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    When regular party hats were not decadent enough, huh?
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    Farewell to Sal's Realm...

    Oh yeah, you need a thriving userbase just to even have a Wiki up and running with frequent updates. A site, with guides, tips and tricks, would naturally fall behind a Wiki unless you have a very high userbase able to test everything properly. There is a reason why guides often took time to write, or required a dedicated crew of people to get everything done. Back in the IRC days, we were about 5-20 people regularily running around, doing certain pieces of a guide. Like, one would take pictures, one would do the writing, one would come up with solutions to puzzles and such, and it flowed pretty organically. It was what made update days so fun, because it was like the hive was stirring with energy and motivation.
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    Would you like to subscribe to our brand new Activity MAX subscription model that has all the features of the Activity+ package, but also generates extra activity when you desire it?
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    Life update?

    Then again, you do not need much planning to have kids! I know a lot of people from my year that ended up getting kids years before they were ready. Some, to be fair, are not even ready to this day. Children is probably a joy, but they certainly also seem like a prison. I think being grown up to want to "settle" down comes in many shapes, sizes and situations. What I would say is that, after settling down, I would say that "feeling the magic" is more about a state of mind. I find that one's definition of "magic" often changes, so my best suggestion is for you to look for what is magical to you nowadays, if you want to feel that... comfort, passion and happiness. I am doing well, yeah. I am bracing myself from the pre-Christmas rush with grading and assessing students, and facing the dread of 6 months of snow and ice during the darkness of winter, but at least the non-work parts of my life is going rather well.
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    I skipped dinner today, but it just crept past midnight, and I am considering cooking just because I had a long rest after work today. Being hungry is a nuisance. I am dying for some really awesome food, but it is too late to order some tasty food. Argh.
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    I swear, this course would have been at least 2 hours shorter if you had younger and more competent people that could multi-task, do the tech side, than these old relics.
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    Out of all the ways I could spend this lovely Tuesday, I would never choose to spend the day attending a 7-hour online conference on the new Exam model. ...sadly, I did not have a choice in the matter.
  8. Really?! Thank god, I thought it was just me being absolutely dense.
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    Life update?

    It feels a bit weird to only condence an entire lifetime of experiences and adventures into a single portion, but I think this part stood out to me the most. I think the quoted part is the most interesting, because it accurately portrays that experience of suddenly realizing that one is old enough to put a lifetime of adventures, rebellion and craziness behind themselves. You seem to have lived an exciting life, but I think you accurately describe that transition when you realise that you want to live a certain way forever, but you face that existential dread of realising it is unfeasible and unobtainable. "Being stuck in adulthood" is a fear I think a lot of teenagers and young adults end up having, because they fear their lives will become bleak and boring eventually. Hogwash! After a bit, you look back and realise that you ended up being an adult. You took your education, you got your job, you earned enough money, you are starting to settle down, you start focusing on obtaining property, you meet someone you feel comfortable, and suddenly everything clicks into place. It might seem like a prison, and an existence that traps you into the same boring pattern, but... here is my tip from experience: It is not a prison at all. It is in fact the removal of all ties that bind you, and giving you the freedom to live your life freely and without worry. Save enough money, and you own your property. Save enough money, and you can backpack for years on end, experiencing everything the world has to offer. You just might not realise that you have the freedom, until you "wake up". I am glad to hear that you sound quite awake already.
  10. You forget about the feeling where you are busy for a day or two, and then you return and you are completely paranoid because of all the things you might have missed out on, and of course some juicy drama or thread happened while you were gone, and you missed out..! But hey, I must have been oblivious back in the day. I remember the first friend I got here on Sal's was @Sir Sibannac (together with Hamba/Hammie). I think it was only when being nostalgic during the last few months or so, that I finally pieced together that he was actually just named Sir Cannabis, backwards. I felt like such an idiot realising that after so many years.
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    Oh sure, when future generations will comb through archaeological finds to out when everything wrong, it is convenient for you to have a scapegoat to blame it on..! Oh, I am not doing too bad. There are a few aspects to life that I wish was sorted out so they would not be stressors, but for the most part, things are going very well. My biggest gripe is that I wish I had more time for everything I want to do, but it is fairly easy to get by either way. That said, I hope you are doing well too. With a pandemic going on, I can imagine there have been some rough times, but I hope you have managed to come through it without any issues.
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    #21 Farming+99 Warbands

    That is quite impressive. Congratulations! What are your future goals? What motivation drives you ever onwards to be able to slog through grinding over 20 99s?
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    Thank you! I think my updated variant is a significant improvement.
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    Headache Saturday!
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    Thoughts on Monarchies in the 21st Century?

