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I was watching this random documentary about agriculture and it occurred to me that documentaries are really easy things to lose yourself into, so I thought about creating a thread to share and discuss any interesting documentary about anything that might be entertaining.

Documentaries can get political so try to tone it down and not argue their ideological merits here if it comes to that.
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It isn't super hard to learn, but it is super hard to master.



this one is a lot better on the same subject.

Nuestra Santisima Muerte Our Most Holy Death


Always wanted to learn about this, thanks for the link.


Travel & Cuisine shows are documentaries too.

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How has your mediatation been going?
What have you realized about the nature of consciousness?
Do not you meditate like the impenetrable black building or the clear white building?
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>Sounds dangerous
Don't take shortcuts.
Some say psychedelics let you know yourself and the world around you, but it's only a glimpse. You have to grow up to the knowledge you gain. Think of it as giving a child like, ten thousand bucks. He will most likely spend it on toys and games. And let a person earn this money himself, he would be much more careful spending it.
I've never heard of this kind of meditation, but if I was to try it, I'd ask someone trustworthy and experienced, like a buddhist monk, not anons.
But then I am a loser basement dweller, so don't take my advice seriously. Just be careful, it's your mind and it's really hard to fix it once you break it. I know.



"Flush your mind" was a colloquialism, just don't be excited or distracted.
You can ask him whatever you want.


The Higher Self is literally you, a part of yourself, hence the name.


how has meditating benefited you guys? what does it make you feel like? ive never tried it and im curious


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I tried to combine aspects of mindfulness meditation with a certain theoretical perspective I have. The general point of mindfulness is to be able to see through the illusion of internal events, to realize that they are constructions of the mind rather than external events. General descriptions of meditation can get pretty vague and I think a lot of the practical value of it is lost because people miss out on the details. On the outside, it seems like everyone is doing the same thing: sit in a comfortable position, focus on the present moment, observe your thoughts/feelings/internal events and let them pass by gently bringing back your focus to the breath.

I've actually been trying to find/create a technique that can effectively dissolve any internal experience and I somehow ended up accidentally on a modified version of mindfulness meditation. I have a whole theory about why it works, but here's the general gist of the technique:

1. Find an experience you want to dissolve. Usually, this is something unpleasant like a negative emotion, intrusive thoughts, a bad memory etc.
2. Re-create it vividly in your mind, observe it, really feel it and experience it, notice the details etc.
3. Gently move the experience to another more preferable state but still staying in the same "context" - meaning, do not run away from what's causing that experience, rather transform it into something else you want. For instance, if you are scared, you don't imagine the situation as less dangerous to you, that would be changing the context. What you would do is change the experience of that context, if that makes sense.
4. Stay a little in that state by observing it, noticing how it feels, all the details etc.
5. Now, move back to where you started, into the unwanted experience again and try to again feel it deeply, experience it, notice all the details etc.
6. Repeat from step 3, moving back and forth between these positions. You can combine it with breathing in and out if it makes it easier to remember these states as you re-create them.

So, from doing it myself, it seems that 2-3 passes are enough for the experience to dissolve leaving in its place a neutral feeling as well as the same "context" not being triggering anymore. The point is to vividly experience your own ability to construct and deconstruct internal events. The reason why you "over-react" to these internal events is because you're trapped in the illusion that it's extPost too long. Click here to view the full text.


You should look into qualia, storehouse consciousness, and the general theory of perception. It will probably help hammer some stuff out.

As long as you properly assemble the base, and strongly establish several concepts of mechanics about your srnse of self and the process that the external reality slowly gets filtered down to what you percieve inwardly (inner reality), you can achieve pretty much the same without precise meditation. I can tell you that it is certainly very much possible if you dedicate some time to it and make some discoveries about it for yourself.

Ultimately, learning to see and think of your own mind as a garden is very beneficiary in the long run. Water what you want to grow, weed out what you do not wish to grow, replant that which you wish to change.

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A thread for wizards to discuss books.

Previous thread hit bump limit:
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>I can relate, that sometimes minor mistakes on topics I know about, make me distrust the author on everything.
This is what caused me to start distrusting news. They bring some "expert" in to talk about something I am quite knowledgeable on and they are just laughable uninformed. Makes you wonder why you should trust them on things you don't know anything about.


