astrofish.blog https://astrofish.net/blog Laeti edimus qui nos subigant! Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:02:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 https://i1.wp.com/astrofish.net/blog/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/bar31-54f32b48v1_site_icon.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 astrofish.blog https://astrofish.net/blog 32 32 86008595 Islands in the Net https://astrofish.net/blog/islands-in-the-net/ https://astrofish.net/blog/islands-in-the-net/#respond Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:20:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=8832 astrofish.blog

Islands in the Net

Islands in the Net – Bruce Sterling

My cover image — 1988 First Edition.

Wow, not available on Amazon.

Islands in the Net – Bruce Sterling

1988, the fax was the thing. Dated tech, but pause, I own both a nice, hardback first edition, lovingly “discovered” new in a bookstore, around 1988, and a more legible, less valuable digital copy, I’m rereading.

Remember 1988? To be honest, I don’t — too young. I was in AZ, think that was when there was still a Science Fiction bookstore, close to the campus. It’s a guess, but probably where that copy originated. Best way to date material, which bookstore was closest at the time.

“Genetics, Laura thought. You pass them on to the next generation. Then they relax and start to crumble on you. They do it anyway. You just have to pay a little extra for using the copyright.” Page 14.

Love novelist’s eye at work. My expression? “Genetics are a crap-shoot.”

“The erotic power of the Goddess can destroy evil.” Page 15.

Accurately presages the rising goddess movements.

The tech is sorely dated, but still, the concepts proved correct, just wrong about the technology. Close, but not quite. Still, as an alternative, it’s easy to see this is the way we could’ve been, and then? Elements that are here albeit in different guises.

Also accurately presages Steampunk. That author was one-half of the origin of that, just as a minor note.

“You’re modern people, you and David,” her mother said. “In a way you seem very innocent to us, oh, premillennium decadents.” She smiled wryly. “So free of doubts.” Page 44.

As an artifact, the book is priceless. In part, it is about the author thinks. But in part, it was valid extrapolation of what the Fire we are living in, what we thought it would look like. First point, you know, bandwidth does cost, just got exponentially cheaper than thought.


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Taurus 2018 https://astrofish.net/blog/taurus-2018/ https://astrofish.net/blog/taurus-2018/#respond Wed, 18 Apr 2018 10:20:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=8799 Taurus 2018

Taurus 2018 starts — officially?

Taurus 2018

Taurus 2018


10:12 PM CDT, April 19, 2018.

Why I like charts like this.

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Shoot First https://astrofish.net/blog/shoot-first/ https://astrofish.net/blog/shoot-first/#respond Tue, 17 Apr 2018 09:20:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=8829 astrofish.blog

Shoot First

Shoot First – Stuart Woods

Stuart Woods and his character, perhaps an alter ego? Stone Barrington. The character has uncharacteristic sex, a fascinating life, and lots of excitement.

He’s cool under fire and knows the perfect end-run for almost any flanking maneuver.

Old girlfriend, years ago, got me hooked own the author, and I’ve been anticipating each new release since, as a writer myself, I recognize quality. A while back, I came up with the perfect analogy, “Hardy Boys for Adults.” Kind of a simplistic answer to the question, but at some point in misbegotten youth, I escaped into Hardy Boys books. Series. Nancy Drew, as well. Do love us some strong women.

Haven’t bothered to pursue that line of thought, about either series, and the only change, near as I can tell, I doubt that Stuart Woods’ novels would be an animated Saturday Morning Cartoon.

Because the local library — a preferred resource for me — didn’t have the ebook version available, I tried the audio book, as it was ready on the first release date.

For the last several years, I’ve maintained that these are excellent library books.

While I’ve enjoyed the vocal work of the single reader, he’s voicing various characters far different from the way I would — just not in a style I would — doesn’t reflect what I hear when I read the texts. Then, too, there’s the problem with time, the audio (unabridged) version is rated at — like — 8 hours in runtime. I can read one of those books faster than that, and I’ve become a slow reader.

Audio book didn’t make it, snapped up a digital copy soon enough. Would rather read, than listen to, this material. One of the items I maintain, though, that the Stuart Woods prose, the story-telling, the arc, the way the words are jammed together, the novelist’s eye for description, all of that works well. Limited amount of words? Maximum amount of data. Maybe I should learn from this.

Listening to Shakespeare studies the other afternoon, there was information about the 3rd or 4th act twist. “Sure didn’t see that one coming,” being a common comment. Thought about that comment. Building and then turning the suspense on its side, then, up one more notch.

So, if one is an avid reader of this type of material, it’s a well-crafted novel with a few turns that makes it more interesting.


Shoot First

Shoot First – Stuart Woods

Shoot First (A Stone Barrington Novel)

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Motto https://astrofish.net/blog/motto/ https://astrofish.net/blog/motto/#respond Mon, 16 Apr 2018 19:40:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=8838 astrofish.blog

Motto

What is that lurp (Army Recon, as I recall, Long Range Patrol) motto?

“If you die, we’re splitting up your gear.”

Veracity is not assured. Might be mercenary.

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Mindful Mercury https://astrofish.net/blog/mindful-mercury/ https://astrofish.net/blog/mindful-mercury/#respond Mon, 16 Apr 2018 11:00:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=8724 astrofish.blog

Mindful Mercury

Can be either, Mindful Mercury or better? Lessons Learned — and in the spirit of the words I’ve written? Lessons re-Learned.

Portable Mercury Retrograde

Dear friend was cruising one of the events I work at, and in a less-enlightened moment, passed a judgement about another vendor there. Or a less-enlightened judgement. Perfectly rational, and I could easily see how one might arrive at that vibe, appearances matter.