    I think the concept of Monarchies remaining due to being tied to a religion, might not necessarily be true. It has only been 9 years, but when we reformed Norway away from being a Constitutional Christian country, and the King stepped down as the head of the Church of Norway, not much changed. While Norway might be extremely non-religious, I do not think it is unfathomable that other Monarchies might end up being as non-religious as Norway. I would imagine that even the UK has a steady decline in the amount of people considering themselves to be actual Christian believers. In Norway, our Monarchy is far more of a cultural identity, than a religious identity. I would imagine that would be the future transformation of the UK Monarchy as well.
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    Investing

    Another thing to add on to houses... if you have sufficient knowledge in regards to renovating a home, there usually is a lot of money involved in renovating houses in your spare time. You will end up with longer days, but there is a lot of money to be gained from it if you know what you are doing. Restoring houses and selling them is a great source for revenue, as the housing market is usually quite hungry for solid deals.
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    Autumn Holidays! :D
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    Almost weekend!
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    How to eat cheaply

    This is true. The Quote button does not put the entire post, nested quotes and all, into your reply. You only quote the unique content within said post. This feature was lost the last time we forum upgraded, and I am not sure why. It is not an intentionally planned change that were made for any good reason. I will see if something can be done to revert that. Edit: I could not find a way.
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    Investing

    I struggle to see how it would realistically break any rules of old. I simply think topics of this kind did not exist because the community as a whole was not old enough to actually debate this kind of topic. That said, as long as it is just a theoretical discussion on the subject of investments, there ought to be no harm, and thus no foul. To add to the discussion, I would say that all of this depends on several factors, such as your personal desires, your income, the place you live (or want to live), availability of good options, and such. For me, my first investment was to first buy a house, and I am currently downpaying that loan to remove future interest rates. I calculated that this would be more valuable to me in the long run, rather than paying down the loan for longer, but then also investing in an index fund. I also have a minor 1-time investment in a spread of minor investments that could, potentially, have insane payouts (stocks and cryptocurrency), but I consider to be "lost" and I have no expectations on any payout. It is your typical "fire and forget" investment, and I only spent as much as I would use if I were to walk into a casino for gambling. Besides, who in their right mind would make a silly currency called Etherium valuable, anyway? One of the major experiences I have learned is to not underestimate the value of having a lot of money as a buffer fund, should something go wrong. When you are an adult, things will always go wrong at some point. I am fortunate in the sense that I have free healthcare, but if you lack that, it might be wise to have a lot of funds readily available to pay costs should something unfortunate happen. At the end of the day, the important part is to figure out what your best options are based on your situation. Taking the time to consider all the factors involved, and options you have, is important. It is easy to say that investing in an index fund yields better results than hedge funds, but... if funds are statistically worse for you compared to buying property, then you should naturally buy property.
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    Thoughts on Monarchies in the 21st Century?

    I am Norwegian, yes. I am not entirely sure whether the symbolism can be performed by someone outside a royal family, and I certainly would not trust them to be symbolic or objective. See, politics is both a fantastic thing, and a truly horrible force. Politics does not really unite a nation, it rather creates friction. You can point to culturally significant figures, but celebrities are generally swayed by politics or by outside force. Our (Norwegian) royal family is incredibly careful to not interfere with politics. They do not comment, nor do they interfere. Our King has weekly cabinet meetings and is fully informed of what happens in the country, but he does not comment, or interfere. However, there are those rare occasions. An act of terrorism. A natural disaster. Public debate on topics such as racism and gender identity. On those rare occasions, the King speaks up and speaks in a way meant to bridge people together, and... well, no one really objects or disagrees. He becomes a voice of reason. If you are curious how he is, look at this video to see how he just includes everyone to be his fellow Norwegians. You can say a lot of things about Royalty, and I concede the fact that not all Royal families share the same values, nor are every member virtuous, but... King Harald has been raised all his life to be this Symbol. He was born into a future where he would have no power, no privacy, and a lot of privilege to go with it, and he has spent the better part of his life (80 years) fulfilling that duty. It is.... hard.... to not respect the hell out of the man for his service and dedication. Yes, I am sure he is fortunate and can live a carefree life in luxury and privilege, but.. it is a gilded prison. He has never been able to live a life in privacy ever. Heck, what drove him to be an accomplished sailor was mostly because he felt that, at sea, he could be himself and do what he wanted, not what was expected. Actually, it is fairly common that while not every political leader might be hated, they or their party's political stance is oft both controversial and outright hated by citizens with opposing views. Modern politics has become far more alienating towards opposing views, than embracing the healthy debate between conflicting views. It is improbable to be a political figure in a democratic society today, and be considered a great unifier of political views. I support your ascension to the Throne, My Lord. I was running out of Royal Blood as ritual components.. I think it is safer to say that being a person in any position of wealth, power, influence or privilege allows you to be a pedophile with no consequences, rather than being royalty. After all, Larry Nassar was a pedophile with no consequences, and it would be totally unfair to paint all US males as pedophiles. It is perhaps best to not follow that logic, as that just devolves into a whodunnit type of discussion.
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    I do hope it ends up being a one-time thing, or else both of us ought to be worried.
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    In all fairness, I agree with him.
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    Thoughts on Monarchies in the 21st Century?

    Living in a Constitutional Monarchy is a bit odd. I believe the Monarchy should be abolished, because being born into the rigbt family hardly makes you a qualified leader, when commoners also have access to education and funding. Common people have removed the gap to royalty, proving that they can become better leaders than someone born to power. That said, I think few things can be as unifying as our King. He is not burdened by voters or politics. When he speaks, he speaks for all the people, and he has been an extremely strong unifying voice, both during tragedies and uncertain times. I know that someday soon, our King will die, and that will be a great loss. I hope his son, and grand-daughter, prove themselves worthy successors in the coming Century, but.. I doubt they can fill that role. If they can, I hope the Monarchy lives on. If they prove to be poor leaders, then we should transition away from Monarchy for good.
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    I would imagine it would force minimum wages to be increased if they removed such jobs through automation, but.. well.. thinking that would make me a socialist, which I ironically am not by Norwegian standards.
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