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Who’s down to discuss the lyrics of the new songs?

2019.05.17 18:29 yavoosh Who’s down to discuss the lyrics of the new songs?

For me it’s (again) the lyrics what gives me the most feels. Anyone down to discuss the lyrics? Im still having trouble to get what some songs are really about and I’d cool to get some of your interpretations. So for my personal intuitive interpretation:
Deutschland - well it’s a representation of the German people still having to find their sense of identity after what their people have gone through over hundreds of years. “Dein Atem kalt - So jung und doch so alt”. This is simply accurate. The ‘Bundesrepublik Deutschland’ as we know it today exists since 1990 but the first German nations coming together and forming the ‘Heiliges römisches Reich deutscher Nation‘ was 1000 years ago. Love this song and I can relate to it. And I think the Video is a perfect visualisation of the lyrics.
Radio - I think its about his desire to listen to western inspired music in GDR times. Back then in eastern Germany you’d face a lot of time in prison just for listening to forbidden radio stations. “Jenes Liedgut war verboten - So gefährlich fremde Noten”. My dad (born in the GDR) told me the same stories when he just wanted to listen to some Stones songs he’d be sitting secretly in his room and “sein Ohr ganz nah am Weltempfänger”.
Zeig Dich - pretty obvious that it’s about Christianity. But here I’m still struggling to get what he means with ‘show yourself’. God show yourself (like give me a sign)? Or back when the crusades went down and they wanted the people to show themselves and turn themselves in for not believing in Jesus. “Versteck dich nicht - Wir verlieren das Licht”. Worth to be discussed I think.
Ausländer - Just because of the Refugee Crisis in Europe and how media pushed this topic I first thought it would be another controversial song which gets ripped by journalists. But after hearing it it’s just about a foreigner travelling and having Sex with other foreign girls. His world is his home. He’s not here to stay. “Ein scharfes Schwert im Wortgefecht - Mit dem anderen Geschlecht”. So I guess he’s attractive and well spoken and has a lot of experience since he’s been everywhere. Gigolo is the most fitting word I think.
Sex - Since this song reminds me of the “Lindemann” Solo album and how the lyrics were on it the meaning for me is simple. Sex. But I recognised a line Till used in his book ‘In stillen Nächten’ ( Elegie für Marie Antoinette ) “Besser liederlich als wieder nicht”. This fits awesome into the song.
Puppe - I know there’s a poem of this song in the same book I just mentioned: “Wenn Mutti spät zur Arbeit geht “ These are pretty much the same lyrics. So his Sister is a sexworker working at home and one night he’s seeing how a customer kills his sister. But why is he biting the head of his puppet? Maybe to let the anger out. Don’t want to imagine what you’d go trough in that situation.
Was Ich Liebe - well this one is hard for me. “Ich kann auf Glück verzichten - weil es Unglück in sich trägt - Muss ich es vernichten - Was ich liebe will ich richten”. What he loves has to die. What is he? I’m not getting it maybe someone can help me.
Diamant - The ballad Im feeling not most people like. It’s a very cute love song. “Lässt die Welt um mich verblassen - kann den Blick nicht von dir lassen” He sings about a woman who is as pretty as a diamond. But he still wants to leave. What cannot love has to hate. He’s having a hard time to leave because she is so pretty like a diamond but since it’s nothing behind it it’s just a stone.
Weit Weg - Ok this song is just awesome in my view. Love the lyrics. I understand it like a masturbation story. It’s about how he imagnes his dream girl. In his imagination this person is as close as it can get but in reality it’s so far away. “Steht er da am Fensterrand - mit einer Sonne in der Hand”. This brings a whole new meaning to the all time classic Sonne. Since he’s jerking off to his fantasy he has the sun (dick) in his hands. Eins - hier kommt die Sonne. Here ‘cums’ the sun...
Tattoo - Great lyrics. Simple to get but still awesome written. “Ich zeige meine Haut - Bilder die mir so vertraut”. He shows you his soul and his true self through his tattoos. These are his familiar pictures he loves and knows his whole life.
Hallomann: “Tanz für mich und dann - Kommt zu dir der Hallomann”. Well The lyrics are about alluring a little girl and making her dance for him. Who the hell is the Hallomann? Another one where I want to know what you guys think.
Again this is just my personal interpretation of the songs. There is no definitive meaning in view. That’s what I love about Rammstein and Till Lindemann. Great Album!
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2019.03.09 02:00 CPU_Dragon JoJo's Bizarre Adventure OC Tournament #4: R1M20 - Electric Grapevine and Baba O'Riley vs. ???

The results are in for Match 18. The winner is…
Eternal Consumption Engine, with a score of 69 to The Sweetwater Visitors’ 59!
Category Winner Point Totals Comments
Popularity ECE 27-13 12 votes total, with a decisive win for the ECE despite the mostly even strats! Popularity can be such a fickle mistress.
Quality SWV 21-23 Reasoning
JoJolity SWV 21-23 Reasoning
This was an excellent match on both sides, with the wedding being most certainly ruined by them, but hey, at least there was a show! Judges gave the SWV slight leads in their categories, but the popularity swung hard for the ECE. Another win for democracy.
But if this battle got too hot and steamy, maybe you would like to cool off in the Tatras?

Now, without further ado....saddle up.

Scenario - Istanbul, Turkey, early morning:
Two figures sat in a room, one wreathed with light, the other shaded in darkness. The man in the light sat in front of a window, looking down at the city below from the hotel. He took a brush from his smock, the v-neck covering the even deeper valley of his striped shirt. He peered down, and carefully took a bit of paint from his easel, smearing it deliberately onto the canvas. As always, his hair was neatly tucked back, under his beret to keep it from interrupting his work.
The other figure, the one in the darkness. Covered in a woolen coat, hanging on his smaller frame. A large hat hung on his head, and the only truly visible part of him were his hands as he lounged on the bed, carefully turning the pages of a book. His hands were beautiful, nails polished. The room was quiet, the room filled with stacks of money, of gold, canvases and paintings stacked against the walls, with Dog Planet carefully folded up in a corner. Several phones, all brand new, were piled in a corner. A cornucopia of fruits and sweets rested on a table.
The shadowed figure smirked, tracing a finger down the passage. With a chuckle in his voice, he spoke.
“Tell me my retainer… have you ever read the 「Art of War」?” He said, voice light.
“...Non.” The painter responded, in a rote way as if he had been asked the question many times before. (He had.)
The shadowy figure chortled as the painter continued, brow scrunching as he made a few new strokes, face turning from contemplating and refined to annoyed. The shadowy figure closed the book with a snap. “It is said in it that among the five essentials of ‘victory’, number five… ‘He will win who has military capacity and is not interfered with by the sovereign.’ How wonderful, that I exist then!” The previously serene figure brought a hand to his head, tilting it back dramatically. The painter did not turn around, absorbed in his work.
“How wonderful, that I have been reincarnated at last! That I am the true ‘sovereign’, gifted ‘tribute’ to me, as well as the true heir of ‘military capacity’!” The figure laughed, voice cracking. He swung his legs off the bed, picking up a phone that had been given to him as tribute, upside down. “Yes! It is of course my ‘historical destiny’ to become the hegemon of this world! Truly, the greatest monarch, the greatest emperor!” He tossed the phone behind him, continuing to rant and rave about his own skill. His own genius. At some point, the shadowed figure switched to Chinese, then Turkish. He paced, posing grandiosely and expansively, knocking over a few piles of cash along the way, also stolen taken as tribute in military campaigns, as the painter got progressively red in the face.
The figure, finally, stepped out into the light, revealing… a slight, sickly looking youth, a dark grin on his face, washed out in the morning sun. Slightly greasy hair hung around his face, and with the end of his tirade, his voice cracked a few times.
“Yes! Truly! With the return of I-- Temujin-- Genghis Khan, Khagan, Khan of Khans, my own new ascendancy is truly within my grasp! Oh so close at hand!”
With a crash, the painter stood up, screaming furiously and breaking the canvas he was working on over his knee, throwing the pieces to the ground. The youth tilted his head quizzically. “...What is the meaning of this outburst, court painter?” After a moment, he smirked to himself, not perturbed at all. “No. Oscar.”
The painter turned on the youth, fury clear on his face. He bared his teeth, emotion clear in his eyes as he turned from the bustling scene below, throwing his paints and brushes aside in a rage. He opened his mouth, and took a deep breath in preparation, bowing his head before speaking.
“ALRIGHT BOSS! I’LL LET YOU FINISH... BUT I HAVE SOME THINGS TO SAY ABOUT HANDS!”
Niyaz steepled his fingers, leaning forward, appearing to listen intently to what Oscar had to say. Meanwhile, Oscar stepped on the canvas, grinding his foot against it and pummeling it into the ground, as he narrowed his eyes.
“Hands are the bane of my existence… The blasted things are too complex, too detailed; each one is different!”
Oscar holds up his hand and looks at it, before clenching it into a fist, punching a hole in the drywall.
“MERDE MERDE MERDE! THE CURVATURE OF THE FINGERS, THE LINES ON THE PALMS, THE KNUCKLES, THE LENGTH OF THE FINGERNAILS, THE POSITIONING OF THE FINGERS.” Oscar pulled his fist out of the drywall, leaning down and picking up a piece of the canvas he was painting on, and holding it out: it depicted a hand, but the fingers were far too long, and far too thin, certainly not realistic looking. Oscar crumpled it in his hand.
The youth merely nodded; despite Oscar’s outrage, which he had seen many times before, he reveled in his passion and dedication. This is why he had chosen him as his court painter, and his right-hand man. He dared not call him that though, lest he get Oscar going again.
He gave Oscar a moment to breathe, Oscar slumping down back in his chair, his hand bruised from his outburst, and his artwork ruined.
“Forgive me my, uh, my liege… I simply wish to achieve perfection. Everything else… I am masterful at everything else! It’s just… the hands…” Oscar’s demeanor seemed to switch on a dime; he swapped from unbridled rage to a deep, pitiful sulk, and buried his head in his hands. The youth smiled warmly, patting him on the back.
“Don’t worry Oscar… together, we can both achieve greatness beyond comprehension. I have faith in you, as you have faith in me. We are unbeatable.” Oscar took his head out of his hands, looking up at his boss’s face. He smiled back, sitting up in his chair. With that, there was a knock at the door, and a voice on the other side:
“Hotel staff! We got a noise complaint, is everything alright in here?”
