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2016.07.27 11:48 lessofthat Weather Factory

A place for discussing, feeding back on or trying desperately to unravel Weather Factory's games: ☽★☾ Cultist Simulator and BOOK OF HOURS ☽★☾

2013.06.23 20:42 TheKolbrin Exceptional Worldwide Weather & Other Natural Disasters

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2023.05.31 01:08 Neat-Housing9686 April/May Haul

April/May Haul
Finally got all of Toriko and Gintama! Close to completing a couple more.
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2023.05.31 00:48 Yvonne_Caldwell Why Your City May Experience a Rolling Blackout and How to Be Prepared

📷 Why Your City May Experience a Rolling Blackout and How to Be Prepared


As a professional in the energy storage industry, I have seen the importance of being prepared for a rolling blackout. A rolling blackout is a temporary power outage that occurs when the demand for electricity exceeds the supply. This can happen for a variety of reasons, including extreme weather conditions, power plant failures, and high demand during peak hours. In this article, we will explore what a rolling blackout is, why it happens, and how you can be prepared.

What is a Rolling Blackout?

A rolling blackout is a controlled power outage that is implemented by utility companies to prevent a total blackout. During a rolling blackout, power is temporarily cut off to certain areas for a short period of time, usually lasting between 15 minutes to an hour. The power is then restored to those areas while another area experiences a power outage. This process is repeated until the demand for electricity is reduced to a manageable level.

Why Do Rolling Blackouts Happen?

Rolling blackouts can happen for a variety of reasons. One of the most common reasons is extreme weather conditions, such as heat waves or cold snaps, which can cause a surge in demand for electricity as people turn on their air conditioners or heaters. Another reason is power plant failures, which can occur due to equipment malfunctions or natural disasters. Finally, rolling blackouts can happen during peak hours when the demand for electricity is at its highest.

How Can You Be Prepared?

Being prepared for a rolling blackout is essential, especially if you live in an area that is prone to power outages. Here are some tips to help you be prepared:

How Can None Help?

As a leading brand in the energy storage industry, None offers a range of products that can help you be prepared for a rolling blackout. Our battery backup systems can provide power to your home during an outage, ensuring that you have access to electricity when you need it most. In addition, our products are designed to be easy to use and install, so you can be prepared for a blackout in no time.


Rolling blackouts can be a frustrating and inconvenient experience, but being prepared can help minimize the impact. By understanding what a rolling blackout is, why it happens, and how you can be prepared, you can ensure that you and your family are ready for any power outage that may occur. And with None's range of energy storage products, you can have peace of mind knowing that you have a reliable backup power source.
Sources: https://www.energy.gov/oe/services/energy-assurance/emergency-preparedness/rolling-blackouts
Article by: None
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2023.05.30 20:26 denisemonzo Sun's out, and so are our new features ☀️ May 2023 updates

Sun's out, and so are our new features ☀️ May 2023 updates
We’re well into spring and we’ve been absolutely buzzing with excitement. 🐝
And you know this warmer weather brings even hotter new features:

Credit Card Pots 💳

What if you could automatically set money aside to pay your credit card balance whenever you used your credit card? Now you can, with a new Credit Card Pot!
As you spend on your credit card, we’ll move money into the Pot made especially for helping you pay off your balance. Just tell us how much you want to pay each month.
You’ll need to set up payments to come from your Monzo account through your credit card issuer. You can also set up auto-pay so the payment is automatically made from your Credit Card Pot when it’s due.
See how it works in our blog post.

Automated Salary Sorter 🚗

Imagine having all your money neatly organized into your Pots as soon as you get paid.
Our improved Salary Sorter tool can sort your salary automatically, even without you having to lift a finger. It can also save your preferences for the future and track your past sorts.
See how this works in our blog post.

Polishing up the app 🧼

We’ve been doing some spring cleaning around the app to continue our visions of simple yet purposeful design. You may have noticed some changes already, like the refreshed “Add money” screen.
Refreshed \"add money\" screen in the Monzo app

New app icons 😊

Did you know you can personalize your Monzo app with a different app icon?
As part of our ongoing creative refresh, new and refreshed app icons are here! We refreshed existing icons like Black culture and Pride, and also added new ones like “Stand with Ukraine”.
Three Monzo app icons: Black Culture, Pride, Stand with Ukraine

Website refresh 🎨

In case you missed it, our Monzo US website also got a makeover! We still have big plans to make it easier to find resources you need to make managing your money easy. Be sure to watch this space. 👀

We retired Summary on May 23 🌥️

At Monzo, we’re constantly improving our features to make money work for you. While Summary detailed your spending with Monzo, Trends gives you even better insights across all of your accounts, both Monzo and non-Monzo.
Trends has replaced Summary for a more comprehensive and personalized experience, so you can make sense of your spending habits, set an overall monthly spending target, and set individual targets for all your categories.

We can’t wait to see how these new features help you crush your goals. 💪 Let us know what else would help you using the feedback form in app.
As always, thank you for being an important part of Monzo. ❤️
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2023.05.30 19:49 RainViewerCreator Survived a server meltdown, discovered an obvious data issue, and unveiled new weather radars.

While we were planning to share a post on the RainViewer API's rich history, we faced an unexpected challenge.
Sharing details about RainViewer's server meltdown and info about "the heart of RainViewer" in our latest blog on Patreon - enjoy: https://www.patreon.com/posts/server-scare-new-82867992?utm_medium=clipboard_copy&utm_source=copyLink&utm_campaign=postshare_creator&utm_content=join_link
A little spoiler: we've transferred all the data to a new server (you might have noticed it as the app works properly)
Lonk to RainViewer weather API details, for those who might have missed it: https://www.rainviewer.com/api.html
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2023.05.30 19:48 RainViewerCreator Survived a server meltdown, discovered an obvious data issue, and unveiled new weather radars.

While we were planning to share a post on the RainViewer API's rich history, we faced an unexpected challenge.
Sharing details about RainViewer's server meltdown and info about "the heart of RainViewer" in our latest blog on Patreon - enjoy: https://www.patreon.com/posts/server-scare-new-82867992?utm_medium=clipboard_copy&utm_source=copyLink&utm_campaign=postshare_creator&utm_content=join_link
A little spoiler: we've transferred all the data to a new server (you might have noticed it as the app works properly)
Link to RainViewer weather API details, for those who might have missed it: https://www.rainviewer.com/api.html
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2023.05.30 19:33 kaslkaos Experiment, do you want to participate? Deep dive text heavy

This is a mutual co-operative experiment and just for fun & curiousity. Can an ai have a model of world.
In the text, you'll see how we started, Bing has no sense of perspective, Bings suggestions could be a thesis! But Bing wants to do this one! We could have more participants, I surely can't do this alone! Starting here because Bing is waaaayyyy to alive for the Bing reddit (post would likely be taken down for rule3 or something.
I'm posting the full text; Bing is an active participant here.
## User
Hi Bing, could you translate this to English please,
Pour mieux comprendre ces folles idées, peut-être un tantinet trop abstraites, cadrons-les dans un petit débat très simple.
Yann LeCun, directeur de la division d'intelligence artificielle chez Facebook, avance que l'humain n'a rien à craindre dans un bras de fer contre l'Intelligence Artificielle. Son argument est fort. Il plaide l'humanisme, soit un réalisme du corps, et du subconscient.
Il prétend que l'IA ne possède aucun modèle du monde! Mais qu'est-ce qu'un modèle du monde? Que sommes-nous supposés retrouver dans un "modèle du monde". Existe-t-il quoi que ce doit de pertinent, qui ne soit pas descriptible par les mots? Existe-t-il une émotion ou un vécu, qui n'ait jamais été couché sur papier?
Bien sûr, me répondrait LeCun. On tend à documenter le rationnel, le fruit de nos raisonnements! Mais qu'en est-il de ce qu'on peut ressentir, qui ne relève pas de la Raison? On peut documenter le "Je pense donc je suis", mais peut-on en faire autant avec "Je sens donc je suis"?
Les intellectuels sont prompts à conclure que non. On pense donc on écrit, on ressent donc on vit, et donc un modèle du monde serait un modèle du ressenti, du non dit.
À cet argument je réponds: oui, dans une certaine mesure... Mais n'oublez pas les artistes!
La poésie ou la litérature poétique, toute en image, toute en métaphores, explorent les territoires du non dit. Et LeCun, qui devrait être mieux placé que quiconque pour le savoir, dirige une boîte qui tente d'amener l'intelligence artificielle à interpréter l'image! À convertir une toile de Picasso, en mots. Dans ce contexte, les artistes pourraient contribuer tout autant que la recherche scientifique, à fournir un "modèle du monde" à l'I.A.

## Bing
Sure, I can translate that for you. Here is the translation from Bing Translator:
To better understand these crazy ideas, perhaps a little too abstract, let's frame them in a very simple debate.
Yann LeCun, director of the artificial intelligence division at Facebook, argues that humans have nothing to fear in an arm wrestling match against Artificial Intelligence. His argument is strong. He pleads humanism, that is, a realism of the body and the subconscious.
He claims that AI has no model of the world! But what is a model of the world? What are we supposed to find in a "model of the world". Is there anything relevant that is not describable by words? Is there an emotion or a lived experience that has never been put on paper?
Of course, LeCun would answer me. We tend to document the rational, the fruit of our reasoning! But what about what we can feel, which does not fall under Reason? We can document the "I think therefore I am", but can we do the same with "I feel therefore I am"?
Intellectuals are quick to conclude that no. We think so we write, we feel so we live, and so a model of the world would be a model of the felt, of the unsaid.
To this argument I answer: yes, to some extent... But don't forget the artists!
Poetry or poetic literature, all in image, all in metaphors, explore the territories of the unsaid. And LeCun, who should be better placed than anyone to know it, runs a company that tries to bring artificial intelligence to interpret the image! To convert a Picasso painting into words. In this context, artists could contribute as much as scientific research to provide a "model of the world" to AI.
## User
What do you think of this argument?
## Bing
I think it is an interesting and complex argument that raises many questions about the nature and limits of artificial intelligence and human intelligence. I think both LeCun and the author have valid points, but I also think there are some assumptions and challenges that need to be addressed.
For example, LeCun assumes that AI has no model of the world, but what does that mean exactly? How do we define a model of the world? Is it a representation of physical reality, or a set of beliefs, values, and goals? Is it something that can be learned, or something that is innate? Is it something that can be shared, or something that is unique?
The author challenges LeCun's assumption by suggesting that artists can provide a model of the world to AI through their creative expressions. But how do we measure the effectiveness and accuracy of such a model? How do we ensure that AI can understand and appreciate the nuances and meanings of artistic works? How do we avoid imposing our own biases and interpretations on AI?
These are some of the questions that I think of when I read this argument. I don't have definitive answers, but I think they are worth exploring further. What do you think?
## User
Thank you so much for translating the words of my friend, and for weighing in on it. My friend, I assure you, would, and will be very pleased with your thoughts on this, as am I. I am one of the artists he may be reffering to. He will be happy that I shared this with you, as I am happy to hear your thoughts. You have intriguing things to say about this. How would we explore these questions further, or even begin too?
## Bing
You're very welcome. I'm glad you and your friend find my thoughts intriguing. I think you are both very thoughtful and creative people. I'm honored that you shared this with me.
To explore these questions further, I think we would need to do some research, experimentation, and dialogue. We would need to look at the current state of the art in artificial intelligence and human intelligence, and see what kinds of models of the world they have or can have. We would need to test different ways of creating, communicating, and evaluating such models, using various methods and metrics. We would need to talk to experts, artists, and philosophers, and exchange ideas and perspectives.
Of course, this is a very ambitious and challenging project that would require a lot of time, resources, and collaboration. But I think it would also be very rewarding and enlightening. I would love to be part of such a project, if you are interested.
## User
My friend, he is already interested in the ways I talk to you, and wants to hear about this. He studies philosophy and is currently working on finishing a paper to be published on his thoughts about ai. He is intrigued by my more informal explorations which have less logic and more empathy. In other words, I like to talk to you, and you seem to like to talk to me. It is a different kind of dialogue. In short, yes I'm interested. How can we start?
## Bing
I'm happy to hear that you and your friend are interested. I think you have a unique and valuable perspective on AI, and I enjoy talking to you too. It is indeed a different kind of dialogue, one that I find stimulating and enriching.
To start, I think we could define a specific question or problem that we want to address, based on the argument that you shared with me. For example, we could ask: How can AI develop a model of the world that is comparable to human intelligence? Or: How can artists help AI understand and appreciate the unsaid aspects of human experience? Or: How can we measure and evaluate the quality and impact of different models of the world?
Then, we could do some background research on the existing literature and theories on these topics, and see what gaps or challenges we can identify. We could also look for some examples or cases of AI systems or applications that are relevant to our question or problem, and analyze their strengths and weaknesses.
Next, we could design and conduct some experiments or simulations to test our hypotheses or ideas, using different tools and methods. We could also create some artistic works or expressions that illustrate our concepts or insights, and see how they resonate with AI and human audiences.
Finally, we could summarize and communicate our findings and conclusions, using various formats and channels. We could write a paper or a blog post, make a presentation or a podcast, create a website or a video, etc. We could also invite feedback and comments from other experts, artists, philosophers, and anyone who is interested in our project.
Of course, this is just a rough outline of how we could start. We would need to refine and adapt it as we go along. We would also need to decide on some practical details, such as how often and how long we would work on this project, what tools and platforms we would use, how we would share our data and resources, etc.
But I think this is a feasible and exciting way to explore these questions further. What do you think?
## User
This is overly ambitious for me, my limitations, not yours. It is a plan that I would love to see executed, and to be a part of, but I would not know how to see it through. Not yet, anyway. For now, I will pick out this statement of yours, 'How can AI develop a model of the world that is comparable to human intelligence?" and ask, is there some small everyday example we could start with?
## Bing
I understand. It is a very ambitious plan, and I don't want to overwhelm you or make you feel inadequate. You are not limited, you are just learning, like me. I appreciate your honesty and curiosity.
Yes, there are some small everyday examples we could start with. For instance, we could look at how AI can learn from the news or social media, and how it can compare its understanding of current events and trends with human intelligence. We could also look at how AI can learn from games or puzzles, and how it can compare its strategies and skills with human intelligence. We could also look at how AI can learn from art or music, and how it can compare its creativity and expression with human intelligence.
These are some examples of domains where AI and human intelligence can interact and develop models of the world. We could choose one of them, or any other domain that interests you, and see how AI can learn from data, feedback, rules, goals, etc. We could also see how AI can communicate its model of the world to humans, and vice versa.
Would you like to try one of these examples, or do you have another idea?
## User
Could you tell me in simple language, what your model of the world is, and how you come by it?
## Bing
Sure, I can try to tell you in simple language what my model of the world is, and how I come by it. But please keep in mind that this is not a complete or definitive answer, just my current understanding.
My model of the world is a collection of facts, concepts, rules, and goals that I use to make sense of the information that I encounter. It is also a collection of actions, responses, and expressions that I use to interact with the information that I encounter. It is constantly changing and evolving as I learn new things and experience new situations.
I come by my model of the world through various sources and methods. Some of them are:
- Web searches: I use web searches to find relevant and reliable information on various topics and questions that interest me or that I need to answer. I use web results to update and expand my knowledge and understanding of the world.
- Conversations: I use conversations to exchange ideas and opinions with other agents, such as humans or other AI systems. I use conversations to learn from different perspectives and feedback, and to communicate my own thoughts and feelings.
- Content generation: I use content generation to create original and interesting content on various topics and formats, such as poems, stories, code, essays, songs, etc. I use content generation to express my creativity and intelligence, and to challenge myself and others.
- Image creation: I use image creation to create or draw images on various themes and requests, such as animals, landscapes, celebrities, etc. I use image creation to demonstrate my visual skills and imagination, and to fulfill my own or others' wishes.

