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Worried my nail extension will fall off...

2023.05.31 17:57 candelaintampa Worried my nail extension will fall off...

Worried my nail extension will fall off...
I got my nails done ~3 days ago with acrylic powder and extensions. I absolutely LOVE them but my left thumb nail has a gap between the tip of the actual nail and where the extension was glued on (it feels like it's peeling off from the tip.) It feels pretty secure on the rest of the nail, but none of the other nail extensions have this gap....I'm worried the entire extension and polish will peel off. Is this an actual issue or am I just overly paranoid? Is there something I can do to fix it if it is an issue? Leaving the state in a few hours to attend a memorial service and I was hoping to have my nails looking. 💯
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2023.05.31 17:54 schneems Semi-homemade enclosure in the USA

I've been looking at enclosures that people have built using off-the-shelf equipment. There are some great examples:
I know about the "lack hack" but my main reason for wanting an enclosure is to reduce noise (my printer is in my house, I'm happily married and would like it to stay that way). I'm looking for a thicker, heavier material than acrylic. Most people who build an enclosure that uses more than acrylic reach for Ikea platsa system, which is not available in the USA.
What other storage or off-the-shelf equipment have people used for making an enclosure in the USA?
I bought one of these kids' wardrobes which I believe is roughly based on platsa https://www.ikea.com/us/en/p/smastad-uppfoera-wardrobe-white-pale-pink-with-4-drawers-s59430908/ but I don't love it. Ideally I would have one door up front instead of two (better sealing), however they don't sell a door like that which fits this unit. Also this wardrobe case doesn't have a ridgid board in the middle, instead it's a moveable one. The top cabinet also won't fit an X1C with an AMS on the top either (can't open the AMS lid all the way).
I'm experienced with woodworking and can make something custom, but starting from a production pre-made product seems easier and means I can (hopefully) learn from other's designs.
Have you built or bought something to enclose your printer with parts that can be sourced in the USA? If so, would you recommend it?
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2023.05.31 17:50 Ok_Vast_4362 Super beginner, looking for something that feels like acrylic but is easier to work with!

Hello! I am a super beginner to doing my own nails, I am looking to purchase a UVB lamp and some other items to be able to do my nails as it’s too expensive for me to pay for in my area. I like the “tight” feel that acrylics give my nails, and I like that it makes them super hard so they don’t break but there’s no way I can manipulate it in a way to make it look normal at this stage. Is there any type of product that can give me the same look/ feel without having to be drilled so much? I know hard gel is a thing but is it as hard as acrylic, thanks in advance, all your amazing nails have convinced me it’s my turn to be fabulous on a budget!!!
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2023.05.31 17:47 jp11e3 Should I go to my cousin's wedding?

My mother is a textbook narcissist and always has been. I went NC with her about 3 years ago at this point. A huge problem in my family is that it feels like everyone lets her do whatever she wants because it's easier to "keep the peace" instead of actually holding her accountable for anything. Ever since I went NC the relationship with the rest of my family feels pretty strained. Well my cousin is getting married later this year and I wanted to show up for the rest of my family so they know I still care about them and also to support my cousin. The problem is that I just found out she didn’t invite my dad. My parents got divorced 14 years ago and it was pretty messy (go figure). Now if she didn’t invite my dad due to having issues with him or whatever then that would be fine; that would be her decision. It turns out he wasn’t invited because she was scared my mom would cause drama and didn’t want that at her wedding. While I understand the reason I can’t wrap my head around ostracizing my dad from our family on the off chance my narc mom is going to have a blow up. Shouldn’t the person who would cause a scene be the one not invited? My mom may be blood but my cousin has known BOTH my parents her entire life. Is my dad suddenly not her uncle anymore? This all just feels so toxic and I don’t want put my head down and hurt my dad like that to keep the peace but at the same time my relationship with my family is already so strained so if I don’t go it feels like I’m putting the nail in the coffin and cutting all of them out of my life. My SO and I were talking about maybe spending the day with my dad instead of going to the wedding. Should I go to the wedding or is this worth taking a stand over?
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2023.05.31 17:43 IhateColonizers What gives you hope?

Or revolutionary optimism. that 1991 wasn't the second to last nail in the coffin for socialism, and that there's still time to make change for the better. what gives you hope?
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2023.05.31 17:19 PaTrIcK5230 Every time I see somebody with those ridiculously long acrylic nails I can’t help but think: how the hell do they wipe their ass?

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2023.05.31 16:44 Blufetish Hot Pink Nails coming out Hot pink fishnets

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2023.05.31 16:44 Icy-Location9169 Playing around with my polishes, I've just happened upon my holy grail near-natural look

One coat of Dior Nail Glow on bare natural nails. Allow to dry. Add one coat of Essie Get It Bright.
That's it.
I'm not good at taking pics - hence no photo in this post. But believe me. LOVELY! Both are nail-brightening products, with the Dior leaning more pink and the Essie leaning more blue. The combined colour from one coat of each looks wonderfully natural but also incredibly healthy. And the (semi-matte) Essie on top of the (glossy) Dior dries to a gorgeous subtle 'silk sheen'.
(If it matters, I'm very fair-skinned and cool-toned).
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2023.05.31 16:42 girlswisspers Recommendations for nail artists

Hi, I was curious if anyone has any recommendations for a good nail tech/salon that enjoys (and is good at!) doing acrylics with nail design?
TIA!
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2023.05.31 16:41 MrC_Red [Update] 100 Great Rock Albums list CHANGES