Amusing, as I know both sides, and I don’t think either one is accurate.

However, I respect that the one person feels that way, and has the ability to make such a judgement, and I respect the position, although, having insider knowledge, of sorts, makes it all more amusing — to me.

Weeks ago I greeted familiar counter worker with a “Hello darling” comment, drawled a little, in response to a passing “halo” to me. With the recent turn of events, politically, and otherwise, I panicked. A few moments later, I asked if I was creepy, or out of place, me, not wanting to be a creeper, or creepy-like, or, to be judged on first appearances.

“Kramer? Yeah, I don’t get the from you at all.”

A little weird, but the right-minded folks understand and respond.

I’m as likely to make those kinds of snap decisions, instant judgements, but mine are typically borne out of years of observations and recognizing patterns. Doesn’t make mine any better, or worse, just gives an example of my own baseline.

With the current state of Mercury and its affairs?

Portable Mercury Retrograde

There comes a point where quiet and patient observation is more fruitful, and then, given our mutable natures, a willingness to adjust expectations and judgements — in my own situation? I’m very willing to admit I could have it all wrong.

While, technically, on the tail-end of the official Mercury in Retrograde, as I’m often asked, “Aren’t we still in its shadow?”

Yes — and no. Technically, yes, still in its shadow, but less technically, it isn’t officially retrograde and it feels like it might be safer to move forward with repair and restoration.

Mindful Mercury

Cautiously move forward. Be aware that there are still some adjustments to make, possibly sooner rather than later. Maybe. Maybe not.

All depends.

Those snap judgements? While I trust mine, and I trust my fellows, I don’t always trust the judgement itself.

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New Moon New Event New Location https://astrofish.net/blog/new-moon-new-event-new-location/ https://astrofish.net/blog/new-moon-new-event-new-location/#respond Sun, 15 Apr 2018 10:20:05 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=8561 New Moon Aries 2018

Sunday Sunday in San Antonio

New Moon Aries 2018

New Moon Aries 2018

Sunday! This Sunday in SA!

See listing for details, and see the photo-blog for street cred.

BexarCountyLine.com

Sunday! Sunday in SA!

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Sunday Sunday in San Antonio

Two-Meat Tuesday

Bexar County Line – Kramer Wetzel

Bexar County Line

San Pedro Creek

San Pedro Creek – Kramer Wetzel

San Pedro Creek

San Pedro Creek

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Vincit Qui Primum Gerit

“First to arrive gets the best deal.”

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Saturday in Austin https://astrofish.net/blog/saturday-in-austin/ https://astrofish.net/blog/saturday-in-austin/#respond Sat, 14 Apr 2018 10:20:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=8731 astrofish.net

Saturday in Austin

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The official new moon is Sunday night, but at the end of the Mercury in Retrograde, and almost timed with the New Moon?

Welcome to the new spot in Austin?

April 14, 2018: Metá Elysian
Metá Elysian Grand Opening
1:00 doors open
1:30-2:30 psychic panel Q&A
2:30-6:00 private readings

Vincit Qui Primum Gerit

Sunday! Sunday! This Sunday in SA!

New location, same promoter. Trying the west side to include ease of ingress to Boerne, and beyond.

See listing for details, and see the photo-blog for street cred.

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Sunday! Sunday in SA!

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Looks like the Rock Shop Again: in San Antonio.

At the Stone Goddess

1730 Hildbrand
San Antonio, TX
11 AM – 5 PM

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Bexar County Line

Two-Meat Tuesday

Bexar County Line – Kramer Wetzel

Bexar County Line

San Pedro Creek

San Pedro Creek – Kramer Wetzel

San Pedro Creek

San Pedro Creek

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Vincit Qui Primum Gerit

“First to arrive gets the best deal.”

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ask the astrologer part whatever https://astrofish.net/blog/ask-the-astrologer-part-whatever/ https://astrofish.net/blog/ask-the-astrologer-part-whatever/#respond Fri, 13 Apr 2018 19:40:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=8820 Citrine astrofish.net

ask the astrologer part whatever

Aries and Leo

Inbound mail:

What’s the difference between
Leo sun and Aries moon
Aries sun and Leo moon

Got it.

One is “Look at me while I’m doing this,” while the other is “look at what I did!”

ask the astrologer part whatever

Portable Mercury Retrograde

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Ask the Astrologer

Ask the Astrologer

Ask the Astrologer Two

Ask the Astrologer Three

Ask the Astrologer Four

Ask the Astrologer Six

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Yeah, right https://astrofish.net/blog/yeah-right/ https://astrofish.net/blog/yeah-right/#respond Fri, 13 Apr 2018 10:20:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=8805 Citrine astrofish.net

Yeah, right

With wanderlust in my heart, I was flipping through magazine pages online, reading about how to pack for 11 days in 9 pounds. I used the same backpack for load-out last weekend. Tablecloth, pack of tarot cards, clipboard: fundamental work accessories. 11 days? I can barely fit an afternoon’s tools in the same bag. 11 days?

Yeah, right.

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See the fineprint for rules.

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  • Aperture: ƒ/1.8
  • Camera: iPhone 7
  • Focal length: 3.99mm
  • ISO: 50
  • Location: 30° 17′ 52.42″ N 97° 43′ 3.02″ W
  • Shutter speed: 1/15s
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Contact Points https://astrofish.net/blog/contact-points/ https://astrofish.net/blog/contact-points/#respond Thu, 12 Apr 2018 17:00:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=8810 astrofish.blog

Contact Points

Short, insightful observation and commentary about Contact Points.

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