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This morning's photo post about Fort York, and tangentially the War of 1812 and the wider theme of Anglo-American relations, made me think about the different ways relations between the United States and the British Empire have been depicted in alternative history.

Sometimes scenarios are imagined in which the Thirteen Colonies never break away from the Empire, producing a range of results as variable as these colonies becoming the powerhouses of a superpower tranatlantic commonwealth to North America becoming a restive continent-sized Ireland. Other times, scenarios are imagined where the British Empire and the United States end up becoming committed enemies, the established power and the rising one fighting over borders and spheres of influence, with or without allies. I think it might be relatively rare that the two polities are shown as having a peaceful relationship from the start. Perhaps it's because peace isn't as interesting?

What I find fascinating about the War of 1812 is that it represents a point at which Anglo-American relations could have tipped into one pattern or the other. Had there been more adroit diplomats in both countries, the war could have been avoided altogether, and Anglo-American relations would have been much warmer earlier. Had one side or both pushed more, we could have had different boundaries. Had the war started earlier and lasted longer, been more a North American theatre of the Napoleonic Wars, the long-term consequences would be incalculable. The Toronto I live in and love certainly wouldn't be the same city, whether under American jurisdiction or alternatively as part of a polity extending even deeper into the Midwest or as something else entirely. Relatively minor changes could have ballooned into huge things.

(I suppose this, this demonstration of the butterfly effect writ large, is why I like alternate history so much. Small things matter, have import. What greater reassurance can anyone have than this?)

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May. 31st, 2016 10:35 pm
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[twitter.com profile] ralkana47 responded to my post on Tumblr with a sort of combo prompt, and I responded to that! She asked for something from Long Range Reconnaissance: “I’d love ANYTHING in the LRR series. Maybe a trip to Saigon after they get together? Or something new with Liz?”

This is a bit I already had from an unfinished Five Conversations Liz had with Clint or Phil; I was playing around with it last week.

Part of LRR, sequel-ish to Behind the Curtain )

The second thing was something I typed directly into Tumblr and then posted, which is not my usual modus operandi at all and thus a little scary, but I did it, so yay me?

Saigon trip prompt )

Prompts are still open if anyone wants to play! Comment here or Twitter or Tumblr!

In other news, I'm still pissed off about Hydra Cap and also that stupid article on how fans are supposedly entitled that conflates the asshole dudebros protesting the new Ghostbusters with fanfic writers with people who don't like Hydra Cap with people who want Elsa to have a girlfriend. I don't feel like linking to it, but I'm sure you can find it if you check.

Which is why I need prompts! Because my way of engaging in things that piss me off, as I went into in several tweets this morning, is to:
1) Post about it on social media, with a varying degree of analysis/self-reflection
2) Read fic or watch source that is in some way fluffy and/or corrective to what has pissed me off
3) Try to get something positive going in response/as a corrective--like, when HydraCap first broke last week, I was posting about comics that did a great job dealing with some of the issues it brought up.
4) Write my own fic as a response or corrective to what's going on, whether it's just in my head, or drawer fic, or, like this time, something I actually end up posting, like The Nightmare.

All of it is my attempt to garner something good or positive or insightful about fandom, my writing, myself, the world, etc., as well as potentially encourage others to do/feel the same, pretentious as that sounds. I mean, it doesn't feel nearly as pretentious here as it did in <140 character sound bites on Twitter, but anyway.

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May. 31st, 2016 11:06 pm
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Not much to show for myself this month, as you can see. I'm gonna go ahead and blame work again; still with the full-time hours, yeesh @_@ That said, I do have to hawk the bingo card again as a way to feel accomplished when runnin gon fumes. Barren as it may be, I still managed my measly line by taking a deep breath, looking over the card and figuring out where I would best be able to score, whether I'd be happy with the line in question, etc. And while I would have liked to get other stuff done, of course, having that line helps me feel what I did manage to accomplish, you know what I'm saying? It's an added victory that takes away the sting of the other failures.

Speaking of failures, man, none of them have me gritting my teeth more than the Magikarp bag and the "Finish Requests" square. I mentioned before I at least started the bag-- turns out that I screwed up :D So much for having a starting point. As for the requests suare, I came so close to hitting that one. Unfortunately, one of the requests in question was for a ship in an ongoing comic, the latest issue of which dropped while I was writing and shook up my perception of the characters involved; thus I was unable to finish. Oh, the shame of it...

