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I've just passed AWS SAA-C02 exam (score = 822, not great but enough for me). I would like to give special thanks to u/acantril for his wonderful course. I believe those $40 were the best investment I have ever done (other than my bitcoins, truth to be said :) I would also thank u/jon-bonso-tdojo. I think taking his exams are a must if you want to know if you are ready for the real exam. My background: around 10 years working as a SA in the Telecom Industry in different domains: Core Network, Value Added Services and Billing/BSS. No previous experience with AWS other than some small deployments involving mainly EC2, S3, Aurora and NFS. But, as SA, no hands-on experience at all with AWS: I just translate business reqs into technical ones, generate High Level Description document (at software level, no infra level) and support Development team. In my company we have infra SAs, who take care of AWS/Azure?Google details when we need to deploy our solutions on the Cloud. I started to study on April 29. Since I have a full-time job and family/kids, I could not devote as much time as I would have liked. I would say that between 1 and 2.5 hours every day. I took the exam on PSI site near Seattle. It seemed that the workstations were not properly configured for the AWS exam, and the lady had to contact IT support. We were waiting around 1 hour for the IT guys to answer the call, and by then I was determined to leave and re-schedule. Fortunately I could take the exam, but not in my best mood. It seemed to me that the exam was quite challenging, a bit more difficult than Bonso's. It took me by surprise because I have read otherwise in this forum. The questions were quite verbose as well, similar (or even more) than Bonso's. My mother tongue is not English but I did not bother to ask for the 30-minute accommodation, and I regretted it a lot: I had to read some questions even 4 times. As a result I ended the first round with 13 flagged questions and only 10 minutes to spare. Tons of questions involving CloudFront, S3, Auto-scaling, EC2 and ELB. Many questions related to RDS, DynamoDB, SQS, ESB and file systems. A couple of questions about policies: you need to understand the corresponding jsons. A few questions about SGs and NACLs. Also a couple of question about MS AD. Other services that I remember: Storage GW, Snowball, ElasticCache, ECS, AGW. Only one question about lambda. A couple of question involving Transit GWs and NAT GWs. I dont recall any question about CloudWatch, CloudTrail, AWS Config, OpsWork, Glue, EMR, Cognito, Step Functions, ...
Stocks are set to end the week on a high note after four of the biggest tech stocks - Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) and Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL) - reported quarterly results that beat high expectations. Apple easily exceeded estimates on the top and bottom lines, and announced a four-for-one stock split, sending shares past the $400 threshold in after-hours trading. Amazon's sales soared, and operating income nearly doubled compared with the big drop analysts had expected. Facebook posted 11% revenue growth and issued stronger-than-expected sales guidance for the current quarter. Results from Google's parent were a bit murkier, showing the company's first-ever year-over-year decline in advertising revenue, but sales from its cloud-computing segment came in well above expectations. Big Tech has been Wall Street's mainstay this year, and the latest quarterly results look to accelerate that trend. Amazon and Apple are up 65% and 31%, respectively, in 2020, while Facebook and Alphabet each have gained more than 14% over the period. With all four stocks moving higher in after-hours trading, the tech titans likely will add more than $200 billion to their combined market value. U.S. economy shrank by a third in Q2 The Commerce Department said U.S. gross domestic product collapsed at a 32.9% annualized rate in the second quarter, the steepest decline since the government started keeping records in 1947, as COVID-19 crushed consumer and business spending. Meanwhile, in a sign of a faltering jobs market, the number of workers applying for initial unemployment benefits rose for the second straight week, to 1.43 million, after nearly four months of decreases following a late-March peak. The Q2 economic contraction came as states imposed lockdowns in March and April to contain the coronavirus and then lifted restrictions in May and June, allowing growth to resume. 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China factory activity expands for fifth straight month China’s official manufacturing purchasing managers' index came in better than expected, rising to 51.1 in July from 50.9 in June for its highest reading since March. July marked the fifth consecutive month that the closely watched measure of China's factory activity topped the 50 mark that separates expansion from contraction. Combined with China's official non-manufacturing purchasing managers' index, which indicated a slight deceleration in the service sector, the data suggests China's factories have returned to pre-coronavirus levels but consumer demand remains much weaker, which means inventory is piling up. Chinese-backed hackers reportedly targeted Moderna for vaccine data China rejects charges that hackers linked to its government targeted Moderna (NASDAQ:MRNA) to steal data related to research on a coronavirus vaccine. Citing an unnamed U.S. security official, Reuters reported yesterday that Chinese hackers targeted the U.S. biotech firm earlier this year. Moderna said it had been in contact with the FBI and was made aware of the suspected "information reconnaissance activities" by a hacking group mentioned in last week's Justice Department indictment, where two Chinese nationals were accused of spying on the U.S., including three unnamed U.S.-based targets involved in medical research to fight COVID-19. The two other unnamed medical research companies mentioned in the Justice Department indictment are described as biotech companies based in California and Maryland - descriptions that could fit Gilead Sciences (NASDAQ:GILD) and Novavax (NASDAQ:NVAX). Go deeper: J&J (NYSE:JNJ) COVID-19 vaccine candidate shows positive effect in primate study. Amazon's $10 billion Internet satellite plan wins FCC approval While overshadowed by the company's earnings, Amazon.com's (AMZN) tech ambitions got a boost as the FCC approved its $10B plan to put thousands of satellites in the sky to provide high-speed Internet to unserved and underserved areas. The company's Project Kuiper - using 3,200 low Earth orbit satellites - would compete in that area with the Starlink project at SpaceX (SPACE). Australia to force Google, Facebook to pay for news Australia will become the first country in the world to force Facebook (FB) and Google (GOOG, GOOGL) to pay publishers for the news content featured on its sites. It will give the companies three months to negotiate fair pay with media businesses there, a move to ensure competition and consumer protection as well as a sustainable media landscape. Other companies are likely to be targeted for similar moves by Australia's government later. 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When a user navigates from Google to a piece of content Google has recommended (or when a user clicks on a shared cached AMP link), they are, unwittingly, remaining within Google’s ecosystem and the publisher’s domain is obscured by the google.com/amp prefix. To work around this Google introduced Signed HTTP Exchanges ([Draft], , ), a web-standard that allows the browser to display the original site's URL, instead of the actual one (the one with the google.com/prefix). This would solve the original issue, but while doing so it introduced new ones (e.g. it obfuscates the fact that they're delivering the AMP page you're visiting). Interestingly enough, Google's Chrome already has support for this technology, but parties not involved with AMP are not so enthusiastic: Mozilla has deemed it a harmful web standard, and Apple has taken a similar stance.
Google’s entire business model is about collecting as much personal data as possible, AMP is just another tool to do so. As described in Google’s Support article:
“When you use the Google AMP Viewer, Google and the publisher that made the AMP page may each collect data about you.”
