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2023.05.30 18:19 HokageEzio A great reminder on the various dreams of the Straw Hats, and some very solid anime filler content with an ever increasing production quality - Manga reader's first impressions on the anime - Zou Saga
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I occasionally see the criticism pop up that since the timeskip, many of the Straw Hats dreams have gone somewhat underdeveloped unless it is one of the ones that is constantly developed every arc (Luffy becoming Pirate King, Zoro becoming the World's Strongest Swordsman, etc.). I feel like the Zou Arc really fights back against that criticism. Even while being the least controversial post time skip arc (and an arc that was always beloved since it came out), I feel like it's still a little underappreciated how many great endgame Straw Hat moments were had in this arc in reference to the development of their dreams. I also think the uptick of the anime's quality continues to show itself more and more, with great anime filler and an even better movie in Film: Gold.
I've been reading the manga weekly since Zou, but I've been trying to watch every piece of animated One Piece content before catching up to see how the anime has developed over time. My interest in how the current anime is being used and incorporating a bunch of stuff that isn't in the manga with a much higher quality level made me want to watch weekly, but I didn't want to just jump into the current anime. So I'm watching everything; movies, filler, specials, basically anything that's on MyAnimeList and that I can find online. Been an enjoyable experience, which you can read about in the previous threads:
Very quick watch for Zou, but some solid content there.
Also if anybody is curious why this is only about Zou it's because I'm using the official list from Library of Ohara based on Shueisha's official breakdown.
I like this breakout more because stuff like the Reverie gets included in one big Whole Cake Island arc with the countries coming together at the beginning and meeting at the end, which makes sense to me (similar to how the in between Acts in Wano are still part of the arc). As well as other various reasons.
Also this post would have approximately 900 entries if Zou, Whole Cake, and Wano were together. Cool? Cool.
Anime Arcs Silver Mine
Bartolomeo living the dream getting a filler arc with his idol
Apparently every filler villain in this series wants to be Akainu. This time it's smelting powers instead of heat, but with the same results. There was nothing incredibly bad in this arc, but I legit forgot plot points of it after a few episodes. Zoro brought up that he wanted to get revenge for something, and if they didn't throw in the flashback of the thing he was mad about from the first episode I would have been completely lost. And that's about the level of quality in this whole arc. Still not the worst arc cause Bartolomeo was really fun, but stuff with him was the only real saving grace imo. Zou
Again, love the ever growing relationship between Luffy and Lil Bro Momo
I've always been a big fan of Zou. It really feels like the entire story gets expanded for what will be the final stages, and there's a lot of big reveals as far as what the hell is next to come. That's not news though, I feel like Zou has always been the least controversial New World arc and everybody agrees it's pretty good. What stuck out to me going back through this is how many different Straw Hat dreams got some big moments, which I really liked. Chopper getting to save all the minks by making medicine was a nice moment for him, and I also really enjoyed him helping patch up Zunesha (more on that in a second). And Robin's excitement when presented with the Road Poneglyph and finding out what it meant, just a really happy experience. It's the happiest I can remember her when finding a Poneglyph since she found the one in Skypiea that made her realize it's not a lost dream. And Nami asking Inuarashi about what the Log Pose is pointing to and getting that affirmation that she's leading them on the right path, super cute moment. I feel like a lot of people criticize some of the Straw Hats with this idea that their dreams aren't really talked about much since the time skip, but to me this arc was really covering a bunch of those moments for them in really satisfying ways. Yeah we don't physically see Nami draw a map or anything like that, but we do get Robin giving her readings from the Poneglyph that can lead her down that path. I just really enjoyed all the little moments leading them on their individual dreams, especially for the more abstract ones like Chopper where none of us know how he's actually going to pull it off.
I also really enjoyed the filler episode right near the end of this arc. I brought up getting to see Chopper healing Zunesha, that was mostly done in the filler episode I'm referring to. Just really good canon filler that plugged up a lot of gaps from the manga. Carrot bribing the monkey so she could sneak on the ship, the minks all helping to make bandages for Zunesha's leg, Nami getting the map for Totto Land. One of those filler episodes where if somebody didn't tell you it was filler you'd have no clue, it just fit in perfectly. I feel like most of the filler in this arc was really well fitting, other than them randomly fighting bees for half an episode one time. Like I've been saying since the end of Dressrosa, if they do more filler like this then I really don't have an issue with the page count. I think content matters more than the amount of pages covered, and this was for the most part really good content.
As far as the story itself, the setup for Wano was great. Love seeing Momo really come into his own; he's turned into a great character in Wano and it really started around this moment here when he allies with Luffy. And the Raizo is Safe moment was really good, loved the adaptation. The music in the moment sounded very Wano/Japanese themed, which fit the moment. And frankly all of the music in this arc was great. You can always tell when one of these 200+ episode animes just got a new OST, because you start hearing new music super often. But no complaints there.
Specials One Piece: Heart of Gold
I swear this was integral to the plot. Don't fact check.
I just did not get into this one. The villain was pretty underwhelming (although I did like Zoro and Sanji's fights). And while I get it's filler so logic is somewhat out the window, the logic of this special goes super out the window. For example there's a part where Brook is needed to play the piano with very specific notes or he'll get shot with arrows. And he keeps messing up because there's a bit of the last page missing. And despite the fact that arrows pretty much do nothing to him, we instead get Robin and Chopper protecting him. Who for some reason are totally fine to use their Devil Fruits, which made me realize they're not even in Seastone cuffs but are for some reason just going along with everything. It took me until that point of the movie to even realize that. And I bring that up to talk about the next test they had, where they needed to use keys and had to find the right keyhole out of 17 (16 electrocute you, 1 doesn't). For some reason this is Nami's job, and Brook, Chopper, and Usopp have to hold the whole thing open so they don't get crushed. But if the electrocution doesn't kill you, and you're allowed to use devil fruits, why are they not using the person who can literally sprout clones and body parts? Obviously she'd still get hurt because she feels pain from the clones, but it makes way more sense than having almost half the crew crushed to death.
Again, it's a filler special episode so why am I even ranting about this. But stuff like that made me realize that the plot makes no sense and
that it took me that long into the movie to realize it makes no sense. The CP0 stuff was kinda interesting albeit they make them kinda look like scrubs, the Celestial Dragon stuff was fine too. And Chopper continues his reign as the greatest plug in One Piece, because he apparently just carries around every drug necessary with zero prep time. Also whoever animated this did it with one hand down their pants when they drew the Nami and Robin stuff. So kudos to them.
Wasn't a bad special, just kinda boring.
Movies One Piece Film: Gold
Nice to see Nami finally get to shine in a movie.
WOW. What an amazing movie. There were just so many things to love about this one. Where to start.
I'm always a fan of getting some unusual Straw Hat duos/trios. The usual groups are fun, don't get me wrong. But it's always nice to mix it up since they're such a big group. So having Franky running alone with Luffy for half the movie, I was a big fan of that. That's just not a usual pairing that happens, and the resulting dynamic from that was really cool.
I also enjoy when a movie villain doesn't feel unusually OP just for the sake of making the plot work, or like they're nerfing the main cast to make it a conflict. That's something that happens with a lot of shonen movies because they need the villain to be strong for an hour or so to make it work. When they revealed early into the movie that the gold confetti raining down actually makes it so Tesoro can control everything, I was in shock. It's a good plot device to neutralize the good guys that doesn't feel contrived, and it's also just really fucking smart. It immediately made Tesoro feel like a genuine threat.
And speaking of Tesoro, what a great villain. His backstory was crazy. The Celestial Dragon stuff is always a good way to get under the audience's skin, but the fact that he was a slave too and basically took the Sun Pirates approach of covering it? Huge surprise, not what I was expecting at all.
Also enjoyed Nami finally getting to fully participate in a movie. Her relationship with Carina was really cool, but the main thing that I liked was that she finally gets to play a big role in a movie. I wouldn't define her role in the last few movies as a damsel in distress. But it did kinda suck to see Nami taken out of the past few movies fairly early, where she doesn't get to play out a role like everybody else. Whether that's her being changed to a little kid or her getting kidnapped by Shiki in the first few minutes. This time Zoro gets to be the one separated from the crew, but you know Zoro will always get his moment eventually so it was fine. Again, just another really unique thing about this movie compared to the other ones.
This was just a really fun heist style movie, even with the typical planning montage. Very fun watch.
OVAs One Piece Film: Gold Episode 0
Speaking of animating with a hand down their pants, this was animated with the pen in their mouth. I guess these OVAs are all just going to be an excuse to show Nami and Robin half naked as many times as possible. In which case I say thank you. Also I knew Nami and Robin ran an elaborate gambling ring on the ship, I called that.
