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    Just finished the 1st paragraph of my book & my stomach is already in knots. My goodness, I wonder if this ever happens to Stephen King...
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    Finally got around to starting a game in Link's Awakening. I am really enjoying it so far. No idea why I put off playing it for so long. Love the visuals of it.
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    Like your profile's cover pic. Looks like Reki from Haibane Renmei.
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    Good luck wit that. Seriously, if I found anyone like that I'd keep her for myself. (Though I would agree on the "Maybe not as crazy or manipulative.." bit as well.) I've been on a somewhat similar quest for quite a long time now. She either doesn't exist or is already taken. At this point I'd consider anyone who just satisfies the criteria of always voting in elections but hasn't voted "D" or "R" for the past several cycles. Someone who would seriously consider a ticket to Mars on one of SpaceX's Starships if/when they ever get those going would also be a plus. I know, dream on right? Still, there's got to be at least 2 or 3 of them out there somewhere. Probably not going to find them on places like facebook, twitter, tinder, or in a google search though.
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    Just finished Gleipnir & wow, that was some ending. I can't wait to find out exactly what the Hell is up with Elena.
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    I just joined today. Been an anime fan on and off since I was in high school. At the moment, I typically have one or two ongoing series I am actively keeping up with. While waiting for new episodes to come out, I will have another series I am trying to finish. I also like reading and gaming a lot. I work full time and study part time though, so when you add in the inane amount of time I spend day dreaming and procrastinating, I don't have much left for my hobbies.
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    Watched the 1st episode of Lapis ReLights. Was going to skip it since I’m usually not a fan of the idol genre, but the fantasy setting made me willing to give it a try. I’m glad I did because I really enjoyed it. Basically seems like Hogwarts for magical girls with singing/whistling as the basis for the magic system. Definitely like what I’ve seen so far.
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    The Land of Waves arc in Naruto was the best. Zabuza was my favorite character. The whole conclusion of him and Haku was so sad.
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    Just watched the first episode of Fire Force Season 2 & WOW! I'm really looking forward to the rest of this season. My only gripe is the music. It isn't as good as last season. Also, for anyone who is a huge fan of the Captain of the 7th Benimaru, there is a photo of him in this episode that almost made me spill my tea! Love him!
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    @Ohiotaku As if the X-Men shirt wasn't awesome enough. I love that hoodie! You have amazing style.
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    Ha-ha! For sure. My whole family were sort of adventurous people. My brother was more headstrong though. I think we had this plan to save up when we were old enough to work and do everything we could before we had to settle down and take things more serious. The rock of my family ended up having a cancer scare and it stuck with us so profoundly. I think it was the final push to go out and do something. I was young, I thought the creative arts was a solid enough career if one tried hard enough and went to photography school. Most of my traveling back then were location assignments. It was a rat race to have a portfolio good enough for advertising—which was our graduation goal. It just wasn't for me in the end, you know? Oh definitely, things got exhausting at one point. Fun, yet tiresome. There was always planning and calculating expenses. Meetings around this time, and navigating work related projects around that time. Having a checklist of everything you're bringing or presenting. Today my life is still within this realm, caring for my grandmother. Sometimes, I find a lot of peace in the chaos. There are days nothing goes as planned, lots of surprises that make for comedic memories. The everyday really does have a sense of humor. Thanks. Aside from all the stories I get to tell the future generations of my family or all the experiences I've had. My happiest was meeting my partner of eight years (ex now). He was the diving instructor for a marine life expedition some friends and I did. We bumped into him later at this rickety eatery off the water and it was like we were all old friends. I can understand the sentiment of introducing an intimate partner into your world of interests. Things were already beautiful and exciting to explore but this added element made it all feel whole. I've no doubt you'll get to experience that. If you keep on your journey, you'll meet tons of people. Just stay safe above all else! Have realistic expectations of others. You never know, their perspectives could open all kinds of doors never considered before.