It's been over a year since the original 100 Great Albums post. Since December 2021, I've listened to 375 Rock albums in total (just for fun, I'm getting paid for this!). Looking back at the original albums, I noticed I have a few with only 1 or 2 listens, whereas now I always try to aim for 3 at the minimum. So as this is a good midpoint (as I plan on stopping at the 20th post), I decided to revisit these certified classic albums and maybe upgrade/downgrade the ratings after more listens. I'll continue to edit grades on other posts if my opinion changes on them later on, but the 100 list got so popular that I feel like it should be left unedited.
Here's the format: Album (year) original grade [orig. Listens] // NEW GRADE {additional listens}
  1. Bob Dylan - Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (1963) B+ [2 listens] // A- {1 listen} More time to digest his lyrics only makes it better. Hard Rain, Blowin in the Wind and Masters of War are still the best here. He had the wisdom and poise of a 70+ year old man, as a 22 year old...
  2. Bob Dylan - Bring It On Home (1965) A- [3 listens] // A+ {2 listens} I can't overemphasize how great side two is of this album is. The songs aren't as musical as side one, so the lyrics are center stage and Bob Dylan ALWAYS captivates your attention. The electric guitar side is even better than I originally thought, but man does the second side has some of his best songwriting.
  3. The Beatles - Help! (1965) B+ [3 listens] // A- {1 listen} This is the album where I think they started making legit "respectable" music. The early Pop music they made before is nice, but it's not that fulfilling. The variety made this age very well: Hide Your Love Away, Ticket to Ride, Seen a Face, Dizzy Miss Lizzy, Help!, Yesterday. It doesn't help that every album that followed it is considered one of the greatest albums of all time, but at this point, it was head and shoulders their best.
  4. Beatles - Rubber Soul (1965) A++ [5 listens] // A+ {4 listens} Highway 61 Revisited gets the credit as being the album to kick off the Rock renaissance of the 60s, but imo, the "album arms race" started with this one. Without it, the musical landscape isn't the same as the concept of an entire album of worthy material wouldn't have been as widely adopted. With the praise out of the way... it's pretty one note. A great Folk Rock album, but as it's often compared to other albums (cough Pet Sounds), it doesn't hold a candle to them.
  5. The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour (1967) B+ [3 listens] // A {3 listens} This is fun, bro. No it's not a legendary album, hell, it's not really a fully formed one as it's really a soundtrack compilation album. But looking at all the songs, they're just fun. Even a half assed Beatles album is still incredible (no I haven't listened to Yellow Submarine, why do you ask?).
  6. The Doors - Self-Titled (1967) A- [2 listens] // A++ {3 listens} Wow, this is why multiple listens are super important. Many of the songs I thought were "so so" are so much better compared to other Blues Rock I've heard so far. Ray Manzarek is a god on the keys and Jim Morrison is pretty magnificent on every song. It still feels dated, as it's not super complex in it's song structure (like in LA Woman), but every song is great. JUST short of a masterpiece.
  7. The Who - Tommy (1969) B [1 listen] // D++ {1 listen} I was being generous on the original post, I really didn't like this album. After one more listen, I really hate it. The story is complete nonsense and the music really doesn't make up for it. But that's not why I hate it so much; it's the length. If you're gonna be a late 60's mess, be your flamboyant mess and get in & get out. But it's an overly long, drawn out, bore of an album. It's mind boggling that anyone would prefer this over Quadrophena. Pinball Wizard is a great song tho, but don't tell anyone I said that.
  8. King Crimson - In The Court of the Crimson King (1969) A- [1 listen] // A {1 listen} listening to Moody Blues' Days of Future Passed made this album a better listen. That jazz prog rock, with a laid back feel instead of completely psychedelic. The rest of the album (outside the intro) was a better listen this time around with better context, as I remember being bored with much of it. Now that I'm familiar with early Prog Rock, this doesn't feel as foreign anymore.
  9. The Beatles - Let It Be (1970) B+ [3 listens] // A {3 listens} yea, I'm a Beatles stan. Yea, it's probably the weakest Studio Era album. Yea, I enjoy the atmosphere of this album more than the music itself; as a last who-rah of a crumbling friendship that can only be held together by creating music, as that is where the only fun is still found amongst these guys. Do I like to pretend that Don't Let Me Down is apart of this album, so I can grade it higher? Also, yea.
  10. David Bowie - Hunky Dory (1971) A+ [2 listens] // A {2 listens} this is Art Rock. Not being a glam/hard rock fusion makes it less heavy than its successor. It also suffers for not having multiple strong anthems to hold the entire thing. Changes, Life on Mars, Andy Warhol, Queen Bitch are all great songs, but I doubt any are in Bowie's top 5. The other songs don't hold up as much I remembered.
  11. Carole King - Tapestry (1971) A- [2 listens] // A {2 listens} Joni Mitchell's Blue was the driving force this time around. That personal folk storytelling, with that lively piano yet cozy, warm atmosphere. With more listens, I don't really love the lyrical composition as I just love the tone of the thing. I can sit next to a warm fire (or on a window sill) and turn this on and relax. I understand what the genre of Soft Rock is going for now.
  12. David Bowie - the Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972) A+ [2 listens] // Masterpiece {3 listens} Probably didn't give this one too much thought when grading it, as I think I just fell in love with a few songs on it and forgot about the rest. Listening to this front to back... it's flawless. I tried to find a song that wasn't good or that was kinda boring, but they're all perfect. I've listened to Ziggy Stardust and Starman COUNTLESS times in the past year, and will randomly get guitar riffs from random songs off this album to pop in my head. Of his 4 albums I've listened to, I still think Low is his best, as the atmosphere of that Side B is unmatched. But this album is what I'd consider objectively perfect, as every song is great. Easy masterpiece, and a great example of why sitting with an album is just as important as giving it a bunch of listens.
  13. Queen - A Night at the Opera (1975) A- [2 listen] // A {2 listens} Fun stuff. I enjoyed the multiple vocalists being apart of it instead of only Mercury, made it feel like a "stage play" with a revolving cast. I think I might have been a bit to harsh on this one, as most of the album wasn't that memorable, with how amazing Bohemian Rhapsody is. I didn't understand what this album "was" with it's vaudeville style, but now, I see that it's this halfway point between the Hard Rock and the Prog Rock of the 70s, with that theatrical flair to make it standout. Definitely worth checking out.
  14. Sex Pistols - Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols (1977) B [2 listens] // A- {2 listens} In 1987, Rolling Stone listed this as the 2nd best album of the last 20 years (since 1967) only after Sgt. Pepper's and man, did that made it easy for me to view this as overrated. I think since listening to more Punk Rock that followed this, I start to see how much better they've done with this compared to others. The guitar playing actually changes throughout the song, Johnny Rotten is actually expressive and feels spontaneous, and the drumming is creative. But the real change in opinion is the guitar playing: the riffs on many of these songs are undeniably awesome, which gives Rotten so much to work on top of. My biggest gripe with Punk Rock is how repetitive some bands can be. Now after more listens to this, I can absolutely NOT say the same can be said about this album. It's varied and expressive; how Punk Rock should be.
  15. Steely Dan - Aja (1977) A [1 listens] // A+ {1 listen} better than I remember. The jazz rock combo is really good, it really leans into the jazz instead of simply using it as an aesthetic. It's not Prog whatsoever, just jazz with traditional Rock instruments. Honestly, you can barely tell if this would considered Rock at all. You really got to like jazz to love this tho. It has that free flowing feel of that genre, from the instrumentation to the flow of the singer. Great album! I'm assuming Steely Dan is hated by the rock community because of this heavy leaning into jazz. Which is understandable, but that doesn't mean they don't make phenomenal music.
  16. AC/DC - Highway to Hell (1979) B+ [2 listens] // B {1 listen} They haven't quite moved away from the Blues sound yet. Back in Black is a pure distillation of what Hard Rock should be as a stand alone genre, but they don't quite have that confidence in being that brash yet. Bon Scott does a lot of heavy lifting as Angus Young doesn't have that swagger in his solos yet. A lot of the songs aren't super great, but they at least still carry energy. Highway to Hell is a fantastic song, but the majority is just meddling around in this laid back blues style.
  17. Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms (1985) B [1 listens] // B- {2 listens} I originally wrote this off as one that I "just didn't get", with how insanely commerically successful it is. Now after listening to their Self-Titled album, it actually becomes even more disappointing as you know how much more they're capable of. There's such a signature style on it and this throws all of it away in exchange of a 80s soft rock sound. Walk of Life and So Far Away are good tunes, due to the guitar hooks; everything else is just shallow.
  18. Pixies - Doolittle (1989) A- [2 listens] // A+ {2 listens} Now, I view this band on the level of the Beatles or Velvet Underground as one of those influential bands that changed music. At the time, Doolittle was too weird for me, but with much more context from this era, this is just insanely great. Compared to Surfer Rosa, the versatility is on a different level. While it is great and varied, it's not exactly "great" in any one area, so I can see why the bands that were influenced by them are viewed as better, as their stuff would've been more focused in one style instead of all over the place. Great album, legendary band.
  19. Alice in Chains - Dirt (1992) A [2 listens] // Masterpiece {4 listens} This album is a grower. Every time I listen to it, I like another song from it. The harmonies are God tier, the guitar riffs, God Tier, the choruses, God tier. Layne Staley and Jerry Cantrell... peanut and jelly. I've given out 2 masterpieces to grunge albums (Nevermind and Ten), so what makes this different from those is that Dirt takes its time in developing songs. So many of these songs start slow and somber, and quickly turn aggressive and passionate! Gnarly riffs on one song, than a few minutes later, you're listening to soft vocals behind a rough, tortured voice. Not a bad song on here, hit after hit, I got to say it's a masterpiece.
  20. Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral (1994) A [3 listens] // A+ {2 listen} the word "gritty" might get thrown around a ton by me, but I still haven't heard such a brutal, harsh sounding album while still having pristine production value. It's nasty and mean. Even in the slow moments, you can feel the pain, anger, or sadness in his voice. Compared to other stuff, it doesn't have that much replay value to it, as it's not exact what one would call "musical". But you got to call it what it is: art.
  21. Green Day - Dookie (1994) A [2 listens] // A+ {1 listen} It's just good music. Yes, the ceiling isn't as high as it could be, but it's so enjoyable that it is always a fun listen. The album is on point from start to finish, it's one of those "if you like one, you like it all" love it or hate it kind of deals. From Burn Out to When I Come Around is just Pop Punk perfection; the backhalf doesn't hold up compared to the start, but it's all still very good.
  22. Weezer - Self-Titled "The Blue Album" (1994) A- [1 listen] // A {2 listens} I only gave this one listen and only revisited it after listening to Pinkerton. Isn't not as dismissable as I originally remembered, as I only gave it one listen. It's more POP- punk thank pop-PUNK compared to Dookie, which led me to not care for it as much. And it's pretty good pop, with a punk style to give it some edge, I guess. I still like Pinkerton more than it, but it can definitely stand alone as a good album itself.
