Writer, chiefly of novels in several genres, and story collections; also nonfiction; movie and animation scripts, song lyrics. Speaker (TEDx and elsewhere). Futurist. Blogger. Interests in science, spirituality, the arts. Writer of science-fiction, horror, techno-thrillers, thrillers, westerns. One of the original cyberpunk novelists. Vocalist, records albums, eg "Escape from Gravity" with Jerry King. Has worked in TV and movies: Co-wrote The Crow. New novel: STORMLAND. https://john-shirley.com
GOD IS AN ALIEN
from "Escape from Gravity", my collaboration with underground prog rock legend Jerry King. It was just reviewed in the German hard rock magazine Break Out. It's in German and our crude translation suggests they liked it: "Musically you can find a lot: singer/songwriter elements, sometimes odd sounds, almost towards avant-garde, Frank Zappa, Lou Reed, John Cale, King Crimson and more... at special moments like a gourmet meal"
William Gibson's Neuromancer coming to Apple TV+ - report https://mikeelgan.substack.com/p/william-gibsons-neuromancer-coming
"Who fucking cares?"
"How fintech fueled covid aid fraud
"Little-known firms such as Blueacorn and Womply allegedly collected taxpayer-funded fees as they overlooked signs of grift, according to a report released Thursday by congressional investigators...at the expense of smaller borrowers in the greatest need, according to the report. As one Blueacorn co-founder, Stephanie Hockridge, remarked over the messaging service Slack about these applicants: “who f----- cares.” - Washington Post
"When Mastodon crashed in 2023, researchers were surprised by the cause: 'too many pictures of kitties brought down the whole system.' A general check of all significant servers and networks revealed that 'just way too many kitty pics' had been introduced into the USA's nuclear missile controls. The Russians became aware that the nuke systems were down and soon Russian troop ships were approaching the USA--but crashed into one another as a result of 'too many kitty pictures' in their network."
VIDEO: How Scientists Created a Wormhole in a Quantum Computer
And the argument of "adoption not abortion" is absolute BS.
A young couple we know, that are unable to conceive, are in the process of trying to adopt a child. The cost to adopt in the US is typically upwards of $10K. Lots of red-tape and "organizations" getting their $ cut. While thousands of kids age in foster care or institutions and become "unadoptable".
Aline Kominsky-Crumb passed away. I always enjoyed her collaborations with Robert Crumb, and her own separate work. Condolences to Robert and daughter Sophie. I have good friends who are friends of Aline; regret I will never meet her now.
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