Squirrel with nut drawing
2018.03.06 00:58 xzmaxzx AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGGAGAG
who else likes frizebn water old the fourth; moving countires?
2013.03.21 13:18 Jackaboonie Pictures of Dead Squirrels
Pictures of dead squirrels, stories of dead squirrels. We may also have some other dead rodents.
2023.06.04 10:12 Bronzehorn Restrictions I never knew I needed to state.
Digital Media Artist
Hand drawn only/ Use of Drawing Pad
(I thought this was a given. However, with some Artists using AI Programs to create or complete their work, I have to put this on the requirement list)
Price lock $100 or less
Artificial Intelligence Art Programs are not allowed (See Hand Drawn requirement)
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2023.06.04 10:05 ASilverRook The Sad Truth of Being a White Whistle
I became the Sovereign of Deception a while ago, and quite honestly, I’d rate this whole White Whistle business 0.5/10. First of all: every time I go into Orth, there has to be this whole fanfare, and quite honestly, I don’t want to sign autographs for a bunch of orphans, 90% of whom will never get promoted past Red Whistle (sucks to suck). I had a Blue Whistle (grown adult who was like twice my size btw) come up to me once and ask me what he could do to be like me, and all I could say was “Git Gud.” It’s like, his feelings shouldn’t have been hurt, but if you’re 35 and still living in your mom’s basement, there is absolutely no way you shouldn’t be AT LEAST a Moon Whistle. To be fair, Bondrewd is a pit of a prick, but at least he isn’t stuck as a Blue Whistle, the guy gets stuff done and is working to accomplish his dreams, and he does all of this while being a single parent. I was at a bar the other night (best thing about being a White Whistle is that if they try to ID you, you can just draw a weapon and tell them that now you’re not even going to pay) and some random guy asked me if I would trade my Grade 1 Relic Bow for some random junk like they were Trading Cards or something. I resisted the drunken urge to commit murder. The only thing I have are my three friends, all of whom are still red whistles. Tempted to ask them to just go on a Last Dive with me because the surface is just that meaningless these days. If you’ve got to be a Cave Raider, become a black whistle and then retire while you still can. That’s my advice.
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2023.06.04 10:02 dreamingofislay Feis Ile 2023 Recap - Festival Superlatives
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Award season is upon us. No doubt Islay's distillery managers and business owners are waiting with bated breath for the announcement of the ultra-prestigious "random guy on Reddit says" prizes. Without further ado, this year's winners. The sun sets on Bowmore (distillery in the far left) and our trip to Feis Ile 2023 Best Music: Caol Ila
I am the least qualified person in the world to give out this prize, having no musical talent and not even much taste for it. But overall, Caol Ila seemed to have the best setup: a great, centrally located stage that hosted various different acts, ranging from higher-energy acts to some individual folk or blues singer types. Best Distillery Bar: Ardnahoe
This island is lousy with stellar distillery bars, especially during the Feis when some distilleries pour old and rare bottles for modest prices (thank you, Bowmoe and Ardbeg). But thanks to being a Hunter Laing joint, Ardnahoe's in-house bar stood head and shoulders above the rest. The menu was a bound book that contained offerings ranging from 3 to 100 pounds a pour, and very intriguing expressions (20-plus years old) were available for single-digit prices. The bar and seating area are big, lit up by floor-to-ceiling windows with incredible views over the Sound of Islay, and the chairs are super-comfy. Could have whiled away a week here and considered it time well spent. The selection at Ardnahoe's distillery bar Best Games and Activities: Ardbeg
This was an easy pick. Ardbeg was chock-full of entertainment, starting with a scavenger hunt that everyone could do to earn an extra dram. Besides that, there was a separate games area by the sea, with entry fees going to charity and the usual dram prizes. Out in the courtyard, a team member taught guests how to draw Planet Ardbeg comic characters on gift-shop merchandise. And my favorite game of all was the filling station roulette. The way it worked was that a team member had a set of small mailboxes or lockers, filled with different Ardbegs ranging from Ardbeg 10 to Ardbeg 25. Then we drew a random number from a bag and got the dram inside that locker number. Ardbeg's filling station locker game Best Whisky Tastings - Value and Variety: Kilchoman
This year, some distilleries felt like they were out to maximize profit from the week, a stark change from long ago when the open days were seen as fan service and featured generous experiences meant to foster brand loyalty. So Kilchoman deserves credit for sticking to the older ways. Very nice tastings were available for reasonable 45-50-pound prices and featured half a dozen excellent drams. Meanwhile, they still did their regular, affordable core range tasting lineups, and had lots of other offerings including a farm tour where team members took guests out to drink drams in the location that gave them their name (e.g., drinking Loch Gorm by the loch). We loved our Kilchoman tasting and have heard people all week praising whichever event they attended there. Excellent setup for Kilchoman's Past, Present, and Future tasting, with pre-poured driver's drams Best Feis Ile 2023 Bottle: Lagavulin 14-year-old Armagnac Cask Finish
Let me add the critical * caveats up front: this award doesn't factor in price, and the judging panel (of one) hasn't had all the festival bottlings. But I have tried this one, Laphroaig Cairdeas 2023, Ardbeg Heavy Vapours (regular and Committee) and the single cask, Bunnahabhain Canasta and 17 y.o. Moine, Bowmore's 18 y.o., Kilchoman's 3-cask vatting, and Caol Ila 13 y.o. To be honest, the bottles were a little overwhelming as a group, especially considering their premium price points. But leaving price aside, Lagavulin's Armagnac cask experiment produced a robust, complex, sweet-and-spicy dram. If only it weren't overpriced by about 50 pounds ... Best Feis Ile Exclusives Lineup and Sale System: Bunnahabhain
After Lagavulin, my second favorite Feis bottling probably was Bunnahabhain's 17-year-old Moine triple cask. Bunnahabhain wins this award because it offers visitors a variety of options, ranging from a 95-pound sherry cask offering (the cheapest Feis bottle) to some ultra-exclusive expressions like a 1998 Manzanilla and a 1989 single cask. In addition to having the most options, the bottles are available all week, lessening the silly rushes that happen with single-day releases. And the cherry on top: Bunnahabhain offered pre-packed tasting kits with a flight of Bunnahabhain 12 and the first two Feis releases, along with a glass cap and a festival pin, for 30 pounds. It was nice to have that option before splurging on a whole bottle. Best Views: Bunnahabhain and Ardnahoe (tie)
Both of these distilleries have brand-new visitor centers that look across the Sound of Islay to the Paps of Jura, and it is really hard to beat. Caol Ila has a similar view, but Ardnahoe and Bunnahabhain have nicer outdoor deck areas. The stunning view across the Sound from Bunnahabhain's visitor center Best Swag Bag: Bowmore
So much free stuff. Bowmore set the bar for generosity on festival day, giving everyone a branded canvas bag, two free drams (of the 12- and 15-year-old bottles), a mini-glencairn glass, and lots of little souvenirs like a postcard, pencil, small lock, a keychain carabiner, and a bung stopper coaster. A real blast from the past, hearkening back to older festivals. Best Gift Shop: Ardnahoe, Kilchoman, and Ardbeg (three-way tie)
The distilleries have invested a lot in these gift shops since our last visit in 2018, and it shows. Ardnahoe gets high marks for its selection of independent bottles, the Ilicit Still cafe and whisky bar, and its fun "guess the region" nosing game
. Kilchoman has lots of distillery exclusives, a great cafe, and luxurious leather seats that make me want to hang out there all day. And Ardbeg's shop has the most tongue-in-cheek decorations and a stellar cafe of its own, the Old Kiln, plus they pour tasting flights or drams for reasonable prices. Caol Ila has a huge, new shop with some impressive features, including a distillery hand-fill exclusive and a big tasting bar. But it seemed more like an outpost of Edinburgh's huge Johnnie Walker Experience, and the lack of a cafe hurt it. Best Single Whisky Tasting - Douglas Laing Rare Peatz-eria
So glad I found this event a few weeks before we came. Douglas Laing's ambassador Dougal led five of us through a bravura flight
culminating in a 40-year-old Caol Ila, a 25-year-old Bowmore, and two
Port Ellen drams, one at 37 and one at 40 years old. When I'm at a tasting where several drams are older than me, how can it not win this prize? But there was much more to this day than whisky. We had a great conversation as everyone shared stories of how they got into the whisky hobby, and Dougal answered our questions about the industry and Douglas Laing. Rare Peatz-eria tasting Best Non-Distillery Bar: Ballygrant Inn
It has the best or second-best selection on the island and the best prices. What more can I say? A must-visit for anyone who makes it to Islay. Best Evening Community Event: "Up for a Laph" Quiz Night feat. Laphroaig whiskies
The open days are from 10 am - 5 pm every day, but in the evenings, community groups throw events like dances (ceilidhs), and there are other whisky tastings or mini-festivals like an Indie Whisky gathering on Tuesday night. This time around, we attended an Islay whisky and culture-based trivia night at the Gaelic center. Barry MacAffer, Laphroaig's distillery manager, took it to the next level by pouring four 2014 single casks during the quizzing. Every one of them reminded me why Laphroaig is my favorite distillery. Best Restaurant: Bowmore Hotel Restaurant
The Bowmore Hotel stood out for its great service and scrumptious food, and it didn't hurt that it was around the corner from our lodgings. I emailed asking for a last-minute booking, and Peter (Junior) was responding into the wee hours of the morning confirming our time for the next night. The Isles burger with black pudding and grilled onions was quite something, and my wife loved her chicken curry. The fact that the restaurant has one of the island's best whisky bars also didn't hurt. The well-organized Bowmore Hotel bar ... oh, did I mention, there's another half on the other side of the wall?