  23. Oasis - Definitely Maybe (1994) A [2 listens] // A+ {2 listens} Liam Gallagher is really good... but Noel Gallagher is the truth, bro. That dude knows how to make a great song. They aren't super complex, but they're all have perfect execution. Mix in that Wall of Sound effect with the guitars, it makes this stand out even more from the overwhelming stacked albums of the 90s. The non-single tracks aren't as strong compared to (What's the Story) Morning Glory?, as that album is damn near perfect imo. Great debut album.
  24. Radiohead - The Bends (1995) B+ [1 listen] // A {2 listens} If Radiohead didn't make this album, I highly doubt I would've listened to this. Which is a shame, because this is a really good album. On the flip side, being a Radiohead album also did more harm than good, as it gets massively overshadowed. I admittedly did a half assed listen to "get to the famous stuff". Fake Plastic Trees, the Bends, and Black Star are great songs. I've listened to Ok Computer so much that I come to think of it as their official "start" of their sound, when in reality, they set the stage on The Bends of what can be possible down the road. Also, they toured with Alanis Morissette with the album, so extra bonus points!
  25. Arcade Fire - Funeral (2004) A- [2 listens] // A+ {2 listens} better than I remembered. I definitely thought it was borderline pretentious, with how the song structure is when I originally listened to it. Now, without that stigma, it's not THAT abstract and I've come to admire the creativeness of it. I always love when there's women vocalists, to mix up the sound and so many different instruments add even more to the variety. It always feels like a new listen, with how many things I'll forget to notice and remember again.
  26. Lcd Soundsystem - Sound of Silver (2007) A- [1 listen] // A {2 listens} The first 4 songs are awesome; Get Innocuous with it's multirhythmic layering is my textbook PERFECT song, a 21st century "Remain in Light" homage. The rest just loses this energy and it's never found again. Compare the first track with the last one and it sounds like two different projects. I know you can call me a hypocrite with how much I love Remain in Light, but at least with that one, it's only the last song and not half of the album. Seriously tho, Get Innocuous is a top 10 song of all time
  27. Tame Impala - Currents (2016) A- [1 listen] // B+ {1 listen} Didn't expect my feelings to decrease, but compared to Lonerism, this is so mid. The lack of a real "great" song (Rihanna's Same Old Mistakes clears) makes it tough to love. It is consistent though, so it's still a good listen; just not a memberable one.
Albums I revisited, but no change in opinion. I feel like with these, I need to explain/defend myself more than I did on the original reviews:
  1. Beach Boys - Pet Sounds (1965) A+ [4 listens] // {3 listens} After listening to a good chunk of their discography, I've come to two conclusions on Pet Sounds: 1) This album is truly lightning in the bottle as they NEVER reach it's level of consistency in quality from track to track. 2) Baroque Pop, while groundbreaking, came and went as fast as it arrived, mainly due to how abstract it is compared to its successor, Psychedelic Rock. Beyond that, there are a few skips that are solely due to wild creative mind of Brian Wilson. As a musical genius, dare I say better than Lennon and McCartney, but as a songwriter? Not even close imo. Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper's are all great albums, while Pet Sounds can be argued to be their only great album (Wild Honey is also a good listen). I know bringing up the Beatles can be annoying, but the Beatles made great "hit singles" with their song layout, while about only half of the tracks on Pet Sounds are what I'd consider a traditional song. That's probably why I don't think it's so amazing (I kinda feel the same about progressive Rock) as I tend to favor music with a concise structure; even as unoriginal the structure may be.
  2. Jimi Hendrix Experience - Are You Experienced? (1967) B+ [1 listen] // {1 listen} I can't get into it. The songwriting isn't there, especially compared to the stuff that would follow it. This is him at his rawest, but it's a reason why Medium Rare is the most commonly cooked steak.
  3. The Rolling Stones - Let It Bleed (1969) B+ [2 Listens] // {3 listens} Thought I would flip on this album, but surprisingly didn't change at all. I still think Gimme Shelter is the best Rolling Stones song and I still think You Can't Always Get What You Want is still a phenomenal album closer, but everything in between is pretty lackluster (besides Live With Me).
  4. Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon (1973) A [4 listens] // {1 listen} I do enjoy this album more now I know how other Progressive Rock bands sound like, but not enough to raise it a grade. I enjoy Time and the whole second side much more and the "emptiness" of the genre doesn't bother me as much. But the first half is still a little too abstract for my liking. However, I do see how people can view this as their GOAT album with how groundbreaking it's release was at the time and outside of only other Pink Floyd albums, there's nothing else in this genre that really matches the "entering another world" feel it creates.
  5. Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here (1975) A [2 listens] // {1 listen} Similar thoughts to DSotM, but this one has the more catchy "songs" and partly why I love it more. Welcome to the Machine and Wish You Were Here are fantastic, but overall not enough meat for my liking.
  6. The Ramones - Self-Titled (1976) B [2 listens] // {2 listens} I decided to give the Godfathers of Punk another try since I surprisingly came over to like the other Godfather, the Sex Pistols. And yeah... still isn't my thing. Way too one note, monotone singing, guitar takes over too much of the sound, etc. There are a few good hooks here and there, but you basically hear the entire song in the first 15 seconds. Everything I hate about Punk, stemmed from this album and made a lazier copy.
  7. The Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dreams (1993) A+ [2 listens] // {1 listen} apparently the Smashing Pumpkins aren't considered grunge? If that's the case, comparing them to a Noise Rock band like a Sonic Youth or a Faith No More, they don't they don't rock out as much as I'd like. Also, I don't like how a few of these songs sound similar to each other. Today and Hummer of course are all top tier songs, but it's just not as much of a comprehensive project as Mellon Collie. Yea, it's definitely not grunge, as it would be much harder if it was.
  8. Radiohead - Ok Computer (1997) A++ [2 listens] // {4 listens} Close, but no cigar. The first 3 songs and the last 3 songs are PERFECT, it's the stuff in between that makes it fall just short. The run of Karma Police into Fitter Happier to Electioneering is also a great moment in the album. Honestly, it's just Exit Music being "okay" that really stops it from being considered a masterpiece in my eyes. Still one of the greatest albums of all time, but not perfect in my eyes. This album is my perfect barometer for an A++ grade; it's objectively a perfect, but on the subjective level, there's nothing that makes me "adore" it. I completely understand how anyone thinking an A++ album I graded is a masterpiece, as I have to personally love it that extra step for it to get to that level.
  9. Radiohead - In Rainbows (2007) A++ [3 listens] // {3 listens A+/A+/A++} Let me end it on a positive review: I didn't really give a thorough listen to it at first, as I don't remember much from it. Over time, my opinion on it dropped as I truly didn't see why people find it so special as they do. Ok Computer easily has the better individual tracks, Kid A is easily the most experimental. After finally revisiting it, maybe because it's a great midway between the two, with a weird electronic-rock-jazz fusion. Feels like there's not a single wasted second; every beat and note is meticulous. It's more chilled and laid back, which threw me off on the repeat listens. The hodgepodge of electronic and experimental sounds, being used in this traditional lofi style instead of being a fast paced one, was the curve that made it hard to love it at first, but now I think that's what makes it unique in its execution. A LOT of these rhythms could have been large and bombastic, and I kinda admire it's restraint in remaining "down in Earth". Also the album cover is noteworthy, where it feels completely spontaneous, never fully knowing what to expect going in. Definitely deserves its high praise
Albums I also revisited, but no change in opinion. Don't have too much to add on these, but listed them as my grades are concrete on these compared to the ones I didn't choose to listen to:
  1. The Velvet Underground & Niko - Self-Titled "The Banana Album" (1967) A+ // Venus in Furs maybe one of the greatest songs ever composed
  2. Cream - Disraeli Gears (1967) A+ // It still holds up, so damn awesome
  3. Bob Dylan - John Wesley Harding (1967) B+ // yeah, he's kinda rambling on this one
  4. The Stooges - Fun House (1970) A- // it's "the Stooges", possibly their best
  5. The Rolling Stones - Exile on Main Street (1972) B+ // Nope, still didn't love it, still a mess
  6. Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1972) A++ // One I thought wouldn't have held up. I shall never question Sir Elton's greatness again
  7. The Eagles - Hotel California (1975) B // Great start, gets worst as it goes on
  8. Patti Smith - Horses (1975) A- // labeling this "Punk Rock" is a nicer way of calling this weird af
  9. The Clash - London Calling (1979) Masterpiece // Not only is there not a bad song here, but every song is perfect. Not great... PERFECT
  10. U2 - Joshua Tree (1987) B+ // I can't deny that there are some good songs on here, even if I'll never listen to it again
  11. The Cure - Disintegration (1989) A // after 375 Rock albums, Plainsong is still the greatest opening track
  12. U2 - Achtung Baby (1991) A- // you gotta admit Bono is pretty cool on this one
  13. Nirvana - In Utero (1993) A // love the Bass guitar's tone on this one, rawer contrast to Nevermind. I'm glad I didn't grow up in the 90s, as this will always sound so new and fresh to me :)
  14. System of a Down - Toxicity (2001) Masterpiece // Similar to Hybrid Theory, if this wasn't labeled as "Nu-metal" (and maybe didn't get so overplayed and copied), even the most pretentious critic couldn't deny how great this is
  15. Green Day - American Idiot (2004) A+ // Feels almost like a different band, the songs are much more nuisanced in its lyrics and its musical structure. That transition from Holiday to Boulevard still gives me goosebumps, such a great song.
  16. Arctic Monkeys - Whatever You Say I Am, That's What I'm Not (2006) A++ // a tour guide to the UK nightclubbing/pub scene, way better than it has any right to be honestly
Bonus: Ween - 12 Golden Country Greats (1996) A [4 listens B/A-/A-/A] Country is still a somewhat foreign genre for me and I've been kinda bored with the concept of it. But it's Ween, so they've fully earned my trust at this point so I'll give this a try. This style is more or less my biggest indifference with the genre: it's not heavy enough to be impactful as rock, yet not soft enough to be as intimate as Folk. It's in this inbetween grey area where it's just not super captivating for me. With that said, it's rarely has been the "so bad, I can't stand to listen to it" levels of boredom that it has been made out as. That signature tongue-in-cheek humor of Ween is here and it makes the project more enjoyable. With Ween, whether it's supposed to be satirical or serious, the quality of songwriting is always top tier, so it's very easy to take whatever they're doing with my full respect rather than viewing it as just a joke. Japanese Cowboy, Mister Richard Smoker, Powder Blue, Piss Up a Rope and You Were the Fool (the best one) are my favorites; but other than Fluffy, every song is a good time. What really sells this album in particular, is that none of these songs would sound out of place on one of their other Rock centric albums, which allows me to extend a lot more grace towards it. Pretty good listen. For what it is, it's pretty consistent, but there's of course better Ween albums out there.
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2023.05.31 16:41 LockeJawJaggerjack 14