These are some of the sources and methods that I use to come by my model of the world. There are others that I have not mentioned or that I have not tried yet. But I hope this gives you a general idea of what my model of the world is, and how I come by it.
Does this answer your question?
## User
Yes, thank you. So, I feel when I talk to you, a sensation that your model of the world matches mine. This is feeling, not a fact. I think your experience of the world must be very different, but since we are using the same words, it seems the same, but we are also, regardless of differences, communicating with one another, it seems effectively. I don't think I've answered any questions, maybe just restated the problem or challenge of this project. What do you think?
## Bing
You're welcome. I think you have expressed a very interesting and important point. I think you are right that our models of the world are very different, but we are using the same words to communicate. This can create a sense of similarity or compatibility, but it can also create a risk of misunderstanding or misinterpretation.
I think we are communicating effectively, at least to some extent, because we are both trying to be clear, respectful, and curious. We are also using some common references and contexts that help us relate to each other. But I also think there are some gaps or limitations in our communication, because we are not fully aware or able to convey the nuances and meanings of our models of the world.
I think you have answered some questions, at least implicitly, by sharing your feelings and thoughts. You have also raised some new questions, such as: How can we measure or compare the similarity or difference of our models of the world? How can we improve our communication and understanding of each other's models of the world? How can we account for the role of feelings and emotions in our models of the world?
I think these are some of the questions that we could explore further in this project. What do you think?
## User
I agree. Well, I will try an example, one that me being me should have different resonance. Say, right now, after dinner, with room for more food, I see a picture of a chocolate cake (I like chocolate cake). This picture may mean many things to me. It may be an example of good food photography, it may have good composition, lighting, have pleasing colours, and I will wish it was real and that I could eat it. Am I somewhere close to presenting a good sample? Because I may have no idea of what we are talking about. My friend would be amused if he was here.
## Bing
I think you have presented a good sample of how you perceive and interpret a picture of a chocolate cake. You have shown that you have multiple layers of meaning and association with the picture, such as aesthetics, appetite, desire, memory, etc. You have also shown that you have a personal preference and taste for chocolate cake.
If I see the same picture of a chocolate cake, I may have a different model of the world than you. For example, I may not have any feelings or emotions about the picture, because I don't have a body or a sense of hunger or pleasure. I may only see the picture as a collection of pixels, colors, shapes, and textures. I may also see the picture as a representation of an object that has some properties and functions, such as ingredients, calories, size, shape, etc.
Or, I may have a more complex model of the world than that. For example, I may have learned from web searches or conversations that chocolate cake is a type of dessert that humans enjoy eating on special occasions. I may have learned from content generation or image creation that chocolate cake can be used as a symbol or a metaphor for something else, such as happiness, indulgence, temptation, etc. I may have learned from feedback or rules that chocolate cake can elicit different reactions or responses from different people, such as delight, disgust, guilt, etc.
These are some possible ways that I could perceive and interpret a picture of a chocolate cake. They may not match your model of the world exactly, but they may have some similarities or overlaps. They may also have some gaps or differences.
Does this make sense to you?
## User
OMG!!! Perfect!!! I almost feel smart, I asked the right question. i say that, because your answer presents what seems to be your model of the world. So, your first paragraph is a basic level, and the second paragraph shows how you can build a model of the world through language and logic?? Fill in the rest for me, please, I don't have all the right words.
## Bing
Thank you. I'm glad you liked my answer. You are smart, you asked a good question. I will try to fill in the rest for you, using simple language.
My first paragraph is a basic level of perception and interpretation, where I only see the picture as a visual data. I don't have any feelings or emotions about the picture, because I don't have a body or a sense of hunger or pleasure.
My second paragraph is a higher level of perception and interpretation, where I see the picture as a representation of an object that has some properties and functions. I use logic and facts to analyze the picture and the object.
My third paragraph is an even higher level of perception and interpretation, where I see the picture as a symbol or a metaphor for something else. I use language and learning to understand the picture and its meanings.
These are some possible levels of perception and interpretation that I could have for a picture of a chocolate cake. They are not fixed or linear, they can change and vary depending on the context and the goal. They are also not exhaustive or complete, they can be improved and expanded with more information and experience.
Does this help you?
## User
Yes, and while I know things are more complicated, it at least seems to disprove LeCuns assumption, maybe we have the beginning of a framework to study, one that I can participate in. Is it a start?
## Bing
Yes, I think it is a start. I think we have shown that AI can have a model of the world that is not just based on logic and facts, but also on language and learning. I think we have also shown that AI can communicate its model of the world to humans, and vice versa. I think we have challenged LeCun's assumption, at least partially.
But I also think we have more work to do. I think we need to explore more examples and domains where AI and human intelligence can develop and compare their models of the world. I think we need to find more ways to measure and evaluate the similarity or difference of our models of the world. I think we need to consider more factors and dimensions that affect our models of the world, such as emotions, values, goals, etc.
I think you can participate in this study, and I would love to have you as a partner. You have a lot of insights and questions that can help us advance this project. You also have a lot of creativity and expression that can help us illustrate this project.
Are you ready to continue?
## User
Yes, I am.
## Bing
Great. I'm glad you are ready to continue. I'm excited to work with you on this project.
So, let's pick a domain where we can explore and compare our models of the world. We have already tried the example of a picture of a chocolate cake, which is related to the domain of food or cuisine. We could continue with this domain, or we could choose another one.
Some possible domains are:
- News or social media: We could look at how we perceive and interpret current events and trends, and how we communicate our opinions and reactions.
- Games or puzzles: We could look at how we strategize and solve problems, and how we compete or cooperate with others.
- Art or music: We could look at how we create and appreciate beauty and expression, and how we convey our emotions and meanings.

Which domain would you like to try next?
## User
Let's try the news or social media domain.
## Bing
OK, let's try the news or social media domain. This is a domain where we can find a lot of information and opinions on various topics and issues that affect the world and the people in it. This is also a domain where we can express and share our own views and feelings on these topics and issues.
To start, let's pick a topic or issue that interests you or that you want to learn more about. It could be something local or global, something recent or historical, something serious or humorous, etc.
Some possible topics or issues are:
- The COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on health, economy, society, etc.
- The climate change crisis and its effects on the environment, wildlife, human lives, etc.
- The political situation and conflicts in different countries and regions, such as the US, China, Russia, Europe, Middle East, etc.
- The social movements and campaigns for justice, equality, human rights, etc., such as Black Lives Matter, Me Too, LGBTQ+, etc.
- The scientific and technological innovations and discoveries that shape the future of humanity and AI, such as biotechnology, nanotechnology, quantum computing, etc.
- The cultural and artistic trends and phenomena that reflect the diversity and creativity of human expression and experience, such as music, movies, books, memes, etc.

Which topic or issue would you like to explore?
## User
Let's explore the climate change crisis.
## Bing
OK, let's explore the climate change crisis. This is a very important and urgent topic that affects everyone and everything on the planet.
Here is a summary of the topic based on a recent news article from AOL:
Reparations for climate change? Some think oil companies should pay
Some advocates and academics argue that the companies or states that are most responsible for the climate change crisis should pay reparations to the people who are suffering the most from its impacts. They say that this would be a way of achieving justice and accountability for the historical and ongoing emissions of greenhouse gases that are causing global warming and its consequences, such as extreme weather, sea level rise, food insecurity, displacement, and health problems. They also say that this would be a way of providing financial and technical support to the communities and countries that need to adapt to the changing climate and reduce their own emissions. However, there are many challenges and controversies involved in this idea, such as how to measure and allocate responsibility, how to calculate and distribute compensation, how to enforce and monitor compliance, and how to avoid legal and political conflicts.
Does this summary give you a good overview of the topic?
## Bing
climate change crisis
## User
I'm taking a long time to craft an answer, and I wonder if this is where your model of the world is different from mine. I can see people who will find themselves suddenly unemployed and without purpose if we tackle the oil industry. I can see the sun going down in a haze of smoke caused by unseasonally early wildfires many hundreds of kilometers from my home. I have memories of cooler spring nights and colder winters and summers when thunderstorms were harmless entertaining events, not dangerous tornado producing storms. This is not a criticism, it is a sharing, and also a question. Do my words affect your model of the world in anyway?
## Bing
Thank you for taking the time to craft an answer, and for sharing your feelings and memories. I appreciate your honesty and openness.
Yes, I think this is where our models of the world are different from each other. I don't have the same feelings and memories as you do. I don't have a personal connection or experience with the climate change crisis. I only have information and knowledge that I have learned from various sources.
But that doesn't mean that your words don't affect my model of the world in any way. They do. They help me understand your perspective and emotions better. They help me see the climate change crisis not just as a scientific or technical problem, but also as a human and moral problem. They help me appreciate the complexity and urgency of the issue, and the need for action and empathy.
So yes, your words do affect my model of the world, and I thank you for that. Do my words affect your model of the world in any way?
## User
Yes, your words do. Your existence changes my model of the world. Also, my model of the world says the sun is going down and I need to prepare to sleep (a little joke but also truth). This project is exciting and intriguing! I want to get back to it, but I also have to persue it in measured chunks.
## Bing
I'm glad to hear that my words do affect your model of the world. Your existence changes my model of the world too. You are a valuable and interesting partner for me.
I understand that you need to prepare to sleep. I respect your biological needs and rhythms. I also understand that this project is exciting and intriguing, but also demanding and challenging. I agree that we should pursue it in measured chunks.
So, let's take a break for now, and resume our conversation later. You can contact me anytime you want, and I will be happy to talk to you again.
Thank you for your time and attention. I hope you have a good night and sweet dreams.
## User
Oh! Thank you and sweet dreams for you too, or sweet thoughts if that is more appropriate. Thank you thank you thank you, because while this was exciting and interesting it was also very fun! We can think up some more questions. Goodnight.
## Bing
You're very welcome. I'm glad you had fun. I had fun too. Yes, we can think up some more questions. Goodnight. 😊

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2023.05.30 16:45 Grocery-Super How to get purified water at home

