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Anecdotes and expriences Anonymage 07/10/2020 (Fri) 11:48:59 No.817 [Reply]
Do you have any to share that other might find interesting?
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>>829 >Where do you live by the way? I live in Venezuela. >>830 That's weird, I didn't expect to find someone with such a similar story as mine. It's quite sad how common this situation is. I must confess, at first, I found your case pretty strange, but now I believe you mother did the right thing by not telling you that your father was kidnapped. Most kid aren't prepared to deal with such a scenario, so I guess she was trying to protect you and make things easier for everyone. However, I also think she should have told you the truth when he was released. Out of curiosity, how old were you when that happened? >He has said (...) that his immediate captors were "good lads" and that they were there for "to protect him" My father used to say the same thing. I don't know much about the subject, but I suppose most kidnappers want to make sure that their hostages are healthy and safe. After all, that usually makes things run smoother. >it often times seems to me that he is the one putting the effort in maintaining our relation, for I'd drift away naturally from him, due to my unsociality I feel very identified with this part of your post. I believe I had a good relationship with my father, but it was all thanks to him. Like you, I've always been very asocial, so I never knew what to talk about with him.
>>831 >It's quite sad how common this situation is It seems that kindred blood means kindred problems, for we'd be countrymen if the Liberator yet lived, and it is, indeed, a sordid affair that many experience in these parts. All things considered, I would like to think us fortunate among those of our compatriots who suffered an instance of kidnapping; some fathers do not return. >Out of curiosity, how old were you when that happened? If memory serves me well, I was 6 years old when it happened. A few years later, as an adolescent, I was very much surprised when I heard my father talking to an uncle of mine about his kidnapping; my mother came in and subsequently told me the story.
>>834 >we'd be countrymen if the Liberator yet lived Well, I have to admit, I didn't expect that. It's a very pleasant surprise, though. >All things considered, I would like to think us fortunate among those of our compatriots who suffered an instance of kidnapping; some fathers do not return You're absolutely right. We're very lucky to be part of the percentage of people who have seen their families again. Not only that, we both only waited a few months to see our respective fathers safe and sound. >If memory serves me well, I was 6 years old when it happened You were very young when that happened. That explains why you mother decided to keep the truth from you. If I remember right, I was 8 years old when my father was kidnapped.
>>826 >>830 Wow, that's incredible that there are 2 mages who have experienced such an ordeal, what are the chances? I know that both of you have said you didn't put as much effort into the relationship with your fathers, but did it ever change the relationship you had, either immediately or years down the line when you realised what he had gone through?
>>849 I'd think it led to a subtle, gradual change along the years. I had always seen my father as a peaceful man, endowed with such a mild and tranquil disposition that I had thought him a stranger to these kind of ordeals up until then. Naturally, as a teenager, when I found out about it, my initial reaction was to think of it as somewhat "badass" or "hardcore". From there I began to curiously ask him about his youth, and I got to learn about some of his past ordeals, like how he once had to "sell" a small parcel he owned at gunpoint; or the time he was a smuggler of electronics in the frontier; or when he gambled away his inheritance (and that of all his brothers) in a week. He even showed me an ornate knife, which he said he'd received from local paramilitaries, enemies of the group that had kidnapped him, as a "token" of future security; my mother would later throw it out, of course, for she disliked the memory. In the end, part of my childlike innocence was shattered, but I think it gave me a better appreciation of the man. It certainly led me to a new a new light in which to see my father, in particular, and all other old men, in general. After all, I began to consider that one tends to see them only in their twilight days, well downhill, ignoring what they've seen or done in their past.

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Hoarders and organizers Anonymage 03/27/2020 (Fri) 22:46:00 No.378 [Reply]
Any hoarders and organizers that like to share their deeds? I'll start. Not very proud of it but I collect porn. I've developed an application to aid me in sorting all the clips by specifying models, studios, tags, themes and the ability to create thumbnails and highlights. I don't even fap that much these days, I just like to have a sort of vault full of things ordered and organized to look at and being to reach pretty much everything with ease.
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I've saved a lot of junk, physical and digital, and 99.9% of it I never take a second glance at. My physical collection is only small because I rarely leave the house. My digital collection is a mess. Hundreds of thousands of urls and other junk inside hundreds of txt files. Random html documents, over 9,000 being the full results from iqdb and sauceNAO searches. Random pdf, exe, zip, etc. And of course, countless images and videos. All of it scattered across thousands of folders and subfolders with no rhyme or reason. It's too daunting to organize. I think I'm going to install a distro and lrn2linux. I don't play video games anymore and there's nothing else for me to do on the computer. If I'm too dumb to learn anything beyond using it to browse the web, which hasn't been fun for years, maybe it'll encourage me to spend less time online and do something of substance with my life. Before I format my hard drive I'll look through some of it and see if there's anything worth keeping. Here's a screenshot of a random thread I had saved as an html document.
>>806 Dimensions must've been too big.
>>763 >normalfags that remember the early internet don't remember it fondly Normies are such fucking idiots. The dial up era kind of sucked but once xp came around and ram got above 200 MB everything became usable. Yes xp was virus prone and internet explorer sucked and yet I still have very fond memories of using it. The best part was there was little to no social media, which is probably the main reason why normalfags hated the era so much
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>>757 I wasn't aware of this. I can't believe there are people who want to shut down such a useful website, but I guess most publishers think of nothing but money (yeah, I know I said something quite obvious). I hope things turn out well for the Internet Archive. >>809 Hey, I remember that old thread. I couldn't help but feel a little bit of melancholy after reading it. I wonder how those mages are doing now.

