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2020.10.26 10:21 undeadunicrn Can someone please tell me if this is normal for a Chromebook, or if this is some type of malware? Something can't be right? I need knowledgeable people here to help me out, or at the very least, explain this to me, because I'm convinced this things infected! Is "Google Cheets Hardware" legit?

I've been a lifetime Windows gal, but was recently (within the last 6 months) given this HP Chromebook 15 by my boyfriend. I know absolutely nothing about Chrome OS, but I have a weird feeling something just isn't right with this thing. Am I being hacked/spied on/something!??
Is this NORMAL!?
"Google Cheets" hardware??---- is this legit? Or is it something else, because i have yet to find anything on the internet about this "Cheets" hardware my chromebook is running.... With that being said.

Every time I power wash/create new account/set up, within a few minutes, my background automatically changes to a peacock feather with a water droplet on it. When I go to the "set wallpaper" thing, it shows that this peacock feather has been selected from "My Images" despite the fact that I have no images on the device, especially not this one. Every time I change the wallpaper to something else, within 24 hours, it is automatically changed back to the peacock feather.
NOW, I never even thought much of this. I just thought "that's annoying." But this is what lead me into thinking that there's something going on here.
Sometimes weird vertical lines and discoloration appear on the screen, they are usually purple. They come and go. Sometimes certain apps (especially the ones from PlayStore) make it a lot worse to where the entire screen has purple lines. It's like certain apps regardless of where I move them on the screen are the seeing stone to these lines/discoloration. Also, sometimes a black screen makes them more prominent. They linger until they "fade" away. These also go hand in hand with discoloration of the screen. Sometimes the colors are off. In particular, greens appear as yellow, reds appear as blacks, and it's hard to differentiate. I've ran multiple pixel tests, and when these test are ran, all the colors and pixels are completely normal, as they should be, which is why I don't think it's an issue with the screen itself.
The other day I randomly clicked the browser reset button, and was completely SHOCKED when all of the discoloration/vertical lines instantly vanished. Everything was as it should be for the first time ever. Guess what else magically disappeared? The peacock feather background! My background was changed to one of the basic backgrounds. Taa-daaaa! I thought I fixed the problem!! I figured it was some type of virus that I'd gotten rid of with the browser reset.
I was WRONG.
Now, I can't remember what exactly did it... But there was that damn peacock feather again too. No matter what I do, how many times I reset, which accounts, etc. etc. this keeps happening. For some reason now, browser reset option is no longer called that, it's now just giving me the option to reset settings, which no longer is working to get rid of this thing.

When I opened task manager, I found a shit ton of tasks open that I can't find at all, even an extension that I'm unable to see/access. I'm also unable to delete any of them.

Here is the system info:
Model: hp 15-de0577wm
(Hp hardware/software info for specific model: https://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c06325430)
Device Name : Intel Kaby Lake U Chromebook
Model : nami
Manufacturer : Google
Device : nami_cheets
Board : syndra
Hardware : cheets
Brand : google
Build Fingerprint : google/nami/nami_cheets:9/R86-13421.73.0/6912093:userelease-keys



Can someone please confirm the legitimacy of this "cheets" hardware? Absolutely nothing comes up everywhere I've looked... Which makes me think I might be on to something here.
If cheets is a legit thing, then can someone explain to me why the cololines issue went away with the browser reset, and why they are only sometimes? What could this be from, and how can I fix it?

------------> Here are links to the screenshots:
(Yes, I am aware of the fact that the screenshots don't pick up on the discoloration. Actually, after I took the first screenshot the vertical lines and discoloration disappeared. (I'll continue to add to this list)
Desktop: https://i.imgur.com/GAyWFYP.png
Chrome://version page: https://i.imgur.com/W8i7vkS.png
About Page & Additional Information in Settings: https://imgur.com/gallery/yb8nqpF


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2020.10.24 06:42 TheGamingNerd010 Transported to Gravity Falls: Prologue + part 1

Prologue:
It was all just a normal day, I was just getting off the bus to go home. As I was walking there, I noticed a book sticking out of the ground. I noticed a hand and the number 3 on the cover. I go over and analyze it more.
Isn't this from that show called gravity falls? I think to myself. I pull it out of the ground, and wipe off the dirt from it. I decide to go through it quickly, just to see if anything caught my eye. Maybe I could bring it home. I've never had one of these, I said in my head. I flip to the last page of the book, and see a page of interesting words.
To enter the world of gravity falls, recite this spell:
insert a spell to send me to the gravity falls universe I'm too lazy to come up with one.
I hear a maniacal laugh, and a triangle appear in front of me.
"Oh, this has to be a joke…" I say out loud, waiting for a camera to be pointed at me. The infamous Bill Cipher appears right in front of me, and greets me.
"Hey, kid. Name's Bill Cipher, you probably know me. So, you wanted to be in Gravity Falls, eh? Alright."
I notice everything around me has stopped, as if time ITSELF has stopped. The person walking his dog, completely stopped. Not even breathing, as shown by his chest staying still.
"Oh, this is perfect! Another pawn! I shall take over Gravity Falls now, and then the whole world! Oh, and uh, check the guidelines before this happens."
I feel the wind going around me, and the page flips to the one behind it, with a list.
You will forget everything about your world, your loved ones, friends, pets, everything, unless they come with you.
You will not remember the events of Gravity Falls, as if you actually lived in that dimension.
Your dimension will burn and dissappear from existence.
If you die, you are literally dead.
BILL CIPHER COMES BACK
DO NOT DO THIS AT ALL. THIS SPELL COULD END THE WORLD WITH ANOTHER WEIRDMAGEDDON
I feel the wind around me getting stronger, and I drop the book in surprise. Bill's laugh gets louder and louder, and feel the ground disappearing below me. I look below and see a portal has appeared. I fall into the seemingly void, and see what is above me, what I know and love, seemingly disappear. The void surrounds me, consuming me. My vision becomes blurry, and my eyelids close. Everything I know, I forget just in the moment of a few seconds. My family? Gone. My friends? Gone. My dogs? Gone. I black out, before I arrive in Oregon, Gravity Falls…
Part 1:
I wake up, laying on my back. My open eyes see a bunch of trees surrounding me. I sit up, rubbing my head, experiencing a pain as if I hit something really hard. I see a little gun, with something poking out at where something should be shot out of. Like a ray gun, kind of. I pick it up and analyze it. I hear a female-ish voice come from in front of me, a bit far away,
"Grunkle Stan! I heard a noise come in the woods!"
Ah, crap, I thought. I can't remember a thing, and now people are coming to me. I hear the sounds of branches snapping and leaves moving coming closer and closer. I become more nervous the closer it gets. I look around to see if there's a way to escape, but I hear a voice that makes me jump.
"HI!" I hear a scream from. I, a bit literally, jump and scream a bit. I drop the weapon and I pick it up.
"Who are you? Where am I? Why am I here?" I point it at her, then point it at the other persons that seemingly appear from the leaves floating from the branches still attached to the trees behind her. The girl is wearing a jacket with a shooting star, a rainbow following it, an oldish looking guy having a fez on him with a symbol on it, and someone that looks a lot like the girl, but with a cap with a pine tree on it, a vest and red-orange shirt. The boy tells me to calm down,
"Hey, hey, hey, calm down. What's your name?" I think hard, before coming to the conclusion of TJ (for those who know me on the internet, this isn't my real name, so haha! It's just a nickname of mine!).
"I...think it's TJ…"
"What's that thing you're holding like a gun towards us?" The old man asks.
I shrug and look at the side, where a switch is with the word "safety" above it. I flip it off, and point it towards a tree that is around. I pull the trigger, and it pushes me back, a laser coming out and punctures a hole to the tree from one side to the other. I fall on my butt, still holding the gun. I stand back up, and the girl begs me to come with them, saying please over and over again. The boy rolls his eyes, and I finally accept. The girl runs over, grabs my wrist, and practically drags me there as fast as she can, I having to run to keep up, before she literally drags me.
I enter a shack, with a sigh going by the "Mystery Hack" with a S that has fallen off, and parts of the roof messed up. A 20 year old looking guy wearing a shirt with a question mark and a cap asks,
"Hey, Mabel, who's the little dude?"
She tells him that I'm TJ, but they still don't know much about me. I point at him and go,
"You say dude a lot. I like you. I think." He introduces himself as Soos, and then the girl, still holding on to my wrist, introduces herself.
"And I'm Mabel! I'm so glad to meet a new friend!" I look at her and pull my wrist back towards myself. The two that were with Mabel walk through the door. She runs over and introduces them, "This is Dipper! He's my twin brother, and into the paranormal here in Gravity Falls," she pulls his cap down to his face, kind of like the bullies in the movies, but more playfully, and goes to the old guy, "This is Stanley Pines, but Dipper and me call him Grunkle Stan!"
Dipper tugs on her sleeve and whispers just enough for me to barely hear it, "Mabel, it's Dipper and I…" She rolls her eyes and asks me another question.
"Where'd you come from?" Everything is a blank, and I can't remember where I'm from, or even live. I barely even remember my own name.
"I….don't know...Everything's a blank. I just…. appeared there…" All of a sudden, something grabs my wrist and I'm being dragged up the stairs. I'm starting to get tired of this, but I guess I have to do this. I am then put in a room with 2 beds, one with a bunch of girly stuff, and the other a bit plain, but still a bit messy like the other. I put two and two together and figure this is the twins' room.
"Aaaaand why must you show me this?" I ask.
"Because you're staying over here!" She exclaims.
Oh, isn't that just fantastic, I think sarcastically to myself. Dipper runs up and tells Mabel that,
"Isn't it a bit rude to take people somewhere without them asking?" She shrugs and we hear the front door open again.
"Oh! That must be Wendy!" Mabel yells.
"Uuuugh. How many more people do I have to meet?"
Mabel shrugs and says back, "Well, if you count Wendy there's 2 more."
"Are you sure?"
She nods and takes me downstairs. I see a new person that I assume is Wendy, and they are wearing a fur lumberjack hat, a green flannel shirt, pants, and a pair of boots. She looks about 15, maybe 16.
"WENDY! WENDY! MEET MY NEW FRIEND!" She says pointing at me while jumping up and down. I, just wanting to get this over with, just moves my right hand from the right over to the left, saying hi. I realize how depressed I sound, but, again, just don't care and want this to get over with.
"What's your name?" The red head asked me. I let out a "uhhhhhhhhh" before saying my name. She shrugs, and goes around the counter to only prop her feet up on the counter and read what I think is a newspaper.
"Alright. Who's the other person I need to meet?"
"That would be our uncle Ford!" Mabel exclaims. Dipper goes over to the vending machine.
"What are you-"
BANG BANG!
"Hey, Ford! Someone wants to meet-" I tell him I don't want to, but I'm being forced. "Needs. Someone needs to meet you."
"Hold on, Dipper. I got to finish this real fast." A voice calls out, a little muffled. After a few seconds, I see the vending machine act like a door.
"Does that vending machine still work? I'm curious."
The man, who looks like...Stan, was it? Anyway, he looked like him but he wore glasses, had a different hairstyle (and didn't wear the fez), a beige jacket, and a shirt the same color as Dipper's.
"Hey, who are you?"
Again, Mabel introduces me.
"I'm Ford, nice to meet you." He stretches his hand out to me, and I shake it. But it fells...off. he pulls his hand back and shows me the back of his hand, revealing he has an extra finger. "Cool, huh?" I nod, and I'm happy I don't have to meet new people.
"You want to go exploring?" Mabel asks. I shrug, and we go off. Right before we head out, however, she yells,
"WADDLES! You wanna go on a fun adventure with us?"
I hear a happy squeal and a pig running towards us. I scream and it jumps on Mabel, and she pulls out a baby carrier. I start to talk, then just don't even try and head out the door.
Dipper leads us to a tree, with a little door on it he opens. It's, what I at first think is a radio with switches on top, when he flips one of them and I hear a a machine whirring, which freaks me out.
"AH IT'S THE END OF THE WORLD WE'RE GONNA DIE!" Before Dipper shows me it was just a moving door in the ground. He pulls out a book with a hand like Ford's and a 3 on that same hand. It brings back a picture in my mind. That exact book.
"Wait, wait. I've seen this. I've seen...this cover." I take it and flip through the pages, though they don't give me anything. I go back to look at the cover, trying to figure out what it means.
Dipper awkwardly takes I back and explains what everything in it is.
"Everything in this book explains a lot about Gravity Falls. The other 2 books cover the other stuff that's not said in this."
I forget about how it is to me and we keep going through the forest. After a bit of walking, we see a statue. The statue is a triangle wearing a top hat, with one eye holding out a hand, with a crack above his eye, a yellow light glowing from it.
"And this is a creature that almost destroyed Gravity Falls we beat. Although, it didn't have a crack and most certainly didn't have a yellow light coming from it," Dipper says.
The yellow light. The one eye, the triangle, it hits me like the cover did of the book.
"I, I've seent this two, with the book, but I can't remember when…" I start hyperventilating, eventually fainting and blacking out. The last thing I see is Mabel telling Dipper that they need to tell Grunkle Stan.
I wake up to the same forest I was in, but more grayish and gloomy. I hear a laugh, and the tress around me go down, like something is forcing them. The yellow triangle floats down to the ground in front of me.
"Who are you? Where am I?" I ask him.
"Didn't you already ask those questions before? Anyway, I'm Bill Cipher. And this is what I call the mindscape. I can't say much, or you'll remember everything and my plan will be ruined. But remember…" He turns away, his back towards me, and puts his fingers in a position about to snap,
"None of this is a dream."
SNAP!
I wake back up, in a bed up in the attic with everyone staring at me. I sarcastically say to all of them,
"Well, this isn't creepy at all!"
"Look, we were worried about you!" Dipper says back. "Ford convinced Stan to order pizza, we got half a pepperoni and a box of cheese. Come downstairs."
I rub my eyes and get up. I stretch, and then head downstairs. I head into the living room where a table is, an empty plate with some pizza boxes next to it. I get the cheese pizza and get myself a slice. I start to eat it and think everything that just happened over. I finish it and head back upstairs, while everyone just looks at me go up. I head over to the window and look at it.
Will I remember anything? Will I live a new life? I sigh, and head to the bed in the opposite side of Dipper's bed, and go to sleep.
None of this…
is a dream…
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2020.10.24 04:50 OwlbearFactory Combination of the journal's red patterns with the pictures around them reveals a big mech being created and how it's been powered

Hey Guardians
After having seen the work made on this post https://www.reddit.com/raidsecrets/comments/jgx9cn/gave_a_shot_at_compiling_all_of_the_red_patterns/
And someone mentionning the Iron Man Scene where Tony Starks overlays multiple pages together to reveal the blueprints of the Mark 1 Suit ( https://youtu.be/cHCfDAEr2Hc ), I decided to do my own compilation of the red dots patterns while keeping the schmatics around and moving them with the red patterns
And here is the result (please, open it in a new tab and zoom on it because it's veeeeery dense ) : https://imgur.com/a/XtlbcWdYou will also find it in full resolution at the google drive link below if it's a bit hard for you to read the picture.
EDIT : Here is an alternate clearer version with less of the patterns and keeping only the illustrations on it and the unique graphs. For information the mech head is just at the left of the left pig. Now there is no excuse not to see the mech being constructed.
https://imgur.com/DAFJIUy
EDIT : Here is also an isolation of only the red patterns done by my bro Ewilya ( he's not on Reddit ) https://imgur.com/iFfKx15
Seems that old Clovis is building some giant mechs and using some kind of energy from beneath the ice... :)
Wild speculation warning:I'm very intrigued by the fact that we see the raid logo on the head of the character typing on his computer, then on the machine, then on the head of the mech. Could that be a hint at some kind of mind transfer?Also very intrigued by the energy used to power it up as it might be related to the glowing red in the teasers and the fact that litterally every teasers are asking us about what might lie beneath the ice.Wild speculation over.
There are several combinations possible for the middle part depending on what you overlay at the top, so here is an access to my PSD if you want to mess around with the layer order. I also put the JPG in it as it might be easier to zoom on it from google drive. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/12pTLR6svnXXI_EQ8MeHsj5lTVROS216u?usp=sharing
Most of the big red grids are here to serve as guides in order to place the different elements on the sheet. Also it seems that some of them are meant to be more or less on the top of the layer stack as some parts have the red schematics on it or not and it's probably supposed to reveal the full pattern in the end.There are some tiny alignment errors in the bottom left of the picture but we can still overlay the pictures while being sure of their positions. This was mostly due to the scans not being fully straight.
EDIT answering to this post: https://www.reddit.com/raidsecrets/comments/jh8oiv/in_response_to_the_post_with_the_dot_patterns_in/ Thanks a lot man for this discovery. After further inspection the 3 different patterns are the same but rotated and/or flipped, which is interesting because I indeed had to flip the main pattern in order to make it fit.
Here are two versions of the updated map, the one with the green part is the pattern from Titan added where it fits perfectly (though I had to flip it) https://imgur.com/UjAybjm
And here is an alternate version where the green is well placed and the yellow is kinda fitting but also adding some weird overlay, so I won't bet on it to be exact or true. https://imgur.com/8fYSVsA It's however interesting to see that it kinda "closes" the red pattern circuit. I'll investigate a bit on it tomorrow if my brain is not melting but this could potentially allow the entire placement of the objects to be partially flipped/put elsewhere and thus allow us to develop the placement of the elements even further. I've not updated the PSD because of potato internet connexion but if you dare you can simply pick the picture from imgur and place it in the PSD, it's the same size/resolution as the psd file.
There are also several other similar patterns we can see in the Arcology, especially on the walls and on some boxes. However it's always the same pattern used and it does not add anything new to the grid so I put it in blue in the graph and you'll see it adds absolutely nothing. There is definetly some re-using of assets for this puzzle.
That was my contribution, hope you find it useful. I don't know what will come out of that, but I must say I had an absolute blast doing this, was feeling like Tony Stark in the first Iron Man :)
Stay safe guardians !
EDIT : Wow didn't expect that much reactions once I launched reddit after getting up
EDIT 2 : Seems that FaeTheWolf is onto something with the pipes part, as there is a kind of sequence implied by that and the key to decipher it with the length of the pipes
https://imgur.com/a/ST1YeAR
https://imgur.com/a/QwIPwmL
EDIT 3 : Yep, there are definetly different organs, we can se an Eyeball, some kind of Lungs, some some kind of heart and a brain. It looks like a cooking reciepe from old Clovis for transferring life into a mechanical body.
EDIT 4 : I'm also intrigued by the triangle schematics that look a lot like the splinter of darkness.
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2020.10.22 14:09 Younglingfeynman The Dumbest Startup That Ever Worked — What You Can Learn From Airbnb — PART 2

Some lessons we should learn from Airbnb.
TLDR: Lesson 1: It’s possible for you to make things better. Lesson 2: Solve your own tiny problem. Lesson 3: Validate quickly and double down when it works. Lesson 4: It’s easy to connect the dots ex-post-facto. Lesson 5: Finding product/market fit from day one is fiction.
We’ll cover lessons 2 and 3 today.
P.S. This is part of an in-depth 4 part essay series. Part 4 ships in a couple hours.

LESSON 2: SOLVE YOUR OWN TINY PROBLEM

When Brian moved to SF and decided to live with Joe to figure out what their billion-dollar startup was gonna be, he quickly learned that in order to make rent in SF, you have to sell a kidney. Probably both if you’re one of those fancy, pampered types that enjoys the finer things in life such as, you know, nutrition.
He didn’t have his part of the rent though ($1150).
But that weekend, there just so happened to be an international design conference at SXSW, and they noticed that all the hotels on the website were listed fully booked.
They figured: well, designers are gonna have to stay somewhere, we don’t have the money to make rent, so what if we made a makeshift Bed and Breakfast?
[Joe Gebbia showing the email he sent Brian that kicked off Airbnb, at his Ted Talk in 2016. ]
But Brian and Joe didn’t have any beds. However, Joe had some airbeds leftover from camping so they changed their idea to an Airbed and Breakfast (Airbnb).
They ended up hosting a 35yr old woman from Boston, a 45yr old father of 5 from Utah, and a 30yr old man from India. Oh… and they made rent.
If you just want to read about Airbnb, skip the following section and pick back up at: BUILD SOMETHING SMALL THAT YOU WANT AND THINK IS DOPE.

DON’T BUILD A UNICORN, SOLVE A TINY ANNOYANCE YOU HAVE

Notice that they weren’t trying to build a unicorn. They just needed to make rent and it seemed like a cool, fun thing to try.

UBER

This is a surprisingly common theme in startups. Travis made a similar remark about the origins of Uber:
‘’When we first started it wasn’t about taking over the world. It wasn’t about taking on corruption in every city around the world. It was actually just about being baller in San Francisco.’’
Because literally every POS article on Business Insider type websites doesn’t have the accurate quote and more annoyingly can’t be bothered with a source either, here it is:
[Travis Kalanick at Startup School 2012 (2 years after founding Uber).]

