Shagduk

Shagduk

This book from Pilum press, doesn't really neatly slot into any categories. It's set in the 1970's, a world I dimly remember from my childhood, in a Texas I have even fainter memories of. Nevertheless it captures something that I have glimpsed the afterimages of, and grew up in the fading echoes. It is real and grounded and almost utterly matter-of-fact, not written at all like your "standard" sci-if or fantasy book, especially of the last couple decades, yet it is magical. It pulls this off wit…

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Minimalism

Minimalism

For several reasons, as I run through and do a regular emptying out of cruft I don't need (even working in IT I realistically don't need to keep Tb2 cables around just in case, for a client, anymore), I pondered a bit on the confluence of a couple "new" trends that include minimalism and tiny houses. For those who've kept up with some of the people I follow, the disdain that many feel for "consoomers" of the next big corporate product and weird bobblehead, the need to buy yet another edition of…

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Musings on Stories

Musings on Stories

There's been some drama on twitter - and what else is new - involving how well a writer should know the canon and deep roots of one's culture, especially related to the genre an author chooses to write in. I'll preface this: I'm not a writer. First, Alexander Hellene's substack : Prerequisites. There's actually a lot to unpack here, but in many ways, the post hinges around this : A writer DOES have an obligation to understand the canon. You don’t have to like every single author in it. You d…

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Looking at Thune's Vision

Looking at Thune's Vision

I've gotten copies of Thune's Vision and Shagduk from the two respective Pilum Press Kickstarters, and oddly, it turns out you can now even order them from Target, if you really want to (please order them from Pilum, or even Amazon, but hey), and they have been worth every penny in production and quality, nevermind the storytelling. Since I'm wrapped up in several reads at the moment, I cannot do justice to Shagduk other than to say it started well, but I had to give some time and attention to…

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Media Gaslighting and Depp

Media Gaslighting and Depp

The trial is over and Depp decisively won. Sure, Amber won one of her three counts, notably the one that was sufficiently hyper-detailed that it could be called knowingly false - and many of the lawyers who'd been covering the trial live think it was a compromise verdict. The difference was still 10+ million to two, when Amber had originally asked for twice as much as Johnny. Nevertheless, the news, and AH's lawyers, couldn't let a good spin die. The relevant bullet points: * The judge impro…

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Modern Music

Modern Music

Overall, some interesting thoughts in this article by Alexander Hellene [https://alexanderhellene.substack.com/p/temporal-investment?s=r ] Temporal InvestmentThe first in what will be an informal series of posts touching on life in the pre-Internet age. The Internet changed everything, some things for the better and some things for the worse. Music firmly falls into the latter camp. Popular music, at least. Rock music, in particular. But the industry as…A. Hellene AuthorAlexander Hellene [htt…

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The Outer Arm TURN 4

The Outer Arm TURN 4

Ibrahim-Al-Bork, the ysmam of the Order of Light, has started the next leg of his jiha… journey, and is travelling to Sashine. He has condemned the apparent greed and childishness of Elan beeblebrox. In other local news, Elan Beeblebrox is rumored to be meeting with the notorious law firm of Scamm and Howe in Sashine. Stellar investments has made moves to get into the dock transshipment and cargo transfer business, with a new set of private, optimized, high-efficiency cutting edge transfer d…

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Don't "Believe" All Women

Don't "Believe" All Women

Watching the media meltdown after this week of the Depp-Herd trial is a treat. Sure, they're lying : it's the media. While I haven't been clinging to every moment  - I've skipped over swathes, listened to a lot of it at 1.5x speed, and not watched much of what I listened to - there is plenty I've directly noted, and fully believe that Amber is a lying BPD bitch who ruined Johnny's life.  And no, I'm not particularly a Depp fan, but this trial addresses two main issues: * Public awareness…

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