Snow Crash revisited

Snow Crash revisited

The opening scene is a true classic. Then there’s the — think: anti-hero.

“The tattoo on his forehead consists of three words, written in block letters: POOR IMPULSE CONTROL.”

Maybe I should get that tattoo.

Halfway through, maybe, we’re introduced to the Librarian, a dour looking avatar of a person who can answer questions, not unlike Wikipedia. The optimistic, yet untimely fictional version? The ‘Librarian’ software construct won’t make judgement inferences.

“I thought the Hebrews were monotheists. How could they worship Asherah?”
“Monolatrists. They did not deny the existence of other gods. But they were only supposed to worship Yahweh. Asherah was venerated as the consort of Yahweh.” (Page 262.)

Another interesting ideological nugget, delivered from that Librarian.

“After the crucifixion, the apostles went to his tomb hoping to find his body and instead found nothing. The message was clear enough: We are not to idolize Jesus, because his ideas stand alone, his church is no longer centralized in one person but dispersed among all the people.” Page 461.

Ash Wednesday behind me, the Lenten season upon us? Doesn’t Asherah become Oestra, the predecessor for Easter?

I finished rereading it late in the night, amused at how different plot points carried a different weight, this time through.

Snow Crash revisited

Mentions?

Snow Crash revisited

There’s much adulation, but in part, it’s the currency balanced against the timelessness of the stories.

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Sowing and Reaping

Sowing and Reaping

“9:11 If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?”

The First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians

From The King James Version of the Bible

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why do the thing

why do the thing

“17. If the choice rests with thee, why do the thing? if with another, whom dost thou blame? Atoms or Gods? To do either would be crazy folly. No one is to blame. For if thou canst, set the offender right. Failing that, at least set the thing itself right. If that too be impracticable, what purpose is served by imputing blame? For without a purpose nothing should be done.”

Marcus Aurelius Book VIII

Εἰ μὲν ἐπὶ:σοί, τί αὐτὸ ποιεῖς; εἰ δὲ ἐπ̓ ἄλλῳ, τίνι μέμφῃ; ταῖς ἀτόμοις ἢ τοῖς θεοῖς; ἀμφότερα μανιώδη. Οὐδενὶ μεμπτέον. εἰ μὲν γὰρ δύνασαι, διόρθωσον: εἰ δὲ τοῦτο μὴ δύνασαι, τό γε πρᾶγμα αὐτό: εἰ δὲ μηδὲ τοῦτο, πρὸς τί ἔτι σοι φέρει τὸ μέμψασθαι; εἰκῇ γὰρ οὐδὲν ποιητέον.

“If it’s in your control, why do you do it? If it’s someone else’s, then who are you blaming? Atoms? The gods? Stupid either way.
Blame no one. Set people straight, if you can. If not, just repair the damage. And suppose you can’t do that either. Then where does the blaming people get you?
No pointless actions.

Book Eight

Marcus Aurelius (meditations)

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Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius

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Full Moon in Virgo/Pisces

Full Moon Virgo/Pisces

Full Moon Virgo/Pisces

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Another good one

Another good one

“My mother always told me I wouldn’t amount to anything because I procrastinate. I said, ‘Just wait.’”

— Judy Tenuta

Pink Cake

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Surveillance

Surveillance

To the NSA agents assigned to my phone?

“I’m sorry,” or “you’re welcome,” depends on what you’re into.

Electric Overlords

Electric Overlords

Big Swiss

Big Swiss

The title refers to a character in the book, and the story is post-modern fiction. There are poignant yet amusing — at least to me — shots at various generations, sort of like, “OK Millennial,” and I hope that becomes a thing.

I’m not sure what it is, though, humorous, without being laugh-out-loud funny, and traversing lines that question sexuality and in the same breath, point to exigent situations, even a problem now.

Political without being political?

Which in the event it isn’t clear, is why the world needs art.

The setting is a small town, the protagonist is Gen X who transcribes a local therapist’s sessions, and thus we all get to know everyone’s dirty little secrets.

The title is a character who lives in town, and is from Switzerland, and obviously, a Swiss maid, in all the usual ways — like — right off a hot chocolate commercial.

Big Swiss

Same author — didn’t figure that out, at first, but great voice.

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