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Dear Ernst,
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A modern city to me and others has a certain infrastructure (transportation, sanitation, electricity, medical etc.), certain styles of government (planning e.g.) and maybe even functional geography (certain districts e.g.) and is a place of capitalization, an economic place. On top you get the "modern experience" i.e certain "rhythms" (fast paced etc), anonymity, "alienation".
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No. 57392 Kontra
Didn't sleep much, had coffee and now I have anxiety and a depressive episode.
Really, when I don't have gotten enough sleep, I shouldn't drink coffee anymore, it's programmed to end like that.
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>but still is underdeveloped
Way to miss the point entirely, i.e. depending what metrics used especially how qualitative and specious the resulted ratings you can try to make a complete corrupt shithole look good because it has a few different oligarchs and their lackeys changing position. You can have terrible infrastructure and still get called "first world" then.

That is also part of the point.

Like here for example we see how such a qualitative argument can readily be made pointing out to Flint or many other places outside Michigan water, failing bridges, lack of high speed internet and overground telephone poles, people in Texas freezing to death from their independent power grid failing, brownouts, random exploding gas lines etc. as proofs that America is "an underdeveloped third world shithole" even when clearly the maker of that map intended us to be considered height of development. Until we see the data actually used we have no way of knowing and is precisely why hard data always should trump retarded qualitative arguments about being "first world" or not. China being filled with abject retards and superstitious bydlo does not change those facts that in last couple of decades it's largely become a developed country, and no rural areas being impoverished backward shitholes does not count my country and many others on that list is filled with the same.

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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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So far you guys just delivered rather neboulous claims about wordy humanities (long texts = bad uga), without presenting anything besides a student paper and a high school situation. Both of which can be very far from humanities work that gets actually published. I've at least read such interpretations and also made myself acquainted with how these interpretations are done, or what some theories of interpretation propose this is all about.
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I like the irony of your whole post. Were you aware of that when you wrote your post?
But please, show me one of those interpretations you are talking about, I am always willing to learn new things.
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Why should I give you an interpretation of a text you probably don't know anything about?

O'Neill, Patrick: Endgame Variations. Narrative and Noise in Thomas Bernhard's Das Kalkwerk. In: Friedrich Gaede (Hrsg.): Hinter dem schwarzen Vorhang. Die Katastrophe und die epische Tradition - Festschrift für Anthony W. Riley. 1. Auflage. Tübingen/Basel: Francke Verlag 1994, S. 231-242.
briefly said the narration itself turns to noise just as the study Konrad is conducting does

Lindenmayr, Heinrich: Totalität und Beschränkung. Eine Untersuchung zu Thomas Bernhards Roman "Das Kalkwerk". 1. Auflage. Königstein/Ts.: Verlagsgruppe Athenäum [u.a.] 1982 (=Hochschulschriften - Literaturwissenschaft 50)
briefly said it is an iterpretation that carves out philosophical problems that are dealt with in the novel

And please provide a scholarly interpretation that you deem full of unnecessities first to at least have an example that is representative for all of humanity's scholarly work in literary interpretation, because only those full with uncesseary sentences are deem great interpretations and are waved through.
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If you're so smart Ernst, what happens after we die?
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Yeah physicists are a special case because they quickly reach a realm where you must speculate and "philosophy" (in the common layman's meaning). Quantum physics is such a thing, or the string theory or what was before the big bang when time and space weren't separate and such stuff. If you go in that direction it becomes really esoteric really fast, and as you say "shut up and calculate" is a good summary, because what happens beyond those calculations can be left to the philosophers.
I am looking forward to your reply.
No. 56804 Kontra
>There are enough scientists and engineers that are also not heard.

Which is a problem. Do you have some examples? I think the humanities and social sciences developed explanations to describe these phenomena. Besides money, there are also notions like the attention economy, social relations and images, that interfere with science and its development.

STEM is axiomatic, humanities are not. Nonetheless both humanities and social science operate with empirical data. Their objects of research are part of a/the world. And like STEM they argue for what is the case and what is not. And like in STEM debates occur. STEM are different in that regard as the axiomatic character makes a difference to what is debated most of the time.
>According to the ideal of explanation and understanding, every science searches for inferential connections between facts in the section of reality for which the science is responsible.

>the authors of that book are moving in a circular fashion, as described.

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>In fact, I wish the sciences would go even further into the other direction. Facts above all, no paradigms, no opinions, no consensus on things that have clear results. Just the facts, and if those facts invalidate the old "general consensus", so be it. End of tirade, I am tired too.

That statement in turn could an example of a certain belief system (belief by me is always understood as being convinced of something). Perhaps scientism?

>because if my methodology is sound, my equipment works as intended

philosophy of science as well as history of science could spark debates for examples about the role of (measuring) apparatuses. I'm not very familiar with the debates, you might have heard of it. I know scientists in their own disciplines can be very critical, but like in every disciplines not all members engage very much in meta problems of their respected discipline. Not all historians ponder deeply about writing history (producing results), they eventually have to learn about it ofc, but how much they are invested or take paths that are walked many times an work very well, so not too much thought needs to be invested about this. That does not imply that these discussions call all science bs. It usually means that something like scientific realism has become questionable, which is not necessarily the abandonment of science itself. There are different options on how to proceed afaik.

