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What things, big or small, have you bought that have had a tangible and positive impact on your day to day life?

Me settis:

ereader - encouraged me to read more and payed for itself three times over in pirated books, also with a stand I can eat and read at the same time which is a very novel and comfy experience
headtorch - makes pretty much any kind of detail work with my hands easier
beaded seat cover - eliminated both the smell and the feeling of swamp ass from sitting in the same chair for too long
erasable pen - I remember these being a shitty gimmick 20 years ago but they've perfected the technology and it feels like you're writing in the future. A dogsend if you're into taking notes but you also have OCD tendencies.
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No. 44195
>>44177
Just set the seller location to [your country only]. Problems weren't.
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No. 44215
I just realized I haven't bought anything like that. Everything like that that has a positive impact on my daily life has been gifts, like my kitchen knife sharpener. Although I gave something similar as a present to someone else so you could say I bought it. Sharp knifes are a must when cooking.

>>44183
It is the desire for cheap stuff and the feeling that you have cheated the system if you buy something that has a reduced price for a limited time that drives it. Quality has a cost in either money or time spent finding it.
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No. 44222
>>44215
>>44183
No no you clearly don't understand, that is absolutely fucking expensive too and it's preying on people who don't know any better what things should cost, which shouldn't even matter because you're basically justifying a thief and a con artist by saying "well that person who got scammed deserved it for being greedy." That isn't the fucking point but it's totally irrelevant anyway because even $3 is a bit steep for a pack of coleus seeds for example, and $6 is absurdly expensive even if they're some kind of boutique heirloom what the fuck ever. A packet of those kind of seeds in the store costs you like $1.20 or $1.99 or whatever. In a lot of cases the seeds aren't even germinating so whatever pensioner who just got ripped off and wants to do their own flowerbed is going to think they did something wrong and maybe order them again or ask her grandson she likes telling everyone about having a green thumb to help her with it.

Or maybe they did realize they got scammed, likely not even for weeks after waiting for the seeds to germinate if they planted them soon after.

Really it's the kinds of bullshit which is why I try to avoid the fucking Chinese like bubonic plague or SARS 2 they gave all us because they're the worst cheats and thieves on the planet and theyre like cockroaches on the internet. I just had them rip me off too and the sole reason I am even not out just a bit under a hundred dollars is because I went through a third party company who I thought I was ordering from them instead, it was was they who ultimately got me the refund in spite of the fact I checked my bank statement and yeah, they actually didn't even give me all my money back. So if they just keep scamming hundreds of people they always win because even if it's just like five or ten dollars they keep each time and even if they got forced to refund every time that adds up and they had to do nothing to get that money. This is an instance of them not even bothering to ship it.

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No. 44223 Kontra
>>44195
No. I want them kicked off it entirely and I want to harm them financially and bring bad luck upon their house and three generations of their offspring.

And don't think I'm giving these companies who tolerate their presence on their sites a pass either I'm just shocked that even Newegg is willing to put up with it. None of them should be allowed to keep doing business and for the lot of good that'll do because I know they'll reappear the next day under a different name. I cannot remember even once having a pleasant transaction with the Chinese and American corporations should have their balls roasted over coals for it too because they don't care either so far as shartmart and Amazon go but they're actively working to sabotage actually decent American businesses at the same time.

It is so bad that I usually try to go out of my way to buy American not because of some misguided sense of patriotism or whatever but because the actual quality of the goods is almost universally trash and scams. Things like having lead in toothpaste and baby formula or toxic drywall is not some sort of aberration, but rather is business as usual with the Chinese. It's not like dealing with actually decent people like the Vietnamese or Koreans or Thai or Japanese or whoever. It's a distinct mindset of Han businessmen.

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Rate my EVROPIVMS.