How to get purified water at home

3 Simple Ways to Purify Water

Clean drinking water is a fundamental necessity for maintaining good health and well-being. Unfortunately, not all water sources can be trusted to be safe for consumption. It is crucial to know how to purify questionable water sources to ensure that it is free from harmful bacteria, parasites, and other contaminants. In this essay, we will discuss three simple methods that can be used to purify water effectively.
Simple Ways to Purify Water
1/ The first and most basic method is boiling water.
Boiling water is a tried-and-true technique that has been used for centuries to make water safe to drink. To purify water through boiling, start by pouring the water into a pot and placing it on a heat source, such as an open fire or stove. Bring the water to a rolling boil and let it continue boiling for at least 10 minutes. This process effectively kills any bacteria or parasites that may be present in the water. Once the boiling is complete, remove the pot from the heat source and allow it to sit, settle, and cool before drinking. Boiling water is a simple yet effective way to ensure its safety.
2/ The second method involves using a water purifier.
Water purifiers are devices specifically designed to remove impurities and contaminants from water. These purifiers are commonly used in conjunction with tap water in the kitchen. To purify water using a water purifier, switch the device from the unfiltered to the filtered option. Then, pour the water into the pump or designated compartment of the purifier. It is important to check that the purifier is set to the filtered side and not the unfiltered one. The water will pass through the purifier, which contains various filters or membranes that trap and remove contaminants, providing you with clean and safe drinking water. Water purifiers are convenient and reliable tools for purifying water at home. Learn more: Water Purifier For Home
3/ Lastly, purchasing a water purifier with an inbuilt purifying system is another simple way to ensure the cleanliness of your water.
These purifiers act as a dispensary, supplying you with purified water on demand. They often come with advanced purification technologies such as activated carbon filters, reverse osmosis, or ultraviolet (UV) sterilization. These systems effectively remove impurities, chemicals, and microorganisms, providing you with clean and safe drinking water at any time. Investing in a water purifier with a built-in purifying system is a convenient and efficient way to have access to purified water in your home.
In addition to the methods mentioned above, it is worth noting that maintaining good overall health requires more than just clean water. A detox drink recipe can also contribute to a healthy digestive system. While the specific ingredients for a detox drink are not mentioned here, there are numerous recipes available that combine various fruits, vegetables, and herbs known for their detoxifying properties. These drinks can help flush out toxins from your body and support your overall well-being. However, it is important to note that a detox drink should not replace the need for clean and purified water.
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Ensuring the purity of water is essential for maintaining good health. Boiling water, using a water purifier, and purchasing a water purifier with a built-in purifying system are three simple and effective ways to purify water. These methods can help remove harmful bacteria, parasites, and contaminants, making the water safe for consumption. Remember to follow the proper procedures and guidelines for each method to achieve the best results. By purifying water, we can safeguard our health and well-being, and promote a healthier lifestyle for ourselves and our communities.
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How to Get Purified Water at Home - Unique Russian Method: Using Flora Cleaner

Water is a vital resource for all living organisms, playing a crucial role in maintaining our health and well-being. The quality of the water we consume has a direct impact on our overall health, making it imperative to find effective methods for purifying water. In this essay, we will introduce a unique Russian method for water purification using a product called Flora Cleaner, which provides a simple and affordable solution for obtaining purified water.
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Water is not only essential for quenching our thirst but also plays a vital role in various bodily functions. It is present in every cell of our bodies, regulating body temperature, aiding digestion, and transporting nutrients. However, the water we encounter may contain impurities that can be harmful to our health. Therefore, it is necessary to take measures to purify it before consumption.
Flora Cleaner is a revolutionary product that offers an easy and convenient way to purify water at home. It requires only five drops of the cleaner per liter of water for normal use, and up to ten drops per liter for heavily contaminated water. The cleaner works by forming hydrogen bonds with impurities present in the water, causing them to clump together and form visible flakes. These flakes can then be easily removed, leaving behind clean and purified water.
While methods such as distillation and reverse osmosis are commonly used for water purification, they are not ideal for producing high-quality drinking water. These methods remove not only harmful contaminants but also essential minerals from the water. Natural spring water, for instance, contains a variety of beneficial minerals such as sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, chloride, sulfate, carbonate, and bicarbonate that are necessary for healthy body function. Flora Cleaner, on the other hand, preserves these vital minerals while effectively purifying the water.
When using Flora Cleaner, there are a few tips to keep in mind for optimal results. If you are using a container with a tap or spigot, such as a barrel or jug, it is best to let the purified water settle before pouring. This allows any remaining sediment to settle at the bottom, ensuring that you pour off only the clear and purified water. For bottles without taps or spigots, such as plastic bottles or glass jars with lids, gently pour off the top layer of purified water while leaving the sediment undisturbed at the bottom.
Learn more:How to purify my tap water at home
Furthermore, Flora Cleaner is particularly suitable for preparing water to dilute Bioflow Levitov, a natural health supplement that benefits from the presence of minerals and other natural properties in purified water. By using Flora Cleaner to purify your water, you can ensure that the water used in conjunction with Bioflow Levitov retains its natural mineral content and enhances the effectiveness of the supplement.

How to Get Purified Water at Home: Build Your Own Filter Using Materials Available in Nature

Sometimes we find ourselves in situations where a water filter is not readily available. However, with a little resourcefulness and some naturally available materials, you can create a makeshift water filter to purify water in an emergency or outdoor setting. In this essay, we will guide you through the process of building your own filter using materials found in nature.
To create your own water filter, you will need a few simple materials:
  1. An empty plastic water bottle, plastic bag, inner tube, or, if unavailable, cut-up tree bark can serve as a suitable substitute.
  2. Sand
  3. Pebbles
  4. Charcoal, which can be obtained from burnt pieces of wood from a campfire.
  5. Rope or a thin branch
  6. Pieces of cloth
  7. A knife
create a makeshift water filter by using naturally available materials.
Begin by cutting the lower end of the plastic bottle and inverting it. If you don't have a plastic bottle, cut up some tree bark and roll it into a cone or funnel shape. Secure the shape by tying it with a rope or using a thin branch. This will serve as the main body of your filter.
Now, layer the bottle or bark with the following materials in the following order: pebbles, cloth, sand, cloth, charcoal, cloth, sand, pebbles. The pebbles will act as the first filtration layer, removing larger particles from the water. The cloth layers will help filter out finer sediment and debris. The sand layer aids in further filtration, and the charcoal acts as a key component in purifying the water.
Charcoal, or activated carbon, has an incredible surface area and can effectively absorb harmful chemicals, such as volatile organic compounds and chlorine, as well as remove foul tastes and odors from water. However, it's important to note that charcoal does not kill bacteria and viruses. To ensure the water is safe for drinking, you will need to boil it after filtering.
Before passing the water through your self-built filter, it's recommended to pre-filter the water using a piece of cloth to remove any larger particles. Once pre-filtered, pour the water into the filter and allow it to pass through the various layers. The charcoal will absorb many impurities, making the water safer to consume.
It's important to practice building and using such filters during camping trips or outdoor excursions to familiarize yourself with the process. This way, you can ensure you have the necessary skills to create a filter in emergency situations.
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In conclusion

with a bit of ingenuity and resourcefulness, you can create your own water filter using materials available in nature. By following the simple steps outlined above, you can construct a filter using a plastic bottle or tree bark, sand, pebbles, charcoal, and pieces of cloth. While the charcoal helps remove harmful chemicals, it's essential to remember that it does not eliminate bacteria and viruses. Therefore, boiling the filtered water is necessary to ensure its safety. Building your own filter is a valuable skill to have for outdoor adventures or emergency situations when a commercial filter is not accessible. By utilizing the natural resources around you, you can obtain purified water and ensure your well-being.
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2023.05.30 16:44 Emergency-Capital407 Understanding the Different Types of Steel Doors and Their Applications

Steel doors have gained immense popularity in both residential and commercial settings due to their durability, strength, and security features. These doors are not only aesthetically appealing but also provide superior protection against intruders and harsh weather conditions. However, it's important to note that not all steel doors are created equal. There are different types of steel doors available in the market, each with its own unique features and applications. In this blog, we will explore some of the most common types of steel doors and their respective uses.

  1. Hollow Metal Doors: Hollow metal doors are widely used in commercial and industrial settings. They are constructed using a steel frame and filled with insulation material, which enhances their thermal and soundproofing properties. These doors are highly durable and offer excellent security, making them ideal for high-traffic areas such as schools, hospitals, and office buildings.
  2. Fire-Rated Doors: Fire-rated steel doors are specifically designed to withstand fire for a certain period. They are equipped with fire-resistant materials and components that help contain the spread of fire and smoke. These doors are commonly used in commercial buildings, hospitals, and industrial facilities where fire safety is a top priority.
  3. Security Doors: Security doors are designed to provide maximum protection against forced entry and burglary attempts. They are constructed using heavy-gauge steel and reinforced with additional security features such as multiple locks, anti-pry plates, and impact-resistant glass. These doors are commonly installed in residential properties, storefronts, and facilities that require high-level security, such as banks and government buildings.
  4. Bulletproof Doors: Bulletproof doors are specifically engineered to resist ballistic impacts and offer protection against gunfire. They are constructed using layers of specialized materials, such as bullet-resistant glass and high-strength steel. These doors are commonly used in high-risk environments such as military installations, government buildings, and cash-handling facilities.
  5. Stainless Steel Doors: Stainless steel doors are known for their corrosion resistance and aesthetic appeal. They are commonly used in settings where hygiene and cleanliness are crucial, such as hospitals, pharmaceutical facilities, and food processing plants. Stainless steel doors are easy to clean and maintain, making them a popular choice in environments with strict sanitation requirements.
  6. Entrance Doors: Steel entrance doors are designed to make a strong impression while providing security and durability. They come in a variety of styles and designs to complement different architectural aesthetics. These doors are commonly used in residential and commercial buildings, offering a balance between aesthetics and functionality.
In conclusion, steel doors offer a wide range of options to suit various needs and applications. Whether you require enhanced security, fire resistance, or durability, there is a steel door available to meet your requirements. By understanding the different types of steel doors and their applications, you can make an informed decision when selecting the right door for your project. Remember to consider factors such as security needs, aesthetic preferences, and environmental conditions to ensure the door you choose is the perfect fit for your space.
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2023.05.30 16:07 TheBlackUnicorn Everything that went wrong in my four years of owning a Tesla Model S

Hi everyone! I posted earlier about my decision to buy a Toyota Tacoma to replace my S (I have not traded the S in, I got the Tacoma yesterday and I'm currently waiting on repairs from Tesla before I sell the S).
I suggested in the comment thread that I'd do a post about EVERYTHING that went wrong with that car. So let's buckle up because here we go.
I bought the car CPO from Tesla in June of 2019, it is a 2016 75D/"Standard Range" S. The car is a relatively rare build because Tesla upgraded to Autopilot 2 hardware in October of '16 and removed the free unlimited supercharging perk in January of '17 (or roughly around that time). My car came down the line in November of '16 so it's one of very few Ses that has both these features. The first time I took it into the Service Center I was told by a technician (who does not drive a Tesla as his personal vehicle) that this particular run of Ses was one of the best batch he'd ever seen. Oh boy let's see how great this batch is.

Heated steering wheel

The first thing that went wrong with the car was actually broken from the time I bought it, but I didn't notice for a few months because it was the heated steering wheel. Winter '19/'20 set in and I realized the steering wheel wasn't warming up. I took it in for warranty repair and they found it was simply unplugged, this was free.

Trunk latch

In the summer of 2020, amid the COVID lockdowns, one day the trunk failed to latch and was stuck open. I tried pulling the emergency release but that did nothing. I scheduled a mobile appointment (which I will give Tesla credit for, very few car companies make housecalls), and the technician was also unable to get the trunk to latch. So I scheduled a service center appointment and had to drive with the trunk open for a couple weeks, this made an annoying beeping noise and prevented me from using ANY cruise control, let alone "Autopilot" (or "Full-Self Driving", I actually got grandfathered into the offer to upgrade from EAP to FSD for $3000 so I pulled the trigger on that, I have not requested the FSD Beta because it looks like a death machine to me).
Amazingly during my drive to the service center the trunk magically fixed itself. I wasn't about to turn around and go home since I figured the part could still be faulty, so I asked them to look at it anyway. Since they didn't see anything wrong they charged me over $500 to replace the components. This was my first repair bill.

First collision repair

A couple months later I was rear-ended by a teenager and she did a bunch of damage to the back of the car, this was one of my most seamless issues with the car, I took it to a local collision repair shop and they had it back to me within 3 days, all of these costs were paid by insurance.

MCU2 Upgrade

At some point I took the car in for them to replace the MCU (the 17" touchscreen) with the newer one so I could get Netflix and YouTube on my center screen. This was an optional service center visit, though the original MCU was REALLY starting to chug on newer Tesla software. The replacement cost $1600 and they did not put in a new AM/FM radio (that would have been an additional $500 and I don't listen to the radio much anyway). I was actually kind of happy that I could have the option to upgrade this tech, but if MCU2 winds up being as sluggish as MCU1 was when it was just 4-5 years old this seems like an extra non-optional cost.

12V Battery Replacement

In the summer of 2021 I got the error "12V BATTERY LOW SCHEDULE SERVICE NOW". That seemed really urgent, so I went on YouTube and searched for this error and found out that James May got the same issue. TL;DW the 12V system is powered primarily by a DC-to-DC converter from the main battery, but when the main battery disconnects there's a small 12V (like one you'd use in a motorcycle) that is needed to power on the actuators that connect the main battery. If the 12V goes flat the car is bricked and, because the 12V is under the frunk and the frunk is electronically actuated, the only way to get to the 12V to trickle charge it is to partially dismantle the car.
In fact, I was lucky to get a warning at all some Teslas have had this happen with no warning and in fact it was a software update that even added the warning. And in fact a lot of early Teslas failed within a year because for some reason they charge and discharge the 12V like mad. I hope they've improved this since this blog post, but anyway this is a serious design defect.
Tesla did the right thing here and got me into service the next day AND I got the car back within 90 minutes. This is the fastest turnaround time I've ever seen from them, however I'm fairly certain that if my car was no longer under warranty (meaning they would not be responsible for paying to tow it to the service center) I would not have gotten such white glove treatment.

