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[personal profile] theleaveswant reminds me that it is Bruce Cockburn's birthday.

Come, let us glory in his talent together:

Last Night of the World (lovely live version with good sound).

When it's Gone it's Gone (Audio only)

I don't know why I can't get the embedding code on the iPad, and I have to Do The Things and don't have time to chase it down, but if anyone grabs them for me I'll edit the post. *looks cute*

ETA: dep't of Be Careful What You Ask For — here is Bruce Cockburn, in Afghanistan, being presented with a rocket launcher.

Weirdly, this was the second time somebody tried to give him one. The first time was apparently from the trunk of a car at a show in Washington state. He declined politely.
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Done, dusted, tied up in a bow. Poked with a fork. Emailed to [personal profile] graydon with strict instructions to ignore me when I email him at 3am with ONE MORE THING.


Please feel free to provide Wild Rumpus and Shenanigans of a celebratory nature in comments. Pictures of sheep and pangolins particularly welcome.
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Rubbing a bit of antibiotic ointment - Polysporin or Neosporin or whatever - into your cuticles at night will give you shockingly healthy and attractive cuticles and nails. Works fast, too.
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So [personal profile] fairestcat is explaining comics canon to me again.

Me: So what I'm hearing is ... this is not Steve Rogers' first dinosaur rodeo.

[personal profile] fairestcat: Basically, yeah.


[personal profile] fairestcat: so, (tells me why Steve is riding a dinosaur)

Me: so, do you think he should be looking for (spoiler) with the (spoilers) or with the dinosaurs?

[personal profile] fairestcat The dinosaur is a one-off.

Me: So... it's an artisanal dinosaur.

[personal profile] fairestcat: Yes. Yes, it is.

Last Ditch

May. 20th, 2015 12:55 pm
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1) Maybe I'll just start doing DW posts titled "stuff I saw on Tumblr and have opinions about". Except you would all get together and pay someone to murder me.

2) I have cheerfully snaffled "Impediments to an otherwise delightful existence" from somewhere, probably The Toast, and find it an invaluable replacement for the somewhat dodgy "First World Problems." I should not take exception were others to do the same.

3) thanks to the fabulous [personal profile] lexin it is 1985 in this house, and will remain 1985 for some time.
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The Public Service Alliance of Canada (those nice folks who helped bring you the weekend, the long weekend, paid sick leave, paid parental leave, etc), also brought to Ottawa a free screening of Pride this afternoon.

So, after riding to Elgin Street and dropping in on The First Annual Majestic Family Fun Day: A Celebration of Family Diversity in Recognition of International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia (IDAHTB) & Victoria Day for a bit, we rode down to the Mayfair and, in the company of many other people both willing and able to sing along with Solidarity Forever, watched a brilliantly acted, powerful, funny, defiantly unironic, shamelessly touching movie about urban queer kids in the UK in the 80s and the striking miners in Wales.

It was completely awesome, more due to than despite the fact that if it hadn't all happened pretty much exactly as the movie portrays it your suspension of disbelief would snap somewhere between the time Bronski Beat show up to play a benefit called Pits and Perverts and the point where the Miner's Union shows up en masse to march in the London Pride Parade in '85. (These days, unions - and everyone else - lines up to be in Pride Parades as a matter of community engagement/targeted marketing. Those days were not these days. This was three years before I began to come out, and five years before my first Pride, and even in 1990 in Toronto marching in the Pride parade involved equal chances of heatstroke and having to dodge small missiles.)

So, yeah, Pride. Go see it. it's awesome.

“You have worn our badge, ‘Coal not Dole’, and you know what harassment means, as we do. Now we will pin your badge on us; we will support you.
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I, loveable, furry old copyeditor, am the monster at the end of this novel.
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As soon as I get [personal profile] graydon's manuscript off —yes, [ profile] resonant and other Graydon fans, I am why you do not have nice things — I can FINALLY get down to deep-cleaning the kitchen.

The degree of enthusiasm this rouses in me is, frankly, worrying.

