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Long-lived Mars Rovers to Keep on Roving

thesupermikey Repeatable? (177 comments)

We have been seeing articles like this for 3 years now. That is great, the more positive talk about a NASA project the better.

The thing that always seems to be missing is: why did these two robots continue to work so well, and, how do we go about repeating their success?

more than 6 years ago

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Is BlackBarry 10 a Good Business Decisions?

thesupermikey thesupermikey writes  |  about a year and a half ago

thesupermikey (220055) writes "It is too early to tell if Blackberry 10 and RIM's crop of handsets are going bring new and old customer's back to the fold. But it may not even matter. that is the question this article from equities research firm Zacks Investment Research tries to answer: "According to Kantar Worldpanel, BlackBerry’s market share in the US had dropped to 1.1% in December from 1.4% in November. In Europe, BlackBerry’s share declined to 4.0% from 4.4%.""
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Themes Pt. 1

thesupermikey thesupermikey writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Multinational/Transnational corporations replace governments.

The rise of the transnational corporation as a replacement for 'classical' government bodies.

In the 'Sprawl' trilogy there is no real government. Instead the world is ran by a number of very powerful corporations like Hoska, Sense/Net, etc.

In Snow Crash the 'franchise system' replaces the government. In the case of Snow Crash the Federal government of the US has been broken up and sold to the highest bidder (Library of Congress, Military, Highway system). What is left is a powerless shell.

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Cheap Truth

thesupermikey thesupermikey writes  |  about 10 years ago

http://www.its.caltech.edu/~erich/cheaptruth/

Bruce Sterling and some other underground sci-fi guys wrote this sometime in the early 80s.

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Themes

thesupermikey thesupermikey writes  |  about 10 years ago

List of Themes

The City - What does it stand for? Why are cities and urban life portrayed the way they are?

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Early Thoughts

thesupermikey thesupermikey writes  |  about 10 years ago

Another day of digging. More ILL requested and more articles printed off.

The difficulty I?m having right now is that I?m having trouble finding people who have written about the content, and themes of cyberpunk. Most of what I have found it literary criticism about cyberpunk. While they touch on the themes are part of their critics they never go to far in depth about them.

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In the Stacks.

thesupermikey thesupermikey writes  |  about 10 years ago

So a short update. I have spent the past few days digging thought the 'American Humanities Index' for articles related to the topic at hand. I've found some good stuff in full text and ILLed for a few others. No new thoughts at he moment.

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IS Blog

thesupermikey thesupermikey writes  |  about 10 years ago

So I've been planning on doing this for a long time, but I wanted to get to the start of the school year and begin research. What you are seeing here is my IS weblog. I am going to be using this space to document the work i am doing on my Independent Study.

First some deep background, most of the people who are going to be reading this already know what is happening, but to be fair ill fill in the gaps. I am "Super" Mike Lewis, and I just started my senior year at Hanover College in Hanover Indiana. Ever senior at Hanover has to prepare some sort of long turn, long for independent study in order to graduate.

For my IS I am going to look at a group of "Cyberpunk" novels and films and explore common themes. Then I will put those themes into a historical context. Right now I am going to look at Necromancer, Snowcrash , and Transmetropolitan. That is more or less what I have so far.

I'll keep this thing as updated as possible, and as I start writing I will be posting chunks.

(edit: im working on a way for you all to post comments.)

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