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Sep. 19th, 2017 02:31 pm
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Anthrodendum offers resources for understanding race in the US post-Charlottesville. https://savageminds.org/2017/09/18/resources-for-understanding-race-after-charlottesville/

D-Brief notes that exoplanet WASP-12b is a hot Jupiter that is both super-hot and pitch-black.http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2017/09/18/hot-black-exoplanet/

The Dragon's Gaze links to a paper examining various models of ice-covered worlds and their oceans' habitability. http://thedragonsgaze.blogspot.ca/2017/09/geophysical-tests-for-habitability-in.html

The Everyday Sociology Blog takes a look at the value placed by society on different methods of transport. http://www.everydaysociologyblog.com/2017/09/getting-a-ride-transportation-and-identity.html

Far Outliers looks at how Chinese migrants were recruited in the 19th century. http://faroutliers.blogspot.ca/2017/09/chinese-overseas-labor-recruitment-1800s.html

Hornet Stories notes that the authorship of famously bad fanfic :"My Notorious" has been claimed, by one Rose Christo. https://hornetapp.com/stories/my-immortal-rose-christo/

Marginal Revolution notes one explanation for why men are not earning more. (Bad beginnings matter.) http://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2017/09/men-not-earning.html

Peter Watts has it with facile (and statistically ill-grounded) rhetoric about punching Nazis. http://www.rifters.com/crawl/?p=7645

At the NYR Daily, Masha Gessen is worried by signs of degeneration in the American body politic. http://www.nybooks.com/daily/2017/09/18/three-tales-of-moral-corrosion/

Livejournal's pollotenchegg maps the strength of Ukrainian political divisions in 2006 and 2010. https://pollotenchegg.livejournal.com/249832.html

The Power and the Money's Noel Maurer is afraid what AI-enabled propaganda might do to American democracy in the foreseeable future.
http://noelmaurer.typepad.com/aab/2017/09/propaganda-in-the-age-of-artificial-intelligence.html

Roads and Kingdoms notes an enjoyable bagel breakfast at Pondichéry's Auroville Café. http://roadsandkingdoms.com/breakfast/bagels-auroville-cafe/

Drew Rowsome celebrates the introduction of ultra-low-cost carriers for flyers in Canada. http://drewrowsome.blogspot.ca/2017/09/the-ulcc-model-comes-to-canada-with.html

Strange Company notes the 19th century haunting of an English mill.
http://strangeco.blogspot.ca/2017/09/the-haunted-mill.html

Window on Eurasia notes that Crimean Tatars, and Muslims in Crimea, are facing more repression. http://windowoneurasia2.blogspot.ca/2017/09/increasing-repression-of-muslims-in.html
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Green Gables #pei #princeedwardisland #cavendish #greengableshouse #greengables #anneofgreengables


Notwithstanding this summer's drought, the lines to see Green Gables House are eternal.

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Sep. 19th, 2017 11:22 am
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This is going up rather late, for which I apologize; just got off a flight. I almost did a travel question, this one occurred to me instead.

Does your character visit their family--whether genetic, formally adopted, informally adopted/just chosen and assembled like half our large-cast-protagonist stories are--often? (If they live with their family, assume holidays/important celebrations at or with visiting family.) How do those visits go, what are they like? Does your character enjoy them?

And for those characters who don't have family, do they wish they did or are they relieved to be spared the... let's call them 'complications' that can go with it?
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One of the things I wanted to originally go for with this series was to create a kind of “myth from the future”—a science-fiction quest based on the classical Argonauts/Prometheus model. One of the cornerstones of that was the idea that some meaningful number would venture forth and one less would come back. Someone pays the price for stealing fire from Heaven, and there’s no shortage of likely candidates… -- Al Ewing

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I want some Kite Man action figures. When you squeeze his legs he sighs resignedly. Hell yeah! -- Tom King

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Sunday saw Open Streets Toronto come into play for the second time, closing off huge chunks of Yonge Street (and Bloor to the west and east of Yonge, too). Sunday afternoon was bright and blue, a perfect day for people to promenade down from Bloor to College, looking at the streetscape and taking in the day's activities.

