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When the economy tanks, more people go to trade schools or study STEM as opposed to art. Studying art is seen as a bad financial decision. What kinds of cultural effects do you think this has, when art and literature are seen as frivolous?

My mom studied art because it's supposed to be enriching, even though it's not all about career goals. I was basically forced into a STEM major for economic reasons. It has a very clear career path, but that's about it.

Or do you think some good things can come of it?


I don't things like art and culture have become frivolous, there's just a higher saturation of people with those skills now, and they have never been in as high demand as technology related jobs. Society simply values those skills more. Technological improvement exponentially helps people achieve things more efficiently. The effects are felt more immediately. I guess capitalism's drive to efficiency can be blamed for a lot of this.

Plus, education is often a massive investment, and one must consider the returns on that investment: the opportunity cost for going to school versus the next best alternative. Although an arts degree may be enriching, it wont always put food on the table, and you may have been better off just practising art in your spare time while working a job. Again, this is a systemic problem.


They aren't really frivolous in my opinion, just not a good idea. When people can barely afford to eat, they won't be paying for art. They won't be commissioning murals or attending concertos. They simply have to pay for the most important things like food and housing.

I think paying money for art and entertainment is representative of how wealthy and healthy a country is. When people have enough money that paying for art doesn't bother them, they are doing well financially. I really don't think people who can't afford art should spend money on it, but that doesn't make art unimportant. Hence why I am a STEM major, art minor.


>Studying art is seen as a bad financial decision.
That's because it is. As the other sushi said, it's hugely over saturated. The majority of people who do it end up with really low incomes. The only people who do well out of it are those who are both extremely dedicated and also talented. Even these people will in general find themselves in secure positions with good income, but that high position matches a pretty normal position in stem.

Historically it was mostly the upper echelons like nobility that would do any art because they could afford it.
There's also factors in each area of art but I won't ramble about that.

Finally, one thing most people don't like to admit is that unless you've been dedicated to something since a young age you will probably never be able to compete with those who have. Especially after school years pass. You're just in hobbyist territory then.


I studied art. Yes it is a terrible decision and I regret it every day of my life. Completely useless from any financial standpoint. You're welcome sushiroll

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Lets draw stuff sushi's! It doesn't matter how bad u think it is, any drawing is good for you! (I hope this is on the right board…)
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sleepy robo man


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i made a self portrait, i welcome others to join me in this act so that i feel a little less awkward


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Let's post our favourite movie of all time or a great movie you recently watched.

I'll start.

My favourite movie is Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove. The movie is amazing, very funny while maintaining the seriousness of the topic. [spoiler]The Coca-Cola part is fantastic[/spoiler].

Another movie that also really like is Persepolis (yeah, I'm reposting from the .tokyo thread). It's an animation film that tells the story of the author during and after the Islamic revolution. The art is quite unique and the main character is lovely!
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Tree of Life is good. The Thin Red Line is also very good.

My favourite Malick film though is Knight Of Cups, which probably says more about where I am in life than anything else.

Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter… and Spring. Quiet, contemplative, beautifully shot.

Terry Gilliams' The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. The top of the heap of nostalgia films from my childhood including but not limited to The Gods Must Be Crazy, Willow, The Princess Bride, The Goonies, and The Adventures of Milo and Otis.

Three films will do.

As a piece of cinematography, it is good. The story is nothing amazing. Cruise is bearable, Kidman is unbearable. Barry Lyndon is definitely underrated.

I used to really love 2001 but the "big picture" storyline has lost it charm on me over the years, contrast this with the very personal Knight Of Cups. I still own a segment of Kubrick's personal cut of 2001 that came with the first print run of The Stanley Kubrick Archives.


I also watched it without having any idea about the plot, it really blew my mind.


>Three films will do.
or not. forgot Jim Jarmuschs' Broken Flowers


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The last Movie I watched was Hard to be a god.
It wasn't a very pleasant expirence but it sure was very unique and interesting.
If you are searching for something unusual or have a scat fetish I would definitely recommend it.
If you want to have a comfy time you should stay away from this movie.


Electric Dragon 80,000v is a really great japanese indie film with a really great soundtrack. Would recomend to fans of tetsuo the iron man, noise guitar music or japanese pro wresting anouncers

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I sometimes draw maids for fun. Since I think this place is nice and relaxing, I wanted to set up shop and have a fun little Maid thread.
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Your maids are really cute ~


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Thank you, I'm glad you can enjoy my stuff. I find cute things fun to draw and look at, though I often figure my stuff isn't refined enough for many to enjoy. I'm always happy to know that folks do enjoy it.


