I love that collectively, the whole of comic writers have thrown blacklisting to the wind, and have all bound together to say "FUCK DC OUR batman eats pussy!!! He eats pussy!!!" It's like watching a strike in live time except a bunch of writers decided to stake their entire careers on why Batman has half his face hanging out of his damn mask.

    neil-gaiman

    Mr. Gaiman is the story about how when you were working on Sandman at DC and an editor told you Dream couldnt be shown masturbating because no one in DC masturbates, a true story?

    Not quite. In Sandman 14, COLLECTORS, in the original script, I had a serial killer talking about obsessively masturbating, and was told that he couldn’t say that as nobody masturbated in the DC Universe. Which, I suggested, might be why everyone in the DC Universe is always dressing up in fancy costumes and beating the shit out of each other.

    stealthboy

    Comprehensive Torrenting Guide

    aka How To Stop Paying For Shit

    so recently i decided to finally make use of my 4TB hard drive by torrenting literally every piece of media that i could possibly ever want, and i remembered a post i saw once about how a lot of people dont know how to get Free Shit on the internet. and being a huge nerd, i got the idea to throw together a little guide

    so here we go. how to get free shit on the internet/I WOULD Download A Car

    Keep reading

    stealthboy

    also! once youve gotten your movies and tv shows, i highly recommend using Plex! Plex is a free media system that will scan your libraries and automatically organize things for you! the end result will be something like this (taken from my own server):

    its like having your own personal netflix/hulu! and Plex does all the work! all you have to do is tell it which files to scan and it puts all this together automatically!

    you can use Plex on your computer, tv, stream box, phone….pretty much anywhere. and like i said, the core functionality is totally free! there are some premium features you can pay for ($5 a month), but they arent required

    enjoy!

    stealthboy

    Additional Notes On Software

  • while usually good for video files, try to avoid thepiratebay when it comes to software. it has a much higher volume of viruses compared to other places you can torrent from
  • i personally recommend 1337x.to for software torrents
  • in general, older uploaders are more likely to be legitimate. a user who has been providing torrents for years is more likely to be safe than someone who just created their account yesterday. thats because the former likely would have been reported and shut down already if malicious
  • look for VIP uploaders. on 1337x, these torrents will be marked with a blue line by the uploaders name. this means that the people who run the site have verified that user to be trustworthy. while you should still always err on the side of caution for ANY torrent, only downloading from VIPs gives you much better odds of avoiding malware
  • never torrent without an antivirus!!
  • amittai

    great to see someone passing on the knowledge, it really seems like younger people have no idea how to get free shit anymore lmao one thing, I wouldn’t really recommend using piratebay, it really fell of in the recent years and I’ve seen reports of malware from it. for movies and tv shows, I recommend rutracker (.org not .ru). it’s easily operable with google translate if you don’t know russian and they have really good quality stuff.

    stealthboy

    Yeah it’s really unfortunate but you’re right. piratebay’s reliability and quality has dropped quite a bit. I still use it for movies that don’t seem to be seeded much elsewhere and that I don’t feel like messing with/am not pressed about high quality encoding. . But 1337x.to has become my primary go-to

    Also cuz I know y’all are nerds I should have mentioned but as several have said nyaa.si is an excellent website for anime/manga torrents. always check there first. More seeds higher quality

    commandtower-solring-go

    There are a lot of really dog shit things in the world of tech that can be solved with a bit of time, some stubborn googling and maybe some special hardware and piracy is only the tip of the iceberg. 

    Printers are notorious for claiming they’re out of ink when they haven’t come close to the suggested number of prints, and their cartridges literally still have ink in them. So after a bit of googling I found out how to ‘reset’ a cartridges automatic stopping system (its literally 1 physical wheel on the cartridge that you gotta turn back). The only downside is that I don’t get a digital ink monitor, but since it told me it was empty when still half full, I don’t mind. 

