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Santa is here with gifts for all the nice Ernsts out there.

Santa is going to dump some steam keys in this thread for the next few days, i hope you're ready.
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Got Beat Hazard 2, a Music Player combined with a Shooter Game.
Thanks Santa
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Have fun!
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Nice, casual strategy games are what I like. Thank you, Santa! Happy New Year!!

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I saw my life branching out before me like the green fig tree in the story. From the tip of every branch, like a fat purple fig, a wonderful future beckoned and winked. One fig was a husband and a happy home and children, and another fig was a famous poet and another fig was a brilliant professor, and another fig was Ee Gee, the amazing editor, and another fig was Europe and Africa and South America, and another fig was Constantin and Socrates and Attila and a pack of other lovers with queer names and offbeat professions, and another fig was an Olympic lady crew champion, and beyond and above these figs were many more figs I couldn't quite make out. I saw myself sitting in the crotch of this fig tree, starving to death, just because I couldn't make up my mind which of the figs I would choose. I wanted each and every one of them, but choosing one meant losing all the rest, and, as I sat there, unable to decide, the figs began to wrinkle and go black, and, one by one, they plopped to the ground at my feet.

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Today's adventure.

When I dropped the cover in place I didn't properly line up the white paint with the white stripe on the road. Darn it...
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My mother is lying in her bed all day, watching TV, just like she did yesterday. Why is she doing it, I asked? Apparently, she drank too much vodka yesterday and her heart hurts now. I yelled at her for being a drunkard, and I yelled at my worthless weak stepfather for not keeping the woman in rein. She is a retarded child in the body of adult who would abuse drugs if she could. Some people are incapable of living without authority in their lives. This situation is depressing.
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How old are you
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I feel a splitting headache coming on and I still need to cut shit up to make a place for the tree. That is all. Fuck it's alresdy getting dark out.

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Since a few of us here are seriously interested in religion, let us have a discussion for all things related to faith, theology, spirituality, metaphysics, et cetera. Virtually everything within the purview of faith is welcome in this thread. Absolutely no restrictions on any particular belief system. Cults are as welcome as major religion so long as they have serious, substantial beliefs. Agnostics, atheists, secularists and the non-religious are welcome, but keep your inquiries and arguments in good faith.
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>Actually come to think of it to what purpose or objective were you hoping to come to an understanding?

Quite simply I have no meaning in my life, everything feels out of place for me, it hurts and I am attempting to put religion in my life to see if I can better cope with it. I notice I naturally gravitate towards it, especially in dire situations. But I didn't want to gravitate towards it, atleast back then and indeed, this was never ever the case before I took LSD (or not that I was aware of). Before I was rather apatheist/agnostic and I didn't care for religion or finding G-d. In fact I didn't really know what I wanted back then, still don't. And I feel like there is something empty- this feeling cannot be filled by the basic normal needs.

Maybe I desire the Absolute for self-realization? I don't know, man.
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I think I repeated this line of reasoning before to you.
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I have a really unreasoned hate towards Islam. I try everyday to temper my thoughts cause I know it’s probably autistic. But one must think I can’t do much more. I know that read the Qu’ran would’nt really convince me about the ideology but maybe should I read it.
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You'll start hating it even more :-DDD
t. read the Qur'an

Well, maybe not hate, but a strange mix of despising it for being such a retarded book, and and despair that billions of people believe in it.

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I'm 26. During the periods I feel lonely, overwhelmed by difficulties, faced by hard choices etc, I go online and waste hours, days, weeks in a trance/artificial coma. Mindless scrolling, refreshing, muscle-memory typing URLs. This is only stopped by external stimuli, and when there is none, it doesn't stop.

There were years when I (over)used the internet to study interesting things. News, technological breakthroughs, physics, politics, literature, you name it. I actually became very knowledgeable in some topics. But eventually my interest subsided, and nothing useful was yielded from my time online.

I spend literally years of my life on the internet. Thousand upon thousands of hours wasted completely on forums, communities and imageboards, on repeating, stupid, vile discussions. My ability for critical thought is no longer there. My inner monologue, my ability to think consciously and maintain my focus is crippled. My language skills in my first language declined so much that for some periods I was not able to remember the right words for many concepts in my own fucking language.

