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In fact, the Library of Congress includes webcomics among the items they are permanently archiving in their digital collection.

Among the selections (so far) are Girl Genius by Studio Foglio and Gronk by Katie Cook (both artists we're proud to have represented in our own games), along with two of my own favorites, Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal by Zach Weiner and xkcd by Randall Monroe.

Congratulations to these artists and to everyone whose work is preserved for posterity in this collection. And thanks to the Library of Congress for not ignoring digital media!

Andrew Hackard

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Connecting Nerdish Dots in Star Trek

Jul. 22nd, 2017 11:00 pm
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Noting that Netflix isn't doing business inside mainland China, but they are offering their services in Traditional and Simplified Chinese langages anyway in assorted other markets.

Also noting that Star Trek: Discovery is being carried outside of the US and Canada by Netflix.

One of the supporting cast ships in the new series is USS Shenzhou NCC-1227.

Wondering if the dedication plaque will credit the Dalian Yards in mainland China for that starship. Dalian is where mainland China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaonang, was refitted to their navy's requirements.
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  • CBC Prince Edward Island notes that, although down from its 1999 peak, PEI is still Canada's top potato producer.

  • Strong demand and limited supply means that the Island's real estate market is tight, with rising prices. CBC Prince Edward Island reports.

  • Meagan Campbell writes in MacLean's about two of the Island's newest migrant groups, Amish from Ontario and Buddhist monks from East Asia.

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    Torontoist's feature on how Stepgate went viral internationally is a mustread.
  • The National Post covers a disturbing report about claiming a police officer maimed a teenager. If the Toronto police have been actively trying to cover up criminal assault by one of their members ...

  • Global News notes that Metrolinx has opted to remove Bombardier for consideration in operating GO Transit.

  • A high-speed ferry link between Toronto and Niagara--St. Catherine's--is imaginable. Economically viable? The Globe and Mail reports.

  • Simon Lewsen describes in The Globe and Mail how the 1977 murder of Emanuel Jaques led, eventually, to the transformation of Yonge Street.

What if for 2018

Jul. 22nd, 2017 08:53 pm
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My Friday reviews rotated between four long running series? Say, Vorkosigan, Kitty and two others?
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Coffee Time by the towers (and Food Basics) #toronto #dupontstreet #wallaceemerson #coffeetime #foodbasics #condos #towers


I stopped off at the Coffee Time on the northeast corner of Dupont and Lansdowne this afternoon en route to Big on Bloor Festival, picking up a jumbo coffee and a beef samosa before I veered south onto Lansdowne towards Bloordale. I blogged about this restaurant and its (to my mind) unfairly grim reputation. (My Flickr link is here.) This time, as I approached the restaurant from the east, I saw the Food Basics grocery store lying just to the west, I thought about the controversy around this store and its neighbourhood.

This Food Basics is an anchor store for the Fuse Condos development, on the northwest of Dupont and Lansdowne. This new grocery store opening was welcome by some, who saw no reason this store could not co-exist with the FreshCo in the Galleria Mall just a few minutes east at Dupont and Dufferin. To some, this was a betrayal: Fuse Condos had produced a Metro grocery store, a higher-end grocery store with more selection, and some buyers were quite upset. There was even a petition calling for a Metro.

All this was satirized in The Beaverton, and aptly analyzed in the Toronto Star by Edward Keenan. Keenan pointed out that this behaviour was wildly out of place given the decidedly working-class nature of Wallace Emerson. Food Basics, obviously, got installed regardless.

Still: how long will this neighbourhood, this cluster of west-end neighbourhoods, remain what it has been? I wonder.

[BLOG] Some Saturday links

Jul. 22nd, 2017 05:06 pm
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  • Anthrodendum considers the question of what, exactly, is the genre of ethnographic film.

  • Centauri Dreams features authors' calls for a debate on METI, on sending messages to extraterrestrial intelligences.

  • The Crux reports on the continuing damage caused by the continuing eruptions of Indonesia's mud volcano, Sidoarjo.

  • Imageo shares a cute time-lapse video from Hubble showing the motion of Phobos around Mars.

  • Language Hat responds to a newly-translated mid-19th century Russian novella, Nadezhda Khvoshchinskaya‘s 1861 novella Пансионерка (The Boarding School Girl).

