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Has anyone here read Joris Karl Huysmans? I've read the novels Against the Grain (À rebours), La Bas (Down There), En Route, En Rade and others. Huysmans is part of a movement in literature known as Decadence/Symbolism. The main character in the novel Against the Grain, Des Esseintes is a world-weary asthete disillusioned with bourgeois society and has a deep appreciation for all art specifically for example the Roman novels Satyricon by Petronius, and the poem Mosella by Ausonius in literature and the paintings of Gustave Moreau and Odilon Redon. My favorite thing about Huysmans is his diction. Its very flowery/purple prose and highly descriptive.

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Not sure if a poetry thread exists. Post good poetry, please. Even stories like the one listed are accepted. This book is about an intemperate man who struggles with emotions.
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The Wound
Thomas Hardy

I climbed to the crest,
And, fog-festooned,
The sun lay west
Like a crimson wound:

Like that wound of mine
Of which none knew,
For I’d given no sign
That it pierced me through.


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They fuck you up, your mum and dad.

They may not mean to, but they do.

They fill you with the faults they had

And add some extra, just for you.

But they were fucked up in their turn

By fools in old-style hats and coats,

Who half the time were soppy-stern

And half at one another’s throats.

Man hands on misery to man.

It deepens like a coastal shelf.

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Sage because this is a test post. I wrote these poems

The great reset is assimilating people into a hivemind and if we don't kill A.I. then we'll have no mouths anymore and scream forever. For God's sake resist this evil and attack the power grid.


wait are you married??


After Reading Fingerprints of the Gods and Magicians of the Gods, I wonder if it’s possible the existence of an ancient and lost civilization like those books described. I know a couple of books who give more evidence of that. 2 books written by the Spanish investigator Javier Sierra, called: En busca de la edad de oro and La Ruta Prohibida, if you want to read them. But, the only book I know who gives a serious proof of that is Hamlet’s Mill. That makes me think if the civilization is cyclical and the event that erase a possible civilization could happen again to us. Just think about it.
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>3.7 billion years ago.
Mankind hasnt been around for longer than about 12000 years. Evolution is a lie.


Hancock, by his own admission, smoked weed 16 hours a day, 7 days a week for 25 years. The man's brain is fried.

Watching him sycophantically lick Rogan's manlet ass on his podcasts is a truly pathetic sight to behold. He has no credibility, a grifter.


Genetically we think that humans have existed from 100k to 200k years so seeing as to how history only goes back to 10k of course we could have had lost civilizations that were advanced. The obvious issue is that materials break down very fast. It's like that one show about after humans die, after just a couple thousand 99.9 percent of our materials we created will be literal dust. Everything but stone tends to get ruined and fast.

Then there's lizards from millions of years ago too. That's also possible.

About cycles though, everyone knows that but some naive patriot normalfaggot. The average middle ages kingdom died in a couple hundred years, humans need a village to make a man, a culture to make them know how to be human, so you go back to 'caveman days' as soon as you kingdom falls if there's not another one around to dictate behavior. They all fall. The only reason ours hasn't yet is because we are headed away from an ice age. Towards one and the societies all fall of which happens every few thousand years. Less food, less people, less geniuses per year born, less technology, more stagnation, more stupidity, more crime, smaller brains, so you can walk around all day putting the proteins into the legs, etc. It's foolhardy to think that you can just be advanced during an ice age when humans as they are barely keep it together in paradise of which they complain about and make ridiculous rules therein for no real reason other than 'our ice age instincts haven't left us yet, let's be careful/conservative and stagnant/conservative'.

>No they like ghosts and to summon them!

>check board
I'm pretty sure I have to call you out on being schizophrenic with this not being a paranormal board. Or is your hobby silly adrenaline rushes via camp fire bullshitery? Because conjecture over lost civilizations and ghosts are not even in the same ballparks much less solar system as far as I'm concerned. That schizophrenic that watches silly college kid made jewtube videos all day pisses me off in short.

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You are welcome. I hope you enjoy this page about the Ica Stones. This and the caves of Tayos are the only evidence of a ancient civilization. Some will say the stones are just a scam made by the people who live nearby. Maybe some of them are fake, but, how is possible that a village full of analphabets could create carved stones that represent continents, organs, stars, and extinct animals?



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Anyone here ever seen a UFO? I saw my first one the other day while walking around the neighborhood. It was pretty surreal, honestly. The sun was setting, and I see up in the sky, up really high, what appears to be a featureless black sphere. It is moving along very slowly. I try to get a photo of it, but I was moving and walking my dog at the same time, so I was having trouble getting it in frame. As I am walking, I go around the corner and my view of it is momentarily blocked by a tree. When I pass the tree, it's literally gone. No sight of it or anything. Slightly unnerving, even though I never felt in any danger.

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Hi. What fantasy book series are Wizards into?

I'm looking for people who can talk about these epic sagas, like Malazan the kingkiller the wheel of Time since most haven't read them.
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What Happened in Dune after the last book written by Frank Herbert? I don’t know if I should read the sequels written by Brian Herbert just for knowing what happens next.


