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I've found myself perusing books written by governments. It's really weird, because it feels like some bureaucrat spent an immense amount of time studying, compiling, and writing up a book that feels so oddly disconnected to them. Some of them are well known:
The 9/11 Commission Report
The Army Survival Field Manual
Some are stuff you'd never hear about normally, but it makes sense that some people would know about them:
Airplane flying handbook
But what I really find interesting are the ones that are really obscure and clearly had loads of work put into them, or so ridiculously specialized that you wonder who wanted it, or you'd figure there's already a textbook about it why would the government want their own? E.g.:
A book about Mulberries
A report about U.S. shipping
Finite element analysis for bridges

https://catalog.gpo.gov/ is a good place for a lot of these.


>It's really weird, because it feels like some bureaucrat spent an immense amount of time studying, compiling, and writing up a book that feels so oddly disconnected to them.
This characterization reminds me very strongly of Chinese imperial records, written in Classical Chinese. Imperial bodies used to record a great deal, though of course the vast majority of it is buried in chinese academic sites. There are a few very famous instances, such as the zuozhuan (左傳) which would be roughly equivalent to the roman annals from the regal period.
A personal favorite of mine is the story of the efforts of astronomical prediction in ancient china, described in the book "Heavenly Numbers: Astronomy and Authority in Early Imperial China" by Christopher Cullen. Of course, I wouldhave never heard about any of it otherwise.

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who's in making a video game together? I was thinking about a visualnovel, with japanese style design. I was thinking about something horror-y like higurashi or corpse for example.
making a japanese style would be great, and I think a lot of people would like to.
I think theres a lot of otakus/weeaboos who would love to make a project and I think wizardchan can be a good platform with solid people.
what do you think?
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I think there's programs available to make mega man fangames and mega man romhacks which should make this a lot simpler.


mega man is for crabs


Just play this. The gameplay is fun, the maps are good, and the weapons/setting is all pretty faithful to the series


i remember before i could program, i had no problem making assets and art and stuff. but that is boring as hell now. the most interest part of a game is the programming, solving problems with trying to create code to define the game. but once those problems are gone or the problem isn't interesting… no desire to continue

im sure this in some form can be generalized for other parts of game dev, besides programming. and so i feel the only way for certain people (who will never make a game) to actually make a game, is to do some sort of game jam and rush something out, before you become bored and disinterested with it


so…are we starting?

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I literally am autistic and now I just want to swim.I have a job,but refused extra hours,which would let me earn more,to have plenty spare time(I sleep 8 hours, I could work 4 hours +sleep only 4,ive done it before…)but I want to really live "downsized"so I can swim.
>so far I take lessons with a good coach 5 times a week, around 70 minutes each
>My goal is to have 2 Daily classes 6 days a week
Do I need to lift for swim power?I already do basic heavy lifting, for health. what special items can I buy,such as Weight Belt, Water wrist,ankle weights etc?
>how much KM should I swim per hour\per 20 minutes?
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Go swim faggot, there's nothing to it beside that.


I swim in the river. Been a while.
Why don't you look up books on swimming if you want to optimize so much?


I don't know anything about swimming. I'm pretty sure it's in the same domain as calisthenics insofar as the effort you put in is what you get out. If you're doing it twice daily 6 times a week I'd suspect you're overtraining insofar as this is even possible for a water-resistance type program. Swimming is a full body workout if you're going hard so forget about lifting at the gym


*you probably want to visit free weights once a week just to avoid losing your existing gains


Actually you might be interested in Stewart Smith. He's an ex-seal who writes fitness programs designed to qualify for various mil-type occupations. I can't find the exact download link for a pdf online but you can look around or buy it off amazon/get it from your local library. I have one of his books and it's all extremely punishing calisthenics workouts with minimal use of free weights if at all. There's also plenty of entry to BUDS type guides around you could use


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Anyone here have weird, niche interests? I’m curious about this kind of thing. I like hearing about people dedicating their lives to one specific strange thing. Post about them here.
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>Anyone here have weird, niche interests?

I don't think you could consider them "weird", some of them are weird (in relation to the culture where I live).

