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2020.09.14 22:01 HCFXGaming Dealings with "paranormal"

Hey everyone. This is my first post, on reddit ever and reading everyone's other encounters have inspired me to write about my own. I promise this is 100% truth and I will try to explain the best I can.
Let me start by saying, I'm not really a believer in ghosts, paranormal, religion etc... so I am pretty nonchalant in my encounters. I try to explain them to myself to try and make sense of it but feel free to chip in to tell me I'm wrong! I'm sharing this with you because I'm guessing this is what you're here for here! There has been a few so bear with me and they get weirder and weirder...
History.
So this all happened in the UK to me between the ages of really young till around 25years old. The house is on an old Army base that operated from before WW1 up until the 1960s. Our house was a Junior Officer's house and belonged to the Padre (like a military vicar) as it's last owner before the camp was shut down and the housing sold to civilians. (Again, I'm not a believer in all this but thought it would help set the scene).
House Layout
The house is a standard rectangle shape. Kitchen and downstairs toilet on one end, living room on the opposite end, dining room on a long side, hall way on the other long side (linking the living room and kitchen) (the front door leads into the hallway) with the stair case in the middle. The downstairs forms a loop if you keep all the doors open. Then upstairs is a similar layout apart from its not a loop. Master bedroom above the living room, my bedroom above the dining room, sisters bedroom and bathroom above the Kitchen. The house is typical of an Army house (sturdy thick walls) and has double glazing.
Lets get to it chronologically
Experiences

  1. We moved in when I was around 3 and my Grandad (who helped us move) said that he could smell cigarette smoke. No one in the house smokes and my Dad and Sister have asthma (so it's defo off the cards). Anyway this is a reoccurring theme in the house, someone will be sitting there and all of a sudden you get a really strong smell of cigarette smoke. It always only happens to one person and maybe happens once or twice a year. This is still happening today
  2. One night I was home by myself (maybe 13-14years old) and I decided to walk down to my friends house. He wasn't in so I returned home. When I returned home I noticed the downstairs toilet light was on (I was sure I'd turned all the lights off but whatever). I put my key in the front door and as I turned it, I heard the toilet seat fall down - and if you've ever done it, you know how loud it is. Anyway, I waited at my friends house crying (awww) until they came back, managed to ring my family and started a neighbourhood scare that there was a burgaler in my house. My friends Dad went in and found nothing. (Maybe I did leave the light on and the toilet seat blew down or just feel by itself?)
  3. So this isn't really a big point but one night I was at home by myself and heard the upstairs floorboards creaking. Even my cat heard it and we both spent the whole night staring at my bedroom door. (Maybe thats down to an old house)
  4. This happened when I was 17 - 18. Walked into the bathroom, my toothbrush (a manual one) was snapped clean in half, on the floor, in the middle of the room. It was like a clean cut through the thick bulbous end that you grab? (I guess it could have fallen off the windowsill and snapped when it hit the floor but the way it "cut" in half confused me. None of my family had seen or heard anything)
  5. Don't know how old I was but we were sitting in the lounge when we heard a sound that sounded like everyone of our plates had been smashed in one go. We all ran to the kitchen but everything was perfectly fine. (No idea about this one?)
  6. I was walking into the kitchen from the hallway and you know when you look through the crack in an open door? I looked through into the dining room and saw what seemed to be a huge black figure just standing in the middle of the room. Enough so I couldn't seen the ceiling light. The figure was enough to reroute me into the diningroom to check it out. Nothing was there though...(Like I said I don't believe in ghosts so that explains why I wasn't scared to walk straight in. I suppose an explanation for this is, I was in the middle of walking past so might not have seen what I thought I saw?)
  7. I realise I said I'm not really scared but this one does freak me out a bit. So first things first, I have this weird thing about not turning lights on when I walk around until I need to. Refer back to the layout of the house to imagine this better. So it's night time, we're in the living room (with the light on) and I decide to go to the kitchen. The hall is dark and the kitchen is pitch black. At the end of the hall there is a mirror so if you're walking away from the living room, you're walking towards the mirror. So I'm doing this, when I look in the mirror I see the light from the lounge is being almost completely blocked out by a shape. The only light getting through us the top corner of the door frame and the silhouette created an almost shoulder shape? Basically, a huge black figure was behind me, blocking out the light. I remember clenching my butt cheeks out of fear and just walked really fast to the kitchen where I could put the light on. (No explanation for this, this one genuinely scared me!).
And now...enter the university girlfriend...So I had gone to uni (I'm about 21-22 years old) and my girlfriend at the time comes back now and again. This is when it started to get real...
  1. First thing weird that happened with her in the picture - we were out in the garden when I felt and heard something blow in my ear. Like if you get someone to blow directly in your ear from about 1cm away you can recreate the feeling. Yeah we were outside so maybe it was a bug/wind? Fast forward to night time, we're sleeping back to back when the same thing happens however this time I say "Did you just blow in my ear?" And she says "Shut up, you just blew in mine!" Turns out we had the same thing happen at exactly the same time. (Can't explain this)
  2. We're sitting in the living room with my family eating tea when all of a sudden she pipes up and says "is someone in the house smoking?". Me and my family all look at each other and start telling her the story about how every so often someone smells cigarettes (no one had told her about this before which I find incredibly weird. I'm also sitting right next to her and can't smell it.).
  3. OK, you've got this far. This is the piece de resistance!!! This one freaked the whole family out to some extent and I really can't explain it. To set the scene, I was studying Audio at uni and she was a singer. I have an iMac running Protools (audio recording and editing software) and have recording equipment. My sister is out, my Mum and Dad are downstairs watching TV in the living room, I'm on my bed playing something on my phone and she is on ProTools trying to record herself singing with a beringer B2 microphone. It's worth mentioning at this point that there was no sound coming out of my phone as I wanted her to get a clear recording for her singing.
She gets herself in some trouble using ProTools and she managed to press record the stop it again then played it. The thing that it recorded piqued my interest because it sounded like there was something wrong with microphone i.e it was making a noise it shouldn't be. I rolled my eyes (because she was terrible with technology) and walked over. I pressed play to listen again to the sound and thats when I heard it. There was something in that audio. I did some corrective EQing and Compression in an attempt to make it clearer.
What was on the audio? A voice, but not mine or families - an old, posh, British voice. It was a little unclear however ot sounded like it said "I DONT WANT TO HEAR". I was amazed, I wrote a Facebook status with the audio clip to share with my friends thats when someone commented something a long the lines of "mate, it doesn't say "I don't want to hear" it says "I DON'T WANT HER HERE". When I read that I had spine chills and I heard it instantly as I listened again. She was scared, I was laughing. I wanted to record us sleeping with a webcam but she said "it would annoy the ghost".
We broke up a couple of years later so I guess the ghost was onto something! I hope you enjoyed these recollections. It was good being able to write them down and explain them. Looking forward to hear your thoughts! Let me know if you want the audio, I can dig it off my iMac for you. Thanks for reading!
[Edit] Here is the link for the audio Ghost Audio
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2020.09.03 04:19 vanillaknot Mates webcam straight

machine report: HP Omen 15-dh1053nr HP Omen 15-dh1053nr
Configuration: 15" monitor, 1920x1080, 144Hz. i7-10750H (6 core, 12 thread). 32GB. 1T NVME M.2 PCIe. nvidia RTX 2070 Max-Q. Black aluminum. 3 USB-A, 1 USB-C/Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 1 mini-DP, 1 RJ45 ether, RCA headset jack, SD device. Latest Intel wifi. Generic webcam. Bang/Olufsen speakers.
[ Solved problem with Intel HDA sound, see comments. ]
Purchased last Friday at Microcenter (the original, in Columbus), $1500. I got lucky, the price went up $100 in the last day or so.
It's a beast. And I'm really happy about that.
I was in the market because my old laptop, an HP Envy x360, had a dying/dead trackpad, only 12G not upgradable, a weak nvidia device, and not enough external ports. The biggest day-to-day hassle was memory: I have always put a pretty hard workload on my machines, and the Envy went from a personal machine to personal + ~half of work, once stay-at-home began. My company produces really high-end engineering simulation software, and the Envy's limited memory and weak MX150 were not cutting it.
Construction: Solid aluminum chassis. The screen hinge is a bit unusual compared to most because the base-to-screen connection does not run fully side-to-side (it's curved), and the two hinges are at the "thirds" points rather than being closer to the outside. It's heavy, 5+ lbs, but I don't mind.
The screen is without a doubt the prettiest, smoothest, sharpest monitor I've ever had the pleasure to use. My terrible eyes rejoice.
Trackpad is very good, very responsive. Keyboard feels better than most other laptops I've used -- a solid feel, your fingertips know with certainty when you've hit and if you've slipped. But not clicky/noisy.
Battery life... I honestly don't know. My modus operandi is not really mobile in that sense. It goes with me, but I plug it in wherever I go. It's a mobile desktop. AC adapter is 200W.
It came with 1T NVME M.2, and I got another 1T SATA SSD by Inland ($90) for the unused bay. This is because of my 3-tier backup scheme. Day-to-day operation is in just the provided M.2, and I do cron-driven daily backups to clone onto the SATA SSD. (Less regular on-demand backups go to external devices.) That way, when the M.2 dies some day, I'll be able to boot and run from the SATA SSD until the M.2 can be replaced, having lost at most a day's worth of changes.
I'm a Fedora user, and getting this device happy with that was only slightly a pain. My back end backup device is a 1T USB external spin drive, which I plugged in and booted after stopping normal startup to tweak BIOS and pick boot device. This being not a straight-up install, but rather what amounted to a recovery from backup, my procedures were a bit different.
There is no plain legacy boot any more. For me, still mostly using ext4 partitions, I had to have both EFI System as well as BIOS Boot partitions in order that grub2-install would succeed.
Discounting a couple false starts, the process was straightforward enough: Using fdisk, wipe out current partitioning, create partitions for EFI System, BIOS Boot, and others to hold /, alternate /, /boot, /home, and swap. I know that a lot of folks don't separate things so much these days, but I like my habits and I especially like hard filesystem boundaries: When I upgrade an OS, it goes to the alternate /, and it can't hurt stuff in /home or the old / because it's separated by that boundary. Basically, I alternate back and forth between 2 root partitions over the life of a laptop, with each upgrade of Fedora going to the currently unused alternate, becoming primary.
Once partitioning was done, rsync USB external -> M.2 to put things in place, then grub2-install, and I was good to go. Auto-edited /etc/sysconfig/network-scrips/ifcfg-* to replace HWADDR with new ethewifi macs. Throughout this process, I was working with plain VTs, because X would not start while in single user mode. I don't know why, but I suspected it was due to some additional daemon needed in multi-user mode, and I was right. After finalization of data movement and grub2 installation, I booted it first to multi-user mode, verified much of the ordinary system operation, then experimented with starting X using xinit -- no problem. Changed default to graphical, rebooted, and X came up just fine (lightdm).
Hardware glitches: The speakers don't work and my bluetooth headset has to operate in a funny mode. For the former, audio is part of the nvidia device, "TU106 High Definition Audio Controller" per lspci. Without being plugged into an HDMI device that supports audio, pulseaudio thinks its mode is simply "off" with no way to change it. But with an audio-capable HDMI connection, it's fine. For the latter, I have a rather nice Sony headset, MDR-ZX330BT, which worked fine in "A2DP" mode on the Envy, but with the Omen, this causes the headset mic to be ignored. Change the headset mode to "HSP/HFP", and the mic works, but I suppose it's no longer stereo. Doesn't seem to matter. Pulseaudio is happy, sound quality is good.
Ports galore, and all good: Typically, I work using 2 external monitors. Has both HDMI and mini-DP. I picked up a $12 mini-DP-to-HDMI adapter from Walmart to get both monitors going. I could have used the USB-C for one (the monitors take that, too) but I want to reserve the USB-C for other purposes. xrandr + arandr got me the configuration I needed. The ether device performs very well in tests over the house's wired network. Wifi is Intel's latest, "Wi-Fi 6 AX201," and also performs wonderfully.
No device-unknown-to-Linux issues.
I'm a MATE desktop user, with compiz WM; not at all fond of current GNOME, nor KDE. My workspaces are 6x3. (I admit to being a serious screen real estate pig.) The nvidia 2070 is very responsive to all the weird stuff that compiz does with a good graphics device. I experimented with SecondLife last evening and had zero complications, happy to auto-adjust settings to max. Also my company's software requires high OpenGL support, and nvidia's 450.66 driver (via rpmfusion) is the best in existence. I can spin models and show circuit simulations and heaven knows what else without any worries over visual accuracy or how well the device will keep up. My experimentation included VirtualGL handling simulation inside of a TurboVNC session, which went without a hitch.
Note that this is not an "Optimus" configuration, where an Intel UHD is wired to the ports and the nvidia lurks in the shadows as the background 3D device. My last several laptops were that configuration. Not this time -- the nvidia plays all of the game in this Omen.
Suspend/resume just worked.
The webcam is unremarkable. It works, in Skype, Teams, Zoom, and Cheese. Eh. It's responsive but imagery is not very high quality. If I need to get serious about video, I'll get a Logitech.
I include a couple screenshots of gnome-disks benchmarks on both storage devices. Obviously seek time doesn't really have much meaning for SSDs. But Linux drivers know how to keep the transfer rates high. M.2 PCIe is ~6x faster than this SATA SSD.
All in all, I'm extremely pleased. It's been a long time, I've been thinking about what choice I'd make in the market since about April. I held off until I was certain I'd found what I need, and this is surely it. Rather well on toward the high end, in a "gaming" configuration, not because I'm a gamer, but because of the general workload I impose, especially as some of my job's workload has shifted to my personal machine. Along the way, I had debated over a Dell G7, an EVOO, a couple other HPs, a high-end Lenovo, ... I forget all those I looked at, considered, and put aside. This has come down as the right choice for my needs.
Summary: Beastly configuration. Very high performance. Top-of-the-line graphics. Large, fast storage. Minor (IMO) audio glitches. Excellent external monitor support. Merely adequate webcam.
Seriously, when the worst thing I can say about a machine is that I have funny audio and a weak webcam, I must be doing something right.
Enjoy.
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2020.05.12 04:31 EndersGame_Reviewer Review: The card magic and videos of Cameron Francis

Review: The card magic and videos of Cameron Francis An introduction to the card magic and videos of Cameron Francis
Disclaimer: I sometimes get asked if I'm paid to do magic reviews. The short answer is: No. While I have sometimes received products for review, I don't ever get paid for writing about them. I write articles purely as a hobby, simply because I love card magic, because I love writing, and because I love sharing with other magicians. I'll even write lengthy articles on products that are completely free (example here), or on topics that aren't even product related in the first place (example here). I'll write about anything I think is worthwhile for other magicians to know about, and if it's something that I think I'll enjoy writing about. In this case I happen to have a bunch of Cameron Francis DVDs, and I really enjoy his work and style, and I figured it would be a fun exercise to worth through them while I had some spare time during quarantine.
BACKGROUND
One of my favourite quotes about magic is from 19th century French magician and illusionist Robert-Houdin: "A magician is an actor playing the part of a magician." This quote has gained a life of its own ever since it was included in a chapter of his book Secrets of Conjuring And Magic (1868). His point was that conjuring is quite different from many feats of pure dexterity like juggling which are appreciated for their own sake, because performing magic involves acting and artistry. So magic isn't about bare skill, but it's a form of trickery where you are creating an illusion that you have real powers. And for that illusion to become convincing, you have to be a convincing actor. Young magicians are often advised that one of the best things they can do to enhance their skill as a magician is to take acting classes, or a course in theater and performing arts. It's good advice.
For that reason, it won't come as a surprise that when it comes to presenting and performing magic, a magician who is also an actor will have a leg up over many of his contemporaries. One such magician is prolific creator Cameron Francis. Born in 1971, he attended a high school for the Arts, and went on to get a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre at university, and also a Master of Fine Arts. He has since acted in films, TV shows, and commercials, and now has over 25 years of professional experience on the stage and on the screen.
But Cameron Francis is also a magician. As well as performing close-up magic, he's especially developed a reputation as a creator of close-up magic effects and original tricks, with a special fondness for card magic. He's collaborated with some big names in magic, given magic lectures internationally, and had his tricks published in illustrious magic periodicals like Genii Magazine and The Linking Ring.
But perhaps his biggest contribution to the magic industry has been in the form of his instructional magic videos. While he's released numerous individual tricks, it's really his DVDs that have helped popularize his work. In the last dozen years or so, he's produced over half a dozen separate DVDs, each of which contains instruction for at least ten different tricks, and in some cases many more. That's quite a prolific output!

