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The all-up Manjaro Gnome guide: From installation to system optimization to desktop tweaks

2020.09.23 15:37 velociraptor75 The all-up Manjaro Gnome guide: From installation to system optimization to desktop tweaks

The all-up Manjaro Gnome guide: From installation to system optimization to desktop tweaks
I've been using Manjaro for a couple of years now, and I love how responsive, stable and reliable it is. Over numerous installations across several machines (and collating best practices from many great online resources -- including Manjaro's excellent forums) this is my go-to checklist: from system installation to tweaked desktop. NOTE: Many of the choices of apps and tweaks here are my own personal choices -- you're likely to go with something completely different. But that's one of the beautiful things about Linux: choice!
So, here goes...
Create the boot disk/CD
  1. Download the relevant Manjaro Gnome ISO from here
  2. Verify file integrity:
    1. Linux: [sha1sum or sha256sum] [ISO Image]Eg. sha1sum ISO_NAMEORsha256sum ISO_NAME
    2. Windows: Download and use the MD5& SHA Checksum Utility
  3. Copy this to a thumb drive using the Rufus bootable thumb drive creator (in Windows) or Popsicle/balenaEtcher (Linux). Preferably select GPT/UEFI when creating the bootable thumb drive. Note: With Rufus, selecting the DD mode is more reliable than the file mode when creating the image.
  4. Selecting UEFI will boot into EFI mode, otherwise it will launch in MBBIOS mode. NOTE: To set up Manjaro in EFI mode (recommended, for almost every system built in the last decade,) make sure ‘Launch CSM’ and ‘Secure Boot’ is disabled in BIOS, otherwise it will launch in a Legacy mode that emulates BIOS. The mode the system is booted in will be the mode Manjaro Linux will be eventually installed in: UEFI or legacy BIOS.

Installing Manjaro

  1. Boot using the thumb drive created above. From the Live environment boot menu:
    1. Select free or non-free drivers. (Choose free for Intel, non-free for Radeon/Nvidia)
    2. Select system language/numbers and dates format (I use US English -- en_US.UTF-8 in the list of choices)
  2. After booting into the Live environment:
    1. When choosing automatic partitioning, remember to select the correct target drive! I generally choose Erase disk, Swap (with Hibernate).
    2. For manual partitioning, see this guide. Use Gparted, and delete all existing partitions on the target drive. Then choose New Partition Table, Select GUID (GPT), and click OK. To install Manjaro, you need i) A FAT 32 boot partition, ii) Swap space, iii) The Root file system, iv) Home partition (if not defined, it will be created as part of the Home partition). Set up the drive’s partitions as suggested below. TIP: If resizing partitions, do this first in Gparted and then launch the installation. Resizing drive partitions in Manjaro takes far longer.
Suggested drive partitioning for Manjaro installation
HINT: If you happen to have two drives in your system, configure the Swap partition on a different drive from the one your boot/root/home directory is on.
  1. Proceed as guided by the remainder of the Manjaro Installer.

Things to do after first install

System/Performance tweaks
  1. Start Pamac (Add/Remove software) and select the best server repository In Preferences, enable checking for updates and set this to every 24 hours. Enable AUR. Then update the system.
  2. Install Preload from Pamac, then run it using admin privileges (for faster application startup)
  3. Date and Time Set to Automatic
  4. Disable GRUB delay (Quicker system startup):
    1. sudo nano /etc/default/grub
    2. Change GRUB_TIMEOUT value to ‘0’
    3. Set GRUB_TIMEOUT_STYLE to ‘hidden’ (and not ‘menu’) for a silent, faster bootup
  5. Power management:
    1. TLP: Make sure TLP is installed and running with tlp-stat -s (check for ‘active’ status.) If not installed, do so from Pamac, installing tlp and tlp-rdw[Optional] Install the GUI for the app (tlpui from Pamac)
    2. Install Thermald
  6. Reduce Swappiness (sets the system to depend less on Swap):
    1. Swappiness value should ideally be 10. Check Swappiness value with: cat /proc/sys/vm/swappiness
    2. Create the config file sudo nano /etc/sysctl.d/100-manjaro.conf
    3. In the above file enter: vm.swappiness=10
    4. Save the file (CTRL+O), enter, and exit (CTRL+X)
    5. The feature takes effect on restart
  7. Check TRIM for SSD drives (for extending life): systemctl status fstrim.timerThe command should return a response indicating it is enabled by default. If not, enable by typing the command sudo systemctl enable fstrim.timer
  8. Run Gufw (Firewall) and enable
  9. [Optional] Disable Bluetooth service from loading at startup:
    1. To list enabled services: systemctl list-unit-files --type=service grep enabled
    2. To disable services from loading at boot:sudo systemctl disable bluetooth.service
    3. If you really want it dead, where other services can’t restart it:sudo systemctl mask bluetooth.service
    4. To stop the service: sudo systemctl stop bluetooth.service
    5. To verify that service is disabled: systemctl status bluetooth.service
  10. [Optional] Disable the Ethernet interface if it isn’t being used and is utilizing too much power. This is done by disabling kernel modules
  11. Run mkinitcpio -M to show all automatically detected modules
  12. Should look like ‘r8169’ for the Ethernet card
  13. Create a .conf file inside /etc/modprobe.d/ and append a line for each module you want to blacklist, using the blacklist keyword. Eg.
# Do not load the 'pcspkr' module on boot.
blacklist pcspkr
install module_name /bin/true
  1. Regenerate initramfs with sudo mkinitcpio -P, and reboot.
  2. To regain Ethernet access, repeat this process, commenting ‘#’ the lines added to the .conf file.
NOTE: The following section is entirely optional. At this point, you can straightaway jump into using your newly-installed Manjaro!

Desktop environment / app tweaks

The steps below reflect my personal desktop preferences (Manjaro Gnome). You may of course want to configure your desktop differently, based on your own preference:
  1. Launch Layouts and choose ‘Traditional’. Also make sure ‘Automatic Dark Theme’ is diabled.
  2. Settings:
    1. Keyboard shortcuts:
      1. Search for ‘Switch windows’ and add the shortcut ALT+TAB (replace existing)
      2. Scroll to the bottom and add
    2. Power:
      1. Bluetooth: ‘Off’
      2. Automatic Suspend: ‘On’
      3. Power button Action: ‘Power Off’
    3. Files history & Trash:
      1. Disable File history if needed
      2. Toggle on to automatically delete temp files and trash
    4. Keyboard and mouse:
      1. Search for Universal Access
      2. Search for Touchpad, disable Natural Scrolling
  3. Install Chrome:
    1. Start Pamac and search for Chrome in the AUR packages
    2. After installing, font size (of browser content) can be increased in Chrome Settings (Eg for a 1080p display. Set Page zoom to 110%, Font size: Medium). Set this in conjunction with ‘Scaling Factor’ in Gnome Tweaks Fonts.
    3. If not already picked up after logging into Google, change Chrome theme to Morpheon Dark.
    4. Disable tab hover cards by typing chrome://flags/#tab-hover-cards then selecting ‘Disable’.
    5. See this site on enabling hardware rendering in Chrome:
      1. Go to chrome://settings and expand Advanced at the bottom
      2. Scroll to the bottom, locate and make sure the Use hardware acceleration when available option is enabled.
      3. Type chrome://gpu. Most entries should have the words ‘Hardware accelerated’.
      4. To force hardware acceleration for even more features, open chrome://flags
      5. Locate the section on that page called Override software rendering list and change ‘Disabled’ to ‘Enabled’.
      6. When you now check chrome://gpu, more settings should be Hardware Acceleration enabled.
  4. I love my desktop clean! Right-click desktop Settings uncheck toggles for desktop icons
  5. Right-click Panel (Dash to Panel settings):
    1. Position Stack ‘Date menu’ lower down, until it shows up to the extreme right
    2. Style Panel size: 32, App icon margin and padding (choose what looks best)
    3. Style Scroll to bottom, Override panel theme background opacity, set Panel background opacity to 85% (or whatever looks best with the selected wallpaper)
    4. Fine-tune
      1. Tray font size: 0 (theme default)
      2. Status icon padding: -1 (theme default)
    5. Extensions Disable Arc Menu
  6. Gnome Tweaks
    1. General Over-Amplification (as needed)
    2. Fonts
      1. Scaling factor: 1.2 (works well for my 1080p laptop display. Play around and see what works best for you. This changes fonts system-wide: UI as well as web page text) OR change the font sizes of Interface, Document, Monospace etc.
      2. Antialiasing Subpixel (for LCD screens)
    3. Top bar
      1. Enable Battery percentage
      2. Clock: Enable Weekday, Date, Seconds
    4. Windows Titlebars Enable Maximize and Minimize
    5. Appearance Applications: Adwaita-maia-dark, Cursor: Xcursor-breeze, Icons: Papirus-Dark-Maia, Shell: Adwaita-maia-darkNote: Installing other themes sometimes mess with the appearance of other apps (eg. Kdenlive not rendering the dark theme correctly.)
  7. install Gnome extensions from https://extensions.gnome.org (requires a browser plugin for control). I like keeping it simple -- my preferred extensions are:
    1. Sound Input & Output Device Chooser
    2. Clock Override: Configure the Add-on, and enter the following text for preferred date and time:%A, %d %b '%y ~ %l:%M:%S %p
    3. Dim On Battery Power: Set screen brightness for battery (~50) and plugged in (~100)
    4. Remove Accessibility (Removes the accessibility button from the panel, if present)

Install key software

Remember to enable the Arch User Repository (AUR) in Pamac Preferences.
  1. Mark each the following in Pamac before installing in one go.
    1. gThumb Image Viewer, a quick image file viewer
    2. Timeshift (for system snapshots, not user data backups). Settings RSYNC, Schedule 2 snapshots weekly, exclude user home directory, select date format. See this tutorial.
    3. Popsicle (for formatting and writing images to USB thumb drives)
    4. MS fonts: Install ttf-ms-fonts in Pamac
    5. KeePassXC (password manager), from main repository
    6. uGet (Download manager)
    7. VeraCrypt (Encryption tool)
    8. qBitTorrent (Torrent client)
    9. Gimp (image editing)
    10. Kdenlive: Video editor. Settings Color Theme to ‘KvBlender’. (See Getting started)
  2. Tor Browser: (Detailed instructions)
    1. Download the Linux package from the Tor website
    2. Extract the files
    3. To install Tor so you can launch it from system:
      1. Move the Tor directory ‘tor-browser_en-US’ to /opt:sudo mv tor-browser_en-US /opt
      2. cd /opt/tor-browser_en-US
      3. Run ./start-tor-browser.desktop --register-app
      4. The Tor icon will now show up when you search for it, and can be launched as with any app
    4. To run from the directory itself:
      1. In the terminal, go to the Tor browser directory it was unzipped to
      2. To launch Tor, run: ./tor-browser_en-US/Browsestart-tor-browser &
    5. Install the Adblock Plus extension
  3. Games
    1. Install Steam (then go to Steam Settings Steam Play, and check ‘Enable Steam Play for all other titles’. Note: I found Proton 5.0-9 had stability issues; choose a lower version if needed. Install your favourite games Mine are:
      1. TrackMania Nations Forever
      2. The Secret of Monkey Island
      3. Monkey Island 2: Special Edition
      4. Kentucky Route Zero
      5. Flight Sims: X-Plane (from Steam) or FlightGear (Open Source)
    2. [Optional] Install Lutris (to manage games across sources)
      1. Search for and install games from Lutris.net
      2. Import all installed games
  4. [Optional] lmms: Sound sequencer and synth
  5. Add favourite programs to Taskbar, then lock taskbar.
… and you’re done!
Hope this helps, folks. Shout out in case of recommendations/feedback.
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2020.09.23 11:27 AideNo8545 Looking to build a gaming PC within $3500

What will you be doing with this PC? Be as specific as possible, and include specific games or programs you will be using.
Hey guys, new to Reddit so sorry if I make any mistakes in submitting this. I'm looking to build a new Gaming PC within $3,500. The computer will mostly be used to play Steam games and World of Tanks. As new games come out on PC like Horizon Zero Dawn I'm noticing my computer isn't able to keep up as well. It's also a little over 5 years old which is when I hear that the hard drive is supposed to wear out. I'm looking for a solid gaming computer that has good connectivity and can run higher-end games. I also need it to be able to read media cards from a camera. My mouse, keyboard and Xbox One controller are all USB so I'll need enough USB ports for those too.
What is your maximum budget before rebates/shipping/taxes?
$3,500
When do you plan on building/buying the PC? Note: beyond a week or two from today means any build you receive will be out of date when you want to buy.
About a week.
What, exactly, do you need included in the budget? (ToweOS/monitokeyboard/mouse/etc)
Core Processor Fan Motherboard Memory Video card(s) Hard Drive(s) Media Card Reader (just needs to be able to read a camera chip) Sound Card Network/Wifi Adapter Controller Card Case Power supply OS will be Windows 10 64 bit Will include Microsoft Office Home and Student
Which country (and state/province) will you be purchasing the parts in? If you're in US, do you have access to a Microcenter location?
US, Virginia. I'm using MagicMicro to build/order the computer online so I'm limited to those options, but if you know a better site that can give me a better PC while staying within budget I can do that too.
If reusing any parts (including monitor(s)/keyboard/mouse/etc), what parts will you be reusing? Brands and models are appreciated.
I will be reusing my monitor, keyboard, router and mouse.
Monitor is Acer 27'
Keyboard is Logitech G910 Gaming Keyboard
Mouse is Logitech G703 Lightspeed
Router is Verizon Fios
Will you be overclocking? If yes, are you interested in overclocking right away, or down the line? CPU and/or GPU?
No.
Are there any specific features or items you want/need in the build? (ex: SSD, large amount of storage or a RAID setup, CUDA or OpenCL support, etc)
Good connectivity with smooth and high-end graphics.
What type of network connectivity do you need? (Wired and/or WiFi) If WiFi is needed and you would like to find the fastest match for your wireless router, please list any specifics.
Verizon FIOS router. It is wireless but my main PC is connected to it by an ethernet cable.
Do you have any specific case preferences (Size like ITX/microATX/mid-towefull-tower, styles, colors, window or not, LED lighting, etc), or a particular color theme preference for the components?
No.
Do you need a copy of Windows included in the budget? If you do need one included, do you have a preference?
Yes, I plan to use Windows 10 64, plus system recovery (secure HDD partition + bootable USB) bit along with Microsoft Office Home and Student 2019. They are included in the budget.
Thanks guys, I really appreciate any help. I'm okay with computers but not an expert.
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2020.09.23 02:40 ShrekIsMyIdol Modern Components ~2000$ pc build

What will you be doing with this PC? Be as specific as possible, and include specific games or programs you will be using.
This PC will be primarily used for gaming. Specifically Super Smash Bros Melee through dolphin emulator. I also want to be able to play more modern games like fall guys, warzone, Call of Duty, and Gmod. Minimum 60fps to be able to play SSBM at its intended speed. 144 hz/120fps or better is ideal though
What is your maximum budget before rebates/shipping/taxes?
Budget is around 2000$; if going a little over is what is needed for a better build, then that’s fine.
When do you plan on building/buying the PC? Note: beyond a week or two from today means any build you receive will be out of date when you want to buy.
ASAP
What, exactly, do you need included in the budget? (ToweOS/monitokeyboard/mouse/etc)
Everything is needed
Which country (and state/province) will you be purchasing the parts in? If you're in US, do you have access to a Microcenter location?
I’m from Alberta, Canada. I am open to purchasing locally or online.
If reusing any parts (including monitor(s)/keyboard/mouse/etc), what parts will you be reusing? Brands and models are appreciated.
N/A
Will you be overclocking? If yes, are you interested in overclocking right away, or down the line? CPU and/or GPU?
I’ve read a little bit into overclocking and I am certainly interested, however it will likely be more than a year down the line, before I look into it.
Are there any specific features or items you want/need in the build? (ex: SSD, large amount of storage or a RAID setup, CUDA or OpenCL support, etc)
SSD for sure (around 1TB). None of the others.
What type of network connectivity do you need? (Wired and/or WiFi) If WiFi is needed and you would like to find the fastest match for your wireless router, please list any specifics.
An Ethernet cable can be ran right from my router to my pc, due to how close it is to my room. If there are bettefaster alternatives then I am open to those as well.
Do you have any specific case preferences (Size like ITX/microATX/mid-towefull-tower, styles, colors, window or not, LED lighting, etc), or a particular color theme preference for the components?
Mid tower for sure (I plan to upgrade to biggebetter components as the years go on). Full tower is optional. Black in colour. Tempered glass panel is preferred. RGB LED lighting would be a plus, but is not required.
Do you need a copy of Windows included in the budget? If you do need one included, do you have a preference?
I do need a copy of windows 10, but it isn’t included in the budget. (Don’t care about watermark or inability to set background picture etc., if free copy of still a thing?)
Extra info or particulars:
I want this build to be future proof for the next chunk of time (years if possible). RGB L.E.D. lighting would be awesome for most/all components (peripherals, fans, case, mobo... all of it). This build is mainly for super smash bros melee and discord (to chat with friends that I play online with), but I’m also interested in those other games I mentioned before.
Thanks in advance!
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2020.09.22 05:31 WhatIsRedditBruh FTW3 acquired (hopefully), time for the overhaul.

