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As with newspapers...

For discussion. Something that a co-founding employee of USA Today had to say about newspapers. It might also apply to comic books/graphic novels/manga/BD/whatever else we call them.
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If you're interested in flag design for whatever reason...

Congratulations to Ireland... I'm just looking at the CBC report on your national marital rights referendum as I type this.

I suspect you will find this result and its consequences a very good thing for your nation in the decades ahead. That we have it in Canadian law - and have done for over a decade now - is all well and good, but I have to admit to some envy over the fact that we didn't get it done in the way you're going about it.

That's alright, though.

Again: congratulations, and take good care of each other.

Formaldehyde: A Couple of Thoughts

Based on this NY Times editorial, I have two thoughts:

1. What were the US authorities of the day thinking when they set those rules requiring that particular sequence of steps in place?

2. Where is Health Canada on this issue?

Happy Coincidence

Victoria Day, a federally-recognized statutory holiday, this year falls on this day...dduane's birthday.

Diane, my best wishes for the day. I hope it was a good one for you and yours, and my thanks again for the books. I've been having fun and learning stuff with each re-read.

Take care, okay?

Age of Ultron Notes

A few thoughts and links...
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Marvel Cinema'Verse: Call for Playlists

MCU Idea: Various characters of your choice have reasons and ideas for writing up a mixtape recommendations list for Peter Quill. I don't need to know why they'd do such a thing, I just want to see the music playlists those characters will come up with.

Meetings I Want to See Before I Die

Elizabeth May and Ming-Na Wen. Conversing with each other in the same room. On whatever topics seem agreeable to them both.

It's an idea that amuses me. Also, I might learn from it.

Bon Cop Bad Cop 2


Now how many other funding sources have they got lined up?

Books I'm Trying to Read - May 2015

It's a bit of a hodgepodge at the moment, and an incomplete list at that...

  • The Bookshop Book by Jen Campbell

  • The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King

  • This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate by Naomi Klein

  • All You Need is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka with art by Takeshi Obata

  • Belonging by Adrienne Clarkson

  • Shady Characters by Keith Houston

Trying to make time for them all, and item # 4 is mostly done by now.

RIP: David Dollin

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.

UK Politics

Been looking at the latest on CBC News about the elections.

I'm sorry, for whatever that's worth.

UK Elections

Hoping those go well for you, with nothing but good consequences.

Yes, it's an unreasonable hope.

Musical Politicians

Charlie Angus and Andrew Cash, people...

About ComicCon this weekend?

At the Ernst and Young Centre near the airport?

I'm not going this time. Too exhausting.

To those of you who are going, I hope you have fun.

Alberta Election 2015

It's happened, folks.

In US terms, if I might steal someone else's analogy, it's as if Texas went all Democrat, from Governor to county dog-catchers.

Further: the last time someone other than the Progressive(?) Conservatives ran that province was in 1971.

Hoping this is a Good Thing...

Wrapping up another long weekend

There were things I wanted to talk about, but I can't put two thoughts together clearly right now.

Good night.

Jane's Walks and Age of Ultron

It was a good day yesterday.

A walking tour of Vanier as part of the Jane's Walk urban exploration project, followed by my first viewing of Age of Ultron.

A very good day.

More to follow.

Winding down the Tuesday

Flash and Agents of SHIELD were fun, wild rides tonight.

That's all for the moment.


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