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So with what videos should we begin with in order to get to know Cameron Francis, and what can we expect from his card magic? By far the majority of his videos have been produced by Big Blind Media. One exception is The Forrest/Francis Project (2010), which was a collaboration with magician Dave Forrest and published by Full 52 Productions, and didn't get as favourable reviews as his other work. In this article I'll instead cover the seven video collections of tricks he's released with BBM, and give an overview of what to expect from each of the following titles:
  • The Omega Mutation DVD (2008)
  • Killer Close Up Magic DVD (2009)
  • Ultimate Impromptu Card Magic DVD (2012)
  • KAPOW! DVD (2012) - with Liam Montier
  • Out of Sleight DVD (2015)
  • Super Mega Card Miracles DVD (2019)
  • Ultimate Self Working Card Tricks: Cameron Francis Edition DVD (2019)

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THE OMEGA MUTATION (2008)
The Omega Mutation was released in 2008. This box set of 3 DVDs billed Cameron as "the hottest newcomer in years", and featured no less than 27 tricks.
Trick list:
  • Vol 1 (Alpha): Vivid, Insecure Restoration, Cagey, Everywhere, Dime-A-Cap, Triumph Transpo, Signed & Assembled, Back in 10, Hard Knocks
  • Vol 2 (Mem): Assembled Reset, Card-A-Que, Appearing Sharpie, Bill Switch, Cheque This, Last Laugh, Yours & Yours, Separation Anxiety, Stuffed
  • Vol 3 (Omega): Ring Flight, Jumpy Collectors, CF Switch, Visiting Hour, Connections, Hofzinser Takes A Dive, Space Available, Dupes, International Cards of Mystery
This collection has as its background the concept of a virus outbreak. This became a quirky and fun presentational touch for how the video was presented, with a theatrical storyline and actual characters that immediately make it stand out from the usual magic video fare. Hint: expect to see men in hazmat suits, and our hero Cameron in a quarantine tent! At times it's like watching an entertaining movie instead of an instructional magic video. It certainly is something that is relevant today with COVID-19 crisis! But this long predates the coronavirus, and it's nice to see a very creative and original approach being taken to the format of a magic video.
As for the tricks, there's some good visual material included, including torn-and-restored effects and vanishes. A lot of the material is geared to workers, professional magicians, and serious amateurs. The tricks here aren't firstly about fooling magicians, but about entertaining lay-audiences, which is what working magicians look for. Almost half of the tricks would be suitable for strolling magic, and wouldn't require a table. But it's not all impromptu, and a simple setup is required in some instances, although many routines have easy resets, making them practical and commercial.
There's some non-card magic included as well, so you do get some useful magic using items like a banknote, pen, or finger ring. But the majority of the tricks are solid card magic, and there's plenty to keep card handlers busy for a long time. Considering that there's around four and a half hours of video in total, it's a ton of stuff! Regardless of your level of experience with magic, you'll find content here that you can do.
What Big Blind Media effectively did with this video did is introduce Cameron's original thinking and fresh style to the magic industry. It's no accident that he immediately got the attention of a lot of people with this DVD set, especially working magicians, and people with an intermediate ability with card magic, who gave this set high praise.
Sample performance videos:

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KILLER CLOSE UP MAGIC (2009)
In 2009 Cameron released Killer Close Up Magic, which featured a dozen different tricks. This DVD came out just a few months after another Cameron Francis release from BBM, entitled Killer Gaft Magic (Awesome Magic With Gaffed Cards), which taught 11 card tricks that all used gaff cards. Both videos also included something identical called Sleight School, in which Cameron teaches 18 different sleight of hand moves for card magic.
Trick list:
  • Killer Gaft Magic: Pipeline, Tele-print, Boxy, Side by Side, Switch Jack, What the Blank, The Following, Washout, Paan, Do the Wave!, Halfusion, The Flying Four
  • Killer Close Up Magic: Ace-equence, Space Saver, No Problem, Wild Routine, Scorched!, An Extra Twist, T&R Bill, Insigned Out, Tear It Up!, CoppeSilver Twist, In-Tens, Super Easy CAAN.
  • Sleight School: Double Lift, Elmsley Count, Touch Force, Tilt, Jordan Count, Hammon Count, Vernon Substitute Transfer, Flushtration Count, Mercury Card Fold, Diminishing Lift, Diminishing Count, Braue Reversal, Thru The Fist Flourish, Erdnase Colour Change, Atfus, Twirl Change, Paddle Move, Alignment Move
Killer Gaft Magic was the first of the two that was released, and came with 16 cards for performing the tricks that were taught on the video. It is no longer available for purchase, I suspect because it required special cards, had a more limited target audience, and perhaps wasn't quite as successful. Gaffs of course allow you to do things simply not possible with a regular deck. Some tricks taught in this video will use gaffs in a way that your spectator won't even be the wiser about their use, believing that you're simply using standard playing cards, while other tricks openly use blank faced cards. Just like the title says, there is some "killer" content here, some of which could easily have been sold separately.
Killer Close Up Magic followed a similar DVD format as Killer Gaft Magic, and many people considered it to be the superior of the two. Actual DVDs of this are also no longer available, but fortunately you can still pick up the video as a digital download. With two hours of video instruction, it teaches 12 different tricks, all but four being with cards. The four non-card tricks include one that uses photos of small objects, one with some number cards and a book of matches, one with some coins, and one with a spectator's signed bill for a torn and restored routine. But card tricks are the majority, and there are some good ideas here, including an ungimmicked "Wild Card" routine, and an impressive Card At Any Number effect that uses a freely selected card and freely selected number, plus a borrowed shuffled deck, all with no real moves.
One advantage of the inclusion of Sleight School is that by moving the teaching for the sleight of hand to a separate section, it eliminates excess baggage from the explanation of the tricks themselves. If you're unfamiliar with these sleights, you'll be glad that there's a reference section devoted to teaching them. And if you already know how to do these sleights, you'll be glad that you don't have to fast forward sections of the trick explanations that cover the them; this reference section is especially geared to people who have already mastered them and need a quick refresher, so the explanations are quite brief. Altogether Killer Close Up Magic was a solid collection of good card magic, and was well received as it deserved to be.
Sample performance video:

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ULTIMATE IMPROMPTU CARD MAGIC (2012)
Next up is Ultimate Impromptu Card Magic from 2012, which covers 14 different card tricks - all impromptu.
Many magicians love the idea of doing impromptu card magic. After all, doesn't it sometimes happen to all of us that you get handed a shuffled deck of cards and asked to do some card magic with it? You're totally unprepared, and in such a situation you have no opportunity to rely on gaffs or use a larger set-up. That's when the material of a video like this comes in extremely handy, because you'll be ready to go right away, armed with tricks like these.
Trick list:
  • Ace Thang, Sly Cheese, A.N. Other Thang, Interchangeling, Hofwich, Zombieland, Instinct, Killer Trifecta, Elevation, Wilder, Uppers, The P***ing Contest, Getting Even, Selected Assembly
The video has about an hour and a half of video of footage, including both the performances and explanations. There's a bit of overlap in the material, in the sense that a number of the tricks revolve around the theme of using four-of-a-kinds. But overall there is enough variety on the video that you could do a routine with different tricks. "Killer Trifecta" deserves special mention as a favourite for me, and one of the stronger effects on the DVD. Even though it only employs some basic sleights, it involves the production of three selections in different ways, the final one involving the disappearance of the rest of the deck! Other favourites include "Interchangling", a fun and easy routine where the Jacks in your pocket take on the value of whatever card your spectator chooses; "The P***ing Contest", which has an entertaining story about three magicians in a battle of one-upmanship; and "Getting Even", a test of intuition for two spectators that is a mini "Out Of This World" effect. A small set-up may be required on the fly for some of these tricks - which is generally considered acceptable for an impromptu trick, and can often be done under the cover of shuffling or cutting the deck anyway - but for the most part they are completely impromptu.
Unlike some of Cameron's later DVDs on self-working card magic, we're still in the realm of intermediate magic with this video, and some proficiency with basic sleights (e.g. breaks, double lifts) will be necessary. That makes it unsuitable for complete beginners, but perfect for amateurs. If you've already got the fundamentals down, then you'll find these very doable and practical. And the effects themselves are quite punchy and strong, and many reviewers agree that it's a very solid collection of impromptu card magic. Many are versions of existing effects by others - all credited by Cameron - so he is sensibly building on the successful work of those who have gone before him, rather than reinventing the wheel.
It's also worth mentioning that this video was later included as one of eight DVDs in BBM's Essential Magic Tool Box. As part of that package, which featured one of their Ultimate Self Working Card Tricks videos as Disc #1, Ultimate Impromptu Magic was Disc #8, making it the icing on the cake. This video was clearly intended to be the apex of the set, once you had been armed with all the essential sleights taught in Discs #2-7. For some people it might be a good value option to consider buying this set, especially if you are just starting out with card magic.
Sample performance videos:

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KAPOW! (2012)
Ultimate Impromptu Card Magic appeared near the start of 2012, and towards the end of the same year there was the release of KAPOW!. Subtitled "The Card Magic of Cameron Francis and Liam Montier", this was a collaboration with Liam Montier. This set of two DVDs featured 15 card tricks on the videos themselves, as well as material from two ebooks that Cameron and Liam had published together previously, namely Released (2009) and KAPOW (2011).
Trick list: (Cameron Francis tricks marked with one asterisk, collaborations with two):
  • DVD 1: *No Joke, Cheaters Sleeve, *Over Count, Repulsive, **Moves, Departure Box, *Jack Black, Invisi-Tech
  • DVD 2: *Subtle Sotto, *Hoffy, *A Strange Progression, Metal Aces, *Invisie-Tech, Triple Play, **Stuck in the Middle
  • Released PDF: **Invisi-Cards, **A Rough Year, **Playing Favourites, Between the Signed Palms, Telling It Like It Is, *Subtle Sotto, Collective Whispers, *Out Of My Skull, **Moves, Tear It Up 2
  • KaPOW PDF: Repulse, Cheaters Sleeve, *Countdown, Departure Box, *Invisible Card, *Strange Progression, *Real Picnic, *No Joke, Triple Play, Scatter Shot
The second DVD included both the eBooks as PDFs. Given that each of these two PDFs included 10 tricks, and that there is some overlap between the tricks on the video and on the ebooks, effectively the KAPOW! package came with a total of 26 card tricks altogether. At one time orders for the KAPOW set also got access to a further bonus PDF with another four tricks still. Unfortunately the DVD set is now unavailable because it has sold out. However the good news is that you can get the original KAPOW! eBook from 2011 that some of the video content was based on.
Because it is a collaboration, obviously some of the content has been created by Liam Montier rather than Cameron Francis. But as a duo, they make for an entertaining pair that enjoy performing for each other and discussing the tricks together. At times the construction of a trick also benefits from the involvement of both of them, because they've worked hard to make the tricks streamlined and strong. They do build on the work of others (e.g. "Metal Aces" is a version of "Jazz Aces" with a kicker), and the PDFs do give clear credits. One of the standouts in the collection is "Subtle Sotto", which is Cameron's take on "Sottovoce" by Phil Goldstein; another is his trick "Over Count", which is a routine with an ACAAN plot. "No Joke" and "Hoffy" are also very good.
Like some of the previous videos from Cameron, these tricks aren't geared to beginners in the first place, and a knowledge of basic sleights will be required. So if you're looking for self-working tricks, look elsewhere. But if you're an intermediate magician, you'll find these tricks quite easy. Some reviewers have found parts of this collection to be a little unpolished, but I suspect that is largely because Cameron Francis assumes a basic working knowledge of elementary sleight of hand, and this video isn't intended to teach you the fundamentals of card magic, like a double lift or shuffle controls. For the most part it has received good reviews, with praise for being a collection of creative, entertaining, and solid card magic.
Sample performance video:

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OUT OF SLEIGHT (2015)
Next up came Out Of Sleight, which was published in 2015, and features ten different tricks that are mostly self-working. Once again the focus is on card tricks. But this video doesn't only see the use of playing cards, because tricks with business cards are also thrown in, as well as tricks using only a small packet of cards. The mix is quite pleasing.
Trick list:
  • Out Of This Packet, EitheOr, Coat, Sleightless Sightless, Creation, Find The Kings, Humming Words, Gemini Annihilator, Coupling, Date Fate
Just as the title suggests, this DVD is billed as having material that "requires no sleight of hand skills, yet is utterly fooling." Does that mean that they're firmly in the self-working category? For the most part the answer is yes, although having the ability to do some basic card handling like a false shuffle to retain a stack set-up always helps improve even the most basic self-working trick. But it's subtlety rather than sleight of hand that is the order of the day. BBM has been at the forefront of producing videos with strong self-working card magic over the last decade, so perhaps it was inevitable that eventually Cameron Francis would turn his hand to this category of card magic as well.
This is Cameron's first DVD dedicated entirely to self-working tricks, and he's come up with a good variety of effects and methods. Self-working tricks are sometimes associated with worn-out plots like the Twenty One Card Trick, or with endless series of counting and dealing, turning them into tedious procedural behemoths. Fortunately there's not much of that here at all, and the power of a good self-working trick may surprise you.
As always, Cameron Francis is standing on the shoulders of giants, as is evident by his packet version of what is arguably the most famous self-worker of all time, Paul Curry's "Out Of This World". There's also a variation of the evergreen "Gemini Twins" by Karl Fulves that is quite good. Many of the effects included require no setup or at most some minimal preparation, so there's even some content here that can be performed impromptu.
Sample performance videos:

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SUPER MEGA CARD MIRACLES (2019)
Now we come to the two most recent releases from Cameron Francis, starting with last year's Super Mega Card Miracles (2019), which has almost a dozen tricks.
Trick list:
  • Redoner, Collins Thing, Switch Jack II, Precursor / Thanks To Walton, Easy Hof, Mercury Card Load, But Not Least, Stand Up Christ Aces, One Flew Over at My Behest, Collector's Item, Captivated
This collection features favourite effects from Cameron Francis' career as a creator and performer of card magic, and these are considered to be his best tricks, which have had the benefit of having been polished over time. In the words of the promotional ad copy, "It features Cameron’s absolute favourite Top 10 routines from nearly two decades of creating. These are the tricks he has honed, sharpened and refined and now calls his party pack."
Many of the routines are inspired by greats from the past, like Color Stunner by Paul Harris, Collins Aces, Hofzinser Aces, and the Fabulous Four Ace Routine from Henry Christ. Other tricks include a signed card to box, sandwich, cards across routine, and a few that play around with four-of-a-kinds. Some of the content can be performed impromptu.
All the tricks are fairly straight forward to perform and ideal for intermediate magicians familiar with basic card handling techniques like the double lift and Elmsley Count. And - as is usual for Cameron Francis - the performances and explanations are entertaining to watch (my favourite part was the unusual touch where Cameron performs to himself as a spectator!). This collection is a fine example of what is quickly becoming a reliable formula we can expect from Mr Francis: simple and straight forward card magic that is hard hitting and plays strong! For good reason it's been widely praised in reviews and the feedback for this video so far has been universally positive.
Sample performance videos:

