A Bit of Cyberpunk

A Bit of Cyberpunk

While I'm never not going to be a metal/rock guy, I took a long tour through trance, and other modern dance including the Cruxshadows end of darkwave, and more recently, The Midnight and other retrowave groups. As a result, I was overjoyed to stumble into Didact's recommendation of Scandroid. The first track he shows, "Empty Streets" has not only an excellent and evocative sound but a stylish 8-bit lyric video.So, to follow on a theme, one of more recent listens has been a retro Darkwave artist by the name of Irving Force, and I've really come to like…

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Falling Angels and Burning Bright

Falling Angels and Burning Bright

Saw John Wick the other day. Lots of action, interesting characters, with yet again a lot of John Wick's history and background exposed by how he is treated by the people he meets, including the surreal experience of a fanboy out to kill him.If you liked the first two, go see it. Men of the West has an interesting, spoiler filled take on it and the relationships between boomers, gen-X, and millenials, after their initial teaser setting up the premise.In short, go see it.So, instead, I'm here to talk about my ipression of a few trailers I…

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Yes, George Martin Writes Horror

Yes, George Martin Writes Horror

Cataline makes an excellent observation I think, with the caveat that, quite obviously, GoT/ASoIaF is set in a fantasy universe. Game of Thrones is horror, and that's pretty much what George knows how to write. I remember skimming back and forth in the first two books of the series (the only ones I read, I grant you), trying to find a battle scene and there just isn’t one. What you get are people describing the the aftermath of a battle and the key events that happened in it, (IE who died that time), but no real action. Martin…

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Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

First of all, to absolutely no-one's surprise, at least no-one who has been observant, the press isn't spending a lot of time reporting on the recent STEM shooting. It violates the narrative in almost every conceivable way. Kids using handguns they couldn't legally buy, including a "trans" "boy" who's dad was a repeat offender and abusive illegal immigrant (why is he/she trans? Hmmm), who hated Christians and Trump.Keep that one in mind when someone talks school violence, as well as Stefan's overview of Cruz's history from the Parkland shooting.Out of mostly prior professional interest, I've sat through…

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The Wolf You Feed

While I recently posted on something that popped up at Bruce Charlton's blog that I disagreed with, there are reasons I pay attention to his site, and not to find ragebait to get spun up over. Not coincidentally, I'm effectively in complete agreement with this post against topical rants. “Outrage du jour” posts serve a definite purpose – whether or not this purpose is beneficial or harmful depends on the topic addressed and the manner in which the writer has approached it. As with most things in life, outrage posts have their pros and cons. On the pro side, outrage posts…

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Publicity

One friend pointed out that, while being willing to do something publicly as yourself is far from a guarantee of truth and honesty. Sure, they've got more skin in the game, and that does speek to a higher degree of certitude or courage, but not only could they still be wrong, there's also the very real phenomenon of people willing to do insane or controversial things for some publicity or attention.…

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Anonymity

Anonymity

Bruce Charlton points us to Francis Berger's blog, and a decision to no long read blogs, Christian or otherwise, written pseudonymously. This brings me to the more general topic of pseudonyms, fake names, aliases, anonymity and the like. Although I respect medieval artists who purposefully chose anonymity as a way of glorifying God, the contemporary use of anonymity and aliases by artists, writers, and bloggers troubles me. I am not referring to individuals who use aliases but whose real names are publicly known, but to those secretive writers, thinkers, and bloggers who hide their authentic identities under noms de plume.…

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The Root of Insurance Problems

The Root of Insurance Problems

I've recently come across ads for a new car insurance company called Root, that promises to lower your rates by measuring how you actually drive, so that your risk, and thus premiums, is assessed by your actual choices and performance. And yes, they actually tell you that your rates are lower because you're not paying the insurance for crappy drivers.It's not quite a silicon valley darling, but predictably enough, the crowd that laments how it sucked to have insurance that charged you more for "pre-existing conditions" was bad, and paying for other people's health care problems is good, is…

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