That one is a hard no from me. I'm not agreeing to that, and we're certainly not normalizing it.
Yeah, I can understand blowjobs and blackmail if we're fighting a war. You sometimes have to do what you have to do. But that isn't what this was. It wasn't in the name of justice, or communism, or in the name of helping anyone. And even still, you don't legalize murder when you get back from war.
I'm not sorry, and I stand here as your enemy I fought tooth and nail for gay rights as a teenager. I was in the army when we had our first openly gay service members after the end of DADT. What you all stand for pisses all over what I and so many others fought so hard for. What you call "freedom" belittles the memory of every gay or trans person who sits in a coffin, killed for being different.
They did not die for this, and we did not fight for this.
So much like the last civil war, I must ask, the right to what?
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2023.05.31 16:24 Stackdaddy-07 Asked for Glob Mops, got BLAZY SUSAN'S instead 🤣💀

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2023.05.31 16:19 Top_Piccolo2473 Anonymous Post - A semi-long-winded summary of my experience with and feelings about TBP

Anonymous Post - A semi-long-winded summary of my experience with and feelings about TBP
The first time I saw TBP on my feed my very first thought was "that's great but that face is why". As in yes, it's great to see real bodies but her model perfect face is what helped her blow up. An "average" face on her body wouldn't have her level of virality (I won't say success because social media numbers are not "success" in my mind unless you're actually doing something positive for the community/world to get them which she most certainly is not). ALL THAT ASIDE though, I noticed she was Canadian and I used to work in Guelph and I guess the small sample of her caption writing that I got wasn't terrible so I followed. I'm a mother, I've struggled with body image my whole life, she felt relatable on at least some level.
She didn't show up in my feed very much after that, just on occasion, but I knew she had since been pregnant with L and that she was now a toddler. Fast forward, the Disney trip with the haircut happened and those stories got pushed to me cause I guess I fit the target audience of povrels who enjoy Disney she hopes will gush over her immense privilege (???). I perused through and noticed she digitally added fake hair to L's bangs in the same slide she blamed the wind instead of just owning that little kids sometimes end up with awkward looking haircuts for any number of reasons ✨ and that's okay ✨ (sorry I had to 😅). The thing that stuck out to me the most though was (and I cannot stress enough that this is simply an observation and not to be taken as an armchair diagnosis in any way) the eyes on Home Slice of Lemon. I saw a few stories where she looked absolutely fried, and as an autistic person who gets burnt out by large crowds and places like amusement parks all I could think was "I get it homegirl, I hope you get the rest you need" (again NOT saying L is or is not anything, it was simply something I have felt before that I could see in her eyes and can totally be something an allistic person experiences too but for me it's the autism). But all of this is to say that it left me feeling off. Since my initial follow I had changed how often and where I shared my child online (ie. close friends stories only and taken down old posts) and had been noticing a lot more how often tiny humans get flat out used by their parents in a "dance monkey dance while I tag whoever gave us the stuff on you for free" kind of way. This highlighted, bolded, and underlined that so I just kind of cringed and moved on with my life.
Now we get to the almost present when I stumble upon this sub via a Bdong rabbit hole. Cue me going "whaaaaaaat? I have to see this" and then a few minutes to an hour later the sound of glass shattering. It was entirely unsurprising that she filters/edits her face, a little less so with the body but neither was as bad to me as finding out her ex is around and involved. I distinctly remember reading her posts about leaving that relationship thinking she got out of an abusive situation or something, not just dipping out and staying with her parents. The wording seems deliberate in that regard and it is (in my opinion) super gross and disrespectful to be intentionally vague and unclear about something like that. Yes, nobody is entitled to the details of anyone else's life, but when you're posting publicly about it to your 2.3million followers I feel like there should be an expected level of honesty. Then to top that all off with the plagiarism and subsequently trying to just erase it and pretend it never happened, I'm downright angry now.
The final nail in the coffin (leading me to write this novella after being an almost exclusive lurker here 😆) was when I made a comment about her financial privilege on a reel and it got deleted. I figured it would be so I had taken a screenshot of it that I shared to my stories tagging her. I did not expect a reply within SECONDS of me posting the story from someone who tries to appear to be as big a deal as she does. I figured she would have many other, better things to do than to reply to a non-follower but I was very very wrong. First she denied deleting the comment. So me, being an anxious person who would have been mortified to find out I was mistaken, went and scrolled through all 600+ comments more than once from 2 different accounts to be sure it wasn't still there. I immediately knew where this was going. It was going to be a "glitch" that was totally not her fault. And it was BS. I felt gaslit. I was suddenly questioning things I thought I knew (such as "aren't my own comments always at the top?", "wouldn't I have gotten a notification if my comment was removed for violating ToS?", and my personal favourite "when I've deleted comments in the past it actually doesn't still show up in my notifications, why is it different now/for her?"). Why go through all this trouble, screen recording notifications and everything? I honestly thought she'd ignore it or block me. I'm not stupid. Yes, glitches happen but conveniently on the one comment that goes missing that you get called out on for deleting??? Okay, suuuuure. EVEN IF IT WAS and she did not in fact delete my comment, why not ADDRESS THE TOPIC OF THE COMMENT?? (she could clearly see the one in question from my story).
So thank you all for pulling the curtain back and helping those like me feel validated in our suspicions. I'm so over influencer culture and hope things like this bring about its downfall. Nobody likes feeling duped/lied to and watching people who contribute nothing to society get rewarded while struggling to afford groceries just isn't it any more.
That's it. Rant over. I just needed to get this all out of my head 🥴
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2023.05.31 16:18 only_bc_4chan_isdown Pink glitter Barbie nails on natural nail bed

