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I need advice on how to wipe out everything/make a blank slate of my PC and cellphone ,and also, Im moving to a new house so I need advice on the wi-fi and internet thing.
My need and goal is outmost privacy, independence and anonimity.
>How do I -by myself- wipe out everything and start anew?
>Are there any portable devices that provide internet, or any way at all to go online without dependning on a provider or company?
>If I only use my cellphone for internet, and I "hang on" public wi-fi…is that still traceable? do I have to PAY even if I cancel all phone services and payments, as Im, indeed, going to do soon?


Try a VPN when you are finished


Honestly my goal is to stop using the internet altogether. I still want to delete all my online traces, presence.
thats why Im lurking all my (I fucking hate them) HS classmate´s fb accounts and trying to take down all the photos where I appear.
I use the FB report function of "I apepar in this photo and I dont like it".
And so on, I try to delete all my cyber-traces and footprints…


>highschool classmates
jesus christ i dont know how long it has been since i've thought of that. probably never. you have an unhealthy fixation on this shit


>>Are there any portable devices that provide internet, or any way at all to go online without dependning on a provider or company?
This question is… absurd. Achieving privacy online is incredibly difficult and requires understanding of what the internet is. I suggest you start with the basics and engage in some sort of a long-term educational process, since you seem to be very far from where you want to be and have no foundation

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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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Alright anon, let me see if I can help you out. For Windows7 you can use Microsoft Security Essentials which is more than enough to take care of a browser hijacker such as Winbigdrip.life. Maybe you never installed it in the first place and that's why this happened.
I downloaded the installer for you from Microsoft's website. You'll download this annexed file and then remove the .swf from the filename. The reason I put it there is so I can upload an .exe file to wizchan. You'll download it and run it. MSE will probably identify a bunch of viruses and whatnot, you follow the instructions and quarantine them all. Next you'll reset your browser to default settings. Let me know if you have any problems.


thanks for the virus scanner


Thank you for helping me with this. In using a cracked windows 7. Is there any danger for my brothers files or for this laptop?

I tried with rouge killer and 360 antivirus, but this thing is still here.

I also tried with adw cleaner but the virus knows thats an antivirus so he cuts the connection every time i try to instal it.

The virus dont redirect me to a fake advertise, only shows an error of privacy, and sometimes and buch of numbers in the upper part of the browser


There's no danger in using Microsoft Security Essentials even on an illegal copy of win7, give it a try. I don't koe rouge killer or 360 antivirus but Winbigdrip.life is just a browser hijacker, it's not serious. You'll lose your cache and browsing history though because to remove this thing completely you'll have to reset whatever browser you're using to default settings. If you have any important passwords saved on your browser you'll have to save them somewhere else.


I dont know if i istaled it correctly, because it says, Virus and spyware definitions couldnt be updated, every time i try to use it. I have the same connection error when i tried to instal malwarebytes. i fear this thing also infected the router of the neighbours, because my sister cant enter to certain pages using her phone.

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This thread will be for discussing all television shows, series and miniseries

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This post contains spoilers for Babylon 5 season 1 episode 4.

It's a good thing this episode was a monster of the week type of thing. Here Sinclair gets to flex his morals a bit (racial supremacy is bad m'kay?) as well as showing some heroism. This was also the opportunity to show a little bit more of Dr. Franklin and his idiocy.

The whole thing begins when Dr. Franklin gets a visit from old friend and mentor, xenoarcheologist Dr. Hendricks. He wants Franklin's help to analyze hi-tech organic artifacts he found on a dead world. I just copied that sentence from the Babylon 5 wiki, it's easier that way. Anyway it turns out the artifacts are actual biological weapons that target any race without the specific DNA of its builders. Turns out they make a mistake and their bio weapon ends up killing everyone, including the ones they were suppose to protect.