The youth nodded, taking a pile of lira and flinging open the door dramatically to a worried looking valet. “Excellent timing, good servant.” He said in fluent Turkish, handing over the stack of cash. “My retainer and I require some tea to calm down. Black, sweetened well. Do have it delivered promptly.” The valet nodded dumbly as the youth shut the door in his face.
Oscar looked up from his shattered work, and sighed. “Alright boss, where are we going?” The youth nodded seriously, opening a map of the city and pointing to one of its defining landmarks. “We are going on our most ambitious campaign yet.”
Oscar nodded. “The, ah, bataille royale, no? The one announced to everyone?”
The youth nodded. “Indeed. We shall meet the chaff upon the field of battle, and like chaff they shall scatter.” He stood, opening the door to grab the tea, held by another rather confused valet, handing over more lira, and setting the teapot down.
“Let us discuss our approach. After all as the ‘Art of War’ states….”
“‘Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.’”
Istanbul, Sultanahmet Park, Noon
Electric Grapevine rumbled through the streets of Istanbul, glaring at a map and eating an oversized doner kebab. The ECE had seen it fit to displace a local abandoned factory a few miles out, but she was more than capable of making her way to the Tag. She swallowed the rest of the kebab, freeing up her hands to grapple another contestant who ambushed her from the shadows of an alleyway. He was nimble, yes, but she was much too big, much too strong to be taken down that easily.
With a grunt of effort, she hoisted the young man into the air, and, with a roar, threw him downwards before he could summon his Stand to retaliate. The man hit the ground with a choking sputter, gasping for breath through cracked ribs. But Grapevine walked onward; he was just another broken body in her wake.
The clue for this match - Nobody’s business but the Turks! - had been rather vague, but another contestant had figured it out....and accidentally announced it to @everyone in the Urban Uprising forums. With so many heading towards the Tag’s general location a 1v1 would be unfeasible, so the admins had come up with a hasty solution: a Battle Royal, last group standing would advance to the next Round.
Of course, the match became much more chaotic than anticipated. The increased risk of injury having dissuaded no one and countless players had arrived, looking to claim this trophy. It was this environment that the ECE custodian seemed well equipped to...clean up.
Grapevine spat the kabob wrapper onto the ground beside her unconscious opponent, wiping her mouth on her arm. She sniffed the air. Despite her efforts to keep the fight short, she had been found out. Although she could easily crush those who opposed her, surviving this gauntlet of a battlefield would be a test of stamina; it would be important to conserve her energy. And so, the behemoth marched on.
But, of course, ‘if it bleeds it leads.’
Although she had been rather reclusive amongst the YMCA, the forum post was worth definitely worth investigating. She was bound to see something newsworthy in Istanbul, and she would be the first on the scene, long before that Aesop Rock. Worst came to worst, a match like this would attract all kinds of contestants, making it a good opportunity to learn about the competition...
CLICK!
She snapped a photo of three contestants, all engaged in a heated battle. As soon as it printed out, Baba shook it, waiting for the polaroid to develop....drat. While the cacophony of Stand abilities made for quite the spectacle, none of it showed up on film. She frowned and peeked out from cover, taking a few more pictures with her DSLR. With her skill at this once in a lifetime event, she was bound to get a good picture sooner or later.
She kept to the sides, hiding from any enemies. She knew that, reasonably, she didn’t have the best direct combat ability, but with the perfect picture….She ducked behind a nearby bush, as the three swiftly dispatched themselves, in a brutal finale to this part of the story. She took a few more pictures, and moved onto the next scene. They would make a captivating addition to her blog.
CLICK!
As Baba scampered from hiding spot to hiding spot, she spotted a competitor narrowly defeat another. Unfortunately her camera was down, and she wasn’t able to take a picture of the victor, their back facing her. While she would have liked to ask for an interview, she didn’t trust them to be a good guest. Baba scampered further into the melee; the longer she dallied, the more she risked getting caught.
The pair worked through Istanbul, the edifice of the Hagia Sophia lording over them. Grapevine brutally, efficiently working her way through anyone who dared stand up to her. She was coated in blood, dripping it on herself. She knew the value of sending a message, and the Stand users around were weak. She spotted an abandoned food cart, lumbering over to it with a serious look on her face.
More kebabs. She was hungry. She tore a large chunk of flesh out of the hunk of meat, swallowing quickly and ravenously. Food. Good food. It would fuel her for the rest of the battle. She burped. She liked Istanbul. Good food. Easy fights. Good.
She scanned the near abandoned park, the battle slowly winding down. Chaff. There wasn’t any good fights it seemed. Whatever. All that was left to was to get the--
Crunch. Munch. Munch. Crunch. Munch. Munch.
Hmm.
Grapevine slowly turned to the kebab stand, looking at the spinning meat, a feeling of...not menace, but instead mere curiosity. Interest.
A small, black thing, with no features sans a gaping maw, furiously chomped into the doner meat. Its skin slimy and black. It was vaguely cat shaped, and notably didn’t respond to her at all. Despite Grapevine’s pokes, it continued to eat. She pulled it away, watching it immediately leap back to eating.
She nodded. So this was some sort of ‘enemy’, then. She had her Stand slice it apart, examining the gooey, tarry insides, continuing to macerate it before placing it in her mouth. She swished it in her mouth. The flesh tasted odd. Like swamp water. Good.
Grapevine swallowed.
Baba desperately shook the polaroid, sighing at the result. No good photos, whatsoever! She poked her head over the bush she was crouched behind, seeing almost nobody around. It seemed everyone else had taken each other out, sans a very clear exception.
A massive wall of a...woman(?), eating something from a food cart. Baba cringed, looking to a nearby fountain. The woman didn’t look injured, and with the blood coating her skin, she clearly wasn’t one to be trifled with. Baba could hope she was taken out, or otherwise that she didn’t have to face her.
Then the woman turned around, face smeared in some black sludge. She scanned the area, eyes zeroing in on Baba’s red hair. Baba ducked down, but heard the rumbling footsteps of the woman as she walked towards her location. Baba ducked away, running out into the open as black sludge hit where she was moments before.
Baba focused on the woman, noting her clear strength and the way she looked over the battlefield, examining both herself and the area around them in case of traps. For every step she took, Baba took a few back. She was...going to have to fight, wasn’t she? Baba gritted her teeth, a sky-blue aura surrounding her as a dark, earthy brown one surrounded the woman.
“You know. The history of 「The Hagia Sophia」 is rather interesting.”
Baba and the other woman slowly turned to face the source of the authoritative voice. though not quite away from each other. An air of tension, stretching to a breaking point, filled the air. The voice was...cold. Rather than yelling, it was clear, measured, and most of all, cold.
A boy, a dour looking teenager in old-style clothing stood, straight backed, with a larger, luxuriantly mustachioed man in ridiculous clothing stood behind him. The boy looked at the both of them with flat, focused eyes. “The 「Ottoman Turks」 took this city from the corpse of the Byzantine Empire in 1453 CE. This place, the ‘Hagia Sophia’, or in Turkish ‘Ayasofya’ used to be a Christian cathedral, ordered built by Justinian the First. The ‘Ottomans’ then rechristened it a mosque when they took the city, where it’s been to this day.”
He pointed a finger at them. “Don’t you see what I’m saying? Any emperor who ‘conquers’ gets to do with it as they like. Just like the 「Ayasofya」, I’ve been successful in my campaigns so far. Let me say this. I have truly ‘earned’ the Tags here.”
Baba swallowed, confused. “Wait, what are you even talking about!?” She said, completely lost. “Who even… who are you! Emperor, talking about the Hagia Sophia, what!?” The mustachioed man cringed in the background.
The boy sneered down at them, dropping his arm. “...So you do not recognize majesty then. Fine.” He turned behind him. “Retainer! Announce us!” The man coughed, and yelled across to them.
“Right, uh!” He started, put on the spot. “Representing La Horde Aurique, I am--” The man brought a hand to his moustache, then yelping in pain as he, instead of stylishly tearing off a fake one, pulled at his very real facial hair. The boy did not react whatsoever, waiting for his partner to recover. “Right! I’m, ah, Oscar K. Computer, and I work as the boss’s Court Painter, and this is. Uh.” The man said. The boy made a motion to continue.
“In your presence is His Imperial Majesty, Temujin, Genghis Khan, Khagan, Khan of Khans!”
Baba’s jaw dropped in complete and utter shock.
Grapevine was unmoved by the boy's declaration, unlike the little woman near her. She didn't know nor care what a ‘Khan’ was. All she cared about was two more threats to take down.
“The name of this reincarnation is Niyaz Jamilev, but yes! Genghis Khan!” The boy said, a wild, deranged look in his eyes before quieting back down to a calm, dead bearing. “I will win.” He stated with absolute surety, Grapevine seeing no hesitance or fear in his eyes.
“Give up.” He continued. “In my majesty, I shall be merciful. Surrender and give me your ‘tribute’. You will be defeated, but if you surrender I shall preserve your ‘dignity.’ Otherwise….”
Niyaz opened his coat, revealing what was inside it. Grapevine ground her teeth together, realizing, with a dripping feeling not unlike her Stand rolling over her, that they were not the chaff she had been dealing with so far. This was another ‘reaper.’
Inside Niyaz’ coat were Tags: cards, pins, baubles, a mixtape — Tags of all shapes and sizes. His detached sneer grew feral. “Sixty-seven. La Horde Aurique has utterly routed sixty-seven people. You shall be two more, if you fight. ”Grapevine blinked, and immediately summoned her Stand, oozing over her body. She didn't really know who these people were, but she was going to win. That's all there was to it.
“Don't care about no dig-ni-ty.” She growled, staring daggers at the threats. Niyaz nodded as if he expected it, summoning his own Stand, lionlike and regal, behind him. The gates set inside it seemed to flutter open and closed, something dark, dangerous stored inside.
“Boss! Remember our deal!” Oscar said, his own blobby, amorphous Stand behind him. Niyaz sighed. “Yes, my dear retainer. Their lives are not forfeit. Just these two left. Don't let your guard down.” The tension only increased, waves of freezing, black menace radiating off the duo.
“Hey! Big lady!” The small woman yelled, panicked. “There are two Tags!”
“I'm taking them.” Grapevine nodded. Baba hesitated, feeling the pressure of a do-or-die scenario. She knew that to stand a chance, even….