We stuck to restaurants in Bowmore on this trip, so I can't speak to dining in Port Ellen or other parts of the island. In Bowmore, Peatzeria and Indian Tandoori are also great, although Peatzeria got so busy that, on one night, we couldn't even order takeout (we tried but they were preparing a large-group order and had to turn us down). If possible, book a few dinners ahead if you come to the Feis! Best Quick Recovery Hike: Dunyvaig Castle
Dunyvaig castle is a ruin nestled into a squat seaside bluff dusted with lilac, white, and gold wildflowers. Turn left to the ocean and, on clear days, distant Ireland; turn right, and there's Lagavulin. This short walk lies between Lagavulin and Ardbeg. If you take the sidewalk on the right side of the road, there'll be a right turn that leads to a paved way with three or four houses, and then a grass path at the dead end that carries you across the field while the winds blow and the birds sing. The perfect way to regain equilibrium after a warehouse tasting at either distillery. Dunyvaig castle guarding its seaward crag
Complete festival recap series below: Day One, Lagavulin Day Two, Bruichladdich - but we skipped and did Bunnahabhain Day Three, Caol Ila Day Four, Laphroaig Day Five, Bowmore and Ardnahoe Bonus notes from Days One through Five Day Six, Kilchoman Day Seven - Bunnahabhain Day, but we did Lagavulin and Ardbeg warehouse tastings Day Eight, Ardbeg
2023.06.04 10:01 Connect_Trouble_164 Airbus wikipedia part one
The Airbus A300 is a wide-body airliner developed and manufactured by Airbus. In September 1967, aircraft manufacturers in the United Kingdom, France, and West Germany signed a memorandum of understanding to develop a large airliner. West Germany and France reached an agreement on 29 May 1969 after the British withdrew from the project on 10 April 1969. European collaborative aerospace manufacturer Airbus Industrie was formally created on 18 December 1970 to develop and produce it. The prototype first flew on 28 October 1972.
The first twin-engine widebody airliner, the A300 typically seats 247 passengers in two classes over a range of 5,375 to 7,500 km (2,900 to 4,050 nmi). Initial variants are powered by General Electric CF6-50 or Pratt & Whitney JT9D turbofans and have a three-crew flight deck. The improved A300-600 has a two-crew cockpit and updated CF6-80C2 or PW4000 engines; it made its first flight on 8 July 1983 and entered service later that year. The A300 is the basis of the smaller A310 (first flown in 1982) and was adapted in a freighter version. Its cross section was retained for the larger four-engined A340 (1991) and the larger twin-engined A330 (1992). It is also the basis for the oversize Beluga transport (1994).
Launch customer Air France introduced the type on 23 May 1974. After limited demand initially, sales took off as the type was proven in early service, beginning three decades of steady orders. It has a similar capacity to the Boeing 767-300, introduced in 1986, but lacked the 767-300ER range. During the 1990s, the A300 became popular with cargo aircraft operators, as both passenger airliner conversions and as original builds. Production ceased in July 2007 after 561 deliveries. As of March 2023, there were 228 A300 family aircraft in commercial service.
During the 1960s, European aircraft manufacturers such as Hawker Siddeley and the British Aircraft Corporation, based in the UK, and Sud Aviation of France, had ambitions to build a new 200-seat airliner for the growing civil aviation market. While studies were performed and considered, such as a stretched twin-engine variant of the Hawker Siddeley Trident and an expanded development of the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC) One-Eleven, designated the BAC Two-Eleven, it was recognized that if each of the European manufacturers were to launch similar aircraft into the market at the same time, neither would achieve sales volume needed to make them viable. In 1965, a British government study, known as the Plowden Report, had found British aircraft production costs to be between 10% and 20% higher than American counterparts due to shorter production runs, which was in part due to the fractured European market. To overcome this factor, the report recommended the pursuit of multinational collaborative projects between the region's leading aircraft manufacturers.: 49 : 2–13
European manufacturers were keen to explore prospective programs; the proposed 260-seat wide-body HBN 100 between Hawker Siddeley, Nord Aviation, and Breguet Aviation being one such example.: 37–38 National governments were also keen to support such efforts amid a belief that American manufacturers could dominate the European Economic Community; in particular, Germany had ambitions for a multinational airliner project to invigorate its aircraft industry, which had declined considerably following the Second World War.: 49–50 During the mid-1960s, both Air France and American Airlines had expressed interest in a short-haul twin-engine wide-body aircraft, indicating a market demand for such an aircraft to be produced. In July 1967, during a high-profile meeting between French, German, and British ministers, an agreement was made for greater cooperation between European nations in the field of aviation technology, and "for the joint development and production of an airbus".: 34 The word airbus at this point was a generic aviation term for a larger commercial aircraft, and was considered acceptable in multiple languages, including French.: 34
Shortly after the July 1967 meeting, French engineer Roger Béteille was appointed as the technical director of what would become the A300 program, while Henri Ziegler, chief operating office of Sud Aviation, was appointed as the general manager of the organization and German politician Franz Josef Strauss became the chairman of the supervisory board. Béteille drew up an initial work share plan for the project, under which French firms would produce the aircraft's cockpit, the control systems, and lower-center portion of the fuselage, Hawker Siddeley would manufacture the wings, while German companies would produce the forward, rear and upper part of the center fuselage sections. Addition work included moving elements of the wings being produced in the Netherlands, and Spain producing the horizontal tail plane.: 38
An early design goal for the A300 that Béteille had stressed the importance of was the incorporation of a high level of technology, which would serve as a decisive advantage over prospective competitors. As such, the A300 would feature the first use of composite materials of any passenger aircraft, the leading and trailing edges of the tail fin being composed of glass fibre reinforced plastic.: 2–16  Béteille opted for English as the working language for the developing aircraft, as well against using Metric instrumentation and measurements, as most airlines already had US-built aircraft. These decisions were partially influenced by feedback from various airlines, such as Air France and Lufthansa, as an emphasis had been placed on determining the specifics of what kind of aircraft that potential operators were seeking. According to Airbus, this cultural approach to market research had been crucial to the company's long-term success.
Workshare and redefinition:
On 26 September 1967, the British, French, and West German governments signed a Memorandum of Understanding to start development of the 300-seat Airbus A300.: 38 : 43 : 57 At this point, the A300 was only the second major joint aircraft programme in Europe, the first being the Anglo-French Concorde. Under the terms of the memorandum, Britain and France were each to receive a 37.5 per cent work share on the project, while Germany received a 25 per cent share. Sud Aviation was recognized as the lead company for A300, with Hawker Siddeley being selected as the British partner company. At the time, the news of the announcement had been clouded by the British Government's support for the Airbus, which coincided with its refusal to back BAC's proposed competitor, the BAC 2–11, despite a preference for the latter expressed by British European Airways (BEA).: 34 Another parameter was the requirement for a new engine to be developed by Rolls-Royce to power the proposed airliner; a derivative of the in-development Rolls-Royce RB211, the triple-spool RB207, capable of producing of 47,500 lbf (211 kN). The program cost was US$4.6 billion (in 1993 Dollars).
