativistic calcs—” Xyvan paused to think. “—it‘d be an excruciatin’ 130 megaton-TNT’s worth of energy. Let’s just say it’d be a very bad day for those unfortunate enough to be in front of these things,” he said grimly.
Zan’ir could feel a headache forming in the deep recesses of his head.
I hate people who throw rocks, he thought.
``` A/N
Hello there, I hope you all enjoyed reading all that.
Feedback would be much appreciated ;)
BTW, do note that this is actually a chapter for a story idea I had originally, but along the way, I thought of another plan, which is something like this story, but modified such that the antagonists are your Soft-Scifi folks you normally see in space opera (so essentially, a Hard Sci-Fi vs Soft-Scifi story instead of purely HSF vs HSF as in the above chapter)
I honestly don't really plan to continue this story and instead go on to the newer idea, but if more people wanted, I might consider going on this route instead.
So yeah, I posted this because I wanted feedback on how I could improve the writing style, things to avoid, what I did great, etc, so that I could implement it in the other route. Also, damn, writing characters are a bit difficult, so I'd like some advice there too.
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed reading that as much as I enjoyed writing this. Thank you, and have a great day! ```
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2023.03.29 23:43 Federal_Touch_2610 Immediately thought of Jack when I saw this

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2023.03.29 23:32 HockeyMod Game Thread: Florida Panthers (36-31-7) at Toronto Maple Leafs (44-20-9) - 29 Mar 2023 - 07:30PM EDT

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2023.03.29 23:09 ly6nz not sure if I’m even on the correct medication

little bit about my life here I’m a male 24 have taken lexapro 10mg since the age of 19 for panic attacks and anxiety. It got hard for me to show up for work,take public transit and be in any socials gatherings (malls,concerts,bars,restaurants)
I’ll be 25 in may and that will make it 6 years on this medication, the issue is I can still for the most part do things that I’m comfortable with but if I have to step out of my comfort zone it’s a issue and i have anxiety or a panic attack. I don’t feel like I’m happy or really enjoy the things in life that I should be. I’m just kinda on auto pilot
I still feel very worried and stressed out probably 80% of the time, I get physical anxiety symptoms nausea,heart racing, hot flashes, shaking, sweaty hand or body, low libido and the list really goes on.
I’m been fighting myself a lot recently on if i should try a different medication but I’m also scared I could feel worse or it worsen any symptoms but also I think of the pros that maybe I will no longer worry and feel this stressed out anymore.
If you were in my shoes and are feeling these things what would you do?
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2023.03.29 23:04 zaechiro Need help with Full_INU/HDT mods

i have alot of armor mods with HDT for males, like the velothi armors, silver knight, windruler etc. They all work. But when ever i use any of Full-Inus armors, or armors based off of his work like hdt breton armor on nexus or the sephiroth armor on LL. My character model gets messed up. and invisible body with a head keeps moving while the hdt clothes are stuck in a T pose. Hdt works fine its just the T-pose thats the problem. I have SAM body and deleted most animation replacers except for some idles. I have Faster-Hdt and they dont have any other requirement. Also i'm running the Anniversary edition skyrim. Any help would be appreciated. IDK why i'm not allowed to attach pictures. I'll send privately if any one wants.
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2023.03.29 22:43 Acrobatic-Fun6090 Tonneau cover leaking

Tonneau cover leaking
I bought a used truck with a tonneau cover. They told me it leaked a little and I was just wondering if there was any way to stop it from leaking. It seems to leak in this area which makes sense because the seal is warped. Is there somewhere I can buy replacement seals or is there any other fix? I know the rules say Mechanical issues only, but not real sure if this would be classified as mechanical or auto body.
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2023.03.29 22:38 Fiona-6428 Lipschütz ulcers

Hey! I have had 2 outbreaks of Lipschütz ulcers and wanted to share my story as I've seen other people post about their experiences with this in this group before. I want to encourage other people to ask questions to each other if they want, and to feel they have a safe space to talk about this and find comfort in not being alone in this journey.
I also have a few questions I want to know the answer to, so if you've experienced Lipschütz ulcers, I would really appreciate if you could answer my questions further down in the thread. <333
In October 2022, I was diagnosed with having Lipschütz ulcers after having hard, painful spots on my vulva, which quickly burst into HUGE extremely painful, pussy sores/ulcers which progressively got bigger for weeks, with more cropping up too. My entire vulva was also EXTREMELY swollen. I was tested for every STD such as herpes, syphallis, chlamidya, etc a total of 5 times, and also tested for every auto-immune disease, virus, bacterial infection and other possible medical issue that could possibly cause this, and everything came back negative. All GPs, doctors and gynaecologists I have seen except for one told me they had never seen anything like this before and were baffled and couldn't even point me in the direction of what the problem could be, and a few gynaes and doctors were convinced it was herpes or Behçet's, despite all the negative tests lol.
