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Book discussion.
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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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Obviously because you’re reading normie tier classics. Not all books are like that.
Do you tend to go for books that validate your worldview? I’m genuinely asking, not being sarcastic or anything.


I don't know how to distinguish between normal and non normal. I am trying to find something that amuses me as much as visual novels do now that I have already read most of the good ones. I suspect that the main reason that I enjoyed visual novels so much is that they allowed me to self insert so I didn't feel that I was observing the story of someone who was more boring than myself. So it would be true to say that I am looking for validation of my own ideals.

At first I was just reading VNs for simple amusement but then I read too much philosophy. Now I don't feel comfortable reading VNs anymore because they are rooted in the particular instance of recent Japan whereas I now want to attempt to experience universality. The problem is, of course, that most of the literature I attempt to read does not meet the lofty standards that some philosopher hold it to have according to my tastes.

The source of this distaste is probably my own undisciplined mind and poor understanding but the gods have decided that I must continue to push the boulder up the hill as punishment for my ineptitude.


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>I do not like the majority of literature that I read because I feel it deals excessively with superficialities and trivialities. I am not impressed with reading anything that is concerned with the "human condition" because the majority of so called human concerns seem completly pathetic to me - I feel a great distance between myself and the great masses of people.
>I am interested in the idea of literature that uplifts the spirit but I can rarely find anything that truly does so.
>I was extremely interested in the book when it was referencing the principles of the natural sciences - these are the uplifting ideas that I wish to be inspired by in my life. But of course, this intensity is not maintained and what's more he has to regard his creation as "evil", and to moralise that humans are not supposed to rise to such a level. The literature that I desire is still eluding me.
Thus Spake Zarathustra is your book.


I’m curious to know what kind of philosophy books and visual novels you’ve been reading. I’m somewhat similar, but not quite. I don’t enjoy reading anymore but still do it out of obligation, or because I don’t have anything else to do. The only book that got close to describing how I feel was a short novella by Georges Perec called A Man Asleep. I suppose any depressed wizard can self-insert into that.


>Thus Spake Zarathustra is your book.
Indeed, it is the kind of book that I desire. The problem is that Nietzsche has introduced the puzzle of literature that still torments my mind. I also now feel compelled to listen to classical music even though, again, I don't really like it that much.

I've done a fair amount of research into the history of philosophy, the individual philosophers that I'm most familiar with are Plato and Nietzsche. My favourite VNs are Air, Tsukihime, Subahibi, Umineko and Kikokugai. While I like VNs I don't have much fondness for anime which I conclude must be because it does not have the memorable soundtracks that VNs have and because the VN format is easier to project one's own attitude into so that while characters and plotlines that are uninteresting in anime become far more intruiging in VNs because it feels that I am the one who is experiencing them and not someone else.

I'm currently listening to Don Quixote and it is tolerable so far. I suppose I'll start posting in the audiobook thread shortly because listening to books is easier than reading them, although it can be easy to zone out and lose track of what is happening.

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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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If you're serious about wanting to get anywhere near good and not just fucking around with paint for shits and giggles, I'm going to have to be honest with you. You're bad and you should stop working with colors until you're solid in grey scale. Stop painting until you're half decent at drawing.
As a beginner you have none of the skills you need to tackle color and painting, and no experience and capacity to understand the issues involved. You have to start learning the basics, otherwise you will be stuck struggling with problems that exceed your current comprehension. You have to simplify the challenges you're facing and start training in a classic manner from the beginning, or you will remain confused and directionless forever.
Get a lot of cheap paper, basic pencils, kneaded erasers, sanguine sticks. Get one of these cheap fiberboard drawing boards with a clip. A3 is a good paper format for beginners, not too big not too small. Torrent Glenn Vilppu's instructional videos, learn from them (thepiratebay.org/description.php?id=7409774). Do it concurrently with drawabox.com exercises. Don't just blindly follow the instructions, you have to study and understand this stuff.
Make a training schedule and follow it. Don't get stuck on singular exercises when you feel you can't get a "good enough" result out of them. Complete the tasks you have scheduled for yourself whether you're satisfied with the results you're getting or not. Unfortunately drawing is an arduous and thankless skill to train, improvement can only be gained through repetition. Most of the resulting drawings will inevitably be disappointing and there's no way around it. The skills can't simply be improved by focusing 200% of effort on making single pictures and then spending forever trying to correct them. Finish the practice you start, note what needs improvement, and be ready to do it again tomorrow, as many times as it takes.
This is not a complete or universal "get good" plan, it's only a bare bones starting advice. When you earn some basic skill and knowledge you will start noticing these guides aren't covering everything you want to learn. There is an abundance of learning materials available and once you have an idea of what's what in the art training world you will be able to find more on your own and tailor your studying plans to your own needs. Until then you have to go bPost too long. Click here to view the full text.