What´s the difference between dark and edgy in fantasy? Every dark novel is edgy by definition, or a novel can be dark without being edgy?


darkness is the atmosphere and tone, edge is more specifically about the characters, how they develop and what the writer does to them


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Reading Brandon Sanderson's Stormlight Archives book 4, Rhythm of War.


Why almost every modern fantasy book tries to copy other books that are popular? Some years ago I saw a huge increment of books that were about noble houses fighting each other. Something similar occurs with science fiction. Almost every book is a star wars rip-off that includes lesbians and gays with no absolute plot at all. Every work of fiction should be the most original thing possible because there’s no limit for the imagination. I think there’s is no merit in selling million of books just because they are like other books who are more popular with their own TV shows and movies. Maybe is because of the editors, who only wants to make money instead of caring about the quality of the things they sell.

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Here we don't primarily talk about our personal experiences (there's /dep/ for that) but post informative and educational videos and share interesting articles and/ or books about the topics.

Also feel free to discuss whatever topic regarding both disciplines comes to mind, from certain mental illnesses to the general merit of psychology and psychiatry.
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great post. The only good psychologists I have had were aware of how incomplete and meme worthy most of the profession was and to go with your own ideas.


>humans as individuals aren't complex or interesting at all
Can't disagree more. I would never take anybody intellectually seriously after they said that.
The concept of the brain fully understanding itself is absurd, let alone saying that it isn't even complex or interesting, as you collapse into some sort of recursive meta-cognition loop. Psychiatry will always be fraught with failure because of this.


Psychiatrists, psychologists, and therapists tend to think the opposite ie how you think - that everyone is special and unique. If psychiatry will never advance it's because it has already deviated way off course.

I don't know if you think the brain holds some special secrets or something, but have you looked around lately? Look at social media, imageboards, and read case studies of psychiatric patients. Eventually you begin to realize that the only thing differentiating most of these groups are life experiences and certain adaptations outside of serious brain malfunction.


Oh, you mean, the human mind as a general entity is interesting and complex, but it is wrong to study individuals and make individualised treatment plans? I misunderstood if so.

> Eventually you begin to realize that the only thing differentiating most of these groups are life experiences and certain adaptations outside of serious brain malfunction.

Sure, but the human brain is so misunderstood that you can't unravel the influence of all those experiences. It is like trying to solve physics by finding a universal equation that models every interaction: that is too hard because it is so complex to model. But if you look at certain cases and situations you have smaller problems that you may be able to find some useful approximations and heuristics for. I have zero respect for the current state of psychology as a science, but I dont believe they are treating everyone as special and unique: they make groupings by defining certain disorders, and try to use statistical techniques (but with terrible study design and pervasive corruption)


I guess what I meant was that the brain can be complex when you have people who are able to do extraordinary things with it, but since most humans are not this type of person then I think the brain doesn't really hold all of these complexities that we would be led to believe. I don't know how to explain it via text.

There are some things we don't really need the answer to and once we find it, we may think that it wasn't really worth it in the end. In the same sense that we don't really need to understand the secrets of the universe, whether there is a heaven or hell, or whatever. There are just some things better left unexplored.

It may have just been my experience with my therapist then. They would always go on about how they make specialized "treatment" plans for each person and how everyone has their own unique traits that they offer to the world. I think that's all bs. At our core we are more or less the same. There's nothing fundamentally different between a wizard and a normalfag besides brain chemistry and maladaptation.

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Dunno if this belongs on /games/ or not, but lets have a VR thread. Does anyone own a VR headset? I've been looking to get one. I heard the quest 2 is good and also cheap but the faceberg account requirement is super off putting. Anyone have experience here?
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You share my feelings about HLA details and interactivity. I found it really jarring that items such as blankets or soft bags are baked in the environment with no way to interact with them, the game itself follows some arbitrary rules - you can pistol whip boxes and manhacks, but not other enemies? Overall I feel the game would be much more enjoyable if it were my first. Otherwise Vertigo Remastered did the whole Half-Life thing better, while Boneworks did the whole interactivity thing a bit more daring.


I tried a demo of virt-a-mate and it was super duper broken and extremely limited. Basically unplayable, crashed all the time, and nothing of interest to do.

Gave me the impression it wasn't even close to worth my time. Certainly not worth my money.


>facebook account requirement
>to play a videogame
JFC, If this is the future, I do not want to be part of it.


There are dozens of other HMD to choose from.
I personally have the WMR headset.


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He might be the homeless user from lainchan that claimed to have VR and sleeps with one eye open and sold his VR set after first buying it and flaunting his VR status on lainchan. Honestly he could just wear it on one side of his head, but anyway, the real question if indeed that is him is….

What did you spend your money on instead?

I heard about that game on the lainchan thread. It's about a year old so I guess it's being advertised a lot?

I can't even stand to have a fakebook account myself though oculus rift could be the cheapest most worth getting; I'm still mad.

Indeed. The ramification of stem cell research is becoming immortal, those in charge hate that due to religious values. VR is the same sort of ethical issues, they don't want you breaking any laws you want in your virtual world, it gives you power over yourself and takes it away from them. Live forever and don't take laws seriously also, that semtiment goes with how prison would change, the time served there, it'd completely change us psychologically. Either your own imaginary world or living forever, same ball parks, so they interfered with both of them to make sure no laws are broken, no playing god and living forever nor having whatever you wish happen in an imaginary world.

