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Hibiscus_Syrup wrote

I really love that meme where the cat is head-boppin in the foreground.

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snack wrote

thank you so much for this, I didn't know it until now! this might be my favourite thing that came out of 2020

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existential1 wrote

Same. I didnt even realize it was a meme until I had seen like 4 of em.

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thelegendarybirdmonster wrote

I changed university this year and everyone around me is much smarter than I am.

I'm probably going to fail my classes lol.

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Ennui wrote

They aren't. If you moved to a more rigorous university then you're probably sitting in classes with people who have learned half of this material before. The other students in my mathematics classes, for instance, took Calculus II in high school and have been ahead ever since.

You are the only person in your classes that you need to worry about. You really have no idea how intelligent or incompetent the other students in your classes are, and you don't need to know. Just try your best.

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mofongo OP wrote

That's the impostor syndrome talking, you're as capable as any of them. I'm sure you'll be fine.

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Vulgar_Soda wrote

I started drawing again. I'm currently designing characters for a game I'll likely never make, but the process is fun enough. Reminds me of my art school days.

Think of a cartoon character. They likely went through dozens upon dozens of iterations before getting to your eyeballs. and a good thing too. The first idea is never the best idea! Memorable designs are rarely just found. They must be crafted and refined.

My tips: The start of any design process should be wild with variation, but mellow on depth. The details come later. Matt Groening had it right. It's all about the silhouette! You should be able to identify a character based on silhouette alone. Beginning with quick, miniature sketches helps channel this concept. Create a series of drawings focusing on outline, shape and form.* Fill the page. Keep digging until something pops, and then dig some more. Imagine if every second draft was the final draft. Not good enough! Light detail here and there is fine, but the point of the exercise should be to arrive at a bold and easily identifiable character "snapshot." Pick your favorite, and repeat the process, slowly molding your idea into delicious perfection. My heart sings when I think of all the scrapped concepts that sit behind a single resonant piece <3

*I'm stuck using a pencil, so the quick draw technique works best for now, but I've done projects where I proofed up designs using everything from scraps of colored paper to blobs of clay to blind photograph sessions. No one way is the only way. Pixar used paper cutouts while making characters for the Incredibles. and I think that worked out for them ...

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Abesti wrote

Totally forgot I have a Raddle account.

And I recently found out that Reddit's post history never really gone because there is an API, Pushshift.io, that datamine everything on Reddit. You could uncover post history of active or deleted/suspended users with deleted/banned/overwritten contents all the way back to 2010. Like truly nothing ever go away on Reddit. Fun fact, Ceddit and all other undeleted reddit sites use Pushshift API for their contents.

Another great reason why Raddle is so much better than Reddit. I mean when you delete your account on Raddle it really goes away.

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mofongo OP wrote

So annoying to have the flu right now.

I don't get people here, I know it's hot and humid outside, but why do you have to have the AC at 15°C? Even with a coat and mantle I'm shaking from the cold. I dehidrate easier when it's cold, my body is marked to drink water when hot, So I'll try to forget or ignore it despite the thirst. Needless to say, I spend a lot of conscious effort to drink water when cold.

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Hibiscus_Syrup wrote

Agreed about the AC!

AC isn't really a thing here though.

I know a few people who have had allergies this whole pandemic which make them cough, which obviously nobody wants to be seen doing right now. It's unlucky.

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Raxalor wrote (edited )

I'm in IT working a position somewhere between System Administrator and DevOps. Trying to get into InfoSec red team stuff (which is actually a lot of fun for me) but I never have the energy after work to keep learning stuff... My job regularly requires 10 hour days and it has been unbearable for nearly a year.

It's the worst conundrum: I have to spend most of my energy performing my current job, because I'm the sole income in the household, but the mental exhaustion makes it nearly impossible for me to learn enough about other IT specializations to move into a more interesting and better paying field :(

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Abesti wrote

Instead of red-teaming (which pentesting is basically working for The Man), why not getting into hacking the pure way like learning RE and developing tools since you have dev skills?