I was seen by a dermatologist who said she thought it could be a reaction to COVID, despite the fact that I had COVID 4 months prior - she said that sometimes young women like myself can break out in vulva ulcers in response to a virus like COVID, and that it's quite common for this to happen even months after. When I asked about recurrence she said "some women get it just once, and some get it a few times". I ended up staying in hospital for 3 days, 2 nights as the hospital were worried the infection would spread, and I was pumped with antibiotics and sent away with Dermovate, and finally after 6 weeks they went away.
I had a second of these horrible ulcers on 1st January 2023. Again, they lasted for around a month if not longer, and this time I went to see another gynaecologist, who said these ulcers are being caused due to "pressure on the body" i.e. stress. He prescribed me with the steroid cream synalar-c, although it didn't do anything and told me to apply a barrier cream every day.
If anyone reading this has experienced/still does experience Lipschutz ulcers, I was wondering if you could help me by answering a few questions I have? I would really appreciate it <3
1) Recurrence - This is the main thing I'm worried about. How many times have you had the ulcers? Has there been a pattern of how long it's been between each outbreak, e.g., 4 months between each one, or has it been inconsistent? Have doctors told you anything about what to expect with recurrence i.e., how likely, how many times you'll get it, if it's lifelong etc? I've had them twice too and I'm terrified about them coming back, and I seriously don't think I'll be able to cope with how debilitating and mentally draining it is.
2) Effective treatments - When I used steroids creams each time, I only got my hands on them like weeks into having the outbreak. Have you found steroid creams to be effective if you take them early, and if so, how effective? Are there any other treatments you can use/take to actually help stop them growing or make them go away fast?
3) Scarring - Despite having HUGE ulcers the first time, they didn't leave scars, but the second time, I had smaller ulcers but more of them, and one of them has left like a crater where the ulcer was and made the skin more sensitive - it's not too bad, but obviously, if I'm gonna keep getting this the idea of getting more and more sensitivity or little crater-like scars is so shit. Has this happened to you and do you find that they eventually heal fully if so?
Any help/advice would be really appreciated and feel free to ask me questions if you want to as well! Thanks
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2023.03.29 22:23 TheKenXbox Dad old fox body

Dad old fox body
Been sitting in my back yard for close to 20 or more years I’ve never in my life seen it move and would love to over a long long time slowly fix it for him bit by bit
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2023.03.29 22:17 xXSamsterXx14 Diecast update from Lionel on 3/28

Diecast update from Lionel on 3/28
Gonna be a long one today - Lionel sends a last call for the 4 diecasts above As of this post, the Lajoie 1/24 & 1/64 are good. Hocevar 1/64 is short by half - No plans for a Conor Daly 50 at this time, and they’ve reaches out for a Jenson Button 15 - Joey Logono Atlanta win is looking good in Elite, 1/24 & 1/64 need some help - Tyler Reddick MoneyLion looks good in 1/64, but may need some help for 1/24 - Christian Eckes regular truck needs help in 1/64 - Sam Mayer Hucks looks good in 1/64 - Eckes 1/24 Atlanta win still needs some orders - Erik Jones Allegiant is both short in Arc & Elite - Kyle Busch Auto Club win is looking good - All versions of Sammy Smith’s Phoenix win are short by a bit - Todd Gilliland’s Gener8or has only made it in Arc - Ryan Preece 1/64s look good
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2023.03.29 22:17 abhishekmalyala [S][USA-WA] Three M42 prime lenses - Mamyia Tomioka 55mm, Meyer Optik 50mm, Helios 44-M

Have the following three lenses for sale:
  1. Mamiya Sekor Auto 55mm F1.4 prime lens: - Lens is in excellent optical condition, No fungus/haze/scratches, has slight wear on the body. The lens is radioactive and has a yellowish tint, could use a couple of hours in the sun if you want to get rid of it. $66 including PayPal fees and shipping CONUS.
  2. Meyer Optik Oreston 50mm 1.8 prime lens: - Lens is in excellent shape - No fungus/haze/scratches and very little wear on the body. This is a wonderful copy of the Carl Zeiss Pancolar and focuses as close a 1 feet, with excellent color saturation in the images. $66 including Paypal fees and shipping CONUS
  3. Helios 44-M M42 mount: Though the lens is in excellent optical condition, there's a couple of issues with it. The previous owner made the aperture clickless (possibly for video work), grinded down the front name plate of the lens to remove the branding , and made modifications inside the lens to disable the auto/manual aperture tab - so the lens will always be on manual aperture - I have not used it on film but I know it won't work on certain m42 camera that can control aperture through the camera in program/shutter priority modes but it is an excellent choice for use on mirrorless cameras - It does have very sweet swirly bokeh as well. $66 including PayPal fees and shipping.
Ask any questions you may have.
