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 No.37426[Reply][Last 50 Posts]

I was watching this random documentary about agriculture and it occurred to me that documentaries are really easy things to lose yourself into, so I thought about creating a thread to share and discuss any interesting documentary about anything that might be entertaining.

Documentaries can get political so try to tone it down and not argue their ideological merits here if it comes to that.
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>>51426
I disagree.

>Most of the better professional documentaries can actually get their hands on first hand footage

You mean the same clips of stock footage that are used in every other documentary?

>talk to both experts

The same experts whose books the amateur Youtubers have actually read.

>interview people that were there

I guess this can be interesting for the human element, but the people who made the critical decisions in most historical events are long dead, and those who are left are randoms of no particular significance, and whose testimony is also available in books, so it's not critical to sit them down in front of a camera.

>most of all have production and editing skills to make the final product watchable.

I disagree here as well. Other than splicing together the stock footage with interviews, narration and adding some dramatic music, there isn't much production value to speak of. It's actually laughable how little effort goes into it. They're not making Band of Brothers.

The dealbreaker for me is that TV documentaries tend to be simplistic, inaccurate, and overly-dramatic in their presentation of events. They're made to appeal to a mass audience whereas the Youtube audience is self-select among those with an interest in history, which allows for a higher level of discussion to take place.

Just remembered that Military History Visualized made a nice video a couple of years ago where he also criticizes TV documentaries.

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>>51427
I don't think we are going to find agreement on this subject.

 No.52673

A new 4 part Unabomber doc came out recently. I thought it was quite good, had some details I didnt know even though im a big fan of uncle Ted

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>>52673
Like what details?

 No.52786

If you ever wondered what happened to Phoenix Jones from beginning to end then this doc is for you.
Pretty sad if you ask me.


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 No.50386[Reply][Last 50 Posts]

I didn't notice the last one is on auto-sage.

Finally finished Thus Spoke Zarathustra. Took me a year I think to get to end of it, this isn't the kind of book you can read normally, I had to stop to take breaks, sometimes I put it down for months. It isn't about comprehension, I understood what Nietzsche was saying in most cases. It is the lyrical form that annoyed me, lots of poems and songs in this one.
As for what I read: I agree and disagree. There are things which he hit spot on, like pity being harmful and focusing on this life on Earth instead of nonsensical tales about after lives. But the idea of eternal recurrence is just plain idiotic, I think it stems from Christianity still or other oriental religions, death is the end of it and that's all - no matter how you try to name it: Heaven, reincarnation or eternal recurrence it is just a pathetic hope that death isn't final. Actually, Nietzsche's thought process reminds me of Christianity in many ways, ironically: like praising suffering, not being content with hedonism, the idea that life is eternal, the Overman basically just replacing God etc.etc. Seems like a twisted and "negative form" of Christianity. Well, that is just my own two cents. I'm no expert on philosophy.
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Jim Butcher is finally releasing the next book in The Dresden Files this year. This is my favorite fiction series so I'm looking forward to it. What's more is he's putting out another book in September of this year. I suppose he's had a long time to write them but still it's pretty weird that he's putting them out this close to each other all of a sudden.

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>>52720
No, but I feel like I should start. I basically do the same thing with visual media but with screencaps.
>>52731
What about non-fiction? Like wanting to fact check a history book.

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>>52631
Thanks, this was a comfy read

>The thousand pin-pricks of daily life


Anymore like this?

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>>52755
>Anymore like this?
Just to be clear, that part you quote is written by his biographer, not von Kleist himself. I see writing like this in a lot of biographies from the early to mid twentieth century. You might like, for example, Emil Ludwig, who wrote many popular biographies.

Here are a few more things from my notes that you might like:
>One of the first literary moderns, he consistently violated the established values of his age by rendering life as he found it–unsettled, unsettling, and inexplicably absurd.

>[A]ltogether, he wasn't cut out for society; in him there was a "sad clarity," which, unasked, revealed to him "the thought behind each look, the meaning behind each word, the motive behind each action," which, in short, showed him everything, even his own nature, in all its wretched nakedness.


>"My sole and highest goal has vanished; now I have none." He sensed that neither honors, riches, or knowledge could ever really satisfy him.


>…what tempted him most was death. For his innermost feeling told him that the evil which poisoned his life would end only with his life, because it was inside him: "For this forever tormented heart gives me nothing but pain."