Fun short little video leading into the movie, like the Glorious Island one. We've upgraded from swimming to having the girls bouncing around playing volleyball. I look forward to the next one where they mud wrestle.
ONAs Oishi-sa Hajikeru! One Piece
MyAnimeList needs some quality control on these entries.
0/10, Franky didn't make a commercial about soda. Scratch x One Piece Film: Gold The face of the VAs when they saw how many 0's were at the end of their check.
Amazing. Inspiring. The lottery tickets really spoke to my heart. One Piece Film: Gold - Cine Mike Popcorn Kokuchi
Again about that quality control.
Amazing. Inpsiring. The popcorn really spoke to my heart. TOHO Cinemas x One Piece Film: Gold - Tokubetsu Eizou
Actually cool artwork.
Actually a really well animated video for what is essentially just a company logo promo. Very cool art.
One Piece Arc Rankings
- Enies Lobby
- Water 7
- Fishman Island
- Post War
- Sabaody Archipelago
- Impel Down
- Post-Enies Lobby
- Thriller Bark
- Arlong Park
- Amazon Lily
- Return to Sabaody
- Punk Hazard
- Drum Island
- Shells Town
- Foosha Village
- Syrup Village
- Orange Town
- Little Garden
- Rare Animal Island
- Spa Island
- Ice Hunter
- Reverse Mountain
- Long Ring Long Land
- Foxy's Return
- Boss Luffy Historical Arc
- Ocean's Dream
- Goat Island (Alvida's Hideout)
- Whisky Peak
- Goat Island Paradise
- Little East Blue
- Toriko Crossovers
- Silver Mine
- Caesar Retrieval
- Warship Island
- Z's Ambition
- Ruluka Island
One Piece Villain Rankings
- Rob Lucci
- Gild Tesoro (Film: Gold)
- Zephyr (Film Z)
- Hody Jones
- Gecko Moria
- Caesar Clown
- St. Charlos
- Don Krieg
- Shiki (Strong World)
- Boa Hancock
- Jonathan (G-8)
- Omatsuri (Baron Omatsuri)
- Byrnndi World (3D2Y)
- Captain Morgan
- Demaro Black
- Don Accino (Ice Hunter)
- Mr. 3
- Gasparde (Dead End Adventure)
- Mr. 5
- Mr. 9 and Miss Wednesday
- Saga (Cursed Holy Sword)
- Komei (Adventure of Nebulandia)
- Noko (Ocean's Dream)
- Ganzack (Defeat the Pirate Ganzack)
- Eric (Warship Island)
- Captain Joke (Ocean's Navel)
- Gally (Romance Dawn Story)
- Kibagaeru (Foxy's Return)
- Minchey (Goat Island)
- Eldoraggo (One Piece: The Movie)
- Ratchet (Giant Mechanical Soldier of Karakuri Castle)
- Bear King (Clockwork Island Adventure)
- Count Battler (Island of Strange Animals)
- Bilic (Episode of Luffy)
- Bill (Silver Mine)
- Breed (Caesar Retrieval)
- Shuzo (Z's Ambition)
- Wetton (Ruluka Island)
- Bayan (A Father's Huge, HUGE Dream)
- Mad Treasure (Heart of Gold)
- Largo (Little East Blue)
- Doran (Spa Island)
- Marine Commanding Officer (Straw Hat Chase)
- Trap (Trap Coaster)
- Governor (Last Great Performance)
One Piece Movie Rankings
- Film: Gold (Movie 13)
- Film Z (Movie 12)
- Strong World (Movie 10)
- Episode of Chopper Plus: Bloom in Winter, Miracle Sakura (Movie 9)
- Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island (Movie 6)
- Dead End Adventure (Movie 4)
- Episode of Alabasta: The Desert Princess and the Pirates (Movie 8)
- One Piece: The Movie (Movie 1)
- Straw Hat Chase (Movie 11)
- The Cursed Holy Sword (Movie 5)
- The Giant Mechanical Soldier of Karakuri Castle (Movie 7)
- Clockwork Island Adventure (Movie 2)
- Chopper's Kingdom on the Island of Strange Animals (Movie 3)
- Episode of Sabo: The Three Brothers' Bond - The Miraculous Reunion and the Inherited Will
- Episode of Merry: The Tale of One More Friend
- Episode of Nami: Tears of a Navigator and the Bonds of Friends
- Episode of Luffy: Adventure on Hand Island
- One Piece: Protect! The Last Great Performance
- Adventure of Nebulandia
- Once Upon the Great Sea! A Father's Huge, HUGE Dream!
- One Piece Special: Adventure in the Ocean's Navel
- Episode of Alabasta - Prologue
- Heart of Gold
- One Piece New Year Special: Special Report - Secret of the Straw Hat Pirates
- One Piece Special: The Detective Memoirs of Chief Straw Hat Luffy
- One Piece: Emergency Planning, A Perfect Strategy for the One Piece
- Strong World: Episode 0
- Glorious Island
- Film: Gold Episode 0
- Romance Dawn Story
- Infiltrate!! Thousand Sunny
- One Piece: Defeat the Pirate Ganzack!
- One Piece Recap 2: One Piece 10+ Years Special
- Dream Soccer King
- Jango's Dance Carnival
- Trap Coaster
- Take Aim! The Pirate Baseball King
- Cry Heart
- Share the World (11)
- We Are! (1)
- One Day (13)
- Hard Knock Days (18)
- We Go! (15)
- Brand New World (6)
- Fight Together (14)
- We Are! (2008 Remix) (10)
- Bon Voyage (4)
- We Are! (Straw Hat Version) (7)
- Hands Up (16)
- Wake Up! (17)
- Crazy Rainbow (7)
- Jungle P (8)
- Hikari e (3)
- We Can! (19)
- Kokoro no Chizu (5)
- Believe (2)
- Kaze wo Sagashite (12)
- Shouchi no Suke (4 - crew spotlight)
- Tsuki no Taiyo (12 - family left behind)
- Free Will (9 - Robin wakes crew)
- Glory - Kimi ga Iru Kara (7 - Vivi's past)
- Eternal Pose (15 - Past arc snapshots)
- Dear Friends (16 - Merry memories/funeral)
- Asu wa Kuru Kara (17 - young Robin in flower field)
- Before Dawn (5 - foot crew race)
- Memories (1 - Sunset water)
- Fish (6 - Chopper's adventures)
- Dreamship (13 - group photo)
- Run! Run! Run! (2 - Young crew runs)
- Mirai Koukai (14 - different birds)
- Adventure World (18 - fan art)
- Faith (10 - colorful Straw Hats)
- Shining ray (8 - crew jumps off cliff)
- Watashi ga Iru Yo (3 - Going Merry life)
- A to Z (11 - Come back to your friends)
- Vivi Goodbye
- Usopp vs Luffy
- Usopp apology
- Nami forgiving Jimbei
2023.05.30 17:49 coldfireknight In Memorium
“Show of hands. Who can tell me Day of Memorium’s origin?”
“It was when we kicked those aliens’ asz…butts, sir,” Bobby blurted out.
“Not only inaccurate but failed to follow instructions. Your enthusiasm is appreciated, though.” The instructor glanced over the class, choosing the girl trying to hide her partially raised hand behind another student. “Madelyn, if you would, please.”
Madelyn shrunk in on herself at the attention before offering, “It was when the Drak’nal were defeated, though we didn’t do it?”
Mr. Watkins shook his head. “Closer, but still not correct. Anyone else want to venture a guess?”
Arms drooped as hands disappeared beneath desks under his gaze. “It hasn’t been long since that bit of history was current events–” he paused when a lone hand reached into the air “–but there is still hope. Mr. Davis, if you would, please.”
The boy stood and cleared his throat.
“We’ve arrived in-system, with no sign of the Drak’nal yet.”
The Elder nodded his understanding. “And the translation process?”
Their subordinate stared for a moment, eyes shifting to the data playing in the air before them. “It appears to be finished, though the Codex itself may not be complete.”
“It will have to do,” the Elder responded. “Let us make contact. And hope.”
* * * * *
Ensign Katsuma’s sensor screen flared red. “Commander! Contact, unknown configuration, unknown energy signature. Closing…closing faster than something that size should be able to.”
The signal station lit up. Ensign Yoruba called out, “Incoming signal across all channels, massive bandwidth… looks to be a program. Initiating lock out – can’t block the signal, sir.”
Commander Lewis rose from the station’s command chair as the CNC’s lights flickered, and a digitized garbling filled the air before clarifying to Common speech coming from the comms console. “–you receiving? We bring information and warning. They are coming.”
“Very good, Mr. Davis,” Mr. Watkins said, motioning for the speaker to take his seat. “Who knows how our military responded?” Another pair of raised hands pleased him, and choosing one, he nodded. “Go ahead.”