Copy simple drawings with few lines (stuff like manga or chibis) and focus on training your observational skill. What the wizard above me said is very good advice, but the observational part moreso (as one group of beginners on another forum is starting to realize). Once you're proficient in replicating what you see in two dimensions, you will transfer this skill to life drawing. This also trains very essential stuff like pen dexterity and control over proportions.


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So I tried this shiny tree in a dark forrest I saw. My first attempt didnt turn out as I wanted it to, there was simply to much in the background. 70 was definetely an improvement. With 71 I tried to use komplementary colours to make the center tree shine even more but there I used to much stuff again and it simply looks busy overall. Less focus on the side trees would've been the right choice I believe.

Thanks for the advice. I realized it myself that simply doing pictures and some of my practices simply werent enough. Its just too bad I really work bad with these instructual materials, but there is obviously no way around it.
There is nothing to say about the lady with the smileycrotch but what about the red man? I thought the physical one turned out okay atleast?

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what language are you learning and what tools do you use to learn it?
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Of course I'd have to mostly do other kinds of practice but I think I'm significantly better than average at absorbing language skills like that.


I've been improving my Japanese and reading some novels now. One thing I need to start doing more is watching more Japanese films and series to get better listening skills. On another note, I took a kanji test recently. It consisted of knowing the kanji and each reading for which my results were around the 750 kanji. Those are not counting the ones I only recognized and didn't know the readings which would have put my estimated kanji level at around 900. I've still got a long way to go for the joyo.


> Unfortunately Japanese needs Kanji because of the extreme amount of homophones.

Not true at all. Korean has just as many homophones and there was no major issue with phasing out kanji. Japan could do the same if it had the will.


I am going to be taking a German class as an elective at my university. I'm very excited but also very nervous as it's been a long time since I've tried to learn a new language.


Germanfag here, would love to learn Russian.

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Really just anything military repeated that looks or is interesting. I will start off with a sdkfz 2 that was used for many roles during and post ww2, such as farming,troop movement,wire laying,medical gear,etc
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I thought the Americans won WWII because of overwhelming amounts of industrial capacity, like the zerg rush meme.


I'm talking just about the Battle of Midway, not all of WWII.


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I've always been horrified by this image. Not outright screaming. Just filled with this low, everpresent, hanging, existential dread.


You don't like horsies?


I hate this imageboard.

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What are the most autistic hobbies? The most hardcore and obscure interests that a normalfag can never hope to penetrate? I don't mean retarded lolcow shit, but things that require study or have a technical bent. Pic related kind of, that's the sort of stuff I'm getting at.
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runescape is filled with normalfags these days, all 20-something’s that talk about their gfs, work, and politics, unless they’re busy scamming you, play as a level 3 skiller and meet real autism while frustrating normpkers that can’t attack you unless your in level 60 wildy


>What are the most autistic hobbies? The most hardcore and obscure interests that a normalfag can never hope to penetrate?

Mathematics. This is the final answer. It's an entire world inside your head.


this and string theory, quantum physics for a 0.000000000001% chance of finding something practical and getting wizrich


physicists don't make any money, even if they become famous.


String theory is what happens when physicists think they are mathematician. The sooner thet drop this, the less annoying those people will be.

