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Jollibee spends P1.3bn to triple-down on Tim Ho Wan (and China) (Wednesday, Oct 21)

2020.10.21 02:00 DuncnIdahosBandurria Jollibee spends P1.3bn to triple-down on Tim Ho Wan (and China) (Wednesday, Oct 21)

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  • [NEWS] Jollibee [JFC 169.00 ▲9.31%] increases its stake in Tim Ho Wan to 85%... the company paid P1.3bn to increase its stake in the holding company that owns the Tim Ho Wan (THW) Asia Pacific master franchise. The deal increases JFC’s stake in the holding company from 60% to 85%; JFC will pay in cash, and the deal will be completed on October 30th. JFC opened its first THW franchise in Mainland China just a month ago, and considers the franchise (and the Chinese market) to be a substantial component of its international diversification and “pandemic rebound” play.
    • MB: Our drawn-out lockdown response to the pandemic has crippled JFC’s domestic earnings, and the initial lockdowns in China did the same to JFC’s stores that it operates there. However, China’s quick return to post-lockdown living allowed JFC’s China-based stores to easily outpace the income of domestic stores which were still stuck in the mire of changing movement restrictions, curfews, and procedures. JFC is Asia’s largest quick-service restaurant company, and this deal is meant to directly address the Chinese market which is by volume and by value the largest in the region. Investors will want to take a close look at JFC’s segmented Q3 results to get an indication of how that Chinese expansion might progress. JFC is up more than 60% since its sub-P100 days in the early months of the pandemic; this move was greeted warmly by investors, and rightly so.
  • [NEWS] DPWH moving ahead with Bataan-Cavite “Megabridge”... the news hit today is that the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) signed a P3bn deal for the “detailed engineering design” of the 32-kilometer bridge to link Bataan and Cavite provinces across the mouth of Manila Bay, starting at Alas-asin in Mariveles (just north of Corregidor Island), and continuing southeast to Naic in Cavite. The bridge would provide an alternative route for people and goods travelling north/south through Metro Manila, which will become important as additional airports and destinations come online in the coming years. If it goes ahead, the bridge will be the longest in the country. The Asian Development Bank will be involved in the bidding process to select the winning bidder.
    • MB: This infra project is massive and will be worth an exceptional amount of money. Like other large infra projects, it’s been chopped up into smaller phases/chunks that can be conceptualized and bid on separately, and with ADB involved, there is going to be pressure on the government and the LGUs involved to stay above board as much as possible. It’s safe to say that we aren’t likely to end up with questionable Chinese contractors on this project, and that might actually be a double-blessing because those projects that feature Chinese contractors seem to be struggling to start due to the COVID travel restrictions. That’s the major wrench in the gears of the Sangley Point International Airport project with MacroAsia [MAC 5.28 ▲6.88%] and its Chinese state-run partner. Similar problems appear to have been hampering Dito Telcommunity’s plans with respect to its Chinese state-run partner, China Telecom. It will be interesting to see which of the infra teams will go for this project, as there is a real opportunity cost. The ticket price may be high, but with ADB involved, there will likely be environmental, social, and governance requirements that make any engagement potentially more complicated than if the project were simply yet another PH/CH JV.
  • [NEWS] Security Bank [SECB 95.10 ▲1.17%] signs strategic partnership with Thailand’s Bank of Ayudhya... the deal, where the Bank of Ayudhya (referred to commonly as “Krungsri”) acquired 50% of SECB’s consumer finance subsidiary, SB Finance Company (SBFC), is intended to add a “consumer-centric” digital lending platform to SBFC’s existing consumer finance sales channels.
    • MB: In finance, it’s sometimes hard to separate opportunism from predation. On the one hand, consumers clearly desire banks to have strong digital platforms that are trustworthy and as friction-free as possible, and consumers are likely to be more interested in loans during a pandemic that has so thoroughly disrupted working life as we knew it. On the other hand, the press release reads like yet another “fish in a barrel” story worded to make short-term loans sound like a patriotic, community-building, altruistic advocacy. There are millions in need of assistance, millions making terrible decisions just to make ends meet, and it makes sense that banks would attempt to fill the gap that is left between our need and the government's ability to help, and indeed, to fill the gap digitally where possible, because... well, COVID. If Krungsri’s technology can help price consumer risk effectively to give lower rates to vulnerable people who might otherwise resort to a 5-6 lender, then perhaps this is the kind of move that makes SECB investors and SECB clients happy at the same time.
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2020.10.20 22:06 nothanks9590 Bought a TV on Amazon Prime day and they cancelled it on the morning of scheduled delivery - do I deserve compensation beyond a refund?

Hi all,
My partner and I bought the Insignia 50-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV with HDR - Fire TV Edition on Prime day on October 14. The order went through and its status was to be delivered this Monday October 19. On Monday morning at 5:30am I got an email saying the below:
Due to lack of availability, we will not be able to obtain the following items from your order. We've cancelled the items and apologize for the inconvenience. If you see a charge for the cancelled items, we will refund you within 1-2 business days. If you are still interested in purchasing these items, it may be available from other sellers. Please visit the detail page for these items below.
This TV was being sold by Best Buy, through Amazon Canada. The problem is, we don't know if we deserve compensation for this (eg. some kind of credit for the inconvenience or for them to send a comparable TV rather than a refund). We had made other large purchases for this tv like a wall mount and sound bar, so we will now have to go returning those products. If they had let us know earlier than the day it was to be delivered, we probably would let it go.
Can I please have your thoughts? Are we owed anything other than a refund, or is it more just the way she goes sometimes?
Thanks!
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2020.10.16 18:06 Normal_Leg_2175 Provisionally passed today at 100Q around 100 minutes

Hi all,
I provisionally passed my CISSP today at 100 questions and 100ish minutes...I honestly forgot to look at the time. I have been studying since the end of July and originally had my exam scheduled for mid August, but moved it twice because I didn't feel prepared. FYI, it is free to move your test before. 24 hours of your test because of COVID. I've been studying heavily (average of 4 hours a day) starting the end of August. My boss was very clear in that this certification was part of my job, therefore, I could use work time to study.
First of all, I would like to thank all of the contributors to this thread and their tips and tricks. It also helped to find valuable resources to aide in learning the material. I am a Security and Compliance Analyst with 6 years of experience in SaaS technology with compliance obligations in GDPR, SOX, and HIPAA. My job functions are more heavy on the policy/procedure/security governance vs. heavy technical functions. I started as a Corporate Security Intern in 2013 while I was getting my degree in Biological Systems Engineering.
What I used to study:
  1. (ISC)2 CISSP Official Study Guide, 8th Edition: I know a lot of people don't recommend this book due to the size of it, but it was invaluable to me because I have not had a lot of technical experience and felt I lacked technical terms and concepts. I broke it down by chapters/day and actually ended up re-reading it. I also used the glossary to help specifically define key terms.
  2. Cybrary.it, Kelly Handerhan's course: This helped to understand the overall concepts and goals of understand, but it is not enough alone to know the content for the exam. I took a few practice tests after just going through the course and did not do well. However, it was a good reference to walkthrough. I went through the training twice, the second time at 1.5x.
  3. CISSP Official (ISC)2 Practice Tests 2nd Edition: After reading through the OSG domains, reviewing the cybrary.it videos, and the CISSPrep study guide, I would take the domain test. Once I got through them all, I took them again and wrote down notes for all of the answers I got wrong the second time. I also heavily utilized the online test bank available through the book. You can also access 700+ flashcards which I found helpful toward the end of my studies.
  4. CISSPrep.net Study Guides, Practice Tests, and YouTube videos: The Practice Tests are great for learning how to answer vague, best/worst/not type questions. At $17.99/6 months of access, you can't really go wrong. He also has some great YouTube videos which include mnemonics to remember the different processes and concepts. The super study guides are good summaries to organize each of the domain concepts, but not all encompassing.
  5. Destination Certification YouTube: These mind maps are amazing. I didnt find these until late into my studies, but I still found them very helpful. Not all domains are included, but I know they are working on adding more content all of them as time goes on.
  6. Memory Palace by Prashant Mohan: I reviewed this the two days before the exam. It's a bit long, but I found it helpful to validate my learning in that I know most of the items contained in the document.
Tips/Tricks:
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2020.10.16 00:09 EastCoastCure710 I'm setting up a grow tent for the first time, do I need a exhaust fan on top? Also some more tent questions

Skip the next 2 paragraphs if you aren't interested in the quarrels of a father and son growing quarantine pot.
My father and I grow together, and he ALWAYS wants to do the bare minimum."What do you mean we have to take the flowering plants inside during rain? Won't the buds just dry off themselves?" or "We ran out of fox farm, I'm just gonna transplant this one using Miracle Grow" or "This one plant is droopy... I keep watering it and watering it and it droops more! It must be extra thirsty!"
This year, I finally got him to allow me to hang a grow light in a room and have our first "indoor grow". Well, he's starting to listen to me. But only after my warnings turn out to be true. I warn him about why we need a certain thing, and then he doesn't believe me until it happens. Until its too late to fix. "Dad, we need to bring it inside! We can't just leave plants outside during humid season!"... resulted in a ruined moldy plant. "Dad, we have to have a tent, we can't just leave plants open in the dirty garage and not expect bugs to eat it!"... then a nearly fatal white-fly infestation got us. It was at that point he finally let me add a fan. Yes, a simple circulation fan. He was against that.

Actual questions begin here
Well, I finally convinced my naïve "growing partner" to let me get a tent. I got a 4x2x5 Vivosun, and I have some questions.
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2020.10.15 17:49 0528alwayswrong Sharing my most recent meal prep for my pup!

Sharing my most recent meal prep for my pup!
Hi everyone, new to this group, but I've been preparing raw food for dogs for a while now. I just wanted to share my most recent meal prep session that I did for my pup. Figured this might help anyone that might want to start exploring the wonderful world of raw feeding and to give people an idea of how much it costs.
He's a 4.5 month old pure bred French Bulldog and right now he's eating 0.75 lbs (0.34 kilos) a day, 1/2 of that for breakfast and half at night.
In the mornings I alternate between a whole farm fresh egg with the shells and plain greek yogurt and then nothing else added to his dinners.
So first, usually the day before or so I do all the prep work, cut and prepare the food saver bags and make sure I pick up all the store bought items (everything not from the butcher).
Also, I live in Northern California and got recommended to a butchefarm down south that makes deliveries all over California and they come up North every two weeks and I pick up my order from him at a pick up location about 15 mins away. It's pretty awesome and they're packaged by ~1lb bags, already ground up and they're frozen already when I pick them up. While some people just keep them as is and feed the food that way, I keep fish in my dogs diet and I also supplement it by adding more meat to it and this way I'm able to use their meat as the base foundation of his meals and I just add what else I want to it. Here is their info just in case you're also in California: https://crestonvalleymeats.com/product-category/raw-dog-food/
Links to all the items I use:
Scored this gem on Facebook marketplace for $80 and she even threw in a crap ton of pre-cut bags and a few rolls: https://www.foodsaver.com/vacuum-sealers/foodsaver-fm5480-2-in-1-food-preservation-system/FM5480-026.html
These bags that are so much more reasonably priced than FoodSaver brand. However, for my dog's diet, the bags are too big, so I cut them in half and they're literally perfect size, however I did need to plop my butt on the couch with the food saver and had to seal one side one by one, which honestly didn't take long because my food saver only takes 3 seconds to seal. This saved me a ton of money though. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07929JZXW/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Here's a link to the scale that I use. I also use one of those flat bottomed scoopers so that it's easier to put into the bag: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B075QB7WV9/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002ASCQC/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
I also have a kitchen aide and that helps immensely with the mixing part of the process. Then I dump the mixed product into a huge sheet pan and then weigh the portions, then start the sealing process while also preparing and weighing new bags. Each sealing on the food saver takes about 15-20 seconds. Then everything goes into the freezer!
All in all, this takes ~3-4 hours total, which is not a big deal to me when it yields me 156 days of food.
I know places locally that sell TWO WEEKS (14 lbs) of pre-made, pre-packaged for $95.... I find that insane. If you're willing to sacrifice a night of some busy work, I definitely think it's worth it...
And then here are the numbers:

https://preview.redd.it/s3b5tjld4at51.png?width=1144&format=png&auto=webp&s=6ca2a549fee8e496219885029da6a0b0a5515085
Happy to answer any questions!