The controversies with non-cached AMP pages To be clear, the above flaws are only with AMP pages cached by Google (or another party like Bing or Cloudflare) but there are also plenty of pages simply utilizing the AMP framework, recognized by URLs such as bbc.com/news/amp/. However, these are also problematic, mainly because there's only a small performance improvement when AMP pages aren't cached and AMP pages tend to be less feature-rich and less diverse than their originals. And in some edge cases, it breaks stuff. One could argue that the more popular the AMP framework becomes, the more AMP threatens the open web. That said, it should be clear that the biggest problem lies with the cached AMP pages. AMP is open source, but that doesn't make it holy. Or as Ferdy Christant puts it quite nicely in his blog:
Google’s main defense is that AMP is open source. Which isn’t just a weak defense, it’s no defense at all. I can open source a plan for genocide. The term “open source” is meaningless if the thing that is open source is harmful.
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When discussing Bitcoin in general, many people believe it’s only for those anti-government libertarians who want to engage in illegal activities, but there’s simply no truth in that statement. Bitcoin is simply a money transfer system backed by a public ledger and quantifiable technology. Have you ever used a pre-paid card? A payday loan? Or a currency exchange booth? Chances are, you have, and if so—well Bitcoin has the potential to offer a cheaper version of all of these currency services if used to its full potential. Shawn Wilkinson, the founder of Storj (a cloud storage service) advocates its massive potential especially in online microloans. He thinks that cryptocurrency as a whole has a lot of power to change the way even the most impoverished communities use money, regardless of race.
Edwardo Jackson is perhaps one of the most notable black Bitcoin enthusiasts out there. In fact, he is so passionate about the currency, he currently runs a blog called Blacks in Bitcoin. Jackson is a Las Vegas resident and professional poker player, but found his love of Bitcoin while he was a writer for Upworthy in 2013. Jackson believes Bitcoin is still in the early adoption phase and thinks that now is most definitely the time for anyone who is thinking of getting into it to buy in. Currently, Jackson has developed his own blockchain based technology known as CD3D which is a decentralized app-based token which you can use in a game where instead of betting on sports, or the outcomes of elections, you vote on actors and actresses and win money based on their box office performance. This game is still under development and you can check the CinemaDraft websites for updates on when it may be opened for play. Jackson prides himself in his Bitcoin knowledge and wishes to educate everyone about it, so much so, he even hands out his personal phone number to anyone who asks so they can call him if they have questions.
You read that right, Richard Sherman, NFC Championship playing defensive back, is a Bitcoin fanatic! Sherman was born in Compton; California and it became clear early on he was destined to be a sports player. He achieved many high school records not only in football, but also as part of his school’s track team. Sherman received a scholarship to attend Stanford university where he played on their team from 2006-2010. In 2011, Sherman was signed by the Seattle Seahawks and played with the team for many years until 2018 when he signed a 39-million-dollar contract with the 49ers. He is very public about his love of cryptocurrency and his many investments in the technology field, so much so, he even takes Bitcoin for payment in his online store for all of his Seahawks and 49ers merchandise.
Reggie Middleton is an American entrepreneur and CEO of Vertiseum. Middleton’s claim to fame began in the early 2000’s as a financial writer for the Huffington Post. In 2011, he left his job there to start his own company and blog, Boom Bust Blog. He was an early adopter of Bitcoin, citing that its ability to be quickly, and largely, transferred making it one of the best methods of currency currently on the market. He also advocates how safe and cheap it is to transfer Bitcoin as opposed to using cash or the banking system, which has many caveats and difficulties as well as rising costs. Just think, to make a transfer from one bank to the other you either need to withdraw cash and physical drive it from one bank to another to avoid massive fees. If fees don’t scare you, you can wire the money, but this still takes gas, time, and often times there are limits on the amount you can transfer. Bitcoin solves all of these problems. Middleton loves crypto currencies so much, he founded Vertiseum, an Ultracoin technology. Although the legalities of his ICO are currently under scrutiny, Middleton still stands behind his advocacy of cryptocurrencies and posts many YouTube videos educating the public on the many uses of them in everyday life. https://preview.redd.it/awat63so54851.jpg?width=1200&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=0b99941873b4cc3d57b47c9c0ab908010c3c13ae
Black Influencers to Follow
Want to learn more about Bitcoin before you dive right in? Understandable! There are many influencers of color who know a lot about the cryptocurrency world! Check out Dr. Boyce Watkins, a financial scholar who offers numerous courses in cryptocurrency for beginners as well as an internet club for investors. He also runs Financial Juneteenth, a cryptocurrency group specifically for black investors and it is currently one of the largest cryptocurrency-based communities on the internet, so make sure you pay it a visit! Lamar Wilson is another notable influencer, widely known for building his own blockchain company Hijro, as well as a cryptocurrency wallet, back before it was even cool! He contributes abundantly to the Financial Juneteenth group listed above, as well as teaches a class about investing in cryptocurrencies on the Black Business School site. Also follow Ian Balina, a man famous for his unique approach to ICO’s thanks to his analytics background and former employment at IBM. He currently leads a global cryptocurrency investor syndicate, and posts content on YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram. Balina’s content is so revolutionary that he has been featured in numerous articles in many different magazines, most notably Forbes and Huffington Post. If after following all of these people you are still a little lost when it comes to cryptocurrency, don’t worry! It’s a confusing field at first. Just remember that cryptocurrency is for everyone and it make take time to learn about the ins and outs of the high-level technology. There are many websites which offer free guides you can take advantage of to help you find your way. So, subscribe to a few of them, investigate your questions, and you’ll be a cryptocurrency pro in no time!
Starting a life after teaching abroad is the sour end note to most people's expat days. When I left the US for Asia in the early 2010s, the typical options for what to do after were:
Go home, try to find a job, fail, go back to Korea
Indefinite underemployment, followed by a delayed career path
Not going home. Ever.
