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Neuromancer by William Gibson - Review Anonymous Comrade 02/01/2020 (Sat) 00:54:44 No. 5819 [Reply] [Last]
https://cosmopolitanmongrel.home.blog/2020/01/31/an-aching-taste-of-blue-a-review-of-william-gibsons-neuromancer/ >I just got through reading and listening to the audiobook of William Gibson’s novel “Neuromancer”. The novel was released in 1984 and is widely considered to be one of the founding works of the science fiction subgenre known as “Cyberpunk“. Gibson himself is a bit of a legendary figure, having coined the phrase “Cyberspace”. Gibson is also widely credited with having “predicted” everything from the world wide web, google class, unisex fashion, bay area gentrification, the gig economy, etc...
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>>5899 Lmao. Merging with the AI? Crashing the system? None of those presents an alternative other than libertarian tier shit. The terrorists and UNATCO both being cartoonish version of libertarians and modern mutt politics doesn’t help either. The sequel sucked even harder with every ending being canon and still nothing changed.
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>>5902 How is (spoilers in text and pic) full AI communism not 'presenting an alternative'?
>>5872 is that the only way you can enjoy things? if they're explicitly pro communist? >>5819 Now read the sequels, Count Zero and Mona Lisa Overdrive. They're self-contained stories in the same universe, known as The Sprawl Trilogy.
>>5905 I enjoyed Count Zero and Mona Lisa Overdrive a lot more than Neuromancer. In Neuromancer you only follow Case's story, but in the others you switch between different plotlines happening at the same that affect each other. I think the characters are a lot more likeable in these two, and the story is easier to follow. At times it was hard for me to understand what was going in Neuromancer. >>5897 I guess you're right. The world of the novels is a very bleak capitalist dystopia, but this only serves as a backdrop to the main characters' stories who are hackers, mercenaries, or regular people that get caught up in the conflicts between corporations. Despite how shitty the world is, nobody ever questions it, and everyone simply accepts the way things are. So, you might say that the books are critical of capitalism by showing the absolute worst of it, but it isn't the main focus and there's no alternative being shown. Still, they're pretty good books and you might like them.
>>5905 :o there are sequels? (and THAT'S where mona lisa overdrive comes from, so weird to see dirty rap having cyberpunk influences like wutang and kung-fu.) (what a beautiful piece of fiction to be able to influence other art so!)

Any chill song about post-scarcity society? Anonymous Comrade 01/30/2020 (Thu) 09:02:13 No. 5786 [Reply] [Last]
I would like to hear some song like this: https://youtu.be/B7-0ULhk4w0 But talking about a communist sociaty. Ignora cringy image I just found on google.
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"Imagine" by John Lennon
One Way to Go - Julia Ecklar
Hilly Fields - Nick Nicely (Proto Post-scarcity)
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Todd has done it again folks Anonymous Comrade 10/24/2019 (Thu) 04:01:49 No. 1311 [Reply] [Last]
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Half-assed attempt at listing the many many lies from Todd NO NO NOT ANOTHER SKYRIM TODD PLEASE
Each installment strips features. Fallout 4 removed skills, so TES6 probably won't have them either. It'll probably play like the mobile TES game.
>>1341 What DLC did you prefer, anon?
>>1494 It will be a microtransaction filled idle clicker game
/v/ is now the roulette board, please go there for your video game related discussions. >>>/roulette/

johnny-mnemonic Anonymous Comrade 02/07/2020 (Fri) 20:17:29 No. 6005 [Reply] [Last]
https://cosmopolitanmongrel.home.blog/2020/02/06/i-want-room-service-a-review-of-johnny-mnemonic-1995/ >Remember that time Keanu Reeves, Ice-T, Dolph Lundgren, the lead singer from Black Flag, and that chick from Starship troopers were all in a cheesy 90’s cyberpunk flick together? Well strap in for a wild journey to 1995, complete with Japanese hitmen with katanas, a cybernetic dolphin, explosions and cheesy dialogue delivered by Keanu Reeves.
Nah, you're wrong, the movie is great.
>>6006 if you think that you need to rewatch it