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    I can't really help you with the whole finding Haruhi Suzumiya thing. I can offer some thoughts on something else that seems to be more at the root of what you are looking for. To me it seems that you seem to think that normality and boredom are necessarily related, which I don't think is the case. Concerning normality, of course normality exists. I cannot understand how people can claim it doesn't. Being normal simply means that something conforms to a norm, as the term already suggests. What form that norm takes depends on what question you ask or what claim you make. One obvious example that normality exists is clothing. Glove manufacturers don't sit around not knowing how many fingers their gloves should have. It's five. People normally have five fingers per hand. There are people with more or less than five fingers, but that doesn't matter for what is normal. That something is normally the case does not mean it is always or necessarily the case. When it comes to lifestyles, which you seem to be getting at, then of course normality exists. If the number of entities in a distribution is large enough it tends to become a normal distribution. The question here is how abstract or generic your claim is. I can say that everyone on this forum will have a normal life if by that I mean that they were born, live and then will die. Maybe there were some miracle individuals who did not have that kind of life, but again, it doesn't matter because the claim is about what is normally the case not always or necessarily the case. If you take less abstracted or less generic claims, even then normality exists in lifestyles. Like you have said, normally people wake up in the morning, normally people drive to work, normally that drive will fall somewhere between ten minutes and two hours, normally they go home after work and so on. Again, this does not mean that this is always or necessarily the case, but to say it is not normal is simply empirically false, and can be refuted quite easily. Claims about normality cannot be too specific, since then you would not have a distribution that can be normal. If your drive to work takes between ten minutes and two hours you are probably normal in that sense. Not all or most people might take exactly 43 minutes to drive to work like you do, but that doesn't matter, because 43 minutes is still in the margin of normality in that distribution. However, just because things or your life is normal in many ways, does not mean it has to be boring. Study on boredom has actually increased significantly in the last few decades, both in psychology as well as in philosophy, so there is a lot of literature there. According to studies in indigenous populations being bored seems to be an innate human experience, not just some modern millennial phenomenon as some might suggest. As with many things, boredom normally will be a function of both your own personality as well as the world around you, which can be shown empirically quite well. More concretely in your case, it seems that you seem to think that knowing about something or having experienced something makes it boring, which I disagree with a lot. The more you know, the more you will realize how much you actually don't know. Like @efaardvark has pointed out quite well, people sometimes simply have a false view of things. I think many people who have not done a lot of fundamental science or philosophy tend to think that we have figured out most things. If you look at something we think is well known, you will see that things are a lot more vague than they seemed. If you disagree, try and think of a single thing, whether that is something empirical or conceptual, about those fundamentals you have mentioned and see how much you actually know about it. Additionally much of what you describe seems to go after some 'sensational' way to get excitement, meaning something that you experience through your senses. Like others have said, concerning sensational excitement, the world today has more to offer than at any previous point (again to show that boredom is partly a function of the world around you). This reminds me of people who were not able to hear and then hear for the first time which is really exciting for them. After a while they get used to it and it is not exciting anymore. But I think that is just because people don't pay enough attention. I assume that is one of the reasons why so many practices from eastern religions are being misappropriated nowadays to improve western lifestyles. I think there is a lot you can do concerning yourself if you find yourself being bored all the time. This means that another person can certainly help there but it will have to do with yourself as well. Whether you find something to be exciting or a mystery will also depend on your own mindset.
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    @Zila Damn, I'm exhausted just reading about what you've done! I mean it's far better than sitting on your ass for sure, but like you said there were probably plenty of days where you wouldn't have minded just staying home instead. But overall I'm glad you were able to go out and have those experiences, even if it was a bit overwhelming at a point. I know most people would put those adventures off until after some mid-life crisis... but then again it sounds like you might've had yours before you turned 20. At the same time, when you used the word "routine" at the start, I do get the impression that aside from say, the country-hopping escapades, even the interesting stuff you found yourself doing felt routine after you did it enough. It's weird, even the most exciting stuff just becomes normal if you're given enough time to get used to it. I know it's inevitable regardless of what you do, but that's why I think the fight is more important than the results. It's that fighting spirit that I'm interested in most of all. And if as a society we were all more focused on finding better ways to spend our time, I really wonder just how extraordinary of a world we could make! Thank you very much for sharing your story! Here's to less "hate" in that love/hate relationship going forward
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    Hello, Mana! Welcome to the Anime Forums, hope you enjoy your experiences here. If you need help with anything just let us know. There are so many supportive people here that will point you in the right direction. We have a Staff tab on the main page that can help you with any technical or personal issues. See you around!