APPLE

Back when computers were expensive, Woz built his own because he wanted one for himself. That was the origin of Woz, Jobs, and for 12 days Wayne’s, Apple.
‘’I had no idea that I was taking exactly the right steps up this nice smooth ladder that leads up to the Apple II.’’
Notice the nice smooth ladder he’s talking about. You start small and incrementally work your way up. You don’t start with the vision of the trillion-dollar Apple we have today.
‘’I told my father: ‘Someday, I’m gonna own a 4K Nova Computer, so I can write programs.’ And he said: ‘That’ll cost as much as a house.’ And I said: ‘I’ll live in an appartment.’ I would rather have a computer in my life than a house.’’
[Woz at the Haas School of Business]

‘’I was giving away the schematics, passing them out. No copyright notices, no nothing. Passing out the listings of the code I wrote to other people in my club [The Homebrew Computer Club]. I was saying: ‘Here, you can build your own.’ And nobody really had the time to build it. And, so Steve Jobs came by and said: ‘Why don’t we make a PC board to save them the time to build it.’
[Woz on early Apple]

BUILD SOMETHING SMALL THAT YOU WANT AND THINK IS DOPE

There’s this idea that in order to change the world you have to start with the vision to cure cancer or build a quantum computer or something.
I don’t really like that approach. Maaaybe it’s useful for a second-time founder but for a first-time founder, I think it’s way too overwhelming.
When you’re ambitions are so grandiose, it’ll scare you into inaction.
We know from BJ Fogg’s work (2009) on behavior science that if ability is low (something is extremely hard to do), then even with high levels of motivation, behavior won’t occur. And reminders (called prompts) will just make you frustrated.
But there’s another problem too. Namely, there are just so many examples of solutions to tiny irritations that escalate into big companies.
There are a few reasons for that but one of them is that it brings clarity, simplicity, and focus. My favorite example of this is The Point vs. Groupon. [4]
So be open to solving small problems in your life. Yesterday I saw Mikael Cho, founder of Unsplash, talk about this on Twitter. It’s a good reminder that small stuff really can become big.
[Cho's tweet. My $0.02.]
And if after that you’re still inspired to tackle the hard and obvious problems, you’ll be in a much more favorable position. [5]

LESSON 3: VALIDATE QUICKLY AND DOUBLE DOWN WHEN IT WORKS

They went from idea to execution fast. There was no complex infrastructure. No complicated back-end designed to handle the influx of millions of people. No, it was all very ghetto. We need to pay the rent, so can we get 3 people to pay us $80 to stay with us and sleep on our Airbeds during the conference?
Most of the time when founders do that stuff, it’s just another way to hide.
One of the best models we have today is the Kagan Validation Model: Get 3 paying customers in 48 hours without spending any money. (Sumo Group founder and early Facebook/Mint employee Noah Kagan.)
Sure, that might eliminate ideas that would’ve worked had you spend more resources (false negatives). But it also prevents you from spending months or even years on ideas that are never gonna work (false positives).
Since the latter is a far more common problem, it’s more important to prevent that from happening.
By making the system overly sensitive, you’ll prevent wasting resources on ideas that’ll never work and the stuff that does make it through your filter is much more likely to succeed.
Think about it. If you can presell something based on a phone call then that leaves all the tools in your toolbox available to grow it. Whereas if you launch with the perfect product and marketing after years of refining it behind closed doors, then where exactly are you gonna take it from there? What’s left to optimize?
This does beg the question: ‘‘Why make the system overly sensitive in the first place? Why not adjust it so it’s perfect?’’ Because that’s not possible. There’s no way to create a system that will sort good ideas from bad ideas perfectly. So you’ll always have to be biased toward identifying good ideas and throwing away good ones that seemed bad (false negative) or identifying bad ideas and continuing to work on bad ideas that seem good (false positives).
This essay Paradigm Shift: Drastically Increase The Odds of Success goes into depth on how to think about false positives and negatives.

NOTES

[4] From The Right Way To Start A Startup:
Andrew at the NY Tech Meetup in 2008:‘’The biggest mistake we made with The Point was being encumbered by this vision of what I wanted it to be. And taking 10 months to build the product and making all these assumptions of what people would want, that we then spend the next 10 months backtracking on. Instead of focussing on the one little piece of the product that people actually liked.So, uhm, If there’s any advice that I have it’s you’re way too dumb to figure out if your idea is any good*. It’s up to the masses. So build that very small thing and get it out there and keep on trying different things and eventually you’ll get it right.’’*
[5] Elon Musk is a role model for many founders nowadays but what he’s doing now is much less accessible than what Jack Dorsey, Drew Houston, or Mark Zuckerberg have done. In fact, it was so inaccessible that he couldn’t raise enough from investors. Which is why half a billion dollars in loans from the government was required. As for the hundreds of millions to kickstart Tesla and SpaceX? His own money. Which he made from… yup… internet startups. His first project was a small video game called Blastar. After that, he created Zip2 (Internet version of the yellow pages telephone directory with maps included.), then PayPal.
Also, SpaceX grew in ambition. Originally the idea was just to use 100 of the 180 million dollar payout of the PayPal acquisition to eBay, to get people excited about space again. He wanted to land a miniature experimental greenhouse containing seeds with dehydrated gel on Mars to grow plants on Martian soil, “so this would be the furthest that life’s ever traveled” in an attempt to regain public interest in space exploration and increase the budget of NASA.
As for Tesla, that wasn’t even founded by Elon. Which most founders know but gen. pop. or the up and coming founder might not. The original idea came from AC Propulsion where Tom Gage and Alan Cocconi had built the t zero.
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2020.10.21 22:39 Younglingfeynman Taking over the world is a recipe for failure. Start tiny instead - Lessons from Airbnb Part 2

Some lessons we should learn from Airbnb.
TLDR: Lesson 1: It’s possible for you to make things better. Lesson 2: Solve your own tiny problem. Lesson 3: Validate quickly and double down when it works. Lesson 4: It’s easy to connect the dots ex-post-facto. Lesson 5: Finding product/market fit from day one is fiction.
We’ll cover lessons 2 and 3 today.
P.S. This is part of an in-depth 4 part essay series. Part 4 ships tomorrow at noon (+1 GMT).

LESSON 2: SOLVE YOUR OWN TINY PROBLEM

When Brian moved to SF and decided to live with Joe to figure out what their billion-dollar startup was gonna be, he quickly learned that in order to make rent in SF, you have to sell a kidney. Probably both if you’re one of those fancy, pampered types that enjoys the finer things in life such as, you know, nutrition.
He didn’t have his part of the rent though ($1150).
But that weekend, there just so happened to be an international design conference at SXSW, and they noticed that all the hotels on the website were listed fully booked.
They figured: well, designers are gonna have to stay somewhere, we don’t have the money to make rent, so what if we made a makeshift Bed and Breakfast?
[Joe Gebbia showing the email he sent Brian that kicked off Airbnb, at his Ted Talk in 2016. ]
But Brian and Joe didn’t have any beds. However, Joe had some airbeds leftover from camping so they changed their idea to an Airbed and Breakfast (Airbnb).
They ended up hosting a 35yr old woman from Boston, a 45yr old father of 5 from Utah, and a 30yr old man from India. Oh… and they made rent.
If you just want to read about Airbnb, skip the following section and pick back up at: BUILD SOMETHING SMALL THAT YOU WANT AND THINK IS DOPE.

DON’T BUILD A UNICORN, SOLVE A TINY ANNOYANCE YOU HAVE

Notice that they weren’t trying to build a unicorn. They just needed to make rent and it seemed like a cool, fun thing to try.

UBER

This is a surprisingly common theme in startups. Travis made a similar remark about the origins of Uber:
‘’When we first started it wasn’t about taking over the world. It wasn’t about taking on corruption in every city around the world. It was actually just about being baller in San Francisco.’’
Because literally every POS article on Business Insider type websites doesn’t have the accurate quote and more annoyingly can’t be bothered with a source either, here it is:
[Travis Kalanick at Startup School 2012 (2 years after founding Uber).]

APPLE

Back when computers were expensive, Woz built his own because he wanted one for himself. That was the origin of Woz, Jobs, and for 12 days Wayne’s, Apple.
‘’I had no idea that I was taking exactly the right steps up this nice smooth ladder that leads up to the Apple II.’’
Notice the nice smooth ladder he’s talking about. You start small and incrementally work your way up. You don’t start with the vision of the trillion-dollar Apple we have today.
‘’I told my father: ‘Someday, I’m gonna own a 4K Nova Computer, so I can write programs.’ And he said: ‘That’ll cost as much as a house.’ And I said: ‘I’ll live in an appartment.’ I would rather have a computer in my life than a house.’’
[Woz at the Haas School of Business]

‘’I was giving away the schematics, passing them out. No copyright notices, no nothing. Passing out the listings of the code I wrote to other people in my club [The Homebrew Computer Club]. I was saying: ‘Here, you can build your own.’ And nobody really had the time to build it. And, so Steve Jobs came by and said: ‘Why don’t we make a PC board to save them the time to build it.’
[Woz on early Apple]

BUILD SOMETHING SMALL THAT YOU WANT AND THINK IS DOPE

There’s this idea that in order to change the world you have to start with the vision to cure cancer or build a quantum computer or something.
I don’t really like that approach. Maaaybe it’s useful for a second-time founder but for a first-time founder, I think it’s way too overwhelming.
When you’re ambitions are so grandiose, it’ll scare you into inaction.
We know from BJ Fogg’s work (2009) on behavior science that if ability is low (something is extremely hard to do), then even with high levels of motivation, behavior won’t occur. And reminders (called prompts) will just make you frustrated.
But there’s another problem too. Namely, there are just so many examples of solutions to tiny irritations that escalate into big companies.
There are a few reasons for that but one of them is that it brings clarity, simplicity, and focus. My favorite example of this is The Point vs. Groupon. [4]
So be open to solving small problems in your life. Yesterday I saw Mikael Cho, founder of Unsplash, talk about this on Twitter. It’s a good reminder that small stuff really can become big.
[Cho's tweet. My $0.02.]
And if after that you’re still inspired to tackle the hard and obvious problems, you’ll be in a much more favorable position. [5]

LESSON 3: VALIDATE QUICKLY AND DOUBLE DOWN WHEN IT WORKS

They went from idea to execution fast. There was no complex infrastructure. No complicated back-end designed to handle the influx of millions of people. No, it was all very ghetto. We need to pay the rent, so can we get 3 people to pay us $80 to stay with us and sleep on our Airbeds during the conference?
Most of the time when founders do that stuff, it’s just another way to hide.
One of the best models we have today is the Kagan Validation Model: Get 3 paying customers in 48 hours without spending any money. (Sumo Group founder and early Facebook/Mint employee Noah Kagan.)
Sure, that might eliminate ideas that would’ve worked had you spend more resources (false negatives). But it also prevents you from spending months or even years on ideas that are never gonna work (false positives).
Since the latter is a far more common problem, it’s more important to prevent that from happening.
By making the system overly sensitive, you’ll prevent wasting resources on ideas that’ll never work and the stuff that does make it through your filter is much more likely to succeed.
Think about it. If you can presell something based on a phone call then that leaves all the tools in your toolbox available to grow it. Whereas if you launch with the perfect product and marketing after years of refining it behind closed doors, then where exactly are you gonna take it from there? What’s left to optimize?
This does beg the question: ‘‘Why make the system overly sensitive in the first place? Why not adjust it so it’s perfect?’’ Because that’s not possible. There’s no way to create a system that will sort good ideas from bad ideas perfectly. So you’ll always have to be biased toward identifying good ideas and throwing away good ones that seemed bad (false negative) or identifying bad ideas and continuing to work on bad ideas that seem good (false positives).
This essay Paradigm Shift: Drastically Increase The Odds of Success goes into depth on how to think about false positives and negatives.

NOTES

[4] From The Right Way To Start A Startup:
Andrew at the NY Tech Meetup in 2008:‘’The biggest mistake we made with The Point was being encumbered by this vision of what I wanted it to be. And taking 10 months to build the product and making all these assumptions of what people would want, that we then spend the next 10 months backtracking on. Instead of focussing on the one little piece of the product that people actually liked.So, uhm, If there’s any advice that I have it’s you’re way too dumb to figure out if your idea is any good*. It’s up to the masses. So build that very small thing and get it out there and keep on trying different things and eventually you’ll get it right.’’*
[5] Elon Musk is a role model for many founders nowadays but what he’s doing now is much less accessible than what Jack Dorsey, Drew Houston, or Mark Zuckerberg have done. In fact, it was so inaccessible that he couldn’t raise enough from investors. Which is why half a billion dollars in loans from the government was required. As for the hundreds of millions to kickstart Tesla and SpaceX? His own money. Which he made from… yup… internet startups. His first project was a small video game called Blastar. After that, he created Zip2 (Internet version of the yellow pages telephone directory with maps included.), then PayPal.
Also, SpaceX grew in ambition. Originally the idea was just to use 100 of the 180 million dollar payout of the PayPal acquisition to eBay, to get people excited about space again. He wanted to land a miniature experimental greenhouse containing seeds with dehydrated gel on Mars to grow plants on Martian soil, “so this would be the furthest that life’s ever traveled” in an attempt to regain public interest in space exploration and increase the budget of NASA.
As for Tesla, that wasn’t even founded by Elon. Which most founders know but gen. pop. or the up and coming founder might not. The original idea came from AC Propulsion where Tom Gage and Alan Cocconi had built the t zero.
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2020.10.21 22:38 Younglingfeynman Taking over the world is a recipe for failure. Start tiny instead - Lessons from Airbnb Part 2

Some lessons we should learn from Airbnb.
TLDR: Lesson 1: It’s possible for you to make things better. Lesson 2: Solve your own tiny problem. Lesson 3: Validate quickly and double down when it works. Lesson 4: It’s easy to connect the dots ex-post-facto. Lesson 5: Finding product/market fit from day one is fiction.
We’ll cover lessons 2 and 3 today.
P.S. This is part of an in-depth 4 part essay series. Part 4 ships tomorrow at noon (+1 GMT).

LESSON 2: SOLVE YOUR OWN TINY PROBLEM

When Brian moved to SF and decided to live with Joe to figure out what their billion-dollar startup was gonna be, he quickly learned that in order to make rent in SF, you have to sell a kidney. Probably both if you’re one of those fancy, pampered types that enjoys the finer things in life such as, you know, nutrition.
He didn’t have his part of the rent though ($1150).
But that weekend, there just so happened to be an international design conference at SXSW, and they noticed that all the hotels on the website were listed fully booked.
They figured: well, designers are gonna have to stay somewhere, we don’t have the money to make rent, so what if we made a makeshift Bed and Breakfast?
[Joe Gebbia showing the email he sent Brian that kicked off Airbnb, at his Ted Talk in 2016. ]
But Brian and Joe didn’t have any beds. However, Joe had some airbeds leftover from camping so they changed their idea to an Airbed and Breakfast (Airbnb).
They ended up hosting a 35yr old woman from Boston, a 45yr old father of 5 from Utah, and a 30yr old man from India. Oh… and they made rent.
If you just want to read about Airbnb, skip the following section and pick back up at: BUILD SOMETHING SMALL THAT YOU WANT AND THINK IS DOPE.

DON’T BUILD A UNICORN, SOLVE A TINY ANNOYANCE YOU HAVE

Notice that they weren’t trying to build a unicorn. They just needed to make rent and it seemed like a cool, fun thing to try.

UBER

This is a surprisingly common theme in startups. Travis made a similar remark about the origins of Uber:
‘’When we first started it wasn’t about taking over the world. It wasn’t about taking on corruption in every city around the world. It was actually just about being baller in San Francisco.’’
Because literally every POS article on Business Insider type websites doesn’t have the accurate quote and more annoyingly can’t be bothered with a source either, here it is:
[Travis Kalanick at Startup School 2012 (2 years after founding Uber).]

APPLE

Back when computers were expensive, Woz built his own because he wanted one for himself. That was the origin of Woz, Jobs, and for 12 days Wayne’s, Apple.
‘’I had no idea that I was taking exactly the right steps up this nice smooth ladder that leads up to the Apple II.’’
Notice the nice smooth ladder he’s talking about. You start small and incrementally work your way up. You don’t start with the vision of the trillion-dollar Apple we have today.
‘’I told my father: ‘Someday, I’m gonna own a 4K Nova Computer, so I can write programs.’ And he said: ‘That’ll cost as much as a house.’ And I said: ‘I’ll live in an appartment.’ I would rather have a computer in my life than a house.’’
[Woz at the Haas School of Business]

‘’I was giving away the schematics, passing them out. No copyright notices, no nothing. Passing out the listings of the code I wrote to other people in my club [The Homebrew Computer Club]. I was saying: ‘Here, you can build your own.’ And nobody really had the time to build it. And, so Steve Jobs came by and said: ‘Why don’t we make a PC board to save them the time to build it.’
[Woz on early Apple]

BUILD SOMETHING SMALL THAT YOU WANT AND THINK IS DOPE

There’s this idea that in order to change the world you have to start with the vision to cure cancer or build a quantum computer or something.
I don’t really like that approach. Maaaybe it’s useful for a second-time founder but for a first-time founder, I think it’s way too overwhelming.
When you’re ambitions are so grandiose, it’ll scare you into inaction.
We know from BJ Fogg’s work (2009) on behavior science that if ability is low (something is extremely hard to do), then even with high levels of motivation, behavior won’t occur. And reminders (called prompts) will just make you frustrated.
But there’s another problem too. Namely, there are just so many examples of solutions to tiny irritations that escalate into big companies.
There are a few reasons for that but one of them is that it brings clarity, simplicity, and focus. My favorite example of this is The Point vs. Groupon. [4]
So be open to solving small problems in your life. Yesterday I saw Mikael Cho, founder of Unsplash, talk about this on Twitter. It’s a good reminder that small stuff really can become big.
[Cho's tweet. My $0.02.]
And if after that you’re still inspired to tackle the hard and obvious problems, you’ll be in a much more favorable position. [5]

LESSON 3: VALIDATE QUICKLY AND DOUBLE DOWN WHEN IT WORKS

They went from idea to execution fast. There was no complex infrastructure. No complicated back-end designed to handle the influx of millions of people. No, it was all very ghetto. We need to pay the rent, so can we get 3 people to pay us $80 to stay with us and sleep on our Airbeds during the conference?
Most of the time when founders do that stuff, it’s just another way to hide.
One of the best models we have today is the Kagan Validation Model: Get 3 paying customers in 48 hours without spending any money. (Sumo Group founder and early Facebook/Mint employee Noah Kagan.)
Sure, that might eliminate ideas that would’ve worked had you spend more resources (false negatives). But it also prevents you from spending months or even years on ideas that are never gonna work (false positives).
Since the latter is a far more common problem, it’s more important to prevent that from happening.
By making the system overly sensitive, you’ll prevent wasting resources on ideas that’ll never work and the stuff that does make it through your filter is much more likely to succeed.
Think about it. If you can presell something based on a phone call then that leaves all the tools in your toolbox available to grow it. Whereas if you launch with the perfect product and marketing after years of refining it behind closed doors, then where exactly are you gonna take it from there? What’s left to optimize?
This does beg the question: ‘‘Why make the system overly sensitive in the first place? Why not adjust it so it’s perfect?’’ Because that’s not possible. There’s no way to create a system that will sort good ideas from bad ideas perfectly. So you’ll always have to be biased toward identifying good ideas and throwing away good ones that seemed bad (false negative) or identifying bad ideas and continuing to work on bad ideas that seem good (false positives).
This essay Paradigm Shift: Drastically Increase The Odds of Success goes into depth on how to think about false positives and negatives.

NOTES

[4] From The Right Way To Start A Startup:
Andrew at the NY Tech Meetup in 2008:‘’The biggest mistake we made with The Point was being encumbered by this vision of what I wanted it to be. And taking 10 months to build the product and making all these assumptions of what people would want, that we then spend the next 10 months backtracking on. Instead of focussing on the one little piece of the product that people actually liked.So, uhm, If there’s any advice that I have it’s you’re way too dumb to figure out if your idea is any good*. It’s up to the masses. So build that very small thing and get it out there and keep on trying different things and eventually you’ll get it right.’’*
[5] Elon Musk is a role model for many founders nowadays but what he’s doing now is much less accessible than what Jack Dorsey, Drew Houston, or Mark Zuckerberg have done. In fact, it was so inaccessible that he couldn’t raise enough from investors. Which is why half a billion dollars in loans from the government was required. As for the hundreds of millions to kickstart Tesla and SpaceX? His own money. Which he made from… yup… internet startups. His first project was a small video game called Blastar. After that, he created Zip2 (Internet version of the yellow pages telephone directory with maps included.), then PayPal.
Also, SpaceX grew in ambition. Originally the idea was just to use 100 of the 180 million dollar payout of the PayPal acquisition to eBay, to get people excited about space again. He wanted to land a miniature experimental greenhouse containing seeds with dehydrated gel on Mars to grow plants on Martian soil, “so this would be the furthest that life’s ever traveled” in an attempt to regain public interest in space exploration and increase the budget of NASA.
As for Tesla, that wasn’t even founded by Elon. Which most founders know but gen. pop. or the up and coming founder might not. The original idea came from AC Propulsion where Tom Gage and Alan Cocconi had built the t zero.
[ https://youtu.be/gb9E222QsM0 ]
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2020.10.21 22:38 Younglingfeynman Taking over the world is a recipe for failure. Start tiny instead - Lessons from Airbnb Part 2

Some lessons we should learn from Airbnb.
TLDR: Lesson 1: It’s possible for you to make things better. Lesson 2: Solve your own tiny problem. Lesson 3: Validate quickly and double down when it works. Lesson 4: It’s easy to connect the dots ex-post-facto. Lesson 5: Finding product/market fit from day one is fiction.
We’ll cover lessons 2 and 3 today.
P.S. This is part of an in-depth 4 part essay series. Part 4 ships tomorrow at noon (+1 GMT).

LESSON 2: SOLVE YOUR OWN TINY PROBLEM

When Brian moved to SF and decided to live with Joe to figure out what their billion-dollar startup was gonna be, he quickly learned that in order to make rent in SF, you have to sell a kidney. Probably both if you’re one of those fancy, pampered types that enjoys the finer things in life such as, you know, nutrition.
He didn’t have his part of the rent though ($1150).
But that weekend, there just so happened to be an international design conference at SXSW, and they noticed that all the hotels on the website were listed fully booked.
They figured: well, designers are gonna have to stay somewhere, we don’t have the money to make rent, so what if we made a makeshift Bed and Breakfast?
[Joe Gebbia showing the email he sent Brian that kicked off Airbnb, at his Ted Talk in 2016. ]
But Brian and Joe didn’t have any beds. However, Joe had some airbeds leftover from camping so they changed their idea to an Airbed and Breakfast (Airbnb).
They ended up hosting a 35yr old woman from Boston, a 45yr old father of 5 from Utah, and a 30yr old man from India. Oh… and they made rent.
If you just want to read about Airbnb, skip the following section and pick back up at: BUILD SOMETHING SMALL THAT YOU WANT AND THINK IS DOPE.

DON’T BUILD A UNICORN, SOLVE A TINY ANNOYANCE YOU HAVE

Notice that they weren’t trying to build a unicorn. They just needed to make rent and it seemed like a cool, fun thing to try.

UBER

This is a surprisingly common theme in startups. Travis made a similar remark about the origins of Uber:
‘’When we first started it wasn’t about taking over the world. It wasn’t about taking on corruption in every city around the world. It was actually just about being baller in San Francisco.’’
Because literally every POS article on Business Insider type websites doesn’t have the accurate quote and more annoyingly can’t be bothered with a source either, here it is:
[Travis Kalanick at Startup School 2012 (2 years after founding Uber).]