“H-how about we team up?” Baba quickly replied, scrambling for some reasoning to convince the behemoth. “There are two of them, and they're strong: you know that, I know that, they know that. If it’s a three-on-one, that one gal’s toast. I’d lose, you’d...probably lose, but if we team, we have a chance...that sound good?”
Niyaz looking in with interest, Grapevine blinking. As much as she wanted to crush everyone involved, she also was not stupid. She spat out a blob of tarry goo. She had better chances, and if that meant dealing with a whiny girl...so be it.
“Grapevine.” She said.
The other woman visibly relaxed. “Baba O’Riley. Now let’s take down this Ghengis Khannabe.”
Niyaz nodded. “So. You refuse to kneel. And instead stand united.” Oscar brought out a piece of paper. “Boss, let's get this done quick!” He yelled. “I got an idea for a painting to do of this once we're done!”
Niyaz smiled, a slash of deranged arrogance before settling back into flatness.
“「Gates of Babylon」.”
And the doors of his Stand opened, revealing the darkness within.
Location: Outside of the Ayasofya, in Sultanahmet Park. It is about noon, and warm. Grapevine (brown) and Baba (gold en bleu bébé) start 5m from each other, each 10m away from Niyaz (en l'or le plus brillant), and Oscar (aussi en or) 5m behind Niyaz. For reference, the fountain in the center of the map is 20 meters wide; the stage is about 220x220m.
All parties are in peak condition with no starting damage or any starting advantage. There are a few RETIRED Stand users spread out among the location, abandoned food stalls, and abandoned souvenir stands. All Stand users have cell phones. There is nobody else besides an inexplicably large amount of pigeons, like in all cities.
Goal: RETIRE Niyaz Jamilev. There is no alternate victory condition. Good luck.
Boss Information:
Name: Emperor Genghis Khan (Real name Niyaz Jamilev)
Age: 812 (16)
Occupation: Emperor (Fugitive), leader of La Horde Aurique
Appearance: Niyaz (Pictured on the right, art done by Skelly-tan) is a thin, regal looking youth. He carries himself with dignity, and a sneer on his face. He is about 5’3", and 120 pounds. He wears a dark blue silk tunic with silver designs on the front of horizontal bars, a large coat with a fur ruff, woolen pants, leather shoes, a chip on his shoulder, and a simply magnificent furry hat. He is of Uzbek descent, with black eyes and black hair. He has a large variety of golden rings on his right hand. He wears a red silk sash around his waist with gold tassels hanging off.
Personality
Bio
Equipment: A copy of The Art of War in Chinese, a smartphone, various pens and pencils, a small notebook, three human teeth, a shred of red fabric with an ‘M’ on it a human hand, a bloody bull horn, a pocket telescope, (a book of matches)[https://www.reddit.com/StardustCrusaders/comments/arfbaz/jojos_bizarre_adventure_oc_tournament_4_r1m10/], a pocket flashlight, two stirrups, a lighter, and a pocket knife. They are stored in various pockets of his coat.
Strength: 1 (An Emperor especially doesn’t do damage! Their minions do it for them!)
Agility: 2 (An Emperor doesn’t move! Their minions do it for them!)
Endurance: 2 (An Emperor doesn’t get hit! Their minions do it for them!)
Riding: 4 (Niyaz is exceptional at riding things. Horses, cows, people - he can ride basically anything with or without a harness, and stay on with little trouble. After all, a proper Emperor needs a trusty steed! This is despite his awful strength and agility.)
Imperial Command: 5 (Niyaz has a voice that carries very well, can keep track of most things in their line of sight, and can give orders concisely. While this helps with controlling his Stand, there are limits. If they can’t see something, he is likely to simply recall minions away, and the minions must be given new orders before their old ones end. In either case, this is truly a Skill befitting an Emperor!)
Stand Name: 「Gates of Babylon」
Appearance: A menacing, heavily armored figure. It is gold with blue highlights, and its head is that of a stylized lion. It has decorative lapis eyes and teeth that serve no real purpose, and is covered in a sophisticated inlay of lapis and sapphire, creating beautiful patterns. Set inside its torso are two gates, modeled roughly after the real world Ishtar Gate in structure and appearance.
Power: S5 (Stand itself is D, small minions C, Medium B, Large A)
Speed: S5 (Stand is C, Small minions are at A, Medium B, Large C)
Range: S3 (Stand is D Range. Minions it creates go up to C Range, or 20m.)
Durability: C (Definitely not bad. Pretty far from bad. But kind of average.)
Precision: E (Niyaz has little direct control over what his minions do, and for them to do anything he must command them to do whatever he wishes. The minions, however, are more than capable in either close combat or at whatever they’re commanded to do. If commanded to intercept attacks with their arms, for example, they will be good at intercepting with them by virtue of solely focusing on it. Additionally, Niyaz may choose how he wishes a fusion to go, if he has the materials and the end goal in mind.)
Potential: A
Abyss: 「Gates of Babylon」 has a murky, swampy abyss inside its doors. It may expel this abyss by opening said doors. This abyss will form into a vague, monstrous simulacra of some animal of the Niyaz’ choosing. Note that the simulacra will have no real features of whatever animal they are based on besides vaguely their shape. They must be specifically granted the abilities to fly, use human hands, etc. Basic minions can move, strike, and eat, and little else more complex not related to that.. The expulsion is at up to C Power, enough to knock someone over, and can go up to 10m. It can create three sizes of monsters.
Small: C Power, A Speed, smaller than human size but only down to around housecat size. Small minions are used for tasks that don’t require much physical oomph or necessitate small sizes. Think utility.
Medium: B Power, B Speed, human to horse size. Medium minions are the all-rounders, and generally used for combat.
Large: A Power, C Speed, larger than Medium, but top out at adolescent elephant size, around 2.3m tall. Large minions are large enough to act as sufficient meat shields for Niyaz, and are absurdly strong. They are most used in close range, where he may more effectively command them.
The minions are completely automatic, and thus, have zero damage transference whatsoever. Destroying their heads is, as well, the most efficient way to destroy them. The Stand automatically forms abyss inside itself when summoned, and takes about 30 seconds to form enough for a small minion. It starts out with enough for 5 small minions. Its minions may consume organic matter to create more abyss inside the Stand, with 15 seconds of consumption meaning another minion will be made on top of the passive generation.
Command: 「Gates of Babylon」 may control the monsters it create, by Niyaz directly commanding them verbally. Without commands, the minions will be useless for anything. Once commanded, they will carry out their goal according to the directions. If Niyas gave bad directions, they may end up doing their goal inefficiently, and they will not react to anything beyond their goal unless commanded to otherwise. Because of this, Niyaz prefers keeping them within line of sight, so he can keep track of and command them if the situation changes.
Fusion: By holding an object with its hand and inserting into a minion, it may "fuse" them, giving them the properties of whatever it used. Wood for wood armor, batteries for making them electric, ice for ice abilities, a finger to give them human hands, a tooth to give them ability to speak, wings for flight, etc. Niyaz may not unfuse the minions from any items used. Additionally, he may fuse monsters of the same type together. Two Small make a medium, and two Medium make a Large. Larger minions cannot be un-fused into smaller types. Smaller amounts of material will give the minion weaker effects. A triple A will not give as much zap as a car battery, for example.
While the minions won’t do anything on their own, they can use any given traits and abilities competently. Parts will also generally scale to the minion and be consistent in manifestation; a large minion fused with a pair of human arms will have them scaled to itself and with gasoline be flammable throughout.
Stand Oddities: 「Gates of Babylon」 itself has no senses whatsoever. It also has no personality whatsoever, or any trace of one. It is completely under the control of Niyaz, an empty husk for him to use.
Fighting Style: Niyaz is a dangerous, ruthless fighter who sits back and commands his army. He likes to plan his victories well in advance, and to ruthlessly crush his enemies in one swoop. That said, while he is ruthless, he will also make at least a token effort to be nonlethal for Oscar’s sake.
Name: Oscar K. Computer
Age: 24
Gender: Male
Species: Human
Occupation: Court Painter for Niyaz Jamilev, Artist
Personality
Bio
Physical Description: Oscar K Computer (Pictured on the left, art done by Skelly-Tan), despite his personality and demeanor, is surprisingly muscular. His body is clearly very well taken care of, and those muscles aren’t for show. He takes incredibly good care of himself, exercising regularly and eating a carefully cultivated diet to make his body as beautiful in order to use himself as a model in his paintings.
He’s 6’3” with white hair pulled up into a man bun/ponytail that resembles a paintbrush, the end of it gradually becoming red. His outfit consists of a splattered apron-like white smock with several pockets on the front, which also has a long flowing cape attached to the back. This smock has a deep v-neck, and covers a black and white striped tight long-sleeve shirt with an even deeper v-neck, going all the way down to the stomach. His clothes are littered with various loops that he holds his paintbrushes in. He has a very baggy pair of black Hammer Pants, and a relatively normal pair of black shoes. On his head he wears a beret with a hole cut in the top for his man bun to poke through, bangs also coming out from under the front of the beret and covering one of his eyes.
Finally, he has horrendously stereotypical facial hair, a long and curly mustache and a thin soul patch on his chin, completing the look with a pair of sunglasses he wears whenever he isn’t painting.
Equipment: 5 Prints of Art rolled up into poster tubes: Mona Lisa, Ein Landsknect mit Hund, Vertumnus, The Beatles “Abbey Road” Album Cover, and Dog Planet. Paintbrushes of various sizes, tubes of various paints stored in the pockets of his smock, smartphone, wallet. A fake moustache, that looks precisely like his actual one.
User Stats:
Strength: 4 (Oscar is very buff, working tirelessly to perfect his body to use himself as a model for his art)
Agility: 4 (Oscar is very agile, working tirelessly to perfect his body to use himself as a model for his art)
Endurance: 4 (Oscar is very tough, working tirelessly to perfect his body to use himself as a model for his art)
Painting: 4 (Oscar is a very impressive painter, he can paint incredibly lifelike portraits or even amazing stylized works, but with one caveat keeping him from true mastery - when drawing people, he cannot seem to draw hands well at all. No matter how hard he tries or how long he works, they always seem to come out oddly proportioned, mangled looking, etc. This is a big point of insecurity for him and reflects on his stand.)