What will you be doing with this PC? Be as specific as possible, and include specific games or programs you will be using.
I will be gaming. I guess doing other adulting things as well, but mostly gaming. DoTA2, CS:GO, POE (for those of you familiar I am currently running Flicker Strike, and my poor 970 is struggling), Rocket League and of course, the most taxing game of all, Old School Runescape.
What is your maximum budget before rebates/shipping/taxes?
I wont need peripherals (outside of a monitor I believe - Want to stay budget on this so I can maybe get two). Since I already have the 3080, budget around 1.3k USD for everything else.
When do you plan on building/buying the PC? Note: beyond a week or two from today means any build you receive will be out of date when you want to buy.
I would like to place the order as soon as possible. I expect the card to arrive relatively soon, and will be replacing my whole build. After I confirm with customer support tomorrow, I would be willing to buy everything I need.
What, exactly, do you need included in the budget? (ToweOS/monitokeyboard/mouse/etc)
I will need a MoBo, RAM, an M.2, a CPU (leaning towards the 3900x), probably my PSU (see reusing section), OS and I would like some input about Monitors. I plan on still playing in 1080p, but with the new card I may kick it up to 1440. For monitors think competitive gaming, not AAA - performance over visuals. Currently using a SAMSUNG SD300 Series S24D300H Black 24" 2ms (GTG)
Which country (and state/province) will you be purchasing the parts in? If you're in US, do you have access to a Microcenter location?
U.S. - No microcenter (damn you, Arizona). I plan on ordering everything online, unless you can give me a compelling reason to go out and get the Rona.
If reusing any parts (including monitor(s)/keyboard/mouse/etc), what parts will you be reusing? Brands and models are appreciated.
I already have an NZXT Phantom 2 case I don't mind resusing. That being said, even though I could probably use my old PSU (CORSAIR CX-M Series CX750M 750W 80 PLUS BRONZE), I would probably be better off upgrading it. I'm running Noctua fans and a CoolerMaster water cooling unit currently, but the water cooler is pretty old. Not sure of the shelf life on these, but I may need to replace. If you feel like it/have a favorite, feel free to include it, otherwise don't worry about it.
Will you be overclocking? If yes, are you interested in overclocking right away, or down the line? CPU and/or GPU?
Likely no, but I may undervolt after more people have tried it and posted results.
Are there any specific features or items you want/need in the build? (ex: SSD, large amount of storage or a RAID setup, CUDA or OpenCL support, etc)
Not really, no. I think the M.2 is the only thing I dont want to budge on. I plan on using slave SSDs for most of storage, but I want the M.2 for the OS and DoTA2/POE. I also plan on utilizing VR with the build, but I am sure that won't be a problem between the GPU and CPU selection I am trending towards.
What type of network connectivity do you need? (Wired and/or WiFi) If WiFi is needed and you would like to find the fastest match for your wireless router, please list any specifics.
Wired. I will cut my own cable, so no worries there.
Do you have any specific case preferences (Size like ITX/microATX/mid-towefull-tower, styles, colors, window or not, LED lighting, etc), or a particular color theme preference for the components?
Even though I am probably going to reuse my case, this may be the last PC I will be able to build purely for my own enjoyment due to steadily increasing responsibilities in life. Given that the FTW3 is one of those ultra bright ARGB cards, I would be open to hearing from those of you who enjoy that sort of thing about potential options. Typically an all white, or an all black kind of guy.
Do you need a copy of Windows included in the budget? If you do need one included, do you have a preference?
Yes. After six years of leeching off of Uni, I should probably pay for a copy now. I am not familiar with the differences, but I am sure anything beats "Windows 10 Education Edition."
Really appreciate you folks helping me out. This subreddit helped me to create my first build ever, and I would likely not have enjoyed the last 6 years as much without the guidance. Yes, lame to say, but seriously. I'm a big nerd who loves gaming, and you all made sure my rig kicked butt without a single upgrade for that same duration of time.
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2020.09.22 00:34 PeeB4uGoToBed I don't get the hate when it comes to body type preferences

Recently matched with someone online and got to talking. Got along great then she asks about if I'm into plus sized women. I said "it depends because I've dated plus sized women before and my experiences varied and probably unrelated to weight, the sex was usually horrible"
I didn't mention to her but hygiene was always an issue with the plus sized women I've dated, not to say I haven't dated anyone with my body type that didn't have any hygiene issues
She immediately unmatched me. There's nothing wrong with having preferences, I'm not shallow because I can't help what I'm not attracted to
She went and immediately
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2020.09.22 00:34 kirant Covid-19 Update for September 19 to 21 (3 day total): 358 new cases, 322 recoveries, 1 death

Data is taken from the Covid-19 portal and today's media availability by Dr Deena Hinshaw. Dr Hinshaw's next scheduled media availability is Thursday
In an effort to reduce clutter in these posts, the updates to outbreak facilities is shown here. Of particular note, the outbreak at Good Samaritan Southgate appears to be over. However, the Foothills Hospital isn't added as the last update to the outbreaks list was on Friday.
Top line numbers:
Value Current Total
Total cases +358 16,739
Active cases 1,459 (+35)
Cases with "Unknown source" 315 (34.7%) in last 7 days (Change: -47 (-2.0%))
Tests +34,976 (~1.02% positive) 1,215,672
People tested +23,469 932,912 (~216,102/million)
Hospitalizations 51 (+7/+3 based on Friday's post/portal data) 773 (+17)
ICU 9 (+2) 142 (+2)
Deaths +1 (1x 70-79) 256
Recoveries +322 15,024
Division of top line numbers by day (where available):
  • Because of the reporting method, test numbers do not fully add up to the top line values
Value Sept 19 Sept 20 Sept 21
Cases 119 102 137
Tests 12,451 9,748 12,760
Test positive rate ~0.96% ~1.05% ~1.07%
People tested (approximate) 8,366 6,623 8,579
Hospital usage 53 51 51
ICU 9 9 9
Spatial distribution of people tested, cases, and deaths:
Zone Active Cases (Change) New People Tested Total New Cases Total New Deaths Total
Calgary 462 (+12) +8,350 374,666 +106 8,421 +1 121
Central 20 (-4) +1,735 78,297 +6 656 +0 7
Edmonton 747 (+36) +8,861 311,064 +210 4,484 +0 69
North 181 (-16) +2,588 89,588 +24 1,330 +0 34
South 45 (+7) +1,577 62,813 +12 1,810 +0 25
Unknown 4 (+0) +358 16,484 +0 38 +0 0
Spatial distribution of cases for select cities and regions (cities proper for Calgary and Edmonton):
City/Municipality Total Active Recovered Deaths
Calgary 7059 (+91) 406 (+9) 6545 (+81) 108 (+1)
Edmonton 3964 (+184) 650 (+21) 3248 (+163) 66 (+0)
Brooks 1132 (+0) 6 (+1) 1117 (-1) 9 (+0)
High River county 559 (+0) 2 (-2) 550 (+2) 7 (+0)
Mackenzie county 388 (+1) 43 (-7) 333 (+8) 12 (+0)
Fort McMurray 225 (+9) 44 (-4) 180 (+13) 1 (+0)
Lethbridge 169 (+0) 4 (-2) 163 (+2) 2 (+0)
Cardston county 105 (+0) 3 (-1) 97 (+1) 5 (+0)
Red Deer 105 (+1) 6 (-3) 99 (+4) 0
Grande Prairie 98 (+1) 7 (-2) 89 (+3) 2 (+0)
Medicine Hat 81 (+2) 9 (+2) 70 (+0) 2 (+0)
Wheatland county 74 (+0) 0 (-1) 73 (+1) 1 (+0)
Wood Buffalo municipality 65 (+1) 4 (+0) 61 (+1) 0
Warner county 62 (+0) 1 (-1) 60 (+1) 1 (+0)
Rest of Alberta 2653 (+68) 274 (+25) 2339 (+43) 40 (+0)
Other Counties/Cities with 10+ active cases (change compared to Friday, if I have it recorded):
City/County Active
Okotoks 10 (-2)
County of Forty Mile No. 8 11
Foothills County 14 (+1)
Sturgeon County 15 (+3)
Sherwood Park 20 (+4)
Smoky Lake County 20 (+1)
County of Northern Lights 25 (+0)
St Albert 29 (+7)
Spruce Grove (9 active) was removed from this list today
Schools with Outbreaks listed online (2+ cases in last 14 days):
Watch
  • St. Wilfrid Elementary School, Calgary
  • Vimy Ridge, Edmonton (added today)
2-4 cases
  • Notre Dame High School, Calgary
  • Lester B. Pearson High School, Calgary
  • Henry Wise Wood High School, Calgary
  • Auburn Bay School, Calgary
  • Crescent Heights High School, Calgary
  • Chris Akkerman School, Calgary
  • Saddle Ridge School, Calgary (added today)
  • Apostles of Jesus, Calgary (added today)
  • Centre High, Edmonton
  • Ross Sheppard High School, Edmonton
  • McNally School, Edmonton
  • Waverley School, Edmonton
  • Chinook High School, Lethbridge
  • Richard S Fowler Catholic Junior High School, St Albert (added today)
  • Springfield Elementary School, Municipal District Of Peace No. 135 (added today)
  • St. Gabriel School, Regional Municipality Of Wood Buffalo (added today)
  • Foothills Composite High School, Okotoks
Current list of regions under "watch" by the province (new in bold):
  • Calgary Lower NE
  • Calgary Upper NE
  • City of Edmonton (as a whole, plus the regions below)
  • Edmonton Abbottsfield
  • Edmonton Castle Downs
  • Edmonton Eastwood
  • Edmonton Mill Woods S&E
  • Edmonton NE
  • Edmonton Northgate
  • Edmonton Woodcroft East
  • County Of Forty Mile No. 8
  • County of Northern Lights
  • Foothills County
  • Mackenzie County
  • Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo
  • Smoky Lake County
  • Sturgeon County
    Edmonton Rutherford was removed from the "watch" classification.
Spatial distribution of hospital usage (change based on Friday's post):
  • Hospitalization zone are where the patient is receiving care, not zone of residence
Zone Hospitalized ICU
Calgary 24 (+9) 5 (+0)
Edmonton 19 (-3) 3 (+1)
Central 0 (Since Sept 8) 0 (+0)
South 1 (First since Sept 11) 1 (+1)
North 7 (+0) 0 (+0)
Statements by Dr Hinshaw:
School Cases
  • 5 schools have had alerts ended
  • 81 schools with 1+ cases (total of 126 cases)
  • 6 new school outbreaks (19 total), defined as 2+ cases in last 14 days
  • 2 schools with likely in-school transmission: Vimy Ridge in Edmonton and Springfield Elementary School in Peace River
  • Again, not unexpected
  • 2 schools on "Watch" status (5+ cases). Vimy Ridge has 6 cases currently
  • 3% of all schools have had cases to date. Transmission has been identified in ~3% of school with cases
  • Sees this as a positive start
Foothills Medical Centre
  • Covid death over weekend occurred at Foothills
  • All acute care outbreaks are taken very seriously
  • 14 patients, 4 staff members in 3 units have tested positive
  • Public health investigation underway and AHS has taken swift action
  • Widespread testing is underway and more cases are likely to be detected
  • Patients with symptoms or are positive are treated in designated rooms
  • Foothills is safe and there is no increased risk for patients
St Joseph's College
  • Men's residence site on the University of Alberta has an outbreak
  • 5 cases
Cohorts
  • Common question is "what are cohorts"?: Small group where physical distancing can be relaxed
  • Household (+15 others), with the cohort definition being consistent for the entire household
  • Coworkers or other people in religious gatherings are NOT cohorts
  • How many sports cohorts can a child be in?: Many factors, including sport, and must be personally decided
  • There is no plan to raise sport cohort size in the immediate future (currently 50)
Q&A - Foothills
  • How worrying is Foothills outbreak?: Acute care outbreaks are always a concern. Seems to have occurred with in-hospital transmission between patients. Factors surrounding the introduction of Covid into the hospital is being investigated. Lessons of Misericordia are being applied
  • Are patients/visitors/staff not masking?: Investigation underway, so no conclusion yet. Inconsistent masking use reported with visitors and being investigated. Report of staff member who worked while symptomatic. We need to better understand why these both occurred as to prevent it from happening again
  • Is it concerning one outbreak is in cardiac unit?: Absolutely a concern - heart disease is a risk factor. Patients will be tested regularly (even if asymptomatic) and situation will be monitored closely
Q&A - Schooling
  • Comments on slow test results for students?: Wants mild symptomatic students to get tested quickly so they can get back to school quickly if negative (currently a work in progress with a lot of work going into it). Close contacts, independent of test result, must stay home because negative tests may develop into positive cases
  • Edmonton Public School has 48 staff, 545 students sent home. Comment?: Knows this has significant impact, is incredibly inconvenient, and understands the frustration. Does not want to downplay this, but vast majority of cases acquired disease in community. Cases in school aged individuals tracks with cases in community (Interjection - I think this is to mean that schools aren't increasing transmission). Asks for patience for the next few weeks as techniques in isolating are refined
  • Were there projections for school cases?: Emphasizes that projections are just a ballpark.
  • How many cases are too many for in-person learning?: Repeats that school aged cases are tracking with community spread, with the important number being number of in-school transmission cases. Education is best given in-person and has a significant benefit to the student's overall health (including social development, learning, educational development)
  • BC reduced screening for schooling. Will Alberta?: Discussion has been made. Alberta isn't far enough along to determine if symptoms can be removed without increasing Covid outbreak risk. Will watch other regions to see their experience
Q&A - Other
  • Who polices gathering sizes in small communities?: Organizers of the event, participants. Assistance and reminders can be provided by law enforcement, public health services, and a complaints website is available through Environmental Public Health. Difficult to do in real time, so if you see an event, try to give AHS a heads up early
  • Plans to change gathering size?: Not planned. Currently watching patterns of transmissions and will discuss restrictions if needed
  • Update to spread of cases in Edmonton?: 1/2 of active cases in Edmonton are close contacts of a confirmed case. Seeing if this spread in particular can be reduced. 1/3 are unknown source and checking of trends are occurring with these cases. Many cases are related to social events, but seeing workplace spread as well
Additional information will be logged below:
  • Calgary Upper NE's active cases: 100 (rose to 100 over weekend)
  • Edmonton Northeast's active cases: 101 (+7 since Friday)
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2020.09.21 18:38 burninginfinite I am 31 years old, make $117,000, live in Northern VA (DC suburbs) and work as a Management Consultant

Content Warning: Dieting (intermittent fasting)

Section One: Assets and Debt

Section Two: Income

Section Three: Expenses

Day 1 (Sunday)

9:30 am : SO and Dog are still asleep, so I read in bed until SO wakes up. We have sex (Dog is not pleased) and then he gets up to work out while I keep reading. He basically bought a home gym when COVID started and at first he thought it might be a waste of money, but it’s actually proven to be a good purchase.
11:55 am: I’ve been intermittent fasting a bit to balance out my WFH snacking habits. I try not to eat before noon, but I’m starving, so I eat a small snack a few minutes early. Water our balcony plants, refill the bird feeder, then shower and perform my skin ritual. I scale this up or down depending on my plans for the day, but I have time and I was lazy last night, so I do all of it. I just added bakuchiol and I’m excited to see how it works. (Double cleanse with Hanskin Pore Cleansing Oil and CeraVe Facial Cleanser, then: Trader Joe’s Rose Water Toner, Amara Vitamin C Serum, TJ’s Hyaluronic Acid Serum, Handmade Heroes Bakuchiol Booster, TJ’s Eye Cream, Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream, and La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid.)
1:00 pm: We have a Very Lazy Dog who never wants to take walks, but we drag him out before driving to meet a friend for a 1:30 brunch reservation. When we arrive, they’re behind and seem to have no idea when our patio table will be ready. My friend K brought her dog (yay!) but that means we can’t sit inside, so we have to wait. She’s a little shy and anxious (the dog, not K) but I brought her some treats, which she eats without hesitation.
1:55 pm: Finally seated! K’s pup keeps getting tangled under the table begging for more treats. K and I have drinks (SO doesn’t drink on Sundays so he has a soda) and we split some brussels sprouts as an appetizer. Avocado toast for K, a burger for SO, and avocado eggs benedict and two sweet potato pancakes for me (SO eats the potatoes that come with my benedict). We split the check, but SO takes mine before I have a chance to see it. He and I try to keep things relatively even, but we mostly just trust it’ll wash out in the end. He likes to pay when we go out but I usually buy the groceries. (We’re more disciplined about splitting big purchases.)
4:00 pm: Pit stop on the way home for SO to pick up more vape pods. He’s been planning to quit for a while, but his work has been super stressful lately and he keeps pushing his quit date back. I try not to get too annoyed about this – I know he’s trying and quitting sucks.
7:30 pm: I wake up from an ill-advised nap. We finish last night’s leftover sushi for dinner and watch the first Harry Potter movie. My friend Venmos me $163.71 to pay me back for a group purchase I placed a couple weeks ago and I immediately transfer it to my bank account.
10:00 pm: SO likes to be in bed by 9:30 and asleep by 10 because he gets up so early to work out, but I usually stay up later reading. Tonight, I actually have to catch up on some work that’s due first thing in the morning. Working in bed while SO and Dog snore next to me weirdly helps me focus (because I want to join them!).
3:45 am : That took longer than I thought it would! As I’m shutting down, I randomly remember a few things I need from Amazon. I’ve been trying to shop more responsibly, which means not using Amazon Prime. But a week ago I needed some stuff quickly and they offered me a monthlong free trial, so now I’m on an Amazon kick. I’ll cancel before the trial ends and then I won’t re-up for probably a year or so. I buy some mask brackets to try while working out, broom and mop grips for the utility closet door, some washcloths, and the next size up of a sweater I ordered and liked but was too small (I’ll return the other one this week). It takes a while to fall asleep (shouldn’t have napped earlier!). ($82.62)
Total: $82.62

Day 2 (Monday)

7:45 am : I wake up to the sound of SO ironing his shirt for work. He says he overslept (guess he missed his workout) and rushes out the door. I kiss him goodbye, get dressed, drink a glass of water, and log on to my computer. I check last night’s document one last time and email it to the client.
10:30 am: I take a break from work to pay my credit card bills, which are all due around the same time. ($1,100) I use a modified avalanche method – I make minimum payments rounded up to the next hundred, then I pay proportionally more toward higher interest balances. I know it’s not as cost effective but seeing significant progress toward all my balances is reassuring. I’ll make a second payment at the end of the month on my highest interest cards with however much money I have left over. Scrolling through Facebook, I see that the animal rescue where I got Dog is doing a fundraiser for vet bills for a sweet pup who needed emergency surgery. It makes me sad – I go snuggle Dog for a minute (who is still snoring in bed and is not happy about the forced snuggle time) and then make a donation. ($107.20)
12:30 pm: Made it to noon (and beyond) without eating! I was really hungry around 11:45 but then I got distracted, so here we are at 12:30. I microwave some leftover pork shoulder that I roasted last week and eat it with honey mustard. I have so much admiration for people who actually make meals for lunch. I mostly just cobble together whatever I have.
2:00 pm: While filling out this MD, I realize I can’t remember if I’ve paid the property tax on my car yet. I panic briefly because I can’t find the letter they sent, but then I remember I can look it up on the website and… I have not. Today is turning out to be expensive! ($110.22)
4:45 pm: Our engagement photoshoot is in a month and I’m starting to stress about what to wear. The COVID weight gain is so real (and I haven’t been working out like I used to). I buy an oversized sweater I’ve had my eye on that will hopefully be cute with skinny jeans (if any of them still fit me) and vow to return it if it’s not perfect. ($33.91) Then I walk the dog, who is just now getting out of bed and asking for attention.
6:45 pm: SO gets home! On Mondays I take a late workout class, so I get to see him before I leave. I toast an everything bagel and eat it with cream cheese while we chat about our days.
8:00 pm: Class! I asked one of the women in my class to make me two masks, which she brings me tonight, so I Venmo her $20.
9:45 pm: Get home from class completely wiped and am grateful to find that SO walked Dog before I got home so I can basically go straight to bed. (Dog never wants to go outside but he has yet to learn to use a litter box, so…) He’s asleep before I finish washing my face and I’m not far behind – out like a light by 10:30.
Total: $1,371.33, but at least most of it was bills.

