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The "how to estimate your taxes" guide for idiots

2020.07.10 22:48 myNameIsPDT The "how to estimate your taxes" guide for idiots

For all those posting gain/loss porn today, this is literally for you (both losers and winners).
What is a 1099? Where am I supposed to find that? I switched platforms five times this year, where do I download all my trades? What is a gain? What is a loss? How do I estimate what I owe?
If this sounds like you, or you didn't know to ask these questions in the first place, this guide is for you. My goal is not to fully explain the tax code, but rather help you understand roughly how much cash you need to set aside to pay your capital gains tax and the documents you need to assembled to help your CPA (certified public accountant) get your taxes done for you.
The reason I am writing this post is because I often give people a quick/dirty calculation to help them ballpark their capital gains taxes so they know how much, roughly, to set aside once turbotax or their CPA gives them the real numbers. I like to ballpark my taxes so I am not surprised when my CPA tells me how much I owe at the end of the year. You can get really close without having to literally do the job of a CPA. I'll discuss how to quickly estimate your taxes vs actually calculate them below.
My disclosure is I am not a CPA. I have been investing since 2005, and thus I have filed my fair share of taxes and about ten years ago switched to using a CPA for reasons I discuss below. For anyone that wants to add some nuance to this discussion or finds a mistake I made, please make a comment below, and I'll add your feedback/correction to the post. This discussion applies to federal taxes, not state. State is really simple, don't live in California if you want to keep your money - California is the tax equivalent of literally living in Satan's asshole after the god of darkness eats a spicy burrito. The visceral contraction you just made in response to this imagery is a close approximation to the contraction of your bank account after paying California taxes.
Lets start with what capital gains are. Capital gains are the money you make from your investments. Capital losses are the money you loose from your investments. We further split these into realized gains or losses, which is what effects your taxes. Realized means you sold the stock/equity/option/real estate/etc. Investments you haven't sold are not realized, and thus under most tax codes, do not effect your gains or losses.
From a US tax code perspective, there are long term and short term investments. Long term investments are investments/equities that you have held for more than 12 months. Short term investments are those you have bought and sold within 12 months. They are taxed differently. Long term investments are typically taxed at 15% of your profits or less depending on your tax bracket and retirement status, and do not count as income; while short term investments are taxed based on your income and because of this can push your total income into a higher tax bracket.
To calculate your capital gains/losses for the year, you subtract the cost of buying AND selling (aka price+fees) of an equity from the price at which you sold the equity. If you bought 100 shares of XYZ at $1 per share, and it was an OTC stock so you had to pay a $6.50 transaction fee, and then sold all 100 shares at $2 per share the following week, and had to pay another $6.50 transaction fee, your capital gains from this transaction would be as follows: (sale of 100 shares X $2) - (the purchase of 100 shares X $1) - ($6.50 in fees X 2 for the purchase and sale) = your taxable capital gain from this transaction. Add this up over the all your transactions and that equals your total capital gains/losses... Losses would reflect a loss in money, so if you sold it at say 90 cents a share you get a negative number.
For most folks on pennystocks, you are likely buying and selling within a year, so I am going to focus the rest of the discussion on short term investments.
Most people don't really care about the nuances and will leave those details to turbotax or their CPA, and just want something quick so they know roughly how much cash they need heading into tax season. The easiest way to calculate this is to look up your tax bracket (yes, ignoring how they work to do a rough calculation), using the IRS website for the current year, and then multiply your capital gains by the tax percentage corresponding to your tax bracket. Here are the brackets for 2020:

As an example of a rough calculation to estimate what you might owe, take the following example (note that I do provide a real explanation for how tax brackets work several paragraphs down):
Lets say your salary is $100k, and you started with $1k in a regular brokerage account and turned that into $10k within the year and you sell all your positions (realized gain). This means your capital gain on short term investments is $9k (assuming no fees), which is taxed as income. This puts you in the 24% tax bracket (total income of $109k). Assuming you have setup automatic income tax withholding for your primary income, and thus do not need to worry about that, you can just focus on your $9k capital gains. Multiple 0.24 by $9000, and you get $2160 in capital gain taxes owed. For the 99% of people who are going to have assistance filing their taxes, this is usually good enough - it will get you in the ballpark as far as how much cash you need to set aside when the time comes to write the check.
Lets take the same scenario, but this time you start with $10k in your brokerage account, and you masterfully turn that into $1k within a year and sell all positions (realized loss). Well, now you get to subtract your losses from your income, and you will likely get money back from the gov, or owe less, due to your stupidity. This tax break/deduction is capped, so if you blow up a $10 million account you can only claim so much in deductions per year... but you can role over the losses to the following years.
The general gist is if you made money on your investments for the year, you will pay taxes, and if you lost money, do not forget to deduct your losses from your taxes.
Around September every year, I do a rough calculation like this to start estimating how much cash I need to set aside for taxes. If you are constantly investing your cash and profits, you need to plan ahead by a quarter or two to make sure you don't dump everything into long-term investments that you now have to sell in January to pay your taxes (which means more taxes next year), or so you don't dump it all into a new car etc. Be thoughtful, be diligent, think ahead and be prepared.
Trying to estimate this from your total account value is not correct either - you only calculate this on realized gains and losses. Long-term investments, investments you haven't sold, withdraws/deposits, etc, etc all complicate this calculation. I use TD ameritrade and schwab, and both platforms have a feature that allows me to catalogue my realized gains and losses in real time for short and long-term investments...so I don't actually add anything, I just look it up and estimate the how much I'll have to pay based on my tax bracket.
Now that you have a rough idea of how much money you will owe, you also need to get your documentation organized. Your broker(s), will send you, or make available to you, a group of forms called your "1099"s (the s means plural, it is not a specific form). These forms are used to document the money you made in addition to your primary income, your primary income is reported on your W2. You will get 1099s from every broker and bank you use, and every 1099 needs to be given to your CPA or entered into turbotax. The 1099-div is used to report income you made from dividends. The 1099-int is used to report money you made from the interest off an account (like a high interest savings account). The 1099-b is used to report your transactions from buying and selling equities. The 1099-misc is for miscellaneous incomes like lottery winners. Your 1099-q is used to report spending of money from an education account. There are additional forms that you will get if you invest in mutual funds, or other equities as well.
Once you have all this junk, give it to your CPA, pay your CPA, write your check to the IRS based on what the CPA tells you (not your rough calculation), done.
If you are filing without assistance, you need to transfer all the above junk to a worksheet called form 8949, and once you have this filled out you report the output from this on your schedule D 1040. If all you did was buy and sell stocks, you don't have savings account interest or other 1099 forms, last I checked the 8949 is not required. <- please correct this if wrong.
Now, lets talk about how taxes actually work. Instead of your entire income being taxed based on the bracket your total income falls in, your income is taxed across the brackets. If you are single, this means the first $9874 you make is not taxed, everything you make between $9875-40124 is taxed at 12%, everything you make between $40125-85524 is taxed at 22%, everything you make between $85525-163299 is taxed at 24%, so on and so forth. Your short-term capital gains can push you into a higher tax bracket because they are considered income. Your taxes change if you are married, have kids, own a house, are a student, etc etc, and exemptions and loop holes add up quickly. In spite of me knowing how to report my capital gains, I cannot keep up with all the exemptions and loop holes which is why I have a CPA who can. When it is all said and done, my CPA always finds more exemptions and tax breaks than he charges me for his services, so he saves me money. USE A CPA! Hopefully this clarifies why the above calculation is considered a "ballpark, rough" calculation.
There are some nuances you do need to appreciate, specifically different tax advantaged accounts like an IRA, and how the timing, or sale and purchase, of an equity can effect your ability to claim capital losses.
If you invest using a 401k or an IRA, these are deferred tax accounts, meaning you don't have to pay income tax on the money you put into SOME of them, you don't have to pay taxes on the trades you make inside SOME of the accounts, buy you do get hammered for taking money out of these accounts before retirement age, and you pay taxes once you are retired. That is all I am going to say about these.. . these deserve a post of their own.
The second nuance is related to selling at a loss. If you are trying to game the system, you might conclude that you can just sell all your investments at a loss, and immediately re-buy them for the same price, thus generating a realized loss while not actually effecting your original investments. This would in theory allow you to receive a tax break. The wash sale rule prevents you from being able to claim a loss if you do sell at a loss and re-buy the same stock, an option to buy the same stock, or a very closely related security, within 30 days of your sale for a loss. So, if you do decide to sell at a loss to gain the tax advantage, but want to immediately reinvest that cash within 30 days, do not re-buy the same stock, an option to do so, or for example an ETF that is heavily weighted with that same stock.
Oh and one final note, don't forget too include your transaction fees in your rough calculation. It matters less today than it did 5 years ago, but for options and OTC stocks on many platforms, it still matters.
One last thing - reinvesting profits does not effect your taxes except for the transaction fees. If you started with $1k and went to $10k in 1 trade and didn't have transaction fees, you have $9k in taxable capital gains. If you went from $1k to $5K, reinvested it all and turned it into $7.5k, did it again and made it to $10k the profits from all the transactions, assuming no fees, still adds up to $9k in taxable income. It is less if there are transaction fees involved. (the math: profits are $4k+ $2.5k+$2.5K=$9k).

I think that sums it up... actual CPAs, please comment below and I'll add your feedback to the post (giving you credit of course).
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2020.07.10 22:47 weirdobeardo123 Was that a sign from God?

My family and I have been eyeing a move to our neighboring city, specifically because of the fact we'd be moving houses. There's nothing wrong with our house, it's a normal middle-class apartment for a 4 member family, but the houses in the neighboring city are much better for only slightly cheaper. We were about to move and I was so happy until things were cut off immediately very recently because my father's salary might be cut due to COVID. Now the chances of us moving is only around 30% (from 90%), and this made me quite sad because I really wanted to move.
During all of this, I was always praying at night for God to make it so that we move, and also praying for a sign from God. I eventually stopped asking for a sign though because people told me that's a sin.
Anyways, when I checked the Bible (verse of the day), the first verse I saw was this one:
"The one thing I ask of the Lord—the thing I seek most—is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,delighting in the Lord’s perfectionsand meditating in his Temple.5 For he will conceal me there when troubles come;he will hide me in his sanctuary.He will place me out of reach on a high rock."
Psalm 27:4-5, NLT
I thought it was somewhat relevant, so I think it may be a sign from God that what house I live in doesn't matter as long as it is a house of God; because if this is the case, I will have God's protection and care.

Some people told me that it is a sign, saying that the house of the LORD here can also mean your physical house or 'living in the house of the LORD' can mean that my spirit will dwell with God for eternity. These people have told me to treat this a sign.
Other people told me that this is a stretch; that I am grasping at straws because 'house of the LORD' means place of worship, like a Church.

I've got conflicting answers from a couple different people, and it was recommended to me to ask here, so that's what I am doing.

I don't know, it may be a reach, but I still wanted to know other's opinions on this.


P.S it may be worth noting that I saw this verse once on my app as verse of the day and now can't find it anymore, which is extremely weird because there is a record of all verses of each day, but this verse has never been in any of the records. This is the first time I seen it. In fact, it doesn't show up in my notifications anymore. All verses of the day show in the verse of the day record of past days or in notification record, but this one doesn't show. There's a completely different verse as verse of the day. It's like this one never even popped up! Come to think of it, I only saw the verse for a second in my notification record, then it disappeared, and it shows like it was never verse of the day on all of my friend's phones, and mine too, as if it was never a notification at all, even though I DID see it as a notification as verse of the day...
Weird..
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2020.07.10 21:47 carp816 A few questions for you chemical engineering PhDs

I’m about to enter my third year of my che degree. I’m beginning to consider pursuing a PhD, so I have a few questions for people who have been down that path.
-how much does undergrad chem e knowledge play into your research? Is it super relevant, or do you pick up most of the pertinent information regarding what you research after school?
-I’m assuming the phds get payed more, but how much more? I can’t find good numbers on the salary of a typical chem e phd
-what’s your work/life balance like?
Thank you for any answers in advance, I’m just trying to figure out what the best path is for me.
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2020.07.10 20:50 cherophobia13 [Serious] I'm tired and can't catch a break.

