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36618 No. 36618 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
Given that many people here likely have a lot of spare time (and especially with recent circumstances, even those who attended uni or had fulltime jobs are probably in front of a computer as well), what do you spend your days doing? Is most of it spent in front of the screen, flitting between imageboards and anime-watching? Or do you prefer to engange in more physical hobbies?
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>> No. 36752 [Edit]
Very broadly, I bike, think, game, and watch anime/YouTube/one or two western shows as hobbies. Biking is the only exercise I like since it's something I can do fully alone at my own pace with very minimal social interaction. If I ran/jogged, I'd be slow enough that people could justify stopping me to talk, and while talking is not my preference I am weak-willed to others initiating it.

And thinking, I think, is an important thing to do often. I don't consider myself wise or anything but I do think thinking makes me wiser. I think while biking but not while doing anything else active since I get too distracted to think.

But on a typical day it's mostly just the gaming and watching YouTube videos.
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You coming back to it shows some semblance of tenacity along with the fact that there must be some incentive to you doing this. Focus on that incentive. And if you consider drawing as a hobby or a profression, technically, you are an artist. The fact of the matter is, are you a good, skilled artist, or a bad one? Like everything else in life, if you want to get better, you have to keep pushing forward.

And, regarding you lack of ability to write, I'd reccommend reading some literature. Everyone boosts their vocabulary through reading things, and you may find yourself able to articulate yourself better if you engaged in some of your time in a book. I personally recommend reading some classical literary fiction. Something like War and Peace, and maybe Don Quixote. I don't like contemporary fiction as much, but some reccomendations I have include books like A Confederacy of Dunces, Lord of the Rings, etc. etc. Here's a guide from 4chad /lit/ too if you'd like.

Really, read just about anything and you'll soon find yourself to be more expressive about your thoughts. And really reflect on what you read to. Don't go skimming through things.
>> No. 36783 [Edit]
I don't know why I never liked literature too much.
I can read a lot, as long as it's not fiction.
But to read a novel requires me to have a particular interest in what that novel talks about. I have read Hess, Sartre, Proust, the classics, mostly bored me to death or didn't interest me enough at best. I end thinking I could be reading a non-fiction book about real things instead. I think it's a lack of interest in the medium for what it is, while I can take comics or movies and appreciate them in a deeper level.

I think I will try to draw soon, your post helped me to decide, really.
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Thinking of DEATH

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36602 No. 36602 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
What are your thoughts on this no touching yourself for a month thing? Do you take part in it, or do you think it's stupid?
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>> No. 36865 [Edit]
don't look at spoilers if you don't wanna get spoiled.

drawbacks of a full body doll:
- much more expensive (I bought my hips for 60 bucks; a doll with limbs, face, hair etc. will set you back 1000 or more)
- more difficult to clean, generally much higher maintenance (I've talked to some Real Doll owners and this is a huge issue. Life-sized dolls are basically out of the question for me until we have sex robots with enough AI autonomy to clean themselves)
- can't easily hide it when people come over
- has a creepy face, look up "uncanny valley." Creepiness gets worse as she accumulates scratches and dirt.
- non-zero chance that it will be possessed by demons and murder you
- when you put it in the trash eventually, people will call the police on you for trying to dispose of a corpse.

I'm just looking for something I can thrust my peepee into and do some fun cardio on, not something to simulate female companionship.
>> No. 36867 [Edit]
Yeah, Mantak Chia stuff. The practices he outlines in Cultivating Male Taoist Sexual Energy in particular. I had done some energy work prior to delving into his stuff but I honestly wasn't ready for it. If I remember right Chia gives a lot of warnings but I didn't listen.

I don't think it had any lasting effects since I quit doing it. It's something I'll return to once I really get my sexuality under control.
>> No. 36873 [Edit]
This is mostly true, but I still want to get one all the same because you can't dress up a torso in cute outfits.
>> No. 37344 [Edit]
>Fapping is like a drug. Drugs every once in a while can even be good for you.
Well obviously the type of substance matters; I think a better analogy is to chocolate: it tastes sweet and is fine to eat once in a while but don't eat it for every meal. If one really wants to improve their mind/body though, they'd probably see more of an effect from cutting out alcohol or improving their diet. Either way there's not much point to living like an ascetic unless you're on some spiritual path.