-The protestant war lasted 11 years and had a total of 4.6 million military casualties, I dismantled the Holy Roman Empire during the war.
-I focused most of my development in Konigsberg and Danzig, Berlin is just some irrelevant provincial shithole.
-Moscow collapsed in the most horrible way possible, a big chunk of their former regions have been converted to islam, orthodoxy seems doomed.
-I released an AI kiev a while back from lithuania and gave them a 6/6/6 ruler, they seem to be doing well in pushing back the tatars.
-Protestant Toulouse,
-Burgundy alive and well in the Netherlands
-The UK owned Normandy, Northern Brittany and Gascony for a hell of a long time, only recently did France manage to push them out.
-The Danish-Swedish union alive and well, they might unite into Scandinavia soon.
-The turks ended up bordering me, so I pushed them back and released Nitra and Transylvania.
-Albania somehow managed to join the (now dismantled) HRE, and have thus survived the turks. Austria revoked their guarantee so they're about to get boned.
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No. 44202
>>44171
MEIOU&Taxes relies too much on government (player) intervention and allows you to accumulate ungodly amount of wealth in any region of the world, with millions of urban pops in each tiny province. You can make the Netherlands get 2mln urban pops in each tiny province it owns and make it produce more goods than all the other countries in the world combined. Very far from realism and economy spirals out of control by mid game
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No. 44204
>>44202
Though it's still better than vanila where you can use mana and make the Netherlands more developed in absolute numbers than the entire China, which is ridicolous. In MEIOU pops actually allow poor but big countries like China, India or Russia to be great powers til the end of game. China is basically guaranteed to be number one great power thanks to its massive population without player's manipulation
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No. 44211
>>44202
I tried to mod this for myself by reducing the urban gravity modifiers. Didn't end up working, the spaghetti code is too difficult to navigate given the amount of time I was willing to devote to it.

The urban pop figures aren't actually that bad in M&T, they're only off by about a factor of 2 in the worst case scenarios. Then again, I don't play in money-flushed regions, so maybe you can make it absolutely ridiculously OP. But IRL the Netherlands had about 50% of its population in cities at some point, so heavy urbanization of small countries like that should be possible.
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No. 44214
>>44202
It's not really viable unless you start in a very fertile region and completely devastate the rest of the subcontinent. Of course, it's not a real simulation, but you've got to admire what the did using EU4 as the base, and, as I have already mentioned, they're working on an overhaul of the population and building systems which should make it more realistic.

Hide No. 37402 [Reply]
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We're back since the old one is on systemkontra now.

This thread is for discussing tabletop gaming, though experience shows that it's mostly been tabletop RPG discussion in various forms ranging from play experience, rules discussion and design talk. We currently have a game group ongoing, based out of a discord server here: https://discord.gg/ZGmpJe9 feel free to drop in. We actually play on most Saturdays at 0600 Zulu.

What are you lot up to in this field lately?
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No. 44128
Tomorrow is Tuesday. Assuming that people are still good for the postponed session?
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No. 44130
>>44128
I'm game.
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>>44128
Yeah, I'll likely make it.
The trip to alakol is going to be delayed and possibly not happen at all. The weather's been real funky the last week, cold and rainy, and looking at the forecast, the whole of july is going to be like that, with only short periods of semi-sunny weather.
It's both good and bad. I prefer colder weather, fuck heat and humidity. On the other hand, we might miss out on the trip.

Like it says in the book, we are blessed and cursed.
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Generated the first system that we were talking about using. Sorry again for lack of content today.

Vuur - Red Giant
42AU Sytem Radius
Very ancient system. Plentiful resources, most already claimed. +50% to prospecting. 90% chance that anything found is claimed.
3 Planets

Helder:
Orbital Distance: Close to Sun
Size: Jupiter-sized
Composition: Liquid Hydrogen core, strong magnetic field.
Moons: None
Planet Type: Captured Gas Giant
Atmosphere: Superheated Hydrogen
Tectonics: None

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Hello, frens! It's time for another issue of the fable Kohlzine. This one, like we all expected, has a very distinct apocalyptic and viral flavour.
We have uncovered another sura from the depths of a Mossad secret base on Kiev, Bernds wonder how would affect this epidemic to various strata of out society, typical shitposts and confessions and a review of a (let's hope not) prophetic game in these end-times times.

