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Listening to Cross-Country Checkup and its discussion on the consequences of the cancellation of the Energy East pipeline project.

Speaking for myself, whatever one thinks of climate derangement, I'm grateful for my lungs' sake for the cancellation decision.
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1. I just finished reading Babylon's Ashes from The Expanse series of novels, so I'm mostly caught up on the prose version. Excepting the various short stories, of course. Yet to start watching the first season DVD set, though, and would like to watch at least the first two episodes before the weekend's over.

2. The plan today includes finally watching Wonder Woman at a movie theatre.

3. Coping with assorted aches and pains in a low-volume continuing way. Welcome to normal human aging, Dwight.

4. Stuff you might want to listen to:

Alan Alda on Q

Josh Freed on The Current about queues

Clifford V. Johnson, Ph. D. on science depictions in movies and TV, which I particularly recommend for the interview's Agent Carter connection...
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Going back to work tomorrow and my lungs are still bugging me.
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The trip did me some good. It got me out of the house, seeing some small part of the world, talking with and listening to other people. Perhaps that last, not so well as I ought to.
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Not crossposting this one, because...well, writing on the walls, I guess.

Health scares, paycheque issues, global politics and their consequences, deaths of strangers whose well-being I still cared about...it's not been a good year.

I want to be able to hope for a better year to come.
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Piya Chattopadhyah provides a guide to coping with some of the things we have to cope with during the winter holidays. Grief, alcoholism, bigoted relatives, staying away from home, interfaith coping...see if there's something here that helps you.
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It figures. I'm finally in a mental frame to think about creative stuff and hold conversations that halfway make sense, but I have to go to bed.

Sleeeeep...

Mar. 8th, 2016 08:56 pm
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So this segment of The Current caught my ears' attention this morning:

http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-march-8-2016-1.3480622/documentary-explores-serious-consequences-of-sleep-deprivation-1.3480683

And a worry that's been plaguing me for a couple of years is taking on added urgency.
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House chores, shopping, job search stuff (which being employed right now and for the next twelve weeks does not really let me escape from because "twelve weeks"), news research for The New Medievalism forum at thevhive.com, and watching an episode of Legends of Tomorrow. All done today.

Sent off a proposal for an opinion essay to an editor yesterday. Not expecting to hear back right away for various good and sensible reasons.

Taking yesterday as a personal day was good for the mental health.

Still feeling brain fog, though.
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This was indeed my first movie to watch in 2016 at the cinema.

It builds upon the GQ article "Game Brain" by Jeanne Marie Laskas, dealing with brain damage as suffered by NFL players and documented in the research of Dr. Bennet Omalu.

Frankly, it hits a little too close to home. There was a point in my childhood where I was a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers - yes, that goes against the grain of my CFL Saskatchewan Roughriders fandom, but I was in grade school then - and Mike Webster was the offensive center in those days.

Something else: Webster was played by - of all people! - David Morse. AKA "Dr. Jack Morrison" from St. Elsewhere...a show I watched fairly closely from the tail end of its first season right up to the Snow Globe Moment. Morse's performance, as much as Will Smith's, is an example of the chameleon skill one needs to disappear into any given role as an actor.

This movie is one more link in the chain of consequences working themselves out across North America as a result of Dr. Omalu's work on chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). The consequences have already reached from the NFL to the CFL and NHL as well as well as the leagues supplying those three organizations with their talent. Possibly other pro sports organizations as well.

I needed to see this. The ending is an uncertain one, and the topic sombre, but it matters.

I'll close with this note to Dr. Omalu on the off-chance that he should see this: thank you. You said a thing that we - humanity - needed to hear, however unpleasant it was.
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It's starting to make more sense to me tonight.

Much more sense.
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About that pro-CBC rally here in Ottawa-Gatineau today? I went. On foot, from parc Jacques-Cartier to Parliament Hill. Across the Alexandra Bridge, which I once would've been ready to swear would never happen.

Then I got reminded that others present at the rally had walked all the way from Montréal.

Let that sink in for a minute.

I got nothin' on those Montréalais.

(Noting also, some of those walking tours by various First Nations' groups in support of their own causes who walked further from more isolated places...)

Glad I got the exercise, though...
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Been having fun, learning stuff this weekend. More on the cultural, political, world-building, hard science sides of things than on the illustration side. Because CAN-CON's been more aimed at the literary section of the genre than anything else.

