Saturday, November 13, 2010

Let the People You Work With Know They're Obnoxious

You Know,

I don't expect only comic book fans to come read this. The value of any form of literature is what you come away with for your own life. Can disposable entertainment be indisposable? Oh, you bet.
Here's what I'm reading of late. Somehow reviewing Machine Man stories gave me a renewed interest in Artificial Intelligence and consciousness in general!

Binary Bug’s cloud may be noticed by passersby, but his break-in goes uninterrupted. He glides across the very work floor of Machine Man’s new job, and, it says, taps into Compucord’s RAM to acquire “thousands of information bytes.” $2 dollars, low security: his target’s set. Outside, at a midtown movie house, Aaron complains he doesn’t “get” why “you humans WASTE your time on vicarious entertainment.” Peter S. assures him we can’t self-improve all the time, and vouches for a bit of escapist release, while Aaron notices the strange behavior of a cloud...

Shift to: the Anderson mansion, where Marv gives us a bit of history and Binary Bug floats in to rob the party. They figure out he’s like the worst birthday clown ever and he makes off with a Ming uninsured by Delmar and numerous Impressionist paintings, leaving the diamonds for last.

His raid has Delmar in an uproar the next day, as the third in a series of robberies (including “two million from Evanier!”). Aaron postulates the wealth and financial sabotaging of Delmar are the twin motives; Byron B. puts him on the case. Meanwhile, Maggie Jones observes and puts the moves on Aaron to no success. Idiot Edward White congratulates him and hurts his hand on MM’s back. MM shows no tact seems necessary in letting the people you work with know they are obnoxious.

Meanwhile Binary Bug’s movers have brought his stolen goods up to his new penthouse digs. Shattering a wine glass, he makes it clear he’s James Rambo, the fired investigator caught rifling through Compucord (and replaced by Aaron Stack). Thanks to the Tinkerer’s gear, he’s nearly broken Delmar, and now plans a final, dangerous score.

Machine Man uses Compucord to “learn in minutes what a computer operator would take years to glean.” He basically confirms his theory and goes to Rambo’s loft address. He spooks the landlord, observes he’s lying in a way that would do Matt Murdock justice, and gets the new address.

Once he’s there, he discovers the stash, comments on human greed, scans his notes, and heads for the dirigible of Khan of Xanadu, Delmar’s richest client. So does he float it in one general area?

Did you know Xanadu, named by Coleridge, honors Kublai Khan’s legendary Chinese home called “Shang-Tu” or “upper capital”? Aboard the “flying castle” there’s “joyous music” and dancing, while a thug named Gianelli vociferously protests being muscled out of territory. Binary Bug enters; Gianelli mistakes him for an assassin, only to be disarmed by a shock blast. Now Khan must turn over ten million in goods. Khan doesn’t fear him in the least.
Machine Man quickly gets a foot in from behind; the Bug tries a gas smoke screen and throws another Ditko psuedo-pod thing. Machine Man’s prepared for the “techno-breaker” but it’s actually his old enemy, sonics. Overloaded, he falls, telescoping limbs asplay. Out of time, Binary Bug flees the blimp, certain he was the one in true danger, from Khan. Machine Man dives out behind him, dodging deadly rockets; he yells at the Bug to look out. Flying backwards, the Binary Bug bytes the dust, crashing into high-tension wires. Machine Man’s stunned at how humans waste their lives.

Aboard the blimp, Khan goes over the “amazing coincidence” with Gianelli. Not long ago (#10) he’d tried to destroy Machine Man with an earthquake; today, Machine Man possibly saves his life. Now he wishes Machine Man “to serve my will.”

P.S. I don't know about the detective work here.
I am totally ready for Aaron here to say something good about humankind or something that makes him curious. He's not so bad, just kinda downbeat!

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