And realistically, the options haven't changed. Making any kind of career shift is tough, especially since TEFL isn't known for its adaptability to the corporate world. The three main pathways remain, though a few offshoots have cropped up. The way the business world works has changed since earlier in the decade. With the economy stronger and the technology advancing, you can make a more seamless switch to a new career if you know what you're doing. All this advice comes from my own experience, and from the stories of other former teachers who also made it out. When you talk to them about their past lives, they always talk about it with a certain relief, warmly, though obvious glad they don't have to go back to it. I hope you get to feel that sense of relief someday as well. 1. Pick A Skill Being a decent teacher is probably a skill, but it doesn't mirror neatly with any other job. If your time abroad did actually improve your public speaking, group management, and ability to order soju with your fingers, you'd have to show that to an employer. Just writing them on a resume makes the recruitment AI tosses your CV in the recycling bin. You're going to have to build another talent. Learning to code is the common answer; common answers aren't what we're looking for. If your dream is to code then you probably already had a yen for it before you left. You don't need me to tell you how cool Node.js is. More likely, perhaps, is that your major is curséd, marred with some profitless word like 'history' or 'linguistics.' Don't fret too much - most people didn't learn anything in university. Even the STEM majors! Whatever you did prior to getting paid in foreign currency needs to be reviewed. Mine your previous interests for something profitable. College journalist? Congratulations, you write blog posts now. Art major? Better plunk down for that Adobe subscription. Don't spin the TEFL stuff too much. People can tell. The odds of finding a job are actually in your favor, provided you can do something people want. 2. Know Where To Look Most of the people I've known who've successfully 'come back' work in start-ups. The work environments are fairly similar to English academies, and the relative lack of experience isn't as notable as with enterprise companies. To figure out what you need to learn, check listings on angel.co and indeed.com. The programs, skill sets, and requirements written in job ads are basically your checklists. You don't need to pull off everything, especially if it'd cost you money or time - i.e. another degree. Work with what you have. My biggest asset in pivoting to a career as a writer was my portfolio. I hadn't done any professional writing since college, but after 5 years of teaching I'd improved somewhat anyway. I started taking gigs on Upwork, then eventually found clients in person as I traveled. (you always travel for a while after you finish teaching. It's not unemployment - it's an adventure!) Being able to show my work created a snowball effect for freelance gigs and, eventually, my full-time job. While my portfolio was (and is) more vital than my resume, there's one way to find opportunity that trumps both combined: 3. Network. Network. Network. The best part about finding a TEFL job is the absolute 0% effort you need to put in. You can spend 10 minutes on Dave's and have a reasonable first-timer offer by the time the sun rises over Mt. Fuji. Anyone who does more than a year or two of teaching will eventually realize networking is just as important in Seoul as it is in Seattle. Most TEFL jobs suck, and the people who stay somewhere for more than a year must at least tolerate it. (as with soju, beer, and garlic bread, tolerable is about as good as it gets.) There's high turnover at English schools (and startups, naturally), meaning every employee is on the lookout for new hires. People want to work with people they've met before. Your PC bang pal would much rather sit next to you at work than a complete stranger who might not pass his piss test. Closer friends can get you better gigs, but even a one-time acquaintance will put you up for something he thinks you won't fuck up. 4. Sustain Yourself. All of the above can be done while you're teaching abroad. If you're out in the bumblefuck sticks somewhere like Hokkaido or Harbin or god forbid Guro-gu then your options for meeting people are more limited, and real world connections count much more than online ones. Remember, though, that networking is technically step 3. While you should always keep yourself open to making new contacts, getting an offer is more likely when you're adept at the job description. I want to tell you to work on yourself outside of teaching hours, whiling away at the craft you've picked. Python courses, Facebook Ad certifications, Mandarin language classes if you're still clinging to that dream. And it's a perfectly reasonable proposition: study hard, work at it, and people will take note of your skill. The problem I have with this story - which is really only marginally different from my own - is that I've seen it fail more often than not. If you don't already have some buy-in on the career path you want, you'll probably just keep teaching. For example: to move into professional writing, I made sure to highlight two internships I had in college - one as an editor, the other as a transcriptionist. Neither paid, nor did they contribute much to anything but my penmanship. My English degree, while narrow in utility, did come in handy as well. The actual copywriting & content creation skills came later, but the reason I stuck with them is because I had the background. Coupled with what I taught myself, those minor resume assets I looked a lot sharper - like they were part of my development. The narrative you can tell about yourself means a lot; if TEFL is just a moment in your life out of many, you'll be more likely to find something new soon. All of this is a very flowery way to state a simple fact: it's a lot easier to lean than it is to pivot. You may have to put a heavy polish on your customer service or PC building skills, but showing you can do it is the first step to going full-time. You'll also be more likely to stick with the job hunt - which will still probably take a while. 5. Keep Traveling If you've read this far I'll assume a few things. You are:
Educated in the West, or at least at University
a native Speaker of English, of course
With few connections to the rest of the world, you may feel untethered. My advice? Keep traveling - at least for a while. Cutting your life neatly from TEFL back to the real world nets you a massive culture shock. With no real basis for what you should be doing, you're stuck between being your old self and the person you are now, who doesn't fit anymore. You'll feel connected still to where you were, and disassociated from where you are. This isn't meant to frighten you, and it doesn't happen to everyone. The feeling passes eventually, and it's sometimes the best call for certain people - particularly newlyweds who want the Western family support. If you have the potential to go somewhere new, do it. Backpack throughout the nearby countries like you couldn't do on 2 weeks vacation. Take a volunteer position on a different continent. Make a go out of being a travel blogger, affiliate marketer, or bitcoin asshole. Token attempts at a digital nomad field are actually some of the most fun to try. I'd encourage everyone to give it a shot - and former TEFL teachers are the best ones to do it. Networking is more challenging the more you move around, but you'll definitely meet a lot of people. Having a good bit of money is obviously beneficial, just like it will always be forever. If you have enough USD to live decently, you have options. There are places you can live in Asia, South America, Africa, and Europe for less than $1000 a month. Traveling, at least for a bit, can be hugely positive for your mental health. That's a big boost when you're working on getting back to a new career path. You don't want to let it turn into a resume gap, but hey - you've got that already. What's a few months? 6. Go Where The Jobs Are - Or Get Close. I don't work in my home country. I will, someday, probably, though it's just as likely I'll go somewhere new. The advantage to where I live now over Asia is time zones. The state of telecommuting has improved so much that as long as you're sharing daylight with your coworkers, you can basically work from anywhere. I go into the local office most days, but remote work is the strong thread connecting our team. My opportunities as a writer weren't as plentiful in Asia as they are in the Occident. My income was stymied by a 13 hour time difference with clients, although this won't be true for everyone. This has serious repercussions for where you choose to go. The worldwide start-up scene is doing well, though you're more likely to get hired where demand is high and supply is relatively low. Work visas are easier to get than you might think. This is where staying open comes in handy. I'd really only recommend going back home if you have a job lead already. Otherwise, your experience working and living abroad can be an asset. HR knows you're used to the ups and downs of expat living, as well as the nature of being on an international team. It's not a huge boon, but it counts. Another option is to look for a remote position. These are part of the many Catch-22s of job hunting: you have to have worked remotely before to get a remote job. It's not unheard of to go from TEFL to full-time remote, but it's not exactly easy either. Volunteering and apprenticeships help, though they're a luxury when you need money. Real-world experiences in a place you'd like to live are the best for this. They'll connect you to other volunteers who can help find you gigs. Seriously - I can't stress how beneficial this was to me, both in terms of portfolio building and networking. To fund all this, you could turn to the one thing guaranteed to make you money. It starts with VIP and ends with KID, but it really ends with you wondering why you ever listened to me. Yes, teaching English online is a steady $20/hr income, and I know more people doing that than I do start-up employees. I continue to hope all of them are taking the advice I've never directly given them, as they teach English by night and work on job hunting by day. Most of them are just living day to day. That's fine - we all do, after all - but it's basically the same as teaching at a hagwon, and as hard to get out of the longer you rely on it. Make it work for you if you try it out. 7. Be Lucky. Look, I've tried to make this comprehensive, sensible, and based on real world results. Even the smoothest transition out of TEFL is still going to be bumpy. There'll be times when you regret it all, times when you let yourself get overeager about a lead, times when you find yourself drifting through Dave's ESL Cafe, just thinking. Just a resume or two to China. You could do a year in China, right? Yeah. You could always go back to teaching. That was in the back of my mind the entire year I spent wandering through the jobless muck. It still is, in fact - you never know what might change. Both the good and the bad are unpredictable. Don't get discouraged. Be willing to change tactics when it's needed. None of my advice is iron clad, and most of it won't work for everyone. Maybe you need to be in a certain place, or a particular field, or by a certain date. Stay as flexible with your goals as you can without sacrificing your daily progress as a legitimate prospective employee. It's not easy, but I swear to you - there are payoffs. If you go about this with the right attitude, every gig, every new acquaintance, every minor victory along the road to change is going to feel really, really good. And when you do get to a place to settle, you'll look back on it all and think - damn. I'm really glad I didn't go to law school.
