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2023.06.03 14:00 Sir_David_Davidson Stop being a secondary character in your own life, and become the hero of your life's story!
Hi, David here!
We often perform the role of secondary characters in our own lives, doing little to impact or direct the overall plot. In some cases, we even play the part of the villain by self-sabotaging ourselves. If this sounds like you, then it’s time to recast yourself as the hero of your own life.
The hero’s journey always contains struggle. Without a struggle to overcome, you can’t even be a hero. Be glad that having something to struggle over gives you this opportunity instead of complaining about it.
There are heroic choices constantly being presented to you. Think of how a hero would act when faced by them.
Would a hero introduce himself to a cute girl sitting at a coffee shop, or choose to say nothing and have the opportunity forever slip away?
Would a hero hide his true beliefs and desires, or unapologetically let them be known?
Would a hero work to get better, or instantly give up at the first sign of defeat?
Be a catalyst for things occurring. Organize events. Be the one that asks others to join you in doing something. And if no one else wants to join an activity, be brave enough to still do it by yourself.
Don’t wait for someone or something else to save you. Do your own bit of saving.
BTW, I wanted to let you know that I just finished putting together my eBook "Bros Guide to Meeting Women
" version 4.0 and would LOVE to get some honest feedback from you!
I decided to give it away for free for the first 100 people who join my mailing list.
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This book is the result of going out and socializing with girls for over a decade. I have put in there all the fundamentals I have learned over that time so you know I have something to say ;) P.S: You can unsubscribe at any time with a click of a button if you feel you don't like the content of the emails anymore (but I am sure you will ;)
What are your thoughts? Do you have any tips to add? Let's discuss in the comments :)
Thanks for reading and have a GREAT day!
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2023.06.03 14:00 Arquisolajay One-third of galaxy's most common planets could be in habitable zone
Our familiar, warm, yellow sun is a relative rarity in the Milky Way. By far the most common stars are considerably smaller and cooler, sporting just half the mass of our sun at most. Billions of planets orbit these common dwarf stars in our galaxy.
To capture enough warmth to be habitable, these planets would need to huddle very close to their small stars, which leaves them susceptible to extreme tidal forces.
In a new analysis based on the latest telescope data, University of Florida astronomers have discovered that two-thirds of the planets around these ubiquitous small stars could be roasted by these tidal extremes, sterilizing them. But that leaves one-third of the planets -- hundreds of millions across the galaxy -- that could be in a goldilocks orbit close enough, and gentle enough, to hold onto liquid water and possibly harbor life.
UF astronomy professor Sarah Ballard and doctoral student Sheila Sagear published their findings the week of May 29 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
. Ballard and Sagear have long studied exoplanets, those worlds that orbit stars other than the sun.
"I think this result is really important for the next decade of exoplanet research, because eyes are shifting toward this population of stars," Sagear said. "These stars are excellent targets to look for small planets in an orbit where it's conceivable that water might be liquid and therefore the planet might be habitable."
Sagear and Ballard measured the eccentricity of a sample of more than 150 planets around these M dwarf stars, which are about the size of Jupiter. The more oval shaped an orbit, the more eccentric it is. If a planet orbits close enough to its star, at about the distance that Mercury orbits the sun, an eccentric orbit can subject it to a process known as tidal heating. As the planet is stretched and deformed by changing gravitational forces on its irregular orbit, friction heats it up. At the extreme end, this could bake the planet, removing all chance for liquid water.
"It's only for these small stars that the zone of habitability is close enough for these tidal forces to be relevant," Ballard said.
Data came from NASA's Kepler telescope, which captures information about exoplanets as they move in front of their host stars. To measure the planets' orbits, Ballard and Sagear focused especially on how long the planets took to move across the face of the stars. Their study also relied on new data from the Gaia telescope, which measured the distance to billions of stars in the galaxy.
"The distance is really the key piece of information we were missing before that allows us to do this analysis now," Sagear said.
Sagear and Ballard found that stars with multiple planets were the most likely to have the kind of circular orbits that allow them to retain liquid water. Stars with only one planet were the most likely to see tidal extremes that would sterilize the surface.
Since one-third of the planets in this small sample had gentle enough orbits to potentially host liquid water, that likely means that the Milky Way has hundreds of millions of promising targets to probe for signs of life outside our solar system.
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2023.06.03 14:00 Paul-Belgium Long and Silky Conditioner Ad, 1970s.
2023.06.03 13:58 kiostgo Im 6 months away to join the 30yo gang, please accept me. Ive always struggled with weight and Im emotional because I finally reached a personal goal (which I thought it was unrealistic). Still a long way to go, but I can finally say Ive lost 60 lbs and Ill welcome my 30s with a transformed self.
2023.06.03 13:57 nsfw_squirrels How long can limerence last?
Google tells me that limerence lasts, on average, between 3-36 months. Limerence for my LO#1 has been going on for NINE YEARS and shows no sign of stopping despite NC (he was my teacher and I finished school). Now I have LO#2 which has been going on for 3 years (another teacher, I must have a type) and we only stopped seeing each other a year ago. My mind bounces between the two and they wrestle for space, makes it hard to do anything productive at all
How long is your longest? How long do you think it can physically last once you go above average?
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2023.06.03 13:54 12nb34 Let me put it like about the antibody-dependent enhancement. Like everything in the world, it has good news and bad news. Let's start with the full half of the glass. The antibody-dependent enhancement may finally restore those long-missing peace and quiet on our beaches 🙂
2023.06.03 13:52 Big-Basis-2872 I just wanted to share. Hope this brings a deeper understanding to others.
We had known each other for about 3 years before our first union. I’ve always had this magnetic pull towards her but we never had a lot of time together. My mother randomly invites me to this festival I felt iffy about going to but I went anyways. As i was packing before leaving, I felt that I was about to meet someone very special.
The day we re-met (10/2022) was when I arrived at the fest. I was relaxing at my moms camp and there she was, in all her radiance. I spoke out to her, we instantly hit it off, and evidently her and my mom became friends the day prior. I felt this undeniable feeling of love for her which threw me off with how early it was. Regardless, I knew what I was feeling was as true. The conversations we shared felt so aligned. I remember her mentioning that she already started building a relationship with her future daughter and for some reason her name really stuck out to me. As we were talking with my mom, my mom invites her to stay and help out with our land in Brazil. She replies ecstatically and shared how she’s been wanting to move to South America since she was a child.
After the festival, the universe managed to align us both to attend another festival the weekend after. On the first day of the fest, we both thought it would be a good idea to host a little changa ceremony (smokable ayahuasca) to start off the weekend grounded before everyone indulges in other substances.
The whole ceremony was beautiful. She was taking care of all the little things I wasn’t thinking about and vise versa. I served her last, she didn’t finish her bowl, and I had this intuitive feeling to take a hit of it as it was still ignited. Although it was a small hit, I was blasted in along with her. I saw her in the most beautiful radiant light. She was a goddess, the divine feminine; the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. She told me she saw me as a god, the divine masculine. We looked around and saw that our entire soul family was there cheering us on and elated that we were aware of our connection. I remember crying with joy as I returned, thanking the universe for that experience. Shortly after we held each other as we shared our first ‘I love you’.
Later that day as we were sitting and listening to the music, she turns to me and says “so we’re soul mates right?” and I replied with “we’re at least soul mates, no doubt about it”. I begin to see this giant energetic vortex coming down straight from the sky in between the both of us as she says “we’re twin flames”. It instantly all made sense, the unexplainable connections, synchronicities, and signs from the universe. She then hits me with “you have (daughters name’s) eyes”. I was never really interested in having kids but this made me feel happy and excited. The relationship was already so beautiful and divine, I can’t even imagine what an experience it would be to raise and teach and learn from her. I knew there would be nothing but growth, love and healing emanating from that relationship.
As time goes by I notice that she sometimes doubts that experience. I almost had to remind her or reassure her at times. I also noticed she wouldn’t always reply with “I love you” when I would say it to her. It never bothered me for a second. I honestly thought it was cute that she felt overwhelmed with the feelings. It took her quite some time to open up into that space of love and vulnerability but I don’t think she fully got to that space.
Things were progressing beautifully in my eyes. We were serving changa whenever and wherever it was needed; we were able to offer so much healing to our friends and family. My future son came to me and she deeply resonated with his name and shared that she had been seeing it everywhere for months and knew she’d meet someone important with that name. We were making all the right moves towards moving to Brazil to build a healing center and homestead there. She got further in Duolingo than I got (I grew up learning Portuguese lol), got her dog all ready for the trip with vaccines and a passport, sold her valuables. We had told all of our friends and family that we were moving for good; we just didn’t buy out tickets yet.