APPLE

Back when computers were expensive, Woz built his own because he wanted one for himself. That was the origin of Woz, Jobs, and for 12 days Wayne’s, Apple.
‘’I had no idea that I was taking exactly the right steps up this nice smooth ladder that leads up to the Apple II.’’
Notice the nice smooth ladder he’s talking about. You start small and incrementally work your way up. You don’t start with the vision of the trillion-dollar Apple we have today.
‘’I told my father: ‘Someday, I’m gonna own a 4K Nova Computer, so I can write programs.’ And he said: ‘That’ll cost as much as a house.’ And I said: ‘I’ll live in an appartment.’ I would rather have a computer in my life than a house.’’
[Woz at the Haas School of Business]

‘’I was giving away the schematics, passing them out. No copyright notices, no nothing. Passing out the listings of the code I wrote to other people in my club [The Homebrew Computer Club]. I was saying: ‘Here, you can build your own.’ And nobody really had the time to build it. And, so Steve Jobs came by and said: ‘Why don’t we make a PC board to save them the time to build it.’
[Woz on early Apple]

BUILD SOMETHING SMALL THAT YOU WANT AND THINK IS DOPE

There’s this idea that in order to change the world you have to start with the vision to cure cancer or build a quantum computer or something.
I don’t really like that approach. Maaaybe it’s useful for a second-time founder but for a first-time founder, I think it’s way too overwhelming.
When you’re ambitions are so grandiose, it’ll scare you into inaction.
We know from BJ Fogg’s work (2009) on behavior science that if ability is low (something is extremely hard to do), then even with high levels of motivation, behavior won’t occur. And reminders (called prompts) will just make you frustrated.
But there’s another problem too. Namely, there are just so many examples of solutions to tiny irritations that escalate into big companies.
There are a few reasons for that but one of them is that it brings clarity, simplicity, and focus. My favorite example of this is The Point vs. Groupon. [4]
So be open to solving small problems in your life. Yesterday I saw Mikael Cho, founder of Unsplash, talk about this on Twitter. It’s a good reminder that small stuff really can become big.
[Cho's tweet. My $0.02.]
And if after that you’re still inspired to tackle the hard and obvious problems, you’ll be in a much more favorable position. [5]

LESSON 3: VALIDATE QUICKLY AND DOUBLE DOWN WHEN IT WORKS

They went from idea to execution fast. There was no complex infrastructure. No complicated back-end designed to handle the influx of millions of people. No, it was all very ghetto. We need to pay the rent, so can we get 3 people to pay us $80 to stay with us and sleep on our Airbeds during the conference?
Most of the time when founders do that stuff, it’s just another way to hide.
One of the best models we have today is the Kagan Validation Model: Get 3 paying customers in 48 hours without spending any money. (Sumo Group founder and early Facebook/Mint employee Noah Kagan.)
Sure, that might eliminate ideas that would’ve worked had you spend more resources (false negatives). But it also prevents you from spending months or even years on ideas that are never gonna work (false positives).
Since the latter is a far more common problem, it’s more important to prevent that from happening.
By making the system overly sensitive, you’ll prevent wasting resources on ideas that’ll never work and the stuff that does make it through your filter is much more likely to succeed.
Think about it. If you can presell something based on a phone call then that leaves all the tools in your toolbox available to grow it. Whereas if you launch with the perfect product and marketing after years of refining it behind closed doors, then where exactly are you gonna take it from there? What’s left to optimize?
This does beg the question: ‘‘Why make the system overly sensitive in the first place? Why not adjust it so it’s perfect?’’ Because that’s not possible. There’s no way to create a system that will sort good ideas from bad ideas perfectly. So you’ll always have to be biased toward identifying good ideas and throwing away good ones that seemed bad (false negative) or identifying bad ideas and continuing to work on bad ideas that seem good (false positives).
This essay Paradigm Shift: Drastically Increase The Odds of Success goes into depth on how to think about false positives and negatives.

NOTES

[4] From The Right Way To Start A Startup:
Andrew at the NY Tech Meetup in 2008:‘’The biggest mistake we made with The Point was being encumbered by this vision of what I wanted it to be. And taking 10 months to build the product and making all these assumptions of what people would want, that we then spend the next 10 months backtracking on. Instead of focussing on the one little piece of the product that people actually liked.So, uhm, If there’s any advice that I have it’s you’re way too dumb to figure out if your idea is any good*. It’s up to the masses. So build that very small thing and get it out there and keep on trying different things and eventually you’ll get it right.’’*
[5] Elon Musk is a role model for many founders nowadays but what he’s doing now is much less accessible than what Jack Dorsey, Drew Houston, or Mark Zuckerberg have done. In fact, it was so inaccessible that he couldn’t raise enough from investors. Which is why half a billion dollars in loans from the government was required. As for the hundreds of millions to kickstart Tesla and SpaceX? His own money. Which he made from… yup… internet startups. His first project was a small video game called Blastar. After that, he created Zip2 (Internet version of the yellow pages telephone directory with maps included.), then PayPal.
Also, SpaceX grew in ambition. Originally the idea was just to use 100 of the 180 million dollar payout of the PayPal acquisition to eBay, to get people excited about space again. He wanted to land a miniature experimental greenhouse containing seeds with dehydrated gel on Mars to grow plants on Martian soil, “so this would be the furthest that life’s ever traveled” in an attempt to regain public interest in space exploration and increase the budget of NASA.
As for Tesla, that wasn’t even founded by Elon. Which most founders know but gen. pop. or the up and coming founder might not. The original idea came from AC Propulsion where Tom Gage and Alan Cocconi had built the t zero.
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2020.10.21 22:36 Younglingfeynman Taking over the world is a recipe for failure. Start tiny instead - Lessons from Airbnb Part 2

Some lessons we should learn from Airbnb.
TLDR: Lesson 1: It’s possible for you to make things better. Lesson 2: Solve your own tiny problem. Lesson 3: Validate quickly and double down when it works. Lesson 4: It’s easy to connect the dots ex-post-facto. Lesson 5: Finding product/market fit from day one is fiction.
We’ll cover lessons 2 and 3 today.
P.S. This is part of an in-depth 4 part essay series. Part 4 ships tomorrow at noon (+1 GMT).

LESSON 2: SOLVE YOUR OWN TINY PROBLEM

When Brian moved to SF and decided to live with Joe to figure out what their billion-dollar startup was gonna be, he quickly learned that in order to make rent in SF, you have to sell a kidney. Probably both if you’re one of those fancy, pampered types that enjoys the finer things in life such as, you know, nutrition.
He didn’t have his part of the rent though ($1150).
But that weekend, there just so happened to be an international design conference at SXSW, and they noticed that all the hotels on the website were listed fully booked.
They figured: well, designers are gonna have to stay somewhere, we don’t have the money to make rent, so what if we made a makeshift Bed and Breakfast?
[Joe Gebbia showing the email he sent Brian that kicked off Airbnb, at his Ted Talk in 2016. ]
But Brian and Joe didn’t have any beds. However, Joe had some airbeds leftover from camping so they changed their idea to an Airbed and Breakfast (Airbnb).
They ended up hosting a 35yr old woman from Boston, a 45yr old father of 5 from Utah, and a 30yr old man from India. Oh… and they made rent.
If you just want to read about Airbnb, skip the following section and pick back up at: BUILD SOMETHING SMALL THAT YOU WANT AND THINK IS DOPE.

DON’T BUILD A UNICORN, SOLVE A TINY ANNOYANCE YOU HAVE

Notice that they weren’t trying to build a unicorn. They just needed to make rent and it seemed like a cool, fun thing to try.

UBER

This is a surprisingly common theme in startups. Travis made a similar remark about the origins of Uber:
‘’When we first started it wasn’t about taking over the world. It wasn’t about taking on corruption in every city around the world. It was actually just about being baller in San Francisco.’’
Because literally every POS article on Business Insider type websites doesn’t have the accurate quote and more annoyingly can’t be bothered with a source either, here it is:
[Travis Kalanick at Startup School 2012 (2 years after founding Uber).]

APPLE

Back when computers were expensive, Woz built his own because he wanted one for himself. That was the origin of Woz, Jobs, and for 12 days Wayne’s, Apple.
‘’I had no idea that I was taking exactly the right steps up this nice smooth ladder that leads up to the Apple II.’’
Notice the nice smooth ladder he’s talking about. You start small and incrementally work your way up. You don’t start with the vision of the trillion-dollar Apple we have today.
‘’I told my father: ‘Someday, I’m gonna own a 4K Nova Computer, so I can write programs.’ And he said: ‘That’ll cost as much as a house.’ And I said: ‘I’ll live in an appartment.’ I would rather have a computer in my life than a house.’’
[Woz at the Haas School of Business]

‘’I was giving away the schematics, passing them out. No copyright notices, no nothing. Passing out the listings of the code I wrote to other people in my club [The Homebrew Computer Club]. I was saying: ‘Here, you can build your own.’ And nobody really had the time to build it. And, so Steve Jobs came by and said: ‘Why don’t we make a PC board to save them the time to build it.’
[Woz on early Apple]

BUILD SOMETHING SMALL THAT YOU WANT AND THINK IS DOPE

There’s this idea that in order to change the world you have to start with the vision to cure cancer or build a quantum computer or something.
I don’t really like that approach. Maaaybe it’s useful for a second-time founder but for a first-time founder, I think it’s way too overwhelming.
When you’re ambitions are so grandiose, it’ll scare you into inaction.
We know from BJ Fogg’s work (2009) on behavior science that if ability is low (something is extremely hard to do), then even with high levels of motivation, behavior won’t occur. And reminders (called prompts) will just make you frustrated.
But there’s another problem too. Namely, there are just so many examples of solutions to tiny irritations that escalate into big companies.
There are a few reasons for that but one of them is that it brings clarity, simplicity, and focus. My favorite example of this is The Point vs. Groupon. [4]
So be open to solving small problems in your life. Yesterday I saw Mikael Cho, founder of Unsplash, talk about this on Twitter. It’s a good reminder that small stuff really can become big.
[Cho's tweet. My $0.02.]
And if after that you’re still inspired to tackle the hard and obvious problems, you’ll be in a much more favorable position. [5]

LESSON 3: VALIDATE QUICKLY AND DOUBLE DOWN WHEN IT WORKS

They went from idea to execution fast. There was no complex infrastructure. No complicated back-end designed to handle the influx of millions of people. No, it was all very ghetto. We need to pay the rent, so can we get 3 people to pay us $80 to stay with us and sleep on our Airbeds during the conference?
Most of the time when founders do that stuff, it’s just another way to hide.
One of the best models we have today is the Kagan Validation Model: Get 3 paying customers in 48 hours without spending any money. (Sumo Group founder and early Facebook/Mint employee Noah Kagan.)
Sure, that might eliminate ideas that would’ve worked had you spend more resources (false negatives). But it also prevents you from spending months or even years on ideas that are never gonna work (false positives).
Since the latter is a far more common problem, it’s more important to prevent that from happening.
By making the system overly sensitive, you’ll prevent wasting resources on ideas that’ll never work and the stuff that does make it through your filter is much more likely to succeed.
Think about it. If you can presell something based on a phone call then that leaves all the tools in your toolbox available to grow it. Whereas if you launch with the perfect product and marketing after years of refining it behind closed doors, then where exactly are you gonna take it from there? What’s left to optimize?
This does beg the question: ‘‘Why make the system overly sensitive in the first place? Why not adjust it so it’s perfect?’’ Because that’s not possible. There’s no way to create a system that will sort good ideas from bad ideas perfectly. So you’ll always have to be biased toward identifying good ideas and throwing away good ones that seemed bad (false negative) or identifying bad ideas and continuing to work on bad ideas that seem good (false positives).
This essay Paradigm Shift: Drastically Increase The Odds of Success goes into depth on how to think about false positives and negatives.

NOTES

[4] From The Right Way To Start A Startup:
Andrew at the NY Tech Meetup in 2008:‘’The biggest mistake we made with The Point was being encumbered by this vision of what I wanted it to be. And taking 10 months to build the product and making all these assumptions of what people would want, that we then spend the next 10 months backtracking on. Instead of focussing on the one little piece of the product that people actually liked.So, uhm, If there’s any advice that I have it’s you’re way too dumb to figure out if your idea is any good*. It’s up to the masses. So build that very small thing and get it out there and keep on trying different things and eventually you’ll get it right.’’*
[5] Elon Musk is a role model for many founders nowadays but what he’s doing now is much less accessible than what Jack Dorsey, Drew Houston, or Mark Zuckerberg have done. In fact, it was so inaccessible that he couldn’t raise enough from investors. Which is why half a billion dollars in loans from the government was required. As for the hundreds of millions to kickstart Tesla and SpaceX? His own money. Which he made from… yup… internet startups. His first project was a small video game called Blastar. After that, he created Zip2 (Internet version of the yellow pages telephone directory with maps included.), then PayPal.
Also, SpaceX grew in ambition. Originally the idea was just to use 100 of the 180 million dollar payout of the PayPal acquisition to eBay, to get people excited about space again. He wanted to land a miniature experimental greenhouse containing seeds with dehydrated gel on Mars to grow plants on Martian soil, “so this would be the furthest that life’s ever traveled” in an attempt to regain public interest in space exploration and increase the budget of NASA.
As for Tesla, that wasn’t even founded by Elon. Which most founders know but gen. pop. or the up and coming founder might not. The original idea came from AC Propulsion where Tom Gage and Alan Cocconi had built the t zero.
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2020.10.21 22:34 Younglingfeynman Taking over the world is a recipe for failure. Start tiny instead - Lessons from Airbnb Part 2

Some lessons we should learn from Airbnb.
TLDR: Lesson 1: It’s possible for you to make things better. Lesson 2: Solve your own tiny problem. Lesson 3: Validate quickly and double down when it works. Lesson 4: It’s easy to connect the dots ex-post-facto. Lesson 5: Finding product/market fit from day one is fiction.
We’ll cover lessons 2 and 3 today.
P.S. This is part of an in-depth 4 part essay series. Part 4 ships tomorrow at noon (+1 GMT).

LESSON 2: SOLVE YOUR OWN TINY PROBLEM

When Brian moved to SF and decided to live with Joe to figure out what their billion-dollar startup was gonna be, he quickly learned that in order to make rent in SF, you have to sell a kidney. Probably both if you’re one of those fancy, pampered types that enjoys the finer things in life such as, you know, nutrition.
He didn’t have his part of the rent though ($1150).
But that weekend, there just so happened to be an international design conference at SXSW, and they noticed that all the hotels on the website were listed fully booked.
They figured: well, designers are gonna have to stay somewhere, we don’t have the money to make rent, so what if we made a makeshift Bed and Breakfast?
[Joe Gebbia showing the email he sent Brian that kicked off Airbnb, at his Ted Talk in 2016. ]
But Brian and Joe didn’t have any beds. However, Joe had some airbeds leftover from camping so they changed their idea to an Airbed and Breakfast (Airbnb).
They ended up hosting a 35yr old woman from Boston, a 45yr old father of 5 from Utah, and a 30yr old man from India. Oh… and they made rent.
If you just want to read about Airbnb, skip the following section and pick back up at: BUILD SOMETHING SMALL THAT YOU WANT AND THINK IS DOPE.

DON’T BUILD A UNICORN, SOLVE A TINY ANNOYANCE YOU HAVE

Notice that they weren’t trying to build a unicorn. They just needed to make rent and it seemed like a cool, fun thing to try.

UBER

This is a surprisingly common theme in startups. Travis made a similar remark about the origins of Uber:
‘’When we first started it wasn’t about taking over the world. It wasn’t about taking on corruption in every city around the world. It was actually just about being baller in San Francisco.’’
Because literally every POS article on Business Insider type websites doesn’t have the accurate quote and more annoyingly can’t be bothered with a source either, here it is:
[Travis Kalanick at Startup School 2012 (2 years after founding Uber).]

APPLE

Back when computers were expensive, Woz built his own because he wanted one for himself. That was the origin of Woz, Jobs, and for 12 days Wayne’s, Apple.
‘’I had no idea that I was taking exactly the right steps up this nice smooth ladder that leads up to the Apple II.’’
Notice the nice smooth ladder he’s talking about. You start small and incrementally work your way up. You don’t start with the vision of the trillion-dollar Apple we have today.
‘’I told my father: ‘Someday, I’m gonna own a 4K Nova Computer, so I can write programs.’ And he said: ‘That’ll cost as much as a house.’ And I said: ‘I’ll live in an appartment.’ I would rather have a computer in my life than a house.’’
[Woz at the Haas School of Business]

‘’I was giving away the schematics, passing them out. No copyright notices, no nothing. Passing out the listings of the code I wrote to other people in my club [The Homebrew Computer Club]. I was saying: ‘Here, you can build your own.’ And nobody really had the time to build it. And, so Steve Jobs came by and said: ‘Why don’t we make a PC board to save them the time to build it.’
[Woz on early Apple]

BUILD SOMETHING SMALL THAT YOU WANT AND THINK IS DOPE

There’s this idea that in order to change the world you have to start with the vision to cure cancer or build a quantum computer or something.
I don’t really like that approach. Maaaybe it’s useful for a second-time founder but for a first-time founder, I think it’s way too overwhelming.
When you’re ambitions are so grandiose, it’ll scare you into inaction.
We know from BJ Fogg’s work (2009) on behavior science that if ability is low (something is extremely hard to do), then even with high levels of motivation, behavior won’t occur. And reminders (called prompts) will just make you frustrated.
But there’s another problem too. Namely, there are just so many examples of solutions to tiny irritations that escalate into big companies.
There are a few reasons for that but one of them is that it brings clarity, simplicity, and focus. My favorite example of this is The Point vs. Groupon. [4]
So be open to solving small problems in your life. Yesterday I saw Mikael Cho, founder of Unsplash, talk about this on Twitter. It’s a good reminder that small stuff really can become big.
[Cho's tweet. My $0.02.]
And if after that you’re still inspired to tackle the hard and obvious problems, you’ll be in a much more favorable position. [5]

LESSON 3: VALIDATE QUICKLY AND DOUBLE DOWN WHEN IT WORKS

They went from idea to execution fast. There was no complex infrastructure. No complicated back-end designed to handle the influx of millions of people. No, it was all very ghetto. We need to pay the rent, so can we get 3 people to pay us $80 to stay with us and sleep on our Airbeds during the conference?
Most of the time when founders do that stuff, it’s just another way to hide.
One of the best models we have today is the Kagan Validation Model: Get 3 paying customers in 48 hours without spending any money. (Sumo Group founder and early Facebook/Mint employee Noah Kagan.)
Sure, that might eliminate ideas that would’ve worked had you spend more resources (false negatives). But it also prevents you from spending months or even years on ideas that are never gonna work (false positives).
Since the latter is a far more common problem, it’s more important to prevent that from happening.
By making the system overly sensitive, you’ll prevent wasting resources on ideas that’ll never work and the stuff that does make it through your filter is much more likely to succeed.
Think about it. If you can presell something based on a phone call then that leaves all the tools in your toolbox available to grow it. Whereas if you launch with the perfect product and marketing after years of refining it behind closed doors, then where exactly are you gonna take it from there? What’s left to optimize?
This does beg the question: ‘‘Why make the system overly sensitive in the first place? Why not adjust it so it’s perfect?’’ Because that’s not possible. There’s no way to create a system that will sort good ideas from bad ideas perfectly. So you’ll always have to be biased toward identifying good ideas and throwing away good ones that seemed bad (false negative) or identifying bad ideas and continuing to work on bad ideas that seem good (false positives).
This essay Paradigm Shift: Drastically Increase The Odds of Success goes into depth on how to think about false positives and negatives.