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Raxalor wrote

I have to choose a 'safe' career, because I have people whose quality of life is directly tied to my ability to pay rent and buy groceries. I would absolutely love to get into Reverse Engineering, but I don't personally see a practical way of getting a stable income down that route.

And my dev skills are atrocious, I've probably written less than 5000 lines of code to date :/

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Abesti wrote

RE is useful for vulnerability discovery and exploit development and these two are basically the back-bone of Infosec. All the big-name discoveries on exploits like Shellshock, Stagefright, Meltdown, etc? All done through RE. Doing Infosec without knowledge and skill in exploitation won't get you far in the industry.

I don't even have a college degree and all I have is a GED but that didn't prevent me from become a full-time exploit developer and malware coder. Most exploit coders aren't great at coding, my codes are nasty to debug, but finding new ways to code and make things work differently are more important than keeping the code clean.

Hacking, RE and exploit dev are about thinking outside-the-box

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Raxalor wrote

I'm absolutely open to the idea of getting into old school hacking, RE, and exploits (like, it's my dream). Do you know of any good resources for getting started in it?

The only thing I already have is Hacking: The Art of Exploitation 2nd Edition

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Abesti wrote

I maintain a git repo for misc book stuff (just download them, Gitlab can't read pdf larger than 1MB), feel free to take a look.

CTF like https://www.hackthebox.eu/ is a good place to get practice for beginners. I believe Raddle also have a community that discuss these.

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Bezotcovschina wrote

Wow! The whole your repository is stuffed with cool and useful stuff. Big tanks!

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Basil wrote (edited )

School has been okay. I feel really tired though, and that's with naps every other day and going to bed as soon as I finish my homework. I feel like that and extracurriculars are all I do now outside of the weekends.

Edit: I also ended up getting a 1410 on the sat so that's neat. Maybe some universities will give me the opportunity to pay them thousands of dollars per year if I'm lucky.

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Basil wrote

I'm lucky enough that my parents and grnadparents are fairly rich. I don't want to take away opportunities from other kids, in case those schools are only willing to give money to a certain number of people.

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Basil wrote

Thanks! I could definitely use some help with some things, most of all my essay once I'm done writing it.

I know that the prestigious colleges have a fuckload of money, but they're still greedy assholes who will pinch every penny when they can. Just because they have enough money to support every student doesn't mean that they won't set a budget for how many they will support, and if that's the case then I don't want to hurt the poorer person. It sucks, but the best option I have here to help people is not trying to get the scholarships. Besides, My grandma is probably paying for my college and I would classify her as a rich asshole anyways, but she wouldn't give any money to poorer people. I'm still taking money from the rich, just a different rich person.

Thanks! I am, I thought I would get like a 1350 at best so it's really a relief to have a score higher than what I expected.

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snack wrote

so i came across this short story anthology and there's a free download available: Link

i haven't read any of the stories yet, they're all africanfuturism (genre-wise) so i thought it might fit into the afrofuturism forum. how does that work, is the forum still active, how do i post, what's the etiquette? it's been a long week and i'm at the end of my cognitive powers, so help me out here :)

is anyone interested in short stories in general and would like to further discuss?

also i've been trying to learn russian lately, i have terrible pronunciation and can read about as fast as a 6 year old, it's great fun! any russian speakers here?

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Bezotcovschina wrote

Any forum is active, so you can post anywhere you think it fits. We have /w/Etiquette - nothing sophisticated, really. Just go there, press "Submit" button and put the link into "URL" field.

I do speak russian. If you need any help - ask away.

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snack wrote (edited )

I see, thank you!

And as to russian: right now i wouldn't even know what to ask, it's very kind of you to offer though! i've only been at it for about a month and a half. i'm trying to trick myself into remembering all the right endings for the (3) different cases i know so far, so i don't have to study them that weird detached grammarly way, that won't do.

there really should be songs or something in all languages for beginners that cover this kind of stuff.

until then i'm trying to come up with short phrases i can remember and refer to, for example for the locative:

в нашем старом доме

в хорошей артеке, в новой школе

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86944 wrote

Split and stacked slightly more than two cords of firewood over the past three days. I'm sore all over and have blisters on my callouses. Anyone else heat with wood?

