Sep. 23rd, 2016 09:38 am
kiki_eng: Bones and Jim on the shuttle, text: "you had me at 'I may throw up on you'" (Star Trek 2009) (you had me at "I may throw up on you")
The Agenda did a piece this week on a documentary, All Governments Lie, and the issues surrounding that film - it's about journalism and one journalist in particular: I.F. Stone. The piece is: Failure of the Fourth Estate. One of the things that the panelists seem to agree on is that independent journalists are, because of the compromised state of mainstream American media at present, in a sort of golden age; that there is a lot of independent journalism happening right now because there is a place for it, because of the way corporate media outlets are failing to report and investigate.

John Oliver did a piece on the decline of the newspaper industry a month ago - Journalism - where he talked about the importance of investigative reporting and the economic pressures that are leading and have led to its decline. (There's a skit about covering a cat raccoon news story in it. Hilariously, the day after I watched this The Toronto Star had a teaser for an article about an albino raccoon front page, above the fold.)
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The Canadian Government is hosting public consultations on copyright "modernization" this summer. It runs from the 20th of July to the 13th of September.

They've a shiny new website set up for this that is full of information and submission instructions, etc.

The Following Round Tables are being/have been held:
July 20: Vancouver
July 21: Calgary
July 29: Gatineau
July 30: Montreal
August 5: Winnipeg
August 27: Toronto
(Toronto's already been booked up - you need to register - but Montreal hasn't, for those of you interested in that sort of thing.)

It's an important discussion in general, and something I believe to be relevant to the interests of the fannish community.

[The (current) Copyright Act may be found: here. There is also a blog, following and summarising.]

TED talks

Jun. 2nd, 2009 01:03 am
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TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. TED Talks are lectures given at a conference. There are about 400 of them online now and they're working on translating them. Some of them are rather fascinating.

Dan Ariely asks, are we in control of our decisions?
Ariely is a highly amusing behavioural economist. He's an excellent presenter and talks about his research in a fun, engaging fashion.

Ray Anderson on the business logic of sustainability
Anderson is very much a business man and he's fun to watch talk because he very clearly belongs to a certain era. He reminds me of my grandfather in a number of ways, not least of these being his accent and appreciation of what might be called sub par poetry. He makes carpets, sustainably, and has the distinction of being one of the forerunners of sustainable business.

Malcolm Gladwell on food, and happiness
Malcolm Gladwell is the guy who wrote Blink, and in this lecture he tells a story, about the scientific community, the food industry, and one man's contribution to it. It is fascinating and wonderful.
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"Dreamwidth Studios is an Open Source social networking, content management, and personal publishing platform." (about that) It is new and shiny.

They are a more fan-friendly establishment. One of their features is that they differentiate between granting someone access to friends-locked entries, and subscribing to their journal.

Dreamwidth has excellent guiding principles. They are committed to open access, interoperability, open source, community review, and respecting privacy. They operate under the principles of transparency, freedom, and respect. Furthermore, they vow never to accept or display third party advertising.

I am very excited about dreamwidth. I plan on moving there.


Livejournal, along with a great many other sites, supports OpenID. It's a function that allows people who do not hold accounts to comment in a non-anonymous way. It means that you do not have to have a username.

As I do not have a dreamwidth username I find this very useful. To access dreamwidth with OpenID I needed only to enter what was to become my OpenID URL ( and then follow prompting. This was so easy that I do not entirely remember how this works.

As an OpenID user on dreamwidth, I have a profile and reading list. This pleases me. I also have all sorts of account options regarding notifications and the like. It is a very happy, user-friendly place. I look forward to watching its growth.
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*stares at title*


There has been much awesomeness this month. [1] [2]

There has also been the suggestion made that we really need to stop calling it "gay" or "same-sex" marriage, because there's the implication in that that it's somehow different than "straight" or "mixed-sex" marriage, that there's some sort of special privilege being conferred here. It's about equality, and we need to be using language that reflects that.


...but, no one gets "gay-married" in Canada! No one get's "gay-married" anywhere, so far as I know; they just get married.

...which is kind of the whole point, isn't it? We need to reframe the headlines. It should be not "same-sex marriage legalised", but "sex-discriminatory law amended" or some such, and we'll keep using those words until we have better ones, or they don't sound so strange anymore.

And if "sex-discriminatory" sounds ugly and unpleasant: good. Maybe it will encourage people to change their laws.
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I do not, actually, have any explosives on hand.

Have you ever crushed a pop can, a soda can, with your bare hands? Crunched all of that aluminum down and then stretched it out again, crushed it back down and then made it up again, then done it again, over and over, until it doesn't just have punctures from over-used folding points, but the whole thing has torn apart, and you don't have one piece to crush anymore?

Eddie Izzard's Death Star Canteen, in lego
Star Wars
I will slowly hack you to death, or maybe kill you with my mind.
Eddie Izzard is an awesome comedian, and a lot of fun. He has style. The "Death Star Canteen" is what one of his bits get's referred to, this is it's audio acted out with lego. It is strangely satisfying.