She sits me down to talk and shares how she wants to work on how she’s always running. She shares how she never lived in one place longer than 6 months growing up so she never had any long lasting friendships/relationships and if there was any problems, she never had to work on them. She said she needed some space to think and be alone. Four days goes by and she comes by my house after work with all my things and says that she believes it’s time for our romantic relationship to end. She says that I deserve someone who knows and that she wasn’t sure herself. I asked if she still believed that we were twin flames and she said she didn’t know if she believed that concept but that she knew we have a strong soul connection. She said she felt that our soul contract was completed and that we taught each other everything we needed to. She did say that she wanted to still be close and that I am her best friend. I didn’t resonate with any of what she said but I accepted things as they were. My whole reality was shattered. That was the last possible thing I expected to happen.
3 days after I joined a mushroom ceremony my mom was hosting. I felt very very deeply but it was needed. My son came to me to reassure me that everything was okay. He taught me to step more into my masculine and become more of the ‘lion’ im meant to be to fully support my family. My daughter came to me the days prior and has continued to come to me through dreams and meditation. I saw her face in detail the other night.
I had the opportunity to come to Brazil with my mom later that month and I took it. I’m currently in Brazil and I’m glad I took that step. I’ve been dreaming of her here. I saw her meditating right next to me around the fire with my family. I had a dream of us in a style of home that is commonly built in this area (I didn’t know until the other day). I have been noticing a lot though. I spun fire for the first time and I thought she’d be the first to support me since she introduced me and taught me a lot of what I know (she didn’t). I noticed she unfollowed me on Duolingo and had blocked me from all her story posts and mine. I notice emotions that come up that don’t feel like mine. I feel like it’s coming from her. I can literally feel her the minute she reads a text I send. I find it interesting because she normally gets over relationships much faster than this (not that it was a normal relationship).
It hurts me but at the same time I have so much compassion because I know she’s going through it. I know all of this is needed and I know she’s my twin. Nothing can shake that out of me but it feels like there’s two sides of me that are constantly conflicting each other. My ego wants an explanation and to understand but my soul knows things beyond my ego’s comprehension. All I can do now is work on myself and trust. I know I’m not being punished and I know the best is coming to me. The universe has helped me get this far and I trust it doesn’t end there. This journey is like no other.
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2023.06.03 13:51 Content_Call5083 NSB (Straud Legacy) Gen 7 Ep. 113: A Strangerville Sleepover
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The newly minted King and Jester of prom
were capturing the moment with some artistic selfies when they spotted mean Queen Mollie nearby.
August was ready to fight her for his right to the crown when they noticed that far from furious, she looked… relaxed? Without her cloud of hanger’s on surrounding her, she didn’t seem to have anyone to scowl at, and her expression when she made eye contact with Peachy was odd.
She raised her glass of pepped-up punch in a salute, looking halfway between congratulatory and contemptuous for the second’s worth of attention she gave them before heading off to dance. Peachy was relieved she didn’t look set on revenge for his campaign of dirty rumors
, but also confused.
Was she happy with the outcome? Was she mean in part to get more peace? Regardless of her reasons, he was glad she was heading away from them. https://preview.redd.it/i0oal1hpls3b1.png?width=1920&format=png&auto=webp&s=c5c37de5136dd5ed01b7699a119ba2e5f07fdb02
Of course, such a fantastic night simply had to be prolonged, and the hottest afterparty in town was the one the coolest and funniest sims at Cooperdale high were attending.
The teens laughed, joked, and took advantage of the fair rides. It was only natural they would want the fun to last as long as possible, so when Fabian suggested the boys come to his place for a sleepover he had a ton of takers.
Peachy knew team farm was waiting up for them, and promised to head over after checking in with their elders to share the evening’s good news. https://preview.redd.it/e0wkbpqpls3b1.png?width=1920&format=png&auto=webp&s=efd3ba4cbb251b75bb7a98f0308780e5fbb5275c
Steven and Spencer were enjoying a “boys night” of their own, and cheerfully congratulated their respective children and niblings. The mages pulled out all the stops and brought in happy, ghostly grandparents also.
Jasper and Veronica answered the necrocall promptly and distributed loving translucent hugs to all their grandbabies before returning to the spirit realm.
The elder set of twins officially blessed the plan to keep the party going at Fabian’s place, and helped the kids pack a few essentials for overnight. https://preview.redd.it/l932alzpls3b1.png?width=1920&format=png&auto=webp&s=a8adf762dfe9880edec7f030d707b9a284b35c65
Arriving at Fabian’s, Peachy made popcorn and some gourmet cookies while August mixed up a pitcher of iced tea to keep their night fresh.
While his cousins were busy with refreshments, Paul was happy to join their friends for some board games out back. Unfortunately, the others didn’t realize how sensitive the younger boy was to their good-natured teasing.
Under the pale stars, Paul did his best to hide his tears and pretended to laugh off his mistakes with the same self-confidence the others had. https://preview.redd.it/g4cg2q8qls3b1.png?width=1920&format=png&auto=webp&s=b74994e5669ea644ddfbd0fd73bdaa699a87287b
That was fortunately the worst part of the night for the young mage, as scary movies were nothing to someone who regularly dodged werewolves.
By the time they were actually tired enough to set up bedding, Paul felt like just another one of the gang and took part in the grand pillow melee. https://preview.redd.it/3m6i00jqls3b1.png?width=1920&format=png&auto=webp&s=128e25a5ec4036a91c3e00581e0ce5f3b78b8a2f
That night the Jester and the King discovered they had a lot in common, bonding over their love of books and a desire for adventure.
August contemplated bringing his cousin into their Strangerville investigation, he was sure to love it and they could use the help, but he worried about his little cousin’s sensitive nature. He could be brave sometimes, but other times he still reminded August of the shy boy he was before aging up.
He fell asleep still unsure, and unable to discuss it with Peachy in front of all these others. https://preview.redd.it/8gej0zsqls3b1.png?width=1920&format=png&auto=webp&s=2195d5d525622d5518b168f7c6f6f86793d0cdf7
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2023.06.03 13:48 wtfixair12 The Role of Air Conditioner Cleaning in Preventing Mold and Mildew
Air conditioner installation in Adelaide
play a vital role in keeping our homes cool and comfortable during hot summer months. However, if not properly maintained, they can become a breeding ground for mold and mildew. The accumulation of dust, dirt, and moisture in the air conditioning system creates the perfect environment for these harmful substances to thrive. In this article, we will explore the importance of air conditioner cleaning in preventing mold and mildew growth, as well as provide you with valuable tips and techniques to keep your AC unit clean and mold-free.
The Role of Air Conditioner Cleaning in Preventing Mold and Mildew
Air conditioner cleaning is a crucial task that should not be overlooked. Regular maintenance and cleaning of your AC unit can help prevent the growth of mold and mildew, ensuring a healthy and comfortable indoor environment for you and your family. By keeping your air conditioner clean, you can avoid the following issues: Mold and Mildew Growth:
Mold and mildew thrive in dark, damp environments, making your air conditioner an ideal breeding ground. If left unchecked, these fungi can spread throughout your home, causing respiratory problems, allergies, and unpleasant odors.
Poor Indoor Air Quality:
A dirty air conditioner can circulate mold spores, dust, and other contaminants throughout your living space. Breathing in these pollutants can lead to respiratory issues and worsen existing allergies or asthma.
A clogged and dirty AC unit has to work harder to cool your home, leading to increased energy consumption and higher utility bills. Regular cleaning ensures that your air conditioner operates efficiently, saving you money in the long run.
Neglecting air conditioner cleaning can result in the accumulation of debris and blockages within the unit. This can cause the system to malfunction or even break down completely, requiring costly repairs or replacement.
To prevent these problems, it's essential to incorporate regular air conditioner cleaning into your home maintenance routine. Let's explore some effective cleaning techniques and best practices to keep your AC unit in top condition.
Effective Air Conditioner Cleaning Techniques Turn Off the Power:
Before starting any cleaning procedures, ensure that the power to your air conditioner is turned off. This step is crucial for your safety and to prevent any damage to the unit.
Clean or Replace the Air Filters:
Air filters play a vital role in trapping dust, pollen, and other airborne particles. Over time, they can become clogged, hindering proper airflow and providing a breeding ground for mold. Clean or replace your air filters regularly to maintain optimal air quality and prevent mold growth.
