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Today on the blog, I review TEAR THE CURTAIN!, which involves using this icon on topic, kind of having a fangirl moment (or six), talking about how much I love stories and Canada, and Jonathon Young's fingers.

Yeah, that one got away from me a bit
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This is why it's very very dangerous to fall asleep on school trips.



So much love!

Song Rec

Apr. 18th, 2012 10:09 am
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Apparently, when Erin Bow saw her in concert, she came through the side door and sang this walking through the crowd. I think I might have passed out, had I been there.
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It's Wednesday! Which means it's time to talk about a book I can't have (yet). This one is about time travel, so waiting is extra cruel.

TIMEPIECE is Myra McEntire's followup to HOURGLASS, but it focuses on one of the tertiary characters. I am still super pumped.

Also, the cover is DROP. DEAD. GORGEOUS. and taken by a Canadian, who also took some really cool Harry Potter photos.

Stolen Gif

Mar. 5th, 2012 10:29 pm
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I got this from [livejournal.com profile] mrv3000 and it might be the funniest thing I've ever seen.



brb, DYING FOREVER.

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And here is ANOTHER Electric Company play I can't watch.



There's singing in this one. Just so you know.
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[livejournal.com profile] rj_anderson tweeted me that the Canadian Stage just announced their 2013-2013 line-up, which includes a little play I am KIND OF DESPERATE TO SEE called "Tear the Curtain".



1. Jonathon Young
2. Kim Collier
3. VERY RANDOM STARGATE ACTORS
4. This play is about a writer who gets stuck in his story.
5. Also, I'm reasonably sure that there are waistcoats.

I, naturally, responded to [livejournal.com profile] rj_anderson's tweet in my typically reserved way. By which I mean I tweeted her in CAPS and possibly said I would sell a kidney to buy a ticket when they become available.

More Lego

Jan. 25th, 2012 12:12 pm
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Turns out the LotR Lego thing is only the SECOND coolest Lego related story on the internet today:

Toronto teens send Lego man on a balloon odyssey 24 kilometres high

Be sure to watch the vid for glorious shots of SPACE AND A LEGO DUDE, and read the article, which gives cool details of how they had to time it so as to evade the US department of Homeland Security.
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Rick Mercer has issued another challenge, this one to pretty much everyone in the world. Instead of promising "it gets better", make it better.



(I particularly like the part about treating the bullies at least as severely as if they'd vandalized the cafeteria. BECAUSE REALLY.)
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Jack Layton, leader of the NDP and my favourite living/active Canadian politician, has died of cancer. He was 61.

I want to say I'm worried about my party, worried about what this means in Ottawa, what it means in Quebec, and what it will mean in 2014 when we have another chance. But I can't. I'm just sad.

Rest in peace, Jack. We're better off for having you work so hard for us. Thank you.
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So.

I used to watch a lot of cop shows. I used to watch pretty much exclusively cop shows. Um, and Angel. Because we didn't get the Space Channel.

But anyway, I'm sort of over them. Even Criminal Minds, which I loved, has fallen by the wayside (except reruns!). That style of story-telling, the darkness and despair, the complete disregard for protocol, the sensationalism (most especially the sensationalism); all of these are things that I have come to not enjoy. For the most part, I can watch the early seasons on Spike TV, but after a certain point, I just can't.

Except for Flashpoint.

Flashpoint is, in a nutshell, the Little Canadian Cop Show That Could. It was the first show ever made and set in Canada to air in Prime Time on a major US network. Its stars range from Canadian stock actor Hugh Dillon to Veronica Mars' Keith Mars to the Pink Power Ranger (I'm not even kidding). The theme song really tells you everything you need to know about the show: it's subtle, friendly, even, but there's this edge to it that I can never quite describe (and yes, I have a mini heart attack on the last note every time).



It's character driven, somehow all six of them at once, and even though there is no such thing as the Strategic Response Unit (Major Crimes/Guns and Gangs would probably be the closest equivalent), the show still feels like Toronto (and here I will reference my sister, the Forensic Biologist, who hates CSI almost as much as I hate Bones...and freaking loves this show because of how true to the spirit of Toronto and to the ideal of the Toronto Police Force it is).