This bio weapon is like a armor that binds itself with a host and then becomes a frightning and cool looking super soldier monster. It's up to Sinclair and Garibaldi to stop it from destroying Babylon 5 and, surprise surprise, they manage to do it. This is a fast paced, fun episode that has enough technobabble, fantasy, action and mystery and a very welcome palat cleanser from Londo and the baldy slave from last episode.

The reason I mentioned Dr. Franklin is an idiot is because of the comments he makes when talking to Dr. Hendricks. He's against Hendricks going around finding invaluable alien technology in other planets because he feels it's A WASTE OF TIME DOING SO when they should instead be working to come up with their own tech. How much of an idiot can you be to actually believe that? He's basically suggesting humans should waste time reinventing the wheel instead of learning from other more advanced aliens. What a god damned moronic statement that was. Besides, that's the whole point of the Babylon space station, so humans can learn from aliens. Jesus Christ, Franklin is an imbecile.

On a side note, many of the negative reviews I read on IMDB and elsewhere regarding Babylon 5 talks about the shitty special effects and bad CGI but I have to tell I find this show very good looking. I like the CGI and also the effects. The monster here looks pretty cool, too.

In order to not flood this thread I'll be posting 3 reviews at a time starting next episode.


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This review contains spoilers for the episode The Parliament of Dream (S01E05)

In this episode, The Parliament of Dream, we witness a weeklong festival when humans and aliens demonstrate their religious beliefs on board of Babylon 5. Surprisingly (maybe not for the fans of the series that know better but it was surprising to me), the show doesn't really care at all about this opportunity to better flesh out the cultures of the various aliens races living in the station but instead use it as a background event for an attempt assassination on the life of ambassador G'Kar, Londo's rival.

Actually this assessment is not entirely fair because the episode is in fact an attempt to better flesh out G'Kar, the Narn ambassador, giving him some background story. Since G'Kar is a high rank politician, he has many enemies, one of them hates him so bad that on his deathbed he gave all his belongings to an assassin guild that promises to kill G'Kar. The agent he sends to Babylon 5 fails. The end. There's not much to see here, really, so far G'Kar is not that different from Londo: Over the top, silly, maybe not all that fit for his position. Granted, he's much more competent than Londo, he can actually show up on time and has a little more organized lifestyle but that's about it.

In the B plot, the only religious ceremony we see is that of the Minbari. They hit some drums and eat a cherry tomato. On the C plot we have Sinclair going out with his former girlfriend. Garibaldi is pretty much useless here going back and forth trying to find the assassin but he never gets anywhere. It's up to G'Kar and Na'Toth, G'Kar assistant, to get the job done. Overall an OK outing.


This review contains spoilers for the episode Mind War (S01E06)

This is a very good one as we get some grit of what the hell is actually going on back on Earth and it's not looking good.

As if Ivanova's tragic backstory with the Psi Corps wasn't enough of a sign, with this episode it seems clear the telepath club is bad news. They've been doing all sorts of experiments in order to increase their psychic powers and there's basically no one there to interfere or supervise their operations. How could there be? They can read your mind. Ivanova's comment "Who watches the watchers" sums the theme for this outing pretty well.

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This review contains spoilers for the episodes War Prayer (S01E07), And the Sky Full of Stars (S01E08) and Deathwalker (S01E09)

War Prayer
Human supremacists are terrorizing aliens on Babylon 5, stabbing and branding them. I didn't care much for this episode. As you can imagine, it's a very by the numbers episode with a very obvious message. Ivanova, Garibaldi and Sinclair find the bad guys behind the stabbings and arrest them, racism is bad, the end.

In the B plot we have Londo having to deal with a Centauri couple that wants to marry for love. According to Centauri tradition, marriage for love is more or less frowned upon and he keeps trying to make them see reason and marry for family connections and influence. In the end he gives up and lets them marry for love, the end.

