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 No.52879[Reply][Last 50 Posts]

I now consider researching conspiracy theories to be a hobby of mine. Of course, as a hikki, this information is of literally no use to me whatsoever, and I do not have the charisma to "educate" others. It is simply a pastime.
Many people act like simply researching these very alternative ideas is damaging in and of itself. Popular on wizchan youtuber named "K9 Aversion" recently announced she will no longer be creating content simply because people among her fanbase were discussing 5G towers and anti-vaxx ideas within her communities. Discussion alone is so offensive? Why? I do not even believe many of the ideas proposed myself and just enjoy thinking about them.
Because of these extreme reactions, I feel it necessary to give this disclaimer. Again, I do not necessarily believe the things proposed in this thread but rather enjoy thinking about it.

Please do not discuss theories that are political in nature in this thread. I don't want it to be deleted, although I find them interesting as well.

Some examples I've been thinking about lately:
- Alien abductions are real, however they differ from the normalfag idea of an alien abduction in that real abductions occur spiritually and not physically. And these abductions are NEVER to your benefit and you leave very unhealthy and emotionally damaged. They happen during the sleep normally, however sometimes they can happen while awake and when this happens it's similar to a date rape drug– you have a 2-5 hour blank spot in your memory when you "wake up" and have a feeling of general unease.

- The extension of the flat earth theory which claims the entire sky is a hologram, and sometimes that no planets except Earth exist. There are many youtube videos that document sky hologram "glitches".
- Alternatively (not flat earth related), that the sky is itself a giant living organism and that it sometimes sends shards of itself down to attack or observe people (they look like blue blankets and fly at great speeds.)

- You can fall through the ground like a video game glitch and get stuck in an infinite void on certain parts of the planet.

- Dinosaurs existed up until the early 1900's as evidenced by dinosaur tracks on the top layer of the earth that are way too well preserved to be from 60,000,000 years ago.

- Some gnostic wizards think that if they become spiritually elevated enough that they can cease ingesting food of any kind and live heaPost too long. Click here to view the full text.
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AGW's a fuccccckkin hoax…. I have the science


If gravity is real, why can't it be weighed?


It is measured every time you step on a scale.


so how much does it weigh?


gosh right right

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This is the new reading thread, wizards. The previous thread can be found here: >>50386
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I'm reading this almost entirely because of your recommendation. I had the three volumes of the Penguin translation but never felt like reading them until this. I'm still on the first volume, just finished the Tale of King Umar and his family. Very interesting. You almost forget it's a frame story since that one was as long as a normal novel. I really liked the story of Aziz + Aziza as well as Princess Dunya.


Are there any literary websites anyone on here reads? I like Misery Tourism.


I've been reading The horus heresy for the last few months, currently on book 52 heralds of the siege. I should have finished it already but I ended up browsing image boards for the last 6 hoours.
So far it did not disappoint, however. I really liked the myriad shortstory, there is something really comfy about an AI that can exorcise demons and evil spirits using math and logic of all things, to tell the entity that it was not supposed to exist, therefore causing self destruction I presume? The other stories were not terrible but failed versus reading random threads. I hope I can finish the last 8 books in the next 10 days, then I just need to wait for for the release of Echoes of eternity and The End and the Death.
I Started this series last year but due to a multitude of real life factors had to put it down, only getting back at it this trimester. Next I am planning to read non fiction books exclusively. It was fun and I think I improved my reading comprehension as well as memory and creativity, but I need to check if I can apply those to other hobbies.


