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New video I shot today:

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Ya. In case you’ve noticed. Since everyone else is blogging less, and twittering more, I’m following the hogs. Actually, that might be true. Fact is, I’m just too busy to sit back and reflect on what’s going on, and a lot of the business isn’t writing based, so I’m just not of an writerly bent these days. Either that or I’m connecting with people in other ways that are good enough for me.

I do miss it. I got stuffs to sayz… but for the life of me, I just don’t have time to play. :P

Be Well.

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Coffee of the Day, originally uploaded by jasonnolan.

newest foam photo.

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Just in time for my science class.

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Was chatting with JuliaD and this popped into my head, fully formed. Thought I’d blog it. :)

“Every Word You Type”
[sign to the tune of "Every Breath You Take" by the Police]

Every word you type
Every card you swipe
Every move you make
Each ID you fake
They’ll be watching you

Oh, can you see
They are watching me
How that CCTV shakes with every step I take.

Every single day
Every word you say
Every game you play
Every online play
They’ll be recording you

Oh can’t you see
They are watching me
Now my foot print grows right under my nose

Every move I make
Each photo I take
Every meme I wake
Each purchase I make
They’ll be watching me

Since you’ve found you can’t get lost without a trace
In your dreams at night they can see your face
You look around but it’s you they can replace
You feel so cold and you long for private space
I keep crying mr, mr please

Every move you make
Every phto you take
Every smile you fake
Each purchase you take
They’ll be watching you

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Iranian Cyber Army hackers take down Twitter in early-morning attack:

Iranian hackers brought down micro-blogging website Twitter for around two hours this morning.
The attack took place at around 6am and left the site’s estimated 30million users unable to send messages or post ‘tweets’.
The main Twitter homepage had been replaced with a black and red screen featuring an image of a green flag.
The page carried the message: ‘This site has been hacked by the Iranian Cyber Army.’

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Apps to Make iPhone Shutterbugs Smile – NYTimes.com is a great list of apps and why we’d want them. I LOVE my iphone camera more than my Nikon D-80. Why? because I’ve always got it with me. It is so heavy to carry my laptop and camera and lenses, so sometimes I don’t. But I’ve always got my iphone.

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My friend RB started a thread on GimpGirl community on Disability-Relevant Movies/Books/etc. It is unusual for a guy to be posting on GimpGirl, but I help them out with some stuff, so I get the postings. And I didn’t think it would be improper for me to comment. I thought I’d add it here as it may interest some folks.

Hey RB;

I’ll take that as a question you don’t mind me weighing in on.

I was a fan of Lois McMaster Bujold for a time. Her work isn’t without problems, but what makes it particularly interesting to me was that all of her novels that I read focused on disability, but done as SiFi space opera. She’s also one of the most famous SiFi authors.

Falling Free is about a group of youth who have been genetically modified to live in zero gravity… as soon as they start to reach the age where they can work building space stations and the like, artificial gravity is invented, and the world they were designed for ceases to exist. They have 4 arms and no legs, and cannot even sit in regular gravity. They are to be put into hospitals. They are also non-persons, being designated as post-utero biological tissue. With the help of their welding instructor they…

The 23 novels of her Vorkosigan largely focus on the manic depressive Miles Vorkosigan who has a form of Osteogenesis imperfecta, and is 4′9″ on a planet where everyone who is anyone is tall dark and handsome. He uses his whit and hilarity ensues.

One of the most interesting novels, to me, was Ethan of Athos. Ethan is the equivalent of a midwife on a planet that is all male (and 85% gay). The uterine replicators, which use donated ovaries, no longer work and he’s got to go out into the world of women to negotiate new donations if his planet survives. He meets Elli, a mercenary who who has the most beautiful face, but it is a prosthetic replacement, her own having been burned off in a plasma fire, and she had to spend a year blind and breathing/eating through tubes until able to get surgery, and is never able to reconcile her previous disability with her present appearance.

They’re space opera, so in once sense they’re always silly, and uplifting, and none of the characters really struggle with medical bills and the like… though there’s a fair bit of shooting and indentured servitude to balance that out. Strangely enough, disability is taken as a struggle, an issue of social discrimination, a personal psychological challenge, AND a mechanism for defining plot and character, without it ever taking centre stage. And Lois is not seen a writer of disability focused fiction and I’ve not seen anything written about her that does even take it up, though I’ve not looked that hard.

These novels may or may not interest women. They predominately centre around male characters. However the female characters are clearly, and explicitly, acknowledged as the strongest and most capable, though often at a disadvantage due to cultural restrictions on women. Miles’ apparently nefarious activities gives them a level of autonomy unavailable else where.

