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I have to wonder if - with today's installment of Candorville - Lemont (and series author Darrin Bell) isn't being a tad too optimistic with panel five about the indigenous peoples of North America if the American Revolution hadn't come off as it did in reality. We'd still have people who thought like Sir John A. Macdonald and Duncan Campbell Scott and Philip Sheridan did, although the specific people in power enforcing such atrocities as settlers' law would likely be different.

As for the rest of it?
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Random stuff is random.

I don't work nights, but I do wonder about similar consequences resulting from other ways of achieving lack of sleep.

There's a project in Toronto devoted to rethinking Toronto's history and culture...through its street names. It's got me wondering about Ottawa now.

Re: Alternative maps of Canada...the Huffington Post noticed something of interest happening on Reddit devoted to that subject. What changes would you make to our national map if you were of a mind?
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[livejournal.com profile] kallisti pointed this one out to me today. A tale in fragmented pictures of a world of aviation that might have been but for the events of 1959 in Ottawa, Malton and elsewhere...

http://www.aircraftresourcecenter.com/Fea1/201-300/Fea265_Arrow_Petrie/Fea265vsm.htm
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Every so often, you come across a map that makes you stop, think, scratch your brain-casing for half a minute - or perhaps five minutes - and leaves you either more or less confused about your place in the worlds.

One such map came to my attention two days ago, by way of one of my acquaintances at the National Capital Freenet. Pointing to an article in the Tyee, that attention was drawn to a map done up for an author named Colin Woodward, so that he could present his case that North America from Mexico's southern border up to the Arctic Sea was not quite made up of three nations, but rather eleven cultural groups.

ElevenNationsMap
And this puts me back to discussions I've had with [livejournal.com profile] joe_szilagyi, [livejournal.com profile] james_nicoll and a couple of other people about the possible futures of North America in general, and of the USA and Canada in particular. Some of those discussions were echoes of the Ex Unum Pluribus project, others of the US of Canada/Jesusland map.

I'm not really convinced that either of those latter two options are going to happen. Certainly not as proposed. If the like happens, it'll be by a series of incidents and accidents will only look inevitable after the fact in the eyes of historians.

Still, it's useful on occasion to look at where you are, but through other people's eyes. Especially as a student of speculative fiction.  
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Go have a look:

http://comicbookcartography.posterous.com/the-world-of-kamandi-map-1-jack-kirby

Heck of a piece of work, although I'd be hard-pressed to convert it into something close to Eliot Brown's Marvel Universe Handbook standards!
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Some alternative nation/map fun: The United Great Lakes from the "(Im)possible Chicagos" series. Not sure if any of my Chicago-based friends and acquaintances already know of this, but it looks entertaining.

Also, I'm not sure that I'd want to give up living in a national capital for this. But it is entertaining to look at.
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Go read this item by Warren Ellis.

Then tell me what you think of the list of candidates in the included casting memo.
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I blame [livejournal.com profile] joe_szilagyi and for this.

Joe's been musing over the prospects of a break-up of the American Union of late. He's not the first and won't be the last to consider the prospect any time in the foreseeable. I've been guilty of the practice myself, whilst parochially considering the prospect of my own nation going to pieces out-of-bounds. I freely admit this chauvinism in spite of separatist movements that have been afoot from one end of Confederation to the other ever since I was old enough to understand a newscast on either TV or radio(particularly in the Prairie provinces, Qu├ębec and Newfoundland+Labrador).

Anyway.

Bought this book collecting and updating several dozen items from by Frank Jacobs yesterday, which reminded me of Matt Kirkland's Ex Unum, Pluribus! Some of the proposals are intriguing, others laughable. Which ones go in which columns? I'll leave that to you to debate, possibly at Mr. Kirkland's or Mr. Jacobs' websites more often than here.

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