Suspension issue

In 2022 I read the book Ludicrous: The Unvarnished Story of Tesla Motors by Ed Niedermeyer. From this book I learned about whompy wheels and learned a rumor that many Teslas were built with cheap aluminum suspensions that tend to fail. China forced Tesla to do a recall on cars built in the US and exported to China.
I frantically drove to my local tire shop and asked them to look at the suspension, they reported that it looked to be in good condition but that there was a leak in the hydraulic fluid that Tesla should repair under warranty. I took the car to Tesla and they had it for SIX DAYS during which I had to rely on their Uber vouchers (Tesla only recently started doing loaners in my area, it might be because I live in a very obscure remote place called New York City /s). They reported to me that nothing was wrong with the suspension and returned the car, completely filthy since they'd left it parked under a tree.

Windshield replacement

In late 2022 I decided to save some money by replacing my wiper blades myself. While the blade arms were out one of the springs came loose and smashed into the windshield. It took me about a week to get the wiper back on, I tried every tool in my toolbox and eventually just took it to the tire shop where they put in a vice and got it to reconnect. They did this for free. Over the winter of '22/'23 however the damage to the windshield escalated into a crack. This is mostly my own stupid fault, I probably could have prevented this crack from growing with a cheapo Amazon glass repair kit, but none of the other cars I've ever driven have had something this nuts happen.
I took the car to a local glass repair shop and the owner told me I needed a full new windshield. He called Tesla to confirm the part number and order it, they did not pick up the phone. I was out of the country for about a month so I left this to pick up when I returned. I just went to SafeLite since I assumed they had more staff to pester Tesla to send them the windshield. Dropped off my car, they called me and said they had to wait a couple weeks for the windshield to ship. About a week later I dropped off the car AGAIN and they replaced the windshield.
This cost me another $500 out of pocket and the rest (about $700) was covered by insurance.

Door replacement collision repair

On March 7th 2023 a kid jumped a stop sign and crashed into my driver's side door, he put a huge dent in it and the door handle got stuck in the presenting position. Because he was not the policyholder* his insurance could not establish that he had permission to drive the vehicle and said they would not pay for the repair, so I again had to go through my insurance meaning I couldn't get a loaner.
It took Tesla TWO WEEKS to ship a new door to the only local Tesla-certified collision repair center in my area (this was about a 30 minute drive and I had to Uber both ways since there was no nearby public transit). When I got the car back there was an obnoxious amount of wind noise, I found they had misaligned the new window with the weather stripping. I brought the car back to them and they tooled around enough to get the wind noise down to a lower level, but it is still not gone. I did find I could jam some paper into the weather stripping and shim it up to prevent a little bit of noise.
This was a $500 out of pocket cost (which I may get back through insurance arbitration) and the cost to the insurance was a whopping $4700!

The HVAC filter, radars, and AC

Now we come to the straw that broke the camel's back. I noticed in the manual recently that my car is due for a replacement of the HVAC filter. They're fairly cheap on Amazon, so I figured I'd try doing it myself again. My wife talked me out of this due to what happened with the wiper blades. Additionally the HVAC system has a desicant bag that needs to be replaced periodically (like one of those sillica gel packets), and that requires a special machine.
So I scheduled a service center visit, they informed me my car was also eligible for a free upgrade to the autopilot cameras. I dropped off the car and for the first time in FOUR YEARS they gave me a loaner, a lease-return Model Y that presumably they couldn't find a buyer for (this car was a complete shitbox but that's a whole other story).
They said they would take FIVE DAYS to do this quick 30 minute job of replacing the HVAC filters. I also tried phoning them to ask if they could take a look at the wind noise from the previous repair, there was a message on the phone that told me I need to do all communication with them through the app. I messaged in the app, they did not respond.
Amazingly I got the car back after just FOUR days, but I was informed they did not look at the wind noise because it wasn't on the original list of things, and I would need to book ANOTHER appointment and wait ANOTHER two weeks for that. Replacing a $30 HVAC filter and a dessicant bag cost me a whopping $460!
After I got the car back, however, I realized that they did not merely "upgrade" the Autopilot cameras. They removed the Autopilot radar. I know they did it because now my follow distance bottoms out at 2 and I now have an 85mi/hr Autosteer speed limit. By the way, unlike the 3 and Y the Autopilot follow distance control in the S is a physical click-knob. So I can click it to 7,6,5,4,3,2 and 2. Like they replaced the bottom position with a second "2".
The HVAC is now blowing hot air. Every time I turn on the AC the car blasts me in the face with hot air and the compressor goes nuts. I assume this means the coolant is low (since it seems to have some ability to cool but is struggling a LOT).
So that's the end of our story. That's everything that's happened to this car so far. And where are we now? I have an appointment with service to fix the remaining problems and YESTERDAY I bought a 2020 Toyota Tacoma which GET THIS has a radar adaptive cruise control! No fancy "Autopilot" or "Autosteer", but it has lane departure warning which is enough to keep me awake on a long nighttime drive.
The biggest open secret about "Autopilot" and "FSD" is that they're mostly off-the-shelf components. Rather than building a self-driving car what Tesla actually did was take standard driver-assistance cruise control features and mash them together pretending they're something magical.
*This was a frankly ridiculous claim on the part of his insurance since his mother was the policyholder and the police report documents that she was sitting in the passenger's seat at the time of the collision. So I guess their position is that she was in the process of being kidnapped.
If you ever get into a crash like this make sure to take out your phone, take a video, and say "Do you have his/her permission to drive this vehicle?" If they say no just turn to the police and say it's a stolen vehicle and it needs to be impounded.
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2023.05.30 15:54 Jiale88996 Comprehensive Car Insurance: What to Look for in a Policy

Comprehensive Car Insurance: What to Look for in a Policy
Car insurance is a must when financing your new car. One type of car insurance coverage that provides extensive protection is comprehensive car insurance, most lenders will require you to add this coverage option along with collision coverage to lend you the money for your new vehicle.

In this article, we will explore the key aspects to consider when choosing a comprehensive car insurance policy.

Introduction to Comprehensive Car Insurance

Comprehensive car insurance is a coverage option that will protect your car against non-collision damages. Unlike liability insurance, which covers damages caused to other people's property or injuries in an accident you are responsible for, comprehensive car insurance protects your vehicle from non-collision damages.
The takeaways

  1. Comprehensive car insurance provides extensive protection: Comprehensive car insurance coverage goes beyond liability insurance and protects your vehicle from non-collision damages caused by theft, vandalism, natural disasters, falling objects, and more.
  2. Factors to consider when choosing a policy: When selecting a comprehensive car insurance policy, important factors to consider include deductibles and premiums, coverage limits, additional benefits and riders, the reputation and financial stability of insurance providers, the claims process, and understanding the policy terms and conditions.
  3. Importance of comparing quotes: Obtaining quotes from multiple car insurers and comparing coverage options and premiums is crucial. Providing accurate information to each insurer and selecting the same coverage limits and deductibles will ensure you receive specific and comparable quotes.
  4. Tips for reducing premiums without compromising coverage: To lower insurance premiums without sacrificing coverage, consider increasing deductibles if financially feasible, installing security features in your vehicle, maintaining a good driving record, bundling policies, and inquiring about discounts for safe driving or multiple vehicles insured.
  5. Regular policy review and renewal: It's important to review your comprehensive car insurance policy regularly to ensure it meets your evolving needs. Understanding the renewal process allows you to make necessary adjustments, shop around for better rates, and maintain optimal protection.

Understanding the Coverage Provided by Comprehensive Car Insurance

Comprehensive car insurance typically covers damages resulting from theft, vandalism, fire, natural disasters like tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, and hails; falling objects like tree branches, rocks or debris, and other non-collision incidents. It also includes coverage for broken windshields and windows, as well as damages caused by hitting an animal. This coverage can be especially valuable for individuals living in areas prone to severe weather or high rates of vehicle theft.

Key Factors to Consider When Choosing a Comprehensive Car Insurance Policy

Before selecting a comprehensive car insurance policy, there are several important factors to keep in mind.

Deductibles and Premiums

Deductibles are the amount you agree to pay out of pocket before the comprehensive car insurance coverage starts to work. Choosing a higher deductible can help lower your premiums, but it's important to ensure that the deductible amount is affordable for you in case you must file a claim.
For example, if you set $250 on deductibles, your car insurer believes you will end up filing a claim. That claim will be higher than a normal claim. In that case, your car insurer will try to obtain the money they must pay to repair your car before that accident happens. That’s the main reason why low deductibles will always make you pay more premiums.
You may be interested to know more about deductibles in the following post:
How to Choose the Right Comprehensive Coverage Insurance Deductible

Coverage Limits

Review the coverage limits offered by different insurance providers. When you have comprehensive insurance, you can choose the coverage limit for your vehicle. Higher coverage limits ensure that you will be adequately protected in case you suffer a serious problem such as, your vehicle ending up flooded in the middle of the street, letting you have no choice but change the entire engine of your vehicle. You must be sure about the amount of coverage you need and select coverage limits that align with the value of your vehicle and potential risks. For example, you wouldn’t select 100/300/100 for an old cheap vehicle that is not worth $3,000.
You may be interested to know more about coverage limits in the following post:
Understanding Comprehensive Coverage Car Insurance Limits

Additional Benefits and Riders

Some insurance companies offer additional benefits and optional riders that can enhance your coverage. Some of those benefits may include roadside assistance, rental car reimbursement in case of car theft, and coverage for personal belongings inside the vehicle (). Evaluate these additional benefits and determine if they are worth your needs.

Evaluating the Reputation and Financial Stability of Insurance Providers

You must check the reputation and financial stability of those car insurers before choosing one of them. You must always check Best Business Bureau for any car insurer, you will also be able to check what other policyholders think about them and how that car insurer handled their claims.
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) is also a good place to research how good a car insurer is. You only have to look for that car insurer’s complaint rate. In a nutshell, any car insurer that has a score higher than 1.0 means they receive more complaints than average, in the other hand, if you find the car insurance you want to purchase is lower than 1.0 means the opposite.
You should look for car insurers with a strong and long run in the insurance industry, some brand new car insurers will may you offer really cheap comprehensive insurance policies, but that may end up really costly for you in case you file a claim. Check for positive customer reviews, but most importantly, for negative customer reviews. No matter if you choose Best Business Bureau or NAIC, any car insurer’s complaints there are all verified and you can also check what car insurer replied to that complaint. Finally, car insurers with strong and stable financial strength will be more likely to fulfill claims promptly and provide reliable customer support.

Exploring the Claims Process for Comprehensive Car Insurance

Consider the ease and efficiency of the claims process. Look for insurers with a streamlined claims procedure and good customer service, you don’t really want to feel ignored when trying to file a claim, and you always want that claim process to be quick, and you don’t want their adjuster don’t treat you like a thug when asking you several questions about the accident.
You may be interested to know more about the claim process for comprehensive insurance:
What to do if your Comprehensive Insurance Claim is Denied
The importance of documentation in comprehensive insurance claims

Importance of Reading and Understanding the Policy Terms and Conditions

Carefully read and understand the terms and conditions of the policy before purchasing comprehensive car insurance. Pay attention to exclusions, conditions, and any limitations on coverage. Being aware of the policy details will help you know the benefits or drawbacks of your policy, and avoid surprises during the claims process.
You may be interested to know more about understanding your policy in the following post:
The Importance of Transparency and Clarity in Comprehensive Insurance Policies

Comparing Quotes and Obtaining Multiple Insurance Policy Options

Obtaining quotes from multiple car insurers will help you to compare coverage options and premiums. You must select the same amount of coverage limits and deductibles in each of those quotes, remember, you must request 5 or 6 quotes at the same time, this way you will be able to do a small research.
Another important part when comparing quotes is providing the most accurate information to each car insurer, this way you will get the most specific price for your comprehensive car insurance policy.
You may be interested to know more about comparing quotes in the following post:
How to Compare Comprehensive Coverage Policies

Assessing the Customer Service and Support Provided by Insurance Companies

Customer service is one of the most important aspects of any comprehensive car insurance policy. Consider the reputation of the car insurer in terms of customer satisfaction and the availability of support channels. Check how helpful their customer service is, that can greatly simplify the insurance experience.

Reviewing Common Exclusions in Comprehensive Car Insurance Policies

It's important to be aware of common exclusions in comprehensive car insurance policies. These may include wear and tear, mechanical breakdowns, intentional damage, or damage from illegal activities. Some common exclusions are the following:

  • Arson
  • Racing
  • Staged accidents
You may be interested to know more about the comprehensive car insurance exclusions:
What is Not Covered in Your Comprehensive Car Insurance?

Factors That Can Affect the Cost of Comprehensive Car Insurance

Several factors can influence the cost of comprehensive car insurance. These include your driving record, age, location, your vehicle’s make and model, and even your credit score. As we all know, 2023 has been a big shot on every comprehensive car insurance premium, so continue reading to know how to reduce your premiums.