But like the other wizard says, there are other ones, even if they already sent their message through meddling with something that was built by the people (oculus) through literal donations if I recall. That's anarchy!

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What do you do when you have no interest in your current hobbies but want to some hobby time?

Can we have a thread about new and interesting hobbies you discover even if you don't do them?
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Reddit, discord, forums, twitch, youtube etc. Depending on the hobby, certain sites are better than others, for instance, reddit is much better at selecting meme content than serious, long-form discussion, but it can serve as aa hub for links to different communities and resources. Discord can be nice when you find a small, niche community and its quality usually drops the more people join. Forums are the best for long-form, serious discussion, as threads are expected to stay a long time and people are expected to put in at least a minimal amount of effort when writing a reply (although, this doesn't stop normalfags from inflating their post count with one liner "thanks, this is great" filler). Twitch and youtube communities always organize around a particular content creator, so they usually turn out to be more about the creator than the content.

Twitch has a lot of people streaming themselves doing a particular hobby, like drawing or japanese printmaking. I like browsing through Science & Technology section on twitch and find these small channels that stream programming. Sometimes I watch, sometimes I just have it in the background while I work on my own stuff.


>Top 50 hobbies lists are worthless.
Every hobby will have various subcultures and subdomains within it. It's up to you to explore and find these things because for some they're not just out there for the taking.



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I used to play with toys all of my childhood and even until 13 or 14.

Today even vidya has lost flavor…
If you have energy enough, lift weight. Is the only useful thing that comes to me.


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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It’s a hobby that occasionally yields fruit in all sorts of ways you wouldn’t expect. Especially if the detractions that come from deprograming certain habitual behaviors relative to turning you into a black sheep don’t matter so much to you day to day life.


Amateur historian goes into detail of a conspiracy book that insist that Hitler was a British agent among other wild things.

I found it pretty amusing.


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Our subconscious spirit remembers our past and it tends to manifest into the things we create. Art, music, film, even videogames.

Final Fantasy XIV is a retelling of human history and each umbral calamity has coincided with a high point in each civilization in our history. The sixth umbral calamity brought down the people of Nym (Atlantis) and the 7th has or hasn't happened yet. The map attached is from the game and is clearly an imitation of Earth. The bottom left is Africa, right Asia, and the evil empire is the Europeans in the North.


Of course I realize the writers was heavily inspired from our own real life myths and legends. It's easier to have a base than to start with a blank canvas. The important part isn't that it's a ripoff, but rather our subconscious tends to try and make things from our past lives a reality. Like imbibing yourself to the point of blackout and trying to piece the events of the previous night together.


I don't think that there's actually 300 million people in the US. In fact, I don't think that there's 8 billion either. IMO, it's probably exaggerated. I really want to look into the space stuff, gonna get a telescope eventually :)


>I don't think that there's actually 300 million people in the US. In fact, I don't think that there's 8 billion either. IMO, it's probably exaggerated.
What makes you think that?
If anything the count is nearly always lower then how many people there actually are.

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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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>I realize this is the fanfiction thread

Which is why you use a the new deluxe cognitive warp drive on your ship. It is able to cover vast distances in a straight line by channeling the imaginative cognitive activity of the pilot. With it running a full steam with a good pilot it would only take a few minutes to cover lightyears of distance.


Correct. It's part of the explanation for Olbers' paradox.


>With it running a full steam with a good pilot it would only take a few minutes to cover lightyears of distance.
But can it hack the Gibson?


Know of too many things called Gibson for that to make any sense to me.


That sounds swell, but one of my techs accidentally refueled the cWarp with fuel that had Nihilistic additives. We'd be lucky to move a few inches within the next 10 or 15 eons.

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Recently I have been learning to sing from YouTube videos. It's extremely satisfying to hit high notes and sing basic melodies right. The hobby is free to do and with only minimal practice you can get a lot out of it.

Since it can be embarrassing starting my approach is to mask the noise with a white noise machine. I normally practice my singing at night time when the norms are least active. I'd say the noise level volume is a little over talking volume which should be okay but I'd still prefer not to be overheard by my room mate.

Any wizards into singing?
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No fear, man.


I've been keeping up with my singing practice and getting a lot of enjoyment out of it. Honestly this is a great distraction and form of stress relief. It is a weird hobby but strangely therapeutic, would recommend. To other wizards who want to learn more check out YouTube for some basic exercises: learn about chest voice vs head voice vs falsetto. That's more than enough to get started.


i bet 99% of wizzies will sound like garbage.
not a bad thing though, pisses the normies off :)


i dont agree. its really just a matter of learning. taking the time to do scales and slowly improving vocal range and control. that lets you actually hit notes when you sing lyrics.

whats cool is everyone is going to sound unique in their own way. i feel like this hobby is awesome for those who can find the privacy to do it. ive been having a lot of fun with it ^_^


Just sing like you're a CODA (child of deaf adults).

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