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I'm reading atm and the topic is close enough to make an addition here.

In many regards, the digital landscape works with models of users as black boxes, I/Os are determined to solve problems, whatever those are, only the "engineers" know. The problem is that by choosing to take this angle and apply the knowledge, you disregard the internalities, the inside of users which is basically the tenet of (classical) humanities, all that is irrelevant to the problem solving, but disregarding all this has consequences, basically, you have inclusionary/exclusionary consequences via decision making. You still "solve a problem" but perhaps by choosing to tackle the problem with this engineering mindset, you produce a range of other problems. The problem then is that some never acknowledge this and preer to stay ignorant and rely in the same methods to solve these new problems.

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I open the new one, because I have nothing else to contribute rn.
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Well, my proposition was "it doesn't matter which system you live under, as long as you take the position of an egotistical, self serving, Machiavellian grifter". And I mean self serving not in regards to power or wealth (to what end?), but towards one's private autistic interests.
Now, as long as you properly optimize for maximum personal hobby productivity, what you have to do to that end is not really a question, because by definition you are doing the minimum that is required, and no more. It could be not much or a lot, in the absolute, but given the particular situation, it would be the minimum.

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law, and all that.
Some people interpret this as "never do things you don't want to do", but the intended meaning is "do whatever it takes to fulfill your personal destiny". Sometimes it involves washing a donkey's ass to get by, sometimes writing propaganda pieces for le great leader. Sometimes worse things.

Yeah, the point was exactly about how this feeling of importance / community / or "meaning" is entirely subjective, disconnected from the objective "merits" of the situation.

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Did you miss the whole Trump precidency?
Boths sides of the media are lying through their teeth to smear the respective other side.

Or the whole refugee crisis in europe. All media turned 200% refuggers welcome and called each and everyone raising the slightest doubts about the benefits of uncontrolled mass imigration an evil nazi.
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We celebrated my father's birthday today by going to an escape room and having lunch at a restaurant.
It was pretty cool, despite the heat. Don't think I've ever had lemon cheesecake before, bit it was delicious.
Also saw the statue of Lt. Columbo while in the city. Apparently the actor playing him was like 1/8th magyaroid so it warrants a statue. It also had a book cart next to it where I bought a book.

38 degrees. But finally, tomorrow a wave of cold air and rain is arriving, so it will be only ~34 degrees!
Actually took out the sunshade for tomorrow. Gotta rearrange some stuff on the deck and I can still sit outside without having to bear with the scorching sun.

The only good thing about the heat is that I can wash my hair and not have to blow-dry it. It actually dries quite nicely. Gets slightly curly in parts but it's better than when I blast it with heat.

Yeah, but my point is, would you actually have the spine to do what it takes to be like that? Could you actually be like that?
The positions are alluring, but personally I don't know if I could live with myself if I had to do ideological work in a one party dictatorship.

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>The positions are alluring, but personally I don't know if I could live with myself if I had to do ideological work in a one party dictatorship.
Your confucius institute backed scholarship has been rescinded.
It feels like that the downsides of that career path is dealing with political games bullshit and how nerve-wracking it could potentially be when you're fighting for a coveted apparatus seat. Other than that, seems like a breddy gud job :DD

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I am almost 50 now.

I fucked my mother when I was 14.

I slept in the same bed as her until I was 17.

She worked as a fichera at a bar called "El Tenampa".

She had the best tits of any woman I have ever slept with.

Such is life.
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Really just this is because at least one ernst has a hardcore interest in it and because I don't want to keep shitting up threads. These are some epic bants
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Dear lord. Jesus how drunk was this guy. Not terribly brutal though I did chuckle
sorry. I've heard a lot more brutal flight recorders than that. True terror in their voices. The best last words was probably that one pilot who said "this is it baby!" I feel like he should've been flying Southwest.

One of the absolute shittier ones was it was the F/O who pretty much was responsible at least partly for the mistake that killed everyone--except him. He survived. He ended up with brain damage and in a wheelchair missing a leg, but he lived, and turned into an alcoholic.
I think he sounds cringey as hell in interviews though, as if he's somehow the biggest victim.
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How hard is it becoming a real pilot and getting your pilot's license?
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My friend's dad sometimes instructs weekend warriors on small aircraft at a local airfield. I remember him saying the US government added more red tape after 01. It's easiest if you were born in the US, can provide all the proper documentation, and have no criminal record. I believe they'll even check with your employer so don't be surprised when they do.

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Hello Ernst,

Some of us are playing EpochCraft

It's basically an /int/craft spinoff, you roleplay as kingdoms and city-states during the Wars of the Diadochi. There is a lot of diplomacy autism involved

The server is running custom mods on a custom map made by dedicated devs, so there is chariot and pike warfare, period accurate weapons, bronze armor and linothorax, period accurate building blocks, ancient ruins, support for exporting hentai to maps etc.

