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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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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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I mostly decided that after I get a few 1 oz coins that I will mainly get 1/4 oz every month or so.
I don't really like the smaller coins for a number of reasons. Went to a coin shop and just handling them, they are really tiny and just don't like them that much. Another knock against them is that premiums on them are pretty bad compared to the larger coins. So 1/4 oz is probably as small as I am going to go unless it's something really special that catches my eye even at the smaller size.


I have a 1997 Mexican Silver Libertad which I hear is pretty rare in terms of silver coins. The silver shop threw it into my purchase after I found it among the junk silver and told him about it rather than try to buy it at junk silver prices. He appreciated it, and since he only got the Mexican silver that day, let me buy it for 16 dollars, which was about spot for junk silver at the time. I also got 7 silver onzas that day.


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

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Post good (spoken) books in this thread.

I'll start with the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius. Such a good narration.
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Notes from the Underground

I can sum it up as this:
Bitter crab in bucket failed normie whines the novel.
This book is highly overrated and I hated every minute of it.
Reminds me of the time I was forced to read catcher and the rye and everyone praised it but I found it insufferable.
Whine whine whine for hours.
Fuck this book and fuck who wrote it. What a pointless waste of time.


I have read almost every novel by FD when I was 18-21 and I can barely remember any of them lol. My favourite is the one about his time in a Siberian prison camp… The whiny philosophical musings in the russian literature of that period is not my cup of tea.


Finally got around to listening to Rules for Radicals.
It puts a lot of radical leftist tactics and their overall lack of morals into perspective, as well as explains the activist investment problem that is causing so many culture war issues.

That said it's clearly a padded book and you are better off reading a summary of it then reading the whole thing.


Fantastic Beast and where to Find Them

Damn, I forgot that J.K. Rowling actually is a pretty good writer even if I stopped being into harry potter when I was like 12 or 13.
Fantastic Beast is just pure fantasy world building and lore concentrated, which is something I enjoy quite a bit even though I don't have interest in the actual Harry Potter series.
I wonder if there is book similar to this that does a deep lore breakdown of the magic system and history of magical development.


On a related note, also listened to this short story by H.G. Wells
Called "The Magic Shop"

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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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As a NEET considering doing a masters in psychology due to a lifelong interest in it, it's such a demoralizing thread to read through, worse yet I find myself agreeing with some of the scepticism.

I just hoped I could use my interest to fuel a meaningful job where I help people. Fuck, man. I don't want to become a useless hack.


A masters in psych won't do much unless it's in industrial. I think most specialized psychologists like forensic, sports, and so forth are expected to have a doctorate these days. I was a psych undergrad also because of lifelong interest but if I go for a masters or phd it will probably be in neuroscience so maybe that's something you can consider too since those programs accept psych undergrads.


You type like a pseudointellectual liberal arts/humanities university student.


I'm actually a CS dropout, but thanks for the stylistic input. I'll tone it down for the plebs next time.


Exactly. My best psychologist regularly did his own thing, depending on who he was talking to. Our meetings were entirely discussion, with occasional comments by him that forced me to reconsider certain things. He never directly challenged or forced me on anything. It was strange after years of other styles of therapy.

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Got two batches of beer brewing. Both are wheat malt, hops and cherries. Using wild yeast from cherries, hopefully Sacchoromyces. Malted the wheat myself (sprouted then dried in sun) and got cherries from my own cherry tree. I expect them to be sour beers but I'm not sure tasting them so far.

Right I started the 21st and left on 22nd. The left will probably fill with yeast cloud tomorrow and the cherries will float. The right one I only boiled until the wort changed color and smelled cause I just spontaneously made it after procrastinating after making the malt a couple months ago. I only had a fundamental understanding of brewing. The left one I boiled the hops for an hour and the malt a bit longer. That's why it isn't all the way full, too much boiled out. I'm probably gonna drink right after a week and left after a month or two.

Its pretty hot and sunny lately, tomorrow I'll start sprouting more grains I have and then malt them.

Gonna make mead soon. Reading the ancient way (which I trust more than modern ways - ignore modern schizo nonsense about sanitation, you don't need special soaps or airlocks), they used either years old rain water or boiled spring water. The yeast need nutrients beyond honey so I don't think I can just use tap water. My tap water in particular I know is soft (few minerals). I'm gonna age the mead at least 2-3 months.
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What's the cheapest kind of alcohol to make?


Fermented sugar water. There is Finnish super yeast that make liquor in 24 hours, the sugar solution needs to be heated though.


Pruno style wine.
Whatever simple carbs you can get you hands on for free or cheap mixed with water then yeast is added. It sucks and it takes a ton of it to get you drunk but it's cheap and can be brewed nearly anywhere.
That said if you go through the process of distilling it it's actually not the worst, and can get you really fucked up in a few shots. But it is extra work and takes some creativity to build the stil if you are limited on what you have on hand.


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Been drinking gallons of apple juice so slowly they become alcoholic by the time I finish.

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I recently picked up this hobby of watching pop education videos on youtube. History, science, technology, futurology, philosophy etc. It really passes the time. And a quick 10 minute tidbit is very relaxing.

I especially find the science, technology, futurology, AI videos very uplifting from the usual pessimism I dwell on.
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I think understanding metaphors comes mostly from consuming media for a long time in a mindful way, wondering why each scene is depicted in that specific way, it makes consuming stuff more personal for me, and no matter what crap I consume, there is always something I can get from it that helps me develop probably, maybe I just consumed too much already.