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2023.03.29 22:02 StepwiseUndrape574 GTA V Crowned Best-Selling Game Of The Decade, But Call Of Duty Dominates Top 10 List

The new decade has everyone feeling a little bit reflective, including fans of video games. The NPD Group, Inc. recently released a ton of information about the gaming market over the last ten years. This information included the best selling games of 2019 and the best selling games between 2010 and 2019. Grand Theft Auto V was the best selling game of the decade across all platforms, but the Call of Duty franchise truly won the 2010s.
The NPD Group, Inc. is a New York-based market research company that tracks twenty different industries. Mat Piscatella, a video games market research analyst, recently posted on Twitter the information that the company has gathered both over the last year and over the last decade. Grand Theft Auto V, with an estimated 110 million copies sold. However, the Call of Duty franchise may be the true MVP of the decade. Ten out of the fifteen most popular games in the 2010s were Call of Duty games. This includes the most recent addition to the franchise, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. The best selling Call of Duty game was Call of Duty: Black Ops. The game was originally released in November 2010 for Microsoft Windows, the Nintendo DS, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360, and OS X and was later released on mobile. There may even be a reboot in 2020.
Several of the other best selling games of the decade are not a surprise. These games include Red Dead Redemption II, Minecraft, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Mario Kart 8, Battlefield 1, Battlefield 4, Destiny, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Star Wars Battlefront 2015. All of these games made a splash in the 2010s and some even inspired memes and their own cult followings.
The NPD Group, Inc. also released information about consoles. The Playstation 4 was the best selling console of the 2010s, while PS4 Dualshock 4 wireless controller in black was the best selling accessory. However, the Nintendo Switch dominated 2019. It was the best selling console of the year and Switch Pro controller was the best selling accessory.
call of duty modern warfare gameplay Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019)
The best-selling games of 2019 were a little more shocking. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare was unsurprisingly the best selling game of 2019, but it was followed by NBA 2K20 and Madden NFL 20. They beat out games such as Borderlands 3, Kingdom Hearts III, and the Outer Worlds which were games that were generally better reviewed and received more hype.Games from series like NBA 2K and Madden NFL appear to have a strong, consistent fan base.
What can the numbers from the 2010s tell us about the video game industry? There have been a variety of interesting games that have come out in the last decade, but the most popular genres appear to be first person shooters and action adventure games. It also seems that many video game fans were drawn to the “open world” concept. Will these preferences continue to reign throughout the 2020s? NPD Group, Inc. reported that that video game spending in general declined in 2019, but it is still a major industry. What do you think HotHardware readers? What video game trends will be the most popular in the 2020s?
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2023.03.29 21:37 StepwiseUndrape574 GTA V Crowned Best-Selling Game Of The Decade, But Call Of Duty Dominates Top 10 List

The new decade has everyone feeling a little bit reflective, including fans of video games. The NPD Group, Inc. recently released a ton of information about the gaming market over the last ten years. This information included the best selling games of 2019 and the best selling games between 2010 and 2019. Grand Theft Auto V was the best selling game of the decade across all platforms, but the Call of Duty franchise truly won the 2010s.
The NPD Group, Inc. is a New York-based market research company that tracks twenty different industries. Mat Piscatella, a video games market research analyst, recently posted on Twitter the information that the company has gathered both over the last year and over the last decade. Grand Theft Auto V, with an estimated 110 million copies sold. However, the Call of Duty franchise may be the true MVP of the decade. Ten out of the fifteen most popular games in the 2010s were Call of Duty games. This includes the most recent addition to the franchise, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. The best selling Call of Duty game was Call of Duty: Black Ops. The game was originally released in November 2010 for Microsoft Windows, the Nintendo DS, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360, and OS X and was later released on mobile. There may even be a reboot in 2020.
Several of the other best selling games of the decade are not a surprise. These games include Red Dead Redemption II, Minecraft, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Mario Kart 8, Battlefield 1, Battlefield 4, Destiny, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Star Wars Battlefront 2015. All of these games made a splash in the 2010s and some even inspired memes and their own cult followings.
The NPD Group, Inc. also released information about consoles. The Playstation 4 was the best selling console of the 2010s, while PS4 Dualshock 4 wireless controller in black was the best selling accessory. However, the Nintendo Switch dominated 2019. It was the best selling console of the year and Switch Pro controller was the best selling accessory.
call of duty modern warfare gameplay Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019)
The best-selling games of 2019 were a little more shocking. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare was unsurprisingly the best selling game of 2019, but it was followed by NBA 2K20 and Madden NFL 20. They beat out games such as Borderlands 3, Kingdom Hearts III, and the Outer Worlds which were games that were generally better reviewed and received more hype.Games from series like NBA 2K and Madden NFL appear to have a strong, consistent fan base.