This is going to be a bit long. Bear with me if you can.
An attempt at TLDR: Lost my job due to coronavirus, have an expensive apartment, not sure what will happen to unemployment at the end of this month. Am I correct in thinking I should move back home regardless of what it's doing to me mentally? There are more questions at the bottom I'd like answered too.
I hate TLDR because theres so much more to the story. A lot is based on emotion, things I couldn't control, choices I made, and other things. Let me premise this by saying, I am fully aware of the logic of my situation. However, I'm hoping anyone who answers will have some empathy and understand the mental health aspect (or at least try putting yourself in my shoes). And yes, so many people have it worse but that doesnt mean I should be berated for my situation or put down. I do it to myself enough, so please either say something somewhat helpful or just go about your day.
I won't go into my full pathetic story but things have never been even a little easy. Something good will happen and has always either turned quickly to something terrible or was suddenly taken from me. I have dealt with depression most of my life. I have tried to get help but to no avail.
Let's start here. I started a new job summer of 2018. I could tell in the beginning it was somewhat a toxic environment but I stayed because i needed the job and the money. I got a raise in less than a year which helped me move out of my moms house. Last year, around this time I looked for apartments and found a lot of expensive/disgusting places. Then finally found a beautiful place in August but a bit over budget. It took up until December to finally move in due to issues with the tenant living there. I lived in boxes for a few months before that. With this and the stress of my job, I started to lose some hair.
Things were ok and the apartment was nice/closer to work. Sometime around February I started to notice an influx of centipedes in my bedroom which was in the basement. This was even more stressful and I couldn't sleep.
March came around and I was let go from my job. I work in the art field and a lot of businesses quickly shut down. I had a complete meltdown and started to notice my hairloss more. My bloodwork is currently not showing great things, but I have no answers yet and more doctors appointments.
I have applied to at least 100 jobs and have only heard back from one (low salary offer). Theres no answer for what will happen at the end of july for unemployment. Things look pretty bleak.
As a 30 yr old, I am embarrassed and feel like I failed quickly. I know the virus was not something I could forsee or control, but there is literally no one in my circle whose life is turning upside down. Some are even doing better. I dont know how to get past the embarrassment of moving back home and feeling like I failed super quickly.
Logically I know I should talk to my landlord and tell her I will be leaving September 1st. Spending $1500 a month for a place that only makes me feel a little better about my life, does not make sense.
How do I put a positive spin on this? Where is the silver living? How do I even get to the point to start packing or getting people to now help me move again (in a pandemic and only after several months)? I'm so embarrassed to even ask. Once I'm back home, I know I have to just keep looking for a job. Do I leave things I don't really need in boxes? How long after I find a job can I start looking for an apartment? I'm so confused and feel sick.
If you got to the end and decide to answer, I'm super grateful. I genuinely hope everyone is doing well and although I'm a mess, please feel free to vent to me if you need it.
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2020.07.10 20:26 OutrageousBreak0 You shouldn't have to be wealthy to have a family and parents are allowed to feel sad sometimes

All the threads on "parents shouldn't have relied on a functioning society when they had kids" have me really angry.
If one more person says that parents should not have had kids if they weren't prepared to take a two-year long unpaid homeschooling holiday with them I am going to scream.
No time in history have most parents ever managed alone as a nuclear family without support. EVER. We have ALWAYS relied on others to help, whether in schools, or the older kids in the tribe, or the grandparents, or some other function.
It is NOT AND NEVER HAS BEEN the norm for an adult in their working prime, to have their one and only job to be locked in a house with a three year old doing nothing else. The human race would not have survived.
And right now we can't rely on grandparents or sharing between families and it sucks. No it was NOT my job as a parent to predict and prepare for every single economic and environmental eventuality in the universe. That would have been impossible. I do have a right to complain.
Yes, the perfect nuclear family was the "ideal" in the 50s, and of course it happens, but it's fucking hard and it is not ideal from a social or psychological perspective. A lot of women went crazy or took valium the whole time (my grandmothers included). Not to mention, it was built on the backs of the working class who just left kids at home with siblings or grandparents. Or in the worst cases, the kids worked themselvds and often grew up stunted.
Not to mention, go jump in a lake before you tell me, a living thing on planet earth, whether I have the right to reproduce. This is the most toxic attitude ever.
Sex and reproduction are a hallmark of eukaryotic life. Butterflies don't have to have a years salary saved before they have sex. Trees have sex to reproduce, nobody is asking them whether they are prepared for drought for the next 10 years. A sapling dies, it's sad. Nobody goes back to the tree "CAN'T FEED EM DON'T BREED EM!!!"
Marmots fucking have sex and have babies. The expectation is, life makes life and life makes the best of it. Sometimes it is sad. That's not a sin.
But if some poor schmuck "only" has $10k in the bank and can't pay for health care on a single salary while homeschooling their six year old, suddenly they are a moral failure?
This is just another way of blaming the poor for being the victims of living in an environment that is set up to make them fail.
It doesn't mean that all people are good parents. It doesn't mean that all parental behavior is okay. No, there are fucked up people out there. But ultimately, the solution is not suggesting the kids should not have been born. They are here now, they are living things, and we should take care of them. You wouldn't look at puppies in a gunnysack and find their mom and scream at her, "ya dumb farm dog, what did you think getting knocked up when nobody loved you! On this farm? You should never have pups!"
People honestly aren't that much smarter when it comes to emotions and friendships and love, than dogs are, and it's unrealistic to expect that of them. People get themselves into bad situations, and sometimes reproduction happens around that time. Then the situation is really bad.
We should help kids in need, if necessary get them away from truly sick parents. Not just moan that they shouldn't have been born. They are here now, they are living things, we should have compassion on them.
I don't want teachers to die and I don't write letters asking them to work right now.
But parents who need to work to survive haven't done anything wrong by not saving up for two years of private individual tutelage for their two kids. They just haven't. That level of wealth is a result of inequality, and not being on top should not result in your right not to reproduce.
We all have to make sacrifices to have kids, and now more than ever.
But I am SO SICK of this bullshit narrative that somehow, parenthood is about creating the ideal situation for your kids ahead of time, and never needing help.
It is not. Superman is a fantasy. Humanity survived in the past because we took care of each other, including the little ones. Right now it is very hard to do that.
The fact that parents are having a particularly hard time is not a moral failing on their part, like they should have known and been financially prepared for one of the most socially isolating times of the last two thousand years. It is a result of the shitty situation we are all in.
PS Before anyone claims that I'm just feeling sorry for myself, my kids are older and my family DOES have enough for private tutelage for them. I just know how lucky we have been, we've had some near misses. Our big sadness is cancelled international trip, boohoo. But for so many, life is so hard and I am so tired of the lack of compassion. We were all little saplings once, have some fucking mercy.
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2020.07.10 20:03 BelgianEndive The one lesson I learned from my PhD

For myself and for people who might find it useful:
I started my PhD in 2015 in The Netherlands. It was planned that I would do the research in the USA and there was enough funding for me to let me work for 2 years (my Dutch boss got a grant to hire somebody for 4 years, but he wanted to deliver 2 PhD's from his grant). I will reflect on my achievements and compare them to the achievements of 3 other PhD students who did very similar trajectories. All of these PhD students did better than me, as perceived by the degree geven to them by their thesis committees. So just a comparative, descriptive study of what I did wrong and they just did better. Although I was only close to one of them, I know from intermediaries how these people approached their research. One difference from the start: I already did 2.5 years of residency in pathology and so I had a skill that the others didn't have: I was able to look at slides and make diagnoses. A month before I started my PhD, I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, and had to take 6 months off for chemo and radiation. Not sure if this impacted my performance. It did give me a more acute feeling of my time: young people with Hodgkin's have a high chance of getting secondary malignancies (ie. lung cancer) within the coming 20 years after the treatment. So it gave me ambition / an anxious feeling that I really wanted to make something out of my research... I just don't want to have done nothing with my life.
So here it comes my lesson: try to learn as little as possible and don't gather any skills. If you learn stuff, your boss will use you for that knowledge. So based on this, I already started with a disadvantage, since I knew pathology. The other PhD students asked pathologists to interpret their slides or just had to submit some tissue to another lab to analyze it. While this was being done, they were able to focus on other projects and they still got the results: double win for them. Similar things that resulted in a disadvantage for me: I was put on projects which required extremely boring and tedious laser-capture microdissection. It took me months (the majority of my 2 years). Next I had to figure out how to get enough DNA out of these minuscule amounts of cells to do sequencing (the boss was completely not interested in how to do science, just in the results). Once it was sequenced, I had to learn how to analyze the data (did bioinformatics tutorials online, read books etc). In the meanwhile, these other people were writing their papers because they did easier projects, lower hanging fruit, they got their results on a nice report from another lab and had to apply basic statistics to write their paper. Some even worked with a statistician to interpret the results, so only the writing was left to them. In conclusion: learn as little as possible and just ask other people to 'help' you. If you have the skills, PI's will also keep you longer, to benefit from your skills. On top of that: if you know stuff, you will realize the stupidities of the people around you. It will make you pissed off and that will obstruct you from kissing ass 24/7, and everybody knows: if you don't kiss ass and reenforce the echo-chamber that is academia, you can forget a further academic career.
There were other problems: like for a PhD in The Netherlands, you need 3-4 first author papers, while my boss in the US only gave me 1 big project. I had to scramble other projects from other labs. She completely discouraged me from doing this, even though one of the side-projects I did, resulted in a 200000 dollar grant for her lab and another side-project got her as non-contributing member on a NEJM paper. So, although I was free labor for her (my salary was paid by The Netherlands), she did nothing to help me with the things I needed...
Last Wednesday, I defended my thesis and got my PhD and the only feeling I have now: go f*** yourself, academia, the anti-meritocracy.
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2020.07.10 19:58 cnslt Using bank accounts to organize finances and maintain budget accountability

Hey guys,
Recently, several friends (who have less of an interest in finance) have asked me to help organize their finances, since it's something I've dedicated a bit of time to. While I assume many users of this subreddit might be aware of these kinds of strategies, I thought it might be helpful to write up my framework and share on here.
As a heads up, this is primarily helpful for salaried workers. I'm sure this can be applied to waged workers, but I have less experience in managing inconsistent income.
I've found that the easiest structure for organizing my money is to make it consistent and make it easy. The less time I spend thinking about it, the better. As everybody knows, consistency is tough when you don't know exactly what all of your expenses are going to be month-to-month, but with a little guesswork and flexibility, it becomes much more manageable.
Here is the framework I recommend for my friends:
  1. Build a budget, categorizing everything into four main categories: income, savings/debts, household/shared expenses, and personal discretionary expenses.
  2. Open a bank account for each of these three categories, plus an "intake" account.
  3. Set up automatic recurring transactions from your intake account to flow money every day after your paycheck hits.
Budget
Having a well defined budget is critical. While this post isn't directly about budgeting, I'll share the outline of my budget here.
The important point is that your budget should break down into 4 main categories, which I mentioned above.
Once your personal budget is built, break out your household expenses, discretionary expenses, loan payments, and debt payments to match your pay periods evenly. If you're paid twice a month, it's easy enough to just split out the monthly costs in half. If you're paid every week or every other week, sum up the costs for the whole year and divide by 52 or 26.
You should now know the dollar amount that goes into each of these 3 categories after every pay period.
Bank Accounts
I have 4 bank accounts that I use:
Automatic Recurring Transactions
After you open your accounts, set up your recurring transactions to follow your budget. It should be very straight-forward.
Quick summary: Your net paycheck hits your triage checking account. A day or two later, you should have the following automatic transactions set up to hit, which each amount being prorated for the payment period:
  1. All debt payments from triage to debt holder
  2. Discretionary expense budget from triage to personal checking account
  3. Household expense budget from triage to household/shared checking account
  4. Savings budget from triage to high-yield savings account
Once a month, personal spend credit cards should be paid out from personal checking account automatically.
At least once a year, or at your desired cadence, transfer money from your savings account to a better investment vehicle.
Benefits of the Framework
Cons of the Framework
Hope this is helpful! I'm sure I also missed some cons, so I'm happy to address them if I can.
TL;DR: Keep yourself accountable to your budget by splitting up your cash flow into bucketed bank accounts as soon as you get paid.
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2020.07.10 18:33 Mindblowing2424 L6 Station Ops Manager Role Worth Accepting??

