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what language are you learning and what tools do you use to learn it?
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For maximum smoothness you can use a translator (picrel not fully translated) and after some time the auto translated and the English subtitle will get cached and automatically turn on when available. It's good enough to the point I lost the motivation to learn Japanese.



>what language are you learning
>what tools do you use to learn it
netflix,music and google translate
im now b2 and i consider myself pretty fluent this is the easiest and the most enjoyable way to learn languages


I learn japanese and I use https://jpdb.io/ to learn it. I also used anki for one year but jpdb is better since you automatically learn the words from a vast ressource of built-in decks from various medium:
Live action
Visual novels
Video games
Web novels
Books (non-fiction)
YouTube videos
Audio works


read the book, fluent forever by gabriel wyner(sp?) will help a lot.

different language require some different approach, you generally get good return on building vocabulary though.

biggest mistake people do trying to learn a language is they try to learn by latching onto their native language with those ideas, words, thoughts. you need to build an entirely new language from the ground up, that means not associating your new language words to your old language words, you need an intermediary, a translation and interpretation layer far more powerful for the mind, that is imagery and emotion. you need to build your language up from thinking the target language word, and first thing that comes into your mind are images, and not the translated meaning in your native tongue. that is the crux and major stumbling block/paradigm shift required to be proper successful and where most fail with their language learning.

find a movie you know really well, all the dialogue, get the sub and dub for it, play it in background or on another screen. listen to music in that target language, watch videos. have an actual physical good dictionary for that language next to you, do this as a habit you hear a word, you randomly open up and try find it, try find what it means.

language acquisition is making all these little easy habits that add up and require almost no effort, for years, culminating into almost effortless. or you can train hard all out for a couple weeks.months then forget about it and never pick it up again. i tried both, i made the mistakes, and learned, then got better. maybe this can help you if you try it. that book fluent forever check it out.

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Post good (spoken) books in this thread.

I'll start with the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius. Such a good narration.
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Demon DIY
Not sure how long it's going to stay up at the current link but figured I embed it anyway.

Anyway, it's a cheesy campy low class book that was quite enjoyable and put a big goofy smile on my face.
It's trashy but in a fun way that doesn't really aim to be more then what it is.


Some of Cioran's books are now on Audible, although strangely not Heights of Despair


AI TTS has a bright future. If they can do celeb voices so good, just doing a generic narrator should be even easier.


I was hopeful when some stuff started coming out with AI voice but the reality of it has set in.
99.9% of it is lazy low quality junk that the uploaded didn't bother to do even basic audio editing of.

Pretty clear VA and other such people still will have job security for the foreseeable future.
Sort of like how AI art is hyped to the moon but without skillful editing 99.9% of it is garbage.

Could be a game changer for the skillful few willing to put the work in to polish the stuff generated, thus saving time and money allowing solo and small team to metaphorically punch way above their weight. But ai mainly attracts the incompetent, the lazy, and the scammers/hustlers who just want a quick buck without providing any value to anyone.

I now don't even bother to deal with ai generated content. It sucks. Partly because the tech ain't ready for prime time yet and partially because most who use it suck.

What a fucking let down.



I listened ton an entire AI read audiobook by this Ukraine company without realizing it was fake, they even made a fake Linkedin for a narrator. on another book it was more obvious and i did more digging.

idk if AI readers can sometimes pass "the turing test" on me, we're getting there.

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Post your desktop
I want to see what wizards desktops look like and what they use as a daily driver.

I use Debian GNU/Linux with a full suckless setup
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nothing like spending hours lying down looking at the wallpaper while listening the same songs.


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up date


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There is a biking thread and an international travel thread but no road trip thread. Has anyone here gone on a road trip? I know it's practically a rite of passage for most normalfaggots (at least in the US), but I would be interested in getting out and polishing my wizard wand in a different state.

I am planning on hitting the American Midwest and Southwest in Spring. I think intentional settlements like the Padanaram Settlement, New Harmony and East Wind Community would be neat to visit. I'd also like to camp in lesser frequented states like Kansas. Does anyone have any suggestions for either places to see, suggestions for planning etc?
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When the solar eclipse happened over the north US a few years ago, I drive up to Illinois from Texas as a completely spontaneous thing through the middle of the night, arriving an hour before it happened, watching it, and then driving home.
It was an absolutely terrible idea. It nearly bricked my car, and I had just started driving, so sharing the road with dozens of semi-trucks going 80-90mph through Arkansas at night wasn't smart. I would do it again, though. The memory is worth a lot more to me than that piece of shit car. If I had the money, I'd never be home.


