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Some articles that you might want to look at.

First, the redoubt-building going on here in Canada (buried in a long profile on Murdoch's sons...and why would any sane Canadian government want this family setting up a doomsday retreat here?

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/22/business/media/murdoch-family-21st-century-fox.html

Then two items from NPR that speak to motive:

http://www.npr.org/2017/04/24/525337958/beyond-sexual-harassment-lesser-known-scandals-could-cost-the-murdochs-a-14b-dea

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/04/24/525421649/ailes-accuser-says-fox-news-execs-ordered-eavesdropping-on-her-digital-devices
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The first place that ever sold me Mac gear was the Mac Group. Back then, they were a second-story walkup in an office building off of Gladstone, near the city's traffic management centre and the O-Train tracks. I still have that machine.

They're apparently gone now. Three moves later, and the website's gone, the phone number is "this cellular number is currently unassigned" and their Facebook page has been left fallow for two years, apparently.

Last I visited them, they were in a second-story walk-up off of Nelson near the Rideau Library.

I miss them.
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Seriously. This is a map he'd claim justified the existence of the internet to begin with.

Explanations courtesy of Frank Jacobs at the Strange Maps blog.
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The last I remembered visiting Smiths Falls, my father was still alive and working if memory serves, and I was on a gig doing courtroom art for CBC News' Ottawa bureau. The space for the courtroom was rented by the provincial government and located on the second floor of a local shopping complex. If you didn't have it pointed out to you, you might never know it was there.

And, of course, Hersheys had their main Canadian plant in that town.

Had.

There's been a lot of consequences following from that infamous shutdown in 2007, some better than others with still more as yet unsure of their nature, and this report filed by Stu Mills with CBC Ottawa tells a few more of them.

Hopefully, for Prim Singh and his son Dean and their staff and their families and neighbours, there will be many more good consequences to follow.

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Everyone in the USA should've seen this before their election. Might not have changed many minds on the matter...but, still.
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Such is the case, now that I've read Rebecca Eckler's essay for the National Post, "What happened when my publisher ceased to exist".

Had I thought sooner than I did that the procedures Eckler outlines therein might be an option for me to pursue, there might be far more copies of The Daily Planet Guide to Gotham City still "in the wild".

My apologies to everyone for that mistake.
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Inspired by the Axanar arguments.

"Star Trek fans have always had a developed sense of ownership in the series and its elements. It is a core aspect of Star Trek, and one that Roddenberry himself constantly nurtured."

I fear this will not end well for anyone involved, if it continues in any of several ways threatened.

Also I consider this: it is now demonstrated as a matter of historical fact that CBS/Paramount cannot hope to meet the demand for product by its own devices. And that range of devices is considerable. That they wish to do so, that they wish to be able to do so, is also beyond dispute. But it's not practically possible.

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Just leaving this here:

http://screenrant.com/doctor-strange-china-tibet-ancient-one/

Not saying I'm going to skip the movie. But I want it known that I've noticed this aspect of things too.

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About two weeks ago, I learned something I should've known two months earlier.

On a shopping trip for clothes to the southern reaches of Orléans, I got some of what I'm still looking for and decided on a whim to see what might be on offer at the local Henry's Photography shop. It's been there for at least ten years. I bought my first two digital cameras at that shop near Tenth Line and Innes. Assorted other supplies, like portfolio display "books", batteries, peripheral gadgets and so on as well over the years.

Guess what? The store had been closed up and stripped to the walls two months prior.

Maybe I should have seen it coming after Wallack's closed up their Orléans shop right next door last year. The two shops being next to each other, as well as being across the street from the local Staples, were convenient to my purposes for over five years.

Now? Both gone. And if I want new gear from either one, I'll be hopping a bus downtown again, as I used to do before 2002.

I could blame myself for this, but to what end?