Art History: 4 (Oscar has an almost photographic memory of historical works of art, and is uncannily adept with objects he pulls from paintings. E.g. if he picked up a regular sword, he would have no idea what to do with it or how to wield it. If he pulled a sword from a historical painting, he’d be quite skilled with it.)
Stand Name: 「The King of Limbs」
Stand Type: Long Range Humanoid(?)
Stand Appearance: 「The King of Limbs」 takes the appearance of a round-ish (comparable to the head of an octopus) blob of pale beige-yellowish goop around the size of Oscar's torso. The goop it is made out of is thick and paint like, constantly swirling around, dripping and glopping off of TKoL periodically, dissolving within seconds on the ground.
TKoL has a constant red aura of energy glowing around it, along with several (2-4) elongated arms with malformed and disfigured hands made out of a brighter, more concentrated version of this energy. TKoL has a pair of large ovular eyes on its “face”; it can see through these, as can Oscar, but they appear to just be static on the surface, not blinking or moving at all, simply staring forward with very large, also ovular, pupils.
Stand Ability: The King of Limbs can, simply put, take anything out of or put anything into any work of art. “Art” counts as any visual creative medium such as photography, paintings, video games, etc. Oscar can take pieces of things that are whole in paintings i.e. if there were a chair, he could specifically take out a chair leg, and he can take things out of things that would logically be there in real life, i.e. if there were a painting of an apple he’d be able to take out the seeds. Things taken out of paintings are identical to what their real life counterparts would be; an apple is an apple, you can bite into it and it tastes like one. The inside of paintings are fully explorable and are on a scale as large as needed to portray what is in the painting; if a painting has a road trailing off into the distance, the whole road is traversable up to the point where the painting ends. If several paintings are in a close vicinity in range, the paintings become traversable through swirling paint-like portals. Due to insecurities regarding his art, Oscar cannot use The King of Limbs on his own paintings.
Power: S-1 (While The King of Limbs has little power of its own, the limbs being quite frail and don’t pack much of a punch, the objects it takes out of paintings have their own power; i.e., a gun or a sword taken out of a painting would still be able to shoot or cut people. Objects taken out of art can interact with stands, as well (The power levels of which are considered on a case by case basis). Any supernatural powers such as omnipotence or godliness would not be extended to the real world; things with such powers only have those in the paintings. Despite its relative weakness, when dragging something into or pulling something out of a painting, no matter how heavy the object is or how much it resists, TKoL seems to possess unparalleled strength, and has little issue carrying anything as long as its from a painting (This only applies until it puts the object down, in which case it has the regular weight to TKoL); a caveat to this is that Oscar can only pull unwilling people into paintings if he catches them by surprise, so this ability would not work in combat.)
Speed: D (The King of Limbs is rather sluggish in its movements, but not absurdly so, its arm movements being more fluid than its general bodily movements.)
Range: B (While its main body stays close to Oscar, its limbs can reach up to 30 meters; objects taken out of paintings persist beyond this range.)
Durability: D (It isn't really the most durable Stand, about the same as a normal human. Its limbs can be damaged but they recreate near instantaneously if they’re destroyed or damaged beyond use.)
Precision: A (It can take even the tiniest details from art and realize them, and can make them function just how they did in the art. Additionally, the Stand has pinpoint accurate eyesight.)
Potential: A
Stand Oddities: As mentioned, its limbs respawn near instantaneously if they are destroyed.
Fighting Style: Oscar generally takes the back seat to Niyaz in combat. He is less used to fighting than his partner, and thus generally acts as support for the youth. He is more or less nonlethal, trying to focus on keeping Niyaz from doing anything drastic, though he is competent in close range.
Team Combatant JoJolity
Eternal Consumption Engine Electric Grapevine “One cartload of the enemy's provisions is equivalent to twenty of one's own.” You like Istanbul, and these little gift shacks. Use the objects in the souvenir and food carts in your strategy!
YMCA: GIT GUD Baba O'Riley “The end and aim of spying in all its five varieties is knowledge of the enemy.” You haven’t got any good pictures so far, and you are absolutely not going home empty handed. Get as many unique pictures from as many different angles as possible!
La Horde Aurique Niyaz Jamilev and Oscar K. Computer “The consummate leader cultivates the moral law, and strictly adheres to method and discipline.” There’s nothing better than a good retainer, and of course, retainers like to be useful. Use as little from outside the paintings in Oscar’s inventory as possible!
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2018.02.11 20:05 j_sunrise My experience at the Red Bull Competition in Vienna, Austria. AMA!

Here I wanted to tell you a bit about how the competition went. The whole Rubik vs. WCA vs. Red Bull discussion can be found in a different thread.
I also only arrived around 2:30 pm, so I can't say much about things that happened earlier.
The competition took place in the "Library & Learning Center" of the WU (University of Economics). It has quite a nice architecture on the inside. Reminds me a bit of the Guggeneheim Museum. Everything was set up in the wide area on the ground floor that you can see in the picture. There was some music playing in the background (classic rock). In general the comp was more quiet than the two WCA comps I've been to.
Seeding and 1 on 1 format
In the morning there were was the "seeding". The best 32 cubers in each game mode would advance to the 1 on 1 stage. As there were 32 or fewer cubers in most (if not all game modes), all of them proceeded to 1 on 1. AFAIK there was no separate seeding for the female division.
I don't know how the draw in the 1 on 1 stage was done. I assume some randomness was included.
In "Fastest Hand" for whatever reason, they let the 1st place from the seeding compete against the 2nd place. The 3rd against the 4th, the 5th against the 6th and so on. I have no idea why. The result was that the 2nd fastest cuber got kicked out in the round of 16. And the final had someone averaging 15-16 seconds against someone averaging 25-30 seconds. Here is a picture that explains what I mean.
From what I can see this only happened in one-handed. It's extremely unfair to the person who should have won the GoPro (the second place in each game mode got a GoPro Hero 6 black).
My experience in the female event
With me there were 8 or 9 women there. One of the on-site organizers (I knew him from a WCA comp) convinced me to participate. I was lucky to have a slow opponent in the quarter final and my opponent in the semi-final was about as fast as me and I just won by a small margin. The other cuber in the final was twice as fast as me - I only finished my solves because of the camera. I went home with a GoPro even though I was probably only the 3rd or 4th fastest woman in the competition.
Before the final I had to sign a agreement to being photographed, giving them their rights to the pictures (and also the rights to anything I say). I made sure to tell them that I won't give a statement. And I was rather rude to the person who showed me that agreement - Mr. Mitgutsch, who was later surprisingly happy to chat with me (more on that in the other post).
Because I was replacing another cuber, the wrong name is written on the Mindgamers website. My name is not Kinga.
Competing
Other than the 1 on 1 format it was rather similar to a WCA comp. There was a scrambling area with a scrambling program that visually looked similar to TNoodle (though I am pretty sure it wasn't TNoodle).
There was a waiting area with cardboard walls and wooden folding chairs with a Red Bull logo.
The solving stations were giant 3x3 cubes where competitors would solve while standing (very similar to solving stations often used by the WCA until 2009 or 2010).
The cube covers were rather small (which explains the 58mm limit) cube-shaped boxes. They had magnetic sides so you could put them together in a row for easier transportation.
A competitor would bring 3-6 cubes to the scrambling table (3 for OH, 5 for 3x3 and 6 for Re-scramle - if you don't have enough cubes, you can use a RSC they provide), they would be scrambled by the scramblers (for Re-scramble, they'd scramble 3 of the 6 cubes - you can choose which ones). A runner would then take all the cubes (up to 10 boxes or 12 cubes, depending on the game mode and whether it was seeding or 1 on 1) and go to the waiting area, call the competitor(s) and go to the solving station.
Two sorts of incidents happened here:
  1. While the magnetic boxes made it easier - carrying 10 of them is hard. In the female semi-final the runner dropped 3 or 4 of them. I covered my face and yelled "close your eyes" at my opponent while the runner re-collected the cubes and tried to find out which ones belonged together (so that both would have the same scramble, and each their own cube).
  2. The judge received 10 boxes, 2 rows of 5. They were labelled with name of the competitor and which one was the first scramble. But then the judge had to turn the boxes over. And here things got confusing. In my first attempt I got my opponent's cube. That also happened to other competitors. We got an extra attempt for that.
Inspection was handled by an app. You'd press start, it starts counting down from ten. There is a "peep" at 8 seconds when the judge lifts the box. There are more peeps at 5-4-3-2-1 and a long peep at 0 (if you ever watched parallel skiing or snowboarding, that's what it sounds like).
Nice judges said "three, two, one, go" - because for a competitor focusing on their cube it's hard to count the peeps ("Was this the 2-peep or the 1-peep? Should I start now or a second later?"). This is important. If you are to late or too early, you DNF ("FAIL"). "Really nice" judges first lifted the cube covers and then started the app, which effectively gave you a bit over 10 seconds of inspection. Personally it confused me more than anything - "Am I allowed to start inspecting now? Should I wait 2 seconds?".
As mentioned elsewhere, there is no +2. An AUF-mistake results in FAIL.
The winner in a 1 on 1 match was determined by points. The two cubers would race on the same scramble. The faster one would get a point. Some competitors DNF-d their solves when they saw that their opponent was already done. In re-scramble and OH, you'd need 2 points (out of 3) to advance. In 3x3 you'd need 3 points (out of 5). If a competitor has enough points before the last scramble, the other scrambles are not used.
Miscellaneous
Most people used CFOP or a LBL method in the re-scramble event. The winner was one of them. The second place though was won by someone using "reverse-blind". He memo'd the corners and executed them backwards. Then he memo'd the edges and executed those backwards. It was rather interesting to see the difference. The fastest CFOP time was 26.01. The fastest reverse-blind time was 28.56.
The winners in each category held a short interview (in English).
The podium collapsed multiple times.
Although the regulations said that you had to return the RSC cubes provided, people who asked nicely were allowed to take one home (both competitors and people who just happened to walk by).
There were a few cameras in the venue, filming everyone. You could avoid them to some degree, but not if you got into a final.
Erik Akkersdijk was there which surprised me a bit. I got an autograph.
I knew most cubers from previous competitions in Vienna and Munich. There were a few cubers who said that they were active a few years ago but aren't so much anymore.
I kinda wish the 24-second solve I did in the final was a WCA-solve. My WCA pb is 40 seconds (from last November).
