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Phantom Wings - Fafnir Shopping

Posted by dunkelza , 17 February 2015 · 1,948 views
Lore, Mineral Sports, Lars Baak and 4 more...
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Description: The long-awaited autobiography of three-time Sky Cup champion Lars Baak, Phantom Wings explores the tragic crash that nearly ended his mineral sports career and the years of trial and healing that turned him into a legendary {READ MORE}

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Excerpt:
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INTRODUCTION

They said that we wouldn’t feel it when the iris closed. A split-second before they shut, an implant at the base of our skull would to render us unconscious. That way, we wouldn’t feel the razor-sharp seal severing our damaged body parts. We would be safely unconscious, consuming less oxygen while we awaited rescue. A few months later, we’d wake up at L4 with a brand new arm, leg, whatever. We’d still have a lot of rehab to go through, but nothing like the trauma of regrowth.

I heard that Andropov was little more than a head when they pulled him out of my cockpit. He got a whole new body, more importantly, a new liver. Of course, when he finished his mineral sports career a few years later, he managed to drink his way through that body too. I miss him. He was a rat and a lout, but man… he knew how to enjoy life.

They said that we wouldn’t feel it when the iris closed. I did.

Officially, my implant failed because the interference from Andropov’s cockpit was blocking the signals. Maybe his didn’t work either. If so, he never talked about it. This was back in 2267, for those of you too young to remember. You probably learned that the “Gentlemen’s Agreement” ended human piloting in 2260. Well, like a lot of history- it wasn’t that simple. The change to drones was an iterative process.

The first stage was a greater emphasis on safety equipment. Back in the Fifties, when I started, us pilots were about two rocks and a pointy stick from sucking vacuum. We had armored cabs, old-school spacesuits, and not much else. All that the first Agreement did in 2260 was formalize a minimum amount of money that corps would spend on safety and collaborative research into lifesaving tech. The only real enforcement was knowing that the rest of us would gang up on your pilots if your corp didn’t follow through. After all, if your corp got away with cheaping out on your safety, our corps might’ve started cheaping out on ours.

The 2265-series “Haldeman” suits were an outgrowth of that shared research I mentioned. Our suits became armored rescue pods, complete with razor-sharp “bulkhead doors” that would iris shut to separate irreparably-damaged body parts from a (hopefully) salvageable head and torso. That’s what happened to me. Andropov’s cockpit came right through mine, crushing my right arm and leg, rupturing my suit seals in the process.

Some kid in Korea, a fan of mine, managed to snag the whole crash and toss it up on Ulibijeon. I’ve seen it, and a lot of the derivative mashups. Three minutes of my left side flailing in pain set to everything from Euroclassical to Afro-Peruvian Fogata.

A lot of people say that the crash changed me. It did. My new arm and leg weren’t real to me for a long time. I could still feel the old ones- the regrowths felt glued-on like those plastic prosthetics they used to use way back in the day. I was like a bird learning to fly with both real wings and phantom wings.

So yeah, it changed me. Hell, I even got charged with being a Red at one point, just because I told some reporters that I didn’t see how combat prospecting could ever be totally safe with human pilots in the cockpit. Look at the records, even with drones there are occasional deaths- accidents, suicides, mass murders. That doesn’t mean I think we shouldn’t do it.

I went back to it, if you recall. Three Sky Cups in total, still a record. I won two of those AFTER my crash. I love it. Even after all of the pain and loss, I still love it.

Heavens bless Gail. She’s learned to sleep through my nightmares. Some part of her subconscious knows to wake her up if I’m still shivering in my own sweat after an hour or so. She’s the one responsible for my strength, the strength that kept me in the games for years after other pilots had retired, cracked up, or taken a long walk down a short corridor to the airlock. I owe those championships to her.