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Why aren't you using Soulseek, tovarisch? Anonymous Comrade 02/08/2020 (Sat) 05:14:12 No. 6011 [Reply] [Last]
>Peer to Peer sharing of music >Free >Absofuckinglutely massive database that has millions of artists, and often has their entire discographies Stop supporting YouTube and Spotify, and join a FREE music sharing platform today!
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Yeah it's probably the best way to get music since oink and what.cd shut down. Funny how it's been around since the days of Napster and LimeWire but somehow flew under the radar.
>>6017 I see a /pol/ room but not a /leftypol/ room, what's it called? >>6018 And may it continue to do so until copyright is no more!
>>6019 It's literally just called " Communism "
>>6020 Ahh my eyes glossed over it, my bad.
I am. But AFAIK it's not really peer to peer, is it? The files are stored on regular computers but the index of files is stored on some central servers. There's now something on i2p called MuWire that IIRC at least claimed to be actually decentralised, but I'm not sure. I couldn't manage to get it working anyway.

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Generic advice for learning a European language Comrade 09/04/2019 (Wed) 14:36:48 No. 187 [Reply] [Last]
Before you learn anything else, learn how the various letter combinations are usually pronounced. For example, in English -tion is pronounced like shn for some reason, and in German it's pronounced like -tsyon. German sp is pronounced like the shp in hashpipe, and there are many other regular patterns like that. Autistically drill down this stuff BEFORE ANYTHING ELSE (I know I repeat myself).
>B-but anon, I can open any book introducing a language and it starts with a bit of that
I DON'T MEAN JUST A BIT. Try to get to the point where you can read something without an accent while you still don't have the faintest idea what the text is even about, reading it like a native when he encounters words he does not know and just follows the most usual pronunciation patterns of his language.

Suppose you don't do that, how do you learn the spelling and pronunciation of a word then? It will take much longer since it will seem to you like there's a big arbitrary element in the way the words are written – meaning a ton of rote memorization – and only after a lot of memorizing work will the regular patterns slowly reveal themselves. But if you start with drilling the regular patterns, the part of the writing system that looks arbitrary to you will be much smaller. It will be much easier then to guess how something is written just by hearing and it will be much easier to remember words.
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For those learning the vocabulary of a European language who already speak another European language, I think it's useful to know that many words translate along certain patterns. For example, many words starting with a d in English have a corresponding word in German starting with a t. Also, thd and tz for many pairs English → German. Knowing about these patterns and trying to come up with the right word in the language you are learning just going by the feel of it is a lousy strategy, but the pattern knowledge certainly helps when reading in the new language and guessing what a word means in your native language. Perhaps learning vocabulary as sets of words that shift following the same pattern has its advantages as well.
I'm 21 and an idiot American. Is it too late for me to learn something like German?
>>5382 It's never too late.
In the late 90s and early aughts, there were two or three iterations of You Don't Know Jack in German that were pretty good. Might be useful for becoming fluent in German. (A similar quiz game is "Weisse Bescheid" from 2007, though I can't vouch for the quality of that.)
>>5382 It's never too late. I learned Chinese and I didn't start until I was 20.

