Saturday, August 25, 2018

The original Internet quote

The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel. --William Gibson, Neuromancer

Internet Quote of the Day

The Internet is the first thing that humanity has built that humanity doesn’t understand, the largest experiment in anarchy that we have ever had. --Eric Schmidt

Friday, August 17, 2018

Sad Day in History

Today I was sitting a room full of Millennials, now normally I don't rail on  Millennials, they do have a rough life ahead of them and it is pretty much our fault. However, what occurred to me is, I was the coolest person in that room. Seriously, I am D&D nerd, I was never cool by any standard, but there I was and there was not a hip person in that room besides me. This is the real reason Millennials are pissed off, they are the first generation that has parents cooler than them and worse, their grandparents are cooler than them too. The Baby Boomers came of age in the 60's, the era when the youth culture was born and rebelled against its masters, GenX came of age in the 80's, the era the youth culture came into its own and dominated virtually every facet of life. The Millennials were born into a world that was already cool, everything they can think of has already been done, Recreational sex, been done, recreational drug use, yep, Rock and Roll, Oh yes, been done big. This is why "Retro" is a thing to day, Millennials simply have no where to go.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Review: The Fresco by Sheri Tepper

The FrescoThe Fresco by Sheri S. Tepper
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was recommended to me by a friend, her first comment about it being "I wouldn’t recommend it to most guys – or to anybody conservative", and of course my first though was, "Oh this is going to be fun!". About a quarter of the way through I knew why she was not inclined to recommend it to most guys. Let me get this straight right off the bat, this book is not anti men, but the book does depict a certain types of men in a bad light and if you happen to identify with those archetypes, you are not going to like this book much. If you are not of fan of irony and poetic justice, I would not suggest reading this book. In fact, lets just come right out and say it, if you oppose abortion, you will not be amused by this book.

The story is about earths first contact with aliens, instead of landing on the White House lawn or in Central Park, the aliens contact a rather unremarkable person, Benita Alvarez-Shipton. Benita is married to an alcoholic deadbeat husband who beats her, in spite of this she has worked hard all of her life and tried to support her family in spite of the the hardships imposed by her husband. Benita is a unique character among fictional female protagonists. Most female protagonists in science fiction tend to fall into a couple of categories, women who are thinly veiled men, oversexed killing machines and ice queens. Benita has no special ops training, she is described as mildly good looking and does not seem to have much of a sex life. She is literally from the bottom rung of society, no one cares about her and society often places her husbands well being over hers. She is the epitome of unlikely heroes. What Benita brings to the table is a wisdom born out of having lived a rough life, an intelligence that only someone who has been on the edge of the abyss all of their lives could have. She clever and competent, but not unrealistically so. In the beginning of the book she is shown to be out of her depth, but by the end, she grows into her role.

The plot of the book is a bit off the beaten path as well, when the aliens, the Pistach, come to earth, they are not here as an invasion army, but rather to guide earth into the interstellar community and help them become good neighbors. The aliens start solving problems and making earth a better place, some of the things they do are very colorful and the thought process of the aliens is interesting to read. Of course the Pistach are not the only race with interest in the earth, there is also a group of predators who want to make earth their hunting grounds. These predators have no trouble finding human allies who would rather things stayed the way they are, even if it means sacrificing human beings in the process.

Overall, this is a good read, I enjoyed it start to finish. Yes, the book has a liberal bend to it, but it is no worse than the conservative bend you might find in the John Ringo or Larry Correia book. The book has a solid plot, the storyline is tight, it is well written, and the primary characters are interesting. My only complaint about the book is the author does over use some archetypes, and hits us over the head with those characterizations, but this not a show stopper and certainly does not detract from story. I recommend it to anyone who is tired of standard fair science fiction, and are looking for something different, it even has a happy ending.

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

RE: Bionic Boobs

A bit of an explanation on my last post. My only comment was I did not know what to think and this confused some people, so let me explain. My wife is a very good computer technician, in my career I have met many intelligent and talented women working in tech. I have a lot of respect for any woman who can brave the very male dominated world of technology, make a career and love it. I am also male, heterosexual and I am not dead, so naturally I like the female form, I am especially fond of tits. So you see I am conflicted, one the one hand I want to respect Naomi Wu for her intelligence and what she does, on the other hand, I cannot watch any of her videos without staring at her boobs. In my head, I know I should not objectify her, but my penis says otherwise. This particular video shows very well, what I am talking about.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Bionic Boobs?

I have no idea how I should feel about this?

More C128 nonsense

As a slight update, I got a Commodore 1571 disk drive along with the C128 I bought for spare parts. I really didn't care much whether it worked or not. I figured worst case scenario was I could use the case for something. When I first tried to use it, it did not work, so I pretty much set it aside to work on my other projects. I was casually reading some stuff online about WiModems for C64 and C128, I came across someone who said, if you have a WiModem plugged into your C128, you 1571 will not function. Apparently the WiModems grab a data line the 1571 needs. Well, it so happens that I did in fact have my WiModem plugged into my C128 when I tested the disk drive. I pulled the WiModem out and hooked up the 1571 and the bastard actually worked. I was even able to boot to the CP/M disk that came with the bundle.