One of the strangest characters is 9/Taura in Labyrinth: “Miles breaks into Ryoval’s laboratory, but is caught and imprisoned in a utility sublevel where they are also keeping Canaba’s dangerous specimen, “Nine”. This turns out to be an eight-foot-tall werewolf complete with fangs, claws, superhuman strength and speed, and a ravenous appetite. Miles is shocked to find that the creature is female, and, despite her fearsome appearance, she is an intelligent and emotionally vulnerable young woman” who joins the mercenary fleet on their escape.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lois_McMaster_Bujold
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethan_of_Athos

THe mountains of mourning can be downloaded from from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baen_Free_Library which focuses on infanticide and genetic abnormalities.

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Boing Boing’s post Canadas “TV tax”/”Save local TV” squabble explainedand link to this video are a great reminder of the nearly pathological silliness with which people pay for content. I get cable with my building fees, but have never and would never pay for TV if I had a choice. If it has ads, it must be free. That’s my way. Perhaps I’ll change my mind under some circumstances I don’t know… but I don’t know them. I’m totally happy to get rid of all canadian cable companies. They don’t give me anything that’s canadian. As for the TV stations… wtf. We all have a canadian show we like. Or at most 2. If we opened up, I mean really opened up, the airwaves I bet we’d get more, not less, canadian content, and instead of the government subsidizing broadcasters, they’d subsidize content production that could then be given away… or, how about this, have a non-profit channel that just showed canadian content… commercial free… 24/7. And since it is digital, there could be an infinite number of commercial free, 24/7 canadian channels… subsidized with the same money that is wasted giving to the media giants. Oh, I do like the sound of that.

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Donald Duck in Mathmagic Land is from the days when Disney was cool. They even made math cool. When I saw this, it changed my life. I got math. Now if I just keep watching it over and over and over… I’ll remember math.

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Peter the Butcher, originally uploaded by jasonnolan.

Peter is running a great new butcher shop in Kensington Market. Got great quail last week and some great flank tonight.

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From Room of Ben’s Own
Anne’s World: A New Century of Anne of Green Gables
Edited by Irene Gammel and Benjamin Lefebvre
Toronto: University of Toronto Press, forthcoming in 2010

book poster

book poster

Synopsis
The recent 100 year anniversary of the first publication of L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables has inspired renewed interest in one of Canada’s most beloved fictional icons. The international appeal of the red-haired orphan has not diminished over the past century, and the cultural meanings of her story continue to grow and change. The original essays in Anne’s World offer fresh and timely approaches to issues of culture, identity, health, and globalization as they apply to Montgomery’s famous character and to today’s readers.

In conversation with each other and with the work of previous experts, the contributors to Anne’s World discuss topics as diverse as Anne in fashion, the global industry surrounding Anne, how the novel can be used as a tool to counteract depression, and the possibility that Anne suffers from Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Anne in translation and its adaptation for film and television are also considered. By establishing new ways to examine one of popular culture’s most beloved characters, the essays of Anne’s World demonstrate the timeless and ongoing appeal of L.M. Montgomery’s writing.

Contributors: Ranbir K. Banwait, Richard Cavell, Alison Matthews David, Irene Gammel, Carole Gerson, Helen Hoy, Huifeng Hu, Benjamin Lefebvre, Alexander MacLeod, Leslie McGrath, Mary Jeanette Moran, Jason Nolan, Andrew O’Malley, Margaret Steffler, Kimberly Wahl.

Hard cover pre-order from amazon.ca
Soft cover pre-order from amazon.ca

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Siobhan’s flowers., originally uploaded by jasonnolan.

Mom’s present to my niece. I did the arranging. First time I’ve done that in years, but enjoyable.

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Jeremy sent it of course.

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Save History and Philosophy at OISE/UT – Petition Spot

The History and Philosophy of Education program at OISE may be closed on the basis of erroneous reasons bearing NO apparent relation to the positive External Reviews of this Doctoral program nor any relation to the report provided to OCGS by History and Philosophy in May 2009, at their demand, in which History and Philosophy detailed the actual vibrancy of graduate program at OISE (7 faculty, 17 Associate Instructors, and 85 graduae students).

The University of Toronto School of Graduate Studies is currently deciding whether to abide by this recommendation.

SIGN THIS PETITION TO TELL THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO:

1. There is a fundamental problem with the decision’s basis to close the graduate program based on “imminent returements”—on the basis of the AGE of 2 of its 7 tenured faculty – who have NO plans to retire.

2. To indicate your objection to the unjustified threatened closure of the doctoral program in History and Philosophy of Education at OISE, UT.

Given the value of humanities, quality of this renowned program, 85 current graduate students, and committed faculty, keep this program alive and grant it the new faculty position that will evidence institutional support presently denied.

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The Bath 1 (with Mr Pants)
The Bath 2

The Bath 3

Mixed media (photo and digital painting) one on the iphone with Brushes and Photoshop PE apps.

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TTC streetcar back up, originally uploaded by jasonnolan.

Accident at the other side of the intersection yesterday

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David Hockney’s iPhone Passion is a neat article. I read it and downloaded the Brushes. I love painting on the computer… though suckage results, but I thought I’d try it out. Will post one here in a moment.

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