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Context for non-Canadians: Heather Mallick is among the several local journalists who cannot appear to write a coherent article from start to finish and remains employed despite a surplus of young journalists who would do a better job for much less money. She wrote a column today about stabbing a raccoon with a fork and how the raccoon possibly wanted to have sex with her??? I don't know. It's very incoherent and so many bad things happen in the world that it's really delightful that the entire city can come together to laugh at this.

If you're worried, the raccoon is fine.
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You know those scenes in movies or tv shows where an individual is the team badass and they have to go into a meeting where they are not allowed weapons, and they just starting taking knives out of everywhere? Boots, sleeves, pockets, bags, vests, hidden in their hair, and the scene just keeps on going while the stack in front of them gets bigger and they just continue to take pointy objects out of increasingly improbable places?

Going through Darrell's stuff has been a lot like that.

Anne with an E

Apr. 22nd, 2019 12:49 am
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Last weekend I asked for recs of wholesome shows to watch because while I was enjoying Z Nation, I needed something less gory to get me through the vet stuff.

[personal profile] nixwilliams suggested Anne with an E and I am so glad becaused it is just the most beautiful wonderful fantastical romantical show and I’m very pleased there is going to be a third season because I only have two episodes left.

Anne is lovely, Marilla and Mathew are perfect, and I want to be Aunt Jospehine Barry when I grow up old.

Anne Shirley Cuthbert is the the neurodivergent chaotic good bisexual that I didn’t know my heart needed and I will love and protect her for ever.

Muppet debate, part 4

Apr. 19th, 2019 09:04 pm
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Peterson's reply.

ZIZEK IS HAAAAAARD I don't know how to respond.

more )

Zizek:

Zizek you have never tried to be as short as possible.

more )

rebuttals )

questions )

Conclusion: That was really bad. Like funny ha-ha bad, but also just bad-bad. Despite the pretence of talking about Weighty, Important Subjects, there was really none of that, because you need the other party to at least have the same reference points, and Peterson is just not that well educated. Also because Zizek's a dick and has gone red-brown, making him a shit spokesman for contemporary Marxism. It was like a 4chan cartoon come to life.

I guess the best thing that came out of it was that some of Peterson's fanboys, having seen their idol soundly humiliated, might now flock to Zizek, whose ideology, though demented, is substantially less harmful.

Save yourself some suffering and watch the toilet speech again:

Muppet debate, part 3

Apr. 19th, 2019 08:30 pm
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IT'S SLAVOJ TIME

Zizek starts by talking about China's economic success.

Zizek you are using big words Peterson will not understand this.

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Muppet debate, part 2

Apr. 19th, 2019 07:50 pm
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APPLAUSE! The Muppets have arrived! Announcer announces that there is to be no recording or heckling.

Stephen Blackwood is the moderator, says some self-congratulatory shit, and then welcomes the Muppets.

Lobster in a suit, Oscar looking slovenly as always in a polo shirt and pants that don't reach his shoes.

Oh shut up Stephen, this is not "real thinking about hard questions" this is mud wrestling.

IDEOLOGY! *takes a shot*

Stephen just claimed that neither are primarily political thinkers. Broken clocks, etc.

"Surprising agreement on deep questions" yes they both have cryptofascist leanings.

"Let's hear it for psychoanalysis!" Audience cheers.

I am pretty sure no one has ever called Zizek "dazzling" in his life until now. Zizek facepalms, then yawns, then claps for himself.

Audience is overwhelmingly Peterson fanboys, judging by the cheers.

OH GOD PETERSON IS GOING TO TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY. He's doing a Thinker pose.

There is far too much San Pellegrino and not enough coke on this table.

EACH OF THEM GETS TO MAKE A 30 MIN OPENING STATEMENT oh god. Then each has 10 min to reply. Then there's 45 minutes of fanboys asking questions. It's going to be a loooong night.

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Muppet debate, take 2, part 1

Apr. 19th, 2019 07:32 pm
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Found a totally legal stream. No sound so far. No one on stage either, but it looks legit. Apparently there is no sound on the paid one yet either.

The audience looks about half empty. I guess not that many people wanted to pay $500 for a ticket? There's, unfortunately, a live chat as well, and it is full of fascists, tankies, and people just typing "sniff" over and over again.

Now faded to a galaxy thing with an ominous silhouette.

SOUND!!!!!

