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Monday, May 17, 2010

Social Cohesion As The Ultimate Policy Goal



H/T 4-Block World

11 comments:

Thai said...

For comments

Dink said...

"Neuromancer by Wm Gibson"

(This is from a previous comment section)

In a coincidence of pure weirdness, I have "Pattern Recognition" by Wm Gibson next to my monitor. It started off awesome. Then it ended stupidly and I wanted to shoot it.

But the reason I even knew who this was is that Neal Stephenson and Gibson are often lumped together as the founders of cyberpunk sci fi so I had to give it a shot. I'm still going to read Neuromancer.

Ah, Stephenson. What was I thinking? In the framework of "The Heart of Darkness" this author was far down the river a la Kurtz when he wrote Quicksilver. Only those already converted would follow. Of course you thought he was a madman.

Please forgive me and read Snow Crash someday. It shorter and more organized. And then the conversion can move to The Diamond Age...then Cryptonomicon..

Sorry, I really should shut up about him. Obsession is tacky.

Thai said...

I'll try a different Stephenson

Neuromancer is awsome!

Neuromancer did for sci-fi dialogue what Pulp fiction did for gore film dialogue.

Dr John said...

I wish I could read and enjoy fiction more. You guys sound like you enjoy it so much.

I am not sure what to say about 4-block world other than as a business owner I agree.

Everyone loves employment and loves to hate their employer.

Thai said...

Have you guys seen the Euro?

Below 122

What I find most fascinating in all this is the degree that oil has fallen with the dropping Euro (at least in dollars) which intuitively makes sense.

I get the sense this is going to be like trying to jump between the tops of multiple moving cars any of which can shift direction in a moment without warning.

Dr John said...

Will the Euro fall apart? It seems like a bad idea to begin with.A universal note between independent sovereign entities.

Dink said...

"Neuromancer is awsome!"

Sold! I'll grab it this weekend.

"I wish I could read and enjoy fiction more. You guys sound like you enjoy it so much."

If it wouldn't be rude to ask, why don't you enjoy fiction? Granted like TV or cinema, there's a spectrum of quality. But we wouldn't lead you too far astray with our recommendations ;)

"I get the sense this is going to be like trying to jump between the tops of multiple moving cars any of which can shift direction in a moment without warning"

Sounds about right. Man, isn't there some reasonable medium between Dark Age shiny metal and today's cluster%&*# debt-laden complex fiat? Jeesh.

Dr John said...

I don't know Dink. Whenever I read fiction I get the feeling I should be reading something else that will inform me about the world and not fiction. I think it also has something to do with an inherent laziness I have regarding entertainment. I tend to search out passive non-challenging medium for the purpose. Even in the movies I watch.

By the way anyone who is interested, stay away from Iron Man2. I went to see it Friday with my son. Horrid. Who could have write such a script and think it is good? I was praying for Iron Man to die at the end he had grown so annoying. They ruined a franchise after one movie.

Thai said...

Oh no, I'm going to Iron man 2 in 30 minutes with my oldest son since he doesn't have to go to school until 11 am tomorrow.

Dr John said...

Thai, tell me if I am wrong after you see that train wreck.

Thai said...

No, you were right.

The big battle at the end was kind of cool but it was not nearly as good as IM 1.

Not the worst superhero movie I've seen but a definite disappointment.

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