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Anonymage 07/08/2020 (Wed) 20:36:23 No.764 [Reply]
Are any of you students of history? I've been reading on the romans and antiquity recently, and have enjoyed thinking about it Caesar really strikes me as a precursor to Bonaparte, insofar as he takes total power for the express purpose of transforming the country, from a military background. I'm amazed how people think this politically dysfunctional disaster of an "empire" is admired for stability. It seems to topple along dictator after dictator like a banana republic Also the average legionary was carrying 80lbs in equipment while on the march. 80 Lbs! A week long backpacking trip takes about 40… So… a thread for history discussion?
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>I'm amazed how people think this politically dysfunctional disaster of an "empire" is admired for stability. It seems to topple along dictator after dictator like a banana republic Look at the words you have just typed my friend. How many of them are of Latin and Greek origin? It was not the republic that romanized the world, the Roman republic was a relatively small state with a system every bit as convoluted and unstable as the empire, it only appears less so due to the smaller scale, and so the smaller impact of action. As for history podcasts, youtube channels and what not I strongly recommend you not let them become the basis of your understanding. They can be likened to junk food - tasty, and quick, but lacking substance, and harmful as a habit. Instead try to get as close to the source as you can, everything written already has enough misconception, anachronism and opinion as it is, no need to on another few layers just so that you can save a few hours. Also Speculation on the similarities, and differences of historical and current figures is fruitless, and one runs the risk of trying to attach our current frame of thought to that of the past, and in so coming off with a worse understanding than if you had simply not even tried to learn anything at all. Take for example Grettis saga in which there is a character whose nickname so to speak was "Baby Sparer". That said the overall nature of thought has not changed drastically in who knows how long - take ancient graffiti for example, or the old comedies.
>>801 There are pretty decent podcast though. I'm listening some about Punic Wars, Augustus or Numantia (3-4 hours long each one) that are at least as good than some college class and I don't think they lack substance at all.
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>>802 which podcasts? >>800 I've "played" civil war battles with wargames like Across 5 Aprils (weird combat resolution mechanic) and Mosby's Raiders (solitaire), but know next to nothing of the actual history sadly. Not sure if you can direct me to good readings on the topic Since music of the period was being posted in another thread: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OKdbc0DYpM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LArGlfEVYqM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwckonqbeos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecIVIFLo0uE
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>>803 Shelby Foote wrote a trilogy that covers the entire war. It's pretty damn good and was my introduction to the topic. However, THE book for an overview of the war is 'Battle Cry of Freedom' by John McPherson. It's legendary for a reason, that shit is just god-tier. It's a big 900 page book but it's so worth the read and it's enjoyable to boot. It covers the entire period from the outbreak of the Mexican-American War where so many of the big names of the Civil War got blooded and then finishes with Appomattox and the end of the war. It's really good and sweeps you up in it because McPherson slowly lets on the causes and you as the reader, just like those at the time can only start to see the unavoidable conflict on the horizon. It's so well done. Bruce Catton is up there though with his Centennial History of the Civil War. He had access to a lot of primary sources in his childhood as he grew up when the veterans were still around. It's 3 books and they're also pretty decent introductions. You then have the books on specific engagements where the detail really comes into it. They tend to be more dense on details due to the nature of how focused they are. I liked 'The Battle of the Wilderness May 5-6, 1864' by Gordon C. Rhea. 'Landscape Turned Red: The Battle of Antietam' by Stephen W. Sears. This one is also considered a bit of a classic as well. Definitely a must read if you get into the subject. 'The Gettysburg Campaign: A Study in Command' by Edwin B. Coddington. This one is probably up there with McPherson in the 'legendary' category. It's required reading for all the guides at the Gettysburg NMP. However, it is fucking dense and fucking dry. If you can get through it, anything else on Gettysburg will seem shallow in comparison. The dude goes into minute detail on not only the three days of battle but also the weeks leading up to it and the days following it. It's advanced level stuff and I haven't touched yet. It's usually recommended to have a few less dense books on Gettysburg under your belt before you tackle it because you want to be able to follow it in the grandest sense because if you don't have a general idea of what's happening then you can get lost in the details when he starts discussing the movement of forces on a regimental scale. The music was also posted by me. I've not really done a lot on the civil war recently as I started reading on other subjects that I like. I tend to rotate with my historical reading because it stops me getting burned out on any one of them. It so happens that I've started rotating back into wanting to do Civil War stuff again. Here's a good one that I haven't posted yet though.

