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Does anyone know how to get published writing maybe short stories? Or how to get paid for writing in general?
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Because you would not make much doing it. Although, Patreon might get you something.
No. 16026
I think the thing actually is, most people who read books want an actual physical copy, and a very nicely bound book is more comfortable for most of us to handle. I absolutely hate kindle and pdfs for that very reason, in which case had I the money I would just buy book collections.

So your only actual reason to go to a publisher to begin with is to have an extremely nicely bound book and have the advertising. I would not ever go to a publisher who would treat me like this and only produce some trashy looking paperback.

A famous example of this attitude would be grimoires, which I think is one case where the very exact shallowness of the people who claim to criticize shallowness comes into play. These people want bullshit like "real human skin" or at least give them animal skin with runes and sigils burned into it with a soldering or wood burning iron, all hand made and signed editions. Then you can charge them out the ass. But for regular normal people it is exclusively to hold a nice book and be able to turn the pages, and then to have it actually look nice on a bookshelf.

But content wise yeah, I think that if you're an aspiring fiction writer even just having something written for free online like the equivalent of a garage band playing in bars would be fine. And if you're going to pay $20,000 to some ripoff artist just spend it on advertising. Unless the publisher is actively making large cardboard displays for your novel in book stores there is no reason to go to them or pay the greedy fuckers.

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No. 16031
It is, especially with the less artistic literature, but you need to 1) build a following online, e.g. on social media, because else nobody will read your stuff and 2) have the technicals skills (or know/hire someone who does) to do the editing, layout, design etc. for your book.
These are not exactly trivial tasks, and I'd assume many people wouldn't be able to accomplish them by themselves.
No. 16050
Btw I just stumbled upon https://unbound.com/

It's sort of a kickstarter for authors. I did some highly advanced calculations and it looks like the goal to publish a book is around ~7k€ though I haven't looked into the details.
I'm mildly surprised what kind of books seem to actually meet their goal and get published there, looks like lots of mediocre (ethno)autobiographies, video game books, cheap thrillers etc.

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i can remember that someone mentioned a while ago that he wanted to play a party go over a nice cup of tea. can't exactly remember who it was.

there is a threda over at /b/ where people are playing chess and i thought it would be OK, if we do that over here with go.

If people are not interested, they could simply use the hide thread function :)

what board size do you wanna play?

Playing against me might turn out to not be a challenge, thou. Just to give a fair warning.
No. 15806
That was a bit unexpected.
My response L-10.
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Sorry, I mistyped.
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happy new year.
didn't find the time the last days to reply. hope it doesn't matter too much.

if you don't wanna play on l10, i do.
No. 16018
No problem. Let's continue.
I find this quite fun, and doesn't take up too much of my time.
K-9 is my play for today.

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Do you want to discuss and formulate the basic points and their extrapolations of Terry Davis' Theology?
No. 15437
Dumb amerisapseg dont derail
No. 15444
It's not a derail. The question was asked about this retarded idea of killing everyone from a country not in the news once every couple of weeks. The origin of this is pure American stupidity and media worship. Fact is Terry himself never had remotely a consistent ideology, because you know he was a schizophrenic. Most of the sensible things he seemed to think had more to do with being Catholic or being a computer programmer.
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>you'd be a good philosopher or mathematician (if you aren't one).
Heh, I'd like to imagine that I'd do well as a philosopher in ancient greece or something, but that's more because ancient philosophy is about the level at which my expertise ends. The modern philosophical frontier in the subject of the mind as related to neuroscience and the mind body problem are beyond my level of intelligence. Hell, I'm struggling to figure out dialectics, even.

Besides, I feel that in order to be a philosopher / mathematician, one has to have an academic career in the field, which is impossible for me because >academia on the kazakhstan. So I'll have to be content with writing down my ramblings into a personal diary.

Also, interesting thought I had regarding language that I had while writing yesterday's posts. I am becoming acutely aware of the fact that I am limited by my language. The English language played a trick on me that I noticed while formulating my argument regarding the nature of art: there is a difference in meaning between "What is art" and "What art is", that can slip under one's awareness.

The question "What is art" and the statement "This is art" concerns itself with listing a set of objects that are art. It is a linguistic definition, a way by which we define words. So, when we ask "What is a sun" or "what is a rock", we simply point to the sun or the rock, and establish an understanding of the intended meaning.

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Bump interesting discussion.