Day 3 (Tuesday)

7:45 am : After hitting snooze once, I hop in the shower to wake up. Dog watches me do my skin routine from the bed, looking very annoyed that I’m up. SO texts me to walk the dog early because it feels like fall today, so I drag him outside after I’m finished with daily standup. This involves bringing the leash up two flights of stairs to leash him in bed before coaxing him down the stairs and out the door.
10:00 am: Our client has been migrating their document repository to a new system and there is evidently some confusion over who is supporting which migration effort. Everyone is calling all of the projects “System Migration,” so this honestly seemed inevitable. I spend a good chunk of my morning sorting this out so I can tell them confidently that we are not involved with the one they’re asking about. When I’m intermittent fasting, I routinely get hungry at 10am but I drink a glass of water and try to power through.
12:30 pm: Lunch! I heat up the rest of the pork and steam some veggies in the microwave. One of the most annoying things about SO is that he’s always craving delivery of some sort, even if I’ve planned a meal, so fresh produce often goes to waste in our house. I haven’t totally given up yet, but thank god for frozen veggies.
1:00 pm: I feel like this is going to sound like a ridiculous purchase, but here goes: SO’s favorite pen company is dropping a batch of limited release pens at 1pm (noon CT). I set an alarm and am refreshing the website repeatedly by 12:59 because SO has been coveting these pens for ages and last time they sold out in about 10 minutes. I have to start over when someone buys the pen I picked as I am checking out, but I manage to snag two– one as an anniversary gift for SO and one as a Christmas gift for my dad (anyone who knows me will tell you I really do start my Christmas shopping early – gifts and acts of service are my two big love languages). A few minutes later, the pens are all gone. ($403.86)
2:00 pm: We trained Dog not to rush the door when he hears the doorbell by giving him treats and now he RUNS to the treats whenever the doorbell rings, which it just did. I toss him a couple treats before retrieving the packages at our door. The sweater I ordered on Sunday is among them and although it fits better, I realize it’s too sheer, so I pack it up with the rest of my returns.
5:15 pm: I resolved to start Chloe Ting’s 2 week shred program today, but the 13 minute HIIT session leaves me totally wiped and feeling very out of shape. (Dog didn’t help – he was VERY in the way every time I got down for anything plank adjacent.) I skip the ab video and leave a little early to drop off my return at the UPS store before class.
8:00 pm: Out for drinks with two friends from class. It’s late to be eating but I also don’t want to drink on an empty stomach, so I order a wrap and take home the half I don’t eat. The fall cider I’m drinking is delicious. I order two crowlers (canned draft beer… well, cider) to take home. ($57.96)
Total: $461.82

Day 4 (Wednesday)

7:30 am: SO wakes up on the wrong side of the bed because he overslept again. I help him get out the door, walk the dog, then get on standup (I’ll shower after). I feel like I didn’t sleep well last night and my Whoop recovery score reflects this – only 31%.
11:00 am: My company closed one of its offices a while back when one of our big contracts ended, and they’re trying to get rid of all the furniture, which has been in storage ever since. I’ve been working at SO’s old kitchen table and a kitchen chair since we moved in May, so I drive the 30 minutes to the office to see what they have. It’s also really nice to see a bunch of my coworkers in person who I haven’t seen since COVID started or even before that. I wind up with an office chair, a mat to go under it, a whiteboard, and some assorted office supplies. The smallest desks they had were still too big for my home office (which is also our guest bedroom). Guess I still need to buy a desk after all. It’s 1:30 by the time I leave, so I stop by Panera for lunch on my way home: you-pick-two with half a chicken salad sandwich and a small broccoli cheddar mac and cheese. I also buy a lemon cookie for me and two chocolate chippers for SO (his favorite). $17.23
5:30 pm: SO texts that he’ll be home a little early! Dog will be thrilled (and me too, of course). I waffle about doing Chloe Ting Day 2 because I am extremely sore from class Monday and Tuesday, but I do the HIIT video and SO arrives home just in time to save me from doing the abs videos.
7:00 pm: I bake some chicken thighs brushed with TJ’s Honey Pale Ale Mustard and garlic and steam some veggies for dinner. SO doesn’t really like chicken, but he says this is good and has three pieces. Victory! I file this recipe away in my head. (I like to say he’s the pickiest adventurous eater in the world. He doesn’t like pasta/noodles, cheese, or chicken, but he loves the stuff that lots of picky eaters won’t eat: seafood, especially sushi, and all kinds of international cuisine. It’s nice having a partner who is always up for sushi night, but cheese boards and family style sides of mac and cheese are a challenge. I really hope our kids don’t decide to emulate his eating habits.) We walk the dog after dinner.
9:30 pm: Because my recovery last night was so bad, I resolve to go to bed at the same time as SO tonight… but he’s still asleep by the time I finish my evening skincare routine. In bed by 10.
Total: $17.23

Day 5 (Thursday)

7:45 am: I hit the snooze once because our neighbors woke us up around 1:30 blasting music and I didn’t fall back asleep for almost an hour. Still, I feel fairly well rested and my Whoop recovery is 83% (yay!). Do my morning skincare, drink some water, get online for daily standup, and I’m greeted with the news that my return has processed, putting $140.57 back on my card. (I’ll count this as a $25.43 credit for this week since one item I returned was the sweater I bought Sunday – the rest was from earlier purchases.)
10:00 am: It’s a light morning, so between emails, I spend some time bringing my new office furniture upstairs and organizing my desk area, then browse Ikea for a new desk. A new desk would also be motivation to finally unpack the last of the boxes, which all live in my office (the other rooms of the house are pretty much unpacked).
12:00 pm: Lunch! The half wrap from Tuesday night is a little soggy but still good. I eat that and then wander down to the garage to scrounge up the second half of my lunch from our deep freezer. Half of the freezer is my lunch stash – things I love but SO won’t eat. Pierogies sound delicious but I don’t have the patience to cook them right now. Instead I grab a box of TJ’s butter chicken and pop it in the microwave; I’ll mix in last night’s leftover veggies. While I wait for that to heat up, I mix some yogurt with salt and set it in a strainer to make labneh, then grab a resistance band and do some lateral band walks across the living room – my knee has been acting up lately mostly because I have weak, lazy glutes. The smell of food finally gets Dog out of bed, so I eat at my computer and then take him for a walk.
2:30 pm: My 2pm meeting ended very early and I have packages! My Soko Glam order from last week is here with some sheet masks, a new serum, and a pore control mask (my mascne has been horrible since I’ve been wearing a mask to work out lately). The sweater I ordered Monday also arrives. I try it on and like it, but I can’t decide if it’s too baggy. I snap a selfie to send to some friends for second and third opinions about whether I need to size down.
5:00 pm: I enter one of those “win a wedding dress” sweepstakes. I normally never enter these, but since I’ve been wedding planning I’ve been entering them like crazy. I know the chances of winning are so slim, but still. I briefly consider a Chloe Ting workout (I really should) but since I have class soon, I skip it.
8:00 pm: Done with class! I’ve been on a hunt for the best masks to wear while working out (that don’t make me feel like I can’t breathe). The studio owner makes the best ones I’ve found yet. I buy 3 for $40 from him. I pick up Chipotle (SO ordered ahead) and stop for gas on the way home. ($23.50) We eat while watching Space Force (a burrito for him, a burrito bowl for me, half of which becomes my lunch for tomorrow). Steve Carell’s character is just a different version of Michael Scott, but it’s mindlessly entertaining. Dog has to be dragged outside for a walk because it’s raining.
9:30 pm: I shower and do the Acsen pore control mask that arrived today. It’s a little tingly and smells really nice. Finish up my skincare and sleep nice and early again – I’m out by 10:30.
Total: Net $38.07 ($63.50 with a $25.43 credit)

Day 6 (Friday)

7:00 am: I wake up early today. SO is out the door before 7:30 and Friday standups aren’t until 9, so I squeeze in the HIIT video, then join an 8am stretching class my friend teaches on Zoom (this is “paid” for by my staff membership at the studio).
11:45 am: It was a very productive morning and now I’m ravenous. I start scrounging up lunch so I can eat right at noon before another meeting marathon begins at 12:30 which will last until 5. Leftover Chipotle and pita bread with labneh with olive oil and za’atar.
4:45 pm: Finally done (a little bit early)! I have a small bowl of ice cream as a Friday reward and watch a little Netflix. SO said he was going to try to leave an hour early from work today, but my money is on him leaving like 5 minutes early.
5:50 pm: I take Dog for a walk (he has literally been sleeping all day and hasn’t made so much as a peep). SO texts that he’s going to be late because of some last second drama at work. Sigh. Well, I guess now I have no excuse not to do some Chloe Ting. I do an ab video and a lower body video.
7:30 pm: SO gets home and immediately announces he’s going to work out, but sprawls on the bed with Dog for a while before getting a move on. I’m a little annoyed because I was looking forward to having dinner and spending some time with him, but his workouts usually take about 1.5 hours, so that would put dinner at probably close to 10pm (way too late for me, even if I wasn’t intermittent fasting – I don’t know how he eats a full meal and then goes straight to bed). Honestly, lately I feel like we aren’t spending much quality time together (scrolling on our phones next to each other doesn’t count) and every time I suggest an activity, he just wants to watch TV instead. I also get the news about RBG passing away and now I’m just extra sad. I watch a movie in bed and am half asleep by the time SO finishes his workout and comes upstairs.
Total: $0

Day 7 (Saturday)

8:45 am: Alarm goes off. I take 2 classes on Saturday mornings, so I roll out of bed and start getting ready, but SO derails me wanting to talk about last night, and we have it out. I struggle to explain that it’s not that I don’t want him to work out or that I don’t support his goals – it’s just that I would like him to prioritize me and our relationship at least as much as he does his workouts. We end at a bit of an impasse (with me crying, because I cry at everything) and instead of going to class, I take a drive to calm down. Driving up and down the GW Parkway with the windows down always makes me feel better.
11:30 am: I buy SO Starbucks as a peace offering and head home. ($6.05) When I get there, SO apologizes and promises to make more of an effort to do things with me that aren’t just laying on the couch watching TV. He suggests that we go out for a late lunch/early dinner and do a little day drinking, and that we can have a zoo outing tomorrow (plus he’ll work out while I hit the studio for class).
2:00 pm: After our respective workouts, we both shower and then walk the dog together. Then we go to the restaurant across the street, walking to take advantage of the good weather (and so we can both drink). We sit outside and split calamari and a dozen oysters. I have a steak salad with peaches and gorgonzola, and SO orders crab cakes. We each have two drinks and I take dessert to go (SO does not share my sweet tooth!). The check is around $170 (pre-tip); SO pays and we walk home.
7:00 pm: We watch a movie on the couch and keep drinking. I’m excited to crack open the cider I brought home the other day. After the movie, we take Dog out for a quick walk and then head to bed. Before going to sleep, I make a $107 donation in honor of RBG to be split between several Senate campaigns.
Total: $113.05

Weekly Total: $2084.12

Food & Drink: $81.24
Fun & Entertainment: $0
Home & Health: $117.19 (I’m counting masks here)
Clothes & Beauty: $33.91 (Net – $25.43 bought and returned)
Transport: $23.50
Other: $1,828.28

Weekly Reflection

All in all, I feel like I did ok this week. I spent more money this week than I expected – that being said, looking at how much of this week’s spending was in bills and donations, I’m not too upset about it. The pens were an unexpected and big expense, but I was going to have to buy those gifts eventually, so again, not too upset about it. (The cost is probably in line with what I’d normally spend on an anniversary gift for SO. The pen for my dad was a little more expensive than what I’d normally buy for him, but I know it will be a special gift.) Going out has also been an uncommon occurrence lately, but it felt good to be social again, and I would much rather spend money on going out and spending time with people than spend excessively on stuff.
I’m definitely a spender, which (as you can see) has gotten me in trouble in the past. I’ve been doing better lately and I’m also very good about returning things that don’t work out, especially now that COVID has increased my proportion of online shopping vs. in person. This week was also a little unusual because we didn’t buy groceries and SO picked up the bill every time we went out. (For reference, we went grocery shopping on Day 8, which I paid for. That came out to about $200 between Costco and the supermarket and will last us about two weeks – we buy in bulk when it makes sense and freeze what we won’t use immediately. That bill is on the low side because we just restocked the freezer within the last month.)
I guess one thing I’ve thought about a lot while doing this MD has been how SO and I split expenses. I personally think it’s pretty fair – he might spend a little more than I do in the end, but he is also the one who always wants to order delivery, so I don’t feel too badly about that. I realize this week wasn’t a great snapshot for demonstrating an even split, but I’m curious to know how it came off to you all as readers and your thoughts on splitting expenses with an SO without having to split every bill right down the middle and Venmoing each other all the time (there’s nothing wrong with that, of course, but it’s not how we work).
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2020.09.21 18:15 OneFaraday Some experience with building, clueless with planning: basic video editing build

First off, I'd like to give a huge thanks to this community. I came here many years ago and got a design for my current PC which has served me very well.
This will be my third PC I've built. Doing the assembly is not a big issue for me, but I will probably have the staff at the store mount the CPU on the motherboard (that part makes me nervous). I'm pretty clueless about choosing parts, though. You guys are my heroes when it comes to that.


>\*What will you be doing with this PC? Be as specific as possible, and include specific games or programs you will be using.***

The most intense thing I will be doing is some light video editing, and some occasional gaming. My current PC really chugs along slowly when I edit videos. Video footage also takes up a lot of hard drive space and I'm desperately low.
Most of the gaming I do isn't too demanding. I'm a big fan of the Fallout series. Sadly Fallout 5 isn't announced yet so I can't ask to match those specs, but if my new build can play Fallout 4 decently I'm thrilled with that.
It would be awesome to plug in a VR headset in the future, but that's not strictly necessary.
I have not settled on video editing software yet.

>\*What is your maximum budget before rebates/shipping/taxes?***
It would be great to hit $800 but I'd be okay going as high as $1200. I can't afford it all-at-once, so my plan is to buy and build in stages.
If I can't get a decent video card for that budget, I'm willing to save up and install the video card later.

>\*When do you plan on building/buying the PC? Note: beyond a week or two from today means any build you receive will be out of date when you want to buy.***
Stage one: I need more storage immediately. I plan to buy the hard drive ASAP and install it temporarily into my current PC.
Stage two: A basic build in the next couple of months. I'll buy the case and basic components and get that up and running.
Stage three: Over the next 5-6 months I'll buy the remaining components (more RAM, video card, etc) and upgrade.
(I know that this time frame makes it more difficult to plan and I might have to adapt, I'm alright with this. On the plus side, I can watch for sales.)

>\*What, exactly, do you need included in the budget? (ToweOS/monitokeyboard/mouse/etc\)***

I do not need a monitor, keyboard, or mouse. The computer also won't need a wireless card, I will be plugging it directly into the modem. (If the motherboard has one on-board, that's fine.) I will just need a case, motherboard, CPU, fans, power supply, video card (any other components I'm forgetting?)

>\*Which country (and state/province) will you be purchasing the parts in? If you're in US, do you have access to a Microcenter location?***

I'm in Alberta, Canada. My usual go-to place for components is Memory Express but I'm also happy to shop online, compare pricing, and watch for sales to get the best deals.

>\*If reusing any parts (including monitor(s)/keyboard/mouse/etc), what parts will you be reusing? Brands and models are appreciated.***

I have an HP w2207h monitor (ancient but still works great). I have a USB keyboard and mouse already.

>\*Will you be overclocking? If yes, are you interested in overclocking right away, or down the line? CPU and/or GPU?***

Honestly I don't know. I'm not an advanced enough user to really know the benefits. If you have a suggestion, I'd be happy to hear it.