They're truly cute to look at, sushiroll.


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Working on some Sushi specific stuff in my Sketchbook. They're rough at the moment, so until I get something more polished for you rolls, I'm posting these maids I did recently.


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> Sushi specific stuff

These clunky shoes remind me of (japanese) video game character design and add cuteness on a subliminal level, as one unconsciously expects striding and lively movements to counter inertia, like Ayu in the ending of Ksushi roll(2006). The artist Pop came first to my mind, utilizing this a lot too.

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Hello, sushi! Lately I've been craving some really cute moe SOL manga. Can I get some recommendations? (bonus points for 4koma, shoujo-ai, yuri)

Examples: Komi-san, Watamote, Comic Girls, Senryuu Shoujo.
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This one's way too cute. I'm having to pace myself so I don't read it all in one night.
Gonna give Ookami Shounen a try, too.


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Ah, I wish I had done that! I binge-read it and went to sleep feeling cozy, then when I woke up, I realized I had nothing more to read. I'm glad you like it, it's far too under-rated!


I always try to pace myself with stuff that I find really cozy. Spread it out a little so I can feel good every night. :3


I take this to the point where it becomes a problem.
It took me several months to finish watching Jinrui and I've still never finished YKK.


I read YKK in 3 or 4 days while on at an out-of-town training course for work. It was snowing and cold out, so being inside reading is a good memory.

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Here I will drop my anchor in fertile ground.

Here we really know what we are talking about, because we have experienced the trembling and the awakening.

Drunk with energy, we are revenants thrusting the trident into heedless flesh. We are streams of curses in the tropical abundance of vertiginous vegetation, resin and rain is our sweat, we bleed and burn with thirst, our blood is strength.

The work of creative writers, written out of the author's real necessity, and for his own benefit. The awareness of a supreme egoism, wherein laws become significant. Every page should explode, either because of its profound gravity, or its vortex, vertigo, newness, eternity, or because of its staggering absurdity, the enthusiasm of its principles, or its typography.


Anchors are getting dropped,released,thrown,disposed,cast overboard,projected,deposited,planted,and thrust and its your fault for being fertile,


pls come back.


wait wut


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It's not like I want to envelope your anchor, baka!

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What're some comfy anime series?

I'm relatively new to anime and am looking for something slow paced in story line, and atmospheric in terms of soundtrack/sound design or animation. Only ones I can think of are Mushishi and House of Five Leaves.
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NieA UNder 7 has a great feel and looks a lot like Haibane. I find that style to really nice.

Sketchbook ~Full Color's~ is another good watch. And since I'm currently reading it, Moyashimon is a series that should be talked about more, even if it is older.


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hidamari sketch is always an a must. fantastic show with a comfy aesthetic and atmosphere.


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Yotsuiro Biyori

Has this one been mentioned yet? It's a really comfy one about a bunch of adorable handsome men who run a restaurant and it's all about making their customers happy. The atmosphere is great and the comfyness level pretty comfy I'd say.


the anime bartender was pretty comfy


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Chuunibyou demo koi ga shitai!

Been a fan of this one for a while, it's the only moe anime I ever got into. Despite its silly appearance, it can get really feelsy at times. Great story.

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I finished reading The Three-body Problem from Liu Cixin and I really like it. If you like scifi you sushis should give it a try.

Let's talk about sci-fi books!
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I read Prelude to Foundation by Asimov.
The good part is that the premise is about a mathematician who develops a way to predict the future through mathematical models. The book goes on about all the political/social consenquences this would bring. There are really a few action scenes, so it would sound boring, but it is not, it's so nice.


I love sci-fi literature. I read Ringworld a while back and it remains one of my favorites (mainly because I've read little else since then). One thing I read and absolutely hated was Solaris by some Stanislav Lem. I'm wondering if someone else here has read it, and what they think of it. I may have missed the point of it, since there's some devoted audience (and the guy who lended it to me said it was an absolute masterpiece, but all it did was bore me to death and back to life).
I'll check that one out, any more suggestions?
Can't much into PKD, his narrative comes as somewhat strange for me, I guess I should give him a more serious try. I read Electric Sheep (mainly because I like the movie) but the others I've tried just feel absolutely strange from the first page and I can't seem to keep up…
Someone strongly suggested Ubik, I'll try that one out.

