Etiquette

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I can't say it better than this:

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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] kadymae at Help a fellow fan
Fangirl and Sequential Tart Wolfen Moondaughter needs our help. She's got no health insurance, she's having problems controlling her blood sugar, and now she's having some retinal bleeds.

She's an artist. She depends on vision to make a living.

She's got an illustration of the problem and a link for donations.

I've known her for 14 years and can vouch for her. She's a kind and generous person.

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While you're checking out the illustration of how Wolfie's eyesight is deteriorating, please explore her portfolio. Her fan art is beautiful, including this one of Iron Man/Tony Stark:

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Yesterday was a brutal news day: Harold Ramis, Norman Yates and a local fancy stationery shop, Notables, all gone or going. Harold Ramis has influenced taste in comedy and views about TV since SCTV. I see Norman Yates’s grand painting on campus every day. So many of my ideas and so many gifts I’ve given were put into notebooks and gift packages from Notables.

Notables’ announcement:
http://notables.ca/2014/02/moving-on/

Harold Ramis on the metaphors different people find in Groundhog Day:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkEUpymTanA&feature=player_embedded

Norman Yates remembered by the University of Alberta:
https://news.ualberta.ca/newsarticles/2014/february/education-mural-a-fitting-monument-to-norman-yates

Many moons ago, I did a massive cover feature on Norman Yates for the Edmonton Bullet. I’ll try to post that in the next couple of days.

Oops

Jun. 29th, 2012 08:57 pm
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Apologies to anyone who commented or sent me a message over the last couple of days.

I changed some mail settings and inadvertently ended up asking that notifications be sent to nowhere.
It's fixed, and now I have some catching up to do.
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Has anyone else noticed that "fic" autocorrects to "fix"? As in, "I'm going to fix this show with some much-needed explanatory Wincest!"
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The moon will be closer to Earth than it has been since 1992. It will appear brighter and 14% bigger. [livejournal.com profile] baker_kitty sent me a link with this explanatory video, which is very good, although, like all mainstream reports on this event, it is silent on the issue of whether a bigger moon triggers more werewolf turnings than usual.

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The Supernatural episode, "Mystery Spot," has colonized my idea of Groundhog Day. This does not help:

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Out, damned spot; out, I say. One, two,—why, then ’tis time to do’t. Hell is murky. Fie, my lord, fie, a soldier and afeard? What need we fear who knows it when none can call our power to account? Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him?

Source, with explanatory notes

Sarah Palin can try to scrub that "Don't Retreat, RELOAD" tweet all she wants, but she cannot undo the fact that she and her cronies have accelerated a poisonous discourse that literal-minded would-be kings of the castles of their own minds have acted upon.

(In the past two years, the FBI and Homeland Security have issued warnings about the possible effect of right-wing vitriol. There has been a steady drip of a trend for regular but unstable joes who have attempted or carried out attacks on public figures or institutions. Remember when U.S. political scene ignored the mounting number and deadliness of Islamist extremist attacks on their own embassies and the U.S. Cole?) ETA: Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] dewline for pointing out this David Olive piece which covers the ground I was thinking of, but with more specifics.

News of Palin's attempt to wash her hands of responsibility reminded me Lady Macbeth's most famous words -- "Out, damned spot" -- but the key to this quote is actually a couple of lines later, when she says "What need we fear who knows it when none can call our power to account?" This captures the idea that the elite of the political right have that they they are unquestionably correct, and therefore accountable to no one. (Some of them will say they are accountable to God, but since He doesn't issue audit reports, we'll never know in our Earthly lifetimes.)

One additional note of supreme, almost literary irony: the 9-year-old girl who was killed was born on September 11, 2001. To stretch the Macbeth parallel, here is the future that the addled thane murdered, to realize his Lady's strong words.
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When I read a political headline that says, "Bennett removed from cabinet," I immediately understand that an individual has lost his appointment as a minister with the government.