Now, you all know that I am picky about certain things. Like how "the girl" is written. Flashpoint doesn't have a lot of female characters (fair, if unfortunate, given the breakdown of the Toronto Police Department), but the ones it has are really kind of awesome. Jules, the only one in the credits, is phenomenal at her job (which she has had to earn twice, thanks to being shot on duty), and remarkable in her social life (which is a WHOLE SEPARATE ESSAY that I will not inflict on you at this time). Donna (played by the fabulous Jessica Steen while Jules was recovering from being shot) was fantastic, and has moved into her new role after Jules's return because it was business, and is a total pro about it. Winnie, the dispatcher, is excruciatingly competent. And then of course we had Ed's wife Sophie, who recently gave birth after issuing Ed an ultimatum.

I hate the ultimatum. (You know the one..."You pick the job, or you pick this family". hates)

I dislike this trope for a lot of reasons, but mostly I hate it because it always makes the female look bad. Always. I am trying to think of an example (outside of Flashpoint) where it hasn't, and the closest I can get is Buffy, but that's only because it was Riley who was a jerk about it. It didn't work on Criminal Minds, it didn't work on Without A Trace, it never works. It's cheap, it invariably sets up a fridging, and it bothers me, so when it became clear that Flashpoint was headed in that direction, I got really frustrated.

It just resolved itself in the episode I finished ten minutes ago, and I could not be happier. GOOD WRITING, you guys. CONSISTENT and RESPECTFUL and I LOVE IT.

Aside from the brilliant individual characters, there is also the team. The dynamics of each strike, who plays which part depending on the situation, and complete communication (between each other and to us) is just awesome. Even though I think there was only one "scorpio" (which is their kill order...in theory all members of the SRU are snipers, but I think only two of them are true snipers and the rest have talents in areas like entry, profiling, negotiation and tech, on top of being marksmen/women) in the whole of season three/four (thanks for making that awkward, CBS!), the fallout was not ignored. In fact, every time there is a scorpio order, the shooting officer is immediately cordoned, investigated, profiled, etc. It's a procedural, yes, but it's also kind of a love letter.

It's also a love letter to Toronto, and Canadian events. But it's never patronizing (though it is on occasion over-written), and it always manages to lay in a twist that makes the incident less about The Event and more about The People, which I appreciate.

And because I'm me, I feel I should also point out that a) I adore Spike (because he is pretty), and b) 90% of my love for this show is based on the fact that when the team does an entry, the front person (armed) is held by the negotiator (unarmed) via the shoulder strap on his or her tac vest, and for some reason I LOVE THAT (you probably can't make a "bulletproof kink" joke that [livejournal.com profile] rj_anderson hasn't already made).

In an era when summer TV is suddenly really good (I think I have more summer shows than regular season shows currently), Flashpoint holds its own, my fierce nationalism aside. It's not original per se, but it is an original take on something we already see a lot of, and the way it's written, paced and filmed really makes it a compelling watch. It's not perfect, of course, but its down to earth sense and its sparse style are enough to set it apart, and the acting, writing and concept do the rest. It is primarily episodic, so you don't have to watch all the episodes (but you should!), and season four has only just started...so now's as good a time as any to watch Toronto play itself.
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This morning, Harper is scare mongering for votes (this has been his style even before last night's news about bin Ladin. The Speech he gave, and he gave only one speech whether he was in a nursing home or a hockey arena, speaks of chaos lapping at our shores and refers to the election itself as dangerous), and begging for Liberal defectors.

The party that no one ever really took seriously is three points down. Three points down.

I made my decision before the election was called. I've been lucky enough to support a party that has never let me down, and always manages to run candidates I like in the ridings where I live. I have so much respect the people who took their time and did their research. If you have not yet made your decision, you have all day and I encourage you to make it, and then go and act on it.



Off to vote!
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Okay guys, it has been REALLY HARD for me to not spam with politics all day. So I am dumping all my thoughts here at once.