    Like, you can just jiggle with some shit and solve one of the biggest money making scams in the post-industrial world and I don’t think people realise its that easy. 

    Or, like, repairing your own technology. A few months ago, I swapped out my sister’s laptop screen. Did it myself, I removed maybe 4 screws, no vital parts were exposed and it cost me $40. I even got a choice of matte or glossy. 

    My point is, any walls that capitalist technology presents you with will be a false one. And one already broken by a dedicated community of interesting people working hard for free to break down that wall.

    fizzyrose

    kids these days will be all “be gay do crime” and dont even know how to watch a cartoon without paying for it smh

    thedreadvampy

    IN FAIRNESS

    piracy was definitely leagues easier a decade or so ago when thepiratebay was functional, megaupload was still running, and YouTube and Google made only the most cursory attempts to block copyright content. like let’s not pretend that the internet hasn’t got a lot more corporatised in the past decade or so. piracy is still possible and you can and should do it but it’s a LOT harder to do safely and reliably than it was.

    theoutcastrogue

    Sorry, this is all wrong.

    1) ThePirateBay is still functional. (It’s not the same pirate bay that it was back in the day, but let’s not get into Theseus’ ship territory. It’s still here and it still works, that’s all that matters.) There are plenty of torrent sites around, more than there were 10 years ago – although overall traffic has plummeted. Now as then, it’s a whack-a-mole game.

    2) Why was it “leagues easier” a decade ago? Some countries, not all (not north America, for example), now mandate ISP blocking of torrent sites, but this new complication can be bypassed with one (1) step: a google duckduckgo search for proxies. No government agency or ISP can possibly keep up with proxies, it’s yet another whack-a-mole game. So yes, it was technically easier before, but I don’t see “leagues” anywhere.

    3) It was safer before? Are you shitting me? Have you lot forgotten that the legal departments of MPAA and RIAA sued torrent sharers (not even uploaders) and asked for millions of dollars for damages? AND GOT THEM? (By which I mean they didn’t actually get millions since the people they sued didn’t have any, but said people were convicted and ruined and that was the goal in the first place. It was a deeply amoral and cynical scare tactic.) Well they stopped doing that at some point, and focused on hunting P2P and torrent sites. Running a site is certainly less safe today. Using one, though? Depending on where you are, the ISP may be allowed to block you after repeated instances, and that’s it. You’re not getting in trouble with the law or into crippling debt. And either way there’s only a minuscule chance that any of this will come to pass, which becomes zero (0) with a VPN. (Safety of course depends on the country, and in some cases piracy is the least of your concerns. Let’s not get into that.)

    4) Ten years ago there was no Sci-Hub, and Library Genesis was in its infancy. If today it’s harder to find PDFs on google, it is orders of magnitude easier and more reliable to find them elsewhere. People just have to unstick their minds from the notion that stuff is either on google or doesn’t exist at all. Geez.

    5) P2P still exists. IRC (the sharing channels in particular, #bookz and the like) still exists. Torrenting functions like it always did. All these methods are exactly as easy to use as before, i.e. not necessarily a piece of cake, there’s a learning curve. But it’s the same learning curve it was 10 years ago.

    6) So what have we lost? Only YouTube (meh, the film/tv quality was appalling anyway, and music is still there) and direct downloads (at least the permanent ones: there are plenty of them still around, but files expire and you need to keep track of what goes up when. So this goes beyond knowhow, it’s about internet communities. Let’s not get into that either, it’s a huge subject.) It’s a loss, sure, but I wouldn’t call it a terrible blow.

    7) And in exchange for that loss, we got streaming sites. This is piracy, too, and it’s much much easier than torrents, and tons of people do it. Any “piracy has declined” narrative either implies that we’re excluding streaming from the discussion for some reason, or is flat out wrong. Ten years ago, grandpa couldn’t possibly torrent a film, and it’s debatable if he even knew how to open the file you helpfully sent him. Now, as long as someone has set up kodi or similar, grandpa can watch it on his tv and it just feels like cable.