I recently received a lucrative offer as an external hire for an L6 Stations Ops Manager role.
There’s a lot of negative comments regarding the work expectations, jobs, etc. across all centers. I have a currently have a decent job and salary, but advancement opportunities where I’m currently at our virtually nonexistent which is why I’ve started looking elsewhere.
I’m a worker with a lot of fast paced work experience and managing teams of people across a number of different projects.
Biggest question - Is the job worth taking? I don’t mind the work aspect but more so unrealistic expectations that eventually lead to you getting pushed out.
It’s hard to find any comments about Ops roles so any feedback would be appreciated.
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2020.07.10 17:58 hollowedoutdreams Planning to work in Tokyo next year or in 2022, and I have some questions...[LONG POST]

So first of all, a throwaway account. Not really much a reason other than wanting to add some privacy to asking questions.
Anycase, first an introduction(skip this to questions below, as this will already be a long post), I'm in my mid-20s now and because of the COVID-19, my company has made most of its workforce to work from home, so that includes me. This gave me a lot of free time, as my commute time was effectively reduced from 4 hours(yes...it takes 2 hours on avg to travel to and from work) to 0, plus I worked round the clock of 48 hours minimum, not including overtime(so I'm not gonna be shocked by hours of work in Japan). This gave me a lot to think about, one was thinking of working in Japan, specifically Tokyo. I've been wanting to work in Japan since I was in college, not primarily for career purposes, although that would be one reason as well, but also because I want to experience living there and its culture. Tokyo is the city I'm aiming for as I'm someone who likes the city life, I grew up in one, and I have barely liked living in the countryside, and Tokyo has a lot of places I would like to visit especially on a daily to weekly basis. I have JLPT N5 and N4 certification, with some N3 skill level(as JLPT was cancelled this mid year, so I haven't taken the exam yet), and I'll be trying to find native Japanese friends online as well who can speak English to some extent so I can practice conversing to. I honestly feel some slight regret thinking of moving to Japan in my mid-20s now because it will probably take a while to get accustomed to and make native friends with real connections, it's not something I want to do nearing my 30s or later because I have this mentality where I think 20s is when you focus more on yourself and career, while 30s is a different phase in life, and want to focus more on getting more stable and starting a family.
I'm currently working as a Mechanical Design Engineer in an aerospace company for quite a few years now(it's also one reason to leave because of the COVID-19 situation, my site had to lay off 800 employees and predictions for recovery of the industry is 2 years or more). So I'm planning to apply for other engineering jobs in Tokyo via linkedin, other sites like gaijinpot, or thru the agencies here thru the bureau. Moreso on Design/CAD/anything similar, as I think coding jobs might not take me in due to my lack of coding work experience and average coding knowledge. I've seen a few job posts here and there, and I'll be trying to apply later this year as the COVID-19 situation looks like it halted air travel anyways, so I can expect work next year, or just in 2022 at the worst.
So to the questions:
Some optional questions(don't really an answer, but I'll appreciate it regardless) :
Alternatively to software, I actually want to become part of a production team or really any part of the tv/film/animation industry as I love the arts. With the reason I didn't pursue it at first is because of the pay and hours, and now I'm wholly regretting it thinking while the work is hard, as long as it's something that I can be passionate about I might be able to still like it. While studying or getting some internship experience for it might not be difficult, getting actually hired in Japan due to age might be the one that'll block me. Note: It's not like I didn't like to become an engineer at first either, I was actually pretty enthusiastic, but after actually working, my enthusiasm just died on me. Arts is something I feel like I'll enjoy a lot more even with the monotonous nature due to the people I'll be working with.
At some point, if I really just become depressed career-wise, rather than just become a corporate zombie. I'll probably just try to start my own business back home and be able to manage my free time much better if I can't work in something I'll be passionate about. After I hit my 20s, reality really is much harsher to see as an adult than as a child after all.
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2020.07.10 17:45 LunaChan336 I don't know how to help my father to realise that he has problems anymore.

I'm sorry if this will be too long, but I honestly have no idea what to do anymore and it's ruining my life.
My father is an alcoholic, has been like that for at least 14 years now. At least 4 out of 7 days are spent with strong drinks, rest are spent with weaker ones.
His mom is the same. I'm glad this addiction wasn't transferred through genes to me.
  1. Money
So he drinks a lot. We'll maybe not at once, but everyday. It goes without saying that he is the main reason why our family had to take so many loans and now we struggle financially.
He always had money to drink, even during last days before New paycheck. He borrows money from his friends, and returns it after his paycheck. Of course it repeats every month.
Our flat is literally breaking down. There's so much we must replace. Crucial tech to our lives:cooker, sink and so on, but we can't. Either because we got no money, or that he would have to work at home to replace something (like changing electricity wires. His job is similar, he can do it on his own, but he's lazy)
Soon, my partner will come to live with us. We are already living 4 here, 5th person will make out financial situation even worse, however us two will find a way how to buy our food and the rest(of course and helping mom and brother if needed).
His job isn't too bad. He gets average salary, and it would be enough for us to live. He got lots of offers from his normal friends(I say normal because they work hard themselves and don't fund his addiction) to go to other Europe countries to work with electricity, like constructing solar panels and such. He would get literally at least 4 times as much as here. He refused all of the offers. Why? 'I would miss my family too much' he says. Maybe so but it's hard to believe when he doesn't care about us at all. The reason why he refused is that he would have to actually work there, not slacking off like here.
  1. Emotional family situation
It's hard to describe us as family anymore. He's a foreign person to me and my brother now. I got depression because of him, I notice my brother having same symptoms as I did his age.
My mother tried her best to show him that he has problem for years, it has never worked. He even proudly once said that he might leave us for other because it's 'hell' here for him. Because mom bugs him nearly daily about drinking and keeps asking why hasn't he done any chores. My mom just told him 'fine, leave the flat for kids and go', of course he didn't. He has nobody. Nobody needs him nobody will need him.
I've tried mentioning his issues so many times too now. Whenever he asks what's wrong(while drunk ofc, he never asks it when sober) I tell him we'll first of all stop drinking. Then he gets mad, starts shouting that he will kick me out(I'm a student with studies loan so of course I have nowhere to go).
Another issue with him is that he can do literally anything for others, but nothing for the family. Oh someone needs help moving? Sure when should, I come(even thought most of the time he helps while being drunk). Need to vacuum the flat? No I got too tired at job let me rest.
  1. Liver!
Two years ago he had to do some kind of liver tests. Later that day the doctor called him as she freaked out over the results, to quote her 'no person should be alive with results like this'. Of course he was in fear too. He stayed fully sober for 2 weeks to redo the tests. He was the nicest father to us ever. It was possible to talk to him about my school or sport or anything. Well, after two weeks he redid the tests, they were fine and he returned to drinking.
He also smokes. A lot. I don't know how much exactly it is, but it takes him around 1.5 pack a day. Needless to say his lungs are messed up. Sounds like he would cough out his lungs sometimes. But I suppose this is the problem to fix after his main one.
  1. The future(?)
I, we, don' t know how to put the extra iq into his head so that he would understand. I'm afraid he won't realise that until something terrific will happen to him. He always says 'I can stop anytime', classic. We have relatives that mom told about him and what he is doing. They were shocked of course. All of them said that they will help financially to get him treatment. Even offered to pay for car ride to other city if he don't want others to find out. He refuses all that because he doesn't need it.
I'm not afraid of him threatening me or abusing us so I keep annoying him daily because of this. Asking him when will he fix electricity. 'oh look at this discounted new cooker I found'. 'when will you stop drinking'. I don't know if it's the right thing to do. Since I study in medicine field, I want to print him out some disgusting pictures of that alcohol does to the body and hand them where he sits mostly. I want to pour out his drinks for him. It's sad because it will be pointless. He won't progress if I'll do it for him. He has to do it himself.
So I ask you, super strong people that are sober, or trying to be. What was the reason you all realised that it's time to change. What has made you to stop drinking. I feel so hopeless right now. I won't have to live here for long, but I don't want to leave my mom and brother in this mess. Any idea of tip will help. Hopefully this will help someone struggling to stay sober for another day.
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2020.07.10 17:08 VeryAgitatedEngineer Governor DeSantis should resign.

No, I don’t care about “well it’s not a good time to replace a governor.”
No. Florida hasn’t done “a tremendous job” like politicians and the president has said.
No, rates aren’t going down.
No. Disney isn’t staying closed (why, when we are at +1400% infection rate now!?!?)
Governor Ron DeSantis has clearly shown he cares more about his buddies that have him in their pockets than the people of Florida. I want to start a thread calling for his resignation. The blood of too many dead is on his hands. This idiot downplayed the whole thing, and of course people being people they followed suit.
“We aren’t gonna roll back.” Yes, the fuck we are. And if we choose not to, the virus is gonna choose for us.
Does he WANT children to die? He’s so wild about opening up schools...lemme ask...does HE have children that will be attending public schools? Does HE have to be the teachers, who will be exposed to crowds daily risking their lives just for sub par salary?
No. He doesn’t. He doesn’t even know how to properly wear a goddamn mask.
He has called the state “gods waiting room.” We all know it is...but you just don’t say that during a pandemic when elderly are at risk. “welp, they’re here to die anyways so fuck em.”-Ron DeSantis probably.
He refuses to close things down that NEED to be shut down. All these idiots frolicking to the beaches and bars like their health depends on it. Seriously, to the people that “have” to get out and do something, are you all alcoholics or something? I mean seriously...you’ll find ANY excuse to go party. I get it’s Florida but we are still in a pandemic here, folks. The death toll is only climbing and because of all of this. These people are idiots, but DeSantis is allowing them to be; shut down the bars, shut down the beaches, for fucks sake, SHUT DISNEY BACK DOWN. This is clearly an example that he would rather take in that sweet sweet tourist income than protect the public health of his constituents. And for god sakes make masks mandatory state wide. These people out here think masks are killing them, not the virus. What kind of crazy do you have to be to think a mask in a pandemic is the dangerous thing lmao. “But my freedoms” they will say...guess what: fuck your freedoms. Peoples lives are at risk. I ran out of fingers to count the people I know who has lost someone from Covid. Sadly, one of my own family members got the virus. You people don’t care about freedom, you just want to fucking party. And DeSantis is fucking letting it happen as the death toll rises. “Never Forget 9/11” is something he’s gonna say in a few months. My fucking ass. We have had twice the death toll of 9/11 in Florida alone in just four months. And yes, 9/11 was tragic, I’m not taking anything away from that...but what I’m saying is that the death toll is now 135,000 people. 9/11 had just under 3000. We in Florida are approaching 4,200. 120+ deaths overnight. But let’s fucking open Disney and prepare for the schools in the fall. What the actual fuck, do they want this shit to get worse?
The guy is always shuffling over his own words. He is even starting to do the thing that Trump does with holding his hands up in front of himself with every word he says. I don’t see him as a leader. I see him as a scared little boy unsure what to do. I’m no politician myself, I wouldn’t do a better job, but ya know what...I’m here in the state, and I’m speaking as a citizen.
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2020.07.10 15:08 PurpleWho Conversion Rate Optimisation Only Makes Sense If You Have 1000 Transactions A Month

A conversion rate is a measurement of how many people in a group do something. If 1000 people visit your website and 20 of them sign up to your mailing list, your conversion rate is 2% (20/1000 x 100).
Finding and driving quality traffic to your website is a marketing issue, conversion is what happens when they arrive. There can be overlap (for example, technical SEO, or ads being congruent with the landing page) but conversion rate optimisation is not marketing.
A low conversion rate means your operation has a leaky bucket. You can pour as much time and money into advertising and marketing as you want, if none of your visitors signup or buy your product then it’s amounts to nothing.
If your intention is to grow your business, or if you plan to spend money on paid advertising, then optimisation will help you waste as little of it as possible.

