dewline: (celebration)
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...

Wishing her the best of luck!
dewline: (Grief)
We lost the man who gave us the Vinyl Cafe stories today.

I said he was the most ruthless storyteller we've yet produced as a country, and I stand by that. It was never a complaint, and I am glad to have been able to thank him via Canada Post while I still had the chance for all of that.

I miss him anyway.
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I'm afraid I closed that community blog down a couple of weeks ago, per discusssions with the current executive of Can-Con. Between Facebook and Twitter, the organizers seem to be getting everything done via Social Media that they need to right now.
dewline: (education)
Randy links to a tale of quieter heroes...

Originally posted by [ profile] rfmcdpei at [URBAN NOTE] "How construction barriers are bringing downtown's gritty past to life"
CBC News' Lorenda Reddekopp looks at how archeologists are uncovering the history of Toronto's infamous Ward, a neighbourhood that was an early center for immigration.

Mavis Garland clearly remembers the sign stuck in the window of her stepdad's barbershop: "No Discrimination."

That was back in the early 1950s. Garland's mother, a white woman and British immigrant, made the sign. Her Chinese stepfather wanted clients of all races to know they were welcome.

Garland says it worked.

Her family's story is one of six depicted in an art project — called Picturing The Ward — on the wooden construction hoardings surrounding what will eventually be a new courthouse in downtown Toronto, at 11 Centre Ave., northwest of city hall.

The street art covers two blocks, recounting life stories from the gritty, impoverished area that used to be known as "The Ward." It was a first home for new immigrants to the city dating back to the 1800s.
dewline: (canadian media)
Previously, we had Margaret Atwood finally getting into writing for comics with Angel Catbird. Now this.

Can we get a deal between Hayden Taylor and Pocket Books re: Trek novels?

From Q's YouTube page: Growing up, Drew Hayden Taylor immersed himself in science fiction books yet he often felt left out. Unable to see his own Ojibway experiences reflected in these works of literature, Taylor has since written a number of books through the perspective and lens of Indigenous people. He joins guest host Candy Palmater to discuss his collection of indigenous sci-fi stories in his new book "Take Us to Your Chief".
dewline: (compliment)
Specifically Windswept by Adam Rakunas. Thanks to [ profile] james_nicoll for drawing my attention to it by reviewing its sequel and suggesting to start with Windswept and go to Like a Boss from there. Turns out the Ottawa Library has a couple of copies of Windswept in the circulating collection, so I was able to get a look for myself. Glad I did.

FYI: The reason I include "labour dispute" and "human rights" among the tags for this entry is because of themes in both novels.
dewline: (Sketching)
According to CTV's Atlantic News web service, today is National Superhero Day.

Speaking of celebrations: tomorrow will be a big day for independent bookstores in Canada and the USA.

The Intercept reports on...interventions in the communications of convicts' families on social media. The potential consequences for all involved seem Problematic at best to my eyes. That the examples under discussion are in Texas does not make the matter less relevant.

On mapping the now and the possible future, there is a book that I now want: Connectography.
dewline: (Ottawa)
The books we read all use a calendar system that puts events in the timeline on either side of the Battle of Yavin from A New Hope. I am becoming increasing convinced that the characters themselves are not using any such calendar-dating convention within the events of their lives.

What are some workable alternatives?
dewline: (comic books)
I'll be at the Shanghai Restaurant for supper and a chat session with a bunch of cartoonists, designers, animators, etc. tonight. Said restaurant's a half-block east of the corner of Bronson and Somerset West, on the north side of Somerset West. It's their first jam session of 2016. Any time after 6 PM should be good for you to start showing up.

Yes, it's short notice. I apologize for that. 
dewline: (animation)
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.

dewline: (canadian music)
Chris Hadfield, known as much for his musical acumen now as for his exploration work, speaks to the legacy of Ray Bradbury.