    8) On why torrents in particular have declined in recent years, see here. It’s a big subject and I didn’t cover all of it, but the main reason is that people had access to easier methods to get what they wanted (some legal and affordable, some illegal and free), so they didn’t need to learn how to torrent. Ergo, they never did. There’s more of course, and there’s definitely a cultural shift too, but that’s a very long story so let’s not get into it. The linked post also includes some thoughts on why torrents aren’t dead and doomed just yet, and ooh, I forgot a very important one: you can’t stream photoshop.

    To summarise, internet piracy is NOT more difficult, unreliable, and unsafe today than it was 10 or 20 years ago. For reasons why people (young or otherwise) seem less versed in it, please look elsewhere. I have thoughts on that too, but this is already a very long post, so I’ll just leave you with the best kind of thought. I’ll leave you with a doubt:

    ARE people less versed in piracy? Are they really? Or is it simply that 20 years ago, internet users were computer geeks by definition, whereas now everyones online? Perhaps the percentage of skilled pirates in the general population remains more or less the same, and the only thing that’s dropped is the percentage of skilled pirates to total internet users. I can’t be sure without statistical evidence, but it’s a possibility.

    pulchrabelle

    You can literally google “watch _____ free online” and find most movies but the third result just download Adblock or popup blocker and you’re golden it truly couldn’t be easier

    chickenmcnuggies

    I’ve been meaning to make a piracy masterpost for awhile and what better time than now?

    Materpost: A curated Githup tutorial of links to more torrent sites, software, VPNs, uBlock origin filters, ect. Basically everything you could ever want starting out. Do be warned though it doesn’t appear to have been updated in awhile so a few of the links are dead.

    GAMES:

  • Vimm’s Roms: NES era->ps3 era roms and emulators to play them. Has user ratings on games. Cons: slow download speeds.
  • NxBrew: Switch roms/game updates/dlc
  • nsw2u: More switch roms. Check here if nxbrew doesn’t have the game you’re looking for.
  • Hshop: 3ds games/updates/dlc. Very well organized and sorted by console region. Bonus ability to generate QR codes to scan with homebrew to begin download directly on your console.
  • Oldgamesdownload: Old 90’s-2000’s PC games and some gamecube games. Technically, all of the games here are abandon ware, meaning the original company/creator doesn’t sell nor make money from the games anymore period. If you’re into that.
  • Fitgirl repacks: Heavily compressed PC games, and other various consoles. Small downloads and faster speeds for the size of the games. Somewhat limited game selection.
  • Steam unlocked: Steam games with easy-to-use installers. Check here if fitgirl doesn’t have what you’re looking for.
  • Steam Underground: A user forum for piracy support, usually about installing cracked games. Does have some scattered PC game downloads.
  • Google doc of Skyrim SE creation club content.
  • Amiibo life: Amiibo bins, can be loaded with some homebrew to load in games without any external source, or, if you buy writable NFC cards, you can make your own free amiibos.
  • Books:

  • Library Genesis: a good all-in-one ebook finder. Has books, magazines, scientific papers, ect. Well organized and able to sort by Author, Genre, ect ect. Almost all books in .epub format
  • Calibre: Not piracy but a free software for reading said .epub files, and other ebook formats. Good for sorting your books.
  • Sci-Hub: Research papers, academic books, pdfs, ect. Helpful for collage students.
  • IT ebook: eBooks about learning programming languages.
  • audiobookbay: Audiobook downloads.
  • Booksonic: Audiobook streaming.
  • 5e.tools: Dnd player’s manual, guide, ect.
  • Books on learning various languages.
  • Mangadex: Manga, Doujinshi.      
  • Headspace sleep audio.
  • Various books and manuals.
  • Streaming:

  • ustvgo: Free streaming of live tv, has most US cable tv channels.
  • tutturu: Spiritual successor to Rabbit, allows you to stream your screen with friends.
  • Yes movies: Movies
  • Kimcartoon: Cartoons/animated movies
  • aniwatcher: Anime
  • animedao: Anime
  • Computer software:

