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word games / Re: What are you watching right now?
« Last post by Firelight on September 26, 2022, 07:41:59 pm »
Just random YouTube vids.
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word games / Re: What are you watching right now?
« Last post by cause the rat on September 26, 2022, 04:05:31 am »
Binge watching "Is it wrong to pick up girls in a dungeon". On season three now. Also finished up "The Fruit of Evolution. Before I knew it my life had it made".
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word games / Re: The last thing you bought.
« Last post by Firelight on September 25, 2022, 10:44:23 pm »
A shoulder plush of Zero from Nightmare before Christmas.
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word games / Re: What are you watching right now?
« Last post by Firelight on September 25, 2022, 10:42:17 pm »
A comic drama called Mew and Mewtwo
It's silly, sad, random and will make you cry/tear up.
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traditional and digital artwork / Re: A Rat's journey in oil painting.
« Last post by cause the rat on September 25, 2022, 04:01:23 pm »
Still finding it hard to sit down and paint something. Did as few value studies. Struggled a few times with them. But it all came back quickly.

Today I want to talk about advice. Not going to shine a light on me. Said all I need to. I'd like to talk about the web and the type of advice you should stay away from. it doesn't matter how much you like their work. Or who they are. If you start listening to someone really pay attention to what they are saying. If it took them years to get where they are now there's a reason for it. If they are struggling or avoiding things there is a reason for it. Don't get caught up in their bad choices. Or bad advice. It's unfortunate. These well meaning artists are giving out the same bad advice that kept them struggling. Justifying their bad choices. "Taking years to finally getting it" is an excuse for never really working on it to begin with. There is a reason why some artists rise to the top quickly. It has nothing to do with talent. Everything to do with working on what they were bad it. Not letting self pride or justification get in the way of struggling to get it right. Learn what you can from their techniques. Their style. Not their mistakes. I brought this up because I just dumped another Youtube channel. Another "don't worry about it. You'll eventually get it" channel that promotes really bad advice.

and now to rant and talk about myself.

There is no such thing as natural talent. It's an excuse. A lie that creates a divide between those who are successful and the rest of us. Talent is a word that means your good at something. The word 'naturally' is a slap in the face.  An insult. Treat it as an insult. Not a fact. I can say this from my own personal experiences. I have what's known as Relative Pitch. It's a step below Perfect Pitch. Basically means that if I hear a note in music I instantly know what all the rest of the notes payed after are. This is an ability. Not a talent. As a student just learning how to play did this ability help? No. I had to learn to play the guitar. The techniques, music theory, everything. Just because I could pick out a single instrument in an orchestra. Then memorize each instrument. Then play it all back in my head did not help in any way. This ability only helped me after I learned how to play those notes. After I learned how to play the guitar. Can someone be taught to do the ability I was born with? Yes. That makes me no better than any other musician out there who took the time to learn what i was born with. What i could do on the guitar is what separated me from others. It wasn't natural talent. It was the hours struggling to get things right.
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word games / Re: What are you watching right now?
« Last post by cause the rat on September 22, 2022, 02:59:46 pm »
Another American attempt at anime. Looks to have the same problems as "Black Lotus" had. Filled with meaningless, slow moving segments and predictable. "Pantheon" looks to follow that same trend.
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news forum / Re: Banning books on race and gender.
« Last post by Jade Sinapu on September 20, 2022, 08:35:31 pm »
Some children have parents who's knowledge base is far lacking.  For one reason or another. Opportunity,    income,  skill level etc...

  A school may be one of the few places they can gain knowledge on a topic. Banning a book will easily direct that child ( who is still learning. And who's family is lacking that knowledge) into a narrow path by excluding things from their path.
It's a way to control.

I believe in traditional education,  where it is more like you throw lots of views and topics at them and they decide.  Find their own path.  Of course complexity ramps up as they age.

I work with a guy who is home schooling his kids.  He is knowledgeable.   But he is often asking others when he needs to know how to teach his kids a new skill.  I bring this up because at a school his kids could be exposed to many more books because they probably  have a bigger library.   I worry they will be unprepared compared to someone who had more choices and exposure.
It's similar to banning books or ideas.  It's limiting choice, when a person doesn't most likely know they are being limited. 
That kids might grow up to resent it.


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news forum / Re: The queen of England died
« Last post by Jade Sinapu on September 20, 2022, 08:24:40 pm »
Yeah I watched a fair bit of it.
Sad in a way,  but also interesting.
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word games / Re: The last thing you bought.
« Last post by Kobuk on September 20, 2022, 06:38:20 pm »
Toothpaste
Dish soap
Beastars manga Vol.20
"Das Boot" Director's Cut Blu-ray movie
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news forum / Re: Banning books on race and gender.
« Last post by Kay Alett on September 16, 2022, 12:17:21 pm »


Let's get back to questions like:
Should schools and/or libraries stock these types of books? Or ban them?
Do politicians have the right to ban these types of books?
What rights do parents have or not have in what is selected at the school/library for reading material?

Should these books be in schools? I think age appropriate books on these subjects should be in schools, sure.
Teach kids from an early age that being gay is okay and gay people aren't dangerous.

Teach them that skin color is just that, color, it has no bearing on a person's character.
Then as they grow up introduce more complicated topics on top.

Should politicians ban these books? What gives them the right? Politicians do not get to decide for the people what should and should not be taught in the schools.

If schools aren't going to teach the kids about these kinds of subjects parents must.

Banning books is just asinine. Let people read, let them see and if the author is wrong then they will only condemn themselves.
It's censorship and censorship is just flat out wrong. I don't care how loudly you scream "won't someone think of the children".

I could go on but I'm close to getting off topic and taking the offramp to censorship debate county and we're not here for that.
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