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2020.09.22 15:41 FarragutCircleCompleting the 2020 Bingo Challenge: Short Story Edition
Completing the 2020 Bingo Challenge: Short Story Edition One of the rules of the Fantasy Bingo Reading Challenge is that you can read an anthology or collection for any of the squares. I’ve always been a fan of short fiction, so I’ve occasionally used this rule to complete my Bingo Card (I used three collections outside of the Five Short Stories square last year, for example). When planning my card for the 2020 Bingo, I noticed that several of the squares fit quite well for some of the collections and anthologies I had (a Star Trek anthology for Exploration, books with colors or numbers in their names, etc.). “What if…” I wondered, “…I can do it for every square?” Thus, my project is born: Complete my Bingo card using only books of short stories, following all the other rules of Bingo. I did not repeat a single author from one square to another, and I even made sure not to repeat editors, either. Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair! A brief aside before we start, some terms I use that some may not be familiar to some:
Anthology: A book of short stories by multiple authors, usually assembled by an editor whose name is attached to the book (i.e. The Book of Dragons edited by Jonathan Strahan)
Collection: A book of short stories by a single author (i.e. Kabu Kabu by Nnedi Okorafor)
Short Story Cycle: A book of short stories that has its own narrative (i.e. Moral Disorder by Margaret Atwood). Some similarities with “interlinked collection,” “mosaic novel,” and “fix-up novel” (The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury being a famous example of the latter).
Reprint and Original: Many anthologies/collections reprint stories published previously (reprint) vs. originally written for the book in question (original). Some collections will mix it up (such as a reprint collection with one original story to encourage readers who have read the others to pick up the new book).
Why? What did I hope to accomplish by doing this particular short fiction challenge? Some of my friends will complain about the Five Short Stories square (especially the hard mode requirement to read a book), and I wanted to spite them a little bit and also demonstrate that there’s a lot of different and interesting books out there to read in that format! Planning: The hardest thing about this was the original planning, as several books I thought would be an easy match for the square didn’t work because another anthology I planned to use already included that author, so I had to dig a bit deeper to find something that didn’t repeat any authors. Also, in past Bingo Challenges, my cards are usually quite fluid as I shift books around throughout the year. Because of all the authors I was juggling, I couldn’t easily do that (though it was vastly easier to do with collections instead of anthologies, for obvious reasons). Numbers: For this card, I officially read 32 books for the 25 squares: One of those books was quite short, so I read an additional three to meet the length requirement. For the original Five Short Stories square, I decided to be obnoxious and read five collections. These 32 books included 1 short novel (included in one of the collections), 8 novellas, 106 novelettes, 498 short stories, and 3 poems for a total of at least 2,739,975 words (the rough equivalent of reading the first nine novels of The Wheel of Time). I read 189 different authors. In addition to the 32 books above, I read 15 “pre-Bingo” books—books I felt I needed to read to be able to read the anthology or collection I actually used for my Bingo Card. Fifteen of the 32 books were ones I already owned. Nine books I checked out from the library. Five books I bought specific for Bingo, and three books were free (gifts or free online). 1. Novel Translated from Its Original Language: There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor's Baby: Scary Fairy Tales by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya (reprint collection)
Reason: I couldn’t read my first choice so I looked through my TBR list to find another SF/F collection I thought would be a translation. It also won the 2010 World Fantasy Award for Best Collection.
Favorite Story: “My Love” as I really liked how the characters grew apart and then back together again.
Recommended: Only if you like short depressing literary fiction that mostly hinge on dreams and ghosts.
Hard Mode: Yes, Pretrushevskaya is a woman.
Other Options: I really wanted to read Xia Jia’s A Summer Beyond Your Reach, but she had a story in another anthology I read. I also considered one of Ken Liu’s Chinese SF/F anthologies (Invisible Planets or Broken Stars). I read Jurado & Lara’s Spanish Women of Wonder last year. Etgar Keret’s Fly Already, Kenji Miyazawa’s Once and Forever, or Yoko Ogawa’s Revenge also looked promising.
2. Setting Featuring Snow, Ice, or Cold: Frozen Fairy Tales edited by Kate Wolford (original anthology)
Reason: I literally searched snow and anthology and this was one of the early options.
Favorite Story: tie between “The Stolen Heart” by Christina Ruth Johnson and “Death in Winter” by Lissa Sloan; the first just felt great, and the second has this haunting feel I loved.
Recommended: Yes; a good selection of fairy tale-inspired stories. Read during the summer, though, it felt really cold.
Hard Mode: Yes, every story is in a snowy or cold setting.
Other Options: I’m kind of mad that I didn’t come across Snowpocalypse: Tales of the End of the World (edited by Clint Collins and Scott Woodward) until after I read my original choice. I like silly titles.
3. Optimistic Spec Fic: Ingathering: The Complete People Stories by Zenna Henderson (short story cycle, 1 original to this book)
Reason: I’ve had a copy of this book for a couple years, and I needed an excuse to read it. It’s actually an omnibus of Henderson’s two People collections plus some previously uncollected stories. I’ve read the first People collection (Pilgrimage) several times people).
Favorite Story: I’ll say “Ararat” here, but the first six stories (the original Pilgrimage collection) are amazingly wonderful and heartwarming.
Recommended: Yes, absolutely. Zenna Henderson deserves more attention.
Hard Mode: Yes. <3
Other Options: If Henderson’s book hadn’t worked out, I considered Heiroglyph (edited by Ed Finn & Kathryn Cramer) and Salena Ulibarri’s two Glass and Gardens anthologies (Solarpunk Summers and Solarpunk Winters), but that would’ve required juggling my card.
4. Novel Featuring Necromancy: The Book of the Dead edited by Jared Shurin (original anthology)
Reason: I asked Jared Shurin (pornokitsch) if he knew of any anthologies with a necromantic theme, and he rattled off five or six options before remembering that he himself had edited an anthology about mummies. I don’t know how you forget something like that.
Favorite Story: tie between “Old Souls” by David Thomas Moore and “Three Memories of Death” by Will Hill (non-SF/F)
Recommended: Yes, but it’s out of print! Several of the stories were reprinted in Paula Guran’s The Mammoth Book of the Mummy, including “Three Memories of Death.”
Hard Mode: No, through several do have mummies as protagonists.
Other Options: I was considering Brian McNaughton’s The Throne of Bones since the description seemed rather death-magicky. At this point, the Paula Guran anthology above would probably be a good choice.
5. Ace/Aro Spec Fic: Life Within Parole, Volume 1 by RoAnna Sylver (collection, mix of reprint and original)
Reason: A friend found this on Claudie Arseneault’s asexual recommendations website, which was good, but I felt I needed to read her novel Chameleon Moon first to understand the collection. I’m glad I did.
Favorite Story: Reluctantly “Phoenix Down” as it felt the most self-contained.
Recommended: Only if you loved Chameleon Moon, which I only recommend if you like a sample of the writing. It’s amazingly diverse in representation, but my frustrations with the novel related more towards its pacing and worldbuilding. Plus I don’t like superheroes.
Hard Mode: Yes, half the stories have an asexual or aromantic protagaonist.
Other Options: My original choice was Common Bonds: An Aromantic Speculative Anthology edited by Claudie Arseneault, C.T. Callahan, B.R. Sanders, and RoAnna Sylver, a Kickstarter-funded book. However, due to the pandemic, the publication was pushed back, and I didn't want to wait any longer. I also seriously considered Chuck Tingle’s Not Pounded in the Butt.
6. Novel Featuring a Ghost: Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James (collection, mix of reprint and original)
Reason: I just searched ghost anthology, and this was a top result. I have actually never heard of M. R. James before this year, but I gather he’s a huge influence since he’s written so many ghost stories.
Favorite Story: “The Mezzotint” as it was the one that creeped me out the most.
Recommended: Yes, but only if you realize that it’s got an older style to them (since this book came out in 1904), and that most of these stories won’t creep you out in the year 2020.
Hard Mode: No, the ghosts are either antagonists or obstacles.
Other Options: I actually don’t know, I stopped searching after I found the book. M. R. James does have 3 more collections of ghost stories, though (all of 4 of which have been gathered in Collected Ghost Stories by M. R. James).
7. Novel Featuring Exploration: No Limits edited by Peter David (original anthology)
Reason: I read the first few Star Trek: New Frontier novels back in the late 1990s, but never finished it, so I got all the books for a personal readthrough. Star Trek is by definition perfect for the exploration square, so I read the books. However, I was reading them in publication order, so I had to read the first 14 books before I could get to the anthology!
Favorite Story: “Waiting for G’Doh, or, How I Learned to Stop Moving” is a rather funny story about the security officer Zak Kebron at the beginning of his career.
Recommended: Yes, but only if you’ve read at least the first six Star Trek: New Frontier novels (all the stories are set before the first book, but most of the characters aren’t really established until you’ve read the first four).
Hard Mode: Maybe, nearly all the stories feature exploration, but the plots are often about backstories for the main characters of the series.
Other Options: I considered James Alan Gardner’s Gravity Wells (his novel Expendable is a perfect exploration book, so I was hoping the collection would work). Past anthologies that would probably work is Federations edited by John Joseph Adams, Galactic Empires edited by Neil Clarke, and maybe Alastair Reynolds’s Deep Navigation or Galactic North.
8. Climate Fiction: Everything Change: An Anthology of Climate Fiction edited by Manjana Milkoreit, Meredith Martinez, & Joey Eschrich (original anthology)
Reason: A friend recommended to me as this theme was getting difficult for me to find, as all my other options included stories by authors I had to read for other squares. This book was produced from a short story contest run by the Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative at Arizona State University and judged in part by Kim Stanley Robinson.
Favorite Story: “On Darwin Tides” by Shauna O’Meara, which follows a “sea gypsy” in Malaysia as she struggles in this new dystopian future.
Recommended: Only if the topic appeals to you—because it was a contest, the stories are mostly from amateur writers and the quality mostly shows. It’s free online, though, and there’s a second book, Everything Change II, which I’ve been told is better.
Hard Mode: No, most of them are apocalyptic or post-apocalypse.
Other Options: My original choice was Drowned Worlds edited by Jonathan Strahan, but there’s also Loosed upon the World: The Saga Anthology of Climate Fiction edited by John Joseph Adams, and I imagine a lot of solarpunk-themed books could work for this, too.
9. Novel with a Color in the Title: The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers (original collection)
Reason: I already had it (it’s available on Project Gutenberg)
Favorite Story: “In the Court of the Dragon” which felt like one of the creepier stories to me.
Recommended: Honestly, no. Only half the stories are SF/F, the other half are all stories about bohemian artists in Paris. This book is known for the stories involving “The King in Yellow” play, but they didn’t really work for me.
Hard Mode: Yes.
Other Options: I considered using Judith Tarr’s Nine White Horses, the anthology Blackguards, Jack Vance’s Wild Thyme, Green Magic, Walter Jon Williams’s The Green Leopard Plague and Other Stories, Black Feathers edited by Ellen Datlow, or How Long ‘til Black Future Month? by N. K. Jemisin.
10. AnyFantasyBook Club Book of the Month ORFantasyReadalong Book: Sooner or Later Everything Falls into the Sea by Sarah Pinsker (reprint collection, 1 original to this book)
Reason: The Goodreads Book of the Month club picked it for June this year. I did own or read all the other options that were available at the time.
Favorite Story: tie between “And Then There Were (N-One)” and “In Joy, Knowing the Abyss Behind”
Recommended: Yes! There’s only one story I would rate less than 4 stars in this book.
Hard Mode: Yes, I actually led the discussion for the book in June.
Other Options: We don’t read very many collections or anthologies for the Fantasy book clubs, so my only choices were Fritz Leiber’s Sword and Deviltry (Classics club, November 2017), Mahvesh Murad & Jared Shurin’s anthology The Djinn Falls in Love and Other Stories (RAB, May 2018), and we currently have Daniel M. Lavery’s The Merry Spinster for FIF (September 2020). There’s also the Dresden Files read-along which did two of Butcher’s collections, and the Uncanny Magazine Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction/Fantasy read-along (those would’ve been rereads for me, though).
11. Self-Published Novel: In the Stars I'll Find You & Other Tales of Futures Fantastic by Bradley P. Beaulieu (mostly reprint collection)
Reason: I already owned this, it was basically the oldest self-published collection I had.
Favorite Story: tie between “Flashed Forward” and “No Viviremos Como Presos” – both dealing with a lot of emotions.
Recommended: Yes, the only other stories by Beaulieu I’ve read were 2 co-written novellas, and I felt this collection was better. I haven’t read his novels so I can’t compare.
Hard Mode: Yes, at the time of this post, it has 18 ratings on Goodreads.
Other Options: There are hundreds of options, but I could’ve read Lawrence M. Schoen’s recent collection The Rule of Three and Other Stories (his other collection, Buffalito Bundle, has stories featuring The Amazing Conroy and are lots of fun.)
12. Novel with Chapter Epigraphs: Not the End of the World by Kate Atkinson (short story cycle)
Reason: This was another difficult square, as I knew a short story cycle had the best chance of having epigraphs before every story. I finally found this book by Kate Atkinson. (Ironically, I realized later that my Politics choice also had epigraphs.)
Favorite Story: “The Cat Lover,” I guess.
Recommended: No, unless you like literary magical realism where stories just kind of end.
Hard Mode: No, all of the epigraphs are quotes from Latin or Shakespeare.
Other Options: Apparently, Retief! by Keith Laumer would’ve worked from my options. It really is a difficult thing because in a collection some authors might have an epigraph for a story, but not all or most of them.
13. Novel Published in 2020: Shadows & Tall Trees 8 edited by Michael Kelly (original anthology)
Reason: I picked this off Locus Magazine’s forthcoming books list and bought it.
Favorite Story: tie between “The Glassy, Burning Floor of Hell” by Brian Evenson and “Child of Shower and Gleam” by Rebecca Campbell – the first is creepy as hell, and the second is strange and lovely.
Recommended: Yes, if you’re comfortable with weird or darker fantasy stories.
Hard Mode: No, Michael Kelly has edited several anthologies before.
Other Options: I had planned to use The Hidden Girl and Other Stories by Ken Liu, but I needed Liu for another square. I also considered A Phoenix First Must Burn edited by Patrice Caldwell, and I had three anthologies from Joshua Palmatier I could’ve used (Apocalyptic, Galactic Stew, and My Battery is Low and It is Getting Dark) but I needed another Palmatier anthology for another square. Any of the various “Best Science Fiction or Fantasy of the Year” type anthologies that came out in 2020 would’ve been appropriate as well (Jonathan Strahan, Neil Clarke, Rich Horton, Paula Guran, Ellen Datlow, Bogi Takács, and Jared Shurin all edit “Year’s Best” or “Best of Year”-style anthologies).
14. Novel Set in a School or University: Sideways Stories from Wayside School; Wayside School is Falling Down; Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger; and Wayside School Beneath the Cloud of Doom by Louis Sachar (short story cycles)
Reason: Strangely, one of the first books I thought of for this square. Plus, the most recent book had come out. I decided to read all four as each book is really short (only about 20,000 words per book). Only the first one or two was a reread.
Favorite Story: None, they’re all funny and good.
Recommended: Yes, absolutely. Maybe better for kids, but I smiled a lot while reading these.
Hard Mode: Yes.
Other Options: Witch High edited by Denise Little would’ve been good, but included a story by Esther M. Friesner whom I needed for another square. A Kickstarter-funded anthology, Schoolbooks & Sorcery edited by Michael M. Jones, would’ve worked, but it’s not out yet.
15. Book About Books: Ex Libris: Stories of Librarians, Libraries, and Lore edited by Paula Guran (reprint anthology)
Reason: This was another difficult square because did you know that searching “book anthology” does not narrow things down at all?? I finally hit upon just searching “library anthology” which did the trick, but this one anthology predetermined at least 3 other squares because of its authors (I couldn’t use Ken Liu, Xia Jia, Amal El-Mohtar, and others because they were all in here).
Favorite Story: tie between “In the House of the Seven Librarians” by Ellen Klages and “Summer Reading” by Ken Liu. Klages’s story about “feral librarians raising a child” is just wonderful, and Liu’s is very, very sweet.
Recommended: Yes, absolutely. This also contains Scott Lynch’s excellent “In the Stacks” and I will never not say no to Kage Baker.
Hard Mode: No, libraries are an integral part of most of the stories.
Other Options: *gestures wildly* I don’t know!
16. A Book That Made You Laugh: Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma and Other Stories by Alex Shvartsman (mostly reprint collection)
Reason: Alex Shvartsman edits an annual humorous SF/F anthology series called Unidentified Funny Objects (the 8th volume is out this fall), but even though I have them all, they all shared authors with other squares until I remember that I had two collections from Shvartsman, and this was one of them.
Favorite Story: “Things We Leave Behind” is a semiautobiographical story about books. Absolutely lovely.
Recommended: Yes, but I understand most won’t share his sense of humor. He also tends to write very short stories, so don’t read these for immersion.
Hard Mode: Yes.
Other Options: Books making you laugh is so subjective, so any author you like probably has something that could work (you only need one story to make you laugh after all). John Scalzi has a couple collections that could work, Connie Willis has a great sense of humor.
17. Five Short Stories:
Reason: To be obnoxious I decided to read five collections for this square (instead of just five short stories). I decided to read 5 that I already owned by women/non-binary people. I picked semi-randomly (Hand and McHugh), by older ones I owned (Wurts), and by a couple new ones I was excited about (Datt Sharma and Slatter).
Not for Use in Navigation: Thirteen Stories by Iona Datt Sharma (reprint collection)
Favorite Story: “Quarter Days” is a full third of this book, and it’s an interesting post-WWI setting with magic.
Recommended: Yes, they have an interesting outlook, and one of the stories has an Indian wedding in space.
Saffron and Brimstone: Strange Stories by Elizabeth Hand (reprint collection, 1 original)
Favorite Story: “The Least Trumps” should appeal to the booklover in every single one of us.
Recommended: These are definitely interesting stories, but I’d only recommend for “The Least Trumps” and “Cleopatra Brimstone.” She’s got a poetic style here that didn't always work for me.
After the Apocalypse by Maureen F. McHugh (reprint collection, 2 original)
Favorite Story: “Special Economics” which follows a Chinese girl trapped into working at a factory.
Recommended: Yes, though it’s also one of the few themed collections (versus themed anthologies) that I’ve seen, with every story dealing with apocalypse in some way.
Sourdough and Other Stories by Angela Slatter (mostly original collection/short story cycle)
Favorite Story: “Gallowberries” which features Patience from the Tor.com novella Of Sorrow and Such as a young woman.
Recommended: Yes, absolutely. Every story is in the same setting, and they all interconnect with each other. I can’t wait to read more from Slatter (I already have The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings).
That Ways Lies Camelot by Janny Wurts (mostly reprint collection)
Favorite Story: tie between “Wayfinder” and “That Way Lies Camelot” – both are great stories, the first a coming of age, and the other is bittersweet.
Recommended: Yes, definitely. In addition to the above, “Dreambridge” is also awesome. I wasn’t as fond of the three ElfQuest stories, but it was interesting to read Wurts’s 4 Fleet stories as I never realized she ever wrote anything close to straight science fiction.
Hard Mode: … Yes?
Other Options: This is the most open-ended square for this particular Bingo Card, especially since at the time of this post, I own 121 unread anthologies and collections.
18. Big Dumb Object: Alien Artifacts edited by Joshua Palmatier & Patricia Bray (original anthology)
Reason: This was one of the books that made me realize I could do an all-short-story card. I thought the anthology’s theme would perfectly encapsulate the square.
Favorite Story: “Me and Alice” by Angela Penrose – a kid finds a strange artifact while digging at a site.
Recommended: Yes, though a few stories weren’t to my taste.
Hard Mode: No, while the classical BDO is present in several stories, most would fall in the wider definition being used for Bingo.
Other Options: I’m at a loss here, as I never looked for more after I found this.
19. Feminist Novel: Skin Folk by Nalo Hopkinson (collection, mix of reprint and original)
Reason: I owned this already from a Humble Bundle.
Favorite Story: “And the Lillies-Them A-Blow” – a woman is inspired to reconsider her life.
Hard Mode: Yes, Hopkinson is a Jamaican-born Canadian.
Other Options: I had a few other books from the same Humble Bundle called Women of SFF. Most of them would’ve worked.
20. Novel by a Canadian Author: The Very Best of Charles de Lint by Charles de Lint (reprint collection)
Reason: It appears I picked this up in 2014 for some reason (I’ve never read de Lint before this year). But he’s Canadian!
Favorite Story: There are honestly too many to say, but I’ll say “In the Pines” for now.
Recommended: Yes, yes, yes. I basically added everything he’s written to my TBR.
Hard Mode: Maybe, it was originally published in 2010 with Tachyon Publications, but in 2014 it was reprinted by de Lint’s Triskell Press (which is the copy I have), which would count.