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TIFU by getting busted by the cops while in my bra/panties after breaking and entering to get my friend insulin posted by BombAssDay on /tifu Click here to view the post. ● 41,845 Upvotes ● 3 reward(s). ● 1 silver reward(s), 1 gold reward(s) and 1 platinum reward(s) ● Posted: 10/02/2020 at 13:11:28 UTC
Evening commute in Tokyo - Part 1, Me, Photography, 2020 posted by MewSoul on /Art Click here to view the post. ● 7,938 Upvotes ● 3 reward(s). ● 1 silver reward(s), 1 gold reward(s) and 1 platinum reward(s) ● Posted: 09/02/2020 at 13:24:56 UTC
Most Gilded Comments of the Day
IMPORTANT NOTE: This section may be not be accurate as it is under development. First Place
There's genuinely nothing quite like American optimism. `I know, I know... the done thing is to shit-talk America in threads like this, but speaking as a Brit, that's what really makes the USA special and relatively unique in terms of national histories. America is a country that's (at least theoretically) built on the idea of equality and justice quite literally for all. You had the sheer brass balls to put a big ol' statue up at one of the most trafficked entryways in the world -- yes, yes, OP's momma notwithstanding -- that literally asked the world to give you its tired, its poor, its huddled masses yearning to breathe free. You built an entire mythology around the idea that, by pulling together and with a little elbow grease, you can make something of yourself no matter where you start from.` Is it true? No, not completely -- not for a lot of people. But it *is* important. It's a hardscrabble world out there, and the idea that Americans are better because they'll do the right thing, the honourable thing, the *decent* thing no matter how hard that might be makes things a little bit brighter. It's important that the first thing countless immigrants got to see wasn't a display of America's power and strength and prosperity but of America's guidance: a torchlight in the darkness. That most mythological of figures, Superman, espouses the idea of Truth, Justice and the *American* Way for a reason. That's not because it's the way things are, but because it's the way things can be. It's something to aspire to. It's Atticus Finch and Jefferson Smith and Rocky Balboa and the Little Engine That Could. `You lose your way sometimes -- and you really, *really* do lose your way; no one should dispute that, especially given recent events -- but you're never so far gone that you can't pull your way back. America is one of very, very few countries where you always feel that that return is both possible, and something that you root for. It's the world's largest superpower that has never quite learned that it isn't the plucky underdog.` Don't let that optimism and hope for the future die out. Don't let the feeling that you can step up and change things even when the odds seem stacked against you become apathy, hate and fear. Don't be afraid to learn, to improve, to be better. I spend a *lot* of time writing about American politics, and I know full well how stressful it can be, but without hope there can be no change for the better. Improvement is aspirational, and it depends on people getting out there and choosing to try, even when it looks and feels like it makes no difference at all -- because it still does. ` If anything, that's when it matters the most -- and it's worth keeping.` posted by Portarossa on /AskReddit Click here to view the post. ● 7,346 Upvotes ● 3 reward(s). ● 1 silver reward(s), 1 gold reward(s) and 1 platinum reward(s) ● Posted: 10/02/2020 at 16:03:01 UTC
It happens across America. `Just some examples of thin blue line law and order #BlueLivesMatter` * [An inmate died after being locked in a scalding shower for two hours [skin melted off]. His guards won’t be charged.](https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/03/20/an-inmate-died-after-being-locked-in-a-scalding-shower-for-two-hours-his-guards-wont-be-charged/) ([More examples of guards laughing while murdering](https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/08/thirty-two-stories-jeffrey-epstein-prison-death/596029/)) `* [NC agencies lock down info on inmate’s death from dehydration ](https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/crime/article10122629.html)` * [Timothy Souders died of dehydration, chained to a concrete slab, on surveillance video.](https://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-death-of-timothy-souders/) `* [2 corrections officers in inmate's beating, cover-up, Feds say](https://www.nbcboston.com/news/local/2-corrections-officers-arrested-in-inmates-beating-cover-up-feds-say/2072968/)` * [Jailers shut off water to Terrill Thomas' cell, and he died of dehydration. The jail was under the leadership of then-Sheriff David Clarke, a hero to law-and-order types.](https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/29/us/milwaukee-inmate-dehydration-lawsuit/index.html) `* [Trump Pardons Convicted Crooked Cop Arpaio · The Collected Crimes of Sheriff Joe Arpaio](https://longreads.com/2017/08/28/the-collected-crimes-of-sheriff-joe-arpaio/)` >His officers burned a dog alive for no reason, then laughed as the dog’s owners cried. `>He staged a fake assassination attempt against himself, costing taxpayers more than $1 million.` * [What Dog Shootings Reveal About American Policing](https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/07/what-dog-shootings-reveal-about-american-policing/533319/) `* [US police shoot dogs so often that a Justice Department expert calls it an “epidemic”](https://qz.com/870601/police-killing-dogs-is-an-epidemic-according-to-the-justice-department/)` * [Bodycam Catches Cop Planting Drugs During Traffic Stops [parents lost their children due to these felony arrests]](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UANRvFNc0hw) `* [Cops arrest man for recording them performing illegal search. Then accidentally record themselves destroying the evidence and conspiring to charge him with a felony.](https://www.thenation.com/article/police-arrested-this-cop-watch-activist-but-then-recorded-themselves-by-accident/)` * [Cops don disguises, trash cars of man who filed complaint against them](https://www.nj.com/monmouth/2019/09/cops-don-disguises-and-trash-cars-of-man-who-filed-complaint-against-them-in-stunning-act-of-revenge-prosecutor-alleges.html) `* [Undercover reporters went to multiple police stations & attempted to get the forms to file complaints against police officers. They were refused & even threatened at nearly all of them.](https://twitter.com/IntheNow_tweet/status/1123723776280092673) ([Longer news story](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnJ5f1JMKns))` * [Police Union Complains That Public Got to See Them Roughing Up Utah Nurse](http://reason.com/blog/2017/09/27/police-union-complains-that-public-got-t) `* [I Can Breathe Shirts - NYPD Police Protest Eric Garner](https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2014/12/79850/i-can-breathe-shirts-eric-garner)` * [NYPD caught planting drugs for arrest despite effort to turn bodycam off](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrfZuPFrH8A) `* [Video shows North Carolina deputy picking up, slamming child to floor](https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/video-shows-north-carolina-sheriff-s-deputy-violently-slamming-child-n1102191?cid=public-rss_20191214)` * [Seattle police investigate viral videos showing officers attacking anti-Trump protesters · Seattle police are investigating two viral