• pandemic: 2005

    From Ogg@VERT/CAPCITY2 to All on Sat Jul 17 21:01:00 2021
    Hello All!

    Look what I found in my midst:

    https://kolico.ca/tmp/pandemic1-IMG_20210717.jpg https://kolico.ca/tmp/pandemic2-IMG_20210717.jpg


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  • From Arelor@VERT/PALANT to Ogg on Sun Jul 18 08:01:38 2021
    Re: pandemic: 2005
    By: Ogg to All on Sat Jul 17 2021 09:01 pm

    Hello All!

    Look what I found in my midst:

    https://kolico.ca/tmp/pandemic1-IMG_20210717.jpg https://kolico.ca/tmp/pandemic2-IMG_20210717.jpg

    I wonder if that book is experiencing a boost of sales. Probably not right now (too old) but I know many epidemic/pandemic related board games and videogames are selling more than ever.

    Mob psychology is weird. "There is a pandemic ravishing our asses. Let's go play this game about creating a virus capable of wiping the whole human population! Yay!"

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  • From Ogg@VERT/CAPCITY2 to Arelor on Sun Jul 18 10:46:00 2021
    Hello Arelor!

    ** On Sunday 18.07.21 - 08:01, Arelor wrote to Ogg:

    Look what I found in my midst:

    https://kolico.ca/tmp/pandemic1-IMG_20210717.jpg

    I wonder if that book is experiencing a boost of sales.
    Probably not right now (too old) but I know many epidemic/
    pandemic related board games and videogames are selling
    more than ever.

    Well.. my shop had significant lack of sales in the last 12+
    months. My business model does not have an online sales
    component to my stock. My business model relies on walk-in
    customers. Maybe the sales rating/position analysis of
    various "virus wipes out human race"-themed books might reveal
    what people are buying. But that history doesn't matter to me
    at this point.

    Mob psychology is weird. "There is a pandemic ravishing our
    asses. Let's go play this game about creating a virus
    capable of wiping the whole human population! Yay!"

    LOL. I think it has to do with the curiosity of what might the
    outcomes be if people had some control in the matter.

    The author of Pandemic is a Canadian. I wasn't particularly
    aware of that. I've never read his stuff. I might skim through
    part of the book before I put it back on the shelf.

    I really enjoyed Andromeda Strain (Michael Crichton)

    Many years before that I discovered A Scent of New-Mown Hay
    (John Blackburn, 1958) - along the same ideas of a virus/
    fungus-something poised to destroy humankind - in a collection
    of books that my parents still had. It is a curious
    combination of sci-fi, horror and spy thriller.

    The Southern Reach Trilogy (Annihilation, Authority, and
    Acceptance) by Jeff VanderMeer, 2014 ..explores a biological
    mystery too. The first part was adapted into a film. I wasn't
    entirely impressed with the film, but I seem to remember that
    it had some cool effects.

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  • From Arelor@VERT/PALANT to Ogg on Sun Jul 18 15:38:02 2021
    Re: pandemic: 2005
    By: Ogg to Arelor on Sun Jul 18 2021 10:46 am

    I really enjoyed Andromeda Strain (Michael Crichton)

    Heh, I have not read the book but I remember enjoying the movie. A bit slow but I liked the way they did the science. The computers they use are very retro but back in the day it was regarded as realistic bleeding edge technology.

    I have heard the movie is very faithful to the book, baring gender-swapping certain character.

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  • From poindexter FORTRAN@VERT/REALITY to Ogg on Mon Jul 19 08:00:00 2021
    Ogg wrote to Arelor <=-

    Many years before that I discovered A Scent of New-Mown Hay
    (John Blackburn, 1958) - along the same ideas of a virus/
    fungus-something poised to destroy humankind - in a collection
    of books that my parents still had. It is a curious
    combination of sci-fi, horror and spy thriller.

    Saved in my "look for it in used book stores" list.

    The Southern Reach Trilogy (Annihilation, Authority, and
    Acceptance) by Jeff VanderMeer, 2014 ..explores a biological
    mystery too. The first part was adapted into a film. I wasn't
    entirely impressed with the film, but I seem to remember that
    it had some cool effects.

    Ditto.

    I'm another fan of The Andromeda Strain, as the stories of the race to
    isolate the cause of the incident showed that it is humans, with all of
    their frailties, that make systems and solve mysteries.

    It reminded me of another book I'd liked - "The Soul of a New Machine", by Tracy Kidder. He outlined the construction of a new midrange computer by
    Data General, and focused on the teams and the people that made it happen.


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  • From Nightfox@VERT/DIGDIST to poindexter FORTRAN on Tue Jul 20 19:55:50 2021
    Re: Re: pandemic: 2005
    By: poindexter FORTRAN to Ogg on Mon Jul 19 2021 08:00 am

    I'm another fan of The Andromeda Strain, as the stories of the race to isolate the cause of the incident showed that it is humans, with all of their frailties, that make systems and solve mysteries.

    I read The Andromeda Strain in 8th grade for an English assignment. I think it may have been for an assignment to choose a book to read and write a report about it.

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