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  1. 4 points
    In the interest of helping you out, I will be completely blunt about my thoughts about you/advice to you, apologies if I hurt your feelings. Hopefully I'm not out of place, since advice on why you failed your candidacy is usually reserved for the RFMs/SFMs. I also don't mean to come across as condescending in any way, I myself need to improve in many of these areas. You like to throw shade (especially at MajorHoward). This is fine. Giving each other crap is a time-honored MadCast tradition. We give each other crap about our misplays, mistakes, etc. It's all in good fun. Just know that when you start giving someone crap about something, you are marking yourself as a legitimate target for crap being thrown back at you. It's all in good fun. However, it seems you get defensive when people throw shade back at you. When you get defensive, it's a lot less fun for everyone (people worry that they've offended you), and in some ways you are implying 'I'm allowed to give you crap, but you aren't allowed to give me crap.' If you are being sarcastic about being defensive, you need to make it more obvious, because I for one can't tell. Learn to recognize when you are tilted, and don't play if you are tilted. After the game ends, take a short break to do something else, get a snack, play a single player game, whatever you need to do to calm down. Everyone who gets tilted plays badly, and tends to spread their negative attitude to other people. When you are super frustrated with the game, you play badly, blame others for your own mistakes, and don't learn anything. Come back with a fresh perspective. Some people either don't tilt, or are able to quickly get out of a bad mental state after the game, but I don't believe you are one of them. You say that you can't recognize when you are tilted, but it's a vital skill to learn both in game and in real life. Some obvious tells are when you know something is a bad idea, but you are doing it anyways, blaming your team or someone/something else outside your control for just about anything, greeding super hard for kills, and more. You get negative very easily, and stay very vocal when you are in a negative state of mind. If you can't stay positive, stay quiet. If you can't stay quiet, mute yourself. This is something that I know a few people will do when they get tilted, even within MadCast. As the saying goes, 'if you have nothing positive to say, say nothing.' Instead of griping about how far behind you are, talk about what you need to do to get back in the game, whether it be a successful gank or roam from another lane, just some time to free farm, etc. Add positives to your negatives, so instead of 'dammit I died to a gank', go with 'dammit i died to a gank, bot has no flash. Can we get a gank when we are back in lane?' This is something I know I need to work on, especially when I am tired. Avoid cracking jokes on touchy subjects. Using words like 'rape' can make people uncomfortable. Some people are okay with it, but within MadCast, most of us are not, and jokes about touchy subjects are seen as tasteless and immature. An innuendo on occasion is par for the course, but sometimes enough is enough, and it's on you to learn what the limits are within MadCast, and read the social cues that people are becoming uncomfortable. Think before cracking a joke. If you would not make the joke in front of your boss/professor, it's probably not a good idea to make the joke in MadCast. Don't offer advice on people's play often unless asked for it. This was something I had to learn back in my candidacy. It's frustrating to people when they are performing poorly, and someone is trying to micromanage their play. If you really have the need to offer advice to people, start with something like "I think/feel like you should have done X" or "Next time you should do X", or "Maybe it would have gone better if you did X" it comes across a lot better than saying "You should have done X." Saying "You should have done X" can come across as admonishing someone, rather than offering helpful advice. If someone gets defensive about your advice, don't argue, stop giving it to them entirely. I am breaking this rule with this post. Own your mistakes, both ingame and out, especially if you are also giving advice to people. If you don't own your mistakes, you come across as potentially one of those people who can do no wrong, but blames their team for everything. You clearly aren't like that, but you don't want to give people that impression. Owning your mistakes also gives others the chance to offer you advice in turn, which can help you improve your skills. You get excited easily. There's nothing wrong with this. You are also very vocal about your excitement. Nothing wrong with this either. The problem is that you will often dominate the voice chat. I know a lot of people complained that it can be hard to get a word in when playing with you, especially if there is someone else who is very vocal in the channel as well. When 2 people talk at once, the only people who understand anything are the 2 people who are talking. For this reason, most MadCast members will quiet down if someone else starts talking, generally assuming that whatever the other person is saying is more important than what they are saying. Talk about actions ingame takes priority over talking about stuff outside the game. If you want to just chat/complain about champions, chat between games or go to a different channel. It's clear you want to be a member of MadCast. This is a good thing, but myself and many others view you as currently too socially immature to be a person who represents MadCast. You are learning and improving, but the SFMs vote on your candidacy shows that they did not believe you were fit to wear the MadCast tag yet. I have nothing against you, and I don't think anyone in MadCast harbors ill will towards you. It's just for many people, it can be frustrating or tiring dealing with you as you are learning social skills. I for one think that if you stick around, improve your social skills, then reapply, you can successfully join MadCast.
  2. 3 points
