Science Fiction & Saturday Music

  • Humble Bundle Adventures in Science Fiction Books: Runs until Oct18, and everything in this that I’ve read (Anderson, Bear, Brunner, Ellison, Foster, Silverberg, Steele, Sterling, Swanwick) is excellent, and I’m enjoying Sergei Lukyanenko’s1 The Genome enormously. They’ve picked what looks like an all-good-stuff collection.

Saturday Music is a little spacey.


  1. I adore the Night Watch books; but because of what they say, or because they’re bound up in memories of rainy nights in Seattle reading at all-night cafés and public transit, very like the Moskva of the books? The first movie is great, but only about half the first book; the sequel movies are dire, some of the worst hatchet-jobs of adaptations I’ve ever seen. 

Rock ‘n Roll Monday Music

There’s several other new albums I’ve liked this month, just weirds me out to have more than a few new albums per year that I gave a shit about. Not to be that cranky old guy #getoffmylawn, but seriously, Kids Today™ don’t listen to real music, so did all us olds just start listening again? Of course, one of those above is dead, and some others are so close you may as well put them in their coffins and start kicking in clods. But Chrissy Hynde’s still kicking ass and breaking hearts.

Rocky Mountain High not Sierra

Currently I won’t upgrade, I have a Fusion Drive which isn’t supported by APFS yet. I’m not desperate to upgrade for that, HPFS+ has never hurt me yet, I keep a reasonable backup schedule, my source control is backed up.

I waited until last month to upgrade to Sierra, I was working just fine on Mavericks, and only upgraded because Xcode (UGH!) required it. So my advice is usually very conservative: Wait until you absolutely have to.

That said, there’s new stuff that is interesting in High Sierra: VR and new image file formats. So I’ll likely upgrade sooner, once I see fusion drives supported and hear no more horror stories.

On a side & musical note, I’m already super tired of the California theme. The other 49 states and hundreds of other countries don’t like you that much, Cali.

Cautiously Cat Stevens Saturday Music

After 46 years of mediocrity, conversion to a death cult, and hate for everyone who liked his work and didn’t convert to his death cult, he’s behaving like a person again? Maybe the disease is in remission. Given his previous behavior, I’m not super happy about giving him money even on streaming, but the old albums were amazing, and I miss that guy.