>\*Are there any specific features or items you want/need in the build? (ex: SSD, large amount of storage or a RAID setup, CUDA or OpenCL support, etc)***

Decent hard drive (5TB or more) and a decent video card are the main features I'd like.

>\*Do you have any specific case preferences (Size like ITX/microATX/mid-towefull-tower, styles, colors, window or not, LED lighting, etc), or a particular color theme preference for the components?***

Appearances do not matter at all.

>\*Do you need a copy of Windows included in the budget? If you do need one included, do you have a preference?***

Yes. Windows 10 preferred. I may also do a Linux dual boot.

>**Extra info or particulars:**
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2020.09.20 15:55 lowercas_e Peri-areolar top surgery with Dr. Fischer - the pre-op report

Hi everyone – this is a follow-up to a post I made about a month ago, asking if anyone would be interested in the details of my then-upcoming top surgery. I’m officially post-op now (five days!) and working on a ridiculously detailed writeup. This is the first part, which goes right up until the surgery itself. I’m going to wait a few more days to do the post-op one so that I can go up to the process of getting the drains out. Feel free to skip to the end to get to the salient info, and to comment with any questions about stuff I might have left out!
So, without further ado, how I got here:
First the basics. I'm 31 years old. I live in Maryland. I'm five feet tall and weigh around ninety pounds, give or take a couple in either direction. My chest measurement before surgery was about 28 inches, and about 26 "underbust." I've never been on testosterone or puberty blockers. I've never really had to wear a binder, and avoided it because I knew that I had to be gentle with that tissue if I wanted the results that I'd really hoped were possible. Keep this in mind - I'm hardly an average representation of anything, so my experience is most likely atypical in a lot of ways. But I'm hoping the overall information could be helpful.
I came out when I was 25, though I'd known since high school. Top surgery was on my radar, but trans stuff was on the fringe then - I read a lot of "butch lesbian who got top surgery" blogs, which was the only thing that made it seem possible for me, though the thought of paying for it (I was overestimating the cost by almost double, and too scared to actually look it up) seemed unthinkable. I didn't know about anything but double incision surgery, which was pretty horrifying to me. So I put the thought out of my mind for almost ten years.
When I aged out of my parents' insurance and got my own, most plans had a line specifying that they did not cover anything meant to "alter the patient's physical sex," or something to that effect. This changed a few years ago, but at the time I didn't qualify for sick leave at work, and I was still paying off my student loans. Along the way things progressed - I started using a new name, then changed it legally, and then my state started allowing "unspecified" gender markers on driver's licenses. I paid off my loans and saved some money, without acknowledging to myself what I was saving it for. And then I got a letter at work, informing me that they were now required to provide medical leave for anyone working over 15 hours weekly. And suddenly a lot of things came together, fast.
My mom has always been supportive of me, but she was not very happy to hear about this. After talking it over a lot, we ended up going together to a therapist who worked with both trans people and families - incidentally, our therapist was also nonbinary, and we had to take a break in our visits while they recovered from their own top surgery. We visited them a few times over a few months, and they suggested that I at least look into getting my surgery covered by insurance, and directed me toward the Johns Hopkins Center for Transgender Health. I had done research on several of the big names in top surgery, particularly those who do a lot of peri-areolar surgeries - I was very not into the idea of double incision, and knew that, while I was not the seventeen-year-old kid on T who's a sure thing for peri, I had a chance. But getting it covered would make the financial hit more bearable.
I did some research on insurance coverage. When it came time to renew my Medicaid coverage, I switched to an MCO that had a history of working with Johns Hopkins. I contacted them about finding a therapist to write a letter for me, and about getting a consultation - I expected to have a long wait to meet with Dr. Devin O'Brien-Coon, but they suggested that I come in much earlier and meet with Dr. Benny Tan, who had only recently come to work at the Hopkins center, so I got my letter and scheduled my appointment with him.
Dr. Tan had just started at the JH center when I had my consultation with him, and while he had a lot of previous experience doing breast cancer mastectomies, he was clearly a lot less familiar with top surgery. He was adamant that I was ineligible for peri-areolar surgery, and would have to have double incision. He seemed to have some weird misconceptions about the details - at one point he said that no one ever regains any nipple sensation after surgery (???), and when I mentioned the concept of the eventual shape of my chest being somewhat dependent on how much muscle I can develop through exercise he sort of laughed and said, "Well, maybe if you decide to become a bodybuilder." When I asked if I could see post-op pictures of some of the previous procedures the center had done, I was told no, that Dr. O'Brien-Coon didn't want to suggest that there was any guarantee of a specific kind of results. He seemed like a nice guy. He answered the questions I had, and my mom's. But I did not feel good about this.
At the same time, I was trying fruitlessly to get any information at all about whether I would, in fact, be able to get this covered by insurance. I won't go into the boring details of one million phone transfers, but after several days the question was resolved: because the insurance required a previous twelve-month period of hormone replacement therapy, I was out of luck. At this point I wasn't even upset - it just made it clearer that my original plan was what I was going to go with.
Finally, I paid $100 to have a consultation with Dr. Beverly Fischer in Lutherville. Dr. Fischer was one of the surgeons I'd been researching from the beginning - she's been performing surgeries since the 90s, including a lot of peri-areolar surgeries, and she also is the most local of the surgeons I'd looked into. I'd seen pictures online that people had posted of her work on people with body types very much like mine, and I was impressed. Dr. Fischer doesn't take any insurance (you can try to go through a process on your own afterward, and perhaps get at least a partial reimbursement from your insurance, but that's up to them), but I had the money saved, and I felt it was a fair trade to have a greater level of control over the experience.
Since Dr. Fischer has her own small facility, the consultation was very smooth and low-key. Again, my mom went with me (this was right before covid started, but even now she allows one visitor to come with a patient). She looked me over and assured me that I was definitely a candidate for peri (they all say "keyhole" there, which confused me, but I'm going to keep saying peri, by which I mean full circular incisions around the areola). We were given a breakdown of the cost ($9,700) and shown into a little room where they gave us a binder of pre- and post-op photos to look at. Again, her work is very impressive - my mom, who was not familiar with the different styles of surgery, was reassured that they did not look as scarred up as she was probably expecting. This was a much better experience than I had at Hopkins, enough to convince me.
Then the pandemic hit! Needless to say, things were on hold for a while.
The library I work at was closed for over two months. In June, we started working again, but with a very minimal schedule. I'd been doing almost double my baseline hours by filling in for vacant positions, but now I was working fifteen hours per week maximum, meaning I didn't lose any substitute pay for taking sick leave. So I called Dr. Fischer's office and made the soonest appointment I could, for September 16th. I made a 10% payment over the phone ($970) and scheduled my appointments for three weeks prior to surgery.
Three weeks before surgery:
I went to Dr. Fischer's office for my pre-op appointment. Because I'd already been measured during my consultation, this was mostly a lot of information and question-and-answer sessions with their surgical coordinator Shannon. My mom came with me (all of us wore masks, and we had temperature checks when we came in, as well as standard "have you had any covid symptoms or been out of state" worksheets to fill out).
Shannon brought out a set of the drains and showed us how they'd work (they are still stuck in me at the time of this writing, so I'm trying not to think about it too much!), and gave me a folder of pre- and post-op information, plus the sheet to give to my primary care doctor when I went to get my bloodwork done. The instructions were pretty standard - try to eat a lot of protein in the weeks before and after surgery (raises your red blood cell count so you recover faster), get up and walk around on the first day (helps the anesthesia junk work its way out of your body), don't lie on your back eating applesauce the whole time (you're not going to hurt yourself, live your life, just be gentle). Mentioned, but for some reason not included on the printed sheet: there's a one-day-post-op appointment the morning after, just to check everything out - this means that AFTER your surgery you shouldn't eat or drink after midnight, and through the morning, just in case there's an unexpected need to put you under to correct anything.
I brought them a check for the remainder of my payment - $8,730. As weird as it seems, seeing the money actually come out of my bank account didn't bother me at all. I'd saved that money with this in mind, so it seemed natural to finally use it.
They also gave me a stack of four prescriptions, which I filled on the way home: One pre-op anti-nausea pill, one pre-op Xanax, several post-op pain pills (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) and several post-op anti-nausea pills. Fortunately this was covered by my insurance, because I sure did NOT need all of these.
I went within the week to get the required physical and bloodwork at my regular doctor's office, and just handed them the sheet that said what results needed to be sent to Dr. Fischer. Apparently there was some kind of faxing error and I didn't find out for a couple weeks that they hadn't gotten the results, but that was fixed by some relatively simple phone calls. I'd recommend calling a week after the blood test to confirm that they've received everything.
I put in a request for six days off work - starting and ending on a Wednesday, with a normal weekend between. They usually recommend ten days, but I have a very low-activity job and only work short shifts, so they agreed that eight days would be fine. This is another factor that might have been different if I had been getting double-incision surgery, which I've heard can take a few more days of recovery.
Some days later, I got a call saying that the anesthesiologist wouldn't be able to be in on the Wednesday I was scheduled for. I was all set to move everything forward by a chunk of time when they clarified that no, they wanted me to come in one day earlier. Well, okay then. I added a Tuesday to my leave. I am told that I will need to get an "excuse note" to take back when I return to work, which I haven't asked for yet, but will probably get at my one-week-after appointment.
A few days before surgery:
This is the time to get things in order wherever you'll be staying. Of course you can't prepare for everything, but I did as much laundry as I could, made sure I had plenty of prepared food in the house, checked out a ton of books and DVDs from the library. Trimmed my hair and nails. Note that you are required to shave your armpits so the tape doesn't stick to them when they bandage you up - if you're not used to this, I recommend doing it a couple days in advance, because it's a Bad Time.
Night before surgery:
I got the usual confirmation call from them the Monday before my surgery date. I got everything together (medication. Sweatpants, button-up shirt, socks, slip-on shoes, COTTON underwear, which is the only kind you may wear in surgery. The folder of information. My old ipod and headphones). I went to bed relatively early as I knew I was going to be up early, though it might have been better to stay up and have a late snack before the midnight deadline.
Day of surgery:
September 15th - my surgery was scheduled for 9:30, and my arrival at 8:30. I was told to shower and wash my hair, to only use antibacterial soap (we had the Dial orange bar) for my body. I used baby shampoo on my hair, because I wanted something that wouldn't leave any weird residue, since I knew I wouldn't be able to wash it again for some days. Deodorant is allowed, but no lotion. Brushed my teeth. No food, no drink, no chewing gum.
I went to the surgery center with both my parents, but right now they're specifying only one guest per patient, so only my mom came in. There's a little retirement community and some stores around, so they had somewhere to hang out while they waited. I left my mom's phone number with them on a post-it so they could call her when they needed to come back for me.
I took my bag and went into one of the patient rooms, where I was given this hilariously large toga-looking thing to change into. I gave them my bag of meds, and they came back with a tiny bit of water for me to swallow the Xanax. The anti-nausea one dissolves in your mouth and tastes like strawberry mentos.
In a little tiny room with a ring light, they took a series of pictures of me from ribs to neck, at straight-on, side, and three-quarter views. Later I looked back at a computer screen and saw these pictures and briefly thought "who the hell's that?" Not that I'd had any doubts before that I was making the right decision, but that made it pretty clear.
Dr. Fischer came in after that, and drew about three dashed lines on my chest. My assumption is that these were so that when my skin shifted while I was lying down, she would be able to see what parts corresponded to where when I was upright. I asked briefly about what kind of resizing she would do around my nipples, which are very slightly asymmetrical, and she said that she uses a kind of template that would make them turn out a bit smaller, and, yes, the same size.
The anesthesiologist came in to give me the rundown on what would happen when I was taken into the operating room. I would put on a hairnet, I would get an IV that would put me out, then a mask of gas to keep me unconscious. A small tube would be put in the back of my throat to keep my airway open, and might give me a sore throat for a couple days after (spoiler: it did, but it wasn't too bad). Some kind of contraption of sleeves would periodically squeeze my legs to promote blood flow. All fairly standard, probably.
So they let my mom come in and hug me, and I said, "see you soon!" and they walked me back.
Sorry for the huge cliffhanger, but this thing is way longer than I thought! I'll be back with the post-op section in a few days, ok? And definitely comment any questions you might have. Recovery is boring.
TLDR:
Good luck to everybody reading this! I am feeling good. My recovery's been great so far and I'll go into more detail when I come back for the next part of this.
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2020.09.20 03:31 Br00klynShadow Help me with building my first pc

What will you be doing with this PC? Be as specific as possible, and include specific games or programs you will be using.
What is your maximum budget before rebates/shipping/taxes?
When do you plan on building/buying the PC? Note: beyond a week or two from today means any build you receive will be out of date when you want to buy.
What, exactly, do you need included in the budget? (ToweOS/monitokeyboard/mouse/etc)
Which country (and state/province) will you be purchasing the parts in? If you're in US, do you have access to a Microcenter location?
If reusing any parts (including monitor(s)/keyboard/mouse/etc), what parts will you be reusing? Brands and models are appreciated.
Will you be overclocking? If yes, are you interested in overclocking right away, or down the line? CPU and/or GPU?
Are there any specific features or items you want/need in the build? (ex: SSD, large amount of storage or a RAID setup, CUDA or OpenCL support, etc)
Do you have any specific case preferences (Size like ITX/microATX/mid-towefull-tower, styles, colors, window or not, LED lighting, etc), or a particular color theme preference for the components?
Do you need a copy of Windows included in the budget? If you do need one included, do you have a preference?
Extra info or particulars:
*Again, this doesnt need to run ultra settings on 100+ FPS, medium settings and 1080p at >= 60 FPS is preferred. I will upgrade it in the future. About the SSD, games are getting HUGE(100-200GB) and will get bigger. Plus i plan to use it for future education.
*I'd prefer to get parts purchased online but if microcenter is required if something is out of stock on amazon/newegg/b&h etc. im fine with that.
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2020.09.19 22:53 Canuck_007 Casual Gaming & Office PC

What will you be doing with this PC? Be as specific as possible, and include specific games or programs you will be using.
PC is for playing a few video games and a bit of online coursework.
Software for online courses: MS Office GoogleSuites (GSheet) Tableau Desktop PostgreSQL
Games: Sea of Thieves Civ 6 Baldur's Gate 3 Diablo 3 Diablo 4 (if it ever gets released)
What is your maximum budget before rebates/shipping/taxes?
$2k, excluding peripherals.
When do you plan on building/buying the PC? Note: beyond a week or two from today means any build you receive will be out of date when you want to buy.
2-3wks - I really want to get in and check out Baldur's Gate 3!!
What, exactly, do you need included in the budget? (ToweOS/monitokeyboard/mouse/etc)
Tower
Which country (and state/province) will you be purchasing the parts in? If you're in US, do you have access to a Microcenter location?
Canada, Alberta
If reusing any parts (including monitor(s)/keyboard/mouse/etc), what parts will you be reusing? Brands and models are appreciated.
I have an old build from around 2012, can use the following as spare parts:
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus High Performance ATX Mid Tower Case Motherboard: asrock z77 extreme4 Processor: Processor i5-3570K CPU @ 3.40GHz w/ Corsair liquid cooling Storage: Corsair Force Series 3 SSD 180Gb Memory: Ripjaw DDR3 8GB (2x) Power: Strider ST1500 (1500w) Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti (2x) WiFi : D-Link DWA-125 Wireless N 150 USB Monitor: Samsung 28" 4K UHD Computer Monitor (LU28E590DS)
Are there any specific features or items you want/need in the build? (ex: SSD, large amount of storage or a RAID setup, CUDA or OpenCL support, etc)
I don't have wired connection in this room, need a build that supports wireless connection.
I have a media system that can pick up Bluetooth so if I'm playing music on the PC I would like use BT and send to the media device.
Do you have any specific case preferences (Size like ITX/microATX/mid-towefull-tower, styles, colors, window or not, LED lighting, etc), or a particular color theme preference for the components?
I really like the cases that show of the inside of the build, I like the lights that change color as long as I can "turn off the lights" when I'm watching a movie.
Compact size would be really nice, but low fan noise and low heat generation are more important than the size.
Do you need a copy of Windows included in the budget? If you do need one included, do you have a preference?
n/a
Extra info or particulars:
n/a
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2020.09.19 19:20 Logue93 [PA] Which one to buy???!!! International buy, long post, many considerations (HE-4XX, Sivga Phoenix, 58X, 6XX, M565, M1060, X2HR)

