AftR episode 6 – Dentata Pacman, Bartholomew

Snow Crash chapters 9 & 10 are discussed.

We’re there as Hiro watches Da5id try the drug Snow Crash, and Hiro helps Y.T. regain her freedom.

Words:

  • Bolus – A small rounded mass of a substance, especially of chewed food at the moment of swallowing.  OR – A type of large pill used in veterinary medicine.
  • Desultory – Lacking a plan, purpose, or enthusiasm.
  • Tocsin – An alarm bell or signal.
  • “Liquid Knuckles” – Mace / pepper spray, it seems…
  • “Bundy stunners” – Context says it’s this universe’s Taser.
  • “Franchulates” – Another Snow Crash-ism describing the self-governed “burbclaves”.

Phrases:

  • “Any more of them and they’ll be able to form a government” — in reference to the number of jeeks as the border of Mr Lee’s Greater Hong Kong

AftR episode 6 – Dentata Pacman, Bartholomew

Snow Crash chapters 9 & 10 are discussed. We’re there as Hiro watches Da5id try the drug Snow Crash, and Hiro helps Y.T. regain her freedom. Words: Bolus – A small rounded mass of a substance, especially of chewed food at the moment of swallowing.  OR - A type of large pill used in veterinary medicine.

AftR episode 5 – Gossip Ex Machina

Snow Crash chapters 7 & 8 are discussed.

We learn a good bit about Hiro while in hiss head as he scopes the scene at The Black Sun.  He’s trying to find information to upload to the CIC.  Yet he’s quickly distracted by his “one that got away”, Juanita.

Hiro attempts avoiding Juanita, which fails horribly.  Meanwhile the present is far too pressing a matter to Juanita.  She amplifies the intrigue about this new drug (?) Snow Crash, and posits that Da5id has expressed an interest in it.

 

Words:

  • Retinue – This one’s real.  Look it up!
  • “Bitheads” – Seems it’s the hacker version of a shit-head
  • “Willbes” – A more optimistic interpretation of “wannabes”

 

Phrases: (spoilers!)

  • “gossip ex machina” (Description of how Hiro steals data “right out of the guts of the system” because “his is a hacker.”)
  • “How slow can a mammal be and still have respiratory functions?” (Juanita’s though when Hiro surmised that Juanita’s grandmother was Juanita’s role model because she might’ve been a programmer.)
  • “To condense fact from the vapor of nuance” (Juanita describing the phenomenon of her grandmother knowing she was pregnant with only her facial expressions as context clues.)
  • “Hiro didn’t know whether he was rich or poor, educated or ignorant, talented or lucky.”

S1E5 – Gossip Ex Machina

Snow Crash chapters 7 & 8 are discussed. We learn a good bit about Hiro while in hiss head as he scopes the scene at The Black Sun.  He’s trying to find information to upload to the CIC.  Yet he’s quickly distracted by his “one that got away”, Juanita.

AftR episode 4 – Just say NO!

The crew reviews chapters 5 & 6.

Hiro is offered the titular drug Snow Crash by a mysterious “black and white”, which he dismisses as a sillly idea.

Meanwhile, Y.T. is caught in a sticky situation by the cops, and thrown in the clink for leaving the scene of a crime.

Phrase of the week:
“There are enough Clints and Brandys to found a new ethnic group”

S1E4 – Just say NO!

The crew reviews chapters 5 & 6. Hiro is offered the titular drug Snow Crash by a mysterious “black and white”, which he dismisses as a sillly idea. Meanwhile, Y.T. is caught in a sticky situation by the cops, and thrown in the clink for leaving the scene of a crime.

AftR episode 3 – Nerd pie

We review chapters 3 & 4.

Two out of three of us agree, these chapters are great!

We get to learn about Hiro’s past, and what got him here, and where he goes to escape where he is… spoiler: it’s the Metaverse!

Term of the week:
Sneezing brains

S1E3 – Nerd pie?

We review chapters 3 & 4. Two out of three of us agree, these chapters are great! We get to learn about Hiro’s past, and what got him here, and where he goes to escape where he is… spoiler: it’s the Metaverse!

AftR episode 2 – Li’l Crips

After Hiro receives a pizza with very little time left in which to get it delivered, he’s got to prove his mad skillz piloting The Deliverator…

However, along the way he’s ‘pooned by a Kourier, and trouble ensues.

Quote of the week:
He’s going to die and she’s gamboling.

S1E2 – He’s going to die and she’s gamboling

After Hiro receives a pizza with very little time left in which to get it delivered, he’s got to prove his mad skillz piloting The Deliverator… However, along the way he’s ‘pooned by a Kourier, and trouble ensues.

AftR Episode 1 – Our hero, Hiro!

Chapter 1 introduces us to the main character, Hiro, and his struggles in the world of pizza delivery. We get a bit of a glimpse into the world of the universe in which pizza delivery is a very important, and revered gig.

Quote of the week:
“Big sticky tires with contact patches the size of a fat lady’s thighs”
-From Snow Crash

S1E1 – Get the door, it’s Hiro!

Chapter 1 introduces us to the main character, Hiro, and his struggles in the world of pizza delivery. We get a bit of a glimpse into the world of the universe in which pizza delivery is a very important, and revered gig.

AftR Episode 0 – About us

We introduce ourselves, discuss the purpose for us recording the podcast and our reading habits, then begin our conversation about our first book together, Snow Crash.

We also talk about what knew up front about the book, what we understand about Neal Stephenson, what we believe the cover art is trying to tell us about where the story will take us, and why Snow Crash was the book that we chose.

Quote of the week:

“And all I can do is read a book to stay awake
And it rips my life away but it’s a great escape”

From: No Rain, by Blind Melon

S0E0 – About us, your podcast cast

You’ll hear the gang talking about their history with reading, their motivation behind now recording this weekly podcast, and what we hope to get from the experience of recording our thoughts on each chapter of the book we’re reading together. You’ll also be introduced to our first book.

Introducing Book #1 – Snow Crash

Snow Crash Cover

Why did the snow crash? Where did it crash? Is it just another name for avalanche? Why does snow need a katana?