Other Options: A friend sent me an anthology edited by Dominik Parisien called Clockwork Canada: Steampunk Fiction, though I would’ve had to juggle square to get it to work. Nalo Hopkinson is Canadian, so Skin Folk would’ve worked, too. Jo Walton has a collection called Starlings.
21. Novel with a Number in the Title: Nine White Horses: Nine Tales of Horses and Magic by Judith Tarr (reprint collection)
Reason: At the time, the only collection I had with a number that I could use.
Favorite Story: “Classical Horses” – an absolutely lovely story that mixes real life and fantasy, and appeals to my Classics nerd background.
Recommended: Yes! Tarr is a wonderful writer.
Hard Mode: Yes.
Other Options: I could’ve used The Golem of Deneb Seven and Other Stories by Alex Shvartsman, Nine Hundred Grandmothers by R. A. Lafferty, and The Rule of Three and Other Stories by Lawrence M. Schoen.
22. Romantic Fantasy/Paranormal Romance: Once Upon a Kiss: 17 Romantic Faerie Tales published by Anthea Sharp (original anthology)
Reason: My original first choice was a bust when I realized quickly that the stories involved love, but were not romance stories. This was an emergency backup as I was nearing the end of reading for this Bingo Challenge.
Favorite Story: “The Bakers Grimm” by Hailey Edwards, which is a sweet little story about baking under pressure.
Recommended: No. 99% of the stories are direct appeals to try to get you to buy their books. Many of the stories don’t even really feel like short stories. I had a friend who only read urban fantasy who was adamant that she hated reading short stories and I couldn’t figure out why. Now I do. Many of these read more like vignettes than proper short stories.
Hard Mode: No, the HEA Club hasn’t done any anthologies or collections for me to participate in.
Other Options: My backup would’ve been to find some paranormal romance series and look for a collection or anthology in that world, but it would’ve involved more prep reading.
23. Novel with a Magical Pet: No True Way: All-New Tales of Valdemar edited by Mercedes Lackey (original anthology)
Reason: Valdemar is an easy setting to choose for this square, and even though I had stopped reading the yearly anthologies (they’re up to 13 or 14 now), I decided to grab the 8th anthology from the library.
Favorite Story: “A Dream Reborn” by Dylan Birtolo, a beggar girl with a gift grows a conscience.
Recommended: Only if you’re a Valdemar fan and you literally can’t get enough of the world (I’d recommend sticking with the novels up until the Collegium Chronicles).
Hard Mode: Yes, Companions can usually speak telepathically with their Heralds and a select few others.
Other Options: I’m sure there’s a themed anthology perfect for this, but I honestly don’t know offhand if there is one, since this was an easy choice for me.
24. Graphic Novel (at least 1 volume) OR Audiobook/Audiodrama: Eerie Archives, Volume 1 edited by Archie Goodwin (original comic book anthology)
Reason: I searched “comics anthology” into my library’s digital catalog. This showed up.
Favorite Story: No real favorite, but I guess “Flame Fiend” by Eando Binder, about a man desperate to avoid fire.
Recommended: Yes, if you’re interested in 1960s horror comics anthology magazines. Each story is about 6-10 pages long, but many felt like cheesy horror to my modern eyes.
Hard Mode: Maybe, each story is standalone, but this book contained the first 5 issues of Eerie comics. I’m going with No because Eerie is a running series.
Other Options: I considered The Escapist (inspired from Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay), a Mouse Guard comics anthology, and Thrilling Adventure Hour before finding Eerie. I also though the Eisner Awards were a good source of finding potential comics anthologies, since that's a category.
25. Novel Featuring Politics: Retief! by Keith Laumer (reprint collection)
Reason: I knew the main character was a problem-solving diplomat, so this was an easy pick.
Favorite Story: “Diplomat-at-Arms” which is a great story of following an experienced old man on a mission, and “Cultural Exchange,” a really funny bureaucratic tale (and this one is free on Project Gutenberg).
Recommended: Yes, with reservations. They’re all stories from the 1960s, they’re bureaucratic galactic pulp fiction where Retief always knows better than his bumbling superiors and women only show up in secretarial or minor support roles. The stories also feel a bit repetitive as a whole, so if you read these, space it out.
Hard Mode: No, several of the stories feature royalty.
Other Options: I felt like this was a nebulous category, but offhand, I’d suggest Do Not Go Quietly: An Anthology of Victory in Defiance edited by Jason Sizemore & Lesley Conner and Resist: Tales from a Future Worth Fighting Against edited by Gary Whitta, Christie Yant, and Hugh Howey for two explicitly political anthologies, and maybe something like Harry Turtledove’s interlinked collection Agent of Byzantium for an alternate history take on a Byzantine special agent.
Favorite collections:The Very Best of Charles de Lint by Charles de Lint, Ingathering: The Complete People Stories by Zenna Henderson, Sooner or Later Everything Falls into the Sea by Sarah Pinsker, Sourdough and Other Stories by Angela Slatter, and Nine White Horses by Judith Tarr
Favorite anthologies: Ex Libris edited by Paula Guran and The Book of the Dead edited by Jared Shurin
Favorite overall short stories: In addition to my favorite stories in the books above, I’d also give a special place to The Very Best of Charles de Lint (“In the Pines,” “In the House of My Enemy,” “A Wish Named Arnold,” “Mr. Truepenny's Book Emporium and Gallery,” “Pixel Pixies,” “The Badger in the Bag,” “Timeskip,” “Into the Green,” “Birds,” and “Pal o' Mine”) and to Sooner or Later Everything Falls into the Sea (“And Then There Were (N-One),” “In Joy, Knowing the Abyss Behind,” “Our Lady of the Open Road,” “Wind Will Rove,” and “A Stretch of Highway Two Lanes Wide”).
An Aside: My father died suddenly in the middle of my reading for this challenge. The books I read from Zenna Henderson and Charles de Lint really helped me during this time, with de Lint’s book making me cry multiple times (in a good way).
The End Sometime last year after touting one short story or another to my friends, I said, “Oh, I don’t think I read *that* much short fiction,” and they all looked at me funny for some reason. Oh. Never mind. I get it now. All joking aside, I’ve read SF/F magazines off and on growing up, and I always enjoyed the occasional Year’s Best Science Fiction anthology from Gardner Dozois, and Robert Silverberg’s Legends anthologies were rather formative to my growth as a fantasy reader (that’s where I read George R.R. Martin and Robin Hobb for the first time). Some of my favorite writers have done amazing short stories (in fact, I think I like Alastair Reynolds better at the short length than the novel; witness my love for his story “Zima Blue”!). Even if you don’t read more than the usual five short stories for the Bingo Challenge, please consider branching out! I hope I’ve shown with my own card how much variety is out there. If you’re not sure where to start, your favorite author may have some short stories of their own, either in an anthology or one of their own collections. Mary Robinette Kowal is one of my favorites, and I loved her collection Word Puppets. If they’re prolific enough, they may have a “Best of” book, like The Best of Connie Willis or The Very Best of Kate Elliott. Trying one of the Year’s Best anthologies I mention under #13, Published in 2020, is also a fun way to explore short fiction. And even though I didn’t read any for my Bingo Challenge, there are tons of SF/F magazines out there to read from on a daily, weekly, monthly, bimonthly, or quarterly schedule. My personal recommendation is for Asimov’s SF, FIYAH, and Fantasy & Science Fiction for subscription-only options, and places like Clarkesworld, Uncanny, Fireside, and Tor.com for free online stories. There are also some great magazines/sites like Beneath Ceaseless Skies and Daily Science Fiction. Looking at award lists is a fun way to get started, as most of the major awards also have short fiction categories. Find out where they were published and try out a magazine issue or an anthology. I’ll end this with the following:
an interview by our own tctippens with Jonathan Strahan over at the Fantasy Inn Podcast where they discuss not only his new anthology The Book of Dragons, but reading short fiction in general.
One of my favorite short story writers is John Wiswell, and I’d like to link two of his wonderful stories: "Tank!" follows a sentient tank attending its first SF convention, and "Open House on Haunted Hill" is a very sweet story about a haunted house trying to get sold to a new family. Both stories are quite short and you can read each in just a few minutes.
1: Number one, your flu shot, get your flu shot. This season, more than ever, we need to ensure that every Kentuckian gets that flu shot.
2: Number two, vote. Remember, you have to request your absentee ballot by I believe it is October the sixth- you have to register by October the fifth, you can get your absentee ballot at http://elect.ky.gov. The second piece of that one is the census, it's not just your duty and your patriotic duty to vote- which is certainly is- but also to fill out the census, we only have a limited number of days left.
4: And Mask up KY is more than a hashtag, or slogan. It's one of the main things that's gonna determine how many people die, how few people we can lose. There is no disagreement in the scientific community that wearing a mask will help save somebody else's life, and will protect the health of those around us.
Last week we had our second highest number of cases by week. And as you look at that, I think it's still- It shows if you're looking at overall number of cases that at least since we hit that first big jump that we have stayed either relatively stable or small increases in total number of cases. We really want to see this overall number come down and I'm gonna talk about the positivity rate in a minute, which is going the right direction. We want that positivity rate going down means we're testing a lot of people. We're finding a lot of asymptomatic people who are positive and we can stop that spread. It probably means that there are a lot more people out there obviously than this that have the virus and we're finding more and more of them.
Now that we are just a week out from your original recommendation of getting back to in-person classes and looking at that map that you showed, do you think Kentucky is in a place to have a majority of school districts have in person classes? -- So the question is do we believe that we are in a place for a majority of school districts to have in person classes. If we look at the map [if you can pull it back up again.] I believe the answer is yes in some form or fashion. So, if I am one of the orange counties, I am probably looking at a hybrid model, smaller pods, maybe continuing to do virtual learning but bringing kids in a little bit more. Maybe it's a couple hours a day, a few times a week, but an experience that is more than now. If I'm in the yellow, I'm probably looking at a hybrid model and or spreading kids out more and more. If I'm in green, the answer to that is yes but I'm still following every single practice: masks all day and spreading out. So I think if you look at this map, yes, we are ready for the majority of districts to be in, but there are some districts that have extra challenges that are hard to just judge by the map. Those largest districts that have transportation issues too, it just adds another layer on, especially when you look at busing. So I think we need to be understanding of districts that might not be in red, some might not even be in orange, but are still going to wait a little bit longer to go in to in person classes.
Is Kentucky seeing any signs of community spread, especially increased hospitalizations from college campuses reopening? If so, where are we seeing those results? -- I actually believe the best person to talk about that would be Linda Gordon, the mayor of Lexington, and their public health lead. They're certainly seeing spread amongst the college students. And there's no way that that spread stays just within the college students. Hospitalization, we'd have to check though I'm not sure that we have seen the increase there.
Sec Friedlander: The announcement today has, very quickly, to do with long term care, we are using the exact same incident map that we're using for schools, and with long term care, the way we're going to do that is beginning September 24- So, instead of a facility being free for 28 days, again in accordance with those federal standards, they need to be free of a new case for 14 days. Again, an individual can go back in at that point, we want them to be masked, we want the temperature taken, the facilities can even use their point-of-service testing equipment if they like. So, we then are going to allow a little bit of communal dining as long as the distance, the six foot distance, is maintained- that social distancing. So we're going to allow a little bit more of that testing, and our expectations are you know, folks have to go in, they're going to wash their hands, they're going to wear their mask, they're going to stay at least six feet from the closest person, all those infection control precautions will need to be in place. The cleaning and disinfection, everybody using the personal protective equipment The other piece, that's unique to Kentucky, is that we are going to allow an individual if they have a pet, a cat, a dog, you know, a beloved pet- that individual that's going into visit. If there's a pet: one pet, not the pet therapy where they go around and become the honey bees, but that person's pet in the facility, you can bring that pet into visit- again according to facility guidelines but there there's little to no indication that there's any transmission that happens, they're very very very rare. And sometimes those pets, we all know can really make somebody's day.
Alright, Good afternoon, it is Monday at 4pm. Today, wearing a mask made by Jack and Peggy Hayes who are retired Fayette County school administrators. They have made these masks for various teachers, faculty, and others that work in Fayette County. Me, being a Fayette County Public School alumni, really appreciate this mask, even a little personalized for me. Thank you to the Hayes’, thank you to Fayette County Public Schools for doing your part to keep people safe during this pandemic. A lot of information today to get through. So we're going to move pretty quickly, but all important information today. So we start with our fast 4 for the day. These are just a couple things we're going to go through really quickly.
Number one, your flu shot, get your flu shot. This season, more than ever, we need to ensure that every Kentuckian gets that flu shot. We do not want to be dealing with COVID-19 and a widespread flu outbreak this season. And if you get your flu shot, it is less likely that if you develop some type of symptoms that you have the flu and you're concerned about having COVID. We need everybody to do this. This is just another way that you can help us get through this fall. And remember if you don't get your flu shot, you turn out to have the flu but people think that you have COVID, it can disrupt a lot of lives around you, for at least a period of time until people can figure it out. I got my flu shot last week, as did my wife, my daughter, and my son. They can all tell you it doesn't hurt that much, it's just a quick shot, it is well worth it. Everybody go out and get your flu shot.
Number two, vote. Remember, you have to request your absentee ballot by I believe it is October the sixth- you have to register by October the fifth, you can get your absentee ballot at http://elect.ky.gov. Now, if you are someone who is overly susceptible to COVID-19, meaning of a certain age or have issues with heart, lung, or kidney disease, significant asthma, you know, make sure that you request that absentee ballot. People have stepped up- Democrats and Republicans coming to an agreement this year to let you vote safely. So make sure you do it! There is no excuse not to vote this year with one of the various forms. So everybody vote. The second piece of that one is the census, it's not just your duty and your patriotic duty to vote- which is certainly is- but also to fill out the census, we only have a limited number of days left. The amount of federal dollars we're going to get, our share, depends on you filling out the census. If we don't fill out the census- it just goes to another state. We don't want to let what should be our dollars go to another state when they are going to be needed the most. It just takes a couple minutes. Fill out your census.
Alright, third earlier today we made some great announcements with some exciting news for Western Kentucky. Thanks to the Delta regional authority we announced more than $4.7 million in grants for 11 projects in Western Kentucky. In total they'll create 80 jobs, provide workforce training for 433 Kentuckians that improve the lives of 32,400 families. They include an infrastructure improvement at the Fulton County industrial park, broadband upgrades in Henderson and Hopkins county, that'll help out and NTI but it also helped the economy because so much now is determined by access to broadband. It'll help a primary intake backup generator for the Logan Todd Regional Water commission, upgrades to the Trigg County Hospital, it's really important in a time of health pandemic, land acquisition for a training school in Webster County, and additional demonstrate station at the Blount Rural Health Center, improvements to the Powderly wastewater treatment plant in Greenville, the addition of new Clearwell at the south water treatment plant in Henderson, construction of a hangar at the Madisonville regional airport for a training program, and it'll provide software engineering training in Paducah. So, even while we are dealing with this crisis of the present, we are making the investments to make sure every single community can take off when we are out of COVID and create those types of jobs that we really need. Now, as we are fighting this virus. It's important that we keep our spirits up, that we don't get tired, and that we remember that wearing this mask, staying six feet apart, following the very best rules and practices is so important.
And Mask up KY is more than a hashtag, or slogan. It's one of the main things that's gonna determine how many people die, how few people we can lose. There is no disagreement in the scientific community that wearing a mask will help save somebody else's life, and will protect the health of those around us.
So we've asked people get online show that you can do all these things while still were
Remember to post to Social Media! Let’s show our fellow Kentuckians positive vibes- Hashtags: #MaskUpKY#TeamKentucky #TogetherKY #Patriot #HealthyAtHome #HealthyAtWork #HealthyAtSchool
Alright. Couple of other major announcements: number one is today, we have applied for the three additional weeks of unemployment insurance coverage of the extra $400 for those that qualify. If accepted by the federal government those that qualify for the additional dollars would receive their $400 extra for the weeks of August 22, 29th, and September the 5th. Each week would ultimately be paid separately but as some may remember the initial $600 at the federal government had provided it for COVID help had expired. We were then able under an executive order from the president to apply for an additional $300 we added $100 on top of that, from our state COVID funds, that we had approved for a three week period. This is the next three weeks and we have gone ahead and applied for it. And we want to do that to help our people get through it and we've also seen that these dollars cycle through our economy. People withhold them as they should. It's truly helping to make sure that this recession can hopefully be short term and that we can really bounce back. It's helping to save businesses, and to stimulate our economy at a time when we need it. I didn't think this was a hard decision, but we do have to look, as we go, at our finances and just make sure we are at a place we can do it where we can.
Alright, let's talk a little bit about last week, before we move into today. Let's show the overall bar chart of weekly cases. Last week we had our second highest number of cases by week. And as you look at that, I think it's still- It shows if you're looking at overall number of cases that at least since we hit that first big jump that we have stayed either relatively stable or small increases in total number of cases. We really want to see this overall number come down and I'm gonna talk about the positivity rate in a minute, which is going the right direction. We want that positivity rate going down means we're testing a lot of people. We're finding a lot of asymptomatic people who are positive and we can stop that spread. It probably means that there are a lot more people out there obviously than this that have the virus and we're finding more and more of them. But just those overall numbers, even if those are all the cases that we had, they're too high and we’ve got to do what it takes to have fewer new weekly cases, because the number of Kentuckians we lose is based on a pretty simple equation, the total number of cases, times our mortality, right? Because that's how you calculate the mortality rate. It's a total number of people who test positive that pass away. So even if it's down, I know it's south of 2%, even if it's at 1% in a week where we have 4,597 cases, and we're still losing about 47 Kentuckians, and how we want to do better, and we want to make sure that while we still light up those green lights every night to honor those we've lost, we want to get to a point where we are losing, fewer Kentuckians meaning we're doing more to tamp down this virus.
So this is the tough news, it's one that we have to continue to work on, but there is some positive news. You want to go to the positivity rate? [We have a bar graph for that as opposed to the line graph. ] There you go. So this is the positivity rate week by week so when we started out, we were only testing people who were symptomatic because we didn't have enough tests. We were asking people if you're not really sick, ride it out at home, talk to your health care provider, but don't get tested. So in the beginning you saw really high positivity rates because we were pretty sure you had COVID if you were getting a test. In fact, if you didn't, if you weren't a positive, it was surprising and a relief, at times. But when we got over that initial time when we didn't have enough tests and we started ramping up our testing, what we saw is that as we got into Healthy at Home our positivity rate plummeted because people's contacts were negligible, or low. And then once we started opening back up you saw it creeping up and creeping up and creeping up and that's what happens. If you're out more and you're seeing more people there's a greater chance that you can get COVID. And also the longer we went, I think people were getting tired, some people call it COVID fatigue, and maybe not following the practices as well. The time when we asked for school to be pushed off and in person classes until September 28 is when we hit 6%. After that initial spike. It's the highest part we saw on this graph. And basically what we said is we need time to push that down, the mask mandate, and other restrictions to work, and you see that that is happening with the overall positivity rate. And even today as we'll talk about it later we're at 3.77%, which is one of our longest times under 4% that we've had since we ever went over it. And so, what we're seeing here is this shows that we're doing the testing part well, it shows that Kentuckians, especially July 5th and afterwards (though we're gonna see impacts from Derby and the rest probably coming soon) took it very seriously and that helps us to get it down. Our challenge, in this graph, is going to be: restart in-person classes in many parts of the state, sports, and the rest. Again, we've just added more contacts on top, more interaction, more chance for the virus to spread. So it's going to be a real challenge for us to keep this positivity rate low, which comes down to all of you: every Kentuckian. Are we going to wear our mask because we want to do these extra things? Are we going to stay six feet apart? Are we going to make sure that in the same day, you know we don't get our haircut, go to a restaurant, go to a bar, and make sure that we pace ourselves in many ways, on the amount of contacts that we have? So, the total number of cases, I’m certainly not happy with. We want to see a decrease there. But the positivity rate, continuing to stay below 4% is a real positive. It’s going to be hard to keep it there but that's the work that we have to do. I also want to show the incident rate map as you all know, we put up an incident rate map last week. Tt is updated, I believe, at the end of every day. This is meant to be a tool to our counties and our school districts, about choices that they make. There's a key that goes along with it. The map goes from green, which is a really good place, to yellow, which says the cases are higher than we'd like, to orange, which is a warning that you're about to head to red, which is significant, or critical community spread and actions need to be taken once you're red to get the virus down. If you're green, that's phenomenal do everything you can to stay in the green. If you're yellow, just make sure you are doing the right things. If you are orange, be taking steps to get down the yellow, and if you are red: heed the guidance. It means you got a lot of people in your community, and a lot of vulnerable people at that point, that are going to be exposed because of the mass community spread. If you are in red, do not try to argue your way out of red. For many in the red they asked for this tool and some are now trying to argue their way around it. If you're in red, you have a duty to your community, to your community, to do what it takes to get out of that zone. It means you're putting people at risk if you're not following the guidance and it's not just people in your area or institution, it's everybody throughout the county. Let's be responsible, this gives the information that was requested, let's make sure we do the right things. Now you'll notice that, as of yesterday, our number of counties in red are significantly less than even they were, I think about a week ago. But remember when you hit red, it's not okay to be out of red for just one day.You really need to do and take the steps to make sure that you can get that transmission down.
