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3rd October, 2014. 7:56 pm.

Gakked from [personal profile] madripoor_rose have some absolutely hilarious Avengers genfic, Fenestration and the Art of Self-Defense. In which Darcy Lewis catsits for an absent Captain America and screwball comedy stuff happens, dragging in the whole team.

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28th September, 2014. 3:46 pm.

I seem to be drifting away from the internet. Not just drifting away from Livejournal/Dreamwidth, which lots of people are doing (mostly towards Twitter or Tumblr), but the internet in general. Which is weird, because I *like* the internet. So that's why I haven't been around.

I am re-watching The Mystery on the Blue Train (the David Suchet adaptation, natch), and everybody looked better in 1930's clothes, and with their hair styled in 1930's fashion. The women look prettier and the men look handsomer. It's quite remarkable.

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24th September, 2014. 7:32 pm.

I was re-reading Minette Walters’ debut mystery novel The Ice House” recently, and then I re-watched the BBC mini-series, which came out in 1996, starring Corin Redgrave and a not-yet-famous Daniel Craig as the police, Penny Downie, Frances Barber, Kitty Aldridge as the women, and Baby!James!d’Arcy, presumably fresh out of drama school, as Downie’s son. Both book and mini-series have their faults, but one thing that’s interesting, and I don’t think can be said very often, is that the mini-series is actually quite a lot better than the book in some ways.

Short version, with some spoilers but as few as possible. Phoebe Maybury (Penny Downie) lives at Streech Grange in rural Hampshire with her two oldest friends (Frances Barber and Kitty Aldridge), and village gossip has it that they’re in a lesbian ménage-a-trois. Village gossip also has it that Phoebe killed her abusive husband David 10 years before, when he disappeared without a trace. The police investigated her extensively at the time, but with no body and no direct evidence were forced to eventually let the matter drop. Now a badly decomposed body has turned up in Phoebe’s ice house. Phoebe and David have 2 children, 20 year old Jonathan, a medical student in London, and 18 year old Jane, who’s just started university and is recovering from anorexia.

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14th September, 2014. 3:52 am. Book meme

Rules: In a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag ten friends, including me, so I’ll see your list. Make sure you let your friends know you’ve tagged them! Not tagging anyone because I always feel weird about that aspect of memes.

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7th September, 2014. 7:46 am.

Signal boost regarding vidders:

Via the OTW: Fan Video & Multimedia is once again working with our Legal Committee as well as the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) to petition for a DMCA exemption granting vidders, AMV makers, and other creators of noncommercial remix video the right to break copy protection on media files. In 2010, we won the right to rip DVDs; in 2012, we got that exemption renewed and expanded to include digital downloads (iTunes, Amazon Unbox, etc.). In 2015, we’ll be pushing to add Blu-Ray. Right now we’re in the data-gathering stage: asking fan video makers to talk with us about how they get Blu-Ray source and why Blu-Ray is important.


RT:

The exemption will expire if not renewed! The big copyright industries fought really hard last time, and renewal is not a foregone conclusion, even though we’re still right. As always we need (1) examples of vids that make a critical commentary on the original source, particularly examples from the past 3 years, as well as (2) vids that need very high quality source, in technical terms, to do what they do. With Blu-Ray, we need (3) explanations of how getting Blu-Ray source can be done, so we can educate the Copyright Office, and (4) explanations for why Blu-Ray source is important.

If you can help with any of these, please let legal@transformativeworks.org know!

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3rd September, 2014. 9:05 am.

Does anybody have any recommendations for good books dealing with Canada’s historical relationships with its First Nations and Metis peoples? Thanks in advance.

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23rd August, 2014. 9:40 am.

Cat staff on my f-list/dwircle, please talk to me about the feline leukaemia vaccine. Young Miss Weaver is going for a post-dental checkup on Monday and is getting her booster FVRPC then, but the feline leukaemia vaccine is separate. Is it a good idea for her to have it, bearing in mind that she's an indoor cat who doesn't mingle with other cats? Also, she might be going to a cat hotel (they used to call them kennels when I was a kid, but apparently they're cat hotels now. Whatevs) in a few months. That vaccine is not required for entry, but is strongly recommended. Thanks.

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15th August, 2014. 2:04 pm.

HE’S MOVED OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Or rather, to be precise, is in the process of moving all his stuff out as we speak. The bank has finished the foreclosure process, and they take possession as of midnight tonight. All the building locks are being changed tomorrow, in case he had a chance to copy the keys to the common areas before the bank kicked him out.

My apartment building is now missing one drug-dealing, girlfriend-beating, screaming-and-throwing-things, punching-holes-in-the-lobby-wall lowlife, and I could not be happier if I tried.

On with the dance, let the joy be unconfined! And may the new next door neighbours be civilized people.

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6th August, 2014. 12:10 pm.

I have not been on LJ/DW of late, so if anything’s happened that anybody feels I should have commented on, I’m not ignoring you, I just didn’t read the post.

Went to Thomas Haas in Kitsilano on Saturday, an haute bakery, café and chocolatier. Had a very nice cappuccino and a hazelnut macaron. Thought about buying some chocolates, but the prices put me off. $18 plus tax for a box of 9 works out at $2 per chocolate. I’m supposed to be economizing! I didn’t make a special trip out to Kits just to go to a fancy coffee shop, I was in the neighbourhood running errands anyway. They were doing a roaring trade, so evidently Kits is filled with people who are willing to pay $18 for 9 chocolates.

I like Kits, although I could never in a million years afford to live there. Of course, if I did live there, since I don’t drive, I’d be dependent on buses. At least where I live there are trains, even if it’s not near the beach.

Miss Weaver went in for blood tests on Saturday prior to having the general anaesthetic when she has her dental work done in two weeks. Just got a call from the vet saying she’s a good candidate for a general, everything looks great *except* her kidney function. They’re going to do another urine sample when she goes in again, because apparently one bad result isn’t necessarily conclusive. If she has two bad results in a row, then there’s something wrong with her kidneys and they’ll have to look at managing that. I am trying not to worry too much, but failing miserably.

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27th July, 2014. 3:35 pm.

Anybody have any recs for a good biography of Louis Riel? Or a history book with a good overview of the conflict between First Nations and the government. Uncle #1 has discovered by chance that Canadian history is not nearly as warm and fuzzy as he had believed (to be fair to him, he's lived all his life in England), with Indian Wars and the Red River Rebellion and stuff like that. He has asked me to send him a book or books on the subject.

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