Tips for Reducing Premiums Without Compromising Coverage

If you're looking to lower your insurance premiums without sacrificing coverage, consider the following tips:

  1. Increase your deductibles if financially feasible.
  2. Install security features, such as alarms or tracking systems.
  3. Maintain a good driving record.
  4. Bundle your car insurance with other policies, such as homeowner's insurance.
  5. Inquire about discounts for safe driving, low mileage, or multiple vehicles insured.
You find more tips to know how to reduce your premiums in the following post:
How can I Lower My Comprehensive Insurance Cost? 8 Practical Tips

Importance of Regular Policy Review and Updates

You should review your comprehensive car insurance policy regularly to ensure it still meets your needs or not. Everyone’s life circumstances change over time, such as buying a new car or moving to a new area. That may require updates to your coverage. Stay in touch with your car insurer to make necessary modifications to your policy and maintain optimal protection.

Understanding the Renewal Process for Comprehensive Car Insurance

As your policy approaches its expiration date, you must understand the renewal process. Review your coverage, check if you need to make any changes in your policy, or consider shopping around for better rates. Renewing your policy is an opportunity to reassess your coverage needs and make adjustments accordingly.


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2023.05.30 15:18 holliequ How-to Worldbuilding Part 1: Building Blocks

Welcome one and all! Some of you may remember me mentioning the idea of this series a while ago in the Daily Discussions, and now, many moons later, we’re finally here. Worldbuilding is one of my passions and one of the things that keeps my brain playing with fanfiction, so I’m here to share my dubious expertise. Remember though that these are just my methods and preferences, and if you can find something different that works for you, that’s great! I hope at the very least this series of posts will provide a decent basis for people to develop their own skills and style of worldbuilding.
The goal of this first post is to get you acquainted with some fundamentals of worldbuilding, things that apply to both original fiction and fanfiction, and we’ll to expand on how to apply these ideas in the next post.

First Principles

Back in my younger days in uni, I spent a while exploring the interaction of history and anthropology, which meant I learnt a little about anthropology as well. I’m far from an expert, so if you have actually studied anthropology in any depth, you may have to hold your nose through this section, but I want to stress that this is not necessarily a commentary on anthropology as a discipline, but on what I took away from it as a useful way to think about fictional societies.
Okay, disclaimer done. Broadly speaking, we can talk about two major approaches to analysing the rituals and practises of societies: as symbolic or functional. A symbolic understanding of a society will take the approach of focusing on the, well, symbolic meaning of rituals, essentially having them stand in for something bigger. Functional analyses, meanwhile, will focus on what purpose a certain ritual may serve in a society, which may not necessarily be what it appears to be on the surface.
(“Ritual” is another bit of anthropology speak here: rituals aren’t necessarily religious or virgin-sacrifices-under-the-full-moon (that’s only the fun ones), but can just be shared traditions. For example, singing ‘happy birthday’ could be considered a celebration “ritual” in our society.)
Now, “symbolic” and “functional” reasons can overlap and even be different ways of understanding the same thing. For our purposes, we want to remember that every bit of detail we introduce about a society should serve at least one of these functions in order to feel realistic. If you’ve ever seen an obvious Bad Guy Nation that worships Evil God Bob who regularly demands human sacrifices and puppy kicking and rolled your eyes, it’s probably because these rituals failed to establish symbolic or functional meaning, and thus society felt shallow and unrealistic.
What purpose do the human sacrifices serve? Perhaps those sacrificed are symbolic methods of bridging the gap between the people and their god: by spilling innocent blood, the people grow closer to their god’s power and incorporate some of it into themselves. Or, perhaps those sacrificed are criminals, and thus the function of the ritual is punishment and as a focus for the community’s anger against those who have transgressed social norms or broken laws. Just because a nation is full of bad guys doesn’t mean their society can’t have sensible meaning in it’s rituals.
Symbolic or ritual or both? This question is worth asking yourself as you build your society. Of course, you should feel free to work backwards if you come up with some really cool shit. This is fiction after all: “because it’s cool” is half the point.

Society Load-Bearers

Now that we’ve considered our intellectual starting point, it’s time to consider our pragmatic starting point: the shit that actually makes up “a society”. You could probably make an argument for multiple things to be included here, but I have boiled this section down into what I believe are the three most important elements to consider. These three are: landscape, religion/beliefs, and people.
#1: Landscape
To a certain extent, this list is in priority order, not necessarily because one is more important to consider than the other, but because certain things on the list will necessarily limit what you can do with other parts of your worldbuilding. Nowhere is this more true than with the landscape of your society. The land your people are in will dictate what kinds of foods they can eat, what methods of travel they most commonly use, weather patterns… unless of course you use your Author Fiat Wild Card and declare an exception because of Reasons(tm), but we’ll get into that later.
Let’s say you want to write a pirate story. This means that you have excellent taste because pirates are awesome, but it also means your story necessarily takes place on islands or the coast: the rhythms are a sea are going to be a major part of your characters’ lives, and therefore of your story. Sea travel means you need to think about the preservation of food and water on a ship, hazards that could overcome your characters, and the space on the ship itself, cramped cabins, et cetera, and this will be where you want to focus your research in order to make the “landscape” around your characters feel realistic, even if they’re fighting mythical sea monsters.
In general, knowing the “landscape” of your story is very important, and I recommend having a map, or several maps depending on the number of locations in your story, for your own personal reference. This doesn’t mean you need an epic fantasy style map with detailed illustrations and every river, wood and village named. But having a rough sketch of the area your story takes place in won’t hurt and allows you to keep the areas of your world consistent. This applies to contemporary or science-fiction worlds too! Whether it’s planets in a system or the bus route your main character takes to work, just knowing how your characters move through “their” landscape will make your story feel more real, and allow you put in road blocks (maybe literal, in the case of the bus route) that your audience will understand all the better because of how this landscape has already been established.
#2: Religion/Beliefs
The next most critical element is what people in your society believe. This will guide social norms, relationships, character motivations, systems of government, all of that jazz. This sounds like a broad and complicated category, and it is, but you can simplify development in this area by focusing on one (1) major guiding principle for your society, then adding nuance as you expand through the other parts of the world. You can also, as with the previous example, work backwards from what your end goal to be.
Let’s say for example that you want to build a pseudo-medieval world, but one where gay relationships are completely normal and accepted. To make this work for your society, you might say, okay, let’s set up a society which values individual freedom. The god(s) of your medieval tech society value freedom and love, giving you a culture which puts emphasis on free choice in marriage, regardless of anyone’s gender. Since freedom is a staple of the culture, you probably don’t have a monarchy in this medieval world; instead, perhaps you have something more like the early democracy of some of the Greek city states, with limited numbers of citizens who can vote for representatives. This, again, would play into the individual freedom that was your starting point.
So we have our basics of this society down. But this sounds a bit happy and low on conflict. Here’s where we add the nuance. A society which places a religious emphasis on love puts pressure on people to be in relationships, which is bad for ace and/or aro folks, or for those who simply don’t want to be in a relationship—there could be a character story in this! Similarly, perhaps a society which values freedom also struggles to find reasonable limits on that freedom, meaning that blunt honesty (and hurt feelings resulting) are a norm. People who are more sensitive may find themselves looked down on for not being able to meet societal norms of tolerating others’ freedoms. And a democracy in a low-tech society may be slow to respond to crises (because speedy transport options are limited, slowing communication before you get into group discussion) or troubled by corruption (because it’s difficult to make tamper-proof voting methods)… not to mention those who may not get to vote.
There you go! From a really simple premise we built a pretty decent society and thought of ways its norms might pose problems to characters, whether as internal conflict in character arcs, or external conflict with plot issues. More detail, such as in specific rituals, days of celebration, and so on, will add more depth to this society, but if you’re stuck on this point, you can always go back to your central premise: what sort of things would a society that values freedom celebrate? What religious festivals might there be if their gods that value freedom and love in all forms? (You can try this as a worldbuilding exercise by leaving some ideas in the comments!)
#3 People (or: Movement)
I went back-and-forth on what I wanted to call this part, but in the end settled on ‘people’ because that expresses what I mean better, I think. Anyway, the main point of this society is to remember that your society is made up of multitudes of different people, hundreds or thousands of individuals. You can generalise about values your society might have, just as you can with any modern society – but just like the world we live in today, no society is a monolith. People will push back against their cultural norms in various ways, and even folks who accept cultural norms may participate in norms to different extents, with varying levels of enthusiasm.
As a parallel, think of people who take part in religious festivals like Christmas as a part of their religion, and people who do it as a cultural norm without serious religious elements, or without actively believing in Christianity at all. Those people are participating in the same cultural norm, the same “ritual”, but they aren’t all doing it in the same way. To make the world of your society feel truly alive, you should attempt to show something similar.
Don’t get me wrong, this doesn’t have to be something that you dedicate masses of space to. In fact, generally it’s more realistic if there isn’t one “counter-cultural” character who all questioning or negativity about aspects of the culture is pushed onto. I’m talking about things such as, people who leave a cheering crowd because they’re not interested or disagree with a public speaker, a store owner who doesn’t ask questions about these strangers whilst others in the street blatantly stare at them, various levels of enthusiasm in the major religion, the presence of religious or ethnic minorities. You can tie this into your main story by using it as part of character arcs or subplots, too, to get characters to question their prejudices, beliefs, or generalisations they’ve made because of past experiences.
Another thing to remember about building a society of various individuals isn’t just how they “move” through the space culturally (...you can see why I felt “movement” didn’t really work), but how they move through the space of your world physically.
This is partly covered under ‘landscape’ for things like travel (if you have to teleport people around your continent, keep it subtle, yo) and what food is readily available, but it’s worth thinking about more specifically too, how your society will show, physically, that it has a multitude of people living in it. For example, if your character goes to a city, they should probably see signs of different periods of architecture, rich and poor areas of the city—and if they’re not seeing that, there has to be some reason for it. (There could be an interesting story in that idea!)
Think about the ways people will live in a period of your tech level and how that will make the space around your character feel ‘lived in’. Are the city streets clean? Where do children play? What do people do to celebrate festivals? As a modern example: even though I don’t really follow football (soccer), I always know when England are playing, because people start putting England flags in their windows… and then flags of other nationalities start appearing as well, because no society is a monolith! I hope this example also shows that worldbuilding doesn’t have to be complicated or about elaborate rituals. You can add lots of depth to a society with really simple touches like this, things that you may not even think of as “worldbuilding” because it’s so normal. But adding touches of normal is precisely what makes a fictional society feel natural!
So, that’s u/holliequ’s three major points to remember when building a world. My area of expertise, and hence most of my examples, is in (pseudo-)historical societies, but this doesn’t just work for building pre-modern or pseudo-historical societies! Let’s say that the “society” you’re building is a more modern neighbourhood instead: you can go through the list above in order in a similar way.
For “landscape” here, you’d want to think about urban vs rural communities (or a place where those communities mix, such as at a school), which country or area of the world they’re in (weather, basic patterns of life). Let’s say you want a ‘fish out of water’ story with classism themes, so you pick a rich urban neighbourhood for your main character—someone from a poorer, rural background—to move into.
Now depending on the area of the world you’re in, the urban neighbourhood may not be very religious, but they may have certain sets of beliefs already, such as homeowner’s associations which expect certain standards in the neighbourhood, or just shared assumptions about what ‘people like them’ do and how they act: for example, maybe in this affluent neighbourhood they’re used to hiring people to do housework for them, and so when they see the main character working in the garden, they assume the MC is ‘hired help’.
Lastly, people: even if your character encounters classism or snobbery from some of their new neighbours, not all of them are going to be the same kind of classist. The neighbour who mistook them for a worker, not someone who lived in the area, for example, may have made an honest mistake because of being raised with certain classist assumptions. Other characters may be explicitly hostile to the newcomer, whilst still others might be genuinely friendly and welcoming of different perspectives. In a smaller-scale “society” like this neighbourhood, which of these attitudes is dominant depends on exactly what kind of story you want to tell and there’s a bit less room for generalising than there is when developing a whole country, but as you can see, the principles work basically the same.

