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 No.11615[Reply][Last 50 Posts]

Noticed a lot people talking about Tolkien’s works and philosophy. So, I created a thread specifically dedicated for that and other things related to it, like the movies and games.
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Well he kind of has a point though, I don't know if the CIA was really behind show don't tell but we live in a world of profound misunderstanding and ignorance of what literary/media works even mean and what the basic themes are.


Reposting the claims and statements of others that you've already posted, from links that you already posted is not an argument. Ironic that you speak of political utility and its use of preventing critical thought, yet seem to have no critical thought of your own, and perhaps are simply defending your poor writing skills, by blaming the establishment, which is rather lazy and ignores Marx, wherein by this theory that while an individual is often confined by the institutions and social consciousness they of their society, it doesn't preclude the ability to expand and think for oneself and develop.

>we live in a world of profound misunderstanding and ignorance of what literary/media works even mean and what the basic themes are.
That has nothing to do with "Show, Don't Tell"* and everything to do with the social environment and education of the society. The same can be said for "write from experience" as the meaning of the term is also seen in Russian literary schools since Soviet times at the very least. People misinterpreting this to be "only write what you know" is misleading and false and is again a result of lack of critical thought, which is what the CIA wants, not the the concepts are inherently ill to begin with, given that they are precisely the method of making a written work genuine and interesting. An impersonal work, makes for boring, disjointed writing, and telling rather than showing is the same thing, a good example is Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged, which is a boring, dull doorstop of a book that uses far too much exposition, extremely dry descriptions and is a political fantasy of the author, rather than anything based on real experience, which is why it's so distant from anything relatable to most people. This is also why Mein Kampf or All Quiet on the Western Front were so influential, they were written from the heart, regardless of intentions and spoke to people.

*The concept regards writing in a manner that isn't childish exposition, and is something that many cultures over the past centuries have also purported, including the USSR, which means that the CIA can't have been "cultivating" such tenets since these tenets have existed long before the CIA existed and are not endemic to it or iPost too long. Click here to view the full text.


>"Show don't tell" is a concept in writing that exists in many cultures, such as Soviet writing and Chinese writing
>The idea that exposition causes people to think too much is fucking inane
Tell me how Isaac Asimov could have written his famous Foundation series without heavy use of exposition. Or Arthur C. Clarke could have written Childhood's End without significant amounts of exposition.

>A person that does not think critically, will not be questioning narratives or taking action even if blatantly told in their face

That has nothing to do with it. It is very hard to express broad, complex ideas that extend beyond the scope of a single, individual experience through the lens of a narrative that is exclusively a personal, individual narrative. Once again, Asimov's Foundation series is about history being moved and shaped by broad social and historical forces, which requires exposition to explain and cannot be relayed purely through the individual experience of the characters.

In fact, the reason why the "Golden Age of Sci-fi" passed and most modern sci-fi just isn't the same as classic sci-fi is specifically because these days all the great works of classic sci-fi (which were almost always ideas-driven rather than character-driven) would be regarded as "poorly written."

And that may be on purpose. The FBI admitted to having monitored Asimov and having suspected him of being a pinko.


I do kinda wish we could have the best of both worlds though. Some of those books are a chore to read.


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Besides it being self-evident in literature that I've read (from Russian literature of various eras, to French classics, to German novels and Japanese folktales), and my personal anecdote of being taught this by my Soviet-school teachers, and all of my family being taught these things in Soviet times? I can cite you Chehov
>“Не говори мне про свет луны; лучше покажи мне, как лунный свет мерцает в треснутом бокале”. - Антон Чехов
Which translates to
>“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”
Chehov died in 1904, and wrote this long before the CIA was ever formed, let alone beginning its social engineering.

>how Isaac Asimov could have written his famous Foundation series without heavy use of exposition.