Not much to see here except some Centauri marriage traditions.
And the Sky Full of Stars
Best episode so far. We finally get to know a little bit more about the Minbari war, a major event in the Babylon 5 universe. Basically Earth and the Minbari were at war and humans lost every single battle. When they were finally ready to invade and Earth stood defenseless, the Minbari simply turned their ships back home and surrendered. Nobody knows why.

Sinclair took part in an important battle but he didn't remember what happened there. Thanks to a secret organization looking to find out about the truth on why the Minbari surrender, they kidnap Sinclair in order to know what truly happened. During the interrogation, Sinclair remembers he was captured and taken to a Minbari ship. More importantly, he remembered Delenn was there.

This feels like the first episode we're getting more substance about this world and its history. A very nice episode.
I feel like the show is finally getting really good. I quite liked this episode. The story is about a genocidal war criminal called Deathwalker. She's a bioweapon expert and has annihilated half a dozen different worlds. She happens to have developed an anti-aging serum and is now a pain in the neck for Sinclair. The aliens on board want her blood and demand she goes through trial on Babylon 5. Earth command however wants her in an Earth lab in order to finish developing the serum.

A compromise is reached where a delegation of Alien scientists will help with the serum and share in the discovery. All seems fine and well. Everything is arranged for Deathwalker Post too long. Click here to view the full text.


Throw Farscape on that list, and its perverted version called Lexx. Some other comfy syndication sci-fi shows were Quantum Leap, the 1970s Hulk show, and the Highlander tv show.


Reading your synopsis of the episodes I realised how loosely the first season is in setting everything up, especially if you are put off by the silliness of people like Londo. I haven't watched it in maybe 15 years so only really remember the grand story where the ambassadors and politics actually start mattering, As the other wiz said, probably around the shadows episode. That's what fans remember I imagine. I'd be a bit more open to the characters that seem stupid in the first series. I might watch it again.

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Recently I've become fascinated with tessellation and spent the past couple of weeks collecting pictures of mosaics from around the world. Eventually just looking at them was not enough and I want to go deeper, understand the geometric shapes and its secrets better. Not even sure why but periodic tiling feels like a brain massage to me, like I'm about to fall out of bottom of how I usually perceive the world around me. So I picked up the book Geometry by Cambridge University Press. Feel free to give a hollow laugh: I honestly thought I could just skip the math part of geometry (yes I'm an idiot) and appreciate its resulting surfaces. While you can do that, if you want to appretiate geometry even at a surface level, you need to know the bare minimum of maths. The book suggested a good grasp on the basics of linear algebra and algebraic structure. I thought 'OK, I'll read the wiki entries as a lazy primer' and quickly realized I forgot even the basics of mathematical symbols. I guess it's true after all, if you don't use it you lose it.

Long story short, I'm currently going through Pure Mathematics for Beginners. The good part of being dumb is when you learn a single thing it feels like a whole new world just opened up and it feels really good.

So yeah, maths thread.
Previous one; >>30554
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>be math sorcerer
>decides to make a video about book X
>opens book
>"Man I love the smell of math books, they smell so mathy"
>"This book is about X, it talks about X and I guess people that wants to learn X will read it"
>"The table of contents is on things about X"
>reads the first few lines of the first chapter
>"That is it guys, can't wait to see what book I'll show next"


I know youre just starting on your maths journey, but do you plan to look at the more pure side of things?

If so, it is mandatory to get a good grap of basic set theory as it is the language of pure maths. A book i can absolutely recommend for starting with abstract algebra is "Abstract Algebra" by Dummit which is very accesible (if you can read set theory).


Yes, in fact it sounds like a very fascinating part of mathematics. I have to tread carefully though, it's very easy for me to veer off into "tourism mode" and end up just perusing a great quantity of topics without ever actually learning anything, so I have to keep a very strict focus.
What about you anon? Did you went to school, it's a hobby, or both?


Dummit and Foote is a great book, and it's quite accessible, too. That said, it's big, and that can turn out to be intimidating for somebody approaching the subject for the first time, or who wants to get a more succint introduction. It's a book that'll take you several months to get through.
As a shorter alternative, I suggest Van der Waerden.


