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Just before leaving the current day job for the weekend, I heard from Alan Neal on CBC Radio's All in a Day the following good news: Amal el-Mohtar, a local SF&F author, is a Hugo Award nominee!

Confirmation from the author...

https://amalelmohtar.com/2017/04/04/hugo-if-true/

Wishing her the best of luck!

Workshop

Jan. 17th, 2017 03:03 pm
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Got some work applications in and some poetry for workshop written for tonight. Seems like, despite all the Bad Stuff happening elsewhere in the world, I managed to be productive anyway.

So, there's that. Maybe I might actually get some sketchbook time in as well today?
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...[personal profile] radiantfracture ! Good to see you here, and hopefully we can have some productive backchat over the months and years ahead!
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To [personal profile] mycroftca !  Good to see you too over here!

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To [personal profile] liabrown! We've known each other a long time as fellow comics fen, so it's good to see you over here now!
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...to [personal profile] rfmcdonald ! We've known each other from LJ and FB for years and years, but good to get reacquainted hereabouts!
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To [personal profile] m_danson joining the party here, such as it presently is! Glad to see you!
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163 newly-encountered species of life in our world. They've certainly all been here a long time, all are certainly endangered now in one way or another, but even so...this is more than we knew about our world the day before.

Truth still exists. Facts are still real. This "sense of wonder" moment is part of that.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/163-new-species-discovered-in-southeast-asia-wwf-1.3902997
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Good to see both you and Galaxion going strong!
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So Canada is exceeding expectations - exceeding hopes at this point! - in terms of medal count at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. At the same time, tomorrow night in Kingston, Ontario will mark a change that many will count at best as a mixed blessing.

One reason for that: tomorrow night is currently what I call the last-we-fear concert of the Tragically Hip.

Gord Downie, the lead singer and front-man for the band, has been diagnosed with what is currently described as terminal brain cancer. Given the current state of the medical arts regarding the particular form that's inside Downie's skull right now, he might be able to buy a few additional years, but not much more than that. Barring the proverbial miracle, of course.

Between those two situations in the national cultural news, it's not going to surprise me if Canadians in general are suffering some degree of emotional whiplash right now.

That last-we-fear concert will be broadcast from Kingston nationwide by CBC. TV, radio, internet...you name it, they're using it to get the show out to as many Canadians as want to see it from coast to coast to coast. So if the Canadian streets outside of Kingston, Ontario (where the concert is going to be held) seem emptier than usual tomorrow night, that'll be part of why it's so.

We may be a little...off...as a people for a few weeks afterward. At least that's my suspicion at the moment.

Relief

May. 26th, 2016 07:53 pm
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Some good medical news.

I got the results of the blood tests today. Thyroid and kidneys are good, blood sugar at the lower end of the pre-diabetic range. So I'm pleased with that. Ditto with the healing of the "ulcers" on my shins. No more changing dressings before bedtime, no more antibiotic ointment. For the time being, at least.

I'll likely be sticking with the compression socks for the foreseeable future, as well as keeping the unused ointment and dressing pads Just In Case.

I don't expect to evade Type 2 diabetes forever, mind you, no matter how careful I become. That strikes me as an inevitability, barring new medical triumphs (which are, so we've been hearing, being researched on a continuing basis and seem closer to bearing useful fruits of knowledge and treatment regimens).

Meantime, I've been enjoying what I can of the vacation leave left to me by my current day-job contract. That ends at close of business tomorrow. On the weekend, I file the relevant federal paperwork, and on Monday, the job search begins again, officially. Unofficially, it never really stopped.

More on other matters later.
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Had my first bee sighting of the new season. Tiny little thing, but seemed self-evidently a bee for all that.
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I'm pleased to note, has no trailers to waste a viewer's time. Once you insert the disc, it gets straight to the options for viewing the movie.

Never thought I'd see the day.

No idea about the Blu-Ray edition, and I won't concern myself with finding out. I got my money's worth.

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If you're interested in literary-format SF - novels, comics, e-books! - there's a convention in Ottawa-Gatineau that wants to see you this September!

http://can-con.org/cc/announcing-can-con-2016/

Keep that website bookmarked, okay? Because there's lots of news to come between now and September...

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