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A BOND BETWEEN KNOWLEDGE AND OXYTOCIN ! ... THE TALE OF AN AVERAGE STUDENT WITH AN EXTRAORDINARY LOVE FOR KNOWLEDGE?

2020.05.17 21:13 aravindsn12 A BOND BETWEEN KNOWLEDGE AND OXYTOCIN ! ... THE TALE OF AN AVERAGE STUDENT WITH AN EXTRAORDINARY LOVE FOR KNOWLEDGE?

A BOND BETWEEN KNOWLEDGE AND OXYTOCIN ! ... THE TALE OF AN AVERAGE STUDENT WITH AN EXTRAORDINARY LOVE FOR KNOWLEDGE?
Its 00.03 AM [16-05-2020] I guess day 51 of lockdown 😅 [which pretty sure has deprived people of their Dopamine , Serotonin 0and Endorphin releases - HAPPINESS].

P.S: This is my first blog ever , it's definitely pretty long [But please don't leave it half read since ive devoted about 6 hours recalling the memories and writing this .. I love Real and General quizzing so much so I wanted you all to see how It is] and Kindly ignore grammatical errors [don't be grammar nozzys] , Quizzers accept phonetically right answers and Please do tell me your comments! And I was in a hurry so Didn't proofread !!

FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO DON'T KNOW ME THIS IS ARAVIND SN , A NATIVE OF COIMBATORE PURSUING 1ST YEAR MBBS IN CHENNAI! I'VE BEEN A AVID QUIZZER SINCE SCHOOL TIME AND I'M JUST SHARING MY LIFE'S EXPERIENCES AND JUST TO EDUCATE PEOPLE THE CAUSE WHY WE QUIZ! AND HOW IS THERE A BOND EXISTING BETWEEN OXYTOCIN {LOVE HORMONE} AND KNOWLEDGE!

NOTE: THIS BLOG IS VERY LONG AND NOT FOR FLEXES & NOT A PLAY OF WORDS , RATHER STRAIGHT FACTS!! ALSO WILL TRY TO DO A SIENS BLOG SEPARATELY!
ALSO WONDER WHY A SUDDEN THRUST? SAW A COUPLE OF FELLOW QUIZZERS (SCHOOL BOYS) GET INTO A FIGHT FOR THE SECOND PLACE IN AN ONLINE BUSINESS QUIZ !🙃 That isn't how Quizzing works (One Guy started flexing about working with Stanford professor and all .. and the Other Called him *Inferior being* without having any kindness 😔)
  • Here I'm Waiting for the answers of the last Tie-Breaker question of the last quiz of "LOCKDOWN PE QUIZ" by Chai Pe Quiz . Wish lockdown could extend for these amazing quizzes sake .
  • LOL 😂 Also I'm Reading about a Conspiracy theory on WIND OF CHANGE by SCORPIONS'
  • Also Listening To a Rock Version of SUBRAHMANYENA RAKSHITOHAM [ Suddha Dhanyasi Ragam , ADI talam & Written by Muthuswamy Dhikshitar] I know these things are weird combos but still my personal stuff 😊
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DOPAMINE {MAIN} , SEROTONIN AND NOREPINEPHRINE ARE SECRETED WHEN YOURE FEELING HAPPY / WHEN YOU FEEL LOVE .. AT THE INITIAL STAGES THESE NEUROTRANSMITTERS DOMINATE AND YOU FEEL BUTTERFLU SENSES AND ALL .. AS TIME PASSES TO TAKE YOU AWAY FROM BEING UNAWARE OF HAPPENINGS AROUND {STATE OF EUPHORIA} TO A CONSTANT BUT A GOOD FEEL OF LOVE THE CONNECTION OF OXYTOCIN {DUBBED AS LOVE HORMONE} TAKES THE ROLE.

My Love with quizzing began in primary school . I participated in a Intrabatch GK quiz in 1st standard .. I tried the prelims in 3rd , 4th standards .. still no chances .
Finally in 5th standard I qualified again (this time it was a real and fun quiz) Me and My BestFriend were the team .. [Even "JODI SUPEREHH" Song was played for some other dance practice but we interpreted it was for us 😛] . We went on to win the QUIZ .
Also I had found that Science was my home and always craved for More and More knowledge ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Which still continues since there's no end.
Then me and my friend used to be constant partners in attempting the TIME AQUA REGIA QUIZ every year and get qualified for the inter-school rounds .. we never made into the stage but the amount of science knowledge and facts gained were completely amazing [Just imagine knowing about Manhattan project and ROBERT OPPENHEIMER in 6th grade]
\THE POINT WAS KNOWING FACTS AND FUNDA FROM WHEREVER POSSIBLE .. NO MATTER WHETHER IT HELPED IN REAL LIFE/ EXAMS\
I remember a challenge on finding information about NAPOLEON BONAPARTE and telling the facts to my friend in 6th standard.
I started attending Interschool quizzes .. from The ones conducted by The State government as a part of Art and Literary Fest , By Private colleges and Science Forum .... To Youngworld , Times of India ,Etc.
Yeah you read that right! *We participated* Never won any big quiz during the early years 😄.
Intra-school quizzes were real fun , with the motive being going there cool .. Showing your monopoly dominance and winning! The best quiz was By the Son of our biology teacher , who has now represented his school , college in TCS IT WIZ , TATA CRUCIBLE National finals and studying in IITM currently]
6th and 7th Standard Was Full of Participation only ! Also our school didn't have a quiz club !
An Interesting event- 7th Standard!! Quarterly Holidays .. A high school Economics Teacher had called my dad and informed I had to report to school the next morning! I was kinda terrified and also eager to know 😂 // This was an initial stage where I felt Dopaminergic surges when She told me I was selected to represent our school in the Art and Literary competition. I had to Study for the whole day with two Amazing seniors from 10th standard ! With huge load if books from library.. including current affairs stuff like Competition Success and all .. It was definitely a Hectic day !
The quiz was conducted in our school ... but we didn't do well 🙃! "Happens at times" .
8th Standard Was a Booster to my Quizzing experience!
We made upto Divisional level in a Science quiz, The Day when Aniruddha (he was in 10th lol) met the Stranger 😂 / I Hope you read this and also remember that girl / They lost the district round but he didn't bother.. He was feeling butterflies 🦋!
Me and Dinu won 2nd place in the Science quiz at KPR! Two days of fun and enjoyment .
From 6th to 12th I've participated in almost all the Intraschool quizzes and Finished in the podium in almost all !
I also started reading newspapers since I was in 5th or 6th !
Then Entering into 9th standard also the beautiful years of Teenage and School life , came responsibilities and Duties! [2015-2016]
We tried creating a quiz club and Used to discuss interesting stuff from the Newspaper and all ! But it was like searching for a pin lost in the sea 🏝
I'll 💯% agree with the Fact that 9th standard was the Epitome of my School quizzing career! We did lose many quizzes .. but found where we did lag and Started enjoying the funda and gaining knowledge from Finals of quizzes !
Its the year when I met amazing people from coimbatore .. many Senior quizzers from CQC ! Got contacts with amazing Bro's Who still help me with so many things.
We got to know about the meetings after a quiz at CMS . Damn that were good and standard quizzes one for college and another for school.
In the first Meeting I did good in the beginners and learnt a lot in the main quiz , from Metallica beetle to Akira Kurosowa and Rashomon.
Best part about informal meetings is that you'll really enjoy without any kind of pressure , But I regret a quiz which was full of "PUT FUNDA" .... Imagine attending 25 dries [as a team of 8-10 people ; yeah you get to know them better , like how they connect things , read stuff and all] with most of em having just putfunda .. ParleG girl and all was there !
I also started participating actively in Quizzing groups on FB like Otto Von besmirch , K- Circle ... Grasping the funda from the high level questions was a challenge (is a) but that gave huge levels of satisfaction and Happy hormones in the Brain !!
[ SLEEPS AT 02.00 AM - CONTINUED AT 22.00 PM
THIS TIME ITS ARUNACHALA SHIVA IN RAGAMALIKA RAGAM AND ADI TALA - THE SIGNATURE SONG OF VIJAY SIVA ]
Talking About 9th standard .. The Last week of January always has been The Most promising week thereafter .. {feeling really sad writing this line 😕but Okayys!}
Aniruddha , Basu & Rahul were the constants!
The year seriously started off with a good Quiz .. Me and Ani Finishing 5th [Lol yeah we made it onto the stage with seriously brilliant and Hardcore Quizzers as other teams]
I still there was a Picture of a young age Atalji and Ani helped me with movie kostins!
That was of the typical SREC Quiz Club quiz ... the first of few that I attended.
I had huge amounts of Endorphins released when I first saw our team's name in the List.
Next a Sad one , but with a good lesson . It was during quarterly holidays and The FOREST COLLEGE would conduct their annual fest for school students , Me and Aniruddha being deputed for quiz team and Basu for Drawing ( Im acknowledging your skills 😊) . The university campus is in Cowley Brown Road in RS PURAM , but what the legend Ani did was he went to the campus in Mettupalayam
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The organisers were so strict about having a team ! I tried asking Basu to join me.. but he went for drawing!
I had to sit in the audience seat for the whole quiz which I could've won as a LoneWolf ! I had read books on Animals and Birds by the NATIONAL BOOK TRUST , Went through stuff related to national parks , sanctuaries and stuff..
Me , Basu and Kaushik Went to Art and literary fest quiz at Vasavi Vidyalaya . It was an amazing quiz by Rangarajan sir and we finished 3rd . I learnt about Apollo 11 and stuff from Siva Dharshan anna's Lighting answer {Standard Sugar patient da Naanu Dialogue applies}
I took TCS IT WIZ seriously at those days and started preparing daily just to realize I wasn't really interested in Computer or Tech . Me and Dinu/Rahul made 2-3 points close to the cutoff everytime!
Also The Battle of Brains experience made me more attracted towards quizzing! Attending MEGAWHATTS/Magister by KQA became a part of the Religion! .. We scored 10/100 .. still a Decent score!
I used [many of us] to be a fan of Sumanth Raman sir's BSNL Sports quiz on every sunday Night 9-10 PM .. Damnn I seriously miss those days! Me and Rahul were fond of travelling to places. Usual teenager thrills only . Also being in 9th standard we were offered so much freedom .. So we would give names for any contest/ fest and Enjoyed them to the core . The school never asked why we never won any prizes . They definitely encouraged participation and understood that it was the most essential!
YoungWorld Quiz 2016
  • Then it was January 🦋🦋 , The day after Republic day .. we had worked our Arses off for the past month for the "BEST QUIZ EVER " of Our life . Worth the 200 we paid for registration!
  • Also That day had a huge Adrenaline Rush "Literally rush".
  • We managed to find Many answers [12\20] in the prelims including KRYPTON ❤ And were really Anxious af about getting into the prelims.
  • We were the last team to get drafted into the stage .. But it wasn't so smooth.
ME & Dinu : Dei canteen la snacks theendhuduchu , pasikuthu , veliya poi saptutu varalaam!
* Sneaks out without even noting the time and roams around, finds no shops nearby in the Nava India Road .. Wish Akshayam was there at that time 😋 except a small potti kadai*
Me: Kurkure thaan iruku paravaala vaangikalam.
Dinu: [to shopkeeper] Anna ithellam fresh uh? expiry date eppo?
Shopkeeper: Nee vaanagve venam thambi , Edatha gaali pannu!
Me: Pacifies them and Returns , Kina quick because it was kinda late!
ENTERS THE SNR AUDITORIUM BLOCK .. Dinu: Dei avasara velaiya mudichutu polaam!
Me: *with half a packet of kurkure in hand* Illa da nee poitu va , Time aachu !
2 STEPS INTO THE AUDITORIUM - V.V.RAMANAN sir : The first team to get qualified is ARAVIND SN & RAHUL M From VIDYA VIKASINI MAT HR SEC SCHOOL.
* Literally a hell lot of anxiety and Norepi burst off *
Runs faster covering the whole length and gets onto stage
RAHUL: Enga da poi tholancheenga , naan bayanthe poiten.
Me: Kurkure saapada ponom , Padhi packet iruku Aprom Saapadalaam 😂😂.
We finished Third , in the first huge quiz of my life [450 teams of 2 people each from 5-8 districts] and with Huge Outbursts of Dopamine , Serotonin and Norepi , I just felt the Oxytocin connect towards quizzing!
Return Home Journey was awesome with Sakkarai pongal from school temple [It was in a huge vessel] and Fun Talks with Palani Baba in the Winger van ! He is a man of amazing human qualities and Kindness .. He always smiles and makes jokes to keep us happy and entertained . Hearing to his teenage life story while he's driving was always our favourite passtime during travels. I've travelled so many days and times with him! I MISS THOSE DAYS.
My kinda sundays were always about quizzing , Attending CQC meets at PSGIM and Eating CHOCOCREME BUN & TULASI TEA at the Bakery 💖
Met People Like Praneeth 😆
Then we entered 10th standard , we got serious in studying [I did my whole schooling under the Tamilnadu stateboard , but seriously our highschool PCMB books were really awesome 💥]
I missed the INDIA Quiz at KCT due to a Exam at PSGTECH .. But that was a risk worth taking! Since it had amazing question on science and GK I ended up loving the paper and Scoring the Top score in Coimbatore district [Being at a decent rank while competing against CBSE schools like Bodhi is definitely good!]
We went to quizzes , limited ones but never missed the important ones like BoB , TCS IT WIZ , MKQ [Put in a lot of efforts since COIMBATORE never failed to fascinate me , Lost the stage due to few silly mistakes .. Heartbroken because Kovai quotient never returned]
One good quiz to mention is The one By SRPC ! Prelims was bad with math , science and social science [ Team of 4 . Arunachalam and Mukesh helped us !]
Finals was only for 2 people .. Me and Rahul went , Did well .. ENDED UP AT 3RD PLACE AND WITH A SUM OF 3K [This is the only real cash prize i've ever received at a quiz]
Also during the holidays I attended The AQC [Asia Quizzing Championship] in June at Brookfields Banquet Hall .. Ended up with about 18/100 but I cracked IGOR KURCHATOV .. The name kurchatovium(Russians) was put forth as a name for Atomic.NO:104 Currently Rutherfordium(Americans) Which was kinda unique answer and I had known good amounts of science and conspiracies 😎 .. Mahnn that moment felt seriously happy with lots of Hormones secreting and Butterflies in stomach {Yeah SCIENCE has been my only Love since my childhood I'm pretty sure that it'll remain the same}
I had my friend shouting at me for not joining him for a movie at The Cinemas :/
Done well with 10th standard and 11th was meant to be "FUN" since our school used to take the whole syllabus and leave us free .. but the govt came up with a plan for public egjam!
Plans kinda shattered but little I did know about The goodness it'll do to my Life !
Life was kinda heavily packed 8-5 school [MON-SAT] and Evening classes at Aakash on sat and again 8-5 on Sunday at Aakash ! *If you guys find this blog good i'll keep writing about other stuff like highschool life also !*
I attended Very few Quizzes , TCS IT WIZ moved out of Coimbatore , No MKQ , No time to attend quizzes on Sundays - Life definitely had a hard turn.
In 11th standard we managed to get into the state level of a Science quiz [We ended up as 3rd] , That was a pretty bad quiz finals because we neither had buzzers nor Pounce!?
Also a quiz in SREC .. We finished 4th , also bragging vouchers for the creative team name - JILLUNU KAATHU JANNALA SAATHU . Me and Rahul were just making fun of the name in the morning at school🤣 . And also as per certain good traditions quizzes attended with rahul without him getting scoldings from principal sir never ended well .. We got em before YWQ , Science quiz and Srec quizzes!
I started attending Open quizzes whenever I found time . 12th standard also same story! Worse news was that Quiz was Scrapped from Art and Literary fest by the Government 😐.
Passed 12th . Had entrances .. so couldn't attend any quiz until June 1st weekend!
Started downloading KQA old quizzes to quench the thirst for Quizzing.. That time period is a Dry-time for open quizzes . Started following many quizclub pages on instagram and Felt really happy after reading the fundae...
I also attended the Cricket quiz with Basu , The day I met the AGR vro in real life! The guy who was with us in YWQ had made into the quiz [Lol that guy's a Cricket Buff ! I seriously felt happy that we did'nt have the tiebreaker with that team at YWQ .. Which was about the First Century for INDIA in ODI
Also I was invited as a Volunteer for the GRM Memorial quiz by Siva Anna and really ahd fun on the day by helping them conduct the quiz smoothly and also having nostalgic memories about how was I as a school quizzer and Realizing how i've entered the General quizzing world [Open quizzes are for everyone .. Anyone from any age group can participate]
[Logged off by 01AM 17/05.. Back at 22.30 ! PALINCHU KAMAKSHI By MANDOLIN.U.SRINIVAS in the background]
Then shifted to chennai for college life , I had a month full of foundation course which never had any academic activites so I was free to roam around the city on weekends.
The first quiz here at Chennai was QFI Open [I partnered with a Dad and a 6th std son Duo] And I did enjoy the prelims and we had a decent score of about 8/25 . It was definitely a quiz for the elite quizzers , but All open quizzes are Open to the Audience to Enjoy the quiz and Cherish happy moments answering them [That's what we quiz for 😇] . It was a 2 day quiz fest but since I had some work and also not so good at sports , entertainment I attended only the Final General Quiz!
Answering Halloween and Jack-O-Lantern , Vikram lander were all fun! I did get a chance to witness how fast and knowledegble were the Elites from Various parts of the country . Mind=Blown 👏..
Then I started attending Fortnightly informal quizzing sessions by QFI .. Their Signature QF1 and a Special quiz of the day . I would attend only one quiz per month owing to tight schedules for IA and stuff .. Also I had to travel 10Kms Up and Down ! They were really refreshing for the mind after a whole week full of Tiring lectures . I used to score 13-15/30 . Also since you'd get drafted into the teams randomly so you'll meet new people every single time!
They asked for a team from our batch , I signed up with two non-quizzers since my friend was reluctant thinking it would be some academic quiz ! Conducted for CMCHIS at the Omandurar Estate .. I seriously regret for not taking my friend with me 😭 .. Mahnn we could've done better! But teams from our college performed well and won a Prize ! The quiz was hosted by the Crown prince of Nawab of Arcot .. with a live music round ! Performed by two amazing singers.
September and Oktober were really Awesome ! Me and My new Fraand Dhinesh attended a Quiz at a Gaming centre cum Bistro and made into the finals ! Not to mention the Poor white creme pasta we bought for redeeming the 200 rupee entry fee ! The environment was really different .. Groups cutting cakes for birthdays at one side , while you're thinking whether to Pounce or Not!
And we Made another awesome trip Shankara Nethralaya .. Ofc Getting OD . It was a quiz by famous QM DR.Sumanth Raman sir . After an amazing Plate of snacks .. Dhokla , Kaala Jamun and Samosa 💚 💣 ...
[A GOOD CONVO]
Co-Ordinator {An aged Man} Guys eat well
[We all were smiling , and wondering why he was telling that specifically to Us [MEDICOS] while many college students were there]
Sir: You all are gonna save people in the future , It's true so don't laugh ..
I felt happy and Kinda Shy/ embarrassed.
We scored 6.5 in prelims , Knew few answers like Tea was declared as the National drink of India and all .. But missed by a Point! Bad times do exist!! I was pretty exicted because it was the first time I saw Sir in real life , after years of seeing on TV and Missing him badly over the past months because he was removed from the quiz 😔
There was a question about "GERONTOPHOBIA" and we were sitting thinking what could be the answer .. and QM was like "What's this Ra .. Medicos should definitely know! .. Don't disappoint me saying you don't know "... We managed to guess the Fear of Becoming old / Old age.
The finals were really interesting and we did answer sitting in as the Audience! 2 teams from our college did really well.
Months passed .. With very few/ no quizzes attended . But I did'nt stop the Instagram quizzes , which used to be daily questions and weekly quizzes by few college quiz clubs .
I missed a quiz at a Medical college due to some IA on the next day , That was held with the help of QFI!!
Then it was December an Winter Vacation {Should aptly call Cold and Rainy} at Coimbatore .. There was Mr.Avinash Mudaliar one of the best QM's and quizzers in the country all the way from Mumbai to witness the Great Solar Eclipse with his Family . He planned to conduct a quiz on the day of Christmas . I attended it with AGR vro {It had rained heavily from vadavalli to brookfields ... and hence the coat was drenched} and accidentally my old Other school friend also joined us.
It was teams of 4 .. I seriously enjoyed a standard quiz at my hometown after being away ! We answered questions from Ajith acting in a Hawai chappal advertisement to Viscera {The noun meaning the internal organs in the main cavities of the body, especially those in the abdomen, e.g. the intestines. But could'nt get GUTTED , the QM quickly understood I was a Medico 😂}
After the quiz Had time to Talk to AGR vro .. after crossing the water logged Kikani Underpass all the way to Delhiwala💛 .. We had argued about getting a Parcel Bhel last week from Agarwal 😋😋 ,. Ate stomach full of Shahi Paneer , Aloo matar ,Naan and Basundhi 💥 and He was generous enough to drop me in his RE!
Then came Pongal holidays and Saarang at IITM.. Me , dhinesh and his old friend attended the India Quiz conducted by two Vadaks in Kurtha Pyjama! We knew we wouldn't get selected for finals so decided to roam around . Literally from 11-3 PM After Dozing off Taco I [atleast he] had to chose between a Standup By Rahul Subramaniam or The Iconic Lonewolf Quiz prelims [40 written kostins]
We went to the Quiz prelims .. In the dilemma of wheter to stay for the overnight Finals in thr OAT after the Proshows or Go home . I was struck .. Also I had plans of meeting few college friends who were there for the proshow .. But I had to leave since I had very little energy and Money left . My college friends had amazing plans , spending time with their school fraands who are now in IITM at the proshow and then leave for Hometown ..
For others SAARANG was for Roaming with friends and enjoying by partying .. But as Quizzers ours was to Attend Quizzes and Enjoy from the Knowledge we get .. I still remember The "THEY HAD US IN THE FIRST HALF , NOT GONNA LIE" question was there . Since the quiz was set by 4-5 students It was really amazing with huge diversity! I also met my old Quizzer friends from coimbatore.
Then came Lockdown starting my STAYHOME on 16th March .. Its been 2 months and It has given me so much happiness wrt to Quizzing and knowledge , New Online quizzes Popped up and I'm seriously enjoying with atleast A single Full-fledged quiz and so many QOTD format quizzes on Various topics rangine from General,sports,entertainment,India,Gaming,Comics,Science,Medicine,Business,MELAS,SPENT,etc..
I also got an amazing opportunity to my first and my all time dream quiz .. A general quiz with some science flavor .. this time it was medicine flavor 😀 There were about 40 participants amd definitely everyone enjoyed it!
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ijopD4hEoxo41jceNPH2-Ke4FYM-MGbx
The link for my quiz!
Quizzing has taken a whole new form involving whatsapp groups for discussions , Apps like ZOOM , CISCO WEBEX , Even DISCORD {Used for gaming} and Kahoot!
Various College quiz clubs , school quiz clubs , Quizzers , Companies created for organising quizzes and Quizzing enthusiasts are keeping this lockdown interesting for us!
A special mention to a particular college quiz club who have been conducting weekly quizzes on various topics including a Madras quiz ! No matter how many quizzes I [we] attend we all are gonna find new questions in the Board and are gonna take wild Guesses .. It's never about winning , It's about learning everyday !
One guy actually suggested them to collect entry fee and give prizes. We all just reminded him that we quiz since its our passion and favorite passtime and it's not business as how few people perceive it!
Quizzers do Binge reading from internet for hours , From wikipedia , from articles , from old quizzes uploaded in Slideshare ... But real ones a humble and kind enough , unlike few people who have huge head-weights and Flexx a lot at quizzes!
Organisers of quizzes are kind enough and take good care of the audience with good audience questions .
Also being a medico the Near-Exclusive med questions brings even more fun and Happy hormones ..
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I knew It was Tragus the moment I read the question .. BOOM A huge burst of Happy hoemones , And only 3 spectators and 2/18 teams with top-level quizzers got it right [EVEN MORE HAPPINESS]
And you can't define how a question could be .. anything from a song , a movie scene , a meme ,a tweet , a logo , a food item ,a map , a historical event and countless possible stuff even Adult [pure 18+] stuff will be there .SO NEW QUIZZERS BRACE YOURSELF TO ATTEND THE UNEXPECTED .
I don't know how to end it , I guess an apt one would be a question and a answer .
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THE ANSWER FOR THE WORD CREATED BY RICHARD DALY A THEATRE OWNER IN DUBLIN , WITHIN 24 HOURS AFTER THE BET TO CREATE A WORD WHICH HAS NO MEANING IS NONE OTHER THAN "QUIZ".

