2022.01.17 14:08 HighClassProletariat Going to be cold next week (20s in SC!) so the hardtop is going back on today. Halfway there.
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2022.01.17 14:08 HAWAll Just logged in and got a notification "You have unlocked the pet: Penguin (brown)" - "You can activate this via the 'Pets' tab of the 'Customisations' interface.' But there is no such pet in my Pets tab.
(Believe it or not, I was wearing the outfit already when I logged in - I love penguins)
So I don't see any penguin other than Earhart (which I already had) in my 'Pets' tab. I do however have my old Penguin pet from years ago in my Menagerie, the original penguin pet. So it makes me wonder if this is referencing that penguin?
The only thing is, with the OG penguin pet, it is an inventory item that you have to "drop" in order for it to follow you. It has never appear in my 'Pets' tab (although I would prefer this). Just wondering if maybe this has to do with that penguin. If anyone has any idea lmk
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2022.01.17 14:08 HeyThereRobot Over the summer, I started to review the snails I met! I hope you'll all enjoy #SNAILWATCH!
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2022.01.17 14:08 Compy486 Turning unused office building into an indoor farm.
Hi all, My family owns an old office building that has been empty for years now on the Main Street of my home town. And I am hoping to breathe some new life into it and our small town Main Street. The main floor is about 10000 square feet and I plan on converting some major portion of that into farm space and some of it into a store front area.
Being new to this space I of course have many questions. But concerning the actual building. Im sure the carpet that currently resides in the building needs to go, what type of flooring should I be looking into? Concrete was my first thought.
For those of you who have converted buildings for farming, what are some of the building features that you overlooked or didn’t think would be an issue when you started?
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2022.01.17 14:08 pranjaldoshi Never do that
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2022.01.17 14:08 Mantler77 Would love Dr.K's opinion about this -- "How do I learn to trust myself and my decision making skills?"
2022.01.17 14:08 walierion MEOW_IRL
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2022.01.17 14:08 birdlady88 Wondering if I need a 2nd opinion
Hello! I’ve been having gastro issues for a while now, mainly bloating (daily), cramping, loose stools. I finally saw a GI doctor (respected doctor in an affluent city who was recommended by my PCP) who recommended I do 6 week Low FODMAP followed by the protocol for reintroduction. My issue is that I was never diagnosed with IBS or SIBO or anything really. The only test he did was a blood test to rule out celiac. Just reading through the group rules here it says not to even start this diet unless you’re diagnosed, although it was a GI doctor who told me to start this. Not asking for anyone to diagnose me, I’m simply wondering if you think I should seek a second opinion. I have amazing insurance that would cover all testing so I’m just wondering how common it is for a doctor to go straight to Low FODMAP without testing for SIBO, endoscopy or anything else.
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2022.01.17 14:08 ImmediatelyOcelot China’s coal production hit record levels in 2021
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2022.01.17 14:08 startinup I studied the opening line of every New York Times Bestseller in 2021. Here are the results…
It was a lot of work… But it actually ended up leading to some interesting results. First, how did I go about studying this data?
I went through the New York Times Best Seller list week by week, identifying the books I hadn’t included in my list yet and adding them to a long list (100+ books). Then I went through each of the books on the list and recorded data for each: genre, opening line, category (of opening line), primary question raised, secondary questions raised.
After that, I grouped the opening lines by category to see what was common between categories. Then I tallied the category of opening line for each genre to see which types were the most common for each genre.
First, let’s look at the categories. I was able to split all the opening lines into six categories: Action/Danger, Character, Curiosity, Dialogue, Setting, and Statement.
Action/Danger openings contained some sort of high stakes situation and/or were about death, violence, or something morbid.
With one of my favorite opening lines in the whole list, It Ends With Us opens with the line:
“As I sit here with one foot on either side of the ledge, looking down from twelve stories above the streets of Boston, I can't help but think about suicide.”
This clearly creates a sense of impending danger for the viewpoint character and raises the primary question: will she jump?
It also establishes setting details, gives us character information, and creates a sense of sympathy for the character.
Character openings were either describing something that made a character interesting or were bringing you right in with character voice.
For example, It’s Better This Way opens with the line:
“Julia Jones sat at her desk, the divorce papers in front of her, shouting at her to pick up the pen, sign her name, and put an end to this insanity once and for all.”
Immediately, we get a sense of who Julia is. We know she’s at the end of her rope emotionally, yet has avoided signing these papers up until this point. And this leads to the primary question: Will Julia sign?
Curiosity openings were the most general and large category. Many openings in the other categories were written to generate curiosity as well, but that was not their main purpose. Conversely, the Curiosity opening’s primary role was to generate curiosity.
Curiosity openings also often contained a curiosity-inducing phrase, commonly at the end of the sentence. These phrases were written to spark curiosity in the reader.
For example, The Lincoln Highway begins:
“The drive from Salina to Morgen was three hours, and for much of it, Emmett hadn't said a word."
Similarly, legacy opens:
“The first time Adrian Rizzo met her father, he tried to kill her.”
