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Hide No. 37128 [Reply]
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Because the today thread is inappropriate for that
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No. 37578
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When did ostalgie stop being a thing?
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No. 37579
Where can I read about France's present-day military, political and economical activity in West Africa?
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No. 37580
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>>37579
Wish I could help but I'm not familiar with this topic and so do not know the books. I'm sure if you searched around online you'd start getting lots of links on more where to look especially if you're really not picky about it being in French or English instead of Russian.

Here within first few hits apparently is documentary
https://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/specialseries/2013/08/201387113131914906.html

I am thinking that you could actually probably get a lot more hits depending if use key terms like "neocolonialism" or something involving French-African geopolitics.
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/294760692_French_geopolitics_in_Africa_From_neocolonialism_to_identity
This is different article from the pdf
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>>37580
Thank you

Hide No. 37541 [Reply]
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Does Ernst celebrate holidays?
If so, how often and with whom?

I ask because I was thinking about Christmas celebrations the other day, and realized that I celebrate fewer holidays these days. Most holidays I just end up working, especially since my night shift makes the actual impact of a day of socializing, reflection, and rest less meaningful. I also used to celebrate some holidays with my Dad's side of the family, but due to lack of interaction I only celebrate with my Mom and Stepdad's extended family.

I've also noticed that due to work/time constraints by many members of the family, we rarely celebrate the holiday on the proper day, but instead move it to the weekend before or after. This was rarely the case in the past, but is now the norm.

Basically, I celebrate the following:
New Years - Alone/online, the last few years working on Gachimuchi collabs and the like
Easter - With Mom and sometime Stepdad's family
Mother's Day - Mom and Stepdad, and visiting Grandma in the nursing home (she has advanced Alzheimers, visit her regularly regardless)

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No. 37564
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I don't know about this work/holiday divide. If it's pancake day then I have pancakes, if I'm single on valentines then I treat the sexiest person I know (myself). I'm still observing a festival only in a more measured fashion. Pancake day is on the 25th if you're curious.

Using the threads criteria only Christmas and my birthday are really celebrated and it's been like that for over a decade. I still take time off to see family etc. that but I don't use the calendar. Maybe that says something about our increasingly fragmented society where we don't celebrate together which hurts how we relate in this slice of life anime called life.
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>>37559
>Why is thanksgiving a thing in the states?
Thanksgiving is our national Autumn Feast which Candians also enjoy, but on a different day. The main celebration involves families getting together and eating lots of food, but it's also a huge day for football(our version). Major NFL games are scheduled on the holiday. In addition to all that, the date comes at the end of November, and marks the traditional start of the Christmas shopping season.
It's basically America© condensed into a single day.
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No. 37575
No. I used to but now the answer is actually no. I spent Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year, and my birthday working and then all by myself.
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No. 41358 Kontra
New Year's Eve: Get drunk
May 1: LARP as a 20th century communist

The others I notice only from lack of crowds when I go to work

Hide No. 32868 [Reply]
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What are the best martial arts for self defence?
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No. 32925
>>32919
This.
I go boxing and only had a few sparing matches so far and those were super intense for me because I've never been in a fight since I was a kid.
Fighting regularly so adrenaline doesn't cloud your mind anymore seems to be the key. Because I still get all tensed up and jittery, even though I know the basics.
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No. 32930
In order to get good at fighting you must spar regularly, but this means you risk suffering lots of blows to the heda which is bad for your health and cognitive function. So it’s a bit of a dilemma.
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No. 32936
>>32930
Wear proper headpro.
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No. 37404
>>32868
Bumping an ancient thread. Anyway, wanted to throw my two cents in as well. Mostly was Brit-Ernst says though. Especially this: >>32916

