yuuago: (YiH - Sakari - Fresh air)
☆ Didn't manage to get my glasses this weekend. Turns out that the office was closed, even though they're usually open on Saturdays... grumble, grumble. Looks like I'm going to have to leave work early on some day this week in order to go pick them up. What a pain in the ass. I just want my glasses, man. :(

☆ British Columbia is dealing with kind of a craptastic wildfire situation right now, mainly in the Cariboo region*. The Red Cross is taking donations*; I'm not sure which other organizations are involved. The situation isn't comparable to what happened in my city last year - 8k evacuees here, vs 80k last year - but it still really sucks. Seeing this stuff on the news is... hard.

☆ YiH: So, it looks like we're getting an update this upcoming Friday*. I'm assuming it will be the start of actual regular updates again, considering Karo has the rest of Ch05 done, but we'll see. I'm really, really looking forward to it, at the very least. When I was checking a detail today, I ended up just re-reading a huge chunk of it, and now it's so hard to wait. xD ...Speaking of which, while I was sifting through my WIP pages, I came across that fic I started a while back, and to my astonishment it doesn't suck terribly badly. So, I ended up finishing the draft of it. Turned out very differently than what I initially wanted, but that's fine. (It was initially going to be much longer, for one thing.) Wonder if I can get it finished before the update? We'll see.

☆ I finished that long SSSS OC fic I was working on! HOORAY! ...It is 9 pages. I do not want to type it up and edit it. At all.

Don't ask me how my rare slash exchange fic is going. >.o
yuuago: (SSSS - Vesa - Guelder-rose)
Canada Day went pretty well, aside from being ridiculously hot. I went downtown to go to the farmer's market, which I don't get to go to often enough because it's usually on when I'm working. Ended up buying a lovely hand-woven mat to use for tarot. It's gorgeous, I really love it. (Photos next time I do a reading, perhaps...) Also picked up some really delicious bread (seriously, it's so good, it's... really hard to stop myself from just eating the whole loaf, it's that good). Some cedar and sage incense, too; never worked with loose incense before, so I guess I'll have to figure out the best way to burn it.

I hadn't planned to stay for the parade, but it started up while I was down there, so I ended up watching. Most of it was rather mediocre - nothing like what Drumheller puts on; they always did a great show - but Pride YMM really went to a ton of effort with their float, so bright and colourful and delightfully flamboyant and (of course) covered with rainbows, and I clapped super hard for them. <3

And... I'm glad that the whole 150 years celebration thing is over with, so things can go back to normal. It seems as if everybody around me was geared up for it, but I was so overcome with melancholy for unrelated reasons, I just couldn't dredge up the energy to care very much.

One really great thing about having the house to myself for the weekend, aside from getting peace and quiet to write, is that it means that I can start doing chores from the moment I get up, without anybody acting like it's weird. ("7AM is too early in the morning to be washing the floor," my family says. Nooo, it isn't!) And that's great, because I was a complete anxious mess this morning, and I was able to deal with that by taking it out on something useful, for once. Cleaned this place from top to bottom, and it feels so good. I even vacuumed the ceilings, or at least the ones that are low enough to reach. ...And by the time I was done, I'd calmed down enough that the thing I was worried about wasn't bothering me any more. <3

I'm nearly finished this one SSSS OCs fic that I've been working on. Well, nearly finished drafting it, anyway. It's probably going to clock out at 8 or 9 handwritten pages, which is a lot longer than most of my stuff tends to be, so I'm kind of pleased about that, even if I didn't intend it to turn out this way.
More about that, just putting my thoughts in order )
yuuago: (Eerie Indiana - Dash X)
Trudeau? More like TruDON'T.

Seriously, two of the major things that the Liberal party promised were related to election reform and Indigenous issues. They've spectacularly fallen down on both.

And it's not just a matter of not living up to promises. Trudeau has his head so far up his ass, he's licking his own tonsils. Like, HOW do you even....

"Canadians don't want election reform" my ass. One of the reasons your party was elected in the first place is because of election reform! Not to mention all the people talking about it right now. Somebody should shove that petition in his face.

And let's not get started on, well, everything relating to what's going on with Indigenous issues/rights/etc right now. It makes me fucking sad and fucking mad and SOMEBODY (I'm not sure who, but somebody) is going to get a strongly-worded email and maybe a phone call and I should probably see what Amnesty International is doing with regards to all this because fucking seriously.

ARRRRGH. Like, okay, Trudeau is better than Harper. But it's not hard to clear that bar when the bar is on the ground.