 No.52785

Hi guys, haven't posted here in a while but I hope you're all doing well. I'll copy >>52516's formatting because I find him inspiring.


>Plainsong by Kent Haruf


Novel set in a fictional town in Colorado, based apparently on Yuma, Colorado. The author believed that small town life offered as much worthy of observation and literary interest as cities, and this book focuses on the lives of several people in this small town, most of whom cross paths in some way. The central focus of the book is a teenage succubus who gets pregnant and ends up moving in with two elderly farmer brothers, both bachelors, at their farm outside of town. I enjoyed his clean, plain style of writing, the witty and realistic working class dialogue, the sensitivity towards the characters. One thing Kent was praised for was writing "unsentimental" books, however I'm now halfway through the second book in the trilogy of novels set in Holt, and I would say they are quite sentimental at times, with many characters crying on pretty regular basis. It sometimes reminds me of what Americans call "Hallmark" movies, although his assertiveness and insight into the details of how various aspects of the town function (e.g., cattle sales, social services, skinning a horse, local plants) is reassuring and interesting.


>In The Sanctuary of Outcasts by Neil White


Non-fiction story of an editor in the early 1990s who gets convicted of "kiting" checks (can't recall what this exactly means), and is offered a deal whereby he spends his sentence in a lepers colony in Louisiana. He turns up pretty ego-centric and materialistic, but gradually gets acquainted with the lepers living there, hearing their tragic life stories (abandonment, ostracism etc). There is a brief history of leprosy, the nature of the condition, and a few people become especially friendly with the author. An interesting read, quite straightforward.

>Wagner and Philosophy by Bryan Magee (still reading)


Fascinating book about Wagner's relationship with philosophy throughout his life, but really it focuses on other things like his depression, political involvement, relationships etc. I knew that he had been poor prior to his success, but this book portrays him more as a kind of angry bohemian, who spends his time discussing the destruction of society with leading anarchists, gets involvePost too long. Click here to view the full text.


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 No.51417[Reply]

anything really even if its just art/illustration pages I also would like some historical/intellectual related pages too
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 No.51503

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https://twitter.com/tkmiz
If you're looking for artists tkmiz is pretty good. His art is constantly posted on IBs, so you probably already know about him. He is the author of succubi' last tour. I like his art style a lot tbh

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>>51432
@HamsterFragment makes some really good art

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>>51503
He? It's a she bro

 No.52784

@BPD_GOD
Insane esoteric fuckery. Changed my life.



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 No.41819[Reply][Last 50 Posts]

Favorite comic?

Favorite author?

Favorite cartoonist?

Favorite character?
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 No.52598

Looks like comic production has come to a (hopefully) temporary end due to the whole virus shut down thing.
So that means no new physical comics for now. Couldn't have come at a worse time.

 No.52728

>>43443
comics are inherently jewish

 No.52729

>>52728
jews invented comics

 No.52741

>>43439
If you ask me, Scott Pilgrim laid the groundwork for comics of the 2010's. For better and for worse. And since I don't really like most of the characters from the little I've read, I want to say worse.
>>52728
>>52729
That is both a wrong and a non-issue. Fuck off.

 No.52782

>>52598
I wonder if they will take a whole new direction in the post-corona world.


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 No.20822[Reply][Last 50 Posts]

here we go
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>>20822
Not really philosophy, but still relevant to the future of humanity and that sort of thing

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>>20822
Not a video, but it's still an interesting article, and it's relevant to the sorts of things Chalmers talks about.

http://www.jaronlanier.com/zombie.html

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>>52751
I get recommended fairly obscure videos on a regular basis, I think. I'm usually logged in to YouTube when I search, if that matters.

IIRC that Dr Jonas video was recommended to me after I watched the other one posted right above it, and that one was recommended to me after I watched a video from the popular channel "Closer to Truth."


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 No.47955[Reply]

It's impossible sticking to a hobby for me, and I wonder if it's the same for you as well. I'm looking for a hobby that I could do everyday or several times a week, and all those fucking hobbies requires money sadly.
The things I like to do (or have interest in) are as follows:

>cycling

Doing it, but it's dangerous because retards on the way are driving me crazy. Also, one cannot go cycling in the rain or bad weather usually.

>mountaineering and trekking

I am interested in mountaineering, but it requires socializing and enrolling to a club. Also, I'm lack of equipment and it's hard to start with free-solo. Trekking seems pretty nice, but it's not an everyday activity.