That's like saying all Indians born during british rule are british.


Philosophy are ideas, these ideas won't ever have a total adaptation to reality. However we use these ideas as role models. Christianism didn't stop wars but our moral code, the art, our aspirations were deeply influenced by it. But Nietzsche saw how the idea of a God, of a trascendental plane that substained and gave meaning to our lifes was no longer followed; this wasn't mere rethoric: the life of a medieval peasant was completely defined in relation to religion whilst we live in uncertainty. I could continue about how Aristotle or Descartes built our mode of relation towards the world and how this was vital to the development of modern science, etc.

> I don't see any value in learning philosophy, besides personal entertainment

> Even they didn't take their own ideas seriously.

Nietzsche was revolutionary and Schopenhauer pointed some dark and uncomfortable facts about life. Still I somewhat agree with you, philosophy at universities almost always consists of a bunch of academics wading in their mental shit and just concerned with getting published and winning prizes…guess what, Schopenhauer was precisely a strong critic of this. Seneca, Marcus Aurelis, Epictetus lived according to what they preached. What you talk about is a problem of modernity: man merely oriented towards efficiency and everything else considered as leisure.


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Been reading Hopscotch (Rayuela) by Julio Cortazar. I think it's pretty comfy, though sometimes feels too tryhard. I wanted to read something in Spanish since I haven't in a while.


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I started pic related last night, and so far I love it. French isn't my native language so I suspect it'll take me a long time to read through, but I think it'll be worth it, uniting my two passions of literature and language learning. The opening poem was pretty kino. I might read Houellebecq's poetry someday just because that snippet was so good.

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Lets go on a Wizardly tour of the world, using Google Street View. It is truly amazing. Sure there were always National Geographic pictures and stuff. But its not the same as being able to walk around streets at your own direction. This is like something out of science fiction, we take for granted. This is as good as actually being there. And perfect for Wizards who don't actually want the inconvenience of leaving their homes.

You can also post pics and youtube vids from foreign countries too.

You can visit all of the countries here:

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there are some jobs to do as well as a good uni


>You can also post pics and youtube vids from foreign countries too.
I enjoy watching cab view train videos quite a bit. There are a lot of great videos to be found on YouTube, with some of the best being from Norway and the Netherlands. Being a train driver sounds highly wizardly to me (at least in theory!).

I'm also quite enjoying those city walk videos (Rambalac, NIPPON WANDERING TV) that can be found over on /jp/.


A dog, possibly a cat and obasan at the garage near Koryo Junior High School (Iwamizawa-shi, Hokkaido).



Fureai Adult Daycare, Hokkaido, Nanae-cho.


I like how aggressively square all the buildings are in japan. Like you could cut yourself on the corners of the buildings or something.

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Recently I've been getting into photography. I've found that after doing so, I perceive moments in different ways. Things simultaneously seem more transient, yet more permanent. It's a sensation that's difficult to describe, except to say that I am more 'aware' of the moments around me. For obvious reasons I have avoided urban areas, but in terms of landscapes and natural shots, it is quite peaceful.

Any photography hobbyists here?
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That sigh was clearly made by a wise-ass


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Was biking a bit today and took a few pics. It's the last week with nice weather, so gotta take some good use out of it.

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Does anyone build scale models? It's about the only thing that really lets me escape, unfortunately once the build is done I feel empty again. I've made a few over the years but none are display worthy. I'll pick up a new Tamiya kit for Christmas.
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It lied, it comes with two paints for the basic camouflage pattern, all the other parts would be unpainted. Well i know what paints I need to get or I might just make it anyway, it's just a practice after all.


How did it go? I don't drop by this place very often or I would of encouraged you.




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It was winter and I had no proper working area so I only just started. I made a desert type coat from yellow and flesh colour which I am using, I only put one coat on but I made the coat on the lower hull to thick so I won’t give it another one.


I won't give the lower one another coat I mean, I will the upper hull and turret.

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What magazines do you read? Are they all hobby related or do you have a hobby related to magazines?

