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24879 No. 24879 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit] [First 100 posts] [Last 50 posts]
The old one >>21755 is on autosage, time for a new one!
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>> No. 25244 [Edit]
Here we go again...
>> No. 25246 [Edit]
I'm not trying to start anything, I just find all the little terminal programs like that amusing.
>> No. 25249 [Edit]
I watched kill bill one and two yesterday. I enjoyred it a lot but I was a bit let down by the second.
I feel like the first movie is a more of a kung fu movie and the second movie is a pure revenge movie. After I was taken aback by the intense fighting scenes in the first one I expected the second movie to be just more of that.
Sadly there was not nearly as much fighting I felt and it was all more about the story. That's of course not a bad thing, but just not what I really wanted. Nonetheless they were both really good and the acting was superb.
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I just woke up from a dream in which I was listening to a song. It was mostly lyrical with that kind of "speech" vocals, if it was by a certain artist I can't really place it now. Maybe sounded a bit like Neil Young, but it wasn't him. The lyrics made sense to me while I was in the dream but now I have forgotten all but the tune, one line and what the song was about.
It was about a guy who gave up on his dreams to take a dead-end job and raise another guy's kids. I distinctly remember thinking "this is what normals are afraid of", I think I was listening to the radio or something.
Anyway, the point is I think I completely invented the song in my dream and (while I was dreaming, at least) it didn't seem half bad. That's the first creative thing I've ever done in my life and now I can't even remember the damn thing. Maybe it was awful anyway.

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25230 No. 25230 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
Have you purchased any teas or tea related goods lately? Or tried any new teas you liked or disliked?
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Just big old sacks of the popular Assams, Nilgiris, Ceylons, and all that kind of thing. You get good stuff at stupidly low prices when you buy in bulk.
Nothing too fancy though. Just large enough quantities of decent tea I won't have to worry about running out for months to come.
No Darjeeling at all right now for one. Went kind of nuts sampling this and that flush from a bunch of different estates a while back. Ought to have another go at that kind of endeavor again sooner rather than later. Collect notes on every estate.

Also really hankering for some Keemun though. That's number one on the list of things to throw disposable income at for now. Could really do with a spot of the old Keemun, I could. Chinese is nothing to sneeze at when it comes to matters of tea.
>> No. 25238 [Edit]
Got into loose leaf teas a few years ago. A year ago I bought my own Japanese style tea set. I almost never drink with other people so it may have been a waste.

Teavana, while being a chain, still has some good stuff. The green teas they have are good. Their original blended chais are definitely an interesting taste, with the mango and papaya. And they may have overpriced sets and tools, but it's all really good quality.
>> No. 25245 [Edit]
It's been so long since I last bought tea all I have here has already lost flavour. Too bad, because there's so much of it left.
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This is all I've been drinking lately, but I have a pretty decent sized selection of teas (mostly Darjeeling and such). I've just been too lazy to brew any and this is instant stuff.

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13929 No. 13929 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit] [Last 50 posts]
Anyone else here who doesn't know how to shave well? I always end up making small cuts and leaving some stubble.
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>> No. 24022 [Edit]
I had plucked half of it and had to shave. But yeah, used to be just like >>24021 described.
>> No. 24979 [Edit]
I find shaving awkward too, I only shave properly if required for a family obligation. Otherwise I just let my beard grow, and cut it with hair-clippers every few months when it looks too wild.
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I just have an electric razor, sometimes I oversee a bit of stubble but I never cut myself.

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7629 No. 7629 hide watch quickreply [Reply] [Edit] [First 100 posts] [Last 50 posts]
I know we're a lazy bunch and we don't go out that much but I'd still like to propose you a photography thread as it can be funny like I'm imagining it.

It's simple. Use any device that let's you take photos and report back with something interesting you found. It can be anything. Outside your window, in your room, in your backyard, in your garage or house. It doesn't have to be any kind of professional stuff, although that's okay of course.

Please limit photos to a maximum resolution of 2560x1920 or something around that area for everyone's viewing pleasure. The photos have to be new and not something you took last year. がんばって!
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He/she/whatever had a beautiful pattern on the inside of the wings, but it was really hard to photograph. That and she was gone when I was back from formatting my camera's disc.

A bit to the left: a big spider's web. She almost threw herself there fleeing from the camera's flash.
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Case in point.

It's really hard to shoot this one due to where her web is placed. Really hard to get in good position, even harder to get the natural illumination to work for you and nighly impossible to keep the flash from doing a mess with the reflections on her body.
Nevertheless, I'm quite happy she's there. Not only she's apparently from the same species as my deceased one(related?), her web is right above where I buried her.
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I don't know.

Probably a Hypna clytemnestra and some Consul sp., but I can't really tell for sure. Some Charaxinae, in any case.