My reading list just increased by 2


Read "Leviathans of Jupiter" and currently reading "Star Maker." The formal was ok. The leviathan civilization felt generic, but I thought the way they communicate was pretty cool. Characters were fine and I'm glad that the villain of the story got humiliated. Although, she seems a bit pointless in the book. "Star Maker" is amazing so far. Are there any books about pure space exploration worth reading like "Star Maker?" Next book on my list is "The Great Explosion."


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A related recommendation is author (and translator of Three Body) Ken Liu's Chinese SF anthology "Invisible Planets"


started reading the sequel to the time machine called the time ships pretty good also I enjoy the dune series

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So I noticed recently that while a lot of people here do some realy great art, no-one seems to be writing stories with it. Creating comics is one of the best ways to improve because it forces you to look at all areas of art, it keeps you motivated since you have a task with a foreseeable endgoal, and it poses lots of creative challenges. Don't just think of it as a means to be gooder at artisting though.

Don't think you have to nail regular drawing before you can start doing comics. If you think that, you will never do anything. You don't have to be good, you just have to be creative. Try not to just do moeblobs standing still and talking about how their mangaka is such a qt, make your images dynamic and try to communicate something like a story or a feeling.

There's a great series of blogposts called '18 tips for comic book artists'. http://www.williamstout.com/news/journal/?p=3806
(All those images are there for a reason, study them!)
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oh i didnt actually assume it was yours, i just saying it was cool :P

atm i just keep making excuses. im sure if i really want to make a comic i will

p.s. the picture didnt get spoilerererered, oh well


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As a reminder, we're making a zine that focuses on manga and comic.
If you create something and wish to participate, check out


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*quietly raises hand*

Hello. I'm new here, I make comics. I would like to become an official lurker of the Sushi Comic Alliance.

Not sure if I have time for zine work right now (as cool as it sounds), but I might shoot you an email with some questions.


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Last week i started making a web comic. I post it on my website https://mtk538.neocities.org/manga.html and also on twitter. I hope you enjoy ^^ Uploads are every Wednesday


Hey sushis! My bf is an incredible artist and he's always wanted create a graphic novel. He's working on typing the story out and developing characters before he starts though. I think he should just start with what he has already but he's a bit of a perfectionist lol. He works a full-time job so this is just a hobby and he doesn't have much time to work on it. Is there anything I can do to support him or make it easier for him? I'd love for him to reach his goal.

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not sure where to post this but lets try here in /culture/

ok so anyone here familiar with term digital nomad?
>Digital nomads are a type of people who use telecommunications technologies to earn a living and, more generally, conduct their life in a nomadic manner.
so what do you sushis think about it? honestly i think it's just right lifestyle for me
would you do something like that and where would you go?

i want to move and travel through south america (imagine all that beauty… jungle, rivers, mountains, cities……)
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Can confirm. US has it far better than they realise.


>Western Europe is lost
That's very vague, what do you mean?


Poland or Hungary
Is that a joke?


I personally have no real intent of moving out of the US, mostly because I have zero clue where I would really move to. Again, Canada is similar enough and with more global warming, maybe I'll get my Midwestern US weather up there when I'm an old man. But I agree with >>401, I'd like to hear why Western Europe is a lost cause.

Not a joke, but I acknowledged that Brazil is rough compared my own nation. I guess it's better to say that I didn't put much thought into moving, something I don't intend to do.

Well, yea, the US is basically a massive landmass the size of Europe when Alaska is factored in, with only two friendly countries as it's direct neighbors. It's kinda hard not to love the US.


>I'd love to be able to live in places like the US
When most people think of the US, they're thinking of the big coastal cities. The cost of living there doesn't really allow for a digital nomad lifestyle unless you're a rich trust fund kid like >>396 said. The rest of the US has plenty of nature, but no jobs and no facilities.

Western Europe has the same cost of living problem. If you have connections to find cheap housing, can handle couch surfing, or have a paid scholarship, it's pretty chill here. I've met plenty of exchange students and expats from the US and Easter/Southern Europe who say they prefer it here.

South-East Asia seems to be the biggest digital nomad hotspot, because a freelance wage can easily support a comfortable lifestyle there.

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