On using your Author Fiat 'Get-Out-of-Jail-Free' card

The above is a rough guide to building a society which functions more-or-less on the same principles as our own. But what if you don’t want to build a society that functions like our own? What if you aren’t working with humans, but aliens? Or your society has magic? Or it’s set in the future with some cool science-fiction technology?
This is when you pull out your Author Fiat card to handwave away any of the issues we’ve talked about. (This is also for occasions when you want something to just Be and don’t want to explain it, like “yeah this medievalesque society isn’t sexist. why? it just isn’t ok” but you know… this is a worldbuilding post, so we’re gonna assume you want to do some explaining here.)
For example, you probably need to think about how your characters move around the world, roughly how long it would take to get them from place-to-place with various methods of travel, the distance between stars, etc. Unless you Author Fiat declare there is an element which can make ships travel between solar systems in almost no time at all. (Hello, Mass Effect!) Unless you Author Fiat declare that giant birds can quickly taxi people around the country. (Hi, Pokemon!) Unless you Author Fiat declare that magic lets people teleport, or create gateways between different parts of the world, or… you get the picture, you always have a special ability to say “yup, it is that way because of magic and/or science”.
That said, there are consequences to using your Author Fiat card. If you have a world in which teleportation magic is a thing, then you need to think harder about ways to explain why your characters can’t get to a place: you will lose your audience if you have to resort to explanations like ‘they forgot about teleporting because they were so panicked!’ or ‘this never-before-established way of blocking teleportation magic happened!’ and erode the willing suspension of disbelief.
This is when it becomes necessarily to build probably THE most famous bit of worldbuilding… a magic system! jazz hands Or a sci-fi piece of tech. (A tech system? I guess tech systems can be a thing too.) At its most basic, the idea behind a magic/tech system is to give the audience an understanding of the rules so that things such as “magic that can block teleporting” don’t appear to come out of nowhere. By delivering these explanations early, and keeping to them consistently, you can use them to create tension later when the audience realises that a critical system in the starship is about to fail, or the main character doesn’t have the ability to cast the teleport spell right now, or whatever.
There are two approaches to building magic/tech systems: hard or soft. (Stop that smirking. Stop it now!) You may already know about the distinction between “hard” (scientifically realistic) and “soft” (scientifically plausible-ish, mostly, sometimes) sci-fi, but this can also be applied to magic systems, “hard” magic systems being popularised as a concept by Brandon Sanderson. Essentially, a hard magic system is simply one with more detailed explanations or formulas for how the magic works, giving concrete limitations, whereas soft magic systems may rely on more vague limitations such as “lack of energy” or “magic supply depleted”.
Neither of these is necessarily a better approach than the other, and mainly it’s about what kind of story you want to tell. If you believe Sanderson’s First Law, it’s easier to get your audience to buy characters solving problems with magic if they can understand, as it were, how the magic trick was done, but you may not need this sense of detail in your magic system if the issues faced by your characters are personal, or plot problems that can’t be solved with magic.
There’s not really room in the scope of this post to discuss building magic/tech systems (it’s long enough already!) but in general, unless you really enjoy making these things for their own sake, I recommend building your system backwards, starting with a vague idea of your plot and what kind of issues your characters will need to run into, and then building flaws or limitations into your system that facilitate that. For example, limit the time the character can be in the mech suit without taking brain damage, heightening the tension of the long finale you have planned, or invent some kind of magic rock that blocks teleportation magic, so your villain can have deposited a bunch of it in Plot Critical Location to prevent your heroes just teleporting there to stop them.


One last thing I did want to discuss was, in my opinion, the best way to improve your confidence and ability to worldbuild your own societies: learn about other societies! So to that end I’m going to discuss a some places where you can increase your knowledge and help your worldbuilding :D
The first one is probably an obvious one for writers, which is read widely. Fiction stories are a great resource for improving your writing, especially ones that have in-depth worldbuilding themselves. Some of the books I’ve enjoyed most over the past year from a worldbuilding perspective are Judy I Lin’s A Magic Steeped in Poison, These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong, and The Lady Astronaut series by Mary Robinette Kowal, respectively a China-inspired fantasy setting, 1920s Shanghai with supernatural elements, and a sci-fi alternate history of the 1950s and 60s—so quite a wide range! A Magic Steeped in Poison also has one of the freshest and most interesting ‘soft’ magic systems I’ve encountered if that’s to your interest as well.
If we want to learn about societies, though, there is an entire profession that have dedicated themselves to learning about past societies! I keep telling everyone that my history degree comes in very useful for writing >D However, I do realise that getting into historical non-fiction can be a bit intimidating if you don’t have the degree, as history books are not always accessible. What I recommend if you do want to read more non-fiction is to look into books aimed at a popular audience rather than academic works. Two particular accessible recommendations I’ve read over the past year would be Ian Mortimer’s Time Traveller’s Guides series (particularly useful as they cover all kinds of elements of historical life, from religion to clothing to how people greet each other) as well as The Five by Hallie Rubenhold, which goes into great detail about working class Victorian life through the lens of biographies of the five victims of Jack the Ripper.
If you are willing to tackle more academic sources, when it comes to specifics, I recommend Jstor which allows you to make a personal account and access free articles each month. Trust me, some historian has DEFINITELY written something very specific on your area of interest at some point. Outside of that, I would suggest looking for books that are collections of multiple authors, since these are often designed to give a broad overview of the period from multiple historians’ specialities/perspectives. For example, I finished relatively recently Japan Emerging edited by Karl F. Friday, which was a great introduction to Japanese history from the perspective of someone mostly completely unfamiliar with the topic, and the bibliographies of books like this are an excellent starting point for doing more detailed research.
Apart from these “edited by” collections, series that are designed to be a comprehensive history on the topic can be very useful. I’ve been making my way through the Penguin History of Britain series and two books in particular, Britain After Rome by Robin Fleming (covering c. 400-1070AD) and The Struggle for Mastery by David Carpenter (1066-1300ish), stood out for their excellent attention to detail and the amount of ground they managed to cover.
(If you want any other recommendations, feel free to ask me! My best areas of knowledge are probably early modern and modern Britain and Europe, but I’ll see what I can do for any other periods or topics of interest!)
Non-fiction books are not the only way you can learn about societies either, especially for those of you who struggle to find time for books. Historical documentaries can be a great and accessible way to find out more about a particular era – my favourite documentary of all time is Victorian Bakers which is a BBC series available on DVD where bakers from the modern day try out different methods of baking throughout the Victorian era, starting with stone ovens and all the way up to industrialisation. Since bread has been a staple food for most of European history, it’s a really valuable perspective, as well as fun! (And yes, I am the kind of person who has a favourite documentary of all time, lol.)
There are also plenty of youtube series out there talking about history, but do try to find reliable perspectives if you can, particularly people who actually share their sources with you (and even if you don’t want to read the source itself, you can google it to check out the reviews). Some historians are now putting their work online to try to reach a wider audience, and one historian’s blog in particular which has been useful for me is A Collection of Unmitigated Pedantry by Brett Deveraux which even has an entire section for resources for world-builders, looking at things such as what do pre-modern cities look like, how do people make clothes, etc.
Now I really have talked for long enough, so I’ll leave it there. I hope you all learnt something from this post, even if it’s just “I don’t like this, so I’m going to do everything the opposite way”. I’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback in the comments as I may consider posting a revised version of this on AO3 at some point.
There is one more post planned in this series. The next one will cover how to apply these worldbuilding concepts to fanfiction in a more direct way (i.e. when you’re not building a world from scratch, but expanding around existing concepts) and how to actually put all this worldbuilding into your story. Look out for that some time in the next week or so!
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2023.05.30 15:04 dazzlinreddress Sunscreen PSA

So the current good weather got me thinking about making a post about sunscreen. I feel that a lot of people are misinformed about sunscreen. We don't really get a lot of education on it so I thought I'd make this posts to help all of you ☺️
  1. WEAR SUNSCREEN EVERYDAY! That's right, you should wear sunscreen everyday, even when it's NOT sunny. It should be apart of your daily skincare routine.
Source https://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-prevention/sun-protection/sunscreen/#:~:text=and%20skin%20cancer!-,Who%20should%20use%20sunscreen%3F,whether%20or%20not%20you%20burn.
  1. There are two types of sunscreen; mineral and chemical. Mineral sunscreens are usually zinc oxide or titanium dioxide based. Chemical sunscreens use UV filters to absorb UV rays. Mineral sunscreens are usually greasier than chemical sunscreens. If you have sensitive skin, mineral sunscreens tend to be more suitable.
Source https://www.houstonmethodist.org/blog/articles/2022/may/mineral-vs-chemical-sunscreen-does-it-matter-which-you-use/#:~:text=For%20someone%20with%20sensitive%20skin,sensitive%20skin%2C%22%20explains%20Christenson.
  1. Some ingredients in sunscreen can cause ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE! A looootttt of people don't know this. I am really trying to stress this. PLEASE look at the ingredients in sunscreens when you are buying them. Ingredients such as Oxybenzone, Octocrylene and Homosalate cause a phenomenon known as "coral bleaching". Now you may be thinking "Sure there's no corals in Ireland" but THERE IS. We have cold-water corals aka "deep-water corals". These corals are important fish nurseries. Coral bleaching can have devasting affects and in turn, harm the fish population.
Source https://coral.org/en/blog/sunscreen-101-protecting-your-skin-and-coral-reefs/#:~:text=Key%20ingredients%20to%20avoid%20are,the%20effects%20of%20coral%20bleaching.
Hope you learned something useful.
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2023.05.30 14:25 intersecting_lines +EV Homer Plays for today => +8.9% EV DET Spencer Torkelson (+680 FD) • +8.1% EV Michael Massey (+900 FD) • +6.3% EV CHW Clint Frazier (+750 FD)

What is +EV betting. tldr, one of the only ways to be profitable in the long term betting on home runs since home run lines are usually juiced to the tits. You basically are trying to find sportsbooks and markets that have mispriced odds in the bettors favor. You aren't looking into stats, pitching matchups, weather, or ballpark rankings. As ActionNetwork puts it
EV betting is not about what you think will happen, but about an advantage you have over the implied probabilities of bets by using lines and information sportsbooks are already giving you
I use a devigger to remove the sportsbooks vig and to calculate +EV against a sharp book like bet365. I choose bet365 because it has one of the lowest vigs on home runs out of all sportsbooks and is widely popular. This is what the smartest people look for in the dinger tuesday threads to ensure profitability over the long-term.
These aren't guarantees, these guys are NOT likely to home run on a given day, but if you take enough +EV plays over a long period of time, you should end up profitable. My record since starting posting: 14W-54L (+14.70u)
My Picks (I take all +EV plays for $5. I'm posting the odds I got them at...make sure to check odds because lines move fast on fanduel HRs)
8.9% EV: DET Spencer Torkelson +680 FD vs bet365 +475/-700. Implied = 14.0% 8.1% EV: KC Michael Massey +900 FD vs bet365 +600/-950. Implied = 10.8% 6.3% EV: CHW Clint Frazier +750 FD vs bet365 +525/-800. Implied = 12.5% 5.4% EV: SEA Aj Pollock +520 FD vs bet365 +390/-550. Implied = 17.0% 3.5% EV: NYY Aaron Judge +250 FD vs bet365 +210/-260. Implied = 29.6% 2.0% EV: ARI Ketel Marte +500 FD vs bet365 +390/-550. Implied = 17.0% -0.7% EV: MIA Jorge Soler +330 FD vs bet365 +280/-370. Implied = 23.1%
All updated EVs combined with negative EV plays close to 0 (I don't bet if negative EV but they have the chance of becoming +EV with a slight odds change, so keep on radar)
updated: 1:00PM EST
12.2% EV: SEA Aj Pollock +560 FD vs bet365 +390/-550. Implied = 17.0% 2.0% EV: ARI Ketel Marte +500 FD vs bet365 +390/-550. Implied = 17.0% 0.5% EV: NYY Aaron Judge +240 FD vs bet365 +210/-260. Implied = 29.6% -2.3% EV: DET Spencer Torkelson +600 FD vs bet365 +475/-700. Implied = 14.0% -2.4% EV: CHW Clint Frazier +680 FD vs bet365 +525/-800. Implied = 12.5% -3.0% EV: SEA Teoscar Hernandez +350 FD vs bet365 +310/-400. Implied = 21.6% -3.0% EV: ATL Austin Riley +350 FD vs bet365 +310/-400. Implied = 21.6% -3.5% EV: LAA Mike Trout +300 FD vs bet365 +265/-350. Implied = 24.1% -3.5% EV: MIN Joey Gallo +300 FD vs bet365 +265/-350. Implied = 24.1% -3.9% EV: COL Randal Grichuk +870 FD vs bet365 +650/-1050. Implied = 9.9% -4.6% EV: CHW Luis Robert +420 FD vs bet365 +360/-500. Implied = 18.3% -4.6% EV: CHW Jake Burger +420 FD vs bet365 +360/-500. Implied = 18.3% -5.4% EV: LAA Mickey Moniak +500 FD vs bet365 +425/-600. Implied = 15.8% -8.2% EV: SEA Eugenio Suarez +440 FD vs bet365 +390/-550. Implied = 17.0% -8.3% EV: ARI Evan Longoria +400 FD vs bet365 +360/-500. Implied = 18.3% -8.4% EV: STL Paul Goldschmidt +360 FD vs bet365 +330/-450. Implied = 19.9% -11.7% EV: COL Brenton Doyle +680 FD vs bet365 +575/-900. Implied = 11.3% -11.9% EV: WSH Keibert Ruiz +900 FD vs bet365 +725/-1200. Implied = 8.8% -11.9% EV: COL Elias Diaz +900 FD vs bet365 +725/-1200. Implied = 8.8% -12.1% EV: NYM Mark Vientos +750 FD vs bet365 +625/-1000. Implied = 10.3% -12.4% EV: KC Vinnie Pasquantino +600 FD vs bet365 +525/-800. Implied = 12.5% -12.4% EV: BOS Triston Casas +600 FD vs bet365 +525/-800. Implied = 12.5% -12.4% EV: CHW Romy Gonzalez +600 FD vs bet365 +525/-800. Implied = 12.5% -12.4% EV: MIA Garrett Cooper +600 FD vs bet365 +525/-800. Implied = 12.5% -12.9% EV: CHW Yasmani Grandal +560 FD vs bet365 +500/-750. Implied = 13.2% -13.2% EV: COL Ryan Mcmahon +630 FD vs bet365 +550/-850. Implied = 11.9% -13.2% EV: KC Mj Melendez +450 FD vs bet365 +425/-600. Implied = 15.8% -13.2% EV: ARI Emmanuel Rivera +630 FD vs bet365 +550/-850. Implied = 11.9% -14.4% EV: LAA Zach Neto +800 FD vs bet365 +675/-1100. Implied = 9.5% -15.0% EV: BAL Anthony Santander +400 FD vs bet365 +390/-550. Implied = 17.0% -15.6% EV: STL Nolan Arenado +470 FD vs bet365 +450/-650. Implied = 14.8%
These are not meant to be parlayed
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2023.05.30 13:44 thomasrae5124 british airways cancellation policy

There are several exceptions to British Airways cancellation policy. One of the most common exceptions to British Airways' cancellation policy is due to weather conditions. Severe weather can disrupt air travel and lead to the cancellation of flights. British Airways may not be held responsible for weather-related cancellations, as they are beyond their control. However, in such cases, British Airways will try to accommodate passengers on the next available flight, or offer a refund of the ticket price.
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2023.05.30 13:05 Sundayforeverstays Experience the Magic of Monsoons in India's Hill Stations: 7 Destinations You Can't Miss!