>experimental and alternative music

>playing many instruments and music recording
>philosophy (specifically existentialism)
>alcohol and drugs
>running, hiking, walking long distances
>weightlifting and exercising
>literature (specially literature in my language, manga and non-cape comics)
>internet forums
>cooking (specially pescetarian diet)

That's pretty much it for me. I'm heavily immersed in all of these hobbies and I engage them almost every single day. Being an autistic wizard has its perks.


Vintage mechanical keyboards.


I like classical chinese and calculator astronomy.


I am obsessed with creating AI generated music. I always have some generation running, and Google colab is the only thing I pay monthly for.


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I liked the first math thread, but that hit the bump limit so I'm making another one.

Here is a neat tool posted in the previous thread that shows you how to do geometry the way the greeks did.


Here are a series of MIT OCW courses that will help you learn calculus:



Full MIT OCW Mathematics catalog:


Attached is the a Numberphile video about the seven bridges of Königsberg because I dunno what else to attach to this OP.
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My professor recommended "Introduction to Graph Theory" by Robin Wilson, it's free from the University of Edinburgh online. The proof I laid out depends on the chapter "Paths and cycles" where Eulerian paths are discussed.
I like graph theory and wanted to give the proof I do not care about whether it's solvable within the bounds of the vague questioning.
Can you show the solution with crossed lines then?


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>Can you show the solution with crossed lines then?

Here. Try it for yourself first. the trick is to start somewhere going outward, then loop all the ways back around the whole puzzle.


I stand corrected. Also nice job with the gif.
I like that caricaturization of myself, I appreciate the effort you put into it, too.


funny, the video in the OP is just about the puzzle everybody is talking about


i was looking up jomon dogu earlier today and it is frustrating trying to see any patterns in how the dogu developed over time, across different regions of japan

is it crazy to use a map of japan as the ground, and then stack dogu above their region of japan, chronolgically? this way you can see where and when themes and patterns of the dogu emerge

i tried arranging stuff in 2d but there is no direct connection to the region of the map, you need the extra vertical axis to stack them i think

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There are certain objects that I like to collect images of just because I love how they look. I think these are things that just look oddly beautiful in a way. I'm not sure if 'beautiful' is the right word. They just seem really pleasant, I guess. If you don't mind, I wanted to share some of these, and like to hear others aesthetic sensibilities in physical objects.

This is an Olivetti Summa 15. It's an old mechanical calculator. I find it interesting because it's a cast metal piece, but the edges are rounded. The function knob is on a piece that's embossed. It's got that beige/tan look of a retro PC, but before retro PCs existed.
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Also, all these things ive mentioned share certain similarities in their shapes. If someone knows how this style of design is called please tell me.


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Man, the Dreamcast is a good one. I love how that thing looks. I know people always made fun of how bulky the controller was, but it always reminded me of a Manta Ray, and I love manta rays. And the triangle+circle of the lid was always nice IMO as well.

I know nothing about industrial design or even any books or how you would even begin to study it. What's the starting textbook for that?


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Here in my country (Argentina) industrial design is a university major/career. They study about product developement, design, and production.


I didnt study or know anything about it, at least that it is pretty interesting, and if i had time i would do it. Here is a list with some books for beginners (yes i just googled and found em on reddit, but what gives)

Thinking Objects: Contemporary approaches to product design / Tim Parsons

The making of Design: from the first model to the final product / Gerrit Terstiege

Design for the Real World / Victor Papanek

Design, Creativity and Culture: an orientation to Design / Maurice Barnwell

Manufacturing Processes for Design Professionals / Rob Thompson

How to See: a guide to reading our man-made environment / George Nelson

The Good Life / Scott and Helen Nearing


That controller was awful.

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Im trying to make an imageboard for fun, i got fired from my job and have money for some months so before trying searching a new one ill try to make an imageboard as an small project.
I have little knowledge about coding so idk how this will turn out.
I made a draft using this >https://replit.com/talk/learn/How-to-make-a-imageboard/56787#make-your-own-php-imageboard
but idk how to continue.
How should i continue?
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Y u wanna make ur own ib software
That's dumb
Reinventing the wheel


but better!