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    Hello, everyone! My name is Mana. I'm terrible at self-introductions. My favorite mangaka are Mohiro Kitoh, Yoshitoshi ABe, Shin Takahashi, and many others. My favorite anime are generally of the tragedy and dementia category. I listen to a lot of music. I write and draw a lot. I don't really know what else to talk about. I hope to make new friends. Have a nice day!
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    Well, I wouldn't exactly know the margin of normalcy from the various perspectives out there. My personal routine has certainly been a colorful one over the years. Though I often feel like certain individuals on the outside of this tend to romanticize the adventure. What started out as soul searching in my early teens became exhausting in my late twenties. After a health scare in the family, I really wanted to do as much as possible in life. My days usually start out doing an hour or so of working out. Most of my hobbies just require a particular level of fitness. I like camping but also rock climbing and spear fishing. I dabbled in archery for a long time. It's a target sport for me, never liked the idea of hunting unless it was a dire need. I love animals too much. Before COVID-19, I volunteered cleaning and bottle feeding lambs at a sanctuary that I liked to visit. I've been ankle deep in mud, grubs and excrement and the smell of urine stuck in my nostrils for almost a week. It's worth it, though. Animals are amazing creatures. As for camping. I've had a bug fly into my ear, which is the single most terrifying experience I'd never want anyone to go through. It was in there for about two days, until we found an emergency clinic to remove it. Now I sleep with very comfy ear plugs! Yuck! Then there's mosquitoes, sweltering heat and either scorpions or wolf spiders that like to drop by the tent and say hello. Still, getting to see the sunset/rise on top of a summit or cliff shelf or by a beautiful lake tops all the cons thus far. I also did a two month photography project at a workshop in Africa. It was the most nerve-racking experience of my life. Aside from getting some nice shots of the local wildlife and landscapes. The area became too dangerous to keep the workshop running. We never got to make contact with the locals. It was not worth the trip or money (including travel immunizations) but hey, trial and error? My favorite part of rock climbing is reaching the summit. Surprisingly, not for the rush of accomplishment but because it looks like a whole different planet from up there. Especially granite rock. Makes it look like you're on Mars! There's all kinds of plant life and pools of water with life, where you'd never expect to find them. Just at 550+ m above sea level you start finding minnows, it's incredible. Several years ago I did a lot of traveling. Germany, Basque, Chile, England. Most of it was with a group of friends. We didn't like going alone or small groups—there was about eleven or twelve of us. Sometimes, we learned things the hard way. Like realizing you're being swindled on prices, being manipulated over the laws so people can take advantage of your situation/surroundings or feed their ego about knowing what's best. Rental car troubles, shady department stores. It's kind of crazy out there. Then I kind of got exhausted from it all in my mid-twenties and wanted to take my life more seriously. Finished college, got a home, took on some pretty heavy responsibilities. My hobbies turned into making a garden, creating my own clothing and various arts. Things you can do in the comfort of your home. Fostering dogs, Pitties at first. Then I started investing in abused and rescue dogs. Which was a ton of work. I've had some in my care that were in terrible shape. I've adopted four that came from the absolute worst environments. It was a long, tiresome process to get them back to being a normal doggo. I remember making a blanket fort around my kitchen table for my dog, Nero. Slowly I introduced myself to his space by sleeping in it with him. That was the most welcoming back pain, at five in the morning, when my day started and I had to go to work. Also took some classes via my vet on living with/training a blind dog that I have. My fifth and final dog was unexpected. I inherited her from my late grandmother. She's a little troublemaker and came to me during a period of my life in which I guess I needed her most. Funny how the universe works. She taught me a different kind of patience and helped me back on a path of calm. I've never been inspired by anime characters or other types of fictional mediums in this sense. It was more of a rude awakening that life is short, and it happened at an early age when I had more freedom. I do like to be as helpful as possible and inspire people to follow their passion(s) when they can. This kind of life was normal to us; my group of friends and I. However, people that are not accustomed to these types of lifestyles like to view