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Last one was good, but it just doesn't bump anymore like it used to. Time for the sequel

Share your literary misadventures & accomplishments ITT
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If I remember correctly, Three Kingdoms was written in literary Chinese with very minimal parts if any using vernacular. Literary Chinese stayed remarkably consistent over the ages and served as the main cohesive force of the empire. Kinda like what Latin was for Europe during the middle ages. It's only that it took longer for the Chinese to "get rid of it", because you can't expect millions of peasants to learn Latin. (That doesn't mean they shouldn't.)
The same goes for Journey to the West I think, while the other two Great Novels, Water Margin and Dream of the Red Chamber use a lot more vernacular because of their themes (with one following outlaws and the other two aristocratic families' intricacies.)

>much respect to the dude for translating it whole, I imagine it was a tremendous amount of work
It's very heart warming to see that these megalomaniac and monumental works actually borne fruit.
I remember reading the foreword to an edition of the Aeneid and I was happy for the dude that he could publish his translation after 10 years of work.

>I just read that they published the first volume in Hungarian translated from the original Chinese

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I almost exclusively read digital books, but they often have cover images from physical ones. The one I read had picrelated. The only available (as far as I know) Russian translation was published several time with different editors, not sure for which edition this cover is.
No. 40417
>I almost exclusively read digital books
Maybe I just need to get an ereader but I can't deal with this. I need a nice hardcover book to hold in my hands. It's just a problem because I unfortunately tend to move around a lot and so I've got my books scattered all over like in storage or with parents or whatever and they're heavy af. In fact now that I think of it they're the heaviest shit I own other than my only somewhat recently acquired fish tank collection and had been up til then about the biggest pain in the ass to move with.

Man, I need to start reading. I never should've paid for internet. I should just unplug my router and take the battery out of my phone. I never even finished reading something short like God and the State by Bakunin.
No. 40418
>Maybe I just need to get an ereader but I can't deal with this. I need a nice hardcover book to hold in my hands.
To each his own. I have a sizeable library of paper books at home, but they are almost entirely books from Soviet times collected by my parents and grandparents. Those books one wouldn't be embarassed to hold in his hands: nice hardcovers with good designs (I noticed a modern trend in the West (and now probably here, too) to turn book covers into ads for live-action films and series based on those books; I sincerely wish a slow and painful death from cancer to all publishers who do that), often good illustrations and no printing errors. Those books were pretty expensive, costing around 3 rubles when blue-collar worker's wage was around 80 rubles and an engineer got maybe 120 or so, but you could acquire those books by recycling paper waste: for a certain amount of recycled paper you got a special ticket which you could then exchange for books. I used to read those books a lot when I was a kid, especially adventure and SF ones. Now I find ebooks more convenient, so bookshelves with those books are more like a room decoration.

>Man, I need to start reading. I never should've paid for internet.
Sounds like an excuse. You either read or don't, the Internet doesn't have to do much with it. In fact, Internet helps me to read more: I can download older books from Project Gutenberg and newer ones from flibusta and lib.rus.ec. If I wanted to get paper books, I would still have to buy them from online stores, because I'm not sure if there are still book stores in my town (we used to have two pretty big ones, now they're probably either gone or shrinked considerably), and even if they are, it's unlikely that they have books I want in their assortment.

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New thread for news.

How about that coronavirus, huh? And the Democratic primaries? We can die of the plague just in time to not get universal healthcare!