What can the numbers from the 2010s tell us about the video game industry? There have been a variety of interesting games that have come out in the last decade, but the most popular genres appear to be first person shooters and action adventure games. It also seems that many video game fans were drawn to the “open world” concept. Will these preferences continue to reign throughout the 2020s? NPD Group, Inc. reported that that video game spending in general declined in 2019, but it is still a major industry. What do you think HotHardware readers? What video game trends will be the most popular in the 2020s?
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2023.03.29 21:36 Resident-Consequence 3 month old car needs fender bender fix

My new car was hit in a fender bender, it’s mostly scratches. Surfaces scratches as well as right through all layers of paint.
It’s a unique colour, looking for suggestions on a body shop who will do a great job.
Edit : putting it through insurance, just looking for a great auto body shop
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2023.03.29 21:21 StepwiseUndrape574 GTA 6 And A Return To Miami Allegedly Teased In Red Dead Redemption 2

For quite some time, there have been several leaks regarding the eventual Grand Theft Auto 6, including an alleged return to Vice City. Up until now, these leaks have been generally unfounded, but a new teaser discovered in Red Dead Redemption 2 may give credence to what we have heard about GTA 6.
Earlier this week, content creator StrangeMan discovered what appeared to be a GTA 6 teaser within a point of interest in Red Dead Redemption 2 (RDR2). Near the Sea of Coronado, players can find a skeleton of a Jesuit Missionary called “Brother Rodolfo,” along with a rather interesting letter he brought. The letter mentions that Rodolfo was called to the east by God; however, the writer, Cardinal Blanco, begs him to stay in California and not leave the mission.
StrangeMan interprets this as an internal struggle between Rockstar games writer Dan Houser, represented by Cardinal Blanco, and creative Sam Houser, represented by Brother Rodolfo. Of course, the mention of staying in California over heading east is likely about continuing work on GTA 5 versus making GTA 6. Moreover, StrangeMan believes that the letter alludes to TakeTwo Interactive’s view of the GTA franchise and disagreements between Rockstar and the publisher.
letter gta 6 possibly teased in rdr2 Image Courtesy of StrangeMan
However, “Cardinal Blanco,” or Dan Houser, mentions that sticking with GTA 5 or moving to GTA 6 has pros and cons, but he wants his brother Sam to stick around for a little while longer. Interestingly, it appears that StrangeMan does not really dive into the line that says, “Please stay in California until I arrive next March.” Perhaps this could mean that the team will reassess if they want to move forward with GTA 6, or it could simply be a red herring.
Despite the multiple possible meanings of this letter that StrangeMan goes over, it is quite interesting to see that GTA 6 is being discussed and there is possible debate over sticking with GTA V. As always, money talks, but if GTA 5 is beat to death, fans could lose interest in future titles. Either way, it will be interesting to see if Rockstar comments on the teaser, so stay tuned to HotHardware for updates.
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2023.03.29 20:57 Mountain-Scientist93 How to get Frank Thomas on Oak Island to finally end the CURSE

How to get Frank Thomas on Oak Island to finally end the CURSE
We all can see the Lagina brothers are slipping. Once the pride of NW Michigan for their masculinty, they are now suffering from the effects of extreme middle age. There is only one solution on offer; we see it every day on our commercial breaks. The Laginas need to turn to Frank Thomas, the mayor of T-town.

Frank Thomas godfathering through T-town

Despite the Big Hurt claiming to be 100% natural and to have achieved all his records without the use of steroids(he’s always countered steroid accusations by highlighting his obesity), the ad people at Peptiva and Wal-Mart believe that Americans see him as a bro-science expert on steroid usage. His partner is 5’ 6” former qb Doug Flutie, who for years played in a football league that infamously did not test for steroids. Flutie has insisted that he does not suffer from Napolean syndrome and did nothing to compensate for his size at all. Together, they strut around T-town flexing and demanding that losers built like tapeworms “send a text.” Sadly for their sponsors, most people are not gullible enough to take drugs that sound like a Nazi genetics program.
Enter the Laginas. These crafty codgers work a long con like nobody else. For ten years they have sociopathed the history channel, Prometheus and the Nova Scotian government into paying them to build an amusement park they dreamed up when they were children snowed in alone with only old reader’s digests for entertainment. Rick Lagina’s mastery of possibilism rivals the finest cult leader or politician.When he starts talking, rubes start buying; even high level executive producers and millionaires. Marty is a man’s man who loves money enough to enable his brother’s sociopathy for his own ends. He has demonstrated a flexibility in the face of adversity that comes only from a ruthless determination to get money by any means neccesary, which is its own kind of sociopathy. Together they dominate Oak Island and their familial apricot plantation back in Michigan. Only their rapidly deteriorating bodies hold them back from accomplishing their impossible dreams.

