Water is Better

After years of slurping down sugary sodas, America is about to switch to bottled water. The rise of bottled water comes as consumers increasingly opt for healthier drinks, part of a larger rejection of the sugar-filled beverages that have been linked to rampant obesity and chronic illnesses in the US. As consumers moved away from…

via Soda is about to go under water — Quartz

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BLINDSIGHT by Peter Watts

“Do you like your sci fi hard science space opera with an intellectual upgrade? Yeah, me, too.”
Me 3 also.

What Has Been Read Cannot Be Unread

blindsightDo you like your sci fi hard science space opera with an intellectual upgrade?  Yeah, me, too.  This astounding work was nominated for a Hugo Award for Best Novel, a John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel,and a Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel.  Yowser.

It is about a crew of enhanced humans off to a distant space place to see if they can make first contact with whatever it was that inundated the earth with ummm a kind of grid, like they were taking pictures, then disappeared.  I mean, holy patoly, what WAS that, eh?

The exploration of consciousness is the central theme element of Blindsight.  The title of the novel refers to the condition blindsight, in which vision is non-functional in the conscious brain but remains useful to non-conscious action.

I loved the characters.  Our principle character is Siri, who has had half…

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