Open Streets (1) #toronto #yongeandbloor #yongestreet #openstreetsto


Open Streets (2) #toronto #yongeandbloor #yongestreet #openstreetsto


Open Streets (3) #toronto #yongeandbloor #yongestreet #openstreetsto


Open Streets (4) #toronto #yongeandbloor #yongestreet #openstreetsto #brassrail


Open Streets (5) #toronto #yongeandbloor #yongestreet #openstreetsto


Open Streets (6) #toronto #yongeandbloor #yongestreet #openstreetsto


Open Streets (7) #toronto #yongeandbloor #yongestreet #openstreetsto


Open Streets (8) #toronto #yongeandbloor #yongestreet #openstreetsto


Open Streets (9) #toronto #yongeandbloor #yongestreet #openstreetsto


Open Streets (10) #toronto #yongeandwellesley #yongestreet #openstreetsto


Open Streets (11) #toronto #yongeandwellesley #yongestreet #openstreetsto


Open Streets (12) #toronto #yongeandwellesley #yongestreet #openstreetsto


Open Streets (13) #toronto #yongeandwellesley #yongestreet #openstreetsto


Open Streets (14) #toronto #yongeandwellesley #yongestreet #openstreetsto


Open Streets (15) #toronto #yongeandwellesley #yongestreet #openstreetsto


Open Streets (16) #toronto #yongeandwellesley #yongestreet #openstreetsto


Open Streets (17) #toronto #yongeandwellesley #yongestreet #openstreetsto

Open Streets (18) #toronto #yongeandwellesley #yongestreet #openstreetsto


Open Streets (19) #toronto #yongeandcollege #yongestreet #openstreetsto #latergram


Open Streets (20) #toronto #yongeandcollege #yongestreet #openstreetsto #latergram
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Lucky Luke is a humorous European comic series which serves as both a parody and an homage to the Westerns. Created by Belgian cartoonist Maurice De Bevere ("Morris", 1923-2001) in 1946, it was published as serials in several magazines (Spirou, Tintin, Pilóte, etc). When René Goscinny of Asterix fame took over co-writing duties, it raised the magazine's overall quality of text and made it a hit.

In the stories, cowboy Lucky Luke usually acts as a bodyguard to someone who will serve as the conductive thread of the narrative. The gags and mishaps will follow on until the objective is fulfilled at the end of the story.

It also used plenty of historical figures in its stories, such as Hanging Judge Roy Bean in the following book.



11 pages out of 48, below )

Don Rosa also featured Judge Bean in a story of his own, "The Prisoner of White Agony Creek".
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Come in, please, come in. I can’t entertain you shipboard as I once could, but there is tea and plenty of food, and I understand you’ve done well for yourself at the gambling tables. I suppose I can afford to lose a little now and then. My late first husband was a wealthy man and I magnified his wealth – well, you know how.

I think there should be discipline in everything, you know, even lawlessness. When I ruled the sea and the Red Flag Fleet, no one disobeyed me. Literally. Those who did were beheaded. But, on the other hand, I think my rule was mainly benificent. Did you know I forbade those under my command to steal from villagers who supplied us? That only made sense, of course. Death was also the sentence for any assault on a female captive. One makes these laws when one grows up as I did.

I also insisted that anything taken from town or ship was to be presented, registered, and given out amongst all – oh, the original taker got a percentage, and twenty percent is better than nothing, you know. That’s how you keep a sailor happy.

My dear second husband, he also issued some laws, I suppose, but they weren’t written down or very well enforced. What were they? Who knows. What does it matter? My laws were what mattered.

Eventually, of course, it became easier just to tax the local cities than to keep sacking them. Nicer for all concerned and not so much work for us. Bureaucracy will have its day, sooner or later, always.

That is how I came to be here, you know; several years ago, after I defeated their entire Navy, the government offered amnesty to pirates. Well they might; what other option did they have? But I was wealthy, so why should I continue to work when I was no longer a criminal? It was in 1810 that I left crime behind forever and opened this little gambling house. Here I am content, you know, and I think I will be until I die. Hopefully not for a long, long time!

Oh, I am called many things. I was born Shi Xianggu, and I am called Cheng I Sao, sometimes, but mostly I am known as Ching Shih – the Widow Ching, wife of two pirates, but a pirate empress myself.

(After all, it’s Talk Like A Pirate day, not Talk Like Every Pirate day. I chose Ching Shih.)

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Mod Post: Off-Topic Tuesday

Sep. 19th, 2017 12:09 pm
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In the comments to these weekly posts (and only these posts), it's your chance to go as off topic as you like. Talk about non-comics stuff, thread derail, and just generally chat amongst yourselves.

Another devastating Category 5 hurricane, this time "Maria", has caused massive damage to Dominica, and is heading towards Guadalupe.