Clear Debris from Outdoor Unit:
The outdoor unit of your air conditioner can accumulate leaves, dirt, and debris, obstructing airflow and promoting mold growth. Remove any obstructions and clean the unit with a soft brush or vacuum cleaner to ensure proper ventilation.
Clean the Evaporator Coils:
The evaporator coils inside your air conditioner can collect dirt and dust, providing a perfect environment for mold and mildew. Use a soft brush or a specialized coil cleaner to gently remove the buildup. Take care not to bend or damage the delicate fins.
Check and Clean the Condensate Drain Line:
The condensate drain line removes excess moisture from your AC unit. Over time, it can become clogged with dirt and algae, leading to water backup and mold growth. Inspect the drain line regularly and clean it with a mixture of bleach and water to prevent blockages.
Schedule Professional Maintenance:
While regular DIY cleaning is essential, it's also recommended to schedule professional maintenance at least once a year. HVAC technicians have the expertise and tools to perform a thorough cleaning and inspection of your air conditioner, ensuring optimal performance and longevity.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- How often should I clean my air conditioner?
It's recommended to clean your air conditioner every one to three months, depending on usage and environmental factors. If you live in a dusty area or have pets, more frequent cleaning may be necessary.
- Can I use bleach to clean my air conditioner?
Yes, you can use a mixture of bleach and water to clean the condensate drain line and prevent mold growth. However, take precautions and follow manufacturer guidelines to avoid damaging other components.
- Are there any signs that indicate mold growth in my air conditioner?
Yes, some common signs of mold growth include a musty odor, visible mold or mildew, and an increase in allergy symptoms or respiratory issues when the AC is running.
- Can I clean the evaporator coils myself?
Yes, you can clean the evaporator coils yourself using a soft brush or a specialized coil cleaner. However, if you're not comfortable doing it, it's best to leave it to a professional.
- Should I cover my air conditioner when not in use?
It's recommended to cover your air conditioner during the winter months or when it's not in use for an extended period. This helps protect it from debris and moisture, reducing the risk of mold growth.
- Can mold in my air conditioner be harmful to my health?
Yes, mold in your air conditioner can release spores into the air, which can cause respiratory issues, allergies, and other health problems, particularly for individuals with pre-existing conditions.
Proper air conditioner cleaning is crucial in preventing mold and mildew growth, ensuring a healthy and comfortable indoor environment. By incorporating regular maintenance and cleaning practices, you can avoid issues such as mold-related health problems, poor indoor air quality, and reduced AC efficiency. Remember to clean or replace air filters, clear debris from the outdoor unit, clean the evaporator coils, check and clean the condensate drain line, and schedule professional maintenance when needed. By following these tips, you can keep your air conditioner running smoothly and enjoy clean, cool air throughout the year.
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2023.06.03 13:47 markwilliam2544 Revolutionizing the Road: A Look Into the Latest Car Technologies!
Are you ready for the future of driving? Car technology has come a long way in recent years, and it's showing no signs of slowing down. From electric cars to self-driving vehicles, let's take a deeper dive into some of the latest car technologies that are changing the game.
First up, electric cars. With concerns over climate change and the push towards sustainability, electric cars have become increasingly popular. Not only are they better for the environment, but they're also cheaper to operate and maintain. Plus, with advancements in battery technology, electric cars are now able to travel longer distances without needing a recharge.
Next, self-driving cars. While this technology is still in its early stages, there's no denying the potential impact it could have on the way we travel. Self-driving cars have the potential to reduce accidents on the road, as well as make transportation more accessible for those who are unable to drive themselves. Plus, imagine being able to work or relax during your daily commute instead of stressing out behind the wheel!
Other exciting car technologies include lane departure warnings, automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control. These features are designed to make driving safer and easier, and they're becoming more common in new cars.
Of course, with new technologies come new challenges. Cybersecurity and privacy concerns are valid issues when it comes to self-driving cars, and there are still questions around how to best integrate these new technologies into our existing infrastructure.
Overall, however, the future of car technology looks bright. With continued innovation and advancements, we may soon be living in a world where accidents on the road are rare, emissions are minimal, and commuting is a breeze.
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2023.06.03 13:40 smashT Beyond The GM! Ep 22 with Julian and Austin Jun 3, 2023
BeyondtheGM EP 22 featured special guests Doodles CEO Julian Holguin and head of Business Development and Strategy Austin Hurwitz. Great listen where many heard the vision from the Doodles team for the first time.
Heres the show if anyone wants to listen back. https://twitter.com/i/spaces/1OdKrzqrMbYKX
I've shared some of the Doodles related Q&A and alpha below: Can you share some details about your latest announcement for those who haven't seen it yet? Julian:
Doodles is partnering with a company called Camp
to launch our first ever immersive retail experience and for those of you that don't know what camp is, it's basically a network of hybrid play / shopping experiences where the front of the establishment is basically a toy store, but think of it like a specialty toy store. It's kind of like a modern day FAO Schwarz or something like that. It's got all the viral kids toys. It's not just like walking into a Toys R Us or a Target or something like that, t's kind of got that specialty feel to it. That makes up about I'd say less than a sixth of the space but in the back of that toy store, there's this hidden door and a camp counselor is waiting for you if you purchased a ticket to the immersive experience, you push through that magic door and behind that is essentially a 6000 square foot immersive experience that totally brings the world that you're going into to life. So they partner with some big IP to actually program those experiences. Los Angeles is Nike. It's called Nike Kids Camp.
New York is Disney's Encanto, a really big Disney animation movie that kind of took the world by storm last year. Dallas is Mickey Mouse and friends. Atlanta is The Little Mermaid. So obviously some of the biggest IP in the world. We are launching a new location with them this summer. So basically, we're going to be introduced to a whole new set of potential people in the particular market that we're going to be in because these experiences actually serve a purpose in those specific markets for longer than say 2 or 3 days. They are permanent establishments in those markets. So we're going to stay there for about 3 to 6 months and then the Doodles show will likely go on the road to some of their other locations. The solution that camp solves is what do you do with your family today? What do you do today? Do you have something to do with your kids, which is always on a parent's mind, right? Whether you're taking them to the park or you're taking them to Disneyland or you're taking them wherever you want to go. This is like a 2 or 3 hour thing that is really kind of hard to replicate, that gets people out of the house and you can have truly an incredible time.
My kids love it. So the the cool thing for us is that we get to bring one of our core competencies to life in a really material way where we know it's valuable to pop up at these big cultural moments like South-by and Art Basel, but it's a pretty resource intensive process to do that, and it's a pretty budget intensive process to do that. So we figured it made a lot of sense to kind of reallocate some of that funding into turning this concept into a true business, which is essentially what camp is, One, we're going to be selling merchandise, we're going to be selling tickets to the event, we're going to be selling sponsorships to the event. So there's a real business there but the big opportunity for Doodles is there's going to be thousands of new people that don't know anything about Doodles coming into this experience, and we have the opportunity to bring them into our world. We have the opportunity to bring those people on chain, especially with what we have planned and how the technology is almost going to be invisible to the people that are in there.
It's ultimately just going to be a great digital / physical consumer experience. So really, really excited. The utility that that's going to drive ultimately to holders is VIP all access, it's going to be free entry, whereas everybody else has to pay. There's going to be merchandise credits, there's going to be true like white glove concierge services. So whenever a Doodle holder is going to go to the the space in a given day, week, whatever it might be, they're actually going to have the really VIP experience that's going to come with all the bells and whistles and they're going to feel very, very special and not the kind of experience that everybody else is going to have when they go to the event and hopefully in time that space is going to travel so a lot more Doodle holders are going to be able to take part in it but one of the big things that we've heard in general from holders about our live events is, oh man, it's two days, three days, like what if I'm not able to make it that particular weekend? This is going to enable people to have a little bit more travel plans put together if they do want to make it all the way out here but the cool thing is, it's going to travel.