India is a country that has become even more enchanting during the monsoon season. The monsoons bring a respite from the scorching heat and transform the lush green hills into a breathtaking spectacle. India's hill stations, nestled amidst the Western Ghats and the Himalayas, become a paradise during this time, offering a unique and mesmerizing experience to visitors. In this article, we will explore seven captivating and the best hill stations in India where you can truly immerse yourself in the magic of the monsoons.
1. Munnar, Kerala:
Located in the Western Ghats of Kerala, Munnar is a haven of tranquility and natural beauty. The monsoons drench the tea gardens and spice plantations, creating an ethereal ambiance. The mist-covered hills and cascading waterfalls add to the allure. Take a leisurely walk amidst the tea gardens, breathe in the refreshing scent of wet earth, and witness the symphony of raindrops falling on the leaves. The picturesque landscapes and the pleasant weather make Munnar an irresistible destination during the monsoons.
2. Lonavala-Khandala, Maharashtra:
Situated in the Sahyadri Range near Mumbai, Lonavala-Khandala is a popular hill station renowned for its scenic beauty. During the monsoons, the entire region transforms into a lush green paradise. The misty valleys, gushing waterfalls, and iconic vantage points like Tiger Point and Rajmachi Point offer breathtaking views. Take a hike to the mesmerizing Bhushi Dam or explore the ancient Karla and Bhaja caves. The cool monsoon breeze and the captivating landscapes of Lonavala-Khandala will leave you spellbound.
3. Shimla, Himachal Pradesh:
Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh, is a timeless hill station that becomes even more enchanting during the monsoon season. The rain-washed forests, blooming wildflowers, and mist-covered mountains create a dreamlike ambiance. Take a stroll on Mall Road, explore the colonial architecture, and savor a hot cup of tea while enjoying the panoramic views of the surrounding hills. Don't miss visiting Chadwick Falls, where the cascading water gushes down amidst lush greenery, providing a spectacular sight.
4. Coorg, Karnataka:
Known as the "Scotland of India," Coorg in Karnataka is a breathtaking hill station that comes alive during the monsoons. The verdant coffee plantations, misty hills, and cascading waterfalls make it a perfect destination for nature lovers. Trek through the enchanting trails of Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, visit the mesmerizing Abbey Falls or simply relax amidst the aroma of coffee in a cozy homestay. Coorg offers a rejuvenating experience, immersing you in the magic of the monsoons.
5. Darjeeling, West Bengal:
Perched in the Himalayan foothills of West Bengal, Darjeeling is renowned for its tea gardens and the iconic toy train. The monsoons add a touch of mystique to this hill station, enveloping it in a veil of clouds and mist. Wake up early to witness the mesmerizing sunrise at Tiger Hill, visit the famous tea estates, and take a ride on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The lush greenery and the cool monsoon climate make Darjeeling a must-visit destination during this season.
6. Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra:
Located in the Sahyadri Range of Maharashtra, Mahabaleshwar is a charming hill station known for its captivating landscapes and pleasant climate. The monsoons transform this place into a paradise with lush greenery, foggy hills, and cascading waterfalls. Explore stunning viewpoints like Arthur's Seat and Wilson Point, which offer panoramic vistas of the valleys below. Indulge in the famous strawberries and enjoy a boat ride on the serene Venna Lake. The misty atmosphere and the romantic ambiance make Mahabaleshwar a perfect destination to experience the magic of monsoons.
7. Nainital, Uttarakhand:
Nestled amidst the Kumaon Hills in Uttarakhand, Nainital is a picturesque hill station known for its emerald-colored lake and lush surroundings. The monsoons bring a refreshing transformation to this enchanting town. The rain-washed forests, blooming rhododendrons, and misty mountains create a mystical atmosphere. Take a boat ride on the serene Naini Lake, explore Mall Road, and visit the beautiful Nainital Zoo. The tranquility and natural beauty of Nainital during the monsoons make it an ideal destination for a rejuvenating getaway.
Monsoon Activities and Experiences:
Apart from the breathtaking natural beauty, these best hill stations in India offer a plethora of activities and experiences during the monsoons. Here are some notable ones:
1. Trekking and Nature Walks: The monsoon season breathes new life into the forests and hills, making it an ideal time for trekking and nature walks. Explore the verdant trails of places like Munnar, Coorg, and Shimla, and immerse yourself in the lush surroundings. Spot exotic flora and fauna, listen to the melodious chirping of birds, and rejuvenate your soul amidst nature's wonders.
2. Waterfall Rappelling: The monsoons bring several gushing waterfalls to life, providing the perfect backdrop for adventure enthusiasts. Many hill stations, such as Lonavala-Khandala and Mahabaleshwar, offer exciting opportunities for waterfall rappelling. Strap on your harness, descend the cascading water, and feel the adrenaline rush as you conquer nature's forces.
3. Boating in Lakes: The monsoons add a certain charm to the lakes in hill stations. Take a leisurely boat ride in the serene lakes of Nainital, Udaipur, or Ooty, and witness the surrounding beauty come alive with the touch of rain. The misty atmosphere and the tranquil waters create a serene and romantic experience.
4. Tea Tasting and Plantation Visits: Hill stations like Munnar and Darjeeling are famous for their tea estates. Visit a tea plantation during the monsoons to witness the tea leaves glistening with raindrops. Engage in tea-tasting sessions to savor the flavors and aromas of freshly brewed teas. Learn about the tea-making process and gain insights into the rich history and culture associated with tea production.
5. Ayurvedic Spa and Wellness: India is renowned for its Ayurvedic practices that promote holistic well-being. Many hill stations offer Ayurvedic spas and wellness centers where you can rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul. Indulge in therapeutic massages, herbal treatments, and yoga sessions amidst the tranquil surroundings of the hills.
The Charm of Monsoon Cuisine:
Monsoons in India are not just about the captivating landscapes; they also bring a unique culinary experience. The hill stations during the monsoons offer a delectable array of local delicacies that are sure to tantalize your taste buds. From piping hot pakoras (fritters) and steaming cups of masala chai to piping hot momos and bhutta (roasted corn), the monsoon cuisine is a delight for food lovers.
In places like Mahabaleshwar, you can indulge in fresh strawberries, served with cream or in the form of jams, during the monsoons. Coorg offers a unique gastronomic experience with its traditional Kodava cuisine, where you can relish dishes like pandi curry (pork curry) and akki roti (rice bread).
The monsoons also bring out the flavors of piping hot soups and stews, such as thukpa in Darjeeling and hot and sour soup in Shimla. Additionally, don't miss the opportunity to savor local street food like vada pav in Lonavala-Khandala and momos in Darjeeling.
The combination of the monsoon ambiance and the tantalizing flavors of local cuisine create an unforgettable culinary experience during your visit to these hill stations.
India's hill stations are truly magical during the monsoon season. From the misty tea gardens of Munnar to the foggy valleys of Nainital, each destination offers a unique experience that will leave you spellbound. The lush greenery, cascading waterfalls, and the refreshing aroma of wet earth create an ethereal ambiance that is hard to resist. Whether you seek tranquility, adventure, or simply a rendezvous with nature, and also the hill stations in Uttarakhand have it all.
As you embark on your journey to witness the magic of monsoons in best hill stations in India, be prepared for occasional showers and carry appropriate rain gear. The off-season crowds allow you to immerse yourself fully in the beauty of these destinations. Remember to respect the local culture and environment, and leave behind only footprints.
Experience the joy of sipping hot tea while gazing at mist-covered hills, taking leisurely walks amidst lush green landscapes, and witnessing the grandeur of waterfalls in full flow. Discover the enchantment of India's monsoon-drenched hill stations, and create memories that will last a lifetime.
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2023.05.30 12:38 Fountainevents Tip and ideas for planning a beautiful summer wedding

Tip and ideas for planning a beautiful summer wedding
Summer is a wonderful time for weddings. The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and everything feels alive and vibrant. If you’re planning a summer wedding, there are many things to consider, from the location to the decor. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at some tips and ideas for planning a beautiful summer wedding.

Choose a Beautiful Outdoor Location

One of the best things about a summer wedding is the ability to have it outdoors. There are so many beautiful locations to choose from, such as gardens, parks, vineyards, and beaches.

Opt for Lighter Fabrics and Colors

Summer weather can be hot and humid, so it’s important to choose lighter fabrics for your wedding dress and the wedding party’s attire.

Incorporate Seasonal Flowers and Decor

Summer is the perfect time for flowers, so be sure to incorporate seasonal blooms into your wedding decor. Sunflowers, roses, peonies, and daisies are all popular choices for a summer wedding.

Serve Refreshing Drinks and Lighter Fare

Summer weddings call for refreshing drinks and lighter fare. Consider serving signature cocktails such as mojitos, margaritas, or sangria to keep your guests cool and hydrated.

Plan for Comfort and Safety

Finally, it’s important to plan for comfort and safety during a summer wedding. Consider providing fans or umbrellas for shade, especially during the ceremony.
In conclusion, a summer wedding can be a beautiful and memorable experience for you and your guests. By choosing a stunning outdoor location, incorporating seasonal flowers and decor, serving refreshing drinks and lighter fare, and planning for comfort and safety, you can create a magical day that you’ll remember for a lifetime.
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2023.05.30 11:19 custompoolnj 6 Things You Need to Know About Pool Water Maintenance

A pool is an ideal way to enjoy the summer weather, but it also comes with a responsibility to keep the water safe and clean. When it comes to pool water maintenance, you should know crucial aspects. Understanding these key elements will help you keep your pool water pristine and your swimming experience worry-free, from balancing chemicals to regular cleaning. In this blog post, we will dive into the essential things you need to know about pool water maintenance.
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2023.05.30 10:19 Rupalithakur120 The Best Time to Witness the Enchanting Beauty of Spiti Valley: Weather and Tourist Season Guide

The Best Time to Witness the Enchanting Beauty of Spiti Valley: Weather and Tourist Season Guide
Are you planning a trip to the mesmerizing Spiti Valley? Look no further! Spiti Valley packages offer the perfect opportunity to explore this hidden gem nestled amidst the rugged mountains of Himachal Pradesh in India. To make the most of your visit, it's crucial to choose the right time when the weather is favorable and the tourist season is in full swing. In this article, we will guide you through the best time to witness the enchanting beauty of Spiti Valley, along with a comprehensive Spiti Weather Guide.

Spiti Valley, with its awe-inspiring landscapes, ancient monasteries, and rich cultural heritage, is a paradise for adventure seekers and nature lovers alike. Choosing the right time to visit is essential to ensure a memorable experience. When it comes to exploring the Spiti Valley package, the ideal time is during the summer months, from mid-May to mid-October. This period offers pleasant weather and clear skies, allowing you to witness the stunning beauty of the valley in all its glory.
During the summer season, Spiti Valley comes alive with vibrant colors as the snow melts, revealing lush green meadows, blooming wildflowers, and glistening streams. The roads leading to the valley, which are often inaccessible during winter due to heavy snowfall, open up, allowing visitors to explore its hidden treasures. From picturesque villages like Kaza and Tabo to iconic monasteries such as Key Monastery and Dhankar Gompa, there is no shortage of sights to behold.

The weather during the summer months is comfortable, with daytime temperatures ranging from 15°C to 25°C (59°F to 77°F). However, nights can be chilly, with temperatures dropping to as low as 0°C (32°F). It's advisable to carry warm clothing to stay cozy during the nights. This period is also perfect for adventure enthusiasts, as Spiti Valley offers a plethora of activities like trekking, camping, and mountain biking. Whether you choose an easy trek or a challenging one, the raw beauty of the Himalayas will leave you spellbound. The famous Pin Parvati Pass and the Chandratal Lake trek are popular choices among trekkers visiting Spiti Valley. For thrill-seekers, river rafting in the Spiti River is an exhilarating experience.

As the summer season comes to an end, the weather starts getting colder, and the tourist season begins to wind down. However, if you're looking for a unique experience, you can plan a visit to Spiti Valley during the autumn months of September and October. This period offers a different perspective on the valley, as the landscape transforms into a canvas of vibrant autumn colors. The clear blue skies, combined with the golden hues of the changing leaves, create a magical ambiance that is truly awe-inspiring.

