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Tuesday News 28/07/2020

I still don’t really feel like writing.

Or like doing anything.

And it’s not about COVID-19, not primarily. Yes, the pandemic is bad, but the sheer amount of stupidity is far worse. And greed and corruption and whatnot, but without stupidity, it wouldn’t work, and it wouldn’t kill so many people. The theories I’ve heard lately (like the one about the AI faking the pandemic in order to control us) make me feel like I’ve permanently lost some brain cells.

I know, I know, all the stupid was around before the pandemic, too, and not just among the general population. Medical personnel now claims (not all of them) that wearing masks reduces the oxygen supply (never mind the surgeons who sometimes wear them for 15+ hours during the operation without suffocating or fainting), just like they’ve claimed in the past that Always sanitary pads cause HPV infections.

People forget their own training so quickly, so what can be expected from those who educate themselves by watching YouTube conspiracy theory videos?

It’s so depressing, really.

And I don’t want to feel like that, so perhaps this one would be appropriate for the current mood:

And other than that?

I’m reading, working (not much), watching stuff, getting ice cream for the heat wave…

Currently reading: Exhalation by Ted Chiang. Another short story collection of his, all the stories so far have good ideas, and the author explores them to the end. Which sometimes results in a good story, sometimes in a somewhat boring story, and sometimes in beauty, like The Great Silence.

Recently read: two books by Borges (Aleph and Fictions) and a few books by local authors.

Currently watching: too many things at the same time. The second season of Lucifer, the fourth season of Preacher, and the fourth season of The Good Place. I mean, they’re all good, but the way I’m going, I won’t finish anything soon, and the fifth season of Lucifer hits Netflix in August.

Recently watched: the first season of Lucifer, the third season of Preacher, Ad Astra (good once I realized it was actually a family drama, so slow was fine) and What We Do in the Shadows (the movie, more concise and actually more fun than the series, and I’ve enjoyed the series).

Currently working on: work, when there’s any (sometimes there’s plenty, sometimes next to nothing), trying to read and watch stuff instead of just collecting it like a hamster going nuts, trying to survive the heat and to avoid seeing too much stupid (not working)…

And that’s pretty much it.

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Tuesday News 09/06/2020

I was going to write something for Tuesday News 2 weeks ago.

At first, I thought it would be the usual, a bit about the pandemic, a Queen song as the current mood, a bit about books… But on Monday evening, I’ve learned that Milena Benini, a Croatian science fiction writer I admire, and also one of my dearest Facebook friends (we’ve only met once in person, at a convention), was in hospital with stage 4 lung cancer.

And I was going to write something about that, but I couldn’t.

I just couldn’t.

I couldn’t write anything at all.

The previous Tuesday was a Blackout Tuesday. I thought about writing something a day or two later, and I still couldn’t.

Milena died last Thursday.

She was a wonderful person and a great inspiration, and she was awesome.

I miss her.

For current mood, something I think she might like:

And am I reading something? Yes.

Currently reading: Naživo by Dejan Ognjanović, the third edition (different from the first and the second one). I’m still at the beginning, but the difference is obvious already.

Recently read: Mletački sokol (The Venetian Falcon) by Milena Benini. A pretty awesome read, written for geeks, about (mostly) geeks, by a geek. I started reading it, stopped after a few pages, and once I got back to it, I’ve read it in a day.

If you enjoy pop-culture in its various aspects, you’re likely to find something you’ll love in this book. If you like cyberpunk or crime novels/movies or both, you’re likely to enjoy this one. If you enjoy mixes of various cultures and various groups, and like the idea that they might learn to live and work together (or that their communities could truly learn to cooperate with each other), you might enjoy in this book. Want action? There’s plenty. Want a love story? There’s an adorable one. Want gay/bi characters? You’ll get them. Want unusual people? You’ll get plenty. Want a villain you’ll love to hate? You’ll get one. Want an awesome mom? You’ll get one, too.

As you can see, yes, I really liked this book. And it’s dedicated to fandoms, so fangirling is completely appropriate.

Currently watching: movies! The ones I’ve missed, like Joker (2019, loved it, he’s a creepy psycho), Spectre (2015, err, I’ve seen much better Bond movies), Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019, no comment), X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019, might have worked as an episode of a series, though even then, it would be disappointing), Avengers: Endgame (2019, now, this one hits all the buttons, and does it well), Captain Marvel (2019, it was really fun, and Goose rules), Bohemian Rhapsody (2018, better than all the ones I’ve previously mentioned, or, if you prefer, I’ve enjoyed it more than I’ve enjoyed them, and I’m still hearing Queen songs in my head).

Currently working on: trying to wake up, which isn’t working well with the weather we’re having. Also, of course, work for clients, watching movies, reading…

And that would be pretty much it for today.

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Wednesday News 7/25/18

I’ve been playing!

As mentioned in the previous post, I have published a new story, Things That Make You Go Woof, on Medium. After that, I’ve published nine more stories there (old ones), and today, I’ve posted the first part of an article talking about what inspired me to write those ten stories. The next (and the last) part will be published on Friday; it’s already written and in the “Drafts” section, so you can count on it actually appearing in two days.

I’ve been playing with photos, too, and uploading them to Unsplash. You can check my account here; so far, there are 10 photos because of the uploading limits, but there will be more. One of the photos is the same one you see at the top of this post; the rest are dogs, cats, sunsets, snow in the playground… Since they’re on Unsplash, you can use them as you like, totally free.

What else is new? I’ve attended Japanizam (now called “Balkan Asia Convention”), and had a great time at various panels, and surrounded by cosplayers.

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Her first cosplay!
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chimenya_cosplay and me
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A very friendly dog
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Ninja didn’t mind posing

And finally, I had the opportunity (and happily used it!) to watch Ederlezi Rising, a Serbian Sci-Fi drama (it’s in English, so you won’t need subtitles or a translator). Right now, it’s going from festival to festival; if you get a chance to see it, and if you’re in the mood for a movie about a relationship between a human and an android, I recommend it.

Wait, a relationship between a human and a robot? Well, yes, Sort of. Here’s the official description:

Ederlezi Rising is an exciting science fiction story set in near future about the pioneering space mission to Alpha Centauri undertaken by the multinational Ederlezi Corporation.

Ederlezi recruits Milutin, a Slav cosmonaut trained in the newly reformed futuristic Soviet Union, and accompanies him with Nimani, a female android programmed to fulfill whatever Milutin desires. Bored by an endless succession of different sexual games and pre-programmed behaviors, Milutin decides to reboot Nimani and make her work only based on custom settings generated from her experiences with him. That way he turns her into something closest to a person that an android can ever become. However, upon becoming a person, Nimani gets depressed and destructive. Milutin realizes that Nimani may not only jeopardize their mission but also lead to self-destruction.

The thing is, Milutin refuses to acknowledge that Nimani is an android, not a human being, and that she can’t possibly become a “real woman”. Instead, we get an android who is pissed off because its operative system and a huge chunk of the data it needs to fulfill its task (to keep Milutin stable and fit for his job) were removed, and a man who keeps telling himself that he has “made a real woman out of an android” and “liberated her”. And that is a very interesting relationship, with the human unable to truly understand the android, and the android unable to truly understand the man it’s designed to help.

Do watch it, if you get a chance.