Anyway! On to what I did get done:

Work on Vampire Thing: Sadly, nothing much tangible to show for it. Did some research, settled on some character names. I did play around with a few scenes, but nothing solid enough to keep. For this square next month, I'm going to try using some new characters. The point of the thing in my mind is that it's a large scale ensamble and the stories cycle through characters, but I've done very little writing outside of the first handful of them. The research I did this month will be foundation for that.

Read Comics: For this square I read Batman: Mr Freeze, JLA: World Without Grown-ups, The Amazing Spider-Man: The Short Halloween and What If... Storm of the X-Men had Remained a Thief? I thought about using one of these to fulfill the "Write a Review" square, but couldn't find the energy to begin with and then, uh. Well, then I plain forgot about it ;>> Ahem. I might still go ahead and do that, actually.

Practice Sewing: Some day, I'd like hitting this square to mean I turned out something of value. As it happens, with my sewing machine still out of commission, all it means is I did some more reading and fixed the pocket on my work vest. I think I may go ahead and drop this square until the sewing machine issue is corrected.

Sculpt: Again, mostly playing around. I've been into Transformers lately-- the IDW comics in particular, though I've been feeling my childhood love for Beast Wars too-- and I want to make myself some faction badges or maybe jewelry. The Autobot and Decepticon symbols are simple enough, but I really want the Maximal and Predacon symbols and I've found those rather more frustrating. Nothing I practiced turned out badly, though, so maybe that'll be its own square next time.

Post a Picspam: I've been wanting to do a picspam/appreciation post in general for some time now. I had a few concepts in mind when I made this square, but nothing solid. I actually ended up going with something else entirely, inspired by a scene in the latest issue of Transformers: More than Meets the Eye. So at least that issue was good for something other than stalling my thoughts on my own OT-frikkin'-P... Yes, indeed, it was this same issue that stopped me at the finish line on the "Finish Requests" square. Anyway. I initially thought the post the scene inspired was going to be only two images and thus I wouldn't have counted it for this square, but as I went about going to find the other image I needed, I realized I was forgetting a few relevant scenes. It still didn't end up terribly long, but it was enough that I'm happy to count it.

Crosspost Fics: Kiiinda cheating here. I still have crossposting to do, but I finally got around to moving some drabbles and ficlets previously exclusive to my Ed, Edd n Eddy Tumblr. As I've been meaning to do that longer than I've been meaning to crosspost anything else that still needs crossposting, I'm counting it.
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The title for Rae Binstock's lkatest entry at Slate's Outward, "Why Do Queer People Write Fan Fiction? To See Themselves in Mainstream Culture.", is admittedly clickbaity. The content, which examines why people write so much slash fan fiction, deserves something subtler. The desire for better queer representation remains an ongoing issue that these fan fiction writers try to fill.

One writer of slash fan fiction, who wished to remain anonymous—professing, like many I interviewed for this article, to being “ashamed” of her involvement with the fan fiction community—pointed to the double standard between onscreen romances for straight and queer couples. “The sort of love stories I like are totally reflected and visible in [mainstream media’s] canon straight romances,” she said. “Professionally produced media doesn’t give me that sort of well-written, emotionally devastating love story with LGBT+ characters.” The eroticism, the passion, the high stakes—in most cases, these are all reserved for straight characters. It’s up to the queer fans to claim them for themselves.

Take, for instance, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, where the superpowered members of the Avengers are mostly male, toned as hell, and love to banter: Right out of the gate, fans were eagerly exploring the possibilities of Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, and Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, becoming lovers. On Ao3, there are almost 10,000 stories pairing the two romantically; that’s 3,000 more than the next most popular pairing, which also features two male characters in a queer relationship (Agent Coulson and Hawkeye). Parks and Recreation, one of television’s most beloved sitcoms, has more stories that romantically pair protagonist Leslie Knope with her female best friend, Ann Perkins, than with her husband, Ben Wyatt. And in case you were wondering, Shakespeare fan fiction does exist, and yes, Henry IV’s Prince Hal does fall in love with his childhood friend Ned.

