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  2. So, Darkthrone is never really a band that's been on my radar. But what I've heard from their new album sounds truly amazing: So many old school references in this, it's a thing of beauty. I really like that the two dudes from Darkthrone have shed all the silliness of black metal years ago and just said "fuck it we're just making great old school music and having fun". Might have to delve a bit deeper into their entire discography based on this.
  3. Moving on to QualityLand by Marc-Uwe Kling. This is a German author, the book has been translated to Dutch but perhaps not to English. The book is set in a country that is ruled by algorithms that take all the difficult decisions so the people living there don't have to think too hard about anything. It's basically a black mirror episode in novel form, extrapolating our use of social media and other big tech to an entire country. The tone so far is fairly satirical, but I'm only in the first 100 pages so it might change.
  4. I do mind someone going out of their way to insult me on a website that I run. It doesn’t make me cry or anything, but I sure don’t give much of a damn anymore. 🤷‍♀️
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  6. Yeah, first season Orphan Black was excellent. It kind of tapered off a bit though after that. Although watching Maslany continually unveil new characters and still buying her as a different person for everyone of them is almost worth the ride by itself. Oh yeah, and that I Am Mother NF movie didn't necessarily such, but it did smack a lot of their "combine some genre's everyone likes" cut and paste movie building.
  7. For me it's a lot like which authors will I pre-order the book from. It's a short list, but there are a few... April 2020 is very far away, alas. 😿 Meanwhile, in Dirt Rally 2 present day, I managed to get 4 out of 5 dailies in the top 100 and the last just outside, so I finally seem to be improving slightly 275+ hours of game play in!
  8. And if you haven't yet read Sourdough by Robin Sloan, place a hold on that one too. As for me… Edge of Worlds by Martha Wells — I mostly grabbed this because the same author who did the Murderbot books. It was reasonably enjoyable, but I feel like I maybe came in in the middle of a trilogy or something like that. Definitely a fantasy book with a lot of back story at any rate. And a rushed ending. A Planet for Rent by Yoss — Third book I've read by him, largely just to get a flavor for what the Cubans have been up to with scifi, and I'm pretty sure the last. It was certainly better than Condomnauts, but he has this recurring theme where Earth gets out onto the galactic scene and practically the only thing they want us for is sex or slaves, which I really don't connect with on any level. There's a definite dystopian aspect to it, in that I think he's attempting to draw parallels between 3rd world countries and us being a 3rd world solar system, but it's not engaging enough to really keep me following his stuff unfortunately. If you're going to read something by him, this is the one I'd pick though. It's the most complex and well thought out of the three. Delta-V by Daniel Suarez — Best know for his Daemon and Freedom books, which are about upending the current power structures ruling our nation via MMORPG, this book is about… flipping the current paradigms for space exploration on their heads via a fast, cheap and almost-out-of-control style approach to asteroid mining by private industry. It's actually a lot of fun and I'd recommend this on the highest out of this batch of books.
  9. I enjoyed it although I think I missed the last couple of seasons. It just kept going, then I lost the thread and its tough to get back into the swing of things once you forget who was who etc. But hey, its Max Headroom on TV, that can't be a bad thing!
  10. So I don't really mind outbursts of hostility, but that's not gonna stop me from saying that perhaps hanging out a lot on certain websites can help contribute to that kind of negative or hostile behavior.
  11. We've just started watching Orphan Black. The first season we enjoyed very much.
  12. To be fair, my product management experience so far has been relatively easy. Due to the nature and structure of the organisation, I'm actually pretty deep down in the management levels and the work I do and product I manage doesn't really make it onto any upper management's radars. Although this might change now that I'm doing a huge redevelopment project.
  13. I consider this is similar to a kickstart (that I do quite often, though usually in the lower tiers). A way to get what I know I like, and some oddballs just in case.
  14. I am quite happy I passed on the mantle of Product Manager. In Sales it is almost the opposite, as you have quite a lot of power and very few real responsibilities. Of course you get to talk with a few interesting people and tons of uninteresting ones. And you are expected to both lie and develop trust... So I end up lying to the Product Managers and telling the truth to the customers. A kind of Stockholm syndrome. It helps that I am still mostly selling things I helped to develop (and some new ones I am helping develop, too). Last week work took me to Algeria. The same period they had jailed two former Prime Ministers. Politics used to be a taboo subject that you only discussed with trusted people (and indeed it was a sign you were succesful in developing trust). Now it is the main subject, as in any case people are not sure how things will be in 3 months, or six months. So everything is short term and then you discuss Politics.