Rick Lagina struggling with his hose prior to NUGENIX use
To solve these issues, I propose a temporary trade of members in these partnerships for their own good. Rick Lagina could spend some time juicing in T-town to get his groove back, while Frank Thomas could come to Oak Island and finish this stupid project. Any rational person would just excavate the whole damn island to a depth of 300 feet, so I’m assuming either Thomas or one of his handlers would ramrod this solution through. Rick Lagina could change the name of their pseudo-steroid to something less menacing, and push it out based on the astounding possibilities it will open to the user instead of vague hints about other people's sexual pleasure. The lessons they learn about juicing and marketing can be taken back to their respective teams, to improve both of their operations. Frankly, the entire fellowship could do with some increased testerone, particularly the heavy equipment operators. I know its unconventional, but its time for some unconventional solutions. Besides, there has been a severe lack of diversity in Nova Scotia since Samuel Ball died- society needs Frank Thomas on Oak Island for its own good.
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2023.03.29 20:28 CalloftheSea Epic of the Earthshaker Chapter I The Fault

August 6th, 2032 
It was a lovely summer day in early August, there was a relaxing summer breeze and there was no cloud in the sky to be seen. The island’s residents went out in droves to enjoy the warm weather. Some of them had gone down to the beach, while others went out to get ice cream at the town’s most famed ice cream parlor. The Leclerc brothers went outside that afternoon as well.
The two dark-haired boys were on their way to play soccer in the local park, the two chatted animatedly about their favorite club’s most recent match as they walked down the street. The two looked alike and were unmistakably brothers, the only thing that set them apart were the younger’s seaweed-green eyes.
Even if they had different fathers, Sam and Jules considered each other full brothers. For the longest time, the two have been able to count on each other and grew pretty close. At first, Jules thought of having a younger brother as lame or stupid, even more, because that little brother was from a different father. In the end, he quickly grew to love his role as a big responsible brother, especially given their mutual love for soccer.
About two or three years ago the Leclerc family moved to the United States from France. Despite the boys’ protests, Jeanne assured them that America would be a lovely place to grow up and that her parents would love to have their grandsons around more. Of course, the two didn’t understand the reason behind their mom’s choice had to do with Sam’s divine heritage and Camp Half-Blood.
At least Nantucket was kind of a great place to live. Even if it could be cold on the island and the people had funny accents it reminded the two of their birthplace of Saint-Tropez. Sam always liked being near water, so to still be able to grow up near the sea was a dream come true. Jules couldn’t quite blame his younger brother; the sea was great and hopefully, he could finally pick up surfing or sailing.
As the two made their way over to the soccer field Jules kept the soccer ball high up in the air using his knees, as the self-proclaimed king of keepie-uppie he kinda had to show it off to anyone who wanted to see it. He caught the ball in his arms as he and his brother passed by a construction site where a house was being built. Given it was summer break the site was abandoned and a great place to explore. Jules always loved challenges and exploring, this seemed like an excellent opportunity to be a good older brother and teach Sam all about being brave.
‘’Hey Sam, regardez ça.’’ Jules tugged his younger brother’s soccer tracksuit, grinning excitedly as he gestured for the building site. The excited grin turned into a confident one seeing his brother’s confusion at what he was getting at. ‘’Wanna explore that construction site over there? We have all afternoon to play soccer and I’m sure mom won’t mind if we play some in the evening as well. This could be a fun adventure.’’
Eyes wide, Sam looked at his brother. The boy looked up to Jules in many ways. Jules was really good with people, he was great at soccer, FIFA, and Call of Duty. Sam would love to be more like his brother, be less of a coward sometimes, and just do stuff without thinking it through. But this? This sounded really dangerous. And dumb. It was like Sam’s entire body was telling him not to go to the building site. ‘’Jules, are you sure? I’m not sure if mama-’’
‘’C’mon Samuel. Mom doesn’t have to know this.’’ With a playful grin on his face, Jules nudged his brother’s shoulder. It was a typical Leclerc trait to be stubborn, especially with the older boy who seemed to be blind when it came to danger. Seeing the worried look on his brother’s face caused Jules to look at Sam with a small, more serious smile. ‘’Five minutes trip Sam, détends-toi un peu, I protect my little bro.’’
Looking down at his untied Nikes, Sam scratched his head. He deeply cared for his brother, but sometimes Jules could be a little irresponsible and this sounded exactly like an irresponsible thing. What if someone caught them sneaking around somewhere where they shouldn’t be? Mom would be so disappointed in them and she probably ground them for the rest of summer. On the other hand, the thought of breaking the rules was thrilling and Jules’ words of encouragement were very convincing. Sam looked up again, seeing his brother’s kind face made him feel like an idiot for being such a worrywart. Jules was right; this shouldn’t be that big of a deal. ‘’Five minutes, not longer.’’
‘’Sam, you’re the realest.’’ Jules fist-bumped his brother, his grin widening as he had it his way. He turned to look at the close fencing surrounding the construction site. If playing Call of Duty and Assassin’s Creed taught him anything it was that there always was a hole in a fence like this. If not they could just climb over this. Without a care in the world, Jules started to walk around the fencing, looking for a place from where they could enter. With his younger brother following after him like a loyal dog.