    I write tonight to kickoff the 2018 MadCast Appreciation Drive. As you know, funding for MadCast assets comes largely from the community. This includes the website and other MadCast resources. Please note: no one has ever, in the history of the community, been required to donate or pay money to retain MadCast membership. Please do not feel the need to post if you cannot donate. I assure you, we understand. However, for those of you who are financially capable of doing so, we urge you to consider supporting the community through donations during the drive. I will sweeten the pot by offering this, at the outset: at the conclusion of the drive, I will randomly select a donor above $25. That donor will receive 3 hours of games with yours truly, and perhaps some admin friends! You pick the game! My occasions to game are less frequent than they once were, but this drive is important to the community, and I'll make time to honor this offer. We are setting the goal for this year's drive at $800. This drive will last for two weeks. Other incentives to donate may be added as time goes on. I will keep the community posted on our progress as the drive progresses by bumping this thread. If you wish to be anonymous, please indicate so in your donation, and we'll ensure your name is not posted. To donate, please hit the Donations tab above, and follow the instructions. Select September 2018 when you have a chance to select the month for which you're donating. Please also think about setting up a recurring donation to support the community. It's easy to do and makes the finances of the community much easier to manage. We greatly appreciate our recurring donors. If you have the ability to support the community, I ask you to do so. Even small donations are meaningful. Thank you in advance for your contribution to help keep MadCast a place we can all enjoy for years to come. 0---------100--------200---------300--------400--------500--------600--------700--X------800! (GOAL) Updated September 23, 2018. Drive Ends September 26, 2018.
  3. 3 points
    Good morning all, and welcome to another fun-filled Thursday of adulting. But worry not! I am here to take you all on a journey of Learning tonight at 9 EST! There will be hardships, victories, and losses to await you. But statistically, only @MadCast: TheMaesen and @MadCast: Icarus's teams will have to suffer the losses. Come join us early in Discord to be sorted to our respective teams. We will then play two games and tell our opponents how fantastic they are for beating us after each game, while harboring no ill will at all. I will see you all before 9 EST tonight!
  4. 2 points
    Thank you so much for opening up and sharing your experiences. I have been in a psych ward for a brief period and I can attest to the loneliness that hit while I was there. I am very sorry that you did not have other familial support in that situation, and even worse your relationship fell through because your fiance couldn't be strong enough for you. I am extremely lucky to have a husband who has not given up on me yet, and I wouldn't be here without him similarly to Vyoletta. I also agree that meds are not a fix-all like some people tend to think. They are a band-aid at best and when I'm already having a depressive episode my antidepressants aren't just gonna flip a magic switch on my mood. I also respect you for knowing that you are allowed to have bad days. Human beings were never perfect and we never will be. Letting yourself just stay in bed and eat junk food sometimes is just as important for self-care as eating vegetables and working out. I am proud of your progress and hope you continue to stride forward to your healthy lifestyle.
  5. 2 points
    Oh hey, that's me. Thank you. I just want to say that I am remarkably lucky to have VoShay as a partner, especially considering the volatile nature of my mental illness. He had a choice to leave but stayed, and he's saved my life more times than I can count. I try to always tell myself to thank him, even if I can't see a reason for it at the moment. I resonate with this a lot. My bipolar manifested during college. Since then, I have tried to develop habits that help me function "normally." Like Red, I found journaling to be really helpful. Right now, my main goal with journaling is to get an honest look at how my mood has been and any events or conversations that triggered intense emotions. This lets me see an overview of my moods for the past however many days, weeks, and months. I use an app on my phone that lets me input my mood at any moment and with relative ease. Then I can use the data to write more reflective journals at the end of the day. Another thing I do is curate music playlists to try to help me get out of intense emotional episodes. I have one for depression, for anger, for sadness, for mania (although that can be hard to curtail). It's a way to let me be sad and "sit in it" for a few songs but then be gently brought out of it by happier and more positive songs. It doesn't always work, but it's at least a useful tool I can always try. My anxiety makes me reclusive/isolative, so I try to make sure I interact with someone outside of my family at least once a week. We run in-person tabletop games with high school friends and that helps, but even then, I have bouts where I can't do more than tell them hi and then go upstairs. Right now, I'm doing pretty well. I've been pushing myself to be more active here, so I'm starting with the forums and then maybe I'll move to discord. I'm still really scared, but maybe soon. I thought I had more useful things to say but I can't think of anything more. I really try to do a lot of self-care, and I know it's important, but it's taken me too long to find habits that help. And even now, sometimes I forget or I just don't care. It's a constant fight. I'm sure a lot of you have also been through this and can relate. It feels wrong, but I find that thought to be a little comforting. In any case, I really like this thread, and I hope it wasn't too late for me to post. Thank you, Kitty Stark. And thank you to everyone for making me feel a little less alone tonight.
  6. 2 points
    Wazap