In December 1968, the French and British partner companies (Sud Aviation and Hawker Siddeley) proposed a revised configuration, the 250-seat Airbus A250. It had been feared that the original 300-seat proposal was too large for the market, thus it had been scaled down to produce the A250.: 2–14  The dimensional changes involved in the shrink reduced the length of the fuselage by 5.62 metres (18.4 ft) and the diameter by 0.8 metres (31 in), reducing the overall weight by 25 tonnes (55,000 lb).: 16 For increased flexibility, the cabin floor was raised so that standard LD3 freight containers could be accommodated side-by-side, allowing more cargo to be carried. Refinements made by Hawker Siddeley to the wing's design provided for greater lift and overall performance; this gave the aircraft the ability to climb faster and attain a level cruising altitude sooner than any other passenger aircraft. It was later renamed the A300B.: 34 
Perhaps the most significant change of the A300B was that it would not require new engines to be developed, being of a suitable size to be powered by Rolls-Royce's RB211, or alternatively the American Pratt & Whitney JT9D and General Electric CF6 powerplants; this switch was recognized as considerably reducing the project's development costs.: 45 : 16–17 To attract potential customers in the US market, it was decided that General Electric CF6-50 engines would power the A300 in place of the British RB207; these engines would be produced in co-operation with French firm Snecma. By this time, Rolls-Royce had been concentrating their efforts upon developing their RB211 turbofan engine instead and progress on the RB207's development had been slow for some time, the firm having suffered due to funding limitations, both of which had been factors in the engine switch decision.: 2–13 : 17–18
On 10 April 1969, a few months after the decision to drop the RB207 had been announced, the British government announced that they would withdraw from the Airbus venture.: 38–39  In response, West Germany proposed to France that they would be willing to contribute up to 50% of the project's costs if France was prepared to do the same. Additionally, the managing director of Hawker Siddeley, Sir Arnold Alexander Hall, decided that his company would remain in the project as a favoured sub-contractor, developing and manufacturing the wings for the A300, which would later become pivotal in later versions' impressive performance from short domestic to long intercontinental flights.: 2–13 : 34 : 18 Hawker Siddeley spent £35 million of its own funds, along with a further £35 million loan from the West German government, on the machine tooling to design and produce the wings.: 39 
On 29 May 1969, during the Paris Air Show, French transport minister Jean Chamant and German economics minister Karl Schiller signed an agreement officially launching the Airbus A300, the world's first twin-engine widebody airliner. The intention of the project was to produce an aircraft that was smaller, lighter, and more economical than its three-engine American rivals, the McDonnell Douglas DC-10 and the Lockheed L-1011 TriStar. In order to meet Air France's demands for an aircraft larger than 250-seat A300B, it was decided to stretch the fuselage to create a new variant, designated as the A300B2, which would be offered alongside the original 250-seat A300B, henceforth referred to as the A300B1. On 3 September 1970, Air France signed a letter of intent for six A300s, marking the first order to be won for the new airliner.: 39 : 21
In the aftermath of the Paris Air Show agreement, it was decided that, in order to provide effective management of responsibilities, a Groupement d'intérêt économique would be established, allowing the various partners to work together on the project while remaining separate business entities. On 18 December 1970, Airbus Industrie was formally established following an agreement between Aérospatiale (the newly merged Sud Aviation and Nord Aviation) of France and the antecedents to Deutsche Aerospace of Germany, each receiving a 50 per cent stake in the newly formed company.: 50 : 39  In 1971, the consortium was joined by a third full partner, the Spanish firm CASA, who received a 4.2 per cent stake, the other two members reducing their stakes to 47.9 per cent each.: 20 In 1979, Britain joined the Airbus consortium via British Aerospace, which Hawker Siddeley had merged into, which acquired a 20 per cent stake in Airbus Industrie with France and Germany each reducing their stakes to 37.9 per cent.: 53 : 2–14 : 39
Prototype and flight testing:
Airbus Industrie was initially headquartered in Paris, which is where design, development, flight testing, sales, marketing, and customer support activities were centered; the headquarters was relocated to Toulouse in January 1974. The final assembly line for the A300 was located adjacent to Toulouse Blagnac International Airport. The manufacturing process necessitated transporting each aircraft section being produced by the partner companies scattered across Europe to this one location. The combined use of ferries and roads were used for the assembly of the first A300, however this was time-consuming and not viewed as ideal by Felix Kracht, Airbus Industrie's production director. Kracht's solution was to have the various A300 sections brought to Toulouse by a fleet of Boeing 377-derived Aero Spacelines Super Guppy aircraft, by which means none of the manufacturing sites were more than two hours away. Having the sections airlifted in this manner made the A300 the first airliner to use just-in-time manufacturing techniques, and allowed each company to manufacture its sections as fully equipped, ready-to-fly assemblies.: 53 
In September 1969, construction of the first prototype A300 began.: 20 On 28 September 1972, this first prototype was unveiled to the public, it conducted its maiden flight from Toulouse–Blagnac International Airport on 28 October that year.: 39 : 34 : 51–52 This maiden flight, which was performed a month ahead of schedule, lasted for one hour and 25 minutes; the captain was Max Fischl and the first officer was Bernard Ziegler, son of Henri Ziegler. In 1972, unit cost was US$17.5M. On 5 February 1973, the second prototype performed its maiden flight.: 39 The flight test program, which involved a total of four aircraft, was relatively problem-free, accumulating 1,580 flight hours throughout.: 22 In September 1973, as part of promotional efforts for the A300, the new aircraft was taken on a six-week tour around North America and South America, to demonstrate it to airline executives, pilots, and would-be customers. Amongst the consequences of this expedition, it had allegedly brought the A300 to the attention of Frank Borman of Eastern Airlines, one of the "big four" U.S. airlines.
Entry into service:
On 15 March 1974, type certificates were granted for the A300 from both German and French authorities, clearing the way for its entry into revenue service. On 23 May 1974, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification was received.: 22 The first production model, the A300B2, entered service in 1974, followed by the A300B4 one year later. Initially, the success of the consortium was poor, in part due to the economic consequences of the 1973 oil crisis,: 40 : 34 but by 1979 there were 81 A300 passenger liners in service with 14 airlines, alongside 133 firm orders and 88 options. Ten years after the official launch of the A300, the company had achieved a 26 per cent market share in terms of dollar value, enabling Airbus Industries to proceed with the development of its second aircraft, the Airbus A310.
The Airbus A300 is a wide-body medium-to-long range airliner; it has the distinction of being the first twin-engine wide-body aircraft in the world.: 34 : 57, 60  In 1977, the A300 became the first Extended Range Twin Operations (ETOPS)-compliant aircraft, due to its high performance and safety standards.: 40 Another world-first of the A300 is the use of composite materials on a commercial aircraft, which were used on both secondary and later primary airframe structures, decreasing overall weight and improving cost-effectiveness. Other firsts included the pioneering use of center-of-gravity control, achieved by transferring fuel between various locations across the aircraft, and electrically signaled secondary flight controls.
The A300 is powered by a pair of underwing turbofan engines, either General Electric CF6 or Pratt & Whitney JT9D engines; the sole use of underwing engine pods allowed for any suitable turbofan engine to be more readily used.: 57 The lack of a third tail-mounted engine, as per the trijet configuration used by some competing airliners, allowed for the wings to be located further forwards and to reduce the size of the vertical stabilizer and elevator, which had the effect of increasing the aircraft's flight performance and fuel efficiency.: 50 : 21
Airbus partners had employed the latest technology, some of which having been derived from Concorde, on the A300. According to Airbus, new technologies adopted for the airliner were selected principally for increased safety, operational capability, and profitability. Upon entry into service in 1974, the A300 was a very advanced plane, which went on to influence later airliner designs. The technological highlights include advanced wings by de Havilland (later BAE Systems) with supercritical airfoil sections for economical performance and advanced aerodynamically efficient flight control surfaces. The 5.64 m (222 in) diameter circular fuselage section allows an eight-abreast passenger seating and is wide enough for 2 LD3 cargo containers side by side. Structures are made from metal billets, reducing weight. It is the first airliner to be fitted with wind shear protection. Its advanced autopilots are capable of flying the aircraft from climb-out to landing, and it has an electrically controlled braking system.
Later A300s incorporated other advanced features such as the Forward-Facing Crew Cockpit (FFCC), which enabled a two-pilot flight crew to fly the aircraft alone without the need for a flight engineer, the functions of which were automated; this two-man cockpit concept was a world-first for a wide-body aircraft.: 23–24  Glass cockpit flight instrumentation, which used cathode ray tube (CRT) monitors to display flight, navigation, and warning information, along with fully digital dual autopilots and digital flight control computers for controlling the spoilers, flaps, and leading-edge slats, were also adopted upon later-built models. Additional composites were also made use of, such as carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP), as well as their presence in an increasing proportion of the aircraft's components, including the spoilers, rudder, air brakes, and landing gear doors. Another feature of later aircraft was the addition of wingtip fences, which improved aerodynamic performance and thus reduced cruise fuel consumption by about 1.5% for the A300-600.
In addition to passenger duties, the A300 became widely used by air freight operators; according to Airbus, it is the best selling freight aircraft of all time. Various variants of the A300 were built to meet customer demands, often for diverse roles such as aerial refueling tankers, freighter models (new-build and conversions), combi aircraft, military airlifter, and VIP transport. Perhaps the most visually unique of the variants is the A300-600ST Beluga, an oversize cargo-carrying model operated by Airbus to carry aircraft sections between their manufacturing facilities. The A300 was the basis for, and retained a high level of commonality with, the second airliner produced by Airbus, the smaller Airbus A310.
On 23 May 1974, the first A300 to enter service performed the first commercial flight of the type, flying from Paris to London, for Air France.: 39 
Immediately after the launch, sales of the A300 were weak for some years, with most orders going to airlines that had an obligation to favor the domestically made product – notably Air France and Lufthansa, the first two airlines to place orders for the type.: 50–52  Following the appointment of Bernard Lathière as Henri Ziegler's replacement, an aggressive sales approach was adopted. Indian Airlines was the world's first domestic airline to purchase the A300, ordering three aircraft with three options. However, between December 1975 and May 1977, there were no sales for the type. During this period a number of "whitetail" A300s – completed but unsold aircraft – were completed and stored at Toulouse, and production fell to half an aircraft per month amid calls to pause production completely.