Right now I should have been talking to a friend. I should have gone out for a drink with someone. Maybe I should have visited a shrink for an expensive chat. Or I should be sleeping in anticipation of going to work tomorrow. But here I am, typing away my thoughts once again, on an anonymous imageboard. Publishing the details of some of my lowest lows for the world to see. Hoping something will change this time. It's just sad how someone at my age was developed such a deep addiction to something so stupid. Had I spend all those thousands of hours speaking to "real" people, like over Facebook or IRL, I would have had at least something to show for. Meaningful discussions. Continuity. Accountability. Maybe a handful of friends, a girlfriend, or maybe just even just the normal human experience of socializing. It would have been better over what I've been doing so far.

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>or mindless browsing specifically you can try addons
Technological solutions to technological problems are useless. Believe me I've tried. I've blocked websites from my router, and edited my hosts file to stop using the internet wastefully. As soon as I feel a strong urge or need, I stop blocking the websites I wish to use.
In the first industrial revolution, heights and general health of British youth decreased as industry and technological progress spread. It was not for a while when agitation for living standards increased that people finally became able to take advantage of the fruits of the industrial revolution.
I think something similar is occurring with the digital revolution, but in the sense of mental instead of physical health. Technology progresses ceaselessly, and its technicians are not able to comprehend the full consequences. The engineers working in Bell Labs, IBM, etc. could have never predicted the true outcome of their inventions and developments (good and bad).
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Ach Ernst...
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Yeah, now I'm also starting to see you still complaining online at 40...
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Longish reply here. Some of the things you wrote feel familiar from my past, so I can relate a little even if circumstances are different. I don't know you or psychology, so my ideas may be all wrong:

>such a deep addiction to something so stupid
It's nothing to feel ashamed about. Internet is naturally addictive, especially interactive feedback loops like Facecancer and imageboards, and especially for people who have no superior stimuli in their lives.

Perhaps it's a consolation to you that you may have wasted your prime years, and any topical knowledge you've accrued may never be useful, but you know there are way worse addictions, like substance abuse or gambling. I'm just saying this so you can hopefully feel a little better by comparing your situation to those people who've had it even worse, and appreciate that your addiction is less destructive on body and wallet.

More importantly, wow you're still young! Don't think: "How can someone so young already be such a failure?" I think your young age is an asset and greatly improves your chances of somehow managing to pull yourself out of your situation. Perhaps not soon, perhaps not on your next try, perhaps slowly, just keep trying.

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I'm not the only poster here who saw a UFO, right?
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How far out west was ya? Bad spirits abound in the abo badlands, so i hear.
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I saw one in 1988. It rose from behind a mountain top and there was an immense brown dust cloud.
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That was your mom

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Hi where are the serious discussion?
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I truly do miss the pure love sometimes, even if I often rue the fact I wasted my twenties on a fake community among strangers rather than just living life.
but then I just remember I literally left a bar on night out with coworkers to shitpost on KC instead because it was boring and too loud there and no serious discussions were happeningsrsly I did that in 2015 last time I drank with anyone iirc

I'm terribly sorry sir but while DS9 was indeed great TNG was is and always will be an absolute classic of 90s television right up there with XFiles. The borg are and remain one of the best factions. Interestingly the Borg in a sense succeeded at being the Federation than even the Federation. Why should you fear it or hang on to your petty cultural artifacts? We can incorporate those too to the great interstellar creatura. I mean, did you even strike fear into the hearts of the Q continuum? I guess shitting in trees and building spaceships is cool and all, but have you ever been part of a real collective? Just take your best shot. I'm pretty much perfect. We have 0% Nygean crime rate and made them all into productive members of society. You still have space gulags. Pic related it's me and my borg bitch.
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I laffed, and in all honesty I have watched DS9 and Enterprise in their full in the last 2 years but it's probably been 15 years since I rewatched TNG. I tried reently but the 1st season filtered me.
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How funny, I just recently made an EC version of that pic. Also adding some other of my recent low effort shoops.
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>pure love
>Sometimes you want to go where everyone knows your name.

I like boards with friendly people posting on it.

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We had a thread on old EC and there were a handful of people trying to lose weight this summer.

Have you made any more progress? Anyone starting to try who wasn't back then?

What are your methods and routines? What is your diet like?

I really wish that German vegetarian poster from KC that yelled at people for avoiding carbs was here. That was always really fun.

Personally, I think my goal of 19 bmi was a bad idea. I don't think there's much health benefit of being that compared to 21 or 22. I weigh what I did at 13 years old now. I'm really happy about that but while it looks good for my stomach it looks worse in other places. I'm probably going to stop here.

