weird facts about months
@breakthesystem September was once the 7th, October was once the 8th, November the 9th, December the 10th month of the roman calendar. Before that, January and February were just "somehow winter": https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_calendar#Legendary_10-month_calendar
the tech consultant hired to finish skynet
a movie about a tech consultant hired to finish skynet while the union strikes to kill the project. as they read and patch and polish the source, they only understand part of the system. they get inklings of what it is this tech does -- things not fundamentally different from palantir's tech, or ICE's, for whom the protag has also consulted. as it dawns on the viewer what this thing does, how it does it, and to what a brutal extent, the protag remains unaffected. this is what they do. it is what they have always done, and it has always taken care of them. each day a private train carries him underground to work, past the picket line where rubber bullets fly through protest signs.
then, of course, the machine turns on.
Wisps of steam drifted across my face as I gazed into the walk-in freezer. At first this job had seemed like a GREAT idea, then I realized hot summer days meant extra customers and...
"Ma'am," I sighed wearily, "You can't be in here."
Blue lips puckered into a pout, "But the lake is boiling."
I considered this."Hm. You'll need to help out though, okay?"
I tossed the mermaid an apron and gloves, which she donned gratefully.
Tortillas are awesome!
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