  15. Let's not forget Sir Terry Prattchett, best selling British writer in the 90s. Actually I find that I am missing the little asides, the complicity with the reader that is so prevalent in the book but are difficult to translate in images unless you are willing to break the 4th wall. Something that IMO Fleabag does very well, but it disturbs or distracts many people. In the case of Good Omens the ending was foreordained, it is the traject what is important. Enjoying a lot Doom Patrol. It seems like DC response to Legion, and a quite good one, mixing the same irreverence in a more conventional superhero structure. And they are more relatable than Legion's characters. I am also watching Deadly Class and Heathers, but mainly because I never could relate to the US High School experience, so in a way this is more understandable. Rogue One is my favorite Star Wars movie ever. Because it ends as it has to.
  16. I am incredibly opposed to pre-ordering games. Even from a company like CD Project Red, who seem very dedicated to the quality of their games. I wish the Witcher games were a bit easier to play on TV sceens. I have completed the first one, but it's hard to get through the second one because the font size is just too damn small when displayed on my TV (which is how I play most games now).
  17. I already ordered a game for April 2020. Just because I feel I owe the money to CD Projekt Red. So many hours of gaming joy. One of those games that if my equipment is not up to spec will make me buy a new computer in March. Meanwhile I revisited all my old CP2013 and 2020 books. To remember Night City.
  18. Twitter's userbase is fuckign insufferable;e
  19. Last week
  20. Yep. This sums up how I think about it perfectly. Besides, I have been called worse.
  21. This one sounds good, hold placed with my library.
  22. I've had that sitting (in English) for a while. Really do need to get to it. But so many other things in the waiting list! The Cybernetic Tea Shop - Meredith Katz - this is a short work, I guess a novella, it may have been picked up, and enjoyed largely based on the title... Clara is an AI technician, she is largely nomadic, her particular skills giving her that freedom. Sal is an AI, the old kind, not the little animal familiars that everyone has now, the kind that is humanoid and still scares people. When Clara arrives in Seattle a work colleague suggests she'll be interested in The Cybernetic Tea Shop, and she is bemused by the quaint place that is clearly 100s of years out of date - other than interesting tea blends the place feels archaic. Then she meets Sal, the proprietor of the tea shop, and a great friendship starts. This is a really lovely little book, there is tension/drama, but essentially it is about two people and their relationship. Redemption in Indigo - Karen Lord - as I said last time, I picked up a couple of Karen's books when I caught her talking in Helsinki. I read The Best of All Possible Worlds already, which was her science fiction novel, and I picked up the sequel to that when she was in Edinburgh last year. Following on twitter, I see that her next book is a follow up to her first book: Redemption in Indigo. Which I've had sitting unread since Helsinki. So I was spending train time for Edinburgh's new genre book festival last week, and pretty much tore through Redemption in a day. Paama is a cook, her husband a glutton, perfect! Except his avarice is grotesque and all consuming. So she has fled, returning to her family. He wants her back. All fine and straight forward, except the djombi are watching and have their own agenda for stirring shit up. A retelling of a Senegalese folk tale, by the Barbadian writer, the djombi are kind of parallel to what Christians would think of as angels and devils, though comes more in the form of beneficial meddling and mischievous tricksters. One djombi has decided that a colleague has fallen from his path, and the way for her to punish him to take his power over chaos and hand it to Paama. Of course, the indigo skinned djombi sees it as an insult and wants his chaos back, but it isn't as easy as that. As with Possible Worlds, I am struck by how warm a writer Karen is, here particularly she has a big story telling voice, and even where we have villains she manages to talk us through them, not forgive, or negate, but to understand what drives them, upsets them, turns them. Really enjoyable. Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Book Store - Robin Sloan - a re-read. Unemployed after the tech collapse in San Francisco our narrator finds himself working the night shift of a weird bookshop. Mixes weird book shops, fantasy novels, Google technology, Industrial Light Magic model makers, and so much more. A contemporary novel, but very much about science and technology, and that kind of post-Gibson-Pattern-Recognition thing.
  23. Speaking of street photography, I got into photography in the 80's due to skateboarding. Naturally, street photography and skateboarding augment one another, and skateboarders have provided photographers with models, inspiration and photographers. One of skateboardings greatest skaters AND photographers, and my personal favorite shooter is Ed Templeton, pro skater, skateboard company "Toy Machine" founder, and bad ass street photog. Some of my favorite Ed T. shots revolve around being american. Ed and his wife, Deanna Anyway, he's pretty accessible, and will chat you up on the twitter if he likes something. Has a few books out, too. "Teenage Smokers" and "Lick" are two of my favorites.
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