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16448 No. 16448 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit] [First 100 posts] [Last 50 posts]
Ponderings general 2. Post things you've thought about.

Previous thread >>15685
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>> No. 24624 [Edit]
Today, I think I had a revelation.
I think normals like talking to each other because they do things that give them a sense of accomplishment. And thus, they have things to talk about.

I don't like talking to people because I have no accomplishments and therefore nothing to say, and so talking to people uses up time I could be using to try and do something that makes me feel like I'm a sack of shit. However, because I am a sack of shit, it takes me an inordinate amount of time to do something and inevitably fail. And then I have nothing to talk about with people because I can't do anything.

Another day waiting to die...
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I don't really think "It's all boasting about your various achievements." is a very encompassing view of why people would talk to each other. Probably a kernel of truth to it though; when I last met some of my old acquaintances from school times they mostly discussed some real esoteric tech research one of them was doing for some fancy university title thesis and various get-rich-quick schemes.
But eventually things did turn to the dreaded "So what have you been up to?" which deflected things to a pleasant conversation on the latest news in Chinese cartoons, physics, and hot 2hu tips after some slightly shocking concern over me "not doing anything with my life." (Were they always the kind of people to worry about stuff like that?)

So I guess my latest singular sample of anecdotal non-evidence on social interactions in "normal people" partly does confirm that having to prove something about your undeniably high societal status and wealth might well be a very common part of the formula, but also that reasonable and potentially enlightening discussion about things and not people is likely at least somewhat commonly had.

Everyone agreed we should meet up again. Haven't seen or heard anything of anyone in well over a year once again.
Maybe next summer will be one of those. Or the one after. Or maybe not.

Hard to keep track of how many it's been lately. Maybe that was actually this year for all I know.
How old am I really?
Don't think about it. Just go play one of them video games or something.
>> No. 25224 [Edit]
I can't stay interested in things.
Inevitably, after a few days of doing something, I get existential about it and wonder why I'm even doing it and I lose interest. If I look up discussion about something online, this happens immediately. I think looking up stuff online ruins my interest mostly because I see all the other related things people recommend and I get overwhelmed by how arbitrary my choice of activity is.

I downloaded Touhou 13 yesterday and this already happened.
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Man, tell me about it...

I can't even remember the last time I finished a game / book / anime. I just lose interest way too fast these days. Everything's just so pointless.

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25212 No. 25212 hide watch quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
Today's lucky item............................................................................................................................................................
..........................................................................................................cracked safe.
>> No. 25229 [Edit]
Why do I never have any of the lucky items?

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25195 No. 25195 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
For those that have already done so or are in the process of doing so, what program would you recommend for learning Japanese? I've had a good chunk of free time lately and it's high time I thought about learning it for the sake of convenience.
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>> No. 25201 [Edit]
KanjiTomo and Translator Aggregator + AGTH are quite useful for games and ebooks and most everything that you can't use rikaichan on.

Tae Kim has two japanese guides. Even though the Complete Guide is way far from completion, I find it easier to pick up by a complete beginner than the Grammar Guide(which is what >>25196 suggested). But if you start with the Complete Guide do read the Grammar Guide after it.

This http://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/easy/index.html is a good resource for getting easy, short newspieces to improve your reading.

Maybe that's just me but I'd also recommend learning how to write the kana and at least a few hundred kanji. You may drop it later but I find knowing how to write pretty much every kanji that may be thrown at you helps distinguishing troublesome kanji that look a like easier.

Finally, there are some learning packs on tpb and public trackers with plenty of stuff. I find most textbooks a bore and a waste of time, but the readers are pretty interesting if you're into folk tales and "classical"(as in non-LNs) literature.
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You don't need a program to learn the kana.
Go to that website and just write all the hiragana and katakana down, it's tedious at first but it will pay off. Learn the Hiragana first, it's more important than the katakana.
like >>25201 said I think you should know how to write them down from the top of your head. Just grab a piece of paper and start writing them down (a lot).
Here you can see a picture of my Notebook I use for Anki every day. I write down the kanji when I get a new word and the pronounciation next to it. I do it because it helps me remember the words when I have a lot to learn at once.

You HAVE to know the kana before you can start with anki.

If you need help with the pronounciation you could watch this video for weebs:
It's especially helpful if you're american because the guy in the video has an american accent and he explains how to place your tongue in your mouth and how the japanese have no L and R and stuff like that.
I wouldn't recommend any of his other videos though. The pace at which he's going at is really slow.
>> No. 25209 [Edit]
Just dropped by to say I learned Moon Runes using kanjidamage. This would be a 'guaranteed replies' post anywhere else on the net I'm sure.

I hear Heisig is a great method, google something like 'remembering the kanji torrent' if you're interested.

