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    Astrologer & Business Coach, 2004 - present
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    Implementation Coach, 2011 - 2014
  • Motorola, IBM, Teradyne, California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, Sun West Engineering
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Planning to buy your kid a bike? Here's a guide to help you determine the right size for him/her.

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I've read snowcrash, where should I start?
 
Classics of Cyberpunk

So cyberpunk is 30 odd years old now.  I came late to it, only reading William Gibson's Neuromancer this century.  Dense but poetic, it took a second reading to get more comfortable with it, despite much of its novel terms having well become more mainstream by then.
I'm surprised that Bruce Sterling's The Artificial Kid doesn't get a mention here, and that came out even earlier. The Shockwave Rider by John Brunner gets a mention in the comments - I thought it wasn't bad (read sometime after I'd read Neuromancer).

The collection here from Diana Biller on io9 is not restricted to core cyberpunk itself, but also a number of its offshoots.  For example, in a separate write-up entitled Notes Toward a Postcyberpunk Manifesto, Lawrence Person describes cyberpunk's branching out into post-cyberpunk at the end of the 80s from a viewpoint ten years past it, with Greg Egan's Diaspora (also on the io9's list) described as "so wildly extrapolative" (along with Egan's Permutation City ) that it defies any simple categorisation. I'll return to that essay at the end of the post.

The title image below is, of course, Spider Jerusalem from what would be my favourite graphic novel series, Transmetropolitan, by Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson.  Prior to this I'd attempted graphic novels once or twice, failed to get into them and let the form languish for more years on end.  Then a recommendation for this reignited my whole interest.  A rich, living world, fleshed out several hundred years hence on what you could see earth spiralling into: advanced technology, utopia MIA.

The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester gets a nod in the list, not because it's cyberpunk, which it's not, but because it serves as an ancestor to the genre.  I'd probably call that a stretch, though certainly I could see themes in there.  I was actually quite impressed with the book, since I often find older sci-fi to be a bit of a trudge to work through.  Stars is pacey and full of life, whilst still having that old-school space-faring spirit of adventure.

Snow Crash, the hugely influential post-cyberpunk novel by Neal Stephenson, was great fun and was my introduction to the author.  The mix of language and history in amongst the action-oriented sci-fi sequences made for a very interesting mix.

On the less impressive side, I have to admit to being disappointed with Cory Doctorow's Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom. I don't know, maybe I don't like light-hearted whimsy in my sci-fi?  Jumping across to Charles Stross, for example, I thought Accelerando was brilliant (also on the list) but when I read Saturn's Children sometime after I wasn't overly impressed.

If I had to pick something from the list that I would most like to read, I'd cheat and go with two choices:
* Masamune Shirow's graphic novel The Ghost in the Shell - it was the anime that reawakened me to anime back in the 90s (after wading through a number of generic-at-best titles), so it's on my list to get around to. I've got it sitting on a shelf, frowning at me for ignoring it.  I admit, the mix of colour and non-colour illustrations weirded me out when I first saw it.
* Greg Egan's far future post-human novel Diaspora.  I've read and really enjoyed Egan's short fiction, but somehow never gotten around to reading something full length from him.  Would Diaspora be the entry point?  Maybe, maybe not.  There are a few other novels of his that might be enticing me more, not least of which would be the aforementioned Permutation City.

To conclude by returning to Lawrence Person's Notes Toward a Postcyberpunk Manifesto at
http://news.slashdot.org/story/99/10/08/2123255/notes-toward-a-postcyberpunk-manifesto - he elaborates on the elements of post-cyberpunk (especially as compared to cyberpunk's more nihilistic, low-life elements) as well as covering a fair smattering of book titles and authors that alas I'm less acquainted with (content-wise) than Diana Biller's collection on io9.  Nevertheless, I'd highlight Greg Bear's Slant and Neal Stephenson's The Diamond Age as both very powerful novels I enjoyed (despite the fact that somehow I didn't find Slant to be highly readable - compelling, yes, but somehow never for long stretches at a time).  On the novels that I haven't read that are sitting up higher in the want-to-read pile, I'd pick Greg Bear's Moving Mars and Paul J. McAuley's Fairyland.  

So to conclude, I'm off to go and read ... or fall asleep, because once again it's later than I'd planned to crawl into bed.
It’s now been over three decades since cyberpunk first exploded, and in that time we’ve seen gorgeous movies, read fascinating books, and seen dozens of offshoots like steampunk (and my new favorite, deco punk) develop. Here are the 21 cyberpunk books you absolutely must read.
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I loved Altered Carbon. It was a giant ride.

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Being a parent can be hard sometimes, but +OurKidsMom: living & loving life with 4 kids +Valerie Gray +Fun Family Crafts are pros at it and made the top #parenting  websites! Congrats, you're awesome :)
The fact that these amazing people even have or “make” time to write while being such amazing parents sets them apart and makes them among the most admired niche writers on the web. Every parent knows that it's not an easy job in itself. Now you've added in writing, promotions, sometimes media like pictures, posting, editing, and interacting with fans to the life of a parent? Kudos to all of you! It's the growing abundance of great parenting advi...
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The last round of this helped improve my feed to useful: who's feed would you recommend following on g+? What communities would you recommend following on g+? just assume we like to geek out on the same stuff ;-) 
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Quite honestly, my feed has grown due to my commenting on public, friend-of-friend and community posts. I'm an awesome person, so people circle me based on my comments. Thus my feed is full.
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This was an interesting experiment: a singer accompanied by a saxophone quartet. We (The Weesper Saxophone Quartet and Swaen) played several songs as Superstition and I Feel Good. But also Mercy. Originally from Duffy.
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Thank goodness for Tour de France to get my July Sports Fix!
 
It won’t be long. #CardsCamp‬ practice starts August 1 at University of Phoenix Stadium. Camp Schedule: http://bit.ly/cards_camp15

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For my coffee login' hubs :-)
 
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Save the yogurt twist off tops!  They come in many colors and can be used for sorting, patterning, and counting.  In the example below children are learning colors, and to sort the color tops into the correct circles.  There are no circles for the orange and red tops.   Children will have to problem solve - determine what to do with these tops.  They may want to draw more circles or just set the tops to the side since they do not have circles.  #sorting   #patterning   #learning
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Looks yummy...
 
Make Dad's Day with homemade ice cream treats!

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