AND OFC THEY HAD US IN THE FIRST HALF NOT GONNA LIE!BUBYE UNTIL NEXT TIME INCASE I EVER WRITE A BLOG AND YOU STILL WANNA READ IT 🦋🦋 WHICH HAS VERY VERY LOW PROBABLITY ..KEEP LEARNING , KNOWLEGE HAS NO LIMIT , THESE THINGS ARE GONNA HELP YOU SOMETIME WITH SOMETHING .

INCASE BY CHANCE SOMEONE HAS READ UPTO THIS KINDLY TELL ME YOUR VIEWS ABOUT THIS [MAYBE AS A PARAGRAPH WHEN YOU FIND TIME] AND DO SHARE IT WITH YOUR FRIENDS IF YOU THINK IT'S WORTH THAT! AND THIS WAS PURELY OUT OF INTEREST AND MY BENEFIT OUT OF THIS INITIATIVE IS SPREADING KNOWLEDGE!

HAPPY QUIZZING FOLKS!😊

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I am so happy and excited seeing everything that everyone has been posting. I will try to do a cleanup each week and list the requests that are out there. I will also figure out how the wiki works to put these codes there. If you happen to see a broken code, please let me know so I can get the list updated!
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Lady Maria (Bloodborne) - u/Gashadokuro-Senpai - BCKc=XLFF%HUV (u/kronick_0)
Gehrman (Bloodborne) - u/Foosemuck -
Lady Emma (Sekiro) - u/FiaRua_ u/EXP-234 -
Dante (Devil May Cry) - u/CipherZer0 u/Mega-Gazz u/Pneuma928 -
Okatsu (Nioh) - A lotta people - 56w+UfFo&+vyH (u/Elfington)
Baiken (Guilty Gear) - u/krimson662 -
Motoko Kusanagi (Ghost in the Shell) - u/mbchickabm -
Suzuka Gozen (Fate Grand Order) - u/illtima -
Samanosuke Akechi (Onimusha 3) - u/Rafahil - S9a?g+yosRR8D (u/Elfington)
Rose (Legend of Dragoon) - u/TrophyCoyote -
Wolf (Sekiro) - u/FreeJudgment -
Jack (Samurai Jack) - u/ScruffyHyphen - abjEtGE&f6m26 (u/Elfington)
Quellcrist Falconer (Altered Carbon) - u/Homeless-Joe - 7y=T?eoGfqN2n (u/Elfington)
Virgil (Devil May Cry) - u/Mega-Gazz u/Pneuma928 -
Dracula (Castlevania) - u/sebapin8 -
Mugen (Samurai Champloo) - u/turdy2toes and u/lo_uie -
Jin (Samurai Champloo) - u/lo_uie -
Trevor Belmont (Castlevania) - u/Olmes -
Toshiro Mifune (Kurosawa films) - u/Vaelerys_ -
Guts (Berserk) - u/phlegmatik u/ZazMan117 u/stankyjanky1 -
(Konosuba) - u/Homeless-Joe -
Madara Uchiha (Naruto) - u/-Mez -
Gyomei (Demon Slayer) - u/Keanulua - yM9=XSfe+bWLG (u/BeniKH)
Toshiro Mifune (Rashomon) - u/Halaster -
Shanks (One Piece) - u/Viziliation -
Kat (Gravity Rush) - u/Labryskrodya -
Bayonetta (Bayonetta) - u/The_Jolly_Vileblood -
Taylor Swift - u/ATKShow -
Zoro (One Piece) - u/Ezixra -
Auron (Final Fantasy X) - u/ExodusHere -
Oichi (Nioh 2) - u/iwantsusietostabme -
Yuna (Final Fantasy X) - u/PrencessOfSheep -
Ruby Rose (RWBY) - u/Khrono_McLurvin -
Zaraki Kenpachi (Bleach) - u/dr000d -
Isshin Ashina (Sekiro)/Pai Mei (Kill Bill)/Shang Tsung (Mortal Kombat) - u/SAITAMA_666 - LaZcNcqQnJ6&B (u/6x56)
Snake (Metal Gear Solid) - u/kmbrd -
Fedor Emelianenko (Russian MMA) - u/ijustwantmygpdxd - GcDR92DDnVtsU (u/BeniKH)
Jill Stingray (VA-11 Hall-A) - u/HIKsquigs -
General RWBY (RWBY) - u/Offroadkitty -
Tomioka (Demon Slayer) - u/beyondhypothermia -
Cloud/Sephiroth (Final Fantasy VII) - u/sgzy -
Sombra (Overwatch) - u/x_scion_x -
Maka (Soul Eater) - u/KnightArtorias3750 -
Ragnar Lothbrok (Vikings) - u/RJSSJR123 -
Gintoki Sakata (Gintama) - u/rom439 u/Klaus889 u/juniormds92 -
Samurai Girl (Sturgil Simpson - A Good Look) - u/blavatsky_mdm -
Meliodas (Seven Deadly Sins) - u/Pneuma928 -
Afro Samurai (Afro Samurai) - u/Pneuma928 u/pedrobbr -
Saya Kisaragi (Blood C) - u/Dazull -
Noelle Silva (Black Clover) - u/Watson349B -
Sango (Inuyasha) - u/Katakalysmic -
Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy - Amazing Spider-Man) - u/bobtheminion -
Steve Buscemi (Actor) - u/The-OmnipotentPotato -
Jolyne Kujo (JJBA) - u/DarkStar-A-M-S- -
Kotarou Katsura (Gintama) - u/juniormds92 -
Takasugi Shinsuke (Gintama) - u/juniormds92 -
Kazumi Hachijo/Ling Xiaoyu (Tekken) - u/Soul_XCV -
Gogo Yubari (Kill Bill) - u/Rodbow15 -
Date Masamune (Nioh) - u/6x58 -
Doom Guy (DOOM) - u/ZenithVildkaarl -
Yasuo, The Unforgiven (League of Legends) - u/KinaKrimson -
Pyrrha Alexandra (Soul Calibur 5) - u/FallenAlexandra -
Kirito (Sword Art Online) - u/Anatak15 -
Nancy Wheeler (Stranger Things) - u/Bmk_4 -
Mercedes (Fire Emblem) - u/Kasen_2001 -
Lambert (Witcher) - u/Jason-Vorhees1 -
Eskel (Witcher) - u/Jason-Vorhees1 -
Levy McGarden (Fairy Tail) - u/Bmk_4 -
Zabuza Momochi (Naruto) - u/N7enigma -
Kakashi Hatake (Naruto) - u/N7enigma -
Kisame Hoshigaki (Naruto) - u/N7enigma -
Patches (Souls Series) - u/DMKrodan -
Miyamoto Musashi (not specified/Fate?) - u/NebulousXI -
Erza Scarlet (Fairy Tail) - u/Elmis66 -
Zhao Yun (Dynasty Warriors 7) - u/Fancyfawn12 -
Jean Grey (X-Men) - u/boringuser123 -
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2020.01.24 11:05 TheAnonymouseJoker Smartphone Hardening Guide for normal people with non rooted phones