fuck Ronald Reagan
No. 40391
Biden had some minor metoo-type controversies but they're being played down nowadays, I imagine because he's the nominee now.
Trump's approval ratings have increased slightly but a lot of people don't feel confident in the federal response, and he has moments of almost Bolsonaro-tier denial. People have more trust in the state goverments right now.
No. 40392 Kontra
Not even remotely likely. They're both pedos being blackmailed by the CIA/Mossad intelligence complex and both of whom are either fully in the service of billionaires or billionaires themselves. I abandoned my politics career precisely because I already knew 15 years ago that no one was ever changing this system from the inside and, being neither a billionaire nor relative and friend of billionaires, and moreover actively antagonistic towards them, I'd never be allowed to even reach the level of senator. Anyone who actually thought Trump would bring change is a fool and anyone who thought Bernie of all people would be allowed by the DNC and oligarchic complex to take the nomination is an even bigger fool. My only hope is that this can be used to pivot the DNC into destroying itself and that Trump takes down the GOP with him. Polite kontra because US politics is a known carcinogen to the state of California.
No. 40393 Kontra
The guy OP chose to frame this very thread literally had Alzheimer's his second term in office yet somehow Republicans made him and his criminal administration to be the heroes of the party. I've never understood why because he backed things like gun bans and immigration and fucked the white working class harder than any president generally. The current US figurehead is also senile. This will not be the first time a literaly senile old man is there, however it's well known by anyone other than bydlo that these men are mere figureheads and that the true power has always rested in the oligarchs and their intelligence service enforcers since the days of Kennedy if not most likely far longer, and probably going back to the days of Woodrow Wilson.
No. 40416
China and the Chinese generally has drastically lowered itself on my shitlist
I'm not necessarily super judgmental but I pretty directly judge people on how they treat dogs and small children. So far as I'm concerned that tells me everything I need to know about a person, a community, and a people. So, that's some good news at least? China has now ostensibly banned using dogs as specifically bred livestock, although we'll see how enforcement goes.

I guess that this is the one nice thing about face, which is the exact opposite of Russians in that the Chinese actually seem to give a shit about public perception and I think that the Politburo has been acutely aware of the incredibly deep shame dog butchery has brought upon their country globally. I do find it interesting that they pretty much just decided to roll that into their overall ban on eating wildlife and the utterly notorious Chinese dietary habits, which I think have quite palpably damaged China in a way nothing else has since the start of the Cold War.

The other funny thing that should be pointed out however is that despite the notorious Chinese peasant mentality (and spitting everywhere publically for which they are also notorious and likely helped spread the disease) is a good amount of all this weird shit is really from their upwardly mobile segments. From what I can tell the average Chinese just eats a lot of pork, whereas it's all the rich iPhone wielding twats who're doing shit like eating bats and Pangolins.

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Old sadly passed away, RIP
No. 40407
Is it just me or has the posting speed of ernstchan.xyz ballooned? I remember when there would only be 1-2 posts per day.
I actually liked the slow posting speed as I would only have to check once per day to get my imageboard fix.
I hope it doesn't become as fast as .com did.
No. 40408
The board has seemed a bit faster, but I don't mind since we still have the same comfortable EC feel. I don't think we'll become as fast as .com anytime soon, since that was fueled by KC going down.
No. 40409
A good moan is an essential part of the human experience in my opinion. I've noticed this where I have the capacity to just go off and do what interests me but I still get mad about having to work and procrastinate. It's trite to say but Camus is wrong, one must imagine Sisyphus cursing about that boulder the whole time.

The conundrum of >>40386 is relatable to everyone I think. The internet eats time like nobodies business but there's a million other ways to waste time. Hence why so many people are having trouble working from home at the moment.

There's this thing called coronavirus that is keeping everyone inside. It's like we've all been put under house arrest only most of us must also work from home and the streets have been taken over by joggers.
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Read this book. The author's basic argument is that the way humans think has been shaped by technologies we've invented like alphabets, the map, the clock, and the book. The book encouraged a kind of deep, contemplative, and imaginative thinking that had an immensely positive effect on human society (especially after the printing press was invented), but it is now being supplanted by computers and the internet, which encourage a kind of scatter-brained, unfocused mode of thinking by their very design.

You had the same problem before with TV, radio, videogames, etc but to nowhere near the same extent because none of them could display text the same way computers can, so none of them could replace books.

Since reading it a week ago I think I must've spent a sum total of 20 minutes on chans, down from probably 8+ hours a day of endless F5'ing in one window while watching something else in another.

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Post your artwork, discuss, give critique in this thread.

Useful books and resources (mega dump):

Personal recommendations
Anatomy and construction:
Michael Hampton - Figure Drawing - Design and Invention
Richard Schmidt - Alla Prima; Everything I Know About Painting
Joseph D'Amelio - Perspective Drawing Handbook

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No. 40332
Digital art seems way harder to me than physical media for some reason. Can't explain it.
No. 40406
Looking back at your earlier paintings-the ones without lines-you're clearly getting better at this.