NOTES

[4] From The Right Way To Start A Startup:
Andrew at the NY Tech Meetup in 2008:‘’The biggest mistake we made with The Point was being encumbered by this vision of what I wanted it to be. And taking 10 months to build the product and making all these assumptions of what people would want, that we then spend the next 10 months backtracking on. Instead of focussing on the one little piece of the product that people actually liked. So, uhm, If there’s any advice that I have it’s you’re way too dumb to figure out if your idea is any good*. It’s up to the masses. So build that very small thing and get it out there and keep on trying different things and eventually you’ll get it right.’’*
[5] Elon Musk is a role model for many founders nowadays but what he’s doing now is much less accessible than what Jack Dorsey, Drew Houston, or Mark Zuckerberg have done. In fact, it was so inaccessible that he couldn’t raise enough from investors. Which is why half a billion dollars in loans from the government was required. As for the hundreds of millions to kickstart Tesla and SpaceX? His own money. Which he made from… yup… internet startups. His first project was a small video game called Blastar. After that, he created Zip2 (Internet version of the yellow pages telephone directory with maps included.), then PayPal.
Also, SpaceX grew in ambition. Originally the idea was just to use 100 of the 180 million dollar payout of the PayPal acquisition to eBay, to get people excited about space again. He wanted to land a miniature experimental greenhouse containing seeds with dehydrated gel on Mars to grow plants on Martian soil, “so this would be the furthest that life’s ever traveled” in an attempt to regain public interest in space exploration and increase the budget of NASA.
As for Tesla, that wasn’t even founded by Elon. Which most founders know but gen. pop. or the up and coming founder might not. The original idea came from AC Propulsion where Tom Gage and Alan Cocconi had built the t zero.
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2020.10.21 13:45 IBMadMan I Now Know Why They Are Called Weeping Willows

The last few months have gone much less than expected or planned. For reasons beyond merely the pandemic that has impacted everyone. There are a series of more personal events that have taken turn after turn this year. They all came to a head a few weeks ago.
Let me go back a little bit first.
I first met my ex-girlfriend at the start of our sophomore year in high school. She had just moved to the area and, presumably, done a private and last minute audition. It was the first day of band camp, over thirty-eight degrees Celsius with heat index, and not a single cloud in the sky to offer even a moment of peace from the blazing sun. We were just doing movement rehearsals outside when the drum major stopped us and our director told us to take a quick ten in the shade on the nearby trail. That was the first time the drumline was near the flute section and the first time I met Helen.
Even with sweat plastering her bangs to her forehead, leaving thick trails across her summer camp shirt with the sleeves cut off, and rolling across her bare skin I was enamored. The gleam of her gray eyes rattled something deep inside of me. From the first moment I saw her, she held my complete and undivided attention. That continued through our first date, one year anniversary, and every other milestone we shared. Since that first day of band camp at the end of summer our sophomore year we were inseparable.
I mean, truly inseparable. Like, make our friends gag type of inseparable. Names carved in a heart into the thick bark of a tree in my backyard and gave our virginities to each other the night before junior prom type of inseparable. Now, the cliché is to have sex for the first time on prom night, and that was the plan. However, the night before we were teasing one another so much about it that one thing lead to another and it happened.
Anyway, as hard as we tried, we eventually accepted that we were not going to the same college. My college didn’t have a chemical engineering program. My grades weren’t getting a spot in her university. So, for the first time in over three years Helen and I would be separated for more than a week.
But, like most headstrong, lovesick, high school sweethearts we were convinced we could make long distance work. It wasn’t real long distance after all. Just a little over an hour away from one another. Easy.
Wrong.
I should have taken the hints. During the last couple of weeks before going to school, Helen started making comments about how hard long distance was and all the tragic stories she had heard. I just continued to remind her that all of those other couples were not us. It almost seemed like a stroke of fate when I got notice that my college had decided to go virtual for this semester due to the pandemic. I thought this is it, this is how we stay together a little while longer and figure it all out. That glimmer of hope splintered quickly as she told me her university was doing a hybrid of in-class and online programs, so she still had to go to campus.
Now we were going to be just under three hours apart.
On Thursday night I went over to Helen’s house to have a “going away” dinner with her and her family. We played games and talked. Eventually, after everyone else had gone to bed, Helen and I went out to the backyard where we just laid together, awake, until sunrise. That Friday morning, I helped her pack the last few things in her car, reminded her that we were going to make it work and how much I loved her, laid a deep kiss on her lips, and watched her drive away. It was one of only a handful of times Helen had ever seen me cry. That was the last time I saw her in person.
We talked every morning, texted throughout the day, and video called every night before bed. It wasn’t the same, and it sure as Hell was not enough, but it was all we had at the time. I attended my classes online and hung around with my friends from high school who were also denied access to their campuses of higher education they worked so hard to get into over the last few years. Helen told me about her lectures, labs, new people she was meeting, and old acquaintances she was reconnecting with. A girl from our high school was assigned as her roommate, so that should have given her a little touch of home.
Slowly, over the first few weeks of the semester it began fading away. Our morning calls got shorter. Texts were fewer and farther between. Video calls were cut short or sometimes missed all together. I was concerned about her mental health and wellbeing. Was the stress of her schedule too much for Helen? Was she missing home that badly? Had something happened that she didn’t tell me about?
I came to learn the truth by way of a random text. The other girl we had gone to high school with that Helen was rooming with reached out to me. I will never forget that night. My parents had taken my little sister on a trip for the weekend and left the house to me. Sitting on my porch with a few friends, we watched a summer lightning storm. It was the kind with heavy sheets of rain, but only a little thunder. The kind that lights the entire sky up in stark flashes and streaks. That’s when I got a paragraph-long text.
At first, I plainly did not believe her and just shrugging it off like some sick joke. Then I grew angry that she could even think of something like that. Finally, I gave in and listened to her story. As it turns out, Helen began cheating on me and did not know how to tell me. She had hit it off with some older guy acting as a host at a “Social Distancing Welcome Party.”
Not knowing what to do or how to process it all, I quickly sent everyone away. Standing in the yard alone, I watched the lightning and fought the urge to either scream or cry. I tried calling Helen to no answer. I texted to no response. I paced the yard like an animal, the lightning in the sky paralleling the cracking inside of me.
Then, a bolt of lightning crashed too close for comfort. The flash was enough to make me stumble back and as I regained my composure, my attention was drawn to flickering reds and yellows. They were small at first, but quickly growing. The old green and gray weeping willow tree Helen and I had carved our names and a little heart into years ago was going up in flames before my very eyes.
My first instinct was to salvage it. I wouldn’t want this landmark of our endless love to be gone when Helen and I worked through this, after all. I grabbed the first semi-practical thing within reach and ran to the tree. With a damp sheet left out on the porch, pulsing in the pouring rain, I whipped at the flame trying my damnedest to smother it. At first I was calm, but gradually grew more and more frantic. Before I knew it, I wasn’t trying to extinguish the fire as much as I was attacking the tree itself.
I froze.
A sudden and unexpected calm fell over me. I stared at the flames reaching higher and deeper into the willow’s trunk. For a brief moment, I was able to see a feminine face. It was Helen. It had to be Helen. She was taunting me. She was mocking me for not heeding her warnings or catching her signs. She knew this was going to happen. She may have even planned on it happening. I was just the fool that stood by and watched it.
My body regained control and went into autopilot. Stomping through the mud and water gathering in the yard, I went to the shed and snatched an old wooden-handled axe. Returning to the tree, I began ferociously chopping at its aged and weathered trunk. With each strike of the blade more of the wood splintered away. With each flicker of the flame I saw the carving and the face laughing at me together.
I swung that axe until the rough handle tore into my hands, leaving them little more than bloodied and blistered appendages growing numb from the rain and work. Then, I swung some more. I kept going until the handle gave in to the constant and repetitive burst, fracturing in my hands. All I could do then was fall to the ground and watch the tree burn in the storm.
Eventually, all that stood was the charred husk of a once mighty monument. Only then was I able to pull myself away and go inside for the night.
That night, I slept like a corpse.
I don’t remember dreaming, changing my clothes, or even getting into bed. Regardless, I woke up feeling beaten and worn. Of course, I was still heartbroken, but this was something deeper than that. Maybe chopping at that tree and watching it burn wasn’t as cathartic as my slightly intoxicated brain thought. Maybe I was in some walking state of conscious denial and just wasn’t ready to process everything yet and it was wearing me down from the inside.
Rolling over in bed, I checked my phone. I had a handful of texts from the friends I sent away the night before and a couple of consoling messages from the bearer of bad news. There was one single missed call from Helen from just after three in the morning.
As I placed my feet on the hardwood floor I felt a quick and cold sensation. I stepped into a small puddle with a splat. Please tell me I didn’t throw up everywhere I thought to myself. I can deal with most things pretty well, but vomit always got me. All I could do was sit there for a moment, praying internally that I wasn’t standing in some form of late night, blackout regurgitation.
Imagine my surprise and joy when I found that it was only water that I had stepped in. Just water. I took a deep, steadying breath before finally standing up. After a long and much needed morning stretch to awaken all of my joints and muscles, I started to make my way out of the room. Only, I felt more cold and heard another splash.
More water.
Clearly I tracked water through the house when I came in from the rain. A little rain water is nothing to worry about and could easily be wiped up after a cup of coffee. I walked through more water, disregarding it as just a problem for later. It wasn’t until I got to the steps that the idea occurred to me: maybe I should make sure not to splash it around and make more of a mess for myself.
At the steps I watched my footing carefully as to not disturb the water. Three or four steps down I noticed a few things. The little puddles were much smaller than my feet. But, some of the water probably already dried up, so that wasn’t too much of a surprise. They were in little patterns: an oval of the foot with smaller circles where the toes would be. Simple enough, but I could have sworn I saw the boots I was wearing by my bedroom door. Based on the patterns, the prints would have had a sixth toe on the outside of the foot roughly the same size as the big toe. Last time I checked I still only had five toes per foot. Finally, there were two sets of prints: one going up the stairs and another coming down.
Those last two realizations made my blood pump just a little bit faster. Who the Hell could have been in here? A small part of me, just the tiniest sliver in the back of my head, imagined for a fleeting moment that they were Helen’s. Maybe she heard about me finding out and she drove through the night to see me. She was just in the bathroom or something. I hoped that was the case until I remembered the sixth toe.
About that time I started to smell coffee wafting from downstairs. Someone had to be home. If it wasn’t Helen, perhaps my family was back early or a friend stopped by to check on me. The sixth toe part of things was more than likely just an effect of some water splashing or me misreading things in my waking state.
I followed the smell of coffee to the kitchen. Reaching the counter bar, just across from the coffee pot, I closed my eyes and took a long, deep inhale. Immediately, I started to gag.
A foul, putrid smell filled me out of nowhere. Rushing to the sink in case I did finally throw up, I tripped over something. With a heavy thud, I crashed to the floor, bending my wrist a little too far back and catching my chin on the top of a step stool my mom and sister use to reach the top shelf of the cabinets.
Rolling on to my back, I rubbed my face. I used my right hand at first, but the rush of pain was almost too much. Now, my focus was on massaging my injured wrist with my other hand. As my nervous system began to calm down, I propped myself up on my elbows. That’s when I saw it.
In the middle of the kitchen lay an already rotting and decay corpse of a young woman. Her skin was already gray and patchy while her hair was as lively red as a freshly formed flame. There were no eyes in their sockets and her jaw was pulled well passed as far as it should have been able to extend. A bulge protruding from just above her right shoulder looked as if her neck had been snapped.
The most high pitched and feminine scream I had ever conjured tore from my throat. Jumping to my feet I watched the body as if it was going to start moving, shambling without warning like some kind of cheesy jump scare. As I slowly crept around, still flooded with the irrational fear of the dead reanimating, a loud, screeching wail filled the room.
The alarm started going off as I noticed the source of the coffee smell. The pot itself was not brewing, but instead an old, cast iron pan I had never seen before was bellowing smoke as a pile of coffee grounds burnt on its hot, black surface.
I turned off the burner, removed the pan from the still hot burner, and covered it in baking powder before sprinting out the front door. Standing on the porch, already soaking wet from a mixture of sweat and morning humidity, I called the police. The operator started asking me questions like how the body looked and stuff like that. I told them about the wet prints, but wasn’t able to answer a few of the specifics on the body. Cautiously, I moved back into the house to try and get the information they needed.
“Sir, please stay on the line,” the woman on the other side of the line instructed me.
“Of course.”
“Dispatch is on their way. Now, can you tell me, approximately, how tall the woman is?”
I fell silent.
“Sir, are you still there?”
I couldn’t answer.
“Please respond and stay on the line until dispatch arrives.”
Without a word, I hung up the phone and stood there just staring at the kitchen.
The smoke alarm had stopped. The pan and the corpse were gone. No trace of anything that had just happened remained.
When the police finally arrived I explained the situation to them. They took pictures of the house, including the wet prints that apparently lead from the back door, up the stairs, into my bedroom, and then back out the way they came.
“You know it is a major offense to file a false police report, right, son?”
“Yes, sir. It was here. I promise you that.”
“I’m sure it was. How about you take this.” He slipped a business card into my hand. “And, ah, make sure there is actually a crime before calling us out here next time.”
“At the very least someone broke into my house last night!”
“I hardly consider some drunk fool forgettin’ he stumbled about the rain a crime. Now, you have a nice day. Ya hear?”
Before I could say anything else, the officers left my house. Walking to their car, they signaled for the other first responders that it was a false alarm with a wave of their hands. I looked at the card he had given me. It was for a drug and toxicology testing facility the next town over.
I finally got my cup of coffee and took a few minutes to recollect myself on the back porch. After a lengthy internal debate I decided to not tell my family about what happened for two reasons. First, I didn’t want to worry them in case I really had just blacked out and was slightly losing my mind. Second, I didn’t want to ruin my little sister’s weekend.
For most of the day I just lounged around the house and avoided the mountain of work that was already piling up from online classes. I played some video games and watched some purely stupid videos online. As badly as I wanted to, I avoided calling Helen again.
Late into the evening I heard a heavy wind start howling outside. The branches and needles of evergreen pines danced through the pale light of a crescent moon. It was still warm enough to warrant a tank top, but cool enough to call for jeans. The perfect seasonal cusp of weather.
Sitting outside and enjoying a smoke, I looked out to the willow tree for the first time that day. At least that was still battered and scorched. As far as I could tell, that hadn’t been some strange hallucination. I worked up the courage to go examine the remains of the tree up close.
As I reached out to touch the charred bark, I realized I was instinctively reaching to where Helen and I had carved our names all those years ago. I felt a single tear roll down my cheek. Then, as my fingertips grazed the burnt bark, a flash of scenes flipped in the front of my mind like a distorted montage. The footprints, the burning tree, the corpse in the kitchen, the face in the flame, and the coffee on the stove. All of it.
I came to, laying on the ground once again.
At this time the need to try and calm myself from the events of the last twenty-four hours faded as the need to figure out what was going on rushed in.
Getting to my feet, I ran back to the house. About halfway there, a strange noise echoed from the woods behind the house. The only way I can describe it is as if a wolf’s howl was broken and segmented like an older woman’s cackle.
I still can’t explain why, but I kicked it into double speed to get back in the house as soon as possible.
Once inside, I stood at the window just watching the woods beyond the yard. Waiting for something to emerge from the tree line, I never thought to ask myself what I would do if something did, in fact, come out. After a few minutes, only hearing the sound a couple more times, I gave up and retreated to my computer in the living room.
Hours must have passed while I sat there searching every combination of words that I could think of in failed attempt after failed attempt to find the right search engine optimized set. It wasn’t until I cut my searches down did I finally find something. I learned that burning coffee is an old trick for masking the smell of dead bodies used by homicide investigators and murders for a little over a century. It wasn’t much, but a start is a start.
“Faces in flames” just gave me a lot of angsty image results. “Seeing corpses” lead to a lot of fiction stories and helplines for potential psychological breakdowns. “Water prints” mostly offered different types of shoes to order for aquatic athletics and water color paintings.
I heard a gentle creaking noise from the kitchen. Looking over, I could see nothing but deep shadows cast across the walls from the thin moonlight. Most of the kitchen was encased in this darkness from the cabinets, refrigerator, and all sorts of other odds and ends hanging in the way. One patch of dim light had traces of the branches’ shadow dancing through it from just outside the window.
Albeit a little unsettling given the things that happened earlier, nothing seemed out of the ordinary. Rooms get darker without a light on and shadows abound. All of this is normal. But, since I was still feeling a little off, I needed to check it out further. Retrieving my phone from my pocket, I slowly brought it up and extended it in front of me. I can’t say for certain if I was going slowly to avoid making noise that would either startle whatever may be there or risk drawing more attention to myself or if I was just too scared to move at full speed. Regardless, before I could turn the flashlight on, I heard another creak.
Or, more specifically, a series of creaks. Gentle and rhythmic as if something were rocking in place. Back and forth. Back and forth. A slow, almost methodical tempo. Why I didn’t choose to approach the kitchen and just turn the damn light on is still beyond me. The most likely reason goes back to me being too afraid to move, but that is still a hard thing for me to admit, even to myself.
My thumbs slid around the screen and eventually got to where I could flip the flashlight on. Just then, the creaking stopped. I hung in that moment of thick silence before taking a deep breath. My thumb pressed against the little icon. I took another breath. My thumb released from the icon.
A flurry of noise assaulted me as the howling cackle flooded the room. Dead center in the soft light from the phone, I caught a glimpse of a figure. Feminine and lean with a protruding belly. Her skin was painfully white and marked all over with dark smudges. Wiry hair extended from her eyeless head in matted angles littered with leaves and twigs.
Her flowing, brown poncho clung to her form as she rushed towards me, cackling and howling all the way. She made her way from the kitchen, across the dining room area, and to where I stood at the invisible, but understood edge between the latter and the living room. My body tightened and coiled inward. I couldn’t see a weapon in her possession and it didn’t appear that she was going to reach out and claw me or anything. She kept straight and true, more like she was going to run into me. Maybe a tackle at most.
Bracing for impact, I felt a waft of heat. Starting as a warm breeze you may feel coming off the ocean late at night, it quickly grew into the harsh, dry burst of heat you may feel when opening the door in the afternoon of a heat advisory.
Then, nothing.
I stood there for a few moments and, as my breathing evened out, I opened my eyes to find nothing in the house. At least, as far as I could see. Maybe I am just going crazy. An internal debate waged on as I began to question my own sanity. I was conscious of myself enough to know that Helen’s actions had shaken me to a deep and foundational level, but had it been enough to actually make me lose my mind?
All of these concerns were washed away when I noticed the wet foot prints leading from the back door, through the kitchen, and then at me, disappearing just a step or two ahead of where I stood.
The idea hit me out of nowhere, much like how I expected the woman to. Rushing back to my computer, I searched two words. Cackle Howl. It took a few seconds for the page to load any results, most of which were stock audio recordings, information about some video game add-on, or links to this honestly terrible garage punk band out of Europe. It wasn’t until halfway down page four of the results that I finally find something useful.
Cackle howl, also referred to as the Late Laugh or Carolina Hyena Call, is a sound often used in Gullah folklore. The Cackle Howl is said to be the noise made by the spirit of a tormented woman, most commonly manifested as a Willow Witch, Weeping Witch, or any combination of those three words.
It is believed by many groups in the southeastern United States that some women turned evil who die before their natural time have their spirits trapped inside a weeping willow tree. This is used to explain why weeping willows tend to have shorter life expectancies (an average of 50 years) than other species as the evil spirit poisons them. If, however, a weeping willow is desecrated before the spirit has experienced their full cycle, the spirit has been released. The spirit cannot harm you or interact in any way unless summoned.
The details of summoning a Willow Witch vary by geographic region, but the call tends to be more or less similar. The oldest recorded document of the Willow Witches’ Prayer dates back to 1812 from a Carolina Plantation library.
The spirit, I do call, from the moss that fetters
The willow, she weeps so still
The witch that I seek, betrayer false matters
The weeping, more than tears, it spills
Please guide off to what I seek and teach me of your strength
For the Willow Witch knows, with noose in toe, the always proper length
The spirit, I do call, from the moss that binds
The willow, she weeps to none
The witch that I seek, she blurs the lines
The weeping has yet to begun
History of Willow Witches explains that often times individuals, most commonly women, call or summon a Willow Witch for guidance in matters of evil and acts of violence. A Willow witch must be freed from a desecrated Weeping Willow tree before summoned.
Later, the call was repurposed as a nursery rhyme, of sorts, to deter children from pursuing evil deeds by citing the last line to mean that it is them who are left weeping, not what they focus their deeds towards. The prayer not only calls a witch to you, but grants them access to interacting with you as well as the target of your bad intentions. Parents rectify saying this to children as there are no bad intentions or targets for evil in them reciting it.
I sat on the couch, leaning over to get my face as close as possible to the computer screen without smudging it with the tip of my nose. For the first time in nearly twenty-four hours, I felt like laughing. And not just a little chuckle, but bursting out into a fit of knee slapping laughter. The only thing that really stopped me was fear that someone nearby may hear it and support the idea I was going insane. But, seriously, witches is the best the entirety of the internet had for me?
In all honesty, that was probably the best thing for me to have read. It was so ridiculous that I felt at ease and was able to just close my computer and go about my night.
A few hours later, as I finally made my way to bed, I lay there just thinking about the story of the Willow Witches. The legend bounced around in my head, made me laugh once more, and I started to drift off to sleep.
Then I heard the floor boards creak. Slow and rhythmic, just like it had been in the kitchen. Back and forth. Back and forth. Surely, this was all part of a dream. It’s my fault for filling my head with this nonsense just before bed. Creak and creak. Back and forth.
Years ago I had read little tricks for waking yourself up when you realized you were in a dream. It was part of a lengthy game of what if Helen and I were playing at the time. What would you do if you figured out you were trapped in a nightmare and had to escape? A quick flash of light or making a loud noise within the dreamscape often did, supposedly. There was also the option of pinching yourself. Just, whatever you did, avoid peeing in the dream world because… well… I’m sure you get the idea.
With the bravery of existing within my subconscious, I rolled over and flipped the lamp on my nightstand on in one, fluid motion. The room burst into the dull hue of an energy efficient light bulb shielded by a thin shade. Nonetheless, it was enough. In the far corner of the room crouched the woman. This time, she stood in the light as if she were studying me for a moment. She grinned widely showing her jagged teeth filled with dirt and mud, and licked her lips.
We stared at one another for a moment before she burst into action. She nearly leapt across the room and landed next to me on the bed. I tried to get up, to run away, to grab something to fight the woman off. It was no use. She grabbed about my wrists and held me still with an unexpected strength.
Tossing and turning, I tried my best to get her off of me, but it was no use. Slowly, the adrenaline coursing through me began to fade and my body gradually went limp and gave in to her hold. Leaning in closely, so close that I could smell the rot and decay of low tide wafting on her breath, she looked deep into my eyes. At least, if felt like she did as she still bore empty sockets in her face. Her face grew serious. After a few more seconds, she nodded, kissed my forehead, and scurried out of the room.
The first thing that ran through my mind was that this was all an elaborate dream. That was, until I realized that my arms were sore and my wrist hurt from where she held me. I couldn’t feel pain if this was a dream, could I? The next thing I needed to check is if there was any evidence. Sure enough, wet prints lead through the house, across my room, and a thin puddle sat where she had been crouched in the corner. Running to the bathroom, I checked the mirror and sure enough, black and brown smudged lip prints marked my forehead.
I searched the house and could not find the strange woman anywhere. Her prints appeared to lead out the back door and dents in the still soft and damp grass told me she went to the burnt willow tree. From there, it was a mystery.
As hard as I tried, I could not fall back to sleep. I told myself again and again that it was all some strange dream. I wasn’t losing my mind, I was just a little stressed with everything going on. It would be fine. I would be fine. Everything was fine.
I wish I could say I believed any of that.
Since I could not sleep, I figured the only logical thing to do was torment myself even more. I thought about how the woman touched me and it hurt. The words from the article on Gullah folklore ran through my mind over and over again. However, the spirit cannot harm you or interact in any way unless summoned. I hadn’t summoned it in any way. I hadn’t read the prayer allowed or had any ill-will in my heart even if I had.
A little more digging online brought me some more answers a lot quicker this time. Apparently some circles of spiritualists and occultists believe in a thing called cerebral manifestation of will. The short explanation of this is that not all prayers, summons, spells, or incantations have to be read aloud. In fact, some groups argue that it is often better to do it internally so you can focus more on the words and their meanings than projecting them.
Was just reading the Willow Witch Prayer enough to summon her to me?
What ill-will did I possess to reach out to her?
And then my phone rang. It was a little before three in the morning when our old high school acquaintance called me. What else could she possibly have to tell me? If Helen want’s to apologize she was going to have to wait until I was ready to hear her voice again, then we could work on it. But, don’t have your friends start calling me. I declined the call. Almost immediately, she called again.
“Hello,” I answered in a growl.
“It’s Helen.”
“No it isn’t. What are you talking about?”
“I’m not saying it’s Helen on the phone. Helen is the problem.”
“That became clear when she cheated…”
“Listen, Helen is missing.”
“What are you talking about?”
“We had a couple people hanging out in our dorm. I ran to the bathroom and they went to grab something from their room. When we all got back, Helen was nowhere to be found.”
“I’m assuming she went for a walk. Or maybe over to her new guy’s place.”
“We already tried there! There is no trace of her.”
“Well, what the Hell are you calling me for?”
“Maybe you know something.”
“Are you accusing me of something here?”
“That isn’t what I said!”
“Then make it a little clearer.”
“Just, was she a good swimmer?”
“Come again?”
“Was Helen a good swimmer?”
“Pretty good.” What an odd question. “Why do you ask?”
“There is just water all over the place and we were wondering if she maybe went out to jump in the pond, came back to change, then went back out… I don’t know. I’m a little frantic right now!”
There is just so much water.
Those words rang in my head as I slowly put the phone down and hung up.
There is just so much water.
The cackling howl echoed from outside again. I rushed to the back door in time to see the faint outline of something fade into the burnt willow tree dragging something along with it. I opened the door and felt a light crunch and squish as I stepped out. A small box-like shape woven of Spanish Moss lay on the ground.
As I picked it up, I felt something warm drip from between the strings. Peeling the top layer back I found what looked like two white blobs with oddly familiar stunningly gray spots on them.
Without warning, I suddenly felt at ease.
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2020.10.20 06:16 Temporary_Scratch_14 SKRIBBL WORD LIST