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28568 No. 28568 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
Is it my imagination or does it seem like the non-narutard part of the english anime community has been slowly dying over recent years?
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>> No. 36828 [Edit]
I said he was cool before he was cool.
>> No. 36829 [Edit]
Being into anime before recent times doesn't make someone cooler in the eyes of normals. All they care about is the here and now.
>> No. 36848 [Edit]
You were the kid who took jokes literally, huh?
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30438 No. 30438 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
What relaxing things do you like to do, Anon?
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>> No. 36487 [Edit]
That's only going to make the problem worse as time goes on.
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You could be on to something; drive at night to late-night diners could be worth the effort.
>> No. 36795 [Edit]
You could always move to a small city where people bike/walk instead.

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36728 No. 36728 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
Do you think it's possible to feel nostalgic for things you've never personally experienced?
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>> No. 36736 [Edit]
The closest term I know of to that feeling is saudade, though nostalgia doesn't require personal experience to be felt.
>> No. 36741 [Edit]
One of my main methods of escapism was being nostalgic for particular periods I wasn't alive in.
>> No. 36743 [Edit]
But of course. Case and point:
>> No. 36744 [Edit]
Saudade is one of my favorite words/emotions. It complements nicely with the "mono no aware."

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33327 No. 33327 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
What has been your personal experience with Pokemon? I started with gen 4, and I have good memories of it for that reason, but it's not my favorite. I think generation 2 was the peak of everything good about Pokemon. The atmosphere, the music, the adventure. It was intended as the last entry into the series and it shows. Everything after the second generation has been an artificial extension increasingly made out of an interest in profit rather than passion.

A lot of people feel that the franchise has gone down hill, but I disagree with their reasons. It's true that the creatures have become more over-designed and the overall art style has become less inspired and the legendary monster concept has been cheapened, but that's not the biggest issue in my opinion. The problem is that it became international. You don't really think of Pokemon as a jrpg, right?

The franchise's success practically forced gamefreak to tone certain things down for a larger, global audience and especially western sensibilities. Then they started accomodating more and more to the point where the game's aren't even set in places based on Japan. The cultural roots of the game have been uprooted and when playing the games you feel it. You feel that it was intended to please everybody across the world. No more forest shrines and kimono wearing girls. No more buddhist temples. No more anything that could upset a parent. No where is this shift more clear than in the anime. The themes of the games aren't particularly tied to Japan either now. Gen 1's technological focus and gen 2's nature focus came from a place relevant to the creators, so it felt like it had some weight to it.

tl;dr: The franchise isn't bathed in Japanese aesthetics and/or sensibilities anymore, so it feels soulless.
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>> No. 36714 [Edit]
They need to stop adding Pokemon; instead, refine what's already there.
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I feel like after the DS games, pokemon is just so bland. It was always a cashgrab, but it's even more blatantly moreso now. It's souless, and even more expensive than before. But I'm glad I don't really play any more, because getting tied to franchises and companies are a bad thing.

Why do I believe it's souless? Well, it seems that the games are shorter and easier now so than before. I remember it took me a while to beat a game, but now, I could probably finish the main story line of one of the newer ones within a day. The stories aren't as intruiging as they were before, and what really irritated me the most was the new pokemon games on the switch being lazily made. They are made with the same engine as the 3ds games and look like low-effot higher-resolution versions of those. Then they have the nerve to charge tons of money for it- along with DLC.

All in all, I don't respect anyone who says they bought a new Pokemon game for other than the reason of it being 'Pokemon'. I feel like that's the only reason why these people buy these games.
>> No. 36718 [Edit]
Not to mention the mobile game (via Niantic) that's thinly-veiled datamining.
>> No. 36720 [Edit]
Disregarding that fact even, gacha is evil, and is made to prey on the mentally ill.