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This is how you do it. You adapt to the market and not to internet people's opinions.

Java Spring is fairly easy, where the hardest part is by far undoing or dealing with the technical debt that JPA and Hibernate introduce. If you become a wizard of the database layer, you will ascend.


man, C may be fast but it is terrible for thirdies like me for this reason, thanks wiz


Doesn't udemy cost money? What free alternatives are there that aren't only the very basics?


You can pirate the courses for free.


I assumed they were interactive like codeacadaemy which cant be pirated, thanks though.

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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.


Why is this useful to wizards?


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.


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Has anyone read 5e's fucking Ravenloft?
Just some of the horrid shit in it:
>Strahd's played off as what amounts to Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Angelus levels of edge, literally feels nothing and seemingly has no interests above the usual, though not for the same Bram Stoker's Dracula tier reasons, Literally just wants Tatanya as if a meaningless trophy on his belt
>These dumb faggots made it so that Strahd wants to turn whatsherface not into a vampire bride, or hell, even a true vampire, BUT VAMPIRE SPAWN (You know, sniveling wall crawling nosebleed assface monster vamps?)
>Tatanya's a nigger
>The reincarnation is a nigger
>Strahd's wives are niggers
>Nigger Mayor of a town surrounding the land
>Evil white "everything is fine man"
>Strahd's a Bisexual sodomite degenerate with two male consorts to boot
>Made Barovians "Diverse"
>Made Strahd's conquering of the land sound tyrannical as fuck and less just
>Made it so that Some have Barovians have souls and some don't because of 5e's ravenloft being in a private demiplane, stopping newborn bodies from getting souls, in a piss-poor attempt to mimick the Old demiplanes of dread thing where some residents are literally just NPCs made by the powers, even though this makes no sense to anyone who's had to deal with Gulthias in 3.5 and Ashradorn in the whole Soul font thing with the ban on unborn souls in lore, so these people should be getting souls, because otherwise the demiplane would have to deny all positive energy for this shit to even remotely work
>All done because they're too lazy to redo the demiplanes of dread just like before,
>Strahd now heals for 20 in his fast heal
>Mongrel Men are the results of Racemixing past the half-race stage suffer for it, check their description and it's fucking played off as a good thing despite them being ugly mutants beyond redemption in their racial descriptions, the self-unawareness is real

This is why warhammer roleplay and castle drachenfels will always be superior
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Bit of advice. If you want a "true" D&D experience, avoid any "D&D" product after Gygax was forced out of TSR, so basically any product after 1985-1986. It is for this reason the OSR is so popular. Ignore anything from WoTC calling itself D&D, which is really just SJW capeshit dressed as medieval fantasy tabletop gaming.

And also forget WoTC Gay-venloft. Get the AD&D 1st Edition module I6 - Ravenloft. Pic related. And use the AD&D 1st edition ruleset for it.

Stick to the "Golden Age" of D&D, from 1974 - 1986. As such, the true D&D rulesets are Original D&D from 1974-1975 (White Box and Brown Box), Holmes Basic D&D, AD&D 1st Edition, Moldvay/Cook Basic D&D ("B/X"), and Mentzer Basic D&D ("BECMI"). Also the Rules Cyclopedia D&D is OK, since it is just a compilation of the BECMI set into one book. EVERYTHING ELSE IS GAY TRANNY SHIT.