very cool, thx anon
I recently read a quite interesting review of the abridged version (https://astralcodexten.substack.com/p/book-review-arabian-nights
) that made some similar points, but didn’t seem to view the characters quite as cynically as you
>Scheherazade's stories are set in an idealized Middle East. The sultans are always wise and just, the princes are always strong and handsome, and almost a full half of viziers are non-evil. Named characters are always so beautiful and skilled and virtuous that it sometimes gets used it as a plot device - a character is separated from his family member or lover, so he wanders into a caravanserai and asks for news of someone who is excessively beautiful and skilled and virtuous.
Do you think that’s a difference between the abridged and full version?
Also according to that guy medieval Arabs had a massive BBC fetish:
>Nights stretches from Morocco to China, across at least four centuries - and throughout that whole panoply of times and places, your wife is always cheating on you with a black man (if you're black, don't worry; she is cheating on you with a different black man). It's a weird constant. Maybe it's the author's fetish. I realize that Nights includes folktales written over centuries by dozens of different people - from legends passed along in caravanserais, to stories getting collected and written down, to manuscripts brought to Europe, to Richard Burton writing the classic English translation, to the abridged and updated version of Burton I read. But somewhere in that process, probably multiple places, someone had a fetish about their wife cheating on them with a black man, and boy did they insert it into the story.
Do you think that’s exaggerated?


New thread: >>64932

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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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thank you!


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Thinking of buying a Panasonic Lumix GX85. Anyone have one or thoughts on it or something better for a reasonable price?


Looks good. It has in-body stabilization, and there are a lot of good MFT lenses out there.


Yeah it it looks solid and reasonably priced. I honestly don't know much about cameras so i thought i'd ask.

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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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Have you heard of Shades of Gray?



I just tried it out.

>Can you write me a short story in the style of George RR Martin?

>In the frigid north beyond the Wall, where the wind howls and the snow falls without end, there lived a brave and cunning ranger named Jon. He was a man of few words but great deeds, feared and respected by his brothers of the Night's Watch.

>One night, as he patrolled the icy wasteland, Jon heard a strange sound. It was a soft, mournful cry, like that of a lost child. Curious and cautious, he followed the sound through the snowdrifts, his hand never far from his sword.

>Soon he came upon a strange sight. A succubus, naked and shivering, stood before him. She was beautiful, with long silver hair and eyes like pale blue jewels. Yet her beauty was marred by a look of terror on her face, and by the fact that she was alone in such a desolate place.

>"Who are you?" Jon demanded, his sword at the ready.

>The succubus's lips moved, but no sound came out. She pointed to the sky, where the Northern Lights danced in a display of otherworldly beauty.

>"I see," Jon said, his eyes narrowed. "You're one of the Children of the Forest, come to warn us of danger."

>The succubus nodded, relief flooding her face. She took Jon's hand and led him deeper into the woods, where a grove of ancient trees stood.

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It's better at limericks though

>There once was a man who passed gas,

>A noise that could shatter the glass,
>He tried to be discreet,
>But it was quite a feat,
>For the smell gave him away, alas!


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>Poem I wrote about these two (but mostly Shion) (2d) (Jo'on dies) (I marry Shion (2d))

The road, its traveler, a feather goddess earns her way. Mercifully alone. Together uplifts. One of infinite. Her every flutter is made a stain upon tapestry. Eagle-eyed celestials dawned in bead and beak, seek to expel she who dares return to clouds so high as to impose shadow upon fields of flowers. Raving Karasu sinking talons agrasp their tiny hats when exiles walk the stairs to a life of comforts. Confound by a peasant feather god uplifted in to the kingdom of those who float on the warm wind of heaven. Birds of prey feast first on those who stand tallest. Sought eternity, found swift transience. A firework that flew too high for anyone to have seen its colours, now lost among infinite stars.

Grounded, astray from the trodden paths in a nest of nature sits a stone son. Is he living? Is he dead? Seated below cover of grass and kilt his boulderous form weighs not on any conscience. Asleep by sunlight, aware by moonshine. A splash! The visage of stars upon a pond breaks as the frog floats in orbit. A new story is revealed, experienced before a graceful return to a familiar cosmos. Stillness soothes. Espoused with the Poverty Goddess, resting hand-in-hand as equals. Compassionate companion. She is raised atop the boulder. Our stone sinks further in to the grass. The warm wind of Earth comforts the crossed bare arms of misfortune. A sentiment forever held close now in the baddha embrace of the stone. No longer a faint shiver. Rhythmic heartbeats cause ripples in the pond. A new cosmos is revealed. Unending new stories. A smile so sweet that no sun or moon could ever shine as bright. Silence is shared as they relegate themselves to a simple life of simple joys. Now two among infinite stars.