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Kermit vs. Oscar

Apr. 19th, 2019 05:50 pm
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Turns out the livestream of the Kermit vs. Oscar debate is $15, because there is nothing that Peterson will not shamelessly monetize. Obviously I am unwilling to pay this (I wouldn't be if the filthy lucre wasn't going to Peterson, but it is). Unless something changes in the next hour and a half, I hope you're all cool with me holding off on the lulzy commentary until tomorrow when the torrents go up and watching the season finale of Disco instead.

well that sucked goat balls

Apr. 18th, 2019 08:33 pm
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Poll #21847 Multilayer failcake
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 21


Should I hate-watch Season 5 of the Magicians when it comes out?

View Answers

Yes, you like it when shows make you angry and torrenting it doesn't give them any money
4 (19.0%)

No, everyone has suffered enough
9 (42.9%)

I have no idea what you're talking about but I like ticking boxes
8 (38.1%)

<input ... > 

Spoiler party in the comments if anyone else feels the need to vent!

also, fuck the ucp

Apr. 17th, 2019 07:39 pm
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Alberta, WTF were you thinking? Did you look over at Ontario and see how screwed we were and go, "I gotta get me some of that?"

Also, someone needs to out Kenney. I don't know if it'll hurt his brand with the bigots and troglodytes but if anyone ever deserved to be outed, it's him. You come after the gay kids, you come after all of us, asshole.

We're home

Apr. 17th, 2019 05:14 pm
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George is home and just demolished a plate of tuna with meds mixed in, then ate a bunch of kibble before crawling under my bed. She's indignant and confused, but clearly happier at home.

Photo on Instagram (no injury visible, just her head in a cone). 

Thank you for all your kind words and support. 

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The last couple of days I've been trying to fit some chin-ups into my exercise routine, to start building strength again, and probably not unrelatedly I've had a bit more upper back/neck/shoulder pain than I sometimes do. I'm currently hoping that reason I'm awake after only about three hours sleep is that pain waking me up and not insomnia brought on by the increased dose of my ADHD meds. (I do think this is reasonably likely, since I got off to sleep with very little difficulty).

I shall hold off on doing any more chin-ups for a while and see if the sleep gets better once the aches fade, and in the meantime I shall start doing some pilates again, which I've been neglecting, and then try again once I've built up a bit more core strength.

I did feel quite a lot more focused and productive yesterday, so whilst that may just be normal fluctuations or placebo effect, if it is the result of the drugs I would really like it if the effective dose wasn't also a dose that gives me ongoing insomnia...

Budgetastrophe

Apr. 16th, 2019 05:28 pm
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 Every day is a new horrific revelation in Ontario: <STRIKE>Yours To Discover</STRIKE> A Place To Grow. It ranges from the truly despicable—cutting all legal aid to refugees, cutting Indigenous Affairs in half, cutting health inspectors, paramedics, safe injection sites, and health care in general, and of course education—to downright stupid, such as changing the license plates to be Tory blue and less visible, changing the driver's licenses to be fugly, and changing the logo back to the old logo, so how did that cost $89,000?

Needless to say, none of it is saving the all-important Ontario taxpayer (of which I am one) a single cent. They're running up a deficit worse than the Liberals.

Now Drug Fraud is showing his vapid ignorance of collective bargaining rights. 

Guess what? I don't want to strike either. I would actually like to go back to work in the fall, teach my kids, and earn a living. If he doesn't want a strike, I have some helpful advice for him:

Don't fire a quarter of the teachers in this province and make the working conditions hellish for the rest of us.

That's it. It's not rocket science. It'd also be great if he cracked a history book now and then and remembered that labour rights were the negotiated alternative to guillotines, but that may be too much to ask.

babylon the mighty city

Apr. 16th, 2019 06:15 pm
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I had a delightful week off, then went back to work to discover that I have entirely forgotten how to get up and leave the house in the mornings. However, I have been reasonably productive once I arrived (could have done without the four hundred and thirty spam emails, mail delivery failures, etc, I came back to in the system, nevertheless).

Also, this morning I caught an entirely different train to normal, and got off at work to be accosted by one of my fellow passengers, who turned out on second glance to be a friend who vanished off the face of the earth about three years ago! She was going through some rough stuff at the time, although we didn't know it, and apparently had a bit of a breakdown, but is doing better now and is hopefully coming to the next meet-up of the relevant group of friends, which happens to be next week. I'm glad she seems like she does still want to be friends, because we've missed her. It's difficult when people vanish; you want to respect boundaries, but also not to lose friends because you didn't hold on hard enough.