    intro; doublestufforeo

    You had me at "Gay version of Dyrus", I look forward to playing with you.
  7. 2 points
    Simaniac

    New Ranked Tiers

    Now you can sit at Diamond 4!
  8. 2 points
    I will match any donations coming in over this weekend (starting now and ending 11:59pm EST on Sunday) up to $250.
  9. 2 points
    I'm sure it could be arranged for the 21st, or 22nd, and aye, we can make time for a SHORT pee break intermission, nowhere near long enough for some of the more wishy washy players to get sober though.
  10. 2 points
    MadCast: Pushover

    Mediocre Shoutcasting?

    I'd say you did a good job, I know that I suck at shoutcasting since I get too distracted by one thing or another in the game. I enjoyed it, but some criticism since you asked for it: Keep the scoreboard open almost all the time (maybe turn it off during teamfights). There's a lot of information that can be gleaned from who is up in CS, who has completed what item, etc. For example, until about 8 minutes, Jhin had a massive lead over Xayah because he had a BF sword and Xayah had a dagger. Knowing when someone finishes an important item like Stormrazor is important, because it means that the ADC has a lot more playmaking potential, especially if the opposite member does not have an item completed themselves. Pressing 'X' (by default) toggles the scoreboard to instead display gold, which can help highlight who is doing well compared to their counterpart, who has a massive amount of gold and needs to buy, etc. If you are trying to be a color commentator, it helps to know a lot of matchups and builds. For example, In this game, Aatrox deviated from most standard Aatrox builds, opting to build a Serrated Dirk first (which seems questionable into a Malphite who plans to stack armor anyways), rather than building towards a Black Cleaver, or a Caufields Warhammer then Black Cleaver. Aatrox should be able to bully the Malphite early, since Aatrox has a lot of damage against targets without dashes, and Aatrox can push fairly well. Fleet Footwork on Aatrox is a bit of an odd choice, but it can at least help keep Aatrox's heath topped off against Malphite's Q harass. Bottom lane is very weak for red side given the picks, Sona (and Jhin) has a lot of poke damage, and Poppy brings no sustain, and not a lot of engage potential as long as blue side does not stand next to walls. Both ADCs should be rushing Stormrazor, so the first person to complete it has a big advantage until the other finishes theirs. Also for color commentary, you might want to talk about the strengths/weaknesses of team comps, as well as what to watch for in each lane, and what the win conditions are for each team. This game, blue side has a dive comp with Malphite, Akali, and Nocturne able to dive on a single target. Red side has more of a snowball comp, and Xayah is actually a good pick to counter the dive comp due to her ult getting her out of trouble if she is fast enough to dodge Malphite or Nocturne ult. This is a difficult thing to do while shoutcasting, but you might want to take control of the camera a bit more, particularly when action is happening on the map. As I'm sure you noticed, directed camera has a habit of deciding that someone clearing a ward in the toplane is more important than the gank happening in the bottom lane.
  11. 2 points
    While you have to volunteer and be accepted to become an RFM, elections determine who the SFMs are from the pool of RFMs every four months. This is the democratic structure by which SFMs claim the authority to make decisions for the rest of the community.
  12. 1 point
    @MadCast: majorhoward I propose hocus pocus drinking game for next month!!!!
  13. 1 point
    Just throwing out a reminder that this is tomorrow at 8:00 PM EST. (a number of the people I've talked to have forgotten)
  14. 1 point
    MadCast: Pushover

