- Star Trek: Voyager - Atonement by Kirsten Beyer
- Shady Characters by Keith Houston
- Kill the Messengers: Stephen Harper's Assault on Your Right to Know by Mark Bourrie (expanded to include coverage of Bill C-51 and other "Politics of Fear" manœuvers)
- Canada After Harper, edited by Ed Finn
- An Imperfect Offering by James Orbinski
The BBC is under threat in the UK, even as our CBC is here in Canada. Details in the link over at The Guardian. To say that I have a problem with the idea of dismantling the BBC is an Understatement. You know how I feel about the Ceeb here at home, after all.
Finally picked up the first two issues of We Stand on Guard by Vaughan and Skroce from Image Comics. That one Obligatory Shower Scene aside, it takes the Oldest Canadian Nightmare - invasion by the USA - and makes a pretty interesting future/mecha/war story out of it so far. If I have the time and energy in days to come, I'll try to go into more detail on what I think makes it work.
Still looking for that radio/CD player combo device replacement. As it stands, the sources I know of can provide, but I'd need to put up with the addition of either an alarm clock or a cassette recorder and built-in speakers. None of which I need at the day job. I already have the headphones. And no wi-fi, please?
(Note: Rummaging through the Best Buy Canada website is a frustration exercise right now.)
This is the sort of thing that leaves some Canadians who don't want Harper to get a fourth term worried about their available options:
UK Labour supporters of a certain vintage may see the concern here.
Noting the yard signage for the various parties and their candidates going up around town. But not until E-minus thirty days will we see them on publicly-owned land in Ottawa the city, owing to municipal bylaws. Not sure that I want such practices to ever resume, but that's a debate for another posting.
More tomorrow, hopefully.
- Current Mood: indescribable
My feet were annoyed with me for a few hours thereafter, but it was worth it to get a walkers' eye view of those parts of town.
All of this is going to be put to work on the "Street Names" project for Spacing Ottawa at some point, of course, and if I can cross that other item off my bucket list, there will be a proper book about street names across the city of Ottawa as well. Might be in tandem with a modern-style historical atlas, might not. The omens and cards are unclear on this point. We do need one, and I'm not sure that Derek Hayes' approach might be the best for the purpose. There's one or two others that come to mind and they strike me as better-suited. Preferably purpose-designed maps.
- Current Mood: tired
So I think I'm going to continue photographing street name signage in upper Overbrook/Castle Heights/lower Vanier this afternoon. Some of those photos will end up attached to Spacing Ottawa essays down the road, I expect.
If the local Sask. Roughriders' fan club doesn't have anything planned tonight, I may decamp to a Second Cup or Bridgehead to do some writing over a light dinner. Not sure yet, not locked in yet.
As regards the Canadian federal election: I want to see Rick Mercer moderate a leaders' debate. On CBC. And all the majors send their leaders. Harper can use the Red Green Solution if he wants in order to maintain personal silence, but he has to be there.
Also noting: today private households can host campaign signage in their windows or on their lawns in Ottawa the city. City bylaw governing this, apparently.
So, yeah, looking for a new table. On wheels would be preferable. Recommendations/offers?
Not the best of starts to this particular day.
- Current Mood: sad
I bought a new scanner/printer combo device today. The price was just about right, or right enough. It's going to be difficult to find a table I can set it down on, though, once it gets in the house.
The reason I bought the thing? It's capable of scanning an A3-sized art board in one pass. I've had an Epson Perfection 1260 for over ten years, and it's still reliable. But if I want to scan an 11x17 art board into the computer, I need at least two passes, sometimes as many as four. And then "stitch" them all back into one document in PhotoPaint, Photoshop or whatever else is usable.
And when I saw this thing in Staples - yes, I know, more money for the Republicans, sadly, via Bain Capital...for which I will have to atone - I just snapped. No more. No more. I want proper tools to do a proper job. Even if they are already out of date.
- Current Mood: tired
- Current Music:"Democracy" - Leonard Cohen
Tony Burman on the "firm" of Harper, Cameron and Abbott for the Toronto Star.
Louis-Philippe Rochon on the possible consequences of an NDP win, published by the CBC.
- Current Mood: nerdy
- Current Mood: hot
I'm on week six of my current contract.
The federal election countdown continues.
- Current Mood: busy
About scanner-printer combination devices: What's currently considered the best of such gear as can scan 11"x17" original boards? Opinions?
CBC's Cross-Country Checkup asks for your favourite summer reading recommendations this afternoon, heedless of the risk of trespassing on The Next Chapter's turf. Perhaps that's because The Next Chapter's on summer vacation and one of their past columnists, Randy Boyagoda, is part of the crew answering the phones today.
- Current Mood: busy
Part 1 - http://www.newsarama.com/25496-pri
Part 2 - http://www.newsarama.com/25506-pri
Part 3 - http://www.newsarama.com/25518-pri
You might want to take a look.
Also, Priest's website. I've linked to it before, but he's worth your time and attention.
- Current Mood: hopeful