We're still going to do live events in other parts of the world but this is a big one for us. The other part is that we're actually going to introduce our first line of kids merchandise, goods and apparel, which is something that the community has been asking for. We have a lot of parents in the Doodles community and it's also a way to introduce the brand to a lot of new people. As far as the experience itself, there's going to be like dayparting programing. So kids and family programing is going to be in the day for the most part and then at night there's going to be stuff that's more focused on adults. So multiple generations can take part in this. It's going to be a blast. I can't wait for everybody to see the designs, what the experience is going to look like, how it's going to connect to our collector ecosystem in the studio and bring NFT's to life in a really meaningful way. It's going to be awesome. Can't wait for you all to see it. I'm looking forward to the day parting. I'm wondering if you could share any timelines, anything in terms of location and where we can expect them or should we stay tuned? Julian:
The location is going to be a reveal within itself so I don't want to say that here because the reason we're not bringing up the location yet is because there's a really big opportunity to get a lot of local press. You want the local newspapers, radio stations, local bloggers and everything like that talking about it. So we want to reveal the designs and everything when we announce the location so we get as many people in the particular area that we're going to be in aware of the activation as possible. Timing wise, the experience is going to open in August. There might be a little fluidity in what exact time in August but it's August right before the school year starts for everybody so it's not too far away and then as far as like you asked kind of a leading question with adult versus kids experiences. You know, if you grow up in New York or any of these cities and you do kind of more mellow, like you've been kind of like boozy painting before or doing like casual things you bring drinking like wine and beer into it. It turns into like a really fun night out for adults. This isn't going to be a rage fest kind of thing but the idea is that we're going to be able to serve alcohol and create some really cool friend and family driven experiences that are a lot more geared towards adults. So it'll be a good time. What's it like working with Pharrell and what's his involvement with the Doodles project at the moment? Julian:
That that was the first thing we did. Again, remember how much interest there was in the blue chip NFT projects back in April, May, June of last year and there were a lot of opportunities for us to work with some major major musicians that have global reach and millions of followers and we really saw the value in working with a creator to help us incubate the brand but they needed to be dynamic and Pharrell is the most dynamic, genius, brilliant creator that in our opinion has really ever lived and he spans music, he spans art, he spans fashion, film, television, technology, everything. So, we had started talking to him basically right when I started and we got the deal done very quickly. Pharrell is a pretty material part of the business, most of the work that he does is kind of behind the scenes, the Pharrell pack and him coming into the Doodles universe as a character was the first big collab that we did but we're working on music together, we're working on audio identity and visual identity and brand development etc and the doors that guy can open are truly unprecedented, the rooms that he's walked us into. I don't want to name drop but top C-suite in the world, top creators in the world, top everything. Pharrell's name comes with so much weight because he has the respect of everybody from business to creative and fashion and everything in between and the thing that surprised me most well, I shouldn't say surprised me, but the thing that I think would surprise most people is how shrewd of a business mind the guy has, he's always leaning into new technology, new ways of doing things. He's kind of contrarian, but he really understands business. He really understands opportunity and he's very leaned into Doodles, which is exciting. We couldn't be more blessed to have his have his support and have his mind on the on the company. I really enjoyed Scott's (Burnt Toast) version of Pharrell. Could you talk about the expansion of the Doodleverse and the ethos behind it? Julian:
If you look at the end card to the most recent trailer that promoted the Pharrell pack, Doodles2, the stoodio, everything that we released last month, what you're going to find in that is a bunch of random Doodles characters that could be anybody, could be anybody on this call, could be people in South Dakota, could be people in Hong Kong, could be people wherever.
Then you see Pharrell, who is Pharrell in that universe and then you see our mascot who is obviously going to be the main character of our fictional universe. So you have the real world in there, through their Doodle, you have Pharrell who's also part of the real world in there through their Doodle and then you have the fictional characters from Doodles in that photo as well. So if you think about where we're going as a brand, we're developing this fictional universe of characters that are derived from the original collection. So you've seen the mascot, you've seen the cat, all of that stuff is going to be developed into a fictional line of programing and then running parallel to that is the lifestyle brand that is Doodles, right? You make your Doodle, you buy your Doodle merch, you go to Doodles events, you're on Twitter talking to other Doodles, there are Doodle holders that are more well known than other Doodle holders simply because they engage more and they're more kind of public figures in the community and we kind of believe that as that starts to grow, those two, that kind of lifestyle brand and real world aspect of the Doodles will crash into the fictional world at times.
Maybe you do see a creator or someone that you know in the actual fictional world of the universe, or maybe you as a Doodle holder, whether it be through your Doodle or the customized Doodle that you create, will be in that fictional universe as well, the same way that Lady Gaga was a character in The Simpsons, or The Weeknd was a character in The Simpsons, set in the fictional world of The Simpsons but they're Lady Gaga. They're The Weeknd. So we have this really cool track of programing where you can bring digital identity to the table and collecting. We have this kind of sincere belief that digital identity paired with collecting connected to every single consumer touchpoint, whether it be going to the movies, watching television, buying stuff at retail, playing video games, if you can bring that back to a collecting hub where the brand knows who their most loyal supporters are, who engage with the company the most, who are supporting the most and you can reward those people and create aligned incentives as our business grows. That's something really special that brings the brand and the ultimate collector closer together, which makes them feel like they are part of the universe because they actually are going to be part of the universe. They're not going to be just a passive participant and the best way I can give you kind of a framework for how that doesn't exist today.
If you look at most movie IP, they license the movie rights out to a distribution company that actually puts the movie out, which then goes to theaters so they don't actually own the relationship with their customer. You buy merchandise through another third party, so they license it to another third party. They license their books and publishing rights. They license their music rights. They license everything out and they don't actually own the relationship with a lot of their audience. So they have no way of knowing who their most loyal supporters are, who goes and sees the movie three times, who plays the game, who buys the merch, who shows up at the theme parks and the events? What's really cool about the technology that we all work in is we could figure out a way to track all of that and make sure that those people are not just being seen and heard, they're getting stuff, they're getting more rewards, they're creating this sense of identity being close to this brand because they're actually going to feel like they're part of it with all the activations that we have planned. We think that's a business model and a mindset that doesn't exist today and that that's really where we're leaning in. Are there any projects or founders or individuals that you guys chat with a lot or anyone you guys want to meet? Julian:
Yeah, obviously day to day work kind of gets in the way of, you know, people spending too much time together but Luca and I talk pretty often, he actually hooked me up with a couple of the plushies for my kids. They loved them. So there's there's definitely love and support there. I talk to Greg from Yuga every now and then, I've connected with Zag a couple of times but it's not as much as it should be and I think that's kind of the real takeaway, is that, we should be coming together as leaders in this space more often, because if one of us wins, all of us wins and there's so much incredible work being done right now, we just we need to figure out better ways of kind of taking ourselves out of the day to day and the kind of the pitting ourselves against each other that exists so much on the timeline right now and just remember, we're all fighting the same fight, right? We're trying to take market share from all the biggest companies in the world, not from each other. If Web3 makes it, it's not going to be just one of us that makes it. It's going to be a few of us. It's going to be a bunch of us and it's ultimately just going to create more opportunity for everybody building in this space. So more of that 100% needs to happen. How do you feel about the sentiment? Obviously you guys went through a lot of FUD and now you're kind of bouncing back. How do you feel about the NFT space and where you guys kind of see yourselves fitting in? Julian:
I think anybody who saw our keynote at NFTNYC last year, we are doing every single thing that we said we were going to do. I think there's a misconception in how long this stuff actually takes to develop, to reach millions of people around the world, how long it takes to get music to market and film and television content to market and true partnerships and things like that. You know, especially when you kind of have the bar for quality that Doodles does. I think one of the areas that we've fallen flat is just communication and community building in general and I think that's something that if hopefully you've been paying attention lately, you've seen that there's a real concerted effort internally to try and bridge that gap and to try and rebuild that vibe in the Doodles community. It's something we think about every day. Austin has been invaluable in that regard and truly making the community understand that we are a Web3 company. We do care deeply about this space. We do sincerely believe in the technology and what it's going to do for brands and IP.
