The attack by North Korea on SONY was in my estimation an act of war. Not only was great damage done to a major corporation located here, but for the first time in our history the right of free speech and assembly was successfully denied us by a foreign dictator. In a sense we've been invaded and have suffered great harm. The emails released were only a small part of that. Theft and destruction by a foreign power of intellectual property occurred, personal, financial and medical records were siezed and the American public was threatened with murder if we excercised our rights of assembly and free speech. It succeeded on all counts. This is no December 7th or 9/11 type event, but this attack was historic and I think should be answered strongly and decisively or we and our way of life in this digital age will be doomed. Any thoughts ?
I know we are few, and post even less, but I miss those threads that allow to know more about other board members, and that allow new people to know about the old regulars.
In that vein, and also to discover new music, I will post the top 25 reproduced songs in my iTunes, discounting repetitions from the same artist, to see if we have some common ground, or if we are truly isolated islands.
As I age, I find some songs grow an inertia, so they stay at the top for ever, while new ones have huge difficulties getting in. Nevertheless, there is some change. Marked with an asterisk are those that were at my top 25 (or another work by the same author) in 2003, when I joined the board. Of the others many, maybe most, are influenced by the board.
As you can see, lots of instrumental music and soundtracks, the real classical music of the past century. I have taken out most of the Spanish (and a few Portuguese) songs unlikely to be heard outside Spain. I am looking for common points, not differences.
You are free to comment, criticize and even mock me for my personal preferences, but you may suffer the same in return.
Laurens Walking Angelo Baladamenti (A True Story OST). The perfect driving music.
A Man and his Hat Carter Burwell (Miller’s Crossing OST)*. For many years my favorite movie.
There may be another thread that discusses these subjects, but I noted two inconsistencies in, "The Peripheral". First, At the beginning of the book, Flynne accesses the future world of London, and interacts with it, via computer & password. She sees, is seen, touches objects, and is touched by objects there. Throughout the remainder of the book, however, the only way to access that environment is through neural cutouts and peripherals. Why doesn't anyone use the other method? Seems easier and much cheaper, with no bodyguards required.
Second, if Hamed was protean, it seems he should not have been injured at all when Conner cannonballed him.
My comment on style: Why do you want to make us work so hard trying to figure out who you are talking about? Way too many pronouns -- he, she . . . sometimes I did not figure it out, even after multiple readings and much thought. Using names would have helped a lot! I'd rather use my brain- power thinking about concepts and plot twists, rather than wasting it trying to figure out who is being discussed.
Overall, a real page-turner! Finished it in four days; couldn't put it down :-)
I’m exactly 100 pages in but there is one thing I just cannot fathom. There is no explanation of how Wilf & Flynne can communicate across decades. Only that it revolves around a server in China. There is no attempt to explain how this would be possible. Yes, I know it’s speculative fiction but I really think this idea needs some little dose of verisimilitude. Something that gives the impression that it could be feasible. So far, Gibson just explains it away as if it is almost magic. It simply exists. It feels like a cop out.
At one point, early on, the two main characters are talking via some video link that can transcend time. And yet we are given no explanation of the mechanics of how this could work.
Take a novel like Jurassic Park - everyone knows cloning dinosaurs is impossible but Crichton was clever enough to include just enough explanation to suggest how it could be possible.
Other than that, I'm immensely enjoying it - despite having to read back because things like the (mechanical pets?) are introduced without any explanation as to what they are. The book is very oblique and vague in that respect.