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Friday Fun Trifecta #2

If you remember a while back, we did a segment here on SDMcKinley.com called Friday Fun Links and now it has evolved into Friday Fun Trifecta, where I will feature one thing of each – music, book and visual arts. Welcome to Friday Fun Trifecta #2, albeit a day early. Because, you deserve something early today.

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Book:

All Systems Red by Martha Wells [ Image Source ]

I haven’t quite got the chance to dive into this series, yet. Hopefully, St. Nick can bring a copy in through the chimney. I’m even more interested after reading some of the other, zany quotes. Have you read any of this series?

“I liked the imaginary people on the entertainment feed way more than I liked real ones, but you can’t have one without the other.” ― Martha Wells, All Systems Red

[ Quote Source: Good Reads ]
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Friday Fun Links #7

As another week comes to a close, here are some curated links. Got anything to add? My goal here is to bring you something interesting, hopefully that you haven’t seen before, something outside the norm, outside the narrative -and- because there are so many places on the internet not to share the link love.

I’d like to give a special shout out to Unbound Boxes, Limping Gods for the illustrated, short story content there that is amazing in it’s own right. Does anyone know any other illustrated story blogs like this one? I attempted to search for resources, but in my quick attempt I came up empty.

Read posts on Reddit by an AI bot that went undetected for a whole weekPixel artist Jason Tammemagi shares his love of cyberpunk, retrowave and 1980s culturePoem Brut #108 – A Case of HysteriaUnbound Boxes Limping Gods: Disconnected Stories: Issue # 473: Alexand Merek Part 20How to tell Personal Stories Through Blogging (And Avoid the Narcissism Trap)Giants IIVIDEO GAME STAPLES THAT DISAPPEAREDXbox Series X Horror Game, The Medium, Gets A New Release Date And TrailerRoland brings its classic TR-808 and TB-303 synths to your browserFan-Made Sci-Fi Short Has the Best CG We’ve Ever SeenPhasmophobia Is a New Steam and Twitch SensationSold: 53 Letters Deciphered by a Groundbreaking English CodebreakerWilliam Gass: The writer really doesn’t build the truth into the sentence, the reader does, especially if the sentence is well constructed.

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DNF Review: Neuromancer by William Gibson

This is the cover of the mass market paperback copy I received, even though it didn’t match the one that I ordered, I decided not to rain hellfire upon the heads of the Amazon customer service agents that day. I’m really not sure what is going on with this cover. It is not well. It’s worse than not well, it’s terrible. In the middle there, that’s probably an image of some expensive art that William purchased after he made his first $20k off this book. It might still be hanging in his living room.

Summary:

( Extracted from Amazon )

Case was the sharpest data-thief in the matrix—until he crossed the wrong people and they crippled his nervous system, banishing him from cyberspace. Now a mysterious new employer has recruited him for a last-chance run at an unthinkably powerful artificial intelligence. With a dead man riding shotgun and Molly, a mirror-eyed street-samurai, to watch his back, Case is ready for the adventure that upped the ante on an entire genre of fiction.

Neuromancer was the first fully-realized glimpse of humankind’s digital future—a shocking vision that has challenged our assumptions about technology and ourselves, reinvented the way we speak and think, and forever altered the landscape of our imaginations.

Evaluation:

I’m mad at this book. This is the exact reason you read the preview on Amazon before purchasing and not by the blurb alone ( which I obviously didn’t read the preview ). The blurb had me excited as all get out because I love Matrix style neuro-hacking cyberpunk futuristic bull crap ( I like it better when it’s the bull and not the crap part ). I’m a futurist at heart, so this book left me first – mouth watering and hungry, and in the end scathing in the current state of configuration while I’m in writing this article.

SIDE NOTE: This is all William Gibson’s fault, haha – Elon Musk’s Neuralink update: How to watch, start time, ‘working’ device demo