Some of us are playing as Pontus, our national Discord is here: https://discord.gg/hvbHA2RDsq

The server opens to the public tomorrow at 3PM EST, come join us (select Pontus in #nation-select). You'll need to be whitelisted to play (get your IGN and discord tag verified), the server discord link is here: https://discord.gg/NXtV57Xrd5
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I noticed that there's been quite a lot of technology related discussions on EC recently, that get washed away in the today thread before getting much discussion. We also have separate threads for hardware, software, technology in general, all of which don't get much activity.
So this thread would unify all of those discussions, and have a common place to talk about computer stuff.
Discuss OSes, hardware, programming, computing in general, the Internet, etc., here in this thread. Share opinions about how computer technology is shit, SHIT! also give each other advice.
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Well, maybe, but if you gonna make them understand programming easily, I think it will be better to explain stuff like "system bus", "memory address", "clock". It may help avoid confusion in places in my opinion, especially when you start to teach someone with 0 knowledge about everything some high-level programming language with layers of abstraction
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Yes, but the pictures are in the download folder.
And browsers remember the last place you saved a file, so whenever I open a choose file dialog, I get a face full of 2K gore and porn lol.
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Thanks, this really is great but I already read Beej's guide. I was looking for project ideas to put the knowledge to practice instead

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I dont know where to put this and I guess history thread is on systemkontra
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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>this is going to be truly burger tier fatposting as fugg
Verily, you delivered
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Congratulations, this really was the fattest thing I have read in some time.
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I have finished the first two tomes of Kotkin's Stalin. Now I must wait for the third and final to be published.

The first volume (Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928) is primarily concerned with setting up the geopolitical scene around Stalin's time of birth, and then how the young Georgian revolutionary partook in the various revolutionary movements and events of the early Russian 20th century. From being a poor Georgian kid to being the undisputed leader of 1/6th of the world. From studying at a seminary, to emerging victorious in party politics.

The second volume (Waiting for Hitler, 1929-1941) has Stalinism itself appear. From forced collectivization and 5 year plans to the Great Purge and to Stalin failing to see the impending German invasion. Definitely a more Stalin-centric tome than the previous, while still providing an image of what is happening in the outside world.

The Soviet project, how it was enacted, what drove it and what allowed extraordinary suffering to fall upon the Soviet people is all categorically documented. Different characters within Stalin's sphere are in effect given their own biography, while an entire plethora of revolutionaries, oppositionists, artists and scientists also have their life briefly summed up. This allows for one to see how different people interacted with the revolution and how it interacted with them.

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I don't need to read a book to know gommies are bad. Stalin is quite an interesting character tho.

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Are religious people going to preach about Jesus to aliens who are significantly more advanced than us, right before they zap us like bugs?

Survivorship bias is the only reason Christianity survived this far. The strongest material culture enforced Christianity. If the Aztecs would have been more advanced than the Spanish we'd all be sacrificing on pyramids.

The Middle East and North Africa are Muslim now, but they used to be Christian. The Christians there got removed by Muslims. Do you think the same thing will happen to "the way, the truth, and the life" when a stronger lifeform encounters us and dismantles our planet for resources?
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Depending how the machine works, a nano weapon could just become a big galactic problem over time because it could take just one comet or something smashing into the planet to spray it everywhere. Granted it would be on long enough timescales to be largely irrelevant in the scheme of things but still. Organic life however will eventually die. It's not likely anything would survive a trip through space, so it preserves the number one and two rule about weapon development which is never develop something you dont want used against you eventually and don't shoot yourself with your own weapon. I just think a nanoplague has too many drawbacks to actually think about using.

You're forgetting the kinds of timescales were are talking about here. I mean yeah sure you could easily just glass it if you're in a rush, but spraying bioweapons are the kind of thing that unless you had instantaneous portals or the fleet is on standbye in orbit it's really not a problem at all waiting for several years. I suppose it would really work down to circumstances, which could also include the fact that for example simply lobbing a giant piece of rock at us from the Oort cloud or a diverting a nearer object would almost totally commit exterminatus but we would still have the opportunity for seeing it coming, which could give us a chance at stopping it or diverting its trajectory as well as generally lead to detecting it as a weapon in some circumstances if they tried it twice. A bioweapon is a stealth weapon. It would probably be a lot easier to just spray some spores and not have anyone think much of it than others which could also actively damage the planet, although I guess if you wanted to colonize their world for God knows what reason glassing it with something bigger than Chicxulub would do a pretty good job sterilizing the surface but so much microbial life would survive it's still risky.

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What you have to say is not that interesting that you need a post as bloated as you to say it.
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That's not what survivorship bias means. It is a phenomenon in statistics in which a sample seizes to be representative of a population because individuals below a certain threshold are left out of the sample

Example: among your acquaintances, only Mensa members dare talk to you about their iq: it appears as if your acquaintances have an average iq score of 130+ even though it's probably closer to 100
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>The Christians there got removed
Well no. Islam is kind of like a mafia, it recruits you and you can never leave again, this is what happened to egyptians over time.