https://preview.redd.it/npwgx2v95at51.jpg?width=1536&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=1cb6abe9bd5c7197db09fe77cb92cf4b59b9cc79
Edit: Typos and to add - I do this all myself, so if you have a partner or friend that isn't queasy of raw meat, this could easily be done in less time.
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2020.10.12 19:19 scramboy11 Too many damn kids! Router Help please! :)

I have a Motorola MB8600 modem. My Mac Pro is hardwired to it and speed testing around 900Mb download. I am happy with it.
My partner and I have 5 kids. All girls. WTF?! Anyways, in Nevada it is online schooling online. So during the day, we have 5 chrome books streaming content. All new chrome books this summer, so they should be updated and good. The router we are using is a TP-Link AC1750 Smart WiFi Router - Dual Band Gigabit Wireless Internet Router for Home, Works with Alexa, VPN Server, Parental Control&QoS (Archer A7)
The kids seem to lose connection, as does my partner with a phone. It really struggles with keeping everyone connected. I understand that many devices will cause speeds to decrease, but should this be this bad? I don't really understand the technology, but my question is, is this the right router for this modem or is there a better setup that you suggest?
Marc

p.s. Home details. 1 story, 3600 sq ft. I have purchased the RE300's that go along with the router to extend the network. I have 3 of those. I initially thought that range was an issue. It didn't really seem to improve the situation.
p.s.s. Device details. 1 mac pro hardwired to router. 3 or 4 iPads, 5 iPhones, 5 chrome books, 2 apple tV's, I think that is it....
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2020.10.12 15:57 leesey04 Planned C-Section Experience

I wanted write a post about my experience with a planned c-section because before I went through it, this is what I wanted to know.
TLDR: the experience is totally strange but you get a baby at the end; rest up the first two-three weeks but walk a little everyday.
Just a note about my experience— the c-section was medically necessary for my transverse baby and because my large fibroid ended up blocking my birth canal. Otherwise, I had an unremarkable pregnancy with no other complications (weight gain was moderate, blood pressure on point, only consistent symptom was annoying round ligament pain).
Preparation: - I purchased some postpartum supplies. What I actually used: loose fitting nightgowns, a nursing bra, high waisted underwear , and robe. What I didn’t use: peri bottle, overnight pads (I only needed regular pads), adult diapers. - I wrote out questions for my doctor. - I prepped my partner so he understood what was going to happen and what kind of support I thought I would need during the procedure and during recovery. - I ate a favorite meal and got a fairly good night of sleep the day before the procedure.
Hospital experience: - First, I was admitted and prepped by the nurses. The doctor and anesthesiologist came by to talk me through the process check on baby. - I was wheeled into the operating room about two hours later. I had to climb on the operating table (which was really difficult), curl my back forward so the anesthesiologist could give me the numbing shot (which hurt, but not as bad as getting the IVs). Then a strange, tingling, warm sensation went down my back and almost immediately I couldn’t feel my legs. - Once they helped me get into place on the table, the curtain went up and my husband came in to sit next to me. They inserted the catheter at some point then too. - All of a sudden, everyone got to work. I felt tugging and pressure but no pain. Ten minutes later, baby came out. - They wiped him down and almost immediately set him on my chest. Through the rest of the procedure, baby would be taken for tests, etc. and then given back to me or my husband. - 40 minutes later, I was stitched up and being wheeled to the recovery room. - For about two hours, baby and I were monitored really carefully. Then we were wheeled to hospital room. - About eight hours later, the nurse had me walk to the restroom. It was slow and uncomfortable, but essential. - Throughout the hospital stay, nurses, technicians, and doctors come in and out of your room constantly. I really appreciated the help with breastfeeding (which was pretty much unsuccessful those first few days). My baby and I were constantly being monitored. - After two nights, we were released and it was such a relief to go home.
Tips for hospital stay: - Get to know your nurses, doctors, etc. They are great resources. - Don’t be afraid to ask for help. I called for the nurses to help with pain meds, breastfeeding, and getting to the restroom. - Take everything you can. Ask your nurse for more. I love my water jug and mesh underwear! We also got a nice starter supply of diapers, wipes, and formula. - What to pack: comfy, loose lounge wear, slip on shoes, basic toiletries (I needed only face wash and toothpaste), snacks, long phone charger cord, outfit for you and baby to come home in, car seat.
I’m three weeks into recovery and feeling soooo much better. Here are some of my tips: - Rest! Let other people help you. I set some expectations with my partner beforehand and he was amazing. He and mom did all the housework, baby changing, etc. Don’t bend down to pick things up! Stairs are difficult, make sure you can have everything you need close to where you are. - Get moving a little at a time. This is really essential. I would walk around the house a little more each day. Then I walked my yard. Then around the block. Today I walked a mile in my neighborhood. - Stay ahead of the pain. I set alarms on my phone to remind me to take the big Motrins. I never needed the Percocet, but sometimes I would add some Tylenol to supplement. - Be easy on yourself. I couldn’t do a lot. My milk didn’t come in immediately. I didn’t know how to take care of a newborn. It’s all okay. You are doing the best you can do and you’ll be able to do more as time goes on! Your baby still loves you!!
Everyone’s experience is going to be unique. Nothing went the way I thought it would but I wouldn’t trade it for the world because it brought me my healthy, beautiful baby. It’s my story and I love it.
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2020.10.11 09:24 HonorBasquiat We are only two weeks away from the official Commander Legends preview season! What are your predictions for the highly anticipated set?

Considering the Zenikdar Rising set has been released and we are just two weeks away from the start of the Commander Legends preview season, let's discuss and speculate about Commander Legends. Here is the article for anyone that missed the sneak peak of Commander Legends last month. General highlights include:
- The set really leans in hard into "draftable Commander format" theme:
- Here are the new cards previewed so far for Commander Legends.
- Here are the reprints previewed so far for Commander Legends.
- NOT a set with a substantially increased power level like Modern Horizons
- Only four total non-evergreen abilities in the set, 3 returning (one is Partner), 1 brand new.
- 40 new mono colored partners. Original partner, not partner with, so they are backwards compatible with original partner cards.
- 30 new non partner commanders that are 2 or 3 colors.
- 32 popular legendary creature reprints with new frame and foiling process called "foil etched". Reprint legends are available in draft boosters but are very rare, they appear much more frequently in Collector Boosters.
- Enemy colored "crowd lands" in the set (continuation of Battlebond land cycle)
- No new 4 or 5 colored commanders (likely because they are really focusing on drafting).
- Booster Fun is back, first time for a supplemental set (to see extended art Commander Legend cards previewed so far click here).
- $125 for a regular booster box of Commander Legends on opening preorder day at Amazon (24 packs, 480 cards; ~$5.25 per pack).
- $240 for a collector booster box of Commander Legends on opening preorder day at Amazon (12 packs, 180 cards; ~$20 per pack)
- Global set release date: November 20, 2020. The preview season will officially kick off on Monday, October 26, 2020, although it's possible we could see a few more cards revealed before then.
Here are some questions to encourage this discussion:
  1. What are your general impressions about Commander Legends based on what we know so far?
  2. What are your predictions for what we will see in the set that hasn't been revealed?*
  3. What will the three returning non-evergreen mechanics be (we know Partner is one of them)?
  4. How do you feel about the draftable aspect of the product?
  5. How do you feel about booster fun and collector boosters being available for a supplemental set?
Important Note\: This is *NOT a wish list thread so please avoid highly unlikely predictions or things that have already been ruled out such as reprints of reserved list original duals, $3 packs, four and five colored commanders or fetchland reprints.
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2020.10.11 09:16 HonorBasquiat We are only two weeks away from the official Commander Legends preview season! What are your predictions for the set? What are your general impressions based on what we already know?

Considering the Zenikdar Rising set has been released and we are just two weeks away from the start of the Commander Legends preview season, let's discuss and speculate about Commander Legends. Here is the article for anyone that missed the sneak peak of Commander Legends last month. General highlights include:
- The set really leans in hard into "draftable Commander format" theme:
- Here are the new cards previewed so far for Commander Legends.
- Here are the reprints previewed so far for Commander Legends.
- NOT a set with a substantially increased power level like Modern Horizons
- Only four total non-evergreen abilities in the set, 3 returning (one is Partner), 1 brand new.
- 40 new mono colored partners. Original partner, not partner with, so they are backwards compatible with original partner cards.
- 30 new non partner commanders that are 2 or 3 colors.
- 32 popular legendary creature reprints with new frame and foiling process called "foil etched". Reprint legends are available in draft boosters but are very rare, they appear much more frequently in Collector Boosters.
- Enemy colored "crowd lands" in the set (continuation of Battlebond land cycle)
- No new 4 or 5 colored commanders (likely because they are really focusing on drafting).
- Booster Fun is back, first time for a supplemental set (to see extended art Commander Legend cards previewed so far click here).
- $125 for a regular booster box of Commander Legends on opening preorder day at Amazon (24 packs, 480 cards; ~$5.25 per pack).
- $240 for a collector booster box of Commander Legends on opening preorder day at Amazon (12 packs, 180 cards; ~$20 per pack)
- Global set release date: November 20, 2020. The preview season will officially kick off on Monday, October 26, 2020, although it's possible we could see a few more cards revealed before then.
Here are some questions to encourage this discussion:
  1. What are your general impressions about Commander Legends based on what we know so far?
  2. What are your predictions for what we will see in the set that hasn't been revealed?*
  3. What will the three returning non-evergreen mechanics be (we know Partner is one of them)?
  4. How do you feel about the draftable aspect of the product?
  5. How do you feel about booster fun and collector boosters being available for a supplemental set?
Important Note\: This is *NOT a wish list thread so please avoid highly unlikely predictions or things that have already been ruled out such as reprints of reserved list original duals, $3 packs, four and five colored commanders or fetchland reprints.
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2020.10.07 00:52 skaleidoscope12 Partner keeps forgetting my personal boundaries but wants to work on it - both feeling hopeless, need advice

