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Time:02:41 pm
If transhumanism is about how technology will help us solve the problems inherent to human nature and cyberpunk is about how technology won’t, then technothrillers are about how we'll never get to find out one way or the other.
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Subject:At the ripe old age of 33, I am already beginning to understand this.
Time:05:25 pm
"When Mimara asked for a third time what was the matter, he decided that he hated the young. Smooth faces and lithe strong limbs. Not to mention the certainty of ignorance. In his soul's eye he saw them doing jigs down blasted halls, while all he could do was hobble after them. Pompous wretches, he thought, with their dark hair and hundred-word vocabularies. Pissants." - The Judging Eye by R. Scott Bakker
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Subject:One for the Google-Should-Know-This files ...
Time:10:30 pm
If you've been reading Simon R. Green's stuff (his horrible horrible yet somehow insanely addictive stuff), you already know that the man never read something he didn't want to put in his books: the Deathstalker Series was Star Wars-Dune-40K-X-Men-Neuromancer, the Eddie Drood books are the genre kitchen-sink setting to end all genre kitchen sink settings (superheroes meets James Bond meets the X-Files meets the Dresden Files meets Planetary meets ... Deathstalker), Nightside is ... basically the same thing and so on.

Just thought I'd make especially mention of Bunny Hollis, a former SAS combat sorcerer turned freelance mercenary who actually gives Eddie Drood (and his sidekick girlfriend Molly Metcalf) a halfway decent challenge. This is because he is soooo totally Sergeant Major William Gravel with fewer(!) scruples and 10 times the joie de vivre. Alternatively, if I'm being meta, facetious *and* pretentious, I'd say he's Green's idea of one of Gravel's colleagues with a similar skillset who went all the way off the reservation instead of just mostly.

Put that together with the references to Description Theory and it's clear that Simon R. Green is a big Warren Ellis fan. Have I said this before? Probably. Don't care, still true.
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Subject:"It's almost never money," he said. "Or patriotism, either."
Time:12:46 am
Generally speaking, espionage offers each spy an opportunity to go crazy in a way he finds irresistible. - Kurt Vonnegut, "Mother Night"
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Subject:"We are all collaborators with the armies of the world, Red."
Time:03:24 pm
Injection (#10 just dropped yesterday) is Peak Warren Ellis. It is Platonic Ideal of Warren Ellis. Global Frequency, Moon Knight, Gravel and, yes, even Planetary were but mere dress rehearsals for the coolness that is Injection.

Starring a racially diverse team of competence-porn professionals who fucked up in the world-changing way only super-geniuses with an unlimited budget and no oversight can, it tells the tale of how they get the band back together and attempt to put a(n almost literal) genie back in the bottle.

Makes me really want to see a fantasy novel from him.
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Subject:"I am the target. You are the bullet. A moment of peace as we meet and are transformed."
Time:10:00 am
Karnak #2 finally came out. Totally worth the wait.

In this issue, the annihilation-monk, the structure-hitter, He Who Recognizes The Inherent Value of Stones Over People, Karnak faces off against a practitioner of Zen Gunnery.

Weaponized philosophies! *That's* going to be the theme, isn't it.

Ahhh Warren Ellis, don't ever change. I love you just the way you are.
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Subject:And he’s like: “I’m looking for a guy who shrinks.”
Time:10:11 pm
Watched Ant-Man on the plane. It’s a good clean perfectly functional Marvel formula with its own spin. It isn’t FANTASTIC but it does absolutely nothing WRONG either. It’s good. 8/10. Ethnic bullshit was a little annoying as was sexist bullshit but at least they’re working on it. Just a reminder that there’s STILL NO BLACK WIDOW MOVIE MOTHERFUCKERS. Aannyway, the Marvel formula is pick-a-genre-add-comedy-add-superhero, yeah? Iron Man is Technothriller Superhero, Cap 1 was WW2 Superhero, Cap 2 was 70s Political Spy Thriller Superhero, Hulk was Godzilla Superhero*.

