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Sumerian enables us to read ancient cuneiform, texts from the earliest surviving versions of Gilgamesh to religious writings about Enki.

Only useful to historians? Learning an ancient language ALSO expands the mind. Allows you to create sort of mental richness.

All things from useful links to books you recommend are welcome.
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Well thank you OP, you KNOW I can't keep myself from diving into ancient languages and yet you posted this thread to poke at my autism.
As always, I'm delighted to see there's so much literature, especially introductory texts into this most niche of subjects.
All grammars seem to use phonetics, though, I haven't found a book for cuneiform.






I am legit grateful, though. This shit is INTERESTING!


I found this Foundation For Finnish Assyrological research (https://assyriologia.fi/en/). Seems very professional group, but no longer theach it in university.

Tell if you know any other groups, universities, places to study Sumerian.


Hey did you know that the Sumerian word for king is "lugal" (which literally means "big man") and that the Sumerian King List has only a single female and she is referred to as both a "succubus tavern-keeper" and "king"? Her name was Kubaba (ruled over Kish) and she was worshipped as a goddess several centuries after the time period that she may have ruled in (circa 2400 BCE). There's pretty much zero evidence that she actually existed, though.

It's a bit weird because there is another succubus named Puabi (who may have ruled in her own right over Ur c. 2500 BCE) whom is referred to as "nin" or "eresh" (referring to her as a queen) but not as "lugal". Puabi is not mentioned in the Sumerian King List, but they did find her tomb.

Also: there's pretty much zero evidence that most of the kings named in the Sumerian King List actually existed.

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All you need to begin drawing is a pencil and some paper

Feel free to post any drawings of yours in this thread. Illustration, doodle, traditional, digital - anything goes. Discussion on skillbuilding techniques and fair critique of other wizards' work is welcome.

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alien butthurt


Damn that's cool.


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weww lad

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A thread for those who enjoy and wish to discuss animation and animation related stuff from places that aren't Japan.
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learn how to speak english


this isn't the Language Learning thread. learn how to a catalog


I started watching Sonic Prime. I swear to god, they're trying their hardest to make Rouge the Bat the cutest character in the series. Compared to Amy, she's designed to be way more feminine and cute. Out of the three versions of her, it's been a home run each time. Amy's cute as well, but it's obvious they're going in a different "art" direction for her character. I'm was never really attracted to her in the games. I'm just pointing out that they're trying extra hard in this show. It's working.


Any wizzies tried animating before? I've been messing around, plan on releasing a part everyday. A bit of a delay with part 3 though since the program crashed losing progress.

Let me know what you think….


I used to do stop motion animation when I was a kid, but haven't had the space to build a stage in my adulthood.
Now I am a full time RVer so it's pretty out of the question.

If I was to try and take up animating again I would have to do it digitally.

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Today I decided I am interested in "alchemy", also known as distilling or booze-making.

I create this thread to get recomendations for theorethical texts from you, from the most rudimentary to most complex, because I want to get the theory.

But this can also be used to exchange anectdotes, tips, pictures, questions, recipes etc. on making alcoholic beverages.
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Tried this once. Potion failed. I just couldn't drink it, which is saying a lot for me.


In my 6th grade book on the Ancient Egypt they talked about how they made beer out of fermented fruit buried underground. so i stuck a bunch of fruit and flour in an oatmeal box and buried it in my backyard.


I've made cider and it was dead simple. If you pick the apples yourself they have natural yeast on their skins, so just juice them whole, strain out the bits, and let it sit for a week and there you go.


this isnt alchemy dumbass. alchemy is an esoteric magickal tradition and concepts of material transformation are metaphors to avoid getting killed by the guv


maybe alcohol can be even more valuable than gold, like the whisky rebellion

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What's the last movie you've seen?
What's the oldest film you've seen?

The last movie thread has surpassed the bump limit. >>>/hob/60753
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I watched this thinking this was the one where a guy gets chopped up in half by indians. I think that one was called Bone Tomahawk but I can't figure out where I can watch it online.

The Revenant was cool, though.



Sometimes the"lookmovie" website gets shut down and you need to find a new mirror, but that should work for now


holy freaking crap

The web site works on my TV's web browser!

Full screen, too!


Saw the first 30 seconds of the new toxic avenger trailer.
I mean good for people who actually saw the original and are fans of the idea…


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Wait, what the hell?