I've (25F) been dating my partner (25M) for about seven months now. I have depression, anxiety, and a trauma background, and he has severe ADHD, a trauma background, and a history of depression. I'm on Zoloft for my symptoms, and he's on Adderall for his. We come from really different backgrounds (he's white and grew up outside Detroit with conservative Christian parents, and I'm Indian and grew up in a rich household in the suburbs).
I care about him deeply and think he's a wonderful person - caring, funny, and incredibly smart. He helps me to work through my trauma and helps me build self-confidence, encourages me to take care of myself and try new things (I tend to stick to what I know), and is willing to admit when he's wrong and puts in a tremendous amount of effort to understand me and my needs. He's selfless and forgiving and thoughtful and kind, and helps me stay calm when my anxiety starts to take over.
We have a ton of differences too though, and they're putting an enormous strain on our relationship. From his side (short of him typing this): he grew up with parents who constantly made him feel like a disappointment, and physically and emotionally abused him; they also never got him help for his ADHD. From my side: I grew up with abusive parents and had abusive partners in the past, and therefore tend to be mistrustful of people as a default until I feel secure enough to trust them. I'm also very strict about my personal boundaries (physical, especially) and need them to be consistently respected to feel safe.
However, issues around those boundaries come up really often. As far as physical boundaries go, sex-wise - there have been times where I've said things like "I don't think I'm ready for x" or "I don't like it when you x", and he says he understands, but then he forgets and does the thing I asked him not to do. He apologizes, says he extremely sorry and/or truly misunderstood what I said (case by case) and wants to better respect my boundaries, and that he'll get better at it with time. I keep reminding myself that he's genuinely apologizing and trying to work on it, but when this keeps happening (especially when it's fine for a stretch and suddenly happens again), I feel really unsafe and start to spiral about whether I'm being taken advantage of or overreacting, and like I have to constantly be on guard to remind him before it can happen again.
This sort of thing also happens with the kinds of jokes that he makes (racial ones or ones at my expense) where I'll tell him that I'd rather he didn't crack jokes about Indian people around me, and he'll slip up and make one - apologizing after and saying that he didn't think the joke he made was that offensive/he finds it really hard to censor himself, and that he's super liberal and thought that I'd know that he wasn't being serious because of that, but that he understands that it's important to me and that he'll work on it. It seems like we have really different ideas of what makes an offensive joke offensive, and I'm struggling to find a way to compromise there.
Boundaries aside, I feel like often when I'm talking, he isn't paying attention - it's like he's looking off into space or doesn't say anything at all, and I have to repeat myself a few times. Or, if I'm sharing a story, he doesn't seem as engaged as I'd hope (doesn't ask questions, etc), or sometimes hears an opinion of mine and straight up tells me that it's wrong, when I feel like both of our opinions are valid. It's just a general sense of feeling like I'm not being heard/his instinct is to negate my opinion for some reason (small stuff - like for example, I'll make some theory about the X Files while we're watching, and he'll just shoot it down without really hearing it). I've talked to him about this and he says he definitely sees where I'm coming from, and wants to curb those behaviors, and that for him his brain's like a TV with the channels flipping back and forth constantly - so, he doesn't mean to ignore me or belittle me, he's just used to talking a certain way based on how he's grown up and because of his ADHD and he's actively trying to change. He's also said that he sometimes wants to take a long time to think before he responds to me, because he knows we have different ideas of what an offensive joke is and doesn't want to say something that would hurt me. I don't want him to feel constantly self-censored and we've talked about that, but he says that he thinks I help him be more emotionally attuned and that it's a positive change.
But, it's been months, and I feel constantly on guard for the next time that he forgets a physical or emotional boundary. When I feel like he isn't paying attention while I'm talking or negates small things I say, I feel defeated and ignored, and at worst, overly sensitive/needy and burdensome. I feel bad for getting angry about something that he might not be able to fully control, and don't know how to balance that with my need for boundaries. I end up feeling numb or resentful, waiting for the next issue to crop up despite talking about it at length.
I should add that other issues that we've gone through have definitely improved (like, feeling like I have to do the brunt of the work to reconcile during fights - he does a lot to work through issues with me now, and I feel very secure in that). He also has made a real effort to with engage me more when I'm talking to him, and reaches out to me more now, and genuinely makes me feel very cared about in ways that I haven't felt in past relationships. It breaks my heart because I can tell that he's trying very hard to remember my boundaries, and feels very helpless when he forgets them. I don't know how to help him remember, and I also don't want to have to constantly be alert and in the position of having to remind him.
I don't know what to do, because the level of stress I'm feeling about this is not sustainable and I don't want both of us feeling miserable about this indefinitely. I also don't want to break up with him if this is something that can be fixed. I've read this book and it's helpful, but it hasn't helped me with finding a way to balance my need for boundaries with flexibility/understanding for his ADHD. Any (kind) advice would be appreciated.
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2020.10.06 20:58 goodbyecrowpie Hoping to boost signal in new rental

Hi all—
I moved into a new place last month, and internet is included in my rent. The landladies live upstairs, and the modem is up there with them. However, my connection down here (ground level suite) isn't great: never full strength, and often disconnecting completely. I'm pretty frustrated, because I told them that my work relies on a strong internet connection.
The main problem is with my desktop PC. (I have better luck with my phone, although it's still not perfect (sometimes unable to load images on reddit, for instance)). I don't know if I should be focusing on an upgrade to my wifi adaptor, or focusing more on the signal itself (or both).
Unfortunately, there's no Ethernet port down here—just a phone jack. Is there a good signal booster that doesn't require a port down here, and doesn't require a partner to be plugged into the modem upstairs? (I can ask the landladies if necessary, but I've already been having some issues with them and there's some tension, so if there's a way to go about it without asking them to participate, that would be preferred.) Or, if there are other suggestions, I'd be grateful to hear those as well!
Thanks!
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2020.09.24 04:54 shylock92008 Arming the Planet: the USA as the World’s Leading Weapons Dealer by MELVIN GOODMAN;;;Melvin A. Goodman is a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy and a professor of government at Johns Hopkins University. A former CIA analyst, Goodman is the author of Failure of Intelligence: The Dec

SEPTEMBER 23, 2020

Arming the Planet: the USA as the World’s Leading Weapons Dealer

by MELVIN GOODMAN📷
F-35A. Photo: Staff Sgt. Madelyn Brown/U.S. Air Force.
For the past several decades, the United States has been the world’s leading producer of major weapons systems and the leader in global arms sales. More of these sales have taken place in the globe’s most volatile region, the Middle East, than in any other region of the world. The so-called peace deals between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, which were brokered by the United States, were business deals designed to expand U.S. arms sales in the Persian Gulf. The Trump administration has made arms sales to Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and other Middle East countries the focus of its foreign policy in the region.
No sooner had the ink dried on these agreements than disputes emerged over whether Israel had agreed to permit the sale of U.S. F-35 fighter aircraft—the most expensive weapons system in the U.S. arsenal and the most sophisticated jet fighter in the world—to the United Arab Emirates. Israel has 20 F-35s, which it has flown over Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq. Until now, no Arab country had been allowed access to this aircraft.
As part of an U.S.-Israeli arms agreement in 2008, the United States agreed to make sure that Israel would maintain a “qualitative military edge” in the Middle East, which gave it a virtual veto power over arms deals with Arab states. For example, when Egypt was permitted to buy the U.S. F-16 jet fighter, it had to agree to basing arrangements that the Israelis imposed.
U.S. arms sales generally have contributed to tensions in some of the world’s most sensitive arenas. Saudi Arabia’s misuse of U.S.-supplied fighter aircraft in Yemen, the world’s worst humanitarian nightmare, has contributed to the rising civilian death toll there. For the past five years, the United States has earned billions of dollars in sales to the Saudis, whose coalition has considerable responsibility for many of the deaths of more than 127,000 Yemenis, including more than 15,000 civilians.
In 2016, the Department of State’s legal office concluded, in fact, that U.S. officials could be charged with war crimes for approving bomb sales to the Saudis and their partners. As a result, in his last month in office, President Barack Obama blocked a shipment of precision-guided bombs that he had agreed to sell to the Saudis. Recently, investigators from the United Nations asked the Security Council to refer actions by all parties to an international tribunal for potential war crimes prosecution, according to the New York Times.
The Trump administration is currently taking on a great risk in proposing seven large weapons packages to Taiwan. This would violate agreements with China that require the sale of only defensive weaponry to the self-governing island. The weapons would represent one of the largest sales to Taiwan, and would include long-range missiles—Boeing’s AGM-84H—that would allow Taiwanese fighter aircraft—Lockheed Martin’s F-16—to hit distant targets in China. Last year’s sale of 66 F-16s for $8 billion represented one of the largest arms packages to Taiwan in history,
There have already been consequences. Beijing has sent two anti-submarine aircraft into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone, which led the Taiwanese air force to scramble against them. Chinese fighter jets have crossed the median line in the Taiwan Straits, and a Chinese military exercise conducted a series of anti-ship ballistic missile tests, which were intended as a signal to the United States. The risk of an accidental military clash has increased. China has also threatened sanctions against both Lockheed Martin and Boeing; Lockheed Martin does little business in China and is not vulnerable to sanctions, but Boeing sells commercial jets to China and would definitely suffer.
The increased militarization of national security policy over the past decade has found the Department of Defense taking much of the turf of the Department of State in engaging allied nations regarding security assistance. Recent defense authorization bills have given the Pentagon control of certain aid programs as well as greater flexibility in supporting counterterrorism activities overseas. Pentagon military aid programs, moreover, ignore key human rights or governance concerns that once upon a time drew scrutiny from the State Department. The Pentagon has always held an advantage over the State Department, a much more cumbersome and slower-moving bureaucracy than the Defense Department. Also, the State Department has never been aggressive in protecting its equities, unlike the Pentagon.
Military assistance, as opposed to military sales, has created problems and disappointments as well. The top six recipients of U.S. military assistance in recent years (Israel, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Egypt, Iraq, and Turkey) provide little return, let alone leverage, to the United States. Israel has military dominance in the Middle East, and shouldn’t be receiving military assistance. President Barack Obama instituted record levels of assistance, but the Benjamin Netanyahu government typically timed announcements of settlement expansion on the West Bank to do the most harm to U.S. interests. Settlement activity was announced during a visit by then vice president Joe Biden in 2010, then secretary of state Hillary Clinton in 2011, and even on the eve of a summit meeting between Obama and Netanyahu in 2011.
Pentagon speakers at the National War College, where I taught for 18 years, argued that U.S. military assistance programs “suffused Third World armies with U.S. values.” This would be difficult to ascertain in Egypt, Turkey, and Afghanistan. A retired commandant of the U.S. Army War College argued that “they learn our way of war….but they also learn our philosophies of civil-military relations.” There’s a particular conceit in that statement in view of the growing imbalance in U.S. civil-military relations in recent years as well as the dominant role of the military in Egypt and Pakistan.
The Trump administration launched what Donald Trump calls a “great rebuilding of the Armed Forces” as well as politicizing the military bureaucracy and enhancement of the role of the Pentagon in state-to-state diplomacy. The current dialogue between civilian officials and general officers on international security has become unequal. The fact that Mark Esper, the former vice president for government relations at Raytheon, one of the largest weapons manufacturers, is Secretary of Defense provides added heft to Pentagon arguments for greater weapons sales. Meanwhile, the Department of State must deal with the greater points of friction in the global community created by increased sales of sophisticated weaponry.
The Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress published an annual review of conventional arms transfers until 2017, when the Trump administration blocked such information from the general public. The last CRS summary appeared in 2018 and recorded that the United States ranked first in arms transfer agreements (nearly half the global total) and first in value of arms deliveries (more than one-third of global sales). Deliveries to Egypt, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia dominated U.S. sales.
Israel does not even appear on the list of weapons recipients in view of U.S. largesse, which includes President Obama’s 2016 record-breaking $38 billion deal over a ten-year period. The deal with Israel was followed by the sale of 36 Boeing F-15 fighters to Qatar and 24 Boeing F/A18 Super Hornets to Kuwait.
There has never been a more important time to debate President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s warning about the insidious economic, political, and even spiritual effects of what he called the “military-industrial-congressional complex.” For the past twenty years, the United States has been in a permanent state of war with a government, an economy, and a global system of military bases that virtually ensures conflict. The fact that this important issue is not part of the presidential debate of 2020 is particularly regrettable. It’s long past time for congressional leadership to take on this “complex.”
Melvin A. Goodman is a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy and a professor of government at Johns Hopkins University. A former CIA analyst, Goodman is the author of Failure of Intelligence: The Decline and Fall of the CIA and National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism. and A Whistleblower at the CIA. His most recent book is “American Carnage: The Wars of Donald Trump” (Opus Publishing), and he is the author of the forthcoming “The Dangerous National Security State” (2020).” Goodman is the national security columnist for counterpunch.org.
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2020.09.22 14:55 Couplesinstitutecics Has your spouse cheated on you?