“Looks like ‘they’ are here,” the commander muttered before issuing orders directing available ships to intercept and station weapons to target the alien vessel. Multiple capital ships moved to take position at their maximum firing ranges. Lewis called for an open channel and declared, “State your name and intention.”
The response followed the same yet shorter pattern of garbled noise before shifting to a pleasant overlapping of male and female voices speaking Common. “We are the Shal.vae, and we come offering assistance. The Swarm is on its way. There is not much time.”
Ensign Katsuma spoke up. “Sir, readings are coming back now. That vessel is leaking energy we’ve never seen before. Looks like it took a beating getting here.”
“Our systems are also slowing down, sir,” called out Ensign Yoruba. “Operating at eighty percent and dropping. All nearby ships report the same.”
A brief squeal and *pop* blared across comms before fading to silence. The blended voice said, “We must speak with your leaders immediately, or we won’t be able to help.”
“Imagine not only being there, but being one of the people to actually first experience such things. That was a tense time, no?” the instructor asked the class. Multiple heads bobbed in agreement, though he noted confusion on one student’s face and pointed at them. “Yes?”
“I figure we would’ve started shooting at anyone who just showed up like that, let alone tried leaving us defenseless. And how did they know Common? That’s a human language, right?”
“Indeed it is. Bridging the communication gap was the first gift they ever gave us. First contact protocols had been in place since before we reached the stars, but being able to actually communicate with anyone we finally met? Quite the concern.” Mr. Watkins smiled. “Since we didn’t ‘shoot first and ask questions later’, as much of our entertainment suggests we would, who can tell me the good commander’s response?”
He took a moment to scan the room and picked a newly interested face. Engagement made the job so much more rewarding.
“This is Commander Lewis, the commanding officer of this sector. I can tightbeam any information you share back to SC HQ, but I’m what you’ve got until they make a decision. You mentioned the…Swarm, right?” Commander Lewis asked, looking at his comms officer for confirmation. “We appreciate your offer of help, but with what? How?”
There was no noise before the Common reply came this time. “Yes, the Drak’nal. They consume and destroy all in their path. We come to help you leave here and survive.”
Lewis glared at the embattled silver-gray ship on his screen. “We’d need proof anything you’ve said is true, first. Even if we had reason to trust you and wanted to leave the system, it’d take weeks for just the ships in flight to get clear. I don’t want to think about the chaos of evacuating the civilian population.”
"Proof we can provide," the speaker responded. Every screen in the command center flickered before displaying scenes of devastation and horror, each viewer shown different atrocities. The silver-gray ship on the main screen was replaced with a silent video feed more ominous than the rest: a multi-hued planet viewed along its solar terminator hung glowing in space. The daylight showed a pair of large purple-green land masses surrounded by water, while the night side glowed vibrantly with signs of civilized life.
A pulsing, rounded shape came into view, contrasting against the gorgeous backdrop before emanating a swirling black mass toward the world below. It flowed across the visible landscapes before crossing into dark and swallowing the light to engulf the entire planet in a squirming, shifting blanket of – he found his mind balking at the very concept of anything acting like that.
Commander Lewis felt nauseous, the sensation of insects crawling across his skin flooding his senses as he watched the mass withdraw, leaving only barren, lifeless rock behind. "My God, what is that?"
The instructor motioned for his student to stop, hoping to avoid what often devolved into wild speculation among his classes. "We still have no clear answer to the commander's question, as any recordings and logs of that broadcast were lost. There are only verbal and written accounts of what they saw, but suffice it to say the images were terrible. Multiple survivors of the conflict that followed spent the remainder of their lives under close supervision in mental care facilities.”
“Why’d they stop at one of the stations near the Belt? Why not just go straight to Earth, or at least Mars? Wouldn’t it have sped things up?”
“There’s always been much speculation on that, and you are correct that certain things might have happened much faster if they had. Or much worse. Perhaps they chose a more remote location to prevent panic or an…overly aggressive…military response when they appeared? Or maybe the damage to their ship prevented them from reaching the other locations?” Mr. Watkins shrugged. “Could even be my favorite and personal belief: it was the place they were supposed to be.”
“That is the Drak’nal, and evidence of their actions against life everywhere,” the voice, now morphed into a perfect blend of male and female tones, explained. “Among what remains of my people, I am called Elder. Apologies for our actions upon arrival, but we often find…expedience…to be the best course in our efforts.”
“Such efforts could have also resulted in a hail of gunfire, depending on who’s in my chair when you showed up,” Lewis retorted. “You arrive unannounced, in close proximity and moving fast, then assault our systems with a potentially hostile program before saying a word.”
The signal ensign spoke up before Lewis could continue. “Sir?”
He turned his gaze toward her. “Yes?”
“Systems are coming back up.” She double checked her instruments. “Station wide power draw has decreased by over ten percent and dropping.”
“So we’re losing power?”
“No, sir. All functions reading nominal, just not drawing as much power. Report the same from all ships.”
The commander focused a look at the ship now back on the main screen. “Elder, is this your doing?”
“That would be the Codex, our gift to you.”
Every hand in the class went up at that, while several students made noises hoping to draw his attention.
Of course they would, Mr. Watkins thought. That was when everything changed, after all.
“I’m glad to see enthusiasm about some part of our course, at least,” he laughed, “but let’s stay on topic, shall we?”
He watched all but Madelyn’s hand lower to their desks and nodded acknowledgement to her before continuing. “What happened next?”
Lewis fired off an update to SC HQ via tightbeam before listening to the Shal.vae Elder go on at length about the Codex and what it held before interrupting them. “That’s well and good, but I can’t accept such a gift on our behalf. Hell, I didn’t even understand half of what you said, though my science officer is practically dancing in place over here. That said, as long as this won’t affect our ability to function any further, we’ll consider it a gesture of good will.”
“It is all we can offer, sadly. You’ve doubtlessly noticed the damage to our ship, but even fully functional, we would be unable to stop the Swarm.”
“And you don’t think we’ll be able to either, do you?”
“Not with what is here, nor in the time you have remaining before they likely arrive, no.”
The commander stood silently, processing the best courses of action before asking, “How long?”
“Is it really true the Drak… Drak –whatever– showed up right behind the good aliens?” Bobby blurted out, interrupting Madelyn.
Mr. Watkins waved the question away. “No, it wasn’t like in the vids, where the bad guys show up on cue and with dramatic music, but it wasn’t far off in this case, either. We still relied on tightbeam transmissions and relays at that point, so the fastest reply Commander Lewis could have expected would have been roughly an hour after sending a message, and we all know bureaucracy moves nowhere near the speed of light, right?”
Once the class’ laughter trailed off, the teacher explained, “That said, everything between the Shal.vae arriving and the Sacrifice did occur that same day.”
Ensign Katsuma called out, “Contact! Large shape at the edge of sensor range, inbound to our location.”
“Not long at all,” Lewis muttered, answering his own question as the Elder spoke up.
“We feared the damage suffered in our last encounter might draw them to us, a predator chasing failing prey, as it were, but not so soon. Our hope was to leave the Codex so it could prepare you for what was to come.”
“Elder, I need you to head in-system and let them know what’s coming. We’ll do our best to keep them here.” The commander issued orders to all combat ships and weapon systems to lock onto the incoming target before instructing Yoruba to relay everything back to HQ. “All combat units, hold station and fire on my command. Concentrate fire at the transmitted coordinates. All other ships, make best speed away from here.”
“What are you doing?” Elder asked, confusion in the blended overlapping voices. “We told you they could not be stopped. Flee, survive. That is the only reasonable option. Fighting only brings loss and death.”
“And I told you to go warn our people. We don’t have FTL, so the ships here can’t escape. You getting earthside is the best chance for humanity’s survival,” Lewis replied. “We’ve sent word, so they’ll know you’re coming.”
“Change in target,” Katsuma stated. “Readings unclear, but looks to be growing, expanding in our direction.”
“But you’ll die here.”
“I know,” Commander Lewis sighed. “But sometimes the point of the fight is the fight itself. Now go. Please.”
With that, he gave the command to engage the Drak’nal.
A voice interrupted Mr. Watkins. “What did he say?”
“Commander Lewis, when he ordered the attack. Plenty of military leaders have memorable quotes, so why wouldn’t he?”
The teacher gave the question its due consideration. “To our knowledge, he gave the troops no rousing speech, only his words to the Shal.vae and actions thereafter. That’s what made the Sacrifice all the more astonishing.”
Sol Cooperative ships unleashed their fury at the dark shape moving toward them, altering their trajectories clear of the Drak’nal’s path while preparing a second volley. The station itself vibrated and rumbled with the coordinated fire of missile and gun batteries, flinging the SC’s most potent weapons across the expanse of space. Every serviceperson held their breath, waiting for impact…only to watch the munitions be absorbed, with dim flickers of detonation within the Swarm itself.
