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It’s been not quite a full week since the Brexit vote happened. There’s a lot of wreckage to assess and understand the nature of here. To be fair, I am not certain that I do understand any of it just yet.

There’s the demographics of it. Scotland and Northern Ireland versus England and Wales. Old versus young. The splitting of the Conservatives’ ranks, along with UKIP versus everyone else.

There’s the murder of Jo Cox.

That last item doesn’t seem to get much attention since the results of the vote broke. Not from the commercial news services, or the publicly-owned ones either. And the sick joke of it is that her killer – judging by his reply when asked his name for the court’s records – may have gotten exactly what he wanted.

That makes me angry.

As a Canadian, I am one of those people across the planet indirectly affected by the Brexit vote. Most likely, the effect will be on what there are of my retirement savings. But since I’m not a citizen of any of the components of the United Kingdom, there are a number of people who will no doubt tell me that it’s not my knitting to worry about.

The problem with that is, as I have said, that I am affected by the choices of others regardless of that fact. The same applies to the American election process underway at the point when I wrote these words. I am going to be hit by consequences. I have a stake in the outcome of these things, despite not having a lawful vote in most of them.

As a Canadian, I cannot help but look back at the two referenda on Québec independence. As a non-Québecois, I had no legal voice in the outcome, but as a Canadian, my future was going to be impacted anyway. And there were those people who – some cheerfully, some in resentful anger over past offences against them by others – told the people in my situation that ours was to shut up and let it happen to us.

That too made me angry.

That anger couldn’t be allowed to overwhelm me. Others did allow it in their own hearts. Still more channeled that anger in more productive ways, or so I think looking back. That’s part of why there’s still a mostly united Canada.

Another part is the Clarity Act. Brought in during the Chrétien administration, it set up rules for how referenda on seccession from Canada should be held: with clear Questions and a clear majority percentage to trigger the beginning of any negotation process that results from the answers to such Questions. By contrast, the political parties of the UK seem to have made the error of going with a simple majority instead. Not unlike the “Fifty plus one” stance of the Québec separatistes and those who agreed with such rules elsewhere in Canada, whatever else they thought of the separatiste project to begin with.

That the Brexit referendum is officially non-binding seems to cut no ice at all with the winning side, nor with the leaders of the Remain forces. Certainly not with key figures of the European Union who insist that “leave means leave”. The call from such people now is to bind the whole of the UK to such results. No matter the narrowness of the Leave side’s win, no matter the breakdown of the vote’s demographics, no matter the misgivings of many who did vote Leave and now find themselves shocked at the reaction and consequences.

Simply bind and damn them all.

And that too makes me angry.

And I do not know where to put that anger yet.
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To give a sense of what was/is possible with the version of Gotham City I came to believe in as a result of working with Matt Brady on the Daily Planet Guide to Gotham...I found a map of the outline of Manhattan Island, and scaled it to match that of Eliot Brown's map.


The Gotham Islands may be shorter on the north-south axis, but far wider on the east-west axis. So there's still room for at least twenty numbered avenues, and my research into references in both visuals and dialogue in comics published between 1983 and 2011 have explicitly referred to a 33rd Avenue (Robin v.4 # 162).

Numbered streets...might be more difficult to manage, given that north-south axis mileage. We have references of those ranging from 2nd Street("A Lonely Place of Dying", where it meets 2nd Avenue at Apollo Square) to 242nd (Batgirl v.3 # 6).

There's probably several ways for a competent cartographer or graphic designer to render all of that somewhat consistant.

Note - 2 Jan 2016: I will have to find new homes for a few graphics once I torch my LJ account. Like this one. Good thing my Flickr account is still active.
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To further enhance the sense of scale re: Nimitz-class aircraft carriers vs. the SHIELD Helicarrier class depicted in the Marvel Universe Handbook by Eliot R. Brown. Assumes that the length of both vessel classes are equivalent. Graphic cross-section of Nimitz-class CVN is derived from the Hampton Roads Daily Press web feature on the USS George W.H. Bush.

Source URL for the Daily Press cross-section graphic:,0,5744629.htmlstory
Techno-graphics after the cut! )
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So this looks interesting:

More on other stuff to follow in between resume submissions...
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The Ontario election didn't quite go as I'd either hoped or feared. A mixed blessing, and we continue more or less as before. At least we didn't go all the way into nightmare territory this time. And maybe McGuinty will re-list eye exams under medicare coverage in Ontario. I could certainly use that break. My eyesight is not a luxury item.

I am disturbed by the lack of voter turnout in my current home province, though. I was hoping for more of us to show up.

[ profile] tammy212 noted that the Nobel Peace Prize winners for 2011 have been named today: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman, "for their work in advancing women's rights and the role of women in peacebuilding efforts." Worthy souls, one and all.

Clive Doucet notes one of the differences in political culture between Canada and France.

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If It Happened to Ottawa?Here's a...disturbing little GoogleMaps hack for you to look at:

Go and be disturbed.
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Another nosy question, prompted by our current tsuris here in Bytown on the Outaouaias. Assuming you have such in your city or town, and that you use it, of course.

(Before I forget, if your system has a website, could you add a link to it?)
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Crossposted from the [ profile] typography, because it seemed like something to do:

I've got Fontforge on my Mac, Font Creator Pro on my Windows box.

You know something? The less expensive one also appears to be the more complex program to work with. I get the sense that it's designed strictly with professionals in mind, as opposed to FCP, which I find easy enough to just jump right into.

Mind you, that could change over time. And I have had FCP for a couple of years already. I wrong in that impression?


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