I asked a Polish cuber how "Maskow" is pronounced. He said it's "Maskoff" (like Romanov in Marvel).
In the end we were running around 2 hours behind schedule.
In general it seemed like Red Bull was still trying things out. This was the first of their qualifying comps, and there were still a lot of things to improve. I also saw one of the organizers (from Red Bull's side) talking about things like "Hey, we could install a camera in the solving stations so that you can see the cube from underneath" - basically brainstorming ideas.
Ask me anything. If you want to know my opinion on the whole "Rubik's vs. WCA vs. Red Bull" topic, read the other post.
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2018.02.11 16:04 j_sunrise another test - I was at the Red Bull Qualifier Competition in Vienna

Here I wanted to tell you a bit about how the competition went. The whole Rubik vs. WCA vs. Red Bull discussion can be found in a different thread.
I also only arrived around 2:30 pm, so I can't say much about things that happened earlier.
The competition took place in the "Library & Learning Center" of the WU (University of Economics). It has quite a nice architecture on the inside. Reminds me a bit of the Guggeneheim Museum. Everything was set up in the wide area on the ground floor that you can see in the picture. There was some music playing in the background (classic rock). In general the comp was more quiet than the two WCA comps I've been to.
Seeding and 1 on 1 format
In the morning there were was the "seeding". The best 32 cubers in each game mode would advance to the 1 on 1 stage. As there were 32 or fewer cubers in most (if not all game modes), all of them proceeded to 1 on 1. AFAIK there was no separate seeding for the female division.
I don't know how the draw in the 1 on 1 stage was done. I assume some randomness was included.
In "Fastest Hand" for whatever reason, they let the 1st place from the seeding compete against the 2nd place. The 3rd against the 4th, the 5th against the 6th and so on. I have no idea why. The result was that the 2nd fastest cuber got kicked out in the round of 16. And the final had someone averaging 15-16 seconds against someone averaging 25-30 seconds.
From what I can see this only happened in one-handed. It's extremely unfair to the person who should have won the GoPro (the second place in each game mode got a GoPro Hero 6 black).
My experience in the female event
With me there were 8 or 9 women there. One of the on-site organizers (I knew him from a WCA comp) convinced me to participate. I was lucky to have a slow opponent in the quarter final and my opponent in the semi-final was about as fast as me and I just won by a small margin. The other cuber in the final was twice as fast as me - I only finished my solves because of the camera. I went home with a GoPro even if I was probably only the 3rd or 4th fastest woman in the competition.
Before the final I had to sign a agreement to being photographed, giving them their rights to the pictures (and also the rights to anything I say). I made sure to tell them that I won't give a statement. And I was rather rude to the person who showed me that agreement - Mr. Mitgutsch, who was later surprisingly happy to chat with me (more on that in the other post).
Because I was replacing another cuber, the wrong name is written on the Mindgamers website. My name is not Kinga.
Competing
Other than the 1 on 1 format it was rather similar to a WCA comp. There was a scrambling area with a scrambling program that visually looked similar to TNoodle (though I am pretty sure it wasn't TNoodle).
There was a waiting area with cardboard walls and wooden folding chairs with a Red Bull logo.
The solving stations were giant 3x3 cubes where competitors would solve while standing (very similar to solving stations often used by the WCA until 2009 or 2010).
The cube covers were rather small (which explains the 58mm limit) cube-shaped boxes. They had magnetic sides so you could put them together in a row for easier transportation.
A competitor would bring 3-6 cubes to the scrambling table (3 for OH, 5 for 3x3 and 6 for Re-scramle - if you don't have enough cubes, you can use a RSC they provide), they would be scrambled by the scramblers (for Re-scramble, they'd scramble 3 of the 6 cubes - you can choose which ones). A runner would then take all the cubes (up to 10 boxes or 12 cubes, depending on the game mode and whether it was seeding or 1 on 1) and go to the waiting area, call the competitor(s) and go to the solving station.
Two sorts of incidents happened here:
  1. While the magnetic boxes made it easier - carrying 10 of them is hard. In the female semi-final the runner dropped 3 or 4 of them. I covered my face and yelled "close your eyes" at my opponent while the runner re-collected the cubes and tried to find out which ones belonged together (so that both would have the same scramble, and each their own cube).
  2. The judge received 10 boxes, 2 rows of 5. They were labelled with name of the competitor and which one was the first scramble. But then the judge had to turn the boxes over. And here things got confusing. In my first attempt I got my opponent's cube. That also happened to other competitors. We got an extra attempt for that.
Inspection was handled by an app. You'd press start, it starts counting down from ten. There is a "peep" at 8 seconds when the judge lifts the box. There are more peeps at 5-4-3-2-1 and a long peep at 0 (if you ever watched parallel skiing or snowboarding, that's what it sounds like).
Nice judges said "three, two, one, go" - because for a competitor focusing on their cube it's hard to count the peeps ("Was this the 2-peep or the 1-peep? Should I start now or a second later?"). This is important. If you are to late or too early, you DNF ("FAIL"). "Really nice" judges first lifted the cube covers and then started the app, which effectively gave you a bit over 10 seconds of inspection. Personally it confused me more than anything - "Am I allowed to start inspecting now? Should I wait 2 seconds?".
As mentioned elsewhere, there is no +2. An AUF-mistake results in FAIL.
The winner in a 1 on 1 match was determined by points. The two cubers would race on the same scramble. The faster one would get a point. Some competitors DNF-d their solves when they saw that their opponent was already done. In re-scramble and OH, you'd need 2 points (out of 3) to advance. In 3x3 you'd need 3 points (out of 5). If a competitor has enough points before the last scramble, the other scrambles are not used.
Miscellaneous
Most people used CFOP or a LBL method in the re-scramble event. The winner was one of them. The second place though was won by someone using "reverse-blind". He memo'd the corners and executed them backwards. Then he memo'd the edges and executed those backwards. It was rather interesting to see the difference. The fastest CFOP time was 26.01. The fastest reverse-blind time was 28.56.
The winners in each category held a short interview (in English).
The podium collapsed multiple times.
Although the regulations said that you had to return the RSC cubes provided, people who asked nicely were allowed to take on home (both competitors and people who just happened to walk by).
There were a few cameras in the venue, filming everyone. You could avoid them to some degree, but not if you got into a final.
Erik Akkersdijk was there which surprised me a bit. I got an autograph.
I knew most cubers from previous competitions in Vienna and Munich. There were a few cubers who said that they were active a few years ago but aren't so much anymore.
I kinda wish the 24-second solve I did in the final was a WCA-solve. My WCA pb is 40 seconds (from last November).
I asked a Polish cuber how "Maskow" is pronounced. He said it's "Maskoff" (like Romanov in Marvel).
In the end we were running around 2 hours behind schedule.
In general it seemed like Red Bull was still trying things out. This was the first of their qualifying comps, and there were still a lot of things to improve. I also saw one of the organizers (from Red Bull's side) talking about thing like "Hey, we could install a camera in the solving stations so that you can see the cube from underneath" - basically brainstorming ideas.
Ask me anything, just please stay civil. If you want to know my opinion on the whole "Rubik's vs. WCA vs. Red Bull" topic, read the other post.
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2016.08.24 01:40 astargore 2 month+ on T issues, passing in gym

Hi there everyone! First I wanna apologize for my writing, as I'm not a native english speaker.
So... I'm 25 y old and about two and a half month on T now and generally I am feeling great about it. Actually seeing some significant changes; a bit of a deeper voice, muscle growth, more hair here and there and also my waist is starting to feel more comfortable, etc... While being aware there was something 'wrong' with me for my entire life, it took me 22 years to actually come out. Before that, I have had my issues - and a lot of them - but somehow managed to live an almost normal, and kinda succesful, life as a girl. While being in any kind of relationship (no matter if with a man or a woman - I always considered myself as Bi, though I mostly ended up in being in a relationship with men.) I broke up with all of them because having sex was too much for my body-insecurities and, as much as I enjoy close contact, it was just too much for me after a while. Despite being aware I would rather like to have a male body, I was pretty good in acting female and I used to be so good at it to a point random people told me how beautiful I am. ... and I couldn't even appreciate it in the way I should have. That being said, I also used to be active in sports and being actibe and productive in general. After I started taking T, of course, I wanted to proceed and take the opportunity for having an easier time of muscle growth and went on with it. Maybe I have to add I just went on going to the female locker room, because obviously, I still passed fine as a woman back then and it was less of an issue than to go to the men’s room. But now, after over 2 month on T, cutting my hair off and definetely don't want to be recognized as female anymore, I have a lot of struggle to go to the gym at all. There is just no way anymore for me to be comfortable stepping in there. I really enjoy working out and stuff, but my dysphoria got that bad lately I barely dare to go out of my house anymore at all... When I do, I pass like 50% wherever I go and it just feels horribly awkward to even to go to the toilet or just throw in my bag into the male locker room, which is surrounded by all those extremely masculine guys. On good days, when I look into a mirror I kinda see where this whole thing is going and I feel relief and know I am doing the right thing, but on the other hand I can't stop yet to see my female face and how much it is different now and far from being what it used to be. That's actually fine for me. But I have the feeling, even if I put on make up and stuff just to be able to feel confident enough to go the gym again, I also wouldn't pass as a female anymore. I have short hair, my shoulders would rip apart any girly-shirt I still own, all those hairs everywhere and on top horrible acne.
I am aware this sounds like I am just conceited. But it got to a point I have that much luck of self-esteem, I missed a good job-opportunity and don't leave my house anymore without a really good reason. What also concerns me is my dealing with alcohol. I had kind of an issue with that during the last years and it got a bit better after coming out to some friends and part of my family and it stopped right after I got hormone-therapy – but, especially now, I don’t care much anymore to stay sober every day...
I know it will get better giving it a bit more time - but I also know working out can shorten the time to pass better.
Would appreciate any kind of advise.. Be it about some cool tricks to passing in general, working out at home (I do jogging 2-3 times a week now and lifting a little bit, but nothing more) or any other suggestions would be extremely welcome!) Also some opinions about if I may be able to pass would be awesome. Here's what changed so far: beofre!(about a year ago) now!(now)
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2015.10.01 11:26 coalchester Comment on my Beyond the Wall hooks

Looks like we'll be returning to the village of Tywyn (and beyond!) this weekend, after a longer pause than I would've liked, so I'm looking for comments on my setup, to shake it out in my mind by writing it all down, and freshen it up with your input.