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ULTIMATE SELF WORKING CARD TRICKS: CAMERON FRANCIS EDITION (2019)
Finally, towards the end of last year came the arrival of Ultimate Self Working Card Tricks: Cameron Francis Edition (2019), with a collection of 11 tricks.
This collection is one of the newest members of BBM's excellent Ultimate Self Working Card Tricks series of DVDs. These videos are designed to compile some of the world's best ever self-working card tricks, and contain some real gems. It's a series I highly recommend for the strength of the content, which is consistently hard-hitting and powerful, while remaining easy to perform. It's certainly perfect for beginners, and that's true for Cameron's DVD as well, because the tricks are easy to learn and perform, and you can focus all your effort into the presentation, and enjoy the fun of entertaining.
Trick list:
  • Seven of Hearts Trick, Automatic Poker, Three Impossible Things, Divided, Blackjack Buffet, Counter Intuitive, Exhausted, Exhausted Aces, Exhausted Mates, Fired Up Triumph, Keep Hide and Giveaway
The tricks in this "Cameron Francis Edition" collection follow a similar formula to the rest of the Ultimate Self Working Card Tricks series (USWCT), which now numbers around half a dozen DVDs altogether. The first four in the series are simply entitled "Ultimate Self Working Card Tricks Volume 1" through "USWCT: Volume 4", which were followed by "Awesome Self Working Card Tricks", "USWCT: Cameron Francis Edition", and the most recent release "USWCT: Ryan Matney Edition". But unlike the first five titles in the series, the tricks in "USWCT: Cameron Francis Edition" have been percolated through the mind of Cameron Francis, and had the benefit of his streamlining and revision. I find it a little different in character than the initial DVDs in the series, which largely consisted of classic effects, updated or presented with small handling changes in some cases, whereas the Cameron Francis Edition DVD largely consists of effects he's come up with himself.
Even so, Cameron realizes he is building on the work of others, and credits appropriately. The material includes versions of Paul Gordon's "Eight of Diamonds", Jay Sankey's "Keep, Hide, and Giveaway", and some new takes on "Poker Player's Picnic" and "Tantalizer", which are two well-known and popular classics from the standard text Royal Road to Card Magic. There's also some tricks based on effects by names like Persi Diaconis, Paul Cummings, and Simon Black. All of these have been refined to make them cleaner and simpler, or to add spice to improve the method or presentation.
In the end this video is not really so much a collection of greatest hits from the self-working card tricks genre like the other DVDs of the series. Instead, it's more of a Cameron Francis self-worker collection. You could almost consider it a sequel to his earlier DVD Out of Sleight (2015), which also consisted entirely of self-working card tricks, many of which were also inspired by notable self-working card tricks from other creators. While the routines here might not make lists of all time top ten self-working card tricks, like the routines from greats such Paul Curry, Simon Aronson, Larry Jennings, Roy Walton, and Dai Vernon which you'll find on the other DVDs of the Ultimate Self Working Card Tricks series, it's still outstanding card magic that holds its own very well. Like the rest of the USWCT series, the aim is to bring you the best self-workers that there are, in this case featuring effects from one artist.
Like Cameron's earlier Out of Sleight DVD, the self-working tricks here feature a good range of effects - although you're not likely to perform the three versions of Tantalizer in a row. Some of the tricks require some set-up, while others can be performed entirely impromptu from a shuffled deck in use. Several impromptu packet tricks also round out the collection. Since all the tricks are self-working, certainly beginners should have no problem performing them, and you'll quickly and easily amaze family and friends (and yourself), especially if they've only been exposed to the tired and old Twenty One Card Trick. But the publisher is especially targeting amateur magicians and hobbyists who already enjoy card magic, as well as professional magicians looking for new material to incorporate into their work. Regardless of which group you're in, this is a video for you.
Sample performance videos:

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IMPRESSIONS
Here's what you can expect from the videos by Cameron Francis:
The tricks: Cameron's initial work may have had a few rough edges, but over time he has honed his craft and polished his tricks. His later videos include tricks that have the benefit of more experience and further polishing, and it shows. And while his first couple of videos had tricks that less experienced magicians might find a little challenging, starting with Ultimate Impromptu Magic (2012) and Out of Sleight (2015) he really began producing the kind of material that BBM customers like me look for. For this reason I especially recommend his videos from 2012 onwards, because they're more consistent in being easier to learn, and the tricks are generally also more polished. A lot of his work is based on classic tricks from other magicians, but he's very conscious that he's standing on the shoulders of others, and usually credits his sources well. This also means that you're not just getting new-fangled content, but material that is time-tested and practical, along with some Cameron Francis touches and twists to help make them simpler or stronger.
The difficulty: As mentioned already, some of the earlier releases by Cameron Francis featured less material for beginners, and assumed an elementary working knowledge of sleight of hand magic. So videos like The Omega Mutation box set and KAPOW! include quite a few tricks that require some real experience. But most of his later videos can be considered to fall into the "Easy Moves" category, and are well within the abilities of beginning and intermediate magicians. It was really with the release of Impromptu Card Magic (2012) that Cameron Francis began to hit his stride, and have tricks that really suit the target audience that his publisher Big Blind Media has in mind. Like the later Super Mega Card Miracles (2019), the Impromptu Card Magic DVD features tricks that are light as far as sleights go, while packing a real punch. If you know how to do basic card controls, double lifts, and Elmsley Counts, you'll be set for most of his repertoire. In this later period of production Cameron also produced two videos that featured entirely self-working tricks, namely Out Of Sleight (2015) and Ultimate Self-Working Card Tricks: Cameron Francis edition (2019), and genuine beginners should start with these. Yet experienced magicians shouldn't make the mistake of dismissing these two collections of self-workers, given the strength of some of the material.
The style: Cameron Francis won't be to everyone's liking, because he does have quite an over-the-top personality (think: Jay Sankey). There are times where the humor verges on being slapstick, but personally I love that. Perhaps that's his background as an actor emerging, but obviously he's a guy with a real sense of humor. This has put some people off at times, but it would be a mistake to throw out the baby with the bathwater, and bypass his card magic for this reason. For me personally, and for the clear majority, the generous dose of unusual humor helps keep his material interesting and engaging, and makes watching his videos all the more entertaining, even if his style and presentation won't always be suitable for imitation.
The teaching: As far as his teaching goes, I have no real complaints. Like many others who have benefited from his videos, I find that Cameron tends to have a good balance between giving us the detail we need, without making things drag. He explains things clearly, and there's no real problem in following how things work, especially if you already have some experience with the fundamentals of card magic. His personality really comes out, and his teaching often has comedic touches as well. He's the kind of guy who seems fun to be around, and who I enjoy spending time with and learning from, even if it just is vicariously by watching his magic videos!
The production: When it comes to production values in magic videos, it's hard to beat Big Blind Media. I've been a big fan of their output ever since I started exploring some of the John Bannon videos that they released, along with the Ultimate Self Working Card Tricks series. They have to be at the apex of the magic publishing game today, and their videos typically feature the very best in camera work, visuals, lighting, and sound. They often even hire actors (usually ladies who are easy on the eyes) to serve as spectators for actual performances of the tricks. Navigation and formatting of the videos is also second to none. Over the years they have continued to improve their craft, and there's no doubt that the more recent videos are the best as far as all this goes. One additional element worth mentioning is that besides being available on DVD, many of these videos are also available as direct digital downloads, for those who prefer the convenience of a digital version.
The consistency: The involvement of the Big Blind Media team means that they have a say in what material is included on a DVD. As such they function as a `gatekeeper' to ensure consistently high content. Rather than have a magician put all his output onto a video and rush off to sell it, their team will have to be selective and be convinced that the content that makes it into a collection is actually good, and not just something that the creator himself likes. So you already have a consensus of supportive opinion at work before these videos make it to production, which gives some measure of confidence about what is included. When combined with their usual high production standards, the scene is set for consistently good material of the highest quality. This is especially true with the later videos reviewed here, in which both Cameron and his publisher have had opportunity to polish their techniques.

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RECOMMENDATION
I can't say enough good things about these videos from Cameron Francis, although I admit that I'm biased because I like his larger-than-life style. The production quality from Big Blind Media, especially in the most recent videos, is very good. Their team knows what makes good magic, and only want to release instructional magic videos that will be relatively easy, practical, and strong.
When you add the name of Cameron Francis to that mix of ingredients, you are really in line for a treat. He has the ability to choose good material, which is varied in presentation and method, and he has a good eye for what is visual and what will make an impression on an audience. Cameron consciously builds on the work of the magicians who have gone before him, giving classical routines the benefit of some refining and adjustment to keep them fresh. And unlike some teachers, he's not dry and boring to listen to, but watching his performances and explanations is always entertaining in itself - and that's before you even pull out your own deck of cards to give it a go yourself!
I highly recommend Cameron Francis' videos, particularly the strong set of material he has released in recent years.
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Review: The card magic and videos of Cameron Francis An introduction to the card magic and videos of Cameron Francis
Disclaimer: I sometimes get asked if I'm paid to do magic reviews. The short answer is: No. While I have sometimes received products for review, I don't ever get paid for writing about them. I write articles purely as a hobby, simply because I love card magic, because I love writing, and because I love sharing with other magicians. I'll even write lengthy articles on products that are completely free (example here), or on topics that aren't even product related in the first place (example here). I'll write about anything I think is worthwhile for other magicians to know about, and if it's something that I think I'll enjoy writing about. In this case I happen to have a bunch of Cameron Francis DVDs, and I really enjoy his work and style, and I figured it would be a fun exercise to worth through them while I had some spare time during quarantine.
BACKGROUND
One of my favourite quotes about magic is from 19th century French magician and illusionist Robert-Houdin: "A magician is an actor playing the part of a magician." This quote has gained a life of its own ever since it was included in a chapter of his book Secrets of Conjuring And Magic (1868). His point was that conjuring is quite different from many feats of pure dexterity like juggling which are appreciated for their own sake, because performing magic involves acting and artistry. So magic isn't about bare skill, but it's a form of trickery where you are creating an illusion that you have real powers. And for that illusion to become convincing, you have to be a convincing actor. Young magicians are often advised that one of the best things they can do to enhance their skill as a magician is to take acting classes, or a course in theater and performing arts. It's good advice.
For that reason, it won't come as a surprise that when it comes to presenting and performing magic, a magician who is also an actor will have a leg up over many of his contemporaries. One such magician is prolific creator Cameron Francis. Born in 1971, he attended a high school for the Arts, and went on to get a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre at university, and also a Master of Fine Arts. He has since acted in films, TV shows, and commercials, and now has over 25 years of professional experience on the stage and on the screen.
But Cameron Francis is also a magician. As well as performing close-up magic, he's especially developed a reputation as a creator of close-up magic effects and original tricks, with a special fondness for card magic. He's collaborated with some big names in magic, given magic lectures internationally, and had his tricks published in illustrious magic periodicals like Genii Magazine and The Linking Ring.
But perhaps his biggest contribution to the magic industry has been in the form of his instructional magic videos. While he's released numerous individual tricks, it's really his DVDs that have helped popularize his work. In the last dozen years or so, he's produced over half a dozen separate DVDs, each of which contains instruction for at least ten different tricks, and in some cases many more. That's quite a prolific output!

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So with what videos should we begin with in order to get to know Cameron Francis, and what can we expect from his card magic? By far the majority of his videos have been produced by Big Blind Media. One exception is The Forrest/Francis Project (2010), which was a collaboration with magician Dave Forrest and published by Full 52 Productions, and didn't get as favourable reviews as his other work. In this article I'll instead cover the seven video collections of tricks he's released with BBM, and give an overview of what to expect from each of the following titles:
  • The Omega Mutation DVD (2008)
  • Killer Close Up Magic DVD (2009)
  • Ultimate Impromptu Card Magic DVD (2012)
  • KAPOW! DVD (2012) - with Liam Montier
  • Out of Sleight DVD (2015)
  • Super Mega Card Miracles DVD (2019)
  • Ultimate Self Working Card Tricks: Cameron Francis Edition DVD (2019)

THE OMEGA MUTATION (2008)
The Omega Mutation was released in 2008. This box set of 3 DVDs billed Cameron as "the hottest newcomer in years", and featured no less than 27 tricks.
Trick list:
  • Vol 1 (Alpha): Vivid, Insecure Restoration, Cagey, Everywhere, Dime-A-Cap, Triumph Transpo, Signed & Assembled, Back in 10, Hard Knocks
  • Vol 2 (Mem): Assembled Reset, Card-A-Que, Appearing Sharpie, Bill Switch, Cheque This, Last Laugh, Yours & Yours, Separation Anxiety, Stuffed
  • Vol 3 (Omega): Ring Flight, Jumpy Collectors, CF Switch, Visiting Hour, Connections, Hofzinser Takes A Dive, Space Available, Dupes, International Cards of Mystery
This collection has as its background the concept of a virus outbreak. This became a quirky and fun presentational touch for how the video was presented, with a theatrical storyline and actual characters that immediately make it stand out from the usual magic video fare. Hint: expect to see men in hazmat suits, and our hero Cameron in a quarantine tent! At times it's like watching an entertaining movie instead of an instructional magic video. It certainly is something that is relevant today with COVID-19 crisis! But this long predates the coronavirus, and it's nice to see a very creative and original approach being taken to the format of a magic video.
As for the tricks, there's some good visual material included, including torn-and-restored effects and vanishes. A lot of the material is geared to workers, professional magicians, and serious amateurs. The tricks here aren't firstly about fooling magicians, but about entertaining lay-audiences, which is what working magicians look for. Almost half of the tricks would be suitable for strolling magic, and wouldn't require a table. But it's not all impromptu, and a simple setup is required in some instances, although many routines have easy resets, making them practical and commercial.
There's some non-card magic included as well, so you do get some useful magic using items like a banknote, pen, or finger ring. But the majority of the tricks are solid card magic, and there's plenty to keep card handlers busy for a long time. Considering that there's around four and a half hours of video in total, it's a ton of stuff! Regardless of your level of experience with magic, you'll find content here that you can do.
What Big Blind Media effectively did with this video did is introduce Cameron's original thinking and fresh style to the magic industry. It's no accident that he immediately got the attention of a lot of people with this DVD set, especially working magicians, and people with an intermediate ability with card magic, who gave this set high praise.
Sample performance videos:

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KILLER CLOSE UP MAGIC (2009)
In 2009 Cameron released Killer Close Up Magic, which featured a dozen different tricks. This DVD came out just a few months after another Cameron Francis release from BBM, entitled Killer Gaft Magic (Awesome Magic With Gaffed Cards), which taught 11 card tricks that all used gaff cards. Both videos also included something identical called Sleight School, in which Cameron teaches 18 different sleight of hand moves for card magic.
Trick list:
  • Killer Gaft Magic: Pipeline, Tele-print, Boxy, Side by Side, Switch Jack, What the Blank, The Following, Washout, Paan, Do the Wave!, Halfusion, The Flying Four
  • Killer Close Up Magic: Ace-equence, Space Saver, No Problem, Wild Routine, Scorched!, An Extra Twist, T&R Bill, Insigned Out, Tear It Up!, CoppeSilver Twist, In-Tens, Super Easy CAAN.
  • Sleight School: Double Lift, Elmsley Count, Touch Force, Tilt, Jordan Count, Hammon Count, Vernon Substitute Transfer, Flushtration Count, Mercury Card Fold, Diminishing Lift, Diminishing Count, Braue Reversal, Thru The Fist Flourish, Erdnase Colour Change, Atfus, Twirl Change, Paddle Move, Alignment Move
Killer Gaft Magic was the first of the two that was released, and came with 16 cards for performing the tricks that were taught on the video. It is no longer available for purchase, I suspect because it required special cards, had a more limited target audience, and perhaps wasn't quite as successful. Gaffs of course allow you to do things simply not possible with a regular deck. Some tricks taught in this video will use gaffs in a way that your spectator won't even be the wiser about their use, believing that you're simply using standard playing cards, while other tricks openly use blank faced cards. Just like the title says, there is some "killer" content here, some of which could easily have been sold separately.
Killer Close Up Magic followed a similar DVD format as Killer Gaft Magic, and many people considered it to be the superior of the two. Actual DVDs of this are also no longer available, but fortunately you can still pick up the video as a digital download. With two hours of video instruction, it teaches 12 different tricks, all but four being with cards. The four non-card tricks include one that uses photos of small objects, one with some number cards and a book of matches, one with some coins, and one with a spectator's signed bill for a torn and restored routine. But card tricks are the majority, and there are some good ideas here, including an ungimmicked "Wild Card" routine, and an impressive Card At Any Number effect that uses a freely selected card and freely selected number, plus a borrowed shuffled deck, all with no real moves.
One advantage of the inclusion of Sleight School is that by moving the teaching for the sleight of hand to a separate section, it eliminates excess baggage from the explanation of the tricks themselves. If you're unfamiliar with these sleights, you'll be glad that there's a reference section devoted to teaching them. And if you already know how to do these sleights, you'll be glad that you don't have to fast forward sections of the trick explanations that cover the them; this reference section is especially geared to people who have already mastered them and need a quick refresher, so the explanations are quite brief. Altogether Killer Close Up Magic was a solid collection of good card magic, and was well received as it deserved to be.
Sample performance video:

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ULTIMATE IMPROMPTU CARD MAGIC (2012)
Next up is Ultimate Impromptu Card Magic from 2012, which covers 14 different card tricks - all impromptu.
Many magicians love the idea of doing impromptu card magic. After all, doesn't it sometimes happen to all of us that you get handed a shuffled deck of cards and asked to do some card magic with it? You're totally unprepared, and in such a situation you have no opportunity to rely on gaffs or use a larger set-up. That's when the material of a video like this comes in extremely handy, because you'll be ready to go right away, armed with tricks like these.
Trick list:
  • Ace Thang, Sly Cheese, A.N. Other Thang, Interchangeling, Hofwich, Zombieland, Instinct, Killer Trifecta, Elevation, Wilder, Uppers, The P***ing Contest, Getting Even, Selected Assembly
The video has about an hour and a half of video of footage, including both the performances and explanations. There's a bit of overlap in the material, in the sense that a number of the tricks revolve around the theme of using four-of-a-kinds. But overall there is enough variety on the video that you could do a routine with different tricks. "Killer Trifecta" deserves special mention as a favourite for me, and one of the stronger effects on the DVD. Even though it only employs some basic sleights, it involves the production of three selections in different ways, the final one involving the disappearance of the rest of the deck! Other favourites include "Interchangling", a fun and easy routine where the Jacks in your pocket take on the value of whatever card your spectator chooses; "The P***ing Contest", which has an entertaining story about three magicians in a battle of one-upmanship; and "Getting Even", a test of intuition for two spectators that is a mini "Out Of This World" effect. A small set-up may be required on the fly for some of these tricks - which is generally considered acceptable for an impromptu trick, and can often be done under the cover of shuffling or cutting the deck anyway - but for the most part they are completely impromptu.
Unlike some of Cameron's later DVDs on self-working card magic, we're still in the realm of intermediate magic with this video, and some proficiency with basic sleights (e.g. breaks, double lifts) will be necessary. That makes it unsuitable for complete beginners, but perfect for amateurs. If you've already got the fundamentals down, then you'll find these very doable and practical. And the effects themselves are quite punchy and strong, and many reviewers agree that it's a very solid collection of impromptu card magic. Many are versions of existing effects by others - all credited by Cameron - so he is sensibly building on the successful work of those who have gone before him, rather than reinventing the wheel.
It's also worth mentioning that this video was later included as one of eight DVDs in BBM's Essential Magic Tool Box. As part of that package, which featured one of their Ultimate Self Working Card Tricks videos as Disc #1, Ultimate Impromptu Magic was Disc #8, making it the icing on the cake. This video was clearly intended to be the apex of the set, once you had been armed with all the essential sleights taught in Discs #2-7. For some people it might be a good value option to consider buying this set, especially if you are just starting out with card magic.
Sample performance videos:

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KAPOW! (2012)
Ultimate Impromptu Card Magic appeared near the start of 2012, and towards the end of the same year there was the release of KAPOW!. Subtitled "The Card Magic of Cameron Francis and Liam Montier", this was a collaboration with Liam Montier. This set of two DVDs featured 15 card tricks on the videos themselves, as well as material from two ebooks that Cameron and Liam had published together previously, namely Released (2009) and KAPOW (2011).
Trick list: (Cameron Francis tricks marked with one asterisk, collaborations with two):
  • DVD 1: *No Joke, Cheaters Sleeve, *Over Count, Repulsive, **Moves, Departure Box, *Jack Black, Invisi-Tech
  • DVD 2: *Subtle Sotto, *Hoffy, *A Strange Progression, Metal Aces, *Invisie-Tech, Triple Play, **Stuck in the Middle
  • Released PDF: **Invisi-Cards, **A Rough Year, **Playing Favourites, Between the Signed Palms, Telling It Like It Is, *Subtle Sotto, Collective Whispers, *Out Of My Skull, **Moves, Tear It Up 2
  • KaPOW PDF: Repulse, Cheaters Sleeve, *Countdown, Departure Box, *Invisible Card, *Strange Progression, *Real Picnic, *No Joke, Triple Play, Scatter Shot
The second DVD included both the eBooks as PDFs. Given that each of these two PDFs included 10 tricks, and that there is some overlap between the tricks on the video and on the ebooks, effectively the KAPOW! package came with a total of 26 card tricks altogether. At one time orders for the KAPOW set also got access to a further bonus PDF with another four tricks still. Unfortunately the DVD set is now unavailable because it has sold out. However the good news is that you can get the original KAPOW! eBook from 2011 that some of the video content was based on.
Because it is a collaboration, obviously some of the content has been created by Liam Montier rather than Cameron Francis. But as a duo, they make for an entertaining pair that enjoy performing for each other and discussing the tricks together. At times the construction of a trick also benefits from the involvement of both of them, because they've worked hard to make the tricks streamlined and strong. They do build on the work of others (e.g. "Metal Aces" is a version of "Jazz Aces" with a kicker), and the PDFs do give clear credits. One of the standouts in the collection is "Subtle Sotto", which is Cameron's take on "Sottovoce" by Phil Goldstein; another is his trick "Over Count", which is a routine with an ACAAN plot. "No Joke" and "Hoffy" are also very good.
Like some of the previous videos from Cameron, these tricks aren't geared to beginners in the first place, and a knowledge of basic sleights will be required. So if you're looking for self-working tricks, look elsewhere. But if you're an intermediate magician, you'll find these tricks quite easy. Some reviewers have found parts of this collection to be a little unpolished, but I suspect that is largely because Cameron Francis assumes a basic working knowledge of elementary sleight of hand, and this video isn't intended to teach you the fundamentals of card magic, like a double lift or shuffle controls. For the most part it has received good reviews, with praise for being a collection of creative, entertaining, and solid card magic.
Sample performance video:

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OUT OF SLEIGHT (2015)
Next up came Out Of Sleight, which was published in 2015, and features ten different tricks that are mostly self-working. Once again the focus is on card tricks. But this video doesn't only see the use of playing cards, because tricks with business cards are also thrown in, as well as tricks using only a small packet of cards. The mix is quite pleasing.
Trick list:
  • Out Of This Packet, EitheOr, Coat, Sleightless Sightless, Creation, Find The Kings, Humming Words, Gemini Annihilator, Coupling, Date Fate
Just as the title suggests, this DVD is billed as having material that "requires no sleight of hand skills, yet is utterly fooling." Does that mean that they're firmly in the self-working category? For the most part the answer is yes, although having the ability to do some basic card handling like a false shuffle to retain a stack set-up always helps improve even the most basic self-working trick. But it's subtlety rather than sleight of hand that is the order of the day. BBM has been at the forefront of producing videos with strong self-working card magic over the last decade, so perhaps it was inevitable that eventually Cameron Francis would turn his hand to this category of card magic as well.
This is Cameron's first DVD dedicated entirely to self-working tricks, and he's come up with a good variety of effects and methods. Self-working tricks are sometimes associated with worn-out plots like the Twenty One Card Trick, or with endless series of counting and dealing, turning them into tedious procedural behemoths. Fortunately there's not much of that here at all, and the power of a good self-working trick may surprise you.
As always, Cameron Francis is standing on the shoulders of giants, as is evident by his packet version of what is arguably the most famous self-worker of all time, Paul Curry's "Out Of This World". There's also a variation of the evergreen "Gemini Twins" by Karl Fulves that is quite good. Many of the effects included require no setup or at most some minimal preparation, so there's even some content here that can be performed impromptu.
Sample performance videos:

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SUPER MEGA CARD MIRACLES (2019)
Now we come to the two most recent releases from Cameron Francis, starting with last year's Super Mega Card Miracles (2019), which has almost a dozen tricks.
Trick list:
  • Redoner, Collins Thing, Switch Jack II, Precursor / Thanks To Walton, Easy Hof, Mercury Card Load, But Not Least, Stand Up Christ Aces, One Flew Over at My Behest, Collector's Item, Captivated
This collection features favourite effects from Cameron Francis' career as a creator and performer of card magic, and these are considered to be his best tricks, which have had the benefit of having been polished over time. In the words of the promotional ad copy, "It features Cameron’s absolute favourite Top 10 routines from nearly two decades of creating. These are the tricks he has honed, sharpened and refined and now calls his party pack."
Many of the routines are inspired by greats from the past, like Color Stunner by Paul Harris, Collins Aces, Hofzinser Aces, and the Fabulous Four Ace Routine from Henry Christ. Other tricks include a signed card to box, sandwich, cards across routine, and a few that play around with four-of-a-kinds. Some of the content can be performed impromptu.
All the tricks are fairly straight forward to perform and ideal for intermediate magicians familiar with basic card handling techniques like the double lift and Elmsley Count. And - as is usual for Cameron Francis - the performances and explanations are entertaining to watch (my favourite part was the unusual touch where Cameron performs to himself as a spectator!). This collection is a fine example of what is quickly becoming a reliable formula we can expect from Mr Francis: simple and straight forward card magic that is hard hitting and plays strong! For good reason it's been widely praised in reviews and the feedback for this video so far has been universally positive.
Sample performance videos:

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ULTIMATE SELF WORKING CARD TRICKS: CAMERON FRANCIS EDITION (2019)
Finally, towards the end of last year came the arrival of Ultimate Self Working Card Tricks: Cameron Francis Edition (2019), with a collection of 11 tricks.
This collection is one of the newest members of BBM's excellent Ultimate Self Working Card Tricks series of DVDs. These videos are designed to compile some of the world's best ever self-working card tricks, and contain some real gems. It's a series I highly recommend for the strength of the content, which is consistently hard-hitting and powerful, while remaining easy to perform. It's certainly perfect for beginners, and that's true for Cameron's DVD as well, because the tricks are easy to learn and perform, and you can focus all your effort into the presentation, and enjoy the fun of entertaining.
Trick list:
  • Seven of Hearts Trick, Automatic Poker, Three Impossible Things, Divided, Blackjack Buffet, Counter Intuitive, Exhausted, Exhausted Aces, Exhausted Mates, Fired Up Triumph, Keep Hide and Giveaway
The tricks in this "Cameron Francis Edition" collection follow a similar formula to the rest of the Ultimate Self Working Card Tricks series (USWCT), which now numbers around half a dozen DVDs altogether. The first four in the series are simply entitled "Ultimate Self Working Card Tricks Volume 1" through "USWCT: Volume 4", which were followed by "Awesome Self Working Card Tricks", "USWCT: Cameron Francis Edition", and the most recent release "USWCT: Ryan Matney Edition". But unlike the first five titles in the series, the tricks in "USWCT: Cameron Francis Edition" have been percolated through the mind of Cameron Francis, and had the benefit of his streamlining and revision. I find it a little different in character than the initial DVDs in the series, which largely consisted of classic effects, updated or presented with small handling changes in some cases, whereas the Cameron Francis Edition DVD largely consists of effects he's come up with himself.
Even so, Cameron realizes he is building on the work of others, and credits appropriately. The material includes versions of Paul Gordon's "Eight of Diamonds", Jay Sankey's "Keep, Hide, and Giveaway", and some new takes on "Poker Player's Picnic" and "Tantalizer", which are two well-known and popular classics from the standard text Royal Road to Card Magic. There's also some tricks based on effects by names like Persi Diaconis, Paul Cummings, and Simon Black. All of these have been refined to make them cleaner and simpler, or to add spice to improve the method or presentation.
In the end this video is not really so much a collection of greatest hits from the self-working card tricks genre like the other DVDs of the series. Instead, it's more of a Cameron Francis self-worker collection. You could almost consider it a sequel to his earlier DVD Out of Sleight (2015), which also consisted entirely of self-working card tricks, many of which were also inspired by notable self-working card tricks from other creators. While the routines here might not make lists of all time top ten self-working card tricks, like the routines from greats such Paul Curry, Simon Aronson, Larry Jennings, Roy Walton, and Dai Vernon which you'll find on the other DVDs of the Ultimate Self Working Card Tricks series, it's still outstanding card magic that holds its own very well. Like the rest of the USWCT series, the aim is to bring you the best self-workers that there are, in this case featuring effects from one artist.
Like Cameron's earlier Out of Sleight DVD, the self-working tricks here feature a good range of effects - although you're not likely to perform the three versions of Tantalizer in a row. Some of the tricks require some set-up, while others can be performed entirely impromptu from a shuffled deck in use. Several impromptu packet tricks also round out the collection. Since all the tricks are self-working, certainly beginners should have no problem performing them, and you'll quickly and easily amaze family and friends (and yourself), especially if they've only been exposed to the tired and old Twenty One Card Trick. But the publisher is especially targeting amateur magicians and hobbyists who already enjoy card magic, as well as professional magicians looking for new material to incorporate into their work. Regardless of which group you're in, this is a video for you.
Sample performance videos:

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IMPRESSIONS
Here's what you can expect from the videos by Cameron Francis:
The tricks: Cameron's initial work may have had a few rough edges, but over time he has honed his craft and polished his tricks. His later videos include tricks that have the benefit of more experience and further polishing, and it shows. And while his first couple of videos had tricks that less experienced magicians might find a little challenging, starting with Ultimate Impromptu Magic (2012) and Out of Sleight (2015) he really began producing the kind of material that BBM customers like me look for. For this reason I especially recommend his videos from 2012 onwards, because they're more consistent in being easier to learn, and the tricks are generally also more polished. A lot of his work is based on classic tricks from other magicians, but he's very conscious that he's standing on the shoulders of others, and usually credits his sources well. This also means that you're not just getting new-fangled content, but material that is time-tested and practical, along with some Cameron Francis touches and twists to help make them simpler or stronger.
The difficulty: As mentioned already, some of the earlier releases by Cameron Francis featured less material for beginners, and assumed an elementary working knowledge of sleight of hand magic. So videos like The Omega Mutation box set and KAPOW! include quite a few tricks that require some real experience. But most of his later videos can be considered to fall into the "Easy Moves" category, and are well within the abilities of beginning and intermediate magicians. It was really with the release of Impromptu Card Magic (2012) that Cameron Francis began to hit his stride, and have tricks that really suit the target audience that his publisher Big Blind Media has in mind. Like the later Super Mega Card Miracles (2019), the Impromptu Card Magic DVD features tricks that are light as far as sleights go, while packing a real punch. If you know how to do basic card controls, double lifts, and Elmsley Counts, you'll be set for most of his repertoire. In this later period of production Cameron also produced two videos that featured entirely self-working tricks, namely Out Of Sleight (2015) and Ultimate Self-Working Card Tricks: Cameron Francis edition (2019), and genuine beginners should start with these. Yet experienced magicians shouldn't make the mistake of dismissing these two collections of self-workers, given the strength of some of the material.
The style: Cameron Francis won't be to everyone's liking, because he does have quite an over-the-top personality (think: Jay Sankey). There are times where the humor verges on being slapstick, but personally I love that. Perhaps that's his background as an actor emerging, but obviously he's a guy with a real sense of humor. This has put some people off at times, but it would be a mistake to throw out the baby with the bathwater, and bypass his card magic for this reason. For me personally, and for the clear majority, the generous dose of unusual humor helps keep his material interesting and engaging, and makes watching his videos all the more entertaining, even if his style and presentation won't always be suitable for imitation.
The teaching: As far as his teaching goes, I have no real complaints. Like many others who have benefited from his videos, I find that Cameron tends to have a good balance between giving us the detail we need, without making things drag. He explains things clearly, and there's no real problem in following how things work, especially if you already have some experience with the fundamentals of card magic. His personality really comes out, and his teaching often has comedic touches as well. He's the kind of guy who seems fun to be around, and who I enjoy spending time with and learning from, even if it just is vicariously by watching his magic videos!
The production: When it comes to production values in magic videos, it's hard to beat Big Blind Media. I've been a big fan of their output ever since I started exploring some of the John Bannon videos that they released, along with the Ultimate Self Working Card Tricks series. They have to be at the apex of the magic publishing game today, and their videos typically feature the very best in camera work, visuals, lighting, and sound. They often even hire actors (usually ladies who are easy on the eyes) to serve as spectators for actual performances of the tricks. Navigation and formatting of the videos is also second to none. Over the years they have continued to improve their craft, and there's no doubt that the more recent videos are the best as far as all this goes. One additional element worth mentioning is that besides being available on DVD, many of these videos are also available as direct digital downloads, for those who prefer the convenience of a digital version.
The consistency: The involvement of the Big Blind Media team means that they have a say in what material is included on a DVD. As such they function as a `gatekeeper' to ensure consistently high content. Rather than have a magician put all his output onto a video and rush off to sell it, their team will have to be selective and be convinced that the content that makes it into a collection is actually good, and not just something that the creator himself likes. So you already have a consensus of supportive opinion at work before these videos make it to production, which gives some measure of confidence about what is included. When combined with their usual high production standards, the scene is set for consistently good material of the highest quality. This is especially true with the later videos reviewed here, in which both Cameron and his publisher have had opportunity to polish their techniques.