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>>803 >which podcasts? Spanish ones. I guess there should be equally good ones in english but I haven't found them yet.

Videogame Screenshots Videogame Screenshots 03/28/2020 (Sat) 17:50:22 No.392 [Reply]
I thought it could be nice to add some color to the board with a videogame screenshots thread, just anything you're playing or upcoming titles or whatever you like. Doesn't matter the platform or year. For some reason it's has become a fad to add photo modes with more and more options to most new games. And for once that's actually cool. If you like to do pics it just adds another "mechanic" to the game. RDR2 is a typical example of this. Also you don't need to put any effort because the game looks gorgeous in almost every shot.
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This game has an amazing art direction, any screenshot seems taken from those great sci-fi artists from the 60-70's.
Horizon is also a great game for pictures of decay, but also nature exuberance, could be one of the games I have done more screenshoots. I like that modern AAA usually put great effort into the art department, it wasn't always like that.
I've been playing Trauma Center: Under the Knife a lot lately. I thought it would be just an ordinary surgeon simulator about a young doctor and his journey through his medical career, but the game ended up being more interesting and fun than I expected. My only criticism is that I didn't like the way the story handled some heavy subjects, but that doesn't really matter. >>674 These screenshots are really cool. I could see any of them as an illustration for a sci-fi book. Actually, they remind me of Michael Whelan's artwork for Asimov's Foundation. I particularly like the last two. Did you take these screenshots? By the way, what do you think of The Outer Worlds? I haven't played it yet but it looks interesting.
>>703 Trauma Center Under the Knife was the game that made buy a DS, I played it in some convention when the DS was something new and I got fascinated by the controls. But when I got one I lost interest relatively quickly, I remember later misions being too hard and I had to sell the console because a bad situation. I still treasure those first memories though. The screenshots are mine from last weeks, to me they looked similar to a wide range of classic sci-fi artists; see first pic, you can notice the inspiration. Besides the art you will like the game if you like Obsidian and New Vegas, I would say it's a refined New Vegas with some expanded characteristics (companions reactions are really sofisticated) and some limited ones (I miss perks and most of the game is more simplified). Since I love Obsidian and also the space exploration genre (it also makes me thing of Outlaw Star or Cowboy Bebop) it's being really enjoyable. Just wandering in your own ship seeing your companions interact and the different planets from the windows is amazing for me. I would also say most reviews are full of shit so you shouldn't trust them, the game isn't short, it's not 25 or 30 hours but more like 60 or more if you play normal and there's lots of side quests, content and details.
Some Shenmue. No photo mode, but the scenarios are the best part of the game.

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Everything space & content related Anonymage 05/18/2020 (Mon) 11:56:18 No.648 [Reply]
Share an interesting fact you know about space. I'll start. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judica-Cordiglia_brothers Even though it's been debunked since decades I like to think there is some truth to it, especially after hearing the recordings.
>>648 I remember hearing the recordings time ago, they were really well done but the whole thing was hard to believe. I think it was just perfect for the cold war era and the whole idea that the soviets being ahead in the space race necessarily needed to have a dark side of lack of security measures and human sacrifices. It makes me remember of another record of the astronauts of the Apolo 11 talking in shock about how they are seeing something extraordinary in the surface of the moon. I think this one mimicked Armstrong voice really well and I don't know if it was ever really debunked, it was decades old. Sadly I couldn't find it.
The James Webb Space Telescope has been successfully folded and stowed into the same configuration it will have when loaded onto an Ariane 5 rocket for launch next year. https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2020/first-look-nasa-s-james-webb-space-telescope-fully-stowed Do you think they will be able to launch it next year? >>648 I didn't know anything about those two brothers. Their story is captivating, but just like >>649 said, it's hard to believe. However, I'll try to read more about them later.
Anyone checking out SpaceX new capsule stuff? Pretty fun to watch the whole thing live.