And we need two things as we go forward in fighting COVID. Number one, we need that strength and endurance knowing that it is going to end. We got to be strong enough to do the right things until it ends. And number two, we need to have flexibility, knowing that this virus can pop up in an area and absolutely take off. And when that happens, we’ve got to be flexible enough to whether it's in-person learning, to going to virtual, or changing other things; even with our small businesses that may be impacted. When we hit red and we know that there are major issues we’ve got to take steps. And to highlight that I'd like to show we have a video today from the CEO of King's Daughter in Ashland. Many may have seen that they have been at capacity in their hospital for treating COVID patients, that shows you how quickly this can arise and she has a message about wearing a mask and doing what it takes.
Video - Hello, my name is Kristie Whitlatch, and I'm the CEO of King's Daughters health system in Ashland Kentucky. Our health system serves Eastern Kentucky, and southern Ohio. Unfortunately, we have experienced a surge of COVID-19 cases over the last couple of weeks, and I've had many days where our hospital has reached capacity. We have both been at capacity from a bed issue, as well as our clinical team’s ability to care for COVID-19 patients. Along with the surge of new cases we are also seeing a surge in the need for inpatient care, as well as increasing mortality. This disease is no longer just affecting the frail, elderly people with underlying health conditions. It is affecting babies, children, and healthy men and women who have no idea how they were exposed. Understand people have differing opinions about this disease, but COVID-19 is real. The recovery is difficult, and some individuals will have their health affected for the rest of their lives. To help stop the surge I urge everyone to wear a mask, wash your hands, practice social distancing, stay at home as much as possible, and avoid large gatherings. I also ask for your prayers and encouragement to our health care workers and all of those affected by COVID-19. Thank you.
Kristie is a leader and warrior, she has done a phenomenal job in dealing with multiple challenges both before and during COVID-19.
So today's report looks a lot like our Mondays, around about the same numbers we see every Monday because the labs for the most part are closed on Sundays. We have 406 new positive cases today, 67 of those are kids under 18 so again we continue to see an increase in that area. Actually I only have zero to 19 in front of me, but it looks like that is now 15% and given the amount of testing that we do there it shows that either there's been significantly more infection in that age group or it is increasing.
Total tests conducted: 1,131,075 (PCR: 1,058,483, Serology: 51,575)
Positivity Rate: 3.77%
Total hospitalized: 5,051
Currently hospitalized: 496
Total in ICU: 1,488
Currently in ICU: 114
On a ventilator: 64
Total recovered: 11,283
New deaths today: 1
Total Deaths: 1,112
New deaths by county: 77 F Scott
But let's remember even though that's one of the lowest totals that we've had that her family is going to be missing her. And let's light our homes up green and let's ring those bells just as much when we lose one individual as more because we all matter. She matters. And to her community. It matters and it ought to matter to all of us.
During the Friday night, Le Mans was drenched with rain. As the start time approached, the weak Sun showing through clouds and support races were not enough to completely dry the track, so the field had to start in a slightly damp track. The dampness would ultimately not impact the first lap, however. The #1 Rebellion (in the hands of Bruno Senna) troubled the Toyotas at the start, holding P2 against Sebastien Buemi in the #8 Toyota and challenging for the overall lead, as Buemi had to go back to the pits for a slow puncture helping matters for the #1. Eventually, the TS050 got by the Rebellion and pulled away, the #3 unable to keep up with the Toyota’s pace. Soon, the race was a straight fight between the #7 and the #8, the #1 Rebellion dropping a lap before the 3-hour mark, with the #3 dropping another lap back. The #1 did set the fastest lap of the race, in the first stint by Bruno Senna, only 0.1 faster that the #7’s fastest tour. Ultimately, however, it was unable to match the pace of the Toyotas before the #7 ran into trouble, around the midway point. The #3 Rebellion (F2’s Louis Delétraz being part of that team) was nowhere near the leader’s pace (best lap for the car was a full 3 seconds slower than the sister car), unable to challenge. As for the Bykolles #4, it would not be Le Mans without a Bykolles car having trouble. The team is a 24 Hours staple, but it keeps running into trouble every year. Since 2009, when they were running Audi R10 TDIs and with Narain Karthikeyan at the wheel of the #14 and Christijan Albers in the #15, and finished in 7th (#14) and 9th (#15) places, the team has NEVER finished another race. The 2015 entry even managed to not finish AND be disqualified (Formula 1 podium finisher Tiago Monteiro at the wheel of that car). To say Bykolles is cursed at Le Mans is truly an understatement. For 2020, an alternator robbed them of half a dozen laps and another recovery drive was in the works. Closing on 100 laps (and already 10 laps behind the leaders), Le Mans rookie Bruno Spengler lost the rear wing, spun and ended up in the barriers, severely damaging the car (crashing it again on the way back to the pits did not help), causing the second Safety Car period, and forcing the team to park the car for a very long time before ultimately retiring, prolonging the curse for another year. At the halfway point, the ghost of 2016 rose for the #7, as Kamui Kobayashi was heard on the radio talking about engine trouble (turned out to be the exhaust headers causing problems). With a healthy lead to the #8, it looked like something it could handle without a problem that was not too serious (the team being able to do some brake maintenance during the unscheduled stop). As it was brought into the garage, it did not seem that it would be a quick service, as the team worked on the right rear area of the car. The clock kept running past 3, 5, 7, 9 minutes, the #8 unlapped itself once, then twice to take the lead, while the Toyota was still up on the jacks, mechanics scrambling around it. Meanwhile, the #8 got the message about the problem, Brendon Hartley being told that they would “live with it”. Could this be the chance the #1 Rebellion needed to trouble to Toyotas? The #7 eventually had a new turbocharger installed, losing nearly 30 minutes in the pits and losing second place to the #1 Rebellion and then third place to the #3; from the lead to last in class. Gustavo Menezes, at the wheel of the #1, was urged by the team to push, in order to put Toyota under pressure, and he was happy to push the car in order to comply. The #8, however, did not appear to be suffering from the same issue as the #7, so Menezes had trouble cutting into the large deficit he had to the leader, Hartley matching his pace for the mots part. The #7 kept chipping away at the deficit, but at a pace that would not be enough to catch the leaders unless they ran into trouble as well. The Rebellion #1 had a problem with the nose coming loose, losing 2 laps in the process and dropping back from the #8, allowing it to run smoothly to the flag. The laps lost meant both Rebellions ran close together for a while, trading second place until a bad pitstop with 2 and a half hours to go allowed the #1 to get ahead for good. Pitstop dramas were not yet over for Rebellion. Delétraz had a slight off at Indianapolis and came in for a pitstop, with one lap in hand to the #7 Toyota, but another problem getting away meant the car went back into the garage while the #1 pitted and left without a problem. José Maria Lopez needed no second invitation to put his team on the podium. The late Safety Car period brought the #3 to the back of the #7, but Rebellion did not have the pace to overtake the Toyota, Lopez holding Delétraz back to the end. With only 5 cars (becoming 4 once Bykolles dropped off early) and no one seemingly able to challenge the Toyotas on pure pace, it was expected that the LMP1 race would be a snoozer after a brief battle at the start. Problems for the #7 created some drama, the issues for the #1 had the Rebellions running close together for a while, the late issues for the #3 putting the LMP1 result in doubt, but there were very few battles at the sharp end. Toyota gets another Le Mans win to their portfolio and we get to hope that the new regulations are enough to produce battles for the overall win in the coming years.
With so many cars in the race, it was inevitable that the LMP2 class would be scrambled over and over again. At the start, the #22 United Autosports kept first position in class from pole position, tastefully named Filipe Albuquerque holding the rest of the field back, but eventually running into trouble in the first hour. Guido van der Garde brought the Team Nederland car to second briefly before Alex Brundle (Martin’s son) put the other United Autosports car into P2. Subsequently, van der Garde had a water pressure issue, which caused cooling problems, and the car slowed down and lost a few laps to the leaders, likely out of contention for the race. The #22 also ran into problems and dropped down the order, although Paul di Resta’s stint saw the car improve its position and close on the leading pack, as the sister car was ahead, Will Owen at the wheel. The #30 had trouble when the second Safety Car period happened, the #22 United Autosports involved, as they battled for 6th position in class. Tristan Gommendy backing into the barriers in the run up to the first chicane, the driver saying over the radio that the Filipe Albuquerque driven #22 hit him, ending the race for the #30. Running one of two all-female crews (first time since the 1977 race that featured the only female driver to ever score in Formula 1, Lella Lombardi, racing with Christine Beckers to a 11th overall and 4th in class finish), the #50 Oreca from Richard Mille Racing Team had a good run. They started in P20 in LMP2, but kept out of trouble for the majority of the race, chipping away at the lead and climbing up the order steadily. As the #26 had to serve a penalty from the lead and come back in for a pitstop right after, the order was scrambled, with the #26 behind the #32 and the #38 climbing up the field to fight for the lead as well. A series of laps with the top three close together in the night being another reminder why Le Mans is the greatest race in the world. Davidson would not manage to take the #38 up to the lead, eventually relinquishing P3 to the other United Autosports car, the #22 trying to claw back into the lead battle as JEV hounded Brundle for the class lead. Just as the #26 seemed to come out on top of the class battle after a round of pitstops, the car electrical gave up, stranding Roman Rusinov on track to restart the car over and over before coming back to the pits for a quick fix. That allowed United Autosports to sweep back into the lead and re-establish their 1-2 at the front, with the #38 JOTA challenging for the lead as well, Antônio Félix da Costa at the wheel. Further back, the Panis Racing #31 was a lap down, apparently letting the three leaders to battle it out. The #38 could not reach the United Autosports cars, however, the #22 also unable to reach the #32, with the teammates then settling into a comfortable run in front of the field as the night hours went by. At the halfway point, Paul di Resta and Will Owen were running nose to tail, di Resta doing his best to take over the class lead, but unable to do so for a while. With traffic always a concern at Le Mans, di Resta’s patience was rewarded on lap 184, when Owen has held up at Tetre Rouge, allowing the #22 to close up and take over the class lead into the first chicane. The positions would be swapped when the drivers were changed, the #32 taking over with Brundle back in the driver’s seat, the #38 JOTA again falling to a lap back. The #32 and the #22 continued their battle and, as the race inched closer to 9 hours to go, they were again within a second of each other, as the cars were double stacked for a pitstop, the #32 changing tires while the #22 did not, and eventually the pace difference was too much for the #22 to overcome, Job Van Uitert breezing past the #32 and immediately opening a gap to the trailing car. That battle would be resolved when the #32 had an oil leak and lost 45 minutes in the garage, di Resta and crew then enjoying a one lap cushion over the #38 to the flag. The #22 needed another stop after the last Safety Car period and as it came out the pits the #38 was coming down the start/finish straight, Phil Hanson going straight in the second leg of the chicane (if intentional, a cheeky move to save some time). Anthony Davidson was 5 seconds behind as both cars hurtled down the straight, trying to push Hanson into a mistake, but the #38 also needed a splash of fuel and that lifted the pressure from the #22, which then cruised to the win. The #26 G-Drive Racing had recovered all the way to the last podium position until a suspension failure with just over 40 minutes to go dropping them to 5th in class. Endurance racing can be cruel and the #26 team was set for a superb podium finish before fate intervened yet again, but it would not be the cruellest fate for an LMP2 car. The SO24-Has by Graff #39 that had been chasing the #31 crashed heavily in the Porsche Curves, James Allen at the wheel, causing the last Safety Car period and ending what had been an excellent race for the #39 crew. The Panis Racing #31 had been unable to challenge the G-Drive car, but inherited the last podium position in class as Vergne was in the pits, as did the #36 Signatech Alpine, who improved to 4th at the expanse of the #26, an excellent result for Signatech Alpine that seemed impossible hours earlier.
With only 8 cars in the field this year, one could be excused in thinking that GTE-Pro was not going to be as great as the past few years. But that does not mean great racing was not to be found. Porsche #91 started from the front, but the #51 Ferrari was quickly on top of it for the lead, the #91 apparently struggling for pace as other cars got past it, the pole sitter eventually dropping to last in class. Ferrari had a rather great start to the race, the #71 and the #51 running close together at the end of the 5th hour, with both Aston Martins chasing them (the #95 a long way back, though). The #92 Porsche had a front tire puncture and that dropped it to the back of the field, and that was just the start of their problems. The car had more problems and eventually dropped 10 laps to the leaders, effectively out of the running for the lead before the race had reached the midway point. The #97 Aston Martin kept up with the #51 for most of the race, the lead ebbing and flowing with the traffic and the faster cars coming up to them, but Daniel Serra kept his cool and maintained the lead throughout the first hours of night racing. At the end of the 11th hour, the #71 had a suspension failure (something that would repeat throughout the race with the Ferraris) and limped to the pits, dropping a couple of laps to #51 in the process and effectively out of contention. At the halfway point, the #51 was still in the lead, the #97 behind and the #95 a lap down on P2. The biggest question, obviously, was now whether the #51 would also suffer suspension failure, as had happened to the other Ferraris. The #63 was thrown into the gravel by the #29 (losing the rear bodywork and getting a puncture, losing even more time in what had been already a tough race to the WeatherTech Racing team. The damage to the back of the car would be too severe, resulting in a DNF for the USA squad. The #51 Ferrari and #97 Aston Martin were engaged in a fierce battle throughout the night, the Aston eventually coming out ahead after a series of fast laps by Alex Lynn helped the Aston close the gap and then trade the lead during pitstops before Maxime Martin and Harry Tinknell both put in excellent stints in the #97 to consolidate its lead over the Ferrari, a lead they would not relinquish until the flag. The #95 Aston held third place with a lap in hand to the #71 Ferrari, while the Risi Competizione Ferrari sat 3 laps further back, safe from a challenge behind and not able to reduce the deficit ahead. The #71 did not complete the last lap and therefore dropped to 7th in class, promoting the #82 to 4th place
The Ugly Duckling of the Le Mans classes, GTE-Am might not get much praise, but the racing is rather good, especially when you have such a big difference in driver quality, as teams will use their better drivers at different stages. The spread in experience and goes from Giancarlo Fisichella’s 200+ Formula 1 starts to the new oldest ever Le Mans driver Dominique Bastien (74 years old today!), whose first motorsport memory in the 1955 Le Mans crash. But they have to share the same track and with all the faster classes coming through to lap the Am field, it is a very busy day for all the teams and we get many incidents with the slower GT cars. Mr. Bastien almost never got his chance, as the #88 came to the end of the start/finish straight to find the #61 across the track, Tomas Preining only option being to take avoiding action and clattering the barriers. The car was in the pits for a long repair in the pits, losing 44 laps ultimately. But a Le Mans team does not quit, so the #88 was back out as soon as it could, you never know what the night can bring. The #98 Aston Martin has been a staple of Le Mans, with gentleman driver Paul Della Lanna always impressing, and this year he has UK’s Ross Gunn and Brazil’s Augusto Farfus (usually found at the wheel of a BMW in various racing series). Starting from 4th, they challenged for the lead, eventually getting to the head of the field with Gunn at the wheel, but they would eventually dropping to 4th, but staying with 5 or 6 seconds from the leaders. The other Aston Martin, #90 from TF Sport, started 5th, but kept climbing steadily in the first hours, trading the lead with Hub Auto Racing’s Ferrari #72 for a while. The incidents include the first Safety Car period (about 30 minutes as night fell), as the #52 Ferrari, which was running towards the back of the field, found itself facing the wrong way in the barriers at the Porsche Curves. It was hard to see what happened, but it meant that the race did not manage to reach the 6th hour without the Safety Cars coming out. Alexander West managed to get the car going again, but the damage was too great and the Ferrari became the second DNF of the day. After the Safety Cars were gone, the #98 Aston Martin held the lead, with a 3.5 second advantage over the Iron Lynx #75 Ferrari. Interestingly, the #98’s fastest lap was, at this point, 1 second faster than the next best Am car (The Team Project 1 #56 Porsche 911 RSR), but a mistake by Della Lana allowed Andrea Piccini to take the lead for the #95. The other car with an all-female crew, the Iron Lynx #85 Ferrari, started in 18th place in their class, but by the time the second Safety Car period came about, in the 6th hour, it sat in 13th place, a steady climb up the field for the pink and black 488 GTE Evo. As the long hours of the night went by, the Astons kept close together, the #98 holding the #90 at bay, while neither the #56 Porsche nor the #83 Ferrari managed to close them down to challenge for the lead. The Formula 1 connected cars fell by the wayside, both Magnussen and Fisichella teams unable to challenge due an issue dropped Fisi’s car down the order and the pace from Jan’s team allowing them to hover around the 6th spot, but unable to climb higher up the order. At the halfway point, the #88 Dempsey Proton Porsche again hit trouble, the car stranded in the gravel with Adrien de Leener at the wheel. With 14 and a half hours gone by, Johnny Adam was chasing Paul Della Lana before the veteran went wide at the exit of Mulsanne corner, giving the chance to the #90 pro driver, who took advantage into Indianapolis and took the lead back for the TF Sport team. Once the #98 had a suspension failure and lost a few laps in the garage for repairs, the #90 had a lap in hand to the Team Project 1 Porsche #56, meaning it had a careful run to the flag to claim the class win ahead of the #77 Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche, who managed to get past the #56, who appeared to be having tire troubles once the race went green again. The troubles for the #56 were not over, as the #83 AF Corse Ferrari bashed past the #56 in the last chicane, the Team Project 1 falling off the podium. With the #90 winning GTE-Am, this is the first time Aston Martin wins both GTE classes.
#1 Rebellion - Bruno Senna
Senna started the car and initially got off to a good start, fending off the advances of Sebastien Buemi on the first lap. However, after the first pit stoops he fell back behind Buemi as the Toyotas began to stretch their legs, although regained second when Buemi made his second stop. The #1 managed to jump the #8 Toyota during the second Safety Car period with Norman Nato at the wheel, but the Toyota’s pace meant that the Rebellion’s time in P2 was short. After that challenge, the #1 settled into third place, not challenging the Toyotas nor being bothered by the #3, which made for a rather uninteresting race for the most part. At the halfway mark, three laps from the lead, it looked as if the race was settled into knocking off laps until the end. Then the #7 hit trouble, the #8 could also be in danger, and the team came alive, the chance of an excellent result now in sight. Gustavo Menezes set off in hot pursuit of the #8, trying to put pressure on Toyota, but it would be caught by the #3 instead, eventually losing second place and being told by the team that he needed to give the sister car space as both Rebellions had brake issues. The USA driver was not much interested in not challenging for P2, keeping the #3 in its sights hoping for a chance to jump it while they dealt with the traffic. The bad pitstop for the #3 with 2 and a half hours to go allowed the #1 to retake the lead with Norman Nato set to take the car to the flag.
#3 Rebellion - Louis Delétraz
F2 staple Delétraz did well against his more experienced teammates, especially Romain Dumas, but the #3 car never really looked set to challenge, dropping back from the sister car steadily in the first few hours, before settling in 4th place without a challenge from behind, as the Bykolles car obviously failed yet again. Their fastest lap was over 2 seconds over the three leaders, and they never really looked capable of challenging the #1, until the #7 Toyota hit trouble and the #3 inherited P3 while the stricken Toyota was serviced. Their pace up to that point did not instil any hope that it would be able to hold back a healthy Toyota, but if the Toyotas had to back off a bit, then the Rebellion was certainly in play for a podium finish. A battle between the Rebellions developed as the #3 crept closer and closer to the #1 who had stayed out in front for so long, both cars experiencing brake issues as the #3 took second place from #1, the team coming on the radio to ask Gustavo Menezes to drop back from the #3 in order to ensure both cars would finish the race. As Louis Delétraz jumped into the car to take it to the flag, the car would not turn back on, losing precious seconds as the #3 was less than a second behind when Gustavo Menezes brought it in. The next lap pitstop for the #1 was clean and that meant the #3 was down to P3 again. With one hour to go, the #3 would again have trouble turning back on after Louis Delétraz had a brush with the wall at Indianapolis, handing third place to the #7 Toyota and having to settle to the only non-podium finisher in LMP1.
