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Metric was without question my favourite band during high school. The sharp tongued and borderline non-sensical lyrics strung out by Emily Haines and her crew were the angst of my own youth. I am glad that they are still putting out great songs with their wonderful and unique sound. 

From their 2015 album titled Pagans in Vegas I give you Lie Lie Lie by Metric. And from their 2012 album titled Synthetica I have Youth Without Youth. Both are wonderful examples of Metric's undying sound.
 

40 Day Anime Meme - Day 40

Aug. 21st, 2017 08:49 pm
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40 -- thoughts on live-action adaptations?

About like any other adaptation? Could be good, could be bad... What I've seen of the Here is Greenwood live action is spot-on perfect, but then some, like Princess Princess, fall flat with the medium change. I look forward to a potential Saint Seiya live action, even if it's terrible! And I'm still tempted by the Ghost in the Shell movie with ScarJo even though I think she was a terrible choice for the role, because I like GitS. (Heck, I still want to see some of the other awful live action adaptations, like the Dragonball one and the Dead or Alive movie. I should get on this...)

I've actually never seen anything other than clips of various musicals, but those all seem great, too, and I love that they're a thing that exists.

So the answer is... sure, why not? Gonna be about the same hit/flop ratio of any other media~

omg this meme is finally over

Solar Eclipse 2017 Style

Aug. 21st, 2017 05:36 pm
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This is most certainly relevant and spot on. When the last major solar eclipse happened in North America we did not even really have cell phones mainstream let alone the internet and in your pocket with information flow via 140 characters no less!


Oh Ana - Mother Mother

Aug. 21st, 2017 05:24 pm
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If you took the band Mother Mother and threw them down a long hill with all of their equipment and instruments this is surely the song that would get produced. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did...
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I came home from work today with an Amazon delivery at my door. There were two items actually, one is a birthday present for Meganne (which immediately triggered the "oh my gawd, what I am going to do about her birthday in two days" fear, more on that later) and the second was a book that I totally forgot that I had ordered. The Constitution in a Hall of Mirrors: Canada At 150 by David E. Smith. This will be the third book of Smith's that I own, each one (and I am sure that this one will be no exception) has earned a special place on my bookshelf; no one writes about the Canadian parliament like Professor Smith!

I just finished the forward and had to share the last paragraphs in it because I think it is a beautiful way to open a book on the Canadian constitution:

In April 1660, as he was about to depart France, where for nearly a decade he had sought refuge during the Interregnum, Charles II proclaimed his faith in parliamentary government. A wise commitment in light of past events, the king's pronouncement signalled more than self-interest, for it acknowledged the central importance of the Crown and Parliament-- even more, the Crown-in-Parliament-- to the future governing of the United Kingdom and, as was to transpire, the settler colonies, including Canada. "We do assure you ... that none of our predecessors have had a greater esteem of parliaments than we have ... we do believe them to be so vital a part of the constitution of the kingdom and so necessary for the government of it that we ever know neither prince nor people can be in any tolerable degree happy without them."

Echoing that royal testament, I have dedicated this book to senators and members of Parliament, upon whose support and service the people of Canada depend in the era of politics now unfolding.

Tarot Card Readings

Aug. 21st, 2017 12:50 pm
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...because of the new moon and also the eclipse in case you haven't been following. wyld_dandelyon is doing a card reading here. You get the first card free (from a choice of decks) and a reasonable price system for the remainder. Head over and try it out, if not for fun, maybe for that one burning question in your heart or soul...

Solar Eclipse

Aug. 21st, 2017 08:28 am
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Yes a solar eclipse is happening today. No, it really isn't anything that great and scientific. Really one celestial body is moving in front of another celestial body. Shit moves in front of shit all of the time. But try to imagine a world were we did not have all of this advance warning of a period of darkness in the middle of the day: people would still be losing their shit at epic levels (especially with how fucked up things are in the US). Let that simmer a little bit this morning, imagine all of the crap you'd have to confront if science could not explain and predict ahead of time events like this...

40 Day Anime Meme - Day 38 & 39

Aug. 20th, 2017 07:40 pm
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38 -- name a popular anime you hate.

Nah. I don't hate the anime; I hate the fandoms.

39 -- is there an anime you wish was more popular?

Hmm... I feel like my usual flippant answers of Hyperspeed Grandoll and Tekkaman Blade II fit in here pretty nicely. David/Dead End smut I don't have to write myself? Yespls.