The dark mass shifted, sending tendrils of matter at its attackers. Nearby ships were quickly engulfed, and signals winked out on the CNC’s main display. Other vessels took evasive measures, to no avail. The Swarm consumed them whole when it reached them.
“Weapons, maintain fire,” Commander Lewis ordered, moving back to his station and sitting down. After tapping commands into the console on his right armrest, he pressed his palm against a scanner newly revealed on the left. A retinal scanner swiveled into position from the top of his chair back, and he leaned into it, spouting a sequence of words and numbers once it beeped. That done, Lewis spared a glance at the sensors and noted the Shal.vae ship hadn’t moved. “Elder, I asked you to leave. Let our sacrifice give you the time to help our people as you can.”
“You can not hope to defeat them, not like this,” the Elder answered. “They will take you.”
“I’ve initiated the station’s self-destruct measures, so we’ll detonate when they reach us. We can’t win, but they’ll damn well know they were in a fight.”
“This fight is senseless!”
Lewis looked at the screen. “Like I said, sometimes the point of the fight is the fight. Let us take our stand, and you go do your job!”
Bobby piped up. “That never made sense to me. Why not run away? We couldn’t be sure they would have gone to Earth, and Mars and Luna didn’t even have life on the surface back then. What would have made them come after us if the Shal hadn’t shown up?”
“Shal.vae,” Mr. Watkins corrected, “and we can never be certain the Swarm didn’t just follow them to Sol, true. However, the evidence provided suggested they sought out life wherever it was. Even if it didn’t happen at that time, it’s reasonable to believe the Drak’nal might still have shown up at some other time, and we would not have known what was coming. Without the Shal.vae’s actions…who knows?”
The channel fell silent for some time before the silver-gray started to move. “Finally.”
The ensign hesitated. “Shal.vae vessel moving to intercept the Drak’nal.”
He pounded the armrest, yelling, “What are you doing?”
“What we should have done in the beginning,” the Elder replied, “and ending their threat.”
Commander Lewis sputtered, “Why would you not have before??”
The Elder responded, voice muted. “Because this ship and all on it are the last of our people. We, we ran to give warning…and because we feared the end of our race. No longer.”
“Energy readings increasing on their vessel!” someone cried out. “Shal.vae on a direct course for the Drak’nal mass.”
“You don’t have to do this,” Lewis cajoled them. “You said you wanted to save us, save us.”
“And so we shall.”
Mr. Watkins paced across the silent classroom, shifting the students’ focus. “Consider this: we’d spent our entire existence wondering if we were alone. Even with several of the ‘ancient wonders’ on Earth, we had no proof there was other life out there, not until not one but two alien races arrived and at the same time. Not only that, but we’d been presented with evidence that multiple other races had existed, implying others may still exist.”
“For all its warts, humanity also has a history of standing for the weak and sacrificing for those in need. The Shal.vae activating their FTL drive to plunge through the very heart of the Drak’nal swarm and giving their very existence to save us…well, it set us a shining example, did it not?”
Madelyn raised her hand. “Why’d they do it?”
The teacher shrugged. “No way to know for sure. While they managed to end the Drak’nal’s existence in the end, the Swarm had enough momentum to carry it into the station. With no way to know at the time that the Shal.vae had actually killed them, Commander Lewis did indeed detonate the station’s reactors, obliterating the remnants of the Swarm.”
“Then how do we know what happened?” Bobby asked.
Watkins raised a finger. “Remember the Shal.vae’s gift, the Codex?” He watched everyone nod. “It was also included in the transmission back to Earth. While we’re still unpacking elements of it all this time later, it was able to relay those events up to Commander Lewis’ final action. Since then, we’ve witnessed it grant us access to knowledge humanity may have never achieved. Instantaneous communications. The ability to treat or eradicate any ailment. It even allowed us to crack multiple forms of faster than light travel, once we understood that the Codex unlocked and shared information as we learned as a society.”
With that, he strode back and placed his hands on his podium. “While some consider the Codex the greatest gift the Shal.vae gave us, I disagree.” He rested his elbows on it, leaning toward the class and lowering his voice. “I believe their greatest gift was giving us hope.”
/ / /
Been a minute since I've posted, I know, but I was inspired to write this one shot by the concept of Memorial Day and remembering those who've given all for those around them, regardless of how they've done so. I hope you enjoyed it.
has everything else I've written for HFY, and it's a variety of tales in an assortment of styles. Maybe you'll even find something that inspires you to follow me. Who knows, right? Thanks for reading.
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2023.05.30 17:37 dark_surfer8 GG Bois
2023.05.30 17:37 PapaCharlie9 Options Questions Safe Haven Thread May 29-June 4 2023
For the options questions you wanted to ask, but were afraid to. There are no stupid questions. Fire away.
This project succeeds via thoughtful sharing of knowledge. You, too, are invited to respond to these questions.
This is a weekly rotation with past threads linked below.
BEFORE POSTING, PLEASE REVIEW THE BELOW LIST OF FREQUENT ANSWERS. . ..
Don't exercise your (long) options for stock! Exercising throws away extrinsic value that selling retrieves. Simply sell your (long) options, to close the position, to harvest value, for a gain or loss. Your break-even is the cost of your option when you are selling. If exercising (a call), your breakeven is the strike price plus the debit cost to enter the position. Further reading: Monday School: Exercise and Expiration are not what you think they are.
Also, generally, do not take an option to expiration, for similar reasons as above.
Key informational links • Options FAQ / Wiki: Frequent Answers to Questions • Options Toolbox Links / Wiki • Options Glossary • List of Recommended Options Books • Introduction to Options (The Options Playbook) • The complete options side-bar informational links (made visible for mobile app users.) • Characteristics and Risks of Standardized Options (Options Clearing Corporation) • Binary options and Fraud (Securities Exchange Commission) .
Getting started in options • Calls and puts, long and short, an introduction (Redtexture) • Options Trading Introduction for Beginners (Investing Fuse) • Options Basics (begals) • Exercise & Assignment - A Guide (ScottishTrader) • Why Options Are Rarely Exercised - Chris Butler - Project Option (18 minutes) • I just made (or lost) $___. Should I close the trade? (Redtexture) • Disclose option position details, for a useful response • OptionAlpha Trading and Options Handbook • Options Trading Concepts -- Mike & His White Board (TastyTrade)(about 120 10-minute episodes) • Am I a Pattern Day Trader? Know the Day-Trading Margin Requirements (FINRA) • How To Avoid Becoming a Pattern Day Trader (Founders Guide)
Introductory Trading Commentary • Monday School Introductory trade planning advice (PapaCharlie9) Strike Price • Options Basics: How to Pick the Right Strike Price (Elvis Picardo - Investopedia) • High Probability Options Trading Defined (Kirk DuPlessis, Option Alpha) Breakeven • Your break-even (at expiration) isn't as important as you think it is (PapaCharlie9) Expiration • Options Expiration & Assignment (Option Alpha) • Expiration times and dates (Investopedia) Greeks • Options Pricing & The Greeks (Option Alpha) (30 minutes) • Options Greeks (captut) Trading and Strategy • Fishing for a price: price discovery and orders • Common mistakes and useful advice for new options traders (wiki) • Common Intra-Day Stock Market Patterns - (Cory Mitchell - The Balance)
Managing Trades • Managing long calls - a summary (Redtexture) • The diagonal call calendar spread, misnamed as the "poor man's covered call" (Redtexture) • Selected Option Positions and Trade Management (Wiki)
Why did my options lose value when the stock price moved favorably? • Options extrinsic and intrinsic value, an introduction (Redtexture)
Trade planning, risk reduction and trade size • Exit-first trade planning, and a risk-reduction checklist (Redtexture) • Monday School: A trade plan is more important than you think it is (PapaCharlie9) • Applying Expected Value Concepts to Option Investing (Select Options) • Risk Management, or How to Not Lose Your House (boii0708) (March 6 2021) • Trade Checklists and Guides (Option Alpha)
• Planning for trades to fail. (John Carter) (at 90 seconds)
Minimizing Bid-Ask Spreads (high-volume options are best) • Price discovery for wide bid-ask spreads (Redtexture) • List of option activity by underlying (Market Chameleon)
Closing out a trade • Most options positions are closed before expiration (Options Playbook) • Risk to reward ratios change: a reason for early exit (Redtexture) • Guide: When to Exit Various Positions • Close positions before expiration: TSLA decline after market close (PapaCharlie9) (September 11, 2020) • 5 Tips For Exiting Trades (OptionStalker) • Why stop loss option orders are a bad idea
Options exchange operations and processes • Options Adjustments for Mergers, Stock Splits and Special dividends; Options Expiration creation; Strike Price creation; Trading Halts and Market Closings; Options Listing requirements; Collateral Rules; List of Options Exchanges; Market Makers • Options that trade until 4:15 PM (US Eastern) / 3:15 PM (US Central) -- (Tastyworks)
Brokers • USA Options Brokers (wiki) • An incomplete list of international brokers trading USA (and European) options
Miscellaneous: Volatility, Options Option Chains & Data, Economic Calendars, Futures Options • Graph of the VIX: S&P 500 volatility index (StockCharts) • Graph of VX Futures Term Structure (Trading Volatility) • A selected list of option chain & option data websites • Options on Futures (CME Group) • Selected calendars of economic reports and events
Previous weeks' Option Questions Safe Haven threads.