1. The Conservatives and the NDP are polling within the margin of error. This makes me excited for two reasons:

a. THEY ARE THREE POINTS AWAY!
b. Polling is conducted by phones. Phones which are LANDLINES. Which means the polling people are not talking to young people. AND THE YOUNG PEOPLE ARE NOT VOTING CONSERVATIVE.

2. Shit Harper Did, who have made most of my favourite election vlogs, has also created an "old people friendly" version of their website called Rubbish Harper Did. (It has the same URL though)

3. THREE FREAKING POINTS!

4.



This one isn't even my favourite. (My favourite is the pick-up line one.)

5. All across the country, young people (and some people not so young), have met in large groups and danced and sang and chanted. There has not been violence, threats or danger, just a promise to vote. There was also an international vote mob, which I adore, because those people are actually voting in their video.

6. I just found all 2 hours of the debate on youtube! I didn't know you could have a two hour video on youtube! This is exciting!

7. I am still hugely impressed by the campaign Layton has run. And I'd be equally impressed if he hadn't managed to take out the Bloc, though I'm not saying that isn't a nice bonus.

8. Tomorrow at dinner, I am ordering an orange crush. In the morning, I'll be at my polling station at 7:30 to vote for one.

*twirls*
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Okay, I really AM trying to limit these, but

OMG, RAFFI WANTS YOU TO VOTE AND HE WROTE A SONG ABOUT IT:



*hearts Canadians*

I am not feeling teary, nostalgic and patriotic all at the same time...oh wait. Yes, yes I am.
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Canada is rebranding its government. Which, frankly, I'd never even thought about, because it's so unbelievably stupid, and since the news broke I haven't given it much thought at all because I kind of thought it was a joke? Or that Harper couldn't possibly be quibbling about this when the Middle East is on the edge of goodness knows what and there is some new natural disaster every day.

But he is, and I am...bamboozled. And also really, really angry.

Americans do this, I think. This is my impression, anyway. You have "The Bush Administration" in a way that we don't. But the word "administration" implies...paperwork. Service, even. Getting there early in the morning and starting the coffee. And we do have things like "Martin Economics". And most of us learned the word "prorogue" thanks to Harper anyway.

But what Harper is proposing, what he's put into action, is different. On our freaking letterhead, it no longer says "Government of Canada". It says "Harper Government". And that is ten THOUSAND kinds of wrong. And I'm not saying that because I didn't vote for his party. I'm not saying that because I've actively campaigned for other candidates. I'm saying it because I AM CANADIAN, for God's sake, and while I am forced to admit that man represents me internationally in politics, there is NO WAY IN HELL he gets to name it after himself.

(Unofficially, it's been "The Harper Government" for a while. But that's just us talking about ourselves. He's making it our name. In the freaking records. And that just...I can't even.)

(This is worse than during the Olympics when he asked us to go "against National character" and cheer for our own team. SERIOUSLY? SUCH A JERK, SOMETIMES!)

The world is on fire, and I'm complaining about the name. But at the same time, I don't think it's an excuse to pull a fast one (and that's one thing that Harper is very, very good at, for all he promised transparency). I wish Joe Clark, who I actually kind of respect despite his party, would say something scathing. I'm sure Rick Mercer has (and if anyone would like to provide the link, I'd be grateful).

Mostly, though, I'm just...floored. That someone suggested this. That someone thought it was a good idea. That no one said "Um...just a moment, here." That this happened at all.

And I want my government back.

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Links:
Glen Pearson
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Canada is rebranding its government. Which, frankly, I'd never even thought about, because it's so unbelievably stupid, and since the news broke I haven't given it much thought at all because I kind of thought it was a joke? Or that Harper couldn't possibly be quibbling about this when the Middle East is on the edge of goodness knows what and there is some new natural disaster every day.

But he is, and I am...bamboozled. And also really, really angry.

Americans do this, I think. This is my impression, anyway. You have "The Bush Administration" in a way that we don't. But the word "administration" implies...paperwork. Service, even. Getting there early in the morning and starting the coffee. And we do have things like "Martin Economics". And most of us learned the word "prorogue" thanks to Harper anyway.