In what is either a bizarrely surreal end-of-season plot twist or, more worryingly, a normalisation of appalling behaviour, former White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer made an appearance at the Emmy's and was smooched by celebrities who would have been excoriating him a couple of months ago. Words fail.

Toys'R'Us in the US has filed for bankruptcy protection, which does not bode well for the huge chain of stores in America (Those stores abroad, like the ones in the UK and Australia are not directly affected as yet)

Sort of on-topic, Jay and Miles X-Plain the X-Men's latest episode is an interesting discussion of the intersection of politics and comics as it applies to the X-Men, perhaps mainstream comics most consistently politically active (if not always successfully) comic. Definitely worth a listen.

Aung San Suu Kyi is facing criticism for not speaking out against the apparent ethnic cleaning of Royhinga Muslims going on in northern Rhakine state of Myanmar.. The situation is complicated by the military being a distinct from the Government, and the balance of power being uneven, but it seems disappointing at best, that Ms Suu Kyi has not spoken against it.

The unholy offspring of political backstabbing and circle-jerking otherwise known as "the UK Brexit strategy" continues with Ministers contradicting each other, re-hashing old and outdated lies and an PM who can't sack the worst offenders because A) She can't risk the backlash, and B) It leaves her no one else to blame when the shit hits the fan come 2019.

The latest, and probably last, wave of Lego Dimensions figures came out, including Beetlejuice, Powerpuff Girls and Teen Titans Go. The existing LEGO Batman Movie Robin and DCU Cyborg figures assume their cartoon appearances when in the Adventure World, which is cute, and there is even one final use of the TARDIS docking port where we briefly see a Nightwing minifigure I'd really like, but will never. I think the lack of a unifying storyline, as they had in Year One, has not done the title any favours (nor has the ongoing cost of the assorted packs, despite it still being a fun licence-crossing game). And it does mean that the long rumoured Lord Vorton figure might never see the light of day.

And I'm a little behind on the news of the upcoming Miraculous Ladybug Season 2, including the number of new Miraculous holders we will see, such as Le Papillon/Hawkmoth's boss named... well that would be telling. :)

This video has serious spoilers about the identities of a number of new heroes, as well as a couple of new abilities for Ladybug and Chat Noir/Cat Noir, so be warned.

A late addition, but one worth mentioning (though I regret it has to be) is that the GOP are attempting yet again, to defund the ACA. Just in case those of you in the US want to let those who represent you know your opinions on the matter.

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Sep. 19th, 2017 02:25 am
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Look, just because the people I've met so far on this lame team aren't completely terrible, that doesn't mean we're pals all of a sudden.

The only reason I've lived as long as I have - besides the ability to heal from damn near anything - is a healthy sense of distrust and a low-key hatred of every living thing.

Stop trying to get me to make nicey nice with these people. And stop comparing me to that stupid ninja turtle. I'm blue, not green. And I'm from Jersey, not New York, and you know it. As far as "the one with attitude" goes, okay, I'll give you that one -

[He lifts his 4-fingered hands to flash two middle fingers.]

But I'm not exactly what you'd call PG.

[Because he's an edgelord.]

What did that actionspam just say?!

[Nothiiing.]

That's what I thought.

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Sep. 19th, 2017 08:15 am
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...You ponder "what if" one more time and I swear to Zephyr your butt gets majorly roasted.

I like my wings where they are thank you very much.
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Laying on your belly, you think you can join the fun? Ha-HA! Making plans for me? Hate to disappoint you, MUNS, but you don't plan anything beyond the first day -

- in fact it makes think you rather not look at the calendar at all. Watching the days just float on by, doing nothing . . . ~

these are musical musings, of a sort

Sep. 18th, 2017 09:51 pm
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Forgive me for a second, folks. Chanter's going to ramble about Broadway.

So, the mayor/storyteller/one of the primary narrators in Come From Away intrigued me from almost the moment I heard his voice and his lines. As information for those who haven't heard the soundtrack, and I'm trying to avoid the heck out of spoilers here, there are multiple people describing events in Gander as they happen during the show, some openly timestamped, some not. We get perspectives from both local folks and plane people throughout - that's the whole framework of the musical - but as true narration goes, it's the Ganderites who get the timestamped snippets. There's a newbie reporter, two or three different schoolteachers whose time references are less to-the-minute but still important, at least one man whose name is never revealed, and the town's mayor. It's that last who also, and again I won't spoil without employing a cut tag, proves himself quite the spoken word storyteller in the course of the play. Aaaaand of course, my interest was well and truly snagged when he did so.

