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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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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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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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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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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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i like the look of it, thanks wizzie.
wanted to give you something different as I mainly see you draw from the frontal angle or the side one.


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slowly getting there


sorry for late reply, im glad you liked my drawings, naw i havent drawn those games cause i never played em, i have a lot of sentimental value for timesplitters and i love the character designs

>isnt the only way to get better at drawing to draw more?

youre right but i want to get better at anatomy specifically so i think that takes dedicated study and understanding which just doodling doesnt exactly provide


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Twas originally gonna post this in lolnada, but couldn't really find a proper spot. Pretty much an old High School assignment. (WARNING: CRINGE).

Originalmente iba a publicar esto en lolnada, pero no mamen, no pude encontrar un lugar adecuado. Más o menos una vieja tarea de la Prepa. (ADVERTENCIA: CRINGE).


Belive or not, I also draw like this.

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i have been doing a quiz every day

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That’s what happens when you genocide an entire continent’s worth of people.


no, it's what happens when you don't finish the genocide


Most of them are in the most barren depressing wastelands you could possibly imagine. They got driven off their ancestral homes in the east to shit land that wasn't taken and then they've been given benefits so they can live in shitty trailers. Any sacred site they have is likely something created since they were driven off their original land. They didn't even have horses before Europeans brought them to the continent so the image of Indians riding on horses people have is actually a culture that was developed after we started fucking with them and drove them off the good land.


they had horses all throughout the americas before the european settlers arrived. at least you can find cave paintings and little statuettes and woven twig things of horses, dudes on the horses, etc.


Better to die with honor from English Puritans than to be Mestizoized into the bottom of a racial pyramid by decadent debauched papist Conquistadors.

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Anyone here lucid dream as a hobby or common practice? What methods and techniques are a lie to sell courses and which really work?
Im so utterly tired of material existence and limitations I want to maxx out my lucid dreaming as much as possible without drugs.
So far my plans for this are:

sleep LESS not more( REM rebound phenomenon)
master the Gateway Experience tapes
master Dymaxion polyphasic schedule
master falling asleep(and maintaining sleep)in "odd" positions: standing up ,squatting,on my shins like a baby, full louts. monks and primitive tribes do it…it should be possible.
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I had several lucid dream experiences and at least two of them were induced by myself. What seemed to have an effect were those awareness practices youre supposed to do through the day like the frequent reality-checks because at least one time those have successfully triggered a lucid dream for me.

Most of them were randomly caused by subtle noises or light changes and such things which can raise your consciousness without waking you up. Its also interesting how some of the lucid experiences were suddenly interrupted by nightmarish shifts in the dream of which I had no control over.


i wanna do this too. anything i should prepare beforehand? i've been seriously meditating for 1 year and it's brutally changing me. i feel a sleep fast could be an interesting experience in my journey to enlightenment.

i'm looking forward to hearing from you brother.


>journey to enlightenment

You won't find it if you seek it, that is the thing with the spiritual stuff, you can't be on the way, you can only be, and that is the way.


One who believes he has found enlightenment can reflect on the moments leading up to that point and consider it to be his journey. I think this is what "journey to enlightenment" means. Not to describe a path to follow, but one followed.


ahh i used to pracitce this, i had some cool dreams, my trick was induce the sleep paralysis and then some wacky shit begin to happen, and then, if i was lucky, i got a lucid dream.
Anyway my best dreaming experiences were with normal dreams, but i can't deny that thoose lucid dreams were funny as hell lol

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