Has your spouse cheated on you?

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…a starting point for overcoming the pain of infidelity.
Holy #@%!, I don’t need to tell you about the anguish you’re going through if you’ve discovered your partner cheated.
Most couples don’t have a “no cheat” agreement. It is simply assumed you won’t lie about who you are with and what you are doing.
The discovery feels like getting hit in the stomach by a cinder block flying at the speed of sound.
Suddenly it feels like your relationship was built on a pile of broken stones.
What’s real? What can you believe? You wonder if you are crazy. (You’re not.) You wonder if you should stay or go. You contemplate the painful uncertainties of any decision you make.
It takes a lot of difficult, awkward, challenging and illuminating discussions to sort out your individual and mutual values, interests, priorities and concerns.
But you have no chance of getting through this together if you don’t work together — as a team.
That’s right. This is a mutual reconstruction process.
a special message to the betrayed partner
You are going to have some tough sledding in front of you. Duh. And I am going to add to it. But my words will make things clearer sooner rather than later.
Here’s what I mean.
You will be asking tough and uncomfortable questions. And a part of your brain will be automatically scanning for the honesty and accuracy of your partner’s replies.
All it takes is a whiff of inconsistency or shading the truth, and you will be revisited by the cinder block.
And then you will be sorely tempted to attack the “lie.”
I understand the urge to attack. It is almost impossible to squelch it.
But you must refrain. Here’s why.
The attack will just drive your partner deeper into emotional hiding.
Which gives you more reason to attack — or retreat.
The wedge between you will grow even larger than before the discovery.
What I am going to suggest isn’t fair. But it gives you the best possible shot at a better future.
Whenever you ask troubling questions preface them by saying:
I know it won’t be easy to be honest to me, but I would like to know about _______and that is important to me because ________.
I promise not to attack your responses because that will make it even more difficult for you to be candid. It won’t be easy for me to avoid criticizing a response that seems only partially honest but I will do my best because we both have to be more candid about our perceptions, attitudes, hopes and fears.
We will have to get through this together or we will continue to suffer alone.
If a part of me suspects you are not being totally candid I will say, “I am having a hard time believing X part of what you are saying. If there was something you left out please try again and I will not attack what you say, thought or did. We have to get through this together.”
The big challenge for you is to avoid criticizing what you hear. It is not easy. It is not simple. It is not enjoyable.
But you seek honesty and clarity, and this will help you find it.
I’m not going to sugar coat it. The amount of repair work is huge.
But sometimes affairs are a wake-up call, a chance to reverse a bad direction or improve something that could be better. By using your head and your heart you stack the odds in favor of getting stronger.
Two books by Janis Spring “After the Affair: Healing the Pain and Rebuilding Trust When a Partner Has Been Unfaithful, 2nd Edition ” and “How Can I Forgive You?: The Courage to Forgive, the Freedom Not To” are excellent guides for this rocky journey.
Next time a bit of advice for the betrayer. Read the second blog in this series.
Tell me in the comments below — are you ready to take this first step?
We help couples struggling with cheating partners in Menlo Park, San Francisco, San Mateo, Redwood City, San Jose, Campbell and the surrounding areas.
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2020.09.21 21:42 F0REM4N Series XS Preorder Discussion & Megathread

Series XS Preorder Discussion & Megathread
THIS POST IS NO LONGER BEING UPDATED, BUT THE LINKS WILL STILL WORK IN MANY CASES, AND STOCK IS STILL BEING UPDATED. THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOU WHO SHARED NEWS AND DETAILS.
SINCERELY,
YOUR MOD TEAM


Pre-order September 22 / Available November 10



Greetings users, and welcome!
The time has come. Our wallets are ready. The preorder window for both the Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S is upon us. All discussion related to preorders should be directed here. This includes tips, questions, and all related topics. While we will make every effort to keep these details updated, please visit each retailer directly for the most accurate and current information.
One of the most powerful tools reddit can offer is the ability for users to quickly share information. If you would like to see something added to the main post, please share in the comments. We appreciate all of you who add to the conversation, and best of luck on your next-gen console hunting missions.


Tips & Tricks



  • Sort comments in this thread by new for the latest information.

  • Have your account created and payment method saved with retailers before launch. This will greatly speed up the the checkout process, and let you see any issues with payment processing more quickly.

  • Provided below is a link to each store's landing page (or product page when available). This should help you navigate between retailers quickly in case your first choice sells out.


United States

RETAILER Series X Series S Status
Walmart link link sold out
Best Buy link link sold out
Gamestop link link sold out
Microsoft link link series x sold out
Amazon link link sold out (series x, no series s)
Target link link sold out

United Kingdom

RETAILER Series X Series S Status
Amazon link link live
Game link link you broke them
Argos link link sold out
Very link link sold out
Microsoft link link out of stock
Currys PC World link link borked
Smyths Toys link link not yet live

Canada

RETAILER Series X Series S Status
Best Buy link link live
Amazon link link sold out
Microsoft link link live
London Drugs link link not yet live
The Source link link live

Australia

RETAILER Series X Series S Status
Amazon link link ???
JB Hi-Fi link same link sold out
Telstra (all access) link link sold out
EB Games link link out of stock

Germany

RETAILER Series X Series S Status
Amazon link link sold out

Finland

RETAILER Series X Series S Status
Gigantti link link live

Sweden

RETAILER Series X Series S Status
Elgiganten link link live

Norway

RETAILER Series X Series S Status
Elkjop link link live

South Africa

RETAILER Series X Series S Status
Raru link link live

Japan

RETAILER Series X Series S Status
Microsoft link link not yet live (Sept 25)

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  • Preorders were delayed/cancelled for Mexico, Argentina, Chile and Brazil just some hours before the 22nd. Launch date is now mentioned as November with no day given. Preorders had been announced to start on the 22nd like on every other country and launch date was previously set to the 10th of November also like in every other country. renatofontes

  • US - multiple Gamestop physical locations are reporting stock of 8x and only 2s per store.

  • US - From Ign According to Microsoft, the following retailers will have Xbox Series X and Series S preorders beginning at 11 AM ET/8 AM PT: Microsoft Store - Amazon - Best Buy - GameStop - Walmart - Target - Sam’s Club - Newegg - "other participating retailers"


  • AU - Amazon has pulled their landing page. We have movement.

  • AU - EB, and JB Hi_Fi have both suspended sales. Derp.

  • AU - JB Hi_Fi does not guarantee release day delivery

  • AU - EB games has pulled their listings, but added a timer to release more? Please check links.

  • AU - Twenty minutes in, Australia EB still has both consoles in stock. (S and X) and Amazon has yet to go live. Telstra had All Access ready to go right at 8am, and the process seems smooth an easy.

  • Pre-orders in India start at 9:00 AM on Flipkart,Amazon and Reliance Digital - clooudype




  • Ebgames Australia’s countdown timer runs out at 8am AEST - itsgotime64

  • MS Japan has preorders set for September 25th. - md127

  • South African retailer starting at 9am: - Weekndr

  • Today, I was at Upper Canada Mall - EB games (Ontario, Canada), they said they will be taking pre-orders on XSX this Tuesday morning. Its a deposit of $100 and it is refundable should you changed your mind. - TheRealGerbi1

  • Wasn’t sure if this was already known but Target has series X controllers listed as $59.99 - Philologian

  • Xbox Series X / S preorders start at 11AM ET / 8AM PT / 8AM BST on September 22nd. Retailers include Amazon, Target, Walmart, Best Buy, Cosco, and more ~ Tom Warren

  • FWIW, I asked a (USA) Microsoft store employee through the chat link on the Xbox series x pre-order page and she said they are aiming for 12:01am EST. I live in Oregon and asked her "so that would mean 9:01pm PST" and she said there's nothing official yet but that's the goal. Again, it was emphasized that nothing is official and the time could change. Senorian1075

  • The (USA) target website is showing the time as starting at 10 am CST - WALMARTGEEK2369

  • Best Buy Canada pre-orders go live Sept 22 at 8AM PDT / 11AM EDT



  • No preorders are currently live
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2020.09.18 00:28 HonorBasquiat We are only a few weeks away from the official Commander Legends preview season! What are your predictions for the set? What are your general impressions based on what we already know?

Considering the Zenikdar Rising preview season is over and we are just a few weeks away from the start of the Commander Legends preview season, let's discuss and speculate about Commander Legends. Here is the article for anyone that missed the sneak peak of Commander Legends last month. General highlights include:
- The set really leans in hard into "draftable Commander format" theme:
- Here are the new cards previewed so far for Commander Legends.
- Here are the reprints previewed so far for Commander Legends.
- NOT a set with a substantially increased power level like Modern Horizons
- Only four total non-evergreen abilities in the set, 3 returning (one is Partner), 1 brand new.
- 40 new mono colored partners. Original partner, not partner with, so they are backwards compatible with original partner cards.
- 30 new non partner commanders that are 2 or 3 colors.
- 32 popular legendary creature reprints with new frame and foiling process called "foil etched". Reprint legends are available in draft boosters but are very rare, they appear much more frequently in Collector Boosters.
- Enemy colored "crowd lands" in the set (continuation of Battlebond land cycle)
- No new 4 or 5 colored commanders (likely because they are really focusing on drafting).
- Booster Fun is back, first time for a supplemental set.
- $125 for a regular booster box of Commander Legends on opening preorder day at Amazon (24 packs, 480 cards; ~$5.25 per pack).
- $240 for a collector booster box of Commander Legends on opening preorder day at Amazon (12 packs, 180 cards; ~$20 per pack)
- Set release date November 6, 2020. We can probably expect preview season to officially kick off on Monday, October 19, 2020, although we could see a few more cards revealed before then.
Here are some questions to encourage this discussion:
  1. What are your general impressions about Commander Legends based on what we know so far?
  2. What are your predictions for what we will see in the set that hasn't been revealed?*
  3. What will the three returning non-evergreen mechanics be (we know Partner is one of them)?
  4. How do you feel about the draftable aspect of the product?
  5. How do you feel about booster fun and collector boosters being available for a supplemental set?
Important Note\: This is *NOT a wish list thread so please avoid highly unlikely predictions or things that have already been ruled out such as reprints of reserved list original duals, $3 packs, four and five colored commanders or fetchland reprints.
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2020.09.17 22:37 HonorBasquiat We are only a few weeks away from the official Commander Legends preview season! What are your predictions for the set? What are your general impressions based on what we already know?