For any doubts or if you want to see the previous issues go to https://kohlzine.neocities.org/
You can also fine information on the last page of this edition.
We hope you have fun with it.

You may enjoy it, Ernsts. Maybe even contribute one day? We aim at having contributors from all over the KC diaspora.
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No. 44165
>>44140
It sounds like a perfectly normal thing for the nu-KC community. Why would I assume this is a joke coming from a board where CP is normalized as a gatekeeping measure?

>>44147
>What I mean is that it's pointless to ban an user because a "forbidden" topic (such as twitter threads) if the general population will keep bringing it up and discussing it anyways.
Eventually, the people who are interested in those topics will fuck off. Proper board hygiene requires aggressively pruning the turbobydlo.

And as I think the German is implying, people who would otherwise not be prone to certain attitudes or styles of shitposting can be infected by the turbobydlo if they aren't pruned. This is exactly how KC went from being something like oldschool 4chan with countryballs to being /pol/ with countryballs.
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No. 44174 Kontra
>>44135
>If you have shitty users, no amount of moderation will make your board good
QFT

Yes and that is precisely why k*hl is and always will be a steaming pile of hot garbage and frankly the sort of criminality that actually deserves to be a snitch: pedos and terrorists. I don't believe in snitchery and generally find the concept of sending someone to jail in a shithole country like Russia, America, or Brazilsorry but this plague is pretty eye opening, those are the top three pozzed countries still and all three have world renowned shitty gulags to be morally offensive and just flat out retarded that I mostly wouldnt wish on anybody including thieves, but those two deserve to be shipped off to jail and possibly beaten to death there. Considering the large presence of both groups, and the ongoing tolerance of them by the mods and rest of community based on what we've been told here, it is no wonder that it is shit.

K*hl is everybody who finally got kicked off of 8krebs along with everybody who got permabanned from KC while being generally too defective even for vierkanal. Among them are our old "friends" who finally caught a perma on KC like pedo Italy and pedo Brazil I think? I do remember seeing that Italian scumbag during the couple of weeks I lurked that shithole and I am genuinely saddened that they are not in jail right now.

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No. 44176
>>44150
>When you say leave content moderation to the user you don't have a vaguely democratic thing in mind where people decide on the content but something like the user has to cut out the annoying and sickening ads he does not like but is forced to perceive at least for a second or two for every ad he does not like. A board of monads who receive cp or not, they can only decide after being exposed to it.

Good point.
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No. 44184 Kontra
>>44135
This not heavely moderated. It's only "heavy" to keep shit out of there.

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Do any Ernsts enjoy birding here? Recently I've been getting into it. About two weeks ago I bought a cheap bird feeder at tractor supply and hung it in my backyard. At first nothing bothered with the feeder, but slowly a number of birds began to take notice. Now I have chipping sparrows, house sparrows, house finches, northern cardinals, and gray catbirds visiting the feeder. I also leave a bowl of water on the ground for american robins and european starlings, which I change every morning. Unfortunately, I do not have a decent camera so I cannot provide images of my backyard visitors. Here are some photos I found using google images.
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No. 44151
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I spent yesterday afternoon at a park where I discovered the local white ibises had become accustomed to receiving food handouts. They weren't aggressive like gulls, but more like pigeons who circled, jockeying for position amongst themselves. Their behavior was quite a departure from the flocks I'm used to, which spend their day near us as they scour the grass for insects, but who won't tolerate a human presence closer than a few paces before flying off. . These guys will come right up to you. It reminds me of Australia's ibises, which adapted to the urban environment and became beloved bin-divers :D. Anyway, I did toss the birds a few crackers. There were no posted signs advising against that, and I just couldn't say no to those faces.