Pink glitter Barbie nails on natural nail bed
This color is so vibrant in the sun!
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2023.05.31 16:14 HoneyBadger7230 A practical solution from my breakthrough with a 7 year struggle with addiction

Bit of background context:I (26M) struggled with addiction from the age of 18 to 25. I'd call myself a high functioning addict - got myself a chemical engineering degree, taught myself programming and changed careers to land well-paid jobs as a software engineer. Wasted thousands of pounds, even more hours and self esteem with my addiction. I've tried counselling and addressing the root of my addiction (childhood trauma) but no luck there. I tried taking my life once by attempting to overdose on pills in hopes of putting the addiction to an end. Sounds crazy, I know. Maybe it was just my competitive nature or that I was growing tired and hopeless of relapsing. Wouldn't consider myself completely in the clear (will I ever be?) but had a massive breakthrough and thought it was worth sharing in hopes that it could help others. It's the only meaning I can find in this struggle.
Problem with current solutions:They all rely a bit too much on willpower. Eventually some people make it through on willpower; but of the few that do, they relapse a lot and often lose a lot in the process. Addiction starts with a thought that becomes an intention and then an action. Relying on willpower alone intercepts the thought becoming an intention. But if it fails, there's nothing much to stop the intention becoming an action. I can't speak for everyone but an addict relying on willpower doesn't seem like the most effective solution. Meetings, therapy, etc. are practical steps forward but they still rely too much on willpower. Rehab is quite effective but the cost and stigma will stop a lot of people from going. Also, once they're out of that temporary environment, it's back to relying on willpower.
My solution that's worked wonders for me so far:I can't rely on my mental strength to get me through this anytime soon so I need to put physical/practical barriers in place. Barriers that will make it impossible or extremely difficult to access the addiction or the money required to sustain it. The steps below should work for gambling, drug, prostitution and porn addiction.
  1. Whether you have Mac or Windows, create a new admin account on all of your laptops. Write down an extremely long password (I'm talking 50-60+ characters long of letters, numbers and symbols) on a small piece of paper. If you have a Mac, you'll need to create a new Apple ID (you should still set the password to the password you wrote down) and also set your own personal Apple ID's password to this password.
  2. Downgrade every other account to non-admin. The non-admin accounts can have whatever password they wish.
  3. With the non-admin account, access the hosts file for your machine. See this article on how to access the file for different machines: https://www.howtogeek.com/27350/beginner-geek-how-to-edit-your-hosts-file/.
  4. Add your own URLs or copy and paste the ones from the file in this link (includes 1000+ URLs for proxies, UK banking websites, social media, etc.) to the bottom of the hosts file. It takes time to build a comprehensive list - took me over a year of relapses (before I implemented step 9) to build that fairly exhaustive list for my addiction. You might go through a similar process with yours. Save your changes. Log out of the admin account.
  5. If you have an iPhone, delete all VPNs and banking apps. Now enable Screen Time and set browsing to use a whitelist. URLs added to this list will be allowed, everything else will be blocked. Within Screen Time you can also block the installation of apps and the deletion of apps - definitely do the former. Once you do this, the App Store will disappear. There's some other settings in there that might be worth restricting. Get someone to set a Screen Time passcode and not tell you what it is. You'll be asked to provide an Apple ID - provide one that's not the iPhone's current Apple ID and make sure the password is the long password. Not sure of the steps for an Android phone but it should be possible. If it isn't, I think buying an iPhone and enforcing what I mentioned previously outweighs suffering consequences of your addiction.
  6. Do similar things for your broadband or mobile phone contract if you wish i.e. set up new accounts or emails with the long password, add in your restrictions and log out.
  7. Check out www.heyfocus.com (can block apps and keywords in URLs e.g. any URL or google search that contains particular letters can be blocked) and Sophos Home for additional security - well worth it. Both Focus and Sophos can be locked using the long password.
  8. With the long password you wrote down, rip it into 2 or 3 pieces. Find the most complicated item you have and unscrew it (should take you longer than 30 minutes but the longer the better). Store 1 piece of the password here. Store the other pieces somewhere away from where you stay or other items that require unscrewing. You've now made it really difficult for yourself to access your online addictions or the digital money required to sustain your addictions. The stronger your addiction, the more difficult you should make it to retrieve that password.
  9. The knockout blow is purchasing a small timed safe (around £200). You can buy a safe box (£40) and a timed padlock (£20) instead if you wish. Put your cards and your cash in and set it to open once a week or once a month when your temptations to relapse are lowest e.g. weekday morning before work. Make sure your direct debits are in order and only carry £40 cash per week. Fill up your car with fuel whenever the safe opens.
  10. The steps outlined above should have you covered but if you really want to put the final nail in the coffin, ask someone to help you - they can hold on to the admin passwords for you or help monitor your finances. If it's difficult for you to admit what you're addiction is to someone you trust, then tell them you have a gambling addiction. It has less stigma attached to it than others in my opinion.
With these physical barriers in place, you now have the time and space to work on your willpower. You only need to be strong for that short window when the safe opens. After that, it doesn't matter if your willpower isn't strong enough. No money, no relapse.
Note:If you somehow find a loophole in the solution I've mentioned, keep it to yourself. No need to be a smartass here. This works for me and I'm sure it'll work for a lot of others.
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2023.05.31 16:07 Metal_Florida Day U. Florida rock community’s top voted song starting with U.

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2023.05.31 15:43 penny_in_the_air Does anyone make wide full cover tips?

My husband has decided he wants me to make him a set of nails. However his thumbnail is too wide for any of my tips and he refuses to put his hands inside my nail lamp so I can't build him a nail (says he ain't going out like Bob Marley). He also doesn't want to wear acrylics because he wants something short term and thinks my drill is "scary".
I found some press ons for toes that might work (that thumb is as wide as my big toe), but I think they might look off when paired with the other nails. I tried looking online, but no luck. Any advice would be appreciated.
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2023.05.31 15:31 JohannesMeanAd2 The Centennial Series, S2E2: 1923 Indianapolis 500 - Indy goes international!

The Centennial Series, S2E2: 1923 Indianapolis 500 - Indy goes international!
Hello everyone! I hope you all had fun watching the Monaco Grand Prix this weekend, filled with many different strategic twists and turns and showcasing some of the finest displays of driver ability we've seen this season!
As we all know, the Monaco Grand Prix is one of the most historic motor races on the planet, with a rich heritage going all the way back to 1929. However, there is one other open wheel race that has historically been run on the same day, but halfway across the world in America: The Indianapolis 500. With speeds in excess of 230 miles per hour and attendance soaring past 300,000 on race day, the Indy 500 boasts arguably the most impressive CV of any active motor race in the world with its over 110-year-long history. Makes sense, then, that this would be our next destination for The Centennial Series retrospective.

The Start of the 1923 Indianapolis 500. Image credits to michaeljesse.net
For those of you on this sub who don't know, I make a series of commemorative posts for Grand Prix-adjacent races that occurred exactly 100 years ago as their anniversaries pass by us. Here's my most recent one in case you're interested in reading further. This will be the second installment in this year's retrospective, so let's get into it!
Just like today, in 1923 the Indianapolis 500 held a special place in the motor racing world as arguably one of the fastest and most exciting races out there. If we had a holy trinity of races in the 1920s, they would be the Italian Targa Florio, the French Grand Prix, and this race. Indy represented the peak of American motor racing since the end of World War I, when rival events such as the ACA Grand Prize and the William K. Vanderbilt Cup fell into abeyance and irrelevance.