videos showing officers ramming their bikes into pedestrians ... throw him on the wall and arrest him; Another shows an officer trip on his own bike then tackle a demonstrator](https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7799359/Seattle-police-investigate-viral-videos-showing-officers-attacking-anti-Trump-protesters.html) `* [Cop Assaults Critical Mass Rider. Charges Filed Against Cyclist. Words fail when watching this clip of an NYPD officer forcibly knocking a Critical Mass rider to the pavement last Friday. The assault was caught on video by a bystander in Times Square](https://nyc.streetsblog.org/2008/07/28/cop-assaults-critical-mass-rider-charges-filed-against-cyclist/)` * [Two police officers in Roswell, Ga., used a coin-tossing app while they decided whether to arrest a woman they had pulled over for speeding.](https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/14/us/police-coin-flip-arrest.html) `* [Pennsylvania State Police crushes suspect with bulldozer, recordings vanish](https://apnews.com/c93fd1d73eb8f933080fed2321947c5e)` * [Graphic video shows Daniel Shaver sobbing and begging officer for his life before 2016 shooting](https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/12/08/graphic-video-shows-daniel-shaver-sobbing-and-begging-officer-for-his-life-before-2016-shooting/) `* [Kinsey was lying on the ground with his hands in the air and [complying] when he was shot. The officer who shot Kinsey remains employed and has not been terminated.](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shooting_of_Charles_Kinsey)` * [Cast-Out Police Officers Are Often Hired in Other Cities · An Oregon officer was barred from taking another police job after a charge involving a child. Three months later, he was a police chief in Kansas. Experts say it's a widespread problem.](https://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/11/us/whereabouts-of-cast-out-police-officers-other-cities-often-hire-them.html) `* [Kansas City, Kansas, police broke into a man’s home in the middle of the night and beat him before having him charged with battery of a law enforcement](https://apnews.com/fd1b9a575ae2af1c8da804d45c039a6a)` * [Man sues Honolulu police, city for forced urinal licking](https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/man-sues-honolulu-police-city-forced-urinal-licking-68730420) `* [SURPRISE RULING: Ga. deputies granted immunity, won’t face murder charges in Taser death. The confrontation began when Martin, an African American, made a simple request for water on a hot July evening.](https://www.ajc.com/news/crime--law/judge-deputies-won-face-murder-charges-taser-death/ehSY0KBwwVbN1vNsuTv6gL/)` * [Chattanooga police officer being sued for forced baptism and groping during a traffic stop](https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/crime/2019/10/03/tennessee-deputy-forces-womans-baptism-chattanooga-lake-lawsuit/3850537002/) `* [Louisiana Police Appear To Be Using A Hoax Antifa List Created By 8Chan To Open Criminal Investigations](https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20180902/08580340566/louisiana-police-appear-to-be-using-hoax-antifa-list-created-8chan-to-open-criminal-investigations.shtml)` * [Texas Cop Kills 2 People, Allowed to Resign, Joins New Dept, Shoots Man on 2nd Day](http://thefreethoughtproject.com/cop-found-not-guilty-deadly-shootings-joins-new-department/) `* [Texas officer wins appeal of dismissal over feces sandwich](https://apnews.com/c76f863d591b436cb1b22f4e35718ebe)` * [Texas officer sexually abuses 14 year old girl, receives no sex offender status](http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Former-HISD-officer-admits-to-fondling-middle-11170371.php) `* [threw out the felony conviction of a high school teacher accused of having sex with a student after it was revealed that the sheriff’s detective on the case was having sex with the victim and had lied... he resigned with full benefits and moved to Florida](https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/san-juan-sheriffs-use-of-courtroom-camera-to-view-jurors-notebook-lawyers-notes-sparks-outrage-and-dismissal-of-criminal-case/)` * [Cops Having Sex With Detainees Should Always Be Considered Rape, Say New York Politicians](https://theintercept.com/2017/11/02/nypd-rape-charges-new-york-law/) `* [9 Cops Show up to Hospital to Threaten NYPD's Teen Rape Victim Into Staying Silent](https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/11/02/nypd-detectives-raped-a-teen-in-the-back-of-a-police-van-after-her-arrest-prosecutors-say/)` * [No jail time for 2 NYPD officers who admitted to raping teenage prisoner](https://theintercept.com/2019/08/30/nypd-anna-chambers-rape-probation/) ` * Domestic abuse is 400% higher in the law-enforcement community` posted by NRAsays on /news Click here to view the post. ● 6,258 Upvotes ● 3 reward(s). ● 1 silver reward(s), 1 gold reward(s) and 1 platinum reward(s) ● Posted: 10/02/2020 at 16:52:53 UTC
That takes me back :) - So much has happened since that first comment... I was in a pretty dark place when I started looking for laughs with this. I had just finished cleaning out my fathers house after his death... official cause of death was \"unknown due to decomposition\" and I had been tasked to clean out his house where his body had been found. It was 100+ degrees around his house when he died and he didn't have an A/C unit. His body decomposed quickly and pretty much melted into the floor. The mattress he had died on was obviously removed... and so was the floor under it... and then the dirt under the subfloor needed to be excavated... I could never get that smell of death out of my mind and had to deal with it for the 30 days while I packed up his belongings. While cleaning out his house I found 3 suicide notes in envelopes next to several empty pill bottles... also a book on different ways of committing suicide earmarked. Most of his belongings had to be tossed out as everything smelled like death... I wasn't in a good financial place and was living in an old RV parked on some abandoned property. It was in the old RV sitting at the \"kitchen table\" when this all started - and after that first comment I laughed out loud for about 10 minutes. ` Things got better for me for a while... Bitcoin went through the roof and I had managed to get my hands on a few - so when it hit 15k or so I sold them. Bought myself a good car, sold that RV, and moved into a rental house. From there life has had it's ups and downs but that was def. a low point for me when this started... a VERY low point. In a weird way the entire Undertaker thing was a way for me to laugh and smile - something I didn't do much back then. Anyway, I know most of you are expecting this end a certain way but I wanted to get serious for a minute and mention what all this means to me. Thank you all for laughing with me... it really means a lot to me. <3 - SM` posted by shittymorph on /shittymorph Click here to view the post. ● 317 Upvotes ● 3 reward(s). ● 1 silver reward(s), 1 gold reward(s) and 1 platinum reward(s) ● Posted: 10/02/2020 at 08:23:52 UTC
We are simultaneously one of the fattest countries in the world and one of the most athletic countries in the world. Sometimes we combine the two and make Offensive and Defensive lineman. posted by RCJHGBR9989 on /AskReddit Click here to view the post. ● 10,741 Upvotes ● 2 reward(s). ● 1 silver reward(s), 1 gold reward(s) and 0 platinum reward(s) ● Posted: 10/02/2020 at 17:30:47 UTC
