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99 No. 99 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
Today, December 25, we celebrate the birth of a great man of true genius. Regardless of the centuries, his example lives on and inspire us to become better, both as individuals and society. Let his name never be forgotten; picture very related: it's him.
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>> No. 2809 [Edit]
That guy wasn't born in December, and he was completely delusional.
>> No. 2817 [Edit]
Cristianism as an institution is an entirely different affair (for that, Werner Jaegger's "Early Christianity and Greek Paideia" was quite enlightening). However, for many years I used to think very poorly of the character of Jesus too (who knows -and who cares- if he ever existed, I mean the character created in the gospels) until I saw this: >>/ot/23499 ...

I mean, I still didn't became a christian, by any means (I believe in conquer rather than charity), but he certainly earned a huge respect in my eyes. Aside from the myths of resurrection, Final Judgement and such, with his incredibly insightful yet accessible ethical discourse (notably the Sermon on the Mount) he embodies an impossible but beautiful dream of true brotherhood and unconditional love.

You should give the movie a try. It's long and hard to endure but I think it's worth it.
>> No. 2886 [Edit]
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Just like every year, in this day, all my respect to THE ONE.

Happy birthady, Sir.
>> No. 2901 [Edit]
Isaac Newton was quite the man, sorry I'm late, didn't know this was a thing.

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2876 No. 2876 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
Have any of you gone and visited Japan?

I've went twice and much prefer it to the UK, primarily for the landscape but I'd like to stay there permanently.

Are there any good jobs for social retards like me to get there? I can read/speak (well mostly listen) Japanese to the extent I can play untranslated games/read raws easily but I'm not sure how much would be useful for everyday life.

It's probably pointless and pathetic, but I hate my life as of now and would rather suicide than continue to live here (it's likely I'd end up like that no matter where I go).
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>> No. 2879 [Edit]
This. From what I heard from expats it's hard to find any other job there because of xenophobia and no westernet wants any other job anyway because of the stupid japanese work culture(most companies hiring foreigners to teach english know it doesn't fly with us so they use more western-like working hours).
>> No. 2880 [Edit]
If they were 'xenophobic' they wouldn't have wanted to start an empire, which inherently means assimilating other nations, or proposed the Racial Equality Proposal during the Paris Peace Conference 1919.

Maybe the Japanese would be more willing to hire foreigners if foreigners weren't so stuck-up.

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>> No. 2881 [Edit]
Japan during World war II: "We're making an east asian co-prosperity sphere, not an invasion! Honest!"
>> No. 2882 [Edit]
They aren't mutually exclusive.

Gaius Octavius started Pax Romana during the Roman Empire.
But for 'Roman' Peace to occur for non-Roman states is not possible, they had to become Roman, be it by force or voluntary submission.

All who followed Rome prospered, and those who defied Rome were tortured, executed or destroyed.

No. 2725 hide watch quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
So I wrote a thing and put it on

Tell me what you think about it.
>> No. 2735 [Edit]
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I wrote another:

This one should be easier to read. Have fun.
>> No. 2772 [Edit]
I wrote another thing:

Tell me what you think.
>> No. 2837 [Edit]
Wrote another:

Just when I thought I couldn't write this shit anymore, I ended up becoming more inspired in the end.
>> No. 2857 [Edit]
Another thing wrote:

It talks about how there is no meaning to life.

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2868 No. 2868 hide watch quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
It's finally happening Brohnos, the UN is trying to shut down all online message boards that aren't strictly policing their users to maintain 100% political correctness:
>Under U.S. law — the law that, not coincidentally, governs most of the world’s largest online platforms — intermediaries such as Twitter and Facebook generally can’t be held responsible for what people do on them. But the United Nations proposes both that social networks proactively police every profile and post, and that government agencies only “license” those who agree to do so.

Where will you go when the UN shuts down TC and every other image board?
>> No. 2869 [Edit]
When has the United Nations ever achieved anything?

I mean, it's even led by a man who's from the Poland of Asia.
>> No. 2871 [Edit]
nothings going to fucking happen.
>> No. 2872 [Edit]
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That's the most retarded thing that I've heard in a while.

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2841 No. 2841 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
Anyone else studying it?
I just want to talk to someone ._.
Any university students here?

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>> No. 2850 [Edit]
Sup, /mt. I'm found of computer science and anything computer-related, so i just wanted to know is there any must-read books about that all?
>> No. 2851 [Edit]
9 in 10 people who never read SICP agree that SICP is a must-read.
Coincidentially, 9 in 10 of those who did also agree.
>> No. 2855 [Edit]
Tutorial pages for things that interest you, manuals... high-rated tutorial and theory books...