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Recent events:
-Brazil gets pro-right president Jair Messias Bolsonaro and current political and economical future is currently foggy. There a lot mixed opinions about him, some protests exist. Some people call him as local version of Trump, however in many ways his rithoric much more argessive and he is much more "right" person in geeral. Most of news you can find is from western sources thought, I dont know Portuguese sadly.

-In Russia situation with Chechen-Ingushetia border still strange. Most of protests ended when republican court said that decidion of Ingushetia goverment to shift border was illegal, but Ingushetia goverment said that kinda it was not, and leader of republic who so want to give land to Kadyrov said that will counter this decidion in federal court, even thought by law federal court has no rights to counter this kind of decidions of republic court.

-In India Builded biggest statue in world, 182 meters high of Vallabhbhai Patel, one of creators of India constitution and builders of modern Indian state

-In vatican was found fragments of bones which was suspected to be bones of girl kindnapped back in early 80s, most probably by Italian mafia. Vatikan already said that will give any assistance to police in this investigation.
No. 15950
>If you're the so called "neo-reactionary" poster then yeah, we all knew what you were trying to do you cunt which is why I said nothing.

No, I'm not that poster. There are several burgers who use this website.

Why do you all assume I agree with Watson? Even if it were shown to be the case tomorrow that these population differences have partially genetic causes, Watson's pronouncements would still have been premature in view of the evidence that is currently available. Furthermore, no hypothetical empiric finding could excuse some of the callous and hurtful things that Watson has said about specific groups, and his failure to judge people as individuals.
No. 15952
We've found by way of GWAS new evidence that supports twin and adoption study estimates for the proportion of variation in some behavioral phenotypes within a population that is explained by genetics. However, this doesn't necessarily have anything to do with the cause of between population differences in means, whatever that may be. I think Watson is just stating his hunch here--which, as I said, is irresponsible and premature.
No. 15970
I mean... sources? I'd be highly interested in reading something easy on both perspectives related to (primarily) psychology and sociology because I am educated on the genetic perspective (which data looks grim so far) If not available I am also very happy with some NCBI links and stuff like that. Thanks.

>If you're the so called "neo-reactionary" poster then yeah
I think he did not state anything beyond a report on Watsons opinion so far. We are mature enough to discuss such things on Ernstchan, I guess. If not here then nowhere else on the internet.
No. 15973
>I am educated on the genetic perspective (which data looks grim so far)

Could you cite some of the sources that gave you this impression? To my knowledge there have been few, if any, studies investigating whether racial IQ gaps can be explained by known genetic variants. The closest thing that comes to mind would be some admixture studies looking at proxies for intelligence by Kirkegaard and colleagues.

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is you shitbosting my Bernd ?
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Bernd will travel to Brezil and buy some Land ; later on , Bernd will help the new Bresident to establish a Berndreich in ze dschungl
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what is the textboard address that was in a pinned thread a couple of months ago?
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How did I waste my best years (the past 14-15 years) on something I never enjoyed (imageboards)

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Dear diary,
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I'm more worried about my pets honestly. I'm bracing for that misery of having to put them in the freezer after losing them. Idk wtf happened

Also I stopped puking. And why would I call 911? I dont have $600 and I'm not dealing with more debt and collection agency cocksuckers.
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that feel when no qt yakut gf in 2019

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Well her eyes are now fixed and dilated. Still surprisingly warm, but she's definitely gone. I think the worst part is hearing their constant wheezing and suffering for hours and hours and hours over a couple days.

At least you can still dream about leaving Latvia, and imagining that all your problems can be fixed by simply changing countries. I have often thought the same, maybe Santa Monica or Ireland. But I already know the truth is awful. You do not stop living because of this. You simply squat on the ground in the cold like I do and smoke bitterly.
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now is your time.

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I want to improve my piss-poor calligraphy. I know it takes time, so I'm in no hurry. Any textbook recommendations?
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Bumping for interest. I've been doing duolingo's Chinese program for a few days now. If you have any general advice about learning Chinese feel free to share.
No. 15794
Japanese have Nintendo games for this. Maybe communists do too?

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How are you supposed getting euphoria and fun on New Year celebration if you've got no alcohol?
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Alternatively, you could get drunk to the point that you are unable to talk anymore. Assburgers are usually bad with nonverbal communication, and so, due to gestures being the only mean to get your points across, your capabilities of weirding out your relatives will be severely limited.
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Can't celebrate Christmas on real day, can't celebrate NYE on correct day.
Ohh Russia, we love you.