The Opportunity Cost of Optimisation

You must have at least 1000 transactions per month before it makes sense to invest in optimisation. A transaction can be anything you want to improve. For example, if you want to improve sign ups then you must have 1000 sign ups a month before you invest in conversion optimisation.
Good conversion rate optimisation work requires time and dedication. The tooling is not cheap and you have to pay skilled people to work on it full time. It is expensive work.
The main problem is that things take too long to test when you only have a few transactions each month. No one wants to wait for 35 weeks to find out if a change had any impact. With less than 1000 transactions a month, your time and attention are better invested in growth.
Another way to think about this: if you make a million dollars a year then a 10% improvement will result in an additional $100K. It will cost you about $100K to pay for the salaries of the 2 or 3 people who will be working full time to achieve this.
Let’s say your company makes 10 million dollars a year, the exact same work will result in a million dollars. That will pay for the same salaries 10 times over.
Conversion rate optimization is a margins game. Without the margins, that 100K investment is better spent on people that will help your project grow, not optimise.
If you are not making 10 million dollars a year that doesn't mean you have to put up with a leaky bucket. AB testing and experimentation is just one part of conversion rate optimisation game. It also encompases: - customer research - good design - copywriting - engineering - and a keen understanding of analytics
Maybe it doesn’t make sense for you to invest in a dedicated conversion team. Covering the fundamentals above is good product development regardless. You can still make intelligent, data driven decisions without the reassurance of experimentation.
The 1000 transaction number above is just a rule of thumb. The actual number depends on your current conversion rate, the size of the change you are trying to detect and how much traffic you get. If you have these variables then this 2 minutes video will show you how to calculate exactly much traffic you need for your site.

What Kind Of Results Can You Expect?

A company called Unbounce analysed 34 thousand landing pages across 16 major industries. They found that the median conversion rate for all the landing pages analyzed was 3.2%.
This is taken from the Unbounce's 2020 benchmark report. I will link to the report in the footer. You can go over their methodology and the insight they have for your specific industry. It is important to point out that a conversion can mean many things: Buying, downloading, subscribing, it could mean a new lead, a phone call, an in-person appointment. The comparison is not fair. Still, it provides a practical overview of what a cross section of industries looks like.
The takeaway here is that if you are currently converting lower than your industry median your first goal should be to get to the median. Then you can aim for your industry average. The top-performers do much better, they had a median conversion rate of 25%. This means that a good optimisation team can see a 25% jump improvement in the first year (sometimes more since that was only the median for the top 25th percentile). These kind of improvements will only be in the first year as you address a lot of the low hanging fruit. A 5% to 10% improvement is a more sustainable yearly improvement after the first year.
In conclusion, conversion rate optimisation makes the most sense when you run a large online operation. A good rule of thumb for this threshold is 1000 transactions per month. If you have less than 1000 transactions you can still invest in good product design and use data to inform your decisions, but you won’t have the reassurance of experimentation.

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2020.07.10 13:41 bitslammer Things to include in job postings.

Having been browsing job postings a bit more in recent weeks it seems few things have changed even in light of COVID. Some have always been like this, but to me there are a few things I would consider key to posting these days.
What else do the rest of you find missing in current postings? I'm sure there's a lot based on role and I know you can't or don't want to list everything, but it's just so rare these days to see a good posting.
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2020.07.10 10:24 Wireless_94 Girlfriend(19F) might be crazy, but I (26M) love her

Hi People of Reddit. Long time Reader, first time poster here.
Okay so first you need to get to know everyone involved. Please Pardon the length and reserve judgement:
TL;DR: Girlfriend(19) tried hiding the fact that she was making arrangements to sell her body to a stranger. I(26) found out and had to explain to her why this was wrong. She got aggressive towards me and tried to make me hurt her physically and I refused. I love her and want to help her but don't know what to do.
I am a 26 year old male. I had a pretty normal childhood with regards to my household and family, although at a young age I was diagnosed as a possible psychopath. I had ADHD and was therefore quite unruly to begin with but mix in some aggressive psychopathic tendencies and you get a couple of interesting stories. Nonetheless I've lived with it my whole live and as such I have grown accustomed to it and I am highly functional (if there is such a thing). With all this in mind I prefer to avoid violence or violent situations as best I can and my go to "weapon" is psychological manipulation. Regarding relationships, due to my conditions I always had a bad run with relationships I was once compared to a pitbul by a psychiatrist where as I would choose an "owner" be loyal to a fault, act aggressive against all possible threats, but unfortunately there is also a chance that I could bite my owner without warning (sorry for generalizing this breed, I do not wish to spread any hate on these dogs, I am just repeating the words of a psychiatrist). With this in mind a lot of girls in high school misused these personality traits and would usually just use me for protection or loyalty. Quick example: With one of my first girlfriends I found out 8 months later that I was always the "other guy" that she was cheating on her boyfriend with and in order to protect her social stature I "confessed" that I manipulated, forced and blackmailed her into having relations with me. I dusted off and continued with my life. I also had a lot of girl friends who would give indications of wanting a relationship whenever they needed someone, but would literally chase me away once they felt better.
I met a girl at a party and long story short we got married after she fell pregnant (yes we were young, she was 18 and I was 23. Our parents were very supportive and her dad actually helped me buy the ring. Anyway that lasted about just under 2 years as she cheated on me with one of their family friends and I tried to work through it, but she refused and wanted to move on. While I was married to her I got to know another family which was very close to hers. she called the girls her sisters as they all grew up together across each others households. With this I started noticing that one of the girls (Chloe 2 yrs younger than my wife) were quite troubled there were a lot of things going on in her life and seeing as her mother had died she did not have a great support system so she started coming over to our house more and more often in order for my wife to support her emotionally. I always kept my distance as I had extreme trust issues and wouldn't want to put my wife in a position were she thought something was going on between me and this girl. I did not know how bad my wife's trust issues were though. After some time she started accusing me of having a relationship with this Chloe and I increased the distance even more. (I was the communal ride for everyone in this family/friends combination as their parents were very poor and all the schools were on the way to my work) so Contact could not be cut off completely. Fast forward a year or so and Chloe went through some issues with a boyfriend and after my wife gave up on trying to help her, she(my wife) asked if I could talk to Chloe(18) to try and help cheer her up. This was a trap as after that she accused me to the full extent of having a relationship with Chloe, things got crazy and a lot of fights ensued where she would deliberately bad mouth Chloe knowing that it is in my personality to stand up for complete strangers if necessary (my wife actually knew me very well, she knew about my conditions, she knew about the multiple personalities that I have split into due to my past etc.) After this my wife cheated on me for the 4th time and tried to blame it on my so-called relationship with Chloe. (for those of you wondering, yes it was the 4th time I am very forgiving and "extremely loyal to my owner", the first 3 times did not involve sex, but the last time did and she cut it off. Also I do think everything was a setup to create an excuse for her to cheat on me, or she might have already been cheating on me idk). During the time where I tried to help Chloe I found out a couple of shocking things and understood why she needed some support. Okay to finish off this paragraph the whole cheating bossiness of my wife broke me completely up to the point were I actually tried to commit suicide. When she found that the whole Chloe setup was not working she also tried accusing me of child molestation etc. and I had to get a court order for slander against her forcing her to stop. This was all very traumatic for me and I bet everyone was expecting this but Chloe got me through it. she talked me down and pick me back up as necessary and she helped me finally get through it. After the dust had settled we started having a relationship she just turned 19 at this time (just for those who were wondering my ex wife's pregnancy led to a beautiful boy and seeing as he grew up with Chloe in our household he transitioned very well into the new relationship and he loves her to bits).

Okay so now Chloe's back story. Full disclaimer, I only know what she has told me. This is only my recollection of her history, so I can't answer too many questions.
So anyway what I found out was that Chloe had a very troubled childhood. In high school she dated a very popular guy who sexually and emotionally manipulated her. All her early recollections of sex involves her bent over some school equipment somewhere on school grounds. He also manipulated her into sending pictures and videos of herself of a sexual nature and then using that to further blackmail her into doing whatever he wants. As you can imagine some of these photos and videos surfaced and all hell broke loose. Her live was ruined. Her father tried to open a rape and child pornography case but turned everything on her.(explanation to follow). I also found out that her Father had been possibly having a sexual relationship with her step sister(3 yrs younger than Chloe) and had used this entire fiasco to manipulate her (Chloe) into sending him naked photos of her under aged friends using psychological manipulation (raisedbynarcissists ) including requesting photos of my wife at the time. All in all this girl had been through a lot, her mother was gone and her only role-model was a sex driven pedophyllic monster. (Some of these things I only found out after we had started dating, I just compiled everything into one story in order to simplify the story). To my knowledge her father never tried anything sexual with her, but he might have tried with her oldest sister. (I'll get back to this)
So after I had this entire story I couldn't just let it go and I helped her open up a case against her father. This was the bravest thing she has ever done and I am so proud of her for doing this. Sidenote: I did not suggest the opening of a police investigation. I tried teaching her right from wrong, I appealed to her inner humanity and supported her through everything and one day she phoned me and asked if it was possible for me to take her to the police station. Nonetheless we were completely shunned. Her entire family obviously turned against us. Her father had convinced everyone that I had manipulated her into making up stories as part of some personal vendetta etc. I kept face and stood behind her every step of the way. Even being threatened with death by her father. (all this actually helped our case, which is still ongoing). After her father showed aggression, the police declared her living conditions as unsafe and seeing as she had nowhere to go, I offered my home as a place of safety on record. We had a police escort to try and fetch some of her belongings but as it was another jurisdiction they couldn't get all the detail in time and everything went sour as the policemen were friends with her father. (small neighborhood and her father was a medical responder) This almost led to my arrest for "misusing the police force for personal gain". Our only ally was her grandmother which during all this was living in a flat on the same property it was through her that we managed to get some of Chloe's things.
Okay I think that is enough for personal history. As for our relationship, we are always going through some sort of rough patch due to the fact that we moved in together way to early and soon after that our country went into lock-down which is even more stressful and seeing as it is impossible to get a job during this pandemic she feels that she owes me for taking her in and caring for her and she feels extremely guilty for not being able to contribute to the household. Now I have a job in IT, I wouldn't classify myself as wealthy or poor, but on my single salary I can manage our household. Care for 2 people pay my child support and still have a simple luxury here and there, maybe have a date night once a month etc. It's not a luxurious life, but I wouldn't call it struggling. We just need to sometimes decide to not attend an event here and there.

Chloe is still struggling with some moral issues here and there and due to her past she has an automatic response to try and hide things in our relationship. My past however allows me to immediately see through this and makes it almost impossible for her to hide anything from me. We have had a couple of instances which caused a lot of friction. She once went to have a girls' night and the next day I found out that they had invited other guys to join them as her one friend wanted to cheat on her fiancé, I found this appalling, luckily Chloe came clean to me after a while and I do believe her that nothing happened regarding her although a little bit of trust was broken between us. After that she tried hiding that she was talking to other guys while I was at work and I did not have a problem with this until I noticed that she started deleting the texts before I got home, which was major red flags to me. There was also an instance were she tried to hide the fact that she had been talking to one of her ex-boyfriends' (not the monster, another one) fathers trying to make arrangements to move in with them. All these instances obviously caused a lot of friction in our relationship and led to some major fights between us. She also has the extreme desire to get pregnant with me as a sort "insurance" to strengthen our bond. I obviously refused as I do not believe that our current situation physically, mentally or emotionally would be helped with the presence of a new-born and I already have a child split between two houses with my ex-wife, she constantly tries to use this to try and manipulate me, luckily my psychopath nature, multiple personalities and lack of empathy in most of those personalities makes it almost impossible to manipulate me unless I allow it.