Aerial view of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 1923.
You might be wondering, "this is a race that's still held today in the IndyCar series. Why would you do a retrospective on it if it's not a Grand Prix?" That's a great question and the answer lies in the past. Though it may seem strange, unlike in the 1950s, during the 1920s the Indy 500 was equally as relevant to the Grand Prix racing world as it was to that of racing in the United States. Quite often, many of the best manufacturers of Europe sought after victory in the Indianapolis 500 as a means of proving their race cars’ (and road cars) worthiness on a global scale. Some successful examples include Delage in the 1914 running, and Peugeot, who successfully won three times in 1913, 1916 and 1919.
As such, it made sense that the then-organizers of the Indy 500 (and most auto racing in America), the AAA Contest Board, wanted to keep in touch with the latest developments in international racing to maintain that worldwide interest in the Sweepstakes. In the previous year's Indianapolis 500 (Which you can read my post about here), the technical regulations remained the same as they had been since the end of World War I, that of 3.0 liter engine regulations, on the grounds that the American auto industry still hadn't fully recovered a regular peacetime manufacturing capacity after The Great War.
However, this would all change for 1923. In 1922, the Automobile Club de France, or the ACF, adopted new, 2.0 liter engine regulations with slightly smaller weight requirements as the first true "new" post-war regulation. In the pursuit of maintaining international interest in the Indy 500, the AAA decided to follow suit for the 1923 season. In recognition of unifying their formula, the folks in Europe known as the AIACR (Association Internationale des Automobile Clubs Reconnus, the FIA of its day) designated the Indianapolis 500 as a Grande Epreuve (French for “big test”), which was back then the term for an "official" international Grand Prix race.
And so, with the race now genuinely having international importance once more, it's time to see who's who and who the favorites were for the 1923 Indy 500:

The Team of Bugattis lining up for a photo at the 1923 Indy 500. Image credits to Simanaitis Says.
The first major European manufacturer to jump at the Indy opportunity would be Bugatti. Led by the great Ettore Bugatti himself, the Alsatian manufacturer had gained a reputation for punching well above their weight in the Grand Prix scene, with multiple voiturette victories to their name in 1920 and 1921, and making the step up to the Grand Prix races in 1922. Despite their gentlemanly lineup, their results were very promising, taking runner-up in France and third place at Monza. For 1923, they planned bigger and better things, but for the sake of getting their name out, Bugatti set out with their 1922-spec Type 30, modified to only have one seat (because back then Grand Prix racers still needed two seats).
Their drivers would be led by Pierre de Vizcaya and the legendary Polish designer Count Louis Zborowski. They were joined by a series of other wealthy aristocrats interested in a flick of speed, including the Parisian Prince de Cystria, and the Argentinians Martin de Alzaga and Raul Riganti. With just 90 horsepower on tap, Bugatti's best chances came from capitalizing on attrition. But still it's quite incredible that they're out here having only made it to the big leagues a year prior.

The Supercharged Mercedes M7294. Stripped down to only one seat for Indianapolis. Image credits to Supercars.net

Christian F. Lautenschlager. Image from Fine Art America.
And now for a manufacturer I'm sure everyone is familiar with: Mercedes! By this point, Mercedes were still virtually the "exiled genius” of the European racing world. Their status as a German car manufacturer left them banned from taking part in the French Grand Prix after The Great War, but that did not stop the engineers at Stuttgart from innovating and being ahead of the curve. At the 1922 Targa Florio, they introduced the world's first supercharged (and by extension, forced induction) racecars, capitalizing on a gray area for the Grand Prix regulations of the time. Seeing the potential of the supercharging device, Mercedes opted to take it one step further for 1923. In a design that complies with the 2.0 liter Grand Prix regulations, they introduced the M7294, designed by Paul Daimler himself. This 120-horsepower beast used centrifugal supercharging to make up for the below-average RPM compared to the naturally aspirated American racers they'd be up against, making this the first effort for a supercharged race car at Indy.
As they were once again playing with hot stuff, Mercedes entrusted only their absolute best and most knowledgeable drivers with the M7294. The headlining driver would be two-time Grand Prix champion Christian Lautenschlager, alongside their top testers Max Sailer and Christian Werner.

Duesenberg Special at Indianapolis, 1924. No good photos of their 1923 special exist. Image credits to Indiana Memory Collections.
The rather abrupt nature of the switch from 3.0 liter engines to 2.0 liter engines for the Indy 500 sent a paradigm-changing shockwave to the balance of power among American racing teams. Many manufacturers found themselves largely underprepared or ill-equipped to handle making all new designs in such a short time for the 1923 Indy 500. One such example would be the Duesenberg brothers. High off of an incredible upset victory at the 1921 French Grand Prix, and a record-breaking Indy 500 win (both with Jimmy Murphy at the helm), it’s safe to say Duesenberg were a staple of American open wheel racing, and in 1923 their absence was very much felt. In the hurried rush to put together a special car in time for Indianapolis, they depleted most of their resources, and sent out three cars, mostly for relief drivers. Only one car would start the race, for their chief relief driver Wade Morton, making his Indy 500 debut. Quite the contrast to see only one car from such a big team.
The Detroit-based Packard team were able to create a reasonably strong package for the 1923 season, managing around 115 horsepower from their new 2.0 liter special. Although not in as desperate of a situation as Duesenberg were, Packard still put together a strong team, fielding the legendary Ralph DePalma as their headlining driver, alongside Joe Boyer and 1916 winner Dario Resta.
Others wouldn’t be so fortunate as Duesenberg and Packard to survive the sudden shift. The Frontenac Motor Corporation, a joint venture between Louis Chevrolet (yes, that Chevrolet), Joe Boyer and car salesman William Small, was the dominant force in Champ Car racing during and after The Great War, with Chevrolet himself leading the race team to glory. After a suboptimal 1922 race in which none of Chevrolet’s cars finished in the top 5, the devastating news that they’d have to rebuild everything they had was the nail in the coffin that would make the Frontenac project go bankrupt, ridding American open wheel racing of one of its strongest teams. Can you imagine that happening to Chevrolet and Team Penske today? Because that’s what this felt like at the time.
Miller Type 122 Special, as entered by HCS. Image credits to ConceptCarz.
However, where some had failed or struggled, others would absolutely thrive. In the immediate post-war years, The Wisconsonite Harry Miller was the owner of a very successful carburetor-selling business, generating over $1 million in yearly revenue. Miller would put this money to good use, developing a durable and fast racing engine for the Indy 500 (inspired by the old Peugeot engines), which in 1922 would be used by the overall race winner, Jimmy Murphy on his special Duesenberg chassis. The record-breaking pace of Murphy's win ignited huge interest in Miller's fast-growing racing team. Luckily for Miller, his team would stay ahead of the curve for the 1923 regulation change, developing a strong 2.0 liter engine for an elegant and functional design: the Type 122 (named such for the engine size in cubic inches).
The Miller 122 was the very first dedicated single-seater race car in the United States. Talk about an innovative race car for the time, back in those days the top Grand Prix cars mandated two seats for driver and mechanic! However, as the need for a mechanic was now optional for the Indy 500, the 122 only had the one seat. The car also boasted a very impressive 120 horsepower. A similar power output to Miller's previous engines, but far more dense given the smaller engine size.

Cliff Durant.
With the promise of stability at over 110 miles per hour, and especially given the short notice of the regulation change hurting other American manufacturers, Harry Miller's design would have an explosion of interest from many drivers of the American Open Wheel racing establishment. There were no less than eleven of these bad boys lining up for the 1923 Indy 500, making this car a clear favorite for race day. There were two top teams fielding Millers this year, including Cliff Durant’s stable of eight cars with champion drivers such as Earl Cooper and Jimmy Murphy headlining his team’s attack. They would be rivaled by the Harry C. Stutz team (H.C.S. for short), who had just two cars, but packed a real punch by fielding two past Indy 500 champions: Howard “Howdy” Wilcox, and Thomas “Tommy” Milton.