However, when I read a headline that says, "Bennett removed from cabinet (with video), I get a very literal image a man being taken out of a giant piece of furniture.

This visualization may have been informed by a few seconds of an Alfred Hitchcock intro that I caught on TV last night. He was bragging about his lovely secretarial desk and all the things he could fit into it. He opens a big drawer and there's a small woman inside: his secretary.

Maybe my subconscious is commenting on how the shenanigans in the B.C. legislature are episodes of suspense without an overall, season-long narrative arc.
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LOLing at this hard. How do people think they can get away with plagarism -- or pretending you were at meetings that you clearly were not at -- in the age of the Internet? If you can find it to cut-and-paste, anyone can find it to out you as a plagarist and liar.



Ryan Grim writes in The Huffington Post:

When Crown Publishing inked a deal with George W. Bush for his memoirs, the publisher knew it wasn't getting Faulkner. But the book, at least, promises "gripping, never-before-heard detail" about the former president's key decisions, offering to bring readers "aboard Air Force One on 9/11, in the hours after America's most devastating attack since Pearl Harbor; at the head of the table in the Situation Room in the moments before launching the war in Iraq," and other undisclosed and weighty locations.

Crown also got a mash-up of worn-out anecdotes from previously published memoirs written by his subordinates, from which Bush lifts quotes word for word, passing them off as his own recollections. He took equal license in lifting from nonfiction books about his presidency or newspaper or magazine articles from the time. Far from shedding light on how the president approached the crucial "decision points" of his presidency, the clip jobs illuminate something shallower and less surprising about Bush's character: He's too lazy to write his own memoir [my emphasis].
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Just wanted to post a link to the recent all-points!fail at DeviantArt.

The site recently changed their profile options so that users were forced to state whether they were male or female, decision which has since been changed. transfinite explains what happened via Dreamwidth:



I got a response from a user named realitysquared, aka Daniel Sowers Jr., the site's Copyright & Etiquette Administration manager:

Thank you for contacting deviantART, I will be assisting you with your support ticket.

A relatively recent redesign of our profile setting page now requires that you designate yourself as being male or female.

If you do not wish to designate your gender and prefer to deactivate your account due to being forced to make this choice then you may do so if you choose.


Missing the point much? It's not that I do not wish to designate my gender, but that I am unable to with their current setup.

Source: http://transfinite.dreamwidth.org/215469.html


As transfinite points out, this happened on Spirit Day. If anyone ever asks why we need a Spirit Day, let this be one of the exhibits.

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"But Honestly, Monica," a YouTube ballad via [livejournal.com profile] baker_kitty! (It's actually quite a sweet tune.)

Pyegate!

Nov. 6th, 2010 01:00 pm
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Recently, a for-profit food website used a blogger's copyrighted recipe and article without permission. The blogger informed the publication that her work was posted without permission and was asked what she would like in restitution. She requested an apology and a $130 donation to the Columbia School of Journalism. She got a scathing reply from the editor who claimed that the Internet is public domain and that they were doing the blogger a favour by correcting the atrocious spelling.

Um, the recipes are from medieval cookbooks -- apparently, they couldn't spell for shit back then!

Anyway, prepare to be amused and horrified and terribly temped to bake these two apple pies!

Start with the CBC News piece, follow the links to [livejournal.com profile] illadore's blog, and check out the recipes in her original article.
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Tuesday was the anniversary of what's commonly known as "Canada's Nobel Peace Prize": the one awarded to Lester B. Pearson for his work as a diplomat in the negotiations to resolve the Suez Crisis in 1957. Pearson went on to lead two minority governments as Prime Minister of Canada.

So how did the present day government of Canada mark the occasion? By embarassingly withdrawing from a UN vote that would otherwise have led to an even more embarrassing certain defeat in our bid for one of the temporary seats at the Security Council.