#7 Toyota - Kamui Kobayashi
Kobayashi’s teammate Mike Conway started the car and after the #8’s puncture looked to be in control throughout. The teammates traded the lead for a while during pitstops, but once the #8 started having mechanical troubles, the #7 was comfortably in the lead for the entire race. All the crew had to do was to not make any mistakes, avoid trouble during the night with the slower cars, and cruise to another win for Toyota. It would not be so easy. At the halfway point, Kobayashi called back with problems and the car was brought in for service. The 2 lap lead disappeared as the #8 took over, the #7 eventually losing almost 30 minutes in the pits and coming out behind both Rebellions, 4 laps behind the #3 Rebellion. Although it meant the #7 again would not win Le Mans due to a mechanical issue, having an unleashed Kamui Kobayashi going around the Circuit de la Sarthe at night is always a good thing. For his outlap, he took 2 seconds from the leaders in Sector 3 alone. But ultimately that flurry of pace would last for only a handful of laps and the #7 was just not able to reduce the deficit to the leaders and held 4th position until the end. Yet again, the #7 bad luck at Le Mans killed Kobayashi’s chance of winning at La Sarthe, the car at least having a bit of a break when the #3 had a brush with the wall and then had trouble out of the pits, enabling the #7 to claim P3 overall.
#8 Toyota - Sebastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima, Brendon Hartley
Buemi started third and initially was having difficulty getting past Bruno Senna in the #1 Rebellion, but jumped him in the first round of pitstops, sitting just over a minute behind the rapid Mike Conway in #7 Toyota. The #8 appeared to inherit the #7’s Le Mans bad luck, with a puncture, overheating brakes, and all sorts of niggles making it impossible for the three drivers to challenge the sister car, falling two laps behind the leader (and losing second place to the #1 Rebellion) during the second Safety Car period while the team tried to resolve the brake temperature issue. It held a healthy lead over the #1 Rebellion and with the time lost to the sister car, it also only had to keep hitting its marks to claim a 1-2 finish for the Japanese marque. As the #7 hit trouble at the halfway point, the #8 jumped back into the lead, Brendon Hartley at the wheel. A clean run up to the flag saw the #8 increase its lead to the chasing Rebellions (who had issues of their own to deal with) until the checkered flag dropped on another win for Toyota.
#21 Dragonspeed - Juan Pablo Montoya
JPM did the first stint in the Dragonspeed-prepared Oreca, but could not advance on his car’s starting position of 14th by the end of the first hour. As the race progressed, the car dropped places steadily, seemingly not finding the same pace it had in qualifying, their best lap at a third distance being almost 3 seconds behind the fastest LMP2 (United Autosports’ #22). The discussion whether Montoya has achieved the Triple Crown will have to wait another year at least, sadly. After the halfway mark, the car was brought into the pits for a longer than normal pitstop, dropping it further towards the back of the field, more than 10 laps behind the leader at the 13th hour. The car would ultimately retire in 49th place with a misfiring engine that could not be corrected.
#22 United Autosports - Paul di Resta
di Resta’s Portuguese teammate started the car and led the early part of the race, but lost out early in the second hour to Will Stevens’s #37 Jackie Chan DC Racing and James Allen’s #39 SO24-Has by Graff, and sat in third for a while. Both United Autosports cars had great pace for the entire race and the #22 car ran behind the sister car for a long while, unable to challenge for the lead after the problems for the #26 put the United Autosports cars 1-2. It looked as if the team had the race under control, while Paul di Resta and Will Owen (a silver rated driver) ran nose to tail, the former Formula 1 driver looking to claim the class lead at the midway point approached. At that point, the United Autosports cars had over a lap over the 3rd placed #38 JOTA driven by Anthony Davidson. The job would get easier once the #32 had an oil leak problem, necessitating a 45 minute repair, which removed it from contention. The car still held a comfortable lead over the #38 JOTA as daylight returned, banging on the laps hoping that the finish would come without any issues. They would still need to weather a late challenge after the last Safety Car period, but in the end, they were at the top step of the podium.
#26 G-Drive - Jean-Éric Vergne
Jean-Éric Vergne did not keep his qualifying position at the start, losing second place and dropping back to sixth in class by the start of the second hour. Back in the car, JEV had a nice move on Gabriel Aubry for the lead of the class in the 7th hour, right before the #26 did another pitstop. After running in the lead for a while, the team would be hit with a drive-through penalty. With a healthy lead to the #32 United Autosports, Jean-Éric Vergne kept the lead after serving the penalty, but could not hold the Alex Brundle driven #22 United Autosports car behind, dropping to P2 in class after a pitstop right after serving that penalty, coming out right behind Brundle, with Anthony Davidson’s #38 close behind him. JEV was unable to take the position from Brundle, but Roman Rusinov was back in the lead (with more than a minute to #32) as the 9th hour ended, the #26 apparently in control as the cars raced into the night. Le Mans, however, is cruel on cars that appear in control. As the 10th hour started, the car was slow going by the Dunlop Bridge, quickly relinquishing the lead to the #32 United Autosports car driven by Job Van Uitert, before stopping to restart the car (ctrl+alt+del at the cutting edge of motorsports!), which allowed the other United car to go by to re-establish their 1-2 in class. The car started moving again, but the electrical gremlins playing havoc with it would not subside, and by the time the car was back underway after a passage through the pits, it was down to 7th in class, two laps down on the leader, the class win seemingly out of reach. But the spirit of endurance racing is to never give up and the team embodied this spirit perfectly. They kept clawing back, hitting their marks and doing the best they could, eventually reaching 3rd place with a few hours to go, needing a problem to the #38 or the #22 to improve beyond that. Le Mans was not done hurting the #26 crew. Vergne had suspension failure into Indianapolis and did well to keep the car out of the barriers. He crawled back to the pits, but lost 3rd place to #31 Panis Racing, the Safety Car for the #39 crash helping them fix the car and lose only two positions, coming home in 5th place.
#29 Racing Team Nederland - Giedo van der Garde and Nyck de Vryes
As is customary with the Racing Team Nederland car, van der Garde did the first stint but had to pit after just a few laps to fix an engine problem, dropping the car to second to last in class, where it remained well into the race. Their pace was good throughout the race, setting the fastest lap during the night in the process, but being a couple of laps down so early hampered their race. Nyck de Vryes went to the inside of the #63 with Toni Vilander at the wheel and both cars ended up in the gravel, the Ferrari turning in without a chance of seeing the P2 coming. The car would get moving after being dropped on the black stuff, heading to the pits for repairs and more delays. Ultimately, the team finished in a disappointing 15th position in class and there is likely to be a serious case of “what could have been”.
#35 Eurasia Motorsport - Roberto Mehri
Mehri’s teammate Nobuya Yamanaka started the car but had a spin early on at the Dunlop Curve, beaching himself in the gravel. This relegated to the car last in class and almost last overall. Yamanaka would run into more problems, finding itself plugged to the wall at Arnage in the 5th hour, by which time he was among the GTE-Pro cars in the leaderboard. The team would get back out, but being 10 laps back put them out of contention for anything, eventually finishing the day in 14th position in class, 5 laps behind the #22 United Autosports that ran in the front for so long, beating the #29 Team Nederland car who also had a torrid race.
#37 Jackie Chan DC Racing - Will Stevens
The man from Essex started the car for the Jota-run JCDC Oreca, but an emergency unscheduled pitstop early on in the race dropped them down the order, even if it was a quick fix. With almost 5 hours gone, the car was in the lead at the hands of Ho Pin Tung, leading the #26 of Jean-Éric Vergne by almost half a minute, but their race would go south with Gabriel Aubry at the wheel, as they had electrical problems during the second Safety Car period, dropping 4 laps to the leader (#26 with Jean-Éric Vergne at the wheel), and effectively ending their challenge for the win. Aubry had a phone in the car and placed a call the pits to get an explanation on how to sort the issues out, which he did. By that time, the car was over 10 laps behind the leaders, and, to add insult to injury, Race Direction found out that a team member had given Aubry a part to install, without which the car would not have been able to continue, meaning the car was disqualified.
#38 Jackie Chan DC Racing - Anthony Davidson
The former Peugeot and Toyota LMP1 driver’s teammate Antonio Felix da Costa started the car for the sister Jota-run Oreca, sitting seventh in class at the end of the second hour. Davidson had good stints in the car, but the entire team performed very well, climbing up to fight for the podium positions, before finding itself behind Jean-Éric Vergne and Alex Brundle once the race finally went fully green after the second Safety Car period and all the local yellows, setting up a nice battle for the lead. Although it would not be able to challenge for the lead, the crew did manage to remain in the lead lap and in the last podium position as the night unfolded, an impressive showing after being the first car left out of the Hyperpole shootout. In the first part of the race, the car held a slow (if a racecar that can ever be slow) and steady pace, but after the halfway point, with Davidson at the wheel, the #38 came alive. The distance to the front running United Autosports kept going down, with the team urging Davidson on over the radio. The JOTA would not, however, be able to keep up with the United Autosports in the lead, eventually dropping back from them, while managing to hold on to third place for the night, jumping the #32 once it hit problems. They would get close, especially after the last Safety Car period, but ultimately they were unable to pass the #22 and had to settle for an excellent P2 finish.
#50 Richard Mille Racing Team - Sophia Flörsch
Running a clean race, the #50 slowly crept up the order after starting down the order. After the second Safety Car period, the Oreca 07 was running in the mid pack in class for most of the first half of the race, Flörsch putting in a very good night stint, chasing the delayed #26 while getting away from the #21 Dragonspeed of Montoya (Timothé Buret at the wheel against Flörsch). Beitske Visser lost a bit of time in her night stint, the #50 dropping to 10th in class, a position it would hover around until the Sun came up as the field spread more and more. Flörsch’s held the distance to the IDEC Sport #28 ahead, gaining time here, losing a bit there, ultimately not able to chip away at that lead consistently. As the IDEC Sport car also was not gaining on the Signatech Alpine #36 ahead, it was a stalemate for a large part of the night. As the night gave way to day, troubles ahead had the #50 jump ahead a couple of places, but they were not able to catch the cars ahead, running 9th in class to the flag, a solid result in a busy LMP2 field.
Risi Competizione #82 - Sébastian Bourdais
Bourdais was able to get ahead of the struggling factory Porsches in the first two hours, but after that progress has been somewhat slow, hovering about the 5-6th position for most of the race. The car dropped a few laps to the leaders and was never able to gain that time back, with Bourdais having a trip through the gravel during the night, but never moving past the 5-6th position. A broken rear damper, followed by a broken rear wing made the Risi car lose enough time that a challenge for the lead became impossible and as the Porsches lost even more time, the #82 had not challengers from behind and could not catch the cars ahead, ultimately finishing in 4th place in class due to the #71 AF Corse not completing the final lap.
Porsche #91 - Gianmaria Bruni
Despite scoring pole position, Porsche #91 struggled at the start, mainly with straight line speed, and slipped well back in the order, before recovering as other cars had their own troubles, sitting one lap behind the last podium position as the night hours ticked away. Despite having an experienced crew, the car simply did not have the pace to keep up with Ferrari and Aston Martin and power steering issues eventually took it out of the running, a 5th place in class the best it could achieve, gaining a place after the #71 last lap failure.
AF Corse (Ferrari) #54 - Giancarlo Fisichella
The #54 Ferrari started off very nicely, climbing steadily up the leaderboard before a problem had it go into the garage for repairs. Sitting in the garage for a few laps, it dropped down the order, after which it set off in a recovery drive, but would eventually finish the race in 13th position in class, almost 10 laps down.
JMW Motorsport (Ferrari) #66 - Jan Magnussen
Starting from 16th, the car steadily improved as the race progressed, Richard Heistand getting the first stint. During the night, the car was hovering around the 6th position, 2 laps behind the #98 Aston Martin leading the class, with Luzich Racing’s #61 chasing it, but it was looking likely that the Ferrari would not challenge for the win. Ultimately, they could not match the pace of the cars ahead, coming home in 6th position in class, 4 laps down on the eventual winner.
2020.09.18 09:44 XMG_ggXMG Gaming Laptops: First Steps & Troubleshooting
So you got yourself an XMG Gaming Laptop laptop, huh?
Congratulations! :-) Follow this handy guide to go through your first steps and some commonly recurring questions. This guide is pretty long and might look frightening on first look, but please note:
Sometimes it's not a bug, it might be a feature
Sometimes a thing might be caused by Windows or might be a known issue for a generic hardware components (including NVIDIA Optimus), i.e.: not caused by us
Some issues covered in this guide are extremely rare, have only been reported once or twice and might be very easy to fix
+++ BREAKING: Fix "No Speaker" issue on XMG FUSION 15 +++
Windows Update has recently brought us a "No speakers, no sound" issue on XMG FUSION 15. Please read all about the solution in this post. This should only be a temporary condition and solved soon by pulling the incompatible driver from Windows Update. Update: incompatible driver has been pulled on May 19, 2020. New driver going to be rolled out shortly. Now, moving on to the actual content of this thread:
I unboxed my XMG Laptop – what are my first steps?
1. If you purchased with Windows. When building our laptops, we always make sure to install the latest firmware and drivers. If you purchased with Windows, all drivers will already be installed and you can pretty much start working. NVIDIA updates their driver pretty often, so they might already have a new driver out. Open up GeForce Experience, log into your account and see if the app offers any driver updates. 2. If you purchased without operating system. Your SSD will be empty, but your firmware will be up to date. Even if you purchase without operating system, we will already have updated the latest BIOS and latest Thunderbolt firmware. Now it’s time to install Windows and install our drivers. If you don’t have your own Windows install media at hand, you can get the latest official version from here. The drivers for your XMG Laptop will be on a USB thumb drive in your shipping box. If you want to make absolutely sure that you’re getting the latest drivers, download them each by each from our download portal. Both sources will include a PDF file that will guide you through each step. The only tricky step is the Audio driver, where you’ll have to do a specific install and reboot sequence. This is explained in detail in the PDF file.
++ Troubleshooting (all models) +++
The following items might apply to any XMG or SCHENKER model. In fact, they might also apply to laptops from other brands. Further down below, you'll find a section that is more specific to individual models.
My battery life is less than it should be / I have high Idle power consumption / My fans are loud in Idle / my dGPU is not turning off.
Battery life and power consumption are closely interconnected. If your system consumes too much power – even in Idle – your battery life will suffer. Preliminary: check your CPU usage, sorted by tasks Your first look should be into Windows Task Manager, tab "Details" and then sort by "CPU" usage. You should know that your CPU has multiple cores and threads. For example, on i7-9750H (6 cores, 12 threads) if one single-thread task is running at 100%, it translates to "only" 8% CPU load in Task Manager (100 divided by 12 = 8.33). 8% might not look like much at first glance. But in reality it's one core that is running at maximum speed, taking almost as much power as if all cores would run at the same time. This is because the CPU would boost a single core to much higher speed than it would boost all cores together. In other words: CPU usage values in Task Manager can be misleading, especially if some broken or badly programmed software is going rogue on a single thread. Do the math! So, on a 6 core CPU, if you have any process in Task Manager constantly running at 8%, something is off. Please identify which task it is, and either end it right there it or uninstall the related software altogether. Another way to check is to separate the Task Manager CPU activity graph into logical cores. Check these two screenshots:
In my example you can see one core in the middle was almost maxed out for a short amount of time. Thanks to the nature of Turbo Boost, this core would induce a boosted clock speed, leading to almost maxed-out power consumption and high temperatures. This is not always immediately visible because most programs would keep jumping from core to core, so you always see individual spikes to 100% on single core. You can try this yourself by using Prime95 and running it on only 1 thread. All systems nominal? CPU is nice and idle? Check the dGPU status. If you don't have any rogue tasks clogging up you CPU but your Idle power consumption is still off the charts, it might be because your NVIDIA GPU (dedicated GPU, dGPU) is not turning itself off. Under the system of NVIDIA Optimus (MSHybrid), all common Windows apps are run on the Intel UHD Graphics (integrated GPU, iGPU) by default and the dedicated GPU (dGPU) should turn itself off when it is not needed. This removes the dGPU from the power source but it also saves power on the CPU side, because the CPU can turn off the PCI-Express x16 dGPU connection and thus achieve lower sleep states in each CPU cycle. This system can be disturbed in a number of ways, leading to higher power consumption which in turn leads to lower battey life. 1. Check which system monitoring tools you are running in the background Some system monitoring software intentionally wakes up the dGPU. Keeping such software running in the background will inevitably lead to higher power consumption. We will keep a list of tools here which do and which do not keep the dGPU awake.
Does not keep the dGPU awake
Keeps the dGPU awake
AIDA64 (only when “Sensor” pane is open)
ASUS GPU Tweak II
Intel Extreme Tuning Utility
NVIDIA Control Panel
NVIDIA GeForce Experience
TechPowerUp Real Temp
Windows Task Manager
Open Hardware Monitor
XMG Control Center (only when “System Monitor” pane is open)
Please check if any of the programs on the right side of the table is running in the background on your machine. If they are, please remove them from Startup in the Task Manager. Some of the programs on the left side of the table might wake up the dGPU once for a few seconds during initialization. But according to our testing, they won’t keep the dGPU awake during normal operation. If you want to see, whether or not your dGPU is awake or not, the best bet is to use the “Sensors” function in HWiNFO64 and keep an eye on the GPU Temperature of your NVIDIA GeForce card. If the temperature reads 0°C, the dGPU is sleeping. With a right click on the Temperature value, you can even set up an alarm in form of a sound file, notification popup or logfile entry if the temperature reaches a value ≥ 1. 2. If external monitor is connected, dGPU will be awake. Both HDMI and USB-C/DisplayPort/Thunderbolt are connected directly to the NVIDIA GeForce card. This dedicated connection gives the XMG FUSION 15 the power to drive very high resolutions, refresh rates and to support G-SYNC and FreeSync on external screens. The trade-off: the dGPU will always be awake as soon as an external monitor is connected. Rendering can still happen on the iGPU (Intel UHD Graphics) - but the dGPU will always be "awake" to deliver the pixels to the screen. 3. The choice of running apps on iGPU vs. dGPU has to be done in Windows Graphics settings now. Microsoft is taking over the NVIDIA Optimus (MSHybrid) control from NVIDIA. On latest Windows builds and NVIDIA drivers, the NVIDIA driver now shoes a very small warning notification:
If you notice that certain apps wake up the dGPU, please see if you can assign them to the internal graphics in this new Windows setting dialogue. Please note that the aforementioned benchmark and system monitoring apps apps will override/ignore this setting anyway. But it should work fine for most if not all productivity apps and games. 4. Every app is running on dGPU as soon as external monitor is connected? No. NVIDIA’s Control Center has a hidden function called “NVIDIA GPU Activity” which supposedly shows which app is being rendered on the dGPU. You can find it by enabling "Display GPU Activity Monitor Icon in Notification Area". Unfortunately, this function is not accurate when using an external monitor. As soon as you have an external monitor connected, the notification window shows every newly launched app as if it’s being rendered on the dGPU, even though it is not. This has been confirmed by our NVIDIA contacts to be a general issue that affects all laptops with NVIDIA Optimus (MSHybrid) of every brand. It does not look as if NVIDIA has any plans to resolve this issue. Therefor, the “NVIDIA GPU Activity” will continue to show inaccurate information and should rather not be used at all. 5. dGPU does not go back to sleep after disconnecting external screen while browser is open If you launch your browser (Chrome, Firefox, Edge) while you are connected to an external screen, the browser’s hardware acceleration will use the dGPU. This happens despite the fact that you are forcing that app to run on Integrated Graphics. If the browser keeps running after you connect the external screen, it will keep the dGPU awake. Even sending the laptop to Standby and waking it up again won’t change that fact. The dGPU will only go back to sleep after you close the specific app that triggered this behaviour. This seems to affect every laptop with NVIDIA Optimus (MSHybrid) – not only XMG laptops. We have filed a report with NVIDIA and we are awaiting their feedback. Here is a short list of apps that are affected and not affected by this issue:
Not affected (Control Group)
This might also affect other apps if they are secretly using the dGPU for Hardware Acceleration. But so far, the 3 major browsers are the only apps we have confirmed to trigger this behaviour. According to what we heard, NVIDIA does not seem to have any plans to fix this issue on a fundamental basis. Workaround #1: Restart your Browser Close your browser and launch it again after disconnecting from the external screen. Workaround #2: Disable Hardware Acceleration in Browser You can find this in the Settings menu of your Browser.
