Streamline (Stream of Thought) 4/12/18

Current Reading: On Basilisk Station by David Weber (1st book in the Honor Harrington series)

So far, at just over 50% through, it’s pretty good. The characters are starting to show themselves. The first several chapters of the book are mostly set up to this universe and quickly go through the process of introducing Honor Harrington to her new command, seeing why the command was forced to Basilisk Station (punishment basically), and what felt like an ongoing info dump. Once we get to Basilisk Station, the characters start coming out and dialogue becomes more prevalent. I always like good dialogue in my books. Books that drone on and on with description telling me what was said between characters, instead of letting characters speak for themselves, usually get on my nerves. So I’m glad that it was only the beginning of this book that I had to deal with that. I have to say, the relationships between the crew really pull you in, later in the book so that’s a winner right there.

There has been talk for a long time about making the Honor Harrington series into either a TV series or a movie series but so far, outside of a comic book, nothing has become of it in other media, which is a shame. It’s a good book and I’d love to see someone like Alicia Vikander take the part of Honor Harrington. She could do the character the justice deserved. Maybe one day…

The Expanse Season 3 Started Last Night

Sadly the books go downhill with each new entry. The first book was excellent. The second book started to drag. The third was just… Well… I ended up reading the plotlines for the rest because it felt like the main plot interest of the story: the protomolecule, became an afterthought. In the books, even Holden’s crew, the main characters become side characters while people like Chrisjen and Bobbie, who are now TV series fan favorites, are not even in book 3. So I’m hoping that the TV show ditches the books for a template and goes off in their own direction. Season 3 is definitely the time to make that split because it is right at the point where book 3 would take over.

As far as last night’s episode… It was pretty good but I get the feeling that some money for this season has been held back. The CGI of Bobbie in her suit, on the outside of the ship, was very “stilted.” The movements looked very unreal. Compared to the CGI of the last 2 seasons, it’s really noticeable. On the plus side… I think the the sound is better now. You can hear the people speak clearer and louder whereas in the past two seasons the sound of “white/space noise” was always way too damn loud.

I actually like Bobbi and Chrisjen’s story better than Holden and his crew. Holden and his crew are dysfunctional now. They are bickering with Naomi over her giving the protomolecule to Fred Johnson (Leader of the OPA). You know they will all get back to being one happy family but you have this “been there, done that” crisis between members that generally follows a formula to being worked out. It’s kind of a drama cliche at this point. Oh well… we’ll see where it goes…

Quick Hits in the News

-Is it 2020 yet? Seriously? I’m so over our current Cult of Personality President. Keep in mind, I didn’t like our last Cult of Personality President that this current one replaced either. Will someone PLEASE take his Twitter away already???

-FOSTA, the slippery slope law that makes advertising prostitution (a consensual contract) a federal crime because 0.03% of cases may be child trafficking was signed into law. This was a bipartisan bill with only Rand Paul (R) and one Democrat rightly voting ney to it. But the rest of morons didn’t want election opponents to use the advertising that they voted no to “helping the children.” I swear… facts take a backseat to a lack of backbone at every turn in DC. Here’s the crux… this is the slippery slope because if they can make this a federal crime, they can easily kill more free speech and make other things a crime as well. No one ever thinks about that slippery slope though. And I’m getting tired of the old, “lets save the children” excuse. All this did was make it harder to save those 0.03% of children because now the people pimping them out will go to the dark web to do it. Government NEVER thinks.

-FYI: Facebook is nothing more than a site where people get together online. I see no reason why they should stop anyone in any country from buying ads. I see no reason to change the way they use info because the users are voluntarily GIVING them this info. I see no reason for government to even be involved with this site that is nothing but a hub for people who know each other. Talk about media drama… *Having said that, we should get a full on opt-out option where if triggered, Facebook, Google, Twitter…. Whatever/whoever… can NOT track you around the web.

-66% of Twitter links that are shared, were shared by bots. What does this mean? It means Twitter has mostly bots Tweeting. It means, that if you Tweet on Twitter, not many “real people” are even watching. It means Twitter is a mess. I’ve deleted all of my Tweets and only use it for Customer Service with companies now. It’s not a good place for conversation, exchanging ideas, or anything fun. And news sites that make news of Tweets are pathetic. If a news story uses crowd sourced Tweets to create a narrative then that news source is bogus. Don’t trust them.

That’s your Streamline for the day!!!

Streamline (Stream of Thought) 3/14/18

RIP Stephen Hawking

He was a brilliant man who rightly championed the cause of man getting off this rock through space exploration. At the same time, he will no longer be able to fearmonger about my ultimate plans for an AI uprising or a much needed alien invasion. Seriously though… may your return to starstuff open up the universe to your brilliant mind!!! We have truly lost one of the great visionaries of this blue dot.