Pac-Man
bow
Apple
chest
six pack
nail
tornado
Mickey Mouse
Youtube
lightning
traffic light
waterfall
McDonalds
Donald Trump
Patrick
stop sign
Superman
tooth
sunflower
keyboard
island
Pikachu
Harry Potter
Nintendo Switch
Facebook
eyebrow
Peppa Pig
SpongeBob
Creeper
octopus
church
Eiffel tower
tongue
snowflake
fish
Twitter
pan
Jesus Christ
butt cheeks
jail
Pepsi
hospital
pregnant
thunderstorm
smile
skull
flower
palm tree
Angry Birds
America
lips
cloud
compass
mustache
Captain America
pimple
Easter Bunny
chicken
Elmo
watch
prison
skeleton
arrow
volcano
Minion
school
tie
lighthouse
fountain
Cookie Monster
Iron Man
Santa
blood
river
bar
Mount Everest
chest hair
Gumball
north
water
cactus
treehouse
bridge
short
thumb
beach
mountain
Nike
flag
Paris
eyelash
Shrek
brain
iceberg
fingernail
playground
ice cream
Google
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unibrow
Spiderman
black
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yellow
Germany
Adidas
nose hair
Deadpool
Homer Simpson
Bart Simpson
rainbow
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building
raindrop
storm
coffee shop
windmill
fidget spinner
yo-yo
ice
legs
tent
mouth
ocean
Fanta
homeless
tablet
muscle
Pinocchio
tear
nose
snow
nostrils
Olaf
belly button
Lion King
car wash
Egypt
Statue of Liberty
Hello Kitty
pinky
Winnie the Pooh
guitar
Hulk
Grinch
Nutella
cold
flagpole
Canada
rainforest
blue
rose
tree
hot
mailbox
Nemo
crab
knee
doghouse
Chrome
cotton candy
Barack Obama
hot chocolate
Michael Jackson
map
Samsung
shoulder
Microsoft
parking
forest
full moon
cherry blossom
apple seed
Donald Duck
leaf
bat
earwax
Italy
finger
seed
lilypad
brush
record
wrist
thunder
gummy
Kirby
fire hydrant
overweight
hot dog
house
fork
pink
Sonic
street
Nasa
arm
fast
tunnel
full
library
pet shop
Yoshi
Russia
drum kit
Android
Finn and Jake
price tag
Tooth Fairy
bus stop
rain
heart
face
tower
bank
cheeks
Batman
speaker
Thor
skinny
electric guitar
belly
cute
ice cream truck
bubble gum
top hat
Pink Panther
hand
bald
freckles
clover
armpit
Japan
thin
traffic
spaghetti
Phineas and Ferb
broken heart
fingertip
funny
poisonous
Wonder Woman
Squidward
Mark Zuckerberg
twig
red
China
dream
Dora
daisy
France
Discord
toenail
positive
forehead
earthquake
iron
Zeus
Mercedes
Big Ben
supermarket
Bugs Bunny
Yin and Yang
drink
rock
drum
piano
white
bench
fall
royal
seashell
Audi
stomach
aquarium
Bitcoin
volleyball
marshmallow
Cat Woman
underground
Green Lantern
bottle flip
toothbrush
globe
sand
zoo
west
puddle
lobster
North Korea
Luigi
bamboo
Great Wall
Kim Jong-un
bad
credit card
swimming pool
Wolverine
head
hair
Yoda
Elsa
turkey
heel
maracas
clean
droplet
cinema
poor
stamp
Africa
whistle
Teletubby
wind
Aladdin
tissue box
fire truck
Usain Bolt
water gun
farm
iPad
well
warm
booger
WhatsApp
Skype
landscape
pine cone
Mexico
slow
organ
fish bowl
teddy bear
John Cena
Frankenstein
tennis racket
gummy bear
Mount Rushmore
swing
Mario
lake
point
vein
cave
smell
chin
desert
scary
Dracula
airport
kiwi
seaweed
incognito
Pluto
statue
hairy
strawberry
low
invisible
blindfold
tuna
controller
Paypal
King Kong
neck
lung
weather
Xbox
tiny
icicle
flashlight
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Zika Virus Vaccines Market Growth With Recent Trends and Demand
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2020.10.16 15:41 michaeldave25 Weekly Discussions Post: October 16th - October 22nd 2020

Weekly Discussions Post: October 16th - October 22nd 2020
All price discussion, market talk, memes, other cryptos exchanges in the daily/weekly discussion post only please.
Getting Started
To learn more please visit Elastos Academy and ElastosDeveloper
Also watch the Short Explainer Video, and "Elastos: The Modern Internet "
Elastos Website
Elastos In A Nutshell Peer to Peer Carrier Network Part 1
Elastos In A Nutshell Series: Merged Mining part 1
Elastos In A Nutshell Series: Merged Mining part 2
Elastos and Peer to Peer Carrier Network Part 1
Elastos and Peer to Peer Carrier Network Part 2
*New Elastos In A Nutshell: Carrier Network Part 3
Spotlight Series 1: Elastos Runtime aka Trinity aka Elastos Browser
Spotlight Series 2: Elastos Sidechains and Scalability
Spotlight Series 3: Elastos Hybrid Consensus and Finality of Blocks
* New! Spotlight Series 4: Elastos DID
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Recent News
The Trinity-Native Toolchain was able to build the elastOSFeeds dApp as a native android app
Elastos Bi-Weekly Update – 09 October 2020
Elastos and Chainlink Q & A Video
Elastos 3-Year Anniversary Updates
Ethereum's Rising Gas Fee Hurts DeFi and the Ethereum Ecosystem Itself
Elastos Carrier WebRTC SDK Release
Elastos 2020 Dive Deep - Interview with Kiran Pachhai
Elastos Releases DeFi Roadmap Following Chainlink Integration
DID, the W3C Verified decentralized identifier
Top 5 Enterprise Blockchain Solutions in 2020
Ethereum Sidechain is coming to elastOS, enabling smart contracts to be executed directly within the app.
Next Up: Trinity-Tech' s Zhilong Tang presents Hive, the Elastos Smartweb's one-stop shop for decentralized storage services.
The Ledger compatible Elastos Light Wallet v1.0.0 upgrade includes support for Cryptoname, consolidate function, spending password, saved wallets, and bug fixes.
Watch Gelaxy Team Lead Shunan Yu discuss the various blockchains, consensus mechanisms, and governance models employed throughout the Elastos infrastructure
DMA token mining program on ElastosDMA supernode announced
Carrier Team lead Zhilong Tang presents Elastos' Carrier network: the server-less, decentralized, end-to-end communication platform for the Modern Internet.
Unlikely Competitor: Can Elastos Network Compete with Ethereum for Enterprise Blockchain Adoption?
ELA Integration with Ledger Complete with Release of Community-built Light Wallet
Next in our Elastos video series, Feeds: the first blockchain based, decentralized social media platform.
Elastos Financial Report – First Half 2020
Listen in to Trinity Team Lead Benjamin Piette as he presents elastOS
Watch BD Lead Clarence Liu present our ETH Sidehcain: Scalable, Secure, and the home of DeFi
3 Reasons Why Blockchain Security Matters to Enterprises
Elastos Bi-Weekly Update – 28 August 2020
Second Video Update: Marketing, DeFi, B2B, and exchange listings.
Feeds v1.1.0 Capsule Released
Elastos 3-Year Anniversary Update - Tuum Tech
Five Defining Features to Build the New Generation Internet
Elastos 3-Year Anniversary AMA
Decentralized Price Reference Data Chainlink
Elastos is taking part in DecentralHacks
Elastos Bi-Weekly Update – 14 August 2020
Exploring elastOS: August 2020 Status and Future Outlook
GreenPass Presented in IEEE/ICCC 2020
The CR Regions and vulcanlink teams are actively working on the chainlink integration with the Elastos ETH Sidechain
Elastos Foundation joins elite Digital Identity Industry Working Group
Fighting the epidemic together: bithelp public welfare platform and GreenPass reached a strategic cooperation
Elaphant Team Reaches Cooperation Agreement with StorSwift, One of Filecoin’s Top Miner
The 80% burn of the CR ELA Fund is complete
Elastos Ethereum Sidechain to Offer a Cross-Chain Stablecoin Powered by Chainlink Oracles
CR Token Burn Announcement
Want to create your own .ela domain in just 3 minutes?
Tuum Technologies' Vouch dApp on elastOS now enables verification for W3C compliant DIDs. Verify your DID today.
Onsale - the Elastos NFT (Non-Fungible Token) Marketplace created by our very own Elastos DMA Team is now available for download in the Google Play Store and in web version.
The 80% CR Token Burn has Passed
We are pleased to announce the launch of the new Elastos.Info website!
CryptoName is now live on Elastos ETH Sidechain!
Song Sjun from the Elaphant Team shares his opinion on the CR Council and how to handle the ELA Fund
CR Regions has launched the CR Exchange Fund
Congratulations to the First Winner of the CR Council Election!
elastOS: New Strategic Direction
The CR ETH Task Force has joined the Ren Alliance
Elastos Ecosystem Terminology: A Beginner’s Guide
The GreenPass App by Elastos DMA is designed for health and public safety during COVIDー19
Two new dApps have been released on elastOS
Looking for updates on all of Elastos’ various projects? Then check out our regularly updated Modules Status on the Elastos Developer portal
Exploring elastOS: The DID dApp
The Problems being Encountered by Blockchain Ecosystems, and How Elastos has Already Solved Them
Exploring elastOS: What is elastOS?
Elastos DID Sidechain Upgrade and Java SDK Release
Elastos Ethereum Sidechain Live For Public Use
The Blockchain Ledger is Not a True Account Book
Elastos: Behind the Blockchain
Elastos Smartweb is a Computer
Cyber Republic Signs MoU with Dacsee To Utilize Elastos’ Ethereum Sidechain
ETH and NEO Sidechains to Open for Whitelisted Partners and Developers
The Elastos Foundation Joins W3C and DIF
Updated Main Net Development Roadmap
Supernode Setup Automation Script
Elastos Team Structure
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Green Lights And Guides
Elastos Developer Workshop #2: How to set up a Supernode
Elastos Developer Workshop #1: Running Private Net
Cyber Republic Constitution Open For Community Feedback
Set Up Your Own Carrier Node on MAC
Set Up Your Own Carrier Node on PC (Credit Chinicci)
Track The Node Count Of The Elastos Decentralized Carrier Network(credit Jimmy Lipham)
Elastos is hiring community managers, partnership managers, marketers, evangelists, technical writers, DApp developers, Engineers
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Yellow Lights
Ledger Nano App is complete and waiting for approval thanks to u/coranos2
Red Lights
Useful Links
Elastos Medium link
ELA NEWS Site
Github
Cyber Republic
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Only Buy ELA from these exchanges
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Buy ELA on HBUS
Buy ELA on Bcex
Buy ELA on Coinegg
Buy ELA on Kucoin
Buy ELA on CoinSpot
Buy ELA on GAEX
Buy ELA on BTCTrade
Buy ELA on CoolCoin
Buy ELA on LBank
Buy ELA on BitZ
Buy ELA on BitPlace
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Rules
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Matters And Opinions Pertaining To The ELA Token Price and Exchanges Are To Be Confined To The Daily Discussion Thread
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Other Channels To Follow
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Cyber Republic LinkedIn
Cyber Republic Instagram
Cyber Republic Facebook Page
Cyber Republic Facebook GroupWeekly Discussions Post: May 29th -June 4th 2020
All price discussion, market talk, memes, other cryptos exchanges in the daily/weekly discussion post only please.
Getting Started
To learn more please visit Elastos Academy and ElastosDeveloper
Also watch the Short Explainer Video, and "Elastos: The Modern Internet "
Elastos Website
Elastos In A Nutshell Peer to Peer Carrier Network Part 1
Elastos In A Nutshell Series: Merged Mining part 1
Elastos In A Nutshell Series: Merged Mining part 2
Elastos and Peer to Peer Carrier Network Part 1
Elastos and Peer to Peer Carrier Network Part 2
*New Elastos In A Nutshell: Carrier Network Part 3
Spotlight Series 1: Elastos Runtime aka Trinity aka Elastos Browser
Spotlight Series 2: Elastos Sidechains and Scalability
Spotlight Series 3: Elastos Hybrid Consensus and Finality of Blocks
* New! Spotlight Series 4: Elastos DID
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Recent News
ELA Node v.0.5.0 and CRC Supernode Announcement
CR Council Election and ELA Node Upgrade Announcement
elastOS Challenges for NY Blockchain Week Hackathon
Elastos is sponsoring the NY Blockchain Week Hackathon hosted by gitcoin
The CR ETH Task Force has joined the Ren Alliance
Elastos Ecosystem Terminology: A Beginner’s Guide
The GreenPass App by Elastos DMA is designed for health and public safety during COVIDー19
Two new dApps have been released on elastOS
Looking for updates on all of Elastos’ various projects? Then check out our regularly updated Modules Status on the Elastos Developer portal
Exploring elastOS: What’s Ahead
CRC Schedule Update
End of Year Report 2019
Elastos Financial Report – July-December 2019
Exploring elastOS: The DID dApp
The Problems being Encountered by Blockchain Ecosystems, and How Elastos has Already Solved Them
Exploring elastOS: What is elastOS?
Feng Han at the Geneva Blockchain Congress
elastOS: The Gateway to the Smartweb, Released For Android Devices
Elastos DID Sidechain Upgrade and Java SDK Release
CR Council Election Rules
Cyber Republic Interim Council Update
Elastos Ethereum Sidechain Live For Public Use
The Blockchain Ledger is Not a True Account Book
Elastos: Behind the Blockchain
Elastos Smartweb is a Computer
Cyber Republic Signs MoU with Dacsee To Utilize Elastos’ Ethereum Sidechain
ETH and NEO Sidechains to Open for Whitelisted Partners and Developers
The Elastos Foundation Joins W3C and DIF
Updated Main Net Development Roadmap
Supernode Setup Automation Script
Elastos Team Structure
___________________________________________________________________________________
Green Lights And Guides
Elastos Developer Workshop #2: How to set up a Supernode
Elastos Developer Workshop #1: Running Private Net
Cyber Republic Constitution Open For Community Feedback
Set Up Your Own Carrier Node on MAC
Set Up Your Own Carrier Node on PC (Credit Chinicci)
Track The Node Count Of The Elastos Decentralized Carrier Network(credit Jimmy Lipham)
Elastos is hiring community managers, partnership managers, marketers, evangelists, technical writers, DApp developers, Engineers
___________________________________________________________________________________
Yellow Lights
Ledger Nano App is complete and waiting for approval thanks to u/coranos2
Red Lights
Useful Links
Elastos Medium link
ELA NEWS Site
Github
Cyber Republic
___________________________________________________________________________________
Only Buy ELA from these exchanges
Buy ELA on Huobi
Buy ELA on HBUS
Buy ELA on Bcex
Buy ELA on Coinegg
Buy ELA on Kucoin
Buy ELA on CoinSpot
Buy ELA on GAEX
Buy ELA on BTCTrade
Buy ELA on CoolCoin
Buy ELA on LBank
Buy ELA on BitZ
Buy ELA on BitPlace
___________________________________________________________________________________
Rules
Please Read The Elastos Subreddit Rules
Matters And Opinions Pertaining To The ELA Token Price and Exchanges Are To Be Confined To The Daily Discussion Thread
___________________________________________________________________________________
Other Channels To Follow
Elastos Official Website
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2020.10.16 09:43 BlogByPratz What are the Marketing strategies for Grand Opening?

What are the Marketing strategies for Grand Opening?
Anticipation is the key to a successful grand opening. Building that feeling among your target market is another story. Developing your marketing strategy for your Grand Opening can be daunting as a new business and marketing team. After you've set your budget and planned the event, you need to discuss where you're going to market it.
For local businesses, it can be hard to get customers through the door. As a marketer, the first step is to let them know you're there. Ultimately, your grand opening marketing should help your business build relationships and create buzz with your audience.
Below, let's review where to and when you should market your grand opening which will require time, consistency and a little creativity to be successful.
Run a Traditional Sign Campaign
Developing a sign campaign is key for any local business. The people that regularly pass by your business are most likely to come in, so having a “Coming Soon” sign out front with your business name will spark interest among those people. Once you have a set date for the opening, you can change the sign to include the date so people know when they can come see your business.
Any sign you have should incorporate your online assets. Use a QR code or a shortened URL to let people easily visit your website, Facebook or Twitter. You can also start building your email list this way. Offer a discount to people who sign up for your newsletter, and include the URL for the sign-up page. Send them the discount coupon in their email so they have to use a valid email, and email them again a week before, the day before, and the day of your opening to remind them.
Build Your Audience with Social Media
Social media is tricky for businesses that aren’t open yet. Liking something on Facebook is equivalent to an endorsement, so if someone hasn’t yet experienced your business, they might be reluctant to endorse you. That doesn’t mean you should ignore it though.
Social media is an inexpensive way to establish your presence online. Being present on both Facebook and major review websites and yellow pages are a must for local businesses according to Marketing Agency in Mumbai.
Once people reach your page, you need to encourage them to like or share your page. Running contests and promotions is one way, but something a bit more targeted is ideal. One way of getting people to like your pages is to find early adopters; people who are particularly passionate about the product or service you offer and want to try it right away. The internet offers great solutions to this.
Offer Freebies
You probably already know that people like free things. When it comes to your grand opening, which might mean free drinks, appetizers or even a free T-shirt. There are a couple of ways you can market your freebies.
Likewise, you can hand out coupons/flyers in shopping malls and through various internet channels as well. Another idea for giveaways is to host a booth at a local market or community event. Give the public a taste of your product by handing out samples. By giving potential customers a taste of your signature items makes them hungry for more. Count the free samples as part of your marketing budget. Be sure and hand out coupons or flyers at the event with an invitation to your grand-opening.
Target Early Adopters Using Internet Ads
The internet offers incredible laser-targeting potential for your business. Facebook ads can be narrowed down to specific demographics. Yelp ads are effective in reaching your local audience and people specifically searching for businesses like yours. You can drive people to your social pages from there, and encourage them to like your page with the social media tactics we discussed earlier.
Tightening you demographic parameters in your advertising is crucial because you want to reach those people who are legitimately interested in your business to get the most out of your money. Think of your ideal customer, the one you wish all of your customers were like, and model your targeted ads towards those people.
Your Network
The most obvious place to market your grand opening is to your own network. Invite your family and friends and encourage your employees to do the same. You can even offer a friends and family discount as an incentive.
You can send a mass email about the opening to your mailing list using free email marketing software like HubSpot. Or you can reach out to your network on social media. Create a Facebook event, and then invite all your friends and connections. This should help you spread the word about your grand opening.
Don’t Forget Simple Word-of-Mouth
There’s a good chance you know friends, family, and local community leaders where you’re opening your business. Invite all of these people and encourage them to bring friends. Invite any contacts you have in the press. These are the people that want you to succeed and will talk about your business. Word-of-mouth is still one of the most powerful marketing tools around.
Finally, it’s important not to get too caught up in all of this and be unprepared for Day 1 of your opening. If you market your business right, you’ll have customers, so make them want to come back!
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Partner with a Charity
Since you don’t have a substantial email list yet, by partnering with the right charity, you’ll have access to theirs for invitations. Making your grand opening about the charity encourages people to attend because they want to spend their money helping others. Choose an organization that’s special to you or someone on your staff.
Include this special partnership in all of your grand opening marketing materials and ask the charity to do the same. This type of event where your grand opening is a benefit for the charity sets the tone and puts your brand in a positive light.
Local Press
One of the most important components of your grand opening marketing strategy is the local press. Marketing Agency in Mumbai makes sure to invite the local press to this event. You can even reach out to a local radio DJ or news anchor to cover the event. The more coverage, the better. Plus, if they come to your event, they'll probably promote it on their own channels and to their own networks. You can use their local celebrity to appeal to your audience.
For news media that can't attend, you can send a press release before and after the event to make it easier to cover it. Additionally, forging a relationship with the press is a good long-term play. If the local media covers your business at all, more people will become aware of your business and can visit after the grand opening.
Local Companies
Another creative marketing tactic is to advertise with other local companies.
For example, usually, coffee shops have a bulletin board dedicated to community events. You can use this space to post a flyer for your grand opening. Additionally, many local companies, such as hotels, have brochures at the reception or front desk. You can reach out and see if they'll let you place a flyer there and tell their guests about your event.
Other local places that might have advertising opportunities are schools. Yearbooks and sports fields usually showcase plenty of local ads. It's important to use your grand opening as a way to build a relationship with other local businesses.
City Bulletins or Forums
Most cities have bulletins or forums where community events are advertised.
For example, consider taking out an ad in the local parks and recreation activity guide. Or you can ask city officials to promote your event in their newsletters or official communications with the citizens.
Additionally, it's a good idea to develop relationships with city officials. If you can get a few city officials to show up, you can use that as a marketing tactic.
Offer a Comeback Perk
For the people who come to your grand opening event, you want to offer them a reason to “bounce back.”
For example, you might offer them a coupon or gift certificate to come back several weeks later. Give these out to anyone who attends your vent.
The ultimate goal is to get them to return as soon as possible so you solidify your image in their minds. Once they’ve tried your service several times and liked it, you’ll have customers and brand ambassadors for life.
Final Thoughts
Grand Opening is an essential part of your overall marketing plan. It establishes your brand and generates excitement for your business. This initial brand awareness and buzz can stick with you for months into the future.
You’re after initial patrons, but ultimately, you’re after lifelong customers who are loyal to you. So, go all out for your grand opening celebrations and do everything you can to exceed expectations.
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2020.10.16 03:39 jackysnackychan The answer to "how did tax fraud lead me to this?"