This re-pairing of characters can be written off as unsatisfied fans indulging in wish fulfillment and the occasional erotic daydream. Outsiders who have ventured into the world of fan fiction—including Slate’s David Plotz and Laura Miller—have struggled to remain neutral while describing the genre, referring to an “obsession with emotional intensity” that has “spawned slash” or raising eyebrows at “romances, often torrid, between ostensibly straight male characters.” But when you are a member of the product’s original target audience—when you identify with characters whose sexualities are socially approved and unthreatening—you are much less likely to understand how empowered one can feel when writing queer romance into straight stories. There is power in giving Harry Potter a crush on Draco Malfoy, or creating a world in which Scandal’s Olivia and Mellie leave Fitz for each other; there is power in creating a means by which those in the mainstream might see from your sidelined point of view. It’s easy to trivialize, but the fact is that fan fiction is one of the few outlets that an increasingly frustrated queer audience has to engage with material that refuses to engage with them.


There's a few things I'd like to engage with here. The first is whether or not queer authors have a responsibility to represent queer realities in whatever form they can. Another is the extent to which this representation has to be plausible and artistically compelling: In Deep Space Nine, for instance, I find an O'Brien/Bashir pairing much less plausible and interesting than a Garak/Bashir pairing. As well, is this something that will change over time, as things continue to improve? Will more explicit queer content, and characters, and representation lead to a decline of slash?
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Torontoist's Emily Macrae looks at how Toronto can learn from Strasbourg's approach to bikes, to bike parking in particular.

Cycling is a big deal in France’s seventh largest city. Strasbourg boasts 560 kilometres of bike lanes and 19,000 bike parking posts for a population of just over 275,000 in the city itself and around 768,000 in the metropolitan area. By comparison, Toronto has slightly more than 400 kilometres of bike lanes (including both protected cycle tracks and off-road trails) and 17,000 “post and ring” parking stands on sidewalks and boulevards.

One of these is not like the other.

The success of cycling infrastructure in Strasbourg is a result of partnerships between the city and other transportation agencies. Parcus, the city’s arms-length parking authority, manages parking lots throughout Strasbourg and incorporates bike parking as part of its facilities. Parcus provides free, supervised bike parking at five different parking lots across the city. Parking attendants are even equipped with repair kits and bike pumps.

In Toronto, the City’s Transportation Services Division is responsible for sidewalk bike parking as well as other short- and long-term bike parking facilities. Although Toronto is not yet home to automated underground bike storage, Transportation Services manages several other solutions that allow for a higher volume of bike parking and a greater level of security.


Much more there.
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The Toronto Star's Ben Spurr writes about the Toronto police's apparently continued pursuit of bike-lane violators.

Cyclists aren’t shy about giving David Armstrong advice on how to do his job.

“Give him the ticket, man!” shouted one rider on Monday afternoon, as Armstrong, a shift supervisor for Toronto Parking Enforcement, wrote up a driver for parking in a bicycle lane. “This is bulls--t!” the cyclist added before he pedalled away.

Monday marked first day of “Right 2 Bike,” a weeklong enforcement blitz targeting illegal parking in bicycle lanes.

To the many frustrated cyclists who complain about being forced into traffic by inconsiderate motorists, the blitz, which coincided with the annual Bike to Work Day, was long overdue.

But despite photos frequently circulated on social media that show cars invading Torontos’ bike lanes with seeming impunity, Armstrong is adamant that the parking enforcement unit takes the issue very seriously. According to the police, officers have issued over 23,000 tickets to drivers parked in bike lanes or separated cycle tracks since 2013.
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San Grewal's Toronto Star article isn't surprising. Scarborough may well want a subway to symbolize its inclusion in a greater Toronto, but there will be costs. The expropriation of property is just the start: the transformation of entire neighbourhoods is in the offing.

Residents on a quiet Scarborough street, some who have lived there for four decades, have received letters from the TTC warning them their houses might be expropriated to make room for the new subway extension.

“I’m not going, they’re going to kill me to take me out of here,” Scott Cole said Monday, after receiving a letter on May 25 from the “Toronto Transit Commission” informing him that the bungalow he’s lived in on Stanwell Dr. for 26 years might be subject to a “Property Acquisition Process.”

There has been no official approval of the subway alignment — running north-south under McCowan Rd., which the homes back onto — that would affect these homeowners, but they’re now convinced it’s a done deal.