During the flight testing of the A300B2, Airbus held a series of talks with Korean Air on the topic of developing a longer-range version of the A300, which would become the A300B4. In September 1974, Korean Air placed an order for four A300B4s with options for two further aircraft; this sale was viewed as significant as it was the first non-European international airline to order Airbus aircraft. Airbus had viewed South-East Asia as a vital market that was ready to be opened up and believed Korean Air to be the 'key'.: 23 
Airlines operating the A300 on short haul routes were forced to reduce frequencies to try and fill the aircraft. As a result, they lost passengers to airlines operating more frequent narrow body flights. Eventually, Airbus had to build its own narrowbody aircraft (the A320) to compete with the Boeing 737 and McDonnell Douglas DC-9/MD-80. The savior of the A300 was the advent of ETOPS, a revised FAA rule which allows twin-engine jets to fly long-distance routes that were previously off-limits to them. This enabled Airbus to develop the aircraft as a medium/long range airliner.
In 1977, US carrier Eastern Air Lines leased four A300s as an in-service trial. CEO Frank Borman was impressed that the A300 consumed 30% less fuel, even less than expected, than his fleet of L-1011s. Borman proceeded to order 23 A300s, becoming the first U.S. customer for the type. This order is often cited as the point at which Airbus came to be seen as a serious competitor to the large American aircraft-manufacturers Boeing and McDonnell Douglas.: 40  Aviation author John Bowen alleged that various concessions, such as loan guarantees from European governments and compensation payments, were a factor in the decision as well.: 52 The Eastern Air Lines breakthrough was shortly followed by an order from Pan Am. From then on, the A300 family sold well, eventually reaching a total of 561 delivered aircraft.
In December 1977, Aerocondor Colombia became the first Airbus operator in Latin America, leasing one Airbus A300B4-2C, named Ciudad de Barranquilla.
During the late 1970s, Airbus adopted a so-called 'Silk Road' strategy, targeting airlines in the Far East.: 52  As a result, The aircraft found particular favor with Asian airlines, being bought by Japan Air System, Korean Air, China Eastern Airlines, Thai Airways International, Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, China Airlines, Pakistan International Airlines, Indian Airlines, Trans Australia Airlines and many others. As Asia did not have restrictions similar to the FAA 60-minutes rule for twin-engine airliners which existed at the time, Asian airlines used A300s for routes across the Bay of Bengal and South China Sea.
In 1977, the A300B4 became the first ETOPS compliant aircraft, qualifying for Extended Twin Engine Operations over water, providing operators with more versatility in routing. In 1982 Garuda Indonesia became the first airline to fly the A300B4-200FFCC. By 1981, Airbus was growing rapidly, with over 400 aircraft sold to over forty airlines.
In 1989, Chinese operator China Eastern Airlines received its first A300; by 2006, the airline operated around 18 A300s, making it the largest operator of both the A300 and the A310 at that time. On 31 May 2014, China Eastern officially retired the last A300-600 in its fleet, having begun drawing down the type in 2010.
From 1997 to 2014, a single A300, designated A300 Zero-G, was operated by the European Space Agency (ESA), centre national d'études spatiales (CNES) and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) as a reduced-gravity aircraft for conducting research into microgravity; the A300 is the largest aircraft to ever have been used in this capacity. A typical flight would last for two and a half hours, enabling up to 30 parabolas to be performed per flight.
By the 1990s, the A300 was being heavily promoted as a cargo freighter.: 24 The largest freight operator of the A300 is FedEx Express, which has 65 A300 aircraft in service as of May 2022. UPS Airlines also operates 52 freighter versions of the A300.
The final version was the A300-600R and is rated for 180-minute ETOPS. The A300 has enjoyed renewed interest in the secondhand market for conversion to freighters; large numbers were being converted during the late 1990s.: 24–25 The freighter versions – either new-build A300-600s or converted ex-passenger A300-600s, A300B2s and B4s – account for most of the world's freighter fleet after the Boeing 747 freighter.
The A300 provided Airbus the experience of manufacturing and selling airliners competitively. The basic fuselage of the A300 was later stretched (A330 and A340), shortened (A310), or modified into derivatives (A300-600ST Beluga Super Transporter). In 2006, unit cost of an −600F was $105 million. In March 2006, Airbus announced the impending closure of the A300/A310 final assembly line, making them the first Airbus aircraft to be discontinued. The final production A300, an A300F freighter, performed its initial flight on 18 April 2007, and was delivered to FedEx Express on 12 July 2007. Airbus has announced a support package to keep A300s flying commercially. Airbus offers the A330-200F freighter as a replacement for the A300 cargo variants.
The life of UPS's fleet of 52 A300s, delivered from 2000 to 2006, will be extended to 2035 by a flight deck upgrade based around Honeywell Primus Epic avionics; new displays and flight management system (FMS), improved weather radar, a central maintenance system, and a new version of the current enhanced ground proximity warning system. With a light usage of only two to three cycles per day, it will not reach the maximum number of cycles by then. The first modification will be made at Airbus Toulouse in 2019 and certified in 2020. As of July 2017, there are 211 A300s in service with 22 operators, with the largest operator being FedEx Express with 68 A300-600F aircraft.
A300B1 - The A300B1 was the first variant to take flight. It had a maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) of 132 t (291,000 lb), was 51 m (167 ft) long and was powered by two General Electric CF6-50A engines.: 21 : 41 Only two prototypes of the variant were built before it was adapted into the A300B2, the first production variant of the airliner.: 39 The second prototype was leased to Trans European Airways in 1974.: 54
Responding to a need for more seats from Air France, Airbus decided that the first production variant should be larger than the original prototype A300B1. The CF6-50A powered A300B2-100 was 2.6 m (8.5 ft) longer than the A300B1 and had an increased MTOW of 137 t (302,000 lb), allowing for 30 additional seats and bringing the typical passenger count up to 281, with capacity for 20 LD3 containers.: 10 : 17 Two prototypes were built and the variant made its maiden flight on 28 June 1973, became certified on 15 March 1974 and entered service with Air France on 23 May 1974.: 27, 53 : 10
For the A300B2-200, originally designated as the A300B2K, Krueger flaps were introduced at the leading-edge root, the slat angles were reduced from 20 degrees to 16 degrees, and other lift related changes were made in order to introduce a high-lift system. This was done to improve performance when operating at high-altitude airports, where the air is less dense and lift generation is reduced.: 52, 53  The variant had an increased MTOW of 142 t (313,000 lb) and was powered by CF6-50C engines, was certified on 23 June 1976, and entered service with South African Airways in November 1976.: 40 : 12 CF6-50C1 and CF6-50C2 models were also later fitted depending on customer requirements, these became certified on 22 February 1978 and 21 February 1980 respectively.: 41 : 12
The A300B2-320 introduced the Pratt & Whitney JT9D powerplant and was powered by JT9D-59A engines. It retained the 142 t (313,000 lb) MTOW of the B2-200, was certified on 4 January 1980, and entered service with Scandinavian Airlines on 18 February 1980, with only four being produced.: 99, 112 : 14
The initial A300B4 variant, later named the A300B4-100, included a centre fuel tank for an increased fuel capacity of 47.5 tonnes (105,000 lb), and had an increased MTOW of 157.5 tonnes (347,000 lb).: 38 It also featured Krueger flaps and had a similar high-lift system to what was later fitted to the A300B2-200.: 74 The variant made its maiden flight on 26 December 1974, was certified on 26 March 1975, and entered service with Germanair in May 1975.: 32, 54 : 16
The A300B4-200 had an increased MTOW of 165 tonnes (364,000 lb) and featured an additional optional fuel tank in the rear cargo hold, which would reduce the cargo capacity by two LD3 containers.: 19 : 69 The variant was certified on 26 April 1979.: 19
A300-600 - The A300-600, officially designated as the A300B4-600, was slightly longer than the A300B2 and A300B4 variants and had an increased interior space from using a similar rear fuselage to the Airbus A310, this allowed it to have two additional rows of seats.: 79 It was initially powered by Pratt & Whitney JT9D-7R4H1 engines, but was later fitted with General Electric CF6-80C2 engines, with Pratt & Whitney PW4156 or PW4158 engines being introduced in 1986.: 82 Other changes include an improved wing featuring a recambered trailing edge, the incorporation of simpler single-slotted Fowler flaps, the deletion of slat fences, and the removal of the outboard ailerons after they were deemed unnecessary on the A310. The variant made its first flight on 8 July 1983, was certified on 9 March 1984, and entered service in June 1984 with Saudi Arabian Airlines.: 42 : 58 A total of 313 A300-600s (all versions) have been sold. The A300-600 uses the A310 cockpits, featuring digital technology and electronic displays, eliminating the need for a flight engineer. The FAA issues a single type rating which allows operation of both the A310 and A300-600. A300-600: (Official designation: A300B4-600) The baseline model of the −600 series. A300-620C: (Official designation: A300C4-620) A convertible-freighter version. Four delivered between 1984 and 1985. A300-600F: (Official designation: A300F4-600) The freighter version of the baseline −600. A300-600R: (Official designation: A300B4-600R) The increased-range −600, achieved by an additional trim fuel tank in the tail. First delivery in 1988 to American Airlines; all A300s built since 1989 (freighters included) are −600Rs. Japan Air System (later merged into Japan Airlines) took delivery of the last new-built passenger A300, an A300-622R, in November 2002. A300-600RC: (Official designation: A300C4-600R) The convertible-freighter version of the −600R. Two were delivered in 1999. A300-600RF: (Official designation: A300F4-600R) The freighter version of the −600R. All A300s delivered between November 2002 and 12 July 2007 (last ever A300 delivery) were A300-600RFs.