them or portray them in unrealistic tones at times. I've met people bored with their lives, completely unprepared for what they were getting into and absolutely regretting it in terms of sensible excitement. They were inspired or enchanted in some shape or form about what they see and hear and the experience is a little different from that. Hopefully, they still gain a sense of appreciation. Ultimately, it's nice to find people that are partaking and enjoying where their interests are. I'm sure there's a myriad of obstacles and idealization in the forte territory of another's journey, like any other field or curiosity. I'm glad that discussing our lives can be an exciting point of view but the world is filled with excitement regardless. I've been wowed by glow worms. GLOW WORMS! Chillin' out and doing their glow-thingy. I think people that chase after their interests, no matter what they are, are exciting people. There are realms of knowledge that are the backbone of society and necessity that I know nothing about. It's engraved in my person that tech savvy, industrial people are the reason some of us can live comfortably. For me, it's not too much of a fleeting realization. I've met a lot of likeminded people from the journey. If people see me as entertaining I would really like to point out all the pros and cons and how one is virtually impossible without the other. When someone tells me: "wow, that sounds like so much fun". I like to remind them that I had a bug in my ear for two days. Buzzing around and biting for nearly an hour before it died in there. I would trade that moment in for a cup of coffee on the sofa, any day. Yet, seeking adventure is always like this. It's a love/hate relationship. I hope you find people specific to what you're looking for. It's wonderful to have a person/group that gets how you're feeling or what you're experiencing or wishing to experience.
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    It's impressive yeah, but no one spends every minute of the day constantly in awe of technology and advancements. Technology helps us in all kinds of ways, but it isn't the end all be all of an exciting life. I could experience a new technical advancement every single day, but that's only skin deep. There's no deep satisfaction from that, it's not enough. Now there are technology-based experiences that are absolutely incredible and exciting and profound, but you'll never make a life out of the few times you get to do those things. Hell even if I got to try some brand-new realistic VR experience tomorrow and it blew me away, I'd be used to it in a couple months if I did it regularly, and it becomes normal again. That's just people, we see a new thing, loose our minds in the same way every single time, and then we get used to it and it isn't special anymore. Unfortunately, we're great at adapting.
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    Not anime related but started watching a cool netflix original show called Warrior Nun. Also started Akame Ga Kill. The ending of the first episode definitely f-ed up. But i thought he did good killing that psychopath.
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    If you ask me normal is all over the place. If you go ask the average person what they do everyday, you know almost exactly what they did. If they have a job, they woke up early in the morning, did their morning routine, spent the better part of 8 hours working, maybe did overtime, had a lunch break in there, came home, had dinner, either played around on their phone or watched something on Netflix, then went to bed. If they DON'T have a job, you can replace the 8 hours of work with more playing on the phone, consuming media, just passing the time, maybe talk with a friend, maybe even hangout with a friend, have dinner, consume more media, then go to sleep. If there's any variation, it's rarely extraordinary. Personally I've wasted away probably hundreds of days just killing time, and every single time it frustrates me. I think what we all have in common is that we want to live a more exciting life. We wanna find something that no one has ever seen, do something people never do, make something brand new, have new experiences. But most of us just don't do it. It's hard, we can't imagine the things we want to do, and if we can, we think they're too much work and too much trouble. Most of us fall short, but not all of us. I want to meet one of them, someone like Haruhi that knows how to win the war against boredom.
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    Linus (re)builds the other Linus's desktop PC, a 3970X threadripper system that I would also love to own. Black, quiet, and lots and lots of cores. Just the way I like it.
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    Oh boy...the only thing I could think of at the end was 'Damn you, Akito & Shigure!' All I know is that some type of miracle better happen for Kyo & Tohru better not get hit again by that piece of filth, Akito.