I have two ideas for stories, or rather for worldbuilding, which would need a story to convey. But I have never written fiction and I'm not sure how to proceed. I can only think of somewhat generic stories like the evil guy building an army to conquer other lands and that kind of stuff.
I would want to make it either a novella, brief, not long, but I still need to think of an interesting story. Maybe I can watch and read some stories with a similar setting, to get an idea of the possible stories that can be told in the world I'm thinking of.

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here we mention and recommend the foss applications that we use in our android devices

My apps:

Aurora Store
APK Extractor
Ungoogled Chromium
Discreet Launcher
Simple Gallery Pro
Material Files
Download Navi
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And do you understand any of it? Do you know where your data is going, and do you believe the receivers of that data to be less likely to use it for nefarious deeds than a reputable large company?


it's more about the spirit of it

tbh ive never even built things from source. most things require so much bullshit i feel gross setting it all up. id rather juat trust in their binaries

but i like knowing ppl can look through it and find bugs and suggest improvements or changes potentially

you know why bug bounties are a thing? because their software is closed off and they dont really have a good way to test it. so they need ppl to pry at it externally

not the guy you replied to


All software should be made available in source form by default. It can still be charged, licensed, copyrighted if they so fancy, but there is no reason for source code to be kept "secret".
Unless you have dishonest reasons, of course.


they literally tell you, in their license and eula, they are using your data for malicious self beneficial reasons. what makes them reputable exactly? they serve ads in software you even pay for, and are legally right to deny you software you paid for even if you decline. it isn't an issue of transparency, they are legally required to tell you what they are doing, and foss is obviously more transparent. so why do you still think you are getting a better experience?

op i use, and feel somewhat enthusiastic about;
lineageos - operating system
lukelauncher - very nice launcher
ghost commander - file manager
markor - note taking application
florisboard - soft keyboard application, supports colemak
kde connect - pairs your phone to your linux pc
osmand+ - the best foss maps software ive ever tried
netguard - firewall for your phone, doesn't need root and is easy to understand
silence - block third party numbers, telemarketers get fucked
vlc - my favorite music player on android


Blockinger is a Tetris clone and Anuto TD is a fun tower defense game

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Any wizards play yugioh?

I collect the cards, though I don't really play the game. I'm 26 and still live with my parents as a hikki, so my parents are trying to force me to get a hobby to get me out of the house so I"m thinking of playing the game at my local card shop
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I play low power formats on edopro and sometimes duelingbook. It's a bit hard to find games for not already popular formats so I used to just host goat format a lot and play muka muka and the kickman and a necrofear emissary of darkness deck and lots of other casual decks I could make.
But the disadvantages of that format are the wide spread of powerlevels of some cards. And the cardpool of decent cards is small which restricts the number of viable decks, especially since you have to be able to deal with the usual strong cards people run.
I used to trying hosting other historical ones before like metal raiders and other ones that had made up restrictions like 1 copy of each card but no extra deck and other ones.
For the past while, I've been playing with all the GX and earlier cards allowed and making decks in that. Like a coelacanth deck and a five headed dragon deck with dragon's mirror and a brain crusher insect deck.
it is fun.
I made a cardpool file for it on edopro with just a custom banlist to stop the more powerful cards like dark armed dragon and some annoying cards. It's not perfect.
Was thinking of either updating the cardpool file of that to become a 5D's format or maybe adding in modern cards that fit the GX powerlevel. I was also thinking of just making a completely new custom format just for casual duels if I want to play something different sometimes, it would be on duelingbook, and have all original cards but that would take a lot of work with all the drawing and thinking up effects and I yugioh is draining my time from other more important things, but if I find the will, I'll probably do it. But just end up playing by myself since its hard to find people to play with for that sort of non-advanced format stuff. I will probably just stick with playing with all the GX cards until I get bored of making decks and try something else which is what happened after me playing goat format on and off for about 2 years. A lot of the times during those two years I played advanced format casual matches but it always just kills my interest of the game after doing that and I ended up taking breaks only to come back again and play slow formats. I also like draft formats and cube formats, they're fun. edopro has a option for sealed and draft for battlepacks, but ygoprodeck has that pack opener which is fun. And that new cube yoke they got is even better. I played that a few times it was fun. Maybe if I make those custom cards I wasPost too long. Click here to view the full text.