Workaround #3: Disable and re-enable the dGPU instead of closing your Webbrowser Download here: dGpuCycle Script.zip Written by Notebookcheck user ‘Stepon’ (source). You can open the script with Notepad to read the source code. After disconnecting the external screen, run this Batch Script with Admin privileges. The script will disable and re-enable the dGPU in Device Manager. During that moment, your browser will drop the Hardware Acceleration from dGPU and go back to iGPU. Chrome will flicker for a fraction of a second. If you play any videos on your browser while running the script, you might have to restart playback by jumping to a different point in the video timeline. With some programming skills can be further automated to always run in the background. 6. Same as above, but for most if not all apps that use a browser engine underneath. The browser hardware acceleration issue applies to apps that are using a browser engine to create their GUI. If you launch such an app while you're connected to an external monitor, they will use the dGPU for hardware acceleration and won't let go of it until you either close the app or manually disable the dGPU. The most popular such apps are:
Microsoft Visual Code
The most widespread framework for such apps is Electron, but it's not limited to that. For example, Spotify uses a different implementation, based on Chromium browser engine. We are not aware of any way to disable hardware acceleration on these apps. Disabling hardware acceleration in your browser won't affect those apps. The only workarounds are:
Start the apps before you connect your external screen
Restart the apps after you connect your external screen
Disable and re-enable the dGPU with the above dGpuCycle script
As with other root causes in this section, this seems to apply to every laptop with NVIDIA Optimus. We have asked NVIDIA to comment in April 2020. 7. Outdated Killer Wi-Fi driver increasing power consumption. We had a report where an outdated Killer Wi-Fi suite caused high background CPU load. If you are using a Rivet Networks Killer Wi-Fi module, please download and install the latest drivers here. 8. Missing NVIDIA USB-C and Audio drivers keep the dGPU awake? We have a report from a user who made a custom install of NVIDIA drivers and unselected the NVIDIA USB-C and Audio drivers because he thought we won't need them. In this case, not having those drivers will cause the main driver to not shutdown the dGPU when searching for those two drivers. We were not able to reproduce it but we'll leave it in this guide for future reference. Solution: reinstall NVIDIA drivers and include every driver, even the optional ones. 9. Outdated Windows and firmware? If you haven’t already, make sure you are running the latest Windows updates and the latest BIOS. Some major Windows milestones (also called “Redstone” updated) need to be triggered manually by opening Windows Updates, then “Checking for updates”. Under “Optional updates”, there might be a “Feature update” which you can initiate with “Download and install now” (screenshot). 10. Third party PCIe/NVMe SSD preventing CPU from sleeping? We had recently a few reports on budget SSDs from smaller brands preventing the CPU from reaching C8 sleep states, severely cutting battery life. If you upgrades your SSD yourself with a model that is not listed in our online shop, please consider to swap it out, re-install Windows from scratch and try again. If you found your SSD to be the culprit, please share the product name with us. 11. Corsair iCue Software causes +10W power consumption? We have seen this report from multiple users. This one was the first:
I spent a week trying to figure out why the processor on my Fusion 15 was consuming so much power when idle (around 10W!). My battery life was absolutely abysmal at about 2.5 hours on a full charge. I thought I had ruled out the iCue software because I closed the app completely, but it turns out only a complete uninstall will allow everything to return to normal so it must have been the mouse driver itself rather than the iCue software.
Source We haven't checked it ourselves but any kind of hardware-related 3rd party software could potentially cause power saving issues on any system. 12. Epic Games Launcher running on dGPU First reported here]. Solution is in the top reply to that thread. 13. Paint 3D causes the dGPU to stay 'ON' by running in the Background, even after Reboot This seems to be a real issue based on a bug from Microsoft. Check this thread for details. 14. Other reason? Cannot reach CPU Package C8 Residency? Please take part in our survey Please read this post for an introduction into CPU Package C8 Residency states. The post includes a link to a survey to collect analytical data from users who just can't get their power consumption down despite already having implemented all prior suggestions. 15. Dig deeper? Check out this amazing in-depth guide about Windows power saving optimization and C-States. Written by user Che0063 on Notebookreview in 2018 and constantly updated into 2020, this guide is a deep dive into all things C-States.
You can find a PDF copy (pulled on 2020/05/26) of this guide here.
Random short spikes in lag and stutter
Intel Driver and Support Assistant (DSA) is acting up, causing CPU spikes up to 40% every 1-5 minutes. Taken from this post:
Intel Driver and Support Assistant (DSA) is acting up, causing CPU spikes up to 40% every 1-5 minutes. See this picture of task manager cumulative CPU time. Funny you already mentioned that it stopped working, as I experienced the same thing. Solution (TL;DR): Uninstall Intel DSA for now. You can do this via the windows Apps and Programs, or if it fails for any reason, download the official Uninstaller from the intel website. [...]
My laptop randomly wakes up from Standby.
1. Firmware solution for Wake-up 3 hours after entering Sleep/Standby. (XMG FUSION 15 only) There was an issue with the NVIDIA USB-C driver which caused the laptop to wake up exactly 3 hours after entering Standby. The laptop was trying to transition into Hibernate (Suspend to Disk) but failed to do so. This issue is resolved in BIOS 0062 and beyond. 2. Disable Wake timers (applies to any PC and Laptop) Depending on your Windows configuration, there might be certain task schedules (including Windows Updates) which prompt the laptop to wake-up from Sleep or Hibernate. To check on these issues, please read this article. The most common solution is to disable the “Allow wake timers” option for both “plugged in” and “on-battery”. Please note: this setting depends on each power profile and your laptop has three of them: Silent, Balanced, Enthusiast. Please switch to each of these profiles and modify “Allow wake timer” in the Advanced settings in Windows power options for each one of these. 3. Check the Wake-up cause There is a simple command that will tell you the reason why your laptop woke up for the last time. Usually this is something like "Power Button" or "Lid Opening", but in your case it might point to a different driver or Windows component. Find "Command Prompt" in Start Menu and type:
This command does not need Admin right. Please copy it by marking the output text and pressing Enter. The marked text from the Command Prompt windows is now in your clipboard and can be pasted into a text file or message box. Alternatively you can take a picture and report back to us.
My laptop needs a long time to boot up.
Cold Boot and Wake-up from Hibernate should not take much more than 12 seconds between pressing the power button and seeing the login screen wallpaper. If your laptop takes much longer, please consider the following options. 1. Enable “Fast Boot”. Enabling “Fast Boot” in BIOS is a requirement to use Microsoft’s “Hybrid Boot” technology which saves a lot of time on Cold Boot. Before shipping, we always enable “Fast Boot” in all XMG laptops – but it might get disabled by user operation. On some models, it might also get disabled during BIOS Reset. To make sure, you have “Fast Boot” enabled, follow these steps:
Reboot and enter BIOS Setup [F2]
Open [Boot] menu and enter [Boot Priority]
Find [Fast Boot] and set it to [Enabled]
Back in [Exit] category, select [Save Changes and Exit], Reboot
(the location of the "Fast Boot" option might be slightly, depending on your model) 2. Flash firmware again You can clearly seperate the boot process between BIOS time and Windows time. Everything that happens before you see the XMG boot logo is BIOS time. On XMG FUSION 15, it usually takes about 7 seconds between pressing the power button and seeing the XMG boot logo for the first time. If this time period is much, much longer in your case, the root cause might be in hardware or firmware. One potential solution was found in this post. This user already had a system with Thunderbolt Firmware NVM v56. But based on a hunch, he just tried to update the same firmware again and it instantly fixed his long BIOS time. It makes kind of sense. VBIOS, Thunderbolt... those are large, complex and kind of external components that are initialized in the very early steps of the the BIOS. If anything is stalling there, you won't see the boot logo because the BIOS hasn't even attempted yet to start talking to the SSD. Rule of thumb: if you have long BIOS time before you see the XMG logo, please consider to flash the BIOS and the Thunderbolt Firmware again. Now, let's look at various Windows-based causes: 3. Clean up TEMP folders Taken from this post.
Found out, during each boot Windows (namely it's ProfSvc service) takes everything you have in users/yourprofile folder and writes over those files. I suspect it's changing some meta data in the files. Probably edditing read/write premissions. But it goes one by one. And logon process waits for it to finish. As long as your computer is relatively clean, this operation takes a second or two. But when Visual Studio update "forgets" 160 000 files in your AppData/Temp folder, it results in 35 secs of profile loading during boot. All I needed was to empty the Temp folder and the bootups are back in normal!
You can either clean the Temp folders manually or use a software like CCleaner. Please beware, we would only recommend CCleaner to clean temp files, but don't clean the Windows Registry. It's usually safe to do but it can sometimes lead to false positive situations and side-effects. 4. Riot Games 'Vanguard' might block one of our drivers If you have game titles from Riot Games installed, the software 'Vanguard' might be blocking the 'inpoutx64.sys' driver on some of our systems. This driver is related to the Control Center. We have heard of one single case where the presence of Vanguard lead to a significantly increased boot-time. In other cases however, it had no effect despite getting the 'Vanguard has blocked' message in Windows. We will share this information with our ODM to see if our signed inpoutx64.sys/dll can be whitelisted. Meanwhile, please consider disabling or uninstalling Vanguard to see if it improves your boot time. 5. Consider a clean reinstall It might be inconvenient, but if you have any boot times that are wildly longer than above reference data, please consider a clean Windows installation. 'Clean' means deleting the system partitions on your SSD in the first step of the installation procedure. Before you do this, you should backup all important data on external storage. 6. Other causes. If your system still takes a long time to even display the XMG boot logo or to boot into the Login prompt, there might be another issue at hand. Please make sure to update your BIOS, load setup defaults, enable “Fast Boot” again and make sure that your Windows and drivers are up to date. Please also consider to follow the generic advice in this article. There is currently no other known systematic issue that prevents our laptops from doing a fast boot or fast wake-up. If you cannot resolve the issue on your machine, please consider to backup your data and do a clean Windows re-install. 7. Discussion For XMG FUSION 15 we have opened a dedicated tread about expected boot times after a clean install. Please move all relevant discussion to this thread:
(I might be using Discord) First, please make sure you increased the microphone gain to 100% and added the +20dB boost.
Find "Sound settings" in Start menu
Scroll down and click on "Sound Control Panel"
Select "Recording" tab and double-click your microphone
Select "Levels" tab and put everything to maximum (screenshot)
Now, some apps including Discord put additional processing on the microphone, including echo and noise cancellation. This can have a negative effect on microphone audio quality. Please see if you can disable all such options from your chat application and from the Realtek Control Panel.
I have random Bluescreens
Bluescreens can have a number of reasons. Sometimes, the error message or driver reference can already point at a root cause. If there are too many possible root causes, here are some generic tips.
If you have Undervolting in BIOS, disable it (set it to Zero)
Update your BIOS
Reset your BIOS (Load Defaults)
Make sure you have all drivers installed correctly (at least no yellow exclamation marks in Device Manager)
Make sure you are not running any 3rd party system software or drivers
Consider to do a clean Reinstall of Windows
Test your RAM with MemTest86, booted from USB
How to use MemTest86 to test my RAM Follow these steps:
Download MemTest 86 Free from here (you do not need to purchase the Pro version)
This will download a file called "memtest86-usb.zip". Extract it to a new sub-folder
Plug-in your USB stick. Make sure there is no important data. The next steps will delete all data on your USB stick.
In the new folder, run imageUSB.exe and confirm the Admin prompt
You will be greeted with this interface. Confirm the Drive Letter of your empty USB Stick
Click the "Write" button and read and confirm all prompts
With the USB stick successfully prepared, reboot your laptop and enter BIOS Setup (F2)
Make sure your laptop charging cable is plugged-in and connected to external power
Find and disable "Secure Boot" and "Fast Boot". Those are the only options you need to change. Enabling CSM or Legacy Mode is not required for this version of MemTest
Save & Exit from your BIOS setup. During the reboot hold F10 (XMG FUSION 15) or F7 (all other laptops) to enter the Boot Media Selection prompt
Select your USB drive from the Boot Media menu
MemTest86 will start automatically and look like this. If any errors are detected, take a picture of the screen and contact support
If you complete the first pass (Pass: 1 / 4) without any errors, there is a good chance that you won't see any additional errors and you can cancel the test and reboot with Ctrl+Alt+Del. When in doubt, you can also run it overnight with multiple passes. On a typical gaming laptop, running MemTest86 will constantly pull about 100W out of the wall socket
When you finish your tests, go back to BIOS Setup to undo earlier changes or just Load Defaults to reset everything
PRO TIP: If you have MemTest86 errors, you can try to open your laptop and test both memory modules individually. Remove one module and run the test again. If the errors only show on one of the modules, try the same module again in the other (empty) RAM slot. If the module shown errors when run individually in both of the RAM slots, it might be indeed faulty. If the RAM modules are actually not faulty, it can sometimes also help to just remove and replace (reseat) them. Sometimes, if they are not properly connected, they might also prompt random errors including iGPU graphics artifacts.
+++ Troubleshooting XMG FUSION 15 (2019) +++
The following items apply only to XMG FUSION 15. Please check first if your issue is covered under the general section above. The latest BIOS and Control Center update can be found in this thread.
My speaker sound is underwhelming / I cannot get Soundblaster Connect running.
Sound Blaster Connect is an important app to improve the experience of the audio system. It can increase volume (SmartVol) and Bass of the speakers. 1. Reinstall Audio drivers in the proper sequence Normally, when all pre-requisites are met, Soundblaster Connect should install automatically from Windows. You can then find it with a simple search for “Sound Blaster” in the Windows Start menu. If Sound Blaster Connect is no where to be found or if it only shows an empty screen, please follow the sequence precisely:
No prior steps necessary – you do not need to uninstall prior packages
You only need the file “AudioDriver_Package_3-in-1“
Extract the ZIP Archive
Install Audio-with-SST and reboot Windows (!)
If you are connected to the Internet, the system will now automatically install "Sound Blaster Connect" from Microsoft Store. This might take a few minutes or more. When in doubt, reboot once more after the Soundblaster-Creative_Audio_Effects.
My touchpad sometimes does not react.
This is a very rare issue that we have encountered a few times. For some users we have fixed it by replacing the laptop. The root cause is not entirely clear yet but there have been a few successful workarounds. Solution #1: Set Touchpad to “Most Sensitive” Find the “Touchpad” settings in Windows Start menu and change the sensitivity setting to “Most Sensitive”. Please report via PM with your order number if this fixes the issue for you. Solution #2: Reinstall BIOS and Control Center We have reports from users who got rid of any Touchpad issues by reinstalling the BIOS and Control Center. Please get the appropriate downloads from our Download Portal.
My CPU shows high activity in idle while having devices connected to USB-C port.
We are currently tracking an issue where users have reported >10% CPU usage in Idle while having certain devices connected to the USB-C port. Current Workaround: Disable Automatic Sleep on Thunderbolt controller Device Manager > System devices > Thunderbolt Controller > Power Management > Disable "Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power"
I’m unable to turn off my keyboard backlight during boot.
Normally, if you disable the keyboard backlight in Control Center using the slider switch, it should also be disabled during Reboot, Cold Boot etc. We had one report of a rare issue where this settings was not applied to firmware anymore. If you encounter this issue, please click the “Restore” button in Control Center to reset all you Keyboard Backlight settings. Then, try again to disable the Keyboard Backlight and reboot.
My keyboard backlight is not turning on anymore.
We had a few reports of keyboard backlight not being able to turn on anymore. If you encounter this issue, please reset your BIOS settings.
Reboot and enter BIOS Setup [F2]
Open [Exit] menu; select and confirm [Restore Defaults] but do not reboot yet
Open [Boot] menu and enter [Boot Priority]
Find [Fast Boot] and set it to [Enabled]
Back in [Exit] category, select [Save Changes and Exit], Reboot
I cannot access my BIOS Setup (F2) anymore.
This is another very rare issue that was only reported once so far. If you cannot access your BIOS Setup, you cannot do a BIOS Reset anymore. Solution: Remove CMOS Jumper from Mainboard and Reboot The mainboard of XMG FUSION 15 has a jumper to control the BIOS Reset. In order to reach this jumper, you will need to remove the bottom case of the laptop. This is as easy as removing the 10 screws on the bottom side and then simply lifting the bottom cover away from the laptop. The jumper is located next to the WiFi module
After having done this Reset, please place the jumper again it it's original position, connecting pins "1" and "2" as seen in the "Top View" picture linked above. Now, please see if you can now get back into BIOS Setup with the F2 key during boot.
My external USB mouse sometimes stops moving.
We have some reports from USB gaming mouse with ≥1000Hz polling rate that sometimes stop working when used together with USB hubs, both on USB-A and USB-C (Thunderbolt). Please install the latest official drivers from your mouse vendor and see if you can reduce the polling rate to 500Hz to see if it makes any difference.
My system consumes about 1~2% battery in Standby/Sleep mode
This is normal and also affects both XMG FUSION and XMG NEO series with opto-mechanical keyboard. Reason: the keyboard consumes slightly over 1W even in standby, because it is still firing up the Infrared barriers for every individual switch. This is to make sure that the keyboard can wake the system from standby. This translates to a power consumption (witch charger, measured at wall socket) of up to 1.8W in Standby if the battery is already fully charged. Due to a hardware design constraint, the power of the keyboard switches cannot be turned off, unless the system is sent to Hibernate (S4) or Shutdown (S5). Workaround: use Hibernate. By default, Standby automatically transitions into Hibernate after 180 minutes. You can shorten this timespan in the Advanced Power Options in Windows (Screenshot). You have to do this for each of the Performance Profiles that you use (Silent, Balanced, Enthusiast). Before that, you have to enable Hibernate in this menu.
I would like to improve my DPC Latencies.
For guaranteed low DPC latencies, please check out our SCHENKER Audio Editions. For all other models, we're going to collect a number of tips here over time.
I have issues with USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 adapters on XMG FUSION 15
XMG FUSION 15 (2019, XFU15L19) had a bit of a shaky history with some USB-C adapters and Thunderbolt Docking Stations. It seems like the most serious issues have been ironed out with BIOS 0064 and Thunderbolt Firmware-Update NVM v56. If you plan to use USB-C port and you purchased your laptop before May 2020, please make sure to update your firmware as explained in this thread:
For more FAQ on XMG, SCHENKER and Bestware, please check our FAQ Page:https://bestware.com/faqs/ If we find more commonly asked questions (especially ones that are specific to popular models), we will add them to this guide. If you have any questions or issues that are not covered in this guide, please reply in the comments below! // Tom
2020.09.17 01:43 rchr5880Police Officer way out of place!
The below glitch experience happened to me around 15-17 years ago when I was first dating my then-girlfriend (now wife) and I was a new young driver. I think experience happened around the year 2004-2005 and this has relevance. For the record, I wasn't not under the influence of alcohol, any kind of drugs legal or illegal and wasn't under the weather or exhausted in case anyone suggests....... I have never been a great timekeeper and was often late for things. This particular evening I had to arrange to take my girlfriend to the cinema but I got home from work a little late and by the time I left home after getting ready myself we didn't have long to get to the cinema before the film start time. I jumped into my car (a '92 Fiat Punto which was extremely common in the UK at that time for young drivers as they were cheap to insure) and put my foot down a little to try and claw back some time. I turn a corner a little fast onto the last straight road to my girlfriend's house (which was about 3/4 mile long, straight, housing one side and grass to the other and street lights). To my surprise the road was clear of traffic this evening so I kept going a little faster than I should, I reach down to skip the track on the stereo and look back up and I suddenly see halfway down the road a figure had appeared out of nowhere. The figure stood in the middle of the road holding his hand out for me to stop. As I get closer I noticed it was a police officer and thought "oh sh*t!" I slow my car and pulled over to the side of the road to a stop I opened my window and the officer walks over to me and he asks me in a stern voice to exit the vehicle and come to the back of the car. I got out as instructed and he starts asking me questions. Where I was going??, where I was coming from? How long had I been driving.... the usual. He then asks me about the excessive speed on this road and I apologised and explain I was late picking up my girlfriend, not that was an excuse and expected him to give me a ticket on the spot. This police officer then pulls out a small note pad and tiny pencil, he rolls through a number of pages with lots of notes (I didn't catch) until he found a blank page. As his head was down looking at his pad he asks me for my number plate, I read it out to him as he jointed it down and once finished he then looks up at the plate and asks why my number plate was yellow? I explained it came with the vehicle. (Hold this thought!!) He then asks me what the make/model was... as mentioned above it was a Fiat Punto to which the police officer said "Never heard of that model before" and he added it to his notebook. (Also hold this thought!!) He puts his note pad and pencil away in his jacket and it's at this point I notice his uniform. It wasn't the type of uniform we had in the early 2000s in the UK (Like this: https://i2-prod.chroniclelive.co.uk/incoming/article1433288.ece/ALTERNATES/s615b/A5137164-00B5-337B-7B201062781F5F17.jpg) but rather something much more old fashioned from the '50s or '60s (like this: https://i.pinimg.com/originals/26/3d/e6/263de61955523ffc2513cddc9d1fe022.jpg) The helmet, button's, boots everything was in pristine condition. The office then explains he would take his notes back to the station this evening and that he and the other officers would keep an eye out for me and my speeding. He then said I should also get my rear plate changed back to the standard black colour otherwise I may get a fine next time (Hold that last thought!!). He then gave me a warning and wished me on my way. I jump back in the car, put my seat belt on and looked in my rearview mirror as I pulled away. I glance forward for a couple of seconds and then look again in my mirror and the officer was gone. I had a clear view of the road behind me either side (as I said it was a straight road) but the officer had vanished into thin air. It wasn't until I got home after the cinema I started thinking about what happened and something didn't match up.... first thought was it was someone in fancy dress but the uniform was much much better quality and well looked after to be a cheap fancy dress. I then thought about some of his comments and wondered where this officer was may have come from. I did some reason and come to these conclusions for his questions: A) Why were my rear number plate yellow and I should change it back to to the black plate? In the UK since 1973 all rear number plates need to be reflective yellow. Vehicles before this year were black. B) Had never heard of a Fiat Punto?? as I mentioned was a very common car during this time in the UK. Any current police officer would have known this. My thought is due to the questions, his outfits and vanishing act that he may be from another time period and glitched into my reality or if he was a spirit of a dead police officer who doesn't realise he is dead and continues his beat..... there is a slim chance its some police hobbyist who likes walking around late at night stopping traffic but that much more boring!!! I shall never know.... thanks for reading.