The letter says this particular alignment will be presented at a public meeting Tuesday, the first in a series of meetings planned over the next three weeks. However, the letter, received by at least a dozen neighbours, says no decision has yet been made by council, and the recommendation has not even been seen by the City of Toronto’s executive committee.
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The National Post's Stewart Bell reports on the decision to deny the leader of the Toronto 18 release. This isn't something I necessarily have a problem with given the scale of what the group planned, which included multiple truck bombs in Toronto and the planned decapitation of the prime minister in Ottawa. The lack of effective rehabilitation programs is a concern, as I mentioned yesterday.

A decade after his arrest, the leader of the Toronto 18 terrorist group has made “insufficient change” to warrant release from prison, the Parole Board of Canada has ruled.

Following a hearing, the Board said in a seven-page decision that while Fahim Ahmad had recently “entered a process of change,” he still did not appreciate the seriousness of his crimes.

The 31-year-old, who organized training camps to prepare recruits for attacks in Ontario, has “no viable release plan” and continues to exhibit concerning behaviors, the Board wrote.

[. . .]

Ahmad, a Canadian born in Afghanistan, pleaded guilty to terrorism offences in 2010. He was scheduled for statutory release in August 2015 but the Board decided he wasn’t ready.

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May. 31st, 2016 01:37 pm
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Yay, I am super excited about this exchange. I had a lot of fun last year and am looking forward to seeing what you write!

AO3: jouissant

I am really easy to please and love stories of all kinds, so I'm going to be most into the story you're excited about and want to write. So if you want to ignore this letter and write that story, by all means. I'm down with any rating, and if you want to write porn, anything goes except scat. I am really not great at prompts so I'm just going to ramble a bit below.

General likes, not at all exhaustive: banter, humor, creepy stuff/horror, bittersweetness, darker themes, angst (resolved or not), obsessive and/or codependent relationships, magical realism/magical elements, period details, slice of life, AUs (especially canon divergence AUs/historical AUs; less so stuff like HS/coffee shop).

DNWs: kidfic

Band of Brothers

Eugene Roe/Dick Winters

This is the secret pairing of my heart. I love Winters/Nixon to death, but Winters/Roe just makes a ton of sense to me. I love how quiet and still they both are; they both strike me as the sort of people who contain multitudes, and reveal them to very few. They're both absolutely essential to Easy in different ways, and in that I think they're both under a particular sort of pressure. I love Gene's characterization as someone who literally runs himself ragged for the sake of the men, and I like the idea of Dick having a tendency towards that himself but maybe a shade more experience/self-awareness and thus the ability to help Gene cope, by gentle force if necessary. And the opposite too, actually; Dick's face kills me during the "you oughta know"/ ambulance scene when Moose Heyliger gets shot; he's out of his element and you can see how pissed he is at himself for fucking up, and I'd love to see the aftermath of that between them.


The Raven Cycle

Richard Gansey III/Ronan Lynch

I'm really interested in the relationship between Ronan and Gansey and how it sort of supplanted Ronan's familial relationships after his father died. I love their obsessiveness about each other and Gansey's impulse towards stewardship of Ronan. And I mean, TRK in general did nothing to dissuade me from shipping Ronan/Gansey- like Ch. 3's opening, for example, wherein Ronan "left Gansey still sleeping"--what even are the sleeping arrangements at Monmouth, anyway? Gansey attempting ridiculous fireside chats/come to Jesus talks with Ronan he only half listens to, that end in affectionate frustration for both parties and probably also Chainsaw. Ronan's reaction to Gansey's death was the moment that really sent me over the edge in the last book, so something dealing with that would be great as well.

OR, I'd love to see something set post-canon, too- I am fine with Blue/Gansey and Adam/Ronan and however you might want to include or not include those relationships. I really like the idea of Ronan/Gansey being its own thing that stands a bit apart.

Declan Lynch/Ronan Lynch

Good old-fashioned so wrong it's right incest with much angsting and secrecy is always welcome, especially something set pre-canon, before things go to hell at the Barns, or during early canon, where Ronan is living at Monmouth and ostensibly hating everything Declan stands for.

I love how much insight we ended up getting into Declan sort of running the show from afar, taking over the mantle from Niall. An AU where they went into business together would be amazing, with Declan the brains and Ronan the dreamer...maybe they avenge Niall's death and then storm the world of magical artifacts as a terrible twosome, having epic fights and hatesex along the way.