Complete archive: 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023
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2023.05.30 17:29 Chico237 #NIOCORP~NIOBIUM & TITANIUM & SCANDIUM ~PyroGenesis Signs Breakthrough Contract WITH UNNAMED U.S. SUPPLIER for First Commercial By-The-Tonne Order for Titanium Metal Powder for 3D Printing , NIOCORP RESPONDS TO RECENT QUESTIONS & more......
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PyroGenesis Signs Breakthrough Contract for First Commercial By-The-Tonne Order for Titanium Metal Powder for 3D Printing PyroGenesis Signs Breakthrough Contract for First Commercial By-The-Tonne Order for Titanium Metal Powder for 3D Printing PyroGenesis Canada Inc https://preview.redd.it/0mckwpltgz2b1.png?width=300&format=png&auto=webp&s=f0b0a2a86e50198a652fa2eddff22ba134fd7edd
“This order for 5,000 kg is the first “By-The-Tonne” commercial order received by the Company for its atomized powder titanium metal powders produced using the Company’s NexGen™ plasma atomization system,” said Massimo Dattilo, VP, PyroGenesis Additive. “This represents our full entrance into the titanium metal powders marketplace.”
The client (whose name is being withheld at its request) is an advanced materials company in the United States. For clarity, this client is unrelated to the global aerospace OEM client for which the Company continues the qualification process to become an approved supplier.
Additionally, this new client has placed a provisional order for a further six tonnes (or 6,000 kilograms), contingent upon the client determining, at its discretion, the appropriate demand for additional powders.
(INTERESTING UNAMED U.S. COMPANY!!!!??????? IMPERIONX, NIOCORP, TIMET, Warren Buffet? =) ...) HMMMM.......Gotta be a U.S. Company that INTENDS TO MINE & PRODUCE TITANIUM OXIDES.....!)
May 22, 2023 ~Developing advanced niobium-graphene batteries with unprecedented 30-year lifecycles~ Developing advanced niobium-graphene batteries with unprecedented 30-year lifecycles (nanowerk.com) With applications in medical devices, electric vehicles, aerospace equipment, and more, the batteries are being tested in a new USD3.8 million (S$5 million) high-tech laboratory launched by NUS and CBMM
Batteries play a crucial role in powering many modern devices, such as mobile phones, pacemakers, and electric vehicles. Yet, traditional lithium-ion batteries pose limitations such as safety risks, short life cycles, and long charging times. The pioneer niobium-graphene batteries developed by the Centre for Advanced 2D Materials (CA2DM)
at the National University of Singapore (NUS), an innovator in the research of graphene and other 2-dimensional (2D) materials, and CBMM, the global leader in niobium products and technology, will address all these problems.
The batteries are being tested at the new CBMM-CA2DM Advanced Battery Laboratory which was launched today by NUS and CBMM and established with a joint investment of USD3.8 million (S$5 million) over three years, supported by the National Research Foundation, Singapore.
“The CBMM-CA2DM Advanced Battery Laboratory is the most high-tech and well-equipped facility in Singapore to explore new frontiers in battery technology. The lab provides researchers with advanced equipment to create new solid electrolytes, fabricate various cell forms, and eventually put their innovations to the test. We have made significant progress in our development of niobium-graphene batteries which are proving to be a game changer in safety, efficiency, and sustainability,” said Professor Antonio H. Castro Neto, Director of CA2DM.
Rethinking battery capabilities
The pioneer niobium-graphene batteries have proven to have greater performance and safety compared to traditional lithium-ion batteries. In addition, volatile and flammable liquid electrolytes in lithium-ion batteries will be replaced by niobium-containing solid electrolytes, further enhancing the novel batteries' safety and energy density.
Benefits of niobium-graphene batteries include:
• Long life cycle: Performance duration is 10 times longer (estimated to be around 30 years) than traditional lithium-ion batteries, making them more durable and reliable.
• Safety: Operate at a safe voltage window and safely discharge without overheating in case of accidental damage.
• Fast charging: Fully charged in less than 10 minutes, which increases convenience.
• Improved performance: Niobium enhances conductivity and stabilises the host structure, leading to improved battery rate performance and long cycling stability.
• Sustainability: Niobium is a relatively abundant and environmentally friendly material, making the batteries a more sustainable alternative to traditional lithium- ion batteries.
Niobium serves as the primary active material in the negative electrode of the batteries while also being used as an additive in the positive electrode. Graphene, on the other hand, is utilised in both negative and positive electrodes to boost electronic conductivity and structural stability. In the negative electrode, the unique crystal structure of niobium materials facilitates rapid charging without damaging the structure. In the positive electrode, niobium materials can increase ionic conductivity and safeguard the active material from degradation. Additionally, the low-density nature of graphene significantly improves the electronic conductivity of both electrodes without compromising the overall energy density of the battery.
The final prototype of the niobium-graphene battery is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2024.
“As they have a longer lifespan, the new graphene-niobium batteries significantly reduce total cost of ownership compared to existing lithium-ion batteries and have ultrafast charging capabilities. In addition, they offer higher safety as they do not risk explosion even in high temperatures,” said Rogerio Ribas, CBMM Global Head of Batteries. “The first batteries to combine niobium applications on both cathode and anode, they also have advantages such as higher input and output power, wider temperature operating range and higher state of charge thus can be developed for specific markets such as commercial and industrial applications including regenerative braking systems for hybrid vehicles (rails, trucks, and passengers cars), heavy-duty applications, intralogistics, cordless power tools among others,” adds Mr Ribas.
The new laboratory is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for both research and manufacturing of advanced niobium-based batteries and solid electrolytes. Due to their high-performance capabilities, the niobium-graphene batteries have wide-ranging potential applications, including medical devices, such as pacemakers and defibrillators, and aerospace equipment, such as satellites and spacecraft, all of which require long cycle life and high safety standards. Other potential applications include electric vehicles, and consumer electronics.
“With the increasing need for sustainable and high-performance energy solutions, the CBMM-CA2DM Advanced Battery Laboratory marks a strong partnership between enterprise and research with exciting real-world applications. At NUS, we constantly seek to push the boundaries of innovation, and we look forward to the lab’s novel contributions to science and technology, as well as the industry,” said Professor Chen Tsuhan, NUS Deputy President (Innovation and Enterprise), and Chairman of the CA2DM Board.
Poised for further breakthroughs in battery technology
The CBMM-CA2DM Advanced Battery Laboratory is the first of its kind in Singapore that is equipped end-to-end for customised battery creation and testing. Key features of the lab include an electrolyte processing unit, and a dry room with humidity going as low as one percent, which enables the handling of moisture-sensitive battery materials. The dry room is also seamlessly linked to a series of gloveboxes that create an inert atmosphere for the batteries to be assembled. This ensures zero contamination throughout the process.
The lab design also allows for thousands of prototypes to be tested per month. The laboratory houses advanced battery testers that can carry out charge and discharge cycles, investigate working and degradation mechanisms, and predict the durability of the batteries produced. In addition, the lab has equipment that allows researchers to fabricate various forms of battery cells, such as coin and pouch cells, in different dimensions.
Going forward, the lab aims to test and create more advanced and novel batteries with various materials and interact with the local research institutes, faculties, and industry to develop frontier technology in batteries. One high-tech target is to develop solid-state battery technology which does not require any flammable liquids inside, making it completely safe. An industrial space will also be created within the lab to allow external companies to develop and test battery prototypes to fulfill their commercial needs.
MAY 26, 2023~What are critical minerals - and why are they key to a greener future? What are critical minerals - and why are they key to a greener future? World Economic Forum (weforum.org) https://preview.redd.it/tt37ti12kz2b1.png?width=1600&format=png&auto=webp&s=1f6032b433ae2bc04c01c0818b24de134bbd35b1
Critical minerals – the once forgotten elements crucial to modern day technology – have made it to the top of the geopolitical agenda. A global battery arms race, driven by the advent of electric vehicles (EVs), has seen a step change in demand for lithium, nickel, cobalt, graphite, manganese and rare earths.
