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Jul. 21st, 2017 12:30 am
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I just got to a series of posts from 2014 Wiscon harassment meltdown. Ah, memory lane.
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Previous models set first occupation significantly later. Much earlier and the first humans on the path to Australia would have left footprints in the still-cooling ashes of the Toba eruption.

Bah

Jul. 19th, 2017 10:12 pm
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Reliable sources report the death of Jordin Kare.

Raspberry season

Jul. 19th, 2017 09:45 pm
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Locally grown raspberries are back. Don't tell strawberries, but raspberries are my favourite. I live on the 26th floor, high above the ground, and I like it a lot, where I never have to shovel snow or cut the grass, but I think the one thing that could get me back into a house would be the ability to grow my own raspberries. They're great. Nuts to grass, though.

I've had 'em plain, over ice cream, and my favourite so far, macerated with sugar, a little vanilla, and a couple of dashes of Angostura bitters. I haven't even baked them in to tarts yet.

Of course, this means the wheel of summer is turning. Plums will be soon. We'll be at peaches (which signal the wane of the season) before you know it.

Of castles and bacon thieves

Jul. 19th, 2017 05:23 pm
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Today we were incredibly productive. We hiked up to High Castle, which technically is neither a castle nor very high, but I am still proud of us, dammit. It's quite a view. Some of the original castle remains, but it's not particularly impressive compared to the sight of all of Lviv.

there are cats and other things )

Saaaaaaaaavvvvvvveeee mmmmmeeeeeeee

Jul. 19th, 2017 10:00 am
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It turns out you can connect Calibre directly to Project Gutenberg.

Having downloaded a bunch of public domain books, I then went looking for the proper cover art. Interestingly, although I am convinced I owned mid-1970s editions of both Blackman's Burden and Border, Breed nor Birth, I can find no evidence those editions actually existed.

Another interesting thing. This is the list of science fiction books on PG and this is the list of science fiction works by women on PG.

Fig and the big window

Jul. 18th, 2017 06:07 pm
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Things that do not inspire Fig to go into hunting mode:

A baby rabbit

Things that do inspire Fig to go into hunting mode:

A robin
A 50 kilogram dog

In Lviv

Jul. 18th, 2017 07:13 pm
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This is a gorgeous city, maybe even more than Kiev. It's also very much a City Of Coffee, and I highly approve. There's a café where, if you go into the basement, you can "mine" for coffee in the walls, but besides that, when we asked the hotel guy where to get good coffee, he looked at us weirdly and said, "it's ALL good coffee." A random selection would suggest he's right.

We did a walking tour, saw various churches, the Catholic Quarter, the Jewish Quarter, the Armenian Quarter, all of which seem very close together by contemporary standards. Lviv has changed hands over its history, and the references to Galicia made me do a Google and feel like an idiot because Lviv was in the heart of what had been Galicia, and that's where my grandfather was from.

Anyway, here is the new friend we made:



more pictures )

Here, have some pictures of Lviv

Jul. 18th, 2017 09:03 am
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We took the overnight train and got in at 6 am. Our hotel booking isn't until 2 pm, so we've just been wandering around and taking pictures of all the pretty architecture.

click to embiggen )

Best of Fringe

Jul. 17th, 2017 09:19 pm
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When I sat down to draw up a schedule of what to see when at this year's Fringe (not something I've done in the past), I realized I could see as many as 40 shows; I wound up seeing 37. Which is great! My goal was too high, more than I think I could have stomached (while still going to work, that is). My feeling overall for this year's fest was that the average was higher but the variance was smaller, viz. I saw more 3s but fewer 4s.

Here's a list of things I gave 3.5 or 4 to (no 4+'s this year), in alphabetical order:
32 Short Sketches About Bees
About Time
Bendy Sign Tavern
The Diddlin' Bibbles
High Park Noir
In Search of Cruise Control
Interstellar Elder
The Life Henri
Macbeth Muet
Multiple Organism
Murder in the Cottonwoods
Shakespeare's Ghostbusters
Shirley Gnome
Special Constables
Weaksauce


That's 15 of 37, which is a decent score. Last year (a particularly good crop in retrospect) I had 14/26 and 13/31 the year before that.

All of this said, the only thing that really blew me away now that the dust is settling was Macbeth Muet, with Interstellar Elder and Shakespeare's Ghostbusters rounding out my top 3. I'm not confident I enjoyed myself as much as I have in past years; I can't be sure if that's because I saw stuff that just wasn't as good or I was overexposed. But to my mind, I would have taken any one of a dozen of the good shows from the past couple of years over any of this year's choices (except for those three).



Did I miss out on anything? Delirium was supposed to be quite good, as were Maddie's Karaoke Birthday Party and The Seat Next to the King. I shy away from dramas, though. I'm satisfied with everything I made it to.



New Fringe club worked out just fine. I was concerned that no one would go (an outdoor hockey rink doesn't have the same ambience as Honest Ed's back lot), but whenever I went, I wound up running in to people. Having everyone corralled inside the boards probably made security a lot easier, too. It'll be interesting to see how they tweak it next year.

Some more pictures

Jul. 17th, 2017 07:02 pm
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Our last day in Kiev until the end of our trip. Here's a few quick glimpses of things we've seen, as we walked and walked. This is going to be a bunch of tiny pictures 'cause I'm writing from a café before we get on a night train for Lviv.

click for larger versions )

Extremely short fringe reviews

Jul. 16th, 2017 11:20 pm
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The Diddlin' Bibbles edition.

Beneath the aw-shucks hayseed façade lie a pair of pretty talented musicians and songwriters. I found their meta-commentary on the Fringe to be on point without being mawkish, and the success-goes-to-head narrative to be well executed.

The bit about the prayer headsets was just weird, though. I guess it paid off in a small way toward the end.

4/4. I went on Conor Bradbury's strong recommendation, and I can see why he liked it (his big dumb sense of humour was well-represented).



Not Oasis' Alone in this Together edition.

A reasonably well-assembled sketch show. Still a bit paint-by-numbers in parts (oh, this joke has clearly run its course, so here comes the wacky tilt and/or callback to end the sketch), but there were some good multilingual puns.

3/4. Big ol' duck.



Fest wrapup tomorrow. Final score: 37 shows in 12 days.

A summer weekend

Jul. 16th, 2017 11:22 pm
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I think this was the first weekend this year that truly felt like summer -- hot and humid. It's felt, so far, like we've mostly had an extended rainy spring.

I climbed at Lac Sam on Saturday with a small crew, then had dinner with the family back in Ottawa -- my sister, brother-in-law and nieces (2) were in town for a 2 weeks (except BIL, only a week) and headed out this morning, so met up with them for the last dinner before they left.

Today we climbed at Mont Rigaud as it was the only area without a 70-80% POP starting in the afternoon. We did get a full day of good, but hot, climbing there.

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