Airbus had demand for an aircraft smaller than the A300. On 7 July 1978, the A310 (initially the A300B10) was launched with orders from Swissair and Lufthansa. On 3 April 1982, the first prototype conducted its maiden flight and it received its type certification on 11 March 1983.
Keeping the same eight-abreast cross-section, the A310 is 6.95 m (22.8 ft) shorter than the initial A300 variants, and has a smaller 219 m2 (2,360 sq ft) wing, down from 260 m2 (2,800 sq ft). The A310 introduced a two-crew glass cockpit, later adopted for the A300-600 with a common type rating. It was powered by the same GE CF6-80 or Pratt & Whitney JT9D then PW4000 turbofans. It can seat 220 passengers in two classes, or 240 in all-economy, and can fly up to 5,150 nmi (9,540 km). It has overwing exits between the two main front and rear door pairs.
In April 1983, the aircraft entered revenue service with Swissair and competed with the Boeing 767–200, introduced six months before. Its longer range and ETOPS regulations allowed it to be operated on transatlantic flights. Until the last delivery in June 1998, 255 aircraft were produced, as it was succeeded by the larger Airbus A330-200. It has cargo aircraft versions, and was derived into the Airbus A310 MRTT military tanketransport.
Airbus A300-ST (Beluga)
Commonly referred to as the Airbus Beluga or "Airbus Super Transporter," these five airframes are used by Airbus to ferry parts between the company's disparate manufacturing facilities, thus enabling workshare distribution. They replaced the four Aero Spacelines Super Guppys previously used by Airbus.
ICAO code: A3ST
As of March 2023, there were 228 A300 family aircraft in commercial service. The five largest operators were FedEx Express (70), UPS Airlines (52), European Air Transport Leipzig (23), Iran Air (11), and Mahan Air (11).
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2023.06.04 10:00 deitmoms The Top 5 Foods That Help Reduce High Blood Sugar Levels.
High blood sugar levels are a common problem for people of all ages, and specifically for people who work or do physical activity. In fact, about one-third of adults over the age of 50 have high blood sugar levels at some point in their lives. This is a big deal because it can lead to serious health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and even death. To help reduce high blood sugar levels, you need to know what foods are good for lowering blood sugar levels. Here’s how to find out:
What Are the Top 5 Foods That Help Reduce High Blood Sugar Levels.
Some foods that may help lower blood sugar levels include: whole grains, fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy, and lean protein. These foods may also have other health benefits like reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. What Are the Top Foods That Help Reduce the Risk of Diabetes.
Certain foods might also help reduce the risk of diabetes if eaten regularly. These include low-fat dairy products such as yogurt, cheese, and milk, as well as lean protein sources like chicken or fish. eating these types of foods every day can help prevent type 2 diabetes from developing. What Are the Top Foods That Help Reduce the Risk of Heart Disease.
Another way to prevent heart disease is by eating healthy fats and proteins from meat and poultry, plantains, eggs, nuts/seeds, and seafood. This type of diet helps reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke by providing essential nutrients like Omega-3 fatty acids and fiber that can reduce inflammation in the body. What Are the Top Foods That Help Reduce the Risk of Stroke.
Eating a balanced diet full of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein sources, healthy fats/proteins (like omega-3s), and desserts may also be helpful in preventing stroke events from happening in those with type 2 diabetes or heart disease.
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How to Reduce High Blood Sugar Levels.
Sugar can play a big role in your blood sugar levels. To reduce its influence, limit the amount of sugar you eat. Eat smaller meals more often and avoid eating foods with added sugars like soda, sweeteners, processed foods, and alcohol.
Subsection 2.2 Reduce the Influence of Sodas, Sweets, processed foods, and alcohol on Your Blood Sugar Levels.
Soda and other drinks can have a significant impact on blood sugar levels. If you drink too much soda or drink unhealthy sodas regularly, your blood sugar could go up significantly. Instead of drinking large cups of soda each day, try drinking half a cup or less per day and see how that affects your blood sugar levels. Reduce the Influence of Food Allergies on Your Blood Sugar Levels.
Food allergies are another common cause of elevated blood sugar levels. If you have an allergy to something in food, it can lead to higher blood sugar levels because your body cannot metabolize that food properly. To decrease the risk of developing an allergy-related food sensitivity, be sure toread labels carefully and avoid any food that might trigger an allergic response (like peanuts). Reduce the Influence of Red Blood Cells on Your Blood Sugar Levels.
Red blood cells play a major role in carrying oxygen around our bodies and helping us fight against infection. When your red blood cells get too highwattage or are too stressed, they can start generating energy too quickly which can lead to high blood sugars levels. To avoid this, try to limit your red blood cell production and stay calm during high-stress situations.
How to Reduce the Risk of Diabetes.
The risk of diabetes mellitus (Type 2 diabetes) is increased when blood sugar levels are too high. To reduce the risk of developing this condition, try to keep blood sugar levels under control by following these tips:
- Be sure you get enough water every day. Eat a Healthy Diet That Is Low in Sugar and Carbohydrates
- Make sure you get enough exercise.
- Avoid eating foods that may increase blood sugar levels such as candy, cake, pies, and ice cream.
Reduce the risk of diabetes by following a healthy diet and reducing the number of blood sugar levels that are too high. By making sure you get enough water every day, eating a healthy diet that is low in sugar and carbohydrates, and getting enough exercise, you can help prevent diabetes from happening.
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2023.06.04 09:58 beta_reader It's June 2023! What have you been reading lately?
Hello, everyone! Sorry for the late post. I've been working too much to be able to give fandom the attention it deserves, so I'm feeling a bit disconnected and scatterbrained.
But never mind that. What wonderful things are you reading these days? Talk about them here and drop us a link!
I've been splitting my reading time, such as it is, between the now-concluded Snarry-a-Thon and a non-HP fandom that sucked up whatever energy I had left over. There was an excellent turnout for the fest, which posted a wide variety of Snape/Harry fic six days a week for a month. Now it's over, and I miss it!
Off the top of my head, my favorites were: Devotion
by danpuff. This is a companion piece to last year's Contempt
and tells the same series of events from Snape's POV. I adore Contempt;
it's visceral, emotional, erotic in a deeply intimate and unflinching way. The relationship is torture to both parties but something they need as much as they need oxygen, no matter how stubbornly they lie to themselves. Now Devotion
has catapulted into my personal pantheon as well, and because it's filtered through Snape's self-loathing and (futile) resistance, the emotions are dark and incandescent with erotic energy and longing. The two fics together give me the intensity and mutual obsession and line-crossing and messed-up belonging I want from this ship. And danpuff gifted them to me! Which is one of the brightest spots in a difficult year so far.
I also really enjoyed: Luck of the Draw
by writcraft, which is full of wit and charm. If you like an upbeat and fairly gentle romance, this is it. Brews and Rescues
by titC, which has verbal sparring, fake dating, Snape being menaced and Harry having to save him (as it happens, I have a weakness for that trope). It includes a really lovely portrayal of Lucius Malfoy's loyalty to Severus. Loose Ends
by Arrisha, which is disquieting and will crush your heart, because Arrisha specializes in that.
I've also started but due to shortage of time not yet finished Nocturne
by NecromanticNoir, an erotic fever dream and twisted fairy tale, lush and strange and mesmerising. It reminds me of the fabulist Angela Carter, offering the same sort of escape into sumptuous language and forbidden desires.
So those are the latest treasures from my recent dive into HP waters. What about yours?
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2023.06.04 09:58 WWE_Network_Bot This Day in History: 06/04/2023
The following events happened on this day in history!
What event was your favorite in this list?