Mark Carter:As you can see on the slide here, we've added a considerable number of folks to the contact tracing effort across the Commonwealth. Those numbers total up to 1240 staff members who are doing contact tracing and disease investigation across the Commonwealth. We are not quite at our total budgeted capacity; we have roughly 120, 130 additional spots that we could fill and we continue to do that. I think that of 120 counties, or 61 health departments, just all but a few have added staff through this process and those that haven't have been using the regional teams that we established as part of this effort. And the second matter is our system, our contact tracing and tracking system, our CTT system, we consider we made a considerable effort during the month of August and the first part of September, to increase the utilization of that system across all of our health departments that have been deployed across the state, but we weren't quite getting the utilization we expected in the data that we needed out of it. So there was a significant effort primarily during the month of August to do that, and I'm happy to report that we're in a very good place there. We had really assistance from every health department director in the Commonwealth.
Governor, the Trump Administration today, unveiled their vaccine plan that requires state and local governments to have storage and distribution plans put together. Is the state working on such a plan you have an idea when it might be finalized? --- The question is based on an announcement from the Trump administration today about planning on vaccine distribution and storage. We are in the process of making those plans now. For those of you that went to the PPE warehouse the other day, we do have refrigeration units there. And we'll need more and additional locations.
Dr. Stack (Video): Thank you, Governor, I did want to add something specifically on the mask mandate so I had retweeted and I shared what Dr Adams, a surgeon general, sent out in the last 40 minutes: “Coronavirus is real and it can kill you. No matter how you feel about it, or masks we won't be able to reopen and stay open if it is still being spread. Wearing a mask isn't hard, and if it can help us reopen then why not try it.” You know, I'd want to make a few points on this. So anyone who's ever had surgery- surgeons wear masks sometimes 10-12 hours at a time in an operating room. And any of you who ever had your abdomen or your chest opened up or your skull opened up so they can work on your brain will be very grateful that they're wearing a mask and not spraying saliva into the inside of your body. I think we need to start thinking about that a little bit more. I have a real difficult time understanding when grown adults are saying they can't breathe through a mask. I think they have misunderstood inconvenience, with inability. It's just sort of like when you talk to your child and you say I think you have your needs and your wants confused. We have got to get over this inconvenience somehow being an infringement that is offensive to us. This is the tool we have, so that we can get back to activity. I am finding and I'm sharing a little frustration with this- my colleagues at the local level are getting a lot of pushback from a small number of people. So first of all, a small number of people, the majority of you, thank you, you're doing the right thing. And thank you, please keep doing the right thing, please modeling this behavior, or continue to model this behavior. Let's help others to go on this journey and do what needs to be done instead of finding excuses to avoid what needs to be done. But for the small number who are really inconvenienced about this, there's no appeal to me around the local health department leader who has the authority. The local health departments and their leaders are public health professionals and experts. They don't try to tell people how to run schools or run businesses or run manufacturing facilities. They do public health. Please respect them for their expertise, just like they respect all of you for yours. Wear these masks, please. This is the tool we have until next year when hopefully we get a vaccine that's effective, that we can distribute to enough people. As soon as we get one of those, or more than one hopefully, we will start to do everything we can to make it available, so we can get away from this because they are inconvenience, but they are certainly effective and they are certainly something, the vast, vast majority of us can do, and whether you are Democrat or Republican, you're seeing that the White House folks, the Beshear folks, we're all saying the same thing. Whether it's Trump, or Beshear, the science experts, are delivering the same message. We're not trying to make people feel bad, we're just trying to get us through this and the more we resist it, the more the disease spreads, and then the more people who get exposed, the more people get infected, the more vulnerable people suffer the price of losing their life, and the more people who get quarantined because there's a lot more infected people out there to expose us all. So, please, it's an inconvenience, but it's what we have to do to get through this. We can do this, we did it this spring. This is a lot less intrusive than having to stay all Healthy at Home in the spring. We can now get Healthy at Work and Healthy at School but we've got to wear these things to do it safely and effectively. Thanks.
Again, we're going to talk about voting. We're going to talk about voting because in this general election that's coming up, you have more options to vote than ever before. And we really want to break a turnout record here in Kentucky. It would show that we are not just good citizens when it comes to fighting COVID, but we believe that voting is our civic duty. So first let's put up the overall general election registration deadline. We haven't talked about this piece a lot. You have to register by October 5th at 4pm. You can do it at http://elect.ky.gov/ to make sure you can vote in this general election. Now, there are some people who would be registering for the first time that have moved to Kentucky that haven't registered, we want you to go online, but we also want you to go online and and register if you're one of the 190,000 Kentuckians that have had their voting rights restored, based on one of the first executive orders that I signed as governor. If you want to know if you are included in it, we have a website that is set up to where you can get online, you can go to it, you can see your name there. And you can have that extra reassurance that you should, and can register at http://elect.ky.gov, but this website is http://civilrightsrestoration.ky.gov. And one of my favorite days as governor, one my favorite days and I think about the favorite days a lot right now, is when I was able to sign that executive order, and was there with two Kentuckians, who had never been able to vote because they lost their rights when they were 18. They both had kids and their kids had never seen them vote and their excitement to be able to not only do their duty but teach their kids and show them how important it is. Let's make sure that everybody out there who has regained the right to vote registers, checks on their status, please. You know, become a part of society in this way. Again, and I think those that have lost the right to vote would tell you just how important it is. And just what voting does, how it makes you feel, how it reassures you that you are apart so we want to make sure everybody registers. Remember your deadline is October the fifth, if you could bring that slide back up. October the 5th at 4pm at http://elect.ky.gov/ and then you can request your absentee ballot. If you are concerned about COVID or otherwise qualify. At that same website http://elect.ky.gov/.
Alright finally every day we're trying to recognize those that are out there doing the right things fighting COVID-19,
Alright, this is Robert Redfield, the CDC director, and today he testified and he said the following wearing a mask remains the most important, powerful, public health tool we have. So, Head of the CDC and the President's administration, someone that works directly with this White House, saying the exact same thing that we're saying: it's not a republican thing, it's not a democratic thing, it's a science thing that we know works. It's a public health thing that we know works. It is a fact and wearing one of these helps protect the people around you. We showed you that video from that doctor in Bowling Green who we've lost who is on the frontlines of fighting COVID, her last public interview was about, wouldn't you wear a mask if you knew it would protect someone, even if you'd never met them? That's pretty powerful from someone who gave her life fighting this virus. We need you to wear a mask and we want to recognize those that not only are out there doing it but they want to set an example, an example for other people.
One way to do that is filling up social media at Team Kentucky or MaskUpKY. So the first one we want to show. Remember to post to Social Media! Let’s show our fellow Kentuckians positive vibes- Hashtags: #MaskUpKY#TeamKentucky #TogetherKY #Patriot #HealthyAtHome #HealthyAtWork #HealthyAtSchool
And is it some of our health care professionals, and it's all the way you got to look in some of the most sophisticated masks because they have begun a mobile testing site in Muhlenberg county this week. One of the major success stories that we have had in Kentucky is our testing. Right now testing continues to go up or remain stable in the Commonwealth while it is going down in other places. That's one of the reasons that our positivity rate is going down, that more people are getting tested, but we're also finding those that are testing positive and we're going to have an update on contact tracing here in just a little bit. That's what gives us an opportunity to find those that might be spreading the virus to make sure they get the help that they need. If they need medical care they get it, but that we can also quarantine them, and those that have been in direct contact so that we can defeat this virus and make sure it doesn't spread further so thank you to everybody involved: Owensboro Health, Muhlenberg County Hospital, Poole’s Pharmacy, Clinic Pharmacy, Felix E Martin Jr. foundation and the director Kathy Bethel. We appreciate your work. Remember, only a certain number of these are put together by the state, you know we got ones with UofL, UK, and Northern Kentucky. We provide kits to a lot of other places, but it is local heroes that set these up, that do these tests, that really care about their community. So the next time you get a call, and Mark Carter can talk about this, and somebody says you've been in contact, you're going to need to quarantine and and you think about arguing about it remember, these are the folks that are talking to you. These are the local health department folks that are putting on all this PPE, that are testing people that they know have COVID, that they are putting their very lives on the line. The least we can do is listen to them follow their advice and treat them with the respect that they deserve.
All right, next one. This is Ashley Wilson, getting her first PT visit. Remember that if we've got a lot of other health conditions, we need to be seeing our physicians, you need to get your flu shot. I went in and got my physical. You know I put it off a little while because of COVID, but now it is safe. These facilities are making sure that they follow the very best practices. When you go, wear your mask. And if you're going to get the doctor's visits you need, you'd wear a mask there. Surely, we can all agree that we would want to wear a mask in schools around our kids, making sure that we can also keep them virus free.
And the last one. He's leading the way. Right, we often talk about how our youth lead the way. This is him getting his flu shot to stay healthy. Folks, everybody needs to get a flu shot. Everybody, it is incredibly important this year, our fight against COVID will become so much more difficult if you don't get that flu shot. Our ability to be overrun in our hospitals becomes significantly more likely if you don't get your flu shot. Difficulty keeping kids in-person, in-classes, hybrid model, or otherwise once that really starts September 28th, it will be much more difficult to keep going, if you don't get your flu shot. So the moral of our story that we're living right now is get your flu shot. I'm getting mine tomorrow, as is my wife, my daughter, and my son. We're going to do it. We hope everybody else does it as well.
Again, we want to make sure every time we get information like this from the White House that we're transparent about it, even if it doesn't always line up exactly.
Positive cases today: 776
Probable cases: 6,327
Total confirmed cases: 58,764
Children Under 18: 91 - We continue to see this trend where more and more kids are testing positive they're becoming a bigger percentage. I think it's for a couple reasons one thankfully kids are being tested more often, too. They're out doing more, but remember when we're making these decisions our belief is that kids can transmit this virus as easily as anybody else.
A 18, that's a lot of cases for Estill. Remember, COVID-19 doesn't care about your county line, whether you are rural or urban. Both the White House report, and anyone that we would put out, would say that COVID is spreading in both, and at any point can have a breakout in any county. So that's why the data we're going to be providing incident rates and the rest is so important. Because decisions now, in many instances, are going to have to be week to week. And that's just what we're going to be living in, it's going to create some uncertainty, but it's going to help us to do more during those weeks at least that you're in the green, or that you're in the yellow.
Total tests conducted: 1,090,160 (PCR: 1,021,452, Serology: 50,206) - We're getting close to 1.1 million tests performed in Kentucky
Positivity Rate: 3.89% - Our positivity right for the second straight day is below 4% at 3.89%.
Total hospitalized: 4,927
Currently hospitalized: 565
Total in ICU: 1,466
Currently in ICU: 125
On a ventilator: 75 - So let's make sure we pray for them.
Total recovered: 11,043
New deaths today: 8
Total Deaths: 1,082
New deaths by county: 49 F Christian, 84 F Greenup, 74 M Jackson, 83 M Montgomery, 68 M Montgomery, 88 M Union, 66 M Fayette, 76 M Christian
We've had a lot of people in their 40s in the last week or two. Now I saw a story out there based on there being a lag between people in a community knowing when someone has passed, and us reporting it here. Remember, we have a committee that it has to go through, they have to determine that COVID was a contributing factor to to the death, which means the documents have to come in, so for that accuracy because we believe that those numbers are accurate, that we take those extra steps which takes a little more time.
Racial breakdown of all cases: 80.36% Caucasian, 11.70% Black or African-American, 1.65% Asian, 5.78% Multiracial
Ethnicity breakdown of all cases: 88.53% non-Hispanic and 11.47% Hispanic
Racial breakdown of all deaths: 83.27% Caucasian, 13.08% Black or African-American, 1.22% Asian, 2.43% Multiracial
Ethnicity breakdown of all deaths: 96.29% non-Hispanic and 3.71% Hispanic
So in general what we're seeing is we still have higher case numbers than we'd like to see, but we don't at the moment see those accelerating from last week or the week before, that's a good thing, we see our positivity rate coming down some, and that's a good thing. But remember, whether our mortality rate is 2%, it's now below 2%, 1.8%, 1.7%, wherever it is this week, if you multiply that by the 770 plus cases we had today, anytime we have a lot of cases, it's going to result in us losing people we care about. So let's make sure that we not only are keeping that positivity rate down, we actually get our cases moving down because Kentuckians' lives depend on it. Until then realize, people are hurting. I don't know if you're a person that looks at the obituaries when you read through a newspaper but just to see the number of people that will even talk about in that spot for their loved one it being COVID related. We'll talk about just how difficult it is, or even if it's not how difficult the funeral, or the lack of a funeral because of it is. So let's make sure we light those houses green, let's make sure we ring those bells at 10am, and we're still going to suffer a lot of loss and our people are going to need your help. Right before I bring Mark Carter up, let me go back to voting for one important thing. If you are in Fayette County you may have seen a news story about absentee ballots being delayed, thanks to the work of a lot of local officials that has been fixed. They are not going to be delayed. So if you are in Fayette County, and you want to vote by absentee you can still have confidence to do that. So again you can go online http://elect.ky.gov and request that ballot. If you fall in any of those concern areas for COVID-19, I would encourage you to vote absentee which means you should do it now, you should do it today, so that you can get that ballot and when you get it, you should return it as quickly as possible. Tomorrow we're going to have the Secretary of State and the head of our board of elections come in and talk through when you get it, what you do with your absentee ballot making sure you don't make any mistakes on it, make sure that we fully educate people on that. All right, so now we're going to have an update on contact tracing from Mark Carter.
The Fieldfare, Turdus Pilaris, is a large migratory Thrush and the first flocks of the winter may be seen at this time of year as they fly from their summer breeding grounds in Russia and Scandinavia to overwinter in the British isles. https://www.birdid.no/bird/eBook.php?specieID=1238 They are a very gregarious bird, forming flocks of 2 to 3 dozen, sometimes even more, and constantly on the move as they forage in hedgerows and the edges of woodland for berries, their name reflects this as it comes from the Anglo-Saxon ‘feldware’ meaning ‘field traveller’. Hedgerow plants such as guelder-rose, hawthorn, Rowan, holly, blackthorn and buckthorn are essential food sources for them as they will have burnt a lot of calories crossing the Baltic and North Sea, but they also forage for insects and will quite happily visit gardens for fallen apples. http://www.hedgelink.org.uk/index.php?page=21 Fieldfare constantly chatter and talk to each other as they move, making very harsh calls which are unmistakable and can be heard from quite a distance, they sometimes make a chuckling noise as well as they cross the fields. They are unique in their plumage as well, having a well feathered, plump build, a bit like a mistle thrush, with prominent dark speckles on the chest and flanks, their wings are red-brown, their head and rump a blueish-grey and their beak yellow. A flock of 20 Fieldfare were recently seen at Silverdale and the timing of their arrival in the U.K. has been used for centuries to predict how harsh or mild the forthcoming winter might be. https://www.bto.org/our-science/projects/winter-thrushes-survey/resources/migration-images many bird observatories around the Uks coast keep annual records of Fieldfare migrations, the birds quite often travelling with blackbirds and redwings which have also been spotted here recently.
2020.09.15 17:40 PotionBlade3363Alethi culture and propriety, help
Hello everyone! Do you recall any times that the Alethi culture and propriety was evident in the Way of Kings or Words of Radiance? For a project at school I'm going to compare some of their culture with another book. Do you have any pages (please provide chapter nr as well) that stand out? I have the UK split edition and MM Paperback of US edition so I can look at both. As it stands now, my focus will be on their clothing and arts; ex. the safehand, men not reading etc. I would appreciate any help! I found this link while doing some carful googling (I'm just finishing up WoR), but the pages doesn't match those of any of my editions so I'm thinking they are for the US Hardback. If anyone could "translate" these page numbers into chapter numbers I'd appreciate it a lot! https://www.17thshard.com/forum/topic/2257-compendium-of-key-terminology-for-the-way-of-kings/ The terms that I was looking at reading more about from the compendium above were: Alethi, Ardents, Devotaries, Glyphs, Glyphwards, Kharbranthians, Orange wine, Safepouch, Takama, The Alethi Codes of War, Violet wine, Vorin custom, Vorin kingdoms, Vorin teaching, Yellow wine
2020.09.14 23:58 7-broken-fansWrongfully rejected parking permit meaning I’ll have to move out
Also posted on legaladvice Apologies, this is quite long. TL:DR at the bottom. I’m a 20F nursing student in the UK (South England) and decided this year to move away from home into a shared house with 3 friends. I moved based on 2 criteria: it had enough rooms for myself and my 3 roommates, and it had parking for myself and 1 other person. That was it. I checked my local council website and it stated (and still does state) that the zone where my house is had one resident’s parking permit for £30, and a second available for another £30. There’s actually a table on the front page of the website that states this information clearly, I’d be happy to send a screenshot to anybody who is curious of the wording. The payment of £30 was fine with me though, I didn’t mind paying at all as the rest of the house was great. Again, this is the sole reason for my agreeing to the tenancy contract as I could park there. The day my tenancy started I applied for my resident’s parking permit, I didn’t do this beforehand as it’s only valid for 12 months from the date of application and I wanted it to last for my whole 12 month tenancy. I also assumed that the information on the council website was correct and that it wouldn’t be an issue anyway, so I didn’t feel the need to apply before to check I would get it. My roommate also applied on the first date of our tenancy. Her parking permit was accepted, mine was rejected and I was added to a waiting list. I’m now 40/81 on this waiting list with no idea of whether I will be granted a permit. This was back in July 2020, I actually moved in in September, yesterday in fact (this is normal for UK students). This morning, my first day here, I emailed an appeal stating that the information on their website contradicted their rejection of my application. I went down to my car and noticed that since being here less than 24 hours I had been given a £70 parking fine. I was parked in a designated parking bay directly outside my house with lots of other spaces available, not on yellow lines or anywhere in the way. I’ve had to move my car a 20 minute walk away as it’s the nearest area to my house that has free parking, and if I don’t move it I’ll just get another ticket tomorrow and everyday after that. I called the council and they said their table meant ‘that you could apply for a second permit for £30, not that you would necessarily get it’. How the hell was I supposed to realise that. I said this was completely misleading and that I rented my house solely on the basis of their website’s statement and that they needed to accept my application due to their misinformation. They denied, in the typical council way of saying nothing helpful. I’m asking for some legal advice because if I can’t get this permit, that the website said I could get, I need to move back home but my tenancy can’t be ended (unless there’s some loophole I’m not aware of) and I’ll have to pay £4200 rent for a house I can’t live in. Commuting (aka, not using my car) is not an option due to my being a nursing student so needing to commute a lot round the area for multiple hospital placements as well as to and from uni, and personal use for travelling to my partner who lives out the area which I couldn’t do without my car. Basically, would I have any legal ground to go to small claims court based on the website’s misleading information in the table and the council’s subsequent wrongful rejection of my application for a parking permit. TL:DR. The council website states a house can get 2 parking permits, then they rejected my application for a second permit. Without the permit I’ll have to move out but still pay my £4200 for the year. Would I have any grounds for a case in small claims court? I really appreciate your help, I’m in a bit of a jam here and it’s my first time away from home so not off to a great start.