Inside Llewyn Davis

Llewyn Davis/Mike Timlin

I wanted to know so much more about their relationship, both as friends and/or lovers and as a performing duo. Were they happy together? What were things like back then, when they'd put their record out and were (I imagine) on the cusp of potential success? What brought it all crashing down? What was the relationship like between Llewyn, Mike, Jim and Jean? I loved Jean and Llewyn's conversation in the park; her "I miss Mike" just hinted at so much, at a past and a relationship between the four of them that Mike's death ruined, and I would love a story that teased that past out a little.

Stand Still Stay Silent

Reynir Arnason/Lalli Hotakainen

Reynir and Lalli, my favorite mages and POTENTIAL ERSTWHILE (BOY)FRIENDS, y/y?? These two are too much, between Reynir's determination to help and desire to learn and Lalli's desire to be left to his own devices as much as humanly possible. I'd love something where they're forced to work together- maybe Onni convinces Lalli to take Reynir under his wing in the dream world, maybe they need to combine forces to take on a troll or a ghost, maybe the unthinkable happens and they're all alone at the end of the world. Or just a slice of life story, some small moment of cooperation in the cat van or squabbling over floor/bedspace when Lalli's in marathon nap mode. Just the two of them coming to trust and rely on each other somehow, whether as friends or more.

I love the darkness and creepiness/horror elements of canon, so please feel free to play that up as much as you like.
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So, I've been writing this fantasy novel in my head for like, about 7 years I guess? 7 years ago was when I got the initial idea, I've been developing it and doing research for it in tiny droplets ever since, with a more intense plotting process happening over the last year.

This post is about something I'm struggling with - something I've been struggling with for as long as I've been planning this book - and something that I feel at this point I'm sort of... stuck on.

A lot of this has to do with someone not of East Asian heritage (me) writing a book based on East Asian history and trying to do so in a responsible and not-harmful way. Please consider this before deciding whether to click the cut.

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I am Bad at Music

May. 31st, 2016 01:21 pm
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I think my days of vidding with any regularity are narrowing to a close. And it's because I am very bad at listening to music. You'd think this is something that one couldn't actually suck at, but it is and I do.

I don't listen to music, really. I don't put on iTunes and listen to favorite tracks or check out a new artist. It never occurs to me to do so and even now, I'm blanking on a scenario where listening to music for funsies would be something I would do instead of anything else.

The only time I listen to music is when I'm actively trawling for vidding material. And frankly, over the years, it's become exactly as frustrating as clothes shopping. It even tenses up the same neck muscles. I find something that I like, but they don't have it in my size or worse, they have it in my size but it doesn't quite fit. It's just a shade wrong. And I could wear the shade wrong thing, but I would know all the ways it doesn't fit.

Same with songs. Even when I'm just generically listening to stuff for general "put it on the vidding list" music, I hear songs that are great in some ways, but either structurally or lyrically go to a place that make them ill-suited except in very narrow scenarios in which I have no interest. Listening to music with the knowledge that the songs could be used for vidding but aren't suitable for my needs makes the whole process awful. (And yes, I realize that the solution is "Stop looking at it that way" -- see above, re: I wouldn't listen to music otherwise).

It gets worse when I run into the vidding scenario that's been plaguing me for the last year -- I find something that seems a perfect match for a fandom or a multi scenario, spend days or even weeks gathering source and clipping, and the *instant* I get more than one clip on the timeline, I see exactly how the two are a terrible match. And now I've wasted oodles of time clipping something. Trying to find a song that's like the one you were using but is different in key ways is nearly impossible.

It's even more frustrating because I don't tend to vid things I'm actively obsessively fannish about. I prefer to vid in weird niches that I have some technical or historical interest in. So all of that time I spent clipping was really wasted, because it was only to support that specific vid idea for that specific song. The clipping work can't be repurposed for another vid in the same fandom because I'm not attached enough to the fandom itself to explore another angle. So I either find a replacement song for that specific idea or I fail.

The short of this is, you are not getting my ultimate lulzy Run Boy Run vid at Vividcon Premieres this year. I'm not sure I have any more vids in me for this year's Vividcon at all.

Sick.

May. 31st, 2016 08:21 pm
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So, I got a cold. An ordinary, stuffy nose, low energy and a sore throat sort of cold. And then this happened:

1. On Saturday I woke up with a cold. It was the day we celebrated my mom's birthday, which meant spending most of the morning helping get stuff organized and the second half of the day outside at a picnic with lots of extended family.