The pre-built thing I definitely agree with, that's a big problem with yugioh for me. It's just a boring thing to have in a game, it doesn't encourage creative decks. Especially when those pre built decks are most of the time stronger than non pre-built decks.


what do you think of the new banlist?


I like the old singleplayer YGO video games. Specifically the ones before they started releasing very elaborate and obvious deck archetypes. Even the ones with weird rules are better than the new multiplayer ones. Do they have any sort of online YGO game that stops at whatever the last set was before the superhero crap (or whenever it started getting really cancerous)?

Veering slightly off-topic, but they had a somewhat interesting YGO game for GameCube called Falsebound Kingdom that is a mix of RTS and a sort of Dragon Quest Monsters-type of game. Enjoyed it, but unsure of how it aged.

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 No.33352[Reply][Last 50 Posts]

Do any other wizards have an interest in French language, history, and culture?

>Welcome to Tex's French Grammar (la grammaire de l'absurde), a pedagogical reference grammar that combines explanations with surreal dialogues and cartoon images.

>English-French Dictionary
>Weekly News in Slow French
>Learn French with RFI
>Anki: Friendly, intelligent flash cards.

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Salut "magicien" (Je sais pas si on pourrais le dire comme ça), je parle Français aussi.


on devrait dire «une wizoune»


Oui oui


i watched asterix and obelix in the middle kingdom last night and it was great. i appreciated all the puns (even when translated into english they were still great) and the prop comedy was good. there's a bunch of others, and they are based on an old french comic. i will probably watch the rest of the movies and then look into the comics


i feel like i should note that i don't care at all about french language or culture, and maybe this is why i liked this so much. it glorified in a comedic way ancient france's origin as gaul, and made fun of modern french culture. most of the comedy was situational and via props and actions. it was just a good movie, but it was french so i felt like posting about it here. apparently the first movie in the series reignited french filmmaking and received so much attention and praise, so it seems to have become a cherished series over in france i think

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Let's have a thread on it! In the US at least, there's a lot of neat stuff to find even if you're not into it that much. For example, all quarters & dimes dated 1964 and earlier are made of 90% silver.
I'm surprised that there wasn't a thread about this already. Post your hoard if you wish.
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Very cool.
What condition is it in?


Just a very cool video about the history of money in America.


that guy is cool and knowledgable and makes colonial america seem interesting with every video


It's been over a year since I wrote this post and I still haven't gotten a new job and still haven't restarted this fun hobby yet.

I remember in 2019 and 2020 I enjoyed getting brand new quarter rolls, because some of the new ones had the West Point W mint mark, rather than the P or D mark. I had relatively good luck finding at least one for every handful of new quarters.

In 2021 I probably could have found more if I had kept up with the hobby. Now in 2022 I haven't encountered a single one. I regret not coin roll hunting these past two years, I could have built a good collection of those W quarters (which I think can sell for $5-10 on Ebay a pop, depending on their condition).

I mentioned in my previous post that I liked collecting paper currency with interesting serial numbers. Well I went broke recently and finally had to spend these bills. I should have tried to at least sell them on Ebay. But the same depression/anxiety combo that prevented me from keeping my job and going to banks for coin rolls also prevented me from even bothering to try. And the fact that I no longer have those neat bills makes me hate myself even more. I had a $10 with a number 01000010, a $1 with number 66606660, and a $20 with number 45454455, among others. And a couple dozen rare star notes. Now they're all gone because I'm a lazy, mentally ill retard.


I've spent every single wheat penny, every silver quarter, every silver dime, even the neat silver proof quarter I had. Spent that one on ice cream for my mom.

The last cool coin I had was a 1885-S Morgan dollar coin. A few weeks ago I pawned it for $20 which I then spent on an ounce of kratom and a benzedrex inhaler and a Coke.