I am still going to school, finishing my bachelors in maths next year. Math has always been a hobby of mine and im very happy someone like you, who didnt really appreciate it at first, got into it.

To me solving problems and understanding the beauty of concepts gives me an insane dophamine rush and i hope it is the same for you.

Youre kind of right about tourism mode, but you shouldnt hesitate to stop somewhere with a certain subject. Maths is big really big and at a certain depth in a topic the return rate for other subjects becomes lower and lower. So you should also not just keep going or always doing everything in a book (at the start this is ofcourse less applicable).

Good luck on journey, i hope it'll be a fun one.

Yeah youre kind of right, since im not a self studier i didnt really see the pitfalls since everything is guided for you. So you should probably follow this anon's advice.

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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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No, you defeatist AI-Shill. People pay for commissions because they enjoy the prospect of someone (a living human bean) making them a personalized product. The fact that you have any faith in diffusion being able to consistently and efficiently produce art that people would pay for is a sign that you probably can't tell the difference between HIGH and ULTRA HIGH graphics settings.


Most of the stuff these illustrators do can be done by AI already wether they like it or not. AI can draw furry porn just as effectively by now and it will only improve.


I'll type again: If you think what AI does now is "just as effectively" as what humans are doing, then you are incapable seeing art for more than just very basic shapes and colors. it's not even like furry porn is nuanced with subtle elements that make it what it is, no, it's rather that AI is so haphazardly bad at doing anything beyond forming vague representations of what it's told to make that nobody who has any interest in art has reason to give it a second glance.

You have aphantasia and can't asymmetrical bicep curl 35x20.


Lol your hostility shows that it must be true that AI will replace most of these commission illustrators because it keeps on improving and the time will come when most people rather pay a monthly fee for a good AI that does things faster and more effectively than buying single commissions from some guy. I'm don't mean all artists but I'm talking about the type of commission artists who all do the same looking stuff, they will get replaced fast.


I love when you try drawing something new and it seemingly arbitrarily works first time, and you think you learnt something, and then it never works again, and you realize you didn't improve at all. Really fun and encouraging. Then you open youtube and get mogged by useless, funnyman tutorials that don't explain shit beyond "like just think in 3d and copy me haha". Copying is useless without actual understanding, there's a serious dearth of actual quality teachers, everyone seems like a fucking clout chaser who'll only response to comments jerking them off, anyone with an actual valid question gets ignored. Someone else straight up admitted she just winged it and doesn't know what she's talking about, why are you wasting my time then?

I wanted to get better at drawing heads at different perspectives, I get it, it's a sphere with a mask attached to the front, but it felt like pure rng as to whether it worked or not. I guess that's normal, but as drawing is the only thing I care about getting good at, and the results are so all over the place, it's fucking irritating. I should probably stop taking it so seriously and just learn some wagie proof boring bullshit like web dev instead. Thanks for reading my self indulgent incoherent blogpost.

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what language are you learning and what tools do you use to learn it?
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My third attempt at learning German. This time I didn't give up after a couple days and I really feel like I've leveled up my understanding and I've been honestly having fun with it.

So my initial plan was to learn (or rather recognize) at least 500 words through Anki and then try to decipher text and get the hang of the language. This is really hard, especially in German where you might recognize all of the words but the entire meaning is lost on you. Is this in the past, the future, is he giving it to her or her to him etc.

Anyway, I discovered a really great course on German with an interesting approach called the Thinking Method, which is actually just The Michel Thomas Method but free. The instructor sits down with one or two students and helps them construct bigger and more complex sentences. The way its done is really intuitive, as he starts out with the smallest building blocks and then gradually builds a sentence from it. So you start with "I want" then "I want this" then "I want this tomorrow" and so on, and each time he prompts you by saying "how would you say xyz" but before that he gives you all the blocks, so each step you're really just adding one more block. Eventually, you get a sense for the language and how words should be put together to construct meaning and only with like 50 words of vocab.