Considering the Zenikdar Rising preview season is over and we are just a few weeks away from the start of the Commander Legends preview season, let's discuss and speculate about Commander Legends. Here is the article for anyone that missed the sneak peak of Commander Legends last month. General highlights include:
- The set really leans in hard into "draftable Commander format" theme:
- Here are the new cards previewed so far for Commander Legends.
- Here are the reprints previewed so far for Commander Legends.
- NOT a set with a substantially increased power level like Modern Horizons
- Only four total non-evergreen abilities in the set, 3 returning (one is Partner), 1 brand new.
- 40 new mono colored partners. Original partner, not partner with, so they are backwards compatible with original partner cards.
- 30 new non partner commanders that are 2 or 3 colors.
- 32 popular legendary creature reprints with new frame and foiling process called "foil etched". Reprint legends are available in draft boosters but are very rare, they appear much more frequently in Collector Boosters.
- Enemy colored "crowd lands" in the set (continuation of Battlebond land cycle)
- No new 4 or 5 colored commanders (likely because they are really focusing on drafting).
- Booster Fun is back, first time for a supplemental set.
- $125 for a regular booster box of Commander Legends on opening preorder day at Amazon (24 packs, 480 cards; ~$5.25 per pack).
- $240 for a collector booster box of Commander Legends on opening preorder day at Amazon (12 packs, 180 cards; ~$20 per pack)
- Set release date November 6, 2020. We can probably expect preview season to officially kick off on Monday, October 19, 2020, although we could see a few more cards revealed before then.
Here are some questions to encourage this discussion:
  1. What are your general impressions about Commander Legends based on what we know so far?
  2. What are your predictions for what we will see in the set that hasn't been revealed?*
  3. What will the three returning non-evergreen mechanics be (we know Partner is one of them)?
  4. How do you feel about the draftable aspect of the product?
  5. How do you feel about booster fun and collector boosters being available for a supplemental set?
Important Note\: This is *NOT a wish list thread so please avoid highly unlikely predictions or things that have already been ruled out such as reprints of reserved list original duals, $3 packs, four and five colored commanders or fetchland reprints.
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2020.09.15 19:18 F0REM4N Xbox Series XS Preorder Megathread and Info Hub

Xbox Series XS Preorder Megathread and Info Hub
THIS POST IS NO LONGER BEING UPDATED, BUT THE LINKS WILL STILL WORK IN MANY CASES, AND STOCK IS STILL BEING UPDATED. THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOU WHO SHARED NEWS AND DETAILS.
SINCERELY,
YOUR MOD TEAM

Pre-order September 22 / Available November 10


Greetings users, and welcome!
The time has come. Our wallets are ready. The preorder window for both the Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S is upon us. All discussion related to preorders should be directed here. This includes tips, questions, and all related topics. While we will make every effort to keep these details updated, please visit each retailer directly for the most accurate and current information.
One of the most powerful tools reddit can offer is the ability for users to quickly share information. If you would like to see something added to the main post, please share in the comments. We appreciate all of you who add to the conversation, and best of luck on your next-gen console hunting missions.


Tips & Tricks



  • Sort comments in this thread by new for the latest information.

  • Have your account created and payment method saved with retailers before launch. This will greatly speed up the the checkout process, and let you see any issues with payment processing more quickly.

  • Provided below is a link to each store's landing page (or product page when available). This should help you navigate between retailers quickly in case your first choice sells out.


United States

RETAILER Series X Series S Status
Walmart link link sold out
Best Buy link link sold out
Gamestop link link sold out
Microsoft link link series x sold out
Amazon link link sold out (series x, no series s)
Target link link sold out

United Kingdom

RETAILER Series X Series S Status
Amazon link link sold out
Game link link you broke them
Argos link link sold out
Very link link sold out
Microsoft link link live
Currys PC World link link borked
Smyths Toys link link not yet live

Canada

RETAILER Series X Series S Status
Best Buy link link live
Amazon link link sold out
Microsoft link link live
London Drugs link link ???
The Source link link live

Australia

RETAILER Series X Series S Status
Amazon link link ???
JB Hi-Fi link same link sold out
Telstra (all access) link link sold out
EB Games link link out of stock

Germany

RETAILER Series X Series S Status
Amazon link link sold out

Finland

RETAILER Series X Series S Status
Gigantti link link live

Sweden

RETAILER Series X Series S Status
Elgiganten link link live

Norway

RETAILER Series X Series S Status
Elkjop link link live

South Africa

RETAILER Series X Series S Status
Raru link link live

Japan

RETAILER Series X Series S Status
Microsoft link link not yet live (sept 25)



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  • Preorders were delayed/cancelled for Mexico, Argentina, Chile and Brazil just some hours before the 22nd. Launch date is now mentioned as November with no day given. Preorders had been announced to start on the 22nd like on every other country and launch date was previously set to the 10th of November also like in every other country. renatofontes

  • US - multiple Gamestop physical locations are reporting stock of 8x and only 2s per store.

  • US - From Ign According to Microsoft, the following retailers will have Xbox Series X and Series S preorders beginning at 11 AM ET/8 AM PT: Microsoft Store - Amazon - Best Buy - GameStop - Walmart - Target - Sam’s Club - Newegg - "other participating retailers"

  • AU - Amazon has pulled their landing page. We have movement.

  • AU - EB, and JB Hi_Fi have both suspended sales. Derp.

  • AU - JB Hi_Fi does not guarantee release day delivery

  • AU - EB games has pulled their listings, but added a timer to release more? Please check links.

  • AU - Twenty minutes in, Australia EB still has both consoles in stock. (S and X) and Amazon has yet to go live. Telstra had All Access ready to go right at 8am, and the process seems smooth an easy.

  • Pre-orders in India start at 9:00 AM on Flipkart,Amazon and Reliance Digital - clooudype




  • Ebgames Australia’s countdown timer runs out at 8am AEST - itsgotime64

  • MS Japan has preorders set for September 25th. - md127

  • South African retailer starting at 9am: - Weekndr

  • Today, I was at Upper Canada Mall - EB games (Ontario, Canada), they said they will be taking pre-orders on XSX this Tuesday morning. Its a deposit of $100 and it is refundable should you changed your mind. - TheRealGerbi1

  • Wasn’t sure if this was already known but Target has series X controllers listed as $59.99 - Philologian

  • Xbox Series X / S preorders start at 11AM ET / 8AM PT / 8AM BST on September 22nd. Retailers include Amazon, Target, Walmart, Best Buy, Cosco, and more ~ Tom Warren

  • FWIW, I asked a (USA) Microsoft store employee through the chat link on the Xbox series x pre-order page and she said they are aiming for 12:01am EST. I live in Oregon and asked her "so that would mean 9:01pm PST" and she said there's nothing official yet but that's the goal. Again, it was emphasized that nothing is official and the time could change. Senorian1075

  • The (USA) target website is showing the time as starting at 10 am CST - WALMARTGEEK2369

  • Best Buy Canada pre-orders go live Sept 22 at 8AM PDT / 11AM EDT



  • No preorders are currently live
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2020.09.07 12:19 kuteguy my 5th MDMA journey and onto san pedro journey soon

Note: when I use the term 'enlightened' I mean it loosely to say I understood a new insight
Note2: my main 'issue' and area of development has been around women and dating, so I talk a lot about that here and women ... as I am red-blooded hetro male

About 3-4 weeks ago I went on my 5th medicine journey. Usually I plan and worry about a week in advance. I always take it [solo] on Friday. But this time the idea came on Saturday and within hours I took the medicine. Prior to even thinking about taking the medicine I was just watching spiritual videos on Youtube, and thanks to the YT algo I was suggested one of Sadhguru's videos ('Sadhguru Amazing Speech about Consciousness: The Highest Form Of Intelligence Visionary Women 2018'). I watch quite a few of his videos in the past, but watching this one, and remembering what I learnt in my 4th medicine session, I was just getting lots of 'aha and yes I understand that totally' moments.

I have been talking to my friends and family about the amazing discoveries and enlightenment and blissful journeys under the past 4 medicine sessions but in no way can they contribute to these conversations. They listen happily and ask interesting questions, or in the case of my parents and their words 'we tolerate your madness, but you promised that the last time was the last time you would take any medicine so why have you taken it again!?!?' (I talk to my parents in the hope that I can atleast change their mind a little about living a better life for themselves and there is a better way to live; but after my 5th medicine session I have decided to not involve them in my life at all in this aspect. I still love them whole-heartedly and accept them but we are such different people, as shown to me in my 4th session)

Having learnt amazing divine lessons from the medicine I don't have a spiritual guru to ask 'advanced' questions to - especially about how to live in this mad world with knowing what I know and to have fun, etc etc. I am not one to advocate to isolate oneself. Life is about connection.

Then the YT algo recommended 'What is the Purpose of Life? - Sadhguru' - and I knew at that exact moment that this was the litmus test on whether I was on the right path or if I need to check myself. As I watched 13 minutes of that video I knew absolutely 100% that everything I had learnt under the influence of the medicine was BANG ON. He even used many terms I used to describe my understanding about the purppose of life, intelligence of the body, etc.

At that moment, having been 4 weeks since I had last taken the medicine, and then having a busy 5 weekends coming up, I decided to think about taking the medicine as I wanted more spiritual answers. I find that quite amazing in itslef as I usually spend weeks deciding to take the medicine again or not, and then a week preparing with the right vitamins. Also, for the first time, after last time's medicine taking I was actually feeling a little bit down for 2 days after taking the medicine - which is normal, but has never happened to me - so that was in the back of my mind.

WOW! I was being spontaneous. I was trusting myself and I was trusting the medicine. All VERY big steps for someone like me.

I wrote down a few points about my intentions for this session:
* why is it important to have/chase [beautiful] women in my life? [as opposed to being content to being alone with myself and my soul and go travel the world and see all the beautiful corners of the world; as opposed to a woman of great substance but not physically attractive to me]. [why] do I need companionship to do that?]
* How should I effectively spend my spare time? [currently I am torn between doing nothing (a very rare thing for me), trying to improve (gym, yoga, nutrition), watching/doing self-help/spiritual material
* I want to connect to my sexual energy fully
* I want to be lighter, more fun in my connections to people. Especially with these deep spiritual learnings I seem to now have started to lead with that in interactions and it can get rather heavy conversation very quickly
* I want to connect better to my body

I took the usual initial dose, went out to grab some fruits, etc (WOW! would never have moved around outside previously, but again trust is there with the medicine), came back readied the fruits, cleaned the apartment so I would have a nice clean space once I am ready, got my eyeshades/spotify playlist and recording device and went into bed to start my deep breathing. And then the magic started. (I had also decided I would delay my second dose, as an experiment). Abt 1.5 hrs in since taking the first dose I could already feel the medicine's affects diminishing. So I took the second dose and got another hour.

It was just a 2.5hr journey (!!) (most ppl get 5-6hrs). But it was just amazing, as usual!!