One more day and then I'll try to just, y'know, talk about anime on my own and hopefully, idk, better?
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Interstellar was by far one of the best movies of 2014 and the film score by Hans Zimmer was a driving force behind the greatness and depth of the film over all. The piece titled S.T.A.Y. in the original soundtrack is one of my favourite of the entire soundtrack. It is hard not to feel small and yet part of something larger when listening to this song.

O'hana Means Family

Aug. 19th, 2017 08:57 pm
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Birthday Bears
Red Liquorice from brother boy and Paddington from the 'rents. May family knows me.


It was my birthday on Monday - thanks to those who gave birthday wishes. To be very honest, it was a very hard day, speaking in terms of my mental health. I was utterly miserable, and spent most of it crying. The parents and the brother boy, bless them, tried really hard but it was just one of those days. Ironically by the end of the day I was feeling better, but then it was time for me to go to sleep because the being miserable had exhausted me. Typical, really.

The week has been pretty quiet - last week I had to go and get a filling replaced. Today was Film and Comic Con Glasgow and that was fun. Bumped into a couple of my friends who ended up in the queue right behind me, so went round the whole con with them. We all agreed it felt smaller somehow. I know there was another convention on, but usually you get a lot of passers by coming in thanks to the Garrison - a group of professional cosplayers. Largely Star Wars related. Good people, all, I know a lot of them but it's always one of those things that I see them out of cosplay and my mind blanks. Actually, I don't think the Garrison was spread out as far as they usually do so that could help to explain some things... Eh.

I did cosplay - Wednesday Addams. Broadway version. (Well, mostly as an excuse for my short hair. I got it cut for the hot weather and it can't do braids right now, so I say it's the Broadway incarnation. Though that did lead to the general agreement of getting a crossbow for future uses of the cosplay.) First time ever, I ran into other Addams Family cosplayers - they were Gomez and Morticia. Was cool. Also got given a lovely gift from my friends.

Ohana Means Family


The porcelain of it is really pale though - that's the best of the pictures, the rest look really washed out or fuzzy. It is utterly adorable though, and I have no idea what to get them for their birthday in return. I've got time though, which is good.

Erm... not much else I can think of? Probably going to check out the American Death Note when it hits Netflix on the 25th. I'm genuinely curious. I also need to re-get the live action movies. I did have the DVDs but they stopped working so I got rid. Need to replace them.

Hope everyone's doing well!

40 Day Anime Meme - Day 37

Aug. 19th, 2017 06:33 am
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37 -- name a popular anime you love.

Gundam. I'm not exaggerating when I say that Gundam - and mecha anime in general, but specifically Gundam - changed my life. While I've liked and watched Gundam since I started watching anime, I got really into it just under a decade ago and, thanks heavily to [personal profile] taichara, spent a lot of time in various Gundam universes, building Gunpla, etc. I spent so much time with the characters and machines that I started learning more about space, space colonization, mechanics, robotics... to the point where I was reading non-fiction books about real-world robotics, space, etc. When my job (at the time) announced they were going to stop offering healthcare to part-time employees and there continued to be no hope of ever getting a full-time spot, I decided to go back to school and do something better with my life. Picking a program was easy, and I excelled at it. Now I actually work with large machinery and robots on a daily basis. So if I ever fell through a mysterious portal into a Gundam series and had to do some emergency repairs on someone's mobile suit, no problem!

(And I am healthier, happier, have more time, have more money, and have more overall stability in my life. Thanks, Gundam. ♥)

Bullet point updates

Aug. 18th, 2017 06:33 pm
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So it's been a hot minute since I've been here. Hi. Hello. Sorry.

My mental health still isn't brilliant but it is improving. I had my 6-week review for being back on the meds last weekend and definite improvement but not as much as Doctor would have hoped. On the same dosage for another 6 weeks, then another review and we'll take it from there.

Last Saturday was a Raintown gig down in Shoreham by Sea near Brighton. A lovely little venue and a sold out gig - which considering it was their first time playing down on the south coast was bloody amazing! And so many people seeing them for the first time. I had a little reserved sign with my name on the front-row centre seat and I got a little shout-out from Paul at the end of the gig for how much I travel around to see them.

MONDAY I had an interview for a permanent job in Birmingham. The back end of last week, an agency I used to work for called me out of the blue to see what my situation was. We chatted for a while - and apparently, there's a desperate lack of experienced purchase ledger clerks in the West Midlands right now and they wanted to send my details over to this client. I met with the client Monday afternoon (I had the day off anyway) and I got feedback yesterday. They want to see my for a second interview - they're calling back two of the five interviewees and specifically said they want to see me first. AWESOME!