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2023.06.04 09:55 CanonMC I made a Spider-Man oc! I love him- [OC][Reposted by OP]
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Name: Peter B. Parker Alias: Spider-Man/Menace/Web brains Relatives: May Parker(Aunt), Benjamin Parker(Uncle/Deceased)
Age: 15 Gender: Male Height: 5’7’’ Weight: 131 lbs Sexuality/Sexual Attraction: Bi-Questioning Alignment: Hero Secret Identity: Peter B. Parker Birthdate: January 17th Birthplace: Queens, New York Current homeworld: Earth #624145 Universe: Earth #624145 Interests: He’s really good at art and has started a small little career where he just sells some of his artwork online for a few bucks. He’s also a struggling inventor having made his web-shooters himself and trying to get an internship anywhere so far only really finding opportunities with Professor Connors and Dr.Octavius since he doesn't wanna work at Oscorp at all. He's really interested in music, he's a really big fan of the Mary Janes though he hasn't really met anyone that's in the band he has sat down and watched some of their performances and from has developed a bit of a crush on the drummer of the band who turns out to be one of his best friends Gwen Stacy… though he’ll probably never tell her. Likes: Arthur likes drawing, he likes painting, and doing art is one of his passions. He likes listening to music and has a specific playlist made for whenever he's web-slinging which mainly consists of songs by JVKE. He likes reading comic books a lot some of his favorite characters being The Flash and Nightwing(since Spider-Man comics don’t exist in his universe) and he can get lost in whatever he's reading or doing sometimes not really paying attention to much else. He likes standing up for the little guy, which sounds cliche as all hell but he was once the little guy and knows how it feels, he knows he has to get back up so he does… not for him but for the people he needs to protect. Dislikes: He dislikes constantly being late for school, which feels weird to him considering the fact that he can get across the city in a few minutes, he is just always late when getting specifically there. He really dislikes math class which isn't cause he's bad at it, in fact, he's the one with the best grades in the class he just dislikes it because of how his math teacher tries treating him like he doesn't know anything. He dislikes supervillains (obviously) constantly attacking him and berating him on pretty much a daily basis and he dislikes Oscorp even though he's best friends with Harry Osborn Iq: 237 Era(Time Period): 21st Century(Present date)
Abilities: Peter has strength and agility that stand far above those of the average human, allowing him to lift nearly 200 times his body weight and to leap and move at incredible speeds with high accuracy. He also heals faster than normal when injured, though he is not completely immune to viruses and other human ailments. Weapons: His only weapons are his web shooters which he uses to swing around from place to place and web enemies and objects when necessary. So far he has developed a few different types of webbing in his shooters, one that dissolves over time, an electric web, and a concussive web that's incredibly dense. Other than that his only other weapon is his fists and his brain. Rankings: N/A
Backstory: Alright, let's do this one last time… I was born in Queens, New York where I still live now. Growing up I was a pretty average kid, just smarter than the rest. Me and my uncle had a great relationship and hung out most of the time, even though my mother and he drifted apart slowly, my uncle was really the biggest person in my life… I lost my parents at a young age and ended up moving in with my aunt and uncle, which I guess turned my life around. I was out on a trip with my class for school when I got bit by a radioactive spider, I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. I became the one and only Spider-Man, and I lost some people… namely my uncle who turned out to be one of the two prowlers of my universe and sacrificed his own life to save me… telling me to always get back up and to remember that “with great power comes a need to do good…” not for myself but for other people too. I'm best friends with Harry Osborn, who I consequently ended up saving when he turned himself into a giant raging lizard which was… something for sure. And I guess I just patrol the city now, fighting villains and saving people, and on the off chance that I'm not really doing hero stuff, I'm out there working with Pete at our internship with Dr.Octavius or attending some extra classes with Mr.Conners…(Or I'm watching some performances by The Mary Janes) So for now I am the one and only Spider-Man… or so i thought-
Eye color: Brown Color schemes: Deep Red, Light Blue, Carbon Grey Hair color: Brown
2023.06.04 09:52 tuix00 Some noob questions
Hi people! After dying on the first day of my first attempt and then dying on the 2nd day and then dying on the 5th day, I finally made it to day 20. But now I experienced a problem for the first time, the power and water shut down. I watched some tutorials and I understand that water is not really a problem since I'm in an urban area and there's countless houses still left to loot with water in their sinks and toilets. On top of that I got 2 water coolers. However, electricity is a problem and I still can't make a rain collector, which brings me to my questions:
- I need to solve my electricity situation ASAP. I got a freezer jampacked to the brim with frozen meats and stuff. I found a generator but have no clue how to make it work. I know I have to find a magazine but I haven't yet, and there is a book store I found but in front of it there is like 50 zozos.
- I need to level up carpentry one more level to make the crappy rain collector. How does one do this? I don't really know how I upped it to level 3 to begin with. I keep reading books but they don't give xp. I don't understand. I think they just give xp multiplier but not xp. And even then, how will I purify water from the rain collector? I can't set up the "collector from above goes down > to sink" design because I don't have a terraced house, it's a normal urban house.
- How do you do absolutely anything in this game XD How will I find sustainable food? I sowed some potatoes I think 1 week ago. When my character inspects the menu it all just says ??????? as she doesn't have a clue wtf is going on, but I see them grow. I also have broccoli seeds. Should I just go wild and plant everything?
- Are weapons terrible? My character ain't exactly a shooter, but I found 3 guns and 4 boxes of ammo for the semi auto one. But I'm too scared to shot off a round because I think wherever I do it is gonna draw like 1000 zombies.
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2023.06.04 09:52 Affectionate-Reason2 newbie learning remoteviewing (pt3)
So this is my part 3 post, I appreciate the help I've been getting on this subreddit. The story so far:
1) I downloaded an ARV app and after getting worse for a bit I did pretty well...made me feel good about myself and got me intrigued but I was advised by someone here to do RV instead.
2) I've had two days of RV practice and I'm not doing well but I'm okay with that. Like seriously really bad. I'll load up a random image from an image generator and I'll spend 3-5 minutes on each one. My AO is so friggin strong there's no way I could draw them at this point. I'll do maybe 12 and get a 75% failure rate but one or two are just so awesome that I'm getting more and more intrigued.
Couple of questions:
a) Any advice to my practice routine? Someone else suggested spend 30 minutes on one image for 30 days for the month of June but I feel there's no way I could do this because of AO
b) On the way home I listened to a short VICE documentary on remote viewing and they said its somewhat of a talent. Like playing the violin. But I hear on here it's purely a skill? Just curious to hear what people think?
Also if it's a talent I think I'm not some genius but I have enough talent to get me to do tedious and repetitive work to get better and in the end that's all that might matter.
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2023.06.04 09:51 Telestasis Experimenting with charcoal in this Starfield drawing
2023.06.04 09:49 111atlas How to prevent dead birds from being brought inside
I have severe ocd and my cat keeps bringing dead birds inside since we moved to this area and it’s giving me so much anxiety I don’t even want to be around her.
I woke up to a dead bird in my bed.
She has open access to the outside with a cat door.
So far these are my options but I don’t like any of them but any advice is appreciated:
Make her inside- con: she goes nuts if she can’t go outside
Restrict her access to the outside by removing the cat door, only allowing her inside when someone opens the door for her and sees that she does not have a dead bird with her- con: our area gets above 100 degrees in summer and I don’t want her to get stuck outside when no one is home
Allow her to keep her cat door, locking it at night whether she’s inside or out (I can’t ensure she can come inside every night because I can’t always find her, and so far night time has been the only time she brings birds in), and giving her a cat bed in the living room and not allowing her into my bed Con: I don’t like that she would not be able to come inside if she wanted to, sometimes the neighborhood strays mess with her so I don’t want her to not be able to get away from them
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2023.06.04 09:49 sovietfox45 Cursed headcanon idea. What if Seadwellers had actual fish teeth. So either toothless or. This.
2023.06.04 09:48 deitmoms 5 Foods That Help Reduce High Blood Sugar Levels
Introduction: High blood sugar levels can be a life-threatening condition. When you have too much sugar in your blood, it can lead to seizures, heart disease, and other problems. To reduce your risk of high blood sugar levels, follow these tips:
What are the Foods That Help Reduce High Blood Sugar Levels.
The five top foods that help reduce blood sugar levels are fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, and protein. When you eat these foods, you help to control your blood sugar levels and feel better overall. What are the Top Benefits of Eating These Foods.
There are many benefits to eating foods that help reduce blood sugar levels. Some of these benefits include: improving heart health, reducing diabetes symptoms, reducing weight gain, reduced stress and anxiety disorders, and improved cognitive function. You can find more information about each food in the following subsections. What are the Top 5 Benefits of Eating These Foods.
When it comes to food choices that could help lower blood sugar levels, there are a few things to keep in mind. First off, any type of carbohydrate—even if it’s limited to simple sugars like candy bars or bread—can interfere with blood sugar control and lead to high blood sugar levels. Second, eating high-calorie foods can also increase your risk for developing diabetes mellitus (a condition in which the body does not produce enough insulin). Finally, be careful when choosing diets that combine multiple types of carbohydrates or protein because they can cause too much trouble for your blood sugar control system and elevate blood glucose levels quickly (this is called “glycemic loading”).
How to Eat These Foods to Reduce High Blood Sugar Levels.
Foods that help reduce blood sugar levels include fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds. Eat a variety of foods that help reduce high blood sugar levels.
Some foods that can help lower blood sugar levels include:
Fruit: Eat more fruit as part of a balanced diet to reduce blood sugar levels. Fruits like oranges, apples, grapes, watermelons, and pears are low in sugar and have high fiber levels.
Vegetables: Vegetables like carrots, potatoes, bell peppers, zucchini, peas, etc., are great for reducing blood sugar levels because they contain many nutrients that help control blood sugar.
Grains: Grains such as rice, pasta, oats, breads and cereals can also help lower blood sugar levels by providing complex carbs for the brain to absorb properly. They’re also low in calories and calories from these snacks tend to be offset by their nutrient-rich content.
