2015 Book Log

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Does anyone read these? Eh, I don't even care, I just like to keep track of what I read.

Also at some point I should do a "various media I enjoyed in 2014 and want you to get into so that we can squee about it" post.


Fiction
1. The Alchemist's Son: Doctor Illuminatus, Martin Booth
2. The Long Tomorrow, Leigh Brackett
3. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, N.K. Jemisin
4. Once a Witch, Carolyn MacCullough
5. The Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs, Irvine Welsh
6. Steampunk III: Steampunk Revolution, Ann VanderMeer
7. The Years of Rice and Salt, Kim Stanley Robinson
8. Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie
9. The Broken Kingdoms, N.K. Jemisin
10. Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel

Non-Fiction
1. End This Depression Now!, Paul Krugman
2. TARDIS Eruditorum: An Unauthorized Critical History of Doctor Who, Volume V: Tom Baker and the Williams Years, Philip Sandifer

Comics
1. Toronto Comics Anthology, Steven Andrews, Nelson da Rocha, and Miike Something (eds.)
2. Saga: Vol. 1, Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
3. Saga: Vol. 2, Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
4. Saga: Vol. 3, Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
5. Saga: Vol. 4, Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

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Answer for question 4318.

molotov
Star Trek or Star Wars?
Star Trek. Come at me, bro.

Oh, you want reasons? David Brin has plenty in this essay and various follow-ups.

I will add, because he didn't mention it, that in all the various SW media, there was never any character as awesome as Garak.

Sad as fuck

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I'm really sad. Also a rage ball. There are a bunch of posts, public and private, that I'd like to make about it, but it'd basically amount to a FB style "see this thing that I am angry about? You should be angry about this thing."

Hit me with your best funny, cute, or cathartic things?

Answer for question 4310.

molotov
Do you laugh at things that you shouldn’t? Describe one time in particular when this happened. Did someone else see you laughing? If so, what happened?
Back in the...oh, when this kind of thing was a thing and not a meme, my friends who swooned over Leonardo DiCaprio (showing my age here) forced me to watch Titanic with them. The scene where the funny sidekick bites it had me giggling. The scene where DiCaprio dies and there's hand-holding and Celine Dion? I was laughing hard enough to fall off the couch.

Apparently that's not the reaction that teenage girls were supposed to have to that scene. Apparently it's not a comedy and you are supposed to cry and hug. Eh, what do I know, right?

This has happened for actual serious situations too, but I can't think of any specific examples.

P.S. That door easily could have fit two people.

Answer for question 4308.

molotov
If you enjoy the Harry Potter book series, which book/year is your favorite and why? What are your favorite parts in that particular book? How do you think the movies compared to the books?
Harry Potter is one of my problematic faves. They're sort of like the Narnia books in that I enjoyed reading them but enjoy deconstructions and critiques of them just as much. (Though I have much more respect for J.K. Rowling as a person than I do for C.S. Lewis.)

The third one is my favourite, for it gave unto us Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, and the creepy, creepy Dementors that are creepy. (My second favourite creature after the Thestrals.)

I like the movies in inverse proportion to the books. I feel like the series went downhill after PoA, with the books becoming bloated monstrosities that badly needed editing. The movies trim a lot of that fat. I am particularly fond of the last one, where they replaced a lot of teenage romantic angst with gorgeous landscape shots. That was a good creative decision.

Washing machine

clean all the things
I finally fucking have one.

Cocoa's birthday!

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Cocoa is 11 years old today, so I made her a tuna cake.

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Also she got a catnip toy from the wonderful lady who owns the pet store, but she wasn't that interested. Sabot snatched it right up and is currently tripping balls.

Okay okay time to do this one again

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In the comments, leave me one of your fandoms that I'm NOT into, and I'll attempt to summarize it to the best of my ability.

Possibly with illustrations if you are very unlucky.

An actual fucking honest question

go fuck yourself
Why do people write "f'ing" and "sh*t" on the internet?

It's one of my minor irritations with the rather frequent flamewars that I get in. People want to swear at me and somehow can't bring themselves to do it. I don't know why this is; I swear like a sailor myself and I am hardly going to get offended by someone else's potty mouth.

If you want to say "fucking," say "fucking." If you want to say "shit," say "shit." Putting a symbol somewhere in the word is not going to make it somehow less offensive. I can maybe see why you might type "N-Bomb" or something, to avoid triggering racialized people, but that's a special case.

Or, if you are of delicate sensibilities such that you cannot type the word "fucking" without blushing, why not say "flipping" or "frakking" or "frelling" or any one of a number of sci-fi or old-timey swears designed for the ears of children and/or network TV. Yes, you will sound like a church lady and/or a mega-nerd, but I guarantee it's 100% less embarrassing than writing "f'ing."

The most befuddling thing to me is when I'm in a perfectly fucking civilized conversation (this is sarcasm) with a gentleperson of differing beliefs (this is most people) and they say something like, "I hope u f'ing get beheaded by ISIS u f'ing b***ch." It's fine to utter death threats but God forbid someone types a swear.

I really don't get it; can anyone explain?
eat flaming death
If you've been reading my blog for awhile, you know I have serious issues with Free the Children and its corporate wing, Me to We. I have issues with them because they take jobs away from the very communities they claim to help, because they appropriate the language and form of activism to guide impressionable children through meaningless activities designed to make them feel like they're "raising awareness" rather than self-organizing, because they are a for-profit company allowed to set up franchises in publicly funded schools, and because the smug faces of the Kielburger brothers are the very reason why the Germans coined the term backpfeifengesicht.