Hi everyone! I'm kind of new to audio and HiFi. I live in Brazil and because of that I'm really limited when it comes to good bang for the buck audio equipment. Also, nowadays the dollar is roughly R$ 5,3 (Reais, local currency). So because of all that, my main option to buying audiogear is when my brother (who lives in the U.S.) comes to Brazil and can then bring some stuff with him (not speakers, unfortunetely, because of obvious ~travel~ reasons - size, weight, etc). A few years back I bought the Fiio K5 Pro amp/dac combo (I think it was the best available option at the time for an AMP/DAC combo that could also drive powered speakers through line out RCAs). They currently are hooked up to my desktop PC and drive my only headphone and my pair of desktop speakers (2x Edifier R1100 - not the best, but what I could buy at the time, locally). My current headphone is a BeyerDynamics Custom One Pro. Back then I had limited buying options online, some products were out of stock, anyway, that's the one I could afford to buy. It's a nice and good headphone (especially if compared to the options I can buy in my country, online or at stores - VERY limited options around here).
So, in november this year, my brother is coming from the U.S. again and I'm preparing to buy my "first 2nd headphones"! I've been looking around, watching some Zeos videos, etc. and with the budget I have for this buy, these are the options that come to mind (ordered priority, open to suggestions). Also, I want open headphones, since the one I own is already a closed one:
1. **HE-4XX*\* from Massdrop (Hopefully I can buy it from Massdrop, but it may not happen due to dates/shipment having to coincide with the time my brother flies in) -> Because they're planars and I'd like something different from dynamics, just because it's a one in a million shot for me to get this experience, even if it probably isn't that different. 160~180 USD (currently going for 160 at Massdrop, but if I have to buy them at Amazon they'll probably cost 180). Currently my main choice. I also saw the HE-400i available at Amazon, but it's a bit more expensive and I don't know the differences. Which one between those two (4XX - 400i)? Also, I've seen some reports of problems with the build quality, pads falling apart in a few months... This a real problem for me: I need a headphone that's kind of "set it and forget it" and will last, since I can't buy replacements/mod parts afterwards (only if I bought them at the time of purchase, but that also increases the cost and then I might be looking at other headphones that are already well built, like 2. for instance).
2. ***Sivga Phoenix**\* - Recently reviewed by Zeos and also honorable enough to be added to hifiguides.com. Another planar, open back, seems great. These are mainly going against the Monoprice ones that are in the same price bracket (like the M1060 - open or closed (M1060C). These recently went to the top of my list. They tick the "I'm paying 250 dollars for a headphone that sounds like a 1000 dollars one" which is really nice for me (given my budget and context). Basically if anyone recommends it higher than the HE-4XX or the Monoprice ones (see 5., 6. and 7. - especially 7.), I'm getting them instead. It's just the fear of a not very recognizable brand - compared to Hifiman or Sennheiser, for example. Currently going for 250 dollars, cheaper than the monoprice ones and also available at Amazon (easiesafer buy for an international customer). However, more expensive than the HE-4XX.
3. Sennheiser HD 58X, also from Massdrop -> Because I've heard a lot of good things about them and I've never owned a Sennheiser before. It'd be nice for reference. Currently going for 170 dollars.
4. Sennheiser HD 6XX, also from Massdrop -> Same reasons as 3. Basically it's either or. So, this one or the 58X? (Trying to reduce my list of possibilities). Currently going for 220 dollars.
5. Monoprice M565 - Open, Planars... These are an alternative to the HE-4XX and the M1060 (C?) - see 6. and 7. below, because they're cheaper, more in tune with my budget.
6. Monoprice M570 - Same reasons as 5. Probably a harder buy since it is quite more expensive. Differences?
7. Monoprice M1060 (C?) - I don't know about these. They're quite more expensive than my primary option right now (HE-4XX), might even be out of my budget range at the time I purchase them (who knows, the economy...). I saw Zeos' review, also heard that many of the failures have been fixed. Should I buy the open or the closed version? I think in the 2020 Wall video, Zeos said that the M1060C are better than the M1060 because they're a different driver, etc. Since I'm looking for open headphones, what I'd have to do is buy the closed one and mod it to make it open. If there aren't enough differences, then I'd lean in the way of buying the least hassle option (M1060). Currently not available, probably will be when I buy them, going for 270 dollars. This is probably stretching my budget, but hey, maybe. So I want them in the mix of considerations/possibilities.
8. Philips Fidelio X2HR - Same reasons as 9. They're higher up the list because they're not the same brand as my current ones. They're also cheaper. However from what I saw in some videos/reviews, I don't think they're my preferred choice right now. Maybe too wide? Also not planars and seem less quality than the options above.
9. Beyerdynamics DT880 600Ohms - Because they appeared in the listing at hifiguides.com with my parameters. Lols. I'm a little affraid of them because 1) they're also beyerdynamics, same as my current one and 2) categorized as "bright" instead of warm. I don't really like "highs". More of a filled base/wide mid/low highs person. Last of the list because I think these are quite old and there are better options for the price (which is my priority).

Things I'm looking for in this headphone purchase:
A) Different sound "experience" from my current headphones (as mentioned above, Beyerdynamics Custom One Pro). Well, just because there's no point buying something really similar, right? I don't need custom crazy different sound (probably don't even want it), but not a copy. Also means OPEN. Don't know if this helps at all.
B) Overall neutral sound signature (I'm not even sure what this means very well since I only have one headphone, so its hard to not have a reference to compare against). Not TOO colored or emphasis on one part of the spectrum, 'tho "accents" are welcome.
C) Comfortable - I basically wear them all day long - from 6 to 18 hours a day, depends on the day. I'm open to pad replacements, but that also has to be accounted for in the budget. Some pads out there are really expensive and I'm paying in a currency that's 5x mine. (a 50 dollar pad is suddenly 250 reais which is not cheap for what it is).
D) Planars... - Since electrostatic are out of my budget for now, Planars are the next different thing I'd like to experience.
Usage: Well, since I wear my headphones for basically everything (I mainly use my speakers for movies and some shows) I use them for everything: gaming, (accuracy/sound positioning is a plus, but not required - I don't game that much and it's mostly casual, almost never competitive), content consumption (YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Tidal/Spotify, etc). That being said, since this is going to be my 2nd headphone, I plan to mostly use the one I already have (Custom One Pro) for everything and leaving the new good one for music and good movies, maybe FPS gaming if they're better at it. Keeping that in mind, I'm looking for more of an outlier (I already have my all-rounder that I use for everything), the best bang for the buck I can get my hands on with a good overall sound experience. Like I said describing the Sivga Phoenix, if I can find a headphone for 250 that sound like a 1000 (I know, kinda hard, but you know, one can dream).
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2020.09.19 00:54 Revolution_Bitter Feeling Down Dating/Life

I'm not sure if it's a symptom of the pandemic (ok, I'm partly sure it is), but I just have absolutely little to no confidence in myself (32F) lately. I had gotten out of an 8 year relationship (think: marriage w/o a ring) in summer 2018, and so I spent about a year and a half collecting myself. I got back in school, joined groups, and excelled at work. I felt like I was just about ready to get back out there and try dating, but then COVID hit. Now, not only is it a bizarre time to be single because of health reasons, but dating feels more challenging too. Nobody has piqued my interest (I never thought of myself as picky, but I def wont settle), and I feel like because there is like a massive influx of online dating because of Covid, the quality of people on the apps is sort of diluted. OR, everyone is having the same conversation with 20 different people and it is just so...BLAH.
I'm also tending a low humming depression since 2013 when my Dad passed. Then basically the world went to hell over the last handful of years, so it definitely makes maintaining motivation tough on its own. Just kind of annoyed that I'd worked super hard to build up enough strength to end my last relationship, focus on me, and had been low-key thriving and was ready to date, and then 2020 swatted all my positivity down like Dikembe Mutombo in that Geico commercial. I'm plus sized, so I have a complex relationship with self esteem as it is (some days I'm down for myself and other days I'm not), and I'm working on that too, but I was just curious if anyone else out there is just *stuck* and feeling like shit about basically everything.
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2020.09.18 07:08 Timwis123 VOOPOO DRAG S Mod Pod Kit

VOOPOO DRAG S Mod Pod Kit
Hi Reddit readers, In this review i take a look at the DRAG S Mod Pod Kit from Voopoo. The VOOPOO DRAG S Mod Pod Kit was supplied for the purpose of this review by Selina from Fasttech.
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Introduction
The Pod Mod revolution is entering the end game as they become Mod Pod's, i think the switching of the words is based on the fact a 510 adaptor will become available so normal atty's can be used (but then i have adaptors for half my Pod Mods so nothing new).
I don't have the best relationship with Voopoo but that has nothing to do with how i found the device or what i put in this review which will be solely based on my experience using the Kit.
When it comes to Pod Mods Voopoo saved the use of their premium brand name until coming out with a product they feel worthy of it so we got two simultaneous releases the Drag X and Drag S which is the 2500mAh in-built battery version i review here rather than the 18650 Drag X version.
The Drag S has a luxury build quality and under the hood is the GENE.TT Chip giving incredible fire speed and instant ramp up. The device like many of the Pod Mods is quite a simple Wattage only device which has Smart mode and RBA mode which can also be used just to override the restrictions imposed by Smart Mode plus the Blue screen is just so much nicer.
The other main feature and marketing direction is around the "Original Score Ranking Mode", which was going to give me the opportunity for a rant but although mentioned during the review as many of the devices with this "childish" feature will still be in the market place it does appear Voopoo realised what an own goal it was so now it comes with a different display by default and you need to register online to show age verification to download the point scoring feature. Personally registering for the point scoring system i see as proving you are a child and maybe need to grow up.
The Drag S is slightly smaller than the X version and has a lower 60W top wattage as well as giving the choice of both button fire or draw activation. Primarily this review is to coincide with the release of 4 new coloudesign versions of the Drag S/X, so let's give the Drag S a look!
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In The Box
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Contents:
1* DRAG S Device 1* DRAG S Replacement Pod (4.5ml) 1* PnP-VM1,0.3ohm 1* PnP-VM5,0.2ohm 1* Type-C Cable 1* User Manual 1* Warranty Card 1* Chip Card
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Aesthetics and Ergonomics
The Drag S comes in cardboard packaging and even has a ribbon which works like a battery ribbon to lift the device with attached pod out of it's compartment. The device is quite heavy and has a Zinc Alloy construction and padded Leather Spine with "DRAG" embossed into it.
All versions of the original colours come with a Gunmetal frame which borrows it's looks from the full sized drag with the Colour of the Spine's Leather being different depending on which option you choose. The original options are Carbon Fiber, Classic, Retro, Mashup, Chestnut, Marsala or Galaxy Blue. I received one of the four new coloudesigns which are the Knight range which all have different frame colours and spines. I received the Silver Knight which has a Union Jack spine design and Silver frame, the new colour design options are Silver Knight, Bronze Knight, Dark Knight or Iron Knight.
The pod including mouthpiece is one single moulding which protrudes almost entirely out the top of the device and is as good as clear for the purpose of seeing your e-liquid. On the face we have a Round concave fire button top then central a colour screen, below the screen lined up vertically we have smaller round navigational buttons followed by a Type C USB port.
The rounded form factor, padded spine and concave fire button makes this ergonomically sound, feeling comfortable in the hand and a real treat to use!
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Drag S Specs and Features:
Size: 87*33*28mm Battery Capacity: 2500mAh Built-in Battery Material: Alloy+Leather(Mod) Output Power: 5-60W Output Voltage: 3.2~4.2V Resistance: 0.1~3.0Ω Capacity: 4.5ml Material: PCTG(Pod) Coils: 0.2ohm PnP-VM5 Coil(DL, 40~60W); 0.3ohm PnP-VM1 Coil(DL, 32~40W) Compatible with all PnP coils including RBA Fill: Bottom Fill Charging: 5V/2A Charging Port: Type-C Colours: Carbon Fiber, Classic, Retro, Mashup, Chestnut, Marsala, Galaxy Blue New Colours: Silver Knight, Bronze Knight, Dark Knight, Iron Knight
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The Pod
The Pod for the Drag S is rounded and one complete, as good as clear moulding including mouthpiece. Most of the pod protrudes out of the device for good visibility of your juice so no issues there.
Looking at it's circular base we have 3 evenly placed strong magnets and a silicone flap kept attached with a metal stud. The flap is easy to lift to pull the bung out revealing a very generous fill port plenty big enough for a quick, mess free fill.
The coil head just gets press fitted into the pod as is the case with most of these pod mod pods!
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Fitting The Pod
The Pod Bay looks quite different to other bays i have seen (obviously not including the Drag X). The bottom of the bay only has the round central section visible with the rest of the floor which leads to the airflow slots being obscured by the perimeter having an upper metallic shelve for the pod magnets to attract too. Looking at the bottom of the bay we have a raised central positive and outer raised negative spring loaded contacts which look to have a silicone seal.
The pod snaps into place and fits very securely, the dual negatives and metallic surround shelf design means the pod can be fitted without it needing to be lined up a certain way, good design!
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The Coils
Included is 2 different coil heads none of which are pre-installed and both part of the Voopoo PnP range.
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The 2 included coil heads are the PnP VM1 0.3ohm mesh coil head rated between 32 - 40w and the other included coil head is the PnP VM5 0.2ohm mesh coil head rated between 40 - 60w.
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The Drag S is compatible with the entire Voopoo PnP range which is quite extensive!
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The Airflow
The air enters the coil head via it's base and of course the bore of the coil head it'self has some bearing on the draw but the Drag S does have quite a neat system to control how much air gets to the base of the coil head.
On each side of the device we have airflow slots with metallic plates underneath that can slide to close down the openings. The plates are controlled by also having a slot above the spine with adjustment lever. The lever to the far left of the slot is the airflow fully closed and as it is moved to the right the plates slide open until the lever to the far right is fully open. I love the idea and execution apart from the lever although not as crude is like a nail head sticking out which both catches on clothing and can come quite sharp, really wish the idea was kept but a lower profile broader lever was installed.
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The Display
This is where my device will differ to earlier reviews as it now as a new display. The Display is Vibrant and has either Red accents if in Smart mode or Blue if in RBA mode.
Top left we have "SMART" or "RBA" depending which mode you are in and top right we have the battery status bar. Then we have the set wattage with either an open or shut Green padlock icon to it's upper right and the unit "W" to it's lower right. Underneath the wattage to the left we have resistance and to the right voltage.
The bottom half of the screen within rectangular accented sections we have vape duration and puff count information. In the upper section we have a vape duration progress bar graph much like a graphic equaliser in appearance and below the vape duration of your last puff given as a digital figure. The lower section gives both your current day puff count and overall puff total.
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"Original Score Ranking Mode"
Thankfully this now needs downloading and doesn't come as default as in my opinion it's a childish and pointless feature, it gives rankings dependant on puffs which are called achievements. What were "Voopoo" thinking, they just can't seem to control their urge to market towards the young which does the vaping industry no favours!
Mine still has both a daily and overall puff counter plus a 14 day puff monitoring system for those that do find monitoring their puffs useful, they don't need to be Bronze level or ranked as Iron or Platinum, thanks.
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Operating The Device
The Drag S is quite a simple device to use with just two modes which includes a smart wattage option, however unlike the X it has two versions of each mode. The device is the usual 5 clicks of the fire button to turn on and 5 clicks to turn off and it does boot up rather slowly compared to other pod mods i have tested.
Once on, fire and up together locks and unlocks the whole device so while locked the device will not fire, personally i prefer an option to just lock the navigational buttons but the Drag S lacks that option.
Other combination button press features are fire and down together resets your puff counter, both navigational buttons and fire together allows the time to be set and both navigational buttons pressed together displays the 14 day puff monitoring graph.
Three quick presses of the fire button changes between "Smart mode fire button option", "Smart mode with either fire button or auto draw", "RBA mode fire button option" and "RBA with either fire button or auto draw". When in "Smart" mode the device detects the resistance of the coil and limits the wattage to that coil heads upper recommendation, there is no lower limit. "RBA" mode really is just standard variable wattage allowing to adjust right up to the maximum 60w whatever the resistance is. I was at the lower recommendations of the coil heads wattage range so what mode i was in really made no difference but the accents are Red in "Smart" mode and despite being a Forest fan much preferring Blue i had the device in "RBA" mode at all times! The only other thing that needs mentioning is the wattage adjusts in 1w increments which i like because this really isn't suited to MTL style vaping despite there being a couple of MTL coil heads and an RBA available. As you would expect the Drag S has multiple safety protections, a message is displayed on the screen if one kicks in!
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Protections:
Overtime Protection Short Circuit Protection Overcharge Protection Max Power Protection Over-current Protection Temperature Protection Over-Discharge Protection
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Charging
The Drag S has an in-built 2500mAh battery which gets charged via the Type C USB port. The charge rate is 2A so charges very quickly and while charging both a progress bar is displayed and the charge is given as a percentage, the device doesn't support pass-through.
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My Experience Using The Drag S Kit And Thoughts!
I will get all the negatives out the way first which to start with is the airflow lever which is like a nail head sticking out, i get it caught on my pocket which also causes it to adjust and it is quite sharp, not lethal granted but feel they could of done a better job.
Also most will want to know how this behaves in regards to any leaking and i tested especially for this. The bottom of the airflow slots and even the lever slot are lined up with the floor of the bay and you don't get any pooling of liquid in the bay, if any leaking occurs it comes out all three slots. I found if the device is used moderately no leaking occurred, so if you are not a chain vaper you shouldn't have any issue but with the e-liquid getting hot through chain vaping then liquid did start escaping through the slots and with this happening if i carried on vaping, what a mess, e-liquid everywhere! P.S also leave a full pod in the device overnight at your own risk as it can look like the photo below and e-juice then comes through the slots when lifting the device up!
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My main issue with the S is the Auto Draw which just doesn't work unless the airflow is closed then it worked great but even if just opening by a slither it just didn't work at all. In this situation the fire button worked fine still with plenty of air which actually shows although it's a neat adjustable airflow design it isn't that effective if this still gives a DL vape fully closed.
Needing to remove the pod to fill is another con but far from a deal breaker and overall i like how quick and mess free it fills, the great visibility of the juice inside and how securely it fits in the bay.
Despite my misgivings about the airflow control lever i actually like the design in general and it adjusts to give a good range of DL & SRDL draws but from half open to closed really does nothing!
The overall look, build quality and ergonomics of the device i love and in my opinion it goes to the top of the Pod Mod charts in that regard. I found the supplied coil heads gave above average flavour but not really close to the Freemax Autopod50 coils, but still very good and quite an extensive range are available. I also found the two coil heads included gave plenty of warmth in fact i found i preferred the 0.3ohm coil at just 25w and the 0.2ohm coil head at 38w both under their recommendations.
The biggest pro for the device other than it's build quality and looks is it's performance giving a fantastic reliable vape. I'm sure the fire button has an eye and can see my finger approaching it fires that quickly. What is strange though is this is supposed to have the exact same chip as the Drag X but with the Drag X i noticed a spike in power for the first 0.5seconds of the vape like a set boost which doesn't happen on the Drag S, the Drag S also gives that buzzing in the background when firing which a few pod mods do but i don't detect that on the Drag X so i would be interested if anyone else with both devices have noticed these differences?
After all that for an in-built battery option i really like this device and am quite prepared to overlook any of the issues, that has been helped by as well as testing with the supplied pod and coils i have also been enjoying it with the VXV RDTA pod which gives a more restricted draw and overrides the devices airflow, also when it comes to the auto draw issue, i wouldn't personally use it anyway.
Finally having both Type C USB and a 2A charge rate is a big pro and good charging feedback is given although it doesn't support pass-through!
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Likes
Compared with other pod mods best build quality to date Really nice Leather spine colour options 4 New coloudesigns best yet Portable, ergonomic Quite heavy but in a reassuring quality made way Excellent visibility of e-liquid inside the pod Quick and mess free filling Pod fits very securely No leaking if vaping moderately Excellent airflow control system (see cons about lever and limitations) Daily and overall puff counters 14 day puff monitoring system Smart and RBA wattage modes Fire Button or auto draw Adjusts in 1w increments Sharp, bright, colour display Fires insanely quickly Instant ramp up Excellent performance and reliability during testing Above average flavour (comparable to other pod mods) Smooth airflow across DL & SRDL Compatible with entire extensive Voopoo PnP range of coil heads Type C USB Good charging feedback given Firmware upgradeable
Cons
Airflow adjustment lever sticks out like a nail head Airflow only makes a difference from halfway, still plenty of air fully closed Will leak if chain vaping Had leaking leaving full pod installed overnight Auto Draw only worked if airflow fully closed Need to remove pod to fill Slow to boot up Can't lock just navigational buttons Doesn't support pass-through
I would once again like to thank Selina from Fasttech for supplying the VOOPOO DRAG S Mod Pod Kit for the purpose of this review, thanks for reading and stay safe!
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2020.09.18 07:00 Timwis123 VOOPOO DRAG S Mod Pod Kit

