Feb. 21st, 2019 05:51 am
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The kind that makes the word sound contaminated. The person who ran for the Fordists in my riding last summer and lost to the incumbent got another gig:

Noting this also from Mike Crawley's report for CBC News:

"Throughout the EQAO's 20-year history, the chair position has always been a part-time post paying a per diem amounting to a few thousand dollars a year. In appointing Montgomery, the Ford government changed the chair's job into a full-time post with a $140,000 annual salary, plus vacation, pension and benefits."

Not even trying to hide it.

Quest for Contacts

Feb. 20th, 2019 10:23 pm
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Asking this question again:

Who on Dreamwidth should I be reaching out to read regularly that I haven't yet added to my list?

Church stories

Feb. 20th, 2019 07:14 pm
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Irene is one of those incredibly faithful church ladies. She's nearly 80, overflowing with energy, and throws herself wholeheartedly into everything at church. She's also intense and passionate to the point of making others uncomfortable. That passion is, sadly, probably why she has not been a deacon or elder in this church (where nearly every long-term member has served in one or the other role).

The pastor, admin and I are all women, and the three of us plus Irene have had running jokes about being the staff of Dibley (of the BBC show Vicar of Dibley). Irene claimed the role of Verger. Some time ago, Laura and I made her a crafty little pin with the crossed keys that denote the Verger in some denominations (also, amusingly enough, the Pope). Irene wears it constantly.

This year, to her amazement and delight, Irene was nominated for Elder, and accepted. I noticed on Sunday morning, she was wearing her Verger pin... but sometime after the moment of her ordination, she took it off. I think that pin has been giving her lots of comfort-- and I'm glad she doesn't feel the need for it any more.

A small group from the church went to hear Rev. William Barber speak; and last night we had a followup discussion. For a bunch of privileged white folk, I think it went pretty well, but there was one jaw-dropping moment. One person mentioned some dismay that we had recently shown a slide of a clearly white Jesus with all white little children during church (I didn't see it, rarely see any of the slides). Another woman said that she didn't think that's a problem since our children are "pretty much white." I think she's wrong, first of all. But second-- I did the children's story last week. There were only 3 children (it's winter break); and only one of them was white-- her son. The other two are Indian and Asian; I think especially she thinks of the Asian girl as being white.

About Time

Feb. 19th, 2019 07:48 pm
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Tonight I ran an errand at Target and was pleased to see that they are finally accepting Apple Pay. I’d been following the news and had been waiting for the capability to show up here in Oregon. It’s here. It worked fine (although it took me a moment to figure out which things to select at the self-service checkout). Apple Pay is faster than a chipped credit card – and it’s more secure.

At work, the food services do not take cash. People often use their debit card. But I just take my phone. Today I had a chicken breast / broccoli /rice bowl and used Apple Pay to pay for my lunch. I always have my phone with me anyway. (I listen to music through AirPods while walking between my building and the cafeteria building. Anime songs, of course.)

Angel’s Month Indulgence #6

Feb. 19th, 2019 07:03 pm
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OK. For once I might have overdone it.

After receiving Indulgence #2, I did more research into portrait lighting, and I figured I needed a small light I could use for rim lighting. Just a point light. I figured someone would have a small LED light. Nothing obvious showed up. And then I fell into monolights. And this Studio Essentials 100W LED Monolight seemed like a great deal. Also, B&H indicated that a Godox Barndoor Kit was compatible. And since I was getting yet another studio light, I knew I needed a third Light Stand. The package arrived here on Valentine’s Day.

I opened the box for the monolight... and... it was huge. I’ve worked with monolights before; I just didn’t remember them being quite so bulky. But thinking back, I guess they were. The light quickly mounted on the light stand... and then... the barn doors could not possibly mount on the light. What was the deal?