The past few years hadn’t exactly been easy for the Leclerc family. A few years after they emigrated to the United States, Sam and Jules’ mother Jeanne was diagnosed with the horrible disease that was leukemia. Both of the boys were really scared to lose their mother and spent hours on end in the hospital. Thankfully Jeanne had been able to recover from her sickness, but that didn’t mean those few years were easy for the family.
Especially Sam had a hard time dealing with his sick mother. He was young and couldn’t understand why she didn’t want to play soccer with him and Jules anymore or why she didn’t pick them up from school to go to Dairy Queen. The younger brother isn’t really the type to take things the way they are. He is the type that wants to beat the waves life sends at him into submission, he simply can’t go with the flow. Deep down Sam wished he was more like his brother and mother who took things way better than him. Maybe he inherited his sense of wanting to be in control and his stormy temper from his mysterious dad?
‘’Hey, I think I found something!’’ Sam called as he turned to look for his brother before gesturing to a small opening between two fences. He looked proud of himself and quite excited for whatever adventure was waiting for them on the construction site. Maybe Sam still has second doubts about this, maybe he shouldn’t just break rules like that, but as long as he and his brother stick together nothing will go wrong. Besides, they both can run really fast.
Jules, who was checking for openings in the fencing further down the road, turned around upon hearing his brother’s voice. He jogged over with a wide grin appearing on his face as he saw the opening between the two fences. He didn’t share Sam’s worries and was excited about exploring the building site and the house that was being built.
‘’Good job buddy! Man, this is gonna be great.’’ The older brother was practically bouncing from one foot onto the other in his excitement. He ruffled through Sam’s hair before jogging over to the opening, looking at his brother with a grin. ‘’Samuels go first.’’
‘’Jules, allez!’’ Sam groaned at his brother calling him by his full name again. He couldn’t help but chuckle at Jules’ appetite for adventure. In a way, it worked contagiously on the younger brother, who had forgotten about his earlier worries. He followed his brother to the fence, giving him a fistbump before slipping onto the construction site through the opening.
The older boy followed Sam onto the building site, looking around with a contended grin. There was a yellow excavator to dig holes, many racks with tools and building materials, and maybe most exciting of all the shell of a concrete two-story house surrounded by scaffolding. Okay, maybe construction sites weren’t half as exciting as Jules thought them to be, but exploring new places was and there for sure was a lot to explore in this gigantic sandbox.
Jules looked over to his younger brother, to see what he was thinking about this. It wasn’t surprising to see the familiar expression of worry on Sam’s face. Both of them often acted on impulses, but Sam had a little more self-control. And he often thought about the possible consequences and what-ifs for a little longer. Placing a hand on his brother’s shoulder, Jules shot him a small smile. ‘’We’ll walk around and then we’ll bail. It’s hella boring here anyway.’’
‘’It’s not that scary really. I’m just being me, you know me.’’ Sam admitted meekly as he looked around the building site himself. Jules was right; this place didn’t look all that thrilling. Did he really have to make a chicken out of a feather? Even Arsène Lupin wouldn’t know how to make this place into an exciting one. Except by maybe… the boy eyed the dark blue soccer ball Jules was holding. Could they play soccer here? In a brief moment of lacking impulse control and wanting to impress his brother, Sam grabbed the ball out of his hands and dribbled away before looking over his shoulder. ‘’Caught you, off-guard Slowpoke.’’
Jules opened his mouth in surprise seeing Sam steal the soccer ball from him and run off with it. Okay, he had to admit his brother had balls for doing that and that playing soccer on a building site was kinda exciting, but that didn’t mean he was gonna let his younger brother get away with that. No one outplayed him. Jules steeled himself before speeding over to his brother. ‘’You’re a fucking Slowpoke yourself, buddy. Give it back.’’ He laughed*.*
‘’Mama said you can’t use that word!’’ Sam murmured in protest as he dribbled away again. The boy couldn’t help but giggle again as he outran his brother. Sam knew that Jules would catch up with him sooner than later. He had to outsmart his brother; that’s what a good soccer player would do. And that’s also what annoying little brothers do. Sam passed the dark blue soccer ball through an opening in the house before chasing after it.
From the inside of the shell of the concrete house was just as boring as it was from the outside. There were stairs leading to the first floor. There were a few puddles of water in the house, some tools catching dust, and- Sam looked confused at the scratches on the walls. To his knowledge, there weren’t any dangerous creatures in this area, but to him, the scratch marks looked like they came straight out of a horror movie about a werewolf. The boy’s mind worked overtime, causing him to go from ‘dumb and overly courageous’ back to ‘dumb and kinda scared.’