The main learnings were:
* since birth we are constantly living through our brain. It decides what we do, where we go, where our energy is spent. The other 90% of physical us - the body - is just dragged along as dead-weight almost. Even when we go to the gym many of us workout with heavy weights to use the body as a show of vanity. The body has a CRAZY amount of intelligence. The soul, the body, and the brain needs to work in tandem for living the best version of us. If we ignore the body and only pay attention to the brain then one day the body will do something so drastic that you will have to pay attention to it (illness, disease, cancer, etc). So better to pay attention to it now. And that is via meditation and yoga - not weights in the gym.
* As I touched my body under the influence of the medicine I could replay every single memory in my life. Moving my hands backwards and fowards over my thighs was like pressing the rewind and fwd button on my VCR (did i just say VCR!). I asked the body why it was holding on to all these memories - some of them from when I was a little helpless child and the body said that it needed to keep these memories to help protect me. The reptellian brain protects you from danger, but the body protects you from a different kind of danger. I asked if it was prepared to let go of these memories as they no longer served the adult hulk version of me and it said it is not comfortable doing that at the moment but it can do that in the future if there is greater trust/connection built between the body and mind - more meditation and yoga! (Sadhguru talks about the greater intelligence of the body as well in his talks; the body is far more intelligent than the brain)
* around women and sex - it came to me! I truly feel empowered with these learnings. A lot of insecurity for men (and me) comes around size, ability to last hours, pleasure their partner. The learning came that penetrative sex only has one purpose -> reproduction. Our entire bodies are orgasm capable. yet, through programming, being with a woman has been about sticking our penis in their Vagina -> a means to a goal of orgasming. This has led to a lot of penis envy, etc. But don't play that game. Even if you have the smallest penis in the world you can do magic with your fingers, tongue and just by giving attention to her (and her to you in the same way - this is important and too often men forgive lazy female lovers just so they can continue sticking their penis into her vagina - don't be forgiving - if she is not giving you bodily pleasure and attention .. teach her, and if still no .. then move on to someone else. Intimacy is a team sport! It is not just where one serves the other in the hope that they get served back.
* around new-age dating material - yes it is still important to learn these. The reality is that the world is living in their head. One has to learn techniques to get through that as a tool in their tool belt. I have been approaching and talking to absolute 8s, 9s, and 10s last few weeks (compared to never approaching ever in my life). My super goodlooking and successful male friends who are naturals are just in awe at how easily I can do that when I have been out with them (I feel NO nervousness at all) - but that is not converting to anything beyond that at the moment. This is where consuming the dating material comes in. I have found 3 good e-teachers in this area and will focuson their teachings around creating sexual tension, escalation, etc -> although see my comment below about gym, and trusting the body and the desire to be sexual comes naturally
* about 'winning' The Game - previous to the 5th session I had the idea that I want to 'win' the game. And the realisation was that the game is just a mirage and illusion - you can never win it. What I can do, with my spiritual learnings is go THROUGH the game. Which is kindda what I am doing now-a-days but good to have a re-affirmation of that. Honestly, it is tough times with covid-19 and isolation - I can't go out and play like I used to be able to. I guess the best we can do is self-grow, improve, develop. Then hopefully by March 2021 we can go out and play again. There is also the age issue with most people in clubs 18-30 and me a lot older
* Having kids - this came to me I think just a few days before the 5th journey. A big stress for me for the past 10 years has been that do I or don't I want kids. I have always not wanted kids but the social programming around you to have them has been immense! The realisation came that we all came in this world as free spirited people. We took on the human shape to be able to walk and play on earth. To keep that going .. ofcouse we need to reproduce. We need to have human bodies available to inhabit. So somethng like 60% came/went to earth with the purpose and responsibility of having to raise kids. The other 40% did not come to earth with this purpose. Unfortunately, with all the human conditioning we lost connection to remembering this. So, many people who shouldn't be having kids .. have kids. Resulting in just a horrible time for all those involved. Many others .. are such natural parents because that was their purpose. It is clear that my purpose to come here was not to have kids but to enjoy life to the fullest with no responsibilities - and that is exactly how my life has panned out. The means and ability to enjoy life to the max till the day I die. So these realisations helped me get lighter in my interactions and expectations with women. I always wanted a woman as educated and successful as me so that I would not have to share my bounty with her nor look down at her for being less educated and/or ambitious than me. Now that has gone. I don't care if she is an uneducated receptionist, or whatever - as long as I feel a connection with her I want to connect with her. Her education, job, etc are now meaningless to me as I don't need to worry about union for life, maintaining a family. I am still open to kids if that is something that feels natural in the future but I am not longer filtering women on that basis - whether or not I would want to have 'forever' with them and have a family with them
* about the right woman - there are so many [hot] women out there - some really b1tchy ones. Like men .. they have issues. Connect to your own body and see which one feels good - use that to drive your desire. I saw this in action just yesterday. I was in the gym .. there was a hot chick. But I didn't feel that in my body at all. Then another less hot chick walked into the gym and my body lit up. I made it a point to get her attention and just say a sweet hi. My body was pushing me to do it. The brain will find reasons to give you doubts but the body is the opposite .. it accepts (even celebrates) you as you are. If I need to fly a plane.. ofcourse I need my brain. But the brain is just too too often engaged in every minute of our existence. Give it a break also .. start connecting with your body and its intelligence.
* about cognitive dissonance of the logic between equal rights and women taking the initiative in dating - this is something I struggled with for a long time. I believe in complete equality and equal rights. However, in the dating world women don't take the initiative to approach men, propose, pay for dates, organise the meeting, etc. For too long I was not at peace with that. Under the medicine it was clear that this inequality against men will continue for the foreseeable future and I need to get over it. It logically doesn't make sense but do I want to meet women or do I want to care about logic? One has to be chosen at the expense of the other. I choose to meet women. Hence, 6 dates just in the last week. As many more as I want to come.
* about a spiritual guru - don't need one. The body and soul are your spiritual gurus. Do more meditation and yoga so that you can tap into this bliss/knowing/intelligence at all times
* I want to be lighter and more fun - work in progress. But straight after the medicine come down, I readied a bowl of strawberries, grapes, blue-berries. OMG. The attention I was able to give every single item was insane. Looking at two blueberries -> different in shape - but yet tasty. The lines on the grapes - a trillion shades of green. The ability to touch it and hence touch the ecosystem it has grown on (the soil, worms, sunshine). How a tiny seed produces 1000000s of these and more. That was pure bliss and happiness that nobody can ever take away from you. You can always look at the beauty of nature for something amazing that has been created just for us to enjoy. That blade of grass or that leafe or that rose. Creation is happening every day around and in us. How easily we ignore such great beauty because society has programmed us about chasing happiness outside of us
* regarding non-vegetarianism - a side-topic that I have been pondering on. Through all these medicine sessions and time in-between I have asked if it is wrong to consume meat. I haven't gotten a definite yes. Definitely animals should not be tortured. But if they live a 'good' life and then at the end of it they are sacrificed to provide food to us - I don't know if that is wrong. I don't know if animals have souls and if they are just part of the 'unique and beautiful furniture' of the paradise called earth and put here purely for our pleasure. I don't know.
* heart/love - such a misconception that the heart has any intelligence. The heart simply pumps blood. Nothing else in terms of decision making. Decisions happen in the head, soul, stomach. Genitals?

So this time I did not take any pre nor post vitamins and I was totally fine. There was no downer this time either after the medicine.

Notes/Updates:
- I know many people have PM'd me and asked about the medicine and I know it is illegal and hard to find sitters. I would recommend looking into San Pedro medicine. This is a natural cactus that MDMA was actually made to emulate. San Pedro is easily accessible and there are many many retreats around the world (retreat.guru might be a good place to start). I am now booked into a 2xAya and 2xSan Pedro circle later in the year. I have read it is very good to do Aya first and then San Pedro. I was talking to the organiser about my learnings and the conversation again affirmed all my learnings have been correct. I started to understand that there is infinite energy in the universe and we can literally tap into it to do anything with it - heal ourselves, manifest, etc. Hopefully, I will be able to go more into this in the circle later in the year with other more spiritually experienced people. Some books I hv been reading on San Pedro: Shamanic Plant Medicine - San Pedro: The Gateway to Wisdom , The Mescaline Confession , Hummingbirds Journey To God: Perspective
- recently I was talking about all this and 'Self' and 'Consciousness' to someone and they mentioned the Bhagvad Gita talks a lot of this. Having read about 50 pages of one publication of the Gita I was WOW at the fact that all this was already written about 3000 years ago - I look forward to finishing that boook ASAP
- last week I went on 6 dates with 6 different women. I have another 3-4 dates lined up this week. As I date these women I get a very quick idea of what works for me and what doesnt. And why/how I am attracted to tall skinny healthy women. Without the MDMA journeys I would not have been able to be this present in the dates and see them for what they are (I mean last 15 years I struggled with that). There was one woman with whom I had been talking to for a month and we were literally like soulmates (to use a cliche term) but when we met .. it just did not feel right for me and to a large degree she was a mirror for me because we had been through pretty much same things through life and our now spiritual development
- weeks after the 5th medicine journey, I am getting desire to be detached from my desire for women, etc - similar to how I got detached from wanting kids. I find that very empowering and as though I am getting a lot of my energy and mental space back. I guess this is the integration work that is naturally happening in the back and if I give it the time and space it needs instead of always keeping myself busy with things. Other parts of my life I have had sorted for over 10 years and am quite a high achiever in the material/intellectual world
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2020.08.31 17:39 AmazonAPIDeveloper Top 4 APIs to develop Amazon Tools and Aggregate Data. Are there any others?

I’m Scott Needham, Amazon software developer, seller and podcast host (Smartest Amazon Seller). I wanted to put together a few resources that would help other developers. I get asked this question often and I also think there’s a few things out there that I still don’t know. Here’s the APIs that I know about and I’m also curious if there’s other APIs or services for Amazon developers.
Amazon MWS API (https://developer.amazonservices.com/)
This is the main API. It hooks into a seller account and if you’ve used any service, you’ve likely had to handover your MWS token. As you can see from the documentation (http://docs.developer.amazonservices.com/en_US/dev_guide/index.html) this does many things you do in seller central. Amazon purposefully doesn’t give you all their data. I’ve spoken with Amazon developers and they’ve said as much. Particularly the report that shows you page views and buy box percentage. You can’t get that from the API. You can get throttled from requesting too much and they limit the offers page only showing portions of the data.
Three things I’ll highlight.
Reports - There’s about 30 reports that you can download from Amazon to understand every moving part of your inventory in FBA land.
SQS - This is how repricers know about what competitive offers there are. If someone changes a price they immediately get a notification in this queue
Orders - The more you understand your orders, the more you can automate/forecast/model.
I have one question here that I haven’t figured out. I know you can submit prices via the Feeds here, but is there another way to submit prices to amazon that isn’t using this feeds section? Feeds are throttled to only be able to send one every 2 minutes. Is it possible to go faster?
Product Advertising API (https://webservices.amazon.com/paapi5/documentation/ )
This is the API for the Amazon Affiliates. It has incredibly juicy data. It has reviews and content and you can even put products in a shopping cart. One problem is Amazon is pretty strict at trying to limit this to only what it was designed for, their affiliate program. In other words, a developer can’t just get on. If you are downloading data in a suspicious way, banned. If you’re not getting sales through your affiliate code? Throttled.
I know some developers still get around these loop holes and can get some great data. I’m pretty sure https://howmanyextension.com/ is built off of this. I wire sharked their requests a few years ago and saw this is how they got accurate unit quantities.
Keepa ( https://keepa.com/#!api )
This is a fantastic API. It’s got loads of great information. I’ve heard from some people that Amazon frowns on this API. I’m of the opinion if something is publicly available on a website its public information and thus can be used. I’m sure there’s some legal stuff in there but I’m a developer and just like to build stuff so don’t take legal advice from me. Here’s what I use it for
  1. History. Pretty much anything that changes on a web page in terms of numbers, Keepa tracks it historically. This means a developer can do so many things, such as… rebuild Amazon’s in stock rate, figure out the estimate sales ratio for a brand among sellers (something we use with our brand partners), show review changes.
  2. Search. I’m currently building a tool which I’m considering it to be like Jungle Scout for wholesalers. I can build it off the backs of keepa and create an entire MAP of amazon and allow you to search for brands/sellers/products in a way no ones seen before. That’s the goal.
  3. We have found that the product page data is more accurate than MWS’s data. Everyone knows how wonky a product detail page can be on what Amazon chooses to show. Well, this one always displays whats live on Amazon.
The downside to Keepa is its expensive. I’m currently paying $2k euros every month for this API. It’s critical to our business. You can do some interesting things for a lot less money. But to get information on a few million ASINs its going to cost you.
Amazon Advertising API
This has all things Amazon PPC. It’s the same API for vendor central or seller central. It does not have the Amazon DSP. It’s evolving rather quickly as you can imagine. Amazon likes the juicy margins of advertising. It’s got pretty much everything you can see on the Amazon Advertising dashboard. Most bid optimizers are building technology that they don’t get from Amazon. Amazon could certainly give more info about keywords in my opinion such as suggested keywords and bids. I’d obviously love any window into the ad auction that Amazon can give us.
This API is plagued by one issue. Sales data takes up to 48 hours to fully settle (sometimes longer). What this means is that at the end of the day you don’t know what your ACOS is. It’s incredibly frustrating and really hampers automation in my opinion. Would love to hear the perspective of others.
So my question is, are there any other APIs??? Many services you’re familiar with are reliant on their own scrapers that Amazon often tries and stops. Well, you have to use proxies to get around their sniffers.
I’ve talked more about this on my podcast, the Smartest Amazon Seller.
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2020.08.23 05:43 HonorBasquiat Now that we know more about Commander Legends, what are your general impressions?