Did a east coast road trip last fall by myself. Spent a lot of time just walking around small towns by myself, hiking, eat. Slept in my car to keep it cheap. Its nice to have the freedom to pretty much just go where ever you for a little while.


i love america and ive been to 42 states, not sure what part of my post lead you to that belief


probably the pic


What you see as America's positive he sees as America's negative.

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What's the last movie you've seen?
What's the oldest film you've seen?

The last movie thread has surpassed the bump limit. >>>/hob/60753
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I watched it after your mention of it and I'm not sure why you would call it a wiz movie. It's literally about a guy getting into a relationship. That said it's not a bad film but it's not good either, rather uneventful. I would watch Zero Charisma over this one any day.


nature documentaries


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lmao@this dialogue


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Got around to watching this and my goodness I really, REALLY hated it. I think I hated it even more than the 2016 movie. What is it even trying to do? Make a Ghostbusters movie for Generation Z? It was disgusting.


>What is it even trying to do? Make a Ghostbusters movie for Generation Z?
Well, yes, as I far as I know that's not even a secret, most if not all of these classics remakes or sequels have in mind appealing to newer generations.

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I honestly haven't put any effort in gardening this chili plant, I just placed the seeds in the pot with dirt and this how it turned out a few weeks later. It's pleasuring seeing it growing day by day and im looking forward eating the chilli once its red.
It has such incredible calmness to it..

What are the small things that gives you some joy in this 'life'?
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Took me far too long to realize that small pleasures and victories in life are just as important as the big pleasures like degree, car, house, etc. This was highlighted recently when I finally figured out how to repair a small hole in a floor tile, an ugly clip had been visible for years, but I coincidently saw some putty that was the same color as the tile and had a brainwave. Pleased with it, best improvement I had done in a long time.


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Just because you don't touch succubus doesn't mean you can't have kids through machines.

Take the surrogacy pill.


My first batch of baby shrimp have now grown up to the point where you can start to see eggs forming inside of them. I started with 10 shrimp about a year ago and now I have several times that number at least.


Is this a moneymaking venture?


lol, nah. They live in a 1 gallon bowl on a shelf next to my chair. They are about the size and shape of a cooked long grained piece of basmati rice. They are just pets for my entertainment. They mostly live off the algae and bacteria growing in the tank. Supposedly as time goes on I should feed them less and less so that they don't overpopulate and just create a stable colony. I have only fed them about 6-8 times since I got them and I never feed them more than a piece of food as big as one of them is. Now I just do it every few months but they are still breeding quite rapidly so I guess there is plenty of bacteria and algae to eat in there. It's kind of miraculous just how easy it is. As long as they get enough light for the algae to grow you basically don't have to do anything. The algae can produce enough oxygen for them to live off of so you can even keep it sealed to avoid moisture loss. I have a piece of seran wrap over the top of the bowl that is loosely fitting. I think it is a good combo of moisture retention and gas exchange because I can see gaps where air can get in but most of the moisture condensates on the film and falls back into the tank. If I had a timer for my light it would be completely maintenance free but since I live in my room I don't find it hard to turn on and off the light every day.

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Any type of writing is allowed, from lyrics, to poetry, to essays, and anything in between.

Last Thread:

Some discussion starters for the thread:

>What are you writing right now?

>What's your favorite thing to write about?

>Is there anything important about writing that you wish you knew earlier?

>What literary devices do you implement in your writing?

>Is there anything that you're planning to improve on in your writing?
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it is work, yes, but not the real world work with difficulty compounded by social interaction, logistics of travel, taxes, insurance, all this nonsense. when i say i hate work, i hate everything besides the work. i think i'd be fine doing the work required for a typical job if that was all

but with writing, you can work in absolute isolation. it is you versus yourself for the most part. the same can be said for visual or graphical art as well, but the monetization model for visual artwork seems more convoluted than writing a book and selling it via kdp. you seem to work either via commission or freelance, which from what i've seen also requires some sort of social or digital identity and interaction to get leads and sales. i'm not going to pretend i even understand the basics of it

writing is technically simple and not hard to understand. i will stand by that. it is difficult, but not in the way other jobs are made difficult. its difficulty is laid bare without everything else