>reading

I easily get distracted since I have internet addiction and it's so hard to leave my chair in front of the laptop.

Do you feel the same sickness and boredom? I must try something new and see if it works ;_; Any suggestions?
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 No.52432

fuck me man i cant think of a single hobby id enjoy

 No.52439

>>52260
my parents practically got me addicted to it since age 5
too hard man

 No.52638

>>52432
yeah, how do people even get hobbies? i straight up dont get it.

 No.52766

>>52373
Cool video but wouldn't most pallets be made out of pine?

 No.52775

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>>47955
Try doing psychedelic drugs as a hobby



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 No.51494[Reply][Last 50 Posts]

The last movie thread has reached the bump limit.
Previous thread:
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>>52684
Shivers is a good one. Cronenberg directed some good stuff.

 No.52687

>>52686
Aside from Shivers, I saw Videodrome, The Brood and Rabid. So far I like Cronenberg's stuff. At first I was afraid he would turn out to be a pretentious hack like David Lynch but Cronenberg's movies are actually entertaining and have coherent plots, aside from Videodrome which I thought was a weaker movie than his others. I'd rank the Cronenberg movies I saw like this:
The Brood > Shivers > Rabid > Videodrome
Videodrome was still fun but I felt like it was aiming to be a "too deep 4 u" kind of movie which I dislike generally.

 No.52688

>>52687
It has been awhile since I watched videodrome and it really didn't help that I was on cold medicine and half asleep when watching it.
I couldn't even attempt to explain the plot or story. Just remember it had some cool/memorable effects and some super crazy scenes.
I got to get around to watching it again wide awake one of these days.

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>>52687
>>52688
Scanners is fun watching. I bet you'd like it. I really like existenz and naked lunch but I don't think you'd enjoy them going off your post.

 No.52768

Infection (2004)
Original title: Kansen
Plot: A mysterious virus infects the staff of a hospital after they accidentally kill one of their patients…

What the hell was going on? I don't think it is supposed to be completely clear. Or maybe I'm just stupid. Fun movie, though. Feels like a dark hospital drama at the beginning (I don't say it as a complaint, the atmosphere of the movie was really good thanks to this), I also liked that the characters were quite realistic. There are some cheesy dialogues in it and the ending should have been clearer, otherwise Infection is a cool movie. 7/10.

Total Recall (1990)
Plot: Set in the future when humankind already colonized Mars, a construction worker on Earth living an ordinary life experiences dreams about him walking on Mars, despite the fact that he has no memories about ever going to that planet…

Super entertaining action sci-fi. I think the makers of Matrix stole a few things from this movie. Total Recall is non-stop action, chase scenes and adventures. The effects are usually quite good but I found some of them very cartoon-like. My only issue is Schwarzenegger. How did this guy get to be an ultra-famous actor? He really can't act, it is like watching some kind of a robot. That may have worked for the Terminator movies but in others like this one it just doesn't cut it. Watch this movie if you are looking for some light, over the top sci-fi action with lots of cheesy one-liners. 8/10.

>>52692
I saw Naked Lunch partially when it was on TV, I thought it was OK but yeah I don't really like it when a movie wants you to make sense of what just happened on the screen.


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 No.41994[Reply]

Every other board has their own /general/ and it might be better to post about little known hobbies here, rather than have a new thread that gets 2 replies.

How about horseback riding?
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>>50397
i'm actually going to second this >>50399

i used to build A-frame signboards and sold them online, shit like pic related. it started with me looking on other websites and noticing they were overpriced. it's basically some thin sections of wood, with dato cuts along their length, a small piece of board slid into those grooves, and you glue it up. put top hinge on, then side hinges, then put rubber feet on. you could make like a dozen of these in a day and because they are flat they don't take up space. the actual chalkboard part is just a spraypaint coating on cheap hardboard. just add in options for the finish coating and people will end up buying it

 No.52680

Will it bow?

 No.52683

>>44460
>Seems like she wants your mana

What does it mean when a mother requires mana from her son?