2020.09.14 23:48 7-broken-fansDo I have any legal ground regarding a rejected parking permit
Apologies, this is quite long. TL:DR at the bottom. I’m a 20F nursing student in the UK (South England) and decided this year to move away from home into a shared house with 3 friends. I moved based on 2 criteria: it had enough rooms for myself and my 3 roommates, and it had parking for myself and 1 other person. That was it. I checked my local council website and it stated (and still does state) that the zone where my house is had one resident’s parking permit for £30, and a second available for another £30. There’s actually a table on the front page of the website that states this information clearly, I’d be happy to send a screenshot to anybody who is curious of the wording. The payment of £30 was fine with me though, I didn’t mind paying at all as the rest of the house was great. Again, this is the sole reason for my agreeing to the tenancy contract as I could park there. The day my tenancy started I applied for my resident’s parking permit, I didn’t do this beforehand as it’s only valid for 12 months from the date of application and I wanted it to last for my whole 12 month tenancy. I also assumed that the information on the council website was correct and that it wouldn’t be an issue anyway, so I didn’t feel the need to apply before to check I would get it. My roommate also applied on the first date of our tenancy. Her parking permit was accepted, mine was rejected and I was added to a waiting list. I’m now 40/81 on this waiting list with no idea of whether I will be granted a permit. This was back in July 2020, I actually moved in in September, yesterday in fact (this is normal for UK students). This morning, my first day here, I emailed an appeal stating that the information on their website contradicted their rejection of my application. I went down to my car and noticed that since being here less than 24 hours I had been given a £70 parking fine. I was parked in a designated parking bay directly outside my house with lots of other spaces available, not on yellow lines or anywhere in the way. I’ve had to move my car a 20 minute walk away as it’s the nearest area to my house that has free parking, and if I don’t move it I’ll just get another ticket tomorrow and everyday after that. I called the council and they said their table meant ‘that you could apply for a second permit for £30, not that you would necessarily get it’. How the hell was I supposed to realise that. I said this was completely misleading and that I rented my house solely on the basis of their website’s statement and that they needed to accept my application due to their misinformation. They denied, in the typical council way of saying nothing helpful. I’m asking for some legal advice because if I can’t get this permit, that the website said I could get, I need to move back home but my tenancy can’t be ended (unless there’s some loophole I’m not aware of) and I’ll have to pay £4200 rent for a house I can’t live in. Commuting (aka, not using my car) is not an option due to my being a nursing student so needing to commute a lot round the area for multiple hospital placements as well as to and from uni, and personal use for travelling to my partner who lives out the area which I couldn’t do without my car. Basically, would I have any legal ground to go to small claims court based on the website’s misleading information in the table and the council’s subsequent wrongful rejection of my application for a parking permit. TL:DR. The council website states a house can get 2 parking permits, then they rejected my application for a second permit. Would I have any grounds for a case in small claims court. I really appreciate your help, I’m in a bit of a jam here and it’s my first time away from home so not off to a great start.
2020.09.14 18:43 SplittingHaresUpdate: My student visa application was successful! A couple minor questions though.
I'm relieved to finally get my passport in the mail (thanks for the delay, UPS), I've been accepted for a Tier 4 Student Visa. My photo is terrible, but still it's good to see that vignette inside my passport. However, I have a couple of questions. The office in New York which processed my visa has put two stickers on the back of my passport, one is bright yellow and says that if this passport is to be found, it should be returned to the address of the office building. The other sticker is white, has a bar code, and says "Self Scan PPT 08/28/2020" and then my GWF number below. Is it okay to remove these stickers? By the nature of the yellow one, I assume it is only intended in case it gets lost in the mail. If that's the case, then I can remove it. I don't like having these stickers on the outside of my passport. But if they're needed, I will keep them on. Another question I have is which papers are needed at the UK Border. I know the letter that came with my visa issuance is necessary, but will they want to see any other documents? For the sake of preparation, I printed out my uni acceptance letter, my housing accommodation letter, and my entire visa application form, all 16 pages of it. I figure these will be enough to make it through the border. If anyone can help me out, that would be awesome!
2020.09.11 16:55 PaulPM1All Time Fantasy Survivor Series (Me (Paul) and My Best Friend (Rob) every few months are tackling a ppv event and doing our all time version)
Pauls Survivor Series: Dream Survivor Series Card – Paul (2020) –“WWE vs The World” (NXT, WCW, ECW, NWA, ROH, NJPW) Announcers: Jim Ross & **Jerry “The King” Lawler (**Unless Stated Otherwise) Referees: Mike Chioda (Mens), Jessika Carr (Womens) Opening Video Package Content:Splintered Timelines from the territories daysOpening Video Package Theme:Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes 1. (Womens Match 1 of 5). “Women Past vs Present” - Stipulation: Win= Point for Respective Team.(Announcers: J.R, M Ranollo, Beth Phoenix) Build:Sherri as Captain tells the opposition captain Paige, she and her team want to prove a point and not just beat them in one traditional 5 on 5 match, but beat them over 5 single matches, Sherri says the best Paige and her team can hope for is 3 wins out of 5, but it’s going to be a 5 match clean sweep for the sensational ones.Sherri says by some miracle should they need a decider, she will kick Paige’s ass like a true captain. Paige goes away to matchmake who faces who. “Sensational” Sherri Martel (C), Trish Stratus, Lita, Wendi Richter, Alundra Blayze vs Paige (C), Charlotte Flair, “The Man” Becky Lynch, “The Boss” Sasha Banks, Bayley 1.Alundra Blayze vs Sasha Banks Finish: Banks goes for the backstabber, Blayze holds on runs her back first into the corner as Sasha turns, Blayze hits the German Supplex. (Result -Past 1, Present 0) 2. “UK vs Canada” - Stipulation: Traditional 5 on 5 Elimination Match(Announcers: J.R, Bret, Regal) Build:(Anti-America) Bret Hartis injuredas says even if he wasn’t he would decide to not represent any organisation and said if it was truly vs the world, Canadian Wrestlers would dominate, and it shows how America and other countries have to either take Canadian talent or model themselves off them. As Bret talks on. William Regals Music hits, William Regalis also injuredbut says he doesn’t disagree with Bret, however he says that everything Bret stated should be said about British Wrestlers instead and that if Bret was honest with himself, he needed a lot of help to be a star whereas British Wrestlers work speaks for itself. Regal ends by saying that Bret and his countrymen are so consistently average that it is almost impressive. Bret says he will Captain a Canadian Team and that Regal better find 5 British Wrestlers to represent him, he adds good luck scrapping the barrel. 2.Nigel McGuinness(C),Pete Dunne, Tyler Bate, Zack Sabre Jnr, Will Ospreay vs Owen Hart (C), Sami Zayn, Tyson Kid, Christian, Lance Storm Finish: Sabre Jnr applies a complicated leg lock submission on Zayn and Nigel McGuinness applies the London Dungeon Submission, this forces Zayn to tap out. 3. (Womens Match 2 of 5). “Women Past vs Present” - Stipulation: Win= Point for Respective Team.(Announcers: J.R, M Ranollo, Beth Phoenix) 3. Lita vs Becky Lynch Finish: Becky moves out of the way of the moonsault as Lita crashes Lynch does the armbar for a submission win.(Result -Past 1, Present 1) 4. “WWE vs NJPW” - Stipulation: 5 on 5 tornado Tag Match(Announcers: M Ranollo, Funaki, K Omega) AJ Styles (C), Finn Balor, Vader, Seth Rollins, Ricochet vs Antonio Anoki(C), Hiroshi Tanahashi, Shinsuke Nakamura, Keiji Mutoh (Great Muta), Kazuchika Okada Finish: Nakamura hits Ricochet with the Kinshasa , as ricochet turns he gets hit with the rainmaker by Okada for the 1-2-3. 5. (Womens Match 3 of 5). “Women Past vs Present” - Stipulation: Win= Point for Respective Team.(Announcers: J.R, M Ranollo, Beth Phoenix) “Sensational” Sherri Martel (C), Trish Stratus, Lita, Wendi Richter, Alundra Blayze vs Paige (C), Charlotte Flair, “The Man” Becky Lynch, “The Boss” Sasha Banks, Bayley 5. Trist Stratus vs Bayley Finish: After several sequences of reversals, Trish Hits the Chick Kick and gets the win when the ref declares a KO finish.(Result -Past 2, Present 1) 6. “WWE vs ROH” - Stipulation: Falls count anywhere 5 on 5 Scramble Match 20 minute time limit (Last Pin/Submission Wins)(Announcers: M Ranollo, Jim Cornette) Kurt Angle(C), Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero, Chris Jericho, Cesaro vs CM Punk(C), Adam Cole, Samoa Joe, Bryan Danielson, Kevin Steen Finish: The Animosity between Punk And Cole has been building all match over a dispute who should be captain, when punk accidentally kicks Cole instead of Jericho, Jericho takes advantage and hits the codebreaker on Punk, goes to pin punk but punk kicks out at 2 ¾, but out of nowhere you see Benoit climb one top rope and Guerrero the other, Benoit hits his Top Rope headbutt, then rolls out of the ring holding his head, but runs into a submission from Danielson, in the ring however Guerrero hits the frog splash and gets the 3 count however, as Eddie celebrates, it is revealed by another ref, through action replay that as the ref started the count, benoit had tapped out on the outside of the ring with 1 second left, and therefore eddie’s pin was outside of the time limit, therefore the winners are the ROH team. 7. “WWE vs ECW” - Stipulation: Hardcore Falls Count Anywhere 5 on 5 Hell In a Cell Match(Announcers: J.R, P Heyman, J Styles)(Guest Referee:Tommy Dreamer) Mick Foley (C), (97) “Big Red Machine” Kane, Big Show, Rey Mysterio, Jeff Hardy, vs Shane Douglas (C), Rob Van Dam, Sabu, Bubba Ray Dudley, D-von Dudley Finish: Mysterio accidentally splashes into Kane when RVD moved out the way, Kane then chokeslams Mysterio, then Jeff Hardy, The Dudley’s 3-D Big Show onto a flaming table. Shane Douglas hits Foley with the Belly To Belly Supplex, Ref Tommy Dreamer, appears to do a slow count, as Douglas goes to confront Dreamer, dreamer just laughs, as Douglas Turns around he gets hit with a barber wire baseball bat, by the surprise debut of Brian Pillman, Foley then double-arm ddts Douglas onto the bat, and Dreamer does a very quick 3 count. 8. (Womens Match 4 of 5)). “Women Past vs Present” - Stipulation: Win= Point for Respective Team.(Announcers: J.R, M Ranollo, Beth Phoenix) Build:Paige realises they need the win here to make it 2-2 to take it to a decider, she secretly tells charlotte to prepare for the final match after Richter makes her entrance, to the surprise of everyone Paige’s music hits. 8. Wendi Richter vs Paige Finish: Richter goes for her Sitout DDT, but Paige reverses into the Rampaige for the 1-2-3.(Result -Past 2, Present 2) 9. “WWE vs NXT” - Stipulation:5 on 5 Iron-Team (30 Minute) Falls Count Anywhere Match(Announcers: M Ranollo, W Regal) Lesnar (C), John Cena, Randy Orton, Batista, Sheamus vs WALTER (C), Tommaso Ciampa, Johnny Gargano, Velveteen Dream, Aleister Black Finish: with 1 minute left, the score is 5 points to both teams, Gargano and Ciampa keep Cena and Orton busy, Velveteen Dream does a top rope body splash to the outside of the ring to take out Batista and Sheamus, this leaves Lesnar and Walter to finally come face to face in the ring, the crowd chant “This is awesome”, as they go nose to nose, Aleister Black enters the ring, eyeballs Lesnar, then turns and hits Walter with the black mass, then leaves the ring, Walter groggily gets up and gets hit with an f-5 for a 3 count, with 5 seconds to spare. 10. “WWE vs NWA” - Stipulation: Traditional 5 on 5 Elimination Match(Announcers: J.R and Gordon Solie) Build:WWE’s 5th Member Andre is a surprise and doesn’t show himself till there are no WWE Superstars left. Bruno Sammartino(C)Andre The Giant, Bob Buckland, Pat Patterson, “Superstar” Billy Graham vs Lou Thesz (C), Harley Race, Dusty Rhodes, Dory Funk Jnr, Terry Funk Finish: Bruno powerslams Race and pins him as he turns the Funks double team and pin Bruno, they think they’ve won, then the remember the surprise 5th WWE member. They look to the Titantron and Bobby Heenan walks onto the entrance and announces the 5th Member, Andre the Giants music hits, he enters the ring, Andre overpowers both Funks with a double bearhug, then slams dory, then slams terry on top and does a splash for the double pin to win. 11. (Womens Match 5 of 5)). “Women Past vs Present” - Stipulation: Win= Point for Respective Team.(Announcers: J.R, M Ranollo, Paige) (Guest Referee:Stephanie McMahon) Build: Sherri mocks the rookie charlotte, and tells her to enjoy her 5 minutes of fame, if it will even last that long. 11. “Sensational” Sherri Martel vs Charlotte Flair Finish: after toying with Charlotte for most of the match, she soon realises that charlotte is tougher than she looks and won’t stay down , after charlotte had attacked her knee one more time, Martel struggles to walk and decides it’s time for her to finally hits the sleeper hold on the floor, but charlotte rolls over the top and hits a natural selection, both too tired to cover, as they both get up Martel goes for a superkick, Charlotte ducks, sweeps the legs and hits a figure 4 leg lock, however she adds an extension to the figure four by putting her arms behind her head to the mat and raising herself up. The Ref Stephanie McMahon raises Charlottes hands as Paige enters the ring and raises Charlottes other hand.(Result -Past 2, Present 3) 12. “WWE vs WCW” - Stipulation: Traditional 5 on 5 Elimination Match(Announcers: J.R, Lawler, Tony Schiavone, Eric Bischoff) The Undertaker (C), Stone Cold, The Rock, Triple H, Edge vs Ric Flair (C), Sting, Diamond Dallas Page, Goldberg, Booker T Finish: Clean Sweep, Edge Pins DDP, Triple H Pins Booker T, The Rock Pins Sting, Strong Cold pins Goldberg, Ric Flair takes everyone’s finish, then gets picked by the rock and stone cold and pushed into The Undertaker who does a jumping tombstone to Flair, cross his arms and gets the 3-count pin win. Lawler can’t help rubbing it in Bischoffs face, Bishoff pushes Lawler off his chair and backs away laughing, but backs into Stone Cold, Bishoff turns around, see two middle fingers and gets stunnered. Stone Cold chucks beers all round. 13.7. “Past vs Present” - Stipulation: Last Man Standing Match(Announcers: M Ranollo, Funaki, K Omega) 13.“Hollywood” Hulk Hoganvs (97) Shawn Michaels Finish: Late run in by the outsiders Nash and Hall, as they stand over Michaels they turn, Hall throws the toothpick and blinds Hogan, Nash hits the Jack-knife Powerbomb on Hogan then as Hogan scrambles up, Michaels hits the Sweet Chin Music and Hogan falls face down for the 10 count, Nash Sprays “KLIQ” on Hogan’s back. Hall, Nash and Michaels connect hands to do the Kliq Signal. Robs Survivor Series: Survivor Series: The Fight for the right to Survive The show opens with the usual “Then,Now,Forever” video package, before the sound of static is heard becoming louder as the words forever fade out to be replaced by the nostalgic roars of “This is Extreme.” The Promo package for Survivor Series starts with Vince McMahons proclamation that if ECW win they live on. The Promo Package begins accompanied by the song “Rumours of my Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated by Rise Against. Images of former glories for NXT, ECW and WWE periodically flash up during the video package, as footage plays of ECW talent jumping the barricades of NXT and WWE shows. A smiling Paul Heyman can be seen stood next to Brock Lesnar as the ECW stars storm the ring. At the point of the song you hear the lyrics “When we built these dreams on sand” an image of Shane Douglas throwing down the NWA championship can be seen, as it transitions into the closing doors of the old ECW arena as the lyrics become “How they all slipped through our hands, this might be our only chance.” As footage appears of the previous weeks Raw as Sandman storms the ring and cracks Seth Rollins in the skull with a Singapore cane, before Adam Cole slides into shot and Superkicks Sandman in the back of the head as the images fade to black as Sandman collapses in slow motion ending on the face of a smug Adam Cole. Commentary Team consists of Jim Ross (WWE), Mauro Ranallo(NXT) and Joey Styles (ECW). Howard Finkel is stood in the ring welcoming everybody to the latest annual Survivor Series. His voice is cut off however, as the sound of Taz’ dubbed Network theme is heard, to a chorus of booing from the crowd. Taz appears microphone in hand accompanied by Bill Alfonso as he blows into his whistle, as the booing becomes louder. Taz screams into the microphone cut the fucking [Censored} music. PLAY MY REAL MUSIC, Taz’ Survive if I let you theme plays as the booing become cheers, Taz storms the ring and chokes out Finkel with the Tazzmission. As Finkel is being attended to by medics Alfonso gets on the microphone and starts screaming NO ONE CAN STOP THE PATH OF RAGE repeatedly between blowing his whistle before it is cut off by the beginning of Kurt Angles music. Angle walks down to the ring and gets in Taz’ face before Pete Dunne’s music plays and he comes running down to the ring to get between the two of them. The Referee looks towards the ringside area and calls for the bell. The commentators inform everyone watching at home that all brand warfare matches will be held under triple threat rules. 1st Match Kurt Angle (WWE) vs Pete Dunne (NXT) vs Taz (ECW) Winner Taz: As the result of Tazzmission as he reverses Dunnes bitter end as Dunne becomes unconscious before Angle could break up the submission. WWE-0 NXT-0 ECW-1 2nd Match Women’s traditional survivor series match. Elimination Rules 5 vs 5 vs 5 In the weeks leading up to the match WWE team captain Charlotte Flair chastises Paul Heyman saying that ECW never cared about womens wrestling and that they never had a womens championship and that WWE and NXT will win by default. Heyman says his team will be revealed on the night and that he may have formed some dangerous alliances. WWE Team- Team Captain Charlotte Flair, Madusa (Early 90’s era), Paige, AJ Lee and Trish Stratus. NXT Team- Team Captain: Asuka, Shayna Baszler, Toni Storm, Rhea Ripley and Ivory (1999-2000 era) ECW Team- Team Captain- Sensational Sherri Martel, Bea Priestley, Awesome Kong, Mercedes Martinez and Meiko Satamura. Guest Referee- Stephanie McMahon Winners: NXT – The Final fall of the match happens as a result of Asuka being outnumbered 2 to 1 against both Charlotte Flair and Madusa. Charlotte has Asuka in the figure 8 as Stephanie goes to check on Asuka a scream is heard as Madusa deadlifts Stephanie into a german suplex and grabs a chair from ringside and decimates Charlotte with it. As Asuka goes for the cover on Charlotte, Madusa uses a knocked out Stephanie’s hands to count the pinfall. As she gets up she writes ECW in the air with her finger as Asuka celebrates. WWE-0 NXT-1 ECW-1 3rd Match Cruiserweight Championship Match Jushin “Thunder” Liger (Pre 1996 era) vs Ricochet Winner Jushin Liger. After a string of adverts in the ring is recent NXT signee Danhausen with a microphone fidgeting on the spot. Danhausen: “Good to see all of you here... Yes Danhausen likes, good to be here for Survivor Serieshausen. Yes.... This is Danhausen, love that Danhausen.” (Famous ECW fan Straw hat guy, can be seen in the front row as usual and audibly shouts fuck you Danhausen whilst pointing at him) Danhausen: “NO SWEARS!! We will be taken off the air....” (Doinks music hits and he starts walking towards the ring waving at the audience, who react in a mixed way due to the mixture of fans in attendance.) Danhausen: “Ooooooooooooh. Clownhausen!!” (Points at Doink) Doink gets in the ring and looks directly into the camera and smiles revealing a set of yellow teeth and a sinister smile. As the two stare down in the ring, a familiar sound is heard. WHAT DOES EVERYBODY WANT... Al Snow wearing an ECW shirt and with Head run down to the ring to join the other two. The Referee signals for the bell. 4th Match WWE: Doink the Clown (Matt Borne Era) vs NXT: Danhausen vs ECW Al Snow (1997-1999 era) Winner: Doink – After the Fiend appears towards the end of the match he applies the mandible claw to Al Snow as Danhausen runs outside to get his jar of teeth to pour onto Al Snows prone body the Fiend and Danhausen have a brief staredown before Danhausen shouts to the crowd saying WHO DO YOU LOVE as they shout DANHAUSEn before rolling back into the ring. Doink hits Danhausen with Head as he climbs back in the ring before pinning him for the win. WWE-1- NXT-1 ECW-1 5th Match Champions Challenge – No Titles on the line. ECW Television Champion: Rob Van Dam (Mr Monday Night- Era) vs NXT North American Champion: Aleister Black vs Intercontinental Champion: Chris Benoit. Winner: Aleister Black. Match ends after Benoit is hit midair with Black Mass after going for a top rope swan dive head butt onto a downed RVD. WWE-1 NXT-2 ECW-1 6th Match Men’s Traditional Survivor Series Extreme Rules Elimination Match. 5 vs 5 vs 5 Paul Heyman joins the commentary team for this match. Team WWE: Team Captain- “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Undertaker (American Badass Era) Edge and Christian (Attitude Era)and Shelton Benjamin. Team ECw: Team Captain: The Sandman with Woman, The Eliminators (Saturn and Kronus),Tommy Dreamer and Cactus Jack(Anti Hardcore 95-96) Team NXT: Team Captain: Drew McIntyre, WALTER, William Regal, Tomaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano. Winners WWE. In a match filled with twists and turns and defections from all sides the last two people left in the match are Austin and Tommy Dreamer, Dreamer will not stay down for the 3 count whatever Austin does, Dreamer desperate for the memory of ECW to survive. Austin eventually beats Dreamer senseless with a steel chair, as Dreamer again uses his famous line of “Please sir may I have another” whilst on his knees as Austin swings the chair and hits him square in the top of the head as Dreamer crumples to the floor his arms outstretched in the crucifx pose. Paul Heyman looks on shocked. WWE-2 NXT-2 ECW-1 7th Match: Special Challenge Match: An Enemy in Every Corner. Angelo Dawkins with Johnny Grunge vs Montez Ford with Rocco Rock. Winner: Angelo Dawkins via disqualification as both the Public enemy and Montez ford obliterate Dawkins, standing over him at the end of the match and doing the cabbage patch as they become a three man group. 8th Match Womens Championship Challenge: Extreme Rules Match In responds to Charlottes comments about Heyman never cared about women’s wrestling, weeks previously. A new ECW Women’s championship was created and a small tournament held in the weeks leading up to survivor series with Candice LeRae the eventual winner. WWE Women’s Champion: Lita vs NXT Women’s Champion: Kimber Lee vs ECW Women’s Champion: Candice LeRae. Winner: Candice LeRae- after a hard fought 20 minute match Candice hits Lita with a curb stomp before hitting Mrs LeRae’s Wild Ride on Kimber Lee through a flaming table to shouts of “OOOH MY GOD” from Joey Styles. WWE-2 NXT-2 ECW-2 At the commentary desk Heyman wipes his forehead in relief as its all square going into the main event. Main Event: Special Stipulation- Loser of the fall loses their title. WWE Champion- Shawn Michaels (2002-2005 era) vs NXT Champion Adam Cole vs ECW Heavyweight Champion “The Franchise” Shane Douglas (2003-2006 era) with Francine. Winner Shane Douglas- The match ends after a hard long fought contest. Cole tries to hit Panama Sunrise on Shane Douglas, just before he lands it he gets hit in the face with a superkick, Douglas sensing his opportunity musters all of his remaining energy to life Michaels as he delivers the Pitsburgh Plunge to Michaels for the 3 count. Final Score WWE-2 NXT-2 ECW-3 Douglas slowly gets to his feet with both the ECW and WWE Championships in his hands as an elated looking Heyman wipes tears from his eyes. Douglas gestures towards ringside audibly shouting “give me a fucking mic.” Douglas stares at his newly won WWE championship for a few moments before putting down the ECW championship and picking up a microphone that had been rolled into the ring. Shane Douglas: “Well here we go again, I told you this would happen McMahon. First things first haha. I stand here before God and my Father in Heaven tonight as I said I would once more become the heavyweight champion of the world in the tradition of Bruno Sammartino, Bob Backlund that asshole Dick Flair, and Steve Austin.. (The Crowd pop for each name mentioned) But wait Fuck [Censored] this and fuck [censored] all of you, you’ve heard all this before all the way back in 94, get in here Francine [Francine Enters the ring putting her arms Shane then picking up both belts.] I proved to all of you universal morons tonight that I am without a shadow of a doubt the Franchise, I have the titles I have the girl. [Shane looks at the WWE title for a moment before taking it from Francine contemplating it for a moment] Just like in 94 the Franchise Shane Douglas is the spark that lights the new flame of Extreme.” Shane grabs the ECW title and the WWE title and begins to leave before. YOU’VE GOT NO CHANCE... As Vince McMahon’s music starts to play and Vince begins walking to the ring, Shane and Francine walk past him and eyeball him the entire way with smiles on their faces as Vince stares straight at the WWE title on Shanes Shoulder horrified. The WWE logo starts to show up in the bottom corner before fading into a video package of all of the extreme events of the night, with Survive by Rise Against playing in the background. Opening with the lyric “Somewhere between happy and total fucking [censored] wreck.. The music pauses as Heyman flashes up on screen and says “No, no no McMahon no censors not anymore!! Restart the damn song”. The package and song restart from the beginning with no censoring. Ending on the lyric “How we survive, is what makes us who we are..” the final image seen is Shane Douglas holding both titles in a freeze frame, the last voice heard is Joey Styles cry of “This is Extreme” Fade to Black.