Not to mention, I'm worried that, because of the above, we might end up with a Conservative government when the next national election rolls around. Obviously, I am not thrilled with the idea. The Harper years were not good. But a lot of people (including myself, obviously) are not thrilled with the Liberal party. So I can only hope that a lot of the people who voted for those fuckers will throw their lot in with the NDP instead. HELP US, NDP, YOU'RE OUR ONLY HOPE.
yuuago: (Canada - Sightless)
Brought the subject of the vigil up at supper; to my pleasant surprise, I got no pushback. We did have a bit of debate about whether it's accurate to call it a terrorist attack. Parents say it's a hate crime, not a terrorist attack. I say it can be both. But, that doesn't matter. Point is, I'm going. I'll have to go in to work on my day off for a while to make up for the time I'll lose by leaving early, but that's okay.

Anyway.

House of Commons Debate liveblogging? )

Sigh.

Jan. 30th, 2017 10:10 pm
yuuago: (Sweden - Muted)
I'm tired and sad and angry, and I'm sick of feeling tired and sad and angry, but I expect there'll be more of that in the future.

On February 1st there will be a walk* in solidarity with the local Muslim community in response to yesterday's terrorist attack at the mosque in Quebec City*. I want to go, but like most things in this town, it's happening when I'm at work. ...I think I'll ask my supervisor if I can leave early. It's worth a shot.

Dunno how I'll frame it to my parents, mind you (rearranging the hours would require explaining). Whatever. I'll figure something out. If I'm able to leave work early, that is.

...On the upside, this is the first event that my city has done related to the clusterfuck going on now, as far as I know. So that's something, at least.

[Edit] Work gave the OK, so I'm going. Probably. I have Friday off, so I'll just come in for a while to make up for the lost time. That sounds good.
yuuago: (Canada - Sightless)
...But a post would not be unwarranted at this time.

I live in Alberta, one of the most conservative provinces in Canada. There was a provincial election yesterday.

We just elected a less conservative provincial government for the first time in decades. (43 years, to be exact.)

It's hard to say how things are going to turn out. But for now, I'm going to be cautiously optimistic about the direction things are taking.

Must admit, though, it feels pretty weird. Did I wake up in a political AU?
yuuago: (BlackJack - Snap)
So, there's a comic that I've been meaning to read for a while, but only got around to it now.

Nelvana of the Northern Lights is a Canadian comic book series from the 1940s. During WWII, there was a ban on importing certain luxury goods from the USA, including comic books. So, what did Canucks do? We wrote our own!

Nelvana was one of the first Canadian superheroes, and one of the first superheroines in general. She's a goddess from the arctic whose powers come from the Aurora Borealis; she can fly, teleport, turn invisible, and control magnetic fields! Also, she rides a polar bear. ... In other words, she's hella sparkly and man, I wish there were still Nelvana stories being published when I was a kid, because I'm sure I would have loved her.

Not long after WWII ended, the publisher folded, and Nelvana's stories stopped - along with the other Canadian superheroes that were published by Bell Features. There were a few that had more staying power in public consciousness - Johnny Canuck is the main one I'm thinking of here. But Nelvana pretty much disappeared until a couple of years ago, when her comics were collected, restored, and re-published. You can read more about that at the Nelvana Comics website - and you can buy the book in PDF/CBR format at that site too. That's where I got my hands on it, since I've banned myself from buying physical books for a while.

Anyway, I'd been super interested, because - hey, a neat old Canadian thing that I hadn't heard of before! Arctic setting and northern lights superpowers! COOL! In general, though, I find that Nelvana works better for me as a concept than for what her comics actually were. Her comics are dated, to say the least. They were written in the 1940s and it really, really shows. Not just in terms of art or the fact that the narrative style is kind of cheesy (though there is that), but because frankly, it's racist in the way that you would expect North American comics written during WWII to be racist. I expected something like that going in, but still found myself cringing from time to time.

It's really too bad that nothing is being done with the character now; she's a great concept for a superhero and a comic run done with a modern viewpoint could be potentially awesome.

As for the comics as they are, though, leaving aside the issues... During the second arc, it seems to hit its stride, at least as far as the art and pacing goes. And in some parts it gets delightfully/painfully Canadian - Mounties, CBC, the RCAF, and people being excessively polite to each other.

Also, the RCAF have aeroplanes made out of plastic. And this is pure coincidence, of course. It's just by chance that the Royal Canadian Air Force developed super secret technology that just happens to not interfere with Nelvana's magnetic powers. I don't know about you, but I'm laughing (in a delighted way, to be sure). And there are other silly things - mainly in the narration. Comparisons like "with the grace of a polar seal" - just brings to mind seals flopping around onland, to me, which probably isn't the intention, haha.

... Must say, though, even with the things that I do like - such as Nelvana as a concept, Canadian things, and silly things like plastic planes - I really must stress that the comic is very, uh. Dated. Would I recommend it? Probably not, unless you have an interest in WWII-era Canadiana. Do I wish that there could be an updated, modernized version of Nelvana? Hell yes. An magical nature-themed superheroine protecting Canada's north could be a great story! But only if it's done in a way that isn't cringe-worthy.
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