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I used to design abstract board games until I realized it was the least rewarding creative discipline of all because you could wait for years only to find someone has broken your game with some sort of strategic axiom, making it objectively bad. Moreover, you can’t learn much to ameliorate these problems in future designs, not only because the theory of designing turn-based games is an inchoate field of study (if even that) but because the principles you can apply are few and of limited effect. The problem with this discipline is that a game designer is necessarily competing against all the prospective players of his game but the game is highly asymmetric (the designer gets to design something one time but the players get to redesign their strategy continuously into perpetuity). Even if the designer can respond by “patching” or updating his game (meaning he found a small tweak to make to the same fundamental game), he cannot force the players to play the updated version in the way a vidya developer can. The only time I got drunk due to depression was guzzling my dad’s gin after a player of one of my more promising ideas proved that it was purely tactical, not strategic (ie every best possible move would be some kind of localized response to the previous one).

So these days I tend to regard any impulse to want to design games regard such impulse as an addiction or bad habit to be spurned. Many times I find myself thinking of game mechanics or a general day dream about a sort of kind of play I would find interesting and I just put it out of mind because I know I’ll probably get burnt again. I have an autistic love for graphical relationships so it is hard for me to not get sucked in again. I have found more and more that I’ve been able to sublimate my passion for such things into musical composition and theory. At least music has these sort of mathematical relationship and is also an art that can be judged, though not entirely, on a subjective basis. Furthermore there is more a composer can do to alter an existing piece of music than what a designer can do to improve a game. Right now I’m working on something I’m calling the Chord Board which shows a sort of grid-based piano roll map you can follow to get between any two tertian chords with single steps of minimal chromatic movement in the voice leading.

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>>50515
Kinda, I volunteer as a trapper for the Department of Conservation and I always keep an eye out for birds while I'm in the bush. I see a lot of native Wood Pigeons and Tui mainly. I'm hoping one day they'll let me go up into the ranges and see the Kiwis, I've seen many dead ones because I help out with hunting dog aversion training but somehow I don't think a headless half frozen bird has the same effect as a living, breathing symbol of my nation.



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 No.50683[Reply][Last 50 Posts]

This thread is for discussing your successes and failures with magic(k) as well as occultism and metaphysics.
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 No.52703

If you ever get frustrated in your practice it means that you need to dissociate from your body and ego and operate as an outsider observer, like your self is a robot and you're the programmer. Mind and flesh operate on a much more deterministic valence than spirit, magic is the use of spirit to influence that which is downstream to it.

 No.52705

>>52703
Totally disagree and that sounds like a good way to regress or even do self harm.
One should sharpen the mind when practicing the occult not dull it to the point of dissociation.
If faced with a roadblock in practice the answer is further study as well as strengthening one's fundamentals through hands on practice.
Or in other words read/learn more and get out there and practice. Practice to the point where the simple stuff is as easy to you and natural to you as breathing.

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>>52705
Proper, controlled dissociation is not dulling. It a movement of consciousness outside of the bounds of restricting factors like personality, emotion, and space. When the consciousness resides in the gross it is passive to the subtle; movement of the consciousness out of the self and into the spirit results in the ability to work with the threads of causality which go into perpetuation of phenomenon. I have practiced this and the results are felt immediately when operating on the psyche or the psychosomatic systems.

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>>52706
Can you explain how this is any different from the mental dullness that occurs with extreme tiredness?

What are examples where it has increased your magic?

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>>52757
Awareness can move among the many forms that make up the self, both the psyche and body. Forms higher up the causal chain can also be accessed by the awareness, anything that one perceives, directly or indirectly. Because by affecting you a thing becomes part of you. In order to do this awareness must be dissociated from the ego complex and associated with the higher form which includes the ego complex as a constituent. Attaining this state lets one make changes to their own self fairly easily. Larger, externalized changes may be affected, they are more complicated and require a bit of practice to get the hang of.


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 No.52012[Reply]

What? Really? Nobody likes Lego here? I thought this was a popular hobby, especially among our kind. For me? Its the Time Twisters.
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 No.52742

There's LEGO software you can download and use to build things virtually. Use that instead. Less wasteful.

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>>52015
I'm not even sure it airs anymore, but that's nice.

 No.52744

I wish I could, it was always too expensive for me. But I still find them nice and cool. Those architecture ones they have look nice.
>>52743
Would be interesting if they work with 3D printers.

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>>52013
When I was a kid you could buy a huge bag of assorted pieces for very cheap, then the kits got more popular and with that prices ramped up like hell. I spent far more time with Meccano back then though.

 No.52761

I loved Lego as a kid. On a rare occasion I'll buy one of those really small kits from target or Walmart and build them for my desk as a decoration.



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