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Apr. 23rd, 2019 05:18 pm
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Be advised that we are no longer able to offer interlibrary loan services due to provincial budget cuts to the Southern Ontario Library Service (SOLS) and Ontario Library Service North (OLSN), which operate these services between library systems.

Customers may visit other local library systems to borrow materials not held by Kitchener Public Library. As per our long-standing reciprocal borrowing agreements, residents of Kitchener may sign up for free library cards with Waterloo Public Library, Region of Waterloo Libraries, and Idea Exchange.

Back from Eastercon

Apr. 23rd, 2019 08:48 pm
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Got home yesterday evening, an hour earlier than expected owing to fortuitous connections. Still managed to go to bed later than intended on account of "too tired to go to bed", and slept for ten hours apart from the bit where I woke at 6 with a horrendous dehydration headache and had to go downstairs to find a mug of water and some aspirin.

I mostly had a good time, saw several friends, bought some expensive-but-worth-it hand-dyed yarn from Lola of Third Vault Yarns, and got to type on a real Enigma machine visiting from Bletchley Park. Not sure if I'll manage to write a report before it fades.

The migraine did have some impact, but mostly it was just needing to pace myself very carefully and spend a fair bit of time resting in my room. I'm glad the medication side-effects were sorted out in time for me to go.

Sad

Apr. 23rd, 2019 10:43 am
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I remember liking Oldfield's Tubular Bells when I was a teen but now I can't listen to more than a minute of it.

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Apr. 23rd, 2019 10:00 am
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Religions inspire killers. This has been true as far back as history reaches.

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Apr. 23rd, 2019 09:54 am

Another damp day

Apr. 23rd, 2019 08:09 am
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Air temperature 43 F, wind NE gusting over 25 mph, light mist or drizzle for the newspaper walk. We may see the sun again on Thursday . . .

Can you go a year without flying?

Apr. 23rd, 2019 08:36 am
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 We have a decade in which to halve our carbon emissions - or see our children's future destroyed. There are many things we can do towards this goal, but one of the simplest and most effective is to cut down on aviation.

Just one return flight from London to New York produces a greater carbon footprint than a whole year's personal allowance needed to keep the climate safe.

There are currently no green alternatives to aviation fuel. Biofuels come from palm oil, and are a big cause of tropical deforestation.

If you think you can go through 2020 without flying, sign the pledge here - https://www.flightfree.co.uk/pledge

Easy for me - I've already signed.  I realised the carbon cost of flying much earlier than most  (I did my degree in Environmental Sciences) and gave up flying back in 2002.

One international flight blows your carbon budget out of the water - it's as simple as that.
 

Annoyance morning

Apr. 22nd, 2019 12:35 pm
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Arrived at an appointment ten miles upriver, to find that they had called to cancel while I was already en-route . . .

Another foggy

Apr. 22nd, 2019 08:17 am
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Air temperature 49 F, wind NNE about 3 mph, overcast. Streets and roof starting to dry off, no mockingbirds on the newspaper walk. Flood watches continue, but no apparent fatalities from the canoe race.

One of those memes

Apr. 22nd, 2019 11:14 am
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 15 When you are dead would you prefer your body to be interred in a huge pyramid built in the centre of your hometown with many riches or put in a bin bag and thrown into a skip? 

Actually, I want to be composted.  Doesn't yet exist as an option, but basically find a cheap hole and toss me in it with nothing that isn't biodegradable. 

I'd quite like to be buried in my back garden.  that's legal, but can reduce the value of the house, so isn't really fair on my executors.

I want my family to hold a barn dance rather than a funeral per se. Much cheaper and I'm sure my ghost (in the unlikely event that there is any kind of life after death) would enjoy it far more.
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Players
Ander: Human cleric
Dorritt: Human warlock
Himo: Wood Elf rogue
Kokai: Gnome Mage
Milo: Human Ranger

Alas, my notes seem to be incomplete. Well, no doubt I can reconstuct the missing material at some future date. Suffice to say we have descended into the city and had a few inconclusive encounters with locals.

There are far too many large dinosaur footprints in this city. Read more... )

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Apr. 21st, 2019 11:30 am
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Not even May yet, but the green buds all were swelling.

Banks of Green Willow

Apr. 21st, 2019 04:13 pm
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 A lovely piece of music that some of you will probably know already.