Ant-Man is Heist Movie Superhero.

(maybe that’s why the Thor movies suck. They don’t execute their sub-niche. And of course, some people will tell me the Thor movies don't suck. And I will look down from my high horse and tell them, "No, you suck." Verily.)

- Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering but you don’t know what ‘subatomic’ means? Bullshit. I hate when geeks are written by non-geeks. Even smart non-geeks because they still don’t know what the fuck they’re talking about
- Paul Rudd got in the obligatory Marvel Male Shirtless Scene. That was cool. I like how they hid the incipient romance from everyone including the audience. Good shit. What happens to his baby mama though?
- Falcon fight was hilarious. Shrinking powers are sooo OP pls nerf srsly
- Did Scott actually get paid for any of this? Pym is such a dick
- I liked Pym’s dismissal of the Iron Man suit as ‘cute’ compared to his suit which plays with the very fabric of reality.
- which is true by the way. I sense they might use that as the gateway to Doctor Strange
- I liked Pym in general. His acerbically mellow arrogance pleases me
- Tank keychain, motherfuckers!!
- shrinking tech is INSANELY POWERFUL, no fooling
- How did they do young Michael Douglas so well by the way. CGI smoothing on his face, Gordon Gecko hair and acting for the rest, yeah? Cool. Helps that Michael Douglas is old as shit so he didn’t have to play his 20something year old self in the 80s because in the 80s he was like late 40s or something yeah. Well, he looked it anyway
- 80s!Howard Stark was hilarious. Don Draper’s right hand man, that coolass rich dude? Yeah, him. Now THAT was some perfect stunt-casting.
- fight scene inside a briefcase was awesome. Fight scene atop Thomas the Tank Engine was gold. Giant ant and Giant Thomas the Tank Engine? Priceless. Also, Giant Man is coming
- ‘looking for a guy who shrinks’ HAHAHAHAHAHAHAooohhh I laughed till I peed
- I cried when Pym told his daughter how her mom died. Understandable given my particular circumstances. Also, I just might be a fucking pussy. Full of estrogen and shit. Yeah.
- fathers and daughters, yeah.
- of course the villain’s relationship with Pym shows that fathers and sons are quite the issue too. How did the granddad on Blackish put it? “Sons are just pale disappointing reflections of ourselves”? That is, when they aren’t our best and worst traits turned up to eleven
- shrinking makes everything awesome. Running through a scale model of a building while full-size bullets rip everything to shreds turns a perfectly ordinary gun battle into Normandy. It’s like the poetic inverse of the climactic gun battle from Django Unchained
- the insect control was simultaneously awesome and incongruent. It was awesome because using EM signals to neurologically fake scent trails for the insects to follow is inspired and soooo versatile, incongruent because it has nothing to do with the shrinking tech.
- then again, between that and the signal jammer, it shows Pym wasn’t a one-trick pony. In his own way, he was every bit as brilliant as Tony Stark
- Mentor figure lives! Hell yes!
- Civil War flashforward, woohoo! “This would have been a lot easier a week ago.” The Accords, huh. “I know a guy” huh. So cool. So that’s how Antman joins the Avengers. He fights the power alongside Cap, Falcon, Winter Soldier and whoever else stays on their side.

*The Avengers movies are of course Superhero Superhero movies.
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Subject:"You've picked the losing side of a battle that's already won, girl."
Time:01:51 am
Been far too long. Busier than ever, new ventures, new efforts and LJ is pretty much dead anyway.

Still. I cannot let a year pass without updating my yearlusts such as they are.

This year's is supernatural fiction starring black folk. I've seen the particular genre called Afro-surrealism by some but I call it magical negro fiction. You know, starring the magical fucking negro -- and not her white sidekick. It's pretty cool. You've got Nnedi Okorafor with Lagoon and Who Fears Death and Akata Witch and you've got Ayize Jama-Everett with his Liminal books and Hannibal Tabu's The Crown and of course, the ur-creator of the genre, Octavia Butler.