That's really sad. Like, really sad. I'm all for having hobbies and doing what you enjoy, but sitting on your ass 10 hours a day, *every day*, is downright pitiful. I love video games as much as the next person but I wish gamers would stop glorifying this kind of activity. It's not healthy nor impressive. Working 70 hours a week is extremely unhealthy, which is basically what this guy did, and he didnt even get paid. posted by TommyPhamsGlasses on /classicwow Click here to view the post. ● 178 Upvotes ● 2 reward(s). ● 1 silver reward(s), 1 gold reward(s) and 0 platinum reward(s) ● Posted: 10/02/2020 at 18:22:53 UTC
How to manage your online/offline purchases and why it matters
Privacy when using a debit/credit card. It's something very few think about but has, and will continue to have, far reaching concerns that are virtually impossible to correct. When you use your card, a couple things happen. The business where you made your purchase opens a profile tied directly to you and stores that indefinitely. Along with the business, your bank also gathers a significant portion of information to store indefinitely. Here's a few things that the business and bank know when you make a purchase. Business
Debit/Credit card information
The bank your card(s) are with
Itemized list of your purchases
Location of store
If you have a store rewards account, which many people do, you can add these to the list
Store you shopped at
Debit/Credit card you used
Amount of the transaction
Over time, your profile at these companies build. Full itemized purchase history, exact date and time of every purchase you've ever made down to the second, and every card you've used to buy everything. Your bank doesn't have quite as many details, but they know almost as much. Once you realize all of the information that you give off by inserting or swiping or tapping a piece of plastic, it starts to become slightly concerning. The thoughts of identity theft typically spring the the forefront and for good reason. 284 data breaches across a dozen different industries, releasing billions (with a B) of personal records and credentials is astoundingly tragic. Almost 17 million people experienced identity theft in 2017. You can walk into any local Starbucks, look around, and know that at least one person in the building has personally experienced identity theft. It's shockingly common. Even though someone can open credit cards in your name or impersonate you when opening a new account, many of these things are fixable given enough blood, sweat, and tears. The real dangers are things that are unfixable once they start. Think about these scenarios for a moment.
What if United Healthcare purchases data from Walmart and sees you purchase a 24 pack of Coca Cola once a week and have for the last six months. They might deem that to be "too unhealthy" and raise your premiums because you're a higher risk for diabetes. Maybe your dental insurance sees that too and raises premiums because you're more likely to need work done on your teeth.
What if you apply for a customer facing job at your local retail shop but they see you have weekly transactions at a therapist for the last 5 weeks. Because of that, they think you'll be too unstable or unpredictable and would rather not have you potentially causing problems with customers or management.
What if you're shopping from a hotel but they have information that says you've made purchases at Apple, Nordstroms, and the new a high end Mongolian restaurant in town. They decide to add $30 to your nightly rate because data shows people who shop at these places are wealthier on average and won't question the slight upcharge for simply having money.
A Wall Street Journal investigation found that the Staples Inc. website displays different prices to people after estimating their locations. More than that, Staples appeared to consider the person's distance from a rival brick-and-mortar store, either OfficeMax Inc. or Office Depot Inc. ODP 2.56% If rival stores were within 20 miles or so, Staples.com usually showed a discounted price.
Orbitz Worldwide Inc. has found that people who use Apple Inc.'s Mac computers spend as much as 30% more a night on hotels, so the online travel agency is starting to show them different, and sometimes costlier, travel options than Windows visitors see.
For example, Travelocity reduced the prices on 5 percent of hotel rooms shown in search results by around $15 per night for smartphone users. Interestingly, Cheaptickets and Orbitz gave unadvertised “Members Only” discounts of about $12 per night on 5 percent of hotels rooms to users who were logged-in to their accounts on the site.
Expedia and Hotels.com conduct what marketers and engineers call A/B tests to steer a subset of their users toward more expensive hotels. [...] In this case, visitors to Expedia and Hotels.com were randomly assigned to groups A, B or C based on the cookies stored on their computers. Users in groups A and B were shown hotels with an average price of $187 a night, while users in group C were shown hotels with an average price of $170/night.
Home Depot served almost completely different products to users on desktops versus mobile devices. A desktop user searching Home Depot typically received 24 search results, with an average price per item of $120. In contrast, mobile users receive 48 search results, with an average price per item of $230. Bizarrely, products are also $0.41 more expensive on average for Android users.
How to combat this
In store, it's fairly simple. Good old fashioned cold hard cash reigns supreme. There's no way to tie your purchase directly to your (assuming you don't give them a rewards account). Their system will still log the transaction, but it won't have your name sitting right beside it, which is the entire point. For those that don't want to carry "tons of cash" with them, a non reloadable* vanilla prepaid Visa card is great alternative. For a small fee (usually $5 - $7), you can go to the gas station, buy a card, and preload a few hundred bucks on to a card to use in whatever store you please. Transactions can be tracked by the card number but it's still fairly limited compared to a bank card due to no name attached which, again, is the entire point. However, if you just toss your prepaid card in the trash, someone can pick it up and that cards transactions with the information on the back of the card. *You need a non reloadable card because reloadable ones typically ask for SSN. Online purchases are just as easy but they require a couple other steps. You can use a service such as Privacy.com or Blur to generate prepaid cards on the fly to use for online purchases. You link your bank or card to them and simply go to the website to generate a card when you make an online purchase. These are great because (for Privacy.com) you can use any name and email address you want. For Blur, you use their specific address. It feels good when you can use Bobbert McBobsen at 123 Main St in Beverly Hills when buying your new rice cooker online. *These services are generally US only. Unfortunately, there isn't really a similar service in other parts of the world. Like in store, you can purchase a non reloadable vanilla Visa card at your local shop, load it up, and use it online to similar effect. A third option, for the retailers that accept it, is cryptocurrency. Most of them are not truly private but offer substantially more privacy compared to your Chase credit card. Bitcoin is the most commonly accepted but others are starting to show up as well. For most people, prepaid cards are simpler and work in just about every case, unlike crypto.