VOOPOO DRAG S Mod Pod Kit
Hi Reddit readers, In this review i take a look at the DRAG S Mod Pod Kit from Voopoo. The VOOPOO DRAG S Mod Pod Kit was supplied for the purpose of this review by Selina from Fasttech.
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Introduction
The Pod Mod revolution is entering the end game as they become Mod Pod's, i think the switching of the words is based on the fact a 510 adaptor will become available so normal atty's can be used (but then i have adaptors for half my Pod Mods so nothing new).
I don't have the best relationship with Voopoo but that has nothing to do with how i found the device or what i put in this review which will be solely based on my experience using the Kit.
When it comes to Pod Mods Voopoo saved the use of their premium brand name until coming out with a product they feel worthy of it so we got two simultaneous releases the Drag X and Drag S which is the 2500mAh in-built battery version i review here rather than the 18650 Drag X version.
The Drag S has a luxury build quality and under the hood is the GENE.TT Chip giving incredible fire speed and instant ramp up. The device like many of the Pod Mods is quite a simple Wattage only device which has Smart mode and RBA mode which can also be used just to override the restrictions imposed by Smart Mode plus the Blue screen is just so much nicer.
The other main feature and marketing direction is around the "Original Score Ranking Mode", which was going to give me the opportunity for a rant but although mentioned during the review as many of the devices with this "childish" feature will still be in the market place it does appear Voopoo realised what an own goal it was so now it comes with a different display by default and you need to register online to show age verification to download the point scoring feature. Personally registering for the point scoring system i see as proving you are a child and maybe need to grow up.
The Drag S is slightly smaller than the X version and has a lower 60W top wattage as well as giving the choice of both button fire or draw activation. Primarily this review is to coincide with the release of 4 new coloudesign versions of the Drag S/X, so let's give the Drag S a look!
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In The Box
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Contents:
1* DRAG S Device 1* DRAG S Replacement Pod (4.5ml) 1* PnP-VM1,0.3ohm 1* PnP-VM5,0.2ohm 1* Type-C Cable 1* User Manual 1* Warranty Card 1* Chip Card
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Aesthetics and Ergonomics
The Drag S comes in cardboard packaging and even has a ribbon which works like a battery ribbon to lift the device with attached pod out of it's compartment. The device is quite heavy and has a Zinc Alloy construction and padded Leather Spine with "DRAG" embossed into it.
All versions of the original colours come with a Gunmetal frame which borrows it's looks from the full sized drag with the Colour of the Spine's Leather being different depending on which option you choose. The original options are Carbon Fiber, Classic, Retro, Mashup, Chestnut, Marsala or Galaxy Blue. I received one of the four new coloudesigns which are the Knight range which all have different frame colours and spines. I received the Silver Knight which has a Union Jack spine design and Silver frame, the new colour design options are Silver Knight, Bronze Knight, Dark Knight or Iron Knight.
The pod including mouthpiece is one single moulding which protrudes almost entirely out the top of the device and is as good as clear for the purpose of seeing your e-liquid. On the face we have a Round concave fire button top then central a colour screen, below the screen lined up vertically we have smaller round navigational buttons followed by a Type C USB port.
The rounded form factor, padded spine and concave fire button makes this ergonomically sound, feeling comfortable in the hand and a real treat to use!
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Drag S Specs and Features:
Size: 87*33*28mm Battery Capacity: 2500mAh Built-in Battery Material: Alloy+Leather(Mod) Output Power: 5-60W Output Voltage: 3.2~4.2V Resistance: 0.1~3.0Ω Capacity: 4.5ml Material: PCTG(Pod) Coils: 0.2ohm PnP-VM5 Coil(DL, 40~60W); 0.3ohm PnP-VM1 Coil(DL, 32~40W) Compatible with all PnP coils including RBA Fill: Bottom Fill Charging: 5V/2A Charging Port: Type-C Colours: Carbon Fiber, Classic, Retro, Mashup, Chestnut, Marsala, Galaxy Blue New Colours: Silver Knight, Bronze Knight, Dark Knight, Iron Knight
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The Pod
The Pod for the Drag S is rounded and one complete, as good as clear moulding including mouthpiece. Most of the pod protrudes out of the device for good visibility of your juice so no issues there.
Looking at it's circular base we have 3 evenly placed strong magnets and a silicone flap kept attached with a metal stud. The flap is easy to lift to pull the bung out revealing a very generous fill port plenty big enough for a quick, mess free fill.
The coil head just gets press fitted into the pod as is the case with most of these pod mod pods!
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Fitting The Pod
The Pod Bay looks quite different to other bays i have seen (obviously not including the Drag X). The bottom of the bay only has the round central section visible with the rest of the floor which leads to the airflow slots being obscured by the perimeter having an upper metallic shelve for the pod magnets to attract too. Looking at the bottom of the bay we have a raised central positive and outer raised negative spring loaded contacts which look to have a silicone seal.
The pod snaps into place and fits very securely, the dual negatives and metallic surround shelf design means the pod can be fitted without it needing to be lined up a certain way, good design!
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The Coils
Included is 2 different coil heads none of which are pre-installed and both part of the Voopoo PnP range.
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The 2 included coil heads are the PnP VM1 0.3ohm mesh coil head rated between 32 - 40w and the other included coil head is the PnP VM5 0.2ohm mesh coil head rated between 40 - 60w.
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The Drag S is compatible with the entire Voopoo PnP range which is quite extensive!
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The Airflow
The air enters the coil head via it's base and of course the bore of the coil head it'self has some bearing on the draw but the Drag S does have quite a neat system to control how much air gets to the base of the coil head.
On each side of the device we have airflow slots with metallic plates underneath that can slide to close down the openings. The plates are controlled by also having a slot above the spine with adjustment lever. The lever to the far left of the slot is the airflow fully closed and as it is moved to the right the plates slide open until the lever to the far right is fully open. I love the idea and execution apart from the lever although not as crude is like a nail head sticking out which both catches on clothing and can come quite sharp, really wish the idea was kept but a lower profile broader lever was installed.
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The Display
This is where my device will differ to earlier reviews as it now as a new display. The Display is Vibrant and has either Red accents if in Smart mode or Blue if in RBA mode.
Top left we have "SMART" or "RBA" depending which mode you are in and top right we have the battery status bar. Then we have the set wattage with either an open or shut Green padlock icon to it's upper right and the unit "W" to it's lower right. Underneath the wattage to the left we have resistance and to the right voltage.
The bottom half of the screen within rectangular accented sections we have vape duration and puff count information. In the upper section we have a vape duration progress bar graph much like a graphic equaliser in appearance and below the vape duration of your last puff given as a digital figure. The lower section gives both your current day puff count and overall puff total.
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"Original Score Ranking Mode"
Thankfully this now needs downloading and doesn't come as default as in my opinion it's a childish and pointless feature, it gives rankings dependant on puffs which are called achievements. What were "Voopoo" thinking, they just can't seem to control their urge to market towards the young which does the vaping industry no favours!
Mine still has both a daily and overall puff counter plus a 14 day puff monitoring system for those that do find monitoring their puffs useful, they don't need to be Bronze level or ranked as Iron or Platinum, thanks.
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Operating The Device
The Drag S is quite a simple device to use with just two modes which includes a smart wattage option, however unlike the X it has two versions of each mode. The device is the usual 5 clicks of the fire button to turn on and 5 clicks to turn off and it does boot up rather slowly compared to other pod mods i have tested.
Once on, fire and up together locks and unlocks the whole device so while locked the device will not fire, personally i prefer an option to just lock the navigational buttons but the Drag S lacks that option.
Other combination button press features are fire and down together resets your puff counter, both navigational buttons and fire together allows the time to be set and both navigational buttons pressed together displays the 14 day puff monitoring graph.
Three quick presses of the fire button changes between "Smart mode fire button option", "Smart mode with either fire button or auto draw", "RBA mode fire button option" and "RBA with either fire button or auto draw". When in "Smart" mode the device detects the resistance of the coil and limits the wattage to that coil heads upper recommendation, there is no lower limit. "RBA" mode really is just standard variable wattage allowing to adjust right up to the maximum 60w whatever the resistance is. I was at the lower recommendations of the coil heads wattage range so what mode i was in really made no difference but the accents are Red in "Smart" mode and despite being a Forest fan much preferring Blue i had the device in "RBA" mode at all times! The only other thing that needs mentioning is the wattage adjusts in 1w increments which i like because this really isn't suited to MTL style vaping despite there being a couple of MTL coil heads and an RBA available. As you would expect the Drag S has multiple safety protections, a message is displayed on the screen if one kicks in!
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Protections:
Overtime Protection Short Circuit Protection Overcharge Protection Max Power Protection Over-current Protection Temperature Protection Over-Discharge Protection
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Charging
The Drag S has an in-built 2500mAh battery which gets charged via the Type C USB port. The charge rate is 2A so charges very quickly and while charging both a progress bar is displayed and the charge is given as a percentage, the device doesn't support pass-through.
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My Experience Using The Drag S Kit And Thoughts!
I will get all the negatives out the way first which to start with is the airflow lever which is like a nail head sticking out, i get it caught on my pocket which also causes it to adjust and it is quite sharp, not lethal granted but feel they could of done a better job.
Also most will want to know how this behaves in regards to any leaking and i tested especially for this. The bottom of the airflow slots and even the lever slot are lined up with the floor of the bay and you don't get any pooling of liquid in the bay, if any leaking occurs it comes out all three slots. I found if the device is used moderately no leaking occurred, so if you are not a chain vaper you shouldn't have any issue but with the e-liquid getting hot through chain vaping then liquid did start escaping through the slots and with this happening if i carried on vaping, what a mess, e-liquid everywhere! P.S also leave a full pod in the device overnight at your own risk as it can look like the photo below and e-juice then comes through the slots when lifting the device up!
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My main issue with the S is the Auto Draw which just doesn't work unless the airflow is closed then it worked great but even if just opening by a slither it just didn't work at all. In this situation the fire button worked fine still with plenty of air which actually shows although it's a neat adjustable airflow design it isn't that effective if this still gives a DL vape fully closed.
Needing to remove the pod to fill is another con but far from a deal breaker and overall i like how quick and mess free it fills, the great visibility of the juice inside and how securely it fits in the bay.
Despite my misgivings about the airflow control lever i actually like the design in general and it adjusts to give a good range of DL & SRDL draws but from half open to closed really does nothing!
The overall look, build quality and ergonomics of the device i love and in my opinion it goes to the top of the Pod Mod charts in that regard. I found the supplied coil heads gave above average flavour but not really close to the Freemax Autopod50 coils, but still very good and quite an extensive range are available. I also found the two coil heads included gave plenty of warmth in fact i found i preferred the 0.3ohm coil at just 25w and the 0.2ohm coil head at 38w both under their recommendations.
The biggest pro for the device other than it's build quality and looks is it's performance giving a fantastic reliable vape. I'm sure the fire button has an eye and can see my finger approaching it fires that quickly. What is strange though is this is supposed to have the exact same chip as the Drag X but with the Drag X i noticed a spike in power for the first 0.5seconds of the vape like a set boost which doesn't happen on the Drag S, the Drag S also gives that buzzing in the background when firing which a few pod mods do but i don't detect that on the Drag X so i would be interested if anyone else with both devices have noticed these differences?
After all that for an in-built battery option i really like this device and am quite prepared to overlook any of the issues, that has been helped by as well as testing with the supplied pod and coils i have also been enjoying it with the VXV RDTA pod which gives a more restricted draw and overrides the devices airflow, also when it comes to the auto draw issue, i wouldn't personally use it anyway.
Finally having both Type C USB and a 2A charge rate is a big pro and good charging feedback is given although it doesn't support pass-through!
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Likes
Compared with other pod mods best build quality to date Really nice Leather spine colour options 4 New coloudesigns best yet Portable, ergonomic Quite heavy but in a reassuring quality made way Excellent visibility of e-liquid inside the pod Quick and mess free filling Pod fits very securely No leaking if vaping moderately Excellent airflow control system (see cons about lever and limitations) Daily and overall puff counters 14 day puff monitoring system Smart and RBA wattage modes Fire Button or auto draw Adjusts in 1w increments Sharp, bright, colour display Fires insanely quickly Instant ramp up Excellent performance and reliability during testing Above average flavour (comparable to other pod mods) Smooth airflow across DL & SRDL Compatible with entire extensive Voopoo PnP range of coil heads Type C USB Good charging feedback given Firmware upgradeable
Cons
Airflow adjustment lever sticks out like a nail head Airflow only makes a difference from halfway, still plenty of air fully closed Will leak if chain vaping Had leaking leaving full pod installed overnight Auto Draw only worked if airflow fully closed Need to remove pod to fill Slow to boot up Can't lock just navigational buttons Doesn't support pass-through
I would once again like to thank Selina from Fasttech for supplying the VOOPOO DRAG S Mod Pod Kit for the purpose of this review, thanks for reading and stay safe!
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2020.09.18 06:51 Timwis123 VOOPOO DRAG S Mod Pod Kit

VOOPOO DRAG S Mod Pod Kit
Hi Reddit readers, In this review i take a look at the DRAG S Mod Pod Kit from Voopoo. The VOOPOO DRAG S Mod Pod Kit was supplied for the purpose of this review by Selina from Fasttech.

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Introduction
The Pod Mod revolution is entering the end game as they become Mod Pod's, i think the switching of the words is based on the fact a 510 adaptor will become available so normal atty's can be used (but then i have adaptors for half my Pod Mods so nothing new).
I don't have the best relationship with Voopoo but that has nothing to do with how i found the device or what i put in this review which will be solely based on my experience using the Kit.
When it comes to Pod Mods Voopoo saved the use of their premium brand name until coming out with a product they feel worthy of it so we got two simultaneous releases the Drag X and Drag S which is the 2500mAh in-built battery version i review here rather than the 18650 Drag X version.
The Drag S has a luxury build quality and under the hood is the GENE.TT Chip giving incredible fire speed and instant ramp up. The device like many of the Pod Mods is quite a simple Wattage only device which has Smart mode and RBA mode which can also be used just to override the restrictions imposed by Smart Mode plus the Blue screen is just so much nicer.
The other main feature and marketing direction is around the "Original Score Ranking Mode", which was going to give me the opportunity for a rant but although mentioned during the review as many of the devices with this "childish" feature will still be in the market place it does appear Voopoo realised what an own goal it was so now it comes with a different display by default and you need to register online to show age verification to download the point scoring feature. Personally registering for the point scoring system i see as proving you are a child and maybe need to grow up.
The Drag S is slightly smaller than the X version and has a lower 60W top wattage as well as giving the choice of both button fire or draw activation. Primarily this review is to coincide with the release of 4 new coloudesign versions of the Drag S/X, so let's give the Drag S a look!
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In The Box

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Contents:
1* DRAG S Device 1* DRAG S Replacement Pod (4.5ml) 1* PnP-VM1,0.3ohm 1* PnP-VM5,0.2ohm 1* Type-C Cable 1* User Manual 1* Warranty Card 1* Chip Card

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Aesthetics and Ergonomics
The Drag S comes in cardboard packaging and even has a ribbon which works like a battery ribbon to lift the device with attached pod out of it's compartment. The device is quite heavy and has a Zinc Alloy construction and padded Leather Spine with "DRAG" embossed into it.
All versions of the original colours come with a Gunmetal frame which borrows it's looks from the full sized drag with the Colour of the Spine's Leather being different depending on which option you choose. The original options are Carbon Fiber, Classic, Retro, Mashup, Chestnut, Marsala or Galaxy Blue. I received one of the four new coloudesigns which are the Knight range which all have different frame colours and spines. I received the Silver Knight which has a Union Jack spine design and Silver frame, the new colour design options are Silver Knight, Bronze Knight, Dark Knight or Iron Knight.
The pod including mouthpiece is one single moulding which protrudes almost entirely out the top of the device and is as good as clear for the purpose of seeing your e-liquid. On the face we have a Round concave fire button top then central a colour screen, below the screen lined up vertically we have smaller round navigational buttons followed by a Type C USB port.
The rounded form factor, padded spine and concave fire button makes this ergonomically sound, feeling comfortable in the hand and a real treat to use!