Also, I'd like to add that you should consider your physique. Speaking of myself, I am a rather short guy and lightweight guy (1.70/70kg). Therefore boxing would come with the disadvantage of lack of range which I would have to compensate with either excellent punches or willingness to go really into my opponent. I went with Ju-Jutsu for years (modern, less martial "art" version of Jiu-Jitsu) where I chose the discipline of full-contact (less protection gear, basically everything allowed, pretty close to MMA).
My legs would allow me some additional range I wouldn't want to miss as a boxer. That being said, a good boxer could still easily knock me out with just one well-placed punch.
I also tried Kung-Fu for a while because I believe it gives you best control over your own body, especially the Southern-Chinese style with low center of gravity.
Also consider, most street fights would not go as in sparring. Almost no one you would ever encounter in a street fight would have decent fighting skills in terms of techniques. They might just go ape-shit on, perhaps intoxicated or simply less hesitant than you with little to no experience to combat outside sparring. Personally I believe the most important thing in combat is awareness to what's happening around you and self-confidence to know you are able to defend yourself and not afraid to experience pain.

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No. 37358
>>37356

I'm kind of no.
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No. 37362 Kontra
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Imagine putting effort into an online episodic magazine from a site that is majority pedoshit and trannydicks
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No. 37364 Kontra
We don't care mate. K*hl had nothing whatsoever to do with krautchan. It is a shithole filled with the absolute worst scum, pedophiles, shitposters from 4kanker, and Canadians. I don't give a damn what they have to say about anything.
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No. 37369
>>37356
I mean, power to them and from what I've seen posted, it seems like it's okay. It's just not really my cup of tea. Imageboard themed zines never held a great deal of appeal to me because they either just feel like fossilised threads in which case, I might as well just go to a board and post, or are dry and lacking the soul of a good zine.

>>37362
I have to agree. Sadly, some of the better writers there would be better served doing their own zines where they have total creative license and aren't bogged down by the baggage of the idiotic side of the site.

Hide No. 25420 Systemkontra [Reply]
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Let's discuss non-electronic gaming. Would prefer it not just bog down in chess and go with nothing else, but we'll see. I know we had at least one German here who played the Dark Eye.

Useful links:
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/

Decent place to pick up .pdf files legally. Also some print on demand. Surprisingly, it's also pretty easy to sift out the average to bad stuff that exists on it.

https://thetrove.net/

Great resource. Doesn't have everything, but has most relevant things with some notable exceptions, like GURPS 4e. Mostly exists because those that actually have the power to enforce C&Ds recognise the usefulness of having the first sample free, and the rest either don't care or are out of business or the files are out of date editions .

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So then, having finished up that last session in a way that ties up the story of Kurt and Hubert in a fairly satisfying manner, selling a cybernuke for a ticket out of the Block. Next time we will be doing something new.

This means two things. First up, if anybody else wants in on the game, 0600Z on Saturdays is our timeslot. You're welcome to join in. https://discord.gg/ZGmpJe9

Secondly is deciding what we want to do next. I could continue running Bodycount in one of two ways. The first would me more of the kinds of adventures we just had, and the second would be a different setting using the same system. I've been toying with the idea of Cyberpunk Soviet Moscow based on a discussion I had with Brick a little while ago.

If you're not really feeling the system that we're using, I'm happy to run another one, but I think we've got a feel for this one and jerking around systems too often can be annoying. I'm guilty of it in real life, but I'm trying to cut back a bit and run more connected games instead of one or two one-shots in a new system every time.
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No. 37222
>>37220
I'm fine continuing with the current system and Cyberpunk Soviet sounds
interesting enough to me.

btw, you two would have loved the exhibition of Moebius, sadly I was not able
to take pictures. Particularly the things you don't see often, like the
abstract pieces that were meant to capture the basic means of shape recognition
without giving the satisfaction of resolving into anything recognizable.
Moebius himself was delighted to find people at galleries try to deny that
these were authentic works by him because they did not match any expectations
peope had of him. I'm thinking about visiting the exhibition again, actually.
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No. 37223 Kontra
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>>37222
Forgot the images.
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No. 37242
Yeah, it depends on how we're feeling as to what setting we go for. I think that more can be done with Block 47 than what we have done, and we could theoretically even transplant it to other places within the Dark Stars setting, there are Free Martian Cities for example that are not under corporate/UN control, and there are other planets too with varying degrees of appropriateness for the system. When the Dark Stars shit comes through from kickstarter, I plan on running that system though, it's a more thorough d100 version of the same setting with higher lethality.