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36360 No. 36360 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
Have you ever had anything you like be ruined in some way for you? What was it? How or why was it ruined?
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>> No. 36466 [Edit]
The Norse. I was quite interested in them when I was younger but over the last probably 5 years or more they have gone through such a butchering in every portrayal of them in every media(well actually maybe not anime so much) that they have become a joke. Nowadays every Viking in every game or movie is covered in tattoos, has a weird half shaved hair cut and wears something that I don't even know that I can describe what it is meant to be. It's just dumb, people pic these small details and then blow them out of proportion to being something that it never was, the Norse didn't even have a word for Tattoo and no contemporary European source ever mentions them having them, the only source to mention the is an Arab travelor talking about one group of Rus during a funeral ceremony, and the word he uses may not even actually refer to Tattos, it could be paint. Yet now every Viking looks like they come from some heavy metal band.
>> No. 36670 [Edit]
Coffee. Ruined by gate-keeping hipsters.
>> No. 36671 [Edit]
I've been playing the god of war reboot recently and yeah I noticed that. They really do look like a bunch of skin heads.
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36456 No. 36456 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
What is your favorite dere?
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>> No. 36611 [Edit]
Yandere. What could be more romantic than someone willing to lovingly eviscerate you?
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Yanderes. A girl so devoted to the extent of violent obsession is not only romantic, but it helps me believe that the yandere herself isn't some whore who switches between guys at the same speed as her heartrate. The violent obsession is an exciting kind of romantic. I don't know of any character like this, but a yandere school shooter girl would be my favorite. A guilty pleasure of mine is the works of Aosore's JC-chan. That's how I feel yanderes should be at minimum, punishing infractions with violence. The appeal of a cute girl spilling someone else's blood is very strong, especially if it's deserved. One of my favorite things about yanderes is when their eyes glow in the dark. Few things, for me, communicate so effectively the danger and insanity they hold. Blood and dead bodies spilled everywhere like a pressurized ketchup bottle someone accidentally stepped on obviously communicates it well and probably more clearly than anything else a yandere could do but glowing eyes communicates it so cleanly, so effectively. If you see a girl's eyes glow in the dark, you know something is off about her. At that point she doesn't need the knife, the blood, the victims, or anything else, all you need is the eyes. Not to mention, the intimidation is very enticing.
I would like dere-deres but I don't think I would trust them very much and I can't think of many examples I've seen in anime.
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My problem with yanderes is that they generally aren't interested in genuine reciprocation. It's common for them to project things onto their subject of obsession and never listen to what they have to say. Being understood by and having a real conversation with someone cognitevely imparied like that doesn't seem like it would be easy. They're also likely to pointlessly put themselves in danger, which would logically lead to them getting hurt or killed. I guess manic behavior also doesn't appeal to me because it reminds me a lot of unreasonable, hysterical women.

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>> No. 36625 [Edit]
I think partners ignoring each other and projecting what they want to hear is a common problem with all relationships, yandere or not. I think depending on the type of yandere, some might obsess over every word you say and go above and beyond to grant your every wish. Unfortunately, that type of yandere seems to be uncommon and generally over shadowed by the more delusional violent and psychotic types.

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33825 No. 33825 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
What would you do if the world got fucked? A calamity which doesn't kill everyone, but severely disrupts the going ons of the world. I'm asking just in general and for a more specific scenario. If the yellow stone super volcano erupts, the entirety of North America would become completely uninhabitable and the released smoke would affect the entire planet in varying degrees of severity.

There would be very little warning, but probably enough to go somewhere if you're lucky. Your two main options would either be South America, where it would be warm but you'd have to deal with many locals and other refugees, or East Asia, where you could manage to stay alive, but it would be extremely cold. Or you could just die.

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>> No. 36598 [Edit]
>2020 in a nutshell.
That would be: much ado about nothing, annoying neurotics screeching 24/7.
>> No. 36600 [Edit]
I'm close enough to yellow stone that it going off might kill me or at the very least turn this area into a hellscape.
Because of covid panic buying which I'm not exactly proud of, I've still got months of food and water in an RV, a lot of miscellaneous tools & supplies, along with a good quality AR and crossbow. I've got solar panels and plenty of batteries but haven't wired them into place yet.
>> No. 36612 [Edit]
You know it's not going to happen right?
>> No. 36613 [Edit]
Probably not in our life time, no. I just like to think it's best to be prepaid for whatever might happen.