I figured out that the monolight needed a Standard Reflector, not included. 12 bucks. And assessing the size of the monolight and the barn doors, I thought I should play it safe and also get a Snoot. This would give me the best chance for fully controlling a precise area of light. The snoot and the reflector arrived today. The snoot fits fine. The reflector fits fine. With the reflector, I was able to mount the barn doors.

Interfit monolight
Interfit monolight with reflector and barn doors
iPhone 8 photo

The variable power LED is really nice. And the "100W LED" puts out like a 500W light. Way, way too bright! At 10% brightness the light was scary, and you wouldn’t want to look directly at it. There’s a quiet fan to keep the light cool.

Really, the monolight was a bargain at the price, as lights go for $500, $1000, $1500 and more. Also, to my surprise, it came with a popup softbox! (I actually had to go find a Video to tell me how to get it folded into the super compact circle it travelled as. I had been wondering what that tiny blob was. The softbox will come in handy, I think.

Anyway, I got way too much light, and it’s a big puppy that I have to figure out storage for. It will be interesting if my experiments work out next week. This could all be a big bust. We’ll see.

Things I Don't Look Forward To

Feb. 19th, 2019 05:52 am
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This convoy coming to Ottawa this week is one of them.

They not only want to make things worse for my lungs - whether they believe it or not doesn't matter to me and my doctor - some of them are looking for excuses to target their preferred minority scapegoat too. With people like Kennedy, Ford, and Dugin singing praises of their like, that makes me more than a little antsy for the safety of a lot of us in Canada.

Konomi Kohara

Feb. 18th, 2019 06:47 pm
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Chika Fujiwara
Chika Fujiwara
Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Ren’ai Zunousen, Episode 6

I’ve been so taken by the spunky Chika Fujiwara in Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Ren’ai Zunousen (Kaguya-sama: Love is War) this season that I thought I should do some investigation into the character’s seiyuu. And, frankly, I’m stunned.

The voice actress that plays Chika has been in the business for only three years. She is Konomi Kohara. Her first bit parts were in 2016, but she won leading roles in 2017 – Kukuri in Mahōjin Guru Guru and Akane in Tsuki ga Kirei. Last year she was Kasumi in Asobi Asobase, Erena in Hanebado!, Mina in Karakai Jōzu no Takagi-san, Kirin in Gakuen Babysitters, and Koyomi in Yagate Kimi ni Naru. And of course this season she is the unpredictable Chika Fujiwara. That’s an amazing portfolio for someone who’s been in the business for only three years. And I’ll note that I’ve loved all these shows she’s appeared in – save Yagate Kimi ni Naru, which I haven’t been able to watch (but I’m sure I’ll love because I’m reading the manga). All of Konomin’s characters are great.

It appears Konomi started in the business when she was 23 – which is a little later in life than many contemporary voice actresses. But she’s risen very quickly. It probably helps that she’s represented by Office Osawa – a venerable agency that is also the home of Kana Hanazawa, Ai Kayano, Mamiko Noto, and Ayako Kawasumi.

Chika Fujiwara
Chika Fujiwara
Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Ren’ai Zunousen, Episode 4
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I signed this earlier tonight. Seems like a good idea. We have Section 2 of the Charter for our speech protections, but there are such things as reasonable limits. The Charter itself admits to such things as possible. (Yes, we have to make sure this doesn't get abused, perverted against the people it's meant to protect...such as we saw Doug Ford threaten to do with the Notwithstanding Clause in recent months.)

Kitchen Remodel: Day 104

Feb. 18th, 2019 02:49 pm
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Levolor Custom Shade
Levolor Custom Shade
iPhone 8 photo

I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to do this.

Not included in the original kitchen remodel quote was replacing the Venetian blinds with a newer shade. The contractor had planned to simply remount the original blinds. Mid-remodel we had a conversation about a change order, but window blinds aren’t something they normally do. I did some research and decided I could replace the blinds myself.