A supply demand mismatch, especially for lithium, has created a tremendous raw material disconnect between those building gigafactories and EVs – and those that mine these elements critical for their function.
We have moved from a world where traditional commodities have taken second stage to the commodities of the future. And lithium-ion batteries and their key raw material inputs have taken centre stage in policy, namely the US Inflation Reduction Act
Have you read?
But, other major economies such as the European Union, UK, and Australia are all establishing large-scale funding and associated legislation. The G7 Hiroshima Leaders’ Communique
mentions critical minerals 10 times, India’s lithium reserves
made front pages, as did Chile’s proposed nationalization of the element
. The EU just passed the Critical Raw Materials Act
, and the US National Security Advisor mentioned minerals several times
at his recent major policy speech.
This level of political attention is new, but such heights of the limelight never last long. A seismic technology shift is upon us as the world moves aggressively towards electric vehicles, sparking the dawn of the 'energy storage revolution’ – a revolution currently led by China.
~SHARING RESPONSES TO QUESTIONS ASKED AFTER NIOCORP POSTED MATERIAL NEWS ON SCANDIUM MAY 29, 2023~
NioCorp Launches Phased Approach to Commercial Production of Made-in-America Aluminum-Scandium Master Alloy NioCorp Launches Phased Approach to Commercial Production of Made-in-America Aluminum-Scandium Master Alloy - NioCorp Developments Ltd. NioCorp Partnering with Nanoscale Powders LLC to Explore the Possibility of Establishing the First US-Based Mine-to-Master-Alloy Vertically Integrated Production of the High-Performance Material NioCorp’s Potential Commercial Production of Al-Sc Master Alloy Could Launch Prior to the Company’s Planned Production of >100 Tonnes/Year of Scandium Oxide at its Proposed Elk Creek Critical Minerals Project in Nebraska and Would Use Scandium Produced at the Elk Creek Facility as well as From Other Sources China Now Dominates the Scandium World, but North America is Now Positioned to Emerge as a “Leading Scandium Producer,” says NioCorp CEO
MAY 29th 2023~ Jim/NIOCORP respond to question on recent Scandium News Release above:What comes to mind right off the bat is: A)"How is this Scandium AlSc master Alloy different than what Niocorp produced with IBC & AMES laboratory???"Response:
It is a different process that will be utilized. (I have noticed a NEW PATENTED Molten Sodium Process.... that can be used for TITANIUM , SCANDIUM.... & MORE....... HMMM...... )https://patents.justia.com/assignee/nanoscale-powders-llc B) Will this be a Patentable approach now moving forward? in conjunction with Nanoscale???Response:
Yes and yes. But we do not discuss the details of intellectual property matters except as required by law (\
****This is very interesting indeed because a few years back Niocorp was not interested in patenting any such materials!)*
C) IS NIOCORP still engaged with IBC, AMES & OTHER ENTITIES in regards to Scandium Alloy production & uses moving forward? and with the New Niobium & Titanium oxides as well!!!!Response:
We are focusing on our partnership with Nanoscale on the production of AlSc master alloy, but we engaged with a number of parties on various elements of our scandium-aluminum master alloy business development. We are not working with IBC on niobium or titanium product development efforts. (Hmm... NEVER MENTIONED AMES LAB, or Other Entities - "ENGAGED WITH A NUMBER OF VARIOUS PARTIES!!!!" (SCANDIUM, NIOBIUM & TITANIUM......???? INTERESTING!!!!)
THEN THERE IS THE RARE EARTHS QUESTION:
Sharing Jims response as Niocorp does have legal DISCLOSURE constraints to deal with in regards to all "Material News releases"! When asked about Rare Earths ON ~MAY, 26th 2023~
"NioCorp has not made a final determination on which REE products we will make, including tonnages, etc.. That determination can only be made in the context of publication of an updated Feasibility Study."
FORM YOUR OWN OPINIONS & CONCLUSIONS ABOVE: ~PENDING THE PATENT-PENDING FINAL DEMONSTRATION PLANT RESULTS BEING IMPELMENTED INTO A FINAL 2023 MARKET COMPLIANT INDEPENDENTLY VERIFIED FEASIBILITY STUDY with updated Capex/Opex & Economics~PENDING ~ DEFENSE & PRIVATE INDUSTRY NEED THESE SUPER HEAT RESISTANT HEA, MXENES, CERAMIC ALLOYS BEING DEVLOPED! HYPERSONICS, SEMICONDUCTORS & ELECTRONICS, AEROSPACE, DEFENSE, & OEMS... "THINK FUTURE OFF-TAKE AGREEMENTS HERE!"~ A LITTLE GOVERNMENT CHEESE FOR "DEBT????" T.B.D.???KNOWING THESE CRITICAL MINERALS PRODUCED & PROCESSED AT THE ELK CREEK MINE WILL HAVE MULTIPLE USES FOR DEFENSE & PRIVATE INDUSTRY MOVING FORWARD:*****A STABLE, SECURE DOMESTIC U.S. SUPPLY IS A NECESSITY. Given the uses for HYPERSONICS, AEROSPACE, OEM, SEMI-CONDUCTORS, ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING, DEFENSE, ALLOYS, NANO-MATERIALS, CERAMICS, ~STEEL, ALUMINUM, TITANIUM & ALLOYING PRODUCTS~ SUPER-CONDUCTORS & a HOST OF OTHER USES...*\
~CAN THE U.S. Rely & Depend on CHINA & RUSSIA IN THE FUTURE for its Economic Prosperity?I AM STAYING TUNED WITH MANY!
2023.05.30 16:56 CocoLenin The Greatest Whig - A Winfield Scott Timeline
2023.05.30 16:46 BarbaraJames_75 Pending lawsuit in federal court: neighborhood preferences in housing lotteries contribute to segregation
The action is pending in the Southern District of New York.
Subheading: An eight-year legal battle over whether community preferences for low-cost housing violate housing discrimination law has been cleared for trial. Do New York’s Affordable Housing Lotteries Fuel Segregation? - The New York Times (nytimes.com)
From the article:
For decades, affordable housing in New York City has followed a seemingly simple rule: To make new development more palatable, half of new affordable apartments must first be offered to people already living in the area.
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2023.05.30 15:51 Blackroast Digimon want lists are broken?
When going on a seller's profile and searching for cards they are selling that are on my want lists, I get 0 search results.
As you can see from this image
, Agumon for example, is on my want list named 'BT11' and these sellers all have copies of it, but when going on their profiles and searching by want list BT11, I get 0 results.
This is happening with every seller, every want list and every Digimon card. As far as I can tell this is only happening to Digimon, I do get results when searching by Yugioh and Pokemon want lists.
Support has been unhelpful, claimed it was a country issue and then stopped replying to me. It's not, both me and all these sellers are from the UK and I can manually search each card and purchase from these sellers and have done.
Is anyone else having this issue?
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2023.05.30 15:18 emlanis Discover the Power of Secret VRF on Secret Network and Cosmos IBC
The latest upgrade, v1.9, of Secret Network brings a powerful addition: the Secret Verifiable Random Function (VRF). It is good to understand what this means for Secret and the wider Cosmos IBC ecosystem, as well as its diverse use cases.
Secret VRF enables the generation of truly random numbers on the blockchain, all while upholding security and usability. Gone are the days of relying on off-chain solutions that can be unreliable, centralized, costly, and hinder user experience. With Secret VRF, the verifiable random number generator resides directly on the blockchain, making it the go-to solution for dApps.
Use Cases of Secret VRF
DeFi: RNGs play an important role in DeFi protocols, determining validators, reward distributions, and interest rates for lending pools. With Secret VRF, fairness, and decentralization are safeguarded, at ease.
Gaming: Web3 dApps leverage RNGs for fair and unpredictable outcomes, such as dice rolls and card draws. Secret VRF ensures game results remain truly random and tamper-proof.
NFT Minting: RNGs are utilized to generate unique NFTs directly on the blockchain. This ensures that NFTs are distinct, non-consecutive, and immune to duplication.
Multi-Party Computation: RNGs are employed in multi-party computations, where multiple parties collaboratively compute a function over their inputs without revealing their individual inputs. Secret VRF guarantees fairness and impartiality, benefiting all involved parties.
Governance: Certain Web3 protocols employ RNGs to randomly select participants for decision-making processes or to establish the voting order. Secret VRF facilitates unbiased governance mechanisms.
Lotteries and Raffles: Web3-based lotteries and raffles rely on RNGs to select winners fairly and at random. This extends to various scenarios, including government-run municipal lotteries for school admissions and registrations.
Unlocking the Potential With Secret VRF, Secret Network, and the broader Cosmos IBC ecosystem empower dApps with truly random and secure operations. From DeFi and governance to gaming and lotteries, the applications are endless.