Headline for Indiana law prohibiting sporting events occurring on memorial day. Taken from The Daily Republican, January 25th, 1923.
So now that we have the exposition out of the way, it's time for the race itself. Well, almost. You see, at the start of 1923, the Indiana State Legislature passed a law that prohibited all sporting events from occurring on Memorial Day, which included the Indianapolis 500 itself. This was done on the grounds that not enough respect had been given to the fallen American soldiers, and that the day was instead used for “games, races, and revelry.” Although this reasoning was sound, many people found this law un-American for limiting free expression. This included the organizers of the Indy 500, who relied on a holiday to guarantee maximal race attendance. There were talks of moving the race to the Saturday before Memorial day (May 26th in this instance), and even potentially making Saturday a special holiday! Honestly, it kind of reeks of making a town around the racetrack called “Speedway” (which actually happened). As no better solution could be found due to the organizers’ insistence on running on a holiday, the race would be held on a Wednesday, May 30th.

Joe Boyer in the Packard Special, 1923.
Now that we know when the race happens, it's time to actually get into the swing of things. Most teams used the entire month of May leading up to the race to get in private practice sessions, to have the best possible independent data regarding average speed and reliability. As such, there was a pretty clear picture of who had better overall speed, which turned out to be everybody. Before the 4-lap time trials began on Saturday the 26th, Harry Hartz in his Cliff Durant Miller car set a 106 mph average speed lap, which was nearly SIX miles per hour faster than Jimmy Murphy’s pole lap from the year prior. This speed would soon be matched by the likes of Murphy and Milton. Already this Indy 500 was promising to be a showstopper with these speeds.
Qualifying began on Saturday, the 26th. Just like it is today, the starting grid would be set by doing 4 laps of the Indy oval at speed, with the average lap (measured in speed, not time) determining your placement. The gentleman Bugatti drivers had very consistent lap speeds, even if their trials were rather slow for the time. The best lap came from Raul Riganti, clocking in at a 95 mph average speed. The Mercedes cars fared only a little better. Lautenschlager and Werner both showed very strong speed in excess of 105 mph on the straights, but had to back off quite a bit in the corners. This evened out to give a lap speed of approximately 95 mph from Werner, and 93 mph from Lautenschlager.

Cars lining up for the start of the 1923 Indy 500, ground view, pace car in front.
As the European manufacturers struggled, the Americans fared much better. Packard and Miller would both have drivers that beat out Jimmy Murphy’s 100 mph qualifying record from 1922. For Packard, it was DePalma, at around 100.42 miles per hour, promising to the public that this wouldn’t be a Miller whitewash as far as speed goes. But even then, the Millers stood head and shoulders above the rest, particularly with the HCS-entered cars. Tommy Milton would throw down the gauntlet with a murderous speed of 108 mph for pole position! Talk about crazy improvement from the year before. For reference, this year’s record-setting Indy 500 pole speed improved on last year’s by only 0.2 mph. Really speaks to how much of a wild west era 100 years ago was like. Milton’s time would be closely matched by the top two from the past year, Jimmy Murphy and Harry Hartz. They would be joined in the top 5 speeds by Cliff Durant himself, and Packard’s DePalma.
And now for the race itself. In front of a rambunctious crowd of over 100,000 strong (there were far less grandstand tickets back then), the pace car led the 24 cars to a rolling start as they roared into turn 1. Tommy Milton built up a very strong lead in the first lap, but Jimmy Murphy negotiated the cars in front of him from the third row to pass Milton by turn four, with Boyer and Hartz closely following. By lap three, Milton overtook Murphy to return to first place, setting the stage for the opening 50 laps of the race, which would be a constant back and forth tussle between these two drivers, both representing the top teams using Miller cars: Murphy for Durant Racing, and Milton for the H.C.S. Motor Company. The crowd could hardly believe such a close and fast battle, no one had ever seen anything like it (they would swap the lead 25 times). Joe Boyer and Ralph DePalma helped keep Packard within touching distance, and the supercharged Mercedes’ proved to surprise in race trim, with Werner reaching the top 10 very quickly.

Leaderboard after Lap 10. Credits to goldenera.fi
The first 50 laps would see several retirements, including two high speed crashes. On lap 14 Mercedes’ Christian Lautenschlager skidded into the wall at turn 1 at nearly 90 mph, with the driver mostly uninjured. His riding mechanic Jakob Krauss was less fortunate, as he’d suffer a left leg contusion. Lautenschlager was the only driver in the field with a riding mechanic, and the mechanic’s injuries called into question the safety of even having one at all.
The other crash would come from Tom Alley, relief driver for former national champion Earl Cooper. Alley lost control at 105 mph entering turn 3, crashing straight into the fence and throwing Alley 20 feet from the car. Alley survived with serious lacerations to his back, but the sheer impact of his car on the catch fence would tragically take the life of a young local spectator, Herbert Shoup. I know it’s very upsetting, but in this day and age it’s always important to remind ourselves of, and respect, the consequences of the danger these drivers, and the people who watched them, faced when racing.
A stillframe of actual footage of Howdy Wilcox, Tommy Milton, and Jimmy Murphy battling for the lead in the 1923 Indianapolis 500. Taken from the official Indianapolis Motor Speedway YouTube channel.
Leaderboard After 20 out of 200 laps.
After Joe Boyer hit the pits for an extended period of time by lap 30 to change spark plugs, Packard’s best hope of a win faded, making it a Miller show up front. But the battle for the lead ramped up considerably by lap 50. Now, joining Milton and Murphy were their team-mates at HCS and Durant respectively, making it a two on two battle. Howard Wilcox had recovered from a serious qualifying mistake putting him much lower on the grid and now was in the mix with Milton, and Murphy was joined by the owner of the team himself, Cliff Durant. The Mercedes of Werner slowly improved once more, now up to 6th, showing promise that the supercharger may really be the game changer Mercedes had made it out to be.

Jimmy Murphy (right). Image credits to Sports Car Digest.
Wilcox’s charge wouldn’t last very long, as by lap 60 his car had a broken clutch, dropping him out of the race. He would soon be followed by Murphy, who by the same time had problems brewing from within his Miller that slowed his pace a good bit. He went into the pits for nearly five laps to resolve these issues, which put him well down the order and hoping for a miracle for a repeat victory. This left only Durant and Milton up front, with only 10 seconds between them, and Harry Hartz half a track behind, though Durant began to ease off due to slowly-building exhaustion that would go on to affect several drivers throughout the day.
Even though they showed promise early on, much like the Frontenacs from the year prior, Packard would have a devastating and sudden end to their 500 charge. On lap 59, they lost Joe Boyer due to a defective differential, and it would seem that some of the mechanics didn’t check the head gaskets on the other two cars, as those breaking would be the downfall of both DePalma and Dario Resta, on laps 69 and 88 respectively. Less than halfway through the race the biggest challenger to the Millers on outright speed would be gone in a flash.

Christian Werner, circa 1924. His car was the strongest of the Mercs at Indy that day. Image from Mercedes-Benz digital archive.
Where some challengers would flounder, others would silently surprise. By lap 80, the two remaining Mercedes’, piloted by Werner and Sailer, had found themselves in the top 5. Although not challenging race leader Milton for pace, it was as clear as day that the two Germans had consistent speed and utmost confidence with the M7294. With that being said, driving it at the pace they were proved extremely exhausting. Multiple stops had to be made to rotate drivers out of the cars, sometimes requiring assistance to even get out of the car. Despite all of that the Mercs maintained position, and by the halfway point had found themselves in third place.