Oh, and I found the book 'Japanese the Manga Way' to be way way better than Tae Kim's guides. The premise sounds silly but don't misjudge it based on that; it's a damn good book in my opinion.
>> No. 25210 [Edit]
I also read japanese the manga way and it's good.

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19666 No. 19666 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit] [Last 50 posts]
How about just pics and links with some comment, this time?

Part 1/3. Now you can begin to imagine what Fuminori experienced everyday (also: some of the most faithful depictions of 3D sex I have ever seen in part 3/3).

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>> No. 25188 [Edit]
This one is totally hilarious

Great channel overall.
>> No. 25190 [Edit]
Yeah, some guy laughing at our expense. Hundreds of zero-effort trash videos on his channel too. Totally hilarious.
>> No. 25191 [Edit]
That video is making fun of us.
>> No. 25192 [Edit]
Sort of like the rest of society eh?

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24746 No. 24746 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit] [Last 50 posts]
Because the last thread, http://tohno-chan.com/ot/res/15686.html, is now on auto sage.
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Nihontou are great.
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>> No. 25237 [Edit]
I think her boobs are uncanny valley because they are so perfectly round. It looks kinda like they are floating.

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20417 No. 20417 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
How do you like your pizza?
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>> No. 20648 [Edit]
I feel the same way right now. I need to learn when to stop.
>> No. 20666 [Edit]
Well Thursday night into Friday, doesn't matter much to me. I don't eat much any other time besides Saturday usually anyways. I'll be fine but for now I'll try to be comfortable feeling like a pig. I've probably damaged the way my body absorbs food with how much I can eat in a single sitting anyways and most just passes straight through me.
>> No. 25158 [Edit]
I like my pizza with either pineapple and ham or just pepperoni. I prefer it thinner also.
>> No. 25161 [Edit]
Tombstone pepperoni ultra-thin crust. Ever since pizza was the last thing I ate before having a really violent (hacking up bile for over a week, constant fever, etc, violent) flu, I've associated real pizza, even delivery pizza with that experience. The only pizza I can stand is this kind of artificial pizza that doesn't taste much like pizza should. Yet despite this, its still one of my favourite things to consume.

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521 No. 521 hide watch quickreply [Reply] [Edit] [First 100 posts] [Last 50 posts]
I'd like to start another dream thread, if that's all right. I'll go first.
You know how when you're a fan of something like anime or scifi or similar things in your teenage years parents will try to buy stuff for you? My dad and stepmom bought anime\manga related shit at yard sales a lot. Sometimes it was good, sometimes it was off the mark.
Well, in my dream I'm still in high school. I'm sitting there playing Xbox when my dad & stepmom walk in and yell that they got me something at a yard sale. I'm think to myself, "well, probably shit, but I might as well see," and go to check it out.
I walk into the kitchen and on the table is a box full of stuff from Neon Genesis Evangelion.
I get more excited and go to see what it is. There's every episode in raws and fansubs on
VHS, some uniforms, figurines, and even Shinjis' fucking tape recorder with the tape he listens to inside it! All the merchandise seems to be older and seems like it was directly imported from Japan. I ask where they found it.
It cuts to a yard sale with a slightly sad fiftyish woman in her front yard. She talked about how her son loved this show and whatnot, and seemed very sad. She sold it all for about 10-20 dollars.
I take all the stuff out and find a suicide note. Her son had gotten into anime in the
eighties while in high school and was completely inept and friendless. He grew obsessed with
Evangelion and felt a strong kinship with Shinji because he was such a fuck up. He grew older
and couldn't find anyone to share his interests with, became more and more of a recluse, and
killed himself in the late nineties, which I recall being a shame since the internet as of
96, when he killed himself, could have given him a place to talk to others and feel less alone. I realized he was "an otaku of another generation." I hung up his note and saluted it. I then went to watch his tapes and realized that he had dubbed it himself in case he ever met anyone who wanted to share his joy. I inherited his legacy. His mother had cleaned house and ended up giving me a record of a hikkikomori life.
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>> No. 25147 [Edit]
According to http://www.dreammoods.com/dreamdictionary/m4.htm

It means: "To dream that you are having sex with your mother implies that you are becoming like your mother. No matter how hard you try to deny it, you feel her influence. The dream may also be a graphic way of how you need to incorporate some of her qualities within your own self."

Maybe it's true or something. I don't know.

I had the same dream some years back.
>> No. 25155 [Edit]
I dreamed that I had to poop. When I woke up, it turned out that I didn't have to poop. Written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan.
>> No. 25156 [Edit]
M. Night Shyamalan writing and directing poop? Them some wild dreams you got there anon.
>> No. 25157 [Edit]
I was just being silly. I'm think Shyamalan is known for having a big twist in his movies. So I was just being silly and saying the revelation that I did not have to poop was a big twist.

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