For reference, I posted in detail about the first two sessions here and here.
We went through the group sandbox generation process from Further Afield, so Tywyn is surrounded by:
This is all in the land of Celidon. To the north is Lochlann, where the raiders come from.
Before the heroes' grandfathers were yet grandfathers, King Urt and Skyld Skjaldabrjotr (Shieldbreaker), fought seven days and nights without rest, so long that the fight took them to the heavens. King Urt cast Skyld down from the sky back to Lochlann, the Lochlannach raiders retreated, and King Urt became the first High King of Celidon, and with the help of dwarven masons and miners, built Lutetia.
The heroes just spent an unusually mild winter enjoying their everyday lives in Tywyn, after their adventure with the angered fae. Come campaigning season, High King Kerwin and his knights will ride out in force to cast out the northern raiders... but!
Grimnir the Grey, a Lochlannach sky-priest is encamped with his men at the standing stones, harnessing their power to summon a fimbulwinter over Celidon.
The King's force, caught unprepared, will stop to resupply at Pembroke, but any food they take will turn out spoiled at the most inopportune moment, the Lochlannach, at home in the snows, will attack the tired and hungry knights, and the might of Lutetia will be broken.
The communities all over Celidon, including the heroes' home village of Tywyn, will suffer terribly from famine, and be left defenseless against the northerners.
The heroes' will first need to take care of the food supply for Tywyn. They actually have a way to pretty much obviate the issue: a bowl from which a mouthful is as nourishing as a full meal. I'm OK with that; they've earned it.
The first time out in the wild, hunting or foraging or investigating the unnatural winter, the heroes will have a vision of the White Hart, the spirit animal protector of Celidon. It will be pursued by wolves, but will stop to bite the single tasty shiny apple in the winter landscape, which will turn to decay as the wolves catch up on it. The hart might have a burning tree between its antlers: no specific symbolism intended, just to vaguely tie in the Muspel-tree and psychedelize the imagery a bit. There might be Atlantean ruins involved; the self-taught mage's spellbook comes from the sunken kingdom.
Pembroke's condition is a fairy deal/blessing/curse type of thing: several generations ago, Peredur of Pembroke made a deal with the fae that for as long as one of his line remains in Pembroke, anything born of the field, or of the beast, or of the woman in Pembroke will be hale and strong... the operative words being in Pembroke. Anything taken out decays and degrades. The villagers probably can't really conceive of this, as a part of the curse. So Pembroke is relatively well off on its own, but it's isolated and dying out, because the nearby folk are (rightly) suspicious: people who leave Pembroke tend to sicken and die, so who would want to marry into it?
Grimnir's shieldmaiden daughter Grimhilde has been visiting Pembroke lately in the shape of a falcon. She is in love with Peredur's great-grandson Peren, a villager she met probably by chance while scouting, or something like that. The falcon thing isn't a regular spell or a special skill of hers, it's being in love.
What Grimnir and Grimhilde are really after is more than conquest: they're looking for Skyld Skjaldabrjotr's fabled sword, which fell like lightning from the sky during his fight with Urt. Naturally, that happens to be the abandoned, but alluring blade, glittering in a lightning-cleft rowan tree found by the young woodsman PC in character generation. It's a greatsword, but was probably just a regular sword for Skyld, who must've been a giant compared to men of now. I'm using the "shatter shield to block one attack" rule, but the sword will shatter shields without the attack being blocked. The Lochlannach will recognize it, if not by sight, then when it manifests its power.
The raiders will have some berserkers among them, which can turn into actual bears. This is probably another power of the standing stones, not inherent to the raiders, so if the heroes manage to drive Grimnir away from the stones, they could conceivably harness the power for themselves somehow.
What I'm trying to do here is paint a charged, evocative situation, with interconnected issues, and with NPCs I know and understand, and push the PCs into the middle of it, so I can run the game without pre-planning specific scenes or solutions.
What do you think?
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"Native tribes from the U.S. and Canada signed a treaty Tuesday establishing an inter-tribal alliance to restore bison to areas of the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains where millions of the animals once roamed."

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That's actually fucking awesome! I love to read good news in this subreddit for a change :)
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It's pretty unreal what we did to the bison.
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There was another article just a couple of days ago that mentioned something about ISIS fighter's beliefs. It said how they believe that they'll go to hell if they are killed by a woman.
I suppose a female fighter pilot would also count... right?
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May she be the first of many.
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NASA congratulated them likely by phone but also on the front of their Mars website
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He looked like such a friendly and harmless guy :( May he rest in peace.
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Things are improving probably thanks to the peace deal that happened a few days ago.
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2014.05.25 13:54 tabledresser [Table] IAmA: I went to North Korea as a tourist - AMA!

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Are they happy? No, they don't seem happy. Of course, they have their happy moments with family or at events but generally, no.
Do you think someone should free this country through a war? Thinking about how bad the life is for people, not even starting with the ones in the camps: probably. Not an easy yes/no question because china wouldn't just sit there and do nothing. I think north korea will collapse sooner or later and even that won't be an easy thing to handle.
China is afraid of North Korea government collapsing; because of the millions of refugees they'll have to manage when it happens. I've heard that they are already starting to build refugee camps to be prepared when it happens! Might just be a rumor tho.
Do they ask you about the 'exterior world'? I wonder if they are curious at all, even though it might be forbidden.. The people we got to talk to usually were curious but also very cautious in what to ask. They just asked about our lifes, nothing political or anything.
Come on, you went to f'ing North Korea, and you can only type a sentence on a question like that? What exactly did they ask and what exactly did they asnwer? What was the general environment like when they were asking something like that? Did they seem nervous? Envious? Disappointed? It wasn't the only question I've answered in here ;) but ok, they asked where we're from, what our jobs are, what I intend to do after finishing at university, why we come to NK, if we've travelled a lot and where we've been, one woman asked my mum if her cotton shirt that was like 10$ was expensive and if it's easy to get cotton clothes where we live. stuff like that. they usually were really nervous and only asked when we (my mum, me, our female guide and they) were alone. they might have been a bit envious but more in a "I would like that too" sense and not in a "I don't want you to have it" sense.
What was the weirdest thing you saw? They had coal powered trucks! They took out the engine in the front and built a steam engine on the back and there was always one guy shoveling coal. Petrol is hard to come by without money and they have trees to produce their own charcoal. But that definitely was the weirdest thing in my eyes.
The mass games were kind of weird but in a "better" way.
Did you see a lot of people and did they look well fed/happy? We saw many people in the streets (everyone was walking!). They didn't seem happy, no. And they were all skinny but at least in the cities not to a starving degree. And everyone is super short which is a clear sign for malnutrition.
It was probably not a steam engine but wood gas. Cool, I was wondering how they worked exactly! thanks!
Why are you wearing sneakers with your nice shirt and pants? Were you pulling some kind of psy-ops on them, making them think that's how people on the outside dress? Hahaha isn't that how cool people dress nowadays? I only took that shirt and pants with me because we were asked to dress nicely when going to the mausoleum and seeing Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il. I didn't want to take extra shoes with me as well just for that occasion.
So did you see the bodies of their leaders? Yes! They both had a huge room for themselves and it was a very odd experience. It was super cold in there as well. They did the same of Mao in Beijing and Ho Chi Minh in Hanoi!
After watching Vice documentaries of North Korea on YouTube, it felt like everything was an act. Did you experience the same effect? E.g. Only person at dinner. Well we didn't experience the "bringing food to empty tables" thing. But yeah, we usually were the only people in a big room. And a lot feels like an act but not everything. When going to the north of the country we couldn't take the usual route because a bridge was damaged and we drove through smaller towns. There were also occasional checkpoints from the military where our guides had to show their IDs and a special permission for us to be there. Those things didn't seem staged at all.
They probably just try to keep as much as possible under control.
"a bridge was damaged" Yes, definitely. Well I think it collapsed because of floods. but how would I know :D.
Now that's crazy. It seems from everything I've read very few people get to deviate off of the typical paths. Do you feel like the smaller towns you drove through on this detour provided a different view of the DRPK? Yeah, the official route doesn't lead through smaller towns so you don't get to see them with the run down houses and everything.
How did it feel, seeing all the famous North Korean landmarks? What were the normal people's reactions when they saw you? How did people act? Actually those landmarks are really cool! As much as communism and the dictatorship there sucks, I think a big monument has it's appeal. They were fascinating!
Normal people avoided us, they didn't even look at us. As far as we know, they are even forbidden to talk to foreigners (and usually are unable to because of language barriers.)
Impressive landmark
It looks so empty and sad even though it's sunny. Gives me mixed feelings. How did it feel when you were there? It does feel very odd! You feel completely out of place there. You try to enjoy it but kind of want to leave at the same time.
Thanks for the reply. I saw some of your answers saying that most of places are like this. Are there not many people around at any time or just certain periods? Well there is a "rush hour" in pyongyang where you see more people in the streets and it feels less weird then.
How was the DMZ? did you feel a tension between the 2 countries?? Good question because it was very odd! It didn't feel dangerous at all for a weird reason: I'm not entierly sure if we were at the actual border. We saw those blue houses and everything and there were north korean guards on our side but when looking on the southern side, there was not a single person visible. No tourist, no military, nothing! That was one of those moments that felt extremely staged.
We did get to see to the south with binoculars at a different place and there you could see big castle-like military posts and that's where you realize that the tension is very real. There was also some kind of explosion on the southern side which we could see but people didn't really react so it might have been for construction or a test or something.
Did you actually have to bow down to statues? Well, you're very very very much encouraged to do so. I think you can refuse to do so but they will hate you and make your trip a lot more complicated.
Is it true that propaganda is blaring 24/7 throughout Pyongyang? No, it's remarkably quiet because there's so few cars. There's a ton of propaganda posters and stuff but nothing coming out of speakers or the like.
They do blare in the morning in Kaesong for factory workers, and even in Pyongyang. I was there for couple of days too, it doesn't blare 24/7 but it does early in the morning. The propaganda mostly are on banners saying things like "long live the spirit of Juche" in lots of buildings in Pyongyang. Didn't hear that at either of the two places (Kaesong was closed down while I was there). We probably just were too late to hear it!
Do you have any photos of the posters? Here
Can anyone translate it? Yes please!