NOTE: THIS GUIDE IS ABANDONED. REFER TO 2.0 GUIDE RELEASE HERE.
**UPDATE (June) 15/06/2020: privacy moderator trai_dep revengefully deleted my highly gilded post.
This post is a direct privacy post mirror, but it will continue to get updates here.
UPDATED (June) 03/06/2020: **MASSIVE UPDATE plus I will post on /privatelife from now on, my own subreddit.**
Hello! It is 2020, and recently a "STOP GATEKEEPING" post among others made me realise a guide is needed by this subreddit's majority of users and visitors that DO NOT ROOT their devices and buy them off-the-shelf or online and use them as it is without much tampering.
The real issue: most do NOT want to ROOT their DEVICES, which presents us with a lot of issues.
First and foremost, I have a set of instructions you need to follow. It is presumed you buy or use Android device, since iPhone does not allow you to have privacy due to its blackbox nature, and is simply a false marketing assurance by corporates to you. Also, they recently dropped plan for encrypting iCloud backups after FBI complained.
Also, Apple sells certificates to third-party developers that allow them to track users, The San Ferdandino shooter publicity stunt was completely fraudulent and Louis Rossmann dismantled Apple's PR stunt "repair program".
Firstly, if your device is filled to the brim or used for long time, recommend backing it up and factory resetting for clean slate start.
  • Use ADB via computer to remove Google and other manufacturer installed packages, disable if cannot be removed
  • Make DIY camera covers, for front camera notch use a tiny appropriate-sized thin opaque plastic cutout and use an invisible tape to stick it in place, replace every month (cost: tape roll and one minute of your time per month)
  • Sign out all your Google and Huawei/Samsung/other phonemaker accounts from your device so that Settings-->Accounts do not show any sign-ins except WhatsApp/Signal
  • Disable all app permissions for "Google Play Store" and "Google Play Services" in Apps, then disable both of them via ADB (see NOTE below) completely with these commands (connect to computer, then turn on Settings --> Developer Options --> USB debugging (in about phone, touch "Build Number" 7 times to activate this):
adb shell pm disable-user --user 0 com.google.android.gms
adb shell pm disable-user --user 0 com.google.android.gms.location.history
adb shell pm disable-user --user 0 com.google.android.ims
adb shell pm disable-user --user 0 com.google.android.syncadapters.contacts
NOTE: prerequisite OEM drivers for your phone and ADB
  • Install F-Droid app store from here
  • Install Blokada (easier) OR NetGuard (complicated, see NOTE) from F-Droid and set it up with [privacy based DNS like Uncensored DNS or Tenta DNS or AdGuard or DNS.WATCH] and [appropriate filter lists like Energised Blu and AdAway] et al and manual whitelisting of required domains
NOTE: NetGuard app firewall with Energized Ultimate HOSTS file with any DNS address from the above mentioned DNS providers is the ultimate solution. Only use one, not multiple DNS at same time to avoid conflict
  • In F-Droid store, open Repositories setting and add the repository link mentioned here (repository is basically like a kids store you can buy candies from instead of going to factory to buy a carton)
  • Use Firefox Preview (now 5.0 with uBlock Origin (if technically advanced, try doing this from F-Droid for web browsing (both GeckoView based)
  • Install Aurora Store from F-Droid for apps from Play Store without actually using Play Store, get yourself an anonymous Google account to signin
  • for 3rd party APKs source them only from APKMirror OR APKPure OR APKMonk, quite trusted, BUT TRY AND AVOID IT IF POSSIBLE
  • Use OSMAnd+ from F-Droid or Qwant Maps inside web browser for maps and/or print physical maps if you live and travel in one or two states or districts.
NOTE: Qwant Maps has better search results than OSMAnd+
  • Use PilferShush Jammer from F-Droid to block microphone (use this in malls, restaurants or such public places if you can to prevent beacon tracking)
  • Use OpenBoard OR AnySoftKeyboard from F-Droid instead of GBoard, SwiftKey etc, they keylog you openly and are closed source
  • Check every app you install with Classy Shark 3xodus from F-Droid for trackers and evaluate yourself
  • Use FTP Server (Free) from F-Droid and FileZilla on computer to share files to and from computer instead of apps like SHAREIt
NOTE: for phone-computer sync or sharing, can TRY KDE Connect, available for Android, Windows, Linux
  • Use K-9 Mail or FairEmail as e-mail client
  • Use NewPipe for YouTube watching, or YouTube in Firefox KlaPreview/Fenix
  • Use QKSMS or Silence (not as simple) from F-Droid as SMS client app
  • Use Shelter from F-Droid to sandbox potential apps that you must use (eg WhatsApp or Discord or Signal)
  • Use SuperFreezZ from F-Droid to freeze any apps from running in background, use it to seal Google Play Store and Google Play Services and other Google preloaded apps most importantly
  • Use Note Crypt Pro or S. Notes or Joplin from F-Droid for note taking app
  • Use Phonograph or Vinyl Music Player from F-Droid for music player
  • Use VLC from F-Droid for video player
Now we will need to evaluate what manufacturers are relatively safe, no appeasing, I will be blunt. I will make tier lists to help. I will give explanation for each, so read before jumping with pitchforks.
Tier 1: Huawei/Honor, Asus, Nokia, Motorola, Sony, LG, FairPhone
Tier 2: Samsung, OnePlus, Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi, Realme
Tier NOPE NOT AT ALL: Google
FairPhone: Clean software, ethical, recyclable components, good phone but bit extra price for midrange hardware. Status: good.
Huawei: (still no evidence by US government after one year of market protectionism ban, contrary to what Sinophobic US propaganda and condemned joke research papers (refer to this for why), may make you believe, all countries except US, Australia and Japan are allowing them for 5G participation, there is absolutely ZERO EVIDENCE against specifically Huawei (does not count other Chinese companies), audited by UK GCHQ to be safe and on any of their global devices, to date there has been no telemetry found IFF you do NOT use Huawei ID account or Huawei AppGallery store (as instructed above). I have an OpenKirin rooted unlocked Honor 6X, and now a locked P30 Lite to confirm this.
spoiler1. What does it prove?") spoiler2.
To add, for the rest of world outside China it is better to own a device from a country which has no jurisdiction over them, and you can use their phones without Huawei and Google accounts very safely. BONUS: baseband modem not associated with NSA. Also, good cameras, battery, display and performance in general. As bonus, you get builtin system firewall which works really well. Status: good.
Asus, Sony, Motorola: their software is nearly stock, and as such quite beneficial and peace of mind assuring. Status: good.
LG: less stock-y software, still good. Good cameras. display too. Status: good.
Nokia: a bit of skepticism here with them helping spy with nexus with Russia's MTS [cleaned link trackers lol] and recently found Chinese telemetry as well, but nothing that Blokada or NetGuard cannot stop by blocking domains from interacting with your device. Status: Potential issues, can be mitigated.
Samsung: Multiple issues with Qihoo 360 on phones with IMEI MAC sent over HTTP, Samsung Pay selling user data with no optout till now, Replicant devs discovering backdoors, Knox hardware blackbox with no idea what microcode it runs, certification from NSA even worrying, lockscreen and notification ads in OneUI, ads on Smart TVs, this all accounts to being quite shady company, but Blokada or NetGuard can mitigate it. Status: avoid for other brands if possible.
Xiaomi: They have quite a bit of telemetry in their MIUI skin, similar to Samsung. Now they have tracking in Incognito Mode in their Browser as well. Status: avoid unless you implement my guide properly.
OnePlus, Oppo, Vivo: They have considerably less telemetry and ads, better than Samsung and Xiaomi. But they will start doing the same thing as Realme which I will mention below soon. Status: potential but passable for now.
Realme: They are implementing ads into their UI, which will soon come to Oppo and Vivo phones too, a bit of an issue. This allows for telemetry and tracking concerns. Status: avoid if possible.
Google: In general an evil megacorp, Titan M security chip is claimed to be great on Pixels, but there is no way to verify if the microcode it contains is the same as that open sourced by Google. Having faith in Google's promise of their proprietary closed source chip being clean is harmful. Moreover, they are known to collect data and spy on users in googolplex capacity, use dark patterns in their software to make users accept their TOS to spy, repeated lies about how their data collection works claiming anonymity, forcing users to use their Play Services which is spyware and scareware, monopolising the web and internet via AMP, use of non standard web browser libraries and known attempts to cripple lone standing ethical competitors like Firefox and Gecko web engine.
TL;DR there is no summary, privacy is an indepth topic and you must take an hour to go through this simple guide, as long as it looks it should clear all your concerns with smartphone privacy.
This is the best you can do without rooting or modding a phone, and it is working for me since 3 months half a year now, personally tested and verified on my locked P30 Lite.
I have a history of rooting and modding phones, one being an Honor 6X before Huawei disabled unlocking policy, one being a Xiaomi and one being a Lenovo before that. Also, one Samsung Galaxy S2 long time ago.
Credit to ubertr0_n for some of the apps listed. Hope this guide serves as a great tool for the /privacy members and visitors! Happy new decade!
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2019.10.24 21:26 hermione07 Recap & Budget Breakdown $29k with 150 guests Long Island, NY

Hey weddit! It's been almost 2 months since our wedding and I've just been waiting for all my photos to do the recap & budget breakdown. Well the photos are finally here so let's do this! First I want to say thank you to all of you helpful beautiful people. I'm not exactly sure how I stumbled upon this subreddit because I actually didn't use or have a reddit account before I found you all, but I am so thankful that I did.
Let's start off with some photos and our video :)

SUMMARY
Wedding date: September 8th, 2019 which was a Sunday at 4pm until 9pm
Location: Bellport Country Club in Bellport, NY
Guests invited // RSVP'd yes // attended: 216 // 153 // 146
Original budget: We guessed that we would spend around $30,000
Total cost: $29,994 so we came in right on budget. We paid for about 75% ourselves and the rest was gifted to us from our parents & siblings.

COSTS
I. Venue & Catering - $17,075
Hot damn venues and caterers make so much money. This was by far our most expensive cost which makes perfect sense. We paid around $105pp (including tax) for a sit down dinner with beer & wine. Honestly we went with this venue because it was the cheapest nicest venue we found on Long Island and they included a lot. Tons of food and stations at the cocktail hour, like 4 options for the entrees, a cake, additional desserts like chocolate covered strawberries & tiramisu, and they also included the centerpieces, among other things (if you want to know everything just look at their brochure online). Something really important to me was that we were the only event happening at the place and Bellport CC only has room for one event at a time so it was perfect! Everyone that worked there was super nice and accommodating. The food was great. Overall I really recommend them!
II. Photo & Video - $3,100
We had one photographer and one videographer for 8 hours. I went with Le Image which is a company based in Brooklyn and they were pretty great for the price! I do wish we had allocated a little more money to photography and gone with a photographer who owned their own business. I feel like we would've gotten to have a better relationship with them and gotten more personal photos. We were tight on time for photos though because we didn't do a first look and Le Image did a great job with the limited amount of time we had. Our wedding video turned out amazing (as you can see up there)! We also did a photoshoot on our honeymoon and I highly recommend it (I didn't include this in the cost though because it wasn't part of the wedding)!
III. Flowers - $1,850
Our florist was the lovely Hengstenberg's Florist in Northport. The venue included basic centerpieces so we actually upgraded and put in an extra $20 per centerpiece - but they were still really simple. We also had one bride's bouquet, four bridesmaids bouquets, five bouts, two corsages, two flower girl baskets, a welcome sign garland, and archway flowers. I actually forgot my mom's corsage in the fridge so neither moms used their corsages, oops.
IV. Other Decor - $267
I thrifted an old frame for like $30 and a friend created the most gorgeous welcome sign I've ever seen. We also recreated the mailbox from Up as our card box. I made a bar menu with a $5 chalkboard from Target. But the biggest chunk of this cost was the DIY photobooth. My sister has a polaroid camera so I bought a boatload of instax film and set up a little photobooth station. Everyone loved it and I got a cute little guestbook out of it. It also became our favors in a way since we didn't have actual favors. I did severely overestimate the amount of instax film we needed so we ended up with like 10-15 packs leftover.
V. Attire - $1,446
My dress was $900 from David's Bridal. I actually purchased the sample sale so it was discounted. Looking back I wish I had spent less on my dress because I'm just not that emotionally attached to my attire. I could've probably bought an equally as beautiful dress on Etsy or Cocomelody for less. Hubs' suit was from Express and a month before the wedding he actually decided to purchase another suit from Express in a different color lol. He looked amazing. I originally bought a veil on Cocomelody that had pearls all over it for $70 but I decided that it was too heavy for me and I couldn't return it so I bought a $20 veil on Amazon that I actually used on the day. I actually gave it away to another redditor so I'm glad I got to pass it on. My shoes were $37 DSW Kelly & Katie. Oh fun fact: I actually had to throw my dress in the garbage. On our honeymoon we did a beach photoshoot and there was just so much sand intertwined with the lace that it was impossible to clean. I guess that ended up being a trash the dress shoot unintentionally lol.
VI. DJ - $2,195
We went with Scratch Entertainment. They provided sound for the ceremony, cocktail music, and reception music. I really enjoyed working with them up until the wedding because they're really organized. However, I found that the DJ was barely playing the music from the playlist that the company asked me to make so... Overall, people were on the dance floor and I'm happy.
VII. Invitations - $133
We sent our save the dates through Paperless Post which was awesome. It really helped organize everyone's information and it was free! It was also fun tracking and seeing everyone opening it and commenting on "the wall." I designed and printed my invitations on Canva. I was really in between printing with Vistaprint & Canva but the price came out basically the same and I just thought it would be easier to do everything with one company. I was really pleased with Canva's quality and customer service. I also purchased custom stamps which were awesome! This was a little bit of a splurge but I highly recommend. It made people super excited to receive our invitations and see our sketched faces on the stamp (our friend created a sketch of us that we used). Invitations were $54 for 100. Envelopes were $13 for 150 from Amazon. Address labels were $11 on Vistaprint. The custom stamps were $13 and then we paid $42 in postage.
VIII. Hair & Makeup - $325
I was a curly haired bride! It was a wild ride but I'm very glad that I chose to stick to my natural hair for my wedding day. You guys can read about my hair trial horror story in my post history but that put me out $100 unfortunately. Long story short, I went to a salon that was specifically for curly hair and they basically just put my hair in a pony tail and charged me $100 for it (screw you Curl Evolution in Babylon, screw you so bad). My actual hair on the day was done by my mother's hair stylist and it was $75. My makeup was $150. Both of them came to the Airbnb that I was staying at and it was a really fun time just hanging out and getting ready. I did not require my girls to have their hair & makeup professionally done but some did it and paid it themselves.
IX. Rings - $189
I purchased a thin minimalistic band from Etsy that I absolutely love. My hubby actually did not get a ring, instead he chose to use a ring that I gave to him when we started dating. He's never taken it off since I gave it to him 5 years ago and he really wanted it to be his wedding band. The best part is that I bought it for pretty cheap from a shopping mall stand but it just means so much to him. My sweetie pie. Goes to show that the value isn't in the amount but the meaning behind it!
X. Gifts - $347
When I asked my girls to be my bridesmaids, I got them mani/pedi gift certificates from my favorite nail salon. It was also their Christmas presents so that worked out well. Husband got his groomsmen personalized flasks. I also got them matching pajamas from Kohl's for getting ready. Other gifts were for people who helped us and wouldn't let us pay but we bought them gifts to show our gratitude.
XI. Tips - $550
I commissioned one of my bridesmaids to hand out tips at the end of the night. I gave her an envelope with cash and I wrote the exact amount to give to each person. I highly suggest figuring this out beforehand and then just letting someone else take care of it on the day.
XII. Day of coordinator - $300
A dear friend acted as my day of coordinator and she was amazing! I highly recommend getting one. My parents actually paid for this because my mother insisted on hiring her, and I'm glad I did!
XIII. Accommodations - $2,217
We paid for 2 Airbnbs near the venue for 2 nights so we could get ready with our families/bridal party and so anyone who didn't want to drive an hour back home from the wedding could spend the extra night. I chose Airbnbs over a hotel because I personally prefer how getting ready photos look in a house vs in a hotel. It was also just more comfortable for everyone.

OVERALL THOUGHTS
What I got out of this experience (besides the most amazing husband in the world) is that weddings are for the guests. The ceremony is for the couple, but the reception is for the guests. You spend all this time trying to find the best food, the best music, etc. and it really is more for the guests than for the couple. We spent the majority of the night trying to say hi and thank you to everyone and taking a million pictures. We did have an awesome time but I also wouldn't say that it was the absolute best day of my life. I'm glad we got to give everyone a great time and overall I think it was worth it! As everyone says, it goes by in the blink of an eye so try to take a step back (after you get through the line of 15 people trying to get a photo with you) and take it all in! One of the best memories I have is of me just walking away from taking pictures with people to go dance to Hips Don't Lie with my best friends (which was one of the few songs I actually danced to). I did get a lot of compliments about how beautiful everything was, which feels nice tbh lol. After showing our family & friends our wedding video we still have people calling us and crying and saying how beautiful it was. Not the party itself, but our love. Which makes me really happy because that's the main thing we wanted: to bring light into this world through our love!
Btw we had an unplugged ceremony which I'm so happy we did! Our Pastor made an announcement before the processional asking everyone to keep their devices away because I personally don't like the big unplugged ceremony signs. The announcement worked better than a sign would in my opinion!
I asked my husband if he'd like contribute something and this is what he said: "Try to trust as few people as possible. Like try to avoid delegating too many people. And if you do delegate work, keep a close eye to make sure it’s getting done."
Things That Went Wrong
Not that many things went wrong but there's a few I can think of:
- Like I said before, I forgot my mother's corsage so neither moms got to wear it.
- I didn't quite get the ceremony processional song right. We chose Can't Help Falling In Love (Kina Grannis version) for everyone to walk into. I wanted to walk in during the pause at the end of the song. I should've edited it to be longer because the flower girls took a little longer than expected to get down the aisle, so by the time I was coming out everyone was still looking at the flower girls going down. I would recommend making sure that there's enough time for the bride to collect herself and to allow everyone to stand up and watch her walk down.
- People left earlier than they should've but this was my fault. We cut the cake fairly early in the evening because the photographers were leaving at 8pm and we wanted shots of us cutting our cake. I guess people just took that as their cue that the party was coming to an end. Not the biggest deal in the world because we were so pooped by 8:30 lol.

