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The Light Brigade by Kameron Hurley

The Light Brigade by Kameron Hurley. 2019, Saga Press. Hardcover, 356 pages. ISBN 9-781481-447966.

Military science fiction of the anti-war "war is hell" variety. Dietz enlists with Tene-Silvia corporate infantry to fight human colonists on Mars after their family goes missing in an attack on São Paulo. The military transports people over long distances by breaking them down into light; Dietz's combat drops do not go as expected.

There are clear references to Starship Troopers (both the book and I think Verhoeven's movie) and Haldeman's Forever War here. I didn't mind that, the references and any borrowed structure helped to ground the book while other aspects went completely sideways.

Dietz and the reader experience the war out of order and have to puzzle out what's really going on. It's confusing, but purposefully so, and never for too long. It's a pretty gnarly book, gory and mean. I found it to be a propulsive, blunt, and pretty direct read. Liked it quite a bit. Particularly liked the ending. I look forward to reading it again to see how it works with prior knowledge of the plot.


MTT 242 / Can't Know The Future

Posted by Cameron Vanderzanden on . Tags: acid, audio download, dj mix, electro, idm, mixcloud, movement through thought, music, techno. Fediverse thread.

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More dark (ish) electro and techno, this time at a comfortable (and later aggressive) 130. Most of these are old tracks, with the exception of one from March of this year on Brokntoys.

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MTT 241 / Lost Boundaries

Posted by Cameron Vanderzanden on . Tags: audio download, breaks, dj mix, electro, mixcloud, movement through thought, music, techno. Fediverse thread.

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Melancholy (perhaps even spooky) electro for this first week of October. This mix features four new tracks from Brokntoys and two tracks from the recent Alignment compilation on Patterned Media. Plus, you know, a bunch of old favorites.

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cpm.1 FastCaps[.df] by power_of_heavy_metal

Screenshot of the ctf4++ run from the cpm.1 FastCaps video Screenshot of the q3w1 run from the cpm.1 FastCaps video

cpm.1 FastCaps[.df] at youtube.com. The latest (and sadly probably final) Quake 3 Defrag compilation video from power_of_heavy_metal. 15 minutes of fastcaps performed with cpm movement and fastcap 1 rules (so no weapons, teleports, or jumppads).

Content warning for flashing lights and first-person gameplay that might cause motion sickness. Same for all Quake videos.

power_of_heavy_metal has great taste in music and the selections for this video are no exception. I particularly like the second track, Io by Concealed Identity from their Nightingale Floor EP on Repertoire.

Linking this today because I found it recently and it's rad. I'll probably link the other power_of_heavy_metal compilation videos when I get around to rewatching them.


MTT 240 / Slipping By

Posted by Cameron Vanderzanden on . Tags: ambient, audio download, dj mix, downtempo, idm, mixcloud, movement through thought, music. Fediverse thread.

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Chunky beats and a little ambient to close out September 2021. Most of this is old, but there are a couple new (2020 and later) tracks in here by Lindsheaven Virtual Plaza & SkyTwoHigh and Paul Blackford.

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MTT 239 / One Day Trip

Posted by Cameron Vanderzanden on . Tags: audio download, dj mix, downtempo, electro, idm, mixcloud, movement through thought, music. Fediverse thread.

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Downtempo, electro, and IDM, all weighing in at around 110. Mostly older tracks this time, familiar selections.

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MTT 238 / Wherever You Go

Posted by Cameron Vanderzanden on . Tags: ambient, audio download, breaks, dj mix, electro, idm, mixcloud, movement through thought, music, techno. Fediverse thread.

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115-120 electro, IDM, and techno today. A bit relaxed. A couple old tunes from TRUST and Vortex Traks, and a new one from dbacon.

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Media Shelves in FG Before Disassembly

A blurry photo of my shelves. I'm moving to a nearby city in a few days and wanted to document their state before I box everything up.

Two full-height wire shelving units containing books and movies, CDs and vinyl, video games and et cetera. Most of what's pictured was purchased used at donation centers, secondhand shops, and thrift stores. The DVD cases without artwork contain secrets.

I'm sure there's something to be said here about consumerism and embarrassing displays of conspicuous consumption but I haven't figured out what.


MTT 237 / In Formation

Posted by Cameron Vanderzanden on . Tags: audio download, breaks, dj mix, electro, mixcloud, movement through thought, music. Fediverse thread.

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More breaks and electro this week, letting tracks run long, something smooth and easy on the ears. This mix features one pretty new track from the Imaginary Pathways album by Lindsheaven Virtual Plaza & SkyTwoHigh on No Problema Tapes and some recent tunes from CPU Records and Kouncil Cuts.

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MTT 236 / Some Observers

Posted by Cameron Vanderzanden on . Tags: audio download, breaks, dj mix, electro, mixcloud, movement through thought, music. Fediverse thread.

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Fast breaks and electro, 140, playing new(ish) tracks by Client_03, Paradox, Parand, and Sbassship. Letting a few tracks run long this week.

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