Okay so now I think you have enough information to try and help. Two days ago Chloe got offered a job interview. I saw a tiny red flag here and there and warned her to be careful. She got excited as thing were looking up for her and she would finally start being independent in life and I supported her all the way. That night I came home to the most amazing dinner, table set up as a little lock-down date-night and it was wonderful. At one stage she started talking about how everything would change once she got this job and started earning some money and we started dreaming aloud about how we would be able to buy our own house and get more pets, start a family etc. The next morning I found out that the job interview would involve her needing to give the guy a BJ while topless. They had also been talking about how he would be paying her more for certain other actions and how he wanted to have sex with her for money, after this she once again deleted all traces of these conversations so I would not find out what this "amazing new job" would include. I found out yesterday morning... I cornered her and made her tell me everything. She told me that as part of the interview she had a choice in what actions she would be performing, including where she would take the guys ejaculate, which would determine her "salary". This was also a 8-5 job Monday to Friday which would mean that this would be her DAILY ACTIVITIES at this "company" affording her a monthly salary (from what I gathered the guy was somewhere in his 40's). I was horrified. She had this information shortly after I told her to be careful the previous day and she decided that she was willing to do this work at the time, with no second thought as to how it would affect me or our life together. This also means that our "extremely special date night" was merely her distracting me to try and cover up the entire thing as she knew it would not take me very long to notice that she was hiding something. This also meant that all the dreams and possibilities we discussed was based on her prostituting herself and still basing our entire future on this linking all our dreams to this thought forever. After the fallout and me trying to explain to her several times why this was wrong and unnecessary and that it would negatively influence our relationship. She started losing her mind, I got home to her having cut her hair by half its length. While I tried processing what had happened she started physically hurting me to try and push me to a point where I would hurt her back "...chance that I could bite my owner without warning" And I refused which made her even more aggressive up to a point where I could feel myself slowly sliding into a more aggressive presence myself. Luckily I did not let my demons win and I managed to just keep holding her of repeatedly trying to keep her hands and nails out of my throat (yes this escalated up to a point where she tried to force me to "fight for my life"), fortunately she is half my weight and built rather delicately so I did not have too much trouble in staying in control of the situation. It got to a point where I threatened to call her sister (21) to try and control her and knowing that this would then spread the entire story through her family (her older sister (26, high school acquaintance of mine) helped us restore some of the relationships with her family after she heard about the police investigation, only with the words that she knows it is the truth and she had a much worse experience with their father but was never brave enough to step forward, she told us that she would tell us when she felt ready) She started to calm down. She started "low-key" looking around our apartment for sharp objects and thought I would not notice. I immediately noticed and got back in control of the situation making her swear to me that she would not hurt herself. I made her arrange with her sister to spend the day at her place while I was at work and she accepted. So this morning I placed her sister on suicide watch and drove to work where I am sharing this story.
I really love Chloe and I want to be with her, I am willing to look past all these problems and just love her for who she is, but I know the responsible thing would be to help her, to get help for her and to not just let this go. She has mentioned that she knows what she did was wrong and she has cancelled all plans that was made. She is sincerely sorry for what she did and she mentioned that she hates herself for how she hurt me I feel that if I just let this go, lie to her telling her that I am not hurt it would escalate things into another direction as she might perceive it as me not caring enough about her etc. I just feel that I am in a difficult position and for the first time I do not know what to do. I cannot talk to any of our friends or family members as this would embarrass her and make her feel betrayed, but I also cannot just ignore this or handle it myself. I am relying on the anonymity of reddit to try and reach out for help. Please advise
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2020.07.10 07:17 ews1099 Could the Red Wings not be in last place again next season?

I have seen a lot of The Hockey Guy on youtube talking about the Red Wings for the 2020-21 season. Something he's talked about in many of the videos is that he doesn't think that they will be the worst team in the league again. he brings up the point that it doesn't happen very often and it's common that the last-place team doesn't repeat and is able to climb out of that hole. I wanted to look at this idea and chose the 15 seasons on either side of the 2004-05 lockout and find out which teams repeated as the worst in the league.
Salary Cap Era
Buffalo Sabres (2013-14 and 2014-15 season)
Edmonton Oilers (2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons)
Between the 1990s and the 2005 Lockout
Tampa Bay Lightning (1997-98 and 1998-99 seasons)
Ottawa Senators (1993-94, 1994-95, and 1995-96 seasons)
San Jose Sharks (1991-92 and 1992-93 seasons)
Quebec Nordiques (1989-90 and 1990-91 seasons)
It happening more pre-2005 is at least partially driven by the fact that lottery rules were non-existent for part and not as harsh in other years.
All this being said the Red Wings were historically bad, probably the worst since 2005. so how do they not repeat like these teams did? I get that they probably should as their prospect pipeline isn't the best but it's important to not get a losing culture and at leat improve slightly every year of a rebuild. so what would a team that's still rebuilding next year that also is more competitive look like? also if they're not in last then who is? I know its a hard thing to predict but I'm sure plenty of people saw the Red Wings coming in last before last season.
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2020.07.10 07:09 projedenpost Work in a office and hate my work

I am not very good in english, so I am sorry for being hard to understand.
I have a high school specialised in electronics, programing and automation. I work as process engineer in manufacturing. Salary is very high - 1300 usd per month. Many people would die for job like that here. Its a small business. My main work is to work with SAP, so no "real" engineering here.
But I hate it. For me its too much politics, exploting of workers, and milions of tasks on my head.
For better job a degree is needed. I tried to study when working but a couldn't do it - many tasks in work and a lot of learning in university.
Still I want to do something diffrent. I cant really find a way out. I would be happy with lower pay and a diffrent work.
Is it possible to use skills I have (PLC programing, microprocesor programing, C++, simple pcb design) to make at least 800 usd as self employed?
...and I have poor comunication skills, so i doubt it.
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2020.07.10 05:58 5haunathon The Blackstone Knight Ascends: Chapter Two

Hi all! Hope everyone is staying healthy and having a good time listening to Diamantine. I’m here to post the second chapter of my fanfic set on the continent of Kaldwyn, Shade: The Blackstone Knight Ascends. I was really hoping that I’d be able to post more often but even with the pandemic going on, work has been crazy. I think I’m discovering how hard it can be to trying to write and having a full time job at the same time, but that’s no excuse. I promise to speed it up a bit.
Here is a link to the first chapter and a synopsis of what the story is about.
Also, is anyone else extremely excited for November? I think I heard AA3 might be done by then (fingers crossed) and I think the next novel in the Stormlight Archive is also coming out! I also just read that the Ready Player One sequel is coming out then as well! I may have to take a few days off to read them all…
Anyways, any questions, comments, or constructive criticisms are welcome!
Here’s chapter two!