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Drag S Specs and Features:
Size: 87*33*28mm Battery Capacity: 2500mAh Built-in Battery Material: Alloy+Leather(Mod) Output Power: 5-60W Output Voltage: 3.2~4.2V Resistance: 0.1~3.0Ω Capacity: 4.5ml Material: PCTG(Pod) Coils: 0.2ohm PnP-VM5 Coil(DL, 40~60W); 0.3ohm PnP-VM1 Coil(DL, 32~40W) Compatible with all PnP coils including RBA Fill: Bottom Fill Charging: 5V/2A Charging Port: Type-C Colours: Carbon Fiber, Classic, Retro, Mashup, Chestnut, Marsala, Galaxy Blue New Colours: Silver Knight, Bronze Knight, Dark Knight, Iron Knight

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The Pod
The Pod for the Drag S is rounded and one complete, as good as clear moulding including mouthpiece. Most of the pod protrudes out of the device for good visibility of your juice so no issues there.
Looking at it's circular base we have 3 evenly placed strong magnets and a silicone flap kept attached with a metal stud. The flap is easy to lift to pull the bung out revealing a very generous fill port plenty big enough for a quick, mess free fill.
The coil head just gets press fitted into the pod as is the case with most of these pod mod pods!

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Fitting The Pod
The Pod Bay looks quite different to other bays i have seen (obviously not including the Drag X). The bottom of the bay only has the round central section visible with the rest of the floor which leads to the airflow slots being obscured by the perimeter having an upper metallic shelve for the pod magnets to attract too. Looking at the bottom of the bay we have a raised central positive and outer raised negative spring loaded contacts which look to have a silicone seal.
The pod snaps into place and fits very securely, the dual negatives and metallic surround shelf design means the pod can be fitted without it needing to be lined up a certain way, good design!

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The Coils
Included is 2 different coil heads none of which are pre-installed and both part of the Voopoo PnP range.

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The 2 included coil heads are the PnP VM1 0.3ohm mesh coil head rated between 32 - 40w and the other included coil head is the PnP VM5 0.2ohm mesh coil head rated between 40 - 60w.

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The Drag S is compatible with the entire Voopoo PnP range which is quite extensive!

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The Airflow
The air enters the coil head via it's base and of course the bore of the coil head it'self has some bearing on the draw but the Drag S does have quite a neat system to control how much air gets to the base of the coil head.
On each side of the device we have airflow slots with metallic plates underneath that can slide to close down the openings. The plates are controlled by also having a slot above the spine with adjustment lever. The lever to the far left of the slot is the airflow fully closed and as it is moved to the right the plates slide open until the lever to the far right is fully open. I love the idea and execution apart from the lever although not as crude is like a nail head sticking out which both catches on clothing and can come quite sharp, really wish the idea was kept but a lower profile broader lever was installed.

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The Display
This is where my device will differ to earlier reviews as it now as a new display. The Display is Vibrant and has either Red accents if in Smart mode or Blue if in RBA mode.
Top left we have "SMART" or "RBA" depending which mode you are in and top right we have the battery status bar. Then we have the set wattage with either an open or shut Green padlock icon to it's upper right and the unit "W" to it's lower right. Underneath the wattage to the left we have resistance and to the right voltage.
The bottom half of the screen within rectangular accented sections we have vape duration and puff count information. In the upper section we have a vape duration progress bar graph much like a graphic equaliser in appearance and below the vape duration of your last puff given as a digital figure. The lower section gives both your current day puff count and overall puff total.

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"Original Score Ranking Mode"
Thankfully this now needs downloading and doesn't come as default as in my opinion it's a childish and pointless feature, it gives rankings dependant on puffs which are called achievements. What were "Voopoo" thinking, they just can't seem to control their urge to market towards the young which does the vaping industry no favours!
Mine still has both a daily and overall puff counter plus a 14 day puff monitoring system for those that do find monitoring their puffs useful, they don't need to be Bronze level or ranked as Iron or Platinum, thanks.

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Operating The Device
The Drag S is quite a simple device to use with just two modes which includes a smart wattage option, however unlike the X it has two versions of each mode. The device is the usual 5 clicks of the fire button to turn on and 5 clicks to turn off and it does boot up rather slowly compared to other pod mods i have tested.
Once on, fire and up together locks and unlocks the whole device so while locked the device will not fire, personally i prefer an option to just lock the navigational buttons but the Drag S lacks that option.
Other combination button press features are fire and down together resets your puff counter, both navigational buttons and fire together allows the time to be set and both navigational buttons pressed together displays the 14 day puff monitoring graph.
Three quick presses of the fire button changes between "Smart mode fire button option", "Smart mode with either fire button or auto draw", "RBA mode fire button option" and "RBA with either fire button or auto draw". When in "Smart" mode the device detects the resistance of the coil and limits the wattage to that coil heads upper recommendation, there is no lower limit. "RBA" mode really is just standard variable wattage allowing to adjust right up to the maximum 60w whatever the resistance is. I was at the lower recommendations of the coil heads wattage range so what mode i was in really made no difference but the accents are Red in "Smart" mode and despite being a Forest fan much preferring Blue i had the device in "RBA" mode at all times! The only other thing that needs mentioning is the wattage adjusts in 1w increments which i like because this really isn't suited to MTL style vaping despite there being a couple of MTL coil heads and an RBA available. As you would expect the Drag S has multiple safety protections, a message is displayed on the screen if one kicks in!

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Protections:
Overtime Protection Short Circuit Protection Overcharge Protection Max Power Protection Over-current Protection Temperature Protection Over-Discharge Protection

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Charging
The Drag S has an in-built 2500mAh battery which gets charged via the Type C USB port. The charge rate is 2A so charges very quickly and while charging both a progress bar is displayed and the charge is given as a percentage, the device doesn't support pass-through.
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My Experience Using The Drag S Kit And Thoughts!
I will get all the negatives out the way first which to start with is the airflow lever which is like a nail head sticking out, i get it caught on my pocket which also causes it to adjust and it is quite sharp, not lethal granted but feel they could of done a better job.
Also most will want to know how this behaves in regards to any leaking and i tested especially for this. The bottom of the airflow slots and even the lever slot are lined up with the floor of the bay and you don't get any pooling of liquid in the bay, if any leaking occurs it comes out all three slots. I found if the device is used moderately no leaking occurred, so if you are not a chain vaper you shouldn't have any issue but with the e-liquid getting hot through chain vaping then liquid did start escaping through the slots and with this happening if i carried on vaping, what a mess, e-liquid everywhere! P.S also leave a full pod in the device overnight at your own risk as it can look like the photo below and e-juice then comes through the slots when lifting the device up!

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My main issue with the S is the Auto Draw which just doesn't work unless the airflow is closed then it worked great but even if just opening by a slither it just didn't work at all. In this situation the fire button worked fine still with plenty of air which actually shows although it's a neat adjustable airflow design it isn't that effective if this still gives a DL vape fully closed.
Needing to remove the pod to fill is another con but far from a deal breaker and overall i like how quick and mess free it fills, the great visibility of the juice inside and how securely it fits in the bay.
Despite my misgivings about the airflow control lever i actually like the design in general and it adjusts to give a good range of DL & SRDL draws but from half open to closed really does nothing!
The overall look, build quality and ergonomics of the device i love and in my opinion it goes to the top of the Pod Mod charts in that regard. I found the supplied coil heads gave above average flavour but not really close to the Freemax Autopod50 coils, but still very good and quite an extensive range are available. I also found the two coil heads included gave plenty of warmth in fact i found i preferred the 0.3ohm coil at just 25w and the 0.2ohm coil head at 38w both under their recommendations.
The biggest pro for the device other than it's build quality and looks is it's performance giving a fantastic reliable vape. I'm sure the fire button has an eye and can see my finger approaching it fires that quickly. What is strange though is this is supposed to have the exact same chip as the Drag X but with the Drag X i noticed a spike in power for the first 0.5seconds of the vape like a set boost which doesn't happen on the Drag S, the Drag S also gives that buzzing in the background when firing which a few pod mods do but i don't detect that on the Drag X so i would be interested if anyone else with both devices have noticed these differences?
After all that for an in-built battery option i really like this device and am quite prepared to overlook any of the issues, that has been helped by as well as testing with the supplied pod and coils i have also been enjoying it with the VXV RDTA pod which gives a more restricted draw and overrides the devices airflow, also when it comes to the auto draw issue, i wouldn't personally use it anyway.
Finally having both Type C USB and a 2A charge rate is a big pro and good charging feedback is given although it doesn't support pass-through!

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Likes
Compared with other pod mods best build quality to date Really nice Leather spine colour options 4 New coloudesigns best yet Portable, ergonomic Quite heavy but in a reassuring quality made way Excellent visibility of e-liquid inside the pod Quick and mess free filling Pod fits very securely No leaking if vaping moderately Excellent airflow control system (see cons about lever and limitations) Daily and overall puff counters 14 day puff monitoring system Smart and RBA wattage modes Fire Button or auto draw Adjusts in 1w increments Sharp, bright, colour display Fires insanely quickly Instant ramp up Excellent performance and reliability during testing Above average flavour (comparable to other pod mods) Smooth airflow across DL & SRDL Compatible with entire extensive Voopoo PnP range of coil heads Type C USB Good charging feedback given Firmware upgradeable
Cons
Airflow adjustment lever sticks out like a nail head Airflow only makes a difference from halfway, still plenty of air fully closed Will leak if chain vaping Had leaking leaving full pod installed overnight Auto Draw only worked if airflow fully closed Need to remove pod to fill Slow to boot up Can't lock just navigational buttons Doesn't support pass-through
I would once again like to thank Selina from Fasttech for supplying the VOOPOO DRAG S Mod Pod Kit for the purpose of this review, thanks for reading and stay safe!
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2020.09.17 19:27 TheMadderRed 3080 Gaming Build ($1700-$1900)

What will you be doing with this PC? Be as specific as possible, and include specific games or programs you will be using.
*mostly gaming. PvP stuff like Valorant, rainbow six siege, Dead By Daylight, DeepRock and then some of the single player stuff that’s coming out like watchdogs and cyberpunk.
I don’t think I’ll stream but I’d like to be able to capture clips from my POV for my friends that do.
Also online Grad school but that’s just watching videos and typing papers.
What is your maximum budget before rebates/shipping/taxes?
When do you plan on building/buying the PC? Note: beyond a week or two from today means any build you receive will be out of date when you want to buy.
What, exactly, do you need included in the budget? (ToweOS/monitokeyboard/mouse/etc)
Which country (and state/province) will you be purchasing the parts in? If you're in US, do you have access to a Microcenter location?
*California but needs to be online. I live on a military base in the middle of nowhere in between LA and Vegas and we haven’t been able to leave for awhile. I haven’t had shipping issues with amazon or Newegg.
If reusing any parts (including monitor(s)/keyboard/mouse/etc), what parts will you be reusing? Brands and models are appreciated.
Will you be overclocking? If yes, are you interested in overclocking right away, or down the line? CPU and/or GPU?
Are there any specific features or items you want/need in the build? (ex: SSD, large amount of storage or a RAID setup, CUDA or OpenCL support, etc)
What type of network connectivity do you need? (Wired and/or WiFi) If WiFi is needed and you would like to find the fastest match for your wireless router, please list any specifics.
Do you have any specific case preferences (Size like ITX/microATX/mid-towefull-tower, styles, colors, window or not, LED lighting, etc), or a particular color theme preference for the components?
Do you need a copy of Windows included in the budget? If you do need one included, do you have a preference?
Extra info or particulars:
PCPartPicker Part List
Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor $273.47 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler NZXT Kraken X53 73.11 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $129.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI MPG X570 GAMING PLUS ATX AM4 Motherboard $164.89 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill Trident Z RGB 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL18 Memory $84.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 970 Evo 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive $89.00 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate BarraCuda 4 TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive $93.32 @ Walmart
Video Card MSI GeForce RTX 3080 10 GB GAMING X TRIO Video Card -
Case Thermaltake View 37 ATX Mid Tower Case $139.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair RM (2019) 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply $139.99 @ Best Buy
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1115.64
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-09-17 13:27 EDT-0400
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2020.09.17 18:01 _Hormoz_ Ultimate Linux vs Windows Review

So I wrote this a while ago, and done edits on it over some time, it would be kinda a waste not to post it here.
Security
Linux has more security in general because less users use it and thus less malware, the malware in Linux tend to be specialized, but whether it is more secure than Windows by itself is up to debate, and might depend on the specific distro that you use.
In security, in a lot of cases the weakest link is the user, whether it be Windows or Linux.
Do note that open source does not necessarily mean secure, and there are cases of both open source software as well as closed source software having security flaws. Especially as many open source software can be worked on by only a few people (for example a lot of Linux distros can really have around 10-25 developers that actually work on it), and having the code open can allow hackers to also find flaws more easily, it's not true that a lot of people look at the code and find flaws in many cases and there can really be only a few people doing so.
It is untrue that Linux doesn't ask for admin permission, Linux does ask for admin permission as much as windows, for installing most software and doing a lot of other stuff, so it's not that Linux is really that much better in that aspect, both tend to ask for admin access when trying to do things like installing software among other stuff, but also both usually don't ask for admin access when running said software. You can argue the way Linux does this more secure because it is protected by a password, and user is in a lot of cases not admin or root while in Windows the user is admin and there is only UAC in place to protect from admin access (which could mean more chance of some flaw being find in the password unprotected UAC).
Privacy
Linux is open source, and in general better for privacy, it generally doesn't collect data or at least you can easily disable collection. Although it can depend again, for example a distro called Ubuntu tracks or used to track data from users, and there seemed to be an argument over whether it sells data to Amazon or not, though it seems you can disable data collection on Ubuntu regardless.
Windows is in general worse in this area and it might collect data from you depending on it, ways to disable this are harder.
Speed and resources
Linux is better in this aspect as it has less bloatware, it can really shine when use small versions that can be run on servers among other stuff. Windows on the other hand can come with various bloatware.
Stability
Both Linux and Windows are relatively stable at their core, they both can crash, and you can have occasional problems with them. An infamous Windows update can break your system, or you might end up in dependency hell and some apps might break for Linux. Really both can have problems, and for Linux it can depend on the specific distro too, but as mentioned both are relatively stable at their core.
You could argue that for its small userbase Linux has too many issues but that's really hard to measure things by. If we consider bugs, then generally Linux UI tends to be more buggy and much less feature rich than Windows and in general things can break there (the UI) more than Windows.
Community
Linux has a kind of cult following it in many cases, which can be unwelcoming to criticism, and try to tell about their OS on many occassions, although this is arguable partly or completely, and this can be an advantage since many are actually there to support you with your issues and try to create content for Linux and in general move it forward. Regardless, you can ask the community about your issues and it can be very helpful.
Windows on the other hand has a very large userbase compared to Linux, and chances are better that you will find the solution to your problem just by searching it online because someone else has already encountered it and posted about. Having a userbase this large also means that you have a much wider community to help you with your issues.
Software installation and management
A lot of people say that software installation is easy on Linux, but it really depends, the way Linux handles software can both an advantage and disadvantage. It relies on installing dependencies in other places, also every software is not bundled with everything it needs, and the installation path can be a bit of a mess, not to mention in a lot of cases said software is old and out of date in the package manager (this depends on the distro) and you have to go manually add repositories for each software. Also you might first have to find the package name before installing any software, GUI package managers work for most part even though they can be a bit buggy or very buggy depending on it. Another disadvantage to this is that there are limited ways you can download the software from if you use package managers, there are only a few limited download managers available that work with them (and they aren't really good, they are very basic too), and torrenting is out of the question. Although you could possibly try to manually download the package but it kinda offsets the advantage of using the manager, also you might or might not have to deal with dependency hell. Also installing software offline can also make you have to deal with dependency hell the same way (although there are ways around this). There is also the issue that if a software depends on an older library, or if the update of a specific library breaks an app that uses an older version of the library, you might have to go search for other ways to install the software.
Due to Linux not installing everything in one place, editing installed files can be harder, and it's not like Windows where you know where the thing is installed (almost always everything it needs to run is there), and you can easily know where the software stores the configs too. Although do note that in Linux there are general places that software usually install to but it is spread in various places.
If the way Linux installed stuff was similar to Windows, package managers would still work, but you wouldn't have the above problems, also do note that package managers exist for Windows too, although they aren't nearly as good.
The way Linux handles software saves size, which might not be important for a desktop computer, but if you have very limited storage on a server it can be useful. Windows doesn't have most of these problems, but also obviously you have to search for your software and download it yourself, also updating software can be harder in a similar way (for most part).
But regardless, the Linux software packager can also be a great tool for managing your softwares all at once, and making software installation much easier. But the way Linux handles software has some cons.
Software availability
You can almost assume a software is available for Windows if it is available for PC at all, but in Linux there are many software especially games missing. While you can use some tools to run Windows software on Linux, it might not be as good, although many stuff run fine with those tools. It seems like Linux has been improving on this.
Customizability
While many think Windows can't be customized so much, both LInux and Windows can be heavily customized and changed, you can change the entire way both look, and also replace core software in both. Linux is open source and you can access the source code, so it is even more customizable, which allows for many custom builds to be made by the community or if you want to mess with the source code.
Other stuff
Linux is arguably better for programming, because of the various tools and/or other stuff it has. Also, some other programming related stuff like security testing, might be easier on Linux, again due to the way the tools are available for it.
Linux in the end is for a large part an OS for geeks by geeks, it has a small share of desktop users compared to Windows and Mac.
Due to that, many "geek" stuff, can actually be easier on Linux. Even though Windows is capable of doing most or all of those too.
Note that, it is also usable by casual users, and has been improving on that too.
As it has been mentioned before, Linux can be stripped down to a very small size, and can be modified to your liking, due to that, it can be very suitable for many custom hardware, or servers. it is also due to that, that a large part of servers actually use Linux.
At the very end, most tasks can be done with both Linux and Windows, so it comes down to your preference. If you like security, open sourceness, less bloatware, then you can go for Linux, but as mentioned it can come with its own pros and cons, and Windows can end up being better for your case because of being feature rich plus a huge support community and having a lot of software available.
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2020.09.17 17:58 TreyarchPC_ ANNOUNCEMENT: PLAY THE CALL OF DUTY®: BLACK OPS COLD WAR PLAYSTATION®4 ALPHA ON SEPTEMBER 18-20

ANNOUNCEMENT: PLAY THE CALL OF DUTY®: BLACK OPS COLD WAR PLAYSTATION®4 ALPHA ON SEPTEMBER 18-20


All PS4 owners can get a taste of the next generation of global combat this weekend in the Alpha. Details to follow, including maps and modes.