That's pretty much everything I think. Thanks for coming to my TED talk. Feel free to message me if you have any questions!
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2019.10.16 13:05 Asikar_Tehjan [JVerse] Rebirth Chapter 13, Wins and Losses

OH BOY....
It's been a while and I truly, deeply apologize for the lack of content recently. Been a rough few months, but I think I'm finally on the other side of things. Also, bit of a long chapter so it leaked into the comments again.
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Date Point: 9 months, 1 week, 2 days AV
Far Reaches
Cimbrean
Michael Kepler
The first thing he saw when he switched on his helmet lights was a gigantic operating table still occupied with the gruesome remains of a dissected Guvnuragnaguvendrugun, flayed open like a frog in a high school biology class.
"Fuck," Michael said under his breath.
"Wha- Fyu's great hairy ballsack," Ralthin said once he saw what Michael was looking at.
Michael panned his lights around and realized that they were in some kind of lab that stretched the length of the corridor they had just left with a single large door at the far end. There were six other tables inside the lab, each containing a different species in various states of disassembly. To add to the fucked-up nature of the lab they were in the walls were covered in racks of the preserved remains of dozens more unfortunate souls.
Hephaestus found the only console in the room and walked over to power it up. The rest of the brownies stayed in the corridor taking up defensive positions in case anyone else decided to show up.
"You sure you wanna take this nutless sack 'o naxas shit alive," Ralthin asked, planning his own lights around the room.
"Oh, we're definitely taking him alive," Michael said, walking over to join Hephaestus by the console, "this fucker's gotta answer for what he's been doing here."
Hephaestus powered up the console and turned on the lights inside the lab they were in. He tapped in a few commands and let out a low growl, "It appearsss that thessse are jussst the mossst resssent victimsss."
"Fuck," Michael said angrily, switching off his helmet lights, "any idea what the sick bastard was up to?"
"I can't sssay," Hephaestus said, shaking his head, "but whatever it wasss, they were alive when they were disssected."
"How many," Michael asked, his voice shaking with anger.
"From what I can sssee here," Hephaestus said, scrolling through the logs, "our target has disssected two hundred and sssixty three unfortunate sssapientsss."
"Of all the shit fucking..." Michael switched over to comms, "anyone got anything?"
"We found the crew Michael," one of the silverfurs said.
Judging from the raspiness of his voice from age and smoking too much cqcq it had to be Gorill. The old Gaoian had about as many scars as his former captain, along with more than a little white peppering his fur, but he was second only to the brownies in combat effectiveness. It was no wonder that he had taken charge of the silverfurs on this mission. "It seems that most o' this ship is run automatically. The three Vizkitics we found are our target's personal attendants. Apparently they were bought from the Twisted Suns," he finished, venom practically dripping from his voice at the mention of the slaving group that had captured them.
"They have any info on our target," Michael asked through the comms.
"Once we said that we'd be freeing them they were all too happy to let us know where their master was," Gorill said with a slight chitter, "seems he's locked himself inside his quarters up here on the second level and they're sealed up tighter than a Goldpaw vault. Ain't no way we're gettn' in without some heavy equipment."
"Well," Michael said with a grin, "sit tight, the heavy equipment is coming to you. Yinz got anything else for us?"
"Yeah, it looks like the Allebenelin you took out in the corridor were the last of the security forces this guy had so ya should have an easy time makin' it up here," Gorill finished.
As soon as the comms channel closed Michael turned to Hephaestus, "Download what you can," he turned to face Ralthin, "well, it looks like we don't have to worry about any more security forces. Get everyone else together, we've got a door to bust through."
Following Gorill's directions, they all made their way up to their target's private quarters. Once there Michael ran his multipurpose scanner over the door and adjacent walls only to find that they were thick enough that even Hephaestus' fusion claws wouldn't be able to cut through. Luckily, there was a keypad next to the door and Hephaestus managed to hack his way through the, depressingly weak, the security protocols. The door opened and they were greeted by the sight of an elderly Robalin sitting in his species equivalent of a high backed armchair calmly tapping away at a tablet. He gently set the tablet on the table next to the armchair and looked at them all without the barest hint of fear.
"To what do I owe the pleasure of being visited by such a fine specimen as yourself," he said, totally ignoring the fact that he had half a dozen coilguns pointed at his chest. The strangest thing of all being that Michael's translator gave the Robalin a slight German accent. "I have been watching you the entire time you have been on my ship," he said, gingerly levering himself out of his chair, "and to think that you managed to kill my beloved pet so easily," he shook his head and eyed Michael shrewdly, "but that is not the most impressive thing I was granted the pleasure of seeing today hmmm. I must admit that your own pet is far more impressive than any Vulza," he finished, looking at Michael expectantly.
Before Michael could say anything Hephaestus shouldered past and growled at the Robalin, "I am not hisss pet," he spat.
"Most impressive," the Robalin said, taking a step closer and ignoring Hephaestus' angry glare, "not only does this one refrain from attacking everything in sight, but it speaks your language fluently," he paused for a moment, "I don't believe we've been properly introduced."
"You can call me Mandalore," Michael said, taking another step forward, "and I can promise that if you cooperate things will go much easier for you."
"I must regretfully decline your offer," the Robalin said, taking a step back, "You see, I am doing important work here. Important work that must go...uninterrupted."
Two things happened simultaneously. The first was the door slamming shut, trapping Michael and Hephaestus inside the room with the Robalin. The second thing was a forcefield flickering to life where the Robalin had been standing moments before.
Michael activated his comms, "Ralthin, Yinz okay out there?"
*Static*
"Ralthin?!"
Michael looked back to the Robalin.
He spoke but his voice was somewhat distorted coming through the force field, "I have jammed your comms. There is no hope of reaching them. It is quite a shame though, I had hoped to get samples while you were still alive."
Michael wondered what he meant for a split second before the notification popped up on his HUD.
ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE DECREASING
SWITCHING TO CLOSED CYCLE
So that was what the fucker was planning.
Michael glanced over to Hephaestus and was thankful for the telltale shimmer of an active atmospheric retention field surrounding him. Hephaestus gave him an almost imperceptible nod. Michael looked back at the Robalin who now looked slightly worried that they hadn't at least passed out yet.
He sighed and walked up to the force field separating himself from the now terrified Robalin. He brought his right gauntlet up so that it was just touching the field and activated his Tesla coil. Force fields being made of more or less pure electrostatic energy made excellent conductors, too bad the emitters weren’t rated for high voltage. The forcefield collapsed and the sudden rush of air as the pressure in the room equalized was almost enough to knock him off his feet...almost. It did, however, knock the Robalin off his, and he collapsed to the deck gasping for breath in the now very thin atmosphere.
Michael walked over to where the Robalin was laying on the deck and looked down at him, placing his hands on his hips, "Well that fucking worked out well for you didn't it? You better open that door before I lose my patience."
The Robalin gave Michael one last look of defiance before the door opened with a rush of air as the pressure equalized. Ralthin and Yeg burst inside, training their guns on the Robalin, "You alright," Ralthin asked, glancing at Michael.
Michael turned to look at Ralthin, "Yeah, we're fine. How 'bout you?"
"Other than almost bein' crushed by that Keeda damned door I'm fine," he said with a slight chitter.
"Good to hear," Michael turned back to the Robalin, "Now what you're gonna do is come with us back to our ship quietly. Try anything else and it's gonna cost you an arm, got that?"
The Robalin simply nodded and stood to his feet.
They made their way back to the Requiem without further incident and got the Robalin into one of the seats, activating the stasis field once he was awkwardly strapped in. Once that was taken care of Michael went back to the central garden to get one last look at the Vulza. He would have liked to take the whole head back and mount it in the crew mess as a trophy, but seeing as it was three times as big as himself Michael settled on a few of its teeth and a claw from its right forefoot.
After he got his trophies stashed inside the Requiem”s cargo compartment he went back outside to where the three Vizkitticks were nervously waiting. He found out that the Robalin had purchased them from the Twisted Suns shortly before Michael had even been abducted. He also found out that each one of them had an implant that would stop their heart if they so much as made a whisper of protest against their former master. When he offered to have the implants removed once they got back to the Dawn all three were beyond ecstatic. After asking a few more questions he found out that they had been responsible not only for attending to the Robalin, but they were the sole reason that the gardens around the palace and onboard the yacht we're in such pristine condition. Apparently all three of them were expert biologists, so when Michael offered them employment maintaining the hydroponics bay on the Dawn they jumped at the chance. Especially when Michael told them that they were free to move about the ship as they wanted. The last thing he asked them about the palace. The three Vizkitticks confirmed that there was nobody there at present. Everyone, including the ample security forces, had been aboard the yacht as the yacht itself was the only place their former master could work without interruption.
With that final question answered everyone got on the Requiem and strapped in for liftoff. Sadly, they didn't have any chairs for the Vizkitticks so they had to make do with sitting in the middle of the cargo area holding on to cargo straps for security. Michael lifted the Requiem off the deck and flipped her around to face the yacht, holding position about five hundred meters away. He wished he could have done more for the poor souls that had met their end at the hands of the Robalin, but at least he could offer them a burial at sea.
He brought up the targeting system, it took a few seconds before it got a solid lock, but once it did Michael sent six missiles screaming toward the doomed vessel. They detonated on impact with the unarmored hull and opened up a hole large enough to park a bus in. Seawater rushed into the hole and must have shorted something because an explosion rocked the vessel effectively breaking the ship in two.
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Hunter Space
The Hive
Highest Beta of the Brood that Builds
Ever since the Alpha had returned it had been throwing itself into developing better implants. Something had happened while the Alpha was away. Something bad. Bad enough that the entirety of the Guardian Brood had been dismantled and absorbed into the Brood that Builds. Not that any of the other broods would have noticed, but to the Highest Beta, absorbing those fanatics into the brood got it interested enough to do some digging into the Alpha's dealings.
Of course, doing such a thing meant that it was going against the Alpha, and that meant total secrecy. Gathering the necessary information had pushed the limits of its patience, but the Highest Beta had grudgingly waited until its hunt was finished. The hive processed thousands of ships and even more meat-slaves every [month] so a few misdirected shipments of meat-slaves and several thousand captured ships being “misplaced” wouldn't have raised any alarms, but when the Highest Beta had been able to access the Alpha's personal archive the cloak on its prize had fallen away. From what it found, the Alpha had been using those slaves and ships to construct a warship of gargantuan proportions. The Highest Beta was in such awe of the design that it had almost gotten itself caught. Almost. It appeared that the Alpha had fail-safes in place for just such an occasion as this. Thankfully the Highest Beta had chosen to access the archives wirelessly instead of being stupid enough manually enter commands into the Alpha's private terminal. That alone had saved it from a forcefield trap and a deadly electric shock.
What really angered the Highest Beta was the last log entry.
LOG ENTRY #256734
HUNT FAILED. PROJECT REBIRTH TERMINATED. ALL ASSETS LEFT IN ORBIT FOR LATER RETRIEVAL.
It seems that the Alpha was not as infallible as it had lead the Builders to believe. An idea took shape that made the Highest Beta's maw salivate in anticipation. If it could reclaim the ship and succeed where the Alpha had failed the other Builders would have no choice but to follow the Highest Beta as the new Alpha of the Brood That Builds. It began making preparations to put its plan into motion.
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Far Reaches, in orbit around Cimbrean
Radiant Dawn, starboard escape pod bay
Michael Kepler
The escape pods on the Dawn were large enough to border on being their own shuttles. Hell, they practically were their own shuttles, fully functioning airlock, full maneuvering capabilities, a top speed of sixteen kilolights, and enough stasis seats for twenty. Even so, the sounds of Irk “talking” to the Robalin carried through the closed airlock that Michael was leaning against the wall next too.
*THWACK*
"Why me?!"
*THUMP*
"Why my family?!"
The robalin mumbled something that he couldn’t catch.
"THAT WAS THE REASON!? Where did you even get that information?"
The Robalin mumbled something else followed by deathly silence.
The silence lasted for a few long moments before Irk stepped out of the pod looking...troubled. He glanced at Michael, "I have...I need time to think," he glanced back into the pod, "Do with him as you wish. I have no more need of him."
Michael knew better than to push the issue and he let Irk walk away down the corridor. He watched until Irk was out of sight then he let out a deep sigh and turned to see what he had done to the robalin. What he saw didn't fit at all with the image of Irk that he had built up during their travels together. The Robalin was hardly recognizable. His arms were broken in multiple places and ended in charred stumps. His whole body was covered in contusions and there was blood dripping down his face from where Irk had gouged out one of his eyes. Michael sighed again, closed the door and brought up the launch sequence from the control panel next to the airlock. In short order, Michael erased the protocols for automated stasis field activation and disabled the homing beacon. A few more seconds and the new course was set. Michael grinned to himself as he hit the launch button. The pod disengaged from the ship with a soft thunk that he felt through the deck and moved away at a leisurely pace until it was about a hundred meters from the hull. Michael watched as it angled itself to align with it's newly programmed course. It held position relative to the Dawn for a few seconds before going to warp straight at Cimbrean's sun.
With that last little fuck you taken care of Michael went up to the hydroponics bay to see how his newest crewmembers were doing. He wound his way through the ship, stopping by the mess to grab a snack, really just five ration balls that he wolfed down with about a liter of talamay as a chaser. Finding out that talamay was alcoholic was a surprise when he first tasted it shortly after they left Haven. Thankfully he realized before he was too drunk to stand. With that thought, he made his way back down to the hydroponics bay only to find the three Vizkitticks clustered around Irk's bonsai garden intently listening as Irk taught them the finer points of growing miniature trees.
"You see," Irk said, holding up the most impressive of his specimens, "when the roots don't have enough space to spread the tree only grows to [half a meter] in height. And with some patience, you can get some very interesting shapes."
Considering what Irk had just done it was good that he had something to occupy his attention for the moment at least. Michael decided it was better not to interrupt and instead, headed up to the bridge.
When he entered Goralin turned around in the copilot's seat, "You know, I think the rest of the crew are a little scared of you now," he said with a slightly mischievous tilt of his ears, "there's not many who could say they fought a Vulza and lived."
Michael chuckled as he walked over to the pilot seat and sat down, "You should've seen what Irk did to the Robalin, fucker was barely even alive before I sent the pod on a one way trip into the local star."
Goralin's ears went back, "Don't you think that's a little too much?"
"Personally I'd have rather left him to starve," Michael said with a shrug, "but I couldn't risk him turning the pod's beacon back on and being found by someone. Better to have the fucker just disappear."
"If you say so," Goralin said, "Anyway, since we seem to be done here where are we heading next?"
"I was thinking since our supplies are starting to run low that we should head back to Haven and stock up," Michael said, bringing the jump drive online and starting the charging sequence, "but before we jump I'm gonna drop a beacon out on the edge of the system."
"That's a good idea," Goralin said, duck-nodding his head and shoulders, "If we ever want to come back out here it would save a lot of time. But why the edge of the system? It's not like anyone would find the beacon if we dropped it in orbit around Cimbrean."
"You're probably right," Michael said, taking control and angling the ship away from the planet, "but I don't want to take any chances if anyone comes snooping around."