Someone linked to this very cute story about yet another USA / Canadian pair of ice hockey women's Olympians getting married. This is the third! That we know of! Although I'm sorry, Meghan Duggan is never going to be as cute as Julie Chu and Caroline Ouellette and their adorable baby.

Vet update

Apr. 16th, 2019 05:51 pm
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Surgery went well, George is being monitored overnight and they will call tomorrow to let me know when she can come home. Once she is recovered from surgery we may have to do more tests, but the focus for the next couple of weeks will be on healing.

The Notre-Dame fire

Apr. 15th, 2019 04:25 pm
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 I'm really trying not to cry. It seems so strange, crying over a building that I have never even seen in person, but it's something so important and beautiful and irreplaceable and just doesn't seem like something that could just cease to exist.

And it is just one of many important, beautiful, irreplaceable things that has been lost in my lifetime. It seems like a metaphor for how carelessly we walk over the world.

George update

Apr. 15th, 2019 05:09 pm
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cut for description of animal illness/injury and treatment )

TL;DR George has surgery tomorrow, after that we will have a better idea about whether she will need ongoing treatments.

Look at me having a life!

Apr. 14th, 2019 10:49 am
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Despite the fact that I'm pretty much exhausted all the time, I managed to do stuff:

Thursday, I went with some friends to see Us. Which I loved. A lot more opaque than Get Out, Peele's first film, but that just means that I get to methodically go through all of the thinkpieces in an attempt to figure out the symbolism. Lupita Nyong'o' is so incredible. Go see it if you haven't and then come back here and talk to me about it. I probably need to watch it again b/c I'm not much of a horror movie person, so there were parts where I was just busy being scared and probably missed things.

Friday I got invited to a thing but ended up crashing out and watching telly. I have Opinions about the latest episodes of Disco and The Magicians.

Saturday, I went to see Orville Peck. On the subway on the way to meet my friend, there was a group of teenage girls sitting beside me. One of them asked if they were getting off at Christie Station, "as in the Christie Pits Riot" and another one said "I know all about that!" and they fistbumped. The kids are all right.

Orville Peck is amazing, though the sound at the show did him no favours, at least from where we were standing. (Ran into another friend after and she said that the vocals were more distinct from the opposite side.) Less of a problem for me because I've been listening to the album non-stop since it came out and thus know how the songs are supposed to sound, but my friend hadn't so that bothered her more. Great performance, though. If you haven't heard him, picture Chris Isaak and Roy Orbison giving each other handjobs in a truck stop, only in musical form, and sung by a sexy lamp.

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Oh, you think I'm kidding about the lamp thing? I am not.

This is what I'm talking about:



This is my favourite song off the album, which sadly doesn't have a weird music video to go with it:



Truly we live in a blessed time for WTF music.

hoping this works

Apr. 14th, 2019 01:07 pm
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attempting to embed video of George from Instragram )

Okay, so you still have to click through to see the video because reasons, and here is the link.

Circuses, no bread

Apr. 12th, 2019 04:49 pm
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 I don't even want to talk about the budget. Cuts to everything that matters, including education, health care, indigenous affairs, legal aid (with a bonus fuck you to refugees), and social assistance. A bone thrown to low-income seniors. Useless daycare vouchers. The promise of a transit system that will never get built.

Meanwhile, so much about booze. Now, I like booze as much as the next anxious depressive, but I feel like the existing regulations around beer in this province are pretty good? I like the LCBO and it brings in a lot of government revenue, so I can pay money for alcohol and it eventually winds up on my paycheque. But now there's all this shit about starting drinking at 9, drinking in parks, tailgate parties, beer and liquor in corner stores, like we're a low-budget version of Montreal without the vestiges of rent control. Combined with the mass unemployment (I don't exaggerate when I say that half the people I know who are employed are currently under threat of unemployment) I guess the assumption is we'll just drink ourselves to death.

But the best is that Ford plans to build a circus at Ontario Place. Or partner with a circus. Again, this isn't a terrible idea—I like the kind of circuses that don't have animals, and I think this is the kind that doesn't have animals—but if we are so cash strapped that the victims of criminal acts get their funding cut off, can we really afford that? Or maybe we're not that broke after all.

Meanwhile, Conservative MPP Lindsey Park attempted vehicular manslaughter today. I know that running over protesters is legal in parts of the US, but it is still very much illegal to attempt to run over someone with your car here. And I suspect if a person of colour did not get out of the vehicle when ordered to by a cop, they would be rewarded with a barrage of gunfire. Not so Minister Park, who did both of these things and was caught on video.

Just another day in this raging garbage fire of a province.

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