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RECOMMENDATION
I can't say enough good things about these videos from Cameron Francis, although I admit that I'm biased because I like his larger-than-life style. The production quality from Big Blind Media, especially in the most recent videos, is very good. Their team knows what makes good magic, and only want to release instructional magic videos that will be relatively easy, practical, and strong.
When you add the name of Cameron Francis to that mix of ingredients, you are really in line for a treat. He has the ability to choose good material, which is varied in presentation and method, and he has a good eye for what is visual and what will make an impression on an audience. Cameron consciously builds on the work of the magicians who have gone before him, giving classical routines the benefit of some refining and adjustment to keep them fresh. And unlike some teachers, he's not dry and boring to listen to, but watching his performances and explanations is always entertaining in itself - and that's before you even pull out your own deck of cards to give it a go yourself!
I highly recommend Cameron Francis' videos, particularly the strong set of material he has released in recent years.
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2020.03.06 01:59 carbondeath Straight mates webcam

Hey y'all.
I am rather very new to recording guitar. I am recording directly I to my interface, using reaper, and then into the STL Putney plugin. The tone is absolutely incredible, but that's not the issue.
I am trying to send video of myself to my old band mates and I am straight up messing up. I bought a higher end webcam, and didn't realize that it hates working at the same time as reaper. So I tried using my phone for video and recording with reaper, and it's still a mess.
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2019.11.10 10:15 QuaterLyfCrisis Straight mates webcam

OK... where do I begin. Fuck this is probably gonna be a life story post, I'll make sure to put a tl;dr.
So...I'm 28 and just want to be happy and feel like my sexuality is subconsciously troubling me. I was raised to be homophobic and still am a little deep down, despite supporting gay rights and having really good gay friends, I am slightly disgusted by some aspects of gay culture, which I put down to society's negative brainwashing.
But this is where it gets complicated and hypercritical, because I have watched gay porn very rarely since I was 19 and was initially disgusted, but have slowly become more aroused by certain types. My taste seems to be for "bears" or "cubs" or "manly" men stuff. I am still grossed out by most of it though there's a very niche category I sometimes go back to; usually dad-types masturbating on a webcam where you can't see their face, or if you can, they have to have a masculine attractive face.
My parents used to sometimes mock me about being gay which I don't know why as I'm not a quintessential gay and also a kid made up a rumour in school that I was gay - who later came out (classic projection). This gave me a huge insecurity, but in their defence there was no real evidence that I wasn't. I never chased girls in elementary school like everyone else and presumed this was just being a late bloomer. But even in highschool, my crazy girl-driven-sex hormones didn't come like most people. I pinned it down to me being shy and reserved. At this time I knew I wasn't gay but I was definitely different. I got my first boner seeing boobs and would masturbate over girls from porn mags growing up. I hung with "jock" type dudes and surely if I was gay, I would've at least crushed on someone. The gay thing kind of subsided until I got major anxiety after just finishing high school at the possibility I may after all be gay if I'm not pursuing girls. What 18 year old that's "popular" hasn't had a gf or at least sex? There was 3 guys that I knew that I thought were really cool, all of which were good looking. I never thought of these dudes sexually but just thought they were really cool, I don't know how else to describe it. could these be crushes? what is a crush? I've never had the heartbeat or butterflies? I like hanging with friends, are these crushes? the fact that I only hang with guys and not girls?? ??
Was there something in my development that fucked me up? my alco dad or neglectful mum?
I later heard the term asexual but this couldn't be me because I like porn. I developed a huge complex and always felt there was an elephant in the room about my orientation. I would kiss girls at parties and eventually sleep with them, thinking that this is what everyone must do until I realised I was just playing along rather than being driven by sexual energy. I do enjoy sex though and genuinely like pussy, but there was no real force other than "normality" to drive me to the bedroom. It was almost just a game I had to play, that had a reward that I liked: sex and more so, status.
after HS, I had my first real girlfriend in my early twenties and thought it was love but still question if it really was true love, but at least I felt normal and like I was living life. I had put the sexual ambiguity to rest. But there'd be times where I wasn't sure about the relationship and sometimes thought about ending it, but why. I was worried I didn't love her as much sometimes and felt bad for stringing her along but would forget it and move on. These thoughts usually came after I would sometimes watch gay porn when she was away and I didn't want to become even more serious if there's a chance I might be gay or bi like them people that marry to hide their sexuality. But at the same time, I had no fantasy to ever act on it, and understood straight guys watch gay porn too so didn't feel too conflicted about it.
We eventually broke up which I was almost relieved but then became upset and still miss her, but then I'm not sure if I just think that I miss her like I maybe thought that I loved her.
So now I've been single for over a year and still haven't pursued anyone else. I've been trying to figure out why I'm an oddball and realised I might be aromantic bisexual? but the sexual insecurity and perfectionism for a definitive label has crept back in and I become uncomfortable if someone even makes gay banter about me innocuously at work though everyone gets it.
I've been taking meds for ADHD and today was watching gay porn and fantasising about having a "cub" college room mate who we experiment with and thought at that moment that I probably could in fact suck a dick. This is the first time I've actually fantasised about having an IRL gay experience. I even imagined us being friends and would hang out, go hiking, be bros but then would blow each other sometimes and even wingman each other for girls.
I'm want to say I'm open to being something other than heterosexual, but I feel subconsciously the deep seated homophobia is holding me back. Could my incredible ego be repressing homosexuality that was always there and is having a background war with my subconscious. If I experiment with a dude and then regret it, my OCD will never let me forget it and make me paranoid that everyone knows the truth. I work in a place with a lot of homophobic banter and would feel even more unwilling and hypercritical to play along even knowing its not derogatory. And then at the same time, I would feel too insecure and paranoid to even meet up with a dude. I wouldn't even know how to go about it, GRINDR i guess but i dunno.

TL;DR
Considered myself heterosexual, but didnt get romantic crushes on girls or guys but still enjoyed straight porn. Panic that I was gay after highschool as I still hadn't fucked or dated a girl. eventually got off to gay porn to add to the confusion and shortly after lost my V's to a girl. Met a girl who I'm pretty sure I loved but can't be sure, definitely enjoyed the sex. Single now, starting to have very niche Bro-type straight-type homoerotic fantasies after watching gay porn but too scared to act on it IRL. Just want to be happy ultimately.
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2019.08.16 06:36 ELEnetzteil Straight mates webcam

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Performance
The Swift five has as a great deal electrical power as some laptops.It employs the Intel Core i7-8550U processor,a quad-core chipset using a clock velocity of 1.8GHz as well as a Turbo clock pace of 4GHz.In case you are upgrading from a 7th Gen CPU or,additional probably,an more mature one,the uncooked functionality difference is substantial.Fitting 4 cores into such a little chipset has allowed Intel to squeeze within the kind of electrical power we only made use of to obtain from chunky 3kg workstations.Naturally,general Home windows overall performance ladegerät dell latitude 15 5590 will really be comparable to that of any latest Core-series notebook.This "bonus" power isn't going to really come into result if you are browsing Facebook,funnily adequate.The Swift five features a 256GB SSD,which can be once more a great level for your selling price,and much more relaxed than the usual 128GB travel,lots of which would be eaten up by Windows 10.This is often not a quick SSD,even though,and this really is 1 from the methods Acer has kept the rate aggressive.In the time of creating,in January 2018,we are within a humorous outdated area for notebook effectiveness.CPU vulnerabilities dubbed Meltdown and Spectre have prompted technique updates that reportedly possess a marked effect on effectiveness.Our Acer Swift five arrived without the need of these utilized so we have been capable to test both pre and post the update.Pre-update,it scores 13606 in Geekbench four,just about double what you would see from the laptop which has a last-generation Core i7 CPU.Totally up to date we saw nearly similar scores: 13672 factors.It may very well be that Home windows 10 sneaked-in a quick compelled update we did not notice,but effectiveness is still much better than any trim Main i7 laptop computer netzteil lenovo q190 from the last technology.Even so,the Lenovo Yoga 920 did do greater,with a rating of 14423.The Core i7 edition of that notebook,however.It really is drastically extra high-priced.In Computer Mark 10 it scores 3374,roughly matching the not too long ago reviewed HP Spectre thirteen x360.Despite the lower excess weight,that is a superb performer which can handle demanding apps.Intel's 8th Era improvements are all in regards to the CPU side,not the built-in GPU,so gaming effectiveness is not really substantially better than final year's models.Alien: Isolation operates at an typical 34fps at 720p resolution,Low options,which we'd get in touch with comfortably playable if not best.That drops to 14fps at 1080p with all of the effects turned back again on.And which is too juddery for our tastes.A much more demanding activity like Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is really a phase also considerably to the Swift 5,averaging 14fps at 720p and 3.5fps at 1080p,Extremely settings.You are able to play older video games just fine,and some through the last 5 many years in case you fall the resolution ladegerät lenovo t420 and simplify the graphics.Nevertheless,there are superior options for eager avid gamers.Appropriate now a number of these have not made the leap to 8th Gen CPUs,but anything such as the HP Envy 13 with GeForce MX 150 graphics will perform games much more easily.It's also 400g heavier,so it really is time to contemplate what your top priorities are.One factor from the Swift five you are probable to discover throughout the initially few times is definitely the fan.When this laptop will stay silent should you merely create a document,the admirer kicks-in really early.Just transferring documents dell e5270 netzteil on the SSD from an exterior drive or putting in an application could make it commence spinning,and it has the classic seem of the fan that has a modest diameter.The pitch is large and also the lover feels like it can be functioning reasonably tough whenever it spins.Individuals who'll make use of the Swift 5 in a tranquil space or workplace might uncover it distracting.That is slightly disappointing when some laptops which can be the same size have less noticeable lover sound.Contemplating relating to this a little more,Asus might have applied smaller heatsinks right here to even further cut down bodyweight,creating the air-shifting houses netzteil apdp 100a1 with the lover each of the additional crucial.
Battery life
The Acer Swift 5 has commendable battery lifestyle in contrast to loads of laptops,but it is inside a group of workforce devices boasting critical battery life too.Our exams dell inspiron fifteen 7537 netzteil do present strong longevity that stacks up nicely towards the Dell XPS 15and Huawei MateBook 13,whether or not still does slide shy of the MacBook Air's nuts ten hours and 30 minutes of video playback.We noticed the Swift five hit 7 hours and four minutes of constant Total Hd movie playback,Wi-Fi connected along with the display set to 50 % brightness,topping the Dell XPS 13.Additionally, it scored 4 hrs and 31 minutes in Computer Mark 8's battery check,topping each the XPS thirteen and MateBook 13When accomplishing some lighter get the job done on the Swift five with the brightness kept all-around 50 percent - that is actually nevertheless significantly bright,so we can easily use it at decrease options - we never come across the battery disappointing.We will extend the battery for 6 hours of steady do the job simply,and can probably go even for a longer time if we attempted to preserve battery much better.That said,by using a whole lot much more occurring inside the browser,additional tabs ladegerät lenovo miix two 10 open plus a bit far more YouTube activity,we are able to see the battery drain much more conveniently.Even now,we will not should be concerned about running out in two hrs like we may well from a gaming notebook.
Software and Features
The Acer Swift 5 features a touchscreen that feels responsive and correct.We would not utilize it for handwriting or anything at all intricate,however it should delay for a few casual video games or a lot of swipe navigation.The fingerprint scanner isn't going to function all of that nicely compared to your type we have gotten utilized to on high-end smartphones.In some cases it isn't going to even scan our fingers netzteil asus f554uq once we touch it,just performing like it's still looking ahead to us.Other occasions it rejects us a couple of instances inside a row and prompts us for our pin.We locate it to slow our sign-in approach all round,by using a easy pin being much faster.There's a webcam,fortunately over the display,but it is a lackluster 720p affair.This is often just adequate to possess some existence in a video clip get in touch with,but not distinct enough to generate it any points - it only will get even worse in less-than-bright lights.There is not considerably while in the way of bloatware over the Swift 5.A lot of the typical speedy set up ladegerät lenovo 530s 15ikb selections for games like Candy Crush are all around.Netflix,Plex,Evernote and also a handful of other applications may also be put in,but there's not so much we really feel the need to have to do a clear Home windows install very first thing.A Booking.com partner app did look a bit pushy to us even though,particularly mainly because it really is pinned for the taskbar.
Verdict
The Swift five SF515-51T from Acer is really a very gentle notebook that is certainly made for frequent travelers who tend not to need to forego a substantial 15.6-inch display.In an effort to attain this very low excess weight,Acer has chosen a magnesium situation and numerous constraints.The RAM,SSD and Wi-Fi module are all soldered onto the motherboard,which means that none of those parts might be exchanged or expanded.You ought to therefore bear in mind of just how much storage you are going to need more than the following number of many years in advance of paying for a Swift five.At the least there exists a free M.2 2280 slot,so you could add some NVMe storage later on on.The gadget is run by a Main i7 Whiskey Lake processor that offers sufficient processing electrical power for workplace and Internet purposes.However,the Swift 5 cannot make by far the most out of its CPU when functioning more than a long time,particularly during multithread procedure.If you call for constant maximum effectiveness,you had far better appear somewhere else.The Swift 5 offers a decent keyboard with one-level backlighting,in addition somewhat fantastic battery runtimes.The IPS touchscreen also gave us a superb impression.It's regular contrast and brightness values and its color display is pleasant.Nonetheless,be aware that this is certainly a reflective display.Preferably,Acer would alternately give a matte display devoid of the touchscreen dell p56f ladegerät feature.The Acer Swift five SF515-51T competes together with the LG Gram 15Z980.The Acer is plainly the winner regarding weight - on the other hand,the Gram gives drastically more time battery runtimes as well as a greater port choice.These two elements may possibly tip the balance in favor of the LG device for several likely consumers.Must Acer deal with to keep down the excess weight in potential versions from the Swift five even though improving battery runtimes and port assortment,things might get limited for that Gram.
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2019.08.10 22:45 Zedda1 Straight mates webcam