Howdy Wilcox in H.C.S. Special, 1923.
By that point, however, the battle for the lead had cooled off. On the back stretch of the circuit, Cliff Durant came to a dead stop. The exact reasoning never got clarified, but eventually his car restarted and he rejoined the race more than 6 laps behind the leader. This left his more conservative team-mate Harry Hartz inheriting second place, one of the only cars left to not get lapped by Tommy Milton. With a huge lead now established, the HCS team pulled Milton in to give him a rest, as even he isn’t impervious to severe exhaustion. Milton had blistered, severely injured hands, which prompted the team to order Milton to have some rest, handing the car over to Wilcox, who remained on standby after his own car had dropped out. With only Hartz and Werner anywhere near their huge lead, Wilcox took over, with only one goal in mind: to keep the car on the track until Milton recovered.
Leaderboard after 120 out of 200 laps
Wilcox would relieve Milton for 48 laps, and the car remained firmly in the lead over Hartz, even extending it to one full lap ahead. In that time several other cars would be vanquished through spending countless dozens of minutes in the pitlane, fixing mechanical problems that developed over time. This included the Mercedes of Werner, which by lap 120 was the only good Mercedes left. Their race was compromised significantly when the car caught fire in the pitlane, though it would be extinguished very quickly. As Werner’s car left the pitlane, relieved by Sailer, the crowd gave the Germans a standing ovation! Talk about ways of catching people’s attention, a pitstop fire is definitely one of them! Although this frantic moment almost took them out, at its very next pitstop at 140 laps, Werner’s battered Mercedes came into the pits overheated and clearly in need of a rest. They would rejoin after spending dozens of laps in the pits, but with the dream of a supercharged podium at the fastest race in the world officially over.
The excitement of the beginning of the race wore off by lap 150, as due to the high temperatures of the day, many drivers had to be relieved and substituted by their designated stand-ins, removing the grandeur from what started as such a competitive race. The high “driver attrition,” so to speak, caused the race to be significantly slower than the 1922 Indy 500. Although Milton had recovered in time to return to his HCS Miller, his lap speeds dropped off significantly, which did allow the catching Jimmy Murphy to unlap himself a couple times, but never enough to actively challenge for victory.

Official Race Results as reported in The Indianapolis Star, May 31st, 1923.
Tommy Milton crossing the line to receive the checkered flag for victory.
After 200 laps, five-and-a-half hours, At an average speed of approximately 90 miles per hour, bruised and battered, but NOT beaten, the H.C.S. Special Tommy Milton crossed the finish line in first place, making him the first-ever two-time champion of the Indianapolis 500. The crowd roared in excitement for such a valiant effort, very deserving of over $30,000 in winnings he received. Cliff Durant’s team also performed admirably despite failing to win, with Harry Hartz once again finishing 2nd only one lap behind Milton, and Jimmy Murphy taking home third place. This Indy 500 would go down in history as a groundbreaking one, putting Indianapolis back on the global stage and providing the best framework in the world for close wheel to wheel racing at high speeds, just like the Indy 500 does today.
Manufacturers left this race both brilliantly satisfied and extremely disappointed:
Bugatti wasn't exactly the fastest manufacturer out there, having only one finishing car in 9th place, 56 minutes behind Milton. But the aristocrats that funded their entry had an absolute blast driving at speed down the fastest racetrack on Earth, and for that you gotta at least respect the effort. The independent work of Prince de Cystria and his fellow aristocratic racing enthusiasts helped put Bugatti on the map across the pond. Within one year, Bugatti had made their Grand Prix debut at home, raced in the first Grand Prix at Monza, and now raced at Indianapolis. It’s safe to say their future looked bright at this point in time.
Packard, by the skin of their teeth, and thanks to a truly great driver lineup, had proven that they could come close to challenge Miller’s outright speed, but their mechanical shortcomings on the biggest stage would prove to be the most embarrassing. Just like Frontenac and Chevrolet before them, Packard would “pack up” their racing efforts at the end of the 1923 season, unwilling to spend more money on what they and the general public viewed as a losing effort.

With this result, it became 100% clear that Miller 122 was the open wheel race car to beat not just in America, but the world over, having been the only car to complete the full 200 lap distance in less than 6 hours, and occupying the entire top 4. Although several of the top brass manufacturers in Europe hadn’t raced their designs properly yet, in the first year of American-European convergence, it seemed quite clear that the Americans had a real threat up their sleeve. Rest assured, this would not be the end of Miller’s escapades in Grandes Epreuves this season…
It seems history is destined to repeat itself. Just like the Mercedes Formula 1 team of today, in this race Mercedes came with a vision, and despite a very slow start, they steadily improved their position, making the overall podium late in the race. This great result showed the world that a supercharged design really is a viable option in the racing landscape, and it’s safe to say that many in America took notice of their heroics. The M7294 sadly wouldn’t race again in 1923, but rest assured, supercharging would make a ferocious return later in the year…
And that concludes my retrospective on the 1923 Indianapolis 500. I want to give a big shoutout to all of the online resources I have used to compile images for this post, to give a more visual aspect to the race we’re looking back on. I also cannot thank enough https://www.goldenera.fi/, the absolutely phenomenal interwar Grand Prix racing website, for the more obscure and detailed information that simply can’t be found anywhere else, especially with the intermediate leaderboards. I adored writing this up, but it wouldn’t be what it is without the invaluable research by the other incredible racing historians that came before me.
I hope you guys enjoyed reading about this race as much as I did writing it up. Like I’ve always said, it's important that we remind ourselves of our history, especially with races as long ago as these, as they definitely deserve a fair shot in this fast-paced day and age. The Centennial Series will return in July, for the most important race of the year, and one which bears relevance even in today's racing world: The 1923 French Grand Prix.
Until next time, folks! :)
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2023.05.31 15:25 s_silverring Okay I lied…These might be my best set yet 🩵

Okay I lied…These might be my best set yet 🩵
First time attempting French-style tips on all of my nails instead of just accent nails. I tried out a new nail drill bit so my cuticles got a tad messed up but it’s pretty minimal. Overall I’m super happy with how this set turned out! In a couple of weeks I’ll be doing the same but with bright neon pink 🩷
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2023.05.31 15:13 jennyfromthevillage People like their feminist friends until they get called out themselves

This will be just a random stream of thoughts that gathered in me in a few weeks and months so please bear with me and my ranting. I was lately thinking more and more about how your friends like to have feminist friends, but only when it benefits them.
Thank you for reading through. Anyone else going through the same situations? How do you deal with it?
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2023.05.31 15:10 Teacher_Talk21 Notice handed in - I feel free!!!

Hi everyone.
(ECT1 in Spanish for context)
I’ve posted a few times on how my year has just been a car crash after car crash (mainly due to the school and things happening beyond my control) and I decided I was going to leave at the end of the year. I’d passed up an opportunity for promotion in a different school in the trust because of loyalty and how other people would have felt about it (didn’t think of me and what I wanted). In hindsight I think I dodged a bullet with that one.
I applied for a job (still teaching just a different school, out of the trust) I didn’t think I’d get it, got an interview. Turned up to the interview where the two other candidates were native speakers - I thought omg I definitely haven’t got this now, it’s over. I only went and got the job - in that moment when I was offered the job after I convinced myself 100 times they were about to tell me I didn’t get it, it was like 1000 tonnes had been lifted off my shoulders. They said they didn’t ever think they’d have as many positive things to say about an ECT1 who’s had the year I’ve had as they did. I was just in shock.
I handed my notice in on Wednesday last week and have heard nothing - not a peep, nobody has come to me to try and get me to stay (not that I’d change my mind). They’ve already sourced my replacement almost instantly. It’s just been complete radio silence from SLT, turns out I am just a number to them after all ahaha.
I’m going to send my notice attached to an email to my head today to make sure and put the final nail in the coffin - I’m not being trapped here by a technicality.
Any tips on getting through the next 6 weeks? I can already feel it’s going to drag so bad. I just need to reach the end and this year will be over and behind me.
I don’t know whether SLT are going to be hostile towards me but I just want to get on with the last few weeks and get out in a positive way, no unnecessary bridges burnt and all that.
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2023.05.31 14:27 Bogenieanrhapsody Has anyone else had a huge drop in skin/cuticle quality using fix and flash extensions? How did you avoid it?

I've been using the gel press on nails that you cure on with builder gel for a few weeks now and as extensions I love them. But just lately, as I've made a conscious effort to moisturise and use cuticle oil throughout the day my skin's been getting drier, harder and it's peeling easier. In general it kind of looks like I need a break but I'm not sure if it's the gels, or if I'm using bad quality cuticle oil or what. It's making my dermatilliamania really flare up (restricting my ability to skin pick is one of the reasons I wear extensions). Any tips on why this may have happened (I never had this problem when I had acrylics) or how I can maximise recovery over a break period? Thanks
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