Here is the article for anyone that missed the sneak peak of Commander Legends. General highlights include:
- Set really leans in hard on "draftable Commander format"
- Here are the new cards previewed so far for Commander Legends.
- Here are the reprints previewed so far for Commander Legends.
- NOT a set with a substantially increased power level like Modern Horizons
- Only four total non-evergreen abilities in the set, 3 returning, 1 brand new.
- 40 new mono colored partners. Original partner, not partner with, so they are backwards compatible with original partner cards.
- 30 new non partner commanders that are 2 or 3 colors.
- 32 popular legendary creature reprints with new frame and foiling process called "foil etched". Reprint legends are available in draft boosters but are very rare, they appear much more frequently in Collector Boosters.
- Enemy colored "crowd lands" in the set (continuation of Battlebond land cycle)
- No new 4 or 5 colored commanders (likely because they are really focusing on drafting).
- Booster Fun is back, first time for a supplemental set.
- $125 for a regular booster box of Commander Legends (24 packs, 480 cards).
- $240 for a collector booster box of Commander Legends (12 packs, 180 cards)
- Set release date November 6, 2020.
Here are some questions to encourage this discussion:
  1. What are your general impressions about Commander Legends?
  2. Do you plan on purchasing the product?
  3. What will the three returning non-evergreen mechanics be?
  4. How do you feel about the return of Partner?
  5. How do you feel about the draftable aspect of the product?
  6. How do you feel about booster fun and collector boosters being available for a supplemental set?
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2020.08.23 01:33 HonorBasquiat Now that we know more about Commander Legends, what are your general impressions?

Here is the article for anyone that missed the sneak peak of Commander Legends. General highlights include:
- Set really leans in hard on "draftable Commander format"
- Here are the new cards previewed so far for Commander Legends.
- Here are the reprints previewed so far for Commander Legends.
- NOT a set with a substantially increased power level like Modern Horizons
- Only four total non-evergreen abilities in the set, 3 returning, 1 brand new.
- 40 new mono colored partners. Original partner, not partner with, so they are backwards compatible with original partner cards.
- 30 new non partner commanders that are 2 or 3 colors.
- 32 popular legendary creature reprints with new frame and foiling process called "foil etched". Reprint legends are available in draft boosters but are very rare, they appear much more frequently in Collector Boosters.
- Enemy colored "crowd lands" in the set (continuation of Battlebond land cycle)
- No new 4 or 5 colored commanders (likely because they are really focusing on drafting).
- Booster Fun is back, first time for a supplemental set.
- $125 for a regular booster box of Commander Legends (24 packs, 480 cards).
- $240 for a collector booster box of Commander Legends (12 packs, 180 cards)
- Set release date November 6, 2020.
Here are some questions to encourage this discussion:
  1. What are your general impressions about Commander Legends?
  2. What will the three returning non-evergreen mechanics be?
  3. How do you feel about the return of Partner?
  4. How do you feel about the draftable aspect of the product?
  5. How do you feel about booster fun and collector boosters being available for a supplemental set?
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2020.08.15 04:54 jivanyatra A different reason to learn: programming as a tool, not a career

Learn programming to improve your current job

This place is a wonderful place to learn things. I, myself, have spent a lot of time here and have learned so much because of the community. I wanted to give back a bit, and in light of what's going on in the world now, I figured I'd detail a different reason to learn programming and tell you a bit about my experience. I hope it inspires people to learn, but especially those who aren't ready for a full-blown career change (yet, or ever).

My Background

Before I dive in, I think you guys might appreciate a bit of background about me. You probably don't have the same background I do, nor will be at a company like mine, but that doesn't mean you can't start learning things or find a way to adjust your job within your company.
I have been a techie for a very long time. I'm in my mid-thirties, and I've been using computers since I was about ten years old. A lot of that time was spent on basic stuff - games, typing, word processing, spreadsheets, browsing the web. From there, I started repairing and (re)building/upgrading computers for myself, family, and friends. I learned a lot about what NOT to do professionally at a time when I didn't have much in terms of consequences (see /talesfromtechsupport for their opinion on how to help family... haha). I also got into Linux around this time and made TONS of mistakes on an old computer learning how to get things running. Didn't know what I was really doing, but it was a fun way to kill time when I couldn't spend it with friends.
A few years later, I started learning html and css in the early days of html 4.0. I thought I might enjoy programming, so I took some classes in high school. I was good enough at it, but it felt super tedious for me and I figured I just didn't like it, despite having spent time with VB, VC++, and a little bit of JavaScript. I learned the basics of things like variables, data types, loops, control flow... The basic grammar of the languages. Built some small stuff, but it was frustrating enough that I gave up on it. I also stopped messing with Linux because I got a nice computer and started gaming heavily.
When I went to college, I follow a pre-med path. I worked at the computer labs and ended up in supervisory role. This taught a lot about customer service and really interacting with co-workers. Soft skills are super important, as I learned. I graduated college without a full-time job and without a competitive advantage trying to get into med school. I gave up on that. Around this time, I got back into linux fairly seriously, learning commands, running a home file server, then adding torrenting functionality, music streaming apps, etc.
I ended up working for the US Census for a while doing everything from address canvassing and mapping through a short stint as a supervisor in their IT dept, though I ended up moving back to Admin because I could train people more effectively than others could and they needed me.
I was a writer for a tech blog for a while, doing guides, a few reviews, and just generally
Fast forward a few years, I moved to NYC for a post-bac, and I landed a job at a tech startup for a while being paid decently and doing a lot of data management work.
A few years later, I gave up on grad school (too expensive) and ended up working for an e-commerce company that's relatively small, but was growing moderately at the time. This was roughly 5-6 years ago now. It wasn't until about three months before I got this job that I started to (re)learn programming. I went through codecademy for python, then did a bunch of supplemental stuff, learn python the hard way, relearned python 3, and did an online group course through I company I ended up working at as a side-gig later. We had live zoom classes and office hours and projects and homework. This course started about 3 months into my new job.
So, to recap, I was messing with computer since I was 10 years old, got exposed to a lot stuff even if I didn't do much with it, and just nurtured a love of all kinds of technology. Later in life, I self-studied python for 3 months, got a job doing tech support for an e-commerce company and continued studying for another 3 months, and at that point did a 10-week online course. So, about 9 months after I started learning python, I did a project with two others where we used the stripe API to pull dummy data from fake customers' accounts, and then display very basic trends and metrics using the bokeh library, and threw this into a django app. We each did a different part, but taught the other two how to do what we did.
That brings me to my current job and the end of any real formal learning. When I started, I was employee #8, and alongside 3 free-lancers overseas, that was our company. One founder and one manager (together, the two partners, owners of the company), me as tech support, one as customer service, one manning the store, one doing ppc/etc, and one shipping out customers' orders.

Disclaimer

I am absolutely privileged. I did not have to provide for a family while I was going through this. I was broke, but didn't have to worry about rent and food. I had years of interest and love for tech that filled in a lot of knowledge. I'm lucky to have ended up at a company that rewards risk-taking, doesn't punish failure, and allows most of us to grow and switch into positions where are interests and budding talents lie.
Most people won't have all of these things. Still, I hope I can give you some insight that might help you. Sometimes, my advice will be wrong. This doesn't fit all situations. Somewhere in here, though, there's probably something for you to consider. If you're someone who's thinking about learning programming but aren't sure why or how it'll help, then this is especially directed at you.
If, however, you're making progress and have a lot of general frustration, I think maybe my background and career path might inspire you to have some patience for the process or learn from my mistakes or successes.
If you have imposter syndrome, well, there's a reason I never called myself a programmer for years even when I was doing it regularly. I hope my journey helps you realize that sometimes you just roll with the punches.

Building Skills Efficiently

My story

I knew a lot about technology. I watched tech news and youtube channels and follow engadget until the verge writers split off to do their own thing, and in general swallowed up tech. I used whatever I could get my hands on, which was usually old, outdated equipment. I learned a lot about obscure stuff that gave me some geek cred - something that isn't important to have in and of itself necessarily, but makes you memorable when networking.

Networking

Networking is making connections in a sustainable way. Sure, you can be on linkedin with someone you met once at a conference and get a job. Happened to me a few times. But, I feel, the trick to networking well is to be passionate but also be respectful of others' time. I shut up and apologized when I caught myself ranting/rambling. Often, I was urged to continue because who I was talking to had similar interest levels. Other times, I had turned them off to further conversation. This is how you can develop soft skills at the same time as making quality connections. Again, soft skills are integral to any job, but especially so in any technical role.
I had a unique background, having run my own linux server at home for a while. I made friends with junior and senior sysadmins, thinking that was something I'd try to get into, via something like a tier 2 or 3 tech support position. Didn't happen, but some of those people I still talk to and turn to for advice. They stayed in touch because they liked my taste in gadgets - often ones I couldn't afford but drooled over reviews of. Staying in touch is a life skill, and is very close to staying engaged, something you need to learn to do well if you want to do project management, or any kind of management to some degree.

Back to my story

I talked about tech like it was my life, even though it really wasn't. This was my "fake it til you make it." This helped me get a low-paying job in tech support. That allowed me to learn about a specific domain of customers and physical products, and really helped me get my tech support chops. Even today, I hate doing anything in Customer Service, but I feel for the people in my company who are doing it and I treat them well, and when I can, I give them opportunities to step up and learn and do more. These are tangible management skills in almost any job you can think of. Do NOT neglect these.
I knew a lot about cellular technology. Not a ton, but more than anyone else at the company. We had a partner through which we sold a service. I learned about cellular, about the devices we sold, and I had some opinions on the direction of technology. This caught one of the partners' interest. He wanted to know if we could bring the service in-house. I did my best to help answer that question.

Learning on the job

I admitted that I knew some but not everything surrounding the question. I also mentioned I could learn it. How did I know I could learn it? I had done it before through my interests and hobbies! Learning how to learn is incredibly important! Anyone here will tell you that if you can't read documentation and learn something, programming isn't for you. You need discipline to do that, and you need to know yourself so you can use all the tricks to force yourself to learn quickly, focus faster and for longer, and take the right kind of breaks when you need to.

