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Bunsen
02 November 2018 @ 01:35 pm
I firmly believe that at any institution that serves meals, all personnel should be required to eat that institution's food, for a full work day, at least once a month.

Under the same conditions that all the "regular" people get it. If you're working in the kitchen, you don't get your institutional meal fresh from the kitchen. You get it after it's been sitting in the delivery units in the hallways (or whatever), immediately after the meals have been served to all of the "regular" people. So you get the full experience.

Context: My father just left the hospital, earlier than the doctors and therapists thought was advisable. Part of that was the terrible, terrible food, that even the doctor thought was terrible and was entirely forthright about not wanting to offer excuses for.
 
 
Bunsen
07 July 2018 @ 09:45 pm
Hugging the flag
 
 
Bunsen
07 June 2018 @ 12:09 am
This trade war national-security thing has a simple solution.  We just craft a formal treaty, solemnly promising that Canada will not burn down the White House a second time.
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Bunsen
01 June 2018 @ 12:03 pm
A guy just pulled up in my driveway and rang the doorbell, to thank me for putting up my signs.  "I totally agree with you.  Ford is."

I asked him if he'd like the links so he could make up his own copies.  He hesitated, then said, "No, I've already got signs up for Roberts."

That would be Jeremy Roberts.  Our Conservative candidate.

I really don't get it.  But if it makes the guy think about the issue, I may have done some good.

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Bunsen
29 May 2018 @ 09:51 pm
I heard back from Elections Ontario regarding making my own lawn signs.
You can create and display your own lawn sign, however please note that all political advertising must name the entity/person authorizing the advertising. No specific language is required for the authorization but it must be apparent what person or entity has caused the advertisement to appear and any other person or entity that has sponsored or paid for it. An example of appropriate authorization wording is “Authorized by the XYZ entity”.

Every person or entity spending $500 or more on political advertising in either the six months before a fixed date general election (the non-election period) or during an election period and who is not a registered candidate, political party, or constituency association, must register with Elections Ontario. Registration is not required where the third party is spending less than $500 on political advertising in either the non-election period or the election period.

During the blackout period [includes the day before polling day and polling day for all elections], lawn signs displayed are not considered to be paid commercial third party political advertising and can appear at any time.

So.

This is a link to a Google Docs document with the "Anyone But Ford" sign, letter-sized.  This is for 22"x17" ("C" paper) signs, and this is for 24"x18" ("Arch C") size.  The lawn signage that consists of a plastic sheath over a sturdy wire frame is usually 24"x18".  It's illegal to disturb (legal) election signage, but these signs are often used for illegal commercial advertising (AKA "street spam"), and repurposing some of those would be helping to keep your neighborhood tidy.  I'm hoping to get my signs up tomorrow once I've got them printed.

There will also be the matter of setting up a camera to watch them.  Might as well catch a few Ford Nation types vandalising them, while I'm at it.

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Bunsen
26 May 2018 @ 08:18 pm
I'm looking into the legalities of making my own lawn signs...


ABF


There are a lot of blue (i.e., Conservative) lawn signs in my neighborhood.

A friend of mine chatted with our Conservative candidate at her door for a few minutes. The best thing that candidate was able to say about Rob Ford, his own party leader, was "He's not his brother." Well, yay for that.
 
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Bunsen
01 May 2018 @ 02:25 pm
In 1993, my friend Alana started the "involuntary celibacy" / "incel" project as a website and mailing list. At the time, it was a mutual-support thing for people who were, for whatever reason, unable to find partners. (I was part of the group briefly, but found that it was much more about celibacy than about romantic partners, i.e. not really what I was looking for.) Though there was a lot of social cluelessness, there wasn't the bitterness, anger, and misogyny that are hallmarks of "incel" today.

After a couple of years, Alana handed control of the site and mailing list over to someone else, and moved on with her life.

A few years ago, when "incel" got into the news as a violently misogynist movement, she was shocked by the transformation of something good into something terrible. Every time another incident has come up, she's been smacked by it. And with the van attack on April 23rd in Toronto, where she lives, it's come home. She has been a "media darling" and is tired of it. Her Twitter feed is full of both hatred from men and hatred of all "incels". Some "incels" are merely socially awkward; even some of the misogynists could be educated.

So a couple of days ago, she set up a new site, "Love, Not Anger", to try to educate people. She's trying to get back to her original premise.
 
 
Bunsen
29 April 2018 @ 01:58 am
King Baldric of Ealdormere: "How are you Evan Little?"

Me: "So my parents called me, Sir."

I don't really know where that came from. It just sort of rolled out of my mouth. My brain is weird.

I was given the Award of Orion — Ealdormere's mid-level award for the arts — this afternoon, for my contributions to the choir. It's quite a lovely scroll.

It does seem odd to me that that's the name for the arts award. It would be more appropriate for martial activities, I think.
 
 
Bunsen
04 December 2017 @ 12:49 pm
The other day, I ran across a lyric phrase that struck me as being infelicitous. I decided to look it up on line, and stumbled across a published work that I think gives the celebrated "Eye of Argon" a run for its money. Possibly leaving it in the dust (by which I mean the dust which racks the climes of the baren land which dominates large portions of the Norgolian empire, of course). The author of "Eye of Argon", Jim Theiss, had to look things up in a paper thesaurus and heck-and-punt on a manual typewriter. Dennis M. Barrer Jr., author of Templars and Pagans, had modern text-editing software, and could copy-and-haste from electronic reference sources.  Which presumably helped him to output some hundreds of pages, as compared to Theiss's mere 22-ish pages.  It's a remarkable piece of work, available for sale on Amazon and elsewhere.  Not to be missed by fans of the original EoA.