We really do feel like every action and activity we take is not just going to benefit Doodles, it's going to benefit everybody in our community and everybody in the Web3 community at large. So has it hurt to see kind of Web3 not as pumped about Doodles anymore? Yeah, it's definitely something we think about, but we're not going to sit here and try and sell, sell, sell to the space on why we're great. What we're going to do is just prove it by shipping product and show people that we really are in this for the right reasons and it'll start to make more and more sense over time. We're kind of sick of talking about what we're going to do and we're just going to show people and think by the end of the summer, by the end of September, you're going to you're going to see a very, very different looking business that the community is truly at the center of. So we're excited for that. You guys are talking about collectibles and I think Burnt Toast recently shared a photo of a monochrome dude. You guys are working with All Rights Reserved who is definitely a premium art / toy sculpture producer. I would love to know a little bit more about how you connected and maybe a little bit more that around what we can expect for that that drop. Julian:
So this relationship predates me joining but Evan got introduced to SK, I believe through Todd Kramer, who's a big art collector, and he has a gallery in New York and I believe they really hit it off kind of from the beginning and the first the first vinyl that came out was so successful, people were going crazy for that thing and it became very clear that hese vinyl stand toe to toe with Bearbrick statues and Kaws statues and we had a real opportunity in the designer toy market. So we really wanted to start to double down on that concept and try and play in that space. So we've been developing a strategy for a while on how we actually bring that to a wider audience and get that in the right kind of environment so this, this summer, August, actually, we're going to be doing a big drop tied to the physical's, the vinyl that you saw. There's going to be multiple colorways. There's going to be some really interesting, I'll say expanded things outside of the toy, outside of the figure itself but it's going to have some specialty retail distribution so it'll be at some key retailers, both digital retailers and physical retailers, All those retailers are going to be distributed around the world.
There's some pretty select markets that we're going into and then that is going to lead directly into the camp opening a few weeks later. So it's pretty exciting. The vinyls are definitely a big area of growth for us because we see them as a way to reach new collectors, new people. It's not enough to try and sell everything to the people that are here today, what we need to be able to do is actually bring these these experiences and these products to as many new people as possible. I think one of the things that Luca actually said when they did the toys was, being financially independent so you don't need to continue putting more and more NFT's in the ecosystem. I don't think that means any of us are going to stop producing NFT's but the whole idea of being able to make those experiences incredible because you have a real business outside of it. I think that is a really great takeaway and something that we think is possible through this drop and the other stuff that's coming soon. We're talking so much more man. It's going to be crazy. One thing I would like to hear your thoughts about is how are you trying to to bring value back to holders from these events? If I walk into a Camp store, do I know that Doodles is a originated from an NFT project or is there another another strategy like a Trojan horse? Julian:
I think the goal for us and thank you for that question, but the goal for us is more how do you eliminate the technological barrier between someone that has no appetite for it but might be interested in your brand? And as the brand grows and as the technology gets a little bit more seamless and people start to understand what the original collection actually means, that there's a lot more demand for that because there's only 10,000 of them. So if we all of a sudden reach millions of people and those millions of people know that there is this collectible that started it all, it's the original artwork but that artwork is also it's the first edition Pokemon card, right? That's kind of the parallel that I'd say and then that art is attached to this essentially membership, that is the ultimate access pass within the ecosystem, right? Like the Pharrell pack, there was only 300 of them, but you couldn't get one if you didn't have an original Doodle So that was basically a free airdrop. You had to hit certain metrics, engagement metrics within the community to actually get the pack but that was just one iteration of it. We'll have that for a lot of drops where, there will be, a certain amount of things that are free and the free thing will always come to people that own the original Doodle and then the free entry specifically speaking about camp, free entry to the experience when everyone else has to pay, merchandise credits and then a true white glove concierge service where you're you're going to reach out to Doodles before you go and then you're going to be set up with this kind of VIP experience at that location.
If you believe that Doodles has the opportunity to grow and turn into a bigger brand, you know that free airdrops and claims and free claims on merchandise in one location is not going to be all the utility that there is for the original collection. We're going to build a lot more than that and that is kind of how we see value trickling back down to the original token, we're also going to be licensing people's Doodles to use in media, to use in products. We haven't done it yet because we just haven't figured out the right way to make it scalable. It's kind of a big thing to set that precedent this early, especially if you have the kind of ambition we do to go as big as we want to go but we are thinking about that and we are going to bring that to market soon and then the last thing that I'll bring up is just the Doodle bank, which is honestly, I feel like a really under the radar thing. We have a $5 million or so fund that only people with a Doodle can access to build businesses around the Doodles brand, to build creator platforms around the Doodles brand. I would love to see a Doodle holder try and access the Doodle brand to actually build some of the stuff that you've been able to build, right? How can we help subsidize costs so they can create their own podcast studio so they can advertise their content a little bit more all through the Doodles brand, which is ultimately aligned incentives
You as a creator get bigger. Doodles gets more of a microphone because you're getting bigger as a creator and then the last couple pillars of the Doodle bank is also rewards , so how can we use the funds in the Doodle bank to actually create more rewards for Doodle holders, is it sponsoring a concert tour? Is it trying to get memberships to a specific social club? There's so many different things that we can use to drive value back to the original token with this fund and ultimately empower the creators and the entrepreneurs that exist in our ecosystem. So I'd say we're doing so much to try and drive value back to the original token, but I think people will I think people will start to see that when there's truly like real world utility Pharrell pack was one iteration. We've done an airdrop with the Dooplicator, we're doing this experience with camp and it'll keep going from there. Have you guys kind of like established your council? How do you guys kind of think about the Doodle Banks as it operates as I guess a "DAO" tied to Doodles itself? What does the structure look like, high level? Austin:
In terms of where we're at with it right now. We've installed the first class of the DoodleBank community council, which consists of a chair to oversee the council, a treasurer who is distributing the funds and tracking the finances, an events lead who is going to be building out community global programing, a grants lead, which is really when Julian speaks about how do we empower individuals to build businesses, whether it be through grants or ways to prop up businesses through their IP and then a rewards lead who is focused on how can we bring in additional benefits to holding a Doodle. They have been live since the top of May and right now are developing the processes for how approvals come in, what the approval process looks like, effectively what are our guidelines and what we're looking to support, our budgets overall per quarter and then have also been fielding questions and feedback from the community. So it's been great. They serve multiple roles in addition to just their remit, given their different titles. They're also really our first line of taking in feedback and doing product reviews. Austin:
They're all under NDA and really have a clear sense of where we're going. So it's been great to be able to build with the community in that way but our intention is that in pretty short order, like within call it the next few weeks, we want to get these processes out to the community for feedback and start taking in the first set of proposals. We also really love the nouns model of like the prop house RFP, so for things that we know we need to do as a company, but we want to be able to empower the community to be able to help build with us we effectively want to have bounties that we can put out there, whether it be to create content or create merchandise or whatever the case may be, have it be more of a two way street than just reactively taking in proposals. We're we're moving really quickly. I'm literally in a Slack channel with with the council right now as they're giving me all of their weekend updates but it's been progressing and hope to have more for the community soon. I'm curious to see how you guys do it. I think we've noticed that you need a processes onboarding and kind of filtering and then also controlling budgets and you sometimes see proposals that are grossly overestimated so being smart about allocation, making it efficient etc Austin:
It's a great point to illustrate and we are very fortunate with the few individuals we have as Treasurer and the grants lead. John Shank, who is our Treasurer was a CFO for a large corporation for a long time and really focused on having a balanced budget. How do we ultimately bring additional funds into the bank and what are the checkpoints over time? So instead of distributing all those funds up once, how do we ensure that we're getting the necessary reporting and then Eyal who is our grand lead has actually run incubators in the past and ensuring that we have the right checks and balances as we're deploying that capital to ensure what you just said doesn't happen, that we're not put in a situation where we're deploying funds and we're not seeing the direct action that's being taken against them. Does it mean that there are no more pop ups this year or are there also some plans to keep going with the pop ups or other plans? Julian:
It definitely does not mean no pop ups. That's core to our DNA and it's also such an incredible onboarding opportunity, when we went to Something In The Water festival, Pharrel's festival in Virginia Beach, there were so many spokes to that partnership where we basically brought a 30 by 30 space. We sold the new collaboration that we had on site with ice cream. So all these people now have Doodles products that were there and bought the merchandise and right next to that was kind of a live demo of Doodles2 where we were able to capture people's emails so we can send them marketing after the fact. We got a few thousand emails at that activation, we sold a bunch of merchandise and we basically introduced a lot of people to the brand and on the other side of it like, okay, what does that do for the holder apart from growing the ecosystem, which we do find pretty valuable to ultimately Doodle holders and our entire ecosystem but we were able to secure 50 tickets that we gave to the community for free in a raffle and they were VIP tickets. They were super close to the stage, there were credits involved in them and for the people that went, it was a really awesome experience and then the other piece is that when you talk about creators in our community. JKB, Juicy, Kat, Sammy. I'm not sure how familiar any of you are with them, but they're very prominent members of our community.