Beyond that...tiring out earlier than I should be. Maybe it's just because I've got a day job again?
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I wrote some stuff for workshop today. It wasn't the best thing I've ever done, won't be the best thing I'll ever do. It helped me scratch an itch about two movies I've enjoyed, though, and kept me a little saner than I might be otherwise. So it was worth it to me.
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I slept close to eight hours overnight. I had three instances of waking up at unwanted moments, and as expected, it was a struggle to resume the sleep. When I'm working days, I manage maybe six or seven hours at best. It's not a good thing, but it's what I have to work with.

I just bought a one-day ticket for the Comiccon at the Ernst and Young Centre. Saturday. No idea if I'll be able to say "hi" to anyone I know while I'm there. It's my expectation that I'll likely blow through my budget for the day in the dealers' room within 20 minutes, see whoever I can within the hour and then retreat to the nearest bus stop to head for either home or downtown. Whichever makes sense at the time, one supposes.

Also, I can completely forget about budgeting for any actors' autographs. It's one of those "nice to have but not really worth the time spent in line or money" things. I'd once had hopes of getting Jewel Staite's autograph on my Da Vinci's Inquest first season DVD set packaging, but that's fallen by the wayside. Not going to happen, not with any actor whose work I respect enough to consider trying for.

Worrying a little more about my computer lately. The random noises from MacBook Pro's optical drive (AKA the CD/DVD-player/burner) are quieting down of late, but the worry's still there. Also, wondering about the heat sinks or fans. Maybe both.

More on other stuff as the day wears on, hopefully...
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As mentioned before, there have been years when it was hard to get through the Season. And such years will no doubt come again, on whatever schedule suits them.

[livejournal.com profile] ms_danson just pointed out something worth looking at for those times when it does, for whatever reason(s) end up applying in your respective cases.

Please have a look. Just in case.
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Something Martha Thomases wrote recently got my attention. It also triggered some renewed thinking that started in these comments I posted in reply:

"Martha, you're reminding me of why I love Ottawa the City.

Ottawa the National Capital is something that like other people across Canada - much like Americans regarding Washington, DC, probably - I view with ambivalence, an emotional range that goes from anger to pride and back again, sometimes within the space of a second or two.

Ottawa the City is its own kind of complicated place, with a history, a mix of cultures, architecture, languages, and a hundred other things all its own. Our suburbs - one of which I currently call home - are becoming no less so than the core neighbourhoods. I take satisfaction from a lot of that, although frustration also creeps into the mix, here as in your New York.

And aspiration to make the place better has returned in recent years. I hope to go into detail elsewhere on that."


This is one of those "elsewheres". Spacing Ottawa continues to be another, so I hope and plan. (You should keep reading that for contributions of other writers and artists as well.)

Anyway.

When I mentioned aspirations of improvement to Martha, there's a few things firmly in mind. Personal survival on the economic level, obviously and selfishly. But you already know about that. Many of you are living that, right along with me, wherever you live.

Looking at Ottawa-Gatineau, there's the environmental concerns. We've had issues with untreated sewage getting into the Ottawa River making problems for people downriver. Both within the city limits and beyond them. I'm sure that it's not making things any easier in places from Cumberland Village all the way to the Bay of St. Lawrence. It may indeed be much diluted by the time it gets to that latter point, but it's still contributing to aggravating a problem that can instead be fixed.

There's the transit infrastructure. Some of you know of some of this already. We almost had the shovels digging up pavement at Waller and Laurier - and elsewhere - to start on building a further extension to our light rail transit component. But the election of a mayor more friendly to the federal government of the moment than to transit needs of Ottawa the City delayed that for four years, and got city hall embroiled in an expensive legal action, settled at no small cost.

It certainly could've been worse. But it could also have been better.

This past month or so, construction teams have finally started digging and blasting and pouring concrete and installing framing steel in several parts of the downtown core to get the ball rolling on a new version of that LRT expansion, called the Confederation Line. An aspiration to restore and expand upon something Ottawa had and discarded over 60 years earlier...finally in the process of being fulfilled.

And hopefully, a more livable city resulting from that. Liveable for everyone, whatever our income levels.

My apologies for reading like a speech-writer. Sometimes, I get into that head-space and there's no use but to go with it for as long as it lasts.

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