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I really like this kind of pixelart. Do you guys have more?

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that's the last of em

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I was wondering: does anyone here enjoy poetry / works of prose and short stories? Stuff that makes ya take on a different perspective or of the nature of being proseful, witty and full of alliteration. Naturally post your favorite short story or poem, as well as other tidbits you think others may find enjoyment from, perhaps even your own writings :)

My favorite poem to recite to myself when I feel the whole world's crashing down on my head is Invictus by William Ernest Henley:

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
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My favorite poem of all time will always and forever be "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" by T.S. Eliot.


read it here


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I love me some Vladimir Mayakovsky

But I
Have tamed
I have stomped
On the throat
Of my own song

A line is a fuse
that’s lit.
The line smolders,
the rhyme explodes—
and by a stanza
a city
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I have a quote that always recurs in my mind about the human condition. It evokes that feeling of being utterly alone in a crowd:

“We live together, we act on, and react to, one another; but always and in all circumstances we are by ourselves. The martyrs go hand in hand into the arena; they are crucified alone. Embraced, the lovers desperately try to fuse their insulated ecstasies into a single self-transcendence; in vain. By its very nature every embodied spirit is doomed to suffer and enjoy in solitude. Sensations, feelings, insights, fancies—all these are private and, except through symbols and at second hand, incommunicable. We can pool information about experiences, but never the experiences themselves. From family to nation, every human group is a society of island universes.”

― Aldous Huxley, The Doors of Perception


>perhaps even your own writings :)
W-well ok then
This is about a beach that I have gone to many times, but especially in my lonely freshman year of uni

Waterfowl stalled by the squalls
Vagrant gulls and cormorants
Obsidian plateau
Sapphire plain
Waves climax and drop
At the mercy of the moon

Aggressive gusts slide off the sea
What has the ocean brought for me?
Lumps of weed
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It's about time for a thread dedicated to the good stuff. Good ol' future-tech. Anything related to high-tech, low-life goes here.
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Anyone knows what is it like to live in a cyberpunk city?


I'll argue New York City is at the point of cyberpunk, especially since it's one of the least American places to be in within the USA.

NYC cost of living and tense competition makes you push yourself in order to keep afloat, unless you want to get tossed in welfare and live in one of the many projects this city has to offer. You might even join the growing homeless population that the city likes to ignore if you can't get welfare.

On top of that, NYPD is said to be the 7th strongest army in the world and for good reason too. It's well supplied to counter terrorism, extremely organized, good manpower and quite aggressive when it comes to doing their job and beyond. They set up an extensive amount of cameras throughout Manhattan with a response time of a minute or less. They also know how to suppress any form of resistance.

Crime hasn't been as bad as it was like in the 70s or 80s, but once in a while there's a gun bust in The Bronx. The Bronx is the worst part out of all the five boroughs. It's highly ignored and avoided by many besides those that come from that area. Recently it faced a outbreak of legionnaires 'twice' in the same month with over 100 hospitalized, just to give you a idea how ignored that borough is.

With all that, it's a very trendy city with in the now popular culture. People wearing the latest clothing, using the current tech trend, there is always something happening in the city and really doesn't sleep. It's as close as one will get to a overpopulated dense sprawl you'll get in the United States.


I've lived in NYC all my life, it's way more boring then you describe.


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Kek, all NYC represents today is disneyfication and gentrification. Its trendy in the sense of vapid consumerism, there's no sense of antagonistic alternative culture, i.e. when it's all white moms, there's no resistance to suppress. It's basically Atlanta.

Taipei, Hong Kong or possibly Shanghai are cyberpunk. They're organized but lawlessness slips through the cracks. Bars in apartments, street carts lining alleys long past midnight, semi-legal markets selling counterfeit and knockoff clothing and hardware at dirt cheap prices. Cigarettes, motorbikes and techno shows in concrete basements and bunkers. Ketamine, ecstasy, cocaine. But also high industry, money flowing through the commercial district and big luxury malls. Not really any sense of surveillance or a police state, though

I've only lived in Taipei but it looks just like the city in Ghost in the Shell: SAC.

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You thought you could run, you thought you could hide, but there's no escaping the 'Bump while Reading' threads

I just picked up Zen & The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance yesterday and I already recommend it. The writing is complex yet easy to consume and has a very homely feel to it.
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I didn't like that book too much. It's well written and all but
those rants about 'quality'? It's just too artificial, like, wow, quality is absolutely everything, it's what makes the world go round. Nope.


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Children of Dune. Would definitely recommend this along with the entire series.


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Demian by Hermann Hesse. I love the work of this author.

The story is about the childhood and youth of a boy, who was raised safely by his missionary parents and discovers the tricky, chaotic and horrible, yet fascinating and intriguing world outside of the nest under guidance of his mysterious and other-worldly friend Demian.

Mind-forging literature!


I'd recommend Dune to anyone too, it's just fucking awesome.


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did you notice the way he paralleled the concept of quality with quantity and the way they juxtaposed? I found that very interesting, applicable to everyday life; where consumer based companies will pump out huge quantities of a product, forgoing quality for mass units. Much like an artist who creates one work in their life ~ less is more. It has helped me prioritise in a lot of ways, why buy 100 pairs of shoes when you could get one quality pair that last?
H.H is great! Journey to the East was so good, also <<

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Is there any other Sushi Roll who likes dolls? Maybe you collect them?
I'd really like to have a few BJDs, but I'm too poor right now.

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Just watched a really sweet and exciting movie: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attack_the_Gas_Station

let's make a list of great films we loved watching
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I love this movie.


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Since the theme of this thread appears to be Asian films, I'll pick out Wong Kar-wai's feels on wheels aka "In the Mood for Love"


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and of course you can't mention Wong without also mentioning Chungking Express


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this! I really like low-mid budget asian horrors from around the 90s-00s. Obligatory Ringu and Ju-on, Tale of Two Sisters, Dark Water, Kairo, Siren, Shutter, Kansen and I definitely forget at least 10 more. I completely love this dark and slow-paced atmosphere of them.
Didn't watch Helter Skelter, Gothic&Lolita Psycho, Ekkusute or Suicide Club yet.


Both of these are absolutely fantastic!

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Christmas is coming up and what with the new adult colouring book trend i figured they would make the perfect gift, if of course i could download and print some nice ones for free.

Does anyone know where i could find some scans to torrent? I've not had much luck with my usual sources.


>that pic
You cannot grasp the true form of giygas' attack!


is something like this what you're looking for: http://www.cisdem.com/temp/blog-files/secret-garden-3.pdf


yes!!! thats exactly what i'm looking for, thankyou. Surely there are more of these though - like a full on book of them

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This is my companion novel for anyone who is interested ~ http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B012TX8D2C


Hmm… interesting. Still in the process of making sense of it, will get there eventually.

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