In the first example, the curiosity-inducing phrase is “Emmett hadn’t said a word” and in the second, it’s “he tried to kill her”.
The primary questions raised are, “Why isn’t Emmett speaking?” and “Why did he try to kill her?” respectively.
Dialogue openings are a relatively straightforward category. If the opening line is dialogue, it’s a dialogue opening.
Within this category, I noticed two different types of openings: short/punchy and long/specific.
The short/punchy dialogue openings are usually only a few words and have no dialogue tag. Because there’s no context for the dialogue, the main intrigue comes from wondering who was talking and what they meant by what they said.
For example, Daughter of the Morning Star opens with the line:
The line itself is somewhat intriguing, because it could easily be said in multiple contexts. And the main appeal of this line is the curiosity created by wondering what context this dialogue was said in.
The long/specific dialogue openings are full lines of dialogue with a dialogue tag and/or action beat. Openings of this sort use their greater length to fit another one of the categories; most often Character, Curiosity, or Action/Danger.
For example, The Madness of Crowds opens with the line:
"This doesn't feel right, Patron." Isabelle Lacoste's voice in his earpiece was anxious, verging on urgent.
Despite being a dialogue opening, this opening uses the Action/Danger category to create its main intrigue. At the same time, it promises a spy/police style situation to come.
Setting openings were usually a general description of the setting, without any character description. But they also sometimes contained a character interacting with the setting. In either of these cases, the main focus was on the setting details.
Setting openings were the least curiosity inducing and created the fewest questions. Setting was the category that most often didn’t raise a single primary question. More on that later.
For example, Complications opens with:
“The Louis XVI Hotel on the rue Boissy d'Anglas just off the rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré in Paris had been closed for renovations for four years.”
From this explanation, we are given a sense of a Parisian atmosphere, and this opening also manages to raise a primary question: “Why are the renovations taking so long?”
The last opening is one you may have already expected, because there are plenty of famous examples. It’s the Statement opening.
This opening revolves around a statement that makes the reader stop in their tracks. The feeling of this category is similar to the curiosity opening, but it leans more toward confusion than curiosity.
Like the curiosity-inducing phrase I talked about with regard to the curiosity opening, this opening sometimes features a one-two punch. The first part of the opening is normal, and the second half ends with something surprising and usually somewhat confusing.
For example, Wish You Were Here opens with:
“When I was six years old, I painted a corner of the sky.”
The first half is especially normal, bordering on cliche. But this normalcy only amplifies the strangeness of the second half.
Just because I like statement openings so much, here’s one bonus example from Leviathan Falls:
“First there was a man named Winston Duarte. And then there wasn't.”
Once again, the one-two punch. The first part is normal, and the second stops us in our tracks.
So now that we understand what each category looks like, let’s look at which categories were the most common for each genre.
Fantasy contained 38% Setting and 25% Statement openings. This seems logical. With the setting opening, you are introducing the reader to some element of the new world, and with the statement opening, you are making them feel something is different about this world.
Historical Fiction contained 55% Curiosity and 18% Dialogue openings. When I was doing this research, I had a hard time understanding why Historical Fiction leaned so heavily toward curiosity openings. But eventually, I realized that Historical fiction often contained a secondary genre.
Only three of the books were purely Historical Fiction. Out of eleven, three were Mystery, three were Romance, and two were Sci-fi/Fantasy. This variance explains why it’s hard to pin down the reasoning behind Historical Fiction’s most common openings.
Mystery opened 35% of the time with Curiosity and besides that the categories are pretty evenly split. It opened 18% of the time with Setting, 15% a piece with Character and Dialogue, and 12% with Statement.
Romance opened 33% of the time with Character and 28% of the time with Setting. It makes sense why Romance would open with Character, because it’s basically introducing us to one of the leads from the start.
I haven’t read too many romance novels yet, so I’m not sure why they opened with Setting so often, so if anyone has a hypothesis, I’d be interested to hear it.
Thrillers opened with an even split of 29% Action/Danger and Curiosity. This seems reasonable; sometimes they want to thrust you into the action, and sometimes they want to make you curious.
Horror, Literary, and Sci-fi didn’t contain any clear patterns that results could be drawn from.
One of the most interesting results from this data is how often these openings provoked one primary question. 97 out of 103 openings provoked a primary question, and most also raised secondary questions.
Only two categories contained openings that didn’t provoke a primary question; Setting contained four and Character contained two. Every other category always raised a primary question in their opening line.
One last note, which might sound strange after I’ve just talked about opening sentences for more than a thousand words, is not to obsess over the opening line.
Many of the openings from this list contained interesting opening lines that made me want to read more. However, more than a few contained opening lines that were only so-so.
There could be many explanations for this, but two that come to mind immediately are the effects of series releases and opening context.
Many of the books were part of a long series, and after twenty-plus books, readers likely won’t mind if the opening line isn’t the most intriguing. They are there for the characters and the author's specific style.