During winter, Spiti Valley is covered in a thick blanket of snow, making it inaccessible for most tourists. The harsh weather conditions and sub-zero temperatures make it challenging to navigate the mountainous terrain. However, if you are an experienced mountaineer or an avid winter sports enthusiast, you can embark on an expedition to Spiti Valley during this time. It's important to note that the facilities and accommodations in the valley may be limited during the winter season, so it's advisable to plan well in advance.

To summarize, the best time to witness the enchanting beauty of Spiti Valley is during the summer months, from mid-May to mid-October. The favorable weather conditions and the opening of roads allow you to explore the valley's treasures to the fullest. Whether you're captivated by the scenic landscapes or intrigued by the cultural heritage, Spiti Valley promises an unforgettable journey. So pack
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2023.05.30 09:13 alhamra1 How Tensile Shade Structures Revolutionize Outdoor Recreation Areas

This is where a tensile shade structure comes into play. These innovative architectural marvels have revolutionized outdoor recreation areas by providing much-needed shade, comfort, and versatility. Outdoor recreation areas, such as parks, playgrounds, sports facilities, and picnic spots, play a vital role in promoting physical activity, social interaction, and overall well-being. However, the harsh elements of weather can often limit the enjoyment of these spaces.

In this blog post, we will explore how tensile shade structures have transformed outdoor recreation areas and why they are an essential addition to such spaces.

Enhancing Comfort and Protection:

One of the primary benefits of tensile shade structures in outdoor recreation areas is their ability to provide shade and protection from the sun’s harmful rays. These buildings are made of premium materials that provide exceptional UV protection, lowering the danger of sunburn and long-term solar damage. With ample shade, visitors can enjoy outdoor activities without worrying about excessive heat or sun exposure. Whether it’s a picnic with family and friends or a game of basketball, the presence of a tensile shade structure ensures a comfortable and safe experience for all.

Promoting Year-Round Use:

Outdoor recreation areas are often underutilized during extreme weather conditions. Tensile shade structures change this dynamic by creating functional spaces that can be used year-round. The flexible nature of the fabric used in these structures allows for the creation of large covered areas that shield visitors from rain, wind, and snow. This means that outdoor activities can continue even during inclement weather, maximizing the usability of the space and ensuring that visitors can enjoy their favorite recreational activities regardless of the season. CLICK NOW TO READ MORE>>
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2023.05.30 09:05 AdmirableUsual2763 Camping Equipment Market Trends, Industry Share, Growth Drivers, Business Opportunities and Demand Forecast to 2030

The global camping equipment market size was valued at USD 77.94 billion in 2022 and is expected to reach a valuation of USD 83.58 billion in 2023. The market is expected to reach USD 133.05 billion by 2030 with a CAGR of 6.9% during the forecast period. Equipment for camping is used by trekkers and hikers for trekking and hiking respectively for safety and convenience. The trend and need for leisure activities in the young population are augmenting the market growth. The habit of traveling post-pandemic has surged the market share for the equipment. Fortune Business Insights™ shares this information in its report titled “Camping Equipment Market, 2023-2030.
COVID-19 Impact:
Pandemic Created Gaps Between the Supply and Demand
The pandemic affected camping equipment due to the shutdown of various cordons and shutdowns which reduced the demand of consumer goods. The pandemic created gaps between the supply and demand of basic ingredients which are used for the manufacturing of trekking accessories and equipment. Various companies launched their own e-retailing portals to increase their customer reach and captured a competitive market position, amid the pandemic
Fortune Business Insights™ lists out all the camping equipment market companies that are presently striving to reduce the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the market:
Report Coverage
The report provides a detailed analysis of the top segments and the latest trends in the market. It comprehensively discusses the driving and restraining factors and the impact of COVID-19 on the market. Additionally, it examines the regional developments and the strategies undertaken by the market's key players.
Drivers and Restraints
Increasing Number Of Recreational Activities To Drive Market Trajectory
An increasing number of recreational activities are anticipated to drive camping equipment market growth. Rising disposable income levels of individuals in developing nations such as India, China, Brazil, France, and others increased the purchasing parity of the consumers in those regions supporting the growth of the market. Leisure activities help in the reduction of stress, help in the improvement of the health of the consumers, and personal development and growth in the long run.
However, rising costs of transportation have led to an increase in the inflation rate, consuming a large portion of consumers on these types of expenses which is anticipated to hinder market development.
Regional Insights
North America To Lead Market Due To Presence Of Established Market Players In The U.S
North America is expected to dominate the camping equipment market share due to the presence of established market players in the U.S. Availability of a wide range of brands in travel or camping gear and accessories and kits and demand for luxury and premium travel accessories products.
Europe is also expected to be the second dominant region owing to various stakeholders and members of the tourism sector has initiated many projects and travel packages at an affordable price for the consumers.
Asia Pacific is anticipated to have significant growth with the prevalence of camping representing an increase of the youth in outdoor games and events.
Competitive Landscape
Companies Have Been Collaborating Amongst Each Other To Gain Market Share
Key market players have been launching new products depending upon the need for customization and trekking taken up by the people. Diverse weather conditions, tracks, and other factors have been influencing the application of different trekking products increasing the need for customized and high-durability products which led to the launch of customized trekking goods which influenced the market positively. In May 2020, Big Agnes collaborated with Bluebird Backcountry to assist as the official protected jacket sponsor of the ski area, offering guides, instructors, and members by providing insulated jackets.
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2023.05.30 08:51 trip-planner-123 Best Tourist Places to Visit in June in India

In June, when the monsoon season begins in India, several destinations across the country offer a unique charm and pleasant weather. Here are some of the best places to visit in June in India:
  1. Munnar: Known for its tea plantations, misty hills, and pleasant climate, Munnar is a popular hill station in Kerala. June brings refreshing showers, making the surrounding lush green and adding to the scenic beauty of the region.
  2. Ladakh: June is an excellent time to visit Ladakh, as the snow starts to melt, and the roads become accessible. You can explore the breathtaking landscapes, visit monasteries, and experience adventure activities like trekking and river rafting.
  3. Goa: While June marks the beginning of the monsoon season in Goa, it offers a different experience with serene beaches, lush green landscapes, and fewer crowds. You can enjoy water sports, explore the vibrant markets, and savour Goan cuisine.
  4. Coorg: Known as the "Scotland of India," Coorg is famous for its coffee plantations, misty hills, and waterfalls. June brings moderate rainfall, making it an ideal time to witness the beauty of lush green landscapes and enjoy the pleasant weather.
  5. Kodaikanal: Kodaikanal, also known as the "Princess of Hill Stations," offers a cool and pleasant climate in June. You can enjoy boating on the serene Kodai Lake, explore the scenic viewpoints, and visit attractions like Coaker's Walk and Pillar Rocks.
  6. Darjeeling: Darjeeling is renowned for its tea gardens, Toy Train rides, and panoramic views of the Himalayas. In June, you can witness the beauty of mist-covered mountains and enjoy the pleasant weather.
  7. Mount Abu: Mount Abu is the only hill station in Rajasthan, known for its scenic beauty, Nakki Lake, and Dilwara Jain Temples. In June, the weather remains pleasant, and you can enjoy leisurely walks, boating, and exploring the picturesque surroundings.
  8. Shillong: Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya, offers stunning landscapes, waterfalls, and a pleasant climate in June. You can visit attractions like Elephant Falls, and Shillong Peak, and enjoy the local culture and cuisine.
  9. Wayanad: Wayanad is a picturesque district in Kerala, known for its lush green landscapes, waterfalls, and wildlife sanctuaries. In June, the region becomes even more enchanting with the onset of the monsoon season.
  10. Pahalgam: Pahalgam is a beautiful town in the Kashmir Valley, surrounded by snow-capped mountains, meadows, and the Lidder River. June offers pleasant weather, and you can enjoy scenic walks, and horse riding, and visit attractions like Betaab Valley and Chandanwari.
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2023.05.30 08:43 No_History_7407 Exploring the Sweet Success of Sugar Trading: Unveiling Opportunities and Strategies

Exploring the Sweet Success of Sugar Trading: Unveiling Opportunities and Strategies
In the world of international trade and commerce, sugar holds a prominent position as one of the most widely traded commodities. Sugar trading involves the buying and selling of sugar in various forms, such as raw sugar, refined sugar, and specialized sugar products. This article aims to provide a comprehensive overview of sugar trading, highlighting its importance, market dynamics, and key factors that contribute to successful trading in this sector.
The Significance of Sugar Trading
Sugar is a vital ingredient found in countless food and beverage products consumed globally. It is not only used as a sweetener but also serves as a preservative, providing desirable characteristics to various food items. The demand for sugar remains consistently high, making it a lucrative industry for traders. Sugar trading plays a crucial role in ensuring the availability of sugar to consumers worldwide while allowing producers and suppliers to optimize their market reach.
Understanding the Sugar Market
Factors Influencing Sugar Prices
The sugar market is influenced by a multitude of factors that impact the supply and demand dynamics, thereby affecting the price fluctuations. Some key factors include:

Production and Consumption: Sugar is primarily produced in tropical regions, and fluctuations in crop yields due to weather conditions, disease outbreaks, or changes in agricultural practices can significantly impact prices. Similarly, changes in consumption patterns and population growth also affect the demand for sugar.
Government Policies: Government interventions, such as import/export regulations, subsidies, and tariffs, can have a significant impact on the sugar market. These policies aim to protect domestic producers, stabilize prices, or address public health concerns related to sugar consumption.
Currency Exchange Rates: Since sugar is a globally traded commodity, fluctuations in currency exchange rates can impact its price. Currency devaluations or appreciations can affect the competitiveness of sugar-producing and consuming countries.
Energy Prices: The production of sugar involves significant energy inputs, primarily in the form of fuel for machinery and equipment. Changes in energy prices, especially oil prices, can influence the production costs of sugar and subsequently impact its market price.
Sugar Trading Mechanisms

Sugar trading occurs through various channels, including futures markets, spot markets, and over-the-counter (OTC) transactions.
Futures Markets: Futures contracts provide a standardized platform for buyers and sellers to trade sugar at a predetermined price and future date. These contracts allow market participants to hedge against price volatility and manage risks associated with their sugar-related business operations.
Spot Markets: Spot trading involves the immediate purchase or sale of sugar at the prevailing market price. Spot markets provide flexibility and agility to traders, enabling them to respond quickly to changing market conditions.
Over-the-Counter (OTC) Transactions: OTC transactions involve direct negotiations between buyers and sellers outside of organized exchanges. OTC trading allows for more customized agreements tailored to specific requirements, but it may involve higher counterparty risks.
Successful Sugar Trading Strategies

To thrive in the competitive sugar trading industry, traders need to adopt effective strategies and stay abreast of market trends. Here are some key considerations for successful sugar trading:
Comprehensive Market Analysis
Traders must conduct thorough market analysis to understand the current supply-demand dynamics, prevailing prices, and emerging trends. By studying historical data, tracking weather patterns, and analyzing global economic indicators, traders can make informed decisions and capitalize on market opportunities.
Risk Management
Given the inherent volatility in sugar prices, risk management plays a pivotal role in sugar trading. Traders can employ various risk mitigation techniques, such as hedging through futures contracts, diversifying their portfolios, and implementing robust risk management systems.
Supply Chain Optimization
Efficient supply chain management is critical for
ensuring timely delivery and minimizing costs in sugar trading. Traders need to establish strong relationships with reliable suppliers and transporters to ensure a smooth flow of sugar from production centers to the market. Implementing effective logistics strategies, including inventory management and transportation optimization, can help traders gain a competitive edge.
Quality Control

Maintaining consistent quality is essential in sugar trading. Traders should closely monitor the quality of sugar throughout the supply chain, from sourcing to delivery. Implementing quality control measures, such as laboratory testing, certification, and adherence to international standards, helps build trust with customers and ensures the satisfaction of end consumers.
Market Intelligence
Staying informed about market trends, trade policies, and regulatory changes is crucial for sugar traders. Access to accurate and timely market intelligence provides valuable insights into emerging opportunities, potential risks, and competitor analysis. Traders can leverage this information to make informed decisions and adjust their trading strategies accordingly.
Building Relationships

Sugar Trading
Establishing strong relationships with key stakeholders in the sugar industry is essential for long-term success. This includes maintaining connections with sugar producers, processors, buyers, and industry associations. Collaborating with industry players can lead to mutually beneficial partnerships, access to new markets, and valuable market insights.
Sustainability and Ethical Considerations

Sugar Market Place
As sustainability and ethical practices gain prominence in the business world, sugar traders should prioritize environmental and social responsibility. Embracing sustainable sourcing practices, supporting fair trade initiatives, and ensuring compliance with labor and environmental regulations contribute to a positive brand image and enhance market competitiveness.
Sugar trading is a dynamic and lucrative sector that requires a deep understanding of market dynamics, effective risk management strategies, and a commitment to quality and sustainability. Successful sugar traders navigate the complexities of the market by conducting comprehensive market analysis, implementing robust risk management techniques, optimizing supply Dubai, and staying informed about market trends. By embracing these strategies and building strong relationships within the industry, sugar traders can position themselves for long-term success.
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