They've been around for a very long time. They basically started their own media brand based on their Doodles PFP's and this is the second time that we've actually had them kind of live blog and create content on behalf of Doodles at the actual festival. So you saw them kind of do like A day in the life with Doodles and JKB, taking content of like festival goers, the stages, the experiences and then distributing that stuff, on Twitter and their other social channels. So it was a really cool thing that we could do for creators in our space and what I'll say kind of directly answer your question is, Something In The Water was just the first festival thing that we've done this year. We're going to show up at other music festivals. We're going to continue to do live events and what we built for something in the water was an activation that can travel a lot more easily. So South by Southwest, Art Basel, those things were very hard to pack up and repurpose, we have aspects of that, but this new activation that we've built, we can actually ship it from place to place and we can continue to add on to it depending on the actual activation itself. So festivals will always be and other live events will always be a way to drive utility for holders and also onboard new people into the ecosystem. Julian:
Doodles is about fun, man. We want to color the world with joy. We want everybody to feel the vibes and it's incredible to work on it every day. It's hard keeping things a secret, it's painful sometimes. Can you tell me anything about the Pharrell album? I understand it's with Columbia, who are part of Sony Music. Is there anything you can kind of say on the project and when that could be landing? Julian:
Sure. So the album's not actually going to roll out as a traditional album where there's like a bunch of songs they're going to roll out. It's going to roll out kind of song by song and more as a platform on a perpetual basis. Columbia is going to distribute the music and I don't want to give too much detail because there's going to be a lot of hype in the reveal but you're going to see things like a music video set in the Doodles universe featuring whatever artist is going to be on it. Pharrell curated or produced tracks. Collectibles that are paired both physical and digital with the actual music itself and wide distribution so the songs are going to be on Spotify, Amazon, YouTube, radio, etcetera. So that's kind of how it's going to come to life and if you looked at Pharrell as a Doodle and Pharrell coming into the Doodles universe as a character, imagine some of your favorite artists coming into the Doodles universe as a character too. It's going to be a pretty eclectic mix of artists and it's going to roll out again, like I said, over time. That really is all I can say at the moment, but we'll update everybody as soon as we possibly can. All I can tell you is it's going to be fire. You guys recently made an amazing acquisition with GoldenWolf Studios. Can we expect more animations and stuff on the Socials? What's the sort of direction with Golden Wolf and how did that come about? Julian:
That's a great question. So we acquired Golden Wolf back in January. They are an Emmy nominated creative studio. They're one of the most highly regarded animation studios in the world. Lot of brand notoriety from them in the entire animation industry. The goal, if you think of what Doodles is, there's a term in media called transmedia and that essentially means you tell stories on different channels, right? So different channels means you could be telling stories through live events, you could be telling stories through the distribution of toys, you could be telling stories through social media, you could be telling stories at the box office with a big film and the whole point is, you're not trying to fit one story or one thing for each of those channels that have very unique characteristics from a distribution standpoint. So Doodles is the kind of brand that needs to tell stories across all of these channels and meet people where they are, where they're actually spending their time versus trying to put the same thing out across the board. So GoldenWolf, which is very much specializes in social content and brand identity in advertisement. They're an incredible partner to keep kind of the always on content flow pumping out for Doodles, which is just starting to ramp up now and at the same time, with all the incredible creators, plus Scott and the people that we're working with in the traditional entertainment industry, bringing the actual story together, the universe that is Doodles, who the characters are, what adventures they go on, what is the backstory? What's the conflict?
Golden Wolf, Scott and a few others are actually developing that now and that is going to manifest itself through all of our content, through all of our product, all of our storytelling opportunities, while we're also developing long form content. So what does Doodles look like as a streaming television show or a motion picture? How does Doodles go into music videos like Golden Wolf is going to produce the music videos. So from a creative standpoint, we have, in my opinion, the best creative studio in the world, developing Doodles content and brand and I'll just say we just started the integration recently, there's kind of been really nothing yet. We've gotten started. It's been amazing, but there's so much coming from Golden Wolf soon and then I'd say on the flip side, Golden Wolf being in Web3 is not an insignificant thing either. So yes, it's amazing that they're going to help develop the Doodles IP but Golden Wolf has a lot of other ideas that NFT's and blockchain technology could be a really great format for incubating that IP or bringing new stories to life and new projects to market and leveraging the tech in new ways and Ingi who founded that company ten years ago is one of the smartest guys in the entire space, he's a true innovator, leaned into tech really leaning into AI tooling and how that can help Doodles as a business, how that can help the whole animation industry as a business. So we're just kind of seeing a little fruit from that partnership right now, but it's going to continue to grow pretty, pretty significantly from there. We really do have a crazy, talented team like Scott and then also Sammy and Alfie. There's so many brilliant creatives at Golden Wolf, and you'll get to know a lot of them soon. Have you guys made any made any new key hires or are you guys planning to make some key hires to kind of push this forward? Julian:
We kind of wrapped up the majority of our hiring after our head of business and legal affairs came into the company about a month or so ago. I mean, we're at 60 people right now across Doodles and Golden Wolf, so we're pretty staffed well, there's some more product and engineering resources that we're going to be bringing in so we can be quicker to market with a few things but I'd say we're pretty well staffed at this point. So to build on top of what you've said, I was wondering if you guys could give us any insights into the Doodles culture, the work culture. Julian:
I love that question. So we just opened an office in Miami a couple months ago. Our team is distributed, so we have some people that are remote. We have some people that are here in Miami. We have an office in New York. We have an office in London and again, there are people that are remote. So for the people that are in Miami, the office is pretty awesome. It's got a pretty, pretty cool view. It's right in a really good area of the city and when you walk in, it's very much neutral tones and colors and things like that and then we make the space pop with product that we have. So there's vinyls all over the office. We bring other IP into the office like we have this gold Mickey Mouse that that Jordan donated, it was a Fantasia Mickey Mouse with him holding a Bitcoin instead of a magic ball, just a lot of different artists and IP that we respect to try and inspire some creativity in the space. We have this really cool synthesizer that Evan got made, where people come in, play it. It's actually like a Doodles synthesizer.
We have a merchandise kind of like retail display. We have all of our statues on display. So you can check out our brand, learn a little bit more about us. We also have this pretty cool ice cream set up like actual ice cream and then the New York office couldn't be a different vibe. It's more of a grunge studio, true artsy vibe and then it's the same kind of thing in London in Shoreditch. The original GoldenWolf office.
It's awesome. I think what we're trying to bring to life is the inspiration of creativity and trying to emulate a lot of the incredible IP that we respect so much and we do remote work sessions, so we try and bring people all together, at least once or twice a quarter so we can all get those creative juices flowing, build relationships with each other because if we're going to truly be a community outside of the company, we got to be one internally first so it's been really cool trying to build the culture here and I think we've been doing a pretty good job. I'm wondering for future pop ups or activations or installations that you guys are having, will there be places where people can actively onboard into the community, whether that's Doodles2 or the original collection? Julian:
Definitely at what I'll call Non-endemic to Doodles stuff, so festivals and more consumer facing events. The reason why we showed up at South by Southwest and Art Basel last year was because we were this really hot Web3 brand in a sea of some of the biggest companies and brands in the world. Whereas as when you go to the when you go to the NFT events, you're like the headline. Right? I think the opportunity to gain notoriety in those environments is really a big opportunity, but it's also an opportunity to bring your holders close to the action that all the influencers of the world, are part of. So when Doodle throws the massive event at Art Basel and it's like one of the tickets of the weekend and our holders are the VIP entrance into that thing we're going to continue to do stuff like that. We really love that concept and at the same hand, use that opportunity to bring new people into the brand. The goal right now is to onboard, people into kind of like information gathering until the stoodio product is actually out of beta. So we're collecting emails so we can retarget these people and make sure that they understand who we are, what we're doing, etcetera so that's kind of the strategy for us.
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2023.06.03 13:39 Individual_Bass1416 Fuck I think I have kindled
39m here. Like others, no arrests or fights or dui…but I have Been drinking heavily for the past 20 years. 3-4 nights a week and mostly all days and nights on the weekends…then covid hit and it went to pretty much every day. The past few months I’d drink for 7-10 days and go through several nights of night sweats as withdrawal and stop for a week, then go back to it. I was good about generally not starting until late afternoon, but recently I’d wake up and start having a few drinks. It started on weekends when I knew I would be able to take a nap and my wife could take care of the 4 kids (6,3.5, 15 month twins). Lately, it’s been weekdays. I’d get up with the kids at 6, feed everyone breakfast and make lunches for the older kids while having a couple beers, drop kids off at school (walking), then take twins for a long walk while drinking a beer. I never got drunk, I just needed to take the edge off. I would nap when they napped and then not drink again until evening. Rinse and repeat.
