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I know this will catch me some flak, but I think reading is dying. It's not anything particular to reading, all arts are being synthesized into the global creation of matrices that tailor to every human desire. Music, visual art, story telling, even taste and smell will soon ( within this century ) be incorporated into mass use VR. It's audacious to claim it, but nonetheless, the singularity cannot be denied.

But I think words are going to be the first to go. Books are dead.. Long live books!! Is currently where I believe writers and readers are. Millions of works, from philosophy to religion and everything in between, found their perfect expression in the day and age of books. But with the advent of TV, of video games ( which are a new form of all encompassing art. "Video game" doesn't get to the bottom of what virtual worlds will eventually become ), and the Internet, reading is just a "slow" art. Don't get me wrong - LOVE reading. I'm currently reading "Undaunted Courage", a beautifully written true tale of Lewis and Clark, and their expedition when they first discover America. I couldn't recommend it enough. But whenever I pick it up, or any book for that matter, I feel that it is becoming more a thing of novelty, an item only for a shelf, in a tasteful room.

I'm sure all of us will occasionally read until the end of our days. Reading allows for complete freedom of imagination. But it does it in such a slow way. That is why I say, though reading had its time.. Books are dead.
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Do you have any structure for when you come at a book? I was always more a movie guy for fiction, but even with that I always try to break down the structure and storytelling of the director... with books though I find since it is so time consuming I want to get to the meat of a book. What I tend to read is more practical like mzrt I guess.

But, I guess with movies I can sink into it because I love good imagery. I appreciate a good sentence too, but for fiction I just prefer films, maybe you're the opposite? I was always curious read: jealous about people who can sink into books like that. It's always been a challenge more than a hobby for me. I guess they're not always separate, but in a similar way exercise can be a challenge, as opposed to films where I can just forget myself.

Poetry is something I wish I read more of, I might buy a few well-annotated anthologies sometime and just get stuck in.


Traditional media may be "dying" but reading is here to stay until there is paradigm shift in the way humans internalize knowledge. I'm talking eating a pill and learning another language different. I read now more than ever, particularly technical books. They are quick to digest and usually they don't have fluff. When you want legitimate insight you go to a book on the matter.

>It is a shame that a lot of people find it too slow or dull to be worthwhile
That's because they are dull and boring. A lot of the classics are from bygone eras that were made as entertainment pieces. I never really bought the attempt to deconstruct every last sentence in books either. It's like someone in a few hundred years praising half life 2 as a critique of dystopias. No, it just used it as a backdrop to tell an entertaining story not the other way around.

These days I try to read things that are referenced again and again throughout the years by humanity(particularly the west) which is why I am reading The Bible and Roman History after never having the slightest interest in them before.


>I'm also reading the Hero With a Thousand Faces, which is better than I honestly expected

Joseph Campbell is....so profound. A good friend of mine and myself watched the complete Power of Myth video series (several times) and many years later we still talk about it. I would also recommend Carl Jung's Memories, Dreams, and Reflections as something on the same level of profundity.

>That's because they are dull and boring. A lot of the classics are from bygone eras that were made as entertainment pieces. I never really bought the attempt to deconstruct every last sentence in books either. It's like someone in a few hundred years praising half life 2 as a critique of dystopias. No, it just used it as a backdrop to tell an entertaining story not the other way around.

Definitely agree with this to a large extent. Music is the same way, so much old music is actually garbage. "Why was music so great during Beethoven's time?!?" The answer to that is that only the good music of that time has been remembered. There was a ton of crap. Even Beethoven wrote some crap.

>These days I try to read things that are referenced again and again throughout the years by humanity(particularly the west) which is why I am reading The Bible and Roman History after never having the slightest interest in them before.

This is also something that I try to do, but have not been consistent with. I think its a great idea to familiarize yourself with things that have had such a large influence throughout history. I do find the bible incredibly boring unfortunately :/


I usually get the most out of a book by reading it with a pen. Any time you come across a passage that you really like for whatever reason, or that you find particularly intriguing or confusing, or with which you really disagree, or that resonates with you somehow, underline it and maybe jot a quick note next to it just so that you'll remember it. Don't hesitate or think "nah, that's probably not that important to the author's vision" or anything like that; if it seems important to you, then it is important. Basically, think of your reading as a conversation between you and your thoughts and experiences and the author and their words. Probe at the text, not necessarily in order to uncover an elusive meaning more quickly like a game of hide-and-seek, but just so that you'll become more intimately familiar with some of its ideas, its style and texture, etc.

It's good to approach a book discerningly, but at the same time, don't become too obsessed with finding its full or authoritative meaning - it's simply not possible. The way that you read and perceive a work is informed by your own stage in life; some insights will pop out at you, and others will pass by. If you re-read the same book a few years later, you'll be struck by things of which you didn't take any notice the first time around. Remember that reading is a very personal experience in this regard, and not only is this okay, this is what makes it so joyful and rewarding in the first place.

I don't know if that helps very much, but it's more or less my own approach.


Yeah that's the approach I usually take. I like to underline and note pretty liberally so I can flick easily through the book lately in case I want to reference some idea in an essay later.