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Book discussion. Tell us what you're reading.
Previous threads:
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> The abstract intelligence produces a fatigue that's the worst of all fatigues. It doesn't weigh on us like bodily fatigue, nor disconcert like the fatigue of emotional experience. It's the weight of our consciousness of the world, a shortness of breath in our soul.

> Then, as if they were wind-blown clouds, all of the ideas in which we've felt life and all the ambitions and plans on which we've based our hopes for the future tear apart and scatter like ashes of fog, tatters of what wasn't nor could ever be. And behind this disastrous rout, the black and implacable solitude of the desolate starry sky appears.

> The mystery of life distresses and frightens us in many ways. Sometimes it comes upon us like a formless phantom, and the soul trembles with the worst of fears - that of the monstrous incarnation of non-being. At other times it's behind us, visible only as long as we don't turn around to look at it, and it's the truth in its profound horror of our never being able to know it.

> But the horror that's destroying me today is less noble and more corrosive. It's a longing to be free of wanting to have thoughts, a desire to never have been anything, a conscious despair in every cell of my body and soul. It's the sudden feeling of being imprisoned in an infinite cell. Where can one think of fleeing, if the cell is everything?

> And then I feel an overwhelming, absurd desire for a kind of Satanism before Satan, a desire that one day - a day without time or substance - an escape leading outside of God will be discovered, and our deepest selves will somehow cease participating in being and non-being.


That's a must-read book for all wizards. Many of us have read it already.

> And then I feel an overwhelming, absurd desire for a kind of Satanism before Satan, a desire that one day - a day without time or substance - an escape leading outside of God will be discovered, and our deepest selves will somehow cease participating in being and non-being.
How does he even come up with such analogies? That guy was a genius.


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Finished reading Neuromancer today. I'm flabbergasted by this novel. Let me try to divide this thing into sections. This is a spoiler free review.

The characters are all silly, juvenile, ridiculous, shallow, uninteresting. Feels like you're reading a comic book. Motivation for some of them made me laugh out loud at points. There's an antagonist in there that basically says "I'm evil because, huh, I like it!". Even comic book villains at least have a motive like taking over the world bwah ha ha. Characters act like rpg characters. The thief does thief things, the hacker does hacking things, the assassin does assassin things and that's it, they never really become more than their primary function in the story. A Rastafarian character is only that; a Rastafarian with a funny accent. Couldn't bother to learn more than 3 or 4 characters' names they're so cardboard.

The plot is broken, confusing, disjointed, spasmodic, hard to follow and hard to find it. There are 3 or 4 very, very cool ideas in this but they're all buried under huge amounts overwrought, grating descriptions for mundane things. I'm tempted to say 80% of this book is composed of atmospheric passages, and atmosphere in Neuromancer means unending technobabble descriptions for acid rain, smoking a cigarette, a vending machine, drugging yourself… there must be about 30 paragraphs describing wet pants throughout this book.

You get a full page description for how depressing the sky in the sprawl looks like and how your pants are wet but then important information is given in a single, lost and short sentence. One thing that happens a lot is losing track if whatever is going on is happening inside the matrix or outside the matrix. The time and space the action happens are very poorly defined and jerky. Yet you get full pages about wet pants or how getting drunk feels like. The plot is put on hold constantly for these endless "atmosphere building" technobabble descriptions.

The language is very colorful but a lot of it turns to junk. There's so much invention here, it's not rare to lose track of what the hell the characters are talking about. And then, once you figure it out, you realize it didn't really matter. Because so much of the book is colorful, atmospheric paragraphs, the plot takes forever to get anywhere. Rather, it goes everywhere all the time. Just not anywhere that matters. Each chapter, sometimes each scene occurs in different places. It's quiPost too long. Click here to view the full text.


I finished IQ84 last Wednesday and have yet to recover enough to read any other book at the moment.

No really, think Deadpool if he was tasked to write his take on a Dan Brown novel whilst given mostly Takeshi Miike films and weed brownies (laced with viagra) for inspiration..


I spoke with my mother today, she asked what I've been reading. I was ashamed to say that despite opening a huge number of books, I had barely completed any. Then I gave her a broad outline of topics and ideas I read in those books. But for some of them I didn't even get very far into them.
I find it really hard to concentrate enough to finish a book; I always jump to some other because I keep finding new ones all the fucking time! Even reading a single page I am reminded by the content of some other book or interesting topic a few times per page.