The withdrawals have gotten worse. I’m currently on day 4 sober and barely slept the first few nights. Night sweats like crazy. Last night wasn’t too bad, got some sleep and light sweating. Of course my twins woke up at 530 today, but I feel ok all things considered.
My mom was an alcoholic and died last year at age 65 not from that per se, but throat cancer. She was still very ill from drinking for so many years. My dad is alcoholic but he stopped drinking 35 years ago. Alcoholism runs further back in my families as well.
I just read about kindling this week and it seems like that’s where I’m at. I’m so disappointed in myself. I was the one who got away-went to Ivy League school, had a great job after college that allowed me to travel, have an amazing wife and kids…yet here I am, in the same fucking boat as everyone else. I guess it was a fun 20 years. I never stopped drinking long enough before to experience withdrawals. Now that I have, it sucks. I’m thankful for what seem to be minor symptoms compared to what I’ve read here and on other subs.
I’m still processing everything. My wife and two older kids are gone for the weekend, so I’m with my twins solo (which is fine, I’m a stay at home dad so used to taking care of them by myself). I’m trying to find a silver lining in that I have to stop now, there’s no other option, and because of that my kids’ memories of me being a drunk will be minimal. I’ll be able to remember all their birthday parties and not make an ass of myself for getting too drunk. I’m going to save a shitload of money.
It’s going to be hard. I live in a small social town with a constant flow of booze at every event. My in laws are loaded and have an open bar whenever we visit. All my friends are drinkers. I’d like to think I’ll be able to get to a point where I can enjoy a glass of wine with steak or a cold beer at a bbq or a frozen cocktail at the beach…but it just doesn’t seem like I have that option. I can’t go through these withdrawals, and I certainly can’t handle going to the hospital for a seizure. Nor can I allow anything to happen to me while I’m alone with the kids. I’m so disappointed in myself.
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2023.06.03 13:36 Biytemii1313 2 of the rarer bills we have
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I know the 1 rupee bill is signed by Manmogan singh who only signed about 50k of these notes and the 5 rupee bill is older and was from the colonization. You can see it's not mahatma Gandhi on the bill its a British guy. I don't know exacts about these I only know this stuff I was told. My husband has had then for a long time now and wanted to share and see if anyone knows anything else about these submitted by Biytemii1313 to papermoney [link] [comments]
2023.06.03 13:35 ManuelSockatelli 19 [TF4TF] [TF4NB] Canada/Anywhere/Online- Québécoise looking for eternal love
Hello I'm Anaïs, I'm a French-Canadian girl from Laval, QC (very close to Montreal), I'm a non-OP/pre-HRT transgender lesbian girl and I'm looking for a very committed relationship, and if you're here to ghost, please don't bother messaging me and if you're cis, I beg you, please get your chasing butt out of my dms, you're nothing special and no I won't be doing your desires when I don't want to also I'm looking for something long not a little fling
I'm fine with LDR (Long distanced relationships) but we have to meet at some point, in order to not collapse the ship you know? I never sleep as well so yea, so people from all around the world are welcome, South America, Asia WHEREVER :3
Reposting because I've seen nice requests but overall, most just ghosted and some couple of people just sound like bunch of red flags, please if you're not willing to do something, just tell me in advance, thank you
Anyways, about me:
• I'm 5'8, I'm mixed, I'm brunette, I wear glasses and I have hazel eyes.
• I'm autistic and dyslexic, please understand that I may be slow, sorry in advance
• I want to be a teacher or a diplomat in the future hopefully.
• I love gaming, music, linguistics, cooking, writing, reading, sports, history and traveling
• I'm a big fan of sunsets and starlight, they're the ones who make me happy, hopefully you next!
• I'm a leftist but well...anarchist too
• I'm multilingual as heck
• I'm also a developer and a video editor (freelancer)
• I'm cancer (If you believe in Zodiac signs)
• I love tattoos, I will have one when I start my HRT
• My favourite song is Helena from MCR
• My favoruite colour is purple or red
• My favourite food is pasta
• I love Monster (the white one is my favourite)
• I'm a kinky but yet very romantic girl! (I'm a bottom...yea huge fan of girlcock as a girlcock haver), I have a lot of kinks and fetishes (some are embarrassing...spoiler alert:it's not pee or scat)
If I sound like someone you’d like to talk to, please do drop me a message, I would love to hear from you!
As René said "Á la prochaine fois!" (Until next time) and Happy pride Month!
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2023.06.03 13:33 autotldr As anti-gay sentiment grows, more LGBTQ people seek to flee Uganda
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Homosexuality has long been illegal in Uganda under a colonial-era law criminalizing sexual activity "Against the order of nature." The punishment for that offense is life imprisonment. Summary Source FAQ Feedback Top keywords: law#1 signs#2 new#3 homosexuality#4 Kenya#5
The new law signed by President Yoweri Museveni had been widely condemned by rights activists and others abroad. The version signed did not criminalize those who identify as LGBT+, following an outcry over an earlier draft.
Still, the new law prescribes the death penalty for "Aggravated homosexuality," which is defined as cases of sexual relations involving people infected with HIV, as well as with minors and other categories of vulnerable people.
After the law's signing, U.S. President Joe Biden called the new law "a tragic violation of universal human rights." The United Nations human rights office said it was "Appalled." A joint statement by the leaders of the U.N. AIDS program, the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and the Global Fund said Uganda's progress on its HIV response "Is now in grave jeopardy," as the law can obstruct health education and outreach.
While a legal challenge to the new law is mounted by activists and academics seeking to stop its enforcement, LGBTQ+ people in Uganda have been chilled by the growing anti-gay sentiment there.
In a statement issued after the bill was signed, Kaziimba spoke of "The diligent work" of lawmakers and the president in enacting the law.
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2023.06.03 13:31 peaeyeparker Question for all the men in here.
So I am an “Oregon Trail” genx’er (I just learned that moniker.) 43M born in ‘79. Still in good shape and still zero medications (which the nurses seem to find amazing anytime I am in for anything.) However, in the last couple of years I am really beginning to realize I am aging. It first started with gray in my beard which hasn’t really bothered me at all. Wife says, “it makes you look wise.” Ok, I honestly didn’t think much of it. But, now chest hair is gray. WTF! It’s really kinda freaked me out for some reason. We are at the beach for the week and it has really been messing with my head. So what are the other men in here doing. Besides the inevitable and probably most likely comment, “just embrace it.” What did you do? Shave it
Females welcome to chime in on advice also.
Edit: I gotta add…..I literally don’t have a single gray hair on my head. And the hair on my head is as thick and long as it ever was. My old man is 76 and doesn’t seem to have lost any hair at all. I guess that’s a plus.
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2023.06.03 13:31 G0dlessandHuman Will my mental health be used against me
For context I am a veteran and I have been working with the VA (veterans affairs healthcare) consistently for my issues for the last 17 years this includes the last year I was in the army.
Due to military service I have been diagnosed with CPTSD general anxiety major depressive disorder and borderline personality disorder. (I also have some physical medical issues so according to the VA I am 80%servoce connected disabled)
I have been in treatment ( therapy) and medical medication management from the start. (I have self-admitted for mental health three times)
I've been with my STBXH for all this time.
Yesterday after I talked with my lawyer he looked at me and asked me how long I have been in an emotionally disruptive toxic relationship because I have been so gas lit into believing that these problems were my failings and my problems.
So that led to me looking into my VA e- chart after my STBXH took the car to visit his A this morning. . . I needed to see if the signs where there and I had been so in love with love that dismissed it all. Especially since STBXH said that all the years weren't bad he did love me just not anymore.
Just reading the last years worth of notes with my therapist and medication provider I realize that I really have been internalizing all these issues and my goals for therapy like boundaries, being clear about my needs once and desires, and trying to find a balance of emotional labor. They have all been ignored and in order to cope I have had my medications adjusted and it has been a mental burden for me to do the physical and emotional labor of this soon-to-be dead marriage.
My STBXH has apparently happily moved on to his next broken woman, and because she was a trusted family friend I know this is going to f*** with her head as much as it is has mine. But AP is a grown ass adult and not my circus not my monkeys learning about the affair will only affect my mental health negatively.
My STBXH had me so used to love bombing giving me scraps of attention later and having the internalize my diagnoses as why he had to do what he did ( no intimacy on my terms, raising his voice, emotional distance). He would constantly say that I would be on my phone so I deleted all my games from my phone I would not listen to ebooks and just sit on the couch while he watch TV. I take full ownership of dissociating and doom scrolling during moments of high stress.