This is a strawman, especially in reference to the greentext excerpt you selected, which was speaking of exposition in regards to getting people to think. By that metric I may as well ask, how did Asimov's books make people think too much? If that were true, why are they still some of the most popular science-fiction books in Western literature? Surely the CIA would recognize their 'danger'!?
And as for how, it is completely possible to do so, as we see in things such as the novelization of the Terminator screenplay, or in any number of science-fiction books by William Gibson. More importantly exposition is not in itself bad, nor did I imply this argument, the point is that exposition itself must be necessary to the story and scenario and written in such a fashion as to immerse the reader in the environment or situation being described, not simply state things, otherwise it's just a crutch to prop up poor descriptive writing.
I think you may not understand what exposition and Show, Don't Tell mean: “Show, don't tell” is a writing technique that allows the reader to experience expository details of the story through actions, sensory details, words, or the expression of characters' emotions, as opposed to through the author's own description of events.
In other words rather than the Author preaching at the reader, they express and show examples of actions, themes or surroundings with descriptions that we can relate to wPost too long. Click here to view the full text.

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 No.29827[Reply][Last 50 Posts]

Post what you're wearing today, pieces you want to wear, recent cops, thrifting, inspo, concepts, runways, designers, questions, etc.

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>check reviews of clothes
>low ratings is all americans whining they ruined a piece by using a drier
oh so its actually good and i just have to not be a fucking retard and hang dry, cool


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no reason for a random Skepta & Nike collab shoe has to go this hard

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 No.33648[Reply][Last 50 Posts]

Old thread (v1): https://leftypol.org/hobby/res/7136.html

The practice and principles of Permaculture are one of the most important tools for not only creating a sustainable socialism, but also for repairing the damage done to the global ecosystem by capitalism, and lessening your individual reliance on the current capitalist system.Permacultural practice and socialism are two very powerful allies, and learning about permaculture should be necessity for modern socialists and communists.
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Mainly fingerlimes, some macadamia trees as well. Region is eastern Australia, but that's the extent I'll disclose. Have taken over a rundown 5-acre farmstead, so keen to figure out what to plant.


Thanks comrade.
I've started with a few succulents because it's a warm environment and they're tough and low maintenance, and I've managed to keep them alive for a few months so I think I'm ready for some herbs.

Unfortunately no open area that a bird or bee would visit. There are a couple of community gardens I can try visiting now that you mention it, so I can go see what's up there.


u ppl think asking random people in neighborhoods if you can garden on their lawn is viable?


youtube people do it a lot. depends on what you mean by viable



 No.4772[Reply][Last 50 Posts]

I love you guys lol
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oh yeah I made that screenshot.
He Is A Good Boy by KC Green


I recognized the art-style from a cooperative thing he did with http://nedroid.com/ but didn't think to look further
This seems like pretty good webcomic, I've been looking for something like this. More stuff to add to the pile, now that some other ones have quit updating for a while now.


Yeah, that and The Anime Club (a series within Gunshow iirc) are thumbs ups from me. TAC is much shorter and more straight-forward, HIAGB is (mostly) episodic so you can drop in and out a lot.


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 No.27348[Reply][Last 50 Posts]

post meme templates and objects with transparent backgrounds, etc. for our OC makers to use.
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dude really is serving cunt in his mugshot


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Torture American-Style


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What are your drugs anons?

Acid is something I could do everyday but I need to get more.

Sometimes drugs:
Mescaline is cool, but it spanks you hard. I dunno if I could be on a mescaline high everyday and be functional.
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tripping on muscimol rn whats good anons




dayumm. drinking coffee


Meth. I just spent 2 weeks binging and depleted my neurotransmitters, it has no effect whatsoever anymore. Break time

What stimulants would you say are best for stimfapping besides meth? Bonus points for shorter effect (but not so short its a waste of money)


Iono, adderal I guess. Maybe try acid. It can be pretty stimulating but it's not the same thing at all.

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First thread >>2278

I just watched the new Batman movie, it's about as boring and derived as you'd expect. The villain is a real psycho, apparently he hates Bruce Wayne's father because of his scam charity orphanage where children froze to death and the villain himself grew up in, and tries to publicly reveal his father's ties to organized crime and political corruption. Luckily Batman eventually teaches him the true meaning of love and forgiveness before the villain is thrown into an insane asylum for the rest of his days, and the credits roll.

