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2827 No. 2827 hide watch quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
It's really hard to say whether something is good or bad without context. The second one is kind of awkward in how its worded, though that's obviously not the point you were trying to make here. Anyways, yeah, depends on context
>> No. 2833 [Edit]
I like this thread, I can't tell if you made a new thread by mistake, or if this post is some sort of self reference, in that you don't provide context, but make us question whether or not your post is bad because it lakes it. So I guess the context is that the quality relies on context being the context.

nice :D

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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
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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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A new addition to the Tohno-chan board lineup. Call it a gift for the holiday season:日本/

This board is meant to be an immersion board for non-native Japanese speakers and people learning Japanese, as it's a popular language to learn on the site, and given our social abilities, reading comprehension is a bit more important to us.

We'll run this on a trial basis, and if it's any good, we'll add it to the main boards.
>> No. 2728 [Edit]
You can install japanese language support as well as input the japanese IME keyboard setting to your computer in order to write japanese without having a proper jap keyboard.

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2562 No. 2562 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
Can we have a serious discussion about the Jews? I am currently reading David Duke's Jewish Supremacism and it is some really compelling stuff. Very challenging.

Please, no discussion of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; that would constitute political discussion as opposed to an ethnic one.
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The Jews fear the Samurai,.
>> No. 2680 [Edit]
lol, what's that?
>> No. 2704 [Edit]
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In his defense, those quotes are taken out of context
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In in effort to help those that are in the midst of learning Japanese, this will be thread where we will speak only Japanese and will help each by correcting each others mistakes. 

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>> No. 2208 [Edit]
What is the difference between すら and さえ? The question was answered here but I can't read the response.
>> No. 2378 [Edit]
How long and how intensively have you guys been studying Japanese, and how far along in the learning process do you feel yourselves to be?
I studied the grammar for a bit while working on other languages at the same time, but now I'm focusing heavily on improving my German while learning Japanese characters in this way
I sit down with my pencil, my notebook, and P.G. O'Neill's Essential Kanji: 2,000 Basic Japanese Characters Systematically Arranged for Learning and Reference. I write out 25 characters, using the correct stroke order, with ON readings in katakana and kun readings in hiragana, and with the older/lesser used variants of the character in parentheses, if available. I work on German, or Math for a bit, then go back and write out the next 25 characters in the set of 50 I have my eyes set on. I write out this set 5 times before moving onto the next one, and by the end I'm ALWAYS able to write out the character with the correct stroke order, readings, meanings, and variants just by glancing at it. I continue in this fashion.
Unfortunately, as I was hitting the 400 mark during December (I haven't been doing this very long), I was slapped in the face with some serious depression, and was unable to do any characters consistently for a while. I decided to start again from the beginning fairly recently. But enough about me.

How are you guys?

Also, would any of you be interested in having a competition to see who could reach spoken fluency the fastest?
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>> No. 2700 [Edit]
OK, I need help.

I want to translate:

"Everyone's peace entails nobody's existence"

I REALLY suck at this and the best I could articulate was: 皆の平和誰も存在しないが伴う (mina no heiwa dare mo sonzaishinai ga tomonau). I'm positive that it's most likely wrong, so could anyone please help me?

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Just putting this out there: theres a very good selection of lecture notes and other assorted materials provided for free, online by MIT. This website is very good if you want to self-study a subject, get a feel for particular courses or just learn things as a hobby.

While we're at it, why not make this thread a place where we can share academic resources?
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>> No. 2222 [Edit]
I come with double intentions.
First to contribute to the thread with this page which offers editions of early modern philosopher's texts in a more acessible language to the contemporary reader:
Secondly, to ask for someone more well versed in philosophy their opinion on the general quality of those adaptations. I've been reading Descartes both through this and the original english translation the editor says he based his version on and everything seems okay, but since I'm a complete newbie to this philosophy business and english isn't my mother tongue...

Now for other goodies: - Not sure if it's mentioned in >>2100's image already, but I found this by accident one of this days and looks quite good. It seems more formal on the grammar part than most other material around and has classical japanese lessons too.
- Another one I found by accident. Looks quite ancient, but might be useful for collecting references for further reading.
>> No. 2224 [Edit]

I would avoid any alterations to philosophical texts if possible. Just stick with unabridged translations of texts into your language or English.
>> No. 2666 [Edit]
MIT Open Course Ware:
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2658 No. 2658 hide watch quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
What would you recommend for a hikki/neet with lots of time on hand who wants to learn Japanese with a computer?
>> No. 2660 [Edit]
if you like to drink, youtube nama-sensei

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960 No. 960 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
Most of us live through our browsers so I guess we could share add-ons/scripts to make it a even better place.

Mine(do not mind the strange link name)

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>> No. 2239 [Edit]
Vimium is a silly rip-off.
Vimperator works, but it's not as complete as I'd like it to. It's being developed by more people though, so it gets praised for faster development.
I'm sticking to Pentadactyl myself.
>> No. 2301 [Edit]
tryout firefox new mobile OS
>> No. 2503 [Edit]
I noticed the site has been down for some time so add them here.

Firefox is being very Google-friendly by default. You should not.

Search suggestions: Send all characters you type (before you've even hit enter) to Google in order to make Google try to guess what you're going to type. How to disable:


-Certificate Patrol shows you new certificates and compares old and new ones when they are exchanged.

-NoScript keeps Javascript from executing randomly (good to disable Google Analytics etc)

-SSLGuard does just that: It enforces https on sites that provide both protocols. It comes with a little list of popular presets and needs manual work to learn more.
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701 No. 701 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit] [First 100 posts] [Last 50 posts]
We have a thread for interesting lectures, how about one where we share interesting articles?

There are tons of threads in /ot/ that are started to discuss a single article but overall, I don't think we need to have so many. Especially since sometimes it feels like OP just wanted to share an article rather than actually discuss it.

As for the topic... Anything goes, really.
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>> No. 2543 [Edit]
What Makes the Names of Middle-earth So Fitting? Elements of Style in the Namecraft of J. R. R. Tolkien - Robinson, Christopher L

Makes me want to be a Tolkien dork again and properly learn the languages.
>> No. 2580 [Edit]
Musicality in the Bayeux Tapestry:
Very poor english, but quite fascinating.
>> No. 2581 [Edit]
Two on research of the evolution of monogamy in mammals/primates.
>> No. 2631 [Edit]
"The modern phenomenon of nonsense jobs"
It's funny because in school they treated that kind of stuff as mostly characteristic of the public sectors of developping countries, now it's part of the global private sector www

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