>>43854
What I found most impressive was that they learned by observing how other birds solved things. Seems like that takes more intelligence than simple trial and error.
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No. 44152 Kontra
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>>44151
After the crackers had been devoured a number of the ibises retreated to the water. Their sudden presence seemed to agitate a family of moorhens. Moorhens can be loud, and these ones were, but settled down after a few minutes. The female and three chicks remained in the nest(built in a tangle of reeds), while the male spent his time gathering food and running it up to them. You can't see much in that third pic, but trust me, the chicks are in there if you look closely. I saw a much larger juvenile moorhen earlier in the day. He(?) was still accompanied by his parents, but was old enough to wander off on his own. Again, there isn't much detail in this pic either, but the scenery turned out decent enough :D.
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No. 44170
>>44151
>What I found most impressive was that they learned by observing how other birds solved things. Seems like that takes more intelligence than simple trial and error.
That's actually one of the biggest hallmarks of intelligence and probably the fundamental keystone for culture.

Birds are kind of weird. They seem to run from being the stupidest of animals on the planet to among the smartest. There's numerous things which birds have been found to do that otherwise are generally considered the sole territory of the great apes.
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No. 44172
>>44151
They are actually bin chickens, not bin divers, and it's a love hate relationship. Some people like their antics, some people still think they're filthy vermin.

Hide No. 40605 [Reply]
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Seeing the current thread, I'll try again.
All you need to do is send me any drawings or articles.
1.Can be on anything you want.
2.Soft submission deadline is July 1. Hard submission deadline will be two weeks after. Three months. We'll have quarterly issues. Keep sending even after deadline, will go in next issue.
3.Send to ec_zine@protonmail.com along with a suggestion for zine name.
That's all.
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No. 44134
>>40605
Twitterzine again?
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No. 44146
>>44132
>I hope I'm not the only one, who planned on sending in.
You're not. I finished the project I mentioned here >>42693 and sent it to OP.
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>>44146
Allright.
Since I had extensive notes, I have written about 2300 words so far and I will write the last 1/4 or 1/5 within the next days.
I still wonder about the design issues and all, will that be discussed once we know texts are available?
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No. 44149
>>44132
I've always wanted to write.

I'll send a small story.

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Hello Ernstchan. Where is the serious discussion about computer's hardware?
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No. 44106
>>44099
If you're sitting on the floor than forget all about chairs, you're off much better without one. Are you sitting or lying infront of the screen then?
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No. 44113
>>44075
To be clear, I didn't say get a shitty chair. I said getting a good chair at a decent price is rather easy -especially now- because of ex office equipment. If you want to buy new IKEA Markus is very comfortable still, I've seen the offices of people with easily 8 figure net worths with Markus.

That said, I switched to a standing desk myself during lockdown, after getting used to it for a week now I don't need a chair at all now and I can unironically recommend that too.
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No. 44120
>>44113
I see, I misinterpreted your post in part then.

I can not recommend the IKEA office chairs, they tend to break slightly but continue to function in a way where you can sit on them even though you shouldn't. Mostly due to the pneumatics starting to bend to one side and you end up sitting ever so slightly tilted left or right. There are lot's of good chairs with a tiny bit higher production quality that cost the same, especially if getting them second-hand. Still, one should at least spend a days worth of research on what's important before buying just any chair.
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No. 44121 Kontra
>>44120
Also: Yes to standing desks. It's cheaper and usually more healthy.

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Post any/all interesting articles, breaking stories or whatever stupid opinion piece that cements your preconceived notions of the world.
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No. 44116
Oh fug, Ennio Morricone died. I wonder if they will bury him in a nameless grave next to Arch Stanton?
https://www.ansa.it/sito/notizie/cultura/2020/07/06/addio-a-ennio-morricone_13319023-9654-4ba1-a7f2-c3f53dbd7f60.html
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No. 44117
>>43992
There's a big difference between /pol/ being hosted on a secondary shithole chan, and /pol/ being hosted on one of the most popular sites on the internet. Not only does it serve as a breeding ground for degenerates who are already on imageboards, it directs any prospective newcomers straight to the breeding ground before they can even see what the normal culture of the site is like.