I also watched Memoria, which was just as boring and I have nothing to say about.
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become a terrorist, then…
SÉXO is counter-revolutionary


>the yts site
which one?


I barely understood this movie when I watched it in HS I should def rewatch


Makes me want to watch it again. qntm made a good breakdown of the movie on his site if there some stuff you want to understand better


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Just watched Southland Tales. Actually I'm unsure of what I just watched, this was a bit like a fever dream. It has neo-marxists. I don't know what else to say.

 No.26632[Reply][Last 50 Posts]

Ask your lifting related questions here.

Beginner's Health and Fitness Guide, aka "the /fit/ sticky"

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HIIT was definitley useful for me to specifically build enough cardio condition to run a marathon in a relatively short time (3 months for a couch to 10k program), on that regard, it was crazy fucking useful. I dunno how it's meant to sell machines either.


Some cardio machines like treadmills have settings built in to do a HIIT cycle. Maybe that's what they meant. Doesn't really related to bodybuilding THOUGH.


I think HIIT is for cardio more than for muscle. For muscle, this >>36276 was the science before but now it's not about volume. Intensity and training to failure is more important. More important than specific training techniques is getting your nutrition on point and having consistent sleep hygiene.
Holy shit. And how did you go from 10k to the full marathon? I hate running, I don't think I'll ever do one.


It's taken on a life of its own, but initially HIT for mass - NOT HIIT, which is cardio - was invented by a guy with a line of exercise machines (Nautilus was the brand, I forget the guy's name but he was a weirdo in the vein of John McAffe). He authored a bullshit study to prove the effectiveness of his method, and Mentzer was one of his protogés. It's explained in the video I linked.


> And how did you go from 10k to the full marathon?
perhaps i'm confusing terms, but i thought 10k WAS a marathon lol, i'm barely at 8miles still after 5 months or so. i sticked somewhat close to this program http://www.myrunningtips.com/couch-to-10k.html

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 No.28486[Reply][Last 50 Posts]

Post general thoughts, comments and marxist or any analysis on the show.

Ep 1 and 2 is out, Ep 3 comes out today.

Never seen GoT and enjoying the show so far, decent political intrigue so far.
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i watched it on an HDR smart TV in the dark
it still looked dull


How the hell did you get emojis to function on this site?


Emojis are just unicode symbols. You can copy and paste them from elsewhere if your browser doesn't have a feature to add emojis or something.


leftypol.org encodes page in unicode
it's just a matter of browser or OS compatibility at that point


I see, because I just get the blank squares when I try to post some for kicks in /siberia/

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 No.3558[Reply][Last 50 Posts]

Thread for those who like to read and write including fanfiction. Share drafts, look for beta-readers, ask for writing advice, give recommendations and do all that other cool jazz. Just remember to not bully anyone else no matter how shit their taste might be.
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>How would I go about writing a foreign/fake language guys?
There's a million resources for conlangs if you want to flesh out the language to any degree (a few words and grammar rules are probably sufficient for storytelling purposes). You probably should have at least some concept of linguistics if you want to make the language differences a plot point, but you also could just leave it as characters struggling to communicate with each other if they don't share a language.

>Frankly I'm thinking of doing a deep-dive study of linguistics and etymology to try and replicate the language creation process.
Ok. Here's a youtube playlist that walks through the process.


Play Kotonoha Amrilato, it's about a Japanese girl ending up in a parallel universe where everyone speaks a language called Juliamo.


>probably should have at least some concept of linguistics if you want to make the language differences a plot point
It's going to be an underlying part of the main character's journey, regarding things lost in translation, underlying native cultural meanings to words and other such aspects. It's jarring how lazy a lot of isekai are regarding just accepting utter foreigners when most such stories take place in fantasy settings, where xenophobia is rampant and a stranger with no understanding of local/national culture would not be having an easy time.

>a youtube playlist that walks through the process.

Thanks, this is exactly what I've been looking for

Wasn't that based on Esperanto?
You're referring to https://vndb.org/v21321 right?


I just wanted to trick you into learning Esperanto…


I started learning it a while back but I couldn't get through it all.

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