Again looking through my medical history I saw a pattern that I became truly dissociative during these moments and would later tell my medical care team about how I would have to mute myself or become invisible to him when I would ask for attention, validation, communication, or help and my requests were ignored or pushed back on me. Another factor is I did not realize he would raise his voice with me but get mad if I raised my voice back it has been something I have brought up over the last 2 years but it didn't click until now.
I had to know and use his love languages for him(physical touch words of affirmation quality time gift giving) but when I would ask him to follow my love languages (words of affirmation gift giving quality time) for me he would tell me that they were bullshit*. He isn't a gift giver. (FML, did I start realizing the last few good gifts I got from him were from her and if they were not I didn't get anything)
Since filing my lawyer is also helped me see how I have had the burden to do so much keeping so many balls in the air and how I need to let them all fall because my only obligation is now to myself and our two kids 16 and 14. And that I need to wake up, turn my volume up and no longer mute myself as well as become visible to myself again.
Can my STBXH use my mental health and my use of CBD/THC against me? I have always been honest with my medical care team about my recent usage of CBD THC gummies and more recently vape because I wanted to stop taking Valium for mood and anxiety attacks.
I find it so ironic that I have moments of clarity when I know he is now with his AP because he is not with me. Having him in the home with me puts my whole body on alert.
Last night he had us all meet up for a family meal and I asked if this was going to become a thing, because once the plans were made he made them with the kids my anxiety spiked so bad I started to shake and I couldn't even eat a order of broccoli and drink a glass of water when I was with him and the kids. During this meal he said we were not allowed to discuss the divorce and just focus on the kids. I am more than okay with focusing on the kids, I have gotten books and that I have been reading about co-parenting through divorce and separation as well as how to conscientiously uncouple.
When we went home that night he brought up me selling him my share of the home through the divorce and I said he we will talk with my lawyer but I want it to be sold and to have my half of the equity. I have even found people who would be interested, but so has he and that would be those in his polycule or for him to refinance with his AP. He keeps saying his divorce lawyer wants him to sell the house within the next 2 months I do not have the funds to move myself the children and our animals out of the house in that time frame.
I do not want this to drag on I would like the divorce to be done fairly, but I feel if it's rushed then I will yield to his demands. Emotionally in a rollercoaster.
Thanks for reading. Yes I will be following the advice of my lawyer and I have been in contact with my mental health care team at the VA to make sure I am taking care of myself.
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2023.06.03 13:29 totallyRebb Can we fight shoddy business practices in this industry by being more agressive with replacing the product once problems occur ?
Personally i'm getting very fed up with the mouse manufacturing industry in particular.
I've had mice in all sorts of price ranges break again and again over the last 15 years or so, all with the same or similar problems. Something that did not occur like this prior to that, and i've been using PCs for a long time almost constantly.
Currently i'm using a 3dConnexion CAD Mouse "Pro", with a broken mousewheel ( a problem that apparently is REALLY common for this mouse ). I mean what is a company thinking, marketing a Mouse as "Pro" and for CAD of all things, and then have a known hardware issue in it that breaks one of the most important functionalities. Just shameful.
It's long been known that even high priced mice use cheap and flimsy components.
Should we as customers start to be more aggressive about sending our mice back if they show any sign of a problem ?
Personally i've been lazy when it comes to these things, but i know i shouldn't be. This is probably also what this industry counts on, not everyone sending a problematic mouse back for a replacement.
Maybe aggressively "voting with warranty" is our only chance as customers at this point.
Send the mouse in for replacement as often as needed, keep a spare super-cheap mouse at the side for when the replacment is in progress, and then once the warranty is not longer available, make a mental note about that company and never buy from them again. And also let other people know about it, so they too will steer clear of their products.
Will it make mouse manufacturers think their shoddy business practices over ? Probably not, but maybe we can make a tiny dent into their profits.
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2023.06.03 13:27 SugoiSuu Genshin Impact is indeed superior than Honkai Impact 3rd
IMPORTANT: This is about the game Honkai Impact 3rd, not Honkai: Star Rail. Please do not confuse those two games.
Genshin Impact is mainstream for a good reason. Both app's gameplay are completely different, but Genshin will stand the most.
If you are not a competitive and would rather not be overwhelmed, Genshin is for you. The elemental reaction is a unique feature that will boost your experience; you would want to play around it whenever you want. On the other hand, Honkai Impact 3rd leans onto the fast-paced side. With its battling system, there is a convenient feature; the evading. If you perfectly evade an enemy's attack, effects will vary depending on the character; in most instances, time fracture occurs (but not all characters have this). Despite that, Honkai Impact 3rd has a problem that bothers players; the large and flashing effects. The effects are so bright, you can't even see the enemy well; the evading skill has no use unless have good reflexes. On the other hand, Genshin has less effects, yet managed to appear attractive.
The burst---or should I say, ultimate? The ultimate skill animation in Honkai 3rd is unnecessarily long. For a fast-paced action game; why make animations longer than they need to? The burst in Genshin is superior. For 5 star bursts, more effects are used; yet they are used effectively to appear beautifully without disrupting the battle unnecessarily. Especially with the time limit challenge, it is convenient for you to get the shortest time record possible.
Speaking of gameplay, Genshin's open world exploration is much more diverse and enjoyable. The graphics are amazing, you can take beautiful pictures along the way. Gathering, Gliding, Running past enemies to avoid being bullied to death like those high school boys standing near lockers ready to punch you in the face and force you to do their homework, finding stuff along the way, and of course the battles. Aiming is convenient for killing Timmie's bir- I mean enemies from far away. If you have Ganyu, it's stronger yet you will be also bored; just using a sniper like in GTA.
When it comes to character design, Genshin is much more tame than Honkai 3rd. I do know for a fact that Honkai 3rd has decent designs also. But the problem is the revealing body. Genshin lacks that, thus making their character designs more tame. Honkai 3rd is---let's just say, less tame. Some characters have clearly inappropriate designs; such as exposing the chest and curves. I also do know for a fact that Honkai 3rd is mostly for male audiences; but still, it looks it's objectifying women; and they're freaking TEENAGERS, at least in the earlier story. But why does Kiana gotta have her chest exposed in her White Comet battlesuit? Gacha RPG games these days only contain curvy female characters to cater to NEETS. Even if there's male characters, most of the time there are less of them. The same goes for Gacha Music/VN games that only contain male characters, everything is just focusing on one gender to cater to fans; there's no gender equality.
In that case, Genshin stepped up. The team made a decision to attract all types of fans in just one game. Everyone will have peace in enjoying their characters with equality. And there is this one huge problem that is present in both games; lack of diversity. I'm not talking about the personality and design diversity; I'm talking about diversity in race, appearance and culture. Even though both games mention countries (and locations inspired by countries) on their stories, the characters are not diverse enough. Genshin has darker skinned characters, but VERY few. Especially in Sumeru, that region is inspired by Middle East Asia. Yet, most characters are as white as snow. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with having a lighter skin color. But it makes no sense, most people in Middle East Asia are mostly tanned. I'm not sure about Honkai 3rd, but I'm thinking Carole is the only darker skinned character in the entire series---Correct me if I'm wrong. I had high hopes with the story, but that ruined me.
And here comes the part where Honkai 3rd shines the most; story. Not Open World? I don't care. The story is executed better than Genshin. Genshin is not that compelling. In my opinion, its supposed "emotional scenes" are not emotional for me. Pull up those sad backstories, I won't cry; not even Yun Jin's song about Shenhe. I really don't care if Honkai 3rd doesn't have English voice acting, as long as the story is good. But this opinion may vary; certain people prefer fantasy settings, and a story that is not graphic. Some don't want to know the story due to not having English voices. Genshin's English voice acting attracted non-anime fans too, but I'm sorry; Honkai 3rd's story is deeper yet understandable despite only having Chinese and Japanese voices. Not to mention their animated shorts are detailed and beautiful; I do wish MiHoyo Anime Studio comes in a clutch and create 3D animations for Genshin Impact. But yet again, its use of in-game graphics is a sign that Genshin appears to be detailed and colorful; it is better than Honkai 3rd.
Overall? Genshin wins. Honkai 3rd is understandably slightly outdated, especially its age right now. But Genshin has more improvements of features than Honkai 3rd, with lots of quality of life features that weren't be able to added in Honkai 3rd, and also a lot more simple in general.
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