The difference between Language Transfer and the Michel Thomas Method is the instructor. You can find the recordings through torrent, so the paywall isn't an issue, but the difference in instructor is very noticeable. Michel Thomas is old and he's just too aggressive with the students, while the other guy has this conscious philosophy of not making the student panic or anxious because it just makes things go harder. Many times I had to just stop listening cuz MT kept making the guy repeat himself and interrupting him because he got the sound wrong and it was just cringe. These lessons are done through audio, but I've found the transcripts to be much faster and easier to follow, especially if you don't give a shit about speaking.

So yeah, I really recommend this website. Unfortunately, the German course in incomplete despite the title, but the 50 tracks are absolutely gold. After two days, it feels like I've leveled up my understanding a lot. I think it's a great foundation. I'll definitely go through it a couple more times and more thoroughly, along with MT's stuff since it seems like a logical continuation. In tPost too long. Click here to view the full text.


I went down the Twitch rabbit hole of Korean thirst traps and since I have nothing else to do in life my goal is now to learn the language to the point where I understand what's going on without relying on the translator. Let's see how far I get before I give up. Other language learning attempts in the past have failed because there was no clear end goal that I was working towards.


Managed to stick with it for 190 days and made tons of progress on my comprehension. I can watch TV shows relatively comfortably if there are German subs available. My listening is still lagging behind. Reading the news and native-level novels is still very difficult because higher vocab requirement. I'm at ~4K words in Anki and I probably need double that to be able to read most native content.

It seems that learning a language just requires a long ass time no matter what you do. You need 10K vocab minimum and thousands of hours of exposure to the language before you've built a mental model of how the language works and you can see some signs of fluency. Anything else is just a stupid hack.


how much time did you dedicate to it per day?


Wish I tracked my time more carefully tbh.

I spent anywhere from 1 to 3h per day. Anki takes about 10-30m and the rest I can just read/listen/watch whatever content I wanted. Usually I'd watch one or two episodes of a TV show, read a couple pages of a difficult text with tons of lookups and then read something easy before bed. I didn't do any pure listening for a while because it was too hard and you had to focus a lot, but lately I've unlocked that and I've been listening to podcasts while playing games.

222 days in and I'm still on this intermediate plateau where it's hard to notice progress until you come back to something you couldn't understand before and it's now noticeably easier. Tried reading Harry Potter again and it flows much better now, although there are still vocab holes.

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Book discussion. Tell us what you're reading.
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I dabbled in lit only for a few months after starting reading 2019.12.xx. >=95% of posts are middle-school-tier, try-hard attempts trying to pass off as witticism, convincing at best other similarly stupid (be it low IQ, or vastly unread, or just underage) users.

Slightly past 1000 titles in my booklog, I calculated the ratio of fiction to non-fiction, regardless of completion state (.05 or 1; though the average wasy .7–.8, don't recall) to be ~65:35. I don't believe myself especially 'smart'. Everybody else, all too often out of emotion, prefer to show their rather daft, dull colors.

Schürsenkel and Schornsteinfeger were some of my first memrorized German words. Why you'd attack German's capability to compound nouns is beyond me. It obviates need to import or coin new words, which is helpful for the natural sciences. Look to Arabic for a language that's mostly unchanged for 1.5e3 years. It and Japanese just use calques for all foreign concepts and ideas: laser in Arabic, kiss in Japanese; compare with Chinese 互联网 lit. mutual couplet net(work), which is used for (the) internet.