Regardless of who did the work, nothing could be done until the countertop had been installed, followed by installation of the custom cherry window casing. Once that was complete, I could take formal measurements. My schedule was a mess, though, and I didn’t get to take measurements until after the kitchen was fully completed. That's not right. I obviously placed the order before the kitchen was completed on December 14.

I had decided on a Levolor Custom Cellular Shade. In keeping with the Japanese theme of the kitchen, I chose the whitest, light filtering option. And given that the kitchen window (which someday needs to be replaced with an energy-efficient pane) is the single, large, south-facing window that gets really hot in the summer, I chose the Energy Shield Liner. For a 6-foot by 4-foot shade, that option doubles the cost from $200 to $400.

I very carefully took (and retook, and took again) measurements as per the Levolor instructions and placed the order on December 11. The custom shade shipped on December 14. I didn’t track when it arrived – but probably less than a week from shipment. Didn’t matter. The box sat in my living room until the start of February.

Two weeks ago I did the initial work to install the mounting brackets for the shade. It was a real pain trying to maneuver in tight spaces at the header of the window casing. And then when I finally started to mount the brackets, I stripped a screw head with the power drill bit. That stopped everything dead.

The following weekend I got replacement screws (with better heads) at Ace Hardware. Today, I did smarter screw driving (using the hex head driver instead of the slot driver) and finished installing the brackets. Mounting the blinds was a five minute job after that.

So, finally, I’ve got the custom shade installed. It’s really nice!

Levolor Custom Shade
Levolor Custom Shade
iPhone 8 photo

(Sooooo many things still to do on my task list. 😑)

Angel’s Month Indulgence #5

Feb. 18th, 2019 11:03 am
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Nike Dri-FIT UV SPF 40+ Golf Top
Nike Dri-FIT UV SPF 40+ Golf Top

I’m not exactly sure what I’m going to wear for my annual self-portrait. My current options seem a bit limited. While I was thinking about possibly doing a little shopping, an email promo encouraged me to check out new items in Nike Golf clothing. I did see something that might work, but it’s pretty hard to tell online how good a clothing item is. I figured it couldn’t hurt to see if the top was available locally; the Nike Company Store features many of the hot, new items – and the deepest discount is at that store.

I actually have a strategy for shopping there. Go on a weekday. Arrive around 8:40 am – after the initial crowd has blasted through the store – and before the general opening at 10:00 am. Today is not a company holiday, but many people have taken the day off as there’s no school on Presidents’ Day. I thought there might be more people at the store because of this – but thankfully the place was sparsely attended. I could shop in peace.

I always love the high energy music in Nike stores – and it’s a nice pick-me-up early in the morning. I can’t help but smile and bounce a little. The top I was interested in was there in two of three colors. They had the black one – but not the white. The baby blue was not my color. I could see by eyeing the tops that once again Nike sizing has gone wonky. I wish they’d get their act together. For Nike golf clothing I usually take a Large, but I could see that Medium was plenty big. I tried the top on, and the Medium was fine – cut a smidge large in some places, so it fit loosely. Better too loose than too snug.

I would have like to have tried the white top. If the black top works out, I might go for the white one online. I really don’t need another black top. This one is for a photo shoot and is definitely an indulgence.

I looked around, and there weren’t any other items – shoes, tops, or pants – I was interested in. I made the single purchase and came home.

Angel’s Month Indulgence #4

Feb. 18th, 2019 10:07 am
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One Monday a month I take a day off from work. I call it my Mental Health Monday. I’ve been doing this for years. I rarely take more than a couple of days off from work a month.

My Mental Health Monday was last Monday. It was part of a three-day weekend connected to photographing the three-day Portland Winter Light Festival. I need the extra time to sort and process photos. I brought back a lot of photos, and I can tell this is going to take three solid weekends to get the processing done. I won’t do my Winter Light Festival posts until then.