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Syzygy wrote

My previous job provided us with public transportation passes for free and when I was called back from furlough they gave me another one and I was then in possession of two cards. I was hopeful the first one still worked and planned on giving it to a friend, but it had already been cancelled. After a month or so of working I quit the job and gave them the old, expired card when I turned in my badge and other stuff. Since then I've been using the newer card without issue, but earlier this week it got cancelled as well. A bummer, but where I live you can just board the train and hope the transit police aren't around. Today a transit cop finally came on board to check people's tickets and passes. Fortunately, I just flashed him the now expired card and he didn't bother to scan it so I made it another day. Probably going to pay for the pass now since I can't get on buses for free. It was fun while it lasted. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Sun wrote

Excited for episode 951.

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isvarahparamahkrsnah wrote

Update for my centipede bite a couple of Fridays ago:

I think it's fully healed now. The new skin is slightly dark though, and seems quite thin.

I went on a centipede-killing spree like two weeks ago too. I wonder if that was a little over-the-top

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mofongo OP wrote

I don't think so, centipedes are a big think. I remember waking up a rainy night as a kid and seeing one with the candlelight. I tell my grandparents about it and next thing I remember is seeing my grandpa frantically searching for it with a long ass machete. I don't know how I slept after that.

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Hibiscus_Syrup wrote

I hear Derrick Jensen has been "accidentally" doing interviews with fascists.

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Hibiscus_Syrup wrote

From AFA Ireland:

The Growth of Eco-Fascism
There were a few eyebrows raised recently as Deep Green Resistance founder and author Derrick Jensen made a lengthy interview with Irish fascist “intellectual” Keith Woods. Jensen enjoyed a period of popularity among green anarchists and radical environmentalists a few years back, where his poetic imaginings of the collapse of industrial civilisation and championing of indigenous worldviews caught the attention of ELF and Earth First! types as well as a broader section of the environmental movement. His works still reside on many a radical bookshelf and distro list.
Woods on the other hand is a Third Positionist fascist with links to the National Party. He has amassed a decent-sized following on social media as a result of a series of boring quasi-intellectual videos. His deep thinking has led him to blame (((the Jews))) for both capitalism and communism - and also presumably for the gone off milk in his fridge and any other troubles life throws at him.
This coming together may seem a bit incongruous but serves as an example of the bigger trend of green fascism.
Fascism is a shapeshifting ideology, it has and will continue to influence areas outside of its usual spheres of immigration and crime, etc. in its pursuit of new followers. This has been seen recently in the crossover between health food and alternative medicine to anti-vaxx groups which have been targeted by fascist groups for recruitment. It would be naïve to think that other areas typically seen as 'left of centre' would not also be worthy of attention from the far-right hoping to profit from disillusionment with the status quo. Homesteading, historical re-enactments and primitive skills also show up as being actively pursued by fascist groups and individuals in Ireland. Rural areas have been extensively pursued by the far-right with a view to capitalising on feelings of abandonment and under-representation.
Ideas of a homeland to be protected from modern degeneracy/development and an idealised vision of a past that never existed can easily be accommodated into environmental movements, alongside fears of over-population and dwindling resources. Massacres of immigrants in Christchurch and El Paso have been at least partly motivated by eco-fascism and its notions of ‘Blood and Soil’. The far-right has a long history of trying to influence green politics, most notably in Germany. Environmental campaigners here in areas such as forestry regulation or the anti-fracking movement would do well to pay attention to ideas that cross over into blaming minorities or outsiders for environmental problems as opposed to the economic interests that drive such development.
As always, this is the fascists main game - coat-tailing onto legitimate problems, mis-identifying the causes and picking on minority groups as a strategy to amass power, and it must be resisted at every step.
If you have any information on Woods or any other Irish fascists, feel free to pass on information to us.

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