That’s what my story is about. It’s about a broken-down pilot with phantom wings and the amazing woman who glued him back together. Ours is a story of triumph, with perhaps more than our fair share of tragedy. I’ll be honest- there were some years that I didn’t deserve her love. Years when I didn’t love myself… I’m both humbled and honored that you want to share that experience with us.
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Reviews: 4,152

Keller Mang (Riyadh Arco, Saudi EOZ) July 15, 2305- ☺︎231 ☹148
I was really impressed by how humble Lars is in this book. For a guy with three championships and a wife who still looks like a billion zilch, I don’t know- I guess I was expecting more “I’m so awesome”. If anything, he sounds like everyone around him did all the cool stuff and he just happened to be nearby. I loved the story, but afterwards I felt a bit disappointed. I mean, if everyone else did all the work, why am I reading a book about him? {READ MORE}

Alamea Wright (Green Ring, Virgo Station) July 23, 2305- ☺︎215 ☹191
Lars is nothing more that a self-aggrandizing lecher with a sob story to peddle. I haven’t been this disgusted with the hype around a story since Boyd Ulbrick tried to convince everyone he was a genuine rags-to-riches kid. Lars Baak sold out his team and his corporation when he started preaching that pro-gov nonsense about safety regulations and “fair pay”. I just hope that when everyone finished reading this pile of garbage, they will see Baak for the cowardly quisling he really is!

Keandre Baumbach (Sydney Arco, New South Wales EOZ) July 18, 2305- ☺︎207 ☹105
I’m really happy this story finally got told. Baak had a very long career in mineral sports and got to live through a lot of changes. In many ways, the book is less about his personal changes and more about him morphing to fit into a changing world. I recommend getting the estory over the ebook, but don’t bother with the ensense. Tim Sosa is just not believable in the role, but the performances on the eStory are fantastically spot on. Carlos Gilani’s voice is a dead ringer for Baak’s and… {READ MORE}

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YúMoney Financial Headlines for Wednesday, February 9, 2298

Posted by dunkelza , 10 February 2015 · 6,255 views
Lore, Economics, History and 2 more...
A quick update on markets shows the Reyex ending the day at 34,108.26, down 1.4% from yesterday’s three-month high. Analysts believe the dip was driven by investors profit-taking in advance of next week’s monthly population report. Social media giant Blurt climbed 2.41 points today on word that rival Allme was experiencing a management shakeup. Allme fell 3.25 points on the rumors. Spacecraft design firm Kurbul rose 12% on news that Parthenorbital was entering talks to acquire the Lahore-based developers of the popular Direhawk mining drone.

In commodities, synthetic petroleum futures plummeted another 2.3 points after NEXOil announced the opening of a new plant near the Mbandaka arco in the West Congo EOZ. Blue Water is up 0.3 points, but Green is down 0.2 on news that Lanzgrow’s Kriswasser division will begin mass-marketing a new home water reclamation unit. Aluminum is up 0.12 points, but iron and gold both fell about 2% because a new dump mine in the Atlanta arco campus is expected to yield considerable stocks of electronics and railroad waste.

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Yesterday, Chengchao and Xorn officials unveiled a joint research project aimed at improving the efficiency of spaceborn nanofactories like those used on compound harvesters. The announcement comes on the 45th anniversary of the tragic L5 Attack, when terrorists opposed to space exploration rammed a void barge into humanity’s largest space shipyard. Executives from the two companies showcased a new memorial garden outside the joint research facility. The garden’s 3,183 tulips honor workers killed in the attack.

Representatives of the world’s twelve largest megacorporations, the so-called “gigacorps”, are scheduled to meet tomorrow in the Brux-Nouvelles arco for a joint economic summit. Executives are expected to discuss possible solutions to the growing problem of failed states and their impact on the world economy. While en route to the summit, Torchlight CEO Aileen Hernandez Blurted that “private-public partnerships worked very well in North America” and that she planned to propose expanding such programs worldwide.

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In sports-related business news, CPIA announced that they will cease Ensense broadcasts of mineral sports matches after this year’s Sky Cup. Though the full-immersion sensory experience is popular for other forms of entertainment, sports fans generally reported that riding along in pilots’ bodies was less exciting than hoped. Last year’s test-marketing of a new drone feedback system proved painfully unpleasant to consumers, so plans for a larger rollout were quickly shelved. With CPIA’s Ensense broadcast sales reportedly down 30% from last year, today's announcement was widely anticipated by analysts.

Finally today, bad news for lovers of sweets and alcoholic beverages. Officials in the São Paulo EOZ are predicting a 15% reduction in sugarcane production this year, largely due to rainwater contamination related to the ongoing Quatro Barras dump mine fire. Located in one of the world’s few remaining wet regions, the São Paulo zone accounts for 24% of global sugar production. Sugar futures are expected to climb sharply after tomorrow’s opening bell.