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2023.05.30 15:01 MightBeneficial3302 Enterprise Group (TSX: E, OTCQB : ETOLF) Earnings Exceeded Expectations And More to Come
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When you finish reading this article, you may well kick yourself. The good news is that the Enterprise Group, Inc. (TSX: E) (OTCQB: ETOLF)
growth is just getting started. While hindsight is 20/20, the future looks very bright for this consolidator of energy services (including specialized equipment rental to the energy/resource sector), including one of the first companies to build and release systems and plans to drastically lower GHG emissions of resource companies. (Opened in Apr 2022). https://preview.redd.it/zjy9xf19vy2b1.jpg?width=1024&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=c1f1c341afc216e54827a0ccf3ebc11e7e9f71a1
Cool as that is, it isn’t the good part the graph below shows the price growth of Enterprise (orange line on the graph below) over the last two years against all the major indices (group like a rainbow at the bottom).
If you bought the shares a couple of years ago, congrats. The second-best time is today.
I will give you the most up-to-date info and stats. If you don’t come out with a positive attitude about the shares, I can’t help you.
I will list the salient reasons why a little (or a lot) of the Company should be in your portfolio. Over and above the fact it smoked the major US Indices.
These points will be in some order, but all are powerful forces to grow the Company.
- The shares closed on Friday, May 26th, 2023, at CDN 0.475 cents—a 52-week high.
- If you bought the shares two years ago, they cost around CDN 0.20 (Returns later).
- FY 2022 Earnings of CDN 0.05 (Next fact is impressive)
- Q1 2023 Earnings of CDN 0.06 a share.)
- To date, the Company has purchased and canceled nearly 11 million Enterprise shares at an average cost of CDN 0.24
- ENTERPRISE management puts much time and effort into the company’s growth, mainly for its shareholders’ benefit.
For more context of most recent earnings (and for those more visual investors among us) announcement’s power, comparing Q1 2023 to FY 2022 is productive. https://preview.redd.it/f8t5wlmnvy2b1.png?width=2048&format=png&auto=webp&s=06b95027d9e8c8676eb9417634b51f06a477839a FY2022 Numbers
Revenue: CA$26.9m (up 44% from FY 2021).
Net income: CA$2.28m (up from CA$2.38m loss in FY 2021).
Net Profit margin: 8.5% (up from a net loss in FY 2021). The move to profitability was driven by higher revenue.
EPS: CA$0.05 (up from CA$0.049 loss in FY 2021). Factors That Will Drive Future Growth. A Lot.
- The oil and gas CAPEX market size was around USD 502 billion in 2020, and it is anticipated to reach around USD 942 billion in 2027, registering a CAGR of around 8.1% during the forecast period 2022-2027…Hence, to meet the strong global demand for crude oil and natural gas, more investment is required for exploration and production activities, which in turn promulgates the CAPEX in the oil and gas industry. (researchandmarkets.com)
- “The BC government breached the Treaty Rights of the Blueberry River First Nations, says a new provincial court ruling that could have sweeping implications for oil, gas, forestry and hydroelectric development in the northeastern part of the province.” (Narwhal)
- With a stellar reputation, personal relationships with nearly all the resource companies in Western Canada and a stated plan to work with clients to reduce and eventually eliminate GHG emissions, Enterprise is in an excellent and virtually peerless position to benefit from The Blueberry/BC Supreme Court Decision.
- Enterprise’s senior officers, including CEO and President Leonard Jaroszuk, have embarked on a cross-country tour, visiting investors, financial professionals and others involved in the capital markets to emphasize the growth and potential of the Enterprise.
- Given the rise in Capex spending and the growth of the resource industry as the ‘Green Economy’ gets underway over the next several years, Enterprise is in the ‘sweet’ spot.
- The reality of energy production growth represents several things. First, as Green Tech develops, a growing supply of fossil fuels globally will be needed.
- Resource companies and suppliers such as Enterprise Group will need to continue, with its peers, to create the most benign (and ever more relevant) GHG mitigation production technologies and processes.
- Oil and Gas CAPEX spending growth over the following years also bodes exceptionally well for the oil and gas service sector. From resource technology company Schlumberger:
When shareholders and investors dive into the Company’s advances, they will note the following.
- Enterprise’s client base constantly grows, including several Tier One companies added in 2022
- Uninterrupted annual Cash Flow; a portion used to buyback market shares
- Response to Evolution Power Projects has exceeded corporate expectations.
- Offer clients custom technologies to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions.
- Blueberry First Nations opens a vast opportunity to add significant business.
Here are the in-depth information assets. Research Assets
Fundamental Research states that the Company blew through its previous estimates, raising its fair value from CDN1.02 to CDN1.12.
The latest Corporate Presentation is here Latest Podcast
Enterprise Group Inc.’s Desmond O’Kell lays out the company’s successful business model in the Company’s most recent podcast. YouTube Channel
It’s YouTube. After reading all the foregoing facts, if you aren’t moved to pick up some shares, as I said at the outset, I can’t help you.
2023.05.30 12:42 Silent_Name2350 SPF- GRF vocation experience
For anyone who is interested in the GRF vocation pls be warned that it is pretty much extra 3 months of pobc with more in-depth training. However do not expect it to be slack since you have been in HTA for 3/5months alr and hold the rank of SC higher standards are expected of you. Everyone must meet ippt silver( 11.15min run and 10 pull ups minimum) and small matters like untidy bunk/buying vending machine drinks without permission will result in confinement basically HTA management is just extremely nit-picky over everything rn not eating your veggies will also result in confinement(not a joke). Honestly the only upside is the free license and the experience outside. If u dont mind staying an extra 3 months enduring HTA’s bs and want the free license i wish all the best to you:) if not other vocations are leagues better
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2023.05.30 12:15 lmb_reddit All State - PICK 4 List Performance for 2023-05-29
Lottery Website for Workouts and Tools - Lets Make Billion All State - PICK 4 List Performance for 2023-05-29 Numbers:
Congrats all Winners and Followers.
|State ||Draw Date ||Draw Time ||Winning Number ||BOX Number ||VTRAC Number |
|CT ||2023-05-29 ||Evening ||9000 ||0009 ||1115 |
|DC ||2023-05-29 ||Evening ||6640 ||0466 ||1225 |
|FL ||2023-05-29 ||Midday ||4565 ||4556 ||1125 |
|GA ||2023-05-29 ||Midday ||4256 ||2456 ||1235 |
|KY ||2023-05-29 ||Evening ||5964 ||4569 ||1255 |
|MO ||2023-05-29 ||Midday ||5549 ||4559 ||1155 |
|MS ||2023-05-29 ||Evening ||0604 ||0046 ||1125 |
|NJ ||2023-05-29 ||Evening ||9265 ||2569 ||1235 |
|ONT ||2023-05-29 ||Midday ||6045 ||0456 ||1125 |
|RI ||2023-05-29 ||Evening ||3362 ||2336 ||2344 |
|SC ||2023-05-29 ||Evening ||7511 ||1157 ||1223 |
|TN ||2023-05-29 ||Evening ||6449 ||4469 ||2555 |
|TN ||2023-05-29 ||Morning ||7679 ||6779 ||2335 |
|TX ||2023-05-29 ||Midday ||2440 ||0244 ||1355 |
|VA ||2023-05-29 ||Evening ||9520 ||0259 ||1135 |
|WCAN ||2023-05-29 ||Evening ||0770 ||0077 ||1133 |
|WV ||2023-05-29 ||Evening ||3137 ||1337 ||2344 |
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2023.05.30 12:15 lmb_reddit All State - PICK 3 List Performance for 2023-05-29
Lottery Website for Workouts and Tools - Lets Make Billion All State - PICK 3 List Performance for 2023-05-29 Numbers:
Congrats all Winners and Followers.