I only bump this thread in the hopes that maybe I'll eventually be inspired to fix my life, and then reignite my interest in coins, and then as I rebuild my collection I'll actively post in this thread and get other people interested as well.
But I'm much more likely to kill myself before anything like that ever comes close to happening.

This was the best hobby I ever had and the only silver lining is that it wouldn't technically be THAT hard for me to rebuild my collection. Given enough time, I could get 95% of it through coin roll hunting and would have fun doing it. I could use my electronic microscope and upload closeups of neat coins and show differences between things like, 1982 small date and large date pennies.
But I'll never do anything ever. Never have never will.

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I wouldn’t make this thread unless I had put effort into something useful I could offer to go along with it. Attached is the Mahāsatipaṭṭhāna Sutta aka The Great Discourse on the Establishing of Mindfulness. I choose this one particular sutta because of its importance, perhaps the most important sutta in the whole Pali Canon. The knowledge in the suttas pertain to insight. Insight is where everything begins really, as far as Buddhism goes and naturally achieving insight should be the primary concern, it’s not far-fetched so say it should be your only concern, once you decide to take on this path.

The Great Discourse on the Establishing of Mindfulness is a detailed narration on the progression of insight. It shows every step to guide your practice. That’s why it’s considered so important. It’s a map of the successive chains of insight. I’ve put this together after seeing there’s no freely available version of this text that is well edited and cleaned up. So I made a composite of two translations, Nyanasatta Thera’s translation of Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta and Bhikkhu Sujato’s translation of the missing parts to complete the sutta, with slight alterations following Maurice Walshe’s translation of the work, which is very well regarded. The result is a clear and straightforward rendering of the text, edited and organized to be easy to use. I brought back some of the formulaic repetitions that appears in the original which is usually omitted for the sake of expediency when dealing with texts that are suppose to be printed, but here that is not a concern; regardless, this sutta is not a long one, it shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes to go through it, though it might take a lifetime to master it.

I’ve included a diagram of the four noble truths and the eightfold noble path for easy memorization, so you can look at it periodically and eventually commit to memory. I hope this will be useful. I’ve never tried my hand at editing text files before and it was challenging at first to get everything together, but between Sigil and Calibre somehow it came out a decent epub file, so I hope.This is legal to share, copy and alter btw, so if you want to do any of those feel free to do it, in fact it would be nice if this text could see more readers.

The reason I ended up working on this text file for distribution is because I promised on the reading thread >>63883Post too long. Click here to view the full text.
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have you never lived as a criminal? simply say you have nothing to say. or lie.


and if you havent lived as a criminal i highly suggest it for your retreat. if you can do your practice as a layperson, can you do it in austere conditions?


Enlightenment is the problem, get rid of enlightenment and regain the way.


This topic was brought up in some book I was reading what are some of the best books on applying mindfulness preferable not to be mostly filler ?


Thanks for posting this, OP. There are some pretty good passages in there. Did you write the Afterword?

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What's the last movie you've seen? The last movie thread has reached the bump limit.
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Also, looks like a new movie thread is needed.


To be as concise as possible: the movie is a portrayal of cold hearted bureaucratic leadership that affects young soldiers at the facility negatively. All sense of humanity is removed and you're left with a gore splattered nightmare that shows the true face of war. That's the movie in itself but you can, of course, question the severity of the content.


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I’m not just obsessed I’m subjectively biased (I haven’t even seen Suicide Squad nor Kids vs. Aliens).

But my computer crashed because of this despite sparing it, so why not.


the movie came first.
if you plan on watching it, i advise you to forget about the manga.
the root story is the same but it takes a different turn.
the main one being on the origin of the suicide epidemic.


i love that movie. have seen it at least 5 times. it's so long but it's such a fun crazy ride that it always passes by too quickly. it's been some 2.5 years since i last watched it and i'm planning on waiting at least another year before rewatching it.

>suicide club

didn't like it that much, but it's been awhile and can't remember much from it, so maybe i should give it another try. but i did love "noriko's dinner table" almost as much as love exposure, which is kind of a prequel to suicide club, though still a very different kind of movie and much more similar to love exposure.

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