Other books relied on later context to make the opening intriguing. In these books, the opening line was only set up for a later line to draw readers in.
For example, The Red Book opens with the line:
“Lights, camera, action.”
It gives a sense of curiosity about what is being filmed, but compared to some of the other openings, it seems a little boring. However, if we read just two more lines, we get to the curiosity-building part.
The whole passage is:
“Lights, camera, action.
This could mean everything to Latham, it could be his ticket out.
But it could ruin him, too. It could land him in prison.”
As you can see, a really intriguing question isn’t raised until the third line.
One last note on the opening line: it’s been touched on many times, but it is really the most important thing to remember.
The opening line should make readers want to read the next. It should draw them into the story.
I hope you found this research interesting and got some value out of it. I’d be curious to hear your thoughts on this too.
tldr: I actually made a video about this, so if you’d rather watch than read, here it is: https://youtu.be/Dqy3lkY2yw0
Too long didn’t watch or read (tldwor?): Opening lines are separated into 6 categories: Action/Danger, Character, Curiosity, Dialogue, Setting, and Statement. Each category has a unique style. Opening lines vary by genre. Almost all opening lines raise one primary question in the reader’s mind. All opening lines should make the reader want to read the next line.
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2022.01.17 14:08 LoveMangaBuddy Read W: Two Worlds - Chapter 33 - TrueManga
Among his father’s works as a cartoonist, Kang Chul’s favorite character, Yeon-ju, had a birthday party one day when she was spending her ordinary life. However, while falling asleep for a while, she opened her eyes in a strange place, and in front of her stood Kang Chul, the character that she had only seen in the cartoon. When I woke up, this place was too much like the world in cartoons, not ... Read W: Two Worlds - Chapter 33 - TrueManga. Read more at https://truemanga.com/w-two-worlds/chapter-33
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2022.01.17 14:08 wipeitonthecat Was anyone else raised with this piece of nostalgic nightmare fuel?
2022.01.17 14:08 techfighterchannel Nobody is as surprised as I am what a CRK fanboi I have become
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2022.01.17 14:08 babymere Can I propagate the alive part of my moon cactus? Or the little offspring parts coming off of the top? Or is it dead now…. :(
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2022.01.17 14:08 KarmaCreates_Art Thought this would be liked here 🌸🐱.
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2022.01.17 14:08 guny83 The Mourne Mountains from Slieve Croob this morning.
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2022.01.17 14:08 SunlitFable 17 Jan Treasures @ Vault: First Floor (Left of four person door) ☆ Second Floor (Left of four person door) ☆ Fourth Floor (Beside Winged Light gazebo) ☆ Summit (Left steps to final Shrine)
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2022.01.17 14:08 Gibster457 Scream Character elimination round 2
2022.01.17 14:08 jmoincali Now its personal.....Steelers fan here. Is there any space left on your bandwagon for the remainder of the season. Would like to hop on.
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2022.01.17 14:08 cldjs59 It's interesting that these two photos are similar, First photo : Irish children teasing British soldiers, 1972 .......Second photo : Palestinian children teasing IDF soldiers, 2008
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2022.01.17 14:08 Standard-Weekend-708 For those who graduated or currently taking up CS
I am still an upcoming college student, I just wanted to ask the different topics that you tackled each year or per sem from 1st year to 4th anything that is related to programming or coding.
I know that each uni have different lessons and all, i just want to get a good idea of what to expect in the future, also for future studies.
For ex. First year is all about the basics and OOP paired with subject about frameworks and all things related to it. I dont know if you could fully understand what im talking about but yeah.
Good evening and thank you Maam/Sir.
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2022.01.17 14:08 Huge_Kaleidoscope_73 User Lurk CFM (31/32) PS5
PS5 (31/32) Offseason, End of Year 1
Las Vegas Raiders (Top 10 Pick)
Survey upon entry, we’re very active and want users that can take Ls and have fun.
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2022.01.17 14:08 runnnnnnnnin Negative 10 years ago, positive now? (Biopsy)
Wondering if there are any IRL people who have heard/experienced this…
My mom was diagnosed (positive blood work and biopsy) in 2011. Her GI recommended testing her children given hereditary nature of the disease. I got tested, blood work came back positive so had a biopsy done - negative. I had non-specific GI issues at the time (bloating, gas, etc). MD said maybe non-celiac gluten sensitivity.
Fast forward to now, still having intermittent GI issues (bloating, gas, acid reflux, abd pain, constipation, diarrhea). PCP recommends endoscopy after PPIs don’t help. While they’re in there, they take biopsies for both H pylori (negative) and celiac…
Celiac biopsy comes back positive (villous flattening, crypt hyperplasia, chronic inflammation and intraepithelial lymphocytosis) and I have a follow up with GI to try and understand what’s going on.
But so curious, has anyone ever been negative via biopsy and then tested positive years later?!
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2022.01.17 14:08 No-Peak2079 Steamacconts
2022.01.17 14:08 c_dav99 What is a quote you live by, that you feel more people should live by?