>Try use different ones, that who show actual construction and place of hair on head construction.
I'll start practicing more random hairstyles, too, using photo references. Since this is a detail which takes so much trial and error for me to get right, any improvement here will significantly speed up my drawing time-especially when trying to design female characters. I can just give a males a simple brush cut, but with girls, the hair is a huge part of their personality.

>Digital art seems way harder to me than physical media for some reason.
I'm much more comfortable using real pencils for linework, but for coloring I guess I don't really have enough experience with paints and such to compare. I rarely used physical coloring tools prior to starting digital work.
No. 40413 Kontra
Since nobody took dibs on the new OP image, I'm now in the preliminary stage of producing one. Stand by. saging because not sure if sage contributes to systemkontra, probably does.

I still can't really get used to digital art after all this time. The biggest problem is my inability to make accurate ellipses and curves. Too big to draw with the wrist (not like it's even advisable to draw with the wrist), too small to draw with the shoulder. The smallest circle I can make on it with the shoulder takes up almost the whole screen, which means I can't see the rest of the drawing if zoomed in. I have developed a hacky habit of simply blocking shapes in, and then carving out the negative space to avoid having to draw precise lines. But since I'm trying to get better at drawing, it's been pretty challenging. A single drawing easily takes me several hours of trial and error. Another interesting thing is that the trick of hovering the pencil and making "ghost marks" to practice a stroke doesn't really work with a tablet (at least non screen tablets).

Also it's an old model, so the pen and pressure control aren't great either. I almost use it as a binary button a lot of the times and control opacity/size manually or through laying strokes on top of each other. I also miss the material properties and textures of oil paints, but I can't afford them.

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No. 40415
>But I enjoy the process of putting down marks with my hand, doing image manipulation stuff puts me in a different brain space, where I feel like I'm "crafting an image" rather than "expressing myself", if that makes sense.

That sounds like your process puts you in the zone (as Betty Edwards puts it) and the switching of context towards digital helper tools might make you snap out of it and thus reduce your productivity. Here productivity can well be a result of motivation and fun.

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Corona Thread #2

Everything related to the virus and it's impacts on whatever goes in here.
No. 40396
>but in the case of SARS-CoV-2, it just doesn't fly.


>That's a shortcut. You just took it.

I don't know what your exactly want to tell me with your shortcut that is understood as simple action of whatever. You can make shortcuts in your mind of what seems to be more complex paths of emergence of X in reality.

>Consider seeking the help of a professional.

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No. 40399 Kontra
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You should'nt implicate that everyone ITT is Ernst.
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Because Hubei is densely populated and has been for hundreds of years.
>I don't know what your exactly want to tell me You use cheap whataboutism.
No. 40404
>Because Hubei is densely populated and has been for hundreds of years.

And the wild animals sold on the wet market come from the streets or where have they been caught? Do you know where they have been hunt down that you can say it's a densely populated area or an area which has been formed by man for many years/decades etc.?

>I don't know what your exactly want to tell me You use cheap whataboutism.

I guess you wanted to accuse me of Whataboutsim

1) I did not understand what you even wanted to say, you either clarify it or not.
2) I gave an explanation of what I meant with shortcut in case you are saying something that is not actually related to what I said and thus I don't understand what you said, since you make jumps nobody can trace.

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Also S-P-A-C-E since the last thread is on systemkontra

It's old news but apparently there's a planet thought to be made out of graphite and diamonds. I am old enough now that both the frontiers of the internet and this small blue world feel small to me, like the length of our yard and driveway once did, and my hunger only grows

I wonder what it would be like, if ever, for us to see the inconceivable gulf between stars as merely the same thing as a months long voyage between continents
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>In July of 1974, the USSR fired the first and only cannon to be shot into space. Haunted by fears of U.S. spacecraft inspecting or attacking Soviet spaceships and satellites, the R-23M Kartech 23-millimeter cannon had been secretly installed on the Salyut-3 as part of Project Almaz

The Space Cannon That Was Actually Fired In Orbit

There were no cosmonauts aboard the station during the test fire, which took place shortly before the Salyut-3 deorbited in 1975. To counter the expected recoil, the ground crew-which administered the test- had to ignite the station's jet thrusters at the same time they fired the gun. If you were wondering what became of those fired shells, they apparently burned up in the atmosphere. Of course if they had chosen to aim out into space, they would probably still be out there somewhere :D.