/lit/ is some of the stupidest tryhards on 4, an urchin subcommunity of humanities undergrads who want to do the edgy left philosophy but can't stand pol


This video https://yewtu.be/g0nfnmO6nLY speaks on what I was getting at with stereotypical Japanese and Russian literature, the first 4' specifically, the rest is details. She coincidentally picked 4 books I know of, 3 of which I've read or tried reading. One ineluctable flaw is that she is half-Japanese, grew up there; she knows the culture, norms, the context, the milieu; and she read them in Japanese, which is the trivial solution to the problem. Linguistically, Russian and English are far closer than than Japanese and any European language. I should have said that I dislike the translations of Japanese that I've read, thought who many translators must one go through before concluding, the language is the issue not its recasting. From 9' to the end, she gives an example of these differences. I don't think these differences are reconcilable, a meaningful translation would necessitate changing the content, I think.

Anyway, reading. Lonely.


> The Philosophy of Redemption by Philipp Mainländer

I was deeply impressed by this work. Although I couldn't read the original German version since I don't know the language, I managed to get a good sense of Mainländer's genius through an incomplete Spanish translation.

Mainländer follows in the footsteps of Kant and Schopenhauer, but he presents his own original ideas that lead to different and highly interesting conclusions. He likely had a profound impact on Nietzsche, who decided to diverge from Schopenhauer and pessimism after reading Mainländer's work.

In each section of this work, Mainländer tackles different topics and, in a way, constructs a system. The sections are as follows: Analytic of Cognition, Physics, Aesthetics, Ethics, Politics, and Metaphysics.

> Analytic of Cognition

Mainländer is a natural heir to the systems of Kant and Schopenhauer, and therefore, he doesn't deviate significantly from them. He agrees with Kant on various aspects such as the a priori/a posteriori division in relation to human experience, the establishment of limits to human experience, and the abandonment of transcendent knowledge beyond human experience in favor of immanent knowledge derived from immediate human experience. Additionally, Mainländer considers the introspective discovery of the will as the thing-in-itself as an essential advancement, following Schopenhauer's teachings. What Mainländer does is attempt to purify these systems further from any transcendental residue and bring them closer to realism and human experience. For example, while Mainländer acknowledges the existence of a priori structures within us necessary for constructing our experience, he abandons the notions of space, time, and causality as complete a priori elements. According to Mainländer, while our innate a priori concepts encompass "point-space" and "point-time," the complete ideas of space and time emerge as a posteriori constructs formed through the integration of diverse experiential snapshots. By doing so, Mainländer's effort is directed toward assigning more value to the external world as a source of knowledge, while also emphasizing that there is a "thing-in-itself" in the external world, although he never entirely discards a priori notions.

> Physics

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> Aesthetics
Mainländer goes into explaining what constitutes beauty (proportions, impressions, harmony, etc) beauty in each art (painting, sculture, music, poetry, etc). The general idea is that beauty emerges when our spirit disconnects from the demon. When we manage to perceive the world while disconnected from the demon's desires, we enter an artistic state, a sublime state. Clearly, Mainländer is influenced by Schopenhauer's ideas in this regard.

> Ethics

According to Mainländer, the ethical path involves renouncing the will, aligning with Schopenhauer's perspective. However, Mainländer posits that complete selfless acts are impossible and that such a definition is, in fact, contradictory. To be alive means to have motives, as this world is in continuous movement. The moment something ceases to have motives and stops moving, it is dead. Thus, Mainländer's pessimism begins to emerge: the most moral thing is death and nothingness. Christianity and Buddhism concur with this notion.

> Politics

Up until now, Mainländer has mainly added comments and made adjustments to Kant and Schopenhauer's systems. However, his most original ideas appear in this section and in Metaphysics. As far as I know, Kant wasn't extensively involved with politics, while Schopenhauer held disdain for socialist movements and leaned toward a reactionary/conservative stance. He viewed the proletariat's struggle with contempt and deemed it pointless since the will and its demands are eternal (in a socialist utopia, people would kill themselves out of boredom). Mainländer, on the other hand, diverges from his mentor and appreciates the idea of socialism. In this section, he constructs his own "philosophy of history": the history of human civilization entails the gradual reduction of human vitality. This can be observed by studying how each civilization transitions through different forms of organization. The death of a civilization is marked by a loss of the will to live and an intensification of the spirit's activity. The process may appear cyclical since civilizations seem to die and grow throughout history, but Mainländer posits that the movement is akin to a spiral. Ultimately, all human civilizations are destined to die. The rise of a global human civilization servePost too long. Click here to view the full text.