"It's better to have things you don't need, than to need things you don't have" - Some graboid hunter.

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33525 No. 33525 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
Let's talk about every terrible thing Netflix has done. Purely as a service, it's a mediocre, roundabout way of getting access to shows. There's some committee of people deciding what gets hosted and what doesn't, which is almost entirely decided by market demand rather than quality. Good movies get booted to make room for cape shit. You also have to wait a year longer to watch new seasons of shows that already aired, even if the season is being hosted in another country. The monthly rate for streaming has gone up over the years. Streaming as a paid service is also ridiculous because if you're paying money for data, you should have unlimited access to that data.

With that out-of-the-way, the more important issue is with Netflix's goal of controlling the anime industry, at least in the west(for the time being). Buying up streaming rights is one thing, but from a cultural standpoint, they want control too. They make live action adaptations and new dubs with changed translations to control the image of these shows. They get exclusive streaming rights to new shows while they're in production, which means they will definitely get some level of creative control, which inevitably means censorship and ideological injection. This kind of things actually is a slippery slope. People who cheer and get excited when they announce the next show they'll butcher are so naive I can't believe it. I'm dreading their Ghost in Shell reboot.

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>> No. 35556 [Edit]
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Money makes the work go round
>> No. 35583 [Edit]
Carole & Tuesday anime stuck in Netflix jail.
>> No. 35584 [Edit]
A fate that befits such a westernized series.
>> No. 36608 [Edit]
Ep9 agrees

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36543 No. 36543 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
Let's say that for whatever reason you can never use the internet ever again. Everything you have is still there, but you can't download or stream anything new. What do you do to pass the time and keep busy from now on?
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>> No. 36557 [Edit]
I would like to but HD's are expensive (last one was 200€) and I have tons of stuff to backup so it's complicated. I hope they turn cheaper some day since I have spent too much money in HD's in last decade.

It worries me more not being able to watch it all in my lifetime. While it's "only" a folder close to 400 series there's really long ones too, I can count 13775 episodes and I doubt I have watched a lot more than that in my entire life. I started collecting anime in VHS (later DVD) and I still have some I haven't watched after 20 years.
>> No. 36559 [Edit]
I built a large home-server just to store backlogs. Manga, anime, LNs, pulp, survival guides, occult library, books on history and philosophy, etc. etc. Terrabytes of the stuff, likely more than I can watch/read in one lifetime.
Aside from that, work more in the garden/forest and meditate more since 24/7 of passive entertainment gets old. I should probably back up more vidya too.
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I'd be fine for a long time. A few years ago I got into archiving as something of a hobby and that led to acquiring a ton of stuff because I found it fun. Getting all of it, organizing it, figuring out how to acquire it at scale. I still tinker with it from time to time but not nearly as much. Good for my wallet because I haven't had to buy any easyshuck's for a while.

The more annoying thing would be losing access to youtube and anidb. For all the shit I have downloaded I spend (waste) a lot more time on youtube. I have most of the channels I'm remotely interested in backed up but a lot of it doesn't have much rewatch potential and dates itself fast. Losing AniDB would be another pain in the ass because I have all of my media in plex and to get it to work you have to use their naming convention which isn't consistent. Sometimes I have to go to anidb just to figure out what name they used for some series because it isn't always consistent.

I have plenty of games, a fair amount of books. Music would get stale fast. What I have is all in flac and a lot of my audio is podcasts so it's actually not all that much. I'm kind of a pleb and stream most of my music off youtube because I just haven't been bothered to figure out a real way of automating it.

I'd like to say I'd go outside and be more productive but I'd probably just live the same existence. I went 6 months without the internet to see if it'd help me be more motivated but I mostly still just sat inside playing Minecraft.

I like the custom icons. That's always seemed like a fun project to me but a lot of effort.
>> No. 36567 [Edit]
>I like the custom icons.

Most of them are from a huge pack of icons you can easily find. But lots of obscure OVA's and weird stuff are made by me, when I had most folders with icons but some without them I felt the need to have them all the same, and with folder growth it became some sort of autistic fixation, there's shows without even logos of any kind and I still made icons for them. I learned to properly use GIMP only because of this weird obsession.

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