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Here we discuss and speak of dreams that we had or the kind of dream that we would want.
We don't discuss of lucid dreaming.
I wanted to make this kind of thread as i do control them in how they will work but once inside i let the dream go and work his own doing.
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anyone else have bathroom world/endless bathroom dreams?


Because they all were more like a hunter-gatherer community with almost no work to do, free time and the environment was like living off grid while an adult?

Nobody will fight to give that to you, you move towards it or you rot inside Normielands.


I get those whenever I really need to take a piss.


Had another one of those unusually vivid lucid dreams. This one was a bit different from the last few I've had this year. The one I had this morning was comparable to those I had over three years ago.

A very simple dream. I dreamt that I was playing some old multiplayer GoldSrc or Source mod. The level of detail in the dream was incredible. I can remember being in there and feeling creeped out by the whole experience. Like I was thinking, "well, shit. It's another one of those lucid dreams. The video game ones can be so fucking creepy. I should proceed with caution."

I could feel myself exploring my surroundings in my bedroom as I played this game. I remember looking out my bedroom window and seeing that there was a low wall that people could easily jump over from the adjacent property. I remember switching off the light in my room and seeing that there was another light nearby. I remember the chatter of the players in the server I was playing in. I can remember the design of the models, the skins, the characters. The level design. The corridors. The gameplay. The style was like a cartoonish version of Counter-Strike.


I dreamt today that I was driving on a highway through a suburban neighborhood on a terraformed Mars and there were huge tornadoes all around me.

Then I was like, "wait. Why are those so big? I thought Mars only had weak dust devils."

I woke up shortly after.

The imagery was neat.

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Post good (spoken) books in this thread.

I'll start with the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius. Such a good narration.
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Tried getting through Man in High Castle but gave up because it's really really boring.

It also is unrealistic and has a dozen little things that are annoying or off about it.
I get that during the time it was written information wasn't as available and alternative history basically had zero standards, but even with that in mind it was bad alternative history.
How it won awards is beyond me.


Anthem by Ayn Rand

Each book I read/listen to by Rand convinces me more an more that she was indeed autistic.
That said I liked the last few chapters. Made sitting through the rest of the book up until that point almost worth it.

Also the narration on this particular version is great. Pro level reading despite him doing it for free.


If I ever wrote a novel, I imagine it would be in her style, of just having characters as stand-ins for philosophical ideals, and their monologues being prose essays shoved into their mouths


The funny thing is I really don't mind the monologs.
I mean I am sure they are much for fustrating when reading, but in audiobook form they are probably my favorate parts of her books.

It's just that Rand's writing of basically everything else is fan fic level, only with a better editor so less grammar mistakes and typos.
Basically she is a better esayist than a story teller, but she tries anyway with no respect for the craft.
She cares more about getting the point across than crafting a well made story and it shows in all of her fictional work that I have seen so far.

That said I still haven't gotten around to The Fountainhead, which many claim is her best fictional work.


That reminds me even the great Plato, his early dialogues are heated debates of the historic Socrates with a lot of back and forth. By the time you get to the Laws and Timeous, it's just a long essay with the interlocuter saying I agree.

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pretty good with jam and cool whip too


Hell yea brotha


I did it! Yeah, they're legitimately yummy this way, ngl.


what's the method, soaking for a long time and then boiling?


I cleaned 500-600 of them (which is essentially separating the normal ones from the ones that are sketchy looking, cracked or only a fraction complete) put them in a ceramic/clay pot (any other containers like normal pots or stovetop pressure pans work too) poured drinking water on them until it filled up fairly albeit not too high (tap water's fine too depending on taste) put a ton of salt and a fair pinch of canola/cooking oil on them, left them cooking for at least an hour and a half with a lid on(or until they were twice to thrice as big and soft enough) and left them to chill for a few minutes before serving.

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This thread will be for discussing all television shows, series and miniseries

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Absolutely horrendous.


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woooo a new episode of Ahsoka coming in less than 30 minutes

I'm actually slightly more excited than usual even though the last episode had giant intergalactic hyperspace whales and it was kinda' stupid but whatever


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I don't think I would make it, brehs…


well even most guys in the infantry aren't elite enough for 101


>thinks the sopranos are bad
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