Sorry for the wait for part 7, I have been very busy and havent really been in the right mood to write. Hopefully this was worth the wait! anyone who is excited for My Fuck Buddy Part 2 will be glad to know that it will be the next submission posted after this :) hope you enjoy!
Click the camera snapped another selfie of Christine as she posed erotically for the photo. Pulling her tight, form fitting top down to make her cleavage spill out of the neckline. Her glossed up lips where parted slightly with her tongue brushing across the plump DSL’s between her legs sat the huge dildo which had become her partner in crime as of late. Making creepy old men and hot young studs cum for her while she performed for the camera. Since her first show she had grown in more ways than one; her profile had quickly become the top 10 on the cam site in which she had devoted 5 nights a week to. It made her confidence grow from sheepish to the way she was with George and his big fat cock.
She smiled to herself when she saw the photo which she had just snapped, she was sexy and she knew it…tonight was the last show of the week and she was looking forward to a weekend of relaxation to recharge her batteries…and to spend the money which she had earned in her short time working for the men of the world.
Since her first show, it had become the norm for her to make roughly £500 a day; and seeing her bank balance go up and up every day made her think maybe it was best for her to get fired from that boring, normal job…she would masturbate every night, what’s so bad about doing it in front of thousands?
‘Starting in an hour…’ she thought to herself as she posted the photo to her specially made Instagram account, knowing that anyone who saw it would get excited for the upcoming show. The busty beauty stood from her bed and stretched her hands out, yawning lightly as she peeked at the time. 9PM. While she stepped toward the bathroom, she felt her pussy tingle. She would usually get excited like this when the minutes ticked closer and closer to 10PM, usually a shower would help calm herself. As she entered the small, clean bathroom she pulled her tight top off around her head and dropped it onto the floor, letting air to her bare breasts. Signing satisfyingly, she pulled her expensive underwear down her thick thighs and left them on the floor next to the top. Stepping into the shower she felt the cold hit her feet which made her flinch slightly, before pressing her feet firmly into the cubicle and turning it on. As she washed herself her mind flashed back to that time with George, when he made her feel the best she ever felt when getting fucked…his hands all over her as her pussy was firmly pounded raw by that cock…Christine’s hands explored her body, trailing slowly to her clit as she became lost in those vivid memories. Once she felt the rush of her fingers inside of her pussy she stopped, eyes opened wide and shook herself.
“Stop it Christine he’s not going to fuck you again…” her own voice echoed through the room as the shower rattled water down her face and body. She stayed there for a while, cleaning herself with lotion and soap making sure she was cleansed of anything which made her imperfect. She often thought there was no point to showering before, as she would end up filthy from the new things she would do to empty the wallets of all those horny, thirsty men. The creek of the tap turning off sounded as she turned off the shower. Stepping out quickly to dry herself off. She did not have any idea what the time was but she was certain she was in that shower for well over 20 minutes.
“Hey boys.” She said alluringly at the webcam which clutched to the top of the laptop. She knew that she needed a hi quality camera, it made it seem like they where right there when they watched her. The viewers piled in, hundreds and hundreds as the viewer count rocketed up to almost 2000 people! She smiled as she read the chat, praising her for how hot she looked in a red tank top which looked 3 sizes too small from the way it clung to her she held the dildo in her hands as she kissed it lightly, watching the camera making the people dream that it was their cocks in place of the thick long piece of plastic. Pings ringed out of her speakers every so often from the donations and the requests which her fans wanted her to do.
One request was whipped cream. She smiled and licked her lips when those words appeared on her screen. She looked at the camera and raised her eyebrow, holding the dildo up to her face pretending a hung alpha male was slapping it across her cheeks.
“Whipped Cream daddy?” She asked submissively as she moved her free and off camera to grasp the can of whipped cream, pulling it up to her lips. She sprayed the cream into her mouth, making her cheeks bulge like a hamster. Excited comments infested the chat as she swirled the copious amounts of cream around her mouth with her tongue as a way to make the cream thin into a cloudy white liquid in her mouth.
“Open that mouth baby!”
“Fuck I love the whipped cream…”
“I wish that was my cum in her mouth.”
She slowly opened her mouth, panting submissively to the audience. Sure enough the cream looked identical to a thick load of cum, straight from a horny young man. She moaned and swirled it around her mouth as she felt herself get aroused; she loved the whipped cream…it made her wish someone could produce this much cum for her! She groaned as she pushed the head of the dildo in her mouth, her eyes widened and eyebrows raised in a fake look of surprise. She jerked off the plastic roughly, making loud sucking sounds while she worked her hands up and down the thick shaft. At the right moment she looked at the camera, pushed the dildo as far as she could down her throat, causing the whipped cream seep out of her lips and coat the shaft of the cock. She breathed heavily as she felt the cream drop onto her cleavage. Tears began to form on her eyes as she began to choke on the dildo, pulling it out slowly whipped cream leaked out of her mouth, dropping down like a waterfall onto her tits and staining her shirt. She looked down and chuckled alluringly.
“Looks like I got myself all messy didn’t I boys?” She winked as she brushed the remnants of the cream from her lips, putting the cream coated dildo between her legs she held the end of her top and peeled it off. Her tits where always well received by her fans. Tonight, it was no different. She felt herself get hornier and hornier as she continued her show. Scooping the cream up from her bare tits and dildo and dripping it all over her face, coating her in a thick white cum looking treat.
“Bet you all want to do this huh? Cover me in your cum…” She moaned softly as she spoke. Another ping invaded to ears as she darted her eyes toward the donation box. She held the dildo in her mouth as she suckled it like a dummy. She scanned the £50 donation’s message from a username ‘King-Of-Cock-Style69’ her heart beat faster as she read each word carefully. The message read simply:
“I used to see you on campus every day, I had no idea you where so slutty Christine!”
She took the dildo from her mouth and looked directly at the webcam, groping herself as she licked her lips letting the liquid cream spill out onto her body.
“King-Of-Cock-Style69, that was such a generous donation. I’m going to give you a private show ok?” She giggled and winked. Her hands trembled as she tapped on the laptops keys and clicked ENTER PRIVATE ROOM on the screen. She had not done private shows before, but read what it was for. Special users who where the most generous. It gave them a chance to show themselves on webcam, giving a good idea for the performer to see what they where doing. Her heart raced as the webcam box loaded. Suddenly his camera came into view. She saw a cute young man with short blonde hair, wearing a white top. She smiled and bit her lip as she laid back on her bed, showing her naked upper body and small thong.
“So, you used to see me all the time, did you?” She said looking at the camera. The man nodded as she noticed his hand between his legs. From the background of his webcam she instantly knew he was in one of her old workplace’s apartments, all the walls looked the same.
“I bet you used to jerk off to me doing dirty things to you huh?” She closed her eyes and spread her legs out for him, feeling the inside of her thighs softly. Again, the man nodded slowly his arm clearing motioning up and down, he was jerking himself off to her, hardly surprising the way she looked.
“Do you have a name cutie? I would love to see what you’re packing!” She leaned forward enthused at what he was going to say, and what he was going to show. Whipped cream still on her face, trickling down her cheeks and chin.
“Elliot.” He said, he had a nice soothing voice as well as a cute face. He moved slowly, turning the laptop away from him. She stared intently at the picture as he came back into view, this time his naked lower body in full show. She smiled as he jerked off, it was big…not George size but certainly larger than average.
“How big is it Elliot? It looks pretty huge from here…Id love to be in between your legs giving it a good suck…” She reached between her legs and massaged her clit softly as she heard him moan loudly as she glided his hands back and forth.
“8 inches Christine…” He said as he masturbated. Christine moaned. Pushing a finger into her pussy, feeling how wet she was.
“That’s pretty huge Elliot…I bet you would kill to be with me right now?” She winked and started to tease the student.
“I’d love you to fuck me. Feel your strong hands all over my naked body Elliot…could you handle me? I think you could with a cock like that.” She leaned back and pushed another finger into herself, fucking with her fingers while she pulled her panties down to her shins with her free hand. She saw Elliot jerking off faster and faster.
“Cum for me Elliot. Please? I love cum so much baby please give me all your cum!” She gasped as she felt herself orgasm, arching her back up and hips. She moaned loudly as she heard Elliot do the same, seeing his cock unleash a spray of cum from its head. She stared at his cock and moaned his name.
“Ohhh Elliot good boy! Wow I bet all the girls on campus want a piece of that cock.” Elliot took a few moments to respond, his cock shrank back to its flaccid state as he sat in the previous position as before. He panted as he shook his head.
“Not really…there is this girl I like, but she’s clearly fucking someone else.”
“Amy?” Christine responded quickly, casually kissing the dildo and worshipping its size as she saw him get another erection.
“No, well yeah…but the Bar manager. Olivia.” Christine smiled and chuckled as she tonged the plastic balls of the sex toy.
“I’m sure she’s not fucking anyone at the moment hun, she’s too occupied with work and school to focus on boys.”
“Well there’s that George guy. Everyone but him knows that she likes him…” Christine’s heart skipped a beat, she forgot that George was serving a punishment for fucking her brains out. She sucked the cock for him, seeing him jerk off yet again.
“Well he’s got a huge cock so I’m not surprised she wants a piece, that cock will make any hard-working girl get on her knees…” Elliot stayed quiet, looking confused.
“We had a short affair. We fucked a few times before her room mate caught me in his bed one morning.” She explained quickly, seeing his visible confusion and jealously as she said he was hung.
“How big- “
“At least 12 inches baby. Don’t worry your cock is big enough to have the same effect on me.” Christine winked at him. She felt herself get aroused once again, talking to a student who fancied her.
“Well it’s not enough for Olivia…” He muttered as he leaned back showing his cock for his jerk off fantasy.
“I don’t blame you for liking her stud, those tits are massive…and that booty, I caught myself looking at those tits and ass more often than not.” She smiled at him, spreading her legs out similarly to how he was. Placing the cock at the entrance of her pussy she pushed in and let out a moan.
“Ohhh Elliot! Such a big cock! Fuck me harder baby please I need it rough!” her lips curled up to a smile as she threw her head back and looked up at the ceiling, roughly fucking herself with the cock she had gotten used to getting impaled by. It was like music to her ears when she heard Elliot moan her name and get into the fantasy.
“Baby let me ask something.” She panted between thrusts.
“You a virgin?”
“Ohhh YES Christine!” he moaned as cum erupted from his cock, it shot high in the air soiling his laptop and bed as he came all over herself.
“Ah ah ah fuck yes baby. I have an ideahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!” she cried. She felt the plastic balls touch her as the toy went balls deep inside her. She came again, gasping for air.
“Well…How about I fuck you?” She panted softly once her orgasm died down, slowly sliding the cock out of her pussy. Elliot looked shocked. His mouth was agape and was lost for words.
“How about…Sunday? Come around here, and we fuck?” She looked at him, batting her eyelashes at him.
“Fuck yes Miss.” Was all he could say, his face was as red as her top was. She smiled.
“It’s a date baby. I’ll give you a really good time.” She winked at him and blew him a kiss before going offline. Ending the private show. Once she knew it was over, she laid back on the bed, panting hard as she licked whipped cream off of herself. She felt strangely turned on by the experience of taking to a man who masturbates to her. And in 3 days she was going to take his virginity…
The sun rose over campus, the light shone through George’s window as he groaned. He had forgotten about the blinds once more. Rubbing his eyes slowly he looked to his right, seeing his alarm clock tick later and later. It was almost 10AM. His shot up and quickly jumped out of bed, going so fast he left his morning shirt on the floor. He burst out of his bedroom. He stopped in his tracks as he saw who was in the living room. Alexa turned around and saw George wearing his flannel print pyjama bottoms and no shirt. Beside her was Olivia who was blushing hard, averting her gaze from his general area, though taking quick peeks back to him while she thought they both where not looking.
“Shit what are you doing here Olivia?!” George cried in a raised voice, quickly turning around to retreat back into the bedroom to slip on a plain black t-shirt. “Well Lexi said you where feeling a bit ill…s-so I thought I would come up and see how you where doing…” She blushed more and held onto the end of her short, dark purple shirt. George re-entered the room and looked at Olivia, seeing her cute outfit: Black boots, black nylon tights which raised all the way up her thick thighs, a short skirt with a white button up top, each button around her chest straining, even a sudden movement would make the buttons ping off and reveal what bra she had on to support those huge tits.
“Sick? No, I’m fine…” He looked toward Alexa giving her evil eyes, wondering why she told that lie.
“Well, actually I just said that to get you up here. George wants to ask you something Livvy, and he’s too embarrassed to ask while you two where working so he asked if I could get you up here.”
“Oh…well, what did you want to ask Hot Shot?” She smiled timidly and looked at him, combing her short dark hair behind her ear.
“Umm well… I wanted to ask you if…If you wanted to go out with me sometime?” He felt his heart rush, he felt like he was being choked, his mouth dried, he was extremely nervous, more than he ever was in his life. Olivia frowned lightly and blushed, looked to the floor and spoke timidly.
“W-well I would love to…b-but the rules say that a manager can’t go on dates romantically with a co-worker…its unethical…I’m sorry George.” She signed and bit her lip, she felt awful, and wished the rules where different, she liked George, her crush had developed a lot more than it did when she first saw him…
George stood there in front of the two girls, dissapointment and sadness came across his face, Alexa stared at Olivia almost annoyed with her sticking to the rules, in which she herself always kept by.
"Well how about we don't go on a romantic date? Would just hanging out friends be ok with your rules?" George asked hopefully, it wasn't what he wanted, he wanted something more than friends with Olivia...She looked up and tried to hold back a grin. She nodded slowly and approached him, close enough for George to smell her perfume, and close enough to look down her top.
"Ok, as friends. I-i-ill come over at about 7?" She looked into his eyes, those nice eyes he had. She blushed, bit her lip lightly...
"7 is good. I'll see you tomorrow then?" George asked, proud of himself that he turned the negative rejection into a positive 'friend date' Olivia did not reply. Only nodded and backed away from her crush. Heart thumping on her chest. She looked to Alexa and could not help but grin happily when she turned her back on George. She waved to Alexa, and proceeded to leave the apartment. Smiling to herself as she walked down the hall. Alexa looked over at George and crossed her arms under her chest.
"She can't just say yes to a normal date. She can really be a bimbo sometimes." She massaged her head softly and turned away from her room mate.
"Don't try to get into her pants on the first date. She's a flake when it comes to sex. And a cock like yours would scare her off."
Coming soon in part 8: George and Olivia go on a date "As Friends"
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2019.06.20 23:57 ecrowe Someone's stealing my teeth

