The One Hundred and Forty-Seventh Post: The One Where I Hone My Shilling Skills With Appealing Alliteration on This Partially Punctual Post…

Good Morning, all! While I am not paid to shill products or people (fingers crossed!), I will recommend two things to you:

One – I am a fan of the old Art Bell show (not Coast to Coast – Gawd that show is a far cry from what it was) and I was lucky enough to find some old shows on .mp3 when WinMX was working. I was able to get a streaming audio player (pro version of xiialive for free from Amazon!) and I was just poking about. For a lark, I typed in ‘Art Bell’ and I figured I would get a stream cast of Coast to Coast. Imagine my joy when Fine Art: The Essential Art Bell came up on the list. It jumps about during Art Bell’s tenure on his show. Today, I caught the last part of his show on September 11, 2001 and now I am listening to the show from April 2, 2005 – it does jump around, but hey – it’s Art Bell. If you’re a fan of EVPs, conspiracies and what would be called ‘fringe news’, this is the site to go to and bookmark to burn away the hours at work… y’know… instead of working. Did I mention how much I love my Kindle Fire? I really do love this little thing. I’ll also recommend the Xiia Live Pro for your Android device. It’s very easy to use and set up – come with a timer and even an alarm to wake up to you favorite stream. Note: since I cannot determine what particular episode will play, I don’t want to run the risk of an early morning heart attack because they decided to play one of Art Bell EVP episodes.

Now – on to books. I am currently reading Rule 34
by Charles Stross and this is one of the better cyberpunk books I’ve read so far. This one takes the current mercenary model of the Internet and extrapolates it about one hundred years into the future with some brilliantly funny lines. While I like cyberpunk, I am in love with this particular book. You should have a little bit of knowledge of Internet memes – particularly what Rule 34 is, but you can pick up what’s what by reading in context. This is also in interesting read as it’s written in second person (you
instead of I or he/she/it), so it is a little more immersive than the usual novel. The various characters are well thought out and very dissimilar in their voice. I am about a third of the way through the novel (Thank God for slow hours) and it is very enjoyable. I am going to search out more of Charles Stross and definitely put into my favorite cyberpunk authors (which now numbers 2) list.

If anyone interested – I have had no dream to report of today. Hopefully, this means no more being chased by weird robots, or silly string horrors and spooky women… at least in my sleeping hours. I will not make any such guarantees as to my waking life.

 

Have a good day.

Sincerely,

Seething Apathy

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