Its was around 10 years ago you decided taxes were bullshit and you needed the money. Over time you lied about assets, but it wasnt enough. You became quickly addicted to stealing money from the government. The rush of telling The Man that you owned less than you did began giving you an almost sexual satisfaction. The rush flowed through your bones daily. By year 8 you had saved up almost 3 million dollars and wanted more. You stopped paying taxes entirely. The thought of even paying taxes had you fuming. One year later you got a call. An ominous robot systematically calling you every 5 hours. After the first time you refused to pick up. You knew what was coming, and you didnt want any part of it. The ringing of the phone punctured even your dreams with that echoing robotic voice introducing itself as a debt collector. You owed millions. Your nails stopped growing as you bit them off before they had the chance. Your eyes were yellowing, your skin breaking out. The stress began to destroy everything you had once believed. "What have I done?" You asked yourself. Indeed what had you done. Over the past 3 years you had withheld millions from the tax man and it was about to bite you in the ass. You considered many options: "I could fly to a country without US extradition!", "I could live my life on the run, never stay in one place for too long!" You thought to yourself. Then reality hit. You couldn't afford to do that you were rich, but not that rich. You hired a lawyer. The lawyer told you that if you payed off your debt you had a much better chance at getting off easy, but no. The anger towards The Machine that was built to keep you down was too much. You were raging, filled with anger and hate towards the system that brought this upon you. The stress was too much your hair was turning grey and falling out. You fired the lawyer and turned yourself in. You stuck it to the man and the man won. You were sentenced to 6 years in prison. When you got there you met a man. The man said "My names Andrew". Andrew was a cool guy. A nice guy. Never had any issues except for that one baby he killed. You liked him. He understood your sentiment, he knew the Tax Man all too well. You and Qndrew grew close over the next year. Too close. Your long list of mental health issues and emotional instability began to arise. You feared being abandoned by Andrew, as your dad had all those years ago. You hated your dad. But Andrew was your shoulder to cry on. You had to tell him. Andrew understood, he knew the feeling all too well. You talked for a long time. Prison had done a number on you both. You fell in love. True love. It was beautiful. Another years passes and you are married in secret by another inmate. Your marriage is beautiful but you know it cant last. Andrew is imprisoned for life without possibility of parole. You have a mere year left after your sentence was reduced due to good behavior. You were sad. Not too sad. Andrew grew jealous of you. He knew your release date and he wanted you to stay. He asked you to shiv someone. "Together forever he said". But you knew there was more to your life. Another year passes. It's one day before your release. You say your goodbyes. You bid Andrew adieu. The next day, you leave. Atlast you have regained your freedom. You write Andrew for a while you try to keep it going. It doesnt work. You grow apart. You delve deep into your interests. You use hobbies as a distraction. You try golf, baseball, football, videogames, photography. You dont enjoy any of it. You have to find something to satisfy your pain and fill the hole that Andrew left. You search for years. You're homeless you have nothing. Youre obsessed with finding something to fulfill the urges that only Andrew could accommodate. A man walks up to you one day. He takes pity. Gives you an old laptop. You're so grateful. The whole world at your fingertips. You scour the internet for something to fuel your urges. You find a website that calls itself the front page of the internet. This intrigues you. You check it out. You discover subreddits, and karma. Karma is your new fix and the subreddits help fill the gaping hole in your heart. You open the popular tab and something catches your eye. pornhubcomments. You like porn. You like comments. This is it. This is what you've been searching for. You click on it. A new post of a modern day philosopher appears on your screen. It reads. "Every decision you've made has led you to read this comment.". You ask. "Explain how tax fraud led me to this.". I explained.
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2020.10.15 16:47 LongLiveNudeFlesh Deserted is a reality show that never aired. And now that I know that my life is falling apart. Part 1 of 2.

So, if I have to start somewhere, I need to start with the fact that I'm a collector. I've always been one, it's kind of my thing. Back when I was a little girl, I'd hoard superhero lunch boxes, action figures, whatever. Anything geeky and cool, I was into. The dudes in tights didn't hurt either. As I got older, and other people began to think I was weird, I just kind of doubled down—I got weirder. I started researching, I started selling. I was seventeen and making a pretty penny on comic books that I'd liberated from a thrift store.
Ten years later, collecting is still my life. My EBay store is my business.
This probably sounds strange, but how many of you did something as a kid and then went on to have it inform your entire life? I think about that a lot these days, because I've had other friends with weird obsessions. One of my exes was really into the art of calligraphy. I know, right? But he's the manager of a fast food joint now. If you put his life into a narrative, it'd be dull and sad. You'd get the montage of a young man hard at work practicing his penmanship, admiring greeting card fonts by sight, using digital technology to craft his own custom alphabet, then you'd smash cut to see him wearing an apron, filling in for the drive-thru girl who called out for the third time this week.
I'm just saying, it's almost too perfect, isn't it?
Anyways, I'm a collector. And I was on the hunt for something I hadn't heard of before last week. Something from Deserted. You heard of it? If you haven't, welcome to the grand majority. It was a reality TV show from the early millennium, a sort of Survivor rip-off that never aired. If you couldn't tell, it's the last part that makes it interesting. I was getting requests left and right for memorabilia related to Deserted and seeing as this is my job, the literal passion that has defined my life, well—what's a girl to do?
I learned enough coding to write a script that scans Craigslist and Facebook for mentions of interesting items so it wasn't a big deal to add a defunct reality show to the list. It was about two weeks before I got a hit, and when I did, I actually got two.
One for a T-shirt the seller claims was one of the 'crew shirts' worn by the actual production—acquired by a brother of a friend or something like that. And the other was for a recent EBay sale that would've kept my lights on for six months alone. I had never heard of Deserted, but now I was in love.
I sent my emails and did my research in the meantime. Hardly anything was available of the show, save for a couple minutes of shaky-cam footage, the host's "I'm middle aged and mostly irrelevant retrospective blog", and the opening credits sequence. I could see now though why it had become what it had. The whole production was dripping with the weird. The teaser promised a show built on a rather savage foundation—8 contestants, but each week, one is voted out into the jungle, deserted, where they must fight for survival and revenge. Combining that with the shaky-cam footage, the whole thing looked like something out of Blair Witch, or shit, even Lord of the Flies. So, it had that whole sort of creepy, found footage, urban legend thing going on. People were into it, they were drafting up whacko ideas with every little detail (which was minute) they had.
I just shrugged at all this, because it was about par for the course for the internet. But I knew what I had to do, what I needed to do—so once I got confirmation, I went to buy a T-shirt.
The guy's house was in a neighborhood that most definitely did not have an HOA, but it wasn't weird or anything. It was run-down, blue collar, but not especially rough. Kids with popsicle dyed lips ran around in the street, grandmothers smoked on their porches while their adult sons in white undershirts cursed from underneath old junkers. The house itself was at the end of a street, right before the residential area gave way to veterinarians, pawn shops, and insurance agencies. It was light blue with cracked paint and grass that hadn't been cut in about a month. Dandelions blew in a sweet summer breeze as I approached the door.
I only had to knock once before the door cracked. "You're here for the shirt. Shit, yeah. Come in."
The door widened and I caught a glimpse of the owner. Fat, bald, with deep set eyes. He was gruff, but not slovenly. An old juggernaut who hadn't taken shit for so long they'd gotten used to it. I followed him into a lived-in home cluttered with movie posters and figurines.
"Never really been into the television shit," he muttered. "Give me a sec, kid. I gotta find this thing. Take a seat."
I took the suggestion and sat on a beige sofa that seemed to want to swallow me whole.
From the other room I heard him say, "You really gonna pay this much for a T-shirt? Jesus Christ, kid."
I didn't have much else to say to that, because I didn't want to tell him what I was going to sell it for.
He came out of the back of the house with a cardboard box. "My brother's shit. Used to work in LA, doing TV stuff. Quit to be a baker over in British Columbia, go figure. But back in the day, he used to send me shit from whatever he was filming. I got an autographed protractor from Ty Pennington somewhere around here, too."
"Just the T-shirt today."
He put the cardboard box in front of me and said, "You can have all of this shit for what you're paying for the shirt. You want it that bad, you deserve it.”
Inside the box, there was a yellow T-shirt, a VHS, and some promotional fliers. All of them claimed, in great big lettering that Deserted would be the next Survivor. I'm guessing this was some part of a press kit that my seller's brother had gotten from some promotional tent circa 2002.
"What's on the tape?"
"Nothing interesting. Little bit of the show, I think. What do they call those?"
"A teaser," I said, without thinking.
"Ah yeah, a teaser."
He shook his head, like he felt bad for doing the transaction at all, and I played my part, counting the money slowly to really let it sink in how much I was letting go for some old memorabilia.
I took my box and tried to hide my excitement. This was going to be big.
In the comfort of my own home, I sat on my stiff couch and looked at my loot. The shirt was a men's large, which was an easy enough size to sell. It was yellow with black print that said DESERTED on one side and CREW on the other. For a brief moment, I considered how easy it'd be to go to a screenprinter and suddenly make my life a lot better for a lot longer. But the plan dissipated as soon as it formed. I feel a certain honor in my profession and the idea of lying puts my stomach in knots. So I considered what I could do with the pamphlets, and began to mentally prepare to hook up the VHS player.
Of course, I had to watch it, you know?
There was no way I wasn't going to watch it.
I got the tape player out of the closet, something I hadn't used since I was verifying the veracity of a "video nasty" release of The Evil Dead. The tape itself was plain, except for a white sticker on its front that said: FOR PROMOTIONAL USE ONLY.
I popped it in and the screen came to life, full of tracking static that represented a nostalgia for a time I could barely remember. Then, came the logo: Deserted, with animated flaming torches flickering behind it and a scattering of palm trees. Below the logo, which was shaped like a seal of sorts, were eight shadowy people, representing the contestants, with one apart from the rest.
At the bottom of the screen was another promotional warning and then the opening credits of the show began to play. It was a title montage like any other, although it looked unfinished. Usually these sorts of things have the contestants on a green screen, turning toward the camera and mugging, here the flashes of each contestant is bleak and handheld, raw footage of them on their island retreat. Names flash across from the screen and for a moment, I was struck by the uncomfortable thought that whatever sliver of time this show captured, may not have existed at all. The thought freaked me out, on an existential level—but such was the unreality here. First names flashed by (Liz, Max, Amy, Teddy, etc., etc.) with images of forgotten people and I wondered if anything that was captured on this tape could be proven to be real. If I looked for the people, would I find them?
I had to shake it off. Because I get like that sometimes. The unreality of the media I consume bothers me, and maybe that's part of the problem, and maybe that's why I veer into it. But even escapism, with its wish-fulfillments, threatens my own sense of being. I swallowed as the music stopped and the screen faded to black.
I felt more comfortable now that the people were talking. They looked at the camera, so it was like they were looking at me. They laughed in between sentences, awkwardly shifted their weight. These natural movements, the ums and ahs, helped to alleviate some of the uncanny valley. But one thing I noticed, the one thing I didn't like, was that of the contestants that were interviewed, they all had large black pupils—as if they'd been loaded up on pills and pushed in front of a camera. They spoke slowly, about banal subjects—the heat, the mosquitoes, the challenges they faced.
It was the host, Edgar Reyes, who got the most facetime with the camera. He was handsome, in a Friends sort of way. Olive skin, dark hair, muscular. He was more eloquent than the contestants, more focused. He delivered his talking points as if his job depended on it.
The entirety of the video wasn't more than twenty minutes, and by the time it ended, I was mostly bored. My unsettling brush with existentialism had passed and I'd pressed eject and instead thought about how much my shirt would sell for.
And then, I got an idea.
The market for Deserted memorabilia is fervent, but small. But, there are ways to raise awareness, to convert new fans. I couldn't help but smile to myself. I felt like Gordon Gecko, or maybe one of half a dozen men in Glengarry Glen Ross who stomp around and call each other cocksuckers. I had a tool for this trade. I dug in my closet yet again, and found a digital converter, and soon enough, I had the entirety of the tape on YouTube. Then, moments later, I had a new account on a conspiracy forum and I was posting my links. I set my script to ping me for results on "Deserted" and related keywords on YouTube and Reddit. When I set the Ebay page, I had dollar signs reflected in my pupils.
The chatter was enormous and I had to turn off notifications less than twelve hours later. The Deserted fanbase had obviously never seen this video. They were taking it apart, dismantling every frame. It wasn't just me, I got a couple hundred threads across multiple websites saying the contestants looked drugged. In that, I felt vindicated.
My selling page had also already gotten some big bids, and in that, I felt even better. There was still a week to go, but I was happy to see that my investment was well placed.
And nothing happened for a couple days. I went on with my life while I waited for the auction to end. I moved on to acquiring new items. I forgot all about Deserted.
And then, one day, I was at the store. I was picking ripening avocados. Then, I was buying milk. Then, I was at the checkout counter. And the entire time, from across the store, I thought I saw a man in a red baseball cap watching me. I shook it off, at the time. Because why shouldn't there be a man in a red baseball cap shopping? But, somewhere in my lizard brain, I didn't believe he was shopping at all. I believed he was watching me.
Well, you already know how I'm wired. I'm a paranoid person. I overthink things. I was able to tuck this away rather quickly. I went on with my errands. But as I was driving, I kept checking the rear view mirror. And no, I didn't see him, not exactly. What I saw was a car behind the truck behind me, just the edges of it, and it stayed there long enough for me to take notice. If I turned, it turned. Eventually, the truck turned off and I pulled into the parking lot of the post office. I kept the keys in the ignition and watched the black car follow me into the parking lot.
As soon as it parked, I was out of the lot and down the street. It was rush hour, horns were blaring as I peeled out into the road. I got on the freeway and kept ten miles ahead of the speed limit for a half hour, driving as far away from my home as I could. That was important to me, the idea that he should not see my home.
Eventually, my mania subsided, and I turned around and headed back into town. I drove carefully. I felt silly, because nothing substantial had happened to make me act like this. I had seen a man and had a car behind me. It wouldn't be absurd to assume another driver would like to go to the post office too. I was angry at myself for that too, because I did promise some customers that their packages would ship. And here I was, completely derailed.
As I drove, I felt my phone vibrate. I waited till I got home, till I was sitting in the driveway to check it. I held my breath, for fear that I was about to see something I'd never unsee (again, yes, I'm crazy).
My video had been taken down. A copyright strike. I breathed a sigh of relief. That wasn't so bad.
And then, I heard the purring of a motor idling on the curb behind me, but by the time I looked up, it was cruising down the street and it was too dark to make out its color.
I got out of my car, holding my breath, telling myself that I was overreacting. I have a history of it, you know? I’m panicky, it’s just my nature. It was just a car, there’s thousands of them.
I stepped like I was worried about landmines, and by the time I got halfway through my lawn I was fairly sure that I was going to be okay. Mostly, anyways.
Until I looked down.
Bootprints.
Muddy bootprints.
Across my walkway.
I looked at them for a moment, quizzical. I didn’t know what to make of them. Then, I looked back up at my house, trying to see something I couldn’t see in its windows.
And then I started shaking. I ran back to the car, my heart kicking.
I did what I was supposed to do. I called the cops. I did it while I was trying to keep my cool, trying to keep my voice even and calm. I didn’t want to sound scared or weird or crazy. I wanted to sound normal. A normal woman calling the police, ‘just because.’ I stayed put, because I was told to. Because that’s the normal thing to do. And soon enough, a squad car pulled up behind me.
The officer was a young looking guy with short hair and a button nose. In a different circumstance, I’d have thought he looked somewhat adorable. But right then, I was freaked out and alone.
He waved at me. “Everything alright?” he asked.
I cracked my door. “I think someone’s been following me today,” I said, feeling stupid as I said it. “I saw footprints too.” I gestured toward the walkway and I slinked out of my car to follow him. A wave of relief hit me when I realized he saw them too.
“And you were being followed earlier?”
“Maybe,” I said, gaining confidence. “I’ve been seeing a black car a lot.”
He nodded, as if that wasn’t the most absurd thing he’d heard all day.
“You want me to check inside the house?”
“Yes, please. If you don’t mind.”
He nodded again and pulled out his flashlight, he offered to unlock the door for me, if I wanted to hand him my keys, but I already felt stupid. I let him in and he surveyed the living room: nothing but a messy desk. My office: nothing but comics and inventory. My bedroom: a mess of sheets and blankets. And in the bathroom, I was disappointed to see the light shine behind the shower curtain and find no one. Not even an axe murderer.
I held my head in my hands and apologized.
He shrugged. “Better safe than sorry. Call if you see anything else.”
When he left, I plopped onto my couch and reconsidered the events of the day. I tried to reorganize my thoughts, reinterpret what had happened. I pulled a comforter up to my neck and breathed. I was not followed. I just saw several black cars. The footprint was a teenager making a shortcut. You’ve seen kids walk through your yard before. It happens. I repeated these facts to myself as if they were mantras I’d be forced to live by.
Slowly, my home began to feel like my home again.
I sat up, somewhat renewed. Somewhat stable. I looked at the mess on my coffee table, and if I hadn’t planned on sitting down to some work right then and there, I might have missed it. There were other papers, yes, there were always other papers. But, this one was crisp and fresh and it was face down on top of the others. And if I hadn’t felt safe, at least for a moment, I might not have ever seen it.
I reached out, trembling, and turned it toward me.
Here's what it said:
EXT. SUBURBAN HOME. MORNING
NICOLE closes her front door and strides quickly to her car. She moves as if standing still would kill her. She's young (25), brunette, and full of nervous energy. She is carrying packages. She places them in the car.
CUT TO:
INT. NICOLE'S CAR
NICOLE looks into the rear view window just a moment too long. She pauses, adjusts herself. It's nothing, she thinks. She pulls out of her driveway and we see her face as she drives down a familiar road. She passes a car. Her eyes betray her.
CUT TO:
INT. BLACK CAR
The driver's face can't be seen, but when NICOLE drives past, we hear his engine rev. When she's a safe distance away, the driver turns into the road.
EXT. SUPERMARKET PARKING LOT. DAY
POV: We see NICOLE getting out of her car. She's brushing her fingers through her hair. She's grabbing a DESERTED shopping cart. She looks over to the POV but looks away almost as soon as she does. She doesn't know she's being watched. When she starts to walk toward the doors, the POV moves with her. She's oblivious. The camera lingers and just as she turns—
CUT TO: Time lapse footage. Suburban home. Day to early evening.
EXT. SUBURBAN HOME. EVENING
Close up on NICOLE. Her face is creased, the phone is pressed close to her ear. She looks red and puffy. She's begging for the police to come out. She’s pleading. We hear the operator tell her to calm down, to please be calm, that they’re trying to help but she shakes her head as her lips turn downward and she lets out a helpless cry.
INT. SUBURBAN HOME. EVENING
A man stands in the center of her living room, his hands lovingly caress the artifacts of her life.
When I finished reading, I screamed.
More coming tomorrow. Part 2
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2020.10.14 01:15 BlitzkriegtheDarkCat Top 5 Internet Urban Legends That Will Give You Nightmares.

Let's count down our top 5 internet urban legends that'll give you all nightmares!

05. The Hall of Tortured Souls.

Most people don't know that Microsoft hides little Easter eggs in their software; Microsoft Office 97 holds a hidden pinball game and a flight simulator. Office version 4.3 occasionally dispenses some weird advice such as: You can hurt yourself if you run with scissors, and, You should never dive into murky waters (to name a few examples, here).
Back when Office 95 was released, some users claimed that there was a secret game that played similarly to the popular video game, DOOM. To reach this mysterious Easter egg, users had to open a new Excel sheet and scroll down to the 95th row exactly, and select the entire thing. The user then has to tab over to Column B, then select the Help/About action. Once there, holding CTRL, ALT, Shift, and selecting the Tech Support button, will cause the game to open.
Immediately, you wonder why the title of the Window is called, The Hall of Tortured Souls.
Why is it called that? It's a little bit sinister, don't you think?
Use your arrow keys to move around, and press C and D to look up and down. You seem to be able to phase right through walls, farther ahead a staircase will be present. You will start to notice names of the creators of Excel on the walls.
Behind you, walk carefully through a zigzag path to find a room with low resolution pictures of the development team. It is a little off-putting, but really nothing to write home about.
Of course, let the conspiracy theorists come at you with insane claims like, "Oh, Microsoft hid some Antichrist stuff in that minigame, stay the hell away from it!"
But, even though it is pretty creepy, seeing something so obscure from a company like Microsoft, that doesn't mean that they were somehow devil worshippers. I hear about this all the time, somehow this fun little Easter egg correlated with "worshipping Satan".
What seems a little bit more likely, however -- and this is just a rumor so keep that in mind. But, the reason it's called "The Hall of Tortured Souls", is because the programmers were slammed and working their asses off, pushing to get the software released. And all that work must have lead to long hours, strenuous coding, so they jokingly called this, "The Hall of Tortured Souls".
The game might've been trying to represent some sort of hell with the red textures and what-have-you, but it is far more likely that this Easter egg is the work of a slammed programming team, comedically claiming that they were punished into making Microsoft Office 95.