A quick hop later and the ship was holding a steady orbit on the extreme edge of the system. They already had six beacons made up so getting one ready and dropping it only took about ten minutes. After that final bit of business was completed Michael got on the intercom and had everyone prepare for the jump. Not that there was any risk of spontaneous disassembly, but Michael would rather play things safe.
He got word that everyone was ready and opened the intercom, "Alright guys, jumping in five...four…three...two...one."
He activated the jump drive and the Dawn blinked halfway across the galaxy to arrive at the Haven jump beacon, holding position at three hundred meters.
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Date Point: 9 months, 1 week, 5 days AV
Haven
Central market
Hephaestus
They had docked at Haven about three days ago and Michael had gone over the rules with the crew before they disembarked. Same as usual, nobody was to speak of him under pain of death from Michael. A while back Michael had set up a payment system for his crew and they were itching to spend some of it.
To keep himself busy Michael had laid out a truly tantalizing task of upgrading the Mjolnir canon. Something he saw in a movie gave him the idea of attaching a warp drive to the already massive slugs the gun fired. While they already did enough damage to render most things inoperable when they hit at two kilometers per second, the idea of accelerating a slug to near light speed before they impacted was just the next logical step, and since they had an industrial nanofac on the Dawn it would be stupidly cheap to make enough warp drives.
He had, in his usual efficiency, crunched the numbers, and set the nanofac to manufacture a prototype in just a few days. So while he was waiting he decided to break the one rule Michael had set for him. Donning his armor he left the ship to have a look around. He wasn't so foolish as to walk onboard Haven for anyone to see though. No, for this little excursion he was cloaked.
He had made his way to the central market very careful not to bump into anyone or give himself away. And now he was hanging from the ceiling "people watching" as Michael would have called it. Watching other sapients going about their daily lives, buying and selling everything imaginable, struck a chord somewhere deep inside. It was something he very much wanted to try for himself, but since even word of a Hunter around was enough to cause a panic he was forced to hide in the shadows, apart from the daily lives of ordinary beings. Even if they managed to get the ship the Alpha Builder back to civilization and wake up the other members of his brood, there were centuries of terror and hatred so deeply ingrained in every other species that it would probably take decades before his kind were even allowed to walk in the light.
But would it really take that long though? Michael had been accepting enough, and doubly so for the Gaoians. Then again, he had no small part in saving Goralin, Ralthin, and Thorain from Rust. Much the same went for the other crew on the Dawn. If they hadn't met like they did Hephaestus doubted that they would have taken to him as well as they had. Maybe...
He went back to people watching in a much better mood. That is until a particular Corti caught his eye. To anyone else, the Corti would seem like just another face in the ever-changing crowd, but from Hephaestus' elevated vantage point the way the Corti was avoiding everyone stood out. Something in the back of his mind tickled his curiosity. He zoomed in using one of the cameras on his visual suite to get a better look, and he almost fell off the ceiling in surprise. The Corti he was looking at should have been in a Dominion prison somewhere, and yet here he was walking free. He had no idea why Quib was on Haven, and he wasn't about to interrupt Michael's fun until he gathered some more information.
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Haven
Gabby's quarters
Michael Kepler
"Seriously," Gabby asked, incredulously, "Your folks were Amish?!"
"Hard to believe huh," Michael said back with a grin.
The night before had been spent energetically relieving certain frustrations that had built up over the last few months, and now he and Gabby were both sitting on her couch wearing nothing but their skin, just enjoying each other's company.
Michael took a puff from his cqcq cigarette, "it was my dad that convinced her to leave with him when his older brother had an accident with a chainsaw. His parents waited too long to get his brother to a hospital, and when they finally did get him some help there was nothing the doctors could do. His brother ended up dying on the operating table. After that, he and my mother left and started a new life together."
"Must have been hard on them," Gabby said after a long pause, "starting with nothing like that."
"That's not the half of it," Michael said, shaking his head, "when they left, the church 'shunned' them and their families severed all contact," he let out a deep sigh, "the only reason they made it at all was because my dad was able to get a good paying job as a carpenter for a local contractor."
"Wait, your family only had one income?!"
"Well, I was kinda...unplanned," Michael said a little sheepishly, "and with my mom being wholly against the idea of abortion or adoption, my dad worked a fuckton of overtime to make up for it. Things got better when I started school though," Michael paused to put out his cigarette, "my mom finally had time to get her GED so she could find a job."
"Damn," Gabby said, putting her own cigarette out after taking one last puff, "makes me feel a little guilty about my family after hearing all that."
"Eh, it's alright," Michael said with a shrug, "we may have not had much, but I never wanted for anything. Hell, when I told my folks I was applying to work at SpaceX they were fucking ecstatic," Michael chuckled, "heh, now that I think about it they were probably thinking their son working for a rocket company would be a hell of a thing to brag about if their families ever tried to get back in touch."
"I'll say," Gabby said with a laugh.
"I just had a thought. Would that contact you got on the station around Saturn be able to get a message to them?"
"Like I said when we first met, they won't send messages," Gabby paused for a moment, "not like it would do any good anyway. Fucking cowards put up some kinda shield around the whole system."
"They did what now," Michael asked, totally confused.
"I don't really understand it myself," Gabby said, shaking her head, "but the Guvnerags got really fucking scared when the news of that Hunter raid got out. Now everyone on Earth is fucking trapped unless they can get a jump drive som-"
Gabby was interrupted by the sound of the station's emergency alarms going off.
"The fuck," Michael asked, jumping to his feet.
Gabby was up and at her desk in seconds, "Hell if I know, the only reason that alarm should be going off is if we're being atta-"
She was cut off by an explosion that rocked the entire station, sending both her and Michael sprawling onto the deck.
Michael staggered to his feet and rushed over to where his armor was standing, glad he decided to bring the portable station that Hephaestus threw together last minute, "Well it definitely feels like the station's under attack."
"Yeah, no kidding," she said, bringing up the station comms, "Horlgin, what the FUCK is going on?!"
Michael struggled into the base layer and hit the activation panel on his right arm after making doubly sure that all the furniture was in the right place. In seconds the suit's base layer tightened around him in the familiar, almost too tight, embrace. Once he made sure everything was snug he stepped into the platform and let the station attach the rest of his armor.
Gabby pounded her fist on her desk in frustration, "Fucking comms are down. Tell me you can reach your ship."
Michael waited a tense few seconds as the last bits of his armor were secured in place and the system booted up. The first thing that caught his attention was an angry red notification on his HUD. Out of desperation, he refreshed the comms system hoping that it was just a glitch. It wasn't. Michael set his comms unit to rotate frequencies and grabbed his coilgun from the side of the armor stand, "Whoever's behind this knocked out my comms too."
Before either of them could say another word Gabby's turrets deployed from the ceiling and locked on to each of them while Gabby frantically entered commands to try and shut them down.
GET DOWN!!!" Michael shouted, activating the kinetic thrusters on his suit and leaping across the room. Gabby took the hint and dove under her desk just as Michael flew over it. The turret, not designed to have an armored human grab onto it, broke free from its mounting in a shower of sparks. Michael hit the ground just in time for the second turret to open fire. Pulse gun or not, it felt like he was being pummeled by a gorilla. It was all he could do to stay standing. He glanced down to see if Gabby was alright only to see her pull a fucking deagle out from under her desk and fire three shots into the remaining turret. It sputtered and died in a cloud of smoke and sparks.
Gabby scrambled to her feet, "Fuck my ears" she said, setting the deagle down on her desk, "You alright?"
It took Michael a second to remember how words worked, "I'm okay, but really? A fucking deagle? Where'd you even get one?"
"Got it from a very angry Hispanic woman that deals in Earth weapons," Gabby said with a smirk, pulling her work suit out of one of the desk drawers along with a pair of those weird toe shoes, "and this ain't the only thing I got either."
After getting dressed she walked over to one of the bookshelves and pulled it away from the wall, revealing a hidden compartment containing an AA-12 shotgun and two drum magazines.
"Damn," Michael said with a chuckle, "kinda wish I knew this angry Hispanic woman."
Gabby laughed, "I'll put you two in touch whe-"
The door to her office opened and a blur of an armored Gaoian rushed into the room skidding to a stop on all fours. Gabby turned on a dime, wrenching the AA-12 and a magazine off the rack. She slammed the magazine in and chambered a round.
"Wait," Michael said, vaulting the desk and putting himself in between them, "Don't shoot, he's one of mine!"
Gabby lowered her gun and the Gaoian took the opportunity to stand up and take off his helmet, "Wait, I recognize you. Yeg wasn't it?"
Yeg gave her a quick pant-grin, "Happy ya 'member me," he turned to Michael, "we got a problem boss."
"Yeah, I figured that much," Michael said sarcastically, "what're we dealing with?"
"Beats the fuck outta me. One minute things were goin' fine, an' the next thing we know most o' the station goes crazy an' some o' ours joined in."
"Wait, what do you mean some of ours joined in," Michael asked.
"I'm as confused as you," Yeg said, his ears going back, "bout a second before everything went down they all froze up an' I couldn't talk to 'em. Next thing I knew they jus' up and started clawing and biting everything in sight. Don't worry though, we got all twenty of them corralled back on the Dawn and in stasis with just a few scratches."
"Shit," Michael turned to look at Gabby, "you've been out here longer than I have, any ideas?"
"Fuck if I know," Gabby said with a shrug, "some of the stuff they sell here can do some crazy shit, but nothing like this."
Something clicked in the back of Michael's mind. Something that he really wished wasn't true, "Yeg, the ones that went crazy wouldn't happen to have implants would they?"
"What would that have to do with it," Yeg asked, tilting his head to the side.
"Just something Thorain said a while back," Michael said with a sigh, "He's a bit of a conspiracy nut, and as much as I hate to admit it, the group he talked about kina fits the bill here."
"Well, now you mention it, the only ones that went all crazy like did have implants," Yeg paused for a moment, "strange thing is it everyone on the ship is fine. It was only the ones that were here on the station that got all bitey."
"That makes sense," Michael said, walking over to the door and checking that there was nobody immediately outside, "Hephaestus did some work with Thorain securing our network."
"Hephaestus? Can't say I've heard of an E.T. with that name before," Gabby said walking over to stand just beside Michael.
"Well, I wasn't gonna tell you, but long story short, he's a Hunter I rescued when I left that rustball the Corti left me on," Michael glanced over and caught Gabby's horrified expression, "It's not what you think. He hates everything the rest of his species does and I trust him with my life."
"Fuck it," Gabby said exasperatedly, "I've got more important things to worry about. If you trust him, that's good enough for me."
"An' that's part o' the reason Ralthin sent me over here," Yeg's ears went back, "He's missing."
"What do you mean missing," Michael asked worriedly, "He's not supposed to leave the ship."
"Yeah, that's what we thought too," Yeg said, with a slight growl, "Goralin's checkin' the ship over with the best noses we got, but they ain't found him yet. And with Ralthin keeping the docking arm secure we don't think he left the ship neither."
Michael thought for a moment, "Yinz probably won't find him on the ship," he braced himself against the wall as another explosion shook the station, "with what's going on here Hephaestus is probably in the middle of it," he turned to look at Gabby, "C'mon, my ship's probably the safest place right now."
"My thoughts exactly," she said, shouldering her AA-12, "lead the way."
Michael stepped out into the corridor and raised his coilgun, "I'll take front. Yeg, you cover our rear. If anything that's not one of ours shows up, shoot it."
"Got it boss," Yeg said putting his helmet back on and detaching his own coilgun from his chest, "Oh, I almost fergot ta mention, Thorain was workin' on findin' out where that Fyu damned jamming signal was comin' from."
"Well, I hope he's got something for us by the time we get back to the ship. C'mon let's go," Michael finished, setting a quick pace down the corridor.
Getting to the central market from Gabby's office was tense. Michael was expecting to run into some of the crazies that had caused this mess with every open door they passed, but instead, they found nothing. It was eerie, there wasn't a single soul to be seen anywhere. They even stopped to check one of the restaurants just outside the central market. It was like everyone there had just got up mid-meal and left. Hell, some of the food was still warm.
They pressed on into the central market, still out of contact with the rest of Michael's crew on the Dawn, and there they found the first sign of the explosions that had rocked the station earlier. Half the stalls were in ruins, the telltale dents of heavy pulse fire and the still smoking slashes from fusion blades. Hell, it looked like there had been a full-scale riot. They made it about halfway through before they found the first body. Michael recognized the Vizkittic from his first time aboard the station when he bought his coffee plant, and, judging from his wounds, it looked like he was cut down as he tries to flee.
Michael stopped and activated his scanner, setting it to medical mode. He knelt down next to the poor Vizkittic and ran the scanner over his head.
"Shit," Michael said, deactivating his scanner and standing back up.
Yeg glanced in his direction, "What is it?"
"No implants," Michael trailed off.
He looked around and found another body, half crushed under the remains of what used to be a cargo skid. The poor Locyal's legs had been crushed beyond recognition and from the looks of things he had died from blood loss. Michael walked over, careful not to step in the pool of blood, and ran his scanner over his head.
"Fuck, this one doesn't have impla-"
He was cut off by movement near the far end of the central market. Michael turned and saw a group of varied species picking their way through the rubble armed with pulse guns and fusion weapons. Without a word six of them raised their pulse guns and opened fire in perfect unison. Michael, Gabby, and Yeg took cover behind a destroyed market stall. The pulse fire spattered against the ruined stall dislodging some debris, but otherwise doing no harm.
Michael stood up and fired six shots into the group, taking out three of the ones with pulse guns and wounding two more. The wounded ones simply ignored their injuries and kept on firing, a lucky shot hitting Michael square in the face. Fuck, it felt like he just got hit with a baseball bat, and if he wasn't wearing his helmet the hit probably would have broken his nose. He ducked back into cover and glanced at Gabby.
"Fuck it," she said, standing up and letting loose four blasts from her AA-12.
They were just far enough away for the buckshot to get a good spread. Five of them went down and three of their pulse guns exploded in a shower of sparks. The two that were left abandoned all reason and charged, ignoring their wounds and activating their fusion swords. They didn't even make it three steps before Yeg took them both out with a burst from his own coilgun.
Michael checked to make sure there were no more immediate threats before standing up, "Okay, what the fuck was that?! It was like they didn't even feel it when they got shot!"
"Fuck if I know," Gabby said, cautiously standing up as well, "Hell, even the way they were moving gave me the creeps."
"Well, we don't have time to figure it out here," Michael said, picking his way through the rubble toward the docking bay, "let's just get to my ship and hope we don't run into any more of them."
They made their way through the ruined market without further trouble only stopping so Michael could scan the heads of the poor fucks they just took out. Each and every one of them had implants. Michael really didn't like where the evidence was pointing, but there didn't seem to be a better alternative. Especially when he took into account how these fucks had been moving in total unison and the fact that everyone on the Dawn had been unaffected. The only plausible explanation was that someone or something had used the station's network to hack into everyone's implants.
They made the rest of the way to the docking bay without running into any more trouble, thank fuck for that, and were met by Ralthin guarding the entrance to the docking tube with four other brownies behind a veritable mountain of bodies. Michael had to admit, it was an impressive sight.
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2019.03.29 01:23 robot301_02 【zt】国外网民热烈讨论:种族主义在中国 by 左岸花不开 on 2015-02-26

