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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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I want to learn afrikaans but there's no websites or apps about it, can someone help me learning afrikaans?
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again not op, but my reasoning was
-the more languages you know, the easier it is to learn more languages
-afrikaans is easy and would be a nice stepping stone to dutch and then to something else

in reality there was not much resources available online when i wanted to learn it and so i quickly gave up. but i still think my reasoning was sound, people do this with spanish and then branch into other languages for example


you might find afrikaans textbook pdfs or something
theres dozens to choose from locally but idk if they are available online


it's one of my favorite language, I also lile how it sounds


I just plunged right into Chinese. I figured it'd take more time to be earning "stepping stones"


yeah i was just speaking from like 2004-2005, back then there wasnt much. i remember rosetta stone being "the best" resource well until 2010s

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Im very new and very bad at painting minis but its alright, its a distraction. I dont think ill ever actually play with them because Im socially inept but it is what it is
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Yeah I know, I'm lljust very lazy and apathetic a lot of the times. It takes me a long time just to do one mini.

I remember the first mini I painted was a skink and that took me 6 hours to poorly paint.


every new hobby a guy picks up will go slowly at first


positive and based encouraging advice. thanks


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How do i get better at painting wizzies?


It really is I got into warhammer 40k at 11 the older kids around me had a bit more money even just paint cost so much it’s a hobby for middle class people

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 No.60032[Reply][Last 50 Posts]

Book discussion.
Previous thread: >>54504

So it's been about a year since I read Arabian Nights (>>54901, >>54902) and last night I was staring at the ceiling before going to bed and out of nowhere felt like going through it again and started reading. Not sure why, I think it's because it turns out it's my favorite literary work out there. This was not obvious to me until very recently but it's becoming clearer now. Let's see how a second reading feels like. I feel like this book is everything I look for in literature. Weird fantasy, horror, mystery. It feels exotic and outlandish and you never follow the same people for long. You catch them at the turn of the tide, just before the angel of death comes for them. It races through this odd, tragic world at a steady pace, highlighting the shitshow that is humanity. Beasts, monsters, men and succubi who in their fear and ignorance become even more cruel and unpredictable than a Djinn. Ghouls feeding their young with the flesh of a young prince. Warm colors of a beautiful palace, where the powerful fill their stomachs with delicate pastries in a hurry, before their inevitable demise. The peaceful, lulling sounds of a gentle breeze in the desert. Dromedaries feeding on the flowers of an Acacia tree under a clear bright sky. Fishermen dreaming about rings of sorcery inside the belly of a blue tilapia. Forgotten ruins, forgotten, sleeping demons. I want to go back to those places again and when you read it, for a moment, you're there.

Also I got a warning for posting 'test' on the previous thread. Apologies, I wanted to check if it was still bumping and forgot to delete it.
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I'm the guy who read 1001 Nights. How is Proust going? I was doing some preliminary reading, but I plan to start Swann's Way next month. I have been busy with life changes, but I am moving countries in the fall, so I suspect Proust might make me nostalgic and sad as I prepare to leave home. I loved DQ and think Nights fits into the "tome" feel that comes with large books, but I've been dragging my feet on Canterbury Tales since it's the original text (and thus harder to read). Hopefully I can read a ton this summer.


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Hey anon, nice to hear from you again. I finished the first 2 volumes of Proust's Recherche and moved on. For now. I must admit I pushed too hard with Proust and got a minor burnout as a result. I intend to go back soon. Aftwards I read a bunch of different things, a short novel and some tales by Luigi Pirandello: One, No One, and One Hundred Thousand and a selection from Stories for the Years. Then I read Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubaz and The Facetious Nights of Straparola, the latter I liked a lot. This period of literature when the authors were more willing to be elegantly lighthearted and suddenly turning to grotesque and/or farcical at the drop of a hat and back to palatial tastes and whims again is fascinating. There's a charm to it that is hard to find anywhere else. Makes me wonder how different life was for them in order for literature of this kind to be produced. It's funny how optimistic the text feels, especially when you know some of those writers actually saw the plague ravaging the cities they lived in. There's an odd joie de vivre in those stories, hard to describe.

By the way, I recently found out there's a book called The Arabian Nights Encyclopedia! A full 2 volumes work of scholarship dedicated to the Nights in the English language. I couldn't believe this was published almost 20 years ago and just recently I became aware of it. It begins with 14 essays by scholars talking about a lot of different topics relating to the book, from literary style, to oral traditions and its impact on the text, the poetry, the manuscript tradition and even goes on about movie adaptations and the impact it has in modern media. The bulk of the work is an entry for 551 stories contained in various manuscripts, along with a summary of the content of each tale, followed by a condensed survey of research relating to the tale concerned. I just skimmed through it but intend to go deeper sometime soon. It's quite the work. The set goes for over 200 usd at amazon but you can find it for the cheap price of free on libgen, you didn't hear from me.