ETA; so I got back from heating up soup and Dreadful was lying on my keyboard, having shut my document and added a line of v's to another one. No harm done but can I get an "Oh, Kitten"?
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So apparently I am going to write about Omar Khadr and why every single day of his 13-year unlawful detainment is a shameful, ugly blot on the US and the Canadian governments. The shame and ugliness that belongs on the Taliban for sending him into combat can be stipulated, yes?

First of all: yes, he went into combat against US forces, and may have killed Christopher Speer. And that is awful. Nothing can make it not awful.

Secondly, when he did those things he was fifteen years old, three years too young to enlist in the military of any country which accepts current international laws and conventions relating to child soldiers, which includes both Canada and the US.

He was also three years too young to marry, vote, or be tried as an adult in a civilian court.

He was one year too young to apply for a driver's licence.

He was, simply, a child soldier, which is to say a child. He was also, and this is relevant to his situation, under his father's authority, which normally we would expect him to comply with.

We don't let children serve in combat not only because it is hideously unjust and damaging to them but for the same reason we — theoretically — don't try them in adult courts: they are not yet intellectually, emotionally, or morally stable and strong enough to accept the weight of responsibility an adult is expected to carry.

They are not fully responsible, in the legal sense, for their actions.

We get that argument backwards a LOT —

When we try children as adults, and send them to adult prisons.

and here I talk about child sexual abuse. If this thing is a trigger for you, you almost certainly already know what I'm going to say anyway )

And when we detain, imprison, torture, and isolate a fifteen-year old boy for having gone into combat at the direct order of his father.

We point with alarm and disgust at the awful thing they did and insist that anyone who could do such a vile thing ... must obviously be a mature, fully autonomous moral actor.

The argument doesn't actually hold together for a second; we only fall for it because it's repeated frequently and loudly with a ton of emotive words and a hefty side-order of "if you defend the person who did this hideous thing in any way you are saying you approve of what they did, without reservation."

It is actually remarkably easy to get children to do hideous, destructive, vicious, evil things, nearly as easy as it is to victimise them, because they are children.

They are impulsive, and don't necessarily grasp consequences.
They are inexperienced in moral reasoning, and still developing the capacity for it.
They fantasise and experiment with different roles and personas, and are not always reliable at distinguishing fact from fancy.
They are accustomed to being under authority, and their sense of self is often incomplete and shaky.

None of this is especially controversial, for God's sake. We take it into account quite automatically when we're making day-to-day decisions about children we're responsible for.

But somehow when it's about a fifteen-year-old obeying his father and going into combat, he's fully responsible for every last nuance of every identifiable consequence of his actions?

Omar Khadr was unlawfully and immorally thrust into combat at the age of fifteen, and deserved to be rescued and helped.

Instead, he has spent the last thirteen years being punished for it. Now he's free on bail while the US government decides whether or not to convict him of war crimes.

Damien Corsetti was one of the first people to deal with Kadhr after his capture:

... I'd like to clarify...I would like to say that I don't I don't know if he's a threat and I don't know because I haven't spoken to Omar Kadhr since 2002. And so I don't know what being in Guantanamo and in a Canadian federal prison has tends not to work wonders on most people, as far as their psyche and their beliefs. But my main issue with Khadr is not if he's radicalized, it's not did he do it. My issue with Omar Khadr is that it's a violation of international law to charge him for war crimes

ETA: it is particularly galling that the Conservatives and Republicans are trying to sell this as a "law and order" issue. That is the law, right there. He could be Satan incarnate and we would still be completely in the wrong here. They're violating the everloving Hell out of the law.

ETA 2: unlimited permission to link is granted. If the internet decides to come at me on this one the sword of the Lord and Gideon is going to get shoved somewhere tender and personal, that's what.

You know...

May. 8th, 2015 04:15 am
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I keep hearing about how us SJWs are The Enemies Of Fun.

But I have seen what the Usual Suspects get like when anyone who isn't a straight white cis male starts destroying the fabric of Western Society having fun, and man, I am just not at home to that argument, like, ever.
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And I am less ashamed than I have been in a long, long time.

Child soldiers are supposed to be rescued. Not tortured and held without trial.
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Poll #16654 Steve Rogers Playlist:
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 29


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1 (3.4%)

6 (20.7%)

6 (20.7%)

16 (55.2%)


May. 1st, 2015 09:03 pm
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I haven't said anything about the Freddie Gray case, or subsequent events, because ... I don't think the world needs another dose of horrified despair from a white chick.