  • getintopc: Wide selection of pc (mostly windows) software of all sorts, and different versions. Can personally vouch for the site, I’ve gotten Photoshop, Maya, and Sony Vegas from here over the years.
  • Other:

  • the eye: An archive of old roms, OS systems, roms (non nintendo), comics, books, ect, ect. Cons: No search function and slightly hard to navigate.
  • 1337x.to: Torrent site for movies, shows, games, comics, ect.
  • ThePirateBay: The classic.
  • Recorded broadway musicals. Verying quality.
  • my personal fav nonbinary looks:

  • hella masc clothes with bold makeup. am i a boy wearing eyeshadow? am i a girl wearing Mants™? you'll never know
  • giant poofy sweaters so it looks like i could have tits but do i??
  • feminine af clothing but binding
  • tank top with a binder peeking out like "yeah bitch i'm not cis what the fuck are you gonna do about it"
  • basically i live for confusion thank you for coming to my ted talk

    frog-dad-untitled

    Here is a free pdf of the players handbook

    Here is a free pdf of xanathars guide to everything

    Here is a free pdf to monsters manual

    Here is a free pdf to tashas cauldron of everything

    Here is a free pdf to dungeon master’s guide

    Here is a free pdf to volo’s guide to monsters

    Here is a free pdf of mordenkainen’s tomb of foes

    For all your dnd purposes

    maple-the-magic-milf

    Here's a site that has literally every official (and most UA) dnd stuff

    including the books and campaigns

    and you can add homebrew

    frog-dad-untitled

    Hey rb this!!!

    lovebotbrian

    @chitratxt​

    [ Pride Alisaie! ]

    For the last 3 years I've made a special piece for June; this year I decided to combine several of my favourite things -Synthwave, Final Fantasy XIV, bold gay colors- into what's probably my favourite Pride piece yet. You can see WIPs, alt versions and timelapses for this piece (as well as support my art!) on:

    [ patreon.com/onyrica ]

    aturinfortheworse

    this is my cursed jug i have that bleeds when you pour water in it. 

    we’ve done this ten, twenty times now to no apparent change?

    acquaintedwithrask

    I’m 100% certain this is glaze fuckery but the delivery of “it’s bleeding!  It’s possessed.” is absolutely the best thing

    immabethehero

    Bad paint?

    weepingredwillow

    That’s a Time Bomb/Biohazard!!!

    The glaze on the inside and outside of the Jug has developed cracks which when the Water is added causes the darker red clay under the white glaze to absorb the water. This in turn makes the Jug “Sweat” or “Bleed”. But it also compromises the integrity of the Jug as the Clay inside is becoming soggy as it absorbs the water. It’s also a breeding ground for Bacteria and Mold as the Clay can’t properly dry inside the glaze.

    So it’s either going to fall apart and shatter into a bizillion little pieces.

    Or it’s going to become a rancid smelling object that would Poison anything that Drinks/Absorbs the water put inside it.

    zachsanomaiy

    So it’s cursed

    But like

    Scientifically cursed

    silentlycrazy

    Most curses are science we don’t understand

    artbyblastweave

    I’m not even joking- has anyone ever done lovecraftian eldritch abominations that, like, go out of their way to avoid bothering humans?

     Because if you want to run with the “we’re like ants to them” metaphor, most people who aren’t total assholes are making, like, an active choice not to stomp on anthills or squash random bugs. They step over or around. And it’s not the bog-standard indifference of the genre, there’s an active thought process of “You’re not bothering me so I won’t bother you.”

    I want a story about people exploring an eldritch horror-city like Ryleh, and eventually it turns out that all the bizarre psychological torture and warping environs and all that are an elder god’s equivalent of trying to shoo out a fly or a spider without killing it.

    I want a story about how the empathy of an elder god is just as dangerous as it’s wrath.