Since Pearson's Nobel Prize, Canada has prided itself as being an international "honest broker," who often took up the cause of smaller countries, punched above our weight in peacekeeping missions and forged the way on human rights issues. But the Harper government has pulled that all back. Now, we tie foreign aid to ideological objectives (and cut funding to countries without warning. A decade ago, we had over 3,000 peacekeeping troops out on over a dozen missions. Now there are a total of 62 Canadian peacekeeping souls on a handful of missions. Our "maternal health initiative" is a fancy word for "anti-abortion."

As Kenneth Roth from Human Rights Watch puts it: "Harper's foreign policy team is still acting as if 9/11 happened yesterday and George Bush is still in the White House."

The Harper government is blaming everyone else for the loss of the UN Security Council seat, while sniffing that we didn't want it anyway. But the fact is, globally, it looks like we've been de-friended by Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Eastern Europe South America, Central America and the United States.

How did this happen? Let Roth in the Ottawa Citizen and Chantal Hebert in the Toronto Star count the ways.

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ETA 16 Oct 2010

The Toronto Star lists 10 reasons for Canada's UN!fail. Includes doughnuts.

I also remembered that a couple of years ago, the Harperites held a press conference on Parliament Hill that had them set up a stage in front of Lester B. Pearson's portrait and physically putting drapes all over to cover it up. (I haven't been able to find a link yet.) At the time, I took it as a sign of things to come.
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I chuckled every time someone said today's Chilean mine rescue was a "miracle."

St. Barbara must be a fairly slack miracle worker if she needs two months and the involvement of several multinational companies, various governments, countless scientists, engineers, technicians, physicians, psychologists, social workers, media, family, friends and clergy. I agree with my friend, K, who calls it an "engineericle."

Timmy's in a well! )

In any case, I'm glad the miners got out, and so quickly. I hope they recover well. And that they get a musical. They should have one (especially since one of the characters can be torn between his wife and his mistress). Fortunately, it will have a much happier ending than Floyd Collins, a light opera about a 1925 caving disaster that left one man trapped until a rescue shaft reached him in 17 days (ironically, the miners in Chile were trapped for 17 days before they made outside contact). That rescue attempt attracted a media circus back then, as well. Our fascination for "Timmy's in a Well" stories goes way back!
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This is for all the librarians out there.

(Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] baker_kitty)

Boolean limits pare things down to just what fits )
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It's impressive that this person made a laser microscope with stuff lying around the house, but the video proof is 1000x more awesome because of the cat as witness:

http://teravolt.org/Laser_Microscope.htm
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I can't stop watching this newsreel from Hong Kong! This could be the greatest use of CGI ever -- or at least so far this week. Why can't our news look like this?

Bonus trailer for a gay romance movie at the end:

http://travel.latimes.com/daily-deal-blog/index.php/fight-or-flight-jetb-7362/

Ole! Ole!

Jul. 11th, 2010 04:28 pm
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Okay, it was a crappy game, but the point is, Spain won!

Also, my man, Diego Forlan, won the Golden Ball for being the tournament's MVP. (Hot, talented and humble, from this ESPN report.) The award looks like a, um, gold ball, much like the Golden Boot for the highest scorer is, indeed, a Golden Boot. I like how soccer is so obvious like that!

Anyway, to celebrate, here's the Ole! song by a guy who is close to Dean Winchester and his buddy:

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Since I'm going to be obsessed with the Uruguay football team for next three days, I thought I should brush up on the country.

Things Wikipedia taught me:

  • It's tiny, a bit smaller than Washington state.
  • It has 3.5 million residents, about 1/3 more than the City of Toronto. About 88% are of European descent, compared to just over 50% in Toronto.
  • It is considered the most secular of South American countries.
  • It is the first Latin American country to legalize same-sex marriage. (This is probably related to the above factoid!)
  • It's had a very colourful political history and is now headed by a leftist coalition.
  • Its national sport is...you guessed it: football!

I also found an update on Diego Forlan, sounding gracious in defeat, but game for Saturday. Yep, Dean Winchesterly decent!

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