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原帖地址:http://www.thechinaexpat.com/racism-in-china/
Racism in China Does racism exist in China? If you are reading this, you probably care about this question. This is a complicated issue, so please read carefully and leave your thoughts below or respond with your own post – but keep the language clean, otherwise your comments won’t show up. This post is not meant to say that racism is worse in China than elsewhere – it is merely an attempt to describe the racism that does exist in China. 种族主义在中国 在中国存在种族主义吗? 如果你读到这篇文章,你大概就会关注这个问题。这是一个复杂的问题,所以请仔细阅读并在下面留下你的看法,但是请不要说脏话,否则你的评论将不会显示。 这篇文章不是说中国的种族主义比世界上其他地方更严重,只是描述种族主义在中国存在的状况。
Racism Against Black People in China Racism against black people may be the strongest form of racism in China. Many families in China would be horrified if their son or daughter married a black person. Some would even disown them outright. It can be difficult getting a job teaching English in China if you are black. This is because of the perception of many people in China that only white people are ‘true Americans’ or ‘true English’ people. Sadly, it’s often easier to get a job teaching English in China as a white person from a country where English is not a native language than as a black person from a country where English is the only native language. Many people in China think most black people play basketball and are violent. If you are black, many people from China will perceive you as African. If you are not, you will have to repeatedly explain that you are from another country. 对黑人的种族主义 对黑人的种族主义在中国大概是以最强烈的形式存在。 对很多中国家庭来说,如果他们的儿子或者女儿娶了或者嫁给了黑人,将是一件非常恐怖的事情,许多人甚至会因此与他们的儿女断绝关系。 如果你是个黑人,在中国也非常难得到教英语的工作,这是因为在许多中国人的概念中,只有白人才是真正的美国人或者真正说英语的人。 令人难过的是,一个白人即使来自母语不是英语的国家,也比一个母语是英语的黑人更容易找到教英语的工作。 很多中国人认为黑人全都篮球打得很好,并且都很暴力。如果你是一个黑人,许多中国人都认为你来自非洲,如果你不是,那么你就得费尽口舌反复解释你来自一个地方。
The most common slur against black people in Chinese seems worse than that used for white people – “black ghost” vs. “old ghost”. Many people in China also assume that if you are black, you have very little money. Racism against blacks in China is also strongly linked to the class divisions and racism that exists within Chinese society. This is not a justification for racism against blacks in China, but for thousands of years Chinese people of lighter skin looked down upon those of darker skin, who often could not afford to be anything other than a peasant farmer. 中国人对黑人最常用的侮辱性的称呼是“黑鬼”,许多中国人觉得你是一个黑人的话,你肯定非常穷。在中国对黑人的种族歧视同时也是与中国社会存在的巨大社会鸿沟有关,当然这不是对黑人种族歧视的正当理由。但是数千年来,浅色皮肤的中国人瞧不起那些深色皮肤的人,深色皮肤的人通常被认为是买不起任何东西的农民。
Racism Against Other Races in China Though racism in China is strongest against black people, there is a general relationship that determines how foreigners are seen by many people in China: The darker your skin, the more racism you will experience. No matter where you grew up, if you are not white it will be tougher to get a job teaching English in China. 对其他种族的种族主义 尽管在中国对黑人的种族歧视最严重,但中国社会对他们怎样看待外国人有一种普遍的看法,那就是皮肤颜色越深,就越可能遭受更多的种族歧视。不管你在哪里长大,如果你不是白人,想要在中国找到教英语的工作就非常困难。
Racism against Japanese People in China Leading up to, during, and following World War II, Japan committed many atrocious acts in China and much of the Pacific Rim (with Korea also suffering greatly). This is something that should be redressed by Japan, and not ignored. However, two wrongs do not make a right – and racism against Japanese people in China is wrong. Some children in China are taught hate songs against Japanese people in elementary school – and history books in China that deal with Japan focus almost exclusively on the terrible things Japan did around World War II, ignoring much of Japan’s recent history. The fact that Japan is now a mostly pacifist country is not part of the general awareness of a person who grows up in China. Instead, the popular conception of Japan in today’s China casts Japan as a huge and dangerous threat. There also seems to be more slurs against Japanese people than against any other group of people. 对日本人的种族主义,在第二次世界大战发生前、之间和之后,日本人在中国犯下了残暴的罪行,这些当然都是日本需要偿还的,不能被忽视。但是不能因此认为中国人对日本人民的种族主义态度是正确的。 许多中国儿童在小学就被教唱反日歌曲,中国的历史课本专门着重介绍日本在二次世界大战期间犯过的严重罪行,而忽视介绍日本战后历史。 事实上,日本现在是世界上最和平的国家,并不像在中国长大的人认为的那样。正相反,普遍的观点认为,中国已经取代了当年的日本,成为世界上最大最危险的威胁。 在中国有对针对日本人的多种侮辱性词汇,比对任何其他群体都多。
Subtle Discrimination in China – Starring, Hello, Talking, and More Subtle discrimination in China is prevalent. Whether it be the obnoxious ‘hello!’ that gets shouted at your back, the constant staring, or the tendency for many people in China to immediately begin talking about foreigners or stories having to do with foreigners upon seeing them, subtle discrimination or at least ignorance is widespread in China. 隐性歧视—盯着看,问好,谈话等等 在中国隐性歧视非常普遍。无论是在你身后大声的打招呼,持续不断的盯着你瞅,或者许多中国人看到外国人后马上开始议论,这种隐性歧视在中国广泛存在,通常被忽视。
Racism Against Minorities Within China Racism doesn’t only extend to foreigners within China – it also extends to its own people. People from Tibet and virtually all Chinese ‘minorities’ are seen as backwards and in need of a helping hand to enter the modern world. Those from Xinjiang province are often looked down upon as thieves – children are especially vilified, since they are all looked at as thieves. And Xinjiang people are often harrassed by the cops. 对少数民族的种族主义 种族歧视并不只针对在中国的外国人,也针对他们自己人。西藏人和所有的少数民族都被视为落后民族,需要帮助他们进入文明社会。 那些来自xj的人通常被视为小偷,尤其是孩子,几乎全被视为小偷。xj人也经常被警察骚扰。
‘Classism’ Against Chinese People You don’t have to be of a different race to be discriminated against in China. People in China often treat those they perceive as belonging to a lower class quite poorly. 对中国人民的阶级歧视 在中国你不需要是个外国人才会被歧视,中国人通常会把那些非常穷的人视为下等人。
Racism Doesn’t Exist in China! If you ask a person in China whether racism exists, you may well be told that it does not exist, and that they respect people of all countries and colors. But dig a little deeper, ask questions such as ‘what do you think of black people’ or ‘what do you think of Japanese people’, and the answers that come back are often racist. 在中国不存在种族主义 如果你问一个中国人,在中国是否有种族主义存在,他通常会告诉你并不存在,他们尊重各个国家和各个肤色的人。但是如果你深入问一句,比如“你怎样看待黑人”或者“你怎样看待日本人”,得到的回答通常会非常种族主义。
How the average Person in China Perceives Racism Chinese people who believe there is racism in China often see it as a racism-against-blacks-only kind of phenomenon. It is clear that racism in China is strongest toward black people, however to believe that this is the only form of racism in China is almost as silly as believing that there is no racism at all. 大多数中国人如何看待种族主义? 那些相信中国存在种族主义的中国人通常将对黑人的歧视视为唯一的现象,很明显中国的种族歧视主要针对黑人,然而将这种形式的种族主义和中国完全不存在种族主义视为等同是十分愚蠢的。
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Japanese are beaut folks china should have better exchange with japan 日本人都很好,中国人最好和他们换换
I agree that chinese tend to be racist towards blacks!!!! and they stare and try to look down on us. I even got a c hinese who told me that chinese dont find black people beautiful and I am not even deep dark skin because im mix with hispanic. Chinese are too one-mind set. HOPE THE EXPO CONVERT THEM TO HUMANITY AS AN IDENTITY! 我同意中国人对黑人有种族歧视!!!他们试图看不起我们,甚至有中国人告诉我认为黑人不漂亮。我甚至不是纯黑人,我是和黑人和西班牙人混血。中国人太一根筋了,希望世博会能让他们变得有点人性。
We have explored the earth, discovered the cure for numerous diseases and even ventured into space. Despite all of our achievements, some of us are as yet to see each other as human beings 我们已经探索了整个地球,找到了治愈了无数的疾病的方法,甚至进入到太空探险。尽管取得了如此的成就,但我们中的一些人还是没有将另外一些人视为人类来看待。
Hi,I don’t think every Chinese person are racist against African or Black person. As I know there are lots of Chinese people who live in Jamaica and who are mixed race. 我不认为每个中国人都会非洲人或黑人有种族歧视。据我所知,有许多住在牙买加的中国人是混血。
I am a foreigner who has lived in China for 7 years and I just want to say that I believe racism exists in China although no one can ever claim that all people are good or all people are bad. I have black friends and my wife is Chinese so I have seen all aspects. Generally speaking, I have noticed that the “racist” people that I have come into contact with are usually not exposed to outside influences and therefore a little ignorant when it comes to the comments they make or actions they take. China’s recent past was severed from the rest of the world and now it’s citizens are just getting used to foreigners. Racism exists but generally in a mild none violent form. In general, Chinese are peace loving people 我是一个在中国生活了7年的外国人,我只想说中国确实存在种族主义,尽管没有人宣称哪些人好哪些人不好。我有一个黑人朋友,我的妻子是中国人,所以我可以全面的看待这个问题。总的来说,我所接触到的具有种族主义倾向的人通常是那些接触外部影响较少的人,所以在评论某些事或者做某些事的时候有点无知。中国当前的发展与接触外部世界密切相关,中国人也习惯外国人了。种族主义即使有,也是以一种温和非暴力的形式存在,总的来说,中国人是一群爱好和平的人。
hi, is there racism in chine against people of mixed blood?Im half chinese and half dutch. I look a bit chinese and my skin is just white. 在中国人们歧视混血人种吗?我有一半中国血统一半荷兰血统,我长得有点像中国人,但我的皮肤是白色的
I have a Chinese friend and we both want to live together in China when we are older and then travel to other places together. I am kina scared at how the people in China might react when they see me in their market with a Chinese. 我有一个中国朋友,我们都希望等我们岁数大了以后住在一起,到各个地方去旅行。我有点害怕如果我和一个中国人一起出现在他们的市场里,他们会如何看待我。
I moved to Beijing from Shanghai last week and I have been intensively searching for apartments. Two of the landlords after agreeing to sign a contract later denied after they came to know I am from India. I was informed that your price is okay but we only want to rent our apartment out to Europeans or Americans! 我上周从上海搬到北京,正积极的寻找公寓。两个房东在知道我来自印度后都毁约了,我被告知虽然我出的价格合适,但他们只把公寓租给欧洲人或美国人。
Do u think only caucasian are racist? No bro. Racism against black people may be the strongest form of racism in Singapore also. 你以为只有白人是种族主义者?对黑人的种族主义在新加坡也以最强烈的形式存在。
This is hilarious, an article about racism in China without a mention of the racism regarding whites – positive discrimination. Whites are treated preferentially before native local Chinese, they can run amok dating and fucking local women without resistance… positive racism is just as damaging to society, and is something that whites can’t see because they are used to it in their homelands… white privilege it’s called. 真他妈有意思,一篇关于中国人种族歧视的文章,却从来不提白人的种族主义—明显的歧视。白人在中国通常比当地人更加得到优待。他们可以任意横行,不受约束的约会和玩弄当地的女孩,明显的种族歧视对社会有严重危害,但却被白人完全忽视,因为在他们自己的国家就习惯了,这被称为白人特权。
the only true racism that exists in China is racism against Japanese. Chinese culture promotes humbleness,people usually see the advantage and superiority of other countries/races, including blacks. ppl who are prejudice toward black ppl are often poorly educated and backward minded (thinkin blacks r the slaves or the whites and all Africans r poor etc.) Chinese ppl do hate japanese… killin a jap is not even considered as a sin in China, its rather a heroic thing to do! if u understand the brutal things the japs done to China in the past,u’ll understand. today japs still havent improve much 在中国真正存在的种族主义是对针对日本的。中国文化提倡谦逊,人们通常看到的是别的国家或文化的优点,包括黑人。 那些歧视黑人的中国人通常缺乏教育和思想落后(认为黑人是白人的奴隶或者所有非洲人都是穷人等等) 中国人确实非常恨日本人,如果杀掉一个日本人通常不会被认为是犯罪,而会被视为一种英雄行为。 如果你知道日本人过去在中国犯下的野兽般的罪行,你就会理解的。今天日本人仍然是那个鸟样。
Hello all, I have been given the opportunity to travel to Beijing to teach in English by my university. I though it might be best to do some research into how I might be treated there and to be honest the article and the replies have scared me. I love to travel and am incredibly open minded and though I know life will be difficult for me in some places I hoped China would not be one of them because I have always wanted to go. It has been very disappointing to read….I won’t be applying to go their any more. 大家好 我有一个被我们学校派到北京去教英语的机会,我觉得这正是绝好的机会去检验我会在那里被如何对待,但是说实话,这篇文章和回复把我吓坏了。我喜欢去旅行,而且我有思想准备,知道生活在一些地方会很不容易,我希望中国不要是那样,因为我真的很想去。读了这篇文章让我很失望,我不会再申请去那了。
I, too, think that’s wrong for Chinese today to hate all Japanese for WWII. Likewise, since we are talking about blacks being treated bad in China, don’t you think it’s equally wrong for blacks to hate all whites today and demand ‘revenge’? 我也认为,中国人因为二战而恨日本人是错误的。就像我们谈论的黑人在中国被歧视那样,你是否也认为黑人应该恨所有的白人并想要复仇这种想法也同样也是错误的?
I am Indian and have lived in several European countries. The only racism I have faced is from immigrants, and especially the Chinese. Go into a Chinese one euro shop, and they will keep following you around. Europeans treat you normally. With a few exceptions, most Chinese I have encountered are racist. 我是印度人,在好几个欧洲国家生活过。我遭受过的唯一的种族歧视来自移民,尤其是中国移民。进入一个中国人开的商店,他们会一直跟着你。大部分情况下欧洲人都平等的对待我,大多数我接触到的中国人都是种族主义者。
I live in China right at the moment, and I do not see a lot of racism around here, even to the blacks and Japanese. There are plenty of Japanese and Koreans here, and we all get along pretty well, without any sort of conflict occuring. Not all the Chinese are strictly against Japanese and blacks.. 我现在正生活在中国,我没有看到太多种族主义,即使是对黑人和日本人。有很多日本和韩国人生活在这里,我们都相处的很好,没发生过一点冲突。不是所有的中国人多苛刻的对待日本人和黑人。
Racism is everywhere, especially in white countries. Asians get severely discriminated against in America, Europe, ect, so why shouldn’t white people and black people get discriminated in China? It’s only fair that they get a piece of the action. And at least China doen’t have racist organizations like the KKK; they don’t kill or physically threaten others. We don’t throw bananas at black people in football games like the white europeans. You see, China is infinitively less racist than than europe, but I only hope for more racism in China. I wish they’d have racist organizations that attack whites and blacks. If I go to China in a vacation I will participate in such racial acts mentioned in this article. 哪里都有种族主义,尤其在白人国家。亚洲人在美国和欧洲等地方被严重歧视,所以为什么白人和黑人在中国不能被歧视?这有这样才公平。至少中国不存在像3K党之类的种族主义组织,他们不会杀害或伤害别人。我们也没有像白人那样在足球比赛的时候向黑人球员扔香蕉。所以你看,中国人的种族歧视比欧洲少多了,但是我希望在中国能多些种族主义,我希望能有攻击白人和黑人的种族主义组织,如果我放假回中国,我也会像文章里写的那样做些攻击外国人的事情。
Uhm.The way your describing this topic sounds horrible. ..But I’m Black.I taught English in China.When I was in China I never experienced any type of racism there,people were actually very nice.When I went out to eat I got extra food for free,people came up to me and tried to dance like me in clubs,and people even complemented me on my hair.The only bad thing I experienced was the constant staring.But I can’t even get mad,they’ve probably never even seen a black person in person before.And my students first asked me why my skin was so tan.They really don’t understand. ..Other then the staring and questions…I NEVER experienced racism in China.I love it there.And I really wouldn’t mind going back. 你文章中描述的话题听起来太恐怖了。但是我是黑人,在中国教英语。当我在中国的时候,我没有遭受任何形式的种族歧视,人们都非常友好。当我去外面吃饭的时候别人还给我免费多加菜,在俱乐部人们接近我并学着像我那样跳舞。唯一不好的经历是他们总盯着我看,但是我一点都不生气。他们大概以前从来都没有亲眼见过黑人。我的学生开始总问我的皮肤为什么那么黑,他们实在是不能理解。。然后盯着我看并问我各种问题。我在中国从来没体验过歧视,我喜欢那里,我不介意再回去。
As an asian from Taiwan who studies English, I can’t excactly speak for all chinese people. It is definetly possible that they find themselves surperior and look down at any other races( whites even sometimes). I would generally say that Taiwan doesn’t really have that issue. We accept people of all races: Indies, americans…etc. 作为一个学习英语来自台湾的亚洲人,我没法为所有的中国人辩护。他们可能认为他们比其他人更高等,瞧不起其他种族(有时候甚至是白人),总的来说台湾不存在这种问题,我们接受任何种族,印度人,美国人等等。
In America, Blacks are extremely racist against Chinese people. Why do Chinese people have to bend over Blacks in China? 在美国,黑人严重歧视中国人,所以我们为什么要在中国对黑人客气?
Well being a Chinese American myself, I don’t think Chinese are racist against Blacks. Most of Chinese are mild and non violent. However, black people keep harassing them and abuse them physically. Therefore the fears are instill in their mind. Can you honestly walking into the Hoods or Ghetto in America without fear of being shot? I seriously think HIP HOP culture has brought too much Hate and violence to the black community. It is sad. However, I do have many African American friends who are educated and cool to hang out with..So it is not about racism, it is about how you carry yourself in a professional manner. 作为一个华裔美国人,我不认为中国人歧视黑人。大多数中国人性格温和而非暴力。然而,黑人不断骚扰、伤害他们,所以伤害仍留在记忆里。你能从容的在黑人贫民区散步而不担心被枪击吗?我认为HIP-HOP文化给黑人社区带来了太多的仇恨和暴力。然而,我也有很多受过良好教育的黑人朋友,我们常在一起玩。所以,这无关歧视,而是关于你如何约束自己的行为。
In atcors, Many chinese admire Will Smith, and if a film has will smith, they will watch it without thinking! T-T …what i wanna express is that many chinese are not that bad as u think 在演员里,许多中国人喜欢威尔史密斯,如果有威尔史密斯的电影,他们想都不想就会去看,我想表达的是许多中国人不是你想象的那样。
When I was online, using ICQ and omglet etc. Somebody insulting me also, “chink ,yellow monekys, fuck u ,chinaman.Dirty Chinese, ugly chinese, china has slanted-eyes. chingchangchong,cheap chinese etc.” and there are articles’chinese are racists’,,,,, I do not understand. 当我用ICQ和omglet等软件的聊天的时候,许多人也辱骂我是“中国佬”“黄猴子”、fuck you” 、“肮脏的中国人”、“丑陋的中国”“中国人有斜眼”“低贱的中国人”等等,而这里竟然有一篇文章说中国是种族主义者,我真搞不明白了。
I am born and raised in Hong Kong but I am filipina.I speak and understand cantonese.All my life I have experienced being discriminated by the chinese since elementary school until getting a job, opening a bank account (hsbc) and till this very day by just walking in a restaurant.Chinese people always suppose that we (non-chinese) dont understand them.they would talk about me & my friends/family out loud and have no clue I understand every single word.They were never aware or probably just dont care. 我在香港出生和长大,但我是菲律宾人。我能说并且能听懂广东话。我的一生都被中国人歧视,从上小学到找工作到开立银行账户,最近的一次是在饭馆里。中国人总以为我们(非中国人)不懂他们的语言。他们会大声议论我、我的朋友或我的家人,以为我听不懂他们在说什么,他们毫无顾忌或者说从来对不在乎别人的感受。
So far so good i am Educated and i have my degree, soon i will become an MBA holder at the age of 22….i don’t care about the Chinese or what they do think about Africans besides i don’t intend to visit such country as China or their retarded, ignorance racist people or perhaps marry one….If other great nation could fight and put a big stop against racism why China and the funny part of it is that, they keep on circulating the world gosh….Moreover we all know the truth so what is the point of hiding it…..Chinese don’t like blacks, they hate us and as long as they keep on doing it, we as black people or nation will not want to mix with them….i got my pride and i will stand for it. To all the black people around the world don’t go to China cos its not safe for blacks and Chinese should stay away from blacks as well….Wonder why Africans are still trading with such racist people…In addition, am not a racist, i welcome everyone, i love meeting people and making friends all around the world no matter your religion or where you come from. Well my school has given me the opportunity to meet people from different country and continent that came to study and i have got lot of experience and understand bout we human….peace. 到目前为止我混的还好,受过教育,而且我马上就要在22岁的时候拿到MBA学位了。我不在乎中国人怎么对待非洲人,因为我不打算去像中国那种国家,见那些弱智、无知的人或者和他们结婚。如果别的国家努力为消除歧视而斗争,为什么中国还是那个样子?他们也在世界各地流动啊。除此之外,我们都知道他们想隐藏的真相,中国人不喜欢黑人,他们恨我们。只要他们继续这样做,我们黑人或国家就不应该和他们打交道。我有自己的自尊,我将捍卫它。我想对全世界的黑人说,不要去中国因为那里对我们黑人来说不安全,中国人也应该离黑人远点。很奇怪为什么非洲国家仍然与如此种族主义的国家进行贸易。除此之外,我不是种族主义者,我欢迎每个人,我喜欢和全世界的人交往并和他们做朋友,不论他们的宗教是什么或者他们来自哪里。我的学校给了我大量机会接触到来自不同国家和大洲的人,我有过大量的经历并且明白我们都是人类。。。和平
i think ignorance of majority of chinese people is the main cause of their behaviour towards blacks in china, but one thing we all have to acknowledge is that the discrimination present in china is non violent unlike some other places like russia. i bliv we as human beings should unite now..n we’ll do much more than even goin to the moon, finding cures for diseases, inventions n all dat,, STAND FOR PEACE 我认为大多数中国人的无知是造成他们歧视黑人的主要原因。但是一件我们必须得知道的事情是中国存在的种族歧视是非暴力的,不像俄罗斯。我相信我们都是人类应该团结。我们除了登月、寻找治愈疾病的方法以及发明各种东西之外,还应该捍卫和平。
Also, if you think chinese people are racist. Go to korea, they are by far the most xenophobic race i’ve ever met. 如果你认为中国人是种族主义者,到韩国看看,他们是到目前为止我见到过的最排外的的种族
What for ?Not all of us! I am Chinese and i really want a black friend! but unfortunately Stupid people are everywhere! especially a country like China, which had been closed from outer world for centuries! just got open for only several decades .people need adapt to the new world 为什么?不是所有人都这样。我是中国人,我真想交个黑人朋友!但不幸的是哪里都有愚蠢的人,尤其是在中国。中国封闭自己好几个世纪了,才开放几十年,人们需要去接受新世界。
This whole blog is racist! Chinese people starring at you and saying ‘hello’ is racist? I’d say you have alot of cultural lessons to learn before you gain the slightest understanding of the Chinese point of view. Do not confuse curiosity with racism. 这整篇文章就是种族主义!中国人盯着你看、和你打招呼就是种族主义者了?你得好好补补文化课了,你对中国知道的太少了,不要把好奇理解为种族主义
The real problem liberals are going to have when China surpasses the United States is that it is not a multicultural society like the failing US, but basically all Asian. Multicultural society fails while Asian monoculture succeeds – proof that diversity is not strength. 真正的问题自由主义者们需要知道的是,即将超过失败的美国的中国并不是像美国那样的多元文化国家,而基本上全是亚洲人。多元文化社会失败而亚洲单一文化国家成功,证明了多元文化并不是国家发展的动力。
You’re 100% right Kenny. The racist attitude of Chinese towards black people should not be hidden. Our leaders deceive us saying China is our best friend, we have an excellent cooperation with China. The truth should be spread and told to the African people back in Africa. When you’re someone’s best friend, you’re welcome to his home. That’s what Chinese government should have done by making a positive propaganda about what they gain in Africa, by telling their people that more Chinese live and make a better living in Africa than the reverse. It’s the contrary that is done. Officially, they receive our heads of states in China with all the honours, they talk of win-win partnership. But in local laws and attitude, hatred against Africans and black people is encouraged. Chinese laws, not only the general public attitude, allow a homeless illeterate white American or European to get a 30-day tourist visa just by showing his passport. It’s believed that by his skin colour and nationality, he’s rich and virtuous. While a top-ranking African civil servant or executive will have to prove that he has at least USD100 per day spent in China. And once he’s got this visa, extending it in China is another story. How foolish those people can be! They open their doors to those who despise them and reject those who welcome and treat them as human beings. They were places in the western world where people used to paste this public notice: “Access forbidden to dogs and Chinese”. They were put in the same category as dogs and today they bow down before those people. Africans back in Africa should not trust the hypocritical smiles of Chinese traders who pose a serious threat to local African traders, while the reverse is not possible in China. They should stop buying products in Chinese shops and I tell Chinese in Africa, as a Chinese police officer told me in 2008 while trying to extend my L visa after being abused by a Chinese company, the best thing they have to do is to go back to their one colour paradise in China. We are happy in what is poverty and hell in their eyes, so please rich people leave us alone! Finally, it’s a young African who is talking. I promise, we will one day govern Africa and everything with China or any other arrogant country will be made on a reciprocal basis. All these immigration laws and border controls will be tightened, our doors will be opened to those who open theirs to us and tightly closed to those who close theirs to us. Currently, we are unfortunately ruled by selfish leaders whose only concern is to remain in power for life and who do not care about their people’s welfare. 你说的百分之百正确。中国人对黑人的种族歧视态度应该让大家都知道。我们的领导人欺骗我们说中国是我们最好的朋友,我们与中国有着良好的合作。而我们应该把事实的真相回去告诉非洲人民。当你是别人最好的朋友,你被邀请到他的家里去。中国政府就是那么做的,通过积极的宣传告诉他们的人民中国在非洲取得了什么成就,告诉他们越来越多的中国人生活在非洲,并且他们的日子过的越来越好。然而对待非洲人却正相反,在官方口径上,他们大谈中非友谊及双赢合作,然而在地方的法律和态度上,对黑人的歧视和仇恨却被鼓励。中国法律允许无家可归的文盲白人获得30天的旅游签证,通过他得肤色和国籍,中国人想当然的认为他既有钱又有道德。而上流阶层的非洲公务人员和总裁却需要证明他们每天在中国至少需要消费一百美元,一旦得到签证,如果延长签证时间更是一个问题,这些人有多脑残啊!非洲人打开国门欢迎并优待那些鄙视他们人进来。过去在西方国家的公共场合,明显写着“中国人与狗不得入内”,当时他们被当成和狗一个待遇,今天他们却向那些曾经侮辱他们的人卑躬屈膝。从中国回到非洲的非洲人不应该再相信那些挂着虚伪笑容而行为却对非洲当地商人有着严重威胁的中国人,我们应该停止在中国商店购买任何东西,我想对在非洲的中国人说,就像我在2008年被一个中国公司虐待后申请延长L-签证的时候中国警察跟我说的话,你最好滚回你们的单色人种天堂。我们在他们眼里就是贫困和地狱的代名词,所以请这些富人离我们远点。最后,请记住这个年轻黑人的话,我发誓总有一点我们将统治非洲,到那个时候,与中国或其他任何无知自大的国家的行为都会建立在平等互惠的基础之上,移民法和边境控制将会加紧,我们得国家只对欢迎我们的国家开放。目前来说,我们国家很不幸被那些自私的领导人控制,他们只关心自己的权力而完全不关心人民的福祉。
hi, I am an Asian working here in Beijing. I am so sad to know that the reality is racism do exist here.. I am currently working as a full time teacher. I have been normally working, working so hard until the day I have known that I am the CHEAPEST PAID FOREIGENER in my company. I started working with 2500 RMB a month as one-month trainee, then now, 3500. I thought that I am getting a good (so-so) pay, but I have heard that my co-workers from Western countries (white ones) receive 10000 RMB per month and THEY ONLY WORK BY HOURS A WEEK, I MEAN IT’S NOT LIKE ME, 40 HOURS/WEEK. I then felt, it is really unfair. I am now actually thorned, if I will resign and change my work into a higher salary one, or just ask a raise from my boss. But regarding the latter choice, the big question is how? Will my boss accept it calmly? or will he look down on me… I am really suffocated… I just feel, they abused my innocence (or should I say stupidity)… TT 我是一个在北京工作的亚洲人,我很难过我知道的现实情况是种族主义在这里确实存在。我现在是一个全职教师,我努力工作直到我知道我是我们公司工资最少的外国教师。我在试用期的时候的时候一个月工资2500元人民币,现在3500元一个月。我以为我的工资不少了,但是我听说我的同事,一个来自西方国家的白人,每月10000元人民币,而且每周只工作几个小时,不像我,每周得工作40个小时。我感觉实在是太不公平了。我现在很苦恼,或者我辞职或者换一个工资高一点的工作,或者找我的老板要求涨工资。但是关于后一个选择,问题是怎么做?我的老板会答应吗?或者是否他会瞧不起我,我真的要窒息了,我真是感觉,他们伤害了我的纯真(或者说是愚蠢)T T
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2019.01.19 19:07 suydigalta NFLPA Collegiate Bowl 2019 live 2019 East–West Shrine Game Live