Yeah, I'm not huge into 'secret meanings' and etc, but at the same time I feel criticism gets kind of a bad rap. You might not be hugely into the Death of the Author and etc, and yeah you can say it's responsible for some misreading or etc... but it's not history it's ideas, so if the criticism itself produces an interesting context or idea about the text, or if it just produces an interesting idea or discussion even if it doesn't really appear to care about the text, the surely that is still the production of literature on some level. I think symbolism and metaphor are overly stressed in high schools and colleges everywhere when it comes to critically assessing a text, so people form a negative opinion of assessments which include this approach. So long as you're engaging with ideas that interest you I don't see any problem, but yeah I agree with you every reading has a limit. No book is perfect and no reading is absolute.

I read some of Freud, James, Jung, Lacan a couple of years ago. I still like the kind of ideas they put across even if I think the symbolic thing is a little bit overstressed. It's still really really interesting to read. Campbell gives a good narrative spin to it, it's very engaging. Reading a book called Missing Out right now that talks about the pursuit of pleasure in terms of how it is defined by frustration. Only at the beginning but I reckon it would be a good introduction to the importance of Freud if anyone is looking for one (he puts his ideas in that context explicitly throughout lol).

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aw yeah


you forgot the apple pear and broccoli


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Shit, sorry. You're right, it ain't a healthy meal without em.


somehow I never saw this until today


so i guess this guy wasnt supposed to be up there? bob and the guys handled it pretty well.

also, this was sounding pretty tight. i had never heard this side of bob dylan. im more familiar with the acoustic stuff where he sings in a strange affected tone.


He was one of the guys in the back dancing who supposedly thought this stunt might jump start his acting career, this was live as far as I know and the vevo page has the video up with soy bomb completely WIPED

The look on Dylan's face was priceless

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"All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible."
- T.E. Lawrence


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pictures for sad children are the greatest internet comics to ever come out.

Too bad that the author is a god damn nutcase.


Yeah, it is too bad. Achewood and cat and girl are better though

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post some streaming links for great films. please only post links with reasonable image quality.

i give you 'the man who wasn't there'
>a straight and narrow average joe gets himself caught up in blackmail, murder, adultery, etc. shot in black and white, set in 1949 & directed by the coen brothers.



Anyone here who watches let's plays or game montages?

I love these guys. I follow VanossGaming religiously and am never disappointed.


Another favorite


I like videogamedunkey, that guy is hilarious


Yeah, he's great as well. I'm glad you introduced him to me, he's a genuinely funny yet intelligent person. If I'm not watching for the funnies, then I'm watching for whatever it is that he has to say about something.


Yeah, he has some pretty on point reviews. For his drunk, depressed ramblings on Polaris and Machinima watch his Mario 64 videos

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Hello everyone,

Last year I made a thread for Chinese New Year and it turned out pretty good. So this year I will share my adventures again.
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Oh shit, been busy with work. I will finish it up soon, I promise


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I usually don't like taking pictures of people working, but this is my favorite breakfast place. They serve something called 蛋餅 (dan bing) which is like a scrambled egg wrapped in a crepe, 少籠包(shao long bao) which are dumplings with soup inside, and some drink made from peanuts. Taiwan style breakfast is delicious.


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The train stations are like shopping malls here


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Taipei 101. The most famous building in Taiwan. I probably posted about this last year too. It's one of the worlds tallest building and has a unique method of earthquake protection.



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This is actually my last one. It's a little CNY display in front of a bakery. The last few days I was there were mostly spent around the house doing family stuff so there weren't many interesting pictures to take.

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Missing cat found twice its original size after living for 14 months in a pet food factory

>A family cat which disappeared 14 months ago has piled on the pounds - after he was found living in a nearby PET FOOD factory.

>Two-year-old Norwegian Forest cat Clive disappeared from his home in December 2014 leaving owners Tanya and Jonathan Irons devastated.

>The couple, who have two-year-old daughter Elizabeth, put up posters around the neighbourhood and launched an appeal on Facebook but to no avail.

>Clive was finally found on Wednesday by staff at a pet food factory two miles away, who had noticed treats had been going missing.

>Now the family have been reunited with Clive - who has ballooned to almost twice his original size.



tfw not kat and infite food
lucky anemal


It must be weird to find a bigger version of your kitten after a year of not seeing it. That cat must have been very clever, seeing how it lived there unnoticed most of the time.


What are some of your favourite movies, musikchan? Bonus points for why.

This is one of my all time tops. How they managed to make a film about a reclusive, poor woman from a rural background relatable to a middle-class, 19 year old boy from a middle-class background I'll never know, but this one never left me. If you are depressive or feel lonely, I recommend this film in spades.
(Apologies for the shitty trailer but don't let it put you off.)


Requiem for a Dream is my favorite movie, hands down. It helped me develop a critical view of things around me, it is still relevant to today's struggles, the film style is unique and the soundtrack is amazing. Not for the feint of hard, since it confronts with issues which are still happening today in a most cold, visceral way.


feint of heart*





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Let's talk about food we like

Pic related: soupe à l'oignon gratinée (French onion soup) is absolutely GOAT
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I once ate kale stamppot with gravy, smoked sausage, mustard, it was too good, I am addicted




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Bumping with Weetabix, the breakfast of champions


Scrambled eggs with cheddar and jalapeños, seasoned with salt and pepper, still piping hot.


making me hungry

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