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Jul. 25th, 2017 08:03 pm
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 Went to the ROM on the weekend - the photo exhibit "The Family Camera" is quite good. I especially liked the home movies of the Indian-by-way-of-Australia family who'd moved to a Quebec mining town in the late 'sixties; it was about ten years earlier and Quebec rather than the Maritimes, but much of the imagery was familiar, including the small-town Santa Claus parade filmed on a grey, overcast afternoon.

The exhibit fit the theme of the weekend -- Andrew had been looking for a photo of his family in front of 505 Queen West, so he could establish that his mom had made the number sign (he'd come across an article about the property which claimed the sign had been commissioned by Dan Ackroyd, who'd lived there after them.) He hasn't turned it up yet, and we'd gone out as he was beginning to feel depressed remembering Peggy.

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It's another week at work where everyone who can give me directions or answer my questions is out of the office. 

Andrew's been binge-rewatching Farscape. I'd remembered correctly that it was weird, but I'd forgotten how wild Paul Goddard's performance was as Stark.

Music meme

Jul. 16th, 2017 11:20 pm
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See here for explanation.

28.A song by an artist with a voice you love

Many options here, many of whom have already been featured. I could have gone back to Jenny O, or Vienna Teng (yet again), or CN Lester.... probably some male singers too, though none stand out in my mind right now. But in the interests of having somebody new, here's Camille.




Music meme

Jul. 16th, 2017 11:14 pm
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See here for explanation.

27.A song that breaks your heart




Music meme

Jul. 16th, 2017 10:56 pm
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See here for explanation.
I seem to have neglected this for a couple of weeks. Nearly at the end now...

26.A song that makes you want to fall in love

Not an easy one. I'll probably think of something far more profound as soon as I post this, but for now,
Yeah, I did. And this also avoids me having two consecutive tracks by the same singer. The only thing is... this is very newly out, and doesn't appear to be on youtube yet. So you get a Spotify link. I'm sorry if it doesn't work for you.

Thea Gilmore, "Here's to you".
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 Finished reading Many Dimensions (1931) yesterday. I've been trying to ration Charles Williams' novels, given that there's only a half-dozen. This one rates pretty high: moustache-twirling villain gets his hands on the Stone of Solomon! Time travel as trap! A mystical artifact whose powers include being infinitely reproduceable! Tetragrammaton! Heroic self-sacrifice! Kinky subtext!

No, really -- it might be because I looked up Williams and came across some stuff about his personal life, but the two main characters, Chief Justice Lord Arglay and his devoted secretary, Chloe Burnett; well, the villain just assumes they're sleeping together, the reader knows they aren't, but I really do think they're in some kind of non-physical but mutually satisfying D/S relationship. This is an important plot point, since in one chapter Lord Arglay is able to draw on the bond between them to free Chloe from Sir Gile's attempted mind-control and on the other hand, Chloe's ability to freely submit to someone/thing she respects and loves* makes her the only person able to wield the Stone properly, because unlike everyone else, she doesn't try to impose her own will upon it. 


* She's generally a people-pleaser, but when her Nice Guy(TM) boyfriend Frank tries to nag her into lending him the Stone so he can pass his exams, she refuses.
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I saw this film a couple of weeks ago, and aside from intervening busyness, I've been trying to work out what to write about it.

It's not a war movie; rather, it's a movie set during a war. It's about the everyday life of an ordinary girl, then woman, growing up near Hiroshima through WW2. It's the first film I've ever seen that concentrates not on anybody who is active in the conflict, but on the effect on the civil populace at home. It also gives a good picture of normal life in Japan in that era; it shows the massive difference between rural and urban lives at the time, something that I suspect was even more pronounced than it was in Europe. The naval geek in me also enjoyed the namechecks, and renderings, of historic warships visible off the coast.

Throughout it all, of course, one knows what's coming... and the frequent use of dates on the screen to mark the passage of time also forms an inevitable countdown. It's very good. It's harrowing. I'm glad I watched it, but I probably wouldn't want to see it again.

The Mary Sue has a good article interviewing the director.

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 zzszzzzzAz (Nana stepped on the keyboard.)

I seem to recall that in the past, I could see my Facebook friends' conversations, but couldn't join in unless I was friended to the OP. Has that changed? Lately I've seen some friends have to ask who the FOAF was who'd showed up on their wall and begun arguing vehemently with them.

Today I had to unfriend a high school acquaintance for this reason; he reacted by sending a PM saying he'd only friended me because he missed our late mutual friend Angus, and that I was "poisoning" his memories. Pretty much confirmed that cutting ties was a good idea, but it hurt that he dragged Angus into it.

Now I'm going to be wondering how safe it is to comment on anyone's FB post, if I'm forming a link to let anyone on my flist join in. I may have to go through it and pare down.

ETA -- reread his comments and it looks as though my friend's account might be set to allows FOFs to comment, but I'd still better think about who I might be bringing along when I comment.
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