Writing your own rudimentary IB script is a commonplace exercise. It's when you put it up for other people to look at that it becomes folly.


how does one even install this? everytime i try I get errors and broken. Answer plz

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Any of you write fanfiction or get into it at all? Any that you've found that you'd like to share?

…as for myself, I tend to be to embarrassed to share any of it, even on forums. It's a closet hobby of mine.
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>Any that you've found that you'd like to share?

https://archiveofourown.org/works/741628 ++ What if the one who caught the falling Star was not the brightly colored Bird but the darker one who has never been kissed before. Told from Starfire's point of view of her introduction to the Teen Titans. ++ The Beginning Anew ++ Raven/Koriand'r, Raven/Starfire ++ Published: 2013-03-30 Words: 3101 Chapters: 1/1 Comments: 24 Kudos: 505 Bookmarks: 64 Hits: 6778 ++ Did you know, dear one, that Tamaraneans love so deeply that we burn with a fire to rival the stars when we find our most beloved? I do not know if your people feel that flame in their hearts in the same way but I will not doubt that we are experiencing this love now and will continue to do so until we rejoin our ancestors among the heavens.

(And a Raven/Starfire image to go with the fic recommendation.)


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>The Last Airbender fanfics
Care to tell us about them? It's one series I felt knowledgeable enough about to write for it, if I could sit down and try writing?


>Any that you've found that you'd like to share?

https://archiveofourown.org/works/28390176 ++ Fleur vs Puppies: The Age Old War ++ Fleur Delacour/Hermione Granger ++ Fleur never liked the fluffy abomination that her sister bought her as a house warming gift OR Fleur gets a puppy, hates it then tolerates it then likes it and finally, loves it - all while she falls in love with her new neighbour who also has a dog ++ Published: 2020-12-29 Words: 3494 Chapters: 1/1 Comments: 41 Kudos: 561 Bookmarks: 60 Hits: 4024 ++ Hermione and Fleur were in the kitchen. They were doing their silly human things again. Touching their lips together. Putting their hands in each others hair. Sadie watched as Fleur picked up Hermione and placed her on the kitchen counter - murmuring something about 'christening the house'. Cressida let out a huff from next to her and shepherded Sadie away. They both knew to make themselves scarce when their humans got like that.

(And a Fleurmione image to go with the fic recommendation.)


>Any that you've found that you'd like to share?

https://archiveofourown.org/works/35069515 ++ Pink Glitter Lip Gloss ++ Kitty Pryde/Rogue ++ Published: 2021-11-11 Words: 3125 Chapters: 1/1 Comments: 8 Kudos: 48 Bookmarks: 7 Hits: 442 ++ “Open your mouth.” Rogue thinks she’s going to die, that’s how fast her heart is beating. It feels horrible. She’s sweating all over. She never, ever wants this to end. The lipstick touches her lips softly, and Kitty moves it around with careful, slow movements, until she has painted all of Rogue’s lips. The tip of the other succubus’s tongue is sticking out of her mouth in concentration, and their faces have never been that close.


>Any that you've found that you'd like to share?

http://web.archive.org/web/20220206124452/https://archiveofourown.org/works/36861208 ++ The Universe Vs Parvati Patil ++ Lavender Brown/Parvati Patil ++ Published: 2022-02-03 Words: 1675 Chapters: 1/1 Comments: 4 Kudos: 9 Bookmarks: 2 Hits: 37 ++ Perhaps the universe wasn't a nasty bitch after all. Maybe it just worked in mysterious ways as Professor Trelawney said.

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I contemplated on which board to post this and ultimately decided I'll do it on /hob/ this time, as it seems to me that collecting and enjoying pictures of houses, towns, areas, natural scenes etc., is in fact kind of a hobby.

So post pictures that you associate with comfyness. I personally have a thing for forest cabins and quaint little town streets.
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Thought you guys should know this site I've been using, when it comes to finding a lot of these comfy photos that I've posted on this thread.

Link - https://www.flickr.com/


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