I'm a self-taught programmer and it's kinda a bummer, most NEETs online don't ever collaborate on code.
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OP here, thought I'd give an update.
An app A for purpose X was meh so I decided to make my own, dedicated ~4 weeks to its development. The app A got updated recently though and is pretty good while mine isn't anywhere close to being finished.
Got no choice but to keep on going, too late to start a new project.

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1545 No. 1545 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
I think it would be nice to have a thread where we document things that we've learned as we learn them.
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>> No. 2839 [Edit]
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the russian alphabet
>> No. 2840 [Edit]
I'm interested in economics as well but I'm always too lazy to actually study it.

From what I know of Sowell, that probably isn't the most unbiased introductory book to economics.

What I probably would do is read Wikipedia to get some basic knowledge, and then read the most well known and important works starting from Adam Smith.
>> No. 2852 [Edit]
if you really learned, you'd know it's called the cryllic alphabet
>> No. 2856 [Edit]
Try Das Kapital commentaries.

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746 No. 746 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
If you're a student or ex-student, tell us what thing you're studying or used to study!

I'm a second year mining engineering student, although last year I was doing materials science. I transfered.
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>> No. 2721 [Edit]
Feel you man. Just as I thought I was getting the hang of this stuff and making progress I failed hard in the easiest of the non-introductory courses out of pure arrogance and laziness.
Hopefully it will not delay my graduation much more than it already is.
>> No. 2733 [Edit]
Computer Science.
Network Engineering.
Electrical Engineer.

Didn't finish more than 1-2 years on any.
I'm currently living at my mother's place near a music school where I get free lessons for piano. Not that I'll make myself into anything.
>> No. 2748 [Edit]
second year electrical engineering
>> No. 2854 [Edit]
Going to be a Philosophy Bachelor soon, oh boy!

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156 No. 156 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
I was wondering if anyone else agreed with my stylistic taste here:

//Bad writing:
From the right sunlight poured through wide arched windows set in the outer walls, the glass meshed with imprisoning square black lines. The sky outside was bright blue, laced with frills of white cloud; sunlight bringing out the bright green of the grassland, the red brick of the coastal buildings and setting the sea a-sparkle as though strewn with star dust.

//Good writing:
It was the sort of morning who's beauty you actually take a few seconds to notice.
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>> No. 2714 [Edit]
Is it effective, though?

Personally I don't think 'effective' means 'as detailed as possible', instead it means 'describing as powerfully as possible with as few words as possible'.
As such I think the second example could be considered 'effective' because although it's not as detailed, it makes a much stronger emotional connection with the reader.
>> No. 2718 [Edit]
I'm not a native english speaker but shouldn't it be whose instead of who's?
>> No. 2719 [Edit]
That's right. "Who's" means "who is". You can check at if you're ever in doubt. The OP no doubt knows this, it's just a tiny mistake everyone makes when writing fast on the keyboard. For instance, I wrote "their" instead of "they're" down below. Oops.

As for the topic: I don't like either. Their both way to artsy to be taken seriously, and neither convey much of anything in my opinion. Sure, I'm all about short and descriptive descriptions of visuals. Keyword: descriptive.

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>> No. 2749 [Edit]
>glass meshed with imprisoning square black lines
There are a few excerpts I'm fond of, but it's ultimately nothing groundbreaking. The latter example is just forgettable, even platitudinous.

"Conventions" in writing are only useful when you operate with the explicit goal of making your work accessible to the broadest possible audience. The fewer words and simple language precepts are utterly arbitrary when taken as artistic standards, seeing utility only relative to the aforementioned purpose. It's analogous to believing visual arts should resign themselves to realist themes because anything abstract can be too ambiguous or challenging.

There's absolutely nothing objectively "better" about a sample of text because it employs simpler language or fewer words. Anything can be appropriated or interpreted to be something of intellectual or artistic value.

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Anybody feel like sharing some of your favourite quotes (preferably /mt/-related but doesn't have to be)?

Here's one I rather like: "It is not birth, marriage, or death, but gastrulation which is truly the most important time in your life."

-Lewis Wolpert (developmental biologist)-
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>> No. 2775 [Edit]
An artist never works under ideal conditions. If they existed, his work wouldn't exist, for the artist doesn't live in a vacuum. Some sort of pressure must exist. The artist exists because the world is not perfect. Art would be useless if the world were perfect, as man wouldn't look for harmony but would simply live in it. Art is born out of an ill-designed world. [...] My purpose is to make films that will help people to live, even if they sometimes cause unhappiness.
---- Andrei Tarkovsky
>> No. 2813 [Edit]
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I wanted to die, really die.
But now I don't think we must die from despair, but feed off one's despair.
Not die of it, but live off it.
I believe we must live at all cost.