And in respect to the start of the Pan An Games here in Canada tonight, I give you - with the help of CBC Music - Serena Ryder and accompanying musicians:

The essay and the song should be linked more closely in our minds than I have words for at the moment.
dewline: (Grief)
I just got the word in e-mail from Leslie Wilson at WritersFest. We've lost the festival's signature bookseller, David Dollin. Some of you who live in Ottawa will remember him working for years with the local Nicholas Hoare Books location on Sussex Drive across the street from the National Gallery. I'd bought more than a few tomes from him in both of his roles.

Details here.

OIWF is hosting a Celebration of Mr. Dollin's life.
dewline: (SHIELD)
But I've been talking with a guy over on Facebook about the merits and values and cultural assumptions of X-Files and Agents of SHIELD. They both come at the "Men in Black" thing from different places, governmental conspiracies and other such memes as well.

I do think we need both of these shows on the cultural stages of the world, precisely because of that difference of perspective.

In the process of reaching that conclusion with the other gent, I had a thought or two about SHIELD-as-TV-series and what I want from that in the months or years to come. If they can get to it between disruptions by assorted Marvel movies' plotline requirements. Which isn't guaranteed.

One: Skye's coming around to Coulson's way of thinking about various issues seemed a bit rushed. Which we can tie back to Winter Soldier to some extent. What I want is for both Skye and Coulson to find on occasion that maybe that rush has had its bad consequences for both of them. (Granted that Coulson's own TAHITI-related issues may have helped push him in Skye's political direction somewhat. Perhaps not far enough, given how fast Coulson got his answers about that.)

Two: The whole core team needs their own Sidney Freedman. Or Simon LaGrieve from the old Ostrander-written Suicide Squad comics. Psychological counselling, competently delivered no matter how weird the situation for the lead characters got. Even if the characters had to ignore the counsel for whatever reasons.

Not sure that Marvel would go that route, not with the back half of this year's episodes already probably half "in the can", but I want it.
dewline: (meme-defence)
Most of us have heard of "Internet Rule 34". The friendlister - who shall remain unnamed until such time as I have permission to supply that name - thought of this as a twist on the concept: if it exists, there's a conspiracy theory about it.

Should that not be a separate Internet Rule?

That aside, the person proposing the idea may be right.
dewline: (Sketching)

A long-storied "beer tunnel" under the Lebreton Flats section of Ottawa has been found...and filled in to ensure the safety of users of our future LRT expansion. We do have active local breweries elsewhere in Ottawa after all, so maybe the loss of the tunnel isn't what it might be.

Rick Salutin shares some thoughts about how the CBC is being managed of late. The idea that there might actually be protests in the streets of Canada's cities and towns over the loss of, say, Murdoch Mysteries or the Mercer Report is a pleasant one to entertain, but as Vancouverites and les Montréalais will remind us all, we don't do riots over anything but the Stanley Cup up here, right?

Yes, there's still going to be a CAN-CON this year in Ottawa. Keep an eye on that home page for news as they're able to unveil it.

Heather Mallick bemoans our national capacity for stinginess. Not the first time, and as one of the precariate myself, I find myself dancing on one of the blade-edges of the sword here. I buy the Toronto Star at the nearest retailer I can because, living in Ottawa, I'm pretty sure that I can't afford a subscription at the rates required of Ottawa residents. Which makes things more difficult for those of my neighbours working at Canada Post, as well as the Star's staff. I know this. Can't help it, if I want to buy that paper at all. And because I buy it at the newsstand every day, I find myself a little resentful of their paywall.

(Oh, and despite my circumstances, I still buy my books retail. There's two places in particular I like for that.)

Laundry chores call, but there will be more on other topics later on...

dewline: (Sketching)
Cap - Winter Soldier Wordmarks
In order: Spanish, German(!), Japanese, French and Russian. Clipped from the various trailers via YouTube and Grab.

Interesting revelations of typography, marketing approach by country and font design here...


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