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Aug. 13th, 2017 10:21 pm
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Annoyed that I have more to say on Facebook than here. Because of current events-related reasons.

How many of you are not surprised by this?
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Considering how Pyongyang occasionally makes noises about how mainland China is a "bad ally", and the fact that Beijing's a LOT closer to NK than the USA and Canada are...mainland China isn't a patron anymore. They're an extortion target.

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Aug. 8th, 2017 06:08 am
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I was already planning to wake up at about 5 AM. Did NOT need the headache that actually woke me up about 30 minutes early.
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Okay, some progress here. Shawn Micallef's Frontier City: Toronto on the Verge of Greatness is done. It's a snapshot of his perceptions of recent Toronto history, particularly in the wake of the Ford years. The phrase "too soon to tell" sticks in the mind where his opinion is concerned.

Hidden Universe: the Klingon Empire by Dayton Ward takes the travel guide idea and applies it to...well, mostly Qo'noS. The Empire's a big place, as he notes himself (and perhaps larger than the text implies), but it does focus mainly on the homeworld.

By accident, I discovered Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit. You've read mentions of her work pulling together historical atlases on New York, San Francisco and New Orleans here in this weblog over the years, and this book is a collection of her essays reminding us that hope is a realistic option even in horrific times. Originally published in 2004, it was revised and reprinted as yet another consequence of DT-45's election to the American presidency.

Still trying to make time for The Revenge of Analog by David Sax.

Simcoe Day

Aug. 7th, 2017 10:48 am
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Nation-wide statutory holiday up here today. What the day's called depends on where in Canada you live. I think I prefer Simcoe Day because of the anti-slavery implications, despite living in Ottawa where it's tagged Col. By Day for the leader of the canal-builders of the 1820's.
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Frontier City by Shawn Micallef, one of the regulars contributing to Spacing's Toronto office.

The Revenge of Analog by David Sax. A discussion of the renewed value of actual, physical artifacts. Tapes, vinyl LPs, CDs, books, actual maps on actual paper...you get the idea.
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