Defying the Crowd

MikeNM

Rants and Reviews. Mostly just BS and Affiliate Links.

May 19, 2020

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My narrative bracket of the Comrade Bernie and Mayo Pete the Technocrat in a state by state barnstorm battle, was broken pretty quickly.

Let’s put aside that Bernie was still fighting as an underdog out of Nevada. We’ll also skip over that the Biden choice was arbitrary and came down to his popularity with African-American . . .

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Book Review - Lurking by Joanne McNeil

MikeNM

Rants and Reviews. Mostly just BS and Affiliate Links.

May 08, 2020

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It isn’t often that you pick up a nonfiction book and find a writer that can turn a phrase like Joanne McNeil in Lurking. My copy is full of post-its with quotes from the book. Lurking: How a Person Became a User is a mix of memoir and other people’s stories. McNeil takes us through the Internet as a cultural space, and how that . . .

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Book Review - Die Volume 2

MikeNM

Rants and Reviews. Mostly just BS and Affiliate Links.

April 20, 2020

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Kieron Gillen has the players break the cardinal rule of RPGs in the second volume of Die; they split the party. However, that allows for each of the characters to take the stage here, letting us know them all individually. At the same time he's fleshing out the characters, we get a peek into the nature of Die's world. . . .

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A Layman’s Sermon

MikeNM

Rants and Reviews. Mostly just BS and Affiliate Links.

April 11, 2020

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Your parents and grandparents lived through every factory in the nation being nationalized. Every consumer good being rationed, including food.

You’re being asked to keep your dumbass at home and watch Netflix. You entitled morons, are so self-involved that when the biggest city in the nation has hospitals putting patients . . .

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Everyone's Got An Angle

MikeNM

Rants and Reviews. Mostly just BS and Affiliate Links.

April 07, 2020

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I spend a lot of time opening new documents in Ulysses, starting to write, sometimes even getting to hundreds of words before either letting it stay orphaned in drafts or deleting it all together. Reviews and coding articles are easy enough to put together, but when I want to write about politics or culture, I hit a wall.

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Book Review: Lost Colony: The Untold Story of China's First Great Victory over the West By Tonio Andrade

MikeNM

Rants and Reviews. Mostly just BS and Affiliate Links.

March 26, 2020

Tonio Andrade tried to thread the needle between Historical Revisionists and the more traditional historical narratives in * Lost Colony: The Untold Story of China’s First Great Victory over the West*. Though I read a lot of nonfiction History, and listen to a fair bit of historical podcasts, I’m in it for the narrative. I couldn’t tell you . . .

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Notes From The Toilet Paper Fort

MikeNM

Rants and Reviews. Mostly just BS and Affiliate Links.

March 17, 2020

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We are awash in incompetence, avarice, and the worst sort of graft. Yet all of it packages in little containers of ego fed to our brain telling us we're the special ones. That's the two sentences that sum up the thousands of words that were going to go here that could describe just about every aspect of society right now. . . .

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