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As I ran after the jorogumo, I touched my earpiece.
"I just fought a jorogumo," I said.
"WHAT! PLEASE EXPLAIN," a voice shouted over the earpiece. I chuckled.
"I'm trying to find out right now, it introduced some friends for me to deal with then booked it once things started to go sour," I replied, vaulting across a gap between buildings. "More importantly, I think I saw a contract line coming off the monster."
"It's a Summons?" Julia asked.
"I'm not 100% sure, but I think so," I said.
"Not sure if following is a good idea then. What if it's Summoner shows up?" Julia asked. I could hear the worry in my tone so I stopped my race for the monster, momentarily taking my breath.
50.
“Don’t forget either, you don’t have much time before recruitment starts,” she chided.
Resh. Of course a murderous jorogumo had to happen the night before the announcement.
“Thanks for all the reminders,” I said drily. “I guess we’ll make this quick then.”
"Wait, you first started patrolling almost 5 hours ago - how are your mana levels?" Julia asked.
I almost unconsciously cast Evaluate Mana on myself and could see I was dangerously low. The continued use of my enhancement mana was already giving me a fairly bad headache and my items weren't faring much better, either. My canes were always useful as projectiles and to extend my range, but the spells they provided gave me a lot of flexibility so not having those charged hampered me quite a bit. I wanted to catch this monster as quickly as possibly, though.
My glove, of course, was fine.
"They're fine," I lied.
"Really That’s funny, because, I can see from the sensor runes I put in your earpieces that your mental mana is dangerously low. Were you planning on telling me that?" she asked menacingly. "On second thought, I don't want an answer. Come back and hydrate a little before taking this thing on. Or I will be coming to your location momentarily."
Now that was a real threat. I sighed without answering and pulled out my return jump bell and anchor from my belt pouch. Placing the anchor on the roof, I teleported back to base.
I'd gotten so used to teleporting the jarring sensation no longer bothered me. I appeared at my control center in my manor, Julia sitting in front of multiple panes of glass showing different views from across the city. Pieces of equipment littered the room, though it was mostly bare besides the jump pad. An excellent space for research and training. I specifically teleported to the jump pad at the end of the room. It was a platform surrounded by four walls that had a series of buttons on one wall, which I would be using momentarily. I opened the door to the jump pad and made my way over to Julia, who was waiting with a mana potion.
"This will literally take two seconds," Julia said, rolling her eyes when she saw my scowl.
"It could be getting further away," I stated, taking the potion and downing it in one pull. I then handed my canes to Julia as she pulled out a few mana crystals from a drawer to her side. I watched with not a little bit of envy as the crystals dissipated and charged the canes with their requisite mana types. Julia handed the canes back to me and I immediately turned back toward the jump pad.
"You'll be thanking me soon!" Julia called after me. I entered the jump pad, clicked on the very top rune on the wall to my right. If my Diviner attunement had been active during this, I would have seen a cloud of mana fill the walls of the jump pad, surrounding me, before I disappeared.
Immediately, I reappeared on the roof where I'd left the jump anchor. I picked the anchor up, and reevaluated my tracking spells. Both were the same as they were before, pointing directly ahead and 50 feet ahead.
I made my way toward the monster, eventually landing on a building directly next to what appeared to be some sort of abandoned facility.
"Of course she had to go inside a building, she probably has a nest," I muttered.
"Don't get too spun up," Julia replied. I didn't respond. "Really, nothing?"
I vaulted over the gap between the two buildings and knelt down onto the rooftop. I placed an uncovered hand on the rooftop.
Analyze Structure
I watched as blue lines of differing shades started to spread from where my hand touched the building. The blue continued to build out until I could eventually make out supports, walls, and two floors that the building consisted of. I also added a significant amount of enhancement mana to the spell as it extracted it's cost, ensuring the spell would last me throughout the conflict. That was, of course, only if things went to plan.
Looking at the 3D model underneath me, I noticed there was quite a bit of interruption in the spell in one specific corner of the building.
"There," I said, standing up. That spell interruption must be the heart of the nest. Or, a trap. I'd have to be careful either way.
As I turned on my attunement, getting ready for the coming fight, I walked over to a roof access latch, opened it, and dropped down. The combination of the analyze spell and my attunement should provide enough visibility in the completely dark, abandoned building. Wearing the darkvision glasses were a pain, not to mention unreliable in a fight in the instance of flashes of light. When that happened, the enchantment on the glasses couldn’t compensate for the increased light and ended up blinding the user. Not something I wanted to deal with in the middle of a fight.
The warehouse, as expected, was completely dark. My vision wasn't too impaired. That's what I thought, at first. Then the skittering started to occur.
All around me I could hear the tell tale sound of spiders moving across the floor. My vision could not pick them up. I couldn't tell if the noise was just being redirected somehow, or what, but I needed to move.
I had landed on the second floor of the building in a crouch. With a touch of my hand, I activated my gauntlet, tendrils of void crawling all over my body to provide protection, and in this specific instance, near invisibility. The dark nature of my void armor made me near invisible in dark, shadowy spaces. Once I was fully cloaked, I vaulted off the second floor, landing on the main floor closer to the interference I was seeing in the corner of the building.
I had hoped this would take me away from the skittering, but I was mistaken. I heard more skittering around me than before, now.
Suddenly, I felt something at my back and whipped one of my canes around, hitting a spider full on in the face, launching it to the right into the warehouse wall. Where the hell had it come from? Something really didn't feel right about this.
As I moved forward, I passed through a doorway separating me from another section of the warehouse closer to the interference. Immediately, a spider from above me dropped on top of me. I felt the disturbance around me before he managed to hit me and leaped out of the way, throwing both canes at the spider’s center of mass. Both canes hit with a squelch, and I snapped my fingers, bringing them back to me before they could hit the ground. The skittering was getting more intense, but I still couldn’t see where they were.
My leap, however, had carried me very close toward the anomaly in the corner of the warehouse. As I got closer, I saw what was causing the interference.
It was a massive, disorderly nest of spider silk. A trap.
I whipped around and saw 20 spiders surrounding me in my corner, the jorogumo behind their line. She smiled.
“Well, look how you danced right into my trap my dear,” she said then licked her lips. “I can’t wait to get a taste.”
I knew better than to lose hope. All I had to do to end this was take her out and ignore the smaller spiders, but with her thinking she had the upper hand, I might actually be able to work this to my advantage.
“Your Summoner will never get away with that murder,” I goaded, acting like I was lashing out as a last resort.
“My Summoner, you say?” She smiled. “I don’t have a Summoner, and even if I did, I killed that woman out of my own free will. I’ll gladly take credit for that. But, enough talk.”
I hesitated for a split second. I hadn’t been expecting that. Well, if that’s all she was going to give me when she knew she was about to win, it was time to end this.
Enhance
I flooded my body with enhancement mana, focusing quite a bit into my arm as I cocked back my left cane before throwing it forward, clicking the density rune twice as I did so.
The cane lanced forward, the jorogumo to busy gloating and watching her children still to notice until it was too late. The spike tipped cane entered her chest and went through body like butter. She was still smiling as she looked down at her chest, even as her eyes grew wider. Soon she was disintegrating. The children followed suite shortly thereafter. I walked over to where my cane had landed not too far from where she had disintegrated, utterly disappointed.
Well, I definitely screwed that up. The jorogumo had been my only lead, and now I was reliant on her Summoner to bring her back. After a murder like that, Summoners were known to drop their contracts with monsters - it was virtually untraceable, unless you found that exact monster in the wilderness or in one of the towers again to point you to their previous master.
Shaking the failure off, I tapped my glove to retract the void protecting my body. I needed to get ready for the announcement immediately. I grabbed my return bell, and left.
If only I had hesitated a few more seconds maybe I would have noticed the man standing, watching from the opposite side of the warehouse.
I reappeared back in the control room to a seriously impatient Julia.
“No time to discuss what you found out! You are making your announcement in 15 minutes!!” Julia yelled.
Shaking my head, I booked it to my room. I ran past the paintings of various holdings my family owned, a couple of ancestors, and arrived in my room to quickly cleanup. My room was sparse - I hadn’t been using it much lately, and NOT for the good reasons, either.
Soon, I was looking at myself in the mirror. Of average height, the only striking thing about my appearance were my eyes. The bright green startled most people, but I had leaned into it. Most of my formal wear bore accents of green to attach my eyecolor. The Shaed PR reps said that was a good thing, apparently.
As I left my room, Julia was already waiting for me outside.
“Five minutes, let’s move!” She barked. We hustled down the corridor back to the control center. We made our way over to the teleporter and settled in as I clicked the button labeled “Work.”
And then I was at my teleporter at the head quarters of my family’s relatively young patent company, only rivaled by the Big Three companies. We exited the teleporter as one of Julia’s many aides ran us through the building near the spire to the stage outside where the new graduates were waiting. Thinking of the Big Three reminded me of one of my other problems.
“Are the Big Three still fighting the injector rune matrix?” I asked. Julia nodded.
“Yep! No worries, I got that one,” Julia said, then smiled as we arrived. We were near the stage and could hear the new graduates just outside. “I have a couple of our Diviner attorneys coming with me and I’ll be able to put any claim they have to bed. Your father developed that rune matrix, and they really can’t do anything about it. Their whole argument is that one of the runes within the matrix is used in one of their own patents, but completely disregards the unseen - nay, innovative - design of your father’s matrix. You also can’t judge a matrix by just one rune, either. Seriously, it’ll be okay.”
While I had Julia manage most of the enchanting side of the business, she didn’t know how badly we were suffering. The Big Three kept on lobbying the Council of Lords for further breaks, and several new legislative orders had affected our business adversely. The sad part was the business hadn’t always been like that.
The advent of trains a hundred years ago had opened a particularly convenient niche for new rune matrices, specialized to enhance the mobility and endurance of trains. Shaed Patents made their name off quite a few of those inventions and my family held one of the most lucrative small businesses in Beaufort. Over the course of just the last few years, though, that wealth had diminished. My parents’ death was the reason for that.
So, while what Julia said was true, we couldn’t exactly afford to lose something like this. At the same time, I couldn’t have Julia worrying about that. I kept my reservations to myself. Even my comment about her saying ‘nay.’
“Any news from Arthur on the train attacks?” I asked her. Arthur was her father and one of my closest advisors. Arthur had been in charge of handling the recent train attacks we’d been receiving. Shaed Industries’ monthly shipments to Caelford had recently been getting ambushed for no apparent reason. We had raised the issue with the military, but they couldn’t find who was doing it and refused to provide protection. So, we were left to deal with it. This was why the soon to be announced Defense Division was created; we needed more security forces to protect our assets desperately. I motioned for her to go on as we started toward the demonstration area.
“He said he’ll be here for your speech, so he must be nearby. He’ll brief you afterward,” she said as she started walking backward. “I’ve gotta run though, good luck!”
“Thanks, you too,” I muttered. I shook my head, then moved onstage. A wide smile was plastered a smile on my face and I managed to wave at the aggressively medium sized crowd of newly graduated, non-attuned youths.
I made it over to the podium and activated the sound enchantment with a click of the sound rune, began my speech.
“Welcome, new graduates! Are you ready to start the next chapter of your life?” I asked.
Crickets.
These students weren’t here because they were excited. At least, not yet. They didn’t know what we were about to start. They were here because they didn’t have many other options and had just watched a sizable portion of their class move on to Lorian.
Or die. But mentioning that didn’t help anyone.
“Fair enough. First, introductions. I’m Jacen Shaed, owner of Shaed Patents. However, Shaed Patents,” I gestured to our headquarters of to the side of our clearing, “is pivoting today. We will no longer be known as Shaed Patents, but Shaed Industries. As part of that pivot, we will be opening a Defense division of the company and are looking to fill our ranks.”
Just like that, it was as if an Elementalist had pulled the air from the area. I could see the dejectedness of the graduates vividly. They probably assumed this was an attuned recruiting event. Time to stop that.
“However, the usual combat specialists, our nation’s attuned, are an expensive and rare resource. Items, on the other hand, can be given to anyone.” I could see some hesitation in a few of their eyes now. “Seeing as how we are an enchanting company as well, a new magical defense program armored by our enchanters just makes sense to me. Along with our Defense Division, we will be starting the Bonded program, which will pair each and every recruit with their own set of enchanted items. We will train you to use these items, and together we will provide a new security force for our city and beyond.”
The crowd was murmuring now, confused. They hadn’t heard anything about this, just that Shaed Patents might have some jobs for new grads. I smiled inwardly at all of their disbelieving faces and the intense concentration on some of the media we had invited to the event.
“The Bonded program is something I’m very excited for and I hope it will become a pillar of our community, providing an opportunity to those without the resources to train, or even enter the Spire for the Judgement, due to whatever reason you may have. Maybe you can’t take the risk because you have people dependent on you, or you don’t have the funds to get the training or take the Judgement. Here, as long as you pass our initial interviews, you will be provided with enchanted items and trained in how to use them. This will include the training necessary to pass a Judgement, and as part of the Bonded program, we will cover the Judgement Gate costs for you if you wish to eventually get an Attunement,” I said. The murmuring was now a buzz as the attendees grew more excited.
“After joining the Bonded program, you will be tested to determine how best you can help Shaed Industries as a whole. The vast majority of you will be selected for the Defense Division in order to beef up our security, but others may be chosen for different divisions of the company in special positions. The ones chosen for our Defense Division will be divided into classes, of which there are five,” I said as I picked up the microphone from the podium to pace in front of the graduates.
“The Shooter is a mid to long range specialist focusing on guns. While that may sound ordinary, Shooters have the largest amount of magical equipment out of the classes due to their build,” I explained. “The Harbinger will specialize in being up close and personal with our targets, whether it be discreetly or with force.. The Aegis class specializes in making sure that everyone on his squad is protected, including the civilians in any situation. They are our Guardians. The Ender class focuses on molding battlefields and situations to our advantage - think of them as our Elementalists. Finally, the Deviant is a special class that requires a higher clearance than what you all are at now,” I finished with a smile.
“Once you are assigned a class, you will soon begin training. We will provide a salary that will be worked out on a case by case basis following a discourse about how we can help each other. After that, you, as a Bonded, take on various contracts from customers to fulfill security duties. What that entails will be a case by case decision, so rest assured knowing your work will never be dull. And, if we run out of contracts, we already have a Climber Division which brings back rare items and resources from the Spire and other locations. I understand that some of you couldn’t become attuned due to the risks involved with going into the tower,” I said, walking across the stage. “Unfortunately, being part of the Defense Division means that at times your life will be at risk. But I promise you we will give you the training and resources you need to succeed and protect yourself, your families, and your neighbors.”
I stopped in the middle of the stage and looked out at all of the young adults sitting there. “I think I’ve spoken enough, though, so if you’re still interested, please follow my attendants. We will be showing a demonstration of the classes next, but you need to agree to join before you can see that. I look forward to seeing your faces next time, and wish you all a great future with Shaed Industries.” I smiled as I walked off stage, but I couldn’t shake the feeling that these recruits would be needed sooner rather than later.
This venture couldn’t fail.
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2020.07.10 05:49 5haunathon The Blackstone Knight Ascends: Chapter Two

Hi all! Hope everyone is staying healthy and having a good time listening to Diamantine. I’m here to post the second chapter of my fanfic set on the continent of Kaldwyn, Shade: The Blackstone Knight Ascends. I was really hoping that I’d be able to post more often but even with the pandemic going on, work has been crazy. I think I’m discovering how hard it can be to trying to write and having a full time job at the same time, but that’s no excuse. I promise to speed it up a bit.
Here is a link to the first chapter and a synopsis of what the story is about.
Also, is anyone else extremely excited for November? I think I heard AA3 might be done by then (fingers crossed) and I think the next novel in the Stormlight Archive is also coming out! I also just read that the Ready Player One sequel is coming out then as well! I may have to take a few days off to read them all…
Anyways, any questions, comments, or constructive criticisms are welcome!
Here’s chapter two!