Legumes: Legumes like beans and lentils are great sources of protein which can help lower blood sugar levels because they provide essential amino acids for the body to function well. They also have medium chain fatty acids which offer anti-inflammatory properties – perfect for those with heart disease or diabetes.
Nuts: Nuts are great options for people with diabetes because they have healthy fats that may act as a natural sweetener or energy booster. These snacks also come in a variety of flavors so you can enjoy them while on the go or at home.
Tips for Eating These Foods to Reduce High Blood Sugar Levels.
Eating foods that are low in sugar can help to reduce blood sugar levels. For example, many fruits and vegetables have low levels of sugar, which can help to keep blood sugar levels under control. In addition, eating foods with high fiberlevels can help to manage diabetes symptoms. If you’re looking for a healthy snack that won’t cause your blood sugar levels to spikes, try some of these options:
-wrapped nuts or seeds
-whipping cream with nuts or seeds
-raw apple slices
-celery stalks Eat foods that are high in fiber.
Fiber is another important component of a healthy diet.loading on fiber can help to lower blood sugar levels and regulate the digestive system. For example, many vegetables and fruits have high levels of fiber, which helps to keep things moving along smoothly in the gut and prevent constipation. In addition, fiber has been shown to be helpful in managing type 2 diabetes symptoms such as cravings and weight gain. By eating more Fiber-rich foods, you may be able to maintain a healthy blood sugar level while on vacation! Download Free Ebook Guide for Keto Diet
Eating foods that help reduce high blood sugar levels can help lower blood sugar levels and improve diabetes control. With a balanced diet that includes foods that help reduce high blood sugar levels, eating foods that are low in sugar, and eating foods that are high in fiber, you can improve your overall health. By following these tips, you can reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases.
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2023.06.04 09:48 AlbatrossOk5594 I broke up with my boyfriend after an argument with my sister.
This vent is a huge mess. I'm sorry.
She is my twin, and we're 24F. My now ex is 26M.
I have known him for five years. We got back together over a month ago. I was suffering from a chronic illness. I broke up with him to focus on that. That was three years ago, but we remained good friends.
We would play video games, go out to eat, watch movies, give each other small gifts, and hang out. Probably not important to mention, but our relationship was non-sexual because we haven't had privacy.
My sister seems happy about my breakup. Then she has the nerve to ask if she can help me find a new man. She never liked my boyfriend, but I love him. We've been arguing about my relationship for weeks, and the stress caused a terrible trigger to my illness. I couldn't take it anymore.
To be honest, I have been unhappy in the relationship, but I‘ve been trying to make things with him. He was not once abusive to me, unlike my sister’s previous exes.
My ex is a busy person. He isn't on his phone often and doesn't reply to my message after a few hours or even a day. He does odd jobs for his friend and family. He lives with relatives. I live with my mom and sister. He is unable to visit me because he can't drive. He has walked twice to see me before, but I stop him from doing it now. We live over 11 miles apart in different towns. I visited him more. So our distant relationship wasn't great, but we were inseparable when we meet in person. I normally have to plan the dates. He wasn't able to do it. He is a hard person to figure out. He has trouble expressing his emotions or understanding others. But when it comes to certain topics, he can talk forever about them. We have a lot in common, like a love for animation, writing stories, video games, and drawing.
Not only my sister, but my mom kept telling me not to settle for less. They tell me to find a reasonable man with a good job, who has his life straightened out, someone who can provide for me. I can't even provide for myself, why the hell do they want me to leech off of someone else? Yes, I would like to be a housewife in the future, but right after I have an actual job. If I could ever find one, I’m looking for one.
My sister praises her exes for being manly and hard-working men for taking her out to nice restaurants, giving her valuable gifts, and taking her on trips. Then continues to bash my now ex-boyfriend. She called me sick for trying to defend him as a good boyfriend and believes I’ll still defend him even if he ever beats me.
I'm heartbroken, and I hate to see my sister happy about this. I'm trying to see if my ex is alright, we still care about each other, but again, he doesn't reply to my messages after hours or even after a day. He always makes me worry when he does that. At least now, my sister will stop arguing with me about this. She can leave me alone.
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2023.06.04 09:46 FlukeRoads Sudden powerloss on highway, fuel light and gage intermittent, then small leak after turning off engine.
My 1998 A4 avant 2.4 (ALF engine? 30 v V6 anyway) has developed a problem.
I fueled up the day before yesterday. Did the classic mistake and drove off with the tank lid open - and lost the lid. Bought a cheap spare plastic tank lid.
yesterday we went to the next city 70 km away. On the way there, the car stuttered a little once, but i didn't think much of it.
During the drive home it lost power twice, cruising around 120-130 indicated ( 115 on the gps), just died and then came back after a few seconds. a couple minutes after losing power and coming back on, the fuel gage dropped to zero, and lit the "plz fill up" light, with a beep, and then popped up again to level after a minute. This happened 3 times, and then we turned off the motorway to check it out.
As we pull in to a burger place and get out, the car pissed a little puddle of blackish fuel on the ground, from a hose end under the threshold just behind the right hand front wheel. We decided to go directly home. When i started the engine, the fuel leak stopped, and we drove home across town. When we got home there was nothing leaking, so its now parked up here.
Where do I begin to understand and troubleshoot this?
Can someone point me to a drawing with all the hoses to see what goes where?
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2023.06.04 09:41 andthisisthewell Riddles in solo RPG [question and rpg generated short story]
How do you use riddles in your play? This week in the current story of Teigill the paladin he engages in some wordplay with his archenemy, a robust abbess from an opposing faith. I use world of dungeons in this game, which is rather action based. For these scenes I just used the edda and the old testaments for the stories that both tell each other. What ways have you found to use puzzles and riddles in soloplay?
All best! ACT FOUR: Battle of wits☠
Teigill walks toward the abbess and her following of a dozen monks and templars. He puts Lyn, his hammer, firmly into the ground as he says: we can either fight each other and wipe both sides out, or we can talk. He glares at the abbess and grins a toothy grin.“I'm not scared of you Nephele Ma'at. I might be dumb as a stick, but Äkk will prevail one way or the other, your puny god will cower before her luminous insanity.”
The abbess dismounts from the two headed hyena she sat on. A follower takes the banner and gives her a hefty looking tome, bound in leather. She stands almost seven foot tall. A piercing wind whips the plain, clouds flying through the air like seagulls. “Okay,” she says calmly and bitterly “we'll solve this with words.”
“I challenge you to the three strikes of the tongue: the curse, the story and the riddle. In three rounds we fight with words. The first to win two rounds has won. If you win, we will ignore Äkk's minions as we guide wandering souls to the truth. So be it, those damned creatures will go to the underworld where there is much weeping and gnashing of teeth. If we win, the souls of Hauksness that you haven't yet poisoned will be ours, and you, your brother and that retarded shaman will die." Teigill nods. “Thus it will be” he says. “as the challenged, I get to choose the first round.” Macharya mouths curse at him. “Curse,” he says. Curse
Macharya stands next to Teigill as she unrolls a scroll and shouts: “The first line of the psalm, let him who has ears listen!’she pauses for dramatic effect “Äkk, the Corroding Queen calls those that hear, with commodities as they break.” The winds stops gushing and the pole from which the banner of the Lamb hangs breaks in three pieces. A templar shouts a threat and draws his sword. It is rusted to the point of annihilation.
Then the abbess opens her hefty tome. She takes a small stick and touches the page rhythmically while she reads aloud. Her voice is shrill and carries wide over the plain: “The Prophet went up from there to Jamvedli, and while he was going up on the way, some small boys came out of the city and jeered at him, saying, “Go up, you baldhead! Go up, you baldhead!” And he turned around, and when he saw them, he cursed them in the name of the Lamb. And two she-bears came out of the woods and tore forty-two of the boys.”
Read the rest here
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2023.06.04 09:39 drekmonger Testing summarization
Quoted from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panpsychism
In the philosophy of mind, panpsychism (/pænˈsaɪkɪzəm/) is the view that the mind or a mindlike aspect is a fundamental and ubiquitous feature of reality. It is also described as a theory that "the mind is a fundamental feature of the world which exists throughout the universe." It is one of the oldest philosophical theories, and has been ascribed to philosophers including Thales, Plato, Spinoza, Leibniz, William James, Alfred North Whitehead, Bertrand Russell, and Galen Strawson. In the 19th century, panpsychism was the default philosophy of mind in Western thought, but it saw a decline in the mid-20th century with the rise of logical positivism. Recent interest in the hard problem of consciousness and developments in the fields of neuroscience, psychology, and quantum physics have revived interest in panpsychism in the 21st century.
For a definition of the term "panpsychism", see the Wiktionary entry panpsychism.
The term panpsychism comes from the Greek pan (πᾶν: "all, everything, whole") and psyche (ψυχή: "soul, mind").: 1 "Psyche" comes from the Greek word ψύχω (psukhō, "I blow") and may mean life, soul, mind, spirit, heart, or "life-breath". The use of "psyche" is controversial because it is synonymous with "soul", a term usually taken to refer to something supernatural; more common terms now found in the literature include mind, mental properties, mental aspect, and experience.