But if you're in the streets - or online, or otherwise - fighting for justice right now, know that I'm praying for your safety, your mental health, and your success.

And if you want to come tell me about rioters, go read Ta-Nehesi Coates or someone, and then ask yourself what forbearance, what love of peace and justice, what capacity for grace, is here that so many Black men and women and boys and girls have been slaughtered and the worst that has come out of the pain and anger their communities rightly feel is some property damage.
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So, I enjoyed that. It had the virtues and vices of a superhero movie written and directed by Joss Whedon, and those who like that sort of thing will find it to be exactly the sort of thing they like.

I strongly suspect that large parts of it won't stand up under close examination and have therefore decided not to subject it to one.

It's not that I don't think other people ought to, I'm just basically content to mutter "This ... is a job for FANFIC PERSON" and call it a day.
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Hog's Back Falls, yesterday, water rushing over the falls:

BBQ in Gatineau Park, today, LIKE A JACK LONDON HERO:

First selfie of spring — Cat, me, and Ian on the bridge over Hog's Back:
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Poll #16615 Tomato-basil sausage corndog
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Tomato. Basil. Sausage. Corndogs.

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Hell yeah!
6 (10.2%)

4 (6.8%)

9 (15.3%)

8 (13.6%)

Hell no!
4 (6.8%)

Are they bioregional?
4 (6.8%)

Now you're just making shit up, Nightingale.
10 (16.9%)

Hipsters gonna hip.
14 (23.7%)

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for BadBang4, because I was foolish enough to browse the requests and got hooked.

The glorious [personal profile] brownbetty egged me on, tossed in numerous valuable bits of Canadian History to abuse, and provided the fantastic1 fanart.

Does what it says on the (rusted, lead-lined) tin. You have been warned. We will not cover your therapy.

KEEPIN' IT RIEL - A STORY OF LOVE, POLITICS AND HOCKEY IN THREE <strike>PERIODS</strike> ACTS (5111 words) by Betty, MarnaNightingale
Chapters: 1/1

Fandom: Canadian Historical RPF, Canadian History RPF

Rating: Teen And Up Audiences

Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply, Other Warnings May Apply

Relationships: John A MacDonald/Louis Riel, John A MacDonald/Thomas D'arcy McGee, John A MacDonald/Thomas D'Arcy McGee/Louis Riel, Lower Canada/Upper Canada, Thomas D'Arcy McGee/Third Rebel

Characters: The Right Honourable Sir John A. McDonald, Thomas D'Arcy McGee, Louis Riel, Two Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Two Northwest Mounted Police, A Busboy, William Lyon MacKenzie King's Dog, A Pigeon, Six Quebecois Rebels, Ghost of Louis-Joseph Papineau, The Honourable George Brown, James Cockburn, General Sir William Dillon Otter, Ghost of the Mother of William Lyon MacKenzie King (A Referee), Divers Fenians, An Innkeeper (probably also a rebel), An Innkeeper's Boy (will grow up to be a hockey-playing rebel), Unoriginal Male Characters

Additional Tags: Deliberately Bad Fic, Bad Bang, Alcohol Abuse/Alcoholism, scotch jokes, jokes in French, Scots jokes, french jokes, Irish jokes, Hockey, Bad Research, bad chronology, bad characterisation, bad politics, Bad Romance, Upper Canadian concrete and glass, Manitoba Schools Act, Prime Ministers Hiding In Cupboards, Bill 101, self-debauching pigeons, self-debauching politicians, honourable members, right honourable members, Ghosts, Riel talk, Riel trouble, the French are revolting, The Fenians are revolting, the Metis are revolting, insensitive references to Sir John Franklin, Arr Metis, Curling, hurling, Lacrosse, Deliberately Bad Fanart, Franglais, Bon Cop Bad Cop references, Who are you calling poutine? - Freeform, Do not ask me about icing, or highsticking, Dammit I forgot to include a yacht race - Freeform, A full pardon for Louis Riel and reparations for the residential schools, Chester Brown should never read this - Freeform, James Mcnamee should never read this - Freeform, but everyone should read James Mcnamee and Chester Brown, The Yankee to the south of us must south of us remain, I feel like there are a lot of holes in this plot., Kate Beaton is a national treasure, Gordon Lightfoot, Stan Rogers, arcade fire, Captain Tractor, Stompin' Tom, DOA - Freeform, you're more likely to be killed by a moose than by a terrorist, remember when men were men pigeons were pigeons and Tories weren't completely evil?, Frenglish, PLZ R & R (read and revolt)


The year is 1875, and Louis Riel is exiled for crimes against the government of Canada. The railroad heads west, and Manitoba is finally surveyed and properly blocked off into little boxes for Ottawa.