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Recently I've been getting into photography. I've found that after doing so, I perceive moments in different ways. Things simultaneously seem more transient, yet more permanent. It's a sensation that's difficult to describe, except to say that I am more 'aware' of the moments around me. For obvious reasons I have avoided urban areas, but in terms of landscapes and natural shots, it is quite peaceful.

Any photography hobbyists here?
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Phone camera


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Just a few pics I took on my wiz walks. This is my first time posting in the thread.



Thanks for this post. It's something i want to get into this year and it's a lot to wrap your head around. I was looking at prices for cameras and i was blown away by how expensive these things get.


the electric tree reminds me of japan, good shot


thank you!

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Any wizards play yugioh?

I collect the cards, though I don't really play the game. I'm 26 and still live with my parents as a hikki, so my parents are trying to force me to get a hobby to get me out of the house so I"m thinking of playing the game at my local card shop
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I play low power formats on edopro and sometimes duelingbook. It's a bit hard to find games for not already popular formats so I used to just host goat format a lot and play muka muka and the kickman and a necrofear emissary of darkness deck and lots of other casual decks I could make.
But the disadvantages of that format are the wide spread of powerlevels of some cards. And the cardpool of decent cards is small which restricts the number of viable decks, especially since you have to be able to deal with the usual strong cards people run.
I used to trying hosting other historical ones before like metal raiders and other ones that had made up restrictions like 1 copy of each card but no extra deck and other ones.
For the past while, I've been playing with all the GX and earlier cards allowed and making decks in that. Like a coelacanth deck and a five headed dragon deck with dragon's mirror and a brain crusher insect deck.
it is fun.
I made a cardpool file for it on edopro with just a custom banlist to stop the more powerful cards like dark armed dragon and some annoying cards. It's not perfect.
Was thinking of either updating the cardpool file of that to become a 5D's format or maybe adding in modern cards that fit the GX powerlevel. I was also thinking of just making a completely new custom format just for casual duels if I want to play something different sometimes, it would be on duelingbook, and have all original cards but that would take a lot of work with all the drawing and thinking up effects and I yugioh is draining my time from other more important things, but if I find the will, I'll probably do it. But just end up playing by myself since its hard to find people to play with for that sort of non-advanced format stuff. I will probably just stick with playing with all the GX cards until I get bored of making decks and try something else which is what happened after me playing goat format on and off for about 2 years. A lot of the times during those two years I played advanced format casual matches but it always just kills my interest of the game after doing that and I ended up taking breaks only to come back again and play slow formats. I also like draft formats and cube formats, they're fun. edopro has a option for sealed and draft for battlepacks, but ygoprodeck has that pack opener which is fun. And that new cube yoke they got is even better. I played that a few times it was fun. Maybe if I make those custom cards I wasPost too long. Click here to view the full text.


The pre-built thing I definitely agree with, that's a big problem with yugioh for me. It's just a boring thing to have in a game, it doesn't encourage creative decks. Especially when those pre built decks are most of the time stronger than non pre-built decks.


what do you think of the new banlist?


I like the old singleplayer YGO video games. Specifically the ones before they started releasing very elaborate and obvious deck archetypes. Even the ones with weird rules are better than the new multiplayer ones. Do they have any sort of online YGO game that stops at whatever the last set was before the superhero crap (or whenever it started getting really cancerous)?

Veering slightly off-topic, but they had a somewhat interesting YGO game for GameCube called Falsebound Kingdom that is a mix of RTS and a sort of Dragon Quest Monsters-type of game. Enjoyed it, but unsure of how it aged.

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Do any other wizards have an interest in French language, history, and culture?

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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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