Anyway, good luck with your move and your literary journey! I would never attempt to read The Canterbury Tales in Middle English, I feel like Escher when he said "It takes too much time and effort for someone who rightfully or wrongly believes he has no time to waste." Actually I don't think reading the bPost too long. Click here to view the full text.


Yeah I'll repost this on the new thread.


I don't know how a spambot managed to bump a 305 reply thread but it really seems to like this one.

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The only hobby I had for a long time was gaming. Recently I quit cold turkey and I need something else to fill the time. I've been reading instead and that's pretty fun but it isn't as comfy as gaming. I need to find something that makes me want to wake up in the morning but everything I try I get bored of. Sometimes it's a few months, sometimes a few years, sometimes a week, but I get bored. No hobbies really sound interesting to me, and even if they do there's always something shitty about them. Should I just go back to gaming?
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If I start to hate a hobby, should I get another one? I used to love playing piano but now I don't. I can't tell if it's because I'm depressed or because the hobby has just become boring to me


Personally I never had a hobby or interest that stuck with me for a very long time, except maybe reading but I don’t read that many books anymore. However, I started learning blender and 3D modeling because I wanted to make some weird visuals and custom avatars. It had a steep learning curve but I literally use it every day now. When I’m bored I’ll just open up a blank project and have at it. No idea why it got my attention so much but it makes me happy at least.


hobbies are for normalfags


fuck off crab

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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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America is a great, vast, wonderful country with a surprising amount of cultural variation.

I would hit as many national and state forests as possible.

I really came to appreciate the common site illustrated in 'American Gothic'. Highways and McDonalds– it's really emblematic of something I feel apart of.

As a fellow subtropical dweller, the first two times I saw snow are still fond, clear memories. I like N GA and S TN, if you like S KY and WV.


My advice to you is to get a vehicle that is mechanically sound and not too old. Also buy towing insurance before you go, one that covers being out in remote areas in case you need a tow from the middle of nowhere. I wasted so much money on towing/vehicle maintenance. That is the only regret of my road trip.


to follow up on this post did end up doing that road trip to KY and WV I enjoyed driving and hiking the Appalachian mountains, I really liked KY and its landscapes, been thinking about relocating there. this year again I am planning on going to maine again for a week in winter and also checking out colorado or maybe arizona this year. currently back in florida working and saving up to afford hitting the road again.


JFC, we get it, the U.S. is awful. Move on with your life.


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.

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I will give this a shot later, usually I'm too retarded to get stuff like this running.


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Follow this tutorial closely and it should all be ok. I had problems a couple of things, but I think that's because I dick about with my computer settings too much. If you follow this one, make sure to download 3.10.6 python, because it doesn't work on newer or older versions, surprisingly. And when installing python, make sure to check the box for adding a path variable. If you get stuck on a step make a post here and I or someone else might be able to help get it started. It isn't brilliant with human figures and faces, but for actual artwork I can see why all the web artists are frightened.

I can't stop making loosely inspired Gerhard Richter seascapes at the moment.It even gets the canvas effect right.


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do not ever use software that
-is not a self-contained binary
-does not have a simple one click installer
-requires techbro youtuber faggots to explain how to install and use the thing

get a gui for stable diffusion. i personally use 'NMKD' because it takes care of installing stable diffusion and getting all the bullshit it needs, it does it all for you. but any gui or frontend for sd is better than nothing

when you eventually learn enough about how to run and generate images, next you will want to experiment with different models. go to https://civitai.com/ to find stuff

unrelated but here is an inpainting demonstration using nmkd. you select the area you want to replace, see what generates. when it doesn't look right you crank down the image influence and let it go wild and basically RNG something aesthetic. when you get something good, you can raise the influence just enough so the image remains visually constant but there is enough variation to allow you to see any possible improvements. when you find something good, you use that as your new starting image and adjust the mask to fix any areas that aren't good. you do this repeatedly until the whole is something you are ok with. this is my process at least


Never use software that
-isn't FLOSS
-you don[t hage to compile for yourself
-requiresmyou to type ~/configure make make install
-has less than 15 dependencies
-doesn't require specific versions of some dependencies
-you can install without having to modify the makefile
-takes less than a day to compile with 4 processors
-doesn't throw warnings throughout compilation
-doesn't require rust
-doesn't require dbus
-doesn't require systemd
-comes with proper documentation


FLOSS is cool but i like the unlicense better, all the rest of that is actual aids hell

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