Again, you speak out of complete ignorance that can be easily solved by actually trying it yourself (or actually doing research of what is required to be profitable as a author)
You are just all around wrong.


you can write in situations approaching total isolation from the outside world, far removed from needing a car or public travel, having a boss, dealing with co-workers and customers, wearing a uniform, social customs, and so on. i'm not saying every writer has this arrangement. everything else i've said is merely my opinion which you can disagree with


Until it's actually time to sell you manuscript if you actually expect to make money.
And for it to be good you are going to need feedback and editing.
You can't be a successful writer in total isolation.
You ether need to by hyper social to promote your own work to a audience or work with companies and middlemen that all have their own expectations and standards.

It's like saying someone can be a profitable musician by staying in total isolation and never interacting with anyone. Which simply isn't the case.
Like any other creative field, to make it as a indie talent you have to master self promotion or you won't make any significant money or have any influence.

I am not exaggerating when I tell you 90% of books published each year sell less than 1000 copies worldwide.
The majority make less than 100 sells.

Actually making money writing is fucking brutal.
If you can't put yourself out there you will never make it. That is why this thread is on the hobby board.
Writing is a rewarding hobby. It isn't a good career for a wizard because it requires masterful social networking ability to make it a career.

Your ideas of the industry are founded in ignorance.
Again just writing a draft is the easiest part.


i've sold 567 ebooks since 2015, i know how bad it is

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any wizards into chess too?
it's quite interesting with its unlimited options. a way to escape the bitter reality, as well.
what's your elo rating?
your favorite openings with white and black pieces?
how much time do you dedicate for chess usually?
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play longer
i was 900 a year ago
but when i play longer (= think more) i'm 1000.
i'm likely 500 now.


Queen takes knight forcing rook takes queen. White rook takes black rook mate


idk if its right or wrong as I am new to chess and only 700 elo but what if bishop takes knight then if king moves then he loses the rook or if it captures the bishop then rook can move horizontally to g6 and then king will be in check then you can move your rook to g8 and then black's rook can only move horizontally as its own pawn is blocking it from moving vertically so it has to capture that rook which you can take with the pawn and promote it to queen.


Rg7, Qf6, Qg5 if king captures bishop idk the moves if king moves to the corner of the board

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Has anyone read 5e's fucking Ravenloft?
Just some of the horrid shit in it:
>Strahd's played off as what amounts to Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Angelus levels of edge, literally feels nothing and seemingly has no interests above the usual, though not for the same Bram Stoker's Dracula tier reasons, Literally just wants Tatanya as if a meaningless trophy on his belt
>These dumb faggots made it so that Strahd wants to turn whatsherface not into a vampire bride, or hell, even a true vampire, BUT VAMPIRE SPAWN (You know, sniveling wall crawling nosebleed assface monster vamps?)
>Tatanya's a nigger
>The reincarnation is a nigger
>Strahd's wives are niggers
>Nigger Mayor of a town surrounding the land
>Evil white "everything is fine man"
>Strahd's a Bisexual sodomite degenerate with two male consorts to boot
>Made Barovians "Diverse"
>Made Strahd's conquering of the land sound tyrannical as fuck and less just
>Made it so that Some have Barovians have souls and some don't because of 5e's ravenloft being in a private demiplane, stopping newborn bodies from getting souls, in a piss-poor attempt to mimick the Old demiplanes of dread thing where some residents are literally just NPCs made by the powers, even though this makes no sense to anyone who's had to deal with Gulthias in 3.5 and Ashradorn in the whole Soul font thing with the ban on unborn souls in lore, so these people should be getting souls, because otherwise the demiplane would have to deny all positive energy for this shit to even remotely work
>All done because they're too lazy to redo the demiplanes of dread just like before,
>Strahd now heals for 20 in his fast heal
>Mongrel Men are the results of Racemixing past the half-race stage suffer for it, check their description and it's fucking played off as a good thing despite them being ugly mutants beyond redemption in their racial descriptions, the self-unawareness is real

This is why warhammer roleplay and castle drachenfels will always be superior
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The old modules can be brutal and we're probably playing one for 6 to 8 players. I'm guessing that's the reason for the DM to have us show up with 2 characters each. It was either that or waiting to find more people on roll20.