The capital of Australia is a funny place. To begin with, it’s not Sydney: no blue harbour or sparkly Opera House. It’s not even Melbourne, with pencil straight laneways and good coffee. Canberra was built as a brand-new town just over 100 years ago, when neither city could agree which should be capital. It resides its own territory, a cauldron of scrubby bushland and grazing pastures bordered by the Brindabella mountains. The suburban districts stretch leisurely across the region, separated from each other by wide stretches of green (or in times of drought, sickly yellow). The small metropolitan hub is dotted around a beautiful man-made lake, famous for its blue algae problem and herpes-stricken carp. It’s a great place for young families and public servants, terribly dull for everyone else. But we do have great art galleries and museums, and an annual flower festival. So Canberra is none the less a popular weekend visiting spot and has its fair share of national and international visitors. And for the latter group, the thing that sticks out most about our bush capital are the kangaroos. Kangaroos are instantly symbolic of Australia – the wiry, lean marsupials embodying much of the world’s perceptions of our country. We don’t keep kangaroos for pets, I’m afraid, or ride to work in their pouches (and for Australian farmers they are outright pests, gobbling up green grassy fields before the slow cows can get to them). But in Canberra – a big country city sprawled out with plenty of green space – you really do see plenty of kangaroos in the wild. And it’s charming, for the most part, especially when they’re hanging out in clusters on some posh golf course. Or you catch a mob of them bounding away in the distance at the local park. What’s less charming is when they’re dead beside the road. “This is the most awful place I’ve been in my life!” my cousin Cathy wailed. “That’s like, the sixth one since I got here” “I know,” I said, eyes on the road, “It’s the drought. You get used to them.” “I don’t want to get used to them! How can they just leave them there like that…oh God!” I carefully swerved to avoid yet another meaty carcass. Poor old Skippy. “Well, there is a rumour they’re deliberately left as a warning to drivers. You know, look carefully, don’t speed. A big roo can totally wreck your car.” I tuned out as Cathy ranted about how disgraceful it was. I had done that often in the last few days, since my English cousin came to stay with us. When she mentioned animal cruelty, however, I prickled. “No one wants them to suffer. There’s a hotline for injured roos, some environmentalist group, WIRES I think.” Cathy sniffed. “Have you ever hit one?” “No, thank God.” “What would you do if you did?” “Call the hotline of course.” Thankfully by now we’d reached our row of plain townhouses, tucked away in an unremarkable suburb. It’s not the inner-Sydney terrace Jason and I used to dream of buying, but hey, it’s home. Things were cramped with Cathy staying with us, but she was family. I was glad she was finally travelling. I had taken time off work to show Cathy the sights, as they were. Once she got over her roadkill aversion, it didn’t go too badly. Over the next few days, we dutifully ‘did’ the Australian Museum, National Art Gallery and War Memorial. Went to the top of Black Mountain Tower. But after the first week I could sense her restlessness. The evenings at home were also becoming tedious, and I knew Jason was crying out for some alone time. So on Friday I made the decision to bring Cathy to my after-work drinks. They’re nothing fancy, we just troop down to the half-heartedly Irish themed pub on the corner. I had been off all week too so was a little keen to hear what gossip I’d missed (it was that kind of workplace, I’m afraid). It ended up being a very bad decision, something I always felt guilty about, for two reasons:
I introduced Cathy to my workmate Bryce.
It was me who drunkenly took her phone and added the number of WIRES animal rescue
The night had started well. Cathy had charmed my work mates, as expected – she might complain a lot, but she was also smart and pretty, with an infectious giggle after a few glasses of Moscato. Plus, her accent. “A classic English Rose” Bryce purred. Bryce was our unlikely office Lothario. Short and weasel featured, with black hipster-rimmed glasses too big for his face. He had an astonishing track record of sleeping with female members of staff. (“How does he manage it?” I had exclaimed to Jason after last year’s Christmas party, where Bryce had openly pashed the head of finance. Jason had shrugged and said with a grin, “some guys just keep asking until someone gives them a yes.”) I’d warned Cathy a short man with thick black glasses would most likely hit on her (her response had been “meh, it’s been a while”, so I wasn’t too worried about her). I did pull her to the ladies room with me after I noticed Bryce circling, and heard her accept his offer of a ride home. “Be safe, ok?” I whispered (although by this point I was rather gone, and it was probably more of loud mumble). Cathy rolled her eyes. “Don’t worry ‘Mum’ I’ll be safe. He hasn’t been drinking.” That’s another unusual thing about Bryce – he doesn’t drink alcohol. If he doesn’t score he’s actually quite good natured about driving everyone home. “Bryce,” I slurred as we returned with drinks to our table. “Please drive safe with my cousin. Look out for roos.” Cathy signed and cosied up to Bryce, who slipped his arm around her. “Oh, don’t remind me of those poor, poor animals!” “Melissa, I will defend this beautiful English Rose- (Cathy squealed as, I suspect, he grabbed her arse) with my life. And my high beam headlights.” “It’s the kangaroos who need to be safe!” Cathy said. “Mel gimmie that number of the rescue people, you know, just in case.” So that’s how I came to drunkenly google ‘roo rescue’ and find a website for Canberra Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education, aka WIRES. I took my cousin’s phone and added their number as a contact. And then, it was getting late, and Bryce and Cathy began making out at the table. I took that as my cure to leave and stumbled into a taxi home. At 3.30am I was ripped from boozy slumber by pounding at the door. When Jason and I opened it, Cathy stood alone. “Use your key bitch,” I slurred. She didn’t move, or even look at me, After a moment I realised she was shaking. Sober enough to become concerned, I dragged her inside and settled Cathy on the couch, shouting at Jason to make tea. Physically she seemed fine, not a hair out of place. But she was in shock. With a mug of tea in hand, Cathy began to explain what had happened: “We had one more drink after you left, Mel, and then split. We didn’t leave the carpark for a while because you know – God it’s been too long since I pulled, even a chav like Bryce- but everything had closed by the time we started driving back here- “Ewww,” I interjected, “you were bringing him back HERE?” “Yes, of course, all my stuff is here. Anyway once we got out of town it was just so dark…how can you be in a capital city one second and then in the middle of nowhere, pitch black? We were coming up that big hill when it hopped in front of the car. We only saw it for a second…and then we hit it Mel…the noise, a crunching it was awful.” Cathy started to cry. I passed her a tissue as Jason got up to make more tea. “And Bryce,” she continued. “He was so freaked out. He didn’t stop for almost 10 seconds afterwards. He might not have at all if hadn’t been screaming at him to pull over.” “Was he hurt?” I asked. “Were you? How bad was the car?” Cathy shook her head. “We were OK, just freaked out. The car though, we got out to look and it had this massive dent in the hood. And blood Mel, and FUR…” She was crying again. Poor Cathy. Such a sad ending to her fun night out: for herself, for Bryce and the kangaroo. “I’m so sorry,” I said. “So Bryce dropped you home? He could have come in too, if he’d wanted.” Cathy shook her head frantically. “I don’t know where Bryce is!” “What?” “They told me to go straight home, they’d find him.” “Who?” “The men in the suits, you know, WIRES.” I stared at her and said, again, “What?” “I called the number you gave me and they came. They had a helicopter and everything.” I was beginning to question just how drunk Cathy and I still were. Jason returned with our tea, and glanced questioningly at me. “OK Cath,” I said slowly. “Walk me through what happened. So you’d got out of the car and seen the big dent the roo made. What next?” “We went back to see if it was alive of course!” Cathy said. “It was so dark… we had our phones as torches, but it was still so black. Bryce didn’t want to bother at first, can you believe it? Said we should just call WIRES from the car. I mean what if they needed to walk us through giving it CPR or something? To think I almost shagged him!” Jason made a noise into his tea mug that sounded a lot like a snort. He met my warning glance with an innocently concerned expression. Cathy went on. “After walking back for what seemed ages we saw it lying there. Oh God the poor thing! I can’t believe I was complicit in killing a beautiful Australian animal!” “Bryce was driving” I soothed. “So. It was dead?” Cathy hesitated as confusion, then fear crossed her face. “Yes…I mean…at first.” “What?” “I mean we thought it was…it looked…bad. Messy,” she shuddered. “I was crying my eyes out so Bryce said to wait, he’d get a better look. I rang up that WIRES number you gave me. I’d just left a message when Bryce screamed,” her eyes brimmed with tears. “Oh God he really, really screamed!” She froze. Jason and I exchanged glances. “Cath?” Jason said gently. “What happened next?” “He…he said it bit him.” I laughed. It came out rude but the idea of a kangaroo nipping Bryce enough for him to scream was funny. That changed when Cathy added. “All his fingers were gone.” We stared. Cathy’s eyes were hazy, a little crossed. She was drunk, sure, but I was beginning to think this was more serious. “Cath, are you sure you didn’t get knocked around when the car hit the kangaroo?” Around the head, I silently added. She shook her head slowly. “No….yes? That’s what the man said, it was why I had to take the pill. For my concussion.” “What man?!” “One of the WIRES people, of course. In their black suits. They arrived in their helicopter about 10 minutes after the dead kangaroo bit Bryce’s fingers off.” “WIRES arrived…in a helicopter?” I don’t know what the local wildlife rescue agency is like in your city, but I’m willing to bet it’s a lot like the one we used in Sydney. Kindly, retired hippy types – usually volunteers – who excel at getting possums out of your roof. Definitely not the men-in-black-types. I was beginning to wonder if I should get Cathy to a hospital, was it possible Bryce had put something in her drink? He’d never been known to do something like that… but this was getting disturbing. “It got up,” Cathy droned on, her voice monotone. “The kangaroo. It wasn’t dead, you know? Even though its leg was broken and all these patches of fur was gone. Bryce was bent over, trying to stop the bleeding…I was just about to go and help him when the other roos appeared. From across the road. And it was crazy, I know they’re herbivores. but the way they circled him…it reminded me of those animals in a nature documentary…hyphens?” “Hyenas.” “Bryce staggered back…then ran off, into the… field I guess? Or bush? It was so dark. It could have been a cliff for all I know. But those kangaroos bounded after him. The others…they looked weird too. Kind of missing in pieces, but also covered in bits of rags…you know one of them actually looked like it was wearing a tie…. I took a deep breath. “OK. So you hit a kangaroo and went back to check if it was OK. It was dead but suddenly came alive to bite off Bryce’s fingers. Who was chased by a mob of kangaroos, including one wearing a tie, into the night.” Cathy beamed. “Yes! That’s it.” “And then WIRES turned up,” Jason added. “In a helicopter. And gave you a pill.” She was nodding enthusiastically. “That’s right. They said they’d look after Bryce and the Roo and not to worry. And then they drove me home.” I got up. “OK Cathy, we’re going to the hospital.” By the time Jason had pulled up to the emergency department, Cathy was fast asleep. One of the harried triage nurses came out to the car. Despite my insistence she’d been drugged, the nurse said there was nothing to worry about. Cathy’s pulse was fine, she was breathing OK, and there were no signs of a struggle. She gave us a mini lecture on alcohol abuse, then went back to the busy waiting room. I was fuming at the dismissal, but at 4am there didn’t seem much else we could do but go home. Jason and I managed to move Cathy to the couch, and I slept on the floor beside her. Just in case she woke up doing crazy shit or hallucinating more flesh-eating marsupials. Morning came with one of the worst hangovers of my existence. Cathy, weirdly enough, didn’t even have a headache. She also had no recollection of what had happened since leaving the pub with Bryce. “He must have dropped me straight home,” she said cheerfully. She was making a fry up for Jason and I, just the smell of which was enough to turn my stomach. “It was pretty late,” I muttered. “And you were saying some weird shit. I thought, I don’t know, he gave you an LSD roofie or something.” “It’s super nice of you to look out for me, but you know, I am a grown up Mel.” Her tone was pleasant, but clipped: she didn’t want to talk about it anymore. At the time I just assumed she was embarrassed, so I let it drop. Cathy seemed OK, but I certainly planned on cornering Bryce come Monday morning to find out what really happened. But I never got the chance. Bryce wasn’t in on Monday, or Tuesday. On Wednesday, in our weekly team meeting, our manager announced Bryce had quit – he’d emailed a letter of resignation over the weekend, apologising for not serving his notice. Bryce had apparently got another job in Sydney that required him to start immediately. He’d packed up his room in a Braddon houseshare and driven up Sunday afternoon. Everyone was puzzled by the announcement. Later, the story was dismissed around the office watercooler as bullshit: he must have been about to get fired – finally, perhaps, a one-nighter with the wrong person. It rattled me though. I kept seeing Cathy’s weird vacant gaze as she described him screaming, running into the darkness. I asked around but it turned out despite sleeping with half the female population of the office, Bryce didn’t have any real work friends. No one knew why he might have gone, or even perhaps cared. I could have sworn he had a Facebook – surely there had been an incredibly vain profile picture of him with his hair styled, stupid thick glasses slightly ajar. But it was gone, as was his linkedin or any online presence I could find. And WIRES? I never found that website again. It was missing from my search history, and from Google. I did find that Canberra doesn’t even have a local branch of WIRES, just a volunteer group called Australian Capital Territory Wildlife. Something tells me they don’t attend to sick koalas and injured wombats in helicopters. Cathy decided to fly home that week. She hadn’t been sleeping well, shouting and screaming in her sleep. I don’t know how much of that night she remembered, but Bryce’s sudden disappearance seemed to be the final straw. I haven’t heard from her since she went back to the UK, apart from a brief thank-you-for-letting-me-stay email. Her Facebook page has since gone completely private. I’m writing this all down, three months later, after a long walk around Mount Rogers Reserve. Even since Cathy’s strange night I’ve been stopping at one drink, trying to get a little heathier and more connected with the important things in life. Jason and I have begun a daily walk together, although this particular afternoon he’d been at work. So I was alone when I saw them – halfway up the slope: a passing mob of kangaroos. I froze, always a little wowed by the bush-city experience of coming face to face with native creatures. But today, seeing kangaroos in the wild for the first time since that night, I felt a little chilled. Instead of lingering, I turned to go- then almost immediately swung back. The kangaroos had moved on. But I swear on my grandmother’s grave that I saw, just before I’d turned my head, I saw- I saw…I saw a kangaroo wearing thick black hipster glasses.
2020.09.10 00:03 ASM10-FN[FS] [UK] [EU] (Selling these before I start uni) Sean Wotherspoon 97/1 Size UK 6, Fits more like a 6.5/7 Price: £75 + 5 for Shipping , add £10 for EU shipping.
SOLD SOLD SOLD Sold to u/VokN Price: £75 + 5 for Shipping , add £10 for EU shipping. Batch: Coco/S2 Size: UK 6, Fits Half a size/full size down Condition: 9/10, comes with original box which is in a very good condition, my pair came with one white sockliner and one quite yellow which is common with Coco's batch so I did the sockliner fix and they look much better. Also, I have done the green dye fix (look at my page) and it looks so much better. They come with the nike and wave patches, white, purple and blue replacement laces (all DS). Bought from Coco for £130 and they have been worn no more than 5 times, they unfortunately too loud for me. There are no signs of wear on the shoe, apart from on the sole. Payment must be made by PayPal invoice only. Tag and timestamp pictures are in the imgur link listed below! Don't hesitate to message me, prices can be negotiated! https://imgur.com/a/MfvXBR5
If item is listed then it’s still available Price: £84 + £5 for first class tracked shipping, add £10 for EU shipping. Batch: Coco/S2 Size: UK 6, Fits Half a size down/full size down depending on your foot shape. Condition: 9/10, comes with original box which is in a very good condition, my pair came with one white sockliner and one quite yellow which is common with Coco's batch so I did the sockliner fix and they look much better. Also, I have done the green dye fix (look at my page) and it looks so much better. They come with the nike and wave patches, white, purple and blue replacement laces (all DS). The lining is immaculate throughout both shoes, no jagged cuts. The colours are very good on this pair also, it's quite hard to find a pair with a yellow this vibrant from Coco. Bought from Coco for £130 and they have been worn no more than 5 times, they unfortunately too loud for me. There are no signs of wear on the shoe, apart from on the sole. Open to trades of shoes that are a UK 6/7. Payment must be made by PayPal invoice only. Tag and timestamp pictures are in the imgur link listed below! Don't hesitate to message me, prices can be negotiated! https://imgur.com/gallery/i7Mc0Ht
Just trying to sell some of my things before I start my second year of uni, feel free to message with trades/offers! Price: £95 Shipped, add £10 for EU shipping. Batch: Coco/S2 Size: UK 6, Fits Half a size/a full size down depending on the shape of your foot. Condition: 9/10, comes with original box which is in a very good condition, my pair came with one white sockliner and one quite yellow which is common with Coco's batch so I did the sockliner fix and they look much better. Also, I have done the green dye fix (look at my page) and it looks so much better. They come with the nike and wave patches, white, purple and blue replacement laces (all DS). Bought from Coco for £130 and they have been worn no more than 5 times, they are unfortunately too loud for me as most of my shoes are black/grey lmao. There are no signs of wear on the shoe, apart from on the sole. Open to trades of shoes that are a UK 7. Payment must be made by PayPal invoice only. Tag and timestamp pictures are in the imgur link listed below! Don't hesitate to message me, prices can be negotiated. https://imgur.com/a/EC6tVAT
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