But what Harper is proposing, what he's put into action, is different. On our freaking letterhead, it no longer says "Government of Canada". It says "Harper Government". And that is ten THOUSAND kinds of wrong. And I'm not saying that because I didn't vote for his party. I'm not saying that because I've actively campaigned for other candidates. I'm saying it because I AM CANADIAN, for God's sake, and while I am forced to admit that man represents me internationally in politics, there is NO WAY IN HELL he gets to name it after himself.

(Unofficially, it's been "The Harper Government" for a while. But that's just us talking about ourselves. He's making it our name. In the freaking records. And that just...I can't even.)

(This is worse than during the Olympics when he asked us to go "against National character" and cheer for our own team. SERIOUSLY? SUCH A JERK, SOMETIMES!)

The world is on fire, and I'm complaining about the name. But at the same time, I don't think it's an excuse to pull a fast one (and that's one thing that Harper is very, very good at, for all he promised transparency). I wish Joe Clark, who I actually kind of respect despite his party, would say something scathing. I'm sure Rick Mercer has (and if anyone would like to provide the link, I'd be grateful).

Mostly, though, I'm just...floored. That someone suggested this. That someone thought it was a good idea. That no one said "Um...just a moment, here." That this happened at all.

And I want my government back.

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Links:
Glen Pearson

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Mar. 2nd, 2011 10:55 am
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As [livejournal.com profile] archae_ology said: Baby's First OTP.



OH, ANNE AND GILBERT! I love you so much (except for that stupid movie about WWII).

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Mar. 2nd, 2011 10:55 am
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As [livejournal.com profile] archae_ology said: Baby's First OTP.



OH, ANNE AND GILBERT! I love you so much (except for that stupid movie about WWII).
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TTC Love FTW! ;) Not to mention bonus wordgasms, because these guys do lyrics like no one else.



I love these guys. Quirky or kind of normal, they're just so much FUN. And then weirdly touching.
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TTC Love FTW! ;) Not to mention bonus wordgasms, because these guys do lyrics like no one else.



I love these guys. Quirky or kind of normal, they're just so much FUN. And then weirdly touching.
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Hello everyone. This won't affect a lot of you, but it will affect some (and heck, it affects [livejournal.com profile] peanutbutterer because she loves Being Erica, so you never know).

One of the hilarious side effects of having a Prime Minister who promised transparent governancy and then proceeded to create the most closeted government in Canadian History, is that every time he comes out with something, the media (and/or Jack Layton) dubs it his "Secret Plan". Since I watched The West Wing, I usually can't help but add "To Fight Inflation?", but all joking aside, this secret plan really bites.

In Canada, we have this network called The CBC. Its logo looks like an exploding pizza, and it has been rather desperately trying to modernize itself for most of my life. It is best known for Hockey Night In Canada (football in the summer and once, to no end of amusement during the NHL Lockout, MOVIE Night In Canada). It airs almost entirely Canadian programming, and is home to Canada's Best Newscaster (er, not the one in this icon, though he is pretty awesome too).

It's more than TV, of course. It's French TV. And there are at least six radio stations (three in each language). If you are in a place in Canada where you are out of reach of the CBC, they probably have to ship you daylight by cargo train as well.

And Stephen Harper wants to end it. Not cut it back. Not trim it down. End it. And spend the money "better" on "blockbuster films". (Those being the actual words of our Culture and Heritage minister, which leads me to believe that he does not understand Canadian cinema.)

There's a petition that you can sign. And I assume that Rick Mercer hasn't gotten involved yet, because the numbers are still low (aside: one time a Canadian politician called Stockwell Day proposed that if a certain number of Canadians signed a petition, the government would be forced to discuss it. Mercer promptly got about half the country to sign a petition declaring that Stockwell should change his name to Doris).

I don't usually go in for these things. But even if the CBC only showed hockey (and football...and movies during lockouts), I'd still sign it. It's us, after all. And in my lifetime, it's only gotten better.

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