Like I said to both Facilities & Finance bosses; I don't want to leave. I love this job, I love the team, I've worked really hard to build up relationships with my suppliers. But there is currently no opportunity for a permanent position and I would be an idiot to turn down a potential permanent job when it literally came knocking on my door.
I'm not actively looking for another job and if this doesn't work out, I'll keep coming in til they tell me not to.

I think there was something else but I appear to have lost like... an hour and a halfs time somewhere this evening. I started writing this at 18:33, its now 20:12... I'm zoning out quite badly still. ugh.

British Parliament

Aug. 17th, 2017 04:21 pm
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This clip from a session of the House of Commons back in 2013 in which Rory Stewart and Jacob Rees-Mogg debate human rights makes me super jealous of the Mother Parliament. Canadian parliament cannot hold a candle to this level of debate and civility. It is an awesome debate as well, certainly worth a watch.

Cocktail Thursday: Rethink Your G&T

Aug. 17th, 2017 02:50 pm
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Many of you are probably not aware of this, but I have a fancy for delicious cocktails. M. and I are certainly those people who when you come to our home we have a giant booze cabinet and probably a signature cocktail on the go.

For my first entry I decided to showcase my favourite drink and really the one that got me into fancy cocktails to begin with. It is time to rethink your gin and tonics.

Gin and tonics became famous in middle class England during the height of the British Empire, when India was still very much under British control. In order to combat the spread of malaria among British soldiers, a daily issue of tonic water was given because in 1800 it was discovered by Scottish doctor George Cleghorn that quinine present in tonic water could be used to prevent and treat the disease. However, tonic water alone is very bitter and not refreshing, which is especially important when you are a British soldier posted in far-away and very hot India. So the soldiers began to mix the issue with gin (a local Indian botanical spirit), and lime and water. Thus the gin and tonic was born. The cocktail itself became popular during this time as soldiers returned home to England and shared the refreshing beverage with their civilian friends. Within years gin and tonics were a staple among middle class English-people as a statement of worldliness and a symbol of the diversity of the entire British Empire.

The traditional gin and tonic is very simple (duh, it was made by British soldiers after all). You get an ounce of gin over ice with tonic and garnished with a lime. You can squirt some extra lime juice in, or simply plop the lime wedge into the drink and enjoy. However, the problem with adding lime to the mix from a mixology perspective is that gin and tonic both are already very acidic. Adding lime simply makes the drink more acidic (and a little more bitter albeit with some sweet). So we can re-think the gin and tonic by perhaps adding a different garnish.

Now for this drink, I highly recommend Hendrick's gin which is brewed in Scotland using a blend of traditional and non-traditional techniques that involve steeping the alcohol in traditional gin aromatics with the addition of cucumber extract and rose peddles (see where I am going with this). The result is a truly fine gin with a hint of fruity after-notes. But I must stress that gin and tonics when you add cucumber are good with any gin, even those terrible bar gins that are better suited (in my opinion) for removing paint from cars than human consumption (yes, Beefeater I am looking right at you!).

The following is the penlessej way of putting this drink together.

1) Start with a clean and dry tumbler or rocks glass (no need for these tall glasses and certainly stay away from coffee mugs, come on now what is wrong with you we are making art in a glass here!).

2) Add ice. You can fill to the brim or just add a few chunks. If you are really fancy you might use ball ice which melts slower. Doesn't matter.

3) Add one slice of English cucumber on top of the ice and pour over one ounce of Hendrick's gin.

4) Add tonic water. Now you can go with cheap tonic water that is plain or you can dig out the fancier stuff that has infused botanicals, etc. Doesn't matter. I prefer just a plain tonic but you can be adventurous and try out different infused flavours without question.

5) Do not stir the drink(!), pouring the tonic should stir up the gin enough. Stirring will just make the ice break up and melt faster, and no one wants that. It also induces little bubbles into the entire drink and that just looks weird in my opinion.

6) Add a cucumber slice or twist to garnish over the rim (to be left alone or added to drink but the lucky person who gets to consume this delicious beverage). You can also add a sprig of mint if you are feeling really adventurous, it adds a little freshness to the flavour of the drink when use but be aware that some people really do not like mint flavour.