Oh, and just to be clear, I'm musing about the character in the musical here, not the real man or the actor who plays him, neither of whom I'm going to name.

Probably inaccurate daydreaming and shameless elaboration under the cut. Here there be mild but present Come From Away spoilers! )

After I wrote the lion's share of this down, I found a very recent article talking about the real people who inspired this musical. There was a quote in there from the real man, the actual mayor, and though I won't muse about him, it is a little eerie just how easily what he said about religion and skin color not mattering when people are in need could have come out of the musical version of the man's mouth, or the storyteller's as I imagine him. If somehow I've gotten his appearance right, I... Part of me wants to know, and part of me does oh so very not. I got close with his age, which is eerie enough; the article gave it as of 2017, and if you backdate to 2001, it's right on. Creepy! I definitely don't want to know if I've somehow got the actor's description - no thanks.

A little further daydreaming. Wherein Chanter is obvious. )

Do I need a Broadway tag? Or a 'Chanter has issues' tag? ... A maple leaves and warm fuzzies tag? Ah frak.

Stressy day

Sep. 18th, 2017 10:48 pm
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1: Spouse -- with his mom -- has been waiting for their turn at the ultrasound machine, in the ER, since... 3:30pm or so? Well, with a stint at Urgent Care, but UC sent them up to the ER for an ultrasound to rule out a blood clot. It is now 10:50pm. He is still not home. Nor have I heard from him since before I and kid went to seek food.

2: The garage is not usable as an ingress to the house just now, as there is scaffolding there, because we had water damage and our contractor needs to see how bad it is. We also have carpenter ants in one corner. The composite board is at least not disintegrating, but I am now of the opinion that composite board should NEVER be on ANY load-bearing floor. Or wall.

Also, roofs should have a rubber membrane that goes up over a foot at any house-join, so that when ICE DAMS happen, they do not overflow the plastic at the joins, come in the back, and RUIN EVERYTHING.

*sigh*

Further, the ENTIRE CEILING of the garage is not up to fire-code. It's only 1 layer of... whatever that stuff is called. Not drywall? The other thing. I can't remember. But it should be 2 layers, not 1. But noooooo, the people who put it together didn't put in both layers. FURTHER, they doubled-up on the plastic sheeting that's supposed to be on only one side of insulated walls (to keep moisture from being trapped in the middle layer and turning the insulation into Mold Surface Central), and didn't secure the wood slats of the ceiling grid (that holds up the insulation) to all the two-by-fours correctly. Especially at the edges. AND they didn't use long enough screws in the ceiling such that he was being surprised that we hadn't had a chunk of ceiling start coming down.

Having a friend who is a total stickler for code come and SUPERVISE house-building seems like a worthwhile investment at this moment.

3: If you are a lunch restaurant and are closed to customers 10 minutes before your closing time, I am going to tell Apple Maps that your closing time listing is wrong, unless you have a note on the door that the kitchen had to close up early or something. YES, I think people should get to go home promptly! However, I also think that presenting "closing time" to staff as "time we should go home by" is going to make for cranky customers. (We're not the only ones who were hoping to get in under the wire.) Staff should be paid for hanging around till the No More Customers Allowed In closing time! I believe Management is not setting correct Staff expectations. (Or, possibly, not paying them enough for those expectations.)

I am more sympathetic to an evening restaurant closing a little early if they have no customers in the building. I mean, they don't expect last-minute people and it's dark.

It is frustrating to hit BOTH of those in one day, though. -_-

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  • MacLean's argues that, in Canada and arguably the West generally, it is much too soon to rehabilitate the swastika.

  • Global News reports on a proposal to rename Nova Scotia's Cornwallis River.

  • This effort to engage in a minimalist, non-misleading restoration of a Spanish castle is controversial.

  • The argument that human history goes back millions of years, and encompass a huger area than thought, is compelling.

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  • blogTO argues East Chinatown, at Broadview and Gerrard, is an up-and-coming neighbourhood.

  • East-end Toronto, from Leslieville to points east, definitely is up-and-coming. The Globe and Mail reports.

  • It looks like the Kirby GO Station was approved for political reasons, not because of actual local need. The Toronto Star reports.

  • Steve Munro notes that, on the 23rd, the TTC Overhead Shop will have an open house explaining the streetcars' pantograph.

  • In July, Torontoist looked at Toronto architect Eden Smith, connected to the Arts and Crafts Movement in Canada.

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