As I sit writing this, I’m tonguing my gums. I don’t miss my teeth, I thought I would at first. Though there’s something soothing about running my tongue along the soft flesh, not yet healed and hardened. It tingles a little. I jump sometimes when I press too hard. I’m not sure some of the cavities are healing well. That seems of little consequence after what I’ve done. This is taking me a little while to write and in my state I think you’ll understand.
I was petrified when the first one went.
I woke up. My head hurt. I thought I had the start of a migraine. A crust covered my chin, so I went to the bathroom to wash off. I assumed I’d been sick in the night. I think I was in shock. It hit me as a cold chill down my back, feeling my face drain its colour as I stared at the bathroom mirror, seeing the clotted blood that matted by beard. I didn’t notice then. When my mouth opened, in horror at the state of my face, it revealed a missing front tooth. It’s amazing how the absence of something you take for granted can petrify you. I placed my tongue in the hole, as if to check it was real. A jolt of pain confirmed I wasn’t hallucinating.
I was suddenly remarkably calm, the shock taking hold. I returned to the bedroom to see if there were any signs of how I did this to myself. I checked the side table next to the bed, looking for any sort of evidence I’d somehow slammed my head into in the night. A thin layer of dust coated the wood, confirming I’d not been near it in weeks. The only proof it had actually happened was the dried blood stain on the pillow. I peered down at my hands wondering if it was possible I’d yanked it out myself in some sleep induced insanity.
I saw my room mate Alex in the shared kitchen. I ate cereal, spooning the food to the back of my mouth, doing my best to ignore my problem.
She asked how I was doing and I did what you do in those situations and said everything was fine. I thought if I said it enough, I’d believe it.
She noticed, of course she did. It took a while though. Later, she came back with shopping bags and asked if I could help put her groceries away and I wasn’t thinking, I let slip, only a small smile, like I always did when agreeing to do something.
“What happened to you?” she asked.
I was puzzled for the shock still hadn’t gone and for a moment, I myself, had forgotten.
“What?”
“Your tooth.”
And with that, the anxiety I’d been doing so well to keep locked up flooded my system.
“I don’t know,” I whimpered.
I must have cried. She dropped her bags and embraced me in a hug so tight I felt the blood rush to my mouth causing the cavity to pulse. I tasted copper and pushed her away.
“You’re bleeding,” she said concerned.
“I’m fine,” I replied, again lying. I wasn’t fine. I was scared.
When she left for the evening, she asked if I’d be okay alone. I wasn’t. I wanted her to stay, more than anything. But I couldn’t do it. I picked up the wine glass and said that was the only company I needed. When the door shut and I was truly alone, my heart started to thump. I downed the wine.
I thought I’d be more on edge as I put myself to bed, though the wine had soothed me in the way only alcohol can. I saw the blood stain on my pillow, cursing myself for not changing it earlier. Now it was too late. I picked it up to turn it, as I did, I saw something lying underneath, a small brown outline highlighting it; my tooth. I grabbed it with a mix of apprehension and fascination, I’d never seen an adult tooth before, up close and outside a human skull.
I laid in the bed, holding the tooth above me, turning it from side to side, seeing the light pearlescent on the surface. I wasn’t anxious anymore, and at some point, I fell asleep.
A knock on the door woke me, I was groggy from the wine.
“Hey, Jason,” Alex said from a gap in the door. I had trouble focusing, so did my best to smile back.
I’ve never heard her scream before. It was the type of scream you’d expect to utter if the bottom half of you was slowly being fed into a wood chipper.
“What’s wrong?,” I asked, panicked, my words lispy and wet.
A strong smell of copper flooded my nose, making my eyes water. Instinctively my hand went into my mouth, searching. Three fingers slipped in, lubricated by blood and saliva. A fresh two inch gap invited them in.
Alex rushed into the room, her eyes wide with fear.
“It’s going to be okay,” she said, kneeling beside the bed.
“It’s not though, is it?” my new speech patterns panicking me further.
“Let me take you to the hospital.”
“No!” I insisted.
I don’t know why I didn’t want to go. Maybe because they’d find out I did this to myself and they’d lock me up for being crazy.
A few minutes passed. Alex rubbed my shoulder as I stared at the bed and we sat.
“Please, let me take you to the hospital,” she said, breaking the silence.
I shook my head.
“Let me help you clean up, at least.”
So, we did.
I felt a new feeling I’d not felt for Alex before. We’d never been close. She’d answered my advert for a flat-mate a year before and everything had gone better than I’d hoped. I’d had a few male house mates, but they didn’t end well; either paying the rent late, or not at all, or turning the place into a student hovel. I was 33, I was past living like a pig. But now, that feeling, not something I’d felt before. I’d never felt true love, or maybe it was a bond of friendship so strong, like a mother and child, that was consuming me. In that moment, I was happy she was there. I was happy it was her and no one else.
She offered to sleep in the bed with me for the rest of the night, telling me not to get any ideas. Her smirk at the time told me she knew I knew what she meant.
I felt her fall asleep first, her hand resting on my hip, going limp as sleep finally took her. I was happy, a happiness I’d never felt before. I didn’t want to sleep. But with contentment, I did.
A dull headache greeted me when I woke. I was confused to find Alex’s hand still present on my hip. My mind replayed the events of the night before, echoes of the emotions I’d felt.
I turned on my back, feeling my heart sink as my tongue touched the gap in my teeth. All the warmth I felt was quickly replaced with anxiety.
“You okay?” she asked, rousing slowly from sleep.
“I think so,” I said.
She stayed with me the rest of the day, feeling ever so close, not so much in person but in spirit. There was an awkwardness between us. I could tell she felt it too. Something changed last night, and we were both coming to terms with it.
Late afternoon, her phone rang.
“Hey,” she said, before listening to the other person, “you know what? I think I’m going to have to cancel. No, it’s not you. Something’s come up, I’ll speak to you Monday?”
Before I could interject, she’d hung up.
“Who was that?” I said, my voice wrong, sloppy.
“Nobody,” she said.
“You’re not staying in for me, are you?”
She smiled.
“He can wait. If he likes me that much, a couple of days isn’t going to hurt.”
We exchanged glances, gazing at each other’s eyes before averting them simultaneously.
“Have you got any more wine?” she asked, getting up.
“It’s only four.”
“It’s Saturday,” she said.
“In the top cupboard.”
“Is that where you keep it.”
We watched a movie, and then another. By the end of the second, we’d moved seats and were sitting next to each other.
“Thank you for last night,” I said.
“No problem,” she replied, squeezing my hand.
“I can sleep in your bed again tonight if you want?” she offered.
“No,” I said, “I need to be able to do it myself. I can’t be relying on you all the time, especially when you see what’s his face on Monday.”
“I don’t know if I’ll see him yet. See how tonight goes.”
“I’m scared,” I said, without even thinking.
“About what?”
“About what I did to myself.”
Her shoulders sank. The moment had past and I’d missed it.
“You really should see a doctor, if you did this to yourself, the chances are you’ll do it again.”
“I’ll go on Monday.”
“You promise?”
“I promise.”
She sunk her head into my shoulder. The anxiety began to melt.
“I could set up a webcam,” I said.
“Why?”
“So, I can see how I did it.”
“That doesn’t sound a good idea.”
“Why not?”
“Won’t it scare you, what you see?”
“But then I’ll know, won’t I.”
We sat in silence. A thought creeped into my mind. I tried to push it away, but I couldn’t. It was all far too coincidental. Munchausen by proxy; the phrase hit me like a stack of bricks.
“Do you not want me to find out?”
“Let me sleep in your room tonight, you were fine after I did last night, right?”
“No, I’ll be fine.”
Her head released its grip on my shoulder. We sat in silence again.
A feeling of remorse hung over me for the rest of the evening and I went to bed alone. Alex had long since gone to sleep. I stayed up to drink myself to oblivion, hoping the extra alcohol would help.
I placed the laptop at the end of the bed and set it to record. I left the light on. I saw my blood-soaked pillow, knowing I couldn’t turn it again. I got out my spare, it didn’t have a cover, small patches of yellowed saliva from years past decorated the material, though this was more pleasant than the one that was on my bed. I threw the soiled one and it revealed what I hoped it wouldn’t. Four smaller teeth, from my bottom jaw, all lined up like little soldiers. It was at that moment I knew there was something wrong with me, something serious. I was numb then, like I am now. Calmly I slid into bed and closed my eyes. The room spun and I felt nauseated. Though sleep finds a way.
Sunday morning. I didn’t need to open my eyes to know what had happened. It was impossible to miss. The way my tongue glided effortlessly over my gums was all I needed to know. They were all gone. Even my wisdom teeth that I’d put off going to the dentist to remove since I was a teenager. Every last one of them.
Alex wasn’t in the bed next to me. I didn’t expect that. I don’t know why I checked. I came to accept the new me very quickly. It was over now, wasn’t it? They were all gone, there was nothing left to take, it was somewhat liberating. I opened my eyes to see my laptop stare back at me, the red light over the webcam notifying me I’d know what happened very soon.
I didn’t check it straight away, I didn’t need to, it wasn’t going anywhere. My bedroom door was ajar. I left and headed for the kitchen. I noticed a patch of blood on the carpet in the hallway. I think I chuckled. I didn’t clean myself off, what was the point? I downed some milk straight from the bottle. The plastic edges scraped against my raw gums. I saw a smear of blood left on the rim, I didn’t care. I replaced it in the fridge and closed the door.
I went into Alex’s room to wake her. I never did that. Why not though? She wasn’t there. I didn’t blame her. After I pushed her away, I wouldn’t want to stick around. I half expected to see all her stuff gone. It was all there, like it always was.
I unplugged the laptop and brought it into the living room, sitting on the couch. I stopped recording. I waited for what seemed like hours for the file to encode. Then I was left with a 40Gb file to open. There was some part of me that wanted to delete it. It was easier not knowing. A larger part of me needed to know, needed to know why I’d do this to myself. I double-clicked.
I fast-forwarded through the footage, seeing my body barely move in bed, my head twitching from side to side as the sped-up video ran. The me on video sat up. I returned to normal speed. I waited, watching myself sit and glare at nothing. I fast-forwarded again, another thirty minutes past before I got out of bed. At normal speed I walked around the frame of the bed, knocking the laptop, it re-centered on the door, the camera focusing in and out as I staggered. My hand searched for the handle, finding it, then lazily opening the door and leaving the room.
The video continued to film the empty hallway. I clicked on the time line in chunks of five minutes or so, stopping when I saw Alex in the hallway; I wound it back. Her bedroom door opened, she crept into the hallway and peered around my open door, checking to see me in bed.
“Jason?” she asked quietly into the hallway, then she disappeared too, in the direction I left.
A knot grew in my stomach. She didn’t seem mad at me, she seemed concerned. She came back ten minutes later, returning to her bedroom before turning her head.
“Jason, what have you done?” she said. There was fear in her voice.
I saw me push past her in a daze and into my bedroom. I ambled around the bed, my hands cupping something. Blood soaking my beard and face.
“I’m calling an ambulance,” she said.
Gently I picked up the pillow and placed the contents of my hands under it, then returned to Alex.
I stood, wobbling from side to side.
“You’re sleep walking, wake up,” she said, shaking my shoulders.
I stumbled back before righting myself.
“Stay there, I’m going to get my phone and call the police.”
That’s when my hand reached up and grabbed her hair, yanking her head back, my other hand slamming down on top of her. Her body went limp and hit the floor.
I wasn’t shocked at seeing this, a part of me knew I’d done it. I saw me stand above her, placing my hands under her shoulders and lifted. It was then I saw her legs rise up, her feet out of shot, outside of the doorway. I carried her away with the help of someone else.
Panicked, I kept hitting the fast forward, until I saw myself return to the room with another handful. I watched me calmly walk around the frame of the bed and place it under the pillow.
That was five days ago now.
I’ve placed all the teeth on the kitchen table, two semi circles, they’re all there. I didn’t realise I’d had that many fillings. My teeth don’t bother me. There’s something majestic about looking at something that shouldn’t be. It’s the full set of teeth I’ve placed next to mine that fills me with dread. I’ve not heard from Alex since. Though there’s a niggling in the back of my head that says I know where she is. Bin day is tomorrow, if I can make it through until then, I’ll be fine.
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2019.05.28 07:43 adapteronline Huawei MateBook 13 review

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Design and Display
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Ports
The MateBook 13 has dual USB Type-C ports -- one particular draws energy; the other contains DisplayPort technologies for extending your screen -- in addition to a headphone jack. Frustratingly, neither of batterie macbook pro 15 these Type-C ports are Thunderbolt three, the superfast premium version of Type-C that allows dual 4K monitor connections.
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Hidden inside the Energy button, you are going to come across a fingerprint reader for Windows Hello logins. It logged me in promptly in the course of my testing. I'm satisfied that Huawei did not reserve this alternative to chargeur macbook pro 60w the MateBook X Pro, which capabilities exactly the same technology in the exact same spot, just just like the XPS 13 and MacBook Air. (Even though that uses Apple's Touch ID, which also performs with Apple Pay.)
Keyboard and Touchpad
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The 4.six x two.4-inch touchpad within the MateBook 13 offered strong accuracy as I navigated the desktop. It even kept up with chargeur asus r510c/batterie asus r510c speedy doodling in MS Paint.
Performance
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System RAM is non-removable and restricted to just eight GB across all SKUs as of this writing. We're hopeful to get a 16 GB choice sooner or later in the future. Nvidia Optimus is supported for pa5186u 1brs/batterie toshiba pa5186u 1brs blanc switching towards the integrated UHD Graphics 620.
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Processor
CineBench final results are inside single-digit percentages with the last generation Core i7-8550U as located on the XPS 13. Nonetheless, raw CPU functionality is 26 percent quicker than the i7-8550U in the MateBook X Pro because of asus x206h much more intense throttling on the flagship Huawei. Surprisingly, the Ryzen five 2500U inside the less pricey Honor MagicBook comes fairly close for the CPU overall performance from the new MateBook 13.
We are in a position to observe processor functionality over time by running CineBench R15 Multi-Thread inside a loop. As shown by the graph beneath, its initial score of 697 points drops to about 586 points by the third loop to represent a performance dip of 16 percent. Though still far better than the MateBook X Pro, the laptop is unable to chargeur surface 3 keep maximum Turbo Increase for extended periods. Dell's implementation from the i7-8550U is superior and much more constant overall.
See our devoted page around the Core i7-8565U for far more technical information and benchmark comparisons.
System Performance
PCMark benchmarks rank the MateBook 13 larger than numerous of its competitors including the HP Spectre x360 13 most likely as a consequence of batterie hp pavilion dv6 its dedicated graphics. We didn't practical experience any software or hardware problems in the course of our time together with the test unit.
Storage Devices
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Performance is superior than the Toshiba XG5, Lite-on CA1, and SK Hynix PC401 SSDs identified on competing laptops as shown by batterie hp pavilion 17 notebook pc our table under. In unique, study and create prices of smaller sized blocks are more rapidly across the board on the MateBook 13.
GPU Performance
3DMark benchmarks are over 30 percent larger than the costlier MateBook X Pro to show just how big of a efficiency enhance the 25 W GeForce MX150 can provide more than the 10 W GeForce MX150. General results are about 5 % slower than the Blade Stealth likely as a result of the higher program RAM capacity and VRAM capacity on the Razer. Users upgrading from batterie hp pavilion g7 the UHD Graphics 620 as found on most other Ultrabooks will have an immense jump in GPU energy higher than any Intel Iris GPU accessible in the time of writing.
The high GPU power accessible makes the MateBook 13 a fantastic technique for well-liked titles like Fortnite, LoL, Rocket League, or Overwatch. Frame rates greater than 30 FPS at the native resolution of 2160 x 1440 are achievable on these undemanding titles when graphical embellishments are set to low. Otherwise, be prepared for scaling and chargeur lenovo ideapad 320 black borders for most titles on account of the uncommon three:2 aspect ratio.
We can observe no recurring frame drops when operating Witcher 3 to recommend no interfering background activity whilst gaming.
Battery Life
Our custom HotHardware video loop test requires a 1080p HD video using a 16Kbps bit price and loops it repeatedly, with 1-minute break intervals in among. A timer log file increments minutes of pa5170u 1brs/batterie toshiba satellite nb10t a 101 up-time just about every minute-- in addition to the grand total-- just before method shutdown is stored in the log. This can be a lighter-duty test which is nevertheless a little far more strenuous than numerous office productivity tasks, nevertheless it is just not nearly as taxing as the load Battery Eater puts on a method.
The Huawei MateBook 13 falls suitable into the middle on the pack right here. Frankly, we wish to see as considerably battery life as we can get out of eee pc asus an ultrabook. While this features a higher-resolution 2048x1440 show than lots of of the other systems around the list, the Dell XPS 13 with an even higher-resolution 4K show manages to edge it out. As opposed to the Dell, there is absolutely no solution for a lower-resolution 1080p class display, having said that. Five as well as a half hours is usually a decent quantity of chargeur asus adp 45bw c up-time for a machine with this degree of functionality and a fairly modest battery, but we wish it was stronger.
The BatteryEater benchmark is far more brutal. To become fair, BatteryEater does abuse both the CPU and GPU through its wind down and also the addition of a discrete GPU will not help the MateBook here. Most customers will obtain their battery life to batterie asus a32 k55 span many hours, but this outcome represents a worst-case situation when the GPU and CPU are loaded and the screen never ever shuts off.
Verdict
The MateBook 13 is priced slightly reduced than the flagship MateBook X Pro for the reason that it really is supposed to become a lower-tier selection. In reality, it truly outperforms the X Pro even though maintaining the super-thin and chargeur asus ad883020 appealing chassis style intact. We're not only talking about marginal benefits either as the MateBook 13 has superior throttling control along with a additional strong GPU for 25 to 30 % faster functionality all about. It even has quicker WiFi along with a better webcam to boot.
The principal aspect preventing the MateBook 13 from being wholly much better than the MateBook X Pro is its show. Though nevertheless exceptional and color accurate, it is slightly smaller sized and dimmer with chargeur asus ad890026 decrease contrast and resolution. The Pro version still gives the superior display within this regard. Other disadvantages of the MateBook 13 when in comparison to its pricier alternative are its smaller battery, lack of Thunderbolt three, and lack of USB Type-A.
The MateBook 13 is usually a sound alternative for users who are turned off by the chargeur asus exa1208eh weak graphics possible of well known 13-inch Ultrabooks like the XPS 13, Spectre 13, Gram 13, or ZenBook 13. When the strong GPU just isn't alluring, then users could be far better off using the XPS 13 or Spectre 13 as these models are a lot more rigid using a wider choice of ports and arguably far better keyboards.
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2017.11.09 17:14 SgtHerhi Freeweekend Quick Start Guide for New Players