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As I ran after the jorogumo, I touched my earpiece.
"I just fought a jorogumo," I said.
"WHAT! PLEASE EXPLAIN," a voice shouted over the earpiece. I chuckled.
"I'm trying to find out right now, it introduced some friends for me to deal with then booked it once things started to go sour," I replied, vaulting across a gap between buildings. "More importantly, I think I saw a contract line coming off the monster."
"It's a Summons?" Julia asked.
"I'm not 100% sure, but I think so," I said.
"Not sure if following is a good idea then. What if it's Summoner shows up?" Julia asked. I could hear the worry in my tone so I stopped my race for the monster, momentarily taking my breath.
50.
“Don’t forget either, you don’t have much time before recruitment starts,” she chided.
Resh. Of course a murderous jorogumo had to happen the night before the announcement.
“Thanks for all the reminders,” I said drily. “I guess we’ll make this quick then.”
"Wait, you first started patrolling almost 5 hours ago - how are your mana levels?" Julia asked.
I almost unconsciously cast Evaluate Mana on myself and could see I was dangerously low. The continued use of my enhancement mana was already giving me a fairly bad headache and my items weren't faring much better, either. My canes were always useful as projectiles and to extend my range, but the spells they provided gave me a lot of flexibility so not having those charged hampered me quite a bit. I wanted to catch this monster as quickly as possibly, though.
My glove, of course, was fine.
"They're fine," I lied.
"Really That’s funny, because, I can see from the sensor runes I put in your earpieces that your mental mana is dangerously low. Were you planning on telling me that?" she asked menacingly. "On second thought, I don't want an answer. Come back and hydrate a little before taking this thing on. Or I will be coming to your location momentarily."
Now that was a real threat. I sighed without answering and pulled out my return jump bell and anchor from my belt pouch. Placing the anchor on the roof, I teleported back to base.
I'd gotten so used to teleporting the jarring sensation no longer bothered me. I appeared at my control center in my manor, Julia sitting in front of multiple panes of glass showing different views from across the city. Pieces of equipment littered the room, though it was mostly bare besides the jump pad. An excellent space for research and training. I specifically teleported to the jump pad at the end of the room. It was a platform surrounded by four walls that had a series of buttons on one wall, which I would be using momentarily. I opened the door to the jump pad and made my way over to Julia, who was waiting with a mana potion.
"This will literally take two seconds," Julia said, rolling her eyes when she saw my scowl.
"It could be getting further away," I stated, taking the potion and downing it in one pull. I then handed my canes to Julia as she pulled out a few mana crystals from a drawer to her side. I watched with not a little bit of envy as the crystals dissipated and charged the canes with their requisite mana types. Julia handed the canes back to me and I immediately turned back toward the jump pad.
"You'll be thanking me soon!" Julia called after me. I entered the jump pad, clicked on the very top rune on the wall to my right. If my Diviner attunement had been active during this, I would have seen a cloud of mana fill the walls of the jump pad, surrounding me, before I disappeared.
Immediately, I reappeared on the roof where I'd left the jump anchor. I picked the anchor up, and reevaluated my tracking spells. Both were the same as they were before, pointing directly ahead and 50 feet ahead.
I made my way toward the monster, eventually landing on a building directly next to what appeared to be some sort of abandoned facility.
"Of course she had to go inside a building, she probably has a nest," I muttered.
"Don't get too spun up," Julia replied. I didn't respond. "Really, nothing?"
I vaulted over the gap between the two buildings and knelt down onto the rooftop. I placed an uncovered hand on the rooftop.
Analyze Structure
I watched as blue lines of differing shades started to spread from where my hand touched the building. The blue continued to build out until I could eventually make out supports, walls, and two floors that the building consisted of. I also added a significant amount of enhancement mana to the spell as it extracted it's cost, ensuring the spell would last me throughout the conflict. That was, of course, only if things went to plan.
Looking at the 3D model underneath me, I noticed there was quite a bit of interruption in the spell in one specific corner of the building.
"There," I said, standing up. That spell interruption must be the heart of the nest. Or, a trap. I'd have to be careful either way.
As I turned on my attunement, getting ready for the coming fight, I walked over to a roof access latch, opened it, and dropped down. The combination of the analyze spell and my attunement should provide enough visibility in the completely dark, abandoned building. Wearing the darkvision glasses were a pain, not to mention unreliable in a fight in the instance of flashes of light. When that happened, the enchantment on the glasses couldn’t compensate for the increased light and ended up blinding the user. Not something I wanted to deal with in the middle of a fight.
The warehouse, as expected, was completely dark. My vision wasn't too impaired. That's what I thought, at first. Then the skittering started to occur.
All around me I could hear the tell tale sound of spiders moving across the floor. My vision could not pick them up. I couldn't tell if the noise was just being redirected somehow, or what, but I needed to move.
I had landed on the second floor of the building in a crouch. With a touch of my hand, I activated my gauntlet, tendrils of void crawling all over my body to provide protection, and in this specific instance, near invisibility. The dark nature of my void armor made me near invisible in dark, shadowy spaces. Once I was fully cloaked, I vaulted off the second floor, landing on the main floor closer to the interference I was seeing in the corner of the building.
I had hoped this would take me away from the skittering, but I was mistaken. I heard more skittering around me than before, now.
Suddenly, I felt something at my back and whipped one of my canes around, hitting a spider full on in the face, launching it to the right into the warehouse wall. Where the hell had it come from? Something really didn't feel right about this.
As I moved forward, I passed through a doorway separating me from another section of the warehouse closer to the interference. Immediately, a spider from above me dropped on top of me. I felt the disturbance around me before he managed to hit me and leaped out of the way, throwing both canes at the spider’s center of mass. Both canes hit with a squelch, and I snapped my fingers, bringing them back to me before they could hit the ground. The skittering was getting more intense, but I still couldn’t see where they were.
My leap, however, had carried me very close toward the anomaly in the corner of the warehouse. As I got closer, I saw what was causing the interference.
It was a massive, disorderly nest of spider silk. A trap.
I whipped around and saw 20 spiders surrounding me in my corner, the jorogumo behind their line. She smiled.
“Well, look how you danced right into my trap my dear,” she said then licked her lips. “I can’t wait to get a taste.”
I knew better than to lose hope. All I had to do to end this was take her out and ignore the smaller spiders, but with her thinking she had the upper hand, I might actually be able to work this to my advantage.
“Your Summoner will never get away with that murder,” I goaded, acting like I was lashing out as a last resort.
“My Summoner, you say?” She smiled. “I don’t have a Summoner, and even if I did, I killed that woman out of my own free will. I’ll gladly take credit for that. But, enough talk.”
I hesitated for a split second. I hadn’t been expecting that. Well, if that’s all she was going to give me when she knew she was about to win, it was time to end this.
Enhance
I flooded my body with enhancement mana, focusing quite a bit into my arm as I cocked back my left cane before throwing it forward, clicking the density rune twice as I did so.
The cane lanced forward, the jorogumo to busy gloating and watching her children still to notice until it was too late. The spike tipped cane entered her chest and went through body like butter. She was still smiling as she looked down at her chest, even as her eyes grew wider. Soon she was disintegrating. The children followed suite shortly thereafter. I walked over to where my cane had landed not too far from where she had disintegrated, utterly disappointed.
Well, I definitely screwed that up. The jorogumo had been my only lead, and now I was reliant on her Summoner to bring her back. After a murder like that, Summoners were known to drop their contracts with monsters - it was virtually untraceable, unless you found that exact monster in the wilderness or in one of the towers again to point you to their previous master.
Shaking the failure off, I tapped my glove to retract the void protecting my body. I needed to get ready for the announcement immediately. I grabbed my return bell, and left.
If only I had hesitated a few more seconds maybe I would have noticed the man standing, watching from the opposite side of the warehouse.
I reappeared back in the control room to a seriously impatient Julia.
“No time to discuss what you found out! You are making your announcement in 15 minutes!!” Julia yelled.
Shaking my head, I booked it to my room. I ran past the paintings of various holdings my family owned, a couple of ancestors, and arrived in my room to quickly cleanup. My room was sparse - I hadn’t been using it much lately, and NOT for the good reasons, either.
Soon, I was looking at myself in the mirror. Of average height, the only striking thing about my appearance were my eyes. The bright green startled most people, but I had leaned into it. Most of my formal wear bore accents of green to attach my eyecolor. The Shaed PR reps said that was a good thing, apparently.
As I left my room, Julia was already waiting for me outside.
“Five minutes, let’s move!” She barked. We hustled down the corridor back to the control center. We made our way over to the teleporter and settled in as I clicked the button labeled “Work.”
And then I was at my teleporter at the head quarters of my family’s relatively young patent company, only rivaled by the Big Three companies. We exited the teleporter as one of Julia’s many aides ran us through the building near the spire to the stage outside where the new graduates were waiting. Thinking of the Big Three reminded me of one of my other problems.
“Are the Big Three still fighting the injector rune matrix?” I asked. Julia nodded.
“Yep! No worries, I got that one,” Julia said, then smiled as we arrived. We were near the stage and could hear the new graduates just outside. “I have a couple of our Diviner attorneys coming with me and I’ll be able to put any claim they have to bed. Your father developed that rune matrix, and they really can’t do anything about it. Their whole argument is that one of the runes within the matrix is used in one of their own patents, but completely disregards the unseen - nay, innovative - design of your father’s matrix. You also can’t judge a matrix by just one rune, either. Seriously, it’ll be okay.”
While I had Julia manage most of the enchanting side of the business, she didn’t know how badly we were suffering. The Big Three kept on lobbying the Council of Lords for further breaks, and several new legislative orders had affected our business adversely. The sad part was the business hadn’t always been like that.
The advent of trains a hundred years ago had opened a particularly convenient niche for new rune matrices, specialized to enhance the mobility and endurance of trains. Shaed Patents made their name off quite a few of those inventions and my family held one of the most lucrative small businesses in Beaufort. Over the course of just the last few years, though, that wealth had diminished. My parents’ death was the reason for that.
So, while what Julia said was true, we couldn’t exactly afford to lose something like this. At the same time, I couldn’t have Julia worrying about that. I kept my reservations to myself. Even my comment about her saying ‘nay.’
“Any news from Arthur on the train attacks?” I asked her. Arthur was her father and one of my closest advisors. Arthur had been in charge of handling the recent train attacks we’d been receiving. Shaed Industries’ monthly shipments to Caelford had recently been getting ambushed for no apparent reason. We had raised the issue with the military, but they couldn’t find who was doing it and refused to provide protection. So, we were left to deal with it. This was why the soon to be announced Defense Division was created; we needed more security forces to protect our assets desperately. I motioned for her to go on as we started toward the demonstration area.
“He said he’ll be here for your speech, so he must be nearby. He’ll brief you afterward,” she said as she started walking backward. “I’ve gotta run though, good luck!”
“Thanks, you too,” I muttered. I shook my head, then moved onstage. A wide smile was plastered a smile on my face and I managed to wave at the aggressively medium sized crowd of newly graduated, non-attuned youths.
I made it over to the podium and activated the sound enchantment with a click of the sound rune, began my speech.
“Welcome, new graduates! Are you ready to start the next chapter of your life?” I asked.
Crickets.
These students weren’t here because they were excited. At least, not yet. They didn’t know what we were about to start. They were here because they didn’t have many other options and had just watched a sizable portion of their class move on to Lorian.
Or die. But mentioning that didn’t help anyone.
“Fair enough. First, introductions. I’m Jacen Shaed, owner of Shaed Patents. However, Shaed Patents,” I gestured to our headquarters of to the side of our clearing, “is pivoting today. We will no longer be known as Shaed Patents, but Shaed Industries. As part of that pivot, we will be opening a Defense division of the company and are looking to fill our ranks.”
Just like that, it was as if an Elementalist had pulled the air from the area. I could see the dejectedness of the graduates vividly. They probably assumed this was an attuned recruiting event. Time to stop that.
“However, the usual combat specialists, our nation’s attuned, are an expensive and rare resource. Items, on the other hand, can be given to anyone.” I could see some hesitation in a few of their eyes now. “Seeing as how we are an enchanting company as well, a new magical defense program armored by our enchanters just makes sense to me. Along with our Defense Division, we will be starting the Bonded program, which will pair each and every recruit with their own set of enchanted items. We will train you to use these items, and together we will provide a new security force for our city and beyond.”
The crowd was murmuring now, confused. They hadn’t heard anything about this, just that Shaed Patents might have some jobs for new grads. I smiled inwardly at all of their disbelieving faces and the intense concentration on some of the media we had invited to the event.
“The Bonded program is something I’m very excited for and I hope it will become a pillar of our community, providing an opportunity to those without the resources to train, or even enter the Spire for the Judgement, due to whatever reason you may have. Maybe you can’t take the risk because you have people dependent on you, or you don’t have the funds to get the training or take the Judgement. Here, as long as you pass our initial interviews, you will be provided with enchanted items and trained in how to use them. This will include the training necessary to pass a Judgement, and as part of the Bonded program, we will cover the Judgement Gate costs for you if you wish to eventually get an Attunement,” I said. The murmuring was now a buzz as the attendees grew more excited.
“After joining the Bonded program, you will be tested to determine how best you can help Shaed Industries as a whole. The vast majority of you will be selected for the Defense Division in order to beef up our security, but others may be chosen for different divisions of the company in special positions. The ones chosen for our Defense Division will be divided into classes, of which there are five,” I said as I picked up the microphone from the podium to pace in front of the graduates.
“The Shooter is a mid to long range specialist focusing on guns. While that may sound ordinary, Shooters have the largest amount of magical equipment out of the classes due to their build,” I explained. “The Harbinger will specialize in being up close and personal with our targets, whether it be discreetly or with force.. The Aegis class specializes in making sure that everyone on his squad is protected, including the civilians in any situation. They are our Guardians. The Ender class focuses on molding battlefields and situations to our advantage - think of them as our Elementalists. Finally, the Deviant is a special class that requires a higher clearance than what you all are at now,” I finished with a smile.
“Once you are assigned a class, you will soon begin training. We will provide a salary that will be worked out on a case by case basis following a discourse about how we can help each other. After that, you, as a Bonded, take on various contracts from customers to fulfill security duties. What that entails will be a case by case decision, so rest assured knowing your work will never be dull. And, if we run out of contracts, we already have a Climber Division which brings back rare items and resources from the Spire and other locations. I understand that some of you couldn’t become attuned due to the risks involved with going into the tower,” I said, walking across the stage. “Unfortunately, being part of the Defense Division means that at times your life will be at risk. But I promise you we will give you the training and resources you need to succeed and protect yourself, your families, and your neighbors.”
I stopped in the middle of the stage and looked out at all of the young adults sitting there. “I think I’ve spoken enough, though, so if you’re still interested, please follow my attendants. We will be showing a demonstration of the classes next, but you need to agree to join before you can see that. I look forward to seeing your faces next time, and wish you all a great future with Shaed Industries.” I smiled as I walked off stage, but I couldn’t shake the feeling that these recruits would be needed sooner rather than later.
This venture couldn’t fail.
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2020.07.10 05:36 milani_musk Can't enjoy the best years of my life because I hate myself