I might not even drink on NYE, I only get one day to recover and have spent >15 years intoxicated, maybe I just have 4 beers in a bar in stead of going to the moon.
No. 15746
Don't know about Russia, here you could just buy it in a store or order it on Amazon.
No. 15754
I have actually ordered chloroform from Amazon before. I've actually still got that huge bottle of it in storage too somewhere afaik. Yes I was completely amazed at well anybody simply allowing me to buy something like a liter of it with no checks whatsoever and to then ship it through the mail (which I had thought was also illegal, or at least everything from toxins to bullets to butane lighters to radioactive and car batteries etc aren't supposed to be shipped but everyone does it anyway?). Which if I ever locate it I may have to at least air out if not dispose of because apparently the shit can release phosgene as it decomposes.

To be fair, I had actually gotten it for use as a solvent and largely just ended up using it when acetone or ethanol or whatever couldn't strip something like glue off. Or to try and use in making tinctures and extracts since I heard you can with butane didn't want to use that or alcohol until realizing I didn't trust myself with trying to extract herbal remedies with it.

I have no idea if you can still buy all these sorts of things on there though.

But as for the gas, I have discovered that apparently some North Americans get high from air horns in this way. As in, they blow the air horn in their face and huff it

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Ernst, do you know how to make compliments?
Let's try and make a complement to Ernst's post above you.
Just imagine someone you love/admire.
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Oh wait fuck forgot sorry, autism. Funny thing is I thought I was laying the sarcasm on way too thick and obvious.

Anyway I like and admire your sense of brutal realism. Also there is something C&A about the way Russians try to speak English.
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Damn, I should've been less particular in my previous post. All I wanted to say is that skill in killing people isn't exactly considered commendable universally. Still, it prompted you to write an interesting post, so I don't really regret it.
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Oh, my bad. I haven't been on chans for too long and missed out on what EC has become, and if people here are capable of something more than KC 2018 shitposts..
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Your sincerity should certainly be complimented.

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Is there even such a field as Theoretical Xenology? I would propose creating this possibly prone to pseudo academic field with the sub-fields of:
▪theoretical xeno biology
▪theoretical xeno linguistics
▪theoretical xeno materials sciences
and so on and so forth. Do note this is not all as regards intelligent life, as I am ultimately actually much more interested in divergent evolutionary pathways and biology than our own. It only just occurred to me how in any possible human/alien interaction it is probable that a misunderstanding is going to lead to immediate violence in the off chance fear and greed doesn't. For example, when encountering intelligent life for the first time (or any life really) I think that a much more universal thing to do is to slowly and calmly squat down and sit in the lotus position with palms raised. This is or should be considered as the universal grating of "we come in peace" since any hand gesture is much more likely to be interpreted as threatening. This especially includes the "I've got my hands up I'm unarmed!" approach because you will look like this. Of course it is also highly dependent on things like their own articulation since Slav squatting could look like a predatory pounce.

I could only find this sadly

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Intelligent alien life is probably going to be disappointingly similar to us. Considering the vast amount of evolutionary niches to exist since the development of complex multicellular organisms, and the fact that only humans have developed scientifically advanced cultures, the human model is probably the most likely one for productively intelligent life to follow.

>Since language will be impossible with other life forms at least for a time
Assuming we aren't trying to kill each other, it probably won't be substantively harder to communicate with them that it would be with an uncontacted human culture. Our primary methods of communication (speech or sign language) will likely be utterly incompatible at least as far as production is concerned, but worst case scenario we can learn each others' written languages and use those for communication.
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Gesture-wise what about putting your palms together about chest high while pointing elbows to the sides a bit. I think it would be obvious that the form can be aggressive in any way. It should be clear that one’s hands are unable to do anything at that state. The open hand method is good as well. Also sitting on the ground with your butt and putting your legs straight forward should be very non-aggressive. If you have 5 seconds to take a look at the human physique you’ll immediately recognize it as a passive stance. Would of course look quite dumb but maybe function is the only thing we should be considering.

For communicating we probably should start with similar ideas as the golden record features. On a spaceship to spaceship level that might be a bit difficult though.
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You mean like the prayer kind of stance? Maybe, except we do know Pistol shrimp and Praying Mantises use it when hunting. Also open palm may not always work but is primarily to show you have no tools in your hand and thus no weapon. It is also an appearance of being smaller and more passive and gentle. This could backfire of course if mistaken as a showing of weakness to be taken advantage of.

I have noticed that this stance in general appears to make most wildlife less edgy. If you immediately sit when you see a wild animal but do so calmly and slowly they are less likely to give a shit about your presence.