Since someone upped this one, I might as well talk about my rpging as of late. I've been wanting to play D&D for many, many years but the whole playing with other people and using a mic thing was really hard for me to accept. About 3 or so months ago I ended up finding a group on a discord dedicated to download the books after thetrove went down and it amazed me how quick the whole thing lost appeal to me. I played with a couple of different groups now and all the guys are great to game with but damn it this really is just another game. I guess I created this whole aura for tabletop rpgs as the ultimate game where imagination is the limit and you can play for 20, 30 years as so many people have but it really isn't the case for me. Another interesting thing is that actually playing it made me lose interest on reading the books as well, which is funny in a way since I read rpg books for years without losing interest in them. Sure there were periods of low interest but now I'm done with it. I have a strong sense of responsability as it turned out because I'm in this group that loves the game and take it seriously and I continue to show up to play every week, take notes and sound (hopefully) excited about the game but I really don't care, I just don't want to spoil people's fun at this point. We're in for a 6 months long campaign. One guy left about 3 weeks in and everybody kept talking about why he left and if they did something wrong or what was it that didn't work for the guy. Well imo is because tabletop rpg is just another fucking game and he got tired of it is all. Just like with everything else, it takes a special mindset to manage to really love this activity and play it for decades. Can't see how one can be excited about disarming another trap and stab another whatever in the eye but there you go, I'm happy they can have so much fun with it, really. There was this week we had to cancel and I was so glad about it. lol Terrible. My plan is to reach the end of this campaign and quit. DM is already talking about how he's having some ideas for a next game. Amazing how this shit never lose its luster to some people. I wish I was like that. Oh well, blog's over.


D&D and other tabletop rpgs are best played in-person. A good DM is also critical. A game can be awesome or can suck based on the DM. The longest tabletop game (D&D) I’ve played lasted over 10 years as a campaign before we finally had to retire it. I wonder if things for you would be different if you got a good DM/GM, or at the very least a good campaign concept, or a good module if you are doing one-offs.


We're following a couple of old published campaigns stitched together with a twist here and there by the DM and it's actually quite nice. I really don't think it's his fault, everybody is enjoying it a lot. It's 5 people and the DM and another guy are in their late 40s or so and have been playing this stuff forever. In fact I'm the only noob in there. I was maybe a little unfair on my first post. When I'm actually there playing it it's OK and there are some good moments but in general, if say this thing fizzled out tomorrow I wouldn't care much about it and I wouldn't bother finding another game, either. I don't think it's the DM's or the campaign's fault, it's just me.

Also, I said it's just another game and it is, but I do think it's much better than video games. I mean I never bothered to play a particular video game for more than a week but here I am playing D&D for 3 months now, so it's something. What I'm trying to say is I do get this can be very fun for a lot of people to the point of becoming the best thing in a person's life. Unfortunately I don't think it's my case.

>D&D and other tabletop rpgs are best played in-person.

I'm sure it is. It must be even better if you're playing with actual friends that you care about. Better yet would be to play this when I was a teenager and didn't have a care in the world but I'm in my early 30s, I'm broke and my parents are old, so lots of concerns that get in the way of immersion.


Well I think we all have our issues. It's been a good escape for me, a means to get out of depression for a time. And it could be that you'd make a better DM than a player. I prefer being a DM. I like being creative and telling stories.

Have you considered that the game would perhaps work better for you if you were the one running it?

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Well, Monotropoideae are majority Non-Photosynthetic Plants which feed on Sugars produced by Fungal Mycelium.


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Here is Hemitomes congestum, a particularly stumpy Monotrope.


There is a thread about gardining and a thread about fungi already.

This in particular isn't even a hobby.
It's a brain fart you had about a single point of trivia you found interesting rather than anything to actually discus.


these arent fungi tbh


Really doesn't change the main point that this isn't a hobby and if it was it would fit better in the already existing threads for growing stuff, be it plants or fungi.


Gardening >>>/hob/55235
Carnivorous Plants >>>/hob/54803
Foraging >>>/hob/56170
HTDDTOT >>>/hob/41994

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Piss-off-your-mom-being-in-kitchen-all-day-and-not-cleaning edition

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Do you not have a refrigerator?


Fridge makes butter too hard


Best to cook chicken livers for just seconds.


cut up some mushrooms and onions and pan dry them in some olive oil then drench it with spaghetti sauce and put it on rice. this is my new favorite meal takes maybe 15 mins if you microwave the rice


if anyone has burrito wraps, can you try to make sushi using that instead of rice. the wraps just need to have the same moisture level as cooked rice. maybe briefly boil it and then rub some white vinegar onto it, put the nori under it, and then basically roll the sushi up… dont have any in the house atm but im dying to try this out

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