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Geneviève Bergeron (born 1968), civil engineering student
Hélène Colgan (born 1966), mechanical engineering student
Nathalie Croteau (born 1966), mechanical engineering student
Barbara Daigneault (born 1967), mechanical engineering student
Anne-Marie Edward (born 1968), chemical engineering student
Maud Haviernick (born 1960), materials engineering student
Maryse Laganière (born 1964), budget clerk in the École Polytechnique's finance department
Maryse Leclair (born 1966), materials engineering student
Anne-Marie Lemay (born 1967), mechanical engineering student
Sonia Pelletier (born 1961), mechanical engineering student
Michèle Richard (born 1968), materials engineering student
Annie St-Arneault (born 1966), mechanical engineering student
Annie Turcotte (born 1969), materials engineering student
Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz (born 1958), nursing student

May we never forget.

Good night and good luck

Still not normal.

From The New Yorker: Empathy Vacuums

Yeah, this is something the people who make the gadgets I find Useful should be concerned about. Just saying.


There are consequences that go beyond unemployment rates and election results.

Closing Out the Night...

Not. Normal.

Europe Again

Problem dodged in Austria, but another magnified in Italy tonight.

Not happy, of course.

Happy anniversary, elaynetoo!

And may you and Robin enjoy many more!


Afraid for Italy and Austria today.

More on other stuff later...

After a Different Kind of Invasion

Just finished watching the last quarter of the "Invasion!" crossover via Legends of Tomorrow. It was definitely fun, and I've read about some of the stuff that ended up edited out for broadcast time constraints. Sorry about not seeing those sidebar scenes on the screen.

And yet, I'm grateful for what we got.

The new US President on Earth-Arrowverse? Just seeing her left me in tears...and seeing Donnelly Rhodes on the TV screen one more time...grateful for that.

Speaking of looking for work...

...I'm still open to taking commissions for illustration work. More so now than ever, in fact. Contact info in the sidebars of this LJ or on my profile page.

Still Here...

Looking for work. Dismayed by the news from the States (understatement, yes). Trying to keep it together in general.

Just so you know.


MOVIES: Arrival

Went to see Arrival. Science-mystery, geo-political thriller, and tragic romance, all rolled into one movie. One that worked. And as I left the theatre, I felt angry, afraid and robbed by reality once more.

Go see it anyway.
You might have already caught it from the lyrics of "Lunatic Fringe" directly. If you're on my mutual friendlist, you likely already figured it out.

In case there's a need for additional clues, here's one: no more "Final Solutions". Aimed at anyone. Not Jews, not Muslims of any sort either, not LGBTQ people, not people in wheelchairs or mental health care, not any ethnicity currently existing or yet to be. There's a few groups of targeted people I'm blanking out on at the moment, but again, the same injuction applies: never again.

I'm probably already on an enemies list or twenty anyway. What's one more?

A thing I did yesterday

I went to the event described in this article:


I couldn't not go. Not with the news of acts of vandalism across the city, and the ongoing concerns about the US political situation that many see as one of the triggers of these crimes. It helped me with my anxiety issues for several good hours.

I hope that I was of help to others by being there.

Something I was reminded of this morning, via the CBC's Sunday Edition. You won't agree with all the choices of the authors on that list and that's right and proper, but maybe it'll start a discussion of equally helpful alternatives or additions.



Just got a big one about my regularly irregular employer these past 24 years...one that leads me to believe that I'm pretty much done at those offices for the foreseeable future.

Which means I've got a lot more scrambling to do, some of which got done tonight after I got home from my afternoon errands. More to follow tomorrow...

Seen on TV Today

Howard Dean to Terry Milewsky on Power & Politics, advising Canadian viewers about NAFTA and US-Canada relations in general:

"This is the time you don't want anyone in Washington to pay attention to you."

A Statement of Principle

I live in a neighbourhood full of different kinds of people.

I like it that way. I don't want that aspect of my neighbourhood to end. Ever. Not even after I die.
Everyone in the USA should've seen this before their election. Might not have changed many minds on the matter...but, still.

Remembrance 2016

As I said: saw Deepwater Horizon. Learned of Leonard Cohen's death.

And later on, once the sun's risen again over my cities...I expect to be at Remembrance ceremonies at the War Memorial. I'll certainly revisit the Peacekeepers' Monument again as well.

More later...

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