    New Ranked Tiers

    Maybe I'll actually bother with ranked again.
  15. 1 point
    MadCast: Mike

    MCL IV Teams and Schedule

    The moment we all have been waiting for! The draft occured last night and went great, and here are your teams! The schedule will be officially confirmed in this thread after you've had a chance to talk some with your captains. We are also continuing to allow sign-ups. Please reach out to me if you are interested in participating in the League! Either way, every team will play this Saturday, September 1st at 9 P.M. EST! Here are your teams! (Please note: The names are randomized and do not reflect the order in which you were drafted) Team Lunalesk Captain: MadCast: Lunalesk MadCast: Ghonzoh [C] Temtpedangel MadCast: Gokudera MadCast: TheMajor MadCast: Usefully Useless [C] Simaniac Team Icarus Captain: MadCast: Icarus MadCast: TikiSoCheeky MadCast: Exgameplayer MadCast: Kitty Stark MadCast: Dez MadCast: RacerDelux [C] Apoznaxaa Team Maesen Captain: MadCast: TheMaesen MadCast: Lokenn MadCast: StargazerLilli MadCast: Tacobellah MadCast: Pushover Team Kyro Captain: MadCast: Kyro MadCast: Namflow MadCast: Suixide22 MadCast: Brootos MadCast: MaroModo Challonge Bracket: https://challonge.com/madcastleagues4 Schedule: Week One 9/1/2018 Luna vs. Kyro Maesen vs. Icarus Week Two 9/15/2018 Luna vs. Icarus Maesen vs. Kyro Week Three 9/29/2018 Luna vs. Maesen Icarus vs. Kyro Week Four 10/13/2018 Luna vs. Kyro Maesen vs. Icarus Week Five 10/27/2018 Luna vs. Icarus Maesen vs. Kyro Week Six 11/10/2018 Luna vs. Maesen Icarus vs. Kyro Playoff Semi 11/24/2018 Playoff Final 12/8/2018
  16. 1 point
    Bump for Viability! Also, donated let's make the most of @MadCast: Lurama's offer.
  17. 1 point
    I'll throw $100 USD to the drive, and i also have some games on steam that i could be putting into the prize pool, copies of: Don't Starve Together, Frozen Synapse, two copies of Insurgency, and a copy each of Portal 1 and Portal 2.
  18. 1 point
    I just wanted to share this video to anyone interested in seeing how the new game mode plays out. Overall it seems quite fun. For what I saw in the video sona is going to be a must to beat the hardest difficulties, so it will be a good week for sona mains out there. I believe this game mode will reach live servers on September 13. New event gameplay
  19. 1 point
    Nobody is saying my presence is all that desirable. 😂 I will create a list tonight of all the available giveaways.
  20. 1 point
    I am unable to donate financially (and probably will be for a while) but I would like to add to the prize pool 1 chibi drawing of any video game character! Preferably to a different winner than the other things? Also it's less valuable so I'd be willing to offer it to anyone who donates at least $15.
  21. 1 point
    Hello! It has been brought to my attention that I've caused a little issues with a fee people because of me getting mad in games, yelling, etc. And even though it's not really directed at anyone, it's still upsetting. Firstly, I would just like to apologize to all I may have offended or upset or frustrated. I am truly sorry. And I realize that that is not a good way to act. I truly am sorry. Secondly, I would love to announce that I am definitely trying to work on it. I really do want to be a member here. I realize that I'll have to do a second candidacy cuz I failed my first one. And this isn't a reapplication post either xD This is just a post to apologize. Ill be reapplying, just not right at this moment. I probably will in a day or so, not sure yet. Anyway. If you guys play with me in the future, and I start getting too angry or tilted or something and it's starting to affect you. I implore you, LET ME KNOW. I never realize it on my own sadly. I'm self conscious and severely doubtful about people liking me and wanting to play with me. I have this thing where I believe no one likes to play with me. That's why i haven't reached out to a whole lot of you. I feel like I'd be bothering you. I'd also like to apologize for that as well. I'm gonna try to do better. I hope and ask for your guidance, guys. Please and thank you! Its been so great getting to know and play with you all! I hope you'll work with me and help me become better! -Tempted/Sona
  22. 1 point
    MadCast: Pushover