But you know me, I'm an extremist of the loony left, so of course I'd have issues with liberals. However, this organization is so perfidious even liberals should have problems with it. Case in point: They are litigious bastards who quash every critical media piece published about them. Seriously, try Googling "free the children + controversy" and see what happens. No supposed charity is free from controversy—except this one. Reason being that they are very good at getting criticism of themselves scrubbed, up to and including pulping a Toronto Life exposé about their corruption.

Now they've managed to get a CBC documentary about voluntourism, Volunteers Unleashed, yanked. The very excellent Canadaland has the scoop, including the two clips that the Kielburgers don't want you to see.

Just a little reminder that censorship doesn't need to look like jackboots and burning books to effectively silence dissent. Go watch them before Canadaland gets sued too!

Pi Day

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Pi Day is a thing that I celebrate and this is how I celebrate:

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ALL THE PIES.

Also check out my new icon. I made a new icon.

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RIP Pterry

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Heartbroken, like the rest of the internet. What more can be said?

Answer for question 4276.

molotov
Do you have any guilty pleasures that you just can’t give up, even if you think you should? What are they? Why do you think it is so difficult for you to give them up?
I am not guilty over my pleasures.

Answer for question 4274.

molotov
Do you need to write things down to remember them? What was your worst moment caused by forgetting something?
I have a terrible memory, particularly when I'm hitting my limit of stimulus or ability to cope, which is 100% of the time when I'm not on vacation. I have three lists: a daily task list at work, short-term non-work things on my phone, and long-term goals on my computer. The last one of these is a Chrome plug-in that gives you a pretty picture, an offensive (to me) motivational statement, and a checklist of shit to do every time you open up a new tab.

Between this I manage to not overbook as often, and can tackle things in a slightly less frantic way. But it makes me marginally functional, not capable.

I can't remember what my worst moment caused by forgetting something was. :)

Important York Tunnel update

red flag over TO
Mystery solved!

Police have located the two men who built the tunnel near York U and determined that:

a) They are not terrorists. (Read: white guys.)
b) They pose no danger to anyone.
c) They did it for "personal reasons."

Yes, that was what the official police statement actually said. "It's all good, no charges will be laid, they did it for personal reasons."

In not-entirely-unrelated news, I can only assume that this is our police department's new logo:

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Seriously. Our local police make official statements that combine the words "mysterious tunnel" and "personal reasons" and they expect to get paid $100,000+ a year and no one has a problem with this.

Other sources have reported that the two men built it as a "man-cave," though since they were not identified in any media, I can't rule out the possibility that what they were building was actually a Bat Cave.

In fact, I think it was probably a Bat Cave.

That, or they were scabs trying to cross the picket lines (good luck, 3903 friends!).

But it was probably Batman.

ETA: The National Post, of all places, has more speculation and a diagram. The video is worth watching.

Live long and prosper

jetpack
As a child, I didn't identify easily with other people. I was always too weird, out of step with what everyone else seemed to like, an unfortunate combination of slightly too smart and far too awkward to see myself as the same species of creature as those around me. It is, therefore, not surprising that I would develop an early interest—okay, obsession—with sci-fi.

The Holy Trinity for me was Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Doctor Who, and Star Trek, in part because spaceships are cool, but, in retrospect, mostly because they featured characters who appeared human (because human actors) but were definitely alien, and thus set apart and able to deconstruct and analyze human nature in an attempt to reconcile themselves to it. For a weird little geek like me, this was probably how I learned to be in any way functional.

Which is to say, at a very early age, Spock—and by extension, the amazing, and very much mourned, Leonard Nimoy—made me a feel little less isolated, a little better understood, and vastly more human.

R.I.P.

York Tunnel!

pinko pie
It's miserable in my fair city and everyone is depressed. I, for one, am horrifically ill and dragging my sorry, hacking corpse to work everyday through -30°C weather as I have an underdeveloped sense of self-preservation. The coldest winter in the history of ever shows no signs of abating, and there's little to rejoice about.

Until. The York Tunnel. Otherwise known as the best thing to happen to Toronto since the IKEA monkey. This has made everyone's day.

Short version for those who don't like paywalls: a conservation officer stumbled upon a sophisticated tunnel near York University and the future site of the PanAm Games. Some people lost their shit because TURRISM!; others suggested drugs or sneaking into the PanAm Games for free, still others hailed it as the closest we've gotten to a subway line since they decided to put a university up in the middle of nowhere with no decent transit to it. The cops, remarkably, seem to have maintained cool heads about the whole thing, leading to one of the funnier tweets I've seen in awhile:

If you built a tunnel near the Rexall Centre in give us a call, k? 416-808-2222

They found a rosary and a Remembrance Day poppy down there too, meaning that if it is terrorism, it's likely the "gunpowder, treason, and plot" type of terrorism. But it's probably not terrorism.

What is it? The Beaverton (our national equivalent of the Onion), hailed it as an "extended metaphor for student debt."

Twitter was on the case:


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A friend of mine suggested this explanation:

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Anyway, whoever built this thing, it's cold outside and we're all pent up and we're very bored, and there's nothing we like more than a really weird mystery. I for one welcome our new subterranean overlords!

Answer for question 4248.

molotov
What are your thoughts on vaccinations? Do you personally believe they play any role in the development of autism or other chronic diseases? What diseases would you like to see a vaccine manufactured against over your lifetime?
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Answer for question 4242.

molotov
If you could have any feature or ability from an animal, what would you want? Why did you pick that one?
Lack of introspection and self-consciousness.

The reason should be obvious.

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a sudden absence of bees
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