If you google 4chan, you will see a link to /pol/ just below the link to the main site (or at least you could, for a long time). It's the only board that showed up like that on Google.

Just imagine how bad things would be if 4chan allowed its /pol/ to be as bad as 8chan's. There would probably be twice as many incel white nationalist shootings over the last few years, simply because more of the type of people susceptible to it would be shunted towards the really hardcore nihilism. Human behavior in aggregate can be strongly affected by structures and systems like that.
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No. 44119
>>44116
Oh man. I'm trying to figure out now which of his soundtracks fits the feels of his death the best and it's not an easy choice.

Possibly Days of Heaven?
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No. 44141 Kontra
>>44117
You already made your point earlier in that other post (or, if you're someone else, didn't add much), but then you added this cherry on top
>incel white nationalist shootings

Talk about selective outrage. I also object to you calling 99chan a "secondary shithole chan". That site had users capable of maintaining good discourse in its prime.

Hide No. 42356 [Reply]
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Hello cousins
Kohlchan is down.
Let's make a KC general here.
Go go go
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No. 42370 Kontra
>>42366
Don't shit up the place or be a pedo and try to think before you post.
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No. 42372
>>42370
Test
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No. 42380
>>42366
Yeah, it's pretty chill and nice here. Just don't actively shitpost and you're fine.
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No. 44108
Kaysee down again

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I dont know where to put this and I guess history thread is on systemkontra
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJ56MYa9W8M
Video is about Russia getting smaller. But my question is, do you think Russia's collapse in early 90s would not have happened if they didn't lose a massive amount of their population? Do you think it was ultimately generational population shocks that killed USSR?
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No. 43563
>>42245
I did get Magnetic Mountain but haven't gotten around to it yet, largely because I'd read another book about Magnitogorsk - John Scott back then decided to stop being a useless piece of shit leftie journalist in America, learned how to be a welder, and went there to work. His memoirs are most fascinating, especially because he can contrast what sticks out from his amerifat experience.

I'd actually written a summary of it in Northpole but I don't think I've saved it anywhere else. Though I do remember Scott whining about how they started suspecting him for being a foreigner and how it's terrible prejudice, followed by him openly saying he kept reporting everything he saw to the American Embassy
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>>43559
They sound really fun, the book I'm reading now quotes extensively from them, with warnings about Khrushchev bullshitting in some parts.
At some point it specifically talks about the same silence from Nikita about the holodomor as you mentioned and a few other cases in which Nikita lessens his own role in purges or claims he didn't know about things that he did.
>For example, I once was reading a 1902 year (!!!) Russian book on livehood of Russian peasants in the Russian Empire and there was a story with a peasant who propagated communist idea in his village. This story could appear of little relevance to the writer
At the time he probably just saw it as a neo-narodnik type thing that will just fade into the past.

>>43563
Magnetic Mountain does reference his writings too, makes it seem like a very interesting life experience as it appears to be someone who did have some utopian hope would be conjured from the bowels of a steel processing plant. John Scott seems like a guy who had a pretty wild life story.
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No. 44049
>>43566
John Scott seems to have peaked at Magnitogorsk and then the rest of is life until 70's was spent as a mediocre Amerifat. I also thought "what's next in this dude's adventure" but there was nothing but a life seemingly wasted.

And on that note, my book ran out of battery on a flight the other day (this is a good reason to stick with the dead tree format) and I sorted through my saved podcasts to see that there was one with Kotkin as guest. Turns out he was a typical cold war tier anti-communist "muh american revolution" ideologue. Thought he was deeper than that from the book back cover.
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>>44049
I googled him and found that he worked in the OSS became a journalist and then vice president of RFE. An interesting life, presumably far more than the life I am destined to live in the coming decades If they do come

Kotkin began showing up in more second-rate podcasts, I don't really care much for what he says even though I ostensibly agree with him. His lectures on Russian history, especially the Stalin ones are great.
https://youtu.be/rcE3jaMuuy8
I especially like his accent :DD