It's well worth the time and effort to build new habits around using cash or prepaid cards. Not only for today but for your future. Never forget that once your information is out there, there's no taking it back. With that said, don't stress or worry about the past. The overwhelming majority has used debit/credit cards or signed up for rewards accounts but starting today, you no longer have to feed the machine. As your data ages with nothing new coming it, it becomes less valuable, less accurate, and less trustworthy to companies. The saying "the best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago, the next best time is right now" applies just as well to privacy. For those interested in keeping up with my privacy posts, I keep them all over at /gimtayida
Lost in all directions (career + life) after a devastating breakup. Advice?
Hi guys, I'm just writing to get this off my chest and possibly get some insights from you guys. In short, I feel like my life is basically over and I'm on a path to self destruction or at best, a life of loneliness and regret. I always felt a bit like an outsider and that I never really fit in. I entered college without any direction (I was spurred more by the idea of fun and having a relationship), changed majors too many times to count (like a lot of us), and had a few major depressive episodes. One of which, was spurred on by a girlfriend that cheated on me when she went abroad and came back with a new boyfriend. I dropped out of school, felt immensely lost and depressed for having no career direction/being heartbroken and thinking I had lost "the one." When I graduated with a history degree, I moved back home with my parents and worked low wage jobs. I picked up a video camera with the absurd and idealistic goal that I could make movies, specifically film skateboarding as a career since I had a friend in the industry. I ended up moving to Seattle, worked construction, then moved to Portland as that job drove me insane. Still without direction, I floundered around Portland for a year. Moving back home, I ended up in a relationship with what amounted to be my dream parter. We had dated in high school, and she broke my heart then, but she was very much the only person I had ever experienced "love at first sight" with. At 24, I got a job filming Japanese weddings. She was working in community health, but her ambitions and intelligence pushed her for more. She is a text book striver (Ivy League grad). I had the fantasy of just starting my own wedding film business, as I enjoyed editing and filming and there wasn't much else film work in Hawaii. I quit my job, and started working for another Japanese company with a brutal work schedule. I became a salary slave working upwards of 50-60 hours. I was miserable, yet I gained decent experience to film weddings. I still held onto the dream of starting my own company. About three months ago, she got into Med School with a full ride and broke up with me in a pretty brutal way. After being in a relationship with her for four years, I came home to the apartment and she had her things packed and told me some very horrible things: "We have nothing in common, I don't want to support you, and I want to be in a relationship with someone I can learn and grow from. I'm getting older, I need to find someone I can marry." The rug was pulled out from under me so to speak. The life I had envisioned as an idealist quickly vanished: Me filming weddings and her working as a doctor. Everything I had worked for, slaving away at these Japanese companies to afford my own equipment, were all in vain. So here I am, at 28 nearing 30. I live with my parents, have zero friends since all have moved away and just stuck freelancing in an industry I hate (Japanese weddings) and which is so niche, that I can't move elsewhere to work a relevant job (unless it's filming more weddings). I have no desire to continue on this path, and have no desire to grow my little company anymore. The American weddings I've been filming recently just make me depressed. As an introvert sad guy, it is rather hard to film and edit videos of happy and mature couples. I feel like I'm some character in a dark comedy sketch, the depressed and lonely wedding videographer. I loved filming weddings when I was under the illusion of being in a dream relationship. Now that she's gone, I feel the weight of the world on me. I must face this life alone, and own up to my past failures with finding a stable careejob. There's no safety blanket of a dual income, nor the safety blanket of a deep and personal relationship. She was my world, and was all that I could have hoped/dreamed for in this life. I thought I had won the lottery with her, yet, I've just delayed my own life further in the relationship. I regret not having been more realistic, and finding a stable career while I had the comfort, stability, and happiness of being with her. I'm not suicidal per say, yet I just gaze into the void of my failed life and hope for death every night before I sleep. I can't keep on this path, chain-smoking myself to death, and being a bitter and resentful person. Everyone else I know is in a stable place, yet, here I am, still relying on my parents for shelter and social interaction. Wish I had discovered my predilection for art/film earlier and had been more directed in my life trajectory from a young age, or at least had just picked something financially stable. I'm mired in self hate, and am haunted every night by dreams of my ex. She has moved on and is totally fulfilled in her life. I provided a nice support for her while she figured her life out, and I even taught her how to drive! Well, sorry for the insanely long rant. I'm just at wits end. Considering the most random careers to go into, even including social work. Yet, I can only envision a life of loneliness and depression. Slowly slaving away to come home alone, fervently checking bitcoin's price and praying for a moon shot. A wasted life. I was given everything in this life, yet I've thrown it all away. I was happiest with her, now she's gone, and I'm becoming a miserable shut-in slowly withering away with each cigarette I smoke.
I'm not really a runner. I'm kind of into fitness but running always seemed like punishment to me. So, I signed up for a marathon. I don't know why but I'd always wanted to do one. I guess I just wanted to do something difficult. I had run a leg of the Charlotte marathon relay back in November with some co-workers, and after my 5 mile leg I guess I got the runners high. I figured no better time than now, I'm not getting any younger (35 on race day) and this thing isn't going to run itself etc. For my 5 mile run my training was a few 3 mile runs and then a few 5 mile runs. Maybe 4 runs in total. After the first few I could barely walk but after the actual relay I was feeling great, like I could have done 10 easily. The big crowd was very energizing. So I looked around on the internet for a full marathon that would fit my schedule (IE when's the next one basically, semi-local, but with enough time to train) and signed up for Oak Island. It was at the NC coast, which I had always wanted to check out. I think I signed up like 13 or 14 weeks before the marathon was set to go. I mainly followed Hal Higdon's novice supreme training schedule. For the first few weeks I kind of ran at random, but eventually I back-dated the calendar to fit the race day, if that makes sense. I think that had me running like 12 miles on my first Saturday long run. I didn't feel like I needed to start from the beginning of that program because I didn't feel like I needed to work up to running 3 miles for a long run. - However - I was pretty chronically sore during training. My right leg was always hurting, especially the calf/Achilles area. Eventually I got to where I could barely put on pants because something was hurting in my hip/groin area of the right leg. I tried stretching regularly but I'm kind of lazy/stupid and probably (obviously) didn't do it enough. I couldn't walk without a pretty severe limp for several weeks but all my runs, after the first mile or so, went pretty well. The 20 mile run I finished in 3 hours, and I only cried during the last two (was running without any water and got pretty thirsty). My knees ached a lot at the beginning but after a while they got used to it. But that calf never did really feel good. During one of my 5 mile runs I ran a 6:30 mile, which seemed pretty good. Shoutout to Kendrick Lamar to help me achieve that. During the taper I ran less than prescribed, skipping the Thursday runs and taking the last week off, skipping the 3, 4, and 2 mile runs thinking it would be good to rest and get healthy for the race. My 8 miles on the last Saturday felt great. I was still biking to work every day (9 miles round trip) so it's not like I was inactive. I was just resting my legs from the running motion. I only had 2 anxiety dreams in the weeks leading up to the race. In one I forgot to pick up my bib. In the other my shoes weren't tied and were all floppy. I had bad feelings about something driving me crazy during the race and like OCDing about my headphones or something. During training I got really into making pasta dishes. Carb loading was cool. Taking the 30 days off prior to the race from alcohol also felt pretty good.