What was your favourite childhood magazine and how does a current issue stand up to it?
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I sign up for various free subscriptions to industry-related magazines that I'm autistically interested in. Mainly things like oil and gas, mining, logistics, finance, things like that. A lot of the time you can get free industry magazines just by going to their website and claiming you're a purchasing manager or whatever and they'll put you on the mailing list.


That all actually sounds really interesting. At least it is to me because all of those things are extremely important in understanding the power flows in society. The technical details of oil extraction would not really interest me, but seeing evolving forms of extraction and how it impacted the market and influenced society at large would be very interesting. For example there's a whole big brouhaha in Venezuela right now between the major oil powers because Venezuela lacks the tech it needs to extract the kind of reserves that they have, but China, Russia, and the US all have the technology as well as stakes in the oil there. It would be cool to have a deeper level understanding of all that but not enough to spur me to actually invest the time to learn about it. Finance and logistics though are things that I need to learn more about because of their massive importance in society. Do you have any suggestions for good free magazines, especially in the finance and logistics side of things?


The only magazine I read is the baffler which is available online. I don't do it regularly, just from time to time when I'm bored. They usually have pretty good content there.


A lot of the magazines I sign up for are specific to my country, but there might be similar versions in your nation.

"American Shipper" is a good example of the sort of thing I like.

Here's an example for a finance magazine:

Like I said though, it depends on where you live because you need to provide a shipping address in their target market.


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I used to buy an Italian science magazine called Focus every month and read it while shitting. Eventually i started reading real books and dropped it.

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New thread.
Discuss all weapons, modern and ancient, projectile and non-.
Armor discussion welcome.

"A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."
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Russian Tanks


Tried a new P80 build and one of the parts that came with the kit was too big.
Ended up snapping the thing in half trying to force it to fit. Now I have to play email and phone tag with the company to see if I can order a replacement part because I sure as fuck not ordering a whole new kit just for a badly measured poorly tempered hunk of metal. Still, because it is the weekend I probably can't get in-touch with anyone until Monday.
Checking online apperently this is actually a common problem with this perticular version, but Polymer80 is also said to have great customer servouse so hopefully I can get this sorted out in a week or two.
Build was going so well up until this point. Really didn't expect that one of the supposed drop in parts was going to be the hardest part of the build. I should have taken out the calibers and measured rather then just trust that they per-mesured everything right. Hurt my thump trying to press it in when it snapped too.
Oh well.
If everything went flawlessly it would be a bit boring. Still, I hate playing phone/email tag though.


>poorly tempered
that's actually proof of steel that was quenched and didn't get tempered at all, and if that's a common problem as you say then you're dealing with idiots who obviously don't know how to heat treat or they have no quality control and there's no guarantee they won't send you another brittle part

there's no way any properly heat treated gun part should snap under hand pressure, maybe bend, but not snap, and if it didn't snap then, it would've snapped during firing anyway


The fact that the part wasn't to spec and was too big to fit in the frame is probably the biggest clue that their quality control is shit.


Better than I expected from something like that, still full of memes though.

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do any wizards like tea? specifically loose leaf teas? if so, any specific blends or varieties you like/recommend?

i recently got into gongfu brewing and it's pretty much the only thing i've been thinking about these days. i found this hole in the wall tea shop in the chinatown in my city and purchased a shou pu'erh tea cake that i've been picking away at.
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I got some un-bagged tea, I guess. It's Ceylon tea, and I used a teapot to brew it. So, right now, I'm trying to get experience with teapots and using tea without bags. I'll need to read how to use teapots, since I've actually just been brewing it with just regular water in a pot. Personally, the pot works just fine, but there might be a reason to use a teapot. Probably because a teapot has the ability to keep warm and its similar design makes it easy to use a teapot cozy.

Does anyone have multiple amounts of tea? I got 500g for $7, so it'll last me a long time. I believe tea oxidizes in the air and loses its taste, so I'm wary of that.

So, in this journey, I'll learn how to use a teapot (in multiple ways probably), get a tea cozy, and probably get another teapot for myself. Also, I'll work on my tea brewing technique for loose teas. Finally, after getting another tea, or a sampler, possibly, I'll experiment with more teas.