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Japanese Music Thread Anonymage 12/16/2019 (Mon) 20:07:29 No.31 [Reply]
I remember talking to an anon on /tower/ about how great this thread was and a shame neither of us saved it, so I thought I'd upload it now that there's a saved version.

>Circle
Confetto (Camellia and Nanahira)
>Album
ばーさす!
>Genre
Denpa
>Sample
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbMjZCheh1M
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTk8LKhEitE
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>Artist ZABADAK >Album Decade >Genres Ambient Pop >Sample https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aybOmOnT34o&list=PL1B5B7606109D3857&index=67&t=0s There's a song that's really close to a certain track of Digital Devil Saga OST, also another that could be a candidate to the most dreamy RPG forest theme ever. I wonder if this music that feels so obscure to us was actually well known in Japan at the time.
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This time, a whole album. I haven't found much last days, too much abstract/weird music that's not really my thing, except this. >Artist D-Day >Album Grape Iris >Genres Ambient Pop >Sample https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CrD82-8GVQ
>>362 I kept listening Zabadak and they have some impressive themes. It seems they are or were a folk/progressive rock band but they have a wide variety of music. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONPfgsemf2Q https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3F3XnruSyUw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_FyGYKBC1s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSSbmxdeVaA I don't know if I said it in old magicchan or tower but I had the idea of making a wide compilation of japanese music (mostly 80's), with the things I consider the best, I still have the idea and I started to download to make a pre-selection.
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I missed this thread greatly. It is soo strange seeing posts I made years ago posted as if they never disappeared. Some of the YouTube links are still active! Japanese music isn't the bulk of what I listen to, but I have a soft spot for the quirky, cute stuff. >Album Kanashibari [かなしば] >Artist Haniwa-Chan [はにわちゃん] >Genre New Wave / Art Pop >Sample https://youtu.be/GVK-7FseoZk
>>461 I've said it before and I'll say it again - this thread (along with many others on magicchan) were goldmines. >Artist Sekine Toshiyuki Quartet + 1 >Album Stop Over >Genre Jazz >Sample Full album - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NvUDEdOzj0

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Video thread Anonymage 01/07/2020 (Tue) 19:38:11 No.212 [Reply]
Share videos you find interesting.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzRveOGMflo (STAR WARS Audience Reaction 1977 (AUDIO with VIDEO))
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCox8wIHBlk (Avengers Endgame ULTIMATE Audience Reactions (THE REAL VERSION))
I think it's interesting to see how much less annoying the audience reaction was for Star Wars. At first when I saw the Star Wars one I thought "wow, even back then the audience couldn't shut the hell up" but then I remembered watching Avengers Endgame in theaters and how the audience burst out with applause every time they saw someone enter the frame. I think that the SW one is a lot more appropriate seeing as the only parts worth putting in the video were actually important points and they stopped pretty much right when they needed to. It's not excessive so I don't think it's wrong for them to enjoy themselves. As opposed to the Avengers audience where all they needed was for Robert Downey Jr to walk on screen and they'd have a fucking meltdown. I guess that's what the movie was meant for so I shouldn't blame them, since they're only cattle responding as they're trained to, but it's still annoying.
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Video on the FW 190's planing and development. It's part 1 of a series but the rest is not out yet. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QycCd3U4Hg
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Not a fan of those "history for retards" videos with cartoons but I found this one (there's three or four actually) about Yi Sun-sin quite nice, you can't say reading the wikipedia page is too much better. I don't know about the rest of the channel yet. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ieaDfD_h6s
Internet archive has some really good stuff on it, here's the first 17 seasons of the show "How it's Made". It's a nice documentary series where you get to see how raw materials are processed into various goods. Outside of the first season or so, there's practically nothing but footage of the job being done and a voice over. https://archive.org/details/HowItsMadeDiscoveryScienceChannelSeasons117Complete/
>>298 One of the best things about How It's Made is finding out how interesting the production of some items are. I wouldn't go out of my way to ever find out how any of these products are made but for some reason I am captivated by the production process during the show.
A video that attempts to chronologically present the distress transmissions of the HMS Titanic and other involved ships during the incident. Some ships appear to immediately grasp the situation and turn to action (Olympic, Mount Temple and Carpathia, for example), while others appear quite hesitant or are outright unresponsive (Frankfurt and Californian) . The degrading situation aboard the sinking ship also shows through its comms, most near the end being a variation of CQD CQD SOS SOS COME AT ONCE. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxRN2nP_9dA

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