PlayStation 4 owners, prepare to engage in your first deniable operations.
Just under two months before the release of the direct sequel to the original Call of Duty: Black Ops, and mere weeks ahead of the game’s Beta, ALL PlayStation 4 owners will be able to participate in the Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Alpha.
This exclusive weekend commences on September 18th at 10 a.m. PDT, and is set to conclude on September 20th at 10 a.m. PDT. The Alpha is FREE to all PS4™ players. PlayStation®Plus Subscription not required for most owners.*
https://youtu.be/dj4F0Z1bf58
Pre-Loading, Download Size, and Regional Download Links
The Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Alpha is set to have a download size of approximately 25 GB.
Pre-loading is planned to begin on September 17th at 8 a.m. PDT ahead of the Alpha’s scheduled launch on September 18th at 10 a.m. PDT.
Download the free Alpha at the links below for your respective region:
Download Free Alpha: Americas.
Download Free Alpha: Europe, Middle East, Australia, or New Zealand. Note that due to the game's rating, PS Plus is required to download in Germany.
Download Free Alpha: Japan.
Download Free Alpha: Asia.
Accessing the Alpha + An Exclusive Reward for Participation
Those who own Call of Duty: Modern Warfare® or have Warzone™ installed can access the Black Ops Cold War Alpha through the main menu.
Within the Modern Warfare or Warzone menus, selecting the Alpha menu blade either brings you straight to the Alpha to jump in and play if you’ve already downloaded, or redirects you to its download page on the PS Store.
You can also exit the Black Ops Cold War Alpha and go straight into Warzone through a menu blade within the Alpha.
All participants will receive a Calling Card, accessible across Modern Warfare, Warzone, and Black Ops Cold War upon its release, just for participating in the Alpha.
Here’s what players can expect in the Alpha, including an all-new Multiplayer mode for the franchise:

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Modes – 6v6 Multiplayer: Team Deathmatch, Domination, Kill Confirmed (Available Sept 18-20)
The Alpha will include three traditional game modes across two maps designed for 6v6 play.
Among this trio is the gold standard of squad-based game modes in Call of Duty – Team Deathmatch (TDM) – as well as Kill Confirmed, a TDM variant where Operators must confirm kills by picking up enemy dog tags dropped by downed players before they are denied by the enemy team.
Then there’s Domination, an objective mode staple in the Call of Duty franchise. Expect a larger capture area than in previous titles in Black Ops Cold War’s Domination, allowing for more cover opportunities and maneuverability when attacking or defending while capturing a point.
These three modes will be available on the following maps during the Alpha:

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Map – Miami
A prison transport vehicle has been intercepted by Perseus through hired DGI forces, with CIA forces arriving to take them out in the heat of in Miami’s South Beach.
Amid art-deco architecture and neon lights, Operators battle between various buildings, in the streets, and on a stretch of the beachfront itself. Various rooftops and windows act as prime longshot spots for sharpshooters who can take advantage of vistas across empty streets and beaches.
Meanwhile, Operators can weave in-and-out of vacated tourist traps in close-quarters combat, using parts of a parking garage or the beachfront to flank enemy combatants.

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Map – Moscow
In the heart of the U.S.S.R, a Spetsnaz squad was sent to a compromised CIA safe house in order to secure the area, capture any remaining CIA operatives, and acquire further intel on NATO’s future plans. Initial reports indicate that the area has gone hot and fighting has spilled out into the streets, prompting a second CIA-JSOC team to arrive at the scene as reinforcements.
Fighting will take place in and around an impressive metro station, with the streets of Moscow, as well as nearby apartment buildings and hotels, acting as lanes that all lead back to that central, marble-adorned transportation hub.
Stationary vehicles will be key cover pieces when travelling through the streets, as they may help break up sightlines that snipers will want to take advantage of. CQB operators may want to sweep through the various buildings, and could be a key cog in defending the metro building at all five of its entrances.

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Map – Satellite
First teased in the Black Ops Cold War Reveal trailer, Satellite is set in an Angolan desert where a KH-9 American-made satellite has been downed.
Soviet and American forces arrive on a battlefield devoid of any man-made structures, save for the satellite in question at mid-map. Other than this cover-heavy central point, the map’s rocky outcroppings and archways provide numerous flanking routes and plenty of cover.
Alternatively, the natural sand dunes on the opposite side of the map are a perfect territory for snipers, at the expense of any meaningful protection from aerial Scorestreaks or a cross-map high-caliber bullet.

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Introducing Combined Arms: Domination (Available Sept 18-20)
Combined Arms: Domination is a new 12v12, vehicle-inclusive twist on traditional Domination, set in larger maps compared to the game’s traditional 6v6 play spaces.
In Combined Arms, vehicles such as Tanks, Snowmobiles, Wakerunners, and Gunboats will allow squads to bolster their firepower and mobility across these expanded environments. Like the core 6v6 Domination mode, teams will be tasked with capturing and defending multiple objectives between two initial spawn areas.
Along with traditional loadout-based firefights and Scorestreak play, Combined Arms: Domination is defined by how each squad uses the available selection of vehicles to help their team turn the tide of battle.
In the Alpha experience, Combined Arms: Domination will take place on two maps:
Map – Armada
It’s 1984, and U.S. and Soviet forces are battling it out in the North Atlantic Ocean in search of a prototype nuclear submarine.
Competing squads will take to the high seas with skirmishes on multiple ships, utilizing ziplines, rappel lines, and various seacraft to navigate the rough waters below.
The central ship is a hotspot for combat of all forms, from CQB battles in control stations, to sniper duels with adjacent ships, to aquatic warfare that may take place below the surface. Be sure to explore every nook and cranny of the map to discover new entryways to each objective point, and keep your head on a swivel.

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Map – Crossroads
In the middle of the frozen Soviet wilderness, NATO forces have ambushed a large military convoy comprised of mobile ICBM launchers.
Tanks and Snowmobiles will help operatives plow over this snowy tundra’s banks and groves, both of which could be temporary homes to sharpshooters looking for longshot opportunities.
Those planning out their strategy for victory should consider wresting control of the communications station, the lone structure that stands at the dead center of the iced-over lake. Or, for those looking to flank the enemy team, try braving the rickety bridge that spans over a deadly chasm... if you’re not afraid of heights, that is.
Need to see the new maps and modes in action, including a run-down of what Multiplayer entails? Be sure to watch the Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Reveal video here!

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Traditional Loadout, Scorestreak Options Available
Before dropping into the above maps and modes, get a glimpse at the Create-a-Class, Gunsmith, and Scorestreak customization features showcased in limited capacity during the Alpha.
While you’re editing your loadout, get to know the new Field Upgrades on offer. These are pieces of equipment earned over time while in-game that can act as a boon for your fellow squadmates or hinder the enemy team’s abilities. Wildcards also fundamentally alter the rules of Create-a-Class, with four powerful options to choose from for maximum flexibility.
Alternatively, a few default loadouts are available for Operators looking to pick up and play with a developer-tailored selection of weapons, attachments, Perks, equipment, Field Upgrades, and Wildcards. For those looking for inspiration on Create-a-Class and Gunsmith creation ideas, these default loadouts can act as a great framework for crafting your own custom arsenal.
Once everything is to your preference, dive into Multiplayer and earn some Scorestreaks, which can be crucial for achieving victory. Scorestreak points – earned via both kills and objective play – are kept through death. Stay alive and string together multiple kills in one life to earn point multipliers that will aid in earning higher-end, game-changing battlefield technology.

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Pre-Order Now on Digital
This Alpha is just a fraction of all the content to come with Black Ops Cold War Multiplayer; expect more modes, maps, weapons and vehicles in the upcoming Open Beta and at the game’s launch on November 13th.
Visit CallofDuty.com to digitally pre-order now and get instant rewards like the Woods Operator Pack** for immediate use in Modern Warfare and Warzone, and secure early access to the Open Beta***, first on PS4.
Stay Connected to Additional Intel
Be sure to check back here at the Activision Games Blog in the coming days and weeks for the latest information. Also players can visit Treyarch’s Blog for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War announcements and content. Follow u/CallofDuty and u/Treyarch on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for additional information.
Pre-orders at participating retailers are available now, or at CallofDuty.com.
We’ll see you online.
Execute the mission.
\PS4™ owners in Germany will need a PS Plus subscription due to the game’s age rating. Alpha starts September 18, 2020 on PS4 system. Actual platform availability and launch date(s) of Alpha subject to change. See www.callofduty.com/alpha for more details. Minimum Alpha duration is 2 days. Limited time only. Internet connection required.*
\*Call of Duty: Modern Warfare / Call of Duty: Warzone on pre-order platform required to redeem Woods Operator and Blueprint. Sold/downloaded separately. Must be redeemed by Nov. 13, 2021.*
\**Actual platform availability and launch date(s) of MP Beta subject to change. See www.callofduty.com/beta for more details. Minimum Open Beta duration is 2 days. Limited time only, while Early Access Beta Codes last, at participating retailers. Internet connection required. Online multiplayer subscription may be required.*
For more information on Call of Duty®: Black Ops Cold War, check out: www.callofduty.com, www.youtube.com/callofduty and follow @Treyarch, @RavenSoftware, and @CallofDuty on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
© 2020 Activision Publishing, Inc. ACTIVISION, CALL OF DUTY, CALL OF DUTY BLACK OPS, CALL OF DUTY WARZONE, MODERN WARFARE, and WARZONE are trademarks of Activision Publishing, Inc.
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2020.09.17 07:12 PMSteamCodeForTits Totally new to this, $700usd work/light gaming pc

Yesterday's post didn't get any replies so I'm trying again,
What will you be doing with this PC? Be as specific as possible, and include specific games or programs you will be using.
What is your maximum budget before rebates/shipping/taxes?
When do you plan on building/buying the PC? Note: beyond a week or two from today means any build you receive will be out of date when you want to buy.
What, exactly, do you need included in the budget? (ToweOS/monitokeyboard/mouse/etc)
Which country (and state/province) will you be purchasing the parts in? If you're in US, do you have access to a Microcenter location?
If reusing any parts (including monitor(s)/keyboard/mouse/etc), what parts will you be reusing? Brands and models are appreciated.
Will you be overclocking? If yes, are you interested in overclocking right away, or down the line? CPU and/or GPU?
Are there any specific features or items you want/need in the build? (ex: SSD, large amount of storage or a RAID setup, CUDA or OpenCL support, etc)
What type of network connectivity do you need? (Wired and/or WiFi) If WiFi is needed and you would like to find the fastest match for your wireless router, please list any specifics.
Do you have any specific case preferences (Size like ITX/microATX/mid-towefull-tower, styles, colors, window or not, LED lighting, etc), or a particular color theme preference for the components?
Do you need a copy of Windows included in the budget? If you do need one included, do you have a preference?
Extra info or particulars:
Thank you for reading this far I hope to build my first PC soon!
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2020.09.17 05:24 throwRArrrrrrrrrr2 My (22M) girlfriend (21F) with anorexia has a twitter where she pretends to be a minor, posts blatant fatshaming and encourages ED behavior, is this who she really is or just her ED?

TW for restrictive eating disorders (ED), lots of triggering ED behavior from my GF. I know this is above Reddit’s paygrade but no one around me knows what to do either so I’m just shooting in the dark here hoping for people who may have lived through this.
I’ve always known my GF has anorexia, she was very open with me and our friends before we even started dating that she was in active therapy & recovery. My older sister is a recovered bulimic so even though I know they’re different, I thought I had an idea of what I was signing up for. We’ve been dating for a little over a year but known each other since the start of uni (2 years) and for the majority of the time she was doing very well, with occasional relapses being relatively short (a week to a month max) before she was back on track eating a healthy amount. I’ve gone to therapy with her so her therapist could advise me best on how to support her. I don’t at all regret dating her, she’s an amazing, kind and talented person struggling with mental illness, but her recent relapse has been unlike anything that’s happened and conflicts with my previous kind-hearted view of her (even though I know it’s part of her ED).
When COVID got pretty bad in April she returned back home, making us long distance until this August. Her family is pretty toxic so unfortunately she relapsed. I was really worried so I asked my parents if she could come over to stay with us instead and they agreed, so she moved in early last month.
This is where the trouble starts. Again, my family has experience with EDs so we did all the necessary accommodations, completely getting rid of fear foods, giving her a special section in the fridge where anything in it is hers 100% and won’t be eaten by anyone else, letting her make her own food so she has control over it etc. At first she was doing great and was really happy. But two weeks ago she had her latest relapse, which is still ongoing, and it’s very different.
Previously when she relapsed it was a “shameful” affair for her, and she would try to hide it from me and get rid of food secretively and such. But this time she’s incredibly brazen about it, taking videos of what she eats a day for a food diary (which she says is for accountability, but I think she’s challenging herself to eat less and less every day). Most importantly, instead of actively avoiding triggering content, she’s made a twitter account about her eating disorder and constantly spends time on it 24/7 talking to other people with EDs (which she previously said she purposefully avoided). She didn’t let me see her account or tell me her handle which I respected, but yesterday she showed me a screenshot and I inadvertently saw her twitter handle.
I couldn’t fight my curiosity and looked it up. It’s fucking horrible. She’s openly toxic and brags whenever her daily calories are in the “double digits”. The entire “ED twitter” sphere is disgusting and she actively participates, wishing the “locals” (non-ED sufferers who happen upon their tweets) “catch an ED” for lurking, her go-to insult is saying “you sound fat”, she retweets “fatspo” which is basically just openly fatshaming plus-size people, and the worst part is she PRETENDS TO BE A MINOR and PURPOSEFULLY ASKS ONLY MINORS TO INTERACT WITH HER. She is 21 years old pretending to be 15 and I can only imagine why the fuck she would want to do that. I’ve always known EDs are competitive and my older sister also admitted to having toxic thoughts, such as wanting our family to eat more so we would gain while she lost weight, but all this time my GF has suppressed this part really well. Or just hid it from me.
It’s been a few hours since I looked at her twitter. She’s already doing online therapy and I’ve forwarded her account to her therapist, which I think is the best course of action for her long-term. But, personally, I’m a fucking mess. I TRULY know that EDs are competitive by nature but I honestly never expected this. Which part of this disgusting toxicity is her actual self, and which part is “just her ED speaking”? I also can’t get over how she PRETENDS TO BE A MINOR. I don’t think she’s a pedophile (FUCK no I hope not) but from seeing the massive amount of tweets from her and others purposefully triggering others and encouraging them to keep fasting/eat less, I think she must be aiming to trigger minors into not eating as well. Is this a normal anorexia symptom or is she just sadistic? And how the fuck do I even begin to talk about this with her? It’s literally 3am as I type this so she’s asleep now and I’ll probably pass out soon too but I have no idea what to do. Is this recoverable? As her partner how should I approach this? I texted my best friend the low down and he told me frankly to drop her because she’s grossly fatphobic but at the same time he doesn’t have much experience with EDs.
So I just want to hear from other people, either recovered sufferers themselves or partners of ED sufferers: is this her, or is this her ED? Or is it both? If she fully recovers will this part of her disappear or is it innate? Also, very importantly, my sister is very close to me and I had planned on having them meet, but is this a wise decision when my GF is so toxic? Will she try to make my sister relapse? I fell in love with her for her kindness, not whatever the fuck this is. Honestly my kneejerk reaction was to barge into her room and tell her to get the fuck out of my house but I’ve taken a shower to calm down write this post so here we are. Even if this is her true self, I don’t want to send her spiralling still, so how do I break up as painlessly (yes I know very optimistic) as possible? The whole thing just makes me sick to my stomach honestly, even if it’s recoverable I’m not sure if I can ever look past this.
tldr: my anorexic GF has a twitter where she pretends to be a minor and encourages other people’s EDs and openly fatshames anyone who isn’t stick-thin. Is this who she is? If so, how should I break up with her? Should I wait for her therapist input before proceeding with anything?
Sorry this is so fucking long I'm a mess
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2020.09.16 20:19 babydoll042693 I think I should cancel our coffee date tomorrow

This is gonna sound lame. But I met this personal trainer guy online. We’ve been talking for 3 weeks. Have a coffee date tomorrow and I want to cancel.
He’s really fit and attractive. I’m 5’11 and overweight. I have a semi pretty face. But I look like an ogre.
I’ve gained weight since working from home. Been working out and trying to lose weight.
He knows how I look and how tall and big I am. But I think maybe he forgot. Idk.
My hair sucks my makeup sucks. My clothes can’t hide enough of me.
I mean..I like me. I’m just realistic that my body isn’t going to wow anyone.
I want to go on the date.
I know this feeling down about my appearance will pass and get better the more I lose weight.
Any advice on how to 1. Say fuck it and go and be confident or 2. How to cancel the date without sounding pathetic or hurting him?
note..I have an apple shape body type to make things worse. So I’m not even the sexy plus size. I’m just fat
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