NFLPA Collegiate Bowl 2019 live 2019 East–West Shrine Game Live

Date:Saturday, January 19, 2019
Time:3 p.m. EST Kickoff
Stream On:: East Team vs West Team Live

The East-West Shrine Game, the nation’s longest running college all-star football game, will air Saturday, January 19 on an international radio network including over one hundred fifty stations led by SB Nation Radio, on SiriusXM radios and the SiriusXM app (SiriusXM NFL Radio, channel 88) as well as online at shrinegame.com. The broadcast will be available on phones, tablets and other connected devices via the free Tunein internet radio app for mobile devices. WHBO 1040 will be the local Tampa Bay flagship station for the national broadcast.
“We’re thrilled to continue our partnership with the East West Shrine game,” said David Gow, Chairman and CEO of Gow Media. “It’s an honor to broadcast such a wonderful game each year and help shine a spotlight on the outstanding work by Shriners Hospitals for Children.”
For the eighth year, Patrick Kinas will lead the live broadcast from Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. Kinas is a veteran play-by-play broadcaster heard nationally on Westwood One's college football and basketball coverage while also hosting the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea for Westwood One earlier this year. Patrick is also in his 7th year as voice of the Durham Bulls (Triple-A, Tampa Bay Rays) and made several substitute appearances on the Rays Radio Network in 2018 as well.
Eight-year National Football League veteran (Falcons & Seahawks) Derek Rackley returns to the booth as analyst for the game broadcast. Since retiring from the League, Rackley has been active in booths for Big Ten and CBS Sports Networks and most recently broadcast NCAA and NFL games on Westwood One's national radio network. Former NFL and MLB All Star Brian Jordan return for the 7th year to add his perspective to this iconic event and action on the field.
Michigan broadcaster Rick Berkey will again patrol the sidelines, interviewing players, NFL coaches and all-star guests in attendance in support of the game’s beneficiary, Shriners Hospitals for Children®.
The game radio broadcast airs at 2:15 p.m. EST with kickoff scheduled for 3:07 p.m. EST.
The four and a half hour broadcast will be filled with exciting game action, interesting player stories, and interviews conducted live from the sidelines. The broadcast will highlight the important work of Shriners Hospitals for Children, featuring the 2019 patient ambassadors and their parents.St. Petersburg based Play-by-Play Sports Properties LLC produces the broadcasts. Joe Bourdow serves as Executive Producer. Additional information about the radio network broadcast is available at shrinegame.com.

For affiliation information contact:

Joe Bourdow, Play-by-Play Sports Properties,

Craig Larson, SB Nation Radio 713-479-5373ABOUT EAST-WEST SHRINE GAME The East-West Shrine Game® is the longest running college all-star football game in the nation. An invitation to take part in the game is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the best collegiate football players in the country to showcase their talents as top NFL prospects. Since 1925, the game has benefited Shriners Hospitals for Children®.Shriners Hospitals for Children improves the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, conducting innovative research, and offering outstanding educational programs for medical professionals. Children with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care, regardless of the families’ ability to pay, and r

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2019.01.19 17:13 suydigalta Game Thread :: 94th East-West Shrine live 2019 East–West Shrine Game Live

Game Thread :: 94th East-West Shrine live 2019 East–West Shrine Game Live
Date: Saturday, January 19, 2019 Time: 3 p.m. EST Kickoff
Stream On:: East Team vs West Team Live

The East-West Shrine Game, the nation’s longest running college all-star football game, will air Saturday, January 19 on an international radio network including over one hundred fifty stations led by SB Nation Radio, on SiriusXM radios and the SiriusXM app (SiriusXM NFL Radio, channel 88) as well as online at shrinegame.com. The broadcast will be available on phones, tablets and other connected devices via the free Tunein internet radio app for mobile devices. WHBO 1040 will be the local Tampa Bay flagship station for the national broadcast.
“We’re thrilled to continue our partnership with the East West Shrine game,” said David Gow, Chairman and CEO of Gow Media. “It’s an honor to broadcast such a wonderful game each year and help shine a spotlight on the outstanding work by Shriners Hospitals for Children.”
For the eighth year, Patrick Kinas will lead the live broadcast from Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. Kinas is a veteran play-by-play broadcaster heard nationally on Westwood One's college football and basketball coverage while also hosting the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea for Westwood One earlier this year. Patrick is also in his 7th year as voice of the Durham Bulls (Triple-A, Tampa Bay Rays) and made several substitute appearances on the Rays Radio Network in 2018 as well.
Eight-year National Football League veteran (Falcons & Seahawks) Derek Rackley returns to the booth as analyst for the game broadcast. Since retiring from the League, Rackley has been active in booths for Big Ten and CBS Sports Networks and most recently broadcast NCAA and NFL games on Westwood One's national radio network. Former NFL and MLB All Star Brian Jordan return for the 7th year to add his perspective to this iconic event and action on the field.
Michigan broadcaster Rick Berkey will again patrol the sidelines, interviewing players, NFL coaches and all-star guests in attendance in support of the game’s beneficiary, Shriners Hospitals for Children®.
The game radio broadcast airs at 2:15 p.m. EST with kickoff scheduled for 3:07 p.m. EST.
The four and a half hour broadcast will be filled with exciting game action, interesting player stories, and interviews conducted live from the sidelines. The broadcast will highlight the important work of Shriners Hospitals for Children, featuring the 2019 patient ambassadors and their parents.St. Petersburg based Play-by-Play Sports Properties LLC produces the broadcasts. Joe Bourdow serves as Executive Producer. Additional information about the radio network broadcast is available at shrinegame.com.

For affiliation information contact:

Joe Bourdow, Play-by-Play Sports Properties,

Craig Larson, SB Nation Radio 713-479-5373ABOUT EAST-WEST SHRINE GAME The East-West Shrine Game® is the longest running college all-star football game in the nation. An invitation to take part in the game is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the best collegiate football players in the country to showcase their talents as top NFL prospects. Since 1925, the game has benefited Shriners Hospitals for Children®.Shriners Hospitals for Children improves the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, conducting innovative research, and offering outstanding educational programs for medical professionals. Children with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care, regardless of the families’ ability to pay, and r

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2019.01.19 16:55 suydigalta Game Thread : 2019 East–West Shrine Game Live 94th East-West Shrine Game Live Stream info

Game Thread : 2019 East–West Shrine Game Live 94th East-West Shrine Game Live Stream info
Date: Saturday, January 19, 2019 Time: 3 p.m. EST Kickoff
Stream On:: East Team vs West Team Live

The East-West Shrine Game, the nation’s longest running college all-star football game, will air Saturday, January 19 on an international radio network including over one hundred fifty stations led by SB Nation Radio, on SiriusXM radios and the SiriusXM app (SiriusXM NFL Radio, channel 88) as well as online at shrinegame.com. The broadcast will be available on phones, tablets and other connected devices via the free Tunein internet radio app for mobile devices. WHBO 1040 will be the local Tampa Bay flagship station for the national broadcast.
“We’re thrilled to continue our partnership with the East West Shrine game,” said David Gow, Chairman and CEO of Gow Media. “It’s an honor to broadcast such a wonderful game each year and help shine a spotlight on the outstanding work by Shriners Hospitals for Children.”
For the eighth year, Patrick Kinas will lead the live broadcast from Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. Kinas is a veteran play-by-play broadcaster heard nationally on Westwood One's college football and basketball coverage while also hosting the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea for Westwood One earlier this year. Patrick is also in his 7th year as voice of the Durham Bulls (Triple-A, Tampa Bay Rays) and made several substitute appearances on the Rays Radio Network in 2018 as well.
Eight-year National Football League veteran (Falcons & Seahawks) Derek Rackley returns to the booth as analyst for the game broadcast. Since retiring from the League, Rackley has been active in booths for Big Ten and CBS Sports Networks and most recently broadcast NCAA and NFL games on Westwood One's national radio network. Former NFL and MLB All Star Brian Jordan return for the 7th year to add his perspective to this iconic event and action on the field.
Michigan broadcaster Rick Berkey will again patrol the sidelines, interviewing players, NFL coaches and all-star guests in attendance in support of the game’s beneficiary, Shriners Hospitals for Children®.
The game radio broadcast airs at 2:15 p.m. EST with kickoff scheduled for 3:07 p.m. EST.
The four and a half hour broadcast will be filled with exciting game action, interesting player stories, and interviews conducted live from the sidelines. The broadcast will highlight the important work of Shriners Hospitals for Children, featuring the 2019 patient ambassadors and their parents.St. Petersburg based Play-by-Play Sports Properties LLC produces the broadcasts. Joe Bourdow serves as Executive Producer. Additional information about the radio network broadcast is available at shrinegame.com.

For affiliation information contact:

Joe Bourdow, Play-by-Play Sports Properties,

Craig Larson, SB Nation Radio 713-479-5373ABOUT EAST-WEST SHRINE GAME The East-West Shrine Game® is the longest running college all-star football game in the nation. An invitation to take part in the game is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the best collegiate football players in the country to showcase their talents as top NFL prospects. Since 1925, the game has benefited Shriners Hospitals for Children®.Shriners Hospitals for Children improves the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, conducting innovative research, and offering outstanding educational programs for medical professionals. Children with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care, regardless of the families’ ability to pay, and receive all care and services in a compassionate, family-centered environment.

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2019.01.19 16:34 suydigalta Game Thread : 94th East-West Shrine Game Stream East Team vs West Team Live

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (December 19, 2018) – The East-West Shrine Game, the nation’s longest running college all-star football game, will air Saturday,
Date: Saturday, January 19, 2019 Time: 3 p.m. EST Kickoff
Stream On:: East Team vs West Team Live

January 19 on an international radio network including over one hundred fifty stations led by SB Nation Radio, on SiriusXM radios and the SiriusXM app (SiriusXM NFL Radio, channel 88) as well as online at shrinegame.com. The broadcast will be available on phones, tablets and other connected devices via the free Tunein internet radio app for mobile devices. WHBO 1040 will be the local Tampa Bay flagship station for the national broadcast.
“We’re thrilled to continue our partnership with the East West Shrine game,” said David Gow, Chairman and CEO of Gow Media. “It’s an honor to broadcast such a wonderful game each year and help shine a spotlight on the outstanding work by Shriners Hospitals for Children.”
For the eighth year, Patrick Kinas will lead the live broadcast from Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. Kinas is a veteran play-by-play broadcaster heard nationally on Westwood One's college football and basketball coverage while also hosting the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea for Westwood One earlier this year. Patrick is also in his 7th year as voice of the Durham Bulls (Triple-A, Tampa Bay Rays) and made several substitute appearances on the Rays Radio Network in 2018 as well.
Eight-year National Football League veteran (Falcons & Seahawks) Derek Rackley returns to the booth as analyst for the game broadcast. Since retiring from the League, Rackley has been active in booths for Big Ten and CBS Sports Networks and most recently broadcast NCAA and NFL games on Westwood One's national radio network. Former NFL and MLB All Star Brian Jordan return for the 7th year to add his perspective to this iconic event and action on the field.
Michigan broadcaster Rick Berkey will again patrol the sidelines, interviewing players, NFL coaches and all-star guests in attendance in support of the game’s beneficiary, Shriners Hospitals for Children®.
The game radio broadcast airs at 2:15 p.m. EST with kickoff scheduled for 3:07 p.m. EST.
The four and a half hour broadcast will be filled with exciting game action, interesting player stories, and interviews conducted live from the sidelines. The broadcast will highlight the important work of Shriners Hospitals for Children, featuring the 2019 patient ambassadors and their parents.St. Petersburg based Play-by-Play Sports Properties LLC produces the broadcasts. Joe Bourdow serves as Executive Producer. Additional information about the radio network broadcast is available at shrinegame.com.