The most interesting thing to me in what they do is taking the powers we are all so familiar with (the strength, the speed, the flight) from Avengers and X-Men and Marvel and DC and Wildstorm and so on -- and making them strange again simply by the act of putting them in different hands. I exaggerate, of course; it is not simple but it is explicable. Take those powers and root them in mythology that slips beneath your feet like sand in the Dreamtime instead of over-explained pseudo-science that we've seen far too much of anyway. Root the powers in archetypes and hazy liminal weirdness so that they become icebergs shrouded in fog in waters on an alien planet.

Lagoon does this very well by shearing away the distinctions between alien and spirit, nanotech and magic, invasion and reawakening. Jama-Everett does it with X-Men types whose powers are inexplicable even to the people who claim to know, powers that put them in the same royal courts as the gods themselves -- and then has those gods actually exist as unknowably vast beings.

And that's my yearlust for 2015.

PS
Taggert's power is fucking bullshit. Seriously, ranged biomancy that lets him heal or harm with equal effort AND he can heal himself? WTFHAX PLS NERF :D
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Time:09:47 pm
Anyone been following the story of Cornealious Anderson, Missouri man who robbed a Burger King back in 1999, was sentenced to 13 years and then simply forgotten about until 2013? Usually, we hear about the reverse i.e. innocent men being let out of jail after 25-30 years. In this case, a clerical error meant he never got the summons to go to jail. So, naturally, not knowing where to go, he didn't go. Why would he? Would you?

Anyway, this guy went ahead and became a master carpenter, started a family, at least two businesses and in every way became a model citizen. He paid taxes, had a drivers license with his own name and address on it. Hell, he had parking tickets which he paid. No one ever raised any questions.

Fast-forward to July 2013. He's serving his daughter breakfast and a frickin SWAT team breaks down his door and grabs him. He has now been in jail for ... let's see, carry the three ... nine months. Why? Because, according to the Missouri Department of Corrections, he has to serve his time no matter what. Let's ignore the fact that it was their mistake that kept him out of jail for the past 13 years. Let's ignore the fact that he is infinitely more rehabilitated than any 13-year convict could ever be. Let's ignore the fact that the so-called armed robbery was with a BB gun and no one was killed, injured or even shot at. The victim, the Burger King assistant manager they actually took the money from when he went to deposit the day's earnings at the bank, has come out and explicitly said "... the law dropped the ball. The law ought to drop it completely. They need to leave the man alone.."

None of this made any difference to the powers that be in the Missouri Corrections System.

Cornealious Anderson is of course black.

Why am I posting this? Because I get bullshit chain letters about Jesus all the time and I figured this was a topic of actual importance, about a man who really shouldn't be in jail (at least, not while Ethan "Affluenza" Couch, Robert "I-fingered-my-3-year-old-daughter-while-jerking-off-but-I'm-rich-so-I-got-let-off-anyway" H. Richards IV and Stacey "raped-a-14-year-old-Girl-who-committed-Suicide-and-only-got-a-30-day-sentence" Rambold are freely walking the unsalted earth.)

Please give this some thought and share it if you are moved (be it on LJ, Instagram, MySpace, Facebook, SnapChat, in-person, whatever.) Take a moment to sign the CHANGE.ORG petition his lawyer put up. Don't let this happen.

http://www.change.org/petitions/attorney-general-chris-koster-release-cornealious-michael-anderson-iii-from-prison
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Subject:Somebodya culpa, somebodya maxima culpa
Time:02:04 pm
So hey, it turns out I do in fact have a yearlust for 2014 and it is the music of one Dan Bull, Esquire. This young British gentleman produces some of the finest hip-hop about video games that you will ever find on YouTube, especially when the games themselves are crap. Check his Euro Truck Simulator track for a particularly nifty example (bonus points for doing it in an apparently authentic Birmingham trucker accent.)
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