The composer was George Butterworth.  I came to his music via morris as he was an important early member of the Edwardian morris revival.  Like Vaughn Williams, he sought inspiration in traditional folk music and was a keen collector of folk songs.


One of the earliest pieces of film of morris dance in existence shows George dancing - and he was a very good dancer.


He died in the Battle of the Somme, and Banks of Green Willow is often played to commemorate the fallen.

Foggy gray morning

Apr. 21st, 2019 07:33 am
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Air temperature 53 F, wind south about 9 mph, damp world. May try for a bike ride if the roads dry off.

Do I know anyone

Apr. 20th, 2019 05:22 pm
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Who can turn a few reviews into epub books?

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Apr. 20th, 2019 01:26 pm
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Really, people, competitive assholery is not an Olympic sport.

Damp morning again

Apr. 20th, 2019 08:31 am
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Air temperature 54 F, wind south about 10 mph, raining. Saw neighbor loading kayaks into/onto truck early, so we presume the local canoe race looms in their future. Race finish line moved upstream due to tide schedule -- can't fit under the downtown bridges . . .

Friday ice report

Apr. 19th, 2019 03:09 pm
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Ice out of the cemetery pond and off the river to above head-of-tide. Even vernal pools on my bike route open.

Road dried off, temperature got above 60 F, extended my ride distance again. About 10 miles, no roadkill.

Checking now and then

Apr. 19th, 2019 11:20 am
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There's a white pine on my longer walk route with a fair-sized nest visible. Have seen either a Cooper's or sharp-shinned hawk flying to the tree, but the nest-call ki-ki-ki doesn't match either species in audio on the internet. Closer to the recordings for a merlin, which is unlikely.

Gray dampish morning

Apr. 19th, 2019 08:29 am
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Air temperature 50 F, wind south about 10 mph, overcast with fog. Flood watch for most of the state, with rain forecast and melting snow. May get a break long enough for a bike ride. Or not.

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Apr. 18th, 2019 08:09 pm
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Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing . . .

Bah

Apr. 18th, 2019 03:21 pm
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I think today will be the elderly dog next door's final day. Poor Dakota is very, very old for a dog and time has caught up with her.

Going for a walk

Apr. 18th, 2019 05:24 pm
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 I'm aware that I've posted relatively little of recent. Most of the time I've just been so tired.

I had a bad bout of asthma in early December, that required two courses of steroids to shift it (please, please will the government do something about air pollution!).  the side effects from the steroids wrecked my muscles and it's taken until now to get back to full fitness. Well, almost, I think it will be a few weeks yet until I finally see the back of it.

I'm hypermobile (ie.  very, very bendy) which is great for things like dancing, but means that if I lose muscle tone, my slack tendons (which is basically what hypermobility is) means that things fall out of shape. My knee started flopping to one side and I didn't realise that for a long time. This had the effect of causing severe pain in my Achilles tendon, etc. etc.

Anyway, lots of exercises have got the strength back in the knee and the calf muscles and the tendon pain is gone in one foot and greatly improved in the other.

I do lots of walking as both a source of enjoyment and a practical necessity.

I was talking to my next door neighbour last week, and became aware just how unwell she has been.   A combination of depression, work stress, aches and pains, etc.  She hardly ever goes out because she tires too much when she walks, and she looks really pale from lack of sunlight.

So, when I saw her waving off a visitor this morning, I went out on impulse and invited her to come for a walk with me.

We had a gentle stroll across the heath (a path she'd never taken before, although she'd lived here over a decade) and I think it did help her a bit. We've arranged to do it again tomorrow.  I'd normally walk further, but I don't want to exhaust her.  Tomorrow we'll have added five year old, and I think that will be a bonus. Oswin is very good at chatting to people.  She makes instant friends.  (Last week, she invited the lady in the wholefood shop to come to her birthday party!)

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Apr. 18th, 2019 12:35 pm
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As is so often the case, people see what they want to see.

Off to Eastercon

Apr. 18th, 2019 04:59 pm
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Since it was three weeks since I'd last seen the inside of A&E and the "Oh **** I need to get off this med right now" side effect had tailed off a week after that, I decided at the weekend that it's safe to go to Eastercon. I've been on the current second med before in combination with the primary migraine med (although not at the current high dose of primary) so I know what it normally does by way of side-effects, and while they can be unpleasant after a while they have never made me feel like A&E would be A Really Good Idea. So I should be there after lunch tomorrow.