In the tea I made, the Ceylon, I made it in a few different ways. First, I just winged it. Seriously. I just put the tea in the pot after looking into it a bit, even when the water wasn't even boiling, and just did it. The tea went through fine, but I forgot, or didn't know, the teapot had no strainer in it, so there were tea leaves. The next few batches, I managed to filter the tea and boil it at a consistent temperature instead of winging it. I boiled it lower than what I did for the first batch, which was a rolling boil, something I never do with black tea. Even though black tea calls for higher temperatures compared to something like green tea, I don't want a lot of bitterness, so I managed to get it to a regular boil for my last batch, and it turned out fine. My father actually tasted it too, and he said it was either too weak or just right. I consider that a great compliment, seeing as he said it was nearly right. I've been winging it with water and tea ratios as well. I fill up the teapot and put different amounts of tea each time. Last time, it was measured strictly by teaspoons, the measuring tool. Now, it's just a regular spoon.

From the method, onto the tea and how it was served. The first few batches were just hot teas, nothing special. I've experimented with making it a cold, or iced tea. First, I tried ice, milk and sugar to a hot tea. It sucked. It was watery. Then, I tried milk and sugar with a hot tea, which was actually great, and finally, I took the remainder of the tea, now coPost too long. Click here to view the full text.


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I drink a lot of loose leaf tea and I just use something like this (pic) with a simple mug. I simply add boiled water and let it sit. This way creates minimal dishes to wash. I eyeball how much tea leaf I use. I like my tea super strong and bitter and don't add anything besides vanilla occasionally.

You sound like you are overthinking things.


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I get the best results with a tea press. Pic related. The tea tastes quite differently when done with a press. I recommend everyone to try it and see if they like it better than using a strainer. I sure did.


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>The tea tastes quite differently when done with a press
I find that hard to believe wiz. Isn't that literally just a sieve in a slightly different shape?


No. If you use a sieve, a lot of flavor is left in the leaves. You use the press to squeeze that flavor out.

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Is anyone here in to 3D modelling? Planning to start?

What programs do you use? Are you working on animation, models to publish, or building environments to render pleasantly? If you plan to export to a game engine, check out ( >>>/games/8456 )
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Hey wizzie, I hear you, this stuff is difficult. Here's the tutorial I used to learn how to do the basics of modelling.
I followed that closely, step by step. Often times I watched the same 5 seconds a dozen times to see how to do things. I copied everything to a T. Took me a couple of days watching over and over but in the end it came out pretty much exactly like the one she did. Now I'm just using the same techniques to build a Goemon. Did the drawing on paint and everything like on that tutorial but with a different image to copy.

Here's an update. I have the model ready, now I'm trying to figure UV mapping out. I want to make my own texture map for this but I'm not yet sure how to do that. I'm also reading a lot of people use Zbrush to paint directly into the model? That looks interesting too. I just wish I had began messing around with this stuff sooner. All those years staring at the ceiling, jesuschrist.


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anyone know how to do keyframe animations in blender? i have rigged a simple model and automatically weighted it with my mesh, i can pose it and everything fine

with all bones of a pose selected in the animation thing, i click 'i' to insert a keyframe of the current pose's location/rotation/scale. i repose it for the next frame, and insert that, etc. when i click play, nothing happens, the last pose i've made is all that displays

this is like directly from a tutorial on youtube on keyframing, though he wasn't using an armature. i feel like it should still work the same but i dont know


okay i couldn't find a solution anywhere online, but i got it to work

with all your bones selected, insert the initial keyframe for position/location/scale or whatever you want. then press record on the animation window. choose a point on the timeline. then just repose like normal and it will do the keyframing for you

it takes 5 fucking seconds fucking blender god damnit


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i managed to get it working in unity. this is practice to learn the process of how to "rig an armature > animate armature > export to unity > setup animator and parameters > control animation parameters from c# to control the animations" but i was able to use a previous test for pathfinding and just throw the model on that. i read you can just save .Blender files directly into the asset folder of your unity project, and any changes you make will happen on the fly, i'm hoping it's that easy next time so the process of changing/improving a model or animation doesn't become a hassle


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testing out unity's probuilder, it's like a simple 3d modeler built into unity. it has a lot of similarity to sketchup and seems to work ok for building prefabs and modular stuff. this isn't for anything, just learning how it works. i think it's pretty cool. the limitations aren't such a big deal because of how fast and easy it is being built into unity

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