  • Lawyers, Guns and Money has a depressing extended examination of Trump as reflecting structural crisis in the United States.

  • The LRB Blog looks at the genesis and continuing success of Nicaraguan Sign Language.

  • The Map Room Blog shares a satirical map of Washington D.C., defined by the names that its metro stations should have.

  • Ethan Siegel at Starts With A Bang lists the various worlds in our Solar System possibly hosting life, and notes how you could get an Earth-like world with wildly erratic seasons as in Game of Thrones.

  • Unicorn Booty notes that the German president has signed marriage equality into law. (Also, the country has good LGBT protections.)

  • Window on Eurasia notes that Putin is fine with an asymmetrical bilingualism in Russia's republics, aimed against non-Russian languages.

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  • In The Globe and Mail, Elizabeth Renzetti looks at the Toronto debate on having cats indoors or outdoors. (I think the first is best.)

  • Helena Oliveira at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution describes how people can train their cats to make use of leashes. (Should I have?)

  • The SCMP reports on a Hong Kong prison that will allow inmates to keep cats, for the time being.

Amused by incongrous music

Jul. 22nd, 2017 01:08 pm
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So I'm watching the Tour coverage on ITV4, and therefore having to endure ad breaks for a change. On comes a McDonalds ad which is soundtracked with the Buzzcocks' "What Do I Get?" - not surprisingly they don't play the "Nothing at all" line!

July 22, 2017: Farewell, Geek Chic

Jul. 22nd, 2017 05:51 am
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Geek Chic A few of us here at SJ Games have talked – gushed, really – about our custom furniture from Geek Chic. It is a very sad duty, therefore, to report that Geek Chic recently had to close operations. Details are scant at this time, but founder Robert Gifford's statement about the closure was posted on the Geek Chic home page (which currently seems to be down, but it's also shown on their Facebook page), along with a promise to update that page with more information as circumstances permit. (If the page comes back up, click the "Products" link to see all the cool stuff you could have had, if only.)

Robert and the entire Geek Chic team were a fixture* at conventions for many, many years, and I can say from personal experience, as a customer and a fellow industry professional, that they were a delight to work with. Other companies have sprung up in the "bespoke gamer furniture" market that Geek Chic pioneered, but they were first. It's going to be weird to go to Gen Con this August and not walk through their booth.

Best of luck to the entire Geek Chic team, and particularly Robert and Brenda. We'll see you around.

Andrew Hackard

* Pun absolutely intended.

Mid-July update: I wrote this back in late June. Since that time, Geek Chic has hired an attorney and filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. There's a discussion on reddit (warning: link leads to reddit) going over the filing in some detail, along with the usual fulminations that make reddit such a beloved site. (Warning: link leads to WIkipedia.) The takeaway seems to be that they ran out of money in the bank to pay the bills, but there are definitely some surprises in the filing. –AH

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  • In The Globe and Mail, Ian Brown and Nam Phi Dang's photo essay tracking the adventures of a bus of Chinese tourists who went from Toronto to the Island and back is insightful and amusing.
  • Alex Ballingall's account in the Toronto Star of his week-long trek along the Trans-Canada Trail from Niagara to Toronto is enlightening. Would I could do this ...

  • Mark Milke in MacLean's argues that, regrettable excesses aside, Canadians should be proud of our British heritage.

  • The Montreal Gazette's Brendan Kelly wonders why a supposedly Canadian music compilation does not include any French-language songs.

  • In the Toronto Star, Emma Teitel points out that visibility, including corporate visibility, is hugely important in Pride.

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  • blogTO shares Aidan Ferreira's stunning photos of the Toronto Islands flooded out. The damage, especially to the beaches, looks severe.

  • CTV News shares remarkable drone footage of the Toronto Islands.

  • The Toronto Sun reports on the plight of the water taxi operators, unable to earn their living this summer with trips to the Islands.

  • The Toronto Star's Fatima Syed notes that, to stay afloat, the Centreville Amusement Park will be selling its beautiful antique carousel.

  • Katharine Laidlaw's interviews in Toronto Life with Toronto Islanders tell the story of a very hard year.

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