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The weekend in pictures

It starts Friday night with Cory Doctorow in the basement of the Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy. (I’ve linked to his signature in the Collection’s circa-1983 guestbook. While I was busy being born, Cory was already hacking — yes, hacking — the way clear for himself.) Cory is the emeritus member of my workshop, and he gave…

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Summer's here.

From Food This week, my father-in-law phoned me just to ask if our air conditioning unit was installed, yet. When I told him it wasn’t, he sounded a little panicked. Today, Karl asked me the same question. We’ve received heat warnings for the past few days, and I’ve heard reports of elderly people having trouble breathing and so on. Thankfully…

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Peter talks about what happened:

A lot of people have probably seen this already, but this is for Mom: Peter’s recount of his arrest, this time in audio format. In it, he describes “the summer I’ll never take for granted,” and what it’s like to survive a panic attack in prison.

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We're home.

From Toronto That sombre-looking fellow is Peter Watts, in case you didn’t know. He’s grimacing because he has a toothache. He’s worried that it’s a giant face-eating abscess, but I suspect it might be five months of nightly teeth-grinding coming home to roost. But the good thing is that he can come to a Canadian emergency dental clinic to be…

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Inevitable birthday post: 27

From Toronto This photo was taken recently in the rotating restaurant at the CN Tower, 360°. It was not a birthday or anniversary dinner, but rather an event hosted by Death Ray’s (very generous) employers. That smear of blue behind me is the view of Lake Ontario from over three hundred metres in the air. This year, I: defended a…

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comfort food

I had a houseguest all week — an old friend from university who needed some down time before starting a cross-country move and a dissertation. We presented together at a conference, applying Aristotle’s notion of phronesis from the Nicomachean Ethics to science fiction futurism, but most of the week was spent sleeping in, visiting art galleries, and eating. There’s a…

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I went to prom with another girl.

You might not know this about me, but I went to prom with another girl. She wasn’t my girlfriend. We weren’t dating. I just wanted someone to go with me, and due to pure social fuckery and indecisive bullshit on my part, none of the males in my romantic life were really available (nor was I available for them).* She…

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Spring has sprung in Toronto.

From Food …And I am testing out a new photographic candidate, which has a food setting. I fully intend on taking this little baby with me outdoors today, so I can really figure out some of those settings. Last night’s photographing of an evening Good Friday parade didn’t go so well (the aperture remained open for a good long time,…

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