This past holidays in Tuscany I used Google Maps in my phone a lot. From ersatz-GPS to excursion planning and route optimization, it is one of my favorites. But I got a bit worried when looking at a city map that it inmediately marked a hotel with the note "Reserved 26-29th August". I knew they read my e-mail, but I had not interiorized they actually got meaning out of it. On the other hand it is nice to have that search done for me, but I suppose soon it will remind me I have to buy a present to my wife, a detail for my mistresses, child support for my youth indiscretion, and where to buy pork heads because I have an Illuminati initiatory meeting tonight, and it is my turn to be the Master of Ceremonies.
On the other hand it has been insisting the whole week that I really need to buy a real human skeleton, from a reliable source in China. So maybe I have forgotten something I should be doing.
Neuromancer is my all time favorite book, and something about the cyberecks used in Gibson's Sprawl have always inspired me, so I have built what is as close as I can currently get to an actual deck. This one is inspired by Case's Ono Sendai in Neuromancer. As well as being a cosplay prop it is also a working computer. Since I can't currently add a neural interface to it I've made do with some customized video glasses.
I just talked to Penguin and they have reinstated the new member registrations, but with moderator approval of incoming accounts.
I'll be helping them process new account requests, so we will see what happens.
I have nothing to add, just thought this needs its own thread [partly so it'll show up on the main page].
Thanks, great news. :-)
 On second thought, I can think of one thing to add... That's basically how it was with the old board; iirc, new memberships had to be approved by Tiger68, and that also seemed to work pretty well in terms of limiting spam. Wonder how he's doing these days...
I just took the time to read the late Lester Zombie's Facebook Obit. It was touching. I remember him fondly.
One thing I did not understand about 'Lester's' (I refrain from using his Christian name) life, was how successful he was in living 'Interstitially'. That is, he was like a weed growing between the cracks in the cement.
I don't think he had a job or a regular income. It was only when his father passed that he had, adequate housing. I don't think he was starving. And, when he finally passed, it was from old age and 'a hard life'. I suspect with more care in his middle-years, he would still be here.
Lester lived 'between the cracks'.
My question is: "How hard is it, to life 'Interstitially'?
BTW, there are so few people like Lester in the Forum today. I lament his demise.
Hi, y'all--dunno if anyone has read (listened to?) "The Peripheral" on the audio-cd yet, but I'm 2/3 through it, and it's rocking my world...admittedly, going through a rough patch right now, so looking for some distraction, but hey, I've read this thing and absolutely loved the book--delightful, revealing, imaginative, uncredibly sad, and yes, uplifting. But the experience in the car (loooong housecalls and trip thereto) is a whole difference, because of the inability to race through the words. The reader is marvelous, and just right for this material--pithy, measured. Lovely. Anyone in Los Angeles next week, pop by Hollywood Forever --performing w artist Butch Walker--say hi, Take care all, Stephen 'Doc' Patt