After working on photos last Monday, I felt like I didn’t get a weekend at all – it was mostly work. And my task backlog hadn’t gotten addressed. In fact, it was worse. So I took the unprecedented (for me) step of requesting the following Monday off. Two three-day weekends in a row is remarkable. Even so, the weekend was saddled with a huge tasklist – including more photo processing for the Winter Light Festival. It feels like another working weekend. Some items on my tasklist are approaching critical deadlines.

But a Monday off from work, even a very busy Monday, is a treat and an indulgence.

Angel’s Month Indulgence #3

Feb. 16th, 2019 04:16 pm
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Gyudon at Crazy Sushi Shoten
Gyudon at Crazy Sushi Shoten
iPhone 8 photo

For what it is, the lunch is expensive. But I like gyudon, and it’s not easy to find for a weekend lunch. (Gyudon at Ikenohana is better, but they’re open only for dinner.) It’s been a rough week, and I decided that today I would spoil myself.

Anime Winter Week 6

Feb. 16th, 2019 04:01 pm
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Princess Rona
Princess Rona
Endro! Episode 6

Here are the shows that I watched last week:

Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken (That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime): Episode 19
Well, that was surprisingly tidy. The warm up act was all the allies taking down the Megalodons. Lots of opportunities for fun and teamwork. Charybdis itself was much tougher – maybe too tough for Rimuru. Fortunately, One Punch Milim is on our side. Once again, Rimuru comes out smelling like a rose – and gains allies.

Dororo (Amazon Prime): Episode 6
Conclusion of the Moriko Song arc. Consistent with the nature of this series, this arc is a tragedy. The choreography and animation continue to be a sharp compliment to the excellent writing and direction.

Mob Psycho 100 II: Episode 6
It’s been a while since there was focus on Reigen, and this arc is digging in deep. Reigen has always been a contradictory mix of con man and practical advisor – and he’s kind of a difficult character to watch or like. This look at what makes him tick is repugnantly fascinating.

Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru (Run with the Wind): Episode 17
After the high from last week, it makes sense there has to be a down episode. Thankfully it wasn’t too depressing nor long-lasting. The important thing was to work through the problem.

Yakusoku no Neverland (The Promised Neverland): Episode 6
This show never fails to give me the creeps. It’s pretty hard to watch. I can’t ever say I’m looking forward to seeing the next installment. But somehow I have to. I generally put off watching the week’s terrifying episode until the end of the week... and immediately afterwards I can follow with the new Endro! episode, as a Unicorn Chaser.

Tate no Yūsha no Nariagari (The Rising of the Shield Hero): Episode 6
Filo officially becomes the third member of the party. And an incident brought valuables and knowledge and connections to Naofumi, so he’s moving up. A mini quest added some action. And finally Filo has magic clothes. Maybe not the most exciting thing – but necessary. I’m not crazy about the jealousy between Raphtalia and Filo. Whatever.

Girly Air Force: Episode 6
Still a clunky, lumbering, somewhat annoying show. The trope is that something will happen that will allow these three incompatible Anima to work as a team. I’m betting the change will be a clunky, heavy-handed thing. For now, though, it’s just a mess.

Boogiepop wa Warawanai: Episode 8
Things are finally starting to heat up, and the Imaginator is on the move. Masaki got into a mess in his continuing masquerade as Boogiepop – but was bailed out by his stepsister, Nagi. I really like Nagi, and it was nice seeing her in action. The faceoff between the Imaginator and Spooky E was talky and lopsided; I didn’t expect the conclusion of the battle. The arc remains quite interesting.

Mahou Shoujo Tokushusen Asuka (Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka): Episode 6
This show is weakest when it focuses on school life. The writing is unconvincing, and the direction is stiff. On top of that, Kurumi is annoying with her smothering possessiveness of Asuka. I dislike that trait, so Kurumi needs to get her act together. Even the matsuri trope wasn’t enough to make civilian life interesting. The show threw us a bone, though, with a battle between Mia and Crescent Moon Sandino.

Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Ren’ai Zunousen (Kaguya-sama: Love is War): Episode 6
The mysterious fourth member of the student council, treasurer Yu Ishigami, finally made his appearance. The foursome is complete. I haven’t read the manga, but I’m hoping there’s a Yu x Chika relationship cooking in there somewhere. Ai made an appearance, and I still like her a lot. This was not the best episode, but there were many good moments nonetheless.

Sword Art Online: Alicization: Episode 18.5
Recap episode. I didn’t even fire it up.

Endro!: Episode 6
A Mao-centric episode, showing what happened when Mao was sent back in time when Yusha’s party defeated the Demon Lord at the first endroll (Endro!) It wasn’t a great or funny episode, but it wasn’t completely dull, either.

This season’s new series backlog is getting worse. The shows I need to check out are: Fight League: Gear Gadget Generators, Pastel Memories, Bang Dream! Season 2, The Magnificent Kotobuki, How Clumsy You Are, Miss Ueno, W’z, Domestic na Kanojo, and Dimension High School.

Demon Lord Milim
Demon Lord Milim
Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken, Episode 19

Time Permitting
Boruto: Naruto Next Generations (caught up through episode 93)
Doukyonin wa Hiza, Tokidoki, Atama no Ue (a.k.a: My Roommate is a Cat)(caught up through episode 2)
Go-Toubon no Hanayome (The Quintessential Quintuplets)(caught up through episode 3)
Watashi ni Tenshi ga Maiorita! (a.k.a: Wataten!: An Angel Flew Down to Me)(caught up through episode 6)
Egao no Daika (The Price of Smiles)(caught up through episode 6)

Happy Valentine’s Day

Feb. 14th, 2019 07:19 pm
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Kaguya Shinomiya and Miyuki Shirogane
Kaguya Shinomiya and Miyuki Shirogane
Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai - Tensai-tachi no Ren'ai Zunōsen, Episode 4

The day for couples was today, and I like to highlight the best couple in the current anime season. By far and away the honor goes to Kaguya Shinomiya and Miyuki Shirogane in Kaguya-sama: Love is War. They’re the best couple, even if they’re not yet a couple. Just like Takagi and Nishikata Last Year.

For single me, I’m more than content with a valentine from my best friend. 😊

Valentine from Jenni
Valentine from Jenni

Not-So-Snowy Day

Feb. 14th, 2019 05:47 am
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I'm going in to the day-job this morning. Either I sit down and get back to work, or they send me back home again, for whatever reasons make sense. I'm not too worried either way.

More on other topics later.

TREK: Star Naming

Feb. 13th, 2019 05:37 pm
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I agree with this complaint about "DSC: Battle of the Binary Stars" as published by Spacedock on Twitter. That system has to have a few thousand ID tags in star catalogues published across the Federation and beyond. Some of the "inhabited-by-indigenous-and-intelligent-species" worlds close to that system and known to the Federation probably even gave that system *actual names*. The system deserves more than "six light years from Gamma Hydrae" as an identifier.
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I went and decided to isolate the vertical "stack" of sectors including Vulcan and Andoria using the Stellar Cartography 2nd Edition Federation History map. Check the blue "rectangle" there.


I went digging via for possible candidates for "Eridani" and "Azati Prime", and I suspect that I am not searching properly.

Snow Day Update I

Feb. 13th, 2019 12:23 pm
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Just got in from clearing snow away from the vent pipes for the furnace and water heater. I'm not sure which set of vent pipes service which device, but one pair was covered by snow. Glad I got to them when I did.

(no subject)

Feb. 13th, 2019 07:27 am
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Okay. Not going in to the day job today. I have let my supervisor know this, and started work on clearing the walkway from the front door to the driveway. The driveway looks like it's going to need more than the snowblower to get that part of the work done. And then, there's the task of clearing a pathway in the back yard to the ventilation pipes for furnace and water heater to make sure that those aren't obstructed.
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