Sam gulped, trying to shake away the thought of a werewolf coming to eat him. He picked up the ball, turned around, and got out of the house as fast as he could. Now he would just have to find his brother, make amends and go back home. The boy let out a panicked yell as he was tackled by someone or something. ‘’Please, don’t kill me!” He muttered as he fell to the ground.
‘’Kill you?’’ Jules raised an eyebrow seeing his younger brother suddenly panic at what looked like to be nothing at all. He would be giving himself shoulder pats for successfully tackling Sam if the boy didn’t look so… spooked. What had happened to him? Jules pulled Sam back to his feet, dusting the dirt off the tracksuit. ‘’Sam, what happened, are you ok? You’re not trying to trick me, are you?’’
Sam let out a sigh of relief as he found it was his older brother who tackled him and not some crazy monster. With the help of Jules, he managed to get back up to his feet before sheepishly handing the soccer ball back. ‘’I think I saw-’’ The boy fell silent as he noticed the large, black mastiff with glowing red eyes approaching the two of them from behind. The beast was about as big as a bear and it didn’t take long for Sam to put 2 and 2 together. ‘’Jules, what’s that thing? Can we go home now?’’
‘’Huh?’’ Jules turned to look over his shoulder to stare at the black mastiff with a glassy look in his eyes. It was as if his brain couldn’t decide whether he was seeing a really big dog or a small grizzly bear. And if there was anything he was scared of it was dogs. He was especially scared of big dogs, what if that thing attacked them? Jules tugged at Sam’s tracksuit, pulling his younger brother behind him. He should have listened to Sam. This was a dumb idea. ‘’Fuck this, I didn’t know they had a guard dog.’’ He whispered under his breath as he froze. ‘’Walk away slowly, just please don’t panic, okay?’’ He muttered mostly to himself.
Even if his older brother didn’t like to talk about it, Sam knew about his phobia of dogs. He didn’t need to be an empath to see that Jules was trying not to panic. And still, he was trying to be the protective one. ‘’You’re right.’’ Sam began as he looked at his brother with a look that was both confused and worried, before turning into a more determined one. ‘’We’ll go now.’’ With that said the younger brother pulled the older brother with him, slowly backing away from the large mastiff that was still giving them the ‘I’m gonna eat you’-stare.
If it hadn’t been for Sam pulling him away, Jules likely would still have been in the middle of his staring contest with the big black dog. Stuttering out a quiet ‘thanks’ Jules turned to look at his younger brother again. Usually, it was Sam who was the scaredy cat, but when it came to dogs the older brother was completely useless. Stupidest thing was that Jules didn’t even know where his phobia came from, he always had struggled with dogs, and that made him feel like such a loser sometimes. ‘’You know what, I’ll buy us ice cream later-’’
At that point, the hellhound decided it had enough of staring at the two French boys. it smelled demigod and that could only mean one thing; a feast. Letting out an awful-sounding howl, the black mastiff bolted toward the brothers.
‘’-If that thing doesn’t eat us first!’’ Jules cried out in panic as the black dog came running over them. They were so gonna die. After telling his brother to book it, Jules grabbed a small rock from the ground and threw it at the mastiff in the hopes of chasing it away. Seeing that the dog wasn’t bothered in the slightest by being pelted with a rock, the older brother let out another sigh, ignoring the voice in his head telling him to fight. Instead, he ran after his younger brother.
Despite them being in good shape and being quite fast, the two brothers unfortunately weren’t fast enough to outrun a hungry hellhound. It caught up with Jules first, tackling him to the ground next to a rack of building materials. The boy let out a yelp, shielding himself from the dog. The hellhound sniffed at the teen before catching Sam’s seawater smell. The hellhound wasn’t one to let a meal go, especially not a tasty-looking son of a big, important god. It growled again, it’s red eyes glowed before it began to chase after a scared-looking Sam again.
‘’Jules!’’ Sam froze as he saw his brother push himself to his feet again, he realized too late he was the hellhound’s new target and watched in fear as the beast jumped at him and sank its teeth in his leg. Now Sam likes to think of himself as a somewhat tough type. He’s not hurt easily and doesn’t mind getting tackled or falling over, but this? This was the worst feeling ever! It was like the dog’s teeth were made out of unbreakable steel. He felt something wet streaming down his leg and he wasn’t sure if it was his own blood or the dog’s saliva.
For some strange reason, Sam couldn’t quite explain his survival instincts kicked in. The colors he saw and the sounds he heard around him became much clearer. He did still have a fighting chance and he was gonna use it to kick the dog’s ass that hurt his best friend. ‘’Go away!’’ He shouted as he crawled back, kicking at the mastiff’s face.
The hellhound was caught off guard at Sam’s attempt to fight back but quickly recovered seeing that the boy was still a very easy target. Deciding it was better to just kill the young demigod, the hellhound lunged at Sam’s chest.