    Replay Analysis Thread

    It would be best to use the .rofl file for this, rather than a recording, since it makes it easier to do things, like check how much gold people have, what items people have, etc. EDIT: Looks like you can attach all but the largest replays to posts.
  23. 1 point
    I have read and agree to the terms. Thanks Kitty and Maro for the great comments.
  24. 1 point
    He's very strong in the 3v3, 4v4, 5v5's. capable of doing, probably more damage than Guldan, but sacrificing sustainability and CC for mobility and outplay. The only 4 picks I've had problems with, or might in theory, are Varian, Chogall, Tracer, and Tassadar. I could see Lucio and DB Genji being an issue, but most of them X-strike away before I kill them. One of Mephisto's weakest points is his waveclear is abysmal compared to other mages because of his long cd's relying on you hitting other heroes to lower them. This goes same to camp taking. He's extremely strong in the hands of someone who can position properly but to those who can't I would suggest a different mage.
  25. 1 point
    Wazap

    Intro: Wazap

    I used to play only for the dailies, but I haven't play in a while. Don't worry about the pineapple pizza. I do know that some day the whole world will understand its magnificence (except support, he is a lost cause). Glad to see someone understand the true meaning of deliciousness.
  26. 1 point
    MadCast: Icarus

    Patch Notes 8.17

    Whoops! I forgot to post this when it happened but hey its here and what are your thoughts? Comment below! https://na.leagueoflegends.com/en/news/game-updates/patch/patch-817-notes
  27. 1 point
    I'm down for this. Now, my definition of 'drink' for this type of game is a large swallow/gulp of beer. If we drink on all of these like that, there will be alcohol poisoning lol. Should we roll dice to see which of these we're going to do, or take turns on the drinking with all rules? Alternatively, we could just take out some of the more ridiculous ones, like 34. (That's 40 drinks all by itself) Either way, @MadCast: majorhoward you should definitely be calling for the drinks each time we hit one of the rules lol.
  28. 1 point
    MadCast: Munsa

    Mephisto power players

    Johanna/Maiev/Mephisto might be a power trio. Back that up with a Leoric sidelaner bringing Entomb to teamfights. Slap on a support that can pull off some UH OH heals and contribute CC like Stukov/Malfurion/Deckard. That's a comp for any control point or king of the hill map.
  29. 1 point
    You're entirely welcome here lad, cheers.
  30. 1 point
    League is a game that is too complex for 1 person to be making all the calls. You can decide on one person who has overall authority when making calls (so that when you win a teamfight and are deciding between trying to push for mid inhib or trying for baron, you have a tiebreaker), and you can have one person make most macro calls (whether to 1-3-1, 1-4, who is getting which side wave, etc), but calls need to be a team effort. Early in the game, the support will call most of the shots in the bottom lane because they have the most ability to engage. Jungle and mid (and top) need to communicate as to how to get successful ganks, where wards are, etc. It's difficult to tell a jungler to gank a lane immediately, since it will disrupt their pathing. Strict shotcalling is really bad for that reason, no player can remember to tell everyone exactly what to do, and no one is going to truly follow the rule to not rotate and take sidelane farm when nothing is happening. Are you going to call out general strategies for each lane, such as you want mid to shove in constantly? Are you going to let a Rumble in the top lane ult the wave before recalling? What about teleporting back to lane? What about flashing after kills in the bottom lane? It's impossible to draw a line to say that the shotcaller should call certain things and you cannot do them without the shotcaller telling you. Split second decisions like deciding to stay when you know the jungler is trying to gank you because your teammate is available for a countergank, or backing off and showing to the enemy jungler that you know he is coming, are not things that you can do with strict shotcalling. One thing that has been discussed but never done is doing replay analysis on some of the League of Learning games, I could try to do this for the lower ELO group immediately following League of Learning. I would be happy to watch a replay and give feedback on it, Could even be extended to people's ranked games, but would probably be most beneficial to do games where everyone is playing, and everyone remembers playing in. I could also do replay analysis by post, which might be better, since doing analysis can be time consuming, and you miss a lot the first time watching a replay if you are trying to look at how each player did.
  31. 1 point
    MadCast: Kitty Stark

    Mediocre Shoutcasting?