Saturday happened to be unusually chilly for the season. Like, most people had to wear jackets/long sleeves. I wore a jacket as well, but... four hours outside talking to people when it's chilly and windy? Not great when you have a cold.

2. I decided I'd take the day off on Sunday. I knew I'd wake up way more sick than on Saturday, and I was right.

However, on Sunday a friend who'd recently moved to Canada was briefly back in town and had time to meet. She was attending her grandfather's shiva. So I dragged myself out of bed, got dressed, drove half an hour to her dad's place and spent 3 hours... yet again sitting outside in the windy, chilly weather on a 9th floor balcony. It was the only place where we could talk about our own things without disturbing anyone. I had 4 cups of tea and two cigarettes in those 3 hours, anything to make my voice function. I felt so sick driving back I wanted to die.

Collapsed in bed when I got home, and then dragged myself up again, got dressed again and went to see an apartment.

In the evening I checked my work email because I'd forgotten about setting up an out-of-office notice, only to be reminded that the next day I was due to speak at an academic conference for the first time! I'd completely forgotten, and of course I had no presentation or anything ready. Also, goodbye plans of taking a sick day, since the conference was right next to where I work. I could leave work for an hour or two but I couldn't claim to be sick and then show up next door as a lecturer.

So, spent the evening preparing a powerpoint presentation/coming up with a lecture, all while my head was swimming.

3. Monday! Got up at 7am, went to work woozy, sat in a heavily air-conditioned office (great when you have a cold!) and then went to the conference where yet again the air conditioning was on death freeze. I wore a light long sleeved thing AND a jacket. I drank got tea. Still, hours sitting in that space + half an hour of SPEAKING in that space... my god. The presentation went REALLY WELL (more details about that later), which I credit to my public speaking skills + the fact that many academics on my level don't have very good public speaking skills.

Went back to work for a while, because of course a billion urgent things popped up. Evetually left at 1pm and crawled home. Collapsed in bed, precisely as sick as I'd been for the past two days.

I knew I had tickets to see Alan Cumming at 8pm, though, plus I needed to pay for the tickets in cash to the person who'd bought them. So, dragged myself out of bed for a 30 minute stroll to the nearest ATM. Then got dressed to go out, feeling like death warmed over, and drove downtown.

Parked in a really expensive spot before I realized my dyscalculia of course flared up whenever my brain was compromised, so even though the event was listed correctly in my iphone calendar, I showed up for it 2 days early. Alan Cumming was going to see me on WEDNESDAY, not Monday.

So here I was, downtown, feeling like death but dressed, and in pain from driving (I didn't feel physically up to taking the bus because sick), and I was like... do I just go back to my sick bed where I have nothing to watch and nothing to read and I'll spend all evening struggling to breathe through a stuffy nose? OR do I call my parents, tell them I have a free evening and I can do the thing they asked, which is entertain a girl from the US who's in Israel for a few days, daughter of my mom's friend from the States?

So of course I chose option B, partially because I just... honestly couldn't handle ANOTHER night of boredom and misery in bed. I know, I KNOW it's my own fault.

So I picked up this girl, we went to the port, I took her to a chocolate restaurant, we walked around some more... basically according to my iphone's inbuilt app I walked almost 13 kilometers (8 miles) on Monday total. Which, you know, GREAT with a cold!

4. Tuesday! Today I woke up just as sick as I have been for FOUR DAYS NOW with this STUPID ENDLESS COLD my god. I'm so weak right now walking around in the morning is like, wash my face and brush my teeth, lie down for a while.

Today I managed to NOT run any of the errands I wanted to! I forced myself to STAY HOME! I did go outside to buy groceries, and make dinner, but you know. It was nothing compared to the last few days.

Tomorrow is in fact the Alan Cumming thing, and I really don't want to be off work for the ENTIRE WEEK and just. I am so tired of being sick. SO SO TIRED. I hate colds. HATE! they always drag on forever for me and completely shut down my higher brain functions.
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NEW FIC: "Periastron" - Stargate SG-1. AU. Teal'c. Kidfic. Character death.