This time Sam was faster than the dog and managed to roll away before it got to kill him. By the minute Sam was growing more frustrated with himself, with the dog, with just everything around him. He felt lost, he never had felt this lost. This was it, he was gonna die, and so was Jules. Their family would miss them too much. So lost. To Sam it was like he was standing in a stormy sea, waves crashing at him trying to drag him down with a storm brewing above his head. A storm waiting to be unleashed.
Sam had gotten used to his dark thoughts, to his sudden outbursts of rage, but this was different. This was life or death. That dog had hurt him and his brother and wouldn’t stop hurting them until they were dead! It was gonna pay for that. Preferably with its life. The dark thought washed over the younger brother like a wave of cold water, the sudden burst of confidence nauseated him. It made him feel like he wasn’t fully in control anymore like the only answer was to destroy.
‘’No!’’ Sam shouted with a voice deeper than his own. He pushed himself back to his feet before kicking the monstrous mastiff in its head. There was an oppressive pain drumming behind his eyes, as someone hit him in the head with a hammer. ‘’You are not welcome here! Do you understand?!’’ He spat, his face contorted with rage.
‘’ALLEZ EN ENFER!’’ Sam shouted, his throat beginning to ache from all the yelling he was doing. And like that, just like it was nothing, the earth began to shake violently. All of Sam’s pent-up anger was released as he used his Geokinesis for the first time in his life, even if he didn’t know it himself. The boy’s tears blurred his vision as he repeatedly threw curses at the mastiff that had dared to bother him. In the distance, Sam heard a muffled cry that sounded awfully familiar. He wanted to check out what was going on, but it seemed all his brain could tell him to do was hurt the monster.
As the earth rumbled on the hellhound let out a panicked yelp, and its eyes darted around rapidly. It didn’t understand what the seaboy was yelling at it, but it did understand it was trying to mess with the wrong innocent demigod. Growling a final time, the hellhound decided it was for the better to speed away, as far from the earthquake boy that wanted to kill it.
With the mastiff bolting off into the distance and the earth quieting down, Sam felt his headache triple in strength, almost as if someone set off dynamite in his head. That was what it felt like, pure unorganized chaos. Even though the oppressive pain didn’t go away, the boy felt like he was back in control. Whatever primal instinct had taken over the steering wheel just there was gone. Sam’s blurry vision faded back to normal, shaken he looked around him. The earth beneath him had cracked, a few racks had fallen over and-
With a look of horror on his face Sam saw how one of the racks with materials had fallen over to crush Jules’ legs. He saw how his brother was shielding himself, how he was shaking, and heard his sobs. ‘’Fuck.’’ Sam muttered as he ran over to Jules, ignoring the terrible pain in his leg and head. Even though the rack hadn’t crushed Jules as a whole, the damage still looked very bad. His face had gone from tanned to a sickly pale while he panted heavily as he tried to reach out for his legs. With ‘’No, Jules, c’mon. Hi. Please.’’ Sam muttered as kneeled beside his older brother.
‘’Hey, buddy,’’ Jules said in a weak voice, trying to put up a smile as he held back his tears. The pain his body was going through felt horrible. It was like the entire lower half of his body all at once. No, he had broken bones before, this was worse. Way worse. To him, everything happened in a blur. First, the dog attacked him, then Sam yelled, then the earthquake happened, and then this. ‘’I’ll be alright. The dog is gone. Yay.’’
Sam shook his head as he looked at his brother. He didn’t sound or look alright at all. Even if he tried to smile, Sam saw fear in his brother. Not just fear of the dog, fear of the earthquake. Fear of his rage. It made him feel a headache way worse than after facing the dog. ‘’We need to get a doctor, we need to call mama.’’ He said as he grabbed Jules' arm, feeling his heart beating hard through his pulse.
‘’No, we don’t need a doctor. I’ll be alright Sam.’’ Even though he tried to sound kind, Jules couldn’t help but be annoyed with his younger brother. He was alright, he’d just shake this off. Today was a shit day already, he didn’t need to see a doctor as well. As he tried to move his legs, he realized something was wrong. His brain told his legs to stand up, but his legs didn’t respond. He didn’t feel his legs, he just felt pain. ‘’No.’’ He said as he began to cry. ‘’I can’t feel my legs, Sam. Help please.’’ He said as he looked at his younger brother through teary eyes.
Sam held his brother’s arm, squeezing his hand softly, feeling a wave of sadness washing over himself. He didn’t understand any of this, he didn’t understand anything of what happened, but he knew that the earthquake wasn’t a coincidence. There was more behind than and he knew he wouldn’t like the answer. ‘’I’m here, I’m not gonna go, but we need a doctor, we need mama.’’ He explained as calmly as he could before reaching to grab his own iPhone and seeing his brother nodding in agreement.
Deep down the boy felt pain, fed-up and anger. His brother, his best friend, got hurt. Sam swore to never get anyone he cared for get hurt. But what if all he wanted to do in his anger was hurt?
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