Check in tomorrow for more YúMoney Financial Headlines. For YúMoney News, I'm Hiro Nambeesan.
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Special thanks to Renegade-Shank (Water Reclamation Units), Elfindreams (Liberete), Gynkoba (Henley & Xorn), Groundhound (Corporate metrics), Nelson (Torchlight), and probably a bunch of other people I accidentally forgot to mention.


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Encyclopedia Gallica - Parker's Law

Posted by dunkelza , 02 February 2015 · 1,876 views
Lore, History, Wars, Lasers, CPIA and 4 more...
This Encyclopedia Gallica historical moment brought to you by Daeng Pla Crimson Crisps.

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The Joint Mining Laser Limitation Agreement of 2231, better known as “Parker’s Law”, ended six bloody years of conflict called the Bab-el-Mandeb War. The nickname refers to the death of Parker Iskender, the only child of Aksum founder and CEO, Robert Iskender. Historians differ on the exact cause of the war, though it is clear that Parker’s death in an asteroid prospecting accident was a precipitating factor.

Recently graduated from Harvard’s business school in Havana, the younger Iskender refused a desk job at his father’s firm, preferring instead to join the asteroid prospecting startup LyngbRum. His parentage and aggressiveness earned him rapid promotions and he was soon posted as Operations Manager aboard the mining platform Perkredes. While competively mining the asteroid 2071 Bab-el-Mandeb, Perkredes suffered catastrophic hull rupture after the rock shattered on February 2, 2225.

Robert Iskender blamed his son’s death on LyngbRum’s allegedly-flawed mining practices. LyngbRum blamed its competitor Isuta for dangerously undermining the asteroid’s structure. Isuta blamed LyngbRum’s use of Gallium-Xenon lasers made by Luminon, a division of TLS. As the recriminations mounted, more than 23 major corporations became involved in lawsuits and countersuits. Iskender grew increasingly frustrated by the ineffectiveness of the outmoded legal systems of the time. On April 6th, he took his revenge.

Early that morning, private military contractors employed by Aksum International destroyed a LyngbRum warehouse near the Dadaab space elevator, causing the loss of 15 lives and more than €35,000,000 worth of raw materials, many owned by Brindle Cat, a division of Parthenorbital. Two days later, forces employed by Brindle Cat attacked a cruise ship, assassinating Aksum’s VP of Marketing and wounding the daughter of a Torchlight board member.

Within two months, most of the world’s major corporations were engaged in the war. Conflict occurred on every continent, in orbit around Earth, the Moon, and Mars, as well as in the Asteroid Belt. By the time that Parker’s Law ended the conflict on February 5, 2231 (nearly six years to the day), more than 132,000 lives had been lost.

When the CPIA published their second-edition sportsmanship standards in 2254, they further broadened the mining laser restrictions imposed under Parker’s Law. Though the 2260 GHRA removed human pilots from combat prospecting altogether, CPIA rules still limit the types and power levels of mining lasers. As a result, some rock types are not easily mined during CPIA matches and can only be harvested later by long-term extraction teams.

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{LIBERETE NODE A0C2:12F5:98BE:0918-4BAA:3124:15D3:CE01 ONLINE AT 23150912.142321.H}

{Grenadier21 23150912.142321.H} Do you believe this pakshet? {((FILE ATTACH))} Parker’s Law isn’t a LAW, it’s a contract! No government enforces it, no legislature voted on it- it’s a kaafam corporate contract! I can’t believe they are trying to sell it to us like it’s some kind of godsend. {EOP}

{PortioAngelus 23150912.142432.D} Yes, we know it’s just a contract, Gren- that’s why we’re Civs. If you really want to flip out, focus on the BIG lie. They left a few zeros off of the death toll from the BEM War. I’ve got firsthand accounts reporting that many deaths in one battle alone! Check it out- {((LINK))} {EOC}

{Fenario 23150912.142632.Z} The sad thing is that this whole war was about one stupid kid killing his whole crew by mining faster than his foreman told him was safe! Have you read the logs? {((LINK))} Parker’s cabaro of a father couldn’t admit that his son was a headstrong dinkus who should never have been in charge of a mining barge. {EOC}

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