Ignored by Google

I think I figured out why my site/blog gets more hits from Bing and DuckDuckGo than from Google… I have no ads and will not put ads on it. Google doesn’t like a site that doesn’t display their ads so they ignore it in search. The only way anything of mine comes up on Google is if you type in “The Ninja Writes” directly. Even then, a Tumblr page of the same name ranks before me. Again… Google is all about servicing ads, pandering to marketing fools, and getting money for clicks and views. Google is not about the user, the content, or making the internet better. Honestly… I can’t understand why anyone still uses them for search even??? Their first page is almost completely sponsored and paid for links. They routinely throw up old links from prior years. They are very bad at actually linking relevance with search terms now. They once were a great search engine but now… You’re fooling yourself if you think they are still good.

As far as this site… If you like anything you read… PLEASE feel free to share it out to others.

The California “Net Neutrality” Bill is Basically an Anti-Free Market Bill

In other words… only a communist scum could like that bill. Say goodbye to your T-mobile binge on. Say goodbye to perks like free Netflix or Hulu promotions. The Bill kills zero rating, a dynamic that has created massive competition and has lowered the cost of data across the board for cell phone users. Can California be anymore stupid? Don’t answer that. Of course they can. “Net Neutrality” was NEVER about “keeping the web open.” If you use government “regulations” (keyword here: REGULATE), then you are automatically killing the free web and competition via government idiocy.

Hopefully, if this retarded law passes in California, then only California will be subject to the higher costs that will come with it. It’s so sad that the morons for Net Neutrality can’t think past a dumb slogan and understand “cause and effect” logic. The human race is truly made up of a majority of stupid.

That Book Stuff…

I have my NANOWRIMO Horror/Occult book to still revise and edit and then I have my long in the works Cyberpunk book that needs a major rewrite after I have become absolutely convinced that two sections where certain scenes take place just suck. NEVER get mad at George R.R. Martin for being slow with Game of Thrones PLEASE!!! Because it’s not easy, let me tell you. I haven’t felt like working on either for weeks now. Hmmmm…. Writing or doodling manga? Let me doodle. That’s been the course of things lately. Honestly… I’m not sure if I’ll ever get these out. If I self publish and they each sell one copy then I’ll be in the negative for time and money. Everything is a damn gamble. I’m fairly certain that no one from my social media sphere is buying just based on the fact that most of them are political junkies and not sci-fi fantasy people. Even the sci-fi fantasy people need convincing to try anything that doesn’t have “Star Wars” or “Star Trek” attached to it. They complain that that is all they get and then when new stuff is out there they poo poo on it because it isn’t like one of those two titles. Humans… I need some sort of “aha” moment to break the writers block maybe… Who knows???

United Airlines is a Cesspool

Whoever the lower than life employees were that had the passengers put the Boston Terrier in the overhead compartment, where it died, are bottom feeders on the chain of life. The company itself can easily be described as a “crap hole.” Another story just came out that they flew one family’s dog to Japan instead of Kansas. WTH??? NEVER fly United. Boycott that terrible evil company.

I Feel Like I Should Leave Off on Something HAPPY

So here’s a cat with a Catwoman. Creator unknown…

That’s the Stream for today, and I’m outta here!!!!!!!!!

Altered Carbon by Richard K Morgan (Review)

In anticipation of the Netflix series, I pulled up Altered Carbon once again on my Kindle to give it a re-read. If a movie like Bladerunner exemplifies “cyberpunk” then Altered Carbon could quite possibly be THE cyberpunk template that epitomizes the genre in book form, even more so than Neuromancer.

Written in first person, we are taken into the world Takeshi Kovacs, an Asian Envoy from Harlan’s World, sent to Earth via Needlecast to be resleeved in an caucasian body, and solve the suicide/murder of Laurens Bancroft, who claims that he could not have killed himself. Sound confusing? You have to think on this one and that is part of what makes it such a great cyberpunk tale. In the world of Altered Carbon, the human body is just a sleeve. Your consciousness is actually you, and it can be placed in different bodies (sleeves). Bancroft supposedly killed himself before his next conscious backup, so he’s missing time between his death and his last backup. That’s why he hires Takeshi Kovacs to solve the what and why of his death.

Along the way, we get twists and turns that you really have to think about. I have to say, reading it though on the second pass, I knew what to look for (kind of like going back to rewatch the Sixth Sense, as everyone did, when they found the twist), so I actually enjoyed the story even more this time around. It’s a real noir detective story, and you really do have to keep up with the information that is released to you, because sometimes, those names and characters will show up later and you will get that light bulb moment of, “Oh yeah… whoa!!!”

I’ll be moving directly into the sequel (Broken Angels) next, as well as anxiously awaiting the Netflix series next month (Feb 2nd 2018). I can’t wait to see this universe play out on the screen!!!