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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 ?  


Tired of the same old stuff ? Got any favorite alternatives ??? Being Irish from a large extended family makes this one a particular fave of mine...




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. 

Bylar Dead Can Dance*. 

A Case of you Diana Krall. The original (Joni Mitchell) and Tori Amos cover are also in there.

Holiday Green Day. Fist pumping, head banging great.

Giles Farnaby’s Dream Penguin Café Orchestra*.

Hope Wim Mertens*.

King George Dover*. A Spanish group that sings in English.

Volver Estrella Morente. Sometimes you tire of being cosmopolitan.

Dreams (Meng Zhong Reng) Faye Wong (Chungking Express OST) The original Cranberries song is also quite high, but this one always makes me smile.

Nothing Else Matters Apocalyptica. I like it better than the original.

Things that scare me Neko Case. WG made me discover NC.

Wish you were here Pink Floyd*. 

Fisherman’s Blues The Waterboys*.

Cadillac Solitario Loquillo y los Trogloditas*.

2000 Miles The Pretenders*. Also around I have Holly Cole and Chris Martin covers, too.

Með Suð Í Eyrum Sigur Ros. This is what passes for new, in my tastes...

The Ship Song Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.

Amsterdam Ute Lemper. I dig also Brel, but she kills it.

'Til Kingdom Come Coldplay. Spiderman almost killed this song for me. Almost. 

Yumeji's Theme Shigeru Umebayashi (In the Mood for Love OST). And in 2046, and My Blueberry Nights. It is not in The Grandmaster, as far as I know.

Dejá Loin Yann Tiersen.

Gortoz A Ran Lisa Gerrard & Denez Prigent (Black Hawk Down OST). It is Breton.

Sinnerman Nina Simone (all 10 minutes of it).

Dragonborn Jeremy Soule (Skyrim OST).


Though not obvious in the site navigation.


They are here, and a quote appropiate even more to his last book.


Not so difficult to find, but I just do not want the last spammer memory to remain in the last Topic up, even if deleted.




Welcome to the Literary Punk blog post, Driving GUNHEAD with Chris Palmer, with a link to the VIRTUAL LIGHT (1993) podcast episode [also available on itunes]. 

Climb on board the decommissioned GUNHEAD, with me and outstanding SF scholar Chris Palmer at the wheel, as we take a drive round Gibson’s 1993 illumination of the cyberpunk future, VIRTUAL LIGHT. 

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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 :-)


Hello everyone,

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.


December 6 2008 Athens policeman shot and killed a 15yo unarmed kid.
That triggered the 2008 Greek riots

Early afternoon we walked on the protest for the 6 year anniversary.
And while the majority of the protesters were peaceful there were also parts of anarchy that would result to this:

That was a Zara Home window. They broke it and then set it on fire.
Five minutes later we were walking by. (these protests tend to be rather long) and yes some garbage were occasionally set on fire but the protest did end relatively uneventful. Some teargas was dropped in the distance but that was dispersed by the time we got there.
That was early afternoon.
Now that night has fallen this is going on:

and this is just Saloniki. I can assure you Athens is worse.


There is malcontent but there is also a lot of anger.

At some point we got to the beginning of the line by accident and saw the lines of protesters that did most of the vandalism.... They were yound kids!

Just like that kid 6 years ago. But it's not an excuse for getting killed!

Shot by a cop!!! or brutally beaten (there are other examples)...


Police is supposed to be performing a civil duty to protect the citizens.

They are paid by our taxes and their work it to protect us, even from our own selves, not to intimidate. There is a difference between the two.

This is state violence against it's own citizens.


There are protests going on right now in North America.

As Mean Old Man mentioned on the twitters earlier on today

"Lot of that going around."

Eric Garner in NYC. Michael Brown in Ferguson.

I know race is a big part of the incidents in north america

but it's still police brutality. It is state violence against it's own citizens.


Last but nowhere near least the 43 students missing in Mexico.

It is beyond unimaginable! They were kidnapped, tortured and murdered because they were protesting? really? It is beyond criminal what happened to those students. and it was police that did it! the very same people whose job was to protect them.



James McMurtry & The Heartless Bastards are running Winamp, I've been nibbling at the Evan Williams since before the sunset dog walk two and a half hours ago and goddamit it's only half-six.


Asked if my county library would consider acquiring this book. They had it shipped to me from Amazon. I read it pretty much as slowly as I could and dropped it off. Doesn't make up for that they can't afford to participate in inter-library loans anymore but, oh well. It's the 21st century.


I really fucking enjoyed reading this book.


The typesetting got me when I opened it, the exaggurated spaces. "Don't rush."


The twit-length chapters and straight chronology made it easy to work with. I'm a fan of convolution & complexity (Zappa was on the juke just prior to McMurtry) but a seemingly simple song well sung works for me.


Couple of things that rang my bell: rural/urban, Chinese black box, civ/mil/corp/blackbox relations. And what a hero!


Negatives: No ekranoplans, no replicants popping out of fax machines... kind of a "meh" ending that makes me wonder how severe Stephenson might be when considering this effort wrt his challenge. I can well imagine him at the whetstone....


I'll be getting my own copy before too long and will probably have some different opinions after rereading.


I hugely enjoyed "The Peripheral," and I recommend it to all readers whether grandfathered or permitted to be literate.


Just a quick post here thanking for the moral support given off-board by several wigbers (and proven show of the power of the WGB mojo). I posted over a year ago here about a serious health issue with a family member. Situation improved dramatically over the year and while things have changed, it's become almost back to normal, and given the overall aspects, that has been quite a remarkable triumph and relief for the extended fuldog family.


Hopefully will be having a bit more of free time in the upcoming year to roam more frequently here. 


Gracias and all the best for everyone in this holiday season.