In the winter of 1876, Sir John A. Macdonald is advised of the shift of public opinion. A passionate series of letters to the newspapers is inciting the Quebecois, lighting a rebellious fire in their eyes. It’s just shy of ninety years since the French revolted in Europe, but it is not far from the minds of the Senate or Legislature when their resident French population’s blood is stirring so patriotically in their veins.

Under duress, Sir John A. Macdonald calls on the one man he knows can make any revolution fail--former MP Louis Riel.

Louis Riel accepts too eagerly, heading straight into Ottawa, and arrives in Macdonald’s office at gunpoint.

1 It actually *is* fantastic fanart; I love her faces a lot.
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Wendy Cope, as I just dug these up for other purposes.

Waste Land Limericks:


In April one seldom feels cheerful;
Dry stones, sun and dust make me fearful;
Clairvoyantes distress me,
Commuters depress me--
Met Stetson and gave him an earful.


She sat on a mighty fine chair,
Sparks flew as she tidied her hair;
She asks many questions,
I make few suggestions--
Bad as Albert and Lil--what a pair!


The Thames runs, bones rattle, rats creep;
Tiresias fancies a peep--
A typist is laid,
A record is played--
Wei la la. After this it gets deep.


A Phoenician named Phlebas forgot
About birds and his business--the lot,
Which is no surprise,
Since he'd met his demise
And been left in the ocean to rot.


No water. Dry rocks and dry throats,
Then thunder, a shower of quotes
From the Sanskrit and Dante.
Da. Damyata. Shantih.
I hope you'll make sense of the notes.


Mar. 31st, 2015 05:57 pm
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I will not be attending WisCon 2015.

As many of you already know, my allergies have been getting worse over the past few years, especially in spring, especially in Madison, especially especially in Madison in spring.

WisCon takes place ... in Madison, in spring.

Of my last four WisCons ... 2011 I coughed so much I sprained a rib. Admittedly, I stayed an extra week to visit friends, but ... a RIB.

2012 was a dry year, and I was basically fine (by which I mean I remember me and Mel recruiting people to go to CVS with us so we could buy extra pseudoephinedrine, but that's normal for me in spring.)

2013 I left the con and spent one night in a private home and ended up in Urgent Care and Cat had to change her plans and mine and half-carry me home, where I spent a week in bed.

2014, despite basically not leaving the hotel and its AC at all I missed most of the con due to allergy attacks, and in particular had to run out of Hiromi Goto's awesome GOH speech and missed NK Jemisin's ENTIRELY, because I was coughing fit to wreck everybody's enjoyment.

So, until I've got a few more rounds of allergy serum under my skin, WisCon and I are taking a break from one another, because even for the completely awesome WisCon Access folks, "May I please have a spacesuit with a self-contained breathing apparatus for the weekend?" is perhaps going just a bit far ... also they're very hard to sleep in I suspect.

I am going to miss it horribly, and I am going to miss all of you terribly.

I was especially looking forward to this year's con because I am very interested to see where the new ConCom is going to take things and I really wanted to be there volunteering, panelling and generally supporting that. I will be hanging out on twitter, wishing you all well and being as supportive as possible from there.

Offers to FaceTime me from the front rows of the Inevitable Late Night Drunken Slash panel gratefully received.
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Who are not [personal profile] graydon:

Have you considered including pangolins in your next book?

If not, why not?

Capybaras are also acceptable.

If these recommendations prove impossible to implement, please consider the advantages of the platypus as an animal which already looks as if it was built by a committee of amateur sorcerers. Surely your fiction can embrace this possibility handily.


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