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2012: A year in pictures [Dec. 31st, 2012|09:51 am]
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As promised elsewhere, a year in pictures.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/lcastellucci/sets/72157632390707121/with/8329204857/

Basically one picture per day on which I took them. (I gave myself some leeway for events crossing midnight.) I did not always pick what I might consider the "best" picture of the day, just the most evocative of things happening.

I think you can't comment on flickr if you aren't a member, so feel free to comment here.

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A Goth up a Tree [Oct. 24th, 2012|07:17 pm]
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A 4.9? I'm impressed, I didn't think we were going to break 4.

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Vendredi Visuel - Night and Fog in Montreal [Oct. 5th, 2012|09:46 am]
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Leaving the metro today, I found Montreal had been suddenly wreathed in fog.

The streetlights turned into gaslights from the Victorian era, and the park into a lonely stretch of moor.

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Love in the Time of Angels [Doctor Who s07e04 - The Angels Take Manhattan] [Sep. 29th, 2012|06:33 pm]
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Is there some kind of rule that episodes taking place in New York must follow the title scheme "X takes Manhattan"?

It's the mid-season finale, so yes, there are spoilers.Collapse )

This season, much like last, hasn't really grabbed me, and I suppose we will have to see if the 2013 half picks up.

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Numbers. [Doctor Who s07e04 - The Power of Three] [Sep. 29th, 2012|04:12 pm]
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At least it wasn't a Charmed crossover.

A spoiler or threeCollapse )

A fond nod to the normal life of the Ponds, but I am sufficiently bored of them that I fear they have a lot of work to do to make me care.

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Vendredi Visuel - L'Amour Sorcier [Sep. 21st, 2012|10:55 am]
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From the concert Wednesday night.

(Yes, the blog is terrible. I eventually paid the guy to just go away. I will hopefully one day have time to experiment with learning enough Wordpress to do something nice to it myself.)

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Spaceships, The Doctor, and T-Rex, oh my. [Doctor Who s07e02 - Dinosaurs on a Spaceship] [Sep. 8th, 2012|08:25 pm]
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And just like that I am reminded why I like this show.

If you do it right, it can be cracking great fun.

I'll try to keep spoiler free, but no promises.Collapse )

If Asylum of the Daleks was just the outlier of trying to hard to be "big" and Dinosaurs on a Spaceship is going to be representative of the new "no story arcs" approach, this may be a fine season after all.

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The Inmates are running the Asylum -- [Doctor Who s7e01 - The Asylum of the Daleks] [Sep. 8th, 2012|05:03 pm]
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The seventh series of Doctor Who arrives with the return of the Ponds, a Parliament of Daleks, and a quick demonstration that Moffatt has no intention to change the style or tone he has brought to the show for his two years in charge.

Luckily, that kept my expectations low.

More than a few spoilers within.Collapse )

All in all a weak start that doesn't bode well for the rest of the series and implies the slap-dash storytelling Moffat's run has become known for will continue. The "Everyone thinks the Doctor is Dead" bit looks like it will be remembered when convenient, if at all, although I can see some arguing that the closing scene with the Daleks is actually a hint that the whole "First Question" thing will be a story arc this season despite our fervent hopes.

Still, the next episode has dinosaurs on a spaceship, so that might be fun.

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Election Thoughts [Aug. 29th, 2012|11:20 pm]
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So I went to the Débat des candidats dans Verdun today, arriving a bit late due to work.

misskitty79 saved me a space by the pillar, since it was pretty jam packed (I'd put it at 120 people or so). As some of you know, I've been less than enthused about my options in this election. Due to some prearranged agreement due to time constraints, only 5 representatives were given full time: PLQ, PQ, CAQ, QS, and ON. The Greens and the CUQ had to stay in the back, to be given 5 minutes of time at the end.

My impressions?
Liberal Henri-François Gautrin
--> Did not show up. This probably saved him some serious shit-talking from the crowd.

Parti Québécois Thierry St-Cyr
--> Blew my mind. Progressive, passionate, on top of the issues and knows how to work a crowd, stay on time, answer debate questions, and always work in his core message of "this is why we need a sovereign Quebec". If it wasn't for my deep distrust of Pauline Marois and the PQ, he might have won my vote right here.

Coalition Avenir Québec André Besner
--> Very solid. He's live here for most of his life, decided once he retired he would go into public service. I disagree with most of his fundamental principles, but he struck me as professional, engaged, and was impressively able to take some hits from a crowd that did not like him.

Québec solidaire Chantale Michaud
--> I like a lot about her platform, but she doesn't know how to handle this kind of format. Constantly going over time because she was reading her answers, rather than speaking them, she then got so flustered by being called out on it that when the red sign for no more time went up, she'd just stop mid sentence instead of finishing her thought. This marred what was otherwise some good policy ideas and what appeared to be a very solid knowledge of the local situation.

Green Jeffrey Mackie
--> Only got to speak at the end. Made the effort to do it in French, although it was clearly difficult for him. Just a vague stump speech introduction with no real policy meat.

Option nationale Marc-Antoine Daneau
--> He probably wished he hadn't had a seat for the debate, and had given it to Green. He apparently started with fair support from the crowd, but pissed it away by basically saying independence was the answer to everything. No context, no nuance. Probably just a computer geek who agreed to run. He did get better as the debate went on, which I complimented him on afterwards. That was NOT easy (it got to the point people just started laughing when he started to answer a question) but he stuck with it and clearly learned some just watching the professionals. No way I'd ever vote for a group whose entire platform basically consists of "Why aren't we already splitting off from Canada? We can figure out details later."

Coalition pour la constituante Elisabeth Doyon
--> Did not see this human.

Quebec Citizens' Union Philippe Refghi
--> He gave another quickie 5 minutes speech at the end. OK, but a bit unfocused, with most of it dedicated to the idea of "the old parties are bad, and voting for someone new isn't wasting your vote".

In the end, I am really glad I went. QS seems to have massive support, which surprised me. There is certainly a "dear god, get the liberals out" mood, but vote splitting PQ/QS could be a big deal.

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Birthday Comments [May. 1st, 2012|03:28 pm]
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One person actually managed a 3:33 am text. She gets a cookie.

I have so far received "adventurous", "sexy", "Paul Giamatti" (which seems to contradict the other two), and "Too cool for school" as messages today.

There was also an extended email thread at work involving disturbing My Little Pony pictures.

All in all, pretty good so far.

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