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    You know it's funny. The internet was primarily made to bring people together, but if you know the exact kind of personality of a person you'd like to meet, there just aren't many options! Dating sites are next to useless, and mainstream sites are more focused on entertainment. We need a site dedicated to connecting TYPES of people, a search engine for personality traits. Good luck on your search too my man, I know it's rough and a lot of times it feels hopeless. Just don't be afraid to ask for help, it really isn't something you can do alone unless your luck is just incredible. Too many people on Earth to just run into a person like that by chance.
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    Enjoying it quite a bit. It’s a bit darker than I expected since most of my previous experience with Rumiko Takahashi was Ranna 1/2. The somewhat antagonistic relationship between Inuyasha/Kagome early on has some similarities to Ranma/Akane but actually makes sense as part of the story here instead of just for laughs. Hope to finish it before the sequel premieres.
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    Been queuing up stuff all season & this weekend I finally get to watch some of it. Just finished Ascendance of a Bookworm . Got 8th Son and My Next Life as a Villainess lined up after that.
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    Finished the Last of Us 2 and died of all kinds of feelings! Reached level 50 in Summer Splash on Fortnite.
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    I'm just starting this anime. Wish Beastars had the same animation style as BNA, maybe I would have considered it more enthusiastically.
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    Welcome to the forum
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    I haven't thought or written about colors in years, so this might be quite clumsy. I'll put it into a spoiler though since it is long and not sure if it actually makes sense to people or has a point really. Not sure if the art club is the right place even. More some thoughts about colors and an experience.
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    I hope it was okay for me to join the club (I haven't been around the forums much...just been swamped with work X'D) I really enjoyed reading both of your comments on this. I recall when I was taking art classes, how we were given instructions on how to *kinda* mix purple/violet. I think magenta and cyan would make maybe a close to "pure" purple in pigments. Kinda. But it's a lot more nuanced, like you've pointed out. My partner is red/green color blind (there are a couple different types of color blind.) Because he can't see red, when he's looking at stuff we have around the house that is purple, he always calls it blue XD A couple years back, I finally saved up enough to buy him pair of color blind glasses. He had gone 35 years never seeing green, red, orange, or purple (or any of the mixes.) When he first put them on, I recorded the experience. I brought tears to both of our eyes. It was interesting, because of course he had just adjusted his life to work around colors (or always asked someone for opinions on what a color was.) It was so cool for him to have a close experience to seeing those colors :3 Something that I've always taken for granted. There are online color blind tests you can take that can *kinda* help someone tell if they are colorblind. I took one, as did my fiancee. It was interesting. Funny thing is, he and I went to school together (like, US 5th grade through high school.) We've known each other for most of our lives, but I never knew until about 4 years ago that he was color blind XD I just thought he liked to wear a lot of black (which he does.) _________________________ Talking about mixing colors, also reminds me of how we were taught to mix warm blacks vs. cool blacks, and how you could get a richer color by doing it yourself, as opposed to buying a tube of black paint. It was interesting to learn how to mix colors. I don't use it often, though, so I have to look it up from time to time when the spirit moves me to make traditional art XD (like painting or using inks.)
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    I have no friends at least not real ones only ppl I met online and occasionally talk to. My uncle likes anime....
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    I'm watching Dragon Pilot and Little Witch Academia
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    Welcome to the forums, hope you enjoy it here
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    I'm feeling good today just built a new office chair with my partner so feeling accomplished on that but otherwise just regular ol day.
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    That's it. We're opening an AF pasta stand! All you can eat! Hold on, we need to talk about sauce now. Well, my grandmother makes some homemade types.... I must consult with the Elder Gods.
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    I am currently watching this anime called Kyousougiga, its an anime made in 2015 and has a weird style on the Alice in Wonderland Mirror city thing going on. Hard to follow, but its fun to watch
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    Maybe 3. It'd disappear up its own rear end, be made almost entirely of plastic, and would be the epitome of irony. Also, you wouldn't be allowed in because it'd be walled off from the rest of the world.
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    She sounds like she'd a total b-word to deal with. At least we'd have similar interests. I probably would.

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