If the two chains decide to try to return to Orléans, I suggest this: Orléans Town Centre Mall. The one with the movie theatre on the second floor of the main building. Which is right across Centrum Boulevard from the Shenkman Arts Centre...which still hosts the local campus of the Ottawa School of Art. I suspect that the combination and proximity will be good for all three organizations.
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Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] rfmcdpei for reminding me that this is a reality:

http://www.everydaysociologyblog.com/2016/03/social-networks-interlocking-directorates-and-the-power-elite.html

[livejournal.com profile] davidbrin has pointed out such issues more than once on his own weblog, of course, but the reminders are still useful. Especially where a law like the USA's Clayton Act is concerned. And since the USA has a federal election underway, maybe some renewed attention to the Clayton Act's enforcement - or lack of it - is due as part of the debates?
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This is a thing that happens here where I live every year now. Used to be even-numbered years only, but that's changed. I think that change is for the better.

If you're interested in the artform, the business or both, you might want to take a closer look.

Disclosure: I did some volunteer work one year shortly after graduating from Algonquin Animation school. Not doing it any more, but the event matters to me anyway.

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You may imagine my surprise upon reading this item by Peter Simpson for the Ottawa Citizen. I didn't know things had gotten that troubled. There were certainly warning signs such as the Orléans store closure and the reduction in on-shelf stock that I should have taken as being Important.

Disclosure: I have been a customer on an irregular basis ever since moving to Ottawa-Gatineau in 1985, and am nowhere near using up the supplies I've bought from Wallacks yet. When they're on top of their game (which has been normally the case) they have a solid product selection for artists working in non-digital media formats.
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Originally written for the Pen and Paper Workshop held on June 10th, 2015:


Recently, I hit a milestone.

On my MacBook Pro laptop computer, as recorded by the iPhoto software that came bundled with it when I bought that computer and faithfully updated until about three to five years ago, there were over forty-one thousand image files.

There’s been some culling of a lot of images from that pile over the twelve years since I first acquired my original digital camera. Near as I can figure, I started using it in May of 2003. Nonetheless, that accumulation continues unstopped.

This is not a cause for complaint, although it has almost certainly contributed to providing motives for such causes. I’ll get to that in a little while, as it has something to do with today’s business news.

I’ve recorded a lot of images. A lot of this is my own family’s history. Other chunks record that of the fandoms devoted to various works of popular culture, urban history, architecture, civic infrastructure, local and national politics…it’s an eclectic mixture to be sure.

One regret I have about it is not making hardcopy reproductions of those images as often as I might have. Some of the time, that was due to money issues. I only have access to a certain amount of cash at any given time, and that could be laid at my feet too. In part, at least. But we can save the political and economic arguments for another time.

Another reason for my reluctance…well, time and energy to make the decision to do the work. Again, I can take some of the blame for that.

What leads me to calling this a regret, though, was one particular item in today’s news.

On August 8th of 2015, Black’s Photography will be no more. It will join the ever-growing list of Dead Canadian Brands, as announced by Telus, its parent company. Its employees, Telus spokespeople say to us, will be found jobs within the larger Telus organization wherever possible.

The people running Telus may have every intention of delivering on that promise and of doing so in such a way as to leave none of the former Black’s staffers regretting holding Telus to its corporate word of honour. I do not know yet, one way or another, how skeptical I should be of that given word.

Some argue that this is an inevitable consequence of technological progress. I suppose in some respects it is, and that I’ve contributed to that fallout as much as anyone who’s ever bought and made steady use of a digital camera. So there’s another part of my share of collective guilt.

There’s still the matter of close to five hundred people losing their jobs. There’s still the sense of having reached out for convenience and causing harm to others. I can’t quite get around those facts.

As if I weren’t enough of a packrat as it is…
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Details here, what there are of them:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/blacks-camera-stores-across-canada-closing-aug-8-1.3106137

The first camera I've ever owned was a film camera from that chain of photography shops. It was a Christmas present from my parents. I cannot for the life of me remember the exact year, but I still have the bundles of photos and developed film as well as the camera.

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