I tried to get to sleep at a good hour the night before and was probably asleep before 11. Unfortunately I probably woke up every half hour too though, anxious to have slept through my alarm. It's the same if I have to catch a flight or something. I awoke at 4 and drove the hour from where we (wife and 2 kids) were staying to the race. I didn't really realize the geography of the towns around the race and due to probably some kind of autistic thing never really looked into it. I didn't realize until the day prior we were an hour from the race location at the house we were staying at. So I drove an hour and stopped and got a large coffee from dunkin donuts and listened to some BBC program about like bitcoin or something. Breakfast was toast with peanut butter banana and honey, similar to what I had before my long training runs. I arrived and picked up my bib, asking if it was too late to back out - that got a laugh. It was dark cold and windy. The course was to be very flat with some long down and backs. The crowd wasn't that big. The DJ was playing pump up music but at 6 AM with this small crowd in this small beach town it felt wrong. I wandered around, listening to music and trying to warm/stretch my legs. At some point I changed out of my New Balances (which at one point had hurt the arch of my foot like needles were poking into me) and put on my Nikes, which were more comfortable in general but that maybe weren't built for distance. I peed and was very nervous. They sang the national anthem and I wanted to take a knee but I'm a coward. And we were off.
Miles  to 
Was cruising at my desired pace pretty much. There were fewer people running than I had envisioned, and it was an "open course" which meant that the roads were open to traffic, which I had heard but hadn't really factored into my thought process. It was early and it's such a sleepy zone that it didn't really matter. I shed my hoodie at about mile 4 and was listening to a podcast. We did a down and back over a bridge off the island. I saw the leaders coming down the bridge as I was going up it. They were running but so was I. I had no illusions about winning the marathon but it was cool to see the leaders. Then as I went down the bridge it was cool to see the back of the pack, chugging along.
Miles  to 
My left calf, which all through the training had been solid as a rock, begins to tighten up. This was worrying. There was a down and back that turned around at about mile 10. On the way back people were kind of cheering each other on. I stopped to pee at around mile 11 and after leaving the porta potty my left knee shot with blinding pain. I let out a yelp and tried to run through it. I stopped to stretch the left calf at about mile 12 and after trying to get back on the road I realized that it wasn't going to get better. The pain was unbelievable and unlike anything I had experienced on any training run, in that it wasn't improving with movement. Usually I could just run through anything. But the leg was progressively getting worse. I was bummed. I stopped and drank at any gatorade station if I was thirsty. I spit out a lot of gatorade in the first 10 miles. I've heard that it works better if you spit it out. I dumped one cup of water on my head. The weather was pretty nice - not too hot or cold, not too sunny. The wind was blowing but half the time it was at my back. At a gatorade station about about mile 13 they said water or gatorade and I asked if they had any poison. That got another laugh.
Miles  to [26.2]
I was hobbled. I galloped as long as I could, dragging my worthless left leg, until the pain necessitated that I walk. My wife and kids met me at mile 20 or so with signs that said run. I stopped to hug them and that was a mistake - getting going again was agonizingly painful. There was one last down and back turnaround over a bridge. It was a very pretty, beachy course. My wife walked with me for the last mile and a half or so, letting me lean heavily on her. As you can see from the splits I walked pretty much all the way from mile 21 or so. At the last gatorade station I asked for a pistol - in my mind I was a horse with a broken leg. I don't think that one got a laugh. All the great slowpokes and old-timers from the back of the pack were passing me. I was worried about the rest of the day sort of -- like if I stopped walking I thought I would freeze up worse but walking was really hurting already. The last 3 miles or so were into a terrible headwind - bummer for anyone that was running and trying to make a time. I felt like I had disgraced myself. My kids walked across the finish line with me. The cheers were mild but it felt good to finish. I gave my son the huge medal they gave out. He'll share it with his little sister. I finished in 4 hours, 56 minutes. Hey, cracked 5 hours!
I got some beer and tried to stretch out. I was pretty loopy. My wife got some BBQ. The pizza was papa John's -- I took two slices to go. My MIL gave me a couple of asprin. We drove back and I chilled in this vibrating bed watching the winter olympics. The nordic long jumping skiers were so dreamy. I had a strong craving for a burger - we went out for one but it was kind of a shitty beach burger. I got a pretty good one the next day for lunch.
I don't know if I'll ever run another marathon. I'd like to work on my mile time -- that 6:30 was more fun than poking along for 20 miles and there's what seems like a pretty good track at a school near my house. However it sucks that I completed this big goal of finishing the marathon but I really don't feel good about it. I feel like walking for so long was akin to not doing it at all. Yesterday another dad from this kids club that I'm in asked if I was limping and I said yes, I "ran a marathon" yesterday, using the Chris Farley style (so I'm not "handsome," and I don't "bathe regularly"). Like it sucks that I have to put that in scare quotes in my mind. Oh well I guess it was an achievement to walk those last few miles in basically the worst pain in my life and not quit. I probably shouldn't have gotten healthy prior to running it. Practice like you play I guess - should have gone in there with a tight right calf and maybe I wouldn't have given my left leg a second thought. Who knows. If I do another one it'll be in like 5 years probably and I'd do a big city marathon - I've always wanted to go to Minneapolis. Or LA or Seattle or like Kansas City or St. Louis would be cool I feel like. No offense to Oak Island. I think they did a great job. I'd just like to do it with thousands or tens of thousands of people next time. And I would give myself enough time to fully ramp up the training and I would follow the schedule too. Taking that week off prior to the race, in hindsight, was idiotic. I was damned if I did and damned if I didn't. I guess that's how it goes with a marathon. This post was generated using the new race reportr, a tool built by BBQLays for making organized, easy-to-read, and beautiful race reports.
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