--- "L'Ennui" (1998)
>> No. 2822 [Edit]
Well, let's face it. Good exists in order to be fucked up by evil. The very existence of good enables evil to flourish. Therefore, God is bad. And it doesn't matter how many past or future existences you have, because they're all gonna be riddled with grief and anguish and sickness and death. You see, Brian, God doesn't love you. God despises you. So there's no hope, and mankind is just a component of the device by which the devil creates itself. You see, what I'm saying, basically, is you can't make an omelet without cracking a few eggs. And humanity is just a cracked egg. And the omelet... stinks.

---Johnny ("Naked", Mike Leigh)

>> No. 2824 [Edit]
My mind seems to go out on a path the width of a thread and of endless length, a thread that is the same color as the night. Out, out along the narrow highway sails my mind, driven by curiosity, luminous with acceptance, far and out, like a feathered hook whipped deep into the light above the stream by a magnificent cast. Somewhere, out of my reach, my control, the hook unbends into a spear, the spear shears itself into a needle, and the needle sews the world together. It sews skin onto the skeleton and lipstick on a lip, it sews scarves to mountain, it goes through everything like a relentless bloodstream, and the tunnel is filled with a comforting message, a beautiful knowledge of unity. All the disparates of the world, the different wings of the paradox, coin-faces of problem, petal-pulling questions, scissors-shaped conscience, all the polarities, things and their images and things which cast no shadow, and just the everyday explosions on a street, this face and that, a house and a toothache, explosions which merely have different letters in their names, my needle pierces it all, and I myself, my greedy fantasies, everything which has existed and does exist, we are part of a necklace of incomparable beauty and unmeaning.

--- Leonard Cohen ("Beautiful Losers")

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1307 No. 1307 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
I do not believe 2012 will be the end of the world. Planetary alignments do not equate to destruction.

The whole "Mayan calendar ends on that day" thing is really dumb to me. My calendar ends on December 31 of this year. I'm pretty sure that doesn't mean I'm going to perish. The Mayans just can't get a new calendar since their society was destroyed by disease.

We have much more than one year to discuss this. The date is just a coincidence... baka.
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>> No. 1339 [Edit]
Damn, that's the Discovery channel. I didn't even notice, but I guess they're getting into that game too.
>> No. 2804 [Edit]
You were right op !
>> No. 2806 [Edit]
I wish he wasn't.
Damned, this sucks.
>> No. 2807 [Edit]
I know I'm responding to a several year old post but it's rather disappointing that the larger documentary channels, (e.g. History) have gone downhill. The nature and true crime channels are still good though.

I watch television rarely but all the 'alien documentary' jokes seem pretty accurate. Every night there's at least a couple of hours of some UFO mystery and one Nazi Alien Conspiracy show. The Unexplained NASA mystery show didn't seem too bad but nearly all of the people they talk to go 'I think it's an alien. Hear me out'.

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2757 No. 2757 hide watch quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
Simple question, would prefer simple or at least organized explanations:
What is an intellectual? How would an intellectual compare with the masses?

I find this interesting because I feel a good portion of tc is pretty intelligent at least compared to average, and yet they often seem to lack social and communication skills between each other. Then there's pure subjective ranting we see in /so/ compared to stuff based off studies here --
Does the act of referencing studies make someone more intellectual than others? When do these references become pretentious, disorderly, and excessive rather than informing?
>> No. 2758 [Edit]
The best I can think of giving you is Deleuze's reflections on "culture" and what does it mean to be a cultivated person:

In short, he says that despite the general opinion he doesn't consider himself to be a cultivated person, because all he learns he does it for a specific purpose (normally a book he was currently writing) and when it's done he just lets that knowledge go. Cultivated persons, for Deleuze, are those who have "reserve knowledge".

To add to it and if I remember correctly, Heidegger made the difference between authentic and inauthentic knowledge in a similar way: authentic knowledge is the one you have about a subject which "equipment" (das Zeug; a set of tools that serve to perform a specific task) you actually use, while inauthentic knowledge is the one you somehow get but make no direct use of; say, I have some knowledge of music and I do make music, thus that knowledge is authentic, whereas the knowledge I have about crack cocaine cooking is an inauthentic one as I don't do crack.

An intellectual, thus, could be a person who seemingly reeks of reserve or inauthentic knowledge. I personally don't think there's any particular relation between being an itellectual or not and socially competent or not.

For where a sort of pretentiousness threshold could lay, I'd personally think that is when people claim to know more than what they can actually backup, which is pretty much the dictionary definition of the term.

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