Hello and welcome to the Squad community! I’ll start this with a brief disclaimer that every round in Squad is different and in order for good rounds to happen it requires a fair amount of skill and teamwork effort from both sides of the 80 player match. It’s not like many other games where everyone can sort of dick around doing your own thing and you won’t really have much of an impact on the round as a whole as it runs its course with or without you intervening in it. In Squad the great and memorable rounds require effort from both teams playing the objectives, doing the “boring work” as in placing spawn points for the team to use for the benefit of the whole team. Do this and you’re going to have a great time, ignore it as a team and the round will be a 25 minute disaster.
If you experience a bad round, give the game another fair chance and try again. The quality of gameplay relies so much on the players and especially on freeweekend there are A LOT of new players in who are just learning the ropes with the assistance of the awesome and helpful community so great matches happen but so do bad ones. Best tip I can give you is that if you find a great Squad Leader to play with (funny, effective, entertaining, helpful etc.) stick with them for a few rounds in a row and you'll find others doing the same and you're creating a mini-group for yourselves which is absolutely great fun with complete strangers. And again if the Squad Leader is not any of those above things then try another because the Squad Leader you're with has a great impact on the team's performance as well as everyone's enjoyment of the game.
The game definitely has a learning curve to it which may seem steep to begin with but once you get a few rounds in you're already understanding a lot of what's going on and can enjoy the different aspects of the game. Be patient, communicate and do your best and Squad may just provide the best FPS experience you've ever had.
WHAT IS SQUAD? At its best: A deeply strategic and immersive teamwork focused experience that creates memorable moments and is thoroughly enjoyable through a whole one to two hour match.
At its worst: A shitshow of a complicated team deathmatch with no strategy or team play to be seen and where the points don’t matter.
What creates the difference between the two?
You andtheother79dudes
GAMEPLAY TIPS CONTROLS / BASIC TIPS FROM LOADING SCREEN BASIC META / WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN FOR A GOOD GAME OF SQUAD
Squads are formed in the preparation phase before the round starts, Squad Leaders communicate a simple tactic of who goes where and uses what vehicles, give them a moment of silence while you haven't spawned until you're asked to spawn or hold your spawn. Do not spawn at round start unless asked to, it creates extra hassle and results in wasted vehicles used only for one way taxis.
Squad Leaders make sure that all the flags they want to contest have some players going to them and a minimum of 2 FOBs are placed early on (personal preference, 1 is just asking to walk from Main at some point). The usual form is to have the forward FOB somewhere in the vicinity of the middle flag (most important flag) and another one as a backup somewhere in a little safer spot.
The outcome of the match can swing very quickly to your or your enemies' favor if one team neglects placing FOBs at all or the middle flag(s) are not contested by both teams early on. Losing an objective is a big deal so if you lose the initial fight at the middle objective, make sure you've got someone at the new defense flag quickly because it only takes 3 people to capture it from behind you and at that point the game is pretty much over because you've just been backcapped. Always think ahead, even if you're not the one making the decisions.
PLAYING AS A GOOD SQUAD MEMBER - IMPORTANT
The first thing you want to do as a new player is to just drop in the quick phrase "hi, I'm new to the game" at some point in the first couple minutes and that lets your SL know what to expect (and to not expect) from you. No shame in being new, we've all been there once.
Most importantly listen, listen and listen. Anywhere from your SL telling the next objective or him asking for people on him (usually to place new spawn points, which you need to keep in the fight going) or other squad members calling out enemy locations or the medic that shouts he's coming to get you next. Listening is the first step, communicating back is the second. If Squad Leader asks you to do something, answer, just "OK" is fine and so is "No, can't", but silence is bad. They don't boss your around to be a dick, they boss you around to keep the fight going and everyone having a good time. I don't know about you but I'll rather shoot fools than press W for 5 minutes because we lost all our spawn points.
That's really the main thing. Listen, communicate and finally kill. That's in priority order, no joke. You'll pick up the lingo and the finer details as you go, just keep an open mind and you'll learn the ropes in no time.
SPAWNING
There are 3 ways to spawn in Squad, Main Spawn, FOB and Rally Point. 2 latter ones are placed by the players. This means some players need to sort them out while others get straight to the fight. This might mean you have to sometimes wait a few minutes before you’re needed to spawn at the start of the round so please listen to your Squad Leader before you spawn in at Main. Don’t spawn at round start unless asked to - This is a purely logistic issue/choice from the Squad Leaders on how many vehicles they want to use. Some simply won’t have a place to sit in just one vehicle and bringing more can be a waste of resources. You don't need to walk from main in 98% of the matches you play, just use vehicles (ask permission from SL before) or use the forward spawns available to the whole team, FOBs.
PROTIP: Rally Points are squad specific spawns with 10 spawns until it runs out. Try to always leave the last spawn for your Squad leader so he can place a new one! Rally Point spawn timer is higher than that of a FOB and Main Spawn doesn't have a timer at all.
DYING
Squad has quite long spawn timers. Each player death is worth 1 ticket and it's lost at the moment you press "Give Up" or bleed out after a period of being downed. You should always stay in the downed state from 30 seconds to a minute because you won’t be able to spawn any quicker anyway and that gives your medics a chance to pick you up and save that precious ticket.
PROTIP: When you're down try and communicate where you got shot from (an estimate is better than nothing) to players close to you and especially if a medic is coming to get you, warn your squadmates if there is someone for example standing on top of you
SPOTTING ENEMIES / COMMUNICATION WITHIN A SQUAD
Crappy spotting guide by the Poliest of Poles
A less crappy spotting guide by The Console Convert
It can be extremely hard to pinpoint enemies in your first games as you have no idea where they’re coming from so listen carefully to your squad calling them out and possibly them being marked on the map. Remember that the map markers for enemies are placed manually by Squad Leaders and are not 100% accurate. To spot them yourself, think of a logical way they should be coming from and stop for a while and observe, any movement is easier to pick up when you’re standing still yourself. Getting this right takes time and patience, don’t be frustrated if you get the feeling that the “trees are shooting you”.
Try to keep the voice chat related to things in game, and use the right channels to convey the right information. Typically, chat to pass the time, individual enemy positions, and anything using compass bearings should be in local chat ('V' key) which has a range of about 50 meters, while large enemy groups, spawnpoints, objective status ("we're losing point XYZ!") and vehicles should be in squad chat ('B' key) which is audible to your squad mates from anywhere on the map. You should also try to use directions relative to objectives or fixed points in squad chat (eg. "Enemies coming in west of the bridge"), since compass bearings will vary enormously based on everyone elses positions (for example, 120 SE for you could easily be 60 NE for someone 150m to your south) Simple and quick callouts are the best, only yelling out your compass bearing reading (number) is not useful to anyone.
PROTIP: If you're still not getting anything done, remember the essence of teamwork is to give the enemy other people to shoot at so go ahead and let Private Pete walk in front of you and engage the enemy that shoots Pete in the head.
VEHICLES
Cheat sheet for vehicles, vehicle names, ticket costs etc. SHEET 1/2 SHEET 2/2
In Squad vehicles are extremely important to the outcome of the fight. Each vehicle has a ticket cost associated with them that your team loses upon losing the vehicle. For any of the bigger vehicles, APCs and MRAPs etc. the cost is very high so you should treat them with respect and try to keep them safe at all times and only engage when you think you have the advantage. They are not tanks and driving one into a town with enemies will lead into its swift destruction. Each vehicle has to be claimed by a Squad Leader to be used by their squad either by the Squad Leader entering the vehicle or remotely by having a squad member next to the vehicle press F and the Squad Leader approving it from his radial menu.
PROTIP: E to start the engine
WHAT FUCKING TICKETS? / HOW TO WIN A GAME OF SQUAD
Tickets are the way the winner of a match is determined in Squad, typically both teams start with 500-575 tickets in AAS (Assault And Secure) mode and the one to run out first loses. Each player “life” is worth 1 ticket, Vehicles anywhere between 2 to 35 tickets depending on the vehicle. FOBs (the big spawn points) are worth 20 tickets. The Objectives have a varying cost on them as well depending on the map layer. Capturing a neutral flag doesn’t cost the enemy tickets but taking one that the enemy is controlling decreases the enemy tickets and even gives some back to your team. Controlling the majority of flags on the map also makes the enemy team “bleed” tickets = lose tickets over time. Having this advantage is huge and thus the biggest fights usually focus around the middle flag(s) of the map.
TEAMKILLING
Teamkilling is heavily frowned upon by the community and intentional TKs can and will get you banned from many servers. Accidents happen and it’s normal to occasionally mistake a friend to a foe – just remember to apologize and it’s usually fine! It's an intense game, tempers will rise, but try to find a way to solve the situation that is not TKing anyone. The playerbase is very mature compared to other shooter games, unbelievable but true, you can actually talk to people usually. TKing – Don’t do it. Trust me on this.
I HAVEN’T PLAYED THE GAME BEFORE - SHOULD I SQUADLEAD? Short answer & personal opinion: No.
If you create a Squad that makes you the Squad Leader and there are certain expectations of you as a player in that role. It’s not like other games cough battlefield where it’s just a title. Here it actually has a meaning and you’ve got some responsibilities. You're essentially one of 4-5 Squad Leaders in the team and together you are the driving force and the strategic hive mind guiding your team. This requires some experience in the game so please DO NOT CREATE A SQUAD = BECOME A SQUADLEADER IF YOU'RE PLAYING YOUR VERY FIRST GAMES. I only say that for the benefit of everyone in the game, even if you believe you're Patton reborn, at least observe a more experienced Squad Leader for a few rounds before trying it out yourself. No one is perfect in their first game and it can be very stressful / demanding so you need a certain attitude going into it.
If you're interested in trying it out anyhow, check out some of the SquadLeading guides to get a few tips on it. Nothing is stopping you from doing it in your first game but I can guarantee you that you and your teammates will have a better experience if you try to grasp the basics first and when you feel fully in control you can drop yourself in the deep end and try out SL:ing!
LIFE SKILLS & SITUATIONS YOU MIGHT FIND YOURSELF IN "Nothing is happening - this is boring / as slow as Arma"
This is definitely not the case, Squad is definitely quicker paced than your average Arma game, but to ensure the natural flow of the game a little effort from the players is required in the form of using vehicles smartly and making sure you've got sufficient spawns set up like I've previously mentioned with FOBs and Rally Points always being a priority.
But Squad too definitely has some down time depending on what your squad is currently doing. As it is a large open map with multiple objectives active at once, it is not uncommon to find yourself at an objective with not a single enemy around, be it on the attack or on the defense. This is just a part of the game and usually a result of great plays from one side and poor decisions from the other. If on the other hand you'r sitting at a defense flag for the whole round and you're not getting attacked at all that's just unfortunate and depends on the enemy team more than anything. You're most likely winning the game by sitting there but it is not exciting or fun. That's a part of the game too, sad but true. Uncommon, but possible.
"My squad isn't communicating"
Any number of reasons might cause this, you might all be new, people might not have mics, the Squad Leader might not know he is the Squad Leader. Try asking politely if you have a plan or what’s going on and people might wake up. If nothing else, the Squad Leader should always be able to communicate and be the one talking a lot. There are differences in how much players want to micromanage as SLs, but some standard of communication is to be expected. Otherwise, leave the Squad and check out another one. If the same repeats, considering switching to another server as communication is crucial to both the gameplay and enjoyment of the game.
"No one has made a squad and the game is about to start"
Just keep waiting, someone will eventually gather the courage to do it. DO NOT create a squad on your own if you don’t plan on being the Squad Leader and give the role to someone else who joined the squad. This is extremely shitty and causes unnecessary hassle. Have I mentioned patience?
"I don't know where I should spawn"
Just look where you Squad members (green) are on the map and go from the closest one unless told otherwise. If no spawns are present do ask politely where to spawn or if you should hold on for a moment. Spawning randomly in a FOB where your squad is not is usually bad and separates you from the rest of the squad for a long period of time.
"I was kicked out of a squad"
The SL can kick anyone they want whenever they want. Maybe you did something wrong and he didn’t bother to explain it, maybe your microphone wasn’t on and he thought you couldn’t communicate, maybe he made room for a friend / clanmate. Don’t worry about it, just hop into another one. Rarely is it a personal vendetta against you.
“My Squad Leader seems to be intoxicated”
Good. He will lead you into great adventure.
“My Squad Leader is an asshole”
Leave the squad, no need to play with assholes. Unless you're mistaking giving orders and getting important things done quickly for being a prick then well yeah I've got nothing for that, grow a pair I guess.
"There are no good Squad Leaders or Every Round I Play Is shit"
These two go hand in hand and especially on the free weekend this is a problem as the great people of the community are overwhelmed by the amount of new players and there simply isn't enough people on at all times to fill up those most important slots. This leads inevitably to bad games and bad experience of the game itself. Not much to be done about this beyond switching servers and trying your luck elsewhere or stepping up to the challenge yourself and trying to be the man to make the change happen. The quality of the rounds played on average is a lot lower on a free weekend than it is normally when more skilled players are in the game per match, this is just natural with new players and it's a learning experience nonetheless.
“I was kicked / banned from a server – all the moderators are power hungry assholes”
No they are not. All good Squad servers are run by communities and usually only trusted members have moderator rights on a server. They are there to make the game more enjoyable for everyone on the server – usually at the cost of their own enjoyment. Believe me, they would rather be playing the game rather than hunt evidence of disruptive behavior. If you feel your kick / ban was unjustified, almost all servers / communities have their own Discord channels where you can bring it up. Remember to be polite, it could’ve been an honest mistake of someone’s fat fingers.
TROUBLESHOOTING TIPS / HOW TO FIX ERRORS Squad is an Early Access game in its Alpha stage. Sometimes things go wrong. Here are the basic tips to help solve a majority of issues. It’s impossible to say what will fix what as every system is unique and an untold amount of things can go wrong, but these should help on some cases. If issues persist, seek proper Support either on the official forums or Discord (links at the bottom). I personally recommend the Discord #support channel for quick questions on pretty much anything, people are very willing to help out quickly. Do remember to be polite and provide as much information as possible on the issue and on your PC (specs mostly).
Official Support page + troubleshoot
Clearing the Cache –This is your #1 solution to all Squad related problems, launch the game, go to Settings – Game Settings and click the “Clear Cached Data” and restart your game. This is especially true for returning players who have had a previous version of Squad installed at some point.
Clean install of Squad - Doing the cache clearing the hard way if doing it ingame doesn't work + uninstall and reinstall. This has worked wonders for many otherwise unsolvable cases and odd performance issues and weird symptoms no one else has had. Sort of a last resort trick.
1: Manually delete %localappdata%\Squad
https://offworldindustries.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/115002768887-How-to-manually-clear-your-user-settings-cache
2: Uninstall Squad via Steam
3: Manually delete remaining folders in Squad installation directory
Default: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Squad
4: Install Squad via Steam
5: Reboot PC
Kicked by EAC / EAC Disconnect
If it happens once, don't panic, just reconnect to the server and you're usually fine. Restarting Steam and/or your PC might also help if it happens rarely. If it's a persisting issue check out this official guide to fixing EAC errors
Empty server browser or very few servers?
Steam -> Settings -> In Game options there is a dropdown box for "In-Game Server browser: Max Pings/minute. set that to 500 and see if you get servers now.
Cache clearing and verifying integrity may help too.
Sound problems / mic not working
Fixing these are a little bit dodgy because there isn't a proper interface in game. The first thing you should make sure is that the microphone you want to use in Squad is set as the default recording device in Windows and in Steam too. To make sure go ahead and disable any others like webcams that are counted as recording devices. Trying another USB port might also help or simply restarting your PC here too. I suggest the Discord #support channel here again for more tips on what to try.
Verify integrity of files in Steam – In Steam library right click on Squad – Properties – Local Files – Verify Integrity of Game files. This again can help with a variety of things and only takes a few minutes to do so it's worth a shot usually on top of clearing the cache.
Restart Steam.
I don't know what specifically this helps with but sometimes EAC / queue disconnects have stopped after this and it's one of those better safe than sorry things to do when you're trying other steps to troubleshoot your problems. Again, takes a minute so why not try it.
Have you tried turning it off and on again? Restart your computer.
Still the best fix to anything computer related since the dawn of time.
TL;DR Patience is key.
The community is what makes the game great - don't be a dick and you won't be treated like one.
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