    Thanks both of you for the feedback, and especially Pushover for making so many great points I can note-take on! I really appreciate it!
  32. 1 point
    To be honest, there wasn't much shouting happening. Outside of people wanting to face check bushes I think you did just fine. I don't play much in the way of LoL and I was still tracking most of what was happening. Assuming you're not aiming at the folks that are super noobish to LoL you're good to go. If you want to aim at the newer or more noobish players I would suggest adding in some comments as to why you would want to go for this item over another, or what the item they're building will be good for.
  33. 1 point
    MadCast: The Prince

    Intro - Apoznaxaa

    Glad to see you back, homie!
  34. 1 point
    MadCast: narucabra

    Intro - Apoznaxaa

    been too long Apoz! Glad to see you doing well
  35. 1 point
    MadCast: HyndeSyte2020

    Intro - Apoznaxaa

    APOZ! Welcome back! Nice to see another familiar name!
  36. 1 point
    MadCast: Usefully Useless

    Intro - Apoznaxaa

    Welcome man
  37. 1 point
    MadCast: Bryff

    Intro - Apoznaxaa

    You think you can just stroll in, say hi, play a few games, and act like nothing ever happened? You think I don't know that you abandoned this dimension to fight demons? You think you can grow a flower and appreciate it? You think I forgot your birthday? You think Against the Gods is better than Coiling Dragon? YOU THOUGHT WRONG!
  38. 1 point
    MadCast: rife170

    Intro - Apoznaxaa

    Hey man long time no see. Welcome back!
  39. 1 point
    MadCast: kyro

    MCL IV Teams and Schedule

    @MadCast: Mike Not sure if it is mentioned in the original thread, but how do we determine blue side / red side? Are all four teams playing at the same time (this might impact streaming if someone is streaming)? Also, were we intended to play one team three times?
  40. 1 point
    Ok, thanks so much!
  41. 1 point
    MadCast: RedJustice

    Intro - Apoznaxaa

    Apoz!!!!! Welcome back. How long do you have on your degree now?
  42. 1 point
    MadCast: Epic

    Intro - Apoznaxaa

    Welcome back Apoz! Glad to have you re-applying. You are now a candidate for full membership. When in Discord, please wear the [C] tag as in [C] Apoznaxaa. In one month the Senior Full Members will vote on your membership. Should you pass, you will become a full member. You will then be required to wear the MadCast: Apoznaxaa tag. Should you fail, you may reapply and the candidacy period will begin again. You have been assigned the following FM+ to mentor you through the candidacy process: MadCast: Kyro. Please attempt to contact your mentor in the next few days. They will be looking for you as well. They will be your primary resource for community related questions and will have a mid-candidacy check in about two weeks into the candidacy period. A few tips for a successful candidacy: * Please familiarize yourself with the MadCast Code of Conduct that all must abide by. Check out the New to MadCast section for more useful information! * Be active on the forums! Check it regularly and participate when possible. If you find something interesting then share it! Chances are someone else will find it interesting as well. Being active on the forums is a good habit to learn, and is one of the main criteria noticed during your candidacy. * Join us on Discord! Even if you don't have a mic you're welcome to listen in. Being active on Discord and playing with other members is the best way to be noticed around the community! Discord Server: https://discord.gg/Cy5WX6B * Use the same name on both the forums, Discord, and in-game when possible. If not possible make sure people know who you are! We rely on feedback from our members when evaluating full membership and they can't give positive reviews for you if they don't know who you are. * Join the MadCast Public Group to make it easy for us to contact you, and for updates on Steam If you are having a problem please attempt to contact your mentor first if they are available. If not please contact an RFM or SFM. If a Staff member is needed the admins will consult them. A list of admins can be found at this link. Last but not least the requirement for you to even be eligible to be voted on can be found here.
  43. 1 point
    MadCast: VoShay