For affiliation information contact:

Joe Bourdow, Play-by-Play Sports Properties, LLC 727-403-9907 /

Craig Larson, SB Nation Radio 713-479-5373ABOUT EAST-WEST SHRINE GAME The East-West Shrine Game® is the longest running college all-star football game in the nation. An invitation to take part in the game is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the best collegiate football players in the country to showcase their talents as top NFL prospects. Since 1925, the game has benefited Shriners Hospitals for Children®.Shriners Hospitals for Children improves the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, conducting innovative research, and offering outstanding educational programs for medical professionals. Children with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care, regardless of the families’ ability to pay, and receive all care and services in a compassionate, family-centered environment.

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2018.11.21 23:54 ikealovers Alone beneath a city

I was alone in the catacombs of Odessa in Ukraine, and this is my story. It’s a long one, so settle in! I haven’t been haunted ever since and I haven’t gone back. This is basically what happened that time in Ukraine this summer.
Me and my boyfriend did an amazing Europe-tour, visiting 24 countries in two months. And after doing all of the touristy attractions in all of Europe, like the Eiffel Tower, Red light district and so one, I was kina psyched when I heard about the catacombs in Ukraine. Well, they aren’t catacombs per se. Have you been to Paris or Rome? It’s not like that, not even the slightest. First of all, this is not a grave chamber. Other than the people who has gone missing, there are no dead bodies. And it is not a tourist attraction. There are no lights, no safety and definitely not any paths adapted to tourism. It is real and it feels like the Soviet Union left yesterday.
Just to give some information about this place; it was originally carved out by miners in the 18th century. They used it for the stone, and ever since it has been expanded to grasp-taking 2000 km. Quite large, at the least. It consists of several separate systems, and it has been quite popular for teenagers to go down there. During the Soviet times, the government used it for military bases and such, because it was quite close to the western countries. Nowadays, it’s empty and I heard you can take guided tours down there. For 8€, you’ll get an astonishing tour lasting several hours. My plan was never to go down alone, but to join a tour.
The first time I heard about this was in a Swedish podcast, where the narrator told the story about a girl called Masha. She had supposedly gone down there with her friends. Then she left the group to pee, and got lost. In the darkness she wandered for days. Couldn’t see anything, nothing to eat or drink. In the end, she collapsed and just died there, all alone. There’s a picture of her on the net, it’s basically a corpse which has become one with the ground. Behind her, there are three boys looking surprised. When I did go to the tour, they told me she did exist, but that wasn’t her name and she did die down there. I’m not gonna post a picture of a dead body, but you can find it online, if you desire to do so!
On the shaking train from Uzhgorod to Odessa, I found an online tour. The tour was in Russian, but it was mostly about being there, not understanding it. This was the 29th of June this year, and I called them and booked the same day. The tour started in the east of the city, and we took the tram out there. There were quite much people, and we got grouped together with around 20 others. When we were about to descend, a man called after me, screaming “Englishh” in very bad English. He told me they found other people who didn’t speak Russian, so we’d have an English guide. His accent was amazing, but we were grateful, because you’ll miss a lot of you take the Russian one. When we went down, it was quite obvious this was not adapted to tourism. Dark, cold and old. It was wet on the walls, old gas masks laying around and rusty Russian signs. The guide told us about the history, and it was honestly very cool. We walked around for hours, and saw some old shelters and the guide showed us some of the mining parts. He told us, that once they were looking for someone who had gone missing, and found twelve dead bodies en route. It was so strange being down there, we ended up in a nuclear shelter with instructions on how to hide in case of radiation.
I’m gonna get to it real soon, because those of you who are interested can probably google basically everything about the catacombs.
We carried on with the tour, and by the end of the tour we sat down in some shelter to drink tea. The guide told us about all of the people who come down here for fun, and never find their way back. In every intersection, there are arrows and words. Hundreds of them, pointing everywhere, with names above them. The guide told us it was their way to get out again, to find their way. There are no official maps, some people have tried but most of them are useless. There is no cellphone coverage nor GPS down there, so online maps are excluded. It was fairly creepy, standing there, underneath a large city, knowing how many lost corpses I actually had around me. It was the most “touristy” thing there was. Anyway, we walked around and in these narrow tunnels, it felt like the entire world was about to collapse right onto us. When we reached a pond in the “centre” of the catacombs, the guide told us to turn off our lights and just stand there. It was really fucking disturbing. I have never experienced true darkness and quietness before. It was.. Nothing there. It was the loneliest thing I’ve ever done, even though I was surrounded by others. I just really felt what it must have been down there all alone, wandering without any flashlight or water. Until your body gives up, and the only thing you’ll ever hear again is how your breathing seizes and you know you’re never going to meet another living soul again.
If you look at the two first pictures, you'll see what the tour kinda looked like. It was in that first part the tourist part was.
After we got up at Rozumovska Ulitsa, the group shattered and me and my boyfriend went into the city centre. It wasn’t until the next day that I got my brilliant idea. You see, by the end of the tour, the guide said very clearly “Do NOT try to enter the catacombs on your own”. And of course, it was never my intention to do so.
It took some serious convincing to get him onboard with the idea. He did not approve of it, as it was, as he expressed it, “the most stupid and dangerous thing you could possibly do”. But have you ever been so excited about something that you just look past all of the dangers with it? You know it’s extremely dangerous and yes, stupid. But somehow, in your brain it’s the thing that you really wanna do. You become kind of manic about it, ignoring the fact that you could become a decomposed corpse on a photo in ten years. Instead you look at the bright side, that it’s cool and exciting. I’ve always been interested in the occult and abandoned places. Ever since I was allowed to go out by myself, me and my friends have been visiting abandoned hospitals, followed old railroads into the countryside and been to half-destroyed churches. All around Scandinavia, from Copenhagen to Tromsø, we have found the “haunted” buildings everywhere. And Adam, the boyfriend, knew that. He also knows that I am very determined, and when I want to do something, I do it. So his approval would just make it easier, but a no wouldn’t stop it.
The next day I managed to work out a plan and I told him we had to go and get some tools and so on. I needed a helmet, because we had them in the group. It would be quite ridiculous to survive the catacombs on your own, but die from a falling stone.
The original plan was that we would go down together. With water, four flashlights and helmets. With phones and notes with personal information. But he objected. Adam thought it would be a bad idea. And since I managed to get him onboard, I kind of felt like I owed him something. So his idea was that I would go down on my own. Sounds idiotic, right? But he had a point. If we both went down, no one would know where we went. No one would look for us or send help. We would basically just decompose together. However, if I went down and he waited up there, he could send help. If I did not show up on time, someone would know where I went and he could send someone who knew the catacombs to find me. I figured that was smarter. Because let’s be real, there was a chance I would get lost down there. There were more tunnels than streets in Tunis’ old town.
The next day, the 1st of July, I decided to go down. Around Odessa, you’ll see plenty of metal doors in the middle of the streets, leading down. I wanted to go to the same system as the guide took us, since I wanted to be slightly familiar with the area. We chose a door in the same neighbourhood, which was kind of hidden. It is illegal to enter by yourself, and I did not feel like getting deported. I placed the lovely blue helmet on my head, and unpacked the two flashlights. One LED and one classical. I needed backup. At this point, I was so excited. When I got down, it was just like a normal staircase. The moment Adam closed the metal doors above me, I felt lonely.
Smart as I am, I forgot to turn on the lights. So my first reaction to walking in the dark was a little scream. I immediately said sorry, before I realised that it was only me there. I mean, hopefully only me.
I knew I had reached the bottom when the pale walls with arrows looked at me. I don’t know if you can imagine what it’s like being down there. By yourself, there’s no one to save you. And every step you take, you know you’re walking further and further away from comfort and safety.
The first 30 minutes were quite boring, honestly. I walked past some mining tools and a corridor filled with water. I was not wearing waterproof clothing or so, so I had to pass up on that idea. It was after 40 minutes down there I noticed something strange. It was so quiet, yet I heard distant footsteps. I don’t know if you’ve ever been walking in the forest alone, and then all of a sudden hearing something which does not belong there? It was like a reversed forest. It was quiet, but at the same time I knew those steps aren’t supposed to be there. I instantly panicked. WIth a shaking voice I shouted “Izvinitje, kto tam?”. I didn’t expect to get an answer, and I did not. Which just made me feel worse. I wanted to run away, but knowing so would impede my exit, since the footsteps came from behind. I couldn't get away. Then I stopped, thinking it perhaps was Adam. “Adam, is that you?”, I shouted. I begged that it would be him, but no. More silence. I decided to take a few deep breaths and carry on. I did not want to turn around. I tried to tell myself that it was the echo of my own footsteps. Have you ever been so scared that you jump to irrational conclusions? Yes? Me too.
I know I should’ve left by this point, I should have run. But I didn’t. Because I was very determined. This is perhaps where I should mention that I’m bipolar, and when I have decided to do something, nothing will stop me.
So I proceeded. I went further and further in, and I constantly felt like something was behind me. Like someone, something was hiding behind me. I got quite stressed out by this and turned the flashlight around, but there was nothing there. Obviously. Every time I did it, I felt like a complete fool.
I reached a Soviet shelter, of some kind. Honestly, it was frightening. The jail cells were still there. The toilets were still there, looking horrific. Some old phones were down there, and someone has placed a doll at a chair. That’s when the first really scary thing happened. I was in the “office” and I heard a loud metal sound a few tunnels away. I froze. I dropped the small flashlight. Instantly, my blood froze to ice and I could barely breathe. I sat down on the cold and moist ground. My only explanation was that there was a group tour here. I screamed “Ya zdyez!” very loud, and this time I expected to hear a guide or at least a participant shouting back. But, nothing. I got more and more panicked as I sat there. I became very conscious about my whereabouts. Below Odessa. Alone. With something unexplainable.
I decided to go there and check on since it was the only way out that I was aware of. I slowly walked backwards, holding both of the flashlights in front of me. I was really fucking scared by now. I immediately knew what was wrong when I got there. Someone had moved the door which was the exit to the shelter. I tried to move the door. Impossible. Like, I couldn’t move it a centimeter. It felt like that the door had been left like that to rust. I have a picture of the door, if you look at it you probably understand that literally nothing could move it. At least nothing human. But I was a million percent sure, someone had moved it. It was wide open before. Now I did something very stupid. Looking back at it, I realised I should have left as soon as possible, but I didn’t. Something inside of me liked this, I was curious.I took another tunnel to get out from the shelter. I had to climb through a wall which looked like it was about to collapse, and I ripped my pants. But that didn’t matter. I reached a creepy room/corridor where the ceiling literally had to be supported with pillars. I don’t know why, but it looks really creepy. I touched the roof and realised it was about to collapse at any time. If you look at one of the pics you'll kinda get what I mean. I started to run in pure fear that the ceiling would collapse right onto me. I entered a narrow tunnel with names on them. And years, dating back to the 18th century. The guide told us about the hundreds of miners who had passed away down here, and some of them were never recovered.
I then realised that I had to pee. I couldn’t tell why, but I felt watched at that very point, so I went on a little further. I put the flashlights on the ground and did what I had to. When I was done, before I picked them up, everything was in complete silence. It was strange, it felt like nothing was alive. Like I was the last person to live. The only thing I could hear was my own breathing. Until I realised that it was not my own breathing. I have chronic sinusitis, so I only breathe through my mouth. But I couldn’t mistake what I was hearing, someone was breathing through their noise. You know when something is funny but you don’t really laugh, you mostly just blow out air from your nose? It was exactly like this. Too irregular to be an animal, to loud to be human. The strange thing was that it was only releasing air, it did not actually take any air in. I held my own breath, and it kept on breathing. I figured it came from the left side of the tunnel. I started to feel like a maniac, but once again I decided to scream something. This time I just shouted “Hello” and waited a few seconds. I started to turn when I heard it. “Hej! Vem?”, something shouted. If I had panic before, I don’t know what this was. I started to sweat and breathing loudly. It was a Swedish or Norwegian person, and it means “Who’s there?”. I was not planning on finding out, so I started to run. I ran for at least a few minutes until the air in my throat started to burn. I leaned towards a wet wall and just stood there for a few moments. What the actual fuck was this? I was shaking from fear, I couldn't move.
The sweat was running down my back, creating a horrific feeling. I looked around. I was by an intersections, with hundreds of arrows on the walls. Then I realised I was lost. I checked the step meter on my phone, I had walked 8000 steps so far, so I was around five kilometres deep into the system. For a moment I thought I was going to die down there. I looked at the arrows, and the guide had told us to never follow them, since most of the people who drew them never got out of there. I shined the LED flashlights into the largest tunnel, trying to see a hint that it was an exit. As the light flew over the wall, I was a shadow. It was only for a decimal of a second, but I could see what it was. A child. Not more than 120 cm. Once again, I ran. This time, I heard footsteps behind me. I can’t run very fast, and they got closer. When I had to slow down, something hit me. Right on the middle of the spine, something hit me. I fell to the ground. I dropped the LED flashlight. It smashed into the wall and switched off. I just laid there for a while. I was so sure, I hadn’t tripped, I was pushed. And I realised that 50% of my light sources was broken. I looked at the wall, someone had written Pokidat, meaning “leave”. I decided to take the hint and I started walking in the opposite direction.
At this point, it wasn’t about the experience anymore, but more about surviving. I walked, and at all times it felt like something was watching my every move. I felt drained of energy. I was exhausted and confused. The shadows and voices were frequent at this point. They seemed upset, like I was interfering in there sphere. I didn’t know where to go. I just followed the paths I thought I had walked in before. Every time I turned around it was like someone was standing in the corner of my eyesight and heard footsteps. I was all alone in this hell, and I didn’t know where to go. I had dropped my water and I was so frightened. I was not trying to talk to them or fight it, I was just desperate to get out from this alive. I was lost and I cried. This was not what I wanted.
Then the first positive thing happened. I found my LED flashlight. It was broken, but it meant I was on the right path. I decided to turn of my flashlight and just stand there for a minute. I was just hoping everything would calm down. For a moment I could only heard my own breathing, and everything was silent again. For the first time, I relaxed. I just stood there. Until I felt something caressing my chin. It started off like a mosquito sitting on my chin and then it felt like a small, cold hand carefully touching my face. I let out a small scream and tried to hit it off, but ended up slapping myself in the face. Nothing there. I had to carry on. Sweaty, anxious and confused I walked away. It felt like I was high on something, the world was spinning and I felt hands on me.
I don’t know for how long I was walking. I remember walking straight into a wall, and that’s when I kind of regained my consciousness and looked around. I saw the pond where I entered and started running for my life. The ground was flat and that’s why it was such a surprise when I fell. Or, I was pushed harshly. I experienced pain unlike anything I’ve ever felt before. I started crying again, but I knew that I had to keep going. I heard the footsteps approaching, and I understood that I was not welcome. Whatever that had pushed me was powerful. I limped away towards the staircase. It was with the footsteps around me and whispers from the dark I crawled up on the staircase.
Adam screamed when he saw me, dirty and with a damaged foot. We left to the hotel to not attract attention. I could barely walk. In Chisinau the next day I got a bandage and painkillers. It wasn’t until I was home in Scandinavia, that I found out that the foot was actually broken.
This is it. This is what happened when I entered the catacombs by myself and came out with a broken foot. If you want to see it for yourself, please take a tour. Because I don’t really know what’s down there, but I’m quite sure it doesn’t like visitors.

Wanna see the pics? https://imgur.com/a/raNZCGj

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2018.09.21 23:32 polarispete Real World San Diego OG discussion thread

Thank you to those that have me feedback on doing this thread! I would like to create more for other individual seasons. This one happens to be my favorite because I had very episode taped at one point and recently watched it again online. It was on when I was 14 and was really getting into the show. I loved the cast and storylines. Frankie passed away from cystic fibrosis a few years after the show, Robin went on to do many challenges and had racist storylines, Cameran is on Bravo on Southern Charm , Jamie is a big name actress now, and of course Brad is in our current challenge timeline. I'm wondering what happened to Randy after dating Kina, what Jacquese is up to, and hell even Charlie. There was also a controversial issue with a girl that came into the house and was possibly assaulted. I have also heard stories about the cast sneaking off to find weed. I also want to know where frankie 's sister and boyfriend Dave are at now and maybe even Brads old gf Andrea . what are your favorite memories of the season? let's look back on RW San Diego and if you have at updates they are much appreciated!
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