Gin and Tonic with Cucumber

If you are feeling really adventurous and want to take your drink to the next level; you can muddle some cucumber to add before the gin instead of a slice. This will really bring out the flavour of the cucumber and elevates the drink without question. It also makes the whole thing turn a slight green colour which looks cool in the glass in the sun because the quinine gives off a cobalt blue colour-- pretty cocktails.

What you get? A delicious gin and tonic with all of the good-head-lightening and social lubricating effects of gin but without the acidity. Don't be surprised if she goes down faster than expected, this is an extremely refreshing and tasty drink and perfect for summer days. It is also great because you can make a big batch of it and serve it right from a pitcher with friends-- or for you, either is cool (just don't be driving anything afterward).

If you use the recipe or try out the drink yourself, please let me know. This drink is leaps and bounds my favourite drink of them all and is a staple in my house just not during the summer but all year round.

40 Day Anime Meme - Day 36

Aug. 17th, 2017 08:20 am
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36 -- in your opinion, what makes a good anime?

If I can answer 'yes' to 'Do I want to watch it again?' and/or 'Do I want to own a copy of this?'

Of course, I can answer 'yes to those questions over some real hot messes, too. ^_^

I mean, if I made it to the end as was entertained in some way, then it did its job. That alone should qualify as 'good', right?

I feel like 'good' has lost all meaning.


(I am so glad this meme is almost over.)
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Given everything that is happening and all of this talk of alt-right, alt-left (okay one "person" is talking about the alt-left, whatever that is) and Nazis, I figured this little bit of humour was warrented.

There will always be a space between alt-right and alt-left and it will always be larger and more commonly used.

Alt-Right / Space / Alt-Left

From Reddit.com/r/pics.

40 Day Anime Meme - Day 35

Aug. 16th, 2017 04:11 pm
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35 -- have you ever dropped an anime, if so why?

All the time-- let's see... timeslot changed, financial reasons (can't commit to $30/3 episodes for a 75+ episode show), moved to somewhere without television/cable, had to work instead of going to anime club, dropped anime club, fell out of contact with friend who was loaning out series, library doesn't have full run and doesn't order in optical media, series was never fully released in NA/English, subbers dropped series and no one picked it up, um... should I go on?

And that's ignoring shows that weren't my cuppa - didn't like the plot, characters, direction show was headed, art style, etc.

That's like asking 'have you ever not finished a book? why?' when sometimes... you just don't.

I'm not sure what the last anime I actually dropped was. There are a lot of things I want to go back and finish, but it'll take awhile. My slow internet makes streaming iffy sometimes so I'm a lot better off with physical media, but that often requires more cash. And some things aren't legally available on physical media yet, so~ *handwaves*

The last manga I dropped (from my library-borrowing spree) was JoJo's. It was interesting but I just couldn't get invested in the story.

What I'm Reading Wednesday

Aug. 16th, 2017 08:38 am
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Bathroom Book

Building the Canadian Nation - George W. Brown

Periodical

Foreign Affairs July/August 2017 - What Now? Trump's Next Steps

Evening Read

Nothing significant to report.

Reading generally has taken a back seat to self loathing and research about my new disease. So there is that. I am on the hunt for a good non-fiction book however, so suggestions are welcome. Building the Canadian Nation is a great little book. It is hailed as the first national history textbook in Canada and was widely used from mid 1950s to early 1970s in Canadian schools. Each chapter has a long list of further reading that has generated a whole new list of historical books and sources for me to track down and read. In particular I am looking for Readings in Canadian History by George W. Brown which is supposed to be read alongside the textbook I currently have, if anyone has any leads (unlikely), I have chocolate!

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Aug. 16th, 2017 02:45 am
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this is it Jennifer, your big break on TV! )


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I came across this video on Twitter. Before you jump into watching it (and I am posting it because I do really think it should be watched and shared), there is actual footage of the violence and massacre that took place in Charlottesville. 11:10 - 14:50 is the actual murder with the vehicle and the initial aftermath with candid interviews with the people on the ground that day-- skip this part if you like.

However, there is good material in the entire video and I encourage everyone to watch it and see what violence today looks like in America and elsewhere in the western world. It has morphed on the internet and is now looking to come into the flesh and it comes with entire amounts of violence and hate. All of what the white supremacists in the video say is absolute garbage but you should watch and learn how your enemy thinks, learn of what that hate looks like, how that violence manifests itself. 


Expose yourself to it, learn from it and remember it so that you never waiver in your own conviction: this shit is wrong.

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