    Intro - Apoznaxaa

    It is with much joy that I welcome you back friend!
  44. 1 point
    MadCast: Pushover

    Intro - Apoznaxaa

    Holy crap it's Apoz. Welcome back man. Good luck on your candidacy!
  45. 1 point
    Milk, have you ever tried Mosel Rieslings? they're not red or pink, but they're a white wine that is typically on the semi-sweet side. typical tastes include a little bit of vegetal, a tad of something petrol-chemical (it can taste quite nice) a little bit of yellow apple, things like that.
  46. 1 point
    Icarus, to know what kind of wines to serve someone who has never had wine before, i'd have to know what kind of flavours they like first. Scooba. The first thing to do, is avoid California Pinot Noir. (if i'm doing my conversions right) anything under about 130-150 USD WILL be blah. if you don't like the heavy spice and barnyard of places like Burgundy, try a Pinot from your Pacific North-West, of British Colombia, from somewhere like Walla-Walla, Dundee Hills, Naches Heights, but primarily in Oregon Willamette (you can get pretty good Pinot from there. if you're not set on North America, you can get some pretty good Pinot from Australia and New Zealand, from places like Pemberton, Yarra Valley, The Mornington Peninsula, or Tasmania (slightly more classical) for Austrailia, or in New Zealand, if you're wanting a slightly more classical tatse Marlborough, Otago, or Waipara. When you say red or pink, do you mean stuff like White Zinfandel, or rose, and how sweet do you mean, do you mean slightly on the sweet side, or very on the sweet side.
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    I'm glad to see so many people feel comfortable discussing their experience with mental health issues, either personally or with others they care about. Unfortunately, our society does a bad job having conversations about it, especially considering how ubiquitous it is. I won't go into detail about any of my own challenges, but I was interested in talking about that self-care portion of the thread title. Over the years I have developed my own coping techniques. I think a lot of advice I read online or in books wasn't very helpful to me when I first started trying to figure out how to better take care of myself. What I've learned is that broad generalities simultaneously make advice correct and unhelpful (i.e. 'communication is the key to a good relationship'). Here are some things that might be helpful if you are trying to figure out specific things that work for you: During college I was very physically ill and dealing with chronic pain. One of the things my aunt encouraged me to do was to keep a daily journal rating how I bad my pain was in different parts of my body, my tiredness, my alertness, etc on a 1-10 scale. This had the combined affect of making me more mindful and giving me a way to measure patterns and make associations between my activities and symptoms. I now track other things like my weight, resting heart rate, time asleep, steps, etc. I've been able to see how changes I make to my lifestyle affect me physically and mentally, and I'm a lot better at taking preemptive care of myself. I'd encourage everyone to explore this concept of tracking some aspect of your health on a daily basis. Triggers and repetition are powerful. Use them to your advantage. I tend to use particular songs or playlists as a mental trigger for different activities. I will play the same song on repeat for hours! For example, I use the exact same song now for meditating that I used 8 years ago (Sea & Silence - Deuter). It is really easy for me to drop my heart rate as soon as it starts playing. I also noticed that smell can have a big affect on my mood (certain smells make me feel happy or calm or energetic, etc), so I try to choose accordingly with perfume, candles, lotions, shampoo, etc. Finally, early on I made a mistake of trying to follow general audience advice that I knew would not work for me. For example, I weigh myself twice daily and do not count calories. Most advice suggests I do the opposite, but it does not work for me. Conventional wisdom is worth considering, but if you know it doesn't work for you, it's okay. Nothing is wrong with you; you don't need to try to force yourself to do something just because it's the recommended approach. Everyone is different.
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    Thank you for this post. You'll find that most of us are at least a little bit cracked. I have more than my share of demons and likewise offer an ear for a good rant, cry, or vent. Above anything else and all games aside, we are a community first.
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    Wanna share cards? No but seriously, this is a ton of fun. I will be there again if I can for sure. I encourage everyone to give this a shout.