Learning and teaching

But, another reason learning how to learn is important is because it teaches you how to teach. My role at the census was incredible because I learned how to teach effectively. I did onboarding, then taught how to do payroll. My shift processed almost double the payroll than other shifts because I taught them basic keyboard shortcuts and showed them small optimizations in the keying process (we'll get back to this later). I also taught others who ended up taking over onboarding how to fingerprint more consistently and effectively. That's not an easy thing, and if your prints didn't process, you couldn't work! It had tangible benefits in getting us fully staffed in a timely manner.
This also is what helped me get my paid blogging role. Independent research was one thing, how-to guides and the like were another. Learning skills like annotating screenshots, building troubleshooting sections, and understanding processes is fundamental to writing good documentation for lay people. It might be a bit different for programmers, but for people in other, non-technical roles, going that extra step or two here and there really sets you apart by more than you think.

Back to learning on the job

Because of those skills, I had the opportunity to spend part of my shifts away from calls so I could focus on an on-going project. I eventually even set up a local server and tested a device I reprogrammed myself to see what other "gotchas" were in the process. As my understanding grew, I was able to better communicate with the existing service provider, and our business increased. This led to another opportunity.
My job at the computer lab entailed interviewing and hiring, as well as onboarding and training (like at the census). Our call volume went up, and I hired someone to help me and gave them the training they needed. This gave me more time to work on the project at hand.
Ultimately, I determined that it didn't make sense to leave our service partner until we had a better foothold in the industry. Still, delivering that kind of opinion with organized data and experience was crucial. It allowed me to start taking on smaller projects in the company.

Programming as a tool: part 1

As my boss learned, I was learning how to program and do small projects in my spare time. I was tasked with organizing customer information into a central database of sorts. I under-promised and over-delivered so well that Scotty himself would have been proud. Not something I can blindly recommend, but I'll let the full-timers speak to that. I will mention, though, that I saw that my boss valued honesty and I kept being honest back (but just adding a margin for error). At the end of the day, I accomplished the goal, even with a few missteps.

A taste of project management

Because of that, for more moderate projects that I didn't feel comfortable doing, I was tasked with hiring freelancers and working with our own developer to deploy things. This was because speaking tech and translating to lay speak is an important soft skill. It enables you to manage others effectively, but also enables you to have valuable input. It is also crucial to know your limits so you don't make over-reaching conclusions. You learn how to work in gray areas.

Programming as a tool: part 2

Skipping ahead a bit, the company grew and we took on an interesting project, working with suppliers to list items for sales on ecommerce sites and drop shipping them.
Our CRM had over 1.1 million items, even though there was a 38% overlap. To fix a problem like this, you need domain-specific knowledge. Explaining to programmer that, "yes, Amazon thinks every ASIN is unique product, but that's not actually true" can be tricky and annoying. Telling them "each manufacturer uses a different field as a primary key, and sometimes those cause duplicate ASINs" is much clearer. Knowing which fields to trust always or sometimes, which to never trust, when to use context and when to ignore context... These are all enabled by domain-specific knowledge.
During this phase in the company, I spent a lot of time identifying criteria to match duplicates over a variety of contexts. I spent a lot of time writing scripts to do bulk edits, deletes, or adds to our content-management system. I also spent a lot of time making quality-of-life alterations for our shipping department. This lead to another focus of mine.

Operations and Procedures / Programming as a tool: part 3

Programmers need to learn to be analytical, but they also need to learn to be procedural (hehe). Programmers understand how skipped steps and vagaries can lead to inconsistent outcomes.
Learning how think like a programmer, even if you aren't one, is incredibly useful when combined with domain-specific knowledge. Now, I know many of you are familiar with the "new guy who wants to change everything" trope. This is where your soft skills come into play.
Learn how a process is done. Understand their pain points, and how they deal with them. Understand what they do well. Ask hypothetical questions with good, concrete examples. Do this with people on the line as well as their managers. It's rare in life that people are on the same page, so understanding as many sides of a thing as you can will help. This is your discovery phase, and ONLY after you have completed this can you try to improve things.
I used an online database tool with a wysiwyg front-end builder called knack. It's like dreamweaver meets google docs meets databases. Can't speak for anyone else, but for me, it was the right tool for the right job. I knew that I hated front-end development (and I still do!), and since writing something myself and deploying it would eat into time spent for other responsibilities, it wasn't an option for me. This tool bridge the gap, and it was cheap to implement in our case.
This let me fix the crucial mistake that most non-techies make: spreadsheets are not databases. Speadsheets are fine things. Very useful. However, if you need to have auditing or controlled access, even google sheets isn't going to do it for you. Most normal people don't know this. You have an advantage here. Implementing knack really streamlined a lot of smaller undocumented processes regarding re-shipments, returns, repairs, managing online presences, and a host of other things. I'm pretty sure our slack usage dropped by half. Most of these little applets were CRUD forms and work queues and took maybe two days to go through discovery, a day or two to build a prototype, and another three days to test, adjust, and deploy.
An average of 6-7 business days to reduce errors, prevent record destruction, and streamline someone's job? All of those departments LOVED me. The cost was $40/month? Managers loved me. I became the go-to guy to handle these things. Making sure people can't make mistakes in a friendly way like this really goes a long way to building good will with your fellow employees, but that only works if you take their feedback and understand the administrative process. What I mean here is that if someone on the line wants a change but a manager doesn't, you have to explain the need to the manager and the roadblock to the line worker, but in a way that doesn't antagonize anyone involved. Again, soft skills.

Back to the story

Throughout this time, I'd budget work hours to learn. Parts of my job relied on staying up to date about changes to our tools and SaaS systems, but also larger trends. I was able to justify going to PyGotham a few times as a work-education thing. A few of the tricks and libraries I picked up really helped us out when we had some jams, so that was money well spent as far as the partners were concerned. But, I also took a renewed interest in our service-related products. I started to help out some of the product-adjacent managers to see what else was out there, both people we could buy from and competitors. Understanding this was crucial to developing tastes and understanding customer feedback better.

Hardware

Fast-forwarding, I started implementing product testing procedures for new products, worked on a new manufacturer partner's product to integrate it in our service, troubleshot issues related to existing products, and eventually we scrapped a lot of our business and focused on the key money makers. For me, that meant hardware. I learned a lot by documentation and training. We finally decided to bring our service in house. We gained an incredible development team in the process.
The biggest part of this was device configuration. It was a nightmare keeping them apart and revising them, not to mention the fact that we didn't audit what was incoming. If the manufacturer made a change, we were the last to know about it. So, I did something I'd only know to do if I used it as a programmer, I used GitHub. Git is a great tool for version control of ALL kinds, not just code. Configurations are perfect for this.
Troubleshooting customer issues was also super important. I became the leading internal resource for the hardware, so I started working with our developers to help them understand what the devices can do in order to better leverage them. I also worked closely with the tech support team to give them what they needed to troubleshoot and resolve issues better. I pre-formatted remote commands for them to use and I wrote a lot of the tribal knowledge I had gained down into a document, eventually splitting that into guides for interacting with the devices.

Programming Full-Time

This brings us into recent months. After organizing configs and implementing changelogs, I got ahead of the manufacturer's changes. I started testing firmware before we deployed it. We got ahead of problems. I wrote tools that used the APIs that our developers made to ease things for tech support tier 3. I wrote tools to help organize files before they were committed to git. I worked with the developers more closely as we faced a few large bumps in the road.
Finally, a few weeks ago, I was transferred to the engineering team full-time.

Skills and Takeaways

While I did end up as an engineer, you'll notice that the vast majority of my job history and skills were tangential or parallel to programming in some way. I wasn't a programmer 99% of the time, nor was I anywhere near a full-time engineer.
However, learning programming gave me several skills I didn't have before:
Could I have learned these elsewhere? Sure. Arguably, some I was already starting to from my Linux experience. Still, learning programming streamlined learning those skills. Then, I could fully take advantage of them with my other skills:
All of these allowed me to do a wide variety of jobs in a few different roles:
Lastly, I hope there are few different things that you can take away from my journey so far.

My journey went on to engineering; yours doesn't need to

As I've mentioned, I hope this post has given you some ideas for how you can develop your existing career using programming. Not everyone has the bandwidth or desire to make a full career change. Others simply don't have the luxury to do it in one fell swoop. A lot of my ideas can apply to various office, support, and "dispatch"-like positions in warehouses/factories. It can seriously help you streamline and speed up work you could otherwise already do at a much slower pace. Also, crucially, if you're in an environment that appreciates and allows you grow into these tools, you can use what you learn to pivot yourself more safely if you DO want to make the change.
If you are in a situation where your boss sucks or coworkers are shit, then feel free to keep what you're doing as secretive as you can. Basically, automate your job as best you can, but don't tell anyone. Then, use the rest of your time to learn and hone this skill until the time is right to leave/pivot to a different job, or to jump ahead of your boss or into a different department. Just be sure you have a record of your code so you can show it to potential employers, and if you can, anonymize your data as best you can so you can't get slammed for giving away any secrets.

Programming is a useful tool in and of itself, even if you're not a programmer

Programming is a great tool to make your job easier, so you can spend less time doing tedious repetitive things and more time doing things you like or expanding and taking on more projects or responsibilities. You don't have to change careers to appreciate this. In my roles, I've used python + pandas to take gigantic spreadsheets (excel chokes after filesize is over like 150 MB or something) and apply basic changes, more advanced changes, or create pivot tables. These are common office tasks and functions that can get annoying to have to do by hand week over week. You can automate that so you can focus on other crap.

Programming can be a useful tool in the abstract, even if you're not a programmer

Programming teaches you a methodical way to think about problems. It gives you a variety of abstract tools to solve those problems. Even if you can't implement them in a language well, you can still talk to those who can. You can also apply ideas to the real world. Conditionals are basic programming building blocks, but you don't often see people in smaller companies or mom-and-pop operations using flowcharts for their operations. Documenting best practices and using these things can make you look really good when all of sudden the business is slammed and - WOW! you've just onboarded and trained 3 new people in a day or two to do the jobs you need them to do. Thinking of contingencies is sometimes less present on programmers' minds, but something sysadmins and infosec people think about a lot (at least if they're willing and able to do their job well).
Moreover, if you work at small companies or startups, operations positions are often ripe for advancement. Small software companies often hire people to do manual QA instead of automating it. If you create the procedural docs to do that and then start to automate, there's often room to wiggle your way into a new position. At the very least, when someone moves up or out, you're in a better position.

Working on tangential skills can make you into a better programmer

Soft skills are something we all know and talk about. Networking is something we all know and talk about. These kinds of things can really help convey the kind of person you are. Hopefully through studying programming, you show yourself to be more methodical, organized, and explicit in the real world things you do. These are all things that you learn in programming that make you better at things in your life (to a point, of course).
It does work the other way around! Learning how to analyze line work can help you think of pipelines more easily. Thinking of group organization can help with data models. Understanding how teams work well can help you organize an API. I watch tons of woodworking and metalworking videos by weekend hobbyists. Even if it's something completely different, I often find that my mind will come upon a good solution to a problem I'm stuck on. Take your inspiration everywhere you find it.

Thinking outside of the "concept" box, but staying within the "propriety" box is the sweet spot

Lastly, in real life I'm often told that I'm a genuinely nice guy and very memorable. I wasn't always this way! I worked hard to remember some very basic things.
I know many of you will disagree with some of my points. If you do, I'm sure we can learn from that conversation.
I know many of you will point out that a lot of this is common sense. It is, or can be, but sometimes you don't realize something unless it's placed, plainly, in front of you.
I also know that my story is different, and you may have more struggles. I've been lucky. That being said, I do believe that I was either prepared enough to recognize the luck and take advantage, or did my best to make the most of the luck when it came up. I hope the above can help someone somewhere do the same.
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