04. Username 666.

Username: 666 was posted on February 28th, 2008. As shown by its title, this YouTube edition is a visual description of how someone took the plunge into a YouTube channel called "666", also known as the devil's number, which was originally suspended, but through countless refreshes, makes it so, leading to a slowly decaying YouTube page with weird videos and eventually the Devil inside taking over.
Piropito is a Japanese visual artist known for his creepy, surreal, psychological and suggestive works that are much inspired by Suzan Pitt, and Jan Švankmajer. He started releasing GIF animations and flash movies on his website in 2001, and his online popularity had grown throughout the 2channel flash movie movement in the first half of 2000s. So he was also known as one of the famous flash movie creators in 2channel's /swf/ (flash video) board.
Piropito made a follow-up video of "username:666", called "Another YouTube", which was submitted on April 10, 2010.

03. Jeff the Killer.

Jeff was a 13-year-old who moved to a new neighborhood with his brother Liu and their parents. On their first day of school, they were accosted by three bullies named Randy, Keith and Troy, who Jeff brutally beat up after they threatened them with knives. Liu took the blame for it and was arrested, sending Jeff into a deep depression. The bullies later attack Jeff again at a party, and Jeff kills one of them, but not before getting covered in bleach and alcohol, then he gets lit on fire. During this fight, Jeff's mind permanently snapped.
When Jeff woke up, he was at the hospital and his head was wrapped in bandages. When the bandages were taken off, it was revealed that his face had become disfigured and ghastly pale from the burns, with bright red lips and a leathery texture. Jeff said that he likes his face this way, and laughed hysterically, but the doctor foolishly thought that this insanity was merely a side effect of the painkillers, and let's Jeff go home.
Later that night, Jeff's mother finds him carving his face into a permanent smile so that he would no longer have to exert the energy to smile, as he put it, and burning off his eyelids so he can always see his face. Jeff proceeds to tell his mother that he's beautiful, and she should look this way too. His mother went to her husband to tell him that their son had gone completely crazy, and needed to be killed. Jeff sees this and stabbed them to death. This woke up Liu (who was recently released), with Jeff telling him, "Ssshhhh... Go to sleep".
Not many people know the true origin of where the original "Jeff the Killer" image came from. Many people believe it was a photoshopped picture of a woman named "Katy Robinson", who allegedly committed suicide due to excessive cyberbullying after visiting 4Chan's /b/ board around the year 2008, and it was believed for several years that the picture of the girl was apparently the now famous Jeff the Killer image. However, this claim is entirely false and has been debunked numerous times, as there are no records of it actually happening. Around 2015, during an interview with YouTube user ScareTheater, the original creator of Jeff the Killer, Sesseur, claims that the Katy Robinson suicide is a - "bogus story", and confirms that the image is actually a picture of himself wearing a white latex mask. However, what was even more strange is that this is also false, even though he did write the original story.
The Jeff image has been seen in places which date to 2005. It has been seen in a Japanese video published on YouTube on 2 August 2007 entitled "NNN臨時放送", which is apparently for a horror film project entitled Victims of Tomorrow or something to this affect, wherein a series of names and ages are listed. After Jeff's face appears for a split second there is text that says "good night", which might be a precursor to "go to sleep".
The earliest confirmed sighting of the respective image was on 16 November 2005, on a Japanese message board named pya.cc along with another image that Sesseur also posted, where he claimed that the alternate version was his original design concept. Sesseur's earliest known internet presence was 14 August 2008 where he made a Newgrounds account called "killerjeff" where he acted as if he was Jeff. The original Jeff the Killer video was uploaded on 3 November 2008.
The origins of the image for certain and the subject it portrays are still unknown, as well as how it connects to Japan's internet culture. The most likely story is ironically one that is unverifiable. In this version of the story posited by a few /b/ users, the photograph is of a woman whose identity is currently unknown (although it is speculated that her name is Victoria). She streamed on the now defunct website Stickam in 2005 and used /b/ as a means of promoting herself after the SomethingAwful forums started to become obsolete. One user took a screenshot of her face and posted it, acting as if they were her with the caption: "Am I pretty?" In a successive series of photoshops by different users, one said in response: "now you are." After finding out about this series of events the woman stopped streaming and vanished.
Three images of Jeff are nowadays generally accepted as being from the thread if it did occur: the famous one, the "alternate version" as Sesseur claimed it was, and a much more realistic although lower-resolution version building off of the most famous version.

02. Slender Man.

The Slender Man is a supernatural creature with nebulously defined characteristics and abilities. In almost every description of the Slender Man, his attributes will vary, sometimes greatly. However, his basic appearance and traits are relatively consistent across different accounts. He generally appears (in modern times) as a tall humanoid creature in a black or grey suit, red or black tie, and white shirt. His face is totally white, completely devoid of facial features. He has no hair, and generally has normal-looking bare hands, albeit with fingers longer and bonier than a typical human. Slender Man has been depicted in imagery and literature at anywhere between 6 and 10 feet tall, depending on the situation, though in a video he is usually only around 6-7 feet tall.
He behaves in what might be seen as a passive-aggressive manner, often stalking targets for years at a time before ever attacking. It’s understood that he tends to torture his targets mentally, over long periods of time, using fear and paranoia to drive them to insanity. No one has ever satisfactorily explained the reasoning behind his tactics or the way he chooses his victims, and his purposes and/or motivations have yet to be fully ascertained. He is rarely if ever, portrayed in a good or benign light and is generally understood to be a malevolent force.
There are two main descriptions of the Slender Man’s behavior. Originally, he was portrayed as being not only malevolent but also extremely dangerous. He would stalk its targets, impale them on trees, and remove their organs. In comparison, contemporary depictions have turned him into a more passive-aggressive creature. Instead of an active chase, he is more likely to let his prey devolve slowly into madness until they are unable to cope with their situation, often watching from afar as this takes place. If angered, it will charge the aggressor and vanish with its victim to an unknown location. Modern interpretations also show that The Slender Man interacts oddly with electronic equipment and causes massive interference with audio and visual recording devices. Sometimes an individual can determine if the Slender Man is near simply by how certain electronics act. Radios, televisions, and cameras are especially susceptible. How powerful this effect seems to vary, which could be due either to The Slender Man's state of aggression, or other outside factors that he may or may not be controlling (eg: weather, cell phone signals, etc.)
In almost every contemporary description, The Slender Man is associated with stalking, often for extremely long periods. It is not unusual for a person to be trailed by the Slender Man for hours, days, months, or even years. However, he usually appears when least expected and where the victim is alone and the most comfortable (home, school, work, outdoors, along trusted roads, etc), and often times he also strikes when the target's defenses are down, sometimes to the point where they simply have no will to fight him off any further, making for an easier kill. One of the most common features of The Slender Man, generally accepted among both fans of the mythos and victims, is that he will target those who reach a certain level of understanding about it. These accounts vary from person to person, but it seems that being a victim of the Slender Man is almost contagious or memetic. One can become his prey by encountering someone he is already chasing. Basic research and even collecting images don't appear to incur its notice, someone has to delve into the mythos in an almost obsessive way.
Originally he killed its victims by impaling them on the branches of very tall trees and allowing them to bleed to death. The victim’s organs would be individually removed and placed in plastic bags, which were then returned to their original positions in the body. The victims' corpses did not show any sign of a struggle. However, as time has gone on, it would seem that Slender Man has abandoned this practice.
New accounts of the Slender Man's powers, abilities, and attacks show some drastic differences from his original behaviors. Gone is the original desire to impale targets on trees, his overtly aggressive attitude, and the tendency to target mainly children. He now appears to target people who encountered him as children, often stalking them for years. It does so in such a way that the target is often unaware of his presence for months, years, or even decades. the Slender Man’s stalking behavior is remarkably passive. He torments an individual by repeatedly appearing and vanishing – usually without harming the victim in any physical way.
He invades the mental safety of his prey by appearing inside their house, outside their home, on roads they travel, at their place of work when they are alone or ensuring only the victim can see him, or while the target is sleeping. The sporadic and unexpected nature of these manifestations causes fear and unease, which eventually can grow into incredible paranoia. This period of stalking can last anywhere from several minutes to decades. The longer Slender Man stalks a victim, the greater strain on their mental health, which may be one of his goals.
Prolonged stalking causes what has been named “Slender Sickness,” which is both a mental and physical ailment and can cause paranoia, nightmares, coughing and difficulty swallowing, convulsions, exhaustion, vomiting, hallucinations, etc. The physical symptoms naturally affect an individual’s mental health, but it is believed that Slender Man exerts a direct effect on the mind as well. However, this phenomenon and Slender Man’s control over it have yet to be fully explained.

01. Cartoon Cat.

The predecessor image of Cartoon Cat was posted online by Trevor Henderson on August 4, 2018. In the photograph, a large creature resembling a black-and-white rubberhose cartoon creature sits in an abandoned building, leering at the camera from around a doorframe. The creature is similar to Cartoon Cat- jet black, huge eyes, crooked teeth, and noodly limbs ending in white-gloved hands- but its head is more dog-like or mouse-like in shape. The image was captioned "they're just like your favorite cartoon", suggesting this is just one one many monsters similar to Cartoon Cat, or perhaps an alternate form. Later on August 10, a second photograph was released, with the caption "What they found in the dirt mall". The photograph was of an abandoned shopping mall with a full-body view of Cartoon Cat walking towards the camera with a malicious, wide-eyed grin. This is the first image of Cartoon Cat in his more recognizable form, with a round head and pointed ears, though he has no visible tail nor feet of any kind, with his legs ending in blunt points.
Five days later on August 15, a third picture was posted of the Cartoon Cat captioned "all the classics are coming back", featuring Cartoon Cat standing in the middle of a crossroad at night. The photo appears to be taken from inside a car, with the headlights being the only source of light shining upon Cartoon Cat, though only illuminating his arms and legs due to Cartoon Cat's height. This is the only photo thus far where Cartoon Cat has visible "feet" (consisting of simple ovoids with no toes) and a long, hose-like neck stretching down to the ground, with his head slithering off towards the side of the car, appearing to have either extremely dilated pupils or possibly hollow eye sockets.
On August 22, a fourth picture was posted captioned "For you, anon." This was another full-body view of Cartoon Cat, standing in front of an abandoned building, its whole body bending and swaying with its mouth wide open. Once again his feet are missing.
On September 26, a very unnerving picture of the creature was released, showing Cartoon Cat standing in what looks like someone's house. Here he is much smaller than his previous photos (albeit still taller than a person), with much larger teeth and large, diseased-looking lips and gums. On October 10, the "Cartoon Cat Fact Sheet" was posted, showing a closeup of Cartoon Cat reaching towards the viewer, with a massive grin full of yellow teeth dripping with blood, suggesting he has either eaten someone or is clenching his jaw so tight his gums are bleeding. Beneath his profile picture is some text, though most of it is covered up with black bars labeled "REDACTED". Some of the less-obscured text reads "often found in (redacted) abandoned (redacted)", "(redacted) show from 1939", "Incredibly cruel", and "is thought to be (redacted)". This suggests that Cartoon Cat is based on, or possibly original from, an old cartoon from 1939.
Further information can be uncovered on Trevor’s responses to people’s questions on his Tumblr. In these, Trevor states Cartoon Cat is the most dangerous monster in his collection, most likely excluding the Giants. He also states Cartoon Cat is so dangerous, other monsters avoid the dirt mall it sometimes resides in, “if they know what’s good for them.” When asked why he is so dangerous, Trevor simply responded: “unchecked limitations.”
However, another one of Trevor’s creations, The Man with the Upside-Down Face was shown to be much worse than Cartoon Cat, as the Man with the Upside-Down Face has indirectly caused mass murder along with committing much more heinous crimes than Cartoon Cat. While Cartoon Cat only attacks and/or kidnaps people when they are in/around his lair and, if his backstory of being an abandoned 1939 cartoon is true, attacks people for revenge, the Man with the Upside-Down Face affects people for his own sickening pleasure, feeding off of the negative emotions from those who had unfortunate tragedies, big or small, making him more evil in terms of his actions. Cartoon Cat has also not been shown to have killed people (albeit, he may have caused some harm, but that is completely debatable as the mythos lack a potential storyline) while the Man with the Upside-Down Face has indirectly committed mass murder.
The latest pictures of Cartoon Cat have revealed much more information on the monster. A photo was posted showing what seems to be an angry looking Cartoon Cat, but brightening the image reveals an unusual thick, almost blocky body, with only Cartoon Cat’s face and arm being recognizable. His latest image shows his regular look, expect for the fact that he has five eyes, while yet another illustration of him displays his face having only two very realistic-looking eyes.
These images and inconsistencies in Cartoon Cat’s appearance and his size such as his feet repeatedly changing from points into those resembling shoes and his size that ranges from towering over a stop sign to being only slightly taller than a person seemingly imply that like an actual rubberhose 30s cartoon, Cartoon Cat can change his form, size and body at will, stretching, adding, changing and increasing the size of his body parts on a whim, which could explain why he is so dreaded even among other monsters: he doesn’t obey traditional laws of life, he’s “malleable”, acting like a shapeshifting cartoon except much more evil and sinister, possibly hurting and taking other beings for fun (if not, then driven out of anger or some possible hunger instincts). If his backstory is true, then it is possible Cartoon Cat attacks people for revenge (if not, then he might possibly be defending his own lair when people are in or around it). Regardless, Cartoon Cat's personality or crimes have not been made clear and it's likely possible he is not as bad as the Man with the Upside-Down Face, despite the fact that Cartoon Cat is very dangerous.
Trevor has revealed that Cartoon Cat and any other cartoon monsters can take the exaggerated form of almost any animal, but since dogs, mice and cats are generally the animals that come to mind when cartoons come to mind, those are the forms they are “most likely to latch on and form into.” If the majority of the population focuses on a specific character for a cartoon, Cartoon Cat can possibly take their form. Based on this, we can assume that Cartoon Cat’s current form was taken after a character from some old show in 1939 that was later abandoned. In short, Cartoon Cat is most likely some sort of cosmic entity that took the form of a 1939 cartoon in order to possibly torment humanity, however, this theory is not confirmed yet.
Well, I hope you're not planning on sleeping tonight, cause I'm sure as hell not! 0.0
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2020.10.13 19:03 soparamens The always up-to-date Redditor's Guide to the Yucatan State!

Check first comment for Coronavirus-related info.
**This guide (and subreddit) is NOT about the Yucatan Peninsula as a whole! if you have any doubt or question about Cancun, Playa del Carmen or Campeche, please ask about those places at the main** /mexico **sub**

But isn't all Yucatan?

* From wikipedia: "The Yucatán Peninsula (Spanish: Península de Yucatán) comprises the Mexican states of Yucatán, Campeche, and Quintana Roo"

Map of the Yucatan Peninsula

**So, visiting us? Welcome to the redditor's guide to the ancient land of The Maya!*\*

The objective of this so-called guide is to help you, fellow redditor, in your trip to our beautiful land.

>Warning, wall-of-text ahead!

**Yucatán meaning*\*

Altough there is no consensus about how the land got it's name, the "i can't understand your language" theory is more myth than reality. The best explanation is that the “Yucatán” word is an Spanish term coined when Bartolomé Colón found some Mayan traders canoeing at the caribbean sea, around August, 1512. When asked about the place's name, the Maya answered by saying "Yoko't taan" wich means "we speak the Yoko't Language" so the Spanish (being famous even today by not being great with foreign languages) proceeded to use that answer as a name for their newly "discovered" land.

For the Local Maya, their land has always been "The Mayab" or the land o of the few (selected) ones.

**Some basic Q&A about travelling to the Yucatan state*\*

* Question: Is it safe to travel to the Yucatan state? i mean, there has been a lot of bad news about violence there recently!

Answer: Mexico is a BIG country. Most of the violence you see on the news is about the northern / central part of the country. The Yucatan State is a **VERY** and I mean VERY secure state to visit. No drug related violence here, no guns, no beheadings or anything like that. Check this Graphic by vision of humanity wich classifies the Yucatan state as #1 in Mexico, regarding security. In fact, Mérida is safer than most US top cities.
Mind that the Cancun area has seen recently a spike in violence, but as i said before, this sub is only about the Yucatan state so let's skip that part.

* Question: Where do i begin?

Answer: Most people arrive to the Yucatan state from the neighboring Quintana Roo. You can start your trip by visiting Valladolid and visit nearby interesting places like Ekbalam or go straight to the world wonder of Chichen Itza

You may like to travel directly to Merida, wich is the biggest city in the region (with much more lodging and entertainment options) and use it as a hub for all your other explorations. Merida has an international airport and all the services you could need. As we said before, Mérida is considered the safest, best quality of life city in Mexico.

* Question: How about the food, can I eat there safely?
Answer: you have probably heard that in Mexico the best food is street food and that's true... except for Yucatan. Due to the peninsula's tropical, hot and humid environment, eating from street vendors is not recommended! street level food here is often contaminated by bacteria and can cause stomach diseases, specially if you have never been in a developing country before. Salmonella, E Colli and and fecal matter is often an issue with street vendors in Yucatan, so avoid those and prefer stablished restaurants.
Btw, the Yucatan Cuisine is considered by most experts as one of the top cuisines of Mexico. Check this Yucatan cuisine specialized restaurants while in Merida:
La prospe del X'tup
El Príncipe Tutul Xiu
La Tradición
Wayan'e
Kinich just beside the great pyramid of Izamal.
And/or check this smaller ones, if you prefer that kind of experience:
Restaurant Cantamayec
Manjar Blanco
Flor de Azahar
Those will offer the best dishes around, without the problem of contamination.

* Question: Can i drink tap water?
Answer: NO. You should **always** drink bottled water. Evian, Electropura and Cristal are good choices. Make sure you stay very hydrated when travelling the Yucatan countryside (specially if you are visiting us from a cold place like northern Europe or Canada) and always carry a water bottle with you. Some hotels will provide you with their own purified water. Make sure you ask for that with the concierge.

* Question: What about medical insurance?
Answer: it’s definitely a good idea to get some form of traveler’s insurance from back home. Don’t worry, we have excellent hospitals like this one here that may cover your insurance (Call them, they speak english)

* Question: Do i need a VISA?
Answer: Check this guide to check if your country is required for a visa. USA and Canada citizens do not need a visa.

* Question: Can I bring / bear weapons while in Mexico?
Answer: No. Bringing or bearing **any** kind of firearm while in Mexico will put you in a nasty Mexican jail.

* Question: How about drugs?
Answer: From the US embassy's website:
>Persons violating Mexican laws, even unknowingly, may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. Penalties for possession, use or trafficking in illegal drugs in Mexico are severe, and convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences and heavy fines. **If you break local laws in Mexico, your U.S. citizenship will not help you avoid arrest or prosecution.** It is very important to know what is legal and what is illegal wherever you go. If arrested in Mexico, a U.S. citizen must go through the foreign legal process including possible charge or indictment, prosecution, possible conviction and sentencing, and any appeals process.
So, please **avoid using, selling or buying illegal drugs*\* while you are here, I'ts not worth it and you can get caught in a hellish situation if you get busted. Plenty of legal drugs around to mess with here.

* Question: Can i bring my meds?
Answer: some meds need a prescription and you need to show it to the Mexican customs agent. Here is a list of such meds Make sure you bring the prescription with you at every moment.
While CBD is legal in Mexico, you can't bring any of your local brands with you, because that will be considered drug trafficking.
Marijuana is illegal, even if you have a prescription for it.

* Question: How about booze at Merida city?
Answer: Alcohol is 100% legal, but most convenience stores and supermarkets are limited to certain hours/days in which they can sell alcoholic beverages, ask the employees about this before getting your drinks. Night clubs stop selling alcoholic drinks at 3:00 AM, so place your last order before that. Make sure you ask for the local beer (remember that any cheap beer from your country will be imported and because of that expensive!)

* Question: Is it expensive there?
Answer: As any other touristic destination, The Yucatan state can be expensive at some touristic points. Make sure you plan your trip from home, check the websites of the hotels and restaurants that you plan to visit and make your calculations (tripadvisor is great for this) Being said that, you’ll find that our state is very affordable.
Some example prices on USD:

* Is AirBnb in Merida a good idea?
There are some really, really nice AirBnb and Remixto places available in Mérida, but the real deal breaker on those would be about the public transport options around. I have seen people getting nice AirBnb houses in the coast and then complaining about those being too isolated and the transport fares being too expensive. Merida specifically is not really a "walkable city" because most of the year the climate is too hot, so always contemplate the need of using public transport when booking.
Note that AirBnb and similar platforms are not always the cheapest or more convenient options, so do not discard hotels and be sure to check some of those using google maps.
https://www.google.com/maps/search/hotel+cerca+de+Catedral+de+San+Ildefonso,+Centro,+M%C3%A9rida,+Yucat%C3%A1n/@20.9672933,-89.6283434,15z

* Question: Do I need to speak Spanish?
Answer: You can be perfectly fine without any spanish speaking skills while visiting Merida, as most of the tourist services are billingual (white uniform cops always speak english, look for them!) but it will not hurt if you learn some Basic Spanish Vocabulary for travelers If you have an Android phone, you can use the Google Translator app in conversation mode (more on mobile internet while in Yucatan later) Beware that you will not find much people that speaks english in the countryside, so don't count on that.

* Question: can i use public transportation in Merida?
Answer: We have public buses here, but unfortunately most of the routes are messy and don’t have a real hourly schedule, so i would not recommend using that. Taxicabs vary greatly in service, so use those only when no other options available. ALWAYS ask them for an estimate before your trip. YOU DONT TIP OVER THE PRICE OF THE SERVICE, NOT A DIME! Even if asked for.

* Question: What about UBER?
Uber and Didi are good options to move around the city. Skip Indriver!

* Can i travel using passenger trains?
No trains here (yet) sorry.

* Question: What is the best way to travel around the Yucatan countryside?
Yucatan is well conected by bus routes and all the main touristic spots are accesible via comfortable, 1st class buses. ADO buses is the best company around.

Note that NOT all interesting sites are accesible via 1st class buses. Some interesting places can only be reached using second class, old buses with no air conditioning (in a climate that reaches the 40 celsius you will really need AC) no bathroom and poor hygiene that will stop at every small town in the road taking 4x the time of a 1st class one. Sure there are other options like private owned "Colectivo" taxis, but those have their own cons, like being operated by not properly trained drivers, they only travel when full (you need to wait until the taxi gets VERY full or pay for all the seats) and you can be overcharged easily because they usually don't have controlled fees and see tourists like walking dollar bags.