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I've been following the news on Comet Atlas. There were hopes that it would grow bright enough to be visible with binoculars-or possibly even with the naked eye-but it now appears to be disintegrating. We'll have to wait and see what it does from here.


A brief video with nice info and pics:

New comet visible in spring 2020!!! - Atlas C/2019 (Y4)

Source of the third image:
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an experiment on thinking aloud:

representation of...



not only "half"

ok I have it
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It amuses me greatly that there is not only an alignment of planets but a comet right now.

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Billions was good.
But right now I am watching The Americans. Awesome. One of the best series I have ever seen.
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Nother one:

No. 40380
Kaller? Is that a sequel to Kontrol?
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No. 40383
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Köcsög :D

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Let's get an Assburger thread going.
Post your Assburgers
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Spede-fish :D
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aha ha ha ha bravo nice one. I "optimized" it

Thank you for the edit ^^
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You're welcome. The pic you posted was brilliant, and I just had to have some fun with it. Thanks for optimizing.

First image is one of my favorites.
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thanks for your kind words

I'll post some old stuff

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Why didn't we have this one yet?
Well, post what you're cooking/eating, discuss food and its culture in general and we may talk about diets as well if you want to.

I'm not a big cook myself but once in a blue moon I like to do it if the process is not too hard or needs too much time. I think the last time I actually cooked something was a south-western inspired casserole, it was extremely fatty because of the massive amount of molten cheese and I felt bad after eating it.
Today I found some older frozen asian vegetables in my freezer and cooked them together with some frozen sugar bean pods and some curry powder, I never thought cooked vegetables without any meat or carbs could taste so well.
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Yesterday I made white wine risotto with breaded camembert.
It's pretty epic and is served quick (~30 min).

Just make sure to use lots and lots of parmesan for the risotto.
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Thank Allah we have turkish here making 10% yoghurt available nearly everywhere. Indeed, the difference in flavor is astronomically.

I once ate Risotto prepared by two italian girls, one having a Nonna spirit in that regard. Delicous dish. I failed every time I tried it myself, which was not often.
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You can not fail to make a risotto.

Italians may correct me:

200g risotto-rice (Arborio)
White wine
500ml Vegtable broth
1 piece of parmesan
1 small onion
1 black pepper
A bit of whatever vegetables you like or none

Fry the onions in butter. Add a small glass of white wine. Drink most of the remaining white wine. Stew the rice in that. Cover it with the broth and stirr it while it reduces. Add parmesan (like 100g ground) when it has reduced. Cover with broth again, rince and repeat until the 500ml are empty. Add more parmesan if you want to, add more wine if you want to. Use pepper and saffron mixed with a little warm water for seasoning.
No. 40367
I think mine wasn't soft when it should have been. So the inside was still hard when I put it on the plate. Maybe I was not patient enough.

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'cause old systemcontra'd
No. 40302
Well it's not just that. This isn't the first time he's used gondola which iirc hasn't reached or been popularized on 4kanker. That and his general tastes seem oddly old KC tier. Random Russian games, old weird ones, and lots and lots of 40K? That's not normal but on tier it is

How do you know?
No. 40335
Going to do a traditional mercenary run. I can't decide if I want to go Vlandian or Imperial though. Empire has the kind of army I want to do, spears and boards for days on decently survivable infantry, but those Vlandian aesthetics really draw me in for the ratty mercenary look, and pike spam is love (plus the Vlandian racial bonus is busted as hell if you ask me).

Man, there are too many juicy builds in this game and it's not even finished yet. Feels good but also bad man.
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Ended up going Vlandian. Since Bannerlord has significantly improved command tools, I've decided to go for a leader kind of character, who is much more concerned with commanding his men than fighting in the shieldwall himself. It's actually super fun so far. A very unique game experience, where you pick terrain as much for observation as you do its tactical utility. I've been fighting a bit around this one village that spawns you in these fields with high embankments that essentially let you put crossbowmen behind earthworks while the enemy charges out of town at you.
No. 40357
How pathetic. I don't like how Valve whole it's existance ignored Gearbox addons, didn't liked them, don't cout as some sort of "canon" and just trolling fans of them with bullshit like that. Ironicly exept some minor parts, Opposing Force probably best game in series.