Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky. (slithytove) wrote,
Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky.

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Osama bin Laden, meet Count Zero

THE papers are full of the story of how a CIA robot 'Predator' spy plane launched a Hellfire missile at a car carrying al-Qaeda operatives, killing them, including one man, Qaed Salim Silnam al-Harethi, who is said to be one of Osama bin Laden's lieutenants, and was involved in the bomb attack on the USS Cole that killed 17 sailors.

Something about this story rang a bell as I was reading it. Then I realized why it sounded familiar:

They set a slamhound on Turner's trail in New Delhi, slotted it to his pheromones and the color of his hair. It caught up with him on a street called Chandai Chauk and came scrambling for his rented BMW through a forest of bare brown legs and pedicab tires. Its core was a kilogram of recrystallized hexogene and flaked TNT.

Not quite the same thing, but we're getting close: robot assassins chasing their victims down and blowing them up with explosives. The Hellfire did a more complete job than the 'slamhound': a photograph of the site of the al-Qaeda car shows blackened sand, and not much of anything left of the car larger than the size of a quarter. Turner, on the other hand, survived, barely, and went on to become the protagonist of William Gibson's Count Zero, of which the above passage is the first paragraph.

Life imitates art. verthandi! I know you haven't read this book. Read it, damn you, it's great! And it's coming true. o_O;;

musu(bu), yu(u)
meaning: bind, join, end
結婚 == kekkon == marriage
結果 == kekka == result
Left radical is 'thread' (糸), right is 'good luck' (吉). Relationship is unclear. Henshall suggests taking the top right radical as 'samurai' (士) and 'mouth' (口), and for a mnemonic:  'Bind samurai's mouth with thread.'


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