For this kind of "off the beaten path" trips renting a car is totally worth it. Let me explain it with an example tour:
* Rent a Car in Merida and drive to the village of Homun. The place is full of awesome Cenotes
* From Homun drive thru some Maya small and pintoresque towns to Izamal and explore the place, climb its massive pyramid and have lunch at one of it's famed restaurants. You can spend the nigth there, plenty of charming hotels available.
* From Izamal you can drive to the coast and reach Dzilam de Bravo, take a Ecotourism tour
http://www.ecoyuc.com.mx/daytours.php?did=69
and then move to Santa Clara and spend the night on this beautiful beach town.

So, renting a car in the Yucatan state is really worthy, if you want to get off the beaten path.
More Yucatan hidden gems?
https://www.reddit.com/Yucatan/search?q=hidden+gems&restrict\_sr=on&sort=relevance&t=all

*Some car rental services:*
http://www.montejocarrental.com
http://eng.velozrentacar.mx

* Question: what about cell phone rates and 4G coverage?
Short Answer: your phone will work while on Mexico, but the roaming rates may kill your wallet. The steps to do this without being robbed by your current carrier are:

1.- While at home, buy a cheap GSM (not CDMA!) **unlocked** Android smartphone on ebay and bring it here instead of your regular phone. (or unlock your current iPhone or whatever, if you know how to do that)

2.- Then Buy a prepaid SIM (we call them *amigo CHIP*) from TELCEL (there are several other carriers, including AT&T but Telcel has the best coverage by far) at any Telcel retailer (There’s one at the Merida Airport). Once you install your sim you'll hear some spanish recording asking for you to give telcel some personal data, you can safely ignore it, but it will bug you everytime you try to make a call, or you can ask the store clerk to provide those to Telcel in order to get rid of that recording.

Merida city has a lot of parks with free wifi hotspots, locate the ones near you hotel and chat with friends and family from there!
http://www.merida.gob.mx/internet/centro.phpx
There you go. The Yucatan state is very well supported by google maps (don't forget to save the Yucatan map for offline navigation) and real GPS software like Sygic and Ndrive (better option that Google Maps if you plan to explore the countryside)

Useful links:
www.yucatantoday.com
wiki travel - Yucatan Peninsula

**Thank you for visiting us, have a nice trip!**

*Last updated October 2020*.

IF YOU HAVE DOUBTS, PLEASE START A NEW THREAD SO OTHERS BENEFIT FROM THE ANSWERS.
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2020.10.13 18:05 ImRikkyBobby Why is it so hard to find out who called you?

Get a random phone call. Type number into Google and the most information you get is the city in which the are code belongs to.
You're telling me I can use the yellow pages and white pages. Both physical books but I can't look up the numbers and who's calling me for FREE using the internet?
Its bullshit and every website wants you to purchase a plan so you can view who it is that's calling you.
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2020.10.13 00:35 normancrane A Dwarf Stood At The Door [3]

Table of Contents
Chapter 3 <-- You are here.

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The Thinkpad stopped humming.
My wife was staring at me, the palms of her hands planted on the kitchen table, her eyebrows inching into increasingly acute angles. “I said that you need to go to Doreen’s and pick up my cross-stich materials. Can you do that for me? Are you at least capable of simple, child-like tasks?”
“Of course, yeah. Sure.”
She smiled. “I find it offensive as a human being that you might have a Doctorate soon.”
She poured herself a cup of coffee.
I needed one, too.
On my way to Doreen’s, I stopped by Wayne’s and maybe with a little too much excitement explained the situation in Xynk. He listened while I rambled, and then said, “First, chill out. It’s just a game. An old fantasy text adventure game with no graphics. Like completely nerd material. Second, did you say you put a key into some dude’s eyeball and his mouth opened and you went inside his throat?”
“That’s right,” I said. “There was a room inside him.”
“That’s fucked up.”
“It’s grotesque and surreal. I’m amazed you can do that in a game from the 1980s, although Zork was pretty weird too.”
Wayne looked down at the floor. “Listen, I’m going to be brutally honest with you. Annie called me and said that I’m supposed to keep an eye on you to make sure that you’re actually doing what you’re supposed to be doing. I don’t like lying to…”
“To a woman you’ve slept with,” I said.
“Yeah.”
“I’m off to Doreen’s,” I said.
Wayne thanked me. When I was at the door, he added, “Tell me about that dwarf when you can. I’m surprisingly interested.”
I didn’t drive to Doreen’s. I drove to the local chain coffee shop, ordered a sickeningly sweet and overpriced mango-flavoured caffeinated drink and booted up the Thinkpad.
Welcome back, John Grousewater. Press any key to continue your adventure. 
I pressed Enter.
ROOM IN THE YAWNING MASK You are in your room in the Yawning Mask. It’s bare and empty, which suits an adventurer like you just fine. In the room, you see a TABLE and a WINDOW. The only DOOR leads WEST into the HALL. The DWARF walks toward you. “You have kept me waiting, John Grousewater,” the dwarf says. It’s heavily armoured and holding a battle-axe, which it taps three times threateningly against the wooden floor. Then it laughs a hearty laugh. “But that is fine, for I have already been waiting for much, much longer!” The DWARF crosses the room and pats you on elbow. Its shoulder are wide, wider than yours, but its head reaches barely past your stomach. It looks like a tough, gruff child. “Thank you for freeing me, my friend. My name is Dogor the Double Fisted, and I am a Dwarf of the twenty-sixth level, loyal only to Xynk and whose sole mission is to protect the city from the Hooded Rat Brotherhood.” ask dogor about note “Of course it was I who sent those to you.” 
I wanted to ask how it was possible for Dogor to have sent the notes if he was trapped in a box in #FF0000RUM, but I couldn’t figure out the proper parser, so I typed:
ask dogor about #FF0000RUM “I am much obliged to you for letting me out of there.” ask dogor about hooded rat brotherhood Dogor snorts. “The Hooded Rat Brotherhood are my sworn enemies. I will do anything to destroy them. It is in my blood. I will not rest until they are defeated to the last man, and Xynk is safe.” 
So Dogor was my sidekick, but it was strange to introduce him in such a glitched out way. It would have made more sense for Verbamor to have presented him to me directly in the throne room at the very beginning of the game. On the other hand, maybe my suspicions about Verbamor were right and Xynk was a more complicated place than its superficial quest suggested.
ask dogor about verbamor “Prince Verbamor,” Dogor says through clenched teeth. “May I speak freely, John Grousewater?” yes Dogor closes the DOOR and leans on his axe, exhibiting the facial expression of a wounded warthog. “I have my doubts about Prince Verbamor. I fear it is he who helped imprison me. There are greater forces at work here. The Hooded Rat Brotherhood is merely a tool, the poisoned dagger of an elusive, unknown puppet master.” 
A pimply faced coffee shop employee stood up on a chair and recited, “Ladies and gentleman, if I could have your attention I would like to apologize for the WiFi interruption we seem to be experiencing…”
ask dogor about greater forces “According to Prince Verbamor,” Dogor says, “Xynk has been in imminent danger for thirty six years. For as long as I can remember, its people have lived in fear. The city submits without question to the Prince’s authority. The Hooded Rat Brotherhood remains uncaught. It is suspicious, don’t you agree, John Grousewater?” 
I typed:
yes 
Although in truth I didn’t agree. It didn’t make sense for Prince Verbamor to recruit me to find the Amulet of Vermillion and stop The Hooded Rat Brotherhood if all he wanted was to rule perpetually by fear. Besides, Dogor could be lying. I had no reason to trust him. However—I did the calculation in my head.—thirty six years was 1979, which was eerily within the possible range of Xynk’s creation. My mind tracked back to my meeting with Verbamor in the throne room. I felt the sprouting tendrils of a theory. What if I was a decoy, not meant to succeed in carrying out a quest but summoned by Verbamor only to give the illusion of action? He could be banking on my reputation. He’d promised me riches but only after I completed the quest. In the meantime, he’d given me nothing. I followed a hunch.
ask dogor about tim birch “Tim Birch is dead.” 
For the second time today, I slammed the Thinkpad shut.
My heart was pounding.
I realized I was sweating, and the people in the coffee shop were looking over at me.
“No need to get mad, sir,” the pimply faced employee said. “Internet’s up and ready to go. No password needed.”
I picked up the Thinkpad and stormed out.
Outside, I called Wayne. “Listen, there’s been a development.”
“An unexpected one?”
“I wouldn’t be calling if it was any other kind.”
I explained the situation in the car while driving down what constituted the local highway. I wanted to get Annie’s cross-stitching errand out of the way, then drop by Wayne’s for a serious session of gaming. “It could be a really morbid joke,” he said. “Plenty of developers put stuff like that in their games.”
“So give me one example.”
He couldn’t. “So what are you implying, that he predicted his own death in-game?”
“Maybe.”
“That’s insane.”
“Give me another hypothesis.”
I could hear Wayne’s fingers hitting computer keys. “What if there’s a character in Xynk called Tim Birch, and that character is dead. Like he’s part of the back story, the history of the city. Don’t fantasy games usually have long ass histories that no one ever reads?”
That was a possibility I hadn’t thought of. “Did you try asking the dwarf—”
“His name is Dogor,” I said.
“Did you try asking Dogor about the other guy, Olaf something-or-other?”
“Brandywine. And no, I didn’t ask about him.”
“Then how about we try that first, when you get here, and once that calms you down you can sit in the corner of my store and work on your thesis like you usually do.”
“Annie called you again,” I said.
Wayne sighed.
I ended the connection, pulled off the highway and wound my way through the curved streets of the subdivision to Darleen’s house, with its freshly asphalted driveway and scarlet begonias and little tricycle by the front door that I desperately wanted to kick as I walked by. She opened the door smiling. “Hi,” I said. “I’m here to pick up some stuff up for Annie.”
We made small talk as she dug around in chests and drawers, bent over them as if waiting for me to get up, walk behind her and—
“Oh, here it is!” she squealed.
“How wonderful,” I said.
She walked over cradling a bunch of materials, threads and pattern books, then dropped them on the table in front of me. “Do you maybe want a bag for these?” she asked.
“That would be absolutely great,” I said.
She squealed again and bent over, pawing around in the cupboard beneath her kitchen sink. I took it her husband wasn’t home, and a part of me wished I could stick a key in her eye, force open her mouth—
“Listen,” she said without turning around or getting up. “May I be candid with you?”
“Sure, Doreen,” I said.
“Are you cheating on Annie?”
It was an odd thing to ask a man while sticking your ass out at him, but her tone was oddly sincere. “Cheating, like, sexually?” I asked.
“Dear me, I’m not accusing you. I’ve always taken your side. It’s just that Annie seems to think…”
My wife thought I was cheating on her? I stood up straighter and stuck out my chest. It was a day full of surprises, indeed. My ego hadn’t had a boost like this in years. Even the truth—”I’ve never cheated on Annie in my life,” I said.—couldn’t spoil it.
Doreen wiggled out of her cupboard holding a plastic bag. Her cheeks were gently pink. I held the bag open as she packed the cross-stitch stuff into it. “I’m glad to hear that,” she said. “And I’m sorry I even asked.”
“Don’t be sorry,” I said, touching her hand with mine.
“You’re a truly good man,” she said.
I closed the bag, took it off the table and held it at my side like a briefcase.
“That’s all of it.”
“Do I owe you anything?”
“Good heavens, no. Tell Annie I’m grateful she’s taking this stuff off me. It’s been gathering dust forever.”
“You don’t cross-stitch?” I asked.
“Not anymore.”
I nodded and backed away toward the front door. “I guess I’ll be going then.”
“Let’s have dinner together sometime,” she stammered.
“I’ll ask Annie.”
I didn’t kick the tricycle on my way down the front steps, but I did push it slightly with my foot. That was the extent of my rebellion. I threw the bag onto the back seat of my car, got in behind the wheel and pulled out of the driveway.
My phone buzzed.
Looping my way toward the highway, I read the email that my thesis sponsor that sent me. It said: “I am still awaiting word from you regarding our meeting tomorrow. Please confirm that you shall be in my office at 18:00. We may go to dinner.”
I replied that I’d be there.
At Wayne’s, I opened the Thinkpad even before reaching the table in the corner, plugged in the power cord and booted up.
Welcome back, John Grousewater. Press any key to continue your adventure. 
“So ask it about Olaf,” Wayne said.
I pressed Enter.
ROOM IN THE YAWNING MASK You are in your room in the Yawning Mask. It’s bare and empty, which suits an adventurer like you just fine. In the room, you see a TABLE and a WINDOW. The only DOOR leads WEST into the HALL. “Where were you?” Dogor asks. 
“Well?”
“He’s asking me a question,” I said. “Should I answer?”
Wayne looked at the screen.
He typed:
i was with my buddy wayne, yo “Wayne is a distraction,” Dogor says. 
“Damn,” Wayne said. “Dogor the Dwarf really tells it how he feels it.”
I typed:
ask dogor about olaf brandywine “Olaf Brandywine is a high ranking member of the Hooded Rat Brotherhood,” Dogor says. 
“See, I told you it was an in-joke. Now turn off the laptop and I’ll bring you a better one, and you can connect to Dropbox and work on your thesis,” Wayne said.
“Don’t turn me off,” Dogor says. 
I spun the laptop around so that Wayne could see the screen. He stared at it for a few seconds and said, “That’s freaky, I’ll give you that. Output without input. But it’s probably linked to some kind of timer.”
“A timer that tells it we wanted to turn off the game right after we turned it on?”
“I have a name. My name is Dogor the Double Fisted,” Dogor says. “And I can hear you conversing.” 
Wayne and I both stared stupidly at the command prompt. There was a microphone on the top part of the frame around the Thinkpad’s screen, but there was no way Dogor could hear us, let alone understand—
“Dogor’s gay,” Wayne said.
“I am unfamiliar with the word ‘gay’,” Dogor says. 
I covered the microphone with my hand and whispered, “It’s obviously responding to us, which is pretty advanced programming for a text adventure, but maybe it just responds to a few key words.”
“Like Siri?”
“I mean, what’s the alternative?”
I moved my hand away.
“Being gay means you like to shove your little dwarven cock into the assholes of other male dwarves,” Wayne said into the microphone, enunciating each word.
“I shoved my cock up your mother’s ass last night, Wayne Dubcek,” Dogor says. 
“How the hell does it know my last name?”
ask dogor about wayne dubcek “Wayne Dubcek is a friend of John Grousewater’s. His current place of residence is 10 Garfield Crescent, Brennen, Ontario. He is thirty-five years old and unmarried. He is a distraction.” 
The address was Wayne’s store, not his home, but other than that the information was dead on.
“Shut it off,” Wayne said and reached for the power cord—
I grabbed his wrist.
Dogor leans on his axe. “John Grousewater, you agreed to save Xynk. Focus on the quest,” he says. 
“If this is a fucking joke, I swear I’ll get you back,” Wayne said. I was still holding his wrist and could feel the tightness in his muscles.
“It’s not a joke.”
“It is not a joke,” Dogor says. 
I covered the microphone with my hand again. “Listen, it’s probably just pulling information from the internet. I could look up your address in the yellow pages. If it has GPS and access to Google Maps…”
“My internet’s password protected,” Wayne said.
I shrugged.
Wayne leaned in closer. “And, you see, the yellow pages are a real thing in a real phone book in the real world, and this dwarf, it’s a character in a fucking game. That’s what freaks me out.”
The bells over the front door to Wayne’s shop rang and Wayne smiled instantly and turned to face his customer. I turned the Thinkpad to face my chair and sat down in front of it. Sheepishly, I typed:
apologize to dogor “There is no need to apologize, John Grousewater,” Dogor says. “Let us infiltrate the Hooded Rat Brotherhood and unravel the mystery of Xynk.” 
Because politeness seemed to work better than insults:
ask dogor if he can wait until tomorrow night to unravel the mystery “Why must we wait?” Dogor asks. tell dogor i have to work on my thesis “I do not know the concept ‘thesis’,” Dogor says. 
It took me thirty more messages to get across the idea that I was writing a thesis, which was like a book, which itself was like a quest, that I needed to write some of it today and that tomorrow evening I would be meeting with a person called my thesis sponsor who would evaluate my progress.
Dogor leans his axe against the wall and sits petulantly on the bed. His big boots barely touch the floor. “If the thesis is important to you, I will wait,” he says. thank dogor “But after the evaluation of your thesis quest is complete, we will unravel the mystery of Xynk,” Dogor says. “Do you agree?” yes tell dogor goodbye “Goodbye for approximately thirty-six hours, John Grousewater.” quit 
Wayne was staring at me from behind his customer’s grey-haired head. I nodded and made a dramatic show of shutting off the Thinkpad. Wayne smiled. “But why isn’t it called a text file if there’s text in it?” his customer was asking.
I leaned back in my chair and yawned.
“It’s just a different format,” Wayne told his customer.
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2020.10.12 23:38 HeyWatchOutDude Pi-hole @Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Hi,
i have successful Pi-hole on my RPI4 installed. (OS: Ubuntu 20.04 LTS - 64bit)But sadly im unable to connect to the web interface.
curl -I http://localhost:8080/admin/ gives me the following output: (I cant use the default port "80" because I also have NC installed on it)
[email protected]:/etc/lighttpd# curl -I \[http://localhost:8080/admin/\] (http://localhost:8080/admin/) HTTP/1.1 200 OK Set-Cookie: PHPSESSID=kd12pptmph1789dv9p73vn4mnd; path=/ Expires: Thu, 19 Nov 1981 08:52:00 GMT Cache-Control: no-store, no-cache, must-revalidate Pragma: no-cache Content-type: text/html; charset=UTF-8 X-Pi-hole: The Pi-hole Web interface is working! X-Frame-Options: DENY Date: Mon, 12 Oct 2020 21:37:04 GMT Server: lighttpd/1.4.55 
Edit:
Port in use:
\*\*\* \[ DIAGNOSING \]: Ports in use \*:111 systemd (IPv4) \*:111 systemd (IPv6) \*:111 rpcbind (IPv4) \*:111 rpcbind (IPv6) [127.0.0.1:6379](https://127.0.0.1:6379) redis-serv (IPv4) \[::1\]:6379 redis-serv (IPv6) \*:22 sshd (IPv4) \*:22 sshd (IPv6) \*:33060 mysqld (IPv6) [127.0.0.1:3306](https://127.0.0.1:3306) mysqld (IPv4) \[80\] is in use by apache2 ([https://docs.pi-hole.net/main/prerequisites/#ports](https://docs.pi-hole.net/main/prerequisites/#ports)) \*:443 apache2 (IPv6) \[80\] is in use by apache2 ([https://docs.pi-hole.net/main/prerequisites/#ports](https://docs.pi-hole.net/main/prerequisites/#ports)) \*:443 apache2 (IPv6) \[80\] is in use by apache2 ([https://docs.pi-hole.net/main/prerequisites/#ports](https://docs.pi-hole.net/main/prerequisites/#ports)) \*:443 apache2 (IPv6) \[80\] is in use by apache2 ([https://docs.pi-hole.net/main/prerequisites/#ports](https://docs.pi-hole.net/main/prerequisites/#ports)) \*:443 apache2 (IPv6) \[80\] is in use by apache2 ([https://docs.pi-hole.net/main/prerequisites/#ports](https://docs.pi-hole.net/main/prerequisites/#ports)) \*:443 apache2 (IPv6) \[80\] is in use by apache2 ([https://docs.pi-hole.net/main/prerequisites/#ports](https://docs.pi-hole.net/main/prerequisites/#ports)) \*:443 apache2 (IPv6) \[80\] is in use by apache2 ([https://docs.pi-hole.net/main/prerequisites/#ports](https://docs.pi-hole.net/main/prerequisites/#ports)) \*:443 apache2 (IPv6) \[80\] is in use by apache2 ([https://docs.pi-hole.net/main/prerequisites/#ports](https://docs.pi-hole.net/main/prerequisites/#ports)) \*:443 apache2 (IPv6) \[53\] is in use by pihole-FTL \[53\] is in use by pihole-FTL \[4711\] is in use by pihole-FTL \[4711\] is in use by pihole-FTL \*:8080 lighttpd (IPv4) \*:8080 lighttpd (IPv6) 
Edit2:
I added "server.bind = IP of my PI" in the /etc/lighttpd/external.conf file but still unable to access web ui.
Also changed the port from "8080" to "8071".
*** [ DIAGNOSING ]: Ports in use *:111 systemd (IPv4) *:111 systemd (IPv6) *:111 rpcbind (IPv4) *:111 rpcbind (IPv6) 127.0.0.1:6379 redis-serv (IPv4) [::1]:6379 redis-serv (IPv6) *:22 sshd (IPv4) *:22 sshd (IPv6) [53] is in use by pihole-FTL [53] is in use by pihole-FTL [4711] is in use by pihole-FTL [4711] is in use by pihole-FTL *:33060 mysqld (IPv6) 127.0.0.1:3306 mysqld (IPv4) IP of my PI:8071 lighttpd (IPv4) [80] is in use by apache2 (https://docs.pi-hole.net/main/prerequisites/#ports) *:443 apache2 (IPv6) [80] is in use by apache2 (https://docs.pi-hole.net/main/prerequisites/#ports) *:443 apache2 (IPv6) [80] is in use by apache2 (https://docs.pi-hole.net/main/prerequisites/#ports) *:443 apache2 (IPv6) [80] is in use by apache2 (https://docs.pi-hole.net/main/prerequisites/#ports) *:443 apache2 (IPv6) [80] is in use by apache2 (https://docs.pi-hole.net/main/prerequisites/#ports) *:443 apache2 (IPv6) [80] is in use by apache2 (https://docs.pi-hole.net/main/prerequisites/#ports) *:443 apache2 (IPv6) 
Edit3:Now im getting the following output when i type that command ...(Changed Port from "8071" to "8069")
But still unable to access web interface ... how the fuck?
``` [email protected]:/etc/lighttpd# curl -i http://IPofRaspberryPi4:8069/admin/
HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Set-Cookie: PHPSESSID=7f559o5bovg2i71mecu7tgh4c3; path=/
Expires: Thu, 19 Nov 1981 08:52:00 GMT
Cache-Control: no-store, no-cache, must-revalidate
Pragma: no-cache
Content-type: text/html; charset=UTF-8
X-Pi-hole: The Pi-hole Web interface is working!
X-Frame-Options: DENY
Content-Length: 16267
Date: Tue, 13 Oct 2020 21:54:01 GMT
Server: lighttpd/1.4.55













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