How strict were they in what photos you were allowed to take, as I've heard differing reports? Surprisingly liberal! We were taking pictures all the time, in the cities it was no problem at all. While driving we probably were a bit lucky as I took pictures out of the windows of the countryside and the more run down houses. But only once during a break on a longer ride in the middle of the street, the male guide asked us to stop taking pictures because there might be military personal around.
So basically the laziness of your tour guides let you get away with things :) is there anything you shouldn't have got a picture of, but did anyway? They both did great ;). I didn't get pictures of anything specatular other than run down buildings. I got to drive our car for some time tho!
Do you worry that talking about them and showing their faces will put them in danger? I didn't before, I do a little now to be honest.
Why'd you How did you get the opportunity to drive the car? Edit: I didn't mean this comment in the way it's written... Here's how I meant to put it "How did you get the oppurtunity to drive the car" Because you dont often get the chance to drive on roads like this!
You're German, aren't you? Edit: NVM, Swiss. Look pretty typically German to me :) Not sure if I should be offended :P I'm half german.
I don't get what's so special about that, literally almost every road that isn't a main/motorway road in England is like that! About 6 lanes wide for both directions with a car every few hours?
Did some north Korean ask you questions about where you are from and what did they ask you? The general population isn't allowed to talk to foreigners. But usually at the tourist attractions, there was a local guide who would show us around together with the female guide and sometimes they asked where we're from and a bit about our lives. And if we travel a lot, what countries we have visited. That always blew their mind.
At the library we had the chance to join a group of north korean doctors that were learning German (and were really good at it too!) so they had a chance to practice. They also asked a bit about our lives, what I want to do when I'm done studying, why we chose to come to north korea. Speaking about politics was a taboo tho.
What was your answer when they asked you why you chose north Korea? We said that only very little is known about the NK in the west and the media only says bad stuff so we wanted to see what the real deal is. Plus we like to travel!
Do you know what the process is of North Koreans that want to travel? Are even the elite allowed to leave with special permission? I think actual travelling is impossible for almost anyone. you only get to sent somewhere for a special purpose and not leisure. unless you're in the kim-family kind of elite.
I wonder if you could have asked whatever you wanted in German and whether they wouldn't be as worried since other people might not understand and they can't get punished for something they say. That's another reason why there's usually two guides. they watch each other as well.
So do you think that the Western media is mostly correct about NK? I think it's a bit in the middle. It doesn't give the good things enough credit but I think the bad things aren't really accuarte either because especially in the camps it must be unimaginable.
Thanks for doing thid AMA. Fo you think is morally correct going as a tourist to NK? Obviously, part of the money goes to th elites pockets. Good question and also a very difficult question! Yes, we were aware that we are financing the dictatorship. But with going there we also gave more people the chance to interact with a different culture and them opening up to tourists means allowing ideas from the outside into the country as well! So we just hope that the positive effect of money for the "normal" people and letting them see that there's a world outside of NK is more important than the money for the elite.
What did you eat? Food1 Food2 Food3 Food4
The food was... mediocre. There always was plenty and usually we got rice or something with eggs that was good and lots of vegetables. There was also meat but usually extremely fatty and I didn't really like that. They put so much on our tables that we never were able to finish which is a terrible thing in a country where people are starving. But of course they wanted to make the impression that they have plenty of food.
Well scratch it off my list of places to visit. If I'm going to travel, it'll be to someplace with amazing food! Haha yeah, can't really recommend going there for food. you can get the same in better quality in the south plus a lot more variety!
It doesn't look that bad to me to be honest. I'd certainly try it out. Wasn't bad, wasn't good. You usually don't have to leave the table hungry, that's right!
Do I see beer in some of these photos? What is it? How was it? It is north korean beer and it's pretty good!
Out of context, but you should really read the book Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey From North Korea to Freedom in the West. Tells the story of a kid who escaped the most strict camp in NK. Great book. I read a news article about it, I'm definitely going to read it!
What was the atmosphere like? Did you get like an empty creepy vibe? It was really odd. You always feel somewhat out of place. Outside of Pyongyang everyone is just walking. No cars. And you feel like nothing is happening in the country except for the tourist things. We always felt 100% safe. But yeah, kind of like you're in a dream.
That's how I imagined it to be! Would you recommend going there? Definitely a very unique experience. I'm really glad we went there but I was also glad when we left. In general, yes. But you have to be prepared mentally. It's probably not a good idea for an extremely inexperienced traveller because you can't just ask whatever you feel like and you have to respect the people you interact with, no matter how horrible the things are that happen "behind the curtains"
Jesus Christ, if a north Korean guard at the tomb of two previous dear leaders tells you to empty your pockets, you empty your pockets. Were you trying to get sent to the Gulag?! I just figured fainting or throwing up would be even worse :D.
Typical swiss ignorance. Sorry. can I make it up with some chocolate?
Have you seen any army troops walking around in the city? Maybe, military machines or something like that? Very little. In the city it was usually just single army members going somewhere. On the roud we once passed a camp of tents where maybe around 100 soldiers were hanging around and at a river we saw a few dozen army members cleaning their uniforms on the rocks. They probably were helping our with construction in the area there. But no marching batallions, tanks or anything like that.
What other countries have you visited? I've been to the US a ton, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Netherlands, Greece, India, Dubai, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Philippines, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea.
Was NK the strangest of them all? Yes, NK was by far the strangest when it comes to atmosphere but since you're extremely taken care of it was very easy to be there. Countries like India need a lot "work" of your own.
At any point during your trip were you fearful for your safety? No, safety was never a concern at all! You feel super safe. Probably because everyone that would try to harm you would get shot immediately including all of their family or something so people didn't even look at us.
I'm planning on going at the end of this year. Any tips/things I should watch out for? Bring cookies both for you (like when your stomach gets upset) and for your guides. Always share in the car, they will love you! Plus bring small presents for them. Bring a flashlight in case the power goes out. Wet wipes. Big enough cards for your cameras. If you're going in the winter I guess warm clothes!
Oh, money! All cash, if you have the possibility to get Euro coins, do that! We brought a shit ton of coins with us to pay for stuff like water bottle in the hotel. They usuall cost like 1-2 euros and they can't even split a 20€ bill if you buy something for like 8€. Chinese money is fine as well. And bring enough money in general if you intend to buy souvenirs. They have stuff like propaganda posters for sale which are kinda cool but quickly cost 30€ and up. If I can think of more, I will let you know!
So they accept foreign currencies? Can't you just swap the money for their local money? No, you're not allowed to have north korean money. maybe you find some lying on the floor, if you catch my drift.
How much did they talk about Korea's ancient history? Did they show you anything from precolonial times? They talked a lot about it and we got to see the tomb of one of the last (or the actual last) kings of the koryo dynasty. They do like to talk about that because it was one of the short times where there was actually a united korea.
Did you get access to the internet in NK? We didn't, no. I think there's like on hotel that has a computer with internet access for tourists. Plus you can buy sim cards as a tourist which allows you to use internet. But we didn't get any of that.
They have 3G there. It's called KoryoLink and it's for foreigners and the elite. So you could probably have gotten internet if you asked. We knew that there was some possibility for foreigners but it's also kind of nice to not look at your phone for a few days and not feel bad about it ;) but thanks for the info!
I watched the VICE documentary and one thing that made me curious was the fact that they mentioned something about getting spied on, in their "own" hotel room. Were you concerned about something like that? Were you allowed to leave your room or even the hotel? Do you have pictures of the airport? And did they check your baggage at the airport? So we were never really sure if we were spied on in our rooms. In Myohyang there was a really odd situation when we went back to our room, the door of the room next to us was open and just two soliders were sitting inside it and closed the door very quickly when they saw us. That felt extremely odd! We weren't allowed to leave the hotel without our guides! That was a set rule. It was allowed in Pyongyang because the hotel there is on a little island and we would have been able to walk around there.
Auf Deutsch fällt mir die Fragestellung leichter :) In der Dokumentation von VICE wurde erwähnt dass es angeblich "Wanzen" in den Hotelzimmer gibt die permanent kontrollieren was Touristen sagen und tun. Hattest du das Gefühl beobachtet zu werden? Wie war es im Hotel? Konntest du das Hotel alleine verlassen bzw. zum Beispiel spazieren gehen oder durftest du das Hotel absolut nicht verlassen? Wie war die Atmosphäre am Flughafen? Hast du eventuell Bilder? Wurden deine Sache bis auf jede Kleinigkeit kontrolliert? Ich habe in einer anderen Dokumentation gesehen, dass sämtlich Speicherkarten oder andere Speichermedien am Flughafen notiert werden und bei der Abreise dann kontrolliert werden?! Konntest du Bücher mitnehmen? Ich antworte mal auf Englisch damits die meisten verstehen :)
In Myohyang there was a really odd situation when we went back to our room, the door of the room next to us was open and just two soliders were sitting inside it and closed the door very quickly when they saw us. That felt extremely odd! Yeah...you were being spied on. lol. Probably :D.
There were some stories early this year that North Korea was almost completely dark at night as an indication of how resource poor they are. Did you notice this? Were there street lights or neon lights? In Pyongyang it was ok, they had street lights too! Just once when the power went out and we were in the hotel lobby, it was completely pitch dark.
When we arrived at the hotel in Kaesong, it was already dark. They didn't have any light whatsoever to get to our room so we had to take out our flashlights to find the way!
Have you seen any of the VICE documentaries on NK? Do you think they portray NK in a realistic way? I feel like they are a bit exaggerated. I watched them before going there. Compared to my experience they are exaggerated, yes. However, they were shot a few years before I went there and Kim Jong-Un ordered the country to expand tourism so things definitely changed! But of course they had to do it in a manner that makes it more exciting to watch.
This makes me think, maybe he will be more lenient than his predecessor... That's what everyone hopes. But unfortunately it doesn't really look like it.
Did you see any other tourist while you where out there, or was it just all north Koreans? We did see other tourists. Not many and we ran into the same tourists multiple times because there's only so much to see in NK and everyone goes to the same places.
How hard is it for travelers from western cultures to get into NK and travel? Did you need permission from certain governments? It's actually rather easy! You just need to start organizing well in advance. The agency we travelled with just had us fill out a form the get the visa (stuff like name, birthday, job). And then you pay the fees. Of course in the background the NK government probably does a background check to find out who you are. So if you are a korean war veteran or something, I wouldn't recommend going there. But if you're just a "normal" person, it's not really much of a difference than going to other countries that require you to get a visa in advance like china or india. However, you only get the visa via the travel agencies because you're only allowed inside the country on a set tour!