Panpsychism holds that mind or a mind-like aspect is a fundamental and ubiquitous feature of reality. It is also described as a theory in which "the mind is a fundamental feature of the world which exists throughout the universe". Panpsychists posit that the type of mentality we know through our own experience is present, in some form, in a wide range of natural bodies. This notion has taken on a wide variety of forms. Some historical and non-Western panpsychists ascribe attributes such as life or spirits to all entities (animism). Contemporary academic proponents, however, hold that sentience or subjective experience is ubiquitous, while distinguishing these qualities from more complex human mental attributes. They therefore ascribe a primitive form of mentality to entities at the fundamental level of physics but do not ascribe mentality to most aggregate things, such as rocks or buildings.
The philosopher David Chalmers, who has explored panpsychism as a viable theory, distinguishes between microphenomenal experiences (the experiences of microphysical entities) and macrophenomenal experiences (the experiences of larger entities, such as humans).
Philip Goff draws a distinction between panexperientialism and pancognitivism. In the form of panpsychism under discussion in the contemporary literature, conscious experience is present everywhere at a fundamental level, hence the term panexperientialism. Pancognitivism, by contrast, is the view that thought is present everywhere at a fundamental level—a view that had some historical advocates, but no present-day academic adherents. Contemporary panpsychists do not believe microphysical entities have complex mental states such as beliefs, desires, and fears.
Originally, the term panexperientialism had a narrower meaning, having been coined by David Ray Griffin to refer specifically to the form of panpsychism used in process philosophy.
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2023.06.04 09:39 skoorythesquirrel r/SkooryTheSquirrel Lounge
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2023.06.04 09:36 velodelia funny DIY Fanless PC Build in progress
I am trying to upload the whole thing as a text and pictures story and I hope it works. The Images & Video tab doesn't offer this format from what I see...
Straight out I would say this turned out so much different than I ever expected and also it has been taking days of work. All of which enjoyable, I love building stuff, but building a cooling system from scratch needs quite some precision work :)
This is one of my first post here, so I hope it all turns out well!
It all started when a friend gave me his old GPU - a strix gtx 970 4gb OC. And that cascaded in getting all other components. I should note that this is not the best option for a GPU in a fanless system, but it's what I got :) To be hones, it ran VERY quiet with original cooling, but... I disassembled it already , there is no going back haha.
CPU is a ryzen 5 3600
MB is mini ITX GIGABYTE B450I AORUS PRO Wi-Fi
BeQuiet pure power 11 500W . it has a fan, but have seen it spinning only a few times and it's inaudible
18gb ram, 1tb samsung nvma and so on, nothing special on this front, just needed some parts to make it run.
All temps are in Celsius! :)
At my work ( I repair clinical equipment) I got a hold of these beauties from a device in one laboratory.
I thought I would need only two of them and have the rest for another project - how wrong was I haha
My first idea was to directly press the cpu against a block of aluminum and the big heatsink.Unfortunately the 2 prototypes I tried, didn't transfer the head fast enough to the big headsing and the CPU would get hot really fast during a stress test.(I glued the nuts with fast glue and baking soda. It got so hard and strong that I had trouble removing it after that! haha )The first 2 tries looked like that:
At this point I was still under the disillusion, that this would be a quick job, done in a few hours. I lough at myself when I think back at how I imagined all this would go...Trying to build and cut everything on the fly, every whole was on the wrong spot, I kept on breaking drills and taps , while making holes and threads...After the first few uncecesfull attepmts I realised I need to take my time to work on every single piece of it slowly and measure everything better if I wanted to go anywhere with this.At this point I still didn't know if I would be able to cool the CPU, much less the GPU.The CPU is 65W and the GPU is twice as much and probably sucking even more power at max load.
Next I decided to use heat pipes, but instead of ordering some and figuring out how to attach them to the CPU die, I decided to repurpose an older cooler master CPU cooler I had around ( also a donation from a friend ) It was for an older intel CPU, so I had to create a mount for it for my AM4 platform :)
So I began and 2 hours later ...
Than 2 days later ...
I drilled holes for half of the pipes and stuck them inside the radiator, the other ones I bent and pressed against the face of the other radiator. At this point I am using two of them.Bending the heatpipes without a proper tool is a mess.I ended up using the neck of a bottle of wine.....I wouldn't go too deep in this topic hahahahTo my surprise it was working!!!! I managed to get to max 80C under stress. :)
At this point I was feeling a bit more optimistic and started working on the cooling for the gpu.This time I didn't even bother with trying to cool the gpu without headpipes, so I did the same as with the CPU - repurposed some heatpipes... or you could say - Destroyed a perfectly fine working cooling hehe -
At this point I was much more careful with the holes I drilled.I have a few jars with old bolts and nuts left from my grandfather - they hold everything in this project. Whenever I needed any size of anything, I found it in there. And everytime I was thankful to him! <3 Love you grandpop!
The first time I ran the Pc with the new GPU cooling, and started stress testing it - the computer turned off without a warning! It obviously overheated.I was a bit disappointed for a while, until I remembered the VRMs have just a small heatsink above them and no fan to blow air on it at the moment...So I cut two big sheets of 3mm aluminum and stuck them on the chips with a thermal pad.That did the trick , but they got around 95C while playing games.I had to address this.
Next I got more presents from a friend - a flat heatpipe from a laptop cooling and an old GPU cooling ( heatpipes and radiator)I should have made more photos of the creation, because it is so funny :) Nowhere near good looking.I put a 2mm copper plate on the vrm chips the laptop heatpipe, sandwiched with a sheet of aluminum plate. The flat heatpipe curves around the gpu body, goes to the other side and there I pressed the other end between another sheet of aluminum and the other gpu cooler.
https://preview.redd.it/ol6huhftey3b1.jpg?width=3468&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=65cd952991757ed3d1a32ec8611f04e95c28867a https://preview.redd.it/3w9bckftey3b1.jpg?width=4624&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=80441221b4d056aca2f3c00a8335e74780660fd7 https://preview.redd.it/dbl1ijftey3b1.jpg?width=3468&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=95ba941aef99d548a76a4fd70fbb1a8416c82b5d
This did the trick - VRM are at 62C during gaming. That's fine for me. :)Holding one end with a zip tie... At this point I have no aestetic goals for the inside :D
Building everything together around the gpu is a step by step process in specific order so that everything comes together... I had to build and take everything apart or rework it in order to have access to all the bolds and nuts holding the whole thing together.
When I play Horizon : Forbbiden west, I get 50-60C CPU, 62 VRMs and around 90CI seem to remember that on the build before the vrm upgrade the gpu was not getting hotter than 85C... Will have to work on that more.
There is an original, thin black alu plate on the back side of the GPU that get really HOT. I can't seem to find anything directly touching to it, aside from one small chip ( don't know what its for) with a 2-3mm thick thermal pad on it. I am thinking of changing this thin back plate with a much wider and thicker one. I have some 3-4 mm sheets.That's one of the next steps, when I feel motivated, and after that I will start thinking about making a wooden box for the whole thing. I have a few Teak wood planks.And just for the sake of it am wandering if I should add one fan at the bottom of the box just in caseMaybe an Noctua nf-a12x15, turning at very low RPMs... will see about that :)
I don't know how heavy it is. It's still not in one piece and stays in place thanks to my oldschool sci-fi book collection :)
At the moment it looks like that and I LOVE it and the whole experience :
https://preview.redd.it/5zbi4q6zey3b1.jpg?width=4624&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=168ef8b6001b215a77b59fc197b8d3ffa2c18263 https://preview.redd.it/mq34es6zey3b1.jpg?width=3468&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=7aa61eb616310aaffc0376ca829ce7c745e1681a https://preview.redd.it/59swvp6zey3b1.jpg?width=4624&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=dd109c427fc7fe504baabab22b932f3a7a7fe3f7
It's been 4 months now since I started and I work on the project whenever I have time.
I will add updates with any progress.I have some crazy ideas for the wooden box, to make it even heavier :D
Thanks for the patience of reading the whole thing :) You are free to make fun of the whole "creation" hahaha or add any advice.
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2023.06.04 09:35 StJe1637 Despite what it may feel like the average skill level of a league player today is insane.
I've been playing pretty consistently since S2 (j4 release) and my gold ranked games are crazy. There's not a lot of genuinely new players and most people still playing the game have been playing for quite a while with thousands of hours. You can't just play safe and cs to win, mechanically everyone is nuts, pro players today are insanely cracked. The decision making and itemization is often pretty sus but the general level of play is always getting better.
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2023.06.04 09:35 Mugo0o0 Tablet recommendations please!
I’m looking for a drawing tablet that’s not too expensive,has a decent screen size and works well with drawing,animation, 3d modelling/sculpting.
The Xp-pen tablet 22 (2nd gen) was recommended to me and the reviews look good but I don’t want to rush .
Are there any other tablets I should consider before making a decision?
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