I might need a week to make things for the new setting if we go the soviet route though because I have more shifts than normal this week, so won't have time to knock it out before Saturday.

Ebin art too. Already giving me some ideas for weird golgotha rooms to pretzel my group's brains with :-DDD

Hide No. 35943 Systemkontra [Reply]
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Making steps day in and day out
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No. 37124
Since we're on that topic already, do you sometimes have a short exchange with someone (esp. a girl) and something feels slightly off about it, and you keep pondering about it then suddenly realise what it was? Well, that just happened to me.
The coworker girl I have a crush on passed me by today and asked whether I've seen the play that was performing, I said I didn't. She said something along the lines of "You should totally see it sometime, it's really good" And that's where I fucked up and just mumbled something about "Yeah, maybe..." instead of playfully asking whether she'd like to see it with me. It was such an easy set-up that would've allowed her to either agree to it or cop out without feeling weird, and I was just too slow-witted to grasp the opportunity.
Makes one think about all the opportunities that one doesn't even realize one missed, not sure whether to laugh or cry.

>>37109
Now you inspired me to revamp my profile. Before I used to get a few matches per week but for quite a while I had almost none despite not changing much about the profile so I stopped using it.

>>37111
>No point in berating an intellectually second-class thot for reading shit.

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No. 37126
>>37124
>Before I used to get a few matches per week but for quite a while I had almost none despite not changing much about the profile so I stopped using it.
May it be that you spam-swiped right? Cause Tinder supposedly shadowbans you for doing so.
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>>37109
It's something that I've been curious about for a while. I don't really want to use it in a legit way, but I've wondered what the fuck was up with it. Maybe one day I'll install off a burner or something and give it a whirl for laffs.
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No. 37168
>>37103
Your mom will love you know matter how much you fuck up.
Start living, then when your body can't deal with the abuse, start living clean.
Give everything for a girl and then lose it all.
She'll still be there loving you.

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Is it me or the world is going to the shitter maybe slowly but without any brakes at all?

It feels like US got overextended and after the crisis started retreating, the retreat isnt stopping any time soon and the territories that are being left starting falling into chaos. Shit is happening in the borders of Europe for like a decade now but it feels like its ready to spill over Europe...

Maybe i am too sleepy. Had a somewhat tiring day too.

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Dear Ernst. It has come to my attention that I am completely lacking material goods in my life to satisfy my empty heart.
Have you, in recent times, grown excited for any piece of technology (phone, ereader,etc) or car or anything costing money that has piqued your pea brained attention span?
I can't think of anything besides wanting a modern smartphone without android or ios, running with a physical keyboard and such a thing simply will never exist in today's vapid consumer market.
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No. 36483
>>36474
>Gemini PDA
Not sure what I would do with it, but I still think that's a pretty cool device. It can boot into multiple operating systems:

Linux on Gemini - First Look
https://vimeo.com/239095559
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>>36483
i didn't mean exactly this device in fact (as psion-like means a lot wider range of things, psions are just very compact computers)

for meself id rather get something like this or similar thing

https://liliputing.com/2019/06/one-mix-3-yoga-8-4-inch-mini-laptop-review.html
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No. 36648
>>36484
These devices cost a lot.
Every time I get to know about new ones, I can't afford them. Every time it becomes affordable for me, it's out of stock :DDDD
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No. 36651
>>36648
Kind of.
I also searching for more or less portable or compact device for mom. Android crap out of option, she more tihnk about something with windows, for some games also. And I kind of confusing. I don't want laptop, monoblocks not transportable enough and often have overpriced shitty specs, I want to look on this windows tablets with keyboards or something like that, but really don't know what to pick.