I'm most interested in the Finn who had a goal he wanted to reach by July.
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That's nice. It's been years since there has been enough snow falling in my altidude to call it a true winter. Now every time I see some snow outside, it makes me sad knowing it will stay tree days and melt. I envy so much my friends who live in the mountains next to me. It amazes me to think they live in a complete different climate than me 20km from my town.
+I didn't know there were trees in brickland.
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Why are fat women so repulsive? Anyone else here always notice that 90% of women with upper arm fat are more than likely to end up obese or just fat in general?
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10/10 Snow level.
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This is how I feel.

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Hey ernst!
What are some cool websites?

https://news.ycombinator.com/news - Cool news, technology related mostly
http://spaceweather.com/ - Mostly news about the sun. Hot tips on solar spots and incoming flares, information on solar cycle etc.
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This is nice. Thank you!
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Heidegger's collected works
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An AI which searches for images and shares them on social media.

She still has a human overseer(yes, the creator views it as a she):

>Initially Archillect was always trying to go towards NSFW content, internet memes, or cats. This led me to change the algorithms to depend more on people and their social relations in Tumblr rather than specific keywords.

>When I’ve pulled content, it’s generally been for one of two reasons:
>It could be in gray area ethically in terms of timing, such as an explosion image shared near the time of the Paris or Ankara explosions
>It’s NSFW. I pull these for the safety of the account. Twitter is very strict about limiting accounts that share pornographic or ultra-violent pictures.

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What operas do you like?
Favorite composers and/or librettists?
Favorite singers?
Do you ever visit the opera?

Personally I'm just starting to reach out into this territory, having been hooked mostly by the music of Wagner and his librettos but also by the german Lied. Never been to the opera myself yet but I'm currently looking for a worthwhile (classical, not post-modern deconstructionist filth) staging I can visit this year and meanwhile satisfying myself with recordings and reading librettos.
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The only opera that really resonates with me is Fidelio, and then just one or two arias. Musically, I like Mozart's operas, and a few pieces I'vd heard from 18th century French opera.

Wagner is to me the stereotype of opera in the worst way possible. Underwhelming Romantic-era music and lofty overblown national-cultural myths. IMO the 19th century was in many ways the cultural and intellectual lowpoint of the European elite, and the only post-napoleonic opera I really like and admire is Carmen. My nigga Nietzsche have similar tastes in this respect.
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As I don't want to post it in the Today thread, maybe we can talk ITT about theatre as well? In any case, I'm gonna hijack this for my impressions of the "Ice Trilogy" play I've seen on Saturday. Spoiler because it's a rambling wall of text.

It was really ambitious, just the sort of post-modern maximalism I enjoy. On stage the actors were followed and filmed with a handheld camera and the feed projected onto a half-translucent screen covering the stage, there was another LCD screen with additional pre-recorded clips playing from time to time, and an artist with a tablet whose drawings were projected onto the stage, also really banging sound effects and a pretty catchy live sung theme song.
Of course not all of that at the same time, it was split into 6 episodes with different settings & themes, quite a rollercoaster ride covering just about anything from violent murders, mad soliloquys, pure slapstick & plenty of fourth wall breaks, somber philosophical voiceover recitals, bizarre infomercial-stlye interludes and so on until it all dissolved into light. Also quite impressive how it were only 7 or so actors each of whom probably played about a dozen different roles througout.

Just to sum up the plot briefly, it's about a sect of chosen people with blonde hair and blue eyes, who are awakened by being hit on their chest with a hammer made from Tunguskan meteorite ice. Whoever dies in the process is not part of the chosen 23.000, but merely a "flesh machine". As soon as all 23.000 are awakened, all the brothers and sisters will turn back into their original form of light and the world will end. The story then follows a few recurring and many side characters throughout the 20th century, mainly in Soviet Russia and Nazi Germany.

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Just went to see Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District by Shostakovich, probably the best opera I've seen so far mb it helped that I was a bit drunk.
The music was really exciting, almost more pompous than Wagner at times, also the acoustics in this theatre were really good, just the right amount of loudness. The story is quite base and the adaptation was basically pornographic at times, almost made me wish I had some opera glasses to play the voyeur tbh but that didn't subtract from the overall experience too much. The costumes and set were nothing to write home about for the most part, but I feel like that's just how it is with these seasonal perforamances. Singing was great tho, especially the bass of the father merchant character, also I love how the overtitles are always end up sounding so awkward, makes for some good laughs at times.
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My local opera is putting on The Magic Flute next year. Not sure if go.