I'm 24, moved to nyc (my favorite place in the world) in the best neighborhood and have the most fascinating roommate. I'm healthy, somewhat intelligent, have a sought after degree, make a decent salary, and basically have the foundation and means necessary to have a great life and work towards an incredible life.
Only problem is that I hate myself and have no energy or will to do anything. I dislike nearly everything about myself from the way I look - the way I speak - the way I work - the way I interact with people. There was a time where I was outgoing, tried really hard in school and with my hobbies, and actively made an effort - but i'm the completely opposite now.
I don't have many good friends because I alienate myself and believe if someone is being friendly and wants to hang out with me - they're either just doing it as a charity or they'll just be disappointed and find out i'm not who they thought i was. I never speak up because I think everything I say is dumb or just not worth saying, I don't find myself interesting at all, and I always immediately assume I'm the least valuable person in a room and am automatically below everyone. I'm very lonely and hold myself back in every single way. I overthink and criticize EVERYTHING I do and any decision I make. I just want to feel and think normally, and not be so in my head. I know life has it's ups and downs and i've had a positive outlook through it all but i'm absolutely exhausted now even though my life is just getting started.
I've tried to make efforts to better myself and at least somewhat like myself by speaking to a doctor - was diagnosed with ADHD and Depression and have been taking mediation for about a year - but there's not much improvement. I work out and try to push myself to gain new experiences but feel so awkward in my own skin and mind. I even feel awkward talking to my doctor (who is absolutely wonderful btw) but always hold back and don't mention how I feel suicidal on a weekly basis, that I genuinely don't like myself, that i'm miserable, and hide all that by talking about my frustrations with my work ethic and motivation.
I'm in my 20s and want to take FULL advantage of this time in myself, but it's so difficult to when I feel cemented to my bed and wish I could go to sleep and never wake up.
Often times I truly believe I'm not cut out for life and would be better suited as an observer and watch others make the best of their lives instead of me. What would I be like when I'm older? Apparently I'm great at my job but feel like I'm terrible at it and have no motivation to improve even when my mind is yelling at me to, so how could I handle being promoted and move up when I feel too dumb to manage people or command a room or feel confident in my work? How could I be in a relationship when I believe a man of high-value would be absolutely insane to even like me enough to commit to me? How could I make life-long friends when I alienate everyone? How can I take care of children or even a pet when I'm too exhausted to take care of myself? Etc. etc.
Anybody else in a similar position?
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2020.07.10 05:02 k9_Miya I'm hungry and have 0 money to spend

Pls if you were waiting for a divine call or that kind of thing, this is it. You can do it. This is the main reason I joined reddit, I wanted to ask for recommendations on what I can do to get out of this sad and depressing situation. Im a 22 (almost 23 F) I live with my mom (45)and brother (11) in a 5x5 room, we don't have a livin' or separate rooms for each (or any kind of privacy 4that matter). We live here because it's where she works, it's a building and she's been the maintenance lady (cleaning person) for over 10 years now, I think we just got too comfortable being here given that we pay no rent, (for context this kind of jobs are very common here in Mexico, and perfectly legal ok? She's got a contract and all, but the salary here sucks and she's got no other job or income) it has affected my social skills and life for obvious reasons, I've only brought 2 friends over during all this years, I enjoy being alone and value the little time I get when they leave, for the same reason I don't have a great relationship with my brother, and that's is so sad cuz I would like for him to find a support person in me, is just that I wasn't never really thought how to do that when I was a child, she used to hit me when I was in elementary school until teachers found out (I know this sounds so messed up but I don't really remember that anymore so it doesn't really matter, of course it had an impact again on the way I interacted with people, also there's not really something you can do for a kid in this situation in my country, they don't take it as serious as I know they do in others). My dad (42) left I think 3 years ago, we never had good communication either, I think that's been the main reason of this broken family situation (sorry if I don't express myself correctly English if not my first language) he left for the first time when I was in elementary school to work in the US, they managed to build a house in another state hoping that we would live there when Id finished school, and he got back like 6 years later only to find a teenage girl who no longer wanted to talk to him (or anyone), he could keep up with the parenting roll, but I really miss him and think of him as a very intelligent man, we liked to watch Natgeo and were interested in scientific stuff, space and that, I was like him in a lot of ways, not very chatty so I don't blame him for not being able to make himself present, I rather to be with him than my mom but we lost communication (even more yes) and I don't feel comfortable trying to reach out, my mom says he's found another family practically, it's not my obligation either you know, he's the parent after all. On the other hand I've been struggling with depression and anxiety (SURPRISE!)for what's seems like all my life but I didn't learn it was a real problem until a I was on highschool, (society changed with social media, tho given the context I can't really do much for it or ask for professional help, remember that money situation?) Well, what's worst and sad is that I decided to study psychology, I was in college for a year, then I couldn't handle the existential crisis I'd been carrying for years and I collapsed, dropped out for 2 years now, I've forgotten everything I pretended to learn, I feel like a mf failure tho I now know it's wasn't my fault, or anybodys fault, you know my parents come from a very similar and worst hardcore environment, so I don't blame anyone, that until she starts fighting saying I do nothing to help (which isn't a lie), that I need to get a job (no way really) and that I'm old enough to leave if I want, this reminded me that I'm probably making an idiot of myself bc people from other countries tend to go on their own when they turn 18, well again your missing the context here, we don't have loans to ask for , my college is essentially free, materials are not included, internet, transportation, food, you know all those basic things you need to survive, those are not free, and we're not precisely bombarded with job offers, yes 3rd world country, minimum salary here is $3080 mxn/ month (around 6, 64 USD/day= around 200 USD/month, and will not go on the jobs conditions, all I know is that it's not enough to move out pay rent, basic services, food, transport and school, at least not alone). Even though that thing about we're more friendly and charming is true, as you see this wasn't really my case but that's not a problem for me I'm really used to it, that again until I she starts fighting again, noise complains, I used to exercise at night, oh yes I changed my sleeping schedule I practically live during the night and sleep around 6 am, this was unconsciously done I swear, I used to attend classes on the afternoon, and got out at 10 pm, arrived "home" at 10:45pm and proceed to do homework all night, sleep if I had time or not if I wasn't finished last night, phycology it's not a game or as easy as you may think, there's a lot of investigation and emphasis on follow the methodology because we're supposed to be working with other people, it's something you can take light. I love it, again I've always liked scientific stuff, guess that's not a surprise for anyone right. Another thing, it's been like 6 years that's I've been aware of my mental state, this is the main reason I can't seem to find a solution, and head I've thought about suicide several times, nothing makes sense to me, I don't have a purpose or enjoy things normal people do, I sometimes sleep 12 hours or just 3, I don't eat so I don't have to see my moms angry face or listen to her saying what I already know, I go to the kitchen whenever there's no one there, I hate it when she tells me what to do, I rebel and decide not to do it instead, even though I could if I wanted. To add to this antisocial issue, she decided to get a f boyfriend and bring him whenever she wants, they sometimes sleep in the kitchen (for privacy I guess, is just to f uncomfortable, when's too cold they sleep in the same bedroom with us, remember the context pls), this is another factor of me wanting to move out, of the country if possible and never come back, I will really not miss anything, except for my best friend and this boy I started talking to (well he started really) we met at school and we have a lot of things in common, we like videogames, although I don't play cause again remember the money... yes if bored you imagine how I feel, I only play mobas, he likes lol and I enjoy the gameplays, we both like dancing among other things, a lot of things, and of course my baby brother, I'd like to be able to do the things our parents didn't do for him, and also I have a little dog wich has been keeping me pretty much alive, along with coffee. Another important fact, I'm physically sick, 3 years ago my back started hurting really bad, went to the doctor and found something called "Espondilolistesis on L2, pls translate it if you want to know, also "espina bífida", to resume, it f hurts, my back muscles are always sore and contracted, it's so f uncomfortable. You know, if this hadn't happened I don't think I'd be doing so bad right now, but it shortens (even more) my possibilities and reasons, is just I haven't found anything really worthy of living in pain forever, doctors suggested surgery but I don't really want to have a metal in my back you know? When things get better id like to be a gym person i really enjoy it (I stopped only cause there's no space, and the complains, it sucks wanting do to something but really not being physically allow to do it, brings you down every time you have the energy or intention to try), so surgery doesn't sound like a good idea for me, plus remember the money situation again?. As you can imagine the pandemic didn't really changed anything in my routine, I was already isolated, even form social media, I just started to reconnect with people and friend this year, it was good, until now you all that hype for the new year new life, well you know how it all turned out, but again this didn't represented something negative for my mental health I mean, and I'm really sorry for those who this situation affected directly, I really I'm, you can be sure I'm not going out like reckless people, hope you find the confort you need. Finally, I'd appreciate any advices or comments you may have, I'll answer any questions, I hope you don't take this story bad in any way, it's the first time I talk about it, and for those with similar stories, just know you're not alone in that. Thank you if you read it all.
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2020.07.10 04:09 theBlackCow145 Pursue my dreams or re-skill?

26 year old male, living in Westchester outside of NYC with parents currently. Studied liberal arts at a meh-tier state school. Been working at this job out of college for 2 years. Don’t pay rent, plenty of savings. I understand a lot of people are going to read this post as a man playing the world’s tiniest violin but I’d like to say thanks for reading nonetheless.
I’m probably going to get fired from my job within the next six weeks. I don’t really want to explain the why/how, but it’s extremely likely.
I currently work in business development at a reputable company and am terrible at my job, lowest performer on the team. I’ve wanted to switch into a more technical role for a long time but have lacked the drive / focus. It’s also really quite difficult to do at my company. In the long run I think it’d give me the greatest professional happiness to work in a more technical role. I’ve started studying for Java as well as some technical certifications.
Here’s the thing - if time and money were infinite, I wouldn’t think about developing technical skills. My real passions are writing, performance, and music.
I feel like developing these new skills - Java, technical administration skills - are going to take a huge amount of time and a high level of dedication. I ask myself - What if I dedicated myself to writing or acting or music as I intend to dedicate myself to developing a technical skill set? If all the sweat I intended for Java was instead put towards a true passion of mine, could I really fail?
Bill Burr has a nice quote along the lines of “Hate your job or not, I would never tell someone with a $100k salary to get into this business because let me tell you…You think you hate your life? Imagine hating your life this much but making way less money.”
I’m really stuck here. Do I find a part time technical job and re-skill? Do I just quit and pursue my passion? Do I try to get a new part time technical job and then moonlight my passion?
Any advice on managing your dreams and reality are appreciated.
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2020.07.10 04:06 theBlackCow145 Dreams and Reality

26 year old male, living in Westchester outside of NYC with parents currently. Studied liberal arts at a meh-tier state school. Been working at this job out of college for 2 years. Don’t pay rent, plenty of savings. I understand a lot of people are going to read this post as a man playing the world’s tiniest violin but I’d like to say thanks for reading nonetheless.
I’m probably going to get fired from my job within the next six weeks. I don’t really want to explain the why/how, but it’s extremely likely.
I currently work in business development at a reputable company and am terrible at my job, lowest performer on the team. I’ve wanted to switch into a more technical role for a long time but have lacked the drive / focus. It’s also really quite difficult to do at my company. In the long run I think it’d give me the greatest professional happiness to work in a more technical role. I’ve started studying for Java as well as some technical certifications.
Here’s the thing - if time and money were infinite, I wouldn’t think about developing technical skills. My real passions are writing, performance, and music.
I feel like developing these new skills - Java, technical administration skills - are going to take a huge amount of time and a high level of dedication. I ask myself - What if I dedicated myself to writing or acting or music as I intend to dedicate myself to developing a technical skill set? If all the sweat I intended for Java was instead put towards a true passion of mine, could I really fail?
Bill Burr has a nice quote along the lines of “Hate your job or not, I would never tell someone with a $100k salary to get into this business because let me tell you…You think you hate your life? Imagine hating your life this much but making way less money.”
I’m really stuck here. Do I find a part time technical job and re-skill? Do I just quit and pursue my passion? Do I try to get a new part time technical job and then moonlight my passion?
Any advice on managing your dreams and reality are appreciated.
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