|State ||Draw Date ||Draw Time ||Winning Number ||BOX Number ||VTRAC Number |
|DC ||2023-05-29 ||Midday ||940 ||049 ||155 |
|FL ||2023-05-29 ||Midday ||056 ||056 ||112 |
|GA ||2023-05-29 ||Evening ||212 ||122 ||233 |
|IA ||2023-05-29 ||Midday ||449 ||449 ||555 |
|ID ||2023-05-29 ||Midday ||559 ||559 ||115 |
|KS ||2023-05-29 ||Evening ||266 ||266 ||223 |
|KY ||2023-05-29 ||Midday ||045 ||045 ||115 |
|KY ||2023-05-29 ||Evening ||203 ||023 ||134 |
|MD ||2023-05-29 ||Evening ||299 ||299 ||355 |
|ME ||2023-05-29 ||Evening ||659 ||569 ||125 |
|MN ||2023-05-29 ||Evening ||050 ||005 ||111 |
|MS ||2023-05-29 ||Evening ||041 ||014 ||125 |
|NH ||2023-05-29 ||Evening ||659 ||569 ||125 |
|NM ||2023-05-29 ||Evening ||096 ||069 ||125 |
|NM ||2023-05-29 ||Midday ||452 ||245 ||135 |
|OH ||2023-05-29 ||Evening ||204 ||024 ||135 |
|OK ||2023-05-29 ||Evening ||902 ||029 ||135 |
|ONT ||2023-05-29 ||Evening ||062 ||026 ||123 |
|ONT ||2023-05-29 ||Midday ||725 ||257 ||133 |
|PR ||2023-05-29 ||Midday ||518 ||158 ||124 |
|SC ||2023-05-29 ||Midday ||945 ||459 ||155 |
|TX ||2023-05-29 ||Evening ||544 ||445 ||155 |
|VA ||2023-05-29 ||Evening ||320 ||023 ||134 |
|VT ||2023-05-29 ||Evening ||659 ||569 ||125 |
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2023.05.30 11:09 lpinformation3125 2023 Biothreat Detection Solutions Global Market Insights, Industry Outlook, Growing Trends And Top Key Players Kromek, Bertin Technologies
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2023.05.30 09:32 AnyYogurtcloset9151 I made 5000 calls and set 1 meeting. SaaS SDR/BDR is BS proof
It is virtually impossible to be so bad at talking on a phone that you can't set a meeting in a couple thousand calls if your product is actually good and people are answering. However, both are unlikely.
That is because SaaS is aaSS. SaaS is a meme. Koolaiders talking about all the money in SaaS are 1 of 3:
•Those who haven't actually broken into the field yet
•Those just starting
Lottery winners are equivalent to shitcoin gamblers. They 2000xed. You won't.
You won't, because succeeding in these roles is possible at only a handful of companies in the perfect markets at the perfect times, and your results are dependent on your company.
No one actually cares about your personality on the phone. There aren't any magic questions or magic words that will change anything. You can control your volume of outreach, but that's merely a minimum threshold to succeed (as is targeting the correct prospects). It's meaningless if the outreach is ineffective. What makes it ineffective? It's certainly not pedantic nonsense like opening with "How are you?"
There is absolutely nothing you can do if you choose the wrong company. Good companies are the exception, and hard (read: nigh impossible) to break into.
This also means that when you're inevitably fired from the first shitty company, after 6 months of unemployment you're just going to land right back in another one.
I suggest learning math and coding.
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2023.05.30 07:30 sem263 Why does the TOPIK website suck so much, and can we pressure NIIED into fixing it?
I'm not even taking the test this time, but a bunch of my friends are, and they have been sitting in front of their computers since 7 AM with no luck at securing a spot. This has literally happened every single time there is an exam signup without fail for YEARS, and the fact that NIIED continues to do nothing about it is honestly baffling and infuriating.
TOPIK scores are mandatory for many people that live in Korea to maintain their visas, and NIIED's refusal to invest in adequate servers makes it borderline impossible for people to register in a reasonable time frame. Test-takers have to sit there in front of their browsers for an entire day, sometimes multiple days, just to get a spot at all, and many people I know have to travel 2+ hours or pay for a hotel to get to their test site on time because it's basically impossible to get a seat in Seoul without winning the TOPIK lottery. Some people wait all day and then are unable to register at all!
I've taken the HSK, multiple ALTA exams, OPIs, OPIcs, etc (all of which have FAR more test-takers and are also more resource-intensive in terms of computing power), and nothing comes even remotely close to how terrible the experience of signing up for the TOPIK is. For a country that is allegedly so technologically evolved, it's honestly shocking and infuriating that the experience is so bad. My other qualms with the test:
- It can take up to FOUR MONTHS to register, take the test, and get your scores back (registration for the October TOPIK opens on August 1, and results come out 121 days (more than 17 weeks) later on November 30!! That is ridiculous!!
- They won't let us use a pencil (or heaven forbid, a keyboard!!!) to fill out answer sheets and do the essay section despite the fact that the writing section is already ridiculously short time-wise and that writing or reading marker over white-out is horrible for everyone involved
- Half the exam is a waste of time for anyone aiming for a level 3 or 6 (For level 3ers, the last half of the test is not even worth studying for, and for level 6ers, the first half is just boring and distractingly slow to the point that people make careless errors because it's hard to follow something that is so slow compared to real conversation).
- After several years, question 54 is a black box that no one including Korean language teachers, seems to understand the grading rubric of. We get no feedback and we can't access copies of our essays after the test is over so there is no way to know what we did wrong.
- The TOPIK exam is simply not good at measuring what it is supposed to measure - practical Korean language proficiency for life, school, and work. I know people with a level 6 who can barely have a proper conversation and people with a level 4 that are far more functional than the former. It's not a good test.
- If you're relatively new to Korea (like 99% of language students) and don't have a Korean bank account yet (or if online payments haven't been authorized), you can get all the way to the front of the line just to find that your foreign card will not be accepted.
- Outside of Korea, the signup process is even more disorganized. There seems to be no uniform system at all for administering signups or the test itself, and the process is going to be completely different at every site and even from test to test. When I tried to take the TOPIK in NYC a few years back, I had to post my personal information on a public forum, get them to email me an address, and then mail them a physical envelope of cash just to sign up.,.. When I decided not to take it after all (because of this ridiculous sign up process) the person I was corresponding with got mad at me for "wasting her time" when this whole thing should have been automated in the first place.
Is there any way we could start a campaign to get NIIED to get their shit together so we can give them our money and take this exam they force us to take? I am dead serious lol
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2023.05.30 07:06 raffsan125 Exploring Euromillions Results in Ireland: Unveiling the Winning Numbers and Jackpot Dreams
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2023.05.30 06:17 sem263 Can we please petition the TOPIK administrators to fix their freaking website already
I'm not even taking the test this time, but I'm so pissed that their website is STILL so broken after this many years of the exact same thing happening every time registration opens or scores are released.
TOPIK scores are mandatory for many people that live in Korea to maintain their visas, and NIIED's refusal to invest in adequate servers makes it borderline impossible for people to register in a reasonable time frame. Test-takers have to sit there in front of their browsers for an entire day, sometimes multiple days, just to get a spot at all, and many people I know have to travel 2+ hours to get to their test site because it's basically impossible to get a seat in Seoul without winning the TOPIK lottery. Some people wait all day and then are unable to register at all! Heaven forbid you're new to Korea (like 99% of language students) and don't have a Korean bank account yet - because if you are, you can get all the way to the front of the line just to find that your foreign card will not be accepted.
I've taken the HSK, multiple ALTA exams, OPIs, OPIcs, etc (all of which have FAR more test-takers and are also more resource-intensive), and nothing comes even remotely close to how terrible the experience of signing up for the TOPIK is. For a country that is allegedly so technologically evolved, it's honestly shocking and infuriating that the experience is so bad.
Don't even get me started on the ridiculous fact that the timeline of registering, taking the test, and getting your scores can take between 2 and 4 months (registration for the October TOPIK opens on August 1 and results come out 121 days (more than 17 weeks) later on November 30!!). This is absolutely absurd in the year 2023...
Or the fact that the TOPIK exam is terrible at measuring what it is supposed to measure (practical Korean proficiency), that NIIED won't let us use pencils (or heaven forbid a keyboard!) to write the essays despite how difficult it is to write in marker over whiteout, that half the exam is a waste of time for anyone going for a level 3 or 6, and that question 54 is still seemingly a black box and no one, including Korean teachers, understands how it is graded....
Is there any way we could start a campaign to get NIIED to update their website so we can give them our money and take this exam they force us to take?
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2023.05.30 06:06 Master_Greggles So I guess I have a slight case of pancreatitis?
Me 31(m) 6'2 240lbs. So had some weird abdominal pains and went to the ER about 3 days later worried it was gallstones. After Labwork and a CT scan the doctor decided I have a slew of issues including gastritis very slight inflammation of the pancreas and the beginning of a fatty liver. He told me to quit smoking and to stop eating like a stoned teenager that just won the lottery, and that I need to exercise and get back in shape and apparently I'll be back to normal with everything in a couple months of the clean eating. Was in the hospital just long enough for results and they sent me home without pain pills and I didn't so much as take a nap in the hospital. I'm not morbidly obese or anything but I would probably feel much healthier if I lost 20-40 lbs. So I'm on a bland diet for the stomach deal. I'm just wondering what this ping of pain everyone is talking about on these posts. What's the sensation/location. If I gotta keep an eye out for a future episode it would help to know what I'm looking out for. Also I quit smoking. . . So far. And I've been eating super clean, traded in the pizza and burgers for chicken breast and salmon.
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