Hide No. 28349 [Reply]
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I've just released the indie game that I've been working on for the last months in early access mode on Steam. Please consider playing it and let me know about feedback for the final release (planned in spring).

The game is about a college student who gradually alienates from the social scene and ends up becoming consumed by his thoughts. His behavior becomes more and more erratic and in the end there is a climax.

https://store.steampowered.com/app/1054450/The_Raintime/
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Funny, I always had such a plot in mind for a short story or novel. Guess it's the screen hermit hivemind in act here.
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No. 28394
not sure why you didn't put this in the vidya thread but I guess it deserves its own. Downloaded it.

>>28350
I can't stand and hate the fact to no end that "visual novel" has become nothing but a byword for weeb shit and more hentai anime trash. That shovelware was clogging my goddamn screen so much it was the one and only thing that actually forced me to figure out a way to filter my recommendeds and such. To this day -anime is my one omitted tag, in addition to -nudity, because for some fucking reason a lot of anime trash still was getting around that filter. Since blocking -nudity from my results too I have been unharrassed by such spam.

God anime is such garbage. I simply cannot believe how much of it is polluting steam.

I am particularly annoyed by this just because "visual novel" basically describes a broad array of games that I actually like. For instance Planescape Torment and Tides of Numenera can both much more easily be called a visual novel than anything else--and no, I don't mean "comic book" bullshit either I mean a game that is actually much more like an interactive book than anything else. The main problem is if it's a good book, which in many cases it is not. P:T and T:ToN are both technically crpgs but really they're so far gone to that direction that I would basically describe them as visual novels, thus, I am constantly fucking angry whenever I see shit thrown around like "VN" because weeb garbage has basically tainted the tag to being nothing but hentai waifu shit.

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>>28357
Same. You write who you know, I guess?
Feels like the "increasingly detached outsider protag" is a response to contemporary culture and norms, so it's something the creative types can hang on to. Plus I don't doubt that a good chunk of imageboard users can be described as students/recent graduates with deteriorating/nonexistent social lives who end up consumed by their own anxieties/delusions.
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No. 36480
i never had a steam account

all the good games are outside of steam

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I think we could use a thread for community events besides Radio Ernstiwan, but in the same spirit.

On that subject, tomorrow at 12pm noon Pacific Time (9pm in Central Europe), I will set up a room in cytube so that we can view documentaries and have serious discussions about them. All suggestions for quality documentaries on Youtube and Vimeo are appreciated, but if possible I encourage you to find a documentary relating to your home country, region, or city. For now we're stuck with hosted videos, but once we figure out a scheme for streaming from hard drive, we'll move over to that.

Ideally, this will be a weekly thing. If Saturdays at 12:00 Pacific/21:00 Central Europe don't work for you, tell us what time does work, so that we can schedule a better time next week.

Currently on Saturday's playlist:
A quaint piece of 1960s Americana, in the form of a charmingly optimistic documentary about my hometown in particular, and the problem of urban sprawl in general. Might be followed up by Fresno: The City Addicted to Crystal Meth.

If the list runs out, I know a few channels with a lot of really good content that we'll never exhaust.
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No. 35312
>>35310
Oh hell did I miss the Fresno documentary? I just finished eating after work
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No. 35314 Kontra
>>35312
Yes I most certainly did.
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So, cytu.be lets you stream videos stored in Google Drive, although you have to install Greasemonkey and a user script...

Feels a little sketchy, but if you guys are alright with it, this would let us watch whatever we want. Would be great for serious movie/documentary nights.

picrelated is a capture of people on cytu.be streaming a Harry Potter movie from Google Drive, so I know this is possible.
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No. 36448 Kontra
>>35314
>>35312
Sorry man, but there was nobody else in the room so I just gave up after half an hour. With such a small userbase on this site, it's pointless to do this without multiple people indicating that they'll be there, before the event starts.