Awesome thanks man, to clarify, you cannot wake up one day and say your going east, you have to follow a set path provided by the travel agency? Can you choose it if so? Exactly, the whole trip has to be set in advance. You know what day you will be at what place. You can choose/request to see certain things and they will plan accordingly! Howevery, there's some "must sees" that are actually musts. We didn't want to go to the military museum because we thought it's only propaganda so it was taken out of the plan but we went there anyways.
Plus, the tour might be set for you but they can change the sequence as in you might do something today that was meant to be done tomorrow. But you get to see everything that you agreed on in advance!
Do you have uploaded photos? I would like see more. Unfortunately, no. I took almost 700 pictures and I didn't really get around choosing the best to do that. Anything in particular you'd like to see?
I would be interested in seeing a picture or two of the more rural villages you drove by that you said were a bit more run down. :-) One Two
Thanks for this AMA by the way it's fascinating! Here you go! And you're most welcome, glad people are interested!
People actually live in these houses? One question: I noticed that there are some antenna's on the roof. Do they have television/Radio? Greetings from germany and thanks for doing this Ama. Most people actually live in houses like that! if you live in "better" houses in pyongyang, you're already in a more elite group of people. and there is korean radio and television. You're welcome!
Do you find Koreans attractive? I find the girls in the south very attractive, yes! The ones in the north all seemed a bit dull. But given the situation they are in, it's understandable that they don't have the same possibilites as the ones in the south.
Did you see or hear any mentions of South Korea or America while you were there? Only in the sense that everywhere we went, we were told that the Americans are the devils of the world and imperialists and the government in south korea are just puppets of the americans. they did however say they wanted to reunite with the people in the south and that seemed really sincere!
So traveling there as an American might not be the smartest thing? It is possible, we met an older guy from texas. you might want to ask a travel agency if there's any possible issues.
So you`re saying that, as an American, I shouldn't travel to north Korea. Oh well. Nono you can! we met a texan there. they mainly hate the government of the us. maybe you get to hear an extra portion of propaganda.
Oh cool, the added propaganda makes the trip more intriguing. I don't know why... Honestly, it get's really exhausting after a few days!
Is it true that people were made to style their hair like Kim Jong-un ? There was extremely little variety in hairstyles. I think the "same as Kim Jong-Un" thing came up after we were there and is only for students so I can't say much about that. But yeah, they all looked more or less the same.
How does the country smell? i asked this question several times in amas about north korea but so far nobody answered it. so please tell me about it. It didn't smell weird or anything, it smelled very neutral. the plumbing seems to work and they don't have any cars so the pollution is very low.
I'd love to see some more proof! :) Proof1 Proof2 Proof3
Anyways, how did North Korea feel? It looked like Pyongyang is some kind of metropolis, however with the lack of cars... I don't even know, but how did you feel when you where there? Did you feel as if you were constantly watched? It felt really odd! We didn't feel constantly watched, other than our two guides that were with us all the time. It was more like we were insivible or in a big toy city actually. The people there ignored us completely!
Wow, it all looks so bright and beautiful, hard to imagine that there are people dying in labor camps in the same country. It would be a beautiful country, really. if only there wasn't the dictatorship.
Are you being held captive against your will? Blink once for yes, twice for no. blink blink
Why did you want to visit NK? What did you like from it? For one, it's the only country like it. And reading many news articles and watching documentaries, I just wanted to see it with my own eyes and not through the eyes of someone that needs to tell a story.
Well the country itself is actually very nice. And the historical heritage is huge.
Do you think that the tour guides actually believe they are getting away with only showing the "nice" sides of the country? You mean that we think that's how the whole country is? I don't think so, I think they just do what they are told to do.
Was it generally cheap or expensive (for you) there? Edit: Were there many other tourists? There weren't a lot of other tourists but since everyone gets to see the same things you run into the same people many times!
How much would it cost to go there from NAmerica? Depending on how long you want to go and how big your group is. For a few days (like 5) and on your own, probably 3000-3500$. From and to Beijing so +air fare from your place to China.
Is there a speed limit on the roads? If so, what is it and is it enforced or followed? No speed limit. You can't really go too fast because there's a shitload of holes in the street that you have to avoid.
Do they seem to know that they are missing out on something? Or do they think the whole world is like NK ? The people that have no possiblity to get in touch with foreigners probably don't know that it's different. they probably think it's worse outside of NK. but it's hard for me to actually know the answer to that question.
Is it as haunting as the vice documentary as it makes it out to be? I seem to recall them going to some sort of visitors center and there is a woman who just lives there and is so delighted to see another human being. really creepy. I think that changed a little as when they shot the documentary, there was even less tourism as there is now. We didn't really see people that were just happy to see another human being.
If you where to break any kind of rule, what would happen? What's the most punishable thing that could happen to a tourist? I don't know but as a Swiss person, the worst that could happen would probably be being deported. as an american, I guess jail. If you kill someone? I don't even want to think about it.
How revered is/was Kim Jong il in reality? It's absolutely insane! not so much kim jong il but his fater kim il sung. whereever we went they told us stories like "oh the dear leader came here and saw this flower and said he like it, that's why it's now the national flower of NK" or "oh he came here during the construction and he told us what to do better and now it's perfect!". absolutely insane.
What is their pop culture like? I know that Internet and television access is almost completely restricted, but what kind of stuff are people interested in there? Well they have a movie industry where they shoot their own movies. Plus music, very traditional music. But it's all extremely limited.
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  3. Thought this deserved more attention than it would get 4chan. i.imgur.com comments funny
  4. Found these on my latest Goodwill trip with my little brother imgur.com comments WTF
  5. TIL since coins used to be made of copper or silver, which have biocidal properties that keep the water from going sour, it actually WAS useful to throw a coin into a wishing well. en.wikipedia.org comments todayilearned
  6. Loading Skyrim after the 1.6 release imgur.com comments skyrim
  7. I spend a lot of time on the phone waiting for people to answer at my job. Sometimes I doodle while waiting. This was the result of the last few days. i.imgur.com comments fffffffuuuuuuuuuuuu
  8. nsfw My humble contribution: Baby Vegan Tumblr Rip (DAT ASS) imgur.com comments nsfw
  9. I asked my dad for a 640GB HDD for my birthday... i.imgur.com comments funny
  10. A friend made this especially for all of your first world problems Reddit. i.imgur.com comments pics
  11. After a mother chimpanzee who lived in a zoo died, one of the zoo’s employees took the baby chimp home to care for it. It never crossed his mind that his dog, who had recently given birth, would adopt the chimp and raise it with her pups imgur.com comments aww
  12. OMG ARAM na.leagueoflegends.com comments leagueoflegends
  13. Brother builds $1000 gaming computer. Plays CS 1.6 imgur.com comments gaming
  14. In NYC it's technically legal for a woman to walk around topless. This lovely lady is practicing her rights . i.imgur.com comments pics
  15. This little guy poked his head out of our TV hookup. We named him Mark Wall-Bird. imgur.com comments pics
  16. i hate onions imgur.com comments funny
  17. just turned on the subtitles during a tennis match i.imgur.com comments funny
  18. So there was a Delorean with the license plate that said MCFLY on the front page of pics today. I'd like to cash in on that now please. "Mr. Pink, you are a helluva dog." i.imgur.com comments funny
  19. This ent. Totally i.imgur.com comments trees
  20. Thought you guys would like the converted skate shop near my house. i.imgur.com comments atheism
  21. And the rest was history... i.imgur.com comments starcraft
  22. I used the wrong weed killer too. imgur.com comments funny
  23. Oh the humanity! bilder.artige.no comments funny
  24. Stacy's mom imgur.com comments fffffffuuuuuuuuuuuu
  25. Why I hate checking orangereds i.imgur.com comments funny
  26. Ran into this ent the other night. I love this pic. i.imgur.com comments trees
  27. Good Dog Greg i.imgur.com comments AdviceAnimals
  28. Book readers will know the feeling i.imgur.com comments gameofthrones
  29. How to camp when there is no ground... mosquitohammock.com comments pics
  30. Imagine you're sitting in a chair on the shoreline. the waves washing underneath you. Then you look down next to you and see this. NOPE i.imgur.com comments WTF
  31. Crystal Clear Waters of Sameranger Lake, Austria i.imgur.com comments pics
  32. A highschool aged girl came up to me and told me my shirt was offensive because "it makes fun of the Muslim language". imgur.com comments WTF
  33. Look what my brother painted! i.imgur.com comments pics
  34. Living next to a cemetery affords occasional perspective. This is the part of Memorial Day you don't see. imgur.com comments pics
  35. Screw your 3D, last night I saw Prometheus at the drive-in! imgur.com comments movies
  36. Baby Prison i.imgur.com comments funny
  37. Redditor with cancer does an AMA, goes to bed. Wakes up to find that his fellow Redditors have started a fundraiser for him, that has already collected over 9000 dollars. Yes, over 9000. reddit.com comments bestof
  38. I was watching Hot Fuzz today. This quote really stood out. i.imgur.com comments atheism
  39. They're back! StarCraft II: Heart of The Swarm Battle Report 1 youtube.com comments starcraft
  40. My friend's senior quote is pretty accurate. imgur.com comments funny
  41. What I see when I see screencaps of text messages. i.imgur.com comments funny
  42. Pornstar Jada Stevens grabbing my buddy's junk at Coachella i.imgur.com comments pics
  43. My approach to redesigning the Lord of the Rings book covers, what do you think? imgur.com comments pics
  44. More teens smoke pot than cigarettes, says CDC survey cbsnews.com comments politics
  45. My daughter turns 3 tomorrow. I hope she likes her gift. (xpost @Parenting) imgur.com comments DIY
  46. A student who ran a site which enabled the download of a million movie and TV show subtitle files has been found guilty of copyright infringement offenses. Despite it being acknowledged that the 25-year-old made no money from the three-year-old operation, prosecutors demanded a jail sentence. torrentfreak.com comments technology
  47. Insanely Detailed Video Game Artwork by Orioto imgur.com comments gaming
  48. Ran into Jimmy McMillan today. I was too damn high. i.imgur.com comments trees
  49. For months I thought [deleted] was a novelty account. What misconceptions about Reddit did you have? self.AskReddit comments AskReddit
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