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Our first adventure for the campaign is over. All in all I had fun. It's a little too combat-oriented for my taste but I can't really complain. The players were a somewhat flaky for the first couple of months but now everybody has been showing up consistently. It was a very run-of-the-mill adnd adventure, I can tell the DM just did a few tweaks here and there and based most of the thing in a published module. Again, I'm not complaining, that's the game. I lost my barbarian character out of sheer stupidity on my part but his death was cool (he was buffed by a couple of spells so I managed to kill two monsters at -2 HP before the char finally dropped, it was funny). We'll be exploring a more urban environment next adventure (I'm guessing it will be in and around the capital, we'll see).

As for my general mood towards tabletop gaming it's awkward, the night before and all the way up to the start of the session I feel like I don't want to play this shit anymore and I'm ready to quit and never talk to those guys ever again (they're fine btw, it's strictly gaming talk) but then, during the game and afterwards, I feel like this is really fun and I hope there will be more of it in the future. It's the eternal struggle between having to use a mic and deal with real people but also knowing tabletop gaming beats any type of game due to its virtually infinite possibilities and freedom of choice. Video games feel like connect the dots compared to it, even though I'm fond of several video games myself, it's hard not to see the difference when you play both.

The adventure ended very well btw, we beat the big bad, found the old treasure and returned safely to the duke's domain (the guy who hired us). Myself and two other players lost one character each and another guy lost 2. I felt like the DM might have pulled some punches in a couple of encounters in order to avoid a TPK but oh well, maybe he realized the fight was too hard a little too late and had to correct with some fudging. It happens.

We'll see how it goes from here.


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So two of the players quit today due to irl reasons, or so they say. Now it's only two players, myself and another guy, and the DM. I don't know what we'll be playing now but two players is not that great. Specially because me and the other guy are too comfort with silence, so we're running the risk of having one of those gaming sessions where nobody says anything and the thing keeps grinding to a halt. We need a third player but the DM said he prefers to adjust instead of risking fishing for another dude in roll20. I don't know, I would personally risk bringing in a new guy but fuck it.

Where do I even stand on tabletop games at this point. I've been enjoying a couple of video games as of late but deep down I can feel how empty they are and tabletop is the only type of game that still scratches that itch for fantasy. I might go back to reading books again and ditch video games, keeping the tabletop rpg as my only gaming outlet, we'll see. Also I've been posting pretty much alone itt for the past 3 years, is anybody even playing anything? Hard to believe I'm the only one.


playing games with other people is too hard. i feel like the part of me that could imaginatively engage in play with other people died as a kid. the best i can do is watch other people playing


If you have any interest at all for this hobby give it a shot. It's so much better than video games in a lot of ways. It's also a lot more fun than just watching other people doing it. I guarantee people posting their gaming sessions on YouTube doesn't make for an accurate picture of how things go in most groups. People on YouTube use cameras and generally know each other irl, so those groups are a lot more socially inclined and socially apt. Most times online RPG groups are made of introvert nerds and chances are there is always going to be 1 or 2 guys out of 5 that speaks maybe 10 words in a 3 hours session, so don't worry about having to talk much, or at all during most of the session.

All you have to do is show up on time and knowing what your character does. If you're playing for the first time make a fighter/barbarian and when it's your turn in combat simply attack the nearest foe. You just roll 1d20 to see if you hit and if you do roll damage. That's it. Keep hacking those monsters and the other players will be happy to have you.

It's really not hard at all. And if you don't like it for whatever reason just say you can't show up anymore due to irl stuff and quit, that's what everybody does.

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Here we discuss and speak of dreams that we had or the kind of dream that we would want.
We don't discuss of lucid dreaming.
I wanted to make this kind of thread as i do control them in how they will work but once inside i let the dream go and work his own doing.
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I'm just gonna say that it's great to know how even my dreams are selfishly irritating if they seem to forget how I practically went to almost every aisle in Barnes and Noble this year.
except the Humor aisle..


Creepy body horror dreams starting up again.

This time it involved a disembodied tongue slithering around like a worm or some shit.


Guess it can’t be a bad sign if my dying grudges seem to be the most fully remembered in my dreams now..


Well, I'd rather not screenshot a quote I posted in a site that went aggressively downhill last year, so I'm just gonna paraphrase the words:

All I know is that if I dreamt it before then I probably dreamt it again..



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