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Apr. 18th, 2019 11:46 am
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First coltsfoot blooming.

Hugo Help Please

Apr. 18th, 2019 11:05 am
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Which twelve of my reviews in 2018 were the best?

Tenacious ice

Apr. 18th, 2019 08:00 am
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Air temperature 29 F early, warmed up to 35 now. Near calm with a light south breeze, high thin clouds. We still have some snow tucked in next to South Neighbor's house under the rhododendron and cedar.

Wednesday roadkill report?

Apr. 17th, 2019 03:36 pm
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Turkey vulture circling low, off to the side of my bike route. I didn't try to find whatever it was after, that being a section of dead-end residential roads.

Air temperature 56 F, wind still gusting to over 20 mph, but sunny. Got out on another acclimation ride, over 6 miles this time. Did not die.

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Apr. 17th, 2019 08:36 am
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I believe Mr. Macron's timeline is . . . optimistic.

Can't hit, no pitching

Apr. 17th, 2019 08:16 am
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Air temperature 41 F, wind NNW about 10 mph, clear sky. Three mockingbird serenades on my morning newspaper walk. Also goldfinch that seemed to be in full spring feathers.

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following a moan about the demographics of the authors whose work I review:

In 2018 only about one in four books I reviewed were by white dudes. On the other hand, that's still about sixty books by white dudes, which is more books by white dudes than got reviewed by any one
of Analog, IO9, Asimov's, Interzone, F&SF, Vector, SFS, NYRSF, Foundation, Lightspeed or Cascadia Subduction Zone in the most year for which I have stats.
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Apr. 16th, 2019 03:22 pm

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Apr. 16th, 2019 09:56 am

April So Far

Apr. 16th, 2019 06:16 am
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An extremely rough month on the family front, and tomorrow I go north for another stint on the far front. (The one at home has been bad enough.)

News is worse. As I walked through the kitchen at different hours yesterday, both times the news coverage was showing the Notre Dame spire falling, which gave me a sharp, unpleasant throwback first to 9/11, but then also (in black and white) to certain clips of President Kennedy's assassination, which you could not get away from, late '63, early '64. TV, magazines, had those same pictures, now permanently etched in my memory.

Re Notre Dame, that 800 year old edifice has taken hits before. Notably, the French Revolution. It was very badly damaged by revolutionaries. It was gussied up superficially by Napoleon so that he could be crowned emperor there (though French kings had actually been crowned and buried at Reims and St-Denis respectively). It wasn't until Victor Hugo wrote about it so nostalgically (he also did that about other parts of old Paris in Les Miserables) that it was finally restored as much as nineteenth century tech was able to do so. I believe some of those famous gargoyles appeared then, if I'm not mistake, remembering my tour as an awe-filled student in 1972, listening to the tour guide heavily French-accented German.

The dawn of the automobile has done nearly as much damage as the revolutionaries, just not to the art, which was carried out. Whenever I smell diesel smoke on a city street still, I'm thrown back to the Paris I roamed in '72, and then again in '75, which smelled of diesel first, then equal parts cigarette smoke and urine. (there were outside urinals for men in those days, and there was also a lot of alleyway and building pissing). The urine never hurt the church building, but I bet anything that grainy smoke that got all over your clothes and in your hair after a day's wandering certainly did. It had had an entire century of accumulation.

Notre Dame was a living church--that is, unlike many, hadn't been turned into a museum, but was still consecrated. I image Palm Sunday masses were held earlier that day, before the fire.

In other news, something that likely only excites me--the narrator for A Sword Named Truth is really taking the pronunciation seriously, and even consulted me about overall narrative tone. Wow, this is what the A-listers must feel like. I don't expect to ever get this kind of attention again. I am so grateful.

Ashes to ashes

Apr. 16th, 2019 08:21 am
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Air temperature 41 F, wind NW gusting over 20 mph, mostly cloudy. Minor flooding predicted from melting snow and yesterday's rain. I would like the dragons to win.

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Apr. 15th, 2019 09:09 pm
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Everything has to fit your worldview.

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Apr. 15th, 2019 05:38 pm
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It looks like anything less than total gloom and doom is not acceptable to some people.

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