Improving Our Road Signs
Star Wars
Oh, there will be violence in the streets.
This is a collection of amusing altered photos. It takes a misreading, and then follows the concept through. Imagine the chaos. (No, really, imagine it.)

One Girl Revolution by [ profile] arefadedaway
I am going to fuck your shit up.
This vid is one of those featured at Political Remix Video. It has a strong message which largely goes as follows: women are powerful.
(Song: One Girl Revolution by Superchick)

situation normal all fucked up by [ profile] sardonicsmiley
Stargate Atlantis
You really shouldn't have fucked with me and mine.
Rating: PG-13
There are a couple things that gate-verse shoves at you as part of it's American military thing. The best and brightest look after their own and leave no man behind. There's a darker edge to that in here. Aliens take Atlantis' golden child. They really, really shouldn't have done that, and they shouldn't have made threats.

Unnatural Selection by [ profile] charmax
Battlestar Galactica/Terminator films/Sarah Connor Chronicles
Can we get some bloodshed, please? Can we have the end of humanity? Thanks.
Fire, ruins and lots of shit blowing up to a grungy, driving tune. The human-robo conflict, and yes, it's epic and destructive.
(Song: Mashup by DJ Lobsterdust)
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So, I've been explaining who Stephen Fry is to people a lot lately.

I'll do this again, shall I? Stephen Fry is, according to his wikipedia page, "an English actor, comedian, author and television presenter." He is especially known for his role in Jeeves and Wooster. (Of course, my perspective is helplessly skewed because of PBS. Stephen Fry has an imdb page.)

He is also a geek. He has a very shiny website and twitters. [I believe that the latter came to my attention quite recently, when Stephen Fry was stuck in an elevator. He twittered about it and sent amusing pictures into the interwebs. This was news. This was news in New Zealand. (The world is a bizarre and intriguing place.)] He and Douglas Adams were friends and fellow tech-lovers - he wrote the introduction to The Salmon of Doubt. He was also, the voice of The Guide in the film, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

It's a nice voice. I was watching a bit of The Machine that Made Us over lunch a couple of weeks ago and it was very calming. The Gutenberg press is awesome and Fry is amusing.

One of our fridge phrases has been a quote from his appearance as a guest captain on Never Mind The Buzzcocks. There's a fair bit of geekitude on show there - various bits of random knowledge. Fry hosts a panel show himself, these days, QI.

I was explaining who he was to a friend a few days ago (in rather less detail) and the words "mancrush" and "girlcrush" came up. These are both words describing a nonsexual attraction to or admiration of a person of the same gender, which begs an interesting question: why is there not a word for this when it's the admiration of a person of the opposite gender?
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He would have thought it neat, and historic, if nothing else.

"We are ready to lead once more."
It's an exciting statement, given the shit job they've been doing recently (though perhaps "recently" is a very kind word). If he does what he says he will I'm going to have considerably less cause for rage in the future. It's a nice prospect.
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Hah, I feel better. Absolute Radio is running nothing but American artists for an hour on Tuesday and has a complete run down of Inauguration Day and the events leading up to it. They're also hosting a few clips, including his victory speech and a couple of celebrity interviews. (..and, as usual, if you want to know something about American politics PBS is awesome, acutally, PBS is just awesome in general.)

..and I am still so amused by this: "And to all those watching tonight from behind our shores, from parliaments and palaces to those who are huddled around radios in the forgotten corners of the world..."
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It's a documentry film by Jill Sharpe. I've not seen it, but there's a really interesting review by Maurie Alioff, which also tackles Popcorn and Maple Syrup - it's a fun look at Canadian Cinema in general.

Weird Sex and Snowshoes features clips from a lot of different films, as Alioff points out: they're selective, but there are some fun little gems on that list, including New Waterford Girl, which I am sort of not-so-secretly in love with. (...and which the library has - yay!)

Lost and Delirious is also on that list, I think it falls into "strange little things I have seen late night on CBC". I saw it a number of years ago, so I don't really remember it that well. [ profile] charmax has a vid Cry Me A River which covers much of it, and also makes me sad.

The Girls of St. Mary's by [ profile] toft_froggy
Rating: NC-17
It's the 1950s girls' boarding school AU. There's a happy ending. There is also amazing cover art by [ profile] tardis80

[ profile] charmax has a wonderful multi-fandom femslash vid, I'm Your Man, that's a lot of fun, in part because of the song and also that here "multi-fandom" translates into about fifty different fandoms. Femslash is something that I feel to be a minority in fandom, so it's nice to find little awesome pieces of it.

Awesome little pieces of things are awesome. Trufax. I've been voting on the "Look how awesome I am!" mixed tape that Canada's making for Obama (we are totally getting a prom date out of this - or something...) and have found myself throwing my clearly substantial support behind what might seem a most unlikely candidate, or "Aha! I bet you didn't see that coming!" I'm possessed of an odd sort of curiousity wrt this list, and also a fair amount of wry amusement.


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