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Anonymous Comrade 02/06/2020 (Thu) 08:33:38 No. 5970 [Reply] [Last]
I'm sick of seeing stereotypical "california lifestyle" shit in concept cars. Here's a few examples: http://www.diseno-art.com/encyclopedia/concept_cars/honda_extreme.html http://www.diseno-art.com/encyclopedia/concept_cars/gmc_pad.html Yes, the examples are a bit dated but the dated nature of them just shows how stupid this all is. And, as it directly pertains to Leftism: in the 1930s the government created a specific architecture for rural areas, known as National Park Service Rustic. NPSR-national is just a styled blend of everything, but it was adapted by California's government for various uses around the state: in the north CA Park Rustic tends to lean towards clapboard-looking shacks while south of Fremont (a notable place, it's where the first railroads went through to Oakland) they went for plaster-based spanish designs. Both prominently feature the state's colors: white, red and brown. Spanish buildings trended red while Norcal ones trended brown. Why does this matter to leftists at all? Well in transportation specifically these colors were used to create what is now Caltrain's logo, back when the state government decided to just take over service completely from it's disinterested private operator, Southern Pacific. Notably SP's first class passenger colors were silver and red, and this transition marked an important step in American cultural development as (wait for it) Americans, including stereotypically rural ones that voted for Reagan all six times, voted for the government to provide a service that private industry was unwilling to continue. This was a hard fought victory, while Amtrak had already existed at that point this was a step in forcing the President to not stop Congress from buying Amtrak their own equipment (at the time, Amtrak was still using 30s-era legacy cars given over per the terms of it's creation). On a similar point, same goes for SF's Muni whose choice of grey/red reflects the growth of Norcal's economy relative to LA's; Muni's old yellow/white paint existed in response to LA's rise and LA is associated with warmer colors. None of this is referenced in automobile concept cars, because car concepts are what companies want people to be and not what they are. Though I find it ironic that with all the concept RVs, none of them depict the reality of RV homelessness which is propane tanks, small generators and a strong septic smell. In short as all this godawful bullshit over trying to make a "Californian" car happens, California already built itself it's own railway so to speak. And this happened while everyone was still drinking the oil industry's spookery about communism. The current attempts at making a "California" cultural automobile are as stupid and ridiculous as trying to make a "California" cultural soda can or "California" cultural mobility scooter. It pisses me off. By the way, pic related is what Californian architecture was from 1950-2000: a 10-lane freeway built on top of cut down railroad (originally it was four tracks, turned into four after a nearby tunnel fire). In LA I-10 flanks the Sunset Route.
Anon I might be stupid but I don’t get it. Interesting post though.
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>>5979 Here are some more examples of what I'm talking about, from railroad stations around CA. Most were torn down since it's owner, like all companies, has little respect for what they create as it's all in service of profit. Car companies are the same but their concept designs are more alien and have essentially no relevance to Californians. It doesn't need to be for them to make money, and it's infuriating because they probably could design a "California" automobile in the same way Sacramento built a "California" railroad, so to speak.
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>>5980 Anyway, compare it to anything found in one of these magazines. Generally speaking, the magazine's commissioned art will be way off base as to the reality most Californians experience. I use railroads as an example since class struggle is more obvious there. As it pertains to Socal architecture: modern capitalist architecture tends to be far, far less practical than actual Spanish architecture. This is because actual Spanish structures (and high-quality copies, like train stations) were built with plaster, masonry and concrete not timber covered with plaster. As a result actual Spanish designs have to be more conservative, and they have a much hardier look. Conduit has to go on top of walls, not neatly packed within them. This is extremely evident along SF's Embarcadero where old industrial warehouses remain next to brand new hipster cafes and "tech" spaces.
>>5981 Hey OP it’s dumb anon here. Thank you for explaining something so interesting. Architecture is way more indicative of things then people’d thing. Cheers g

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Coin Tossing Anonymous Comrade 02/04/2020 (Tue) 22:50:43 No. 5942 [Reply] [Last]
The official thread for coin tossing, a really popular hobby in the USA at the moment. You can share your tips and tricks to win every-time.
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Math problem: Suppose your coin may be biased, but you don't know the actual probabilities. How do you make coin-tossing fair? Variant: Let's add to this problem the start-orientation bias.
>>5945 Toss the coin twice with the calls reversed (same start orientation). Repeat if tied.
>>5945 Look at it, then depending on if it is heads or tails turn it on your arm or not, to make it more fair for the candidate who really tried so hard and made our billionaire friends so happy.
Another math problem: Suppose the coins are unbiased and that there is no start-orientation bias either. What are the odds that you win six tosses in a row?
>>5958 With each toss, the number of possible sequences doubles. 2*2*2*2*2*2 = 64. So, there are 64 possible sequences for six coin tosses and in only one of them you win six times. In other words, that you DON'T win six times in a row has a probability between 98 and 99 percent.

Is it worth it? I here they take political prisoners but surely they won't mind a tanky would they?
It’s a nice place, but it is not worth it unless you’re the child of Cuban immigrants. If you’re the child of Cuban immigrants then yeah move back and be with your family and have access to healthcare and a college education that’s awesome, but if you’re not then you’d probably be happier being with your family.

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Bash The Fash Anonymous Comrade 02/01/2020 (Sat) 03:19:42 No. 5824 [Reply] [Last]
Come Bash the fash in Politics and war with us at Advanced Syndicalist Mechanics https://politicsandwar.com/register/ref=Redarmy
whats is this like jannifer government 2?
Yes but there is mechanics for military, economy, and nation building


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