This thread isn't about what is or isn't useful to wizards in particular.


Most of those are pop-science shit. You are not seeking knowledge by watching them, just following the "I fucking love science" group.



How glass is recycled and some of the things that recycled glass is used for.

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Anyone here use Linux for fun and profit?

I'm currently running debian with dwm as my window manager. I was curious to see what all the hubbub was about when it comes to minimalism and I gotta say I like some things about it. However, I'm still not fully convinced it's the end all be all of desktop computing or anything. There are still plenty of programs I like to use that are considered "bloated" by true minimalists.

Overall I'm more productive on my Linux system than I am on my Windows system. It feels good to know all the keyboard shortcuts in my system and be able to program new ones quickly and easily through config.h, and to be able to launch many programs near instantaneously. And the tiling and workspaces? It's absolutely gorgeous. I love having control of where everything goes without having to much about with window borders. I love having a group of programs open dedicated to performing a certain task, and then being able to instantly switch to another group of programs by just pressing alt+[num].
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i use invidio.us usually it works


Made a script to copy my ebooks to my ereader. Probably kinda bloated cause I was impressed with what I learned making it and I wanted to make it robust. Obscured my UUID in this.


ereader_uuid='****-****' #this is my kobo ereader

# error: e-reader not found
blk=$(lsblk -o +UUID | grep "$ereader_uuid")
if [ -z "$blk" ]; then
	echo 'e-reader not found; exiting';
	exit 1;

# makes the mount point directory if it doesn't exist
if [ ! -e "$ereader_mount_point" ];
	mkdir "$ereader_mount_point" && echo "created '${ereader_mount_point}' mount point..."; || echo "Cannot create '${ereader_mount_point}' probably because of permissions; exiting" && exit 1 # error: cannot create mount point directory, probably because of permissions

# mounts, copies files into and then unmounts the e-reader
echo 'e-reader found...';
mount "/dev/disk/by-uuid/${ereader_uuid}" "$ereader_mount_point" && echo 'mounted e-reader'
cp -n *.{pdf,epub} "$ereader_mount_point" && echo 'copied files...';
umount "$ereader_mount_point" && echo 'unmounted e-reader...'
rmdir "$ereader_mount_point" && echo "removed '${ereader_mount_point}' mount point..."


>Linux can make much more of old hardware performance wise.

This isn't always true especially now that AGP has been depreciated. In the case of PPC hardware, I know of at least one project that gutted Altivec code because it had been unmaintained.

One thing Linux does have going for it is running modern software on old hardware. You get important security updates. The push to put HTTPS everywhere and depreciation of SHA1 cuts off a large portion of the WWW on old Windows and Mac browsers.


Speaking of which, I saw this nugget on Hacker News and Lobste.rs. It's impressive, but I'd probably put Windows 95 on there if I still had a 486 machine.



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Debian with DWM?
You have my respect.

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All you need to begin drawing is a pencil and some paper

Feel free to post any drawings of yours in this thread. Illustration, doodle, traditional, digital - anything goes. Discussion on skillbuilding techniques and fair critique of other wizards' work is welcome.
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Wow very cool! Only just noticed. Got any more?


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first pixel with aseprite, gave myself the challenge of trying to recreate a kind of bob ross type of painting with pixels


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I like it.
Too good.
This here is probably my level. I avoid even drawing faces really. I pretty much never draw but here's images from me to the OP:
>images of my attempt at art


These are really good, wiz. The one with the kid getting chopped in the head makes me laugh.


All artists draw lewds, you just never see them

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Hello Wizzies, what podcasts do you recommend? i enjoy going trekking while listening to some relaxing podcasts to distract me.
I am currently listening to this one about the history of Japan and it's role in WW2
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Carlin is fantastic. One of the few podcasts I have to sit down and concentrate on. Too good to listen to while occupied.

I also enjoy

>Joe Rogan

Not overrated. He can be a bit annoying but he is very down to earth and "real". His deep curiosity, style of questioning and layman perspective make him the perfect guy to talk to interesting people. And he interviews/chats with MANY interesting people. He has 1600+ episdoes, many 3h+ long, and I've found out about many amazing ideas from his podcasts, despite the fact that he is a "meme" for lack of a better term. his podcast is my favorite because of the sheer amount of interesting discussion, guests, unfiltered discussion about edgy topics, and the way the conversations are very natural (nothing like MSM interviews)

>Trash Taste

3 youtube ecelebs talk about life in japan, otaku culture, and talk shit about life. they are normies through and through, but it's nice to listen to a good quality podcast about otaku culture with 3 friends that have excellent chemistry


reviewbrah/reportoftheweek's podcast. very comfy feeling, the guy is a wizard through and through, totally owns it, lives how he wants. lots of varied discussion with mildly interesting perspectives


podcast about people and places that are extreme, such as isolated islands. talks about how they live and what life is like there. nice window to another world


in depth dive into historical revolutions. only listened to the french series, but I loved it

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>Darkweb Diaries
I love it its like historical modern scifi

I like Andrew Hubermans and Lex Friedman podcast


Welcome to the world of adult Dating loveawake.ru


You aren't funny.


what is this leftarded clueless russian stooge garbage LMAO

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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´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.


Record of Lodoss War. The novel which spawned the anime, to be specific.

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