[title]: Periastron
[author]: splash_the_cat
[fandom]: Stargate SG-1.
[details]: PG. Gen. Teal'c. OC. Kidfic. AU after S8. Major Character Deaths. 9026 words. Posted 5/31/2016.
[summary]: After learning of the loss of the rest of SG-1, Teal'c finds himself one again torn between his two worlds, but he is not alone in his grief.
[notes]: I started writing this sometime during S7, and dug it out of my files last year intending to amnesty it because I had no idea where I'd been going with it. 7000 additinal words later, I clearly figured that out.
[tags]: kidfic, alternate universe, family, chosen family, off-screen character death

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[NEWS] Some Tuesday links

May. 31st, 2016 01:09 pm
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  • The BBC notes an attack on a vegan restaurant in Tbilisi by meat-eating nationalists.

  • Bloomberg notes a slur by a German populist against a non-white soccer player, reports on Sweden's economic boom, Looks at rail investment in India, and notes Southeast Asia is beating out China as a destination for Japanese investment.

  • Bloomberg View looks at reform in Tunisia's Islamist movement and notes the lack of private foreign investment in Greece.

  • The CBC notes anti-gentrification sentiment in the Montréal neighbourhood of St. Henri, resulting in the looting of a gourmet grocery store.

  • MacLean's interviews Sebastian Junger on his theory that PTSD is rooted in the problems of modern individualism.

  • The National Post looks at an anthropologist's discovery of ancient hobo graffiti.

  • Open Democracy notes the Europeanization of Estonia's Russophones.

  • The Toronto Star contrasts the responses of the NDP and the Conservatives to their election defeats, and notes how older Chinese couples are now using fertility treatments to have their second child.

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

May. 31st, 2016 01:00 pm
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  • The Dragon's Gaze links to a study suggesting lithium-rich giant stars have recently eaten their lithium-rich planets.

  • The Dragon's Tales notes Russia's opposition to the US-China position on global warming and carbon emissions.

  • Joe. My. God. reports from the Sao Paulo Pride.

  • Language Hat notes the Chinese of Wuhan, apparently marked by a willingness to swear.

  • Language Log notes a Chinese brewer who has been arrested for commemorating Tiananmen Square on the bottles of his liquor.

  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the bad arguments of left-wingers who ignore the salience of race.

  • Marginal Revolution notes the grim kill ratio of the Mexican military in the drug war.

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My first stop at Doors Open was Fort York, a National Historic Site. The geography around Fort York has changed hugely: Once an outpost on the western fringes of Toronto, on the shore of Lake Ontario by the mouth of Garrison Creek, the fort is now at least two hundred metres inland. Even when I first moved to Toronto in 2004, it seemed as if all there was down here were vast fields of mud. Now, the old fort is surrounded by condo towers.

After taking the 63 Ossington southbound to Strachan Avenue, I ended up entering Fort York from that street, on its western edge. I spent the next few minutes walking through parkland, until I came to the Fort proper.

Into Fort York from Strachan #toronto #doorsopen #blogtodot16 #trees #fortyork


The stone-lined ramparts are inauthentic, product of the fort's reconstruction in the 1930s.

Stone wall #toronto #doorsopen #blogtodot16 #fortyork #stone #wall


The officers' quarters, on the northwestern corner of the fort, spoke of the relative comfort and style enjoyed by the commanders at the base. (The common soldiers enjoyed rather less.)

Barracks #toronto #doorsopen #blogtodot16 #fortyork #barracks


Officer's kitchen #toronto #doorsopen #blogtodot16 #fortyork


Officers' table #toronto #doorsopen #blogtodot16 #fortyork #formals


Looking east towards the other buildings on the fort, Toronto's skyline--specifically, the CN Tower and the condo towers of Harbourfront--stands out.

Looking east, Fort York #toronto #doorsopen #blogtodot16 #fortyork #condos #cntower


This cannon is facing what is now the rail line, perhaps defending against oncoming GO trains.

Cannon #toronto #doorsopen #blogtodot16 #fortyork #cannon


In 1934, American and Canadian/Commonwealth groups put up plaques in memory of the dead of the Battle of York, now on display to visitors inside.

In grateful memory of the American dead #toronto #doorsopen #blogtodot16 #fortyork #warof1812


In grateful memory of the British dead #toronto #doorsopen #blogtodot16 #fortyork #warof1812


The Brick Magazine lies at the far eastern end of the Fort complex.

Brick magazine and beyond #toronto #doorsopen #blogtodot16 #fortyork


Looking west from Bathurst Street, Fort York barely appears visible from behind the ramparts.

Fort York from the east #toronto #fortyork #doorsopen #blogtodot16

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